Fireside 2.1 ( The Exquisite Lich Blog Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:00:00 -0400 The Exquisite Lich Blog en-us Tarot: The Storm Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:00:00 -0400 507d7a60-d867-4722-9e1c-efdffe38c224 The Storm (XVI of Blossoms)

A storm rages over a meadow of wildflowers. Petals are swept up by the wind. Broken or downed trees commonly appear. In some depictions, the shape of a dragon is visible in the storm clouds.

Meaning: chaos or disruption, followed by changes in social order, relationships, or standing
Reversed: chaos or disruption brought about by changes in social order, relationships, or standing

Dieties & Demigods: The Aresian Panoply Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:00:00 -0500 4c7ddf45-7025-4b10-b679-785489a18d5b The Aresian Panoply

A very old religion, the Aresian Panoply is largely out of favor in Amaranthine, though many households still have shrines to one god or another, out of habit, tradition, or superstition. The divinities of the Panoply are quite small in scale compared to the kind of gods who sink cities, raise continents, or rewrite reality to suit their whims--they tend to have highly specific, idiosyncratic portfolios, and oversee them with subtlety.

Most members of the Panoply (who, according to one scholarly inventory, number over a thousand) were once mortal, though they transcended into divinity centuries or even millennia ago. Unlike the more impressive beings who populate the higher (and lower) planes, they tend to reside in small, individual realms just outside the mortal sphere (considered by planar scholars to be “pocket dimensions”).

Dieties & Demigods: The Pile Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:00:00 -0500 fd73adfb-1eb1-407c-aab1-d83f8f4379c8 The Pile

Once the land flourished with a wide variety of deities, saints, and demons. Hundreds of smaller celestial and infernal beings, each with their own practices and followings, worked their wills upon the world.

Then Her Grace came.

While worship of the gods was never explicitly outlawed, outside of a few major faiths most have faded away in the face of Her Eminence. The rest fell from their own grace--not just below but between. Amidst the city proper and The Underdark are the people and things that civilized folk would rather forget, and it is here that those discarded deities have found refuge in the refuse.

The Pile is the single name for the rat-king Pantheon of gods forgotten in time’s passage. There is no single way to worship, alignments vary wildly as there is always someone listening that is willing to help (though the most powerful fall within a neutral sphere), and their goals vary widely from practitioner to practitioner. Some say The Pile wishes to return to surface prominence. Others are SURE that they want to overthrow Her glory. Most believe The Pile’s cacophony of voices makes it too unstable to have a real goal, leaving it a source of power or comfort only to those desperate enough to seek it out.

Tarot: III of Blossoms Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:00:00 -0500 3bfe4b5e-d213-4113-884f-6eb7118fa4f6 III of Blossoms

An abandoned stone cottage, partially collapsed. Three flowers grow in the rubble.

Meaning: resilience; survival through community; bonds forged in hardship or privation
Reversed: tribalism; insularity

Language: Avlish Sun, 13 Jan 2019 19:00:00 -0500 f14d7dfa-a2e2-4832-bd99-0089123a4558 The strangely capricious language of elves Avlish

Sometimes called “Elvish”, the geographic origins of the Avlish language are unclear, and attempts to trace the path of its spread always somehow lead in circles. Every Elven community seems to have its own dialect, with its own particular accents and idioms, but charting their evolution frequently drives etymologists to madness. The language seems to adapt to its setting in an almost conscious way, taking on tones and terms that reflect both lifestyle and landscape over the course of even a few months—indeed, groups of travelers will sometimes return home to find their verbiage significantly different from that of the families and neighbors they grew up alongside.
Though Avlish speakers can generally understand each other, some dialects can be quite opaque, and may require skill checks to avoid misunderstanding.
The dialect spoken in Amaranthine is called Her Majesty’s Avlish, and is characterized by its light, clipped tones and rich body of idioms relating to death and undeath. There are, of course, hundreds if not thousands of subtly-differing sub-dialects found throughout the city, and a keen-eared scholar can discern a speaker’s place of birth and current residence to within a city block.

Alphabet: Avlish

Tarot: The Queen of Stones Sun, 13 Jan 2019 19:00:00 -0500 449d01c2-beed-4612-8ac7-161a8eeeebe0 The Queen of Stones XIII The Queen of Stones
A woman seated on a throne, set atop a large flat stone. The throne is simple, often made of or adorned with copper. She wears a fur-trimmed cloak, and holds a simple sheathed sword (or sometimes has it laying across her lap). An arrow is stuck into the throne near her head, and several others (or sometimes spears, swords, or other weapons) litter the ground around her.

Meanings: weathering adversity (particularly social or systemic); stability; stoicism
Reversed: paranoia