Nice. I do enjoy elemental creatures and powers and this delivers, while also adding in characters that feel rage, loss, pride, and love.
My favorite part is the Fury Invoking Mantle: The wielder is not immune to this blast, and as such it is only ever used once. Then the sword gets a new bearer.
A sword that can vaporize its wielder in a suicide attack has crossed over into a new class of uber. :)
I really like this. There are enough little details about Edgar to highlight his personality and how he has responded to adversity.
Possible plot hook: Edgar is wrongfully imprisoned. He fully expects to be exonerated, but only after his trial, which will be in about six months. How can he prove that keeping him locked up will only spell disaster for the locals?
Even though my focus right now is on pure fantasy, your work is so evocative that it makes me want to read through all the Locastus subs.
There are so many ways the mayhem these critters cause could bring about difficulties and misunderstandings, that they are sure-fire conduits to adventure.
This sounds like an item that a thief wouldn't want to boast about - I could see it making the rounds as each successive thief steals from the last. Probably why the thief was sitting alone.
I like this item and can see a few ways of using it in my own game.