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The War Within the Castle

Post by Jiminy on Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:20 pm

The war within the castle

Do you remember the stories of old?  The stories of faeries, or gnomes, and of little people or spirits who lived in the houses?  Some were bad, and some were good, and some were temperamental.  Nowadays, most people brush off these tales as just stories with nothing to them.  The thing is, legends all hold a grain of truth, however small.  So what if there was some truth within those stories? What if the mischief that happened within the walls were not directed at humans, but that humans were caught in the crossfire between waring tiny little people living within their walls?

In a castle during the 12-1300 time period, one such a war of the races takes place.  The castle is home to, of course, humans, but they are lumbering giants that are mostly ignored.  More importantly, the stone walls shelter gnomes, gjenganger, elves, and the banshee.

Other characters such as the will-o-the-wisp and erlking are optional, but as the primary setting for this tale is indoors and they are primarily woodland creatures, I wouldn't suggest it. 

All creatures are about 2-3 inches tall.

Gnome:
Gnomes live in the cellars, stables, and gardens.  They control the import and export of food and other supplies to the castle creatures.  They are generally not very violent and tend to stay out of the war, but they will defend themselves with great force if necessary, and they hide a lot of power in their chubby little bodies.
broad idea of their appearance




Elves:
 live in the central floors of the castle, well spread out and not particularly social outside of their direct families.  They tend to be rather snobby and uptight, but when they fight, they are fast, subtle, and never miss an opportunity to fight dirty.
broad idea of their appearance




Gjenganger:
Gjenganger are considered to be wholly unsavory characters and are often likened to rats.  It does not help that they reside in the dungeon and sewers.  They look like misshapen gnomes and always huddle under layers of blankets, hides, or whatever sheet-like cloth they can find.  They are extremely social, always traveling in groups, often sending out scouts of at least two who can report back what they have found.  They are extremely hostile to outsiders unless presented with gifts.  They yearn to live Up Stairs in the land of light with the elves.
the two dark figures, not the white one



Banshees:
The elusive residents of the attics and eves in the highest level of the castle, the banshees are unpredictable neighbors.  Most often, they seem content where they are, but there are seasons when they become mischevious and cause trouble.  Sometimes they try to encroach on the elves, but usually they just want to be annoying.  They are very sensitive, and their howling can be heard throughout the castle at times when they don't get their way.
very human in looks but quite pale


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Post by Jiminy on Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:19 pm

I figure if there are four of us, each of us could take one race to kind of control.  If you want characters in other races, that's cool!  You don't even have to create like a specific leader person if you don't want to, just control the peoples.
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Post by strategygamer22 on Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:39 pm

I'll take at least one banshee, so I guess I'll take the whole race as well.
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Post by VaticanCameos on Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:18 pm

I'll do at least one elf but I kinda also want to do a gnome, I can control either group, doesn't matter to me
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Post by Rivka on Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:25 pm

I will be a banshee or a gnome or a gjenganger. The other players are welcome to be leaders.
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Post by Jiminy on Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:38 pm

strategygamer22 will control the banshees, VaticanCameos will be taking elf or gnome to control, and I will take whoever is left.  Or is it whomever?  Nevermind.  Rivka, would you be willing to control a group, or do you only want to play one or two characters?  I'd prefer if we each had one group to control, and everyone is welcome to make as many characters as they'd like in any/all races.
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Post by Rivka on Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:28 pm

I will take the gjenganger group.
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Post by Jiminy on Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:50 pm

I'll take the gnomes!

We are now free to sign up individual characters.  Begin!  Very Happy
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Post by Rivka on Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:58 pm


Name: Gregers (Gray gers) and Grunhilda Olhouser
Age: 80 and 75
Gender: Male & Female
Race: Gjenganger
Personality: finish each other’s sentences; he is pessimistic, she is optimistic
History: Leaders of the Gjenganger's; married 60 years, always together
Appearance: old; he wears a bronze cap & fur hide, she wears a cap of a white sheet and a cloak of a red blanket; his hair is stringy black & silver, her hair is hidden under the sheet; their clothes & shoes are old and patched.


