To Stand Against the Red Moon

Negotiating with the Arnorings
Sea Season 1616

The PCs decided to approach Armin Pot-Thrower of the Arnorings to find ways to end the feud between the two clans. After considerable back and forth, he eventually agreed to a deal by which the Arnorings and the Orlmarthings would hold a joint market day each season at which pots, wool, and iron would be sold. The Arnorings were also granted the right to cross the Orlmarthing tula by its paths. If any violence broke out, it would be adjudicated by Yanioth Brandigorsdottir. He also warned the PCs that Erianda the Red was planning on stealing an Orlmarthing clan treasure from them.

This deal does not, in itself, terminate the feud. But it does lay the groundwork for it, making a permanent resolution much easier. If the markets and safe passage go well, it will gradually reduce the difficulty to negotiate a permanent end to the feud. Ending the feud is not the same thing as making an alliance, but doing that will also slowly get easier, assuming that violence does not break out between the clans.

Armed with that knowledge, Sindri and Yaneg plotted a trap for Erianda. They concluded that she was planning on stealing the Eye of the Half-bird, so Sindri decided to put it into his head, cutting out his own eye to do so. When the attack came, the PCs ambushed her, defeated her and her darkness demons, and forced her to swear that she would not attempt to steal the Eye again and that she would owe Sindri a favor.

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Rumors 6
Circulating in early 1616

“”/characters/sora-goodseller" class=“wiki-content-link”>Sora Goodseller says that Lunars crushed the Fire Bull rebellion late last year. Chief Leikan was killed and many of the members of the clan were forced to join the Enstalos clan".
“How terrible to lose your clan and have to live with strangers!”
“I wish Sora would bring some good news for once.”

“The omens for the year are very bad. When the women wove Ernalda’s shroud, they predicted that a great leader would die. Snorri foresaw that Fire Season would be a time of great danger and bad guests.”

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The Wedding of Enderin and Salyn
Earth Season, 1615

The Goodswords escorted Salyn Thanosdottir to the Orlmarth tula for her wedding to Enderin. During the blessing ceremony in the Loom House, a mysterious entity attacked Salyn, but was defeated by Yanioth. The various assembled priestesses, including Morganeth, Cassiandra, Asdis Sharptongue, and Asta had no knowledge of what this being was, and there was a debate about whether to continue with the wedding or not, but finally it was agreed to go ahead.

Gisli Blacksheep was reluctant to bless the wedding, until Yaneg forced him to.

During the feast, Cassiandra told Sindri that she thought the entity was a spirit, perhaps one that had been sent by enemies to disrupt the wedding. Also, the new Lunar tax collector, Overovash Assiday showed up, announced a tax on dowries, and claimed 1/10 of the cattle Thanos had given to the Orlmarths, much to everyone’s irritation.

Gordanger spoke with the PCs and told them that the clan needed allies and resources, and asked them to devote some of their energies to finding them. He discussed the possibility of bringing the long-running feud with the Arnorings to an end, and suggested that finding a way to undermine Kangharl’s support among the Antorlings and the Konthasos would also be good. There was also discussion of doing quests, though no agreement on which quest should be performed.

Then the PCs went to speak with Bofrost, the shaman-chieftain of the Hillhavens, in hopes that he could help them figure out what the mysterious entity was. He told them that it was Ushanka, a spirit who mostly plagues shamans in the spirit world; it’s appearance in the Middle World was highly unusual. After a good deal of discussion, he led them to the realization that the true problem was that Tryggvi had agreed to sacrifice to Karjakan the Monster Shaman in exchange for a charm; this opened the door to Karjakan’s presence on their tula and the result was that spirits had been plaguing the clan for several seasons. They paid him to perform a ritual to banish Karjakan, and did so, with the PCs providing support during the ritual. Gordanger was angry that Tryggvi had been the cause of so much trouble.

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Rumors 5

“Do you suppose that Enderin is really going to go through with this marriage to Salyn?”
“After he came back from Runegate, he sure seemed serious about it. I think he learned his lesson. Being a man means responsibilities.”
“Well, those Ulerian sluts are troublemakers, if you ask me. There’s a reason we don’t worship that good-for-nothing goddess. Makes you wonder why Gordanger even allowed them on the tula.”
“Uleria might not be one of our goddesses, but she’s still a goddess. No sense offending the gods when you don’t have to.”

