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Peril At King's Landing Session 1
On the Road

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House Blackjade received a visit from Jaren Sand, delivering a message relayed from neighboring House Jennek. King Robert was holding a tourney in honor of the Crown, on the fields of King’s Landing, in two weeks. They began packing immediately, and set sail on the morning tide with a ship full of horses, tents, a few servants, and a couple of guards.

Due to storms further north along the coast, they sailed along the northern edge of the calmer Sea of Dorne and disembarked at Wyl. On foot they traveled up the boneway through Summerhall before turning east to Bronzegate and heading north on the Kingsroad. Then they spotted the crows.

Just off the road were the remains of five men, unidentifiable and half-eaten. Five half-starved wolves feasted on their remains. When the group refused to be scared off, they attacked. Tilly felled their leader instantly with a single arrow through the head. The remaining wolves ganged up on Ser Rufos, but were unable to penetrate his armor and he and the others managed to kill them with little difficulty. When the last attempted to flee, Tilly felled him with another single bowshot.

The five appeared to be camping, and the wounds seemed to indicate they were killed in their sleep. The bodies of the men had nothing of any value on them, though their swords remained. The blades showed signs of recent use, and one – still in its scabbard – was covered with dried blood. They had no identifying markings on them, save one: the bloody sword had an unusual hilt with the emblem of a stag on it similar to the Baratheon stag but without the crown. Leaving the bodies in the clearing, they resumed their trip and eventually ended up at Dag’s Inn along the Kingsroad.

The reception at Dag’s was chilly. The travelers staying there seemed to quiet down and regard the group with a certain amount of scorn. None of them seemed interested in talking about it. Ramana started charming them, particularly Meg Moleskin the innkeeper’s wife who eventually told her the reason for the attitude. Apparently Adham Dannett had stopped by the inn earlier that day for a meal and told anybody who would listen that members of House Blackjade had slaughtered a number of farmers, family and all. He had a Blackjade shield to prove it, still with farmer blood on it. Not having any reason to doubt his story, the inn patrons had no wish to associate with a house of murderers or to be their next victims.

While everybody stared at Ser Rufos and the sinister-looking Berran, Ramana made the rounds and began charming the smallfolk and making inquiries. She discovered that the serving girl recalled the stag-embossed sword as belonging to a sellsword who, along with several others, had been recruited by a knight with a fox crest on his shield. Nobody knew his name or the name of his house, but he recruited and left with 6 men, leaving behind Garth the Barrel who wanted the work (which was unspecified) but was turned down. The knight, who seemed like a religious sort who wouldn’t normally frequent a tavern, told Garth he wasn’t interested in working with “locals”, whatever that meant.

Aside from some attempted groping, which stopped when the gropers were threatened with Ser Rufos, the night passed peacefully.

On the way out of the inn the group talked with the stable boy Colin Moleskin. Colin recalled that the Fox Knight had a horse, while the other six were on foot. He also revealed that one of the sellswords – “Dan or Stan or something like that” – stopped by this morning asking if any horses were for sale. When told no, the man continued heading north on the Kingsroad.

The group followed his example. Later on the road they ran into three younger members of House Claviger. One, named by one of the others as Donwald, told the group that craven killers of unarmed men, women and children are not welcome at the tournament. Berran took exception to this and called Ser Rufos who unlimbered his greatsword. The boys protested that they were “emissaries of the king” and thus exempt from this treatment, then ran off down the road.

The House Blackjade contingent continued on their way, intending to arrive at The Great Stag inn by nightfall.

