Vuegaland Kingmaker Campaign

Silence in the East

For once, lack of news is news. For several weeks there has been no word from the Barony of Varnhold, east of Tygland. No merchants, travellers, couriers or wandering pilgrims – nothing. Perhaps it’s a simple case of a local flooding making the main roads impassable, or maybe a group of wandering monsters temporarily cutting off any travel. Or perhaps not.

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Troll trouble

At long last, the troll warband plaguing the Stolen Lands seems to have provoked the adventurers into action. Spurred by the plight of their people – or perhaps the rich reward offered by the Lord Mayor of Rostland – the group set out to once and for all rid the land of this menace. After clearing out the remains of the abandoned elven keep, they travelled south, and after a few days, stumbled upon something interesting…

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It's nice outside

Oddly so. For the last month the weather was exactly spot-on. Exactly the right amount of sunshine and rain, no extremes. Some say it’s the gods smiling upon Tygland. Those studied in the Arcana, however, point to the unusual discharges of arcane energy from Castle Stagholme. Elga Verniex, The Swamp Witch, has, after all, been locked away in her room for a month, and the castle servants report strange flashes and incantations heard from behind the closed door. Perhaps the witch has taken a break from eating children to help out the good, hard-working people of Tygland?

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The elven keep

Not all Fey are fairly benevolent beings like Tiressia or Melianse. Some are dark, ancient beings, their morals utterly alien to the younger races, their hearts full of disdain for non-Fey. The ancient elven keep in the Narlmarches, west of Stagholme, is home to at least two such creatures. Or it was, at least.

The adventurers have slain two Fey, including the Dancing Lady – an ancient baobah sith – and recovered the treasure guarded by them. However, much of the abandoned keep still lies undiscovered. What do the ruins hold? More wealth, or another murderous Fey?

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The secrets of Candlemere

The search for knowledge can be perilous, and valiant explorers often risk their lives seeking for secrets of the past. One such secret almost claimed Saveria, when her investigation in the ruins of Candlemere turned up more than she bargained for. Disturbed by the young wizard, the mysterious altar at the centre of the isle spewed forth magical energy, bringing forth an unnatural creature, its form compromised purely of living, writhing maggots.

The resulting magical battle was deadly, but Saveria walked away victorious – and holding a potentially key piece to the ruins’ past. Whatever happened here it has tainted the land for many centuries. Lifting that blight will not be easy, or safe.

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A diplomatic incident

The nations of Baron of Tygland and the Drelev Demesne came into contact for the first time – and not as peacefully as some might have hoped for. Led by a knight named Ser Davek, a group of soldiers have intruded into Tygland’s territory, chasing a fugitive. The group was intercepted by Eline Orlovsky and a group of militiamen led by Akiros, and despite the foreign noble’s insistence that the Drelev soldiers had the right to pursue their quarry, they were stopped from leaving with the prisoner.

In the resulting skirmish two Tygland militamen, four Drelev soldiers and Ser Davek were killed, with several more wounded. The remaining invaders have been captured and, together with the freed prisoner, Ser Sirian Labeda of House Labeda, have been transported to Stagholme. The militiamen are drunk on their victory, but questions remain. What will this mean for Tygland’s relations with the Drelev Demesne? Who exactly is this rescued prisoner and why was he found with a chest filled with gold?

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News from the west

It appears Tygland is not the only nation in the Stolen Lands to enjoy a measure of success. The Drelev Demesne, situated to the west, in the Slough, has been established a few months before the founding of Stagholme, and has enjoyed the benefits of a fine trade route going through its lands. However, the nation’s expeditions into local tombs have angered the Tiger Tribe barbarians, and warfare has raged on for the last few months.

A week ago, this conflict came to a sudden turn. Baron Drelev’s forces crushed the barbarians in a pitched battle outside Fort Drelev. Already there are rumours of planned punitive expeditions and attempts to annex Tiger Tribe villages into the barony. This is a major embarrassment to King Castruccio Irovetti of Pitax, who has long struggled to contain the Tiger barbarians on his borders, but lords of the River Kingdoms and Brevoy are said to be sending letters of congratulations and gift to celebrate the victory.

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Friends of the Fey

It is not easy to win the trust of the Fey-kind, but the party managed to win over not one, not two, but three of them within one day. Saving and restoring the grove of the nixie Melianse and protecting the dryad Tiressia and her satyr consort Falchos won the adventurers lavish thanks and a promise of assistance. With forests, rivers and lakes all watched by the Fey, the people of Tygland can be that bit safer.

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Meanwhile, in Trademeet...

Trademeet still awaits the marketplace Mayor Bondarenko requested from the Council. It’s hard to forget the fact – Andrei endlessly messages and entreats the rulers of Tygland, remind them of Trademeet’s importance and the value of the trade going through it. Still, as it turns out, the Mayor would rather do than wait around. He may not have the funds to build the marketplace on his own, but using his own money and those donated by local entrepreneurs, he converted the stables that once belonged to the trade post into, well… bigger stables. Trademeet is now able to offer replacement or fresh horses to travellers and merchants, as well as stabling and taking care of the mounts they already have. That, combined with the sales of mounts to local folk, will make Trademeet a tidy profit, as well as making it a more attractive destination for travelling traders.

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For the attention of the Council

The Barony of Tygland has grown greatly since its inception some year and a half ago. Swelling many times over in population, it now boasts not one but three settlements. The people and the leaders of those towns have their own ideas as to what should be the focus of the Council’s time and resources and, as ever, there is no agreement over what buildings or projects are more important than others. Fairweth Duenssar, the Grey Elf scribe hired by Oleg to help with the administrative aspects of the council, has prepared a concise list of proposals and requests received sent to the castle.

  • Councillor Svetlana has met the people numerous time in the Stagholme Town Hall, and concluded there are three projects the townsfolk strongly believe should be the Council’s priority. The town is approaching a thousand people, but still lacks a graveyard, a dump or a shrine to any god. The people make do with makeshift facilities for now, but many complain loudly of the indignity of burying their dead where they are not protected from wild beasts and such, while others loudly decry the lack of a place to worship. A fair few still warn of disaster if the lack of a centralized place to dispose of rubbish leads to the outbreak of disease.
  • Loy Rezbin, the Mayor of Tatzlford, continues to send endless messages, updating the Council of his progress and making numerous suggestions and requests. To fulfill them all would take a year’s resources or more, but two appear to be most important. First is a road, to connect Tatzlford with the rest of Tygland. The second is a mill. Tatzlford is located perfectly to take advantage of the river’s flow, and Loy believes that the economic benefit of building a mill will be one of the cornerstones of the town’s prosperity.
  • Mayor Andrei Bondarenko of Trademeet has yet different requests. He submits that it would be relatively cheap to convert the old trade post into a proper marketplace – a crucial change, he says, as Trademeet is the door through which all trade coming to Tygland from Brevoy arrives. Another project, one he considers almost as crucial, is the construction of an inn. It’s shameful, he writes in his recent missive, that affluent traders seeking to bring their wares and wealth to Tygland are expected to camp in tents like barbarians, while bringing their business to Trademeet.
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