7th Sea

A Hero's Sacrifice

Sextus 26 – Corantine 15

The heroes got things under control in Odyesse until the army arrived almost a week later. General Montague got a status update and decided to send the sick and wounded back to Montaigne on the remaining boats while the remainder of the army marched home through Eisen. Captain Wilhelm, the Eisen mercenary liaison, told the General that the mercenaries would not march through their homeland with a foreign army. Montague was understanding and decided to send them to guard the soldiers returning home on the boats.

Regarding the traitors, Montague planned to have them executed. He gave Nigel authority over what to do with Alexandre since the Porte mage didn’t seem to be involved with the traitors and instead attacked Katy opportunistically. Nigel decided to have Alexandre demoted, fined, and kept under guard. Nigel was also promoted within the army and given command of an infantry company due to a shortage of officers.

Rations were also very short so Montague took as much food as he could without risking the Ussuran starving. He gave them extra military supplies that he no longer needed such as cannons and anything else his army couldn’t afford to take with them.

Montague announced the marching orders to his men the next day and had the traitors executed by hanging in public. A few days after that the army marched south toward the pass to Eisen. The rear continued to be harried by Ussuran raids and so Montague kept the pace up as much as possible. When they arrived at St. Andresgorod the Ussurans met the heroes’ scouting party and told them that Matushka had warned them the army was coming and they were prepared to trade half their food for supplies and a promise of no hostilities.

By Julius 27 the army made it to Eisen and began travelling through Posen’s province. Quartermaster Martine warned Montague that the army needed to get more food in Posen due to Wische having almost nothing so Montague ordered the forward guard to take half the food of any farms they could find and give the farmers guilders in compensation. Unfortunately due to declining finances within the army they couldn’t pay reasonable prices for the crops and so many farmers declined the deal. Nigel ordered his men to enforce the deal regardless of the farmer’s wishes, otherwise the army would starve.

On Corantine 1, Katy had a horrible nightmare about an artificial island in the middle of an ocean. She sensed a overwhelming aura of evil and malice coming from it. She awoke with a scream and consulted Henri about it who recognized the imagery as probably Syneth in origin. The dreams got worse over the coming days so Federico gave her a sleeping draught to help her rest. Further details let Henri suspect that the island was the mythical Cabora that the Explorer’s Society thought lay at the bottom of the Mirror Sea. One Explorer in particular, Guy McCormick, was obsessed with it after his wife disappeared searching for the 7th Sea. Eventually Katy even started to hear voices of her ancestors warning that the island needed to stay hidden and not to let them raise it.

Meanwhile, Eisenfurst Fauner Posen received word that a Montaigne army had invaded her lands and was stealing from her common folk. She mustered her army and went to confront Montague. By mid Corantine Montague’s scouts became aware of an Eisen army of 60,000 soldiers bearing down on them. Montague tried to open diplomatic talks but his scouts were rebuffed. Nigel led the heroes himself to try and get through to Posen with his status as a Knight of Avalon. Initially the Eisen soldiers didn’t want to let him into the camp but he managed to convince them to let him and a translator talk to the Eisenfurst. Nigel and Katy met with Posen and Nigel made his case that Montague wanted no quarrel with Eisen and that she could join forces with Montague and help bring down the Emperor. Posen responded that she didn’t care about Montaigne politics and just wanted to protect her citizens and territory from foreign invaders. She then had them escorted out of her camp.

Nigel talked with Montague about what happened and requested and received a command of 1,000 soldiers for the battle. The night before the battle Nigel had a dream of being in the ruins of Carleon and Derwyddon was there and warned him that the larger the destiny he changes with his Geas, the larger the sacrifice. And that if he didn’t choose the sacrifice himself, it would be chosen for him.

The day of the battle Montague positioned his army as defensively as possible. They put up a good fight at first but Posen’s overwhelming numbers quickly broke the army’s ranks. The day seemed lost except for Nigel’s company that stood their ground against all odds. Annoyed, Posen led a cavalry charge to deal with the problem herself. Nigel managed to dismount Posen so she picked up a fallen Zweihander and pommel striked him in the face, staggering him. Nigel desperately tried to bind her weapon with his shield but Posen broke it and then lunged and sliced Nigel across the chest with a blow that would have killed any normal man. To her shock, Nigel remained standing and hit her hard across the back of her leg with a blow that managed to break her shin and send her sprawling to the ground.

