Echoes Relationship Map

This image shows the relationships between the characters in this setting. For those who are not helped by a visual representation, we include the same information in bullet-point form below.

Echoes of the Godkiller Relationship Map

The Component…

  • Seeks Sam Eikar

Ortho the Eldest…

  • Does not trust his fellow clones
  • Seeks to control the Component

Ortho the Heartless…

  • Does not trust his fellow clones

Ortho the Youngest…

  • Does not trust his fellow clones
  • Is manipulating Sam Eikar

Sam Eikar, the Savant…

  • Is Millie’s niece
  • Is mostly a pawn in all this

Fulmine Cathak, the Mastermind…

  • Fears the Component
  • Recognizes the important role Sam will play
  • Has been Millie’s ally in the past

Calcite Cathak, the Gunbinder…

  • Has faith in her cousin Fulmine
  • Thinks Stratus is greedy

Stratus Cathak, the Treasure Hunter…

  • Acts aloof toward Fulmine
  • Is genuinely concerned about Calcite

Soulsteel Justice Warrior…

  • Has been Millie’s ally in the past
  • Is famous or infamous across the land

Millie Eikar, the Inventor…

  • Employs Janek and Tenor
  • Has been allied with Fulmine and the Warrior
  • Is Sam’s aunt

Janek Ragara, the Guardian…

  • Is employed by Millie
  • Will protect Sam instinctively
  • Has a crush on Feather
  • Is friends with Tenor

Tenor Black, the Mechanic…

  • Is friends with Janek
  • Is Feather’s older brother
  • Is a high-ranking employee for Millie

Feather Black, the Explorer…

  • Is Tenor’s younger sister

Cyn Walker, Daughter of Ether…

  • Has no idea where she is or who anyone else is.

Fire and Dreams Relationship Map

Below is a relationship map showing the connections between the characters in this setting. For those who are not helped by visual representations, this information is also shown in bullet-point form below.

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Kala the Returned

  • Is at war with Queen Xerith and her city-state
  • Trusts Baru to find the other Solars
  • Respects Tamosh

Queen Xerith

  • Makes war on Kala’s people to build her empire
  • Has no respect for Prince Visho

Baru, The Houseman

  • Isn’t sure how he feels about Kala

Padathera, The Queen’s Bodyguard

  • Feels a strong sense of duty toward the Queen
  • Loves Ruan

Tamosh, The Herdsman

  • Hates Queen Xerith and all her people
  • Respects Kala for what she is doing

Prince Visho

  • Has no respect for his queen

A’tha, The Explorer

  • Is concerned by Tamosh

Ruan, The Prince’s Bodyguard

  • Feels that he must protect Visho and teach him how to be a better man, but doesn’t know how.
  • Loves Padathera

Zirana, The Trader

  • Is concerned about Kala and how she will lead

Katavi, High-Class Assassin

  • Lusts after Visho but sees him as a means to an end

Feschia, The Messenger

  • Has faith in Kala

Dotha, The Boxer

  • Is not very connected to the other characters

Laughter in Chains

  • Is watching Katavi, Visho, Xerith, and Tamosh to recruit one of them

Vashra Tal, The Ancient Advisor

  • Wants to broker peace

Giant’s Glen Relationship Map

This setting’s relationship map is a little different: it uses proximity to show the stories of the characters as they traveled together.

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For those who are not helped by visual aids, we present this summary, with a little extra detail:

Juri and Argent are twin sisters who came to reside in Chestnut Ford.

Ramia lived in Pinedeep Village for years, and Ivy joined her more recently, after Ivy’s change.

Siean rescued Flam, and the two of them traveled to Stonewall Township together, where they met Salome.

Sia and Mari are sisters who traveled together for quite a while. They joined with Ishowo and Koyokoyo (not long after those two met), and were also joined by Margery. Salome banded together with them for the Great Battle, but left after they arrived at Pinedeep.

Maska and Boral met not long ago, just after Boral’s change, but soon parted company. Maska met Ishowo’s band just before they arrived at Pinedeep. Boral has just joined them all there.

Project X Relationship Maps

Project X Mortal Relationship MapProject X Demon Relationship Map

The images above (click for larger versions) are relationship maps to help you understand and remember how the various NPCs of the Academy interact with one another. The top map is for the school’s mortal students; the bottom is for the demons that inhabit them.

