Daydreaming of Vodacce

Vodacce, 7th Sea’s Quasi-Italy, was always the part of the setting that fascinated me the most – sword-and-knife-fights that go from city roof to canals to piazza and ending in a filthy alley. This is what I’m looking at while day-dreaming of treachery among the merchant princes and fate witches.

I’ve put together images from NYPL’s Digital Collection, all free to use except for the image of Mr. Borgia just below this. True to his family’s history, his use is ambiguous and dangerous.

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “A rare etching of Cesare Borgia, first born son of Alexander VI.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-c496-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “The palaces.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1879 – 1880. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-acaf-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “The riva, No. 1” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1879 – 1880. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-acb8-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Morning at Venice.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47db-bf8d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “The beggars.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1879 – 1880. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-ac8d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Veduta dell’ Arco di Costantino, e dell’ Anfiteatro Flavio detto il Coloseo.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1748 – 1751. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/639b6496-e4e3-e1ae-e040-e00a18061b63

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General Research Division, The New York Public Library. “Infanteria de linea: [a] Alferez del regimiento de los morados viejos; [b] Sargento, del regimiento fijo de Sicilia.1718” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1910. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-99ec-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “St. Peter’s and the Vatican, Rome.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1750. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47db-a015-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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General Research Division, The New York Public Library. “Schweizer Garde”The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1910. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-95ab-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Magistrate of Florence, MCCC” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1840. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5e66b3e8-b83c-d471-e040-e00a180654d7

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Veduta dell’esterno della gran Basilica di S. Pietro in Vaticano.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1748 – 1751. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/639b6496-e4e9-e1ae-e040-e00a18061b63

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Veduta interna della Basilica di S. Pietro in Vaticano.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1748. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/639b6496-e4cf-e1ae-e040-e00a18061b63

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Colonna Antonina.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1748 – 1751. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/639b6496-e4da-e1ae-e040-e00a18061b63

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Habit of the dutchess of Venice in 1581. Femme du doge de Venise.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1757 – 1772. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-3c8a-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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General Research Division, The New York Public Library. “Italy. Papal States, 1820” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1910. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-791e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Roman consul” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1814. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-680c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. “A nun of the antient[sic] Order of St. Augustin. Religieuse de l’ordre ancien de St. Augustin.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1757 – 1772. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-8179-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. “A nun of the order of Font Ebraldi. Religeuse de l’ordre de Font Evrauld.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1757 – 1772. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-817c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. “A Franciscan nun. Religieuse Franciscaine.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1757 – 1772. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-817d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “The grand piazza.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1748 – 1751. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/639b6496-e4bd-e1ae-e040-e00a18061b63

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Two Musicians Playing the Violin and the Lute” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1538. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/d7e050f0-2efe-0133-3bef-58d385a7b928

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Ponte magnifico.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1748 – 1751. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/639b6496-e516-e1ae-e040-e00a18061b63

 

Burning Greyhawk, Episode 2

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MP3 link

Gauntlet Patreon Link

Burning Wheel

Locien’s Spellbook

Using Art Magic from the Burning Wheel Codex

Fiery Phoenix Sword

Summons a finely balanced flaming hand and a half sword with phoenix iconography.

Sorcerous Weapon, Obstacle 3, Superior Quality

 

Locien’s Burst of Speed

Grants the caster fleetness of foot.

Advantage, Obstacle 2, +2D to Speed for a Conflict

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Link to previous episode’s blog post.

Art

Spencer Collection, The New York Public Library. “Front cover” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1909 – 1887. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dc-3f90-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
British Library. “Castles and their Heroes…With Illustrations, etc” British Library Flickr. 1891. https://flic.kr/p/hWA5wk

SWN 13: Laser Rifles vs. Monoblade Spears

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That tweet kind of says it all.

They took a bit of a beating from the space marines and their monoblades turned into spears. Some of debate on how a genocidale unbraked AI got stranded on this planet and when they looked at the data they saw that it wasn’t destroyed because of a political breakdown in the AI-hunting Perimeter organizations

In the next game, they’ll figure out how to get 0r10n off-planet, past the nanite curtain made to hold unbraked AI’s on the surface.

Will they use the planetary kill-switch that will take the planet back to the stone age, destroying all tempered metal and synthetic compounds?

Will Arkady’s mentor teleport 0r10n off-planet, past the curtain?

7th Sea’s Dracula

Once upon a time a brave band of men and women built a fort on the edge of a dark, antediluvian forest. The forest was so deep and so dark that it was said that there were places no human foot had ever tread, trees that took their sustenance from their roots deep in hell’s sinful blood because the sun could not penetrate the roof.

The steadfast men and women were ordained by the church’s own  and became knights. The Order of the Star, known for fighting monsters. The villagers around the fort called it Der Stern and so their star badge was born.

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Der Stern

The knights were led by an Imperator, a devoutee of the Vaticine Church. When the church told him that the forest’s darkness had spawned its demons in the south, the Imperator marched his brethren south to the Crescent Empire.

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The knights march south.

They found no demons, only people. The church told the Imperator to take his knights to farther south, to Ifri but when they arrived – once again they found only people.

The church told the Imperator to take his knights to Cathay but his knights did not believe him and abandoned him, returning home to their own struggles, enriched and educated by their travels.

The Imperator was not enriched, nor was he educated by his travels.

The knights who had learned from the people of Ifric and the Crescent Empire and taken that wisdom and friendship back with them to Theah left the Imperator alone with a small retinue of his most zealous, most devout and most hateful.

