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AN TIARN, AODHAN
King of Risur - Male Risuri Human
Now in his 70s, the current king of Risur looks rather unassuming. He prefers to resolve disputes by being cool-headed and rationally persuading those who will listen to his side. For those who won't, he's shrewd enough to give them a sliver of what they want and then distract them with harmless endeavors while those worth dealing with get the job done. Despite all this, though, he trains regularly to keep his stamina and swordplay robust, and the rites of rulership grant him daunting magical powers.
AN TIARN, ETHELYN
Duchess of Shale - Female Risuri Human - DECEASED
This dark-skinned, distinguished woman in her 60s speaks with a poet's precision, always pausing to consider her words before speaking, which helps those she's speaking to feel like she's giving them her full attention. She dislikes industry and wears extravagant diamond cluster earrings— representing the stars of the night sky—to show her allegiance to the old ways. Accounts tell of her possessing many different types of magic, though many of these could be exaggerated.
The Duchess made an attempt on her brother's life to try to forestall a terrible fate she'd seen in a vision. She was killed by the Eladrin warrior Asrabey Varal to show the Court was uninvolved with her plot.
Crime Boss - Male Crisillyiri Human
Morgan Cippiano, going on forty and stylishly bald, conducts Family business from the nondescript coffee shop in an immigrant-heavy neighborhood,
occasionally going outside to encourage the kids playing street sports. Morgan came over from Crisillyir a few years ago with instructions to foster Family interests by recruiting Crisillyiri immigrants and any local Risuri followers of the Clergy who had a similar ideology.
A devout Clericist (follower of the Clergy), Morgan strives to keep a moral code while running a branch of a powerful criminal organization. He hopes some day to be seen as a father figure to his community, but for now he’s willing to smash a few heads and order a few throats slit in order to clear out the competition.
Though gruff-voiced and cocky, Morgan has an unusual fascination with fashion. He rejects trends, but has a good eye for classical styles that people of any culture can appreciate. He considers coffee quite fashionable, and is trying to convince more of his family back in Crisillyir to start drinking it so he can be a business contact.
Assistant Chief Inspector - Male Risuri Human
A local Flinter in his early 40s, Delft is generally good-natured to his subordinates, but has a penchant for grousing about people behind their backs. He gets squinty and condescending when his authority is questioned, but he can recognize talent and good work. A much better manager than investigator, Delft has advanced this far in the constabulary by finding good agents, supporting them on difficult missions, and sharing the accolades from their successes.
Delft chews tobacco, and thinks he looks charming if he grins while sucking on tobacco juices. He walks with a cane because a mimic tore a chunk out of his leg fifteen years ago. He has a habit of poking inanimate objects with his cane before he gets too close to them, and spitting on them when he wants to be extra sure.
Mine Foreman - Male Danoran Human
A white-haired Danoran in his 50s, Dupiers met the Constables several days after the Duchess attacked Axis Island. He ran the iron mines on the island, and he knew archaeologists working for the island's military commander had found golden icons resembling coins underground.When the fighting began, he panicked, stole two of the icons, and fled into the mine that held the third, thinking their magic might help him. When he realized one let him see in the dark, he decided to hide in the mine, fearing discovery by the Risuri forces.
Docker - Male Risuri Human
A grizzled sailor, still with a full head of hair in his early 50s, Grimsley acts as head of a nascent dock worker's guild in Flint. Though he only worked the docks in his youth, Grimsley spent decades sailing - primarily as captain of a ferry service in Flint, but with a stint in the navy during the last Yerasol War. He took a gash from a policeman's knife on the side of his face in the last big docker riot, and since then has tried to organize a unified front for the docker's concerns. A couple of months working at a theater as a child gave him a very stylized public speaking voice, one full of unnecessary, melodramatic pauses.
Thames has asked the Constables to relate the docker's concerns to Governor Stanfield.
Factory Worker - Female Risuri Half-Elf - DECEASED
Apparently involved in a number of criminal activies, Nilasa Hume died under mysterious circumstances at the Danoran Consulate. Through investigation, the Constables have determined she was stealing Danoran documents for the fey terrorist Gale.
