D&D Session 28

It’s been a long time since we last played D&D, and it will be a long time until we play again (at least until after Eddie and I return from our honeymoon) so we wanted to squeeze in one last session. We finally faced the Ebonfire, and it was one hell of a fight!

SESSION 28

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL17) and Basile (LVL19)
  • Lorn (LVL19)
  • Marven (LVL19)
  • Rhaegar (LVL 19)
  • Alkaid (LVL 19)
  • Neebs (LVL 18)
  • Kass (LVL 18)

The group continues toward Castle Ebonfire, and Lorn senses that something is going to be teleporting into their area. Lorn casts Magic Circle Against Evil and Bite of the Werebear. Neebs casts Cat’s Grace, while Basile activates his Fell Flight and Ciaran casts Protection Devotion to Ioun. Alkaid activates Displacement and Blur on her armor. Rheagar uses Lions Roar and Kass starts to sing to embolden the group. Marven prepares to use his Breath of Pendralar on the first enemy that appears.

  • Lorn additionally casts Rhino’s Rush and Deathward, and Rocky waits to charge into the first enemy that appears.
  • Neebs casts Haste.
  • Basile begins his Fiendish Resilience and Ciaran casts Cunning Insight.
  • Suddenly, three fiendish creatures with scarlet skin and gray wings appear around the group. Rocky charges immediately, and Marven unleashes his breath on another one. However, they are immune to the acid breath.
  • The creatures start swinging with their great swords at Marven, Rheagar, and Neebs’ raptor – Torrin. Rhaegar is able to counter attack one of the swings, but is still hit twice as the creature is surrounded in a yellow shield. Marven only gets hit twice, and the creature fighting him also gets a yellow shield. As Torrin starts to be attacked, Lorn casts Solarity to create a Wall of Force to protect him. He then releases his Heart of the Unicorn and teleports 300 feet away from the battle. In response, the creature casts Greater Dispel Magic to try and get rid of the Wall of Force but fails. It changes its mind and starts to smack at Alkaid, shielding itself in a white glow. Due to her blur and displacement she is only hit twice. Two of the creatures then quicken a Wall of Force to stop Rocky and an Area of Greater Dispel Magic on Rhaegar.
  • Alkaid moves to get on top of Xylander, then shoots off nine arrows and makes a critical. Lorn casts Instant Power several times to help Alkaid hit more. The arrows slice through and shoots off their wings and wings as they die. Xylander then dashes away with Alkaid.
  • Rhaegar begins hacking away at the creature in front of him.
  • Marven uses his Great Maw of Marven to steal one of the creature’s supernatural abilities. However, it doesn’t seem to work. Instead he drinks a Cure Serious Wounds potion. The creature swings at him again.
  • Kass uses his Scream Bow to shoot, but misses.
  • Lorn casts Reaving Dispel, getting rid of the Wall of Force to allow Rocky to attack. He shoulders his spikes into the creature and rips it apart as it sizzles and boils. Lorn then looks at the last one and says, “We don’t have to be enemies! We can make a deal.”
  • Neebs recognizes the creatures as a Concordant Killers, neither holy or fiendish creatures. He fires off twelve arrows to deal 500+ damage to trip him with Bigby’s Tripping Hand. Instead he just dies because he only had 4HP left.

Lorn makes a big bowl of soup to feed Alkaid and Marven to heal them, and pokes Rhaegar with his wand. As everyone recovers, Lorn stores Splinter Bolt into Rocky’s horn and Rhaegar’s sword. Alkaid summons a cow for Marven to cook to feed to Torrin. They then continue to make their way through the swamp.

After some more walking, they come upon a silvery portal where Linx is waiting. He assures them that the deal is still on and slips through the portal. The group follows through and find themselves in a luscious field of grass. An opulent looking manor is in the distance, and a path leading up to Castle Ebonfire. A mix of humans, elves, gnomes, and dwarves wearing black robes waiting for them. They state that Marven’s mother is expecting them.

The group follows the servants into the castle, which is by far the most lavish building they’ve ever been in. Everyone is given an individual room and butler. Rocky wants to eat grilled purple worm and talks in an accent. Lorn discovers that the servants are fluent in many languages and tests them before taking a nap.

