Author Topic: Barovia - Road to Zeidenburg - Berez  (Read 7690 times)

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Re: Barovia - Road to Zeidenburg - Berez
« Reply #50 on: May 03, 2021, 11:13:28 PM »
Within the tavern bar of the Trust Ox, a familiar elven storyteller weaves a tale not as full of optimism as his usual prose.  He talks of the corpses of the dead stalking in the night.  The story culminates with a shadow clad witch of darkness summoning the tools of war to act no longer inanimate, but with a dire will of their fiendish master.  As shadow and spirit skulk on the edge of the horizon, one of the villages own Black Army is struck down in one fell swipe.  Her body hauled into the darkness before help could arrive. 
The elf tale spinner shows sign of a nasty injury of his own perhaps from trying to intervene? One can't help but wonder if this was was non-fiction witnessed first hand, as the bard finishes his story and sulk in the corner, drinking one too many ales.

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Re: Barovia - Road to Zeidenburg - Berez
« Reply #51 on: May 06, 2021, 01:28:07 AM »
The recent attacks on the town appear to die down as an increased watch is set upon all the entrances into Berez. Travellers report that patrols frequently walk through the town and back to their barracks. Whatever the reason for the sudden increase in supernatural occurances, it appears the Black Army is taking no chances with the security of the town..

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Re: Barovia - Road to Zeidenburg - Berez
« Reply #52 on: May 06, 2021, 08:38:21 PM »
Tempers flare in the fortified town of Berez as the age old conflict between Gundarakites and Barovians rears it's ugly head once more. Soldiers of the Black Army rush towards the growing angry mobs from both nations, armed to the teeth with makeshift weapons and farming tools. As the acting commander moved in to calm the unruly mob, the first blow was struck. It is unclear which side swung first, but what had begun as angry protests soon turned bloody..


A deathly silence ensues the aftermath of the riot, with Barovian and Gundarakite laying dead at the foot of the Trusty Ox. The Soldiers of the Black Army move the dead to the graveyard, mixed emotions over their weary faces..



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Re: Barovia - Road to Zeidenburg - Berez
« Reply #53 on: May 17, 2021, 03:54:51 AM »
Along the upper ridges of the Road to Zeidenburg - a strange symbol has been carved onto one of the stone pillars near a mud cave just south of it.  The symbol in question is a depiction of a bow with a needle replacing what should be an arrow ready to fire.  Perhaps it's a nod to something?  Or maybe just pointless art

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Re: Barovia - Road to Zeidenburg - Berez
« Reply #54 on: May 19, 2021, 08:47:40 PM »
Come morning, the sleepy town of Berez shows no sign of the barricades and fortifications it once had outside it's gates. The plains outside of the town appear blackened and scorched, however. In place of the fortifications, there is a single, lone combat dummy clothed in red and black with a mop for hair. The dummy's face is painted in clown makeup, a sign hangs from the neck, the writing bold and black.


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Re: Barovia - Road to Zeidenburg - Berez
« Reply #55 on: May 19, 2021, 10:36:23 PM »
There is a savage display on the southern side of Berez, following the aftermath of the razing. Two bodies are mutilated, in garbs that one might be able to decipher as resembling the Black Army attire. Their blood is painted across the dirt and mud, pooled in the rainfall. There is a clear message smeared onto the wall, seemingly done with someone's palm:

STAY OUT

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Re: Barovia - Road to Zeidenburg - Berez
« Reply #56 on: May 20, 2021, 11:31:10 PM »
Vallaki Garda's Dog Company march through the small town of Berez, to the quiet cheer of the remaining Barovian locals. They continue through the southern gate and the distant sound of gunfire resonates faintly through the night air. The patrol returns a little more worse for wear, with at least two of the guards who departed yet to make a return. Seeking shelter for the night, the guardsmen file into the Trusty Ox Inn for a meal and some rest.

For the first time in a long while, a sense of normality returns to the town - despite sunken boats, burned homes and slaughtered livestock - as Vallaki's guards converse and share stories with the locals during the old night. A creeping wave of anxiety threatens the precarious order of the town, however, as preparations for the war are gradually set into place over the coming weeks.

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Re: Barovia - Road to Zeidenburg - Berez
« Reply #57 on: June 03, 2021, 07:41:49 PM »
Following the liberation of Berez following the entry of the Vallaki Garda into the village it is not long after that news returns of the rescue of the Burgomaster of Berez's family from Zeidenburg after they were supposedly taken with the retreating rebels as hostages. However, notably, the family remained in Vallaki's Citadel where they were delivered supposedly by uniformed members of the Red Vardo Traders of Vallaki. The Wachter Militia advance south to the Dreadpass and seem to have cleared the obstacles placed by the retreating Black Army of Gundarak. The Dreadpass rings with the occasional fire of musket fire and cannon...
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Re: Barovia - Road to Zeidenburg - Berez
« Reply #58 on: June 07, 2021, 08:57:03 PM »
[A somber mood falls over the village of Berez as a host of soldiers from Vallaki made their way to the freshly-liberated fishing village to carry out the Count's edict: Burgomaster Iancu Viteazul, for his incompetence and his failure to keep the rebels from occupying Berez, was sentenced to death. The fishermen who call Berez home carry out their daily labours listlessly, accompanied by the muted sounds of wailing and sobbing from Musatei Viteazul, his widow and now the new Burgomistress.]