The Black Swan

The Ice Opal
diary of Ilya

That damn bitch ruined everything again. I had everything set up, the ice opal’s did their job and froze the whole town, except for Alexander but he wouldn’t leave his home to find out what was going on. We had secured the ships, and the craftsmen. The fortress was ours. The traps set, and she ruined it again. I had no idea she was a fate witch, Pulling me off of the fortress walls ruined everything. That damn Captain has now captured four of my brothers, and we failed our Czar. Ketheryna will have her ships. My father will have a fit when he has to pay for my brothers back. If the Czar wants revenge on the Black Swan, he’s going to have to give me an army.

_The Ritual of the Ice Opal

The ice opal is forced down a person’s throat after a few seconds the ice will burst forth in a wave, this wave will freeze everyone in a seven mile radius for seven days. To them it will feel like they simply fell asleep, and no harm will come to any frozen except for the person who swallowed the opal. After the initial wave, only those who come in contact with the land that share nationality with the sacrifice will be frozen. Those touched by the mother will also be unharmed. Using an ice opal within Ussura gains the attention of Matsuka and should be avoided if at all possible._

The Ussurian Problem

Halfway through an otherwise calm night., a man approached the docks. Ilya Ekatnava Paveltova v’Novgorov warned that he would be attacking the ship come dawn to stop them from taking the cannons to Ussura. Pyotyr Irinova Dimitriov decided to take the threat seriously and rounded up the those crew members that were having a good time in Vendal’s many pubs. They decided to leave the dock and sit out in the harbor, to make it harder for them to be threatened. At dawn a scream began to emanate from below decks. They rushed below to find a porte Sorcerer had opened a rift, and somehow also blocked some of the ways in so that only 2 entrances to the cargo area could be fought through. The crew below ended up facing 2 Ussurans and the sorcerer, while they tried to get barrels of gunpowder into the boat. Those on deck became under fire from riflemen on the shore. The fight was quick and bloody with the sorcerer abandoning his Ussuran friends and fleeing back through the rift. The Ussurans identified them selves as Dimitri and Alexi said they were nobles and that their families would pay for there return. The ship returned to the docks to find that the riflemen had fled, and that the guards the blacksmith guild had hired had left for shift change.

Czarina's Eagle
GM Story

Step 1: Deliver Cannons to Somajez


Strange magic, and another 2 brothers captured. Ilya was forced to flee. More info to follow.

A Pirate, Bear and Seal

With the blessing from Mother Ocean the crew of the Black Swan was able to find Borg’s ship, the Sea Poisons Blade. Needless to say Borg wasn’t too happy to see Isla the selkie, apparently he had a problem with her over friendly nature when it came to human males. Or maybe it was the fact that she slept with most of his crew that he had a problem with. But after some intense negotiating Nyx was able to trade some Lumont Red for Isla’s seal skin. With a brief battle with more of Isla’s brothers who wanted to return her to the queen the Black Swan was on its way north to return Isla home. Isla’s husband an Ussura shape shifting bear of all things was more than happy to have his love safely home.

Now the crew must head south once more to Castille to deliver some champagne to the port city of San Teodoro but first a quick stop in Dunkeen. To Dunkeen and Lady Jane Blackburn, if anyone can find a buyer for the rest of the Lumont Red it’s her. Nyx has been to long from Jane’s presence and misses that glowing smile that has enamored her the first time they met.

Ardeth's Journal Log (3)
Excerpt #3

We have made it to Montaigne. The land is fairly pretty but the populace are not as much so. The nobles are pompous windbags and the peasants are sheep. As far as I can tell their military leaders are imbeciles. Still I made the best of it exploring the town. We then got to see some of the countryside, as the doctor wanted to visit a village that had been visited by a plague. The nobility had burned the village and the fields to the ground in fear of spreading the plague. Wojciek came to us as we were there, trying to hire an assassin to kill the local Baron. I deferred to the Usuran, who has already showed a lack of morals. The noble turned out to be quite an ass, but he still handily defeated the Usuran in a duel. I guess justice was served in a sense.

