Session 56 – The Death of Milf Money

The Gang’s Actions have Consequences

https://boullinismilfmoneysquad.obsidianportal.com/adventure-log/session-56-the-death-of-milf-money

A Summertime Reunion

The Gang arrived back home, surprising the members of Sunder Arms Lodge who report the Saviours of Boullini had been missing for almost 2 years, thinking they died at the Amerea university. Juniper explained that she took point, leading the remaining members of Milf Money and restoring those who had perished, forming a group that helped deal with city problems, called “The New Milf Money”.

Bearmy was initially cautious of Gar at first before running into their arms. Petra explained that Hala and her broke Bearmy out of the circus who captured him shortly after Gar’s departure. The Circus has reinstated itself back in the scatter heights district with the “death of Gar”.  Drukkor approached Pyre who was sorting out the loot with Carl and Malvodo from their latest haul, learning Shurikan the brainwashed friend of the Cimbric was now in jail. Breadgar sat with Priscillia as they organized some business with Twain. Priscillia once again informed Breadgar to not trust Nobility Agents, noting it didn’t make sense she was alive. Ko’viel approached Juniper and Juniper said that they want to talk about it, but not ` right now as they are processing the return. Avonn approached their bird bath, presenting some of the seeds of summer, announcing Summer had returned to Boullini.

Martha with the assistance of Rai cooked up a feast for the party, and a celebratory feast happened. Juniper brought up an alcoholic concoction she called Fireball as Breadgar and Drukkor had a drinking contest investing a game called Beer Pong.  Avon animated the trees who, along with Bobo Nash, helped facilitate the rest of the party, as Gar did his best to disassociate from the two drunk dragonborns and Ko’viel was attempting to disassociate just generally. As the night closed, Drukkor and Breadgar spooned (Breadgar was little spoon) as Breadgar confided in not believing his mother was alive.

Over the next few days:

  • Gar approached Martha, giving her a sum of 10,000 Gold.
  • Breadgar received a letter from Augustus who stated that Breadgar’s death proved them to be ineligible to transfer business rights of Breadgar bakery and that Breadgar name was a copyrighted term of Breadgar’s baking Company and they would be forced to change the name. In Anger, Breadgar turned into a pterodactyl.
  • Petra approached Avon, asking if the stories about them were true, including that of the fey wild, noting that the stories persisted even after Avon faded away.
  • Teysa Karlov, leader of the Orzhov Bank and conduit of the Orzhov Ghosts, came to Sunder Arm Lodge to say hello to Gar and remind them of the business deal, including the tatoo on Gar’s back.
  • Drukkor went to visit the Cimbrics, but was stopped by a woman named Adara (Avon’s frenemy met during the Fey Wild), who made them remember everything about the Fey Wild (yes, including the meese and meese god). When Drukkor asked why, Adara simply said “You were there.” Instead of visiting the Cimbric Guild base, Drukkor went back and informed Avon.
  • Avon simply dismissed Drukkor, revealing that Adara might be playing long game and to keep the information to themselves, and not reveal to the others.
  • Avon and Drukkor awkwardly approached Juniper to ask for potions. During this convo, Juniper revealed that Nobglin (the goblin who helped turn Aristarn Fern into the bio-metal enahced wearwolf and helped with Natalthia’s transformation to a mechanical angel) and her had a functioning relationship at the moment.

At the end of the third day, they had been invited to attend the Leaders meeting for the Illiam League.

Pyramid in the Desert

The group arrived, seeing the council of leaders of Boullini

  • Justinian Fare (Chair Person, Leader of Justice)
  • Kiana Kalesbane (Leader of Magic, High Elf met at Skimberii)
  • Kapri Fillhorn (Leader of Military, Stout Halfling met early on, has T-rex animal companion
  • Braldian Ovverrin (Leader of Economics, met early on with Ruman Talhini, Dwarf)
  • Alonso Harehart (Leader of Foreign Affairs, advised Ko’viel on looking for Rai, sanctioned mission to the rests, Orc)
  • Ariel Hardy (Leader of Leisure (and secretly, Leader of Guilds), Dragonborn who wears a half mask)
  • Artisern Fern( Recently promoted leader of Spirituality, a Human werewolf met early on who used to lead the Followers of Imbris Yumen).

