By Lois McMaster Bujold
Bothered younger Fawn Bluefield seeks a existence past her family’s farm. yet en path to town, she encounters a patrol of Lakewalkers, nomadic soldier–sorcerers from the northern woodlands. Feared necromancers armed with mysterious knives made up of human bone, they salary a mystery, ongoing conflict opposed to the scourge of the "malices," immortal entities that draw the existence out in their sufferers, enslaving human and animal alike.
It is Dag—a Lakewalker patroller weighed down through prior sorrows and arduous current responsibilities—who needs to come to Fawn’s reduction while she is taken captive by way of a malice. They be triumphant at a devastating cost—unexpectedly binding their fates as they embark upon a extraordinary trip into chance and enjoyment, prejudice and partnership . . . and maybe even love.
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Huge: CR 7; Huge Elemental (Air); HD 16d8+64; hp 136; Init +13 (+9 Dex, +4 Improved Initiative); Spd Fly 100 ft. (perfect); AC 21 (-2 size, +9 Dex, +4 natural); Atk Slam +19 /+14/+9 melee (2d8+6); Face/Reach 10 ft. ; SA Air mastery, whirlwind; SQ Elemental, damage reduction 10/+2; AL N; SV Fort +9, Ref +19, Will +5; Str 18, Dex 29, Con 18, Int 6, Wis 11, Cha 11. Equipment: cold weather outfit, leather armor, short sword. , 9 in. ; AC AC 12 (+2 armor); Atk +3 melee, or longbow +3 ranged (1d8, x3); SV Fort +2, Ref +1, Will +2; AL NG; Str 11, Dex 10, Con 8, Int 11, Wis 12, Cha 7.
Telepathy-Can communicate telepathically with any creature within 100 feet that has a language. Know Alignment-Always know the alignment of any creature he looks upon. This miracle cemented Gregor's relationship with the royal family, especially with the Tsarista, who was grateful to Gregor for her child's life. Once Winter felt he was in the Tsar's good graces, he did away with the Tsarista and her young son by making it look like they had been murdered by one of the boyars. Outraged, the Tsar slowly removed all of the established nobility from his inner circle, until only Gregor remained.
Without his followers, alone in the wilderness, the Tsar isn't much of a threat. The likelihood of him surviving the travel southwards from Volkov is slim. As the PCs journey closer to the capital, Winter realizes that he took the wrong approach. As long as the Tsar was missing, rumors of his return ran rampant. Despite the abuse heaped upon them, the peasants and even the boyars eagerly awaited someone to retake the throne. The princes were too involved in their own petty squabbles to provide any strong leadership, so Winter keeps the status quo, hoping it crumbles apart.