To Stand Against the Red Moon

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.

Helping the Antorlings
Fire Season 1616

After telling Snorri and Gordanger that they suspect that Rangdan is a chaos-worshipper, the PCs spoke with Yanioth, who told them that if they wanted to find a worshipper of Ernalda the Earth Cleanser, they should look at the Greenstone Temple in the Orleving lands. They spoke with Vigundis WInedancer, who pressed them to abandon the alliance with the Antorlings and ally with the Konthasos instead. Then they went to the Antorling tula, where they discovered that the ring was quarreling about who to appoint as Lawspeaker. Rangdan’s cousin was the most appropriate candidate, since he worships Lankhor Mhy, but Theomakt wanted his brother, who was clearly unsuitable, and Maelwynn proposed the Plowman’s cousin. The ring asked for their help to resolve the dispute, and the PCS proposed that Sindri would sever the blood ties of whomever was chosen. Rangdan argued that was excessive.

The Doom of the Antorlings
Fire Season 1616

At the Antorling tula, after Sindri made his pronouncement of the Doom of the Antorlings, Theomakt the Clan Champion accused Cwenalda Brown Hare of worshipping chaos. The Brown Hares stormed out. Rangdan left for Clearwing Fort to fetch Howling Aethelmar, a Uroxi of the Narri clan who sits on the tribal ring. Sindri used his Raven spirit to find the recent dead, and the spirit discovered a tunnel into the ground on a remote part of the tula.

Eventually, Sindri, Tryggvi, Asta, and Yanioth went into the tunnel, along with Theomakt and the Antorling thanes, where they discovered a network of tunnels running under the tula. These tunnels were artificially made from strange unnatural stone. As they explored, they were attacked by a swarm of faceless six-legged chaos creatures. They drove the creatures off and decided to exit the tunnels.

They figured out that one of the tunnels led to the Brown Hare tula. Maelwynn wanted to search the Brown Hare stead but everyone waited until Rangdan returned with Aethelmar. At the Brown Hare stead, someone discovered a small shrine to the chaos demons hidden in the rafters of the cowbarn. Aethelmar declared that he could sense chaos and went berserk, killing several Brown Hares before Asta forced him out of his frenzy. Maelwynn declared that there was enough evidence to outlaw the Brown Hares and drive them from the clan permanently.

But Tryggvi figured out that the true source of corruption on the tula was actually Rangdan, whom the PCs now believe to be a chaos worshipper. Lumpy suggested it was because he was ambitious and wanted to rule the clan. She offered to murder him.

Asta and Yaneg also spoke with Maelwynn about the possibility of performing the Orlanth Forms the Storm Tribe quest, in an attempt to overcome the disunity of the clan.

More Dealing with the Konthasos and Antorlings
Fire Season 1616

Tryggvi, Asta, and Sindri spoke with Snorri and his wife Morwynn. Morwynn told them that when the Antorlings were formed, it was a union of six separate bloodlines that had lost their clans. The founder, Antorlan, promised each bloodline would always have a seat on the clan ring, something that periodically caused disputes within the clan when someone stepped down from the ring.

She also said that Antorlan performed the Orlanth Forms the Storm Tribe quest to strengthen clan unity. For generations, every new chieftain performed the quest to renew the clan unity. But the quest had not been performed for several generations. Morwynn didn’t know why.

The three of them decided to speak with the Antorling ring. They traveled through the Colymar Wilds, but ran into an enormous boar that attacked. Sindri slew it, but Asta realized that the boar was sacred to Esrola and that to avoid the wrath of the goddess, it would be necessary to sacrifice it at the Esrola shrine on the Konthasos lands. While there, they encountered Vigundis Winedancer, who told them that she would be willing to ally with the Orlmarth if they would end the alliance with the Antorlings.

They also discussed hero questing with Ingund the White. She offered them some advice about the challenges of doing little-performed quests, including advice about preparatory rituals.

Then they traveled to the Antorling lands. They met Rangdan, who asked Tryggvi if he had reconsidered Rangdan’s quest. Tryggvi looked at his motives and saw that Rangdan was ambitious and had some degree of malice but Tryggvi was shocked to realize that he couldn’t see as much of his motive as he expected.

They met with the Antorling ring, and Asta formally apologized for the offense Tryggvi had caused earlier. Maelwynn accepted the apology and offered them a feast. During the feast, Tryggvi spoke with Cwenalda, the clan’s law speaker and headwoman of the Lunar bloodline. She told him that about 60 years ago, when a Vingan attempted to perform the Orlanth Forms the Storm Tribe quest, she was ambushed by Gagarth the Wild Hunter and lost an eye. Since then, Gagarth has plagued the clan whenever someone attempts that quest. As a result, the clan has ceased to perform it, and their unity has suffered.

Then Sindri decided to use his Sense Doom ability to see if the Antorlings’ doom was close at hand. He stood up in the hall and loudly declared “I see the Doom of the Antorlings. I see corruption from within and evil from below. Beware the Faceless Maw!”

Dealing with the Antorlings and Konthasos

Early in 1617, word reached the Orlmarth that the Greydogs have been having trouble with Dragonewts raiding their herds. Also, the Holy Country seems to be descending into political chaos after the apparent destruction of the Pharaoh.

Tryggvi, Yaneg, and Yanioth took a trip for peace-making purposes. They stopped at Clearwine Temple where they met with Yanioth Brandgorsdottir. Tryggvi told her the myth of Ernalda and the Cleansing Earth, and they learned that it had a couple of important differences from the version of the myth that the Temple knew. Yanioth said that the quest had always been regarded as quite dangerous because many questers had failed to return from it, but Tryggvi’s version offered details that might make it safer to perform.

They discovered that Balthid, a member of the Antorling clan was spying on the Temple, because her bloodline had converted to the Lunar Way several years previously. They warned the Temple about this.

They continued on to the Konthasos lands, where they briefly met with Vigundis Winedancer and then had a more substantial talk with Ingund the White.

During that second conversation, the PCs were drawn into a hero quest being performed by Killer Branduan, whom Tryggvi theorized was trying to gain power over dragons to protect his clan from the Dragonewts. Brandaun was performing the How Orlanth Conquered the Stars quest, and the PCs wound up playing the role of Jagrekriand the Red and his companions. Rather than resist the situation, they chose to fight Orlanth/Branduan exactly as the myth said. They were soundly defeated and fell out of the quest.

Then they went to the Antorlings, and learned how poorly united the clan was. Maelwynn Treemother demanded that the Konthasos be excluded from the Orlmarth seasonal market because of their feud, and became upset when Yaneg refused to countenance that. In separate conversations, Rangdan suggested that Gisli Blacksheep could help the clan by murdering Maelwynn. The clan Champion openly mocked her. Lumpy apparently taught Gisli some Eurmali magic by skinning an alynx with him. Eventually, when Tryggvi bluntly confronted Maelwynn about her leadership failures, she revoked her hospitality and threw the PCs out of the hall.

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.

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.

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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