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    Blue Rose: Big Damn Heroes is a Blue Rose campaign using the 2nd edition AGE system. It concerns a group of adventurers who were various confidence men, ne’'er do wells, smugglers, and other scum who found themselves faced with evil and made the choice to do the right thing and wound up Sovereign’'s Finest. Now led by a young Knight of the Rose, They head off to adventure! And, uh, riches, maybe?

    Blue Rose: Big Damn Heroes will be told primarily in the form of character journals, with some commentary. You may want to read all of them, or just those who’s perspective you like best. Character journals are rewarded but never required, so I cannot guarantee a journal from a specific character.

    Our game group contains men and women, straight and queer, trans and cis. I as a GM have a soft spot for queer relationships and am known for that and games where the majority of NPCs are women. I expect this to be no different.

    This is our cast. Specializations are guesses right now. If I am able to edit this page, I will do so when we reach a point of choosing them. All PCs are bisexual typical of the setting unless noted otherwise.

    Elijah Vale
    Background: Jarzoni
    Race: Vata’'An
    Gender: Male (Cepia Luath)
    Class: Expert
    Specializations: Shaper
    Elijah

    Elijah was compelled into the priesthood as a young man in Jarzon. While not untalented, he was lazy, and quickly found the low ranking priests did all the work and those at the top kept all the power. He eventually abandoned his responsibilities to become a conman, until he ran afoul the Silence, and accidentally became a hero.

    Elijah combines an Expert’s cunning with a Vata’'s talent for Arcana. He can manipulate objects and control light and sound, and he can influence people with ease. He does not consider himself a fighter but is surprisingly dangerous when he rouses himself to. At the very least, you can always count on him to pull off something unexpected.


    Greymaudie
    Background: Rhyden
    Race: Rhy-Cat
    Gender: Female
    Class: Adept
    Specializations: Seer
    Greymaudie

    Greymaudie is a Rhy Cat who was born in Aldis. She never precisely bonded with bipeds, so spent a lot of time outside civilization. A desire for creature comforts lead her to towns and cities eventually, and a desire for more made her a smuggler. However, when she clashed with the Silence along with Elijah, she unexpectedly found herself a hero.

    Greymaudie is a talented diviner and psychic, both able to affect animals and people. She prefers to avoid fighting but is no slouch when she must. However, she prefers to remain one step ahead of her rivals. Not as much of a charmer as the rest of the group, she can still hold her own socially when she chooses.


    Saber Loveridge
    Background: Aldean
    Race: Human
    Gender: Male (Cepia Luath)
    Class: Warrior
    Specializations: Champion
    Saber

    Saber was born in Aldis City to a well to do family. From a young age, he wanted to become a Knight, and had a love affair with swords. During one of his quests, he helped repel an assault to Elseport from below, where he found himself fighting beside Tríona. Seeing a chance to stand out, he offered to help guide this group of former ne'’er do wells. Gods help his soul.

    Saber’ is a Knight of the Rose who's love affair with swords cannot be overstated. He dual wields swords and inspires his companions through his significant natural charisma. Like most of the team, he is quite a charmer. On the battlefield, he is a fearless powerhouse, and off the battlefield he is probably charming ladies or talking about swords. Probably the latter.


    Tríona Clymene (Pronounced Tree-nah)
    Background: Aldean
    Race: Sea Folk
    Gender: Female (Caria Daunen)
    Class: Expert
    Specializations: Sharpshooter
    Tríona, Tríona2, Tríona3

    Tríona Clymene is a Sea Folk, and an impulsive sort. Bold and sometimes seemingly fearless, she is always ready for a fight or a fling. Still she is loyal, she is competent, and she always has a plan...just not always a good one. Though odds are she, at least, will come out okay. Defending her home town made her a hero, just like she always was in her head.

    Tríona is an archer who can lay down a lot of damage. She is mobile as well as dangerous, and skilled at using terrain even as she rains arrows down. She is also very charming, and while her overconfidence sometimes backfires, she can be a very seductive character. It’s hard to say if she has defeated more foes through social guile or deadly skill.

    The game is currently going, so at first we will be updating weekly to catch up. It takes place in the same setting as Blue Rose: Cat’s Cradle, and there will be some crossover in terms of plots, characters, and other such. Like Cat’s Cradle, I expect it to go on for some time. After this I will go ahead and put the one background I have up, give you the taste, then in a week send out the first journals. Enjoy.
    Last edited by Baroness Nerak; 05-30-2019, 02:34 AM.
    Running: Blue Rose AGE (Cat's Cradle) Blue Rose AGE (Big Damn Heroes)
    HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

  • #2
    Only one background for you, but it is the background of a certain Sea Folk. Enjoy.
    --
    Tríona Clymene: Aldin Sea Folk Expert


    The Canticle of Tríona Clymene


    No no, wait. That does not work. I mean I am important, and Canticles sound important. What is a Canticle again? Something about temple? I don’t know. I better change it in case it means something embarrassing.
    The Epic of Tríona Clymene

    Nah, that does not work.
    The Legend of Tríona Clymene


    Much better. Tríona Clymene was born at a young age in the city of Elseport. ̶I̶ She even as a bairn knew she was intended for something great. As she grew up by the docks and quays of the town, she spent a lot of time watching ships come and go, dreaming of the day ̶I̶ she would become a famous adventuress. She imagined adventures the ships were having. As she grew older, she traveled with her parents on ships but knew she would be no mere crewmember! I was destined for something more! One thing she found she was pretty much always a master at was the bow. She could hit a ship a mile away with an arrow which would someday get her all the girls.

    But Elseport had a rival. Garnet was bigger and prettier but was placed much further away from the actual islands Aldis trades with. I mean, sure, it was closer to Rezea, but I mean what are they gonna do, ride horses across the water to it or something. Way less important than Elseport. Pretentious bastards.

    Actually that would be really cool. If I had a horse that ran on water I would name her Waverunner, and she would be blue. And have wings of course.

    As she grew older, ̶I̶ she discovered two important things. One was boobs. Oh no, not my boobs, those were old news, but like other boobs. Also, that I she am the worlds greatest lover. She had her first dozen or so lovers before the age of nineteen and of course, word spread far and wide of her unbelievable prowess.

