Rise of the Runelords Player's Guide

Players’ Guide for the Pathfinder Campaign: “Rise of the Rune-Lords” (Adapted For the Corwyn Game Setting)

Welcome to the mysterious lands of Cyrendar, the home of the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path (Adapted for the CORWYN game setting). It’s in these ancient and treacherous lands that your character will take up arms against the return of a centuries-old evil. Yet, before you dive headlong into your adventures, there are things you must know. This guide seeks to prepare you for your quest, supplying you with information about Cyrendar: an introduction to the varied people that call the land home, a primer to the unique skills and tools you’re likely to encounter, and that extra edge that just might mean the difference between heroic triumph and an ignominious end

How to Use This Guide
Aside from introducing the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path, this guide reveals much of the history and background of Cyrendar and aids players in the creation of characters native to the region. All of the information presented herein should be considered common knowledge, especially to characters who call Cyrendar home—players are encouraged to create characters with ties to this varied land. To aid in that task, this guide is organized to facilitate character creation, providing you with details about races in the area, regional characteristics of various character classes, deities commonly worshiped, new feats unique to the region, and equipment created and utilized by natives.

The later sections detail the lands of Cyrendar, with a special focus on Sandpoint, a town that takes particular prominence in the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path. While any character, new or old, can take part in the Rise of the Runelords, those created and equipped using this guide are likely to have an advantage as the events of the Adventure Path unfold. As the first adventure, “Burnt Offerings” begins in the coastal town of Sandpoint, characters should strongly consider being local to the Kingdom of Cyrendar or having a specific reason for visiting the area. If you choose to create a character from beyond Cyrendar’s borders, work with your GM to establish a reason for being in Sandpoint. Rest assured, this guide is merely the first step, and your journey into Cyrendar is just beginning.

1. RACES OF CYRENDAR
From the reclusive Wood-Elves of the Thistlewood to the orc-blooded interlopers from the Crystalpeak Mountains to the Iskari wanderers from whom the region takes its name, diversity and conflict characterize the varied cultures that make Cyrendar their home.

Humans
Two distinct human societies dwell in Cyrendar: the dominant majority is Iskari, but there is a strong northern based minority of Vaas humans, mostly barbarians called Wildfolk.

The Iskari:
The Kingdom of Cyrendar is made up of many peoples, but by far, the largest human ethnicity are the Iskari people. The Iskari people originally sailed across the Wyn Myr from the continent of Iskandar thousands of years ago and founded the great western kingdom of Cyrendar. The men and women of this ethnicity are also commonly referred to as ‘Westvalians.’

DESCRIPTION: Iskari men and women are usually tall, with predominantly black hair, golden-brown skin, and bright eyes of either brown, hazel, or grey.

Many Iskari are intellectuals and artisans, but others are simple farmers and traders. Iskari folk love culture, poetry, and reading. Iskari believe their culture is the only bastion of civilization in western Corwyn. This belief chiefly derives from the fact that the Iskari civilization is thousands of years old, and is based upon the ancient Iskari Empire of the Continent of Iskandar. Iskari arrogance is nurtured and codified in the society of Cyrendar.

There are strongly held class and gender divisions set up in Iskari society, with a person's station at birth playing a crucial role in how he or she is measured by Iskari society. Although few Iskari speak openly about a strict class based system in their society; most Iskari live out their lives according to their station, risking social expulsion or even imprisonment if they do not adhere to societal norms. Iskari dwelling in the lands of Cyrendar view themselves as superior to all other other humans races and even to those Iskari who dwell outside the kingdoms' borders.

Some Iskari are drawn to adventuring in hopes of finding quick wealth that will allow them to return to a life of luxury, and thereby improve their social station. Other human races view Iskari as avaricious, lazy, pampered, and corrupt. In truth most Iskari seek nothing more than a lifestyle of comfort and the respect of their peers.

The social classes of Iskari society are in order from highest to lowest; The Ruling Class, the Advisers, the Military, the Clergy, the Merchants, the Artisans, the Laborers, the Farmers, and lowest, the Servant class. Only Women are are allowed to marry above their social class and all such arrangements are strictly scrutinized within the Iskari culture.

