Some of the most exciting news today has nothing to do with Presidential News Conferences or the price of oil or anything like that.
No, the news that the extinct Ivory Billed Woodpecker may not be quite as extinct as one might think.
And so our twentieth Game IRE is set: The rediscovery of a thought-lost creature and its impact on the PCs and their world. Monte Cook provides an answer in his Arcana Evolved follow up to Arcana Unearthed, where he has Dragons return to the land.
So, with that one negated, I think I am going to go with an Amber world setting for this one, but not the obvious choice of the Unicorn.
No, in the Golden Circle shadow of Crie, they worship the Phoenix, and have for long since before Prince Brand or Rinaldo made it their symbol. It has not been seen since Patternfall…
…and then a rash of sightings have been seen. The neighboring rival shadow of DuMarque is nervous, since Crie and DuMarque share a border and are rivals every bit as intense as, say, Begma and Kashfa.
So, Prince Hadrian, the PCs cousin, asks for help. He is not willing to go into Crie directly, Prince of Amber or not, his status as a Prince of DuMarque is something that is begging for an “Accident”. But he will give logistical support and advice, and a back way into Crie…
What the sightings of the Phoenix mean are completely up to the GM. Is it a trick designed to incite the populace by its rulers? Is it some other force trying to manipulate Crie. Or has the trans-shadow being really returned, and what does it mean for the entire Golden Circle?