Re: Campaign Chronicle: Loyal But Untamed
Peril at Kings Landing I (the travel to Kings Landing)
This story will come in several parts, because the adventure is fairly long.
(Warning! Massive Spoiler for Peril at Kings Landing)
The recent events (trouble with the Dannetts, the attacks by the clans) brought Lord Gard to the conclusion that it would be a good idea to booster the (military) prestige of house Blyth by arranging a tourney. But this might be (too?) costly for the resources of Dragonport, so he was still indecisive. However before he came to a final conclusion, the Blyth (like other houses in the region) gets an invitation for a tourney at Kings Landing, celebrating the name day of Prince Joeffrey Baratheon. This sounded like a good opportunity to make an appearance of house Blyth in the capital, to gain prestige and honour. But given the dramatic events of the last weeks and months Gard thought that it might be unwise to leave his land for nearly two months. He also did not want that his sister Alyanna went to Kings Landing, because she was his heiress as long as he did not have a son or daughter. And given the fact that there was an attempt to kidnap her not even two month ago, he thought the travel might be too uncertain. Alyanna tried her best to persuade her brother to let her go, but with no success.
In the end Lord Gard decided that he would send his uncle Eric (who could speak for house Blyth and who also have a business ties to Kings Landing) together with Paedrig Rivers and Ragnar Greyjoy (both could and should fight in the tourney). While Ragnar want to fight for his own family, it was decided that Paedrig would be the fighter that represent house Blyth.
Inspired by Paedrig, Ragnar asked Alyanna to be ‘her’ knight in the tourney, a pledge that she agreed with some amusement. Paedrig also asked Gard, if one of them perhaps should also fight as Lady Anya of Krayenhorns knight (silently hoping that he might be the one for his two years older ‘aunt’), but Gard could not be persuaded.
However Lord Gawan of Krayenhorn asked Gard if his fighters might take some Krayenhorn-horses with him, to show their qualities at such a prominent place like Kings Landing. Lord Gawan himself could not participate in the tourney because of his duties and the still unstable situation with the clans. His suggestion was granted.
So only two days after the invitation arrived Dragonport, the three man get on their way, with a short detour to Krayenhorn to get the additional horses and a stable boy (called Thomas). Lord Gawan wished them good luck although his relationship with his bastard nephew Paedrig remained strained.
The first two days of travel towards the Kingsroad were not very comfy, much to the displeasure of Eric (Ragnar and Paedrig did not have such high travel comfort expectation).
On the second day the group suddenly faced the bloody bodies of five men nearby the road – and an angry bear who had feed from the corpses. The beast was killed by Eric and Paedrig.
A short investigation revealed that the men (perhaps mercenaries) were certainly not killed by the bear but slain by swords. The attack must been a surprise because they were not able to draw their weapons. There were no clear tracks of the murder (or at least the members of the party were not able to read them) and so after collecting the weapons of the killed men the party left the place (they did not have the tools nor the time to burry the killed). One of the killed mercenaries did have a sword with the old (pre civil war) Baratheon-weapon – perhaps a trace for a later investigation?
When the party arrived the Kingsroad later the day and wanted to get quarter in a local inn they soon faced a very strange atmosphere: guests and personal seemed almost terrified by the Blyth banner. After some time (and some coins spend) the party found out the cause. It seemed that Adham Dannett, son and heir of Lord Aelfric Dannett, has visited the inn on his way to the tourney and told a gruesome story about the treachery and cruelty of house Blyth. He accused Blyth to have brutally killed more than a dozen Dannett-peasants (men, women and children). There were no eye-witnesses of this massacre, but a shield with the Blyth weapon was found and the traces of the attackers could be followed to the Blyth- borders. Adham Dannett was determent to claim justice for this crime (at Kings Landing – perhaps even by the king?).
The party tried to persuade the owner and guests of the inn that they certainly not intended to start ‘another massacre’ but the atmosphere was still frosty. Question about the killed mercenaries (the party assumed a probably connection between the two events) were more successful. The men (plus one additional fighter) had indeed stayed at this inn before they were hired two weeks ago by an old man who wear the arms of house Archey (a blue fox on silver) and then marched to the coast. Only some days ago one of the mercenaries passed the inn on his own and in great hast.
The party paid the inn owner to burry the killed mercenaries and sent a message to Gard, warning him of the new trouble. And they decided to go undercover for the next time – they certainly not wanted to argue every evening against the stories Adham Dannett has told to a more ore less interested audience.
The next evening at the ‘Great Deer Inn’ the party indeed could heir again the tale of the gruesome deeds of house Blyth. Beside this they also heard that Adham Dannetts sister Iris had gone lost (at least one event that was not laid on their shoulders). Given the fact that Iris should marry the rich (but old and fat) merchantman Ruben Piper this made the party wonder about the financial situation of house Dannett. After all a groom who is no noble man…
It was unclear if Iris had run away, was perhaps hidden by her family or even kidnapped. But after all house Blyth had enough own problems…
The party also heard tales about a new robber in this area, called ‘Fox Knight’, normally more popular for marauding in the south, around Kings Landing. This nome de guerre made Paedrig wonder if this might be the man with the fox banner who had hired the killed mercenaries.
Another guest, the mercenary Ham Flowers (a Targaryan loyalist), made Paedrig suspicious because he seemed to know a lot (in fact too much) about the massacre at the Dannett-land. Also his story that he had killed a whole band of robbers on his own did not sound very convincing – if he did not mean the five dead mercenaries which were certainly killed by someone who they trust.
The party decided to hire Ham Flowers as a escort so that they can interrogate him when there was no one around (certainly force him at the blade point out of the inn and interrogate him in the barn of the ‘Great Deer’ would not be a wise idea).
However, since a travelling merchantman called Rog Thanders also wanted to accompany us, the interrogation had to wait.
This delay was fatal, because the whole party were ambushed at the road and Ham Flowers killed by an arrow. While the three attacking fighters were easily charged down and captured by Ragnar and Paedrig, the hidden archer injured Ragnar seriously and escaped unseen.
The interrogation of the three prisoners (which where furious that their commander had abandoned them) soon revealed, that they believed to be hired by ‘Lord Dannett’ for a feud against house Blyth. But their descriptions of ‘Lord Dannett’ neither meet Adham Dannett nor Lord Aelfric Dannett – but the appearance of the man that had hired the killed mercenaries. His legalization as ‘Lord Dannett’ was certainly a (bad) fake.
Now it became clear that this all must be a plot to discredit house Blyth or perhaps even start a feud. The party took the three soldiers with them (in fact hired them) so they could testify if there will be a court (or at least a parlay with Adham Dannett). The body of Ham Flowers was brought to the next village and buried. He might have been a robber and a murder, but (in Paedrigs mind) he was a Targaryen loyalist like Paedrigs father…
The next weeks were mostly uneventfully, beside the fact that the party still must hear Adhams stories every evening and therefore travelling incognito till they reached the Trident. After this the party decided that staying undercover was not longer necessary – here no one know their banner and very few were interested in the stories about a massacre some hundred miles away. The party arrived at Kings Landing without further problems and delays.
Meanwhile at Dragonport, Gard had done everything possible to calm the waves after he get message about the new problems. He ordered his troops to not react to any provocation (with the exception of a full military intervention) and send messages to house Dannetts and Arans, claiming his innocence.
Gards messenger to the Dannetts was chased away, but the messenger to house Arans returned with two commissioners and a group of soldiers, which should investigate the whole situation. Gard cooperated as much as he could – the commissioners get free access to Gards land, soldiers, officers and villages. He (and also Lady Alyanna and their mother Fiana) also tried their best to charm the commissioners. This was a hard task, given the fact that one of them was Ser Byron Fallkirk (the Blyth and the Dannetts were not at good terms, and Adham was his squire before he was anointed). The other commissioner was the Maester of the Arans. Although he was arrested by Gards older brother Viserion some time ago, he seemed to be more objective.
In the end the commissioners could not find any prove of Blyth’s guilt (but also no proves of innocence). A protocol of their investigation was sent to Kings Landing.
Of course, this whole troublesome situation brought Gards attempts of arranging a wedding between him and one of the Aran girls to a crashing halt – at least for the moment.
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Peril at Kings Landing II
(The time till the beginning of the tourney)
There are many intrigues and conversations and a lot of participants in this chapter. Hope you get not confused.
Eric and Ragnar had already been at Kings Landing (Ragnar when he and Gard escorted Alyanna home and Eric did live here some time in the last few years) but it was still a view for them. For Paedrig the city was almost overwhelming (although he was born at Kings Landing his mother had left the city with him when he was only a few months).
The party soon discovered that Adham Dannett seemed to have foreseen their arrival – an officer of the goldcloaks (incited by Adham) made some trouble but was bribed by Eric to let the party pass without further complications.
They get quarters at the ‘Green Tree Inn’, a noble and comfy place which seemed to have good ties with the nearby ‘Jade Spring’ noble brothel. Noticing this, Ragnar Greyjoy soon hired Marya, one of the more educated (and of course pretty) ‘Jade Spring’ girls as his companion for the time of his stay at Kings Landing (a quiet costly pleasure but after all he did have the money). Beside the party there were also some other guests of interest or higher social status at the inn: for example some members of house Lugus (a Westland-house with a certain but not very good reputation because their history of killing and bloodshed between rivalling members, but also known for their number and courage), two knights from Dorne (Bryan Telson and Gennady Shannin), a young female minstrel called Blackbird and the aged Ser Jorris Landseer.
During the evening, the party tried to get a better impression of the other guests. It soon became clear, that most of the knights at the inn wanted to fight in the tourney but beside this there was not much common ground.
Ser Bryan and Ser Gennady seemed not to be very fond of each other, perhaps because they were interested in the same girl – a companion called Lidda. Although Paedrig certainly wanted to know more about the two knights (his mother was from Dorne but he did know nothing about the land) he concentrated his attention mostly on Ser Jorris, because the old knight mentioned that he was after the Fox Knight – a man who seemed to be also an enemy of house Blyth. Beside some tales and gossip Jorris did not know many facts, but he promised to help (like Paedrig promised him).
The Lugus group made a mixed impression to the party. Ser Naton Lugus was a tall, muscular, loud and vulgar man, while his brother Orten seemed to be less impressive but calmer, controlled and hard to read. He wanted to know more about the intention and goals of the group but retreated when Eric tried to get some information out of HIM. The sister of the two Lugus, Marita, had the reputation of being a black widow. She had already outlived two husbands and now wanted to marry a third man, Ser Langley Woods, who also intended to participate in the tourney and seemed to be not very happy about his wedding – just like the bride. The mother of the three was also at the inn, but mostly ignored the other guests.
The next day the party went to the tourney place outside the city walls to get into the tourney rolls. They also hoped to meet Adham Dannett and clear the tension between Blyth and Dannett in a face to face conversation. The tourney place was already filled with knights, squires, servants, horses, tents and a lot of other folks. Eric wanted to participate only in the shooting contest while Paedrig and Ragnar signed in for the Tjost, the Grand Melee and the Riding Contest (Paedrig also wanted to participate in some of the athletic contests although these were not very ‘knightly’). When Paedrig told the tourney herald the names of his parents, the old man seemed to remember them – and reacted not very fond (obviously the old scandal between Micael Blyth and Avara Gargalen was still not forgotten by some).
After this the party split. Eric went to the beer tent where he has the luck to meet the famous red priest Thoros of Myr, last surviving member of a drinking-contest, while Paedrig and Ragnar went after Adham Dannett.
Their attempt to meet him was not successful – the young knight (or mostly his entourage because Adham simply stayed in his tent) denied any chances to talk. It was quiet frustrating. At least no one of the party draws a blade or lost his countenance. But they seemed to be not the only one frustrated, because a messenger of Ruben Piper (the would-to-be groom of Iris Dannett) tried to convince them to look out for the girl. This pledge slightly amused the two young knights.
After this Ragnar went sightseeing with his companion Marya while Paedrig went to the street of steel for ordering a new castle forged armour – a costly investment for him.
Eric Blyth meanwhile decided to visit his sister (Gards and Alyannas aunt) Visennya Buckwell, who lived at Kings Landing as a member of the royal court. She did have a lot of insight into the situation in the city and the Red Keep. However it became clear that she did not want to take sides in an eventually court if Adham Dannett really would bring his cause before the Hand or even King Robert. But Visennya informed Eric about the investigation of the Arans (a raven had arrived) and was willing to spy a little bit about Adham’s next steps.
