Game Date: 30/07/2016
Time: 8pm to 1:30am
Location: Stephen’s Garage
Attendee’s: Mick, Luke, Butters, Kane, Stephen
Characters: Rorek Grimfist, Matt, Nathaniel Rheinmetal Borsig Waffentragger the 4th, Johann Rheinmetal
Game Days: 25 Ulriczeit to 15 Jahrdrung
25 Ulriczeit to 33 Ulriczeit
Despite how close it is to the Winter Solstice, nothing more than a light snow continues to fall at times.
Deciding that it might just be mild winter, they decide to push on to Castle Carrad.
The party slows down their travels a bit for the day as Matt heads off by himself to show his respects to Rhya and Taal.
1 Vorhexen to 2 Vorhexen
Matt returns just after midnight from his dedication rituals.
They push onwards and the next day arrive at Castle Carrad.
Upon arriving they are met by a patrol of Men at Arms.
The men seem very confused to see Nathaniel sitting on a cart in his high quality full plate, instead of riding a horse.
When they’re almost at the castle a knight comes out to meet them.
He introduces himself as Sir Jean-Charles Geffroy.
After everyone has made their introductions, Matt and the other peasants being ignored, Sir Geffroy inquires as to their business.
Nathaniel explains that they have rescued the sword of a fallen Britonian Barron from Athel Loren and wish to return it.
Sir Geffroy is quite surprised at this, but upon seeing the sword accepts them at their word and takes them in towards the castle.
Here he introduces Nathaniel to Lord Edmond Delecroix, who runs Castle Carrad.
Lord Delecroix has his steward arrange lodging for everyone important in the castle, and everyone else to stay in one of the houses in the attached town.
He apologises for not being able to offer suitable rooms for everyone, but explains that they currently have a lot of knights in residence at the castle.
When Nathaniel asks why so many knights are here, Lord Delecroix explains that they are expecting a late season snow storm to hit within the next few weeks, and so the knights have chosen here to reside until it’s passed.
Being all in one place for the Winter allows them to continue to practice against one another, instead of just waiting around any old keep.
Nathaniel is invited by Lord Delecoix to wait out the late storm here, but Nathaniel declines, and just asks to see a Damsel of the Lady to pass on the sword he recovered.
Lord Delecroix is quite fine with this, and takes him to see Lady Murielle, who is currently in a Garden of the Lady attached to the side of the castle proper.
Once he is seen off there, Rorek asks to see the local smith, which Lord Delecoix arranges for him.
Lady Murielle is quite pleased to meet Lord Nathaniel, and after the situation is explained to her she asks to see the sword in question.
She asks a few more questions, having Nathaniel explain in detail how the Baron was freed from his curse.
Once Nathaniel has finished his story, she has Nathaniel bring the sword into the garden, and under her direction he dips the tip of it into a pond there.
The water begins to bubble around the submerged sword tip, which causes Lady Murielle to frown.
She asks Lord Nathaniel to hold onto the sword for now, and has Sir Geffroy escort Nathaniel to his room in the castle.
That evening a feast is held, where many of the knights visiting the castle ask Nathaniel to explain the story of what happened in Athel Loren.
Nathaniel loves the attention and really plays up telling the story, doing his best to make himself sound more heroic, while skipping any mention of Johann and his magical abilities.
Nathaniel claims to have delivered the vanquishing blow himself, and explains that the curse was ended when he helped pull the ruins of the castle down.
It’s a brilliantly told story, and the knights hold many a toast to his honour.
Some of the Knight Errants invite Nathaniel to join them in the martial yard the next day to show off his skills.
Nathaniel politely turns them down, using the excuse that he is waiting upon word from the Damsels about what will be down with the recovered sword.
Rorek gets quite drunk during the course of the feast, and ends up spilling some of his drink across the lap of one of the visiting Ladies to the castle.
This results in a Knight Errant challenging him to a duel over the Lady’s honour, which Rorek accepts in his drunken state.
The next morning Rorek is still a bit drunk, but he manages to drag himself out of bed.
There’s a loud knocking at the door by one of the castle staff, which Matt greets.
Without the Herald Matt has to make do by communicating with the staff member via hand signals.
After a few minutes Matt manages to figure out that Rorek has accepted a duel last night, and is expected upon the Martial Yard.
Rorek doesn’t remember this himself, but is not one to turn down an honour duel, so he kits up and heads on down.
While Rorek is heading down to the Martial Yard, Nathaniel is summoned by the Damsels, who ask him to join them in the Garden again.
