Ravenloft: Prisoners of the Mist

Within the swirling Mist (IC) => Whispers in the Shadows => Local Gossip => Topic started by: DM Stygian Witch on November 04, 2016, 04:06:52 PM

Title: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DM Stygian Witch on November 04, 2016, 04:06:52 PM
An early blizzard blew in off the mountains last night. The cold and freezing rain forced many to seek shelter in either the temple or the tavern.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: NecropolisV on November 09, 2016, 04:51:17 AM
For those who know Vincent Zolokorov personally.. He has been seen around Barovia again, often in the outskirts or within Vallaki itself.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Nemesis 24 on December 01, 2016, 02:15:26 PM
Battered, bloody, and savage, a tall figure chained and gagged was escorted into Vallaki in torn, blood covered clothes.  He snapped and snarled and his eyes glowed with hate and a madman's glaze as he was dragged through the city streets and taken to the citadel and a cell. Before long whispers passed through the village.  The Beast of Vallaki had been captured, the monster that had brutalised so many innocents was at last chained, to be given over to his final judgement.  The heroic sergeant Voldymyr Brusilov, with a group locals and outlanders together, triumphed in bringing this vile beast to the waiting embrace of Barovian justice.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Zwickelfaust on December 03, 2016, 08:05:25 AM
The witch named Hjorta Was spotted being drug through the outskirts in shackles by Garda. She was frantic and screaming of tyranny and injustice. She has not been seen since.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Zwickelfaust on December 03, 2016, 12:53:32 PM
After a few days, the Hjorta Was paraded through the outskirts without clothes and two fingers missing on each hand. There Was no cross of injustice from those that watched. Most seemed uninterested, save one kind dwarf merchant that took pity on the poor witch.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Bastellus on December 05, 2016, 04:01:02 AM
A gunshot rings in the growing, silent night. Its target spills his blood upon the ramparts of Vallaki, crying out in agony and fright. The event is capped by the words of rumour that whisper around the surrounding outskirts and its tired, old temple:

"Some bloke's out there shooting guards."
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Alan Hunter on December 07, 2016, 11:22:56 PM
It is said the big oaf Jack Wilson was seenmleaving late night i furiated by the outlanders chastising and a halfling womans attempts at peace with him. He was seen last flipping and breaking a table and makingvhis way to the Crypts where many can see him violently fighting skeletons and calling out for a vrolok girl in a red dress.

Those that would get in his way or try takin herbs from him would meet a viable verbal out come possibly lead with intimidating violance it seems the lout was unconcoliable as he rampaged about the Crypts smashing everything in sight that threaten him.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Oracle of Oppression on December 25, 2016, 02:52:45 PM
A strange sight has become more commonplace as of late in the faithless lands of the Vallaki Municipality. A squad of zealous outlanders have been noted singing grisly hymns of servitude and subjugation as they attend to their business. From the fore of this flock an armored priest bearing a foreign symbol, that of a vile claw clenched into a fist, leads with all the surety of a fanatic.

As these figures come to be seen more and more often, lowly whispers begin to flit between the backward serfs of the nearby farmlands. While the words vary from peasant to peasant, the question remains the same:


'What's brought these foreign beasts to the Burgomaster's lands?'
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Alan Hunter on December 29, 2016, 01:42:53 PM
It is rumored a champion among the people of Vallaki has come to rid them of the troubles of outlanders, gunderkites, were rats, and pitics. The champions name shouted "Jack! Jack! Jack!" among the locals the burly outlander has been seen donating farm tools to the good people of vallaki, Weapons and good armaments freely to the Garda, Destroyer of were Rats, and lately rumored to have single handedly frighten off a Neuri by shouting and bravado alone with out even cutting the beast. Tales of his son slain at night by Were Rats vengeful of his acts of good only to be staked in the fashion of Strahd among the streets revolt the people but some breathe easier knowing fewer of them exist. Garda troops speak of how Jack arms them with iron and steel so they may better fight their Gunderkite rebels and criminals though finding it atrocious some have seen Jack with a friendly wave and smile as he hung Gunderkite rebels and escapes to the local tree by the wall as well as by some odd feat lancing one to the wall itself Garda having trouble removing the steel spear from the wall as the Gunderkite rebel clutches it even in death finding no means to remove the man down from the wall less sawing him in half.

Equal rumors in the pitic community speak of the slaughtering of pitics by Jack claiming to have been thieves and proven by the garda having lashed a pitic and a fey for their crimes in assaulting the man at night and in a church no less. Further also speak Jack has reconciled with a Kera Nutcracker referring to the woman as lady not pitic for her aid in his son showing even he can stave off ill will for the betterment of the child. although most pitics are hard press to trust the man it is seen he is about a porcelean skin woman with raven hair a foreigner whose captivated the giant making him more peaceful. Weariness grows as he dawns a beard, lion mantle, and rich dementleusu leather coat seeming to have become quite business man albeit his level of intelligence making true even a common can have riches. Hope lingers for a moment to the Vallaki people as an outlander tries his beast to be the best Barovian setting away his outlandish life for a hard working one.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Grendel on December 31, 2016, 09:38:07 PM
Infrequent "Night Markets" have begun to spring up of late, always after the last light of the day has faded. Twinkling lanterns lead the way to the Markets on the occasional nights they are held, with available merchants rotating out often. Though the unpleasantness found beneath Vallaki is inconvenient, open commentary is made of preferring rats to lycanthropes prowling the night when merchants wish to hawk their wares.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Zwickelfaust on January 03, 2017, 06:48:10 PM
    Deep in the night a strange witch passed through the outskirts wreathed in powerful magic. The Garda demanded her to leave or be shot, but the witch refused defiantly. When the wall garrison began to let loose arrows, the walls of Vallaki lit up as lightning cracked and fire exploded in loud bangs. The Garda managed to survive the battle, though it seemed the witch held back as to not kill. Soon after the battle was lost, the witch disappeared. Only the sight of the scorched walls and battered Garda were all that remained of the terrifying encounter.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Oracle of Oppression on January 14, 2017, 03:43:50 PM
[As dawn arrives light would fall upon a new series of written proclamations that spread from the Outlander's Gate, west along the Old Svalich Road.]

