Ashes: Rise of the PhoenixbornCoal laid the boy's body on the cold cobblestones, and, drawing his hand down the child's face, closed his eyes. An explosion shook the streets as a flaming arrow flew through the window of a bakery, its fire igniting the flour particles that hung heavy in the air. Coal stood, his face dour, as all around him weapons clashed, people screamed, and buildings burned.

This is Rustwatch. This was my love's home.

The anger inside him boiled over and he bellowed in rage. As if in response, a Rayward knight appeared, and spotting Coal, spurred his horse forward. Coal gave a cry, spittle flying from his lips, and he drew a cutlass that he threw at his foe. His magic launched the blade forward at a blinding speed, and it slammed into the mounted rider. A gurgling sound came from the knight's helmet as the blade punched through his steel plate, and he flew backward to the ground.

I have killed before. But those were monsters. Those were chimera.

Two more assailants came at him on foot, but Coal spun away and lashed out with two more of his blades. One fell to the ground dead. The other fell screaming, hands futilely clutching at the stump of a leg. Coal granted the soldier mercy and the screaming stopped.

Another dead boy. All of this for the mad desires of one person.

And suddenly she was there. Her armor was immaculately clean and she wore a smirk upon her face. “Hello, Coal.”

“Dimona,” he spat. He raised his arms, and the multitude of blades he wore upon his jerkin whipped free, beginning to spin around him. “All of this pointless death!”

“And yet there is only one death I actually require,” she said. “Yours.”

Game Overview Previews: Phases of Play, Attacking/Defending, Placement, Card Types, Dice Powers, Multiplayer and Drafting
Maeoni Previews
: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Coal Previews: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Saria Previews: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Noah Previews: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Jessa Previews: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Aradel Previews: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Coal's scene


Setharillius commented:

This is a good story.

Posted on 2015-05-08.

joepinion commented:

So far Maeoni and Coal seem like the good guys, protecting their home turf.

Dimona and "Felix Galeforce" seem evil, or at the very least, ambitious.

Posted on 2015-05-08.

Joseph commented:

*seemed, joepinion. At least, for Felix. Felix is dead. Maeoni's Part 4 flavor text made that pretty clear.

Posted on 2015-05-08.

tristak commented:

Hey, you never know. Maybe he was just presumed dead. Maybe he comes back somehow.

Posted on 2015-05-08.

AvatarLoki commented:

Tristak has a point--while it's probably safe to assume that Felix is dead, all we really know is that he "gave one last scream". He could still be alive, but now incapable of screaming :)

On a more serious note, it's interesting to see how these little stories are inverting my expectations about the Phoenixborn themselves. When I first heard about this game, I kind of figured their tendencies were as follows: Noah, evil. Jessa, evil. Saria, neutral. Aradel, neutral (but tending toward good). Coal, neutral (but tending toward evil). Maeoni, evil. Dimona, good. It's apparent now that my preconceptions of the last three, at least, were erroneous. Looking forward to learning how accurate (or not) my other impressions were!

Posted on 2015-05-08.

joepinion commented:

lol yes. You will never scream again!!

Posted on 2015-05-08.

Arutha commented:

Really evil people don't tend to rule nations long and survive. And they also probably got killed early on by the other Phoenix born. Most of the survivors are probably neutral or good.

Posted on 2015-05-10.

EpicGollum1499 commented:

Ok, so Isaac is the authority on this, but here's my take on what the alignments are for the base set:
Noah: Noah is a tricky case...I'm wanting to go lawful evil, but he's not like Ret-Talus or anything. He's just very strong willed, and what he wills isn't that good. Think Magneto maybe?
Jessa: Chaotic Evil
Saria: Neutral Evil
Aradel: Neutral Good
Coal: True Neutral
Maoni: Chaotic Neutral
Dimona: Lawful good

What do you guys think?

Posted on 2015-05-10.

AvatarLoki commented:

I dunno. Based on the glimpses we've seen in their respective short stories, I'd classify both Maeoni and Coal as tending toward good at this point. If we're using the Dungeons and Dragons alignment system, I'd guess Maeoni is Lawful Good and Coal is Neutral Good.

Dimona, on the other hand, seems to be somewhat amoral (at best) or evil (at worst)--at least, if this story is any indication. (Granted, the story seems to focus on Coal's mindset, so our perception of Dimona here may be a little skewed.) Since she apparently has her own order of knights, I'd tentatively classify her as Lawful Evil.

As for the others, we'll just have to wait and see.

Posted on 2015-05-10.

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