The Contingent – Cases

Energy to Spare – The high school kids are raving about a new energy drink, Ümph. However the teachers and administrators have banned the drink from all school property in the district. They’re claiming Ümph makes some kids act out and cause trouble. Security will be tight at tonight’s homecoming game. Let’s hope nothing terrible happens.

Dark Science – Hidden beneath the prosperous downtown of Red Wing, sinister experiments have been conducted on unwilling test subjects. The resulting supernatural side-effects have spread quietly throughout the town. Who conducted this research and why? What exactly was done to the people trapped in these dank cells? Who covered-up the entire project? This game will focus on research, exploration and investigation.

Red Wire or Blue Wire? – Ümph the energy drink’s unintended side effects are considered well within corporate safety parameters. Three more trucks are scheduled to leave the bottling plant this week. Chester needs your help. The shipments must be stopped to protect innocent consumers. The test product is only being produced from one location. Destroy the facility and the secret recipe.

Another Letter from Dr. Josephus Belle

Using their vast library and considerable connections, our partners in The Royal Society of Enquiry have tracked down a cache of ancient relics. Roman pagans fleeing persecution from early Christians built a secret temple to house their treasures in Constantinople. Some exciting documents revealing the location of this valuable horde of artifacts have been translated by Chancellor Neville Welke himself. This mission is of the utmost importance to both The Miskatonic Society and The ROSE.

You will board a steamer to Paris, meet up with the ROSE expedition team and travel together on The Orient Express to Istanbul. There, under the streets of the most eclectic city in the world, you will find items of wealth, power and knowledge that have no equal on this earth!

-Dr. Josephus Belle

Spiders, Frogs and Alliance Ships. Oh My!

A Doctor’s Recollections:

  • Dropped off medical supplies for a contact in North Hampshire, the capitol and space port of a border planet, New Luxor (near Santo).
  • Noticed at the local pub, The Short Straw, that we were being watched. Alliance men in uniforms appear to have been on duty for a while. I love a man with just a little scruff.
  • Went to “Play Doctor” with a friend. He tells me that Lt. D’Lacie is a prick who has been giving everyone a hard time. For some reason Kobayashi Maru’s captain, Xie, keeps interrupting our role-playing. Is it role-playing if I am actually a doctor? I convince my friend to forget to lock my shuttle so that I can escape before the crew gets busted by The Alliance. Apparently they have gotten themselves into trouble. I need to stay off the local radar. Thanked my friend for his patronage.

  • The crew has apparently decided to attract the attention of The Alliance on purpose. I think they’re being played by two different internal factions of blue-bellies. How do they get themselves into these situations?
  • Despite the fact that I have made it clear to The Captain that all contraband needs to be moved to The Cure, none of the work has been done. Claude and I get to work. I keep thinking to myself, “Damn it, Jim! I’m a doctor, not a fork-lift operator!” Where is he?
  • Claude and I flee the planet in The Cure. He’s helping me with my English. It’s pretty boring up here. I write him a prescription for hashish. Then I realize that is not a good idea. The fucking spider keeps staring at our ship. Claude sees a damn bird. Man, he is high. Fortunately a space toad eats the spider. Then later I write Claude a prescription for whiskey and chocolate to be used immediately with his doctor. Shortly thereafter he passes out. I realize that we may be up here for a while, since the crew is bound and determined to get caught. I sedate the chimp to save on oxygen.
  • I do some gardening before I realize that I’m also using too much oxygen. Time to shoot up. Hopefully they don’t need me for anything for a while. I keep hearing bits of conversations. Seems like the girls are having fun. Not sure where the engineer has gotten off to.
  • Don’t remember much after that. Suddenly Heather is yelling at me to wake the monkey. I briefly wonder if that is a euphemism before I realize she is angry and in a panic. Stab Claude with an adrenaline syringe. Claude is having fun, but he confirms that The Alliance ship that I saw earlier is very real and very close by. We make it out of the system. I think there was an explosion?
  • All in all, a good visit. I got paid for my physician’s skills, we ended up with some alliance prisoner on board (that the crew is releasing for some reason), Claude and I bonded a bit and no one got shot this time.

