Lords of Fluviallis

Setting Out
Post #1 (Session 4/16/11)

Background:

Old Lord Harte dies (the bride’s father).

Lord Ravennus is moved up from Lord Mayor of Tammerling to head of the castle in the area.
– Brother in law (through his sister) of old Lord Harte
– Ara’s Dad

Darren is being “moved” north. His wife Ileen (sister of the bride) is “too ill” to accompany him.

Baron Kevan Manning gives us charter and map.

Mission:

Short Term: Reach Oleg’s Trading Post

Goals:
– Stop banditry (Staglord)
– Secure south from invasion of Surtovian/Brevan forces
– Explore & Map, report back

Long Term: Establish Outpost

Other Details:

Weather: Spring, still frost at night, sunny, storms incoming from North, 40’s and wind
Time/Distance: 8 to 9 days with cart to reach Oleg’s Outpost

Events:

Camp: Find Fae marking, leave offerings, recieve rewards (wreathes, fruit, firewood)
Village of Thane: Ask about Staglord and the Greenbelt
Camp: Attacked by bandits, humans and half-orcs, green scrap on their arms, try to steal horses
Notes: One bandit archer escapes, we save our horses, and take a bandit’s horse
Kills: Demetri (1), Eric’s Horse (1), Richard (1)

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The Rest of the Picture

Politics

The lands of House Manning have grown into a Barony, with House Harte lands being ruled by a Lord. In this case, Lord Darren Manning has taken over that role, and rules from Castle Harte. Each town in the Barony has its own Lord-Mayor, as well as a Chancellor in case of emergencies. Each lord acts as judge and jury in his domain, with a council of lords necessary to rule on cases involving one of their own. No punishment can be meted out against a noble in the Barony without the authorization of the Baron.
Baron Manning , well supported by some excellent lieutenants and advisors, has grown into his role as a strong leader and politician. He has negotiated new trade deals that are more favorable towards merchants in Tammerling and Winterhaven, and has solidified his alliances with Duke Garess and the royal family of Surtova. In contrast to his brother, Lord Darrin is weak and distracted as a ruler, preferring to spend his time writing poetry and drinking with his other literary companions. Talk of rebellion has risen since he took over, since he has made several unfavorable rulings and appears to outsiders as a foreign dictator imposed upon the local populace. The recent harsh weather has caused even more unrest, and the former Harte lands are inching closer towards open rebellion and insurrection. Only the steady hands of Lord Quintus Ravennus, Lord Mayor of Tammerling, and the elder Lady Harte have staid the hands of the young firebrands preaching secession from Brevoy.

Weather

The wedding between the Baron and Baroness Manning is sometimes referred to by farmers and commoners as the Blessed Union, because closely coinciding with the event was the start of a six year cycle of exceptionally good weather. Most of southwestern Brevoy and into the Stolen lands has experienced bumper crops and extremely prosperous times, with several years even providing another an additional seasonal harvest never before available. The winters are shorter and warmer and the remaining seasons are more balmy and pleasant, with more gentle rains and less wild storms.
This phenomenon went on for so long that much research by arcane and druidic groups was done to try to determine if there was a supernatural cause. However in the last year, the cold, stormy weather has caught up with the good, and last year’s winter was extremely long (6 months) and the summer never got warmer than the weather in a normal spring season. This year’s autumn has already turned cold in the very early weeks, a fact that is viewed as ominous by farmers and nobles alike.

Church

The Surtova family strongly allied themselves with the already popular church of Abadar funding the construction of temples across all of Brevoy. The relative prosperity and lack of natural disasters has allowed increases in the level of civilization and growth in towns and cities, especially in southern Brevoy, which has been openly credited by the King and Church to the blessings of Abadar. Most cities, towns, and even villages now worship a trinity of Pharasma, Sarenrae, and Abadar, with the latter being the overarching deity. Vaultkeeper Norinda Stanislaus, High Hand of Abadar, appoints all clergy over the level of acolyte and the Coucil of Lawgivers issues issues decrees on church doctrine.
The church of Erastil has been formally dismissed as archaic and out of touch by the New Church of Brevoy. Most of his worship has gone underground in larger towns and cities, and he is only openly worshipped in remote villages and outposts. Tammerling has a brand new temple that was built 4 years ago, though due to Acolyte Strickland’s healing gifts, Sarenrae and Pharasma have equal standing to Abadar.

