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Nine Powers Stories

The Town of Awkeld

Dweorg Nobility

Aralg Woodworks

A year ago, when the aristocractic families of Dweorghome decided to found the town of Awkeld, the Aralg family agreed to contribute most of the required effort and money. In exchange, the picked the location and claimed an amazing although immovable artifact—the Everspinning Wrench—in the caverns below the town.

The wealthiest Dweorgs in town are brothers Tyzak and Phazyk Aralg. The rest of their family has returned to Dweorghome, but these brothers stayed to increase their family's wealth. As skilled machinists and carpenters, they use the Everspinning Wrench to power a lumber mill and send both fine lumber and finished carpentry back to Dweorghome.

Quest: The Aralg brothers have heard a rumor about another artifact somewhere within a day's travel. They will pay well if anyone discovers more concrete information. If an adveturer were to actually acquire the artifact, they would offer to buy it for a fair (and outrageous) price.

Quest: One of their lumberjack employees is missing. The only clue is that someone found one of his tools in the nearby woods, broken and bloody. Someone should investigate! The missing Dweorg is Rustly, a vagrant who no longer uses a family name. He saw a suspicious bear (Hyphos the Therion), followed it, and was kidnapped.

Quest: The Aralgs have political enemies at Dweorghome. Tyzak recently survived an assassination attempt. He will hire someone to find out who tried to kill him.

Huedo Arena

Among the aristocractic families of Dweorghome who helped found the town of Awkeld, the Huedo family contributed the most in raw courage. They did most of the work clearing out the local monsters and dangerous animals.

Only one of that family, Dezek Huedo, lives in Awkeld permanently. He lives in the largest building, most of which is a single room. During the day it is used as an indoor arena for sporting events and rainy day archery practice. During the evening Huedo sometimes hosts parties with athletic competitions and friendly gambling.

Dezek is very committed to Achiever, bordering on fanatic in his devotion. Usually several members of his family from Dweorghome are visiting him, eager to join his hunting expeditions that seek out violent Argels or other worthy monsters. The Huedo family is esteemed both as brave hunters and as the town's primary source of tourist trade.

Quest: One of the visitors, Gaejix Huedo, spent a few years working in Blindvale as a poet and dragon hunter. He had to flee that city after a scandalous incident. Yesterday he saw a Blindvale coin in town, and today wants to discreetly hire someone to find out who spent it and if his past is catching up to him. (It was Tryna, who knows his history somewhat, punking him for her own amusement.)

Quest: One of the visitors, Tyrna Huedo, is a reformed criminal. She has heard that her old partner in crime is now out of prison and seeking to hunt her down for revenge on their last job going sour. She wants a bodyguard and investigator. (She is actually not reformed, and came to Awkeld with a contract to assassinate Tyzak Aralg. The attempt failed, and she hopes a bodyguard at her side for a few days will be a character witness about her faked kind and generous personality, if she is suspected.)

Quest: A famous monster hunter of Dweorghome named Marmin Huedo was recently killed when working. His death has caused a scandal when his wife, Kexlina claimed she actually did most of the monster hunting. She has travelled to Awkeld as part of her effort to prove her ability. The PC is hired to accompany her and witness this "test".

The Beautifully Bombastic Brewery

The aristocractic Zantinvo family also helped found the town. Most returned home to Dweorghome. But the family was tired of their antics of young triplet sisters, Abasta, Alerisa, and Alira Zantinvo, and made them stay in Awkeld to run a profitable brewery.

The sisters have taken an unexpectedly serious fondness for their new work. The climate and land around Awkeld is quite different from that around Dweorghome. The sisters pay nearby farmers to grow many different plants used in their brewing, and are able to concoct a refreshingly new beverage every few months. Their family in Dweorghome has become so enamoured of these "Awkeld Brews" that they contribute generously to paying the mercenary guards that protect the trade route and farms between Dweorghome and Awkeld.