Minister of Outsiders - Female Danoran Tiefling
An ambitious Tiefling in her late 20s, Lya is the niece of Han Jierre, the sovereign of Danor (her father is Han's brother). She graduated top of her class from the prestigious academy of war, the Jierre Sciens d'Arms, and many students of other war colleges have read her thesis, Field Study of Melee Effectiveness and Foe Debilitation through Focused Limb Severance Techniques Contrasted with Mainstream Opportunistic Techniques, which the wrote near the end of the last Yerasol War.
Despite her youth, she was awarded the position of Minister of Outsiders, giving her great leeway to travel and make alliances. For the past three years she has worked with King Aodhan to keep the peace between their two nations, and as they began making plans for a formal alliance, she accepted the king's offer of marriage as a symbolic union.
Arcanoscientist - Male Danoran Tiefling
Cousin of Lya Jierre and nephew of Danor’s sovereign, Nathan avoided politics and pursued science. After years studying theories of magic and astronomy, he came to Axis Island to understand how the two are tied together. His attention easily drifts to cerebral topics, and so people often have to repeat things to him. But he has a knack for seeing what most people miss, and his enthusiasm for understanding complex interactions helps him unearth things that others are interested in hiding.
Nathan was somehow involved with the Duchess during her attack, and his recognition of Asrabey's last name Varal caused the Eladrin to abduct him for information. He is currently being housed in Risur by a noblement friendly to the Unseen Court, but they have asked that the Risuri government neither seek his release nor agree to his extradition; their interest in the Tiefling is unclear.
Consulate Security Chief - Male Danoran Human
Old, balding, and rheumy-eyed, LeBrix served Danor in the Third Yerasol War, then spent decades as seneschal to various minor nobles. Soft-spoken and forward thinking, LeBrix is handy with a pistol but he prefers to anticipate trouble and avoid it. He says he killed Nilasa when she tried to make off with a valuable antique (well within his rights as a consulate security guard), but he seems nervous and his story doesn't add up.
Principal Minister - Male Beran Human
Perhaps the most powerful mage in Risur, Lee acts as King Aodhan's bodyguard and chief of staff. Straight-backed and virile despite being in his 60s, Lee has a slight Ber-tinged accent, and was said to be quite the ladykiller in his youth. He always dresses in reds and golds and carries a solid gold wizard's orb tucked into his robes. He never eats or drinks in public.
Injured Danoran Lieutenant - Male Danoran Human
The only Danoran officer on Axis Island taken captive when the Duchess invaded, Marseine has a wretched wound to his eye where he took shrapnel from an exploding musket. Several generations of his ancestors died in wars against Risur, and he eagerly served in the Fourth Yerasol War, excited for the chance to repay his grudge
Held in a makeshift brig in the outer fortress, the Constables were able to diffuse the anger just under Marseine's veneer of rationality by quickly agreeing to arm him and any other Danorans who wanted to help fight the Duchess. In return, he offered them some information about the Fort so they could more easily track her down.
Engineer - Male Danoran Tiefling
A 40-something tiefling with an airy voice and a fondness for wine that outmatches his ability to handle his alcohol, Massarde is one of a handful of Danoran tieflings working for the Risuri military to help construct warships and other weapons. He has few kind words for his homeland. He is fascinated with ice, and carries a wand given him as a gift by a Drakran train engineer, which can chill small objects with a touch. Mostly he just uses it as a novelty to cool beverages.
VON RECKLINGHAUSEN, WOLFGANG
Foreign Surgeon - Male Arrovian Human
A distinguished, intelligent, and poised gentleman in his late 30s, Dr. von Recklinghausen speaks elegantly with a hard-to-place accent. He appears fairly innocuous, though his sharply-groomed goatee and the rapier at his hip give him a hint of menace.
Born into wealth in a minor nation in the Malice Lands known as Arrovia, Wolfgang pursued medicine and magic, learning surgery in Danor and spellcraft in Risur. But as the dwarven writings of Heid Eschatol became popular in his homeland, Wolfgang became convinced this focus on death was short-sighted in a world where resurrection was a known — if exceedingly rare — occurrence.
Wolfgang is in Flint for unknown reasons, though he was trying to arrange travel papers to Ber when Nilasa Hume handed him a pendant and some documents as she died. He seems to have since disappeared.
Handmaiden - Female Danoran Eladrin
Though in her 50s, this eladrin woman looks to be in her 20s. In the Third Yerasol War, Sokana was rescued by the Duchess - then just a sorceress in the Risuri military - from the island plantation of a rich Danoran, who had kept her as a trophy wife. Sokana settled with an elven family in Risur, hiding her true identity to avoid retaliation by the Danorans. The Duchess helped her rediscover her fey roots, though Sokana only displayed a marginal talent with magic. Today she uses magic to appear as an elf; many eladrin women do to avoid hassle, though when she uses magic her eyes flare an unearthly azure.