They first discussed what happened, but the group had very limited recollection but Drukkor lied through their teeth.

The second item was about the Pyramid of Bodies in the Aleo District with the Hedron. Various opinions were presented, with Ko’viel and Kapri Fillhorn adamant on having all of the new frontier members killed. Drukkor saw a peaceful resolution in mind, wanting to spare them and rehabilitate. Breadgar was stern on the fac they had killed his mother and they deserved earth. Eventually, a compromise arouse and it was decided the leaders of the New Frontier in the pyramid would be executed and the others would be restored and rehabilitated.

Key perspectives from the meeting were: Kapri wanting blanket execution, Kiana wanting to imprison them again, Ariel Hardy wanting them to fight in the arena for Leisure purposes, Aristern Fern wanting to keep the pyramid as a symbol of the people and Braldian who did not think it was appropriate that milf money decided.

As the meeting ended, Kapri stopped the group before going to the Aleo district to confront the nobility agents. Kapri apologized for their disagreements in years gone, citing it had been affecting them since their departure. Kapri affirmed that she knows they want what’s best for the city and knows their intentions. She also warned guards are  on high alert and the nobility agents have acted out of control and have ramped up their power. Similar to Priscillia, consistent with her mistrust in previous years, Kapri warned the group about the Nobility Agents.

Let Justice Reign

The group then followed the Political Escort to the Northern Aleo District where the pyramid of bodies were, just by the Hedron. The sight and smell this time around was too repulsive for Koviel and Breadgar initially. Justinian first beseeched the Nobility Agents, but it fell on deaf ears. Eventuially Breadgar took reign of the conversation, instructing the Nobility Agent. The nobility agent obeyed the commands swiftly, with their eye socket turning into multiple little eyes as another deep voice spoke through them, what they think was the voice of the being known as the “Infinite Gaze”. As the conversation ended Breadgar told Justinian that they would let justice reign. The leaders of sects of the new frontier were pulled from the Pyramid (including THormar, Callen, Rigor and other high ranking leaders) and shot, destroying their bodies. The rest would be sequentially removed from the pyramid, put in prison and hopefully, rehabilitated.

Kiana then met with them to take them to the Magic District to show them Brandle’s Refuge. Brandle’s Refuge was the site of of Milf Money’s death and the site of Brandle’s death, which was formerly the sight where Avon accessed the fey wild turned into a memorial site to Brandle from the Great Library of Vellin. After observing the memorial, Prospera dressed in all black outfit came to the site, scolding Milf Money for taking advantage of them including

  • Drukkor stealing classes
  • Drukkor and Bruce trick the enchantment with the name Ocean and making fake students
  • Ko’viel for declining assistance deciphering new frontier
  • Avon for killing Kel’ ( a gnome who did not like the fey wild) and their wife, forcing Kel to leave Boullini and lose a strong lead of magic.
  • Not supporting any mages in the invasion and capture of Balore’s horsemen (the group choose Kapri to capture isiant rather than, Brandle = Zatare, Prospera = Am’Rakfukula and Jessebelle = Misdreeksu.)

The ultimate decision was going with Avon’s advice and not with Prospera when she asked for you to come to her safe haven, which could have avoided deaths of those of her university. With that Prospera banned the group from the campus.

Kiana took the group afterwards to visit the “Saviors Institute for Displaced Children” which has now been relocated the magical children and renamed by Alluris (former founder of the new frontier along with Jaunt and Braxus). Mx. Alluris leads the school for the magically inclined young people. Alluris described they tried to stop Jaunt from entering but Jaunt broke through and found the groups magical essences and stored them in orbs, which the group can use to sleep with.

Braldian Ovverrin then guided the group through a toper trip to a new district being built up, propped with six statues… which turned out to be the recently believed deceased Saviors of Boullini. A portal set up in a guarded tent led the group back to Milf Money Mansion. The group had a series of task they wanted to do, but the day was over.

