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 40

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533BCE: King Shardamar became King of Gazeara.

531BCE: A vicious group of thieves moved into Gazeara. Burglaries, robberies, and murders sky-rocketed. The town guard were unable to apprehend the criminals.

530BCE: King Shardamar worked with the wizards of Greshen Dale to install scrying dweomers throughout Gazeara. These dweomers were used to catch criminals and reduce the crime rate of the city.

529BCE: The gang of thieves in Gazeara was wiped out. The people celebrated King Shardamar’s success.

528BCE: King Shardamar began using the scrying dweomers to spy on political enemies in his court. He gathered compromising information on them and used it to eliminate them as threats to his power.

526BCE: King Shardamar used the scrying dweomers in a scheme to acquire more personal real estate within the city. The citizens protested but were dispersed by the town guard.

525BCE: The citizens of Gazeara rose in rebellion against King Shardamar. He hired a platoon of mercenaries from Phoenix to put down the revolt. The mercenaries stayed in town to protect the king.

522BCE: A group of disgruntled Gazearan citizens attempted to poison King Shardamar. He noticed their attempt through the scrying dweomers and had them arrested. His control over the city became almost absolute.

506BCE: King Shardamar’s son, Shardamar II, was born.

480BCE: King Shardamar died of old age. Shardamar II ascended to the Gazearan throne. The citizens hoped their new king would cease using the scrying dweomers to concentrate power and wealth in himself. Sadly, King Shardamar II followed in the steps of his father.

474BCE: King Shardamar II used the accumulated wealth of the city to fund a great monument in front of the royla palace. The Great Fire was built by a group of mages from Greshen Dale. Fed up with the king’s excesses, Leopold Anigama led a revolt and deposed Shardamar II. The royal family was executed in the Great Fire.

473BCE: Leopold Anigama shared the hoarded wealth of Gazeara with its people. He used the local temples to distribute food and clothing to everyone. Vouchers were given out that could be redeemed for housing in various new buildings constructed throughout the city. Every citizen was offered a free education. To exemplify the feeling of giving, Anigama walked through the streets of Gazeara 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.

471BCE: The people of Gazeara began worshipping Leopold Anigama alongside the Olympians. To celebrate his ascension, all art that did not feature Anigama or a Classical myth was burned in the Great Fire. In thanks to his people he used his divine powers to bring rain for their crops, but sun for the city festival.
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.

439BCE: Anigama died.

Next: Cimmerian Timeline Part 41

Characters of Cimmeria: Logan

Logan was a PC on my campaign run by my friend with the screen name, thewamp. He never developed a strong connection with the character and eventually switched to Tagenadi. Thus Logan was never fully fleshed out and was essentially a pile of numbers. I still liked him as a character so I filled in the gaps and made what you see here!

Logan is the surviving Guildmaster of the Phoenix Adventurers Guild, a respected member in the Second Alliance and the Rebellion, as well as the only wielder of hellfire magic. His hellfire magic allows Logan to supercharge his offensive magic at the expense of his own lifeforce.

Logan’s parents were Rebels in Gazeara. He grew up with the Rebellion being the only thing he knew. Continue reading

Gazeara

Gazeara

The best thing about Gazeara is that everyone shares everything. The worst thing about Gazeara is that everyone shares everything. Gazeara is the largest communist society in Cimmeria with over 25,000 people. No one in the city need worry about food, shelter, or safety. The government takes care of everyone’s basic needs, but restricts their activities beyond that. This restriction is accomplished through a massive amount of scrying dweomers on the city streets and in people’s homes. If an infraction of the rules is detected the police can find that person later to arrest them.

Originally Gazeara was a monarchy, but over a hundred years ago a tyrant, King Shardamar, took control of the small kingdom from his benevolent father. King Shardamar established the scrying dweomers to stop crime, but later used them to stop treason and dissent. As people realized what he was doing they revolted. King Shardamar put the revolt down with a hired force from Phoenix. When King Shardamar’s incompetent son, Shardamar II, took the throne he was unable to satisfy the people’s demands and unwilling to sacrifice his wealth in order to hire the necessary force to put down a revolt. After his deposition the citizens of Gazeara elected a new leader, Leopold Anigama. Anigama has ruled for three and a half decades, faithfully following the public’s original mandate of making everyone equal.

Gazeara’s communist form of government led to war with its monarchical neighbor, Xoria. The large militia force allowed Gazeara to fend off the Xorian Empire’s forces prior to the formation of the First Alliance. In the war of the First Alliance, Anigama was slain by the leader of the Seven Rages, Grave. Without their leader the people of Gazeara were unable to rally. After the war they were subjugated by the Xorians.

