Welcome to the Flaming Faggot

Callovia is called "the boundless empire" yet you have managed to find its northern border - a notorious roadhouse deep within the Madrasan Marches on the edge of the wilds of Llanvirnesse. The sign above the door reads "Flaming Faggot," which would suggest a cozy, homey inn with fresh biscuits served at teatime if not for the severed troll heads mounted on pikes at the gate.

As you cross the threshold the raucous din quiets momentarily as all eyes dart to the door and calloused hands drop instinctively to well-worn sword hilts. The threat, instantly assessed, is dismissed and roadhouse patrons go about their business hardly missing a beat.

Grim, hard-eyed men huddle around tables in close conversation thick with conspiracy; caravan guards gamble away their earnings; Caemric rangers sit close to the fireplace cooking the damp of the Black Annis from their clothes as they warm their innards with Red Dragon Ale; minstrels play and buxom wenches dance for the pleasure of men who pay them little attention - until they need a companion to warm their bed.

As you approach the bar, a huge, bald barman with a greatsword slung across his back slides a mug of freshly-pulled ale towards you, its frothy head dripping over the rim.

"Pull up a seat, lad," he says, "and let me tell you a tale of high adventure."

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Gone Fossil Huntin'

I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be doing field work for the rest of August, so there won't be any further posts until September.

Hopefully, I'll find some cool stuff to turn into even cooler monsters when I get back.



Jayson said...

Where are you of to? What's the focus? Good hunting.

Sean Robson said...

For the past seven years I've been part of a team from the Manitoba Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum that have been excavating a site in central Manitoba with exceptional preservation. We've been collecting some of the best preserved fossil jellyfish in the world, as well as eurypterids, and a new genus of horseshoe crab that extends the fossil record of the group by 100 million years.

We've reconstructed the environment of the site as an ancient shallow lagoon about 450 million years old.

Shane Mangus said...

Sean, have a great time digging up history. Be safe and have fun!