Occurences of Till Eulenspiegel in print: 1515 – German chapbook, by anon 1867 – The Legend of Thyl Ulenspiegel and Lamme Goedzak, by Charles De Coster 2017 – Tyll, by Daniel Kehlmann
Tyll as a personage of history is worthy of writing an essay on alone, and I highly recommend browsing the Wikipedia article on it. An actual person from the 13th centruy, in De Coster’s hands, becomes a creature that hovers around the Thirty Years’ War and the resultant Reformation, a kind of chaperone to various events of import. It is this Tyll that Daniel Kehlmann writes, a wanderer in Austria, sardonic witness to the grunting offhand cruelty of the world.
Finally reading this book when I did felt like many of my interests were suddenly being connected to each other in time that was obvious, but completely surprised me. Mennochio the miller from The Cheese and The Worms makes an appearance, it’s set during the Thirty Years’ War, Gluckel of Hameln (in her memoirs) lives nearly in the same time and place…but what about the book!! It just puts together so many historical archetypes in my head. I was also surprised to then later find that Tyll Ulenspiegel lived 300 years earlier- and that the Tyll of Tyll is a contemporary retelling of the 19th century book of the same name, from France. I’d like to read the 13th century original Tyll Ulenspiegel now!
The parts about performing for money and life being difficult resonated with me. I feel you Tyll. Life is hard, people are dicks. Getting good at something is hard too, and nobody cares more about it than you will. People are dumb and suspicious. The local asshole will throw you under the mill wheel just to watch you die. Fun times! The writing somehow prevented me from thinking, somehow, that the world was horrible and bleak. Matter-of-factly? Tyll keeps it pretty real. “You idiot.” he says all the time. Ha! It’s easier to bear cruelty, perhaps, if someone is there to remark on its idiocy. But there’s more! The day I started reading it, I picked up Simplicissimus by John Grimmelshausen earlier that day, and later Athanasius Kircher or someone else is referring to it in the book! I guess my historical interests were altogether more consistent than I thought. I suspect that the time period in the book occurs at the same time as Simplicissumus.
Atmospheric, and vividly expresses the motivations and emotions of peoples without lapsing into intellectualism or moral disdain, but still somehow sympathetic and yet unforgiving. It’s like a Pieter Bruegel painting!
These two depictions of nearly simultaneous moments stem from a campaign one summer in the City-State of The Invincible Overlord. Rules be damned, a floating skeleton and a robot agreed in all things took up an apartment on Wall Street, briefly explored the Wilderlands, then became exclusively preoccupied with improving their neighborhood, then starting an organization.
In the meantime, the skeleton Rharhangarth followed a posting for an apprenticeship under the Wizard Palletti on By-Water Road. Since the duo’s tactics at this time mostly revolved around the skeleton’s ability to give people false memories, the hand-shake between the wizard and skeleton triggered the spell, and to his surprise was repelled by an anti-mind-control amulet the wizard wore around his neck. “The meeting” somehow lasted two sessions as the dream-scenario got muddled and mired in logistics and magical precedence, and eventually the campaign got put on hiatus I as turned my attention to other rules that were less complicated. Now that I’ve ran a deathtrap dungeon and no longer have qualms sending characters to their grave should they make a fatal error- and likewise letting players trounce their problems if they’ve done it right- I’m much more excited to return to the strange and bizarre city (what is up with those lamp-posts???)
White-on-black is a real advantage digital drawing has over watercolor and ink. I broke up the space with a trapezoidal floor-shape silhouette shape, and started from there. I drew a few sketches, then filled out one where both faces were visible, so I could get a sense of personality. It didn’t depict any of the magic wielded by the skeleton, nor really convey the power of the amulet, so a couple of weeks later I filled out another sketch. An embroidered robe, Giotto-esque mountains, the specific gown of Rharhangarth, all accounted for. I had a good time using heavy blacks and using different techniques like the white-on-black effect selectively. Lastly, I find the “wood-cut” effect of the first picture quite interesting- the linking of black shapes, and lines flowing alongside each other.
