Our group just completed our Band of Blades campaign, and I as the Lorekeeper want to share the annals, telling the story of what happened during the long retreat from Ettenmark Fields to Skydagger Keep. Most of the posts will consist of annals describing happened on missions, though I’ll include various interludes (back at camp, dramatis personae, old tales of the legion, and out of character mechanical notes).
Lieutenant Anirbhan Godpole, Bartan Officer
Anirbhan Godpole was head of his class at university, but had a strong yearning to see the world and make a difference in the conflict with the Cinder King. Fascinated by the storied history of the Legion, he joined them just before the Legion, as part of the Second Eastern Expeditionary army under Shreya, arrived at Ettenmark Fields. His first action as a provisional officer in the Legion was at Ettenmark Fields, where he had the distinction of being the lowest ranked officer in the Legion. After Ettenmark Fields, he became its only remaining officer.
Zai Yaryevna, Zemyati Medic
Zai was struck ill as a child, and not expected to live. However, a local healer took deep interest in bringing her back to health, and once Zai recovered she swore to stay strong and use her talents to heal others as well. By then the healer was closer to her then her own kin who had given up hope when she was ill, so when the healer left to seek more knowledge Zai went with her. Alas, their party was set upon and the healer was killed, but Zai was saved by members of the Legion. Zai went with them and made herself useful as a medic in training, eventually signing up, learning to shoot, and using her skills to help the Legion fend off enemies both natural and unnatural. She is well known within the Legion for her tenacity and loyalty.
Silver Dancing Storm, Panyar Sniper
Her parents and much of her village were killed by a mutated boar beast, Rakthos the Great Boar. She swore vengeance and joined the Legion, who were hired to exterminate the beast, and Silver Dancing Storm ended up staying on with them after the job was done. She traveled to the Panyar forest in order to hone her hunting skills, and seeked the forest’s blessing in order to get every edge she could in the hunting of the supernatural. She resents the divine and therefore all chosen since they are the source of magic in the world. Her mark is avian predatory eyes, and she is known for her killer instinct and calm under fire.
Maximillian “Mercy” Brecht, Orite Heavy
Maximilian was born to one of the outer clans at the periphery of Or, one that is known to those outside of the Or as being mystical, but known within the Or city states as uncouth bandits. Maximilian was known to torture animals as a child and graduated to theft and murder. When the heat got too high in his hometown, Mercy decided to try his luck far far away… The Legion had a use for Mercy’s immense strength, and Mercy found his calling as the Legion’s cruel, cold-hearted killer.
Emerald Dancing Moonlight, a.k.a. The Horned One
Originally known as Emerald Dancing Moonlight, the Chosen of the Horned One raged when Nyx was broken and the moon shattered. She found out the Horned One and thrust herself to become his Chosen. They seek vengeance for their loss.
The Horned One can take animal form and can shift quickly from one animal form or forms to another. The Horned One seeks knowledge and intel, often ranging out from camp to discover what has occurred at large, infrequently appearing at camp in human form. When she appears, all around her are blessed with unnatural calm and ease, and she speaks in ways that appear transcendently mystical.
- Chevalier Norris Lanno
- Mahogany Piercing Thorn
- Saniz Karlovich
- Blue Streaming Laurel
- Manakesh Kleriki
Lieutenant Anirbhan Godpole: Warm, Educated, Officer School, Channels 1, Research 2, Skirmish 1, Maneuver 1, Consort 1, Discipline 1, Marshal 1, Sway 2
Zai Yaryevna: Tough, Loyal, First Aid, Doctor 1, Research 2, Rig 1, Skirmish 1, Shoot 1, Maneuver 1, Consort 1, Discipline 1, Sway 1
Silver Dancing Storm: Traveler, Shrewd, Notches, Aim 2, Scout 2, Shoot 2, Maneuver 1, Discipline 1
Mercy: Stern, Cold (starting Trauma which does not count against death, instead taking the place of a heritage trait), War Machine, Anchor 1, Scout 1, Wreck 2, Skirmish 2, Maneuver 1, Discipline 1, Sway 1
The Horned One favors the Mystic. She is radiant and transcendent, and is a shapeshifter.
The Legion is pursued by Breaker and Blighter.
Postal Pickup and Delivery (Mission Obsidian Squall)
As Commander Garossi was marshalling the remnants of the Legion, a squirrel walked into the camp and transformed into an antlered Panyar. The presence of the Panyar instantly calmed the camp, which had been on the precipice of panic. Announcing herself as the former Emerald Dancing Moonlight, priestess of Nyx and as the current Chosen of the Horned One, the Horned One informed Garossi that she had been watching the Legion, and believe that she can help the Legion starting with recovery of a stash of black shot that was abandoned across the Tigeria during the retreat from Ettenmark Fields.
The commander, conferring with the remnants of the command staff, quickly assembled the best that the Legion had remaining: Lieutenant Anibhan Godbole, the medic Zai Yaryevna, the sharpshooter SIlver Dancing Storm, and the heavy Maximillian “Mercy” Brecht. Only Atuli Markesh was left in reserve to quickly arrange a camping site safe from ambush. The specialists led the Ghost Owls across the Tigeria, quickly finding an undead convoy with, among other plunder, the blackshot.
The caravan was pulled by two monstrosities of human flesh, later called the stitched by the Legion. One of the stitched had, unlike the other one, multiple heads, forever screaming, and was later named Hecatonchire by the Lieutenant. The two stitched were accompanied by two score of Blighter’s undead, nicknamed walkers by the Legion rookies. The walkers were armed and armored with the fine weaponry left by the Eastern armies at Ettenmark Fields. The Lieutenant then led the detachment ahead of the caravan to prepare an ambush, with Silver Dancing Storm (leaving her armor behind to move more quickly) was dispatched to scout out the adversary. She spotted two of their plague masked minders, similarly named vultures, and eliminated each with one shot apiece. Unlike prior encounters, their elimination did not cause the walkers to go feral, which the Lieutenant realized was due to the presence of Hecatonchire.
At the ambush site, Anibhan asked the Horned One to intercede. The Horned One acceded, turning into a large avian and launching themself at Hecatonchire. They grievously wounded the many headed abomination, and the Horned One shapeshifted to a swift and flew away before the monstrosity could respond in kind. Countless animals emerged from the forest and pecked at the other stitched, causing it to leave its post at the back of the caravan. Anibhan and the Ghost Owls distracted the majority of the walkers with a salvo and led them into prepared pit traps. The walkers were dispatched while entangled.
Zai, Mercy, and Silver Dancing Storm rushed to the carts of the caravan. Zai identified the critical black shot supplies and moved them to one cart while Mercy rigged the other carts with explosives that Anibhan had specifically requisitioned for the mission. Mercy then lashed himself to the black shot cart with the chains used by Hecatonchire and singlehandedly pulled the cart like an oxen. The remaining carts were rigged with explosives, specially requisitioned by the Lieutenant, and were detonated as the undead forces strove to regain the carts. Remnants of the walker force gave chase, nearly catching the legionnaires and causing small injuries to Zai, who saved Chevalier Lanno from a grisly fate, and Silver Dancing Storm.
After the detachment regrouped, they headed to their secondary objective: a mail cache abandoned in the chaos of the rout at Ettenmark Fields. The mail included both correspondence among the leaders of the Eastern armies as well as private letters earmarked for the Eastern nations. Each bore the Legion’s seal. Considering the Legion’s origin as the logistical hub for the Old Empire, recovery of the cache was considered of high organizational importance. Only minor resistance was faced, with Silver Dancing Storm decapitating the vulture leader and the remaining walkers eliminated in detail by the Ghost Owls.