When Paedrig returned to the ‘Green Tree’ he used his time to get at better terms with Ser Bryan. The two young knights soon found a common ground. Bryan warned Paedrig that he might get trouble with another dornish knight at the tourney – a knight from house Uller (Paedrigs mother was married to an Uller when she started her affair with Micael Blyth, and her husband was killed by Paedrigs father in a duel).
In the late afternoon the party was alarmed by Ser Jorris who claimed to have found the track of the Fox Knight. However the search in the woodland nearby the city brought nothing except disturbing an old boar. Paedrig and Ragnar killed the animal and took the whole situation with humour. Eric was a little bit pissed of – he was slightly wounded and certainly do not thought that some hours of marching through the wilderness was fun.
When the party returned not with the head of the Fox Knight but with a dead boar, the amusement of some of the other guests (namely Ser Gennady, Ser Naton Lugus and his comrades) was not very welcomed. However the situation stayed calm although there were some nasty words between Ser Gennady and Paedrig (this of course only increased the relation between Paedrig and Bryan – a common enemy...).
For Paedrig it soon became apparent that Bryan seemed to be really in love with this companion Lidda (and she seemed to be at least fond of the young knight, perhaps also because she did not like her ‘job’). When Paedrig tried to get a little bit more information about her past, the young woman blocked and he did not want to go any further. His attempt to get some information about Lidda from one of the other girls, Garya, failed. Garya seduced Paedrig, convincing him to spent money that he perhaps should have spare for future expenses.
Paedrig also recruited Ser Bryan and Ser Jorris for the Grand Melee team of the party.
The next day, Paedrig and Eric started a new attempt to meet Adham Dannett. Eric persuaded one of the tourney heralds to act as a messenger for an invitation for a meeting between house Dannett and Blyth at the Great Sept. However, this was again denied by Adham.
Ragnar mostly did sightseeing but also recruited another fighter (Ser Roderick Goodbrother, an ironman) for the Melee team.
Lady Visennya was not able (or not willing) to use her contacts in the court so that someone really important ordered Adham Dannett to a parlay with the Blyth’s. However she could tell the good news that no one in the court really cared for Adham Dannetts stories and demands. The young knight seemed to become more and more frustrated by the lack of interest in his cause. His behaviour and complains did certainly not made a very good impression, although the ongoing complains against house Blyth Dragonport might find at least some (noble but not very important) ears.
Eric made a visit to the administrator of his dye business at Kings Landing. The books seemed in good order. Eric convinced him to look after some potential employees for Erics dye business at Dragonport.
However the party soon must remember that there was still an unknown enemy hiding. They (mostly Ragnar) did catch a boy who tried to put a faked letter into Erics chamber, dealing with ‘our’ massacre at Dannett-land. The boy only could say that a man with the Dannett arms hired and paid him. But given the fact that the whole operation seam to be ill planned, the party mostly thought that this might be another attempt to stir trouble between house Dannett and Blyth – not an action really initiated by the Dannetts. Anyway the party stepped up their security measures. After this, the evening was mostly quiet.
The next day brought some rather astonishing but also disturbing news for Paedrig Rivers. In the morning he gets a surprising visit by young Alys Gargalen – his female cousin. The young dornish noble woman did certainly not met the normal image of a noble maid – she was armed, armoured and with a rather cynical and arrogant behaviour. Without further explanations she ordered Paedrig in a very demanding way to follow her and challenged him to a riding contest across Kings Landing. Of course Paedrig accepted the challenge but was easily beaten by Alys and her horse, a beautiful dornish sandsteed. At least Paedrigs riding skills were god enough that he could hold his place close behind Alys, which nearly trampled down some unlucky bystanders during the chase.
Their ride ended at the tourney place where Paedrig met Alys father Alesander Gargalen (and therefore his uncle). Like Alys the noble mans intention toward Paedrig were a little bit frosty. Beside this, Alesander Gargalen was a much calmer and more controlled character than his hot headed daughter. The Gargalens had get notice about Paedrig because of the tourney lists (where Paedrig had named his father and mother names) and neither Alesander nor Alys where very happy about his appearance. However he was a relative (sort of) and they wanted to know more about him. Alesander also did not want any trouble between Paedrig and the Ullers because he did not want to increase the still apparent tension between the two houses. Therefore he strongly recommended to Paedrig that he should not seek any trouble and stay calm if he might be challenged or taunted be the Ullers (Alys seemed to have a more aggressive opinion towards house Uller).
Anyway the meeting was a chance for Paedrig to get some news about his mother. He heard that she had returned to Dorne after she handed Paedrig over to his grandfather fifteen years ago. The scandal around her affair with Micael Blyth of Krayenhorn, the dead of her Uller-husband in a duel and the fact that house Gargalen denied house Uller a financial compensation stirred a feud between the two houses which still was not ended. Because of all this the standing of Paedrigs mother in her own family was not very good. Short after her return to Dorne she was married to a landed knight (certainly a social downgrading). Paedrig also get the news that he now had two legitimate younger half siblings (a girl and a boy) and that his mother was again widowed (this time by the Ullers) five years ago.
Paedrig ensured Alesander Gargalen that he not wants any trouble with the Ullers. He also was willing to do his best to end the feud (perhaps by helping with a financial compensation for the Ullers). But he was not able to increase Alesanders opinion towards his bastard nephew. With Alys Paedrig was more successful. The two young people trained a little bit together and Alys proved herself as an able fighter (especially with the spear). Paedrig could increase her intention towards him (he himself felt a sort of affection towards his cousin – he seemed to have a fable for social superior and headstrong woman).
Anyway Paedrig could recruit both Alesander and Alys for the Grand Melee team, making the number complete.
Ragnar used the day mostly for training for the tourney, while Eric still tried to hire dye experts for his business at Dragonport. Certainly established craftsmen did not want to leave Kings Landing for the ‘uncivilised north’ and a small town like Dragonport. But he gets notice of two brothers who were imprisoned for tax crimes. Eric was able to talk (and bribe) his way to the commander of the gold cloaks, Janos Slynt, and to convince him (again with words and gold) to release the two craftsmen.
In the afternoon the party (all had returned to the inn) get a strange message that an anonymous gift was found for Eric Blyth at the stable of the inn – a beautiful dagger. No one was certain if this might be really a gift, a (subtle, indirect and costly) accusation or perhaps a sort of trap (if the dagger was stolen, used for a crime or so on…).
In the same time Orten Lugus (who was eye witness of the finding of the dagger) offered his help for the hunt after the Fox Knight, claiming to have information about him. The party agreed to his offer but only half hearted. For Eric and Paedrig, Orten was still a little bit dubious because he was so hard to read and seemed a little bit too apparent (although always only in the background). And they could not see why he wanted to help – their former contacts with the Lugus were only formal. For Paedrig, the Lannister-affilation of house Lugus was an additional cause of resentment (his father was a Targaryen loyalist and his mother nearly died during the sacking of Kings Landing).
A little bit later Paedrig noticed a conversation between Orten Lugus and the companion Lidda which left the girl rather disturbed. But she did not want to tell Paedrig the cause and he had other things to do…
In the evening Paedrig and Ragnar nearly started a fistfight with Naton Lugus and his entourage, when one of Lugus drunken men tried to lay hand on minstrel Blackbird. There was no bloodshed or serious injuries but especially Paedrig had won a new enemy…
Ragnar became ill and must stay at the inn (in reality, the player of Ragnar did not have enough time to participate…).
Paedrig used the day for additional training with his cousin Alys. When he and Alys visited the Street of Steel, Paedrig was confronted by the angry (and slightly drunken) weapon smith Master Brazier who accused Paedrig that he had impregnated Braziers daughter Eliza. Certainly this accusation was absurd, given the fact that Paedrig had arrived Kings Landing only four days ago, but Eliza had described Paedrig quiet exactly. It cost some times to convince the enraged Master Brazier that the story was a little bit curious and unsound. Of course Paedrig was more than a little bit embarrassed that all this nonsense happened right in front of Alys Gargalen (which found that quite amusing).
An interrogation of Eliza finally revealed that Paedrig was in fact not the father of her unborn child and that she was paid by someone for accusing Paedrig. She did not know the name of the man who paid her, but the description sounds similar to the man who left the dagger for Eric. For Paedrig this congruence was an indication that this ‘gift’ (the dagger) might also be some kind of tool in an intrigue against house Blyth – but he still did not know the cause…
He also wondered how our hidden enemies had found so quickly an opportunity to blame Paedrig (after all the pregnancy of a weapon smith daughter was nothing what was very well known…).
However he decided to get more information about the dagger. Given the fact that Master Brazier was a weapon smith of some quality (and certainly ashamed for the wrong accusation) Paedrig handed the dagger over to Brazier for an expertise – but this might also cost some time…
In the early evening the party was alarmed by Ser Landseer who got a letter from the Fox Knight – an invitation for a duel. Certainly Ser Landseer was not the man to ignore such an opportunity to get his hands on his arc enemy, although other guests laughed about it or speculated that this might be a joke.
Eric and Paedrig also thought that perhaps someone want to make a joke of the old knight – or that this might be a trap. However, given their own interest for the Fox Knight, they wanted to accompany Ser Landseer. In the end, Eric, Paedrig, Ser Bryan Telson, Orten Lugus and two of the three sellswords of the party went with Ser Landseer (the third stayed at the inn to watch over the properties and the still ill Ragnar Greyjoy). Orten Lugus get his place in the group by claiming that he might have the chance to persuade the Fox Knight to give up (because of some old ties between house Lugus and house Archey). For Brian Telson it was simply an opportunity to do something knightly.
The meeting-place was a small open place somewhere in the wilderness – a good place for an ambush. Therefore the group split up: one of the sellswords stay behind with the horses, Ser Landseer and Orten Lugus went to the meeting place. The remaining four men formed two pairs (Eric and Paedrig, Brian Telson and the second sellsword) to watch for an ambush.
Of course the distrust was right – Eric and Paedrig soon heard shouting and the sound of fighting from the place where they left Ser Landseer and Orten Lugus – and also from the place where Brian should be.
Eric and Paedrig first went for Ser Landseer and found him in a critical situation. A tall man in heavy armour had wounded Ser Landseer and attacked Orten. Eric fired his crossbow at the attacker, only slowing him down a little bit and than tried to help the fallen Ser Landseer while Paedrig challenged the attacker (who seemed to be the infamous Fox Knight).
The fight was furious but short – both were very good with the sword but Paedrig was much more agile than his opponent. Paedrig was only slightly injured while the Fox Knight gets two nasty hits at his knee and shoulder. The bandit chief went onto his knees – and Orten Lugus charged forward, nearly killing the beaten foe (Eric was almost sure that Orten had WAITED till the Fox Knight was beaten till he starts his attack). However Paedrig was quick enough to stop Orten Lugus attack.
Eric did his best to help Ser Landseer and also the sellsword who went with Ser Telson – he and Telson did also have an encounter with some of the Fox Knight’s men but were able to capture one and chase the other away.
Meanwhile Orten Lugus tried to tie up our prisoners but with a nasty result – the Fox Knight got free, grabbed Ortens dagger – and Orten Lugus rammed his sword into his stomach. This time Paedrig was not fast enough to hinder him – but now he also get the impression that Orten acted perhaps a little bit too clumsy to be convincing.
But anyway, the Fox Knight lay on the earth in his own blood. Paedrig grabbed him by the shoulders, asking him who had given him the orders (just in all the movies…*g*) but it was too late. The last whispered words (or more a syllabus) might be an “L…” or a “Lu…”, but this was all (certainly enough to heighten Paedrigs distrust against Orten).
But all of this was not enough to confront Orten. So Paedrig (assisted by Eric) interrogated the only surviving captured member of Ser Archeys band. The man did not know much – he did not know who stand behind his chief. He mentioned that the Fox Knight get letters from time to time (and also send letters) but do not know to whom. He also mentioned that much of the booty of the Fox Knight was sent away but again he did not know where…
He even did not know for sure if it was actually the Fox Knight who had attacked us on the way to Kings Landing, because he had went to the north on his own, leaving his men behind.
At least our prisoner did know the hideout of the Fox Knight/Lord Archey and show the way. Orten Lugus, the wounded sellsword and Ser Landseer stayed behind while Paedrig, Eric and Telson went to the hideout. This gave Eric and Paedrig time to tell each other about their observations of Orten Lugus behaviour. Both think that he had acted more than a little suspicious – but what might be his aims? And how to prove it? After all they both had only some observations and speculations…
Of course the members of the Fox Knight’s band were already gone, leaving behind only garbage and some (cheap) equipment and weapons. A more profound search did not lead to the finding of some of these ominous letters (perhaps the Fox Knight had burned them after reading) but to a little treasure of gold and silver coins (the Fox Knight might have hidden this before his own men).
