Caelditha

The Not-Marriage of Figaro
  • Gwen gets escorted to her room, a dust covered place where no one has been in a long time.
  • She opens the balcony and cracks Delwyn in the Plague Doctor Mask. He hobbles in and gets covered in dust.
  • He wants leads on occult stuff that he can sell, and is willing to help get Taren out of her engagement to Lord Brevant. Gwen agrees to give him directions to Fernywood for payment.
  • Delwyn then manages to get to the second story floor window of Claire and Daphid and talk to them about his plan. He’s vague, and asks for their help in the plan. He admits he has a debt to the Tarish people and earnestly wants to help.
  • There’s some talk about a plan where Delwyn busts in acting as her husband, and there’s something about Daphid pretending to kill Delwyn. Delwyn eventually flaps back out the widow.
  • Gwen briefly considers following him up and over the roof but doesn’t.
  • Everybody gets some rest and then are woken up with their respective breakfasts. Taren gets a bath and is hungover.
  • The peanut gallery gets assembled while “Mistress Taren”is announced and immediately insults Lord Brevant.
  • Lord Brevant “reminds” Taren that she “agreed” to marry him. Taren denies that and he tells her to watch her tongue.
  • There is a knock at the door! Very loud! Who could it be???
  • In barges Delwyn claiming that his wife was headed this way and pretends to recognize Taren. Gwen manages to mouth the words “PLAY ALONG” and Taren pretends to recognize her husband, """"Roderick"""
  • Lord Brevant “realizes” that she almost led him to sin and allows Delwyn to escort her away. Claire, Gwen, and Daphid are given hush money.
  • Gwen wishes aloud that his Lordship had better peerage to relate to, and Daphid offers to make a connection to Lord Vordigern for purposes of sharing a love of art and the finer things in life.
  • A letter is written and the group heads out. Taren is retrieved from her hiding spot in the woods and a few letters are sent to Lord Vordigern.
  • Delwyn parts ways with us and lets us know his seller is in Northern Gwidrea (Ardonrach).
  • We head to the Varigal house and see Abyseth. He gives us some mail/packages to deliver to a *more northern sorting house and prepares our letters for sending.
  • Abyseth notices that the cider clonks, so we bust it open and find a ruined note bound in oil cloth. The note is ruined but there is a large, ornate crown. The head of the crown is shaped like a bee and the end like a honeycomb.
  • Abyseth tries to admit his feelings to Gwen; she shuts him down by calling him a friend. He goes on to give her the gift of a sack cloth and reminds her of the brigands on the roads and knight that defends against them.
  • Daphid goes to deliver the dress Lord Brevant had Taren wear to the Miller’s daughter, Claire (who had been his dance partner).
  • Claire graciously accepts (Jacquetta has been teacher her graces) and in returns, gives Daphid a lady’s favor and demands a victory at his next tournament.
  • The group stops by Javil to say farewell and give him some apples. Gwen offers him aid in getting out of the jibbet and he asks for his case to be pleaded to a Heirophant. Gwen plays him a song so he can have a bit a music.
  • Gwen asks him for a name that will get more command within the church and he says that the name Arnul Javil will suit, as many still know and some still fear it.
  • Side note, he’s also seen 3 Feondas and that freaks Claire the hell out. Javil gives her his blessing to try and help her out and be brave but prudent across danger.
  • We head out again! The roads are pleasantly boring.
  • That is, until the bandits. They demand coin and receive it. Daphid notices something strange about them and they remark that they’re from a village.
  • One of the bandits demands that Gwen show what she’s got in her rucksack and declares that Gwen must have stolen that lute. Gwen plays and proves it is hers, and a bandit returns her coin purse and gives her a coin in payment.
  • The coin given to Gwen is strange; it is ancient, with a stag on one side and a tree on the other. It’s pre Kingdom, that’s how old it is. There is something clearly odd about these bandits.
