Burning Ambitions

Episode 18

It’s the night when Aerious had his fit. Tom headed up to bed and slept soundly. During the night he dreams. He sees the place where the king once sat and the Dukes now rule. He is offered power by a shadow cloaked being in the dream.

There is “war” council at dinner the next evening. Several ideas are put forth and several try to convince Elaina to set aside land for a snow deer preserve. Things get out of hand.

Eventually, Aerious and his men leave to go through the pass with Guan in return for Elaina’s promise to set aside land for a snow deer preserve when she become Duchess.

The following day, Tom Merton, accompanied by Jade, Black, and Leif, returns to Pulder to face his accusers.

The Justicar’s arrival, and Tom’s trial, are planned for the next day.

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Episode 17
The Temptation of Aerious

Late at night and Aerious has tended Leif’s wounds… but not well. Aerious mutters to himself then falls over with a seizure. Jade tries to grab the book. Leif tries to interfere but is dodged. Jim is there and beats Jade to the tome. He hands it over to Lief who protects it.

Black tries to help Aerious with a poultice. Jim doesn’t want him to prevents Black from “helping.” Aerious’ trembling subside.

Aerious’ had been thinking on why his prayers were having difficulty. He sees three candle lights and smells salt air. He is in a bar.. a cloaked figure is near… cloaked in living darkness. He speaks, “Glad to see you here.”

Aerious: Why am I here?

Cloak: You called me. Those who call on the power to often some times find it.

Aerious sees Lord Tim… complete with wounds. They argue. Aerious now sees three forms sleeping on a luxurious bed. Help Jade?

Aerious sees the rise of the Strong Tree. White tents and soldiers everywhere. You have so many enemies.

Aerious sees a figure born on a litter. A man beaten and with one eye missing is there.

BAck in the tavern. Your word will spread to all corners of the world.

Jim and Lief hear Aerious speak as he wakens. He tells of his vision and Lief realizes that blinded man is the Grim he and Jim fought. Aerious latches on to the thought of the ring and names Lief Serpent-bane. He names Jim Protector of the Tome.

Leif and Aeious then argue over Leif giving up the Duchy. IN the end, Aerious is just too persuasive and Lief suborns his ambitions to help Aerious. Only after Aerious releases him will Lief be able to advance himself as duke.

Black attempts to get information from Daniel.

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Episode 16

We start with a fight. Leif and Black see Daniel Bronzewing being beaten by a Grim. Leif charges in with his short sword. Black knocks an arrow and takes aim. Leif fought valiantly, but couldn’t score a hit. After his third wound, Leif sort of freaked out as Black let loose an arrow that hit the Grim in the eye. Black and Leif strip the armor from the Grim. Then the three men all head back to the hunting lodge.

Back at the lodge, Tom, Aerious and Jim try to find information in Lord Tim’s ledger. Aerious prays for guidance.

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Episode 15
Roy didn't take notes this week

Everyone has gathered at Stagthorn. It is late evening.

… Yadda-yadda-yadda …

Next week we have a Fight!

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Episode 14

It is evening after the mass conversion at the Grove. Jim, Leif, Phillip and Aerious are chatting around the fire. We decide to return to Pulder the next day.

At the Hunting Lodge, Jade and the rest seek shelter. Guan is referred to by more than his name (a title?).

There is a force of Church Knights (Pilgrimmers) near Pulder. Black encounters them and sneaks around them. Black reaches Elder Sparrow. He finds out that Tom, Jade, Black, Aerious, all have warrants out on them. They stem from the theft of a book from Red Vines. The town and council are in an uproar.

Leif convinces Lloyd and Ferris to become Aerious’ honor guard but ONLY if they have someone to lead them.

All during the conversation, Leif felt a prickling on his neck. SOMETHING is about half a league away back toward Salt Harbor.

Aerious delves deeper into the book.

Jim is over Aerious’ body which is shaking and foaming at the mouth. Aerious was having a vision. Lloyd and Ferris notice Jim has Lord Tim’s ledger. Aerious tells us he has made an error. Those believers in Pulder are being persecuted. The visions came from THE COILED SERPENT.

Back in the lodge, Black arrives with the news from Pulder. Black saw that the banners on the building were not the regular banners of the Duke. Lady Elaine arrives. LORD GUAN FARLINGTON is the head of their party. Guan is revealed to be Elaine’s FIANCE.

We make it though the woods and Leif notices the banners are wrong. He sneaks up to the manor to get Black’s attention and they both return to Aerious.

Betty and Jade are arguing. Jade convinces Betty NOT to give up the deed to Aerious.

We have a chat with Lord Guan and find we have a great deal in common. We go to the lodge for a meeting.

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Episode 13

Tom finds out the craziness that has gone on in Pulder. He has been over thrown by Vines and Crow and Walder.

Ferris and Loyd continue to have dreams. This worries Leif. Jim tries to convince Phillip to go to Salt Harbor. Leif over hears that and jumps in to keep Phillip on the Aveist path. Jim then talks with Leif and says Leif can’t help him because Leif doesn’t know who Perry Brightwing is. But Leif DOES know and won’t tell Jim until we are back to Pulder. Leif leaves the same secret with Aerious… who IMMEDIATELY goes to Jim. After MUCH yakking role-playing…. They came to an accord and Aerious spilled all the info to Jim, in exchange for Jim joining the Aveist movement.

Tom is on the way to defend himself in Pulder. Black remembers that they don’t have the land deed (which Jade DOES have). Tom tells Black about Elder Sparrow who should be on his side for the confrontation when they get to town.

