Commissioned artwork for “SCHMIDT HAPPENS” by artist Mike Mumah
Campaign start: Year One: Early Summer – establish group and home
Mid Summer: Everyone Lies and Hollow
Late Summer: To The Edge of The World – Major lineup change.
Early Autumn: The Honey Queen
Mid Autumn: Rust
Current Band Members
Arcael – Zobeck of Allain Bloodline – Singer, Orator – NPC: Pai, Gustav Reinke, Lyla, Tranmus the Tall LN
Incendarius – From The North, new to Zobeck – Percussion – NPC: Johnny Flash N
Old Ben Gone – discovered on Karn’lothra, new to Zobeck – Moonshine Jug – NPC: Charles Cheddar CN
Taurus – Seven Cities, new to Zobeck – Bagpipes – NPC: Arius Heritage N
Brandon Kane – Seven Cities, new to Zobeck – Mandolin – NPC: Simon Taylor, Ellese Callesh CG
Halls of the Honoured Dead
Historical Writings of the Venerable Bede
Welcome Back to Zobeck
What news does your character hear from the City when you return from a week’s travel to THE OLD MARGREVE? (Information below occurs after completion of The Honey Queen.)
Although you don’t know too many in the city, keeping mainly to yourself, you have been living in the city for 10 years, so even the unfriendliest and most private people are bound to know someone. The rest of SCHMIDT HAPPENS all know Carla Siccone of the Wheatsheaf Tavern and it makes sense that you would have been befriended by local barfly, Simon Taylor, who had been particularly good friends with Lord Flasheart and the brave kobold, Spikey Jonze.
Simon Taylor corners you during a night of music practice/ drinking and says: “So, you’re the one living in Spikey’s room now? Have you found the treasure yet? Spikey always told me he hid some treasure in that room, so’s the others could never find it, even if he got killed. You might want to investigate that, my Friend. And when you find it, YOU remember where the inspiration came from.”
Jorgen Hirkst says he’s been keeping a low profile lately. THE SPYGLASS GUILD has been “a bit active” ever since it was rumoured that LADY MARACK OF THE BLUE HOUSE has been kidnapped. “Hear, one thing I’ve heard is THAT Ulfer Frazo (son of the Master of Demon Mountain) has been in town, trying to drum up support among the “HOIGHTY TOITY” for some party at DEMON MOUNTAIN. I reckon there might be a bit of work for us soon on the Rothenian Planes. Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more!”
Although you will be new to Zobeck, you would frequent the WHEATSHEAF TAVERN so it is more than likely that you will have made acquaintance with local barfly Simon Taylor. He has interesting stories and from what you can tell, has led a very interesting life, having spent 12 years as a dwarven slave, and before that having been an adventurer himself. He seems to recognise “the kind of dude you are” and says he can put you in touch with THE CLOVEN NINE if you wish.
It seems to you that Ellese Callesh, who offered the “HONEY JOB” is the kind of person you might quite like to know. On return to Zobeck you notice her around town a couple of times and she always seems very friendly….
One day you answer the door at 10 WHEATSHEAF LANE and you meet a well dressed yet rugged man looking for Anastrianna. His name is Arius Heritage and he has been working “OUT OF TOWN”. He had not heard of the death of Anastrianna and seems quite visibly upset. You invite him in and get talking over a nice cup of tea. He is interested in you and your history in the Seven Kingdoms down south and tells you he is a Ranger of the Society and that he would be honoured to introduce you to some of his friends.
You arrange to meet at the SIX LANTERN PLAYHOUSE in the Merchant District. It is a playhouse with a bar and restaurant but seems to have seen better times. The members of the Order are all well presented and all seem interested in your stories from “DOWN SOUTH”. You get on well with them and it is obvious by knowing them, that you will be privy to good information from outside the outskirts of town. They tell you that there has been a great deal of traffic from the Rothenian Plains with merchants buying up a load of top notch supplies and caravanning them back to DEMON MOUNTAIN.
You also find out that they are all part of a Society for the Benefit of Theatre Art and that they are committed to upgrading the Playhouse, which has fallen into disrepair. They believe that by allying themselves with an influential bard, they can begin to start attracting audiences and investment in the SIX LANTERN PLAYHOUSE again. They offer good information on what comes in and out of Zobeck in return for bardic support for their cause.
Old Ben Gone
Being a newcomer to Zobeck, Old Ben may not have had much time to build up a relationship with many people in the city, that is even if anyone would be willing to even start a relationship with one so wild seeming and foul smelling (I take it there is no “BIG CLEAN UP” for the sake of City Life.)