Rhaegar asks why everyone was given their own room, and why they serve the Ebonfire. The servant is a fanatic for the family. Rhaegar wants to speak to the man that can remove a curse off him. The servant says that Aurok can, and he asks Basile to ask Marven if it’s true. Basile tiredly sends the message to Marven, who says “he’s going to die screaming.” Basile tells Rhaegar no.

Alkaid orders extremely rare Shalan dish for herself, and to bring “gnome” for Xylander. Her servant states that she already has gnome, and she’s horrified. She asks for a white dragon egg, and they bring her a scrambled egg. She clarified that she wants a live, uncooked dragon egg. They bring a cracked egg in a glass. When she clarifies she wants an egg that can hatch, he says that don’t have that and bows his head as though he is accepting death for failure.

Kass names his servant Morgan and asks if he likes scarves. He weaves the servant a scarf. The servant makes sure to not cover his servant’s collar.

Basile and Ciaran stay in one room, and Ciaran orders tons of desserts and snacks to Basile’s dismay. He tests them on their donut selection.

Marven asks to meet his parents, but they are not available at the moment. He asks about Ember, and for a moment his servant looks disgusted. The servant explains that there had been many missions to bring Marven home.

Torrin and Neebs stay into the same room, and Neebs asks for strippers, monkey hanging from the ceiling, and the real Zephyr Blade or Sadius. When the servant is distracted, he screams “INVISIBLE” and turns invisible. He heads towards Lorn’s room, and the servants start searching for Neebs. He sees the escorts arriving, and struggles to stay on his “mission.” He tear rolls down his cheek as he passed them.

When he finds Lorn’s room, he knocks on the door. When the door opens, he dimension hops into the room, then dimension hops the servant outside of the room, then closes the door. They hear the servant yell “someone is attacking the guests!” Similacrum Lorn says that they’re fine, then wakes up real Lorn. Real Lorn puts a Wall of Force on the door, then darkness around them all. Lorn casts rope trip on themselves to hide, as Lorn 2.0 Lorn pretends to be asleep. When the guards come in, Lorn 2.0 bluffs to try and say that everything is fine, but he’s awful at it. He tries to say that it was Sbeen. Lorn casts Major Image to have “Neebs” appear in the hallway. Neebs takes out his thought bottle, and Lorn asks what that is. Neebs says that he found his memories.

After an hour, the guards come to retrieve everyone except Lorn. Lorn 2.0 “wakes up,” tells his servant that he wants to join the others, and meets them. The group is led into a dark antichamber lined with torches. Marven’s mother, Yulia, dressed in white and gold, sits in the room. She is genuinely happy to see Marven. Next to her is Aurok, who looks more tired than the last time they saw him. He also has a massive scar across his face. She informs Aurok to go give Linx his spoils for bringing Marven back, and offers to reward the others.

Lorn realizes that their thoughts can be projected within the room, and he mind blanks Neebs and himself. Marven asks if Linx informed her of his return, and she states that he said Marven wanted to take his place on the throne. Marven agrees, and she asks if he will marry Krissa – not Ember. Marven tries to convince her to allow his friends to stay, but she wants them to leave. As she speaks to Marven, Rhaegar, Kass, Ciaran, and Alkaid start think that she’s fine. Basile, Neebs, Rocky, Lorn, and Marven don’t get this feeling.

Yulia notices that Neebs is an illusion, and Lorn 2.0 says that the ending was spoiled, “Neebs was a ghost the whole time.” She doesn’t believe him, and asks a servant to bring seven collars for Marven’s friends to wear. Marven asks if Pendralar is there, and he speaks. Yulia is thrilled at hearing her god’s voice echo in the room. Pendralar commands to destroy them all. Lorn shouts, “Signal!”

