This page describes the various characters that have appeared in my
RQ3 Gloranthan campaign. I have a pretty liberal policy regarding resurrection so if the
party has the money and the spell is available characters who get killed do come back.
This has happened a number of times for some characters (and the steady NPC). The list is
alphabetical so as not to show undue favour to anyone. The skull and crossbones icon
indicates the number of times a character has died in the course of the campaign.
Here's a list of the chracters :
Hero Wars Characters
Here's a list of the characters and major NPCs that will be in the
Hero Wars campaign I am co-narrating. The CS link goes straight to their character
Alcibades (Doug St.) Return to Character List
An Orlanthi from Lunar Tarsh he joined the party in 1615 after Hallelujah Harnsdottir left to do her penance for killing someone
slept by Zeena, the Chalana Arroy. Krogar Wolfhelm approached Gerhardt about finding him a job and he ended up joing the party. A lisping, rapier wielding Orlanthi he ended
up staying with the party for around a season before returning
home owing certain party members quite a bit of money.
Recently Alcibades made
a reappearance in the company of some old RQ2 player characters (Arkan the Fey, Baron
Jheary Han, Lawrence the Baboon, a dark troll initiate of Xiola Umbar, and a trollkin). He
seems to be in Balazar looking for a mountain inhabited by large flying monsters. Could he
be looking for the legendary Windsword?
Barak Swift (deceased)(Doug
St.) Return to Character List
The son of a Humakt Sword from Sartar and a follower of Humakt himself he
was one of the original characters in the campaign. He lasted until the second session when he was killed in a fight against a broo
shaman (he was possessed by a spirit which forced him to run off a cliff).
Bjorn Windchaser (Darryl A.) Return to Character List
Interested in Bjorn's background?
The most recent party member Bjorn is an Orlanthi from Sartar.
He first met the party when they were fleeing from
Elkoi. He was let go as an initiate by Torath
Windover when he couldn't name the seven Lightbringers.
A.) Return to Character List
Primitive hunter follower of Foundchild who had the bad luck of getting
killed by a broo in the very first fight of the very first scenario of the whole campaign. Nothing but a distant
Burning Willow (Neil W.) Return to Character List
striking, tall, red headed Votanki
hunter, she tired of her life as an outsider among the Crow Eaters and decided to join the party so she could see what was out there in the
world. She has proven to be quite the shot with a javelin, having thrown javelins to great
effect a number of times.
Burning Willow has recently
decided to start fighting with a long spear instead of her javelin, perhaps indicating a
move away from her Votanki heritage. Perhaps being killed and d.i'd for by Tamerlan had something to do
with that? Or maybe it's the death rune she now has in her clevage?
Buring Willow was killed
yet again in a fight and d.i.'d for.
Dorian Tavish (deceased?)(Darryl
A.) Return to Character List
An older, experienced
fisherman on the Zola Fel Dorian joined the party in the second scenario. He quickly became friends with Durnfal Slipspear though he had a somewhat adversarial relationship
with most of the rest of the party, especially Gerhardt Frei.
He and Durnfal made a good time as they doubled up on foes with their two handed spears to
good effect. The pair slew the priest of Pocharngo
that killed Tamerlan and Gerhardt (though Dorian was cursed with an extra limb in the
process). Fortunately the Chalana Arroy healers in Pavis managed to help him with his
taint. Dorian's ability to swim helped the party out quite a few times. (Most notably). An ogre priest named Harnval
Threefingers kept popping up during Dorian's career claiming to be his father. The priest
first got him into trouble when he hired him to do some diving (i.e. smuggling) for him. When Dorian
questioned what he was doing the ogre drugged him and had his entire body covered with
Gbaji riddle tattoos. Dorian visited the Lankhor
Mhy temple in order to determine what the tattoos where and they were most displeased when
they realized just what they were. The Chalana Arroy temple told him they would heal him
up after a troll using darksight skinned him to remove the riddles. He rejected this
option at first trying to cover the tattoos with
dye but the dye wore off. (This act cost him a job at the dye shop). Eventually he had to
agree to the Chalana Arroy's offer and he submitted to a skinning by a Xiola Umbar
priestess. This incident got him the nickname of "Pinky". Pinky, err Dorian
managed to get back at Harnval in the next scenario.
