Today is Monday, March 9th, 993. Something is amiss in Rhendlich. The country has been overrun and is now controlled by evil elves. Johev, the King of Rhendlich, was once seen as an ally of Terkent and King Goodwell I and Goodwell II. From 985-993 Johev has been sending adventures and explorers into the partially unexplored Mar-Dir. Mar-Dir has been the home of much evil since oral traditions began in Rhendlich and Terkent. Goodwell I sent adventurers, including Goodwell II, from Terkent to help Johev. Since 989 explorers have been returning to Terkent reporting to Goodwell II and other local leaders that Johev has changed. Many stories tell of secret alliances between bands of evil creatures in Mar-Dir and Johev’s men. The returning explores tell of their narrow escapes to return safely from Mar-Dir with this valuable information. In December, 992, two documents signed by Johev were brought back to Goodwell II foretelling of an elvish offensive against Terkent. The documents tell of small, secretive attacks by the Rhendlichian elves throughout the nation of Terkent. After Terkent has been weakened by these attacks, the plans suggest a larger offensive around the year 1000. Before the documents were discovered, in March of 992, a small band of elvish adventures were found and captured after killing 10 citizens of Rhondora, a small city 25 miles from the capital. In the same month, another small group of elves was caught while attempting to assassinate the mayor of Balser. Both groups have been imprisoned in Lambasa, the capital of Terkent. Just last month, in February, two elven aristocrats were killed while leading a band of ogres and orcs into an unsettled eastern portion of Terkent. Since the large news stories were brought to Standhall, your hometown, the townsfolk have seemed more skittish. The guilds are meeting more often. Power in the city almost feels like it is up for grabs. Yesterday, on Sunday and Terkent’s Independence Day, [[King Goodwell II’s crier announced that the king and Terkent need adventures that will fight for good and for the good of Terkent against the Rhendlichian elves and any other evils that they have brought from Mar-Dir. Adventurers will be allowed to keep all of the spoils of their victories against the enemy. King Goodwell II wishes that any elves encountered are captured and brought in for questioning. Town residents are requested to attend either their town meeting or a meeting at the capital. Adventurers interested in obtaining a specific mission from the king can meet with a Terkentian officer at the Standhall open-air auditorium on Wednesday, March 25th at 4:00 p.m. There will also be meetings in Lambasa on each Sunday in March at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Norms and Laws of Terkent
: PC’s learned of these laws growing up in this kingdom.
- Adventurers are expected to pay a 15% tax to the crown on their take from adventures. This money goes into the defense budget of Terkent.
- 5-10% tithing is considered appropriate among most Terkentian religions when associated with a church and/or deity.
- Terkentian moneychangers normally take 5%.
- The Elven Identification Card has been used since 991 (the last 2 years). Terkentian elves are required to carry a clay card imprinted with magic that identifies them to authorities. Authorities activate the cards magic which presents all in view with a life-sized hologram of the elf who owns the card and his/her parents and grandparents. Elves caught without a card or with a false card are imprisoned.
- The Guild of the Elves is against the law of Terkent.
- Other laws and norms follow logical societal norms (penalties for murder, theft, etc.)
Recent Major Events Known by the PC’s
985 – King Goodwell I recognizes the best warriors in each town by awarding them the honorary title of “Member of the Scarlet Guard.” Each received armor, a sword, and a shield. The armor was embroidered with red on the shoulders and a red and gold shield on the chest. Each member received a sword designed with a red and gold handle. The shield includes 2 gold squares and 2 scarlet squares.
987- King Goodwell I is assassinated in April. In May, Goodwell’s 21-year old son, Goodwell II, returns from an adventuring trip to Mar-Dir to assume the throne.
989- Scarlet Guard becomes the official national police of Goodwell II and Terkent. Terkentian elves receive identification cards at this time.
993- Current Year
1000- Estimated major offensive by Johev of Rhendlich against Terkent.