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Within the swirling Mist (IC) => Whispers in the Shadows => Local Gossip => Topic started by: Heretic on February 13, 2007, 11:03:54 AM

Title: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: Heretic on February 13, 2007, 11:03:54 AM
Peasants speak of increased Outlander traffic since the revitalization of Vallaki, some have even shut their doors dramatically at the coming of the night...
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: Mephisto on April 29, 2007, 01:21:13 AM
Gossip spreads among the locals of the Dravich residence being sealed off by the guard after a raid, and of two guardsmen posted there permanently on watch. Perhaps this is related to the foul stench smelled in the area of the house, and the strange habits of the house's inhabitants- Augstin Dravich, who has been seen coming and going at odd hours, and his mother Petra, who has not been seen in many weeks.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: Heretic on June 19, 2008, 02:01:17 PM
Gossip spreads amongst the peasantry about the local Stavich family; the once respected family of the good guard has been seen quite less often in the streets; some wonder what has happened to the once Lance Corporal, some gossip about the family's status, about how they will manage to survive the winter without a payroll. The Barovians mutter, give odd glances when they see them and return to their homes, fearing being associated with a shamed family.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: Heretic on June 20, 2008, 07:30:05 PM
More tragedy strikes the Stavich family, word goes that Igor Stavich Jr., the youngest son of the family has gone missing. The infant child had seen the day only a year ago, the devastating news comes at the worst times when Igor Stavich father is being held in Captivity for his crimes against Vallaki.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: boompowclash on August 11, 2008, 04:06:12 AM
A few scraps of trash blow down the road near the Curiosities from Abroad shop...

A gust of wind turns a scrap over, revealing some strange letters.

(http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/6379/gokudogn2.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

It seems very much discarded, the char coal begining to run in the precipitation.



Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: Ryltar/ Robert Archer on September 19, 2008, 09:28:06 PM
Word spreads among the guards in the residental district of in the early morning hours three hours after sun rise of a trio of nerui rats assulating the guards and peasants there. Two Morninglordians coming into the district seeing the troubles and wielding nad using only silver guilded weapons defeated the wererats taking some wounds. The guards and peasants due to the quick reactions of the halfling and dwarf moringlordians were unhurt.

Both gave there names the halfling being Hope, and the Dwarf Teli. The two wer sen heading into the docks after the clean up boarding a boat.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: -Rotten Fish- on September 22, 2008, 07:19:43 PM
Word amongst the higher classes has spread that a newly arrived Physician from Darkon is in Vallaki offering alternative medical treatment than clerical remedies.

The Doctor has been seeing patients by referrals so far, as his patient list slowly grows with his reputation...
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: Delphinidae on January 29, 2009, 11:50:27 AM
*Neighbours speak about the murder of wheat merchant Yuri Slabu, a prominent man in the trading route of Vallaki-Teufeldorf. Some even speak that perhaps he finally cheated a merchant too far, as he was found dead by his housekeeper in the early morning, his house ransacked fully of all valuables. Some even speak that Slabu wasn't even a true Barovian, but a Gundarakite lover, as some recall the certain characteristics his daughter has. And there was also his love for the pink cultists which disgusted most of his neighbours to the point of forbidding their daughters to speak to him. The guards posted on the district avoid discussing the case, but rumor has it that Slabu was found with some sort of Gundarakite compromising document...*
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Post by: Basic Barovian on February 24, 2009, 12:32:12 PM
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Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: Jotem on September 23, 2010, 02:16:34 PM
A concerned man is seen running threwout the district calling out the name 'Angelika', it was not long after that a report to the local Garda was made.
A woman is seen sobbing uncontrollably, pleading to individuals in the street if they've seen her daughter.

Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: Jotem on September 29, 2010, 03:48:40 AM
After the recent vanishing of a young Barovian girl named Angelika, another seems to have vanished, Family Olesk noted their servant Ivanovich did not return for his duties, after several days they sent another servant to the young man's house. His wife was a depiction of worry, clasping her baby tightly she was seen wailing to a local Garda...
Title: A Gruesome Discovery...
Post by: DM Strigoi on October 27, 2010, 02:14:23 PM
Children have begun to disappear all around Vallaki. One such Corpse was recovered by the local Garda, drained and mutilated beyond any and all recognition. The Poor Child's eyes left in tact, frozen in its last moments of terror. The rest of its face clearly seemed to be removed... along with its entire bone Structure...

