Noblesse Oblige

Campaign Recap 6
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Campaign Recap 5

Bam!  Another update for you.  I apologize for the audio on this one (and the next one actually). The setup isn't optimal for our group size and sometimes trying to improve it actually makes it worse. 

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Campaign Recap 4
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It's been up for a bit now, but Recap 4 has been posted here

 

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Into the Witchwood
Session III

7/6/08

After bringing a beaten and broken Ford back to Lieberton, Tequis revealed to his brothers that they should be searching for their father in the Witchwood.  Under the guise of a hunting trip (still keeping the Duke's disappearance secret), the brothers, Mathias, and Tyler headed north.  They initially stopped at a fort just outside of the wood and heard from the head of the garrison that they were understaffed and undersupplied, but things were quiet.  Tequis then led them to the path their father had pointed out to him on their midnight ride. 

The path wound deep into the thick and overgrown woods.  The first thing they came across were the ruins of an old farm.  Broken and overgrown, there was little of interest there aside from the handful of old graves that were missing corpses.  Investigation confirmed that the bodies had dug themselves out from inside.  Weath spotted a figure on the woodline, but it seemed to fade into the trees before he could investigate.

The group continued onwards and discovered numerous waystones that apeared to be ancient.  Even Mathias could not decipher the runs on each.  Following the stones, they arrived at a large clearing.  In the center of the clearing was a large, odd ruin.  A stone floor covered several hundred square feet of ground from which rose numerous half-finished buildings.  Most of the buildings were oriented at odd shapes and there were even stairwells which led nowhere.  In the center of this area was a very large circle of bare ground, covering nearly a hundred yards.  A body lay in the center.

Tequis the conjured a spirit servant to retrieve the body.  As soon as the spirit crossed the threshold to the circle, it turned on it's owner, attacking him.  Tequis used fire breath to destroy it, which caused him to pass out from the strain.  After much debating on what to do, Weath stormed into the circle and marched to the body, which turned out to be their father's.   

At thsi point, a figure appeared near Weath, though only he could see or hear it.  It was a malformed man, elongated and grotesque and wearing a blindfold.  It bore the features of a Van Lieber.  This thing claimed to be Weath's eldest brother and he had claimed their father's body, as promised.  He claimed to be the servant of "The Ancient" and that moving their father's body would have dire circumstances.  He then disappeared.

Weath relayed this message to his brothers who eventually decided to leave the body, but to take their father's signet ring.  As night fell, they began their march out of the Withwood.  Trouble followed them as they were attacked by a group of zombies as they approached a field of barrow mounds.  The group managed to take them all out without great injury, but wondered why they were being attacked since they didn't move the body.

After escaping safely they returned to Lieberton and planned their father's funeral.  Childress became the head of the house.  They also set about forming and training a group of 100 veteran soliders to form an elite group meant to fight the undead.  

Their plans to pacify The Witchwood would have to wait, however, as they prepared for Weath's marriage to the youngest daughter of House Laughlin, which was only a month away.

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Campaign Recap 3

The third audio recap is up.

 

I'm way behind on all I need to add here.  I'll try to remedy that soon.

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Campaing Summary 2
Thoughts and Musings

We recorded the players and GM recounting sessions 2 and 3 and musing on various gameplay decisions and ideas.   Come have a listen here.

Session 3 will be posted here soon.  Also, expect the wiki and NPC tracker to be updated here shortly.

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Everybody Loves A Wedding Part II
Session 002

Session II

6/29/08

Paul – Alistair Van Lieber

Adam – Tequis Van Lieber

Francis – Childress Van Lieber

Phil – Weath Van Lieber

The session opened the night of the grand duel. Weath is approached by one of the Van Lieber bannermen who wants his youngest son to be a paige for the "World's Greatest Swordsman." Weath accepts the duty. Childress goes to his bedroom that night to find his exotic lover, Chinwe, waiting there for him. She teases him for choosing some strumpet over her and decides to be jealous about it (and says so much). He tells her that it's just political. She says that it's always been political and she slips off into the night.

The next morning, the brothers are rejoined by Alistair who is filled in on recent events. They talk a bit about the repurcussions of the duel and how to best handle them. Soon, Emil barges in with news that the Queen is addressing the King, Bastion, Otto, and the sworn houses in the great hall.

They arrive to find Istmir finishing up a statement describing the meeting the mages had about discussing magical involvement in the duel. He leaves out the part about him calling the meeting and the conclusion not to interfere. The Queen demands the results of the duel be cast aside as Saebert was drunk and she thinks the Van Liebers used magical aid as she can't fathom how a nobody like Weath could best her brother.

Tequis charges into the hall with his brothers and immediately begin disputing points, rattling off facts and shrugging off insults so well that he literally left the Queen stunned. Having won the argument, the Queen's claims are dismissed and she storms off.

