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3rd May 2014


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GM nemesis13

Ruach played by schizoid
Catríona played by Kattvippa
Caerian played by steerpike65
Fiona played by IvoryThorns

... And So It Rains

Dr Veranza is examining the liquid. Lady Filomena denies any knowledge of this, she was at first very reluctant to talk to us. She might have her own motives. Filian has been summoned by his father and we suppose he’s also making new money, since he still needs to pay Ruach. We went through our knowledge of Aoda again: Caerian first met her at Terkhên and she travelled South from there. Me and Ruach decide to go buy and gather all the supplies we will need for our journey, while Fiona needs to go talk to Sir Albin at the Hilderin Knights and Caerian goes looking for a Demorthen.

Fiona

Fiona goes to the Hilderin Knights’ Chapter House and asks if anyone knows where she could find Sir Albin. She’s pointed to the second floor. As she makes her way there she can hear whispers about how she danced with Sir Harold yesterday and maybe she’s trying to get into a higher position that way. She stops and turns to look at the gossiping men and they instantly stop it. As soon she turns her back again, the whispers continue: “She’s already going to the highest ranking officer after having dated Sir Harold for only one day…”

She doesn’t have to wait for a long to get in and she traditionally salutes Sir Albin. She explains her situation and asks for a permission to go out to look for the Duke’s daughter. He’s somewhat reluctant when he hears Fiona would be out for a whole year, as her training is still not done. Fiona talks and paints a nice picture which is hard to refuse and finally Sir Albin gives in, but expects her to report in other Chapter Houses. He also expects her to send reports back to him and obey the other Chapter Houses high officers’ commands.

To Fiona’s surprise Sir Albin continues saying his little brother, Sir Harold, will not take this lightly. He asks Fiona’s feeling toward Sir Harold and Fiona very skillfully doesn’t really answer the question. But she does promise to say goodbye to Sir Harold, in fact, that will be her first stop after she leaves this room.

Caerian

Caerian walked toward the castle with Fiona and sees her disappearing into the Chapter House. He has his own tasks at hand and hurries looking for Turian. He finds him at a huge tree that is in a grove. Well, not actual grove, but as close to one as it is possible in a city. Two guards stop him when he approaches. He tells them he was talking to Turian yesterday about Aoda, the duke’s daughter, and he needs to speak Turian about that some more. they tell him Turian is meditating, Caerian says he’s going to wait and wait he does.

After an half an hour Turian comes forward and doesn’t recognize Caerian at first. Quite quickly he does though and Caerian asks for horses of caernides for us to use for traveling purposes. Having those animals would tremendously fasten our traveling. Turian agrees that it would make the quest quicker and says he will see what he can do about it.

Caerian also asks Turian to take care of the children getting healed if Dr. Veranza actually finds out what the children were given and what could heal them. Turian listens with anxiety and agrees to help in any way he can. Caerian bows really low and they thank each other. Turian gives him the Demorthen blessing, which is quite an honor, considering Turian is obviously higher level Demorthen than Caerian.

As he turns to go, whispers begin how he has to be an important man as he was talking to Turian as an equal. Suddenly an elderly man approaches Caerian and asks if he could let Turian know someone is stealing his apples. Another man approaches Caerian with a request concerning his pregnant and sick daughter. Other people start approaching with requests and Caerian swiftly let them know he does not have any influence over Turian and that he is a Demorthen and would therefore try whatever he can to help the sick daughter. With that he goes with the man and tries to help his daughter.

Fiona

Fiona matches her deeds to her words and goes straight to Sir Harold when she leaves the Chapter House. He is looking out a window and Fiona clears her throat, to catch his attention. Sir Harold turns around, looking angry, until he realizes it’s Fiona. She explains Sir Albin let her know where to find him. As she explains she’s going away for a little while, he looks very disappointed. She says she’s going on a quest which is a great honour. Sir Harold wishes her the best of luck with her endeavors. When she clarifies the little while might mean a whole year, he looks heart-brokened.

After a little silence Fiona thanks him for yesterday and asks if he would save her a dance if she’s back by the time of the next ball. Sir Harold then gives Fiona his family dagger. She accepts it and promises to take care of it. The dagger is really beautiful, exquisite craftsmanship. Sir Harold says he’s going to wait for Fiona. As Fiona starts going, she sees a huge spider two steps lowers from where she is. She asks if Sir Harold wouldn’t mind doing something about the spider. “Of course my Lady!” he says and steps on the spider.

Ruach

In the meanwhile, back at Frozen Waterfall White Raven called man looks Ruach straight in the eye, signaling they need to talk. Ruach finds an empty table for them and the man approaches saying “Hot Wind, it’s good to see you”. Ruach says he’s not doing it anymore and he replies he’s here for other reasons. He tells Ruach’s father’s business is doing pretty bad, his primary warehouse has been torched. It doesn’t look good, his father is not able to pay the hunters anymore. Ruach asks if he knows who set the warehouse on fire, but he doesn’t know. Ruach asks if White Raven is going back to Kel Loar and he is, since he’s work here is almost done anyway. Ruach then quickly writes a letter for him to take to Ruach’s father and puts some money in the envelope as well. Ruach know White Raven is trustworthy and reliable. Ruach gives him some tobacco as a thank you.

