Talgarth, Capital City of Kingdom Brycheiniog

Situated on the northern bank of the River Usk, near the border with the Kingdom of Gwent (to the east), Talgarth has been the capital of the kingdom of Brycheiniog since the Gaelish Prince Brychan was granted the lands formerly known as Garth Madrun.

The city supplies the keep of Bridgeford along the River Wye two days to the north with grain and legionnaires, while Bridgeford keeps the refugees streaming south from Saexa occupied Powys to a manageable rate. Continue reading Talgarth, Capital City of Kingdom Brycheiniog

Enchantment over the Sea

“Ingeniātor” is the word in the Common Tongue for those who bind spirits in fetters of material objects to power magic effects. These include the fetters made of bone to contain the spirits of the dead, fetters made of stone or wood to contain the spirits of nature, fetters made of iron to house demonic entities, or fetters made of bronze to contain spirits of … Continue reading Enchantment over the Sea

Beyond the Black Gates of Death

A monochrome “photo negative” landscape of a desolate and broken country. Seven immense thrones before you, and seven giants in hooded robes upon the thrones. The only features you can make out are mouths and chins; some strong, some weak, some kind, some cruel. You recount the story of your life honestly as you remember it, and the story of your death (very accurately indeed). They have … Continue reading Beyond the Black Gates of Death

Lamashtu

In Mesopotamian mythology, Lamashtu (Akkadian dLa-maš-tu) was a female demon, monster, malevolent goddess or demigoddess who menaced women during childbirth and, if possible, kidnapped their children while they were breastfeeding. She would gnaw on their bones and suck their blood, as well as being charged with a number of other evil deeds. She was a daughter of the Sky God Anu. Lamashtu is depicted as … Continue reading Lamashtu

Ninhursag

Ninhursag (or Ki) is the Babylonian Antu, and is known in the Western lands as Juno. Ninhursag was connected with all aspects of the life of women, most particularly married life, fertility, and matriarchy. Ninhursag’s spouse was Enki. Ki’s spouse was An, and Enki was descended from her. Incestuous lot, that pantheon. In a triparte maiden / mother / crone taxonomy, Ninhursag is mother and … Continue reading Ninhursag

Eastern Paladins

The Paladins in Perilous Paths emerge from the monastic traditions of the Holy Church, and their vows of poverty, humility, and obedience. Paladins (the important ones anyway) are also known as Justicars, and their most important function in society is to deliver Justice. The Red Paladins of Mithras and the Blue Paladins of Venus do have significantly differing views on what Justice looks like (Red … Continue reading Eastern Paladins