Yearly Archives: 2015

Content Volunteers

We’re looking for volunteers to help out with writing content in the off season.  If you are interested in helping out, please see the sign up sheet and sign up for what you are interested in.  We need to have first drafts by February 12th. While we appreciate enthusiasm, please don’t sign up for items if you aren’t able to do them in this time frame.  If you want further information before you sign up or interested in helping with something that is full, please email, for clarification.

Thanks for your help in advance.

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Song of the Keening Woods – IG

Eight are the groves in the Keening Wood

Seven are the doors you must pass

Eighth is the grove where the Keening Queen dwells

That is the grove you seek last


Four are the groves that ring the wood

Three mark the way to its heart

Four doors must open for three to be found

But you’ll need their names just to start


In Aure’s grove the bones lie deep

Step not in the circle they make

But encircle the skulls with the light they have lost

And the light of this grove you’ll retake


Helin’s grove was once serene

Now restless sleep the dead

Dig up the graves; something ravenous waits

With arms and hands of red


In Tathar’s grove the silence drifts

Not a word, not a noise can you make

Gather the lights without making a sound

Lest pale sleeping maidens you wake


Eresse’s grove is still as death

Patient and frozen it waits

Eresse’s grove is a garden of stone

But something is guarding the gates


Liine’s grove is drowned in silk

That strangles and chokes the trees

In Liine’s grove dwells a poisonous beast

Through eight evil eyes does she see


In Brethil’s grove there is a tree

Where spheres of nothing sway

Take them down and walk them far

Round the edge of the grove they must stay


Eina’s dark grove is haunted by eyes

From around every shadow they peek

Most of them gaze with the same malign shade

It’s those eyes that are different you seek


One grove ahead at the heart of the woods

Or go back the way that you came

The path will not open unless it is called

And for that, you must know her true name


On behalf of Her Excellency, the Countess of Kyrinen, the County wishes to remind all residents to take proper precautions this All Hallow’s Eve.  While Halloween can be an enjoyable evening full of treats, costumes, and festive cheer, it is important to remember that most of these traditions stem from the very dangerous truth that the veil between all the worlds grows thin at All Hallow’s.  The realms of spirits, of the Fae, and the restless dead are much closer than at any other time of year.

Please bear this in mind, and keep your celebrations well-lit, inform the Watch of your plans, and keep a close eye on your children.

Things to Watch Out For include, but are not limited to:

  • Evil Circuses
  • Spirits of Dead family members, enemies, lost loves or other things that haunt you
  • Jack O’Lanterns that transport you to a spirit realm
  • Your childhood fears
  • Arcane Goblins
  • Undead Circuses
  • Flickering Green Fire
  • Doors to other realms in trees
  • Crossroads
  • Folktales come to life
  • Cursed Circuses
  • Animated Scarecrows
  • Megalomaniacal pumpkin people
  • Circus Clowns of any kind

Halloween Event: Sign Up for Chores, Donations and NPCing

Here is the  Sign Up Sheet for the next event – all items are first come, first serve.

In addition to NPC shifts we have posted a list of chores or donations that you can do as an alternative.  If you have an alternative suggestion for donation or chore, please comment below.

As a Special Bonus this event people who volunteer for the Saturday Night 8pm – 12pm will get a draw from a bag of goodies.  People who NPC the full event will get 3 draws.

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The Song of the Eight Sisters

The Song of the Eight Sisters

Traditional Nadene (Stag) Tribe children’s song


Eight sisters went to the hawthorn grove

Eight sisters to guard and to rest

Eight sisters went to the oaks and the ash

But only seven sleepers are left


One maiden guided her sisters there

Two maidens called down the trees

Three maidens sang to the youngest one

But one maiden yearned to be free


Eight sisters slept to protect the tribe

Eight sisters slept in the light

Eight sisters slept and their dreams were sweet

But one sister woke in the night


Seven are the sisters who gave their lives

Seven are the spirits there lie

Seven are the sleepers who dream our grove

But one sister whispered “Not I.”


Seven are the sisters who woke to the world

Eighth was the one with no name

Carry her here when the darkness is gone

And eight there will be once again

Yule Feast

Hey everyone. As I mentioned at closing ceremonies here is the link to the form for the Yule Feast. I also have the menu done up. This will be in Buffet Style so you don’t need to order a specific thing. The cost for the feast is $15 and $8 for Pages, children under six free.

Turkey Pie
Pork Tenderloin cooked in Apple
Sweet and Sour Beef Meatballs

Mashed Squash (with brown sugar and maple syrup)
Roasted Fall Vegetables
Brussel Sprouts
Broccoli and Cheese Casserole
Gingered Carrots

Roasted Potatoes
Spanish Rice

Apple Crisp
Pies (types undecided at this time)
Spice Cake

Registration Form

A Message to the Adventurers of Thrush Peake

To the good adventurers of Thrush Peake,

Greetings on behalf of Sir Naulen and the Black Watch.  I am Squire Archibalda Goodwin, and it is an honour to correspond with the famous fighters, wizards and folks of a more roguish persuasion who make their home in the adventurer’s quarter of Thrush Peake.  While I serve my knight, Sir Naulen, in reclaimed Ontarius, your quality is known far and wide around the Kingdom.

