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After the wear and tear of your previous adventures, you manage to get a day off to relax in Port Nyanzaru. The barkeep at the Thundering Lizard is quick to tell you that today is actually a holiday in Chult: The Midwinter Festival. The barkeep is too busy to go into too much detail, but he suggests that you'll all have a good time. Just head to the docks!

You eat a light breakfast and head out to the dock area of the city. There's quite a crowd gathered a young, festively dressed man on a small stage.

The man grumbles to himself and wipes at his shoulders, a scowl of irritability playing across on his face. He uses a cantrip to make snow fly in the air. The crowd cheers.

As the snow is cast into the air, it vanishes.

He approaches the podium on the stage and clears his throat. "How's it going, folks. Listen up; I'm not going to say this again. Welcome to Port Nyanzaru and to the Midwinter Festival. I'm going to read off a bit of information about today's festivities.

"As you may or may not know, today is the final day of Reach. At sundown, we will transition to the, uh, climactic Middle blowout, and finally, we'll get into the Midwinter Festival celebration after sundown. My name is, uh, Ouen Azemar: Lieutenant of the Flaming Fist and Captain of the Snowmen."


The crowd gives another round of applause as Azemar makes more snow drift over everyone.
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"What be this white stuff? Saurik no see before. Why so cold? Hmm... where is there drink?" Saurik says, getting out of his favourite chair.
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Kethyra Human Sorcerer Lvl 2
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Kethyra smiles at the short-lived snow. Her eyes go briefly distant as it reminds her of home far to the north and all that she is separated from at this time of year.

In an unguarded moment, her hand finds its way to her pocket to gently touch the silver spoon that she has carried with her through many journeys. Her finger traces the now well-worn 'M' engraved in the handle as she continues to harbor some hope that she will one day discover the significance of the item that was found with her when she was left as a baby at the cartographer's guild those many years ago.
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Dags follows the others to the docks, shielding himself from the sun. He as to squint to see the man on the stage and the cold snow, even in it's tiniest amounts makes him shiver, "Dags hate sun, Dags hate cold. Dags doesn't think he'll like this festival. Boo you like this?" The kobold turns his attention to a small mouse stored in a pocket.

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Someone turns at Saurik's question. "I think that's called 'snow.' Frozen water, right? Something like that. We never get it here, that's for sure."

The characters can make a History, Nature, or Arcana check to see if they recall anything about this festival. Only one check per character, please!
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Kethyra tries to recall anything she may have learned about the Midwinter festival as it is celebrated in Chult.

Arcana 1d20+3 = (1) + 3 = 4
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Monfeirion follows along, chatting and glad handing various people as the party makes its way to the docks. "Midwinter festival, eh? Tryin' to think if I can recall anythin'..." says the pirate.

History: 1d20+1 = (11) + 1 = 12

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Storm swats at the flakes before they disappear. "Storm on the Horizon has seen storms before but thus is strange indeed."

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"Saurik hear of this festival before... strange nothern tradition with crazy old man stuffing self into fire pot," Saurik says.
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What is this is gathering?

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Monty, Storm, and Saurik:

You all recall a few points about the festival and share them with each other. The Midwinter Festival in its celebratory form is a new tradition.
Historically, Midwinter was a time of observance and remembrance - a time to reflect on the year and all the hardships you or your kin may have
encountered in seasons past. Only in the past two centuries has it become a time of peace and community gathering.

Nearly 100 years ago at the end of the Spellplague, an evil wizard by the name of Yutun fie Ghelzir had established a stronghold of magical ice amidst the Peaks of Flame, far to the south in Chult. After some time of
inaction, the wizard presumably died. With that, the people of Chult now celebrate their unity by utilizing some of the magics gleaned from the evil wizard to make their celebration more festive.

Yutun fie Ghelzir was as brilliant as he was cruel and unfeeling. His
obsessions drove him to the Peaks of Flame where he studied and experimented with all things cold and frozen. Some say that his fortress still stands and that his vile, chilled essence permeates the coldest reaches of Chult – from the mountain tops to the underground caverns where even the dwarves fear to tread.


Merric, you remember some odd trivia you had one heard. Pembelon, a fruit
native to Chult that naturally has a heating effect on any creature that consumes it, can be changed by cold magic to have a pleasant chilling effect instead. The fruit is important to the people of Chult and worth a fair amount on the mainland.

Kethyra, you remember that magic is a thing you can do!
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Saurik tells what he remembers to the others.

