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: qwertyuioppp 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: Chaoshawk 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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͍͖̯̪A̝̰̫̼̰ ͚͔͖̬͖́D̗̮͕̲̙̭R͘A̫̰̟̟̗̺͍G̷̥̰̤̱̩O̸Ṉ͈̩͈̫̠̗'̶͇̝̞̺͉͚S̝ ͖͈͎̲͓̠̲̕H͖̦̟̖̞O̶R͙͈̳͉̞͈̤D҉̺̜E̛͕̯̻͔͎.̗̜̬̻̩͓


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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.]
(https://media.giphy.com/media/ULcI74sYxjnvG/giphy.gif)

-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: Drekavac on September 09, 2017, 10:35:01 PM
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Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Drekavac on October 11, 2017, 11:13:44 PM
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Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Chaoshawk 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: APorg 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: rhinestone cowboy 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: H.P. on December 26, 2017, 03:37:39 PM
Notices age and fade, going unreplaced and untended.
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.
.
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: DM Cataclysm 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: DM Cataclysm 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: DM Cataclysm 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: DM Cataclysm 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)
Title: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Laiken on August 20, 2018, 02:17:11 PM
It is said around Vallaki that the elf holding the smithy shop in the outskirts suddenly collapsed in a seizure while working. A small crowd took her inside the lady's rest, of which she wasn't seen coming out from.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DM Cataclysm on October 20, 2018, 07:44:03 PM
Rumors of terror in Vallaki had perhaps seemed quiet as of late - but in a land full of horrors, such a lull couldn't be expected to last long.

A horrifying scene unfolded behind the Sanctuary of the Coming Dawn, as a slew of bodies were found exhumed from their graves. Dried entrails and withered flesh were scattered all around the Graveyard, along with a gouged eyeball that was positioned next to one of the gravestones. . . as though it was watching the scene. Rumor tells of a group of onlookers who began investigating the horrifying discovery – and when they did so, an armored skeleton approached them. . . as though it was standing guard.

A battle eventually ensued and the creature was struck down. One of the members of this group took chase after who they believed to be behind the horrific act. . . but the outcome of the chase seems to vary depending on who is asked.

One thing seems certain. . .whoever caused this disturbance appeared to be looking for something. . .
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DM Cataclysm on October 27, 2018, 12:57:07 PM
A gaunt figure stalks the Westerns Outskirts.

Seen by many - and felt by even more. . . this figure has made itself known to those who inhabit the area. Word of mouth suggests it has been following travelers, demanding a price in blood to be extracted from one traveler, by another among them. One fearful group submitted to the demands and saw safety from the darkness that night. . . even earning a reward for their compliance. Others, it is said. . . have not been so lucky.

Seemingly appeased, the creature. . . and his demands. . .have disappeared. For now. . .
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Daboomer on October 30, 2018, 06:09:08 PM
At the early hours of the morning, past midnight a tall thin figure had to be repelled back as it broke the gates of the city and ascended the wall in an attempt to kill a guardsman. A Group of Outlanders and the guardsman managed to chase him of. After a fall from the wall thanks to the strong guard pushing it of, it  ended in a loud bone crushing fall, the being  dissapeared despite the many sustained injuries and said fall just Before the sun rose.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Her Swarm on December 24, 2018, 10:33:08 PM
At noon a diminutive wererat could be seen up a cliff in the outskirts. It railed at a pair of men dressed in the colours of Ezra, addressing one specifically and promising that the: "time of unity comes soon". The rat's speech did not last long, taking to the shadows as one of the Ezrites approached it, sword drawn.

A brief search ensued, but the cowardly rat could not be found, though it left notices entitled: "Declaration of Her Chosen" scattered about the outskirts.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Blight on January 07, 2019, 12:50:01 PM
Tales begin to spread wildly of the massacre that took place yesterday in the Vallaki Farmlands. Body parts strewn across the fields like fertilizer, limbs and skulls torn from the dead. Organs and decapitated heads lay upon rocks like pedestals, monuments in memoriam to raw hatred. Mouths lay agape in silent, eternal screams as the carrion birds peck out their eyes. Messages scrawled in blood paste every available sign or grain storage shed. The words vary, but the message stays the same.

"BRING ME THE RED WIZARD."
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: The Black Hand on February 07, 2019, 01:29:31 PM
After a prolonged time of quietness, rumours of The Black Hand return to strike and terror the nightly wanderers ...
A black bahamut clad in piles and piles of black steel plates was seen drawing a sword against two individuals, a male and a female. The sparring ended into the couple's demise and into a gift of mercy by the Black Hand warrior. The reason of the quarrel seems to reside into the couple's ignorance of whom they had infront, vague rumours state the woman may have slandered the knight in some way or the other.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DM Cataclysm on February 12, 2019, 04:17:49 PM
Those having spent enough time in the outskirts were likely aware of the tales that undead might burst from their graves, luring victims into a deadly snare. A trend, over the last few months it would seem - rotting creatures reaching out to those around the Sanctuary of the Coming Dawn. . . first under peaceful contact, until things inevitably soured.

Rumors again circulate of another such case - travelers drawn to the graveyard by a gruesome display. What proceeded to follow, however - was more bizarre than ever if the rumors are to be believed. A skeletal creature with a parchment nailed to its chest. Some claim it was almost as if the skeleton was trying to hold a conversation with those present, despite its inability to speak. As such things usually end, however - a bloody battle ensued that nearly cost one his life.

Some seem at ease from what they overheard of the parchment's writing - thinking there may be an extended reprieve. Others, however - fear what is to come of the ominous warning.


Spoiler: show
(https://i.imgur.com/D93Dae9.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/zp7quUV.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: PrimetheGrime on February 13, 2019, 07:47:22 AM
Late during the time of Old Night, two figures are seen along the road towards the Sanctuary of the Coming Dawn. One, clearly dressed as a Light-Carrier though the other appeared to be in simple plated armour, are seen entering the temple, only to be followed soon later outside by another Light-Carrier where a small ritual ceremony was held atop the hill overlooking the Sanctuary and the City, the smell of acrid and rotting flesh was on the air for some time before it dissipated, the fires dying down with the coming rain
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Moshimo on March 08, 2019, 03:01:20 AM
[Event rolled back - contact DM Brimstone for questions]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: The Black Hand on March 08, 2019, 11:46:10 AM
Sheets quickly spread around the outskirts, sheets bare the notorious signature of a black inked palm

(https://i.postimg.cc/NGmsjwCX/Black-Hand-Paper2.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: immasturgeon on March 20, 2019, 01:49:33 AM
[The half-elven light carrier would be seen sitting up at night, taking watch in the graveyard behind the church. He patrolled about often, but mostly focused on watching a fresh grave. He had with him always, his prayer beads in hand clutched tightly, a stake within arms reach and two mirrors strewn about. Some time during the man was attacked by the woman known as Flare, who was struck down by one of the lay followers of the Cult

Some time later the Deathsinger herself was caught hiding in the graveyard. The young light carrier confronted her, spoke to her, mirror held high, before the night grew thin and the beast misted away]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: PrimetheGrime on March 22, 2019, 07:04:55 PM
Increased activity is seen from the erected fenced off area of the Nevermore Night festival grounds as various members of the Morninglordian faith are seen coming and going bringing a variety of equipment or in some cases barrels that appear to contain salted meats and spices. With day of the festival fast approaching, it is expected to be quite the turnout.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Tarnation! on June 05, 2019, 01:03:46 AM
At noon, two men departed the Grey City, westward bound. One wore a green tabard over a hauberk; a cowl shrouded the metal mask enclosing his face. The other in tow was a diminutive Barovian man bearing a mason's tool-case. Upon their backs were all of their worldly possessions, and upon their tongues, bright conversation.
As stone walls faded into ice-wreathed fields and the empty Winter road, they banded their hands together.

They are not seen again.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Muzz02 on August 18, 2019, 05:26:44 AM
The Graveyard behind the Sanctuary of the Coming Dawn blossoms into life, as a dark-haired elf places bouquets of bone-white lilies at the base of each grave.
Title: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Naiad on September 03, 2019, 12:31:18 PM

The cemetery behind the sanctuary has a new frequent visitor. A young woman, with brown hair and poor conversational skills is becoming a regular sight. Sometimes she is weeding the yard or trying to trim the grass with a rusty scythe. Other days she is scraping moss off headstones. Prior to sunset, she is lighting candles by the graves or finding vases for placed flowers.