Nigel kneeled over the fallen Eisenfurst, tore off her helmet, and put his sword to her throat. “Yield,” he told her. She replied in Eisen, “What are you Avalon devil?” In the confusion that followed the Eisen soldiers realized their leader had been captured and withdrew while Nigel’s soldiers formed up to guard their hostage. Montague’s army rallied and after about an hour it was established that the Eisen army would stand down and cease hostilities in exchange for Posen’s life.

Once the truce was finalized, Nigel slumped to the ground and succumbed to his wounds.s As the life drained from his body, his face produced a smile. “I have achieved my dream, those in Avalon will know my name and speak of my bravery. Long live Queen Elaine. Tell my wife that I am sorry,” he said. “Tell her that I still love her.” Thus the Devil of Avalon died.

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Assassins and Saboteurs

Sextus 13 – Sextus 26

The evening of Sextus 13th a young Montaigne woman barged into Federico’s tent like she was hiding from someone. She said she was a military courier named Genevieve Sabine du Martise and carried an important message for General Montague from Major Rois et Raines du Rogne. The first officer she reported to tried to engage her in an ungentlemanly fashion so she fled. Federico told her he could get her to the General and went to Nigels tent, woke him up, and the three of them went to Montague.

Montague’s guards woke the General and let them in to see him. He received his visitors with a pot of tea he was brewing which Federico took over. Genevieve gave Montague her letter then went to assist with the tea. Montague was shocked to find that the letter was informing him that his son was stillborn. As Genevieve was taking the tea to Montague, Federico thought he saw her slip something into the mug so he made up an excuse to take that tea back and give the General a different one. A bit later Genevieve went to give her condolences to Montague before she left. Federico was worried about her poisoning the tea again so he told one of the guards. After Genevieve left the tent they poured out all the tea as a precaution and talked to Montague about the possible assassination attempt. Montague felt light headed and Federico insisted that he vomit to get anything out of his system. One of the camp doctors came to care for Montague but couldn’t find anything conclusive. The General’s minor illness could have been stress induced by the letter or a mild poisoning.

The next day as he was saddling up, Nigel was thrown from his horse and sprained his back. As a result he couldn’t go out scouting for a while so he appointed Henri leaded of the group in his stead and had Federico join the squad. Alexandre was continued to be tormented but there were no major incidents as the army made it to the river. Apparently the Ussuran army had started harassing the rear lines and the Montaigne were starting to take minor casualties from hit and run raids. The army crossed the river and regrouped with their soldiers who held Ekaternava and continued on to Odyesse.

The heroes arrived at the port well ahead of the army so that Katy could start organizing the supplies. However, there was a large amount of smoke rising from the city and as they got close they found the gates guarded by Ussuran craftsmen. Apparently the Montaigne in the city had started fighting amongst themselves with some of them burning the ships in the harbor. They sent word back to the Montaigne army via Alexandre’s Porte skills and entered the city. Once inside they received word that they were to save as many ships as possible. At the docks a group of soldiers had assembled a firing line preventing anyone from approaching the docks while their comrades burned the ships. Katy providing lightning as covering fire while Federico, Henri, and Jean charged the firing line. Federico leaped over the soldiers with his spear and engaged the ship burners while Henri and Jean took out the firing line soldiers. Meanwhile, Alexandre drew his pistol and shot Katy in the back, claiming that he wasn’t going to put up with her anymore. Katy eventually knocked him out with lightning blasts, the hog tied and sat on him. Once the battle was over the heroes did what they could to stop the existing fires from spreading. In the end only 20% of the ships were saved but all would have been put to the torch without their intervention.

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Scouting Parties

Quintus 16th – Sextus 12th

The heroes were split up for the return march to Odyesse. Katy worked with Martin the quartermaster, Federico helped out the medics caring for the wounded, while Nigel led a scouting party consisting of himself, Henri, Jean, and a young Porte mage named Alexandre Rois et Raines du Rogne. While Alexandre was belligerent at being drafted for scouting duty, Nigel was able to force him into submission. Nigel also named his group of specialists “The Falcons.”