One day during the week, cheesemonger, Charles Cheddar bumps into OLD BEN and tells him to make sure to pop into the MARKET STALL at the weekend. “I’ve got some rather noseworthy RANCID CARDINAL that I’ve made up specially for the MASTER OF DEMON MOUNTAIN for some party his son is holding in the near future. I kept a special batch just for you. It’s rich, it’s stinking and you’re gonna love it. I may also have a small shipment of SALTMICE coming in soon, so I’ll let you know. Hey, have you heard that LADY MARACK’s supposed to have been kidnapped. Happened outside Hommnal’s Botanical Rooftop one night. Rumour is that it was ghouls from Morgau and Doresh. I should watch your step if you’re about at night, my friend. I don’t want my sales of good cheese to stop because you turn yourself into a Ghoul’s Dinner.”
The night after you return from THE OLD MARGREVE, Johnny Flash makes contact with you to update you on your information request. “Sir, I tell you true that Tarbuck was in the deal totally for himself. He had one of his spies hear that Ellese Callesh was going to be meeting up with your lot that evening. He thought she would open the door easy, expecting you, which is what happened. Jimmy told us there would be loot so we went in. She wasn’t supposed to get hurt, but she’s a bit feisty, that one.”
“Hey, if you like, I’ll keep an ear to the ground for you. I really appreciate what you did ‘n all, so I don’t mind the odd favour, particularly if there’s a bit of coin to go with it. Got to keep the wolves at bay, so to speak. What do you say?
Course, if you could help in any way with my brother Tony, we’d both be grateful, but I understand if that’s too much. Me and Tony always reckoned, if one went “in”, the other should stay “out”. No sense us both getting the chop, huh? So what do you say? We got further business, you and me?”
You make contact with Gustav Reinke regarding the future caretaking of Lyla as portrayed in your recent posting on OP. He will be quite accommodating but will request assistance with College Fees. Although you have a good standing within the college, fees are one of the most serious things and they are not cheap. As a member of The Exiles of Allain, you have heard that some bursaries are available for family members but this is at the discretion of the group’s leader, Tranmus the Tall. You may wish to petition him.
Pai visits you soon after you are back. She is happy to see you and wears her new MOONSTONE BROOCH with pride. She tells you she has recently been requisitioned by MASTER NECROMANCER KONRAD VON EBERFELD to start conducting some new research into The Queen of Night and Magic of The Shadow Fey. As such, she has been given special permission to research in the Library of MOON’S GRACE TEMPLE, near to where you live. Her new duties are expected to start sometime in the next few weeks so she suggests she may be able to visit you more during that time. She is looking forward to your next concert and promises to be there in the front row to encourage you.
When you visit the College, some of your fellow students enthusiastically greet you, seemingly slightly envious of your status as part-time scholar, part-time famous minstrel and sponsored bard of the esteemed Lord Aaron Von Schmidt. They are keen to hear of your exploits and should you wish to take up their invitation to The Hedgehog Tavern, you won’t have to pay for any of your drinks.
Your favourite cleaning lady, RAUNA, gives you a warm hug and a big sloppy kiss. When you have some time alone with her, most probably in a discussion about future laundry arrangements, she tells you that Tranmus the Tall has not done much out of the ordinary. He teaches, he researches, occasionally he seems to travel for short distances out of town and it appears he quite often leaves his quarters at night to travel into town. This, of course, is not weird at all, and RAUNA does not know where he goes, but she does know he is not the “DRINKING” type, so it is unlikely to be TAVERNS OF THE TOWN that he would visit.
Friends and fellow minstrels for over five years, Schmidt Happens! rented accommodation in 10 Wheatsheaf Lane near The Wheatsheaf Tavern, along with new found friend and fellow minstrel, Spikey Jonze. All are enthusiasts of MYSTERIA, looking for fame and fortune in the city of Zobeck.
After a meeting with Grigori, the group got involved with THE SPYGLASS GUILD and THE CLOVEN NINE and rescued Ilyana Greymark with some help from the underworld in the form of RADU UNDERHILL and successfully performed at the local tavern.
A situation presented itself in the village of LECOVA in The Old Margreve, where the party saved the village from the horror of THE HOLLOW MAN and the SINGING TREE controlling it. They returned to ZOBECK with the Bloodwood Flute of Elric Stradivarius and enough MYSTERIA to secure the sponsorship of Lord Aaron Von Schmidt.
Two months after returning from THE OLD MARGREVE, monthly rent at 10 Wheatsheaf Lane is now paid by von Schmidt, leaving time to practice those instruments. Truman Click has travelled to Runkelstad in the south to receive specialist training on his MAGIC FLUTE. You will have had two months to engage with your friends and contacts. I will answer any questions you may have but no points will be awarded at this stage.
Reflections on Zobeck and Lecova
The forest could be a way… A massive siphon of magical power, stored over centuries…. But it has a sentience and reaches into you. How do you preserve your integrity against it? I will not have been the first to realise this… I shall need to be stronger, research all I can find on it. But if one could tap that power, they would be unassailable.
