Zeitgeist: The Gears of Revolution

Nevard's Prophecy

Nevard’s Prophecy:
“I saw a dark figure, standing atop Cauldron Hill, towering over our city.
The sun set, and he cast a shadow across Parity Lake, stretching northwest,
into the sea, beyond the horizon. He is born in our city, but his ultimate
goal is elsewhere. And also things moved in his shadow—indeed, his
shadow moved before he did, for while he was mighty, he was controlled
by others.
“I saw smoke hiding his face, for he was made mighty by industry.
In my vision, a king chased him out to sea and defeated him by slicing
him free from his shadow. But the cauldron had already shattered, and
many thousands were drowned and devoured in its roil.
“I saw three birds alight on the peak, the first of black silk, the second
of black steel, both weeping blood. But the third was made of stars, and
it sang many songs.
“I tell you this: Cauldron Hill is not safe. Twice will danger arise, and
twice will we be deceived into thinking it is safe to return, but we must
avoid the place and avoid being tricked. I have arranged shelter in the
Cloudwood, where people can be safe until the darkness passes.”

The following is the portion he only revealed to you, and not to the general public:

“A woman sat on a leather couch in a waiting room, surrounded by
red curtains. She held a gold coin and rolled it across the back of her
fingers. A pick lay against the side of the couch. He asked her what she
was waiting for, and she answered in a language he didn’t know, saying,
‘The place I’m going isn’t here yet.’
“A trumpeter carried a lantern onto the stage of a darkened theater,
and the people gathered for his performance applauded, then lit
lanterns of their own. The theater never got bright enough for him to
see their faces.
“One man tore himself in two, and his twin selves fought over a woman,
tearing her into three, who ran away. Mice skittered around them, collecting
cheese fallen amid the rails of a trainyard. Then a train roared down the
track past him, but it had no one driving it. In the distance it derailed, and
crushed two of the women, but which of the three survived?
“A man carrying a bronze staff with three keyholes is assailed by
swords and arrows and fire, but nothing kills him. He began to take off
his robes, revealing tiger fur beneath them, while stars fell from the sky
all around him. Then the sky was dark, and when the sun should have
risen, instead a pale glowing cloud floated in the dark.
“Finally, tyrant and murderer languished in prison, hanging from
twelve chains and hooks that pierced her feet, her legs, her thighs, her
shoulders, her arms, and her hands. But the thirteenth hook that sealed
her mouth swung loose, and it fluttered in the breeze as she whispered
a map that led everywhere.”

The Prophecy

As best he could, Sebastian tried to commit the Prophecy to memory. When he realized that wouldn’t be very effective, he wrote it in his journal as best he could remember:

The Prophecy:

When the globe spins on its axis
Steel ships go to war in a sail of shadows
When the world passes into night
And blackness grips as stars fall from the sky
The King’s eyes turn soulless white and he moves as if a puppet
With his strings pulled by a man who dies 1,000 times.

Welcome to your Adventure Log!
A blog for your campaign

Every campaign gets an Adventure Log, a blog for your adventures!

While the wiki is great for organizing your campaign world, it’s not the best way to chronicle your adventures. For that purpose, you need a blog!

The Adventure Log will allow you to chronologically order the happenings of your campaign. It serves as the record of what has passed. After each gaming session, come to the Adventure Log and write up what happened. In time, it will grow into a great story!

Best of all, each Adventure Log post is also a wiki page! You can link back and forth with your wiki, characters, and so forth as you wish.

One final tip: Before you jump in and try to write up the entire history for your campaign, take a deep breath. Rather than spending days writing and getting exhausted, I would suggest writing a quick “Story So Far” with only a summary. Then, get back to gaming! Grow your Adventure Log over time, rather than all at once.


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