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Uhrwerkstadt / hey guys, do you hear?
« Last post by Clintontoche on August 22, 2019, 08:30:33 AM »
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Discussion / hey guys, do you hear?
« Last post by Clintontoche on August 22, 2019, 08:30:27 AM »
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News / Updates / Re: May 2019
« Last post by The Skald on May 03, 2019, 06:29:42 PM »
This is a reminder/notification that the change has been made. If you encounter any problems do not hesitate to reach out.

Minor updates will continue to follow, but none that will affect your ability to log in, create characters, or play!

Maybe we should party.  ;D
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News / Updates / May 2019
« Last post by The Skald on May 02, 2019, 12:04:21 AM »
This update is in regards to a major update that will happen FRIDAY MAY 3RD.

I have achieved greatness!

I gloat, but really, something I have wanted from the very beginning is now a reality as we have our own Single Sign On! You will now only have to register once to have access to the site and the forum. This means that when you log in, you will be logged into both! I am over the moon to provide this at last, it has taken me way too long.

That's not all: For those of you who have known this code as long as I have-- you know that it suffers a lot of holes, security and otherwise. By succeeding in this, I have now sealed up a ~major~ security flaw. It also fixed the long-lost Password Recovery and allow you to update account details as we are using a more professionally built system to provide it.

"But I never signed up to the forum! What will happen to my current account?"

Nothing. Sign up, the system will search the user table of the site to find your original account if there are matching details and proceed as normal. If there is no match it will prompt you. If this prompt is an error, or if you don't see your list of characters, reach out to The Skald ASAP to remedy.
Note: Characters will still be housed separately. So characters on the chat side will not automatically become sub-accounts on the forum, or vice versa. Sub accounts are still an *optional* function of the forum.

Why such short notice?!
I feel confident that the transaction will be fairly smooth given our smaller player base. I wanted to also ensure that I would be around unconditionally to help with any transition woes. This update also concerns some serious security improvements so I want to act on it ASAP.  You should also consider changing your passwords, for peace of mind.

Updates in effect as of this posting:
  • You can now add your Discord details to your forum profile, if you would like. Depending on your settings with Discord, people may or may not be able to contact or add you.
  • Guilds now see the latest posts of their public boards while within chat. The -Members Only- section of their board will have to be seen on the forum. Still looking into a fix there.
  • New items and shops will be added this week prior to the new login roll out.
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Uhrwerkstadt / The home of Amara and Alcide
« Last post by aipsylon on April 22, 2019, 03:58:34 PM »
(This is a joint post made with Alcide, Amara and Shen posting.)

Amara was in the little cottage they had paid for when first arriving to the town. It was a bit bigger than some of the housing that lined one part of the the town center. Inside the home sat the new mother holding the new addition. Ezra was only a few days old and already Amara was in love with the little boy. Happily she sat in the window seat letting the warm rays of the sun warm them both as she talked and cooed to the new baby. She was in absolute bliss, she was so happy.


Shen had asked around town upon reaching the town he had found that she had gone to the healers, a new baby born, He had some experience in such and after seeking out a number of avenues, he found that she had a house in town. not finding her at the healers he decided that was a direction to go. Looking around the yard, he made his way up to the door, pulling back his hand and knocking a polite twice, two taps meant to be loud enough to be heard through the house, but not so loud as to seem like he was pounding. He was here to find Alcide, but he was not with her he was nearly certain Amara would know where he would be.


With the new addition the little family was just that, a family. Alcide was excited to have a son with the love of his life. Nothing could make him happier. He walked up to Amara and softly kissed her forehead and did the same to little Ezra. Then suddenly he heard the two taps at the door. He walked over, opening it to see Shen standing there. He wondered what this was about. "Hello there." He said leaning on the door frame arms crossed.


Shen put on a pleasant smile, he had seen Alcide with Amara all those months ago at the Coldhaven games. He was not sure this was the man, but he did match the description. "Alcide?" His voice held a question, fine gree silk robes over his body. While in town he had stabled Hasi, the phalax stalker he had come here on. His hands were clasped behind his back and his body had a relaxed if formal posture. He had been sent here and had things that he was to do, things in a way he did not agree with, but duty was that.


