The Empire, greatest land in the Old World, is under attack, not from enemies on its borders but from within.
Lurking within the tangled depths of the vast forests are mutants, Beastmen and even the occasional dreaded Chaos Warrior. From time to time, these groups run amok, slaying and burning until their bestial appetites are sated with the blood and suffering of their victims. Mostly, though, they wait for the day when they shall pour out of the forests to burn the cities and claim The Empire for Chaos.
According to various omens, that day is coming; the Warpgates will again expand and the Gods will reward their chosen people with blood and the gifts of Chaos.
Dangerous as these bands are, they are not as great a threat as those Human servants of Chaos already in the towns and cities, plotting the downfall of The Empire and worshipping the Chaos Gods behind securely-locked doors.
As Chaos grows in strength, the nobles of The Empire continue to indulge themselves in parties and other glittering social events, and the middle classes go blithely on their way seeking to enrich themselves and join the ranks of the nobility. At the bottom the common folk struggle to do the best they can, worshipping their gods and praying that the harvest will be good.
But the times are changing, and the number of unnatural births is growing each year.
It is the evening of Festag,
24th Jahrdrung 2512,
the tenth year of Karl-Franz I
as elected Emperor.
In the woods somewhere
outside the town of Delberz,
four men take shelter
against the coming rain …
24 september 2017
27 september 2017
“Greetings! Welcome to the Horse and Coaches.”
1 oktober 2017
Phillipe Descartes, a gambler from Bretonnia.
On coach leaving for Altdorf in the morning.
A man on the road.
8 oktober 2017
Rolf Hurtsis, Axel’s old thieving companion from Delberz.
A travelling party ambushed by mutants.
Erich’s doppelgänger (“Kastor Lieberung”).
15 oktober 2017
Arriving at Königplatz in Altdorf. Two men acting in a strange manner, then leaving with a third man.
John Kelly, Erich’s old friend. A job offer.
The Boatman Inn. A couple of obnoxious young nobles. Max Ernst.
Axel watches as his followers, the two men from the square, are being killed in a dark alley. Each man has a small tattoo on his right breast, depicting a purple hand.
News about the murder of one of the young nobles. The Watch are looking.
Leaving for Bögenhafen with John Kelly aboard his river barge.
29 oktober 2017
Adolphus Kuftsos, a bounty hunter.
“For the personal attention of Adolphus Kuftsos
The Nine Stars Coaching Inn
The Middenheim Road
My Dear Herr Kuftsos,
You may recall a certain conversation we had last Brauzeit in the public bar of the Hook and Hatchet in Nuln. At that time you mentioned your interest in the activities of a certain society whose name I shall not mention here. In particular, you were very anxious to trace the whereabouts of a certain officer, known only as the Magister Impedimentae.
I am now able to confirm each and every one of your suspicions. After your departure I made some discrete enquiries and managed to ascertain that the ‘gentleman’ you are looking for uses the name Kastor Lieberung. In accordance with your plan, Herr Lieberung will be travelling towards Altdorf along the Middenheim road some time towards the end of the month of Jahrdrung.
I have also been fortunate enough to secure a likeness of Herr Lieberung, which I enclose with this letter.
I remain, Sir, your most obedient servant.
5 november 2017
Leaving Weissbruck with Wolmar on a small fishing boat.
A fight with Beastmen on the riverbank.
Arriving after dark at The Hooded Man. The rain falls in torrents. Overhead, lightning flashes across the sky.
7 januari 2018
A Roadwarden called Hans Jinkerst, the landlord Otto, and his staff member Fagor seem to be the only ones currently awake at the inn. The guests (a coach party) and the rest of the staff have all gone to bed for the night.
The horses in the stables are terrified. In the hayloft lies the body of a murdered stable boy, mutilated and partially eaten. A ladder smeared with blood leads up to the slippery roof. The Roadwarden tells Matthias that he will look into the matter at dawn, and then leaves.
Drugged from eating Otto’s food, Axel and Erich fight their sudden drowsiness in the common room. Jack slurs something about the stew tasting “funny” before he collapses into unconsciousness on the floor. Matthias, unaffected, barricades the door and looks out through the window.
The door to the stables is still visibly secured from the outside. Suddenly, the sound of restless and frightened horses can be heard coming from within.
14 januari 2018
“Don′t panic, Otto. They are only travellers. Tzeentch will be pleased to have their souls as well.”
