Green Moon

S005 Steady and the Indigara

ROADSIDE CAMP. BETWEEN PILLET AND STEADY. 2AM.

  • Rosco wakes up to find Shiralee stealthily leaving. She says it’s time to part ways.
  • Before she leaves, Rosco asks about what she knows about the stone acorn/“Keepsafe”. She says she senses the person who made it for Rosco, and it’s part of something bigger. “There was more than just him.”
  • Shiralee leaves.
  • Emerald is not there. Left a token to show she’s gone out, but it feels different this time, as it’s weird she’d leave Rosco with a stranger.
  • Rosco clears the way on the road.
  • Em returns, neck fur a bit scruffed.

STEADY. DAY.

  • Rosco arrives at Steady. The sign says “Home of the indigo dye and happy hearts”. Indigo flowering plants beneath the sign.
  • Rosco hears a heated conversation near 2 tents next to wooden building. Townsfolker Peter needs this space, but refugee Jill with 4 kids needs it too.
  • Rosco warns them about the beast and convinces Peter to let the refugees stay 2 more days but has to agree to work out their accommodation after then.
  • Rosco enters tavern called Steady As She Goes, with innkeeper Bollard.
  • Bollard shared info about refugee situation: not enough jobs, housing, etc. Mayor Jeremy Hanson not doing enough to help.
  • Rosco offers root veg as trade for food, but Bollard gives food for free. Bollard gives free whipped foreign plant (mousse).
  • Rosco goes to Hattie’s Hat Shop. Fancy sign out front with stylised hat logo in indigo. Inside there are racks of hats, well lit by lamps.
  • Hattie greets Rosco and picks out a hat for him to try on – indigo top hat with black ribbon.
  • Hattie gives Rosco a coupon for Felipe’s Fineries in the city, Hattie’s reseller.
  • Rosco delivers the wool to Hattie.
  • Hattie and Rosco chat.
  • Rhiannon appears from the back room of Hattie’s. Hattie straightens up her shoulders and beanie. Rhiannon blushes and smiles at Rosco and disappears out back.
  • Rosco tells Hattie about the beast. She meets Em an says she’s a big beautiful girl.
  • Hattie gives Rosco a tour of the workshop, proud and excitedly. Workshop looks like there should be more workers in there. Hattie explains that she hired Rhiannon as a refugee from Pillet but meant she had to reduce the wages of the other 2 assistants. They’re now on strike.
  • Hattie educations Rosco on indigara – each plant produces only a couple of edible berries which produce vibrant, well setting dye.
  • 150 people from Pillet arrived, and 80 stayed. Steady’s population is 300.
  • Rosco goes around the back to give the Pillet kids back Repecka, as requested by Kelly. Two children “attack” Rosco. The older kid Stephen lets Rosco know about his own intentions to marry Kelly once he’s old enough. Terry the dad is tired and chats with Rosco. Sherry “catches” Rosco. “It’s a… cow!” She runs away when Terry suggests she slaughter Rosco.
  • Rosco goes to a farm to investigate the “blight”. Farmer Annie is hacking at bushes.
  • Rosco witnesses Annie firing her farmhand Kev as she can’t take the risk that him being a refugee is what’s bringing the blight to her farm.
  • Rosco talks with Kev. Rosco gives him his tent to find other refugees and help them.
  • Rosco investigates the blight on Annie’s land. Weird weeds and lots of strange bushes, like in Encroaching Forest, but also mutated/bloated lheat and so on. Grown rapidly in just a week. Looks like some has grown and some has appeared. Size of living room.
  • Rosco finds epicentre. Taller plants, like maroon, bursting tomatoes. Finds magpie feathers – looks like it exploded. Finds indigara plant with big berries.
  • A frilled lizard thing with thorns on it confronts Rosco. Rosco calms it down. “Shh-ch-ch-ch-ch”.
  • Rosco goes to two adjoined farms and finds exploded magpies in their blight patch too.
  • Rosco asks Annie about magpies – they do come and get into theproduce. But don’t roost around here.
  • Rosco goes to the inn for dinner. Hattie is shmoozing, Rhiannon is sitting by herself with a drink. A man (Claud) and a younger man (Dennis) cast glances in her direction; they’re the striking workers.
  • Rosco sits with Rhiannon. She’s a bit awkward and blushing. They drink rum and Rosco adds his own limes. They eat fried lheat and combo meats.
