The Adventurer's Guild

First Members
We have finally begun

The girls have been released from captivity and Madame Weller is now looking after their safety.

If nothing else I can consider that a small victory.

We are still no closer to finding out who is supplying Jens Bergen with the girls although the bear paw brand is turning up in more ports across Theah.

Both Hakon & Lukas have agreed to help albeit not as eagerly as I had hoped. My deception did little to earn their confidence. A mistake that will take me some time to correct.

I underestimated them and risked Geralds life in the process. I have been foolish. Part of me still thinking of this as some game a grand society of adventurers saving the world from the evils that plague it.

It’s not a game. Peoples lives hang in the balance. If we do things right, lives will be saved, slaves freed and monsters destroyed. If we fail. If I make mistakes people could die.

I was too cautious and overly dramatic as a result I almost pushed away the men I believe can help us make a difference.

I will be more honest with recruitment in the future. At this stage secrecy is what will keep us safe. There is a long list of people who would destroy the guild in its infancy if they knew what we plan to do.

As for the bear paw marks this requires further investigation. Perhaps its time to take Bergen off the streets.

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Rumours about Kollsson
Fears confirmed

A good friend once told me rumours about Boli Kollsson which have now been confirmed.

A young Skjæren named Vilkarr was found near death suffering from dehydration, starvation and showed clear signs of torture. All the work of Boli himself who was trying to learn hidden secrets of Lærdom and break Vilkarr’s will.

Thankfully Vilkarr knew the power of Grenseløs and escaped as soon as he was left alone.

After we got him to safety I left Gerald to tend to his wounds and plan his escape while I distracted Boli.

Acting on behalf of a shell company I negotiated face to face with Boli for a large contract to secure his students services for a merchant fleet. I managed to keep him occupied for 8 hours before frustration got the best of him.

Thankfully Vilkarr had gotten out of Kirk in that time.

Once again Gerald risked his life for my cause. he caused the distraction that allowed Vilkarr to board Brunnmigi’s boat.

Then Hakon and Lukas were able to get him to the safety of Magnus Brynjulffrsson without any hassle on Klørbulg.

When I next meet my friend I will have to thank him for recommending them.

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The Rum Barrell - Asger
A torn page from the latest issue

The corrupt and controlling hand of the Vendel League plan to publicly murder an enlightened man, whose great crime is trying to free us from those who would make slaves of us all.

Asger Gaidarsson is not the villain of this story. Instead he is a tragic hero who was willing to sacrifice his freedom and his life to save his people from the Murderous plans of Master Allen Trel.

Sadly Asger will be murdered by the Vendel League while the villain Trel walks among us. I encourage all free thinking men and women to help correct this great injustice.

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Kirk Chronicle - Banner
excerpts from the latest issue

Crime report
The recent devastating attack on our fair cities dock has yet to receive an official explanation with Lord Sheriff Ivar Dags refusing to comment on the investigation.

Members of the Sailors Guild who were hit hardest by this tragedy are laying the blame squarely at the hands of Vodacce merchants. Claiming that such loss of life can only be attributed to the vile poisons preferred by the merchant princes.


In trade
Val Mokk has recently made a huge step forward in improving relations with our Vesten cousins by donating an important cultural artefact to the Skjæren of the Aarensfolk. The Merchants guild hope this gesture will help quell the recent escalation in raiding.


In fashion
Master Anders Noval has not let his injury impede his fashion sense as he has recently been seen wearing an eye patch crafted by the Tailor guilds Amity Neveu. Master Noval says the patch was a moving gift from Mistress Neveu which he will proudly wear till his wound has sufficiently healed.

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Revenge at what cost?
Journal entry by Viktor Lorentz

On my first Siren hunt I witnessed the terrifying Wurm known as the Siren Eater. It killed my mentor ate our prey and left me for dead.
I dedicated my life to killing the beast. I travelled the world hunting monstrosities for every corner of Theah and researched everything known about the beast.

Every 2 years I led an expedition to avenge my mentor. Every time I failed, I would wound the beast but the cost would be far too great.
My obsession with the Siren Eater dominated my life and ended the lives of too many good hunters.

Now the beast is finally dead. My obsession is clear to see. The Gelingen see me as a hero but their praise is misplaced. The wurm was a mindless beast, feeding on a menace to the people of Posen. I was the monster that led good men to their death for my own petty vengeance.

I cannot stay among my fellow hunters and listen to them praise my madness.
Perhaps in Kirk I will be able to do some good and help those willing to fight monsters avoid becoming monsters themselves.

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The Great White Bear
The twilight the Procurer's Guild

Typ Kopman finally made his approach. Almost two years since he decided that my network was essential to his plans he finally sent his brave adventurers to recruit me.

Typ is a good man and truly believes in what he was doing but I doubted he would have the stomach to do what was needed to save Kirk from monsters. The truth is he doesn’t but he has men in his employ who do.