While the Xorians ruled the city, they could not change the cultural conventions of the Gazearans. The ideals of communism persisted, leading to many minor revolts that were put down mercilessly. The trend continued when Jevaninada II took control. Unfortunately for the king, while his army was away fighting in the Battle of Phoenix, Gazearan rebels opened the gates of the city and allowed the Rebel army inside. Jevaninada II sent the Amazons back to siege Gazeara. They have surrounded the city which is now led by Major Dactirian of the Rebels.

Gazeara is a port city built along the shore of the Caspian Sea as well as along the banks of the Great Divide. The city is built in a traditional style with various farms and orchards surrounding the walled interior where commercial shops can be found. Ships launch from the harbor daily to find pearls, and to catch fish and urchins. Bigby’s Forest is nearby and the citizens hold hunts there on festival days with the permission of the elves. The professions of the town are given respect according to what they deserve, but none are given more to eat than any other.

Before King Shardamar II was forced off his throne he used his wealth to replace the fountain outside the royal palace with a massive, immortal flame. The flame was placed on a three foot pedestal with a ten foot radius. The whole construction is called the Great Fire. The fire was meant to be used to offer sacrifices to the gods during special ceremonies and to always light the way to the palace for those who wished to find it in the city. Shardamar II and his family were executed by being thrown into the Great Fire soon after it was created. Anigama executed other traitors and spies with the Great Fire and now all capital offenses are carried out via the Great Fire.

Logan of Gazeara is a powerful warlock who attained his power via extensive study of the Great Fire. When his research was complete, Logan went to the Fire at midday and performed a secret ritual. He was gifted amazing power, but at unknown cost. Logan went on to join the Adventurers’ Guild of Phoenix and participate in the Battle of Phoenix. After the Battle he went to Jipangu to train new recruits in the army, but upon learning that Gazeara had been freed from Xorian control by the Rebels he quickly traveled to the city to assist in defending his homeland and its culture.

Speaking of Gazeara’s culture, ridiculous is the word most often used by outsiders to describe it. During his life people worshiped Anigama as an immortal even though neither of his parents were immortals and that has continued into the afterlife. Anigama is present in the city’s art even more often than Zeus. A popular image is the communist dictator battling Shardamar II for the crown on top of the royal keep. Art that doesn’t pay homage to Anigama is simply seen as inferior. There was a time when art that did not feature Anigama was burned in the Great Fire, but that practice has thankfully gone extinct.

The church and clergy of Gazeara functions like a tax collection agency. The people pray to Anigama and the Olympians for help in battle, to accomplish a daily task, or to save a sick relative. On holidays during his lifetime Anigama would speak to the people and perform miracles such as lifting the royal castle up from its foundations and putting it back down or causing the sky to pour down rain one minute and sunshine the next. Reenactments of these events continue today on religious holidays. Outsiders who visit Gazeara are stumped as to why Zeus lets these people survive with their daily blasphemies.

A number of strange customs have been created since the revolution. When someone tells you they like something that you own, it is socially necessary to give your possession to that person. You may then say you like something back, but not the item you just gave to that person. In the evening the people of Gazeara climb ladders to their roofs to watch the stars come out and talk with their neighbors. Gazearans also eat their food with tiny silver weapons they call utensils.

Gazeara has an amazing city layout well-suited for defense. Food can be imported by land, river and the sea making the city almost impossible to siege. The city design of Gazeara includes several walls and traps for the unsuspecting invader. The keep itself is a well built stone castle, but the real strength of Gazeara lies in its people. The Gazearans love the freedom they took from Shardamar and will never surrender to another monarch. The first invasion of Xoria was turned back by farmers, women, and children fighting with pitchforks, butcher knives, and walking sticks while they rode on goats and mules. The free education Gazearans receive teach them sound strategies to use incase of an invasion and give them the mental strength to never give in to tyranny.

A visitor to Gazeara has little to no hope of having a good time. There are a few sights to see, such as the castle, the central garden, the Great Fire, and the military museum, but none of them are worth the price. Any visitors must show proof of being a diplomat or be on a mercy mission or else they will fall under Gazearan tax laws. All of their magical items are forfeit upon entry to the city and not returned under any circumstances. Those who refuse upon stepping through the gates are tried for treason and quickly sentenced to death. If a tourist actually wants to stay for a few days they will find that failure to follow Gazearan customs leads to quick social ostracism.

-GoCorral