Characters of Cimmeria: Leopold Anigama

Leopold Anigama rose to prominence during the rebellion against King Shardamar II of Gazeara. He played a leading role during the revolution and upon its success, he became the new dictator of Gazeara. He built a cult of personality around himself as Gazeara’s head and soon used his hidden psionic powers to become the living god of the city. During the First Alliance War, Anigama joined the Alliance. He held his own against the Rages of Xoria, but unfortunately the tide of war turned against him. Grave and Wrath killed Anigama and Gazeara was conquered by Queen Anajakaze.

Anigama’s father, Josephus Anigama, was a sorcerer of limited ability from Gazeara. Wishing to gain greater power to better his station, Josephus made a deal with Hecate, the goddess of dark magic. Josephus promised her his firstborn child in exchange for the power to realize his dreams. With his blood, Hecate forged the pact. Josephus joined the Adventurers Guild of Phoenix. Over several decades he proved himself in the field using his eldritch power and with the occasional assassination he rose to the top. After forty years Josephus was Guildmaster of the Adventurers Guild. Additionally Josephus had maintained a vow of celibacy for those forty years. With no firstborn child he had no need to repay his debt to Hecate or so he thought.

Hecate saw through Josephus’s plan. The mortal unknowingly entered his final year of life and the dark goddess enacted her revenge. She plucked him from the mortal plane to her chambers on the shores of the River Styx. There Hecate tortured Josephus for the remaining year of his life in vengeance for denying the commodity she’d bargained for. At the end of the year she took what she wanted from Josephus and became the vessel for his fulfillment of their bargain. Hecate carried Josephus’s child and dumped the mortal’s body into the Styx. The unfortunate man’s soul would wander on the wrong side of the River Styx by his murderer’s home for a century before Charon allowed him across.

Leopold Anigama’s upbringing was particularly unusual. Anigama was born to Hecate nine months later. She suckled him at her breast and raised him by the River Styx until he was five years old. At that age, Hecate took her son to live with her cult at Lagina in Southern Ionia. The eunuchs of the cult brought Anigama up. They taught him the basics of combat, history, and leadership. Additionally, his mother continued to visit to train him in his budding magical talents. Hecate had instilled psionic powers in her child. She helped him to master these abilities. When Anigama reached the age of eighteen he was already one of the most powerful magic users in Cimmeria.

Anigama wanted to make a difference in the world while keeping the origin of his powers a secret. He feared persecution if others learned he was the son of a Titaness. To disguise his powers, Anigama focused on using his magic to enhance his physical body. To the untrained eye he seemed to be a strong warrior, but only due to the layers of magical powerups that he placed on himself. Anigama joined an adventuring group in Western Cimmeria. Together they defeated an Duergar and Drow invasion into the surface world. In doing so, Anigama’sa group became famed throughout Western Cimmeria.

After stopping the Underdark incursion, Leopold went to Gazeara to see the home town of his father. He lived there for a few months and grew fond of the Gazeara’s unique culture. However, he hated the restrictive power the city’s scrying dweomers gave to King Shardamar II. The people bent under Shardamar’s tyrannical rule until they snapped. The commoners rose up all at once against their evil king. Anigama traded on his fame to step into a leadership role during the uprising. His group of rebels took the royal family captive. Anigama gave a stirring speech to the gathered populace about equity and equality before the law. At the climax he kicked the bound Shardamar II into the Great Fire of Gazeara. The king burned along with the rest of the royal family. Anigama declared that he would lead Gazeara forward into a new age of equality.

As the new leader of Gazeara, Anigama distributed King Shardamar II’s hoarded wealth to the people. He gave everyone food, clothing, shelter, and education. To exemplify the spirit of generosity, Anigama walked through the city streets adorned in gold cloth and jewelry. He gave a piece of it to whoever asked. In return he asked for the people’s loyalty. By the end of his walk Anigama was naked, but for the faith of his citizens. In secret, Anigama continued his predecessor’s use of Gazeara’s scrying dweomers. He used them to control crime and maintain his hold on the city. He kept his psionic powers hidden, only revealing them to his most trusted allies.

