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Born on a sea dark as spiced wine, the wind moaned its way across the seaside killing ground, over and around the East Watch on its low, brick-strewn hill, where faint torchligt glimmered from the fortress's battened shutters. The wind's voice rose in pitch as it rolled up against the city's mortarless walls, flinging salty spray against its rounded, weathered stone. Rising then, the night's breath reached the battlements and wept between the merlons and along the platforms, then down into Capustan's curving, undulating streets, where not a soul stirred.
From the corner tower parapet looming above the ancient barracks, Karnadas stood facing the storm, alone, his boar-maned cloak whipping in the savage gusts. Though the parapet's killing arc guarded the southeast approach, from his position he could just make out, five hundred paces to the north along the wall, the object of his fiercest attention.
The brooding, cliff-like palace of Prince Jelarkan was like no other building in Capustan. Windowless, the grey-stoned structure towered in a chaotic confusion of planes, angles, overhangs and seemingly pointless ledges. It rose well above the flanking coast-facing wall, and in his mind's eye the mercenary watched huge boulders arcing towards it from the killing field beyond, crashing into its sides, sending the whole edifice down into ruin.
Unworthy of you. Where resides the comforting knowledge of history's vast, cyclical sweep, the ebb and flow of wars and of peace? Peace is the time of waiting for war. A time of preparation, or a time of wilful ignorance, blind, blinkered and prattling behind secure walls.
Within the palace, the Mortal Sword Brukhalian was mired in yet another meeting with the prince and a half-dozen representatives of the Mask Council. The Grey Swords' commander forbore such tangled marathons with what seemed to Karnadas superhuman patience. I would never have suffered this spider-bitten dance, not this long, not night after night, weeks on end. Still, it's remarkable what can be achieved even as the debates rage on, and on. How many of the Mortal Sword's - and Prince Jelarkan's - proposals have already been implemented, whilst the wrangling continues unending and those masked bastards utter their lists of objections in all ignorance. It's too late, you fools - we've already done what we could... to save your damned city.
In his mind's eye rose the fur-painted, articulated mask of the one priest on the Council that he and the company should have been able to count on as an ally. Rath'Fener spoke for the Boar of Summer - The Grey Swords' own patron god. But political ambition consumes you, as it does your rivals in the Council. You kneel before summer's bloody tusk, yet... is it naught but a lie?
"Is this a welcome night, Destriant?"
"Ah, Itkovian, I did not see you there in the gloom. 'Tis the Boar's storm, this night. So, how long have you stood there, Shield Anvil?" How long, in your cold, closed-in fashion, have you stared upon your High Priest? Black-mannered Itkovian, will you ever unsheathe your true self?
There was no way to read the man's expression in the darkness. "Moments only, Destriant."
"Does sleep elude you, sir?"
"Not when I seek it."
Looking upon the Shield Anvil's blue chain surcoat beneath the grey rain-cape, the writs-length cuffed gauntlets now slick and black with rain, Karnadas slowly nodded. "I had not realized it was so close to dawn."
There was silence for a while.
Then Karnadas cleared his throat. "What, then, may I ask, has brought you up here, Shield Anvil?"
"The Mortal Sword has returned from the latest gathering. He wishes to speak with you."
"And he has sat patiently waiting whilst we chatted?"
"I would imagine so, Destriant."
The two Grey Swords turned to the tower's spiral stairs. They descended the slick, limned steps amidst streams trickling down the stone walls on either side. By the third tier down the could see their breaths. Reaching ground level, Itkovian pushed open the squealing door that led directly into the central Round Hall. Alone in the massive, barely furnished chamber stood the mortal Sword Brukhalian, motionless before the hearth and almost spectral despite his formidable height and build. His back was to the two newcomers, his long, wavy black hair unbound and down to just above his belted hips.
"Rath'Trake believes", the commander rumbled without turning, "there are unwelcome intruders on the plains west of the city. Demonic apparitions."
Karnadas unclasped his cloak and shook the water from it. "Rath'Trake, you said. I admit I do not understand the Tiger's sudden claim to true godhood. That a cult of a First Hero should have succeeded in shouldering it's way into a council of temples-"
Brukhalian slowly turned, his soft brown eyes fixing on the Destriant. "An unworthy rivalry, sir. The Season of Summer is home to more than one voice of war, or would you now challenge the fierce spirits of the Barghast and the Rhivi as well?"
"First Heroes are not gods," Karnadas growled, rubbing at his face as the cold, wind-blasted numbness faded. "They're not even tribal spirits, sir. HAve any of the other priests supported Rath'Trake's claim?"