  • Rosco shows Rhiannon Shiralee’s baggy of Pillet keepsakes. Rhiannon takes the tailoring kit – it was hers and her grandfather’s before that.
  • Rhiannon asks Rosco to look at something in her room… “Just pretend to be into me or something…” Leads him to her room, then shows him the indigo flowers and green stems growing out of her head (been hiding it with the beanie). It started after coming to Steady. She’s worried she’s causing the blight.
  • Rhiannon says she’ll show Rosco where the indigara berries are harvested tomorrow.
  • Rosco and Rhiannon converse.
  • Next day Rhiannon leaves early to go do some work.
  • Rosco goes downstairs in the inn. Notices split between the villagers and the refugees sitting at tables.
  • Hattie comes in and gets lheat cereal with oboberries (from a few provinces over).
  • The Shadowy stranger in a grey hood from Lundy is there, quietly observing.
  • Rosco checks out the stranger and gets talking with her. She asks his thoughts on the Encroaching Forest. He tells her about balance. She asks what would happen if all the roads had to be continually cleared. Rosco says people would have to adjust, but there’d probably lots of death and resistance from city folk.
  • A scream!
  • Behind Hattie’s shop Dennis is dead with plants growing out of his guts.
  • Rhiannon is kneeling next to him in shock. Her beanie gets knocked off to reveal her head plants.
  • The crowd calls her a witch.
  • Rosco stands by Rhiannon and does a good speech.
  • Mayor Jeremy Hanson arrives a gets the scene cordoned off and orders Rhiannon to be held in custody.
  • Rosco points to evidence in crime scene (tracks, berries, etc) that it wasn’t Rhiannon. Mayor agrees to allow him to investigate and if enough evidence is presented then he won’t have to call on Juris Agramant.
  • Rosco and a guard called Richard – who seems like a smart young man – follow tracks to a patch of indigara plants that have burst through their bird netting. Magpies nearby. Big bush with weird bark near centre. Knot in the trunk that bark stripes skirt around.
  • Rosco hacks into the centre of the tree, but a big purple-tinged magpie attacks Richard. Rosco kills it.
  • Rosco hacks out a d6 sized lumpy green crystal with little purple bits in it. It feels muted.
  • Rosco and Richard take the magpie body back.
  • Hattie confirms the berries are abnormal.
  • Claud is grieving at his friend’s body. Tells Rosco about Dennis’ aspirations to become a rival indigara dyer to Hattie. Dennis went out to the berries himself, collected some berries, and was trying to start his own business. Must’ve eaten or touched the freak berries too much.
  • Rosco sends Em to console Claud. Pet therapy.
  • Guards to inform Dennis’ parents – in the city.
  • Rosco explains everything tot he Mayor, and the Mayor releases Rhiannon. Rhiannon runs and embraces Rosco. Hattie arrives and hugs everyone.
  • Rosco performs magpie autopsy. Normal but its stomach lining and bowels are thicker and tougher. Berry seeds had sprouted but shrivelled in its guts.
  • The town asks Rosco to do a propagation plan for the indigara. Some refugees with get food and board in exchange for enacting the plan. Corrupt plants are to be uprooted and burned. Hattie to put in money to fence and net the bushes. The town may go into debt with this, so future money will go into the town. Hattie doesn’t agree with the plan, but she and the mayor continue discussions.
  • Rosco keeps the crystal.
  • Captain Steph arrives with a cart full of supplies for refugees.
  • Rosco talks with Eliah before she leaves. She says “I think you have much potential, Rosco Thorne” (he never said “Thorne”). Says he need not fear. Rosco wouldn’t have heard stories of “us”. “We have lots in common… do not try to find us. We will contact you.”
  • Em watches Eliah intently.
  • Back at the inn, Rosco makes Steph laugh and suggests they travel together, and cuts Rhiannon’s weird head plants off.
  • Kev tries to buy a drink for Rhiannon.
  • Hattie approaches Rosco, flirts, and leads him off towards her shop/house for the evening.

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