During a fight with the ogre and his three sons Dorian managed to slay one of his supposed
half-brothers and takes the name "Ogre-bane" for himself. He joined the Solar Provincial Survey when the rest of the party
did. Helping out in the attack on a broo hideout near Weis Gap allowed him both to shine and proved to
be his outdoing. After the group had returned to the Sun Dome Dorian tried to attune a powered crystal (despite having
a bad feeling about it) and ended up growing sea metal scales. He was quickly
"subdued" and sentenced to death by Solanthos Ironpike. Several party members
tried to D.I. the contagion away but no one succeeded. His self proclaimed father Harnval
showed up to offer to take him along with him out of Sun County but he refused. At high
noon he was immolated. Thus died the man they (he) called "Ogrebane."
Dorian made a surprising
reappearance a year later. The Terrier Tavish disappeared in the sinking of the Churner. Some believe that his soul might be thave gone
through another weird rebirth as that of the Dog Boy
prophesized in Votanki and Balazaring legend.
Durnfal Slipspear (Later
Durnfal Strongspear, Baron of Golden Ears)(Gary H.) Return to Character List
One of the original characters he is the son of a farmer. He was
the youngest original character starting at the age of 17. A worshiper of Yemalio he has
had a very distinguished career. He took part in the contest for Melisande's hand where he only placed among the
winners in the Ladies' Choice contest (which he won by telling a story). He joined the Solar Provincial Survey along with the rest of
the party. He was a close friend of the ill-starred Dorian Tavish
and was the one who called the guards when Dorian was tainted by chaos for the second (and last) time. He did try and D.I.'d
for Dorian after he was immolated though. Durnfal was first killed (by
Svart Ulfsson) while fighting for the lamias in the village of Black Rock. He was successfully
resurrected by Zeena. Durnfal took the spear known as Strongspear
from Black Rock and has used it to good purpose throughout his career. He used the spear
to critically impale the Avatar of Chaos in
the chest actually killing it in the process. Unfortunately the
Avatar D.I.'d himself back to life and proceeded to kick Durnfal's head off. Death number
two. Fortunately Hallelujah Harnsdottir managed to D.I. him back to life before the
Eternal Battle departed with his soul. After this battle (was there a connection? Who
knows?) Durnfal was made Baron of Golden Ears
(Rabbit Hat farm) and gifted with Strongspear. After this point he was known no more as
Slipspear, (except to his friends that is) but rather as Strongspear. Durnfal took some
time off from adventuring at this point to look after his new fief. He doesn't return
until session number 25. He was the party
member who managed to kill Muriah. He was
briefly estranged from the party during a delivery mission to Corflu but was reconciled to the party in the end. He is
currently in possession of two everburning torches that are drops of Yemalio's blood shed
at the Hill of Gold. Durnfal is very interested in getting these back to Sun County.
During the fight with the giant
in which Svart Ulfsson was slain Durnfal had healed him back to full
health after he was knocked down by the giant (using 10 POW!) only to see Svart slain for
good the following round. After this encounter Durnfal's spirits seem to have sunk
(Deceased)(Arne G.) Return to Character List
A member of the Colymar tribe of Sartar and a worthy follower of
Orlanth he was also one of the original party. He almost seems to have been in a contest
with Tamerlan to see who can die and be resurrected the most
often. Always willing to break out into a chorus of Cold Wind Over Sartar. No slouch with
a bow either. Good friend of Carylon Squally, winner of the contest for Melisande's hand.He first died in
the battle with monstrous priest of Pocharngo that
the party slew. He was hired to compete in the contest for Melisande's hand where he won the wrestling contest. He was next killed in a battle
with Harnval Threefinger's sons. His third death was when he was cut down by corssbow
fire in a Thanatari attack. He D.I.'d himself back to life at the cost of all but one
point of POW! After this scenario he retires to buy a farm in Garhound County. His
retirement didn't last long though. He was
the only party member able to communicate with the
strangely re-embodied Dorian Tavish. He's had somewhat stormy
relations with the Storm Bulls in Pavis but they've
worked out most of their differences. He has made good use
of his abilities as a River Voice. He's currently
with the rest of the party in Balazar. Gerhardt met his end in a fight with some Yemalio citadel guardsmen in Balazar. One
of them critically impaled him in the chest with a spear and no one in the party who saw
his death managed to d.i. for him.