  • Two weird things: a man says “nobody gets sick” and gets shushed, and that the leader who looked about 25 had been doing this “for fifty years”
  • The group tries to offer help for their village, because this is really weird. The leader urges them to go on and forget what happened here, so the group heads out.
  • Daphid realizes one of the things that made the Bandits weird is that there was a Sameness about them in their physical being.
  • We come across a knight on horseback, blocking the road. They have older style armor and a sigil of a boar on a blue background.
  • She introduces herself as Lady Aerendal of Barrowleigh Howe of The Kells (spelling is hard in this game). She recognizes Daphid’s claimed house and asks after Lord Vertigern. She’s called The Termagant Knight.
  • She invites us to spend the night at her castle, although she admits that it isn’t what it once was. Daphid accepts on our behalf and we make our way down a narrow, sea-side trail.
  • She lives in a stone keep with a herd of friendly horses. Everything seems to be a little decrepit. Out of her armor she’s a 40-something lady that is clearly strong.
  • She lives with her “Mother”, a servant that won’t leave despite not being paid in quite some time. She was once engaged to Brevant the Elder but she passed on that deal.
  • Daphid and Lady Knight flirt and are gross together.
  • Claire finds a huge cache of currants and honey comb. Tarren gets water from the well, and Gwen is bad at chopping potatoes.
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At the village of Ofergietan
Say that Three Times Fast
  • The group gets the animals put up at a nice stable, and part ways among the village. Gwen plays music for the children to keep them company.
  • Claire and Taren visit the Varigal house and find it has a mail sorting office in the back. There is a man with a big gut sorting mail, who claims he’s quit traveling to just sort packages. He’s heard rumors of a knight guarding roads towards the coast.
  • The package master’s name is Abyseth. He heads out with Clair and Taren and is smitten with Gwen, who he helps repack her lute more efficiently. Gwen introduces Daphid to him and they all go to the tavern with a warning to be polite to Montiroe.
  • Jacquetta, the owner of the bar, is a very young woman (17 tops) and is busy tending tables. A huge man named Montiroe stands at the kitchen door, her apparent guard.
  • Abyseth points out a man wearing black cloak with feathers as a man who is rumored to have traveled from Reizh and has been asking “the wrong sorts of questions”
  • Jacquetta takes our orders and sets up Gwen to perform for the night.
  • Abyseth starts trying to mack on Gwen while everyone has dinner when the man in the feathered cloak walks over and seats himself with a flourish between Clair and Taren.
  • That goes about as well as you think.
  • He introduces himself as Delwyn of Reizh, who is an researcher of the occult with a specialty in Tarish Lore and such.
  • Claire bolts after about thirty seconds of this guy as she wants nothing to do with him. He explains that he’s on the hunt for any occult action and was here to examine the man in the jibbet, which turns out was a boring mundane thing.
  • He’s pretty hysterical if the group sort of gives him conversation. Abyseth goes to the big dude trying to get Delwyn kicked out to no avail. The man is boisterous and keeps getting odd looks from other patrons.
  • Eventually he heads off to go find a large sack which he takes from the grain mill. He gets harassed by a small child on the way but gets his bag and heads back to the tavern.
  • The tavern is having a big ol’ party with everyone in town! Gwen puts on a good show with lots of popular dances and such for the people.
  • Meanwhile, Claire wanders the town and heads to the tree in the center of the village.
  • Taren talks with Abyseth and tells him about the dead Varigal they came across in the woods. She gives him the letter to read and he notes that it is to someone in Guv’ren. They discuss the dead body for a while, then Abyseth asks if Delwyn was rude.
  • Taren lets him know that he has no chance with Gwen in a devastating parting shot. Get owned, Abyseth.
  • During the second set break, Delwyn pulls Abyseth outside to “help” him with Gwen. Despite HOW SUPER WEIRD HE IS, all he does is offer Delwyn the sack so that he can offer it to Gwen to hide her lute.
  • The sound of hoot beats is heard and a gaudy carriage approaches the tavern. It has guards that unload a rather large man who is super-obese.
