Organizations in the planes beyond

Oh, there’s uncountable scores of guilds and sects, factions and orders and sworn-kinships and organizations, cults and councils and fate knows what else out across the planes, no doubt about it. Some of them are notably, almost painfully local; some span many of the realms; some make it their goal to spread …

Here and here are two d66 tables of such odd fellowships one might populate the planes with — and presented right here are another eight such, tuned a little more to the afterworlds in particular:

d8Faction NameFaction Details
01Ringwalkers“The worlds are uncountable. So are experiences. Find as many as both as you can,
and share them — with care! — whenever possible.”

Hands-on researchers of planar travel — to the point that no one’s really
sure if they named the process, or took their name from it — and founders of
countless waystops, wanderer’s caches, and guild centres dedicated to
cataloguing and spreading knowledge of the planes and how to travel to them.
– several varieties of particoloured or prismatic spectra; rainbow ring
– hooded cloak or longcoat with lots of pockets, collection of chapbooks or
scrolls, ring-pattern logbook, sturdy knife, pouch of small souvenir samples
from across the planes
02Last Breath“Get them to their final destination, one way or another.”
Self-appointed psychopomps, dedicated to gathering up wayward deceased souls
from the Corerealms (and even, at times, from elsewhere) and ferrying them back
to where they belong before the dead are carved up in a treasury somewhere.
– white, violet, and silver; paired wings (shape may vary)
– directory of common Core afterlives, lantern staff, soul-pyx, pouch of bone
coin, scrollcase of unsigned contracts
03The Eternal“We will unpick the knot of secrecy and claim a forever existence.”
A motley organization with one feature in common — these folk have seen the
existence of unchanging entities, and they have every intention of divining the
source of true immortality for themselves.
– gold and rose; five-petaled blossom
– personal research notes, grimoire of ancient beasts and daemons, flask of
dubious elixir, chirurgeon’s kit, ritual blade
04Squires Of Iron“The judgements of the Iron Court are absolutes — absolute in their
impartiality, absolute in their insight, absolute in banes and blessings both
— and it is well to carry their words and be their hands.”

The Iron Judges may be famed across the worlds, but seldom does one such grim
luminary leave the black iron embrace of the Court; this they leave to lesser
lights who have, for reasons of their own, pledged themselves to Quietus and its decrees.
– black and grey; barbed chain
– courier’s satchel, collection of summons, decrees and judgements, iron token
of the Court, grey shawl or mantle, return-jewel for the Court
05Silver Talons“No greater hunger, no greater desire, no greater delight.”
There’s no beating around the bush with these folks; souleaters through and
through, they relish the shards and fragments — and, sometimes, souls entire
— that they acquire, considering themselves gourmets of the highest order and
always searching for new ‘flavours’. Most are Faded, but not all.
– silver and steel; clutching claw
– papers of admittance to a Soul Market (forged), deathsbone calipers and
scale, personal logbook, tiny pouch of souldust, silverglass dagger
06Fortuna“Each and every one of the myriad worlds resonates with its own rhythm, its
own melody. If you could weave those into one symphony, what wonders might be?”

Musicians, poets, and wanderers all, searching out the intangible jewels that
they call the music of the spheres and hoping to share those wondrous moments
of aural enlightenment with any who open themselves up to hear.
– royal blue and violet; single musical note (shape varies)
– satchel of musical notation and verse, crystal tube-chime, tuning fork,
musical instrument, flask of ambrosia-in-wine
07Incursicates“Show me where worlds collide.”
For some it’s not the realms that fascinate, it’s the times when one plane
reaches out to fuse with and overcome another, with all the chaos and the
clashing that that entails. Whether joining an incursion, throwing in with
defenders, or simply observing the results, it’s the act itself — and what springs from it — that counts.
– amber and brick; ten-armed star
– weapon of choice, warding charm, disruption compass, heavy cloak or
longcoat, baubles from incursion fusions past
08Weavers Of Mirrors“All things dream, though they may know it not. Let us show you what you’ve
lost.”