Anigama used his psionic abilities to perform miracles for the citizens of Gazeara. He lifted entire buildings over his head. He started raging infernos with a thought and then conjured rainstorms to extinguish them. As his magic was neither arcane or divine the people assumed that his powers had an origin in Anigama’s own psyche. Slowly, they began to worship their dictator as a god. They prayed to statuettes and pictures of Anigama. Due to the scrying dweomers of Gazeara, Anigama heard their prayers and answered them. The people’s faith in their leader grew to heights never seen before.

Anigama guided his town well and led the people towards what he saw as a moral high ground. Gazeara’s culture warped over the three decades of Anigama’s rule. The citizens zealously adopted his specific ethical code and incorporated it into every aspect of their lives. In only a few years Gazeara bore almost no resemblance to the other city-states of Cimmeria.

Due to this wide cultural difference, the Gazearans fiercely resisted all foreign invasions. Under the direction of Anigama they turned back the Xorians and joined the First Alliance organized by Princess Tarigananata. Unfortunately, after Amalgami’s betrayal the First Alliance’s fortune’s turned in the war. Anigama met his end in a battle with three of the Seven Rages. Tempest, Wrath, and Grave attacked Anigama at the same time. Even with this stark disadvantage, Anigama managed to kill Tempest before he was slain as well. Queen Anajakaze occupied the town of Gazeara and installed an Amazon military governor.

Anigama’s cultural legacy within Gazeara ended up saving the city in the end. His fight for equality and independence stuck with the Gazearans who fled Xorian occupation to Bigby’s Forest. The Xorian Rebellion started with those few and spread across the Empire. After more than forty years of warfare they retook Gazeara from the occupiers. Anigama’s life continues to be honored by the Gazearan people as an exemplar of generosity and justice.

Cimmerian Timeline Part 29

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973BCE: Shivara and Tikanile coronated one of Sadroston’s weakest children, Tachydorn, as King of Nox. The stronger of Sadroston’s remaining descendants were taken back to the white dragons’ lair at Doom Peak. The white dragons changed their forms and mated with their captives to produce human-dragon crossbreeds. They were raised by Shivara and Tikanile. Their draconic parents taught them magic, combat, and an icy hatred for their human ancestry.

950BCE: The white dragon children of Shivara and Tikanile were sent back to Nox to act as viceroys for the draconic couple.

876BCE: The leader of the hobgoblins, Kruk-Sho-Kar, invaded Eastern Cimmeria. He and his army destroyed the settlements around the Aral Sea. Toffoun, Amalgami, and Jovy responded, but the scattered people of the region were unable to form an effective army.

875BCE: Jovy brought in reinforcements from Those Blasted Islands. Toffoun negotiated a deal for supplies, weapons, and armor from Queen Shortrastor of the Dominarie Mountains. Amalgami avoided open battle while training and drilling the soldiers around the Aral Sea.

874BCE: The tide of the war between the Aral Sea people and the hobgoblins turned. The unified resistance of Toffoun, Amalgami, and Jovy’s efforts deflected the hobgoblin advance. Kruk-Sho-Kar’s progress stalled. His leadership came into question within the hobgoblin command structure and Kruk-Sho-Kar was forced to retreat to secure his position.

873BCE: Knowing that the hobgoblins could return at any time, Toffoun and Amalgami organized their people into a city-state at the Dirt Plateau. They named the city, Jipangu. With the hobgoblin threat passed, Toffoun and Amalgami left to continue their work with Tentineh to secure the Dragon Orbs.

