Campaign of the Month: December 2020

House Jasper

Deadly Spelunking

Upon our travels, we met House Linderlys on a mountain pass, and Dolins presented our group to the house with a spirited song. Unimpressed, the man we would come to learn is John Linderlys clapped slowly, and admonished us for not introducing ourselves to the house before trying to cross his lands. Disgusted with our house heir's lack of diplomacy, it was ultimately I offered him the letter we were given, which was promptly torn up. John stated he was not interested in the letters of men who do not rule over his lands, and was far more likely to be persuaded to let us pass if we could offer him gold or sport. Dolins bravely challenged him to knife throwing fight, but lost and offered his dagger as an award to John. Lord Linderlys accepted, and allowed us to carry on our way.

In a terrible storm on our way to Gulltown, we struggled to find shelter, and the maester suffered greatly in the cold. Finally, Teddy put himself to use and found a cave. As we started exploring the cave, we split up, Teddy and I to the east, and Dolins and Thad to the west. As I peeked around the next corner in the cave with my lantern, I heard Dolins yell for help, and sprint towards his voice. As I approach, with Teddy trailing close behind me, I slow down to set down my lamp and see Dolins on the ground, suffering from wounds and very weak. Charging forward, I stab one of the attackers in the neck with all my might (and using two destiny points), and he crumples at my feet, still on fire. The other turned on his heel and hit me (3 points damage). Thankfully, Dolins stepped in and finished the job, with our attacker yielding. 

On the road again
The life I love is makin' music with my friends

After defeating our foe, he knelt wounded before me and Teddy (oddly silent and motionless for a while). Before leaving the banks of the river, I glanced out to the boat by which the mysterious stranger had arrived. It appeared unoccupied and I had a sneaking suspicion that it might hold more clues. However, the night was cold and dark and the waters were not calm. I didn't feel confident that Teddy could rescue me should I need assistance. So I let discretion be the better part of valor and thought it wise to simply return to Castle Snownook with Teddy and our prisoner.


Upon our return, we met with Thaddeus and Calaila waited for Lord Ronnel to dispense his wisdom and judgement. To fill in my companions on what had transpired… I broke out my fiddle and improvised a ballad of our battle. As we waited for our lord, we began to interrogate the captive stranger. At first we learned his name and is Roderick and that he claimed to be a fisherman that only taught us because we had a attacked him first. Things didn’t seem to add up so Calaila used her charm on this young man and he revealed his role in this mystery. Roderick said that in exchange for money, he couried the messages from left at the rock by the river (which we knew to be written by Jayne) to a rider in Gulltown. The talented Maester easily diagnosed and healed Teddy’s injury and Roderick’s wounds. Lord Ronnel arrived and agreed that our next course of action should be to take a sworn sword with us to follow the clues to Gulltown. Having sparred with both Perrin and Maelys, I recommend we take the latter with us for his knack of sensing danger. Lord Ronnel dismissed me to bring our prisoner to an abandoned store room to recover from his wounds. After this, I was quite hungry so I went to the dinning room to eat breakfast with Thad and Calaila.


After the fight with Roderick, I could feel my body limbering up. It seemed like my old bones were returning to the agility that I had in my younger years.  With a new pep in my step, I packed my belongings into my wagon and hitched my horse to hit the dusty trail with my companions. After a few uneventful days of travel, we heard the thunderous sound of horses around a bend in the road. We could feel the earth tremble as they came closer…

Heading Out

Dolins, Teddy, Maester Thaddeus and I met in the great hall upon their return from their successful mission with a young man we would soon find out is named Roderick. In a time of deep uncertainty and unrest, Dolins upbeat song recalling the events of Roderick's capture was a bright spot that seemed to ease all our worries.

Lord Ronnel no where to be found, I began building rapport with Roderick after his pitiful lying about being a mere fisherman. Who does he think we are?! I tried to make him feel safe by telling him of Jayne's safety, and ultimately, he relented by sharing that he in fact picks up messages by boat, and brings them to a contact in Gulltown for gold. 

Teddy expressed that it was time to get on the road to Gulltown, and I could see he's been itching to get out of these castle walls. He is like an untrained puppy that needs room to run, that one. I am certain his lack of restraint and tact will one day be his downfall. My concerns about hitting the road and running into people from my past are at the forefront of my mind, but Dolins and Thaddeus seem gung-ho, and raising my worries would almost certainly raise suspicions.

The maester put himself to work by healing the three of them, and Ronnel shared that he was supportive of our plans. As Thaddeus and Dolins and I exit the kitchen, Teddy stays behind to speak with his father, and interrupts our breakfast suddenly to run to the kitchen. I subtly tried to ask Teddy if all was well, but he snapped back, and reminded me I was talking out of line. I need to be smarter about my curiosity next time…but something is definitely going on in this house. Maybe it's not a bad thing that we're hitting the road.