For those who aren’t helped by a visual map, here’s the same information in list form:

Mortals

  • Abigail is dating Mio, and teaching Henry
  • Anna is suspicious of Mei, used to date Everett, holds Olivia in disdain, lusts after Rui, and is being manipulated by Soma.
  • Declan is dating Honoka, being trained by Mei, and has an uncertain rivalry with Rui.
  • Evelyn is being hunted by Honoka, and is friends with Ryota
  • Everett is dating Mio, used to date Henry, is using Miyu, is trying to redeem Olivia, and used to date Anna. Mei is his friend and comrade.
  • Henry used to date Everett and Mio. He is teaching Abigail, and has a friendly rivalry with Miyu.
  • Honoka is hunting Evelyn and Ryota to recruit them. She is close friends with Mei, and currently dating Declan.
  • Mei is friends with Honoka, and long-time comrades with Everett. She hates Rui, and is suspicious of Anna. Ryota is her sensei.
  • Mio is dating both Abigail and Everett. She used to be involved with Henry. She is suspicious of Ryota.
  • Miyu is being used by Everett, and she and Olivia hate one another. Henry is her friendly rival.
  • Olivia and Miyu can’t stand each other. Everett is trying to redeem Olivia, though she doesn’t know why. She has disdain for Anna, and is being manipulated by Soma.
  • Rui lusts after Anna, and is being manipulated by Soma. Declan and he are uncomfortable rivals. He knows that Mei hates him, but doesn’t care.
  • Ryota is friends with Evelyn, and suspicious of Mio. He is Mei’s sensei. He doesn’t know that Honoka is recruiting him.
  • Soma is manipulating Rui, Anna, and Olivia.

Demons

  • Ameria, She Who Reviled Form, views Rishimoro with scorn and Degata with disgust. She lusts after Kettering.
  • Catamira, the Broken Hand, is allied with Iskonu, enemies with Zerith, and hates Geggath.
  • Degata, Destiny’s Raiment, is disgusted by Ameria. She regrets past events with Kettering, and knows not of Shotindo’s pride in her.
  • Eleda, The Falling Edge of Sorrow, is bitter toward Shotindo and in love with Mrith.
  • Geggath, the Red Mist, hates Catamira, and is fascinated by Yondan.
  • Halvath, The Harbinger of Final Battle, is suspicious of Zerith and desires Iskonu.
  • Iskonu, the Hound of Destiny, desires Halvath and is allied with Catamira.
  • Kettering, He Whom The World Denies, regrets how things went with Degata, lusts after Ameria, and views Lemeth with terror.
  • Lemeth, That Without Pity, envies Rishimoro, and is wary of Yondan. She laughs at Kettering’s terror.
  • Mrith, the Unheard Truth, is jealous of Rishimoro, is in debt to Iskonu, and loves Eleda.
  • Rishimoro, The Queen with the Coral Heart, scorns Ameria and envies Lemeth. She knows of Shotindo and Mrith’s feelings, but feels little in return.
  • Shotindo, the Wheel of Light, is proud of Degata, longs for Rishimoro, and is bitter toward Eleda.
  • Yondan, the Flame Without Fuel, is wary of Lemeth, is fascinated by Geggeth, and is sibling to Zerith.
  • Zerith, She Without Flaw, is siblings with Yondan, enemies with Catamira, and suspicious of Halvath.

Special note: The “Questions” sections in each character’s description lists the questions that the characters have about their own lives and the strange existence they have in the Contorted Blocks. Unlike characters in other settings, these aren’t questions for the GM to answer.

Here’s which character is bonded with which demon:

  • Abigail – Shotindo, The Wheel of Light
  • Anna – Eleda, The Falling Edge of Sorrow
  • Declan – Halvath, The Harbinger of Final Battle
  • Evelyn – Mrith, The Unheard Truth
  • Everett – Iskonu, The Hound of Destiny
  • Henry – Yondan, The Flame Without Fuel
  • Honoka – Lemeth, That Without Pity
  • Mei – Geggath, The Red Mist
  • Mio – Rishimoro, The Queen with the Coral Heart
  • Miyu – Catamira, The Broken Hand
  • Olivia – Degata, Destiny’s Raiment
  • Rui – Zerith, She Without Flaw
  • Ryota – Kettering, He Whom the World Denies
  • Soma – Ameria, She Who Reviled Form

Other Resources

If your players are creating new characters for use in this setting, here are some additional resources that they may find useful.

