[The World Between] Beyond the Pale Curtain [Solo Campaign]

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[The World Between] Beyond the Pale Curtain [Solo Campaign]

Post by 1970 » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:36 pm

If I may break the Fourth Wall for a moment, this game has been kind of tumultuous, given that I can't find a setting I like enough to base a full-fledged campaign on. I give up. For now on I'm running this game in a semi-original world that's sort of like Western/Eastern Europe, but not really. It's kind of based on Jack Shear's World Between (hence the name), but not beholden to it. I'll take inspiration from it, Ravenloft, Dark Albion, Krevborna, and any other Gothic horror thing I find and like. I swear this is the last thread I'm making for this.

The beginning of the campaign starts in the Ravenloft forum, and can be found here:

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If you start there and follow the links, you'll eventually come back here. I should get some actual content here soon.

Thanks for reading this far.

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Post by 1970 » Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:13 pm

Arriving at Dale, Abigail us welcomed warmly by the locals, still grateful that she and Emily rescued Nathaniel those months ago. After fielding some uncomfortable questions about the missing Emily, she enjoyed a warm meal and a night's sleep before she made her way to the Cottswood residence the next morning.

Finding the old man distracted, she coaxes out of him that his son, an advisor at Blackmist Keep, home of the Barony, had sent him a disturbing letter about the Baroness' sudden change of personality after the the death of her father. The Baroness has now turned into a bloodthirsty tyrant, holding public executions for trivial matters and crushing any sign of dissent. At a loss of what to do he wrote the letter in hopes that his father would have some advise for him.

Obviously concerned, he asks Abigail to check on his son and maybe investigate this troubling turn of events. She agrees, if he'll consult his tomes about the dreadful dreams she's been having at the Sutton house in Creedhall. While he doesn't much deal in superstition, he promises to look into it. Science doesn't have all the answers she reminisces, but thinks better of stating her thoughts out loud. Besides, she has a journey to prepare for.

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Post by 1970 » Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:36 pm

It was a fairly pleasant ride from Dale to Blackmist Keep, only meeting a small group of pilgrims making way to the Cathedral at Chancel. Wishing them luck, Abigail presses on until the Keep is within viewing distance. Her approach, however, hadn't gone unnoticed. Two riders rode to greet her and get a statement of intent from her. While they seemed surly at the beginning, Abigail's innate charisma smoothed over some of the suspicion, plus her family name bought her some consideration as well. Now with escort, she arrives at Blackmist Keep.

After entering the Keep, she first made her way to the market in an attempt to contact any family that may be there. A risky move considering her background with Douglas Ambrose and their unpleasant parting, but after finding them they seemed none the wiser of her personal issues. They instead, were seriously concerned about the attitude of the Keep and its affect on the bottom line. Shrugging she listened to more gossip, like the immanent peasant uprising in the works. They suggested that she keep her head down and wished her well.

Making her way to the Keep, she used Nathaniel's seal to gain an audience with his son. Once the two were alone, he accepted to letter, which wasn't much more than regular correspondence introducing Abigail to him. His story wasn't much different than the one presented by his father. The few details the advisor provided were that the new Baroness (one Aileen Braddock), was formerly a somewhat flighty youth with a penchant for poetry and swooning over pillow books. After her father's death during a hunting accident where he was mauled to death by a great beast, she became, well, despotic and somewhat neurotic, often walking alone through the halls lost in thought.

One night he followed her to the family crypt, where she disappeared within. Not having the bravery to follow, he wrote to his father in hopes he could offer something approaching help. He never considered he'd send a flesh and blood hero to help! Smiling in relief, he gives Abigail a hastily drawn map of the Keep, focusing on where the family crypt would be. Wishing her luck, the advisor made his exit, leaving Abigail suddenly on her own.

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Post by 1970 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:58 pm

Leaving Blackmist Keep proper, Abigail meandered the streets, wondering what to do. She was no sneak, and following the Baroness would almost certainly be folly. Still, something needed to be done soon; as her family had mentioned, the air was thick with anger and resentment. It wouldn't take much for this to turn violent she thought, eventually deciding to shore up in her family's estate to plan her next move.

