End Times

Of Gypsies and Cursed Vales

Lady Rache,

My tribe and I have arrived and set up camp just outside of the city of Prague. I received word from a spy in the city that a group of magi were recently arrived as well and had begun resupplying for some kind of travels. Unfortunately, there is none in their group that matches the description of the one you seek. He has either left this group or is extremely adept at hiding. Two of their number came to the attention of my brother who followed them out of the city and towards our encampment. They came under the pretense of seeking to purchase “an authentic gypsy tambourine.” After some additional conversation I was able to get, the odd young man of the pair, to admit that he was actually seeking knowledge on how to divine the future. These magi are either more well informed than thought or are incredibly naïve and lucky. I made up a story gave them their tambourine and sent them on their way.

Yours,
Pavlína Krejčová

His Glorious Master of the Mountain,

The valley has been intruded upon and the lower fortress breached. Someone has come seeking the blood sacrifice. They have brought a giant, a boy and a ghost with them. We should not underestimate them. You and the armies of stone shall be warned should the venture forth up the pass.

Kretch

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Faeries are hard; Let's go Shopping!

Pavlína Krejčová,

I trust this missive finds you well. As you requested, I am writing to let you know that two strange individuals came into my shop recently. They were seeking strange and rare books and scrolls. One of them gave me the same creepy tingle up my spine that I have experienced with other sorcerers. The other, a woman of all things, must have been under this sorcerer’s spell. They purchased a pair some of my older books and left. I believe this pair is still in Prague. May it not be many more moons before we see each other once more.

Yours in Blood,
Andrej Musil

The Rats of Devil’s Lane,

Rejoice my people! The man children have been rousted from their lair and scattered to the winds. Another building is ours to claim and the man children can be claimed one by one! We owe this bounty to a group of strange visitors. Be wary of them though, for they have brought a giant and a fiery sword with them.

Mengakaz, King of Devil’s Lane

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The Crystal Palace

To the Subjects of Irencillia,

Strangers have come with news that the end of all magi did not occur. And it is possible for them to exist in outside world. The time has come for volunteers to venture forth into the world and bring back news of the state of affairs so that we might better know how to care for our wards. Do not hinder their comings and goings in the meantime. But do protect the secrets, majesty and glory of this grand covenant.

Rosmert, Queen of Irencillia

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The Village

To Her Eminence, Brightest light of Winter, Purifier of the Land, Extinguisher and Renewer of all living things, Merciful Queen of Ice and Snow,

As your most humble of servants I have done as you asked and kept an eye on the borders of your kingdom. It is my privilege to report that a collection of strangers arrived at the hamlet of Waldheim. These strangers rooted their way through the hamlet’s agricultural assets, stealing anything they thought to be unnatural as they went.
One of their number, a beast who threatened your servant with an arrow, did set out into the woods and begin to make his way further into your domain. He eventual did come across your destitute brother at his camp. Instead of waking him, he stole your brother’s coin purse. The rest of these interlopers did then awake Sigfried and ask what he was doing out there. Upon hearing of his plight and listening to his requests for aid, they promptly turned and left. It would seem your brother will not be acquiring any additional aid this year to support his claim to your throne.

All praise to your radiance,
Red-Hame

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Nights of Blood and Fire

My Dear Friend Rupert,

I am undone! My library has been plundered and my books have been taken. How the thieves gained entry to it is an absolute mystery to me. It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that among the stolen tomes was the book you lent to me, The Edicts of Augustus. What is more the shame and pity was how close I feel I was to uncovering the exact locations that the emperor used as the seat of his spiritual power. I seek your forgiveness in the loss of your irreplaceable book. I assure you, that I have sent word throughout my bishopric to keep an eye out for these “Bohn Knights” who no doubt were the ones behind this theft as well as a series of murders and other unsavory disappearances in Trier. If the rumors are true, they are led by a sorcerer of some power. I warn you of them as they also stole our correspondence I had retained. Your collection may be at further risk of loss if they are headed to Strasburg. Be ever vigilant.

Your Friend,
Theoderch

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Making Friends and Influencing People

To: Seneschal Edgar Dehne

Lord Seneshal,

Last evening was one of the mroe eventful we have seen in recent memory. A bar fight broke out several hours after sunset. The results were that one of the citizens was stabbed in the neck and killed. The perpitrator, Gerwald Fichte, was apprehended shortly thereafter hiding in an alleyway. His two compatriots escaped our questioning, but by all accounts they were not active participants in the disturbance or the slaying. Upon questioning it was discovered that he is a member of the notorious Bohn Knights, a pirate, highwayman and murderer wanted in several other territories within the Empire. Unfortunately, he appears to have been significantly more difficult to hold than to capture. By all accounts he simply walked out of the guard house sometime in the early hours of the morning. His cell was still locked and there appears to be no damage to the guard house at all. The other prisiners also claim to have seen or heard nothing. He is at large and we are preparing a hunting party to track him down.