    Wait I forgot where I was going with the Garnet thing. Anyway Tríona visited Garnet the first time before the whole boobs thing (either of them) but even as a bairn she was strictly unimpressed. Little did she know she would eventually be wanted there. I mean in a bad way, not the usual way. I guess the other is kind of a usual way though. Anyway, bad way! No doubt the most wanted fugitive Garnet had ever seen!

    As implied by the paragraph two paragraphs ago, Tríona would find herself in Garnet getting up to all sorts of sexy shenanigans. Also what they insist on calling Piracy. Now when I hear the word Piracy I think of stealing, but ̶I̶ Tríona was just borrowing some items to impress this girl named Marina she met at a bar, and frankly the only way to efficiently do that is to also borrow the ship. And the easiest way to borrow a ship is at Arrowpoint. You get the idea. Anyway she got the girl, but also got wanted for piracy which was total bullshit as she did not like keep anything. So as implied by the last paragraph, she became a fugitive there.

    Fortunately, she was not some dumb bitch who hung around there waiting to be arrested by the overstuffed gendarmerie (especially after the girls dad walked in on them) and she stowed away on a ship leaving for Elseport. But she did it, you know, heroically. All that was not as a bairn, that would be freaky. She would not have stolen a ship to impress a girl when she was wee. But she totally could have.

    Tríona would go on to be wanted in a few places, but none ̶f̶e̶l̶t̶ ̶a̶s̶ ̶g̶o̶o̶d̶ ̶a̶s̶ ̶were as important as the contract on her very life from Garnet, which is pretentious and has absolutely no sense of humor. Being as intelligent as she is beautiful, it occurred to her this bullshit might interfere in her being a great hero. Fortunately destiny, like everyone else, had a crush on her, so she found her chance.

    Some trumped up undead types found their way into Elseport from below. Not precisely sure how that happened. Some foul ̶m̶a̶l̶a̶f̶i̶c̶a̶n̶c̶e̶ ̶M̶a̶e̶l̶e̶f̶ ̶M̶a̶l̶ ̶bad Stuff. But anyway, I of course could not have some rotting bastards bust into ̶m̶y̶ her city and graze on the local population. So she heroically busted out and started shooting them down, calling out to the townspeople to hide. I used the knowledge of the quays I had since I was a bairn. While the Knight, Saber Loveridge, helped hold off the undead, I went down and personally fought this giant flaming skeleton that shot fire from it’s eyes. Despite being totally alone, I was unafraid, and shot it down. Then there was this Darkfiend there, but Saber came along and helped me kill that. Shame he missed the skeleton it was awesome.

    Anyway, despite getting basically all the trim after that, Saber talked me into coming up and getting just honors. Finally, Tríona was getting the recognition I deserve. So I went up, looking forward to serving the great kingdom of Aldis.

    Also, walking through Garnet where they cannae arrest me. That too.

    --

    Next week Journals start. One a week till we catch up. Comments and Questions welcome.
    Running: Blue Rose AGE (Cat's Cradle) Blue Rose AGE (Big Damn Heroes)
    HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

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    • #3
      It’s time to get this party started. Our team is assembled and just needs some femme fatale to point them to a case that needs investigating. And if you don’t think that will happen, this must be your first time reading one of my game. I have a problem.

      Session I

      Roamers, Tramps and Thieves Part I

      Knight’s Journal

      Knight’s Journal- Aldis City- 2nd Gaeleth

      First Entry-

      Well it finally happened, it’s funny for years I have wished to achieve knighthood. but honestly I had given up hope. I am good fighter, but the Queen has no shortage of strong arms. I left after I gave up on being selected. I could have joined the guard, but I have to be honest my pride wouldn’t accept it. I couldn’t take being at my sister’s Academy I loved working with the students. But they knew I wasn’t advancing anymore and when that happens it was clear moving on and find a new path to growth was the only way forward.

      Heading to the port city was really whim, then stumbling into an undead attack was something I never expected, anymore than I ever expect to meet my fellow Sovereign Finest. My companions are worthy souls, Each possessed of unique strengths. I don’t pretend to understand most of those strength but even after just one night together it’s clear they are real.

      After the Induction ceremony we headed to Eventide Friend, for a good drink and conversation. Leading is an art not a science, and thinking you’re going to lead a cat is about as foolish a thing as you can try to do. So just record some basics about my companions.

      Tríona Clymene, Sea Folk Expert- My Fellow hero from the Undead Attack on the docks. Tríona is a good sort, a Skilled archer, a big talker, and driven admirer of the female form. She is relentless. She may have a tenuous relationship with the truth, but her hearts in the right place.

      Elijah Vale, Vata'An Expert- An Ex-priest, turned I’m not exactly sure what. Clearly has magic talents. Though exactly what he can do I’m not sure. I know a wanderer when I see one, Elijah is clearly a man without a home. I got him sword, because every servant of the Queen should be ready to meet defend our lady's honor. I hope with time he will discover he’s home here in Aldis.

      Greymaudie, Rhy Cat Adept- A cat that can talk into your mind is still a cat. Now that said Grey is clearly every bit the fearless feline, you would expect of any cat, she leapt from the roof, that was as brave an act as I have ever witnessed. Her talents clearly lie my in the realms of the mystic, but she ability to communicate telepathically is huge boon to our group. That said she claimed the magic status and I don’t think has any interest in negotiating the subject.

      Well I’m getting ahead of myself.

      At the Eventide Friend, we drank and talked for about thirty mins to an hour. I was working on talking the group into some bandit hunting, on the theory it would be a good way to start working together without huge risk. When we were approached by an attractive woman named Pinion, she said her brother attended sis’s academy and that she knew of smuggling ring we could breakup.

      We tried to talk her into joining us, but she seemed reluctant. We headed over to an in near the given location, where Greymaudie, used her powers or maybe just skills as a cat? I’m not really
      sure to get a rat to go investigate the smuggler's hideout. The Rat reported 4 armed guards and clearly they were waiting for more to arrive. Everything seemed on the level.

      To be honest I could really care less about smuggling, so long as doesn’t slaves or Sorcery. Sovereign’s Finest are about defending the city not doing job of the guard. But it’s our first night and I figured what the hell, a quick fight, a quick night. It would be a good beginning to our new vocation and start our reputation of right. Well at least that last part proved to be true.

