Innocent or Guilty

Session 13

Where Matters of the Heart are concerned

Lots of Good Stuff… I’d have to say this session was very intense in terms of raw role-playing. The majority of the focus was on Liam Archon, but there was lots of action on the sidelines to involve the rest of the group. There are still rough portions, but this is post worthy at this point.

Bullet Points:

  • Recap after Shadowman vs. Peacock Man Encounter.
  • The Raven Encounter
  • The Tournament Action
  • After the Tournament Action
  • The Duel For Duchess Chi’s Hand In marriage
  • The Draw – Bequeathing 10 Acres of Land to GK
  • The Bachelor Party
  • The Dark Deeds
  • The Wedding & Wedding Feast
  • The Absolution of Crime from Burgmor
  • The War Footing
  • END GAME

We began our game approx 15 minutes late. Matt K provided a recap paraphrasing the log on the site. The GM clarified a few points that the players were confused about and after getting off the ground we picked up the game.

Our weary heroes headed back to Harold and Gaby’s hangout. They opted to take watches, Felix curled up in a corner and woke after a nightmare. On second watch Harold noticed a Raven watching them from a rooftop across the way. He managed to catch it unawares till – ‘crack!’ a roof tile had cracked beneath Harold’s feet and the bird took flight. Harold’s fast reflexes allowed him to catch the bird. With the bird in hand, he returned to the hangout and woke Burgmor and Yon. Burgmor detected the presence of Enchantment / Charm magics fading from the animal, and You determined the bird was not evil. Harold placed the raven into a crate and the rest of the evening passed.

Duchess Chi insisted Liam attend the Tournament as she had to attend as it was a royal court function. It was learned the Tournament was being held in Honor of the Kings’ Fosterlings whom brought back the youngest princess unharmed.As a celebration most of the courtiers and nobles were expected to attend the function.

The rest of the group either attended as audience [Harold and Felix], or participated in the events – Yon, a Knight of the Kings’ Court; Burgmor; Liam. The 16 year old crew did excellent and outmatched all in their “age bracket”. They noticed a good Joust between a Green Knight upon a Wolf and another Knight which ended in a Draw being declared.

Those in attendance enjoyed the bounteous meal and awoke to the Green Knight a several apprentices sprinkling dust that was waking up the revelers. Burgmor insistently inquired about what had happened realizing several hours had passed that he could not recall. The Green Knight found that a great sacrifice had been given and felt lesser for it.

The Green Knight found the Duchess Chi to be a great beauty and Liam tried to introduce her. Duchess Chi was gracious and mentioned how her betrothed had been valorous on the field of battle, for she only had eyes for him. Liam seemed to have a fit and the Green Knight escorted him away. Whereupon the Green Knight learned that Liam was conflicted but seemed to not to be interested in Marriage. The Green Knight proposed a method to avoid the marriage and Liam agreed. Loudly proclaiming a Challenge by Combat of Arms for the Right to Marry the Duchess he Gauntlet Slapped Liam [The Challenge was in front of the King and Royal Court]. Liam proclaimed his TRUE LOVE for Chi and accepted the challenge. The Duchess insisted her brave Champion wear her favor for the Battle. Another Lady, ‘Lady Summers’ asks to have the Green Knight wear her favor, but the Green Knight declines as his heart is for Chi alone. Unknown to everyone else, Liam and Green Knight had conspired together to have Liam throw the match; however they both knew that Liam had to put on a good show or else the audience would know it was a deceit.

Liam attacked and the force of the non-lethal blow was more than the Green Knight had expected. The Green Knight tried to land a blow but found his Axe deflected. Liam countered and knocked the wind out of the Green Knight. [A critical hit]. The Green Knight healed himself and then after realizing that Liam must have held back and had powerful magics, Dispelled Magic on Liam – the effort succeeds in dispelling all effects bestowed upon Liam. Both went back and forth, Green Knight tried to grapple but was countered. Finally Liam was offered the chance to Yield, but in that same moment saw his fathers face imposed upon the Green Knight’s face, becoming incensed beyond reason goes to deal lethal damage and unleashes another assault upon the unsuspecting Green Knight. In a fit of desperation and defense, the Green knight finally struck him down.

With Liam down, the Green Knight asks the King’s permission for the Hand of Duchess Chi, upon which he agrees, but Duchess Chi Contests the Duel upon the grounds that had magical healing not been used by the Green Knight, he would have succumbed to his injuries first which would have made Liam the victor instead. Burgmor seconds the contest of Arms. The King calls upon Brother Thadeus, whom through analysis of both combatants declares the outcome as challenged by Chi to be true. Duchess Chi then insists that she would not marry the Green Knight, for Liam, her True Champion, had proven his undying love and was the victor. The Green Knight conceded and the King being generous did offer him 10 acres of land as compensation for his valorous display and well-fought duel, the end result was the Duel was considered and Declared a Legal Draw, with the defender [Liam] keeping his original claim to Chi. The Green Knight in return, offered to pay for the Wedding as a gesture of goodwill and felt it should happen that very evening. Duchess Chi agreed and left to prepare with her bodyguard in tow.

