Character Seed: Aborted Sacrifice

Concept: Aborted Sacrifice 

Seed: Living the first eighteen years of life in absolute pampered luxury, you were given everything you could possibly desire.  You were raised as royalty, and as far as you knew, that was the only reason for the opulence of your life.  The village/kingdom had a completely different understanding, however.  They had pampered you throughout your life because you were being prepared as a sacrifice to some dark or alien power for the protection of the village/kingdom.  You receive the Unconquered Sun’s exaltation during the sacrifice ceremony, however, and that changes everything.

Sample Character: Mendicant Phoenix

Known in his pampered youth as Shining Water Aneru, he had no idea that his people, the Ba’ani, had prepared him his whole life to be a sacrifice to the Fair Folk on his eighteenth birthday.  Upon later reflection, that would explain why his parents, the king and queen, had always been distant and unloving.  Every 200 days since the day he was born, Aneru received a new tattoo on a previously uncovered portion of his skin, all depicting scenes of joy in his people’s small jungle kingdom, but he had no choice in the matter, and for all his wealth and privilege, he never felt the joy that was displayed on his body.

When the time came for his sacrifice, something went very wrong.  A seemingly crazy old man ambushed the delegation of priests – accompanied by the still clueless Aneru – in the dense jungle.  He described their actions as barbaric and feeding the evil outside of Creation.  This was the first time that Aneru learned the truth about his life.  During the fight that ensued, the Fair Folk delegation also arrived and joined in the melee, attacking both sides and hoping for an ever larger meal.  Aneru tried to crawl away through the jungle, but he received a blinding vision from the Unconquered Sun telling him to be his instrument of righteousness.  As the vision faded, the last light of the image settled on a large green gem a few feet away.  Behind him, fire was now raging in the trees and foliage.  He reached out with his arm and a new source of power he could feel within him and grasped the stone just as the fire caught in his shoes and pants.

Aneru burned as the jungle and the priests and even some of the Fair Folk burned.  It was some time later before he finally regained consciousness, and when he did, the crazy old man was standing over him, and his body was pale and pink and completely devoid of tattoos!  The old man explained to him that his body had been reduced to ash, but that it slowly reformed.  The old man became his mentor and sifu, training him in the Golden Janissary Style of martial arts to fight the evil from outside Creation.  Aneru left his old name and his people behind and chose a new name, Mendicant Phoenix, and began to cover his body in new tattoos, this time of his own accomplishments.  The green stone, however, could not be found in the jungle, but Mendicant Phoenix can still feel it attached to him, and throughout his adventures, he searches for it still.

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Character Seed: Right Hand to the Prince

Concept: Right Hand to the Prince

Seed: You come across a land in your travels that seems to have all but wasted away into insignificance.  Through some arcane discovery, however, or through careful use of your power, you are able to rekindle a dying economy and infrastructure.  Rather than take the reigns of the rebuilt kingdom yourself, though, you ensconces yourself into the renewed nobility and become the right hand to the prince, controlling the kingdom from the sidelines and the shadows.

Sample Character: Jareth

After his exaltation, Jareth wandered creation, trying to find his place in it all. That’s when he found the village of Solstice, nestled between two large, snow-capped mountains. It was a small farming village, boasting a population of no more than thirty, but that wasn’t what drew him. The ancient walls of Fort Solstice stood abutted against the western-most mountain, built into the side of the rock and scree.

Jareth spent severals days exploring its depths: a standard layout for a frontier fort, but with a series of winding tunnels leading to various places within the heart of the mountain.  He suspected that he had stumbled upon an ancient manse, and he felt something calling him from deep within. He eventually located the hearthstone in a secret chamber, and once he attuned himself to it, he felt the warm flow of Essence as it immediately began transforming the lands around the manse.

The harvest that year was unlike any other. Within the next two years, Solstice had grown from thirty inhabitants to more than a hundred and fifty. Jareth felt he finally knew what he was meant to do. Through a series of subtleties and maneuvering, he convinced the people of the valley to elect a king, which they gladly did, albeit according to his will. He then insinuated himself into the royal household as a seneschal – a high-level advisor.  Under his guidance, Solstice today wields a growing amount of power in the region, but with power comes envy, and every day Jareth tries to stay ahead of those that would see this power be used for ill gain.

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Character Seed: Forsaken Idol

Grizzled WarriorConcept: Forsaken Idol

Seed: Prior to exaltation, you were an influential person in your homeland.  Then, in a dramatic moment, sudden exaltation allows you to save many lives, and your fame and honor among the people reaches the heights of near-worship.  At this point, the government in the land turns on you and disowns or forsakes you.  Now banished, but not forgotten, you accrue a following among your former people, and they set you as ruler over themselves, forcing a direct conflict with their kin.

Sample Character: General Jun Wu

General Jun Wu was the most decorated military officer in his nation’s history.  His reputation among his men was almost divine.  He had never lost a single battle.  Ten years ago, he had even led his forces to victory against a fair folk incursion at their nation’s border – something that had never been accomplished by any Remiran militia since the founding of the city-state.  But on the 13th of Ascending Air in RY 767, Remirak’s greatest mortal general was elevated above his own mortality into the ranks of gods and legends.

Remirak has no ties with the Scarlet Empire, but the Immaculate Philosophy holds a powerful sway over many lands that the Ten Thousand Dragons would never be able to control directly.  General Jun Wu was branded an anathema, stripped of his rank, and exiled from his homeland as soon as word of his mighty deeds reached the reigning prince’s ears.  His men would not allow him to retreat quietly, though.  A full five hundred of his best soldiers followed him as he walked the road east out of Remirak, their families and possessions borne with them, bound to whatever fate the Unconquered Sun had laid on Jun Wu’s shoulders.

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Character Seed: Abused Weaponsmith

Young blacksmithConcept: Abused Weaponsmith

Seed: Once a highly-skilled iron worker toiling away as an under- appreciated slave for a wealthy family, you were brought to a point of crisis one evening when the master sought to punish you viciously for an embarrassment caused by one of your creations.  The Unconquered Sun’s exaltation was bestowed on you at the very moment when you would be maimed or killed by the wrath of the master.  Choices made in that moment have defined you ever since.

Sample Character: Kamasai “Kama” The Soul Forged in Living Flame

Kamasai’s eyes were opened by an exaltation into the Twilight Caste, and he immediately was able to see through eyes of essence.  What he noticed first was that the magical flame that had burned in the heart of his forge was in actuality a bound fire elemental.  Instinctively, and without conscious thought, he reached out to it with the newly granted power of his solar anima and bound it instead to his will.

After fleeing his former master and the rest of the household, Kamasai and his new fire elemental friend Arrack spent some time in the wilderness, trying to survive.  Arrack taught Kama the rudiments of manipulating essence, to which he was a quick study.  Now they are ready to make their mark on the world together after two lifetimes of servitude.

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