Unraveling the spider's web

Dolins and Teddy arrived back at the castle very early in the morning. Calaila and I were awoken and met them in the great hall, where they had an odd, rather injured black clad character with them. I asked the two of them what had transpired and Dolins broke into an excellent song recapping the night of adventure to a great backbeat.

Then we met Roderick, at least that is what he told us his name was. He told us he was a fisherman but Calaila saw through that ruse and charmed him into telling us the truth. He stated that he is a transient fellow with affiliation to no one but those who pay him coin. He stated in his current tasks, he brings the messages Jayne leaves to a rider in Galtown(?). (This wise maester was unsure of how to spell this town)

I went to work diagnosing and healing both Roderick and Teddy. After this, the Lord arrived in the room and we told him of our plans, which he thought was a good course of action. He told us to all go have breakfast but asked Teddy to stay behind. We sat down at a few tables, Dolins keeping me company. Teddy did come back and joined us but after being served, he strangely got up to go get a drink from the kitchen. The rest of us declined his offer of beer as it was 6 in the morning. I am worried he is becoming a lush… I will have to keep watch of that.

After we had eaten, Teddy and I went back to talk to the lord about our newly hatched plan to go to the location where Roderick would meet the rider. The lord suggested we take a sworn sword with us but preferred we took our choice of Maelys or Perin. I had heard of a mute knight with a mysterious background in my studies which I assume could only be Maelys. Perin, I knew that he was from a poor but proud house on Pebble, a small isle near the fingers. Calaila had also told us that Perin had debts back in Galtown, so we all decided we thought the best choice would be Maelys.

We took the rest of the day to pack our belongings and get ready for our trek. I made sure Jayne was comfortable with the ravenry and packed all my belongings on my palfrey, Patches. In the morning, the lord took leave of us and we headed off!

It took us a few days, but we finally made it to our old lands that we had lost in the past. We were taking our time, riding along the beaten path, Dolins singing to us songs of our house history, when we heard horses coming towards us around the bend…

Staying out of the spotlight

Teddy, Dolins, the maester and I approached Lord Ronnel with our discovery of Jayne Stone's double agency, and the plan to send false information to Lord Varys through her, and potentially follow or capture the person picking up Jayne's copied messages. As the conflict in House Jasper increases, I'm concerned that blending into the background may become more and more difficult, as there will be fewer places to hide. Until then, I'm trying desperately not to stand out, and hoping to avoid questions about my background and motivations as long as possible.

Lord Ronnel expressed approval of this plan, and seemed to trust us to carry it out, which is far more faith than I would ever have in a group of people if my house were at stake! Teddy stayed behind to talk to him as we all moved out of the hall, but I'm not sure what they discussed.

I stayed behind that evening while Dolins and Teddy went to the water's edge to follow the Spider's messenger, as surely it is not the place of a mere hand maid to get involved with such trouble…

Along came a spider
and sat down beside her

So Calaila, Teddy, Thadius, and I brought out plan to Lord Ronnel. He seemed keen on us carrying forward with it. So the Maester wrote down a message to make it seem like House Lynderly was weak should our plan fail and the message still end up in the hands of Lord Varys. Teddy and I leave the message in the same location as Jane had, then wait in hiding for the Spider to arrive to collect it. If possible, we were to attempt to follow the spy back to whence he came. Should we not be able to follow him, we were to try to take him captive.

It was a cold winter night while as Teddy and I separated and chose our hiding places. Attempting to blend in more, he chose to forgo his armor and dress in peasant garb. He waited much closer to the rock where we left the message. After quite some time of hiding in the icy darkness, I noticed a figure moving away from the drop point and back towards a boat in the water. My tired old eyes must have missed the boat’s arrival, the figure swimming, and still didn’t see him pick up the message. Oh no! We hadn’t planned for a boat! There would be no way for Teddy and I to follow him. Not wanting to shout to Teddy and possibly give away his location, I quickly sprang into action. I sprinted towards the Spider and throw my net (that I strategically packed ahead of time) in an attempt to entangle the Spider in a web of my own. While normally I would be fairly proficient in such an action, the darkness was hindering my vision. I dug deep into my destiny to try and see through the darkness but the cursed the lousy Septons placed on my life prevented me from seeing any clearer. The net sailed past the Spider and things got ugly. Teddy attacked the spy but missed and then suffered an injury. I stabbed the Spider in his leg, which drew his attention to me. Poor Teddy was having having trouble fighting in the darkness and missed again. Perhaps he and I should spar during some down time. The Spider came at me, but I blocked his attack with my shield, then stabbed him in the same leg, wounding him deeply. The Spider threw down his weapon and surrendered to us. While we were not able to follow him back, we were able to defeat the spy master. Now what should be his fate? Perhaps the young heir would like some revenge for his injury? Maybe Lord Ronnel should decide? No matter what happens next, I have an exciting new story to tell!

Darron Sucks
Maybe Jardon's not so bad...

