Icon: Barbarian Lord
For centuries, the Barbarian Lord has been nothing but an old story, sometimes forgotten. The previous Barbarian Lord helped bring down the Wizard King, who has now become the Lich King. Who will the Barbarian Lord bring down this time?
“It takes less courage to criticize the decisions of others than to stand by your own. Burn the city.”
On the outskirts of civilization, probably but not definitely in the North or the West.
Barbarians have always been a problem for the Empire, but not like the plague they are now. The idea that there is a true icon leading the barbarians now makes terrible sense, given the number of villages being lost on the frontier and the increasing dangers of the wilderness. Most people think there may have been an Barbarian Lord at some point in the past, but only elves, historians, and people who pay attention to the world’s real problems are aware that the Barbarian Lord is a problem that has returned from the times of the war with the Sorcerer Supreme.
Adventurers & the Icon
Adventurers who like plunder more than law have joined up with the Barbarian Lord. Lawful and good adventurers are making their way to face the Barbarian Lord, but without much enthusiasm, since so much of the loot the barbarians take gets spoiled quickly.
The Barbarian Lord is a big unknown. This icon has shown up only once before, so it’s hard to predict what he will do. Destruction is clearly in the cards, and the other icons are mostly sensible enough not to cozy up to the Barbarian Lord. That doesn’t mean they won’t try to use him to their advantage.
The Barbarian Lord helped bring down the Lich King before, when he was the Sorcerer Supreme, so there’s bad karma between them. As a creation of the ancient elves, the Barbarian Lord has a special thirst for the Elven Lord and Lady’s blood. It’s the Emperor’s duty to defend the Empire against the Barbarian Lord. And the Steam King takes the Barbarian Lord’s claim on the mountains and the lands of the North as a personal affront.
The elves (or perhaps some rogue faction within the elves) seem to have created the original Barbarian Lord as part of a successful bid to take down the Wizard King. No Barbarian Lord has appeared in the ages since then until now.
The True Danger
Without allies, the Barbarian Lord will dash his army against the Empire and die before he sees it’s capital. With allies. . . .