On the 20th of Quintus Katy caught a suspicious man wearing officer’s clothes sneaking around the supplies at night. She confronted him and was taking him back to the guards when he stabbed her in the back. She shocked him with lightning until he ran and she hit a crate of gunpowder with a stray lightning bolt that started to leak powder onto the ground. The officer tossed his torch to light the spilled powder and fled into the night. Katy managed to get the burning crate away from the other gunpowder crates before they all blew up.

She and Martin woke up Montague and explained what happened. Montague had all the officers woken up and searched until they found the one with lightning burns on his arm, a Lt. Luc Riche du Paroisse. Montague had his tent searched finding a bloody dagger and a letter from the Emperor promising great rewards to anyone who made sure that the Ussuran Expeditionary Force never made it back to Montaigne. Montague had the Lieutenant taken outside the camp and quietly executed so news of the Emperor’s offer wouldn’t spread as much.

Meanwhile, back on patrol, Nigel’s group found a camp of Ussuran trappers and woodcutters camping in the forest. They walked into their camp and pretended to be a group of foreign merchants, notably none of them Montaigne. They talked about the Montaigne scum invading the country and how they saw the army headed north toward St. Tremult. The Ussurans said they would pass along the information to their army forming up in the west.

Once Montague was informed about the bluff he backed it up by sending a group of cavalry north like the vanguard of their army to distract the enemy army by making them think the Montagine were going to sack Tremult. Meanwhile, the bulk of the army continued west and avoided contact with the Ussuran army.

In early Sextus Katy got tired of dealing with supplies and the awkward interactions with Martin who seemed to be developing a crush on her so she decided to go out on the patrol run with Nigel’s team. On the 8th they encountered a talking sparrow, fox, and beaver who taunted the heroes and stole Katy’s money pouch. Nigel suggested that the animals might be related to the Sidhe. They ended up challenging them to a match of wits and the animals asked the heroes 3 riddles which Henri was able to solve quite quickly. They gave Katy’s money pouch back and Henri was gifted with a golden apple which he decided to eat when they returned to camp. He woke the next morning with a stunningly handsome visage instead of his formerly plain looks.

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The Frozen North

Quartus 11 – Quintus 16

Federico and Katy managed to convince Chavier to allow them to deliver the letter to Montague unimpeded. Katy visited briefly with the Voddace man from the woods and offered her services if he needed any messages sent but he brushed her off.

The morning of Quartus 12th the heroes proceeded along the road to Ussura and on the afternoon of the 14th it started getting cold and wet. They woke up on the 15th to a blizzard and ended up travelling slowly and hiding out in shelters overnight. This continued until they reached the Ussuran town of St. Andresgorod on the 24th where they rested and restocked for better cold weather supplies. They noticed that they seemed to be the only ones affected by the bad weather.

They made it out of the mountains soon after leaving St. Andresgorod and eventually came to a small farming community on the 30th. There Katy learned that Matushka might be angry at the heroes for invading her lands. Katy spoke outside the air explaining they were in Ussura to get the Montaigne soldiers to leave. After that the weather cleared up significantly and they made excellent time heading north and east following the Syrneth compass.

They eventually reached a river on Quintus 10th and found a ford to cross. On the other side they found signs of the Montaigne army and were ambushed by Ussuran partisans and an angry bear. Katy and Federico managed to get them to calm down and call off the attack. On the 15th, the heroes came into the Montaigne army camp as miracle workers as they brought an island of good weather with them in the middle of the constant snow and ice that befell the soldiers. They delivered the letter to Montague who read it and announced to his senior staff that he would be taking the army back to Montaigne. He convinced the heroes to stay with the army as specialists to help with morale and whether talents they could provide.

Montague rallied his men and gave a speech with the heroes behind him on the dais. He told them that he had proof that the Emperor sent him and his men to Ussura to die and they were going to go home and see Montaigne freed from the corruption gripping her and restored to virtuous rule. Katy was assigned to help out with the quartermaster, a bookish solider named Martin who while initially annoyed was very happy once he fully understood the situation.

