Dolorosa is a landlocked highland kingdom, nestled in a crook of the Locura Mountains, a wild and isolate frontier fallen to misery. In the half-generation since the Queen vanished, the Throneless Floor within the palace has become a laughingstock. The Barons run wild, each pursuing their own claim on the crown, questing for the missing throne and hoping that, wherever it has gone, the Queen does not still sit upon it. The otherworldly mages known as the Illuminated carry out their own esoteric struggle, fey and strange. The Knights of the Gryphon are scattered across the peaks with their flying mounts, without purpose, clinging to the shreds of their honor - or abandoning it and swearing service to Barons or Illuminated. And from the lowest peasant to the royal family itself, no-one is exempt from the random flashes of magic granting gifts or inflicting curses, leaving the land full of bards who can make flowers bloom with a word, talking animals who may or may not once have held human form, warriors bound to senseless quests and carrying mysterious burdens, or even stranger things, as curious as the imagination can devise. Bandits and invaders harry the woods. Dragons crawl from the lowland canyons to claim their own territory. The land languishes in the grip of strife and magic, with no ruler to set matters right.
And in the middle of the Barons’ annual tournament, a new faction has arrived…
Like in the Ace of Spades plot, anyone interested is welcome to take up a role as a Knight, Illuminated, Baron, or Bandit. Basic guidelines and information on those roles are in the World Information threads below. However, we have plot-specific roles for two each of the Barons, Knights, and Illuminated, and for one Bandit Chief & one cursed member of the Royal Family. If you’re interested in one of those parts, make a comment to the plot sign-up page here. If your character was signed up for a plot role last month, please don’t sign up with the same character this time.
an illusionist & a battle-mage. Knights of the Gryphon (2): one who’s searching for the Queen, and one who serves one of the Illuminated. Barons (2): one who seeks the throne and one who defends it. Royal Family (1): an unstable cousin of the queen cursed with dangerous madness. Bandit (1) : an amnesiac revolutionary leading a band of plucky ragtag thieves.
Available Skills: Riding, Swordfighting, Basic Cantrips, Color Spells (prerequisite: existing magical ability), Mythobiology, Wilderness Survival, Court Etiquette, Questing Sense, or any one Curse or Blessing. As always, creative players are welcome to talk to the mods about skills not on this list.
And feel free to ask any further questions about the setting here!
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And a post about revamping AC, how the mod team can better manage event pacing, & anything else we may need to retool in our second month will go up on the 3rd.
ETA: Oh, and the new Infiltrator CR Meme is here!