Changeling: The Dreaming FATE

The Lost Princess: The King's Hand
Season 3, Episode 10

Volf, a satyr friend who has agreed to support him in attacking the tax collectors comes to the trod where Ygraine and the crew are preparing the ambush and informs them that Chief attacked the king’s men in their barracks, murdered two of them and was taken captive and that his fate has yet to be determined. Alonzo quickly realizes that if Chief is in the hands of Baron he could force Chief to divulge their plans, so it becomes imperative to rescue Chief, however much they may be angry with him for endangering their mission.

Alonzo has his Volf go off and find another member of the Merry Men, Dinty, an eshu, who knows Wayfare, who can teleport Alonzo into Chief’s cell. Cassandra, meanwhile whips up a concealing spell together with Alonzo in order to alter his appearance into that of a living shadow. The plan is to masquerade as “The King’s Hand”, a vigilante enforcing the king’s rule and pretend to murder to Chief while breaking him out and so conceal from the Baron the real threat the pose to him and his men.

Once in the cell Alonzo frightens the guard who is there watching Chief, then proceeds to cut Chief up and put on a show of attacking him, making it appear that he does more damage than he actually does. He then tells the guard that “this is the King’s justice”, and sends a signal via the “farnsworth” device Ygraine and Fred whipped up, to his eshu friend to teleport him and Chief out of the cell.

When Chief is returned Reah lays her hands on his wounds to stabilize them, though he remains unconscious for the time being. The crew chooses their strategic positions and prepares themselves for the ambush in the morning.

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The Lost Princess: The Eve of Revolution
Season 3, Episode 9

Prior to the ambush Alonzo talked to a few of his acquaintances to gather support for his crew’s planned ambush, a few agree to help him out. Reah prepares but using her Primal Art to summon up a fog in the woods in order to hide the ambushers.

Alonzo hatches a plan to use Bwak in the attack on the King’s men and employ fugue to alter the memories of the survivors in order to make them think they were attacked by monstrous chimera. Towards that end he, Fred, and Cassandra go back down the trod to Chesapeake House in order to get Bwak. Fred stays with the ship this time while Alonzo and Cassandra go inside and seek out the Ghost Duchess. Cassandra’s empathic feelings lead her to the Duchess who then leads them back to the real world where Annabelle has been caring for Bwak. Bwak seems weak at first but once he gets one of Alonzo’s sandwiches he regains much of his previous strength. When Alonzo and Cassandra return to the Dreaming to get home, though Fred is gone, forced to flee when flying giant nightmare crows attacked his ship.

Fred had tried shooting as the creatures and had killed a few, but this only made the rest more angry and they were determined to the ship down. He fled the freehold grounds but they pursued him off into the forest beyond. He only managed to escape by using the ship’s nitro button, which put more distance between him him and his pursuers. He circled back around to go puck up Alonzo, but just happened to come across him on the trod below riding Bwak with Cassandra. Fred let down the rope ladder for Cassandra, but Bwak couldn’t climb it so they looked for a clearing and Bwak got a running start to jump onto the airship as it dipped low. Unfortunately the monsters kept pursuing until they managed to ditch them by using Fugue to make them think that one of their own was the people they were pursuing. The monsters then turned on one of their own and allowed their true query to escape.

Meanwhile back outside of Revel Grove Reah was preparing for the battle the next day by getting ready to cast a spell that would bring the trees to life to fight for her and her friends. At the same time Chief talks to Ygraine about how they need to kill the King’s Men, but Ygraine says she doesn’t feel they should kill anyone unless they absolutely had to. Chief then left camp on his own, determined to kill all the King’s Men and take the blame for it himself. He snuck into the castle barracks, knocking out the Duke’s guard on the way, then attacking two of the Baron’s tax collectors that he finds in the lavatories. He kills one of the guards but the other runs off to get help. The baron then appears and commands Chief to lay down his weapon and kneel. Chief obeys but at the same time uses Chronos, enhanced by his dross vines, to send the Baron and two of his guards forward in time for an hour.

More guards immediately arrive and about ten of them gang up on Chief, and though he intimidates them and out fights each, by working together they manage to actually take him out. He is stabbed through the gut and though the guard who did it wanted to finish him off another voice commands them not to until he has had his trial.

