Pamphlets in Doskvol

A mushroom-paper pamphlet might get handed to the scoundrels while they are on their way to their job, on their way to indulge in their vice or be stuffed into the wounds by their gang so they won’t bleed out on the street.

Whispernomicon: a street guide to spirits
a guide to ghosts published by a loose confederacy of whispers, edited and published by Mama Jane.

Not Dead But Dreaming
a religious pamphlet about the monstrous sleeping entity waiting to eat our reality

Duskwall for Akorosian
a racist screen with anti-refugee conspiracy theories and charicature cartoons made to instill fear

Jack Journal
a labor newsletter led by the rail jacks but beginning to gather news relevant to many workers throughout the city

Strangford Sins, in which the gentle reader will better understand the monster sitting on the City Council seat and sucking on Duskwall like a tick in a goat hoof
a political pamphlet put out in order to prepare the public for the fall of the Strangford family.


Please add your own pamphlets with a short description in the comments

More pamphlets over on G+ discussion in the Blades in the Dark Community


Art:

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Men and printing press, Brattleboro, Vt.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-b6d2-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99


Daydreaming in Duskovol

Daydreaming in Duskovol

 

Rainy day in the Dusk

Call me old fashioned but nothing quite captures the soul of a muddy Duskwall street like an artist with a charcoal pencil.


smoke on the docks

Here are a few pictures from the ghost-made chap-book, Drowned Dreams on the Docks.

smoke and sails on the bay


Hunter

The feared Silkshore Baroness was said to have posed for this portrait just before the Fogcrest Massacre, in which she ambushed over a dozen members of the City Watch and blue coats ran red.


Demon Decimates a Gang

Demon decimates a gang. The gang’s name was forgotten – perhaps just because their scores were meager or perhaps the demon ate all memories of their exploits.


funeral

 

Funeral procession, somberly taking the dead to the crematorium.


duelling pistols

When the posh of Brightstone decide to murder one another in a gentlemanly duel, only the finest engraved pistols will do.


Lord Governor

These painted portraits of the Lord Governor of Doskovol, Red Fist of the Emperor, Brigadier General, North Hook Brigade are often put in the windows by his officers to show their allegiance. Sometimes they hand them out to their allies.


camera

Tapestrechromestat images (tapes for short) are all the rage nowadays. Here are several that capture images from all walks of Duskwaller life using technology at the height of modern accomplishment.


Dockworkers exume ancient altars

Here is a tape torn from the pages of Ancient Religions and Halcyon Witchcraft Journal capturing an image of laborers by the docks excavating the site of the old Collajin Warehouses. They exhumed a series of altars that scholars have not yet successfully dated but seems to have been buried there since before the city’s founding.


Whitehall

A photoist captured the College of Imperial Science’s main administration building.


leviathan ship

Abandoned antique leviathan ship, now said to be a scoundrel hangout of a gang that worships a cthonic leviathan saint.


warehouse

The murky pools outside of the Levshtyan Dye Factory.

Unfortunately, the tapestrechromestat device used here does not capture the full range of colors, so you cannot see the chromatic beauty of the sludge. Children in the neighborhood call it the Rainbow Pit and play zesty games of physical culture against one another in its shallow waters.


view of docks

View of the docks from the City Watch Tower.


spirit warden

A rare image from the hallowed halls of the Spirit Wardens. Here a warden has been lovingly placed in a plasm-blanket, being treated for a rare disease called vampirism, contracted on the job. We hope you are better soon, good sir! Duskwall thanks you for your service!


bluecoat precinct

The Charhollow Precinct Fort, an imposing piece of architecture that inspires law and order among the working folk of this scrappy district.


station

The east end of Gaddoc Station.


Art

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Le retour des artistes.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1877. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-4294-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “L’Embarcadère à Trouville.”The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1877. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-4297-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Le port aux mouettes.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1886. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-4263-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. “Lucile Grahn-Young (facs. sig.) als Catharina in dem Ballet Die Tochter des Banditen.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1848. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-7084-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Disparate de miedo.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1815. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dc-8e35-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Convoi funèbre au Boulevard de Clichy.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1887. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-411e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Pistols, engraved and inlaid with Damascene work, by Zuloaga of Madrid.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1851 – 1853. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-8fec-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
General Research Division, The New York Public Library. “General” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1910. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-9265-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library. “The camera.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-4730-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Workers at the canal locks, Keokuk, Iowa.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1870. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-61c6-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “City hall.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-8009-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Whale ship hove down for repairs, New Bedford, Mass.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-7776-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “The Factory.”The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-7896-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “View N.W. from from N.Y. Bridge Tower.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1870. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-1abc-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “The Field Building, New York.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1885. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-2042-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. “Patient in a hot head pillow.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1861 – 1872. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-e7ad-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Lowell and Eastern railroad station.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-8a97-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Artifact: The Blades in the Dark

The first knife-fight in Duskovol took place not long after it was founded. Scoundrel legends say it was a fight over turf and money between a sailor and a coal miner. Both died of their wounds, walked away with their gangs, covered in blood and died later of internal injuries. The knives are named Jake and Harp but no two districts’ criminals can agree what that means – old slang? names of the cutters who died? arcane reference to demonic powers?

