The Rise of Felskein [Completed]

Iron Sky

Procedurally Generated
Session 31, Part 6

Harold ducked behind a counter, listening closely to see if the cooks had noticed him as he stepped into the mansion.

“What is going on out there? It looks like the officer's barracks is on fire,” one of them was saying.

“I don't know, but whatever it is, I heard Lady Hadral just arrived, so get back to those cakes. There'll be hell to pay if she gets hungry and we don't have anything to feed her.”

“I wonder if it's one of those Fae Bent creatures. I heard that they found one of the forbidden gates to the Fae Wood open near the north prison. Who knows how many got in - and I don't want to even know what they were. I saw a squad of Fae Hunters killing something in an alleyway on the way here. Whatever it was they were fighting filled up half the alley and killed two of the Fae Hunters as I stood there.”

“And you were stupid enough to stand nearby and watch? The Fae creature might have gotten away and killed you in passing, or the Fae Hunters might have gotten suspicious and killed you or taken you away on their griffins to never be seen again on just the suspicion-”

“I'm not that stupid, give me a little credit.” There was a pause and the rattling of pans and plates. “Seems like an awful waste of food just making this and letting it sit here on the off chance that Lady Hadral-”

“Shut up you fool!” The other's voice dropped to a whisper that Harold had to strain to hear. “She's probably got a dozen of those invisible assassins of hers here. There could be one in this room right now, listening to every word we say!”

Harold froze for a second, glanced around the room, then stepped.

***

Someone was in the hallway he stepped into with him. He grabbed her mouth and slammed his shoulder into a nearby door, dragging the woman behind him. In one quick motion he pressed her against the wall by the hand over her mouth, closed the door, and drew a knife, placing the point under her chin.

The woman was young, probably in her mid-teens. Strands of red hair dangled down out of the white cap she wore on her head and freckles dotted her face. Her eyes were huge.

“I'm going to remove my hand. Don't make a sound or...” he waved the dagger in front of her face. “Got it?”

She nodded and he withdrew his hand, ready to kill her if she made a move or tried to scream. Neither occurred, the fear in her eyes turning rapidly to curiosity. “Like something out of a bedtime story. Are you here to kill Hadral?” she whispered.

Harold stared at her, trying to gauge the intent behind the question. “Why do you ask?”

“Everyone thinks someone is here to kill her, that's why they killed most of the officers of the household guard and lit their barracks on fire,” she said. “You don't look like your from the Black City, are you from... somewhere else?”

“You don't think I'm a Fae Bent?”

She pursed her lips as she considered it. “I was almost killed by a Fae Bent a couple years ago. You don't have the same feel to you.”

“What if I told you I was from a distant land called the Crystal Towers?”

Her expression lit up. “I knew it! They tell us there's nothing beyond the Fae Wood except for the Red City and its fanatics, but I saw one of Hadral's maps when I was cleaning one of her rooms, it had all sorts of stuff out there, in fact, the Fae Wood barely took up any of the map at all and the Black City was little more than a speck and a scribble!”

Harold studied her as she talked. He smiled. If I play her right, I could use this one, he thought. Eyes and ears in the mansion to scout for me, like a mouse...

“The world beyond is vast and wild,” he began, adopting the posture and tone Suniel's troubadour did whenever he told a story. “The Crystal Towers stands like a beacon, the mightiest and purest land in all of Felskein...”

Within minutes she was enraptured by his stories. I have her now, he thought, a plan forming in his head. She could be most useful.
 
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steeldragons

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This is really an amazing story. I could totally see this published.

Or in comic form. Very entertaining. Thanks a lot.

--SD
 


steeldragons

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the Felskein crew

Iron Sky-

Thank you for the very enjoyable narrative.

I've done a sketch of, what I think, is the whole motley crew from the beginning (plus a few NPCs: No Tongue, Keeper and the Silver Guardian).

Not done, obviously, but I hope you and your players will enjoy it and I got, somewhat, close to their vision. My biggest thing is...I have absolutely no clue what the "quor'rel" looks like. I get it's a double bladed sword that somehow detaches to two blades and can be reconfigured to be a bow...but I really was at a loss so let me know if I'm close. Thanks. :D

If you like it, I would be happy to ink and possibly color it for you guys...and hopefully get a real scan of it when I get a scanner. haha. These are uploaded photos of it, hence the not so great quality.

