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

Yuri Azimov

Yuri is 34 years old. He doesn't like idle talk, preferring to use all his resources to solve any problem that presents to him. Yuri is a man of action and analytical thought based on a strong faith and a broad knowledge about the world and those around him. He is a natural leader of groups and a motivator for others, but he's not quick to give his confidence to anyone.

Yuri was born in the north, in the city of Keshgel, but he became an orphan when he was 3 years old. Igor Nominov, a friend of his parents that was clandestinely preaching the teachings of Ezra (at that time, the church was not still established in Irvanika) took care of him. When the monastery-school was founded, in 732, Igor took Yuri there so that he could receive a more formal education. Five years later, he became an anchorite and was sent to Ingelberg to serve in the city temple, where he was for 10 years, when, for his unwavering dedication, he was sent to the small monastery north of Keshgel, the first outpost of Ezra to the north of the Vulkolaks and the spearhead of the missionary movement. After the mysterious disappearance of the local Toret, Yuri took his post.
The land around the monastery was one of deep superstition, and the many disappearances that occurred during the first three years were many times attributed to supernatural causes: ghosts, werewolves and the fabled Mists. During this time, Yuri had not only to perform his clerical duties but also to give counsel and pass judgements to the inhabitants of the nearest villagers and even to help them in occasional hunts to the wolf. Meanwhile, he sent regular reports to the hierarchies of Ezra and, perceiving once again Yuri's virtues, they called Yuri back to Ingelberg, but this time with the purpose of studying in the School of High Studies (the University of Ingelberg) and there investigate the answers to many of the questions raised in his letters.
He studied there for a year, under the tutelage of the headmaster Teblis Sinewicz in Philosophy and Professor Ivanis Erbius in History and Superstition.
In 751, Yuri is still a student at the University of Ingelberg and has the title of Warden in the hierarchy of the church.


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