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The Lost Princess: Armed Insurrection
Season 3, Episode 8

Alonzo returns to the Duke to let him know they found glamour he can use to pay off the Tax Collectors. Alonzo proceeds to convince the Duke to go out drinking with him and the two become close friends. Stefani, sitting in the tavern near the Duke and Alonzo hears snippets of their conversation and decides to follow Alonzo when he heads back to meet with Ygraine and the others. Using her feminine wiles she convinces him to take her with him, saying she wants to help.

Annabelle meanwhile contacts the crew and informs them the Resistance wants them to use the dross they have to attack the King’s Men and free the prisoners. They are puzzling over what to do when Alonzo arrives with Stefani. Stefani convinces the others she really wants to help, so they agree she can stay and decide not to lock her in the broom closet aboard the Skysloop. Alonzo suggests they go ahead and attack the King’s men while they are rounded people up in the morning and inspire the freehold to rise up with them.

Alonzo takes Reah back the freehold so they can work with the Duke to get the guards ready for the rebellion. They pretend that Reah has escaped and Alonzo even beats her up to make it look legitimate. The Baron and his men seem fooled by the roose, but when Alonzo tells his plan to the Duke the Duke does not want to risk open rebellion until he knows the Princess is alive and that they have enough support to last. The Duke reluctantly requests that Alonzo and his friends carry out the attack on their own, so that the king doesn’t punish the freehold. The Duke agrees to furnish weapons and informs Alonzo which trod the Baron will be using to cart off the prisoners.

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The Lost Princess: Saving the Duchy
Season 3, Episode 7

Annabelle, the sluagh who lives on the Autumn side of Chesapeake House, tries to convince the characters not to hand over their huge haul of dross to the King’s Men. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know where the Princess might be but she assures the group that she can get in touch with her contacts if they are willing to prove their loyalty to the Princess by handing over the Dross they’ve gathered to her. The crew says they are willing to give their dross up to the princess so Annabelle opens a way for them to return to the Dreaming and gives Ygraine a locket with a mirror that she can use to contact her.

Once back in the Dreaming the group finds that night has fallen and monsters from the haunted house are prowling around the airship. In order to lead them off Alonzo transforms into a fox and runs around the yard, leading them away from the rest of the crew. Some of the monsters, however, notice the crew and rush them. Seeing Ygraine about to get pounced on Chief uses a board from the dock where they are standing to catapult her over the beast’s head toward where the ship is hovering over the lawn. He is quick enough to avoid the attack himself, as is Reah, and Fred is sneaky enough to avoid being detected at all.

Once in the ship Fred man’s turret gun and mows down a bunch of the nightmare chimera while Ygraine hangs off the side of the ship and scoops up Alonzo as they sail past. Since she has no combat skills Cilia agreed to carry Alonzo’s things, although the task would generally have been beneath her.

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The Lost Princess: Lighting the Darkness
Season 3, Episode 6

Reah heals Alonzo, who turns into fox form to make the healing easier for Reah’s nature magic. Cilia is able to use her keen glamour sense to pinpoint the direction of the balefire, and finds it behind a locked a door towards the end of the hall. Alonzo picks the lock, but when the door opens he finds himself staring up at an enormous and hideous creature.

Alonzo manages to somehow befriend the creature, which turns out to be a Basilisk (a demonic rooster with snake neck and tail) by giving it a steak sandwich and petting it on the head. The black moving shadows made out of insects then come pouring through the cracks into the hall and everyone rushes into the dark room and shuts the door behind them. Inside, however, it is pitch black and when they turn on the lights they are in an enormous dining hall is crawling with monstrous chimera as well including giant spiders, wolves with human heads, and more basilisks.

The ghost of the murdered Duchess, fair and sad, appears and commands them to leave, but they are able to win her over, claiming they are are seeking her glamour to help her subjects. The ghost then shines a light through the room opening up a path past the monsters to the balefire on the other side. The balefire is a tangle of vines in the fireplace covered in glistening, sparkly ice. Reah draws the vines out of the fireplace and commands them to roll into balls, which she and the other characters take and put into their bags.

The monsters attack then, the two basilisks going after Alonzo’s basilisk friend, Bwak, while the other creatures encircle the group. Reah destroys the first line of monsters by unleashing an arch of flying ice blades while Alonzo tries to save his basilisk friend and Cilia channels her power to open a trod through the balefire to the other side. The trod opens but Alonzo is not able to save Bwak, Cilia uses Sovereign to force him to abandon his friend rather than stay behind and be overwhelmed by nightmare chimera.