In other news, two of our guards were found murdered near the market by merchants preparing to open their stalls for the day. A single arrow was found in one of their throats. The other had his throat cut. There is no motive or other information at this time. It is possible, the Bohn Knights were visiting vengeance upon the town for apprehending one of their own.

Prepared by: Otto Grün Sgt at Arms Trier Town Guard

To His Grace, Bishop von Wied,

As requested I have reviewed the reports sent from Landgraf Kunst. The confessions and revelations of the survivor are indeed, troubling. As luck would have it, the very same Nymandus depicted in these reports arrived here in Trier with his companions in tow. In general, the companions I met, fit the description given in the reports. However, there was no giant covered in tattoos. And while none of them brandished their swords, I can assure you that I saw no indication of blades made of hellfire.

I spoke with Nymandus at length last evening. He is an affable sort, very keen on his own greatness and the spinning of tales. While he does share similarities with other vagabonds or minstriels, something tells me there is more to him then he lets on. If he is an infernal sorceror, he hides it well. I would suggest we arrange a meeting so that you might better suss out the truth behind the stories.

Father Kaspar Lobe

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On the Road Again

To His Grace of the Vine:

It should please you to know that strangers arrived today and still remembered the old ways. Each of the individuals did present a gift of their essence to you in order to obtain an audience with me on your behalf. When I asked what they sought though, they asked for nothing other than the hospitality of the vineyard. Before they left I gifted them each a token amount of your private vintage. Their offering has been suitably accepted and utilized in the furthernce of your memory. I await your further instructions in this matter.

Your Servant,
Caretaker

Father,

Your daughter beseeches you for justice. An interloper named Nymandus did seek to parlay with me in my home. As I was welcoming him to my hospitality, he ordered his filthy minions to attack me! I barely escaped from their duplicitous clutches. He and his servents sail your waters. I beg of you to defend your realm, lineage and good name.These creatures must be taught there are consequences for such crimes.

Your Favorite Daughter,
Loreley

Ratsmitglied Krämer of Strassburg,

I bring you dark tidings my dear friend. I have learned that my most treasured of pets has reached his end of days. Given your fondness for him and that your bringing us together in the first place, I felt it was my duty to deliver this sad news. I trust you will make our benefactor aware of this devlopment.

Yours In Brotherhood.
Josef Müller Freiherr of Bendorf

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

To Eckhardt Kunst; Landgraf of Rudesheim,

My Lord, I regret to inform you that there has been an incident on Pfalz island. Last evening, the fortress on the island collapsed into rubble or unknown reasons. The bodies of most of the members of the Riverman’s Guild were discovered to litter the island. The carnage was significant with most of the men cut to indistinguishable pieces. In the early hours of the morning 3 members of the garrison were found wandering, injured and incoherent. They had no memory of the past few days and could answer no questions about what transpired on Pfalz Island or happened to their compatriots.

The one spot of good news in all of this is one survivor turned up late in the day who did remember the details of the incident. He has refused to answer questions however for fear that his mortal soul is in jeopardy. He has requested an audience with yourself and the Bishop von Wied to discuss these events.

I am personally, skeptical of the veracity of his claims or the authenticity of his story given the severe memory problems afflicting his associates. So I shall leave the matter to you and your discretion. He is in custody here in Kaub and I can have him transported to you at your direction. I have taken the liberty of sending a copy of this missive to the Bishop Trier on the off chance he shows any interest in the tales of this guardsman or that you find his story to be credible.

Werner Apfelbaum, Berger of Kaub

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Forgotten Things

To Boris, House Mercere, Occulos Septentronalis:

In keeping with your instructions, I am informing you of the possibility of a group of magi whom may be interested in helping to rebuild the tribunal as a functioning polity.

This collective of young magi sought me out for information about the tribunal in general and the Rhine valley in particular. I provided them with some historical context for the previous covenants in the valley in exchange for a substantial fee in silver. They have asked me to research additional items for them so that they can best approach their plans of “rescuing the lost relics of the order.” These magi were ostensibly led by a Merinita by the name of Nymandus. This silver tongued gentleman, did most of the talking for his compatriots. I gave him the stack of tribunal rulings and the locations of the various covenants that had been founded in the Rhine valley.

It is my opinion that they intend to loot as many abandoned sites as possible before they settle down to work towards their own personal goals. Prior to that point, however, I believe that they could be convinced to aid you in your project. Their first stop was to be at the fallen Covenant of Rhinestein. Once they have completed their investigations of the middle Rhine they are to meet me in Trier. You will be able to contact me there as well.

-Luther Dressler

Summary:
In truth, the characters did loot the magical remnants of Rhinestein after confronting several ghosts. The characters found a total of 33 pawns of vis and a selection of books and lab texts. Most notable was the Nibelungenlied. All of which can be found on the Spoils page. 2 seasons were awarded at the end of the game.

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