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Re: Blue Rose Dreams
Deep in the Pavin Weald is a tale and it is not an uncommon tale for the Weald nor will it be the last under the vast canopy of the forest. About fifteen years ago bandits laid waste to a small village, killing all who defied them and taking the rest of them as slaves. There was only one survivor. A young girl not much older than five watched helplessly as her mother hid her in the root cellar just before the bandits broke into their home and took her away. After the night of feasting and ravishing the prisoners, the bandits left the village a burning wreck. The girl had cried that night but had no more tears, for she had run dry.
The wolves came soon after, brought by the smell of burning flesh. They came not to feed on the corpses but to mourn the dead. Lasorak, a rhy-wolf leader of the pack was surprised to find the girl there among the wreckage of the village. He took the girl and they left the village behind.
That was Shonya (Forest-folk/wolf-kin female, expert). She has become a powerful shifter and can often be found in the form of a reddish-brown wolf. In fact she is more wolf than she is human. In her human form she has fiery red hair, long and unkempt. She has intense golden eyes that bore into your soul. She is usually naked when found in human form and has little use of human made trinkets. The only think she has left of her mother is a silver locket. The chain has broken off long ago and she has tied the locket on with an old leather strap.
Lasorak, even though he was a rhy-wolf new nothing of child-rearing. He raised her as a wolf but that was not enough. He took Shonja to meet Arkrine (rhy-owl male, adept). It was Arkrine who taught the little girl how to read and to continue to speak. Even though Shonja is wild, thanks to Arkrine she is not stupid. She just has little use for the goods of her human half. Arkrine is like a kindly old uncle to Shonja.
Shonya's companion is a rhy-wolf named Sassarak (rhy-wolf male, warrior). Sassarak is the son of Lasorak. He is not the Alpha of his pack and treats Shonya like she is her sister. For all intensive purposes she is. She was there when he was born and was surprised to see him talking to her as Lasorak has by the time he was two. He is a large gray wolf beautiful and wild as his sister. They are rhy-bounded with each other.
If Arkrine is like an uncle and Sassarak is like her brother, then Bey (fey sprite, female) is like her crazy cousin who just flew into th… squirrel! Yea. Bey is like that. Even though she is annoying, Shonja has never grown tired of her antics. While Sassorak has nipped at her, Shonja has never raised a paw to her and she can often be seen riding on the back of Shonja in wolf form or on her shoulder in human form. Years ago, Bey was the only survivor of her own tribe. Someone had killed or captured the sprites of the woods and Bey was impaled to a tree with a poisoned arrow. They thought she was dead. She knows the pain of loss like Shonja and the two have bonded over the pain.
Adventures next time! See ya soon.
Last edited by Pandaman; 12-18-2018 at 07:13 PM.
UN Basic Recipient
Re: Blue Rose Dreams
Wolf-Sister Adventure Ideas
NOTE: hey, if you use any of what I write here for your games, do let me know! I am interested in hearing what you have come up with. Share!
The bandits are long dead and disbanded thanks to wildness of the Paven Weald. Even though they are long gone, that does not stop the wild girl from hunting down any news of bandits in the area and take them down. Usually it is only her Sassorak and Bey who hunt them down but at times they can call forth to help them the entire pack of near thirty wolves including two other rhy-wolves. It is unfortunate but the bandits who attacked her village so long ago are no more though she continues to hunt them. The players could be in the area when an attack on bandits goes down and could face down the wolves and their human shifter. It will all depend on what side the players acted on, humans or the wolves.
Bey is an outcast even among her own kind, ever since the deaths or capture of her tribe. She has taken up with the wolves because Shonja was the one who found her and nursed her back to health. She has over the years tried to go back to the neighboring fey but they have shunned her after the first time she went back, the new tribe was attacked. Though it did not suffer the same fate as her first tribe, they blamed her regardless. It seems that the fey in the area are being targeted by something. Every year or so, something comes and takes the fey that it captures. It could be a shadowspawn or a sorcerer that lead a pack of night person brutes or mongrels. What they capture or kill them for is up to you.
