Ruins of Adventure
Name: Päkkaan, The Northern Light, Lord of the Frozen Beasts
Symbol: Aurora Borealis
Legends tell of a spirit in the form of a great beast that treads the permafrosted wastes of the north. This is Päkkaan. Petty god, unique monster, genius loci—no one knows with certainty his true nature, nor his origin. Sages have speculated that Päkkaan was the steed and companion of a mighty, now lost boreal deity. Päkkaan is not telling.
Facts are few, but certain traits are commonly ascribed to this enigmatic being. Päkkaan appears as a huge woolly mammoth, fully eighteen feet high at the shoulder, with a pelt of purest snowy white, eyes like smouldering embers, and twelve-foot-long curved tusks graven with magical signs and sigils. Amongst other things, these runes prevent Päkkaan from being injured by any non-magical weapon.
Päkkaan acts as a guardian of the northern tundra and preserver of the wilderness. He opposes the depredations and evil schemes of frost giants, white dragons, and their chaotic ilk, but is likewise hostile to “civilised” exploitation of his domain such as mining or large-scale hunting. If he has any worshippers, they are found in small groups among the indigenous self-sufficient tribes of the Great Glacier and Sossal. It is claimed that Päkkaan grants priestly abilities to certain favoured shamans. He never speaks (perhaps he cannot) but may communicate in dreams and visions.
Those who know of Pakkaan often call on him to aid them when traveling in the north or dealing with the various megafauna (giant mammalian animals) that live in those climbs.
|Roll = Score||The supplicant feels a great weight lay across him (a feeling described as akin to being wrapped in a heavy coat of animal blubber). He gains immunity to cold damage for 1d12 hours, but his encumbrance is increased by one category (regardless of how much weight he could normally carry).|
|Roll < Score||Some sign (dancing northern lights or a giant animal on the edge of sight) appears to guide the supplicant to safety. He gains a +2 bonus on proficiency checks related to arctic survival, navigation, or dealing with megafauna for 1d12 hours.|
|Roll > Score||Nothing happens.|
|Natural 20||The supplicant has angered Pakkaan. A large, angry animal (typically a mastodon, smilodon, or the like) will appear within 1d4 turns to show him what’s what.|