There is a world betwixt and between all worlds, the Weavers insist, a place
of dream and nightmare that unites all the Afterworlds as one but can only be
touched briefly by most. The Weavers insist, as well, that the patterns they
weave draw from that very mirrored whirlpool of all that was and is.
– chrome and pearl; unornamented disc
– portable loom, dream-spindle, satchel of strange cloth-bolts, sewing kit, dagger or other tool of unknown substance
and infinite others, of course, the worlds being what they are

friends and foes: another d66 factions and orgs

I just couldn’t help myself, I needed to write up another pile of odd folks for PCs to join, NPCs to represent, and plot hooks to fall off of.

And then I took ages to actually get to writing them because that’s how I roll, alas. Lol.

Just like the last time around, each faction/organization/guild/whatever has a name, a slogan/quote, a line or two explaining them a bit more, faction colours and symbol, and a list of five bits of gear. Also like the last time around, don’t limit a PC’s starting stuff to just the kibble listed here; this is for flavour. Give them half (or all, why not?) beginning funds, or “rations+bedroll+backpack+clothes+1 weapon if desired+2d10 [currency]”, or a starting character package, whichever you’re using — having a few more gribbles won’t break anything.

d66Faction NameFaction Details
11Glass Tears“Life, like glass, is both fragile and wounding, beautiful and wrought from common stuff. As our craft, so goes the world.”
Lampworkers and glassblowers, dedicated to perfecting their craft and using it as an allegory for improving themselves and the world
– coal black and orange; phial
– handful of glass billets, several glass bottles and baubles, blowpipe, shard collection, heavy leather apron
12Icemeisters“The cold soothes well, delights well, preserves well, hides well.”
Tenders of ice-houses and hidden freezes, caterers of frozen confections and whispered repositories of other, more concerning objects needing kept on ice
– silver and pale blue; icicle
– winter cloak, ice-knife, sweet syrups, logbook of requests, coded lists and map of hidden ice-houses
13The Lion’s Paw“Be mighty. Be proud, not prideful. Most of all, be aware of those who look to you when you roar.”
Hedge-knights and self-proclaimed heroes happy to step up for a flower as much as for riches and glory
– gold and brown; lion’s pawprint
– tawny mantle, flashy outfit, letter of recommendation from high or noble house, signet or seal, token of favour
14The Flicker“The shortest moment, the tiniest crumb can be of the utmost importance. Don’t blink.”
Gatherers of secrets and connectors of dots, organized into loose cells with connections in the wildest of places
– white and orange; candle-flame outline
– pouches of small trinkets and bits, scrollcases of scribbled notes, deadletter drop-box, vial of lemon-ink, glass lens
15Absolution“May darkness be cleansed, may the spirit be lifted on milky clouds heavenward.”
Confessors and confidantes who offer listening ears without judgement and a release from secrets and emotional turmoil
– amber and milk; loose spiral
– brazier, charcoal, paper twist of myrrh, pouch of amber nodules, chapbook of blessings, exorcisms and wardings
16Coiling Path“Whisper and tend, carry prayers and curses, and leave no tether behind you as you move on.”
Wandering tenders and menders of consecrated locales in out of the way places, ever ready to replace stones, touch up paint, or murmur a re-dedication
– grey and green; shrine-rune
– node-map of shrines and holy sites (work in progress), skin of pure water, carpenter’s or mason’s tools, carved bowl, holy oil
21Crucible“Disparate parts, and peoples, are ever stronger when combined.”
Sweet-tongued courtiers and middlemen, dedicated to fostering links between individuals, groups and communities — and ever ready to remind others of existing links
– bronze and blue; crucible
– bronze brooch, folio of observations, invitation to society function, copy of historical treaty, puzzlebox
22Greentouch“Not to worry, I’m sure I have something for what ails you.”
Herbalists, with all that that can imply; one man’s meat is another man’s poison, after all. Sometimes literally.
– pale green and dark green; sprout
– paper-twists of seeds and dry herbs, sleepmint, silvered snips, kettle, toxic blossoms
23Farwander“There’s always more to see.”
Sometimes people just want to travel to the horizon and beyond just to make the trip and tell about it. These are those people.
– brown and violet; footprint
– sturdy footwear, well-patched shoulderbag, several packets of letters, cairnstone, coloured cords
24The Letterflies“Everything opens up with the written word, so spread it — secretly if necessary.”
Staunch believers in literacy and what it unlocks, happy to teach letters, draft texts, carve typefaces, and create all manner of small, useful, and sometimes contraband documents to do it
– dark green and white; butterfly
