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Corvis Chronicles 2.Glaceus 603AR
Corvis Chronicles 2.Glaceus 603AR - Die Längste Nacht: Hintergründe der Untoten Horde

Corvis Chronicles

2.Glaceus 603AR

Die Längste Nacht

Nach den schrecklichen Ereignissen während der Feierlichkeiten zur Längsten Nacht treibt uns die Frage wie so etwas schreckliches nur in unserer schönen Stadt geschehen konnte.

Die vier Jungen Mädchen, die als Beschwörerinnen von zumindestens einem Teil der Untoten dingfest gemacht wurden, sind als die Nachfahren von Hexen, die ob ihrer finsteren Machenschaften vor rund 10 Jahren Hingerichtet wurden, auch wenn die Legitimität dieses Urteil durch die einmischung der Inquisition nicht ohne jeden Zweifel ist. Bisher deuten die Hinweise darauf, dass ihre wut über das Schicksal ihrer Mütter ausgenutzt wurde um sie zu diesen Taten anzustiften.

Die Leichen, die als Untote den Frieden unserer Gemeinschaft störten, stammten von dem Alten schlachtfeld bei der Ruine von Fort Rhyker. Einigen Augenzeugenberichten zu folge soll es ihnen auch gelungen sein eine beträchtliche Anzahl an Swamp Shamblers unter ihre Kontrolle zu bringen und auf die unbescholtenen Bürger von Corvis loszulassen.

Der Prozess von Morgiana Innswood, Dorocy Smythe, Akella Sikes und Arianne Black ist, auf anraten von Magistrat Ulfass Borloch bis zur Ergreifung von Alexia Ciannor ausgesetzt.

Alexia Ciannor immer noch auf der Flucht

Alexia Ciannor scheint eine der Zentralen Figuren der schrecklichen Ereignisse während der Längsten Nacht gewesen zu sein.

Auch ihre Mutter war eine der Hexen die vor 10 Jahren durch die Inquisition zum Tode verurteilt wurden. Mehr noch sie war die Anführerin des Zirkels. Der verdacht ligt also nahe, dass die Junge Alexia in die Fussstapfen ihrer Mutter trat indem sie die töchter der anderen Hexen für ihre Sache gewann. Da sie bei ihrem Onkel im Morrow Tempel lebte erwäckte sie wenig argwohn und hatte zugang zu vielen Schriften, an die ein einfaches Straßenkind niemals kommt.

Allerdings gibt es auch Berichte die behaupten, dass Alexia Ciannor erst unmittelbar vor dem Angriff und gegen ihren Willen von den anderen Jung-Hexen in den Zirkel gepresst wurde. Auch die Rolle des Manns, der in seiner Roten Robe und mit seinem Stab erinnerungen an die Finsteren Tage der Inquisition wachrüttelt, der sich gegen Alexia und die anderen Hexen stellte ist noch ungeklärt. Eine Gruppe Untoter soll ihn, auf Befehl Alexias, ernsthaft verwundet haben. Da seine Leiche aber nicht am ort des Geschehens verblieben ist darf davon ausgegangen werden, dass er entkommen konnte.

Antworten auf all diese Fragen werden wir wahrscheinlich nur erhalten wenn Alexia Ciannor dingfest gemacht wurde, doch zur Stunde ist sie noch immer auf der Flucht.

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Corvis Chronicles 28. Asthoven 602AR
Corvis Chronicles
28. Ashtoven 602AR
Extrablatt!
Anschlag Geplant!

In diesem Extrablatt wollen wir die unbescholtenen Bürger unserer schönen Stadt warnen! Es soll während der Feierlichkeiten der Längsten Nacht zu einem Anschlag auf wichtige Personen des öffentlichen Lebens kommen! Wer genau die Ziele der finsteren Gesellen sind die Hinter diesem grauenhaften Plan stecken konnte zwar noch nicht in Erfahrung gebracht werden, sicher ist nur das es sich um Gottloses Folk handelt, das nichts als die Bösesten Absichten für diese Stadt und ihre Einwohner hat. Zu den Zielen der Übeltäter sollen verlässlichen Quellen zu folge nicht nur Mitglieder des Stadtrates und unser Prälat, Pandor Dumas, sondern selbst die Mitarbeiter unserer Redaktion zählen! Wir lassen uns davon nicht Entmutigen und tun was immer nötig ist um sie Informiert zu halten.