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Kingdoms Sprouting Up Part 2

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Jipangu
While the races of the defunct Conclave were distracted by the Dragon War, the hobgoblins of Eastern Cimmeria were preparing for war. In 876BCE the leader of the hobgoblins, Kruk-Sho-Kar, invaded, laying waste to all of the small settlements around the Aral Sea.
Toffoun had been trying to stop the Dwarven Civil War. He realized that his efforts were getting him nothing and that his talents could be better used defending his old home in Eastern Cimmeria. Toffoun went with his old friends, Amalgami and Jovy, to stop the hobgoblins. Together they organized the Eastern Cimmerians into an army. Continue reading

Cimmerian Timeline Part 28

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1091BCE: Hephaestus presented Karnafaust with a gift, the Fierce Axe of Dwavish Lords. With the Axe came a promise, that the dwarves were Hephaestus’s favorite people, even beyond death. King Karnafaust adopted the Axe as a symbol of his right to rule.

1045BCE: With Karnafaust’s death the Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords passed to Cogard. The Dwarven Regency Council held the Axe to Cogard came of age, just as they held his governmental powers.

996BCE: King Cogard turned 50 and came of age. He was coronated, but the Dwarven Regency Council did not relinquish governmental control to their designated sovereign. Cogard received the Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords at his coronation.

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The Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords

Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords
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Karnafaust held the Fierce Axe until his death in 1046BCE. The Axe passed to his swaddling nephew, Cogard. As the boy had just been born, the Axe was entrusted to the Dwarven Council. The Axe was wielded by the head of the council, not as a weapon, but as a symbol of the infant king’s authority. When Cogard was coronated he took the Fierce Axe as his birthright. The Axe’s presence provided a boost to Cogard’s popularity as he toured the Dwarven lands before returning to peacefully oust the Dwarven Council from power.

King Cogard used the Axe during the Dragon War, slaying many of the lesser dragons with it. Cogard also had a tendency to execute traitors of the other Conclave races using the Fierce Axe. Treasonous dwarves were killed by Cogard’s executioner instead.

The Fierce Axe was lost during the Dwarven Civil War. The dwarves claim that the Axe abandoned the people as it could only be used by a united dwarven race. Others say it was simply hidden by a group who didn’t want it used as a bargaining piece in the conflict between Cogard’s sons.

It was many centuries before the Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords resurfaced. Atreides was a dwarf aiding Princess Tarigananata’s claim to the throne in the First Alliance War. He had a vision that led him to the Fierce Axe’s hiding place. He slew a giant guarding the weapon and claimed it for the dwarven race. Before returning the Axe to his king, Atreides took it into battle with the Xorian Rage, Grave. Amalgami took the Axe and gave it to the Xorians when he negotiated his personal surrender. The Axe would linger in the Xorian Museum of Power for two more decades. 

When the dragovinians rose to power, Jevaninada II had to renew alliances with the vassals within the Xorian Empire. He used the Fierce Axe to bribe the new Amazon Queen Ashabodai. She wielded the Axe for the initial push into Eastern Cimmeria.

The Hill Dwarves came to the assistance of the Alliance at the Battle of Phoenix. When the dragovinians assaulted the city, Torin came face to face with Ashabodai. Athena possessed Torin and with the help of his goddess and his friends, they defeated Ashabodai and reclaimed the Fierce Axe for the dwarvish people.

Torin gave the Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords to King Dainlin of the Hill Dwarves. Dainlin used the Fierce Axe to call for a meeting of the four Dwarven Kings. The meeting would decide which of the four would take his place as High King over all the Dwarves. Dainlin supported Torngar on the condition that Torngar join the Second Alliance. Sandil supported Torngar as well. Deekgaon refused to provide his support until Torngar named him general of all dwarven armies.

With decision finalized, Torngar became High King of the Dwarves. He wields the Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords and rules over a united Dwarvish nation once again.

Mortals and Dragons

There was no isolated incident that instigated the Dragon War. Toffoun and Amalgami killed Blackheart. Tentineh revealed his army in Greshendale. Lord Shaelin killed Kenderax. Gorwinua’s army was earliest of all, waging a guerrilla war against Bavastatner for six years before the Dragon War officially began. The combination of these events led to the meeting of the ten Heroes of the Dragon War.

