To Stand Against the Red Moon

Veslmus in the Underworld
Fire Season 1617

After researching the Odayla Sleeps Back to Life heroquest, Veslmus began the quest on Fox Rite Day. He and Gordanger were placed in the clan’s Odayla Cave and Veslmus crossed over, in the process releasing what Old Nanny Tova said was the Wind of the Underworld, which would allow dead things to come back to life.

Veslmus met a mysterious ‘grandfather’ with a black spear who acted as a guide and companion during the journey. He crossed the Plains of Dust and then came to the Styx, where he had to surrender his Eye for the Weather to Jeset the Ferryman to cross over. He came to the Nightwood and rescued Hedgehog from a skeletal fox-thing. Hedgehog taught him the words to say to the Judge of the Dead in order to come back to life.

Then he was captured by the Dead Earth Witch, who trussed him in a net and dragged him back to her stead. He found a Dead Ember, blew it back to life, and used it to burn his way out of the net. While climbing his way out of the stead, he unintentionally brought a long-tailed bird back to life with the Ember. Then he confronted his prey animals and showed them that he was still a hunter.

On his way to Haran Vor, a strange mouth attempted to swallow him and spit out an bizarre six-legged monster at him, but he escaped the mouth and drove off the creature. At Haran Vor, the grandfather left him, but he found the banquet of his ancestors and was greeted by a man and woman who called him their great-grandson. They gave him a blessing and told him that a time of great risk and opportunity for great deeds and perhaps a great marriage was coming.

He met the Judge of the Dead and saw his best and worst deeds. Then he showed the judge that he was not dead by proving that he could dream. He woke back in the Mundane world. Gordanger was substantially healed, but Veslmus had become a woman, having birthed the chieftain back to life. A long-tailed bird was seen on the tula afterwards.

Meanwhile Tryggvi and Yaneg fought a resurrected Red Bear and killed it before it could get too powerful, and then fought two of the Dancers of Darkness, servants of Delecti the Necromancer.

Seeking Information
Fire Season 1617

Yaneg, Yanioth, and Tryggvi spent some time seeking information about the Odayla Sleeps Back to Life quest. They spoke with Arthrwn Pawfoot, who told them the basic form of the myth, but he knew nothing about performing it as a quest. He suggested speaking to Erninga Three-Strike and Hartkos the Bearwalker. Snorri suggested visiting the Jonstown Library to find information about how the quest had been performed in the past.

They went to see Tykorth Longspear, an Odaylan cousin of Yaneg and Yanioth. He told them that the quester had to perform it alone and unarmed, since everyone goes into death alone and unarmed. He suggested that Fox Rite Day might be a good time to perform the quest, since it involves hunting unarmed. He warned them that Hartkos was very antisocial.

Then they went to the Black Spears. Vestorfin Tribute-Taker persuaded them to swear an oath that if the Black Spears rose against Kangharl, then the Orlmarth would support them. In exchange for that promise, Erninga told them the version of the myth that she knew. She emphasized that it was important for the quester to reinforce and maintain his connection to his clan. She said that if he could find his ancestors’ table in the City of the Dead, it might be possible to get a blessing from them.

Then they went to Jonstown and Tryggvi found information about a Dinacoli quester who had performed the quest two centuries ago to resurrect the dead king of the Dinacoli. She birthed him back to life as her cub. He returned with a bear spirit and reclaimed his throne, killing the men who had murdered him. They also spent some time seeking news and gossip in Jonstown.

Then they took a duck boat down the Creek to the Pelasking tula. After a brief meeting with the chieftain, Maermor Spearfisher, they found Hartkos’ stead in the Stael Hills. He ignored them for several days, but finally agreed to tell them his version of the myth.

The Vostangi Trial
Sea and Fire Season 1617

Having returned from the the Lawstaff Quest, Tryggvi, Yaneg, and Veslmus debated where to conduct the court, eventually asking Garm the Red to host it at the Enhyli village. They summoned Bofrost, who eventually arrived with the Hillhaven Lawspeaker, Bolmer Eye-of-Justice, Killer Branduan, and others.

