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The Fourth Shack (Petrichor 365)

3 February, 2023

Bring your ownNearby to the docks, is a shack made of scraps and salvage and hung over the entrance is a battered tankard.  The entrance, which is covered by nothing but a stained curtain made from an empty grain bag, is not entirely unwelcoming.

The interior is a handful of roughly built tables and benches, several barrels of beer and, on a good night, some casks and bottles of other alcohol-containing beverages.  Occasionally new barrels of beer will appear their source is never entirely clear.  Salvaged ship’s lanterns provide some light to the dim interior.  The floor is mostly packed earth, the only wooden planks are under the barrels, and covered in fresh straw or sand as it becomes available. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ygrin Inkroller, Printer (Petrichor 365)

2 February, 2023

Printing day and nightWell away from the docks on a solid patch of ground is a stout building with stone foundations and heavy wooden walls with windows along the top.  A sign above the door simply reads, “Printer.”

This is the print shop of Ygrin Inkroller, a Visse printer, who followed on the heels of the Imperial bureaucrats with a small printer and soon ordered a more significant one to keep up with demand.  That arrived and it runs more or less constantly providing forms for the bureaucracy and books and pamphlets, so mnay pamphlets, for local consumption and the occasional summary of news from around the town and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tin Cup Eddie, Street Messenger (Petrichor 365)

1 February, 2023

The rare hatless EddieWhile Port Imperial, as a newly established city with a primarily transient population, does not have a large number of street urchins, it does have some.  One of the most well-known is Tin Cup Eddie.

Tin Cup Eddie is somewhere between eight and twelve and recognizable by their flat cap and tin cup, the rest of their clothes depend on what they were able to scrounge up which may be clean and fairly well-fitting one week and just above rags the next.  The same with shoes, though they usually go barefoot or wrap their feet in rags rather than wear poorly fitting shoes.

They are almost always a bit grubby, though they try to look respectable.  Eddie mostly works as a messenger, running notes from point to point (and usually taking a reply back) but they are not opposed to making a coin or two as a guide or horse watcher.  It is said, admittedly mostly by Eddie, that no one else knows the shortcuts and secret paths through the city better than they do.  if asked what Eddie stands for their will answer: Edward or Edwina or Edbert or Eddington or something else that could be shortened to Eddie that they think will please the questioner but they rarely remember what replies they have given and will likely answer the same question to the same person with a different name.  Equally, when asked how they came to be here, they will spin a yarn that they think will get them sympathy: abandoned, parents died on the ship over, escaped slave, escaped indentured servant, and so on.

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Welcome February

31 January, 2023

Chilly in the gardenJanuary is almost over and with it, the first thirty-one entries for Petrichor 365!  Now we move in February which gets its name from the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa performed at this time of year.  Note that the Romans considered February an ill-omened month which is why it is only twenty-eight days long (and also my birth month, take that as you will). 

Normally, I use the theme of curses for February but that may be subsumed into the whole Petrichor 365 thing, we will see.

What was published in the journal in January 2023, which due to Perrichor 365 has quite a lot, was the following:

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Wyn Tarmo, Letter Writer (Petrichor 365)

31 January, 2023

He will write your word for youOn the corner of the market under a small shelter can be found the letter writers, the most respected of whom in Wyn Tarmo.

Wyn Tarmo is an older man, how old it is hard to say, but he is still spry and his green-amber eyes are clear, his ears sharp, and his hand steady.  All important qualifications in a letter writer.  His greying hair is tied back and his clothes plain, the only thing notable is his writing kit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday Magic Item – Spirit Hunter’s Candle

31 January, 2023

No unliving yet . . .Gollaon lit the candles and placed it inside a lantern.  “Cannot risk an errant breeze putting this out.”

Voddick shook his head.  “How did I let you talk me into spirit hunting again?”

“And the purse of gold has nothing to do with it?”

Voddick just grumbled.

Spirit Hunter’s Candle

These candles have an odd sheen to their wax, which is usually black or dark red, they are difficult to extinguish once lit.

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Neko and Hund Outfitters (Petrichor 365)

30 January, 2023

Something like thisOn the main road out of Port Imperial -it has actually been paved and runs out through the first gate constructed for the walls that, will eventually, enclose the land side of the city- is a stout building made of mixed stone with iron-bound doors and a slate roof.  The windows are narrow and additionally blocked with iron bars.  A sign above the main door has the silhouette of a cat and a hound above a crossed pick and shovel and on the door is “Neko and Hund Outfitters.Read the rest of this entry »

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Alacon’s Boarding House (Petrichor 365)

29 January, 2023

Such is live in a boarding house.While this bonding house once had quite a nice location but now it is wedged between two warehouses and its view of the harbor blocked by other new construction.  It is a three-story building that has been repaired a surprising number of times for a structure that has only been around for five years.

Originally built by Gis Alacon, at only two stories, with their settlement pay from their position as the second mate of a cargo ship.  Seeing a gap in the market for housing, the boarding house was the result, two years later, another story was added. Read the rest of this entry »

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Six, Gambler (Petrichor 365)

28 January, 2023

Place your betsCome and try your luck, a winner every time!  Come and throw the dice and win some coins!

Where there are people willing to take risks for money and people who have suddenly made too much money, you will usually find gambling.  And one of those gamblers is the enigmatic figure known simply as Six. Read the rest of this entry »

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Arrun the Fisher (Petrichor 365)

28 January, 2023

Teach a man to fish . . .Things are always busy on the docks, even at night, but one of the constants is Arrun the Fisher.  He arrived on a small boat, badly damaged from a storm, and just stayed.

Arrun is of average height and thin but is stronger than he looks.  His clothes are worn and his greying brown hair hangs to his neck.  His eyes are grey-blue and often have a faraway look to them.   Arrun always has a couple of knives on his person, several fishing poles, a basket, and a couple of small nets.  Sometime while he is fishing he will produce a pipe and some shag and have a smoke, such is usually a sign that he is in a good mood. Read the rest of this entry »

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