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The Orphanage

Quartus 4 – Quartus 11

The heroes got on a river boat named the River Mist and sailed to Freiburg. They didn’t stay long and hopped on the Water Runner bound for Genheim at the end of river near the border of Ussura. From Genheim they travelled overland on the only road headed to Ussura.

Near the border they came across a small settlement that consisted of an inn, an orphanage, and a Vaticine church. The inn was named The Last Drachen and some orphans came out asking the heroes to stay the night. They said it was the last chance to sleep in a civilized bed and after some pleading wore the heroes down. Nigel insisted on sleeping outside but everyone else went into the Last Drachen to get some dinner. The community was run by Mother Matilda, an Eisen priestess. The children helped out to various degrees with the older kids being almost like employees. Federico helped out in the kitchen and Jean talked to one of the older boys named Karl who wanted to join the military now that he was old enough.

After dinner Nigel heard some shouting from the kids who were cleaning up around the stables. Some bizarre insectoid creatures were swarming toward the inn from the forest. They were hideous creatures with eight grasshopper like legs on a bulbous larvae body with a round mouth filled with a circular pattern of teeth. Nigel sounded the alarm and held some of them off as they passed by the stable. The rest of the heroes joined the right and from the second floor of the inn musketeers, led by Chevier, jumped out of the windows to help defend the inn. Each time one of the creatures died a number of miniature versions escaped from their bodies and attacked as well. With the musketeers help they killed all the creatures without any of the children getting hurt although three musketeers died and Chevier was seriously wounded. Henri noted that the creatures looked similar to the monsters that frequently are found in Syrneth ruins. Chevier agreed to put their differences aside long enough to investigate where the creatures came from. Henri, Katy, and Jean accompanied them into the woods, backtracking the creatures’ trail.

A few miles away they came across the site of a battle with another two dozen dead creatures and half a dozen human bodies. There was one left alive, a Voddace man slumped against a tree in critical condition. His allies were of various nationalities, Eisen, Vesten, Avalon, but were all dead. Henri asked where the creatures came from but the Voddace man refused to say. They improvised a travois and brought him back to the inn where Federico was able to stabilize him. In his delirium the man seemed to recognize Federico and said “Grandmaster, what are you doing here?” While operating Federico found that the man had a black wooden prophets cross around his neck. The situation made Katy think of Die Kreutzritter, an old order of knights that was wiped out centuries ago.

That evening the heroes talked with the musketeers. Since they had helped save the children, Chevier was willing to talk things out since it was clear they weren’t just common criminals. Everyone involved debated back and forth until they finally agreed to read the letter so they could determine whether it was treason or not. It said:

My lord husband,

I pray that the travelers who bear this message find you in good health. Your son and I are both doing well and eagerly await your return.

I have tracked down the proof that you asked for. My father indeed sent you to Ussura to die. Please return home as swiftly as possible. Surely a soldier cannot be expected to follow orders intended to murder him.

-D

Chevier said that he considered delivering this letter to be treasonous because the Emperor had his own reasons for sending Montague to Ussura and it was not up to them to question his will. If Henri insisted on delivering the letter Chevier would fight him in a duel to the death, regardless of his wounds. The heroes withdrew to discuss amongst themselves about what to do.

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Across Eisen

Tertrius 20 – Quartus 4

In Stahlfort the heroes stayed at the nicest lodging, which was a low bar, the Dark Tree Inn. As soon as they entered they noticed a group of musketeers watching the door in the common room. Henri and Katy tried to hide up in their rooms but the musketeers came after them and after not getting any response tried to open the door. Katy shocked the first musketeer with lightning through the door handle so they broke the door in after that. A fight ensued that was broken up once the local guards demanded it. The guard Captain took everyone outside and got both sides’ stories. He decided to take them to see Eisenfurst Sieger for judgment.

The impatient Eisenfurst listened to Katy and Chevalier. Chevalier pissed him off by making demands in the name of the Emperor and Sieger had the musketeers banished from his province. He did insist on reading the letter that Katy was delivering. Afterwards he gave the letter back and kicked the heroes out of his keep.