Title: October 2nd, 774BC
Post by: Purist on October 02, 2019, 02:01:17 AM
Word spread of two guards being ambushed by, supposedly, a Necromancer. One of them lost his life, the second one nearly as much.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Purist on October 02, 2019, 11:38:49 AM
Brock struck once more, nearly taking the lives of two officers of the Vallaki Garda. He was reportedly making a escape north after being badly wounded himself. The two Officers were promptly hurried to the Sanctuary for much needed treatment.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Purist on October 05, 2019, 05:37:08 PM
Gossip speaks of at least four guards losing their lives to a single assailant. It's suspected that the sword brandishing man known as Brock may be the culprit.
Title: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Sir Dally on October 05, 2019, 11:53:03 PM
Travelers and woodland walkers would remark a large man in full plate with a visage of a bull constantly near maddeningly searching for someone along the roads and woodlands of Barovia, Screams of a woman's name would echo from his helm in desperation
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: LancerFreya on November 01, 2019, 12:20:37 PM
With the rising sun two Akiri women make a crude sun out of shadow dusts. One of the women, wearing a black Jackal mask then shouted proclamations of thanks to Ra for saving them the prior evening from the furry beasts. After the proclamations she danced within the sun before finishing the offering
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Tycat on November 01, 2019, 07:39:11 PM
12 hours ago, a body was left charred to black ash in front of the Church of The Coming Dawn, with the poor soul's eyes plucked out from it's head before death. One was left behind, juicy and bloodshot. The body was accompanied by the smell in the air of a brush or house fire, although it could not be determined from whence the smell came. A cackle and a warning was heard in the other wise dark and moonless night, promising more 'burnt offerings'. One thing is clear. This is Vengeance.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: The Fire on November 11, 2019, 03:59:33 AM
In the dead of night a brief commotion can be heard in the graveyard of the Western Outskirts.

The soft whisper of magic followed by a violent tearing sound and the thud of flesh hitting cobblestones.

After this sudden noise, all is again silent.

A pool of crimson blood is all that remains of whatever occurred.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Along the Warlock Road on December 09, 2019, 10:55:09 AM
Late at night, the sounds of a cracking whip was echoing from the graveyard of the Western Outskirts. Along with the lashing, the booming voice of a man chanting repetitively in Darkonese could be heard for some time. Eventually the noises ended, and at dawn there was no sign of any disturbance in the graveyard.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Relapse on January 14, 2020, 12:05:06 AM
Word spreads of a cold breeze blowing through the outskirts, the mist carrying in its breath. Its first victim, a man in blue, claimed as his visage disappeared into its grasp and then two more each as foolish as the other to the cries and shock of onlookers. "Teram!", "Decimus!", "Clara!"... the calls for them echoing in the dark night go without response.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: PrimetheGrime on January 21, 2020, 01:47:51 AM
A familiar figure in brown leathers wearing the flag of Gundarak wrapped around his arm was seen in the outskirts after pinning another notice to the old tree. An impassioned speech ensued about corruption, freedom and standing up for what is right. Upon the completion of his speech, the man disappeared in a fog of black, leaving behind ways to contact him upon those present before disappearing from sight
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: PrimetheGrime on January 26, 2020, 07:07:37 AM
The figure known as 'Rňka' was seen again in the night, preaching to a large crowd of the innocence of Ettienne De Moret, and the oppression of both the Garda and their tyrannical leader. His pleas and cries for justice appeared to fall on deafs ears. Downcast, the Gundarakite was seen trudging down the path west of the gallows before fading from sight
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Maverick on February 02, 2020, 08:30:46 PM
One night, as the waxing half moon shone naked in the sky, a Shaman covered head to toe in old and rotten furs approached the gates. There it produced three bones from its pouch. The first, a charred and blackened bone, the second, a bloody and wet bone, and the third, a brittle and hollowed bone. The first bone was ground into dust and scatted upon the stone road. The second bone was inserted into the Shaman's mouth. It ground the bone with its tusks before spitting it towards the city. The third, and final, bone was brought to its lips. There it was blown into as its brittle dust was cast into the air. The Shaman chanted some more in a strange tongue before he finally stood and left west.

It passed the people upon the roads, some staring with disdain and one even being so bold as to spit at him. He ignored their reactions fading into the night.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: QDS on February 22, 2020, 05:38:18 AM
  As dusk falls upon Vallaki, some may notice someone or something praying on top of the hill next to the temple. As night falls, it disapears.
Spoiler: show
//OOC: for those who can see/feel ghosts.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: UilliamNebel on February 24, 2020, 10:08:06 PM
...A young fellow, with pale skin, and dark red hair, his voice having a Darkonese accent, routinely seeks to hear other's stories, particularly about what he calls 'chillers' as the folk in Mordent tell one another in the evening at their home fires. He looks to share his tales and hear others many nights at The Lady's Rest.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Leezil on February 26, 2020, 02:41:05 AM
Dawnbringer Sasha can be seen asking half-orcs and caliban coming into the temple lately if they know of this "orc tribe", and seems to be searching for a way to get in contact with them.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: PrimetheGrime on February 27, 2020, 09:59:06 AM
In the dead of night, figures stole away towards the old and worn construction known as the Gallows. After their work was complete, one of them peeled away to yell towards the outskirts, a cry of rebellion. Shortly after, a flaming arrow flits through the sky, smoke trailing behind it, landing upon the mound of wood and ropes. Within mere moments of the arrow hitting it's mark, the Gallows went up in flames with a fiery roar, crackling and burning away at the symbol of cruelty. Nearby, a flaming symbol was etched into the road of a Fox, and a note was stuck to the nearby stone:

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/596330994970132502/682598636122800152/Ravenloft_-_Prisoner_0000b.png)


(https://i.imgur.com/dZtRqEp.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: qwertyuioppp on February 27, 2020, 07:30:41 PM
Come the morn of the next day, the sturdy hangman's block is ruined and crumbled. The tall timbers have splintered and are coated in black soot and grey ash. The conflagration of the last night has sundered the gallows, and the gossip of the local traders and farmers is toned with a yet greater fear and mistrust of outsiders.

Rňka and his devils, they fear, will come for them next.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DaniKay on February 28, 2020, 01:16:16 AM
Upon this night those who seek solace within one of the rooms in the Lady's Resting Place find themselves accompanied briefly by a very mangled spirit that twitches silently upon the ground for a moment before fading from view.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: qwertyuioppp on March 05, 2020, 06:45:49 PM
Workmen mill about, taking advantage of the favorable weather. Two wagons drag away damaged and cracked wood, while shovels prepare the earth again. Erecting great trunks of of stately oak, and with heavy planks across them, the old gallows are rebuilt. At their highest point, an unspoken message to the subject peoples of Barovia, an empty noose.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: ardenchasemoradin on March 06, 2020, 01:32:30 AM
~As morning approaches, signs are quietly erected by the old well, in the graveyard of the Morninglord, by the hanged skeleton at the crossroads, and by the bridge to the Vistani Camp. The messages are different on each, but they bear the same general message. The Children of Gundar will rise, and they will be free. The signs are signed Holló.~
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Blood for Gundarak on March 06, 2020, 08:50:37 AM
A Message in Luktar is pinned to the sign under the hanged skeleton

Quote
You are not alone Blood of my Blood

Look for us and we will find you

Death to the Devil and his lapdogs
[/size]

/OOC Placed in game
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Sunstar Wars on March 07, 2020, 10:26:42 PM
[A new note is pinned with an axe in to the laws in front of Gallows]
BROTHERS AND SISTERS
We see the suffering you have been inflicted by the devil and his dogs. You are not alone in this fight. Roka lives and the rage of the children of Gundarak has only been fed further.

Seek the Palmist, they will lead you to freedom


[There is a red palm and the familiar blue fox at the bottom of the page]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Corpus on March 07, 2020, 10:58:47 PM
[No sooner than it was pinned up, the note is torn down and the axe; taken.]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: NacreCicatrix on March 08, 2020, 04:59:28 AM
On the verge of dusk, a Gundarakite with a shorn scalp and the worn trappings of a vagrant was hauled away from the burial yard in shackles. The city gates shut behind the patrol at the appointed hour, closing away the opportunity for any queries or pestering.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: GirlyCat9001 on March 09, 2020, 05:02:53 PM
A note pinned to the Vallaki Outskirts Bounty Board

Quote
-The entire note seems to be written in Blood-

All Garda will suffer for their their tyranny!
Death is a mercy to them, and I will show them none.

