While spreading the word of the Classic_DM Show on the Dungeons & Dragons Facebook groups I'm a member of, I realized that most folks are not familiar with the cast of characters or the backstory. This article works as an introduction for just that.
Unlike most adventures, family binds our party of seven together. Our tale takes place in western Greyhawk, between the nations of Ket and the Tiger Nomads in the towering Yatil mountains.
Marriage that Binds
The marriage between Aden, the Arch Mage Prince of Ket and Mara, the Chakyik Princess of the Tiger Nomads, stabilized the northwest region of Greyhawk, bonding both nations, tribes, and families.
When their first-born child, a male heir to the throne of Ket vanishes, Chakyik Shamans and Priests from Ket divine the name Zinzerena as a whisper on the night wind.
Ket military patrols scour the region, looking for clues as to the child’s abductors. Two days pass and a night patrol discovers a grizzly scene in a obscure canyon between the Tusman Hills and the Yatil mountains. An entire encampment of Hill Giants lay slain, far from where their normal raiding fortress sits.
Among the corpses is a single dead Drow elf, his head splattered beneath a boulder. Tucked inside his crushed chain-mail jacket is a map on human skin to the Hill Giant fortress, instructions to deliver the child there marked with the letter “E.”
Around his neck hangs a black amulet bearing the insignia of the house Eilservs. With this lethal information in hand, both Prince Aden and Princess Mara reach out to their family for help. Answering the call are four Baklunish-Tiger Nomad siblings of Mara and three siblings of Aden who act as noble commanders from Molvar. The seven join forces, to recover the child.
Mercede is the bold, bossy, and confident leader of the group who feels it is her personal responsibility to recover the stolen child. Over the course of the first season, she's grown to trust her new found Tiger Nomad partners and appreciates their stoic perspective and perhaps their willingness to let her maintain control.
Xoleras is a quiet, confident, front line fighter, wielding a beautiful burning glaive. He is often at Mercede's side, ensuring the two of them control the forward field of all battles. Less interested in leadership, he provides dependable and consistent martial punishment.
The youngest of the group, Elafonissi is a skillful and powerful Monk who has come into her own over the course of Season One after a number of critical mishaps. Her open hand stuns have completely shut down fleeing adversaries and silenced enemies that might raise the alarm. Her movement speed, agility, and self-confidence has brought a unique dynamic to the group which has functioned primarily as a melee-train.
The oldest Chakyik tribals of the group, Vaeringjar is a walking wave of silent death. His ability to slip into the shadows and eviscerate powerful adversaries turned the tide of multiple large group encounters. He one-shotted the gruesome Keeper in The Steading, breaking the morale of his Bugbear lackeys. He often works side-by-side with Elafonissi remaining silent, hearing noise, and of course, hiding in shadows to ensure success.
The Tiger Nomad Druid and older sister to Elafonissi, she epitomizes the balance between nature and the animal kingdom. Her command over animals, both natural and summoned, changed the landscape and the outcome of multiple situations. Her weakness is perhaps her concern over her younger sister's safety, which means she is often close at hand and overly focused on Elafonissi as opposed to the group. Even so, she is a willing team player, and has served as a voice of reason for many party decisions, despite the forceful and sometimes controlling voice of Mercede.
The oldest of the Ket siblings, Antola serves his role as front line healer and scholar. His mastery of legends, lore, and mystical knowledge has helped the group decipher many clues as to the location of the abducted nephew. His powerful heal lands at the right time when swords and glaives meet strong resistance.
Quiet and reserved, the youngest of the Ket siblings keeps to the back lines at all times, reserving her mastery of illusions, sight, sound and tricks of the mind for those situations where force simply won't do. Her scholarly intelligence when paired with her older brother Antola, truly helped the group keep hot on the heels of the House Eilservs Drow abductors, intent of sacrificing the stolen child to Lloth.
G1 - Steading of the Hill Giant Chief
Under the cover of a sleet-filled storm after midnight, the seven worked their way into the timber built, mountain fortress of the Hill Giant Chief, Nosra. If you missed this first season, check it out with 8 episodes, covering 15 hours of play sessions.
With their enemies dispatched and valuable clues in hand, the seven arrive at the outskirts of the Glacial Rift after using a Drow artifact, the Infinity Chain. At the time of this writing, our party is just barely working their way into this frozen and icy rift complex. For the first time, this season includes opportunities for you to make critical decisions about where they go next.
So there you have it! Hope this overview helps new folks get a sense of where the show is, the cast of characters, and the story so far! Be sure and keep an eye here for updates!