Session 55 – A Summertime Reunion

A Heart-attack a Day keeps the Fey Wild Away

https://boullinismilfmoneysquad.obsidianportal.com/adventure-log/session-55-a-summertime-reunion

Previously on Milf$:

The Gang had just gotten on top of the summery floating island of Sal Al to find it covered in a sleet of snow with the voice of Killian of the Stage projecting through the forest. They walked through the forest, covered in a layer of snow that was ill-fitting for these bright trees. The gang stumbled upon a mound of blue and purple flowers, with the head of the owl, The One in The Weald.

The one in the weald informed the group that Killian of the Stage and The One in the Fjord where up ahead in the town of Sal Al and Killian was blocking use of the portal. The gang stayed within in 30ft of each other as to not be rejected by the island as they investigated the town through the eyes of a boar. In the town, the area was covered in a thick snow reducing vision and the cold being hard to manage.

The group ran towards a central area before their steps were caught out be a coven of witches, one of which Drukkor easily dispatched. Through the thick snow sleet, the eyes of the one in the fjord locked eyes on the group and the covens of witches attack the group. During the battle, Killian of the stage hid in the town casting illusions which damaged the psyche of the gang while they easily dispatched of the witches. The one in the fjord was eventually taken down, returning to its normal size, Killian was found and squeezed the heart of skeleton within a tomb stone which triggered Avon. The group taking heavy hits with Ko’viel down, Bruce down, Drukkor down and Breadgar down at some stage managed to defeat the Winter Courts. Avon placed the head of the One in the weald next to its body, as it began to heal itself with Breadgar’s help. Avon shed a single tear as the portal, a simple sylvan archway, was ready for the group to wander through.

As the gang travelled through this portal ways, they heard voices from allies who were in a desperate search for milf money, including Juniper, Phenrir, Seraph Unella, Kiana and various others. The final voice they heard was a voice panicking that they could not be found.

The party eventually walked through a grove next to a broken and withered tombstone in the town of Alasai in the southernmost part of the continent. Breadgar, Gar and Drukkor remember nothing from the fey wild. Koviel and Bruce remember very small bits, like a distant dream in their child good. Avon remember more, but still not everything. They were guided by a gravekeeper there to a tavern and rested for the night. Bobo Nash found the party in the morning as Ko’viel had a existential crisis about where they were. The group put bobo nash in the  bag of holding, as Avon assured the group that they would tell the tale of what happened at some point in the future. Breadgar attempted to communicate with Kiana and Juniper but the messaging system did not work. Breadgar teleported the group to their homestead, but instead of appearing at the shrine they appeared on the outskirts of the city in the desert. After stepping towards the city, a portal opened and coming out was Robart Frostfang, and Garth, the psiychic ninja that assisted Ko’viel.

They teleported the group to the Aleo district (with the Hedron) and showed the group a massive pyramid of bodies of The New Frontier that had been placed there. Robart explains that after they left and were presumed dead, nobility agents were commanded to search for the new frontier members across the city and their body was brought their. Guilds also participated in the quest for it to gather them. Amongst the mound of bodies, that were locked in state of decay and restoration as a cycle was Callen the fey hunter, Rigor the Rising’s Litch, Agri Eon the former Hellenic who actually helped save the group towards the end, the psycho rangers previously fought who countered their abilities and at towards the top of the pyramid was Thormar, Ko’viel’s former friend. Robart explained that Tulamire, The Infinite Gaze, had mobilised the nobility agents to act on his behalf to destroy the new frontier for unkown reasons.

Ko’viel demanded to be taken back to milf money mansion and the group were instantly transported there. Robart and Garth departed.

When arrived, the gates were clean silver with steel plating of M.M on the entrance way. Slithering out of small sentry guard tower was Snek, soon followed by Artemis. The group then came across Twain – soon figuring out that those who died in the attack by the new frontier had been successfully revived by Juniper. Juniper came down, half-asleep speechless at the group’s presence. She set up some coffee and explained that after the group left, Phenrir and herself acted to bring back the members and attempted to bring back the group, while also keeping stability in the city as “New Milf Money”. Juniper explains they helped with the new milf money members and mercenaries have contributed to the pyramid of bodies in Boullini.

