Characters of Cimmeria: Shratalanda

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Shratalanda was a masterful elvish psion and the hidden guide of the Dragon War’s heroes. She foresaw the injustices the dragons’ law would create and set in motion events leading to the Dragon War. Many of the heroes of the Dragon War were unknowingly touched by Shratalanda at some point in their lives. For her own part in the Dragon War, Shratalanda favored magically transforming her body into a weapon in its own right and going toe to toe with her opponent.

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Characters of Cimmeria: Amalgami the Hero

This post needs a little bit of clarification. As much as possible I try to avoid two characters having the same name in my campaign world. It happens often enough in real life and in real history, but it easily confuses people (Just try and explain the Norman Conquest of England to someone). Unfortunately, I couldn’t avoid having two people with the same name in this case because one of my players wanted to name their character after an imagined hero of the past. I’m getting around to filling the gaps and now that hero of the past has his own story below. This post details Amalgami the Hero of Old, not Amalgami the Betrayer.

amalgami-the-heroAmalgami the Hero was known as the Lightning Knight. He joined the other heroes of the Dragon War in casting down their draconic oppressors.  He was a son of Zeus and his father gifted him with power over lightning and storms. Amalgami made friendships easily and if it weren’t for him the heroes of the Dragon War may never have worked together to accomplish their great deeds. At the conclusion of the war he slumbered along with the other heroes to return when the world needed him again.

Zeus found himself attracted to Brina, a priestess of his wife, Hera. Zeus will be Zeus, so he had his way with Brina and then left her to the anger of his wife. Infuriated that one of her own clergy would betray her (regardless of Brina’s own wishes in the encounter), Hera decreed a similar punishment that was given to Leto, the mother of Apollo and Artemis. Brina would never deliver her child on dry land.

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Characters of Cimmeria: Toffoun

Toffoun was a Dwarven cleric of Ares who fought with twin swords against the Goblins of the east. Along with Amalgami, Toffoun protected and organized the Humans, Dwarves, and Halflings of Zeus’s Canvas during the Goblin resurgence of the late 10th century BCE. He founded the city of Jipangu and passed on his particular code of honor to its citizens. Toffoun joined the other heroes of Cimmeria during the Dragon War. He bound the draconic benefactor of the mortals, Langudina, within the Bronze Orb before entering his slumber along with the other heroes.

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Characters of Cimmeria: The Dwarven Kings

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The Dwarves of Cimmeria are split into four races led by four kings. The four races are Hill Dwarves, Mountain Dwarves, Deep Dwarves, and Duergar. Hill Dwarves live in the lowlands of Cimmeria with a large concentration in Jord where the Hill Dwarf King is. The Mountain Dwarf Kingdom is in the Terror Mountains with their capital at Highhold. Deep Dwarves live in the tunnels of the Underdark under Northern Cimmeria. Similarly, Duergar live underneath Western Cimmeria.

Torngar, Dragonslayer, King of the Mountain Dwarves, and High King of All Dwarves

Torngar reigns over all Dwarves from his seat at Highhold. He is a gruff old man, but skilled in the arts of statecraft and war. In his youth he spent his time with a group of dragonslaying adventurers, but he has long since settled down. When the Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords was reclaimed from the Xorians a Kingsmoot was called. Torngar invited the other Kings to Highhold and held the meeting there to decide which of them would wield the Fierce Axe and preside over a united Dwarven people. Torngar won the Axe by promising aid for the Alliance to King Dainlin, the Generalship of the army to Deekgaon, and the reclamation of the Duergar homelands to Sandil.

Dainlin, Master of Hammers, King of the Hill Dwarves

Dainlin joined the Second Alliance just as his father had joined the First Alliance decades before. He fought alongside other Alliance soldiers in the battles leading up to the Siege of Phoenix. During the siege, Dainlin returned to Jord to placate his advisors who did not wish him to die in a battle defending foreign lands.

When the Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords was found by Dainlin’s great-nephew, Torin, the King toyed with the idea of taking the Axe for himself and proclaiming himself High King. Dainlin reasoned that he had to call a Kingsmoot instead. Taking the High Kingship for himself might not bring aid to the embattled Alliance and could even lead to a civil war amongst the Dwarves.

