Thursday, May 12, 2016

Serene Annihilation: First Encounter with the King

O and night...the night!
Wind of the infinite
blowing away all faces.
-Duino Elegies: The First Elegy, by Rainer Maria Rilke

After the first three battles, the players came face to face with their heretofore unseen antagonist: The King in Yellow.  Be he man or daemon?  None know.  But he is the King whom Emperors have served.  There is a madness to him, but it is a madness born from knowing the awful truth.  He, and he alone, has peered behind the veil which is Mordheim.  He has seen beyond the terrible, black spires of the Palace of Dreams.  He has opened the Chamber of Truth.  What he has seen has made him insane - but also given him a terrible power over the reality which fools call Mordheim, City of the Damned.

The King in Yellow has emerged as the main enemy the players must overcome in order to unravel the mystery of the Palace of Dreams.  Whatever connection he has to it has given him a hideous ability to manipulate reality.

In the first encounter, the King emerged at the head of his terrible bodyguard.  Men who stared blankly as though their souls had been sucked from them - or, perhaps, had never been their in the first place.

After the events of the most recent battle, Treasure Hunt, the Averlanders had acquired a great amount of loot.  103 GC, a sword, shield and spear.  The King offered them a horrible choice:

  • Surrender all of their newly acquired loot.
  • Give up the life of "Old Man" Caleb.
RESULT: By now Old Man Caleb, despite his uselessness on the battlefield, had become a favorite of the players.  The Averlanders selflessly offered tribute to the King.  He, in turn, took their gold and vanished as strangely as he had come.


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