A charity gala is held shortly after the war, to marshall the wealthy of the city to support the city's recovery.
Nomster wrote:The Fundraising Gala is rumoured to have been a success, with 250 000 gold raised towards the restoration efforts of Baldur's Gate. It was a merry event where nobles, important merchants and foreign dignitaries mingled together with those who had fought in or otherwise made a difference in the war against the undead.
Food, Coin and Care for the Homeless
The rise of a homelessness problem in the city following the war, including the realisation that many homeless have moved back down into the sewers, prompts a reaction from charitable souls, who offer care, coin and food to those in need.
Well meaning souls look to the spirits of war refugees.
Priests of goodly gods each discharge efforts to alleviate suffering and hunger.ShineDown wrote:A priest, once well seen within the city known as Brother Gastian, squire of the Radiant Heart has returned from the north.
His hand runs through his short cropped hair as he tends and gathers the youth of the homeless camps. Encouraging words are given and the priest, in his plain brown robes, with hands flinging aside, clears the streets of travellers.
To one group of youths he speaks and following, they pull over their heads the shirts they wear and setting them in a pile. The other group mills about before he brings both together, speaking shortly about rules and penalties.
Producing a ball of leather he looks back and forth, barking orders for players into their respective places. His head swivels to and fro, examining each team before raising his hand with the ball high. Eyes are glued before suddenly it drops from his grasp into that of a shirted, dirt faced boy.
Back and forth goes the game, ball hurled around the streets, bodies smashing together. Bruised ribs and bruised egos are todays menu as the priest keeps the game going for as long as he can.
The Skins are up 2-1 after an entire candle is done burning, the priest himself taking off his shirt and running along with the youths. Words of encouragement he yells to The Shirts and soon enough the game is tied.
Pushing adults out of the way, Gastian works hard as referee, encouraging then penalizing the teams tactics as the game draws ever closer to the end. The heavy leather ball is thrown back and forth many times until at last a hand is thrown up.
On one side come cheers and jubilation, the other, brooding and words of revenge. To the latter Gastian sets his hand on the youths shoulder, speaking "Losing a game is nothing. I have seen far worse in a battle of few men. And they never stood to congratulate their opponents."
Peccator wrote:Emerging from Pathfinder Hall in something of an unusually bothered state, a dark-haired Dawnpriest slides her twitchy hands into her pockets and moves away from the building. She pauses in the center of the square, her slightly wearied face tilting upwards into the brightness of midday to breathe in deeply. There was other duty to see to; she had her orders.
She moves to the nearest merchant stall boasting foodstuffs and buys up as many loaves of bread and apples as she can fit into a gunny sack, the gold coming from her own compassionate pockets. Despite her small frame, she hefts the sack with ease and follows her instructions into the sewers of Baldur's Gate to disperse the food among the homeless there; speaking words of Hope and Light to any who might listen and tending to the injuries and illnesses of the undercity community. The gentle pursuit of ministry seems to do much to soothe the worries that the day has wrought and she emerges again after some time with a good deal of calm restored.
Darradarljod wrote:A tonsured young human dressed in filthy brown woolen robes may have been recognised among the homeless by the Lathandrite priestess. He wears a red cord around his neck from which a holy symbol of Ilmater dangles.
The people here know him as Brother Sigma. He abides among the displaced sewer communities day and night, sleeping among them and breaking bread with them in fellowship. Sometimes, he teaches - occasionally he preaches - but primarily the wisdom of Ilmater is delivered in personal communion as encouragement, advice or rebuke as required.
He often wanders the tunnels seeking those who are isolated and shepherding them to gather and commune with the larger groups - this for their own security, for the tunnels are frequented by thieves and cut-throats, but also for more effective ministry toward them by those few concerned for their well-being.
This young Ilmateri seems primarily busied with the treatment of their health. He keeps persons quarantined as is needful and is diligent to restrict the spread of disease which is rife in these terrible environs. Most of his medicinal supplies thus far go toward the treatment of sores and infections - he surfaces only to replenish his supply, and this by the Temple of Ilmater in Baldur's Gate.