Fiona

When Fiona gets back to the Frozen Waterfall, she notices Filian is not back from their parents’ yet. So she gets worried and heads toward home. A servant opens the main door and tries to suppress a smile when he says “Your father is upstairs with your brother. They’ve been talking since lunch and we were told not to bother them, but we couldn’t help but overhear some of the shouts from there.”

Fiona goes to her room and starts packing her own things. She can clearly here them arguing in his father’s study. So she goes closer to the door and listens for a while. “It is unacceptable behavior, throwing the family money away like that!” says their father. “You can’t tell me what to do, I’m a grown-up!” replies Filian to which their father goes “Why can’t you be more like your sister?” At that point Filian storms out of the room and mumbles something, he’s apparently tired and angry and heads straight to packing.

Fiona enters her father’s study and tells him she’s going away, on a quest to find the duke’s daughter. She explains it might take a whole year. Her father is sad about her going away but also sees the opportunity this could mean their family, they could rise to be the first family of the dukedom. She says she wouldn’t go if Filian wouldn’t go either. She asks her father not to be so hard on him. He says doesn’t want to be angry, but somehow they always end up fighting. Fiona shows her father the token she got from Sir Harold and says she knows Sir Harold might think there’s something between them, but she doesn’t share that idea. she just wanted her father to know about the dagger in case something happened on the trip. She says she’ll look after Filian and her father wishes them safe travels. He says “You take care of yourself and you take care of your brother!”, rises and hugs her.

Catríona

When I get back to the Frozen Waterfall, I have my brother waiting there for me. He’s really angry and says it’s all my fault our father is so sick. He’s ill with fever, for having worked too much after I run away from home. I try to explain my point of view and how I would’ve suffocated and just had to go. He’s just angry and doesn’t even bother to explain anything about our father’s illness at first. I try to ask if a Demorthen has seen my father and yes, he has, but it didn’t help. My brother proceeds in saying how the Magientists might help, but they can’t afford their help. I give him all my money save for the amount I need to pay my tap here at the Frozen Waterfall. I ask him to be very very careful with the Magientists though. He settles down a bit and we talk. Then we rise and there’s an awkward hug and he’s gone.

Caerian

Caerian is summoned to Turian. So they meet again and Caerian gets five caernides for us. He also receives a bag of money. Turian says the Duke will do anything to find his daughter. Turian also lets him know his already taken into taking care of the situation in the village Garath. He asks Caerian to be quiet about the happening in Garath though. He explains they currently have a very good relationship to Reizh and the duke doesn’t want to change that. They can’t afford to have bad rumours running wild around Tael-Kaer without proofs. That might lead into a civil war and right now we’re in peace. He asks Caerian to keep investigating, but keep it quiet. He again gives the Demorthen blessing and with that, Caerian is escorted out.

As soon as Caerian meets with the rest of us, he gives the bag of money to Ruach to take care of. There’s 25 Fd for each.

Off We Go!

In the morning we eat a sturdy breakfast and then go the castle. The promised five caernides are all ready and waiting for us there. We fasten our things and climb on the animals and head toward the gates of the city. It starts raining lightly. As we arrive at the city gates we see someone waiting there, on a gray caernide. He introduces himself as Quentin Andas and says he is to accompany and help us by the request of Lady Filomena. We let him know we’re quite frankly surprised as Lady Filomena never said she’s be sending someone to help us. both Ruach and Caerian are very suspicious. Caerian asks if he know anything about Evarzeg and denies every having heard that name. It’s obvious to Caerian he is lying at least on that point. We finally decide to leave and take him with us despite Ruach’s and Caerian’s objections.

We leave Seol behind and while we travel, Caerian is making sure the life of the Magientist is hellish. Caerian puts mushrooms in his food that makes his stomach upset, rips his tent a little bit, just enough to let the bugs and rain get in etc. On the third day Quentin is not looking at all happy and we here melodic singing in the distance. It’s obvious there are several people singing. Soon enough we see a group of people, dressed completely in white and barefooted. They tell us they are on their way to Seol and ask us how long will it take them. I let them know we’ve been travelling on caernides for about three days now, from Seol. So I suspect it’ll take them at least six days by foot. When asked, they remember having seen Evarzeg. They remember it because he seemed to have been in a great hurry. We talk a bit more with them and then move on and they start singing again while walking toward Seol.

As we press on, the weather is sometimes sunny, sometimes rainy, but no matter what, it’s still a little bit cold. As it is suppose to be, we’re still in the early Spring. We have a couple of uneventful, dull days of travelling and Quentin emptying his stomach. Caerian seems oddly happy though. Then suddenly we hear howling coming from the forest right next to us! Ruach says they sound almost like wolves, while the sounds are getting closer. Something rustles in the underbushes and then we see them: they look almost like wolves, but they are partially plants.

