Characters of Cimmeria: Cristonton and Cotinasath

The reigns of King Cristonton and King Cotinasath signaled a change in how Nox and Jeutontic saw themselves. Both cities moved forward from being individual city-states to true kingdoms with more than a single urban center. The two kings also set up a new dynamic for the two kingdoms as they became natural rivals for control of Western Cimmeria.

King Cristonton of Nox succeeded his father, King Forigata. At Forigata’s death only three Senators remained in office due to his refusal to appoint new Senators. King Cristonton continued his father’s policy towards the Senate. A few years later the last Senator died. All legal power in Nox laid with King Cristonton.

King Cristonton ensured that he had the support of the people of Nox before enacting his agenda. He declared war against King Cotinasath of Jeutontic, the grandson of Queen Jasaetuparth. The line of Xorius and the line of Sadroston were once more at war. Nox’s army made good headway in the field, but they were unable to approach Jeutontic without constant harassment by the aerial cavalry of the southern city. To deal with this issue King Cristonton trained archers and ballista crews to declutter the skies. Unfortunately, the Nox army could not be everywhere at once. The Jeutontic raiders took advantage and Nox’s economy suffered.

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Characters of Cimmeria: Xorius and Forigata

Xorius

Xorius was a young Senator of Nox during the Nox Civil War. He was born to a rich family and when his father passed away Xorius took his place in the Senate. He led the Senatorial side to victory over the Royals and expelled Queen Trigonora from the kingdom. Rather than transition to a full republic, the Senate voted to continue the constitutional monarchy with Xorius as King. He assumed the role and started a new dynasty in Nox.

King Xorius ruled well for thirty years. He established equitable taxes on the people and the nobles and put Nox in an excellent economic position as Cimmeria emerged out of the shadow of draconic occupation. Xorius had little interest in romance and love. He died during the githyanki invasion with no children to succeed him. The crown passed to Xorius’s much younger brother, Forigata. King Forigata claimed Xorius as his family name, effectively starting their line with his brother.

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Characters of Cimmeria: Baradera and Sahamathrian

Baradera

Baradera was a halfling living an uninteresting life in Satronwook until Dionysus and Pan showed up. The pair of party gods had started a parade tour of the Caspian at the Assyrian trade post of Baku and after many years had reached the end at Satronwook. Dionysus created the famous alcohol fountain of Satronwook. Pan initiated a drinking contest for the locals with a golden crown as a reward for the winner. Baradera won and Dionysus crowned her, turning her into a magically intelligent panda. He gave Panda Baradera the command of a pack of blink dogs to enforce her decree for a single year until the drinking contest was held again.

The Baradera of Satronwook crowned a new Panda, but Baradera was shocked to learn that she would not be transforming back into a halfling. Her true form would forever be that of a talking panda. The blink dogs served the new Panda, enforcing her decrees and those of all previous Pandas. The novelty of Satronwook’s leadership and alcohol fountain attracted many people to the village and it grew into a sizable trading town.

Baradera angrily retired to a life of leisure along with the other past Pandas of Satronwook. A large panda bear enclosure was built within the city to accommodate the needs of the ursine population.

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Characters of Cimmeria: Jasaetuparth and Trigonora

Trigonora on the left and Jasaetuparth on the right.

Jasaetuparth and Trigonora were two queens of Sadroston’s line in Western Cimmeria. Jasaetuparth ruled in Jeutontic while Trigonora ruled in Nox. They formed an alliance against the Nox Senate as it gained power after the Dragon War. They lost the war and Trigonora fled to Jeutontic. This set off a centuries long conflict as Jeutontic vied with Nox for control of Western Cimmeria.

Jasaetuparth’s father was Condrofalspeth. He had led Jeutontic’s resettlement and war with the Dark Elves. He perished in Croshan’s assault on the city and as his firstborn, Jasaetuparth took up the reins of power. While not as remarkable a leader as Condrofalspeth, Jasaetuparth led her people well and enriched her country through commerce.

Trigonora’s father was King Kaeltotath of Nox. He came to power during the Dragon War. Kaeltotath had little support for any policies he wished to enact. The common people didn’t trust him and the noble senate class of Nox knew they could push him around. He had no skill to negotiate this political landscape and thus was unable to adequately train Trigonora to assume the throne upon his death. When Trigonora ascended she found she had little real power in the developing republic of Nox.

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Characters of Cimmeria: Condrofalspeth

Condrofalspeth was a half-elf descendant of Sadroston. He resettled Jeutontic after its collapse during the draconic occupation of Cimmeria. The city’s resurgence caught the attention of King Croshan of the Dark Elves who began aggressively raiding Jeutontic and the nearby villages. Condrofalspeth organized a defense force for the city-state and a flight of mobile aerial cavalry using griffons, hippogriffs, and pegasi. The resistance to Croshan’s raids earned Condrofalspeth the ire of the Drow king. Croshan attacked Jeutontic itself and while he was unable to pillage the city, he did succeed in slaying its leader. Condrofalspeth’s heirs continued to protect the city after his death.

Condrofalspeth grew up with a small piece of Sadroston’s reputation. The renowned hero left many children and Condrofalspeth did not stand out from the crowd during his youth. Like the other descendants, he was given more respect than he’d earned, but it made little difference in his life. Condrofalspeth only became a man of true note when he organized the people of Western Cimmeria to resettle Jeutontic.