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Post by Jiminy on Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:53 am

Name: Chazwick Chubblebuz
Age: 65
Gender: Male
Race: Gnome
Personality: A bit absent minded, but nice enough.  A bit bland and in love with gardening.  He tends to go a bit odd in the winter.
History: Bland as his personality.  He comes from a family of gardeners, he's always been a gardener, most of his children are gardeners...
Appearance: Long grey beard and hair because who has time for a haircut?  Laugh lines around the eyes, big noes, stands about two and a half inches tall.



Name: Martin Bugglebeard
Age: 45
Gender: Male 
Race: Gnome
Personality: Serious, tactful, studious, and can tend to being a bit sour.  He doesn't like the younglings of today and their disrespect of the old traditions and not taking the War seriously.  Even if the war these days is mostly spats and short battles.  He lives in the largest of the cellars and keeps close count of the stock.
History: Second in command of the Gnome race, he rose through the ranks fairly quickly, and he is very good at what he does.  He lost a brother to a battle with the Gjenganger, so there is a lot of bitterness there.
Appearance: Fluffy white beard and short hair, stout body, piercing grey eyes.
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Post by Jiminy on Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:28 pm

Name: King Schmebulock
Age: 91
Gender: Male 
Race: Gnome
Personality: Amiable, absent-minded, can still be hard and stern when needed
History: He's old, tired, and starting to get just a touch senile.  He can still be every centimeter a king, but that takes so much energy!  He's usually content to let his Number 2 deal with things.  He's seen much in his years as king, and after losing his wife and son many, many years ago, he had a hard time moving on, meaning he has no familiar heir.  When he dies, the kingdom goes to his number 2.
Appearance: Two and three quarters of an inch tall, white hair, brown eyes, loads of wrinkles.
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Post by strategygamer22 on Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:25 pm

Name: Lyr
Age: Unknown
Gender: Female
Race: Banshee
Personality: Aloof, cautious, patient, extreme temper (but well under control)
History: Lyr has lived in the castle longer than any other creature. Even she cannot say how long she has dwelt in the attic. Originally the only one of her kind, others joined her over time, making her their de facto leader. She was on the front lines of the first wars with the elves and Gjenganger, but has since stepped down from that role after numerous injuries. Retreating from battle has not dulled her legend. The other banshees fear her as much as they respect her. The only banshee not to be visibly shaken around her is her ward Alannah.
Appearance: Sylvanus has suffered many injuries throughout the wars with the elves, gnomes, and Gjenganger, the worst of which saw her face almost completely burned off. She hides her scars with flowing gowns and long black hair, both of which only add to her hauntingly graceful movements.
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Post by strategygamer22 on Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:50 pm

Name: Alannah
Age: 13
Gender: Female
Race: Banshee
Personality: Curious, nosy, helpful, disrespectful
History: Alannah appeared in the attic 13 years ago, making her the one of the youngest banshees. She was taken under the wing of Lyr, who had recently shut herself up in the attic. Under her guiding, Alannah has grown into quite the socialite (as much as it is possible to be in a society of recluses). Her curiosity about the castle has increased in the past few years as she's almost always by the side of Lyr. She's become a sort of go-between for Lyr and the rest of the banshees, thanks to her access to the frightening leader.
Appearance: Pale and childlike. Blonde, almost white, hair is almost as long as she is tall.
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Post by strategygamer22 on Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:06 pm

Name: Sylvanus
Age: 76
Gender: Female
Race: Banshee
Personality: Angry, calculating, deceitful
History: Sylvanus was originally just a soldier until she singlehandedly infiltrated the Gjenganger lands and rescued Lyr from imprisonment and torture. Her act of heroism earned her fame which has only grown since. When Lyr retired from leading the armies, the honor was passed to Sylvanus, a decision which has proven to be troublesome. Sylvanus harbors a hatred for the other races and desires their land, and unlike Lyr, Sylvanus has been actively hostile to the neighbors. Thanks to Sylvanus, tensions both inside and outside the Banshees realm have skyrocketed.
Appearance: Smaller than most banshees (approximately two inches tall), dark hair, long fingernails that she has sharpened and reinforced to use as weapons
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Post by Jiminy on Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:05 pm

Name: Lula Ceereda
Age: 74
Gender: Female 
Race: Elf
Personality: Angry, depressed, impulsive, reckless, and uninterested in following authority 
History: Insert tragic story here, with her parents fallen in battle with banshees, Lula is obsessed with revenge.  The only reason she's still alive is thanks to her older brother.
Appearance: White hair, white hair, multiple earings, and "tattoos" painted onto her skin, a practice usually frowned upon by the elves.



