Vornheiming Middenheim Part VIII: The Great Park


Another quick post worked in between getting ready for a New Years Eve party at the new house.  Here's a write up on the Great Park district.  The locations are a little more filled out here, and I had to come up with a little more on the rumors than what was in the book.  The write up's after the break, and I hope everyone has or had a fun and safe New Years Eve.



3. The Great Park
Activity
Day
  • People from all walks of life stroll along gravel walk ways between exotic hot-house gardens and flowering trees
  • Beggars, hawkers, and pickpockets ply their trade among the crowds
  • Small stalls sell food and knick-nacks and people enjoy them on small benches next to tinkling fountains
Night
  • Patrons of the Showboat stroll up in groups or stumble out in disheveled groups
  • Couples meet for nighttime trysts behind the bushes
Locations
  • Bernabau Stadium
    • A huge stone amphitheater that holds thousands on wooden benches and in standing-room only sections
    • Stages athletic competitions of all variety
    • The main attraction is pit fighting against captured mutants and beastmen, with an annual Minotaur fight during the Carnival
    • The Pit Fighter’s Head is an exclusive member’s only club located under the main stands of the stadium
    • Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Yarblinsky is the Kislevite Master of Games, a grizzled former hunter responsible for providing the beasts for the pit fights
  • The Showboat
    • A restaurant and cabaret that rests on the edge of the “Black Pool” - a large pond in the park that shows the dark rock of its basin rather than the reflection of the sky
    • Frequented by the upper classes and scholars, it is almost impossible to find a table without tipping the doorman, Otto
    • Run by Rolf and Elise Rosencrantz, a sentimental old fool and his shrewd wife
    • Owned by Gunnar Guildenstern, owner of Castle Rock Coaches
Encounters
  • The player characters disturb a couple in a romantic moment - a couple that doesn’t want their relationship known
  • People scream and run after a beastman breaks out of his pen and starts wreaking havoc in the crowd
  • A shady looking scalper has rare tickets to an exotic event at the stadium.  Is the price too good to be true?
  • A pickpocket being chased by the watch throws a stolen purse to one of the player characters and tears off around a corner
  • A drunken elf takes a liking to one of the characters and begins to poorly serenade him or her
  • A young man rejected from pit fighter try-outs is looking to prove how tough he really is
Rumors

Roll
Rumor
1
Certain members of the court, like the minstrel and some of the ladies-at-court, frequent the Showboat
2
Well-paying customers at the Showboat can get exclusive wines that have been smuggled in from the Reikland
3
One of the vagrants in the park is actually a wealthy nobleman who has gone mad
4
The illuminations over the Black Pool at the annual carnival will be less impressive this year because the wizards are unhappy about recent taxes
5
In the past, Bernabau Stadium housed a sport that involved kicking around a snotling into goals at either end of the stadium
6
Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Yarblinsky earned his position by repeatedly defeating beastmen with his bare hands
7
There is a honeycomb of chambers under the stadium housing pit fighters, hamstrung beastmen, and worse
8
Unsavory elements use the free intermixing of the social classes in the park as cover for nefarious transactions
9
The halfling chef at the Showboat has settled down to a quiet retirement after a life of adventuring
10
The pickpockets in the park have been targeting wizards, clerics, and dwarves preferentially because a mysterious fence is paying extra
11
The bookies at the stadium have been fixing fights, even those to the death
12
Some of the plants in the park are causing a mysterious new disease