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."

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May in Winnipeg

Won't this cursed winter ever end?

Isn't May a beautiful month?

13 comments:

Matt Finch said...

Good lord... it's 80 degrees here in Texas.

Sean Robson said...

Grumble...it's -4 C here (about 25 degrees Fahrenheit).

Shane Mangus said...

We have been having unseasonably hot weather here in North Carolina, which I find annoying. I am a cold weather kind of guy myself, but I am sure I wouldn't be as much so if I lived in your neck of the woods. It looks like you are having great gaming weather though, so at least enjoy it for that if nothing else. :-)

Sean Robson said...

Hey Shane, for all my grumbling I prefer cold weather to hot, myself. I doubt I'd survive a summer in Texas, or even your neck of the woods. But May should be one of nicest months of year here, so this just makes me grouchy.

You're right though, it is good gaming weather, and I'm just packing up a case full of Orks for rousing game of 40K tonight!

Jagatai said...

Here in central NY state I have been complaining that we went from winter to summer with nothing in between, seriously it went from 30 degree weather one day to 70 the next then a week at 80 with rain, then a week at 40 with rain. The weather is broken.

A Paladin In Citadel said...

How's the flooding situation?

Sean Robson said...

Winnipeg is dry thanks to the flood-ways but the province, in general, is experiencing record flooding in terms of area covered. We're still waiting for the the Red River and the Assiniboine to crest - probably tomorrow or Tuesday; the snow storm is delaying that and won't make it any better.

The Happy Whisk said...

I had a dream last night that it snowed here too. Just rain for us. Hope your snow melts and you get to see flowers soon.

PS: I like winter, too.

Trey said...

May? You sure that's not a February photo? ;)

Sean Robson said...

Yeah. Sadly I took the picture yesterday...

Zombiecowboy said...

Sean I feel your pain! I'm so glad I left the deep freeze of the Peg and moved to Montreal. It's either too freaking hot there, or too cold. Theres no such thing as in between. On the plus side I bet the Slurpee's are really good right about now ;)

Sean Robson said...

@Zombiecowboy: Yeah, I'd rather be just about anywhere else in the country but here. I just know we're going to go straight from winter to 40 degree heat with high humidity. And mosquitoes, which should be especially bad after all the flooding this year :(

Zombiecowboy said...

@Sean: Look out for the rabid Red River Stirge! They're big enough to fly away with your children and your dog too! :)