Bolmer argued that there was no evidence that the Vostangi had given their claim to Yaneg, but then the Vostangi ghosts suddenly entered the hall, unnerving the Hillhavens. Bolmer then argued that the dead cannot transmit claims to the living, but Yaneg masterfully out-argued them. Tryggvi’s ruling was complete; the Hillhaven lands and goods were to be given to the Orlmarth as compensation for the slaughter of the Vostangi. Yaneg offered to gift them back to the Hillhaven in return for a significant annual tribute that substantially improves the Orlmarth’s financial situation. The Vostangi Trial will quickly become the stuff of legend, since Rahl composed a poem about it.

In Fire Season, a mysterious fever spread through the clan, weakening almost everyone except Veslmus, who was sent to the Konthasos tula to seek the help of Ingund the White. She was able to alleviate the symptoms, but they always returned, leading her to think it was something more spiritual. Yaneg discovered that the Venebain demons were trying to escape from the Cinder Pits, and indeed they did. The clan was able to defeat them.

It was realized that the previous year’s ritual to keep the Venebain demons imprisoned had failed because it was improperly performed. Gordanger agreed to perform the Battle of Thrinbarri Clouds quest to re-imprison the demons. He succeeded, but returned from the quest badly burned.

Hrut and Morganeth approached the PCs and suggested that Gordanger would probably have to step down as chieftain. The two obvious candidates to replace him are Yaneg and Enderin. Hrut and Morganeth argued that Enderin would be likely to prosecute the feud with the Arnorings, which would bring the Orlmarth into direct conflict with the Lunars and perhaps Kangharl. He would also be the fourth chieftain in a row from the Hengistings, which they considered inappropriate. So they felt that Yaneg ought to make a serious bid to become the chieftain of the clan.

The Lawstaff Quest
Sea Season 1617

Tryggvi performed the Orlanth the Justice-Bringer quest with the assistance of Yaneg, Yanioth, and Veslmus.

They departed from Old Man Village and cut through Ernaldori territory. They were warned that Quackford had been returned to the control of the Arnoring clan and was now hostile territory for them. They were told that Kangharl had sent Darsten Black Oak and the Black Oak Troop to Quackford. So they skirted Quackford by going through Sun Dome Country.

At Duck Point, they met Godfreya Spacklewing, who gave them some advice for getting through Beast Valley. They got to Ash Anvari and met up with Woodcutter the Centaur, who guided them through Beast Valley and persuaded other centaurs not to kill them.

They crossed the Creek-Stream River at Centaur Ford and met Sora Goodseller at Shady Tree. She gave them advice on how to travel through the Grazelands. As they traversed the Grazelands, they were intercepted by Yaranraste Burning Hoofprint, who escorted them to Rich Post, where they met Eneera the Horse-Priestess. After much debate with her, she agreed to accompany them to Arrowmound, or as she knew it, Fire Mountain.

Along the way, they were confronted by another Grazelander leader who was accompanied by Darsten Black Oak and the Black Oak Troop, who claimed that the PCs were evil sorcerors trying to raise dead kings and cause strife. They persuaded Eneera that this was a lie and she forced the noble to back down.

As they passed through the Vale of the Green Dragon, they realized that the range of hills they saw before them was actually the Green Dragon. But they steeled themselves and continued on to Arrowmound, which they climbed, arriving at Jarani’s Stead inside the myth.

They met Jarani and were feasted by him. They gambled with a mysterious stranger and won a gold necklace (which later turned out to be dried flowers) and a dagger that could be used for striking from surprise. They pledged to help Jarani against Gagarth, and Tryggvi swore an oath on the Horn of Truth.

The next day they sacrificed to Orlanth and Tryggvi swore the Lawstaff Oath. Gagarth appeared in a roiling cloud of skeletal warriors, supported by Darsten Black Oak. Tryggvi declared a judgment for Jarani, but Gagarth refused to accept it and asserted the right of violence. The next day, the PCs fought Gagarth’s Wild Hunt, and then Tryggvi confronted and defeated Gagarth himself. They feasted with Jarani and then returned to the Middle World, making their way back to Duck Point.