Unfortunately, she would not have much time for preparation. Not a day later, a popular peasant leader was executed, for sedition. It wasn't much longer before a full-fledged riot broke out. Cursing her luck, Abigail attempted to stick to the shadows as she made her way to the Keep once more. Once there, it was no problem disguising herself as a rioter, helping to break through the confused and unprepared guards. Once inside, she stole her way away from the the group toward the family crypt. Arriving without trouble, she took a torch from the wall and made her way down the winding staircase.

What awaited her was something to a shock. Among the dead and rotting corpses was a beautiful woman of raven hair and alabaster skin resting upon an alter, holding a rose across her chest. What was this she thought, praying it was no sinister undead waiting to tear its way to consciousness and attack her.

She need not have worried. Fast approaching footsteps suddenly broke the silence, racing down the stairs. Hiding among the shadows, she could hear a woman's voice carrying through the room. Don't worry my love, we'll away from this cursed place and escape for places unknown to these unwashed brutes. Peeking over a crypt, Abigail was shocked to see the same woman as on the alter rushing into the room. An audible gasp alerted the walking woman to her presence. Who are you she cried. I'll not let you take her from me!

Coming from her hiding place, Abigail drew her sword, stating that the woman remain still until she could figure out what was happening here. Screeching with anger, the woman's hands grew into claws, and charged her. After a fierce battle, Abigail arose victorious. her relief was short lived though, as the woman's body shifted and morphed into a naked thing. Humanoid but grey and lacking features except a mouth full of teeth and claws instead of hands. Doppelganger she thought! Somewhat disturbed by this turn of events, she ran up the stairs, leaving the girl for later, hopefully after finding her contact before figuring out what to do.

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Post by 1970 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:34 am

Upon reaching the top of the staircase, Abigail began making her way toward the sitting area she met Cottswood in. Unfortunately, it was not to be. There's one of them she heard a woman call. looking toward the voice, she saw a maid leading a small mob in her direction. I saw her meeting with the advisor! Attempting to explain herself to no avail, Abigail ran away, finally escaping from the keep into the burning streets.

After nearly being trampled by a crowd of rioters, she eventually arrived at her family's residence, where she laid low for the rest of the night. What if the woman was the real Baroness she opined after getting settled. What of the doppelganger was the real source of Blackmist's troubles. Realizing with horror that she had left the sleeping body of the Baroness to the mercies of a rampaging mob, Abigail started getting sick to her stomach. Maybe they'll see the monster's corpse and come to the same realization she hoped. Regardless of what she told herself, she was unable to sleep the rest of the night.

The next morning there was unbridled cheer in the Keep. Hiding under a hooded cloak, Abigail made her way outside to be greeted by what looked to be an execution. Asking what was going on, a reveler told her that the Baroness and her court were captured last night during the uprising. This morning they were all to be hanged. Making her way into viewing distance, she saw a row of nooses, one holding a confused Baroness Braddock and another holding one of her advisors, Cottswood's son. Watching in horror, she almost attempted to protest their innocence, but eventually deciding that her life was more important, she held her tongue as the innocent were sent to their deaths.

Not wanting to stay any longer than she had to, Abigail left Blackmist later that afternoon towards Dale, not having a clue of what to tell Nathaniel. Hoping the words would come to her, night fell, matching her dark mood.

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Post by 1970 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:45 pm

Abigail's trip back to Dale was uneventful, which was just as well considering the unhealed wounds from her fight with Baroness Braddock's doppelganger. Her first stop was at the inn, not ready to speak to Nathaniel quite yet. Still, it was only a matter of time before he'd know of her arrival, so she swallowed her fear and made her way to the scholar's address.

Unfortunately, her visit went about as well as she thought it would. Cottswood cried, yelled, and ultimately blamed Abigail for his son's death. Wasn't she a student of the Art? Couldn't she had done something? Anything? Not willing to explain herself, the scholar eventually reminded her of his position in Dale. She should leave at first light he said, and perhaps it would be be best if she not return. Ever. Heroes, he spat, were best remembered and not seen he cautioned. Not wanting to test her popularity against his, she numbly nodded and let herself out and returned to the inn.

At the first light, she mounted her horse and left Dale forever. Not knowing where else to go, she decided to go back to Creedhall as she felt she had business at the University Library to attend. She did resolve, however, to stay at an inn despite her dwindling funds and stay for as short a visit as possible.

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