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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #25 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. 

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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #26 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.

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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #27 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.
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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #28 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.

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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #29 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.


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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #30 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.

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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #31 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.


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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #32 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.

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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #33 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.
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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #34 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.
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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #35 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.
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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #36 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.
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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #37 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.

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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #38 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.
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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #39 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.]

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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #40 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.]

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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #41 on: January 01, 2023, 07:46:20 PM »
[A young, Barovian woman is seen wrapped in hood and scarf, and worn-out travel clothes that look too big for her, as if clothes of a man. Accompanied by a young, striking man of seemingly Dementlieuse descent, they leave the library in the neighbourhood. The woman with a bag packed resting on her back, well prepared for a long road, hiding her face in the shadows of her hood, gives a long look to the library. Then they head towards the docks with quick steps.]

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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #42 on: January 06, 2023, 11:47:12 PM »
[The auburn haired peasant girl, after nearly a week of absence, is once again seen frequenting the library, and the basement downstairs called the White Lily.]

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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #43 on: January 11, 2023, 04:01:21 PM »
A garda nails notices to the door of Houlgrave's Books:

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To Your Leadership,

Let it be known that a representative from your organization has been summoned to appear at the Burgomasterís Court help January 14th, 778.

At least one person with the authority to speak for you all is required to attend by order of the Burgomaster.

Let this serve as due notification.

Signed,

Private Ecaterina Zamfir,
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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #44 on: January 16, 2023, 07:04:47 AM »

[After the Burgomaster's court held on the weekend, people of the Residential District murmur of how the auburn haired girl of the library was seen entering the building, dress soaked in blood, face bruised. Walking only with the help of some others around her. She is not seen in public in the following couple of days.]

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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #45 on: January 18, 2023, 02:22:36 PM »
A garda is seen moving around the district erecting signs on the most traveled spots and roads.

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NOTICE  - SUPPLEMENTARY TAX


In accordance with the wishes of His Excellency, and in light of the ease and plenty that does bless them THE PEOPLE OF VALLAKI are to render unto his servants a SUPPLEMENTARY TAX of THREE HUNDRED WOLF FANG. No man, woman or child of BAROVIAN BIRTH within the bounds of the municipality will be excused from giving unto their LORD his due upon pain of death.

Be it known that there will be no delay tolerated and those who withhold their means beyond the month may draw scrutiny for their failure to share their abundance with their rightful ruler.


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Re: Vallaki - Residential District
« Reply #46 on: July 01, 2023, 06:36:20 AM »
A group of Outlanders - three women, one man, and a halfling, was seen snooping around a building just off the plaza to the north of the district, in broad daylight. The building, an old shop front, is known to have had some strange night-time comings and goings; the sounds of hammering and chiselling was known to be heard from there late into the night, much to the consternation of the neighbors.

Some time after nightfall, the Outlanders reemerged from the building. And the next morning, the Garda were seen setting up a barricade outside. What they found inside is unclear, though perhaps it was a little more esoteric than just nocturnal renovation works..