Burning in Barrowton 2013

The Journey North begins...

Here is a list of events that took place last night at MMNY with Brandon Ironsmith, Walder and Artos Lightfoot leading the way (and Buddy!), and with Jayce Ironsmith and Alester in the background.

  • Lord Ironsmith insists that the young adventurers equip themselves with weapons and armor from the house armory before heading out on their own.
  • Artos persuades Lord Ironsmith that it would be best to equip them with more powerful weapons, if they were available, to which Lord Ironsmith agrees. He leaves the group, only to return with Superior-quality weapons, giving the group an armor-piercing edge!
  • The group leaves as quietly as they can from House Ironsmith, but they all feel as though they are being watched…
  • While traveling past The Pines, as acolyte messenger from the House of the Seven catches up with the group to give Artos a sealed message. The message is from Oryn, head priest at the temple. He cryptically mentions that he heard Artos was heading north, and wanted to know if it would be possible for Artos to stop by a small hamlet that has been having some trouble recently. It would be a great help to the Seven if Artos could visit Great Oak to comfort and reassure them in their time of need.
  • While traveling North, Walder kills a buck, providing fresh meat and fur for the next 4-5 days. Brandon tests out his survival skills and provides the group adequate shelter and warmth. Artos successfully guides the group farther and farther north while avoiding pitfalls and dead ends.
  • A few nights into their journey, Artos spots a campfire to the south, a few hours away. Preferring to face anyone following them head-on, the group decides to leave their horses at their camp and to sneak south towards the other camp to see who is there and what their intentions may be.
As Walder quietly leads the group closer to the camp, Buddy alerts them to a presence in the trees; a lone sentry, sitting quietly in the branches of a tree. Walder and Buddy proceed to sneak past the sentry while Brandon decides to climb the nearest tree to gain a vantage point as well as a hopefully clear shot at the guard. Brandon nocks an arrow, and aims at the guard, giving a signal to Artos down below what his intentions are. Brandon fires into the darkness towards the figure in the trees…… and misses!! Fortunately for Brandon, the guard was surprised by the arrow imbedded into the tree next to his head and falls backwards out of the tree towards the ground below.
  • Walder and buddy approach the edge of the clearing to the camp when they hear a yell of shock as the sentry calls out behind him. After a pause within the camp, Walder hears voices laugh out, with one edged voice saying, “Bloody hell. That fool Wyl has fallen out of a tree again. Go check on him.” Walder hears footsteps coming his way and he and Buddy jump into the bushes to either side of the path.
  • Brandon deftly moves from tree to tree in the air while Artos slowly approaches the guard on the ground in case he gets up. Brandon gets a better view of the edge of the camp and sees a figure step onto the path and begin calmly walking towards their location. As he watches, he sees another figure come out of the bushes behind the first person….
  • and Walder strikes!! His sword bites into the soldiers’ leather armor, leaving a huge rent in the armor, but unfortunately the armor does its job and prevents any injury. The soldier is not as fortunate as Buddy follows through and clamps down on the soldier’s leg, easily penetrating the leather and crunching down onto the soldier’s femur, which cracks like a chicken bone. The soldier howls out in pain, collapsing to the ground in a heap, and alerting the camp to something more serious than a simple soldier falling out of a tree.
  • Witnessing the attack, Brandon quickly comes out of the trees and Artos hustles over to the sentry at the base of the tree he fell out of, and discovers that the soldier appears slightly hurt and is unconscious. Preferring to not leave any enemies behind them, Artos puts the unconscious soldier to the sword….
  • Hearing numerous footsteps approaching, Walder and Buddy quickly jump back into the bushes just in time to see approximately 8 soldiers rushing past with weapons and torches lit. On a couple of them, the standard of House Ryswell is prominently displayed, particularly on one soldier; well-armored and cloaked, this figure looks confident as he barks out orders.
  • Brandon and Artos see the soldiers stream into the forest from the darkness, and they both see Roose Ryswell leading the soldiers into searching the area. Both Brandon and Artos, wanting to even the numbers before any melee is started, prepare and fire their weapons at the soldiers, grazing one and giving another a gut-shot, dropping him to the ground. Now the soldiers know the direction from where the shots came from….
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Lady Dustin's Speech

So Lady Dustin begins her meeting with all of the noble houses in Barrowton by thanking them all for coming: House Lightfoot, House Greenleaf, and House Ironsmith, as well as the other minor houses are in attendance. Lady Dustin glances at each house silently, her small, cruel mouth frozen into her usual hateful pose.

She begins by thanking all of the houses for coming during these difficult times of unrest in Westeros, and continues by reminding everyone how House Stark, with its “King of the North” has endangered all of the North with his arrogant and foolish decisions, which puts all of our houses in peril. At this point, her small lips curl up into a smile as she tells how the King in the North has erred, and now has paid for his folly with his life. She then recounts the events that were given to her by messenger regarding the Red Wedding, which are generally well-received by many of the houses (whether they agree with the events or not…). During her speech, Brandon Ironsmith, the brash young man that he is, speaks out against the recent events, considering that all of these houses are supposed to owe fealty to House Stark. Lady Dustin is stunned by this outburst, as are Lord Ironsmith (who tries to quell his son’s insolence), and by Roose Ryswell (antagonist of Brandon Ironsmith). In order to avoid any further confrontation, Brandon’s guard, Alastar, comes into the hall and drags Brandon out before he dishonors his house further. Lady Dustin concludes her speech by notifying all of the houses that there needs to be preparations made by all of the houses, since there will probably be war coming to the North. House Bolton will do all that it can, with House Dustin and Barrowton’s support, to avoid this at all costs. But we must be ready for anything… and with that she bids a good night and leaves.
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The Burning in Barrowton Begins...
Our story begins in the Town of Barrowton, the first settlement that is encountered to people entering the North on the Kingsroad. Barrowton is led by Barbrey Dustin the widow to the Late Lord William Dustin, companion to Lord Eddard Stark and his companions at the Tower of Joy. Lord Dustin fell at the Tower of Joy, and it is where his bones remain to this day, a point never forgotten by Lady Dustin when she thinks of the Starks. Lady Dustin is also the daughter of Lord Rodrick Ryswell, Lord of the Rills.

Much more information and backstory may be found in the house and family tree section at towerofthehand.com

Our adventurers will all be in the middle of their daily chores/activities when each noble house receives word of a meeting called by Lady Dustin at her keep that night… (Everyone in town at this point knows what happened to Ned Stark in King’s Landing, how the North has rebelled and how Robb Stark with the support of his bannermen has proclaimed himself as the ‘King in the North’, referring to the ancient custom of lordship in Westeros before the lands were unified, leaving Wardens to oversee the four cardinal directions (North, South, East, West), with King’s Landing as the home of the King. It is also known that Robb Stark has wed a girl from the West, to the great displeasure of Lord Walder Frey of the Twins.) … all of the PC’s show up to the meeting that night, with the exception of Alastar, who is not noble, and Walder Lightfoot, who intentionally disobeys his father, Kevan Lightfoot, and would rather be outside with his pet Direwolf than at a stupid meeting. And so the meeting commences….
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