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Abraxis - Worshippers believe in proper flow/balance between life & death and a proper, expected death.
Adventuring groups - small, usually disorganized groups of misfits that go about sowing mayhem while often claiming to "serve a cause greater than themselves." Their methods tend to the chaotic and their ethics vary widely. Some emulate the virtues of the ancient orcs while others are murdering bandits.
Adventuring groups referenced in this volume include:
Agee, James (NPC?) - a SOAK guard.
Alliance Grand Council - the Alliance governing body on Vorn. Its
members are called "Wizard General" and represent the various racial and
national members of the Alliance.
Al’Thor, Leah (Kaz) – killed a lich with a magic cloak. See the Grotto (Lich Monastery Adventure).
Anaphora - (Geoff)
Ankle-sore – raccoon-sized creatures…
Armstrong, Grey (Brian) - human male sailor, journalist and longsword-wielder with a taste for gnomish women. Sword-bearer. High ranking member of OMNICo. Party champion on Illum Gamma. Killed trying to leave Illum Alpha. Resurrected. Member of Persand Expeditionary Force. Member of the Sword Group. Last seen on Vorn, still alive and carrying The Captain. Missions: Sprinal Tap (2LT). Illum Gamma (2LT), Illum Alpha, Sword Quest.
Arnsata - mountainous region of Vorn where Grey Dwarves live. The Tim and Werner group planned to find the King led there, via the tribal orc town of Salami on the Riverine coast.
Arr, Tigris (Ben) Gnomish male. Died at the "end of the "world". Carried a magical mace of lightning bolts stolen from Robin Hood's fortress.
Artaxerxes I – 6260-6325. Artaxerxes Hoard – aka Artaxerxes Tomb (Artaxerxes III?) – not actually a tomb. Found by solving the Squiggly Line Puzzle. The treasure was divided with Topelson. Items seemed at first to be war trophies: Abathorean axe, Sudibin katana, etc. but the Delmarintha Dig, the source of the Squiggly Line Puzzle, was uncovering a multi-cultural society. So the items could have been symbols/tools for future alliance. Juho said only the reincarnation of Artaxerxes should have been able to quickly solve the puzzle.
Arthur (?) - Person joking referred to in GG's summary of the escape from the Persand Portal Mission using the black box:"...A death's head amulet was around my neck. It hadn't been there before we left Persand..." What is this "death's head amulet"? Did any of the others notice any gain/loss of possessions? Could something be "inside" the box? Could it be from Arthur?
Astro - psionic bio/physo/sorceror. Has a water elemental named Euclid. A man with the intellect and wisdom of, perhaps, more than one lifetime. Kendra - "When he used to be a woman, he would have killed you for that." Member of Order of the Ring. He stayed with the ship when the Sword Group disembarked in Ilico in order to fight off pursuers since he was apparently their most powerful wizard. Missions: Sword Quest.
Astronomy of EOW - The seasonal year does not match the calendar year. (How exactly does it work? How do the seasons work on Vorn?)
Astronomy of Totdham -.
Astronomy of Vorn - 24 hour/day, 360 days/year. Compare with EOW.
Astyanax. King of the Brids. Successor of Phalanx. He apparently has a mate, also called Astyanax, who was encountered on Shangri-land. Currently involved in a civil war with more conservative, xenophobic factions in the Brids.
Atlas, McNally (MattA) - Vornish (?) bedouin elf male staff fighter and thief type. Member of Sword Group. Joined during Flight across Ilico (?). Died unresurrectably in the Skeleton Battle.
Augustus, Leonardo (Chad?) - quiet and reserved orcish member of the Vyrican Reclamation Expedition. Snuck off in search of Dmitri's father, violating orders. Was supposed to be arrested.
Auric Moss - gold-flecked, deep purple moss; in mountain ranges all over; used in expensive perfumes; component for olfactory illusion.
Aviendho () - Member of Order of the Ring. Captured on rescue mission by egyebrech on unknown island in western ocean.