      I was aware of our opponent’s reputation, Gyrfalcon said to tough, beautiful, and deadly a dangerous combination for certain. We kicked down the door Like the Big Damn Heroes we are, and walked in, I gave her and the minions my best it’s good day to die look, and Gyrfalcon a quick wink, just to let them know I was serious. We exchange pleasantries and our intent to quarrel. Then a wall exploded in word, and a pair of demons, and powerful blind sorceress, walked into the room; yelling something about a Raven Statue. I suggest to Gyr we lay aside
      our differences and come back to that issue after defeated these reality invading monsters. She accepted my proposal.

      With Tríona and Gyr’s help, I laid into the first demon. Gave it a couple quick combinations. But that thing was tough. We did some damage but it wasn’t slowing down fast. While I started in on the demons, Greymaudie launched the old death from above maneuver. Dropping from her position on the roof on to the sorceress, it that was an impressive attack and totally fearless.

      Before I could reach the second demon it attacks Greymaudie, landing a powerful blow. Cats not known for wearing armor was not ready for that kind of attention. Before i could reach her she was pulled out by what turned out to be Pinion. Whatever Pinion intended sending us there she’s all right in my book. Saving one of my team and I’ll give you a pass.

      The sorceress cast a spell that attempted to strangle me, but I shook it off, and started into the demons once more. I killed one and hurt the other with a quick dual strike. Shoving a sword into both demons. At this point things got next level complicated. As yet another party this one named Rowan, comes in and announces she is here to avenge an insult against the Fairlights.

      Somewhere in here Elijah hits the Sorceress with a rock, with his mind. The sorceress responds by grabbing a box and taking flight. Elijah responds by magically grabbing the box and pulling it too him, then lost track of him in the battle, I’m not sure if he literally disappeared, or if he is just really good at hiding. The Sorceress flew off as it was clear she is about be ended, as her last
      demons are defeated by a pair of shots from Tríona.

      At this point the Guard arrived. Guard Captain Aneshka ordered everyone to lay down their weapons, Rowan slowed her down by slamming the door, and tipping some boxes in front of it. In response to the guard showing up everyone else who was there, clearly decided discretion was the better part of valor. Gyr, withdrew up top and disappeared across the roves I assume. Pinion grab some boxes and ran, and Rowan busted a hole in the wall, and said some fine cuss words and took off. We agreed to meet with Aneshka, the next day, and headed off for the night.

      I’m not really sure but apparently we ended up with all the statues two of which were apparently magical, and were promptly claimed by Greymaudie. All and all very successful. Our reputation as brave and effective knights is clearly well established. We will just have to sort out the various other factions tomorrow.


      Greymaudi’s Notes

      Greymaudie’s Semi-Secret Writing Thing, Entry 1
      (as dictated to H. Mousebert, confidential secretary, on 2nd Gaeleth)

      Busy week:

      Rescued Elijah, Vata’An, from The Shadow. Elijah fairly tricky, good hunting partner! Says he is an ex-priest but smells like magic. Unsure on difference between priests and adepts. Elijah says priests live somewhere sandy and rocky and no fun at all. Note re: human hierarchies: Elijah says the ones that point the best tell all the others where to go. Seems accurate. To Do: Further research into pointing. Requires fingers, or no?

      My Entirely Legitimate Import/Export Business disrupted by zombie apocalypse, which one would think I would have Foreseen. Bother. Ineffable visions less reliable than ideal. Have decided to became Sovereign’s Finest instead. Saber says this means you can take things from bandits and pirates, and they give you symbols to wear that make city guards leave you alone. Good gig.

      Eventide Friend for social hour. To Do: get their recipe for boozy milk. V tasty.
      Met Saber Loveridge, human; Tríona Clymene, seafolk; Pinion, human.
      Tríona - likes mostly women. Must be v distracting. Tells stories properly.
      Saber - likes mostly swords. Thinks he points very well. Am skeptical so far.
      Pinion - Tenuous connection to Saber? Recommended we break up an Entirely Legitimate Import/Export Business on the docks. Job accepted w/out visions on the subject. Dislike not knowing what will happen in advance.

      Dock Job:

      Local rat report: warehouse with four armed humans, many boxes, and more humans on the way. Decided to scout roof while bipeds went in front.

      Scouting rudely interrupted by sorcerer w/ demons. Introduced self to sorcerer. Sorcerer displeased. Demon also displeased. Ow. Pinion-assisted tactical retreat. Note: send Pinion something. Remember: not rat. They don’t like rat.

      Developments on entry: Saber, Elijah, and Tríona fighting w/ Gyrfalcon’s humans vs demons. Lots of yelling re: complicated biped relationships, though. Bit demon. Note: demons taste terrible. Do not recommend.

      New Colleague Notes: Elijah can pull things from far away, like boxes and walls. Mildly invisible. Tríona shoots stuff v well including demons! Saber v stabby.

      Met two more important humans:
      Rowan - extra strong, extra stabby. Something about the Fairlights? Wanted boxes. Ha!
      Guard Captain Aneshka - v upset. Unsure why. Lots of feelings in that warehouse.

      Guards kinda stupid and slow. Snaffled other magic box from cart; let them have warehouse.

      More trickiness w/ Elijah, went well. Retrieved magic box from Rowan. All reconvened at bar across street. Got the boxes because I am v clever. Time magic-ed the magic things: light fox and dark raven statuettes. They do something when you hook them up together. Unsure what yet.
      To Do: Appropriate University space for further experiments.


      The Legend of Tríona Clymene

      Tonight, proved to be another good night for our heroine, Tríona Clymene. First, of course, she got honors from the Queen. Obviously, she can’t stay away from a gal like me. How she no had no idea of the adventure she would have that night. Tríona, of course, not Jaelin.

      So we were talking at the Eventide Friend later that night with Elijah, Saber and Greymaudie listening to Tríona regale them with tales of her heroism. They were an interesting bunch. Elijah is a languid sort, a Jazroni Vata’An with little in common with most Jarzoni or most Vata’An I know. I hesitate to use the word lazy, but let’s say willing to put work in but not more enthusiastic than your typical Garneter about it. Greymaudie is, however, fairly typical of Rhy Cats I have met. She is pretty greedy, and not very thoughtful. She is however pretty and endlessly scritchable. Saber is very…well he is a typical guy. Always talking about swords and stuff. But he seemed pretty all right, looking out for everyone. We must be giving him quite a workout.