Signed The Black Witch
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Lexica on March 09, 2020, 06:59:41 PM
[The notice is taken down.]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Legion XXI on March 15, 2020, 12:39:00 PM
Rumors spread of bloodshed upon the exterior of the Morninglord temple grounds.  Words were exchanged between a shadowy, masked man and an armored knight.  The words quickly gave way to violence and the knight was slain by his unarmed attacker and his accomplice -- a fair elven woman bearing sinister horns and a greatsword.  Brief words were then issued to the onlookers -- a warning that the assassination was a retaliation for something that occurred somewhere in the dark under-city of Vallaki.  The truth of the claim is perhaps only known to those who were involved, but one thing is clear.  The armored man was taken off toward the West, his lifeless form still in the clutches of his attackers.  He has since not returned.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Leezil on March 15, 2020, 04:46:10 PM
The dawn following a brutal attack on Sister Sasha outside the Sanctuary of Eternal Dawn, the Dawnbringer has returned to her usual spot outside the outskirts temple where she is often seen serving soup. Today she stands defiantly outside the temple, the left side of her face heavily bandaged and her balance a little off as she is clearly struggling to recover physically and emotionally from the attack. She serves...an unusual soup today. Bright red tomato stew, with little bobbing fake eyeballs made of cheese and olives. Perhaps humor is her preferred medicine?
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: ZSRunner on March 15, 2020, 11:11:34 PM
A few hours ago, just after sun up, a retinue of garda could be seen escorting a small woman with a rose colored sash toward the citadel.  The woman, easily be identified as Tess Anderburrow, wore shackles around her wrists and hung her head in sorrow.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Little Bigsword on March 17, 2020, 11:46:10 AM
A small note joins the outskirts noticeboard.


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SEEKING COMPANIONSHIP
Looking for friends to sail and explore alongisde.
Other Hin preferred, though all with a love of the sea and new experiences welcome.
Upstanding character required.
Leave word for Izot either at the Lady's Resting Place or the Broken Bell Inn if also companionless.


Spoiler: show
Leave a PM or look for Izot in game.))


Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DM Stygian Witch on April 19, 2020, 12:05:51 AM
A stately carriage bearing the Von Zarovich crest thundered into the Outskirts in full view of the usual onlookers. A Vistana emerged from the cabin and demanded the entrance of Vicar Sasha Sorokina. The vicar obeyed and entered the carriage without protest. The carriage was last seen travelling east toward Castle Ravenloft. Currently her fate remains unknown.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DM Bara on April 19, 2020, 03:17:57 PM
Anyone looking for work would by now know that the Hammer & Anvil offers work to anyone who wants it. Resource gathering, envoys to Dvergeheim and work in the shop are among the jobs offered.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Delita on April 22, 2020, 05:51:36 PM
It is said that a hooded figurine who claims to be a scholar is asking questions about a Darkonese Lich who has been recently active around Barovia.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: The Fire on May 06, 2020, 06:23:27 AM
Several muffled booms break the still night air in the Western outskirts as a sign is destroyed in flame.

All that remains is a smouldering scorch mark and a crudely written notice.


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HEED THE LION'S CALL!!!!!!!

i the lion am looking for any garda that want to bend me over a table. i love the local law and barovia is full of justice.

- man that wears a lion head
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Destinysdesire on May 06, 2020, 07:27:48 AM
*A woman wearing a mast and the robes of the Morninglord is seen cleaning up the mess and wiping away the message with a scoff*
Title: *a hastily scribbed letter distributed amongst the outskirt*
Post by: RestingLichFace on May 24, 2020, 08:43:35 PM
Good people of Vallaki and the core,

It would seem that the forces of evil are set out to destroy me and sully my good name.  This missive is not a call to arms, or a threat to those that seek to pursue and bring me in.  I merely want to set the record straight - about me as person and the crimes listed on my bounty listing.

To those who know me, you would know that I'm a young, innocent girl who enjoys my freedom as much as the rest of you.  I've done so much for a lot of you and for the city of Vallaki.  I would -never- assault anyone for any reason other than self-defense or steal from anyone of thing unless it was WELL - warranted.  The crimes listed on my rapsheet while impressive, are false and I wish them repealed. I have been away for several months, come back out of solitude from training, back two days and this is what I get?  While I am flattered, this is bullshite and what really happened.

Months ago, I was carefree, happy, able to come and go as I please.  Now it would seem that I am to live out my days hunted which is fine but the people need to know the truth.  And the truth is, which we all know, that the garda are corrupt and use their power to ill means and evil ends to accomplish what they will or silence those who get too close. 

I swear this on my parents, my grandparents and my former clan, as an honorable shinobi that my banishment was wrongfully so.  I never assaulted Dmitry nor stole from him.  He got huffy one day and was rumored that I was bringing guns into Vallaki which was a falsehood and after a -very- thorough search, he came up with nothing.  On a later day and day maybe I found him in ill-humors but for no reason other than having my weapons out (coming from a battle), he accosted me, lost his patience and temper with me, not being able to find me wrong with the law, he took it upon himself for no reason whatsoever to beat me over the head, take my weapons, and leave me for dead, then banishing me.  I broke my banishment because he's full of cow dung and so is the rest of the garda, I feel confident in saying.

So you, as citizens of the world we find ourselves in have a few choices:  You could buy into this hogwash and the rumors spreading and accost me when you see me or, take the higher road and let it go.  I know I can't face them alone but mark my words,  I'm already bountied so I have nothing to lose.  If they or anyone for that matter should purposely seek me out with the intent of bringing me in or harm to me, I will not go down without a fight.  I really tried..and I'm sorry for those who this hurts, really I am.  Humblest Regards,

Aya - Super Ninja Treasure Princess Extraordinare.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Heresyteller on May 25, 2020, 08:29:39 AM
Recently two blonde giants dressed in rugged furs and and armor, a male and a female speaking a weird tongue that the dwellers of Vallaki have never heard off, they have fought their way through most of the dangers of what the outskirts of Vallaki can offer, and spoked with some members of the Christian cult, but they don't speak of their God, the word they seem to say most of the time is Wotan... Whatever he ot it is they say this word with reverence and respect. They still linger in the outskirts, looking their sorroundigs with confused, feeling alienated and itching for another fight to live another day, or die in battle once and for all together.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Maverick on May 26, 2020, 11:53:18 AM
Last night a rather brash and ugly Barovian man stands in the outskirts. He sets down an ornate mahogany box and grins wide. With a bellowing shout and laughter he announces "Mystery Box for sale! Riches untold could be inside! Test your luck! Only 700 fang!" He goes about shouting with a grin ear to ear. The shops nearby look on with annoyance as he peddles his box of mystery. For a while people heckle and ignore the man, none interested in what secrets lie inside the box. After a while a curious man approaches from a nearby stand to test fate. Fang is exchanged as the Barovian lets out another drunken howl of laugher. The lucky or unlucky man removes two severed heads and a bottle of Tsuika from inside the box. With a cackle and a drunken slur, the Barovian man takes his leave...
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Maverick on May 29, 2020, 09:34:40 PM
A rather skittish looking Lamordian man was seen placing fliers around the outskirts at night. He kept his cloak tight on himself and mumbled as he passed into the Lady's Rest.

The Flier Reads:

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[The following is written in precise and eligible writing]
Goodendach!
I, Conrad Burkhart, am seeking to study different bloodlines. If you are an Elf, Dwarf, Caliban/Half-Orc, Hin, or Gnome, and the following interests you, then please meet me in the Ladies Rest. The purpose of the meeting is to study the various phenotypes and their bodily workings. The session will entail prodding, movement of various limbs, eye, mouth, and ear examination, as well as a conversation into the habitat of yourself and your ancestors. I am willing to pay each specimen 800 fang. As I only need a few for each race it will be a first come first serve basis.
Danke for your time and aufcheet!
-Conrad Burkhart
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Gabriel d’Aubry on June 19, 2020, 09:20:07 AM
For the last few days, the people who visited the outskirts of Vallaki would see a new figure about. The man, dressed in what seemed to be a heavy chainmail with a matching red hood and cloak, was seen most of the time hammering a sign everytime he stopped by. The sign read has followed:

Red Vardo Traders hiring!