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BEWARE THE WYRM

BE ON GUARD MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, FOR A GREAT EVIL DESCENDS UPON THE LAND. A BLOOD-RED WYRM-CHILD, A DISGUSTING BEAST SPAWNED OF UNHOLY UNIONS, STALKS THESE LANDS LOOK TO PREY UPON ANY WHO'S GUARDS ARE NOT RAISED. ONLY THROUGH UNITY AND COHESION MAY THIS BEAST BE DRIVEN FROM OUR RANKS. KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN, BLADES SHARP, AND REPORT ANY SIGHTINGS TO THE LOCAL LAW!
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Ob on January 30, 2017, 02:44:02 PM
[Last night the infamous Panflio Mandriagatti appeared in the outskirts in the company of the Pochev cousins.  There was loud talk about some sort of upcoming fight to be held at the Gaping Wound and a crude series of fights were held in a makeshift ring outside the cultists temple.  Bets were placed and, to the cheers and jeers of onlookers, "Gorgeous Gavi" managed to put down a nameless outlander and a pitic in a series of back to back bare knuckle brawls.]  
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: urathraviel on February 10, 2017, 06:48:48 AM
[This night the sounds of a woman singing were heard in the area, she seemed to be in good spirits as giggling was frequent. Some time later there was a horrible scream of rage, and the sounds of combat followed it.]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: CashMeOutside on February 10, 2017, 08:31:43 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/7UQ3xB4.jpg)

Shocked whispers are on the lips of outlanders and natives alike in response to the lack of fear shown by "monsters" and caliban alike over recent days.  Apparently it has become increasingly common for such beasts to roam the outskirts just outside of Vallaki in broad daylight, even in the presence of guards.  Some natives have voiced fear that the wretched creatures will soon roam the city freely!
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: lakhena on March 16, 2017, 01:25:18 PM
Last evening, a lone woman wearing a Wayfarer Kinship amulet was seen dragging the corpses of three heavily armored individuals out of the forests south of Vallaki.  Two of the individuals wore the colors and attire of the Cult of the Morninglord and looked extraordinarily pale.  It's said that there was hushed talk of vampires responsible, and that a small group of armed and heavily armored individuals left the Sanctuary of the Coming Dawn immediately to seek revenge for their fallen comrades.  Amongst those who left was an Ezraite, from the green cloak and armor she wore.

Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Daboomer on March 19, 2017, 09:40:19 PM
A lightcarrier carries out a cauldron with Smelted metal placing it oustide the sanctuary.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Barovian Beggar on March 20, 2017, 09:33:10 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/wFuyioi.png) (https://imgur.com/wFuyioi)

On a cold spring day a foreign knight delivers a sermon extolling the virtues of mankind. Despite the jeers and mocking of several outskirt loiterers the preacher continues unmolested. A keen observer would note the name of his god repeated several times. A faith not heard of in Vallaki for many years, Zarus!
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Zwickelfaust on March 21, 2017, 10:19:49 PM
    The sounds of battle rang out as two figures attacked the wall garrison. Rumors that the combined efforts of the Garda and the Morninglordians managed to take down one of the attackers. The cost of the victory was high, as the Garda lost one of their own.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Dumas on March 21, 2017, 10:27:40 PM
A dreadful scene was discovered in the Western Outskirts this eve... Those that braved Old Noapte at that late hour discovered a crudely hewn wooden pole, driven into the earth at the fore of the graveyard with great force. Blood slowly tricked down from the impaled body - that of Stefan Albescu, of the Vallaki Garda. With the sharpened stake emerging from his open mouth, and his uniform in tatters, it was a grisly, and clear sight.

 Dark feathers were scattered about the display, as well as a message, boldly carved into the ground, deeply cut into the soil :

"THIS IS THE COST OF MORNINGLORDIAN PRIDE"
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Inhumanity on March 22, 2017, 06:49:56 PM
A caliban's carcass lies mutilated in the bowels of the charnel house, one of his gnarled fingers missing, throat slashed unceremoniously, with three crude letters carved across his chest:

RVT

Below the initials, a blade was dragged across the creature's protruding gut, shaping his bare torso to resemble a smiling face.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Dumas on March 23, 2017, 04:08:26 AM
Just before the walls of Vallaki, a bleak sight is discovered in the middle of the night by those that dare brave the darkness. Two guardsman, strangely outside the city at night, have been slain. Both seem to have suffered brutal ends, stricken with great force. However, there is a glimmer of hope, perhaps, that some escaped the assault, as bloodied tracks did diverge from the scene in two directions...
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: lakhena on March 23, 2017, 09:15:35 AM
Those who braved the outskirts during the night would have noticed several heavily armored figures in Morninglord attire standing before the Sanctuary of the Coming Dawn.  All wore grim-faced skull masks and had spears and swords drawn as the sanctuary bells tolled three times each hour throughout the night, a truly macabre sight for those used to the open, welcoming smiles of the Morninglordians. 
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: CashMeOutside on March 30, 2017, 12:25:02 AM
The following poster has been seen in circulation around the outskirts of Vallaki, though it's origin is unknown.

