A Sermon On Promises, Decisions, and Loyalty

A resident of Elmerton recently came to me for advice on a matter that was troubling them. They had given their agreement and loyalty to more than one thing, and they worried that the pledges they had made would soon come into conflict.

The question that was troubling this person is a question that troubles us all at one time or another — how do you decide which promise to keep and which to break when you can’t keep them both?

It should come as no surprise to those of you who know me that my answer came from the Head, but valid answers also come from the Heart and the Hand.

The Head’s Answer

I said: “We all make decisions with imperfect Knowledge. Try to make the best informed decision you can. When you learn more about the situation, sometimes your loyalty is tested. Then you have to reevaluate what you know and use any new knowledge to make a new, better decision.”

Perhaps you made a promise to a patron who turned out to be different that you though they were. Maybe this patron had ulterior motives and was manipulating you, or even lied to you. Maybe your patron was simply misinformed, and sent you to do something which you later discovered was wrong. It is incumbent on you to be aware and to read changes in the situation, and if you discover that what you are doing is not the right course of action, stop and reevaluate.

The Heart’s Answer

Alianora (who would like to note that she is not affiliated with the Allegiant) gave the following advice: “Trust your gut. When you have to make a decision, listen to your conscience to do the right thing.”

If you’re in a situation that feels wrong, you have the right to leave. If the thing you are participating in doesn’t feel right, stop participating. You can speak up for yourself and others. You can speak up to the person in charge and and tell them what they’re in the wrong about.

Maybe you thought it was okay at first, but then you got into a situation that violated your beliefs, principles, and loyalties you have to others.  If you’re involved in something that you no longer want to be involved in, stop.

The Hand’s Answer

Simon’s reply was. “You don’t know what you’re going to do — until you do it.”

There are times when worrying and fretting about the situation won’t help at all. Your loyalties will be tested, or they won’t. If you are tested, you will respond with some kind of action. What any given person will do in any given situation is difficult to predict. People are complicated beings. And you, audience, are heroes of Elmerton — you are defined by your actions.

If you don’t like where you are, keep moving. You have the power to change your situation, even if only a little bit. But remember that your actions have consequences, some of them unforeseen — even your best actions. Accept your consequences, and never stop trying to do better.

Rybin vanHolt

Cordent of Elmerton

The Magestream Episode 2-6

On this Episode of the Magestream: We’ll talk about the Second and Third games of the Spring Season, hear a performance by Simon Garren, interview artisan John Schuster, and hear what Rybin has to say about his favorite booze and the Concession of Concessions!



Thanks to Alexander Miller and Elise Linich for submitting questions for Rybin to answer, and Thanks to Artie for his submission to our Command: Perform Segment. Thanks again to Sam Rochford for writing our theme music- you can find more of her music at Facebook.com/SamRochfordMusic. And Thank YOU for listening!



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Spinster’s Sister Attacked and Damaged!!

Only a day ago, late at night, a group of men hooded and cloaked set upon the popular Riverton alehouse. They burst into the bar rendering the doorman unconscious. They seemed to ignore the majority of bar patrons opting to instead storm to the back of the bar to a private area few even knew about.

Patrons say they heard the sounds of battle come from the back of the back. By all accounts the hooded men had the upper hand of surprise and superior fighting skill and the skirmish was quickly over.

Just as fast as they came in they then ran out. Flickers of flame began to escape from the back of the bar and all of the patrons escaped. The owner of the Spinster along with some concerned locals managed to control and put out the blaze before it damaged the main parts of the tavern.

The tavern owner said they would remain open during renovations to the private area of the tavern.

Anyone with any information is asked to report it to your local law enforcement agency.

Quinn Moldanado
Traveling Scribe

Harvestwane’s Best of 128

Here are our pics for the Best of Sept 31- August 2 game! (We’ll add pictures soon!)

This event’s Best PC goes to Adam Wambolt for his intense performance as Bram Norvin.

As a character who is already known for intense role-playing moments and in-game interactions, it’s not truly a surprise to see Adam with the prize this month. However, for the last 2and a half games, Bram has had to role-play incredibly tense situations that are hard to portray and he did so with a grace good nature without letting it drag him Out of Game. Bram truly represented a stellar PC during these games and we are both proud and wowed to have him at game! Thanks, Bram!

