Ravenloft A Cordial Invitation


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You have all been invited to dinner with Duchess Morwen of Daggerford. You are well known in the area, and the Duchess has been both a benefactor and friend to you. The meal is sure to be a fine one, and whilst autumn is upon us, it seems that summer is determined to have its last gasp. A hint of chill in the air suggests that there will be mists later, as the temperature drops.

Things to consider for when we do character generation: Why does the Duchess favour your character? What service have you performed for her or Daggerford in the past? Why might she look to you to help her with an unusual problem that her retainers may find challenging?


Daggerford is a town that lay along the Shining River on the Sword Coast in the Western Heartlands. It is a walled town with a population of approximately 900, with a number of outlying hamlets, farms, and estates bringing the population to over 2,000. The town is strategically placed along the Trade Way and fortified by the local duke's dwarven-built castle. It is primarily a farming community, but a desire to grow and be seen as an alternative to the northern city Waterdeep has caused the town to actively seek craftsmen and artisans. Its streets are unpaved and the buildings are slightly ramshackle in appearance.

The Duchess of Daggerford as of 1486 DR is Lady Morwen Daggerford, inheriting the title from her younger brother Maldwyn when the practice of primogeniture was suspended in the town of Daggerford. She looks as though she is in her 20s, but you know she is older. Most day-to-day issues are handled by the Council of Guilds. The council is full of itself, thinking that it has more power than it truly does, meeting in concealing robes with faces covered to emulate the meetings of the Lords of Waterdeep despite their faces being publicly known. It exists by the Duchess' grace.
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The Guvnor
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My character is Ser Alys de Rouge, a warrior of many years who led the town militia for the last decade and led many a defensive and punitive battle against greenskins.
After almost dying in a one to one combat with the Hobgoblin captain Bharakh On Kharain, Alys was saved by an avatar of the Red Knight who handed her a blessed weapon with which she slew her foe. Amy's devoted herself to the goddess and practices daily to avenge those that the Kharain kill and take as slaves. Since her knighthood she has continued to advise the Duchess.

Alys is in her 40s, grizzled and windbeaten with a grim determination and a black sense of humour.

The Red Knight is essentially a female warrior sub cult of Tempus, the God of War.

The Red Knight

The Lady of Strategy, the Crimson General, the Grandmaster of the Lanceboard

The Red Knight is the goddess of planning and strategy. Those who favor her call themselves the Red Fellowship. They believe wars are won by the best planning, strategy, and tactics. The worship of the Red Knight is filled with doctrine about strategy, such as: “Every war is a series of battles. Losing one doesn’t mean losing the war.” “In war, plan for peace. In peace, plan for war.” “Seek allies among your enemy’s enemies.”

Worship of the Red Knight arose among a hero-venerating monastic order of Tempus in Tethyr shortly after the Time of Troubles. The Red Knight has since grown in popularity because of what her followers call the Great Stratagem: for decades, her priests have been traveling to places of warfare to educate generals and kings in the arts of strategy and battlefield tactics. Many of the leaders they approached turned them away at first, but it soon became apparent that those who accepted the counsel of the Crimson General’s followers gained a distinct benefit. Grateful victors built temples to the Lady of Strategy, and gradually her faith spread.

Today, followers of the Red Knight can be found in nearly any land that has seen warfare in the past century. Worshipers of the Red Knight are rare in the general population, but those who revere her can frequently be found among high-ranking commanders of armies, instructors in colleges of war, quartermasters, and the authors of tomes of strategy. Each temple to the Red Knight includes an altar dedicated to Tempus, and so such a place is likely to be frequented by mercenaries and soldiers. A temple is surrounded by a vast pavilion and courtyard, which can be rented by companies of soldiers and mercenaries for practice and training. Her priests believe that drilling one’s troops in a temple courtyard is a form of propitiation that the Red Knight looks upon with special favor.
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