The Rumour Mill is designed as a source of adventure ideas and plot seeds for people to pick up and run with, as well as an occasional record of some of the more public results of adventures. Some, none or more of these rumours may be true, feel free to write them into adventures as you wish. This page is divided into three sections.
The first section - "Confirmed True or False" - lists those rumours that have been verified or debunked during adventures. Speculative rumours will generally be shifted up here as soon as they get confirmed or denied so that everyone knows the state of play and people don't start running adventures where Rebecca De Courci is a necromancer after another group of PCs have proved that she isn't.
The second section - "Mere Speculation" - lists rumours that are fine for people to play with as they see fit in their adventures, as long as they tell the LARP Organiser how they turn out.
The final section - "Deeper Mysteries" - is for rumours that the LARP Organiser needs to keep a firm hand on, things that have a lot of implications for the backplot and which really need to be kept under some control. Feel free to use the deeper mysteries for ideas, just don't make any clear calls one way or the other without the LARP Organiser's permission. The big things in the Deeper Mystery camp are the True Nature of the Divine, the End of the World, and Rebecca De Courci. Anything else is pretty much fair game.
The Shining Order and the High Guard have a contingent based in the Garden Lands. They are helping the Bodach defend against the onslaught of Selena Curiana.
After centuries of silence, ambassadors from the mysterious Eastern Kingdoms have arrived in the West; they met with diplomats and merchants in a gathering at the City of Crossroads.
Lemuel d'Artois disappeared somewhere in the East. Nothing more has been heard of him, and there are rumours that he's dead. The whereabouts of his wife and child are unknown.
The Never-Queen is dead. Her passing from the world went almost unremarked upon, a mere footnotes in the annals of history.
Belor de Velland and Selena Curiana marched on the Port of Glass with a great army of undead and conquered it. Then Adventurers killed them. The Port is now once again in the hands of the D'Artois Family.
There is a ninth Form of magic, which is known as Name Magic. This kind of sorcery is rare and powerful and connected with the Bound Ones in some way, often being practiced by their cultists and servants.
A revolution overthrew the Port of Glass. Lemuel's sons Karl and Niske D'Artois declared themselves the Twin Dukes and briefly ruled the Port.
The ruling council of the City of Crossroads was overthrown by an army of Light-worshipping fanatics who planned on conquering the whole world in the Light's name, and later retaken by an army commanded by General Holden. The Cloistered Brethren have established a strong presence in the newly liberated city.
The Exalted Church of the Light, under the leadership of Marius, plotted a successful coup against Rebecca De Courci and overthrew the White City. The revolution was short-lived, Rebecca's rule was restored and Marius destroyed.
There is a large army near the Peak of Hope to the North, calling itself "The Black Sword of Hope". This army claims to serve a Power named Hope.
The Black Sword of Hope is recruiting from almost nothing and mysterious groups of soldiers from many different places and times travel the mountains seeking their camp.
A powerful sorcerer from the Cloistered Brethren of Chains went mad and tried to bind the Light around one of the Battlefields, as a result of which a Bound One named "He Who Walks Wilderness" was freed in the East. He Who Walks Wilderness marched west with the army of the Red Gryphon and the traitor Sirius Panastra, and almost destroyed the White City before being re-bound at the climax of the Second Naming and Binding War in 25 RdC.
The Necromancer at the Palace of Three Rivers was overthrown by a party of experienced White City Adventurers, though at great cost.
The Gardener of Red Roses is trying to become a new Burned Lord. Harriet Pinter has been working in the Burned Realm to aid his cause.
Most of the Glass has been removed from the Burned Realm but they say here and there one can still find patches.
The Lord of the House of Gods has a wound that he wishes healed.
Giving a human soul to the Black Flame creates a rift in the fabric of reality. These rifts can only be destroyed if you sacrifice something to them.
"You know Rebecca's new child... well I heard that she took Belor as a lover, explains why he got the de Courci High Guard Captaincy. I'm jus' sayin'..."
Lemuel d'Artois was assassinated by Karl, who saw him as even more of a threat than Belor.
Lemuel was killed by the Exalted Church, but the real target was his child.
There's a city in the distant East where they all practice Name Magic, and the streets are paved with diamonds.
Lemuel D'Artois isn't really gone at all. He's just changed his appearance - he could be anyone...
The old Duke disappeared to keep his child safe. When it's born, it'll be a hideous abomination!
The Exalted Church of the Light has become divided over the issue of Marius, and there are those who believe that his demise was unjust.
Toquell Velasquez was murdered in the Forest by the Knights of the Shining Order. They killed him because he knew too much.
The Black Flame will serve anyone whose desire is great enough to withstand it, but one must be willing to sacrifice everything to gain its power.
There is a new Power in the world. It rose from the Forest and will eventually destroy it.
This eighth Power is not new at all, but an ancient one, older than Chain, which has returned to the world. Its return is a sign of the impending apocalypse.
