Rose & Cross Plot Hooks
The following story ideas are designed to be used with parties of Rose and
Cross members, although most can easily be altered to suit the nature of
the party. Some of the threads detailed here will be continued in future
months with further plots and also story material.
- The players rescue a Montaigne émigrés in central Eisen from a group of
bandits. Knowing that a true knight would never directly accept a reward
for doing such work, the noble donates a large sum of money for the
express purpose of establishing a Chapterhouse in the city of Tannen. The
players are assigned to investigate the location and acquire a suitable
building if possible, negotiating with the local officials where
necessary. Obviously, the hidden Kreuzritter members are not keen
on having the Rose and Cross as neighbours and so work to discourage the
- Jacques Allais du Crieux is a patron in good standing
who narrowly escaped the Revolution to the safety of Kirk. After
recovering from the ordeal, he has decided to hire a substantial mercenary
force and return to show the rabble “their place in society.” The players
are assigned to talk the patron into not killing the local populace and
hopefully return to exile in Kirk before someone literally hands Jacques
- An imprisoned man contacts the order pleading his
case. The Committee for National Welfare has sentenced him to twenty years
hard labour for helping smuggle a noble out of the country. The Order
knows that he is innocent because a group of knights helped that
particular noble so they debate how to help the falsely accused man
without raising the ire – or suspicion - of the new Montaigne government.
- Nine fires have recently occurred in a ring around
the outskirts of the wealthy section of town. A smart person might note
that they have formed a firebreak of sorts between that district and the
rest of the town. Rumours begin to circulate that a Rilasciare cell is
operating nearby and has been stockpiling gunpowder somewhere in the area.
What could those wacky anarchists be up to now?
- A series of burglaries have occurred in the area
surrounding the Chapterhouse. Each time, the criminal has left behind a
single yellow rose at the scene of the crime. Twice he has been spotted
and has dropped a black rose on his escape route. Is it a Poor Knight who
is not living up to his oath to the Order or someone trying to implicate
the group? The players are assigned to investigate the crimes quietly
before the local authorities blame the Chapterhouse.
- A woman is found in the middle of nowhere, horribly
ravished and fatally wounded. Just before she dies she presses a gold
locket into a player’s hand and says, “Save my daughter.” Her accent is
distinct but cannot be placed at the moment. However, what Knight could
refuse to honour the last request of a dying woman?
- One of the Castillian members of the order has been
captured by the Inquisition for interfering in their plans. The odds are
good that Rodrigo de Salamanca is in over his head and as always does not
realize it yet. The players are dispatched, in disguise, to rescue their
brother knight before he reaches San Cristóbal and a possible execution.
- The son of a prominent patron has fallen ill with a
rare malady. His only chance for a cure lies in the unorthodox medical
knowledge of Marcos de San Felipé. However, the boy is Montaigne and so
must be taken with the utmost secrecy to San Cristóbal so as not to raise
suspicions. To complicate matters further, Don Marcos has not been seen by
the local knights for over a week.
- Young Cowan Cooper has recently been promoted to
Wandering Knight and feels the hereditary pull of the sea. He is therefore
looking for some equally nautically minded knights for a journey east to
the fabled shores of the Crescent Empire and perhaps even to far Cathay.
- The rise of Cabora has rekindled interest in the
Crescent Empire and the Order still retains a great deal of information on
the region from the period of the Crusades. A small group of knights is
sent secretly past the Church’s embargo to investigate the region and see
if they can establish some contacts for the Order, perhaps with some of
the groups with whom the Poor Knights has alliances with centuries before.