1. GM Edwin's Zeitgeist Campaign

Game Master Insnare

When the people and King of Risur have internal or external enemies but won't or can't call in the military... They Call in the RHC(Royal Homeland Constabulary)

Act 1: The Investigation Begins!
Chapter 1: The Island at the Axis of the World
Chapter 2: The Dying Skyseer
Chapter 3: Digging for Lies
Chapter 4: Always on Time
Chapter 5: Cauldron Born
RHC HQ
FLINT CITY
Zeigeist World Map
Avery Coast Train
Lantern

Act 2: The Grand Design

Chapter 6: Revelations From the Mouth of a Mad Man


Prestige:

Risur: 5
RHC:4
Flint:5
Unseen Court:4
Family/Clergy:3
Kell Group: 2 (Defunct)
Obscurati: 3

Risur and Danor have been at war on-and-off for two centuries for
control of the lush Yerasol Archipelago that lies between them. The current
ruler of Risur, King Aodhan, was just a common soldier during in
the Third Yerasol War, which ended forty years ago. He captured territory
for Risur, earned the respect of the military and the adulation of the
common people, and even seized control of Danor’s first steam-powered
warship. People of Flint still talk about the day when he single-handedly
steered the ship into Flint’s harbor as a spoil of war.
The king of the time chose Aodhan as his successor, and in the four
decades since Risur has gone from owning a single captured steam
engine to having an industrial revolution of its own.

Dramatis Personnae:

Chief Inspector Stover Delft:

A local Flinter in his early 40s, Assistant Chief
Inspector Stover Delft is generally good-natured to
his subordinates, but has a penchant for grousing
about people behind their backs. He gets squinty
and condescending when his authority is questioned,
but he can recognize talent and good work. A much
better manager than investigator, Delft has advanced
this far in the Constabulary by finding good agents,
supporting them on difficult missions, and sharing the
accolades from their successes.
Delft chews tobacco, and thinks he looks charming
if he grins while sucking on tobacco juices. He walks
with a cane because a mimic tore a chunk out of his leg
fifteen years ago. He has a habit of poking inanimate
objects with the cane before he gets too close to them,
and spitting on them when he wants to be extra sure.

Promoted to Chief Inspector after Chief Inspectress Saxby was found out to be working counter to the RHC.
Has provided assistance to the party... is current boss

Principal Minister Harkover Lee:

Perhaps the most powerful mage
in Risur, Lee acts as King Aodhan’s
bodyguard and chief of staff. Straight backed
and virile despite being in
his 60s, Lee has a slight Ber tinged
accent, and was said to be quite the
ladykiller in his youth. He always
dresses in reds and golds and carries
a solid gold orb tucked into his robes.
He never eats or drinks in public.
Directly assisted in the capture of Lorcan Kell.

Ethelyn of Shale, former Duchess

The
king’s sister, Ethelyn was
a commoner before earning her title
in the Third Yerasol War. She dislikes
industry and leads a coalition
of powerful individuals with strong
ties to the Unseen Court. She wears
extravagant diamond cluster earrings
– representing the stars of the
night sky – to show her allegiance to the old ways. Accounts tell of her
possessing many different types of magic, though many of these could
be exaggerated.

Sent to prison for attempted Fratricide and Regicide and for trying a coup de'tat against the king as well as a result was stripped of her title and sent to prison.

King Aodhan

Now in his 70s, the current king of Risur looks rather
unassuming. He prefers to resolve disputes by being
cool-headed and rationally persuading those who
will listen to his side. For those who won’t, he’s shrewd
enough to give them a sliver of what they want and
then distract them with harmless endeavors while
those worth dealing with get the job done. Despite all
this, though, he trains regularly to keep his stamina
and swordplay robust, and the rites of rulership grant
him daunting magical powers.