Anyway, thanks again. Keep up the great writing work and enjoy.
--SteelDragons

Ok...don't get what's wrong. Sorry. You can see them here, Steel Dragons' Art
 
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Sanzuo

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Iron Sky-

Thank you for the very enjoyable narrative.

I've done a sketch of, what I think, is the whole motley crew from the beginning (plus a few NPCs: No Tongue, Keeper and the Silver Guardian).

Not done, obviously, but I hope you and your players will enjoy it and I got, somewhat, close to their vision. My biggest thing is...I have absolutely no clue what the "quor'rel" looks like. I get it's a double bladed sword that somehow detaches to two blades and can be reconfigured to be a bow...but I really was at a loss so let me know if I'm close. Thanks. :D

If you like it, I would be happy to ink and possibly color it for you guys...and hopefully get a real scan of it when I get a scanner. haha. These are uploaded photos of it, hence the not so great quality.

Anyway, thanks again. Keep up the great writing work and enjoy.
--SteelDragons

Ok...don't get what's wrong. Sorry. You can see them here, Steel Dragons' Art

Holy poop! I need these in super high-res, stat!
 

steeldragons

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Soon as I get a scanner (or access to a scanner) I'll be happy to get you those Sanzuo. Glad you like it.

Good job (both of you) on the Iron DM, btw. They were also entertaining reads and I got a good chuckle out of your titles in the head-to-head round. haha.

--SD
 


steeldragons

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Great! Thanks Sanzuo.

I'd really like to include "Dog" in there...don't suppose you have any idea what kind she is. haha. Since he keeps "saddles bags" on her, I'm picturing something like a russian wolf hound or deer hound...which would basically be as big as Kormak, himself, is. Is that right? Or, I suppose, a shepherd or rotweiller would do as well...Thoughts?
 

Sanzuo

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It was a dog. I don't think it's in the story, but Bail suggested multiple times that if Kormak died they should eat it. You've nailed everyone else so far, so I say go for it.
 


steeldragons

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And just so you know, Sanzuo/Bail...I am looking for a way to include Meepo too. ;) Some of the NPC/periphery beings (like the Guardian, Suniel's goblins, Meepo and even Dog) add so much to the style and flavor of the group, I feel they deserve to be a part of the image.

If there were a way to include the silver turtle (need a MUCH bigger picture. hahaha) I would.

Just my opinion of one of the things I really enjoy about/gives depth to the narrative.
:)
--SD
 

Iron Sky

Procedurally Generated
Glad you've enjoyed it steeldragons. Your drawings of the cast are awesome. Only thing that didn't make me go "yeah, that's exactly what they'd look like" was Keeper. He looks a bit too... droid-like? Frail? I picture him looking more like your sweet conception of the guardian...

Tiny quibble though, we were all blown away looking at what you have so far, can't wait to see what it's like when it's done.
 
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Iron Sky

Procedurally Generated
Session 31, Part 7

Harold awoke, sneezed, and froze, listening for the slightest sound that might tell him one of Hadral's assassins had found Harold's hiding place in a dusty, abandoned wing in the massive estate. After several minutes, he nodded and climbed out from under the bed, then looked out the window. It was about time.

He stepped into the room where he'd first encountered Sarah. His timing was perfect. He'd just sat down on the bed when she opened the door. Her face lit up as she saw him and she quickly stepped inside.

“I brought you food,” she said, pulling a small lumpy cloth bundle from under her apron. “I figured you haven't probably eaten much lately.”

Harold gave her an almost-genuine smile as he reached for the bundle, rubbing his stomach at the now familiar ache of hunger. “What did you find out for me?” he said as he wolfed down the biscuits and fruit she handed him.

“Well, she's definitely here. They've hung a dozen conspirators involved the attack on the barracks the other night and one of the cooks died suddenly in mid-sentence after saying something unpleasant about Hadral.”

“Are there any rumors of new relics she might have? A flying island or a giant elemental gem?”

She shook her head and sat down next to him on the bed, immediately sliding closer to him. “I haven't heard anything about anything like that but everyone knows about the key.”

“The key?”

“Yeah, there's a magical gold key that she wears on a necklace at all times. If she opens any door in the palace with the key, it'll lead her to the her Armory. If she took those wonderful things from the Crystal Towns-”

“Crystal Towers.”

“Right, those stolen relics that will let you save your homeland,” she said, moving a little closer and sighing. “It's so heroic...”

He slid to the end of the bed. “So the relics would be in the Armory? Is there anywhere else they might be?”

