Merlyn Merrick


A fantasy character illustration for any fantasy -themed role-playing game settings. Initially designed for my own fantasy -themed world Cresia.


Name: Merlyn Merrick
Race: human
Location: Port Magalie, Witchlight Strand, Akron

Merlyn Merrick is an experienced adventurer with a base of operations at The Wyvern’s Nest Inn in Port Magalie where he is a regular and well-liked patron. Merlyn is a stout and easy going fellow with a hearty laughter and a jolly attitude towards life in general. He has a low, booming voice and a self-confident demeanor with which he uses it. However, he isn’t disrespectful to others and knows when it is time to listen and when it is time to speak up. Whatever the case, he does have a tendency to laugh out loud even when it is really not that appropriate; like when quietly following a group of orcs in the Bloodspires and you see one of them tripping over on a rock.

Stealthy operations are not his forte. Neither are operations where tight or narrow locations are to be expected. Nor is he especially useful if careful diplomatic cornering is going to be on the menu. But he is the perfect companion to have around for your average everyday wilderness survival needs, heavy lifting needs and jolly company. Merlyn is at home in the woodlands of Witchlight Strand and is well acquinted with the harsh terrain of the Bloodspires. He knows numerous safe off-the-trail locations that are ideal for secure and comfortable nights in the open and good for prolonged stays should there be a need to lay low for a while. He is in good terms with the elven people of Liaglades and knows ways to keep them from interfering whilst traveling through their lands. Even some notable hobgoblins and goblins of the Bloodspires region consider him as their friend and allow him and his traveling companions some leeway usually not reserved for humankind.



Miranda Lef, Enchantress


Name: Miranda Lef
Race: human
Location: Port Magalie, Witchlight Strand, Akron

Although the practitioning of magical arts is frowned upon in many countries and truly feared and loathed in many rural communities, Witchlight Strand historically has a more liberal standing on the issue. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that the area houses many elven tribes who see magic only as an extension to nature’s might and thus have a long and natural history with magic. Miranda Lef currently lives in Port Magalie and she has become known as a promising enchantress. She lives in the center of the city with her house situated on a cliff facing the dock ward and the river. She lives by herself in a rather spacious cabin that now also serves as her shop aptly named Miranda’s Majicks – a recent effort for her to establish a better income by publicly providing enchanting services.

Miranda specializes in items easing the life of travelers such as abnormally long-burning candles, special torches, magical sticks with which to start fires, salves to ease pain and such. She hasn’t got a huge array of items available at any given time, but instead she has cultivated a clientele who order things from her and collect them once finished. Sometimes these clients don’t show up and so Miranda has accumulated a small array of items on her shelves waiting for potential buyers.

Miranda is kind and good-spirited in nature, but she has a bit of a temper. Although she isn’t very competent in matters economic, her little shoppe is providing enough for her to make a decent living. Much of her extra money goes to new clothing items and jewelry – both of which she has amassed by the coffins in her home. An outgoing, liberally thinking and actively social woman Miranda has still not yet found herself her soul-mate with whom to share her life with. Although she isn’t in any way a practitioner of witchcraft, her status as a single woman meddling with magic has raised an occasional whispered sentiment of resentment and suspicion even in the more liberal Port Magalie. Good for her that witches are not actively pursued and burned in Witchlight Strand!


Kembo Ree, A Rogue in the Night


A character illustration for any fantasy-themed role-playing game setting.

Name: Kembo Ree
Race: human
Location: Port Magalie, Witchlight Strand, Akron

Chapter Master Kembo Ree runs the infamous thief organization Sombra‘s operations in Witchlight Strand and is a close acquintance and a dear friend of Patricia Mael who heads the organization’s Akron operations. Kembo is of mixed descendance of a Ferrian father and a half-elf mother from Jaston in Witchlight Strand. He is thus well versed in the customs of both areas and this in turn has made his ascension to his current position much more easier as many Ferrian middle-men, couriers and mentors of the organization react well to anyone who show a familiarity with how the world works in Ferria.

