Ravenloft: Eulogy of Tomorrow

Prelude
First Session

Also known as The Incident

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Season 1, Episode 2: Howling Whereabouts
Battered and confused, the group tries to understand what is going on.

Rio and Dante start searching for further clues that may lead them to understand where they are and who caused the carriage to explode. The sailor insists they are supposed to pick up the pieces of masks and mirrors, as they seem to be related to the strange Gemini symbol blazing in blue.

However, the night doesn’t let them have a break, given that there’s a sudden howling of wolves who seemed to be approaching. Van Basten and Dante lead the run downhill, and the former wonders if anyone has seen the suspect, Hristos Halkias. Dante seems to be worried about it but opts to prioritize the group’s safety.

A hill of pine trees bathed in clean, white mist surrounds them in their escape. Their agitated faces start disappearing on the run, and their paranoia clicks in. After jogging it down and getting lost again in the process, Rio sees a cottage surrounded by a “fence” of rocks. In that moment a wolf pack catches up with the group and a violent, wild battle starts.

Rio and Dante lead the defense and even have the time to throw the wolves at their kin. However, their red eyes and bubbling mouths startled them before hiding in the mysterious cottage to spend the night. Everything is old and unpleasant: bottles filled with eyes and fingers, jars of fetid liquids and rotten, sticky books inhabited by ants.

A slimy, disgusting creature of disfigured limbs and features welcomes them, especially the priest. Forsaken by its master and the forgiveness of the gods, they are to spend a night at the cottage with The Homunculus

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Season 1, Episode 3: A Friend or Three
What happened in the mysterious cottage of the so-called "Master"

The cottage was surprisingly large for what it looked like from the outside. Everything was filled with alchemy and witchcraft tools and products, such an alchemic fire bottle which ignited blue flames. And, instead of a hostile reception, the The Homunculus received the group with hospitality, and even familiarity.

The homunculus helped the Tuvringians around, telling them where things were, with the exception of the Master, since the house’s owner left for something “big” and promised he’ll do well in the future. Most of the delays and hostilities happening in the place originated from the homunculus’ appearance, its limited intelligence and speech and his strangely fascinating amiability.

The cottage had more than one basement, one of such concealed under a hatch under the carpet. Knocking on the door there was Hristos Halkias who was asking for help to be able to come out. According to his story, he released himself from one of the master’s conservation chambers, filled with transparent green goo.

He was there to save Torgar, his dwarven friend whom he was tracking. The dwarf didn’t come in the original carriage but Halkias tracked him due to some personal connection and memories the two held dear. However, the story didn’t seem believable enough for the group, who restrained the former criminal on the promise that they would save his friend’s life.

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Season 1, Episode 4: Sleep and Hunger
Strange people and Rio's mother

The group decided not too look further into The Master‘s projects and inventions, albeit they began to consider to end the The Homunculus’ life which they considered: “unnatural”. However, they also realized they didn’t have the right to take the life of anybody else so they let go of putting the Homunculus down.

A short trip let them to find an ugly thorp called Maccada and where the locals refused to disclose any information about the land, its regent or their current problems. The people seemed ill and dehydrated. There was a nearby pond which made Rio felt homesick for it reminded her of her hometown.

Since the group wasn’t able to find an inn to sleep in or simply to avoid the howling of wolves in the distance, they had to set their bedrolls on the muddy ground in a clear area. William’s paranoia proved to be reasonable, after some of the villagers came after them trying to eat them because they were extremely hungry. Their energies weren’t explainable anyway, even less after seeing how strong they were to fight them.

Dante and Rio led the group to a cottage separated by the nearby pond, and she seemed to see her mother in the water, calling for her. The group locked themselves up behind the doors of the abandoned cottage, even William having to fight or rather shove the folk aside so they could be safe. In the morning, the people woke up and walked back to their houses, forgetting what they had done and leaving the group alone.

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Season 1, Episode 5: Crashing Twice
Two different encounters related to caravans and horses

While traveling South, the group finds a crashed caravan of vistani horses and wagons. There were marks of blood and blackness everywhere which seemed to be pretty unnatural for a natural accident. The paladin slid down the slope to help a trapped gypsy old lady who was traumatized by the death of her ENTIRE group of companions. For some reason, they thought the young men accompanying her were her sons.

The woman stopped sobbing and speaking in her strange language when she noticed something strange in the group’s faces: she stared in awe, shocked, and touched their faces as if they had something unbelievable. They couldn’t tell what the woman was trying to say. However, the woman didn’t want to leave the men’s dead bodies, some of them were rescued by the group and let aside for her to mourn. But the woman vehemently refused to abandon them and leave somewhere safer. She stood there looking at them, as they left, in a moment that was strangely mysterious and unnatural.

While riding in the thicker Kartakann woods, the group was followed and ambushed by some deformed humanoid riders (what the setting would define as “Calibans”) and struggled to avoid them and outrun them. Hristos had trouble staying on his horse but Rio saved him. After a couple of hours they thought they managed to leave them behind. The group came across a trail of beautiful roses leading to a cascade: this would be the entrance to the town of Skald

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Season 1, Episode 6: Wolves and Howls
Something is wrong in the capital of Kartakass

The group lost two horses and barely managed to find the path of flowers leading to Skald. They heard they had crossed a section of woods near the Ambrose Compound and the Dead Hills (where they probably met The Gipsy Lady.

