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Lunar Patrol – NPC’s or Pregen Characters

Intro

The following group has really been written as a test of the character creation system, for NPC’s and as pre gens for a game I may run in the future. However if a ref has a need of a detailed and interesting lunar patrol for interaction, or recurring NPC’s these guys may make an interesting group.

Group

The core of the group area half crescent(different terms for file) from a mercenary company  of Peltasts called the Sons of the Moon, who usually recruit and operate in Vaunch and Holay and are often hired by the provincial army.  They are currently being rotated through Balazar on garrison duty.

These mercenary’s are lunar worshippers and are loyal to the Empire, they are also a cohesive unit and have been working together for some years, like most units they are prone to resent outsiders.

Attached to these are a young regular provincial army lunar officers who is leading the patrol, and a local guide.

Racius Agga Tarnis – Aged 20, Lunar Officer  Initiate of Yanafal Tarnis

Racius is a younger son of minor noble household from the Raibaith in the heartlands. He signed up to the provincial army as he wants to see combat is keen to make a name himself. Though well connected Racius is keen to make his mark on his own merits. As such wishes he was posted further south where the action is, and is somewhat frustrated with his current assignment.

However he is a very young and junior lunar officer leading a patrol of experienced mercenaries, and feels his lack of experience acutely. He feels somewhat out of his depth with the men, he also has little loyalty to them as he sees them as beneath him.

He is somewhat idealistic and sees that the ‘Sons of the Moon’ are much more practical and grounded . As such he does not know if he can trust his men or his file leader yet. However he has know and worked with a Varanthi number of times before and trusts him.

Racius has used family connections to do a couple of favours for Eryptus so is in the good graces of the garrison commander.

Personal traits: haughty, ambitious, energetic, optimist

Nature:  Praise seeker
Demeanour:  Traditionalist
Physical: Strength 3, Dexterity 3, Stamina 3
Mental : Intelligence 3, Wits 2, Perception 3
Social:  Manipulation 2, Appearance 3, Charisma 3
Talents: Alertness 3, Artistic 2, Athletics 3, Brawl 2, Dodge 3, Empathy 2, Expression 1,  Intimidation 2, Streetwise 1, Subterfuge 1
Skills:  Archery 2, Etiquette 2,Leadership 3, Melee 3, Riding 3, Stealth 1, Survival 1
Knowledge’s: Academics 2, Culture 2, Investigation 1, Languages 2, Medicine 2, Myth 2, Politics 2, Divine Lore 2
Essence: 3
Quintessence: 10 
Willpower: 4
Runes: Moon 3, Truth 3, Death 2
Spirit Magic: Farsee, Befuddle, Glamour, Shimmer, Bladesharp 2, Speedart 2
Rune Magic: Yanafal Tarnis – 7pt pact;
Virtues:  Conviction 4, Loyalty 4, Conciliation 3
Backgrounds: Status *** Resources *** Influence **, Cult status ***, Ransom ***, Mount **
Flaws & Merits:  Favour 2pt- from Eryptus, Geas – Never Lie to a friendly cultist 2pt flaw,  Code of Honour
Gear:  5pts Hoplite Plate Armor,  buckler, kopis 3pt,

Keso  ‘the knife’– Aged 34, Sons of the Moon File leader,  Initiate of Yanafal Tarnis

Keso is a an experienced and hardnosed mercenary from Vaunch, who has been part of the company for 15 years.

He is a capable and highly efficient, who is a good leader and cares for his cresent well, knows his men well and has a good sense how to get the best out of them. He resents the presence of the young officer in with the patrol and believes he could lead this easily himself

His name came as he used to be one of the better knife fighters in the company, however since he has been promoted to file leader, he hasn’t been known to engage in off the books competition.

He is very suspicious of anyone who isn’t part of his crescent, or company. he sees the locals as subhuman savages and not to be trusted, but he takes that view about most people.  However he starting to find a liking for the local dogs.

Personal traits: Aggressive, Loyal, Leader, Suspicious

Nature:  Autocrat
Demeanour:  Guardian
Physical: Strength 3, Dexterity 3, Stamina 4
Mental : Intelligence 2, Wits 2, Perception 3
Social:  Manipulation 3, Appearance 2, Charisma 3
Talents: Alertness 3, Athletics 3, Brawl 3, Dodge 3, Empathy 1, Expression 1, Intimidation 3, Streetwise 3,
Skills:  Archery 3, Leadership 3, Melee 4, Riding 1, Stealth 3, Survival 3
Knowledge’s:  Culture 2, Investigation 2, Languages 2, Medicine 2, Myth 1, Divine Lore 1
Essence: 4
Quintessence: 10 
Willpower: 5
Runes: Moon 2, Truth 1, Death 4
Spirit Magic:  Bladesharp 2, Speedart 2, Protection 2
Rune Magic: Yanafal Tarnis – 7pt pact; True Weapon, Shield
Virtues:  Conviction 4, Loyalty 5, Conciliation 2
Backgrounds: Status ** Resources ** Contacts **** Cult status ***, Ransom **
Flaws & Merits:  Gift –  Killer Instinct, Geas – Mistrust all orlanthi  2pt, Hatred Horseman – 1pt flaw
Gear:  3pts Peltast armor,  buckler, kopis 3pt, 3 javelins 2pt weapons

Felkenna Moondaughter Aged 26, Sons of the Moon Peltast,  Devotee of the Seven mothers

Now in her mid 20’s. Felkenna Is a  former street kid from Mrins cross who has served with the company for 8 years.

She has started to take religion very seriously since a couple of close calls in combat on previous campaigns, and now spends a lot of her off duty at the temple. In the last year she has started to get premonitions and visions when she sleeps near temples and holy sites, the meanings of these dreams are sometimes obvious and sometimes incredibly obscure.

She bores other members of the file with her religion and is openly critical of those she does think are following the lunar way fully and merely paying lip service. Otherwise her demeanour is pleasant and is well liked.

However she has become the files main healer and someone other members turn to in times of stress. Most see her as a religious figure and will give her extra protection if need be.

