Heppa studies both the necromantic artifact and the unwell human mage who helped recover it. Meanwhile, Tric focuses on camp tasks, demonstrating more outdoor survival prowess than he may actually possess.
Several units from the Battle for Wesnoth video game make an appearance in this arc. The party was attacked by Walking Corpses. Hezzis is a Saurian Skirmisher. The staff the party finds is that of a Necromancer. And most of all, there’s Kachen.
Kachen’s appearance and some of his qualities were strongly influenced by the Dark Adept unit in the Battle for Wesnoth video game. Also, by my own sleep issues. For me, GMing is an opportunity to explore all sorts of personalities and world views. It provides an avenue for grappling with real-life issues as well. In this case, my periodic insomnia and shallow sleeping. Through Kachen, I could give it a face and a name, and at least this one fictional character understood what I go through some nights.
Anyway, that all was the starting point for Kachen, but he became much more over time. His importance to the campaign is reflected in his inclusion in our group character portrait, where he can be seen standing in the shadows on the left.
The map we refer to (by me!) can be found here.
Our music is sampled from Return to Wesnoth by Matthias Westlund (aka West), licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0, part of The Battle for Wesnoth Project. Visit them at wesnoth.org.
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