Cut Them In Half!

There’s no time to think, I jump down from my caernide and swing my sword toward the closest wolf-creature and Ruach shoots an arrow into its eye, sending it fleeing into the forest and fast too. Caerian loses on arrow on one of the creatures and one of them manages to bite me, taking a junk of my leg with it! Fiona jumps between me and the creature and slices the creature in half. She makes it look so easy! I climb into a tree where Quentin and Filian are already. Ruach moves closer to the trees and shoots an arrow on one of the creatures, but it barely scratches it. Fiona slices yet another wolf in half, almost carelessly. One of these days I have got to ask her to teach me how to do that! I mean, useless make-up tips are nothing compared to those moves. Caerian uses a Rindath that camouflages Fiona, Ruach and Caerian and suddenly all the wolf-creatures are looking all confused. Caerian shoots another arrow, but it completely misses its target. Fiona hits the wolf and hits him pretty badly, but the creature is still standing. I climb a little bit higher, just in case. At that point Ruach climbs on the three too, shooting right past me with some true speed! Caerian misses with another arrow and the wolf-creature bites Fiona. Fiona kills the creature with one more blow, but his jaws won’t open and he’s stuck on her leg.

As the last of the wolves are either gone or dead, me, Ruach and Caerian go looking for our rides, since we did not tie the caernides down. In the meanwhile Fiona breaks the dead wolf’s jaws and takes him off of her leg. When I come back with two of the caernides, I heal Fiona’s and my wounds a little bit. We climb on the caernieds again and ride a little further. I suddenly remember a village that should be nearby, so we head there. We need proper beds and rest to heal. They let us in and help us in any way they can. In the morning we move on, time is of the essence in this quest after all.

Sing for Us, Please

The next day we see a young woman sitting there, under a big tree. She’s got red hair, green eyes that are always laughing. Caerian talks to her and she says her instruments don’t take the rain too well. So she’s a bard, awesome! She asks about Kaer Dagis, she’s heard that there’s people who have been converted into the One God religion. She finally introduces herself as Morgane the Bard. She tells us she heard some howling the day before and Caerian tells her we killed the wolf-creatures. Caerian tells her news form Seol, the main one being Aoda’s disappearance. He tells her he was probably the last person to see her before she went missing. Morgane decides to join us for a little while and her presence really cheers us up. Even Quentin is looking slightly less green. When it really starts raining, literally pouring, she pulls out a little flute and plays a cheerful little song.

As we camp for the night, Morgane tells a rumor about a man named Mazeo Tolg, who vanished. It is said that he fell a victim of “Sirens of the Tealderoth”. We do not know it and Ruach doesn’t share the information with us, but Mazeo Tolg is his father’s right hand. The rumor has it that the Sirens are Feondas. As Morgane asks yet again where we are heading, Caerian tells her we might go looking for Aoda. She says there are some rumors about her having been taken as captive. Or she might have been attacked by Feondas or brigands...
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Thanks for writing this, a great read once again.
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Hi Jonna,

As I don't want to be spoiled, I won't read anything (I'm still waiting for my significant other to read and run Esteren to me), but I wanted to say that I've linked these session reports to the Esteren community forum for them to come and read what's happening here.

Here's the link, if you'd like to share your impressions on the game there.

http://www.esteren.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=1401
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Thanks Yohann, I also linked them to the Esteren forum. laugh
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nemesis13 wrote:
Thanks Yohann, I also linked them to the Esteren forum. laugh
Oh really? Well... Twice is better than once then!
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Absolutely. The session reports deserve every bit of attention they can get.

Here's the link to my thread at the SoE forum:

http://www.esteren.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=1364
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nemesis13 wrote:
Thanks for writing this, a great read once again.
And now I remember what happened in the last session
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नमस्ते (Namaste) – I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace. When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, we are one.
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Shadow Hexagram wrote:
Hi Jonna,

As I don't want to be spoiled, I won't read anything (I'm still waiting for my significant other to read and run Esteren to me), but I wanted to say that I've linked these session reports to the Esteren community forum for them to come and read what's happening here.

Here's the link, if you'd like to share your impressions on the game there.

http://www.esteren.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=1401
Oh wow, thank you. I think that what we're playing now, is something Kai might have wrote himself, so you wouldn't really be spoiling anything? Kai, let me know if I'm not right.
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नमस्ते (Namaste) – I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace. When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, we are one.
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nemesis13 wrote:
Absolutely. The session reports deserve every bit of attention they can get.

Here's the link to my thread at the SoE forum:

http://www.esteren.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=1364
Oh, thank you Kai, for your very kind words
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Correct, this is a campaign that I wrote myself, it's not a pre-written scenario. There's one storyhook from Book 1 that I'm using, but anybody who read Book 1 knows about that and the resolution will still take some time. So this should be safe to read without spoiling any secrets of the game world.
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Okie dokie then!
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