Perchance to Dream

Perchance to Dream 6-10-12

As the Spring Court came into its own, a game-playing scoundrel named Jack McQueen approached Jonathan to see if he’d be interested in fighting Enkidu as part of the Spring Festival. Jonathan agreed, and Jana volunteered herself to fight as well (although she was very insistent that she get a high percentage, and tried to talk Jack into giving her a solid 40% of the take).

Peter helped run a booth at the fair, and Jack oversaw many of the games; the others played the games until it was time for the fights to start. Jason took second place in a contest, and won a pair of glasses (the winner won a memory of a trip to Hawaii).

Peter was invited to watch the fights with King Queen Jackie Snow; he accepted, although her interest in him had begun to leave him wary. He witnessed Ornithine fight another changeling who was far larger than her. She won the fight handily, and came out of the ordeal with only broken glasses to indicate she was any worse for wear.

Jana was paired against a changeling with distinctive canine traits. Jana was strategic in her fight. She fought defensively at first, but began to take the offensive when she discovered she had an edge on her opponent. She hit harder and more often than her opponent, and indisputably came out the victor (although she did not, in fact, win by knockout).

When Jonathan’s fight came around, Jack patted him on the back (and enabled a contract of Hearth in order to give him an edge). He had good reason to do so; he had bet all of the money he’d earned thus far on Jonathan. Despite the aid, Jonathan seemed to have difficulty in his fight; his skewed perceptions caused Enkidu to seem bigger and more intimidating with every blow she landed. Although they initially took defensive postures, by the end of the fight both were going all out.

Enkidu finished the match with a massive blow that well and truly staggered Jonathan, although he managed to remain on his feet. Enkidu was declared the winner, and told Jonathan that if he learned to fight he’d do better next time. Many members of the Summer Court seemed less tense around Jonathan after seeing him get trounced by their champion.

As the evening’s events concluded, King-Queen Jackie Snow asked Peter why he seemed so uncomfortable. He explained, as politely as possible, that he wasn’t comfortable with the idea of them being more than friends. When Jackie asked why he kept accepting her invitations, he said he wanted to be polite. Needless to say, she was less than pleased.

The group decided to get a meal, and to treat Jack McQueen as well, since he’d lost $1200 betting on Jonathan and had been gracious enough to organize everything in the first place. Jack pickpocketed some people on his way out.

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Perchance to Dream May 27th 2012

The group debated on what to tell the Spring and Winter courts, now that they had allowed Aurora to escape. In the end, they carefully crafted a tale: the Fae had killed Aurora and subsequently stolen her body in order to sow discord between the two courts.

When Queen Iolian was informed, she was livid. Absolutely L I V I D. King Warden was not pleased, but insisted that a peace accord be reached before they went seeking the Fae. There was a great deal of debate over who would marry whom, as there was no true successor to the Spring Court.

Jason suggested that Queen Iolian marry Todd White. She almost refused, but Jana pulled her to the side and pointed out that Todd White would be easily manipulated and therefor easily controlled. Iolian agreed, much to Todd’s dismay, and the rest of the wedding went smoothly. The Saints were VERY pleased to return home in the wake of the celebration.

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Perchance to Dream 5-13-2012

Before the group returned to the ballroom, two things happened, one of them very important. The first is that Jason Spectre stayed behind in order to attempt another conversation with Persimmon; he attempted to pretend that he was not with the group, but was unable to convince Persimmon otherwise. He simply could not get the old man to budge on the subject.

The second, and more important, thing that happened was that the group returned to Aurora’s room only to discover that her body was no longer there. A number of her valuables had been taken—enough to fit inside a suitcase.

The group returned to the ballroom and reported their findings to Iolian, the Queen of Spring. She attempted to talk Jonathan into unwittingly accepting a pledge for her favor. As soon as Jonathan realized what was happening, he walked away without another word. Jason noticed her men watching them closely, and attempted to warn the group. (His attempt at being subtle was incredibly overdone, and he likely ended up attracting MORE attention to the group.) He suggested that they go somewhere private to talk, and the group left for another room.

They discussed the situation behind a closed door, and even turned out the light at one point. They realized their conversation was being eavesdropped upon, and were about to throw open the door and pull in the listener when Iolian burst into the room—literally, she sent most of the group flying. She demanded to know what they’d done with Aurora’s body, then ordered them to report any further findings only to her.

After the group left her presence, they attempted to report their findings to the Winter King as well, but he and his men were presently in the middle of a loud argument at the gates, as they wanted to leave, and weren’t allowed.

At this point, the group decided to find Aurora’s motley; they searched the entire grounds, and eventually discovered something odd as the night drew close to its end. Two people were waiting at the edge of an isolated area of fence while Aurora’s motley approached with a ladder. One of the people who was waiting was a large, Stonebones Ogre.