Ghosts of the Ridge
Sea Season 1617

Yaneg, Yanioth, and Veslmus were patrolling the Starfire Ridges when they were confronted by what turned out to be the ghosts of the Vostangi. The Vostangi demanded vengeance for their deaths centuries ago at the hands of Mad Ovad, a chieftain of the Hillhavens back during the Settlement Period. They claimed that he had summoned chaotic spirits of disease to destroy them. The PCs somewhat reluctantly accepted the obligation to perform vengeance.

After discussion with Gordanger, Snorri, and Tryggvi, it was clear there were two options: open warfare or a lawsuit with the PCs as the plaintiffs acting on behalf of the Vostangi. Warfare seemed unwise, given the fact that the Hillhavens are known for their spirit magic. A lawsuit would have to be heard by Kangharl (who is hostile to the Orlmarth), Thanos (who is likely to be biased toward the Hillhavens), Temertain (who would probably have to be bribed heavily to give a favorable ruling), or a holder of the Lawstaff.

The PCs went to Jonstown to find Minaryth Purple, the only known living holder of the Lawstaff. He turned out to not be present, but Tryggvi was able to find some info about the quest in the Jonstown Library.

While they were there, Yaneg found Muirwynn Lovejoy and asked her about the gossip she had heard, and Tryggvi found Sora Goodseller and did the same. Then they discovered that Gisli was missing. They gradually tracked him down, discovering that he had purchased an expensive necklace, wooed a young woman to marry him, and commissioned a substantial feast, using his Lie ability to get people to agree to accept payment from Yaneg. With some trouble, they were able to extricate themselves from the debts and dragged Gisli back to Old Man Village, threatening to have Yanioth castrate him. But he talked his way out to that punishment, with Yaneg agreeing to tie him up and have people throw vegetables at him while Yaneg was off on the quest for the Lawstaff.

At a clan meeting, Enderin objected to the idea of doing a quest, and argued for open warfare. But Yaneg convinced the clan to support Tryggvi’s performance of the quest.

The Winterlings
Storm Season 1616

The clan debated whether to adopt Bornwulf and his kinsmen. Although the Redleafs opposed it, eventually it was decided to adopt them as carls and give them the poor land at the north end of the tula that used to be Eoric Cat-Master’s Stead before the Taralings burned it. Bornwulf’s kin became the newest and smallest bloodline, the Winterlings.

Then it was time to re-enact the defeat of Venebain the Lightfore at the Battle of Thrinbarri Clouds, which helps ensure that the Sky Demons remain trapped in the Cinder Pits. Savan Thundermaker was too ill to perform the ritual, so Gordanger did it instead. The ritual requires Gisli to be dressed up as Venebain and humiliated before an effigy of Venebain is thrown into the Cinder Pits, but Gisli was nowhere to be found. So instead, Veslmus agreed to wear the costume and endure the taunting.

Yaneg took some heat for not keeping Gisli in line. Gisli insisted that he hadn’t gone anywhere, and even though Tryggvi used a spell to force Gisli to admit the truth (which involved revealing that he can turn into an alynx), Gisli used his Convincing Lie ability to persuade Yaneg that he was telling the truth.

Then the PCs went to Quackford and met with Ralf Silktongue, who allowed them to worship at his hidden shrine to Sartar. When the PCs told Ralf that they were Sartar’s descendants, he gave them some advice for how to worship Sartar and strengthen their connection to the demigod.

The Arnoring Stones
Dark Season, 1616

Dark Season was unusually harsh this year, with enormous snow drifts and harsh cold. On Ancestor Day, the clan’s ancestors visited Ulfketil’s Stead and appeared to approve of things. One of them offered Gisli Blacksheep a mug of ale, and another placed a wreath of flowers on Yaneg’s head.