Honorable Mention for this month definitely needs to go to Ukobach who suffered under the same tension and did so with classic Uko stoicism and a well-defined and in character style. It was a tough couple of games, but we are impressed with what we’ve seen with this character! Congratulations, Uko!

And this event’s Best NPC can go to none other than Anthony LaRosa! Whether he’s trying to whip us into shape behind the scenes and help where he can or pushing himself to go out on two more plots even as everyone else has collapsed into the couch, he has been an inspiring and energetic addition to the plot team! And of course, out in game, he is always on point with his role-playing, safe fighting, and constant desire to entertain as many people as he can! We are so happy to have him with us now! Thanks, Toner!

Forgotten Battle Site Desecrated

In late autumn of the year 2004 AoA, one of the lesser known battles of the Partisan War took place just a few miles east of the border between Irvanshire and Tohmshire, along a ridge of hills in The Go-Betweens. An elite force of knights from the Kingdom of Lowex, only 90 strong, attacked an Irvanshirian encampment manned by a company of almost 900 of the kingdom’s soldiers. The battle resulted in a perfect stalemate despite how outmatched the Lowexians should have been. There were heavy casualties; both sides, it is said, were killed to the last man.

The Partisan War, up to that point, had been primarily fought between the kingdoms of Irvanshire and Tohmshire. Lowex had only recently gotten involved, mostly politically, on the side of Tohmshire. Some say the Incarnation of War, weary of all the saber-rattling between Irvanshire and Lowex, had incited the encounter and bestowed upon its battlefield a blessing of great morale under which both sides were affected. So much blood was spilt on that day that when the short-lived battle was over, the very ground upon which it was fought was stained a deep crimson and had remained so for more than a century. It is also said that the spirits of those who were slain during the battle still haunt the site in search of the victory that never came. Truly a forlorn memorial that so few of this generation even know exists.

So why, now, do I teach this little-known lesson in history? I do so because I am not the only one who remembers the Battle of Red Ridge. Recently, others of ill intent have returned to the forgotten battle site under the cover of night and invoked dark and unholy magic upon its crimson soil. Eye witness accounts report of such things as “…ebony fire raining down from the sky” and “…crimson lightning exploding from the ground” and of “…the very earth crying red tears of pain and sorrow” accompanied by “…a cacophony of mournful wails escalating into the chorus of a rage-filled battle roar of an army of the damned.”

But, these were all things scried from afar by old men wearing long white beards and silly conical hats emblazoned with such things as shooting stars or lightning bolts. What was actually discovered by those who were tasked with investigating such colorful claims was far more unsettling. The foregone battlefield was indeed desecrated along with the surrounding hillside on which it was fought. All plant and animal life found there had been drained of all Essence, and the landscape was as barren, as though Death himself dwelled there. Furthermore, all across the battlefield, the earth had been scorched and pockmarked and lay turned over in heaping mounds, and an acrid mist reeking of the grave clung to the ground which no longer maintained its blood-colored tint. Instead, the soil is said to appear as grey and cold as a lifeless corpse.

Further exploration of the site uncovered the tracks of what could only be described as a large force whose numbers could not easily be estimated. More perplexing was the fact that this reputed force divided into three fairly equal squads before marching off in different directions and, when followed, each led to the lands of one of three of Irvanshire’s noble houses… House Brexiano, House Camis, and House Falstoke.

Tricia Ravenhope

Roving Scribe and Historian

The Magestream Episode 2.5

We start off this episode with two actual emails that were sent between Angela and Andy as we struggled to get back on the podcast horse. However, we’re finally back from an unintentional hiatus! On this Episode of the Magestream: We’ll talk about the 2018 Spring Season, hear a performance by Anthony LaRosa, Clara-fy a couple of rules questions, learn about the DoD, and hear what Rybin has to say about the Changing of the Ages!



Thank you to Pete Dey and Nate Carr for submitting rules for Clara to … Clara-fy. Thanks to Simon T Garren for submitting questions for Rybin to answer, and Thanks to Toner  for his submission to our Command: Perform Segment. Thanks again to Sam Rochford for writing our theme music- you can find more of her music at Facebook.com/SamRochfordMusic. And Thank YOU for listening!

