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Crimson Dawn

The Story:

Chapter 1plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Chapter 1: Scouts

It has been two months since I took a position as healer for this army. Perhaps my ideal profession would be to work as a temple priest, but those jobs are in short supply, especially for a man my age who still has the title of Brother, and I need money to survive. While not ideal, this work is respectable enough, and it allows be to delve deep into a question that has bothered me for years. In war, each side sees themselves as good and their enemy as evil. Whether aggressor or defender, this vi…

Chapter 2plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Chapter 2: Ip

It's always the dwarves. Stubborn. Impulsive. You can always rely on them to throw the best laid plans into chaos.

It has been a long time since I’ve concerned myself with matters of war. But what I remember from back then still holds true today: the incompetence of your allies is a greater threat than even the most cunning enemy.

Chapter 3plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Chapter 3: Breadguy and the King of the Troglodytes

I’ve never been much of one to keep a journal. Azi assured me that despite the risk it would help me focus, but I left the little books blank. Of course, now that I have the urge to write my impressions on paper I cannot afford to do so. I doubt the supply officer would even know what I was asking for.

Chapter 4plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Chapter 4: The Trial of Uruk Ta

Long have I held sway upon my people, manipulating the course of our history as had been passed down by my father before me, Balik Ta. He had bequeathed unto me the secret of our power. And better still, he had taught me how to manipulate hearts and minds, even the physical elements that surround us, with but our thoughts. And lo, we are but limited by the sun’s deadly light. Within the caves, we dwell, hidden in shadow and secrecy.

Chapter 5plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Chapter 5: Better off with Federov

Since I joined the army, I've had a somewhat privileged position. As someone who can heal using both mundane and magical means, I'm in slightly higher demand than the average soldier. However, it's been made clear to me that I, like everyone else, am expendable and replaceable. In the end, I'm one soldier among thousands, so why have some people put so much effort into protecting me? I restored Federov to his half-life. When he got into a fight, I explained his purpose to him and thought he was …

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Detailed summary by Hanah'rah

Crimson Dawn

A campaign GMed by Jon, run using the custom DDOIC rules.

Introduction

The Story So Far

Characters

Hana’rah BeGum

Played by Kyle

Female. Human. Maybe 30. Rogue. Shaved head, ear and nose piercings, intricate ring tattoos line her arms.

Hana’rah is the leader (BeGum) of a band of Namadi Wanderers. She speaks common and several other languages fluently, with only the faintest, unplaceable accent. She doesn’t look like an ethnic Namadi, though it is not uncommon for foreigners to find themselves amongst The Wanderers.

She is well known in the Grand Bazaar of Ahaggar for having the best artifacts and old books for sale. However, she has a reputation as a shrewd broker: unlike most Namadi, she seems to know what her wares are worth.

Why did she join the army?

Unable to provide the requisite number of troops to the great empire, the ruler of Imzadi Ra’El sent his sentries into the Namad Badlands to force any Wanderers they could capture into military service. Hana’rah negotiated a deal with the ruler: she and a hand-selected force of her tribesmen would volunteer for the military if, in addition to the meager wages paid for service, they paid ten times that sum to the tribe up front. In desperate need for bodies, they agreed.

Brother Caidis

Played by Eli

Caidis, Human Cleric
Age: 44
Height: 5'9“
Weight: 175lb
Skin: Tanned
Eyes: Blue-green

Appearance

Caidis wears the brown robes of a Brother of the temple, but the backpack and walking stick of a traveler. His holy symbol is a skeletal form carved out of dark wood, which dangles from his belt, on a chain – the symbol of Vil, god of death. His very straight, dark brown but graying hair is cropped half-way to his shoulders, trimmed evenly all around, and he has a short beard, kept neatly trimmed. Caidis has a pleasant face, especially when he smiles. The wrinkles around his eyes suggest that he smiles frequently.

Background Summary

Caidis has been in the priesthood all his life, but while he was a promising child, his strange ideas and endless questions ensured he would never exceed the rank of “brother.” He wanders from temple to temple and throughout the region, struggling with mysteries to which he’s never gotten satisfying answers.

Why did he join the army?

When he's not working in a temple, which is most of the time these days, he restores objects of wood, stone and bone, or takes whatever odd jobs are needed. Recently, he was taken on by a captain in the army. While he's decent with a couple weapons, and strong enough to wear heavy armor, his most important job is healing the injured.

Tephna Ursille

Played by Lindsey

Female. Half-orc/half-elf. Psionic sorcerer. Early to mid 20’s equivalent. An obvious and mostly unflattering combination of her lineages, she wears the hairstyle and traveling clothes typical of wealthy high-elves. Aside from a small gold ear cuff, all of the typical accompanying jewelry is gone, and anyone who looked closely could see her clothes are starting to wear and fray.

Despite her skill in sorcery, Tephna shows a lack of practical knowledge about the general world. However, when it comes to formal etiquette and politics there is clear experience and burning contempt.

Why did she join the army?

Tephna quickly found that her new life was not as easy or profitable as she assumed it would be. She sold her jewelry for a pitiful amount, but vendors continued to find her an easy mark. Pressed for money and unwilling to return home, she joined up with the army after talking to a recruiter in port. Disappointed in the food, accommodations, uniforms, and pay, she has tried to leverage her powers for an upgrade. Nothing to get more than a nosebleed over, though, this isn't her war.