Personal traits: Spiritual, Judgemental, Patient, Attentive

Nature:  Fundamentalist
Demeanour:  Fanatic
Physical: Strength 3, Dexterity 3, Stamina 2
Mental : Intelligence 2, Wits 2, Perception 3
Social:  Manipulation 3, Appearance 2, Charisma 3
Talents: Alertness 3, Athletics 2, Brawl 2, Dodge 3, Empathy 2, Expression 1, Intimidation 1, Streetwise 2,
Skills:  Archery 2, Leadership 1, Melee 2, Riding 1, Stealth 3, Survival 2
Knowledge’s:  Academics 1, Culture 3, Investigation 2, Languages 3, Medicine 3, Myth 3, Divine Lore 3
Essence: 4
Quintessence: 12
Willpower: 5
Runes: Moon 4, Life 3, Death 1
Spirit Magic:  Befuddle, Heal 3, Protection
Rune Magic: Seven Mothers – 8pt pact; Reflection, Mindblast, Summon Lune
Virtues:  Conviction 5, Loyalty 4, Conciliation 4
Backgrounds: Cult Status **, Allies **, Contact *, Resources **, Ransom **
Flaws & Merits:
hero worship – priests of the lunar empire – 1p flaw, precognition – 4pt merit
Gear:  3pts peltast armor,  buckler, kopis 3pt, 3 javelins 2pt weapons

Barsheen Blueeye – Aged 31, Sons of the Moon Peltast,  Initiate of the Seven mothers

Originally from Farmland near to Mrins cross, and often described by Kesso as a ‘first rate  pain in the ass’. He is constantly complaining and working military and company protocol to his advantage. Also he is adverse to boring and workmanlike elements of being a soldier.

Barsheen is actually an excellent fighter who never takes a step backwards in combat, but he fights for personal pleasure and not the file or the wider cause

He has little to no loyalty to his God or culture and is just trying to get by in life and he has no sense of the greater beyond his own needs.

Barsheen is however funny, and though that humour may be barbed, he also offer people a way out and light entertainment, so he is surprisingly popular amongst the crescent.

Personal traits: Lazy, Aggressive, Unreliable, Dishonest

Nature:  Bravo
Demeanour:  Curmudgeon
Physical: Strength 3, Dexterity 3, Stamina 3
Mental : Intelligence 2, Wits 3, Perception 3
Social:  Manipulation 3, Appearance 2, Charisma 2
Talents: Alertness 3, Athletics 2, Brawl 3, Dodge 3, Empathy 1, Expression 1, Intimidation 2, Streetwise 3,
Skills:  Archery 3, Leadership 1, Melee 4, Stealth 2, Survival 2
Knowledge’s:  Culture 2, Investigation 2, Languages 1, Medicine  2, Myth 1, Politics 2, Divine Lore 1
Essence: 2
Quintessence: 8 
Willpower: 4
Runes: Moon 2, Death 2, Disorder 2
Spirit Magic:  Disruption 3, Bladesharp 2, Protection 3
Rune Magic: Seven Mothers – 4pt pact;
Virtues:  Conviction 4, Loyalty 2, Conciliation 3
Backgrounds: resources **, contacts *, past lives **, cult status *, ransom *
Flaws & Merits:
Cynical nature -2pt merit, marked man flogged – 1pt flaw,-1 social with all lunar officers and Officals, Compulsion – argue with authority 2pt merit.
Gear:  3pts peltast armor,  buckler, kopis 3pt, 3 javelins 2pt weapons

Dinkha the Quiet – Aged 28, Sons of the Moon Peltast,  Initiate of the Seven mothers

Dinkha has proved himself to be a sold and reliable a solid and reliable soldier after a short but notorious as a bruiser for a criminal element in Filichet.  He was sentenced to jail time or signing onto a mercenary company  working for the Lunar provincial army for 7 years.

Has he now only got 2 years to go and is making sure he keeps his nose clean before he leaves. He still finds life in the company constraining and wants to leave as soon as he can. He hopes to go home and go straight if he can. The company see him as a valuable member and are doing all they can to get him to stay on.

His mannerisms are the quiet withdrawn one, but who people lsiten to when he says something.

Dinkha left a girl back home and though he thinks it is unlikely, he still hopes she is still waiting for him In these intervening years he has changed a lot as a character and  developed strong self control.

Also there is another criminal family in Filichet who would still be keen to see him dead, and has yet to come up with a plan to solve that issue.

Personal traits: Reserved, Controlled, Brave, Generous

Nature:  Penitent
Demeanour:  Survivor
Physical: Strength 3, Dexterity 2, Stamina 4
Mental : Intelligence 2, Wits 2, Perception 2
Social:  Manipulation 2, Appearance 3, Charisma 3
Talents: Alertness 3, Athletics 2, Brawl 3, Dodge 3, Empathy 2,  Intimidation 2, Streetwise 2,
Skills:  Archery 3, Leadership 1, Melee 3, Stealth 3, Survival 2
Knowledge’s:  Culture 1, Investigation 2, Languages 1, Medicine  2, Myth 1, Politics 2, Divine Lore 1
Essence: 2
Quintessence: 8 
Willpower: 4
Runes: Moon 2, Mastery 2, Death 2, Man
Spirit Magic:  Protection 2, Bladesharp 2, Disruption
Rune Magic: Seven Mothers – 4pt pact;
Virtues:  Conviction 4, Loyalty 5, Conciliation 2
Backgrounds: Contacts ***, mentor *, cult status *
Flaws & Merits:
Outlaw 2pt flaw, Light Sleeper 1pt merit, Blood Feud 2pt flaw.
Gear:  3pts Peltast Armor,  buckler, Kopis 3pt, 3 javelins 2pt weapons

Domara Brokenshaft – Aged 20, Sons of the Moon Peltast,  Initiate of the Seven mothers

Dorma recently joined after growing up on his family farm near Mrins cross, he is keen to see more of the world than his parents and grandparents did.

He generally is pleased to be living the soldiers life He is strong and fit, though raw and untried. Howevere he has a confidence in his ability to succeed and be a good soldier

His easy manner allows him to get on well with most people and has already found a local girlfriend in Elkoi.

Domara has a great fear or dragonewts, due to brother disappearing in drangenewt ruins a number of years ago

Personal traits: Positive, Impulsive, Brave, Dependable

Nature:  Explorer
Demeanour:  Follower
Physical: Strength 4, Dexterity 3, Stamina 3
Mental : Intelligence 2, Wits 2, Perception 3
Social:  Manipulation 2, Appearance 3, Charisma 3
Talents: Alertness 2, Athletics 2, Brawl 3, Dodge 2, Empathy 2
Skills:  Archery 2, Leadership 1, Melee 3, Stealth 2, Survival 3
Knowledge’s:  Culture 2,  Medicine  2, Myth 2, Spirit Law,  Divine Lore 1
Essence: 2
Quintessence: 8 
Willpower: 4
Runes: Moon 2, Life 2, Death 1, Earth 1
Spirit Magic:  Protection 2, Heal 2, Strength 2
Rune Magic: Seven Mothers – 5pt pact;
Virtues:  Conviction 4, Loyalty 3, Conciliation 2
Backgrounds: family  **, cult status *, status *, resources **, ransom *
Flaws & Merits: Luck 3pt merit,  Acute Hearing, 1pt merit
Gear:  3pts peltast armor, pole axe 4pt weapon, buckler, kopis 3pt, 3 javelins 2pt weapons

Yomadan the Smoke – Aged 26, Sons of the Moon Peltast,  Initiate of the Seven mothers

Once was a scribe in Filichet he lost his job due to excessive Hazia smoking, he was also feft by his wife and young family due to his addiction.

