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PostSubject: The people of Firnwald   Fri 16 Dec 2011 - 5:52

(Note: This is a project I had in mind for quite some time now; several years to be honest, and I want to show it to you in the appropriate way, so Iíll start with the fluff. I'll add pictures soon, but I want to make it a little more exciting and stuff. Whatever... I hope you enjoy it and excuse my bad English.)


There are many places in the dark forests of the Empire who are shunned by the common folk out of superstition, but among them few are as feared as the dreaded village of Firnwald.

Anyone who wants to visit this strange and bleak place is advised to stay at home Ė A nameless and horrific curse seems to surround it like a black cloud. Only stories are told about the nature of this curse, one more bizarre and unbelievable then the other, and most of them likely to be the babbling of madmen and uneducated peasants.

The Electoral Province of Ostland was always famous for its rough and hardy people. The greatest part of its population consists of poor farmers and peasants who live in small villages and often hardly manage to survive on their meagre earnings in times of war or bad harvest.
The village of Firnwald, surrounded by the Forest of Shadows, made no difference. It was famous though for his large herds of sheep and his two cow farms which allowed him to establish a profitable meat trade business run by the villages most influencial family, the Metzgers.
Another unique thing about Firnwald was that its inhabitants didnít worship Taal, the God of Forests, as many other Ostlanders do. Instead, they had built a large temple of Sigmar, the Empireís patron deity, in the centre of their village. They were said to be very faithful followers of his cult, and this temple was their whole pride.

Today, the whole place seems to slowly rot away since the collapse of the Metzger familyís meat trade empire some years ago. Not many people dare to travel through the Forest of Shadows, and only a few of them are desperate or stupid enough to follow the mostly overgrown and barely used path that leads to this place. It is said that even Beastmen and Forest Goblins, who are still a common threat within the Forest, seem to avoid this place as if it was diseased. Only great and strangely malformed wolves seem to roam the woods here, hunting after some unnameable prey.

The village itself looks ruined on the outside, but in fact most of its buildings are still inhabited, and there is also a tavern, run by Haarmann Metzger, the last of the Metzger family, which also has a small butcher shop at the ground floor.
The temple of Sigmar is still in use, too, but it is prohibited to strangers to enter it, and his entrance door is locked up all day and guarded by night.

Only few villagers can be spotted on the streets, and they tend not to speak too much. Most of them have an unsettling look in their eyes, and there seems to be something wrong with them. They tend to be either large and sickly thin or small, stout and hunched over. It is also known that many of them bear strange scars of unknown origin, and that it is possible to notice a disturbing but hard to identify smell when one of them comes too close.
Rumours say that the same disease that killed their animals years ago spread among them, and that it is this disease that gives them their frightening appearance, but noone knows for sure.

Just one thing can be said: There are some who travel to Firnwald, and there are also some who still trade with its people and who return unharmed to their family and kin.
But those who leave Firnwald are always fewer than those who enteredÖ



(To be continued)
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PostSubject: Re: The people of Firnwald   Fri 16 Dec 2011 - 6:41

If the minis you're planning match the story, we are in for a treat. EXCELLENT START! What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: The people of Firnwald   Fri 16 Dec 2011 - 13:14

0+ Townsfolk (20 gc per model)

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Weapons and Armour: Townsfolk may buy weapons and armour from the Firnwaelder Equipment List*.

Special Rules: Degeneration*

(* as described later)

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PostSubject: Re: The people of Firnwald   Fri 16 Dec 2011 - 15:29

haha the pose of the guy second to the left is awesome
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PostSubject: Re: The people of Firnwald   Fri 16 Dec 2011 - 15:52

Well, there goes the neighborhood...COOL IDEA & VERY NICELY DONE! thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: The people of Firnwald   Sun 18 Dec 2011 - 14:02

No one ever knew where the plague came from.

It was in the dreaded winter of 1994. The harvest this year had been espescially sparse. Firnwald was totally isolated from the outer world by a harsh snow storm, and the poor villagers relied totally on their cattle to survive. When the first animals started to die, they raised their hands up to the skies, begging to Sigmar to save them. But it seemed as if his gaze wasn't upon them. One after one the beasts of the village dropped down dead, and their flesh became bitter and inedible. Panic crept through the streets. Starvation seemed imminent.

Those who where hit the hardest though was the Metzger family, because it was their cattle who fell prey to the disease first, and as the hysteria grew it was them who were accused to have caused it in some way. As it is common in the smaller towns of the Empire, the accusation of heresy and the worship of Chaos were quickly at hand to justify a manhunt. Ignaz Metzger, the family's patriarch, hung himself the evening an angry mob stormed their house to catch them, but the rest of the now not only dispossessed but also dishonored family fled out of the village and deep into the grim woods that surrounded it, rather preferring to face the terrible cold than the misdirected aggressions of their former fellows. The other men of Firnwald didn't dare to follow them too far, though, as everybody knows that the woods are not safe to travel by night, and there are stranger things lurking in their nameless depths than beastmen and their kin, and no kind of scapegoat was worth it to face such horrors.

The following time, dark clouds blotted out the sun on the sky above the forest. Two weeks passed, and the remaining villagers used up the last meagre supplies they had left. The first who started to die were the weak and elderly ones, but the children did too.

Again it was Sigmar their Lord to whom the desperate peasants prayed for salvation, but still their prayers were'nt answered, and as their desperation grew at the evening requiem they finally stopped praying and started to curse his name.

It was this dark moment when a single man stepped out of the storm that was roaring outside and into the temple. Once he had been tall, but now he was walking crooked and on a wooden leg that was apparently still new and to which he wasn't used. His left eye was missing too, and a still fresh scar ran from the left side of his forehead down to his left cheek. His clothes were torn and muddy, and his single eye was gleaming with a light that seemed nearly supernatural. The ragged figure looked upon them all with a strange smile under his small mustachť.

"I have come to bring you a new kind of communion," he said.

It was Haarmann Metzger, the last of the Metzger family. He had returned from the woods to make them an offer.


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PostSubject: Re: The people of Firnwald   Sun 18 Dec 2011 - 14:09

0-1 Butcher (40 gold crowns to hire)

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Skills: A Butcher may choose from Combat and Strength skills when he gets a new skill.

Weapons and armour: A Butcher may buy weapons and armour from the Firnwaelder Equipment list.

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Butcher: As long as a Butcher is part of your warband, you may add +3 to your maximum warband size.

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PostSubject: Re: The people of Firnwald   Sun 18 Dec 2011 - 18:56

The mini fits admirably the FINE narrative...VERY WELL DONE! thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: The people of Firnwald   Mon 19 Dec 2011 - 11:56

Kinda reminds me of Wyrmvater in the Witchhunter trilogy. The story is good so far. The +3 warband size is kinda strong though.
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PostSubject: Re: The people of Firnwald   Mon 19 Dec 2011 - 12:47

Thanks for your nice comments Smile

@ arathorn: I don't think so... the maximum warband size will be 12, so he will make the warband just as strong as others I guess.
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PostSubject: Re: The people of Firnwald   Mon 19 Dec 2011 - 15:41

Great start to a warband and I like the story! Looking forward to seeing some more.
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