The beautiful exteriors of Skald were distracting and fascinating, but they weren’t capable of enjoying such charming views in their unhealthy condition. They entered Skald after hesitating much and were surprised for seeing such a beautiful city with colored houses, particular rooftops and cobblestone streets. A woman with a beautiful voice noticed the hunter looking at her and stopped singing and closed her bedchamber window.

While looking for a place to stay, the plaza held a competition of bards and one in particular, a nervous and flinching human caught the group’s attention. His songs and tunes weren’t destined to entertain but to warn the town about the Mistersinger’s true colors. When they understood what the bard’s innuendo was about, a group of city soldiers were up to catch the bard and send him to prison, or worse.

Surprising Rio and Dante, the rest of the group pulled their bows and arrows quickly, and started an attack on the city guards, which slowly outnumbered them. Not before killing one of them and being sent to prison for wielding weapons and attacking the local authority.

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Season 2, Episode 1: Jailbreak
Somehow the prisoners were released

Rio, Holly, Fenix and the others were mysteriously released at night, whilst Dante was working hard and getting to an agreement with Lucca Marcone to have them released. This jeopardized Dante’s image with the local guard, especially with Adolfo “il cacciatore”. William and Hristos were nowhere to be found.

The group didn’t manage to get a ticket but noticed how the first play in the Great Hall of Song and Dance took hours longer than expected, and nobody was coming out. When agents and the common folk went in to see what was going on inside, horror insued: every person in the audience had their faces mutilated perfectly by an unknown assailant: over 100 people were found dead in that horror scene which would never be repeated.

Meistersinger Marcone went mad at everyone and started to look for answers. One trail of blood went into the sewers and the party decided to investigate, suspecting of the former criminal in their group, Hristos Halkias

The play was called “The Eulogy of Tomorrow”

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Season 2, Episode 2: Meistersinger Marcone
The peculiar lord of Skald

During this session Dante, Rio and van Taylor discuss the terms in which they are to be held accountable for what happened to the guards and drawing weapons in the city of singers. Surprisingly, the charismatic “meistersinger” Marcone is very patient and affable, albeit busy. He understands the situation and seems to be in a better mood after what happened in the newly celebrated theater.

However, the Skaldian leader is very analytic and insidious and the group seems to note it. Besides, his loyal henchman is a towering brute, referred to as il Cacciatore, a very intimidating man who doesn’t seem to trust the group or favor them anyhow. for the following days the group were spied on and analyzed by the guardian captain and his followers.

In a final moment of tension, William came back with an army of about 500 people. The group of lowlives, with torches and primitive weapons, threatened Kartakass and hurt the newly formed relationship between Dante and Luca Marcone, but the paladin quickly acted to tell William that his help wasn’t needed and that he was to leave Skald without causing any harm for they did not need to be saved anymore.

William left the scene somewhat taking injury for the group’s rejection and concluded that, given the group’s “failure” in guarding him to his original destination in Tuvringer, they were to cease their “deal” and were not to be paid or compromised in any further case. The young Svaroff and his army left Skald going southwards and everyone else kept wondering what would happen next.

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Season 2, Episode 3: Howling Whispers
The town is under alert due to the attacks of wolves

The morning after, Meistersinger Marcone made a speech in front of town saying how he condemned the disastrous assassination of several people in the Great Hall of Song and Dance. He is pressed into dealing with the recent murders in the outskirts of the town by hands of larger “animals”, which the townsfolk don’t hesitate in naming “werewolves”. Everyone is united under the regent’s unity speech, in a call to stay together and be prepared for an attack of a pack of monsters.

Holly and others notice a tall man, with a rich beard and long hair giving Marcone a death stare and looking menacing and suspicious. Holly tried to track him down but couldn’t, as the man disappeared quickly when the masses broke off.

Dante and Rio helped Demetrius, Paladin of Pelor work in Lower Skald, the town’s slums which the mayor seem to ignore in his speeches and programs. The holy warrior, humbled even further, now dedicates his time and efforts to help the less favored along with his acolyte, a young boy whom he saved as soon as he entered the region.

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Season 2, Episode #? Harmonia, Mr. Ambrose and Dr. Illhousen's Potion
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Jonathan Ambrose Jr. introduces the group to his father, Jonathan Ambrose Sr.. Their relationship is somewhat broken and the old man seems to favor his adopted daughter Elaine Clairn who is, surprisingly, a sorcerer herself.

Mr. Ambrose Sr. is greeted by Torgar and the dwarf shows deep interest in his group of anti-magical warriors, The Brotherhood of Broken Blades. After telling the old leader what his origins are, Torgar is accepted in the brotherhood, after making an oath and accepting to do some studies and research.

Committed to aiding the group of heroes, Ambrose Sr. tells them about the recipe for Dr. Illhousen’s potion, which would allow them to remember their dreams more clearly and gain insight of what was happening before The Incident. Not all of them trust the Ambroses, so only Dante, Phillya and Fenix fall into deep sleep.

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