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To all interested parties, The time for action is now. The wretched Corporal Rodica Stolojan must be dealt with in a manner that is
deserving of her actions in the past year. It is time for her life to end and the example made of her driven into the hearts of any current, former,
 or future members of the Vallaki Garda. I hereby offer a reward on the head of Rodica Stolojan of 150,000 wolf fangs: DEAD ONLY. Execute her
as you see fit, burn the flesh from her bones, and hang her corpse on the gallows for all to see. Not only will you gain a reward of gold for your
 efforts but will rid Vallaki of the plague that is Corporal Stolojan; do not doubt my words for she is nothing short of a disease upon the land of Barovia.

Signed,
H.M.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: urathraviel on March 30, 2017, 06:07:28 AM
[An additional peice of paper is stuck to the note in the dark of night by an invisible figure]

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Oh sure, offer a bounty on Rodica who might sometimes be harsh but is actually fair, and pleasant out of uniform. Where were the bounties when Albescu was beating people up for not refusing arrest arrest. The man tortured people and tried to molest women.

This is clearly a personal Vendetta, don't cloak yourself in rightousness and leave the rest of us out of it.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: bocian on April 07, 2017, 12:01:59 PM
(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/276835202876178432/297412554563649537/Parchment_copy.png)


Left on the outskirts' notice board. The posters are often renewed. Some of them can also be seen in the mist camp.


// Once again thanks to urathraviel for creating it.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DM Darkness on April 17, 2017, 04:09:13 PM
There has been talk of a ship that burned and sunk moments later in the Vallaki Docks District. Two very badly burnt oxen were seen about as they sunk with the ship. Not much was known about the fire but many speculate it was an accident.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Chaos on April 17, 2017, 05:17:40 PM
Days after an apparent Invidian route in Wachter province, it seems the incursions decrease in its scale and frequency. Less often are attacks made outside of the borderlands between Invidia and Barovia save for isolated incidents. It seems as if they have had enough of their forays for the time being or other nebulous reasons for their seemingly abrupt withdrawal away from Vallaki. Now there is an uneasy quiet as the more familiar threats continue to hound the denizens of Vallaki and the region.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: greeneggs on April 20, 2017, 12:08:28 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/JOk4ZPd.jpg)

[It was a bloody day in Vallaki as the afternoon pressed on.  Rumors are a bound the locals that Corporal Stolojan was doing her morning patrols with two other privates when they came upon a Caliban in the outskirts.  Upon pursing him, he took her down fairly quickly with vraja while outlanders looked on, passively.  Very few made the call to help the guard in any case.  The wounded Corporal and her two privates then set back to the city but only to be ridiculed by a female wearing a strange helmet with grey steel colored armor and brownish grey pants.  The Corporal made to arrest the outlander and steel was drawn.  Blood soaked the grass as yet again, outlanders looked on as this happened as if it was some spectacle to the very guard that protects them and the local Barovians a like as they was slaughtered, murdered.  It is unknown where the corporal and her privates are at this time or if they even made it out of this whole spectacle alive.]

((DM BASTELLUS APPROVED))
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: CosmicRay on April 23, 2017, 04:33:16 AM
[a few days ago..]

Corporal Stolojan of the Vallaki Garda brought the witch and 'fortune teller' calling herself the 'Mysterious Madame Monet' into the Outskirts. The witch was garbed in a teal gown, and sported the Scold's Bridle; a headgear device which clamps down upon the tongue, making any speech impossible.
The witch was placed within a stocks set up by the Garda detail, and outlanders, and a large contingent of Sunkissers looked on as a mob of Barovian men hurled rotten vegetables, stones and manure at the accursed vraja practicer. She screamed and garbled nonsense throughout, before her spirit was broken and she broke down into sobs.
Some might suspect this mob to the the very same which sought to lynch the witch in the outskirts a few days prior.

After the humiliating punishment was discharged, the Sunkissers sought to help the bruised and bleeding woman, but she rebuffed them. The dark-skinned witch fled into the forest.. and has not dared show her face in Vallaki again.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Zwickelfaust on May 03, 2017, 08:13:19 PM
A visceral scene unfolded in the morning hours as the Ghost Witch was finally located and put down by the mourning father known as Fearghas. He spat strange curses as he tore the heart from her chest. Onlookers observed in shock as the man got his vengeance, then fled with the heart still in his clenched and bloody fist
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Mailbox-2100 on May 26, 2017, 04:32:52 PM
*fixed!
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Arawn on May 26, 2017, 05:46:23 PM
//Claiming a paper radiates heat, real or fake, is cheesing. Please correct your post.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Mailbox-2100 on May 26, 2017, 06:37:25 PM
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[This is notice for an upcoming underground tournament to be hosted in the near future. The prizes will be DRACONIC! Huzzah! Stay tuned.]


-CONNER
Title: i SEE NO STARS !
Post by: Mailbox-2100 on May 28, 2017, 04:24:31 PM
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[This is a flier for an upcoming underground tournament with great prizes! All are welcome to attend. There will be special rules and moderation to the fights, contestants, and divisions based on the number in attanedence. Low levels welcome! Encouraged, even! For the "Upstart Division". Heroes welcome. A date is not set, yet. Stay tuned.]
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-Conner
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: MAB77 on June 19, 2017, 07:35:01 AM
~ Dwarven thief in the Outskirt ~

Word is spreading that a dwarven thief stole a valuable armor from a certain dwarven smith. A reward worth even more than the stolen good is offered for the capture, alive, of the thief and the return of the armor. Information is scant about the thief himself. It was a male dwarf clad in dark leather, his features hidden under a hood. However the stolen armor is the sole of its kind made by its maker, made out of sturdy boiled gargoyle hide with the thickest crocodile lining possible. It can be recognized by the stylized Dwarven B sigil branded on the armor.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Periwinkle on June 21, 2017, 11:56:16 PM
The rumors state that a young woman garbed in gold and ivory silks, dark brown leather boots, and pinned up dark hair, was approached and arrested in shackles by no less then four guards in the afternoon hours. It was said she went along without resistance, although she looked quite terrified.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: MAB77 on June 23, 2017, 07:51:57 AM
~ Dwarven thief in the Outskirt, Part II ~

As was witnessed by numerous people, the dwarven thief showed up again in the outskirt and was confronted by the dwarven smith. After angry and harsh words were exchanged, the smith would have knocked out the thief with a single mighty strike with the flat side of his axe. But as he was about to recuperate his property, someone unwittingly healed the thief, whom used the following confusion to escape.

