Battle against Ravvin and sucking the life out of the supreme demon of entropy
The Pyredown Picaresque
Volume III, Fortune’s Bend Edition
Have you heard the news? Anbara is looking at a new venue for their next Great Games – Fortune’s Bend! If the location is deemed suitable, this will be the first time in recorded history that a Great Game has occurred outside of the kingdom itself!
The word on the street is that they are sending Mando el Afandi, a favorite of the queen, to evaluate the site. As part of the evaluation, Fortune’s Bend will play host to two sets of games. At one in the afternoon, Mando will introduce Anbara’s Seat of Archery, Osahar Chuma, who will be lead challenger in a series of archery and range games. Following that, at two thirty, Mando will introduce the Eye of the Ibis, a professional gladiator team who will act as challengers in the melee games.
The venue test is being sponsored by the Rues-renowned factory, Lord Adad’s glassworks, and the final melee round will be for the sponsor’s prize, a sum worthy of the blood that will be spilled! Come one, come all, make bets or try your luck!
In addition to the honor of the Anbaran games, Fortune’s Bend will be doubly honored with the dinner attendance of Lady Regent Miria Onnathea of Inlyrico, and the Lady Regent Lyrenna Silvia of Shiara, who will attend the neutral territory to discuss peace between their regencies in the wake of the Sende Trial, the conflict surrounding the Proposal for Decency, and no small number of skirmishes.
If politics over supper is not your bag, you may then be interested to know that the area’s most learned arcane minds will be meeting directly after breakfast to discuss the year’s developments. Those of similar arcane bent are invited to join them and learn.
As well as things are going for the miracle town, things outside it are looking troubled still. The poor crop of autumn made a drastic recovery late in the season, but it was curtailed by the sudden onslaught of cold and frost – it promises to be a very nasty winter. The masses of walking dead sent to test the conviction of the faithful are unaffected by the cold and now have allies in the form of the Proctors. This ecclesiastical order has formed in just the last year, a fervent group of men and women who rally to Ravvin’s banner, eager to help Him test the faith of Rues.
Vitriol from the rivers is added to the mix, probably caused by increased imperial presence. If there were any doubt, the Vascoll want everyone to know – the rivers belong to the Vascoll! It remains to be seen how Pyredown will react to this increased fervor.
And last, in the Strange but True category… have you heard about the corpses in the Shade? I’m no scholar, but I wasn’t even aware that Shade beings could die, much less leave behind pale, icky corpses. It sure makes me glad that I’m out here and not in there!
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If you have signed up for or are interested in a class this season, please see the following schedule. I’m excited to announce the addition of a new class that any are welcome to attend. I have included the description below – I’d highly recommend it.
NEW! Structures and Organization in Secular and Devout Commissions/Obligations
Time: Saturday, 4:00 PM
Instructor: Rancour, E.
Have you been wondering where you belong? Where to fit in? How to be just a little more faithful? This course is for you! Our knowledgeable instructor will give an overview of organizations across Rues, with a particular focus on sanctioned orders of the churches. This is your chance to learn about the options for your social and religious future!
Time: Friday, 12:30 AM
Current Roster: Nuri, Braous, Godrick, Priscilla, Cag, Torgmog, Wolf
Common Worship: Religion in Rues
Time: Saturday, 1:00 PM
Instructor: Venopoulos, S.
Current Roster: Nuri, Braous, Godrick, Priscilla, Cag, Cassandra, Zarya, Vayros
Introduction to Demonology
Time: Saturday, 2:30 PM
Instructor: Nyrimil, P.
Current Roster: Nuri, Priscilla, Cag, Cassandra, Zarya, Torgmog, Rykan, Godrick, Vayros
See you in Class,
Along the cliffs and crags that define the coastal edge of Volbrecht, the seas have turned violently angry. They crash against the rocky promontories with vengeful strength, white spray from the waves sometimes reaching as high as the Krugs on top of their mesas. Some folks say that it is caused by heavy storms far out on the ocean. Others say it is the same monsters of the deep that make sea travel impossible, tossing and rolling under the water. Still others say that it is a further test of the Genesori, sent alongside the tests of Ravvin. Imperial and church officials have offered no answers yet, and so the people of the Brechtish coast just watch and prepare while the waves grow larger.
The Council of Regents has been called, and in rare form, many of the Regents have responded to the call in person rather than allowing their councilors to hold the floor. Reports from Pyredown suggest that, once again, it’s all about the Proposal for Decency. After weeks of what one satirist called “dog-fighting in the pit of amendments,” the Proposal for Decency has been passed as imperial law in a new, amended format. The long-ranging effects of this legislation remain to be seen, but some are certain that it will still lead to a split among the more orthodox and more liberal regencies in the empire.
For now, each regency is working with the churches and Chappelarie to form its first Boards of Patronage in the large cities. These bodies will be the ones who review and categorize the artwork according their nature and worth. Oliver Arrawny of the Chappelarie is overseeing the process, supported by Matriarch Rosilta of the church of Garioch, who has been elected as the chief justice of the Proposal and is in charge of facilitating cooperation between the churches and the Chappelarie on as the Proposal becomes a reality.
Many artists are understandably uneasy about this development. The text of the newly revised proposal has not been widely circulated and there is much uncertainty among the artist community about what will soon be permissible and impermissible. There have been several hastily arranged artistic displays and showings as artists try to get their more challenging material out to the public before it falls under the purview of the Boards of Patronage.
Even in the aftermath of its passing, many of the regents have remained in Fort Firetol while the laws are put into practice. What exactly they are discussing has not been shared, but word on the grounds is that the discussions have been heated.
