TALES OF ENGLAND, SESSION #1

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Mordecai, Gnomish Alchemist, opened his alchemical shop in London of a foggy morning. After opening shop and helping some early morning regulars Mordecai worked on some alchemical research as he waited for customers. Suddenly the peace of the shop was disturbed by a small group of gnomes lead by the local gnomish blowhard, Hershal. Hershal made a brief pretense of looking at the shop’s wares but quickly dropped this obvious pretense at began loudly demanding that Mordecai “do something” about the Statute of Gnomery, in his more rational and practical moments of bellowing making reference to Moredecai’s unusual access to the Royal Court given his friendship with Prince Andrew, heir apparent to the throne. Mordecai tried to placate the loud and obnoxious gnome while the provocative statements Hershal made drew the attention of some human citizens. After Mordecai pointed out that Hershal might well get a chance for action should her provocative ranting continue Hershal ceased his rant and departed. One of the Gnomes who had accompanied Hershal, a young and aspiring alchemist named Schlomo, remained behind to buy some alchemical supplies and try to win the favor of Mordecai as Schlomo admired Mordecai thinking him a wise and powerful alchemist. The town guard appeared and began to drag away Schlomo under charges of disturbing the peace but luckily the Halfling Lord Richard Earl of Dorset, and Silas Wayfarer Inquisitor of his Holiness the Pope were coing to visit their friend Mordecai and came upon the scene. Inquisitor Silas convinced the guards of the error of their ways and persuaded a guard that he should be more introspective concerning his own faults and whether or not he was possessed of the devil. Schlomo the aspiring young gnome alchemist was released and spared the gallows.
Prince Andrew was and his counselors, Mordecai, Silas, and Richard were summoned to the King’s court urgently. Prince Andrew was nowhere to be found and so his counselors came in his stead. The Scottish Lords, Robert de Brus, Lord Balliol, and Lord Comyn brought news to King Edward I’s court with news that King Alexander III of Scotland and died suddenly. The Lords were prepared to discuss their claims of succession but King Edward I revealed that the Duke of Orkney was at court to press the right of succession of Princess Margaret of Norway on her behalf.

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After discussion it was revealed that Princess Margaret was betrothed to Prince Andrew. The Dwarvish Lords expressed their disapproval pointing out that the King of Scotland should be Scottish (aka Dwarvish). After dispute as to who was to wed and where Princess Margaret was to travel to (Scotland or England) it was eventually agreed that the Papacy provide a ship to defuse some of the tension between the claimants each side wanting to transport the Princess on their respective factions’ ship. It was pointed out by the Duke of Orkney and others that many of these details will truly be decided upon by the King of Norway, Princess Margaret’s father.

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Prince Andrew did show up in the middle of the meeting but not before King Edward I spoke in anger to the effect that perhaps his younger son, Edward II, would make a better husband for Princess Margaret. Prince Edward (age 5 years) was summoned to court and during his presence there he was noted to clutch a toy ship in obvious fear of his father. The Queen Eleanor was able to soften the tension somewhat as did Prince Andrew with his eccentric entrance to court carrying a recently slain dear as a trophy. This tension did need diminish as such outrageous proposals as having Prince Edward and Lord Comyn’s son go to one another respective courts to the great concern of Edward’s court and the shock of the Duke of Orkney. Later on Lord Balliol position seemed to soften after a discussion with King Edward but Lord de Brus and Lord Comyn maintained stauch opinion.
Later Prince Andrew had a terrible nightmare and with the aid of magic it was revealed that he was being targeting with enchantments. Inquisitor Silas was able to secure a spy in the harbor and it was revealed that each faction was preparing to launch a ship in addition to the Papal ship.

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