Saturday, June 1, 2013

Maps and things

Last night the Hounds explored the Tomb of Tyr Valaniera, an elvish knight and poet who died defending the northern shores of Silversong from the Great Refuser Occupation centuries ago. At the end of the session, I did one of my favorite things: uploaded a series of maps updated with the things they've learned since they arrived in area and purchased their first map.

More context about the session below the images. It's interesting to note that the detail on the Princely Demesne map is essentially only where the party has explored. The longer they remain in an area, the more dense their knowledge of it becomes.

The capital city of Tyrma
The Royal or Princely Demesne of Silversong
As for the session... Tyr* Valaniera died centuries ago and was enshrined in a Talifernian crypt. His relics were prominently displayed for pilgrims to come and see, though they were enchanted in such a way as to prevent their easy removal from the tomb without the permission of the priests themselves. However, the shrine eventually fell into disrepair and was abandoned in the middle of Anundarien Tournisiel's reign.

During the occupation of the Ring Road outside Tyrma by goblins (which the Hounds destroyed), the tomb was invaded. The goblins failed to gain entrance, but managed to defile the pilgrimage shrine outside the walls and Talifer was mightily upset. In a move that would both bolster his temple in Tyrma as well as restore honor to the tomb, he inspired a mad priest to begin preaching about the necessity of piercing the old wards and seals and retrieve the artifacts.

The Hounds did just this, bringing the very body of Tyr Valaniera to Tyrma where it is now lodged in the Talifernian shrine there.

*the title "Tyr" denotes a knightly or higher rank. It is the equivalent of the english "Sir" or the Varan "Sieur." Hereditary lords generally are not referred to as "Tyr" but rather "Tywyn" and "Tywynne" (Tih-yoon and Tih-yoonah) while knights appointed as magistrates (or perhaps particularly humble lords) are styled as "Tyr." This use is particularly common amongst those who have just joined the nobility. An example is Tyr Findas of Sirinon—nominally the city's lord, his father was a shipwright who was appointed (for his skill at management as well as at crafting and designing beautiful ships for the royal fleet and the Free Captains) the Lord of Sirinon. Findas' own children would likely adopt the Tywyn style if they maintained the holding.

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