      Anyway this total smokeshow of a lass come up and introduces herself as Black Pinion. She smiled big and walked over rubbing Tríona’s shoulders while she talked about how she had information about how to bust up a smuggling operation. She has been drawn by my beauty and melodious voice, and wearing the spiffy uniform. I talked the others into agreeing, and we decided on a plan for investigating the arrival in 3 hours.

      We arrived and Greymaudie sent mice in to scout and I joined in poking around. There were four human guards. After a lot of debate, we decided to slip in the front door, with Greymaudie moving above. When the leader of the smugglers, Gyrfalcon, arrived with ten soldiers, we slipped in to make the arrest. Saber and I, being big damn heroes, made our presence known, while Elijah, being a little damn hero, crafted illusions, and Greymaudie being a…cat damn hero, I guess, waited atop. Gyrfalcon was clearly impressed by my chiseled musculature, but was apparently Cepia or something as she more swooned over Saber which is…okay for Cepia lasses I guess? I don’t see it. I dunno man, you know those Cepia lasses are cray cray.

      But then…THEN…the wall bust open with two, no THREE soldier Darkfiends, and this freaky Vata chick with a blindfold. It was not Tríona’s first experience with a lass in a blindfold but it was the least sexy. But while Gyrfalcon cowed, Saber and I leapt into action. Saber and engaging them while I mowed them down with arrows. Greymaudie leapt into action, right on top of the Vata lass. The Darkfiends attacked her with their evil claws, and then Pinion sprung into action. See, she had been watching how damn sexy I was from the shows because we all need some me time. She used a grappling thing to rescue our cat friend. Gyrfacon was really upset, and shouted abuse at her. I guess she thought she would be a rival for Saber? Cepia lasses, man. Pinion yelled back. I would have gone over myself to deal with this girly chatter, but I was way too busy beating down the evil like a badass. I mean Tríona was. Damnit.

      Eventually with Saber’s badassery and my hail of arrows, the demons went down. The Vata chick used arcana to call a box to herself and started up. Then Elijah, who had been heroically hiding behind a box to surprise the enemy, popped up and used his magic to grab the box as she flew away, like a boss. Then this cute brunette burst in. She was stunned a moment by my awesome abs, but then pulled her eyes away to demand the box be turned over. Elijah then heroically turned invisible with the box. At that moment the guard arrived and Aneshka Snowdown, a stunning redhead, burst in, announcing the guard have arrived. Then she paused, paralyzed by my awesome glutes. The woman, Rowan according to her, took the opportunity to slam the door in the face of the lovestruck guard captain and charged in knocking aside Gyrfalcon’s men. Gyrfalcon herself, seeing that it was a bust, escaped via the recently de-catted roof, and her men fled out the front. Elijah then heroically invisibly chased them. Rowan grabbed a ton of boxes and made her own door as the guard poured in the hole left by the Darkfiends.

      Frankly, I was worrying about the structural integrity of the place at that point.

      Outside, he confronted Rowan, using a sword Saber had bought him. The battle was hard, but Rowan ran away from him and totally not the guard pouring out. Greymaudie heroically stole one of the remaining boxes, with arcane stuff, as cats love arcana.

      Once we had been interviewed by/and or slipped our hotel room number to Captain Aneshka, we moved on to meet in the bar and discuss it. I suggested we meet Aneshka to see what she needed tomorrow, and everyone agreed. Elijah and Geymaudie showed what they had recovered from the fight, and we agreed to keep it for now until we knew if Aneshka was legit. Then I headed back to my room; it was a full night even for me.

      But that’s how it all started. Not started, continued.

      Yes.

      End Session I


      Couple notes, Tríona is prone to exaggeration. There were two Darkfiends, and no one was flirting with her. But boy she was trying. Saber, for his part, did get a flirt which lead to a brief alliance with Gyrfalcon, which was honestly unexpected.

      There was drama over Pinion being Gyrfalcon’s ex, and over the fact that Rowan was Anactoria Fairlight’s new girlfriend (and Aneshka her old one). The two women hated each other immediately. Contrary to Tríona’s assumptions, Gyrfalcon is not particularly Cepia or Caria, just took a shine to Saber after an excellent Flirt stunt.

      Now, Roamers, Tramps and Thieves is a very open ended story. It could be a long story or short. They managed to keep Rowan, Vicious Whisper (the Sorceress) or Gyrfalcon from capturing the statuettes, so they were halfway home. Gyrfalcon did not seem to know what she had, nor really realize due to the parties arriving. So they only have the sorceress to contend with…

      Next week before we start the next session will be a short story. It will be familiar to some, having been posted on my other game, but you can read it here having seen a bit more of Tríona. So see you then. Comments and Questions welcome.
      Last edited by Baroness Nerak; 05-28-2019, 02:36 AM.
      Running: Blue Rose AGE (Cat's Cradle) Blue Rose AGE (Big Damn Heroes)
      HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

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      • #4
        So that should have gone up last week, but due to technical difficulties it just went up. But fear not, I will hook you up for this week. Enjoy.

        This takes place midway though Roamers, Tramps and Thieves. journals, the night after Saber, Grey, and Tríona just described. It first appeared on the thread for Cat's Cradle, but I also wanted to include it here for Big Damn Heroes. Here we have Tanith Nocturna between Dark Tides Cresting and Riders on the Storm. It features Tanith Nocturna from Cat’s Cradle and Tríona Clymene from Big Damn Heroes, taking place midway between Roamers, Tramps and Thieves. If reading for the first time enjoy, if not feel free to enjoy again.


        Anyway, walk along with Tanith and meet Tríona, and here you go.


        --
        Black and Green Night



        The Sea woman was drinking and gazing softly into her glass. It was late, and a rain had started in Aldis City. She was pleased; this meant she could get wet walking back. The lack of ocean was getting to her, and she had already resolved to walk along the edge of Lake Vash, maybe have a swim, the next day before meeting Saber and her companions. It meant not ordering a second glass of water to go with her scotch, which was fine with her. It would hit her harder.

