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Taryne Michar

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A priestess-turned-bouncer because of her devotion to her faith.

Appearance

Taryne is enormously tall, standing at almost seven foot. She is well-muscled enough to make even the toughest warrior think twice about tangling with her. Around her neck she wears a holy symbol of her god.

Because of what goes on after hours, the Mausoleum plays host to more adventurers than most comparatively-sized taverns, and when such dangerous individuals get rowdy, an individual of Taryne’s strength is needed to control them.

History/Background

Taryne is the only priestess who remained when the temple that has since become the Mausoleum was sold.

Roleplaying Notes

She is well aware that the building itself is no longer sacred, she is determined to protect the cemetery from any drunks who leave the tavern. Similarly, she feels somewhat protective of the serving girls who work at the tavern, and is quick to intercept any chance to take advantage of one of them.

Note that Taryne does not know what goes on after hours at the Mausoleum.



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Corpse Herders

       By: Murometz

The Jiangsi was the name of an undead being in Chinese folklore and mythology. Usually translated as zombie or vampire for Western palates, the Jiangsi was really neither. They appeared as simply risen, fresh corpses. They moved (peculiarly!) by hopping rather than walking, and sought out the living to suck the Qilife force from their victims.

Perhaps significantly more interesting than the Jiangsi itself, was the lore surrounding them. "Zombie wranglers", or "Corpse Herders", usually Daoist priests, were men tasked with delivering these undead beings back to their respective home towns. Tradition in China placed great importance and emphasis on the return of the dead to their homes and families, and thus the corpse herders came to be. By using magick words and talismans they would animate the dead, and by placing specially inscribed parchments of paper over the Jiangsi heads and faces, the corpse herders would be able to control the hopping corpses. Then like pied pipers, they would lead processions of subdued undead, across many miles, rhythmically chanting and ringing tiny bells.

Special inns were built across China to house these undead caravans, as the zombies could only travel by evening and night, the sun anathema to them. Rows of doors opening to barely a closet-space, lined the walls of these special establishments. Behind these doors, the corpses would be stored upright while the corpse herders rested in rooms.

The Jiangsi under the control of a corpse herder were quite harmless, merely hopping after him, silently and without complaint, for weeks and months. If however, the magicked parchment would somehow be removed from their faces, the creatures would immediately seek living humans to kill. Their thirst for Qi was unquenchable.

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