New Milf Money members have included (and other various mercenaries):

  • Junniper
  • Phenrir
  • Artemis and Snek
  • Carl
  • Emmanuuyel
  • Sparky
  • Logos
  • Okin
  • Pyre
  • Malvodo
  • Morris (Werebear)
  • O’Carrick (for a short-time, but was working for Gouregious Fern)

Juniper used the group to solve other problems that emerged in the city (a one-shot idea @emily @christos ?)

Those who were revived by Juniper were:

  • Artemis
  • Twain
  • Pyre
  • Rakshun
  • Okin

Those revived by Nobility Agents:

  • Priscilla, who told Breadgar not to trust nobility agents

A summarised update to milf money mansion:

  • Rai and Martha have started a stall to generate passive income.
  • A new sentry tower for Artemis has been built.
  • The gazebo has been finished for Breadgar.
  • Emmanuel is now the size of a medium sized humanoid
  • Phenrir has left on quest to finish “their family”.
  • Twain and Priscilla have been maintain the “books” for milf money.
  • Teysa Karlov of the Orzhov Bank has helped with the rebuild.

The group rested with Bobo Nash settling into the new home. In a few days, their emergence will get them summoned by Justinian Fare to the Illiam League.

Dear Gladys

By Christos Floratos

I write poetry when I am distressed,

But I have no flowery words for you.

My friends are killing themselves each night.

My clients are hungry for your “Best Health Advice.”

2 weeks are all it should have took – I can’t wait for my first zoom funeral.

You have ruined my town, my state, my country.

Women can only whisper so loud over the phone.

If we are Australian, we should all rejoice for we

had 18 months to prepare, lucky ScuMo got his jab.

Bring in the military, bring them all.

Gun down the ethnics and the poor.

You might thank the community, but they aren’t thanking you.

Taking a stroll at Bondi is quite pleasant this time of year.

My Nieces don’t know when they can afford rent again.

One day, I will see my partner again –

Perhaps by 2022? Can I just say,

I hope Common Sense follows you and Hazard

to your limo, your next birthday party.

Session 54 – A Childhood Robbed, A Life-time of Power

The Gang Get Reckless

https://boullinismilfmoneysquad.obsidianportal.com/adventure-log/session-54-a-childhood-robbed-a-life-time-of-power

Previously on Milf$:

After speaking with the visage of Titania, the Gang saw the tower where Avant was located. The group came to an ornate beautiful white tower where Avant acted as the lookout. Avant questioned if the group remembered him, saying that he knows their faces but doesn’t remember them. Avant was the child stolen in Skimberi early on in the gang’s adventures, who has now become “The Warrior of Summer”.  While at the tower, a strong beam of energy burst from where the group had just come from. Avant said that was Adara’s magic, as she was a concentrated version of the Queen of Night and Magic’s power, the central ivory tower within the winter court. Avant provided a guide to the summer straight chasm to get an island named Sal Al, a floating island held up by roots. He informed telling the group that they needed the Hearthstone of Sal Al. One of which resided with a coven of named the Wives of Summer who had the valley guarded by a dragon named Reckless.

The group departed and after several long rests, came to the entrance way meeting a Goblin named BoboNash, son of Gilbert and Janie. Bobo had been trapped in the few wild for a long time, trapped there since his boat capsized in the material plane and a witch offered him sanctuary underwater, leading them to this world. Bobo has aged significantly here but the gang did not initially trust them. Bobo revealed that a good way to hide against the dragon was by using mushrooms and dirt, which Bobo guided and Drukkor painted the group as.

As they traversed to the wives of summer, the group quickly came across Reckless, The Reckless Dragon who tumbled their way down from the sky and destroy much vegetation as they descended looking for the group, twice. On the second time, Breadgar attempted to reason with the dragon. Initially repulsed by the Dragonborn’s appearance, Reckless walked with Breadgar explaining that they guarded the valley and it was not appropriate for them to be there (the rest of the group hid).