        The day’s events went well, but her effervescent eagerness to please had been perhaps overwhelming. People seemed to like her fine, but the urban lasses of Aldis City barely gave her a second look, whereas in her home in Elseport she was known for her beauty and personality. Here she was no big deal.

        A second woman had entered and moved to sit at her table, breaking her reverie. She had heard the heavy sound of boots on the floor, but not looked up. When the other woman sat, smelling of lavender, however, she did look up, seeing a gorgeous Vata’Sha with blazing yellow eyes, an elaborate cloak, and a soft smile. Immediately she slipped into her usual cheer,

        “Buy us a drink, love?”

        “If you vish, though I vill not be heading home vith you.”

        Well that’s disappointing.

        “Why ya sitting with us then love?” She asked as the Vata waved over a waitress, ordering a second scotch for her companion, and wine for her.

        “Sovereign’s Finest, based on your jacket and quiver. I am vun too. Tanith Nocturna.”

        “Tríona Clymene, legendary hero.”

        A low chuckle, followed by an amused deep purr. “And vy is a legendary hero drinking alone?”

        “Oh, you know, tired out from all the adventuring and shagging. Just needed a quiet night.”

        A nod. “Both of my lovers are vith their lovers tonight. So I am looking for a quiet night myself, and time to think also. But I am unused to sleeping alone, so I thought I would step out for a drink first. Sadly it started raining on the vay.”

        “Well you know lass, if you are lonely…” The sea folk started

        “You are too tired and shagged out, also. I understand.” The rebuff was smooth, gentle, and did not feel like a rejection.

        “Right…”

        “You are cute though. Perhaps another time. Vere you vith the new group that joined today?” Yellow eyes looked her over. Tríona had never seen a golden eyed Vata’Sha, much less one with blonde hair. Was that even a thing? Didn’t matter. Her purr was a river, and Tríona was floating along it quite happily, watching and feeling the words go by.

        “Yeah, I was. Love your accent by the way, but it is not familiar. War’s du fae?”

        “I am from Aldis City, but my parents are from Kern. I am unsure vat part, but not Sarn. You?”

        “Oh, Elseport, born and bred. My father was born there, but me mum was from Rainward Isles. Pretty place, been there a few times.” Man, she was pretty.

        “I vent vunce. You spend a lot of time at zea?” Her yellow eyes had become gentler. Everything about her was hypnotic.

        “I mean, yeah, boating is not my thing, but I am pretty comfortable with it. My new team is not exactly, you know, nautical, but I am still useful. I am the best shot, and best lover, in Aldis.

        Another low, feline chuckle. “Good to know.” Why do they laugh when she says that? “Tell me about them.” Tríona’s reverie was broken.

        “Oh well let’s see. There is Saber, he is my second in command. Rose Knight. The dude loves swords. Like, I think he sleeps with them. But a good guy, and not afraid of anything. He helped us fight some demons in Elseport. Then we killed three today here. He is a good guy.”

        “Rose Knights generally are, in my experience.”

        “Yeah, and Saber is patient and all too, which is good, as ya know the other two are unruly. Greymaudie is a Rhy-Cat, not sure where she is from, ah, Adept, but I have not seen her use arcana other than the usual Rhy stuff so….probably not bullshitting us? Oh wait, she talked to mice.”

        Tanith’s grin was a little predatory. “A cat with a mouse hmmmm…only slightly analogous to tonight, you know?” Are her eyes more gold now?

        Tríona swallowed and got a little light headed. Tanith was doing this on purpose. Why can’t she be the badass dominant one for once? “Yeah, but she is clever, and fun. The other is Elijah Vale he is Vata, like you but…” Don’t say true Vata. Don’t say true Vata. “Vata’An.” Whew. “And Jarzoni, but he pulled the stick out. He and I get along well. Seems to be an illusionist, and rock thrower. Guess it is a thing over there.”

        “Very useful.” Tanith was pulling her glove off one finger at a time, and it had Tríona’s attention. The gloves were black, with purple on the back, going with the general black and purple theme of her clothes. But ornate, everything she wore was ornate. Tanith was also, notably, almost a foot taller than the sea woman, and her golden eyes had a playful spark now.

        “He is pretty cool, fought off this lass armored to the hilt with his sword too, despite barely having been trained in it. That’s my team, what about yours?’

        The Vata shifted. “My lovers are Jadzia, a Rezean voman, and Jana, who is Vata like me and from Kern. Jadzia is also excellent with a bow. But first and foremost, she is a horsevoman, and the best rider I have ever seen. She can tame any horse she comes across, but few can tame her. Though I can.” That grin again. Tríona felt weak.

        “And Jana?”

        “Jana Totten is an invincible armored vall vith a heart of gold. She is gentle and loving and uses her suffering in the old country to toughen herself into the iron voman she is now. She is also quite sexy and has luminous violet eyes also. I respect her a lot for what she has been through.”

        “And they have other lovers?”

        Tanith stirs the wine with her bare ebon finger. “Yeah, Jana is with a Rose Knight trainee named Marcus Vynn. He is a good guy, and we got him out of Kern recently. Jadzia is with a Rose Knight named Alexis Vinter, a master horsevoman and a really sveet girl. Those two are not in our team, but Alexis is vorking with Marcus some, so vhen ve need Knights to back us up ve can call them in. And of course, Jadzia and Jana are lovers vith each other and me.” She withdraws her finger and sucks it a moment before sipping.

        “I’d love to meet them.” Tríona downs more water with her Scotch. She can feel it hitting her now. There is not enough water here, she thought for not the first time.

        “Vee have three others. Ashlin is sort of a strategist. They are not so much a socialite but they have a lot of good insights I find pretty useful, and they are as close as I have to a right-hand person. Darcy is a Night Person and Roamer and has a number of lovers. He is a Martial Artist and Spirit Dancer, vich is impressive. And he has a very high opinion of his moral judgment, which is annoying as the void.” Tanith sips her wine, and silently hoped Ashlin was glad she never said Spy.

        “And the other?” Tríona leans, her ponytail falling across her bicep.

        “Ah, Maria Highmore. She is an adept like me. Frost Shaper. Sweet girl, but happiest in a library. Terrifying on the battlefield though.” A distant look for a moment as Tanith sips. She was getting better about not being jealous of Marcus. She wishes it did not bother her. She actually laughed naturally in his presence, though, so that helps.

