So Aden Sank to Grief

"A Young Woman, You Might Say?"
Episode 2

The witch took Cameron's hand in her own, her fingers as cold as death. A pair of amber eyes looked through him.
"A young woman will appear to you. Follow her lead, for she will not lie but she will lead you to what you seek."
The crow on her shoulder cawed, and a smile formed on the witch's moon-white face. "Oh, and your lucky color is green. Five nobles for the reading."

On the 15th of Dithean, at dawn Cadoc,  Cameron, and Conrad return to Brill in Conrad's sloop. Cameron returns to the Clapwell residence, avoiding the Lavender Hotel. Conrad consults Gremory, his contact in Brill, regarding the witches of Sybele; he learns of three, one of whom appears behind the Sleeping Horse tavern at night each quarter moon. Conrad meets with a fence, but must flee when an imperial guard closes in. He escapes, but the fence is now out of business. Cameron and Conrad rendezvous at the Sleeping Horse at night. Following a crow hopping along the fence, they are lead to a witch of Sybele. They ask the witch a question about the Geometricists. In exchange for a promised answer, they are asked to prevent a marriage involving Lady Serenelle. Cameron also has his fortune told. The two go to a fashionable tavern, and Conrad loses at dice while fishing for rumors. There, he meets Cinaeth of Calaimoir, an affluent youth.

On the 16th of Dithean, Cameron invests in a new green cloak. He has an audience with Lady Nerys, and agrees to take Lady Serenelle in secret to Witches Fen , leaving her in the care of the hedge wizard Coriolana. At night, Cameron and Conrad meet the Lady's butler Jacques, and take Lady Serenelle into their custody. She drives them in a wagon towards Witches Fen, going off route to stop at a hill with a lone giant oak tree. The three fight an immature owlbear, and Lady Serenelle retrieves a clutch of giant eagle eggs. They continue to Witch's Fen, Conrad now driving. There they meet the hedge wizard Coriolana, who examines and manages to activate Conrad's crab. Cameron and Conrad return to Brill.

Cameron and Conrad earned 450 exp each, for a party total of 900 exp earned this session. Cameron and Conrad advanced to second level.

Party EXP level exp to next level
Cadoc 1 150 150
Cameron 2 600 300
Conrad 2 600 300

 

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Pilot
Episode 1

The sun rises over the coast to the west. To the southwest, Brill's lighthouse is aglow above a sleeping town. That's where they're going; that's they should be. But a warm bed in a busy town is not a comfort when you know someone is watching you.

On the fourteenth of Dithean, Cadoc asks The Concierge of the Lavender Hotel about the Geometricists. He also has his blade sharpened by a blacksmith. Cameron, meanwhile, argues with The Concierge, and is offered a refund conditional on a free night's stay. That night, both retire to their rooms at the Hotel. Cadoc is given a potion by The Concierge, instructed to drink it before bed, and warned of the corner room. Cameron, in his room, is knocked out by force.

Cameron and Cadoc awake in an unfamiliar cabin on a precarious cliff, with a note from the Geometricists instructing them to reclaim a book of secrets. They enter a mansion carved into the cliff wall, where they meet Conrad. Cadoc takes a book in Geometricist code, and Conrad lifts some valuables from a bedroom. They navigate the caves to a cargo elevator, down which they escape to Conrad's sloop. They sail back to Brill and arrive at dawn.

Cadoc, Cameron, and Conrad each earned 150 exp, for a party total of 450 exp earned this session.

Party EXP level exp to next level
Cadoc 1 150 150
Cameron 1 150 150
Conrad 1 150 150

 

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A New Campaign
Letter from the DM #1

We will soon begin a game in a new setting​! This game should be more episodic than the last, so we can play whenever any number of players are available. It will take place in Boveney-Brill, a march nominally subject to the rapidly-declining Adenian Empire. Exactly what you will be doing will be somewhat dependent on who your characters are, so I ask that you come up with a solid character idea before the first game you attend. You need not make your character as in choosing a class and rolling attributes and everything; the character idea is what is important.

When creating your characters, please give your character a bond that ties them to Boveney-Brill in some regard. Perhaps they're a courtier in Brill with a plot of land in the country. Perhaps they have family in a village by the coast. Perhaps they seek an ancient tome that lies buried in the tomb of a long-forgotten king. The choice is yours, but be sure to make it.

I'll give a description of the setting below. Read as much of it as you care to; you don't need to know all of this information to create your characters.

Boveney-Brill is the most remote of five marches along the northern frontier of Aden. It is bordered on the south and west by the march of Boveney-Cemais, on the north by the wilderness, and on the east by Boveney Bay. The River Mersey runs eastward through the march from Boveney-Cemais, and flows into Boveney Bay. The hills of the northwest give way to Spine of Cerackinnion, or Dromonian Moutnains, which end their run near the border with Boveney-Cermais. Mael's Head is the most prominent of the range and lies at its far east end.
The march has a cool, wet climate, with warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. The area is rather wet, receiving rainfall on nearly half of all days in a year, and snowfall for a few days each winter. Locals often say that "If you can see Mael's Head, it's going to rain; if you can't, it is raining." The Mersey floods each spring as snow melts upstream.

Population
Today, the march has a population of over 40,000. The largest town and namesake, Brill, lies at the mouth of the Mersey. The seat of the march is Castle Bridgend, which overlooks Brill. About a quarter of the population live in towns, while the remainder live in rural villages and homesteads. The population is centered on the Mersey valley and other low-lying areas in the center and southeast of the march. Just over half of the population are Halflings, who live in the hills and upper valleys; the rest are humans, residing mostly in the lower valley near Brill.

Politics and Law
The march is ruled by the noble House Glenfair, who were awarded the title over 90 years ago after the rebellious Halfling lords of Boveney were defeated. The current ruler is Lady Nerys, who assumed the title after the early death of her father, Lord Madoc, four years ago. The march is remarkably autonomous; the March Lord is nominally a direct vassal of the Emperor, and no noble families exist in the march besides House Glenfair. With the seat of Aden sitting vacant, Boveney-Brill is de facto independent.
The legitimacy of Lady Nerys has been challenged by her cousin Iory, who claims right of succession by virtue of patrilineal Adenian succession laws.
While the Imperial Code is the nominal system of law, Halfling law is practiced throughout the march outside of Brill It differs substantially from the Imperial Code: it does not tolerate slavery or serfdom; extends property rights equally to women; holds families responsible for the actions of their members; does not employ capital punishment; does not recognize the Imperial system of fealty; and does not rely on professional justices or magistrates.

Religion
Most Marchers believe in and worship multiple gods, though many will devote themselves to a single deity. There are said to be as many gods as people in the area, though most estimates range in the hundreds. A small minority, mostly humans, worship the Imperial Solar cult, which has syncretized aspects of the native sun god Cealbezan. A small group of mystics belonging to the secretive cult of Nasra have built at least two monasteries in the foothills of the northwest.

Economy
Boveney-Brill is a largely agrarian culture, with most goods produced by artisans or imported. The Mersey links the northern marches to the rest of the Empire, bringing significant trade through Brill's ports. A web of unpaved roads connect the villages of the march, but no major road connects the march with its neighbors.

Beyond the March
To the south lies the vast Adenian Empire, currently in the midst of a decades-long collapse that began with a succession crisis. Further south beyond Aden lie the Great Desert and the nomadic lizardfolk. To the west are the other northern marches; beyond them are mountain passes guarded by the dwarves and through which no humans may pass. To the northwest beyond the mountains are the orcs, a proud tribal people. To the north and northeast are the wild forests, in which are said to dwell the enigmatic elves and their fey cousins.

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