Keepers of the Realm
Rinnaeri "Rinn" Caspel
Keen to gamble and spend, and up for mischief for a price, Rinn hails from a realm unfamiliar to many Kierians. She set out from the Shadowfell as a part of a rite of passage, only to be recalled shortly thereafter. Something had gone very wrong at home.
While she may be a sucker for a new pair of boots or a strong drink, Rinn holds her strongest loyalty to the Raven Queen. Being a Zhentarim brings her adventure, but also more than enough trouble. Perhaps in time, this faction belonging will benefit her in more than gold….
Rinn seeks to avenge the murder of her young sister, which she considers a mark against her kin and the Raven Queen. To remind herself of the crime and perhaps find more information about the perpetrator, she carries the broken hilt of the weapon that killed her sister in the Shadowfell. The person is said to have taken a family artifact that Rinn herself is unfamiliar with, as the murder caused her to return from a rite of passage which she needed to complete in order to learn of the artifact.
After experiencing a long vision, she has renewed her devotion to the Raven Queen. By completing the pillars required to seek audience with the goddess, Rinn is getting closer to finding peace with the loss of her sister. It was also revealed that the stolen family artifact was the smoky orb that sent her into this vision. Defeating the evil-doers that seek to sunder the world of Faerun is now the test she must pass to remain in the good graces of the Raven Queen.
Upon their return from the northern continent, the Keepers are welcomed by the Wolf’s sword in the throne room floor. Rinn takes his anger personally and writes Kline in hopes of any reply. Their failure becomes heavier when Bronzehammer takes them all out to see the home that the Bladeseeker had built for them during their time away. Sulking around the city, nightmares and a strange encounter with an old woman push the rogue to an emotional outburst at the bathhouse with her companions.
Days pass before she receives a letter, it seemingly bears good news, but it is cut short by a summoning to the Lyceum. The King shows them a portal open to an Elemental Plane, held open by the diviner they brought back from the North. The landscape beyond the portal had appeared in her dreams. Kline had gone through in search of an orb. Despite being called on for a faction mission, Rinn sends the rest of the Keepers ahead. She chooses to stay behind and wait for Kline’s return, as she continues to be haunted by visions of what may come to pass. When he returns injured as the visions foretold, she desperately seeks out the assistance of Gilmore, bringing the merchant into the Keepers trust. He is able to bring Kline back from the brink, but over a month would pass before he would awaken. Emotions run high before Rinn departs for another long voyage, culminating in confessions of love and an unknown promise.
Distrust, loss, and more nightmares come to pass as the Keepers take to the southern continent. When they return to Wyrmwood, they celebrate their success for a short time before departing for a battle against the air cult in the Desarin Valley. After defeating the prophet Aerisi at the Temple of the Howling Hatred, Rinn once again loses consciousness. She wakes to find herself in Red Larch with Kline and the Keepers, days have passed and the snow falls outside her window…. something missing, something returned, and something revealed. With the transformation of her weapons, Rinn discovers more about the path ahead.
With the disappearance of Thorun and the loss of Alatar, Rinn gets closer to Traelle and feels out the new recruits. They are quickly introduced and sent out West to the Temple of the Crushing Wave where much confusion is endured over the state of their captain. The next temple, in the North, proves difficult in other ways. Neither temple yields the death of a prophet, frustrating Rinn in her quest to please her goddess. The happiness of returning home is marred by destruction as the growing settlement of Glassmoor is drowned by a cultist attack.
Word of an Elemental orb finds its way to the Zhentarim, requesting that Rinn retrieve the item for the faction. Unfortunately the Harpers asked the same of her new comrade Elurin. Tension mounts between the two in Yartar. Rinn is desperate to bring back the orb to the Zhentarim knowing that she had already failed them once, but the situation is complicated by the orb’s destructive potential. Agreeing to hand over the magic item to Kline and Adeline, both Rinn and Elurin are stripped of their faction titles and head to the bar. A long avoided conversation of death and departed friends brings the two to an understanding. Shortly afterward, Elurin’s creative solution and writs from Kline are accepted by the factions, restoring and promoting both Keepers.
Journeys across the sea continue to weigh on her, finding time on the ship to be reflective and often isolating. She finds solace in her friends and in her prayers. Drinking, sparing, and dreaming of anything but the sea. Sailing south towards the fire cult holds more than the memory of smokey skies…