The whole party went back to the Green Tree Inn, taking their prisoner, the dead Fox Knight/Ser Archey and his weapons, armour and horse with them. The prisoner and the corpse of his commander were handed over to the goldcloaks. There was also a small bounty for the Fox Knight (10 gold dragons).
At the inn the surprise was great that this time the party really had meet the infamous Fox Knight (and even killed him). Ser Gennady Shannin was a little bit embarrassed because he (like Naton Lugus and his entourage) had laughed about the party before they left. Now the party was nearly something like heroes.
But although Paedrig was very proud of his victory, he was very concerned because of the future. What was the motives and plan of Orten Lugus?
He asked Garya (one of the companions) to ask her colleague Lidda why Orten Lugus had talked with her for some times (after all this might be another plot to bring shame on the Blyth?).
And tomorrow morning the great tourney should begin…
Remarks to the last scene: the result of this event was open until the end. If the characters were not so good (at least one degree or more above Orten’s stealth-result with the 3 dices he get), they may not have notice anything which wake up their suspicion. If Paedrig would have been good as before with the rescuing attempt in the second place, the Fox Knight may have survived. But so it went as above…
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Perils at Kings Landing III (The Tourney Part One)
(Given the fact that Ragnars player could still not participate most time we treated his char as a semi-npc).
In the evening before the tourney Paedrig asked Eric if he would be his guarantee, because he wanted to borough money as compensation for house Uller and the shame Paedrigs father did to them. Certainly a bastard and low ranking officer could not get a credit on his own. After some hesitation, Eric agreed.
The new day brought the beginning of the great tourney honouring prince Joeffreys name day. It all started with a parade at the tourney ground – all participants (around 260 jousters) passed by the main tribune, greeting the king, the queen and their children. The royal family made quiet an impression (at least for Paedrig) in all their glory protected by the kingsguard (and especially the lord commander Ser Barristan Selmy). The king seemed to wish that he could be a part of the passing fighters.
Of course the top of the formation was reserved for more prominent houses and famous (or infamous) men like Ser Jaime Lannister, Loras Tyrell etc. Paedrig and Ragnar (halfway recovered from his illness) came somewhere in the middle field (and this only because they had bribed one of the tourney heralds). Perhaps Adham Dannett had forgotten to do this – to his anger he was placed somewhere behind house Blyth. Eric (certainly not a knight or fighter) was seated at the tribune of the nobles. He talked a little bit with Alys Gargalen who would participate at the Grand Melee but not in the joust. For this occasion Paedrig cousin preferred a more womanlike appearance and clothing although her broken nose and the scar in her face contradicted a little bit with her dress and ladylike manners. Erics Sister Visennya Buckwell was also at the tribune but kept some distance because she did not wanted to be associated with the actual problems of house Blyth.
Some smallfolk bystanders shouted ‘slaughterers’ and ‘murders’ when Ragnar and Paedrig passed by – perhaps the false rumours had arrived Kings Landing or (more probably) Adham Dannett’s entourage had spread their ‘truth’ around. However the accusations were rare and most of the nobles ignored them. Eric also tried to tilt these nasty impressions when he talked with other nobles (given the fact that he had lived at Kings Landing for some years he had some acquaintances). Ragnar and Paedrig did their best to make an impression as excellent riders in complete control of their horses.
After the parade there should be a celebration at the Great Sept (but the royal family would not participate). There was some time to meet other fighters. Paedrig tried to get a closer look of the kingslayer but did not dare to speak to him. While men like Jaime Lannister and Loras Tyrell were quite prominent, no one wanted to speak to Sandor Clegane. Paedrig and Ragnar watched out not to stumble over Adham Dannett because he might make a dramatic scene or so…
Some of the knights changed their clothes for a more civil appearance but other (like Paedrig and Ragnar) prayed in full armour. The sermon of the High Septon (and of course the whole surrounding of the Great Sept) was quite impressive. Many knights lit up candles in front of the Smith and the Warrior – but there were also some candles burning before the statue of the Stranger (although no one had noticed who had placed them).
In the evening there should be a banquette at the Red Keep – for Paedrig and Ragnar the first opportunity to visit the fortress. Of course they were both impressed – the buildings, the treasures that could be seen everywhere…
While Erics costly clothes were right for this occasion, Paedrig was a little bit underdressed and Ragnar with his ‘ironmen’-fashion looked a little bit exotic. He was accompanied by Marya, the companion he had hired. Although the young woman was very pretty, wear fancy clothes and had the right manners some might have noticed her true heritage (for example Ser Naton Lugus and other guests of the Jade Sring Brothel. Naton was not ashamed to brag about this – and the ‘qualities’ of other apparent women for the matter).
Eric did his best to catch the Maester of house Dannett, hoping to use him as a chain of communication (and conciliation). He easily outtalked the Maester and might have won him over but Adham Dannett intervened and brought this intrigue to an end.
Eric did not find another opportunity because he felt into the hands of Lady Orlana Shreeve, a plumb, shrill and embarrassing woman which was in search for a husband for her young (but horse faced and awkward) daughter. Although Eric was not completely uninterested (at least he wanted to know if house Shreeve had money) he certainly did have more important things on his mind. But his attempt to use Paedrig as a distraction failed and in the end he had to retreat with hast – much to the amusement of other guests.
When the royal family arrived the banquette began – first with the presentation of the gifts for the birthday child (the presents came either in nature or were listed). It was an almost endless stream of beautiful and costly things – weapons (especially an excellent sword which the prince named Lionstooth at the spot), falcons, dogs, horses, clothing, jewellery etc. Some knights also claimed that they want to joust in the name of Joeffrey. To the surprise of the party (which did not have a present), even the Dannetts had brought a costly saddle for the prince.
Then the real meal began. The party was of course seated far away from the important guests. The immediate table neighbours were the two Gargalens. Paedrig asked Alys Gargalen for some token for the tourney and she laughed and gave him a dornish veil.
Of course the food, wine and ale were excellent – much better than everything that could be served at Dragonport. This brought Eric to the speculation if he should sponsor the kitchen of castle Dragonport in the future to get more decent meals. While the guests ate and drank, everyone who wanted could stand up and make a toast which then was picked up by more or less numbers of his neighbours.
There were also acrobats, minstrels, dancers and buffoons to amuse and distract the guests. Sadly some used Erics encounter with Lady Shreeve to make some jokes. A more pleasant part of the program for the party was a song by Blackbird, the young minstrel Ragnar and Paedrig had helped two days before. She praised the fight against the Fox Knight – but some of her stanzas also criticized the Lugus in a hidden way (one of Naton Lugus cousins had tried to lay hand on her) – luckily neither Naton nor Marita Lugus seem to recognize her hints.
The real problems started a little later when Paedrig made a toast for ‘the king, his justice and peace’. Obviously this was too much for Adham Dannett because he rose to his feet, accused house Blyth loudly as slaughterers, criminals and warmongers and claimed justice by the king and financial compensation by house Blyth. He also lay out every real or alleged crime that was done against the Dannetts by house Blyth in the last 300 years – it was quiet a long list. The king seemed not very pleased by Adhams tirade and prince Joeffrey was quite pissed of by this interruption of ‘his’ festival.
The party had been quiet as long as Adhams sermon went (assuming that it would be wise to react calm) – but when the king gave the word to house Blyth, Eric raised and apologized for the interruption, mollifying the temper of the prince, and then held a eloquent defence speech. He stated out that all accusation could not be proven. He did not accused house Dannett directly but pictured them as victims of unnamed dark forces who try to ignite an open conflict between Dannett and Blyth. Of course he mentioned the suspicious role and acting of the Fox Knight, the inquiry of house Aran that found no proof for house Blyth guilt etc. (but not the suspicion against house Lugus). Rhetorically the victory of house Blyth was clear – perhaps a little bit too clear for Adham Dannetts pride because he now challenged house Blyth for an ordeal – a fight man against man.
The prince seemed to like the idea, shouting “Yeah, a fight to the death!” but was silenced in a rude way by his father. But anyway the king accepted the challenge – the ordeal should be the next day as the beginning of the tourney. The fighter should joust against each other until one of them was unhorsed, dead or give up (not the normal rules for an ordeal fight but after all the king is the king…).
Both Ragnar and Paedrig wanted to be the fighter of house Blyth, although for Paedrig it was more a matter of duty then real wanting it (after all he liked the young Dannett knight and secretly was in love with Adhams cousin Anya). He had always wanted a peacefully solution of the whole matter and certainly had not dreamed that his prominent appearance in front of the royal family, the court, numerous nobles and smallfolk would be in such a way…
In the end Eric decided that Paedrig should fight. Ragnar as a ward of the Freys/Arans/Blyth might be too precious for an ordeal – and given the fact that he wanted to fight for his own family in the tourney (while Paedrig was listed as the fighter of house Blyth and had at least some Blyth blood in his veins) Paedrig seemed to be the better option.
(In reality we used Paedrig because the absence of Ragnars player – such an important scene simply must be played out…).
After this interruption the banquette continues but Paedrig (in contrast to Eric) had lost his appetite. Some of the guests wished house Blyth (who had certainly shown the better manners and the better arguments) luck while others simply ignored the whole thing or kept distance – who could say how the ordeal would go and if the king was not still angry about this whole thing?
The party returned back to the Green Tree Inn together with Ser Bryan Telson who seemed to be concerned by something he did not want to say. However he was more than willing to assist Paedrig in the preparation of the ordeal.
Facing the possibility of loosing the ordeal (or even dying) or unintentionally maiming/ killing Adham Dannett Paedrig searched some distraction with the companion Garya. Because she was of a lower social standing than Paedrig this was also a chance to show his fears and concerns without being ashamed. By this occasion Garya also tell him that she could not find out what her colleague Lidda had to discuss with Orten Lugus (Paedrig had asked her to do a little bit of research because he feared a new intrigue against the Blyth). Garya seemed to be angry about Lidda, accusing her to think that she was something better than the other girls – perhaps because she now had two knights (Ser Shanin and Ser Telson) at her heels.
While Eric slept good, had an opulent late breakfast and then went directly to the tourney place accompanied by one of our sellswords (and Ragnar plus his companion), Paedrig do not slept so well and stood up early. Together with Ser Bryan Telson he went to the Great Sept to pray and than visited the weapon smith Brazier were he had left the ominous dagger that was left as ‘gift’ for Eric Blyth at the Green Tree Inn some days ago by an unknown man.
Brazier could not tell who had manufactured the dagger or which region it might come from. But he was sure that the dagger was at least 100 years old and very expensive. He had also found a hidden partition inside the dagger shaft and inside a small glass flacon with a rest of an unknown fluid. This heightens Paedrigs paranoia and his believe that the dagger might be part of another plot against house Blyth. However time was running thin and therefore he went to the tourney ground. He reported Eric the news about the dagger and handed the weapon and the flacon over before preparing himself for the ordeal he did not want.
Meanwhile Eric did his best to keep an aura of confidence and rightfulness and keep an eye on the spectators. He noticed a young, blonde woman with her face masked in the crowd who seemed to be more interested into the whole situation than others bystanders.
It was the privilege of prince Joeffrey to command the beginning of the ordeal. Both lances meet their aim precisely – but it was only Adham Dannett who went to the ground, and he went down hard. Adham must be carried away by his entourage while Paedrig saluted to the spectators. He only got a lame applause – perhaps some were disappointed of the quick end of the fight while others would have preferred the victory of a ‘real knight’. Paedrig also could only feel a half hearted triumph and was concerned that he might wounded Adham much harder than he intended.
Eric however was suddenly much more prominent than before and gets many congratulations. But he was still able to recognize that Adhams fall shocked the masked woman who almost runs to the wounded knight – an acting which surprised Eric and made him suspicious. There were these rumours about Adhams lost sister and the masked girl might have the right age, hair colour and stature… But he did have no opportunity to take a closer look - he could certainly not left the tribune and when he send his body guard after the young women the man lost her track.
King Robert declared the ordeal over and the matter cleared. The tourney could continue.
Paedrig went to Adham Dannetts tent because he wanted to know if he was o. K., but did not get very close. Adham’s entourage reacted almost violent and Paedrig did not want to start another fight. So he went away, silently cursing these stupid idiots.