The group suddenly finds themselves on the floor of a deserted living room in what seems to be some kind of mansion. Annabelle steps out of the shadows along with the Duchess’ ghost and invites the characters to Chesapeake House.

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The Lost Princess: Chesapeake House
Season 3, Episode 5

The crew sails along the shoreline of the Dreaming’s Chesapeake Bay, spotting sunken ships, a mermaid, Chessy, and even some giant crabs. When they come to Chesapeake House they find it is very much a haunted house tainted by dark glamour.

The Dreaming side of the house is incredibly dark and creepy, it is an enormous house which is festering and deserted with blighted dead lands around it. As soon as the airship is anchored in the lawn Alonzo runs in to find the treasure and the door shuts and locks behind him separating him from the group. He finds some shiny junk but is jumped by a spider-bear that mauls his shoulder.

Unable to follow through the Door Ygraine and the others break through a nearby window and find themselves in a destroyed sitting room where the shadows are congealing into solid swarms of countless inky black insects engulfing the room. Cassandra freezes the insects nearby, then Fred pulls out a flamethrower and blasts a burning path through the insects, which Ygraine then drops pieces of furniture onto in order to make a way to the door. Ygraine and Cassandra make it across, but Fred is too slow and gets caught the bugs, only escaping when causes him to be enshrouded in shadows so the bugs lose interest in him.

Ygraine and the others make it out into the hall in time to see Alonzo stab the Spider-bear through the heart and kill it.

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The Lost Princess: A Mission from the Duke
Season 3, Episode 4

Ygraine, Chief, Fred and Reah arrive at the docked airship within the dreaming just in time to see that Baron Lackland’s men are already there. They sneak through the trees to get as close as possible to the ship and then Chief casts a cantrip to slow down the guards so that he and his companions can get to the ship before they even realize what’s happening. He casts the same cantrip a second time, this time speeding up his group, so that they fully get away before the baron’s men can react. Rising above the enchanted forest they see the silver path of a river going southeast towards the Bay, and they follow it.

When Baron Lackland hears that the fugitives have kidnapped Reah, the Duke’s guard, he is suspicious that the Duke might have been involved in their escape.

Alonzo goes to the Duke to ask him for a loan so he can pay his taxes, but the Duke informs him about the disappearance of his friends, and asks if he knows where they might have gone. The Duke lets Alonzo know that he is thinking of supporting the Resistance, who claim that Princess Lenore, High King David’s heir, is still alive. He wants Alonzo to tell his friends about the Princess and the Resistance, and ask them to join with the Resistance and help the members of the freehold who are about to be imprisoned by Baron Lackland.

Alonzo gets Cassandra and Cilia and they head to the Annapolis Harbor where Alonzo’s sailboat is. He sails across the bay to a little island on the Eastern Shore where he knows Ygraine often goes to hide necessary items. He gets there and passes through a tree into the Dreaming just as Ygraine and her ship are passing by overhead and calls out to get her attention. Ygraine asks Alonzo what he’s doing there and when he responds that he has been given a mission and needs their help she lets him, Cilia and Cassandra up. Ygraine makes it clear that she expects an apology from Alonzo, but he instead goes straight to business and tells her he has a mission for them from the Duke.

The crew debates whether to go try to appeal to the King as Chief had suggested or search for the Lost Princess as Alonzo is urging. They ultimately decide that if they can find a store of glamour within the Near Dreaming, such as a dragon’s horde, they could use it to pay off the King’s Tax Collector. Fred remembers that there is a deserted freehold nearby and decides to take the group there. The only problem is the place is haunted by the ghost of the former Duchess who was killed by her own adopted child, a member of the Children’s Brigade, a ring of childling assassins operated by the Shadow Court.

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The Lost Princess: Fugitives
Season 3, Episode 3

Chief is tried in the Duke’s great hall with Maelgwyn presiding. The Baron prosecutes Chief because although they were not able to find any weapons on him he did attack the King’s Men and refused to comply with their orders. At the Baron’s demands Chief is sentenced to a year hard labor and sent back to his holding cell to await transport. The Baron further explains that they have received intelligence of Resistance supporters at the Renassaince Festival and that is why Chief and others have been stopped and searched. He says the resistance is another reason why it is necessary for the King to raise taxes.

