Lords of Gossamer and Shadow NPC’s: Davion Steele

High Knight Lord Marshall Davion Steele rallies the troops
Image by Thanathorn Yantporn.  Legalese at bottom of page

The one thing many people mistake on the Grand Stair is the political nature of its structure.  Perhaps not the stair itself but the travellers on it.  Sure, we are all travellers and few of us actually consider the Grand Stair our permanent residence but there is a pecking order that one must observe if you are to travel well through the Grand Stair.

I am an observer of such things and it is more complex than it would first appear.  If you directly ask who is in charge, as many do when they find the Grand Stair for the first time most, if not all would mention Lady Vala’s name.  Lady Vala herself makes no such claims, nor does she refute any such claims if pressed to her, as I have on several occasions.

That said, there are factions within that rule and absolute splinter groups that appear to tow the line but work for their own benefit and even actively oppose Vala’s rule by recruiting those with power to their cause for whatever means.  I have been approached by several groups who have identified myself as a player in Grand Stair politics.  They see how I hold myself in relation to the fawning sycophants of Vala but they assume too much and I have infiltrated a few of these organisations before my true intentions are discovered.

I do not wish to alarm you or guide you.  Your actions on the Grand Stair are yours to guide and own but I would warn you with gravity.  Do not take the dance of politics as unimportant.  Travellers may be transient but there are many eyes on each and every one of us.  Some look to assess our own actions and weigh them against their own.  Other travellers go missing.  It is easy to lose a traveller as there is always the excuse that they may be in another reality exploring or conducting their business.  If they are there are a lot that decide never to return.

Practice your social graces and revise your knowledge of those powers that be in the stair.  Investigate every possibility and never offer a weakness to anyone that you may think a friend.  As likely or not they will use it against you at one time or another to get what they want at your expense.

My own beliefs?  Well, perhaps you should investigate that yourself.  There are some amongst the Travellers that have seen me operating under my own beliefs, but they are few and far between and probably as clueless as you seem to be.  Remember, trust no one and always listen to your head.  It may save you in the long run.

100 Point Version

Attributes
Psyche: 22
Strength: 6
Endurance: 4
Warfare: 28

Powers

Warden of the Stair (10 Points)
Wrighting (30 Points)

Stuff
Even


200 Point Version 

Attributes
Psyche: 37
Strength: 12
Endurance: 8
Warfare: 36

Powers

Master of the Stair (35 Points)
Wrighting (30 Points)
Invocation (20 Points)

Artifact
Delnien’s Luckblade (18 Points)
Delnien was a confidant of Vala for a good deal of time and knew many of her secrets.  Steele travelled with him on many occasions.  Steele returned to the court of Vala with Delnien’s sword at his hip and explained that Delnien had gone native on a planet and fallen in love with the daughter of a king.  Vala accepted the story though it is said that some of the court did not and they went seeking Delnien.  None of the search party returned to court.


  • Confers Quality to User (5 Points) Danger Sensitivity
  • Deadly Damage (4 Points)
  • Integral to a Power (4 Points) Invocation
  • Set of Icons (2 Points)
  • Danger Sensitivity (2 Points)
  • True Name is Known (1 Point)
Allies
Fambol the Kind (5 Points) Lord of Gossamer and Shadow
Fambol approached Davion after he returned from a reality without his travelling companion from Vala’s court.  The two are thick friends though it is believed that Steele is no true ally of Fambol’s longer term plans and uses the relationship to remain informed.

The United (3 Points) Partisan Support
Steele follows the tenets of a very shadowy organisation that is as yet not well heard of but very influential throughout the court.  It is said that operatives of the organisation like Steele are unaware of any of the plans or names of other members and that when they meet they meet in disguise or cloaked in illusion.

Kalborn Trenath (3 Points) Gossamer World Devotee
Kalborn is at the head of the assassins guild in the reality of Bintwon.  He serves as an acolyte of Steele and reads the signals that Steele puts in place to organise an assassination of other Travellers as set out by Steele.
Stuff
Bad Stuff +7

300 Point Version

Attributes
Psyche: 47
Strength: 15
Endurance: 12
Warfare: 41

Powers

Master of Umbra (50 Points)
Master of the Stair (35 Points)
Wrighting (30 Points)
Invocation (20 Points)

Artifact
Delnien’s Luckblade (18 Points)
Delnien was a confidant of Vala for a good deal of time and knew many of her secrets.  Steele travelled with him on many occasions.  Steele returned to the court of Vala with Delnien’s sword at his hip and explained that Delnien had gone native on a planet and fallen in love with the daughter of a king.  Vala accepted the story though it is said that some of the court did not and they went seeking Delnien.  None of the search party returned to court.
  • Confers Quality to User (5 Points) Danger Sensitivity
  • Deadly Damage (4 Points)
  • Integral to a Power (4 Points) Invocation
  • Set of Icons (2 Points)
  • Danger Sensitivity (2 Points)
  • True Name is Known (1 Point)
Thessel Armour (11 Points)
This armour was yet again obtained from another traveller that was aiding Steele on a journey in the name of Vala.  In this instance Thessel is said to have wanted for a life of seclusion after learning the teachings of a Swami in the reality of Telok.  None dared to seek out the truth on this occasion.
  • Confer Quality to User (5 Points) Invulnerable to Conventional Weapons
  • Invulnerable to Conventional Weapons (4 Points)
  • Set of Icons (2 Points)
Allies
Lady Vala (5 Points) Lady of Gossamer and Shadow
Many say that Vala is aware of the organisation that Steele serves and wants to keep him close.  This appears to be untrue though as Steele has devoted his time to performing tasks to gain the ladies favour.  it may be that he has simply convinced her of his worth and has infiltrated another camp of the Lords and Ladies of Gossamer and Shadow.

Fambol the Kind (5 Points) Lord of Gossamer and Shadow
Fambol approached Davion after he returned from a reality without his travelling companion from Vala’s court.  The two are thick friends though it is believed that Steele is no true ally of Fambol’s longer term plans and uses the relationship to remain informed.

Kesslarmaric (4 Points) Dwimmerlaik Ally
Kesslarmaric is a leader in the armies of the Dwimmerlaik.  He and Steele have a rock solid relationship and often work together when Steele is unaccompanied by other travellers.

The United (3 Points) Partisan Support
Steele follows the tenets of a very shadowy organisation that is as yet not well heard of but very influential throughout the court.  It is said that operatives of the organisation like Steele are unaware of any of the plans or names of other members and that when they meet they meet in disguise or cloaked in illusion.

Kalborn Trenath (3 Points) Gossamer World Devotee
Kalborn is at the head of the assassins guild in the reality of Bintwon.  He serves as an acolyte of Steele and reads the signals that Steele puts in place to organise an assassination of other Travellers as set out by Steele.

Stuff
Good Stuff +1


Legalese: Some rights reserved. This work (the image above) by Thanathorn Yantaporn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution – No Derivative Works 3.0 Licence

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