Another aspect of Iskari culture is maintain family honor and pride. Losing face is considered the worst of cultural sins, and most Iskari would do anything to avoid such. Saving face demands that all Iskari treat others as they present themselves, regardless whether such facades bear any resemblance to the truth. One a person or family loses face, they often lose their status and can be relegated to a lower social class within Iskari society. Privacy is therefore a precious commodity, for it allows individuals to act as they wish without outside scrutiny, which could result in such social punishment. Iskari also place great importance on hospitality and manners. There are strictly defined rules and benefits for both guests and hosts.Guests cannot inflict harm on their guests, and are protected by a sacred tradition of guest right under the roof of their hosts once invited in.

Common male Iskari names include: Andros, Argus, Demexas, Ilathrin, Ilmethar, Ilnavel, Ilros, Irovar, Iscar, Loraxas, Lyonel, and Rothaxas.
Common female Iskari names include: Arianna, Azonia, Brianna, Dagmar, Ilvanna, Iskara, Lorelei, and Renora.

LANGUAGES: The Iskari people speak Iskan as well as common, and there are seven major dialects.

Iskan: one of the seven original dialects of western men, and the language of the Iskari people of the Westvale region of Corwyn. This language is most commonly spoken throughout the realm of Cyrendar, as well as western Elyria, western Derianor, and northwestern Serathyr. Izkan is the most common language of the Westvale region of Corwyn. In addition to Iskan, the Iskari people of the ancient Iskari Empire of Iskandar spoke an ancient language called Iskamaic. This is now essentially a dead language, only vaguely understood by a few scholars and sages

The Wildfolk
Also called “Stone Barbarians,’ these rural people are not Iskari, but an ethnic minority of Cyrendar called the Vaas. The Wildfolk did not assimilate into the civilized cultures of Cyrendar, Derianor or Elyria. The Wildfolk have Vasneesh coloring and speech. Most are tall and proud, with predominantly red, copper, or yellow-blond hair, ruddy skin and bright eyes of blue, green, or grey. Wildfolk have very different customs and societal values than Iskari peoples. Most are not overly aggressive and keep to themselves, but can be deadly if they feel their territory is threatened. In far northern Cyrendar, tribes of The Wildfolk have always resided in the eastern hills of the Crystalpeak Mountains, with scattered villages along the coast of both the Iron Sea and the Sea of Vaas. These barbarians mostly keep to themselves, but have warred many times with the orc tribes of the Crystalpeaks.

Dwarves
The majority of the dwarves of Cyrendar live either in the region known as the Ivy Hills or in the copper-rich foot-hills of the Crystalpeak Mountains centuries ago. With the growth of the human civilization all around them, the dwarves have seen their homes change from a simple mining villages into bustling trading towns. The dwarves of Cyrendar welcome any visitors who seek to do honest business and who don’t cause trouble. The dwarves eagerly capitalize on their position as major local providers for weapons and other metal-worked items. The local tribes of dwarves maintain contact with their cousins in the neighboring Dwarf-Realm of Kharos-Thûngol. Most dwarves living in Cyrendar are Hill-Dwarves, commonly called ‘Red-Dwarves’ for their fiery red beards and hair.

Elves
Few elves make their home in Cyrendar, with the exception of the Wood-Elves of the Thistlewood Forest. From the giant pines, white barks, and towering coastal redwoods, the Wood-Elves have sculpted several villages. Aside from those of the northern forest, Gray-Elves from far-off exotic locales as the Vesarivon Forest and High-Elves from Melinarë are not unknown in Cyrendar’s larger seaports.