Geoff Massarde

A 40-something tiefling with an airy voice and a
fondness for wine that outmatches his ability to
handle his alcohol, Massarde is one of a handful of
Danoran tieflings working for the Risuri military to
help construct warships and other weapons. He has
few kind words for his homeland. He is fascinated
with ice, and carries a wand given him as a gift by a
Drakran train engineer, which can chill small objects
with a touch. Mostly he just uses it as a novelty to cool
beverages.

Governor Stanfield

Stanfield witnessed the fall of the high elf goddess
Srasama five hundred years ago and died soon
thereafter in the chaos of Elfaivar’s fall. But he
reincarnated, restored to life by a sliver of the divine
power he absorbed when Srasama was slain. His
memories vague and jumbled, he found his way back
to his homeland of Risur and eventually settled in
Flint, then just a modest coastal port.
In the centuries since he has died with irregular
intervals, and with each rebirth he returned to the
city he calls home. For most of that time he has served
as Flint’s governor, having constantly striven to
improve himself with each life, from a simple warrior,
to a humble leader, to an educated renaissance
man nimbly handling the complex challenges of the
fastest-growing city in the world. Stanfield wears a
near-constant expression of contented optimism, but
still occasionally complains of a war wound he took
to his back in his first life.

Thames Grimsley

A grizzled sailor, still with a full head of hair
in his early 50s, Grimsley acts as head of a
nascent dock workers guild in Flint. Though he
only worked the docks in his youth, Grimsley
spent decades sailing—primarily as captain of
a ferry service in Flint’s harbor, but with a stint
in the navy during the last Yerasol War. He took
a gash from a policeman’s knife on the side of
his face in the last big docker riot, and since
then has tried to organize a unified front for the
dockers’ concerns. A couple of months working
at a theater as a child gave him a very stylized
public speaking voice, one full of unnecessary,
melodramatic pauses.

Has assisted the PCs with the dockers in the past.

Lya Jierre

An ambitious tiefling in her late 20s, Lya is
the niece of Han Jierre, the Sovereign
of Danor (her father is Han’s brother).
She graduated top of her class from the
prestigious academy of war, the Jierre
Sciens d’Arms, and many students of
other war colleges have read her thesis,
Field Study of Melee Effectiveness and
Foe Debilitation through Focused Limb
Severance Techniques Contrasted with
Mainstream Opportunistic Techniques,
which she wrote near the end of the last
Yerasol War.
Known member of the Ob

Hana “Gale” Soliogn.
According to an interview she gave when she first arrived in Flint a year ago, Hana is a high elf woman just over 100 years old. She spent most of her life as the property of House Soliogn, a family of Danoran mine owners. Having always felt an affinity to the fey history of Risur, she fled and found her way to Flint, where she was sheltered by druids in the Cloudwood.
Soon she manifested the ability to fly, a power latent in the dead magic zone of Danor. She professed a hatred toward Danor, and shortly thereafter witnesses began to place her at scenes of factory and ship sabotages, a massacre of railroad surveyors, and a botched assassination attempt against tax collector Kane
Westman.

After Duchess Ethelyn’s treason against the king three months ago,
Gale sent a letter to several papers supporting the duchess, and condemning Danor, but also denying her responsibility in the surveyor massacre. Since then her acts of sabotage have increased in frequency.

Lorcan Kell.

Alleged head of a thieves’ guild based somewhere in eastern
Parity Lake, owns a theater called "Theater of Scoundrels". Once a simple enforcer, he recruited allies and established himself
as a power player. The Kell guild is said to be responsible for great amounts of
industrial smuggling, petty theft and extortion, burglary, and murder for hire.
His guild has no reported history of arson, so the current best suspect of the recent spate of fires is Gale. Assisted in the repatriation of a Dr. von Recklinghausen.

Sent minions during the attack on the RHC, allegedly.
Status: Inprisoned

Morgan Cippriano

Local Family boss. Morgan Cippiano, going on forty and stylishly bald,
conducts Family business from the nondescript
coffee shop in an immigrant-heavy neighborhood,
occasionally going outside to encourage the kids
playing street sports. Morgan came over from Crisillyir
a few years ago with instructions to foster Family
interests by recruiting Crisillyiri immigrants and any
local Risuri followers of the Clergy who had a similar
ideology.

