It's been a while since Confrontation's fluff has been a topic of discussion, but it was definitely one of the strengths of the IP when Rackham was still around. The stories were teased all over the place, from the cards, rule books, magazines, and even a few novels. so, the question I pose to the members here:
What was your favorite Confrontation story and/or character (because of their fluff, not because of their gameplay)?
Ophidans are great: I recently read "ashes of wrath" which heavily featured ophidians and their culture and it was pretty interesting overall. The part in the attic with the akkysian elf was really cool too. I also really like the story featuring s'ygma in one of the cry havoc magazines were he visits the goblin book seller who's just quaking in his boots the whole time.
I was always partial to the Inquisition vs. Mira storyline. Highlights being:
- Saphon's hatred for Mira being based on the lies he was fed. - Pope Innocent knowing the truth, but maintaining his position of "burn the heretics!", despite Mira's position being that of the actual truth...because his position of power relied on him maintaining the lie. - Cardinal Aerth possessing one of the fabled Arcanum (the Tarot Cards of Vanius), Judgment - depicting Mira as the true divine messenger of Merin - Arkhos playing the protective older brother to Mira, even when he felt it went against his duties. - The Lodge of Hod taking in Mira to hide her from the Inquisition, and giving her a new identity (but that blue hair, come on....) - I also liked the angle with Hauteclaire, Mira's sword, re-growing to it's full potential as she grew in power. I always felt there was going to be a 3rd incarnation for Mira, with the fully restored Hauteclaire...kind of a true divine messenger profile (a Living Legend tier type of profile)
I also seem to remember reading a story about Mira getting lost in the wilds when she was in search for Arcavius' tomb, and getting found by a band of orcs. They could have killed her if they wanted, but when they saw her blue hair, it drew some connection to their faith...and from that point on these orcs became protective of Mira, as she was a symbol of faith in the orc beliefs as well...or something like that. It's probably been 10+ years since I remember having read whatever this particular story was, and haven't been able to find it since.
the part of the story of " Pope Innocent knowing the truth " , where did you read that?? I must have missed that
I don't know if I can reference any 1 specific thing I read (and it's been spread out over so many years that I can't even remember where I read certain things). It may have even been from a lot of the stuff that was read in the CaoR army book for the Griffin. That being said, it may have also just been derivative interpretation from lots of different sources over the years.
But, my basic understanding was something like this: Mira was at the Temple of the East with her adoptive brother, Arkhos...while his goal was to find the tomb of Arcavius. Mira went rogue and went searching for the tomb of Arcavius. The Pope sent Saphon and the Inquisition with the same goal, I'm guessing being unsatisfied with the progress the Temple of the East had made, or perhaps just because the Pope wanted direct control of the findings, rather than through the Temple. It was learned that Mira had actually found the tomb...but in an attempt to control the situation (perhaps because the findings were not in line with the Pope's agenda?), she was labeled a heretic...and the Pope sent the Inquisition to find her. Arkhos was wise to the situation, and helped Mira escape the Inquisition, where she eventually joined the Lodge of Hod with a new secret identity.
Again - this is trying to piece it together after several years of reading bits and pieces from various sources. The CaoR Temple book had a surprising amount of stuff in it.
I'm still most interested in re-finding the bit about the orcs having some connection to Mira...but I can't for the life of me remember where that was from.
Favorite fluff for a character would have to be story behind Hirh-Karn the Enraged. Can’t find it right now but if I remember it right, he wanted to live a peaceful life until the day he was attacked by a goblin and wounded in the head. Since then he has an uncontrollable rage and turns into the ultimate bad ass. Also the whole brotherhood of bronze clan was a great read.
the scenario cards that came with 1st Incarnation Mira did have some interaction with Bran-O-Kor orcs since the tomb was found in their territory
the fluff that was the meat of the scenario cards was fun to read. It gave great background and substance to any of the "Adventurer" blisters. It actually made me get all the adventurers from all the factions.
I loved the Cry Havok story about the Drunes and Gnosis. Such a weird juxtaposition of appreciation for pure logic and their demonic viciousness. So strange. I already love them as an army, but that made me really appreciate them as a concept.
I like the story about Yllia, the being that forced his will on her, and that this one was Ar-Tholt, therefore the Devourer hate the Dirz, because Vile-Tis told them the true story. Still, both Devourer and Dirz have kind of the same weapons that kill outright when a critical wound is caused.
Further, I like the personal stories, especially with the adventures and of course the personal enemy. Here, most of all, the story of Sasia and Sered is wonderful.