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April 13, 2007, 4:57 am

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The Oracle Edros


“You must seek the counsel of the oracle Edros.”
“Do we *have* to?”


Edros is a scrawny man in his middle forties.  His black hair has sickly gray streaks running through it, and his sunken eyes make him look a good deal older than he actually is.  His loose clothes are usually fairly shabby, with poorly mended tears.  Under them, he looks almost starved, and his bones protrude slightly. 

There is a silver wheel-shaped mark on his right shoulder, although it is usually hidden.  This is the Sigil of Tychis, and is the sign of where he was touched by the god.


“I call upon the Sacred Ones.  I call Deneth, the sun, the divine father, he who is master of all.  I call Larisa, the moon, the queen of the heavens, she who sees all.  I call Mynis, the strong, he who guards the gates.  I call Desha, the gentle, she who protects our people from evil.  I call Tychis, the cunning, he who is the master of secrets.”

The five altar flames burned higher.  A voice echoed from nowhere.  “What is it you seek, Edros, child of Ethalan?”

The young priest bowed.  “I seek knowledge of the future in order to better protect our people.”

One of the flames flared, and started to smoke.  The smoke seemed to take on a substance of its own.  It quickly coalesced into the form of a dark young man with silver eyes.  “You seek the secrets to come, then?”  The priest swallowed, then nodded.  “Do you know why there are secrets, and why the sight of men is restricted to the now?”

“Because men cannot know all.”

“And you ask for this still?”

“It is the only way to save my people from what is to come.  Omens tell us something is coming, but omens are only shadows.”

“This is boon and bane you ask me for.  Do you know the price you will pay?”  Again the priest hesitated, then nodded.  The dark young man shrugged.  “So be it, child of Ethalan.”  He reached out and placed his hand on the priest’s shoulder.

Edros was once a high priest of the Deneschal faith, and a respected leader among the Ethalani nation.  However, he was much troubled by dark omens and signs of things to come, and wished to help his people.  He brooded on it for a long time.  Finally, after much thought, he went to the temple to ask the Five Gods for the knowledge he needed.  His prayer was answered, and he was granted the ability to see the future.

There was, of course, a catch.

Edros was able to see the future in the sense that he was able to see all the possible outcomes of all possible situations.  He cannot distiguish between the “now” and “then” and can only barely tell the difference between “here” and “there.”  The sheer amount of information overwhelmed him, and his mind broke under the load. 

Edros is an oracle, but he’s quite insane.  If not watched carefully, he has a tendency to hurt himself without realizing it, and he’s attacked others more than once.  He has to be cared for like a child, often having to be forced to even eat.  Despite the… difficulties in dealing with him, he is considered a holy saint by the followers of the Deneschal faith.  Still, only the most devout and patient priests will accept the duty of caring for him, and most don’t stay in the position long.

Roleplaying Notes

He will answer any question put to him, if one can hold his focus long enough to ask it, and his answers are always accurate.  The problem arises in the fact that he doesn’t always answer the question being asked right at that particular moment.  (And, of course, his answers are usually vague, slightly incoherent, and don’t seem to make sense except in retrospect, but that is common to all oracles.)

The way his insanity manifests changes from time to time.  Sometimes dealing with him is like dealing with a fractious two year old in a middle-aged man’s body.  Sometimes, he’s more on the psychotic end of the spectrum.  The *good* days are when he’s mostly catatonic and inactive.  There’s usually no warning when he shifts from one mood to another.

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Voted Cheka Man
April 13, 2007, 11:33
I feel sorry for him.
Voted Wulfhere
April 13, 2007, 12:37
A savant of unusual aspect, his mind shattered by knowledge beyond what it was meant to hold; Edros reminds me of the Middle Eastern custom of regarding madmen as touched by Allah, holders of wisdom denied to regular men.

"We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far." - H.P. Lovecraft

A useful and well-presented oracle, he's likely to cause the PCs as much heartburn as he prevents.... Just the ticket for an evil GM.
Voted Scrasamax
April 13, 2007, 13:00
What Wulf said. Great and highly useful submission, a better twist on the standard not-right-in-the-head oracle. Love the Lovecraft quote Wulf, very apt.
Voted Murometz
April 13, 2007, 16:44
I really like the way you described his appearence. In fact, I like most of your NPCs. You have a knack for providing good visuals on your peeps.

He's not a super-unique NPC, but is a great encounter waiting to happen! A prophet who needs to be cared for like a child...nice! (and well written)
Voted Siren no Orakio
April 13, 2007, 22:21
I do like this guy, though, I have to ask:

Does he ever manage bouts of focused, purposeful mania? I'm sure he has to have his moments where he sweeps aside everything else, and goes for the gold.
Ria Hawk
April 13, 2007, 22:27
If it's convenient for the GM, of course he does.
Voted Roack
April 14, 2007, 1:08
Crazy is ALWAYS good, though the most valuable thing in here is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, is inability to distinguish now and then. That could also make for some great moments if the PCs (or atleast one of them) could temporarily perceive the world as he does. The mental scars would never leave!
Voted MoonHunter
April 15, 2007, 1:39
An interesting oracle. He has bits of drama associated with him. And always, an oracle is a great tool for plopping information on a troupe.
Voted valadaar
April 18, 2007, 12:01
A good solid Oracle. Well done!
Voted RGTraynor
March 7, 2011, 10:17

Nicely done.  I'm fishing today for a few extra wizards to put into a hitherto unvisited city, and just ganked this fellow for the queue.

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