– satchel of pamphlets and lesson sheets, slate and chalk, writing kit, portable press, current ciphers
25Wardens of Years“The march of time must never be forgotten.”
Keepers of history’s events and the passing of days, dedicated — some might say obsessed — with the passing of time
– sand and silver; timepiece
– annals logbook, personal diary, hourglass or hour-candles, year-staff, tally cords
26Knights of the Brine“There’s nothing like the quest for the perfect pickle.”
Pickle enthusiasts united in sharing samples, locations of excellent fruits and vegetables or salts and spices, and iterating on endless recipes while caching crocks across the countryside
– yellow and green; crock
– pickling crock, pouches of salt and bran, bottle of vinegar, pickle samples (extra rations), twists of spices
31Fireheart“In the flame, find yourself.”
Adherents of a meditative philosophy centred around silent self-contemplation while gazing into a single flame, believing it to soothe emotion and reveal one’s future
– orange and red; tongue of flame
– lamp and oil, brazier, personal notes, small pouch of ashes, charcoal
32The Queen’s Hands“Look to the bee, and know grace and gratitude.”
Beekeepers and harvesters of wild honey who wax lyrical about the virtues of the bee and its produce at the drop of a pin; often distributors of both hive produce and new colonies
– gold and golden-brown; bee
– logbook of wild hives, bee skep, satchel of beeswax blocks, crock of honeycomb, dozen beeswax candles
33The Last Dance“Save the last dance for me.”
These are dancers, yes, and sometimes singers and sometimes musicians, united in the goal of bringing liveliness and entertainment (and maybe a pointed tale or two) to any who offer a coin or a wish, whether in taverns, high halls or the open road
– medley of any colours; ring
– bright outfit, musical instrument or dancer’s rings, weighted shawl or scarf, hidden knife, shoulderbag with secret pocket
34Scrapsnipes“There’s nothing that can’t be repaired, reused, or repurposed.”
Scavengers of discards and maestros of rusted metal who don’t turn up their noses at any object, no matter how broken or battered; if it can’t be reused, it can be remade. And they often think the same about living beings.
– rust and black; broken nail
– sack of metal bits, tiny anvil, mallet, sewing kit, crock of lacquer, patchwork cloak
35The Scarlet Bough“The days grow short and we must all prepare for what’s coming next. in order to see the days grow long again.”
Harvesters and preservers who descend on a crop to help with the reaping and butchering one day, string up drying fruits and meats the next, and know reliable ways to prepare and preserve nearly anything edible
– scarlet and orange; treebranch
– smoked joint, sickle, knowledge and access to several storage caches, sack of seedcorn, portable quern
36The Silver Key“Swift, and proper, application of all law is the only just application of law.”
Whether barristers or archivists, self-informed sages or those who learned in the trenches, all members agree on one thing; that the law of a land must be just, and it must apply to all equally, or it is no law at all.
– silver and white; key
– law codes for several cities and kingdoms, packet of letters, set of skeleton keys, cipher book, carrier pigeon
41Openers of the Way“There are worlds beyond this one, and it’s just a matter of finding where intersections are.”
Tracers of essence-lines and mappers of weak barriers between existences, whether for curiosity, wariness, power, or simple verification
– colour spectrum; rainbow
– homemade map of lines and nodes, pendulum, glass bell, iron wand, silver-tipped wand
42Heartweave“Have you heard the latest from the Grey Wind? Or received a copy of their writings? What did you think?”
A network of poets and storytellers committed to spreading their works by written copy and formal gatherings both
– cream and lavender; eight-petaled flower
– hand-bound collection of poems, seal engraved with pseudonym, letter of introduction, packet of fancy papers, writing gear
43Heaven’s Blood“I’ll do what you cannot.”
Sin-eaters, pursuers of vengeance, and upholders of the most visceral of oaths
– crimson and gold; droplet
– sealed contract, consecrated balm, black razor, crimson veil, sinner’s chalice
44Daysend“At the border between day and night lie revelations.”
Mystics and muses fascinated with the flow of colours and light in the twilight hours and the inspiration — the tingle of spirit, some day — that those hours grant the fervent
– pink and orange; disc
– sitting-cushion, prism, dew-collecting cloth, twilight-dyed sash or scarf, scroll of personal revelations
45Walkers at Midnight“None who prey on heart’s blood will be suffered to exist. I swear it.”
Dedicated hunters, these, targeting the worst of the blood-drinkers, soul-eaters and others of their ilk. Those who feed lightly and with care are spared … usually
– black and moon-yellow; dagger