Mercantile business

Tammerling and Restov merchants have become extremely wealthy as a result of the increased social stability and good weather in recent years. Their trading houses have grown, and houses that were small six years ago are now lords of commerce. Many new trading houses and businesses have sprung up in recent years, especially in agriculture, textiles, and metal goods. On a personal note, young Niccolo, a merchant the party met at the wedding, has grown to become the most powerful cloth and textiles merchant in Brevoy and the River Kingdoms.

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What have they been doing?

The party has been equally busy, as the last seven years activities are described below…

Richard Hawke was promoted to captain of the Lord’s guards by Baron Kevan and has served ably in this role ever since. He is particularly gifted and countering assassination attempts, and has foiled numerous attempts since he took over his office. He is now spends a great deal of time traveling between the lands to the North and Winterhaven(Castle Manning) guarding the Baron, though less vigilance is required now than in previous years due to the Baron’s solid and capable rule. (Take at least 1 point in perception and 1 point in Sense Motive)

Eric Fernbrook was promoted to command of internal security for Baron Manning’s strongholds, and it is due to his diligence and that of Richard Hawke that the Baron still breathes. The Baron was extremely unpopular in his first year of rulership following his father’s death, and many of his enemies took it as an opening to start a new ruling house. He ventures back and forth quite often between Winterhaven and Tammerling, and his sharp eye has been put to use by the Baron for many things unrelated to security.
(Take at least 1 point in knowledge: Architecture and 1 point in perception)

Udoeak and Demetri, now part-time caravan guards, spend most of their time searching for rare herbs or stalking dangerous creatures in Brevoy and the edges of the Stolen Lands. So far they have managed to slay several ghouls and an evil faerie creature, gaining them moderate renown in the local area. They are known to get the job done, though perhaps with a little more property destruction than their employers would prefer.
(Take at least 1 point in Knowledge: Nature and 1 point in Knowledge: Arcane or Knowledge: Religion)

Lady Arabella is now the town chancellor and hears most of the complaints of the townsfolk, passing on those that are serious to her father, and resolving those that are not. It has become common knowledge that if you waste her time or complain too loudly, bad luck will befall you.
(Take at least 1 point in Diplomacy and 1 point in Intimidate)

Jeremiah Strickland has become something of a healing savant, and after restoring the wife of a wealthy Restov merchant of some influence, has gained a reputation as a healer who can cure anything. While this is not entirely true, he has increased the membership of the church in Tammerling significantly and generated a very large increase in its coffers. He currently holds a new church title Jeremiah, Blessed of Sarenrae, appointed to him by Father Brendan’ successor Father Merrick.
(Take at least 1 point in Knowledge: Religion and 1 point in Healing)

Drakkus has been finishing his apprenticeship with Mourne in Castle Manning. He just recently completed his studies and was pronounced done by Mourne this last summer. So far he has been weighing his options for the future, and has not decided on a path yet. His time in Castle Manning has given him the opportunity to observe much of the political machinations of nobility, and in this area as well he was a sharp student.
(Take at least 1 point in Intimidate and 1 Sense Motive or 1 point in Bluff)

Falinax has taken over the position of Horse Master, which is really more of a babysitter to Lord Harte. On sunny days, the Lord heads down to the stables and stays among the animals till dusk, talking away to Fal and mis-remembering the names of the hounds and horses. On days when its rainy or cold, he usually stays abed and on those days, Falinax is able to move about the countryside and scout out the woods and surrounding areas. Recently, the Baron and Eric have asked Falinax to become familiar with the forest to the north and report any unusual events to them via messenger bird. During these outings, Fal met his current mentor, an old half-orc hermit who seemingly appears and disappears at will in the forest. After leading Falinax on several days worth of lively chases, he finally stopped and gave him his name Oakenfist. He taught Fal the way to connect to the inner life force of nature, both plants and animals, and how to sense the weather.
(Take at least 1 point in Knowledge:Nature and 1 point in Handle Animal)

Hede is almost never seen these days, and only appears now and then in town or around the castle. He spends most of his time investigating and validating or disproving rumors for the Lord Mayor and the Chancellor, though most average citizens do not know him as affiliated with the nobility. He has worked with Eric to test the defenses of the castle from time to time, and is very effective at moving about unseen.
(Take at least 1 point in Stealth and 1 point in Perception)

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Our Story Begins...

Our story begins seven years after the union of House Harte and House Manning, and many things have come to pass…

Baron Kevan Manning and his wife Sylviahave given birth to Ian their son and heir, as well as a second son Sean.

