Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Häxanjägers

The Häxanjägers
A faction in Krevborna

Description
The Häxanjägers are a consortium of professional monster hunters and rangers who have been trained in secret combat arts at the mountain fortress of Cairn Volkov in the Nachtmahr Mountains. The members of the Häxanjäger guild possess specialized techniques for identifying and tracking the undead, lycanthropes, spirits, aberrations, and fey creatures. They also have access to rare alchemical concoctions that can be fatal even to supernatural creatures usually immune to poisons.

The Häxanjägers recruit their members exclusively from Krevborna's population of orphaned children. It is guild policy that they never accept jobs slaying monsters without payment. The current head of the Häxanjägers is Andrzej Rybakov, a fiercely determined man who has trained dozens of guild slayers to their grim, thankless task. The most famous Häxanjäger is Gabor Rezka, who is the subject of many popular heroic ballads. Rezka often travels with his fellow Häxanjäger Celia Rian, who is secretly the last surviving member of Krevborna’s royal line. If the monarchy were restored, she would be the land’s rightful queen.

Motto
Toss a coin to your Häxanjäger.

Beliefs
  • The common people must be protected from the monsters that plague Krevborna, but that protection comes at a price.
  • Our guild has been chosen for a higher purpose.
  • No member of the Häxanjägers should die of old age in their bed; it is only honorable to fall in battle.

Goals
  • Purge Krevborna of monstrosities.
  • Seek knowledge of alchemy.


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Director's Commentary This faction is inspired by the witchers, as is probably evident from some tongue-in-cheek references here. The members of this faction are not superhuman mutants, however; they're just mercenaries with the training and gear to take on the supernatural.

6 comments:

  1. Early on in William Hope Hodgeson's "Night Land", we get introduced to the profession of Monstruwacan, which has to be just about the silliest name for a monster-hunter ever. The Master Monstruwacan did seem to be an expert in monster lore though.

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    1. Does anyone ever toss a coin to their monstruwacan?

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    2. I'm not sure any part of the Night Land can be described as a "valley of plenty" ...

      The emphasis on alchemy (which is also a Witcher callback?) is a nice point of distinction from other monster-hunters.

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    3. Yep, that is definitely a Witcher callback!

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    1. Krevborna is fairly littered with appropriation of Northern and Eastern European names, heh.

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