UN Basic Recipient
Re: Blue Rose Dreams
Deep in the Ice-Binder Mountains, directly North of the great city of Aldis lies a small encampment, well village now that is devoted to the evil machinations of Kern. It is the furthest Western Kern installation that allows them a sneaky way to Trident Bay by flowing down the river that feeds the Bay. The small fortified village has no official name but the locals call it Bitterstone.
Bitterstone has a rich deposit of cryston crystals that are mined here. The previous Overseer of the Mines was a Kernish man by the name Duamal. Duamal was a small, petty man who feared the Lich King as every citizen of Kern rightly did. However when he was killed two years ago by the Queen Jaellin, Duamal became a petty tyrant, treating Bitterstone as his own fiefdom. Cryston production fell and some months would not come at all. Duamal began raiding for pillow slaves rather than slave to work in the mines. A year later, when the chaos of the Lich Kings death calmed down things changed. Branigar (fiendish Rhy-raven male, adept) came, and the Rhy-raven came and announced that they were having a visitor coming and that he should prepare. Duamal was instantly afraid. He thought about gathering what he could and fleeing but decided against it. He set the gates closed and with his hundred men and night person and even a few mongrels he recently hired, guarding the walls. Soon after Branigar left three people showed up at the gates, a giant night person in heavy armor, a woman though one could not tell at first glance. A much shorter Kernish woman dressed in a skimpy dark clothes, despite the chill in the air and another Kernish woman dressed in furs down to her ankles. Duamal sighed in relief at the three woman. Sure the night person would be trouble but he had over a hundred backing him.
The three woman looked around and it was the one dressed in furs who spoke. "Throw open your gates," she started in a loud voice, that sounded like a crackling fire. "You, who have been called on by the Shadowed Seven to answer for your lack of cryston crystals and slaves. Throw open you gates and be ready to be judged."
All they heard from the tops of the walls was laughter, followed by more laughter as the men gathered began to follow Duamal's lead. "They send three of you? Three against my hundred? What can you do? I would feather you with arrows but that would be a waste of arrows. Join me willingly or not…" he laughed evilly.
"Can I kill him," the night person warrior said though gritted teeth, her great axe twisting in hand.
"No you may not," the fur covered woman said to her giant companion. "You know what our orders are," she said loudly so that she as well as the men on the walls could hear. "You have been warned you pile of dog dung!" She waved to her two companions and they charged the gate.
Duamal and his hundred were surprised and he would have laughed but for an alarm coming from below. "The gate! It is open!" His cockiness became fear. "Shoot them! Shoot them!" he screamed. Arrows were shot but they were stuck in the heavy armor, were flicked away by the deft hands of the unarmed woman or merely stopped when fired at the fur-covered speaker. By then, it was already too late.
Maritan (Kern night person laevaal (sm), warrior, berserker) hewed with reckless abandon and her companion, Kentara (Kern female, expert, shadow dancer) who bore no weapons save her hands and feet flited between the guards with deadliness. Half the mongrels, some ten or so turned on Duamal and his men. They were turned by Rhoa (Kern female, expert, spy) who was taken "captured" by the Duamal's men some week ago. Though she was treated as all attractive slaves where, she completed her mission. The three of them easily took to fortified village, though gullibility, guile and sheer bloodthirsty tenacity. When it was over, Duamal was thrown to the floor of his "throne room," over half of his men were killed and the rest surrendered lest they fall to Maritan's vicious axe. There were six woman and a man who sat around the throne, chained there for Duamal's pleasure, now eyeing the scene before them. Aldrae (Kern female, adept and sorceress), the woman in furs stepped forward but did not take the throne. Instead, at the head of three ogres, a tall shape appeared dressed in a fur-lined long cloak.
As she took her place at Duamal's throne, Alrea took her cloak. Underneath is probably the most beautiful creature ever to walk the face of Aldea. Certainly the most gorgeous night person. "All hail Luxiul Tane (Kern night person female, adept)," Aldrae begin. "Priestess of the Exarchs, Favored by the Lord of the Tower, Gravicarius; First Concubine to the Sovereign In'nassi of the Crimson Petals and Honored by Senira Rhal of the Shadowed Seven. She who is to be your judge and if you are to be found wanting, your executioner."
