Tales that have been traded too long and whose truth cannot be rightly ascertained, mayhaps later they may become proper rumors. All fan-fiction and rumors of ill-repute below...
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Rumors of Ill Repute Edit
Categorized rumors by location relative to Viriskali. Rumors where no location is hinted at stay under Loriene.
Kingdom of Loriene Edit
- A lone warrior travels across Loriene, seeking a worthy opponent. He offers his blade to the one who can best him.
- Somewhere in the fields of Loriene there`s an ancient tomb. Its entrance is guarded by a foul beast.
- A floating castle migrates across the sky in the far reaches of the West Marches. Once a year it lands at its origin while the full moon shines. A squished flying bard haunts the landing site.
- There are faint whispers of a secret cult that captures and turns unwilling subjects into demonic minions. Rumour has it a prominent human noble family leads it, though everyone who has investigated it has disappeared.
- News of a plague infection spreading through the Viriskali region has reached the capital. Pfalzgraf Gunther Stolz is not pleased as his lands lie down the road to the east of the South Elin Plain and he fears contamination (both moral and medical) from the area. He has made ready to hold his border from the "diseased denizens of those uncivilized borderlands" and has stated coldly that the additional supplies traded from Loriene may not reach Viriskali in time for the bitterly cold winter unless "This Viriskali issue is handled to the satisfaction of the defense of the Realm." In the past Stolz has on many occasions made public his low opinion. "If we continue like this we will be little better than Viriskali itself".
- It is said that a dispatch has been released to Mayor Aered Bertholme, asking him to settle this issue post haste. In the best of times Stolz and Bertholme relations have been cold, now they are downright frigid.
- In His unbound generosity, his majesty the king has seen fit to grant rights to a late knight's gully castle for a year and a day to any common folk who slay the giant terrorizing the Udrin Foothills.
- Villagers have begun speaking of a mysterious prophetess by the name of Julia. She has been predicting death and destruction for the inhabitants of the West Marches through a series of illustrations. It is uncertain if she has divine inspiration or if the dangerous nature of the West Marches simply assures these outcomes. Adventurers have been ignoring these warnings, who knows if it will lead to their downfall.
- An ancient forge of gods and men made in times long past. Guarded by a equally old guardian. To get to the forge there are two ways slay the guard or pass it's test.
- A manual of weapons and armor form a cursed civilization that is no more at least that's what the legends say, that is known by all blacksmiths jet no one seen it's secrets. It's location is unknown jet whisperers of it's fate still float around.
- There have been rumors going around that a cult is trying to revive and ancient evil or a colossus.
Town gossip Edit
- A kobold shaman living in this area that performs powerful healing rituals but his services are said to come with a "price".
- It has been said that Ironjaw is Juliette's Husband and that she's pregnant. Not sure if the rumors are true, but the puke puddles and constant dry heaving certainly confirms the pregnancy... gross!
- Hilda Hildaguard has been spreading rumors that Juliette the half-Orc once vomited up maggots with the faces of children.
- A noble Elven heiress is said to have passed through Viriskali a few weeks back, but was never seen or heard from again.
- An adventuring wizard has been spreading tidings of doom, prophesying "a thousand years of darkness".
- It is rumored that this wizard has the ability to turn himself to stone when danger threatens - if so he is very powerful indeed.
- A lyrical leprechaun spinning strange turns of phrase is said to wander the plains, delighting travelers with her poetic performances before suddenly disappearing into the wilds again.
- The blacksmith's son slayed with his bare hands something not of this world. It marked him for ever.
- A former mistress said that Mayor Aered Bertholme used to have a painting that bled instead of him.
- (Shout out to Pendragon introductions - two townswoman overheard on the streets of Viriskali) "Have you heard? Old man Dufferanus was found dead on the front porch of his country estate!" "The same Dufferanus who fell out of favor from the Desert Empire after (voice drops to a whisper) rejuvenating the Emperor with young blue dragon blood?" "The same! It is said that the scribe in Nala was busy with him recently, for he feared for his own life and wanted to put his wishes clear should something (slight pause to make a sign to ward off evil) un...natural happen" "How dreadful what says his will?"