Gnomes
While it’s well-known that the gnomes of Cyrendar make their homes in the Azure Forest, few can truthfully say they’ve ever seen an actual gnome community. Whimsical but secretive—despite their seemingly good natures—the gnomes of Cyrendar rarely speak of their homes. Even when they do, their details rarely weather retellings, leading many to speculate that a great treasure, gate-ways to the fey court, or some other secret lies hidden within the forest. Regardless of their mysteries, Iskari gnomes share their race’s typical ties to the natural world, and perhaps even a heightened curiosity, as many gnomes seem to sense something vaguely “off,” “strange,” or “old” about the land. Gnomes are most commonly found in the rural communities around the Azure Forest. The city of Scaramon hosts the largest gnomish population, with some even traveling as far as Wyn Falas and Krylnath. While gnomes are sometimes seen in Tharnia or even farther north, these rare gnomes are typically traders and wanderers from the east, across the Iron Sea.

Halflings
As they tend to throughout the world, the halflings of Cyrendar live among the other races of the lands they inhabit. Most commonly met in the southern lands from Wyn Falas to Natharos, halflings tend to adopt one of three distinct ways of life. As many migrated to Cyrendar from Grenshire, the halflings of Elyria and Erindar live life similarly to their kin further east: second-class citizens who toil as servants, middlemen, and entertainers. To the west, in the kingdom of Cyrendar, halflings enjoy more emancipated lives, occupying many of the same roles as humans.

Half-Elves
Born of extraordinary and often unfortunate circumstances, half-elves face prejudices of both their parent races. While some find it easy to disguise their mixed heritages in the teeming human cities of Cyrendar, a considerable number sanctuary among the many great woodlands of Cyrendar. Some half-elves dwell on the fringes of the Thistlewood where they are, at best, pitied by the Wood-Elves or, at worst, shunned by the aloof Grey-Elves of Antharë. A few half-elves have come to wander across Cyrendar as nomads, but are not really trusted or accepted in most human Iskari communities. Regardless, or perhaps in spite of, the cards cast against them, half-elves strive for extraordinary goals, doing and saying what few would dare, defying the world, and determinedly shattering prejudices.

Half-orcs
Members of this rare, bastard race are most commonly found in Cyrendar alongside marauding orc-tribes from the Crystalpeak Mountains, which frequently raid isolated Iskari settlements and pillage the sparse resources in northern Cyrendar. The warlike clans long ago discovered that breeding with humans produced whelps of greater cunning and discipline and ever since have preyed upon Cyrendar’s native peoples to provide such brutal unions. While some half-orcs have sought to escape the barbarity of the orc tribes of the Crystalpeaks, most travel Cyrendar on special orders from their war-lords, taking them to large teeming cities like Wyn Falas, Natharos, or Herath. While most make their homes in the same depraved dens their bloodthirsty kin frequent, others live on the fringes of Cyrendar’s northern lands. In seeking acceptance, these outcasts lead lives of incredible daring and personal discipline, ever hoping to prove their worth by actions and escape the shadows of their birth.

2. ADVENTURERS IN CYRENDAR
Adventurous spirits from every walk of life seek their fortunes in Cyrendar. Those who wish to survive in these dangerous lands might consider the following advice.

Barbarians
Numerous barbaric peoples inhabit the lands of northern Cyrendar, most notably the proud Wildfolk, Upon the foot-hills of the Crystalpeak Mountains, these Vaas barbarian tribes are especially renowned for their bravery and abandon in battle. Many of the Wildfolk’s greatest warriors exhibit ties to their tribal ancestors and draw upon those spirits for aid in battle (see the Totem Spirit feat).Besides the Wildfolk, the sea-faring Variags of the Thalar Islands sometimes wander northern Cyrendar, either questing to prove their prowess or to escape the brutality of their Hüornen people. Finally, some Wood-elves of the Thistlewood also embrace the feral ways of beasts, living like animals to better understand their land and drive out the taint that festers within.

Bards
Performers of all types travel to Cyrendar in hopes of making names for themselves and studying the unique performances of the land’s native peoples. Among these populations, entrancing Iskari dancers spin to the boisterous pace of their peoples’ traditional songs, while others sing of the heroics of the long-departed. Among the non-human races, some wood-elves weave rich traditions of dance, music, and song into hypnotically beautiful displays. Aside from performers, well-traveled bards learn much of Cyrendar and its history. The tales of Iskari history, natural wonders, and bygone mysteries prove invaluable in a land so haunted by its own past. Many bards off all races hail from Carillon, the famed ‘city of the Bards.’ Those who cultivate these skills—especially Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (history), and Knowledge (nature)—gain great insight into the land’s seemingly endless secrets.

