AFTER PLAY REPORT
Starbrow marks a shift in the Six Seasons in Sartar campaign. This is the last time we will see the player characters as "children;" in the next chapter, Rites of Passage, the characters will undergo initiation into adulthood. Because of this, the theme here was "loss of innocence," and it played out in several ways.
With Kalf we explored the feelings of loss and anger he and his mother both feel over his father's death in Starbrow's rebellion. When Starbrow comes to take the children with her, and the players took on the role of their own character's parents, Kalf's player David had his mother say to Starbrow "you've already taken my husband and now you are taking my son." He also played Kalf with a great deal of antipathy towards Kallyr, the resentment that a son would naturally feel for the leader who got his father killed.
With Kalliva there has always been tension between her and her "mother," Kallessa. In Starbrow, this exploded. Kalliva has now discovered that her father was a Lunar officer...and that her "aunt," Korolmara, is actually her mother. This secret revealed gave Kallessa the excuse to wash her hands of her adoptive daughter, who unfortunately is the focus and recipient of Kallessa's anger towards Korolmara. At the end of the episode, after a final confrontation with Kallessa, Kalliva goes to stay with Beralor and his family. For now, at least, the rift between her and Kallessa is too great.
Beralor enters Starbrow with a rift between Harvarr and himself, but the episode sees this healed. Finding out that Keladon Blue-Eye is possibly his true father makes the Eurmali's interference in his life more clear, and leaves Beralor wondered if he has "trickster blood." He wonders if this somehow taints him.
Leika's arc meanwhile is a very different one; she doesn't have to deal with her past in Starbrow as much as start thinking about her future. Her relationship with her father has been one that is more "master" and "apprentice," and now she is finally coming into her power and trying to decide which direction to take it in.
Starbrow returns the characters to the Dragon Temple from chapter one, and is the first major milestone in the "dragon mark subplot." Kalliva is the one the dragons are speaking to, the "key" Starbrow needs to open the door. Entering the inner sanctum, the four are all tested and three of them--Beralor, Leika, and Kalf--all chose to "do nothing." Kalliva chose the vision of Korolmara handing the child over to Kalessa (rather than the Lunar officer) and the repercussions of this choice will play out later.
They succeeded in bringing the vessel out to Starbrow, and this weaves the characters into the greater Hero Wars narrative. In six years Starbrow will waken the Brown Dragon and deal a devastating blow to the Lunar Empire. The player characters are now part of that chain of events. Their reputation among the rebels will now begin to spread, for better or for worse.
The massacre at the end of the tale casts the dice. The player characters did end up participating, and so have now officially blooded themselves by killing Lunars. This in the end is the ultimate loss of innocence. We have seen them fight wolves, an ogre, and winter spirits, but this is the first time they have murdered men. They are not children any longer--they are warriors.