Darrin Manning has married Eilene Harte and the couple live together in Castle Harte, ruling the old Harte Lands for the Manning family. It is rumored that they are married in name only, living in separate wings of the house, and Lady Eilene is known to show public disdain for the antics and decisions of her husband.

Ser Ethan, who had gone to live with the Mannings, died an untimely death less than a year later, his throat ripped out by a wolf while he was out in the woods. His death and several others to follow after, namely Sir Andrew and that of several of Lady Sylvia’s maids, all at the hands of wild beasts, prompted a series of great hunts to reduce what appeared to be a suddenly ravenous beast population in the Manning lands.

Rufus the poisoner has not been seen again, and despite Hede’s intense scrutiny in Restov, no one has ever heard of a fat merchant fitting his description. The only Lady Charlene of House Lucchio in Restov weighs 300lbs and has blonde hair.

Sir Oleg married the prettiest of Castle Harte’s cooks, Svetlana, and has retired to open a trading post way out in the wilderness inside the Stolen Lands. He said he was tired of all the politics and wanted a fresh start among honest, hard working men like trappers and hunters.

There is increased talk of rebellion in Rostland now that 11 years have passed with House Surtova in charge. This is especially true in the old Harte Lands, now ruled by an an Issian nobleman with no connection to “his” people. Trouble is brewing in the area around Tammerling, and the influence of Lady Harte and Lord Quintus Ravennus (Lady Arabella’s father) will only last so long.

Lady Ravennus has given birth to three sons, Maximus, Gaius, and Octavian, who are 7, 6, and 4 respectively. Lord Quintus is quite happy with her, and their family gets along well with Lady Harte. The two Ladies often spend the evenings together talking or sewing, and get along well.

Lord Harte has unfortunately not aged well. He is suffering from serious gout, has a breathing problem from a bad bout of pneumonia, and recently has begun suffering from dementia. Nearly half his days now find him rather addled, and only around his favorite hounds and horses is he himself. When he is clear, he mostly reminisces about the great fights and hunts he used to go on, back when he was younger and his body more fit.

Father Merrick, formerly a Harte family knight, decided a life of pious servitude suited him better than being a warrior. He has succeeded Father Brendan as head of the Tammerling Cathedral.

Father Brendan is currently enjoying his retirement in a quiet country cottage south of town.

Bethany Snow, formerly a chambermaid of House Harte, has been promoted by Lady Eilene, to her lady in waiting. She has the lady’s ear, is her confidante, and often speaks for the Lady, acting as her agent in town or abroad. She has grown into a lovely young woman and has become more cultured and educated, benefitting from the same tutors sent to the castle for Lady Eilene by the Baron. She still appears to have a fondness for one Eric Fernbrook, and enjoys his occasional visits on official business.

Andronicus “Mourne” moved to Castle Manning with the Baron and has increased his power base until he drew the notice of the Duke of House Garess. He recently moved to being the Grand Vizier of House Garess, and one of his elder protégés, Antoine De Vray, has taken over as the vizier of House Manning. Not surprisingly, the frequent incursions by bands of Numerian savages into Garess lands has all but stopped. His nickname comes from several object lessons that resulted in mass deaths of commoners who were unruly and rebellious.

Alistair “Stormwatcher” has come into his own as a wizard and is the Arcane Advisor for Castle Harte and Lord Darrin. He seems to know something about everything that’s going on, and either uses extensive divination magic or has an excellent network of spies. Darrin dismisses him as an intellectual snob, which usually causes him to ally with Lord Quintus and Lady Harte against him. Where his true loyalties lie no one is quite sure, as he keeps things close to the vest. His nickname comes from his affinity for lightning and stormy weather, which is reflected in his choice of magic.

Mark “Burner” is still in training under Mourne and therefore is stationed at Castle Manning with his mentor. Despite having natural magical gifts, he has proven somewhat disappointing as a student of the wizardly arts, and is still an apprentice, while Drakkus, who arrived four years after him, has graduated from his initial training. His nickname comes from the fact that he is more likely to accidently burn himself than his intended target, and from the tendency of Mourne to set him working in the lab to keep him out of trouble.

William Black – When Lord Darrin took over the castle, organized hunts pretty much stopped, since he despises the outdoors and any sort of physical exertion. The position is now pretty much in title only, and only a handful or horses and a few hounds are left in the castle, and then only because the ailing Lord Harte loves them and spends most of his time with them. With these changes, the old Horse Master has retired from his old post and moved back to the east to live with his nephew in a country estate.

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