Was recruited when the company was short of men, however he has become a fair soldier when not smoking.

Is consider ‘the educated one’ by all the men and does all the writing for the file, he has even managed to learn passable balazaring in the few weeks he has been here.

Most of the time is likeable and friendly, but unreliable when smoking he drifts into himself and becomes both unengaged and unreliable to those round him.

Personal traits: Cerebral, Unfocused, Optimist, Friendly

Nature:  Survivor
Demeanour:  Deviant
Physical: Strength 2, Dexterity 3, Stamina 3
Mental : Intelligence 4, Wits 3, Perception 2
Social:  Manipulation 3, Appearance 2, Charisma 3
Talents: Alertness 2, Athletics 2, Brawl 2, Dodge 2, Empathy 1, Streetwise 2, Subterfuge 2
Skills:  Archery 2, Commerce 1, Etiquette 2, Leadership 1, Melee 2, Stealth 2, Survival 2
Knowledge’s:  Academics 3, Culture 2, Languages 4, Medicine  2, Myth 2, Divine Lore 2
Essence: 3
Quintessence: 8 
Willpower: 4
Runes: Moon 3, Life 1, Death 1, Truth 2
Spirit Magic:  Befuddle, Heal 2,  Speedart 2, Detect 2
Rune Magic: Seven Mothers – 5pt pact;
Virtues:  Conviction 3, Loyalty 3, Conciliation 4
Backgrounds: family  *, cult status **, status *, resources **, ransom *
Flaws & Merits: Addict Hazia 2pt Flaw,  Lost Love 1pt Flaw
Gear:  3pts peltast armor,  buckler, kopis 3pt, 3 javelins 2pt weapons

Varanthi Redeer -30 Balazaring Guide, Initiate of the Seven mothers

A native Balazaring who has  scouted for the Lunars for 6 years and is well respected by the local garrison.

He was a membere of the  blackniosed deer of a Trilus clan says he fell out with a who fell out with a new clan chief . The real story is that he killed a close friend and fellow clan member in a fight over a woman, which still haunts him to this day.

He knows Balazar well and can lead Lunar Patrols deep into Balazar and the Elder wilds, he does understand New Pelorian but his speaking of it is poor.

As a result he often gets poorly treated by the mercenaries on rotation. he is even tempered enough to deal with usually but has been known to lose his temper  if anyone mistreats his dogs.

Personal traits:

Nature:  Wanderer
Demeanour:  Follower
Physical: Strength 2, Dexterity 4, Stamina 4
Mental : Intelligence 2, Wits 3, Perception 4
Social:  Manipulation 2, Appearance 2, Charisma 2
Talents: Alertness 3, Athletics 3, Brawl 3, Dodge 3, Empathy 1, Intimidation 2, Streetwise 1,
Skills:  Archery 4, Melee 3, Stealth 4, Survival 4
Knowledge’s:  Culture 1, Languages 1, Medicine  3, Myth 2, Politics 2, Divine Lore 1, Spirit Lore 2
Essence: 3
Quintessence: 8 
Willpower: 4
Runes: Moon 2, Death 3, Harmony 2, Movement 2
Spirit Magic:  Mobility 2, Multimissile 3, Speedart 2, Bandits cloak, Peaceful Cut; Farsee
Rune Magic: Foundchild – 5pt pact; Seven Mothers – 2pt Pact;
Virtues:  Vigor 4 Trust 3 Generosity 3
Backgrounds: Dogs **, Status *, Ransom *, Resources *, Cult Status **
Flaws & Merits: Dark Secret (murdered a clan mate in fight over a woman) 1pt , Nightmares 1pt flaw
Gear: 1pts leathers, sling 2pt weapon, bolas, kopis 3pt, traps and snares

Twisted Giants of the Elder Wilds

Two twisted giants write ups, well one and one that formed into something a little different in the write up;

Annis the One Eye

This 7 meter tall ‘Giant’ has only moved into the Elder Wilds region in the last 30 years. Originating from Near the Blue Moon plateau, something has drawn this beast towards the Elder Wilds.

His skin is made of rough armoured grey plates and most of the  time he walks on all fours placing his weight on the back of his forearms like a oversized Gorilla. His face sports one lidless eye and no other features, and the palms of his forearms contain two gaping mouths similar to those of Krashtkids.

He has the chaotic ability to discorporate and attack other giants in spirit combat, if he wins he forcers the giants spirit into his old body anda chaotic taint and he then starts the process of corruption upon the new body. The giants of giant land know this and are both hunting him but scared to confront him.

He is actually being drawn to chaos holy ground and plans to make ritual sacrifice there for more chaotic features .

He is escorted by a pack of broo who have decided to follow him since he has entered the Elder Wilds region. he finds them useful annoying but amusing at the same time and has tolerated them for the moment.

If Gon Orta hears of his whereabouts he will hire any group of heros powerful enough he comes across to track down and kill this abomination.

Annis is not actually a giant but a spirit of corruption which has been gifted with the ability to posses giants bodies. Killing its current host body will not destroy it but force it back to Spirit Plane where it will bid its time before it can return again.

Annis has a particular dislike for gentled giants and wishes to posses those more than any other.

Nature:  Corrupter
Demeanor:  Monster
Physical: Strength  9*, Dexterity 1, Stamina 11
Mental : Intelligence 3, Wits 4, Perception 4
Social:  Manipulation 3, Appearance 0, Charisma 1
Talents: Alertness 3, Athletics 1, Brawl 3*, Intimidation 3
Skills:  Melee 4*, Survival 2
Knowledge’s: Medicine 3, Myth 1, Spirit Lore 4
Essence: 2
Quintessence:7
Willpower:3
Runes: Chaos 6, Spirit 4, Movement 2
Spirit Magic: Spirit Block 4, Heal 3,
Higher Magic: 8pts from ; Corruption, Blessing of Chaos, Fear, Madness
Virtues: None
Backgrounds: Followers 3
Flaws & Merits: Extra health levels * 5, Natural Armour 4 pts, spirit combat attack

blue wood pic

Rasulan

Formerly a 10m giant, but is now very slowly shrinking and melting away. He was previously a Gentled Giants and a disciple of Gon Orta til about 30 years ago Granny Keeneyes lured him to festering isles and he was corrupted by her magics and the proximity of the chaos well at the bottom of the lagoon.

Has since taken the form of a shambling oozing giant humanoid mess, with Gorps like creatures coalescing on its torso and limbs and sliding off in its wake. He currently stands at 8 meters in height and is slowly loosing body mass.

If engaged in combat  he emits a vociferous odour and characters must make stamina roll to be able to approach to attack, he is also capable of launching Gorps as missile weapons 4 times a day, is capable of fully regenerating damage bit must ‘use’ of one its Gorp attacks to do so.

