Friday Game Notes: Goliard Nunnery of Saint Rebecca

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A small pleasant home for a bakers dozen of nuns. Together they practice good nun related virtues and venerate their Saint Rebecca. It is a small compound with a medium sized church and several buildings for storage, food, and sleeping quarters. A low wall surrounds it though there is no gate nor guards.


Information

There is a small farmhouse between Bouclans and the Nunnery where travellers can stay the night. The peasants there, Dany and Edwige and their quadruplets, Georgette, Lucile, Clotilde, and Joan, are very welcoming.

A wagon from Puyloubard Inn seeking exotic ingredients is happy to spread rumours. With him is the squire of the steward of the Lord de Lucy who is travelling to the Nunnery to inquire if the Lord’s daughter is there.

The squire is friendly, if a little clumsy. He is happy to join anyone going the rest of the way to the nunnery and will trust anyone.

Art History – The nunnery is famous for it’s tapestries, supposedly woven by Saint Rebecca herself.

Antiquary – The nunnery is built on the site of an old Roman temple. Maybe there are hidden tunnels underneath!

Camaraderie/Common Touch – The wagon driver mentions that all sorts of things are happening at the Puyloubard Inn.

  • The Lady Maxine de Gizac arrived on her way to the Royal Wedding and has decided to stay in the Inn terrorizing everyone.
  • A steward of the Lord de Lucy is staying at the Inn and will be travelling to the Nunnery to inquire after the Lord’s daughter.
  • The squire is travelling to the nunnery and wanted a ride. He will walk with anyone the rest of the way.

The Compound

The tapestries are kept inside the Mother Superior’s Office on the top floor of the dormitory building. During the day nuns are out and about and will see any skulkers. At night a sister keeps vigil during the night with a burning candle to make sure no young men sneak in to bother the postulants.

Architecture – The church building is built of large thick marble stones that are easy to climb and the other two buildings, the dining hall and dormitories are a jump away from the roof on either side.

Antiquary – The marble blocks of the church are repurposed blocks from the Roman Temple and the foundations look like they kept the same shape of the original. There is probably no way to access any secret tunnels under the church from inside anymore. Maybe there is an entrance in one of the other buildings.

Notice – A sister calls down to another who has been locked onto a tiny platform inside the well. She sounds miserable down there.

  • Reassurance – The nun at the bottom of the well will welcome anyone who can promise to help her off the ledge, her knees nearly giving way.

Easy (2) rolls to sneak into the nunnery or climb the buildings.


Mother Superior Hélène

The head of the nunnery is a warm and wide woman who could be described as bustling. However under her cheery personality she is cruel and demanding, threatening cruel and unusual tortures for her daughters.

Tortures:

Candle Torture – a misbehaving nun who can’t keep their hands still must hold their hands above a burning candle until the candle burns out.

Well Watch – A stone passage under the nunnery opens into the well shaft by a small wooden door. On the other side is a small overhang just a few feet above the water only a foot or so wide barely wide enough for a nun to stand.

Bullshit Detector – The Mother Superior has a short fuse under all that fat and cheer, it would be unwise to upset her.

Flattery – Hélène is very proud of her nunnery and is happy to show visitors the famous tapestries which she keeps locked in her study.

Performance – The Mother Superior is very keen on violent puppet shows and will be happily distracted clapping her hands like a child while watching one.

Normal (4) rolls to trick the Mother Superior.


Sister Carole

The accountant of the nunnery, Sister Carole takes care of all the monetary concerns. She has a small office off of the kitchens and dining room building.

Accounts – It is clear with a careful peek upside down at the book Sister Carole works at that the nunnery has very little money and is struggling. The nunnery relies solely on donations to survive.

Intimidation – It is clear that Sister Carole is terrified of the Mother Superior and wont tell her about the financial troubles of the nunnery for fear of punishment.

Negotiation – Sister Carole is willing to pinch and sell one of the tapestries if she thinks a rich enough seller will pay for it.

Forgery – By faking papers from the Templar Bank she will be convinced that the visitor can pay for a tapestry. However they will have to provide her with a good way to steal the tapestry from under the Mother Superior’s nose.

Easy (2) rolls to trick Sister Carole.


Dormitory

The tunnel inside the well is part of the old Roman foundations and run underneath the dormitories. There it opens into a cellar being used to store extra bedding. The nuns use this tunnel for a quicker way to get water from the well or as the Mother Superior’s extra punishment.