– silvered resin, rowanwood stakes, holy water or oil, warding charm, wineskin
46The Winding River“Tell me who someone is, and I will tell you where they hail from.”
Tracers of genealogies of all sorts — bloodlines of people, of beasts, even of crops — and ever dedicated to noting every side-branch, secret and dead-end
– grey and blue; water braid
– salvaged letters, work ledger, illuminator’s gear, maps to several catacombs, copy of chosen genealogy
51Wyrmstouch“We claim the great beasts’ mark as our own.”
Dragon hunters of a different stripe, linked to the wyrms — and, for some, to each other — through being anointed with, or consuming, dragon’s blood
– dark red and midnight blue; flame
– dragon scale, wax-lined drinking horn, packet of soothing herbs, tally-notched torc, map to dragon’s lair
52Garden Eternal“Somewhere out there lies the source of eternal life; waiting to be plucked, perhaps even in plain sight.”
The fruit of eternal life grants immortality, these folks believe — but which fruit, and consumed in what manner? And where will it be found? The quest continues —
– rose and emerald; stylized fruit tree
– lidded basket, several kinds of fruit (fresh and preserved), scraps of pomery manuscripts, cutting from fruit tree, scrawled recipe notes
53Eyes of the Cat“Where the cat leads, we follow; what we discover, the cat must know.”
Not quite cat worshipers but not far from it, being staunch believers in feline wisdom — and feline bestowing of secrets and curses
– bronze and black; cat’s eye
– cat companion, riding satchel (for cat), pouch of smoked fish, tiger’s eye amulet, libation dish
54Bonescribes“The departed live again through the new voices we give them.”
A tightly-knit organization of copyists, scribes and illuminators who create their works with bone black pigments and pens carved from bone, all obtained from those who were lost
– ivory and black; skeletal hand
– pouch of bone black cakes, inkstone and water well, case of bone pens and styli, sheaf of parchment, femoral scrollcase
55Canticle“Inspiration, composition, at any cost.”
These poets, songsmiths and authors chase after dreams and visions, throwing themselves into the pursuit of new enlightenments with which to feed their ravenous muse
– teal and gold; teardrop
– draft of current work, skin of spirits or poppy, pilgrimage badge, instrument or manuscript, diary of revelations
56Black Heralds“None so mighty once they’ve been laid low in mud and blood.”
Battlefield scavengers who bring rough mercy and mercenary gain in equal measure, trading trophies and mementos as readily as they ransom their catches to the high folk
– black and grey; raven
– sturdy carry-pack, chopping dagger, bloodstained noble’s blazon, collection of battlefield oddments, pennant
61The Verdurance“Bring the entire world into the comforting embrace of all green things.”
Planters of seeds, couriers of sprouts, grafters of limbs; if a plant can be encouraged to grow wherever they pass, these dedicated souls will place at least one before moving on
– leaf green and brown; sprout
– seed pouches; sheaf of cuttings; small shears; folding trowel; logbook of plantings
62The Stone Egg“We find what sleeps within the stone.”
Carvers of alabaster and greenstone, chert and serpentine, who divine deeper meaning in the forms that their work creates
– dark gray and white; egg
– small chisels, mallet, grease-stick, satchel of stone nodules, finished statuette
63Roaring Mice“Everything ends, but only if we allow it. Fight back.”
Doesn’t matter if it’s crumbling structures, corrupted infrastructures, or the forces of entropy itself; these would-be rebels push against the notion that there’s nothing that can stop the fall
– violet and flame; mouse
– bead-code, chirurgeon’s satchel, purloined document, shining-knife, crafter’s toolkit
64Tomorrow’s Rose“Lessen pain by sharing it, redirecting it.”
Artisans of roses, yes, and every rose symbolizing a scar that’s been shared, accepted, and assimilated; for them people, like roses, continue long past being cut down
– burgundy and dark green; rose
– skin of rosewater, vial of attar, rose petal preserves, briar torc, bundle of rose seedlings
65Imperishable“The heavens hear those who give their hopes and dreams to eternity.”
Instead of searching for fates amongst the stars, these dreamcrafters choose to chart their own chosen destinies and hang them on the jewels of the night sky
– royal blue and silver; scatter of stars
– star charts, miniature orrery, collection of notes, paper twist of starcrystal, dream scrolls
36The Final Light“We will lead them home.”
Psychopomps bearing a soft glow and a quiet wish through the dark — whether true or metaphorical — to grant wandering spirits their final rest.
– pale gold and dark grey; pumpkin
– lantern staff, shroud-shawl, foxfire candles, chalice, pouch of consecrated ashes
as before, none of these groups are archetype-locked.
combine them with whatever class (or whatever) you wish, it’s cool that way