Rasulan is not a creature who has embraced chaos he has just been corrupted by it, he is not particularly evil or vicious, he knows that his nature is an affront to Glorantha, he is just not ready to end yet.

He  tries to find uninhabited regions to skulk off into to hide from all, but even in the Elder Wilds he cannot be far from everyone all the time. However when hunted, pressed or attacked he defends his megre life with a vicious rage that comes from deep within.

Hated by trolls who  call him ‘stink’ and actively hunt him, but he has so far killed 3 Zorak Zoran war parties which have tracked him  down. Since which point there has been a fair bit of hunting, but not a lot of finding going on.

Nature:  Survivor
Demeanor: Loner
Physical: Strength  8*, Dexterity 1, Stamina 8
Mental : Intelligence 2, Wits 1, Perception 3
Social:  Manipulation 1, Appearance 0, Charisma 1
Talents: Alertness 2, Athletics 1, Brawl 3*, Intimidation 4
Skills:  Missile 3, Melee 3*, Survival 2
Knowledge’s: Myth 1, Spirit Lore 1
Essence: 2
Quintessence: 6
Willpower: 6
Runes: Earth 1, Disorder 2, Man 1
Spirit Magic: Heal 2, Slow
Higher Magic: None
Virtues: None
Flaws & Merits: Extra health levels * 5, Throw/Create Gorp, Stink, Regeneration, Acid Touch

New Giants Encounters of the Elder Wilds

Three new wild giant encounters to add to the setting.

Ripper

Standing at 10 meters tall ripper is well over 100 years old. As name would suggest is a violent and angry giant. The has a known range in the more mountainous areas of the Bear Hills and Woods.  He wears little in the way of  clothing and but has taken the time to fashion a pine tree into a passable wooden sword.

He is well aware of Elves, trolls and humans in the proximity. Due to previous encounters with Zorac Zoran trolls who called him a chaos monster before attacking him. Ripper has developed a deep almost pathological dislike of Trolls.

The Elves and runners of Bear Hills have been known to antagonise Ripper and let him chase them into groups of nearby trolls, therefore using him as an unwitting ally. The outcome is invariably the same, a combat in which the trolls fair badly and Ripper will use a number of trollkin as missile weapons. A tactic which is rarely effective but that Ripper enjoys. However when he gets hold of larger trolls or other creatures, ripper will rip them asunder and hurl the remaining parts at their demoralised foes.

As such trolls, elves and humans avoid Rippers range as much as possible, leaving him to his own devices.

Ripper is also not the brightest of Giants, and for some reason he perceives humans as potential giants if they would only grow at a decent rate. He is usually fascinated by them, thought he encounters them rarely. However when he is annoyed, grumpy or hungry ( as he often is ) they can still be the subject of his ire, or appetite.

Rippers only friend is Bunscoto the Giant who will visit him every couple of years.

Nature:  Loner
Demeanor:  Survivor
Physical: Strength  14*, Dexterity 2, Stamina 12
Mental : Intelligence 1, Wits 2, Perception 3
Social:  Manipulation 1, Appearance 2, Charisma 1
Talents: Alertness 3, Athletics 2, Brawl 4*, Intimidation 4
Skills: Crafts 1, Melee 4*, Survival 2
Knowledge’s: Medicine 3, Myth 1, Spirit Lore 1
Essence: 2
Quintessence:7
Willpower:3
Runes: Earth 1, Disorder 2, Man 1
Spirit Magic: Slow, Heal 2
Higher Magic: None
Virtues: Vigor 4, Trust 1, Generosity 1
Backgrounds: None
Flaws & Merits: Acute smell, Extra health levels * 5
Gear: Large Wooden sword – 6 pts weapon

glacier pic

Kanbra Lizard Rider

At 6 meters a relatively young giant who enjoys the wild and solitude. He doesn’t care much for company people or civilizations, avoiding giant land and shunning troll and human civilization when he can.

Kanbra has set his goal of riding a thunder lizard. To this end he follows different packs of thunder lizards round the north plain. Often trying to mount one of them,  sometimes succeeding but never staying on for more than  a couple of minutes. Most of the thunder lizards on the north plain now know his scent and have become wary of him.

He is a young lithe and relatively dextrous giant with the range of motion and speed of movement which would not be uncommon in a human.  He like to climb, jump, run and otherwise amuse himself  with exercise.   Her has even develop camouflage skills and can hide himself in the wild in ways which would be surprising for a giant of his size.

The elves of the Eorling wilds watch him from afar amused by his antics, but view him as a potential threat to their forests.  As such they have dispatched a runner to act as his playmate and keep him away from the Aldyami Forests.

Nature: Daredevil
Demeanor:  Daredevil
Physical: Strength 8*, Dexterity 3, Stamina 8
Mental : Intelligence 2, Wits 2, Perception 2
Social: Manipulation 1, Appearance 3, Charisma 1
Talents: Alertness 3, Athletics 4, Brawl 3*, Intimidation 2
Skills: Crafts 2, Melee 3*, Stealth 2, Survival 2
Knowledge’s: Medicine 3, Myth 1, Spirit Lore 1
Essence: 2
Quintessence: 7
Willpower:  3
Runes:  Air 1, Disorder 1, Man 1
Spirit Magic: Co-ordination 2, Farsee
Higher Magic: None
Virtues: Vigor 4, Trust 2, Generosity 2
Backgrounds: Ally 1
Flaws & Merits: Acute smell, Extra health levels * 3
Gear: Furs – 1pt, Giant Club – 4pt

Kosa Tol

Kosa is an 8 meter tall giant who is one of the larger guardians of then Troll Temple complex at Blackspire Gorge.

Is part of the Trang tribe of trolls and a full initiate of Kygor Litor. He joined the tribe over 60 years ago and is a well known and well liked part of the tribe.

He wields a large metal spike club, and wears dinosaur hide armour made for him by the tribe. He rarely is called upon to fight and the threat of Kosa Tol is enough to settle many internal disputes or scare off most threats.

Kosa is loyal to the Great Old Mother and the leaders of the Trang tribe and very much sees the trolls as his people.  He is particularly friendly with a older troll priestess called Sur Mais and her family, it was Sur Mais who brought him into the tribe all those years ago.

A great fan of trollball who has been known to desert his post to go and watch a  game. He will talk for hours to anyone who will listen to him on the subject. Though he  is well known for being biased in favor of Trang teams and therefore isn’t allowed to referee the games.

Gon Orta has offered to teach him the wisdom and ways of the Great Giants and Kosa is considering the offer, but his tribe are not keen on him leaving for that long.

He visits the castle most years as the trolls use Kosa to clear the way through the snow for the first caravan into giant land every sea season. He gets on well with the other giants there and has little trouble following Gon Ortas rules.