Aya, Chorn (Lisa) - An ugly, dwarven female cannoneer, blacksmith and war-hammer wielder. Member of Omnico and the Sword Group. Died on the docks during the Sword Group's escape from KDPW. Missions: Diplomat Transport, Ilmenite Mine, Ilum Alpha, Sword Quest.
Ayer's Rock - a jutting peninsula of volcanic rock that extends out into the eastern ocean from Vyrica.
Balryg - very big, very dangerous black leathery flying magic-using psionic monsters associated with the Echyebrech invasion. They've been seen at the Arboreal Portal (on Vorn and EOW), the Administration Building, Persand, Terrerno... Mowcrot is the most active balrog. Other known balryg: Gothmog.
Beigebeard (NPC). A long dead pirate who left hordes of treasure protected by intricate puzzles all around the world. His wife was Veanesa Morse. Her body and grave [in Forsythia Cemetery?] was apparently found (?) by Forsythia Cemetery Exploration. One horde on Ilum Gamma yielded a magic item in the form of a snake whistle. Another horde on Adam-Ondi-Ahman killed Marduk Uranti and party by freezing to death in the liquid-nitrogen trap on Adam-Ondi-Ahman. Someone [Ben, Monty, Brian...] also apparently went Beigebearding on Sioux. Another Beigebeard puzzle may have been found by the Forsythia Cemetery Exploration.
Beigebeard Ice Maze - Theresa Troost died in Beigebeard's ice maze in 10036.
Beregand, Damion (Ben) - Human male. Combat Wizard. From a letter to SOAK: "I write to you in hopes of obtaining a job with your organization. My name is Damion Beregand, and I am a combat-oriented wizard. What I mean when I say that is not that I can merely cast phyz-bang spells (although I do cast lightning bolt), but that I am versed in many spells both biomantic and physomantic which are essential to the offensive and defensive needs of a team of warriors. I would, however, like to make it explicitly clear that I am not a healer. The healing arts are the business of those who are unable or unwilling to fight, and I am neither." Died on lich island [Shang?]. Hated by SOAK co-workers.
Bermuda Parallelipiped - area in the western ocean that sea-farers avoid because ships that enter it disappear. See the Time Warp Group. From Miscellaneous Thoughts Below Persand, 30 July 10037, by January Barron. *What has been affected by the parallelepiped? Why bounded by four islands? Huge area. Trangle is bizarre. Edirne, Matest, Sectan. Is the BP a bounding polygon or is it the whole thing? There is a safe path through it. Ben People disappear in it. Brian. No ships go through there. Fiera. (?) No one has ever successfully launched a satellite. There could be islands in there. There is photomancy to take pictures. Barron *Whirlpools? All over the place. Nick. No, not really.
Black Box, The - Guanerius Guaneri, Tim Da Reaper, Werner Gunthor and Kiphelm Thorn were vilified as a result of misunderstanding the events surrounding the removal of the Captain and the theft of the black box and condemned to death as the vilest of traitors. The Sword Group determined that the only one who knew anything about the traitors personally was Duncan. He only knew G.G. as an acquaintance and knew of the others through G.G. So all they knew was that the four traitors had portaled out of Vorn with the black box but only G.G. had appeared on EOW, and that he did not have The Captain, but rather a phase long sword (from Kiphelm) that he gave to Folger. No one had the foggiest idea how the Captain got to EOW (since Maroczy was the only person involved except perhaps for Poppy-Tor, who was left on Vorn).
Black earrings - worn by EO operatives. Also may serve as communication devices.
Bosch, Hieronymous (Ben) Human male. Messenger and spy. Bearer of "The Shield". Wandering about Vorn.
Bow of Steadiness - magic bow that makes any man the deadliest of archers. Received by the Tim and Werner Group at the Friendship Temple.
