Our crew is back again with a vengeance. I’m running this campaign, though for the middle part I’ll be handing the reigns over for Boshara’s player in an experimental move called “I want to play as Cahair more”. :D But yes, it is time for that Avvar campaign I’ve been planning on since last December. I feel very prepared which is a new and exciting feeling. Let’s see how our heroes fared in the Southern Wildlands. First they gotta get there though, and that was like half of the session, so let’s start with that.
Before even that, gotta note that I asked previous GM and Cahair got some new tattoos. Very small, since there wasn’t much time, but tattoos none-the-less. He now has some new ones on the back of his neck.
Character goal “Cover this boy from head to toe with tattoos” is on the go.
Shortly after leaving Tevinter, Randy takes our crew to the captain’s cabin to discuss the next move. He, as we know, needs to return to Orzammar and he had promised to take our heroes with him next time.
But before he can just waltz back in, he needs to find out more about the fertility rune his dad was making, mainly how he can make more of them.
That means, we got to visit some Avvars.
Cahair is immediately onboard, since he has Avvar friends in the south, so finding them won’t be a problem.
Humbert and Boshara especially are a bit miffed by this detour, but since it seems to be the only way, we all agree to this plan.
A further motivator is the fact that our ship is running out of lyrium. All the damage the ship took in Tevinter made us lose a good chunk of our stocks, and it doesn’t look like it’ll last very long.
There’s only two people who absolutely need the lyrium; Humbert, being a templar and Konstantine, bc he would like to stay awake.
Elspet would need it for healing too, if there are accidents.
Severe rationing is issued and enforced by Kanuuna. Things still look pretty dire by the time our heroes get to Ferelden.
It will take us about 3 months to get there, which means 3 months worth of ship-upkeep, namely food and crew’s pay. Let’s make some money, shall we?
Our heroes first stop at Rivain.
Humbert gets some passengers on board.
They are a family looking for adventure, so our crew does their best to entertain.
Randy does some intel gathering on what would sell well in Antiva, and because of that information Elspet finds her new calling in perfume-making.
Alf and Boshara… contribute. Namely they pretend to be beggars.
Next up it’s Antiva.
Our heroes buy some wine from there to get to sell in Ferelden.
Alf goes and gets a letter from Arkaitz, which delights him to no end. He also goes and sells the perfume to our friend Berengrad the banker, who pays for them handsomely.
Konstantine takes Humbert back to Varjokaupunki to try to get some lyrium.
They find out that something is going on with the Orzammar’s carta, as the lyrium shipments have stopped. Due to that lyrium prices are at all time highs.
They get few bottles anyway.
Boshara… contributes. She tries her hand at pretend-fortune-teller, gets in trouble and spends an evening in jail.
We have decided to try to make jewelry out of the gem stones we got from Berengrad as part of Alf’s inheritance.
Cahair designs them, finding a new hidden talent for jewelry design. He mostly draws inspiration from elven motifs.
Randy makes them. Elspet helps, since Randy has been a weapon smith before, not a jeweler.
The first two fail out of the bunch, but there’s some genuinely fantastic ones out there. Most notably Randy sets the storm opal we got into a white gold fitting. That will bring us big money if we manage to find a good enough buyer for it.
Then final stop is Kirkwall.
Alf finds out more about the Orzammar’s carta’s situation. They haven’t been heard about in a while, and people don’t know what’s up. There’s some lyrium, but even this close it isn’t getting much cheaper, and our heroes really don’t have the funds.
Humbert finds new passengers and gets into a street fight for four gold. …Worth it?
He also tries to get in contact with some of the templars, but Kirkwall’s templar-commander is rather strict, so there’s no luck.
Randy goes to meet our old friend Riki and uses her contacts to sell some of the jewelry he made.
Elspet goes to visit an old friend, the elf from the market stalls. She agrees to part with some of her herbs, if Elspet makes a perfume for her, which she does.
Boshara gets herself some magical armor, being the first one in our group to do so.
Our heroes hop off near West Hill. Kanuuna will be in charge of the ship and Jelaina will be in charge of money gathering, while our heroes are gone. Lumme has been proven responsible enough, and is given charge of the mages, seeing that due to the lyrium situation Konstantine is barely awake more than few hours/day.
Out of the crew Pitkä-Breck and Merle will be coming with us to Orzammar.
It has been a while since our heroes (aside from Elspet and Cahair) visited Ferelden. There has been some changes. Namely Arl Howe has quietly resigned and moved his family to Free Marches, probably because of the information our heroes uncovered about his nasty human-trafficking businesses. His son, Nathaniel, has apparently been given to the templars.
At West Hill our heroes do some personal shopping: tent, bedrolls, walking shoes.
Humbert and Cahair get into a fight bc Humbert calls Avvars barbarians, and neither of them have the patience. It ends with Humbert going to be a crank outside.
Since he’s missing out on the shopping, Cahair buys him the shoes and makes Boshara deliver them to Humbert.
