I will update this thread as necessary with what the players know about the world around them and particularly how it pertains to the overall plot of the campaign. This first post will be devoted to info on the plot. The next one will detail what you know about important NPCs. The third and final one will be general world information that I've had to make up or elaborate on for the sake of this game.
This thread is not for Player discussion. That can be done in the relevant OOC thread.The Players Are:
tallan BowenSilverclaw Agita
What the Heck is Going on?
Your quest began in the sleepy village of Lakeside, located in the nation of Karrnath. Your main goal is to seek clues about a mysterious, fabled artifact for Bordrek Stonefist. He has agreed to pay each of you handsomly for information regarding this artifact, which he has told you is known as "the Maker's Crown." Little is known about the crown, but legends revolve around it much like Eberron's twelve moons circle the planet. Some believe the artifact is tied directly into the Draconic Prophecy, and could be a key to unlocking its mysteries. Some believe it is little more than myth, while others have more outlandish theories (such as one which says that the crown reveals all 13 secret spices in the recipe to Sgt. Feathers' Crispy Couatl Tenders- Fear not, no couatls were harmed in the making of these tasty treats). The most prominent theories suggest that it either doesn't exist or is simply the crown belonging to an ancient king, long forgotten but holding no magical or special properties.
Bordrek wants it for his collection regardless.
Bordrek has sent you on your way already, and the first clues lead you into Karrnath. You are currently travelling the King's Road northward, ever further into the unforgiving Karrnathi winter. In the village of Winterhaven you are to meet an old man who will aid you in your quest for information on the Crown. Little is known of him, and in order to keep his identity safe you have not even been given his name (a practice you may well question, yet perhaps not enough to turn down the chance for gold or glory). In order to ensure you meet with the right old man, you were given a passage to repeat when you first meet him. When you ask him about the surrounding area, he will offer to draw you a map. You will speak the line, "Do the local birds need maps to know which way the wind blows?" He will respond to this pass phrase with, "not on a fair day, but they may when darkness falls." Following that, pass unto him a copper coin that features the portrait of King Kaius of Karrnath, and your exchange will be complete. He will then provide unrestricted aid while within the borders of Winterhaven, at least within his capacity to help.
The party journeyed to Winterhaven, dispatching some kobolds on the way and rescuing a young elf girl. You found your contact, Eilian the Old, in Wrafton's Inn. He told you that strange happenings are afoot, and that his missing friend and contact Douven Staul may be the key to unlocking their mystery. He sent the group off with some maps of the area and a guide, but not before leaving you with a cryptic warning: "Beware the elf girl." The next day, more kobolds were encountered, and it was decided to clear out the infestation, as the whole town had been complaining about the nuisance the night before. However, while chasing a straggler back to its hideout, Curyll the ranger scouted ahead and seemed to have disappeared, leaving the group bewildered. Furthermore, though they had yet to realize it, Minharath the psion had also disappeared. Strangely enough, they happened across a halfling seemingly investigating the same kobold menace. The disappearances continued, dwindling your numbers while bringing other new faces to your fold. Something is rotten in Winterhaven, and you're going to find out what.
The Heroic Spirit
Each of you possesses a unique trait that sets you apart from your peers back home. You have a special destiny, though you may not yet know what it is. You are heroes, and regardless of your personalities or backgrounds, you excel in some area, or otherwise stand out. Perhaps not in the sense that a Goliath stands out in a crowd of Halflings, but those who know what to look for can just tell.Your special nature may just manifest itself in unique ways that you may not even yet understand.
Average Character XP350/1000
Old info on the spirit artifacts for the 3.5 version of the game. Can't bear to part with it, but it does not pertain to the 4E game.
You may have acquired them from different sources, whether you found it lying around during a standard adventure, or you were gifted with the item from someone significant, or what have you. Some of you may not even have known the item was magical until much later, when some silent instinct pushed you on to discover its talents. Some of these powers alter your capabilities in combat or in social situations, while for some the transformation seems to be affecting your own body.
Beyond their normal powers, these items also allow you to mentally summon forth a special item, either a weapon or a shield, allowing you to fight and defend yourself as well as your comrades. For some of you, this item is the very same as the regular artifact item, granting even further powers to fight and defend. What you might not know is that these items are both linked to you, both one in the same as well as an extension of your own will, an expression of your adventuring spirit, and bound to your very soul. What you do know is that these are very special, very unique weapons, and reflect in their design aspects of your own personality. You also know that if broken, these items usually seem to re-form in a matter of days, depending on the damage, though you're not quite sure to what extent this is true.
Each item has unique artifact powers with unique durations and usage rules. The spirit weapon/shield, however, is normally a +1 weapon or a shield providing a +1 to AC and which hovers either directly in front of you or offset from one of your arms. You may summon forth the item with a mental command as a free action, and you may send it away with a similar action. The item's physical appearance is up to you, but regardless is somehow unique, its design distinct from others of its kind. It may appear as a simple etching set into a metal form, or it may even appear to radiate or even be composed of pure energy while wielded by you. If anyone disarms you of the item, it functions as a masterwork item of the same kind, but provides none of the special properties that it has while you wield it- it even appears to be made of normal steel even if normally composed of a special material. You may re-summon the item as a free action on your turn, disappearing from your opponent's hands and appearing in your possession.