A charitable society collected coin to distribute to the homeless.PiaMango wrote:An unfamiliar priest has begun entering the sewers periodically. Identifying himself as Doctor Halsey Hayes he claims no affiliation to any the relief efforts within the city, if pressed he would speak of association with the Church of Oghma.
His actions do not seem to come from good will. He only holds interest within the children and families that name the sewers home, ignoring all adults but those in dire need. His bribes of medical care, coin, or food comes at a cost, before anything is handed over the children are required to go through a thorough examination. Their names, gender, ages, heights (measured with a tape), dental health, number of living parents or caregiver, siblings are recorded in a notebook, as with the ability and time (measured by a small hour glass) to answer a series of cognitive questions, and short physical tests. His survey may lead many to be suspicious of him, if asked of the purpose the doctor would explain it is in his interest to monitor the well-being of the youth in the sewer.
As a side note he offers a small bounty on any rats captured for him.
trogers2 wrote:Red Fox: Grand Fair (Money For Homeless) Results
((took place on the 28th May 2016, 7pm GMT))
Money Raised for: Homeless in the city
Money we Riased: 25,000
Firstly I want to give a special shout out to Mo of the Phoenix Company, Terri, Sirion and Viridiana Lydhear for their support - without them the event would not have been possible. I also want to thank everyone who took part, it was a lot of fun and I'm glad you guys enjoyed it too. This report will detail a few things that took place that night.
The evening summary can be found here:
- Game 1 - Raffle started (Mo)
- Game 2 - Riddle game started (Sirion)
- Game 3 - What is that item game started (Manah)
- Game 4 - Miming game started (Manah)
- Terri opens wand stall and donates profits to charity
- Bar opens (run by Tan)
- Game 5 - Murder 'detective' game started
- Fireworks were ran by Terri and Sirion
The Ilmatari supplement the food supplies of the city by making offerings in order to Create Food and Water. While this "faith food" is no cheaper than purchasing food at the inflated prices locally, it is additional food that does not require import and does not drive up food prices locally. The food is delivered to the homeless who can be reached in or under the city, as best the Ilmatari are able.
kleomenes wrote:The Ilmateri have begun distributing more food than normal, offering dozens more meals a day either through the kitchen of the main temple, or to the most needy of the East Gate afflicted by post war distress.
In particular, Brother Sigma is supplied with meals and healing supplies to take into the depths for the homeless populations there.
When questioned, the priests who distribute the food in temple or outside of it will speak of it being the gift of Ilmater, pure with his compassion, born of the faith and prayer of the Adorned.
///posted with permission of DM Dialectic and Darradarljod!
Peccator wrote:During her time in the sewers, Alesea would have noticed Brother Sigma and approached the Ilmateri. She inquires about supplying a steadier stream of food and healing supplies through him to the ones he's chosen to live among on behalf of the Church of Lathander.
Alesea's inquiry was met with a fond brotherly gaze by the young man who's pale face was smudged with shades of sewer-grime,
"Dear lady, there is one who provides - and no far seeing telescope can visualize the coastline of his shoreless abundance. We have food you do not know about.
But may your compassion be rewarded, for truly, no good nor any evil has ever gone unnoticed - upon the earth or beneath it, even in tunnels and times as dark as these."
Peccator wrote: The Dawnbringer smiles warmly when he relays this information, gladness etching through the lingering weariness of her countenance. "Thank you for your kind words, Brother. The Light shines in the Darkness; the Darkness cannot overcome it. It's good beyond measure to know that needs are being seen to here - that the Light of kindness and aid is brought among these people." She lowers her voice slightly. "Is the one who provides an anonymous benefactor?"
Darradarljod wrote: Sigma himself seems well pleased for the company of the Dawnbringer and much joy has he on account of the noble heart of the maiden and her good charity. He takes to himself a bowl of water and purifies it by prayer. Rinsing his hands for the distribution of the bread, he answers; "Good Sister, this bread is surely the gift of Ilmater. Pure with his compassion, born of the faith and prayer of the Adorned.
