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Chris' Game

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Westhill Clan Community

Here's what I think the Westhill clan could have as ratings, including what past actions have caused that qualify as "cemented permanent increases" or whatever the terms are. Chime in with your thoughts!

Wealth 13 (+1)
High up in the mountains, there is not much opportunity for profitable trade, and the tula has little to export, nor much good graze for cattle. But thanes have recently brought great treasures of armor and weapons to the tribe.

Communication 9W
Usually keeping their heads down and not causing trouble as a Peace clan should, and due to Varu's regular failure to think charging for Pony's stud service makes sense, many other clans think well of the Westhill.

Morale 18
Recent events have shaken the trust that the clan has in its leadership and direction.

War 13W
Ash Face and the Fyrd are recognized as dangerous hard chargers, though recent upheavals among the warrior thanes keeps this from being higher still.

Magic 18

The Westhill Exiles

Art by Kirk Gisiner, scanning and cleanup by me.

Downriver Because Everina Says So

After all that mess with the local queen–she was really nice but it took a long time–we got back on the road south. We followed the river 'cause that's where the crokamonster came from and Everina knew that trolls and other dark things were down south.

Pony was really happy to be on the road again. He likes our new spare gelding, they get along great. With good weather too the trip was nice until we saw lots of smoke coming from a village just a little out of our way.

Everina said we should go, which is good because I think Ulric was going to go anyway, and if Everina didn't want to that would have been pretty noisy. So in we go with me and Emarjan riding up the center. I think it was him. Pony and me were in the front so I'm not sure. I know everybody else went around the flanks and some of them got off their horses, which I can understand because who would want to ride anywhere near a fight on some little tiny horse that isn't Pony?

Farlip was a Big Cheater Who Got What He Deserved

Everina said we had to leave town first thing, so we were out at dawn on the road toward New Crystal City.

Pony wasn't even a little tired from pulling the day before. Still, I made sure to rub him down extra carefully with the good liniment from home. That night we camped by the side of the road. I was glad to be gone from there, because that place makes me sad because it makes me think of how Bane the Horse died.

Everyone was in a good mood, I think, but Evina was tired and went to sleep early. I gathered wood and that took a while. When I asked, Evina promised to explain to me what it means when people say that "Shit rolls down hill." Then we settled in for bed and I wished I was back at the Westhill stead. I had a bad dream about a black bone dragon and when I woke up in the dark I really needed to whiz. It turned out that Farlip had followed us and already tied up Evina, who had been on watch. But I didn't notice that, because I really needed to whiz and it was dark.

Arkat's Hold isn't a good place to raise your kids

We came to a really big city called Arkat's Hold. I asked where we could find someone who thinks they have a big strong horse who can win pulling contests. When we got to the stable I could hear a mean horse in a stall and all the stable boys had bite marks on them. They liked Pony right away, because Pony is the nicest bestest horse in the whole world.

The mean horse was a big black thing named Bane and the blacksmith named Black Farlip owned him. He thought he would get a laugh or a quick profit off me when I told him that my Pony could beat his horse in a pulling contest. When I put Pony on the line as my bet, he was interested you bet he was! He bet any one thing from his smithy if I won. That's a lot because he is an iron worker. Even so, I could tell no one liked him. He was mean.

The Whole Clan Got Scared

When they found out how Ulric might have a nasty disease from the crokamonster bite, everyone got scared of him and even of me because I had touched the crokamonster when I killed it.

So they made Ulric leave to find himself a cure, and I left too because I didn't want to scare anyone. The clan left us a bunch of supplies and Asra even put her favorite doll in my pack. Everina is in charge, 'cause she's a woman. I don't know why Imarjan came. I'm sure glad Pony came with us.

We left, heading downriver to find out where the crokamonster came from.

The Shield Knockers Warband of the Westhill

Common Names

Shield Knockers, the No-Necks, Westhill Fyrd, Westhill Boys.

Form

A clan warband close to the Heortling tradition.

Homeland

North March of Esrolia in the Holy Country

Cultural Context

Defenders of the Westhill Clan of the Emarjela Clan, organized Husband-Protectors of the Women’s Circle.

Watch Duty at the High Meadow Tower

Since I always volunteer and no one else likes my friend Ulric and because he is young and weird, me and Ulric and Imarjan had early morning watch duty the day after the Harvest Feast. I rode out on Pony, who got an extra apple so he was happy.  It was quiet for a while. Me and Imarjan played tic-tac-toe. But around lunch Ulric spotted a monster swimming upriver. Imarjan rang the alarm. Lickety-split it came out of the water and tried to eat Ulric, biting him on the leg. I hit it in the head with one of Hedkoranth's Stones, but the scaly thing kept going.  It made me mad that this monster wanted to eat Ulric, so I did a Big Jump, grabbed it by the tail, lifted it up and smashed its head in like a kid would with a rat. This thing was much bigger than that, of course.  The riding watch heard the alarm and came, and we took Ulric back to the stead to be healed.

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