The Bombastic Brewery also serves as the town's public house, where warm fires and friendly company keep many townsfolk warm in the early evenings.

Quest: A failed trip into the Enchanted Forest made Abasta a lycanthrope. She is having trouble rebuffing a suitor, a visiting Dweorg minstrel named Annollo Piper, who is close to learning her secret. She wants to discreetly hire help in rebuffing the suitor.

Quest: Alerisa has been having a secret relationship with a black market smuggler named Gvindel. She wants him to retire and marry her. He enjoys his illegal profession. She hires the PC to help persuade him.

Quest: The sisters have inherited a strange dagger with an odd power: whenever it kills a person the wielder becomes enchanted with a dangerous and evil ability. They were not told what it does, but knew it was once a gift from either Maw Lute (part of a panolpy) or Gnash (prize from a Last One Standing contest). Now it has been stolen.

Dweorg Commoners

Meek Manor

Two Dweorg siblings, Grost Fastolm and Krutha Fastolm, run the town's monastary.

Grost is the day watch captain. With a virtuous Kobalt named Raisy he leads the efforts to cleanse the monsters out of UnderAwkeld.

Krutha, who is quite a bit younger than her brother, is the town's "priest" of Little Humble and its unofficial judge when disputes arise. She is also the teacher for the town's children with lessons four days each week.

An Argel named Gekot Thinlip also lives here: he helps the day watch and spends his other time praying to Little Humble and doing meditative exercises in an attempt to improve his recognizably Argel-like mind.

Quest: Grost and Raisy need help dealing with a particularly tough monster under the town.

Quest: A famous out-of-town group of assassins, the Women of Undesirable Reputation, has taken refuge in manor. Everyone wants them out, but Little Humble's rules for Meek Manors forbid expelling them forcefully.

Armory

This building serves as the town's armory, for when everyone needs to arm themselves to repel invading monsters. It also has the offices of the night watch.

A Dweorg couple, Omum and Rinja Pawlin, run the night watch and keep the armory's inventory ready for use.

Quest: A perfumed dagger, the calling card of a famous but anonymous wandering burglar, was left at the armory. Omum suspects it is a prank and haox, but will pay someone to investigate. (A Therion mercenary named Yali has managed to become employed by both the Spiders and the Argels to keep the north wild enough for them. She left the dagger hoping to create mistrust and division among the townsfolk.)

Farms

When some aristocractic families of Dweorghome founded Awkeld they cleared a road from the town to the North Dweorg river. Now many farms stretch along this road. Traveling merchant groups act as a defesive armed presence in exchange for food and lodging.

Most of the farms are Dweorg residences, with an underground home and aboveground farmland. A few are owned by Therions eager to escape the Therion-Ogre warfare in the south.

Quest: A farm home is mysteriously empty, with no signs of struggle, and no tracks or other clues. (An artifact throne was dug up in the farmer's field. Anyone who sits on the throne for an entire night gains both a blessing and a curse. Some helpful Purblind "owlbeasts" came to explain what it did to the farmer's family, and is helping them move it someplace secure.)

Kobalts

Wrestlewarren

This mess of run-down buildings is where the town's Kobalts from Kobaton live. The violent squabbling natural to Kobalt society is allowed here, but not elsewhere in town.

Tezri is their leader, but his authority is diminished as he is not a true Ancestor of a complete Superfamily. He suspects that his wicked cousin Dalovia is the bandit leader responsible for intercepting Lammi's herb shipment.

Yatovi is Terzi's younger sister and the town's main minstrel. She treats the Argel named Runget who is infatuated with her like a pet (which is more than enough attention to make Runget the happiest Argel ever).

Darzi is Terzi's younger brother, who visits the nearby farms each day to check in on them helpfully (publicly) and also assist in smuggling to and from Kobalton (secretly). He works closely with Aralm.

