Unwelcome Dead and war-leader of Creigiau Gwineu
Pr: 6 Ag: 4 Bo: 5 Re: 3 Af: 3
Size: Medium Atk: 6 (with weapon) Def: 3 AC: 6 + large shield Ini: 4
Hits: 65 (18d)
Spells: Dark – Fearful Eye, Eyes of the Night, Shadeshift, Shield of Balor, Curse of Macha. Sour – Plague of Lice, Field of Flames, Coward’s Heart, Sourwind, Curse of Suibhne Geilt.
Abilities: Cyndrwyn wears AC 6 boiled leather hardened with bronze plates; this armour is enchanted and reduces the attack pool of all Wyld and fire-based attacks against him by 3d. At the referee’s discretion, he may wield or have access to other items of power including enchanted weapons and other artifacts. If he is slain, his body is returned to Tan-y-Muriau by a host of spectral hounds (use the statistics for Fell Hounds) which arrive to tear apart his attackers and bring him and his retinue to their tomb 2d rounds after his death. His body and those of his riders slowly reconstitute and re-form over the next year until he is ready to rise and ride forth once again.
Background: The hill-fort of Creigiau Gwineu at the far point of Cymru’s northern peninsula hails back from a time before the Age of Blood when the first tribes of men began to populate the land. The leader of this fort, Cyndrwyn ap Caddoc was a violent man who refused to acknowledge the existence of the gods and wielded the magic of the Wyld in such a way to will fear into the hearts of his people and tear apart those that opposed him. For thirty seven years he terrorised the settlements and villages of northern Cymru; riding out from his easily-defended hill-fort he raped, murdered and pillaged what he needed to survive in the wilds of Cymru, sharing his spoils with his next-in-command and throwing what scraps were left to the people of Creigiau Gwineu – who were too fearful of him to leave the protection of the fort.
No one knows where Cyndrwyn ap Caddoc learnt to use Wyld Magic. Legend tells that he stumbled across an ancient artifact in the caves deep in the mountains of Cymru which taught him his dark ways and stole away his soul in exchange. Whether the legend is true or not, since his death at the hands of his people his spirit has been unable to pass through the Veil to the beyond. After almost four decades of oppression at his cold hands, the common folk of Creigiau Gwineu plotted to free themselves from him once and for all. Late in autumn as he and his retinue rode out across the peninsula the light guard that Cyndrwyn ap Caddoc left behind to watch over the heavily-fortified hill-fort were each murdered in their sleep or at their posts by the commoners. Knowing that the riders would not be back for at least two days, they dug a deep pit at the entrance to the fort, embedded sharp stakes at its bottom and cast the naked bodies of the guards off the cliffs and into the sea. The commoners took to wearing the clothes they had stripped from the guards and they waited for the return of Cyndrwyn. Sure enough, as dusk settled across Cymru on the second night, their soul-less leader and his riders returned, rode through the gate to Creigiau Gwineu and to their deaths. As he lay impaled and bleeding upon the stakes in the pit, Cyndrwyn ap Caddoc cursed the villagers and the land the fort stood upon, proclaiming as the last frothing breath left his body that they would be tormented for an eternity by him and his retinue. His corpse, those of the soldiers that were not cast into the ocean and those of their horses were burnt until blackened, decapitated and interred in the tomb of Tan-y-Muriau some few miles down the coast from the hill-fort.
Within a month, the villagers were dead. Those that were not struck down by a strange malady were attacked by dark, spectral hounds as they tried to flee that cursed place, only to have their tattered corpses dragged back to the fort and left for the crows. Since the reign of Cyndrwyn ap Caddoc, what remains of the the hill-fort and its ramparts as well as the tomb at Tan-y-Muriau have been avoided by those that live on the peninsula. Each year on the night of the slaughter, it is said that the blackened and headless body of the lord of Creigiau Gwineu pushes aside the portal dolmen that seals the entrance to the tomb and rides up the coast with his retinue to punish and torment his murderers. No one knows what may have happened to the artifact that is said to have given Cyndrwyn his powers, though it is said that many of the items looted by him during his reign of terror were buried with him or cast into the sea. The morning after the corpse of Cyndrwyn ap Caddoc has risen and ridden forth, the portal dolmen to Tan-y-Muriau is found sealed once more.