Drachenreich - A 7th Sea Campaign
Fanfare For The Common Man - The Struggle For Social Justice
This is the page for the campaign thread relating to the social injustice in Lierre and beyond.
The heroes have returned home to the bustling town of Lierre in the Montaigne province of D’Aur. There they have found a polarised society where the interest and faiths of the common folk are over-ridden by the dictates of the local nobility.
Events Unfolded – Date & Event
|16 Julius||Heroes arrive home to Lierre.|
|16 Julius||Encounter Sgt Edmund Gilbert, a former comrade in arms who despite his shiftless nature and short temper, seems to have become a non-commissioned officer in a new militia sponsored by Le Comte De Lierre Vallee – the Lierre Rifles, or ’L’Avertisseurs’ as the locals call them. L’Avertisseurs seem to be made up in part of ex-military men, many of whom have been sent home early from the war.|
|16 Julius||Heroes witness one of L’Avertisseur being ’prank’d’ by a local youth. Other pranks occur over the next couple of days. They seem to target authority figures around the town, lawyers, judiciary and the forces of the law.|
|17 Julius||A covert assignation involving Aliz, takes her through the poverty-stricken backstreets of the town. She sees much deprivation in the high courtyarded slums, as well as evidence of pamphleteering. The Pamphlets are well printed and have an insurgent message of dissent, attacking the rise of ‘private law’ and the re-allocation of church tithes to help pay for it.|
|17 Julius||After socialising with colleagues and old friends in the comfort and warm welcome of Tavern Gaultier, the heroes make/renew some good contacts: Dr Hubrecht Stern – Jean’s friend from Dechaine, a timber worker called Paul Martin, and several others. The Tavern’s proximity to the Lumber Yards makes it a hotbed of debate and opinion for the artisan classes. It’s beer kellar out back, attracts Eisen incomers, some of whom work in the forests of Lockhorn, and many of whom Ulrich has good ties with.|
|18 Julius||Jolan visits a family friend along with Ulrich – the friend is the rather effite and aesthetic musketeer Adamous Courbertin. He tells them of rising social problems in the town and surrounds. He is against the insurrectionist message some spread but he is clearly a man who has principles about looking after the common folk. The Heroes hear of a prolific road brigand called ‘Le Renardmarche’, who has stolen goods and monies from local nobility. Jolan discovers that despite the questionable relationship he enjoyed with his family (and his late father in particular), he has inherited a townhouse, a building he didn’t even know his father owned. The heroes quiz Adamous about an attack on one of his musketeer colleagues, Cornelius, forming the view that it was a pre-planned assasination attempt.|
|18 Julius||The Heroes growing empathy with a small group of politically active artisans and Dr Hubrecht Stern, leads to the revelation of a hidden college in the old sewers beneath the town. There seems to be some sort of central organization behind the college. They encounter leading figures in the underground group, notably Patrice Monvel (a servant in the Comte’s household), and Raphaella Leclerq, (a scarlet-haired firebrand who seems to be a driving force behind the college). Also present is Henri Pichot, the College’s Reading Master – a key academic figure. The College teaches politics, reading and arithmetic, as well as skill at arms. It has an advanced printing press, and is revealed to be the source of the seditious pamphleteering.|
|18 Julius||The Heroes are attacked as they exit the college, although how they were located there is unknown. A desperate fight to the death ensues. The attackers prove to be members of L’Avertisseurs in disguise.|