There is still no name attached to the thief, but a clearer look could be obtain: a gray skinned bald duergar, with the dwarven runes for "Thief" tattooed on his chin. A moody dwarven smith keeps repeating to all listening that he offers a platinum gilded weapon for the capture, alive, of the duergar thief.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Snarling_Badger on June 30, 2017, 11:13:17 PM
As the sun rose above the Outskirts this day, those milling about before the walls of Vallaki would have their morning interrupted by a figure clothed in the black green garments of a female Ezrite Zealot, dashing out of the Lady's Rest. The Ezrite, who was wearing the armor of a Templar, seemed to have been in tears, as she hurried off westward along the Old Svalich Road.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Tycat on July 24, 2017, 06:32:41 AM
A beautiful man was seen arrested in the Outskirts tonight, and taken to the Citadel for possession of a firearm. Charismatic and an expert musician, some were seen having been left startled and shocked by the event as it unfolded, not expecting this turn to dramatics. Rumor says this man was not found sentenced to die, but only, to the stakes.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Barovian Beggar on August 31, 2017, 09:45:53 PM
Tacked to the notice board near the gate

(http://i.imgur.com/KG0YOWE.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DM Samedi on September 04, 2017, 05:23:00 PM

A man identified as Voldymyr Brusilov, Sargent of the Vallaki Garda walked into the Lady's Rest and confessed to crimes of treason out loud to the patrons of the bar. He then finishes his confession by knocking a young woman unconscious and disappearing into his own shadow.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: NND1 on September 07, 2017, 01:47:29 AM
In the early hours of the morning Garda can be seen arresting Dorian Bladeweave in the Lady's rest with the charge of "Conspiracy to Murder Vistani". He was promptly marched towards the city shortly afterward.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Augur on September 09, 2017, 10:35:01 PM
The Red Vardo Captain Arseny Viktorov was seen speaking with a well-dressed Lamordian man. Suddenly, the Vardo drew his weapon and made an attempt on the other man's life. Viktorov gravely wounded the Lamordian before guards and onlookers tried to stop the scene. The Vardo eventually surrendered to the guard and shouted as he was carried away.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Augur on October 11, 2017, 11:13:44 PM
Earlier in the day the recently returned Arseny Viktorov was seen arguing with well known Barovian mercenary and Iron Sons' founder Teodor Ursu. Viktorov the former accused the other of issuing threats to him in public in front of the Lady's Resting Place. In the end, the Vardo Captain left with neither moving towards an actual confrontation.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Chaos on October 29, 2017, 03:58:47 PM
The purple and black clad undead monster fought several battles against the living around Vallaki an Wachter Province, the undead adventurer bragging about eternal life for eternal adventure. He challenged many warriors and his cocksure nature led to a final bout between a prepared group of would-be heroes that finally struck down the foul creature in a must-needed victory against the forces of the Night...
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Grendel on November 04, 2017, 01:27:33 AM
Discord and anarchy grips the Western Outskirts of Vallaki; in the early hours of the morning a great din was raised as the Sun Cultist's Bells tolled incessantly for nigh on an hour; rumours speak of a beloved local figure turned to an Undead abomination, unleashed on the Outlanders to cause anguish amongst them. In the wake of her passage through the area, her body was cut apart and finally burned by several Garda in attendance.

The chaos that followed shortly after is uncertain, but onlookers can be said to have seen a man strike one of the Garda as the body was lit on a funeral pyre, leading to his arrest. Gloom hangs heavily on those present as another life is lost to the Legions of the Old Night.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Iridni Ren on November 07, 2017, 07:23:30 AM
Just after sunset a small group of two men and three women emerged from the old well near the city gates, collectively emitting an over-whelming stench. Four of the five wore Wayfarer Kinship amulets.

They made their way to the stream near the Vistani Camp to bathe, all, save for a diminutive female, covered in a particularly rancid coating of sewage muck. They made quite the spectacle as they shivered in the cold water near the falls, and despite much washing, not all the figures were able to cleanse themselves of whatever filth they had gotten into.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Roose on November 09, 2017, 10:39:26 AM
[At dawn Kaine Morrus was trotted out to the Western Outskirts accompanied by a retinue of Vallaki Garda. He was placed in a stockade for the entire day next to a sign declaring him to be a smuggler. At midday he was branded on the right cheek with an "S", and released in the early evening]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: CosmicRay on November 13, 2017, 03:57:22 PM
A raggedy man in a brightly-coloured coat and hat can be found handing out flyers. Some linger, discarded, plastered to trees by rain and wind.

(https://i.imgur.com/iaOskli.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Legion XXI on November 13, 2017, 07:25:10 PM
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[A few hours after nightfall, the following note was pinned to a noticeboard in the outskirts that was being used to mercantile advertisements.  The parchment is neat and clean, and the inky black script is simple and businesslike in manner.] 


(https://i.imgur.com/S7pFxDX.png)


[The back side of this parchment bears a carefully drawn insignia.  A jawless skull backed by a purple sunburst gazes absently forward, providing a clear and wicked message for those who are familiar with the imagery...]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: derkotushka on November 13, 2017, 10:32:12 PM
[On next night this papers seems was taken down by someone from noticeboard in outskirts]

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[A few hours after nightfall, the following note was pinned to a noticeboard in the outskirts that was being used to mercantile advertisements.  The parchment is neat and clean, and the inky black script is simple and businesslike in manner.] 