The stairs from the cellar lead into a back hall. To get to the staircase leading to the second floor where the Mother Superior’s rooms are a thief would have to cross through one of the nun’s sleeping dorms. The hall is up against the outer wall and so has no window to climb out.

Each night some nuns sneak out. The nuns can be snuck by but if any of them wake a Intimidation or Reassurance spend of 1 point will let them pass without a panic.

If they sneak through at night they may witness two nuns sneaking down the stairs from the second story dorm.

Sense Trouble – Someone is coming quick hide!

Notice – Those foot steps sounded irregular, perhaps there are squeaky steps that they were avoiding.

  • 1 point spend – By carefully counting steps you think you’ll be able to figure out which steps they were avoiding. At least with a little luck.

Normal (4) rolls to sneak around the dormitory.


Mother Superior’s Rooms

Upstairs is another dormitory for the postulants and the Mother Superior’s rooms. The Mother Superior keeps her rooms locked and an Infiltration roll is required.

Her suite is split into two rooms, an office and her bedroom. During the day she closes off her bed room but at night she sleeps with the door open.

The only window is in the bedroom and she keeps it open but any thief trying to sneak in this way finds they will have to climb over the sleeping Mother Superior to get to the door. The Mother Superior keeps the tapestries rolled inside a locked chest in her office besides her desk.

Normal (4) rolls to sneak around the Mother Superior’s Rooms.


Target

Tapestries of Saint Rebecca

Woven by the saint herself they show images of the Lord standing amongst rather sloppily woven flowers. They must have some value. Right?

Friday Game Notes: Goliard Puyloubard Inn

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A fortified inn on the road between the Lake of Coubron and Aparee. Many noble people and rich travellers stop here. At the moment the Noble Maxine de Gizac a rich and fat woman from the South has installed herself in the Inn on her way to Sistels for the Royal Wedding. Also there is a steward of Lord de Lucy, who is searching for the Lord’s daughter believing her to be hiding in the Nunnery of Saint Rebecca.


The Walls

The Inn is surrounded by low walls only 8 meters tall. A small wooden platform around the inside connects a few guard huts along the top.

There are several taller towers topped with protruding wooden rooms on top. Here the servants and guards sleep above the supplies that keep the guests fed and drunk.

There is a gate with heavy wooden doors. It is kept locked at night and opened in the morning.

Architecture – The walls are easy to climb, but a good climber could use the overhanging buildings to get closer to the tower or into the Inn’s supply rooms.

Normal (4) rolls to climb the walls.

The Guards

The Inn employs six archers to keep the Inn safe. While not skilled with sword the towers around the walls and inside provide good overlooks to all approaches and inside the yard.

They remain in the yard or in their tower during the day.

At night they close the gates and take shifts walking around the walls with an eye out for brigands.

They have orders to challenge and then shoot anyone seen sneaking around the yard or outside the walls without a lantern.

Militaria – The guards in the Inn seem to be archers by their armor and gear. In a hand to hand fight they wouldn’t stand a chance, but pity the person who faces their arrows.

Camaraderie – The archers are keen to talk to people like them. They all too often have to bow and scrape to Noble people.

  • Maxine de Gizac has been tyrannical at the Inn, harassing the bar maids and tormenting the servants.
  • She keeps her invitation to the Royal Wedding locked up in her room, the room which she stole from the Inn keeper himself.
  • She has been trying to get Paige Mills, an Britia woman who works at the Inn to become her courtesan.

Hard (6) rolls to sneak past the guards.

The Stables

The Inn has room to keep the many horses and wagons that the guests bring with them. They open into the yard and are against the outer wall.

The Inn Keeper’s children, a young boy and girl manage the stables. They sweep out the stalls and organize the tackle. At night one or the other sleep in the stable to keep the horses safe.

Edmond and Julie are young and easy to subdue.

Intimidation – The children are easily scared.

  • They can point out which horses are whose.
  • They know that Maxine kicked their parents out of the biggest bed room.
  • The de Lucy steward is in one of the state rooms on the third floor.
  • The third guest is a scary lady that pays in solid gold coins that look freshly minted.

Easy (2) rolls to sneak past the young children.


The Servants

There is a small service staff about the Inn. A cook, three bar maids, and two cleaners.

They sleep in a building above the walls above the food storage. There is a stair case on the outside of the tower that leads into the yard.