  • Jacquetta pulls Gwen aside and explains that the lord is easy to annoy and vicious when he’s irritated. Gwen has a set list for this type of customer.
  • Gwen steps back up to the stage, makes a big show of asking the lord’s permission, and plays her Pompus Asshole Set. The Lord seems pleased, and then says it’s time for a dance.
  • Taren says, “Fuck it, let’s do this” and volunteers to be his partner. Delwyn and Daphid also join the reel.
  • It goes…kinda good, kinda poorly. Taren is super drunk so her ineptitude masks the Lord’s and gives him someone to blame. Daphid dances with an 8yr old that is totally rad.
  • Gwen cuts the song short because the Lord is dying for a breath (Gwen contemplates killing the lord by continuing) and Daphid and the 8 year old Claire have a seat which everyone thinks is very cute.
  • It gets to the point where Lord Brevant tries to get Taren to go back to his manor with him. Taren laughs out loud at this offer and the air goes out of the room.
  • Taren barfs on his shoes. Daphid steps in and claims her as a charge and the Lord Brevant can’t take a hint about her not going with him.
  • Daphid tries to get her out of it but ends up gathering Claire and getting in the wagon. Delwyn ties himself under the wagon. Gwen think we’re all bailing but ends up being escorted on Pissbeard. She chats with a chill guard.
  • They reach the manor. Everybody pops out and the Lord is met with a too-deep bow. This is the McManor of Manors. Delwyn unties himself from the wagon and Batmans it into the larger grounds of the manor.
  • The interior is ostentatious and kinda tacky. Money was put into stupid decor but you can tell the manor is in ill repair.
  • Gwen is called to perform for his bed ridden mother, who is even bigger than she is. His mamma so big when she sits around the manor, she sits AROUND the manor.
  • Brevant introduces Gwen to his mother and she berates his as an idiot, mocks him for claiming to dance, and calls for Gwen to play. She bemoans her current lot, asks Gwen to play baudy songs, and warns her against having children.
  • She mentions that she’s pretty sure he’s still a virgin, and Gwen almost feels bad for him.
  • Taren is being checked out by the physician, while Claire and Daphid are shown their room. The two make plans to rescue Taren. Delwyn continues to Batman about in search of the Lord’s room.
  • Taren gets some leeches applied and then is escorted to the former Lady of the House’s room to sleep so she can recover.
  • Brevant might want to marry her??? We’re getting into the plot of that animated Thumbalina movie. Remember that one? He’s the mole.
  • Delwyn made it into the room, and hides on the balcony as Brevant goes to sleep. Delwyn is in full Plague Doctor dress and comes back in, observes him, and then leaves.
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Getting Past the Mudslide
Leaping and Prancing
  • Daphid and Gwen move like nimble mountain goats down the slope (because they both rolled open ended) and are able to gently haul the old man’s body back up.
  • The group gets across the mudslide and settles Taren down at a small fire. Daphid and Gwen ask Claire to sit with her.
  • Daphid steals a bunch of stuff of the old guy. Gwen does Claire’s herb stuff over him. They bury the body.
  • Gwen and Daphid hem and haw but eventually decide not to take anything from the dead lord, as the sounds of battle can still be heard on the wind.
  • Travel recommences and they get a few hours and make camp.
  • Around midnight the sounds of wolves on the hunt is heard by the group, but the animals are not bothered. The night passes quietly other than that.
  • In the morning Gwen spots a giant wolf print in the stream. Claire claims it is a sign of good luck.
  • After more travel we come across a marker that says we’re in our way to Ofergietan.
  • They come across a man in a gibbet who seems pretty chipper given his circumstances. He said he’d been put their by Lord Aedgar as a heretic, and counters that Lord Aedgar is an asshole.
  • The caged man has a guard who is a bit dumb. We have lunch with them, Gwen performs, they share it’s pretty nice. Some guards on horseback come around and we have to pretend like we weren’t sharing lunch with the prisoner.
  • Turns out we’re just over the hill from the town, and it has a pub!