Tequis goes to see Mathias to see where he was. He was given a task by the royals to keep him busy. He suspects more manipulation by the Shadow Court in this affair but has no time to look into it.

Weath meets his paige, Tyler, who is excited about his post and wants to lean how to fight immediately. Weath tries to keep him busy and tries to gain access to Saebert to claim his prize: his leg. The guards stop him.

Childress's wedding goes off as planned, but he finds his wife is both uppity and mean. Her expectations seem to be rather high.

The next morning the sons are awakened to new that their father is missing. They all decide to keep it quiet. Mathias can detect a slight magical undercurrent, but not something he's familiar with. This presence is strongest in the grove. Investigation there reveals scratches high up on trees, as if something crashed through…

Childress orders an excavation of the grove to look for secret passages. Tequis goes to find Istmir, who apologizes for his earlier actions. He justifies these as further manipulations to get the queen to trust him as he knew the Van Lieber's would come out on top. He also reveals that Ford has gone missing. Tequis, trusting his supscions, heads towards the Wtichwood with Istmir in tow.

They find Ford about halfway there, broken bleeding, and barely conscious and looking like he was dropped from a great height. He passes out nearly immediately. They commandeer a wagon and take him back to Lieberton.

Alistair hears word from his spy network about Childress's exotic lover.

The dig reveals nothing and Childress's new wife is angry her husband is spending their honeymoon digging a hole. He says he's building her a bathing pool. She buys it.

Tequis and Istmir come across a broken and battered Ford a few miles from The Witchwood.  He's barely conscious and seems to have been dropped from a great height.  The two mages commandeer a peasant's wagon and take him back to Lieberton for treatment.

With all arrows pointing to The Witchwood being the location of their missing father, the brothers Van Lieber decide it is time to investigate that forbidden place.

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Everybody Loves A Wedding Part I
Session 001

Session 1: Everybody Loves a Wedding
6/22/08
Adam  – Tequis Van Lieber
Francis – Childress Van Lieber
Phil – Weath Van Lieber

The session opened with both Weath and Tequis arriving home after many years abroad.  Weath spent his days fighting in the wars over in Niambe, ending up penniless and nearly friendless, while Tequis spent his days hunting the undead and rogue mages for The Mysterium.  It was their brother Childress's marriage to Ella Tiberius that brought them home.  While all of the houses had wed daughters to their sworn banner men, none of the major houses had intermarried.  This marriage would mean that the Ostmund lands would be bordered by staunch allies on all sides, reducing the threat of war from that ambitious family.

Eveyone settled back into their old home in Lieberton Castle.  Tequis went to visit Mathias (the Viper) who welcomed his old protégé with open arms and kind words.  Weath spent his day getting groomed and bathed, though he couldn't break the habit of pocketing food that he picked up in his solider days.  Eventually, Childress called a meeting. 

Tequis arrived in the study first and he and his older brother caught up, though they were cautious around each other.  A slip of the tongue regarding his 'summoned servant' spell raised Childress's hackles s he thought it may be the illegal type of summoning.  A duel of the wits kept the peace though neitehr brother could claim true victory.  As an awkward silence filled the library, Weath came in and regaled them with a terribly non-sensical recounting of his days of battle.  The time spent apart had made the brothers a bit awkward around each other. 

Eventually, their eldest sister Selene showed up to say hello and greet her younger brothers.  She was relieved to see them all safe, though she made no qualms about her disdain for her brothers' choices of professions.  She also revealed what only Childress knew, that their father was acting unusually morose of late and spent most nights drinking heavily.  After that, everyone prepared for dinner with their mother and father.

At dinner, they greeted their sisters Emma, a wild child who brough shame on the family by eloping, who had calmed down since having her first child two years ago.  Their mother doted on Childress and scolded the other kids for being disappointments, particularly Weath who she caught stuffing his pockets with food.  She excused herself after that incident.  Their father tried to make cheery small talk, but could barely muster it.  In a moment of seriousness he did talk of the dire need for unity in the coming days as the wedding will unite allies and enemies alike.

After their father excused himself, the children talked about how every suspected something was going on with their father, who had never been this depressed before.  Emma and Weath renewed their tight childhood bond while she pounded back goblets of wine.  Afterwards, Childress went after their father who was in his garden grove and tried to find out what was going on.  His father wouldn't say, but in a touching moment he shed a tear when his son offered to help any way possible.  As Childress left, he swore he heard another voice whispering in the grove, but saw no one.

That night, Weath went and annoyed Mathias (living in the dungeons) while Tequis checked on Manny, his wolf. 

The next morning they were all present in the great hall for the arrival of the Tiberius family.  Childress saw Ella, his betrothed for the first time and was taken aback by her beauty.  They all feasted and Otto interviewed Childress to make sure he was honorable enough for his daughter.  Childress impressed him.  Weath spoke to his friend Brugo about his food-stealing problem and Brugo offered to help.  The dinner was going well except for the fact that Childress was finding out his bride-to-be was quite demanding, to say the least.