who’s that you’re with?: d66 factions and orgs

I’ve had some one-word prompt tables from various writing and art challenges squirrelled away, and finally sat myself down and did something with smashing a few together. My train of thought, over too many weeks to admit, went like this:

  1. I kind of want to write up some starting equipment arrays, like that one in Knock!, but I need to make not just like the one in Knock! …
  2. *keeps on making little phrase+themed equipment list starting ‘kits’ in pocketrpg stuff*
  3. That table of Wilusan factions in City Of Chains worked out pretty good …

And in the end, I took the route of letting all three smash together. Lol.

So here are 36 factions/organizations/guilds/however you’d like to call them. They each have a name, a slogan/quote, a line explaining them a bit more, faction colours and symbol, and a list of five bits of gear. You can use them for quick NPC shorthand, or as groups PCs can belong to, or both.

On equipment: If using these as beginning PC options, I highly recommend also giving PCs a general “starting package”; maybe half the usual beginning funds, or something along the lines of “rations+bedroll+backpack+clothes+1 weapon if desired+2d10 [currency]”, adjusted to taste. Don’t stint them adventuring basics because they chose a bit more flavour is what I’m getting at here — there’s a reason that with very few exceptions these faction blocks have no weapons etc in them.

In any case, on with the main event —

d66Faction NameFaction Details
11Barbed Walkers“The merest scratch may bring low the unworthy.”
Quiet observers and quieter meddlers, most often seen on the back roads and in the back alleys offering a bit of bread, a word carried along, a blade in the ribs
– brown and rust-red; briar knot
– wax tablet or slate, dozen cords for message-knots, edge-sharpened trowel, weathercloak, thorn-vial
12Guiding Light“We find our way through the darkness together.”
More than lantern-bearers and candlesmiths, freely offering words of advice, murmurs of encouragement or simply a supportive silence and open hand
– pale gold and dark amber; candle flame
– lantern staff, oil flask and wicks, hand-warmer, counting beads, dozen candles
13The Unseen“Be like the small crawling ones of the world; unnoticed, and therefore everywhere.”
To some, the best place to be is hidden in plain sight. Or, even better, to be able to insinuate oneself wherever one wishes, whether the long-sealed manor or the exclusive gala.
– bright green and brown; a beetle
– fifty feet of strong rope, barbed gloves, sturdy shoulderbag, notebook of infiltrations, pouch of disguises
14Respitalers“Let none be left in suffering and pain.”
There are healers, and there are healers; and then there are those who walk fearlessly into the jaws of battle and pestilence, without judgement or hesitation, to do what must be done.
– dark green and blood red; open-palmed hand
– balm-box, golden needles and silk thread, scouring soap, coils of bandages, misericorde
15Joyhearts“If there’s not enough hope in the world, it’s up to us to create it.”
Entertainers and clamourors, dashing street actors and colourful fools straight out of the tales and embellished histories, anyone willing to dedicate a smile and a song.
– medley of bright colours; butterfly
– well-thumbed book of tales, bright-coloured cloak, musical instrument or gameboard, packets of news, broadsheet paints
16Alraune Network“It’s alright if you don’t entirely trust me. But do listen to me.”
Embracing the ways of hedges and herbs, poultices and poxes, whispers and hexes, roots and bones and waxy strange sweets from dogeared family tomes works better than given credit for.
– orange and maroon; mandrake fruit