Aralm is the Kobalt market-master. He is a genuinely reformed and retired pirate, whose investments were so successful that he could pay back his victims yet still retire in style. He hopes Awkeld is a safely isolated place, where he can oversee the market, notarize important business transactions, offer low-interest loans, and in other ways keep the town's economy healthy.

Grun-grun's Hut - Grun-grun is a Kobalt barbarian who prefer to lives slightly outside the town walls. He works as a bodyguard, and is happy to be paid with desserts. He would be willing to work for Tyrna, but she knows he would not serve as a charismatic character witness.

Quest: Tezri needs to deliver a message to Kobaton as quickly as possible. The route is well-mapped, but dangerous.

Quest: Grun-grun found strange black plants. Give him creepy feeling. Grow a day's journey south of town. Fish kept in bucket with the plants grow huge, spiny, and mean. Grun-grun has been "making" big fish to sell as pets. But someone ate one, and changed too...

Argels

Skewt's Home

Skewt, the talking Argel, and the other Argels who have joined him have adopted the last name Thinlip to better participate in Dweorg society. Skewt now devotes his time to the town's public gardens.

WeMadeACave

The town's two other social Argels live in a this "cave" made from a pile of boulders. They are very proud of their home.

Jernot Thinlip is a huge Argel that tried awkwardly to be helpful to everyone in town. After several disasters due to failed communication or clumsy displays of strength, he found a use working the town's millstone. The town's Dweorgs maintain the small public mill, which Jernot happily works whenever anyone needs their grain ground into flour.

Runget Thinlip is a small Argel who is infatuated with Yatovi and happy to be her pet. He spends most of his time at the Bombastic Brewery, adoring her music or waiting for her to return to her favorite seat near the fireplace.

Bergtrolls

Sunshine Flower Home

Lammi Farrow is a Bergtroll herbalist who runs the town's boarding house and herb shop. The building has the herb shop and her rooms on the ground floor, and three rooms for rent above. Lammi also acts as the town's healer. She is unusually funny (especially for a Bergtroll) which makes her enough fun to be around that most townsfolk do not mind her racial pride and snootiness. Currently two of the rented rooms are occupied.

The first rented room has the Dweorg traveling scholar Pinzran the Old, who is actually an Ogre (named Incisey) disguised as the Dweorg partner with whom he is searching for magical gems and artifacts. "Pinzran" would love to steal the Everspinning Wrench, and has marked a few potential entrances to the caverns under the town with unwashable graffiti.

The second rented room is where Raisy lives for now. She hopes to find treasure under the town soon, to get her own small home.

Quest: Lammi is expecting a shipment of a rare herbs from the Bergtrolls of Mount M'Lady. The shipment is several days late. She will pay someonw to find the delayed merchant and bring back the herbs, or at least a report. (Dalovia and her bandits took it.)

Quest: Lammi has heard a rumor about rare berries growing in the swamps to the northwest. She would certainly pay for a map to where they grow, and a few berries as samples.

Quest: The PC finds a note, or other evidence, that suggests Pinzran is involved in a plot against Awkeld. But there is not enough proof to have the Pinzran questioned or arrested.

Barrowers

Museum and Graveyard

Two barrowers live in town. Odan-Joppo Vertun manages the museum and graveyard. His wife, Kelya-Ritti Vertun, breeds oozes and runs the town's sanitation service.

Quest: Grave robbers have been molesting the cemetery. Odan-Joppo wants to hire someone to stand watch during the daylight hours for several days, preferably stealthily. (A Dweorg named Puseth Ranger is a woodsman with powers from the Enchanted Forest to corrupt and command Undead. He has been taking the corpses as additions to his dormant yet growing army.)

Hermit in the Woods

The barrower Lydo-Pavo Yzyz hears prophetic whispers. She would like to settle down, but cannot find peace from the portents.

Quest: The town's council is facing a tricky decision, and the local Dweorg nobility hires the PC to find Lydo-Pavo and ask her about the issue.

