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Chateau Raveline

Chateau Raveline is a Vault.

Description:

The favourite stories of the Comtes des Raveline claim they descend from the first Sun-King. Other stories have them prowling the forest in wolf-shape. They are long gone. Their rotting chateau remains. Not all its malignities have been uncovered.

Start Description:

The remote and rotting chateau of the Comtes des Raveline was looted long ago. We have found hints that it was not looted thoroughly enough. There may be a secret room. Equally, there may be a curse.

Success Description:

Behind a rotting tapestry of wolves hunting men, a panelled wall. In the panelled wall, a secret door. The spring is long gone, of course. We had to smash it in with hammers.

End Description:

The last treasures of the Comtes des Raveline lie here, in a surprisingly airy room. High skylight windows have long since broken, and the floor is lost underneath leaves and debris, but once the place was furnished as a nursery. Here is a cradle, with the skeleton of a puppy.

How to acquire

It is randomly awarded for exploring A Forgotten Chronicle [ Secret Histories 6 ].

Obstacles

A Hidden Door - overcome with one of: Knock, Lantern

Dry Soul Curse - overcome with one of: Heart, Lantern

Rewards

The Morphy Codex (Book)

The High Mysteries of the Innermost Chamber of our Church Solar (Book)

Book of True Blood (Book)

Cinnabar Amulet (Tool)

Greydawn Oil (Ingredient)

The reference to the "first Sun-king" and the wolf associations, along with the sacred text of the Church of the Unconquered Sun, suggest that the Comtes des Raveline were affiliated with The Sun-in-Splendour. The Rarity: Case of 1865 Domaine Raveline was presumably produced at or near the Chateau Raveline. This suggests that the Chateau may have been inhabited into the 1800s.

Fermier Abbey

Fermier Abbey is a Vault.

Description:

Robert Fermier spent much of his unsavoury fortune on the endowment of this monumental, forest-crowded abbey. The monks dislike visitors. Their ways are not exactly orthodox. They celebrate a certain harvest festival with unsavoury vigour.

Start Description:

Fermier Abbey, folded into the forest like a jewel-box smuggled in a green robe. If we can make it through the forest, we'll still have to face the monks.

Success Description:

The monks and their miseries lie behind us. Here in their chapel-courtyard, a great yew rises beside a granite altar, lidded like a sarcophagus. What's within?

End Description:

The space inside the altar is filled with broken cups, every one painted red, every one scrawled with vile graffiti and otherwise befouled. The monks must have held great ceremonies of detestation, and kept the remains as trophies. Buried among the cup-corpses are other treasures.

How to acquire

It is randomly awarded for exploring A Forgotten Chronicle [ Secret Histories 6 ].

Obstacles

Peril-Prowled Forest - overcome with one of: Forge, Moth

Monks - overcome with one of: Edge, Moth

Rewards

The Thirsting Tantra (Book)

Against the Sisterhood of the Knot and... (Book)

THE MAGUS VON BRANDT'S AUTHENTIC AND UNIQUE ACCOUNT OF THE TRUE TONGUE OF THE TRUE HOLY LAND OF THE HIGHMOST (Book)

The Tantra of Worms (Book)

De Horis (Book 2) (Book)

Rose-Pearl Dust (Ingredient)

Orthos Wood

Orthos Wood is a Vault.

Description:

The pines grow thick as hairs on a dog's back. The airs of the inner wood are chokingly thick with resin and dust. The source that brought you here claimed that in the dawn times, the greatest tree, at the wood's black heart, served as perch for a great masked Crow.

Start Description:

In the black heart of Orthos Wood, we might find the tree where the masked Crow met its peers. But the forest itself is a peril, and the cannibal clans who live there are another.

Success Description:

This is the great oak where the masked Crow once roosted. Lightning has split it from head to heart, and the tree is charred and rotting. It squirms with finger-length worms. Something glints dully in the swarm of dead roots.

End Description:

A root coils around an egg of lead the size of a child. Perhaps it was plated with another metal, once, but the weather has removed all trace of any coating. After a struggle, the halves of the egg come apart to reveal its contents.

How to acquire

It is randomly awarded for exploring A Forgotten Chronicle [ Secret Histories 6 ].

Obstacles

Peril-Prowled Forest - overcome with one of: Forge, Moth

Watchers - overcome with one of: Edge, Grail, Moth

Rewards

In The Mountains... (Book)

Whispering Amulet (Tool)

Dappled Mask (Tool)

Leathy (Ingredient)

The Vanderschaaf Collection

The Vanderschaaf Collection is a Vault.

