SaintMac's Kingmaker

4th Erastus, 4714

Begin – morning at Deerborne Castle’s library.
Party wakes with a hangover. Charlotte holds Tess’s nose and pours hangover cure down Tess’s throat. Elizabeth does the same with Charles as Randolf oversees the treatment with a wry smile on his face. Once cured from the previous night’s drink, Tess and Charles go to their rooms to bathe and change for breakfast.

After breakfast, Akiros comes to the castle with longbow and quiver. He suggests that, if Tess is willing, he will teach her the rules of an archery contest that the festival will hold. With Alisha, they travel to the arena.

  • Akiros teaches the two ladies what the targets are made of and the general rules of the contest.
  • Tess tries each of the targets out with Point Blank Shot to get a feel of it.
  • They notice that there are more than a few people from the town who have come to watch.
  • Alisha and Tess practice in the same manner the contest would run.
  • On Tess’s last shot, she distracted by a small voice, Elizabeth’s, cheering her on from the stands.
  • Both Tess and Alisha do very well.

On the way back to the castle

  • Akiros talks Charles into practicing his jousting.
  • Party discusses rewards for the contest events.
    • Joust – 3000, 1500, 500gp
    • Archery – 300, 150, 50gp
    • Pie Eating – 6, 3, 1gp

A working lunch.

  • Each member, who shows to lunch, begins to help Charles clean his old plate armor.
  • More contest reward conversation
    • Axe – 300, 150, 50gp
    • Sword (on foot) – 1000, 500, 250gp
    • Horse Race – 300, 150, 50gp
    • Baking – Dinner with the Wellborns, new cookware, 1gp
    • Kids Sack Race – Pony (provided by Carter), doll or toy sword, candy. Twins to judge race.

Working the webs out of the jousting skills

  • Charles not used to weight. Meet Akiros in courtyard. Party follows in carriage.
  • Many people come to see practice
  • Party sits in royal box to watch. Carter very excited and tells family the rules of a joust.
    • 1st pass – Akiros shatters lance (1pt), Charles misses.
    • 2nd pass – Both off horses (broken stirrup for Akiros, lack of ride skill for Charles)
    • 3rd pass – Charles falls (broken stirrup)
    • 4th pass – Both horses spook and rear but riders able to hold on. Both riders miss.
    • 5th pass – Both riders able to shatter lances.
    • 6th pass – Both riders able to shatter lances.
  • Crowd very excited

Party travel back to the castle for dinner. Charles bruised. Make it an early night.

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3rd Erastus, 4714

Tess is awoken by her twin 6-year-olds. Charlotte tells her that Fletchers have return to Deerborne.
Looking out the window, she sees not only the coach holding the Fletcher family, but many over burdened wagons in the courtyard. After meeting them outside, Akiros and Alisha go for a walk while the others go inside.

Turning over a new leaf

  • Carter tells Duke and Duchess that his mother has decided to remain in Restov.
  • They have sold all properties and most of the family assets. The wagons they see in the courtyard contain all the fine silks, linens, and lace they have kept to continue the family’s well known garment working.
  • Carter’s youngest sister, now 16, has decided to live with them.
  • Kate requests that they are able to purchase the noble villa beside the castle so that they may be closer to the Duke and Duchess. Tess gives it to them.
  • Kate’s holds all the gold from the sell of the Fletcher family’s assets. Charles takes it from her and he and Carter go down to the castle vaults to safely store the riches.

While the men are gone, Kate tells Tess she and Alisha bought Akiros plate armor, but can not give it to him without rumor and intrigue following it.

  • Tess suggests that they hide this fact by offering it to Akiros as a gift from the Duke and Duchess. Kate agrees but there are obvious markings on the armor that show it was from Restov.
  • They have the armor taken to the smithy, but he is unable to heat the metal to a point where he can work out the markings.
  • Tess and Kate go to see Randolf to see if he is able to help the smithy. The women pry out of Randolf that he has slept with Lilly the night before. He is embarrassed and not willing to help. Kate asks Tess to turn away. When she does, Kate flashes her breasts to Randolf, catching him off guard to cast charm. Randolf goes and helps the smithy.

At dinner, the party discusses ideas for the festival set for Roda.

  • Jousting, pie eating, milking, tree cutting, baking contest, axe throwing, horse racing, barrel racing, and an archery contest are suggested.

The wine that could.

  • After dinner, the members move into the library, where the Duke presents the armor to Akiros.
  • Talk of how to find people who could joust comes up. As of now, there is only Akiros and Charles (a long time ago) who have done such a thing. The party talks the reluctant Charles into agreeing to participate. Carter comes up with the idea that perhaps Dupree, now in Restov, could offend and goad some middle-talented men in that city to come and participate.
  • After many failed fortitude checks verses the strong wine, talk become dangerously loose. Alisha and Akiros only sober.
  • Kate blurts out that Randolf and Lilly have slept together. Alisha begins to laugh with her sister.
  • Akiros and Alisha quickly find an excuse to leave the room and situation.
  • History of Charles’ accidental pre-engagement rapture spell catching Kate in the range, then she having to flash Randolf to get him to help comes out.
  • Carter, very drunk, says that it is not correct for 3 men having seen his wife’s breast. Charles tells Tess to flash her breasts at Carter to even ‘the score’. She does.
  • The party essentially passes out in the library.
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2nd Erastus, 4714

The family rests and relaxes all day, while the town is abuzz with talk of the previous day’s festival.

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1st Erastus, 4714

After breakfast, Tess gives Montash a much-needed bath.

