Character Reveal: Sor / Clash of the Factions: Round 9
Middle Son of House Gullion
As the middle son of House Gullion, Sor was neither favored nor disfavored, he was mostly left to his own devices (within reason). Uninterested in the politics of the matriarchy, Sor spent most of his childhood outside the palace. He trekked through the Underworld and explored.
Seeing Sor’s affinity for the Underworld and the animals that roamed it, Matron Maelora convinced him to train the creatures outside the palace to fight each other or become slaves for her amusement. Sor initially disagreed, not wanting to harm the animals outside, but over time he realized that he couldn’t disobey the Matriarch.
Sor had a special area under the palace built so he would have a place to train the animals he found. Chokers, cave fishers, giant centipedes, a few morlocks and troglodytes were the first specimens that Sor ‘recruited’ but Maelora wanted more.
Soon after, he added an otyugh to his herd. Maelora made the suggestion to Sor to bring in surface animals, as they were all but unseen in the Underworld.
Being more comfortable around the animals and monsters of the Underworld than he was with other drow, Sor made solo forays to the surface world.
By himself, he brought back bears and wolves, tigers and, with some difficulty, a troll.
These animals were not enough for Maelora; she demanded something new, something unique. With some hesitance, Sor went to the surface and captured his first human—Maelora was delighted. For now, the human has sated her desire for fresh creatures, but Sor knows that she’ll want something newer soon.
On one of Sor’s journeys to find new creatures, he found that a giant spider followed him—always staying out of harm’s way—but Sor could feel the eight eyes on him as he walked. After a few hours of animals being scared away by the arachnid, Sor finally stopped and turned to the eight legged creature.
After a strange exchange that tested Sor’s wits as well as his patience, the drow learned that the arachnid was named Elon. Displaced by dvergr and only capable of speaking in broken Undercommon (for which it claims a human is responsible), they returned to Holoth together. Having brought back with him a living symbol of Naraneus, Sor was proclaimed as a prophet and a seer, though he wanted nothing to do with the adoration of his fellow drow.
Maelora saw the love being heaped upon her son and was afraid he might use the newfound respect and admiration to cause an upheaval in House Gullion. She couldn’t have that, so she organized a family dinner and made it known that Sor would direct all of the praise given to him to the family and Naraneus, but more specifically, to Matron Maelora—Sor simply nodded, not caring in the slightest.
Maelora made a speech to her subjects declaring that Naraneus had smiled upon House Gullion and that Elon was an avatar of the Spider Goddess herself, sent to lead the family to even further greatness.
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The Upperworlders took up defensive positions and prepared for an attack they feared would come. Hidden amongst trees, rocks, and on boats, they waited. Day turned to night, night turned to day. Still there was nothing but silence. They stood down knowing that for the time being, they were safe.
Though the peace did not last long as rebel forces soon emerged from the Underworld. Embla had fallen. The Rebels that remained made their way to Rybalka seeking shelter. (Written by the Upperworlders)
(NO CHANGE IN DICE)
The citizens of Embla again prepared for an assault, unfortunately they underestimated their enemies, there was little warning before the Dominion assaulted the front gates with a vidre tearing open the gates with a swiftness that matched its size. Though Commander Hargalten called for reinforcements from the center of the city, there was little time for them to do so, with the unexpected gitwerc supplementing the drow forces the dwarves were quickly being overwhelmed at the front gates, it seemed for every attack from the defenders they were met with thrice the numbers in return. The defenders of Embla had a brief moment of respite when a portal appeared above the attacking drow and gitwerc, revealing a figure with glowing skin and crystals growing from his body who landed and pushed the invaders back for a moment, word had somehow reached their Upperworlder allies on the surface, though the help would not be enough to save the city.
Noises of a Rock Singer siege engine drew the Rebels' attention, the screams of dweorg and svirfneblins made the Rebels realize that there must have been an assault from the rear. The Outsiders had eliminated the defenders at the rear gate to the back road and commandeered the Rock Singer, using it against the citizens of the very city it was meant to defend. The Rock Singer launched a massive stalactite into the side of the dwarven temple causing walls to crumble and dwarves to spill out, bloodied, into the streets while the gitwerc moved through, slaying them and binding their souls for eternal torture in Hel.
Commander Hargalten made one of the toughest choices he had ever had to make: the Rebels were to withdraw and abandon Embla, the only home they had ever known. It was the only option with which to save his people from complete annihilation.
A small group of survivors retreated into the caves leading to the Fungi Farms. To COmmander Hargalten's knowledge only his small group survived the relentless assault on the dweorg and svirfneblins scrambling for safety, the survivors managed to hide in the tunnels and after some time of wandering trying to avoid their pursuers, their Upperworlder friend, who gave his name as Talak, found a path they had recently explored and managed to lead them to Rybalka.
Once the beleaguered survivors reached Rybalka, they awaited news of any other survivors. The Upperworlders would allow them to stay, it looked like Rybalka was to become a temporary home to the displaced dwarves and svirfneblins. (Written by the Rebels)
(LOSE 1 DIE + LOST THE CITY OF EMBLA, BASE OF THE REBELS!)
The Dominion and Outsider leaders both met to plan their next move. After much discussion, they agreed to strike at the Rebel city from both sides. The Outsiders sneaked around and positioned themselves by the back gate into the dwarven city of Embla, awaiting the Dominion's initial strike before sneaking in and commencing their attack.
Upon the Dominion's first assault of the gate, the Outsiders made their way, silent as a shadow, and killed a great number of Rebels. After a brief skirmish, they commandeered one of the Rock Singer siege engines which was then efficiently used against the city temple, destroying a wall and killing many priests.
The Outsiders pressed their advantage and as the end of the battle was near, began looting the city for its fabled riches.
After the battle was won, the Dominion and Outsiders celebrated their glorious victory. Both agreed to leave a small force behind and jointly run the newly liberated rebel city renamed Scionsfell to commemorate their great victory. The Rock Singer, was to be brought back to the Outsiders settlement as spoils of war.
(GAIN +2 DICE!)
Separating forces perhaps did not seem like the best of ideas but where there is a will there is a Helish way. Lord Vayne stayed behind in Holoth to discuss a future that the council sought with the Dominon's albino guest. In his absence the scribe stepped out of the shadows to steer the council and their forces forward. Blood was to be spilt this night, and sacrifices to be collected; the spiderlings in Holoth were beginning to grow restless.
What followed could only be called a war in the same way that an orc crushing a beetle would be called a fair fight. The Rebels were completely overwhelmed by the sheer might of the Dominion and Outsiders combining to create (for a time) a perfectly seamless force. Nothing seemed able to turn the tides, both forces bolstered by the victories of their companions. The city lays empty now, under the claim of both factions; it shall be named and divvied up accordingly. A glorious victory was taken this day, and vengeance achieved for the bruised Dominion City.
(GAIN +2 DICE / LOSE -2 DICE TO GITWERC SOUL REAPERS)