        “Are you working toward anything or just…adventuring till you cannae do anymore.”

        Tanith was the one snapped from her reverie this time. “I vill probably move on to being a noble, like my father. Venever the team starts settling down. That said I am hoping Jadzia and Jana vill be with me. You?”

        “I haven’t decided. Adventuring for the foreseeable.” The Sea Folk looks thoughtful. “Earn something permeant, I am thinking a statue of us. With me bow probably. Build me legend. A bit.” Tanith’s yellow eyes look over her companion. Tríona is definitely cute; that is the word that jumps out. Like all Sea Folk she is sleek and wiry, compactly muscled, naturally hairless apart from her head and softly blue-green. Her eyes are darker, giving them a mysterious and mischievous glimmer that any bit of a smile showed off. Her breaths, barely audible, sounded a bit more like the rising and falling of waves than most people’s. Getting closer would not be the worst thing in the world. Not tonight, but perhaps sometime. Sometime when she wouldn’t be seeing Jadzia and Jana when she closed her eyes.

        Perhaps she should go, Tanith thought.

        “I should head back to Onyx. But stay in touch, Tríona. It was lovely to meet you.” She slides the glove back on.

        “Let us walk you home love?” Tríona perked up. May as well give it a shot.

        Tanith stood up. She was over six feet. She looked out the window, her coat shifting. “I don’t know. I’d hate to have you get more vet.”

        “Sea Folk, love. Don’t care about water.”

        “Fair enough, come along.” She turned, her cape fluttering behind her and headed out.

        --

        Both women shifted to Dark Sight as they walked down the street. The rain was really coming down, and small rivers ran down the road. Tanith had her hood up, and the water splashed under her feet. Cloaked in black and purple, her golden eyes were starkly visible in the darkness between bits of light from shas crystals on buildings. Tríona’s reddish blonde hair was wet, but she had no issue with it. Her tunic, breeches and leather boots clung enough to give her a slighter silhouette, aside from the bow and quiver on her back, but the Expert was more athletically built than her nearly two-meter companion. While it was Tanith’s topazes that were the most eye catching, it was Tríona’s dark eyes that noted they were being followed.

        They had not traded words since they left, the wind and rain making communication difficult. Tanith’s mind was distracted in another place, but she noticed when Tríona’s arms raised over her head to grab her bow. When she saw Tríona jump to a crate, to a barrel, to a low roof, she turned and unleashed a golden blade that glowed with the same light as her eyes, cutting through the darkness swiftly shifting from shades of yellow to amber. In the shadows, four men drew blades, but one was felled before they could even react by a pair of arrows from the Sea Woman’s bow. Tanith dashed toward them with her golden psychic blade in hand even as more arrows rained on them, taking down a second one before the Vata’Sha could even reach them. The larger man moved to put the taller woman between him and the archer, who dashed across the roof leaping one to the other even as his last remaining companion was peppered with arrows before he could strike Tanith. However, the thug’s attention was swiftly drawn from the leaping archer to the amber blade, as Tanith swiped up and cut off his arm. He staggered back, wide eyed.

        “Go get help for your friends. And reconsider your life choices.” The man ran. Light healing magic was cast on the slowly moving trio on the ground, just enough to stabilize them just as the Vata heard Tríona land on the ground behind her.

        “Thank you little one. Your help is appreciated.” Tanith leaned down and slipped a hand behind Tríona’s head and kissed her. The Sea Folk girl’s knees buckled but she felt Tanith catch her weight. Her nose was filled with the smell of lavender and the Vata’Sha woman’s personal scent. For her part, in addition to the immediate textures, a salty smell filled Tanith’s nose, quickening her heart as well.

        After several long moments, Tanith released her and stood, catching her breath. “Ve should…ve should go our separate vays now. Thank you and have a lovely night.”

        “Goodnight pet.” Tríona blinked and smiled. After watching the cloaked Vata’Sha disappear into the night, turning perhaps a bit quickly to hide her expression, Tríona smiled and put her bow back on her back and closed her quiver.

        ‘Well, that was nice.” She said and, with a spring in her step, headed back to the inn.

        --

        Next week the Conclusion of Roamers, Tramps and Thieves. And if you haven't, check out Cat's Cradle. Between Cat's Cradle and Big Damn Heroes you have a lot of (hopefully) fun reading for Blue Rose, as well as ideas to use or steal in your game. Anyway, see you next week. Comments and Questions welcome.

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        • #5
          It’s time to return to Aldis City. The new team of Finest came out of the big brawl well, and now has to deal with the Sorceress after them. The obvious way to handle this is to lay a trap.

          Session II

          Roamers, Tramps and Thieves Part II

          Knight’s Journal

          Queen Jaellin,

          Your Royal Majesty, as the newest of the Sovereign's Finest, I submit this report on behalf of my colleagues your true servants, Tríona, Elijah, Greymaudie, and of course myself your humble servant Saber of House Loveridge. Following the ceremony of our induction into your finest we attended a local eating establishment where we were tipped off by a loyal citizen there would be smuggling operation.

          In the interest of law and order we scouted out the place and determined it was true. Smugglers were about to arrive with a shipment. We waited for arrival and entered. As we prepared to arrest those involved, the wall broke in and a Sorceress and pair of warrior demons entered the building.
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          We did battle with the demons, though as we engaged several other parties become involved. To fairly complex battle short, we defeat the demons drove off the sorceress, and recovered a pair of magical status. Which were apparently the target of the involved parties.

          The next day Elijah and Greymaudie, studied the artifacts, and learned some details that, these items could add some kind of magic. With the help of Guard Captain Aneshka, we set off to speak to involved parties. Learned that the smuggler didn’t know what she had, and that the status were brought in at the order of the Fairlights, who intended to sell them to a private bidder. It does seem very unlikely that the Fairlights were involved in sorcery however.

          We sought answers from Gyrfalcon and from Pinion’s boss. Tríona and Greymaudie investigated Pinion while Elijah, Aneshka and I investigated Gyrfalcon, before we tracked her down however, were attacked by yet another set of demons. These were a different sort of demon, that hide strealthly in the shadows and attacked with mind powers. With Aneshka’s aid we defeated the two demons, and determined the Sorceress was tracking us using scrying magic. So after considerable discussion we determined to lay a trap for her. I created a fake set of the statues, and hide them in Elijah’s bedroom, Aneshka and I hide in the closet, while Pinion and Tríona hide in her room across the hall, Greymaudie, hid in a suitcase, and Elijah made himself invisible.