The cook gets up early and takes ingredients the nearby farmers sell the Inn into the kitchen. He then spends most of the day baking and cooking for the noble guests.

The bar maids, Paige Mills, Odette, and a man Cédric work inside the Inn’s main dining room serving drinks and bringing food to the guests at table or to their rooms.

Carousing – A hard drinker impresses the bar maids. They will happily join a good tempered drinking bout.

  • Maxine is a tyrant and a drunk. Her only personal servant who has remained is a disgusting butler as bad as the Lady herself.
  • Maxine has asked Paige to be her courtesan three times now. She has refused to leave until Paige agrees.
  • The de Lucy Steward is heading to the Nunnery of Saint Rebecca in search of the Lord’s missing daughter.

Paige Mills

A Britia woman who stayed in Nonagawle after stopping on pilgrimage to the Vatican. She is young and pretty, red headed and freckled she is at odds with the darker Nonagawle women.

Her looks have not gone unnoticed by Maxime, who has asked her to become his courtesan. She refused, she likes her life at the Inn and already has a relationship with Odette, the other bar maid.

Flirting – Any men trying to flirt with Paige find out that she has no interest in men. However women find the opposite.

  • She is happy to flirt but she is very in love with her fellow bar maid Odette.
  • She knows the Church would condemn her if they found out.

Easy (2) rolls to sneak past the cook or maids. If they are threatened they will flee.

The Inn Keeper and His Wife

The owners have taken to sleeping on the second floor since Maxine has kicked them out of the larger room in the tower.

The Inn Keeper, Adam,  spends his time waiting on his rich guests and working the bar at night.

His wife Blanche helps out where she can and keeps the rooms clean. When not busy she does needle work by the fire.

Negotiation – A business like approach will get Adam to open up the easiest.

  • The Inn Keeper is fed up with Maxine. Since Paige refused to become her courtesan she has parked herself in the Inn house permanently.
  • He would pay anyone who figured out how to get rid of her.
  • He is seriously considering telling Paige that she has to go with the Lady. He feels bad about it but Maxine is ruining his business.

Flattery – Blanche is a kind old woman. She immediately trusts anyone who admires her needle work.

  • The de Lucy steward is a strange man. He has the de Lucy’s signet ring to prove to the head of Saint Rebecca’s that he has the authority to take the Lord’s daughter back.
  • Maxine has been demanding more and more unreasonable meals.
  • The de Lcuy steward is staying here until one of his squires returns from the Nunnery of Saint Rebeca.

Normal (4) rolls to sneak past or trick the Inn Keeper and his wife.

The Building

The Inn itself is a large stone building with two tall towers extruding from its roof. The three story building houses the many guest rooms, mostly empty since Lady Maxine moved in, the kitchen and dining room.

Normal guests stay in the bottom three stories but the richest can rent a whole tower for themselves.

Aurélia, Barthélemy both sleep on the bottom floor.

The Inn Keeper and his wife sleep on the second floor.

The Steward has a room on the third floor.

Maxine and her servant rent out the East tower.

The west tower is empty.

Architecture – The tower at first looks too perilous to climb, but at second glance the West tower could be scaled from the outside. A brave thief could then climb to the roof of the East tower and climb down to one of its windows. They could climb into the hall or the bedroom at the top.

Commerce – A keen eye on the wagons going to and from the Inn notices that they aren’t just getting normal supplies. They are in fact getting very specialized foods.

Hard (6) rolls to climb the outside of the building. There are two rolls necessary to climb to the top then across to the West tower.

Normal (4) rolls to infiltrate the building when it is locked.

Hard (6) rolls to sneak around the yard without being spotted by someone or a guard.


Other Guests

There are a few travelers staying at the Inn other than the two noble guests.

Barthélemy

A boisterous bard. Playing a twanging lyre he plays long fantastical tales of ancient Kings, and especially love songs.

He too has taken an interest in Paige. But of course he has little luck. However he can’t see past his own pencil mustache and hasn’t noticed she has no interest in him whatsoever.

Flattery/Flirting/Carousing – The bard appreciates all forms of attention. And you can’t shut him up once he’s started. God forbid you try to leave, for he will potentially follow you from room to room to tell his sordid tales.

  • He is deeply in LOVE with Paige. He has proposed to her and thinks that Maxine’s interest is the only thing keeping her from accepting.

