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Announced Events / Re: Who Will Rule?
« Last post by GratuitousViolins on September 13, 2018, 12:12:05 PM »
I will be attending on Idabelle, however I need to discuss something with you with regards to Lidiya and not 'crossing streams' so to speak :) PM forthcoming.
Announced Events / Re: Who Will Rule?
« Last post by Loman on September 13, 2018, 08:50:31 AM »
I'd like to attend on foul ol' Ron.
Announced Events / Who Will Rule?
« Last post by ides on September 13, 2018, 06:10:11 AM »
A tumultuous month has passed since the heart of Essembra met in the Bold Banners.

The time has come to choose a Lord.

The untimely death of Swordcaptain Ryman Whiteshield has reduced the Council of Lords to two.

Jarath Burlisk has the fire and bravery to be the next Mantled King, and adventurers have found proof of his legitimate claim as Aencar's heir. But whispers claim he's a mere puppet with Brightshield and the Church of Tempus pulling his strings.

Fiosane Ambercrown has kept the town's coffers open in Lord Ilmeth's absence, and adventurers have brought justice upon his murderer in her name. But does she have the stomach and the strength to lead Battledale through harder times? Through war?

A gathering is called; an announcement is to be made. The adventurers who aided Jarath and Fiosane are personally invited and encouraged to attend. It's likely that the Council - what's left of it - has made a decision, to be announced in the gardens of Ilmeth's Keep.

For Essembra's sake, may it not belong to a dead man for much longer.

Who: Anyone! Open, social event, unless you get kicked out for being a nuisance!
When: Saturday 22th September, 6pm UTC (7pm BST, 2 pm ET)
Where: Aencar's Watch, in Essembra

Note that sign-up is not necessary for this event. However, if you know you plan to attend on a certain character, I would appreciate a note below.
Chronicles / His Long Hunt Ended
« Last post by Archfriend on September 07, 2018, 05:21:44 AM »
In recent days Swordcaptain Ryman Whiteshield returned to Essembra to assemble a force of Men-at-Arms under his command, hired mercenaries and seasoned adventurers. They departed to put an end to the Black Archer that has terrorized the people of Battledale for months.

In a few days time they returned from their hunt though fewer in numbers. The sellswords were nowhere to be seen but the adventurers were all accounted for. The Lord's Men seemed shaken and bloodied by the affair but still living save for their leader the Swordcaptain himself, slain by the very Archer he had pursued for so long. Essembra's Men-at-Arms carried their fallen commander through the township in the night and on towards Aencar's Watch.

In the days that follow, a well traversed road in northern Battledale often haunted by highwaymen, and reputedly the Black Archer himself, seems to have grown safer due to the actions of those who followed Whiteshield though at a heavy cost. While the Black Archer himself continues his rampage across the dale there are hushed whispers among Essembrans that the late Whiteshield will yet see justice for his murder.
Announced Events / The Hunter Becomes the Hunted
« Last post by Archfriend on September 04, 2018, 09:55:55 PM »
Swordcaptain Ryman Whiteshield has returned to Essembra and seems to be looking for experienced adventures or mercenaries for hire. As many who have spent time in Essembra have become aware it is the Swordcaptain's task to find the dreaded Black Archer, who has terrorized the people of Battledale for months, if he is to become Lord of Battledale. Rumor has it that he has found some manner of lead in his search but it has become well known that few have truly faced the Black Archer and lived.

OOC: I'm planning to run the event today soon (possibly tomorrow if that becomes more suitable). No limit on numbers or levels for participants but the dangers are formidable so without proper experience things might end poorly...
Chronicles / Re: Trouble Within, Trouble Without
« Last post by GratuitousViolins on September 03, 2018, 03:56:23 AM »
Barely an evening's meal and a night's sleep was to be had at the banners upon her arrival back in the Prime Material. Idabelle slept, and slept soundly, at least for a few hours. She was awoken early by the hustle and bustle both inside and out. The Banners was a known resting spot for the upper rung of Lord's Men, those that could afford its lodgings, for the proximity to the keep.

She ran a brush through unruly hair, dressed, and took her staff from its resting place upon the door to face the day. Soon enough, news of the undead, encroaching now more than on past patrols, and of the riot at the Mill as well as the disappearance of Kossef Marsk reached her ears as well.

