Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The North Road Inn

I am going to post the Adventure I wrote to start two Harn campaigns (1995, 2001). One used the RuneQuest III rules and the other used the Harnmaster II rules.  I think I will post with the RuneQuest rules.  Retyping the adventure and creating the maps has taken a little more time than I anticipated so I will post it in a few installments. For the first installment is the North Road Inn where the adventure begins.

North Road Inn

The North Road Inn is a large, country Inn located on the outskirts of civilized lands in Nuthela.  The Inn is the major attraction on the Fur Road of the thran of Taryn.  Taryn is a small thran hold of 60 Jarin under the sway of the Ivinian clan chief Idgel Isselsson who pays sometime tribute to Lorkin.  The Jarin population of Taryn makes ends meet by providing services to merchants passing along the Fur Road to Lorkin and Lerial.  The valhakor is supported by a garrison of 8 Ivinian soldiers to deal with any trouble.  The local barbarian tribes are Taelda and get along well with the village folk.  Taelda are often seen in Taryn trading for goods.
The settlement was troubled with gargu-kyani raids from Bwaft in the spring months until the arrival of Idgel four years ago.
Nuthela is a barbaric unsettled region of Orbaal.  The adventure provides an opportune place for adventurers of different backgrounds to meet and journey on together.  Depending on their cultural background adventurers are likely travelling north or south on the fur road to see the world or have come out of the wilderness to trade with civilization.

About 20 years ago, The Jarin of Orbaal raised up against the Ivinian conquerors in a rebellion.  This rebellion was the most successful in the Lorkin region where Castle Lorkin was taken by rebels.  When Gweffryn the Jarin rebel leader was mysteriously beheaded at Lorkin the rebellion was quickly brought under control and the Ivinian retribution was both swift and vicious.  One of the Jarin rebel soldiers fleeing Lorkin was Vallus.
Fleeing south for Kaldor along the Fur road, Vallus took up company with a small late-spring caravan bound for Tashal.  The caravan came under attack by a band of garu-arak from Ejatus and all but Vallus were killed.  Although badly wounded, Vallus managed to crawl into the underbrush where he was discovered by Taelda hunters.  The Taelda took pity on Vallus bringing him to a Taelda witch known as Dania.  After remaining with Dania for a full year recovering from his wounds the two were married by Jarin custom and Vallus set about building the Inn on its present site.
Over the years more craftsmen have come to the site to service caravans and travellers on the fur road as well as to trade with the Taelda.  The local Taelda are friendly with the people of Taryn mainly due to the presence of the Taelda witch Dania who is greatly respected among the Taelda for her healing powers.
In 716 TR, an Ivinian cousin of Taarbri Geldestaar, Idgel Isselsson arrived with a small force of clanless Ivinians to claim the area for clan Geldestaar of Lorkin.  This was done with the approval of Taarbri but Idgel has been slow with payments of tribute and his position is secure only because he is isolated from Lorkin.  The Jarin  Prince of Lerial considered the area along the Fur road to be part of his fief but has not made any claim to the area since the power of clan Geldestaar backs Idgel's claim.  Those Jarin who made a living farming the land have either fled or been forced into serfdom.  Some Jarin craftsmen remain freemen, especially Vallus the Innkeeper who is the wealthiest man in the thran.  Idgel taxes the freemen of Taryn for the right to live on his land.  There is considerable Jarin discontent in the village and Idgel has been careful not to make his taxes ruinous, for fear of sparking a revolt.

The North Road Inn Layout

The Inn consists of a palisade compound with the two-story Inn and barn.  Both structures are built with a wooden structure and insulated walls of mud and straw.  The roofs are built of thatch and wood.  The Inn has an impressive stone floor in the main room made from local limestone.  Twin wooden gates block the compound and are barred at night.  The palisade is only six feet high and is not much of a deterrent.  The Inn yard has hitching post and water trough under the shade of an old maple tree that sits in a boxed planter.  There is an entrance to the cellar for provisions and back door leading to the outhouse as well as the porch to the main front entrance.

The stable is the province of Ceno the stable boy and son of one of the local farmers.  Ceno stables horses without question or mention of payment but will inform Vallus of any occupants of the barn (see price list).  Ceno is 14 and ready to see the world outside of Taryn.  He especially wants to see civilization and eagerly listens to travellers from Kaldor for news of the wider world.