Amara smiled at the kiss and giggled as the kissed Ezra, a small laugh left her lips as the baby wiggled and she smiled. Then there was a knock at the door. Looking up she watched as Alcide answered the door. Staying where she was with the baby until she heard the voice and caught the scent. Her heart skipped as beat she walked up behind and looked at Shen, "How can we help you?" She said worried about this visit.

He shook his head yes. "Yeah. That's me. How can we help you?" He asked echoing Amaras question as he was still standing in the doorway. He would stay there in case of any type of danger were to occur because he would do anything to protect his family, even more now. He wondered what this was going to be about. Alcide hadn't seen this man since the Coldhaven games awhile back. He was unsure of what to expect from Shen.

Shen nodded, dipping his head down in a short bow. "I have been sent here to ask a few questions, do you mind if I come in, I would prefer not to stand in the doorway" He glanced past Alcide to look into the home behind him, taking in a little about the room he could see past him . "I do believe that congratulations are in order though. On the recent addition." A few pleasantries never did harm, though they often made undesirable business that much less desirable for him.


She didn’t trust like how nonchalant he was being. It made her nervous. As he looked into the home he would notice how clean it was despite having a new baby. The light coming into the house was 90% natural light. Looking at Alcide she moved aside, ”Come in.” She said turned to lead him into the kitchen, ”Thank you.” She said looking at the baby with a smile, Can I get you anything?” She asked Before standing next to her mate.


Shen Made his way into the House at the invitation, looking around the room by habit as he headed in. He saw the natural light and found it to be quite a pleasant way to live. Lead into the kitchen and offered something he gave a little smile.
"I think a nice warm cup of tea if you have a pot." Things here were not as they were in other places and well it seemed like they had not yet really had the time to make this place like home. Or chose to live sparsely, in either case they may not have all the niceties. "Who is it you have there?" He asked, making some pleasant conversation while the Tea got ready, not wanting to get straight to business, a little tension clear to him as they were settling in and it would be best if they could get past that before starting to get down to business.


Alcide stood there still wondering what this visit was about when Amara cane and stood next to him. He hadn’t seen Shen since the Coldhaven games and that was months ago. He heard Shen mention Ezra. “This is our son, Ezra.” He said gently placing his hands, one around Amaras waist and the other gently on Ezra. He looked down at their baby and smiled. Then he looked back to Shen. “So what can we do for you? Why the visit?” He asked sitting down at their dining table waiting to see what this was about.


Shifting Ezra carefully in her arms, she put a kettle over the fire and pulled town three cups. As she turned around she was about to answer Shen's question but Alcide beat her to it. She nodded in agreement and moved to pour some honey in each cup. She sighed, "We both are pretty sure on why you are here so can we skip the rest of the pleasantries and get to what is going to happen?" She asked pouring the hot tea into the cups and stirring in the honey. She put the cups on sauces and gave one to Shen, one to Alcide and carried hers to the table set it down and shifted Ezra around as he began to awake and wiggle around.


Shen put a studious frown on his face as the wished to rush to the point. Ah, yes it made sense they were not to wish a longer delay, likely knowing what they thought was coming. "Very well, I won't, but I should give a short exposition prior to my question. The Prima is generally aware of your skills, Amara, and finds them too useful in healing to be used elsewhere in these troubled times. Alcide, on the other hand, the Prima has sent me here to ascertain your skills that you may be placed in an appropriate position." Again, he let his lips turn down into a frown. "I had hoped to get to know you a little better before we got to business. Since I will not have that opportunity, I will have to appeal to the actions that I have this far demonstrated for Amara." He paused to look to her trying to meet her eyes. If both of you are honest and open with me it will help me to what I can to assure that what happens is a result of your intentions as well as your actions." He looked to Alcide as he finished that piece. "I know you have no reason to trust me, but I give you my word, this is my intention."

Alcide sat there taking in what little was said about the situation. Shen was here sent by the Prima to ascertain his skills? Why? What was the Prima wanting? He thought on this for a moment before looking to Shen when he spoke of them having no reason to trust him and about if they would be open and honest. Whatever Shen wanted he was going to be getting. Alcide would always be honest. “You are probably right, we don’t have much reason to trust you. But whatever open honesty you want, you will get.” He said to Shen before taking a drink of the tea Amara had given to him.