– pouches of seeds or dry fungi or tiny bones, coils of multicoloured yarn, stoppered horn of special salve, layered cloak, yellowed girdle-book, storage gourd
21Eel-Peers“The deeps and torrents clutch their bounty close, but not from us.”
Beachcombers and bargefolk, fishers and foragers, purveyors of treasures and tales and, yes, an abundance of seafood
– pale grey and sea-green; coiled eel
– weighted net, leister and hooks, oiled mantle, pearly ornament, hand-drawn map
22Cornucopia“May a thousand thousand dishes grace a thousand thousand tables.”
Whether frugal or fancy, nothing but the most respect is made to prepare and present food; and woe to any who would waste any morsel without cause
– golden brown and cream; cooking vessel
– extra rations of all sorts, mess kit, collapsible firedog and pot, spice packets, waxed cloths
23Souls Of Silver“Change without breaking, come back from nothing.”
Mystically inclined and determined to withstand whatever the world throws at them, concealing their hardiness behind reflections, mirrors, and metamorphoses
– silver, white; moon disc
– round mirror, silver bell, timepiece, personal diary, moonstone shard
24Chasseurs Wych“The wild summerlands lie under hill, and no venom is sweeter, no chains softer.”
Changeling-child, Bright One-cursed, stumbler into a witchfire revel or bearing quicksilver blood, it does not matter, only the glory and cruel mercy of Faerie matters.
– ruby red and royal purple; fleur-de-lis
– butterfly-wing tunic, pouch of breadcrumbs, graven pebbles, twig dolly, hunting horn
25The Swift“Let the heavens themselves shake with the thunder of hooves.”
Horse-folk. The gentling of wild-running beasts, the soothing of newborn foals, breeders of the most stunning of mounts, all this and more. Woe to those who harm horses.
– grey and deep brown; horse
– bitless halter and reins, saddle and tack, loyal horse, currying tools, ribbons and banner
26Grey Shawls“Mourning is a needed, natural thing, and it may last; so long as none are harmed.”
Professional mourners, congregating not to feast on grief and loss but to guide those grieving through their loss without losing even more
– soft grey and dusty blue; ring
– grey shawl, pouch of ashes, watered wine, incense pendant, paper and ink
31The Bright Path“As history unfolds, as the roads wind on, we will ever find our way, and our fates, in the stars.”
Navigators and diviners, searching the night skies above for the answers to what lies ahead in all ways and measures
– blue-black and silver; multi-pointed star
– astrolabe, star charts, birth charts, road map, starmetal bauble
32Wildwalkers“Everything you ever need is outside farms and roads and cities. Come and find it.”
Hunters and tamers of beasts, foragers of wild produce and crafters of some of the most prized of wild material, from pine mushrooms to pelts to rainbows of dyes
– rufous and black; claw
– fur mantle, dozen snares, pouch of herbals, paintstones, wild sheep fleece
33Pact Scarlet“Life is in the blood, and the blood is not to be wasted without purpose or honour.”
Executioners of grave verdicts and grim oaths both, whether life’s-blood washes their blades, crosses their lips or signs the documents in their care
– deep red and steel grey; droplet
– executioner’s weapon, blood ink, unfilled contracts, wax and signet, sealed drinking horn
34Wayforger’s Guild“Freedom is for all, and for all time.”
None shall be constrained, say these folk; not by locks, nor confinement, nor small-minded ignorance nor crushing powers, because ways can be found around all.
– blue and green; key
– skeleton key, law codes, diamond-toothed file, writ of passage, writ of archive membership
35Widening Gyre“Our winged kin know much that they can teach us.”
Avian enthusiasts in all ways, raising birds from pigeon to peregrine, hummingbird to harrier, and finding wisdom in both the act and in the soaring of their charges