"No."
"I thought as-"
"Of course," Brukhalian went on, "they also are not convinced that the Pannion Domin intends to lay siege to Capustan."
Karnadas clamped his mouth shut. Point taken, Mortal Sword.
Brukhalian's gaze flicked to Itkovian. "Are your wings unfurled, Shield Anvil?"
"They are, sir."
"It would be foolish, do you not think, sir," the Mortal Sword said, "to discard such warnings during your patrol?"
"I discard nothing, sir. We shall be vigilant."
"As you always are, Shield Anvil. You may take charge of your wings now, sir. The Twin Tusks guard you."
Itkovian bowed, then strode from the room.
"And now, dear priest," Brukhalian said. "Are you certain of this... invitation of yours?"
Karnadas shook his head. "No, I am not. I can discern nothing of it's sender's identity, nor even if its stance is true to ours or inimical."
"Yet it awaits a reply still?"
"Yes, Mortal Sword, it does."
"Then let us make one. Now."
Karnadas's eyes widened slightly. "Sir, perhaps then we should call in a Mane, in case we invite an enemy into our midst?"
"Destriant, you forget. I am Fener's own weapon."
Aye, but will that be enough? "As you say, sir." Karnadas strode to a cleared space in the chamber. He folded back the sodden sleeves of his shirt, then made a slight gesture with his left hand. A small, pulsing orb of light took form in front of the priest. The orb brightened, then began growing, it's light thinning, the sphere growing translucent. Karnadas stepped back to give it space, fighting down his alarm at the sheer power behind this communication.
A figure, sitting cross-legged, slowly took form within the orb, dark-skinned, lean, wearing light leather armour. The man's face showed an expression of mild surprise. In the background, the two Grey Swords could see the interior walls of a small tent. A brazier stood before the man, giving his eyes a lurid glow.
"Address him," Brukhalian commanded.
"In what language, sir? Our native Elin?"
The figure cocked his head at the quiet exchange. "That's an awkward dialect," he said in Daru, "with Daru the obvious mother. Can you understand me?"
Karnadas nodded, "Aye, close enough to Capan."
The man straightened. "Capan? I've reached through, then! You are in Capustan, excellent. I assume you are of Capustan's temple council? What's that title again - Mask Council, yes?"
"No," BRukhalian rumbled, "we are not."
"Go on, please, I am truly intrigued now."
"Pleased to hear it, sir," the Mortal Sword replied. "Your invitation has been answered by Destriant Karnadas - Who stands beside me - at my request. I command the Grey Swords-"
"Mercenaries! Hood's breath!" If I'd wanted to contact a bunch of over-priced sword-hackers-"
"Sir," Brukhalian's voice was hard but low. "We are an army of the Boar of Summer. Sword to Fener. Each soldier among us has chosen this path. Schooled in the sacred scriptures, blessed by the Destriant's hand in the Tusked One's name. Aye, we are a company of... sword-hackers. We are also our own temple, our acolytes numbering well over seven thousand, and the number grows with each day. Now, I have granted you enough in the way of introduction. Who, sir, are you?"
"How rude of me. I am Adaephon Ben Delat. To make things simpler, call me Quick Ben. In any case, we are seeking to get a message through to Capustan's rulers..."
"If only it were that simple," Karnadas muttered.
The Mortal Sword was nodding. "Then you must choose, sir. The Mask Council and the city's Prince Jelarkan are balanced upon the claim. There are countless factions among the council itself, and some discord has resulted. The Grey Swords answer to the prince. Our taske is simple, to make the taking of Capustan by the Pannion Domin too costly. The Seer's expansion will stop at the city's walls and go no further. Thus, you can deliver your message to me and hence the prince. Or you can resume your attempts to contact the Mask Council."
"All right, I think the warlord would endorse my decision to deliver his message to you. Caladan rood leads an army to the relief of Capustan. The siege, as I'm sure you well understand, is not only inevitable, it is imminent. Now, our challenge is getting there in time. We will arrive in roughly six weeks. Now, Destriant, we have need to reconvene. I need to bring the warlord and his officers in on this. Can I suggest we resume this conversation in a bell's time?"
"Perhaps it would be best to postpone it until the dead of night, sir.", Brukhalian said. "My daylight hours are rather full, and public. As are Prince Jelarkan's."
Quick Ben nodded. "Two bells before next dawn, then." He glanced around all of a sudden. "I'll need a bigger tent..."
A moment later, he faded from view. The sphere contracted once more, then slowly vanished at a wave from Karnadas. The Destriant turned to Brukhalian. "This was unexpected."
The Mortal Sword grunted. "We must be certain to condition the prince, sir. Perhaps this warlord's army can harry the besieging forces slightly, but it will probably achieve little else. Either way, it will arrive much too late. We must keep Jelarkan's vision realistic.... Assuming we tell him."