Drukkor followed closely behind. Eventually, Reckless offered to take Breadgar with them, as the Wives of Summer could “make you like me”, insinuating the Wives of Summer had turned Dragonborns into dragons. Drukkor threw a dagger, which caused Reckless to be distracted, disintegrating vegetation. Breadgar turned invisible. However, Drukkor fell on his back and now was being talked to by Reckless. Reckless also invited Drukkor to come with them but Drukkor tricked reckless saying that they would follow him.

They all regrouped towards the Wives of Summers place, a cold, dank, wet and moist place smelling of sea salt and littered with rotting fish. The group came across an old cottage, and investigated the outside, seeing two old women staring blanky in a bed and in a chair. The Hearthstone of Sal Al was in the cabinet. The group devised a plan, sending in Drukkor disguised as a girl (?) with cookies. The witch however spotted and saw through the façade, initiating combat by instantly pulling Drukkor into the house.  Bruce, Gar and Breadgar jumped into the building, Ko’viel drew the wardrobe to them and another witched presented themselves on the field. The witches combined into a terrible coven monstrosity, a witch of 3 heads with a stomach of Dragonborn babies poking out. Avon readied for Reckless who was returning from a far.

After a long battle, with one dying very quickly and Reckless recklessly tumbling into the house. After destroying all of the witches, and retrieving the Hearthstone of Sal Al, Reckless called it quits and said that the wives of summer will come back as they are ancient fey spirits but Reckless was a “one and done situation.” Reckless then proceeded to follow the group with the Hearthstone of Sal Al to the island.

When they reached the end, the gang organised how they would fly up the island using Onion, the Humming bird, polymorph and fly. The group ascended the floating island held up by roots and the reason they needed the Hearthstone of Sal Al became apparent. Reckless followed after the group but the island attacked it, piercing the dragon with roots, lugging rocks at it and subsuming it into- the Island. However, Reckless broke free.

When the gang got to the top, they came across a cold place with fresh snow. They came across a carriage that Avon investigated and Gar saw a tuff of white hair, akin to that of a polar bear, similar to the Winter Court’s “The one in the fjord”.

A mist started to descend across the party as they heard Killian of the Stage echo through the forest the story of Avon. He revealed that Avon was a result of Titania taking children during the humans colonisation of the continent, saying that Avon experienced a significant. He revealed Avon was a product of an event across Illiam, about 1400 years ago called “The Summer Kidnap” where children were stolen across various communities in Illiam. Killian reminded the group of their own experiences of losing moments of their life, but Avon was unphased.

While Killian affirmed that Avon’s child hood was robbed, Avon retorted “A Childhood robbed for a life time of power.” 

Session 53 – The Summer Court

Avon: Mummy Issues ?

https://boullinismilfmoneysquad.obsidianportal.com/adventure-log/session-53-the-summer-court

Previ0usly on Milf$:

The gang travelled with Adara into the Temple Adjacent to Autumn, There the group bid fare well to the 3 Satyrs and Felice, travelling towards the Corridor of Autumn. The description of the functioning of the portal likened it to a worm hole. Adara provided the group Onion with new leafy wings, a bag of seeds to control a giant hummingbird and a flute to control a dragon fly.

When they entered the portal, there was a straight line with very large autumn spruce trees lining the way with Rabbits frolicking in the in between. Adara led the way and the group heard wind rustle before seeing two sphinxes block their way, who Adara called “The Autumn and Spring Bastards”. The sphinx’s denied entranced to the group. Adara said before seeing the group she had only recently defeated them, and that time although moving strangely in the fey wild, moves even stranger in the Corridor of Autumn. As Gar got banished to a wintery wonderland, the group fought the bastards and came out victorious, although many suffered the effects of only knowing a specific language.

Upon their defeat, the corridor began to die with Adara hastening Bruce and Ko’viel to get to the other end.