- Posted with fine parchment on the memorial wall of Frelka's Tavern in a strong and clean print: I, Dufferanus of sound mind and judgment do hereby set forth my wishes and will in respect that I have reason to believe that my life will too soon end. I have failed to complete my task and must stand for my punishment as those of my line have done forth from antiquity. This parchment will be presented to the patrons of Frelka's Tavern, men and women of character and unfettered original thought are said to frequent this place and having no heir I ask that they hear me out. I request but a simple task.Stay in my manor home for five days and nights and exit upon the dawn light of the sixth day and my home, what is contained within and my Magocratic (government by magic user) title Summoner of the First Order be passed to those who survive the initiation. My burden be done, my honor be restored, my name continued for history to judge."At the bottom of the page is signed Dufferanus, third apprentice of Tasko in a spidery hand and instructions to seek out Nala's Scribe for the key to the manor and for instructions on the ritual required to begin the trial.
- A band of knights patrol the southern plains, stopping bandits and thieves from hurting travelers. These knights call themselves Paladins of Vovoi under the name the Order of the Shining Spear. Their symbol is that of a winged lion grasping a spear in its maw. Merchants traveling south trade tales of the knights' divine powers, including unnatural strength.
- This group appears to want help the people of this region and are looking to anoint new and unborn children into the light of their god in hopes of shaping the next generation of heroes.
- Legend speaks of a small hamlet hidden in a valley to the east where life is supposedly peaceful and perfect. The hamlet hides itself with some unknown magic, travelers forget its location upon leaving.
- There are rumors of a strange priest wandering the nearby area - something about a sacred flame, and seeking a safe haven to settle and tend it. Perhaps once could help him gather certain sacred materials, and he might settle in Viriskali...? (Open access to Divine rituals, in return for proper donations or reagents)
- A small town near Wraefen has sent a messenger to Viriskali with word of the disappearance of the towns children. The town has lost 3 so far. Each taken during the first week of the month for the last three months. There has been reports of people seeing them dancing on the edge of town at dusk but no one has been able to confirm this. They are asking for any and all help to find there children as well as who or what ever is taking them. An they are willing to pay.
Job Offers / Services
- A jeweler will buy a set of matching five gems, for twice their market value. Deliver before October 1st.
- A travelling minstrel by the name of Arthur has been found wandering the woods near Viriskali. Caked in blood and dirt he does not move, only whispers the crickets are so loud tonight. His cousin is paying 80gp to anyone who can bring back both Arthur's horse and gear to Viriskali.
- Is your will made in a trembling hand? Does it have a smudge you want clean? Fear not for Nala's resident scribe provides officially transcribed copies that will show beyond a doubt you really number among the heirs. Don't forget your purse...
- A raving gnome claims it can (partially) drain the Wraefen and build a bridge to open a new trade route. For the mere pittance of 20,000 gold the little creature will get started. It chirps about "a return to former glory", I call it madness.
- Frelka of Frelka's Tavern may be looking for a wealthy silent business partner. It seems that many of his regular patrons run up tabs and then run off on adventures and are never seen again. Despite this he looks to expand his Tavern to include a separate Veteran's Club where the more experienced can share information and hopefully prevent foolhardy deaths.
- Preliminary construction plans have uncovered the possibility that Frelka is aware of ruins underneath his establishment that could be cleared out and renovated. He recently discovered a secret door behind the keg shelves in the storage area.
- The blacksmith in Castow offering to pay 50gp per kg of an unusual and possibly dangerous metal found in a mine, somewhere in the Uldrin Foothills.
- Head Librarian Waltom has made a request for any new books to be brought to the library. He offers 5 gold for each new book and a discount on library services. Tomes of greater knowledge or rarity may bring in a greater price.
- Dermott Dunstable, a landscape painter would like to be escorted to the forest, so he may paint the trees. His wife worries for him and believes he loves the trees more than her. Payment: 10gp a day, must be fair weather, extra 10gp to paint sunset (danger pay, as night begins to approach). Wants to return and paint some more in 3-5 days.
Guard whispers Edit
- (EAST) Travelers have spoken of a screaming tree along the road east of Viriskali.
- (EAST) A merchant recently walked into town with a wild look in her eye. She reported that a large armored creature burrowed out of the ground and butchered and devoured her draft animals as she cowered behind her wares in the attached wagon. There have been reports of this "Bullete" or "land shark" as regular folk name it periodically over the past fifty years. On the years when the beast appears, the land rejects the crops and regional harvests are poor. "Big glass of nope patrolling that way Sergeant".