Nature: Reveller
Demeanor:  Bravo
Physical: Strength 10*, Dexterity 2, Stamina 9
Mental : Intelligence 2, Wits 2, Perception 2
Social: Manipulation 1, Appearance 3, Charisma 2
Talents: Alertness 3, Athletics 1, Brawl 4*, Intimidation 4
Skills:  Melee 4*, Survival 1
Knowledge’s: Culture 2, Medicine 3, Myth 1, Spirit Lore 1
Essence: 2
Quintessence: 8
Willpower:  4
Runes:  Darkness 3, Disorder 1, Man 1
Spirit Magic: Co-ordination 2, Bludgeon 2, Darkwall, Heal 2
Higher Magic: None
Virtues: Vigor 3, Trust 3, Generosity 4
Backgrounds: Cult status 2, Status 2, Allies 2,
Flaws & Merits: Acute Smell,Extra health levels * 4
Gear: Dinosaur Armour – 4pt, Giant Maul – 5pt

*Note giants can only use there strength up to there melee skill for attack dice pool, so effective there dice pool is twice there melee stat. Full strength is used on damage dice pool.

Tusk Riders in Balazar: How to use them.

I published this nasty group of Tusk Riders about a month ago and got comments which suggested they were a little over powered and would make a mess of anything found in Balazar.

Both of which were true, but hadn’t phased me as these guys are not designed to be one (or many) combat encounter, but are designed to be a campaign plot theme. However seeing as I had not stated as such its very understandable that readers had not understood this.

descent pic

Background Principles

I have a number of thoughts as regards major plot which will be going on in the campaign setting;

  • Not everything going in a campaign setting on is at the players power level or is their business.
  • What the players can’t cope with shouldn’t come knocking down their door.
  • Things are in motion whether the players react or not
  • There should be a couple of believable safety valves to stop players directly getting involved with plots well beyond their power levels.
  • Ongoing ripples and consequences from these larger plots should be creating an impact on the lives of the characters.
  • All plot should aid in revealing parts of the story which are interesting to the players
  • As characters grow in power they are impacted more by higher level plots & foes
  • Solutions to campaign level plot require allies and politics as much as stats and powers

I would define the tusk rider as this type of  ongoing major plot device, which add background colour and teaches them about the campaign setting whilst the players can deal with their own plot.

For example,

My characters are a small party of Lunar fixers and hired help on their way to Elkoi. They are met by a Balazaring Clan who claim to be loyal to the Lunars and King Glyptus but have suffered at the hands of the Tusk Riders. The players are requested to pass this message on the Lunars in Elkoi, with complaints  about the actions of these lunar agents. This message is delivered and some political wrangling happens just at the periphery of the characters vision.

This slight interaction very quickly tells the players the following facts about the campaign setting;

  • The lunar administration is divided
  • King Glyptus is Weak
  • Some balazaring clans are Loyal
  • Halycon Von Enkorth is playing a high risk game

It could also create a whole storyline of being sent to molify the aggrieved clan without fighting the Tusk Riders, or being sent to rebuke the tusk riders on behalf of the empire.

Also an event as large as the tusk riders arriving in Elkoi lands  has a number of knock on effects, and could have more especially if Halycon sets the tusk riders in the rebel clans in Elmwood.

  • Accelerates the loss of loyalty from Elkoi clans
  • Heightens tensions between Trilus and Lunars
  • Destabilises the reign of King Glyptus
  • Heightens tension between Erpytus and Halycon
  • Brings Toraths Orlanthi out onto the west plain out to fight the threat
  • Creates 2 or 3 seasons of skirmishes and instability out on the west plain

So am using them to create a sense of movement, politics and threat whilst the players are still in the mindset of “That is dangerous let’s not go near it.”.

When I want to introduce direct interaction with them to campaign I will look to do the following to ensure we do for maximum game fun;

  • Players encounter small rides of appropriate power.
  • Players encounter them in the presence of potential allies for a stronger ride.
  • Players get the chance to ambush a stronger ride.
  • Tusk rider will be keen to taken on softer targets than the players without good reason.

Hopefully these initial encounters lead to a series of more direct encounters with the tusk riders in small groups which may be more challenging.

WOD:Glorantha – Balazaring Character Archetypes

Seeing as I have got the character definition a system just about started I thought id start to stat a few things up with as a test, below are the archetypes for the Balazar region.

These are quick stats for generic people you may meet and a nice place to start from if you are building more fully rounded NPC’s. I will fill out a few more types later in other posts but here some balazaring archetypes top start with.

From this point on all NPC’s and encounters will defined by WOD:Glorantha and maybe links to RQ6 encounter generator and any subsequent incarnations.

Archetype –  Balazaring Hunter, Foundchild initiate

Nature:                  Varied
Demeanour:        Predator/Traditionalist/Wanderer/Survivor
Physical:               Strength  2, Dexterity 3, Stamina 3
Mental :                 Intelligence 2, Wits 2, Perception 3
Social:                     Manipulation 2, Appearance 2, Charisma 2
Talents:                  Alertness 3, Athletics 2, Brawl 2, Dodge 2,
Skills:                      Archery 3, Crafts 2 , Melee 2, Stealth 2, Survival 3
Knowledge’s:      Culture 2, Medicine 3, Myth 1, Spirit Lore 1
Essence:                 2
Quintessence:     7
Willpower:            3
Runes:                    Fire 1, Death 2, Harmony 2,
Spirit Magic:        Beast Call 2, Disruption 2, Mobility 2,Speedart
Higher Magic:     None
Virtues:                  Vigor 3, Trust 3, Generosity 3
Backgrounds:     Cult Status 1, Destiny, Family 2, Past Lives 2 Witta 2
Flaws & Merits:  None
Gear:                       2H Spear 3pt, Hand Axe 2pt, 1 pt furs

Archetype –  Balazaring Raider, Foundchild initiate

Nature:                 Varied
Demeanour:       Predator/Traditionalist/Wanderer/Survivor
Physical:               Strength  3, Dexterity 3, Stamina 3
Mental :                 Intelligence 2, Wits 2, Perception 3
Social:                    Manipulation 2, Appearance 2, Charisma 2
Talents:                 Alertness 3, Athletics 2, Brawl 3, Dodge 3,
Skills:                     Archery 3, Crafts 2 , Melee 3, Stealth 2, Survival 3
Knowledge’s:     Culture 2, Medicine 2, Myth 2, Spirit Lore 1
Essence:                2
Quintessence:    7
Willpower:            4
Runes:                    Air 1, Death 2, Harmony2,
Spirit Magic:        Beast Call 2, Disruption 2, Mobility 2,Speedart, Bladesharp 2
Higher Magic:     None
Virtues:                  Vigor 4, Trust 3, Generosity 3
Backgrounds:     Cult Status 1, Destiny, Family 2, Past Lives 2 Witta 2
Flaws & Merits:  None
Gear:                       2H spear 3pt, Hand Axe 2pt, Heavy Furs or leathers 2pt

