Rose of Westhaven #2: Weapons of the Crown

3IC date: 10.09.1540

  • Make agreement to travel to #”Porthcrawl” with @”Thackeray West” in his cart pulled by Bessie his old nag.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” takes a sample of @”Maarku The Elf” blood.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” sees @”Sasha Of Riverhead” tasting his blood/sap “I don’t know about your people, but amongst elves it’s a bit frowned upon.”
  • They meet @”Young Tom” as youth from #Porthcrawl with a gold talisman of a fish with a human head with a bumper crop of fish.
  • @”Edwin Locke” asks @”Young Tom” if he did the fishing on his own, and notices the young man instinctively reaches for something round his neck.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” barters some of the boots they took from the ^”Royalists” guards they killed for 5 fish from @”Young Tom” .
  • @”Young Tom” gets a lift off @”Thackeray West” and joins them on the way to #”Porthcrawl”, he tells them about how the local priest gave him a good luck charm.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” asks what god the charm depicts, @”Young Tom” laughs that off (saying there’s only 1 god) saying it’s just a good luck charm, he tells them @”Father York” gave him the charm.
  • @”Young Tom” ‘s mum is unsteady on her feet so he tries to catch fish to help support the family, but recently the catch has been poor.
  • @”Young Tom” advises them that he likes to stuff fish with herbs and cook them. @”Edwin Locke” asks why @”Young Tom” isn’t in the war and he says that no-one has drafted him and he prefers to care for his family.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” gives @”Young Tom” a bottle of poor wine to share with his mum, he thanks them saying that times have been hard since his father died.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” (to @”William Of Riverhead”) “He’s kind of like us, a victim of the war.”
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” asks @”Young Tom” to let them know if he hears anything strange going on, he says he can’t think of anything other than a lot of dead fish turning up recently on the shore.
  • They arrive in #”Porthcrawl”, @”Thackeray West” points them in the direction of the #”Siren’s Whisper” tavern, belonging to @”Brock”.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” enters the #”Siren’s Whisper”, it is pretty empty except for @”Brock” and his wife @”Poppy”. She negotiates with @”Brock” to sell him the 2 barrels of wine for 15 SP each and food for them during their stay.
  • @”Poppy” “Sit yourself down dearies, I’ll be with you in a moment.”
  • @”Poppy” serves them all a thin, gruel-like fish stew (“that’ll put hairs on your chest”) and @”Sasha Of Riverhead” feeds @”Maarku The Elf” some stew, whilst asking questions about #”Elves”.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” is concerned about what the ^”Royalists” were up to, but @”Edwin Locke” advises him not to mention it in public.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” wants to investigate @”Father York” and the church, @”Sasha Of Riverhead” is concerned that the faith of the person might prove dangerous, but @”William Of Riverhead” brushes aside his concerns and heads to the local church.
  • The church is largely empty, he sees a young priest performing a service, asking God to see the village through it’s current trials, also asking the village to band together as a community.
  • @”Father York” brings out a golden bowl of holy water and anoints each of the villagers at the end of the ceremony, @”William Of Riverhead” lurk back avoiding the annointing and is unnoticed by the priest.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” mentions @”Young Tom” and @”Father York” says that the young man has a sad story, and that his father drowned.
  • @”Father York” says he doesn’t really believe the charm has any power, he found it and a few others washed up on shore.
  • @”Father York” shows @”William Of Riverhead” another 6 or 7 similar good luck charms.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” gives @”Father York” a sob story about his parents dying in the war and is given a $”squid-like pendant” by the priest, hoping it will bring him comfort in his time of grief.
  • Meanwhile @”Edwin Locke” asks @”Poppy” where he can acquire some herbs and is advised to seek @”Sage Salazaar” in his tower to the north of #”Porthcrawl”.
  • @”Edwin Locke” asks @”Poppy” to keep an eye on @”Maarku The Elf” whilst he’s gone.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” notices a fat man in a flat cap with watery blue eyes who keeps glancing at him whilst slurping his drink.
  • @”Edwin Locke” says he thinks the man is a local fisherman, he speaks to the fisherman who claims to just be curious about #”Elves”.
  • @”Edwin Locke” notices the fisherman has a phlegmy voice, he chucks the fisherman 5 CP to get himself some drink, as the man takes the money @”Edwin Locke” notices the man has webbed fingers.
  • Fisherman tells @”Edwin Locke” that @”Father York” will be doing his traditional #”blessing of the evening catch” later on, it’s a big event in #”Porthcrawl”.
  • @”Edwin Locke” heads off in search of @”Sage Salazaar”.
  • @”Brock” comes back in, @”Poppy” sits with @”Maarku The Elf”.
  • The blubbery phlegmy fisherman pays for his drinks and starts to leave, @”Maarku The Elf” notices the fisherman drops a gold coin on the counter.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” asks about the coin and @”Brock” shows it to him, the coin is clearly gold but has some strange symbols on it.
  • @Brock “Strangest coin I’ve ever seen, but like I said ‘Golds gold.'”
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” has made some purchases and heads back towards the tavern, she sees an excited young man heading towards the church, just as @”William Of Riverhead” is leaving it.
