Today we are continuing previewing the content of our upcoming release of Hyraeatan, City in Shadow. The demiplanar metropolis is ruled by a Council comprised of fourteen rival factions known as the Parities. The Parities espouse the titular balance of Light and Dark as such the claims seven of each. Today we look at the Falling Stone of the Thunderchildren…
Parities of Hyraeatan: Thunderchildren
Nicknames: Clangers, Bangers, Heavyhammers, Stones
Beliefs: The Thunderchildren find beauty in each single sound–the anvil’s clang, the crumble of breaking stone, and the crunch of their enemy’s bones. Focusing on the Fall and Crash, they study the nature of impact–its prelude, contact and effects–with a single minded obsession. A single moment of force, at the right strength, right moment and right place can accomplish all things. They envision a moment of perfect contact they allude to as the Strike.
Try to to force them to acknowledge that a single moment won’t solve a problem, they will most often explain your refusal to see the appropriate scale or progress of actions. Each member finds their appropriate expression of the strike be it with fist or steel, the most common methods, or even spell. Magic users specialize in augmentations or focus on a single magic to hone into a perfected attack.
Fall, Crash, Strike, Repeat–an endless rhythm–some of the Thunderchildren call the Song. This suggested tempo is constantly being used to base new forms of martial arts and mystical exercises of body. Rumors of these skills and techniques make the Thunderchildren one of the few Parities with supplicants approaching them as often as they recruit. Years of rare martial masters adding their wisdom to the body of the Parity have resulted in an array of deadly arts in the scrolls of their teachers.
Primary Facilities: The Tower of Stone is not only the core of Thunderchildren organization but provides the link to the Mines, a planar vesicle of Elemental Earth removed at the headway of its genesis of the mineral paraplanes. As such the majority of Hyraeatan’s physical materials are harvested from this extradimensional source. Some speculate that the Thunderchildren may even have access to more wealth than the Temple of Coins. Assuming they can dig deep enough to find it. Lastly, the Parity runs most of the armories and foundries in the city.
Allied and Enemy Parities: Among the other Dark Parities the Thunderchildren find the Icegrave Enclave’s preservations and abandonments a needless obsession with the physical after it has experienced the Strike. The reckless and indiscriminate destruction wrought by the Blackblades is similarly seen as sloppy and unworthy of respect. Their gold often earns them the favor of the Temple of Coin. Within the Parities of Light, the House of Heights’ conviction to eternal substance and form comes to direct opposition of the Strike. To lesser degrees the antics of the Descendants and Steamwalkers frustrate the Thunderchildren’s agendas more often then aiding them, while the Ashborn army relies on them for weaponry and raw metals.
Desired Membership: Thunderchildren favor martial professionals (unarmed skill preferred), weapon and armor smiths, and mages favoring enhancement magic. Rarer still are intellectuals that try for singular effective arguments to complex situations. Beings with natural links to earth or metal are sought out as well as those willing to work or fight in the Mines.
Rewards: Members of the Parity enjoy discounted weaponry and excellent martial training. Free passage to the Earthen Realms is readily available with only the shortest of delays.Excursions to clear stone beasts and worse from the Mines are frequent and lucrative.
Denials: Members of the Thunderchildren are encouraged to carry but a single melee weapon (if any) and discouraged from ranged combat as that distance from the Strike may inhibit understanding. Raw stone is often more valuable to them than cut gems.
More info on Hyraeatan can be found in the Mythic Paths of the Lost Spheres appendix and the upcoming Book of Beyond WIP. Hyraeatan, City in Shadow will be available later this year. For our other products visit: d20pfsrd.com, drivethruRPG, paizo and RPGNow.
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