Geekend - Kingmaker
undead spirit of vengeance, now at peace
unique undead creature
Davik Nettles was a retired engineer who built a simple but profitable toll bridge across a narrow reach of the Shrike River which he simply called “Nettle’s Crossing.” Unfortunately, not long after he finally made enough to recoup the cost of building the rope bridge, the Stag Lord paid a visit to the crossing and informed Davik that not only would the men bearing his badge be granted free passage over the bridge, but that Davik would pay the Stag Lord two-thirds of his monthly take in return for the Stag Lord’s “protection.” Davik made a foolish error: he not only refused the Stag Lord’s offer, but ran the bandit and his men off downriver with the aid of his three slavering hounds. Not surprisingly, the Stag Lord did not stay away for long. The bandits returned in the dead of night and lit Davik’s house on fire with flaming arrows. As he stumbled out of his burning home and fled for his bridge, the bandits rained down more flaming arrows, killing his hounds and wounding Davik.
With his nightshirt aflame, the doomed bridge keeper tumbled down the path toward the river. After dousing himself with water, he clambered up to the bridge and tried to escape to the
north shore. The Stag Lord cut one of the ropes that held the bridge intact, plunging the shrieking Davik into the deep, icy water. By the time his body lodged downriver in the debris of his ruined bridge, he had drowned.
The Stag Lord returned to his fort, leaving behind several bandits with the task of rebuilding the bridge and taking up the positions of toll takers. But the next night, Davik rose from the river, an undead spirit of vengeance. The undead stalked out of the water and into the bandit camp, swiftly murdering them all and dragging their bodies into the river. The Stag Lord sent more bandits to investigate several days later, and when Davik rose again and killed several of them, three of the bandits escaped and fled back to report to their lord. The Stag Lord wisely decided to abandon his plans to rebuild the bridge.
When the half-orcs first came upon Nettle’s Crossing – now a soggy, abandoned remnant – they left it alone. But after founding their kingdom, they knew they had to do something about the “haunted crossing” Jubilost Narthropple had described to them. On their second visit, Davik’s rotting body climbed from the rubble downstream and made its inexorable way across the river’s surface, walking over the to confront them. After a stalemate battle, Davik finally said “You are not my tormentors; I seek vengeance on the Stage Lord.” The heroes explained that they had already slain the Stag Lord, but Davik required proof. They returned again and threw the Stag Lord’s stag helm into the Shrike, finally putting Davik to rest.