  • We all head into the village and it looks pretty nice! Big tree I’m the center, hospitality house, all the amenities. We’re greeted by a little herd of children. Looks like a friendly village overall.
  • One of the guards apologies for sight of the heretic sort of marring their village.
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Event: On the Road Ægyn

*The group heads out from Castle Drachaid and heads out into the greater world, through the Forest of Whispers.
*Claire and Daphid go one way to look for a better crossing point. Daphid spots a boot sticking out from a bush/fern on the other side of the river.

  • The gang heads out on the road and travel is calm and quiet. There is lunch at a stream and progress is good until they come to a broken bridge with a river too rough to ford.
  • After picking around up and downstream a foreign point is found. It is a. It is a harrowing crossing but everyone makes it across.
  • They go to inspect the boot, and indeed a body is attached. It is a man with a leather satchel, clutching a sealed cask. His relatively nice gear is aged as he’s been dead for a bit. There is an arrow in his side.
  • Despite Claire’s objections the body is (politely) searched and parchment is found. It’s to a man named Bergian who had gone to live in a city, from family back home.
    *Camp is made and Claire takes first watch. She watches as an ethereal woman walk past the camp and is NOT OKAY with that. The spirit walks on through the woods with no regard for the party. Claire decides to follow the spirit.
  • Daphid wakes up everyone as Claire is missing. He and Taren head out while Gwen stays at camp. There are glowing footsteps to follow.
  • Taren hears metallic clinking while Daphid does not. They keep searching.
  • Claire finds a forgotten road that dead ends into six massive stones that cross the old road. The woman walks right through these (she had avoided other obstacles). The stones are strangely cold to her touch as she begins her prayers.
  • Daphid and Taren spot Claire and sneak up in her, but like in a friendly way.
  • Daphid grabs her to try and keep her calm and not standby. She immediately tries to stab him.
  • Daphid puts her in a submission hold, which goes about as well as you’d expect. There’s a struggle but Taren helps Claire calm down and they all get head back to camp, despite Claire’s objections.
  • The group returns to where Claire was found and in the rocks blocking the path reads a carved word: Deapscyldig. Gwen recognizes that is means “condemned to death.”
  • Deapscyldig: Condemned to death.
  • Gwen offers the theory that the Church found the town, broke it’s henge, and blocked the road to ruin the town. They decide to not approach the town and get back to their journey.
  • The wind blows and the clanging of metal is heard again. Claire clambers up the rock wall and can tell the noise is coming from inside the village. She also sees a sign with a chess piece in it.
  • We finally get going and travel is okay, but the wind is picking up. There is a washed out road that we need to deal with.
  • We head up to clamber around the unpassable road. Taren puts her finger through a skulll’s eyehole and realizes there are tons of skeletons and old armor on the ground.
  • Gwen approaches a body that has a signet ring and is, somehow, still intact. The signet is a huge sapphire with a big script letter “A” on both sides. Although she can’t tell what it would impress when used. To the dismay of EVERYONE ELSE, Gwen makes an impression with some melted wax.
  • An old man appears, amused at the group’s antics.
  • OH MY GOD TAREN SHOT THE OLD DUDE.
  • Old dude is dead.
  • The wax impression resembles a crown with a snowflake peak. Gwen has seen it before, but can’t place it.
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Post Jeff Celebration
Jeff, We Hardly Knew Ye
  • *Jeff is put in repose inside the chapel, and goodbyes/thanks are given.
    *Lohord is burned and Estrilda is made to watch. Then she is returned to the cell.
    *A feast is given: to celebrate the removal of a witch, and stopping the poisoning of the lord.
    *Clare’s paranoia, has her on edge and notices a dude in the background. He is covered head to toe. Hood+Mask. Very fashionable.
    *The Sargent at arms is occasionally talking to the mystery man.
    *Gwen is called on during the feast to play a song. She chooses to play her new song “The lament of the old grove”. She is rewarded with a small purse.
    *Vortigert asks the group to join him in his solar. The Sargent and masked dude join them.