Name: Limahl Ceereda
Age: 80
Gender: Male
Race: Elf
Personality: Arrogant, but mostly for show. Some consider him charming, but most find him annoying.  He tends to saunter and show off, but he has a rather large soft spot, and a hidden terror of failing his responsibilities and losing his sister.
History: After the death of their parents when they were young, Limahl devoted himself to raising his little sister.  He doesn't know if he did that great of a job, but he tried and is still trying even though they are both adults.
Appearance: Long blond hair, green eyes, athletic body, standing a full 3 inches tall
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Post by Jiminy on Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:50 pm

Name: Urskek Hurshfuf
Age: 14
Gender: Female
Race: Gjenganger
Personality: Wistful. She is a bit of a dreamer and longs to see Daylight.  She has never seen the fabled Daylight, only heard the stories.  She has no real idea of who she is, yet.  She is just a child who loves to integrate herself with the others of her people.
History: Not entirely sure yet.
Appearance: Dark eyes, a face that is almost pretty for a Gjenganger, and a dark green hide she slouches under.  Just pretend she slouches and is more covered up than it shows in the picture.





Name: Acheflow
Age: 60's
Gender: Female
Race: Banshee
Personality: Mischevious, temperamental, not really interested in much outside herself and causing trouble for those below her.
History: Acheflow appeared in the castle top floor about 60 years ago.  She skipped all the drama of, "Who am I?  Where did I come from?  Why am I here?"  She was a natural Banshee from the start.
Appearance:  More grey than white in her choice of clothing and her hair, but nearly white skin tone.  Black eyes. 
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Post by Rivka on Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:04 pm


Name: Birger Ness
Age: 61
Gender: Male
Race: Gnome
Personality: Serious, punctual, precise, everything in its place 
History: bookkeeper for the buying and selling of food supplies, lives in the cellar
Appearance: 2 ¼ inches tall, black & gray: long gray hair & beard, gray/black patched clothing, gray eyes
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Post by Rivka on Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:07 pm


Name: Donar Hagen
Age: 50
Gender: M
Race: Gnome
Personality: Happy-go-lucky
History: lives and works in the stables
Appearance: average build, ruddy face, copper hair turning gray, wears his favorite burlap vest and hand-made gray helmet, a nice 2 ½ inches tall.
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Post by Rivka on Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:09 pm


Name: Aibell O’Brien
Age: 30
Gender: F
Race: Banshee
Personality: Irish, mischievous, yet somewhat melancholy due to move
History: Previous abode burnt to the ground, recently immigrated to the castle with another banshee
Appearance: Slender, graceful, long nails, waist length white hair
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Post by Rivka on Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:12 pm


Name: Éile Fitzbourne
Age: 15
Gender: F
Race: Banshee
Personality: Irish, introverted, sad due to recent move
History: Previous abode burnt to the ground, recently immigrated to the castle with another banshee
Appearance: Dark rimmed eyes of sadness, transparent full body shroud in attempt to hide herself
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Post by Rivka on Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:36 pm


Name: Kaia Solberg
Age: 63
Gender: Female
Race: Gjenganger
Personality: grouchy, impolite, expecting the worst, does not trust anyone
History: been around, lost her husband in a battle with the gnomes
Appearance: plump, long gray hair of such quantity that is like a second cloak, carries her favorite trinkets on her belt
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Post by Rivka on Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:39 pm


Name: Olaf Knutsen
Age: 67
Gender: Male
Race: Gjenganger
Personality: Friendly, respectful of others, optimistic but realistic
History: just trying to get through life
Appearance: average, twinkle in his eye, shoulder length gray hair, fur-hide cloak
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