The Steel Bands

Request for Aid

The Company is at a Caravansarai, a kind of inn and meeting point for Caravans that crosses the Desert through the commercial routes of Gold and Silk Road, where they hear stories about the dilemma of Faithful Henry (or Iron Henry), but by the his real name, Hassam (in the West he assumed the name Henry when served as steward for some dukes) all around. When (and if) they asks the caravan-men, they will tell the story of how the Sultan Al-Hashid was turned into a frog by a wicked desert wizard and sent to a land far away by a terrible vulture. But recently, Faithful Hassam discovered that his master was released from his curse in a distant land and brought him back, with the foreigner princess who freed him.

Recently, however, Faithful Hassam had grown sully again, and it’s said that this is due the fact that his heart was again put into Steel Bands, which he asked to be placed by one of the Jann of the desert, so his heart would not burst with sorrow and desolation.

Some say this was because he fell in love with the criminal known as The Desert Lady-Thief. She had her head put under a price by the Sultan Vizier, Hamad, as a thief and murderer after several caravans were alleged attacked by her.

If they look for Hassam, he will tell his story and show his chest: everyone can see three stripes at the chest where his heart is: very likely those stripes are the three steel bands that the Jann placed to hold his heart whole. He appears to be cold, but certainly this is due of the steel bands.

“I have always been faithful to my master, but he does not listen to me on this case! I don’t believe she is a murderer as they say! I just didn’t left my station as my Sultan’s steward for the loyalty I have to him… But I had bound my heart again by steel bands to not burst in sorrow! What had I done to the Gods to deserve such unhappiness?” he says

  • Problem: Faithful Hassam is torn between happiness and duty, because his other half was branded as a thief and murderer by the Sultan;
  • Solution: Discover the truth behind all this and try to convince the Sultan to lift the death penalty, so they two could have their Happy Ending
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The Mystical Egg and the March Hare

Scene 1 - The Rabbitman

New York, March 1911. Easter is comming, and the children of Madam Sheridan’s orphan’s house and boarding school are excited with the Chocolate Egg Hunt that is sponsored and organized by the good men and women of The Century Club, to bring a little happiness and hope for the youth and poor in the Clinton Neighborhood.

As a plus, new sweets are launched every year. This year the new wave is the March Hare Chocolate Eggs, which, albeit cheap, is delicious. In fact, many can’t stop eating this.

However, one news shocked the city: one of the rare Faberge Eggs, made by the Fabergé Family, goldsmiths that works for the Russian Tsars, was recently stolen when put at display at the Smithsorian Museum! No one knows who stole it, even more considering the intense vigilance which the Egg was under! The New York Police are baffled, even more that all clues points to something that is not human!

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The Chocolate Egg Factory

Request for Aid

The Company arrives at a Village in the middle of a valley, surrounded by a typically beautiful Enchanted Forest. The Village lays near to a mountain, from which comes a smoke as if it were a volcano or as if there were a chimney.

The village are made of garish colored, beautiful houses. It is noticeable the intense trade, as it’s near a river and to the path that leads to the Valley exit, from where caravans of merchants come and go, taking advantage of the village as a trading outpost among themselves without the need to go to the Near Kingdoms.

One curious thing the Company will notice is that you can’t find cocoa or chocolate anywhere in the Village. The villagers will explain that this is not normal, not at all, as the famous Easter Egg Chocolate Factory is in a burrow under the Egg Mountain (the mountain where they could see the chimney). The smoke from the top is small for the time of year, and many of the villagers miss the activity of the Rabbits, since many of the villagers are themselves chocolatiere that worked for the Easter Bunny at those times, many learned the craft with the Rabbits or even with Easter Bunny itself.

The characters will then be sought by one of the Egg Factory Rabbits, who will take them to it: they will realize that, despite the small proportions, they can walk normally through the Factory.

The factory is huge, carved into more than half of the Mountain internals: one of the Valley’s natural waterfalls has been pulled from its course to feed the watermill which supplies power to the machinery, and part of the water is used into the boilers for the Chocolate conching and for other needs.

However the Company can see that the Rabbits are flabebrgasted, but not because of activity, quite the opposite: the lack of activity is making them touchy of such anxiety!

Then they are taken to a room that looks like the Factory’s control room, where they see a Bit Rabbit, with snowy fur, albino eyes and a small pink button of a leathery nose at the tip of the muzzle. He wears clothes as if he was a human, in a way that resembles the Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit. However, the characters will find that he looks a bit sick: his long ears are floppy and the characters may notice that his chees are not pinkish, as it should be, but rather green, as if he had eaten something that made him gone queasy!


“You must know about the Easter Egg tradition: every year I travel all around the Kingdoms, hiding chocolate eggs during the Easter season. This year, however, I’m not feeling very well. I think someone put some kind of poison on my food that made me sick, and I will not get well enough until the time I shoud hide our chocolate eggs. And, if that were not enough, I discovered that someone stole my Cookbook and cutted my chocolate supply lines, by robbing the caravans! Who could be doing this, I don’t know, but I believe that would be someone really selfish, to want too much to have all my chocolate eggs only for himself.”

  • Problem: Not only did the Easter Bunny fail to make eggs because of the raw material shortage, and he had the recipe cookbook stolen, but also something or someone managed to put him sick!
  • Solution: Recover the Cookbook, get the raw material and ready the Easter eggs!
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