Who are the Soul Raiders ?

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The Soul Raiders is an ancestral order founded over a thousand years ago, when the various civilisations of Kyvros were just starting to blossom. It was created to stop a dire threat engulfing this world, as mighty warrior-mages from all kingdoms banded together and fought for its survival.
Nowadays, nobody outside this millennial order remembers the reasons for its creation, and the sacrifices that followed…

Eneko, Soul RaiderEneko, Soul Raider. Art by Magali Villeneuve

They took upon their shoulders to become humanity’s neutral custodians, never mingling in politics and embracing a life of adventure. Their goal is to protect the world from the evil spirits lying beyond the Veil, who constantly try sneak in and wreak havoc on humanity’s kingdoms.

Over the centuries, the order slowly dwindled and the Soul Raider’s origins got lost in time. These powerful beings are still respected by kings and queens alike, but it is likely out of fear for their control of magical energies rather than the actual purpose of their derelict order.

Aïtor, Soul RaiderZia, Soul Raider. Art by Magali Villeneuve

Only exceptional beings are admitted into the ranks of the Soul Raiders, humans with high potential whose bodies and minds have been honed to perfection through a long and challenging training. Over their lifetimes, they will learn to master the instinctive magic bestowed to them through an ancient ritual.

Aïtor, Soul RaiderAdonis, Soul Raider. Art by Magali Villeneuve

As spiritual as they are war-like, the Soul Raiders have attained a higher level of consciousness. A group of Soul raiders knows how to work in harmony towards a unique, focused, purpose; they do not even need to see or talk with each other to act as one powerful and deadly entity.

Maïder, Soul RaiderMaïder, Soul Raider. Art by Magali Villeneuve

Masters of the order roams the lands and seas both to defeat evil spirits and find the exceptional young souls that could be turned into new members. They take them as apprentices until they are ready for their intronisation, at which point they are already powerful enough to best the mightiest warriors of the kingdoms.

Eneko

Born on a small island in the kingdom of Azkarrak, Eneko’s world was turned upside down when its main volcano erupted, razing half his birthplace and killing his mother. His father, a powerful member of the Navigator’s guild, was nowhere to be seen… A friend of the family took the young Eneko to a local lord settled in the lowlands of the kingdom, and placed him in his custody.

As he grew up between the tall walls of lord Morwilbor’s castle, Eneko became acquainted with a mysterious traveler that came and went as she pleased on the lord’s property. Wielding the Soul Raider’s sigil — a gauntlet holding two lightning bolts — this woman named Hedda quickly grasped Eneko’s potential, and asked Morwilbor to provide to the young man the best martial and scholar education that this kingdom could provide.

When he reached adulthood, Eneko decided to follow Hedda and learn the ways of the Soul Raiders. Strong-willed and dedicated, they roamed the kingdom to send spectres back beyond the Veil – where they belonged. As the years passed, these spirits grew in number and ferocity, tearing the veil between worlds more and more often, a fact that concerned Hedda greatly.

One day, the Grand Master Recruiter summoned the whole order to their ancient sanctuary in order to initiate the next generation of Soul Raiders. This would be the chance for Eneko and other apprentices from all over the five kingdoms to practice the rituel granting them a unique instinctive magic – bestowed on them by the elemental water spirit Nymphea.
Once this is done, they will renounce their past lives and aspirations for the mundane world to fully embrace their destinies as mighty Soul Raiders…

Eneko has a straightforward personality, going into challenges head-first and trusting his own skills against all odds. Even for a Soul Raider, he is exceptionally strong and has saved his master more than once thanks to his impressive might. An excellent swordsman, he is nonetheless an astute scholar and knows how to keep a cool head to analyze situations, making the most of the dire circumstances he often ends up in.

In terms of gameplay, this translates in a bonus towards the Strength and Precision actions that the Soul Raiders might have to perform in the different chapters of the story. Compared to the other Soul Raiders, he also has the most offensive set of spells at his disposal, like conjured arrows and fireballs, to quickly dispatch the threats that his group might face during their adventures.

Zia

Zia’s fingers danced deftly over the articulations of a lifeless puppet. The puppet might have been a shepherd once… Or perhaps a hunter, with a mustache like those worn by the local men. It had taken her some time to realize that the mass of tangled threads and broken wood that the little boy had brought her had once stood on two legs.
“He’s in pretty bad shape,” she remarked. The boy’s eyes welled with tears. With a wavering voice, he said,
“The other children… They took it from me, and they broke it. Please, ma’am, before you go… You helped everyone else…”

She didn’t need to hear any more. She unshouldered the enormous bundle she was carrying, letting it slip to the ground. She sat down cross-legged on the floor and went to work. The puppet was laid out akimbo on the floor, its shattered limbs splayed out expertly before her, as she patiently untangled the threads that connected it to the cross-bar. Zia had acquired a certain talent for repairing complex things; she had cut her teeth on the locks that filled her family’s workshop. Repairing a toy was child’s play for her. Though the mechanics of this puppet were simple, it had been carved with an astonishing attention to detail: the puppet’s tunic was teeming with accessories, and the mustache had been whittled from the wood.

“It’s almost done,” breathed the boy from behind her, almost as if in prayer.

Dusk fell. Zia rose, gripping the cross-bar in one hand. The strings pulled taut, snapping the puppet to its feet.
A grin crept across the shepherd-hunter’s painted face. A wild grin. Menacing. Ravenous. What had once been a mustache now wrapped grotesquely around both sides of its head like a pair of tentacles. Instead of arms, two sharp blades wriggled at the puppet’s sides.
“Yes!” crowed a ghastly voice that had been the child’s, which now emanated from the puppet.
The little boy behind her had vanished.

Zia unleashed the spell she had been crafting all along. Flashes of lightning spurted from the young woman’s outstretched hand and crackled down the puppet’s strings. The wood burst into flames, which curled up around the sinister doll’s face.
“Now, show yourself!” ordered Zia, in an almost weary voice.
She sent another intense burst of lightning down the strings, splintering the toy into a million pieces. The wraith fled the puppet, swirling with rage and frustration before the Soul Raider.
“How did you know?”
Without taking her eyes off the malevolent cloud, Zia leaned down toward her bundle and calmly unwrapped a magnificent sword.
“Don’t worry,” she replied. “It’ll be over in the blink of an eye.”

Zia is quick to think and act, combining a sharp and logical mind to uncanny reflexes. It makes her a perfect puzzle-solver, both on an intellectual and manual level, capable of executing very precise tasks. Her sharpness of mind also gives her an edge in most social interactions. While her natural kindness inclines her to help others at every opportunity she gets, if trouble arises she can turn into a deadly whirlwind of steel in a heartbeat.

These traits are reflected in the game by her bonuses to any Precision and Persuasion actions. She has a set of spells that tends to facilitate her party’s progression in the chapter: her Lightning bolts allows her to remove several enemies slowing down the heroes with a single burst of energy, Foresight provides a a sneak peek into any location of the chapter for the whole group, and Velocity helps her to get there quickly. Fast as lightning!

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