The next day the heroes headed north toward the Fischler province. Meanwhile, the musketeers were met by one of Sieger’s guards who told them the heroes were destined for Ussura. The heroes travelled overland through the Sieger, Fischler, and Heilgrund provinces encountering the occasional Waisen packs as well as burnt villages and old battlefields.

Finally they made it to the Wische province and the capital Siegsburg. There Jean talked to Baron Claus Richter who was an old friend of Marquis Theodore Celeste. He read the letter that Jean found in the music box and explained what he knew of Theodore and Nicolette. Based on the information he speculated that Jean was their son, Quinten, who had somehow survived his parents’ death at the hands of Edmond Celeste. This would also make Jean the rightful Marquis Celeste. Baron Richter offered to help Jean reclaim his birthright and Jean said he’d think about it but wouldn’t be able to do anything until after he returned from his errand in Ussura.

They also met a friend of Baron Richter’s, Maxwell Reinhardt who was a member of the Order of St. Gregor. Maxwell talked to Katy about a missing Dracheneisen belt and asked her to let him know if she hears about it. She also found out that Finn was mooching off the Wische court so the next day she went to confront him with Henri. Finn showed her a signed receipt he got from when he paid her in Charouse. They took the issue to Baron Richter who said that while he considered Katy more trustworthy his hands were tied because Finn had paperwork showing he had paid the debt. Katy vowed to get a statement from the Vendel embassy attesting to him cheating her with fake money and Finn said he’d just move on to where Katy would never go looking for him.

After that the heroes left Siegsburg and headed east toward the river, intent on taking a boat to the border of Ussura.

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On the Road

Tertrius 2-20

Federico consulted with Cardinal Durkheim about Maria and eventually left Maria in the Cardinal’s care. Jean and Katy ran from the musketeers in the ruins under Charouse. Katy was gravely shot during the chase and they eventually escaped through a theater during an opera performance. They met up with Federico to leave town but were unable to acquire the extra horses because the musketeers were keeping a watch on them. They left through a different gate and met up with Nigel and Jean. Everyone was filled in on everything that happened and the group decided to travel south toward Prevoye and then east over the mountain pass to Eisen.

On the way to Prevoye they encountered a farming town that had a burning stable. They helped save it and the town doctor helped stich up some of Katy’s wounds and the townsfolk misdirected the musketeers when they showed up. The heroes also heard rumors about Cherie having an affair with Finn.

Meanwhile, back at the war front in Castille, Private Jerome saved an officer’s life in battle. Rather than promoting him the officer gave Jerome an honorable discharge, a fast horse, and a full money purse so Jerome could go home to his fiancé, Valory.

The heroes made it to Prevoye where the rumors about Cherie had intensified and now claimed she had become pregnant from her affair. They also heard that musketeers came into town via Porte magic and were looking for criminals thought to be headed this way. The heroes headed out of town following the road east into the woods before the musketeers could find them. A couple days later they heard yelling from off the road and found a woodcutter being attacked by kobolds. They saved him and he introduced himself as Leblanque. He offered to guide them through the woods as thanks for their assistance. The next day Leblanque noticed that riders were following down the road very quickly so he led the heroes into the woods to avoid them. That evening Leblanque revealed himself as Fleischwulf and started taking the souls of the heroes one by one. He subdued Federico and Katy but Nigel was able to keep his wits about him while feigning fear and cut open Fleishwulf’s carved figurine which caused an explosion as his magic backfired. Jean and Henri woke up from their sleep and managed to run the wounded Fleishwulf out of camp but not before he swore revenge. Katy and Federico had their souls restored and Nigel sported a lock of white hair from the ordeal.

Federico was able to guide the party back to the road where they found a clear trail of fast riders who had gone ahead of them, likely the musketeers. They entered the mountain pass and encountered a group of shady individuals led by a Captain Kurt Gregor who claimed to represent the Clenched Fists who are the elite soldiers of the Sieger province of Eisen. Federico paid them off for safe passage for the heroes. From there it was an uneventful final days until the party reached Stahlfort on Tertius 20th.

