Sunday, March 7, Godsworn 24
This eve the Vettring family feast will host a feast at their longhouse, inviting the other noble family in the village, and their rivals, the Hugrungs.
Sterk set out to the Vettring longhouse dressed in his nicer clothes. As he reached the end of the row of shacks belonging to the fisher families, he saw a figure approaching. As she drew near, Sterk recognized Asgeror and she called out to him. After some initial pleasantries and an apology for harsh words in the past, Asgeror let Sterk know that she doesn’t blame him for the death of Víðarr’s father, Asvard. She revealed that Asvard was her nephew and she believes that Víðarr is a wicked boy who somehow lured Sterk into drowning Asvard. She promised Sterk the weregild money that his parents had to pay for his original involvement in Asvards death if he would expose Víðarr and help her seek justice with the village chief. Sterk and Asgeror briefly argued their beliefs and Sterk decided to drown Asgeror in the ocean as he had once done with her nephew. ( Vs Speed Test [Sterk failed] and Vs Power Test [Sterk handily won] ) Although Sterk wasn’t quite fast enough to completely silence Asgeror, he easily overpowered the frail old woman and held her beneath the shallow water until her struggles ceased. A crowd soon gathered in response to her initial cries and Sterk tried to talk his way out of the situation by claiming he had come upon her lifeless body. ( Failed a falsehood roll ) Many believed his story, but there were murmurs of doubt throughout the crowd as Sigvaldi ushered Sterk off to the safety of their family shack.
Sterk confessed to his parents that he had indeed killed Asgeror! Sigvaldi chastised him for being careless and risking his future in this way. Sterk proposed that they go tonight to retrieve the weregild from Asgeror’s shack, but Sigvaldi argued that it was far too dangerous and that Sterk should go about his plans as normal, including the dinner at the Vettring longhouse tonight. Giving in, Sterk quickly changed and made his way quickly to the part.
Meanwhile, Víðarr heard a knock on his door. He opened the door to his meager Vesten apprentice hut to find the old trapper Griss standing outside. Over a bowl of thin fish stew, Griss told Víðarr that he knew he had been lied to about the dwarf. He told Víðarr that the only reason he could think of for lying about meeting the dwarf is that they must of found a big pile of dwarf gold and that he wanted his share. Víðarr admited that they did meet the dwarf, but found nothing of value. At this news Griss became excited and left to stew over ideas of how to benefit from this information.
At the dinner, Fura and Agdi talk about adventure. Agdi says that he is eager to join Fura in whatever adventure she gets up to next and even agrees to help her kill the giant spider in the mountain dwarf-cave. Fura is terse with Agdi throughout, but he doesn’t seem dissuaded.
A short while later Agdi and Sterk talk of shipbuilding and discover a mutual need. Agdi promises to help Sterk obtain land for his workshop if he will build two ships for the Hugrung family. An agreement is struck and the two celebrate their new bond over drinks. Sterk also promises to put in a good word for Agdi with Fura.
When Víðarr arrives at the dinner, he is approached by the village Vesten chief, Mord. Mord shares with Víðarr his frustration at how the Vesten have been treated and his vision for a high council of Vesten to promote sharing of magical information and Vesten esteem among the people. Mord tells Víðarr that there could be a place for Víðarr on the council if he will take Mord to see the dwarf since he believes the dwarf may be able to teach them new things about magic. Víðarr eagerly agrees and another deal is struck at the party.
Fura and Sterk argue about Sterk’s agreement to build boats for the Hugrungs and the two part after a heated debate.
Sterk shares the news of Asgeror with Víðarr as well as the truth about what happened with Asvard. Víðarr expresses his gratitude and debt to Sterk and the two agree that they may need to take drastic measures in the future to keep their secrets safe.
Sometime later Sterk, Fura, and Víðarr agree to visit the dwarf again the next day and to bring Mord along.
The evening comes to an end when Ævarr and Sigfred call Fura and Agdi up and ask them if they will agree to be wed. Fura seizes the opportunity to claim that Agdi has promised her two longships as a wedding gift and the room erupts in celebration as the engagement is made formal.
Monday, March 8, Godsworn 24
Sterk, Fura, and Víðarr prepare themselves for another trek up into the hills to see the dwarf. They spend much of the morning attempting to find Griss to ask him to be their guide again. ( Failed circles roll ) Sterk stops by to see Thordis and let her know that he is ready to set out on his own and won’t be working for her going forward. Heartbroken, she wishes him well and sends him on his way.
- Fura – B1: Fulfill spider-vow to dwarf; convince father of the threat (F), B2: Prove worth in protecting village (F), Ignore feelings for Víðarr and find a suitable match (P), Humor for directness with Agdi (F).
- Sterk – B1: Get a workshop; ally with Hugrung (P), Keep secret about Asgeror and Asvard (F), Achieve glory by building Fura a longship (F), Embodiment in scene with Asgeror (P), Moldbreaker for telling his parents of his murders (P). Ob5 Steel for killing Asgeror.
- Víðarr – B1: Grow power; take Mord to dwarf (F), B3: Make mark upon the world (F), Humor (F) for goat meat jokes with Mord. Ob1 Steel for learning truth of Asvard and Asgeror’s deaths.