First of the orders founded by the temple of Dhom, the Order of the Wyrmwood has always been a powerful force for good on the northern continent. Many zealous followers with a capacity for battle consider being inducted in the order as the highest of honors. The Order of Wyrmwood consists mostly of Paladins and have historically been the first line of defense. Unfortunately, the order has taken heavy losses in recent campaigns and their hold on their territories has started to wane somewhat. Faithful and disciplined, its members remain undaunted. While they can come across as rigid and self-righteous to some, few dare claim their work hasn’t been beneficial to not only the theocracy but to Arkiyan civilization.
Few know of the Hand of Amas, and fewer still know about how they operate and their broader objectives. While they are a Faction within the temple of Amas, they serve as an intelligence gathering arm, watching for foreign and domestic enemies of the Lysantho empire. They maintain a large network of spies even far beyond the empire’s borders. And, they recruit others through layers of intermediaries so someone may not even realize they are working for this shadowy organization.
To those within its actual ranks, theirs is a holy task. They watch and spy with cold efficiency, the very act of which is their way of honoring their god. Every briefing is a sermon, every classified document a prayer book, honoring Amas by uncovering hidden truths for the benefit of the Lysantho empire.
The geographic society is based out of the University of Santarem, with a presence in the other five city-states and the larger towns of the peninsula.
The primary goals of the Geographic Society are exploration and education. They use knowledge to illuminate and protect the wonders of Aer’ath. The Geographic Society began as a guild of cartographers and mapping the world continues to be the focus of most expeditions. Others work on understanding cultures by collecting their lore. Much of what is learned is shared in public lectures at the University. Excavation are handled with expert precision and all artifacts are cleaned, cataloged, and neatly stored.
Of course, charting the unknown invariably leads to the discovery of hidden troves of treasure and lost relics. It is not uncommon for the Chartered Houses to fund expeditions
The Tapestry of Truth is the inquisitorial arm of the Dhomist religion. They are based out of a fortress in the Basilica of Light in the capital city of the empire. The Edict of True Belief limits the authority of the Tapestry to the borders of the theocracy, but in reality the reach of their agents tends to be greater. Wherever there is humanity, there is the Tapestry.
The singular purpose of the Tapestry is to prevent another catastrophe. They collect magical artifacts to keep them from falling into the wrong hands. And, they hunt down rogue spell casters.
Artifacts and magical items are difficult to find in Aer’ath. And, yet, one person who seems to always have something available for sale is the traveling merchant, Celadine.
Aside from stories and rumors, not much is known about her. Some claim she is a greater dragon who parts with items from her hoard while others belief she may be one of the last of High Lords of Dobrai. The most absurd of tales is that she is goddess Valyed trapped in the world by the Severing.
If you can find her, perhaps a bargain can be made.
A rare potion.
This black paste is thick and grainy with the various herbs ans spices mixed into it. It tends to have a sweet and sour taste that lingers on the tongue. A single spoonful can sustain a person for one day.
A character removes 1 level of exhaustion.
A spoonful of Chayavasan costs 250gp.
Once destined to lead a great Chartered House, Croi Malic left all that behind when he took on the mantle of a thief lord.
He is a charismatic man who quickly engenders fanatic loyalty from those who meet him. His enemies believe the Pale Hand is as much a cult as it is a criminal organization.The thief lord’s charisma is equally matched by his paranoia. The merest signs of disloyalty are swiftly punished.
Croi Malic is an ambitious man who has numerous wheels in motion at any given time. He plants seeds in the fertile ground of corruption in the peninsula, playing rivals against each other
Push someone hard enough, and they’ll start pushing back. The Guild of Weavers was originally founded as a way for spellcasters to protect each other from the Tapestry of Truth’s persecution. However, over the years they have grown in power and become more bold as a result, with some even daring to openly defy the Tapestry. The Guild runs an underground network to save spellcasters from being persecuted, bringing them into their fold where they can nurture their powers. They do not care about background or race, but they look down on religion and faith, believing it holds people back from attaining their maximum potential. Despite their outward unity, some internal tensions have started popping up as fear of another severing runs deep even within some spellcasters. Some are worried about certain individuals falling too far down the slippery slope of power hunger.
In Cloak & Coin, healing potions work a little differently than the typical 5e setting.
Ayurvas Healing Potions
Made from the Ashvayaganda root found in the tropical forests of Madogar and Tuira, these healing potions are a deep, purplish red in color. They are thick and the pieces of root within often add a very bitter aftertaste. These healing potions come in four grades that increase in efficacy.
Potion of Healing (common). A character who drinks a poition of healing regains 8 + 1d4 hit points. This grade of healing potion costs 50gp.
Potion of Greater Healing(uncommon). A character who drinks a potion of greater healing regains 16 + 2d4 hit points. This grade of healing potion costs 100gp.
Potion of Superior Healing (rare). A character who drinks a potion of superior healing regains 32 + 2d6 hit points. This grade of healing potion costs 500g.
Potion of Supreme Healing (very rare). A character who drinks a potion of supreme healing regains 48 + 2d8 hit points. This grade of healing potion costs 1250gp.
There are many within the lands of Tuira who have come to swear allegiance to the dragon, Mehtabovyre. While her plan to inspire mortals towards noble and good aspirations has worked splendidly, some among the Dragonsworn have come to see her as a spiritual guide, even a god. This is a development she had not considered and has concerned her deeply.
Though originally little more than scattered individuals who took inspiration from her, over time they have become a sizeable force called the Dragonsworn. Though there is some disagreement among her followers on how to place themselves under such an ancient and powerful being, they are united under her and her ideals nonetheless.