Rorek arrives at the Martial Field, with Matt and Johann arriving shortly afterwards.
Much to Rorek’s annoyance he finds out he has to fight this duel with a sword, and asks for someone to volunteer one.
He’s presented with a sword by a nearby knight, but Rorek insults the quality of the sword and turns it down.
This ends up resulting in him being challenged to a second duel.
Rorek then makes a comment about the honour of Britonian’s for tricking him into accepting a duel when he didn’t understand what was being said to him.
One of the older knights then steps forward, and explains that when Rorek accepted the first duel he had acted as translator, and made sure Rorek in his drunken state understood what was being asked of him.
For insulting his honour, the older knight challenges Rorek to a duel as well, which Rorek is forced to accept.
The older knight then offers his better quality sword for Rorek to use, and accepts a less well made sword for himself to use.
Rorek is annoyed at the insults to his honour, and fights well for his 3 duels to first blood.
He manages to win the first two, with the first Knight having to appologise to Rorek, and the second one being made to pay Rorek to make him a better quality sword.
Rorek however loses the 3rd duel, and is made to get down on his knees and apologise for insulting Britonian honour.
Back at the garden Nathaniel is asked by the Damsel’s to go on a quest to redeem the sword he has recovered, as it has had a shadow cast upon it by the actions of its previous owners.
Nathaniel takes a moment to think it over, before accepting the quest.
The Damsel’s warn him that doing anything to further corrupt the sword could be dangerous to him and those of his blood.
Nathaniel then leaves the garden and goes to find the others, seeing them returning from the Martial Yard.
He explains to them the quest he has accepted, which Johann and Matt are quite annoyed at.
Rorek however accepts the quest as he own, and swears to help Nathaniel in completing it.
4 Vorhexen to 6 Vorhexen
Rorek spends the next few days constructing a superior quality sword for the knight he defeated, and sells it to him for 3 gold pieces.
This gives the others time to restock on supplies, before they decide to push on in the hopes of reaching the next major town before the snow storm hits.
7 Vorhexen to 6 Jahrdrung
Despite Lord Delecroix’s warnings, it ends up being a very mild Winter.
They travel safely for 2 months, crossing across the great Southern road of Britonia.
However just as Spring should be warming the place up, the weather takes a turn for the worse and snow begins to fall quite heavily.
Having to take refuge they stop in at the town of Brusse, which has some large and impressive walls.
They first meet Sir Hugo Phillipon, a Knight who appears to be the one running the day to day affairs of the town.
They explain they are travellers, and would like to stay until the unusual snow storm passes.
Sir Phillipon welcomes them, and introduces them to his great uncle Lord Jacob Lavett who is Lord in charge of the town and it’s surrounding lands.
After introducing themselves Nathaniel presents Lord Lavett with the tapestry he picked up as a gift.
Lord Lavett welcomes them to stay, and is quite pleased with his gift.
Lord Lavett himself looks to be in his forties, but seems quite frail of health.
In the great hall they are also introduced to Lady Simmone Duhamel, Sir Phillipon’s fiance; Lady Adel Lecoq, Lord Lavett’s great niece; and Lady Marina Lavett, Lord Lavett’s wife despite looking 20 years too old for him.
They also meet Lady Allaire, the head Damsel of the Lady who resides in Brusse.
After lengthy introductions, and some swapping of tales, they all settle down into the castle.
7 Jahrdrung to 15 Jahrdrung
Over the next week each of the party finds various things to keep them busy.
Rorek finds himself a corner of the local blacksmiths workshop to practice his craft.
Johann joins him on occasion, while also taking the time to practice his Britonian by discussing history and philosophy with the various Lords and Ladies residing in town.
Matt is seen as a peasant, and mostly put to work helping keep the castle clean.
Nathaniel spends most of his time in the great hall, which is kept quite warm for Lord Lavett, and listening to various stories Lord Lavett has to share.
Nathaniel finds out that Lord Lavett is actually nearing his 70th year, despite looking so young.
Despite that fact he’s known to be one of the best duelists in the region, and has yet to lose a duel against any who have challenged him.
It’s also not hard for Johann, Matt, and Nathaniel to find out during the week that Hugo and Simmone appear to be plotting to take over the Castle once Lord Lavett passes on.
Lord Lavett might have children, but they’re all off with their own places, questing, or dead, so Hugo is in a prime position to just take over if Lord Lavett dies before one of the Children return.
They all get together to discuss it one evening, but decide it’s not really their place to interfere with the politics going on there.
End of Session.