- (3 days from Starkwald?) Kor is cursed I tell you! First the priests fled from that tiny hamlet, then their last priestess burned alive in a tavern fire. Now I hear only Malcolm survived from Vik's trip to some gods-forsaken ruins in the Starkwald.
- (WEST of the Starkwald) A Halfling mentioned a College of Mystaval, that survived the ancient Magocracy, containing half a world's knowledge inside.
- Two guards overheard on the walls: "Watchman Tolus is getting married to that gypsy girl of his." "I can imagine the Captain's reaction to that!" "Her family is coming to town, it should be quite the wedding."
- (NORTH) People in Castow almost lynched a girl. She was lucky the captain was visiting. Benighted folk still believe everyone with red hair is the Devil's child... A girl couldn't devour so many chickens.
- (WEST) People have seen one of them giant lizards with a crystal mace for a tail. It was sunbathing near the burned stable, on the way of the Udrin Foothills. A jeweler might be interested in the beast.
- A secretive gambling house frequented by malcontents and criminals lies south of Nala.
- Most farmers teeth are either black or missing, even the children. Are they all smoking dreamweed? Or is it the tooth fairy?
- There is an half-buried glass mansion close to Nala. Those who enter leave both older and wiser.
- Some children that went missing from Lepool some weeks back are said to have been spotted wandering the wilds near there at night.
- Crone Mara claims "the childless mothers are next!" and wants to leave Lepool yesterday. She needs an escort to carry her things all the way to Viriskali and make a detour to visit an old friend's hut.
- A giant hagfish disguising itself as a hermit monk has been feeding his bile and excrement to unsuspecting travelers. What fiendish machinations could such a foul creature have in store for his victims?
- Cultists in Lepool are starting a cult feud again! They claim some slime-loving wannabes have desecrated The Great Worm's shrine and will hire mercenaries to "pay them back" or prevent further disrespect.
- The river near Lepool has been said to be blessed by some and cursed by others. A faint feeling of unease, almost a feeling of being watched comes upon those who approach the waterside.
- A gray dolmen lays north of Lepool. If you pass the night atop the tomb, bask naked in a full moon's light you will curry Disek's favor. You need not fear any path traveled by moonlight until waning.
- An ancient pillory near Lepool is famous for only securing true criminals, releasing them after a pelting. Mark was cleared of thieving when he placed his hands and head on the holds and was rewarded with a snap and a cawing of HERETIC and DRUNKARD! Still a pelting beats a severed hand.
- Martin in Lepool found a golden helm. But where is the ship and is it also made of gold?
- Something lives below the fens and emerges at night. Its cries are chilling.
- The fens have claimed an explorer who sought the cries beneath the fens. He left at midday all dressed in red, and never returned.
- Strange visions of a great maw rising to swallow all from beneath afflict those who sleep near the fens. For days after all they can think of are teeth.
- A merchant and her caravan all dressed in silks and the like cut a path through the fens to save time. She came gibbering out of the fog whimpering about teeth, and shrill cries a day after, alone and covered in poisoned boils.
- In a clearing full of tar stands a grizzled man in a gibbet, oily hair reaches the soil. Has a blue magpie for company. He will barter information for shiny baubles. Always consults the bird beforehand.
- Now that Castle Cock stands empty, the swirling mists of the Wraefen have started to encroach the castle, and it's halls are beginning to echo with bone chilling cries.
- Occasionally a bank of red fog drifts across the fens.
- An ever-turning stone tower that leaks fetid water, it is moved around by two stone giants.
- A whale carcass was uncovered in a bog, it smells so foul, it keeps all fen-creatures at bay.
Harllud Barrows Edit
- Stories of Elves performing forbidden breeding experiments have circled around the barrows for years. Most dark and vile of these experiments produced the most illegitimate of offspring...an Elc/Orf.
- Recently travelers skirting the Barrows have heard a voice coming from the mists, it seems to be in pain and calls out in a otherworldly voice - "Have you forgotten your oath ?"
- A whiny voiced pig creature has been sighted darting in and out of the fog, nagging travelers, and only leaving when people pay attention to it. Some say the pig has been possessed by the spirit of a lost child, devoured by wolves.
- After a group of trailblazers found a safe entry/exit point, dozens of grave robbers entered the mounds. Survivors who return look sickly.
According to the writings of a dead wizard, there may be Elves living in the Starkwald.