(Men) “Sora Goodseller came through the village yesterday. I got some good ribbons from her for my wife.”
“She have any interesting news to tell?”
“The Firebull clan—they’re part of the Sambari—they’re rebelling against the Lunars.”
“Good for them! I’ve been saying that we need to rebel and get these damn Lunars out of our lands for good.”
“Yeah, well, you remember what happened during Starbrow’s Rebellion. That was a disaster I don’t care to repeat. Sora doesn’t think the Firebulls are having much success.”
“She also said that Temertain has taken up with some whore.”
“No surprise there. He’s not man enough to marry.”

“”/characters/old-nanny-tova" class=“wiki-content-link”>Old Nanny Tova has been talking in her sleep again."
“What’s new about that? That’s all she does these days. And can you blame her? If I live to be a hundred, I’ll want to sleep all the time too.”
“She says the clan is under some sort of curse”.
“And last week she was saying that she’s the Queen of the Horseriders. Pay her no never mind. If the clan had been cursed, we wouldn’t need a senile old woman to tell us. We’d all know it.”

“The feud between the ”/wikis/enhyl-clan" class=“wiki-page-link”> Enhyli and the Marshedge is heating up. The Marshedge are still furious at them for killing ducks."
“Maybe the ring should order another raid on them. That worked pretty well last time.”
“Gordanger says the clan has enough enemies without starting a feud with another clan.”
“The ancestors like it when we raid other clans. That’s the way we’ve always done things. If it was good enough for our grandfathers, I say its’ good enough for us.”
“Yeah, well, our grandfathers didn’t have to deal with the Lunars. Gordanger says we need to be more prudent about things these days, and I have to agree with him.”
“(Sighs) That’s true enough. The ancestors want us being prudent too.”

(Men) “That godless smith still hasn’t gotten rid of his goats. When’s the ring going to do something about him? I say we need to run him off the tula and just kill the damn things.”
“Yeah, it makes me uncomfortable too. But the ring made a deal with him, and we swore oaths to accept him. We can’t just back out on those oaths. The gods won’t take too kindly to that.
Sure, but the ancestors aren’t too happy about goats on the tula neither. Something needs to happen.”

Players may take IBT actions if they wish before the next game, for the usual 1 Hero Point reward.

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Enderin and the Ulerians
Fire Season 1615

During Sea Season, Sindri spoke with Gordanger and persuaded him to accept Sindri as a weapon thane, now that Finn was dead. Then he traveled to the Six Stones Temple in Swordvale, where he become a devotee of Humakt.

Not long after that, Asta went to Clearwine Temple and passed the tests of Yanioth Brandigorsdottir, the high priestess, wove a peace rug, and became a devotee of Orventili.

During that period, a representative of the Lunar Slave Farm arrived, announcing that King Kangharl had granted the farm a portion of the Orlmarth tula, People assumed it was a punishment for defying Kaggharl’s effort to outlaw Gringle. Yaneg realized that when Yanioth killed a couple of Lunar soldiers, he buried the bodies in the area that the Slave Farm was annexing, so he and Yanioth went to dig them up. But the dead soldiers were now ghosts, and they drove Yang and Yanioth off. The PCs returned later with Asta, Sindri, and Tryggvi and successfully overcame the ghosts, burned the remains, and threw them in the river.

A few weeks later, a trio of Uleria priestesses led by Muirwynn Lovejoy came to Old Man Village from the Greydog tula, explaining that they were performing a Ulerian ritual that involved giving as much pleasure and enjoyment to as many people as possible over a set period. So they entertained the Orlmarthings for an evening. Yaneg, Enderin, and Gisli all had sex with them. But the next evening, after the Ulerians had left, it was discovered that Enderin had disappeared.

Eventually, the PCs figured out that he had gone to Runegate Runegate to meet up with Magda, the priestess he had sex with. Sindri set out overnight, but when he passed through Swordvale, the Six Stones temple demanded his support for a ritual they were performing to bless an expedition into the Upland Marshes, so he was unable to help find Enderin.