When Ko’viel and Bruce dashed through, they met an owl bear reading a book who was very curios and identified themselves as “The One Inbetween”. The Owlbear guided the gang out of the temple as Adara became increasingly worried, stating they weren’t welcomed here. Avon mentioned they would put in a good word for her Titania. Adara’s fears came to fruition as outside of the temple the group met a squad of Warrior like people named “The Green Knights” who whipped out an ethereal chain and launched it at Adara, blinking her out of existence. The Green Knight chief brought forward a glass swirling with water which took the shape of someone named The Green Prince, who instructed the group to follow the knights.

The group obeyed as the owlbear blended into an emerging fey crowd of pixies, satyrs and all other wonderful fey creatures in the summer forest surrounding and observing. As they walked along, the fey creatures affectionately gave them names which they heard. The group were referred to as “The Summer Orphans”, Avon was principally called “The Summer Orphan” and the group were provided the names of:

  • Gar = “The Sun Bear”
  • Bruce  = “The Fist of Sunshine”
  • Drukkor = “The Daylight Shroud”
  • Ko’viel = “The Glistening Wrath”
  • Breadgar = “The Song of Dawn”

The group came towards  a gargantuan white tree on the top of a hill blinded by sunshine through the leaves. The tree twisted around, revealing itself to be Princess Titania speaking to the party, offering an apple that cleansed their ability to speak only one language. When Titania was queried about Adara, she said that she needed to be contained as she had defied the summer court. The group did not pursue this line of questioning and Avon seemed complacent she had been taken away.

Titania provided Avon with a bag to ensure that “Summer lasts forever” with seeds for Avon to provide to their little birds and children. Titania revealed that Mab (The queen of air and darkness) did not understand her plans, and that Titania was preparing for something even greater to come. She revealed there were Far Beings from the Blind Eternities that the summer court was garrisoning against, that could not only destroy the fey wild but all realms. Titania revealed that one member (Gar) had already seen this creature (when they touched the Hedron in the sleepless Jungle).

Titania told the group the way home was beyond the Summer Straight Chasm to an island/mountain where they could teleport through (reliably). Titania told them that Avant would provide directions. Avant was the Forest Gnome Child from Skimberii (see skimberi sessions) that was taken into the Fey Wild which the group inadvertently helped.

Coming outside behind a tree was Tommen, a child taken early on from Boullini from the early sessions who had been transformed into an almost half-elf person (which looks cosmetically changed), now a teenager with glittering armour. Tommen seemed cationic in their answers in servitude.

The group now head off towards Avant who will provide a guide through the summer straight chasm to an island where to get back to the material plane.

Session 52 – To the Temple Adjacent to Autumn

Of Meese and Drukkor

https://boullinismilfmoneysquad.obsidianportal.com/adventure-log/session-52-to-the-temple-adjacent-to-autumn

Previously on Milf$

After walking through the portal of the one in the weald, the gang found themselves lost in the wintery wonderland of the fey wild, and only source of adventure was that they needed to pursue the “Temple Adjacent to Autumn”.

Ko’viel created a hut and the group attempted to rest while Bruce believed they could speak to plants and Drukkor followed a series of foot prints leading to a grove of 3 moose, 3 deer and 3 elk. After patting them in a pattern, with the group of creatures asking for more pats, Drukkor believed they were entranced by the Meese god to keep patting.

Gar and Avon became concerned and looked for Drukkor, finding them stuck with the meese. The animals combined into a large Meese like creature that followed the group through the forest. The group evaded the Colossoal Meese Creation which they saw in the distance stand upright and turn into a beautiful explosion of luminescent meese. A large looming cloud like shadow follows Drukkor now of a reindeer in the sky.

After a long rest, the group came across a group of 3 Satyrs playing the song that goes “He’s a piss pot through and through…” on loop. The Satyrs revealed it would take the group 1 – 200 years to travel to the summer court and provided details of someone who knew about the location, an ancient tree named Trenedad. They found the cold wintery leaf-less tree with a face who would offer them directions to The Temple adjacent to Autumn at the price the group would tell them a Story, as they are dying old spirit of the fey wild. The group recounted the tale of Shel’bo, Kiana Kalebane’s Daughter who they defeated Stoneregard (see Arc 1). Trenedad provided them a twig which pointed continuously in the direction of the temple. The group followed the twigs direction and Satyrs.

