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The Secret Karma Serenade (Mordheim undead warband fluff)

Discussion in 'Tales from the Crypt' started by MasterSpark, Apr 3, 2015.

  1. MasterSpark

    MasterSpark Nostalgian Staff Member True Blood

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    It was the night of a full moon when a coach and horses approached the remains of Mordheim, burning fires raging and noxious fumes billowing from the ruins ahead. It was a scene which would lure no ordinary person. This traveller was not ordinary, however.

    The carriage was opulent and heavy, and inside it sat its unmoving passenger. Her name was Helena and she was a child of the darkness. She was a vampire, one of the immortal undead. Her reasons for coming to the city of the damned were her own and likewise it was unknown if she were in league with the count von Carstein of Sylvania, someone else or only herself. Regardless if she were acting on another's desire or her own it was likely a bid for power that had drawn her. That was after all the only reason why anyone would ever decide to come to such a place.

    The coach had begun the journey alone but around it there was now an odd gathering of creatures. They were all of them human but far from the same as one another. There was a disgraced knight, Gynt, who had taken to the road after a great personal tragedy. Whereas a truly righteous knight would have charged a vampire without hesitation this man had instead bent his knee and offered his service. Then there was the pitiful Gavotte, deformed and misshapen, who had been overcome with affection by even the cold welcoming he had been given. There was also the cryptic Notturno, a necromancer of an undeniable evil bend. There was even a seemingly regular young man - Bergliot, he had introduced himself as - who had just recently approached the group and offered to be their scout in return for merely a little coin. Then, lastly, there was of course the degenerate ghouls who would always flock to a vampire's power.

    For her own part Helena had little regard for any human around her. The warband had been formed like moths drawn to a flame but the agendas of her followers, which she knew their kind always had, were not to her interest. She would tolerate them even if they were disgraced, downtrodden, misshapen, wicked or any other way for as long as they were useful. Indeed, despite their filth the ghouls were perhaps even held above the others since they were at least true to their nature and intentions, having shed all petty forms of human bondage.

    As the carriage continued on its way to the edge of the ruined city the night grew darker, the rising black smoke blotting out the moon. In Mordheim it is always night, it was said, and the night belonged to the undead.
     
  2. Count Vashra

    Count Vashra Lord of Shadows True Blood

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    Good establishing chapter, MasterSpark. It'll be interesting to see what comes of this.:thumbsup:
     
  3. Seneschal

    Seneschal Liche True Blood

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    Hey, neat intro! The last few bits were very strong.:)
     
  4. MasterSpark

    MasterSpark Nostalgian Staff Member True Blood

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    Thanks for the comments, guys!

    This is not going to become a full-blown story. We decided that for our new campaign there wouldn't be any overarching narrative behind it and so any fluff we think up will be purely decorative. I'll keep it to writing about special events or if something particularly cool happens since chronicling a full 20+ games requires a lot of time that I'm not really willing to put in. Regardless, I had a strong start last weekend and I hope I can keep it up. :)
     
  5. Get of W'soran

    Get of W'soran CN's Lord of Masks True Blood TVC II GM

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    An enjoyable read :)
     
  6. Count Vashra

    Count Vashra Lord of Shadows True Blood

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    Then here's hoping for special events and best of luck!:)
     
  7. MasterSpark

    MasterSpark Nostalgian Staff Member True Blood

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    Part 2 - Foothold

    Outside the rain was pouring down. It was tainted rain, the falling water mixing with wyrdstone dust to create an acid downpour. The ghouls could be heard as they huddled together under what cover they could find for they were not allowed to enter the dwelling they were flocking to. No one was allowed to enter it.

    It was a solitary stone house in the north-eastern part of Mordheim that the warband had found and made their camp. It was a tall and decorated building, the only within some distance to still be untouched by the city's corruption, perhaps by the protection of some spell or merely by pure luck. Either way it was the only fitting residence for a vampire, one of those aristocrats of the night.

    Inside there was only a single occupant. Thinking back to the time between now and when she had first arrived in the city, Helena felt satisfaction. The first ventures into an unknown territory were crucial to establish a foothold and they had succeeded. Plenty of wyrdstone had already been unearthed. More was to come and with it Helena knew that she would, in time, be able to achieve her goals. She would not let anything or anyone interfere; so far they had encountered bands of dwarfs, beastmen and even elves. Strangely, she had not seen many humans so far but Helena knew that they would not be long. Humans were forever unable to resist the lure of power, and power was what Mordheim offered.

    The latest raid had been a great success. There had been a great deposit of wyrdstone uncovered over a large area to the east and when she arrived there Helena found that it had also drawn in both dwarfs and elves but what had looked like the start of a bloody contest was reduced to childsplay when those two races' hatred for one another blinded them to the greater prize, letting Helena's minions capture much of the wyrdstone without opposition. If this fortune lasted she would soon have what she required.

    Helena broke free from thoughts as green-coloured thunder clapped over the dark skies of Mordheim. The journey ahead was still long with no room for mistakes, and in the candle-lit gloom of her abode she began devising plans for the coming nights. Come what may she would not let anything stand in her way.
     
  8. MasterSpark

    MasterSpark Nostalgian Staff Member True Blood

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    Nothing spectacular has happened yet, although Helena is shaping up to become quite powerful as vampires usually do. Great deeds should follow eventually, so stay tuned! :vampire2:
     
  9. Count Vashra

    Count Vashra Lord of Shadows True Blood

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    Ready and waiting!
     

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