Brid Island. The name given by SOAK to a smallish island whose location is unknown. The Brid King Astyanax was apparently able to fly from there to KDP in a few days. It may be just a little ways into the southern glacier - near Shangriland. It seems to be reachable only by snake or by wing, although Shangri-la-ists have also found the island somehow. It is inhabited by Brids. The island is about 8 miles across and full of tall hills that make the island into a sort of natural-caverned maze. In addition, positioned around the island are 8 mounds that have the "classical druidic" rock structures on them, only one of which has crumbled. Some of the stones have an unknown form of writing on them In the center of the island there is an intricately woven grove of trees that form an natural dome with a passage leading straight in through the canopy itself. The passage is quite dim, requiring lanterns. At the center is a largish space surrounded entirely, including over the top, by the tightly woven trees. In the center of the circle is a hole leading into an underground chamber or passage. A large tree limb stands above the whole, with a very old piece of rope tied to it. The rope looked like it had been cut, but it had been long ago. Going into the hole leads to what appears to be a living chamber. A small bed sits in one corner, a mirror is on the the western wall. Along the northern wall stand bookcases filled with old books which date from 9750 to 9826 and cover math, geography, chemistry and history. On the southern wall there are crates and chests, and a desk sits along the eastern wall. In the desk was an old vase. (See magic items.) Most of the crates turned out to be empty, but one was full of weapons: shortswords, axes, daggers, etc. A magic dagger was found under the pillow on the bed. Inside the chests were: a brown cloak in perfect condition (moderate magic item), a unstrung magic short bow (moderate magic item), 12 gold tipped magic arrows (minor magic items), and 240 silver ingots, and 20 vials of spices. However, the passage tends to close behind the intruder, apparently connected with the fact that the trees are low-level magical. It does reopen, for no apparent reason. (Open date, closed date?) There is a depression near the northeast edge of the island. There may be a Brid camp in the northern central area of hills of the island where Felissa Hayes-Hunter and others were held prisoner.
Bridge Missions - ill-fated attempts to destroy a vital enemy supply route by blowing up a bridge across Garibaldi Cut in the Sprines.
The Second Bridge Mission - (Apr. 11-21, 10043)
Members: Grizzly Adams, Saka Doyo, Gregory Dunston, Brandywine Falcon, Maltese Falcon, Geo Gastric, Obsidian Rubble, Heinrich Schutz, Natasha Volminskaya, Merri Weather-Lewis, Marito Yoshida, Dirk Zand.
From the diary of Merri Weather-Lewis
Brimble, Silas "Skip" (Ben) – hobbitian male, devoted ornithologist and flight fanatic. Unofficial leader of Vyrican Reclamation Expedition. Joined VRE solely to capture a rare mango-mango bird. Executed by orcish military consul after fiasco in Krasgorod.
Burble, Euphoria (Ben) - Nomadic Hobbit female. Lost during an El Ouhdian assault on the Grendel's Cave. A childlike head displayed by Eth in an attempt to subdue the Greymar Grendling Group may have been hers. (Eth threatened to kill 86 prisoners there in the fortress unless the GGG surrendered.)
Calveras, Simmian (Ben) - Human male. Pilot/navigator/sailor, healer (?) and short sword wielder, associated with the Order of the Ring, Pike, SOAK and Sword Group. Idolized Folger. Intrigued by biology and engineering. Died on the docks during the escape from KDPW (?). Missions: Biskupin.
Cardinoff, Isabella (Ben) - female dwarvish hand axe wielder and cannoneer. Commandress of OMNICo, Persand Expeditionary Force and the Sword Group. Killed fighting trolls in the Sprinal Tap (res.) and during the Sword Group's Skeleton Battle (3206) (body was lost in the Sandstorm after being carried for several weeks at the insistence of Grey Armstrong). Missions: Sprinal Tap (commander), Illum Gamma (commander), Persand, Ilmenite Mine, Ilum Alpha, Sword Quest.