At the dart festival

  • Barrel roll race – Charles gives the winner and participants gold pieces.
  • The dart competition – After the final round a short, round, male baker and a slim elven seamstress throw against the twins. Elizabeth wins first prize (a pie with an arrow figure on top). Charles gives the others a gold piece.
  • Elizabeth walks down the streets with her pie held regally in front of her, showing everyone her award and repeats over and over “I have won THE pie” in a small noble voice.
  • At the library, many are there to hear the head librarian read a fable. Charlotte loves it.
  • Tess hears talk from the people about their meeting at the arena to see some magic at night.
  • When the sun begins to sink, the people make their way to the arena, sit and await the show. When its quite dark, each torch is magically extinguished and Randolf makes his way (covered in a white light like a spotlight) to the center. He warns everyone that this show is perfectly safe then the light goes out. The magically illiterate are entertained with Dancing Lights, the arena torches set ablaze and extinguished at different intervals, and a massive fireball falling from the sky, held above the arena, changing colors, rotating, and then dissipating. The crowd loves it and cheers and chats of Randolf’s name are heard in the arena.
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30th Sarenith, 4714

Start – morning – Deerborne
Tess wakes inquires from lady-in-waiting (Liddia) where her husband is. Liddia tells the duchess that he is in the castle library. Tess enters the library and sees Charles, Kate, and Carter. She notes that Carter is wearing a black armband that tells her that someone in his family has died. Carter tells Tess that his father has passed and that they (Carter, Kate, Alisha, and his mother) are returning to Restov with his father’s body for a funeral. Carter expects to return on the 3rd of Erastus.

Charles suggests that, since Kate is gone, that they might create a dart tournament at the Stag Head Tavern. Tess agrees with the idea to get the twins out and about AND to make it a trial run for her idea of a festival in Roda (September). Tess and Charles take the twins out for a walk about town and to spread the news of this idea. It quickly escalates into a city festival.

  • Tess is able to find 8 bards and 3 acrobat troops to agree to play/perform in the streets and marketplace.
  • A few bakers agree to sell small pies. Charles insists that there will be no mark-up cost.
  • Charles, traveling to the brewery, is able to get the workers to have a beer garden.
  • Akiros suggests that perhaps those of petty crimes in the jail might work off their jail time by picking up trash.
  • The guildhall agrees to promote this festival idea to its members and commits vending stalls.
  • The city’s main library offers a storytelling time for children and for those who aren’t able to read.
  • The members of the academy offer to judge the dart competition.
  • The dockworkers wish to have a barrel race, just to have a bit of fun.
  • A vendor gives the girls some fine lace ribbon for luck in the tournament.
  • At dinner, Akiros tells the Duke and Duchess that the security for tomorrow’s festival is in place. Randolf is told that he is in charge of some sort of fireworks display for the Roda festival.
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29th Sarenith, 4714

Party rides directly for home, reaching the castle late in the night.

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27th –28th Sarenith, 4714

The party begins it exploration of Hex 49. By the afternoon of the 28th, Kate and Akiros note a crack in the side of a mound.
F. Lonely Barrows.

  • Kate senses evil as they enter the cavern. The odor of amonia is strong. The source of the stench is quickly relized as the part is attacked by swarming bats (F1). The party overcomes the adventure with Randolf’s fireballs and Kate’s healing. (300xp)
  • F2. Central Chamber.
    Tess notices that the skelton in the center of the room is wearing a ring. Tess and Kate note that this area is a trapped area and the carved stone faces have something to do with it, but do not know how it could be disarmed. Tess believes that they should huge the walls as they move in this area.
  • F3/F4 Crypts Area.
    12 skeleton attacks, Tess runs. Kate blasts them. All but Tess get 100xp. Akiros gathers broken chain mail and broken swords (12 of each).
  • F5. The Warrior’s Tomb
    Through Kate’s bless spells and Akiros going blow to blow, the warrior is defeated. (600xp) The party agrees that Akiros should keep the +2 fey bane bastard sword. Randolf mends the sword and Kate blesses.

After traveling a few more hours, hex 49 is completed. (100xp)

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26th Sarenith, 4714

Party finishes exploring Hex 48 (100xp)
Camps for night on eastern border of this hex.

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25th Sarenith, 4714

E. On the Prowl (Hex 48)
The party easily cuts through the wolves and distroys the worg. Tess attempts to skin the animals, distroying all but the worg’s pelt and claws. Randolf burns the remains of the wolves.
710xp each for battle.
Tess given 10xp on skinning success and a +1 in future attempts. Gains huge worg pelt and 6 claws from her skinning.
The party continues to explore hex.

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24th Sarenith, 4714

In the morning, Charles tells Tess of the wanted posters and rumours he saw and heard around Akiros’ office. He tells her of a worg called Howl-of-the-North-Wind. Tess wishes to go settle the matter. Charles states that he would like to spend time with their twins and that Akiros would be more than willing to go with her.

Adventuring party – Tess, Akiros, Kate, Randolf. (CR6)
The party rides east in Hex 48. During the ride, Tess asks Akiros about his timeframe for asking Alisha to mary. Through his loyalty to his duchess (and a lucky roll of diplomacy), Akiros states that it is his people’s custom to wait several years. In addition to this, he adds that he would need both land and money to be able to get the blessing of her father. Kate suggests that she, given her marriage in the Fletcher family, could help, but Akiros politly refuses stressing that it would not be the proper way of doing it (as in not a manly way). Half way through the hex, they make camp. At night, Kate talks Randolf of making her a man once again so she can experience peeing as a man. He reluctantly agrees. Kate almost pees on Tess as she attempts to draw in the dirt.

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