His early life was that of continuous trouble: he was not a very popular as a youngster and rarely enjoyed the companionship of friends. Not that he was a particularly hard person to be friends with but his mother and father both worked beyond the allowances of laws and thus were persecuted by state officials and more shady characters forcing the family to both lay low or relocate ever so often. It was not uncommon for the family unit to flee into the mountains South-West of Lirio (in Gruenroth) for a month or to hide in the natural caverns acting as sewers under the city of Gaulle Sax in Witchlight Strand. And his elder brother Alecor Ree was much more favored by his father even to the point of neglecting Kembo. Alecor was the one their father had high hopes for and Alecor was the one their mother taught more submitting menial and demeaning tasks to Kembo.

Fast forward a few decades and now Alecor is the one rotting in a jail in Mayhill in Akron, their mother dead from a rivaling burglar’s accidental slingshot to the head and their ill father reduced to occasional purse-snatching and bread heists in the city of Bomert in Witchlight Strand. And Kembo is running the operations of one of the mightiest illegal organizations ever albeit his role is strictly limited to areas surrounding the city of Port Magalie.

This illustration is part of my Through the Ages series in which one character is illustrated in several different settings.

Milja Markovec


Name: Milja Markovec
Race: Human
Location: Port Magalie, Witchlight Strand, Kingdom of Akron

All the inns and taverns in all the countries around the continent have one thing in common. They need skilled workers to serve the tables, do the dishes, help the intoxicated to their beds, offer an ear to weary patrons or join in the merry singing. And keep a smiling face through all this to secure a tip.

Milja works in the biggest tavern in Port Magalie. The place, The Wyvern’s Nest, is located in an ideal spot pretty much at the dead centre of the bustling port city and has a constant stream of patrons no matter the day or hour. She has served tables there for three years and is a highly popular figure in the tavern. Well liked, open, chatty, witty and with a hearty laughter she has charmed both the local busy bees stopping for a drink after the day’s work and travelling merchants just spending this one night in the city.

Her position is such that she hears things. Many things. And while not a tell-tale by any means, she has been known to line her pockets by dropping an essential piece of information to needy adventurers who treat her good and respect her hard work.

Milja is an excellent singer and was the founding singer in the events now known as Wyvern’s Tuesdays – evenings filled with laughter, singing, poetry, musical acts and such. The events are free for all to attend but since the place is usually packed on those nights, the performers receive a small fee from the tavern’s owner as well as nice tips from good performances. Milja sings on her own, as part of a choir and with percussionists and string-instrument players. She performs mostly local folk songs but also has been known to surprise the audiences by singing songs originating from far away lands. Calculated as it may be from Milja’s part, patrons such as Calishem merchant sailor crews easily tip much more when they hear a common tune so far away from their homes and when one has a boat load of sailors doing the same … anyone can do the math.

Zora Shaalvaina


An illustration for any fantasy -themed role-playing game settings. This one I started in 2007 but for some reason never finished at that time and it has been sitting in a dusty old forgotten corner of my hard disc for years until I finished it this week.

Name: Zora Shaalvaina
Race: elf
Location: Port Magalie, Witchlight Strand, Akron

Now a resident of the bustling port and capitol city of Witchlight Strand – Port Magalie – Zora has found living in the city unexpectedly delightful and quite contrary to what she was being told back in her traditional elven homestead some 50 kilometers up north from Port Magalie. While elven, her family has had dealings with humans from Gruenroth and her family tree reveals even a mixed marriage between her elven grandmother and a human from Gruenroth making her technically one quarter human. All this background has resulted in her adopting to human-centered city life quite easily.

She has the looks of a timid and lithe – albeit somewhat regal – little girl but in actuality she is resilient, determined and not at all blue blooded. An experienced forester and naturalist, her services as a guide are in high demand aided by her variety in language skills. She speaks all the elvish languages of the area, is fluent in Niesen (the main language spoken in Witchlight Strand), many southern dialects of Roth (spoken mostly in Gruenroth) and even manages basic sentences in Orcish due to her family homestead’s location being close to orc controlled bad lands.

Zora is open-minded and easily persuaded into adventures of some risk making her a tad naive. However, she has managed to keep herself out of harm’s way thus far by running fast and can live off the land without problem if need be. She currently accepts jobs as a guide to adventuring parties and commercial caravans seeking safe passage to Gruenroth. She knows of many routes that are safe from marauding orc bandits due to religious reasons (“Superstitious lot them orcs, they are!” is a favorite quote from Zora). While in the city, her services can be rented at The Wyvern’s Nest – a bustling inn right at the heart of Port Magalie – where she is a well known patron.