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GessarKing Gessar is an Buddhist culture hero (much like Arthur is for Christianity) with a living tradition of recitation. Dedicated storytellers, singers, and dancers have been revising and retelling his epics throughout central Asia. The fabled king has been slaying demons and monsters since he was 3 days old and dispatching their souls to the Buddhist spirit realms from which they will eventually be reborn to try and better their state of existence.

Though he originally pretended madness in order to be banished from his home, he eventually returned and became kind by winning a horse race. As lord and commander of the Kingdom of Ling he continued to dispatch greedy and hostile spirits from the neighboring lands until after a bad fall, he retreated to Shamballah from which he will return in a time of greatest need.

King Gessar of Ling

Corporeal Forces: 5 [Str 10, Agi 10]
Ethereal Forces: 5 [Int 10, Pre 10]
Celestial Forces: 4 [Will 8, Per 8]

Elements: Struggle (Warfare), Society (Nation), Emotion (Confidence)
Affinities: Emotion (Confidence) [moderate], Deception [moderate], Obscurement [strong], Puisance (Bow) [strong], Speed [moderate], Wealth (silk) [slight]


As always, be mindful when using a folk figure from a different culture.

Vessels: Human, Hawk

Songs: Form (Corporeal/1, Ethereal/2, Celestial/3), Light (Ethereal/5), Motion (Ethereal/2), Nemesis (Ethereal/1), Purity (Corporeal/3), Revulsion (Ethereal/1), Sanctity (Corporeal/3, Ethereal/3, Celestial/2), Shields (Corporeal/2, Ethereal/3), Thunder/1

Skills: Buddhist Thought/3, Detect Lies/2, Dodge/3, Dreaming/4, Emote/3, Fast Talk/1, Horse Riding/4, Large Weapon (Sword/4, Spear/2), Move Silent/2, Ranged Weapon (Bow/4), Savoir Faire/2, Tactics/4


  • Raise someone’s confidence
  • Trick someone with a lie or deception
  • Hide something from search for a day
  • Hit a target with a natural CD of 6
  • Win a race


  • Jongar Pega [Celestial Relic]
    Staff containing the Celestial Song of Motion/1 – Activated by 5 minute prayer
  • Golden Armor of Ziji [Celestial Relic]
    Lamellar armor containing the Corporeal Song of Nimbus/2
  • Sword of Yeshe [Celestial Relic]
    A Fiery Sword/3
  • Arrows of Karunay [Talisman]
    Arrows that do both Mind and Body hits (no skill bonus)


  • Succumbing to an Outsider’s Charms/5


Ethereal Psychopomp
When King Gessar reduces someone to 0 Mind Hits in Etheral Combat, his opponent does not gain an Ethereal Discord (or Disadvantage). Instead they gain a level of Obsession: Buddhism. This Discord or Disadvantage is wiped out if the character subsequently converts to Buddhism.