At the Kingsmoot, King Dainlin threw his support behind any who would bring the entirety of the Dwarven forces into the Second Alliance War on the Alliance’s side. Torngar agreed to this condition and Dainlin pledged his fealty to the new High King.

Deekgaon, Axe Seeker, General of the Dwarven Army, King of the Deep Dwarves

Deekgaon sought the Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords all his life. Often he neglected his kingly duties to practice with a magic axe he had made in imitation of the Fierce Axe or searching for its location in forgotten tomes and ancient books. Occasionally, Deekgaon left on forays to some supposed resting place of the Axe, but he always returned empty-handed.

When the Hill Dwarf Atreides unearthed the Fierce Axe during the First Alliance War, Deekgaon rushed to reclaim it, but he arrived too late. The Axe had been stolen by Amalgami and sold to the Xorians. Roaring with frustration, Deekgaon slew a few Xorians, but he could never hope to take the Axe back by force against a force such as the Xorian army or the Seven Rages. Deekgaon sunk into a depression that lasted many years.

When the Duergar were forced from their homes by the enslavement raids of Havoc the Rage, Deekgaon took his fellow Dwarves in. Duergar and Deep Dwarves lived side by side, learning each others customs and culture. Dwarven brotherhood has not been this strong in an age. This brotherhood extended into the Second Alliance War, with Deekgaon and the Duergar King, Sandil, agreeing on nearly everything.

Deekgaon was ecstatic when the Fierce Axe was reclaimed by the Hill Dwarves. At the Kingsmoot he put forth his own name to wield the Axe and lead the Dwarven people. Deekgaon cared little for the leadership, but the Axe… He had dreamed of holding it and swinging it into an enemy’s head his whole life. Sandil supported Deekgaon during the initial stages of the meeting, but the Duergar King betrayed Deekgaon later on and supported Torngar. Deekgaon insisted on receiving something during the negotiations, so the others granted him Generalship of the Dwarven Army. He grudgingly accepted this second place prize, never getting his hands on the Fierce Axe as he’d always wished.

Sandil, Trickster King, Homeless King, King of the Duergar

The Duergar King Sandil is a weaker warrior than the other Dwarven Kings, for he does not study the way of the axe, hammer, or sword, but that of magic and enchantment. When the Xorians invaded the Underdark, taking slaves and killing many others, Sandil fought back for a time. Eventually, the odds proved insurmountable. King Sandil brokered an agreement with King Deekgaon of the Deep Dwarves and fled the Western Cimmerian Underdark. Few know that this agreement was not achieved through negotiation but through magical domination. Sandil had enthralled his cousin, Deekgaon. Deekgaon’s weak will bent for Sandil, allowing a smooth transition of the Duergar into Deep Dwarf communities at the Deep Dwarf King’s insistence.

At the Kingsmoot, Sandil played Deekgaon by backing his claim to the Fierce Axe at first, before switching to his support to Torngar, whom he had always intended to back. Sandil now advises High King Torngar on most decisions he makes, slowly working himself deeper into the High King’s graces. Soon he will be close enough to Torngar to dominate him as well. Then Sandil will be the undisputed power behind the throne of one of the most powerful nations in the world.

-GoCorral

Characters of Cimmeria: Ashabodai


Ashabodai was Queen of the Amazons and a powerful Dragovinian in the Xorian Empire. After the previous Queen Anajakaze died, Ashabodai ascended the throne by besting her competitors through skill of arms as is tradition. She played the subordinate matriarch to King Jevaninada II during her reign, rarely challenging out or contradicting him. During the Second Alliance War she led her Amazon warriors against the soldiers of the Alliance. Ashabodai perished during the Battle of Phoenix at the hands of Logan the Warlock. She was succeeded by Queen Jittehalong, who is not a Dragovinian but still serves the Xorian King.

