I’m writing up a DW/WoD/Planarch Codex version of Githyanki with the serial numbers filed off. I’m posting them here before I post them up on my blog for critique as they are the first monsters I have made for this system.
Thanks, Jonathan Walton for the help getting it this far:
The Silver Swords are named for the arcane weapons they carry into battle, forged from the astral chains that kept them in slavery for centuries. Since rebelling and gaining freedom from the psionic monsters who dared call themselves their masters the Silver Swords have founded a city in the Deep Astral built from the wreckage of a thousand cathedrals, the psychic detritus of dead faiths.
The Silver Swords put their faith in no deities but in the corpse of the young lady who liberated them. When she died, their warlock eunuchs set the body on their Dragon Throne and continued to rule in her name. If one of their own people should be ritually sacrificed after completing a great work, their soul will fuel the Corpse Queen, allowing her body and will to animate and rule. When she is in repose, the Silver Empire is run by the cruel warlock eunuchs.
When the queen is awake, the Silver Empire is ferocious, just and embraces change.
When the queen is dead the warlock eunuchs are in charge of the empire and the Silver Empire is then ferocious, myopic and fearful of anything or anyone who could upset the status quo.
The Silver Swords are not quite human. Maybe it was from the psychic torments of their era under slavery’s cruel tentacles or from in-breeding with all manner of dragons and mythical creatures from a hundred different worlds along the astral sea. They are humanoid in shape and bipedal but vary greatly with only a single silver eye to unite them.
A Silver Sword is a monster with these moves:
Claim land for the Silver Empire’s Corpse Queen
Make a pact with a greater mythical beast (dragon, liche, etc.)
Free slaves from their bondage
P.S. There is an off-shoot of Silver Words, those who threw down their blades, refused to worship the queen after she died. They lead lives of contemplation in floating monasteries amidst the primordial chaos from which the primordial ur-gods created everything.
The Chaos Monks are monsters with the following moves:
Release land from feudal bonds.
Give an enemy’s inner turmoil a physical incarnation.
Let others know how to destroy the economic realities that make slavery profitable.
Damage: d8 (roll two, take the higher)
Damage: Fists, 1d6, Psychic Blast 1d8+1
Other things to stat out: The Corpse Queen, Eunuch Warlock, Silver Sword Dragonrider
Maps: Silver Empire Colonial Outpost, Silver Navy Astral Corvette, Silver Captital in the Deep Astral, Monastery in the Chaos Waste, The Deep Astral, The Chaos Wastes