To those who asked, he told them to leave their name with him, and that they would be contacted for an interview. And the one thing that he seemed to make sure everyone understood was that the Traders would be a visible group in Vallaki once again...
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: PrimetheGrime on June 24, 2020, 03:20:24 AM
The ringing clatter of steel on steel could be heard in the clearing not far from the path into the Outskirts, followed by a variety of creative swearing and curses
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Randalla on June 25, 2020, 01:59:06 PM
During yet another dark and rainy night, an elven male, presumably another victim of the mists, came stumbling out from the nearby Vistani camp. Clutching a lantern in one hand, and a staff in his others. It is said that he was found passed out near the camp, eventually being be shaken back into consciousness by fellow travelers, only to proceed to throw up a small torrent of water. After a brief exchange, the man departed towards the south...
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DM Strigoi on June 30, 2020, 03:57:39 AM
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Local serfs and peasants west of vallaki begin to speak of even more disappearances from the passing night. This time farms, mills, and rural homes seem to have fallen victim to the beasts that rend. doors smashed to splinters, windows shattered, and roofs left exposed as blood drenched scenes are left in their wake.

With Each passing full moon, the howling continues to grow in viscosity and dpeth; a growing danger, a growing fear...
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: NacreCicatrix on July 08, 2020, 10:40:43 PM
The steady thunk of a shovel blade against the frozen earth comes from the burial yard. Near the Charnel House, two fresh graves are in the process of being dug: one for an adult, and another for a child. The progress is slow, as the ground is too hard to dig in the Winter season, buy day-by-day, a foot of depth is added to the tilled ground. A pair of wooden stakes mark the place where headstones will be erected.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: NacreCicatrix on July 26, 2020, 08:49:51 AM
Come the melting, a Gundarakite man is seen hauling two sacks of remains to the finished grave pits. Though the cadavers are missing limbs, and rent beyond recognition, some effort has been made to dress them for burial. Slits are cut along the shoulder-blades of their garments to allow their wings freedom as their spirits are ferried off with the ravens. Then, they are put under and covered with soil.

A stocky wooden pole is erected at each grave.


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Unknown Woman.

Deceased Iunie, 775 BC.
Torn asunder by beasts.

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Unknown Child

Deceased Iunie, 775 BC.
Torn asunder by beasts.

Each grave marker is brightly painted, and features a simple engraving in the Barovian style. One depicts a woman in traditional dress in front of a cottage. The other depicts a child of indeterminate gender in a meadow with an oina bat in hand.

A sung eulogy completes the rites.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Naiad on August 08, 2020, 03:41:08 PM
Several more unknown graves mark the end of the warm weather in the outskirts. Three graves in particular are added with their own wooden poles similar to previous graves. Each one adorned with a similar epitaph.

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The Totko Family

Unknown Adult Woman

? - 775 BC
Torn asunder by beasts

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The Totko Family

Unknown Adult Male

? - 775 BC
Torn asunder by beasts

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The Totko Family

Unknown Young Male

?-775 BC
Torn asunder by beasts

They are buried in a similar fashion to the previous family. The remains repaired to the best of their ability prior to burial and dressed in proper attire to allow for their spirits to take flight. With the early snow, the burial takes more time, and the soil is already freezing by the time it is completed. Ophelia Bell is seen praying at the graves.

Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Dardonas on August 19, 2020, 07:43:48 AM
— Gored, dug-up remains are found littered by both the graveyard of the Morninglord Temple and at the entrance to the sewer.  Nightfarers report hearing strange sounds around the Western Outskirts on the night of a full moon. Reports of strange claw marks decorate the trees in the area. —
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Dardonas on August 21, 2020, 02:58:28 AM
— Tales quickly spread of a devious, aberrant creature causing slaughter in the Western Outskirts, leading to a half-dead woman being abducted into the night...  —
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: LancerFreya on September 06, 2020, 02:16:43 AM
A large group of vampires and four shackled prisoners walk in to a busy night in the outskirts, lead by the Night Vicar. A shackled corpse is placed before her as she speaks. The Night warden speaking after her. Eventually after a tense showdown a fight breaks out over the possession of the corpse. The corpse of Roland Steele
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: PrimetheGrime on September 06, 2020, 04:43:44 AM
A cacophony of shouting and the ringing of steel occured in the outskirts not long after the Vampire pack arrived, Battles were fought, a sudden smokescreen set off the counterattack to free the imprisoned individuals, the body of Roland Steele vanishing into the smoke..
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Lexica on September 06, 2020, 02:17:38 PM
With the coming of dawn, there is a flurry of activity near the bounty board, as several fresh bounties are tacked up upon on it...
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: PrimetheGrime on September 10, 2020, 03:24:57 AM
Nearing the early afternoon, a man in a blue coat, a Kinship necklace hanging from his neck slowly walked into the Grey city, accompanied by a woman in fine clothing wearing a black cloak.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Fright-Face on September 14, 2020, 03:14:10 AM
Footsteps sound off quietly within the Outskirts graveyard, curiously around certain spots. A murmur can be heard but once:

"...think our graverobber might be something else..."
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Malvado on September 14, 2020, 08:00:52 AM
The following notes are pinned around the outskirts

THE GAPING WOUND IS HIRING

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The tavern known-to-history for its endless nights riched by drunk crowds, cozy atmosphere, delightful music and last but not least for its Barovian acclaimed BASEMENT will soon be back ! Ladies and gentlemen, freaks and guardsmen, elves and dwarves : The Gaping Wound's return is imminent and is wanting FRESH PERSONNEL for this brand new season!

Find or send correspondence to the Borcan gentleman ~Gioia Tauro at the Lady's Rest, penning the role you're applying for.

Hiring :  MANAGERS - BOUNCERS - BARTENDERS

Will you survive this season?
-The Gaping Wound Staff
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DaniKay on September 14, 2020, 08:47:45 AM
A woman with a near mohawk and a large sword is seen glaring furiously at the Gaping Wound notices
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: PrimetheGrime on September 21, 2020, 11:38:24 PM
A note is found tacked to the tree in the outskirts

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Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: sorrowkitten on September 26, 2020, 02:56:17 PM
Talk is abound that a woman in black leathers forcibly crippled her own left arm with a rock, while seemingly under the influence of some kind of charm spell, in front of the Sanctuary. She was eventually stopped and carried off into an inn room in the Lady's Rest. Cries of pain, anger, and wailings of sorrow echoed from the second floor for quite some time, no doubt to the chagrin of anyone also making their stay there.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: JustMonika on September 26, 2020, 03:39:02 PM
The Dream-Merchant known as Severine de la Corbeaux appears to have vanished as suddenly as she appeared.

The only trace remaining are the odd scraps of torn up notices advertising her stall. Of where she went, there is no sign.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: PlatointheCave on September 26, 2020, 07:06:34 PM
Unhinged laughter, somber echoes and the murmurs of a crowd can be heard emanating from the gallows in the Western Outskirts. The Midnight Performance was concluded with the sounds of magic, blood, silence and then an applause.

Come dawn, only a small pool of blood and a severed noose remain as evidence of the affair.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: LancerFreya on September 27, 2020, 02:04:59 PM
Midway though the night the figure known as the night vicar walks in to the outskirts carrying a body of a woman with feathers in her hair. Her usual taunting and playful nature not there. Without a word spoken she places down the body and makes her way away.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: mccarthy00 on September 27, 2020, 06:39:41 PM
A man dressed in the armor of a light carrier sits on an outcrop of land just over the river from the orphanage, Those passing see him holding a small book clenched in his hands as he mourns someone's passing, Come night a dark-clad figure joins him and they talk before the figure fades away into the night and leaves the man to his thoughts.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Fright-Face on October 08, 2020, 07:48:38 PM
In the deep of the night, some people can feel an invisible man brush past them -- those that get a good enough glimpse up close, can note a bottle in his hand, and he appears visibly distraught and intoxicated. The sounds of him bumping into some trees or walls can sometimes be heard, until a distant, gutteral moaning into the night signals his departure.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Water Lily on October 30, 2020, 10:55:12 PM
During the night, a shambling husk made from an ancient mass of bones wandered into the outskirts, killing the werewolves and wolves that placed it in danger. Herding the living inside, it didn't hesitate to attack those brave enough to wander into the night, though stayed its hand from killing them outright. Oddly protective, it kept watch until near dawn before returning from whence it came...
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: VaeVictis on November 07, 2020, 04:21:14 PM
The following letter is posted in the outskirts.

