One of the joys of being a DM is being able to take a world and twist it how you want.
My current campaign is in Eberron and the players are villains. As villains, in a world where you’re supposed to be a cut above the rest, I’ve been giving them some pretty lofty goals. I also have them taking part in revealing some of the big questions or plotlines that Mr. Baker left unanswered. Here are a couple of things that I’m doing and twisting…
Galifar is reunited under one King.
This includes the newer nations that separated during the Thronehold treaty; Valenar, Talenta, Mror Holds, Zilargo, Eldeen Reaches, etc. They all have submitted to this new come King.
This King is a distant descendant of Karrn the Conqueror (a line thought muddied and ruined when King Caius was turned into a vampire) and a retired character of one of the players. The character was an Enchanter (Wizard Specialist) that picked up the Mindbender prestige class. Basically, magical domination and tyranny.
The King pulled this off because he managed to gain the backing of the Thirteen Dragonmarked Houses who made it happen through their combined abilities and resources.
Yes, I said “thirteen”. Part of one of the character plot lines was that he was a descendant of House Vol and his Dragonmark was really the lost mark of Death. He was used, in a fashion, to rebuild the house by siring others. Unknown to him, the gestation period was shorted magicially and the resulting children were taken to another plane with a different time measure where they were raised and trained. Now they’ve returned and have established House Vol once again.
With one King restored and House Vol returned, the Order of the Emerald Claw were disbanded. Members of their ranks were absorbed by House Vol or by the Army for the Kingdom of Galifar.
The King, and all thirteen houses, are dedicating resources to restoring Cyre. A noble cause that many of the citizens of Galifar are pleased with, even if they remain confused about the sudden shift and signing of the new treaty by their former noble rulers – who still rule, just under King Malik I of Galifar. Some believe something nefarious has happened, including the Silver Flame.
The Silver Flame believes the rulers are not themselves, perhaps possessed (excorism is their thing) but their attempts to get at the rulers are viewed as disention so they now stand where the Emerald Claw was, an outcast order that functions against the rule of existing King.
Things appear to have changed for the better but there is still more to come…
One thing that remains a mystery is how divine magic works, even by those that oppose the purpose of the God or religion they appear to be a part of still have their prayers answered. Those that do not believe in any divine being also have manifest these miraculous powers.
Why or how?
Time will tell…