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Annual Brewers’ Auction to be Held in Elmerton On the 29th of Harvestwane!!!

The Irvanshirian chapter of The Brewers’ Guild will be hosting their world-famous Brewers’ Auction on Wakingday, the 29th of Harvestwane in the Ampitheater in Elmerton in the late afternoon hours. Individuals seeking to bid on lots during the auction should come prepared with their coin on hand so that they may lay claim on a wide assortment of items including, but certainly not limited to:


-dinner with nobility!
-luxurious vacations!
-noble steeds!
-treasure maps!
-alchemical components!
-magical artifacts!
-much much more!


For those seeking to auction off lots during the auction, a representative from The Brewer’s Guild will collect information on these lots at the Tavern in Elmerton on the eve before the Auction. Individuals should have the following information prepared on a piece of parchment to ease the process:


-what it is
-starting bid
-a description of the lot for the Auctioneer. Try to limit this to 2 or 3 sentences.
See you in Elmerton!

An Open Letter to Elmerton on My Appointment to Magistrate

Fellow residents of Elmerton, it is my privilege and honor to announce that I, Rybin vanHolt, have been named to the position of Magistrate of Elmerton by Baroness Lobea Lav’Endros. It is with an admixture of excitement, trepidation, resignation, and — I will admit — a small amount of pride that I accept the responsibilities of this new position.

Despite living here for over 4 years now (5 next Petalsong) I still have a hard time admitting to myself that I am now a participant in the History of this town, rather than an outside observer.

My friends, I will need your help in this endeavor. I don’t wish my new position to create distance between us, or put into jeopardy the friendships I have formed with all of you.

In the past I have strived to offer the best advice I could to each and every one of you, to the best of my Knowledge. I have done my best to avoid making your decisions for you, but rather to assist you in making the best decisions for yourself. I sincerely hope to continue to do so, but my new role as Magistrate demands that the decisions for the welfare of the town and House Lav’Endros are my burden to bear. As you know, I am only human. Therefore, I humbly request your assistance in the tasks that lie ahead of us, and ask for your forgiveness for any unpopular judgements I may be required to make.

I promise to do my best, as I always have, to continue to work toward the betterment of the town of Elmerton, the Kingdom of Irvanshire, and the Dimension of Magesta.

If History has taught us anything — and I would very much like to believe it has — it is that events in Elmerton have repercussions that stretch far beyond its boundaries. Let us work together to make the future into the best possible timeline. It is essential.


Yours in Knowledge,

Rybin vanHolt

Historian and Scholar


Brewers Beware! Brewer’s Guild Apprentices Disappearing!

As this humid summer trudges towards its inevitable conclusion, the peep-frogs slowly silence their nightly nocturne, and the cold winds slumbering in the north begin to stir anew, the Irvanshirian Brewer’s Guild has been busy at work preparing for the Brewer’s Auction, taking place in Elmerton at the tail-end of Harvestwane.

But something is amiss.

Over the past two weeks, three apprentices have disappeared from across the kingdom, leading both the Brewer’s Guild and the Irvanshirian militia to suspect that something is amiss. When Sturgill Brightstream, a dwarven apprentice in Craftshire known for his laziness, fled, the Guild attributed it to nerves and a heavier workload than he was accustomed. But when the star impish twin-sister apprentices of the Brewer’s Hall in Point Edgar vanished without so much as a whisper, the Guild realized that something was terribly wrong. For now, preparations have slowed as the Guild is taking extra precautions and looking over their collective shoulder a bit more frequently and warily.

Anyone with any information about the missing apprentices is urged to step forward and assist in resolving this affair. A handsome reward is promised for anyone with information leading to the recovery of the apprentices, more so if they are recovered in a timely manner. People closer to the northern end of Irvanshire may reach out to Sgt. Mortimer Thwain of the Irvanshirian Militia, located in Northwatch, or should you find yourselves in the south, speak with me, Juniper Fenn, chronicler and head stewardess of the Brewer’s Guild in Point Edgar.

Be wary, and good luck!