What do the knives really look like? Some accounts depict them as solid pieces of black metal and others depict them as an antique nomad dagger and a rigging knife.

knife fight

Here’s what just about everyone agrees on:

When in the presence of violence, the daggers begin to heat up and sometimes give off sparks. The wielder feels the heat and the pain but it will not debilitate them as long as they continue fighting. They have appeared 4 times in Duskwall’s history, always during times of unrest and violence. Each time, blade-chosen cutters on different sides of the conflict killed one another with the knives and then the cursed blades always disappeared, spirited away by cultists who see the knives as holy relics.

There is a myth that the Dusker who wields both blades will cut Duskwall from the grip of the Empire. Imperial agents often investigate rumors of the daggers appearing, thinking that they are a sign of unrest or a symbol of rebellion conjured by con-men and a riotous rebel cult.

So, scoundrel, you’ve found one of the Blades in the Dark, the first  is a mission clock if you go looking for the other dagger, wanting to become a symbol of bloody rebellion, the other clocks start ticking off with or without you…

Find the other dagger before your most hated enemy

4 part countdown clock


Imperial Agents track you down

6 part countdown clock


Monks from a mysterious blade cult pay you a visit

6 part countdown clock


Duskwall descends into bloody war

8 part countdown clock

 

 

 

Burning Greyhawk, Comic Strip AP, Episode 5

Burning Greyhawk, Comic Strip AP, Episode 5

gloam circle

Episode 5

MP3

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Threads

Reading about Greyhawk in old school forums is kind of like reading about a religion with many different sects. I have found it fascinating and often inspiring.

Dragonsfoot: Talk to me about Gloams

In the Gord the Rogue books, specifically in City of Hawks, Gord travels to the Shadowplane and encounters evil beings known as “gloams”. The leader of these monsters, called Imprimus, is referred to as a vampire lich.

Does anyone know anything more definitive about Gloams and specifically Imprimus, such as a monster description and/or stats?

Dragonsfoot: About Vecna

Vecna’s not from Greyhawk.

Reddit: Greyhawk synopsis from the upcoming Tales of the Yawning Portal

Greyhawk, the pinnacle of D&D settings, is reduced to a few blurbs here and there in WotC’s new supplements.

Sad state of affairs, really.

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NPC’s

Mavis, Tanday the Gloam-walker’s apprentice

Harkhim, Tanday the Gloam-walker’s lost apprentice

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Art

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. “Diagram of an eclipse of the sun, with the moon casting a shadow cone.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1260. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-e574-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
British Library. “Castles and their Heroes…With Illustrations, etc” British Library Flickr. 1891. https://flic.kr/p/hWA5wk
Burning Greyhawk, Comic Strip AP, episodes 3 & 4

Burning Greyhawk, Comic Strip AP, episodes 3 & 4

Copy of Greyhawk

Episode 3

MP3

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Episode 4

MP3

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NPC’s

Gazer of Homlet is played by Felicia Pearson

Kieren Jalucian is played by Rami Malek

Tanday the Gloam-walker is played by Forest Whitaker

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Thoughts

One thing I’m looking for in between episodes is how much freedom I have as a GM to frame the scene. Did we end on a cliffhanger that means we have to start in the very next moment? Was Rich taking his character into motion, going about the next item on his task list? Is there a way I can prod at a bunch of beliefs all at once? Is there a consequence to an action that should hit the table?

The Womb Bog and The Bowl

The Womb Bog

Womb Bog

I’m having fun playing with Hex Kit.

I was futzing with the randomly generated maps, where you can put different hex-types at different elevations and see what happens and got this one with a bog right in the middle. It made me want to play a game with lizard-folk, bullywugs and maybe dragonborn. Lizard-folk vampires from the Bonegrove steal your warmth by grappling with you.

Clerics of single elements, all elements in balance or two combined.

I want a demi-god called the Froghemoth and a primordial world being put together out of the broken pieces of dead worlds (hence, elf lake). I added in rivers and lakes and named some stuff.

Fun toy.

Old World Markers

(If one isn’t enough for you, roll 2 and combine them)

  1. Dead Gods’ Rib
  2. Broken Shrine
  3. Infernal Amber (Frozen Piece of Hell)
  4. Statue’s Limb
  5. Stone Tentacle
  6. Boundary Marker designating the edge of a long-dead empire
  7. Cyclopean Cog (Broken Piece of Heaven)
  8. Golem Cemetery
  9. Dead Tree Deity
  10. Cathedral-sized heart, slowly rotting
  11. Dead Mushroom Deity
  12. Tower-sized Sword embedded in ground
  13. Blasted Wizard-God’s tower
  14. Crucified Paladin-God
  15. Crow’s cage containing the rotting Thief-God
  16. Broken Skyship Gate
  17. Crashed Capital Skyship
  18. Chains running from deep in the earth into the sky
  19. Lich-god’s crystal skull
  20. Broken siege engine meant to wage war on other-planar fortifications

The Bowl

And we’ve got the Bowl, rivers running towards the cold void at the center of a broken shard of a world, turning into frozen crystal waterfalls as their water spills into the uncaring stars.