The Procurer’s Guild have been scavenging outside of the Jenny’s Guild for years, brutalising children all for the sake of money.
Scavengers was all they would ever be. The Bear of Breslau threatened to change that and make them a force capable of taking on Mistress Weller.

I knew the conditions he kept his girls in throughout Ussura I was not going to let that happen to the children of Kirk.

So I sent the Adventurers Guild without knowing what numbers to face or the true extent of the Bears ability. I acted rashly and a good man almost died, had I waited much worse would have happened. My job now will be getting Typ to understand this.

The good news is that Gerald is making a quick recovery. Perhaps the rumour about Ralph Høstsen is true after all.

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Kirk Chronicle - Bolivar

Crime report
The streets of Kirk were overrun by all vast collection of ferocious beats, they attacked in a frenzy going after anything including each other..
The sheriffs have confirmed that there has been eight death and numerous casualties. A mercifully small number thanks in part to the quick reaction of some of Kirks bravest citizens.

What was proposed to be an exhibition of the courageous hunting spirit of our people was turned into a disaster through a cruel act of sabotage. Ivar Dags has stated that those responsible for the disaster were also the first victims of it.

Famed monster hunter Ana María Pastor Bolivar is now aiding authorities in clearing out the remaining creatures.


Trade
The price of Sea Serpent eggs is on the rise after a cargo ship was sunk by raiders.


Society
Val Mokk is hosting a celebration of the explorers society in honour of their efforts to bridge the gap between cousins.


Fashion
Amity Neveu has taken tragedy and turn it into something fabulous. The Tailor’s Guild have a limited edition black fur coat made from the horrible beats that attacked Kirk. Profits will go to help the clean up effort.

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Will of Sodermanvarman
No peaceful rest

My name is Toril Sorgsdottir I have told the tale of Sodermanvarman for many years.
Of the horrible actions of the Vendel League and the maddened reaction of the Jarls.
How the abhorrent actions of a few almost brought our people to war.

I travelled and spoke to members of each tribe and any Vendel who would listen.
I hoped Sodermanvarman could be a cautionary tale of how close we came to destruction.

An old woman approached me and told me about the spirits of Sodermanvarman.
How they were trapped forever reliving the pain and panic of the attack.
Then she told me she knew how to free them but no longer had the strength herself.

She gave me the stone.
On the boat I felt like a fool tricked by an old woman to take a pebble to a grave yard then when I arrived I felt its power.

The next thing I remember is being carried you.

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Kirk Chronicle - Attacks on Västeras
Shocking news from Vendel's second city

Crime

The port of Västeras came under attack last night as a group of Vesten raiders attacked killing 24 residents. The quick response of the city guard helped the repel the attack preventing the tragedy becoming worse. Witness mentioned the bravery of some locals who helped the guards push back the murderous raiders including one Vestenmannavnjar warrior who fought alongside the guards.

Sadly the attack on the port wasn’t the only loss of life in Västeras last night. Oddi’s Print works was burned to the ground killing Printer’s Guild member and league seat Jans Oddi along with forty dedicated members of staff. The guard have refused to comment on whether the fire was accidental or malicious.


Trade

All exports and imports to Ussura have been put on hold by the order of Allen Trel as a group of sea serpents have infested the trade route attacking all ships. The Sailor’s Guild have promised to re-open the trade route as soon as possible and the Merchant’s Guild are arranging temporary shipping methods through Eisen.


Society

George Skard has announced that he intends to be the first ever Vendel League chair to attend the annual althing in Thingvallavatn.
The Master of the Brewers Guild hopes his presence can help alleviate tensions or at the very least the Vesten Jarls will enjoy the several hundred barrels of beer he plans to bring with him.

Tala Jónsdóttir has been appointed as the new head of the Alchemist’s Guild following the sudden resignation of Master Jans Ulkopf.


Events

Linnae Knute has announced he has plans for a small tournament in Kirk to allow warriors from across Theah the chance to prove themselves.


Literature

The Grumfather Cycle. The Living Myth of Vestenmannavnjar is to published for the first time by historian Bens Postma

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In Saving Skard
Debrief from Typ

Adventurers your actions at the Althing have helped prevent chaos from running over these lands.

George Skard is perhaps the most beloved man in Vendel his death would have guaranteed a war.
His survival ensured his mission of peace was a successful one. Tensions among our people have quietened down while sadly temporary it is a welcome reprieve and gives us a chance to prepare for the future.

A future of peace among our people is possible but we will have to work very hard to achieve it and defeat those that seek to destroy it.

We already knew of those within the Vendel League who seek to profit from war and of the Jarls who are so blinded by revenge that peace is not an option.
Now it seems that something much older is also at play. The stones of the Nyrna were not just uncovered and used to attack the league. They were handed out by the Nyrna themselves who wish nothing but death for us all.

We have great challenges ahead of us. Challenges that together we can overcome.

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