|Images of cold riders|
Source: Carnival of Tears, pg(s). 27–28
Former fey princes, the cold riders are now servants of the icy queen of Irrisen. They serve as her stag-like messengers and often lead of other groups of dark fey, expanding her power wherever there is cold and darkness.
Cold riders appear as heavily armored humanoids coated in rimefrost and creaking as they move. They range between seven and nine feet tall and always strike an imposing figure. From their heads sprout two antlers of dark blue ice, twisted and sharp. They carry glaives made of a similarly coloured ice which are just as sharp as metal and unnaturally hungry for blood. Instead of eyes they have only small whirlwinds of frosty vapour. Cold riders are always mounted on their unholy mounts which are rotting frozen stags' corpses. Often this is the corpse of the very stag whose heart was implanted in the cold rider's chest when it was created.
Habitat and ecology
Cold riders are only found in cold locations. They are most commonly found in Irrisen but frequently go further south to find other fey to corrupt. Cold riders are not born but are instead created by the witch queen of Irrisen when a powerful fey is brought before her. She tears the fey's heart out then replaces it with the rotting heart of a dead stag. They are then wrapped in the freezing armour they will wear for the rest of their unnatural existence. As created creatures, cold riders have no place in the natural order of the world unlike most fey. Instead they delight in the corruption of other fey and the stealing of men's souls for their wicked queen.
Rules elements should be stated in in-world terms and integrated into the body of the article.
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- Icy Regeneration
- Whenever in contact with ice or snow a cold rider can regenerate.
- Quicksilver Glaive
- All cold riders are equipped with special glaives that melt when used by non-fey.
- Unholy mount
- If ever without an unholy mount, a cold rider can create a new one.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tim Hitchcock & Nicolas Logue. (2007). Carnival of Tears, p. 27–29. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-055-1