  • Yulia casts Greater Spell Immunity and Sanctuary on herself, and the group hears a small angry roar from Pendralar. She then casts Euphoric Tranquility, windwalks to Rocky, and touches his horn. However, as Rocky is mind-blanked, the effects don’t work.
  • Lorn leaps out of Similorn, then casts Empowered Reaving Dispel on Yulia. He steals her Sanctuary, Great Magic Vestments, Windwalk, Deathward and Freedom of Movement. He uses his Belt of Battle to cast it again to steal her Great Spell Immunity. Rocky then attacks, but she’s able to dodge as if she saw it coming. Lorn 2.0 creates a Wall of Force around himself and Lorn.
  • Neebs pops out of Similorn and flies into the air. He then casts Shout through his bow to shoot the four guards, the ground under them, and the ceiling above them. While his arrows deflect off the guards, the ground cracks beneath them and the ceiling crumbles onto them.
  • Basile runs between Yulia and two of the guards and uses his Eldritch Doom. Ciaran then uses Divine Focus to cast Tychee’s Touch on himself.
  • Marven blows slow breath on two other guards and Yulia. Only Yulia isn’t affected by his breath. He then uses his Great Maw of Marven to try and steal her oracle abilities to see the future. Rocky uses his Bards of Retribution to force Yulia to fail the will save, allowing Marven to steal her scry bonus. He commands Goa’wei to breathe lightning into the two guards Basile attacked. As they’re attempting to crawl out, the lightning tasers them until they die.
  • Rhaegar commands Bubbles to block the door, preventing other guards from entering. Rhaegar then uses Ancient Mountain Hammer and attacks Yulia. He then uses his Belt of Battle, Strike of Perfect Clarity. He showers her with crits with Lorn’s help of Instant Power. Howver, she’s able to dodge half of the blows to survive.
  • Aurok opens the door, and huge metallic wings sprout from his back. He points his hand out, and a giant acid orb flies out through Bubbles. He then flies up into the air and attacks Neebs. For a moment, Neebs feels like his blood is boiling, but he’s able to shake it off.
  • Krissa enters the room and pulls out her crossbow and aims. She blows into a horn into her crossbow, and an arrow of cold blasts into Lucy and makes her vanish. She does the same with Alkaid, Neebs, and Lorn. She’s only able to strike Lorn.
  • Kass starts singing, as Alkaid activates the Displacement on her armor. She starts shooting arrows at Krissa as Lorn casts Solarity and casts Bane on her bow to make it a Dragon Bane bow.
  • The guards pulled themselves out of the holes that they were in, while Yulia casts Wavess of Ecstacy. Lorn counterspells her.
  • Similorn holds up a blank spell book in front of Lorn as he casts spells, filling it up magically. Lorn quicken casts Haste on everyone, then uses his Circlet of Rapid Casting to make Kass invisible. He then casts Bite of the Wear Bear on Rocky, who charges into Yulia.
  • Neebs fired off dozens of arrows with Maximized Disintegrate at Aurok. He deals 2,114 damage, as the arrows eat away at his body. As he attempts to repair and reduce the damage, but he can’t keep up and vanishes. All that is left is an emaciated husk of a man collapses and turns to dust.
  • Basile activates his eldritch claws and slashes Yuria into ribbons, dealing 244 damage. Ciaran casts Sanctuary on himself.
  • Marven toward the exit and faces Krissa, blowing sleep breath. She’s able to shake it off.
  • Rhaegar runs up to Marven and uses his Lightning Throw. Krissa crushes a red gem on her necklace and dodges the attack. Lorn responds by casting Solarity and Dimensional Anchor on her.
  • The ceiling brakes open, and everyone suddenly gets a sense of fear wash over them as Marven’s father, Dakken, enters the room. He slams into Neebs and drives him into the ground. He pins Neebs to the ground, rips off his wings and head. Rhaegar recognizes the attack as a Fearl Death Blow Manuever. Dakken looks human, but covered in black scales with glowing golden dragon claws. However, Rhargar sees that Dakken is a Kobold. He then flies up and casts Hell Ball. Four balls appear around him: firey red, crackling yellow, oozing green acid, and a whirlwind of sound. He smacks his hands together, and the balls slam together and burst outward. Ciaran and Lorn cast Solarity, allowing them to cast Dimension Door to get Kass, Xylander, and Alkaid out before the attack. Marven, Rhaegar, Basile, and Goa’wei.
  • Kass uses his Scream Bow to attack the final guard in the room. He shoots an arrow directly into the guard’s helmet and slams through his eye. Then the sonic boom blows off his head.
  • Alkaid summons three other Alkaid’s to fly after Krissa and fire at her. They surround her and state, “I’m the only bad bitch here.” Krissa is turned into a pin cushion.
  • Lorn casts Nature’s Avatar and Evasculate as Rocky charges. Dakken casts Solarity, Wall of Force. Lorn casts Solarity, Greater Dispel, which Dakken Epic Counter Spells. Before Rocky runs into the wall, Lorn tells him to teleport instead.
  • Ciaran uses his healing belt to heal Basile as he flies up into the air to aim over the wall of force to blast him.
  • Marven sees Dakken pulls out his Vorpal Sword and flies at him. Goa’wei joins him and they use coordinated attacks. While Dakken blocks most of the attacks, but Goa’wei is able to strike him.
  • Rhaegar refreshes his maneuvers and drinks a potion.
  • Dakken – who looks completely manic – turns and jams his claws through Goa’wei’s body, ripping off his wing and biting his head off. He then moves to cast Vengeful Gaze of God on Rocky, who gores him in response. For a moment, Dakken looks like Pendralar, and Rocky states, “I’m sorry, Marven.” After 1,000+ damage, Rocky disintegrates. Dakken’s eyes explode out of his head, leaving him with bloody streaks and gaping sockets.
  • Kass flies up near Basile and shoots with his scream bow at Dakken.
  • Alkaid and her clones fire off 14 arrows into Dakken.
  • Lorn opens his mouth and spews out 23 chains, and Similorn recites spells written in the Tomb of the Wyrm.
  • Basile blasts two more times, as Ciaran casts Virtue on himself to give Basile some additional HP.
  • Marven pulls out the scroll Lorn gave him for his wedding – the images of all of his deceased friends flash in his mind as he starts reading off the spell. He unleashes a Maximized, Linger, and Empowered Breath of Pendralar. The scroll duplicates the damage as sonic type damage. His father is forced back into the wall of force, the chains around him ripping off his arms. He is forced into the wall and bisected.