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Characters of Cimmeria: Delain

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The Conclave that once ruled mortals lives became unbalanced by the departure of the different races. The Dwarves left the Conclave first due to disagreements between Dwarven and Human leaders about intercity coordination against the Goblin threat. The Elves soon followed suit. As the Humans turned the goal of the Goblin Wars from eradication to enslavement, the Orcs left the Conclave to continue the war’s original purpose. In time the Orcs saw value in preserving the Goblin way of life and in fact protected the Goblins from Human invasion. The Halflings were the last to leave the Conclave after the end of the Goblin Wars. They felt the organization had served it’s purpose and that it was time to start fresh.

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Characters of Cimmeria: Tracy

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Tracy was a Halfling trickster and diplomat during the Age of Monsters. She singlehandedly prevented war between her kinsmen and the Conclave after the little people parted ways with the organization. After stopping the war, Tracy became a leader among the Halfling people and helped found the towns that grew into Crafterton and Nomingburg. Tracy joined the other heroes of the land during the Dragon War and imprisoned the blue dragons at the war’s conclusion. Tracy joined her companions in their slumber, only to be reawakened when the dragons were freed. Tracy was  the first to wake up when the Blue Dragon Orb was broken , but she died in her attempt to defeat the blues’ patriarch, Bavastatner.

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Characters of Cimmeria: Torin Stoneblade

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Torin Stoneblade is a powerful high priest of Athena, advisor to the Hill Dwarf King Dainlin, and second-in-line to the Hill Dwarf throne. Torin’s accomplishments as an Alliance Council member made him one of the most well-known clerics in Eastern Cimmeria. Using his divinely gifted magic Torin slowed the Xorian advance inspiring hundreds, if not thousands, to join the Alliance and fight alongside him. Torin is also a skilled general whom many respect and fear. Continue reading

Cimmerian Timeline Part 3

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The first timeline entry where I have to include some stuff that should’ve been in previous timelines! This has to do with Aeetes in Colchis. Originally I had him being attacked by Hades every blood moon; that was until I realized that blood moons happen at least once a year. I was imagining this as an every few dozen years thing. I changed it to every full solar eclipse and I specified to myself, “Only the ones over Colchis!” I then had some fun looking up past eclipses over Colchis and adding them to the timeline. All the eclipses I’ll mention are actual events that occurred over Colchis sometime in history.

1131BC: During a complete solar eclipse, Hades’s army emerged from the depths to attack Colchis. Aeëtes fought them off with his magical power, slaying every undead being that showed its face.

1124BCE: Another solar eclipse allowed Hades to attack Colchis once more. Aeëtes predicted the eclipse and ensured that one of Sadroston’s children was in Colchis at the time. Sadroston rushed to the child’s aid and helped defend the city from Hades. This blatant manipulation infuriated Sadroston. The old hero vowed to never help Aeëtes or allow a member of his family to go to Colchis again.

1099BCE: The Elven leaders became jealous of the Dwarves independence. Constant complaints by the Humans about the Dwarven traitors further frustrated the Elves. The Sylvan people left the Conclave and setup new societies in the forests of Cimmeria.

1098BCE: A series of cold winters caused by the Goblin gods strained the resources of the Conclave and the Dwarves. They began fighting over sheep herds in the region between Phoenix and Fangaroot.

1097BCE: War broke out between the Dwarves and the Conclave. In response the Goblins reclaimed territory around the northern Caspian.

1092BCE: The Elves negotiated a truce between the Humans and the Dwarves. Karnafaust insisted on honorable single combat with Drolofo to settle their personal issues. The duel commenced and Drolofo emerged victorious. Karnafaust’s subjects accepted the peace terms, but were unable to accept the death of their leader. Numerous sacrifices were offered to Hades in the hopes that he would return their king to them.

1091BCE: Hades set down the rules of the Resurrection Pact, allowing beings to return to life if the proper rituals were performed and the ritualist returned a portion Hades’s diamond wealth to the shadowy Olympian. High King Karnafaust was the first to come back to life.

1087BCE: Setting their animosity aside, the Dwarves and Elves united once more with the Humans, Halflings, and Orcs of the Conclave to attack the Goblins. They cleared the region around the Caspian and forays were made east across the Black River into the Goblin heartlands.