We'll not win this war.





Aye, no false hopes here.








Welcome to the Siege of Capustan. This game will be based on one of the stories from Memories of Ice, a book from Steven Erikson's Malazan series. It tells the story about a siege of a city, a siege where all hope seems to be lost. What happens in the end, I will not tell you. Either way, we willprobably end up with a different story here.

In this game, players take up a variety of roles, from priests of the Mask Council to merchants, tribal leaders or simple mercenaries. Most are determined to defend the city. Some have decided that casting their lot in with the enemy is the sure way to survive. Most players will be commanding themselves as well as a small military force, to use as they wish. Their night orders will be based on using this force.

This game is based on Javal's excellent City under Siege game, but has a number of differences. The largest is that each player will have a force they control instead of magic. That actually makes the game a bit simpler, as you've got the forces you start out with, not much more (dependant on role). There may be some roles with magic, but they generally have no forces. Also, all assassinations (night kills) and arrests (lynches) actually take place in the game, so a traitor may decide to resist arrest and use his forces to cause chaos inside the walls, and a good player may use his own force to defend himself against assassins, but then, of course, it will not do much good against the enemy at the walls.

Either way, this game will be rated complex, and, for that matter, 18, due to mature subject matter (no sexual descriptions, simply descriptions of violence. If this were a film in the US, it would probably get a 15 at most).


Rules will come bit by bit, but I can say that there will be, much as in City under Siege, a known good and a known evil role, both commander-type roles. The good one will take command of the Grey Swords. He does not have a lynch vote. The evil one will take command of the attacking forces. The exact details of those forces will be made clear as the game gets started.
If you are interested in either of these roles, please send me a PM.


This game may well spoil some scenes from the book, depending on player choices. However, no knowledge of the books will be required to play the game. A summary of probable roles will be provided.

More details to come.
 
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Re: Signup: The Siege of Capustan. (08.11)
Player List According to Cassandra:
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5 players are signed up.

To sign up for this game go to
http://www.thecassandraproject.org/jeremy/werewolf/game/2115...
 
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Re: Signup: The Siege of Capustan. (12. February)
You scare me, Esuh. This is a lot of games you've been running in a row, and I don't want to miss them.
 
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Re: Signup: The Siege of Capustan. (12. February)
"Another Esuh game? Hmm ... needs a feminine touch. Count me in."
 
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Re: Signup: The Siege of Capustan. (12. February)
I'm hurt... no personal invitation?
There is no way short of violence that I can not be a part of this.
 
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Re: Signup: The Siege of Capustan. (12. February)
I just resisted arrest on Cassandra.
 
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Re: Signup: The Siege of Capustan. (12. February)
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee...................

 
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Re: Signup: The Siege of Capustan. (12. February)
Javal wrote:
I'm hurt... no personal invitation?
There is no way short of violence that I can not be a part of this.


Actually, I was planning to. Since you showed up without having to be asked, though, that saved me a little bit of time .
Out of interest, by the way, has anyone here read the book?
 
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Re: Signup: The Siege of Capustan. (12. February)
I just heated up the oil on Cassandra.

Cassie says this game is starting December 2008...
 
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Re: Signup: The Siege of Capustan. (12. February)
shugyosha wrote:
I just heated up the oil on Cassandra.

Cassie says this game is starting December 2008...

Bloody american date system...
 
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Esuh wrote:
Javal wrote:
I'm hurt... no personal invitation?
There is no way short of violence that I can not be a part of this.


Actually, I was planning to. Since you showed up without having to be asked, though, that saved me a little bit of time .
Out of interest, by the way, has anyone here read the book?
Hell yeah, I love the series.
Not read it in a while now though, so it actually took me until you mentioned the Boar to totally pin down the book (then Hood and Quick Ben kinda confirmed it)
 
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Re: Signup: The Siege of Capustan. (12. February)
Javal wrote:
Esuh wrote:
Javal wrote:
I'm hurt... no personal invitation?
There is no way short of violence that I can not be a part of this.


Actually, I was planning to. Since you showed up without having to be asked, though, that saved me a little bit of time .
Out of interest, by the way, has anyone here read the book?
Hell yeah, I love the series.
Not read it in a while now though, so it actually took me until you mentioned the Boar to totally pin down the book (then Hood and Quick Ben kinda confirmed it)

How far are you in the series? I've read Reaper's Gale, the seventh, not that long ago, and waiting for the last three books. The story really starts converging.
 
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count me in.
 
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I think I've only read 5; I have the 6th, but have not read it yet - I found when I started that I needed to re-read the first few, and so put it down again.
 
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Sapper Fiddler of the Bridgeburners, reporting for duty.
 
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Re: Signup: The Siege of Capustan. (12. February)
This may just be temporary, but I just signed up on Cassandra.
 
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Re: Signup: The Siege of Capustan. (12. February)
Sounds very, very cool. That's the thing about Esuh games. They sound so interesting that I deceive myself into believing that they are understandable and manageable...


As a sidenote, if the movie came out in Singapore, it would probably be rated M18/R21. How sad.
 
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I just signed up on Cassandra.
 
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Re: Signup: The Siege of Capustan. (12. February)
Due to various reasons, this game is going to be delayed. I don't have time for it right now, and the ruleset is not finished enough, unlike the other games I'm going to run soon. My apologies, but this game will be run, just a bit later.
 
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OMG, I have to join this!
 
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And yes I've read the books ;)

Again and again and again. He mentions Glen Cook and the Black Company alot as inspiration or such, has anyone read those and seen if they are good?
 
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sign me up as well. only read the first book however, soon to get my hands on the ones following it though.
 
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