the Gruesome find spreads fear among the Grey City, the words "Vrolok" and "Vampire" whispered in every domicile and local tavern. the mourning cries of orphaned mothers can be heard in Old Night's Lament...
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: Dread on August 15, 2012, 03:06:11 AM
A pair of buildings in the Residential District were set aflame and ornamented with the impaled bodies of innocents by, allegedly, a "grey witch" known to most of the townsfolk of Vallaki as "Ana" or, more recently, as "Iadul's consort". The rumblings of discontent were strong amongst many of the peasants who witnessed the carnage, and the peasants quickly form a mob, speaking of hanging this foul sorceress high from a tree should they find her.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: YouLitABonfire on January 29, 2013, 09:02:28 PM
~A Garda Known around town as Private Lupescu was seen speaking with the Chirugeon Jusuf Hakiam , rumor has it the Young Garda went to the eccentric man's abode  to inquire about protective facewear to keep the rank and file soldier's of Vallaki's garda safe from the looming threat of the plague that report's have begin rolling in about. However given the uncertain nature of the affliction and how exactly it is spread the best advice that could be given was to keep one's distance from the infected and to use proper sanitary practice. Private Lupescu was seen leaving the man's office late in the evening, muttering in balok about outlanders, sickness and in general anyone who wasn't a good barovian~
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: APorg on February 02, 2013, 09:06:36 PM
A large party of garda, Ezrites and other Wayfarer outlanders was seen entering the residential district just before dawn; armed to the teeth. Some undead abominations attacked them outside a house at dawn; after defeating these the force entered the house and was not heard from or seen for several hours.

Shortly after three in the afternoon, the whole group was seen exiting the house at a run, screaming and yelling at people to dive for cover. An explosion then rocked the house, shattering windows in the whole district.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: Endlessorrow on June 09, 2013, 01:27:31 PM
 A series of screams tore through the late evening again from the fog shrouded house in the residential district. Once the home of Markus Diandru until he was stolen away by the horrible "Grey lady". Guarda lieutenant Eugeune Dimatrascu bravely guarded the house for hours while re-enforcement's were summoned. some while later after the sounds of combat the luetenant and his minions re-emerged and the terrifying sounds ceased. The air around it seemed to be at peace once again and the body of Marcus was delivered to his family for burial. The House is said to be for sale at a good price..
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: Truth_USMC on June 09, 2013, 01:29:43 PM
An elf in pointed hat and long dark coat, commonly known to be some sort of investigator for the Ezran congregation that frequents the old Von Zeklos ruins, has been seen prying around the house, peering in the windows, and listening late at night.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: herkles on June 15, 2014, 02:40:02 PM
[An ezrite warden was seen going throughout the residential district leaving food-rations at the doors of people's houses so that they might not starve for another night]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: ShadyWraith on June 22, 2014, 03:10:06 AM
A young Barovian woman could be seen arriving at the home of Jusuf, Vallaki's chirurgeon, each and every day at the crack of dawn.  She'd spend at least a few hours at the residence daily, studying quietly or observing her teacher while he worked.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: Shigeru on September 03, 2014, 10:09:02 AM
The grumblings of displaced noble and aspiring scholar can be heard in the streets and stores as he delivers letters, parcels and messages. He has also been inquiring as to any strange  individuals or events seen by the locals. An outsider himself, his polite requests are normally met with a closed door and a suspicious look. He is seen to be watching children at play as if searching for something. When night falls, however...he leaves the city for the more hospitable region beyond its gates.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: poisonivy2 on October 16, 2014, 09:39:25 AM
Besides the mass murders and all other problems Vallaki already faces, a strange crime surprised the population. The most famous and luxurious boutique in the city was vandalized, someone broke in and wrecked the whole place. All the gold and several valuable objects were still there, the only thing reported as missing was the entire stock of small sized clothes, childrens clothes. On the wall, ballok word poorly writen with what seemed to be human feces: "Multumesc. S.". The only clue the criminal left behind was the unmistakable stench of sewer that impregnated the remaining clothes on the store.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: Ryltar/ Robert Archer on May 05, 2015, 10:25:00 AM
An amusing sight greeted the people of the Residential District this day encouraged by Father Illie and Brother Miklos, the Sunkisser Light Carrier known as Lauel Martovich is seen one day giving a Sermon during the morning to mid-noon hours in the residential district on Compassion and Hope, as well as the ripple effect of aiding others.