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The Revel is not what those in it say it is. You will be told that nothing is done upon the unwilling. That it is about liberation, exploration. They will put emphasis on consent.

But the reality is different. These creatures worship a demon of iadul known as Shivvox, whose name you should not repeat out loud. They say they care about consent but the way this consent is given is none of their concern. They offer drugs in hopes of making addicts of those who partake, to lower inhibitions. They will go as far as to force this on you. They have tricked others into eating human flesh. Vroloks will try to control your mind. They will try to find what you care about, what tugs at your beliefs and use it against you. They will try to make you believe that they are like-minded. Tempt you with promises of power, granting wishes, of change. But it will take things from you. They are bound by this demon to require willing servants of excess.

They will try to make you think that you belong with them. That is too late to go back. It is never too late. No matter what they have deceived you with. No matter what you have done so far. Now matter how far gone you think you are, or how unforgivable. You can still be forgiven. You can still be helped. You can still make things right.

They will tell you that darkness is generous, that it is patient and always wins in the end— But in the heart of it's strength lies it's weakness: one candle is enough to hold it back.

All it takes is the will of one. And that can be your will, too.

If you want a way out, if you have become addicted to the substances they offer, if feel you are lost, if you fear for your life, for your soul, know that you are not alone. So long as I live, I will do what I can to make things right.

Ask for Andrei. You can find me in the Refuge of the Fifth Light in Vallaki, or in the Sanctuary of the Coming Dawn in the outskirts of the city. If you leave a letter for me, leave also a return address.

[The letter ends with a crude signature; the borders marked so no further addition or forgery can be made.]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Iluvatar / Madness on November 28, 2020, 10:10:25 AM
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A well known guard who used to patrol the outskirt several times a day wasn't seen in two days. Rumors says Nicolai Radu was last seen heading in the southern forest without is Vallaki Guard uniform and has not been seen since then in Vallaki.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Dread on November 30, 2020, 05:47:40 PM
[A lone rider from the west rode past, her horse bearing a mane of pure flame, its body as black as soot. A terrible whinny escaped the beast as it galloped past passersby. A nimbus of pure darkness trailed in the creature's wake as it made its way towards the Grey City's walls. Most telling of all, the lone guard who sat perched near the gates to watch them anxiously moved to open them for this mysterious woman, just as quickly moving to shut the gates behind her.]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Fright-Face on November 30, 2020, 09:28:49 PM
[A flower clutched in hand, the man some know as Kesimir leaves Outskirts before the break of dawn -- a Lily of Eternal SLumber clutched in his right hand, as some faint reddish-black energy crackles off his left hands knuckles. He gets one last look over the Vallaki Outskirts -- a nostalgic air about him, mentally picking apart the "ghosts" of the past, present, and future that haunt the place. He shakes his head, and leaves, without looking back -- outside of one last glance towards the Graveyard, and that little hill a certain hooded girl sits at every day, by the wall, as his grasp on the flower tightens.]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Famous Seamus on December 11, 2020, 02:05:46 AM
In the early hours of the night, two figures kneel beside the grave of Florette Patos. One, an older, clerical man, wears red and white robes. The other, a pale-skinned, black-haired half-elf, wears the white and red of the Knights Templar.

The duo speaks in hushed tones. The half-elf's face is often contorted with sorrow. At times, tears wet his cheeks. His companion carries himself with a calm, compassionate air throughout the exchange.

They remain kneeling until after dawn, when they rise and the cleric places his hand on the half-elf's forehead. After more hushed words, the cleric departs, leaving the half-elf beside the grave.

The lone figure remains on the hillside for some time, speaking softly as he gazes at the marker. Eventually, he kneels and deposits something beside it in the grass, then dips his head and turns away.

Spoiler: show
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Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DM Agony on December 26, 2020, 04:26:50 PM
A red-haired woman in red and black armor and appearing to be from Dementlieu was seen around Vallaki recently. She's asking to speak to a woman named "Morrigan", who once knew "Verrine van Haute".
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Famous Seamus on January 09, 2021, 01:43:26 AM
Shortly after dawn, the ashen-skinned half-elf known to many as one of the Knights Templar is seen exiting Vallaki, passing through the outskirts, and heading west. Curiously, he does not wear the signature red and white tabard of his order.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: mccarthy00 on January 21, 2021, 03:21:05 AM
[At night some may have spotted a large bird like shadow flying over the outskirts and into the city, Only to fly out and off into the night some time after]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: D on February 02, 2021, 02:11:35 AM
[As dusk descended upon the outskirts, a ghoulish creature crouched in the cemetery pilfering through a grave.  It went nearly as swiftly as it came, the corpse taken with it.  Speaking in shambled common, only one set of coherent words were mustered: "Seeketh the speaking raven."]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: D on February 05, 2021, 03:05:23 AM
[A legion of the dead descended into slaughter upon the Western Outskirts, only ceasing when reinforcements arrived from the east.  While the earth still reeked of blood both fresh and dead, a hellish creature with flaming wings was seen flying off into the night, having spoken to the survivors.  There was but one thing left behind in the carnage, a piece of parchment reading: "Seeketh the speaking raven..."]

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Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DaloLorn on February 10, 2021, 05:06:31 AM
A brown-haired girl in colorful clothing chatters away at the Lady's Rest about plants fighting wererats in the slums, giant werewolves killing Garda on the wall, giant wererats pouring out of the city, and a pack of werewolves rushing out of the southern woods, before finally retiring upstairs for some well-deserved rest.

From her adrenaline-fueled ramblings, one could surmise the night was an eventful one.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Dardonas on February 11, 2021, 07:22:26 PM
In the early hours of the night, a massive creature with flaming wings quaked through the outskirts and offered those present an ultimatum of sending forth a champion to duel or face annihilation.  Those that banded together defeated the goliath hellspawn, though the night did no go quietly.  A wrathful being, wrapped in shadows and cloaked heavily, unleashed in all their fury an unnatural inferno.  Visible through many swathes of Barovian woods in the darkness of the night, it raged for some with its only company being screams of agony for the ill-fated to be caught within.  Not before long, the ash settled and the ground marred by the insidious scorch marks upon the Old Svalich Road and patches of dead earth by the well.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Famous Seamus on February 12, 2021, 01:12:49 AM
Sometime around midnight, a black-haired, silver-eyed half-elf rouses himself in the Sanctuary of the Coming Dawn and steps toward the door, causing no small commotion among those gathered inside.

After a few apologies and assurances, he tugs up his hood and steps out into the night.

He is later seen entering the outskirts during the daylight hours, whole and healthy.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Randalla on February 14, 2021, 09:04:38 AM
[On a cold and rainy night, a lonesome and weary traveler stumbles into the warm embrace of the Lady's Resting Place. Standing tall with rain-slicked blonde hair draped across his face. The man orders himself a warm bowl of stew and a tankard full of ale. Sometime during these late hours, the interior of the Bianca's establishment is suddenly filled with the sounds of merriment and music. As the foreign traveler takes the stage, lifting his voice in praise to sing the "mora" in demonstration to the Kartakan faith.]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Forte on February 23, 2021, 08:58:42 AM
[As if in an act of somewhat public shame and response to a seemingly bewildering message taken in kind by the Black Army, a well signed response is placed onto the door of the Lady Rest. It isn't in perfect Common, but it still reads well enough to represent the anger likely felt by the author. With it comes the official seal of the Army-- Clearing it of possibly being a replica or fake.]

// Placed ingame.

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Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Fungal Artillery on March 01, 2021, 10:50:08 AM
A bald, brand marked priest yelling about the importance of fire and warmth and woolen socks has been making donations of coin in the western outskirts. Same man was later seen yelling obscenities at the briefly storming sky, suggesting that he may not be all there.

Later, a package of woolen socks, caps and mittens find their way to the Orphanage west of the outskirts, bearing no note or information.

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Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: sorrowkitten on March 01, 2021, 06:04:24 PM
On a night like many others, the vampire mage that has been terrorizing the outskirts as of late was said to have been struck by a blessed blade during a battle, and vanished into a cloud of mist with an angry screech.