Throughout their travel there, they came across a group of Soldiers from the Dominion of Archul confused about where they were, apparently on a mission to a town named Orisheyna before ending up here. The group left these soldiers behind and came towards a vineyard called “The Coven of Grapes and Vines”. There they met a woman named Aunty Amethyst who fed the group some wine, which after a few tastes made them really intoxicated. The witch mentioned they had a sister the group had come across before named Aunty Agatha, who is a part of their coven (see s3 -7). Aunty Amethyst let the sample the wine before letting them proceed onwards through their vineyard.

Eventually, the group started to come across a place with autumn colours of orange and dead leaves, understanding they were close to the portal. They saw displacer beasts throughout this area before being stopped by a courageous and perky forest Gnome named Felice. Felice identified themselves as protector for the temple adjacent to autumn and initially denied entrance to the temple, but eventually compromised with the group as to not engage into combat. Additionally, the group offered them the Satyrs. Felice revealed they were guarding the temple for Janus, the God of Doors and Passageways who was displeased with the fey wild.

As Felice took them to the temple, dead autumn leaves around the base of the temple, they saw a tall sylvan figure similar to avon step outside. The person directed their attention to Avon, identifying themselves as Adara, citing that Avon had saved them once upon a time. Adara did not want them to proceed to the summer court but eventually Avon the group struck a deal with Adara to go with them, as Adara felt like they owed Avon. With that, the gang proceeded with Adara into the temple.

BRING HOME THE MURUGAPPAN FAMILY and ABOLISH OFF-SHORE DETENTION CENTRES

A three year- old(now 4) AUSTRALIAN-BORN girl almost died due to the Government’s negligence in detention.

This is my open-letter sent to Michelle Rowland, Alex Hawke and the Current Government

Sign the change.org petition here: https://www.change.org/p/scott-morrison-bring-priya-back-to-biloela

13/06/2021

Christos Floratos

Blacktown 2148

To Alex Hawke, Michelle Rowland, and the current Government,

BRING HOME THE MURUGAPPAN FAMILY

ABOLISH OFF-SHORE DETENTION CENTRES

My name is Christos Floratos and I write in my capacity as an Accredited Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Off-shore detention is wasting Australia’s resources on a cruel endeavour and has forced the hospitalisation of a 3-year-old child, removed from their family (now 4 years old on sending of this letter, without their family).

The detention of the Murugappan family, including the appalling treatment of the 3-year-old girl Tharnicaa has breached multiple human rights under the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child which Australia ratified in 1990. I want to share with you the simplified version of the convention, as it seems the current Government and all of those who neglected this young family’s needs may need to review what we are committed too: https://www.unicef.org.au/our-work/information-for-children/un-convention-on-the-rights-of-the-child

Based on the information available, it seems the Government has infringed on the following articles: article 6, article 8, article 9, article 10, article 11, article 18, article 19, article 20, article 22, article 24, article 25, and article 36.

I share the AASW’s concerns over the government’s treatment of this family, and all peoples in off-shore detention. I also share the concerns of the half a million individuals that have signed the change.org treaty: https://www.change.org/p/scott-morrison-bring-priya-back-to-biloela

The family’s continued separation and the current Government’s (and Scott Morrison’s) lack of empathy for this family has entrenched that Australia is not a country for a ‘fair-go’. Instead, we are telling the world that Australia and Immigrant children that this is the country where Australian-born Children of Hard-working immigrants:

  • Come to be stolen in the middle of the night from their home,
  • Sent some place alien and far away that is behind wires, and
  • Come to die.

Yours with haste and urgency,

Christos Floratos

The Cheeky Fighter

The Cheeky Fighter

By Christos Floratos

 

Although his battles are over,

And his dances are more sombre,

The Cheeky Fighter will never really rest.

