The Runelords, and how they might view things...


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Liberty's Edge

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I am currently running Rise of the Runelords, Anniversary Edition and am getting a feel for my players. This is going to be a good role playing-heavy, Golarion fluff filled game - awesome. I felt this could better be answered HERE than in the AP board, for various reasons.

Soon, my characters are going to come up against Thassilonians, Runelords and other beings whom have been hidden away from the world for 10,000 years. Some parts of the adventure prompt dialogue between them and the players (The Scribbler, the inhabitants of the Runewell, etc.) - so I'd ask these few questions to see what people have thought up to better get an idea.

How do the Runelords feel about Aroden? He was not a deity at the time of their empire, and the world was influenced greatly by the last Azlanti. Would you say his Death might be of interest to them, and possibly, could he have been alive during Thassilon i.e. could they have information on the mortal Aroden?

What would the Thassilonians have to say about the Empires of Taldor and Cheliax, especially (as big powers) and nations such as Nex and Geb?

Inquiring about the most powerful magic users in the realm, would Tar-Baphon be worth mentioning, and again, what might a Runelord do in regards to the sealed Lich - leave him be or try and find an alliance there?

Just looking for feedback on some thoughts before I get to that point.


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TwiceGreat wrote:

How do the Runelords feel about Aroden? He was not a deity at the time of their empire, and the world was influenced greatly by the last Azlanti. Would you say his Death might be of interest to them, and possibly, could he have been alive during Thassilon i.e. could they have information on the mortal Aroden?

"After I have disposed of you, I shall direct myself to this... Starstone... I have heard of. If some upstart peasant could become a god in this manner, I should have no issues."

TwiceGreat wrote:
What would the Thassilonians have to say about the Empires of Taldor and Cheliax, especially (as big powers) and nations such as Nex and Geb?

"Cheliax would make useful puppets and their queen suitable as my main consort. After I dispose of her... councillor... I will also teach her the proper values of leadership."

TwiceGreat wrote:
Inquiring about the most powerful magic users in the realm, would Tar-Baphon be worth mentioning, and again, what might a Runelord do in regards to the sealed Lich - leave him be or try and find an alliance there?

"Tar-Baphon reminds me of one of my brothers. Let us leave him there."


James Jacobs has given several replies to questions like this in regard to the Runelords (primarily Sorshen, since for SOME reason she seems to be the one that people are most interested in...) in the "Ask James Jacobs" thread. You might want to C&P some of these questions over there to get another perspective on how they might react. My two dollars (inflation, you know how it is):

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How do the Runelords feel about Aroden?

A peasant with a too-high opinion of himself. Also dead.

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What would the Thassilonians have to say about the Empires of Taldor and Cheliax, especially (as big powers) and nations such as Nex and Geb?

Probably nothing particularly flattering.

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Inquiring about the most powerful magic users in the realm, would Tar-Baphon be worth mentioning, and again, what might a Runelord do in regards to the sealed Lich - leave him be or try and find an alliance there?

Tar-Baphon was probably about as strong if not stronger than the most powerful of the Runelords. I'd give him better-than-good odds against any of them except Sorshen and Xanderghul in a straight fight, so at a guess they'd probably want to keep him bound up, preferably in such a fashion that they can exploit him for power/knowledge. The Runelords spent enough time fighting each other. No reason to introduce another power player to the game.

Liberty's Edge

Thanks for the responses, and I will check that thread.

I personally like Karzoug himself as my favorite Runelord.


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You know what would be refreshing? To discover that one of the Runelords had woken years ago, taken a look around and said, "Screw this, I'm going to spend a few years fishing."


Or the Runelord beginning his/her plan of global conquest by appearing as a good guy... eliminating the opposition...


darkwarriorkarg wrote:

Or the Runelord beginning his/her plan of global conquest by appearing as a good guy... eliminating the opposition...

A "reformed" Runelord trying to help protect this strange new world he's woken into against his awakening brothers/sisters? Obviously a united front will be needed and obviously, since he knows them, he's the best to be in charge...

But I really like the idea of one of them waking up and going fishing for a couple centuries.

Liberty's Edge

Or one of them already has, and is already active beneath a clever disguise (if one is even needed) and a new name? A well-known name that holds a position of great power in a powerful government? Hmmm...


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Son of the Veterinarian wrote:
You know what would be refreshing? To discover that one of the Runelords had woken years ago, taken a look around and said, "Screw this, I'm going to spend a few years fishing."

I could see Krune doing that. Any day now, as soon as he gets out of bed. Really. Honest.

TwiceGreat wrote:
Or one of them already has, and is already active beneath a clever disguise (if one is even needed) and a new name? A well-known name that holds a position of great power in a powerful government? Hmmm...

Well, there is supposedly that bit of secret text at the end of the last Shattered Star module that relates to a certain Runelord most definitely being alive, and possibly active as well (if "alive" is taken to mean up and about rather than just in stasis or what-have-you).

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