The Green Knight then gathers Liam and the other “men” of the group and takes them around to the taverns, where they drank heavily and enjoyed each others company. Some discussions for the wedding plans do come up. Burgmor notices Liam’s Father exiting the Tavern but finds that he’s nowhere to be found. Burgmor then mentions this to Liam, who had already gone stony faced and was walking out of the building; upon hearing about his father, he instantly does an about face; but Felix persuades him to leave it, for it could be a trap. Felix then has an odd happening – he detects his ‘necklace‘ is walking away from him; enraged he becomes severely obsessed and transforms into a Wolf, a moment later the group sees that he’s become a fearsome Dire Wolf and pursing an ‘as-of-the-moment’ maiden who is ‘oblivious-to-the-beast-about-to-pounce-upon-her’. Green Knight calls his wolf, whom appears just a second later from around a corner and gives chase. Seeing that the Dire Wolf is going to pounce, in an act of desperation, he casts forth a Wall Of Fire in hopes of slowing the beast before foul deeds happen in front of him. The Wall of Fire causes Felix to hesitate a moment, allowing the Green Knight to close the remaining distance and actually put himself between Felix and the now fleeing Maiden. Meanwhile Burgmor transforms the Wall of Fire into an immense dark billowing smoke cloud which blinds Felix the Dire Wolf. When Felix exits the cloud, he’s snarling a warning, [Wolf Translation “Bone Mine give now!”] After a negotiation period, the Green Knight is able to retrieve the ‘necklace‘ and return it to Felix. Yon catches up and asks what he missed as he’s breathing heavily from the exertion.

They decide getting to the Temple is the best course of action, for a marriage is happening soon. While at the Temple, the Green Knight sees the maiden Summers whom he’d declined her favor during the Match of True Love earlier. He goes to one knee and proposes to her with eloquent speech, and then taking out a platinum coin, he transforms it into two identical rings. She accepts. Afterward he, and the other men are taken by Lucius and his band of Merry Men to get properly dressed for this momentous occasion. This includes a bath and proper grooming. Their new clothes are envious, and cost the Green Knight a pretty penny. Each has an outfit that is stunning and spectacular.

[Outfit Descriptions will be filled out in completeness at a later time] Liam’s outfit is Pearls with a small coronet with a Jade as the Center Piece above the Pearls; Burgmor has a Emblazoned Flames upon the Tuxedo Collar on either side; Felix Placeholder; Green Knight Placeholder; Yon Placeholder.

The Wedding ceremony is elaborate – Merrick stands in as Liam’s Father, The King ‘Kelharn’ stands in as Chi’s Father, Yon is the Best Man. It’s a Dual Wedding, with Liam and Chi, and Green Knight and Baroness Summers. All told fourteen (14) assassins are thwarted in their attempts to disrupt the wedding. Liam and Chi exchange elaborate and ritualistic vows including a very sacred Soul Binding Ritual that forges an unbreakable bond. In comparison the ceremony of marriage between the Green Knight and Lady Summers was simplistic but lovely. They exchanged their vows, but Lady Summers added a most peculiar phrase to hers “My soul forever bonded to you” at the end of her vow. At the end we had Duke Liam Lee Archon and Duchess Chi-Archon <first name="true">; and Baron Bercilak Bredbeddle – ‘The Green Knight’ – ‘Knight of the Kings’ Court’ and Baroness Summers.

After the marriage, the marriage feast had the ritualistic dancing with the newly weds. Simon was drinking from a fountain that appeared to be water, but ended up being a Pure Fey Wine. The Green Knight took a draft and promptly passed out from it’s Fey Goodness. <we>. Afterward the newlyweds consummated their marriage – For Liam, the Soul-bond apparently heightens the sensation and is akin to an empathic ‘knowing-what-the-other-feels-and-enjoys’, both were pure and unsoiled and enjoyed each other in a tender loving manner (Fade to Black) – For The Green Knight, being this is his Fifth Wife in 437 years of his life, he and his new wife were both tender and wild together, however lacking any Soul-Bond, they were left with the mundane joy of figuring things out on their own (Also Fade to Black).

Burgmor had gotten a promise that he’d be forgiven his debt for his crimes, and quickly left for the Magistrates Office to find out if this was true, as well as getting his Crime Anklet removed. Although elated he quickly noticed a palpable wariness, and tension in the air. Noting fortifications, and engines of war being mounted upon the city walls. When he asked what was going on, he was told that War was coming…

And So Ends The Session.
Player Log Submission – Mike:

So the gang meets up at the hideout after the big fun evil man was matched to the feathered cap man in the graveyard.
The reason we do not go to the mansion is that Chi cannot get inside without a fun special secret decoder ring.
We set up watch… Yon’s is uneventful but second is Harold and he spots a raven which watches the building we are in when it should not be awake, and he acrobatically grabs the bird. He yells at it to calm down. It surprisingly does. He wakes up Yon, who detects no evil from it and suggests the mage detects anything. The mage detects fading enchantment(charm) and it’s acting like a normal bird so he goes back to sleep.

