The Far Seeker
Half-Elf Male Fighter 4, Wizard 5, Rogue 5, Arcane Trickster 3.
Turin lives in a well protected Mansion outside Bigany city, as does his friend Berek who is of the same level. Turin is concerned only with the three young students while Berek isn't concerned with anything.
Turin is a well known Adventurer. He is strong in arm and subtle in movement. Rumour has it that he dabbles in the arcane arts - without church approval.
Male Human Fighter 5, Expert 7
Arms Merchant in Lakeport. As might be expected from one in his line of business von Armer lives by the twin words of his chosen coat of arms: 'Discretion', 'Secrecy'. Whether his name or coat of arms have any real basis is a moot point and few who have ventured through the heavily fortified doors of his home have questioned either.
A reliable if not cheap source of masterwork items mercenary and military companies also know him as a prominent supplier of large-scale armaments. He is rumoured to occasionally trade in magical items with adventurers.
Male Human Expert 6
Carrington Momes Factor. The long suffering steward of a declining business empire he is one of a long line of factors who have attempted to earn money faster than his master can spend it. He has enjoyed some success in recent times although the Pirate activity on the great lake has hit this branch of the family hard. They had the primary stake in its contents.
Male Human Aristocrat 5
Mayor of Branch Hill.
Male Human Aristocrat 8
The Marquis of Branch Hill
Gucciani is an armor smith in the noble quarter of Vercelone in Provincio Del Vecchio. He makes exquisite clothing and armor for the nobility of bigany. He prefers to work in rare and exotic materials such as white wyrmling hide or displacer beast skin.
He never sets his studio of designers, tanners, seamstresses and other artisans to work for less than a hundred platinum pieces.
Any finely crafted item from his hand is enchanted, enchanting and universally recognised as fashionable masterpiece by the nobility.
Gerraldo is bald but his scalp is covered in a masterpiece of moving tattoos that change with his mood. He is abrupt with both his staff and customers and impatient to the point of being rude. While working on a new project he tends to sing whatever the latest Vercelone opera is that is playing in Bigany opera house.
Rumour has it that he leads a double life using a dashing alter ego, in order to have a series of affairs with his female clientele, the most scandalous being Lucia Vec, who claims vehemently this is not the case. Those who know him well doubt that, given his surprisingly dull wit. Gucciani puts all his energy into his masterpieces, seeking to make the perfect armour that will bring him word renown and be remembered through the centuries.
"A legendary faller-off things."
Human (Mome) male, Cleric of Charon 5 (War)
STR 16, DEX 9, CON 14, INT 11, WIS 17, CHA 13
Knicklepump, like so many Momes, is a reckless drunk. Born in The Duchy of Southlake in northern Bigany, his life was uneventful until he was sent to sign a treaty in Eaglesbluff, Earl Altarius Kinnett’s Castle. From then on he did many unusual things.
The following is an extract from “The Lives of Great Momes: A study in hyberbolic spin” by Merryweather Onasis.
The Treaty of Eaglesbluff
He jumped off the top of Eaglesbluff Castle without a parachute because he was curious to see how their safety measures worked.
He was part of the group who thwarted a goblin attack on Eaglesbluff Castle and then escaped with 'The Telson', the eagle ship that had once been the roof of it’s tallest tower.
He took command of The Telson and flew it hundreds of miles off course while hammered, then landed it illegally to ask a peasant called Bernard of White Springs the way to Vercelone. Bernard suggested using charts and he rewarded him with a bottle of brandy.
He spied on an incredibly dangerous tiefling wizard from Az-Ylar called Impega and reported him to The Inquisition.
The Vercelone Tribunal
He enraged his distant relative Lord Sanders Stromolos by being incredibly rude to him.
Then he got Sanders sister Lady Wratherby Stromolos, stociously drunk and seduced her many times and all night long. They made so much noise that the sailors thought he they were being attacked and mounted a rescue. He then sold all The Telson's cargo to her.
He condemned Altarius Kinnett and Islington Mome to the Inquisition as worshippers of Cealg and was awarded the position of ships Chaplin aboard the Telson.
