Bracken Hollow

Non-Player Characters (NPCs)

People of Bracken Hollow

Milly, Billy and Ted Ironshaper

Not much is known about Milly and her brothers

Katya is aware of what happened, but not to the full extent. She knows that the people who told her that they were her parents weren’t and that they were her families assistants and servants. She also knows that they kept her from the villagers that her family loved and were loved by in return. She is more than happy to be taken back to the Village and asks the Party to spare the family she had – despite them wronging her she still believes that they can be saved.


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Carline Winters

A bard for the Broken Tankard she takes her artform very seriously and is well liked in the village. Despite her generally pleasant nature and mood she has a special kind of dislike for the man who calls himself “Father” who lives in the manor upon the hill. Carline boasts not three or even four but half a dozen songs and ballads that make fun of the man and even call him a monster that preys on the villagers. She is the only person to have reportedly seen “Father” angry after a particularly vulgar sonnet she sang about him and his wife. She wasn’t seen for a few weeks after that incident but returned to sing for the Tavern but that sonnet was never heard of again.

Despite her quick temper and rash behaviour she genuinely wants to help people and will go out of her way, even seeing herself put into harms way to do so.

Colin Turp

Colin is well liked in the village and is the only full time farmer who spends more time on other peoples farms and property than his own. He is friendly, welcoming and knows how to calm a situation down without it getting out of hand. The biggest concern for Colin is his younger brother, Paul, who gets himself into trouble more times than not and is much to trusting of people.

When Colin gets attacked by the snow owls when searching for Paul (when injured) it’s not the first time he has been injured when helping his brother although the dwarves and Carline healed him he once had his foot crushed by a rock when Paul was trapped down the edge of a rocky cliff face.

When Paul leaves with Katya, Colin is pleased for his younger brother – finally able to open up and be more than just a self-imposed shadow that he is seen to be. He cares about his brother deeply and gives Paul their fathers sword, shield and chainmail (their father was the only village guard…)

Paul Turp

Paul idolises his older brother Colin and when he isnt looking after the family farm, which his now deceased parents gave to him and his big brother, he is chasing after his brother Colin trying to help with what ever job his brother has agreed to do. Paul tries to help his brother out by looking for work and taking almost any job offered, which has landed them both in hot water before when they accepted a job near the manor on top of the hill, mending a fence that the man who goes by “Father” believed was encroaching upon his property. Only by Colin’s quick wits and diplomacy were they able to avoid something that the villagers had only whispered about behind closed doors.

Because of how much Paul wants to impress and be like his big brother he drives himself too hard and doesn’t always think straight. In this case it cost him a broken hand. Or did it until it was healed later by Katya when she discovered her magic.

Despite being not fully healed by Katya she is ready to take fight for the village and fight for Katya’s sake (I would dare say he is smitten with her). Katya and the other villagers persuade him to come back and defender her from there and let the messy business of the haunted manor be dealt with by the adventurers.

His infatuation with Katya is obvious to all except Katya and painfully so. When she announced she was leaving it was barely a heart beat before he announced he would escort her and guard her in her new life.

“Father”

Father’s actual name is, apparently, Greg (we later find out it was originally Hunter) but he insists everyone calls him father. Always present with an intense smile on his face that would make a Devil shy away as he is almost too friendly to everyone he meets as he pries about their reasons for being in ‘his village’. He lives with his Wife, “Mother”, and daughter, Katya, in the mansion at the top of the hill to the north of Bracken Hollow.

Originally the man-servant of Katya and her folks her greed for power and the whispers of a dark power corrupted his once loyal mind into infatuations with power. Doing as he was told he and the other household servants (Mother, Aunt and Uncle) conducted a spell that warped the reality that everyone had known and convinced not only Katya, but the village and themselves that they were the genuine family of the girl.

Mother
Aunt Patrica
Uncle Bernard

Mother, Aunt and Uncle

The family

Originally the cook, scullery made and stable and farm hand to the Poleski family they have all but forgotten their old selves and their devotion to the family – that was taken away by the enchantment they spun with father.

Fiercely protective of each other they will back each other up without many hesitation whether it is organising dinner (a bleak affair) or ripping the arms of intruders into their house they work as a pack of wild animals would, if they were highly trained, highly intelligent and had control over a enchanted mansion.

Mother, Aunt and Uncle have forgotten their old names and who they were. Not much more than crazed cannibals they still are blessed by the dark deity they have worshipped for years, the Blessed one – a minor demon who has a particular fetish for devouring the magical prowess and soul of Chauntea priestesses so that the goddess of bounty and the harvest can not give her blessings and people will starve. The family fight as one team, a family if you will, and will do what they can to ensure that they all come out of this alive.

Katya Poleski

Katya has grown up with Father, Mother, Aunt and Uncle her entire life, this much is true. The horrible daytime nightmares that plague her though is the healing magic coming from Chauntea – a deity who has blessed her family for many years, trying to rid her of the enchantment that has grown so heavily around Katya and the village.

Katya is aware of what happened, but not to the full extent. She knows that the people who told her that they were her parents weren’t and that they were her families assistants and servants. She also knows that they kept her from the villagers that her family loved and were loved by in return. She is more than happy to be taken back to the Village and asks the Party to spare the family she had – despite them wronging her she still believes that they can be saved.