With work keeping me busy and even out if the country, I haven’t had a chance to post since my introduction! So, today, I’ll run through the characters in my home Dragonlance game, living and deceased.
First up is Tananger Highhill, our Kender rogue, using the Essentials thief build. Tan carries with him the Key of Quinari, an elven music box, received at the very beginning of their adventure. Its legend has led them on their quest, without revealing why, as of yet. He also wields the Shard of Light and has recently been given a Kender Spoon of Turning while in Kendermore. Tan has slain a beholder, twice, using the Shard. He is currently looking to free his people from inside the Peak of Malys.
Next is Iados. He is a Tiefling wizard (arcanist). He is a unique character in that there are NO Tieflings on Krynn. He was created by the energies of the soul of a dying cleric of Paladine merging with a portal activation and summoning of a devil from the Abyss within the temple of Hurim. He has been Tested and awarded the White Robes in the Orders of High Sorcery. He was granted the Staff of Magius during his Test, but in a moment of desperation, used its power in a destructive strike that left only the crystal from the top of the staff. The crystal is still quite potent and didn’t lose much of the abilities of the actual Staff.
Belnan Steelsong is a Solamnic Knight of the Sword (warlord). His family is related to the Brightblades of fame. He received the sword, the Brightblade, during Iados’ Test, when it was used against him by a corrupted cousin. When it struck Belnan, the blade shattered. In the adventures since then, Belnan has reforged the blade, using it in honor in their quest.
Brochnar is a mountain dwarf Shaman that has lived with and was adopted by the Mikku tribe of Khur. His powers of healing and command of the earth have been life-savers at times. He serves Habbakuk, and is looking to restore the Desolation to its former lush, green state.
Adrik is also a mountain dwarf, in self exile from his home of Thorbardin. He found that he had strange powers during the absence of the gods, and not quite sure what it was he was dealing with, he left his home in hopes that he didn’t shame his noble family with his strange new “magic”. Now, Adrik uses his powers of mysticism to aid him in battle, where has become a ferocious warrior.
Boz is a late comer to the group, joining them in the city of Port Balifor. Somewhat of a legend and myth to the former dwellers of Silvanesti, Boz is a Minotaur guardian of nature (warden). He has killed more minotaurs than most elves alive and lived with a secluded Silvanesti family for years, helping them and their small community and wondering at what powered the Shield that covered Silvanesti for decades. To try to shed his Minotaur-ness, Boz keeps his body fur shaven.
Nighthawk is a Kagonesti ranger, using the hunter Essentials build. Deadly with a bow, Nighthawk has a soft spot for Kender and spent a long time helping them in the Desolation/Port Balifor area. His affinity for Kender has an equal opposite-Ogres and Minotaur. More recently, he has been associated with Rand the Broker, a high class merchant in Ak-Khurman. Nighthawk has decided to join the group at the request of his patron and to help the Kender that he knows need his help.
Bash is a Tarmak Berserker barbarian. He was on the hunt for his brother, Gnash, who had dishonored the family years ago. He found him, too late, and decided to team up with Gnash’s former companions, for the time being.
Gnash, deceased, was a Tarmak ranger with a mysterious past. He never spoke of his life, and more than willingly joined the group on their suicidal mission of infiltrating the Peak of Malys to free captured Kender. What the group didn’t know about Gnash, is that he was in hiding from his family after he left his brother to take his place in service in the gladiator arena. He died in a cave in the Desolation, in battle against a fearsome Beholder. His death brought the survivors a reason to rally when the situation was indeed very bleak. His body was buried outside the cave, but not before it was beheaded by Bash, to prove of his demise to their parents.
That is the definite motley crew that is in a race against time to save a group of Kender, and unknown to them, the world. What part will the music box known as the Key of Quinari play in their future? How many more will pay the ultimate price as Gnash has, the Price of Courage? 😉