- An emaciated trapper with sodden clothes found his way to Frelka's claiming to have seen a leprechaun and its famous pot of gold. An alluring tune led him to a dry well in the Starkwald, with the elusive creature at the bottom adding coins to his pot.
- A fire has sprung up in a small clearing in the forest, but it doesn't burn the greenery. On the full moon a hunter and his ghastly hounds are said to enter this world from the flames and track prey until dawn.
- Northwest of the forest an albino troll has taken residence under a brimstone bridge. Hammer blows and drunken laughter can now be heard day and night.
- There is a well beaten trail leading deeper into the forest, marked by tree carvings of spirals. Runes depicting elves covering their mouths litter the path. Upon entering the trail, there is an unnatural silence; elves hear a marching song while non-elves will experience a buzzing in the ears. If there is a sound louder than a whisper whirlwinds will form, throwing invaders up into the tallest tree's canopy.
- In moonlit nights an obsidian tower, built in honor of the Silent One, can be seen sticking like a darker thumb above the forest's canopy. This tower changes location like a moody wind does direction. A learned halfling has visited the tower once and would like to return, this time with some adventurers in tow, for there are both great treasures and horrors inside. She can be found wandering the roads parallel to the Starkwald.
- Somewhere deep in the forest a spring is said to run. Its water is deadly to the living, but should it be poured on a corpse or drank by an undead, its flesh and bone would be restored and it would stop decaying.
- All unnatural thunderstorms begin at Gargoyle's Spine, from the western edge of the Starkwald. When lightning strikes its steel bones glow impossibly white.
Udrin Foothills Edit
- A huntsman from the west brought news of a slain party that had set out to kill a giant in the western hills, earlier in the year.
- Buried deep in a cave, there is said to be the Armor of the Mad Barbarian, Greythgor. A warrior that was said to have slain hundreds, but the one to slay him was his armor....
- West of Viriskali, somewhere amongst the Udrin Foothills, is said to live a mysterious sage who grants "divinations of the future", but only to the "most worthy"; whatever that means.
- The western stone road is in ruins. Again. Spore holes in the ground, munched rocks and egg shell remains hard as steel stick from the trail in a S pattern, making passage nearly impossible.
- It is said that long ago a barbaric people created a great stronghold in the Udrin. Those people feared for their ferocity were known as The Unsleeping and the ruin of their fortress Guds-Hus still stands to this day. Recently there have been reports of the fortress being rebuilt mysteriously during the night, some whispered rumors state that the barbarian's ancient dedication to the Old Gods may have returned flesh to dead form.
- Historically The Unsleeping were reputed to have the ability to enter others dreams and steal their sleeping bodies . When the barbarians went to war it was said that their ancestors would fight beside them in undead forms, raised by their Dead Witches and paid for with the flesh of enemy captives and dead.
- Along the western road are two small unmarked graves covered by a brown stained dress. On its ripped neck grows a hand-like eucalyptus cradling a red ribbon fashioned in a noose. Untying it grows a sapling and births a red-haired child.
- In the Eastern Foothills a small collection of huts has been seen hidden in a valley. Travelers have claimed to see monstrous deformities on the residents but this has not been confirmed.
- There is a library hidden inside a cave. Ankle-deep water whispers in dead tongues, doors are leathery to the touch and all ancient parchment grafts to your skin. Only the eyeless may enter.
The Southeastern Desert Edit
- Strange as it may be, there echo dark news of a settlement far to the east, at sand's edge, where those that report mention the unsettling features of a devilish nature among its denizens. Outside this, little is known... That is, little aside from the empty barren that stood at the very location not less than several months past.
- In the distant Desert Empire if you travel bearing arms between oases, voices will call out from below. Bleached bones will make you company when you dream and rise when you wake.
- A Half-Elf king roams the desert looking for his loving queen, she was lost to him many years ago and has since never been seen. They say he continues to look for her to this very day, but the deal he made to look for her has taken his desperate soul away. - Tale of The Betrayed King. Humans and elves vary on the story on who possibly took the Half-Elf kings wife.
- There is an old trading route, nearly faded from abandonment in the Marches that leads to the edge of the desert. The reason for its destitute state is said to be because of a horned bard from Hell.
Forest of Nakatashar Edit
- The wood elves of the region are said to have raised their god, Nakatashar the Green arises on the evening breeze spewing poison and crushing bone.
- The elves are known for their respect for the balance of nature, and their god may not be what it appears to be.