After the battle, Lou flips off the eyeballs. Bandit hides the jar of eyeballs on a chair against a wall behind a tapestry. Longo enters a room with 5 manservants. Ysambeau bosses one around, fails, and gets strangling for his lack of manners! He manages to survive but suffers a horrible scar. The party jumps in and dispatches the servants. Bandit and Longo open the shutters and look into the night out over the grand entrance to the castle. Astaire is almost taken in by the intense stare of Médard Malévol the Mighty’s bust in a shadowy nook. Lou opens up their pocket laboratory and extracts some blue essence from a headless manservant. Wagner and Ysambeau refill their lanterns.
Shadows dance in the sitting room while Longo and Bandit examine the cracked mirror. While the party waits, the shadows of Ysambeau, Lou, and Jamila coalesce and attack! Bandit leaves the room and runs downstairs towards the grand entrance—only to be ambushed by merry men! Bandit dives through a hail of arrows and survives the ambush, Tugtar rushes in to taunt them, and the battle spreads downstairs. Lou’s strength is drained, upstairs Jamila flees the shadows, also drained of strength, and eventually the tide is turned against the merry men and the party flees from the shadows, past a suprised undead butler gentlemen, and towards the castle doors.
Longo opens the door and warm night air rushes in. The party streams out and Tugtar grabs a coat on the coat rack on the way out—only to be enveloped by a Cloaker instead! A hat floats off the coat rack and lands on Wagner’s head, then beheads him! Stomping boots come out to trip him, and a cane beat on his back, but to no harm. Tugtar manages to esape. Wagner’s body falls to the ground, spilling lantern oil and igniting itself in flames, and that was the last sight the party saw before slamming the door shut and fleeing the castle. The party continues to run until they hear a distant four bells from across the lake, and rested and took lunch. They made it to the priory at the pass by 10:29, according to Bandit’s pocketwatch. Outside Jarl greets them while milking a goat, and inside Ferenc and Ursula asks about the party and missing members. They catch up and then sleep through the day, and awake in the evening to discuss their plans. Meanwhile, Lou’s Geas whispers within him to return to Xyntillan and collect Goatrice blood for Aristide Malévol’s ritual….
Risks Taken Astaire examines shadowy bust 50xp Bandit examines cracked mirror 50xp Tugtar taunts the merry men to draw their fire 100xp Jamila fights the shadows to hold the line 200xp
XP Gained (+100 xp) Astaire = 150 xp Bandit = 150 xp Jamila = 300 xp Lou = 100 xp Tugtar = 200 xp
Charcuterie Board is a 50-page electronic zine (read: pdf), the first from the GLoG community, and laid out by yours truly. I drew the table for the table of contents above. There’s something for everyone in this! It’s almost guaranteed that nobody will like -everything- in this zine (there are conflicting rulesets), so pick it up, take what you want, and leave the rest. There’s an entire playable game in this zine with Sawn-Off by Velexiraptor, and a playable adventure in the Gaoler’s Hand by Phlox. There’s like 20 playable classes on the cover alone!
When the Before Times ended, a lot of spare time suddenly opened up and I found myself partaking in a bizarre Gretchling community on Discord. Who were they? People who casually threw away the worn, smooth prizes other people cherished. Bewitched, soon I too was crudely cobbling together my own Goblin Laws of Gaming. Before I knew it I was laying and designing a GLoG Charcuterie Board Zine. Covid raged across the world in 2020, and I feverishly worked on this zine, seeking some kind of Talmudic balance to the insane mess of comments, pictures, articles, and tables. Was it a success? Success was never a consideration. There is no overcoming struggle, only elevating it to its highest possible plane. The rules will always change. Embrace the chaos.
In the room of busts, the party inspects the different family members. The bust of Priscilla Malévol tugs at Longo’s shadow, and while the party inspects the phenomenon, they hear footsteps coming up the hall. Astaire quickly casts hold portal on the door and everyone stays quiet. Someone tries to open the door, then the voice of Gilbert Malévol cuts in, and he tries the door. Concluding that it’s another stuck door Gilbert and his merry men move on, and the footsteps fade. Jamila and Bandit investigate the sword in the head. Bandit sees “SCRUPULOUS” on the hilt and senses that it is a magic sword. Jamila takes it, and Scrupulous the intelligent sword introduces themselves to Jamila. Astaire examines Claudette’s jeweled eyes and surmises that they’ll bleed if removed, but uses his sword to pry them out anyhow.
