Characters of Cimmeria: The Bronze Chords

The Bronze Chords were an adventuring group that formed during the draconic domination of Cimmeria. Brelfagar the dwarven fighter, Shoree the human paladin, Sunrise the elven wizard, and Jeffery the human cleric of the Muses worked together to keep the people of Apollo’s Plains safe in service of their bronze dragon hegemons, Rilopenaril and Langudina. The heroes’ work cleared the way for the foundation of Sheerzen on Apollo’s Hill. After the city’s founding, the dragons’ will took a darker turn. Rilopenaril and Langudina mated with the Bronze Chords and the mortals’ previous children to produce half-dragon offspring. After the deaths of the Bronze Chords, their half-dragon children were forced to fight each other by Langudina to decide the next royal pair of Sheerzen. The adventurers’ legacy was forever scarred by rape, fratricide, and incest.

After the formation of the Bronze Chords group the history of the group’s members is much the same. They were all united by a threat of white dragon-ogre crossbreeds. The Bronze Chords came together to save their communities from the ogres, but before the group’s foundation they each had their separate upbringings and experiences.

Brelfagar

Brelfagar was born after the fall of the Conclave and before the rise of the dragons. He lived a simple life as a dwarven warrior in Jord until he fell in love with a traveling dwarf merchant, Tontia. They married and started a family away from civilized life in Apollo’s Plains. When their farming community was threatened by ogres, Brelfagar took up arms with the other Bronze Chords to defend their homes.

Shoree

Shoree came into adulthood as the dragons established their dominion over Cimmeria. After the outlawing of armies, Shoree knew the only path for a safe life was through individual action. She pledged herself to Apollo’s service the next day. Shoree spent years training in the temple to heal the sick and to protect the weak. When ogres invaded Apollo’s Plains, she was more prepared than anyone else to meet the challenge.

Sunrise

Sunrise was one of the first elves born during the dawn of the Olympians’ conquest of Cimmeria. Her parents were created elves who fought in the Goblin War. She reached adulthood just as the Age of Monsters began. Sunrise was always a fountain of optimism. Wanting to create a better world, she threw herself into arcane study to develop her magical powers. Sunrise wanted to fight back against the tide of monsters and reclaim Cimmeria for the races of the Conclave. She took to the road to serve the people of Apollo’s Plains wherever she was needed most. When the ogres came, she was on the scene first to organize resistance.

Jeffery

Jeffery was a traveling storyteller living on Apollo’s Plains. He journeyed between the scattered villages to share news, swap goods, and tell stories of when the Olympians ruled in Greece instead of Cimmeria. While traveling troubadours often have a lascivious reputation, Jeffery’s behavior was always above reproach. His devotion to stories and art alone earned him a mystical connection to the Muses. The powers given to Jeffery by the goddesses truly awakened when the ogres invaded. He stepped forward to defend his homeland along with the other Bronze Chords.

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887BCE: Eathirilu and Davonisi patched up their differences and worked together to re-energize the dragon-allied elves. While he and many others feared the war was already lost, they were not prepared to surrender just yet. With the new army formed, Eathirilu awaited the command of the dragons.

886BCE: The remaining dragon patriarchs gathered with their armies in Apollo’s Plains. The red dragons, Invernix and Sartoria; the green dragons, Cordax and Hashterainon; the gold dragons, Agohimano and Hontalawi; and the bronze dragon, Langudina. Rilopenaril the traitor did not join his brethren. Giants, ogres, humans, and elves made up the dragons’ armies.
The draconic forces marched eastward and burnt everything as they went. No settlement, no person, no blade of grass escaped the wrath of the dragons. Directly in their path was the old seat of the Conclave, Phoenix. Continue reading

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911BCE: Danar ruled justly for a decade. Rilopenaril and Langudina both advised him, but Danar always followed the advice of the bronze dragon brother. Langudina took to sulking within Apollo’s Hill as Rilopenaril had before her. After ruling as a good king for a time, Rilopenaril informed his descendant of the plan he had concocted with Shratalanda to end draconic tyranny over the land forever. Danar embraced the idea and began training the people of Sheerzen so that they would be ready for the coming war.