For weeks I put this motley crew up at my farm. I feed them, I let Ned heal. Ned says he needs to get to White Harbor, but that he needs to rest first. FINE. That is just fine. Jardon is also resting up. But this Darron fellow… He is lazy AF. I ask him to help me fix some fences around the farm as I could use the help and he isn't doing anything, but he flat out refuses. Some people have no gratitude. Luckily for me this Ned fellow is far more understanding. He paid me 30 silver for my hospitality!! While he didn't really heal up much he said his travel was urgent so on we went. We booked a ship and set sail for White Harbor!

A afternoon/night spent with Jayne and the ravens

We decided to head to the hall to speak with Lord Jasper. There, Dolins told the lord our plans of using Jayne as a double agent as well as possibly hiding out to see the spider at the drop off spot. Lord Jasper thought that our plan sounded good and he was fine with us taking the lead. We spoke among ourselves and decided that we would write a false note addressed to Lord Arryn that stated "Our scouts report talks of rebellion in house Lynderlys." I wrote this note up and Jayne delivered this to the rock on the coast. Dolins and Teddy then disappeared for the rest of the day. Calaila carried on with her duties and I took Jayne up to the ravenry to teach her about tending to the ravens.

I Spy with my little eye
The itsy-bitsy-spider

I had been playing my fiddle in my chambers when Lord Ronnel had us all assemble for an announcement. I awaited the news while recounting old stories of gatherings of the past. War may be upon House Jasper. Lord sent some of my friends off on a mission and I trust in their skills to carry out such a task. I will be eager to hear of their adventures when we meet again so I may craft a song of their bravery. On a disturbing note, there may be trouble here at castle Snownook. The maester brought a letter to Lord Ronnel that appeared to be already opened. It seems someone has an interest in the Lord's correspondence. After our Lord retired to his chambers, we proceeded to search for clues that might lead us to the source of this information leak.

I went to the ravenry and noticed that the lock on the door appeared to be out of proper maintence for several years and no longer functioned. Any passerby could have entered the room easily. Soon Thaddeus and Calaila met me and we all searched the inside of the ravenry together. The hand-maid and I noticed an empty wine glass under the writing desk. Subtly tried to notice if there was wine on the breath of anyone in the room, but no of them had a drink of wine for some time. Before moving back downstairs to investigate the kitchen, I mentioned to Thaddeus that he should have the lock fixed.

Calaila enterd the dinning room and as I followed her through the door she was struck by a ham flung from a the irresponsible, troublesome Waters twins. I had to resist the urge to pull a knife and throw it into a piece of fruit mid-air to teach them some manners. After this disruption, we made our way into the Kitchen. The heir Teddy joined us as we came across a young servent girl. Not recognizing her, I asked her name and duties to the House. I did not smell any wine on her breath either, which is good as she is only nine years old. She said she is Jayne a cup bearer. Calaila was able to easily pursuade the young girl to reveal that she had been intercepting messages coming into the ravenry, copying them down, resealing the original, and leaving the copies to be picked up by "The Spider". I know this pest to be the spy master for our enemy, Lord Varys. Unsure of our next course of action, we decided no to punish the young Jayne and devised a plan to have her continue leaving messages for the Spider, only now the message's contents would be of our own deciding. Teddy also suggested we follow the Spider after he retrieves the messages.

House Jasper will never go on to glory if our enemies have inside information about the house. This discovery must be made to work in our advantage and I look forward to someday writing an exciting story about the defeat of Lord Varys and his "Spider" pet.

A Stupid Encounter
Jardon's a Dumbass

I can't believe who I saw riding on the road near my property today, it was Jardon Pyke! Why the master of arms was out on the road was beyond me, but I figured I would see what he was up to. Why not? It must be more interesting than farming. Am I right?!

Of course this was a bad decision… As I following him down the road (out of sight as who knows if I want to get involved) I heard an awful fight taking place. Steel hitting steel. Men screaming. Horses dying. No good could come of walking into that, so I trot Bam down the hill to Jardon to give him warning. He is after all practically a child, I would hate to see him murdered. I let him know there is danger ahead and that he should not proceed….

The damn fool wants to rush ahead as he is trying to find someone on the road! What are the odds that this fight includes that one person?! And if so they are likely dead anyway's so let's stay out of it. Well, I failed to dissuade him and off he galloped to save the day. Against my better judgment I reluctantly follow, maybe I can keep him safe. Maybe I can leverage my help into some coin. It has been a hard time on the farm…

We ride up to a bridge and what a sight; there are 4 dead bodies on the ground and a young man is wielding a bloody great sword! He is surrounding my mountain clansmen though. While he is clearly a warrior the numbers were not in his favor, and both of his men were already dead. I wish I could say "WE" saved the day, but it was mostly Jardon. He was made unbelievable shots with his crossbow, and looked a true master of arms with his sword. I merely took a few shitty shots with my bow, and fell off my horse, but in the end the mountain men were vanquished and met the great sword warrior. Not sure I can leverage that kind of help into much of anything… He was the man Jardon was seeking, and said his name was Ned.