They are the fulfillment of humanity’s oldest and fondest wish: that we might join the birds we envy in the unbounded blue of the depths above. Despite forsaking the ground they have renounced none of their ancestors’ pride and the creatures are famed for their mercurial tempers and capacity to hold a grudge.
The harpies of Ostriel are shaped like predatory birds with vibrantly coloured feathers, possessed of the visages and metacarpi of pale, aristocratic humans. Their clawed feet are as dextrous as any hand, and they are known as expert archers.
Hollow Bones – you take double damage from crushing or bludgeoning attacks.
Flight – you have powerful wings and can fly freely. You can carry another human-sized character aloft, so long as you have five or more empty item slots.
Ancestral Enemy – when you encounter characters from Sargattea, all reaction or persuasion rolls are made with Disadvantage.
|3||Slender||Pale||Purple and Teal||Tattooed Palms|
|4||Plump||Ritually Tattooed||Moonlit Grey||Extravagantly Jewelled|
|5||Sinuous||Sculpted||Regal Blue||Recently Injured|
|6||Bony||Young||Gory Red||Always Gloved|
|7||Robust||Harsh||Emerald Green||Missing Fingers|
|8||Imposing||Blank||Gold and Yellow||Ancient Battle Scars|
|9||Delicate||Bashful||Iridescent Silver||Victory Bangles|
|11||Muscular||Beguiling||Scar White||Malformed, Clumsy|
|12||Angular||Tranquil||Indigo and Scarlet||Gilded Talons|
|13||Wiry||Sharp||Raw Umber||Huge, Unclipped Talons|
|14||Claw-Scarred||One-Eyed||Dusk Pink||Soft and Perfumed|
|15||Elegant||Glowering||Bottle Green||Once Badly Burned|
|17||Dainty||Concealed||Lustrous Black||Palms Dyed Black|
|19||Stooped||Jewelled||Powder Blue||Bear Shameful Brand|
|1||Khazri||Broken Tower||Abrasive||Great-grandmother Executed Unjustly|
|3||Barguzin||Ailing Moon||Cynical||Passed over for Prestigious Office|
|5||Amihan||Bitter Wind||Fanatical||Spurned by Potential Spouse|
|7||Rashaba||Empty Goblet||Greedy||Mother Killed in Battle with Sargatteans|
|9||Alize||Crowned Eye||Impulsive||Treated Dishonourably by Twin Sister|
|11||Coromue||Gilded Talons||Melodramatic||Mother Assassinated by Krypteia Agent|
|13||Bise||Scornful Sun||Obsessive||Snubbed by the Queen Beyond the Sky|
|15||Ostro||Mad Eye||Pessimistic||You Were Punished for the Failings of Another|
|17||Vendavel||Sacred Blade||Resentful||Given an Inadequate Gift at a Wedding|
|19||Xlok||Bloody Tongue||Vain||Absurd Grievance; Only Matters to You|
Finally, let’s put it all together. For body we roll Elegant, for face we roll Pale, for plumage Powder Blue, and for feet we get Extravagantly Jewelled. Our name is Bise, our roost’s sigil is a Scornful Sun, and our demeanour is Melodramatic. Bise’s current grudge is that she was Given an Inadequate Gift at a Wedding.
Bise seems to be a minor daughter of the Scornful Sun’s Chatelaine. One wonders what’s keeping her lower than she’d like in the pecking order. It’s possible that the Scornful Sun Roost just hasn’t been fighting that much in recent years, and the upper perches of the hierarchy have grown heavy with elder daughters who would otherwise have died in battle. Junior harpies like Bise often receive paltry gifts at weddings and other feasts (when there are twelve sisters above you, there’s only so much your host can do). Naturally such scenes cause simmering resentment, but calling out her older siblings isn’t something Bise can do lightly.
Such are the rewards of caution and prudence: a roost full of squabbling sisters. If I were the Scornful Sun Chatelaine, I would get involved in a minor vendetta as soon as possible, or perhaps enter some skirmishes with Sargattea. Hopefully some of Bise’s elder siblings will get thinned out in combat, and she will be able to move up the ranks. Failing that, it might be an adventurer’s life that calls for Bise, far from home.
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