Ancient HatredsMore than a hundred years ago, an expedition set out from the town of Thelsamar to the distant mountains of Alterac, seeking a cache of relics left by the Makers. As Madran Stoenbrow, captain of the 4th Regiment Royal Dragoons, stood upon a snow-blown peak, he spied the glittering hold of Clan Goldgrin, whose lord was the avaricious and quickly-angered Barnabus Goldgrin.
What transpired in the granite halls beneath the Fangs of Helfykke remains a point of great dispute among the book-keepers of Ironforge, but both sides tell the same tale in one regard: through whatever means, whether theft or sorcery, it was Captain Stoenbrow that held an unassuming teal shard of glass that fateful night, and it was their gracious hosts that tore the dragoons rider from ram not four days later.
To this day, the gleaming shard that spelled the end for many a dwarf in that ambush remains unclaimed by the lineage of Barnabus. The relic that he risked his sons and his honour for remains in the hands of the Thelsamites, and the knowledge and power it safeguarded remains hidden and secure.
That knowledge and power, however, cannot remain concealed for long. As the line of Barnabus prepares to reclaim that which was lost - through means of peace, not war - selfish eyes watch the roads and bide their time...
Hello and welcome to what is essentially a guild recruitment post (heh, get baited kiddo ). In all seriousness, however:
What is this campaign?
Essentially, it is the IC introduction and backbone to the Stormpike Vanguard guild, which there won’t be a thread for or anything like that until the end of the campaign (for various IC and OOC reasons). For this reason, unguilded dwarves are preferred (see below). There is, however, no obligation to join anything at the end of the campaign, and if your dwarf is already in a guild then you may join the campaign anyway through means that we can discuss.
The premise follows the story above and the subsequent quest to gain access to the vault of relics collected by the Mountain-King Midas, the King of Whispers.
Who are we looking for?
The players participating in the campaign will fall into three categories or groups:
Members of the Stormpike Vanguard (formally the 1st Regiment Hearthguard of the Stormpike Brigade), under the command of Balrune the Elder. These will consist of either existing members of the Stormpike Brigade, stationed in Hillsbrad, or volunteers that have travelled to Corrahn’s Dagger to help the brigade deal with a major yeti problem. Poster related to the latter:
Members of the Fingers of Midas, following Hogni Half-toe, son of Barbarus Goldgrin, who seek to restore the glory of Clan Goldgrin.
Members of the chaotic Dark Iron cabal known as the Sons of Smolderon, whose purposes for aiding the Bronzebeards in their quest is unknown to all but themselves.
Members of the Stormpike Vanguard /Sons of Smolderon may be uniformed depending on their class (this primarily applies to melee combat characters).
As of this post, we have spaces open for the following:
- Stormpike Vanguard (2 spaces available)
- Sons of Smolderon (2 spaces available)
These spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, but if there’s considerable interest for some reason then there might be some sort of waiting/reserve list (see below for reasoning).
Dwarven characters only atm.
What will the events consist of?
The events will make use of the Dicemaster addon, and the system will be loosely based on DnD 5e rules, meaning there’s realistically a limit to how many players I can manage before my brain literally melts.
If you have never played DnD before, don’t be put off - myself and others will help you get to grips with it (which is made very simple with the aforemention addon), as well as to help you make your profiles.
In some special situations there may be NPCs played by the DM /others. These will typically be for parts of the quest that are dialog-based or for bosses.
When will the events take place?
The preliminary events (i.e., each group receiving instructions and setting off on the quests) are scheduled to take place this weekend, Jan 15 - Jan 17, with the three groups assembling and setting off on their adventure w/b Jan 18.
The exact dates of events aren’t currently set in stone, but none of the events will fall on a Wednesday or a Sunday.
What can I do to sign up /for more info?
For more info, check out the suspiciously player handbook-esque document that I’ve made:
https://homebrewery.naturalcrit.com/share/LIsQPylFmXMi It also contains a much more fleshed-out story of the Conflict of Black Ice Pass, written by Halftoe.
If you are interested in taking part, message me in-game on either Ortellus or Balrune, or message me on discord at ortellus#4526. Bnet: Ortellus#2312. Alternatively, if you have any questions /comments /unwarranted flame, just reply to the thread.
Contrary to popular belief, Ortellus Falheim is not a dwarf.