Here’s Basil Lichner, from the story Jagged Coast, bearing the Mark of WinterMore.
Roughly 900 years before his time, the Ice Queen – a very powerful and enigmatic sorceress – walked the Prime Material Plane as a keeper of Order and Justice. For many centuries, she had acted to protect the Planes of Existence from evil entities and their empowered minions. Nobody truly knew how she came to be so powerful, or if she was from the mortal, divine or elemental Planes. But she was known for her great magical power, which came to be called WinterMore, even if she was never known for all the deeds she had performed for goodly peoples.
And one day she disappeared. But she did not simply pass into legend. Unbeknownst to the mundane or even Higher Entities, she had given birth, to how many children nobody knew. But her descendants started to appear randomly in different and completely unrelated family lines. Everyone knew a Child of WinterMore when they suddenly manifested the Mark of WinterMore - - a mystical tattoo-like design similar to the icy blue marks that the Ice Queen carried on her entire body.
Very rarely would a Child appear, or remain visible to society. When one of them did appear, they would be thought to possess the Ice Queen’s power - - power that many would covet and want to control. And in one famous instance, power that was abused and led to horrible loss of life, which caused a spirit of suspicion to surround anybody who bore the Mark.
Basil is not a magician, or a warrior. He’s a blacksmith and magical item-crafter. Where a layperson would just see a fancy tattoo, Basil is able to see runes in the patterns of his Mark that he carves into objects, giving them very strong magical powers. The greatest of his crafts, he’s creating for his fiancé, Fawnlum deathstarshotput.deviantart.co…
He does not know the true potential of the power in the Mark, and all its earth-shaking implications. But there are those who do know that potential, and will make every effort to seize Basil and exploit that power.
But his darling Fawnlum will have something to say about that.
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