Sokana was the primary means through which the Duchess tried to sabotage the RNS Coaltongue. Though she was prepared to die to for the Duchess' plot, she was thwarted and arrested by the Constables.
Factory Owner - Male Risuri Human
Using wealth he received from his prestigious skyseer uncle Nevard, Heward Sechim spent the past two decades developing a reputation as a crafter of pure and potent acids, a critical component for devices that combine magic and technology. Five years ago he was challenged by his uncle to open a large factory that would treat its workers with respect; most such operations are wretched and dangerous.
One of his first hires was Nilasa, whose upbeat personality had a positive effect on the rest of the workers. Heward thinks of her as a daughter, and he's grown worried of her flirtations with terrorist activities. He lets her sleep in one of the top floor storage rooms of the factory.
Heward has to rein in his natural exuberance for experimentation in order to keep his promise to his uncle. His main business just mass-produces liquid acids and corrosive glazes, and he keeps his arcanotechnical work-room separate from the main floor, to cut down on the chance of a kid getting incinerated in an incomplete enchanted forge. Indeed, he tends to only have child workers handle cleaning and maintenance, and not work with actual acid. A few times each week, Heward takes the hardest workers out for drinks at the Thinking Man's Tavern, and he makes a point of keeping the windows open to let out noxious fumes. By Flint standards, the factory is a pleasant workplace.
Aged Skyseer - Male Risuri Human
For decades Nevard was one of the most prescient and respected skyseers in Risur. Then with the rise of industry and the fading power of the skyseer’s visions, his star waned, and he withdrew into the Cloudwood east of Flint to focus on keeping his order alive. Now nearing one hundred and twenty years old, Nevard cannot see the path forward—for the world or for his order.
The old man walks feebly and leans on a plain staff which carries the banner of his family line. His deep voice warbles frailly, but somehow when he speaks the wind hushes so everyone nearby can hear him. He possesses no overt magical power, certainly nothing of use in a fight, but the land and sky respect him and make his passage easy.
He has foreseen that he’ll die within the year, but he is conserving his strength, hoping to make one last journey, before he dies, to the peak of Cauldron Hil
Captain of the RNS Impossible - Male Risuri Human
The bold and idealistic captain of the R.N.S. Impossible, Captain Smith earned his first command five years ago. Now 37, he has never led his ship into battle. That, combined with his fondness for the Malice-era philosophical writings of the monk William Miller, has made him the target of mockery by more established naval officers. Smith seems content to just drill his crew twice as hard, encouraging them with philosophical aphorisms between puffs on a cigar.
SOLIOGN, HANA - "GALE"
Fey Terrorist - Female Danoran Eladrin
An eladrin woman just over 100 years old, Hana spent most of her life as the property of House Soliogn, a family of Danoran mine owners. Having always felt an affinity to the fey history of Risur, Hana fled Danor a year ago and found her way to Flint, where her innate magical powers awakened. Initially sheltered by druids in the Cloudwood, once she learned to control her gifts she turned them toward revenge upon the Danorans. Gale can fly at will, control winds, and speak with birds, but has no directly offensive magic, so her tactics have relied on stealth and mobility to disrupt industrial endeavors that have backing from Danorans.
Gale has a huge chip on her shoulder and is highly distrustful of strangers. She has increased her attacks lately, ever since the defeat of Duchess Ethelyn of Shale proved to her that Risur’s rulers are just minions of Danor. With the aid of fey servants of the Unseen Court she is able to slip into the Dreaming when truly threatened, but so far the Unseen Court refuses to grant her an audience.
Governor of Flint - Male Risuri Deva
Stanfield witnessed the fall of the eladrin goddess Srasama five hundred years ago and died soon thereafter in the chaos of Elfaivar's fall. But he reincarnated, restored to life by a sliver of the divine power he absorbed when Srasama was slain. His memories vague and jumbled, he found his way back to his homeland of Risur and eventually settled in Flint, then just a modest coastal port. In the centuries since he has died with irregular intervals, and with each rebirth he returned to the city he calls home. For most of that time he has served as Flint's governor, having constantly striven to improve himself with each life, from a simple warrior, to a humble leader, to an educated renaissance man nimbly handling the complex challenges of the fastest-growing city in the world. Stanfield wears a near-constant expression of contented optimism, but still occasionally complains of a war wound he took to his back in his first life.