Back in the Grove, Aerious gives his speech….. and wins over the ENTIRE crowd.

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Episode 12
Catch up and get out of town

Jade has breakfast with Tim (before the villains demise in Ep 11). She convinces him to give her the deed in return for later favors. She then spends the day with Guan.

Jim confronts Tim to get the name of the person who sold him into slavery. Unfortunately, Tim was already dead… and looted. But Maleo was there and hat the info for Jim.

Jim caught up to Leif, Tom , Black and Aerious on the way out of town.

Everyone trades stories. In the end, Jade, Tom and Black head back to Pulder with Malcolm and his son. Aerious, Jim and Leif head off to meet the ruffians.

On the way back to town, Black works to get Malcolm’s son, Jared, to open up and tell the story of WHY he left town.

In the religious camp, Leif is awakened by Ferris and Loyd chatting. They had the same dream but would not tell him about it. Leif convinced them to talk with Aerious and then eavesdropped on them. They told of seeing a bowman killing what they KNEW was the last snow deer. Leif was aghast that the story was EXACTLY what happened when he killed what turned out to BE the last snow deer.

Back on the road to Pulder, Tom confesses his worry about Aerious. Jade thinks Aerious has powers ONLY because of the book. Black is on Jade’s side.

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Game 11
Jeff Rolls Like a MANIAC!

We start with Aerious who is looking for Snow Deer prophecies in his ill-gotten holy book. He calls upon the GREAT WING for a revelation behind the religious imagery. He exceeds even his own expectations as he discerns FOUR mysteries.

Mean while, Leif is in the dining hall and is approached by Maleo. Speaking courteously to him, Maleo asks Leif to kill the Crooked Man and the “city will be yours.”

Tom and Black return with Malcolm in tow. Aerious rejoins the group with news of his miracles. Malcolm is fixated on getting his son back.

Malcolm reveals someone reffered to as LORD was responsible. We take him the warehouse Where Jim and Jade and Leif met “Lord Tim.”

The crowd is tense.. and Aerious feels it smells like a riot. We are accosted by 3 toughs. One is taken out (held by Aerious’ magic) and the others flee.

We reach the warehouse and Malcolm runs in but is stopped by Tom. Aeroious and Leif approach the warehouse and confront two more men. Aerious calms them and they join him. Then we hear the sound of… deer. Black goes to investigate. The rest of us go looking for the kid. We find him … chained up with other kids in the presence of Lord Tim. Aerious freezes him and his men. Leif disarms them but Tim has a knife as well and takes Jared hostage. Tom holds back Malcolm as best he can but fails. All hell breaks loose.

The converts help Leif who cuts down two thugs. Tom goes to put the beat down on Tim. Aerious is praying to help Tom. Malcolm is injured but Lord Tim is killed by the punch. Aerious goes to heal Malcolm. The Great Wing is with Aerious and Malcolm is healed. We free the children and the deer. The two thugs on our side guide us to a safe way out. There is a crowd around following us because of the snow deer. Aerious preaches and wins over the crowd.

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Game 10
Situational Ethics

Jade starts off by trying to find her brother in law. She manages to find Garret Horne, a peddler. She asks for the deed, but it is in hock. Garrett used it to keep his business afloat. As it turns out, the loan is held by some unsavory people. Malio, who hangs out at the Lion Shark, is the agent he dealt with but the guy works for the Crooked Man.

Jim goes looking for someone who works on a slave ship and who would have information he wants. Before he gets started, Jim is hailed by someone. The guy tells him the Crooked Man is looking for him. In a dark foreboding place, Jim meets him. The boy Jim sent is on the “soft side.” And the boy is PERFECT for another sale the Crooked Man has set up. The Crooked Man dismisses Jim who catches a glimpse of GUAN being led into the room! And THEN he sees WHITE DEER in cages! But they are FAKED! Jim makes it known to the Crooked Man that he could procure some REAL snow deer.

Jim also finds out that the Boy is being held at CM’s holding area awaiting sale.

Jade heads to the wharf looking for Malio and the boat. But she doesn’t do well. The local sailors make things difficult for her and she runs off… running into someone in the process.

The crew joins back up and argues over legalities. Tom and Black go to sleep while Aerious studies. Jade, Jim and Leif go looking for Malcolm’s son. Jim is LOUD about but persuades, Leif that it is for the best. In the end, the three make the acquaintance of The Crooked Man who is introduced by Jim and LORD TIM. Jade is even invited to dinner the next evening. Having failed to find the boy, the three return to the inn.

The next morning, Jade and Leif are feeling groggy from the night’s adventures. Jim is fine. Jade, Black and Tom go tot he court house to get Malcolm out of the cage. They find that Constable Petrol jacked the bond up. They confront him and try to convince the Constable to release Malcolm into the MAYOR’S PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. It Works!

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Game 9
Criminals Everywhere We Turn

Mayor Tom talks with Black about starting up some sort of “eco” militia. Tom no longer trusts any of his old friends except Black. He makes his case to get the ranger on his side.

Leif and Aerious go out to talk to Phillip and the thieves to warn him that the sheriff knows where Phillip is and they should lie low. Phillip will just take the group to a certain spot and will round up 80 other men for Aerious to preach to. The Aveist wants to go with the men. Leif points out that it would be difficult for the preacher to join the men in an overland journey. Convinced by the bastards words, Aerious lets the men go and returns to Salt Harbor.

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