'Too soon after' she thought, wistfully. 'Not enough time to rest'.

With a twist of her staff, she moved to find her returned Swordmajor, and await further instruction.
Chronicles / Re: Trouble Within, Trouble Without
« Last post by Alexb83 on September 02, 2018, 08:01:12 PM »
After her sortie in the woods with Swordmajor Hurgurn and his men, Brynnar stops for only one night in quarters at the Watchful Eye - large volumes of restorative Ale seemingly her chief concern.

On the morrow, freshly shaved but typically taciturn she returns to assist the Lord's Men again in their efforts to contain the undead scourge - for modest coin and the promise of Arglary.
Chronicles / Overview of Happenings Across Cormanthor
« Last post by Druie on September 02, 2018, 05:01:45 PM »
A brief overview of news and happenings in Cormanthor is available here for the current year (1375), listed oldest to newest.

This will be updated periodically to reflect new threads added to this board.
Chronicles / Re: Trouble Within, Trouble Without
« Last post by kwabbernoot on September 02, 2018, 03:25:44 PM »
Clandery was asleep after his adventure in the Shadow Plane. His dreams plagued with what he saw there. A part of him knew that he was dreaming as on this plane, his plane he was blind. Suddenly an urgent knock and a fellow guild member rushed in with the news that there had been a riot at the Old Hoof Mill. And that Kosef Marsk was missing.

The old man sat on the edge of the bed reaffirming the guild member that that was what he had been asking, to inform him as soon as possible when there be news concerning Essembra. After the guild member left his quarters he splashed some water in his face, ran a hand through his beard and hair, muttered some more, got dressed and made his way to the kitchen. He drank a few glasses of water and with some food in hand he tried to make his way to the Old Hoof Mill. Kosef Marsk missing he thought. He had taken a liking for the Ilmateran priest.

A thought crossed his mind.. at least that soul was set free from the Devourer on the colourless plane. Somehow that trapped soul helped them to achieve their goal. Or that was what he wanted to believe. He continued the walk aided by his staff and the sound of his raven familiar.
Chronicles / Trouble Within, Trouble Without
« Last post by Archfriend on September 02, 2018, 06:14:06 AM »
Word reaches Essembra that tragedy has struck the rest of Battledale and rumors speak of similar incidents occurring elsewhere in the Dalelands. Swordcaptains Whiteshield and Bloodhorn, along with their Men-at-Arms, have come into conflict with roving hordes of walking corpses that threaten villages around Battledale. Although the Lord's Men appear to have been pre-emptively alerted to the danger and acted decisively, their efforts around Battledale have met with mixed success as their numbers were spread just too thin. It seems for every village that the Lord's Men managed to defend, another has been overrun by the encroaching undead.

A handful members of the Lord's Men have been felled by the undead and more return to Essembra wounded. It is as of yet unknown how many Battledarrans may have perished at the hands of the undead but many more have become displaced after fleeing their homes. A handful of refugees that have safely made their way to Essembra speak of a rather gruff dwarven woman that helped the Lord's Men save their home from these undead monstrosities. The danger has not passed however as those same refugees tell stories of the remaining hordes still roaming from village to village, in search for the living, and they remain hopeful that adventurers in Battledale will take up the sword to combat this sudden menace.

Meanwhile it seems that trouble has been brewing within Essembra herself. A recent night saw a riot break out at the Old Hoof Mill, where victims of the recent plague were being kept in quarantine. Men-at-Arms, prisoners and plague victims alike were found slain inside the Old Hoof while many more appear to have absconded to whereabouts unknown. Swordmajor Murvag Cask has a number of new bounties issued by order of Swordcaptain Valary Greaves for several escaped prisoners now wanted for crimes against Battledale and its people.

Perhaps more concerning however is that the Ilmateri priest from Harrowdale, Kosef Marsk, who had attended the recent gathering of healers and alchemists and had been working tirelessly to treat the afflicted, went missing during the incident at the Old Hoof. As one of the few who had proven capable of treating the sickness, this bodes ill for the future of those who are still diseased. Therefore a reward has been offered to any who might find him and bring him back to Essembra safely.
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