They could have a pleasant conversation after things are all done, but Amara didn't like the anxiety hanging in the air anymore. Shifting the slightly fussing newborn she looked at Shen as he began get into his visit. As he said she go work has a healer because the Prima knew of her skills made her both really happy because that was here her skills were and what her passion was, but she remembered the healers at the clinic and how odd their practices were. Looking down at Ezra she gently soothed the baby before looking over to Alcide. She looked a him then to Shen, "What do you want to know?" She asked getting up to walk around trying to sooth the newborn.


"Firstly, the business of what I am here for, a list of Alcide's skills. Once we have gone over that, if given your choice, how would you would take accountability for the actions around the battle in Prasino." He held up a hand. "I understand that you too, suffered loss with it, but for the Prima I can say will not accept that." Shen delivered the statement, coolly, but he looked between the two seeking something there, then nodding. His eyes then went to the young Ezra. "He's picking up on your mood. I am sorry for bringing it here, into your home."


His skills? Well he has a few different things. Like he built an entire cabin for him and Amara. He self taught himself how to use weapons and how to craft weapons. “I have skills in building, wood crafting, weapon smithing, self taught skills with swords, daggers and bow.” He said listing off his skills to Shen. Alcide wondered what skills he and the Prima were looking for. Hopefully whatever they were looking for was not going to be too far from his family. Especially with Ezra being a newborn. He wanted to be apart of his sons life.


Moving around the kitchen rubbing the newborn's back softly humming and looking over to Shen as he apologized but Amara didn't respond. Not out of anger to him but she was handing the baby. As he quieted down, Amara heard Alcide listing off his skills and looked at Shen, "Is she looking for anything specific?" She asked softly as she continued to pat Ezra's back offering him to Alcide, maybe he wanted his father.


Shen nodded, as Alcide spoke of his skills, a guard or a craftsman, those were likely professions that would fit him, and those could be done anywhere. Shen did not mind her not responding, he had not been good with children, ok he was good with children, just not babies. He knew exactly what the Prima was planning, but he hoped still to disuade her from the action she had decided to take.
"Yes, but there is a chance her mind can be changed. That was much of the reason for the second part of my question. What each of you would feel is a punishment that would fit your crimes in the Prima's eyes that you are willing to pay, one that must also match the perceptions of the offense you offered against the soldiers that marched expecting healers, but finding much less than they had hoped for. I am not attacking, I heard your story and believed it, but I am not Primo, nor King, nor any other position of marked power, I must do what I can, how I can."


He finished his tea and looked at Shen while he spoke. He wasn’t sure what to say to the second part of Shens question. He didn’t want to say something that could possibly separate their family. He needed to think about what to say, so as to not say the wrong thing. He also heard Amaras question which he was also curious of the answer to that. Then she offered Alcide Ezra and he softly rocked his son before speaking to Shen. “Is the Prima in need of a specific skill? What exactly does she want?” He asked.



As Alcide took Ezra, Amara sat down next to him, putting her hand on her mate's arm looking at Shen. She tilted her head and looked at Shen, "When the Prima's mind is made up - there is no changing it..." She said with a small chuckle trying to lighten up the mood a bit before he moved on, "As I was exploring the down, there seems to be another guild um...the merchant's guild. Could they be in need of members? Maybe he can work there?" She asked hopeful because the words of the Prima rang in her head and she knew that it was going to be difficult or impossible to get a happily ever after for them after what she had done. Amara was kicking herself for her panicking and running back home to get help instead of talking to the Prima....she ruined her life ~ and was making things difficult for Alcide, it was a wonder he hadn't told her he was leaving. She just hoped things for Ezra would be easier.


Shen saw each of them being to think about what he had said, the thoughts pass through them, each reach their conclusions, then each of them choose to speak. When he heard Alcide's words, he closed his eyes. Shen knew the answer to the question, and he knew too what his answer meant. He left them closed a few seconds before opening them again. They moved to Amara as she spoke and claimed there was no changing the Prima's mind, then came up with something he could do here. "I know if several things he could do here, both in a guild and not in one. As promised, I will do what I can. The Prima knows both of you better than I, and without your help I fear that you are correct Amara." He turned his head to look at Alcide thoughtfully, before raising his cup to take a sip of tea giving him a moment. "Do you know what it is you cost the Prima when you left, in her mind at least?"