A small silvery wisp of energy shoots into Marven, forcing him to contract the Ravenous Disorder. The more he eats, the stronger his breath weapon. However, his disorder will cause him to snap and eat uncontrollably. He must eat food equal to his bodyweight or his body will eat himself from the inside out.

Marven is compelled to eat Dakken, but resists and puts his body into the bag of holding. Lorn feeds Marven a bear. The group loots the bodies and collect their spoils. Lorn true resurrects Rocky. Neebs’ bow casts True Resurrection to bring Neebs back to life, and he shouts “Pendralar” and has his armor returned to him. They then go to the vault and find that most of it is empty. There is a note with a dagger saying, “I already took my share. Thanks! – Linx” The group is left with 1,752 gold pieces, 10,600 platinum pieces, and various gems to split between them. They then go to Aurok’s lab and take all of his supplies. However, they’re unable to find the decanter of Pendralar’s blood.

Marven calls in all of the Ebonfire staff into the throne room. He states that he is the Baron of Ebonfire Keep, and tells everyone that he can leave if they’d like. He calls upon one slave, whom he names “Number One” and asks who has visited the castle in the past. Number One states that two dragons come to pay respects, as well as a devil named Caasimolar, who called himself the President of Hell, who corrupted Ember. Other slaves come in to tell Marven mundane updates about the castle. He then updates the location of the portal to Castle Ebonfire to be within the basement of The Lair.

The group returns to Neebsenshire to sell their spoils to Xi-Long. Marven resurrects Goa’wei, and Lorn purchases a rust colored Bag of Tricks to feed Marven three ferrets a day to satiate his hunger.

 

 

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D&D Session 27

Since last week didn’t turn out well for D&D, we got together to play this week! I was very pleased with how everything went (although, I still feel the desire to write out some of the behind the scenes RP between Basile and his family.) It’s been a while since I last wrote something. I might just have to do that…

SESSION 27

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL16) and Basile (LVL18)
  • Lorn (LVL18)
  • Marven (LVL18)
  • Rhaegar (LVL 18)
  • Alkaid (LVL 18)
  • Neebs (LVL 18)

With Ivuram’s lair before them, the group collect the spoils of their battle (including Dwayne’s old body) and slowly make their way into the cave. They fly down into the chasm several hundreds of feet. At the bottom, they see a mist floating over the floor.  Basile can detect that it’s magic, but can’t figure out what it is.

Alkaid summons a sheep and drops it into the mist. It hits the mist and the group stops hearing the cry of the sheep. Ciaran casts Gust of Wind to blast through the mist, and the group shoots through before the mist closes – but they get the feeling that something is in the mist wanting to eat them.

They reach the bottom of the pit, and see the blackened and frozen sheep carcass on the floor. The ground seems to be a sheet of ice, there are several tunnels within the walls of ice, and there is a huge waterfall near the back. The pool of water appears to be magical, that Ciaran recognizes it as an evocation. Rhaegar suggests bottling some of the water to check out later. As they approach, they sense the temperature drop.