          We waited for the ambush, around 11 that night the attack occurred. A pair of shadowy vampire assassins came into the room and stabbed the pillows we had disguised as Elijah and the other grabbed the fake statues. Meanwhile across the hall, Tríona and Pinion detected the Sorceress and another soldier demon standing in the hall. They emerged and attacked. Tríona and Pinion injured the sorceress and having heard the activity walked past the assassins and joined them. Elijah finished the sorceress off with his new discovered sword skills.

          Greymaudie, Aneshka, and I joined the fray, and attacked the demon. As we joined the battle and the demon fell, the vampire assassins fled taking the fake statues with them. The assassins were pursued by Agents of the Silence, whom had come to claim the item as well it seems. However the Vampires appeared to have escaped the assassins. We remain in possession, of these statues, and will seek to learn more about them.

          So in closing, we have bested 5 demons and 1 sorceress in but 2 days. I am proud of this teams great achievements. I hope and I’m confident we will continue to achieve more valiant deeds in days to come and work to end the threat or the dark magic to our world.


          Greymaudie’s Notes

          (as dictated to H. Mousebert, confidential secretary, on 3rd Gaeleth)

          Further search in library re: statuettes with Elijah. Unsuccessful despite decent research assistance. Bother.

          Meeting with city guard, Captain Aneshka. Half the city seems to want these trinkets. Who tipped off whom to dock job? Note: drop in on Imperator Fluffykins, preferably from above with a half-brick.

          Triona (Tree-na) and self met up with Annette DeVeers, local boss-lady, in Eventide Friend. Saw bard, who is not a convincing cat. Can’t blame other species for wanting to be cats, though, poor things.

          Reminded of scrying issues by Annette, tried to warn Elijah and Saber about imminent attempt on their lives. May have been teensy bit late. Note: future-sight potentially on the blink?

          Rejoined E and S. Ambush planned for Elijah’s room at the inn, fountains being rejected as ambush setting. Saber shows unexpected skill in soap carving. Elijah shows entirely expected skill in being invisible.

          Perhaps napped in that trunk a touch too long, as Tríona pointed out lack of adequate armor-putting-on warning, but the bipeds were all giggling so I assumed they were paying attention. Do I have to do everything?

          Pair of vampires attempt theft, murder. Vicious Whisper (sorcerer) and demon guard out in hallway, as room was crowded. Elijah and Tríona make short work of Vicious Whisper. Bit another demon, which tasted no better than the last demon. Saber and Aneshka dispatched the demon. Pair of vampires rethink unlives of crime, exit via window. Pair of vampires become excellent target for the Shadow agents lurking across the street. v amused.


          The Legend of Tríona Clymene

          Okay, So Tríona was really amazing at the end of the conflict in Aldis City. Truly, everyone was in awe of her majesty. Initially, she interviewed the fawning Master Spy Queen Annette DeVeers with Greymaudie, and once we were able to get her to calm her obsequious manner, we found out that the Sorceress was called Vicious Whisper, and that Black Pinion worked for her. Annette warned us Vicious Whisper might be spying with arcana, so Greymaudie and I rushed out to save them.

          Aneshka Snowdown, Saber Loveridge, and Elijah Vale were trapped by three Darkfiends when we arrived. We had met with Aneshka earlier, and she eventually wound up splitting up with us. I should have mentioned that. But anyway we arrive, just in the nick of time. Greymaudie looked up helplessly at me but Tríona was not afraid. She notched arrow after arrow to rain down on the Fiends. Saber rallied, seeing her there, and surged forward like a wave. Between us, we mowed down all four fiends while Aneshka looked on with weak knees.

          Once we got to healing our beat up allies, we made a lot of plans. Saber wanted Elijah to stand in a fountain and ambush them, but Tríona quickly pointed out he was out of his godsdamned mind. She, being a great strategist and full of good old fashioned Elseport common sense, vetoed that insanity. Besides she had a plan of her own. Her plan to ambush them was amazing; we make a duplicate of the statuettes that is carved by Saber and sets them visible, since this Whisper lady is watching. Elijah turns invisible, Grey hides in Elijah’s suitcase, and Saber hides in the closet with Aneshka, as I insisted she be there.

          Never a glory hound, Tríona chose to hide in her room, with Pinion, ready to spring. An agreement was made when they sensed Vicious Whisper was scrying. Pinion was so drawn to the well-built heroine and her feminine wiles, she could not resist undressing her, over Tríona’s protests. Unfortunately, Saber, despite Tríona ‘s warning, got distracted by Aneshka Snowdown. Thus when the attack happened Tríona and Pinion were…unprepared. They were forced to charge out bare ass naked, with Tríona’s opening volley felling a Darkfiend soldier. She found a second solider, Vicious Whisper, and a pair of vampires. Saber and Aneshka held their own against the undead, while Elijah bent space to disappear and reappear behind Whisper, taking her down with a backstab. He, Pinion and I brought down the Soldier, which lead the vampires to turn into bats and escape. Apparently, there were Silence agents nearby who followed them out, thinking they had the statues (they had the duplicates).

          Thus Vicious Whisper was taken down and their first mission complete. Tríona and her followers are unstoppable.

          End Session II

          Roamers, Tramps and Thieves Completed

          Elijah, Greymaudie, and Saber all failed their Perception (Hearing) tests to hear Vicious Whisper and her Undead and Darkfiends coming. This was partly Saber’s fault as he was trying to seduce Aneshka. This meant Tríona (who was even more…distracted…in the other room) and Pinion had to take a major and minor action in the room before they could emerge from the door slightly late.

          Tríona exaggerates…again…there were two Soldier Darkfiends.

