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...

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Vladimir Cartafor ("Gheata")

Vladimir "Gheata" Cartafor is stern and kept to himself. He is markedly selfish and has little tendency to cooperate in a team. His cold, stern face, and his almost total absence of emotions, have earned him the nickname "Gheata", meaning "Ice". He prefers the mountains to the plains and cities. Physically, he's very strong, and has an impressive musculature. He's blunt in what he says and mostly doesn't care for the reactions of others. He wears his sister?s earring with pride. There are only two things he really likes to do: to fight and to be with women. He is now 26.

Vladimir is the son of Vlad Cartafor. He was born in a village in the Vulkolak mountains and had a sister 3 years younger, Ilys, but her birth was tainted with the sorrow caused by their mother's death, which caused Vlad to move away from the village and avoid contact with other people. Alone, Vlad kept his sons almost always around him, teaching them to hunt, fish and everything about mountain's life. He also taught them to handle weapons, for there were many wolves around. As they grew older, Vladimir and Ilys remade their contacts with their home village, but Vlad kept himself away from people. He died of illness when Vladimir was 18 years old. Ilys married a boy from the village and brought him to their house. Vladimir chose to leave them alone and went south to Keshgel. Here, he got involved in a fight in a bar because of a girl, Nereel, who was being molested by the captain of the army, and Vladimir killed him accidentally. He was arrested, but the news reached her sister in the mountains, who came to Keshgel and with extreme audacity rescued Vladimir. They escaped to the high mountains and the guards forsook the pursuit judging that they would die up there. When they felt safe, Ilys returned home but Vladimir went north further up the mountains. Meanwhile, a bounty was declared on Vladimir.
Nereel, who turned out to be a bounty hunter, chased him and eventually captured him. Vladimir noticed she wore an earring that looked like one Ilys had. Questioning her, she simply said that she had taken it from Ilys after she killed her. Vladimir was incensed, but Nereel was too good for him and he was taken to jail and sentenced to 5 years. But this time, he escaped before one was complete.
Vladimir reappeared in Keshgel 7 years later, but with a totally different aspect. He had shaved his hair completely and developed his body considerably. He met the current general of the army, Vanna, and became her lover. Wandering around the army headquarters, he crossed paths with Nereel, now a Captain, but she didn't recognise him and was even noticeably attracted to his physical prowess. He welcomed that inclination and started a love-affair with her. Hearing talks around the headquarters, he found Nereel had an old quarrel against Vanna: according to Keshgel's law, only the Council can declare death sentence upon someone. Any other killing is illegal. Years ago, Vanna found Nereel had a contract to kill someone and she foiled her attempt. Nereel was able to escape, but since then the two hate each other to death. Gheata then convinced Nereel to try to kill Vanna and said he would help her when he were with the general, but Nereel would have to let him go free without any incrimination. Nereel accepted, but to herself, she said she'd probably let Gheata be accused of Vanna's death and appear as his captor.
On the appointed day, Nereel entered Vanna's room with a knife, but Gheata had warned Vanna and Nereel was taken. As the guards took her down to the dungeons, Gheata crossed them and ripped Ilys's ring from Nereel's ear, and then entered the room to spend the night with his lover. But in the middle of the night, a sudden urge awakened him. He got up, dressed and was about to leave when Vanna called for him "Vladimir, are you going to run away again?" He looked back. He thought she was sleeping. She said he didn't need to run away this time. Surprised, he questioned her and she said she had been in the bar seven years before when he had been first arrested and she was merely a solider. She told him that he was no longer wanted for she had revoked the reward upon him. But looking to his face, she understood he would be leaving her this time. "I hope to see you someday, at least...", she said, to which he replied "You will!".


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