The mist was seen drifting off to the north, presumably back to the cave whence it came... for now.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Dardonas on March 05, 2021, 05:07:25 AM
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[A horrible stench emits from near the well where several bodies and pieces of remains have washed up.  Each of the bodies appears to have undergone extensive stress while alive, nearing torture.  Experimentation of some kind performed below finally making its way to the surface...]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Destinysdesire on March 05, 2021, 05:21:56 AM
*A young priestess of the Morninglord is seen clearing the bodies and bringing them to the Temple of the Morninglord for treatment*
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DaloLorn on March 06, 2021, 10:05:48 AM
Early after dawn, an outraged cry could be heard from just outside the temple doors:

Quote from: A female voice
ATE ME!?!

The voice was accompanied by a loud explosion, and one might notice a couple of the pines opposite the temple door had been blown to splinters.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Malvado on March 08, 2021, 06:00:43 AM
Overnight, the outskirts are infested with new papersheet, pinned anywhere it could hold. The content may be propaganda, or merely just a mad man's ramble.

Quote
HOLD NO ONE ACCOUNTABLE IF NOT
- Farkas Vérzés -

GUNDARAK REBUKES YOU !

TRADERS WHO DENY SUPPLIES TO WHOM IS BLEEDING FOR YOU UNDER THE PRETENSE OF NEUTRALITY

GUNDARAK REBUKES YOU !

SPURIOUS CHURLS WHO MUMBLE DISSENT OVERNIGHT AND OBEY AT WILL COME DAYBREAK

GUNDARAK REBUKES YOU !

JUSTICE ADVOCATES WHOSE ALLEGIANCE LIES ONLY IN CONVENIENCE

GUNDARAK REBUKES YOU !

LOUSY MOUTHS WHO MADE HEARSAY YOUR VOCATION AND FORGET THE BLIGHTED SOIL YOU WAKE UP ON

- The Wolf Bleeds -

 

((The papers were dropped into the designed locatiosn In-Game))
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Dardonas on March 09, 2021, 09:59:07 PM
(https://i.gyazo.com/d6b38dd6c99a99c702f62acbc98f0dfd.png)

[Once again, a new crop of bodies and worn items wash up out of the muck of the well.  The stench of fetid decay creeps into the outskirts.  Some of the scraps of research, at least what is readable, hail a more foreboding story beyond bodies weathered by unnatural magic and unethical experimentation.  Though, like a great many things, it would seem that this would only open more questions than answers...]

Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Naiad on March 11, 2021, 10:42:13 AM

With the latest carnage over the last few weeks, the Vallaki Graveyard has added to the smokey skies with the sheer number of pyres to keep up with the attacks. Piles of lumber are requested and burned through before a day's end. Names of the deceased are displayed and turned over as each pyre leads to the next. Ash and smoke billow across the sky in a morbid reminder that night will return, and more will fall.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Malvado on April 09, 2021, 10:29:59 AM
The following posters appear in the bough

The Trusty Ox Inn prepares yet another advertised country wide opening.

(https://i.postimg.cc/yNM8187Z/Gambler-Night.jpg)


Quote

THE TRUSTY OX INN


Welcomes all on Sunday 11th



Gambling tables upstairs may open during the night, entrance fee of 50 w.f required


ALL MERCHANTS ARE INVITED TO PEDDLE THEIR WARES WITHIN BEREZ, SAFE HEAVEN WILL BE GUARANTEED - NO TAXES


 
Sunday
Gundarak, Berez, Trusty Ox Inn

(( Countdown : https://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/party?iso=20210411T22&p0=215&msg=Trusty+Ox+Inn&font=cursive ))
[/quote]

((Placed in game))
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Famous Seamus on May 08, 2021, 03:04:34 AM
A company of men and women in the white and red of the Christian Knights Templar, accompanied by a hooded woman in white and a man in red robes, pass through the outskirts and enter the city. They exit shortly after dusk, pause to exchange a few words with each other, and swiftly depart the area.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Alan Hunter on May 09, 2021, 01:05:34 PM
(Day prior)

Beyond the bridge south to Wachter Province the road to berez is fortified with barricades and crude signs. An oafish man seen by small folk warning them of impending war and doom and the man worked tiredlessly fixing and building the fortifications. It is uncertain what else he is building but it seems huge and he would be hauling it towards the Luna river. None are certain what happen in the woods but loud chopping of trees and woodwork could be heard in the forests to the Luna.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Vastgoten on May 11, 2021, 09:15:28 AM

A garda is on several occasions seen going over the various notices in the outskirt area.  Most are returned to the ground but certain notices are removed and carefully packed into a leathery scrollcase with the stamp of the Vallaki municipality on its side.

The scroll case is then carried away into the city where the Garda seem to head straight for the citadel.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Sinthepie on May 12, 2021, 08:32:17 AM
Two women have been turning up in the Outskirts of Vallaki recently. An elf named Sylvanna and a human with a facepaint of black and white, a puppeteer named Caterina Sartore. The two have been letting everyone know that they are purchasing dolls, toys and concluding business all throughout the day and night, whenever around.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DaloLorn on May 21, 2021, 02:49:07 AM
One of the Garda present for the recent flogging never returned to the Citadel, even several cycles after her disappearance.

What fate could have befallen her, or where, becomes yet another of the countless mysteries of Barovia...

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/486236706920726529/845021584552230992/unknown.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Tales from the Mist on June 14, 2021, 07:04:46 PM
Lately, the nights have been filled with the smell of something rotting. Twigs crack in the woods and bushes rustle as if something was stalking the area. Weeping could be heard ever so softly sobbing in the shadows...
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Tales from the Mist on June 14, 2021, 08:58:15 PM
Ghouls attacked near the outer reaches of the outskirts just before morning, their smell wafting on the wind...
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: FinalHeaven on August 09, 2021, 01:32:15 PM
A number of bloodied bits of parchment begin to appear in various places, all reading the same thing:

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My minions are mindless beasts that do as instructed out of fear.  You do not want me to join the fight proper.  This is your last opportunity before I begin taking lives.  Volunteer a Corvaran Half-blood for a conversation, or suffer.

Beneath the wording are a number odd symbols, except for those who understand Vistani Tralaks.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: FinalHeaven on September 25, 2021, 10:16:31 PM
A torn piece of parchment is left near the graves behind the Morninglord Church.

(https://i.gyazo.com/4e5b3e2540822e5181d82ab532e876d4.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: mooner on October 06, 2021, 04:59:25 PM
The streets of Vallaki seem to bustle with more activity than usual. Brown cloaks of the Vallaki Garda, alongside a few volunteers from local homes and businesses, are seen filling buckets of water and placing them around the overcrowded abodes of the slums. Throughout the day, frisian horses are moved through the gates and set down in front of the walls. By the time old noapte falls, there seems to be an increased presence of guards keeping watch along the walls. 
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: ZSRunner on October 06, 2021, 11:17:01 PM
In the middle of the night, a letter nailed to the tree in front of the Lady's Rest

(https://i.imgur.com/5uLojjEh.jpg)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: PrimetheGrime on October 07, 2021, 10:37:34 AM
The following night, a man in orange and black leathers approaches the note tacked to the tree, placing his own proclaimation below it before stepping away.

(https://i.imgur.com/KlphgdH.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Blood for Gundarak on October 08, 2021, 06:56:37 AM
After the news of the beating of Zaya Corvinus spreads, a phrase carved onto the sign of the Lady's Rest appears.

(https://i.imgur.com/zYekgb7l.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: mooner on October 14, 2021, 06:10:55 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/V7NFfAx.png)



Vallaki's guards emerge from the gates just shortly after dusk, attending a seemingly urgent matter in the outskirts. Their unease during the old night is apparent, and they hurry back inside once done.

Their task is revealed with the creeping light of dawn. A skeleton hangs from a nearby tree, stripped of any recognisable attire and bearing distinct cracks across its skull. A keen eye might note an unnatural lack of any sign of decay, and those familiar with the remains may recognise them as those of a prominent death knight who once terrorised the area. Alongside this grotesque display is a crude sign, constructed rather hastily, warning that any who would plot to undermine the lawful authority of the Count will surely share the same fate.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Sinthepie on October 15, 2021, 09:01:39 PM
[A paper was pinned near the Vistani Camp exit, on the tree standing in front of the bridge and the lake, written in fine print in Albanian and Latin and tucked under the leaves of a tree to protect from the rain as much as it could be protected.]   