Cave Portal - a telemantic cave in the Sprinal Tap. Was discovered by an OMNICo team when Abner Strumpet, Grey Armstrong, and Felissa Hayes-Hunter disappeared while investigating the cave. Sargenta Welch checked out the cave with a rope tied about her waist, so that the minute we detected any strangeness we could yank her back. She went in about fifteen feet to the end, and called out that there were no passages to the side or any hidden doors. Then, suddenly, the group couldn't hear her any more, and the rope went slack. They pulled the rope out, and the loop which had been tied around her waist was perfectly intact, but she was gone. At this point they began to suspect some kind of magickal phenomena. The magic mushrooms read (7.9 general, 6.0 sorcery) at the cave mouth. Ed Xing tested the cave by throwing in a hatchet into the cave. It clanked against the back wall and fell to the floor, so he went to retrieve it, despite repeated orders. He picked up the hatchet, turned around, and disappeared. When it was determined that it was possible to establish a sort of communication with the missing party members by shouting and having high hearing party members listen carefully, it was estimated that they probably were only about five miles away at most. Thom Merrilin was sent through to assist them in getting back. Later, their trail was picked up in a swamp basin which was inaccessible without climbing ropes. The trail led to a basilisk cave where the missing party members were found - along with the basilisk family...
Cerano, Julie (Gooch) - went on a couple of missions with SOAK but never officially joined the organization. Worked for Omnico and O.R. and participated in Persand Expeditionary Force. Disappeared from OMNICo house in KDP West hours before they were to depart with the Order of the Ring with the Captain. Missions: Persand, Illum Alpha (?).
Chain of Strength -- 12 foot chain of clear links (weighs about 20 lbs) which is Darn Near Unbreakable. From the Friendship Temple.
Coatline, Alonzo (NPC?) - Directed the defense of Parapanisades (?). 15th-level cannoneer on The Dawn Treader. Got a couple of cannon shots into Mowcrot before he flew away with Keiko after the Pike Group's Eck Temple Mission. Participated in the Persand Expeditionary Force. Disappeared while swimming to shore on Persand. Presumed captured.
College Students - ill-fated group that decided to explore India. Members: Iana Veridian.
Cornucopia - A magic item that provides 3 person-days of food per charge in a convenient carrying package. Telemantic (?). Owned by OMNICo until Aug 20th, 10040 when it was sold to pay for the cost of resurrecting Grey Armstrong, Bartholomew Cubbins, and Delvin Rover after the Mission to Recover the Sword. Another, beefier version worth 1,000 person-days was given to the Tim and Werner group by the ancient orcs in the Friendship Temple.
Cosgrove, Liam (NPC?) -- Universalist who worked with Othniel in the Tap. SOAK brought him back to KDPW after he sustained injuries in a melee with the hill people.
Cromwell, Charles (Matt?) - Archer. Killed in combat with minotaurs on landbridge of Persand cave complex. Member of Persand Expeditionary Force, Nov 10039.
Culebra Island. Formerly known as Staple Island. Located in far northwest corner of the world some 70 miles from the glacier. Visitors: Alison Lyons, SOAK.
D'Aeth, Chaffleur () - crewmember on the Dawn Treader (?). Chaffleur Da'eth and the Tracking Beeper- I've finally figured it out: It *was* Folger or a member of their crew who installed it-- to spy on Chaffleur because they didn't trust him and weren't impressed by our implicit faith in the drow Da'eth (well, he's a PC, right?)
Dagger of Soul Slaying - black dagger from the Friendship Temple. We are warned to use it only with compleat justice.
Danson, Daedelus (Ben). Human male reconnaisance specialist. Sorcerer, jeweler, and thief. Obsessive. Imitater of Abner. Member of SOAK. Died on Shang Island - toasted by the lich. Died 10042. Missions: Trangle Sewers, Omniventure V, .