    *Vortigert asks the varigol to deliver Jeff’s effects to expiation. He asks Clare about her mentor and is surprised to learn she had been separated from him for a length of time.
    *Vortigert asks the masked man “Daphyd” to company Gwen in finding her mentor.
    *Vortigert asks for council on how to handle his wife. Gwen suggests to send her to an abbey after the child is born.
    *After a long discussion, there is talks of political turmoil in Gwedre. The king is old, has no heir. Civil war is on the horizon. Demteir seeks to avoid this war. Either by keeping the king alive, or support the most qualified of the noble line to lead.
    *The group accepted Vortigert’s offer of employment, and were given caerniade for the trip.
  • Claire goes to Jeff’s viewing and places anti ghost stuff. Feeling a chill in the air, she finishes quickly and leaves with a feeling of unease.
  • The Lord pulls Gwen aside and she admits that she’s actually noble and hiding it.
  • He tells Gwen that her family’s castle has been taken by a Taol-Kaer Lord. Her father is presumed dead or hostage.
  • He promises that he’ll send word about her family if they can, as well as news about her mentor as well.
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The Morning of the Burning
Which Witch is Which?
  • In the morning the discovery of the plant among the buried bodies leads to a mass burning. The plant writhes in pain a little as it burns and people are a bit freaked.
    *Jeff goes to Claire in her cell and returns the trinkets, admitting that he had been the Inquisitor. He establishes a little rapport and gets Claire to tentatively agree to speak in support of Jeff’s building case against Lohord.
    *Lohord spots Gwen in the crowd and she hides in the church.
    *Taren is also hiding in church
    *Jeff goes to Amelyn and openly asks about her animosity towards Lohord. She admits that they were once to be wed as young people but she stabbed him in the nut because he is a rapist and an overall cruel asshole. She also defends her Tarish Varigals.
    *A soldier by the name of Palen comes to gather Gwen. He is in awe of her being a minstrel and helps get her caernidae.
    *Druistan is being hoisted by two soliders to load his wagon and get ready. He is readying his donkeys and berating them for their lack of intelligence and appreciation of his great machinery.
    *The Magentist that lives in a van down by the river makes an appearance, demanding the delivery of his gear. He runs towards to wagon totally nude and Claire lets him know that it is waiting for him at the blacksmith’s.
    *The wagon gets out onto the roads and everyone is trying to keep an eye out for escape routes.
    *We arrive at the castle, which is built on an island in the center of a river. The bridge is 2 wagons wide with a high wall. Everything looks easily defensible and well built. The guard house itself is like a castle keep.
    *The castle itself is in a bit of slight disrepair and the guards themselves area bit disheveled. The group disembarks from the wagon and is lead inside.
    *We are introduced to Lord V. He is older, looking a bit pale with his young lady wife very close to him and whispering in his ear. He has the “witch” brought forward and asked if she confesses.
    *Druistan steps on Lohord’s accusations and explains that his instruments detect no supernatural anything around her; she might be a weirdo, but she’s a mundane weirdo.
    *Jeff is introduced as a Suigere, and Lohord calls him to report on his “failure” before the lord.
    *The Lord catches sight of Gwen’s pin and commands her to perform. She shreds out a song on the lute and brings a tear to his eye and a little more vigor to his person. The wife tries to whisper something and gets slapped for it.
    *The Lord is a pinned Patron and gives Gwen a good coin purse for her performance.
    *Things return to the accusations. The Lords asks why Gwen is among this group and she tells him what she saw. This leads to the fact that Lohord commanded the woodmen go to the Old Grove. Jeff starts to turn the accusation onto Lohord himself.
    *Jeff’s Argument goes here. I had to go to the bathroom so I missed the start of it.
    *The Lord listens to the argument and occasionally asks for input from the other witnesses.. Jeff begins to build the case against Lohord with stories told by townspeople.