(https://i.imgur.com/S7pFxDX.png)


[The back side of this parchment bears a carefully drawn insignia.  A jawless skull backed by a purple sunburst gazes absently forward, providing a clear and wicked message for those who are familiar with the imagery...]


Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Legion XXI on November 16, 2017, 04:16:59 AM
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[A sinister looking man garbed in dark steel armor strode confidently into the western outskirts around noon today and placed a notice on the tree in front of the Lady's Rest inn.  He made a short proclamation about finding safety and strength in Cyric, and then went on his way.   Nothing about this man's dark appearance seemed to inspire hope, though his message is clear - Bearing the symbol of Cyric where it can be seen will have its benefits in the times to come.  After his short message, he went on his way.  Across the back of his cloak could be seen the prominently displayed symbol of a jawless skull backed by a purple sunburst...]

(https://i.imgur.com/vdCX2EC.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: RickDeckard on November 16, 2017, 05:29:08 AM
[In the early hours of the morning, a figure dressed mostly in green tears the notice off the tree.]

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[A sinister looking man garbed in dark steel armor strode confidently into the western outskirts around noon today and placed a notice on the tree in front of the Lady's Rest inn.  He made a short proclamation about finding safety and strength in Cyric, and then went on his way.   Nothing about this man's dark appearance seemed to inspire hope, though his message is clear - Bearing the symbol of Cyric where it can be seen will have its benefits in the times to come.  After his short message, he went on his way.  Across the back of his cloak could be seen the prominently displayed symbol of a jawless skull backed by a purple sunburst...]

(https://i.imgur.com/vdCX2EC.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: A minor Glamour on November 19, 2017, 02:29:20 PM
Talks begins again of another notice, this time pinned to the board in the outskirts, about the winter, dire warnings, and descriptions of common winter scenes.


(http://i65.tinypic.com/2n1vpll.jpg)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Iridni Ren on November 19, 2017, 04:12:57 PM
[Yet another notice appears, affixed to the bounty board in the Western Outskirts:]

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Dearly Beloved of Barovia,

Be not deceived nor hopeless nor seek the comfort of false, monstrous "gods"--in truth, demons--that seek only your corruption.

The blessed Sun is not dark, and only the misled whose eyes have been rotted from dwelling too long in the dung would preach this lie.

The Sun of Dawn protects you from all manners of evil. It does not create evil so that in keeping such evil at bay it may claim wondrous miracles.

If the Harbinger and his demon god would prove themselves worthy of fealty, let them destroy Liliacul Nergu, who terrorizes their own dominion of night and laughs at their claims to godhood.

Otherwise, their boasts sound as empty as the passing of gas through the sewer tunnels they call home.

Iridni Ren, Priestess of Pelor

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// OOC: This note was placed IG and IC.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Griswold on November 19, 2017, 04:35:58 PM
[Beneath the notice rests another, shorter proclamation from the Church of Cyric. A white, jawless skull resting over a black sunburst is followed by a short bit of text]



Let all see that when their God's fail, when hope is lost, even the most stalwart and mighty are not above  groveling for the help of Cyric!

ALL HAIL THE BLACK SKULL SUN!

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Dearly Beloved of Barovia,

Be not deceived nor hopeless nor seek the comfort of false, monstrous "gods"--in truth, demons--that seek only your corruption.

The blessed Sun is not dark, and only the misled whose eyes have been rotted from dwelling too long in the dung would preach this lie.

The Sun of Dawn protects you from all manners of evil. It does not create evil so that in keeping such evil at bay it may claim wondrous miracles.

If the Harbinger and his demon god would prove themselves worthy of fealty, let them destroy Liliacul Nergu, who terrorizes their own dominion of night and laughs at their claims to godhood.

Otherwise, their boasts sound as empty as the passing of gas through the sewer tunnels they call home.

Iridni Ren, Priestess of Pelor




Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: CosmicRay on November 21, 2017, 03:19:09 AM
In the wake of the recent outbreak of disease in the Grey City, a short, dirty and offensively-dressed borcan has been seen in the Outskirts quite frequently, hawking various lotions and salves he claims to be able to cure almost anything. The veracity of his claims remains untested.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: The Black Hand on November 21, 2017, 06:51:46 PM
... A more recent parchment is pinned on top ...


[Beneath the notice rests another, shorter proclamation from the Church of Cyric. A white, jawless skull resting over a black sunburst is followed by a short bit of text]



Let all see that when their God's fail, when hope is lost, even the most stalwart and mighty are not above  groveling for the help of Cyric!

ALL HAIL THE BLACK SKULL SUN!

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Dearly Beloved of Barovia,

Be not deceived nor hopeless nor seek the comfort of false, monstrous "gods"--in truth, demons--that seek only your corruption.

The blessed Sun is not dark, and only the misled whose eyes have been rotted from dwelling too long in the dung would preach this lie.

The Sun of Dawn protects you from all manners of evil. It does not create evil so that in keeping such evil at bay it may claim wondrous miracles.

If the Harbinger and his demon god would prove themselves worthy of fealty, let them destroy Liliacul Nergu, who terrorizes their own dominion of night and laughs at their claims to godhood.

Otherwise, their boasts sound as empty as the passing of gas through the sewer tunnels they call home.

