The Saga of the North

Session Zero
Where we learn of the heroes and the world

Our Heroes

Meet our intrepid heroes, who have banded together in common cause. Two humans, a halfling and two elves from far away lands, they are a mixed lot indeed.

Nimotalai the Druid

Let us start with the strangest of the lot, the middle aged halfling druid. Nimo is not from Widow’s Peak. He is a Koach halfling, the wandering kind that plie their ‘trade’ all across the kingdom. Unlike his gregarious kin, Nimo takes not much pleasure in company and much less in crowds, rather preferring the company of nature. He is easily recognizable for his wise, emerald, eyes, and wears hide armour with a furry hood.

He has come to Widow’s Peak to avoid the more crowded areas of the kingdom and flee the horrors inflicted on nature in the barony of Holten. That, and the vile rumours that were being told about his preferences. On his way into the God’s Teeth Mountains he was visited by the spirits who warned him of a grave danger following a human girl who he would later come to know as Trisha.


Trisha Quinn the Thief

Trisha on the other hand is a local to widow’s peak. Born to parents who seek knowledge of the dwarves of old, she has never been far from the delving town. Trisha learned the ways of the rogue when she fell in with one of Widow’s Peaks criminal gangs, and has taken an interest in the tunnels under the mountain. In particular she hopes to settle the insane rumours that her parents buy into; those that the dwarves of old have not been dead for milennia but much rather are alive deep underground. Trisha has enlisted Nimo’s help in flogging fake dwarven artifacts to the unwary.

Last year Trisha returned from a delving expedition in a sorry state, with one side of her face severely wounded, going blind in one eye. Nobody knows exactly what happened, and rumours abound. However Zeke, the ranger who found her in the snow outside the cavern, probably knows more than most. In all likelyhood, Trisha’s impetuous nature played a part.


Zeke the Ranger

Zeke is a ranger from the barony of Tenby – all the way across the Kingdom to the south-east. He appears to have left the barony in disgust with the reign of the young baron, seeking his fortunes elsewhere. He has been in Widow’s Peak for the last five years, and knows the area well. The ranger seems bred for the outdoors, a wiry, stocky physique with eyes taking that take in the world from under his hood.

When stalking game among the snowdrifts, his hawk Athos overhead, Zeke came across the elf Aliara, smirking at just how out of her depth the fighter seemed in this climate. He will teach her better than that.


Aliara the Fighter

This tanned sun-elven fighter, covered in the shiny scales of her armour and with crimson curls tumbling down her back, certainly stands out in a crowd. Athletic of build, she looks like she certainly knows which end of that sunspear is the business end – and is not afraid to use it.

Aliara came to Widow’s Peak looking for the mythic phoenix that somehow should be the key to finding a paradise for her people to settle again, having been driven from their homelands far to the south. The frozen mountains certainly make for an unlikely place to look, but she heard tales of a phoenix and followed them here.

While the ranger certainly knows his way around the frozen landscape, in the end she determined he is soft. She will make him hard, like her and the elven outsider whose life she saved.


Nerath the Far Traveller

The mismatched clothes of this elf tell tales of all the places he has been, silk, wool and furs making for odd bedfellows. Nonetheless the wiry strength of this tall elf stand out under these clothes, and anybody picking a fight with this elf really should consider themselves warned.

Having come from across the Shining Sea, the elf stranded on the ice-covered shores west of the Kingdom and lost most of his crew in one night, and all of them within the week. This however has not in the least stilled his hunger for glory, the elf determined to return to his homelands laden in riches and glory, the subject of many songs and sagas. He has a long way to go, with no treasures other than his clothes and armour, and no glory greater than the captaincy of a sunken ship.

Taking in his companions, he knows he can always rely on Aliara, now that she has sworn to him. Nonetheless the ways of his fellow elves are strange and confusing to him. The halfling is an odd character as well, highly entertaining – if foolish.