But Tryggvi, Yanioth, and Yang all got to Runegate and found the Ulerians and Enderin at the Last Chance Inn. Enderin explained that he had fallen in love with Magda and didn’t want to marry Salyn because he didn’t love her. The PCs reasoned with him and eventually Tryggvi forced Magda to admit that the Greydog Eurmali, Brigpice, had bribed her to use Ulerian magic on Enderin. This forced Enderin to accept that he was being foolish, and he agreed to return to the clan for the marriage. But the PCs were spotted by a couple worshippers of Doburdan, a Lunar storm god, and supporters of Darsten Black Oak. They sought refuge at Geo’s Runegate Inn, where the Doburdan worshippers were too afraid to go. Eventually Geo’s Bouncer showed up and escorted them out of town.

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Rumors 4

I can’t believe the Ring granted permission for that sorcerer to settle in our village. Gods preserve us from his evil!
—For me the worst part is all the goats he has. Filthy creatures! He was supposed to kill them all, but he’s insisting on killing them one at a time so as not to “waste the meat!” How can he even think of eating that crap?

Vaninna has continued being sweet on Rangdan. It’s absolutely shameless. No married woman should be doing the things she does.
—She told me that Alfstan beats her, and she’s only turned to Rangdan for comfort.
Well, Ragnar isn’t no gentle lover, that’s for sure. But it still doesn’t justify sullying the marriage bed. Ernalda will punish her for that.

I swear there’s a ghost down by the river! I saw it a few days ago as I was catching fish. He looked all bloody with half his head gone. Sure wasn’t no living man! I nearly fell out of me boat!
—Ah, you just need to stop drinking so much when you fish. It’s a wonder you haven’t drowned yourself already.

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Sea Season 1615, cont.
Sea Season 1615

The PCs escorted Gringle and Piku to Old Man Village. After some debate, the ring decided to allow Piku to stay in Old Man Village, in exchange for a payment of one iron weapon and one iron tool every year. He was also required to exchange his goats for sheep.

The PCs escorted Gringle to Quackford, where he found a barge to take him and Quackjohn to Nochet in the Holy Country. In exchange, he gave them the Eye of the Halfbird as a payment for their efforts and gave them the Lead Grimoire to take to Minaryth Purple in Jonstown.

When the PCs walked past Sartar’s Bridge, the stone bowls burst into flame. Yaneg.prayed at the Ernalda temple and in response his mysterious tattoo began to throb. The priestess of the temple sent them to talk to Ralf Silktongue, who showed them that he keeps a small shrine to Orlanth and Sartar in the basement of the King’s Head Inn.

On the way to Jonstown, they were approached by a mysterious man named Redbird, who said he was a client of a powerful man (later revealed to be Prince Temertain) and who offered to purchase the Lead Grimoire. The PCs refused and took it to Jonstown as quickly as possible.

At Jonstown, Minaryth Purple was excited to receive the Lead Grimoire and told the PCs that he was deeply in their debt. In the ensuing conversation, he helped them realize that their great-grandmother Cwenthryth, wife of Ulfilas the Wanderer, was the daughter of Eonislara Cat-Dancer, who was herself a member of the Royal House of Sartar. Therefore the PCs and the other members of Ulfiling bloodline are among the last descendants of Sartar and thus have a claim on the throne of Sartar. He emphasized that this is very dangerous knowledge.

The PCs decided to give the Eye of the Halfbird to the clan. Thus it currently belongs to the clan regalia.

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Saving Gringle
Sea Season 1615

The winter of Storm Season 1614 stretched into Sea Season 1615. On Plow Day, it began to snow and a group of Hollri ice demons attacked the tula, but were forced off. On Sword Day, the clan re-enacted Orlanth defeating Vadrus, to force Valind to submit to the proper cycle of seasons. This too was disrupted by Hollri and a manifestation of Valind, but the clan was able to complete the ritual successfully, with the result that the weather immediately began to warm.