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D&D Session 24 & 25

I can’t believe that we’ve been playing this campaign for a year now! Our characters have grown, the story has been dramatic, thoughtful, and slightly stupid at times, and we’ve all become better friends. This session was a bit weird, as half the party couldn’t show up, and the main DM had to leave half-way to go to perform an improv show before returning. There was also house sitting involving a cat that MADE MY DAY. Regardless, we had a great time with a few pretty RP heavy session.

SESSION 24

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL16) and Basile (LVL18)
  • Marven (LVL18)
  • Rhaegar (LVL 18)
  • Alkaid (LVL 18)

After receiving an urgent message from Lorn 2.0, Lorn leaves to resolve whatever concern was happening in Neebsenshire. Rocky went along with him (and then had explosive diarrhea, says Jake.)

In the early morn, Marven and Rhaegar (who is wearing a Mask of True Seeing) goes out to check out the place where the Assassin said Lynx was located. They visit the tavern The Fearless Flumph. As they walk in, some of the patrons seem very scared of Marven. Marven asks how the salted pork it and asks for all of it. The bartender is too nervous to respond so Marven just goes to the back. The chef, Bradley, is offended by Marven barging in, but after learning that Marven dropped 20 gold he obliges. He asks Bradley to make him a steak and answer some questions. It’s the best steak Marven has ever eaten and he tips 100 gold. Marven then asks if anyone shadier than normal came around for business, providing sketches of specific emblems from his family. Bradley has never seen the Ebonfire symbol, but recognizes the personal symbol of Lynx. He says that Lynx talks to the bartender. Marven offers him a job in Neebsenshire, but Bradley is like “that place that god their asses kicked by the Commonwealth?” But Marven assures him that “rich people bought it up and now it’s safe – like Detroit.”

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D&D Session 23

It is currently a blizzard outside, and we’ve accumulated about 9 inches of snow now? Eh, rough estimate. But that isn’t stopping us from playing D&D! Onward with our adventures in the Commonwealth.

SESSION 23

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL16) and Basile (LVL18)
  • Lorn (LVL 18)
  • Marven (LVL18)
  • Neebs (LVL 18)
  • Dwayne (LVL18)
  • Rhaegar (LVL 18)
  • Alkaid (LVL 18)

As chaos ensues in the house, Rhaegar tells Alkaid that she has to sleep outside as long as the missing third goat is inside. Alkaid feigns fear, exclaiming, “Oh no, what am I – a ranger – going to do out in the wildlife? Oh gosh, wow, I’m out of my element.”

Dwayne, Marven, and Neebs show up after walking through town. They take down all the wanted posters for Neebs and Associates to hang in their house. They miraculously face no consequences, for plot purposes. Though they had considered turning themselves in to collect the 50,000 gold bounty per associate. Jennifer warned them not to do that. During this time, Dwayne ordered a Ring of Silence Spell from “Ama-Xi-long” by sending a message spell to Xi-Long. “Skor-bay’s” shipping charges were too high.

Marven explores Rhaegar’s house and meets Lucy, who waves at him. Marven blows some fire, and she blows some back. They’re becoming friends already. He takes Goa’wei to the Master Bedroom. Goa’wei breaks the bed and falls asleep. Marven then looks around to try and find the third goat that everyone is yelling about, but he can’t find it. He then looks for food, and asks for a snack from the kitchen. He steals all of the potatoes. Rhaegar tells Marven to eat the goats outside, and when Marven goes out he sees a tantalizing feast of salted pork and pork drippings. He goes apeshit and shoves everything into his mouth like a train. Basile laughs as he sees past the Illusionary Feast spell that Lorn cast.

Before dinner, Neebs needs to return to Neebsenshire, but Lorn asks if Marven should get his desert first. Neebs agrees, and Lorn casts a spell to make a 40×40 foot ice cream sundae in the shape of a dragon appear. It is blowing a blast of bacon. Marven cries as it’s the happiest day of his life. Then Lorn leaves a gem behind, and he and Neebs teleport away. Marven screams as the food vanishes, and he gives 2,000 gold to a servant to buy all of the sweet snacks. Another servant picks up the gem Lorn left behind and continues his business.

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D&D Session 22

The struggle to get everyone together to play D&D has been a huge struggle, which has been killing me inside since I am so damn attached to Basile and Ciaran. But with everyone catching the cold or flu, it hasn’t been ideal to get everyone together. No one else wanted to get down with the sickness (ooh wah ah ah ah).

