FIELD DAY FEVER
A custom Mouse Guard scenario by ZzzMan74
Official Con scenario for QCC Con, Buffalo NY
The patrol is currently in Sprucetuck after completing a late summer mission to deliver ingredients to the Scent production facility there. Two mice begin with random conditions. Allow one player to narrate the back-story if he is feeling creative. Allow the players with conditions to describe how they were afflicted.
While resting and recovering, a letter arrives from Gwendolyn instructing the patrol to travel to Elmoss for the Field Day Festival, the annual Mouse Territory sporting competition. There, they are to set up a recruiting station and recruit mice to join the Mouse Guard. In the past, this event has proven to be an important source of new recruits. While preparing to leave the next day, the sky appears grey and overcast, threatening stormy weather. The mice know that if the weather is bad, the turn out for Field Day will be poor and that will likely affect their ability to recruit. Players may optionally choose to do a WEATHER WATCHER TEST VS AUTUMN NATURE 6
• Success: MG sets the weather for the Field Day Festival
• Fail: it rains throughout the festival. Turnout is worse than usual
• These results will effect the first OB below
ARRIVAL IN ELMOSS:
The journey is uneventful although the weather has taken a turn toward cooler fall temperatures. Elmoss is in full Field Day mode with decorations, musicians, vendors, performers, and lots and lots of food. The large field to the east of the town is roped off into sections, to separate various sporting events. A small impromptu city of tents surrounds the Fields and in the center of this is a Bazaar. The MG locate the Field Day Director of Events and last year’s Maiden of the Flowers pagent winner, Loretta. She should be the enemy of one of the players, perhaps a scorned lover. She is beautiful but industrious and appears very busy. She instructs the patrol that payment has already been received from Lockhaven, securing a stall in the busy center of the Bazaar. She politely rushes on then but sneezes loudly before she leaves. “It must be my allergies”, she says as she leaves. Her eyes look wet and red. She sneezes again. And again.
This will be an OB 3 (nice weather) or OB 6 (bad weather) PERSUADER test. The rolling mouse must use PERSUADER, but the helpers can use any skill that they can roleplay and justify as helping the recruiting effort in some way. For every success they get at or above the OB#, they recruit one mouse. Some potential recruits are:
• Remmy, the bakers son who wants to be a warrior
• Belinda, quiet and determined
• Maquetta, tough and outspoken
• “Goose”, long and gangly, eager to serve
• Glamroon, fat but immensely strong
Take a few minutes and describe some of the highlights of the festival before moving on.
If the recruitment test is failed, a sparrow lands in the center of the Field, scattering away frightened athletes and the crowds in the bleachers. Mice run for safety while the bird hops around pecking at tasty morsels of food left behind. The guardmice rush over to chase the animal off. This will be a brief and simple FIGHTER VS BIRD NATURE 5 TEST.
• If the MG wins, they notice a group of 3 young athletes watching intently from a distance. They are eager young mice who secretly wish to join the guard but are too nervous to approach the guardmice. They would be willing to discuss opportunities with the Guard, but only after the Field Day Festival is over and they have had the opportunity to compete.
• They are: Gregor: a young and talented archer, Madeline a young exuberant mouse who is an excellent baker, and Jack a wide-eyed young mouse who hopes to win the wrestling competition.
• If the bird wins, two of the mice take the conditions INJURED and TIRED.
There is a buzz about the bazaar early the next morning. Numerous athletes and judges are bedridden with some sort of illness. They are too sick to participate. Loretta herself arrives to speak with the MG. She looks positively awful, barely able to stand. She sneezes repeatedly into a kerchief before asking if the MG has any medicine to spare. She swoons and faints. With Loretta incapacitated, the Festival grinds to a halt and all events are postponed. The guardmice notice that many of the locals look very ill. Not much time later, Trudy, the wife of Foswick a head Field Day Judge comes looking for medicine also. She is followed by numerous other seeking the Guard’s aid. The patrol realizes that something must be done.
This will be a custom MEDICAL CONFLICT:
Each action takes place over one day.
Attack: Scientist, to discover and make medicine
Defend: Healer, to treat the sick
Feint: Healer, to try new treatments
Maneuver: Laborer, to move the sick, quarantine, gather and distribute supplies and medicine
“THE FIELD DAY FEVER”
Attack: 7, mice become ill, it spreads
Defend: 7, it mutates and gains strength
Feint: 7, it lies dormant waiting….
Maneuver 7, it spreads to new locations and gets more out of control
After the conflict, enter the PLAYER TURN