Humbert is so very happy at Boshara about the gift, that she doesn’t tell him they’re from Cahair.
Our heroes rent a cart, put Barbamama, the bronto, in front of it and leave towards Redcliffe.
Cahair tells a bit more about Avvar-customs to our heroes, namely that they use patronymics/matronymics. Inspired by this, everyone tries to see what theirs would be. Alf Sensen brings everyone a lot of delight.
The talk turns to Boshara’s mother. Namely Humbert wants to know how much she knows of her and if they had any contact.
Boshara admits that she knows very little. She learned a lot more from realizing that Cahair’s dad was her mom’s brother, than from the Chantry folk.
Oh yeah, Cahair and Boshara are cousins. Now everyone knows.
Cahair says that maybe they should visit their parents’ clan one day to find out more. Boshara isn’t sure whether they’d like her there, her being a half-elf. Cahair says it depends a lot on the circumstances.
This brings us to wonder whether Boshara’s dad was another mage or a templar, and the power imbalances in templar-mage relationships.
Humbert gets really flustered by this, and the conversation shuts down quickly afterwards.
Our heroes leave Barbamama, Merle and Pitkä-Breck to Redcliffe and head out to the wildlands by foot.
They travel for several days before Cahair announced that they’re getting close. Soon they spot an Avvar hunting group in the distance.
Cahair goes to talk to them, and brings back one, Dara Tyrdirsen, the thane’s (who’s Cahair’s personal friend) son.
Boshara is immediately enamored by his tallness and muscles.
The conversation goes south immediately since Randy introduces himself first. Dara starts acting much more stiffly then, saying that his mother would no doubt want to talk to them.
So off towards the Steppenwolf Hold we head.
Cahair asks what Randy’s dad did, bc clearly it was something wrong, and Randy says he doesn’t know.
Boshara picks some flowers to give to Dara later. Elspet tries to help but she’s too medically oriented to pick pretty plants instead of useful plants
We reach the Steppenwolf Hold and are guided to one room, where Thane Tyrdir Allasdotten meets visitors.
Soon she arrives, a tall red-headed woman, followed by a wolf.
She stops to hug Cahair, while the wolf is very curious about Randy and Aarli Hauveli.
Tyrdir asks of Randy’s intentions and his father’s fate. Randy admits readily he has no idea what his father exactly did, just that he made some fertility runes with the Avvar’s help.
Tyrdir tells that Mandulfr has stolen a god, namely Rilla of the Fireside, the goddess of fertility.
She says that there’s a witness to this in her hold and goes to get him, so they can hear the whole story.
The man Tyrdir brings back is a tranquil mage by the name of Kaino. He is from Kinloch Hold, and Boshara knows him well. Randy also remembers him. He recounts the tale of Mandulfr’s antics.
The group that went to Rilla’s cave, consisted of five people: Mandulfr; Runa, who was playing Mandulfr’s wife; her brother Ivar; an Avvar-guide by the name of Asta and Kaino.
Asta brought them near Rilla’s cave and told they should get some offerings, so Mandulfr ordered her to get them. She brought some nugs, but Mandulfr didn’t think it was good enough, so she went out and got a boar.
They entered the cave and the first room was a lake, which they had to cross by certain stepping stones.
Asta helped Runa and Kaino over, and while she was doing so, Mandulfr stabbed Ivar and pushed him into the lake.
Upon hearing that Ivar had accidentally dropped into the lake, Asta jumped after him and almost drowned, had it not been for Mandulfr.
They didn’t tell Runa about Ivar’s death, saying he decided to stay behind.
The next room was the offering room. Mandulfr ordered Kaino, who couldn’t see in the dark, of course, to stay at the room’s entrance while the others went to give the gifts.
While Runa was giving her gift, Mandulfr stabbed Asta and rolled her off the cliffside.
When Runa came back, he claimed Asta had gone ahead of them. Then he made her drink poisoned wine.
Kaino tells that he doesn’t exactly remember what happened at the inner sanctum of Rilla’s cave, but that the Avvar were rather pissed off when they came back, and Mandulfr left Kaino behind, presumably as a distraction to help his own escape.
Tyrdir has a proposition to make. It’s clear (to her at least) that Randy, by the virtue of being the inheritor of his father, will have to atone for his deeds.
She asks that Randy takes a pilgrimage to Rilla’s cave and release Rilla from the rune she is trapped in.
After that he may ask her if she is willing to help with making more fertility runes.
As Tyrdir wishes Randy would do this pilgrimage of his own volition, because he respects Rilla and wants to wipe out his father’s crimes, and not because the Avvar want to, she offers Cahair as a guide and Kaino as a help for Rilla’s release.
Randy agrees to this, and everyone else says they’ll come along too.
Now our heroes have their mission all set out. But before they can leave, they’ll have an evening to get to know some Avvar-folk. We’ll see how that goes in the next exciting episode.