A Letter from Dr. Josephus Belle

Our fledgling society has made great strides in discovering fantastical mysteries so far. I have chosen you, among our peers, to partake in a joint venture with The Royal Society of Enquiry. The Royal Society of Enquiry, also known as The ROSE, is a Fellowship of the world’s most eminent archeologists, anthropologists, astronomers, historians, scientists and other intellectuals. They are the oldest scientific academies in existence.

This British organization has reached out to us to collaborate in a very exciting opportunity. A newly discovered Assyrian temple complex offers many potentially powerful artifacts for study. By partnering with The ROSE on this expedition, we will gain access to their contacts and resources in the Arabian world. This is The Miskatonic Society’s chance to impress those old, cantankerous Brits. I have faith in each of you to to make this long journey and return safely with historical mysteries for us to delve into.

-Proud of Each of You
Dr. Josephus Belle

Winds of Change – Desert Mirage

All the News Hot Enough to Print!

The testimonies from the deceased starlet Mirella and Amyrka the dancing bear have sealed the fate of Meadowlark’s Travelling Circus! Authorities have not released transcripts of the testimonies but a reliable source states that the evidence was “Quite damning.”

In a related note, Rolendo and Nighrenah have been released after sentencing. The district attorney’s office has released a statement announcing the sentencing for the two celebrities after their involvement with illegal narcotic drug trading. Both have been fined an undisclosed amount, were sentenced to community betterment projects and have been assigned parole officers.

The Bardic Extravaganza schedule has been updated! Kami Kami Kameleon will be performing tonight and tomorrow night The Winds of Change will take the stage. The contest ends early this year due to two troupes being removed from the schedule. All of the members Meadowlark’s Travelling Circus have been arrested. Banned from Squalor’s two surviving members have conceded after the death of their songstress, Mirella.

Banned from Squalor has donated the funds raised during their drive to resurrect Mirella to a local orphanage instead. Rumor has it that the siren had refused to return to life despite clerical interventions on her behalf.

Winds of Change – Dawn of Worlds creation session notes

The First Age

Year Deity Action
0 Lunea Created a lake
Tesla Created The Diamond Moon
Aztarte Created a desert
Harridis Created a forest
Vel-tyno Created an island.
500 Tesla Created The Coal Moon and The Ice Moon.
Aztarte Created a forest.
Harridis Added to the island of Flord.
Vel-tyno Created a reef.
Vistas Created a mountain.
1000 Lunea Created a river.
Tesla Created mountains and a volcano with mithril deposits.
Aztarte Created an avatar.
Harridis Added to a forest and created a canyon.
Vel-tyno Added to a forest.
Vistas Created more mountains.
1500 Lunea Created a lake.
Tesla Created The magically enhanced Emerald Moonenhanced and a portal.
Aztarte Created a forest and The Sun.
Harridis Added magic to the The Coal Moon
Vistas Created an avatar and a river
2000 Tesla Created the Shifting Sands of Knowledge and Everfill Waterfall.
Harridis Created Snowy Sky Mountain and a cold climate around it.
Vel-tyno Added a new race, the Troglodytes.
Vistas Created a river, a dead magic zone, a wild magic zone and mountains.
2500 Aztarte Created a new race, the Sphinx.
Vel-Tyno Activated a portal.
Vistas Created mountains, fertile fields and vinyards.
3000 Lunea Created a new race, the Moon Pixies.
Tesla Created a low gravity area, Advanced the Sphinx with Philosophy.
Harridis Created a new race, the Mithril Orcs, and expanded a jungle.
Vel-tyno Advanced the Troglodytes with Psionics
Vistis Created a portal to the Astral Plane
3500 Tesla Added to a jungle, created another portal, expanded forests near the Sphinx.
Aztarta Created a new order, The Bardic Tutors, and advanced the Sphinx with Engineering.
Hardis Shaped a sea, islands and a portal.
Vel-tyno Created an Avatar.
Vistis Created more mountains, hills and vinyards.
4000 Lunea Added more forest.
Tesla Crystal Aquaduct.
Aztarte Crystal Aquaduct.
Hardis Desert and swamps.
Vel-tyno Created fjords.
Vistis Created the Spirewoods.
4500 Lunea Crystal Aquaduct.
Tesla Crystal Aquaduct.
Aztarte Crystal Aquaduct.
Hardis Updassim Mens ???.
Vel-tyno Created sinklands and earth wells.
Vistis Created a desert.

