Thursday, November 19, 2020

The War of the Worlds Godzilla 1898! - A Troll Lord Games Victorious rpg Campaign - NPC Work Shop Prince Sthachac The Pallid Ruler of the Seventh Throne

 During last night's Victorious rpg session, there was a pallid figure upon the altar to be sacrificed by the cultists. The party managed to save him before blasting the Martian to kingdom come. So the sacrifice was supposed to be a throw away NPC but now is Prince Sthachac The Pallid Ruler of the Seventh Throne.  He wields the demon sword Cte-molorha. So basically this NPC is a homage (rip off according to one of my players to Elric. Because of the recent Stormbringer rpg campaign  posts on this blog. Those will be coming back shortly) to Michael Moorcock's Elric. Well yes & no actually. Prince Sthachac is a vistor from a far distant Earth, he's pale, tall, thin, & not at all sickly as Elric. Instead Prince Sthachac is the ruler of a Hyperborean colony kingdom in the far distant world of Clark Ashton Smith's Zothique cycle. 

This ties into the fact that he's here on this Earth seeking a vampiric cult the so called ' Cult of Drelzna' a vampiric cult that has a copy of a demonic tome of incredibly dangerous proporations that may be able to wake his people from a sorcerious sleep placed upon them. This all ties back into his clashes with the cult within the  Yatil Mountains south of Perrenland. This sounds vaguely familiar;

"In the Yatil Mountains south of Perrenland there is rumored to be a magical hoard of unsurpassed value, a treasure of such fame that scores f adventurers have perished in search of it. Find the perilous Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth and you may gain the hidden wealth of the long-dead arch-mage -- if you live! "

The demon sword Cte-molorha is the official key to his kingdom wielded by each king to sit on the seventh throne. The demon sword Cte-molorha is sacred to Demogorgon & capable of holdings its own against the champions of Law.

Our paladin found this out last night after he decided to go up against the prince. And was blasted across the pavement of New York City. 

There's a hatred between the prince & Drelnza, a fighter/vampire and the daughter of Iggwilv that goes way deeper then the players realize. This plot hook can be found here . The prince was a major mercenary  NPC during my Dark Albion Hundred Year War campaign a year ago. He was part of the players working with him to foil a huge plot for local Chaos cultists  summoning back the temple from S4 "The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth" to wreck havoc on the countryside of France & Europe itself.  The 'elves' of my campaigns hate this NPC prince with a passion bordering on obession

Prince Sthachac isn't based on Elric instead he's based upon Sixties Marvel's Sub Mariner Prince Namor in attitude & his tactics with his people. He wants the best for them at all costs. He loaths the vampire cult & their reach into his world. 

So to create Prince Sthachac I used D20 Zothique available right here & the rules from Jason Vey's the Amazing Adventures Companion with its rules for Hyperborean characters. 

The whole cloth of the NPC came together with the powers of his demon sword being kept very vague for the moment. Prince Sthachac wants to recover the Demonomicon of Iggwilv for unknown reasons. That little book is at the moment in 'The Victorious Rpg' campaign in Maple White Land. 

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