Clerics
Worldly hunters of Berevrom, mindful priests of Shua, seductive followers of S’Thar, and marauding fanatics of Karaash: the faithful of nearly every religion known to Corwyn are found in Cyrendar. While temples most-often appear in the villages and cities, religion often comes to the people informally, either in the hearts of devoted worshipers or in the words of wandering ministers. Pious towns too small to host multiple temples often build communal places of worship dedicated to deities of local importance. Beyond the typically good- and neutral-aligned temples of the kingdom, the region’s Iskari wanderers possess a strong traditional belief in Atanavar, while druids and rural peoples revere Karmalok. Many of the monstrous races of Cyrendar perform blood sacrifices in the names of Al-Karym and Nestor. The civilized peoples of Cyrendar most commonly worship one of six deities: Shua, Berevrom, Ator, Atanavar, Nerydia, or Myrival. (see Corwyn Wiki; the Corwyn Pantheon).

Druids
Defenders of nature wage a subtle war in Cyrendar. For decades, outsiders have come to plunder the land of her wild treasures and take advantage of the native races. The druids of Cyrendar have ever fought to confound such efforts. Among the Wildfolk—already fierce protectors of the land—some follow the path of the druid, using their magic to aid their people and live at peace with nature. Within the Thistlewood, the region’s eldest druidic circle works to overcome the malady that afflicts the heart of that wilderness. Small communities and individuals guard many other natural holdfasts, with the druids of the Azure Forest, Tall Forest, Cyren Forest, and the Crystalpeak Mountains being the most active. Beyond these groups, many of Cyrendar’s druids are, in fact, strangers themselves, natives of other lands or agents of larger druidic circles who view Cyrendar as unspoiled and deserving of protection. Cyrendar’s druids are keenly sympathetic to the moods and whims of the land. To assist them, most local druids befriend creatures native to the region, typically beasts of the vast forests and hills, dire animals of the mountains and plateau, or the numerous indigenous creatures unknown beyond Cyrendar’s northern mountains.

Fighters
Many souls live and die by the blade in Cyrendar, and numerous breeds of warrior do battle upon its soil. The warrior tribes of the Wildfolk teach their children the basics of the axe and greatsword, giving them the knowledge to hunt for and defend their tribe. The Wood-Elves of Thistlewood cultivate their people’s ancient skill with bows and long blades to defend their forest homes. In the foothills of the Crystalpeaks Mountains, dwarven warriors heft the axes of their fathers and wear rune-carved ancestral armor to guard their mines and forges. The Variags sailing from the Thalar Islands clash their axes against the swords of the northern Baronies of Cyrendar. In the rural countryside, local militias and town guards keep the peace in numerous communities, while the soldiers of Cyrendar ever seek to spread the colors of the king, through recruitment and training. And wherever there is such need, mercenaries and adventurers sell their swords to anyone with the coin to pay.

Monks
While found elsewhere on Corwyn, no martial monastic tradition holds strong ties to Cyrendar. Despite Cyrendar’s lack of true monasteries and organized fighting schools, there are still some who call themselves monks and practice techniques of battle from foreign lands. Traveling alongside clerics of Atanavar, monks devoted to self-perfection and the lethality of the body guard their brethren in the faith. Travelers from the Far East; the lands of Kurand and Yamada, and other exotic locales sometimes appear in Natharos, bringing with them the occult battle arts of their people.

