Scene I - 2 years later (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 6th day, 992 AC)
Two years have passed in Karameikos and in your life.
In the spring and the summer of 990 AC, you faced the Iron Ring in Specularum, went to Highforge, then faced a dragon and humanoids in Guido's Fort. You met famous people, from Fortunato and Philip Vorloi to Sherlane Halaran and Retameron Antonic, to Desmond Kelvin II and many others. You have lost companions, as the disappeared Gharis and Tiberius. You have grown up in experiences and capabilities.
Now two years have passed while you continued your training in Highforge, the city of gnomes and dwarves. You have come to appreciate much the safe and tranquil place in a nation where chaos and dangers seems everywhere. 990 AC has been a year of racial violence in Specularum, Iron Ring attacks in the country and a very much contensted obligation for Traladarans to not bear arms.
991 AC was not much better. Von Hendriks attacked the Five Shires again, and was defeated again. Halfling pirates attacked Karameikos ships several times in retailation. Minister of State Krollan Kallergan was assasinated in Specularum, blame was placed either on the Iron Ring or the Veiled Society. Around Radlebb and the west many Traladaran villages were attacked by Thyatians, creating a virtual civil war in the region. While the west was in chaos, in the north and the east the efforts of Torenescu, Vorloi, Halaran, Kelvin and Penhaligon, and also other minor nobles as the Lutescu in the east, obtain substantial victories against the Iron Ring and its humanoid allies, with many arrests and executions.
In 992 AC The Shires attacked Fort Doom directly, burning ships and sacking several villages on the coast, targeting only Thyatian soldiers and properties. Duke Stephan was forced to intimate his cousin to cease any attack against the Shires to avoid a full scale war. The Black Eagle seems to have complied, for now.
You also hear some news from the rest of the world, more piracy in the Sea of Dread involving Thyatians, Ierendians, Minrothaddans, Halfling and Karameikos, with the latter three nations accusing the first two of abetting slavers. An almost open war is in progress between Thyatis and Alphatia in the Isle of Dawn, Norwold and the Heldann territories.
Lucius is 20 years old now, he speaks a good dwarvish and has improved his abilities (add 1 basic weapon mastery and 2 combat maneveurs). He now has his own, small rented house in Highforge. He has been twice back in Specularum (as guard of the gnomish caravan) to meet his family, which is doing well, and greet Mikel and Fortunato Vorloi, with whom he is in contact through the wool merchant of Highforge, Leandrus. His family too has come once to Highforge, to visit him. He has some casual friends among the humans which dwell in Highforge and a very casual relationship with a human wizardess of Thyatian origin, Sara. He now owns a small treasure of 126 gold coins (a part of which he could have sent to his family, if he wishes) and a very beatiful longsword +1 sent by Desmond Kelvin I. In the last two years, he has served often as a guard and so Bofar, Karto and Bonth are probably the people he spend more time with. He has also fight several humanoids and mosters incursion in the region, but nothing bigger than a wyvern, of which he now has a stuffed head.
Bofar is 57 years old now and engaged to Klisa, but both agrees they do not want marriage and children quite yet. Nevertheless, grandmother is happy. He is also a good weaponsmith now and owns 160 gold coins and a Hammer +1 donated by Desmond Kelvin. He has served mostly as a guard for the city and caravans and he now really feels he is a part of the community. He knows almost everyone and has good relations with many, but his closest friends are still Bonth, the dwarf guard Karto, Lucius, Taradain and Dim, plus the extended family, the dwarven smith Turom, the dwarven clerics of Kagyar Hrulin and Dwar and the gnome cleric Kesh. He has also developed a sort of friendship with Catrina, the Torenescu contact in town. He writes regularly to Cristoph Torenescu and to Klist, the dwarven cleric in Specularum. Surprisingly enough, he has also received a conciliatory letter from Stephanos Torenescu, inviting him back to Specularum. Stephanos apparently has distinguished himself in fights against the Iron Ring, and this must have improved his personality. Bofar however is happy in Highforge for now. (He can also add in the sheet 2 weapons proficiency and one combat maneveur, and one more language).
Dim is now 22 years old and has plenty of work, both as smith and as wizard, in the Guild of Artificiers. He now owns 179 gold coins and a Mace +1, and has his own rented house too. He has learned goblin and other things (you can add to the sheet 1 combat maneuver, 1 skill, 4 known cantrips, 4 first level spells and 3 second level spells). He has been once in Specularum and Marilenev twice to visit friends and family. His brother Marcel is 20 now and has become a successful trader, so the family is not poor as it once was. Marcel has married a local girl in Marilenev last month, and Dimitri attended. The other brother, Ioan, is now 17 years old and Sheared, so Dim just know he should be in eastern Karameikos.
The rest of Dim's personal life is not so great. His former teacher, the gnome wizard Teish, died in the north two years ago during the mission to retrieve the stone giants egg, and Agnja and Blago have left to return to their home village. Dim has much to do in Highforge, but he is thinking about going there to ask Agnja to return to Highforge with him. Dim's teacher is now the gnome Artificier Gila.
Taradain is 15 years old now and has become a beautiful young woman with a leather armor +1 and 324 gold coin. She has a private apartment in the Music House, supplied by her gnome friend Lasa, who has almost adopter her. She has written often to Fortunato and Lucia Vorloi, Carla and Adriana in Specularum, who keep on fighting the Iron Ring, while in Highforge her best friends are still the halfling couple, Milo and Talla, and the gnome bard Lasa, but not just them. She has indeed a sort of pack formed by her, the young gnome Gnumsh, a human boy named Andrei, a human girl named Serena and a female gnome named Shala. With them Taradain mostly explores Highforge or tries odd gnomish inventions, as the ones developed by Gnumsh's parents. Andrei has clearly a crush on her, but both are too shy to do something about it, for now. (You can add 2 skills, 1 weapon knowledge and 1 combat maneuver or feat)
(That's all for now, leave comments and questions as you wish, then we will continue next week!)