Bad puns and memes aside, it’s been a long time since everyone has been together. Unfortunately, this session was the same as more people were either working or sick. But the show must go on (or else I’ll lose my mind.)

SESSION 22

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL15) and Basile (LVL17)
  • Lorn (LVL 17)
  • Rhaegar (LVL 17)
  • Alkaid (LVL 17)
  • Kass (LVL16)

Story:

With the white portal formed in front of them, the group heals themselves before going following Rhaegar in. They appear in a large cave that is well furnished like a bunker. In the back of the room there are four caskets. The portal dissolves behind them.

A disembodied voice speaking Shalan asks who disturb the slumber of Watari. Lorn and Alkaid remember Watari as one of the Nine Staves who once ruled over the wizarding world. He was interested in opening gateways to elemental planes, and it is said that he locked himself away ages ago.

Lorn speaks out and tells Watari that we come with good intentions, but there is no response.Alkaid introduces herself as someone from the Shalan era, and a purple mist starts to emanate from the caskets. Lorn casts Bite of the Werebear as four elementals before them: air, fire, earth, and water.

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D&D Session 20 & 21

Despite the holiday season being super busy, we still found the time to play some D&D. Even if it meant having to have a short four hour session one day instead of our standard ten to twelve hour session. SO MUCH happened in the last two sessions as the group decides to head north to the Common Wealth.

SESSION 20

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL14) and Basile (LVL16)
  • Lorn (LVL 16)
  • Marven (LVL16)
  • Neebs (LVL 16)
  • Rhaegar (LVL 16)
  • Alkaid (LVL 16)
  • Dwayne (LVL16)

Story:

The group prepares for their trip to the blue dragon. On the day they leave, a Rheck – aka a rhino man – comes out from the Wizard Tower. Rocky has a new humanoid form. He questions why Marven looks like a gnome, stating that Marven needs to be a better gnome dragon now that Rocky is a better rhino.

Chip comes out to sell salves and Xylander picks him up by the neck and drags him away. Rocky explains that Marven couldn’t do that, and he must be larger. Lorn casts Enlarge Person on Marven, but Marven resists it. Rocky wants Marven to return to “normal size” and Lorn pretends to cast Shrink Person. Dwayne casts Greater Illusion to make it appear that Marven is four stories tall. People start fleeing and screaming. Rocky demands that Lorn fix this. Lorn dispels the illusion.

Rocky suggests that he and Rhaegar spar. Rhaegar declines, and Rocky says that he’s patient and can wait another day. Rhaegar makes a comment about “is this Rocky and Associates now?” and Rocky proudly proclaims, “YES! This is Rocky and Associates, featuring Dwayne the Rocky Gnome Johnson the Illiterate.”

Neebs gets on the ship to fly away. Marven also flies away. Rhaegar pulls out a turkey and Marven swerves back to eat it like a bird of prey. Everyone gets onto the ship to travel north to the Blue Dragon.

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D&D: Basile’s Backstory

Here’s a fun fact, Basile was born on November 28th. So, to celebrate his belated birthday, it’s time to share his entire backstory with you!

As a writer, I can’t just write a simple backstory. No. I have to write a 65 page backstory including several developed scenes. Oops. At least it gives me something creative to do while I wait for the next session, and keeps my writing juices flowing.

Enjoy:

Eythan woke up earlier than usual.

The house was silent except for the gentle hum of the wood furnace trying to keep out the bitter chill. He rolled onto his side and curled into a ball, burrowing under the thick fleece blanket. Winter mornings in Modelheim were always unbearable until the sun poked over the mountains and warmed up the earth.

A loud snore broke the silence. Eythan peeked out from under the covers to stare at his brothers sharing the bunk bed at the opposite end of the room: Tomas the sleep-talker and Judah the snorer. He could barely see Tomas on the bottom, wrapped in a cocoon of blankets with only the top of his strawberry blond hair poking out. Meanwhile, Judah was practically hanging over the edge of the top bunk, his mouth open and drooling as he let one arm dangle.

Beside them, the door to their room was cracked open – most likely from their mother checking on them periodically in the middle of the night. She had picked up the habit shortly after Eythan’s horns started growing in. He didn’t like to think about how his mom may be a little afraid of him.

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