The Coming of the Zioth

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Preceptor Halaren

Halaren stands wide and heavy, large feet and hands offsetting a comparably small head. He looks in his late twenties. His skin is pale and a little blubberous, tugging his facial features downwards to give him a slightly sad and dim-witted appearance. His face is well shaved, and hair medium in length, though so thin and wispy his head is clearly visible underneath. Further adding to his girth are the heavy robes he wears, well worn and covered in smudges. A long, deliberate slit up his left side gives the fairly clear impression that his hefty walking stick is not the only “big stick” he carries. His possessions are carried in a tall, wicker basket worn across his back.

Halaren is a Preceptor of Andrithaplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Andrithanism

Based on original ideas from Karl Schinke (Ardith). Symbols for aspects other than the Mother, along with the artwork, were contributed by Myron Wyles (Halaren).

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, and the head priest (or only priest) of Maelbourgplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Maelbourg

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.

Biography

Appears in turns 157-158, 160-167.

Halaren was second born to free farmers Donburin (Don) and Gilena. He was the only child of six to live to adulthood, and raised in near solitude save for the scattered neighbours and visits from the clergy.

The farm was four acres in size, and a fine piece of land. Throughout Halaren's youth, the task of tilling, planting and harvesting fell to him more and more as a sickness of the bones wasted his father away. Halaren married Belinda, who bore his child, Gelinda.

Don spent several seasons bedridden and delusional. In his final year he went mad, and accused his wife of lying with their son since he himself was not so able. He rambled uncontrollably, and some of his fancy was taken away by visitors. They became shunned, and even more isolated.

Don finally succumbed to a fit of insane rage, breaking his own arms as he attempted to throttle his son. His final breath came days later. No member of the clergy ever came to administer rights.

Despite the fair weather, the growing season was a bad one the next year. Halaren figured the irrigation stream must have a taint, for all around was the worst. Funny, though, that upstream grew tall with wheat and rye. His neighbour there was the land Lord's nephew, Mister Reynold. Once when they passed on the road to town, Halaren asked the Lord's nephew why it was so. He chuckled, and explained quite sweetly that his seeds are much higher quality than what Halaren could afford.

With little work left to do on the farm, Halaren spent his days puzzling.

The winter lasted too long for their food supplies. Halaren was forced to sell an acre of land to Mister Reynold. The price was not good - the land was poor from whatever blight had struck the previous year - but it was enough to carry them to spring and buy seed.

That year, too, was a bad growing year, but all the land he sold to Mister Reynold grew tall and strong, despite the poor soil.

That next winter, Halaren sold two acres to Mister Reynold. No one else would buy from him, and the price they charged for seed and food seemed so much higher than before. Halaren spent his time puzzling as he played with his daughter.

The next season brought Halaren to tears. Still nothing grew on his land, while the great brown-and-yellow heads of sunflowers looked down at him from the land which was his last year.

He made himself a suit of loose, dark clothes. On a cloudy night, he sneaked onto Mister Reynold's land. There by the stream he found recent indentations of a bucket. He sniffed about, and detected a faint, acrid odour at the spot.

He moved upstream, silently so as not to alert the dogs, and to Mister Reynold's manor. In the light cast from a window, Halaren saw spots on the ground were the grass had yellowed and died. The spots lead to a root cellar. Halaren did not know how to remove the great metal lock that held shut its doors, so he went to work cutting away the wood around the hinges.

Before he could gain stealthy entrance to the cellar, a dog found Halaren. It raced forward like a murderous beast possessed by the wind, its body a tight knot of muscle and raw power. Before he knew it, Halaren was pushing the mass of dog off him, showered in the warmth of its blood. The knife he used to carve the door had cut open the dog's throat. No one had come yet to investigate the noise. He ran to stream to wash away the blood, then back home.

The next day, Halaren was arrested. Mister Reynold and two sons all claimed to have seen the entire event. They granted leniency, however, and Halaren was sentenced to only ten years in prison while the last acre of land was taken as compensation for the dog.

It was, in fact, only one year later that Halaren granted his own freedom. He returned to the family home to find it completely gone. A mocking crop of sunflowers stood in its place.