The ley line by the river, no coincidence that a magical beast was there, an undead animated by the place. Perhaps in future it is better to travel away from such paths, lest my more gung-ho companions lead us into danger. 10 Honour Points awarded
Bloody hell, a bushy beard was one thing but this was getting ridiculous! Flasheart observed his reflection in the mirror and laughed. Might as well see if he could make it work for him. He was pretty sure that the local Druid chapter had some rather fetching half elf ladies that might appreciate his new look.
Adventure was more precarious than he had imagined. A straight up fight was one thing but he and his comrades had faced everything from swarms to hollow men. People had died. He needed to be better. He would be better. He had lost his family once. He would not lose this one. 10 Honour Points awarded
This old house gets really dusty but I can keep it clean and safe. This attic window is great for checking out Wheatsheaf Lane – spotted those Spyglass critters a mile off. That Truman Click’s a real swell guy and a mean whistler too.
At least being here keeps me out of the Redcloaks tails, and that ale at the Wheatsheaf is pretty cool. Maybe if I keep the place tidy and safe, they might even let me come with them on an adventure. No Honour Points awarded
First concert with the band and I fluffed a flute solo. Rava help me, but I never want to experience that sort of embarrassment again. I don’t think I’ll be spending too much time at those baths. A bit wet for my gears but also such a parcel of rogues….. Hmmnn, nice phrase for a song!
That forest was a bit debilitating. Thank Rava for Ana’s constant mending, without which I should be feeling like a Geargrinder’s nightmare. Now this gift of Elric’s needs some time and devotion. Already, I feel I am playing it better, but I could do with some expert tuition. I may see about that….. No Honour Points awarded
What can I say, I bathed in the fame of our band of merry minstrels for a time but the limelight has never really been my thing. I might get a mask for the next performance and build my mystique. It was good to have a place to go back to and relax that wasn’t full of loud mouthed drunken idiots, well maybe one… but he’s our loud mouthed drunken idiot.
I thoroughly enjoyed being back in the underbelly of society for a time. The black markets of towns like this used to be my second home, though without so many ghouls. That Underhill bloke wasn’t too bad though nice firm (if slightly slimy) handshake. Nearly dying at the hands of crossbow wielding spyglass folk wasn’t that much fun, though I did try to reason with them but it’s quite hard to reason with a crossbow bolt at your jugular (How do you kill a circus… go for the Juggler! … well what do you expect, I’m a dancer not a bloody comedian).
All that over a stupid book we should have burnt the damn thing and been done with it! 10 Honour Points awarded
Friends and Acquaintances:
Communication with contacts in six weeks after Hommnal’s Roof Garden Episode.
Gustav Reinke – Arcael – Will meet up for coffee every week and impart knowledge on ancient times. His grandson is sick with measles.
Pai – Arcael – She invites him to a party of purebloods. Not the kind of high status he would prefer. He meets a good cobbler though, who offers excellent rates.
Arius Heritage – Anastrianna – He is off duty for a week and contacts Ana for some drinking sessions at The Wheatsheaf – He tells of increased trade from the Magdar down south and they tell him there are more skirmishes than usual at the Mharoti Border.
Celia Black – Anastrianna – If he looks her up, he will learn that Ilyana secretly took a boat out of town going downriver toward Runkelstad.
Tovrin Darnel – Arca Domina – Lets Arca know that the Spyglass Guild are no longer bothered with the party. They are still looking for Lady Marack. (Taken by Ghouls). Grigori still in hiding. Cloven Nine are happy that they got the book.
Nadran Gonesk – Arca Domina – They meet up for a chit-chat! Business as usual. News from home is that more women are being conscripted due to increase in border skirmishes with Mharoti Empire.
Simon Taylor – Lord Flasheart – Grigori is still in hiding from Spyglass Guild. He is a good guy, and if he says he would make something worthwhile, he will …. When he can! He hears that Lady Marack’s been kidnapped and the underworld are demanding a ransom – but it’s not The Cloven Nine!
Angus Short – Lord Flasheart – Will meet for a quick coffee. Asks about Truman Click. Geargrinders’ Guild still churning out a new Gearforged every month. Business as usual in the City.
Deslan Cooke – Yander – comes round to visit Yander on one of his days off. Has heard “through the grapevine” (friend of Captain Hendryk) that Yander has been to the Cartways and is worried that his old friend might be mixed up in something bad. If you are ever in with the wrong crowd too deep and need some help from the City Watch, let him know and he’ll do what he can….within the law.
Ellese Callesh – Yander – she has not heard much of Ilyana’s story but can report that a couple of underworld characters have been asking her what Yander is like. She told them nothing. The only poison she can get hold of at the moment is Shadow Fey Sleep Poison – 1/min for 2 min DC14 Unconscious for 1 min or 2d4 hrs Cure 1 Save Cost: 75 GP per dose.