Ardeth's Journal Log (2)
Excerpt #2

Wandesborrow, another port in another nation. A town of sailors is not a bad thing. They have at least lived life and braved the elements. It was a good place to find a good bar to relax and enjoy some drink. Then the Roison started caterwauling. His singing lacked the sense of triumph and tragedy of a good Eisen song. He apparently cannot take criticism as well, as he tried to have his Ussuran brute friend try to hold me down as he punched me. Luckily the Ussuran is as clumsy as he is ugly. I then had to teach some manners to the rest of the louts in the bar along with Roison. Once the mess was over I took him back to the ship for some ministrations from the doctor. We then promptly left port to the sounds of the watch bells ringing. Captain says we are heading to Montaigne next.

Ardeth's Journal Log
Excerpt #1

It was looking to be just another boring port till we heard a woman scream. Out of the night a beautiful woman came running to the docks and collapsed. She was being chased by a mob of rowdies. Myself and several of the crew went to assist the lass. Things were well in hand until the sea monsters came out of the waters. NOW we were having fun. Gleefully I ran to engage the beasts in combat, dispatching two of them before the third fled back to the sea. Once they were slain they turned into men. I had no time to consider this as the bells began to ring for the city watch and the captain ordered us to set sail. Once on board it turns out the damsel is a Fey. Crazy world.

To Bar Brawl or Not to Bar Brawl

After the courageous crew of the Black Swan was able to stave off an attack from a giant squid, they made port in the Avalon city of Wandesborrow. Some of the crew wanted to relax and see about gathering information on the Pirate Borg, so half the crew ended up at the Drunken Griffin and the rest stayed on the Swan. The night started off good with some good Irish singing by O’Rourke, along with plenty of drinking and wenching enjoyed by the crew and Captain. Of course a new sort of fun started about Ardeth Bay called O’Rourke’s singing dribble and the bar brawl was on. The brawl really didn’t last long with Ardeth Bay being a party pooper and using this swordsmen skills and knocking O’Rourke and most of the bar out with the flat of his blade. Where is the fun in that. The Captain for her part stayed out of the Brawl preferring the company of a lovely barmaid tell Pyotry put an end to that when he not only knocked out the bartender but also a patrol of guards that showed up to put a stop to the ruckus. After giving the barmaid a kiss Captain Nyx decided that it would be best to leave Wanesborrow and let things cool down a bit before returning. So the Black Swan is heading to the town of Crieux in Montainge with the information that Borg loves one type of Montainge wine over others. Maybe he would even trade the seal skin for a rare vitage.

The Drunken Gryphon Destroyed in Riot.
Black Swan Flees another port

The Crew of the Black Swan made it to Wandesborrow Avalon. Half the crew went into town to drink and try to find information about Borg. After Roisin O’Rourke sang some songs and got the whole bar on their side, they managed to find out some information about Borg’s favorite wine, and that those shipments are his favorite target. Then Roisin and Ardeth Bey had a small disagreement about the quality of Roisin’s singing. Before they where done, the entire bar was destroyed, all the other patrons were unconscious, including the bartender. Pyotyr Irinova Dimitriov even managed to knockout the squad of guards who arrived. Nyx Little Swan Waring made the descision that it was time to flee another town, and With Ardeth carrying Roisin’s unconscious body they all made their way back to the ship, and fled for Montainge port city of Crieux.

Always Leave an Impression

The crew of the Black Swan always love to leave an impression at every port they visit. How else can you explain rescuing a lost Fey from a band of pirates, defending the port from sea monsters and then sailing off into the rising sun. The pubs will be filled with stories of our exploits for weeks. And being big damn heroes how can we turn down a damsel in distress who needs us to get her magical skin back from the Pirate Captain Borg before she can return home to her love.


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