The Midlands Histories
Marric Spellblade is a long-time denizen of the Goblin Markets. There he spends much of his time honing his arcane and martial prowess for fame and fortune.
While players are free to peruse this, keep in mind that Marric’s traveling companions only know what they can see of Marric. Example – He is relatively skilled with the blade, clad in leather armor, and dabbles in some form of arcane magic. The character’s might guess that he is a rogue of sorts through his actions but don’t really have any basis to determine the nature of his arcane power. I am also not sure if they at all understand the interaction Marric has with shadows and mist or have any knowledge of his “race”. For those who don’t know Shades are humans that have given some part of their soul up to shadow. This doesn’t necessarily make them evil. There are many reason for such an undertaking. The decision is note made lightly however as many die outright from the process. Shades were once human. They resemble humans although with dusky skin, black eyes with no iris or whites, and occasionally exhibit slightly pointed ears similar to those of half-elves.
PARAGON TIER (WIP)
Marric is somewhat of a bravo in his more public actions. He engages in reckless duels, traveling to hone his techniques or master new skills. His hybridization of arcane magics and blade-work afford him greater flexibility than most of his opponents, though leave him less energy to truly specialize in a true discipline. Publicly, Marric is a worshiper of Sehanine. Less Publicly known, Marric is a devotee of Sehanine’s Shadow Cult. He has gone through trials to fracture part of his soul, sacrificing it to Sehanine in order to pledge himself to enacting her designs in the world of men. Rarely known outside of such circles, in the process of such fracturing and pact-making an artifact is often made to consecrate the pact containing in part the fragment of the soul and a portion of the goddess’s own power. The pact and the welcoming of shadow into the hole left by the portion of soul lost changes the aspect of the devoted. The human is reborn in darker hues with eyes of pitch or similarly opaque colors. Some fey creatures such as the more reserved Eladrin often do not understand the origin of the changes in such individuals. Some naturally distrust people exhibiting these changes, unaware that they are often in service to one of their own fey gods. Shades can’t often be bothered to care about their opinion, however, so hostilities are usually rare…at least based on appearances alone. Such individual’s actions, however, are often of questionable nature to those outside the Shadow Cult’s circle of power and knowledge. As an important note: not all shades worship Sehanine or are in service to her Shadow Cult. Other powers are just as eager for such pacts and the souls they bring and other, more malign, forms of rituals and crimes might likewise create a functionally similar result.
Individuals like Marric are probably more common among places like the Goblin Markets where Marric grew up. The kinds of influences that might lead an individual to break a part of themselves of or injure their soul is more common and more public in such places of questionable morality and alignment than in the Courts or the world of men proper.
Marric recently entered further into the rites of the cult. Marric’s pact blade, no longer merely represented by the short blade carrying a fraction of his soul and Sehanine’s fey power, can instead be conjured in the form of a frost bourne long blade similar to a rapier in appearance yet slightly curved like a sliver of the moon.