The other was Aurora.

The group approached, ready for potential combat, and confronted the two. Aurora claimed that Iolian had forced her into a lifelong pledge without her knowledge, and that her near death was the only thing that had allowed it to be broken. She was in love with the Stonebones, Micah the Tall, and neither of them wanted any part of her prospective marriage to Todd White. Their intention was to run away together and escape the dangers of the court entirely.

The group was rather divided in their opinions about how the situation was resolved: Eric Bloom firmly believed that they should return to the court and work things out there. Jason Spectre was willing to let them go once he heard their story. Jonathan Stone was inclined to allow the group to leave but recommended that Aurora pen a “suicide note” that detailed her distress; Aurora and Micah talked him into believing that the note was a bad idea. Tim Peter Southwind, on the other hand, firmly latched onto the idea and wouldn’t let it go. When Aurora and Micah went to climb the ladder, he moved forward in order to attempt to stop them.

It was at this point that Jonathan tackled Peter. Peter had an electrical shield up, which meant that Jonathan came out of it more injured than Peter did; Jonathan, however, showed no signs of caring. He verbally berated Peter for getting in his way at every turn during the course of their investigation and attempted to egg Peter into a proper fight, but Peter just walked away…

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World of Darkness 4-29-12
The Wedding, pt 1...

At the end of the Winter season and the beginning of Spring, the Saints attended the wedding King Queen Jackie Snow had invited them to attend. Some of them took the more fantasy-oriented clothes she provided them, although Peter settled on a suit. When the group arrived, the atmosphere held a certain amount of tension—Jonathan felt it especially, with an intensity that implied an ongoing storm.

The group attempted to socialize over the course of the next two hours. Through their discussions, they found out that the wedding was between Todd White (a member of the Winter Court) and Aurora (a member of the Spring Court) in an attempt to lessen the bad blood between their respective Courts. Balor, a Cyclopean Ogre, thought that Aurora was a slut and Todd “deserved it”; most of the other attendees thought that Aurora was sweet and didn’t understand why she was settling down with Todd, as they rarely spoke. Many of the party-goers didn’t think that Todd was ready to settle down. (One of the Saints also overheard the fact that Parsimmon and Iolian hate each other, and don’t talk to each other.)

After two hours, the doors were thrown open and the glass windows of the ballroom shattered. Iolian, the Spring Queen, announced that Aurora had been murdered and that whoever could discover her murderer would be rewarded.

Jonathan, Peter, and Jason rushed off to the room of the murdered girl. The room stank of death, although there were no visible wounds on Aurora’s body. There were a number of romantic books, including a copy of Romeo and Juliet (which was bookmarked at the scene of Juliet’s suicide). Jason began searching the room immediately, much to the consternation of Aurora’s motley-mates, but they were somewhat mollified when he discovered her journal, a goblin-fruit beneath her bed that was the source of the death-stench, and a note begging the Queen to reconsider her decision. One of Aurora’s motley-mates named Parsimmon, the changeling responsible for the growth of local goblin fruits, and accused him of killing Aurora.

Meanwhile, Eric talked with King Warden, the ruler of the Winter Court. He is pushing for peace, and doesn’t believe that anyone in the Winter Court is involved with this killing. He “has his own investigators”, but didn’t name anyone. Jana attempted to discern more from the crowd, but her attempt was unsuccessful. The two left the ballroom and met up with Jonathan, Peter, and Jason just as they left the room. Jana went inside rather quickly in order to gather up Aurora’s cellphone, and also attempted to access her computer, although the attempt failed.

The group as a whole followed the directions they had been given to Parsimmon’s hollow. It was a massive garden, filled with vast, unmarked patches of goblin fruits. There were various Trinkets (so, minor Fae items) dangling from the trees. Jason walked through the garden while the others attempted to locate Parsimmon; Peter tried knocking at a toolshed, while the others tried knocking at a shack. Parsimmon was in the shack, but refused to let anyone in. Jonathan and Eric attempted to talk him down, and almost succeeded… until Peter threatened the man, saying that they wouldn’t leave if he didn’t give them the information they wanted. After that, no amount of coaxing could convince him to open the door, and he threatened them harm if they didn’t leave his property. Jason quickly stole a goblin-fruit that he believed to be similar to the fruit he’d found under Aurora’s bed and stuffed it into his pocket as they fled the scene. The group reformed at the ballroom, intent on telling the rulers of the Courts what they’d discovered, some of them filled with anger and frustration due to the setbacks they had encountered.