Blood Types

Each of the characters of this setting has a blood type listed in their writeup. For those unfamiliar with “blood type personality theory,” we present the traditional archetypes of that schema below.

  • Type A: Earnest, patient, mature, reliable, stubborn, perfectionist.
  • Type B: Creative, active, wild, laid-back, lazy, selfish, irresponsible
  • Type AB: Rational, adaptable, calm, controlled, indecisive, critical
  • Type O: Social, artistic, passionate, determined, jealous, arrogant

Sample Demon Titles

  • Feigo, The Sieve of Destinies
  • Tesari, The Last Breath of Winter
  • Petramba, That Which Water Defends
  • Beltha, The Street Beyond the Door
  • Tevech Kat, Keeper of the Forbidden Library
  • Oto-ufo, The Watcher on the Tower
  • Uomo, The Shepherd of the Stars
  • Aaso-aman, Divider of That which was Whole
  • Wochan, The Knife of the Return
  • Cerid Banneth, Wanderer on Folded Horizons
  • Re’rezath, The Red Wood’s Soil
  • Ghaden, The Hinge that Swings the Sky
  • (–), Whose Name is All

Suggested Female Names

Akari, Amelia, Aoi, Arabella, Ava, Charlotte, Chloe, Cora, Eleanor, Emily, Esme, Haruka, Hina, Hinata, Ichika, Isla, Koharu, Kokona, Lucy, Luna, Mia, Momoka, Penelope, Rin, Rio, Saki, Sakura, Yui, Yuna

Suggested Male Names

Asher, Atticus, Austin, Elliot, Ezra, Graham, Haru, Haruki, Haruto, Hayato, Jasper, Kai, Kaito, Koki, Kota, Lachlan, Lincoln, Matthew, Oliver, Riku, Ryusei, Silas, Sosuke, Sota, Theo, Yuito, Yuki, Yusei, Yuto

Pearl Relationship Map

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The image above (click for a larger version) is a relationship map to help you understand and remember how the various NPCs of the Pearl interact with one another.

For those who aren’t helped by a visual map, here’s the same information in list form:

V’neef Kharavi, Chosen of Wood…

  • Adopted V’neef Detla
  • Is seeking the King of Kindness
  • Respects Ten Thousand Verdant Shoots

V’neef Detla, Sorceress…

  • Was adopted by V’neef Kharavi
  • Is the daughter of Nakotch Tala
  • Is friends with Klatang ‘Emashi
  • Is friends with Vatli Butterfly

Ten Thousand Verdant Shoots, Rice Goddess…

  • Respects V’neef Kharavi
  • Is rivals with Bakdan-O

Bakdan-O, God of Tchatlop Lake…

  • Is rivals with Ten Thousand Verdant Shoots
  • Is watching Vatli Butterfly

Sky Touches Earth, God of Tribute…

  • Is investigating Ten Thousand Verdant Shoots
  • Is investigating Bakdan-O
  • Is being watched by Vatli Butterfly

Kotala Fesho, Chosen of the Moon…

  • Is worried about Klatang ‘Emashi
  • Is fascinated by the King of Kindness
  • Is enemies with Adach Molo
  • Suspects Peacebringer

Klatang ‘Emashi, Chosen of the Moon…

  • Is friends with V’neef Detla
  • Is friends with Vatli Butterfly

Vatli Butterfly, Sidereal-to-be…

  • Is friends with V’neef Detla
  • Is watching Bakdan-O
  • Is watching Sky Touches Earth
  • Is friends with Klatang ‘Emashi
  • Listens to Adach Molo

Adach Molo, Guardian of the Stars…

  • Protects Vatli Butterfly
  • Is enemies with Kotala Fesho

Peacebringer, Chosen of Oblivion…

  • Leads Axaganar
  • Stays away from the other Chosen in the Pearl

Axaganar, Traitor to the Sun…

  • Is hunting Klatang ‘Emashi
  • Is hunting Nakotch Tala
  • Has a deal with the King of Kindness

The King of Kindness, Criminal Mastermind…

  • Has a deal with Axaganar
  • Is fascinated with Kotala Fesho

Nakotch Tala, Pelagial Castoff…

  • Is V’neef Detla’s mother

Sapphire Light, Pelagial Agent…

  • Replaced Nakotch Tala

 

Character Contact Sheet

If you’re curious as to what might be coming up after Pearl of the Realm, here’s a sneak peek at the 124 pieces of beautiful stock art I’ve managed to find over the last few months.

