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

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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