The next three years were spent keeping quiet and unseen while trying to find out where his mother, wife and daughter had gone. Halaren engaged the services of some local disreputes, not realizing that they were actually engaging him. But Halaren did what they asked, and in exchange was fed snippets of information. His mother had died; she hanged herself rather than be evicted from the family home. His wife and daughter were turned out onto the streets with nowhere to go. Halaren endured hearing the malicious and false rumours that were spread about his family. That Gelinda was, in fact, Gilena's child; that Halaren was the father; that he murdered his own father when Don tried to kill the newborn; that Belinda was married without dowry because Halaren's family was so desperate. The falsehoods went on. In the end, Halaren was numb to find his wife and daughter's final fate.

Living by his strength and sword, Halaren fell in with rouges, thugs, and finally a group of cultists. He learned from them of Zioth. They also talked of Andrithaplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Andrithanism

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. It was not the message they intended to give to Halaren, but the message he took was a spiritual awakening. He gave up his life of secrecy and walked into a city - some city, somewhere. It did not matter. His fate would reveal itself.

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devoutly. Halaren questioned what he learned to the ire of his instructors. They confused him and sometimes punished him, but Halaren needed them since he was only learning to read. He felt the acolytes were the purest followers, who had still such open minds to their belief. Those senior, peacock-adorned bureaucrats cared too much for administration and control. Halaren brought what he learned to the people - sometimes the same day he made the realization himself. Why not celebrate when the spirit takes you? And worship when the goodness of the world moves you! Andrithaplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Andrithanism

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speaks to us; if we listen we can hear her all around us!

Halaren's only desire was to give those who had no chance, another chance. Money to the moneyless. Hope to the hopeless. Love to the loveless.

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, Halaren decided it was time to move on. The stories of Zioth still rung keenly in his ears. He must find out if the stories are true, and if it is the will of Andrithaplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Andrithanism

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Able now to read and write, he made a mystic symbol for his quest. As the moons converge to bring Zioth, so too is the symbol constructed. Z, I, O, T and H all written on top of each other. The scribes told Halaren it is wrong to ink the letters so, but to him it felt right. The symbol holds both cycle and symmetry. No beginning or end, but a continuation. If it is the will of Andrithaplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Andrithanism

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, this brings him peace.

Addition by the DM

feel free to ellaborate, or change minor details

Halaren had been an acolyte in Critzig for two years. The little town on the edge of the southern wilderness was far from his old family farm, but it was where he'd been when he'd decided to devote his life to Andrithaplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Andrithanism

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. During those two years, he'd been in and out of the three temples in town almost as if the priests were juggling him between them, each trying not to hold on for too long. One day, the priest Halaren was currently serving under informed him that the priests of Critzig had submitted his name to the High Priest in Grenzig, who had bestowed upon him the title of priest. Furthermore, he was to be sent to Maelbourgplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Maelbourg

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among the heathens. Halaren told him he'd rather stay until he'd earned the title of preceptor. He saw himself as a teacher, not a priest, and teaching was exactly what he'd have to do in a place like Maelbourgplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Maelbourg

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. Frustrated, the priest stomped off. Eight days later, word came down from Grenzig that Preceptor Halaren would be set to Maelbourgplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Maelbourg

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Maelbourg is a walled town in the Barony of Huerten, with a population of approximately six thousand. Its primary exports are textiles, wool and coal, the last of which it acquires from deposits in the nearby hills. The land on which the town sits was added to maelbourg index
.

Magic

Halaren uses a very subtle magic. He is not aware that he himself is channeling this magic, but attributes it to the components, alchemy, and superstitions he was raised with.

I wouldn't mind powers that grow with his Cleric level, eventually culminating in him becoming a true Cleric (when the timing is right). Also, instead of “stilled”, how about they all require a somatic component? There is at least the mixing and application of herbal remedies, and possibly other crazy things, like facing sunrise, hopping widdershins on one foot, or pulling the petals one-by-one off a flower. You know, old wives' tale stuff.

Halaren's spells take at least 3 rounds to cast, but the Silent Spell and Extend Spell feats are applied automatically.