It is hard to tell when he turned from odd to creepy to disturbing to evil. Odd, was he always. A beardless dwarf! But everyone understood that he was traumatized and shamed. Betrayed, enslaved and escaped, Kurza took the protection of the Obsidian Child as his penance to the forces of light, but the mission did not bring him redemption. The Obsidian Child was eaten, and Kurza sunk deeper and deeper into the quagmire of a living hell. But was he descending into it, or was he calling it up?
It was not the death of the Obsidian Child that sent Kurza on the downward spiral. No, he was always heading in that direction. The party simply ignored the signs. Never bathing. Excessive drinking. Collecting scalps. Embracing the evil aura of his armour. It was just an aura, the party thought – a battlefield tactic. They did not seem to consider that it might not be just the armour that was emanating evil.
The matter became a more explicit when the Diabolist was first summoned to parlay with the party. Kurza nearly made a pact then and there, but more balanced approaches prevailed… for the moment. Kurza was noticeably quick to pick up the sacrificial knife and goblet of summoning, though.
Upon entering the Forge, he declared boldly to the mall cops that the Blackbeard the Betrayed had returned. Unfortunately, Kurza’s sanity had not. The Talos’ Privateers are known for spontaneity.
Things turned sharply for the worst when Styx narrowly prevented Kurza from scalping two living dwarfs after the battle in the marketplace, aka Bertram’s Folly. The party fled to the mines, the bound Betram schlepped along by Lauren Tide. Kurza left the party hidden in the darkness as he went to seek more permanent shelter. No one knows for sure what transpired when Kurza was out on his own, but when he returned, he had clearly crossed the point of no return. This was made manifest the by the immediate, merciless and unnecessary murdering of Bertram, whose steaming hot blood on the Diabolist’s bone knife was subsequently used to cut a tear in the very fabric of reality, allowing Kurza direct access to the Dwarf King’s bedroom.
“He’s gone full demon!” shouted Styx as Kurza jumped through wormhole and drove his the Diabolist’s bone knife straight through the sleeping head of the king.
A Javelin of Faith went astray and Lauren’s grappling hook fell short before Garrett had a chance to launch a fireball at Kurza. Alas! Garrett also missed his mark and burned the beard right off the Dwarf Queen, who, unbeknownst to the rather naïve Garrett, was in the bed next to her now impaled husband. Kurza made it into the next room, where he was able to kill one of the two sleeping heirs to the Dwarf kingdom. With a burst of hulking speed and a wave of powerful Divine magic, Lauren chased the Dwarf demon down and turned him straight to hell.
With some quick thinking, Garrett barred the door with his patented cock block and charmed the singed Dwarf Queen into understanding that the 3 strange looking intruders in her bedroom had just saved her and one of her kids from the savage attack of the Diabolist and his newly anointed demon dwarf. Feeling completely indebted to the strangers, the Dwarf Queen showed them a secret passage through the loo back to the outside world. Before escaping back to the Estimated Prophet, Lauren did a double healing on the Queen, and Garrett removed his blocking cock.
And thus, only 2 of the original 5 of Talos’ Privateers remained.