Amazing thread, slowly working my way through this. I'm impressed you have such a dedicated group to the campaign!
-----------Yes, the most difficult part of any campaign is commitment. Most campaigns fall apart quickly. I've learned, through this campaign, that the best way to run a campaign is to involve a good amount of people (say 6) and you keep going even if people resign. If you're playing a campaign with four people and two drop out, it's over. This campaign has been ongoing for over five years now (and three years in game terms).
A DWARF’S OATH Erik awoke, a burning sensation seared across his body, his throat was as dry as the sunbaked sands in which he lay. The sun was at its zenith and all living things under its gaze felt its burning rays. Erik sat up and looked about him. His warriors lay dead around him. His expedition in the Lands of the Dead had come to an end and he was all that remained of it.
The Runesmith had failed. He had failed his kin and king, and worse, he had failed the warriors who had followed him to this nightmarish land with promises of glory. Erik sobbed, wallowing in his defeat. He seized the gold sceptre, taken from the ruins of a desolated temple, and smashed it upon a broken shield. The sickness that had afflicted his bones immediately dissipated and Erik felt strength return to his limbs as the blood of his ancestors rushed through his hollow veins.
After a moment, Erik shook his tears away and became consumed with vehement rage. He shook his fists at the skies and bawled curses at the scorching sun. He swore a terrible oath of vengeance upon his enemies and a score of profanities upon the living dead. Finally, Erik forswore the fellowship of his kin as he took the vows of the Slayer Cult.
Then he rose from his burning sands, not as Erik Wildstrider – Runesmith of the Grudge-Strikers, but as Erik Doom-Seeker, Blight of Undead. Like many Slayers before him, Erik would seek a worthy doom in redemption of his sins and carve a deadly path of retribution through all who would stand in his way.
Hmm... Erik Doom-Seeker, Blight of Undead. Sounds bad for me.