Da Reaper, Tim, "Reaper of Marn" (Brian) - Equal-opportunity multi-pantheistic theologist and fugitive. "Big, tall, nasty. Death mask, holocaust cloak. Annoying, but alright." He lived with GG on Vorn for years. He was at the Obah Ziggurat when the group found Lady Marissa Althoric, blew a hole in the Ziggurat and saw it heal. Was killed during the Portal Destruction Mission but was resurrected despite his spell-reflection amulet. He was somehow responsible for giving Otis Ius extra height, getting in the process both thanks and curses... ?
Death's Head Amulet - In GG's summary from using his black box to escape from Persand: "... A death head amulet was around my neck. It hadn't been there before we left Persand... "
Demolitions - see also Explosives. Demolitions focuses on techniques for the destruction of structures – bringing down buildings, blasting open safes, destroying bridges. It is not specifically for combat and anti-personnel devices, although with high level demolitions, you can try to device simple devices for those purposes. Notes by Alana Manes: Mixtures of quicklime and sulfur ignite on contact with water. They were secretly put on timbers of roofs and burst into flames when moistened by the morning dew. _History of Greek Fire and Gunpowder_p29 About 1 pound of explosives will shear a 6 inch diameter timber if placed on the outside. If a hole is drilled and the charge placed inside the timber, only about 1/5 the explosive is needed. _Blaster's Handbook_ Calculate: Pounds of explosive = D^2/40 for external charge Pounds of explosive = D^2/250 for internal charge Where D^2 indicates the square of the diameter of the timber in inches. _Blasting Techniques for Mining and Civil Engineers_ p 395
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Desiderata - ancient orcish text from the labyrinth of the Friendship Temple. In 3202, eleven triangular boxes containing small oddly-shaped pieces of flat stone were found. Experimentation showed that these little chits fit together and interlocked to compose a rectangular image with an inscription of an ancient Orcish text which Wizard General Gunthor and Colonel Tim both recognized and called "Desiderata".
Drachma of the Drow (Ben) Drow elvish female. Committed suicide in the first years of the campaign at the Roanoake colony by falling on the rapier of her husband, The Highwayman, after he died from water poisoning. Carried a rod of ice/water/steam taken from Nefertiti's tomb. Had an evil sister named, Jachma.
Dragons - large reptilian creatures that breath fire and like fancy swords. They've been seen at the End of the World, on Ilico, and on Island 2.
Drow - As a people, great evil has been done to them; the injustice they have suffered combined with their general isolation have intensified and magnified evil in the nature of Drow culture. Not all Drow are evil, but within the experience of their history few could succeed in rising above an evil nature, and these few would certainly be renegades within Drow society. Put another way: the statistical incidence of evil, necromancing, arrogant sh!tbags in the Drow population is quite high.
Druids - Known or suspected members: Juliette Naturas, Jubal Tokenfall. Lantelle Svorak - "I couldn't help but feel some guilt and shame as I left Carthage. I was leaving behind not only my leadership position in OMNICo, but possibly putting my comrades in deep risk. (Well, all except for the bastard that informed SETCO I had this ring.) Something tells me... that those [ancient orcish?] liches really wouldn't want some random idiot holding onto their magical devices, so why not take the logical choice and let this idiot carry it around... It saved me once.
Dukas, Colonel Abraham (NPC) - prominent member of the Dun Cess military whose tomb is the focus of the Dukas Puzzle.
Dukas Puzzle Group –
Dun Cess Archaeological Society -
Du Nord, Phillipe (Ben) - male Viking Orcish Warrior. Had goal of developing competence with every major modern weapon. Present for last days of Roanoake colony, and friend of Roan and Oake, the two orcs whose names became accidentally associated with the failed settlement. Briefly owned the "Bottle of Wishes" and died of the incurable disease caused by using the words "I wish" after selling the bottle. Willed his wealth (~16,000) to the Jackets orphange .
Dunston, Gregory (Ben) Human male. Demolitionist. Really likes coffee. Member of SOAK. Participated in drow glacial outpost mission and Second Bridge Mission. Killed 5/19/43 by Ecks.