((Tim and Andy have been playing secondary characters strictly online. Their Character’s stories are also taking place in the same continuity as the primary characters. Thus…their actions have an effect on the world as well.))
Starting off in the city of Balcorran, Lord Bosric Idald had been going about his duties as head of the city guard. He’d been summoned to the sky-port to assist in and oversee the investigation of several murders there. Several bodies of crew members from the luxury sky-galley, The Hazleton (The same Sky-Galley that Max and Pan rode to its firey doom), had been found poorly hidden amongst some discarded cargo crates in one of the tower’s docking bays.
In the midst of his investigation, Bosric received word from his aunt, Countess Greyana Idald, that he had been selected to represent their house at the upcoming Festivus Tournament hosted by Baron Barnard Deluc and sponsored by Duke Hamilcron Drega.
Leaving the investigation to his underlings, Bosric set out for the Deluc Orchard. Which lay roughly eight weeks to the west of Balcorran, in Deluc County. Bosric elected to make the journey through the wildlands of Idald County, rather than take the much longer…yet safer route along the Ancient Highway. The speed of travel turned out to be offset by the loss of life suffered at the hands of a small pack of marauding Gnolls that Bosric’s retinue encountered on the journey.
Eventually, what remained of his party reached the banks of the Vetrium River, where they boarded a ferry named The Colcast. While crossing the river, Bosric met the ferry’s other passenger of note, the Blackguard Morast Vane. He discovered that, Vane too, would be taking part in the tournament. He also determined that the rumors of Vane being a savage madman, bent on destruction, were also blown vastly out of proportion. He also learned of a strange promise made to the Blackguard by none other than Duke Drega himself. In the promise, Drega stated that if Vane took part in and won The Joust, he would receive the title of Knight as an award in addition to the champion’s purse.
Bosric’s party, and Vane’s retinue made the rest of the journey to the Deluc Orchard together. Their simultaneous arrival caused something of a stir among the gathered nobility there. Bosric then went about getting acquainted with the other noble competitors, and decided the best competition for him to take part in was The Melee.
Thus began a series of misfortunes for Lord Bosric.
First, his House Sigil Banner was vandalized. Later his charger, Thistlewind was purposely envenomed by an Axionian Mountain Viper. Quite certain the same culprit was responsible for both actions, Bosric chose to confront Lord Ivard Kazzmeritine, of the Kingdom of Axion.
To further muddle Lord Bosric’s affairs, Morast Vane made an offer of an exchange. He would provide Bosric with helpful information that may give him the edge over his competition in the Melee. In return, he asked that Bosric stand as witness should Vane win the Joust after all, and claim his knighthood.
The next day brought even more debacles for Bosric. Having been provided with the very letter Duke Drega wrote to Vane. Bosric intended to go about verifying its authenticity. Taking the letter to the Duke’s daughter, Baroness Deluc, he showed it to her and asked if she thought it to be legitimate. She responded by dismissing it, and ripping it in half. Following that, Duke Drega himself chastised the lowly lord. Warning him to keep out of the affairs of his betters.
After a slightly unorthodox participation in the tournament’s opening ceremonies, Bosric decided to make time investigating the festival taking place in accompaniment to the competitions. While there, a magic message-arrow landed near him, bearing a message from his mother. The message brought dire news that the city of Balcorran had been attacked by a powerful creature that resembled something akin to an Ogre. Sadly, Bosric’s father fell in the attack.