Archive for the ‘People’ Category

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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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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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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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Commodore Pharos (Petrichor 365)

25 January, 2023

It will doWhile he is not always in port, his presence is always felt through his command of the Imperial Navy ships that visit Port Imperial.  Commodore Pharos is far too much of a sailor to stay ashore any longer than is required for his duties.

Much is said about Pharos, but how much is legendary and how much is the truth is hard to say, what is known is that he is an old earthkine.  How old?  Over eight hundred years it is said. If the stories are to be believed, he joined the Imperial Navy in the second century of the Empress’ rule as a midshipman during the Grand Spiral Progression.

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The Port Guard (Petrichor 365)

24 January, 2023

Watching you?The Port Guard are the closest thing Port Imperial has to a constabulary but even they primarily serve as the enforcement arm of the Imperial Bureaucracy that oversees the actual port of Port Imperial, keeping ships safe and making sure that the proper taxes and fees are paid.

Their numbers have grown over time from an initial force of twelve to seventy-five or so now.  They are glorified civil servants, not soldiers, though the Imperial forces give they weapon training weekly at Fort Ajzure, their role is to watch and intimidate and fight only if necessary. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Thata Iccei, Bodyguard for Hire (Petrichor 365)

24 January, 2023

Closer than I was expecting to find.Many travelers who come to Port Imperial do not appreciate how dangerous it is until they arrive.  There are many professional bodyguards happy to offer their services to such frightened people.  One of the reputable ones is Thata Iccei.

Thata Iccei come to Petrichor as part of a group seeking their fortunes, but she returned to Port Imperial bloodied and alone, and decided to just make a comfortable living in Port Imperial.  She still has nightmares about what happened to her and her allies in the wilderness and refuses to talk about it. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Cassion Nock, Fletcher (Petrichor 365)

21 January, 2023

Many things are needed by venturers, food, water, weapons, so much other gear and, of course, arrows.  The small shop of Cassion Nock, he took the family name as a nod to his craft, Arrows for sale!which sells arrows, bolts, and darts for all sorts of bows and other projectile weapons.  The fireplace has a small forge for finishing arrowheads and dark points.

The building holding his shop is three stories, the third having been slightly haphazardously added after the initial construction, made of reclaimed wood with a brick chimney.  The front door is decorated with carved arrows and bolts and leads into a ground floor workroom and showroom with barrels and racks of finished arrows, bolts, and darts and even more in the process of being made. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Nodens Vors, Mad Prophet (Petrichor 365)

19 January, 2023

Yes, it is John Brown.If one spends time in the markets, one will inevitably encounter a large man with an impressive beard and wild eyes who is speaking about . . . THINGS TO COME!  (Yes, he really does speak in all caps.)

No one is quite sure when he arrived in Port Imperial only that he did arrive on a ship, the Port authorities are quite firm on that point.  Some wags have even suggested that he is the reason that Port Imperial is getting a wall.

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