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"O' Sons and Daughters of the Eagle, you who are lost in this strange land, you who cannot find your way and understand their language, see the lights they cast from their fingers and don't know how to feel.
Seek out the Shepherd in Wolf's leathers for a talk, a song of the People, for a home away from home."
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Slaughternaut on October 16, 2021, 07:01:50 PM
SEVERAL NOTES ARE SCATTERED ABOUT THE AREA THAT READ AS FOLLOWS:


Can you not hear it?  Can you not hear the whispers from the stars?  Can you not hear them calling to you?  Can you not feel them pulling at your heart, at your mind?  Will you not heed them?  Will you not heed the dreams that they bring?  Will you deny the Eldritch Enlightenment?  Fools tremble at the darkness!  True terror cares nothing for the light of any star, it is beyond the laws of nature, vast and terrifying beyond imagining, and to truly understand it is to lose one’s mind. 

Hear and listen!   The Eldritch Enlightenment will set you free!  You will begin to see the true nature of the universe, and you will begin to understand it’s terrible, beautiful truth.  And in understanding you may be reborn as a child of the stars, transformed by knowledge and power, reshaped by will and wonder.  Will you come to laugh and dance with me?  Will you twirl and spin your way through the madness?  Will you let go of this illusion, this madness, and discover the truth? Will you embrace the Eldritch Enlightenment?

Embrace it!  The stars shall give you dreams of the truth, and if you accept them, you may yet find the way to true knowledge, true freedom, true power, and true bliss.  There is a nature beyond nature, a power beyond the gods, and that power calls to you.  Heed the call.  Bring forth the sacrament, the Essence of Madness, and be enlightened.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Blood for Gundarak on October 27, 2021, 05:24:48 PM
[Writings appear on the walls of the Vallaki Graveyard]

(https://i.imgur.com/3UuQU4Xm.png)

[And others closer to the Svalich Road, next to the Morninglord Church]

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


Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Mona on October 27, 2021, 09:16:04 PM
Spoiler: show
[Writings appear on the walls of the Vallaki Graveyard]

(https://i.imgur.com/3UuQU4Xm.png)


In the morning, following the defacement of the graveyard, two of the Mortuary folk and a kind helper are seen cleaning the yard of dead rats, scrawlings, et cetera. A note in Common and Balok is then left on the adjacent wall to the quoted writing above which, curiously, has been left untouched. It follows thus:

(https://i.imgur.com/dMxsJQv.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Blood for Gundarak on October 30, 2021, 07:41:16 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/1BLdOmxm.png)

[The night prior the Day of Remembrance a message is pinned to the Gallows in the Outskirts, for each name a candle glows in the darkness]

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FALLEN IN THE NAME OF GUNDARAK FREEDOM

In loving memory of men and women who gave their lives standing against the Devil and its minions, to grant a place free from oppression to the Daughters and Sons of Gundarak.

Lord Regent, Demetrius Ajkler, KIA
Gen. Katheryna Roskovŕnyi, KIA
Lt. Gabor Halŕsz, KIA
Sgt. Matyas Kovacs, KIA
Cpl. Elyzabet Megyeri, MIA
Spec. Lazlo Lajtha, KIA
Pvt. 1st class Kalipszň Dalanda, KIA
Pvt. Milan Vigh, KIA

Missed but not forgotten

VAS ES VER
[/quote]

Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: ZSRunner on October 31, 2021, 08:55:17 AM
Over the course of approximately a week, a young half-gundarakite/half-vistani woman is seen begrudgingly handing out bread to any poor Barovian beggars who wander by her makeshift stall.

She occasionally converses with passers by, but generally wears a scowl and is unwelcoming to any who try to engage her in conversation.

The bread, however, is always fresh and usually warm.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: ardenchasemoradin on November 17, 2021, 09:29:14 PM
A blonde Ezrite with a bright smile and a dimple in his right cheek is seen moving through the Slums, the Outskirts, and the River Luna. A temporary shrine appears in the Outskirts dedicated to Ezra, Our Lady of the Misted Road. Signs from the slums to the Luna note that the Faithful of Ezra are welcome at the Refuge of the Fifth Light. The placards are signed Toret Matthew Garrett.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Witch of the Woods on November 18, 2021, 01:28:05 AM
During the late hours of the noapte, a Barovian woman was rumored to be paying large sums of wolf fangs for information regarding the vampire known as "Olivarius."
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: ardenchasemoradin on November 19, 2021, 12:19:04 AM
A blonde Ezrite Anchorite is seen replacing vandalized signs and erecting new ones throughout the City of Vallaki inviting the Faithful to the Refuge of the Fifth Light.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Chadyo on November 23, 2021, 12:44:48 PM
Every evening a few minutes before sunset, a man walks around in the outskirts dressed in red, white and gold. A golden gaunlet on his cloak with a single unblinking eye on it. He seems to meticulously place a wall of garlic around the outskirts. It seems that this man has plenty of coin and isn't afraid to spend it, every single route in and out of the outskirts is covered by garlic. He'd even go as far as to crush it just a little so the scent has an easier time escaping.

It seems he did this like clockwork, every sunset he'd start at the same time, clearly this man has some vendetta with a particular person that might not enjoy garlic as much.

A single note would be left, just outside of the reach of the scent of garlic.

The man would then prompty return inside of the temple.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Chadyo on November 24, 2021, 06:49:40 AM
The garlic is mostly removed, and only placed in strategic places that isn't inconvient or excessive in any way. Clearly the motivation for placing it is gone.

Every evening a few minutes before sunset, a man walks around in the outskirts dressed in red, white and gold. A golden gaunlet on his cloak with a single unblinking eye on it. He seems to meticulously place a wall of garlic around the outskirts. It seems that this man has plenty of coin and isn't afraid to spend it, every single route in and out of the outskirts is covered by garlic. He'd even go as far as to crush it just a little so the scent has an easier time escaping.

It seems he did this like clockwork, every sunset he'd start at the same time, clearly this man has some vendetta with a particular person that might not enjoy garlic as much.

A single note would be left, just outside of the reach of the scent of garlic.

The man would then prompty return inside of the temple.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Blood for Gundarak on December 06, 2021, 03:46:27 AM
The night prior the burial of Lance Corporal Cosmin Onciul, while the funeral ceremony was being celebrated inside the Citadel, a young Gundarakite girl has been seen offering free drinks at the graveyard entrance.

A sign next to the drinks recited:

Quote
"FREE DRINKS TO CELEBRATE THE DEATH OF A RABID DOG"

The girl also planted some fireworks on the ground, probably with the purpose to fire them at the arrival of the funeral procession, but shortly before dawn she was expelled by an outlander woman.

Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DM Indolence on December 28, 2021, 11:04:17 AM
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At sunset, a strange beast sprints along the shadow of Vallaki's grey walls; an enormous stag with a rack of golden antlers that reflect the painted pink hues of the dying light. It vanishes to the west. Few locals claim to have seen the creature, with the exception of a young Barovian girl who's quickly ushered away by her world-weary mother. Hours later, a pair of travelers with Darkonese accents, a grizzled man and his daughter, stop in to the Lady's Resting Place for an evening's meal. Questions turn to violence in the establishment's basement, with the pair fleeing into the night before the dawn and the garda arrive.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: ZSRunner on December 29, 2021, 10:31:31 AM
A letter pinned to the tree outside of the Lady's Resting Place.

Spoiler: show
(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/718284794382778448/925772786671157279/unknown.png)


The note had been taken down.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: ZSRunner on December 31, 2021, 12:07:13 PM
A letter pinned to the tree outside of the Lady's Resting Place.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/718284794382778448/926521476943839232/unknown.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: JustMonika on December 31, 2021, 06:43:13 PM
[A brief speech was given by the Aasimar, Esmerelda Namarra, announcing the destruction of the wight, Jacopo. The response from the crowd was muted at best, and the Paladin and her companion, Saira, left shortly afterwards.]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: DaloLorn on January 04, 2022, 06:58:00 AM
Shortly after dawn, a band of Ezrites speaking in Mordentish and Richemuloise accents could be seen carrying a small, auburn-haired young woman along the road from the west and into the Lady's Rest. Wearing a haphazardly-tailored, bloodied linen coat, the girl was unnaturally pale, and seemed either dead or unconscious; keener eyes would settle unambiguously on the latter interpretation.