(https://www.mediafire.com/convkey/26d7/0nxcev93yd1l0ln4g.jpg) (http://www.mediafire.com/view/0nxcev93yd1l0ln/Sermon_3-1.jpg)

(https://www.mediafire.com/convkey/60a4/37vhww55aocz7le4g.jpg) (http://www.mediafire.com/view/37vhww55aocz7le/Sermon_3-2.jpg)

The Sermon ended with Lauel offering a question/answer session only to have a dwarf outlander throw dung at her before running off laughing, with the nearby guards and noble/district peasants ignoring things.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District - Gossip
Post by: peps on August 12, 2016, 01:56:52 PM
One dressed in Morninglord garb could be seen coming during almost every night of the week to Houlsgraves Books & Rarities, and only leaving once day broke.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: qwertyuioppp on January 04, 2017, 04:52:08 AM
Hugh Houlgrave's Books and Rarities closes for the better part of a day, its night, and the following morning.

A pair of tired guards leave the establishment come the next day's sunrise.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: The Man with no Smirk on February 05, 2017, 01:40:23 AM
An oddly garbed traveler has been noted visting Hugh Houlgrave's Books and Rarities daily as of late. The dust-coated man disappears into the shop, and loses long hours of the day pouring over the shopkeep's ample collection of tomes before emerging, ragged and worn as though he had spent the time engaged in fevered studies. Such fervor cannot be due to a simple love of literature, leading residents of the district more given to gossip to question what he possibly could be searching for.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: DM Brimstone on January 03, 2018, 04:14:48 AM
During the darkest pitch of the twilight hour, the Residential District of the Grey City erupted into the clamor of crossed steel, piteous groans, grotesque wet, rending of flesh, and, ultimately, a large thunderous eruption of sound and brilliant flash of light that spilled in from every crack of the shuttered windows in the area. 

The cacophony of disrupted masonry and tumbling of stone filled the humid air.  Those that would venture into the vicinity would observe extensive damage to a stone pillar that served as a monument in the district: masonry, ash and soot covering the nearby area.  Swaths of grass and stone were scorched, burned by intense heat and flame. Smoldering cinders rose up, buffeted by the Barovian winds that swept through.

The commotion abruptly ended in an eerie silence.  Only the chorus of the creatures of the night baying their reverence to the moonlight remaining. 
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: PlatointheCave on September 19, 2018, 11:34:32 AM
A white haired gnome covered in tattoos spends the day at Houlgrave's Books and Rarities, writing. Occasionally she leaves for a short stretch of time, returning with a bottle of cheap liquor. Come evening, she leaves, fingertips stained with ink.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: Chaoshawk on October 08, 2018, 08:33:23 PM
Yesterday, two garda and Jean Renaud of the Wayfarer Kinship investigated a terrible slaying that occurred in the alleyway past the Music shop into an abandoned part of the district. One man, unidentified, was found murdered with very little intact of the gore spectacled around with blood stains covering the cul-de-sac at the end. The mystery of the murders deepens as garda cannot make headway of what is causing these deaths and who is ultimately responsible.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: DM Brimstone on November 18, 2018, 03:47:41 AM
Those that frequent the establishment, Houlgrave's Books and Rarities, have taken notice that the prominent fixture, the proprietor Hugh Houlgrave, has been notably absent.  All of this coming upon the heels of the rare temporary "Closed" sign has resulted in a spark of conspiratorial rumors around his disappearance. In his stead, Houlgrave's associate, Miss Harding, has been observed dutifully attending to the bookstore's enterprise and manning the ledger once penned by Hugh's hand.  As days continue to pass, the speculation reaches a feverish pitch.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: DM Brimstone on May 10, 2019, 04:59:21 AM
A ear-piercing shriek followed by billowing clouds of black smoke and soot erupted into the skies above the Residential District of the Grey City during the twilight hours.  Houlgrave's Books and Rarities was set ablaze, the towering inferno of flames abated by swift action of many a booted benefactor.  Pandemonium erupting outside and within the smoldering establishment, the fire was doused before any irreparable damage was caused to the structure. 

Yet the proprietor, Hugh Houlgrave, was nowhere to be found. Rumors swirled among the first responders of his whereabouts or potential demise.  Uncertainty and smoldering embers cascaded over those present, covering them like a shroud.

Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: ForgottenBhaal on May 11, 2019, 06:34:30 AM
A man clad in a dark leather armor, and a tricorn hat has been seen walking about the varying districts of the city, asking the locals if they have heard any news about the ship known as "The Bounty." Though it appears as he has yet to hear anything.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: DM Brimstone on July 24, 2019, 02:22:44 AM
Reparations of the structural damage and debris from the fire which nearly consumed Houlgrave's Books and Rarities have begun in full.  Laborers set to the daunting task of restoring the shop with a cacophony of hammering and sawing.  It is fixture of the Residential District of the Grey City, the droning sounds of construction beginning at each sunrise and concluding before dusk.

A cavalcade of Barovian workers, tools in hand, are witnessed arriving with each dawn and departing, ashen soot covered and sweat drenched, before each nightfall. Their tireless efforts making a marked improvement with each procession, it would be mere days before the facades and structure was renewed through the sweat of labor and calloused hands.

Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: Blissey on June 24, 2020, 11:17:41 PM
In the twilight hours of the night, an initiate of the Church of Ezra is seen patrolling the streets; searching for something. He meanders through the alleyways, cleaving through wererats only to be seen leaving with a foreign-looking man. They vanish soon after into the Blue Water inn, remaining there for the remainder of the night until they part ways at different hours of the day.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: Randalla on August 25, 2021, 12:37:41 PM
A towering youth makes his way through the streets of Vallaki at the brink of dawn, last seen entering Mariska's Bakery. It doesn't take long for the chimneys above the establishment to start billowing. Followed by the delightful aroma of freshly baked goods wafting down the nearby streets.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: Ghost Love Score on October 09, 2021, 06:16:20 PM
Just as the cracked and mud-caked streets of the Grey City are filled with somber life once more, a cloaked figure clad in dull colors slip inside Houlgrave's Books & Rarities. In his company is an elderly looking gentleman which follows in suit. The two remain there for several hours, stuck in a rather heated discussion in one of the dusty corners of the store. Eventually the two emerge back outside, the younger of the two; clutching a couple of books against his chest. Together they vanish someplace else inside the city.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: Valentin Florescu on November 28, 2021, 03:17:06 PM
A new ward has swiftly become a fixture at Houlgrave's Books & Rarities. A svelte thing, strikingly youthful in contrast to the wizened, mustachioed proprietor. Playing the role of a humble archivist and assistant shopkeep, the cowled, silver-locked figure is constantly abuzz about the shop; either engaged in the sorting of the books on the shelf, vigorous note taking, or aiding at the front as needed. A breath of fresh air amongst the yellowed, dusty works lining the shelves.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: Neuwwwo on December 06, 2021, 08:00:58 PM
A new ward has swiftly become a fixture at Houlgrave's Books & Rarities... A breath of fresh air amongst the yellowed, dusty works lining the shelves.

As a moth to a flame, a Zherisian woman is drawn by the tell-tale smell of tea wafting from within. She quickly becomes a regular visitor.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: Valentin Florescu on February 05, 2022, 06:28:44 PM
As dusk creeps upon the upper districts a miserable procession is seen filtering out of Houlgrave's Books & Rarities. Heads bowed, gazes furtive, all decorations and notices for the pending gathering are torn down in their wake as they trudge north towards the Docks.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: Neuwwwo on February 18, 2022, 01:12:40 PM
The procession of bowed heads, although long gone, left a straggler. One of the regular attendees still uses the more secluded work desks, as if hanging onto the hope of being served tea while working; no one does so. The air feels stale.
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: Barovian Female Peasant 2.0 on March 18, 2022, 12:21:09 AM
[A new tenant has moved in to the basement of Houlgrave's Books & Rarities. A modestly dressed girl of Barovian descent, the most striking thing about her presence her russet locks, can be seen carrying various crates and boxes into the library and below to the basement, the noise of renovations heard throughout the week.]
Title: Re: Vallaki - Residential District
Post by: Barovian Female Peasant 2.0 on April 12, 2022, 05:59:02 AM
[The chittering, windy night is cut through with a sharp shriek of a terrified woman, the sound emerging from Houlgrave's Books & Rarities. Not long after, a terrorized, crying figure of a young woman is seen wrapped in her cloak because of the cold, running to the Guardhouse, yelling and knocking on the door so they let her in.

She is let in and two Vallaki guards, again, at night, leaves the guardhouse to go to the mentioned Library, and returns to the Guardhouse soon after. She is accompanied by the guards to the library in the morning.

Trembling, paranoid, cautious as she walked on, what made her brave the night, what was so terrible is unknown.]