    *Eventually the case gets to where we want to use the wagon for proof and everyone heads outside. Lohorn and the Lady are giving each other silent communication while the Lord talks to Claire and tells her just to say that she’s not a witch when she’s not.
    *Barristan (the Sergeant at Arms) offers to test the machine’s reading. He gets read with low output.
    *When Lohord’s turn comes, Jeff shoves him forward with a ichor-stained rag tucked into his belt to make the machine’s reading’s go wild.
    *The guards surround Lohord, who denies the accusations. In an instant he lunges forward and stabs Jeff right in the gut then makes a frantic leap off the bridge.
    *Taren grabs his cloak and Gwen steps on it to keep him. He cuts free but when he falls into the water the portculis (which he ordered shut) and drowns.
    *The Lord listens to Jeff’s last words as Taren tries futilely to staunch the wound.
    *The Lady bolts for the stables. Gwen uses a commanding tone and gets a guard to react and catch her with a flying tackle. Gwen goes with them as they escort the lady to the tower.
    *Lord V arranges for Taren to get washed and clean clothes, a proper burial (lead by Gladwyne), and a feast for the night.
    *Gwen talks to Lady. The lady was clever and had a good racket, and is pregnant and real sullen about her plans being ruined.
    *Fashion montage! Taren and Claire get all gussied up in the Lady’s clothes. Claire has to save her shawl from getting burned and hollers at the ladies in waiting.
    *Gwen is called to speak with Lord V and she shares the information that she got from the Lady. She recites the plan and intentions to kill him.
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Arrival of the Magientist Wagon
  • The next day, a stranger with a wagon approaches the closed gates at morning. He has a huge device that takes up most of the wagon’s space.
  • The man, a Magientist, finds Jeff and begins peppering him with questions about “a recent event” in the woods that he detected.
  • Jeff gets rid of the man by pointing him to the river-house of the known Magientist. The stranger decides to get breakfast first.
  • Children are shoo’d away from the bizarre wagon.
    *He, Druistan, makes it to the Log Jam and is welcomed by a bemused Mildreth
  • Jeff gets to church and asks for a fire to start warming irons. He has a chat with a kindhearted guard about what he has to do (the violence of his technique).
    *Lord Vortigal has a relatively new, young wife but no kids yet.
    *Jeff begins to question Claire. He examines her belongings. When asked if she is a witch, Claire responds “No.”
    *Jeff has Claire agree to offer statements against the asshole nobel dude that doesn’t seem to care about the care of his people and leaves with the the hot iron in hand.
    *Druistan gets breakfast at the Log Jam, where he calls Gwen over for questioning about the recent events. She offers a retelling of the event as well as advice not to press the woodsman lest they react violently.
    *With direction from Gwen, Druistan heads out to meet the man that lives in the river house and is immediately distracted by the reinforcement of the wall.
    *He meets Adwulf and “measures” him against the machine in the wagon. Gwen is hauled out of the Jam Log and gets measured as well.
    *Gwen is also hauled out to be measured beside Adwulf.
    *Asshole Chelumund steps out of the hospitality house and starts being an asshole. He demands that a party go into the woods and retrieve the bodies and any felled logs.
    *Druistan steps up, takes command, and somehow organizes an exploration party??? We’re back off into the woods.
    *We return to the scene of the Feaondas attack, yell at Druistan not to take any samples and try and gather bodies.
    *Lohord is still being an asshole about everything when we bring the dead back and claims that the men died of natural causes.
    *After dinner, Lohord is smug at Jeff about the whole witch thing. He thinks Tarish = Witch and expects there to be a burning the next day.
    *Lohord continues his asshole streak by telling Gwen he’d pay for her as a prostitute and that she’ll accompany him to play for their Lord’s lady. She delays answering by basically insinuating the Tarish Varigals as jealous whores to keep him away. It’s a shitty move on Gwen’s behalf but she couldn’t think of anything else!
    *Gwen goes to the Varigal House, almost gets knifed, and warns Taren about Lohord’s desires.