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Perchance to Dream 4-15-2012

Upon the Saints’ return to the Freehold, they turned Blind Alice and the bizarre creation she had brought to life over to the Court. They were asked to testify and help to decide the fate of both individuals. Everyone but Eric wanted to allow the creature to live; Jason and Jonathan even volunteered their home as a potential place for it to be kept.

Blind Alice claimed to have no memory of the events that had led to the creation of the creature. As they had previously experienced something similar when Jason offered the temporary use of his body as trade for the manufacturing of a weapon, the group sympathized with her (some of them reluctantly). They felt it be best that she be allowed to stay at the Freehold, but to be kept under surveillance until such time as it was felt she could be trusted. They even offered to help watch her, but Lady Miss Pity felt it would be better for them to leave themselves open for other tasks.

In the end, the Courts decided to follow through on both of their decisions. King Queen Jackie Snow pulled the group aside afterward and asked if they would be interested in attending a wedding in a few weeks’ time, as “she” could not attend and it would give them the opportunity to gain more contacts (and, potentially, allies) with Changelings from other Freeholds. The group accepted, although some were more enthused by the prospect than others; Peter and Jonathan, specifically, seemed less than comfortable with the idea.

Over the next two weeks, the group worked on settling issues and falling back into something akin to routine:

Jason tried to pawn off the golden apple he had stolen, but the assessment was far too low for his tastes, so he decided to keep it.

Peter asked around the Freehold about nature activists and someone who would be willing to teach him to fight. He even asked King Tom of the Grotto and King Queen Jackie Snow, neither of whom was very receptive to either question. Peter also gave his apple to King Queen Jackie Snow, who was flattered, to say the least. In the end, Jonathan volunteered to help Peter learn to fight.

Jana felt guilty about having taken her ruby, and talked with Jonathan about it. He recommended that she talk with Blind Alice about it, as she might not remember it existed, but then again she might very much want it back. Jana decided to keep it and think on the matter, for the time being.

Jonathan attempted to search out information regarding his fetch, but in the end he discovered that the person he had been doing copious amounts of research on had no relation to him. The Jonathan Stone in question was, in fact, Asian. He also confronted Enkidu in an attempt to help work past their bumpy starts and her dislike of the way they’d helped to fulfill the Childrens’ Contract. …He ended up starting another fight with her, instead. She soundly trounced him, and said that doing the wrong thing for the right reasons didn’t justify the wrongdoing.

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Perchance to Dream 4-1-2012

Entering the castle proved awkward. The door was locked, and simply picking the lock did nothing to budge the door. Jonathan attempted to bullrush it, and instead stepped on a pressure plate that opened the door—and the trap door on the other side. With Peter’s help, he was able to avoid actually falling in.

Once the group entered, they discovered that the castle seemed at least half-embedded in the Hedge. There were nine doors on the first floor. While the rest of the group debated their course of action, Jana started opening doors in sequence from left to right. The first room contained a dining room with a wine bottle and a silver tree with golden apples. The ‘wine’ exploded on Jonathan when he attempted to sniff it, and Peter and Jason each took a silver apple from the tree. Shortly thereafter, Jana and Jason passed out as gas began to fill the room; Peter and Jonathan extricated them, and Jonathan awakened them both (a touch roughly).

The third door was trapped in a highly complex manner. There were marble tiles interspersed between lengths of white floor. Jason spent the glamour to allow himself to climb walls and investigated the rooms. Since Peter wouldn’t give up his golden apple, Jonathan used Jason’s as a tool to attempt to decipher the workings of the trap—and there was certainly a trap. The marble tiles triggered darts that flew out of the wall when anything of sufficient weight settled on them. However, the rest of the floor was simply plaster, and when Jonathan attempted to vault the first marble tile he fell through the floor.

Meanwhile, Jana continued searching; she discovered a bedroom in the next door, and a staircase that led up and down in the room beyond. There was no light in the cave, although there was a torch available and ready to light. Peter approached at this point, but as they had no way to light a fire, they decided to investigate the staircase in the dark. Jonathan, who had found his way out of the rec room he fell into (with some measure of pain), led the group downstairs to investigate a room full of Greek-style statues. There were also four gems placed under wine glasses, each of which was filled with a different-colored liquid. Jana took a massive ruby from one, but let the other ones be.

From there, the group went upstairs; they encountered a series of rooms and scenarios. Jason placed a pair of brass binoculars to his eyes, and acquired a pair of black rings around his eyes for the trouble; he then smashed them in frustration, and Peter gathered up the two halves. From there, they traversed an outdoor area that appeared to be a storm-swept plain; they did, however, eventually find a door after a long, wet trip. From there, the next room led them onto a mobius strip; Jana was the first to find the way down, by jumping off one side.