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Inquisitors and Thugs

Tertuis 1 – Tertuis 2

Nigel kicked a Defender of the Faith down the stairs which knocked over the brazier and started the basement on fire. A pitched battle ensued upstairs that ended up with all the Defenders knocked out, Maria running downstairs to rescue some of her allies from the fire, and the male Knight Inquisitor thrashing Jean but not able to knock him out.

Katy managed to convince the male Inquisitor to stop hostilities until everyone could be evacuated from the burning building. Everyone on the top floor made it out safely and Federico started first aid as the locals organized a bucket brigade to stop the fire from spreading to other buildings.

Suddenly Maria emerged from the flames with two other Defenders of the Faith who were close to death. Federico managed to stabilize them both. Afterward, the male Knight Inquisitor accused Maria of having sorcerous blood because she was not burned from the fire. Maria passed out from the shock and Federico managed to convince the male Inquisitor to leave Maria in his care to pay the debt for saving his men’s’ lives.

The heroes went back to the inn and Jean found his room had been broken into by a trio of thugs. The heroes managed to stop them from getting away but the musketeers, led by Captain Chevalier, showed up and brought Jean, Henri, and Nigel in for questioning along with the thugs. While taken to a room for questioning, Jean was visited by Marquis Claude Valroux who threatened Cherie unless Jean gave him the information on Marquis Celeste that he wanted. Jean was given one day to think it over.

Meanwhile, Federico took care of Maria until she woke up. She was in serious denial about what had happened to her but Federico and Katy convinced her to not return to Castille until she had spent a few days thinking over her situation.

That evening Katy was approached by a Voddace woman named Anna whose mistress wanted to hire a discrete and reliable courier. Katy agreed to meet Anna and her mistress in the ruins under Charouse the evening of the next day. Regarding Jean’s predicament, the heroes decided to have Jean and Nigel leave town the next day while Katy and Henri attempted to warn Marquis Celeste about the threat to his daughter. They successfully met with him and told him about the threat. Katy tried to keep it vague but the Marquis teased out that the threat was from Valroux.

That evening Katy and Henri slipped into the sewers and followed the directions Anna gave them. Unknown to them they were reported to the musketeers by some riffraff and Captain Chevalier took a squad of musketeers into the sewers looking for them. They met Anna and her mistress, Princess Dominique Montaigne, in the Star Room of the Syrneth ruins under Charouse. Dominique was about 7 months pregnant. She explained that she needed a letter taken to her husband General Montague who was waging a war in Ussura. She said the letter would let him come home and she needed it delivered as quickly as possible with the utmost discretion. There were many in Montaigne who would kill to make sure the letter was not delivered and it could be construed as treason. She also gave Henri a compass of Syrneth origin that she said would point to its matching pair in Montague’s possession. Dominique offered the heroes 5000 guilders and any supplies they needed for the trip. Katy asked for remounts when Chevalier stormed into the room with his musketeers and pronounced that everyone was under arrest! Anna whispered that the mounts would be available at the north gate before spiriting away Dominique. Katy and Henri were forced to run…

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Duels of Wit and Sword

Secondus 30th – Tertuis 1

The heroes continued socializing at the ball. Federico was approached by Cardinal Durkheim and she asked him a few questions. Henri confronts Finn about the gossip he was spreading about Katy and challenged him to a duel. Finn accepted and on the way to the dueling room he repeatedly insulted Henri to unnerve him. Katy jumped into the conversation and engaged Finn in a battle of wits until Finn’s self-confidence was shaken. Henri promptly trounced Finn in the duel and Finn begrudgingly agreed to pay Katy her money back after the ball.

Meanwhile, Jean noticed that Cherie Celeste was introduced and he waylaid her on the way to the duel to talk with her. He briefly explained that he had incriminating evidence against her father and together they pieced together the names in the letter as belonging to her Aunt and Uncle. If the box belonged to Nicolette and she was Jean’s mother then that made them cousins. Cherie hinted that Jean should take her dancing and he did so. Afterward Jean was confronted by Marquis Celeste who told him to stay away from Cherie.