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Old Grove Aftermath
Just Say No to Just Saying No, Claire
  • Claire is eating at the Log Jam and is made uncomfortable when Jeff sits near her.
  • The townspeople are adding keeping extra watch on the walls tonight.
  • Amelin asks if Claire saw anything as Claire returns to the Varigal house. Claire only saw the dead men and thinks it was a feond which killed them.
  • Amelin had her legs eaten by a Feond, during a caravan attack. She was saved by Tarish, who stitched up her legs.
  • Jeff leaves for the other tavern to listen to the rumors and chat. He has a few beers then heads to bed and has trouble sleep.
  • Claire wakes and finds that people have asked about her. Amelin warns her to lay low for the day, let the men work off their anger.
  • Claire goes to check on her delivered packages and find the Magentist trying to do work on parts of his house. The magentist was very confusion when Claire tried to learn if he had found the package she left on his doorstep.
  • Ladifrith’s package contained a Fossil Flux, then he asked for Claire to get the smith to fix a wheel and melt down some gold.
  • Taryn approaches the town around 10am and finds the entire town trying to upgrade their already considerable defenses.
  • Taryn speaks with Amelin and learns that there is another Tarish Varigal in the town. She also learns that 19 men died yesterday and the people are being suspicious of anything different.
  • Claire gives the gold and wheel to the smith, the smith is surprised to have payment for the work on the wheel. Then Claire heads back to the Widow Maker to meek with Taryn and Amelin who told her to meet here there.
  • Jeff talked with Aedwulf about the event last night, neither of them could remember much of the details of what they were afraid of. Then Jeff went to talk with the church about the Tarish and if it could be their magic.
  • Jeff talks with bishop, and is asked to retrieve the Tarish ladies for questions. Jeff searches the taverns and finds them in the Widow Maker. They follow Jeff to meet the bishop. The bishop stares down the Tarish to try and gadge there reaction.
  • The bishop, asks Aedwulf what her remembers. It is mostly about the dead men and a feeling of terror. Everything is a fog/mist and he cannot see through it. He feels the need to run when he tries to remember.
  • The bishop asks Claire about her memories. She saw many men in very bad state (also dead?). She believes the magical creatures caused the carnage.
  • The bishop and Claire discuss is Claire summoned the creature, Claire talks in vague statements saying that she intends no harm. but the bishop need to say yes or no on if she summon the creature.
  • The bishop says that Claire must stay in the churches care until a Sigire from Expiation can be summoned.
  • The Bishop the turns to Taryn, stating it is odd to find 2 Tarish in a small town. Asks the relationship of them, which is met with they have never met. Taryn has not idea what is going on and the bishop enlightens her.
  • The Bishop asks if Taryn knows about mystical events. Taren and the Bishop then go into a back and forth because the bishop wants answers and Taren feels attacked. The bishop is upset but sees no reason for Taryn to be held, in fact she should go sooner.
  • The bishop turns back to Claire and ensures that she will be no problem while she stays with them. she answers no.
  • Taryn and Amalin go to the Log Jam, they order food.
  • Lohord shows up in town and goes into the Log Jam for food. They are confronted by Aedwulf who want Lohord to take blame for the me that were killed. Lohord pulls bullshit and says it is the incompetence of the men that were sent that caused the issue.
  • Lohord then attempts to pull Taryn into the conversation. Asks for who the packages, then tries to send Taryn away. Amalin tells him to shut up then says he is an ass.
  • Taryn has a fun time trying to give Ladifrith a package as well.
  • Monk Gladwine comes to Claire and says that he doesn’t think the Tarish deserve their lot. asks Claire to be completely honest when the Sigire come.
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Chapter Two: Arrival at Fernywood
Over the River and Through the Woods
  • Welcome to the logging town of Fernywood!
