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Campaign Summary for Players

Posted by on October 29, 2013

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As I may be resurrecting this campaign in the near future, here is a quick bullet-point summary of events to date:

  • Lord Geoffrey Spaulding escapes his terrible destiny of luxurious pampering, seeking a life of grand adventure armed with naught but his wits, his buckler, his expensive sword, three firearms, two servants, and an unimaginable amount of liquid wealth.
  • Nan the ess diplomat apprentice joins him, bored to tears with diplomacy, preferring to talk to imaginary people.
  • Human stableboy Reed Groom opportunistically attaches himself to Spaulding as well, when the latter comes into his workplace in search of particularly heroic horses.
  • The party follows morag explorer Erok Leafson on his grand journey through the Northern Trail… of taverns.
  • Young human Dupree Carpenter, after being knocked unconscious in the first of no doubt many tavern brawls, lets slip that he is a student of Torias March, master of the Dancing Edge style of broadsword fighting; Spaulding escorts Dupree to the town of Middenton, dragging the party with him.
  • Torias March demonstrates his sword skill to the recently-beset-by-thugs-in-a-remarkable-coincidence residents of Middenton. Torias easily defeats Thoss Groat, a huge morag. Lord Spaulding challenges him to mock combat, during which an unfortunate loss of structural integrity in the platform results in an ignominious pratfall and victory to Master March, who takes down payments from the locals for future training in his remarkable fighting style.
  • March and his company leave in the middle of the night with the villagers’ money, leaving only the confused and increasingly threatened Dupree behind. Some confusing conversations about mushrooms occur. Lord Spaulding enlists the aid of a village boy to track the ruffians to no avail.
  • Tookie passes Sam a note, and Sam passes it to Spaulding. It is apparently an invitation to Cyril’s Rest to welcome Lord Cyril’s son Andreas home after a grand adventure. Forgetting all about the con men, the party heads for Cyril’s Rest as Dupree makes good his escape back to the dependable drudgery of life as a carpenter’s apprentice.
  • In a little fishing village on the way, Reed realizes his “precious” sword is missing, along with some wine from the pack mule. Spaulding has it replaced with a cheap (but metallic) shortsword from a merchant’s stall. Nan cheats at cards.
  • The party continues their journey, but Torias March meets them and demands recompense for Lord Spaulding’s dismantling of his “honest business.” The party engages Torias’s men, kills many, and captures Thoss Groat and Torias along with several henchmen.
  • The party comes to Cyril’s Rest’s market village, where they deliver the con men to Bailiff Gilikan Plough, an enormous morag. The party takes refreshment and is escorted to Cyril’s Rest, where a confused Lord Cyril explains that the note was actually meant for Lord Batholemew Forska, but his name was somehow mysteriously ripped away. Andreas tells the party that the cromen are indeed on the cusp on invasion, better organized than they usually are. Andreas gets the party to accompany him back to Cago by way of a town called Frogg, as he is unable to secure a guard detail due to soldiers being moved north.
  • The party sets out with Andreas and Gilikan Plough and stops in Wooton, where they hire a couple of men at arms and the human scout Coz Runner. They cut through some wilderness to save time and arrive in Appleville to rest, then set out overland.
  • Coz returns from a scouting trip and tells the party that a fishing hamlet they were to stop in has been attacked, most of its inhabitants slaughtered. Upon investigation, they find an unlicensed percussion cap firearm, normally restricted to the nats of the inner Houses, and a blue hand that on later examination appeared dyed. They also find some refugees, one with another caplock, which Spaulding bought before the party helped them bury their dead and set them poling up the river on rafts. During the burial detail, Tookie finds a brooch with the mark of House Renssalear, a formerly powerful house rendered practically extinct a decade earlier.
  • The party continues on to Frogg. Coz disappears. The party is attacked by a cromen raiding party; they lose some of the men-at-arms, but defeat the cromen with some late assistance from the kharaz bounty hunter Yosef Blades and his companions.
  • The party arrives in Frogg and is greeted by mayor Caleb Carpenter, who is watching Gretchen Sterling, niece of Lord Jonn Sterling. The party is offered shelter in the house of Nancy Weaver. Gretchen lets slip that uncle Jonn is building a fort, in which she hopes to one day have lots of stuffed animals and high-caliber firearms to play with.