The last room they entered was a massive laboratory, like something one might expect from a 50’s sci-fi flick. There was a blinding flash when they entered, and afterward Peter claimed to have been approached by the same woman who had arranged his release at the police station. He said she’d asked him to distract the rest of the Saints—which, of course, made them more intent on searching the room and its contents. Jason pulled a lever, which raised the dais in the center of the room further than it already had been and caused a ladder to appear on the pillar that led to its top.

As Jonathan climbed, Jana and Peter investigated a door that, rather ominously, said ‘Do Not Open’. Jana, ever the curious imp, opened the door and was highly distressed by the pile of body parts that fell out onto the floor. Peter was similarly alarmed, and the two of them climbed the ladder after Jonathan.

Jonathan had been caught by surprise and injected with a needle that caused restraining vines to erupt from his back. The female antagonist who had injected him was working on finishing touches at the controls of a large machine. On the center of the dais, a collection of body parts from Changelings and Hobgoblins, as well as pieces of the Hedge, had been stitched together like the monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The antagonist threw the switch as Jana approached, and Jana made several attempts to stop her and reverse the process.

Jason, who had remained below, ate the bad-smelling goblin fruit in an attempt to gain glamour. …Unfortunately, the only thing he gained was a wave of nausea. At that point, he decided not to follow the rest of the group up the ladder, and instead decided to lower the dais.

Back at the top, Peter freed Jonathan, who tackled the antagonist while Jana continued her efforts to reverse the switch. Peter threw his golden apple at the woman in an attempt to aid him, but ended up striking Jonathan’s right arm rather heavily instead. It rolled off the dais and struck the wall almost directly in front of Jason’s head.

The electricity coursing through the switch was too much for Jana; she was unable to hold on. After punching the antagonist to help ensure that she would stay down, Jonathan rushed over and took hold of the switch. With Jana’s help, he was able to pull it—but not before electricity struck the top of the building.

Peter attempted to shove the creature off the table and, when that proved impossible (as he had neglected to remove the straps), began seeking out a method with which to destroy it since he did not want it to come to life. Jonathan and Jana questioned the female antagonist, a woman who wore a hat that shadowed her eyes from any angle. (The hat also seemed to be a part of her.) After it was revealed that she was the one who had raided the leprechaun’s garden, Jonathan and Jana decided to break her kneecaps in accordance with the agreement they had made.

After extensive searching, Peter realized that he still had half of the broken brass binoculars in his possession, and struck the creature violently, intending to crush its skull in. To his surprise, the creature opened its eyes and screamed with pain. Jonathan and Jana rushed over to stop him and the two of them worked to calm the creature down. Jonathan loosed it from its restraints while Jana set the antagonist’s injuries, and the group took their two discoveries back to the Freehold so that they could decide what would be done with them.

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Previously On Perchance to Dream

Not sure if this is any good or not, but this section was looking pathetic.

Previously On Perchance to Dream.
We faced an animated couch, which was hell bent on killing us through our window. A fellow team mate was shot by mistake and now is critically injured, along with a broken window.

So far, we’ve found out that someone has been trying to get our attention, and now has it. We’ve faced sales people from Lowes without buying anything and faced the leprechaun from hell a second time and came out without cracks on our skulls.

Along with finding out that there’s a new type of Golems fruit, we’ve also discovered that criminals do infact return to the scene of the crime and now have a lead on the villain who framed Peter. We’re now at said villain’s front door and are about to go in, to face whatever horrors our GM can think up.

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Previously on Perchance to Dream

Okay, I might flavor this up a bit later but, for now, this will do.

The motley known as the Saints has, to this point in time, participated in the following:

They have opposed the Children’s Contract only to bring it about in the end, causing the torture of little Joey Duncan in order to save all children in the area ages 12 and under from the Others.

They watched the Hedge for the freehold and participated in the Goblin Market, wherein several members got themselves in trouble and one in particular ended up a courier.

They are currently investigating an attempted frame-up of one of their members.

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Welcome to your Adventure Log!
A blog for your campaign

Every campaign gets an Adventure Log, a blog for your adventures!

While the wiki is great for organizing your campaign world, it’s not the best way to chronicle your adventures. For that purpose, you need a blog!

The Adventure Log will allow you to chronologically order the happenings of your campaign. It serves as the record of what has passed. After each gaming session, come to the Adventure Log and write up what happened. In time, it will grow into a great story!

Best of all, each Adventure Log post is also a wiki page! You can link back and forth with your wiki, characters, and so forth as you wish.

One final tip: Before you jump in and try to write up the entire history for your campaign, take a deep breath. Rather than spending days writing and getting exhausted, I would suggest writing a quick “Story So Far” with only a summary. Then, get back to gaming! Grow your Adventure Log over time, rather than all at once.

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