Lunch was interrupted by Emil, the sensechal, bearing a message of great surprise:  The Royal family was coming to the wedding and were only a short distance away.  An hour later, the King, Queen, Prince, and their entourage arrived.  Yorick, the prince's tutor and bodyguard were with them as was Hans Gruber, the renowned bard and ladies' man.  Idrian and Ford, the royal mages were also in attendance along with Saebert Ostmund, the Queen's brother and most renowned swordsman (and drunk) in all the land.  Also present was Oslo Tiberius, arriving with the rest of the Royal Guard. 

Idrian, Mathias, and Tequis all made small talk while Ford did his own thing.  The Prince exchanged barbs with Childress and eyed Ella for some time.  The King and Childress had a short conversation before Aldric turned back to talking to his close friends Bastion and Otto.

The Prince was causing a commotion talking to his mother and father and eventually excused himself.  When he returned he shocked all by announcing that he was cancelling the wedding and taking Ella to be his future queen.  Chaos broke out.  Otto demanded the King overrule the decision as he had given his word to his friend Bastion about the wedding.  The King stated there was nothing he could do as his son had the right and that everyone needed to learn to respect him as he would be king someday.

Childress, obviously distraught over the humiliation and political ramifications, got into a ribald discussion with the King trying to convince him to overrule his child.  The duel of the wits was intense as The King understood how embarrassed he must feel but it was for the good of the kingdom to let the Prince have his way.  Childress argued that the spoiled child was only ostracizing all involved parties and that would only make his kingship tougher.  The duel ended in a tie where the King compromised that the grievance would be settled the old-fashioned way, by combat.

Childress decided that they would use proxies and named Weath as his champion.  The Prince named Saebert, despite him being drunk.  At this point, all the mages gathered and Idrian and Ford, both members of the Shadow Court, argued that this was the opportunity they needed to prevent disaster.  They knew the Prince would make a terrible king and were working on undermining the claim without betraying the crown.  Ford argued that providing magical help to Weath would be in their best interests.  Tequis called for a Duel of Wits as he opposed such interference and the two compromised that no magical aid would be given but Idrian suggested that Yorick was equally appalled at the Prince and, as someone who knew and had dueled Saebert, would likely give some tactical advice.  Tequis agreed that would be fair.

Yorick advised Weath on what to expect, however it turned out to be advice that he didn't need to heed as the duel was over almost immediately.  Wiedling traditional dueling sword and shield, Weath blocked Saebert's initial attack and then made a hard slice at his exposed right leg, nearly severing it in two (He spent a fate point and rolled a ridiculous number of successes dealing Saebert a mortal wound.  Saebert spent a Persona point for the will to live.)

Weath won the duel and the Prince's claim to Ella was lost.  He stormed off and then Ella approached her Childress and told him that if he really loved her he would have fought the Prince himself instead of calling for champions.  Weath was carried off by banner man to sing songs and drink all night to his skill as he had bested the world's greatest swordsman .  Has Grust was already composing a song about it.

Later that day, Childress calls together Mathias and Tequis and promises Mathias that he won't be like his father and that he'll let him perform his duties as he'll need him in coming days.  Mathias is more than happy to serve the house and lets Childress know that he has nothing to worry about. 

That night, Tequis is awoken by a paige who says his father is waiting.  After being led through secret tunnels he meets his father on a horse and the two begin to ride towards the Witchwood.  His father tells him how proud he is and that he's sorry for the way he treated him publicly as he had actually groomed him for his path as a mage.  He said he needed a mage he could trust and it was the only way.  As they neared the wood his father began to shake and cry and said he couldn't go on.  He siad he'd doomed the family and that Tequis was their only hope, but it was too painful to say more.  Without resolution (and Tequis failing the DoW), they rode back , the wood whispering behind them.

Hear the players and GM recap the events and give their thoughts on the in-game going on here.

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PCs have been added

I just added the four PCs to the database here.  Check them out over there on the right.   —>

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Podge Cast Recap
Recordings

So I'm one of the hosts of The Podge Cast, a podcast about gaming, movies, and all kinds of stuff.  Being as both me and another host, Adam, are participating in this campaign the subject of our game and Burning Wheel itself comes up a lot.  Since we game at Adam's house and he has all the recording equipment, he had the bright idea for all the players to do a summary after the game and give their thoughts on what just happened.

This blossomed from something to serve as a record and reminder into something we thought we'd put on our feed.  While I'll be making a chronicle of events in the wiki here, you can hear about how the players saw things and their perspective on mechanics and story in the first in our Campaign Recap series which you can find here.

I'm planning on using this as my main resource for our campaign…but I'm not sure how much I'll get updated before Gen Con.   Stay tuned!

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