Archetype –  Balazaring Gatherer, Hearth Mother Initiate

Nature:
Demeanour:         Traditionalist/Wanderer/Follower/Survivor
 Physical:               Strength  2, Dexterity 2, Stamina 3
Mental :                  Intelligence 2, Wits 3, Perception 3
Social:                     Manipulation 2, Appearance 2, Charisma 2
Talents:                  Alertness 3, Athletics 2, Brawl 2, Dodge 2,
Skills:                      Archery 2, Crafts 3 , Melee 2, Stealth 2, Survival 3
Knowledge’s:      Culture 2, Medicine 3, Myth 3, Spirit Lore 2
Essence:                 2
Quintessence:     7
Willpower:            3
Runes:                    Fire 2, Life 2, Man
Spirit Magic:        Beast Call 2, Disruption 2, Mobility 2,Speedart, Bladesharp 2
Higher Magic:     None
Virtues:                  Resilient 3, Trust 3, Compassion 3
Backgrounds:     Cult Status 1, Destiny, Family 2, Past Lives 2 Witta 2
Flaws & Merits:   None
Gear:                      2pt spear, 2pt knife, 1 pt furs or leathers.

Archetype –  Balazaring Citadel Warrior, Yelamlio Initiate
Nature:                  Varied
Demeanour:        Bravo/Cavalier/Traditionalist/Preditor/Survivor
Physical:               Strength  3, Dexterity 3, Stamina 3
Mental :                 Intelligence 2, Wits 2, Perception 3
Social:                    Manipulation 2, Appearance 2, Charisma 2
Talents:                  Alertness 2, Athletics 2, Brawl 3, Dodge 3,
Skills:                      Archery 3, Crafts 2 , Melee 3, Stealth 2, Survival 2
Knowledge’s:      Culture 2, Medicine 2, Myth 2, Spirit Lore 1
Essence:                 2
Quintessence:     7
Willpower:            4
Runes:                    Fire 2, Death 2,  Truth 1,
Spirit Magic:        Protection 2, Disruption 2,Speedart,  Bladesharp 2
Rune Magic:         None
Virtues:                   Vigor 4, Trust 3, Generosity 3
Backgrounds:      Cult Status 2, Destiny, Past Lives 2, Status 1, Witta 2
Flaws & Merits:   Geas -Never trust a foreigner,
Gear:                        2h Long spear 3pt, Battle Axe 3pt, 3pt Light Scale, Medium shield 1pt

Archetype –  Balazaring Pig Farmer, Yelmalio lay member
Nature:
Demeanour:         Follower/Curmudgeon/Traditionalist
Physical:                Strength  2, Dexterity 2, Stamina 2
Mental :                  Intelligence 2, Wits 2, Perception 2
Social:                     Manipulation 2, Appearance 2, Charisma 2
Talents:                  Alertness 2, Athletics 2, Brawl 2, Dodge 2,
Skills:                      Animal Care 3, Crafts 2 , Commerce 2, Melee 1
Knowledge’s:      Culture 2, Medicine 2, Myth 1, Divine Lore 1
Essence:                 1
Quintessence:     4
Willpower:            3
Runes:                    Fire 1, Truth 1, Life 1,
Spirit Magic:         Endurance,  Heal, Becalm
Rune Magic:          None
Virtues:                   Vigor 2, Trust 4, Generosity 4
Backgrounds:       Cult Status 1, Family 2,  Property 1, Status 2, Witta 2
Flaws & Merits:   None
War Gear:               Knife 1pt,  Club 1pt, leathers 1pt

Archetype –  Balazaring Crafter, Yelmalio lay member
Nature:                    Varied
Demeanour:          Architect/Follower/Perfectionist /Traditionalist
Physical:                 Strength  2, Dexterity 2, Stamina 2
Mental :                    Intelligence 2, Wits 3, Perception 2
Social:                       Manipulation 2, Appearance 2, Charisma 2
Talents:                    Alertness 2, Athletics 2, Brawl 2, Dodge 2,
Skills:                        Crafts 4 , Commerce 2, Melee 1
Knowledge’s:        Culture 2, Medicine 2, Myth 1, Divine Lore 1
Essence:                  2
Quintessence:      7
Willpower:             3
Runes:                      Fire 2, Truth 2, Mastery
Spirit Magic:         Endurance,  Crafters boon, Glue, Repair
Rune Magic:          None
Virtues:                   Vigor 3, Trust 3, Generosity 3
Backgrounds:       Cult Status 1, Family 2, Influence 1, Status 2, Witta 2
Flaws & Merits:    None
War Gear:                1H Short Spear 2pt, knife 1pt leathers 1pt

Tusk Riders in Balazar

Introduction

Recently upon the word of the Aid to the Lunar Minister of Provencal Security concerning Balazar and its domains, Uhtan (Warlord) Ravic Deadman has been promised silver and hunting and raiding rights across significant land in Balazar, if he would bring a warband to support the work of the Lunar Empire for 2 years

Uhtan Ravic Deadman has brought 5 rides of Tusk riders north in his Warband, he knows the promises made are unlikely to be kept, but has little interest in land rights or hunting grounds. What he wants is the ability to raid, fight, bully and steal with the backing of the Lunar authorities. He knows this contract will go wrong but wants to cause as much harm and make as much profit as much as possible before it does.

Each ride of warriors is independent and only Ravics brutal personality keeps them together as a warband. The different rides will most often raid and work independently, but come together to camp in their hastily built stockade in the southern West Plain. Gold is paid to Ravic on a per job basis from Halycon and the tuskers riders are often used to  support Barons Blackshields.

Ravic does not believe that any of the Balazarings can stand against his riders and there are few that can. Small bands and individual  tusk riders travel north from the stinking forest time to time to join what is considered to be a successful war band.

broken land pic

Uhtan Ravic Deadman

A grizzled old tusk ride of some 35 years of age, he was been fighting and raiding since the age of nine and is still alive where few of his comrades are. Ruthless, violent, cruel, cunning and vicious he is everything a tusk rider leader should be.

He has travelled all over dragon pass, deep into Prax,  and has been north into Balazar twice before. The Uhtan has successfully lead his ride for over ten years now, but has taken his current title only for the past two. However he found little difficulty in raising five rides for the war band and is considered a successful leader.

Despite his cruelness and demeanour, Ravic is an incredibly bright individual who can see subtleties in situations and anticipate what will happen in the future very well.  This makes him cautious and he makes decisions defensively and always assumes he will be double crossed in any given situation.

Ravic is a powerful servant  of the bloody tusk and has bound spirits in hands taken from a Chalana Arroy priestess, an Issaries priest and a Orlanthi warrior. He rides beast of a Tusker which has been awaken by Ravics allied spirit and is known simply as Gore.

