We are definitely improving. Our new players are starting to get the difference between spending style and making a risk. They are also starting to comprehend the power allotted to the players via the system. I think the final flavor piece of the game that needs to be grasped is that it doesn’t always have to come down to a risk or an expenditure of style. Sometimes, you just have to role-play the way you would in any other game. Without the role-play, things get dry very quickly. I look forward to where things progress from here.
Things Made True
I started by telling players that the dinner feast as well as Yavan Adrente’s blooding ceremony into the Blooded of the Wolf had already come in past. I had them make contested wisdom rolls to tell me anything significant that happened during that time.
The Players Gave Me
In addition to the things stated at the beginning of the game, the following things were set as prominent story leads
Because this session was a continuation of the last, there was no real introduction. Instead, I provided the players with an opportunity to tell me what happened during the dinner feast and Yavan Adrente’s blooding ceremony. It is best to view the Things Made True section above if you want full details on what was made true. Suffice to say, Yavan’s ceremony was a success. Duke Renly Yvarai and his daughter arrived in time to see the ceremony. He appeared thoroughly unimpressed.
This story continued in the Castle Valedi’dur on the central island of Ordo, just after the Blooding Ceremony. With all the ceremonies out of the way, the real party begins. Various ven covered the banquet hall, socializing, plotting and drinking wine. Foxwine was present. Some tasted it. Many indulged in it. Maurevel Thorne was able to resist it’s true temtpation, for now.
As mentioned above, Lady Shajar Yvarai offered Duke Renly advice on his dilemma. If he was dissapointed that Yavan had chosen the Wolf instead of the Fox, why not work with the brother that has already chosen the Fox. Of course, he was implying Alexai Yvarai. After a few more glasses of Foxwine, the Duke thought this idea brilliant, and began scheming. He asked the seneschal, Vanya Steele to find Lord Olindar Adrente as he had wished to speak with him. Vanya had asked why, but her inquiry was shut down quickly by the Duke’s pompous demands. Not wishing to offend the Duke, she quickly took leave to do just that. Finally, the Duke warned Suhajka against his ideas going poorly, as if Suhajka had some influence over the matter.
At the same time, Gwanal Yvarai had started conversation with Lady Shajar Yvarai about the plesantries of life, and their history performing together. Lady Shajar Yvarai is a musician, and Lady Gwanal Yvarai is a well known singer. After enough Foxwine, Lady Shajar built up the nerve to agree to Lady Gwanal’s performance. Lady Gwanal made quickly for the composer to interrupt before the next song. With the plans now in place, Lady Shajar’s artisans and Lady Gwanal prepared for a performance of a lifetime.
Cut to the scene on the dance floor. Just off of the dance floor, Lord Maurevel Thorne loomed quietly, while in contrast; Alexai Yvarai continued to thrive as the life of the party. Wishing no ven to be bored, Alexai quickly set the young Myellian and the Baron Thorne up with a dance. He was quite successful in entertaining the young Falcon Baron from Na’nal’dun.
As Lady Gwanal and the Countess Shajar take the stage, it is apparent that Duke Renly is quite drunk. He continues to converse with others while the rest of the crowd falls silent to view the performance.
The performance is a resounding success, as the musicians and singer sweep through three different styles. The first is a pastoral melody to praise the land. The second invokes the great romantic works of our people and society. The third is a romping, rousing segment that intends to have everyone on their feet cheering by the end.
The performers set out to share three moods in one, and they managed to do so, despite the Duke’s interruptions. By this point the Duke was good and drunk, and made sure to interrupt between the second and third segment. Despite his most belligerent interruptions, the performers played on.
After the performance, Maurevel Thorne took the opportunity to meet Gwanal and speak with Lady Shajar. At the same time, the Duke was led to Count Olindar by Alexai, and quickly made off with him to a private room for further private discussion. The Lady Vanya took an opportunity here to use her position as Seneschal to slide an artifact into the room that would allow her to hear of their dealings.
As the night’s party came to a close, the Duke took the stage for a toast and announcement. He first toasted Yavan in congratulations, before moving quickly to announce what he had been scheming all night. The Duke declared the betrothal of his daughter to the hand of Lord Alexai Yvarai.
This resulted in the younger brother Yavan, who was previously betrothed; to be sent into an uproar. Seeing the boy in an uproar, the Duke sent his guard to have the boy intimidated into tranquility. The uproar seemed to have triggered Yavan’s condition, and as he turned to leave, blood dripped from his eyes. This has been previously seen. What followed has never been seen or accounted for. Yavan’s chest erupted in flames and his body fell lifeless to the floor. The supernatural phenomenon sent nearly all the blooded running for safety in their chambers. Maurevel and Alexai were courageous enough to consider staying behind.
As the ven took their beds at night, many were plagued with nightmares of the final event of the night.
End of Story One of Season One