After a lengthy hiatus we are launching a new set of characters into the heart of Vandemyr (also known as Nantaria.)
Today, some of the players met and created their characters.
Alexander Adkison, age 12, rolled up a human, male, ranger of noble standing (rolling an awesome 97 for his social class). He is cousin to Arthur’s character and his father is a political power house and one time adventurer, the Duke Ettore Revel. Alexander’s character is his eldest son and heir and much is expected of him. The Duke is not particularly keen about his son’s chosen profession. He chose to name his character Bob. We helped him agree that its a nick name.
Arthur Lowe, age 13, rolled up a human, male, wizard of noble standing (rolling an awesome 94 for his social class). He is a cousin to Alexander’s character and his father, Abri Valent, is an Earl under the Duke, Ettore and has an excellent head for business. He doesn’t seem to relate to his son’s thirst for knowledge or his desires to wander about. He named his character Indrin Dresik. I’m assuming Dresik is his mother’s family name and what he uses when wandering about.
Barbara Heins, rolled up a wood elf, female, fighter (archer), with awesome stats (and an 18 charisma). Her father is set in his ways and is part of the elven guard. He sees his duties to protect the elves has is primary responsibility. She has an uncle, Cindrin Deluin (the swift) that was once part of an adventuring group (with the Duke). She’s still working on her character. She named her character Lothiriel.
Katie Lowe, rolled up a human, rogue, with a high intelligence giving her an awesome set of skills. Her father is a ship’s architect and well connected and well traveled. Katie’s character has often traveled on his trips with him. Katie chose to name her character Ives.
Lisa Lowe, rolled up a 1/2 elven, 1/2 human (of Asian descent), a monk of modest means. Lisa’s character is a servant to an NPC journeyman (she doesn’t know that much about him). Her Monastery was attacked and most of the monks either killed or enslaved. Lisa named her character Shizuko. Her character is by the far the most traveled at the beginning of our adventures.
We spent most of our time during this first session creating characters and ended with some role playing to establish their characters and set them up for their first adventure.
The Duke Ettore Revel summoned his son and his nephew to a meeting where they met a strange dark skinned and somewhat sylvan man named Jakka and his demure traveling companion, Shizuko. They met Kass who seems well acquainted with the Duke and Jakka. Kass is a tall, red haired female barbarian. They were soon joined by a fair elf named Lothiriel and the human man that brought her to the meeting, Ives. Lothiriel had traveled far from her homeland and brought with her a massive decorated war chest covered in runes of each of the seven ancient languages and sealed with a large symbol of Inanna, the Sumerian God of War (an eight sided star).
The Duke told the group that should they agree to his terms he would send them in support of a slave uprising.
The group must not talk about their task. Its a delicate situation. They will go to a different Kingdom and a different duchy and the locals have an understanding with the Nighttooth Tribe. A tribe of humanoids, primarily orc, that run mines in the mountains. The humans take the raw ores that are mined and pay the humanoids to work the mines. The humanoids, run by a mighty orc named Tumak, use slave labor and are known to buy and sell slaves and to also go on slave raids into neighboring kingdoms and even into the Eternus Wood, an ancient sylvan forest.
In exchange for a mighty sum of 1,000 GP (100 GS) to each member (and the potential to earn more), the retinue will travel with the war chest and protect it. They will travel by ship to the fortified port city of Hostilia, in the Duchy of Eryx, in the Kingdom of Ateste. They will meet up with Nico Accardi. Nico is an agent of Omicore. The Duke informed them that Omicore will provide some additions to the war chest and will provide the group with further instructions, supplies, and maps and tell them about where to escort the chest next. The chest will make at least one additional stop at the Monastery of Terni (famous for its sages and its library). Savo, a gray mage, will have further additions to the crate.
Ultimately, the group will meet up with Nix a 1/2 sylvan scout and Soram a 1/2 orc. Soram leads the uprising and his group is always on the move in the mountains surrounding the mines. Soram is an old friend of the Marquis, even though he his a 1/2 orc. The Duke expects the group to treat Soram with respect and to present him the crate.
At this point, the group is free to support Soram and Nix in their endeavors. Should they succeed in helping Soram and freeing the mine and the slaves, the members of the retinue can expect a bonus of 200 GP and should they succeed in helping to negotiate a new treaty with the local magistrate, a man named Theese Prato, they will receive another 500 GP. Theese lives in a fortress and fortified, mountain town named Rimini that sits at the headwaters of the Liri, a trade river-way.
The Duke also informed them that if any of them should fail to return but the escorting of the crate is accomplished, then the Duke guarantees he’ll send 500 GP to their family.
If a character is particularly ill prepared, the Duke, as part of the oath, will allow each member to borrow up to half of their guaranteed amount to prepare for the task at hand (250 GP).