CRB is a repository of all the creative things that float through my mind about the RPG Pathfinder. Two major features are random character generation and building characters based on the god they worship. Anything that seems like it adds to the creative aspects of the game will pop up from time to time, including location descriptions, adventure ideas and even short stories. CRB won't just be my own creativity, it will open the floor to anyone who has an idea sparked by what I present to you.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

From the Foamy Maw

Disciples of Ragadahn

Illustration by Luis Perez
In our explorations of the Fey Eldest as conduits for divine power we’ve looked at some capricious and even dark figures. What we have yet to see among these lords of the first world is something wholly evil. Today we change that as we delve into the minds of the followers of Ragadahn, the Fey Eldest of linnorms, oceans, and spirals. Very little has been noted about this divine being so today’s peek behind the veil of his disciples should give players and GMs who want to use him in their games some good starting points.

As always, let us imagine we are sitting at our theoretical gaming table. Our imaginary GM sets out the rules for the game we will play. In this game, we are to make a follower of Ragadahn. The character does not need to be a divine caster, just a devotee of the Water Lord. What character do you make?

For more information on Ragadahn
Ragadahn’s Pathfinder Wiki Page
Ragadahn’s Archives of Nethys Page

The Poisoned Lash

Although you’ll rarely see them until it’s too late, the famed blue and white scale armor and dragon masks are as synonymous for The Poisoned Lash as their signature weapon, the envenomed scorpion whip. This group of assassin may not be as well-known as the Red Mantis but they actually like it that way. Hushed whispers of possible jobs they’ve committed around Northern Avistan are the only publicity they need or desire.

The Poisoned Lash began as a one woman operation. This killer became a devotee of Ragadahn when she took on one of his linnorm followers and won. The serpentine beast survived the encounter just barely, but Ragadahn was so impressed he gifted her with some of his divine power. She eventually trained an apprentice, who trained two more, until eventually the small gathering was both a group of hired killers and a sect of the Serpent King.

Wave Riders

Near the land of the Linnorm Kings in the Iron Archipelago many Ulfen clans still live a seafaring and occasionally raiding way of life. There are islands that are known to house fey, there are the famed skinwalker clans, and There is much worse. Among these children’s stories of terrors of the waves are the dragon-boat piloting Wave Riders.

The Wave Riders are a clan of about three dozen Ulfen who have dedicated themselves to one of the Fey Eldest, whose presence is felt strongly here because of the isles’ connection to the first world. These worshipers of Ragadahn, The Water Lord, are actually led by one his earthly spawn, a linnorm. Their raids are used to not only feed, clothe, and test their own strength, but also to increase the size of this dragon-like creature’s hoard.

Chosen of the True First

Some of the followers of Ragadahn revere him for his aspect as The Father of Dragons  Because they believe that he is the true creator of dragons on Golarion they find themselves oft at odds with the church of Apsu. The Chosen of the True First see it as their holy mission to stand against Apsu’s might and end his blasphemous claim of being he who begat the dragon race.

This small sect is mostly made up of clerics, inquisitors, rangers, and anti-paladins. They set themselves against the church of Apsu trying to stymie their progress at any turn. They also hunt down dragons of all other stripes, metallic and chromatic, and try and convert them to the worship of their true progenitor. Barring that, they kill them and offer their corpses as a sacrifice to their lord.

Like the flow of the ocean waves followers of the Serpent King crash against the shores of all who oppose them. Who is your follower of Ragadahn? Why have they chosen to dedicate themselves to the Water Lord? Where does their devotion come from? Let me know in the comments.

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The opening illustration was created by a fine artist Luis Perez. You can find him on TwitterTumblr, and on Instagram at luisperezart.

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