Carnival of the Apocalypse - Mists of Ravenloft

February Session Recap - Part 1
The Sinkhole


Leaving the Slaughtered Stag and its resident drake behind, the party began the day long journey back to Red Larch. The trek was uneventful until late in the afternoon when a severe earthquake struck, creating a massive crevasse which forced the group to divert from the road, adding hours to their journey.

Breeze flew on ahead, concerned that Red Larch may have been damaged by the quake. Arriving at the village, his fears were confirmed. The clearing where the circus had encamped had been partially obliterated by a massive sinkhole, and a scene of chaos unfolded below. Among the rushing figures, Breeze was able to catch sight of Secomber Jon (“Sec”) Richhome frantically trying to see to the safety of both fellow performers and his beloved animals.

A crowd from the village had gathered around the sinkhole, and Constable Harburk Tuthmarillar was trying his best to maintain order with a handful of militiamen. Several of the waqons had fallen into the thirty foot deep pit as well as some village children.

The rest of the party arrived on the scene as Breeze began to organize efforts to get a rope lowered to assist in aiding any survivors who might be trapped below. A small group of townsfolk, led by the surly wagon merchant Ilmeth Waelvur were arguing that outsiders (namely the player characters) should not be assisting in the rescue. Mutters could be heard, including the cryptic phrase “They must not disturb the Delvers”.

Harburk was having none of the nonsense and quickly intervened on the party’s behalf, yelling harshly at Ilmeth and his cronies to disperse while the newly appointed deputies did their job with the constable’s blessing.

The group wasted no time descending into the pit and were surprised to find a door of worked stone in the large cavern below and evidence of more mysterious dwarven ruins similar to those they had encountered previously at the Brandyfoot Farm.

Of more immediate concern however were the smashed wagons, dead horses, and the two small children who had miraculously survived the fall with only superficial injuries by landing on a loose mound of dirt which formed when the ground above had collapsed.

Feldspar's Fables

The carnival has been dubbed Feldspar’s Fables! More to come…

Feldspar's Carnival of Curiosities

Feldspar’s Carnival consists of a motley collection of 8 wagons or “caravans”, brightly painted but showing their age. The carnival has fallen on hard times, drawing smaller and smaller crowds.

Once boasting some 20 hands and entertainers, the carnies have dwindled down to the following members (aside from the PCs):

Rath Feldspar – Proprietor/Owner
Bertram Sands – Groom/Roustabout
Natasha Thule – Fortune Teller/Witch
Jinx – Jester/Juggler/Clown
Milton Smalls – Cook/Clown
Tripp Smithy & Colten Bing – Wagon Drivers/Roustabouts

The wagons are occupied as follows:

  • Rath has his own wagon which doubles as his quarters, generally the lead wagon. It is pulled by a pair of mules.
  • The second wagon belongs to Secomber, and is drawn by the zebras. Shorty is generally tied by a lead rope to the rear of the wagon or ridden by the halfling.
  • Natasha Thule occupies the third wagon, and keeps it locked and closed at all times if she is not within. It is pulled by a single large draft horse, advanced in age.
  • Milton’s wagon is a full blown chuckwagon, where all of the cooking supplies and portable stove is kept. Drawn by a pair of mules.
  • The 5th wagon is a wheeled cage, home to Stripes the tiger and pulled by a pair of mules.
  • The sixth wagon is divided into 2 cages, one currently occupied by the dire wolf, the 2nd remains empty. A single mule pulls this wagon.
  • The seventh wagon contains supplies and a the “bigtop” (a grandiose name) tent which is only used during inclement weather. It is drawn by a pair of mules.
  • The final wagon also carries supplies and fodder for the animals, and doubles as sleeping quarters for Bertram and Jinx, who seem to prefer each others company. A matched pair of draft horses pull this wagon.

The remaining workers prefer to sleep in tents or in local rooming houses when they can afford it.

Red Larch, Dessarin Valley, and Vicinity

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Red Larch town center with the Sumber Hills visible beyond

The Dessarin Valley and Environs


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