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Winds of Change – Calling All Entertainers

Do you have what it takes to win?

Join us for The 2063rd Annual Bardic Entertainment Extravaganza
sponsored by The Bardic Tutors.
Performance teams of three compete for the title of Most Entertaining Troupe! Who will walk or fly away with The Golden Pyramid this year?

The 1st week of Aztarte in the Grande Theatre of Helios.

Competitors stay at the luxurious Lexeni Hotel in downtown Helios.

Winds of Change – Entertainment Troupes

Banned from Squalor
Kannolt – Kobold Political Satirist
Mirella – Siren Songstress
Nighrenah – Shadow Pixie Dancer

Kami Kami Kameleon
Kami Hypnotist
Kami Music and Dance
Kami Skits
Kami culture is quite confusing to other races. Their performances are charming but nonsensical to most outsiders.

Meadowlark’s Traveling Circus
Meadowlark – Minotaur songstress
Richardin – Wereshaman animal tamer
Jakke – Pygmy acrobat and contortionist

Mystic Perception
Unicorn Illusionist
2-headed Ogre Chanting
Hawkman Sorcerer

The Hapless Harpies
Harpy Song
Harpy Dance
Harpy Magic Tricks

The Unknowable
Thrykreen Beat Boxers
Weaver Soloist – cello, base, violin and flute
Spire Gnomes on Prancing Ponies

The Winds of Change (The PC’s)
Musical Talent
A Comedy Skit
Large Scale Illusions

Shayla’s Thoughts

The goal is ever moving. How can the Hesh guide his followers with such a drifting target? As I find myself nearing the battlefield to save the world from a prophecy of doom, the task changes. We are to recover the scrolls and then deliver them across the region. But first there are tasks that my party wishes to complete. Tiny and unimportant errands that they demand we deal with.

How irritating it is that they have chosen their own selfish desires over the salvation of all people! Why are we not riding with haste? Why do we drink and make merry in town? Why do we bother to stop and interfer with minor matters along the road. I swear, if this group of “heroes” continues to slow me down, I may strike them down myself and complete the final task alone.

4th Duty Log of Shayla Kaie

The Duty Log of Shayla Kaie
Recover the three Scrolls of Alasterus.Recover the scrolls from the Keep
Read the scrolls in The Witch Queen’s Lair, Saradis and Lis

Recover the Crown of Hesh.Kept in a treasure cache.
Return to the Temple of The Star’s Source in Saradis.

Shayla’s Thoughts

My destiny is now clear to me. The prophetic dreams of my youth were more symbolic than I had assumed. The visions of myself standing over a battlefield in shining white armor had meant to me that I was meant to save the world through warfare- a seemingly impossible task for one of my battle prowess.

Instead, the dream has shown me a real place, a battlefield that we now travel through on our way to a great keep. I am not here to fight a great war, however. I am to read a Scroll of Alasterus, the last of the three. Therein lies my fate. When I read the scroll in Lis, the great demons from across the portal will be shut out and the world shall be saved. My life shall be forfeit.

Though I have always known that I was meant to lose my life to save all of Mathoja, I did not realize that I was meant to actively sacrifice myself in such a way. My fate is sealed and I have come to terms with it. My only regret is that I shall not be able to return the affections of young Bardoc, for I must remain pure of heart through the very end. It brings me comfort to know that he shall live through these trying times if I complete the task given to me.

I pray that I am worthy enough to close the portal and do not falter on the path that the Star’s Source has laid before me. Guide my steps, holy light of the night’s sky!