The Inquisition ordered him to assist Armand in a crucial quest and gave him a Scroll of The Inquisition to allow him to contact them.
He brought his personal retinue aboard The Telson, his valet - Winsor Newton, his courtesan - Isabel Diega, a fine dining chef - Gordo VanGeet, his sommelier - Verro VanGeet and his jester - Plunk.
During Armand's vision from Nadúir, he sipped from a silver goblet of exquisite port offered to him by his sommelier, while his jester farted.
The Skyport Trade Negotaitions
While the Captain was drunk in his cabin he decided to bring the ship to Freeport until the Inquisition ordered him to Skyport.
The Church Navy told him that Captain Sandobar Corleone of The Black Heart was extremely dangerous and a primary lead in their investigation of The Shepard’s Light Incident. They wanted him watched from a distance, so Knicklepump invited himself aboard Sandobar’s ship and drank brandy and smoked cigars with him while pretending to be a merchant.
Knicklepump did not fool Sandobar Corleone one bit. It was possibly the poorest and most obvious acting of the decade.
He escaped Sandobar's ambush on The Black Heart by being launched from a jettison, thanks to Lady Maris's bow and Kismet's magic. He stole Sandobar's crystal brandy decanter.
The Skyport Naval Clashes
He fought valiantly against the crew of The Slaughter a hobgoblin slaver with Fallen worshippers aboard and helped defeat Warlord Braxis of Legion 33.
He commandeered The Slaughter and it's Death Helm for The Church Navy and freed it's Chosen slaves.
He thwarted The Fallen God Saint's plans by giving his own treasure to the slaves to provide a better future for them.
Through deliberate action he successfully annoyed The Fallen God Saint.
He organised Charon combat tournaments on The Telson which raised crew morale and gained the favour of Cogadh.
Knicklepump ensured that those enemies that died in battle were given the appropriate Charon rites.
He and the party participated in an Éirleach ritual using their blood to open a shrine that contained the key to Braxis' strongbox. He gained an Éirleach Mark of Power on his chest.
Armand discovered that the brandy decanter he stole was actually a tracking device, so Knicklepump pissed in it and put it on The Slaughter's deck, which then went to the navy, they looked at him in disbelief. This went on his record as eccentric behaviour.
The Skeltons Hope Expedition
During the lightning attack on The Telson by Skelton's Hope's druidic defences, Knicklepump was struck in the middle of refilling his goblet from an exquisite silver samovar. A lightning bolt fused the goblet to the samovar and caused searing pain to Knicklepump which caused his hair to stand on end and almost killed him.
When Captain Scorpion ordered them over the side, his courtesan poured a potion into his mouth, his valet picked him up and handed him a parachute. His chef handed him a packed lunch and his sommelier pressed a flask of brandy into his pocket. He leapt to his destiny after a brief but passionate kiss with his courtesan.
Knicklepump was 'a legendary faller off things' and a well practiced parachutist who didn't always use a parachute. He deployed the chute poorly. It caught in the full green canopy and arrested his fall. As he was about to hit the ground, the buckles failed and his armoured ass landed on a stump. His flagon fell into his hand. He took a thoughtful sip.
The Works of Charity
He haggled fiercely with a beggar called Midge and then spent lavishly on a party with him in The Dozing Piglet.
During some drunken storytelling, he has a vision of Midge dragging Lord Adekumbé's weapon out of a lake. Midge was shocked into telling him the truth.
He promised to aid Midge in regaining his hand and Maris in regaining her eye and he performed a ritual of blessing on The Dozing Piglet.
The Vanquishing of The Fallen
He summoned the Church Navy to intercept The Warped Needle but it escaped.
In The Warrens under Skelton's Hope he was attacked by a grey ooze and his armour and weapon were badly damaged.
He expertly outwitted a gibbering mouther of Athrú using a silence spell and a spiritual weapon, but then was caught in the floor once it was killed. He then fought several undead including ghasts while stuck in the floor.