Has assisted PCs in a few instances.

former Lady Inspectress Margaret Saxby.

A former superstar investigator who cracked many famous
cases in her time, Saxby was promoted to the rank of Chief Inspector and transferred to take over Flint operations a decade ago. Lady Saxby was a darling of the public when
she married a much younger veteran knighted during the Fourth Yerasol War. People say
the marriage was meant simply to improve her standing, and Lady Saxby’s fierce emphasis
that she be the face of the RHC is well known among constables.

It has been reported that she has been working with the Obscurati and has intentionally undermined key investigations into the group as in the Macbannin caper and more recently into Bergeron.

Lord Viscount Inspector Nigel Price-Hill.

The Lord Viscount fought in the Third Yerasol
War, and served as an investigator by rooting out profiteering during the war. He later
helped thwart several plots to embarrass the new king Aodhan. His most famous success,
however, was defeating a group of Drakran necromancers who were trying to animate
dragon corpses in the Anthras mountains. Publicly disdainful of corruption, the Lord
Viscount has outed several subordinates for putting personal greed ahead of the needs of
their country.

Rock Rackus.

A one-time dock worker, Rackus stumbled his way to national celebrity
through his wild stories and rowdy behavior. He claims to have looted treasures in the
Malice Lands, traveled to the moon, and cuckolded the fey king of the Unseen Court.
Conservative elements in society view him as a menace, while the dockers see him as a
rising star, but no one knows his personal politics. He will be performing at the Kaybeau
Arms Exposition.

Rock was unjustly accused by the local police for murdering a bystander during an alien attack. Falko and Asher were able to get him sprung.

Assisted the PCs during Sijhen's attack on the museum.

Contacts:

Mithas:
The Nettles: Mama Gota: Wizened herb woman that deals in potions and poultices. She recognized that Mithas was a spirit medium and is the reason that he is not just another thug living in the slums.

Pine Island: One-eyed Jack: An old acquaintance from Mithas' years on the street, Jack now works as muscle for one of the bayou's infamous pleasure houses, The Gilded Lily, and serves as an informant for the RHC officer.

Contacts available but point man has been transferred.

Johnathan:
Liria, Skyseer Witch (The Nettles): A bent old skyseer. A direct descendant of the witches of Cauldron Hill. She lives in fear of being slain as well, posing as an addle-minded loon when in public. Has many ravens and gulls as pets. The locals are a bit afraid of her, but travelers and guards pay her no mind.(deceased)

Hebel Ohmsford, RHC Officer (Central): A lively man in his late 20's, Hebel has proven himself extremely valuable to the RHC, although cocky. Some years back, he was investigating a particularly brutal band of thieves living in Flint, and the thieves caught on. They had planned a trap for Hebel, where they could catch him alone, torture him, and kill him. A strange beggar boy warned Hebel about this trap, and it saved his life. The boy was Johnathan, a skyseer.

Savan:
Pine island: Sergeant Major Geoffry Thomas Llewellyn-Walsh. Retired Military professional and professor of military science. Lead a heroic charge in the last war that broke the enemy line but at the cost of his own leg. Staunch patriot and all around stodgy old pedant.

Parity lake: Mama Task. The elderly goblin matron who runs tribes that work the little bits in the factory. If it were not for her the goblins would be far worse off than they are now. Caring and controlling, in a mother hits your hand with a wooden spoon for reaching into the cookie jar kind of way.

Point man has been transferred to Slate, contacts may be approached with invitation.

Angus:

Couldwood : Flint Finubar , Ranger. Veteran of the last war. fought with angus. Currently in semi retirement but takes and odd job here and there

Bosum strand : Andy Morvan, Dockmaster and leader of one on the dockers association. Got involved with angus after the last war while angus with first hired by the RHC, in order to solve a corruption problem (he rose to dockmaster because of the case). They have been friends ever since.