Tales of Fiction Edit
Fan-fiction posted in itmejp's reddit, links to threads or google-docs.
- Dunden's Tale
- The Marcher Knight
- The Highborn
- Once upon a Midnight Dreary...
- In the Hall of the Barrow-King
- Rise and Fall of Leipalla
- Upon the Lips of Dying Men
- The Tower of the Silent One
- The Stranger
- The Demon of Viriskali
- The Too Long Night
- The Fox of Starkwald
Delving in the Past Edit
//TODO Make doc and link... A glass mansion that in reality is a time-trap experiment ages old.
People of little Fame Edit
- Madame Hammer
- Bartholomew, travelling tinker. Small cart pulled by a donkey. Will barter for coin, personal items or rumors. Has every mundane item known to Man and one item of superb quality. All tales told to him become true. Will repay kindness and disrespect in the most (in)opportune time.
Creatures of Legend Edit
- Ser Nigel von Asle and Neve (Ice Lich and his Steed)
- Drivel Grin - "Tooth Fairy"
- Idea: Lore-wise It would be even cooler if the drivel took only the teeth and left the body pristine, but for a huge toothless smile. What would the PCs or locals NPCs think? Suspects: local barber/chirurgeon or that witch in the woods?
- Caligosaurus - "Mist Monster"
- Grontak - "Two faced gatekeepers"
- Buh-Khul - "Winter Owlions"
- Wulfotter - "mix of Wolf, Otter and shark?" (2nd Drawing of Wulfotter)
- Zonalarian Tree - "a tree containing magical energy"
- And yet more cool monster art in the author's tumblr.
Items of Wonder Edit
- Armor of the Mad Barbarian - Black suit of armor with dried red streaks of blood all over it. The inside of the armor has hooks that dig into the wearers skin all over.
- AC 17
- At the beginning of battle, the wearer roles a D20 to see how much control the armor has over the wearer. On a 1-5 the wearer takes 2 points of damage, gains advantage on their first attack and their weapon damage for the fight is increased by 1. On a 6-13 the wearer takes 6 points of damage, gains advantage on their next 2 attacks, and their weapon damage for the fight is increased by 2. On a 14-18 the wearer takes 8 points of damage, gains advantage on their next 3 attacks, and their weapon damage for the fight is increased by 3. On a 19-20 the wearer takes 10 points of damage, gains advantage on their next 4 attacks, their weapon damage for the fight is increased by 4 and they automatically go first in battle.
- Piggy bank - pocket-sized bronze figurine of a fat furry humanoid with a twirly tail. Surprisingly heavy with a metal clinking. Smells lightly of truffles.
- Its mouth moves when something valuable is close by. Shines briefly when fed coins and gems. If broken everything previously fed comes out. At night if not fed, comes alive and eats its owner's fingers, bit by bit.
- Contents: ~2000 verdigris filled copper coins, a humming sphere of ancient iron coins, a magnetized horse shoe inside the sphere, ~30kg of truffles, dozens of finger bones.
- Deck of Obscured Fate - Set of playing cards used to divine the future. Is identical to a mundane deck of cards with the exception of one unique card depicting a stereotypical fortune teller.
- Always correctly predicts the future through virtue of being incredibly vague.
- Counterfeits are exceedingly common due to the deck's nature, however the genuine deck is passionately sought by aspiring fortune tellers and witches.
- Cigurh - An ancient mechanism from a long forgotten civilization that once stood at the edge of Lake Notna. Only those truly knowledgeable can handle this ancient device.
- Base Item: Hand crossbow +1 (range 30/120)
- Can only be used by characters with the History or Investigation skill.
- When you brandish the Cigurh, you gain the Intimidation skill with triple your proficiency bonus. The Cigurh will not create any noise when used. Targets that are struck by a bolt from the Cigurh must make a Strength 10 DC or be pushed back 20 ft. When a target is within 5 ft, an attack roll of 18 or higher counts as a critical hit, but you still roll with disadvantage as normal.
- Lucky Halfling's Foot - Item often found with trolls or ogres, this hairy foot is often cured with salt wax and dirt but does slowly decay and smells awful. A heavy rope binds it and for some obscure reason it does tend to give its bearers some luck.
- Gain +2 to one roll per encounter, not damage related.
- Gain +1 to saving throw rolls.
- When visible effects opinions to character appropriately either with +4/-4 to Charisma based rolls as per the DM's choice.