Bleibt Wachsam!
Turnier während der Längsten Nacht

Während der diesjährigen Feierlichkeiten der Längsten Nacht wurde auf die Letzte Minute ein Turnier angekündigt das zur Belustigung unserer Bürger abgehalten werden soll. Es findet zwischen den Rennen in der Arena statt. Bei den Veranstaltern handelt es sich um die in Mysterien gehüllte Magische Vereinigung „Fire for Hire“ (Wir berichteten in der Letzten Ausgabe). Passend dazu handelt es sich bei dem Preis, den der Sieger des Turniers erhalten soll um nichts geringeres als eine Waffe die vor Magischer Kraft nur so Knistert! Handelt es sich dabei um ein Wunderwerk Mekanischer Kunst, oder gar eine legendäre Geisterklinge? Gewinnen sie das Turnier und Finden sie es heraus! Die Teilnahme steht jedem Kampffähigen Mann und jeder Gefechtsbereiten Frau, ohne Teilnahme kosten oder Anmeldung, Frei.

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Corvis Chronicles 26. Asthoven 602AR
Tamariten Zirkel zerschlagen!

Corvis Chronicles

26. Ashtoven 602AR

Thamariten Zirkel Zerschlagen!
Wir berichten Heute von einer Verschwörung mitten im Herzen unserer schönen Stadt. Vor wenigen Tagen gelang es den Männern und Frauen unserer Stadtwache eine Gruppe von Thamariten, die zuvor eine unbescholtene Bürgerin entführt hatten, dingfest zu machen. Wer genau diesem finsteren Geheimbund angehörte und was ihre Absichten waren ist im Moment noch ein Mysterium. Aber es machen bereits Gerüchte die Runde, dass Hochrangige Mitglieder Der Stattwache und des Stadtrates selbst in diese Verschwörung verwickelt waren. Die Mitglieder des Jüngst in unserer Stadt niedergelassenen Magischen Zirkels „Fire for Hire“ waren zur Zeit der Verhaftung auch vor ort, verweigern jedoch jede Aussage dazu was dort geschah und welche Rolle sie darin gespielt haben. Wir konnten allerdings einen Kommentar von einem Experten auf dem Gebiet Magischer Bünde und Phäneomäne einholen. Magus Cynrik Dayton ist mitglied des altehrwürigen Brüderlichen Ordens der Zauberei.

Corvis Chronicles: Guten Tag Magus Dayton.
Cynric Dayton: Guten Tag Fräulein Barclay.
CC: Denken sie das die Gefahr die durch den Thamarithenzirkel ausging durch die Verhaftungen beseitigt werden konnte?
CD: Nun, das ist leider nicht so einfach, die Meisten Thamariten tragen keine Zeichen ihres Glaubens offen. Wir vom Orden der Brüderlichen Zauberei sind stets Wachsam um sicherzugehen das sich solche Ketzer nicht in unseren Reihen einnisten.
CC: Denken sie dabei an eine Bestimmte Gruppe von Personen?
CD: Nun, die Mitglieder dieses kleinen unbedeutenden Ordens der auf den äßerst suspekten Namen „Fire for Hire“ hört waren ja zugegen und ich muss gestehen, das die naheliegenste Schlussvolgerung wohl ist das sie in irgendeine Weise mit dem Zirkel verstrickt sind. Kleine Magische Orden bieten oft guten Nährboden für die Finsteren Lehren der Thamariten.
CC: Es gehen die Gerüchte um, dass die Thamariten ein gefährliches, Nekromantisches stück Mekanika gehabt haben sollen, dass bislang nicht aufgetaucht ist. Wo könnte das wohl sein?
CD: Nun, da sämtliche mitglieder des Ordens der Erleuchtng, die in die Stadt gekommen waren um das verschwinden einiger Leichen aufzuklären, die Stadt wenige Stunden nach dingfestnahme der Übeltäter richtung Fort Falk verlassen haben, denke ich das die Kultisten es bereits aus der Stadt geschafft hatten.
CC: Ich danke für das Gespräch.
CD:Nun, es war mir ein Vergnügen.

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A job well done
But there is no time to rest.