Given the fact that there were around 260 jousters the first round mean ca. 130 fights – this cost the whole day although their were often two fights at the same time. Ragnar did get his chance to show his abilities as a jouster against a member of house Harte. Both fighters broke three lances on the shield or armour of the other but no one was unhorsed. In the end Ragnar was declared as the winner because he had hit harder and with greater precision.
Nearly all of our (more or less friendly) acquaintances of the last days who wanted to participate in the tourney (Ser Bryan Telson, Ser Gennady Shanin, Ser Naton Lugus and two of his three cousins, Ser Alesander Gargalen and even Ser Langley Woods) passed through the first round with more or less ease.
When the group meet at our tourney tent to discuss further actions, the meeting was interrupted by a surprising visit by Eric Blyth’s son William. No one of the other party members did have known that Eric was ever married.
(In reality a new player wanted to try the system and we had to integrate a new char)
As the others now got to know, Eric was married some twenty years ago for a short time. His wife died by childbed fever and when Eric was exiled fifteen years ago he took his son with him and left him in Oldtown where William finally became a Maester (although he did not serve a house at the moment). He was a guest at the Maester Council that was hold at the same time as the tourney and had got notice of the arriving of his father by rumours and by his aunt Visennya Buckwell (Eric`s sister). The young man (age nineteen) did have the face and hair of his father but looked sportier. He had lost one eye by an accident some times ago. It seemed that Eric had shown little care for his son in the last years and even his financial support was suboptimal so to speak. His sister Visennya had filled the gap as well as she could (with encouraging letters and with money).
While William was willing to help the party, there was some tension between father and son. William’s reaction towards the other members of the party was likewise not so warm while they tried to ignore the father-son-bickering.
However the situation was too serious to care too much about this. Eric handed the glass flacon that was found inside the ominous dagger over to William. As a Maester he might have the means and the knowledge to find out what was in the flacon (a toxin, the party supposed). As if there were not enough problems the party must face the message that one of Naton Lugus cousins (Ser Jarrod Lugus) challenged Ragnar Greyjoy as his jousting opponent for the next day (perhaps because of this little incident with minstrel Blackbird some days ago). A short personal meeting of the would-to-be opponents did nothing to ease the tension – both sides exchanged some ‘niceties’ and then left.
While Ragnar (unsuccessfully) tried to get information about Ser Jarrod Lugus fighting abilities, Paedrig wanted to find out the well-being of Adham Dannett (of course without starting a new fight). From what he heard Adham was in a very bad condition. The chances to meet him conscious seemed to be likewise bad (if the party would ever find a way into Adhams tent). This news troubled Paedrig a lot while Eric and Ragnar seemed to be more carefree. In their mind it might even a long term benefit if Adham (as the only son of house Lugus) was permanently maimed or even killed in the ordeal. Paedrig could not agree to this viewpoint but kept his mouth shut.
Concerning the problems with the supposed intrigue by house Lugus, Paedrig urged that the party should seek support by their acquaintances (at least as advisor and witnesses) and perhaps try to get out more information’s of Ortens plans and intentions (either by the use of cunning/ deception or the use of force).
The party tried to get Ser Alesander Gargalen into the boat by telling him the whole story but Paedrigs uncle reacted cautious. He did not want to get involved in a fight with an unknown but certainly dangerous enemy. Eric remembered Ser Alesander not very subtle that house Blyth (or at least Paedrig and in the end Eric as his guarantee) would spent a lot of money for house Gargalen and therefore had the right to seek support. This remembrance angered the proud dornish noble man and embarrassed Paedrig but in the end Alesander Gargalen agreed to help the party (but only half hearted). He also warned that any violent action against house Lugus might be seen as breaking the tourney peace and the peace of the king.
When the party returned to the Green Tree Inn, Paedrig used the opportunity to get Bryan Telson in the boat. Paedrig informed him about the whole situation and also warned him that Orten Lugus might try to use Lidda (the companion with which Bryan seemed to be in love) in his intrigues against house Blyth. Bryan was easier to convince than Alesander Gargalen but he wanted Paedrigs help for his search after an ancient valyrian sword called ‘Scorpion’ in exchange. Paedrig agreed. He also tried to get out of Bryan why he seemed to be a little too educated for a simple hedge knight and what troubled him during the last days. But in the end Paedrig did not get any answers.
In the meantime William returned to the Maester Council where he tried to get access to a laboratory to analyse the liquid in the glass flacon. He was not successful and did not get a chance to analyze the liquid (at least without revealing his doing to one of the other Maesters). Because of this he went to his aunt Lady Visennya who could send him to Maester Duncan (called Maester Drunken by some of his friends and foes) one of her acquaintances. Duncan operated in the shadier zones of the society and had his home and laboratory near the borders of Flea Bottom. For some money Wiliam get undisturbed access to the laboratory and started analysing – a very long and frustrating process that certainly would go into the next day.
Re: Campaign Chronicle: Loyal But Untamed
Perils at Kings Landing IV (The Tourney Part Two)
(Ragnar and William were treated as semi-npc because their players did not always participate)
Ragnar had not slept in the Green Tree Inn because he did not want to stay under the same rooftop as the Lugus – the speculations and suspicions of Paedrig and Eric had fallen on fertile soil. Ragnar was also afraid that the Lugus may sabotage his tourney success by killing or poisoning the horses – he seemed more concerned about his courser than his own health (or Erics and Paedrigs health for that matter). While Eric and Paedrig distrusted the Lugus they did not think that it was necessary to change the quarters. They also wanted to have a closer look of their supposed enemies.
The party had still unused information by a captured member of the band of the Fox Knight, that their captain had used an inn at the Flea Bottom for letters from and to his unknown friends/allies. Today Eric and Ragnar wanted to follow this track, fearing that time might run thin. But given the various tasks and duties of the party members it seemed hard to find time for such an operation.
In the morning Eric and Paedrig went to the tourney ground were the want to meet Ragnar. They were accompanied by one of their sellswords. Outside of the walls of Kings Landing they not only meet Ragnar and his companion Marya but also Ser Bryan Telson who had disturbing news. Adham Dannett was in a pretty bad condition and there were already rumours about illness (perhaps even before the fight against Paedrig), evil sorcery or poison – a whispering that might quick get the party into trouble. Telson had also heard that Ser Gennady Shanin (a dornish knight with which neither Telson nor Paedrig had a good relationship) hat visit Ser Ulwyck Uller. Given Paedrig Rivers history with this house (his mother was married to an Uller who was killed by Paedrigs father in a duel) this might cause new trouble.
Eric thanked Ser Telson for his information and the promise to help house Blyth and gave him a letter with which Telson could ask Eric’s sister Visennya Buckwell for help for his search after this legendary valyrian sword ‘Scorpion’ (Visennya did have good connections in Kings Landing and the court).
Anyway it was time for Paedrigs next fight. This time his opponent was a knight in service of house Stokeworth. Both fighters broke three lances without unhorsing each other but Paedrig hit with more strength and precision. When Paedrig visit his cousin Alys Gargalen at the lower rows of the noble tribune after his victory, he noticed several unfriendly looks and whispering – the rumours about Adham Dannett seemed to spread out.
Then William Blyth (after a night full of complicated analysis) arrived at the tourney ground with the message that the unknown liquid in the glass flacon was indeed a poison – and a very costly and deadly one: the tears of Lys. Together with the rumours about Adham Dannetts health and Paedrig knowledge that he did not have hit Adham SUCH hard, William’s news lead Eric and Paedrig to the conclusion that Adham might actually be poisoned. And they were quiet certain who would be accused if the young knight might die. Eric thanked his son not very enthusiastic for his analysis and was more concerned about the possible political consequences. William went back to the Maesters Conclave. He had already missed a lot of the ongoing discussions and activities.
Paedrig insisted that the party had to do something – in his eyes they could not let Adham die. But given the distrusts of the Dannett’s what could they do?
In the end Eric decided to go to the Maester Conclave and hire an expert who should help Adham Dannett. It might be too complicated to get William to Adham (Adhams entourage would certainly not trust a Blyth) and if he got through them and then failed in his attempt to rescue Adham…
A foreign expert was more costly but not so risky. Maester Bowen (a real coryphée for healing) was hired, send to the Dannets with the order to keep his connection to house Blyth secret for the moment.
All this nearly cost Eric Blyth his chance to participate in the first round of the shooting contest (the only tourney contest in which he actually could participate with at least a meagre chance), but he arrived just in time and got through the first round with ease.
While Ragnar should joust in the afternoon, Paedrig and Eric now decided to make their trip to the Flea Bottom inn, hoping to find new traces of our enemies. They were accompanied by one of the sellswords.
Visiting Flea Bottom was quiet a shock – at least for Paedrig who could not understand how such a slum could exist in such a marvellous and beautiful city (Kings Landing was after all his first real big city). Although Paedrig and the Sellsword were good armed the party did not feel very secure but no one dared to attack them. The interrogation of the inn owner did not bring much new information. He could only describe the man who brought the letters for the Fox Knight and took the answers with him. The description of this messenger sound familiar – it was the same man that had brought this poison dagger to the Green Tree Inn and who had initiated this little intrigue against Paedrig (the accusation that he had impregnated the daughter of a weapon smith). Given the fact that this coming and going of letters had gone on and on for some years the suspect seemed to be living in Kings Landing (or had at least good contacts and knowledge about the murkier places of the city). Hoping that he might perhaps visit the inn again the party promised a gold dragon if the messenger would be captured alive (and 50 silver coins if he was killed). But neither Paedrig nor Eric was optimistic – the inn owner seemed really afraid of this man…
In the meantime Ragnar had his jousting against Jarrod Lugus. Both fighters broke their lances three time without unhorsing the other but Ragnar’s lance was more accurate and his hits stronger.
Bryan Telson, Langley Wood and the third of Naton Lugus cousins did also not win their jousting, while Ser Naton Lugus, Ser Gennady Shanin and Ser Alesander Gargalen did have more luck.
In the evening Eric invited Orten Lugus for a private dinner, hoping to get more information out of him. Ragnars companion Marya should act as waitress (she was certainly more attractive than the normal service maids of the inn) to distract Orten. Although the wine and the food were good the atmosphere was not comfy while both men did their best to outtalk the other. In the end Orten Lugus (perhaps a little bit drunken) retreat faking illness. But again he avoided giving information.
Paedrig had a much more pleasant evening with the companion Garya. However it was not all fun because he had promised Bryan Telson to ask about Lidda (the companion Bryan Telson seemed to care about really much) who had vanished. Although Bryan Telson had asked the other companions (and offered some money) he was not able to get any information about Lidda.
Paedrig could convince Garya to tell him the truth – Lidda had left the brothel a day ago with an unknown man who treated her as if she was something better than a courtesan. She left out of her own will and with the allowance of the inn/ brothel owner (and this could only mean that someone had paid quite some money). Given the fact that neither Bryan Telson nor Gennady Shanin could be this man (Shannin also had asked after the girl) Paedrig suspected that Orten might be again the man behind the scene. Paedrig did not know why Orten Lugus should do this but given the last events he suspected (perhaps a little bit paranoid) that this might be another part of an intrigue…
Garya promised to keep her eyes and ears open about Lidda.
Ragnar again did not stay at the Green Tree Inn for the night, while William stayed at the Maesters Conclave.
The next morning brought a letter from Lady Visennya Buckweel. She informed her brother that she had done some researches concerning this valyrian sword ‘Scorpion’. Whispers had reached her that Ser Gennady Shanin had boasted somewhere with a valyrian sword. Certainly it was funny that Bryan Telsons goal was all the time right under his nose. Given the fact that the rightful owner of the sword (Lord Wyl) was killed under rather unclear circumstances this left some questions how Shanin had get the weapon…
When Eric told Bryan Telson this astonishing news the young knight was really frustrated but not very surprised. He seemed to have suspected that Shanin did have something to do with the vanishing of the sword, although he was never sure and had other suspects as well. If he were still in the tourney he could challenge Ser Gennady and perhaps claim the sword as victory price…
Of course Paedrig offered his help. He simply could not refuse this chance. It was just like one of the old tales…
Bryan accepted the offer and so it was Paedrig who challenged Gennady Shanin. Gennady accepted, promising that Paedrig soon will bite the dust of the tourney ground. However it was Gennady Shanin who was finally unhorsed and got a nasty wound. But when Paedrig saluted to the crowd, Ser Ulwyck Uller stood up and challenged him, claiming that he would put the bastard ‘to the place he belongs’! Of course Paedrig accepted the challenge.