I have a simple request for you this All Hallow’s:

Help us kill the banshee Ashen Whisper.

The preparations for this great endeavor have been spearheaded thus far by your own Squire Daedamia, Avryn of the Lythari, and Locke of the Red Serenity, with the able assistance of the Earth Guild.  They brought vital intelligence and a fierce will to defeat the banshee queen to the Black Watch, and we are all in agreement that the time has come for a full-fledged assault on the Keening Woods.

Ashen Whisper has been making war on this kingdom since Ontarius first fell.  First in the service of the Dracolich and then in pursuit of her own dominion, she has wrought havoc and ruin.  She supported the Traitor Legions in their actions last year, lending necromantic power to the Night Eyes and guiding their attempts to prevent the Creation lines from reclaiming the corrupted earth of Ontarius.  When the Legions were defeated, she offered the survivors shelter and aid, and they work for her still.

This All Hallow’s, we are in the position to launch a coordinated invasion of the Keening Woods, but to do so we will need your help.  The key to our success is for a strike team to enter the Woods, unlock the corrupted Elven Groves that power its defenses, and face the Banshee Queen.  If this strike team can destroy the defenses, the Black Watch and the Earthen Towers can move into the Woods to take out its armies and begin to cleanse its corruption.

It will be dangerous.  It will be daunting.  It may well be deadly.  Which makes you the best people in this kingdom to undertake it, since you do the impossible on a regular basis.

Will you join us?

I travel to Thrush Peake on the All Hallow’s Gather to hear your answer, and will present myself to the County Court when it gathers on Saturday morning to assist in the planning.  Should you have questions about the creature we face, I direct you to Squire Daedamia, Avryn of the Lythari, Locke of the Red Serenity, and the Earth Guild, the brave leaders of this endeavor.

Squire Archibalda Goodwin

In Service to Sir Naulen of the Nadene

New Documentation

There’s some great new content posted in the Library section of the website including write-ups for each of the 5 Duchies. Thanks to Hilary and Steve for their effort at writing up this material and Carolyn for helping to edit. The detail for the County of Kyrinen will follow.

Kingdom Geography

Announcement from Countess Dalnya

Attention all and singular.
At the bequest of Her Excellency Countess Dalnya Laire’elen, the County Court will convene a meeting to discuss recent developments threatening the security of Thrush Peak and the County at large.

Members of the Nobility, Chivalry, Guilds and any and all local Adventurers who wish to attend are invited.
The meeting shall take place within the Tavern at precisely 11:00, Saturday morning.
This will be the first of a regular occasion.

In-Game: Report from Rendal

As requested by Her Excellency Dalnya Laire’elen, Countess Kyrinen the County Watch has prepared a summary of what has been reported to date:

  1. The Stone Behemoth shaped like a Toad hopped from the edge of the mountain along the Southern border of the County dragging pieces of the mountain behind it.  As it traveled the debris formed a 6-8″ tall wall of stone.  Water is starting to pool in the low laying areas as the river is backing up into the fields.
  2. Undead have gathered in the area along the wall in Watchwood, Eldamar and Wolfhaven.  They seem to have put up some areas of corruption to allow them full power during the day.
  3. In the Northwest an army of 3 tribes of Ogres have moved into the plains and blocked passage from Kyrinen to the Sea.  These Ogres are believed to be from tribes that fled the collapse of the Ogre Kingdom of Mors Drakor.  With the Ogres are fire elementals.
  4. A large number of Gnolls have taken the bridge to Corvedeux to the Northeast of Innis.  Members of the watch who fell in that area indicated that it looked like there were Golems being moved onto the bridge..
  5. A large number of trees have been felled on the road just South of Watchwood
  6. The pass to Chodladh go Maith appears to be blocked by a mix of summoned creatures.
  7. The men of the South Woods are intermittently attacking on the road between the main Watch Tower and Watchwood.
  8. There have been signs of the Nightmare Legion up near the Innis Quarry.

Scouts from the Watch are working to get more detail and we expect to have a more complete picture by tomorrow evening.

Dame Camile Rendal von Haylem

Source Material Update 3

Here is an update on Source Material.

  • Guide to Haylem including an overview of cities and towns and notable people (Update: June 19th)
  • Noble Reference Guide (Complete)
  • Medium and Major Augments (Update: Released June 12th Event)
  • Ordo Solis Reference Guide (Update: July 17)
  • Chivalry Reference Guide (Update: July 24 )

My apologies for the delay in the June material; I neglected to take into account the additional preparation time for the 5-Day.