Though not attracting as much attention as the new legislation, the miracle town of Fortune’s Bend has not escaped the news. There are whispers that the Anbaran games may not be held there after all, after the game’s ambassadors were rebuffed. While the rumors are still only rumors, it has caused a number of the town’s initial critics to repeat their earlier skepticism, that a truly neutral territory was an impossible feat for such a mixed group of townsfolk.
Of course, all of this gossip is easier to come by in the larger settlements, which are the exception in the empire. All across the land in the towns and villages, most citizens still have their eyes turned toward the churches or Chappelarie, hoping and praying for guidance on how the tests of the Genesori might be passed before the angelic horde appears at their gates.
Scholars warn that the trouble is not only in Rues. There continue to be unexplained deaths in the Shade, which, even stranger, leave behind pale corpses. No one knows what to make of it, but those who study the Shade have expressed grave concerns about what could cause such a bizarre occurrence.
Throughout the summer months, reports of undead activity have spread across Rues as the tests of the Genesori continue. It seems as though Ravvin has set his most recent stage for the tests in the Underholme and it has been said that those denizens have not been successful thus far. The Underholme, as well as other areas, have been rife with plague as pockets of this affliction have begun popping up throughout the lands. In other news, word has come down from Patriarch Krassus of the High Church of Koreel that a cult referred to as the “Order of Azrah” has been marked as a Blasphemous Cult. All members of this cult should be regarded as Blasphemers and as dangerous enemies of the Genesori for their sacrilegious views of The Keeper of the Sacred Earth and their actions against the Church. The faithful of Koreel in Fortune’s Bend are to thank for having this cult identified and set to be dismantled. OOG Notes We’re looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend, but there are a few important notes we’d like to share about this upcoming event. 1. This weekend will be hot. Please take the proper precautions by drinking plenty of water! Speaking of water, Numina staff would like to solicit donations for cases of bottled water for CP! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you can donate a case or two. Thank you in advance! 2. Players should make every effort to make opening ceremonies or send a reliable representative with a good understanding of rules. 3. This event the plague has become an imminent threat. Players might be tainted with Pox points during this event, or degrees of Pox. Characters may feel that something unfortunate will happen if they get too many points/degrees of Pox inflicted upon them. 4. Each time you are affected by an “Inflict Pox” effect you will gain one degree of Pox. Each time you receive a “Cure Pox” effect you will be cleansed of one degree of Pox from your total. If you ever reach seven total points you are consumed by Pox. Turn to spirit and go to monster camp. More information will be released at Opening Ceremonies and during the course of the game. We apologize in advance if this occurs. 5. In addition, places of plague may appear during the event in certain areas. These places of plague will have bits of green light. Players who fall onto these chasms, step into them, reach over them to attack something on the other side with a melee weapon, or attempt to pass through them will gain one degree of Pox. You probably don’t want to do this.
While the tests of the Genesori continue across the lands, reports of skirmishes from the forgotten realm of Drakkenspar are cropping up. While several small conflicts have occurred between the forces of the various nations and Drakkenspar, things have been relatively quiet thus far. The word among the populace is that perhaps Drakkenspar is “all bark and no bite”. It has been said, however, from those amongst the inner circles of the military tacticians of Volbrecht that this may be just the calm before the storm.
In religious news, it has been rumored that the temple of Severrin in Fortune’s Bend has received numerous donations as of late and that it now houses the bones of a Saint. It is even said that several followers of Severrin have begun to make their pilgrimage to the renowned site to see the remains for themselves. A census in recent months has been conducted on the tithing from each church. It seems that on average the Churches of Jormic, Koreel, and Istarum have shown to have received more generous reports of tithing whereas the churches of Severrin and Garioch have held steady at a modest amount. The Church of Koreel still battles against the cult known as the Order of Azrah. Although it seems that their numbers have diminished, the group has become brazen in their efforts and has gone as far as attempting to force entry into the High Church itself. It is reported that the Church is now on high alert.
After a sabbatical, Lyrenna Silvia has reappeared on the Shiaran political scene with a vengeance. Within the last few weeks she has commissioned an unusual number of artistic works of all types, though with a heavy leaning toward songs. She has stated a purpose of reinvigorating the art world in the wake of the Laws of Decency and once again unifying the art world across the nations. In a bold first step, the majority of her commissioned work was given to Braeic artists rather than those of her home regency.
Hey, those rumors are back – there might be some Anbaran games hosted in Fortune’s Bend! Once again the queen’s favorite, Mando el Afandi, is scheduled to make an appearance in the little town to work out some details. Get your betting markers ready!
With the capture of their leader, the Brechtish rebel group known as the Dirt Warriors have been lashing out desperately, targeting small holdings and laying ambushes on roads. Their attacks have become almost arbitrary, as of the nine knights and warlords they have killed, only two were outspoken against serf rights, and one was even a known proponent of serf literacy. This has caused many of the warlords of Volbrecht to demand jurisdiction from the empire to retrieve the leaders of the Freeman’s Movement from Fort Hawksclaw.
Trade with the Underholm has slowed significantly, with little explanation. Traders stationed near the major exits from the Underholm report that many fewer caravans are coming to the surface, and those that do are being waylaid by officials from the Churches of Severrin and Garioch, only released after some manner of inspection. Ambassador Volos Vondran has given a public statement when asked about this situation, stating that nothing is out of the ordinary and the Ereskial Oligarchy happily complies with the needs of the Churches, as they too are faithful of the Genesori.