Iziskilanth Winterfrown

Iziskilanth was a minor character in only one or two stories I did for the #Blkdragon*inn, but I thought he was pretty cool. I pulled out my copy of the Canterbury Tales and had this incredibly aged elf speak Chaucerian English, as if he was so old he couldn’t bother to learn how people spoke nowadays.

He’s dressed very fancy, but rather than a King or Prince, he is a Librettist for famous Elven operas. Antequeroth Elmstepper, my more often played Elven ranger was also a writer and scholar, and Master Winterfrown was his mentor.

So now we’ve got quite the collection of the ‘Deepish! From Emissary Innolesse Calipor, Iziskilanth, Antequeroth Elmstepper, and Aethryndel o’ The Wolvenblade. I suppose I’ll have to drawn an Elfdame one of these days…

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Varrio

Varrio is the slightly updated name and design of another old PC I used to play in the #blkdragon*inn on mIRC. Varrio was mad as hell.

As I recall, his background explained the green hair – sort of. He was involved in some mysterious incident in a place of druidic power and emerged scarred all over and his hair turned emerald.

He had been a friend and roommate of Jinnai Halfmoor (as all of my PCs were generally connected, the better to write stories about them) before his madness, but generally I just played him when I wanted to be silly and crazy and have fun.

He is, as you may have surmised, based visually on Ferio from an anime I watched called Magic Knight Rayearth.

Innolesse Calipor

There was a period in my time with the #blkdragon*inn when I and my compeers got into political RP. The first exploration was with Reizeau and the Regency Council of Arangoth, but later, mostly after the Regency Council disbanded and Reizeau was exiled, I added Innolesse Calipor as an Emissary to Drache (Capital of Arangoth and home of the Black Dragon Inn itself) from Elvendeep.

Innolesse was another attempt to go against a classic archetype and create a fat elf. He was a powerful wizard, but never used his powers for anything except frivolous causes – it was his mind and his words that I was interested in.

Reizeau

Between AD&D and my high school chums, and my reintroduction to tabletop in 4th Edition (thanks to this guy), I spent many years roleplaying online on the mIRC chat program in the channel called #blkdragon*inn.

After a few years of playing Jinnai Halfmoor, Varrio, Antequeroth Elmstepper, and others, my friends and I got into political roleplay. Arangoth had been without a monarch for a while, and so we decided to create characters for a Regency Council to rule. I created Julaire Reizeau, based somewhat on French Revolutionaries, as a Professor of the University interested in the rights and powers of the people.

We had some good times, but eventually we decided to dissolve the Council and created some upheaval. Reizeau was kidnaped by reactionary elements and held hostage for a while, meanwhile the Council dissolved and one of their number was named Sithire, or Duke. Reizeau was freed, but declared himself and his ideals betrayed at the restoration of traditional feudal control and exiled himself.

I always thought I would start a storyline later where Reizeau found foreign backers and invaded Arangoth with an imposter of the long-lost heir to the throne under his sway – make a full heel turn. Never got around to it, but I had a cool name: The Castling Gambit.

Ask me about the bird!

The Sons of Aethryndel

Meet Willifyr o’ the Wolvenblade and Rindolion Stormhowl, the sons of Aethryndel.

These are sort of old D&D characters, but ones I never played. I’ve already introduced you to my first PC, Wolfblade. As young people newly introduced to a fantastic world of shared storytelling can be, I got slightly obsessed with continuity and canon. I started creating characters who would be the sons and heirs of Wolfblade. At the time, their names were Wildfire and Stormwolf (again, reading a lot of Elfquest, and 14).

I was excited to draw them again and update them, the same way I turned Wolfblade into Aethryndel o’ the Wolvenblade. Willifyr is the oldest, and so has inherited the Wolvenblade, an artifact that can become any type of sword (or swords) the warrior wishes. Rindolion doesn’t inherit the blade, so takes on another name.

In their original incarnations, there were epic backstories for each of them. Wildfire/Willifyr, who was inspired by this piece of classic D&D art…

…was half Wild Elf and raised in the woods before being found in a classic King out of the Wilderness arc. Stormwolf/Rindolion was slightly more original, but his blueish black hair was probably inspired by a lot of anime I was watching. Stormwolf/Rindolion was an exiled prince turned mercenary, and forced to wander the world and make his way in armies and wars across the decades before his birthright was restored.

I never played either of them in an actual tabletop game, but they nonetheless still live in my imagination.

Raffles

Raffles I only played briefly, but I’d like to do so again. The concept was that he would be the party’s toady – set up camp, do their laundry, drive the wagon, etc. However, he’d also be quite an accomplished thief – unbeknownst to the rest of the players – and surreptiously stealing everything he could from them.

Plus I love the idea of fighting with a whip (in 4e it was a great tool for advantage).

With Raffles drawn, my list of Halflings has grown somewhat.

Tanaraq Blackfeather

I think the second character I ever played (after Wolfblade/Aethryndel) was Tanaraq Blackfeather. He started out more of a First Nations spearman type, then quickly gained armour and a broadsword.

In this, my later visitation, he’s from the Forgotten Realms continent of Maztica. A native, he has nonetheless adopted the armour and sword of the Amnish conquistadors  from Douglas Niles’ Maztica trilogy. Unlike 4-Wind Jaguar’s Paw, he is darker and from further north.

Here’s my brother and I’s original drawing of him from when we were young teenagers (my brother often drew the body outlines and I drew the details. Thanks Dean!).

This also means my Maztican list has grown!