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Viscount Taviny zaKozrad – the Villain of the Piece

29 August, 2019

Viscount Taviny zaKozrad

A worthy foeQuote“A pleasure to meet you at last.  Please help yourself to some wine.  You may pour a glass for me and I will drink first if that puts you at ease.”

“We have much to discuss.  Please, let us talk first, they will be opportunities for swordplay later if that is your desire.”

Description: zaKozrad is slender and not unathletic but not overly tall (5’9″/1.75m), he carries himself with a noble air.  His black hair is worn in whatever the current style is in the local court and his dark eyes are alert.

He wears suitable clothes (with a mail shirt underneath when practical) tending to dark color.  He is always armed when local custom allows and when it does not, he has at least a knife or two concealed.

Background
: While from a minor noble family, his mother was successful in court and she raised her son to build on her success, imparting her skills and ambitions to the boy.  Well educated among the children of the nobility, he is a social chameleon, finding friends and allies among all the classes and looking down on no one due to the circumstance of their birth.  zaKozrad is a loyal servant of the High King of Laccini, seeing to advance his nations cause (and his own) by whatever means necessary.

Presenting this Character
: zaKozrad is charming and stylish, well read and philosophical but most of all, an obvious villain.  He represents a Kingdom known for its expansionist agenda and use of necrourgy, he leans into all of the classic villain tropes.  His role is to focus the attention of the rivals to his kingdom by being the obvious, and even comic if that is required, villain.  His plots are obvious, overly convoluted and almost always not quite illegal.  Such as helping a local noble build up their private army or providing necrourgic magical support to a faction.
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Questions for Characters venturing into the Sea of Stars

18 May, 2019

People of all sortsInspired by Judd the Librarian’s questions, I decided to write up a few questions to help people think about their characters and where they are from in the Sea of Stars:

For All:

What do you think of dragonrule?  Of the dragons themselves?  Fear?  Admiration?  Jealousy?

Do you have a faith?  Do you eschew organized religion?  Do you have any private rituals?

Do you have a favored weapon?  Does it have a name?

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Judge, one of the Empress’ Seven Stars (A to Z Challenge, J)

11 April, 2015

the Judge

Quote: Law serves Justice and Justice serves the Empire.
    A perfect legal code is impossible.

Sometimes like thisDescription: In his true, draconic form, the Judge is a large dragon with scales a dark, charcoal grey edged with a dark silver, his wings are darker than his body, nearly black.  The Judge’s eyes are a dark blue flecked with silver. His claws, a deep silver-grey.  His voice is dark and controlled.

The Judge’s usual human form is tall and well built with wide shoulders, dark grey skin and black hair with silver highlights.  His eyes remain the same.  He favors whatever is worn as judicial grab where he is, in the Capital, he favors dark robes with a silver chain of office.

Background: The Judge was one of the first dragons recruited into the Empress’ grant vision and one of the Seven of them who survived the War with the Gods.  He was instrumental in defining the doctrine of Dominae which underpins the Imperial philosophy.

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L5R – Children of Destiny – Our Cast

7 November, 2013

CastleFinally starting this, what with various scheduling problems, the Children of Destiny campaign starts tonight.

Our heroes, Episode One:

Doji Miwako, small but charming Crane and priestess.  Daughter (acknowledged as niece) of Doji Chikako.  (Asahina shugenja 1, played by L.)

Heichi Kuroda, adopted son of the Boar Clan, skilled hunter and expert with the spear.  Biological child of Moto Amon.  (Heichi bushi 1, played by C.)

Moshi Wo, katana-wielding, male Moshi shugenja out to prove himself.  (Moshi shugenja 1, played by J2.)

Soshi Zhaojie, iron-willed Scorpion magistrate in training.  Daughter of Soshi Utami.  (Soshi magistrate 1, played by T1.)

Toku Kumo, a Monkey’s monkey, dedicated to the clan and seeks to follow in his father’s footsteps.  Second son of Toku Kobo.  (Kuni Witch-Hunter 1 <originally Toku Bushi>, played by T2.)

Ujina Okakura, haunted and found of drink and pleasure, this Hare Clan samurai seems destined for a short life like his uncle.  Nephew of Ugasi Okakura. (Usagi bushi 2, played by Z.)

Joining Episode Two:

Seppun Kano, honorable Imperial samurai, trained among the Imperial guard and of whom, great things are expected.  Bitterly betrothed to Otomo Kodachi.  Son of Seppun (formerly Akodo) Katsu.  (Seppun Miharu 1, played by H.)

Joining Episode Three:

Otomo Shintaro, junior minister in the Imperial bureaucracy pressed into service by Doji Akira, a man devoted to the Empire if not his family (also brother of Otomo Kodachi).  Always accompanied by his yojimbo, Bayushi Tsuyoshi.  (Otomo courtier 1, playedby M.)

Yes, quite a large and varied group.  Should be an interesting campaign . . .

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New Oracle Mystery – Angel of War

4 June, 2012

Like the fallen angels they style themselves after, the followers of the Angel of War find and guide warriors, hopefully into heroes, by choosing a single person (their ‘chosen bond’) to serve and direct.

Angel of War

The Angel of War marks her own

Mark of the Angel

Deities: As appropriate to the setting.

Class Skills: An oracle with the Angel of War mystery adds Perception, Ride, Stealth and Survival to her list of class skills.

Bonus Spells: shield of faith (2nd), shield other (4th), magic vestment (6th), air walk (8th), break enchantment (10th), heroes’ feast (12th), greater restoration (14th), divine vessel (16th), summon monster IX (18th).

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New Pathfinder Campaign – Gate of Sorrow – Characters

22 May, 2012

So, I have started running an occasional Pathfinder campaign.  The characters are:

Aisha, an oracle of the angel of war, an order called by some the fallen angels.  From a desert kingdom, her last memory before the opening scene was of standing over the bodies of four bandits, bloody sword in hand.  (Oracle 3, human, played by L, my lovely wife)

Falla, once a member of the Order of the Wind, claims to be 147-years old but looks thirteen.  Says that she was the victim of age-renewal magic gone wrong which not only regressed her body but her mind.  Some of the other characters are dubious.  Her last memory before the opening scene was of fleeing out of the back on an inn, two enforcers of the Order of Wind in close support.  (Monk 3, human, played by Z)

Palin She’Are, noble by birth from the Eosiant Kingdom, though claiming to be but a simple swordsman.  Owns a sword of black steel that comes to his hand when asked.  He was fleeing knights in service to his family.  (Noble 1/Fighter 2, human, Played by M)

Esarian Ivyblood, elven wizard from the White Isles and trained in the prestigious College of Gold.  (NPC, so the party had access to a scholar and wizard.)

From their last memories, they awake in . . . <to be continued>

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More Elves of the Sea of Stars

8 January, 2012

On Friday, I looked at the Elves of the Sea of Stars and their politics.  Today, we will look at them a bit more in Pathfinder mechanics.

In general, use the mechanics for the elves as as written for Pathfinder with the following changes:

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