1084BCE: The Conclave and its allies successfully contained the Goblins in Eastern Cimmeria. Attacks into the east no longer focused on taking and securing territory. Raids became commonplace. Groups of soldiers would head east and return with booty and a train of manacled Goblin slaves.

A solar eclipse over Colchis allowed Hades to attack the city once more. Aeëtes had prepared by keeping a standing army to fight the undead hordes. These well-trained soldiers along with the king’s own magical prowess won the day for the Colchians.

1083BCE: Expeditions to the south discovered a separate community of savage godless Humans living in the Aractrashan Jungle. The Conclave deemed these people Primitives and elected to ignore them.

1075BCE: Hades sent a larger force against Colchis as a solar eclipse occurred once more. Aeëtes had not prepared for the magnitude of this new challenge. The Colchians repelled the attack, but thousands of soldiers died in the battle.

1073BCE: Raids into Eastern Cimmeria continued. The Orc faction of the Conclave demanded that more serious action be taken to permanently defeat the Goblins, but their protests were blocked by the Human leaders who profited from the Goblin slave trade.

1072BCE: The Orcs took matters into their own hands. They left the Conclave and carved out a region of Eastern Cimmeria for themselves. The Orcs integrated the Goblins of that region into their new society instead of enslaving them.

-GoCorral

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 2

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Composing the Cimmerian Timeline has an issue that if I do it chronologically I risk missing events that I put into various cities’ backgrounds and later forgot. I’ll do my best to get everything as it comes up chronologically. Inevitably I will make mistakes and need to include events that are in a period of time that I already covered. I’ll just note that in each update that requires it and edit the complete timeline on the menu bar at the top of the site.

1150BCE: The Olympians held a convocation. The Trojan War devastated the greatest heroes of Greece and now the oldest survivors had died. The gods wished to continue their philandering and fun, but the Fates decreed that no such business would occur in Greece. A decision was made to head east, to the land of the Goblins.

The Goblins had a pantheon of their own which the Olympians had to combat with before their rule of Cimmeria could be secure. The Olympians created many new mortal servants to war against the Goblins while the Olympians engaged the Goblin gods themselves. These new mortals organized themselves into a governmental body known as the Conclave. Humans, Elves, Orcs, Dwarves, Halflings, and other races of Cimmeria all worked together in the Conclave.

1149BCE: Threatened as they were, the Goblin pantheon called upon a most terrible weapon, the Phoenix. The Olympians battled with the Phoenix. They defeated the great bird but found that it arose anew from the ashes, stronger than it was before.

1147BCE: After many attempts to destroy the Phoenix, the Olympians turned to their mortal allies. They gave the mortals access to powerful magic and combat techniques in the hope that with their combined force they could vanquish the Phoenix for good.

1146BCE: The health of King Aeëtes of Colchis began to fail without his daughter Medea’s magic. He started feverishly studying to reclaim the arts she once used to extend their lifetimes.

1140BCE: Years of planning allowed the mortals, led by the sorcerer Sadroston, to defeat the Phoenix. A city named after the bird was built upon its ashes. This was the first Olympian city in Cimmeria.

1139BCE: The war with the Goblins and the Goblin pantheon continued. King Aeëtes mastered the unruly magic of the Olympians to immortalize himself. Hades was furious that a subject escaped entrance to his realm. The God of the Underworld began preparations to reclaim the old Aeëtes’s soul.

1118BCE: The war raged on. The Conclave pushed the Goblins out of Western Cimmeria and founded the city of Nox as a center for people living in the west.

1113BCE: Tensions rose between the Dwarves and the Humans over how to coordinate the actions of Phoenix, Nox, and smaller population centers against the Goblins.

1102BCE: Karnafaust, First High King of the Dwarves, stormed off with his army after a disagreement with the Human leader, Drolofo. Karnafaust struck into Goblin territory in Eastern Cimmeria, stopping only when he reached the Black River.

1101BCE: Karnafaust founded the city of Fangaroot upon the Black Mirror Lake. He declared an independent Dwarven state from the Conclave of Humans, Elves, Halflings, and Orcs.

-GoCorral

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