          This one was over with fairly quickly, but some of the players will come up again soon. In the meantime, we start a new story in two weeks. Next week will have an update to have the Handout for the game, which has a location familiar to Cat’s Cradle Fans. See you then, Comments and Questions welcome.
          Running: Blue Rose AGE (Cat's Cradle) Blue Rose AGE (Big Damn Heroes)
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          • #6
            So before starting the next story, there was a handout for the story which I wanted to share here. It covers Lumina and the surrounding area, and a lot was covered in the Cat's Cradle story The Bard's Tale. This story obviously takes place later. Enjoy

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            The Statuettes

            The origins and uses of the Statuettes remain a mystery. You have a general idea they enhance magic but not how. The white Statuette’s origin seems to be around Lumina in a thick forest in Aldis. They regularly have trouble with Mongrel Shadowspawn there attacking travelers, and those Mongrels have been organizing recently, so it seems as good a time as any to look into it while ostensibly fighting some Shadowspawn.


            Lumina

            Lumina is a small town in Western Aldis known for being near the mystical White Forest and under a canopy of trees making the town and immediate environs in darkness like a perpetual night. However, it is less than an hour’s ride to sunlight so the people do not suffer…much…from being in a dark. The locals are almost all Humans and Night People. Shas crystals are mined in the nearby Ulkan Mines and fruits and vegetables are grown which benefit from the perpetual darkness. Lake Kilma nearby provides water, and the break in the foliage offers sunlight to swimmers.

            In fact the unusual trees and number of shas crystals are because it rests where once a Vatazin laboratory was. Though the Vatazin themselves are long gone, Lumina benefits from their magically protective trees and abundance of fertile ground, occasional artifacts and crystals. And the whole area tends to have a very positive energy rather than the gloom one might expect.

            The Rose Knight Alexis Winter is from Lumina. She is known for her blind fighting abilities (gained as a member of the Sentinels, or local guard) and mastery of horsemanship allowing her speedy riding even in thick forests like those around Lumina. She is not expected to be there at present, however.


            The White Forest

            The White Forest is a magical forest near Lumina in Western Aldis. It is known for a large number of Fey elementals, mostly wood oriented with some water ones. The local Fey are not usually violent to interlopers but they do not allow most people to travel through without permission. Vata of any sort are apparently permitted to pass through as long as they are respectful and only take what is needed. Roamers are allowed free passage and to make camp, though they seem to know Roamers by sight. Others need to negotiate to stay there or pass through.


            Ulkan Mines

            The Ulkan Mines are a source of Shas crystals, and some rather unusual and impressive ones have been found there. While it had problems with Shadowspawn in the past that is not known to be the case now.

            --

            We begin Into the Woods next time. See you then.
            Running: Blue Rose AGE (Cat's Cradle) Blue Rose AGE (Big Damn Heroes)
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            • #7
              In search of information on the statuettes, the Finest head to mysterious forest of Lumina

              Session III

              Into the Woods Part I

              Knight’s Journal

              Our scholarly minded members determined a connection between one of the statuettes and the crystals found in the forest around the town of Lumina. Seeing that this was our most likely lead on learning more of the statues and that the area has recently been plagued by Mongrel Shadowspawn. I agreed that an expedition was clearly in order.

              Travel was uneventful, as we acquired horses or some sort of transport for this journey. Tríona named hers Startling Sail a fine steed, though I think she may be somewhat confused. Elijah’s is named Drifter, a brown, somewhat small horse in my opinion, by I’m sure it is very swift. While Greymaudie preferred a donkey and cart, something about needing sleep. She dubbed the poor animal Snack. I’m grateful the poor creature cannot understand the meaning. Lastly mine is a fine destrier named Comet.

              Having arrived without incident we settled in, to the house set aside for the Queen’s Own. A nice facility, well built and apportioned. We sought dinner at the local inn, a fine hall, with good food. There we made the acquaintance of two rival merchants, a guard sent to keep them safe; though mainly from themselves, and a excellent old Raven named Lucifer, a fine bird indeed. Once we tracked down Lucifer. Grey shared some sausage and conversation with the fine bird. Which got us the information we needed concerning how to correctly approach and converse with the fey guardians of the forest. Apparently Lucifer has a friend who is friends with a half Fey, who is friends with the Fey Queen’s Consort. Which is one of those i’m just going to have to get used to the services of the Queen.

              Anyway, we shared a good meal and turned in early. We awoke before dawn and I lead Elijah in morning exercises, his skill with the blade continues to improve, I’m proud to report. Sadly Tríona who was apparently unwell, having drunk quite a lot the night before was feeling ill tempered in the morning, she did not take well to morning training. But I believe she will come around at some point.

              We then had breakfast and sought Lucifer’s friend whom turned out to be a laevvel, Night person herbalist. They setup a meeting for later that morning. While waiting I took a walk to down the local waterfall, which was truly a sight to behold. I should mention the forest is very dark, even the light of the sun fails to penetrate the leaf cover. But the waterfall is just on edge of the forest.

              The meeting with the half fey went well, I believe she and Tríona may have hit it off. Anyway, we setup a meeting with Consort, to gain access to the facilities in the section of the forest protected by the fey. The meeting was set for that evening, so we decided to spend the rest of the day dealing with the Mongrel Shadowspawn problem. Borrowing a coach from one of the merchants, we dressed up as easy targets, and went and drove through the section of the forest that was recently attacked by the Shadowspawn. They attacked, first launching arrows as Tríona as she drove the coach. She returned fire while I leapt from the coach and charged the foul breasts. We engaged in some perilous combat. Though my allies swiftly followed. Grey and Elijah, both laid into the foes, Elijah once more showing his improving swordsmanship. With some fine bow work from Tríona and blade and tooth work by the rest we soon panicked several mongrel into flight, while defeating the rest.

              Grey using her magic and fine Cat skills, tracked the beasts back to their layer. Where she learned that a pair of lizardman has recently taken command of the Mongrol and brought them into conflict with ettercaps, massive spider creatures native to the region. We headed back to town to raise the local rangers.

              End Session III

              If you follow Cat’s Cradle, as noted in the previous handout’s Lumina was the setting of The Bard’s Tale. This obviously happens after. Lucifer was in Dark Tides Cresting, and one of the Merchants, Sapphire Steelheart, was in Shadow Show (the other, Pima Gallacio, was last in The Bard’s Tale before this).

              Mongrels are pretty straightforward I think. I may have overestimated a group of level two’s a bit but they did fine.

              More next week, Comments and Questions welcome.
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