Iridni Ren, Priestess of Pelor


(https://s2.postimg.org/oy7fnbtnt/Black_Hand_Paper.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: A minor Glamour on November 22, 2017, 04:05:01 AM
Talk begins of a new flyer found in the outskirts. They say it was attached to a sign by a chest of wool clothes. This Auril is mentioned again.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/fjjfwy.jpg)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Tycat on November 22, 2017, 05:12:56 AM
[Sometime after this notice was seen, it was quickly removed and placed elsewhere on the community news board. The Owner of the sign it was originally attached to quickly repaired the signage, and was seen adding a few more warm garments to the charity chest. Upon closer inspection, it would seem that the religious message scribed in fine lettering was covered by the notice, and lead to it's removal.]

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/378677817245827072/382834577351245825/unknown.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: The Watcher on November 24, 2017, 05:03:42 PM
[A bloodied note has been nailed to the top of the Vallaki noticeboard, seemingly from thin air, in broad daylight...]

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(http://i.imgur.com/4S80YGh.png)

TO THE CHURCH OF THE DARK SUN
MEET WITH THE ONE WHO WATCHES


Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Zwickelfaust on November 24, 2017, 09:49:12 PM
[Flyers have been posted in the Outskirts inviting anyone who wishes to attend a celebration. The cult of the Morninglord will welcome new additions to their flock. There is mention of refreshments being served after the ceremony]

   /////OOC The baptisms will happen Saturday November 25th and Sunday November 25th at 9PM US Eastern time.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: aprogressivist on November 25, 2017, 12:35:01 PM
A notice is hung up outside the Morninglord Temple in the Outskirts:

(https://i.imgur.com/Fb6ZbhD.png)

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Beware: some manner of unknown, unseen creature stalks the crypts beneath, luring the undead to trap the living, no doubt intending to attack those left weakened. Contact the Wayfarer Kinship if you have more information.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Zwickelfaust on November 27, 2017, 07:14:17 PM
Dawn brings new light as the sunkissers are seen performing a ceremony on the hill in which they often pray. When the ceremony concludes the man called Barris is seen proudly wearing the robes of a dawnbringer.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: A minor Glamour on November 28, 2017, 08:45:18 AM
Gossip continues about posters that are being hung in and around the town of Vallaki, the latest one has been hung on the notice board outside the town gates.


(http://i67.tinypic.com/sxj5n9.jpg)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: huntsman2184 on November 29, 2017, 01:25:43 PM
In recent days notes and flyers have begun to appear scattered from Vallaki to Krofburg to Berez written in Luktar.  The notices are filled with talk of freedom for  Gundarakites in Barovia and around core.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: SpaceHam on December 03, 2017, 12:29:06 PM
Mother Kaliara of the Morninglord church has been seen moving around Vallaki calmly, seeking shop owners and food suppliers. She seems to be in discussions of trade. If asked, she merely states she's looking for toy-makers and any food supplies that can be spared.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Legion XXI on December 07, 2017, 11:33:53 PM
[A chaotic scene erupts in the Western Outskirts as a patrol of Vallaki Garda were attacked by a lone combatant wearing black robes and a hood.  The man approached the patrol of Guardsmen and shouted praise to Bane and the Black Hand, then began calling forth unholy magic.  When all was said and done the Garda managed to cause him to retreat, but not without cost.  A few Garda were wounded by blade and magic, and one was slain in the clash.  As the figure fled off to the West, he could be heard threatening the pursuing Garda in an angry tone.  A short time after, a grim notice appeared in the outskirts.  A notice marked by an increasingly familiar black hand. . .]

(https://s7.postimg.org/f7q4laz7f/hand.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/2g87Esn.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Iridni Ren on December 08, 2017, 02:44:03 AM
[This notice reappears, affixed to the bounty board in the Western Outskirts:]

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Dearly Beloved of Barovia,

Be not deceived nor hopeless nor seek the comfort of false, monstrous "gods"--in truth, demons--that seek only your corruption.

The blessed Sun is not dark, and only the misled whose eyes have been rotted from dwelling too long in the dung would preach this lie.

The Sun of Dawn protects you from all manners of evil. It does not create evil so that in keeping such evil at bay it may claim wondrous miracles.

If the Harbinger and his demon god would prove themselves worthy of fealty, let them destroy Liliacul Nergu, who terrorizes their own dominion of night and laughs at their claims to godhood.

Otherwise, their boasts sound as empty as the passing of gas through the sewer tunnels they call home.

Iridni Ren, Priestess of Pelor

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// OOC: This note was placed IG and IC.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: The Black Hand on December 08, 2017, 09:56:52 PM
New papers infest the outskirts
(https://s7.postimg.org/7zbqnll2j/proc.jpg)
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BEWARE FALSEHOOD AND PUNY TRICKERY

THE DARK SUN'S WAYS ARE SLIMY AS THEIR HERESY

THE BLACK HAND REPUDIATES AND DISAVOWS ITSELF FROM THE RECENT EVENTS

THE BLACK HAND DOES NOT ASSOCIATE WITH MAD BUTCHERS

THE BLACK HAND DOES NOT GLORIFY MINDLESS SLAUGHTER, THAT IS THE WAY OF THE FOOLISH AND WEAK, AND THE BLACK HAND IS NEITHER

THE BLACK HAND WARNS THE DECEIVERS THAT SOON THEIR PETTY LIES WILL SEE THEIR TONGUES TORN
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: The Dark Sun on December 09, 2017, 09:34:47 AM
As the first papers of the Hand are pinned and see the light of dawn, new parchments side the walls, a threat to the Garda and a request of aid to the Hand.
(https://s7.postimg.org/a6gfuw7aj/gardabeware.png)
''THE DARK SUN PLEADS FORGIVENESS TO THE BLACK HAND
FOR OUR VISION WAS FOGGED AND UNCERTAIN THAT WE COULD NOT RECOGNIZE OUR BROTHERS
FOR OUR ARROGANCE MADE US BLIND THAT OUR BELIEFS ALIGN IN THEIRS
FOR OUR INTENT TO ACHIEVE GREATER GOALS LACKED THEE IN ABILITY AND THE MEANS

NOW WE BAND TOGETHER, AS THE HARBINGER'S WORD DICTATES
THE BLACKGUARDS OF THE SUN SHALL PUNISH ANYONE WHO STAND IN THE HAND'S WAY
FOR WE HAVE FORGED AN ALLIANCE GREATER THAN ANY BOTHERHOOD IN THIS LAND OF DECAY
WE WARN ANY FOOLISH ATTEMPT TO STAND AGAINST THE HAND, THEY DO NOT FORGIVE NOR FORGET
THE HARBINGER WILL PUNISH ANY WHO DISOBEYS AND TAKES UP ARMS AGAINST OUR BROTHERS

GARDA BEWARE!