The young woman was taken into a room upstairs and left to rest. She has not yet emerged.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Dardonas on January 04, 2022, 12:03:17 PM
[Word spreads that an acolyte in the Cult of the Morninglord, Silvia Draghescu, will be travelling with the Vistani of the Western Outskirts to Darkon to honor to the last words of Dr. Lazarus Thorne and his request to be buried in his homeland next to his wife.  Those interested in joining her are welcome to do so when the vardo departs on the fifth day of first month of the 777th year.  The journey will be perilous and many months long and should not be expected to be seen for some time if they make it back.]


Spoiler: show

//OOC: Note that this is a shelving for an undetermined amount of time, though if people wish to join in that they are welcome to.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Ternce on February 07, 2022, 07:20:15 AM
The search was on.  The Vallaki Garda diligently pursued a pistol wielding outlaw clad in black and yellow who had saved a green haired witch from the hangman's noose. 

Curfews were enacted.  People were questioned.  Passerby in the Outskirts were stopped and searched.  Some were detained for questioning.  A suspicious pitic was found to have lockpicks and an assortment of tools that could've possibly been used for misdeeds related to the event. 

The garda on duty locked him in a cage just outside the city walls, though, with all the excitement of the day, forgot to take him to jail.

When daybreak came, the cage was found destroyed by what looked to have been an enormous animal, with blood, torn shreds of clothing, and clumps of black and white fur being all that remained of the prisoner.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Blood for Gundarak on February 07, 2022, 04:37:59 PM
[Some nights after the assault at the gallow, a paper is pinned to the sign displaying the so called "Laws of the Land"]

(https://i.imgur.com/DOiMSAd.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: PrimetheGrime on February 20, 2022, 01:03:46 AM
Placed in the Outskirts by a man in a black cloak armed to the teeth in an assortment of weaponry, the message read as follows.

(https://i.imgur.com/cUgU5IU.png)

Spoiler: OOC • show
Time will be 7PM EST, February 22nd
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Blood for Gundarak on February 27, 2022, 05:52:03 AM
Writings on the pillar in front of the Morninglordian Church

(https://i.imgur.com/wdtiN5v.png)
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: JustMonika on March 04, 2022, 04:17:31 PM
Word spreads of a late night scene, where a red eyed woman calmly deposited the body of a dwarf in the street outside the temple, before tearing out his tongue.
A bloodied note alongside the body spoke of a lesson in the fulity of being good.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Nekro83 on April 22, 2022, 07:12:43 PM
Word spreads of a Gundarakite girl beaten by a Garda in front of the Morninglordian Church, and of a following assault against the same Garda and his comrade.

Some speak about Gunfire in the Outskirts and about a flyer left on the corpse of a dead Garda;

It seems to be an old Gundarakite song about freedom.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Calad on April 26, 2022, 12:02:59 PM
[Following the wake of the summons put on her head, Dawnbringer Mara Ionás is seen approached by a trio of Vallaki guards, one being a Lance Corporal, amongst a small crowd. She's escorted to the Citadel, yet doesn't emerge even hours after.]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: RedMoney on May 12, 2022, 09:34:11 PM
A notice of a missing person from the Krezk Outpost region is circulated as far as the Morninglordian Church in the Outskirts

Missing: Boris Valeski


Boris is a Barovian man, mid thirties, dark hair.  He usually wears leather hunting gear and carries a heavy crossbow.  He was last seen by his family, leaving for a hunting trip in the Raduta Keep area.  If you have any information on the whereabouts of this man, please write the following address:  *An address in the Krezk Outpost is left* ((it can be reached by PMing me on the forums))
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Bwpsycho on May 15, 2022, 10:00:51 PM
A new note is placed among the many....

Quote
Starting a new business?

Have a business you want to start, but are short the Fang to do so?

Write to Faber at The Blue Water Inn to discuss investment opportunities.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Dardonas on May 23, 2022, 07:37:34 PM
[Word spreads of how the Vallaki graveyard was profaned by vampires clad in red and black this night past.  Bodies were exhumed from their graves and desecrated with some ill form of witchcraft that seems to be intent on disturbing their eternal rest in refugio.  The only graves that were disturbed seem to be those of the followers of the Morninglord, however, all others left untouched.]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Ringnar on May 23, 2022, 10:25:30 PM
[An elf in black and tan is seen busy about the graveyard behind the church righting what was made wrong]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: inkcorvid on May 25, 2022, 05:32:37 AM
Come the morning, as the doorman Radu emerges from the Lady's Rest, he is awaited by a grisly scene. A woman lies face down in the dirt, eyes wide open, pale as the dreary Barovian sky, puncture marks in her neck. Over her stands a man in a grey hooded cloak, holding a tower shield, and repeating a single phrase, over and over and over ...

"Thank you, Atuar! Thank you, Morninglordians!"

The injured woman is helped to her feet, and the man is led away.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Evil Watches, Evil Wakes on May 26, 2022, 04:18:27 PM
Quote
With the rise of the sun, a congregation on the Vallaki graveyard begun. The prayers, however, were quickly interrupted by the attack of a vicious man-beast, and when the pursuer of the creature returned beaten and cursed, the gathered would soon notice that some religious idols had been stolen from the site of the gathering...
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Calad on May 26, 2022, 04:50:02 PM
Quote
A miracle follows the return of the pursuer, no matter the attack; the funerary ceremony completed, and the curse lifted by the performing Dawnbringer. The congregation remains in post until dusk, where they then leave the graveyard to the silence of the night, prayers close to their lips, a frown creasing their brows.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Little Bigsword on June 20, 2022, 05:48:38 PM
Quote
Spilt blood warms the cold ground of early morning as a guard patrol is ambushed in the shadow of the gallows. A flurry of bolts from the woodline fells a private and officer alike. When all is over with the corpse of the latter is nowhere to be found, and the barely living private is quick to slink back towards the Citadel.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Dardonas on June 23, 2022, 03:07:49 PM
The day drags on with a lingering sensation of dread and restlessness, a dreary cloud weighing upon the usual inhabitants of the Grey City.   Rumors spread of a violent confrontation during the night, where a well-known Gundarakite worshiper of the Morninglord was taken by the forces of the Old Night.  As the trail of heavy footsteps lead to the Southern Forest, so too does that same trail grow cold...
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: PrimetheGrime on June 23, 2022, 07:52:16 PM
[Two hunters brave the dark of the night, wandering through the southern forest in search of a trail...

They return some time later, haggard, slipping quietly into the grey city.]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Vissy on July 06, 2022, 02:45:31 AM
Rumors begin to circulate of an announcement by the Wayfarer Kinship, and soon without much fanfare, simple and short flyers appear in the outskirts of Vallaki.

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PEOPLE OF VALLAKI BEWARE!

Our Lodge was assailed several nights ago with an attempted assassination by one 'Zsofika', EVIL GUNDARAKITE REBEL! Luckily no one was harmed, but there's no telling when this dangerous woman will strike next!

She's a Gundarakite woman of 5'9 with dark brown hair and a evil look in her eye. If you see her, NOTIFY THE GARDA IMMEDIATELY.

~The Wayfarer Kinship
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: RickDeckard on July 06, 2022, 03:18:31 AM
Rumors begin to circulate of an announcement by the Wayfarer Kinship, and soon without much fanfare, simple and short flyers appear in the outskirts of Vallaki.

Quote
PEOPLE OF VALLAKI BEWARE!

Our Lodge was assailed several nights ago with an attempted assassination by one 'Zsofika', EVIL GUNDARAKITE REBEL! Luckily no one was harmed, but there's no telling when this dangerous woman will strike next!

She's a Gundarakite woman of 5'9 with dark brown hair and a evil look in her eye. If you see her, NOTIFY THE GARDA IMMEDIATELY.

~The Wayfarer Kinship

[A woman wearing the uniform of the Vallaki Garda with a gold pin on her cloak swiftly removes these notices placed in the outskirts of Vallaki...]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Vissy on July 24, 2022, 09:17:39 AM
The outskirts of Vallaki light up for a brief moment in the darkest moments of the night, as something causes the area in front of the Sanctuary of the Coming Dawn to burst in flames. Soon gone, those who saw what happened from the walls of the city must have been astonished: clearly nothing natural could cause something so sudden.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Western Outskirts
Post by: Skelni on August 02, 2022, 12:31:51 AM
A man makes a scene in the middle of the night. Yelling and screaming as he does - He stabs a sword through a heart, and into the ground, in front of the Morninglord temple. Planting the two. He then walks off, heading east.