Dreadnaught of the Unseen Court - Male Elfaivaran Eladrin
Asrabey is an Eladrin and a Vekeshi Mystic skilled in both fey magic and in combat who works for the Unseen Court. Two hundred years ago, during the first Yerasol War, he participated in a battle between the Risuri and Danorans. His mission was unrelated to the Risuri military's action - he was there to free an Eladrin woman who had been captured by a Danoran General - but his actions indirectly helped Risur's forces.
Asrabey's was on Axis Island on a mission for the Unseen Court; he was to kill the Duchess to show the Court was not party to the Duchess' plot. He kidnapped Nathan Jierre, but his status as an envoy of the Unseen Court prevents the Risuri government from pursuing him legally.
CIVILIANS Barb (Female Risuri Human) - Head waitress at the Thinking Man's tavern. Close, motherly relationship with Nilasa Hume. Bellastair, Alfred (Male Risuri Human) - Police officer. Impatient and standoffish; a little dim, but good at his job. Byron, Jack (Male Risuri Human) - North Shore coach driver. Dr. Camp, Barnaby (Male Risuri Human) - Surgeon and anatomical teacher. Sponsored Wolfgang von Recklinghausen, who was a former student. Hilly, Tad (Male Risuri Human) - Former merchant marine, currently proprietor of the Thinking Man's tavern. Jokingly makes up tall tales of a life of piracy and adventure. Jedeau, Tia (Female Danoran Human) - Secretary at the Danoran Consulate. Catty. Harbors a crush on Dr. von Recklinghausen. Kindleton, Lynn (Female Risuri Human) - Professor of Human Biology at Pardwright University; Wolfgang von Recklinghausen's secondary contact. Lawman, Jered (Male Risuri Halfling) - Leader of a group called "The Band", fancies himself a revolutionary. Quick to ridicule. Speaks poor Rellanic. Porter, Roger (Male Risuri Human) - Police officer. Fake identity used by some unknown person or persons. Rinus, Hennet (Male Risuri Human) - A "professional student" in his late forties, Hennet spends most of his time at the Thinking Man's tavern discussing philosophy, archaeology, or politics. Sarkis, Braden (Male Risuri Human) - Security officer at the Danoran Consulate. Boyfriend (and cover for the criminal activities) of Nilasa Hume. Sorghum, Ford and Starter, Travis (Male Risuri Humans) - Petty criminals and former associates of Nilasa's. Picked up in contraband raid at which Nilasa was present. Currently held in Goodson's Estuarial Reformatory.
SOLDIERS Sergeant Glassman (Male Risuri Human) - Has taken a vow of total honesty, and is prone to off-color (but completely, unambiguously true) comments. Private Leicombe (Male Risuri Half-Elf) - Quiet but direct. Often looks as if he's staring off into space; if asked, explains he's taking mental inventory of everything he can. Private Waterhouse (Male Risuri Human) - Brash but sincere. Prefers to take action over planning. Grates on Glassman's nerves.
Research and Combat 1C Squad Leader Constable Tanya (Female Risuri Half-Elf) - DECEASED. Shaman, accompanied by ghostly hound. Confident but cautious. Very particular. Arcane Specialist Constable Letmas (Male Risuri Human) - DECEASED. Illusionist. Very good at faking accents, strong sense of humor. Combat Specialist Constable "Seven-Foot" Dan (Male Risuri Human) - DECEASED. Yerasol Veteran, former associate of Doitein's. Fond of breaking things. Infiltration Specialist Constable Burton (Male Risuri Goblin) - Impeccably groomed surgeon and spy. Currently incapacitated.
Carlao is the nominal head of the group, but Serena is the brains and face. She and Kaea get along like sisters, but both have their eyes on Carlao. Dimo has a bizarre joy for filing paperwork, while Josiah fills the stock role of “quiet loner sniper.” Gaethan styles himself a cunning investigator, and he keeps a small book full of names of just about every person, place, or thing that has come up in a case.
Currently the group is assigned to investigate a group of Drakran occultists who have recently gained the ears of several politicians. The RHC suspects they are trying to recover relics from the old demonocracy.