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CATALYST: TAYMING

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Tayming was born on Kythorn 15 1457 although he does not know this himself. He was a foundling who was brought to a small monastery in the Turnstone Hills where he was raised by Long Death monks of Most Solemn Order of the Silent Shroud, an organization of embalmers, gravediggers, and other cemetery workers and craftsfolk in service to the church of Kelemvor, Lord of the Dead.

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CATALYST: ZHANG SANFENG

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Zhang was born on Kythorn 15 1457 although this cannot be confirmed as he was a foundling. A group of adventurers were delving in a cave network within the Earthspur Mountains, and encountered a herd of Remorhaz. After defeating the monsters, they discovered a baby lying within the nest. The child was unharmed and healthy. The adventurers delivered the baby to the Citadel of the White Worm in Damara.

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CATALYST: SHENSHENG CIBIE

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Shensheng Cibie was born on Kythorn 15 1457 although this cannot be confirmed. He was a foundling who a priest of Selune discovered in the forest. He was returned to Waterdeep and a month later was adopted by a young couple from a small nearby village. Shensheng was raised to believe that his date of birth was the day his parents adopted him, Flamerule 15 1457. His parents never told him that he was a foundling.

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CATALYST: THE BLACK SPIDER

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Nezznar The Black Spider walked confidently across the Astral Plane, his feet echoing throughout the deserted blasted landscape. He was followed by his personal bodyguard, a monk named Foo, and six black-clad Cult of the Dragon warriors. A silvery cord extended from between the shoulder blades of each of them, trailing behind and fading into invisibility after a few feet. Thunderous storm clouds still rolled across the skies, only illuminated by streaks of crackling purple lightning. Nezzar had been to the Gray Wastes before, seeking knowledge from the souls of the dead.

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WALKING THE MONK PATH

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In mountains high and valleys low, the ascetic warriors known as monks practice their art.  By focusing their minds and bodies, both to near perfection, they master a psionic fighting art that enables them to perform feats of martial power beyond that of the normal fighting man. Monks tap into the psionic potential that pools within themselves, using the energy to fortify their bodies and sharpen their minds.

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BLOODY MARY

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Bloody Mary is a folklore legend consisting of a ghost, phantom or spirit conjured to reveal the future. She is said to appear in a mirror when her name is called three times. The Bloody Mary apparition may be benign or malevolent, depending on historic variations of the legend. The Bloody Mary appearances are mostly “witnessed” in group participation games.

Historically, the ritual encouraged young women to walk up a flight of stairs backwards while holding a candle and a hand mirror, in a darkened house. As they gazed into the mirror, they were supposed to be able to catch a view of their future husband’s face. There was, however, a chance that they would see a skull (or the face of the Grim Reaper) instead, indicating that they were destined to die before they would have the chance to marry.