Alcide thought back to when he had talked to the Prima about being with Amara. They had come to an agreement and when he and Amara left, he had basically backed out of their deal and he knew it. He looked to Shen. There was probably no getting out of this and changing the Primas mind. He had cost the Prima being with Alexandr by leaving with Amara to her homeland. “I had made a deal with the Prima and it cost the Prima what she wanted.” He said looking down at his empty cup.


Amara had known nothing about the deal he had made with the Prima or she would have tried to persuade him to stay and help, or maybe she would have stayed. Probably not because one big trait about Amara, is that if she gets an idea in her head she 's going to do it.....if she gets a goal in her head she will achieve it. The goal she had here was get more soldiers to help defeat the being and win back the land for the skald not really for her. It just failed this time. She sighed, "The happiness with the love of her life." She piped up and finished her tea looking back at Ezra. Part of her would be a little shocked if the Prima took the father away from an innocent child because Ezra didn't do anything. Then again she would understand because Amara royally messed up.


Shen watched each of them, they knew and he had not had to say, only to remind them of the past. He nodded solemnly as they each realized what he was implying. He sipped lightly at the tea, used to using it to pass the time,. Giving a few moments for things to settle in. "Having spoken with you both today I have a couple of ideas. When I return I will do what I can to be sure you are kept together. I asked each of you for a punishment you would accept but that you also believe was sufficient for your crime. I heard what you said, but I do ask again, going the tea and time has given you a chance to consider." He finished the glass of tea, setting it down and taking a breath in, clearly ready to leave if they had nothing more to say to him.


Alcide sat in silence still softly rocking his son. He would do anything to keep the family together but he couldn’t think of a punishment that wouldn’t possibly tear his family apart. “I’m not sure what punishment would be enough for what was done to the Prima. She lost her happiness because I didn’t hold up my end of the deal. I just don’t want my family torn apart...


Amara was unable to sit any longer, with a breath she got up take her cup to the sink along with Alcide's cup before turning to face them again looking at Shen she sighed again, "Thank you for your trip down here, we will await the news of what's yet to come. Is there anything else?" She asked, it was nearly Ezra's time to eat and she didn't feel comfortable feeding him with Shen here nor did she want to leave the room.


Shen touched the table with his pinky as he released the tea cup. He saw Amara rise, and how uncomfortable she was. He saw Alcide there, holding the child. He gave a frown, but nodded, yes, it would be worse for their family to be torn apart, but he had an idea. He closed his eyes as he looked between them.
"I have something that might be something she settles for, before I offer it to her I should like your approval of it. That Alcide you build for members of the battalagia that were injured homes, one by one. As a couple you will welcome them to their houses, that you will apologize for not being there and any role that you had in what harm came to them. I think this idea I can sell to the Prima, but only if I can guarantee to her that you will cooperate in earnest. Will you, and may I put forward this to her?" He stood, back straight and head bowed slightly, Humble before them. He was only an advisor, doing what he could to make the Tapestry a better place for those that lived in it from the lowest peasant, to the Prima herself.


Alcide thought on this for a moment. This idea he could definitely get behind. He knew he could do the work and was definitely willing to do it. He hoped the Prima would accept the idea as well. "Yes. I am all for this idea. I hope the Prima will accept it." He said confidently and honestly. This could definitely keep his family together and hopefully be proof that he is sorry for backing out of his deal with the Prima. He stood and walked over to Amara gently handing Ezra over to her.


Amara took the quiet newborn cooing to the happy newborn before looking at Alcide and back to Shen thinking. She thought for a moment, maybe when they welcomed them to the new home she could bring some home backed goods in a basket. She looked at Shen nodding, "We could do that. I honestly like the idea...I can also given them a basket home homemade goods to help welcome them into their new home." She suggested looking from Alcide to Shen, she justed hoped the Prima liked the idea too.


Shen nodded, giving a little frown. He saw the optimism in her action, he wondered if she would still have that mentality when she saw some of the worse off cases, he knew many had died, but others, well he wondered. Nodding slowly he gauged each of them a time again before bowing his head only to each of them. "I thank you again for having me into your home, and apologize that it brought with it ill tidings." He waited for their farewells before departing. He knew that the hardest step was yet to come, but well that would be its own time, something in the future and he'd have a trip to plan for it.

