Ravenloft Campaign: Woven Fates

Tonight, I relate the story of a group of strangers that met here in the Land of Mists and, forced by destiny, wandered its roads in formidable adventure. Join us as I lead you from their first meeting along through their travels, their misfortunes and their shining moments. Grace them with your compassion in their losses; bless them with your support when the sky is dark and bleak. Do not forget to bestow your praise upon them as they vanquish terror and hold back the minions of darkness. Raise your arm to cheer for their victories!
And above all, share your glass with us for them, both in sorrow and elation, as you accompany them in the thorny road from lost adventurers to heroes of the mists.

Come, huddle with us by the fire here in the dark. The night is cold, but within the ring of Vardos, its evils cannot touch us. Tonight, you are a guest of the Vistani and nothing will harm you. Come, the Prastonata is over and now is time for the Doroq. Let the tales now unfold, let the revelations begin...

Monday, November 07, 2005

Log Entry 0-1

12th September, 2nd Night of the Waxing Moon

Yuri departed early in the morning with a group of merchants that were going to Keshgel. Most were from Ingelberg, but some of the group were based in Keshgel and now returned home.
The journey passed without incident, but for the whole day the travellers watched the woods bordering the road suspiciously. Bandits were not unheard of, and although the army had, in the last years, almost stopped all the attacks, some of the merchants that were native from Keshgel told that a new group seemed to have appeared. They were bold and led by a bright young man, named Luigi Vampa who, above all, seemed more cunning than a fox and unusually noble in some of his attitudes, but equaly ruthless and merciless when the captives displeased him by some breach of his etiquette. Most of the luck one had if caught by him was decided by how well people understood Vampa's motives and desires.
As would be expected, these news did not tranquilise the group, but at least this time, Luigi Vampa was looking somewhere else, and at nightfall they had arrived safely.

Yuri went quickly in search of Ezra's temple. He arrived late, and night was deep dark already, and so it took a while before someone came to open. Yuri was almost freezing in the night, but he tried not to think of the other more serious risks of staying outside. Although this was a squalid and poor part of town, which he found by direction of the merchants that travelled with him, it was not muggers and robbers that worried him the most: it was the notion that the forest was so near to the city and that wild beasts might come inside it. But his fears were unfounded, and after a while, the door of the temple opened and a warm light spilt outside:
The man opening the door had the robes of a priest himself, and was aged between fifty and sixty years old. Yuri presented himself
"Good evening, I'm Yuri Azimov, priest of Ezra, and I have come to ask for your shelter."
The other studied him briefly, and seeing nothing to arouse his suspicion, he stepped aside saying
"I am Tersis Hauptmarsh, major priest in charge of Ezra's Temple in Keshgel. Come in, I offer you hospitality. You're probably tired, so we'll talk tomorrow. I'll take you to a cell you can stay."

The cell was spartan but enough for a life of abnegation and contemplation. Yuri lay down and soon was resting, without any care nor dream troubling his sleep.

13th September, 3rd Night of the Waxing Moon

The next day, Tersis and Yuri had breakfast together, profiting to introduce each other. Tersis was mostly interested in knowing about Yuri's motives, and why he had gone to Keshgel. He also took the opportunity to learn how the Church was going in Ingelberg. Yuri told him of his dreams and that he had identified the place as the Kaisersplatz. He didn't know the significance of it all, but Tersis suggested that might have been just a landmark to bring him here. If the dream had a purpose, that must be the man or the message, and perhaps the meaning for those will be in Keshgel.

Tersis was content with Yuri. As for this one, he thought Tersis to be a polite man, but stern and a bit on the conservatory side. He was more worried with protecting what Ezra had achieved in Keshgel already than with expanding the religion to more worshippers. But he seemed to be well-liked and to be doing a good job. The first impressions were positive on both sides. Tersis also introduced him to the minor priest, his assistant, Josep Kirien. He was younger than Yuri but had performed his duties in the church for some time and had much confidence with the population. He did most of the street support, going to patients' houses and providing care for those needed. He also was the confessor of some of the churchgoers.

At the end of their first interview, Tersis explained the rules: he wouldn't force Yuri to participate in the rites, but if he wanted to help, he would be more than welcome. However, Tersis found it highly recommendable if Yuri could at least attend to the ceremonies. He could use the resources of the Temple for his own studies and researches, but they weren't rich and probably he would not be able to provide the material in most of the cases. They were supplied by someone from Mordent with almost regular shipments, but occasionally Tersis had to write asking for more, earlier than expected.
Finally, a last word
"I don't know how things are in Ingelberg, but here at night, it is not much advised to go out. This part of the city has no walls, and it is a rather shunned side and quarter. Most of these are lost souls which we do our best to recover, but you are still unknown here and some do not respect us, nor the help we can give them. You are young and well-apparelled, but that is not a perfect guarantee of safety."

Yuri then attended the morning ceremony, where Tersis introduced him to the assembly of believers. Then, he walked a bit around Keshgel before midday, and spent the after-noon reading about his things and talking with Kirien about the church, the city and its people.


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