Cultist in UnderAwkeld

The barrower Taliso-Embu Quilzu defends the "Bug Cult" area of UnderAwkeld. This is a lonely but important job, and rich in historical significance to make his family proud.

Quest: Long ago this hill was where the Dweorg king Tygare Strongthews ruled the underground city-state named Tygare-Ore. The local Dweorg nobility know this, and secretly seek evidence that their lineage is most direct. When Argels who conquered the caverns, a few stayed underground and slowly changed into the "Purple Argels" whose isolation kept them primitive, bestial, and irredeemiably predatory. Speleoth feeds them, but they are old, bored, and hungry for new flavors.

Quest: The "Bug Cult" was a dreadful group of ancient Dweorgs who kidnapped the people of Tygare-Ore to use as sacrificial victims. A Therion named Hyphos has learned of it and seeks its secrets: surely there was a Dealer who was doing something in exchange for what the cultists brought it, and those offerings got explained as sacrificing people? For now Hyphos forces some Purblind "imps" to bother the town, and has captured Rustly but is unsure what to do with the lumberjack.

Tuathsith

Scroll Store

Cheekpounches is the town's only Tuathsith. She has a hamster head. She runs the only spell-scroll store. She is so reclusive that no one else is sure about her gender or social interests.

Spell-Scrolls for Sale

Forced Improvisation - The first time in a combat that you attack with a specific improvised weapon (furniture, rocks, etc.) you get a situational advantage bonus

Critical Growth - For an hour your critical weapon hits cause you to temporarily grow in size

Critical Shrinkage - For an hour your critical weapon hits cause the target to temporarily shrink in size

Critical Knockback - For an hour your critical weapon hits cause the target to fly backwards

A "critical" hit can be a rare high die roll, or if no dice are used it can apply after defeating an opponent to the next target hit

Quest: A retired adventurer sold Cheekpounches some "treasure maps". She is especially curious about one map in particular: does it really lead to an interesting and profitable location?

Quest: A shifty-acting visitor to town (Dalovia) hired Cheekpounches to copy a very old book. Inside she found a small paper, hidden under the back pastedown page. The paper contains a message written in an unknown language, apparently a numbered list with the first three entries crossed out. Cheekpounches copied the message before replacing the original and completing her job.

Pixies

Smithy

A male pixy named Yosuru used to work as a smith in Dweorghome, but in that city of extraordinary craftsmanship his remarkable strength was not enough to earn him reknown. Here in Awkeld his work is much appreciated, and when his craft needs subtle finesse there are plenty of skilled Dweorgs able to lend him a hand.

A female pixy named Illysuru from the same tree also lives here when not traveling. She is the local Story Finder.

Others

Dragon's Lair

A young dragon named Chasethrukix has moved nearby. It claims to have gold, and want to buy armor, weapons, and artwork. But is it trustworthy?

Quest: An NPC was involved in a murder years ago. His partner in the crime kept a journal, now hidden in a cellar under a shop. The partner left Arlinac Town years ago. He recently sent the NPC a letter informing him of the journal. The NPC hires the PC to retrieve the journal, not read it, and deliver it.

Quest: A lodger in an inn paid for a week's privacy in a room (to decipher a treasure map and its accompanying page). He was murdered, and the map and page stolen. The PC is hired by the innkeeper when the smell becomes an unbearable clue.

Quest: A pirate treasure is buried beneath a temple. The temple's priests would not allow any digging. The PC must do favors for the priests to become allowed to dig there.

Quest: An NPC merchant specializing in enchanted items is the subject of suspicion and accusations when it is noticed that many of his items find their way back to his shop after the old customers die.

Quest: A young woman has braved for Enchanted Forest for an unusual reward: although her homely appearance is unchanged normally, in moonlight she becomes amazingly beautiful.

Quest: The son and daughter of two rival families eloped two nights ago. The PC is hired by both fathers, tasked with bringing back the missing son. The son's own father wants to protect him; the rival father wants him punished.