Here's an episode from Gerhardt's life. It happened
around the time of Chronicles of the North - Part 1 Episode
Greystone (Doug Sh.) Return to Character List
Greystone is a Praxian worshiper of Waha who used to be a herder. A
member of the Bison tribe he seems to have a not so secret desire to be a scholar. He's
also known for his eagerness to do butchering at the drop of a hat and the wild parties he
and Tamerlan throw in Badside whenever they are in Pavis. Another
of the original party members he is known as the human battery for his large collection of
MP storage devices. He also provides magical support for the party in battles and his aid
has proven decisive on a number of occasions. One instance was the fight with a Jack
O'Bear that occured during the liberation of Rabbit
Hat Farm. Another was when the party was ambushed by morcanth slavers. He's not a slouch in a fight
either as he has proven on a number of occasions. (His skills as a tracker are not to be
sneered at either). He has only been killed once, in the same battle
that got Barak Swift and Tamerlan
killed and in the same way. (Possessed by a spirit which then ran his body off of a
cliff). Rumoured to have ridden with Argrath's White Bulls. Long term goals are
unexpressed. He's currently with the rest of the party in Balazar.
Greystone has recently taken to
sharing his body with Svart Ulfsson.
Hallelujah Harnsdottir (Doug
St.) Return to Character List
Interested in Hallelujah's background?
Hallelujah is a worshipper of Babeester Gor from Caladraland. She
stands out in a party of mostly males as the tallest and strongest member. She is both
beautiful and deadly with her chosen weapon, the pole axe. (She quite often chops enemies
in half). She joined the party when the party travelled
to Ronegarth after three party members were killed in a fight with broos. She had been
working for Duke Raus but he was forced to let her go when it became apparent that his men
wouldn't accept her as an equal. She became friends with Morgeneth
Rune Star, Rune Lady of Yelorna, after she is saved by Morgeneth and agreed to guard
the Yelornan temple while Morgeneth and her followers were off on a mission. She is one of
the first characters to suffer from an alliance with the Pol Joni Stormbuller Stikklebrix when he accidently breaks her arm while
they are on the same side of a battle! (The party first met Stikklebrix during the contest
for Melisande's hand). One of Hallelujah's
brothers, Sax Bolderson a Storm Kahn of Storm
Bull came to Pavis to start a new temple to Storm Bull in the Rubble. Suprisingly Lunar
authorities granted him permission to do so! Her brother asks her to look after a sorceror's apprentice
named Peracles whose master has vanished on a hero quest.
Hallelujah joined the Solar Provincial Survey
along with the rest of the group though she was disgusted by being forced to ride a
alticamelus! During the party's fight with the little lamia at Black Rock she managed to hold off both Gerhardt and Durnfal plus a swarm of baby
lamias. It was at Black Rock as well that she
purposely slew one Thosah, an individual who had been slept by Zeena,
the Chalana Arroy, High Healer. After the fight with the Eternal Battle she managed to successfully D.I.
for Durnfal's life. After this she leaves the party to perform a year's service to
Chalana Arroy as penance for killing the slept Thosah. She travels to Horn Gate with the
sorceror Peracles in tow. After her year is up she returns
to Pavis to stay at her brother's temple.
Hallelujah rejoins the
party when the party regroups in 1617. She put her axe to good use against Muriah's broos. Her brother hired the party to deliver a package to Corflu and this
opened a whole new kettle of fish. When she was forced
to serve Barran Monster-slayer she was very unhappy due to her enforced proximity to
water. She was the one who dealt the death blow to the
sea serpent inside the eel. (And a mighty blow it was!) When the party ended up in the
Elder Wilds she found herself both pregnant and being
hailed by the Votanki as the promised mother of the prophesized Dog Boy! Neither status
thrilled her much. She got a chance to serve her goddess' role as avenger when a woman and baby were abducted from the
Votanki. She led the pursuit and played an important role in avenging the pair. Her
primary concern right now is to find some place civilized to have her baby and/or get the
hell out of Balazar. Hallelujah volunteered to embody
the Wild Mother (the Balazaring nature goddess) and in doing so her eyes were changed into
those of a cat. She now sees in black and white and grey and has superior night vision. As
she said at the time, "this will make it even harder to find a boyfriend."