Yet those who eat of this bread will hunger again, dear lady. Therefore our service endures even as The Lord on the Rack has endured all things for our sake.
I ... cannot compel you to further service than you have rendered already - but I am grateful for what you have done, and for your regard of the destitution of these poor. I only pray that the Light you speak of abide with us and keep us from evil even after you yourself depart."
The Everwatch Knights and the Temple of Ilmater once more collaborate to open up a semi-permanent soup kitchen in the Harbour District to reach the needy and homeless there, beyond the reach of most charitable organisations of the city.
The temple of Ilmater charters a vessel, the Whistling Wanderess, to purchase food supplies cheaply in Calimsham.
Hoihe wrote:After a short trip away from the ship to handle some things, Hoihe climbs up the sterncastle of the ship to declare some news.
"Some news lads! We're not going to Calimport, 'tis a silly place. We're going to Memnon instead, not too much better but... Not so silly! Also because there's more wheat there." grinning some "Aye, lads, we're going to be the Gate's nourishment with this trip! The Temple of Ilmater's giving us plenty of money to pack the ship as full as we can with wheat!"
Looking to the pier, considering something "Oi, and we're taking her out to port in the morning tide so we can set sail easily. Any embarkments and disembarkments afterwards will need to be done with boat!"
A local priest obtains a warehouse to house the produce ordered from Calimsham.
The Whistling Wanderess docks, cargo hold full.kleomenes wrote:A local Ilmatari priest, Ameris, can be seen in the harbour district, speaking with various stevedores, teamsters and other warehouse workers with regards to an incoming shipment. He appears to be attempting to hire warehouse space urgently. This is successful, although it appears the priest has entered a commercial arrangement, rather than received charity.
Volunteers undertake a haphazard unloading of the goods, supplemented by more professional aid from the Darius Holding Company.Hoihe wrote:The graceful triple-masted caravella redonda, the Whistling Wanderess was sighted after nearly a month's absence in the harbour of Baldur's Gate once more. Although the ship remains in harbour for now, a large amount of her crew was seen disembarking using rowboats.
The Sword Coast Commercial Exchange offer their aid in the form of warehouse space, allowing half of the supplies to be moved there, freeing the other half of the warehouse to hold the soup kitchen itself.kleomenes wrote:A group of individuals is seen gathering near the berth of the Whistling Wanderess in order to unload a large number of sacks of grain. They are of diverse callings, a collection of local knights, adventurers, holy men and women, businessmen and women and rangers. Under the supervision of Captain Hoihe the sacks are placed dockside, and then by muscle power and hand carts moved into a warehouse in the docks district. The workers are clearly not professional, although their hearts are on the right place.
Later, heavier unloading of large crates is done by better trained workers in the pay of the Darius Holding Company, these being taken to the same location.
Preparations continue for the planning of the soup kitchen, with the Sword Coast Commercial Exchange planning to identify and recruit suitable workers to employ.kleomenes wrote:Hand carts are seen trundling through the streets as sacks of grain are moved from a warehouse in the Docks District to the Sword Coast Commercial Exchange building. The Ilmatari, the Everwatch, members of the Order of Lions, faithful of Tyr and even charitable passers by helped move the sacks, as did the Commercial exchange personnel themselves. It is rumoured three finely dressed ladies oversaw the deposit of the grain within storage attached to the Commercial Exchange building itself, including Director Endelyon and Lady Cheryl Cadwaldr herself. Said storage is being provided for free to the soup kitchen project by the Commercial Exchange, freeing up room to use part of the warehouse as the soup kitchen.
///a campaign thread to cover RP done towards charity in Baldur's Gate - opened with the permission of DM Dialectic who oversaw the food import RP. I thought I would gather together everyone's RP in one place so I scanned the rumours threads to find what I could. I may have missed things, if so PM me or just post below! Its intended to be a living thread for all of us///