While Paedrigs Cousin Alys Gargalen was exited about his clear victory her father Ser Alesander reacted cautious. He seemed to fear that Ulwyck Ullers challenge could again stimulate the feud between house Gargalen and Uller he wanted to put to an end.
It was quite an emotional moment when Paedrig got the valyrian sword in his hand. Secretly he was really temped to keep it for his own - but than he handed the sword over to Ser Bryan Telson who thanked him and than revealed that he had acted under a false identity. In reality ‘Bryan Telson’ was Tygor Wyl, son of the legitimate owner of ‘Scorpion’ and the heir of house Wyl.
Beside the third round of the jousting this was also the day for the athletic contest and the second round of the shooting contest. Paedrig participated in the athletic competition although this was more an activity for the ‘lower classes’. However he gets in the last round before he was defeated by other participants.
Eric got through the second round of the shooting contest with ease although it was clear that others were certainly better.
From the acquaintances of the party only Ser Naton Lugus and Alesander Gargalen get through the third round of the tourney.
In the evening Eric tried to get some information about the companion Lidda from the inn/brothel owner. But because he did not really think (in contrast to Paedrig) that Lidda’s disappearance had anything to do with the intrigue against house Blyth, Eric was not very enthusiastic and did not want to spend any money – and therefore he got nothing substantial.
Comments from the narrator
Again the result of some events was very open. If the poison wasn’t found in the dagger, if William wasn’t successful in analyzing the poison, if he hasn’t work all the night, if the party has not hired such a good healer so quickly and if Maester Bowen did not roll 18 in diagnosis and healing, the young Dannett would have died. It was more or less in the last second. And Adham’s rescue had a high price, because he lost a quality, getting two drawbacks instead. His live as a young hopeful knight seem to be over after his first real jousting. And his fragile health might lead to trouble in the future…
Re: Campaign Chronicle: Loyal But Untamed
Perils at Kings Landing V (The Tourney Part Three and the Finale)
(Ragnar and William must be treated as semi-npc because their players could not always participate)
The new day should bring the fourth and fifth round of the tourney and the riding contest.
Paedrig had to fight against Ser Ulwyck Uller who challenged him the day before. It was a quick fight – Ser Uller hit Paedrig with nearly deadly force, sending him to the ground with a number of nasty injuries. While Paedrig was lying in his blood, Ser Uller bragged about his victory and how he had put the bastard to the right place. Of course he wanted Paedrigs armour and horse (and by this stripping him of the attributes of a knight). Paedrig must be carried away. Eric and later William treated his wounds professionally, although Eric was not very happy because he had set some money on Paedrig. But he was able to convince Ser Uller that he would take the armour but not the horse (Paedrig wanted to keep the horse because it was from Krayenhorn, the liege of his family). Concerning the armour Paedrig did have already a new in the making. Erics help for Paedrig was a little bit…dimmed by the fact that Paedrig should pay the ransom for his horse on his own, while Lord Gard had given the party some gold dragons for such situations. But Paedrig was not in the position or mood to argue.
Ser Naton Lugus and Ser Alesander Gargalen did also not pass the fourth round of the tourney and were both unhorsed.
Because of Paedrigs injuries only Ragnar could participate in the riding contest – and he did it very well. He got in the last round and made quite an impression with his abilities and the qualities of the Krayenhorn horses. But in the end some others were even better…
During the fifth round, Ser Ulwyck Uller faced Ser Jaime Lannister. Ser Uller did not have any chance against the Kingslayer. When Paedrig heard about this, he was quite disappointed that he had missed this spectacle. Eric was also happy because he gets some of his lost money back (he had set his coins on Ser Jaime).
In the evening Eric visited Ser Langley Wood (groom of Marita Lugus) and tried to get some information out of him. The ailing knight (he had got a wound in the tourney) was no match for Eric’s social skills but could tell nothing substantial. The only interesting were rumours that Orten Lugus might be the bastard son of Lord Tywin Lannister.
Later Eric tried again to get some information about the companion Lidda (Ser Wyl was willing to pay for bribing the owner of the Green Tree/Jade Spring). This time Eric was successful and get the information that indeed Orten Lugus had ‘sold out’ Lidda and brought her to a house somewhere near Flea Bottom. Orten seemed very interested in the story how Lidda get to the Jade Spring – but the inn/brothel owner remained a little bit vague about this.
While Ser Wyl was uncertain what to do, Paedrig (tired of diplomacy) urged for a direct approach – but Eric did not agree because he did not want to stir any trouble. Anyway it was too late to do something this day.
The next morning Eric sent two sellswords to the house where Lidda might be. The mercenaries should do a little bit reconnaissance.
In the meantime Ragnar, Eric (and even Paedrig who was healing fast) visited the tourney ground and watched the sixth and seventh (fore last) round of the tourney. In the seventh round it was Ser Barristan Selmy against Sandor Clegane and Ser Loras against the Kingslayer. Only Barristan Selmy and Ser Loras Tyrell get through – they should fight tomorrow against each other.
Eric participated in the finale of the shooting contest but failed clearly.
In the evening the party get a surprising visit by Maester Ferris of house Dannett. He wanted to thank for the help of Maester Bowen (who had rescued Adhams live and than revealed his hiring by house Blyth) and give Paedrig the ‘ransom’ for the victory against Adham Dannett. Paedrig refused to take the money but his noble (but not selfless – he wanted that Adham stay in his dept) gesture was a little bit ruined by Eric Blyth who quickly claimed some of the money because he had paid Maester Bowen.
(Little by little Eric’s greediness began to erode Paedrig’s esteem for him).
Eric revealed the complete intrigue (or at least the parts he know/assume) for the master and was able to convince him although it was still a mystery why house Lugus might have started such an intrigue. The Dannett Maester mostly accepted Eric’s convincing speculations but did not want to tell Adham the whole story at the moment. The young man was still weak…
When the two sellswords returned they could only tell that the house at Flea Bottom was guarded. The party decided to make a quick (and armed) visit next day.
This was the eleventh day in Kings Landing – and the last day of the tournament. In the morning Ser Barristan Selmy and Ser Loras Tyrell (the two finalists) faced each other. While most of the ladies (and many of the men) cheered for the Knight of the Flowers, Paedrigs sympathies went with the Commander of the Kingsguard.
Both knights broke three lances against each other – each hit accurate and strong enough to unhorse or perhaps even kill a normal opponent. In the end the Commander of the Kingsguard went down – the Knight of the Flowers was the winner.
After this spectacle Eric, Tygor Wyl, Paedrig and William thought it might be time to visit Lidda’s hiding. Two sellswords escorted the party. After politely knocking at the door (and getting no reaction) Paedrig and Tygor broke down the door and charged in.
However they came to late – the house was empty. It looked like the inhabitants had left in hast. Perhaps the guards had noticed house Dannetts ‘urban scouts’ the last day (the two sellswords certainly were not very sophisticated spies).
The whole scenario did not look like Lidda was held as a prisoner – more like a guest.
When the frustrated young men searched the house they found costly female clothing’s (even good enough for the court and certainly not so revealing like Lidda’s ‘working dresses’). And Paedrig found a handkerchief with faded embroidery that could be the arms of house Dannett.
Remembering the stature, age and hair colour of Lidda the party now came to the conclusion that ‘Lidda’ might be the lost Iris Dannett, sister of Adham Dannett. Now the whole thing sound logical: if Orten Dannett gets (and married) Iris Dannett whiles her brother (and only male heir of his father) died by the ‘treacherous hands of house Blyth’…
How Iris got in the brothel was still a mystery but given the fact that she did not like her new job, it was certainly not consensual.
But anyway ‘Lidda’/Iris had again vanished without a real trace.
The party asked around but did not find any hints for the moment – and some of them want still to participate in the Mêlée. The time was running thin so the party returned to the jousting ground where the other members of the Mêlée group waited.
The fight began and immediately Paedrig went for Ullwyk Uller to get revenge for his lost in the jousting. But again Ser Uller was too good for him and Paedrig was beaten a second time (and get a new injury - just after the other had healed). Failing a second time was a heavy blow for young fighter although Ser Uller did not have much time to celebrate his victory when he faced Ragnars battleaxe. The group fight well but not good enough – in the end the victory went to the red priest with his flaming sword.
Again Eric did not want to spend the money Gard had given him so Ragnar and Paedrig must pay their ransom (5 gold dragons) on their own.
Later the day the party again meet with the Dannett Maester and informed him about the speculations concerning ‘Lidda’ and Ortens plans with her. The Maester was shocked and did have some problems to accept (or believe) such a complicated scenario and elaborated plan against the two houses. However he now remembered that Adham had get an anonymous gift (some wine) – perhaps he was poisoned this way. This seemed logical although not very imaginative (Eric also gets an anonymous gift – the dagger with the poison).
With the Mêlée over only one festivity remained – a great meal and victory celebration at the Red Keep.
The whole group showed up. The scenario was even more costly and luxurious than the first fest. Although they did their best to hide their emotions, Orten Lugus (of course the whole Lugus group was also apparent) might notice Ragnars and Paedrigs (and Tygor Wyl’s) unfriendly looks. Eric was able to conceal his emotions perfectly.
Of course there were many much more prominent guests than the party or house Lugus. The royal family, the Knight of the Flowers, the kingsguard (Ser Jaime Lannister was accompanied by his brother Tyrion) etc. Paedrig actually had the guts to talk briefly with the Kingslayer (although he was normally more a targaryan loyalist). The legendary/infamous member of the kingsguard was friendlier than Paedrig expected.
While Eric and his son mostly went for the food (and wine), Paedrig (although still with a banded injury) also participated in the dancing. Eric gets home very late and very drunken.
The next morning the Green Tree Inn gets a surprising visit by Ser Jacelyn ‘Ironhand’ Bywater, a high officer of the Goldcloaks. During the night Ser Langley Wood (groom of Marita Lugus) and one of his servants has been killed. Ser Bywater informed and interrogated Ser Wood’s bride and than wanted a conversation with the Blyth party – Marita Lugus had told him something about trouble between the Blyth’s and her groom (which was certainly untrue – Langley Wood was always too unimportant for the party).
Eric and Paedrig did their best to refute Maritas lies and instead mentioned the rumours about her former husbands, the bad reputation of her family and their impression that the relation between Marita and Langley was not the best (both seemed not happy with each other; Langley showed more interest for the companions of the Jade Spring while Marita and a bravosii guest changed meaningful views etc.). Of course this all was mostly gossip. In the end Ser Bywater did not get anything substantial against house Blyth and left – leaving Paedrig and Eric behind wondering if the death of Ser Langley Wood could have anything to do with the intrigue against house Blyth or if Marita Lugus was simply stepping up her routine in killing her would-to-be husband even before marriage.
But such speculations did not hinder the group to try again their search for ‘Lidda’/Iris Dannett. Following a suggestion by William the party visited the city gates, asking the guards if any person who fits the description of Iris had passed by. This costs some time and money but in the end the party got the information that the Lugus gang and a beautiful young woman with blond hair and the colours of house Dannett had left the Kings Gate.
Fearing that the Lugus want to get away with their booty the party (and especially Paedrig I must confess) overreacted a little bit. While Paedrig galloped back to the Green Tree Inn, mobilizing Ser Tygor Wyl, Ser Lanseer and the Blyth sellswords for the hunt after the Lugus, Eric rushed to the Dannetts (which stayed at the tourney ground outside Kings Landing) for additional forces.
He was quiet surprised (as was Paedrig when his armoured and armed band arrived later) to find Ruben Piper standing in front of the Dannett pavilion tent, demanding loudly to be let in and to see his would-to-be bride Iris. Eric calmed the waves a little bit and was able to send Ruben Piper away for the moment.
As the party now discovered Orten Lugus had brought the ‘lost’ sister of Adham Dannett back, playing the knight in shining armour who had rescued sweet Iris out of this pit of sin after he recognized her noble heritage. Orten also claimed that he had solved the whole mystery behind the killing of the Dannett peasants, the intrigue against house Blyth and Dannett, the poisoning of Adham etc.
In his story (‘proved’ by some documents he had in his possession) it was all the Fox Knight and his sinister followers the ‘fox cubs’. Orten Lugus had discovered this on his own and he and his family had killed the man who actually had poisoned Adham. The description of this ‘poisoner’ fits with the man who had brought the dubious dagger to the Green Tree Inn and acted as messenger for the Fox Knight.
Ortens words did make some impression – but not for house Blyth who only could see Orten Lugus tilting out traces which could lead to him. But to know it and to proof it was a different thing…
Also the party must hear that not only Ruben Piper was claiming Iris Dannett (while she refused to see him and stated that she would rather die or kill him instead of marrying him), but also Orten Lugus had asked for her hand and Iris seemed to be very fond of her saviour.