– brass and grey; feather
– trained bird, packets of feathers, notes on bird-flight divination, mist net, collection of leg rings
36Open Hearth“Be ye great or small, be welcome; we all need a moment’s warmth.”
Hospitality within one’s means is the philosophy, given without price or extracted oaths, whether a warm place to sleep by the fireside or the offer of shared cloak and travel-bread on the road.
– dark orange and yellow; open gate
– firestarter, extra cloak, extra rations, field dressings, horn of mead or cider
41Scribes of Whispers“What came before, we record in the now and pass to the future.”
Scholars, copyists and explorers of ruins, believing that peoples may come and go, but their beliefs and traditions must live on, whether passed on from those who share or found in broken remnants
– copper and ivory; rings linked in a triangle
– scribe’s kit, antique map, dozen blank scrolls, oil paper and charcoal, offerings for the long dead
42The Cresting Wave“There’s no greater joy than the open sea and the salt breeze for your breath.”
Sail-trimmers and shipwrights, fishers and privateers and swift conveyors of people and messages both, and pleased to boast loudly and musically about their beloved ocean
– ultramarine and teal; wave
– oilskin coat, carpenter’s tools, canvas sack of sea-treasure and stockfish, great net, whaletooth comb
43Cats-Cradle“When all you have left is each other, leave no one behind.”
An informal, ever expanding network of the dispossessed, the down on their luck, and the overlooked in society, dedicated to distributing what they do acquire
– any colours; tangle of yarn
– patchwork wrap, collection of chapbooks, waterskin, half-dozen candlestubs, mark-code and chalk
44Nightingale’s Voice“Find the beauty in all things.”
Artists and artisans, yes, and collectors of beautiful things when they can, yes; but beauty is also in a smooth grey pebble and the work of farmer’s gnarled hands, and they will make that known
– white and sandy; songbird
– unpublished play, whittled animal figurines, metal statuette, list of performers, glass beads
45Bloomwrights“All existence is as ephemeral as a drifting petal, so make your own meaning out of it.”
For these connoiseurs of blossoms and cultivators of gardens, their handiwork reflects the way of all things, even life itself, fading away almost before it’s enjoyed — but that enjoyment is enough.
– shell pink and gold; petal
– pouch of seeds, fresh cuttings, flowers pressed in parchment, tiny bloom in a phial, wax tablet and stylus
46Rill-Roamers“We are the rivers that water the people all around us.”
Communities are often flung far and wide across forbidding wilderness; and as long as they are, there will be a webwork on foot, by beast, and stranger still, carrying news and goods.
– sky blue and tawny; wheel
– sturdy boots, heavy cloak, annotated map, ciphered drop-off locations, letter of commendation
51Fire-Eyes“Yesterday already happened and tomorrow never comes, so enjoy today.”
Whether hosting a revel or indulging in someone else’s festivities, keeping all involved happy, entertained and ready for more is the name of the game
– orange and gold; stylized eye
– extravagant outfit, amphora of wine, little scrolls of personal details, copper-fringed stole, written promise of gift
52The Tapestry“You see it coming together? The fibre, the thread, the warp, the weft? As the weaving, the world.”
Ostensibly a cottage organization of spinners and weavers, and weave they do; but the average weaver doesn’t hide messages in the colours of skeins or the patterns of their cloths
– gradations of a single colour; spindle whorl
– handspindle, backstrap loom, several skeins, shoulderbag of roving, packets of dye