The deadmen

Ravics personal ride are called the Deadmen and they decorate their armour with the bones of humans, and there tuskers with the bones of various mounts so they often look like undead at first glance. There are about 30 tusk riders in the pack. The Uhtan keeps his  4 lieutenants in competition and conflict with each other, but if someone gets powerful enough to be  thinking about a challenge they are killed or thrown out of the ride.

Blood Rain

A ride of 18 tusk riders who are well travelled through dragon pass and down into Kethelia, they are experienced warriors and  are a highly efficient and effective unit.  They have been working with Uhtan Ravic on and off for 2 years now and have a good understanding with him.

The rides Athan is Snape Longeye, a particularly sly individual, who is fond of the ambush and the sneak attack. The rides name comes from the habit of hanging their prisoners upside down, and draining their blood onto the celebrating warriors underneath

A notable figure as well as Snape is ‘Draco the Wild’ an up and coming tusk rider of 14 years, who fights with the vigour of youth and experience of a warriors twice his age. A few in the war band mark him for either great things or a dagger in the back.

The Ironfist

A ride of experienced mercenaries who are much travelled, the ride contains 12 Tusk Riders who are known to worship both Zorac Zoran and the Bloody Tusk. This is their first time working with Uhtan Ravic, but both have good reputations  and expect the arrangement to go well.

The ride is named after a mystic item which the rides Atan wears, this iron gauntlet grants the wearer the power to catch an opponent’s weapon in combat.

The current Atan is Frac the Black, who took the group over 2 seasons ago after challenging the previous Atan. He is a fearsome warriors with nothing subtle about him.

Deathbringers

The 8 tusk riders of this ride follow Atan ‘Raki the Cheetah’ a former Agimori from Prax who was captured and then survived tusk rider initiation over 10 years ago.

Due to Atan Raki  still feeling the needing to prove himself the Deathbringers are more intentionally cruel than other rides. They  also take more risks and have a much higher mortality rate. The surviving riders are very competent and ruthless warriors.

They have rode in Prax and the Stinking Forest previously and have only worked with Uhtan Ravic once before.

Ravagers

A ride of younger less experienced 16 tusk riders from the stinking forest, they are much less experienced and more arrogant than other riders. It is the first time they have followed Uhtan Ravic and he wouldn’t have taken them on if he could have got a more experience ride.

They are good time boys, who have only encountered battle on home turf with superior numbers to this point.  There Artan is a female tusk rider called Wispa who is a competent warrior but has to use  her powerful sexuality to control the ride.

Terms 

Ride – A permanent group of 5 to 35 Tusker Riders  who follow an Atan and have family lies or connections.

Warband – A collection of rides lead by an Uhtan or war leader, this group is only ever temporary in nature and its continued survival is dependent upon the strength of its leader, the opportunity and the current success of the campaign.

Atan – Ride Leader loyal to no one, whose cooperation is earned or bought by a Uhtan

Uhtan – A warband Leader

Guttuz War Parties

Culture:  Mixed

Cults:  Zorac Zoran, Kyger Litor, Zong

Found: Bear Woods, Bear Hills

The Guttuz tribe is on permanent war footing at the moment, they are fighting the  Aldyami of Bear Woods, and pushing deeper into the woodlands. This fight is also bringing them into conflict with Balazaring hunters of the area, and some of the chaos emanating from festering isle. Also there is also some internal conflict with some clans unhappy with the new tribal leadership.

As a result of this most encounters with  the Guttuz will be predominantly violent.  Encounters can take a number of different forms.

Undead Raiders

The Guttuz are sending parties of animated undead into enemy territory with orders to destroy all non troll sentiment life they can find. They tend to comprise of a  small number of troll zombies and a larger number of skeletons which could be trollkin or human.

They will not negotiate, talk, use tactics, or ambush in anyway. They will just walk towards the party or other targets and try to kill them .

It is very possible that any corpses found in the troll side of the bear woods will be  reanimated at some point.

  Small Party Large Party
Dark Troll Zombie 1d4 – 1 2d2
Great troll Zombie 1d4 -3 1d3 – 1
Human skeleton 1d6 -2 1d6 -2
Trollkin Skeleton 2d4 2d4 + 4

 

Trollkin Raiders

Trollkin raiding parties are also being sent out, primarily to skirmish and kill, but also to set fires in the woods and engage in other acts of guerrilla warfare.

The skirmishing groups main targets are lone elves, runners, Balazaring women and children. They are trying to avoid conflict with groups warriors and inflict damage on more vulnerable targets.

The raiding parties will always be encountered at night, they will send scouts out before them and will usually know of the players first. Groups that seem weak or unprepared will be viable targets, stronger well guarded groups will be avoided, thought is possible night guards will spot the trollkin scouts as they leave the area.

If there were to attack the trollkin would skirmish concentrating most of their fire own on target will it goes down, then they move onto the next one.

  Trollkin Raiders
Superior Trollkin Leader 1
Trollkin Raiders 1d3 + 1
Trollkin Hunters 2d4 + 2
Watch Beetle 1d4 -1

 

Full War party

A full war party is a full gang of trollkin skirmishes with a group of trolls attached to it. They have been drilled in certain styles of fighting, and will use the same tactic in most situations. This group is mainly local hunters organised into a raiding party with one or two m,l       ore civilised Zorac Zoarn followers leader the party.

The Tribe will send a full war party out against a known target usually identified by trollkin raiders. Their targets will almost always groups of warriors of full communities of either humans or elves.

However they will be very happy to fight any random players they happen to stumble upon. The only exception this may be a troll party, but that may still turn into a fight.

The party travels with 3 trollkin scouts out front, and one to the rear. When combat is initiated the trollkin skirmish line will engage for 2 or 3 rounds with the trolls and zombies hidden out of site. They will then break and run back towards the group of trolls hoping the enemy will give chase.

At that point the trolls and zombies will charge( or stumble) into a hopefully disorganised enemy. If the opposition does not give chase the trolls will charge anyway. Finally the remaining trollkin return in flanking positions from which they attack with missiles or close for the kill.

This will be a very dangerous combat encounter for most parties and should be used scarcely because of such. Allowing the players to retreat early is always an option, or it the players are going down a counter attack by elves or hunters who have been tracking the war party may make for a longer game.

  War Party
Dark Troll ZoraK Zoran warriors 1
Dark Troll Raiders 1d3
Dark Troll Hunters 1d4
Great Troll Raiders 1d3-2
Great Troll Hunters 1d4-2
Great Troll Zombie 1d4 -2
Dark Troll Zombie 1d6 -2
Superior Trollkin Leader 1d3
Trollkin Raiders 1d3 + 1
Trollkin Hunters 2d4 + 2
Watch Beetle 1d4 -1

Troll Trader – Encounter

Culture: Barbarian

Cults: Argan Argar

Found: Troll lands, Troll Hunting lands, Open Hunting Lands, Giant Land

Local traders can sometime be found travelling out from the central areas of the troll hills or trade with wild and hunters clans, or set up trade between Gork Hills and Troll hills.