Jean was also confronted by Marquis Claude Valroux who wanted the incriminating information on Marquis Celeste. Jean professed ignorance while Valroux attempted to bribe and threaten him. Katy came to his rescue by lavishing affection on Jean which got a jealous reaction from Cherie. Valroux left the situation rather than be involved in a petty cat fight and Katy apologized to Cherie and explained she only did it to save Jean from the nobleman.

Henri, Nigel, and Federico witnessed Yanick being embarrassed by Valory when a group of nobels made light of starving peasants. Yanick took Valory out of the room for a while, probably to discipline her with a beating. The heroes opted not to get involved.

Federico was approached by a Voddace nobleman and his courtesan companion who introduced themselves as Cleto Vestini and Antonia. They wanted to discuss trade arrangements between Voddace and Kanuba so Federico followed them to their carriage where they knocked him out with drugged wine.

Nigel was summoned to talk to the Imperatice who told him a lot of information regarding his “curse.” Every time his Gesa changed fate he would pay a price of something important to him. To break it he would have to see the druids who placed it on him in the first place. She then dismissed him saying that he needed to go save his dark skinned friend.

After the ball Henri and Katy went to get the loan payment from Finn who gave Katy a bag with 250 Sols in it. Jean and Nigel tried to track down Federico but failed to get anywhere. The next morning Katy found that the bag of money contained only 50 Sols and 200 pebbles so she would need to track down Finn again to get the rest of her money back.

Federico awoke chained to a post in an abandoned distillery as a captive of the Knight Inquisitor. She did a bunch of demon and sorcery tests with Federico’s consent and he passed. The next morning she gave him a long lesson about the Vaticine church and Federico officially converted complete with a baptism. The Knight Inquisitor identified herself as Maria Lopez de Angelez and explained that she now needed Federico’s help to cleanse Katy and Federico agreed.

Meanwhile, the rest of the heroes tracked down the distillery where Federico was held and came in the front door after Henri picked the lock. Federico came up the stairs from the basement to try and settle things but the heroes seemed to be headed for a fight.

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The Lost Bride

Secondus 12th – Secondus 30th

The heroes bought horses and travelled to Vannes to deliver Jerome’s letter to Valory. They found the Green Frog Inn but Valory no longer worked there. They convinced him to tell them what happened to her. Apparently Jerome was reported dead from by letter from the military and Valory accepted a marriage proposal to a local noble Viscount Yanick Bisset du Verre who lived at his estate about a day away.

Katy posed as a merchant travelling with her bodyguards who had a letter to delivery to Valory. The Major Domo of the estate let them in and insisted they stay for dinner. At dinner the Viscount refused for the letter to be given directly to his wife. Federico was sent to kitchen where he made an amazing meal after which the Viscount tried to buy out his “contract” guarding Katy. Katy refused but did agree to let the Viscount borrow Federico for the Emperor’s ball at the end of the month if Katy could deliver the letter to Valory. Katy was especially eager because the Viscount mentioned that brining Federico would show up the Celeste family who kept bringing that “Inish scoundrel” to parties.

The next day Katy met with Valory in the library and gave her Jerome’s letter. Valory read it and burst into tears then fled the room. The heroes prepared for the ball with Nigel getting an invitation from the Avalon embassy and Henri getting one for himself and Jean from his family. Everyone arrive in Charouse on the 30th for the ball which was held in the Emperor’s palace which was the most decadent building anyone had ever seen. The food was amazing and the guests were clothed spectacularly.

Katy found Finn telling tall tales to a group of courtiers. She confronted him about his debt which he denied existed. She produced a contract and he denounced it as a fake. She labeled him a liar and a thief, he claimed she was an angry ex-lover. After trading insults, Nigel ended the gathering with a blunt uncouth insult against Finn and the courtiers wandered off. Finn told Katy she was wasting her time and there’s no way she could prove the contract was real and left to find more interesting company. Meanwhile, Henri followed him from a distance to make sure he didn’t get away.

Nigel also traded some barbs with the Grandmaster of the Rose and Cross, Aristide Baveux. Federico talked with the socially ostracized Cardinal Erika Brigitte Durkheim. Federico also gave a grand presentation of his cooking and impressed all the nobles at the ball, including a nod of approval from the Emperor.

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