Alcide nodded at Shen as he walked with him to the door. The visit wasn’t as bad as he thought it was going to be. Hopefully with what was discussed and if everything goes well with the Prima, Alcide will be able to stay with his family.


As Shen stood up Amara would nod to him and walk with him to the door,
"Thank you for your efforts.” She said shifting the baby gently in her arms before she would vanish into the baby room to change and feed the newborn. She was tense and only time would tell what would happen.


Shen headed with the tall man to the door. He gave a bow to the pair of them at the door. "Do not thank me yet, you know the Prima's mind is hard to change. I will do what I can, but feel you may have nothing to thank me for." He headed out back away from the house. His mind on the future once more. There was much to be done in this land as there had been in the land he came from, and purpose, a purpose that filled his steps as he departed.
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Uhrwerkstadt / Re: Eclectic Reverie
« Last post by Arwick Tinuveil on March 24, 2019, 04:33:07 PM »
It has been some time since my last log as I have been so busy it has become hard to find the time, I will make more of an effort to keep up with it.

The profits from the shop have been picking up as words travels fast here. I’ve even had a few specific requests from the locals. I have prepared the greenhouse and garden for spring planting hopefully cutting costs on herbal supplies as I will be able to harvest more myself.

An unusual visitor came to the shop by the name of Demothi. He creates stories from objects that are tied to places or events. Stating that he was drawn to she shop by the name thinking it would be full of unique items waiting for stories to be told, unfortunately he was disappointed though I have to admit that his expectations did open my mind to the possibility of adding such things to the shop if not for supplying such but to add to the variety of available items. After the Baron told him the history behind the house/shop we did strike a partnership of sorts, he would like to bring items by that could be interesting to the shop and I would try to find things that could merit a story. He left a gift that he made by using a device I had never seen before taking a simple worn cloth and altering the fabric with the device, the cloth now has the ability to change the object it is used on by either making more of or restoring it. I have tested it on a few things and it has some interesting results. In return I presented him a knife that he was interested in as it had missed its mark, he seemed happy to receive it and the Baron I hope to see him again soon.

Venus and I have become fast friends and partners, her supply of furs draws in quite a bit of revenue as I suspected they would. She seems to becoming a bit more comfortable in her new surroundings as it takes a little while anywhere to find direction and purpose.

I have taken notice that Witch has not been around. I think in her cat form she may have gone to explore outside through a door ajar and perhaps found new adventures. I wish her luck and safety on her journeys.

I have recently taken an interest in trying to find out as much history as I can about the Tapestry. Not only to answer some of my own questions but in knowing more I will in turn know how to better serve the people that come to the shop and future prospects.

The Baron has approached me to accompany him on a trip to learn and assist with the guild. I am looking forward to it and I am grateful he has enough trust in me to make such an offer. While we are away the construction will be taking place and will hopefully be completed upon our return.
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Uhrwerkstadt / Eclectic Reverie
« Last post by Arwick Tinuveil on March 06, 2019, 04:45:13 PM »
Arwick Tinuveil / Elia - Raven familiar

Arriving at Zeithalle she would follow the map she had
to the town hall looking for Handelsguilde, finding it she
would look over the place, it was a giant clock tower?
She didn’t have to wait long before she was greeted by
a man who introduced himself as Baron von Kauffman.

Inviting her into his office that was in a state of disarray
to say the least. He spoke of recent murder and that he
had taken over the position of guild leader for the time
being, after a brief interview he has decided to give me
a merchant position in the guild were I will make potions,
medicinal remedies and herbal blends to sell.

After looking for some time for a shop and house the
Baron has seen fit to help me by opening a house under
his ownership, having now acquired from him an empty
space that will serve as both with a shop in the front and
living quarters on the second floor. I have named the shop
Eclectic Reverie at the Baron's discretion.

I have met a shapeshifter Girl/Kitten that goes by
the name of Witchcrafted, Witch for short in the town
center. She was injured and homeless, I have taken her
in to try and help her learn some basics such as dressing,
behavioral, and magical.

After getting a few things set in place I have stocked
some shelves and reported profits to the Baron. He has
seen fit to bring in a new member Venus, whose wares
that will utilize an empty space plus bring in new revenue.
Venus has come by the shop to set up a stock of furs and
will be by soon with more.