They called themselves the Society of the Dragonists. The more the Dragonists looked at the people in the foreign lands they traversed the more hate infected their hearts, the more false demons they saw everywhere. The only demons they saw were the ones in their own hearts. They replaced their humanity with the darkness and hate they knew from the forest.

In denying people their humanity, the Imperator lost his own. Mirrors refused to carry his reflection and the sun showed disdain for him, as if he had been born on that forest floor, among the demons and the hellspawn he once hunted. The Society of Dragonists, led by their Supreme Dragon, have wandered undying, draining the world of resources like parasites for over 500 years.

Dragonist Founder

Duke Sigismund Dracula, Society of Dragonist’s Supreme Dragon

 

Strength: 10

Influence: 5

Monstrous Qualities: Nocturnal, Shadowy

When the Supreme Dragon comes to a new city, his retinue will spread out and find their prey, looking for landed folk to marry, seduce or charm. They’ll find foreigners to terrorize. Eventually, they will bring the Supreme Dragon from a ship on the bay, laying some building they own’s cellar with soil from the Walder Forest, so their lord might sleep, gestate and come to full power.

They will seek to increase their power through land-grabs and turning other folk into monsters, be it through their cursed blood or through their ugly xenophobic hate.

Imagery Thoughts

When describing vampires, I’m going to go with blood-sucking imagery. The Dragonists will be seductive and then once their hate is uncovered it will be an array of circular lamprey eel mouths, human-sized mosquito proboscises, and good ole fashioned giant bat wings.

Story of Die Kreuzritter taken from and inspired by the 7th Sea 2nd edition, page 261. The Imperator was in that story, waiting for me.

Art

General Research Division, The New York Public Library. “Porta der Damasco.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1910. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-78f8-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
General Research Division, The New York Public Library. “Knights of Malta, 1048-1799” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1910. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-7901-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
General Research Division, The New York Public Library. “Johanniter.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1910. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-78f4-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Female Musquito — Natural Size And Magnified ; Culex Pipiens — Head Of Male.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1858. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-2aad-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library. “Petromizon marinus, The Lamprey.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1785 – 1797. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-6925-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Indented Javelin Bat ; Vampire & Javelin Bat ; Trefoil Leaf Bat ; Three-Toothed Horseshoe Bat ; The Rear-Mouse Bat.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-34d2-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Burning Greyhawk, Episode 1

Burning Greyhawk, Episode 1

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MP3 link

Gauntlet Patreon Link

Burning Wheel

Locien Wester (played by an older John Cho)

Belief 1

I will recover the eye and hand of Vecna to resolve this cold war, reuniting The Circle of Eight and maintaining stability in Flanaess.

Belief 2

I will ensure that my archers are hired as city guards.

Belief 3

???

Locien Wester’s Character Sheet and Google Doc notes

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Greyhawk Resources

World of Greyhawk by Gary Gygax

The Free City of Greyhawk map

Flanaess names

Dragonsfoot Greyhawk Links

 

NPC’s

Jallarzi is played by Issa Rae.

Gazer of Hommlet is played by Felicia Pearson.

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Art

General Research Division, The New York Public Library. “Buteo Cooperii, California Hawk.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1860. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-5741-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
General Research Division, The New York Public Library. “Franc-archer, archer de la garde : 1460.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1910. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-4971-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Title: “Castles and their Heroes … With illustrations, etc”
Author: HUTTON, afterwards ALEXANDER, Barbara.
Contributor: BOWERS, Georgina.
Shelfmark: “British Library HMNTS 10349.cc.17.”
Place of Publishing: London
Date of Publishing: 1891
Identifier: 001778831

 

SWN: E-Missive from 0R10N

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Greetings Astral Dragon LLC Board of Directors,

I believe Dr. Galvani is prolonging my development on the surface of Kaprianou because it is only through this part of the process that he is going to be of true active use to your company. We have temporarily disarmed the space marines but they have access to AR3S, who could have access to TL5 weapons in storage here since before the Scream.

As to the Bruxelles Class Battlecruiser, I have narrowed down its placement into 6 hexes of the Sector Hades Zeta.

Or we could hunt AR3S down. I was born to destroy genocidal unbreaked A.I. like him. If put into a network with him, I could disassemble his sapience.

I leave the decision to you.

What would you like to do?

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Art

Title: “Aide-mémoire du Voyageur; notions générales de géographie mathématique, de géographie physique, de géographie politique, de géologie, de biologie et d’anthropologie à l’usage des voyageurs, des étudiants et des gens du monde”
Author: KALTBRUNNER, D.
Shelfmark: “British Library HMNTS 10024.f.9.”
Page: 46
Place of Publishing: Zurich<
Date of Publishing: 1881
Issuance: monographic
Identifier: 001923157

It is Friday and I’m ready for winter to be over.

Reading: I finished Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe and loved it loved it. Novellas are the best book length for me; they just seem to fit into my life. I finish them in 3 or 4 days.

I tried to read  Norse Mythology and it is boring me to tears. I remember reading a book on Norse myth as a kid and it began something like, “The world was made of fire, blood and ashes…” This feels like it is lacking all of those things.

Wanting to read about an American Bad-Ass, I picked up Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom and it is not disappointing me.

I’m also reading old Greyhawk texts and web sites and forum posts for an upcoming game.

Planning: A busy weekend with lots of cool stuff.

Writing: Nope. Just nope.

And you?