Then they hear shouts down the hall–the merry men heard the party, running back to the room of busts! Astaire quickly casts hold portal again, and the merry men can’t open the door. Gilbert orders it kicked down. The party decides to try the unopened door to the east–into a closet! Making their way into the closet, Jamila uses Scrupulous to detect a hidden door. They advance into an empty room with some broken glass on the floor and quickly shut the secret door behind them. The next room is a laboratory. There is a basket of rags in the corner. Lou sees a homunculon bang its tiny fist against the glass, and Astaire takes a closer look. Lou examines the bouncing sparks in the dome. The homunculon is a hand with two fingers that end in smaller hands. The palm has an eye and a mouth. The party hears one of the merry men discover the hidden door, and enter the room. The merry men open fire, and Tugtar, Lou, and Jamila step in to fight. Astaire turns around to survey the room, and sees Merlerik Malévol, Founder, now wraith, passing through the wall into the room! He casts protection of evil over himself, and Merlerik is rebuffed. Jamila steps in to fight the wraith with Scrupulous. Tugtar stands close by, and whiffs with their hammer. A battle ensues between Jamila and the wraith, who drains 2 points of constitution before dying, burning shadows into the walls. Ysambeau witnesses the battle holding the lantern the entire time. After the victory Tugtar gives him a pair of greaves and Ysambeau’s morale goes up a point. Astaire rolls the four bodies of the merry men in the empty room, and eats one of their sausages, and takes their possessions.
Gilbert abandons the battle, leaving a merry man behind. Bandit tackles and gives chase after Gilbert down the hall and through the Knight’s Hall, where he slashes a cut in gilbert’s forearm. There are 5 headless manservants with trays of wine. Gilbert makes it into the feasting hall and Bandit tackles them again. Longo catches the lone merry man and runs them through with their sword, looting their body while they are alive. The merry man attempts to parley, then fight, and then dies. Lou runs into the knight’s hall and is served mulled wine, then runs over to see Bandit punch Gilbert’s head with his Ring of the Ram Goddess. His head explodes. A merry man appears, sees the carnage, and flees. Lou gives chase, tumbling down the stairs with him. Four merry men are down below. One holds a lantern, and the other three attack Lou with their swords, slashing at him. Lou runs back up the stairs, and the merry men retreat. Bandit takes a gold pocketwatch off of Gilbert, and moves the weapons far from the body. He thens looks over the ghoulish feast on the table. Brined eyeballs in a jar follow his movement.
Bandit: Where’s the goddamn salt???
Session Xp 100 xp
Risks Taken Bandit, Lou, Tugtar, Jamila fight the Merry Men 100 xp Bandit fights and defeats Gilbert Malévol the Fox 200 xp Jamila fights and defeats Merlerik Malévol the Founder, wraith 200 xp Astaire casts Protect From Evil and stands against the wraith 50 xp Tugtar swipes at the wraith 100 xp
XP Gained: Astaire = 150 xp Bandit = 400 xp Jamila = 400 xp Lou = 200 xp Tugtar = 200 xp
Gilbert Malevol and his merry men have entered the castle, searching for the party. In the serjeant’s room, the party douses their light and stays quiet. Astaire casts clairvoyance and peers through the walls. In the darkness, he sees Gilbert Malevol and his “merry men” arrive down an adjacent hall by torchlight, opening doors and looking for the party. Astaire ceases the spell and as the torchlight appears underneath the door of the serjeant’s room and the shadow of boots step before the threshold, Astaire casts hold portal on the door.
Merry Man: It’s stuck. Gilbert: Hmpf, let me try!
