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Act 1: A Gray Wedding

Of Korvosa…
The entire city is buzzing. From every street peddler to the grand forum, distant Korvosa’s marriage to wild Shoanti has the whole world gossiping. The direct, albeit distant, relative of famous philanthropist/explorer Montlarion Jeggare of Korvosa, Minerva Jeggare, is marrying in to the Sklar-Quah’s Met-y-Thaht of the wild Shoati tribes of the Cinderlands. From the talk the deal is not sitting well with the other noble houses of Korvosa and Magnimar, and even the nobles of Cheliax have taken notice of the former Imperial province’s power grab. This marriage would simultaneously consolidate Korvosa’s position as primary power in Varisia, and allow the combined might of the three cities armies and the former enemies of the various Shoanti tribes to push into the Orc stronghold of Belkzen. While this would seem a positive in a world of evil, if the already taxed defenses of Lastwall were to fall it could plunge almost a dozen nations into war.
A Tide of Infinites…
Despite the many hundreds of miles Absolom is from Korvosa, word of an event such as this travels fast. Hundreds of thousands of ships go in and out of the City at the Center of the World, and even more have been putting in since the news. Almost a full year has passed since the announcement and the number of ships has only increased. Each crew containing stories of a grand city being built from horizon to horizon in order to celebrate, or a cadre of dragons being brought out of distant Kelesh. Some even say that Ingrid the White, one of the seven Linnorn Kings will be in attendance, as well as her companion Linnorn! If any of the stories are to be true this will be an event for the ages. Despite the varying stories there is one that remains consistent: workers are needed, of every kind. The ships by their thousands are taking every living being they can get their hands on (some have resorted to press gangs, even outright slavery) to fetch their weight in gold, and a chair at the celebration.

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