Vel Scurra Notes for the game on 8-14-2011
Lost in the streets of the city or have you ever been to Vel Scurra?
Her face floats above me, I reach out my hand to caress that ageless face and my hand passes through her. For I cannot touch her, she is beyond my reach…for now.
I awakened in this strange place that seems to be Dexter’s. I do not understand these places and what is asked of us but Laval will reveal her plan I have no doubt. Next to me lays the woman I called into service to great goddess. Ivanna, she is a strange creature covered in tattoos but she has answered the call and thus I will make use of her talents. Now, if I only knew where that would be, All living things come to Laval and so I too will be patient.
Michael the priest of Folchan leaves to see if he could find Agnes. We no choice but to let him go alone as we did not have any way to help her. Perhaps he can. Strange this loyalty he has to her. I am not sure what to make of it.
Soon Dexter was there trying to get Maynard or anyone to use that damn box again. For something that we truly do not understand he seems to really like that foul contraption. No one allows the goblin to use the device, and this seems to disappoint Dexter. I am not sure if he wanted to help, or wanted to see what the box would do. I am frankly not sure if he even cared, just wanted to watch it do its thing.
We decided to head north to an area not far from the Black Hands fortress. Maynard said that was called there. While we were on our way, the dog I think its name is Ajax wondered off down an alley. Some of the others tried to stop it, I am not sure why, it can make its own decisions. I guess it wanted to save Agnes as well, what is it with this girl?
We walked north toward the train, as we headed up the street a group of Knights of Atarauk (the god of war) pass us on the street. They made an impressive site as they marched up the street. Will they soon be sending the enemies of their god into my god embrace? Do they in a strange way sacrifice to Laval in with their deadly swords? More importantly are the gods trying to tell us something?
We took the train north to the Blackwall. The rebuilt wall stood like a cliff face to the north. How was it rebuilt in a day…no, during one night some say. Were the Dracineians but an illusion a collective dream? For this massive wall could not be rebuilt in a day…in a year even. What is the power of these strange beings who came to the city? How can we possible be at war with them? Is that the illusion?
The Fortress at the Blackwall is so large that it is hard to comprehend its size. The entire thing was surrounded with cannons that ringed the great structure. I noticed that there were several cannons that faced into the town as well as those that faced out over the wall. There were steam devices and masked members of the Blackhand moving all around in front of the giant square door way into the Fortress itself. All in all, it was quite impressive show. Of course it meant nothing to the Dracineians for they destroyed it like it was just a toy. But what happened to make it appear, for surely that it is what it did, in one night?
We headed towards the southeast away from whatever the Fortress is. For some reason we seem to attracting packs of animals this day, as a dozen cats came out of an alleyway and started to push up against us. I petted one as we continued on our way. What is it with the animals? Has one of us acquired a smell that they find irresistible?
Shortly we find ourselves in front of a two story building that is certainly of the type I have never been in, but Maynard enters the place like he owns it. Again, we have come to a place that one of us has been called to. This time Maynard has been called to own a brothel. I am not sure what to make of this. He and Giselle seem to be at home. Maynard seems to be very happy, I hope he knows what he is doing. Maynard with a strange look on his face turns to us and says welcome to Magrathea! Apparently he has claimed this burrow, Magrathea, and set up Giselle as the new madam in this place. Maynard seems quite happy about things until he gets a strange look on his face and he wonders upstairs by himself bidding us to remain below.
And so all of my friends have been called by the gods to claim a part of the city as their own. In each of them they seem to find a place that is ready for them, waiting, as if there there is a greater plan. But one we do not see yet. I serve Laval and all the living come into her embrace eventually and so too will I. I will be patient and I will wait. But there suddenly is a tug at my very soul. Something, no somewhere far off to the south of the city, by the water…it tugs at me and I must go. So even this servant of Laval has been called to claim a part of this ancient city. Been called to do what though?
A few minutes later Maynard comes back down stairs and tells us he talked to “Bob” through a door knob. There are many strange things in Vel Scurra but the fact that Maynard, thinks he can talk with buildings is among the most strange. Or should I say he talks with the same entity that “possess” buildings. Is there really such a creature or is this an illusion brought on by his drug addled mind? I am not healer and I don’t want to even venture a guess.
He tells us that “Bob” said that Agnes is in something called the Fate Plotting Chamber and Bob was watching her until he felt that the Blackhand saw him watching them and he got cut off. Then the Blackhand had started to try and track him down, which Bob thought was kind of funny and he left. I don’t know what Bob is, or even if he is, but I would tell him not to underestimate the Blackhand. Unless Bob is something that the Dracineians left behind, in which case…
_Notes from manuscript A:
Agnes gets gassed in a chamber in the steam-spider.
She has a dream of riding a horse in a meadow.
Dexter rides a horse the other way.
She sees the rest of her companions across the meadow.
From the edge of the meadow Ajax comes out
“Hi” the dog says.
“How are you talking?”, they both ask.
Agnes asks if Ajax has something to tell her, he says no…he is going to sing. The dog starts singing a little song.
Two squirrels who are standing there suddenly look at each other, "careful, careful on the table –good”
Ajax brought a picnic basket, makes tea, and is super polite to her.