Then Gordanger returned from a meeting of the Tribal Ring and said that King Kangharl had declared Gringle Goodsell of Apple Lane an outlaw and ordered him killed. Gordanger ordered Sindri, Asta, Tryggvi, Yaneg, and Yanioth to go to Apple Lane immediately and warn and protect Gringle.

Stopping over at Asbjorn’s Stead, they learned that the Red Bear was growing stronger and that more of the Taralings were converting to the Lunar Way.

At Apple Lane, they found Gringle early in the morning. He was baffled by the news that he was being outlawed, but theorized that perhaps Kangharl was hoping to take one of his few remaining great treasures: the Iron Cardinal’s Egg, the Eye of the Half-bird, and the Lead Scroll of Arkat.

Then a group of Taralings arrived, led by Darsten Black Oak and a Lunar sorceress, Erianda the Red. The PCs fought them off and captured the sorceress, rendering her unconscious. Gringle decided to hire the characters to escort him and his duck servant to Quackford, where he could hire a barge that would get him to Esrolia, far away from the Lunars.

The wagon train was accompanied by Piku of the Third Eye Blue Tribe, a sorcerous blacksmith. They returned to Asbjorn’s Stead.

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Rumors 3

The omens during the Sacred Time weren’t very good this year. Snorri said he saw a shadow fall across the tula, like a great dark figure walking over the hills. It took the children way longer to find Voria on Voria’s Day than is normal, and one girl got lost.

Finna Finnsdottir came to visit before the Sacred Time. She said that the Lunar Way is spreading among the Taralings, since Kangharl Blackmoor has become king. At least two of their five bloodlines have fully embraced the Shepelkirt. Kangharl’s household regularly hosts Lunar missionaries. And many of the clan’s members say that the Red Bear is proof that the Red Goddess is more powerful than Orlanth. Only Asbjorn and his bloodline have remained entirely loyal to Orlanth. He worries about violence within the clan, which would be a great disaster.

“Old Nanny Tova is talking in her sleep a lot.”
“No surprise that. The old biddy hasn’t been right in her head for a long time.”
“Yeah, but she leads the rituals of Ty Kora Tek. What if the Goddess is speaking through her.”
“[Laughs] Most days it’s a miracle if Nanny Tova speaks through Nanny Tova. She barely knows what she’s saying on her good days, much less when she drowses.”
“Oh, show a little more respect for the woman. She’s older than you will ever be and she’s lived through a lot. And she used to be the Ernalda priestess.”

Redleafs—What are Sindri and Rahl and Tryggvi up to in the woods all the time? I swear I see them there almost every week! Whatever it is, it’s definitely no good. Those Ulfilings are nothing but trouble!

Players can submit an IBT that represents what they were doing over the end of Storm Season, the Sacred Time, and early Sea Season.

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Journey to Fire Top
Storm Season 1614

Sindri, Tryggvi, and Asta, went back to Osric Spark-and-Fire with the information from Nymie and, in exchange, Osric initiated Sindri into the sub cult of Ingenew Redson. Sindri also made the dragonewt skin he had into Dragonewt Skin Armor.

The three of them then decided to journey to Fire Top to collect Vestkarthen’s Fire, so that they could reforge the Summer Sword. They went to Jonstown, where Sindri bought a lump of iron and Tryggvi sought information about Maran’s Maw.

Then they went to Dangerford, where they stayed at Geo’s Creek Inn. Upon entering Sindri was once against asked if he was a Friend of Sartar, although Asta and Tryggvi were not. Sindri spoke with Broyan No-Son, gifted him with the lump of iron, and received some guidance on reforging the Summer Sword.

At the Maran Gor temple, Asta negotiated with Arlensul the Dark, priestess of Maran Gor, and got permission to Maran’s Maw. After they went into the Fire Top volcano, they fought a fish that swam in the lava. Sindri killed it and took it out, along with a bucketful of Vestkarthen’s Fire.

When they exited the Maw, they were confronted with a patrol of Fire Top Yelmalions, but Asta skillfully negotiated with them and wound up laying the foundations for a good relationship between the Orlmarth and the Fire Tops. Then the characters returned home. They chose to not reforge the Summer Sword yet, deciding that they might want to reforge it as part of a hero quest.

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