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Peril At King's Landing Session 2
End of the Road

Arriving at the Great Stag Inn, Ramana entered ahead of the others to secure their rooms and make a good first impression. She met with Marta Taverner, the innkeeper, who turned cold as soon as she found out the name of her house. Adham Dannett had been there, too. Managing to calm her enough to allow the group the two available rooms (albeit at a premium price), the others entered and found seating at a table with traveling merchant Rog Thanders. Rog had been there a couple of days, and was happy to share the tale of the “baseless and cowardly attack” against the farmers of House Dannett – adding, once he recalled who his company was, that they were just tales and could have been exaggerated. He also related that there was a fat wealthy merchant by the mane of Ruben Piper travelling with House Dannett who was betrothed to Iris Dannett, oldest child of Alfric Dannett, Lord of House Dannett. Though his betrothal may be a bit moot as Iris Dannet disappeared from her home last year.

One person stood out in the common room – an older, burly man near the corner with a table to himself except for a barmaid across his lap and a number of upside-down tankards on the table. He was laughing loudly and flashing a large purse full of coin. Berran went to talk to him. His name was Hamish “Ham” Flowers, and he had been hired by the Fox Knight for an “easy job” which he left unspecified. After the job the knight killed his five fellows, letting him go apparently because he believed Ham to be loyal to the Targaryens. Which he wasn’t, as evidenced by the Baratheon emblem on his sword hilt. What he was is drunk off his ass and totally oblivious to Berran’s many barbs. Berran convinced the man that he had a job for him, and Ham agreed to proceed with the group to King’s Landing in the morning.

In the morning, they found Ham dead in his room, throat slit and blood all over the bed. The group notified the innkeeper (who was none too pleased) and continued on with Rog Thanders tagging along amicably.

On the road they were attacked, spontaneously, by two men who ran from the forest waving swords and shouting “Dannett!” and, “For the fifteen!” A single arrow sped from the forest and killed the cook they’d brought, after which they easily took down the two swordsmen. One swordsman, Michael Kraft, survived with wounds. He said that they had been recruited by Alfric Dannett himself to exact revenge on the cowardly bandits who had killed fifteen of the Dannett Farmers. He had also promised six archers as backup, but they only got one arrow and no evidence of more than one person in the woods was found. The description the man gave did not match Alfric Dannett at all. They took Kraft with them to King’s Landing to face justice.

Finally, they arrived at King’s Landing. With the delay on the road they made it after dark and were directed to the Gate of the Gods, where they were delayed again by gold cloak captain “Topper” Simonen. Pulled aside, the gold cloaks started searching their cart and prepared to search their carried belongings as well, but between Berran’s intimidation tactics and Ramana’s flirting distractions they got Topper to admit that young Lord Dannett had given them cause to suspect them, and eventually he let them proceed. He sent his fellow guard Mick to escort them to the Greentree Inn, the only inn he knew of which might still have rooms to rent.

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Peril At King's Landing Sessions 3-10
The Tournament and Beyond

The tournament at King’s Landing was an eventful one.

At the inn the group made friends with two Dornishmen staying there, Ser Gennady Shanin and his squire Bryan Telson. They also spent some quality time drinking with Orten Lugus, whose brother Naton was busy making a drunken ass of himself. Naton started a brawl which Ser Rufos finished, and ended up buying Ser Rufos a drink.

Adham Dannett, publicly and in front of King Robert, accused the Blackjade group of the murder of his family’s peasants and provoking a trial by combat in the first round of the jousting. He made one pass against Ser Rufos, falling from his horse and not getting up. He died later that evening after what was evidently a very painful time in his tent. Poison was suspected but nobody could prove anything and the combat ostensibly settled the matter. Berran began getting close to a prostitute at the Jade Spring whorehouse across the street from the inn. Tilly managed to draw the eye of Se Malcolm Gain, ward of the Darras family, neighbors of the Blackjades.

A crusty old knight named Ser Joris Landseer got a challenge from the Fox Knight, and the group took him, and Bryan Telson out to find the man. They found and subdued him, but Ser Joris took an “accidental” arrow to the neck from Tilly. They proceeded back to King’s Landing only to have their prize killed by archers on the way.

Ser Rufos made it to the semi-finals in the joust, while Ser Garlan Tyrell took the purse. Tilly came in a respectable third in the archery competition, losing to Eddard Karstark.

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