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(Fiction) Grey Origin

Monday, October 5th, 2015

The Salty Dog

Magnus Grey dropped a handful of coins on the bar and grabbed a couple of bottles of ale. The barkeep frowned, but didn’t make a move to stop the young man as he walked behind the counter and down the steps into the tavern’s cellar.

He was on a deep cover assignment, punishment for a politically inconvenient incident involving some new allies called the Meer. For almost a year, Grey had worked his way into the criminal syndicates of Britain, meeting their members and learning their methods.

Magnus took a rusted lantern and used the dim light to guide him to a room hidden behind the barrels and crates. After slipping inside, he carefully raised his hands as a crossbow was pressed against his neck. “I’m here for a hearty stew.”

James Green slowly lowered the crossbow, “Were you followed?”

“Everyone believes I slip off to meet a woman down here a few times a week. I actually get a few good winks maintaining that particular lie,” Magnus said as he brushed off a stool and took a seat. He offered a bottle of ale, which James declined. “I have the information you needed.”

James carefully took notes as Magnus explained that a ship named the Red Pearl would be docking in Britain in a few days, its hold filled with weapons and other contraband. The supplies were part of a Vesper crime family’s attempt to expand into Britain, and such a move would spill a lot of blood in the streets of his city.

“I agree we need to strangle this problem early, but the Royal Council won’t be happy with such things happening so close to where they live. I will make sure some trustworthy people intervene in this matter, but I don’t think that will help you get back in everyone’s good graces.”

“Britain’s my home, and I care more about that than squawking nobles. I’m not the sort for promotion anyway.”

James nodded, “You always were a bit too stubborn for political realities. Before I forget, I was asked to give you this.” He handed over a letter addressed to just “Magnus,” written in flawless feminine script.

Magnus skimmed the note before dropping it in a dark corner. “It’s nothing important. I need to meet some scum down by the River’s Gate Bridge. Hopefully, I can convince them to put themselves in harm’s way.”


Yew Prison

Someone hadn’t done their job.

Grey’s work rarely involved the Royal Guard. It was rarer still that anyone was taken into custody. No one who knew any of his other identities should have been in Yew. Grey had seen John Cullen at almost the same moment that Cullen had recognized him. The spy hoped that no one had heard the half-choked name Cullen uttered as Grey shoved him against a wall. He explained things to Cullen, and the erstwhile anarchist agreed to keep silent.

If someone had done their job, the name Magnus had used for a short time as an investigator for the Guard would have been forgotten. Now that name had gotten back to the wrong people. He saw it in the other prisoners’ body language, a eulogy of silence that followed him when he wasn’t in his cell.

After final roll call, Magnus silently picked the lock of his cell and crept down the corridor. When no guard gave a yell, he thought he was safe, but then he saw the shadow behind him. He twisted away, but the knife sliced into his side. The man with the blade was inept, and Magnus was able to turn the weapon against his attacker.

Holding his bleeding side and the shiv, Magnus stumbled down the corridor, keeping his back to the wall. Doors that should have been open were locked, and he quickly found himself with nowhere to go. That is where the others found him.


A Farmhouse in Yew

The farm was dark, but Holt Wilder knew that the man who had tried to kill his protege was inside. James wasn’t one to exaggerate, and he’d said Magnus had come very close to dying in Yew Prison. For anyone else, Holt wouldn’t have come this far, but he didn’t feel like burying another Grey.

The family that lived here were hostages, so Holt couldn’t simply burn his enemy out.

The 8 Moonstones

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Moonstone of Hythloth
Villain: Horance the Lich
Vice Shrine: The Well of Souls

Well of Souls


Beach Party, Saturday, August 29th, at 8 p.m. CDT

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

It’s too close for comfort
This heat has got right out of hand
It’s a cruel, cruel summer

— Bananarama, “Cruel Summer”


It’s so hot out… Let’s escape to the beach! We can splash and play in the gentle waves with Summer herself, and swim with her cute pet dolphin, Pat. We’ll ignore those cruel, biting rumors of trouble in this sandy paradise.

Wear your cutest beach outfit! And maybe some tastefully accessorized pieces of armor, if you like. Just in case.


Meet at the Counselor Hall on Saturday, August 29th, at 8 p.m. CDT.

You may leave your lures and bait at home. Life guards, marine biologists, and soothsayers alike warn that this Saturday is an inauspicious day on which to fish. However, at the end of the beach party, a new “catch of the month” will be requested (it will also be posted here).

May Flowers, Saturday, May 30th, 8:00 p.m. CDT

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Meet on Saturday, May 30th, at 8:00 p.m. CDT in the Britain Counselor Hall.

Sage Advice, Friday, March 20th, 8:00 p.m. CDT

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015


Sunshine of Your Love, Saturday, February 21st, 8:00 p.m. CST

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

“I’ll be with you when the stars start falling.”


Brialla’s Journey, Friday, January 30th, at 8 p.m. CST

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Brialla of the Seven Tears was the first to chart the mysterious north lands of Britannia. Brialla set out from Yew, in her humble brown monk’s robe and bare feet, to push back the dark corners of the map. Her journals are rich with illustrations and detailed descriptions of the terrain, its plants and animals, and the nomads she met along the way. She even found the mineral deposits in the mountains by what would become Minoc.

Every year, in late January, the people of Britannia celebrate Brialla’s journey by donning monks’ robes and walking barefoot from Yew to Minoc. There, they toast to her memory in the tavern. All are encouraged to tell whatever legends they’ve heard of Brialla’s journey or to describe their own adventures.

Meet Louisa Clark in front of Empath Abbey on Friday, January 30th, at 8 p.m. CST. The traditional robe can be acquired, for a nominal donation, from the monks in the Yew Winery. This year, journeyers are asked to be armored and armed under their robes.

Royal Spy Promotions and Sleeves

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Your Royal Spy rank, and the item that goes with it, will be available, upon request, until Tuesday, February 10th to spies who couldn’t be at the recent ceremony. These are for ranks earned by the end of December by attending at least three Tuesday events. You can receive these by asking for them after events this month or by emailing us.

Sugar Plum Toy Drive a Success!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

The people of the Village of Paws wish to express their gratitude to all those who participated in the Sugar Plum Toy Drive. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, there were enough toys to give two to each child.


Sugar Plum Toy Drive, From Now Through December 22nd

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

His Majesty King Blackthorn had intended to give out toys to the children of Paws. Unfortunately, Speedy Wings Delivery Service has been having difficulty meeting their delivery deadlines this holiday season. There are supply problems as well as the usual hiccups in getting post through Ilshenar.

If you would like to help make this Walrus Festival season merry and bright for the children of Paws, please speak to the royal secretary, Easton, at Castle Blackthorn. The toys you find can be donated at the mailbox.

The toy drive ends at 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, December 22nd.

For members of the Royal Spies or Royal Guard, this counts a training in Community Awareness. Donating one toy will be treated as though you had attended one Tuesday event. Donating all four toys will be treated as though you had attended two Tuesday events.

  • There is a rune to Paws in the runebook in the mailbox house.
  • All the toys are timered.
  • The toy boxes will only give one toy per character, so please insure it quickly (or try not to die).
  • Questions can be sent to one or both of us.