Impossible (12) rolls to sneak past Barthélemy or trick him. He will see you and want to chat, seduce you, or play you a song.

Aurélia

A woman of older years who wears a black hood. She seems severe and distant and does not like to speak to other guests.

Aurélia, not her real name, is in fact a member of the Assassin’s Guild, payed for by the Queen. She has just returned from the Kingdoms of Venetia where she killed one of their Princes.

She is waiting for one of the Queen’s servants to arrive and pay her. Consequently she only has a few gold coins left.

Her room is on the first floor. The door is always in her sight. If anyone tries to sneak into her rooms at night she has a nasty trap waiting for them, a poisoned needle that can kill with a touch.

If Aurélia thinks someone knows her secret she will try to assassinate them. If unable to do that she will then try to recruit them if they are a woman, or have them arrested if they are a man.

Bullshit Detector 1 point spend – While the woman pronounces it naturally there is something odd about how she introduces herself. Like Aurélia is not her real name.

Militaria – Aurélia stands with the stance of a fighter and sits with plenty of room to rise. If you were to throw a bread roll at her she would likely fail to catch it, dismissing it as a true threat long before it reached her.

Streetwise – All veterans of city fights learn to recognize a fighter. Aurélia fits it to a T. She exudes the sense of danger that tells you to fuck off or be killed.

Hard (6) rolls to infiltrate Aurélia’s rooms or trick her.


The de Lucy Steward

The steward is staying at the base of the East tower. He has two squires with him.

The steward himself is dumb, unable to speak. The squires, trained to understand his hand signs translate for him. One has been sent ahead to the Nunnery to warn them of the steward’s coming.

The second squire sleeps on a cot outside the steward’s door in the small anteroom. He sleeps light since the steward can’t make too much noise.

The steward sleeps in a large well furnished room. There is a glass window that opens out onto the yard. A thief could easily climb up. However the steward keeps it shut and it will have to be broken quietly to get out.

The steward keeps the signet ring of his Lord de Lucy in a writing case he keeps by his bed.

Surveillance – The squire is sent away by the steward once every hour or so when he is in his room. Mostly for fire wood or a wine skin.

  • The steward comes out of his room twice a day for lunch and dinner. Otherwise he remains in his room writing.

Intimidation – If someone tries to intimidate the Squire he will get angry. Bravely he will pull a knife and try to scare an attacker away.

Taunt – The squire can be lured away by telling him one of the servants has insulted him.

High Society – by imitating a noble man a thief can get an audience with the steward and his squire.

Hard (6) rolls to infiltrate the rooms and sneak past the squire.

Normal (4) rolls to sneak past the steward or trick the squire.


Maxine de Gizac

The evil woman has taken over the West Tower. Much harder to climb it can be entered from below through the bottom floors or from an upper window by climbing from the East Tower.

Maxine has one servant left, a greasy man with a slick tongue, Renaud. He likes boasting to the servants about how rich his mistress is and ordering them around. He sleeps in the top room with a short sword to hand. One of the outside windows opens into Renaud’s room. The other opens into the stair well.

In the bottom room there is a small sitting room and the bedroom. The sitting room has a collection of many of the fineries from around the Inn. A cage with a song bird sits on a small table by the door.

The bedroom is flush with pillows. Their round softness barely equaling Maxine’s own girth.

Maxine de Gizac herself is a horrible person. She has bad manners, bad breath, and a bad temper. She keeps herself in her rooms, storming from sitting room and bedroom in her rages. She constantly orders more and more ridiculous foods and demands that Paige becomes her courtesan.

Maxine keepers her invitation to the Royal Wedding in a glass case in her bed room. It is unlocked.

Performance – Renaud is easily distracted by a show. The dumber the better.

High Society 2 point spend– If Maxine can be convinced that a noble more notable than her has come to visit she will happily let them in.

Astrology – Renaud frequently takes out a star chart and creates horoscopes for Maxine.

Notice – the Inn Keeper sends in many skins of wine. Maxine must be a raging drunk.

Normal (4) rolls to sneak past Maxine and Renaud.

Hard (6) rolls to sneak past the song bird.

Easy (2) rolls to sneak past Maxine or Renaud if they are drunk.


Targets

De Lucy Signet Ring

A lord’s signet ring.

Marriage Invitation

Invitation to the holder for the marriage of the King’s Daughter in the town of Sistels.