ER:Jedidiah Bindiel

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A minor NPC in the Errant Road on-line free-form role-playing game. Needless to say, he doesn't exist in the Poe-verse.

This young fellow is encountered when PCs Sister Rose, Argus, etc., journey to Gervasiel so that Rose can retrieve the mysterious object known as the Artifact of Absonial from an archaeological dig being conducted there by Professor Avner Indianel and colleagues. The travelers have an eerie encounter there with what appears to be a buried army in suspended animation, reminiscent of a group of religious fanatics from Veracian history that Rose knows as the "Stalwarts." The spooky mystery turns downright ugly when one of the Stalwarts, or whatever they are (Lillith gives them the name "Peaceful Dead", which sticks), tries to take over Argus' familiar Harker, for reasons unclear but almost certainly malignant. Lillith then finds a way, with help from some of the others, to lay the Stalwarts to rest ... but not entirely.

On the way back from retrieving the Artifact, the group becomes aware that one semi-undead, buried figure has not been laid to rest, and are horrified to learn that that figure appears to be an abandoned child. Following some magic, the poor buried boy is brought to the surface, and then back to life ... and his name turns out to be Jedidiah Bindiel. The group takes young Master Bindiel in, not yet breaking the news to him that his parents were among the ones laid to rest (and, therefore, dead) in the field, and conveys him back to Gervasiel to try to find someone at one of the churches there to take care of him. In the process of getting him "adopted" there, they learn that he is a member of the Millenarian Church ... and certain connections start to get made. A key one is that the group figures out that Jed, as he's known, had a baby brother named "Elgie," who is now much older than the boy and is the significant (and sinister) Millenarian figure Elgin Bindiel, whom they encountered in Provatiel under disturbing conditions. If that wasn't bad enough, Rose's cousin Brad is pretty certain that his ex-wife was seduced away from him by Elgin Bindiel, so it would be fair to say that he has something of an axe to grind with the man, although to his credit, he doesn't take it out on young Jed.

The boy was last seen being fussed over by an elderly Millenarian nun whom he recognized as a former schoolteacher of his, twenty-five years ago, named Mrs. Mogrian. We have no idea whether we'll see him again.

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