Goblin Stamps & Tokens 7

Prestige Tokens and Goblin Stamps will be provided to individuals who make donations and volunteer for Nero Canada:

Goblin Stamps will be awarded at the following rates:

  • Approximately 1 Goblin Stamp for each $1 of goods donated. All donations must be preapproved prior to donation and receipts must be provided as applicable.
  • Goblin Stamps for each hour of volunteering outside an event—must be agreed to in advance.
  • 25 Goblin Stamps for acting as a Formal Marshal or doing Logistics for an Event, provided they are not also NPCing or working on Plot.
  • 10 Goblin Stamps for each hour of NPCing when not NPCing full time (sign up required in time slots provided by Plot Team)
  • Going forward Goblin Stamps can be used to buy Prestige Tokens at a rate of 1 Prestige Token for 50 goblin stamps.

Prestige Tokens will be awarded at the following rate

  • Bringing a new player to the game; 1 Token for each of the first 3 events they attend
  • 2 for NPCing or working on Plot a full Logistics Period (uninterrupted)

Prestige Tokens can be spent in the following ways:

  1. One Token to reset all skills between 6am and 8am on any day of an Event (Production/Magic Items are not impacted) —must be spent at starting Logistics for the Event
  2. Two Tokens to reset all skills, as per item number 1, when spent at the time of reset rather than during Logistics. (Must be registered with Plot. Skill reset is only available between 6am and 8am on the first morning of a 2 day Event, or either morning of a 3 day Event.)
  3. One Token to double the XP received for an Event (Long Events may require expenditure of multiple tokens)
  4. One Token for 50 points of production – only 2 tokens can be used for production per logistics period
  5. A number of Tokens to avoid drawing from the bag when your character dies: 1 Tokens the first time, 2 the second, 4 for the third, 8 for the forth and subsequent times. (death count still increments)
  6. A number of Tokens to buy back deaths off a character’s card 4 Tokens for the first time, 8 for the second, 16 for the third and subsequent times.
  • Note: Counts for 5 & 6 increment together.

Production Preregistration

A message from Lindsay about Logistics:

Please send all preorder production to

Please include name, character name, production levels, production wanted, and total owing.

Please remember that to use a lab, forge, master levels or tokens it must be to me by 11:59pm on Thursday evening before the event.

Also, for this month, people that preorder can skip the logistics line to get their envelope and hand over their gold.

Production & Component Expiry

As you know, Production tags are colour coded based on expiry date:

  • Green, White & Pink are expired.
  • Yellow expires after the 5 day event on July 15, 2015.
  • Blue expires on December 31, 2015.
  • Orange will expire July 15, 2016.

Components are also colour coded with the same colours and expiry dates.  Components with no sticker are expired.  As orange stickers were unavailable the corresponding component sticker colour is red.

Expired components can be sold to HAC at logistics or through an in-game merchant at a rate of 2sp or 5 for 1gp.

Nero Rulebook 4.1

The updated version of the rulebook with clarifications as requested is now updated in the Library.  This will be the last published version for the season.  We are hoping to have a full source book by the end of the year.

Notable changes from version 4.0 to version 4.1:

  • Clarified that each racial skill may only be purchased once.
  • Corrected Build Point progression.
  • Corrected Focus and Mastery costs (Were transcribed incorrectly)
  • Corrected example in “Proficiency” description.
  • Updated Formal Magic skill, specifically how converting formal magic to spells works.
  • Clarified that 2-handed weapons can be used to block 1-handed.
  • Updated Carrying rules to clarify what happens if a non-numeric attack hits a carried person.
  • Expanded acceptable reps for an armour patch to also include a square of leather or grey fabric.
  • Clarified that alchemists must have a level of alchemy that is equal or greater than a gas in order to use it.
  • Clarified the Master Potion Maker ability
  • Clarified that Master Alchemist ability can only convert elixirs that don’t already have a gas equivalent.
  • Clarified that your count resumes rather than restarts when a a character Created as Undead drops to -1.
  • Corrected Sanctuary to say it protects against Undead.

Character Rebuild 7

Each player will have the option of a Medium Spirit Forge for the start of the season.  This means that players may change how their Build Points are spent and their Class but not their race.

In an effort to keep time at logistics to a minimum, we encourage you to have your character done in advance of the event.  The following will be the process for doing your character change.

  1. Players put together a draft character in advance of coming to the event.
  2. Confirm your build total downstairs.  There will be someone with a list of everyone’s Build totals.
  3. Have your card confirmed downstairs.  There will be someone at a table to do a quick review
  4. Go through logistics.  If the line is moving well, your character will be updated immediately.  If it is not moving well, then a copy will be taken and it will be updated in the system later.

We cannot provide build totals in advance of the event so please build your character with your best estimate.

The Kingdom in Winter 1

As normally occurs in the spring, a Herald from court in Haylem City, has documented the events of the winter.  These words have been distributed around the Kingdom to ensure that all are aware of the events of the season both good and bad.

These words can be read on the Message Tree: The Kingdom in Winter.


(Thank you to Hilary for putting this together)


Nero Source Material

Hi all,

There have been some questions about game material and when it will be available.  I just wanted to update everyone with a schedule for when material is targeted to be available:

May 2015

  • Guide to Haylem including an overview of cities and towns and notable people
  • Noble Reference Guide
  • Medium and Major Augments

June 2015

  • Chivalry Reference Guide
  • Ordo Solis Reference Guide

There will be a separate update for Race Packages.