Lords of Gossamer and Shadow NPC’s: Decimus of Keth

Decimus of Keth sits on his throne in the Royal Palace
Image by Thanathorn Yantaporn, legalese at bottom of page

I was born in Keth to a slave in the heated slave pits of Nairoth.  All slave children are stripped of their mother and delivered straight to the royal family to fawn over and call their own.  Millennia of interbreeding had caused the royals to become barren and now they seek to bolster their ranks by stealing those of others.  Sacrificial offerings from the normal peasants and the children of slaves were the children I grew with.  The damn royals seek to make sure you know your origins so it hangs like a twist of fate over your head.  You came from this and we can send you back.  I was never cowed by their threats though and spent much of my child hood in trouble with one dignitary or another.

Of course I was treated differently by them though for I was the first child ever taken on by the actual King and Queen.  I was a crown prince.  This son of a slave would rule the great and noble lands of the planet Keth should anything happen to the King and Queen.  I never spent time with them though.  By all rumours the King was a vegetable who spent most of his time locked in his room playing in his own filth.  I met the Queen on several occasions.  Each at parties held in the palace where you ould find her with her tongue embedded in one of her cousins or brothers mouths.

I was never expected to take the throne for they lived for aeons, these fetid disgraces of aristocracy.  They made me sick as they took everything from those of the planet so they could fill out their wildest fantasies.  The King and Queen were out of my reach and the only way that I could heal this land was to outlast them so as I hit my age of majority I started to research the myths of immortality and how the royals achieved their extended lifespans.

My searching brought me to the mud hut of a Seren seeress by name of Gilalm.  She heard my reasons and tested my mettle.  She had me stay under her care for four days, and in each of the days I would drink a prepared potion.  Pain would wrack my body at night and in the morning I would be stronger, or more aware, better with my blades and far more capable than before.  When she finished the treatments she gave me an ornate key and told me my secret lay with this.

I asked her if I were not yet immortal and she told me I was not.  My immortality was assured once I travelled through the door marked with the same symbol as the key located at the end of the winding mazes of Cirrimbal where the Thassellet lived.  Once through the door I would find the secrets of immortality I needed from those that travelled a twisting Grand Stair.  The royals had locked the door away so that the travellers would not come again and share the secret with others.

I defeated the Thassellet, made it to the door and beyond.  I travelled the stairs and found my secret.  I am now King of Keth and will be forever more.  My people are happier and my children care well for them and do not share beds.  All is right with this world now.  But it is one of many and the Lady Vala has requested my assistance to aid her in rooting out the problems elsewhere.  I will stand once more on the stair and the righteous will be rewarded.  Only the darkness need fear me.

100 Point Version

Attributes
Psyche: 10
Strength: 20
Endurance: 20
Warfare: 20

Powers

None

Artifact 
Decimus’ Broadsword (12 Points)

Decimus was taught the art of weapon crafting as a young child.  The master craftsmen laughed at the child when they gave them the task of creating their first weapon and the boy made a weapon designed for a fully grown adult.  They did not laugh when they saw him first begin to use it as the boy seemed to understand the form far better than they have given them credit for.

  • Confers Quality to User (5 Points) – Double Speed
  • Engine Speed speed (6 Points)
  • Hardened (1 Point)
Kethian Royal Plate Armour (10 Points)
This armour has been form fit for the Prince.   It is the best armour that Keth has ever produced and is highly functional in combat.
  • Confers Quality to User (5 Points) Tireless Stamina
  • Tireless Stamina (4 Points)
  • Resistant to Normal Weapons (1 Point)


Ally
Gilalm the Seren Seeress (2 Points) Mentor
Gilalm is secretly a member of the Keth royal family who wants to see their empire crumble and for Decimus to take the throne.  Gilalm was there when they first met the travellers and the secrets of the Grand Stair were revealed to the ruling caste.

Stuff
Good Stuff: +6


200 Point Version 

Attributes
Psyche: 24
Strength: 31
Endurance: 24
Warfare: 28

Powers

Master of the Eidolon (50 Points)
Warden of the Grand Stair (10 Points)

Artifact 
Decimus’ Broadsword (13 Points)
Decimus was taught the art of weapon crafting as a young child.  The master craftsmen laughed at the child when they gave them the task of creating their first weapon and the boy made a weapon designed for a fully grown adult.  They did not laugh when they saw him first begin to use it as the boy seemed to understand the form far better than they have given them credit for.
  • Confers Quality to User (5 Points) – Engine Speed
  • Engine speed (4 Points)
  • Deadly Damage (4 Point)
Kethian Royal Plate Armour (13 Points)
This armour has been form fit for the Prince.   It is the best armour that Keth has ever produced and is highly functional in combat.
  • Confers Quality to User (5 Points) Tireless Stamina
  • Tireless Stamina (4 Points)
  • Invulnerable to Conventional Weapons (4 Points)
Ally
Gilalm the Seren Seeress (2 Points)
Gilalm is secretly a member of the Keth royal family who wants to see their empire crumble and for Decimus to take the throne.  Gilalm was there when they first met the travellers and the secrets of the Grand Stair were revealed to the ruling caste.

Lady Vala (5 Points) Lady of the Gossamer Worlds

Decimus was brought before Vala after he was found on the Grand Stair.  She heard his story and decided to teach him herself in the skills that he was seeking.  She saw in Decimus a determined focussed champion of truth and felt that he may indeed grow into a great ally.


Stuff
Even

300 Point Version

Attributes
Psyche: 44
Strength: 43
Endurance: 38
Warfare: 48

Powers

Master of the Eidolon (50 Points)
Wrighting (30 Points)
Warden of the Grand Stair (10 Points)

Artifact 
Decimus’ Broadsword (13 Points)

Decimus was taught the art of weapon crafting as a young child.  The master craftsmen laughed at the child when they gave them the task of creating their first weapon and the boy made a weapon designed for a fully grown adult.  They did not laugh when they saw him first begin to use it as the boy seemed to understand the form far better than they have given them credit for.

  • Confers Quality to User (5 Points) – Engine Speed
  • Engine speed (4 Points)
  • Deadly Damage (4 Point)
Kethian Royal Plate Armour (15 Points)
This armour has been form fit for the Prince.   It is the best armour that Keth has ever produced and is highly functional in combat.
  • Confers Quality to User (5 Points) Tireless Stamina
  • Tireless Stamina (4 Points)
  • Invulnerable to Conventional Weapons (4 Points)
  • Contains a Set of Icons (2 Points)


Ally
Gilalm the Seren Seeress (2 Points)
Gilalm is secretly a member of the Keth royal family who wants to see their empire crumble and for Decimus to take the throne.  Gilalm was there when they first met the travellers and the secrets of the Grand Stair were revealed to the ruling caste.

Lady Vala (5 Points) Lady of the Gossamer Worlds

Decimus was brought before Vala after he was found on the Grand Stair.  She heard his story and decided to teach him herself in the skills that he was seeking.  She saw in Decimus a determined focussed champion of truth and felt that he may indeed grow into a great ally.

Stuff
Good Stuff +2


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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