  • The young man is shouting for @”Father York”.
  • The young man @”Jim” shows @”Father York” a small fist-sized $”golden statue” that he claims to have found on the beach.
  • @”Jim” was heading to the harbour for the #”Blessing Of The Evening Catch” and kicked what he thought was a pebble, but when he looked down he realised it was the $”Golden Statue”.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” wants to steal the $”Golden Statue” and the good luck charms, he thinks it’s related to the old-god depicted on his $”Squid-Like Pendant” and the problems with the fish.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” persuades him to wait until they’ve talked to @”Edwin Locke” about it.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” (to @”William Of Riverhead”) “Here’s a tip, don’t go round murdering priests in daylight.”
  • @”Edwin Locke” approaches the tower of @”Sage Salazaar”, he finds a dead body in a bush on the path to the tower, the body is dressed like a mercenary.
  • @”Edwin Locke” listens at the door and can hear raised voices arguing.
  • @”Edwin Locke” opens the door, standing to the side. A pistol discharges from inside, chewing up the wood of the door.
  • @”Edwin Locke” leaves his sack containing the zombie-head near the door and circles the tower.
  • @”Edwin Locke” hears someone emerge and discover the zombie-head, “Captain, captain! You’ve got to have a look at this!” He hears the door close.
  • @”Edwin Locke” decides to GTFO when a young boy starts climbing out of a tower window down a home-made rope.
  • Young @”Barden” climbs down and–with fear in his eyes–starts jogging towards #”Porthcrawl”. @”Edwin Locke” follows him and overtakes the young lad.
  • @”Barden” mistakes @”Edwin Locke” for a ^”Royalists” soldier at first, but explains he’s the apprentice of @”Sage Salazaar” and that there are soldiers arguing with @”Sage Salazaar”. They bought something horrible in with them and so he decided to flee.
  • @”Edwin Locke” takes @”Barden” back to his friends, giving him a dagger and promising to help @”Sage Salazaar”.
  • Meeting back at the #”Siren’s Whisper” the others are introduced to @”Barden” who is clearly absolutely terrified.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” “Edwin, have you bought someone else to join our merry band?”
  • @”Barden” tells his tale to the others and is given a tankard of ale by @”Edwin Locke”.
  • @”Edwin Locke” says he suspects there is another zombie at @”Sage Salazaar”‘s tower.
  • @”Edwin Locke” suggests they rouse the villagers into a mob, “it’ll be fucking ugly but…”
  • @”Barden” (panicking) “WHAT DO MEAN THING???”
  • @”Maarku The Elf” mentions one of the Things nearly killing him and @”Barden” shits himself, he goes outside to clean up.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” suggests they dress @”Edwin Locke” as a witch-hunter, he claims to be here to investigate, he riles the mob up to help @”Sage Salazaar” and they will liberate the rest of the gold statues from the church.
  • Outside the #”Blessing Of The Evening Catch” begins, people are playing instruments and heading to the docks in a procession lead by @”Father York”.
  • @”Barden” has had a bit too much beer so @”Edwin Locke” pays for sleeping space in a room, they all pay for a room at the #”Siren’s Whisper”.
  • @”Brock” says he’s heading off to the #”Blessing Of The Evening Catch”, his wife @”Poppy” says she’s going to stay and look after the guests.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” (giving @”Maarku The Elf” a pistol) “You should keep this, you might need it.”
  • Everyone except @”Maarku The Elf” leaves, @”Poppy” chats to him and is clearly attracted to the Elf.
  • @”Poppy” begins shutting up for the evening and asks @”Maarku The Elf” to help, he agrees in return for her gracious hospitality.
  • @”Poppy” locks them in a room and pats the bed next to her, @”Maarku The Elf” sits down next to her.
  • @”Poppy” kisses @”Maarku The Elf”, he returns the kiss but–as he disengages–he has an odd, briny taste in his mouth. He claims to be feeling tired and in need of sleep.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” falls asleep.
  • The others are at the #”Blessing Of The Evening Catch”, they notice a fair few of the villagers have odd shuffling walks or deformities. @”Father York” is holding up his cross and leading the people to the docks.
  • Villagers are playing musical instruments, most normal and also some odd conch-shell style instruments.
  • Deformed fishermen are emptying fish onto the docks, amongst the catch are small ingots of gold.
  • @”Father York” stands on a barrel and leads the villagers in the #”Blessing Of The Evening Catch”, the fisherman hand fish to their fellow villagers.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” sneaks forward and grabs a fish and pockets a gold ingot.
  • @”Edwin Locke” steps forward and tells the villagers that they are ^”Royalists” up at @”Sage Salazaar”‘s Tower and that they have bought with them a horror abhorrent in the eyes of God.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” uses the distraction to grab another couple of ingots.
  • With @”Sasha Of Riverhead” helping to rile up the crowd, the villagers mob up and start lighting torches, heading towards the tower of @”Sage Salazaar”.
  • Back in the #”Siren’s Whisper” @”Maarku The Elf” is sleeping and has a nightmare where a tentacled creature pulls him under water, drowning him. @”Maarku The Elf” awakes in a cold sweat.