The Bowl

Why do Sky Fortresses guard the void?

What blasted the old towers along the rim?

Who decides the path of the free-floating Sky Pyramid?

What is the relationship between the Black Monoliths and the Glyph Rocks?

Will the Mushroom Grove engulf the entire Bowl some day, as foretold?

What is the source of the river’s waters?

 

Traditions of the Swordlords: Faith and Taxes

Back in the Riverlands

It was difficult getting back into the groove. It has been so very long.

The session itself was solid. We rolled some dice, earned some personna artha and got to see each other’s faces once again – a lovely way to spend any evening.

Red Apple and Silver Bells. A book of verse for children ... Illustrated by A. B. Woodward

Lifestyle and Taxes

The last game was a long, long time ago. So the snow is thawing and it is time to think about the Lifestyle Resources roll and taxes from the various towns.

They made their ob 9 role for a ducal lifestyle with plenty of cash dice from taxes to spare. Drew brought me back to the Riverlands with descriptions of the tax montage scene; it is a good reminder that we have to link these rolls to in-game, in-world descriptions. Especially after long times away from a world, I find that I still forget that.

We talked about wax tablets and the gold vault’s walls being made of slate that the accountants use to keep tally of where various payments come from. They suspect Jiri, the pimp-knight in charge of the prostitution in the Riverlands, is holding out on them.

Red Apple and Silver Bells. A book of verse for children ... Illustrated by A. B. Woodward

River Tolls

A detail that came up was that the rivers were being used by merchants without tax nor tariff going into the High Swordlord’s coffers. Rachel circled up a Swordlord and a knight to deal with the situation. The Swordlord was Lom Godina; I had very little written about him and everyone else’s notes didn’t amount to much. I picked a picture for him from the Swordlords Pinterest page and played him with some swagger – a general who got captured early in the war and who had said the way they were fighting the Brevosi wouldn’t work but did his best to make it work until he was taken.

The knight was the warden of a debtor’s prison named Mihaly Warden; he had a pinterest pic already and was known as a humble knight, having led the debtors into the Riverlands due to a letter written by Ivo way back in the day.

Lom was all about sticking it to Mivon and making war on their soft, merchant-princes. Mihaly suggested setting their tolls at a price point that specifically would not start a war. They were sent off to do their work, to set the prices at a reasonable sum, fortifying a bridge already build on the Thorn River.

Red Apple and Silver Bells. A book of verse for children ... Illustrated by A. B. Woodward

The Priest and the The Bishop

Drew had a belief about unburdening Ivo of a book filled with the names of Drajnov’s dead that needed to be read out loud in a ritual meant to put the dead to rest. He wanted to discharge this list to the Church of 1000 Saints. It was an old summoning debt. The Sorcerer and the Swordlord called on Brother Johd, who was now a priest but in the old days of the uncivilized Riverlands he was a wanderer with faith in the Sword Saints. Now he is a priest, and apparently, a priest who had attempted to become a Bishop of the Riverlands in the recent elections but had fallen short.

Johd seemed out of place. He was comfortable in the old Riverlands, on the fringe of civilization and now civilization had come to him. The church had politics that were outside of his comfort zone. Johd was sad. I didn’t realize he was so until Ivo and Zora tracked him down.

But who was the bishop? I thought about that for a second. The older Sword-Matron had been dismissed by the High Swordlord. The priesthood wasn’t sure of its place in the Riverlands. The High Swordlord was not interested in giving them power or access to ways of making money that they had in Olde Rostland. The priests were scared and so the bishops who had been elected to serve throughout the Charterlands were the priests who had offered solutions, humble solutions.

And there was Bishop Ayub, an older priest who lost his sight late in life, a stone-carver who makes statues of the Sword Saints and sells them out of a barn. After the encounter, Drew said, “I liked your rabbi, Judd.” That was apt. I don’t think Ayub was any rabbi I’ve ever known. Maybe he was the rabbit I’d always wanted.

Ivo suggested that they give the remaining bits of taxes to the church to loan out at fair rates to the Riverlanders. And so the church became a bank.

Interesting times.

Red Apple and Silver Bells. A book of verse for children ... Illustrated by A. B. Woodward

Why the blog post?

The Burning Wheel forum is slowly closing its doors. I thought it was a good idea to start putting all of my Actual Play posts here.

 

British Library. “Red Apple and Silver Bells. A book of verse for children … Illustrated by A. B. Woodward.” British Library Flickr Collections.
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