Ceno (Jarin stable boy) STR 9 CON 12 SIZ 10 INT 10 POW 7 DEX 11 APP 13 Move 3 Hits 11 Ftg 19 MSR 5 DM 0 R&LL 0/4 AB 0/4 CH 1/5 R&LA 0/3 HD 0/4 Club (1d6) SR 2 A% 25 P% 25 Dagger (1d4+2) SR 3 A% 25 Riding 50, Listen 55, Sneak 45
The Inn is owned and operated by Vallus a Jarin of indeterminate late middle age.  Vallus built his Inn on this spot of the Fur Road because, "it was a nice, shady spot to rest awhile".  At one time he and his wife were the only workers at the Inn but with his advancing years, and increasing wealth, he has hired a cook, maid and stableboy.  Vallus is not a member of the Innkeeper's Guild but this is the norm in Orbaal and does not present any problems in getting supplies of brandy and wine from Olokand for the caravan travellers.
Price List
Ale 1f/pt
Brandy 6d/each
Cider 1f/pt
Mead    2f/pt
Bread &  Cheese 2f/meal
Stew,  goat          1d
           Rabbit   2f
Soup (as above)
Venison 1d
Lamb    2d
Apple 1f
Common                    2f/day
Average               3d/day
Quality                 6d/day
Stable                  1d/day

The Inn main room is floored with stone and has a layer of straw thrown over it for easy cleaning.  There are two long tables with benches and a small table surrounded by stools.  Barrels of mead, ale, brandy and apple cider reside on and behind the wooden bar.  The room is lit by 4 oil lamps at night and by the six second story windows during the day.  It is large and airy for Inns of Orbaal.
The kitchen has a stone brazier for cooking and a pallet where Ceno sleeps.  The stairs down lead to the cellar where wood and kitchen supplies are kept. The average rooms contain a wooden bunk-bed with straw pallets and a wooden floor storage box without lock.  The two quality rooms contain a large wooden bed with goose feather mattress and a wooden lockbox.  The common room is upstairs and consists of a wooden floor with straw pallets on the floor.

In the common room their is a small wooden lockbox with 140 pennies in it.  Also behind the bar are hung various Taelda carvings and animal furs traded for service.

Inhabitants of the Inn
Torben (Harnic cook)
STR 16 CON 14 SIZ 13 INT 11 POW 13 DEX 11 APP 7 Move 3 Hits 13 Ftg 30 MSR 5 DM +1d4 R&LL 1/5 AB 1/5 CH 1/6 R&LA 0/4 HD 0/5 Cleaver (1d8+1d4) SR 3 A% 35 P% 15 Dagger (1d4+2) SR 3 A% 45 Animal Lore and PLant Lore 50
The cook of the Inn, who is better than average especially with the rabbit stew.  Torben is a 34 year old of Harnic ancestry from Abriel in Kaldor.  He learned to cook at his father's Inn the Red Horseman.  He came north to Orbaal as a caravan cook and made several trips before taking the job at the Inn. Torben sleeps in a private room near the back of the Inn.

Martha (Jarin maid) STR 6 CON 3 SIZ 16 INT 11 POW 6 DEX 14 APP 6 Move 3 Hits 10 Ftg 9 MSR 4 DM 0 R&LL 0/4 AB 0/4 CH 1/5 R&LA 0/3 HD 0/4 Knife (1d3+1) SR 3 A% 15 Listen 75, Sneak 87, Sleight 78, Hide 66.
The Inn's maid is a local Jarin girl daughter of a local merchant.  She keeps the Inn nice and clean and occasionally helps out in the kitchen.  She is of marrying age at 15, but is quite tall, wiry and ugly and has no takers even in this small thran.  She spends as little as her time near strangers to Taryn as is possible.
STR 7 CON 11 SIZ 10 INT 16 POW 18 DEX 14 APP 16 Move 3 Hits 11 Ftg 18 MSR 5 DM 0 R&LL 0/4 AB 0/4 CH 1/5 R&LA 0/3 HD 0/4 Staff (1d8) SR 1 A% 20 P% 15 Conceal 100, Sneak 85, Hide 89. Spirit (115): Heal 5, Second Sight, Strength 1, Detect Magic, Shimmer 1, Extinguish 2, Slow 2, Disruption.
The wife of Vallus. The local Taelda consider her to be a wise witch and offer her much respect.  Around the Inn she tends the gardens and animals in the pen. The respect offered her by the penned goats, chickens and cow is spooky to locals.

Vallus (Innkeeper) STR 13 CON 17 SIZ 14 INT 16 POW 19 DEX 15 APP 15 Move 3 Hits 18 Ftg 27 MSR 5 DM +1d4 R&LL 0/6 AB 1/6 CH 2/8 R&LA 0/5 HD 0/6 Staff (1d8) SR 1 A% 105 P% 100 Broadsword (1d8+1) SR 2 A% 85 P% 80 Dagger (1d4+2) SR 3 A% 95 P% 70 Sleight 40, Track 50, Orate 105, Conceal 50. Note: Iron-shod staff contains a bound spirit (Dispel Magic 5) of INT 5 and POW 21.
The owner/operator of the North Road Inn is 42 year old Jarin soldier from Lorkin.  He fled here after the failed Jarin rebellion.  A member of the aenghysa from Lorkin might recognize him because he was in the forefront of the rebellion and killed many Ivinians.

Vallus keeps an iron-shod lockbox in his room with fine clothes in it, his suit of Ringmail armour, iron helm and sword.  Also the wealth of the Inn in a wooden box - 1200 pennies.  Vallus grew up in his father's Inn near Lorkin, and took a leading role in the Jarin rebellion after his father's Inn was confiscated and given to an Ivinian clansman.  He still dislikes Ivinians, but age has tempered his anger and he will not take up arms against Idgel unless forced.

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