[novel] The Hag's Contract

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[novel] The Hag's Contract

Post by Big Mac » Sat Aug 27, 2016 6:26 pm

I just stumbled onto a Birthright novel called The Hag's Contract:
Amazon wrote:The Hag's Contract (Birthright Series, Book 3)
by John Betancourt

Book 4 of 5 in the Birthright Series
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The legendary pirate king Ulrich gets more than he had bargained for when he enters into an unholy pact with The Hag, the Abomination, to free his kingdom from savage orog and goblin tribes. Original. 75,000 first printing.
I skimmed over the reviews, as I don't want to spoil the plot for myself, but it looks like the novel tells the story from multiple angles. So I'm wondering if this would be a good story to raid to turn into a tabletop plot.

Does the Hag feature in any of the tabletop Birthright products, or was she invented for this novel?

One thing I'm confused about is this book being referred to as both book 3 and book 4 of 5. Do I need to read any other novels, before reading this one?
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Re: [novel] The Hag's Contract

Post by agathokles » Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:21 pm

AFAIK, the Birthright novels are independent of each other, and are set in the past of the setting, likely at different times. The Hag is described in Blood Enemies.

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Re: [novel] The Hag's Contract

Post by Big Mac » Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:37 pm

agathokles wrote:AFAIK, the Birthright novels are independent of each other, and are set in the past of the setting, likely at different times.
Thanks. I might just grab these novels, when I see them cheap, then (instead of trying to buy them in order and/or instead of trying to make sure I can get a full set). :)
agathokles wrote:The Hag is described in Blood Enemies.
Do you know if the novel expands on her backstory? Also does the backstory in Blood Enemies put her up against the same orog and goblin tribes?
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Re: [novel] The Hag's Contract

Post by agathokles » Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:30 am

Note that I don't have the novel -- I do have Blood Enemies and Havens of the Great Bay, though.

The backstory in Blood Enemies does not mention orog or goblin tribes. I'll summarize it here: the Hag used to be Fulda Geissen, a noblewoman from Grabentod in Brechtur. She married into the royal family of a neighbouring domain, Drachenward, but made a mess of it, causing a war with Grabentod and kidnapping the child heir to Drachenward. She finally was forced to flee into a contended mountain region, where she became the Hag, a humanoid with serpents for legs, who also is a powerful wizard (specialising in illusions and shadow magic). She controls a variety of serpents, as well as using her magical powers to subvert the neighbouring states (both Drachenward and Grabentod are her enemies, but they do not cooperate).

According to Havens of the Great Bay, Ulrich Graben founded Grabentod 85 years before the present time of Birthright. If Ulrich is the current king in the novel, then this provides a date for it.

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Re: [novel] The Hag's Contract

Post by Big Mac » Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:18 pm

agathokles wrote:Note that I don't have the novel -- I do have Blood Enemies and Havens of the Great Bay, though.

The backstory in Blood Enemies does not mention orog or goblin tribes. I'll summarize it here: the Hag used to be Fulda Geissen, a noblewoman from Grabentod in Brechtur. She married into the royal family of a neighbouring domain, Drachenward, but made a mess of it, causing a war with Grabentod and kidnapping the child heir to Drachenward. She finally was forced to flee into a contended mountain region, where she became the Hag, a humanoid with serpents for legs, who also is a powerful wizard (specialising in illusions and shadow magic). She controls a variety of serpents, as well as using her magical powers to subvert the neighbouring states (both Drachenward and Grabentod are her enemies, but they do not cooperate).
Wow. That sounds like a great story. It sounds like The Hag's Contract might pick up the story after this, though.
agathokles wrote:According to Havens of the Great Bay, Ulrich Graben founded Grabentod 85 years before the present time of Birthright. If Ulrich is the current king in the novel, then this provides a date for it.
Ah. So this would be a historical novel, set before the year of the Birthright RPG setting. (I guess that could solve the problem of novels conflicting with what is going on with the tabletop campaigns of GMs.)
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Re: [novel] The Hag's Contract

Post by agathokles » Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:09 am

Yes. As I said, all Birthright novels are historical.

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Re: [novel] The Hag's Contract

Post by Big Mac » Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:20 pm

agathokles wrote:Yes. As I said, all Birthright novels are historical.
I think that''s a great idea they should have considered for a few more campaign settings. :)

Thanks for your help.
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Re: [novel] The Hag's Contract

Post by agathokles » Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:36 pm

Indeed.

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