Polaris: The Grasping Dark
This is a summary of a campaign we ran of Polaris with my local group.
The first session was December 16, 2005.
The Protagonists are all knights within the remnant of Tallstar, who
have the shared Fate of "The Grasping Dark" -- a demon set upon the
destruction of knowledge in particular.
- Vega: (played by Heather) a ranger and tracker of the
Blessing: World's Fastest Horse
Ability: Lore of the Outer Wastes
Mistaken: Algol, a slow-moving metallic demon
New Moon: her brother Castor and his lover Pollux
Full Moon: her patron Mensa
- Regulus: (played by Liz) a large and powerful knight who
wins tournaments regularly
Office: Reknowned Champion
Mistaken: the Grand Vizier, Rigel
New Moon: twin sister Regula
Full Moon: comrade-in-arms Deneb
- Altair: (played by John) a beautiful young knight,
rebellious and defiant of authority
Mistaken: his jealous and controling commander, Giauzar
New Moon: his passionate (but still Platonic) confidant,
the older senator Arcturus
Full Moon: shield-maiden and comrade-in-arms Mira
- Bellatrix: (played by Cynthia) a
Blessing: Greater Starlight Weapon
Blessing: Bound Companion Arakis
Mistaken: Etzlitotec, Princess of Spring
New Moon: her sister Nashira
Full Moon: the high priestess Alcyone
- Al Na'ir: (played by Bill) a respected, scholarly knight
Office: Keeper of the Leftmost Museum
Blessing: Memory Crystal
Mistaken: The Grasping Dark
New Moon: his lover Nashira
Full Moon: head librarian and his superior, The Garnet Star
- We begin in late winter. Regulus goes to answer a summons by
the Grand Vizier, Rigel. The vizier asks him to lead an
advanced party against the demon onslaught of spring.
- Etzlitotec appears to Bellatrix in her garden within Tallstar,
asking her to spy on Regulus. They speak briefly, when
Bellatrix's sister Nashira appears in the garden door and
freezes in fear. She screams to attack the monster, and
Bellatrix attacks -- but Etzlitotec flees and takes Nashira
hostage in her escape.
- Al Na'ir is studying at the museum, when his superior Garnet
speaks to him strangely, urging him to despair of the struggle.
Al Na'ir notices that Garnet's eyes are black -- he is
possessed by the Grasping Dark. Al Na'ir grabs him and
exorcises the demon, and as it flees he has a vision of his
lover Nashira captured by the enemy.
- Vega visits her patron Mensa, who asks her to find a metal
part he believes is in the Southern Wastes. He needs it to
complete an automaton of a sort. As he works on it, however,
an accident severs two of his fingers. He will recover, but
realizes that the automaton will be a great weapon -- but that
Vega must forge the missing piece.
- Altair is called before his commander Giauzur, and told that
Regulus is suspected of collusion with the enemy. He is sent
to secretly trace what Regulus' scouting party does, and does
not question these orders.
- Regulus rides out of the city on his scouting mission, but he
encounters a bird with a human face, who hails him as a hero of
the demons. Regulus slays the bird, but finds a perfect
human eyeball in its claw as he does so. He realizes it is the
Nashira, sister of his peer Bellatrix. The scouting party
halts for a time as Regulus rides back and shows Bellatrix.
- Bellatrix takes the eyes to the priestess Alcyone, who gives
her a diadem which can let her see back from the eye to
Nashira's location. However, she can only see Nashira in pain,
unless she is under starlight.
- Altair, with his friend Mira, saw the bird fly to meet Regulus
from a canyon. Going there, he finds a trail leading back
toward the Mistake where twelve human hostages were taken from
Tallstar. The two follow the trail but lose each other in dark
mists. Altair finds and rescues ten of the twelve, including
Nashira, but he loses his friend Mira in the dark.
- Vega rides south, but at a treacherous point on the trail, she
is thrown from her horse and knocked out. She awakens just in
time to ward off the demon Algol which has been inexorably
following him. Vega takes a hideous scarring wound, but her
brother Castor and his lover Pollux join the battle, and the
demon is slain in a great battle. With its last breath, it
curses Vega with a jinx. However, she searches its body and
finds the metallic part that Mensa was looking for -- little
knowing that Algol still exists in that part.
- Al Na'ir goes out into the wastes to search for Nashira.
Instead, he finds Mira and later Nashira's severed hand, but
the trail of blood in the snow eventually leads him to Nashira,
who is returning with Altair. They have a tearful reunion.
John H. Kim <jhkim-at-darkshire-dot-net>
Last modified: Fri Dec 30 23:50:23 2005