There are a few typos here and there. I only mention it because it doesn't fit with the historical text. Excellent work.
As for the "Rose by any other name" plot hook, maybe the follower is trying to gently convert the group, or at least bring them closer to the side of the faith. A plot hook that leads to other plot hooks. Go to Comment
I think this is your Falhathian Masterpiece! Great job! Via Mortus is something that caught my attention in previous posts so its great to see it as its own entry. History, religion, human nature, it has everything. Nice multi-layered structure. Love the Ossuary Towers and the Cathedral! Go to Comment
Really good. I especially like the moment of creation, a contract which is not much for an ice spirit, but a lot for the sorceress. One hundred years, and one day, a good duration that. Also find the insta-cult that appered and vanished again amusing.
Many beautifully phrased passages. A pleasure to read! Like Manfred, I enjoyed the temporary cult. I also like that the duke didnt kick her out cartoon-style, the bastard at least had the royal decency to give her a good severance. I like that she chose to keep the sapphire and spill her bitterness into it, rather than setting herself up for a middle age of comfortable living. Love the "wear the pillow" line. I'm stealing the melting ice saint/goddess/frozen sorceress thingy anon for my home campaign! Naturally I'd like to see a Zehini post soon! It says Govine instead of Givone in Winter's Night plot hook. Sorry, I ramble for I shouldnt be handling heavy machinery right now. I just remembered, there could be an alternate bizarro-world plot-line, where despite the fact that it was forbidden for those of Zehini blood to receive the church's "blessings", Givone had an old friend inside the faiths priesthood. An old kind gentle man that watched her grow up and thought of her as a grandaughter. He was tormented. Obey the faith? or allow this poor barren woman, a chance at the joys of motherhood. In the end he chose his friendship with Givone. He treated her privately for some time and the duchess was aglow with seed! Go to Comment
One day a a wind begins to blow out of the West. The next day it gets stronger. And stronger still the next few days. Eventually (and fortunately), the speed of the wind tops out at a steady fifty miles an hour, but continues to blow. Soon an entire kingdom is wondering why it's not abating. The weather mages deem it unnatural but can't seem to banish or control it. The priests of various faiths claim it's divine. The End-Of-Days crowd is having a field day with their predictions of doom. No one knows why the gale persists. When inquiring with neighboring kingdoms, it seems they too suffer from a persistent western mistral. Eventually the populace begins to adapt to living with a twenty four hour a day wind. Always from the West, and perpetual. What could be causing this? A raging Elemental king? a curse from the gods? an unearthed artifact? Or has Nature itself gone haywire?