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Pathfinder Adventure Path Giantslayer Paizo LLC Chapter 1: Battle of Bloodmarch Hill #91 by Patrick Renie Trunau Overhead map (copied from Giantslayer Adventure Path Player's Guide) One of only two non-orc settlements in Belkzen, Trunau is a predominantly human community of sturdy farmers and resolute warriors adrift in a monstrous sea of ores who would as so on kill them as trade with them. Its people survive through the grace of the gods, the remarkable tenacity and ingenuity of their leaders , and a simple, soul-deep refusal to be driven from the land of their ancestors . Trunauans know sacrifice in all its forms. Though their lives are far from easy, this band of idealists, scoundrels, and outcasts takes great pride in the independence that comes from being all on their own in hostile territory. For them, every day of the town's continued existence is an enduring example of civilization's unconquerable spirit and the prodigious strength of hope. This day thou is a day of celebration! Jubilation fills the evening air in the normally staid town of Trunau, for it is the twelfth birthday of the Chief Defenderâ€™s youngest daughter, Ruby, and the townsfolk have been preparing all day for the ceremony and festivities to follow. A throng of spectators has amassed at the town Commons; the buzz of the crowd subsides as the weathered town leader, Halgra of the Blackened Blades, takes the stage and begins to speak. â€œThank you all for joining us this night. I take immense pride in my responsibility as Chief Defender, especially when it comes to the honor of the hopeknife ceremony. It is always a great privilege to bequeath Trunauan youths their hopeknives as they come of age.â€ Halgra stops speaking long enough to open an ornamental case and retrieve a slender, ornately decorated dagger hanging from a silver chain. â€œBut tonight is a special occasion, for the recipient of this hopeknife is none other than my youngest daughter.â€ Once again, Halgra pauses, but this time she turns to talk to the child beside her. â€œRuby, by the traditions of our town, you have come of age. This hopeknife represents your responsibilities as an adult and defender of Trunau. You must be willing to use it on yourself, your fellow Trunauans, and your familyâ€”even me, should it come to that. It will be a far quicker death than that which the orcs will offer, and providing it is your duty. Do you swear to guard Trunau from all comers, and to use your hopeknife only for its intended purpose?â€ Rubyâ€”dusky skinned, black haired, and painfully shyâ€”nods her head in response to her motherâ€™s question. â€œIf the orcs come, and there is no other option, this is where you cutâ€”here, here, and here.â€ Halgra demonstrates which arteries to sever while Ruby watches. When she is finished, Halgra sheathes the hopeknife and places the necklace around Rubyâ€™s neck before turning back to address the crowd. â€œTonight, Ruby becomes a full member of our community! Let us welcome her, and celebrate her passage into adulthood! Trunau forever!â€ "TRUNAU FOREVER!! TRUNAU FOREVER!!" The crowd echoes Halgraâ€™s last words in unison, signaling the end of the ceremony. As the ceremony ends a group of guardsman led by a slender young man, Rodrik Grath & a younger man with similar features Kurst Grath storm the stage. They drop a heavy hemp rope near Ruby, you see he smiles & winks at the girl. "How can we, the hearty people of Trunau follow a weak-looking child such as this?!?" Again the man winks at the girl. "We must show those orcs who they are dealing with!" "HUZZZAH!!" the crowd cheers "Who shale come forward & help test this girl in a feat of strength vs the best of Trunau's defenders?" Ruby scans the crowd......'You, you....." (she points toward the PCs). Well you come forward & help me?"
After seeing some of the preview art for Pathfinder's upcoming "Giantslayer" adventure path, I wanted to work on some non-standard Giants. I already had 02933: Talanka, Ogre Shaman, who was repainted alongside [/size]60027: Dorella Kreeg, Ogre Shaman, who was a lucky find on another expedition over to border to North Carolina.[/size] I really liked the Dorella sculpt in person, her proportions work well to be an Ogre Shaman or a wizened old Hill Giant hag.[/size]