Dear Diary,
The last few days were filled with success and misery alike. We brought the surviving men from our fight against Rorke and his followers to the Garrison and Sergant Cailin Brenn promised us our reward on the following day.
Back home, I officially promoted Dougal Blake to the Rank of Lieutenant, but it appeared to me, that he kind of disliked it. Maybe because I also gave him the order to have an eye on Flagus Fireeater and to be responsible to check on his behavior.

Stuff to come.

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Why Does This Keep Happening?/ Get Out Of My Damn Head
One Body + Two Minds = A Lot Of Trouble

Dear Diary,

It keeps happening… and it’s getting worse.
It’s been almost a year since I nearly died and even though my wounds are fully healed, there still seems something wrong with me. At first I thought, i was just blacking out every now and then, but after some time, I actually figured out,that somebody or something took over my body and used for some really mean and terrible things.
The only positive thing this other being ever achived, was getting together with Dougal Blake, Flagus Fireeater and later Rebecca Strife. They formed an arcane order,which now seems to have turned into a mercenary group.
Even though we’re working and living together for some weeks now, I still haven’t toild the others about my condition. I don’t really think they’re so judgemental, but I’m sort of afraid they’d sent me away. So all I can do about this for now is to hope they won’t realize it and try to figure out how to stop those changes.

Today, Rebecca came to me and asked me to clean up the laboratory. I really don’t know why she’s so urgent about it. I’m perfectly fine with my system of arrangeing my compartements.
Also,when she wanted me to clean up the lab,I was actually busy reading a pretty interesting book, so I tried to de3lay it. Maybe she would find something else to do during breakfast, so I can keep working under my usual conditions.
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“Dear Diary”….
Ok, seriously: How can she write this crap without bursting into laughter?
Anyway, I just happened to stumble over sweet little Ms. Innocence’s diary and thought it would be time to add some notes of my own.
[Sidenote: little Miss Goody-Goody blacks out everytime I get in control? interesting.]

Today, this Rebecca-person turned all bossy again and tried to force me into “cleaning up” the lab. As if,bitch… After all, it is MY lab, and I am the one working there. So I am the only one, who needs to go in there.
Besides, I’m no teenager anymore,so I really don’t want “have you cleaned your lab?” to be the first words I hear when I get down to have some breakfast.
To be fair, her next idea to walk around town and advertise our little club wasn’t a much better plan. I mean, come on… we have a big copper-sign above the door, that should be enough.
But since Flagus managed to burn the bacon again (seriously, if this guy weren’t such a charming arsonist, I’d probably killed him in his sleep for screwing up the food everytime), so I decided to go to the market, advertise the team to get Rebecca off my back and try to get some proper food.
After a little flirt with a admittedly cute but stupid as hell merchant, I managed to get his stool for an announcement and bought an apple, so I finally had something proper to eat.
However, since I had to pay for the apple, so I figured I should get me some new money. So I took the burden of his purse from a fat guy on my way back home. After all, he had enpough to carry on his own weight,right?
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Apparently, my “other half” found my diary.And her Sidenote implies that she knows everything I do,so I guess there is no use in hiding it.great…

~To be continued

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Welcome to Fire for Hire
We got a lot of work to do

Dear Diary,
To be honest, I thought it would be easier to lead and organise this small Arcane Order, but my the partners Alaris Garrity, Dougal Blake and Flagus Fireeater appear to be more difficult to command. Especially Flagus, he sleeps way to long and when he awakes, he always wants to burn everything with or without his magic, I have to do something about this. He almost burned me, when I woke him the fist time, but this won’t stop me from teaching him some discipline.
On the ohter hand, exept for Blake non of them has ever had some military education and Alaris is also a bit strange. One moment she supports any bloodshed or murder she can think of and in the next you think she wouldn’t even hurt a fly, while she denies her earlier statements. I wonder whats up to her.
The most reasonable one of them is Blake. Maybe I should make him my official second-in-command. Eventhough he gives his mechanikal work priority beyond everything else, he still is a capable officer as a warcaster. The only problem is, that he is disturbed by me saving their order. He won’t accept, that we are a exclusive kind of mercenaries, but this won’t hinder him from having an eye on Flagus, when I’m not around.