  • Nan ventures south and finds a large field being drained of its swamp by “Pappy” Ridge Farmer so the land can be reclaimed for agriculture. There is also another ess here, Falen the archaeologist, who gives her Quinoa and tells her about some ruins that may be exposed by the draining project. Nan insists that this is incredibly important.
  • Reed buys a disgusting smoked mudskipper and pretends to like it, resulting in bushels of the things being delivered to the Weaver house with his name on them. He also finds a composite bow that he goes deeply into debt to Nan in order to buy.
  • Spaulding and Andreas Jameson turn over the caplock weapons to master weaponsmith Aron Grunden for safekeeping. On request, Spaulding recovered a clock from the battlefield from Aron and gave it to Falen. Falen told him that Olan Renssalear lost a hand, and Lord Sterling would want to know.
  • Andreas Jameson is taken to Cago under armed guard, but he leaves Spaulding with instructions to secure a shipment from Cyril’s Rest.
  • Spaulding buys everyone circus costumes so they can travel without attracting notice: Spaulding and Sam as minstrel and accompanist, Reed as stunt rider, Nan as glowering fortune teller, and Tookie as glowering miniature dancing bear.
  • Erok Leafson appears and sees the group in costume. He offers to draw them a map to get back to Cyril’s Rest for exactly the fee a travelling circus might be paid for a performance. Spaulding agrees to put on a show while the others beg him to just pay him. The party puts on a mediocre circus act, which is just fine for the depressed residents of Frogg, ending with Tookie the performing bear taking down Erok and torturing him with a joint lock.
  • The party receives a map with totally obvious directions on it, and they go get the shipment from Cyril’s Rest: four wagons of reddish-brown ore. On their way back, they are met by Jonn Sterling, his retainers Thorin (morag) and Madspear (kharaz), and a small group of men-at-arms. Everyone returns to Frogg.
  • In Frogg, Nan hears: Gretchen Sterling’s arranged marriage into House Forska has been scrapped; Jonn Sterling is regarded as a misfit at court, but is feared because he is rumored to have has a hand in the collapse of the Renssalears; Nancy Weaver ponders a potential arrangement between Gretchen Sterling and Andreas Jameson as a way to shore up both of their houses and build a bond between Frogg and Cyril’s Rest.
  • Reed encounters a rider bringing word that a detachment of cromen split off from the northern massing and is headed for the undermanned Cyril’s Rest.
  • The party first hears about an anti-cromen guerilla group called the Black Jagers who are harrying the cromen but cannot stop them.
  • The party heads north and catches up to Sterling’s party. Sterling asks the party to go and scout the situation while he gathers forces and persuades the powers that be to release Andreas.
  • The party arrives at an outskirt village of Cyril’s Rest, where they murder a bunch of Cromen and everyone gets horribly wounded. In the liberated village is Torias March, now missing a hand, pressed into service by the cromen as a slave supervisor. Torias manages to escape the angry villagers.
  • Reed finds a bunch of cromen heads on stakes and encounters a skinny youth in threadbare clothing and an improvised bandit mask with a stolen cromen bow. The boy claims to be one of the infamous Black Jagers as he wolfs down some offered rations. The boy has a note from a runner from Cyril’s Rest (presumably killed) stating they can only hold out for two weeks of siege if necessary. Reed gives the boy the noble task of escorting a group of refugees out of the village.
  • The party bolts for Cago to inform Sterling and Jameson. Reed, the best rider, moves ahead and gets to Cago early, informing Sterling of the situation. The rest of the party arrives just in time to join Sterling’s party of fifty men-at-arms, plus Andreas and a dozen grunties in support roles; they fast march to join Plough and his force of another fifty, raised outside of Cago.
  • The force arrives outside of Cago. Scouting reveals that the keep is already under siege, and captured villagers are being used as shields and terror weapons via execution. The enemy force numbers about 500-600, and Sterling deduces that the keep cannot hold out for any meaningful period; the noble council is too locked up in petty politics to send reinforcements in time.
  • Andreas shared the existence of an escape tunnel from the Rest that led to a shack in a hamlet. The party, Andreas, Gilikan, and ten musketeers slips off to the hamlet, where they kill a small force of cromen. Nan exhibits a newfound talent and enthusiasm for butchering her enemies.
  • The party enters the Rest though the tunnel, oversees the wetting of their powder stores, and escorts Lord Cyril and some of his family members out. Gilikan Plough remains behind as acting steward of the Rest.

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