Powers of the Windemere Lands: Adorable Adventurers

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Don’t let the title fool you.  While some adventurers are adorable, very few of them should be trifled with.  At the very least, remember to give them a treat before petting them on the head.  Now, these characters can fall into all of the themes, but you tend to see them function predominantly on land.  A sea adventure or flying castle might turn up, but these people do a lot of walking in Windemere.  You can’t really pigeonhole them either considering they aren’t an organized group.  So, how can they be considered the third power of land?

In Allure of the Gypsies, Duke Solomon and Luke Callindor have a slight ‘encounter’ that threatens to become heated.  It doesn’t and leads to a conversation where the Duke says something that many leaders in Windemere believe.  Adventurers have the ability to change history in ways that kings and queens could only dream of.  There’s a lot of red tape and political thinking behind a ruler’s actions unless they decide to simply go charging at an enemy.  This isn’t the case with adventurers who are the ones that see a problem and set about fixing it.  Kingdoms have been altered due to the actions of adventurers, which isn’t always a good thing.  Bards have a lot of stories that involve a hero who means well and fails.

Contrary to the name, Windemere adventurers don’t always travel. It is more of a term used for people that get involved in events and have no loyalty to a kingdom or career path.  This is where they differ from a soldier who fights for country and a mercenary who fights for money.  An adventurer may be motivated by those things, but most of them want one of two things.  First, is the desire to do good by righting a wrong.  This is your simplistic hero adventurer.  Second, is a craving for adventure that tends to come with some desire for fame.  They can be spurred into action by just about anything too.  Every adventurer has their own story to tell and path to follow.

One has to remember that Windemere has a big destiny/free will system that is directed by Gabriel.  Too much of one can create an imbalance and the world will do whatever it takes to fix things.  Adventurers are the most common agents of destiny, free will, and system repair.  Here are examples for each one:

  1. Destiny- The champions who have been chosen by the gods.
  2. Free Will- Ichabod Brooks who chooses his jobs without influence.
  3. System Repair- A future character that has risen to undo destiny getting more pull than free will.

All three of these types will have some level of impact on Windemere.  This ranges from saving the entire world to rescuing a single person, which are all seen as important victories in the eyes of the adventurer.  Of course, each one has a different idea of scale in terms of adventure.  This isn’t an organized group like the armies and mercenaries.  The closest thing to this are the monster hunters who are considered an offshoot of the mercenary lifestyle.  So, the adventurers are hard to predict and both good and evil forces tend to keep an eye out for them.  It isn’t uncommon for warlords, thieves, and necrocasters to maintain lists of anyone who might wander into their territory and start trouble.  Needless to say, Ichabod Brooks tends to be in the top 3 even long after his retirement.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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12 Responses to Powers of the Windemere Lands: Adorable Adventurers

  1. L. Marie says:

    Once again you show how vast and intricate your world is. How does the Chaos Goddess Yola Biggs fit into the scheme of things?

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    • Well, she’s in exile now, but she’s part of the world balance. Her twin brother is Odigar the Order God, so usually butt heads. Yola is more connected to free will than destiny though. She doesn’t fit much into the land, sea, and air forces though.

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      • L. Marie says:

        I recall an interview you had with her on your blog and Merchant of Nevra Coil. Wondered how she would affect destiny or free will.

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      • Probably monkey wrenches, but there’s the Law of Influence. The gods and goddesses can’t get involved in mortal life beyond visions, choosing agents, and granting clerics their power for spells. Not without permission or being sealed for a bit. Gabriel has some leeway due to forging destinies, but he still can’t physically get involved. The Law is also why Yola is on the run and exiled. She broke it really badly and ran away instead of facing punishment.

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  2. Always a good idea to study the differences. Thanks for the clarity.

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  4. Loooong day of flying today. Glad I didn’t miss this one. Also glad that Ichabod is held in such high esteem. Must be the work of bards.

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  5. You gotta love adventurers. And Ichabod. And bards. Probably in that order.

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