Toquell Velasquez isn't dead at all. He faked his death as part of a plot with his uncle Nerino to take over the White City.
Toquell Velasquez was a necromancer, and what happened in the Great Forest was the result of the Burned Lords finally catching up with him. Hence the bloody great pillar of flame. Obvious, innit?
The Black Flame can burn anything. Anything.
A group of adventurers went to the West to find the Heart of the Forest. They found it. And stabbed it.
The gossipmonger Alicia Fane knows where pieces of the King in Fragments are, and also knows someone who'd pay a king's ransom to anyone who brought them to her client.
Everything started "going wrong" long ago when a thousand Dream-Catchers were imprisoned to build a map of Dream.
The Three Peaks of the North are home to dragons as old as the world.
A merchant named Alaraic Maine has learnt to buy and sell people's fears. He learnt the trick of it from one of the tribes of the Dragonspawn.
Most of the powerful noble Families got that way by practicing Glass magic.
Lemuel D'Artois can still see through any mirror he chooses.
King Eric is really a woman.
Spies from the South have infested the Low Guard.
There's a diamond the size of a man at the heart of the Peak of Hope, but if it is ever removed then all hope will vanish from the world.
The Weavers of the City of Silk eat humans, but the people of the city keep it quiet because their prosperity depends on the steelsilk from the spiders and the Weavers.
Three days ago a messenger arrived from a small town to the North saying they were under attack. When reinforcements arrived they could find no sign that a town had ever existed and nobody remembers meeting anybody who lived or had been there, yet maps of the area show that the town had been where the messenger said it was.
The source of the River of Echoes isn't at the Peak of Memory like everybody thinks, it's far further North. If you drink from the source you'll stay young forever but never speak again.
Beltramo Cristofori came back from the City of Chains, and people say he's brought back something he should have left untouched.
My mother was a Dragon. No really, straight up. Look, I'll prove it...
The troglodytes are gathering under a High King by the name of Streng. They plan to make war on the world above.
The Temple of Ashes is riven with necromancy.
Samminiato De Almedia hasn't been the same since he went missing. They say he's fallen in love with a woman he saw while he was lost in the Great Forest.
The troglodytes have miles upon miles of tunnels. They even intersect with our sewers in places. If they attacked we'd be utterly defenseless.
Nadia-Caterina De Almedia is the real power behind that Family. She's in deep with the spider-cults of the West. You know... the ones that eat people.
The wind has ears, the trees tell your secrets, your dreams can betray you and mirrors destroy you. Only stone is to be trusted.
There is a sorcerer in the City of Crossroads who claims to know a place where can be found wealth beyond the dreams of avarice. Literally.
Christina 'Kit' de Velland is gathering the remains of Belor's armies and various cults of the Black Flame to her. Soon she will have a significant force at her disposal.
A small village to the East of the Port was being besieged by bandits. This stopped when a number of them spontaneously developed Black Flame magic.
Toquell de Velland is a perfectly normal baby.
There is an underground cult of Belor in the Port of Glass. They are secretly plotting a resistance.
Kit de Velland is her father reborn.
With the D'Artois returning to the Port, now's the perfect time to explore the Isle of the Broken Moon; the place is supposed to be full of ancient treasures.
Apprentices of Selena are running wild in the south, now that they have no guiding force to unite them.
Kit de Velland has the strength of ten men, although she looks like nothing more than an ordinary young woman. She is a black flame sorceress of incomparable power and she's the spitting image of her aunt.
There are those who say that Cordol Lome now has a child, born by the woman he loves and that he is looking for it.
The White City planned to take over the Port with Belor de Velland's help. It was only because he went insane that the City doesn't now control the Port entirely.
The Lord of the Deep has fallen in love with The Bride of Brittle Tears and seeks to woo her with the flesh of dead Leviathans.
In the Far East, a lone living-dead monstrosity is that bit more alone in the world.
Toquell Velasquez will be free once more. And then he will bring Truth and Justice to the World. He was betrayed by Belor and Selena who sought to plunge it in to darkness.
Quickly... there's something extremely important I have to tellyaaarrgggh...
The Bound Ones are actually a benevolent group of Powers, the people who chained them just saw them as a threat to their own plans.
When the Bound Ones were cast down a part of the world broke and that's when the Vitriarchs appeared.
Rebecca De Courci is just a puppet of the Cloistered Brethren of Chains, they secretly run everything that goes on in the White City.
All the gods were born of Dream. It is the dreams of humanity that shaped the gods, so to worship them is folly.
All Dreams come from a cup in the hand of a child who sleeps on the Breathing Isle. When the cup empties the world will end.
The spells that trapped the Bound Ones will only last for a thousand years, and that time is almost up.
The spells that trap the Bound Ones will be broken if ever a man lies with a dragon.
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This page last updated: 6th March October 2007
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