A ceremony dedicated to the Chaos God Tzeentch, in a secret shrine hidden under the inn′s cellar.
Unaware of the binding ritual, Hans Jinkerst is strangled to death by the shrine′s Guardian Daemon, a Pink Horror. The mutants (Otto, Fagor, Grat, and Wilhem) have all been put to the sword.
Heironymus Blitzen, a grateful and eccentric-looking survivor from Delberz, birthplace of Axel and Matthias (“Thank you, lads! Come and see me next time you′re home!”).
Sergeant Krupp and the Roadwardens. They discover Hans Jinkerst′s dead body and the stolen uniform. After a brief investigation, the Roadwardens leave and escort the remains of the coaching party to Weissbruck.
The arrival of John Kelly and the Berebeli early in the morning. It is Angestag, 31st Jahrdrung. The Schaffenfest will begin in three days.
28 januari 2018
The ghost of Johann Gespenst, the murdered Roadwarden (“Collect my bones and take them to town for decent burial!”).
A shrine to Taal, God of Nature and Wild Places, and an ancient graveyard in the woods. Two hungry Ghouls.
Bögenhafen. Arriving at Haagen′s Wharf on Mitterfruhl Day (the spring equinox).
11 februari 2018
The Journey′s End, a respectable inn recommended by John Kelly. Albert the landlord.
Father Heydrich, Cleric of Mórr at the Mourners′ Guild. The burial of Johann Gespenst. A visit to his old home on the Eisen Bahn brings a welcome reward.
Some shopping at Katz Armoury and in the commercial area near the Dreieckeplatz.
Going to the Schaffenfest. Doctor Malthusius and his freakshow. Axel catches the three-legged Goblin when it tries to escape from its cage. The thankful Doctor Malthusius invites them to come and see the show later that day.
18 februari 2018
The wrestling ring. Matthias puts up a good fight against “Crusher” Braugen, the champion, but is eventually knocked out cold.
Elvyra Kleinestun, a seller of herbal remedies. She offers Jack (and maybe Axel?) tuition at her home in Weissbruck.
During the freakshow the three-legged Goblin escapes into a breathing hole in the city wall and vanishes down into the sewers. Magistrate Heinz Richter and Doctor Malthusius offer a reward for its return.
Beneath the town. A slime creature.
A wooden door set into the wall of the sewer leads to a dimly-lit chamber. The eaten remains of the three-legged goblin can be seen inside. A large pentacle covers the floor. In its centre is a representation of a beast′s head, around which is written “Ordo Septenarius”. Suddenly, a stream of foul-smelling smoke begins to issue from the pentacle and fill the entire room.
27 februari 2018
A Daemon materialises. It advices the intruders to leave at once, which they do.
Wading across the effluent channel, Axel bumps into the mutilated body of the drunken dwarf from the stocks. He is missing one arm and his heart has been cut out. In his clenched fist is a large, silk handkerchief embroidered with monogram “F.S.”.
The sound of an unknown person running through the darkness leads to a rickety wooden door in the sewer wall. A thieves′ sign beside the door indicates the entrance to a safe house. Behind the door is a storage room where three men – Franz, Reinhold and Reinhardt – sit around a table. Suddenly, a hidden trapdoor opens up to a pit in the floor.
Out of the sewers. It is night and the streets are empty. A quick washing up by the docks, where a thick mist rises from the River Bögen. The town takes on an eerie, unpleasant appearance, with tendrils of mist swirling through the alleys and avenues.
Back at the Journey′s End. Albert the landlord says that the Goblin was caught and killed about an hour after they entered the sewers, and since they failed to recover it, the Town Hall is no longer prepared to pay for their accommodation. A kind man, Albert runs them all a hot bath and goes to bed.
18 mars 2018
“The Goblin was crushed by falling crates in one of Steinhäger′s warehouses on the Ostendamm.”
“That is Franz Steinhäger′s monogram.”
“I am not authorised to pay you any money. Call at the Town Hall.”
“The Town Hall has refused my requests that they should return the Goblin's body to me.”
“The Thieves′ Guild could be helpful to anyone with the right contacts.”
“The library in the Temple of Verena may hold useful information.”
Anton Breugel, the warehouseman:
“I beat the Goblin to death with my club!”
The clerk at the Town Hall:
“I have filled in your report. Come back tomorrow.”