While the ten Heroes of the Dragon War were united in their efforts, the same could not be said for all the leaders of Cimmeria. The Heroes asked for help from the mortal leaders of Cimmeria and most came to their aid. King Cogard of the Dwarves wished to remain out of the war, but Shaelin’s attack on Fangaroot made neutrality impossible. He joined the fight against the dragons. The Elves of Valor and Hardtop fought for the mortal armies. Tracy brought Crafterton and Nomingburg into the fight. The human settlements of Nox and Phoenix joined the mortals as well.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 18

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882BCE: Toffoun joined the royal court of the newly crowned High King of the Dwarves, Cogard. Amalgami and Jovy went with Toffoun.

879BCE: Amalgami left the dwarven royal court to assist with the construction of defenses for the Dragon Orbs.
Jovy left the dwarven royal court as he’d worn out his welcome with the nobles. He gambled and won too often. He slept around with too many nobles’ wives and daughters. He got into too many drunken fights.
Jovy returned to his ship that he’d moored on the eastern coast of the Caspian. He was surprised to find a community had sprung up around his ship, viewing it as a sacred artifact of the Dragon War. Jovy took pleasure in their adoration and resumed his title as King of the Caspian. The town that had grown around the Mira Miro was dubbed Lordodo. King Jovy ruled over his subjects, judged their legal cases, made policy, protected them, and took tribute.

865BCE: Amalgami visited his child in Phoenix. His son was now 48 and had lived most of her life without him. The meeting between the prodigal Dragon War Hero and his progeny did not go well. Amalgami left for his hibernation without the resolution that he desired. He would reawaken when the Copper Orb was destroyed.

861BCE: Tentineh told Captain Jovy that the time had come to retire from his life of luxury. Jovy agreed to go into hibernation in one year’s time. The pirate captain took the Mira Miro on one last pleasure cruise through Those Blasted Islands.

860BCE: Jovy returned the Mira Miro to the town, Lordodo, where he had ruled the Caspian Sea for the last two decades. He joined Tentineh in hibernation to protect the Dragon Orbs, leaving behind many illegitimate children. Jovy would reawaken when the Gold Orb was destroyed. Tentineh would reawaken when the Silver Orb was destroyed.

859BCE: In Jovy’s absence Lordodo was ruled by the captains of various ships that docked there. These captains formed the Navigator’s Guild. They met in the Mira Miro and dispensed law from the beached relic.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 17

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882BCE: Gorwinua’s wild nature made her unsuited for helping to construct the Orbs’ defenses. She began writing an epic poem that detailed the Heroes’ exploits during the Dragon War.
As work on the defenses for the Dragon Orbs continued, Tentineh and realized that no matter how well-constructed their protections were, they would eventually be breached. Tentineh suggested a solution. Each of the Heroes of the Dragon War would bind his or her soul to one of the Orbs. When the Orb was broken, that Hero would be returned to life, ready to fight the dragons once again. The other Heroes approved of the idea and Tentineh began designing the complicated spell that would put each of the Heroes in stasis when they were ready to “die.” In this stasis each would await the breaking of the Orb their soul protected.

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After the Dragon War: Toffoun and Amalgami

Toffoun was 77 and still in the prime of his life when the Dragon War ended. Toffoun’s people called for him to take up the crown of the High King of the Dwarves; however, Toffoun remember his duty and gave his support to Cogard, the rightful heir of Karnafaust. Toffoun’s accomplishments and loyalty earned him a council seat in the new Dwarven High King’s court. Continue reading

After the Dragon War: The Dungeons

The Heroes of the Dragon War pooled their resources to erect defenses around the Orbs of Dragonkind. They decided that five of the Orbs would be defended in the same location by a nearly impassable obstacle. The other five Orbs would be hidden separately within dungeons that the Heroes would build and protect. Continue reading