  • This is a logging town of some size, has 2 taverns, a monestary, and varigal house
  • Claire arrives from the West, a Varigal with deliveries (3 packages)
  • Ladifrith, Chelemund, and Aedwulf are the waiting recipients
  • The woman who runs the Varigal house doesn’t have legs because logging towns are brutal. (Amalyn)
  • Jeff enters the Log Jam and gets a meal (other tavern is the Widow Maker), see’s Gwen walk in and get chided by the owner to start playing for the new guest
  • Claire is lead to the Log Jam by Amalyn
  • Jeff (Mike) calls the Varigal over to dine with him
  • Gwen hears the distant sound of someone crying for help. Outside there are two men, one covered in blood and one in shock. They get hauled in to the Log Jam.
  • A huge man busts in and starts questioning the one in shock (Bambro) about what happened but gets no response.
  • These two men were part of a workforce sent to the Old Grove (which draws shock from the crowd)
  • Big man (Aedwulf), Colough, and Eofrick join Claire, Jeff, and Gwen and the party heads into the edges of the Whispering Woods
  • The trees begin to change from giant coniferous to apple trees and other soft woods, outcropping of stones that look like they’d been worked. Gwen spots an axe stuck into a tree and a dead woodsman with a twisted body.
  • Further up the hill are more mutilated bodies as well as the remains of a small keep with the rest of the dead crew
  • The story is that the Old Grove keep was built by a Lordling who was cursed by a Demorthain, they didn’t
  • Jeff spots among the blood on the old wall, a newly sprouted plant
  • Suspects Demorthain magics (duh) and refers to it as Morchail
  • Gwen’s mount starts to panic as she hears laughter and alerts the group, everyone starts to move down the mountain as others begin to hear the laughter
  • From beyond the keep rises a huge hulk of a monster, at least 12 feet tall. Jeff is closest and faces it breifly before fleeing.
  • Everyone runs for their fucking lives. Gwen lets her mount bolt while she clings on for dear life. The creature gives chase
  • Eofrick is last in the pack but the creature stops at the edge of the apple trees. The group makes it down to the river
  • Gwen’s mount carries her back to town, where the gate is closed. Claire and Jeff follow, as does Colough. Much later, Aedwulf returns with Eofrick’s body slung over his shoulder.
  • Aedwulf calls to summon all the workmen home and orders that the walls need to be built taller tomorrow
  • Aedwulf confronts Claire and is supsicious of her when she mentions she’s Tarish. He puts her under house arrest and says she’ll have to answer some questions in the morning.
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Market Eve and Market Day
Selling Wool and Getting Fleeced
  • Everybody met for dinner and agreed that they’d all help sell wool on market day
  • Westly goes to the church to let the Abbot know about the Mordchail suspicions
  • The hospitality house man has “accusations” brought against him and he denies it all and get mad
  • Jacob vaguely threatens the thief with Chupi
  • About 25% of the wool had been replaced with shitty quality.
  • Goenal gets drunk by drinking everyone’s leftover beers
  • The evening passes with the crew sorting wool and talking with the cheese monger
  • The morning of the market! Everyone hauls the wool to a spot in the market
  • Things are going pretty well until Goenall hears a ruckus further down the market
  • The boy that Halsa had spoken with has brained the quarry foreman with a stone as the girl cries near him
  • The town guard ties his hands and takes him away
  • The girl turns to Westley in the crowd and he gets a little explanation out of her about what happened (she is in some real denial)
  • He directs her to a convent that will take care of her, her mother, and the guy’s dad
  • Westely accompanies the girl for questioninng about the murder
  • Meanwhile, Jacob is kicking ass at selling wool and has made bank.
  • A lordly dude shows up to haggle with Jacob, he is nice enough for his status and Jacob gets a far-ish deal, then an invitation to dinner at the tavern
  • He’s from lands off to the West and claims to be seneschal
    *Meanwhile, Westley attends the questioning. The girl keeps blaming the witch for the crime.
    *The boy is said to have right of vengeance for his mother and is to be exiled after working to rebuild the monastery to the south.
    *After this sentence is handed down, the hospitality house guy is dragged in on the charge of stealing wool. The lord mentions that it’s essentially the last straw for this guy’s bullshit and he gets branded as a thief.
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