Description:

A cramped little museum in a provincial town, long closed to the public since an outbreak of peculiar rapture in the room where they keep the pressed flowers. Only the very curious would ever pay attention to the place, and its close-warded store-room of ill-omened treasures.

Start Description:

The door to the Painted Chamber of the Vanderschaaf Collection is locked and warded. The building is said to be 'haunted by flowers'.

Success Description:

The walls of the Painted Chamber carry scenes of war from all the major histories - Vienna falling to the Worms, the Sovereigns of the Leashed Flame burning the martyr-soldiers of the Knot Sisterhood, the meeting of Alexander and the Shadowless King. Along one wall, a shelf is stuffed with junk and curiosities.

End Description:

A book of pressed flowers emanating a peculiar scent; three elderly Baedekers; a collection of butterflies painted black and white; and the real treasures. An oddity in a glass case and a cloisonn├ęd coffer of rare books.?

How to acquire

It is randomly awarded for exploring A Forgotten Chronicle [ Secret Histories 6 ].

Obstacles

A Warded Door - overcome with one of: Forge, Knock The Fifth Eye Curse - overcome with one of: Heart, Winter

Rewards

The Watchful Tantra (Book)

THE MAGUS VON BRANDT'S AUTHENTIC AND UNIQUE ACCOUNT OF THE TRUE TONGUE OF THE TRUE HOLY LAND OF THE HIGHMOST (Book)

The Vinzant Inscriptions (Book)

The Geminiad (Book)

Paradoxical Curio (Tool)

Jumble

A Rattling in the Soul (Influence)

The Forman House

The Forman House is a Vault.

Description:

Filip Forman, the helminthologist and antiquarian, did all his best work here at the family home, until the day his subjects escaped. The infestation was destroyed, but Forman, they say, walks the halls to this day, guarding his library and his shame.

Start Description:

Unquestionably, this bleak mansion is haunted. The last visitor saw and fled the dead before they could touch him with their fraying hands. The visitor before that claimed she saw nothing, but she died of despair exactly one year later to the day.

Success Description:

In the room that overlooks the grimy glass of the broken conservatory, twisted shapes yellow-pale as maggots recline on slabs of wood. These are the plaster-casts that Forman made of the poor souls inhabited by the creatures he studied. In some of the figures, the entry-holes are visible in the relevant surface. In others, we might assume the creatures entered by ear, or mouth, or elsewhere.

End Description:

The room is empty. But at last, when we chance to break one of the casts, we find Forman's library-treasures, cached in the figure's yellowing abdomen.

How to acquire

It is randomly awarded for exploring A Forgotten Chronicle [ Secret Histories 6 ].

Obstacles

The Fretful Dead - overcome with one of: Edge, Winter

Dry Soul Curse - overcome with one of: Heart, Lantern

Rewards

On Matthias and the Amethyst Imago: Transformation (Book)

The Devoured Tantra (Book)

The Deeds of the Scarred Captain (Book)

The World Does Not Weep (Book)

Key Hunter's Garret

Key Hunter's Garret is a Vault.

Description:

Vienna is one of those few cities which has the same name in every History, although adepts know it as the White City, or perhaps the City of the White. In a snowy street, in a crooked house, in a high and rattling attic, we have learnt that an eccentric hunter of imaginary keys has established a tiny trove of odd books.

Start Description:

Once in Vienna, we hear that the key-hunter has not been seen for many days. A local drunk insists that a great serpent entered the house to devour them. Certainly, the house is unlit and boarded up, and there is a reptile-house smell.

Success Description:

The room stinks of serpent-musk and burnt paper. Someone has comprehensively destroyed all the records they could find. They've even scrubbed the walls clean. Cold ashes choke the fireplace. No trace of the poor soul who rented this place remains.

End Description:

A single corner of fire-curled paper has survived the flames. In a shaky hand, it reads: 'Lady K. Green Chalcedony. Three-lobed. Spring leaves in fi -' But, unexpectedly,in a suitcase beside the flames, a little trove of books survives. Whoever destroyed the key-hunter's journals saw no need to burn these books.

How to acquire

It is randomly awarded for exploring A Forgotten Chronicle [ Secret Histories 6 ].

Obstacles

Watchers - overcome with one of: Edge, Grail, Moth

Younger Sister - overcome with one of: Edge, Knock

A Hidden Door - overcome with one of: Knock, Lantern

Rewards

The Irreproachable Traditions... (Book)

The Serenity of the Black Wood (Book)

On the Matter and the Deeds of Serpents (Book)

The Journal of Alessandro LaCroce (Book)

The Unnumbered Stones

The Unnumbered Stones are a repeatable Vault.

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