A few days later, Bornwulf Bornhelmsson, a member of the Arnoring clan showed up at Ulfketil’s Stead. He said that he was disgusted at Armin Pot-Thrower‘s decision to convert his clan to the Lunar Way. Armin had said that he will pull down the clan’s Orlanth Stones as a way of showing that there is no way back, and Bornwulf said that was the law straw for him.

So he offered a deal. If the Orlmarth would call Orlanth out of the Arnoring clan’s Orlanth Stones, and would take him and his family into the Orlmarth clan, he would show them where one of the Arnoring clan’s treasures was, the Wind Horn, so they could take it.

Yaneg and Blakradit discussed whether this was a trap or not, but decided to trust Bornwulf tentatively. They convinced Savan Thundermaker to come along with them.

Bornwulf led them along the Roofbeam and down into a hidden clearing where the Arnoring clan’s Orlanth Stones were, an ancient burial mound where Kelan the Archer, one of the clan’s ancestors was buried. There, in the middle of the Orlanth Stones, was the Wind Horn.

When Savan started to de-consecrate the Orlanth Stones, the PCs found themselves thrown into the Heroplane and in the middle of Kelan’s Night Battle, in which he defeated three waves of trolls. They successfully defeated the trolls, completed the ritual, took the Wind Horn, and retuned to Ulfketil’s Stead, where Bornwulf’s family, about forty people had arrived.

They were able to persuade a reluctant Gordanger to support Bornwulf’s request to join the clan, but it will have to addressed at the clan moot.

Moot and Market
Earth Season, 1616

Hrut Ramshead approached Yaneg and Gisli seeking support for removing Aldwulf from the ring in favor of Hrut. He argued that Voriof is angry with the clan for removing him from the ring years ago. Yaneg agreed that it was a good idea. They discussed the matter with Snorri, who was noncommittal.

At the c;lan moot, there was much anger about the decision to outlaw Orlanth. Savan Thundermaker predicted the doom of the gods and men, but said that since the clan worships Orlanth in the Starfire Ridges, which the Lunars cannot safely enter.

Hurt challenged Aldwulf. Urged by Tryggvi, Morganeth prophesied the consequences of returning Hrut to the ring. “I see fine rich flocks and blood in abundance. I see feuds unresolved and blood in abundance. I see great deeds done as wedding gifts.” Eventually, Snorri supported Hrut and Aldwulf was removed from the ring.

Alric Dogsbane opposed ending the feud with the Arnorings, arguing that the clan should raid them instead. Morganeth suggested that the Arnoring would be helpful allies in trying to unseat Kangharl.

Before the issue could be decided, Darsten Black-oak burst into the clan hall, and demanded the return of the skin of the Red Bear, threatening war to get it back. Tryggvi realized that either the Taralings or the Lunars want the skin for something, so the clan refused to give it, arguing that the Bear had been killed on the Orlmarth tula in accordance with the law. After Darsten left, Savan suggested dedicating the skin to Orlanth at the Thunder Stones in the Starfire Ridges, where the Lunars couldn’t easily get it.

A week later, the clan held its market day. Tryggvi had a conversation with Sora Goodseller, who gave him news and then called in the favor he owed her. showing him a an old book with no writing it in. He realized that the book had been ruined by Attar the Eater of Knowledge, part of the chaotic god Thanatar. She gave him the book.

Armin Pot-thrower showed up with other Arnorings and a wagon-load of pots. During the market, Alric quarreled with one of the Arnorings, Dargol Clayhands, whose uncle had killed Alric’s cousin Rangstan. Alric wounded Dargol and demanded blood or compensation. Enderin supported him in this.

Armin offered to end the feud between the two clans, rolling the compensation for Rangstan into the deal, or else tell people that the Orlmarth market is dangerous. It nearly worked until Tryggvi got frustrated that Armin was haggling too much over the price. He blurted out that Armin had orchestrated this whole thing, bringing Dargol to the market to provoke one of the Hengistings in order to create a pressing reason to resolve the feud. Alric and Enderin were outraged, declaring that they would never accept anything other than blood for Rangstan. The Arnorings left quickly.