At least for Paedrig this was ridiculous (for Eric too although he was not so vehement). If Orten would get Iris (given the fact that neither her father nor her brother were in good health) this could mean that in some month house Blyth could have Orten Lugus ruling the Dannett land.
To make the matters even more complicated Tygor Wyl also wanted to marry Iris Dannett while Paedrig and Eric silently speculated if a marriage between Lord Gard Blyth and Iris Dannett might be a good idea – ending forever the dammed old feud…
But given the fact that Gard was not here, still wanted to marry a Aran girl and might not be so happy with a bride with such…’rich experience in the art of love making’ they did not know how to act – beside to hinder any Dannett-Lugus marriage.
Eric sent a raven to Dragonport reporting the last events but the party did know that time might run thin before they could get clear instructions. Soon the Dannett group might get home. Of course the party could (and wanted) to accompany them on their way home (to improve the disposition of Adham and to hinder Orten if he plans another attack or intrigue) – but this would mean also no clear instruction from the home front for the next weeks if the raven with Gards answer arrived Kings Landing not in time. And what would be if Iris Dannett sneaked out of the tent (or simply marched out – her still weak brother was wax in her hands) and decided to marry Orten Lugus?
There was some argue between Eric and Paedrig what they should do in the meanwhile and concerning the potential grooms-to-be (Paedrig perhaps overstepped his position verbally a little bit).
Eric seemed to favour the idea to help Ruben Piper – he speculated that a rich merchantman could bring the most profit for him (either money or trading agreements). For Paerig such thinking was a little bit cheap. He also did not follow Erics fears how Ruben Piper might sabotage the wealth of Dannet and Blyth if he does not get his will (and his young bride). For Paedrig (a bastard but a noble born one and with more pride than it might be good) Ruben Piper was simply a fat overambitious money bag of low heritage. A merchantman who would never let his pride rule his profit. Piper might have accepted Iris as a compensation for his credits but he certainly would not start a trade war against house Dannett AND Blyth. If he overstepped the boundaries of his social position…
Also the idea to sell a woman to a man she really hate (right after she was rescued out of a brothel) was of no appeal for Paedrig.
And he still had the idea that by helping his friend Tygor Wyl (if the idea with Iris/Gard might not work) he could get a sponsor and his knighthood. He had an open word with Tygor Wyl, stating out that he would support him if Gard give no contradicting orders – but to get Erics support Tygor Wyl should perhaps think about more…substantial means. Ser Wyl seemed to be willing to spend some money but also showed his disdain for such a haggling (Paedrig silently but obviously agreed). Paedrig also tried to help Tygor Wyl in his attempt to increasing Iris Dannetts disposition. But both men were no match for Iris who was able to convince them that they should help her in search for her kidnappers who had sold her to the Jade Spring - she wanted revenge. It costs some money and threats to get information out of the owner of the Jade Spring/Green Tree (Iris did not want a trial or involvement of the goldcloaks because this would be very embarrassing for her and her family). It’s seemed that the gang of Dennys ‘the lame’ was guilty for the kidnapping. They had captured Iris short after she left home and raped the young woman. When they noticed her high heritage they almost panicked but still wanted to get some money. They were too afraid to ask the Dannett’s for ransom so they sold her away without telling her name. Iris kept her identify hidden because she was ashamed (and perhaps thought that no one would believe her anyway). Dennys band operate north of the Twins so any measures against him must wait for the moment.
Beside these activities and their little disagreement both Eric and Paedrig were united in sabotaging Orten Lugus marriage plans. Even Paedrig who favoured the idea that Iris at least did not hate her future groom did not want that she might choose Orten.
Eric started a psyop campaign to convince Adham AND Iris that the motives and aims of Orten might be dubious and that he (and not the Fox Knight or other deceased men) were behind the intrigue. The problem was he did not have any real evidences while Orten did have some (‘letters’ of the Fox Knight). But Eric did have his rhetoric skills and he was at least able to spread some doubts.
But his words also reached the Lugus party - and the Lugus brother reacted immediately and challenged Eric for a duel of honour because of his ‘ridiculous and infamous accusations’. Of course neither Orten nor Eric would fight – this should be the duty of Naton Lugus and Paedrig Rivers.
In the end, after all the haggling and intriguing and backstabbing it finally comes to this point (at least in Paedrig’s view): two armoured men facing each other with blades in their hands…
Paedrig stand up early and visited the Great Sept, praying for his victory. After losing against Ser Uller two times he was more than a little bit nervous so he asked Ser Tygor Wyl for a favour. Paedrig wanted to borough the valyrian sword ‘Scorpion’ for the fight. After all Paedrig had won the fight for the sword – certainly a good omen. And of course such a weapon would heighten his chances. Ser Tygor Wyl agreed (beside the fact that Paedrig had get the sword for him he was also very interested that the brother of Orten Lugus, his rival for Iris Dannett, did not win).
On the way to the tourney ground where the duel should be Paedrig was accompanied by Ser Tygor Wyl and Ser Landseer. The old knight did his best to tell the young man about the specific rules and customs of duels, the best fighting manoeuvres etc. (the old knight acted a little bit patronizing but in good will). Of course the other members of the Blyth party were also apparent.
At the tourney ground the party met the whole Lugus gang (minus Marita Lugis and one of her cousins who was serious wounded in the tourney). Also apparent were the Dannetts (Adham still looked very ill and Iris had concealed her face) and Alesander and Alys Gargalen. A dornish Septon should watch over the whole event.
Although he was not certain about his chances Paedrig asked Eric if he did have specific instructions how he should deal with Naton Lugus. Eric was a little bit uncertain but decided that it might be unwise to kill Naton Lugus. Paedrig silently disagreed in this matter but accepted the order. Eric tried to start a polite conversation with Lady Lugus (the mother of Naton, Orten and Marita) but only earned cold stares and frosty answers. Obviously it was not the time for this.
Before the fight should began, Orten Lugus once again lay out his case and pictured himself as an honourable man who was accused wrongly by house Blyth. He was very convincing and even Eric (a quiet able rhetoric) could not counter his words effectively. But then again – at this place and this time words did not mean very much. At least words which were spoken before the fight.
Both fighters listened to the words of the Septon who claimed that only right and truce will win in this fight (some people in the audience might disagree silently) and than ordered the fight to begin. Paedrig whispered ‘Anya’ (the name of his secret love) and charged.
Although Naton Lugus was able to block Paedrigs first attack and hit him some times, Paedrigs new armour protected him well and the younger and more agile man clearly dominated the fight. Naton Lugus gets a nasty wound at the right knee and when he tried to cover his side with his shield, the valyrian sword hit him at the left shoulder piercing through the plate armour with ease and almost cutting of Natons arm. The heir of house Lugus went down bleeding. Paedrig was tempted to finish him once and for all but followed his order, shouting “The gods have decided!” and stepping away from his opponent.
Naturally the Lugus family rushed towards their relative. When they passed Eric he noticed something disturbing: for a moment Orten Lugus face was a mask of anger and hate – but at the same time there was also a cold malicious joy…
However after congratulating Paedrig (who was also praised by his relatives and friends) Eric wastes no time in ensuring that the Dannetts understood the significance of the fight. While Adham Dannett was quiet impressed, his sister (after her ‘adventures’ perhaps a little bit sceptic about the might and power of the Seven) was a little bit more cautious. But certainly the position of house Lugus was weakened. And Ser Tygor Wyl declared that Paedrig Rivers had shown the abilities and the manners of a true knight and that it would be an honour if he could be the man who knighted him – an offer Paedrig of course accepted.
When the party returned to the Green Tree Inn they must noticed that the wounded Ser Gennady Shanin had used the time to flee – obviously he did not wanted to face Tygor Wyls questions about the role he had played in the treachery that had cost Tygor’s father his live and family sword.
Little time later the party also get a visit by Ser Jacelyn Bywater who told them that there was a new situation in the investigation concerning Ser Langley Wood’s death. Following Paedrig’s and Eric’s hints Bywater had took a closer look at the bravosii guest at the Green Tree Inn. Short after this the Bravosii vanished – together with Marita Lugus and leaving behind some smuggling goods and poisons. While the Lugus family claimed that the Bravosii might have kidnapped poor Marita Lugus neither Ser Bywater nor the party really believed this story. However the two suspects were gone. But given the fact that the party seemed to have set Bywater on the right track he wanted to give them some money for the goods that the probable killer of Ser Langley Wood had left behind. This act of honesty (or even generosity) by a goldcloak officer was a little surprise for Paedrig (and Ser Bywater was not very amused when he noticed it) but in the end Ser Bywater and the party said goodbye to each other in good terms.
The situation in the Green Tree Inn became a little bit strained given the fact that the Blyth and Lugus party stayed und the same roof. To prevent any new bloodshed the Blyth’s and the Dannett’s (which decided to not stay further in the Inn) and also Tygor Wyl changed their quarter – now after the tourney the Inns of Kings Landing were not longer overcrowded. Silently the party also hoped to minimize Orten Lugus chances by generating some distance between him and Iris Dannett.
The next day it was time for Paedrig to become a knight. In the evening he went to the Great Sept for the obligatory night watch. He was accompanied by some of his friends and new relatives although they left after a while leaving him to pray and to contemplate about the duties and obligations of a knight.
In the morning the Blyth Party and their new friends gathered together and Ser Tygor Wyl knighted Paedrig, also giving him a excellent (castle forged) shield and (much more costly) a beautiful black dornish Sand Steed which Paedrig named ‘Nymeria’. The young man was quiet surprised and moved by this present and did have difficulties to find the proper words.
As remembrances for his victory against the Fox Knight and Ser Naton Lugus Paedrig took an silver fox with an silver chalice on a blue shield as arms (The arms of the Fox Knight was a blue fox on silver while house Lugus did have a silver chalice with emeralds on a black shield). Paedrigs motto should be ‘Swift and Keen’.
(In game terms: by helping the family of his mother and Tygor Wyl and spending one destiny point, Paedrig gets the drawback ‘in dept’ and in the same time took the benefits ‘sponsor’ and ‘annoited’).
Shortly after this the two Gargalens left Kings Landing. As an anointed knight Paedrig Rivers might perhaps be not longer such a great shame for the family of his mother.
Two day later the Blyth party left together with the Dannetts. House Lugus has stayed quiet for the moment and did not start a new attempt to get Iris. Eric asked his sister Visennya that she should sent a courier after the slow travelling party if instructions by Gard (concerning the whole ‘Iris Dannett-thing’) arrived in the next few days. He also finally asked Paedrig if he did have any expenses during his time at Kings Landing and when Paedrig mentioned the money he had spend as ‘ransom’, Eric paid him (although not very enthusiastic).
Given the fact that now three sellswords and the two craftsmen for Erics dye business (plus their families) accompanied the party the two houses built a real big travelling party (almost 30 people) – also hoping that Orten Lugus will think twice before he tried an attack against such an big (and well armed) group.
However when the party left Kings Landing they saw a new sign of Orten Lugus ruthlessness: the rotten body of the only member of the Fox Knight band that was captured alive. Obviously ‘someone’ had convinced the goldcloaks that this man must be hanged…
The travelling back was much more peacefully than the last time. There were no attacks or other problems. However it was of course surprising for the people who had listened Adhams accusation against house Blyth that now the two houses travelled together and in peace. The members of the Blyth party did their best to reveal the truth about the events to anyone who asked (and Adham Dannett backed this if anyone asked HIM). However the young man was still very weak and depressed.
Paedrig (who was of course still enthusiastic about his knighthood) tried his best to make a good impression for Adham and his sister Iris but both siblings had quiet a lot to carry and think about…
However by increasing the disposition of the younger generation of house Dannett there was now a chance that the old feud between Blyth and Dannett will not be carried on.
Some days after the departure from Kings Landing Gards instructions arrived the party. Gard seemed not very fond of the idea that he might marry Iris Dannett (after all she was a ‘damaged good’ and he favoured the idea of marrying a Arran girl) and it was obvious that he despised the ambitions of Ruben Piper. Eric was not happy about this because he had hoped to get some money out of Ruben Piper if he would help him with the whole wedding thing. But given the fact that Lord Gard did not like the idea, Iris Dannett hate her would-to-be-groom and that her brother and father would prefer ANY noble candidate, Tygor Wyl seemed to have the best chances.