The Baron has plans to rebuild the shop to make it a
larger sales and working area, by adjoining the house next
door. The construction should start soon.
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Elsewhere / Re: The Huntsman, the maiden, and the sword [History, world-building]
« Last post by Snowflake on February 25, 2019, 09:47:34 AM »
She felt a sudden prickle of static run up her spine, the hairs on the back of her neck standing on end, her head whipping around as she looked for some new awful assailant, or an old one about to inflict some new strain of awful on her group. “Saga of stone, speak thy intent!”
The voice was Marath’s but it boomed in a way that made her ears hurt, the sense of tingling running up her spine now turning to a deep, resonating vibration as someone, or something answered him in a voice that drowned her in its depth “I am the guardian hand of mother earth”.
The ground trembled beneath her feet, and a new fear rose up inside her, squashing it down until it was wrenched from her with a gasp as the ground nearby seemed to spontaneously explode. Enormous detonations shook the earth they stood on, showering dirt and rocks into the air as the Vakdrimen villagers were scattered, although they still advanced through the hail of stones. The ground trembled again, and this time her footing was shaken by the roaring and churning, great pillars of dense stone ruptured from below, glistening with the veins of metal that ran through them. They burst from the ground, scattering the villagers, flinging some high into the air with force, houses shearing at the edges where the giant pillars collided with the buildings as they filled up the paths between. She spoke in dumb awe as she felt a hand grab her arm and drag her towards one of the paths that had not been blocked by the mighty pillars “The hand of the earth.”

That was magic, she realised - she didn’t know how it was done, or what it was made of, but that was what Marath had been saying earlier. This was something altogether different, a force that wasn’t terrifying because Marath had been the one to introduce it. Now, it just filled her with unease.
They fled down the dense, winding streets, the encroaching dark masking the edges and hiding objects until they were almost on top of them - it had never gotten this dark, this quickly, no matter what time of the year it was… The thought did not furnish her with any comfort.
The claustrophobic streets spat them out into a wide area, the group colliding with each other as they came to a sharp stop to investigate their surroundings. It seemed like a large courtyard as far as she could tell, although the rapidly encroaching dark made it hard to see anything except the blood red moon behind them, watching her despite her best attempts to ignore it. “Light, wizard - surely you can manage that after such an excessive display as the previous one?”

The tone was tense, but not aggressive she realised, and she was again impressed by Caspar’s seeming ability to adapt to anything without any apparent discomfort - he couldn’t just be a priest, or any other clergy member, so who was he? The line of thought was disrupted as Marath rapped his cane on the ground, and the tip of it bloomed with light, her eyes scrunching up for a moment as he lifted it up high to illuminate the area.
It was indeed some sort of courtyard that they stood within, buildings neatly ringing around the edge of it, none crossing the threshold. At the center was a large building that loomed up out of the darkness at them, only part of its structure revealed by the light, causing them all to cling to their silence. Had it not been so rustic, Bella would have thought of it as ‘stately’ - it certainly rivaled the scale of the residences of the Nobile back home.
Plant life clung to this building though, and not in surgically cared for displays, riotous greenery creeping over the building in waves of green tendrils. Banners hung from roof, along the eaves and rakes, although she did not recognise any of them as banners of the other big Guilds or of the Prima Familia.

“The seat of the Black Bough.” Marath’s voice quiet, almost reverent as the words timidly crept out into the air only to be swallowed up by the stillness around them. Bella worried the grip on her sword, trying to loosen up her posture as the awful glare of the moon behind them weighed down on her, crawling up her neck in unwanted touches. “Then, you know th-” Marath’s voice was drowned out by Caspar’s “I know…” - he paused briefly - “I know, just don’t say it, Marath. We must return home, quickly.”
Bella was a step behind for only a blink of an eye before she understood - they believed the Maestro was the source of this, that he too had turned his back on the people. Her innards felt like cold slush as she looked around, and realised that the clues had been here since the moment they arrived, the awful state of the settlement was laid bare for them. It could still be a former Maestro that had come to wage war on the Black Bough, her mind squealed in denial, but the rational part of her mind was not so sure.
Havelock was known as a breaker of beasts, a man who lived to hunt and kill all manner of creatures with practised ease. Bjarke was a man who could wage war on the Black Bough, but could any of the other Maestros? Bella was doubtful, and the cold wastes that were home to the Stone Heart were quite a way from here. “Wait…”

