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The Goblin King's Ball

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Casefile: Child’s Play (part 2 of 3)

Thank you guys very much for what I felt was a truly epic game. You blew my mind last night with the decisions you made and how they shook out. I think it’s safe to say you literally ended up having the complete opposite of what I intended. Instead of Jareth as an ally, you pissed him off and he’s sulking. Instead of just a casual introduction to the three ex-apprentices, you have (at least one of) them backing you up for the final confrontation. Instead of just meeting Dante you guys cornered him and forced him to flee to survive.

Back to that first thing though: I never in a million years thought you guys would find a way to convince the Goblin King to give up his child bride. The Sara that he has spent so long desperately trying to keep was finally in his grasp, and in fact was the whole reason for the celebration. My head is still spinning from all the things you guys verbally threw at him to make him release her and her brother. With her released the party ended and the hospitality ended as well, which led to a short altercation as Dante fled and Sam tried to follow through the labyrinth.

Here’s the “who’s who” of the ball, as far as you guys were introduced to, and what you can know of them (as per the various "reveals) by the end of the party:

  • Orsina, promiscuous Fae. She’s very overprotective of Daniel and his performances, running interference when she can to remove or eliminate potential distractions. She was not happy the Ball ended early and Daniel’s performance was cut short.
  • Jareth, the Goblin King. It was pointed out to him that his enthralled bride-to-be Sara (who was the missing teen Janette knew) had no right to offer him the child which she “stole” from her family, thus everything after that (her trial through the Labrynth and loss of the contest resulting in her becoming his bride) was invalid. With remorse, regret, and resentment, he released her and her brother, then ended the Ball and told everyone to leave before skulking off.
  • Jared, the son of the Goblin King. At first the group accused him and his father of kidnapping all the missing children, which insulted him. Then it was considered that he and his father were being “framed,” which also insulted him but in a different way. He doesn’t agree with much about his father’s rules and way of life, and though he has respect for the accords once his father tried to put him in the limelight to uphold them, in front of everyone, he refused to play the part of obedient child, walking away from the assemblage and leaving the opening Dante needed to escape.
  • Dante Bates, a Red Court vampire who was tricked into clearly admitting he kidnapped the other three missing children in order to turn them into vampires. He proudly boasted that he intended to use these “child soldiers” to deliver a powerful blow to the White Council. He indicated he was responsible for two missing children in Bridgeport about a week earlier, too. Before things went south he intended to leave New Haven by the morning. After fleeing the party there’s no telling what he plans now.
  • April Showers & May Flowers, the Sidhe ladies representing the Summer Court.
  • Jack Frost, the Winter Court general representing the Winter Court.
  • Robert Renfield, the President of Yale.
  • Dr. Ansel Lumburg, a mysterious hooded figure always near/with Robert, who was revealed at the very end to clearly be a Black Court vampire.
  • Anya Romanakov, a White Council wizard who was one of three apprentices to Greyson Wardclyff, a Warden active in New Haven until about 10 years ago.
  • Rodrick Hogan, a White Council wizard who was one of three apprentices to Greyson Wardclyff, a Warden active in New Haven until about 10 years ago.
  • Samiel Nygen, a White Council wizard who was one of three apprentices to Greyson Wardclyff, a Warden active in New Haven until about 10 years ago.
  • Oscar, the bum who lives on the New Haven Green. He shared a nice dance with Janette.
  • Miranda, the manager of Toad’s Place.
  • Oswald Canterbury, the librarian from the Institute Library, also the ugliest man alive.
  • Allyson Raith, a White Court vampire who took a particular liking to Teddy. He resisted her repeated attempts to seduce him but when she invited him to her place he took a “rain check” on that.
  • NumNum, a faerie who really likes Pepe’s pizza.
  • Suggams, a faerie who really likes Modern’s pizza.
  • Peppino, a fareie who really likes Sally’s pizza.
  • Sanchez, a faerie who really likes Bar’s pizza.
  • James Hillhouse, a ghost who in life was responsible for planting the Elm trees in New Haven. His body is buried in Grove St cemetery.
  • Martha Townsend, a ghost who was the first person to be interred in Grove St cemetery.
  • Theophilus Eaton, a ghost who in life was the first mayor of New Haven. His body is buried in Grove St cemetery.


I’ll need to get this stuff cleaned up and better organized. For now though, thank you Mike for putting this up here!

The Goblin King's Ball

Thanks for populating the site, Dave. I wish I had written logs of my own, but hopefully in the future I will be able to.

The Goblin King's Ball

Thanks go out to Isaac – he did the hulk of the work.

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