Eric (in contrast to the other members of the party – even Paedrig looked down on Ruben Piper) spent some times together with Ruben Piper who still was with the Dannett party and really frustrated by the acting of his ‘bride’.
For Eric Ruben Pipers ambitions were also a little bit strange given the fact that marrying Iris Dannett would mean great costs – and this only for a nice face and body and her noble blood…Certainly a very bad business!
He followed some suggestions Paedrig had mentioned some days ago and tried to convince Ruben Piper that he could only loose in this game (given also the disposition of his ‘bride’ and her family) and that it would be wiser if Ruben Piper would marry perhaps the daughter of a members of the Dragonport council (Eric hoped that he could get good business relations with Ruben Piper AND another member of the city council).
Eric than get a certain amount of money out of Ser Tygor Wyl by claiming that he might be able to influence the Dannetts that Tygor Wyl was the right candidate for Iris. He exaggerated his possibilities but really did his best to convince Iris and Adham that Tygor Wyl might be a good candidate (certainly Iris was much fonder of him than of her ‘groom’ Ruben Piper). When the all arrive the boundaries of Dannett- and Blyth-land the two parties split up and said farewell.
The Blyth party first went to Krayenhorn where they handed over the three horses they should show at the tourney to increase the reputation of the Krayenhorn breed. Ser Gawan of Krayenhorn was quiet impressed by their story.
Paedrig did his best to make a good impression with his new title, new armour and new horse but anyway the party did not stay for long because most wanted to come home.
The welcome at Dragonport was warm. Lord Gard was pleased by the outcome of the whole matter. Especially Eric and Paedrig seemed to have acted more than well. Gards disposition towards his uncle (and his mercantile projects) increased significantly and he gave Paedrig a castle forged sword as a gift for his knighthood and his loyal services.
With all the accusations, rumours and potential skirmish out of the way it might be time to reactivate Gard’s plans for a wedding alliance between house Blyth and Arran…
End of this adventure.
Re: Campaign Chronicle: Loyal But Untamed
(Warning! Massive Spoiler although I had modified the story)
Since William’s player did not longer participate we decided to let the char in the south. Concerning Ragnars player it was uncertain if and when he did have time so we decided that at the moment Ragnar was on a trip to the Twins (de jure he is still a ward of house Frey)…
Two weeks had passed since the return of the Blyth delegation from their trip to Kings Landing. Short after, news arrived that Lord Jon Arryn of Eyrie (Hand of the King) had died by a fever. It was unclear who would become his successor (Lord Lannister, one of King Robert’s brothers or perhaps even Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell).
But there were things that matter more for house Blyth – Lord Gard Blyth of Dragonport get an invitation by Lord Vickon Aran to meet him at Krayenhorn were Lord Aran want to discuss the idea of a joint border defence of house Blyth of Dragonport, Blyth of Krayenhorn and Aran of Starbone. Another topic of the meeting should be a possible marriage alliance between Dragonport and Starbone.
And last but not least Lord Vickon Aran wanted to know more about the intrigue of house Lugus against house Blyth and Dannett so he urged that members of house Blyth who went to Kings Landing should also show up.
To make a good impression (and also because of the several attempts to kidnap/kill members or guests of house Blyth during the last months) Gard decided to travel with ten bodyguards (commanded by Paedrig). Beside this Gard was accompanied by his sister Alyanna, his uncle Eric, Alyannas maid and a domestic (16 people altogether).
When the party left Dragonport they were stopped by Elen, the healer of the castle. The young woman warned Gard that he should be careful because she had dreamed some of the food that would be offered might be poisoned. Gard did not know what to do with this warning – he did not believe in dreams and prophesies, but on the other hand the words made him nervous…
Beside this the short travel to Krayenhorn was uneventful.
When the party arrived they were welcomed warmly by Lord Gawan (although his greeting for his bastard nephew Paedrig was a little bit short). Lady Anya also greeted the guests but only briefly because she had much to do for the arrival of the Arans. The great numbers of the party (almost twenty people) did not make it easy to find places for all.
While Alyanna tried to help Lady Anya with the preparations Eric ordered the domestic to organize a bath (a demand that could not be fulfilled easy given the preparation chaos).
Some hours later the Arans arrived at Krayenhorn. It was also a group of some numbers (again ca. 20 people) and now it was clear why Lady Anya was stressed – to find sufficient quarters etc. for 40 people (a dozen of them of noble birth or at least some status) plus their horses and baggage was costly and not easy given the limited space…
The Aran party consisted of Lord Vickon Aran of Starbone himself, his second son Ser Vickon, Lord Arans daughter Meera and his granddaughter Elyssa, house Arans Septa Berena, Torrhen Fallkirk (squire of Ser Vickon and member of a house with which house Blyth is at odds), some service maids and men and a small group of guards under the commando of Ser Pirron Strife (a former hedge knight). Ser Strife was an attractive young man with black hair and eyes, a controlled appearance and quick reflexes.
Meera Aran was a beautiful young lady of almost eighteen years with perfect manners. Her niece Elyssa (fifteen year old) seemed to be shyer than Meera and (although nice to look at) not so breathtaking beautiful as her aunt, her body still a little bit girlish.
Lord Aran was welcomed but Alyanna and Eric noticed that Torrhen Fallkirk seemed to be pissed of by something and looked with almost hate at Ser Strife and Lord Gard Blyth (this was curious because the last time Gard and Torrhen meet they get along much better than could be anticipated given the history of their houses).
However there were of course other things to do (and Alyanna was also preoccupied because Ser Vickon once again showed his affection for her, giving her a beautiful blue silken scarf, claiming that her beauty had caused him some sleepless nights).
Because of the scare place it was planned that Eric and Paedrig (he was now a knight and although Ser Gawan was still not very fond of his bastard nephew he certainly treated a knight with respect) and also Torrhen Fallkirk and Ser Strife would sleep in the old tower of Krayenhorn while the other noble guests will sleep at the palas. Ser Vickon gave Alyanna his quarters as a gesture of courtesy, so he also stayed at the tower.
Ser Vickon soon started (once again) an attempt to seduce Alyanna but was easily overwhelmed by her social abilities. Alyanna successfully deceived him that she MIGHT be interested in an affair if he would support Gards plans for a wedding alliance.
After the welcome ceremony there was also the opportunity to bath (of course strictly separated by genders). It was not only a chance to get clean but also an opportunity for some polite conversation. Gard tried to ask Ser Vickon about his sister Meera (information how to court her would be welcomed given the fact that Gard did not have so much experience with such matters) but for Vickon this was only an opportunity to joke about.
Then it was almost time for the evening meal in the ‘great hall’ (in fact not SO great but big enough for this occasion). Of course the whole interior was a little bit more rustically than in a castle like Dragonport or Starbone – not so fancy, the meal not so exquisite etc. but Lord Vickon seemed to be satisfied (Alyanna and Eric noticed that Septa Berena and Meera Aran frowned a little bit about the more ‘common’ surroundings).
An important topic of the conversation were the adventures of the Blyth delegation in Kings Landing (although some of the more secret or delicate aspects were left out) – especially the young ladies and knights/squires want to know more about the capital, the tourney, the royal castle etc. Meera and Elyssa both acted like perfect young ladies (although Elyssa was a little bit shyer than her two years older aunt). There was some tension between Ser Strife and Torrhen (who also still looked not very friendly at Gard) but at least the two young men stayed mostly in the background, don’t argued against each other and Ser Strife soon left to look after the horses and men under his command.
For Gard the meal was also an opportunity to impress the Arans with costly gifts he had ordered for the family of his liege lord: an exquisite hunting knife for Lord Aran (a well known hunter), a bird miniature made of ivory for Lady Aran, a costly sword belt for Lord Arans heir Jonah, a castle forged hunting bow for Lord Arans son Ser Vickon, a book about the most known targaryan queens for Meera and exquisite riding gloves for Elyssa. The gifts were welcomed warmly (but Alyanna and Eric noticed that the gifts for the two young girls might be not so well planed – Elyssa seemed more interested in the book than in the gloves).
After the meal there was time for poems recited by the girls, and even Gard told an old ballad about the founding of house Krayenhorn quiet well, as an honour for his knight-father. The Lords played cyvasse (a dornish table game) against each other and Gard did win against Lord Aran and Lord Gawan (Eric did not play because he did not see many chances for him).
Eric used the time for some conversation with septa Berena (some time ago in exchange he had promised Septa Jonelle, head of Septrie Eaglewood, in exchange for trade benefits that if there should be a marriage between Blyth and Aran he would try to organize that Jonelle can do the ceremony. Of course this promise was a little bit tricky given the fact that normally a wedding is celebrated by the septa of the bride’s house). Eric soon noticed that Septa Berena did have a very low opinion of Septa Jonnelle and that these two women were constantly at odds. Eric did his best to heighten Berena’s dislike for Jonelle, hoping that he could incite her to some inappropriate words/acting that would anger Lord Aran.
Lady Anya did secretly questioned Lord Gard about the new healer of Dragonport – especially her abilities and discretion. Gard gave her his positive opinion about Elen, although he could not hide that some parts of her behaviour looked strange for him…
Early the next morning the young squires/ knights (Torrhen, Strife, Vickon and Paedrig), soon accompanied by Lord Gard and Robert Waters (master of arms of Krayenhorn), meet at the training ground for some sparring. Gard and Ser Vickon started and Gard was able to win. The next two fighters should be Ser Strife and Torrhen – but this quickly got out of hand when Ser Strife sent Torrhen to the ground, almost broking his shield arm. Only Paedrig’s and Vickon’s quick reaction prevented further bloodshed. While Ser Strife gets some ‘nice words’ by the master of arms young Torrhen was sent to master Ornim (Alyanna helped the master although the young man was a little bit embarrassed to have a young beautiful lady deal with his injuries).
When Lord Aran heard about the fight between Torrhen and Strife he criticized Strife briefly but put the whole matter beside as the foolish acting of young men.
After the breakfast Lord Gawan informed the Blyth party that he wanted to show Lord Aran some of his horses at midday – with Dragon, a beautiful black destrier (which the Blyth party had already shown at Kings Landing) as the ‘star’. Gard and Paedrig asked if they could ride Dragon for the show and Lord Gawan opted for Gard (after all he still was a little bit at odds with his bastard nephew while Gard was his former squire).
Lord Aran asked Paedrig and Eric to give him a detailed report about their adventure in Kings Landing and the intrigue of house Lugus. Meanwhile Alyanna visited Torrhen because she wanted to know the causes of his brooding and his trouble with Ser Strife. She soon came to the conclusion that Torrhen might perhaps admire Meera Aran (Gards potential bride) a little too much and that this was the cause of his anger against Gard. Concerning Torrhens problems with Ser Strife it seemed that Strife (a man of no special heritage, knighted by a hedge knight) did his best to give Torrhen (who was of much higher heritage but still a squire) a hard time, even offending his family. Torrhen also claimed that while he was a much better jouster than Strife the knight get all the attention by the young ladies (Alyanna did her best to conceal her amusement). Given the fact that Elyssa Aran also visited the injured young man and was very concerned about him Alyanna came to the conclusion that perhaps Elyssa might have a crush for Torrhen…
At the same time Gard was on a ride outside the ‘castle’ together with Meera Aran, Ser Strife (who mostly stayed in the background) and some guards. He did his best to charm the young lady but was no match for her – she easily charmed HIM.
After the ‘grilling’ of Paedrig and Eric about their time at Kings Landing was over, Eric also wanted to know more about Ser Strife and his trouble with Torrhen by asking some of the guards and service people of the Arans – but he did not get much information. Ser Strife came into service of Lord Aran perhaps two month ago. Most people jugged him as an able fighter, not very social but not unfriendly, not too arrogant or haughty, perhaps a little bit ‘common’ in some of his manners – but after all for a hedge knight…
No one did know a special cause for his trouble with Torrhen.
Meanwhile it was time for the horse show. Gard did his best but was unable to show the full potential of Dragon. However Lord Aran did buy the horse at the spot.
After this it was time for the real biz. Lord Aran and his son, Lord Gawan, Lord Gard and Eric gathered together to discuss the matters of war and love (or to be more correct of border defences and marriage). It was no problem to come to an agreement concerning the idea of an additional scout unit that should patrol along the Krayenhorn borders and into the contested borderlands to prevent infiltration by clansmen (or warn in the case of a real invasion). While Krayenhorn should take the biggest part of the costs house Aran and Dragonport should also participate (although Gard was willing to spend much more money than Lord Aran).
