Well … Summerfest 2012 has come and gone and I survived the storm of plot I found myself in, not to mention my second Summerfest (was it really 12 months ago that I was getting excited about attending the trip to Ethron as nervous Mercy Blackstaff?).

You’ll be pleased to know that the land is saved (for now), the King is married to the ‘right’ woman and Rowan has reached the first of her character goals. The fest was fantastic and I’d like to quietly thank all the awesome people who made it possible – from the CC through to the organisers and admin staff, the bar crew and their army of helpers and washer-uppers, the first aiders, the refs and plot writers and people who made stuff up on the spot, the people who set up the encampment and helped put it down, the people who did the special effects, fancy costumes and all the other details that just ‘made’ the fest. You guys are awesome and don’t get the recognition you deserve. Now sit back and rest until next year!

As for the rest of the players – characters and monsters and npcs – you guys rock too. Just so you don’t feel left out.

I would love to be able to note who came to the fest, but there were so many of you! I will try to get names down, but if you attended and are not mentioned in the list found below, please contact me with your initial character at wolfish dot written dot author at g mail dot com. It has to be your initial character, though I may make a list of newcomers at the event later on.

Please note this is a WORKING update due to the scale of the fest and other post-fest time constraints, so watch this space for further updates!

IC Party – Night of the Stag

Prior to the King’s wedding, the merchants of Newcroft hosted an event in his honour to which adventurers of the city were invited as honoured guests to the Night of the Stag.

The adventurers who attended this night included:

  • Captain-General Catherine Brack-on-Hill of the Mercenaries;
  • Ranger Ned, Skirmisher Brendan DePiercy and Guildsman Jonathon Goodfellow of the Scouts Guild;
  • Jnr Forester Rowan Tait of Amblevale;
  • Forgemaster M of the Blacksmith’s Guild;
  • Surgeon General Doctor Georgina Herald and Doctor Leofrick Llew O’Kyle of the Physicians Guild;
  • Master Arthur Lightfoot and Guildsman Sorely Brewerson of the School of Demonology;  Junior Guildsman Gaaelen Iskarschrynn of the Mages Guild;
  • Sir Stewart DePiercy of the Knightly Griffin Order; Sir Dalon Berwick of the Knightly Grey Order;
  • Sister Madeline of the Holy Order of Roses
  • Father Benedict DePiercy of Crowa; Father Lucius Aquarius Rhade of Vleybor; Supplicant Barnabus Locke of Sidhe;

Throughout the course of the evening many things happened but it was a chance for the adventurers to unwind and relax. Rowan was visited by a servant of Eru the Ethronian Dragon bearing a letter from Connor who was the Dragon’s Voice. The Viscount Lorik Berwick-Farron also arrived with his retinue of Guards, Centurions and Battlemages and his announcement which looks to radically change things in Newcroft and there was a return of the Book of Orda which etched itself in Brendan’s mind, almost sending him mad. Not to mention the arrival of another Voice of a Dragon – the undead Dragon currently residing in Willow’s Deep.

Rowan also received a small card from the previous host of the book, a fortune telling card that had scary revelations of her past and her soon to be future and listened to a tale of the first war between the Gods.

Then all thoughts turned to the joyous event of the coming weekend – the King’s Wedding – though these thoughts were tinged with concerns over the threats hanging over the festivities …

 

The King’s Wedding in Norham

The King was set to wed a Princess of Tholon, but with the gathering of the Liche’s army outside Norham, the continued advance of the Konnish army and other dangers threatening the festivities, the adventurers were summoned to help guard and protect the wedding.

On Friday afternoon several groups of adventurers set out to rectify a number of problems – first healing Longstor and the land by returning the lands of Hadfield and Flax to their proper places, with the unfortunate side effect of all Longstorians losing their left hand in the process.

In the camp, Rowan took up her place on guard duty – but was arrested by a member of the Guards for the charge of Corruption. Under custody of Forester Ashworth and Deputy Sandar, Rowan continued her duty in defending the encampment and in checking permits whilst waiting for a trial to be arranged. She was lucky enough to witness the knighting of Sir Kador Hawkwinter of the Knightly Griffin Order, caught part of the duels arranged by the Heralds, beheld the return of the Luckblade to the Church of Tralda and protected the holy traldan Pool of Tears from undead.

That evening Rowan continued her duties guarding the ambassadorial Masked Ball, acting as herald and was found not guilty of the crime of Corruption, all the while fighting off the Liche and some of the undead Kings he had called to his army over the previous few months. She also mourned the death of Mason, a Crowan Devotee and member of the 83rd, succumbed to the call of the Dragon amongst her king and for a time was not herself, throughout it all guarded by friends and allies.

The next day Rowan assisted members of the Rose Order in retaking the Rose Priory in the Konn, almost died and retrieved the King from Nerese where he had been for months. Upon her return she found that another group had been successful in retrieving Black Annis ahead of the ritual of the Supreme Dragon, before she was summoned before the King and the Duchess of Nilith. She was commanded to announce their engagement, along with the creation of the Queen’s Guard – an order of female Griffin Knights, before accepting a sworn oath from Jonah to serve her and the dragon forever. That afternoon the adventurers fought to keep the Liche from gaining a hold upon the Vleyborian sapling, and into the evening the adventurers freed Sir Drakenfist from the hold evil had upon him, fought off the Konnish assault on the sapling and made their preparations for the Ritual of the Supreme Dragon.

The Ritual of the Supreme Dragon was to bind the Queen to the land, to mark her as chosen and to acknowledge her power. Seven Dragons were gathered from the ancient kingdoms, brought to Norham by the ones marked as their Voices to stand and speak on their behalf. The dragons gathered together to learn what must be done, guided by the Ethronian dragon Eru, and conducted the Ritual before the sight of the Gods and of the adventuring community. The Ritual included three figures representing the maiden, the mother and the crone, the seven dragons, the Queen’s Dragon-guard in the form of the South Escans and the various protectors of the Voices.

Afterwards, some of the adventurers eventually bound the Liche into the Vleyborian tree with chains of faith, Rowan was named as a full Forester, and members of the Einherjar left the country after the wedding of Arya and Ragnar and the death of Fith – taken by Annis.

But at dawn the dragons left those named as Voice, and the next day was filled with fighting off the Konnish and their demon allies, before returning to the King’s Wedding to his beloved Duchess. However, the events were marred by the assassination of the Crowan Arch-Prelate of Axir, the Tholonese attempt at taking the Vleyborian Tree and the wedding itself. Rowan kept watch during the ceremony – worried about the Konnish attempting another attack. There were further contests – of story telling and of rituals, and a miraculous visitation by an Archon of Vleybor – a beautiful creature of white and silver, winged and bearing a message and a warning to the people of Arda.

Once all the hubbub died down, Rowan finally took a break – drinking with members of the 83rd and the Crowan church until late into the evening.

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Space-wolf – I apologise that it took so long to write this up – and that it’s so sketchy. Lesson learnt for next time? Take a notebook and/or write up the event soon afterwards!

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