The Message Tree


IG Message – Fae Symposium

Good Day,

The Earthen and Celestial Towers will be present in Thrush Peake on the morning of the 10th day of the 9th month at 11 hours past midnight to facilitate a discussion on the Fae activity that is currently impacting the Kingdom.

We are looking to create an environment of transparency and hope that anyone with information or a desire to learn can attend and participate.

Aire‘namanese Mirayanese Rybelene
Grandmaster of the Earthen Towers

 


A Vision (IG)

Your dreams are filled with blurry images for the nights past the last gathering, nothing is clear and then late one night before the upcoming gathering you have a vivid dream.

Fingers separate the strings and the shuttle moves across the loom creating a weave of fabric that seems to be building to a picture but never quite gets to an end.  A long red finger traces along one string in the wrap and the image of the loom starts to fade away.

There is an image of a scene where the 6 Fae are each in a hall sitting on thrones and the adventurers are there.   Each Fae has an item at their feet.  The Weaver, the seer, has the liquid and the cup that brought the vision.  The Wayward, the loner has something that looks like a map. The Shrouded Way, the secret keeper has a scroll, the Oaken Blade, the warrior has the unicorn dagger, the Overflowing Cup, the seeker of beauty has a small ornate chest and lastly they who witness Endings has a small crystal at their feet.

The adventurers line up some in front of each of the thrones offering service.  A melodic women’s voice is heard from the mist surrounding the area.

Each thread is a choice,

Each choice a step down a path.

Each gift has a cost and consequence.

Sometimes it is best not to give.

 

All do not speak true,

They speak in their own interests,

Learn before you commit to one path,

The wise wait and watch,

 

The image fades back to the loom and the fingers traces 3 threads.

A tall mystic wood elf that some of you recognize as the Grandmaster of Ontarius stands in the centre of a mushroom ring in front of an ancient keep carved into the side of the chasm. Dark Orcs stand in the towers.

The Grandmaster wears flowing green robes and her skin shimmers in the sunlight.  Her head is thrown back and she chants towards the sky in a language that none of you understand.  There is power radiating from the ring as if she is holding something at bay.  At the Grandmaster’s feet you see the scroll that the adventurers presented to the Fae of the Shrouded Way, the secret keeper. You think you see her waiver a little bit and make eye contact with you.   Her chanting gets stronger as an army of adventurers and allies gather behind her.

The threads being split into different directions the finger traces one.

The scene continues and the battle commences, the army of adventures pushes into the ancient keep and the  Dark Orcs fall to the blades and magic of the coming army.  The adventurers navigate the hallways of the keep using the map provided to the Wayward.  In the chaos of the vision it is impossible to keep track of the paths and turns they follow. They enter a large room and a vortex of dark mist fills the centre of the large room, dark fae minions appear to be trying to step through.  To the side in the shadows is a humanoid figure but it is too dark to see their form.  One of the adventurers places the ornate chest at the base of the vortex and opens it up but the pull is too strong and the adventurer is pulled inside.  The vortex collapses shortly thereafter.

The finger traces the second thread.

The scene is the same as the first but as the chest is opened 3 candles are lit and the vortex grows larger, the adventurers are overtaken by the dark fae creatures and the orcs.  The scene fades to black.

The finger traces the third thread.

The scene is the same as the second but as the vortex grows a lone adventurer steps towards the vortex and holds high the crystal from the Endings high and the vortex is absorbed into the crystal.  At the same time, you look around you and you are in town.  All of the Fae are there.  The 6 fade slowly away as does the mushroom circle leaving T’gruk sitting on a rock grinning from ear to ear, “and so it begins”.  The long red fingers break off the end of the thread.

The shuttle keeps moving across the loom with precision.


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


HALLOWEEN ADVISORY – IG 1

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

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


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


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


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)