Someone somewhere says, “everything seems to going as planned.”
“Nothing to worry about, MS. Moorhead was just a little over zealous”
Ajax continues to sings a strange song.
Squirrel 1 says, “Should we sever this one?”
Squirrel 2 replies, “No I think it is ok”
“Will he show up? We will have to question him too”
“Yes ok. Yes he will show up.”
“Let’s put her in recovery”
The “dream” fades
- Ajax turns into a mechanical clockwork thing. That starts to cover her up in something.
When she wakes up and finds Ms. Lady Moorhead there in what looks to be a hospital, sitting next to her.
“Are you ok?” “What have you been doing?” “Have you quit?” the questions come fast.
Lady Moorhead then goes on to explain to Agnes that she “owns” her as her father was severely in debt and Lady Moorhead out of the kindness of her heart has paid that debt and taken Agnes under wing. Agnes is not too happy about that. But Lady Moorhead says she will act with decorum and will deal with you later, she leaves.
Soon afterwards Michael comes in and tells her that Lady Moorhead is lying and that he will try to get her out of there._
We head back to the train station near the Fortress, leaving Giselle behind in her new home.
As we walk across the giant open plaza Dexter slows down and gets this weird expression on his face. He stands there for a moment with his head cocked to one side listening to something only he could hear. Suddenly, he returns to himself and yells out “Infernal!”
At just that moment, the air crackles and this women is suddenly standing in front of me. She holding long wicket weapons and she attacks me. By Grace of my Goddess and prowess of my companions I survived the battle. I had to draw on the powers that Laval has granted me and those that bind us to each other to survive. As I did so, I could feel someone, somewhere using a similar power to combat me. End the though, I was stronger.
This creature, woman thing, only attacked me and did not seem to be hurt my normal weapons until Scurra, may Laval bless her, shot the creature with something that seemed to allow the normal weapons to damage it. My weapon of course, being as I am but an instrument of my Goddess, had no trouble with its defenses and dealt considerable damage to the Infernal creature. It was Thomas though, who struck the final blow, with the final shot of his crossbow the creature exploded around us.
I was furious after the creatures dust settled to the ground. Yet again another assassination attempt on my life. Yet again my friends have saved me. Who hired this thing? I resolve that I must put a stop to this before one of my friends gets seriously hurt or killed. I must know whom I should send to meet my Goddess, for if I am true servant of my Goddess, he who raises their hand against me is these blundering attempts is an enemy of my faith.
Dexter pulls out Agnes’ map and using his power finds out that someone near the exchange, near where that lawyer’s offices are was the person who was contesting with me. [Phineas Valk.] Seeing that I am injured Dexter puts the map away and pulls out his box, “Anyone want to be healed?” I politely refuse.
We take the train south to Berner Station and head through the Brunt. It is this place to the south were the sea and Land meet I am pulled. As we head south a Fog sets in and suddenly everything seems to shift. Agnes and Michael are standing with us and even Ajax is there. We stare at them in surprise as four steam jacks move up the street. Dexter takes out the map again and seems to looking for something in it. Both he and Maynard seem to be upset by something. Agnes seems to have no memory of what happened. In fact it seems that for her it is the day before, before she was taken. Have we slipped in Time? Is that even possible?
We decide that there is not much we can do and we continue to head south towards…my burrow. We make it to Final Rest (and Journeys End). I see before me something, something yet made but could be. Why I am called I do not know, I just see what it can be. I know that this place is mine and with Laval’s help I can bring something important to the city. I leave Ivanna there with instructions on what to do, and we head back north. I like my new inn though, The Journey’s End. Nice.
On the way back north we run into a Beggar on the streets offering prophecy. I flip him a sliver.
He looks at us and says something about shifting too far to the right we will not be able to shift back to the left. Another spider jack goes by.
As we head north through the Brunt not too far from the train station, the fog melts away and it is Day time, midday. How can that be possible? Agnes feels something in her burrow again, as history repeats itself. It is then that Dexter and Maynard say that they cannot feel their burrows anymore. It is as if they don’t exist.
As we get on at the train station, Dexter almost get arrested for mass murder of people in Highgarden. Their seems to be a reward out for him. As we stand on the train, we see the Blackhand approaching, I lean over and summoning the power of my Goddess I make him invisible so that he can escape.
The Blackhand wants to know why we were traveling with a wanted criminal and we all were quite confused. So of course, the Blackhand took us to one of their places in Moral’s Balance. Maynard is not too happy to back here. Again we see the “puppies” and they seem to be laughing at us.
We are lead to the Blackhand integration area. It is a steel hallway with a weird green light that leads to a strange room with a metal table.
The questioner asks us about the murders of the Moorhead family. We express our doubts about Dexter being responsible for this, which of course does not make them happy. It was then that Blackhand integrator pulls out a strange little book and starts flipping through it, asking our names. The books seems have information about us, but it is wrong in odd ways….
The Blackhand thinks:
Agnes is an exotic Dancer
Me a priest of Soulchin
Thomas, glass makers guild member
And Michael, or should I say Mr. Pett a member of the Blackhand.
I am don’t know what to make of all this, other than to say we are lost in Vel Scurra. Though I wonder if it is our Vel Scurra.