Check out the great art above from Chris Hűth for the upcoming (I promise!) Weird Adventures setting. This is, of course, the Red Dwarf--the malign genius loci of Motorton in the Steel League.
Since the days when the site of Motorton was a plague-pit for Old Fort Narrows, the area has been the home of the dwarf. He’s a harbinger of calamity; doom in a dapper, red suit.
Rumor says that those unlucky enough to have an audience with the dwarf are brought to a Room with Red Velvet Curtains (sometimes just “The Red Room”). Visitors--survivors--describe the room as located in the basement of a ritzy old hotel, but no one has been able to relocated the building or provide directions to it later.
What comes from a meeting with the dwarf can’t be predicted. Sometimes, he’ll tell his visitor’s future. Other times, he’ll ask them for a favor, or tell them how they can get their heart’s desire. However it starts, it always plays out badly.
It’s worth noting that the infernal criminal organization known as the Hell Syndicate stays out of Motorton. It’s the dwarf’s city.
Characters may have heard other rumors about the dwarf:
- He can’t be hurt by anything but a magical weapons.
- The tea he sometimes offers visitors can bring strange visions, and cause madness
- He carries a pocket watch whose hands only move when someone dies--or maybe when someone particular dies.
- Bones excavated from the old, mass plague graves can be used to ward against him.
- He’s only dangerous because Motorton’s sick. If the city could be healed, the dwarf would be benevolent.
- The dwarf is only a midget human sorcerer cashing in on an old legend. It’s all smoke and mirrors.
- There’s a red leather journal of a young girl, who died in an asylum, that contains, in its ramblings, the red dwarf’s true name, and the ritual to bind him to service.
- The dwarf is always accompanied by the same gang--a black-haired moll in a red dress with a silky voice, and twin bruisers with the same first name.
- The Red Room is actually the lowest level of Hell. The dwarf is actually Morningstar in disguise.
- The dwarf isn’t a real entity at all, just the physical representation of the death curse of a Native shaman on the Ealderdish invaders. Treating it like a real being only increases its power.