But the door doesn’t open and Gilbert wanders off deeper into the castle to find the miscreant party. Heading out after the coast is clear, the party avoids the singing in the mess hall and explores several rooms of a barracks, the last of which was crawling with tiny spiders. An obliquely shaped empty room save for a floursack caught their attention for a while. Then the party returns back to a dumbwaiter they walked by earlier, and wheeling ysambeau and longo up, see a caveman statue opposite, a bathroom door to the east, and a hallway to the west. The party wheels themselves up two at a time and open the bathroom door- to Aristide Malévol, Patrician! Emanating a supernatural menace, he casts Geas over the entire group, which only Lou fails; this cheers up Aristide quite a bit, because he needs a few ingredients he’s left lying about the castle for a special ritual he’s going to perform. Without leaving details, he walks off into the darkness.
Lou: He’s a swell guy! Hope I can help him out.
As Aristide departs, magic swirls around the castle, whether it is from Aristide or a dweomer inside the castle, who can say – but the dumbwaiter the party ascended through moments ago has now become the bathroom that Aristide departed, and the bathroom they were in has become a bedroom! Adjusting to their surroundings in the bedroom, Tugtar hears a weeping behind a dressing screen and hits it with his hammer, knocking over a chained casket behind it, which does nothing to help the sobbing from the casket. Astaire finds and loots a dressing room behind a blue cloth draping the room’s walls. Bandit takes a mirror. A puzzle box is found, and Astaire investigates with it before handing it off to Lou, who investigates it but is also unable to solve the puzzle. Then Jamila also investigates it, and like the others, can’t solve it, but by this point wheezing skeletons have made their way into the bedroom, attacking Longo! Longo’s shield is sundered against the bony claws, and another skeleton luches towards Tugtar. Jamila fires with some arrows and Astaire leaps to the bedroom door, shuts it, and stands against the door. The trapped three skeletons are taken down quickly. When the hall is clear, the party then begins exploring the second floor, wandering down some halls. Astaire opens a door into a room with lit candelabras in the corners and a wooden chest in the center of the room. Stepping in, Astaire is blessed with protection from good and is then questioned by a disembodied voice.
Disembodied voice: What is the purpose of thy affront? Astaire: We’re just exploring? Disembodied voice: Mwahahaha!
Astaire opens the chest, it flies open, the doors slams shut, and the candles go out. Everyone runs out of the room and Astaire almost does too, but then heads back and finds a false bottom in the chest- 3,000 gold coin in paper rolls, a hammer, and seven stakes! Moving on into another hall, Bandit leads the way and heads into a ruined bedroom where an invisible figure sleeps in the bed. Bandits sneaks over to the beat-up weapon cabinet against the wall and inspects the wares beyond the broken glass. A suite of different weapons collected over the years is displayed. A longsword catches Bandit’s eye, and but lifting it out of the case caused some noise, and the sleeping figure awoke, shouting “Attention!” The weapons clattered in the cabinet and everyone’s weapons leap to attention. Bandit held onto their sword, and Lou jumps to the fore with his shovel, smacking the invisible figure in the bed. They disappear and all the weapons fall inert again. The lampbearers Wagner and Ysambeau pick out some kris daggers from the pile, and underneath the fallen pile of weapons in the cabinet, Bandit finds a wood box with six military medals inside. Astairs pins a few on the inside of his robe.
Astaire: “If anyone asks, tell them we won!”
Moving on, the party finds the object of their quest: a library! Everyone takes to the shelves and starts a pile of books on the floor they think look promising for finding information on un-petrifying Adelaide, but the books seem to be mostly romances, adventure yarns, and travelogues. Tugtar paws through an overlooked section on musical scores and finds an insane symphony from Ludwig von Schreck and bundled with it, a spellbook of irresistible dance! Bandit finds hardly anything of interest, and the party questions the quality of book subjects in the library. The party decides to try the second floor of the library, and heads into a room full of hunchbacked scribes chained to their desks, writing feverishly. The scribes are writing the most offensive stuff they can think of. One of the scribes asks Lou for some good material.