The Duke protests the increased tax demands, but Lackland explains that the coming of Winter has causes glamour shortages across Utopiana, specifically in urban areas, so freeholds with a relative abundance of glamour are expected to give more in order that it might be sent where it is most needed. The Duke explains that they cannot meet his increased demands. But Lackland insists that they have two days for everyone to cough up two dross.

The King’s Men also confiscate all weapons from commoners, including Ygraine’s ship. Ygraine decides to sneak away with her ship under cover of darkness rather than let it be taken. Chief in the meantime escapes from his cell, intimidates his guard to stand down, arms himself with a knife and cleaver from the kitchen and sneaks out the back. Just as Ygraine and Fred are getting ready to sneak out the airship Chief arrives and they agree they need to get to the ship as fast as they can.

When the crew arrive at the Rath it is guarded by two sidhe and Reah, the captain of the guard is there as well, checking on things and trying to avoid getting caught up in what she suspected would happen after what the baron did to Chief. Chief creates a distraction by throwing one of Fred’s grenades and blowing up a shop stall nearby and Reah directs the guards to see to it while she looks for the cause of the explosion. The others ask Reah to come with them and they pretend to kidnap her as they slip into the Dreaming and blow up the Rath’s gatehouse behind them.

They find themselves in a mystical, frost-covered forest and decide they need to go see the King and appeal to him about the unjust actions of the Duke. Fred knows of an old seldom used path that leads to the King’s Freehold, Willow’s Heart, by way of the Chesapeake House, the former Maryland Duke’s freehold.

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The Lost Princess: The Tax Man Cometh
Season 3, Episode 2

Duke Maelgwyn holds a Winter Solstice feast in the great hall of the castle. Entertainment is provided by the finest fae performers at the Fair, including Cassandra, who is also one of the Duke’s guests. The Duke circulates and meets with his guests, accompanied by Reah. Ygraine is feeling grouchy because Chief failed to meet with her.

Suddenly the evening’s festivities are halted when the door bursts open and King Meilge’s tax collector, Baron Lackland, arrives. Room is made at the Duke’s table for the Baron, who seems hesitant to sit down with so many Commoners, but soon acquiesces. The Baron informs the Duke that the Festival has not provided enough dross for the quarter, as the required amount has gone up.

In the meantime some of the Baron’s knights accaust Chief in the parking lot demanding he allow them to search him. When he complies and they find nothing they demand to search his car and refuses. The knights threaten him so he knocks one down and takes the other’s sword. He locks the swords in his car and has the knights escort him to the Duke. When they arrive in the Duke’s great hall the Baron demands that Chief be imprisoned and the Duke allows it with the caveat that a proper investigation into the events must be conducted in order to determine Chief’s guilt.

Alonzo slips away during the commotion and goes straight to Chief’s car, breaking in and taking the tuba case with Chief’s weapon out. The Baron’s knights return to the car to collect their swords and catch Alonzo but he pretends the case contains his own tuba and takes it back to his yellow VW van for safe keeping.

Chief, meanwhile, is locked up in the storage closet in the castle’s basement.

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The Lost Princess: The Winter Banquet
Season 3, Episode 1

Preparations are underway for Duke Maelgwyn’s Winter Feast being held the evening of the Winter Solstice. All changeling in the freehold are invited to contribute to the festivities. Ygraine offers to furnish some of her mechanical scrap metal dragon sculptures as centerpieces for the table, and Chief gets involved directing and coordinating. Due to their recent involvement in saving the freehold from the Modern Mothers and the Trope People Ygraine and Chief, along with Reah, Fred, Cassandra and Alonzo, are being invited as the Duke’s guests of honor to the feast.

Ygraine asks Chief if he wants to go to the feast as a pair “since that’s how things are traditionally done”. Chief asks Ygraine if this is a date and she says they don’t need to make a big thing of it, it’s just what’s expected for an event like this, but he agrees to meet her at the Queen’s Gate and escort her to the feast.

The Duke asks Reah to see him the day before the feast. He assures her that as a guest at the feast she should relax since her duties as Captain of the Guard will be covered by her lieutenant. Duke Maelgwyn also asks Reah if she might accept him as her escort to the feast, and after sleeping on the decision she decides to do so.

The Duke also speaks with Chief, and, being impressed by his leadership skills, offers him a position within the freehold, even giving him the chance to name the area in which he thinks he would be most useful. The Duke also suggests that Chief should look into his past more.

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