This is not a large trade caravan which will pass through between Dragori Inkarth and troll hills or but  a lone trader and a handful of trollkin guards trying to turn a profit by taking goods from the central troll lands to the outer reaches of the Elder Wilds.

Wares will usually be metal items, pottery items, textiles and more exotic troll foodstuffs, these would be usually traded for furs, ivories, charms and interesting items clans may have picked up.

The trader will seek to avoid all contact with none trolls unless he can be sure they are friendly, as risks will far outweigh any potential profit opportunities.

If encountered at night players will usually encounter a lone scout first who will spot the players, and report back and lead the caravan away from the party. Unless one of the extreme scenarios below is in play.

If the players encounter the trader in the day he will be sleeping in cover with one of the trollkin on watch. If the players are spotted depends very much on the trollkins diligence and skill.

If the players get close to the trader he will never initiate combat, but try to negotiate and talk his way out of any situation. If attacked the trollkin guards will engage and he will attempt to escape to the best of his abilities.

If you want to force a more meaningful encounter between the trader and the players these extreme scenarios will make the Trader interact with the players;

  • Trader is fleeing from foe and needs help (trolls, baboons, elves, humans, chaos )
  • Trader is badly injured and trollkin approach party to heal him however they don’t speak any human tongues
  • Trader is lost and needs directions, will send trollkin to approach the players before he does.
  • Trader is currently being attacked and trapped in a defensive position by Wild animals, chaos, trolls, elves, or baboons, the players may help or ignore.
  • The Trader has an item worthless for trolls which he thinks is highly valuable to the players and needs to approach them to sell.
  • The Traders pack beetles have died and he needs help moving his goods.

Stats

 
Troll Merchant 1
Raider Trollkin 1d3
Hunter Trollkin 1d8 -2
Worker labourer 1d4 +2
Pack Beetles 1d3 + 1
Guard Beetles 1d6 -2

Troll Wild Clan

Culture: Wild

Cults: Zong the Hunter, Kygor Lytor

Found: Troll Lands, Troll Hunting Grounds

Most troll wild clans are nomadic the same as the Balazarings Hunters. It is not rare to find primitive troll clans travelling outside traditional troll hunting grounds but in times of scarcity it can happen all too often.  They will not choose to enter into elf, dwarf or humans strongholds, but may often be found in neutral areas such as the North Plain, or the Dangerground.

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They will usually have set up temporary camp in caves, gullies or in thick forest with little direct sunlight. Lookouts are usually posted, but in daylight hours it would be possible for the careful party to discover the trolls before the troll are alerted to them.

A clan will include dark troll hunters, some warriors, trollkin, mothers and troll children, and will always be led by rune level leaders usually of Zong or Kyger Lytor. The clan may be stationary and settled somewhere or on the move to new hunting grounds.

This will not  be entirety of the clan, but the core of the clan when there are numbers of hunting and gathering groups separate from the main group.

The priority for the clan will be to keep the characters away from the mothers and children, and they will become desperate and immediately violent if they think either is under threat. However if the party is not posing a threat, a weak clan will not seek a pointless fight, a weak and hungry clan may.

This can create some interesting opportunities for dialogue and trade, troll hunting clans are interested to news regarding prey and dangers( elves, dwarves, chaos and rival trolls tribes ), they will be interested in metal tools and weapons. They may also be interested in threatening the party into providing them a service such as dealing with a chaos threat, raiding local rivals or seeking directions to safe hunting grounds.

In combat there first response will be to form a perimeter between the party and mothers and children and fight a retreat. Once the mothers and children are a safe distance away they will then send a war party after the characters, either to chase them away or to finish them off.

RQ Encounter Generator

 

Small Clan Medium Clan Large Clan
Dark Troll War Leader 0 1 1
Dark Troll Spiritual Leader 0 – 1  1 1 -3
Dark Troll Hunter Leader 1 1 -2 2 -4
Dark Troll Mothers 5 -10 10 – 14 12 – 22
Dark Troll Raiders 0-2 0 -4 1 -4
Great Troll Raiders 0 0 – 2 0 -4
Dark Troll Hunters 4 – 8 6 – 14 10 -22
Great Troll Hunters 0 -1 0 – 2 1 – 5
Raider Trollkin 2 -4 2 – 6 4 – 12
Hunter Trollkin 11 -24 16 – 32 12 – 36
Worthless Trollkin 6 -16 8 – 18 10 -22

Troll Priest

Culture:  Civilized

Cults:  Kigor Litor, Xiola Umbar, Argan Argar, Gorakiki

Found: Troll Lands

In the Elder wilds a troll priest is almost always a  member of one of the civilized clans, wild and hunter clans tend to have their spiritual needs met by shamans.

A troll priest found outside of the major troll centres will usually be on cult business. This could be a simple as visiting a clan to resolve an issue, declare a judgement on a inter clan matter or be on some king of spiritual or practical quest for their cult.

A priest will be interested in outsiders, she will want to know who they are, why they are here, what they want and what that means for her God. Responses will depend very much on the nature of the priests God, the nature of the players and the responses of the players.  Troll priest tend to be subtle for trolls so combat then dinner  is not always the first option to a chance encounter.

If the priest decides that dialogue is the best course of action, one her acolytes or attendants will be sent to be her mouthpiece and as she will not  want to communicate directly with outsiders. Anyone who approaches to speak with her directly will be warned and then moved away by her guards. The exception to this is when she thinks the players are very dangerous, and then she will communicate herself.

If non troll players bore her she will send them away or tell her troll guards to kill them, however if she find them interesting or intriguing she will want to learn what she can from them, or just be entertained by their strange ways.

If the players manage to convince her that their business is both in her interest and interesting, she will invite them to join her if she visiting a local clan, and she will use them both to confuse the clan and as a status symbol.

If her businesses elsewhere she will involve the players in a way that suits her if she can, acting as guides, messengers, go betweens or foot soldiers.  She will be careful not risk a cult quest, but if her God has provided this resource she will be very happy to use it.

There are limited numbers of Troll priests in Balazar, and these are Gods they worship;

  • Kyger Litor – Common
  • Xiola Umbar – Uncommon
  • Argan Agar – Very Rare
  • Gorakiki – Very Rare

Stats

 

  Small Party Large Party
Troll Priest 1 1
Dark Troll Acolytes 1d4 -2 1d2 + 1
Dark Troll Attendants 1d3 1d4+ 1
Dark Troll Guards 1d3 2d3
Trollkin Servants 2d4 2d4 + 2
Trollkin guards 2d4 2d4 + 2