Word came a few weeks later that the Arnorings had accepted the Lunar Way.

To Kill the Red Bear
Earth Season 1616

Word spread that Enderin and the Redleafs raided the Greydogs and came away with a dozen cattle. Gordanger was obviously proud of his son and threw a feast to celebrate it. He granted Enderin half the cattle that had been stolen.

Yaneg, Yanioth, and Tryggvi spoken with Asbjorn and Finna about killing the Red Bear, which they had promised to do. Tryggvi worried about the repercussions from Kangharl, but they decided that keeping their promise to kill it mattered more.

They decided that the best option would be to find a way to lure it onto the Orlmarth tula and kill it as vengeance for the slaying of Eoric Cat-master a generation ago. But they didn’t know how to do that. Asbjorn snuck them to see Old Man Willow, a nature spirit that dwells in the Taraling forests. After a blood sacrifice, Old Man Willow told them that the Bear was a spirit made flesh, that it could not be harmed by mundane weapons or elemental magic, and that if it wasn’t killed ‘enough’, it would return. It likes the flesh of pigs.

They went to Orkansakt the Fat, the Enjossi shaman. He agreed to help them in exchange for a favor later on. He told them that because the Bear was connected to the Red Moon, it might return unless they killed it enough. He gave them a charm that would ensure that if they roasted a pig, the Bear would smell it and come to them.

So they roasted a pig on the edge of the tula and when the Bear appear, Yaneg and Yanioth fought it. At first it seemed that the Bear would win, but after several good rolls and hero point expenditures, they killed it and scored a substantial Parting Shot on it, hopefully ensuring that the Bear was dead for good. They skinned the Bear and presented the skin to Gordanger, who hung it in the clan hall.

A Quest for the Antorlings
Fire Season 1616

Yaneg, Yanioth, and Tryggvi concluded that they needed to perform the Orlanth Forms the Storm Tribe quest to help their Antorling kinsmen, so they spoke to various people seeking information about the quest. Cwenalda agreed to tell them about the clan’s history with the quest, despite her bitterness toward the Antorlings. Freywolf Strongbreath, the chieftain of the Enjossi, was eager to make friends with the Orlmarth because his clan is now half Lunar. He sent Gordanger a salmon as a gift.

Ingund the White and Minaryth Purple both gave them general points about heroquesting.

Skallagrim of the Hiordings sought to negotiate trade and travel rights in exchange for what his clan knew, but the two sides could come to an agreement. The PCs realized that, as a supporter of Kangharl, he might be uncomfortable with the PCs doing this quest, because it could potentially be used to unset Kangharl.

Their kinsman Asbjorn Thrice-born gave them information about the question, and asked them to kill the Red Bear as payment for his help.

Garm the Red, the chieftain of the Enhyli received them with surprising friendliness, declaring that he had dreamed of standing guard at Yaneg’s marriage to Ernalda. The Enhyli agreed to forgo their anger over the raid in exchange for a promise to help weaken Delecti, and Garm gave them information about the quest as well.

Vestorfin Tribute-taker of the Black Spears was impressed that they were seeking to help another clan this way, and told them what he knew of the quest without asking anything in return.

Armed with the wyters of the Orlmarth and the Antorlings, the three of them started the quest, only to discover that the Clan-Making Stone, the traditional spot to start the quest, was also the stone that Rangoon had been sacrificing sheep to his chaotic god. So they start at the clan hall instead. They had trouble entering the quest until Lumpy suddenly died.

During the quest, they were forced to rescue Esra from a chaotic monster and had to recover Ernalda’s Chest of Treasures from Gagarth the Wild Hunter. They triumphed over the Night Clan, although Yaneg chose not to make a hero quest challenge.

When they returned, Maelwynndeclared that she was not a skilled leader and stepped down. The remnant of the ring selected Ragnar the Plowman to lead them.


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