Hooman (Deceased)(Darryl A.) Return to Character List
Hooman is a Pentan warrior of
the Last Horse Standing tribe which worships storm gods. He was skinning an antelope at a
water hole when he heard the thwick of an arrow and a loud thud. He turned to see a dead
prairie cat which had been poised to leap upon him. He turned to thank the Pentan who had
saved him and found instead a shrimpy outlander. (Even worse the
outlander was a godless sorceror). To add insult to injury the outlander knew enough about
Pentan customs to greet him with the words that obligated him to serve the outlander as a
servant for an entire year! the outlander demanded that he escort him to his home in some
far off place called Heortland. Hooman had no other choice so he was forced to do so.
While travelling through a land called Balazar southeast of Pent the pair encountered a group of outlanders who knew the
sorceror. Hooman helped battle a monstrous boar but his horse was killed by the boar (and
the javelins of the outlanders!!!!) They owe him a horse and he's determined to get one
Hooman was slain in a battle against
some Lunar soldiers.
Jurgen Trollbrother (Gary H.) Return to Character List
Human Argan Argar trader from Esrolia. Rescued by Svart and Gerhardt from Whitehoods (Pavic xenophobes) he ended up helping
the party hire some troll muscle to help them
do some spelunking. Fairly young and inexperienced he left the party at the same time Alcibades did. (Though
he owed them less money).
Naul Aur (Henry S.)(deceased) Return to Character List
Naul Aur was a Carmanian
hazar Sword of Humakt who lived during the time of Balazar. When he died on the Hero Plane
his soul was imprisoned in his sword. While on the hero quest, Guise of the Crow Svart
Ulfsson picked up the sword and brought it back to the mortal plane with him. Svart
discovered he could communicate with Naul. During the battle at the cannibals camp Naul and Svart switched bodies so Naul
could wield his sword (something he did better than Svart did). After the battle he
refused to go back into the sword and Svart was stuck in the sword
and the party was stuck with Naul. Naul Aur was a dour, humourless follower of Humakt who
was completely out of touch with the modern world. An accident waiting to happen. Naul
died in an assault on the inner temple of Yemalio
of Dykene after being hit by two magical javelins and then a Sunspear. Gerhardt tried to heal him but when the body regained
conciousness Svart was in control again.
See The Compassionless
Heart for a story about Naul in the old days.
Peracles (Jeff N.) Return to Character List
Visit the Peracles page
Peracles is a sorceror's apprentice from Heortland. A diminutive
follower of the Invisible God he was thrust upon the party when the Storm Kahn Sax Bolderson, Hallelujah
Harnsdottir's brother asked her to look after him until his master returned from a
hero quest. The Storm Bull Targan Bash was also sent along with the
party to look after Peracles. He put his spell casting abilities to good use at Black Rock. He was around for the fight with the Eternal Battle but didn't distinguish himself
there in any way. When Hallelujah left to go to Horn Gate to serve out her penance he went with her
because the Sun County authorities didn't want any "soulless monsters" in their
midst. Peracles was last seen around the
time Dorian Tavish made his unexpected return.
Peracles made an unexpected return
when the party was in Dykene. He claimed to have spent some time in Pent where he had
saved the life of a nomad named Hooman by shooting a prairie cat
which had been poised to leap on the Pentan. Since he greeted the Pentan using the proper
words the Pentan became indebted to him and had to serve him virtually as a slave for the
(Cam E.) Return to Character List
A Bison brave of Prax who joined
the party for one brief scenario in which he offered the use of his bison as a pack animal
to the party. He disappeared after that.