Click for a substantially larger version (though still low-res, because I’m not trying to give away stock art here).

Contact Sheet

The descriptions given in this sheet are subject to change. Many of these I just grabbed because they looked cool, or because I thought the photo was particularly good, so the odds are good that they’ll end up as something other than what I initially thought. Others, though, I have specific plans for. I’m looking at you, Undercover Elemental Dragon and Fair Folk Tribunal.

Splinter Relationship Map

Splinter Relationship Map

The image above (click for a larger version) is a relationship map to help you understand and remember how the various NPCs of the Splinter interact with one another.

Using the Characters

There are three main entry points into this scenario. As Storyteller, the characters you’ll want to use first will depend on where the players’ circle arrives in the Splinter.

The shallow space between Creation and the Splinter might deposit the characters in the badlands, in the southeastern Blessed Continent. Here, they are likely to meet Yatna Modan, possibly in conjunction with a raider assault. If all goes well, he will take them to town of Clearwater, where they would meet the prophet Starsight. Jek Eikar is a potential “sidequest” character before Cynis Operations arrives and the game moves toward River Island.

The second option is that the characters might arrive closer in to the center of the Continent. There, they might run into the airship No Memory, as it carries Cynis Operations and their band of heroes across the land. (The airship is a prototype, and may have to set down for repairs.) The players’ circle will meet these central characters first, then Starsight and her allies, before heading to River Island.

Both of these approaches assume that the the players’ characters will take the opportunity to ally themselves with the native characters. If you don’t think that’s going to be the case with your players, the third possibility is that they might come out on River Island to begin with. Running into Karal Volan or Yushoto Koletta early on might convince them that they’ve landed on the wrong side of the war. Cynis Operations can come in later, as the characters consider an assault on the Weapon. Starsight and her allies likely won’t appear at all in this version.

Give the characters (both player and non-player) time to ask questions and be themselves. This setting is as much a character drama as it is an alternate-dimension story.

Textual Description

For those who aren’t helped by a visual map, here’s the same information in list form:

Karal Volan, the General…

  • Commands the Luminous Godkiller Weapon
  • Provides funding for Yushoto Koletta

Yushoto Koletta, the Genius…

  • Ignores Karal Volan
  • Designed and constructed the Luminous Godkiller Weapon

The Luminous Godkiller Weapon

  • Obeys Karal Volan and Yushoto Koletta
  • Killed Cathak Venkan’s father
  • Killed the adoptive mother of Iselsi Daita and Rhai

Cathak Venkan, the Lookout…

  • Seeks revenge against Karal Volan and the Weapon
  • Hired Cynis Operations

Cynis Operations, the Smugglers…

  • Were hired by Cathak Venkan
  • Recruited Ledaal Miia, the Ragara brothers, the Iselsi twins, Mnemon Reshmi, and the Ticking Mask
  • Once worked with Jek Eikar

Ledaal Miia, the Pilot…

  • Works with Ragara Van and Uto
  • Was recruited by Cynis Operations

Ragara Van and Uto, the Smiths…

  • Were recruited by Cynis Operations
  • Distrust Jek Eikar
  • Know how dangerous Yushoto Koletta is

Iselsi Daita and Rhai, the Cubs…

  • Vowed revenge on the Weapon
  • Were recruited by Cynis Operations

Menmon Reshmi, the Sniper…

  • Was recruited by Cynis Operations

The Ticking Mask, Parasitic God…

  • Was recruited by Cynis Operations

Starsight, the Prophet…

  • Expects the arrival of Cynis Operations
  • Considers Yatna Modan an ally
  • Shares information with Jek Eikar

Yatna Modan, the Badlander…

  • Works with Starsight

Jek Eikar, Mad Inventor…

  • Shares information with Starsight
  • Distrusts Cynis Operations