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Meet the Iconics: Runa Cloudsoles

There are many projects that I started long ago, got distracted from, and never got back to. One of them was introducing you to all our iconic characters. Well 2-1/2 years late is better than never, right?

I would like to share with you the tale of Runa Cloudsoles, our signature cloud dwarf cleric. Read our tales of Darlanrea Moonbright, our elven fighter and Edward Amante, our human rogue. I am sure you will find Runa’s tale most fascinating, yet relatable.

Name: Runa Cloudsoles
Race: Cloud Dwarf
Gender: Female
Age: 87
Background: Miner of cloud silver
Reason for Becoming an Adventurer: Fell to the ground, cannot return home

While in training to become a cleric of Marduk, Runa Cloudsoles spent her days in the cloud mines mining cloud silver. Her family needed her to work so she spent her days working the mines and her nights at the local temple in Cumulia in studying and performing rituals. All the other acolytes came from clans that did not lose anyone to the giants in their various wars or were from clans influential enough to sponsor them while learning their trade. Neither was true for Runa, and had to provide for herself and her sister and two brothers until they were of age.

It is fortunate that one of her brothers was of age and was able to provide for the other two when the accident happened. Mining cloud silver is always dangerous. A miner digs too deep and a leak opens, causing a downpour that takes all the miners in the area with them. It was not her fault; one of the other miners was careless and the bottom dropped out of the cloud. If she had not been so tired, so overworked from years of working, studying, and acting like the parent her family lacked, perhaps she could have saved herself from falling to the ground far below.

Most cloud dwarves know that doing so is almost certainly death, but a few here and there survive. Runa was one of the lucky ones. Perhaps it was Marduk looking out for her. She may never know for sure, but she believe that that is the case. She landed was cushioned by several other cloud dwarves that dropped down first and died upon impact. At first she tried to get back, but she lacked the money to hire a wizard to fly her there. So she turned to adventuring to earn the money to go home.

By the time Runa earned enough to contact her brothers and sisters to find out how they, she was a full cleric of Marduk. She talked with them enough to know that they are doing ok, their brother Guthrik took up silver smithing to pay the bills. She also learned that she was blamed for the mining accident. With no family connection, the elders blamed her and pretended it never happened. If she showed up back home, however, she would find life most difficult.

While she is sad for what happened, she counts it as a mixed gift from Marduk. She is free to be a cleric and adventure, spreading justice and her god’s thunder wherever she goes. All for the price of never being able to go home and see her family again. That knowledge drives her to become the best cleric she can be, hoping to one day to see them again and take her brothers and sister somewhere where they can live safely, where family connections do not matter.

She has a new clan now, adventurers all like her. She guards their back and they hers. Sure they are not dwarves like her, but they are loyal to her like any clan should be. It is not a better clan, just a different one.

Runa Cloudsoles graces the cover of Deadly Delves: To Claw the Surface. Download this adventure for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Meet the Iconics: Edward

As our last preview for Deadly Delves: Rescue from Tyrkaven before it goes live, we’re sharing the tale of the iconic that graces its cover, Edward Amante. When I asked Luis to draw him, the single most important instruction I gave him was (and I quote), “He should look like a guy that can charm the panties off a woman. The bastard!” Unlike so many male fantasy characters, his is a tale of love, and a testament to the determination it provides. I hope you enjoy his story.

Name: Edward Amante
Race: Human
Gender: Male
Age: 23
Background: Thief from the Vencian Kingdom
Reason for Becoming an Adventurer: To win the hand of Princess Yolanda

Before leaving his home country, Edward was known as Eduardo the Thief. He stole gold, jewels, and anything else not nailed down. No valuables were so well secured that he could not find a way to gain them for his own keeping. Yet Eduardo’s wide-spread notoriety as a thief came not from relieving the rich of the burden of their treasure and coin, but rather from stealing a far more valuable prize: the heart of the Princess Yolanda.

For two years, Eduardo evaded the castle guards time and again to see his fair love. If the tales are to be believed, he never stole a single coin or trinket from her that entire time. That is, until one day, when the king caught Yolanda and Eduardo together and sequestered them within the princess’ chambers. For hours, the three talked, with strict orders to the guards that they were not to be disturbed. To this day, no one knows what was said in that room. All that is known is that when Eduardo left the castle later that night, he took up the name Edward, and he has fought with honor and courage ever since.

No one knows exactly what Edwards seeks now. Some say he hopes to make a good name and an honest fortune, the king having promised that should Edward prove to make amends for his crimes, he will win the hand of his love Yolanda. Others believe that he was told of a fell curse upon the royal family which no enchanter or priest can lift, and was charged with finding a way to undo it. To date, the Princess Yolanda refuses all suitors and is frequently found staring out the castle’s north windows, said to be awaiting the return of her one true love.

Edward stands tall on the cover of Deadly Delves: Rescue from Tyrkaven. Download this adventure for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and d20PFSRD.

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Meet the Iconics: Darlanrea

Being Friday, I thought we would do something a little different for today’s preview. Today, I would like to take a moment to introduce you to our first signature character to grace the cover of one of our adventures. She is as tough as she is graceful and earns her place on this adventure, fighting against a terrifying black dragon. Here is a bit more about her.

Name: Darlanrea Moonbright
Race: Elf
Gender: Female
Age: 121
Background: Lieutenant in the Elven High Guard
Reason for Becoming an Adventurer: Unknown; Darlanrea refuses to discuss it.

Lieutenant Darlanrea Moonbright was once a fast-rising star in the Elven High Guard. At the Battle of Summer Ridge, she distinguished herself and earned her commission by taking command of her squad after their officer was killed. Despite being outnumbered four to one, her troops held off several orc fangs bearing down on them until reinforcements arrived, at the cost of more than a few lives. She was later awarded the Mithril Leaf for her bravery during a skirmish with a horde of skeletons at Fall’s Reach.

During her impressive military career, Darlanrea learned to fight with many weapons. Unlike other elves who rely on their dexterity in battle, her physical strength is her main asset in combat. Her twin longswords, Fade and Frosteel, have made their way into the legends of local monster tribes as dealers of doom and and retribution, and few have ever stood against her in single combat for more than a handful of seconds. Darlanrea also earned a formidable reputation as an archer that never misses her mark. She has killed many a foe from a great distance with the assistance of her longbow, Eagle’s Eye. The tattoo on her face was originally started to hide a scar she earned in battle with an ettercap. She liked it so much that she had the artist add to it after every major engagement in which she fought. She has a number of other tattoos on her body as well although most are hidden from sight by her armor. Her favorite one is her old unit’s symbol, an arrow and a longsword crossed beneath a magnolia tree, inked on her left forearm. Some of her other tattoos include a pegasus in heavy barding, the draconic symbol for honor and gold, and a faerie dragon sleeping beneath a daisy.

No one knows precisely why Darlanrea chose to end her military career. All that is known is that one morning she approached the company’s commanding officer and informed him that she was resigning her commission and her position in the Elven High Guard. Some say there were tears in her eyes when she resigned, as if she harbored a dark secret or great burden. Witnesses say she was disheveled and bruised when she delivered her resignation, and speculate that she may have been attacked by one of her fellow soldiers shortly beforehand. A few whisper that she decided she could make more coin as an adventurer than as a soldier. But no one really knows for certain why she left the Elven High Guard–and if Darlanrea has confided her reason in anyone, they aren’t talking.

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