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+The Story: On a stormy night twelve years ago, four-year-old Tegwen was discovered by the village Elder.  A series of runic knots were wound around her arm, identifying her father and mother in the manner of the Silent Singers.  The Elder took her to her grandmother’s house, where she was raised and trained in the Druid arts, and never told of her Silent Singer heritage. Until dark magic starts leaking into the world.

This Fantasy romp is a parody of many Japanese RPGs, from the epic storyline, asymmetrical costume designs, and loads of straps and floating equipment that just doesn’t make sense.

+The Characters:

Tegwen

Tegwen is a generally content teenager prone to moments of intense self-doubt, especially now that her world has been turned upside down and she is questioning her identity. Underneath her handicap of hormones, she is very capable in both the realms of magic and life… if she doesn’t think about it too hard. As she gains confidence, she learns to combine her Druid powers with her Singer ones–which is a good thing, since she’ll need that super power to save the world.

Indris

Indris is your classic cocky warrior casanova type, who thinks skill with a blade and good looks entitle him to any woman he wants. Tegwen isn’t having any of it, which baffles him, and a series of screw-ups and confrontations between the two of them force him to grow as a person. Of course, this means they eventually fall in love with each other.

Carys

Carys is a young but very powerful mage whose biggest irritation is that no one takes her seriously, especially Indris. She joins the group when she finds out Indris, who is her brother’s best friend, is failing to woe a girl at the local tavern and decides to tag along for the entertainment.

Madoc

Madoc is a member of the Zirban race. The Zirban are very large, bestial in form, and have fur ranging from short and fine to shaggy and coarse. Both sexes are incredibly strong and can be destructive and vicious when provoked, and several of the older Zirban traditions are rather barbaric. These elements, combined with the reputations of those few murderous individuals who always ruin it for the rest of the group, have earned the Zirban an undeserved barbarian monster label. In reality, the Zirban are a generally peaceful race who are very clever at inventing large machinery.

Among his own people, Madoc serves as a Balance Keeper, a sort of roving wise-man who observes the world and the forces in it and attempts to preserve balance through whatever means necessary. This sometimes requires the use of extreme force, so he is no mean warrior. He is a gifted speaker, though usually his words are few, and he has an excellent sense of humor. He has also traveled extensively in the Imperial lands outside the rocky, rolling plains of the Zirban, so he understands the world very well.

Bran

Bran is, well, Bran. He appears to be a small child, but no one’s really sure how old he is; he’s been with Madoc for about three years and hasn’t grown or changed a bit. He is very good at sensing approaching danger and is well versed in healing magics, but (apparently) not much else.

Silent Singers

This is a sect related to, but separate from, the Druids. Ages ago the two groups were one people, but drifted apart as fewer Druid children were born with the degree of talent necessary to become a Singer, and as more Druids turned towards the power of elements rather than nature as a whole. Now the Druids live on the fringes of the forest in (relatively) normal houses, while the Silent Singers are true nomadic forest dwellers. Both cultures respect each other, but Silent Singers are seen so rarely by ordinary Druids–and are generally so creepy with their silence and grace and auras of power–that they are regarded with superstition bordering on suspicion these days. In fact, today the rare children born with the ability to become Silent Singers are rarely recognized, and the talent is almost never developed.

The magic of the Silent Singers is an older, deeper, wilder and more powerful version of what the Druids use, and they don’t use staffs to focus their energy. They also don’t give voice to their spells–thus their name, and the original source of their odd mouth-covering hoods. The easiest way to explain the difference in power between their magics is to compare it to music: one person can only sing one melody at a time, maybe two if they’re well-trained; whereas someone with the right mindset can hear an entire symphony in their heads. (There’s also a fair degree of telepathic projection going on with SS magic–Druids, even Druid Bards, rely more on ritual). So a single Silent Singer can perform a more complex and binding spell than ten Druid Bards; however, generally there will be more immediate punch behind the Druid spell because it’s been given physical voice. Since it’s a more difficult path to power, Singers can also slip off the straight and narrow into the grey area (or to the dark magics) much more easily than a Bard, resulting in rogues that just feed the suspicion of the masses.