900BCE: The mortal led armies of Gorwinua, Amalgami, Toffoun, and Tentineh operated in the open, taking actions to counter the rule of the dragons. Tentineh called the heroes of the land together to organize the overthrow of the dragon hegemony. Gorwinua, Amalgami, Toffoun, and Tentineh gathered in Greshendale along with Danar, Jovy, Cecilia, Shratalanda, Tracy, and Bigby.
Shratalanda revealed the plan she had begun enacting nearly a century before. The dragons were divine creatures and could thus never be truly killed, but they could be imprisoned. What could bind a beast as powerful as a dragon though? Shratalanda suggested using the dragon’s magical powers against each other. Since the dragons ruled in pairs, the power of each could be turned against the other.
The group of heroes even had an ally among the dragons. Rilopenaril hated the evil rule his relatives had imposed upon the mortals of Cimmeria. He had been working with Shratalanda to steer events towards the Dragon War which now began. The ten heroes vowed to combine their forces and exploit the disunity of the dragons. Each of the pairs could be brought down and imprisoned one by one.

899BCE: The ten heroes struck quickly, imprisoning three pairs of dragon monarchs, white, black, and brass. Three powerful orbs were constructed to contain the dragons. One of each pair was locked within the orb while the other was bound to protect it from all who would seek to misuse or destroy it. Tikanile was imprisoned within the White Orb with Shivara set as his guard. Pithwatolzar was imprisoned within the Black Orb with Kovan’rorshac set as his guard. Hazorshrakan was imprisoned within the Brass Orb with Forsoman set as her guard. These orbs were dubbed the Orbs of Dragonkind.

898BCE: The dragons organized their defenses against the heroes and their armies. Mortals loyal to the dragons rose up to defend their masters. The flames of the Dragon War grew hot as battles raged all across Cimmeria.

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927BCE: Danar didn’t know how to survive in the wild. He was taken in by a group of kind villagers. They accepted him into their community and he took up a woodcutter’s axe to protect them from the monsters that plagued them. Danar never publicly used magic, but he continued to practice his arcane skills in secret.

925BCE: Danar rose to become headman of his village. He organized the people of the swamplands into a militia, so they could deserve themselves and keep order while Danar was occupied elsewhere. The black dragon brothers, Kovan’rorshac and Pithwatolzar, permitted Danar’s actions as it indirectly benefited him. Wealthier citizens meant more tribute for the dragons.

924BCE: Danar’s civilization of the swamp encountered resistance when the elven druid, Eathirilu, arrived in the area. Eathirilu viewed Danar’s efforts to expand farm lands and hunting grounds as antithetical to nature itself. He attacked and sabotaged many of the exiled prince’s projects. The two figures crossed paths numerous times, but neither could get the upper hand over the other.

923BCE: The red wyrm, Invernix, witnessed Danar’s charitable work in the swamplands. “Why had the black dragon monarchs done nothing?” thought Invernix. “Were they lazy and decadent or was this an alliance between bronze and black?” Invernix disliked the situation either way. He entered the swamplands and began burning settlements.

922BCE: Danar refused to engage, but not for lack of courage. Rather, Danar was concerned for the fate of his people should he die. They could be killed and broken by lesser threats without his protection. Danar hoped that Invernix would grow bored and return to the Terror Mountains.

921BCE: Invernix did not leave and Danar confronted the fact that he would have to face the dragon. Danar teamed up with his previous enemy, Eathirilu, to fight Invernix. Unfortunately, Invernix defeated the pair. The great red wyrm promised to leave the swamplands untouched if Danar returned to Sheerzen and claimed the throne. Invernix planned on using Danar as a pawn in Rilopenaril’s kingdom.
Danar visited the first village he had stayed at. Revealing his magic powers he told the villagers that he was returning to his birthright in Sheerzen. People from all over gathered together to say goodbye to their leader. The combined their varied talents and made Danar a superb axe of unequaled quality to replace the old woodcutter’s axe he had used for so many years.

920BCE: Danar returned to Sheerzen to challenge the throne. His parents had died and his brother, Einhart, had defeated the other four siblings. Prince Einhart’s coronation was imminent. The people of Sheerzen protested Danar’s return, saying that his exile made his claim illegitimate. Ignoring the voices of the crowd, Einhart accepted Danar’s challenge. The two dueled in the vast, open, central elevator of Sheerzen. Danar’s axe brought him victory, but his brother shot out Danar’s right eye with an electricity spell.
Danar was coronated in his brother’s place. At the ceremony an elder earth elemental, Rhinston, attended. The elemental gave Danar a magical gem that could take the place of an eye. The gem fit perfectly in his eye socket. Danar chose to keep the eye hidden behind a patch. It was said that when Danar revealed his gem eye he could see to the truth of all things.

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955BCE: Jeffery died of old age.

952BCE: Brelfagar was slain while out hunting alone.