Later the day, we advertised our opening on the streets of Corvis and not for naught. Alaris managed to help someone for some money. At last she said she did that, but she refused the details. I really should keep an eye on her. It would be really bad, if she makes us unnecessary trouble, even though it’s more plausible that the trouble will come from Flagus.
But she also brought us our first customer. Her name was Sergant Cailin Brenn of the city watch. She wanted us to research some odds of her superiors Sergant Hill and Lieutenant Rorke. She saw strange green light coming out of Sergant Hills office and as she reported it to Lieutenant Rorke, he didn’t do anything about it.
There was also some strange situation about two bounties. The one of Colbie Sterling and Milo Boggs. Both have been hunted as arsonists and the bounty was closed a few days ago, without them being catched. Of course we took this job and Sergant Brenn wanted to return tomorrow to us, just in case, if we have further questions or new informations.
After she was gone, we began our work. First thought about hunting for some bounty to meet Sgt. Hill or Ltd. Rorke, but we dropped it for the chances of actually having them paying out the bounty. Then we tried to find out more about the two absconders. Therefore we searched the taverns for news about them and in fact, Flagus and Dougal heard where they lived and that they had some trouble with the mercenary charta,trying to become an official mercenary unit. Alaris and I were involved in a bar-fight instead. Even worse, while trying to stop the brawl Alaris used one of her smoke genades. Let alone the confusion it caused, she wasted a good amount of money this way. At least, we had the fortune that sgt. Hill came with a group of guardsmen to take control of the situation, just after me shouting the visitors into some discipline, stopping the brawl this way. He demanded two silver shields of every one involved in the bar-fight as a penalty. Even from me, who stopped this ruckus. At least we knew his face this way.
After that, we waited till evening, to break inside the home of Colbie Sterling and Milo Boggs mercenary group the “Blackwater Irregulars”. The house appeared to be left quite fast. There was even some meal left on the table. But that wasn’t the important thing we found. That was a list of their members: Colbie Sterling (the leader), Milo Boggs (an alchemist), Gardek Stonebrow (a Trollkin) and Elish Garrity (an arcanist). Quite intriguing was the fact, the Elish Garrity is none ohter than the brother of our Alaris Garrity. At first it seemed almost to fortunate, but when I asked Alaris about Elish she answered quite frank about her relation with Elish and that she wishes to kill him. On the other hand it wouldn’t make me wonder, if she denies that the next time I ask her about him. With that we called it a day and got some rest for the following day.

We had a meeting with sgt. Brenn at the mid of the day, but she didn’t appear. When we asked about her at the guard, they told us, she became suddenly ill the last day. We assumed that it was no bad-luck, but Rorke and Hills doing. So Alaris waited for sgt. Hill to leave and follow him around the town till he went into an inconspicuous building, where he seemed to have an appartment.
After that, we went to the library to find more information about their crime. Quite unfortunate actually, just for looking at some newspaper they wanted 2ss for a monthly membership and FLagus had a look in his eyes that let me fear for the worst, but maybe I just imagine things. Then we visited the Lab they burned and found some remains of bones, witch seemed to be infused with cryxian magic. Hopefully I’m wrong with this asumption, but the runes reminded me of the one or another undead enemy from my time as a crewmember of the “Seabird”. We were not sure what to do now, but decided it would be best to break into sgt. Hills house. To be honest, I didn’t expect that being a mercenary arcane order ment to be a part time burglar, but we didn’t had much of a choice. By convincing the housekeeper to help us out, we found his appartment and entered it. Insede we searched for something suspicous and found hidden stairs behind a bookshelf. If that’s not suspicous, then I’m the Queen of Cygnar. Together, we went down the stairs into a secret underground area, where we found some men in uniforms of the guard, sgt. Hill, some other guy, probably Ltd. Rorke, and Sgt. Brenn chained to a wall. It was a hard fight, but Blake and Flagus turned the tide with their magic. Especially Flagus fought like a beast, throwing himself inside our enemies. Taking and giving strikes without showing any fear. That gave Alaris the time to free Sgt. Brenn during the fight. In the end, most of them were dead and the remaining had surrendered before Flagus. Soon we will know what this is all about.

Finances:

Gain:
+20ss prepayment
+5ss earned by Alaris Garrity with unknown services

Loss:
-4ss penalty for the bar-fight
-1,5ss for information
-9ss material for one alchemical restorative
-2ss expenses(monthly membership for the Library)

Sum:
+8,5ss

Open:
+30ss from Sgt. Brenn for our work
-Xss expenses for ammunition and grenades (calculation ongoing)

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