On the 24th of March 2018, an unlikely group of friends met in a comfortable living room. At the time they were neophytes to Dungeons and Dragons; now they are seasoned players. Some have even taken up the mantle of Dungeon Master and are now inventing worlds of their own.
The eight amazing players I have the pleasure to DM for live out their adventures in the homebrew world of Syrros, a world of gods, ancient mysteries, wars and shadowy organizations. All the history, cosmology and societal quirks were born in the mind of yours truly (with a few exceptions…). Ever since they began to play and bring the world to life, I’ve wanted to record their adventures somewhere. Thus, the “Adventures of the Cursed Eight” series was born. I hope you enjoy the telling of the tales as much as the players enjoyed bringing them to you.
A huge thank you to them and to Wizards of the Coast for giving us such an amazing game.
Save for the stories, original characters and homebrew content, all the rest is the property of WOTC.
A huge shoutout to the amazing Martin Paz Romero who made the character’s portraits!
Please go check him out:
Dramatis Personae (in order of appearance)
A high-elf rogue and urchin from the sacred city of Dereillon. After losing her family when she was only seven years old, Shainarra was taken in by the local Thieves’ Guild. She now travels the width and breadth of Syrros in search of loot and hints as to the identity of the murderers who killed her parents.
She is mostly reserved and at first glance may appear callous. But beneath this dark façade beats a kind and brave heart.
A wood-elf ranger and outlander hailing from the Plains of Vort in the north. A wanderer at heart, Siloqui is primarily concerned with the well-being of the natural world. She is on a quest to rid the world of a mysterious corruption that is infecting the green.
Civilization holds little interest to her; she sees it more as a nuisance than an accomplishment.
Although at times harsh, she is stalwart and will do anything to protect those in her care.
Captain Thorin Battlehammer of House Shaddak
An elderly dwarf fighter and former soldier of the Argathodian Army. Moved by honour and consumed by guilt, Thorin is on a quest of redemption. Having lost his mentor – as well as his military rank – to a pack of goblins during the battle of St. Vornias , the dwarf has joined up with an unlikely party of heroes on a quest to restore the power of the god Gerotil.
Even though he sometimes punishes himself for his own shortcomings, Thorin is a generous soul and a fearless fighter.
A gnome sorcerer of mysterious origins and hounded by a dark destiny. Clever and creative, Zal’tat is often confused by his own chaotic existence. This can at times cause him to go off in unforeseen directions, moved by tasks only he can begin to comprehend.
A methodical tactician, this curious gnome will never hesitate to sacrifice himself for his friends.
A hill-dwarf druid and a hermit of the Rustshell Mountains. Quiet and reserved, she carries on her shoulders the destiny of Syrros. Although reductive in stature, she wields great power and can easily outmatch most opponents in a fight.
An avid practitioner of meditation, she brings her level-headedness to bare in the direst of situations. Her care for others is her strength and she is often the voice of wisdom in the party’s deliberations.
A young half-orc barbarian from the northern wastes. He is accompanied by his dire wolf pup Bane. Rash, impulsive and violent, Grell revels in the chaos of the battlefield. Although he is pursued by powerful enemies that constantly seek to tempt him, the young half-orc maintains a sunny outlook on life, often punctuated by a child-like curiosity.
Mistrusting to a fault, the youngest member of the Cursed Eight gives his love sparingly. When he does however, he jealously holds on to it, in an attempt to replace something he lost long ago.
Lady Nala Myastan
A silver dragonborn warlock of highborn origins and operative of the Draconic Council. Having fled the Imperial Capital after having been accused of the gravest of crimes, Nala has devoted herself to the missions given to her by the Council. It is her hope that one day her efforts will enable her to rescue her husband and two daughters, imprisoned in the Imperial Dungeons.
A powerful magic user, the dragonborn traverses Syrros in disguise. Calm and controlled, she is close to all the members of the group and won’t hesitate to pulverize anyone who threatens their safety.
A human cleric of the goddess of light and knowledge, Thelas. Educated in the southern region of Surthoni, Lohar recently left the Temple to travel north. Officially tasked with spreading the word of Thelas and collecting old manuscripts, in truth the cleric is searching for the remains of his master’s reserch.
A scholar at heart, Lohar is unconcerned by society’s rules and will often go to great lengths to find answers to his questions. His technical knowledge is often sought after by the other members of the party, who he has slowly come to accept as friends.