Ravenloft Campaign: Woven Fates

Tonight, I relate the story of a group of strangers that met here in the Land of Mists and, forced by destiny, wandered its roads in formidable adventure. Join us as I lead you from their first meeting along through their travels, their misfortunes and their shining moments. Grace them with your compassion in their losses; bless them with your support when the sky is dark and bleak. Do not forget to bestow your praise upon them as they vanquish terror and hold back the minions of darkness. Raise your arm to cheer for their victories!
And above all, share your glass with us for them, both in sorrow and elation, as you accompany them in the thorny road from lost adventurers to heroes of the mists.

Come, huddle with us by the fire here in the dark. The night is cold, but within the ring of Vardos, its evils cannot touch us. Tonight, you are a guest of the Vistani and nothing will harm you. Come, the Prastonata is over and now is time for the Doroq. Let the tales now unfold, let the revelations begin...

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Yuri Azimov, Cleric of Ezra (pending revision)

Yuri Azimov wears short black hair and a thick beard about as long as the hair. He has a tanned skin, from spending too much time under the sun, and dark brown eyes. His height is around 1.7m and his weight is near 73kg.

He bears no scars, tatoos or distinctive markings upon his body. However, his clothing makes him stand out everywhere; as a priest of Ezra, he wears a cleric's vestment on a regular basis.

Born during the year of 722, in a village near the city of Ingelberg, where he became an orphan at an early age (possibly 3 or 4 years old). He was sheltered by a temple of Ezra, where he spent all of his life up until adulthood. Naturally, and following his mentor's footsteps, he became an anchorite. After some years of hard work at the temple, he was sent to a nearby village. There he supervised the temple after the former Toret's misterious disappearance. Uppon questioning, the villagers blamed The Mists...

During his first three years living in the village, he accounted several misterious disappearances and recorded them in his journal... At the same time, he'd send notifications and reports to his superior in town describing the events. The few investigation attempts he conducted were inconclusive.

In the meantime, he battled the occasional wolfpack that strayed too near the village - the villagers' superstitions kept them away from the howling beasts - or the less frequent bandit that dared attack the local folk or passing traveller.

The villagers approached him, in due time, to gain advice and judgement on daily affairs - sometimes heated debates could not be avoided. Yuri helped the villagers to the best of his abilities and used Ezra's granted powers whenever necessary.

In the summer of the fourth year at the village, he was called to the temple at Ingelberg. Many misterious disappearances were taking place at nearby settlements, all due to The Mists. The number of occurrences during the last few weeks raised the authorities concerns and set people into motion. The religious hierarchies in Keshgel decided they would cooperate with the efforts to solve the mistery. They sent Yuri to Ingelberg University to receive instruction on The Mists. He should return when he knew enough... And they hoped it would not be too late to aid the remaining population.

He joined the school of high studies where he received education for a year. The headmaster Teblis Sinewicz heard Yuri's interests on The Mists, suggested a few subjects for study and introduced him to the proper professors. Under professor Ivanis Erbius' guidance he learned History and Superstition; professor (and headmaster) Teblis Sinewicz lectured on Philosophy.

This takes us to the year 751 according to the Barovian calendar and to the beginning of this adventure. Yuri bears the title of Warden in the hierarchy of Ezra. The title of Toret he held for years was removed because, in Ezra's service, he left the temple that was under his care.