SCUP Playtest: Cape Veyl and the Unspeakable Pirates

4th Session Events

Let's See What We Can Remember


Bite this George R.R. Martin

The Witchfinder General was ambushed by Candle and We Silence. The Beloved got a painful handlock on the man, snipped his hair, and transformed himself into a double of Golden Eye. The Witchfinder fled, and ran face first into Wick, who aikido flipped him, waited for the nod, and then dispatched him. Anyone fleeing from Candle might be an enemy of the House of the Torch and must be neutralized. All hail the sword and sorcery security state! What will be made of his mole in the House of Veyal, time will tell.

Highlight Moment

The Bloodletter was trying to “improve” Grand Marshal Seleucis. He has been freed from his paralysis. He does have funky holes in his head. Like this:


Oh yeah, a weird cloud of floating black goo emerged from his head and The Bloodletter kept it in a ceramic container.

Character Actions


Made a very strong entrance, coming from the ocean through a storm, seeing the violence of The Open Hand on the docks, and experimenting with the Grand Marshal. She has old connections with Lord Veyal and passing acquaintance with Candle. She is carrying medicine for Candle’s daughter. Which she has one of.


Making sure the Barque from The House of Veyal isn’t tampered with. She was looking out to see. We Silence came and did some weird dancing, hinting that they have to work out some relationship between the characters.

The Crown

After the sacrifice, Lord Veyal leads a bold search for the now exposed sorcerer. During that trip, his dear comrade Grand Marshal Seleucis is paralyzed. And the ambitious and manipulative Witchfinder General is kidnapped by the sublimated Hidden Master. Lord Veyal has found a way to neutralize the Witchfinder.

The Beloved

Dealing with the wake of the sacrifice. Went for a swim. Danced strangely with Candle, and finally came to some agreement to stay out of each other’s way.

The Adept

Murcia was a shadowy figure. He has worked a teleportation channel through the island from his hidden cave to the castle.

A bit of a schematic:
[Murcia’s cave [Hidden room {teleport gate}] <——————→ [Castle [Guest Quarter “Grand Marshal” [Closet {teleport gate}]

Murcia is lurking there.


A Monster: The Hidden Master

Golden Eye, a Witchfinder General for The House of Veyal went looking for the exposed sorcerer of The Corpus. On that quest, Grand Marshal Selecusis was paralyzed suddenly, and Golden Eye disappeared, later to be discovered incoherent in the demolished lair of the sorcerer. Lord Veyal is keeping the forces under Golden Eye’s command busy looking for The Hidden Master. What will happen when the sublimated master stops hiding?

- the agent of The Corpus has turned himself into a spirit that haunts the shadows of the jungles
- human contact: The Adept
- countdown [*] [ ] [ ]

A Realm: The Sea

Our newest character, the bloodletter was confronted by an unseasonal wind, and strange seaweed slurping away at the hull. The seaweed is unusually animate when in the water and attacking the ship, but vegetative when out of the water. It tastes …. weird but edible. Local sailors don’t recognize it. Why is the sea seemingly encircling and choking off the pirate lord of Cape Veyal? What does it want?

- the sea is a mythological power, not a natural resource
- travel too and from the island is imperilled, for everyone
- so, ambiguous, what does it want
- human contact: The Beloved/Candle
- countdown [*] [ ] [ ]

A Cabal: The Open Hand

No real interaction with the peasants. But while walking by the the fishers’ shanties, Candle caught a dart in the neck. What will be their next outrage?

- radical fisher-folk, peasant sailor secret society
- paradoxically, they hate those who profit from secrets (death to The Order of The Torch!)
- human contact: Lord Veyal
- countdown [*] [ ] [ ]

h2: A Power: __________

It has been at work. You just don’t know how. It hasn’t made itself apparent.

- it was We Silence, but we never went far into it
- countdown [ ] [ ] [ ]



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