Swashbuckling scallywags sailing the Sea of Souls,
I have for you an update on Shiver Our Souls, event 9 in the No Rest for the Wicked campaign.
To cover the basics: it’s November 6-8 at Douglaswood Scout Centre near Dundee, and general ticket sales will open September 16th at 19:00. Apologies for the delays in releasing ticket sales, but we needed Richard to finish soaking up the essence of piracy in the Caribbean.
If you were crewing at In the Footsteps of Giants, you will receive an email with a code you can use to book your player ticket early as a thank you for crewing for us. Talking of crewing, anyone wishing to crew Shiver Our Souls can book now. The crewing ticket includes catering but if you’d prefer to prepare your own meals, it doesn’t cost a penny to crew.
Housekeeping stuff: Douglaswood has four 8-bunk rooms, and one 2-bunk room available for players. If you would like to pre-book a room, you must be able to fill the room. As a note, priority on the 2-bunk room will go to those who need it for medical concerns and all pre-bookings are first-come, first-served. Except where rooms are pre-booked, bunks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wish to camp, you are free to do so, though I will remind people that it is November in Scotland in case they had somehow forgotten.
Bookings can be done at http://billetto.co.uk/shiver-our-souls/ and the premise for the event can be found below.
Be seeing you,
No Rest for the Wicked
“There’s not been a gathering like this in our lifetime…”
For ten thousand years, the Ruhrort Sector has been plagued by pirates. A law unto themselves, they strike across both sides of the Line, against Imperium and Chaos both, caring only for plunder and profit. Led by the avaricious descendents of the renegade Greylark Dynasty, and striking from an hidden system guarded by the legendary Thief Star, they are a slumbering power in the Sector.
Give thanks to the Emperor that they have only ever concerned themselves with disparate pillages and raids, and never found cause to unite as a single force. Until now. For the Queen of Ravens, Arch-Champion of Slaanesh, is abroad in the Ruhrort Sector, her spies and infiltrators working to seduce as many outlaw captains as they can with promises of riches uncounted and power beyond imagination, if they but join her in tearing down the Imperium.
The Ruhrort pirates have never called anyone master but their own greed, but now they find themselves lured to the precipice of utter damnation. The only hope for their salvation lies in summoning the Court – a one-in-a-millennium gathering of all the mightiest Pirate Lords – to debate the matter of allegiance in the coming war. But a debate requires two sides, and those amongst the pirates who value their souls have reached out to the Imperium for aid against this mutual foe.
The Sector’s mightiest Rogue Traders and Inquisitors shall be led by hidden paths in the Warp to the pirates’ stronghold, protected from the vast, assembled armada of pirate warships and their cut-throat crews by the rite of parlay so long as they are not first to break its peace. Both they and the Queen will be outsiders, standing against one another as they struggle to win a majority of Pirate Lords to their side. Unable to strike at one another directly without breaching parlay, it will be a battle against Chaos unlike any other, fought with favours, honeyed words and daggers in the dark.
It will take them across the stolen worlds of the Thief Star, to the very edge of desperation and madness. For the Court is a gamble, an all-or-nothing bet: if they cannot secure the pirates’ support, they will have handed the pirates to the Queen upon a silver platter…
Shiver Our Souls is a battle against Slaanesh in his most insidious form: the tempting serpent. It will require characters of all talents: explorers to seek out lost treasures with which to buy the Pirate Lords’ allegiances, warriors to defend against the horrors that lurk in the shadow of the Thief Star and the Queen’s own sabotage efforts, and diplomats to achieve with impassioned words what strength of arms cannot – defeat the Queen of Ravens at her own game.
But remember: just because the Queen of Ravens cannot be attacked directly, does not mean an easy struggle. The Thief Star has collected things worse than pirates over the millennia, and the Queen will work whatever devastating interference she can get away with to see you lose. Defeat is a real possibility, and victory will require you to reach your limits – and perhaps dare to go beyond them.