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Characters of Cimmeria: Proculus Julius

Proculus Julius receiving a divine visit from Romulus after the latter’s death.

Proculus Julius was the tribunus celerum of Rome at the time of Romulus’s death. He witnessed a divine visit from Romulus after the king’s death that confirmed Romulus’s ascension to godhood. Unfortunately, the Senate didn’t trust Proculus Julius to be loyal, so they forcibly retired him and the 300 Celeres that served under him. Proculus Julius and the Celeres abandoned Rome and journeyed westward. They continued west around the dark side of the world and eventually settled Mars’ Oasis.

Proculus Julius was the second tribunus celerum of Rome. He held command over Rome’s elite royal guard, the Celeres, who protected Romulus in battle and within the city. As the tribunus celerum Proculus Julius was Romulus’s most trusted man in all of Rome. Upon Romulus’s death, he appeared before Proculus Julius and told him that Rome was destined to be the greatest city on earth. This message calmed the people of Rome after the rough transition out of Romulus’s war-focused leadership.

The Roman Senate selected Numa Pompilius as Romulus’s successor. Numa enacted a series of reforms to make Rome a more pious and peaceful city. His first act was to discharge the Celeres and Proculus Julius out of a fear that they loved war as much as the previous king. The Celeres left Rome in anger, heading northward out of Italy.

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Characters of Cimmeria: Glospiel and Kruk-Sho-Kar

Glospiel

Glospiel was a halfling merchant in Western Cimmeria. After Semanarie became a druidic commune the elves of Bigby’s Forest needed a new trading post for exporting goods. Glospiel founded that new trading post and named it Makotako. Makotako quickly grew as the premier trade outpost between Bigby’s Forest and the rest of Cimmeria. Merchants picked up goods from the elves on the forest’s edge and then brought them to Makotako to sell to ship captains or trading caravans.

While Glospiel founded the city, his desire was wealth, not power. As more people immigrated, he deferred to the settlers on how they wished to lead themselves. Coincidentally, the citizens chose a republican system of government where one had to be wealthy in order to hold public office. Glospiel was the first elected king of Makotako. He served honorably while continuing to enrich himself through his private business ventures.

When King Glospiel died, he continued to separate his public responsibilities from his private business. His business and his considerable fortune were inherited by his children. The crown passed to someone outside Glospiel’s family, another wealthy merchant named Testrey. This peaceful transition of power continued for many years.

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Characters of Cimmeria: Davonisi

Davonisi was a powerful unseelie faerie who played a leading role in the Dragon War. She organized the fey and elves of the Dry Woods to fight for the green dragons. In the end she was defeated by the Heroes of the Dragon War. Davonisi went into seclusion until the dragovinians sought her out during the Second Alliance War. She returned as a second plague upon mortals but was slain by the Exiles before her evil had a chance to drastically impact the world.

Davonisi came into being in the shadows of the Dry Woods. She was there before the Olympians arrived, playing tricks and pranks on the goblins and other faeries. Davonisi was one of the eldest fey and over her millennia of existence she had gathered immense power in herself. The other unseelie faeries recognized this power and declared Davonisi their leader. She valued natural order above all things, so when the dragons established their dominion over Cimmeria, she gave no opposition. Dragons are the strongest creatures, so it was only right that they rule over all others.

When the Dragon War started, Davonisi stayed on the sidelines until Eathirilu asked for her assistance. Davonisi answered Eathirilu’s call along with the other unseelie fey. She joined his march through the countryside towards Phoenix. Davonisi’s fey scouted ahead and committed unspeakable atrocities against every mortal they encountered on the way. None were left alive to bring word of the army’s approach to Phoenix. Eathirilu was unsettled by Davonisi’s actions and began to wonder which side was truly just in the Dragon War.

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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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Characters of Cimmeria: Croshan

Croshan was one of the elven kings created by the Olympians when they moved to Cimmeria. He led his people to victory during the Goblin War and into the Whitewood Forest when the Conclave dissolved. Rather than face the dragons, King Croshan took his elves into the Underdark to become Dark Elves. From the Underdark Croshan led raids on the surface world for centuries. His death passed with little fanfare on the surface, but sent ripples across the Underdark as Drow culture drastically restructured itself into a religious matriarchy.

Croshan was not born a king, he was created. The Olympians sculpted him to be one of the perfect kings of the elves. He provided clever strategies for his people during the Conclave’s war with the goblins. After the dwarves left the Conclave, Croshan and the other elven leaders followed them. King Croshan took his subjects to the Whitewood Forest to live in peace.

The Whitewood Elves traded peacefully with the humans of Jeutontic for many years. The peace was shattered when the dragons established their hegemony over Cimmeria. To escape domination, Croshan and his people enacted a powerful ritual. Their skin turned jet black as their whole nation was magically altered to survive in the Underdark. As the dragons took over, Croshan and the new Dark Elves went under.

Croshan after his transformation into a Dark Elf

Croshan’s time in the Underdark quickly eroded his sympathy for the surface dwellers. During the draconian occupation, Croshan led raids on settlements for supplies, not caring which side of the Dragon War they supported. The raids continued after the war ended. Jeutontic was the main target due to its proximity to the Dark Elf home base underneath Whitewood Forest.

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