Tales of Auriga
“Do the lords of the Broken Tower stir once more, Lord Brax?” the man asked, inquisitive eyes alight with curiosity. A metallic voice, cold and unfeeling, whispered the response; “They do, Mr. Daleborn. And soon the world shall remember us once more.”
The Broken Lords are a faction of knights and town-builders, an aristocratic society that believes in honor, virtue, and justice. To succor the weak, to champion what is just, to root out evil wherever it may lurk — those are the ideals by which these noble warriors live.
And yet, the Broken Lords are a crippled people that exist only as spirits wrapped in the great suits of dust enhanced armor. Other nations view them as monsters, for their race was fading when it discovered a deadly secret — that by consuming the life force of a sentient being they could extend their own life span. This rite of consumption is, obviously, a complete betrayal of their principles and their history. The greatest hope of the Broken Lords therefore, is to develop magic that will break this curse and allow them to live without destroying others.
Though the question remains, and haunts their thoughts: Even if they did find a cure, would they want to give up this powerful gift? Their codes and morality insist ‘yes’, but their hearts are much less clear…
All Broken Lords are ensconced in the ancient armors and trappings of their now lost society. While the armor is simply a vessel for the spirit of each individual, one cannot exist without the other. They are melded to their armor as surely any other creature is to its body.
Broken Lords are able to modify their armor however, and many will often decorate or improve on the ancient plates that hold them together.
Broken Lords in their current form are immortal, and can only be killed through the total destruction of their armor. Because of this indestructibility, Broken Lords are often hundreds of years old, and remember the histories of Auriga better than any.
Their immortality has also robbed them of the ability to procreate, and thus the number of Broken Lords on Auriga has only shrunk since their entrapment amongst their armor. Because of this, they take the deaths of their fellow Lords extremely seriously, and will often commit their lives to avenging lost friends and family.
KINGDOMS UNDER FIRE
All across Auriga, ancient keeps and towers sit scattered across the land. While these long forgotten strongholds were once safe harbour for the Broken Lords, their diminishing numbers have meant that many of the smaller settlements have become prey for bandits and usurpers.
This is an affront to the Broken Lord nobility, and many speculate that the Broken Lord monarchy does not plan to sit idly by and have their once-great nation picked apart by the vultures of Auriga.