Concerning Gards idea of a line of watchtowers the two older lords were sceptical. They did not want to make any binding agreement until the border patrol had shown its worth and house Fallkirk was also in the boat. Eric (who wanted to use the installation of watchtowers as an opportunity to influence a member of the Dragonport city council by giving him a lucrative contract) urged for the idea that the Lords should already order the material for the buildings. But (without much support of his nephew Gard) he did not have any success because no Lord wanted to spend money (and/or storage place) for a project that was still uncertain.
But beside this everyone was happy: Lord Gard’s idea was accepted mostly, Lord Aran was glad that he should spend such a small amount of money (1 wealth point) and Lord Gawan was happy that Gard spend such a BIG amount of money (3 wealth points)…
Together with the resources of Krayenhorn (4 power points) the spend money would be enough for a trained scout unit with some upgrades.
Now it was time to discuss the possible marriage alliance between Starbone and Dragonport. Although Lord Aran acted sceptic at least Eric was able to detect that in reality Lord Aran actually favoured the idea of a marriage between Lord Gard and his daughter Meera – but he wanted of course a big bride price.
The discussion went on until the late afternoon but in the end it went well for house Blyth (one cause for this was the fact that Lord Arans son Vickon – charmed by Alyanna the day before – did not support the position of his father wholehearted) although the bride price was still into question (this should be decided tomorrow).
Alyanna (who was not invited to these political/military affairs) used her time for a picnic with Lady Meera, Elyssa and Anya. They were accompanied by Ser Strife, Ser Paedrig and Torrhen Fallkirk. The two young men of the Aran party mostly tried to ignore each other although their differences were still not settled. That both of them cared especially for Lady Meera did not help to ease the tension. But at least there was no open confrontation. Paedrig’s attention was mostly concentrated on Alyanna (sister of his lord) and Lady Anya (because of his secret affection for her). Alyanna who wanted to get more information about her potential sister in law started a charm offensive against Elyssa, judging the young girl as an easy prey.
During the evening meal the atmosphere was a little bit…strange – gladness and accordance on the one hand (between the lords), and tension between some of the young knights/squires. Lord Arans granddaughter Elyssa seemed to be also concerned because of this tension.
But beside this it was still a pleasant meal. The girls again recited or sung (Elyssa seemed to be a quiet able poet), and Gard recall a poem in which a Lady similar to Meera was praised (he could not create such art but was able to use older texts).
But than it was time to go to bed because a boar hunt was planned for the next morning.
The hunting party (all noblemen minus Torrhen who was still not full recovered) left before dawn together with a group of peasants who should chase the wild boars to the hunters and some soldiers as security.
The hunt was very successful – half a dozen of boars and pigs were killed without serious harm for one of the hunters (although Gard must help Eric who got a little bit into trouble).
When the hunting party returned Gard get some praise for his courageous acting.
After a short meal it was time for the second part of the marriage bargain. This time the participants were Lord Aran, his Septa Berena, Lord Gard Blyth and Eric Blyth. Now it was the question of the price – and given the fact that the marriage would increase the status of house Blyth it was clear who must pay.
However house Blyth was able to decrease the bride price significantly by their bargain skills (Eric was a great help for Gard) and the promise to support house Aran in their vague plans of a possible marriage between Ser Vickon Aran and Naerys Weymouth (given the fact that she was the only living child of her parents this would be a opportunity for house Aran to gather more power and land).
In the end the marriage would cost House Blyth 4 wealth points (quite a sum but certainly less than Lord Aran had planned). The marriage should be in two weeks – Lord Aran was a man of rash acting (if he wanted it).
After this was dealed Eric brought another topic on the table – which septa should lead the ceremony (remember he had promised this honour Septa Jonelle, head of septrie Eaglewood, in exchange for trade benefits)? Septa Berena reacted furious (perhaps also because Eric had incited her towards Jonelle the fore last evening) but Eric used her not very diplomatic acting to incite Lord Aran to speak a final word. Influenced by Eric the lord decided that Septa Jonelle should lead the ceremony. Septa Berena stormed out of the room – the promise that Eric and Lord Gard would spend some money for her plans to improve her sept could not tilt the fact that she was shoved beside.
(In game terms her disposition towards house Blyth and especially Eric decreased significantly).
After the meeting Eric get some not-so-nice words by his nephew who would have preferred the situation handled without alienating a septa who had some influence in the family of the liege lord…
Meanwhile Alyanna used her free time to charm Elyssa Aran (she hoped to get some information about Meera – f. e. why several former marriage plans for Meera were cancelled). Although Alyanna could convince the younger girl that she could tell her all her problems, it was not much substantial – beside the fact that Meera seemed to not have liked her former potential grooms.
During the evening it was time to announce the wedding plans (Septa Berena stayed at her chamber by the way). Of course Meera accepted Gards pledge (which was accompanied by a gift of costly jewellery) like a perfect young lady. Some of the Blyth party (Eric and Alyanna) noticed that the wedding announcement certainly troubled Torrhen, while Ser Strife seemed to be amused. Both young men seemed to be a little nervous (just like the two Aran girls).
Meera gave Gard a scarf of red silk as a ‘sign of her affection’. Gard (and Eric because of his keen senses) noticed that there was something hidden in the scarf.
Gard later find a small letter inside the scarf with the message ‘I must speak with you. Meet me at the stables at midnight. M.’
Before the members of the Blyth party went to bed Lord Gard told them about Elens warning about ‘poisoned meals’ although he was still sceptic – dreams and omen…
No one had an idea what this warning could actually mean (if there was any real background): However Gard asked Paedrig to have an eye on Torrhen (after all the young squire seemed to be very angry because the planned wedding).
Later the night Gard sneaked out to meet Meera at the stables. He was a little bit suspicious but did not think that Meera did plan something sinister against him.
It seemed that Meera mostly did want know more about her fate in Dragonport and her future husband. She seemed a little bit afraid, claiming that she did agree mostly because the will of her father and not her own.
Gard did his best to tilt her fears. But when he noticed how the almost intimate strangeness of their meeting, Meera’s closeness and her whispered words affected him in a very disturbing way, the young Lord retreated hastily before he could do something not honourable (although he did know that to leave his future bride in such a rude way was also not very gentlemanlike…).
The next morning the Arans and Blyth of Dragonport wanted to leave Krayenhorn. The Lord and Lady of Krayenhorn (together with a group of soldiers) would accompany the Arans to the borders of their territory. In the end Lord Gard decided to also accompany his liege lord although this would be a detour.
Before the party did leave Krayenhorn, Gard asked Meera for a short conversation, apologizing for his rash leave last night and again promising that she will have nothing to fear from him. Lady Meera on the other hand apologized for the not-very-ladylike idea of a secret meeting and claimed (quiet convincing) that now her fears are mostly gone.
Eric meanwhile tried to calm the waves he had created the day before by embarrassing Septa Berena but the Septa was very cold and reluctant, giving him no chance to charm her.
The trip to the Aran-Krayenhorn borders was mostly uneventful. Lord Gard and Lord Gawan discussed the future mobilisation of the new scout unit – Gard recommended the use of men from the borderlands and perhaps even a recruiting attempt in White Harbour (the next northern town with which Dragonport did have a direct connection by ships). He also opted for the idea that the troops can spend their past time in Dragonport (the city did certainly have more…facilities for the amusement of soldiers) while detachments of Dragoonport troops should accompany the scouts from time to time to strengthen the patrols and get some experience in the wilderness.
Lord Gawan welcomed the ideas and was pleased that his former squire was such an able commander.
After leaving the Aran party at the borders of their territory Lord Gards party did arrive Dragonport in the late afternoon without any problems.
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Wedding Knight Part II
Given the fact that there were only two weeks until the wedding should happen there was much to do. Gard, Alyanna and Eric wanted to find some costly gifts (although it was not easy given the limited time and possibilities) for the wedding.
Alyanna did buy the best clothing and jewellery she could find for the bride (and also something for herself and her mother) while Gard get the miniature of a wyvern for Meera (she did collect such items) and did also buy silver dishes and plates for the Arans. Given the limited possibilities of the local marked Eric decided in the end that his present for Gard (and his bride) would be money (the equivalent of a whole wealth point). By this he would certainly be one of the most (or even THE most) generous guests of the wedding.
Paedrig (who did not have such resources) decided that a beautiful shadowcat fur would be the right gift.
Beside this Gard get the idea that a welcome festival for the new lady of Dragonport would be a wonderful idea, a chance to present the future lady to her new home and vice versa – and also to act a first time as “good lord” to his people, who know him until now only as administrator, defender and judge. Eric and Alyanna did most of the calculation and came to the conclusion that such an event might cost ca. 200 gold dragons (1 wealth point). However after spending so much money for the securing of the border and for the bride price (7 wealth point altogether) and the warning of his mother that he was not the king who often ordered festivals and tourneys with borough money, Gard did come to the conclusion that it would be clever to let other participate – the city council to be specific.
Eric (who did most of the organizing) agreed and tried to find the right strategy to get the city council into the boat. While he did have good relations with the two ‘newcomer’ members of the council (Hakon Trader and Gunnar Grout) he asked them for a private meeting at the local bath/ brothel ‘mermaids’ pool’. He could easily convince the two men to spend some money. Erics idea was that the two men should work as ‘icebreakers’ – their willingness to spend money should set the other members of the council under pressure. Gunnar Grout warned him that given the internal rivalries between the three old families and the three newcomers (plus Eric) this idea might work – or not. Anyway both were willing to act especially generous (by this increasing the pressure) if Eric/ Gard would compensate their generosity by some secret given money. Eric agreed to this idea.
Concerning the three other members of the council Erid and Alyanna tried to find some weak points and bargain possibilities to influence some but Eric did not try do start separate talks with them – he only did sent some private letters one day before the next council meeting.
Towards the council leader Ablar Townsman he mentioned the possibility that he might support a wedding between one of Ablars young female relatives with the rich merchantman Ruben Piper (the ex-would-to-be-husband of Iris Dannett). Owyn Timber gets a reminding that he could get a lucrative contract if the lords would build a line of watchtowers. For Elynora Hatched Eric did make some vague comments that her ambition for her son (she wanted him to become council leader one day) might be supported by Lord Gard.
However because he did not want any binding promises (and a letter was certainly weaker than a private meeting) the council members were still a little bit sceptic. But in the end Eric was able to get almost ½ wealth point out of the council members.
However when it did come to the actual preparations of the festival Eric was a little bit overwhelmed by the many duties. While he tried to control every aspect of the organization he was not able to hinder some of the city members to minimize their financial participation a little bit (in the end house Blyth must spend some extra gold dragons). Alyanna did her best to help her uncle and she did it very well (her task was mostly the organization of the decoration, some minstrels etc.).
Concerning the wedding news came to Dragonport that of the local houses only house Weymouth (and the Blyth of Krayenhorn) would participate. House Dannett did apologize that they could not come (perhaps because of the still fragile health of Lord Dannetts son and the fact that Iris after her ‘adventures’ did not yet want to be part of such a great social event) and did sent some gifts, house Fallkirk did simply not answer the invitation. This might not be very wise, because it may anger the Arans too, but given their old feud with Dragonport it was not very surprising…
Alyanna meanwhile used her information network to learn more about Ser Strife but she did get not much more than Eric beside some rumours and gossips – f. e. that Ser Strife MIGHT did have an affair with someone at Starbone although no one know with whom. Another (very vague) rumour was that Ser Strife did look like someone of the Aran family (although it was again unclear which one this might be) and perhaps might be a bastard (f. e. of Lord Aran or one of his older sons). These rumours were supported by the fact that Ser Strifes career seemed really fast (first only member of the cavalry but now an officer and almost one of the trusted bodyguards). Of course on the other hand he was still a knight (although a hedge knight) and by this much more worth than a common mercenary or sworn sword.
One day before the party should left towards Starbone Lord Gawan of Krayenhorn and his wife arrived at Dragonport claiming that they want to travel together with the Dragonport party. This was only half truth because they also wanted to meet the healer of Dragonport secretly (still the problem that Lady Anya did not get pregnant – just like Lord Gawans first wife).
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Another great update on an interesting campaign. Looking forward to more.
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Thanks for the nice words. I will add a new chapter soon. But sadly our group has mostly fallen appart and i can only write about older adventures (we stopped short befor the beginning of the War of the five kings).
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That's too bad. Finding a dedicated group of players is half the battle of playing SIFRP, I suppose. I've run a couple of games myself, but the first one was a just a short two or three sessions adventures, and the rest are one on one play by post games, so the story advances at a rather glacial pace.