Paladins
Although Cyrendar lacks much of the social structure that typically gives rise to knightly orders, this lawlessness makes the need for paladins and honorable warriors all the more great. When barbarians and monsters menace those who would live and toil in peace, few stand to come to such peoples’ aid. To protect their faithful and spread their teachings among the faithless, several religions have sent their champions to Cyrendar. The temples of Berevrom and Praxis hold particular interest in the land. Berevrom’s champions travel between the communities of the land, acting as wandering judges and law-bringers in their goal of forging a unified, law-abiding society from this land of savages and thieves. Those who follow Berevrom know the dangers and hardships faced by those alone on the fringes of civilization, and they go where they are needed, aiding in what ways they can. Although the militaristic arms of these churches appear most active, the faithful of all the deities of Corwyn can be found at work throughout the land. Beyond the servants of individual gods, members of a famous of paladins can also be found. The famed Silver Ravens, hailing from Derianor, can be found often in the kingdom, on some heroic mission or pilgrimage.

Rangers
A wild land of untamed wildernesses and incredible beasts, rural Cyrendar is an explorer’s paradise. Those with skill at hunting, tracking, and surviving in uncivilized places find their talents in great demand. In the south, rangers serve as some of the most active providers and protectors of numerous small communities. While others organized into bands in the employ of Wyn Falas and Natharos, guard and patrol whole regions for their masters. The local Wildfolk survive off the land, making skilled hunters and way-finders honored members of their communities. The rangers of the Thistlewood and Azure Forest also stealthily protect the leaf-shrouded homes of their people. Hunters in Cyrendar face wildly different creatures depending on where they wander, with those trained to hunt such beasts finding no end of prey. Along the coastal and southern lands, deadly animals, vermin, goblins, and the occasional undead harass Cyrendar’s civilized peoples. The forests, hills, and plateaus beyond play home to deadlier animals, savage humanoids, and fey, while within the land’s wildest realms dwell magical beasts, fierce dragons, and tribes of savage giants.

Rogues
On the fringes of civilization, all manner of outlaws and opportunists flourish. Besides local Iskari cut-purses and pilferers, both Wyn Falas and Natharos host active organized criminal communities. The largest thieves’ guild;—the Black Hand controls the underworld activity in both the large cities of Wyn Falas and Natharos, with interests on the city’s wealthy and elite, bilking and strong-arming merchants and unwitting foreigners. While few know who exactly controls Cyrendar’s black market of spice, slaves, and illegal magics, none dare oppose them. Yet, perhaps the best known den of thieves in Cyrendar is the rough seaport of Natharos. Aside from criminals, those with quick wits and stealth might find all manner of work across Cyrendar. Deft sleuths, scouts, and explorers might serve various city leaders, guilds, wealthy patrons, or a wide variety of organizations interested in Cyrendar’s past.

Sorcerers
Magic infuses the lands of Cyrendar, and great destinies beckon those who hear the calling of their blood. Craved into countless monuments and inked upon the skin of its ancient peoples, symbols of ancient magic cover the land. The enigmatic Iskari know these runes best. Iskari families carefully watch their young for any signs of innate arcane ability and encourage even the faintest spark of the arcane. They view magic as part of their birthright, each knowing the elaborate symbols they inscribe upon their flesh to draw forth and enhance the power within their blood (see the Iskari Tattoo feat). While these markings give many of the users an exotic, even fearful appearance, Iskari see the trepidation of the ignorant as a paltry price to pay for access to the immortal powers of their ancestors. Aside from these seemingly magic-favored peoples, sorcerous skill arises haphazardly. Sorcerers are also found in number among both the Wood-Elves and gnomes, as is common for the fey-touched people.

Wizards
Drawn to its arcane secrets and ancient sites of power, wizards the world over come to explore Cyrendar. Among the native peoples, wizards are relatively rare—the Iskari favor sorcerous magic. Diverse other methods of magic have filled the gap left by native disinterest, however. In Wyn Falas, the city’s countless monuments have given rise to an interest in constructs and their creations, a fad enhanced by the new ruler of the city. And, on the northern island of Cynara, the Veiled Society has their headquarters in an ancient fortress called Erôn-Khorlöth. Those who seek to learn magic or who require arcane advice can find hedge wizards, sages, and small shops of magical trinkets scattered throughout southern Cyrendar. But more formal magic training is done only under the watchful eye of the Veiled Society. Certain rogue mages might perform any magical task—no matter how depraved—for the proper price.

