Post by Lady Frost on Feb 24, 2018 11:52:50 GMT -5
All the projects outside the walls of the Gargoyle are suddenly abandoned. Workers spend the next few days packing up all their construction equipment and materials, and bring it back within the walls.
Post by Lady Frost on Feb 28, 2018 21:15:52 GMT -5
Having been erected for a month, the shrine to Umberlee is carefully taken apart and removed from the docks. Passengers are no longer expected to tithe for transport off the island.
However, no sooner is the shrine to Umberlee removed than the docks are put on alert and a shrine to Talona (again with a masquerade mask hanging from it) is put in its place. This time, a small unit, including Copperwing, Lieutenant Buldorgon, a human male Cleric of Helm, rides on the ferry and questions those attempting to gain passage to The Isle of Ashen Winds. Anyone attempting to travel to the island are questioned as to their recent whereabouts. Anyone that's been in contact with someone sick from the Mistowood, or has been there themselves in the past ten-day are turned back into Valkur's Roar. Those who claim they have not, are issued a warning before their fair is collected and they are let onto the boat.
"If you are found to have lied about contact with those sick from the Mistwood, or having been there yourself, you will be charged with 'Willful disobedience of any edict uttered towards one by a state official ranked as a Goldwing, State Advisor, or the Head of State', a crime against the Sovereignty. Should your lie cause the spread of this plague on the Isle of Ashen Winds, the charge of 'treason' will be sought. Upon arrival on the Gargoyle's docks, you will be expected to tithe to the Mistress of Disease. If you accept these terms, you are free to travel."
Should someone arrive at the ferry who is sick or someone who is sick is brought by another to the ferry with the intention of seeking treatment within the Gargoyle, Lieutenant Buldorgon would find out the details of their infliction and move them to a special, semi-quarantined room, where they could travel away from others.
The Gargoyle would not turn away the sick who are intentionally coming for help.
Last Edit: Feb 28, 2018 21:29:11 GMT -5 by Lady Frost
In common times, Rheyenthiel's typical patrols take him in high circles around the island as he patrols equally in all directions. However, starting recently, the red dragon has begun patrolling way out to the east over the Dragonmere, not even within sight from the island.
Over the past few days and continuing over the next tenday many large ships come and go, anchoring off shore and using small boats as ferries. Dozens of large crates are moved in both directions between the Gargoyle, the docks, and the large ships.
While this occurs, a large unit of Ravenwatch spend the days repairing any defects -even very small ones- and fortifying the outer walls and towers with both material and magic.
This activity sees Rheyenthiel's patrols return to above the island.
Post by Lady Frost on Jul 22, 2018 20:03:54 GMT -5
Many moons have lead into this transition. The construction supplies and equipment which were being used to rebuild the closest buildings to the Gargoyle have been cleaned up, the construction efforts abandoned; the repairs and reinforcing of the Gargoyle's outer wall have completed; and the docks have been cleared of anything the new construction workers have not brought for their projects. Anyone paying attention would see that slowly all that the Gargoyle owns was recalled back inside its walls - supplies, equipment, patrols, and banners. Even the ship used to ferry passengers between Valkur's Roar and the island has stopped service. For nearly two days the connection between the two locations sits quietly deserted.
On the third day, Lathander's dawn greets a different ship docked at the northern docks of Valkur's Roar where the previous ferry launched from. A new crew and Captain welcome those wishing to board.
For those having made the previous trip, the voyage feels similar to the last, however, the arrival would be in stark contrast to what they might be expecting. Even before landing at the docks, the passengers would be welcomed by a brand new, massive banner of Cormyr hung from the upper bridge and arriving at the docks would offer the sight of Purple Dragons. Above on the bridge landing, arrivals would notice a repaired building marked as a Purple Dragon outpost and the dock's gate sentry would welcome those arriving. The sentry would explain that the island has recently transitioned from the occupation of the Gargoyle to the Crown of Cormyr and the jurisdiction of Valkur's Roar - the laws of Cormyr now governing. Continuing the explanation, they offered the island is still dangerous as kobolds continue to roam and the Gargoyle will offer no sanctuary - in fact, the Gargoyle should be avoided unless you have specific business with them.
The Ravenwatch, in their blue and yellow, continue to patrol the walls of the Gargoyle and they turn away all guests unsympathetically. The previous banners of the "Sovereignty of the Gargoyle" have been replaced with gargoyle-topped stone columns reading "Gargoyle Citadel".
Consistently, day after day, the red dragon Rheyenthiel can be seen - for at least a few hours of the day - making wide patrols around the Isle of Ashen Winds indicating Zodika has been spending most of her time there the past few months. Sightings of the priestess outside the Gargoyle Citadel or Gallery of Scarred Wisdom are increasingly uncommon and most visitors calling on her are turned away.
Recently, small patrols of the Ravenwatch will make their way into the ruined village. They nearly always return without indication of combat with the kobolds.
Post by Lady Frost on Sept 17, 2019 12:59:51 GMT -5
Starting today, the patrols of Rheyenthiel are much tighter around the island and many more sentries are seen upon the walls. Everyone approaching the citadel is placed under scrutiny and told to leave if they do not have direct business with the council.
The Gargoyle, so far, has not made any comment regarding the whispers that it was involved in the kidnapping of anyone from the War Wizards.
Rheyenthiel's patrols have ceased, and all presence of the red dragon is gone.
The scrutiny from the guards increases to near hostility, and bows are turned on everyone approaching the gates, councilor and guest alike. Nobody may open the main gates on their own and armed guards inspect each rune before entry is allowed. Anyone who doesn't have a reason to enter is aggressively turned away. The kobolds seem to act unusually as well. Very often they can be seen standing at the edge of the barriers watching people who come and go. Those who are turned away from the gates are subject to menacing stares from the kobolds as they follow along the barriers until the visitors leave down the bridge. They seem very eager to want to attack everyone, but also look like they are waiting for something or something keeps them from being able to.
The 'Hoard of the Grist', a ship outfitted at a merchant's vessel, is dispatched to the northern docks of Valkur's Roar.