Simon (Deceased)(Henry S.) Return to Character List
Mysterious stranger from the
south of Genertela who helped the party out when the boar pens where attacked by Gretta Killmany and her band of Tusk
Riders. A definite loner, all that's known about him is that he uses sorcery and has
a disturbing ring.
Recently Simon has revealed
that he's a henotheist sorceror who formerly led a Shadow Ring in Sartar.
Simon proved himself to be both ruthless and vengeful (not that any
of the rest of them are any better!). See An
Investigation into the Recent Death of Halcyon var Enkorth.
Simon was killed by an exceptional
specimen of a Lunar soldier.
Svart Ulfsson (Henry
S.)(deceased?) Return to Character List
Svart Ulfsson is Gerhardt Frei's cousin (once removed on his mother's side). Also
a member of the Colymar tribe he is a follower of Humakt. He and his former wife, Zeena a Chalana Arroy High Healer, joined the party while they were investigating Rabbit Hat
Farm. Svart is a deadly opponent with a greatsword and has proved his mettle many a time.
He joined the Solar Provincial Survey when the
rest of the party did. Svart caught a bad case of the Shakes soon after he joined the party but he was
cured before the disease progressed too far. He was at Black Rock with the rest of the party and was
badly wounded during one of the battles there. (Fortunately he was healed quickly). Svart
was responsible for killing Durnfal at Black Rock. He lost a leg to acid during the
battle with the Avatar of Chaos but got it
grown back. Svart and Gerhardt were the pair who rescued Jurgen Trollbrother from the White
Hoods which introduces him to the party. Svart survived an assasination attempt by the White Hoods that
involved them putting a live rubble runner in his trunk. He managed to cast bladesharp on
his dagger and killed the rubble runner with the aid of the clothes chest. He took the
corpse to the management to complain and was told by one of the maids that Geo's doesn't
allow pets. (He eventually got a free dinner out of it). Svart went into Dyksund cavern with the rest of the party and
as usual put his swords to good use. After they escaped from the cavern through the trap
door under the ogres' home Svart attempted to save the slaves the ogres had left chained up in one of
the burning outbuildings. (The buildings were burning because of a booby trap the ogres
had left on the trapdoor). After the successful completion of this mission the party split up and Svart tried
and failed to be reconciled with Zeena. (Their marriage had been in
trouble as she had realised that there was no way a Chalana Arroy could remain married to
Svart worked as a bouncer
in a dive in the Real Town during the period the party was broken up. He rejoined the
party to help to destroy Muriah and rescue Zeena. (Who is grateful but refuses to start up with him again). After
the party returns to Pavis Svart has a dream about a lost temple to Humakt in the Rubble.
The party figures out where this temple should be and travles through Balastor's Barracks.
They manage to retrieve the cult sword from the Temple and Svart brings it to the temple
in Pavis. He was rewarded with an iron broadsword. Svart ended up going on the Churner with the rest of the party and end up in the Elder Wilds. "After being effectively neutralized by
the loss of his weapons, Svart began a visionquest to discover Humakt's "other combat
skills". The other party members interpreted this as moping (or perhaps temporary
insanity), and if Svart discovered something, he wasn't talking. He recovered enough to go
on the Guise of the Crow heroquest
with the rest. At some point during the quest he found an iron bastard sword which he
brought back with him to the mortal plane. Svart used the sword to good effect in the
fight against the Cannibals. During a fight with a
giant cannibal warrior Svart switched places with a soul trapped inside the sword and
Svart became Naul Aur. It is known that Svart's soul is trapped within
the sword in turn and he can communicate with the sword's wielder. The party, especially Gerhardt is very interested in getting him back. Naul Aur says
this is his goal as well.
During an assault on the
inner temple to Yemalio in Dykene Naul Aur was struck down by two
javelins and a Sunspear and slain. After Gerhardt healed the
body Svart was back in residence.
Svart took part in an assault
on a large giant and learned all too well the lesson that melee combat and giants don't
mix. The party suspects that his soul is trapped in the bastard sword he found on
the hero plane and they plan on doing something about freeing it.
Svart is now in communication
with the party and has started sharing Greystone's body with him.