53Longwatch“None shall cross this threshold nor lay hands upon my charge while I draw breath.”
Guardians of places, objects, relics, people, and even intangible oaths, pledged to do their utmost to keep their pledge safe even from themselves
– ivory and steel; shield
– padlock and key, brazier, stormcloak, sealed pledge, oath-ring
54Prayerwalkers“It’s about having something to believe in. Or someone.”
Not as strictly spiritual as the name implies, so long as there is honest faith in a thing or a person, a faith that buoys the faithful as much after their travels as during them
– deep rose and dark blue; heart
– pilgrimage token, devotional ribbon, letters to the faithful, woolen mantle, shoulderbag
55Roots Of The Wise“There’s comfort and courageousness in gathering and spreading knowledge.”
Scholars and taletellers, professional and traditional, united in their quest to learn whatever they can about whatever they can to pass it along their web and beyond
– leaf green and ivory; cupped hand
– memory-aid trinkets, manuscript-in-process, list of local fellows, fragments of ancient epic, restricted tome
56The Pack“We provide.”
Hunters and trackers of frightful creatures and rightful game; the first brought low in defense of others, the second brought down to sustain them.
– grey and orange; pawprint
– snares, fur cloak, trail notes, hunting horn, pouch of marker-stones
61Border Saints“Reach out to those who just weren’t ready to walk away from the world.”
Seekers of the dear and forgotten departed, for conversation, or just to let the dead touch the living world and be remembered
– yellow-green and silver grey; bisected star
– incense burner, paper and ink, records of the dead, anointing oil, candles
62Zenith“All good things come from the sun and its rays, and the sun teaches us temperance thereby.”
Calm and cool-headed mediators, as well as ardent horticulturalists, bleachers of cloth and preservers of goods; all things in their proper measure, by their light.
– copper and gold; sunburst
– magnifying lens, parasol, handful of prisms, sitting pillow, scroll of personal musings
63Woodspire“Spread the forest’s reach by carrying its offspring afield and surrounding all with the warmth of its wood.”
Inspired woodcrafters and carpenters that reject building in stone, whether structures or smaller creations, but best known for the seedlings they lovingly plant by their scores after felling a tree
– brown and pine green; seedling
– adze, set of chisels, handful of burlap-wrapped seedlings, willow basket, sack of acorn meal
64The Ivory Key“We all deserve to rest.”
Buriers of the lost or broken dead, restorers of defiled graves and skeletal artisans who murmur reassuring verses over the bones they set carefully into place
– ivory and white; skull
– burial shroud, engraving burins, book of eulogies, folding trowel, bone prayer beads
65Lightning Riders“Don’t worry, we’ll get it; you have my word.”
Others may carry messages or parcels, but these folks will get that request to its destination, or bring some other request back again, with the directness of a thunderbolt
– pale yellow and dark blue; lightning bolt
– wax-sealed letter, locked puzzle box, map to a crypt, annotated trail map, reinforced boots
66Wardens Of Dream“Anything can happen inside the dreaming worlds. Learn from that.”
It’s not that dreams are believed to be as real, or more real, than the waking world, no; but spend enough time inside them, and what you experience can affect your waking world.
– ivory and tawny brown; spiral horn
– herbal-filled pillow, scrapbooked journal, dream-pearl, sketch of another dreamer, fleece mantle
note that none of these are “archetype”-locked, even if you use character classes.
mix and match to your heart’s content.