 

He will dook along in our hearts.

Jump higher than ever before.

Climb heights that mountains would not dare impose.

Close gaps he could never make.

 

But the fall was never enough to keep him down.

 

When the first scare happened-

An accident from gluttony that The Cheeky Fighter didn’t quite understand-

He fought and fought, until his belly had to be shaved.

But home was a way that was clearly paved.

 

Then, as Houdini would challenge a locked box,

The Cheeky Fighter disappeared.

Longing like Penelope I stared from my window.

Across the road, a plaid man held an even plainer carrier.

The Cheeky Fighter returned, worn from his two-week adventure,

Finding others like his furry self, but cheekiness turned to hostility.

He travelled blocks away – a whole other world.

 

And from that adventure did the scars manifest to open wounds.

And the yellow settled for his canines.

And he lost, just a bit, of his cheek and fight.

 

Years past and the fighting had passed.

He had begun to slow.

A disease was coming with no clear antidote.

 

Yet, he remained cheeky.

The medics could reveal his vitality from the nips on their skin.

But that vigour – it had to slow.

He rested and rested.

 

He rested and fought so much

until I decided.

He need not fight anymore.

 

With the scent of his favourite treat,

the company of his favourite friends

and the cleric who was his favourite to bite,

Did He pass, lovingly into the night.

 

But he is still here.

Still stealing toilet rolls

Still hiding water bottles

Still fossilising his poos.

 

Still, Teemo, The Cheeky Fighter,

Will be here for me and you.

Teemo’s energy and cheek wasn’t often captured by pictures, but by videos! Here are some of his:

Self-care for writers during Lockdown

The current coronavirus/COVID19 situation has impacted many different parts of people’s lives. It is important that we take care of ourselves and those who are important to us during this time. Currently, this is a global issue and you are not alone in your worries. I want to impart some tips that we can use to stay healthy and connected during this time. This information is echoed in other places, but I wanted to tailor some tips for the literary curios and writers.

You do not need to write your magnum opus during the period of lockdown. I feel this is the most important tip. Many people will say during lockdowns you will have the opportunity to write endlessly and the time to edit until your heart’s content. Often, they will cite William Shakespeare or other writers who created some magnificent works during isolation periods. You do not have to write or complete that novel during this time. It is okay to do a little bit, the same as you were before, or even nothing at all.

Set a schedule and loosely stick to it. Continuing your writing practice will look differently during this time. You may have done it after work, after school or while you were on the train. It is important to accept this difference and allocate time to keep your routine going. Plan out when you will write by starting a calendar and allocating time to the day. Be realistic with it. Try to plan in times that most emulate your writing practice from before. Be flexible with it and let yourself enjoy the practice of writing rather than doing it because you have the mantra of ‘writing everyday.’ To invoke Marie Kondo, if it is not bringing you joy, get rid of it (for that day at least). Alternatively, if writing is difficult for you due to current issues, it is okay to put it to the side and come back to it another time. If you do plan on coming back to it, it is helpful to keep a log or thought journal.

Stay engaged with your leisure activities. If you are reading this, you have accomplished one core leisure activity of a writer’s arsenal which is reading! Make sure you are staying in touch with activities that you do for fun. While writing is fun, sometimes it can also induce stress when we cannot figure out where to go next or finding the right words. Remember to retain writing as a leisure outlet during this time, and frequently attend to hobbies you love to do.

Stay connected with your social circles. While we are physically separate, we are still socially connected through the internet. Check up with friends and family, even share work that you are writing on for feedback. It may provide a nice distraction during this time or provide a shared experience for you both to relate to. Make sure to still connect fellow writers and other readers you relate to on your social medias. Many social groups are moving online and staying connected with your networks is a good way to find places for support.

This will be a stressful time, but it is important we manage the pressures of lockdown through self-care. Throughout my social work degree and training, a big emphasis has been on how we take care of ourselves. If you would like to chat about self-care during this time, @ me on twitter at SeductiveTaco.

This article was originally written for Envie Magazine: https://enviemagazine.com/