YOUR FOOLISHNESS AND PUNYNESS AGAINST OUR BROTHERS OF THE HAND WILL COST YOU DEARLY|THE BLACKGUARDS OF THE DARK SUN SHALL BREAK IN YOUR HOMES AND GIVE YOU A TASTE OF WHAT TRUE FEAR TASTES LIKE
WE STAND AS ONE AND YOU STAND ALONE
EMBRACE DARKNESS, FOR ITS TIME HAS COME TO SWALLOW YOU WHOLE"

Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Legion XXI on December 11, 2017, 01:39:56 PM
[In broad daylight today, a man claiming to be the Harbinger of Cyric approached those gathered in the outskirts and shouted a proclamation.  He claimed that the followers of Bane were spreading lies of soft talk, posing as the Dark Sun's faithful.  He stated that those who brought information about them or provided aid against them would be rewarded, and these false Cyricists would be utterly destroyed for their trechery.  A Garda approached and attempted to take the man into custody, and the Harbinger vanished without a trace.  Later, after night had fallen, a notice appears in plain view...]


(https://i.imgur.com/RVTB5mu.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: The Black Hand on December 13, 2017, 08:13:11 AM
Rumours in the outskirts feed the now enormous fire about the feud going on between the two parties. The rumours say for the first time a man clad in black armour flying the insigna of a Black Hand was sighted in the outskirts, the man stood there all night, seeking to dish out punishment to any who deemed themselves aiders of the Cyricists. The man was later confronted with a Morninglordian, the two never came to clash together, but the Black Hand's message was clear


''The time for warnings and lies has ended, bloodshed begins now''
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Welcome Home Old Friend on December 26, 2017, 03:37:39 PM
As the weak Barovian dawn rises once more, it would shed light upon a series of battered parchments reeking of sewage that are strewn across roadsigns and prominent trees in the city outskirts.

(https://i.imgur.com/VuqShR0.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DM Brimstone on December 30, 2017, 07:04:04 AM
A body exhumed, the sanctity afforded only in the eternal solace of death was desecrated.  A foul, malodorous stench filled the lands that dwelt in the shadow of the looming ramparts of the Grey City.  Intrepid souls, dredging up the tatters of their fortitude to brave the putrid aroma and macabre scene swarmed about the disrupted gravesite.  The eerie quiet was shattered by their dry retches, stomachs churned with dread and fetid air. 

They combed the remains, booted toes turning over a grisly scene as onlookers averted their gaze.  Shared discourse filled the emptiness between heaving and gawking as they diverged, departing in separate directions after the remnants of a man were returned to their final resting place.  The earth reverently packed loosely by a decorated officer of the garda, the smell dispersed diffusing with the frigid breeze that swept through the lowlands of Barovia. 

The silence and tranquility was ephemeral, the rising of the moon greeted with grating of bone, shuffling of preternatural booted foot, and splintering of the heavily reinforced gate to the Grey City.  Soon ominous tones joined in a cacophony in the nighttime firmament, the cascading resonance of warning bells and the blaring of garda horns filled the air. 

Shuttered windows and barred doors did little to drown out the sounds of the evening.  The circling of carrion feeders around the docks served as an inauspicious greeting when the dawn crested the horizon.  Those scavengers picked and prodded, turning over every sundered scrap of metal and leather in search of satiation. They found only ash and soot as their wings buffeted the air and their ascension was accompanied by discontented squawking and cawing.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Legion XXI on January 22, 2018, 08:12:48 PM
As the noonday sun was high in the sky, a single Cyricist appeared in front of the Morninglord Temple as if from nowhere.  He spoke a brief 'doom and gloom' message to those gathered.  The crowd seemed largely unconcerned by his words and mildly bothered by his presence, and as magic was beginning to be cast he chose to retreat from sight with the help of his blessings.

As darkness descended, the Cyricists known to many as "The Harbinger" and "The Deceiver" prowled the lands to spread their message of Fear, Fate, and The Dark Sun by force.  They clashed multiple times with lone individuals or small groups, leaving the surrounding area littered in spots of blood, scorch marks, and other signs of frantic battle.  Blades crossed, spells were cast, and even a lone gunshot rang out in the night as multiple skirmishes took place.  In the end, the Cyricists claimed a victory in the name of their foul god and vanished to some unknown hide-away.  Around six brave combatants fell to their dark magics and wicked blades, and yet more fled into the night, just managing to escape with their lives.  As the rays of dawn reached out over the horizon, the only sign left of them was a parchment laying in the road - a parchment bearing a ghostly white skull backed by a purple and black sunburst.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Zwickelfaust on January 26, 2018, 11:05:27 PM
Dawn broke in the outskirts and the church of the Morninglord was active in joyous celebration and ceremony as they welcomed more into their family. There was no fear or darkness as the light of dawn shined brightly in the outskirts.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: The Black Hand on March 11, 2018, 11:06:30 AM
Several notes are pinned around the outskirts,  each is marked by the notorious symbolism of a black inked hand. The body of the message leaves little room for interpretation, a clear warning to someone.
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Spoiler: show
(https://s13.postimg.org/shnziomdz/WARNING.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: RickDeckard on April 26, 2018, 04:58:08 AM
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Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Mika! on May 03, 2018, 10:19:06 PM
An eerie sight would wait for those whose attention was drawn to the graveyard behind the Sanctuary of the Coming Dawn. Several graves were disturbed, freshly dug dirt scattered about the entire area. It appeared entirely chaotic as though whatever clawed through the dirt, did so with little care of what destruction it caused. Some of the loose dirt was packed back atop the disturbed graves making it difficult to tell at a glance if any bodies were exhumed. . .
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Tycat on May 04, 2018, 02:15:01 AM
Late morning, a trio was seen returning from the mountains. A relatively green Darkonese man, an armored woman, and the tall graycloak clad ambassador of the Vanguard. In his arms was the limp, lifeless but somehow peaceful body of the wight, Janak, and his head clutched in his fist.

