Chapter 1: Witchlight Carnival

Once every eight years, the fantastic Witchlight Carnival touches down on your world, bringing joy to one settlement after the next. Its owners, Mister Witch and Mister Light, know how to put on a good show. But there’s more to this magical extravaganza than meets the eye!

The carnival is a gateway to a fantastic Feywild domain unlike anything found on the Material Plane. Time has not been kind to this realm, however, and dark days lie ahead unless someone can thwart the dastardly schemes of the Hourglass Coven.
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Re: Chapter 1: Witchlight Carnival

Post by Muskrat » Fri May 06, 2022 5:05 pm

Shiloh sighs and says, "I think I'll just stick with Shiloh--it's less confusing that way. I don't want to get in trouble for not paying my way again."

Shiloh joins Quill in approaching Biscuit the hamster. Perhaps she'll learn something useful amidst all his gossip. She says to him, "I'm a bard. I could always use some useful stories. I'm sure you've heard many in your time here. I'd especially be interested in the stories of people who snuck into the Carnival without paying their way, then went on some sort of quest or the like to make up for it and to try to regain what they lost."
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Re: Chapter 1: Witchlight Carnival

Post by ManWithDoor » Mon May 09, 2022 5:19 pm

Biscuit's Wheel is, well, a wheel, with eight wicker carriages. Biscuit the Hamsters trundles around inside the contraption that turns the wheel, and is an incessant talker. The only relief you get from his chatting is if you share some of your food.

Getting him to talk about anything in particular is hard, as his attention span isn't very good. He's an intelligent hamster, but still the base was a hamster. He goes on about being on the lookout for a kenku troublemaker that's going around magically disguised. Then he shifts over to romance gossip, sharing the Candlefoot the mime (whom you met at the Hall of Illusions) and Palasha the mermaid are in love. He doesn't know why the mime doesn't talk, not quite understanding that that's kind of the point of a mime. But he keeps it up in off-hours too. Dedication to his craft? A curse?

When Shiloh presses Biscuit in what she is actually interested in, he again deflects to gossip. Or does he? He shares that Burly the Bugbear often talks philosophy with one of the gondola swans. That bugbear has brains as well as brawn. More random chatter? Or a hint towards someone who might be able to answer tough questions?
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As for Biscuit's Wheel, the best visual I can come up with is that it's a Ferris Wheel, but instead of rotating via an engine, it is literally a sized-up Hamster Wheel that Biscuit runs along on the inside.
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Re: Chapter 1: Witchlight Carnival

Post by Muskrat » Mon May 09, 2022 5:49 pm

Shiloh makes a mental not to talk to Burly the Bugbear. It may not be a real lead, but it's the best thing she's got right now.

After she gets off the ride, she goes to explore the Pixie Palace.

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Post by RorytheRomulan » Tue May 10, 2022 3:07 am

Quill is just as excited to chat with Biscuit as he is to gossip. A new friend in the animal kingdom is always a welcome occurrence! "I'm leaning toward 'curse', myself. Poor guy. I really hope things work out with the mermaid. They almost sound made for each other. I'd love to meet her!" She is almost as much of a chatterbox around the talking animal, and when it's time to go, she gives him a pickled cucamelon and a cheek pet.

A palace full of tiny flying fae sounds magical, so she joins Shiloh to wander around with her. Maybe they store the wine in there?

"Hey, Shiloh, what are your favorite stories to tell? Do you know any stories about kenku?"

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Re: Chapter 1: Witchlight Carnival

Post by Muskrat » Tue May 10, 2022 5:02 pm

Shiloh groans inwardly as Quill says her name, but keeps a bright, cheerful face on things outwardly. "Do I know a story?" she says as she takes out her fiddle and begins playing and dancing. She then sings a song about a kenku who fancies herself a master swordswoman, but is actually a bumbling fool--but her clumsiness always ends up somehow saving her, as she fumbles so badly her enemies can't predict where she'll fall, so not only do they miss her, but end up impaling themselves on her sword.

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Re: Chapter 1: Witchlight Carnival

Post by Bohemond » Tue May 10, 2022 7:40 pm

"A race it is!" Jack exclaims as he gleefully races around the course with Jeremy. The Harengon takes full use of his keen senses and natural agility to try and outfly his pixie coworker, calling out for Violet to also join the race if she wishes. After the race, Jack will take a more relaxing jaunt around the kingdom on Pinecone.

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