After fighting the Fallen minions of Lord Adekumbé's weapon in the pool and rescuing Captain Scorpion from death, he examined an ugly wound at the base of the captain's spine. "It's purple and swollen! And by Croí look at the size of it!" he exclaimed. He lanced it and blood and puss gushed out, Captain Scorpion nearly passed out from the pain. Shortly after the wound grew into a Telson and Knicklepump interviewed it to ensure that it was not Fallen, then offered it a drink.
The Rites of Naming
He initiated a sacred rite of combat between Maris Piper and the protectors of Khazûd-Vorr, in which she won The Star Hammer.
He named the Dwarven Alcholem Napoleon Morgan and it became his devoted servitor.
He insulted Armand, a bastard, by calling him riff raff, but smoothed over the sleight with brandy from his Keg Golem.
The Raison D’Etre
He fought bravely at every opportunity and praised Cogadh while doing so.
Human, Fighter 4
Stats: Str 14, Dex 14, Con 14, Int 16, Wis 10, Cha 5.
A birthmark of a bright pink ballon on his navel with a string that points down to his groin is the bane of his life.
He chews ginger constantly in the false
hope that it will remove his birthmark. He was told this by a travelling 'healer' charlatan, who sold him 5 pounds of ginger.
Before he was born he was cursed by a witch that he would never be taken seriously by anybody while he bore the mark.
He is physically perfect in every way other than the birthmark and it makes him furious. He has taken upon himself a quest of revenge against whoever cursed him. He will do anything to ensure he can rule his house.
He is a proud man and refuses to hide anything about himself including his birthmark. He is desperate to find out more about his curse and pours over dusty tomes in ancient libraries and spends many nights drinking in dockland dives, talking to sailors from many nations in many tongues, trying to find the truth. The one place he hasn't looked is in his own home.
A foolhardy young Torc noble took too much offense at a comment made by King Edgar at a feast several months ago. The noble, Hezekiah Torc IV, would heed no sane counsel and pursued a course of petty sleights against the King. Edgar ignored these until Hezekiah verbally attacked him in public. The King silenced him with the power of The Skill and forced him to make a humiliating public apology. Then Edgar let the matter rest. Hezekiah spent several months preparing a surprise for the King. He gathered information on the Kings movements and hired assassins of the black brotherhood in the Torlandish Empire. Only the great price offered and the detail of the Kings schedule made the assassins even consider the contract.
While the King was alone the assassins made their move. To their credit they managed to get within ten paces of King Edgar. Then the King unleashed his trap. The Black Guard Captain Ogre Champion Garrol appeared from out of thin air and slew two with a swing of his enormous great sword. The King killed the rest moments later without disturbing his meditation or even opening his eyes.
A day later Hezekiah Torc strolled happily into a feast hastily organized to celebrate a great royal announcement. He chatted to some friends and made little attempt to disguise his contempt for his liege.
The King stared at him with obvious distaste as he entered with his entourage. He proclaimed that Hezekiah had a special announcement to make. Shocked Hezekiah began to stutter. Then he stood up proudly and exclaimed that he had hired assassins to kill the King, that he was guilty of treason and should be executed. Flaring into uncharacteristic anger the King unleashed a bolt of pure green fire from his palm and incinerated the young treacherous noble where he stood. To add to the shocked horror of the nobles present the failing corpse screamed long live the king before it disintegrated into smouldering ash on the floor.
The King said simply 'You have been warned.' and once again under his usual regal calm he strode from the room.
News of the event spread throughout the Kingdom within hours.
Duke Brusiekial and Duchess Cybillah Torc are parents to Elijah Torc.
They angered the witch Audeeliah Maven by reneging on the deal they made with her to cure their barren marriage. She was to be adopted formally into the Torc noble house but they refused once Elijah was conceived.
While he has the birthmark she curesed him with he cannot rule. He is the sole heir to the house's fortune.
However, he has a half sister Desdemona born to the witch who took the form of Cybillah's best friend Prunella Beltorc and conceived a daughter with Count Brusiekial in a night of forbidden passion.