To Stand Against the Red Moon

Fighting the Draugr
Start of Fire Season 1616

In 1616, after Sindri and Tryggvi returned to the Six Stones Temple, having successfully completed the Humakt, Raven and Wolf Quest, there were only four days left before Mahomravrand, when Orane’s Spindle was needed to help hold the clan together. So the two of them set out with Yaneg and Yanioth to find the place where the draugr were buried.

They traveled to the Marshedge tula, where they met with Alfgar the Grim, the clan chieftain. After some discussion of their plans to try to cleanse Horalin and destroy the Blackthorn trees, he agreed to provide them with guides to the Marsh in exchange for a small payment.

Using Sindri’s new Raven spirit, they found the location of the battlefield and confronted the draugr, as well as the spirit of the Blackthorn tree. Although Sindri was defeated, Tryggvi was able to use his Know Weakness ability to learn how to permanently slay the three draugr, and they were able to do so. After Yanioth chopped down the tree, they found Orane’s Spindle tangled in its roots. They returned home and the clan was able to perform the proper rituals just in time.

Then they went to Swan and negotiated with the clan ring of the Hiordings to bring an end to the feud with between their two clans.

Tryggvi discovered the myth of Ernalda and the Cleansing Earth in his Book of Myths.

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The Draugr and Humakt, Raven, and Wolf
Early in Fire Season, 1616,

Early in Fire Season, 1616, Yaneg encountered a dragonewt on Illuvan’s Roofbeam. The dragonewt insisted that “you have me” and it wanted itself back. Yaneg was unable to understand what it was demanding. It entered the tula and went to Old Man Village, where Sindri realized that it was the dragonewt whose skin he had made into armor. The two of them fought and during the fight Sindri used the Eye of the Half-bird to look into the Otherworld, where it saw the dragonewt with a chain of other dragonewts behind it. He used his sword to sever the dragonewt in the Otherworld, at which point the dragonewt stopped fight, thanked him, and slit its own throat.

A few days later a clan moot got off to a contentious start. Then Morganeth Whiteye entered, saying that Orane’s Spindle had been stolen from the Loom House. A trio of draugr (independent undead) and crowd of zombies entered the hall and had to be violently repulsed. Snorri recognized them as Heodan, an Orlmarthing warrior from a generation ago, Kirnan, a Hiording chieftain, and Dorasa, Kiran’s daughter. Hoedan and Dorasa had an ill-fated love that had led Heodan and Kirnan and their supporters to fight to the death in the Upland Marsh. Their fight triggered the feud between the Orlmarthins and the Hiordings. The clear implication was that draugr had stolen the Spindle, which was badly needed for the upcoming Mahomravrand ritual, without which the peace of the clan is jeopardized.

Yaneg, Sindri and Tryggvi traveled to Swan and spoke to the Hiording clan ring, including Skallagrim Grimsson and his Trickster bondsman Cerdic the Liar. The PCs suspected that perhaps the Hiordings had somehow redirected the draugr assault from their clan to the Orlmarthings. The Hiordings agreed to provide warriors to fight the draugrs, if the PCs could find where the draugrs lay.

Snorri suggested that the PCs do the Humakt, Raven, and Wolf hero quest. They learned the myth from Farangelder the Honest, but had to promise to support them in a raid into the Marsh (adding the suggestion that it be a raid to destroy Horalin, the corrupted dryad who is the mother of the blackthorn trees).

So the three of them went to Indrodar’s Necklace at the Six Stones Temple and entered the hero plane. The fought a group of dog-headed men and struggled through a smothering fog. Then they found an inviting shelter where the spirit Sartalla offered them comfort; Sindri and Tryggvi refused the offer, but Yaneg accepted and fell out of the quest (he appeared at the Ernalda temple in Runegate, where he had a long conversation with Kallvale the Sow before returning to the Orlmarthings.) Then Tryggvi and Sindri found Raven. Tryggvi fought Wolf, won a Great Leap ability from him, and acquired Raven as a follower.

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Into the Marsh
Sea Season 1616

Asta was contacted by Armin Pot-Thrower, who told the PCs that he had information to trade, in exchange for a promise to attend the Arnoring Pot-Making Festival. They agreed, and Armin’s foster-daughter Godfreya Spacklewing told them that the elves of Yellowflower Isle wanted to meet them for some reason.

Godfreya helped the PCs get to the Marsh, aided by Oswald Bluedrake, a Humakti duck, who helped them fight past a group of zombies. On the island, an elf spoke with them and told them not to reforge the Summer Sword. He said his lady Hawise would tell them more if they killed the Bronze Skeleton that Delecti had sent to cut down the trees on the island.

Sindri and Tryggvi found the skeleton, armed with an axe enchanted to kill plants. They fought it, and Sindri was forced to invoke the Sword God feat to defeat it. Afterwards, he melted down the bones to keep Delecti from re-creating it. Then Hawise met with them and told them that Delecti wishes the Summer Sword reforged because he is immune to its curse of betrayal, since as an Undead being, he exists in a state of betrayal already. So to him, it would simply be a very powerful weapon. She also said that her mother Horalin was corrupted by Delecti and is now the source of the Blackthorn trees that Delecti uses to expand the Marsh. Sindri said that he would like to learn how to destroy the trees and perhaps free Horalin, and Hawise agreed that if that could be accomplished, she would be grateful.

After returning to Orlmarth, the three of them went to the Pot-Making Festival. Tryggvi saw a vision of Pella the Pot-maker with six intact pots and six broken pots. He speculated that this might be a bad omen for the tribe. Asta spoke with a member of the Konthasos clan. She learned that Ingund the White, the clan’s Chalanan, wishes to end the feud the clan has with the Antorling clan. The Antorlings recently cursed the clan’s vineyards. She also learned that generations ago, the Orlmarthings cursed the Konthasos clan lands as well.

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Rumors 7

Redleaf: I didn’t like that market Gordanger allowed. That godless sorcerer and those useless Arnorings selling their wares side by side? What is the clan coming to these days?
Grettiring: Yeah, I wasn’t happy about that either, but there were some Ernaldori and Enhyli who came to trade, and they bought some of my wool. So it wasn’t all bad.
Redleaf: Hmmphf! We don’t need a sorcerer or a bunch of potters to sell our wool. Snorri predicted that we’d be dealing with bad guests, and this is what he meant.
Grettiring: Yeah, I’ve wondered about that too.
Redleaf: And did you hear that Lunar missionaries have been active among them? I’ve heard that Armin is considering converting to the Lunar way!

“Have you seen the way that Vaninna has been carrying on with Rangoon! It’s shameless! Everyone knows they’re trysting together. It’s a wonder that Ernalda hasn’t cursed us yet.

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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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