Introduction, Part 2: The Fellowship and the Setting of Settings
Updated some information (backed into the Overlord info on the first part of the Intro).
“Siflae betrayed everything they loved to serve me.”
Ekki (former Harbinger Council member … Mike?).
Question 3: What impossible thing has the Overlord actually done?
This was not attributed to the Overlord except for ourselves: the Overlord brought a Sky Island out of the sky. Precipitously. The island was uninhabitged. It was in farmland in the Toskan Empire (a Colonial Empire), on the borderlands. A small town in size. Nobody knows why it happened. (But Rowan knew it was, stormcrow-like – done intentionally, by the Overlord, here are the reasons.)
Virens: The Mages … Orcs believe if you step in a Harbinger’s shadow, you are cursed, because they put their evil into their shadows.
Rowan: The Overlord … Amongst the Magisters, there is the Council of the Twelve, and the rumor they have is that there is a 13th: Magister Tenebrios.
Overlord: The Catlings … The reason that the Halflings are free now is because they were originally created from inferior stock.
Carabas: It is said that the people of Nelres (the Ohir) used the wisdom (or perhaps the souls) of the Catlings to channel their magics. Victims? Familiars? You decide!
Wynn: Humans have always been around, and will always be around, but will continue to remain dumb as a rock.
Ann: It’s common knowledge that the Orcish Empire something of a pyramid scheme, and wouldn’t survive if it didn’t keep expanding – economics, tax base, etc.
- Grayclaw is my riding Varg
- Overlord: I killed someone important to Virens
- Wynn is my party buddy
- I will use my strength to keep Carabas safe
- I would give my life for Rowan Greenhanded without a thought
Nobody knows the real me like Wrangler Ann does
C: I have mesmerized Hambone (my War Dog) with my stories.
- I will never lie to Ann (She caught me in a lie once, terrified the hell out of me, and we now understand each other very well.)
- Ann has my back when things get tough out there.
- I once told a lie so good, Rowan STILL thinks it’s true.
- One of these days, I’ll be as good at this adventiuring business as Virens is.
- Rowan found me in the ruins.
- When Ann tells me that she does not fear me, I believe her.
- I cannot let Virens fail in their quest.
- I often go hunting with Carabas.
- I know I can trust Wynn no matter what.
- I’ve bailed Carabas out of trouble more times than I can count.
- Virens and I have shared a moment of peace together.
- I’m afraid of losing Rowan.
- Remiel, my Fox Rabbit: Remiel is my constant companion.
- I have done many a favor for Wrangler Ann.
- I am teaching Wynn the ways of the modern world.
Ohir: Races get along with, not so much. Insular. Borders festooned with Argonath statues of various genders.
Nalres empire size. Widespread by virtue of needing knowledge and servants. Less an empire, more a supply chain.
Humans: Cities. Less an actual city than an ideal. A center of trade and exchange of ideas.
Catlings: Get along with Wood Elves (clumsy oafs, if pleasant). Not so much those Orcs (they charge taxes, also rumors!)
Orcs: What we have: an animal shamanism of ritual hunted creatures. Drummers.
Harbingers: The Cloud Tower is a mystical marvel. It’s still there.
“Mages in any number, especially if the dark cloud of [Cloud Tower] hovers in the sky, is an ill omen.” Sort of like the cops.
[Nobody seems to be into necromancy or ancestor-worship.]
Chapter 1: A Long-Expected Party of Characters
We have been together for some time. Some poking around. Some aimless wandering while we gather intel. Then the great cataclysmic fall of a Sky Island. Has provided a bit of direction to Rowan, prompting new examination of clues and extrapolation … leading us to …
A former city of the former Nalres Empire, now a single city-state, down in the Lowlands: Rauörfold (Redvalley). The tree leaves are ruddy (maple?).
Tall city walls, circular, filling the valley – exceedingly tall (and wide!).
In the fog, megafauna moose wandering past.
Mist rises up the walls, but does not flow into the city itself, due to the great statues within the walls – four of them, at the four cardinal positions, built into the walls, which rise up to mid-thigh. (The statues are modeled after the original Protectors. Hand, plus a signature weapon.)
[Ohir, humanoid, lacking eyes - oral tradition]
Frustrations the past few days … Rowan is sure something is happening, signs growing, “I’m missing something.”
Ann heard him (never far away).
Good-sized city, a place where the sun actually reaches. Parks. Amphitheaters. Pretending they are not living in a graveyard.
We are in an inn.
Rowan: The fallen island led you here. What must have been done to hide what should be in your sight?
–> After the sky island fell, prepared a horoscope, where will the next danger be. Led us here, but feel it should be much closer, so something must be interfering. Perhaps the Ley Lines are distorted.
Something must be happening, here, not elsewhere, must be …
Carabas: Major shifts in power cause a physical reaction: hair rising ALL OVER.
Magical tinnitus / white noise is suddenly GONE.
Virens: hear cracking stone.
Wynn: Your people’s magic has been removed from this place. The Mist is coming in, and the statues aren’t going to be able to stay erect.
And the statues are collapsing. And the cracking of stone audible inside.
Virens: We need to leave and get as many out as we can! – steps out and takes a look around. One of the statues, collapsing, dust bursting out. Open street – distance to the Mist Barges.
Rowan - get everyone out as orderly as possible. The building. Innkeeper and Family.
Ann … what’s the plan? (To Virens)
Talk Sense (Emotion) --> 2!
“I can come, that’s fine, but my son and wife aren’t here right now! And I’m not leaving without them!”
Virens - Ann coming to him. Heading for Mist Barges, but if the statues are jacked up, they may not be using.
Cunning As Can Be --> Mist barges, alternate route?: The city has a fixated tunnel vision … there are four gates not where the statues are, and nobody uses them. Going out into the Mists will have dangers, but … they will work!
Can we keep our horses going mad in the Mist? Ann:
Ann: Can set up bonds beforehand.
Ann: If can do something to rescue people from errors she advised against, can do it with hope.
Walls – 30x30m
Ann: Head for the gates, decide if we need to be inside or outside the wall.
Ann: Wrangler voice: Everyone out! It’s not safe in here!
Bonds: Cook who comes in during the day, and complains about Carabas stealing incoming food.
Carabas: Grandiose Lie to convince the innkeeper to go?
Wynn: Statues are coming down reminiscent of the fall of the capital? --> No, no statues there, they are border things mostly.
This city … great forges that were used to decorate Nelres. Passageways (less used).
Next time …
[Discussion about tweaking Ann’s custom move]