The Wight is dead.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Mika! on May 04, 2018, 02:33:31 AM
Only a single night has passed since the disturbance in the graveyard - and now those traveling past the Sanctuary are assaulted with something far more gruesome.

A recently exhumed corpse rests in what appears to be a makeshift operating area. The corpse is heavily decayed, with maggots writhing through its skin and various cavities. A number of crude surgical experiments appear to have been performed on the body. Organs, bones, and blood are scattered and splattered around the area, along with what appear to be the 'tools' used for the experiments. A rusty hook, a sickle, and even a set of silverware are all stained with blood.

Whoever or whatever was responsible for this, appears to have left in a hurry. It is unclear why this took place so close to a traveled area. Perhaps the body was too heavy to move further - or it was done with the unfulfilled intention of returning the body to a grave. Even more disturbing however - is the idea that someone /wanted/ this to be seen. . .
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Black Moon on May 06, 2018, 07:47:56 AM
After a couple of nights a drawn pentacle can be found where previously was the body. A black candle burning at each point.

In the middle a message is left.

'' Dark art practicers, you are not alone. Lets meet and dig deeper in secrets of Life and Death''
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Tycat on May 06, 2018, 09:11:02 AM
A colorfully dressed woman has been seen dancing, singing comedic songs, performing tricks of acrobatic skill and humor, in short bursts in the outskirts.

As quickly as she comes, she announces that her name is Soapy, and the "Circus is coming", as if doom saying and foreshadowing some grave circumstances. All in all, she seems lighthearted.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Mika! on May 16, 2018, 11:51:19 PM
While the horrors that occurred in and around the Graveyard seemed to experience a brief lull, rumors begin to circulate that the series of bizarre events has escalated yet again. A fleshy, decaying undead with twisted limbs was seen casually walking east along the road outside of the Sanctuary of the Coming Dawn. It halted momentarily upon encountering a group of onlookers - and some reports suggest that the creature tried to interact with them. While no conflict was had, the strangest account perhaps was that the creature's final action was to wave to those present - before whatever force held the creature together dissipated, causing it to collapse into a pile of body parts (some attached and others loose. . . .) in the middle of the street.

Spoiler: show
 
(https://i.imgur.com/AH9R2qO.jpg)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DM Tarokka on June 13, 2018, 04:09:02 PM
A Vistana woman has been seen speaking quietly to a Vallaki Garda. She spoke clearly about one of the Three Laws having been broken. Despite their dialogue was mostly heard only by the two people, the word "vishnad" was repeated more than once. Other matters were discussed in all probability, and the expression of the two was extremely serious. Barovian law can be harsh but also right, the stone was tossed and what may happen is covered by dark possibilities.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: urathraviel on June 14, 2018, 07:08:14 PM
The sun rose to a grisly sight this morning in the outskirts, as from the battlements hung the lump form of a garda impaled with a wooden vampire hunters stake through his heart. The body was pulled down by another garda and was last seen being carried into the guard house. The workaholic Serghei is currently absent from his usual posting in the outskirts.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Wormwood and Gunsmoke ... on June 14, 2018, 08:18:41 PM
Half eaten corpses have been found near cooking fires, ravaged and torn apart after a feast, though left behind and discarded in plain sight to be found. The chilling part, is that there is evidence that the beasts that fed off these poor dead men left distinctly human characteristics.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Mika! on June 18, 2018, 09:24:19 PM
As the nights in the outskirts began to see more traffic, it was as if the land. . . or perhaps something that resided there. . .saw the need to instill fear again.

Rumors tell of a rancid, decaying corpse that made its way out of the cemetary and toward those who gathered in the night. Despite its repulsive nature, it seemed almost amiable at first. However - those gathered wisely began to arm themselves with whatever weapons they had and the act seemed to provoke a violent reaction from the corpse. Wielding a hammer of its own, the creature began to lash out wildly - before eventually being struck down by a hulking figure. Given the history of similar events that have transpired in the area, few believe this flagrant encounter with a rotting corpse will be the last.


Spoiler: show
 (https://i.imgur.com/Z9WAhyI.jpg)

Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Sinful Mystic on July 07, 2018, 11:29:31 AM
A red headed woman hailing from Dementlieu and wearing Red Vardo Trader colors is said to be asking around about Boris Slugson, Mathell Silverkin and Kesimir Kovacevic. She says she'd like to meet them.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: A minor Glamour on July 08, 2018, 10:55:48 AM
What's this I hear about a dangerous witch?

Yes yes, see here, it's all here on this note...

(http://i68.tinypic.com/zvelmt.jpg)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: ardenchasemoradin on July 15, 2018, 08:57:56 PM
*Posters go up in the Outskirts*
https://i.imgur.com/NkjAmFv.png (https://i.imgur.com/NkjAmFv.png)