She followed him. “That's it, she keeps them under lock and key. She controls all of the magic in the Charst and her family regulates all the magic in the Black City as a whole. If we want to get to the holy relics, we'll have to come up with some plan to get past Hadral's assassins, get the key, and get to her Armory without getting caught-”

She stood suddenly her head cocked to one side. “Damn, that's Resa calling me, I have to go. I'll be back as soon as possible.”

Great, so in order to get my weapons so I can kill Hadral I have to kill Hadral, he thought as Sarah slipped out of the room. Now what the hell am I-

What have you gotten into, are you safe–

The question was in Harold's head, but they weren't his thoughts.

-Suniel. I'm safe but the True Stone isn't–

He waited several minutes, waiting for another word, another thought from Suniel.

Suddenly there was a shimmer all around him and he wasn't alone.
 
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steeldragons

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Glad you've enjoyed it steeldragons. Your drawings of the cast are awesome. Only thing that didn't make me go "yeah, that's exactly what they'd look like" was Keeper. He looks a bit too... droid-like? Frail? I picture him looking more like your sweet conception of the guardian...

Tiny quibble though, we were all blown away looking at what you have so far, can't wait to see what it's like when it's done.

Good call Iron Sky...I had, always thought of Keeper specifically as droid-like. haha. I can easily adjust him to a more...guardian-like.

Really glad you like it. Will post it again as the piece progresses.

...and thanks for the XP. :)

--SD
 

steeldragons

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How's this?

Fiddled with Keeper and threw Meepo in. Doesn't look like Dog's gonna make the cut. Sorry Kormak. But Meepo fills the space well and works composition-wise with Not Tongue.
 

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Iron Sky

Procedurally Generated
Fiddled with Keeper and threw Meepo in. Doesn't look like Dog's gonna make the cut. Sorry Kormak. But Meepo fills the space well and works composition-wise with Not Tongue.

Looks great. I especially dig No-Tongue, his expression and the way he's peeking out is perfect.
 

Volabit

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Nice! That's pretty sweet Steel. Impressive work you have come up with, and looks great with pencil sketching. It is greatly appreciated that you take such time to do this work. I feel likes it's not my place to give suggestions to an artist, for you have created something wonderful indeed, but the one thing I could humbly suggest is with Suniel.

This is a person that had to scramble the brains of his own lost son, only later to have him be murdered. A person that has lived far too long and seen far too much death. Correct me if I am wrong IronSky but on the character sheet we didn't even list his age as a number, just something far beyond what is normal. He is old and weathered, his face is sad and lost in a distant time. Joys come from minor things, for anything more is pushed back by memories of the past. I guess in a nutshell, hairless, aged, and scarred, most of his body was scarred up/etched anyways. But to be fair, what you have made is great, and I feel your interpretations are your right as an artist, just happy to see someone take so much interest. Thankyou for your work SteelDragons
 


steeldragons

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Nice! That's pretty sweet Steel. Impressive work you have come up with, and looks great with pencil sketching. It is greatly appreciated that you take such time to do this work. I feel likes it's not my place to give suggestions to an artist, for you have created something wonderful indeed, but the one thing I could humbly suggest is with Suniel.

This is a person that had to scramble the brains of his own lost son, only later to have him be murdered. A person that has lived far too long and seen far too much death. Correct me if I am wrong IronSky but on the character sheet we didn't even list his age as a number, just something far beyond what is normal. He is old and weathered, his face is sad and lost in a distant time. Joys come from minor things, for anything more is pushed back by memories of the past. I guess in a nutshell, hairless, aged, and scarred, most of his body was scarred up/etched anyways. But to be fair, what you have made is great, and I feel your interpretations are your right as an artist, just happy to see someone take so much interest. Thankyou for your work SteelDragons

Thank you Vol for your input. I am glad you like the work. But I'm still working under the understanding that elves are, practically, immortal.

As for the "etchings"... according to Iron Sky's descriptions in the narrative, from the beginning to now, they flare or 'glow" during his working of magic...and "out of the corner of the eye" to the average observer. Not noticeable in the normal "day to day". Again, he's an elf...the wear and, emotional, tear on him...is internal, as far as I understand for elves (of any world) in general or have read in the narrative. Sucks to be sure...and I could certainly make him LOOK more "world worn" but he is supposed to be an elf = Ageless beauty personified.

If you are Suniel's player, I will certainly try to make him as close to your mind's image as possible. These sketches were working off of my understanding of the descriptions of the narrative and the character.

Thanks.
--SD
 


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