Love and War
Welcome to Kordenia!
The holy land of Kord, God of Battle, is home to sixteen natural races living in lawful harmony across six kingdoms. With a god’s express favor, the land sees few troubles its citizens cannot handle. Conflicts are frequent, but easily resolved according to the Kordian Battle Creed.
Half a century ago, a great portal opened in the sky over Kordenia. A windstorm stronger than anything the world had ever seen ripped beings of all sorts from their homeland and flung them into the sky. Others rained down on the land, and their stories would eventually confirm that a similar storm had come to their lands, that they had been the unlucky ones ripped from their homes to come to this unfamiliar world.
No sign of any such portal has been seen since. Most of the Displaced have given up looking for a way home and have integrated themselves into the society of Kordenia. Those who lost family or friends to the storm have largely moved on as well, assured by the Kordian priests that if their loved ones live, they are beyond reach now.
Though Kordenia’s denizens know little of what caused the storm fifty years ago, they have noticed a rise in the presence of unpleasant new beasts on their homeland. Some fear the land has offended Kord, and religious practices have grown stricter as a result. Others suspect the beasts came through the portal during the storm. Adventuring parties form across the kingdoms to battle the new threats. Many see this as a holy calling, a chance for glory and riches.
Despite the efforts of the kingdoms, the beastial presence has grown exponentially more severe in the last several years. The monarchs grow nervous as generally by-the-book conflicts amongst the nobility escalate. Rather than resolving conflict, battles leave one side desolate and the other bloodthirsty. If it continues, an all-out war will be inevitable.
The human Queen Meglathorne of Mank was after more than a self-serving band of adventurers seeking riches to defend her kingdom. She smelled war in the air, and if it came, she did not intend to be friendless or ignorant. Calling on her allies across the nations, the queen requested a band of hearty adventurers who might work together to seek the source of the disturbances of peace across the lands. But when Bear Force One gathered for the first time, Queen Meglathorne revealed a deeper mission: to find the Golden Gauntlet, which she claims will give the good-hearted the advantage in any battle (and, you know, bring tons of riches and fame to whoever finds it).
So Bear Force One has its mission. Seek the source of the beasty influx across the land and find the Golden Gauntlet.
For more information on the world and its players, see the Wiki page.
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