Her voice started small as she came out of her thoughts, something tickling the edges of her awareness and pulling her back to the now, seeing her comrades starting to edge away, to leave this place far behind. But there was something that needed her attention, that tugged with a familiarity that years of practice and drills had branded into her mind, never to leave. “Do you hear that…?”
The two men stared at her blankly, and then looked around, Caspar’s stave hefted up in his hands, Marath glancing around, squinting into the gloom as he waved the light on his cane around slowly. Suddenly it hit her, and her legs felt a little weak as she realised what she had noticed, the sound of distant thundering that was rapidly becoming louder, Caspar’s face losing some of its colour, leaving only Marath looking confused at them both until Bella spoke again.
“Cavalry… Or at least horsemen. The Black Bough is the guild of hunters…”

The three of them stood there for a moment in paralysed fear, that spiked into dread as the sound of a horn blasted through the silence, ghostly and shrieking in its pitch. “The trees! Over there, we need to get into dense terrain where they can’t follow so fast. They’ll ride us down in the open. Go!”
Bella didn’t realise she was speaking, or so loudly either, but the look on the faces of her companions suggested that they did not need telling twice, and together they sprinted across the courtyard. Beyond the looming home of the Black Bough, the number of buildings faded away until a dense line of trees blocked sight of anything beyond, Bella’s goal to get into those trees where a cohort of horsemen could not move so easily. They were surely practiced at riding through dense woods, but if they stayed in the open, there was no chance at all, they would be dead the moment the first rider fell upon them.

They scattered into the trees, an ecstatic series of coughing, grunting and cries of alarm as they tripped their way over and through the greenery, only Marath’s light to guide them through the dense foliage. They had waded into the gloom, branches raking their bodies like hands as they went, the sound of the horsemen growing in their ears.
She had thought they were further away, her heart bouncing in her chest as the sound drew a lot closer than she had anticipated. Would they have to fight here, in the dark, in the woods? Her mind raced for strategies, tactics, anything that would give them a chance right now, and only coming up with the idea to just run more - any fight now would end in their loss, it would only be a matter of how long it took them to die. She called out to Marath and Caspar, not actually saying anything, just making sure they knew by sound where she was, and to her relief, they seemed to pick up on it and their gradual drift from each other was remedied as they came back together, the thud of feet and swish of grasping branches beating out a rhythm that she ran to.
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Zeithalle / Spring Cleaning
« Last post by Travis on February 14, 2019, 09:01:01 AM »
Dear members,

To those who managed to show up to the meeting, you already know of the Spring Cleaning and Helping Hand  Rule. Think of this as a friendly reminder.

To those who didn't managed to show up to the meeting, precaution of what is about to be read.

The members who know they have cheated the guild of coffees and by making the guild stay weak after the War. You have until the END of Spring to make up from what you have been accused of to help bring the guild back to its glory. If unable to do so, everything you own will be confiscated to help the guild and you marked a traitor to then be banished from the homeland. I am not without fairness and mercy,  so I will listen to why you, the accused have been unable to come up with what it is you owe back. If still found guilty you will be given a basic pack to restart your life in another part of Skald. Much like that of the Skaldbornes.

For those not on the blacklist of being accused you are pardon and are being given a Helping Hand bag. This to stable your business and rebuild what was lost.

If you are also a new member, you shall receive a Helping Hand bag as well to start you out within the guild.

Stop by the guild hall to register and receive your bag.

Happy Spring to come and may you all fair well before Summer.

Baron Von Kauffman, Travis
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Discussion / Re: Participants Wanted
« Last post by _Nugget_ on January 21, 2019, 05:16:23 PM »

First off - I hope I can post this here! If not I'm sorry!

Second, Nugget whats to buy a bird (Lol) She isn't part of a guild (yet) so she is willing to help people with mental and spirital healing along with physical healing. She uses herbs but she is more of like the 'spa' type healing. ( hot stone massages, foot reflexology, aromatherapy massages, yoga etc).  Currently, she sings and dances on the streets of Chanson. I do want Nugget to join a guild but I don't know what yet so....    come play with Nugget! :)

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