Rose of Westhaven #15: Blymouth Bound

IC date: Monday 18th of October 1540

  • A joint funeral has been conducted for the two Lords Harper.
  • Rumours circulate that Lady Julianna is pledged to marry Richard of Yorke allying their house.
  • There are also rumours that Richard is trying to organise a meeting with Oliver Crumwell, leader of the Parliamentarians , planning to offer them concessions if they help him regain the throne.

  • The Lock Adventuring Company are planning to head to the nearby city of Blymouth in order to pursue some additional equipment.

  • Guy–one of their newly hired guards–tells them someone is approaching,.
  • The man is Wulsi Halley, he hints he has some juicy information, William pays him and Wulsi tells them that–before he arrived in Porthcrawl–Richard sent messengers to Crumwell to organise an alliance, offering to devolve power to Parliament if they help him regain the throne. He’s also started to gather his allies, Wulsi thinks the civil war is going to escalate.
  • Wulsi says that Richard is an experienced war-hero who has the ability to train and outfit the Parliamentarians.
  • William asks if Wulsi knows anything about Archdeacon Mayne, he says he doesn’t know a lot about him but he can find out if he likes?
  • William asks him to find out, saying they’ll be away for a week or two, agreeing to work on a permanent basis for the Locke Adventuring Company as a spy.

  • Madok wants to know–if the war escalates–are they going to pick a side and fight?

  • Wulsi says that he expects most of the nobles will start a military draft.
  • Madok muses that people pay a lot of money for a good mercenary and that Richard will no doubt be looking for good mercenaries, potentially to train up the Parliamentarian troops.

  • Sasha asks Wulsi if he knows anything about Corbin Thorne, the company ask him to find out about Corbin as a priority and worry about the priest later.

  • Wulsi mentions a guard was found wandering around, babbling, stinking of booze and he’s going to be executed for desertion.
  • They all recognise that this is the guard who attempting to enter the Locke Adventuring Company base, was doped up by Odhran and sent on his way.
  • Madok seems a little uneasy about their involvement in this poor man’s fate.

  • Madok and Odhran head off into town, they see that the poor guard is to be beheaded in the town square, with a hooded Alf Dunnom acting as executioner.

  • Odhran doesn’t seem concerned with the matter and is more worried about getting his repaired flail back from the blacksmith.

  • Sasha and William visit Salazaar at the Harper Estate.

  • They question him about the visit of Corbin Thorne, they discover that Salazaar has maintained a written correspondence with Corbin for a number of years but has never actually met him.
  • Salazaar refers to Corbin as a “visionary” saying that he should be arriving in a day or so.
  • Salazaar asks how Odhran is doing and expresses his wish that Lady Harper will allow Corbin to lodge at the estate.
  • Sasha expresses her apologies about the the cold manner in which she behaved when they first met, Salazaar says that they were both emotional at the time and he begs her to think nothing more of it.
  • Sasha asks if she can collected Barden.
  • Salazaar tells them that Barden isn’t lodging there anymore and has been assisting at the local tavern.
  • Sasha thanks the sage and they leave.

  • Feeling guilty about the fate of the guard, Madok concocts a mad plan where he asks Odhran to drug several of the crowd and claims to the chief guard that the accused was not responsible for his behaviour, having contracted a virulent strain of Dwarven flu.

  • Although initially skeptical, when a crowd of villagers begin to riot (stirred on by the widely disrupted mushroom brew of Odhran) he places more stock in Madok’s story.
  • As the rioting villagers are dragged away by more sober minds, the guard leader sends word to Lady Julianna for confirmation, a few moments later the order is confirmed and the poor man is executed.

  • William and Sasha reach the tavern, Barden is stood in the door watching the riot in confusion.

  • They speak to a slightly recovered Poppy and say that–if she ever needs to get away from it all–she is welcome to recuperate at the new Locke Adventuring Company premises.
  • Poppy thanks them gratefully for the offer and for all their help.
  • During the conversation, an embarrassed Barden gives Sasha a posey of wildflowers and receives a kiss on the cheek for his troubles.

  • Sasha mentions going to Blymouth, and Poppy cautions them to beware of the greedy Lord Salt who rules the city, levying high taxes and punishing those who refuse to pay.

  • She tells them the tale of the village of Malgreen, that refused to pay their taxes after a poor harvest, the village was burnt to the ground by the Duke’s men.

  • Following the execution, the body of the deceased is carried to the outskirts of Porthcrawl to be buried at a crossroads.

  • Odhran and Madok are a little confused by this but speculate as to whether the Dwarven flu is going to continue in the town.
  • They arrive outside the forge of Angus Drummon, the Dwarven blacksmith of Porthcrawl–he hands over the huge, two-handed flail that he has been repairing to Odhran.

  • Meeting up with the others then begin travelling to Blymouth, at the end of the first day they meet two travellers heading in the opposite direction in a wagon.

  • The two travellers are Mathilda and Ambrose they are heading to a neary inn called the Knotted Plough.
  • The Locke Adventuring Company travel with them to the inn, they discover that apparently there is a problem with the wells in Blymouth that has resulted in the water being tainted.
  • Madok asks them if they’ve heard of a do-gooding Hgihwayman, they hear the tale of William the Hood who lairs near the Longchase Wolds, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. He’s become a local folk-tale and hero to the people.

  • Arriving at the Knotting Plough they find it appears to be run by sailors or pirates.

  • Their Captain, Henry Morgan is drunk at the bar and tells them a tale of how Duke Salt entrapped him and his men, forcing them to work for him or face hanging for piracy.
  • He muses about his poor ship the Crimson Maiden and how it now sits under guard in the harbour at Blymouth.
  • Whilst this is going on Madok and Hamish tuck voraciously into a jar of pickled eggs, challenging each other to who can eat the most.

  • Morgan makes a toast to those who died in Malgreen.

  • The next day the Locke Adventuring Company travel onto Blymouth, disguised as turnip farmers.

  • They pass a large open-cast tin mine and a large fortress.
  • A couple of guards stopped them as they enter and the have to pay a steep tax of 7SP each to trade in Blymouth.
  • Madok and William both think the tax is a bit steep, but they eventually pay and their wagon–containing a variety of precious goods hidden below a layer of turnips–rumbles into Blymouth.

  • They hear a town-crier proclaiming that Duke Salt is offering a purse of 5000SP to anyone who can the blight on the city wells.