Hey folks! In preparation for tonight, I’m uploading a better (more complete/relevant) version of the same Harrow reading (approximately) that we had in our first session. (Bear with me on the changes, I totally did some things wrong even after all that reading!)
After telling you the location of Gaedren Lamm, the room falls silent for a moment. Before anyone can say anything, Zellara draws in a long breath and begins to speak again.
“I cannot offer you much, except the chance of revenge. The only other thing I have is the reading of the cards, which may give you some clue into what lies ahead. If you are interested…?”
(Some folks said yes, I believe but I don’t remember which ones (but not Toadie, GOSH))
As soon as someone shows interest, Vellara smiles and immediately stops fiddling with/ shuffling the cards (a habit she’s grown as used to as breathing), expertly skidding nine cards onto the table in 3 columns, 3 cards in each.
“First, we see the past, so that we may understand your future…”
She flips over the leftmost column, top to bottom, revealing The Beating, The Locksmith, and The Snakebite. She looks almost surprised, pausing a moment before continuing.
“A curiously strong telling of both despair, and hope. There is a great malevolent force at work behind the scenes of Korvosa, something long in the making. The people are beaten down and crushed, but the placement of this telling tells me that they also hide a hidden strength… and in that strength lies the keys to the city’s destiny.”
She points at The Locksmith, falling just short of touching the card itself.
“This is a potent placement, one of imminent change. The destiny of Korvosa is changing, and your destinies are linked with hers. The threads of fate do not tell me how, but in whatever is to come, you are the keys to that change.”
She looks around at the party briefly as she flips over the next column, a thoughtful look on her face as she clearly revises her impressions of you.
“The next three indicate the present, things that have happened recently or will happen very soon.”
Her demeanor grows grim, lines in her face sharp as the cards revealed from top to bottom are The Avalanche, The Rakshasa, and The Crows.
“The treacherous power in Korvosa has been very busy indeed. I see here The Rakshasa, indicating that this power is an expert puppet-master, meticulously leading the city to disaster from the shadows… a great loss to Korvosa looms on the horizon, close at hand. All of its people will know bitter loss and despair… and the loss of much that they hold dear.”
She puts a thumb and finger on The Locksmith and The Avalanche, looking each of you in the eye in turn,
“Disaster IS coming. It’s too late to change that. But there is still enough time to avert the worst of it… and again, your fate and Korvosa’s are inevitably tied together. Choose your decisions wisely, (pointing at the Rakshasa momentarily and folding her hands in her lap) your influence may be greater than you think.”
This time as she flips the final column, she appears unable to stop looking at the cards, with great intensity. (Perceptive characters notice her eyes are unfocused, as though she is looking at something a great distance past the cards) She reveals The Forge, The Teamster, and The Uprising.
“The third and final step is what lies ahead. The forces at work here are close to fruition, pushing the city towards conflict, driving it relentlessly toward chaos. That chaos is swelling, like a volcano… and it will explode. There will be a time of unrest and violence in the streets like none we’ve seen in our lifetimes, and very soon. But from the great chaos and diversity comes great strength, and in the hour of our need, it is that diversity that will give Korvosa’s people the strength to go on. Or perhaps it is your diversity that changes Korvosa? The threads are tangled with each other to much to tell.”
She looks up again, looking mildly overwhelmed and very troubled. “Be sure of one thing… there is a time of bloodshed and conflict coming to Korvosa, one that will shake the foundations of this city. There are too many who have lost too much in this city, like all of us here tonight I beg of you, do what you can to ease her pain. Be the justice that Korvosa so desparately needs.”
Zellara heaves a great sigh and slumps in her chair, a hand to her forehead, “That is all I can do for now. Such an unexpectedly powerful reading leaves me drained and tired, and I must rest. Please, see that justice is done, that is all I ask since I cannot do it myself.”
She politely wraps up/chats for a few minutes as she stands next to door, and nearly immediately upon the last person going outside, the light inside goes out.
If you have questions about your reading or interactions with Zellara, let me know!