An interesting historical character. I especially like the details of her history (and her legend) and the items that are attributed to her, no doubt still circulating among the courtesans of the decadent and the more daring among the ladies of the Courts. Go to Comment
The Rune Beast
Also known as the Tyursha (TIE-yur-SHA) the Rune beast is slightly larger than a common horse. The head is a mix of feline whiskers and eyes with the jaw structure of a crocodile. The overall body is long and sinuous, a ghostly pale color, and each of the four legs ends in a wicked set of claws. The beast has wings that it carries folded over its back, and has a tail that is half as long as its body.
The thing that actually sets the rune beast apart from the other more mundane quasi-reptilian beasts is the script on its hide. It has large sections of its body covered in pale blue swirling script. This pseudo-celtic knotwork of symbols and figures are said to hold greater cosmic signifigance though none have ever had the beast hold still long enough to read the writing.
It is the speculation of sages that the Rune Beast is an avatar of horoscopes and that the script on it's body is the fate of the person who is lucky, or unlucky enough to see it. The stories hold that if a lone woman sees the beast, she will be blessed with a strong child, but will soon be seperated from the father forever. If a man sees the rune beast, he is destined for greatness, but will loose everything he holds dear first. If more than one man sees the beast, all will die shortly, and if more than one woman sees the beast, plague will be coming. Go to Comment
A native of hot and hostile deserts the Nantorix is rare, even by questing beast standards. The beast is long and sleek like a panther with a narrow quadruped body and tail that is again as long as the body. The head is long and graceful, coming to a delicate snout and flaring out to a set of curling horns that rake back across the body. Along the spine the beast has paired spines that rise like brutal pit spikes. Each had a thick sheath that is self sharpening.
It has no wings, but is able to move with a speed that can leave all but the fastest horses in its wake. Oddly, it can also walk across the surface of water with no difficulty. One of the most striking features of this questing beast are the markings on its velvet black hide. Arcane symbols and geometric diagrams appear on its body with an internal brilliance, shining like the full moon in an ink black sky. These symbols flare into brilliance, and after a random amount of time dim, and vanish. Some speculate that the Nantorix is actually a living spell component for a very powerful and ancient lich or elf mage.
Most of the time, it is prone to be found either basking in moonlight as it is completely nocturnal, or tending the various oases in the desert. A scale from the beast can be used as a spell component to increase the power of a spell being cast, though it must be given freely by the Nantorix as stolen scales evaporate into a cloud of darkness. Go to Comment
I would say mysterious would be best, they should be magnificent, mysterious, beautiful and even dangerous. And fixed the locked thing, I dont know why I locked it, but apparently I did. :p Go to Comment
Easily 30 feet long, the Rassiri is a very rare sight, though not so infrequent as the ever elusive nantorix. This Questing beast appears on the plains and grasslands, a beautiful animal with four strong gazelle like legs and covered with a vibrant red coat. Most amazing still are the feather soft white wings that carry it aloft when it tires of running and cavorting. It has a serpentine neck and a long coiling tail, and a narrow ferret-like body.
There is no elaborate script or runes on the beast's body, only brilliant blue rings. It is said that the Rassiri only appears to hunters and expectant mothers, and that if it appears before a group of non-hunters, that one of those men is a poacher and defiler of animal spirits and has been marked for the predators to remove.
Should a lone hunter find the beast, legend says that he is to cast his spear or shoot as best he can to slay the beast. The Rassiri is able to snatch such missle weapons out of the air without breaking them. Such items thereafter become imbued with the hunter's spirit, making them potent fetishes and weapons for the hunter.
The Tears of Rassiri are said to herald a bad birth that a mother is not likely to survive, but that the child will, and that the child will grow to be strong and hale. Some legends speak that the Rassiri is waiting for someone...someone who has not yet been born in this age. Go to Comment
The Beast of Faleste
The shores of the bay of Faleste are treacherous, the tides often rising quickly and unpredictably, making travel there dangerous. this is the home of the amphibious beast of Faleste. By no means is it a crude toad or base reptile, it is a sleek and dangerous predator with a wedge shaped head and a long body that is dark gray to black on top with a paler gray to white belly. It moves rapidly with long webbed legs and feet and in the water it's sculling tail makes it easily as fast as even the swiftest of ships.
It is considered to be the worst of luck for a man to see the beast of Faleste, for it is said that those men who see the beast are haters and abusers of women, rapists and worse. Should a ship encounter the beast, it is considered an ill omen and many ships will return to port for a new crew rather than face the beast, which favors scaling the side of the ship during the night to lay waste with it's hooked claws and needle sharp teeth.
In the sagas, it was the beast of Faleste that appears to rescue the kidnapped Princess of Pearls and slays her captors, sets fire to their ship and ferries the princess back to the shore where she was recovered by her family. Go to Comment
The PCs find a strange helmet, when donned it will take control of that PC and speak and act trough him/her. It explains that it is benevolent and needs their help in a quest and that it will stop possessing the PC when the task is done. Great if a player is gone for a number of sessions.
Encounter ( Any ) | February 15, 2011 |