3. PLAYER’S GUIDE TO SANDPOINT
Sandpoint has faced many hardships but also great prosperity in its 250 year history. A small town on the Wyn Myr Coast, fishermen, farmers, and other simple folk make the community one of the rare truly peaceful havens in Cyrendar. Yet, while the townsfolk have known dark times in the past, a new shadow has begun to loom over the unsuspecting town.

A) The Town:
Sandpoint is a simple, relatively peaceful coastal town with all the color and common oddities one expects from a tightly-knit community, Sandpoint sits at a point on the Wyn Myr Coast halfway between the large cities of Krylnath and Wyn Falas. Wood buildings and cluttered docks line the town’s natural harbor, while farms and the manors of wealthy citizens dot the surrounding countryside. During the day, fishing, farming, lumbering, glassmaking, and shipbuilding occupy most of the townsfolk, who commonly retire to their homes by way of Sandpoint’s many taverns. Sandpoint’s only landmark is the Old Light, a lighthouse of ancient origins that lies in ruins. A relatively peaceful town, devoid of many of the dangers of a true frontier town and intrigues of a sprawling city. Other than an occasional goblin raid, or bandit attack. The town of Sandpoint remains a quiet coastal village.

B) Sandpoint Map-Key:

Town of Sandpoint:
1. Temple to Karmalok (high priest is Zathros) (male human)
2. Boneyard
3. The White Deer Inn, innkeep is Garidan (male human), guest is Aldern Foxglove
4. The Way North, owned by Veznos (male gnome)
5. Jeweler Shop, owned by Kesk (male gnome)
6. Junk pile
7. Gorvi’s shack, Gorvi is dungsweeper/junk man (male human)
8. home of Brodert Quink (sage) (male human)
9. locksmith
10. Guard Barracks Captain Berec (male human) (commands 25 militia)
11. Sandpoint Town Hall, Baroness Kendra Deveran (female human)
12. Armorer shop, owned by Thorgrim (male dwarf)
13. The Grinning Gargoyle (tavern), owned by Riza (female human)
14. Tannery, owned by Lars (male human)
15. Red Dog Smithy, owned by Korvin (male human)
16. General store, owned by Alister (male human)
17. Alchemy Shop, owned by Trask (male human)
18. Cracktooth’s Tavern, innkeep is Jessie (female human)
19. Temple to Myrival, high priestess Sabryl (female human)
20. Korvas Glassworks; owned by Loren Korvas
21. Sandpoint Savories; owned by Alma (female human)
22. the Curious Goblin shop; owned by Haladan (male human)
23. Temple to Ethenghar; high priest Cyrek (male human)
24. Merchants Guildhall; Guildmaster Harker (male human)
25. Valdemar Lumber Mill, managed by Ibor Thorn (male human)
26. Vinder’s General store, owned by Ben Vinder (male human), daughter is Shaylis (female human)
27. Temple to Ator; high priestess Ilsaori (female half-elf)
28. home of Madame Mvashti the herbalist (adept) (female human)
29. Grocery; owned by Olmar (male human)
30. Tailor; owned by Ryshena (female human)
31. Cartwright; owned by Santagar (male human)
32. Scarnetti Lumber Mill, owned by Titus Scarnetti (male human)
33. Hagfish Tavern, innkeep is Quinn (male human)
34. Fish-market
35. Town Market
36. town butcher, Edric (male human)
37. The Rusty Dragon (Inn), owned by Amara Korvas (female human); barmaids: Shayliss, Bethana
38. Town stables; owned by Dario (male human)
39. Deveran Brewery; managed by Gavin Deveran (male human)
40. Shipwrights’ Guildhall; managed by Jasper (male human)
41. Boutique; owned by Ainslie (female human)
42. Sly Fox tavern (seedy) owned by Gressel (male human)
43. Pixie’s Kitten (brothel) owned by Tesarani (female human)
44. Feathered Serpent Magic shop; owned by Vorvashali (male half-elf)
45. Hannah the healer, Hannah (female human)
46. Deveran shipbuilding, owned by Baroness Kendra Deveran (female human)
47. Valdemar estate; Ethram Valdemar (male human)
48. Scarnetti estate; Titus Scarnetti (male human)
49. Korvas estate; Loren Korvas (male human)
50. Deveran estate; Baroness Kendra Deveran (female human)

