We infiltrated the stronghold of the Red Chain slavers for the Master of Magedeburgh Vicerin. The less said about that experience, although I was able to convince them I was better suited as a medic for the fortress rather than ‘entertainment’. That could have been far more… not fun than it was. Luckily we were able to sew the required chaos and get out leaving the fortress in disarray. We returned to Magedeburgh and Master Vicerin sent us though a portal to Yen-Enoth. I’ll have to return to analyze the ward structure on how the portal is spell chained together one of these days.
We were given a series of delivery tasks by Master Vicerin:
* Entathalus Amalga in the Tumbles
* Barnard the Unbound, general found in the Fainting Goat Tavern
* the Masoleum of Pink Stone the Odius
* the Lost Annex of the Celestarium
* Auld Afra found in the Black Tear
* Grimehelm in ‘Rape Town’
When we arrive we are to meet ‘Quarry’ the Bondsman.
The portal deposited us in Faedus Square aka “Rag Square”, apparently a giant used book market. We were greeted by snake god priests who immediately tried to recruit us. We escaped the cult of Sun Snakes and made for the Fainting Goat by way of other Taverns. Along the way we ran into an interesting charms seller who recommended Alwars Bolshie’s School of Charms and Cleansing. Apparently there scolls and cults for everything and anything here.
* side note: we met a minstrel names Stetter(?) in the DragonFlogger who had had his voice stolen by a minstrel who looked remarkably like Raulolo whom we met in Magedeburgh. Disturbing tales of face sealers. Implies some sort of immortality magic from a forgotten age.
A guide named Rhodda guided us to Gods Square, a cacophony of emerging, established and whatever competing religions, cults and Personalities. The square is dominated by the Red Temple. There is also a temple to ‘The Five’ which is the local version of Thesmism, in which Thesmie and the Four Companions are venerated equally. The Cognitive Dissonance was…. amusing.
* Set up an account at the Copper Temple (Cult of the Invisible Hand. I still don’t quite understand it all yet.)
Finally Rhodda took us to The Fainting Goat, an lovely place filled with ‘steppe nomads’, roughians and general interesting charaters in hopes of finding Barnard the Unbound. Met Gerd, the shirtless priest of the Sky Bull. Could talk to him for hours.
* Met Ned the Shaman, follower of Rhakatool Deity of the Dead.
* Goddess Chillana Wa deity of Healing and Prophylactics
* Want a multi-year acolyte-hood. Maybe not so interesting.
Eventually some of the more delicate memebers of our group demanded that we NOT spend the night here, so we made our way to The Inn of the Fountains known as Missus Appledell’s B&B.
Good food, a PRIVATE ROOM! (despite Ser Marcel’s announcement that the rest of us can share. :P) Discovered there was a fantastic Clothier row nearby and spent probably to much time at the Cobbler, Corsetiere and ‘Chappeupouri’. Although I think Erasmus has spent even more time there than me. Luckily the Fainting Goat is nearby and I’ve been make a little spare coin playing and singing in the common area – enough for meals anyway.
We eventually made our way to the Cellestarium. Amazing. Brilliant. Psychotic. Every book ever. I could lose myself here for years. Unfortunately there are competing groups of librarians with different theories on shelving. From color to date to taxonomy to…. You have to hire guides to get around.
* Spiritualist group snagged most of the books on spiritualism in the library.
* it is rumored most arcana books do not reside within the library. I have a VERY hard time believing this.
* There is supposedly a dangerous basement / storage section. Seems a good place to start looking for the lost annex, among other things.
* Discovered Edgar and the Time Keepers who use pharmaceuticals to enhance their spirituality. Stocked up as much as possible, as its been a while since the Caravan.
* Made our way to Dr. Chances Diner “Explorations in Dining” where we got amazing Noodles and our ‘prescriptions’ of esoteric ingredients from the Time Keepers filled.
* Heard about the White Lodge as well.
* Delivered a letter to the White Lodge to arrange a meeting, and met some of Ser Marcel’s fellow worshipers at the Wedding Tackle Tavern. The odd, fishy manifestations among the boatmen was disturbing.
After a few days we were contacted by by the Dagonites. Apparently the son of the owner of the Wedding Tackle, Pringel Andrezetti has been kidnapped. Or is missing. Or is eloping. He’d prefer to be with a seamstress instead of “marrying the River Bride”. Baristo Andrezetti.
* met the Dagonite Priest Father Groans.
* Interviewed the seamstress, who soon after went to a nobles house (Bellazaro)
* Hypothesis, the Bellazaro are trying to break up the wedding so that the Andrezetti lose favor, resulting in their leases on certain fishing sites to lapse. Or something. Most convoluted, back stabbing bunch os absurd I’ve ever heard. Yet another reason why the nobility is a waste of skin.