Lou: I’ll tell you the MOST offensive joke I know in exchange for writing me a stone-to-flesh spell. Promise? Scribe: Yeah, I promise. Lou: *explicit duck sex joke* Scribe: Oh ho ho ho! that’s really bad. exactly what i want. thanks! Lou: My spell? Scribe: Oh yeah. I lied! how’s THAT for offensive?
To which Lou responded by bashing the scribe’s head in. A few scribes are horrified and drop their quills. One is inspired and begins writing with renewed energy. Meanwhile outside the scribe room in the library, the other party members see a wraith floating down the hallway! Astaire recognizes the wraith as the wasted form of Merlerik Malévol, founder, from his history book on the Malévols. Longo goes to tip a bookcase at the wraith but isn’t quite able to tip it and so retreats. Astaire tries out Tugtar’s new-found spell on the wraith, whos fails and is irrestibably drawn into a dancing a quadrille. The party runs away from the wraith, who attempts to follow while dancing.
Astaire: This spellbook I found is great! Jamila: That’s TUGTAR’S spellbook, Astaire.
Heading away from the dancing wraith and the scribes, they head north into another room. The party steps into a room with the warm light of a evening in late summer streaming in through the castle murderholes. On plinths against the wall are various busts of the Malévol family. Aristide’s skeletal grin is here, another has a sword through their head, and yet another’s eyes sparkle like gems…
What new members of the family are depicted in these busts?? What secrets do they hold??
Session Xp (2) 200 xp
Risks Taken Lou kills a scribe 50 xp Astaire casts irrestible dance on a wraith 100 xp
XP Gained: Astaire = 300 xp Bandit = 200 xp Jamila = 200 xp Lou = 250 xp Tugtar = 200 xp
Castle Xyntillan has many things, but it does not have a map for the Valley of the Three Rainbows! so I drew one myself and added bits from the Tegel Manor region map that seemed interesting. I’ve been using this map and key for a while now while it hasn’t been fully explored, the beach caves and winery did seem some play and worked nicely, I think. The resultant map seems too tiny in detail so i’ll probably revisit it sometime in the future and redraw the whole thing in color, but in the meantime I decided to post what I have.
Here is a 3-page key of the valley, a player’s map, and a gm map. Enjoyy
The party examines statues, and finds a secret salt room! Moving on through the dungeon and lighting hallway torches, the party heads upstairs, finding a linen room with a suprised werewolf matron cleaning and folding laundry. A sinister man with a shadow dragging chains tries to attack Bandit, who shoves them into the linen closet and shuts the door. Running back downstairs, the party spends time playing with the mechanical chessplayer in the hall. 6 shambling skeletons creep up the hall and the party attacks. The skeletons bring down Lou and claw attack him, who hits their head pretty hard and almost dies. The skeletons suffer some deaths of their own and retreat back down the hall. The party takes off Lou’s helmet to revive him, which upsets Lou. Heading back to the salt room, Astaire intuits magic about the goat statues and the party pushes one out into the hall. It comes alive, and headbutts Adelaide, turning her stone! Lou is horrified and searches in vain for a solution. The party eventually heads on into a maid’s room, and Astaire finds Olivier Malevol the Oleagineous hanging out in a secret room behind a dresser. Astaire leaves him there, and Lou runs into the room to grill Olivier about stone-turning magic. Olivier gets flustered and eventually loses it, turning into a grey ooze and attacking Lou, who gets knocked out again. At that point the party decides to leave the castle, finding another room with giant mice fighting sheets who are strangling mice. Jamila throws a torch in the room and Bandit nabs a purple silk robe. They escape via boat into the lake, narrowly avoiding the suspicion of the pirate Malevol ghost in the grotto. The party rows across the lake, stashes their boats in a copse of trees, and makes it to the priory on the pass around midnight. Ference the monk takes them in, and lets them rest… End time: Midnight, Airday
Risky things: 6 skeletons Gray ooze Shoving Malevol in linen closet Lying to pirate Malevol shade