C) Important NPCs

Baroness Kendra Deveran: An attractive, middle-aged red-haired woman, who is the noble ruler of Sandpoint. She took over rulership when her father, Amos Deveran died nine years ago. Her younger brother, Gavin runs the family brewery. She is considered a fair and popular ruler. Her family, too, has been touched by tragedy. Her uncle Wade Deveran was murdered by the Chopper long ago.

Captain Berec: An older man, with a long scar on his face, and a grim disposition. Berec is captain of the town guard, and is a no-nonsense individual. Some say he is plagued with guilt over the death of his predecessor, Captain Avertin; who was murdered right in front of Berec during the “Late Unpleasantness.” It’s best not to bring up such matters in his presence. Berec has been known to work with an Elven ranger named Shalelu on occasion, who keeps an eye on the hinterlands around Sandpoint

Zathros: The High-priest of Karmalok and the senior spiritual advisor to Sandpoint. He too was elevated to his position when his predecessor Ezekien died in a fire at the temple seven years ago.

Brodert: (called the Old Quirk) An elderly, balding human with a long white beard and spectacles, Brodert is quite a character around town. He served for many years in the Royal Archives at Wyn Falas, and came here six years ago to study the Old Light and the history of that ruin. He considers himself an expert in old Iskari lore, and loves to tell stories about the ancient Iskari Empire of Iskandar. He has many theories about the old light and the empire which other sages strongly disagree with. No one questions that Brodert is extremely intelligent, he speaks a dozen languages, cavorts with elvish and dwarvish visitors, and spends most of his time in his home, going over his vast collections of scrolls and parchments.

Amara Korvas: A beautiful raven-haired young woman; Amara is a former adventurer who returned to Sandpoint and bought the Rusty Dragon Inn. Her father is Loren Korvas, who owns the local glass-works and is rumored to be the wealthiest man in town. Amara runs the inn with her two barmaids, Bethana, a hundred-year old halfling, and Shayliss, a very attractive red-head with a slutty reputation.

PLAYER GUIDE TO CORWYN TERMS:

Antharë: Neighboring nation of Grey-Elves, south of Cyrendar
Ator: God of the Sun
• The Black Hand: Shadowy, powerful criminal underworld organization.
Corwyn: The continent where Cyrendar and this adventure are located.
Cyrendar: Large kingdom located in Western Corwyn. This kingdom is the setting for this adventure.
Ethenghar: Neutral God of Destiny, Travelers, fate.
Iskandar: Far-away continent that was once the home of the lost Iskari Empire
Iskari: Human ethnic group; originally from Iskandar, who long ago sailed across the ocean to Corwyn and established the kingdom of Cyrendar.
Iskari Empire: lost Iskari civilization destroyed by Skyfall long ago. The survivors sailed across the ocean to Corwyn and founded Cyrendar.
• King Iskhanar Brevald II: The current monarch of Cyrendar. A popular king, who rules from his castle in the capital city of Wyn Falas.
Karmalok: Neutral God of Nature and the Harvest
Krylnath: Large city located north of Sandpoint
Myrival: Neutral Goddess of the Sea
Natharos: Large seaport in eastern Cyrendar. It has a seedy reputation, rumored to be the headquarters of the Black Hand.
Serathyr: A kingdom neighboring Cyrendar and its rival for trade and resources.
Skyfall: A terrible meteor storm long ago on the continent of Iskandar, that destroyed the Iskari Empire
Wyn Falas: Large coastal city and capital of Cyrendar
Wyn Myr: ocean that separates the continent of Corwyn from the continent of Iskandar.