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The troop stood silently in the village square, surrounded by the folk of the village as well as the curious looks of travellers passing through. Battlelord Nerov commander of the Thunderstone garrison stepped forward and the crowd fell silent as he started to speak.
“Welcome all who have gathered here. Today we recognise and reward a brave soldier who faced down an owlbear alone allowing his fellows to regroup and recover after the beast ambushed them. The bravery of such a soldier is an inspiration to us all!”
After the cheering of the crowd quieted Nerov continued; “Step forward Blade Castleforn”. Gwillon Castleforn duly stepped forward, though somewhat awkwardly given his arm was in a sling and his left knee badly swollen. A massive grin lit up his not too pretty face as he limped towards his commanding officer. Battlelord Nerov gently lifted a small copper badge and silver pin out of a wooden box being carried by the local Lords Herald. “In honour of your courage and selfless actions I hereby award you a medal of the Dragon Throne” his next words were drowned out by the roars of approval from the rest of the troop, though the Herald heard Nerov whisper to Castleforn “and don’t be so bloody stupid next time and run away like the rest……”
In the ongoing campaign simple medals are given to troops and other agents of the Crown who demonstrate actions for the betterment of the Crown and the Dragon Throne. The medals are more like badges with a silver pin attached, all badges are a stylised dragon and are made from a variety of substances, each of which gives a different benefit.
Wood +1 hitpoint
Copper +1 hitpoint per level
Bronze +1 AC
Silver +1 hitpoint per level and +1 AC bonus
Gold +1 AC and +1 to saving throws
Platinum +1 AC , +1 to saving throws, +1 to hit and +1 to damage
Iron +2 saves
Steel +2 AC
Meteoritic Steel +3 AC
Lead +3 to saves, -1 hitpoint/level
Mithral +2 AC and 1 damage reduction
Adamantite +2 to hit and damage, +1 to AC
It is rumoured that the pins given to officers and more important folk of the realm also have a minor spell ability that can be called upon once a day by the will of the wearer, (spells might include, sleep, detect invisibility, hold person and prayer)
- Plowmaster Heddron Blackowl has been found frozen to death in his potting shed. Heddron who led the House of Plenty in Thunderstone was trialling a way of forcing spring vegetables to grow in the deep winter extending the growing season. Heddron died without a formal line of sucession and advice is being sort from the mother church in Mistledale as to who should lead the flock.
- Arthen Wood Knight has resigned his positon as the Lords Ranger of Thunderstone. Arthen had served for 46 years and he decided it was time for fresh blood to lead the wood folk of the Hullack.
- The deep winter chill continues across Cormyr. Food prices rise sharply in the major cities as winter vegetables stand frozen solid in the fields they were planted.
- The Thunderflow has frozen solid giving the ‘Horrors of the Hullack an ice bridge into eastern Cormyr. Many strange beasts have been found south of the river as far south as Gars. Purple Dragon patrols are snowed in and little is being done to combat the marauding monsters.
As part of the Feast of the Moon festival held at the start of winter that remembers and honours the dead, the Purple Dragon Soldiers in Thunderstone hold their own service with the support of the Lords of Thunderstone.
The Ceremony of the Cups remembers fallen soldiers from the Thunderstone garrison. Each dead soldier has a wooden cup carved for them from a branch of a shadowtop tree from the Hullack Forest, their name is engraved onto the cup and the cups are proudly displayed in the main hall of the Lords tower for all the villages to see.
After the dead are blessed in the communial graveyard the village folk return to the Lords Hall where warm spiced cider and hot soup is served to all whilst the garrison commander reads out the names of the soldiers that have died whilst defending the Dragon Throne. Although the event is a solemn one, the cider and soup soon warms everyone up for the rest of the day, culminating at night with a massive pig roast where more spiced cider is drunk, the tales of the dead grow every more fantastic and much dancing amd laughter take place. A positive way to end the day of mourning.