Lou 900 XP Astaire 700 XP Tugtar 700 XP Jamila 700 XP Bandit 900 XP
Dawn sets on the Priory of Esilan, and Bandit plays their bugle outside in the sunrise. The party chats with the monks Ferenc, Jarl, and Ursula, (Fishling, Elf, and Eeling, respectively) over cappuccino and hard-boiled eggs, and learn about Esilan, the Keeper of Hours. The party then heads off to Tours-En-Savoy. The weather is sunny with clear skies, and the party comfortably makes it into town a little after nightfall. Lou returns to the Sleeping Snout and checks in with Kelly Bromel about his items in the room he had reserved, to which she informs him that a one-eyed gentleman had came and picked them up days ago. Bandit sets the party up with a room for the night, and Lou, Jamila, and Tugtar retire while Bandit and Astaire go to The Black Comedian to enjoy themselves, and Astaire recognizes a patron from the wanted poster he had found at the castle xyntillan –Claude Malévol! Wistful and in need of a good drinking buddy, Astaire and Bandit hang out and chat for a while about his family and estate. Bandit decides to romance some squirrelings in the back of the bar and follows them upstairs to spend the night, and Astaire drinks a while longer, then heads back to the inn. The next morning is overcast and a heavy fog has settled into the streets. The party visits Ben Mordechai, who informs the party that Stone-to-Flesh magic would surely be in the Xyntillan libraries, while Geraldina at the hospital could cure a disease over weeks of time if the stricken person was in her care.
Astaire has a hangover and eats herring and onion at The Black Comedian – the party joins and eats breakfast – Lou visits Ramses’ grave – the heavy fog dissipates into a cloudy day – Lou talks to Father Brenard about the missing Father Chlodowig now living in Xyntillan – Gets vampire hunting equipment in return – Bandit browses books at the general store – Seemingly out of nowhere, men and women of the town start a riot, complaining about the governor having a mansion while there isn’t even a bulletin board – The party joins the mob – Bandit: Eyes on the prize! Dethrone the one inside! The mob is stirred to action and storms the governor’s mansion – Lou and Bandit see an opportunity to see if the governor has a library – Peasants break through the town guards and stream inside – Lou opens a door to a library and a rioting citizen sets fire to the books – Bandit meets the governor Richard Justin Saint-Egreve and his two guards – Bandit sets fire to the drapes and escapes the guards – Lou and Bandit run into the flaming library as the mob takes the second floor – the mob confronts the governor and they cease rioting – attempts to put out the fire fail and everybody begins to flee the mansion – meanwhile, Tugtar meets the winged men – Tugtar pleads for a hippogriff egg – Bandit and Lou steal what books they can before smashing the window and jumping two stories – Lou and Bandit run out of town – the mob is being dispersed and arrested by the town guard – the remaining party rejoins at The Black Comedian – Tugtar buys a hippogriff egg, and talks with the winged men – Bandit hires and leaves instructions for Longo, the Squirreling-at-Arms, to meet at the Priory of Esilan in a few weeks. Next session, the party is going to head west and a rest at the Priory, read some books, and wait for the Hippogriff to hatch…
XP: Session XP, joining a mob, leaping out of a second story window, confronting two guards to set fire to drapes
Bandit 250 XP Lou 150 XP Jamila 150 XP Tugtar 150 XP Astaire 150 XP
Session XIV Day 13- Day 25 Tours-En-Savoy, Priory of Esilan
Loot: Lou’s Bag Sea Warfare – Threat or Menace? Sailing is Easier Than You Might Think Sea Tactics – University Edition – College of Brajanopolis The Contemporary Sailor Sailboats & Their Construction: A Summary Touching on Boats – A Radical Perspective Drama – The Highly Skilled Commander Drama – The Highly Skilled Commander: The Erotic Edition (false) How To Raise a Child: For Aspiring Fathers (Orcs) – in Orcish
Bandit’s Bag Helveczia Royalty – The Malevols: What You’ve Been Missing Helveczia Royalty – The Cromans: What You’ve Been Missing Historical Battle – Helveczia: A Revelation Historical Battle – Gray Elves: Path To The Truth (false story of battle) Cookbook – Battered copy of Monster Menu-All, falling apart Boats – Red Book – Ram Goddess’s Ring
