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Prologue: The Suddenly Interesting Life of Eduardo Skuza
« on: October 26, 2013, 12:48:17 PM »
Prologue:

The Suddenly Interesting Life of Eduardo Skuza




Pity poor Eduardo Skuza.

Once upon a time, not long ago, life was kind to Eduardo Skuza. Born of a respectable family and merchant concern, wealthy enough to earn his Ferros honour blade without danger or hardship, he seemed destined for a life of comfortable obscurity, sitting back and raking in coin from the merchant ventures of men poorer yet bolder, and dabbling in the little games and dramas of a Pelosian Numaré.

But no longer is it so.

A series of misfortunes – nay, disasters! – have befallen the house of Skuza. Not one, not two, but a trio of caravans lost: A debacle involving rotten silk, infested with cloth-eating poisonous ankhara…. A cargo buried in an avalanche not a day's travel from Solius (was it rebels or weather to blame, who knows?) And yet a third venture ruined when his wagons were caught up in battle, goods looted or consumed by flames (by which side? Unclear).

Eduardo is now a shrunken man, plagued by ulcers and unbalanced humours, buried by the going threadbare outfits of last year’s fashion that make him look like a skeleton in a sack. His villa in the Piamariom ('Pious District') of Solius has been stripped bare by creditors, and in a final act of indignity, he has been forced to take to the road himself, heading to the border town of Tuthom-Pothrie for its famous harvest faire, with every tin parvus he can muster or mortgage invested in a few wagons' worth of goods.

One thing weighs in his favour: With the War only recently petered out in the exhausting summer heat; the Margomarissi is starved of trade. If Eduardo's merchandise can reach Tuthom-Pothrie before his rivals’ do, he has a chance to not only escape poverty, but to regain his fortune somewhat. Sadly this means braving the bloody borderlands before the roads are safe.

With his usual guides, guards and caravan masters poached by rivals or departed in search of luckier masters, Eduardo has been forced to look elsewhere for hired help – The city’s Profanariom ('Profane District'), sprawling slum home of adventurers, mercenaries, and other ne’er do wells from both sides of the border.

By luck, chance, or the vaguaries of fate, enter our heroes!

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Re: Prologue: The Suddenly Interesting Life of Eduardo Skuza
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2013, 01:02:55 PM »
OK folks, so this is where we will be coming in.  ;D

For one reason or another, you have been hired by the rather desperate House of Skuza to guard or work a caravan passage through the dangerous Margomarissi. Most likely, you were hired not by Ser Eduardo himself but his caravan master, Vitus Leale, who's metier of Tough Pelosian Caravan-Master is pretty obvious at first glance. Eduardo may be unworldly, pampered, and naive - Vitus is most certainly not. Why such a man has not yet been poached or abandoned the Skuzas for a more stable employer is anybody's guess.

I have a few ideas and cmplications to throw in, but I'm happy for you the players to come up with reasons why you are each willing to head out across dangerous country and simmering war with a desperate merchant.... Maybe you have business in Tuthom-Pothrie yourself (it is the de facto capitol of the region and the main border crossing), or you want a cut of the profits, or just need to leave town in a hurry. The more pious locals among you might even be going on pilgrimage - Tuthom-Pothrie has both a Pelosian Shrine of the Red Maiden, and a sacred glade to (among many others) Tarbh Uisge, the Dummonii homorn god.

One possible temptation is simple cash. Its common to offer hired hands in ventures like this a small share of the profits, and if Skuza's caravan reaches the Harvest Faire in good time, those profits could be generous indeed...
« Last Edit: October 26, 2013, 04:19:16 PM by The Dan »
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