The World

Widow’s Peak and the God’s Teeth Mountains

Widow’s Peak is a former mining town. The past decades the mining yield has gone steadily downwards, while the strip mining in the Barony of Holten has been much more successful. The rare finds of minute quantities of mithril and adamantium would never be enough to keep the town afloat, and it must have seemed a miracle when genuine Dwarven artifacts were discovered in the deeps. Thus, the population has not decreased, even if a different breed of frontiersman calls Widow’s Peak their home nowadays, delvers and fortune hunters rather than miners.

The mayor of the town is a halfling going by the name of Anders, an amiable man who relies on his stern lawmaker, the half-orc Gala to keep order. Neither of them seems particular concerned with minor infractions, just as long as trouble does not get out of hand. One step into the shades, a large part of the town seems run by one criminal gang or another.

Rumours

“According to the Border Watch, the tower of Zanatos Spire, that used to be in the Endless Forest,has reappeared in the Frozen Forest.”
– Zeke


“The dwarves, at their height, were known for pulling mithril and adamantium from the mountains. There are armouries filled with armour and weapons made of those materials, deep within their ancient domain.”
– Narath


“Some of the animals in the Endless Forest came back changes. All animals are petrified at the thought of going in there.”
- Nimotalai


“Deeper in the mountains, dwarves still live, even today.”
– Trisha Quinn


“Somewhere in these mountains the Phoenix can be found. My spear will light when it is near.”
- Aliara


Which rumour is True, which one is False? Only one way to find out.

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Session One - A Rocky Start
... with Blizzards, Snogres, Goblins and Wolves

We find the characters huddled in a cave within the God’s Tooth Mountains. Originally sent to scout and recover dwarven artifacts from a mine, Zeke’s masterful ranging has led them astray.

I can’t believe I’ve let these people down. They were relying on me and I have failed them.

Some wonder what even led them to accept this task from Gala, the half-orc lawmaker – oddly enough Trisha is complaining the loudest, while she was the one who landed the group with this job.

I certainly did not land us this job. Gala just had it in for us and sent us on a suicide mission.

Now hounded by Snogres and stranded by a furious blizzard, Nimo tries to make the best of the situation by exploring the cave. When he discovers a small tunnel that leads into the dark unknown, he takes the only possible action: turns into a snowfox and dives in. The absence of light has him exploring by scent and sound alone, and after a while he realizes he is lost, and in the company of something vile.

Concerned with Nimo’s absence, and looking for literally any reason to escape the blizzard, Aliara squeezes through the tunnel as well and tries to find the druid. Since aliara did not bring any light either, this turned out to be no easy task.

While I still maintain shouting into the dark is perfectly reasonable, it turns out goblins can hear just as well as foxes.

The sunless abominations swarm Aliara and Nimo, the druid in snowfox-shape rushing to hide behind the fighter. Slashing back and forth, Aliara attempts to keep the vermin at bay, but they soon try to flank her. When two go for Aliara’s legs, one is distracted by Nimo but but the other makes it, toppling the fighter.

Alerted to the danger, Zeke and Trisha crawl through the tunnel to find the situation handled perfectly by their comrades; Aliara the mighty elf sprawled on the ground, while Nimo the mighty fox comes to her rescue. With Zeke and Trisha’s help, the group turned the tide and sent the remaining goblins running…

…for reinforcements.

Trisha, either cunning or cowardly depending on who you ask, is the first to break ranks and escape. Aliara helps Zeke up from where is clinging to the edge of a seemingly bottomless pit – the result of a careless sidestep in the dark. The others follow, with Aliara standing strong despite taking an arrow to the face. Beat that guards from Skyrim.

It’s called a tactical retreat. Look it up. Maybe you guys will learn something.

Dammit. It’s my fault that Aliara is scarred. We should never have been here. I must redeem myself

Finding themselves back at square one, the group decides to brave the elements and put some distance between themselves and the two races who basically want them dead. An earlier vision now reveals to Nimo that the blizzard may be the best opportunity to escape past the snow ogres. While making camp on their journey, they are awoken by Nimo’s ferocious bear-roar and just manage to see a pack of Winter Wolves fade back into the snow, certainly sure this group of incompetents will perish on their own.

With Zeke on the ground and Nimo in the sky the group finally manages to find the mine they were sent to in the first place, hopeful they can score their first real loot.

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