Earthday afternoon – Bandit and Lou hide in the woods – the party is approached in the tavern by a radical admirer – Jamila and Astaire discuss politics with the locals – Tugtar is burdened by the egg – Jamila hails the flying men, and strikes a bargain to return the egg – the water brigade attempts to save the governor’s mansion – the party takes one last walk through town – Ben Mordechai asks for help – Lou packs the horse – Ysambeau carries the lanterns and lamp oil – the party chats with a doomsayer – the mansion burns, and the prisoners hope for safety in the stonework – the party rejoins Lou and Bandit at the jutting rock landmark outside town – the party heads off to the Priory of Esilan – they are greeted by Ferenc the monk – the party spends a week at the priory reading various books stolen from the governor’s mansion, and learning various things – Bandit finds a ring in a false book – after breakfast one day, ready to move on, Ysambeau is sent to retrieve Frei and Hofstetter in Tours-En-Savoy and rendezvous with the party at Castle Xyntillan… Waterday morning
XP: Session XP 100 party XP
Session XV Day 20-25 Priory of Esilan, Vallée du Ciel Trois, Castle Xyntillan
Waiting at the Priory – Tugtar and Jamila break in their armor training in the fields – Lou makes potions in his new pocket laboratory – Bandit trains and grooms, sometimes playing his bugle at sunrise – Astaire reads “Helveczian Royalty, The Malevols: What You’ve Been Missing”, and starts drawing a family tree – Astaire complains to Bandit – “What is your drive? What makes you…thump?” – Astaire articulates his distate for vampires – “Is there Bunnicula in the castle?” – Astaire patches Bandit’s purple robe – the robe is animated, mimes their allegiance to Bandit in gratitude for being rescued from the giant mice – Bandit tries to teach writing Roby the purple robe, it scrawls some marks – Tugtar looks wistfully at the window, and perhaps imagines riding the skies up there, on a hippogriff…
The hirelings arrive from Tours-En-Savoy – Jamila laden with sword, bow, shield and armor, asks a hireling to hold their moneypouch – the party heads to the castle, encounters a group leaving the valley with a cart full of looted chairs – they swap stories with Romien, Ophelia and co. on entrances to the castle, and bid each other adieu – the sun shines on the valley as the party descends, the month of Warmshade begins – the party greets their hireling, Longo, squirreling-at-arms, near the gatehouse ruins
Three headless manservants aimlessly tend the vegetable patch in the courtyard beyond – the archers rain arrows down on the servants – one is caught through the armpit and falls lifeless onto a pumpkin – the last headless manservant is ran through by Astaire’s longsword – Astaire cleans the blade on the manservant’s livery – Lou loots the headless body in the vegetable patch – Ambush! – Gilbert Malévol and 15 bandits stand on the ramparts – “Stand and deliver!” – Gilbert wants the party’s stuff – Astaire puts down his sword – Bandit protests – Gilbert readies the arrows – Bandit uses their magic and delivers a vision of an irate and dissappointed Aristide Malévol to Gilbert – Gilbert pleads with an illusion of the family patriach – the party orders Hofstetter and Frei to flee with the cart – two hirelings and the cart are left to their fate in the courtyard – the remaining party runs to the castle – Gilbert shakes the vision, orders fire – a hail of arrows catch Astaire, Ysambeau, and Wagner
Indoors, they make their way south, to one of the libraries – They smell incense…from a basin on a statue’s pedestal – The zombie statue gets toppled by Tugtar – a secret compartment has a shattered jar expiring in the open air – Quizzical looks from everyone in the party – drunken singing down the hall – at the end of the corridor, a mess hall of veteran skeletons, singing old songs and toasting – retreat from the skeletons – through another hall, another door – a serjeant’s room, with a plumed helmet on a writing desk – Tugtar dons a helmet, gauntlets, and greaves found in a chest – A dumbwaiter that leads upstairs is found – doors slam in the distance – Gilbert Malévol and his merry men enter the castle…
XP: 100 sesh xp, casting vision on Gilbert Malévol