In the morning, we hear the town crier, and there is a tournament that yon must attend (being a member of the town guard and nobility in the king’s court) as well as Dutchess Chi.. So we attend, and sitting in the stands is Luscious.. ERR, Lucius.

So, the others in our bracket are showing off. There’s a large wolf jousting with a greenish warrior ontop of it. They end in a draw in the jousting session.
There are also 14 year old kids at an archery range (one accused of cheating with a truestrike spell.)

Yon notices that a girl he is assigned to sometimes is in the court and present.
Liam and Yon win their matches, and the others who won the same competition matches are who Liam wishes to talk to.
We feast afterwards and during the feast we collapse. When we awake people are sprinkling powder on us as we wake to cold food and a later time of day.
Felix doesn’t seem to notice and still eats. Liam points the green armored man to Yon and Yon senses no evil from the knight.
Bergmore asks the Green Knight why we’ve lost time, and what happened. The GK either plays dumb or he’s not playing.
Bergmore persists and notices the Green Knight is not feeling the best, and the GK says it’s heartburn.
He mentions he protected us from something, and we’re lucky we lost only time.
Dutchess chi speaks with the Green Knight and Liam blushes, making cherries look white. GK says perhaps he can save Liam’s heart.
GK challenges Liam to a duel, to settle this like MEN for the dutchess chi’s heart. snickersnicker
There is a small crowd, including apprentices and the king overheard it.
They re-set up the field, this time for the duel. The terms are the one who submits loses the claim to Dutchess Chi.
The Green Knight seems to lose the battle at first… and keeps seeming to lose… (Nick got a crit)… GK tries to grapple to dispel the enchantments on Liam, and whispers for Liam to pretend to fight because he’ll kill the GK if he doesn’t. They apparently don’t want to kill eachother.
Bergmore notices the chatter and yell to stop talking and fight. Yon does too.
Green Knight asks Liam to yield, if Liam doesn’t, Liam will likely kill GK. Liam can’t publicly yield, so GK knocks him out.
GK heals Liam, bowing, and claims Chi to the king.
Chi sees that GK healed himself during the battle… and refuses!
Thadeus proclaims the GK would have fallen first, but the King proclaims since the GK was so Valorous and cunning in battle, he is awarded 10 acres of land.
A draw is declared.
The GK declares he will pay for and throwing the wedding.
We go to a bar and try to find Simon, prompting the I or G team to ask questions about Simon, which are answered over drinks.
We discover that Liam has ‘daddy issues,’ and that GK is trying to figure out how to make Liam fulfill his obligations.
Felix stops and reaches to his neck (where a necklace would be) and realizes there isn’t one. He shifts into a wolf and leaves, and goes into Dire form.
Yon isn’t fazed, but the others want to leave so they do leave to follow him.
The GK casts a wall of fire in front of Felix, stopping him for a moment.
Bergmore smokescreens and makes Felix even more slowed.
GK gets the girl which has Felix’ necklace so Felix won’t kill her for it. (his eyes are red)
Felix says “Mine.” through mental link.
GK throws the necklace to Felix.
GK offers the woman 5 gold and the woman runs away crying.
His wolf says there’s a third scent on that necklace, not the girls nor Felix’.
They all head back, and meet Yon huffing and puffing while running slowly to catch up.

Back at the castle, the wedding is soon, and the groomsman are dressed by Lucius, while the Green Knight funds the whole shebang.
He even shapes platinum in his hand to two rings, giving them to the Dutchess, and the Green Knight is now known as the Baron.
the Green Knight is marrying Lady Summers at the same time as Liam marries Dutchess Chi.
There are even assassination attempts on the Green Knight, Felix, and Chi, but they are thwarted.
Someone says “I do” when asked “does anybody object to this wedding” but there is a field in place and the person is arrested before anything can be done about it.
Yon is one of the two best men, and gives the ring to Liam. His ring is electrum and jade, hers is smaller, and also with jade. They’re shaped with yin and yang type symbols.
The “I do’s” of Liam and Chi are swapped, in a soulbinding marriage where they are bound while both souls are in any plane.
They are handfasted, they both glow white and blur, closer together seeming as one light.
Green Knight and Lady Summers swap rings and there is ritualistic swording they do. Her oath to GK is elaborate with a weird phrase she throws in there, oathing to bind her soul to him forevermore.

The reception afterwards is mostly uneventful… Simon tells GK that his time away from the war is short.
Yon dances with the girl who has a crush on him. He is a gentleman.
The couples consummate the marriages overnight.

Felix got a new bone, too… it even regenerates meat and he thinks he’s happier than Liam.
Liam gains prestige, and wealth, a title, and some spiffy new clothes.

All the soldiers are on high alert the next day.
Preparations were being made. The magistrate’s office had men fortifying walls and readying men for a large assault.

END Mike’s Submission –

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