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kevperrine
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« on: February 12, 2008, 03:15:53 PM »

If you're one of my players

PLEASE

STOP

READING

NOW

***SPOILERS***






Below is info that we have on the Trollskarl, outside of Baden's Bluff...
And HERE is a thread that I've asked about the Trollskarl before.

What I'd like to do is have anyone interested help me explore ideas for cool things to happen to a PC that finds his way into the Trollskarl...  My group is split and through a weird circumstance the PC that is an Orc Fighter on the Seer path, has been "dropped" into the Trollskarl.
What cool things might happen to him?

Because of the situation, I'm considering having him be "back in time" seeing/dealing with some of the origins of the Trollskarl, before rushing him into the here-and-now...  Likely from dealing with Gwyrlael or the Emerald Tears.


Any ideas??


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Between the grasslands and the northwestern hills, a huge wood called the Trollskarl maintains a tangled, brooding presence that is avoided by all. The lightly wooded meadowlands and broad valleys beyond the Trollskarl carry silt-laden rivers and streams from the plains to the sea.

Trollskarl
In the Last Battle, the Shadow’s forces teemed with countless orcs, terrifying fire-breathing dragons, foul demons, raging giant-kin, and other monstrous horrors out of the wild places of the world. One of the abominations put to devastating use against the human cities and elven woods were trolls bred in the vile pits north of the Highhorn mountains. These creatures, twisted by malice and hate, were often in the front of the Shadow’s onslaughts and bore the brunt of the defenders’ wrath. It was therefore not surprising when, in the aftermath of the war, a number of trolls fled their orcish masters and hid themselves in the wilds of Erenland. A large group escaped into the woods that were then called Tir Amrasa Edior, meaning “land of the emerald tears” in the language of the elves. Over the last century, the trolls’ numbers have increased and the forest, now called the Trollskarl, has become infested with them. Quite apart from the trolls, which orcish hunting parties sometimes attempt to capture, there is a palpable menace in the Trollskarl that is said to arise from a great spirit that haunts the dark center of the woods. The trolls are said to serve this entity, going as far as calling her queen. She is in fact a powerful elven sorceress called Gwyrlael (Female Caransil Spiritual Channeler 11/Druid 7), a general who was commander of Tir Amrasa Edior at the end of the Third Age. Gwyrlael was by all accounts a friend and protégé of Queen Aradil herself. Into her capable hands was given the safe-keeping of these sacred woods and the mysterious Emerald Tears, a series of power nexuses that lay at their center. Rather than fighting the hordes that assaulted Erethor, however, Gwyrlael chose to deceive them with powerful enchantments. Though she was ultimately successful at hiding the nexuses from the attention of the Shadow and luring hundreds of enemy troops inside her woods to their doom, her mind was irrevocably shattered. She believes that her entire race fell to the Shadow and brooks no intruders in her domain, believing them to be the agents of Izrador. Strangely, however, she has accepted the intrusion of the trolls, and has dramatically altered their forms to resemble the gnarled and twisted trees that grow in the darkest parts of the wood. Though her mind was shattered by grief, Gwyrlael retains formidable powers, and the Emerald Tears make her a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, her insanity makes it unlikely that she will use this power against the Shadow. Aradil knows of her friend’s plight, but for reasons unknown has thus far done nothing to contact her or intervene. For their part, the Night Kings other than Ardherin are largely unaware of Gwyrlael’s presence and know nothing of the Emerald Tears. Sunulael has occasionally wondered what lies within the Trollskarl’s depths, but whenever his cadaverous gaze turns its way, the Shadow’s Sorcerer somehow manages to learn of his interest and distracts him before the Shadow’s Priest peers too closely.

Power Nexus:  Emerald Tears
-  Within the sacred wood formerly called Tir Amrasa Edior (land of the emerald tears), now called Trollskarl roots the mysterious Emerald
Tears, a series of power nexuses that lay at their center.
-  Under the Shadow (page 32)



This is what I've told my players...

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the Trollskarl forest
In the Last Battle, the Shadow’s forces teemed with countless orcs, terrifying fire-breathing dragons, foul demons, raging giant-kin, and other monstrous horrors out of the wild places of the world. One of the abominations put to devastating use against the human cities and elven woods were trolls bred in the vile pits north of the Highhorn mountains. These creatures, twisted by malice and hate, were often in the front of the Shadow’s onslaughts and bore the brunt of the defenders’ wrath. It was therefore not surprising when, in the aftermath of the war, a number of trolls fled their orcish masters and hid themselves in the wilds of Erenland. A large group escaped into the woods now known as Trollskarl. Over the last century, the trolls’ numbers have increased and the forest has become infested with them. Quite apart from the trolls, which orcish hunting parties sometimes attempt to capture, there is a palpable menace in the Trollskarl that is said to arise from a great spirit that haunts the dark center of the woods. The trolls are said to serve this entity, going as far as calling it queen. A mysterious series of power nexuses that lay at their center. The nexuses have been masked by this spirit from the attention of the Shadow and luring hundreds of enemy troops inside her woods to their doom.

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any thoughts?
thanks!
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best,
-kev-
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