Tamerlan (Stephanie G. Later
slightly schizoid NPC) Return to Character List
Tamerlan was originally
supposed to be my wife's character but she decided that life was too short for roleplaying
so I've kept Tamerlan (or Tam as his friends call him) around as an NPC. I've played him
mostly but two guests to my campaign have played him hence the description of being
slightly schizoid ). Tamerlan is a member of the Alticamelus tribe of Prax who is of noble
blood. He's blowing this advantage by hanging around with foreigners and Bison (spit)
Riders. He's probably spent as much time butchering as Greystone
and has the same reputation as a partyer around Badside. Rumoured to be the Grandpa of the
Tales of Grandpa "fame". A poor
excuse for a Praxian he has never killed a horse and he has spent quite a bit of time
slogging round on foot. He's one of the original party members and has been in virtually
every scenario since the start. He first died when he was possessed
by a spirit that forced him to run off of a cliff. He next died when
he fell into a pool of water with Gerhardt Frei.
Unfortunately the pool also contained a monstrous priest of Pocharngo. His most recent death
occured when he was run through by a broo. He
has spent a fair bit of time during the campaign being unconcious. He has had a fair bit
of success as a scout and tracker and has special advantages versus spirits due to his
spirt reinforcing crystal. His luck is fairly bad but occasionally he proves useful in a
fight. During his sojourn inside the giant eel he seems
to have gained natural armour. He's also with the party in Balazar and seems to have no
real ambitions or goals.
Tamerlan was knocked down and as good as dead when Starnia Stormrender saved him while d.i.ing
for Sylvanthi Brighteyes. Later in that same
fight he accidently killed Burning Willow with a fumbled sword
thrust. Fortunately, he managed to d.i. for her.
Tamerlan had to d.i. again
recently and has sunk even lower than Durnfal in the POW department! Good thing
he did or the party would have been wiped out!
Targan Bash (deceased) (Darryl
A.) Return to Character List
Targan Bash joined the party
at the same time as Peracles the sorceror's apprentice. A follower
of Storm Bull from Sartar he wielded the unusual weapon of the morningstar. He was an
initiate follower of Sax Bolderson who was
sent to join the party to help guard Peracles. He went to Black Rock with the party. He was there for the
fight with the Eternal Battle and was quite
incensed when the Avatar of Chaos paid no attention to him. He did manage to get the
enough of the Avatar's attention to get kicked across the battlefield by it. He spent his
spare time hanging around with the two Praxians throwing parties in Badside. He was
angered when the party was attacked by morocanth
slavers and wanted to kill them to the point of his having to be prevented from doing
so threat of violence Alcibades. On the way back from Dyksund
Caverns the party encountered the tracks of
a Chaos Gaggle. Targan picked up a dropping and brought it back to Pavis where he used it
to unintentionally help the party get quick access to a priest at the Lankhor Mhy temple.
He helped the Lunar Coders kill the Gaggle
as well. At this point the party broke up and
Targan went back to the temple to do his cult duty (shoveling shit).
When the party reformed Targan was there and he quickly joined the expedition against Muriah the broo queen. When
the party were exiting the underground Thanatari
shrine they discovered that another party of broos had arrived and were waiting
outside. They put up their spells and charged out but Thed was with the broos that day and
several critical sling shots later Targan was dead (a critical impale to the chest) and
several others had been badly wounded. The survivors fled back underground. They were
unable to recover his body and the broos dragged it off to loot and eat (Storm Bulls?
Them's good eatin'). In a night assault the party recovered his remains and gave them a
(NPC) Return to Character List
Chalana Arroy High Healer from Esrolia who was once married to Svart Ulfsson. His dedication to Humakt destroyed any chance they had of
a relationship. She joined the party at the
same time he did. She was present during the Solar
Provincial Survey period. She was at Black
Rock where Hallelujah Harnsdottir slew someone she had slept. This caused her to go
into mourning and caused her to leave the
party. Hallelujah went with her to make amends by performing a
year's service to the healers there. The next time the party heard anything of her she had been taken
prisoner by Muriah's broos. The party managed to rescue her and she helped to cure their
diseases. After the party went to Horn Gate
she remained there and the party hasn't seen or heard of her since.
This page last modified August 27, 2001