950BCE: Sunrise, an avid alchemist, died in a potion-making accident. Rilopenaril accused Langudina of sabotage. They argued but came to no resolution. Langudina refused to leave Apollo’s Hill. Rilopenaril volunteered to leave for a time.

949BCE: Shoree died in childbirth. In her brother’s absence, Langudina decreed that the successor of the Bronze Chords would be decided by an arcane gauntlet of duels. Each descendant of the Bronze Chords would duel each other until only two remained, a male and a female. The two would be wed and would rule as king and queen over the city.
The people of Sheerzen protested in outrage, but one spout of dragon flame from Langudina’s snout quieted their dissent. The tournament took place in Rilopenaril’s absence without his consent. The winners, King Batard and Queen Challah, ascended to the thrones. Both were children of Rilopenaril.

948BCE: Rilopenaril returned to Sheerzen. He was horrified at what his sister had done in his absence. They argued once more. Rilopenaril insisted that her actions were immoral. Langudina insisted that mortals existed only to be played with for the amusement of their draconic betters. Her actions were only the result of the age-old maxim, “Might makes right.” Frustrated with her actions, Rilopenaril retired to the cave beneath Apollo’s Hill to sulk.

947BCE: Rilopenaril emerged from the Hill with a secret plan to end not only Langudina’s rule over the mortals of Cimmeria, but the rule of all dragons. He allied himself with the wandering psion, Shratalanda.

946BCE: King Batard and Queen Challah gave birth to sextuplets, three boys and three girls. Einhart and Luitgard were the eldest. Leo and Fastrada were the middle pair. Danar and Desiderata were last. The dragon blood flowed in them giving them magical powers, even in infancy. Einhard’s powers were strongest while Danar was the runt of the group.

938BCE: Batard and Challah decreed that their heirs would be decided in the same manner that they rose to power, a magical tournament upon their deaths. The two strongest would rule Sheerzen after them. The six siblings began training their magical abilities. Einhart excelled in lessons while Danar lagged behind.

928BCE: Danar’s parents still lived, but he feared for his life when they died. His arcane skills were inferior to those of his siblings and his compassionate heart prevented him from harming them during practice sessions. He went to Rilopenaril for advice. Rilopenaril recognized that Sheerzen had become an unfit place for his grandchild. Seeing a path for his secret plan, he exiled his Danar. The young sorcerer fled the city into the western wilds.

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968BCE: The dragon monarchs began exploiting the labor of their subjects to build grand palaces and monuments. The bronze dragon siblings, Rilopenaril and Langudina, disliked these vain practices. They used their power to provide patronage for adventurers that aided the bronze dragons’ subjects on a personal level. Rilopenaril and Langudina’s taxes were minimal compared to their cousins. The only exceptions were mithral, adamantine, and lead, which were taxed at enormous percentages, all but denying those metals to the common inhabitant of Apollo’s Plains.

967BCE: The dragons inbred with their subjects and in many cases, the local wildlife. Draconic half-breeds became relatively common.

964BCE: An adventuring group caught the eye of Rilopenaril and Langudina. The adventurers had kept the bronze dragons’ more civilized subjects safe from a raiding band of white dragon hybrid ogres. The adventurers were honored and named the Bronze Chords. Their names were Brelfagar the dwarven fighter, Shoree the human paladin, Sunrise the elven wizard, and Jeffery the human cleric of the Muses.

963BCE: Rilopenaril tasked the Bronze Chords with gathering all the people of Apollo’s Plains in one central location, the sacred Hill of Apollo where the draconic pair made their lair. He wished to make an announcement to his subjects. Langudina was oddly absent when Rilopenaril gave this task to the Bronze Chords.

959BCE: After many years the Bronze Chords completed their task. They traveled the length and breadth of Apollo’s Plains and slew many beasts and monsters to ensure safe travel for the weaker subjects of the bronze dragons. All the people of the Plains packed up their belongings as directed and migrated to Apollo’s Hill.

958BCE: All the people of Apollo’s Plains came together as one. Rilopenaril announced that they would no longer live separately. They would live together in a new home of his design. Rilopenaril intoned a divine spell and a magnificent structure rose from the crown of Apollo’s Hill. The stone castle rose a thousand feet into the air reinforced by adamantine and lead. The town of Sheerzen came into existence in less time than it takes to bake a cake. All those present were invited to inhabit the castle or return to their villages as they wished. Rilopenaril named the Bronze Chords the leaders of the new community.

957BCE: Rilopenaril mated with the Bronze Chords and some of their existing children, infusing their bloodlines with draconic power. Langudina rarely emerged from her home beneath the Hill.

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