"Let us join in festivities. Hopefully no need to sit in fire pot," Saurik says.
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jasonpanella wrote:


Kethyra, you remember that magic is a thing you can do!



If I roll any worse, I'd start to wonder if that's something I could forget!
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"So, do you think we might check out this ice castle Ghelzir built? Sounds chilling..."
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Sorry for the limited posting, gang--been a weird confluence of crappy events on my end, but I think I'm able to post normally, at least today!

The party finishes up recall (or not recalling) what they know and decide to move on. As the characters pass through the gates of a large, festively
decorated obscuring wall, they enter a large area akin to a rounded courtyard. There are a few signs and directories spread around, what looks to be a crowded path that leads into the main festival itself, three large, identical booths side by side topped with signs reading "Token Exchange," a sizable cottage spilling over with lights, music, and countless guests.

The billboard above it reads, "Prize Box." And off to the side are several glowing portals, a sign over head reads "To Fort Beluarian."
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Dags studies the area, curious about the snow, but not a fan of anything cold. Pulling his cloak closer around him, he looks about.

perception 1d20-1 = (6) - 1 = 5

"Dags wonders whats in prize box."

The sun continues to prove an annoyance and distraction to the kobold.

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Storm walks confidently up to the booth marked token exchange. "What do you exchange for tokens? And what are tokens good for?"
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Saurik too is curious about tokens.

"Change to play games?" Saurik says, going into that booth.
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Inside, the token exchange hut is loud and hot. The clinking of metal coins, laughter and conversation, along with the faintest hum of Midwinter music all mash together into a festive cacophony that borders on "too much." There are ten tellers dressed in colorful vests and light-up hats.

In front of them, marked by velvet ropes, are 10 lines. When approached, a teller greets any visitor with “A Merry Midwinter Festival to you! How can I help you?"

When asked the tokens, the teller says, "Oh, you WIN tokens from the events, and you can cash those in. You need tickets to play, though. 1 sp per ticket. You can always buy them from each event, but if you want to buy in bulk you can get some here!"

Each token can be cashed in for 20 xp when you win them!
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Storm claps his paws together. "Wonderful!" He reaches for his purse and says, "I'll take 5 gold worth if you point Storm on the Horizon in the direction of the nearest game!"
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Saurik is cautious.

"How many events there be? Hope winning not too much work!" Saurik says.

20 xp per token? Oooh...
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Merric Barrelborn

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Merric looks around to see what events are on offer.
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Between being inside and seeing all the games, Dags becomes excited, "Dags think this is fun!" He pulls Boo out of a pocket and holds him up, "Boo look at all of this!"

sign me up for some tickets too! how do we get some xp!
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Lights: white and silver, brilliant, multicolored, twinkling and flickering strands wrap every tree, booth, store, and street sign in sight. Radiantly polished brass light posts line every edge, every path, and hold aloft enormous candles; their open flames quaver and twitch dripping hot wax onto red-berried vines wrapped about their base. Music swings through the air: melodies of plush strings and crystal horns woven into a well-worn quilt loomed by the comforting nostalgia of age-old holiday carols. At the jungle’s edge, wrapping each lanky palm tree's trunk are silver and gold garlands; the tree's green, fan-like fronds bend like bows beneath hung, hollowed fruits and roots, each with a candle inside revealing with warm light a smiling face or awkward festive shape carved into the surface.

Pathways peppered with families, all wrapped in heavy fur coats, watch through windows as artisans fold pearlescent colored sugars into hard candies, bakers cut shapes from table-length sheets of dough, and chocolatiers pour steaming tawny silks into magnificent molds.

The sounds, the music: the same gentle hymns float in the background, but are now joined by the aural fullness of cooking foods, pouring pints, the jingle of tiny bells, the near and distant euphony of laughter, of happiness. The hiss of searing meats carried alongside its hunger-inducing aroma; the calls of merchants, of vendors offering piping hot corn cobs, freshly popping and popped popcorns, still-warm and soft caramels. You catch a glimpse of a passerby sipping the densest, overflowing cream-colored drink from a flagon so big she must carry it with two hands. There's so much here, so much to do, to eat, drink, enjoy, you're a bit overwhelmed and realize it's kind of hot outside. With all things winter, you forgot how tropical Chult really is.

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HP 15/15, AC 15, Init +2, PP 14, Spl: 1st/3 Atk+4 DC 14 | Bardic Insp 2/2 Hungry Jaws: [ ]

Saurik pays 3 gp for 30 tokens.

"Let us go and play! Eating and drinking is Saurik's way!" Saurik says.
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