Luxiul gazed at Duamal, her beauty was rapturous as all in the room looked upon her disarming beauty. Luxiul then gazed at the seven slaves. She took a dagger from her belt and through it before them. "Castrate him," she said luminously. The seven looked at dagger until a woman went and picked up the blade. The other slaves jumped Duamal and held him as the woman approached him…
Bitterstone is probably the most dangerous place in Aldea outside of Kern. Luxiul is very dangerous as she feeds into her followers a most dangerous case of fanaticism. Besides the NPC's already stated, Bitterstone has Bosti (Kern male, warrior), Master of Hounds who is always accompanied by two large, fiendish hounds. There are the three ogres, Villec, Kontz (both male) and Mox (female) who one of which follows Luxiul were ever she goes. They lead around 30 night person brutes, 30 mongrels, about 70 bandits and have 12 Priests of the Exarchs in the village at any given time. Because of Luxiul's status, there are also a variety of darkfiends there as well, the exact number is not known. Luxiul now always accompanied by a large fiendish man named Gorlgothi (darkfiend soldier), a humanoid looking fiend dressed in heavy, carapace armor and carrying two wicked looking swords. Gorlgothi is a fiend belonging to Gravicarius and while he is as bloodthirsty as any fiend, he is methodical in his actions. He appeared after an assassination attempt almost slew Luxiul mere weeks after taking over Bitterstone.
The village itself sets atop the entrance to the cryston mines. Fresh batches of the valuable mineral was found, revitalizing the mine. Because of such she has upped cryston production as it is mined from the mountian and increased slave raids all throughout the narrow neck between the Mountains and Trident Bay. Bitterstone is a place where evil and wicked men and women can deal in slaves, cryston crystals among all other of vile things. There are about 300 other people and creatures live and work here as well as several hundred slaves who work the mines. As long as people do what they are told by Luxiul or her lieutenants, they generally are left to their own evil machinations.
Bitterstone is a blight, though there is a kernel of hope. There is a prisoner there who is secretly forming a resistance of sorts. Adena (Aldis female, expert and bard) is a noble Aldin from Aldis. She was traveling back from Rezea when she was captured some months ago. While she is as beautiful as the noonday sun she pales in comparison to Luxiul. It was only her beauty and her incredible singing voice that has kept her from being one of the many pillow slaves to be sold off. She has become one of Luxiul's favorites. She has charmed a Kernish warrior, a man named Hightol, to carry messages to one of her companions. Rikkard (Aldis male, warrior) is tall and powerful. He works in the mines and is planning a revolt however he has found something that makes him nervous. He was on one of the teams digging deep in the mountain to uncover dark crystons. What they are and what they do is a mystery and it is something that he and Adena are quite worried about.
Bitterstone is a place of evil that your characters can deal with. Will they gather their forces to combat them or use guile and trickery? If you use this in any form, do let me know! I would be curious as to how you would use Bitterstone. Next will be some adventure ideas! See ya soon.
Last edited by Pandaman; 01-28-2019 at 11:58 AM.
UN Basic Recipient
Re: Blue Rose Dreams
Assassin by the Seven
The assassination attempt by Luxiul was a rather nasty affair. Fires were started, killers lurked in the dark and mass panic was had all throughout Bitterstone. When it was over, over a hundred people were killed. Some were innocent of the assassination attempt, others were not. The attempt hasn't bothered Luxiul in the slightest. That is what she portrays perfectly to the public. In private, she is a seething cauldron of rage. She sacrifices one person a month to the Exarchs, but has taken many pillow slaves since that time and some of them donít survive the night they spend the night with her. Only her most trusted advisor Aldrea, knows of fear and frustration.
Dame Tracel of the Shadowed Seven was the main instigator of the attempt. Through intermediaries the attempt was made and through Luxiul's followers, she wasn't killed. Dame Tracel is jealous of Luxiul for her favored status as a follower of In'nassi.
Hojo Rhaen is a skilled assassin and he arranged for another to take his place and was killed as the grand plan failed. So he has spent the last several months biding his time before he makes another attempt. As a guard, he has found out some interesting things. He has found out that the songbird that Luxiul has, is fomenting a rebellion of sorts. Adena is careful but the person she has put her trust in, Hightol, is not as careful. Hojo knows of all the principal players in the attempt and can use that in his attempt. He would help any party helping Adena and her people to fulfil his plan.
This is but one of the plots that is taking place in Bitterstone.