Honourable Men

Note: this article is a work in progress.
The Honourable Men are a "Society of Honourable Men Collecting Valuable Art". It is a very old collectors society, traditionally only open for men. Lately, women have been pushing their way in too, but they have to wear a fake beard/moustache and a top hat to honour the traditions. Society members are often just called "Honourable Men".   All members are collectors of fine, rare or weird items like paintings, carpets, statues, swords, rare plants, jewellery, you-name-it.   Some items within the last year's auctions were:
  • pipes, pipe cleaners, tobacco pouches
  • weird hats
  • mechanical clocks
  • steins (beer mugs) with lid
  • plants that have strange effects when being consumed or just being there
  When one participates in one of their meetings, they could get the feeling that half the city is part of this secret society.  
A few members actively try to prove that they are the better collectors or have nicer things than everyone else, so often there is a lot of showing off.   Open rivalries exist in the groups of pipe collectors, collectors of weird hats, and friends of neat steins with lid and plant collectors.  
"Once at one of the famous collector parties at Barnabas Flurry's house, William Datlong was paralyzed by one of Barnabas' newly acquired rare plants and stood there, motionless, during the whole party. He couldn't drink a single of Barnabas' precious whiskeys. William is still seeking revenge."

Structure

The society is led by Baltha Cadenza. House Pisces is a front organization for SOHMCVA.   Some members are in charge of the store where all the items are kept between auctions. There are three auctioneers and also some traders who bring in more things that might find some aficionado.

Public Agenda

Research, discussion and exchange of valuable art. The society has weekly discussion rounds, lectures about research results and auctions on The Artigo. This happens on the third level of the ship (counted from top).  
On certain days, special auctions are happening. This might be a collection of frivolous items, the weirdest items or items that match a certain theme. Once a year, the dustiest or strangest items (where no one could find out what they are for) from the vault make it to the auction room.


 
SOHMCVA - Events and Activities
1 Hammer - Deepwinter
  • 6th: Auction: Pipes et al
2 Alturiak - The Claw of Winter
  • 15th: Auction I: Mechanical Clocks and Gadgets
3 Ches - The Claw of the Sunsets
  • 1st: Auction: Frivolous Items
4 Tarsakh - The Claw of the Storms
  • 1st: Auction: Funny and Ridiculous Items
5 Mirtul - The Melting
  • 1st: Event: Expedition into the Surroundings of Bridgeport with "Bring your own food" BBQ
6 Kythorn - The Time of Flowers
  • 14th: Auction: Exotic Plants and Flowers
7 Flamerule - Summertide
  • 1st: Auction: Carpets and Rugs
8 Eleasis - Highsun
  • 1st: Auction: Recipes and Cookbooks
9 Eleint - The Fading
  • 1st: Auction: Getting the Dust off - items from the back of our vault
10 Marpenoth - Leaffall
  • 15th: Auction II: Mechanical Clocks and Gadgets
11 Uktar - The Rotting
  • 1st: Auction: Silent Auction: Special Items
12 Nightal - The Drawing Down
  • 6th: Auction: Hats
  • 23rd: Event: Fashionable Props Party at Villa Cadenza
 
Weekly Events
  • every 1st day of the week, 7 pm: Auction: Miscellaneous (carryable items)
  • every 2nd day of the week, 7 pm: Auction: Miscellaneous (items you need a cart for or bigger)
  • every 4th day of the week, 7 pm: Event: Lecture and Discussion: Latest Research
  • every 5th day of the week, 5 pm: Event: Happy Society Come Together
Monthly Events
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Assets

The society's storage contains many items, worth several thousand gold pieces. Most of them are auctioned at some time, some of the items have not seen daylight for decades, though. Who knows which kind of wondrous treasures are hidden in the society's vault?

History

The society is already pretty old, members have found documents listing auctions back to 80 years ago. Some items in the vault may also be that long in there and appear at an auction.

Plot Hooks

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Shrooms - A collector is looking for a mushroom with a specific effect, he doesn't know how it looks though. The group has to go and find mushrooms. And try them. This can be either a short funny intermission or a serious excursion into the lands of Shrooméria.   Night at the Museum I - A collector has lent several items to the local museum and is looking for a team to protect his exhibits from theft.  
Night at the Museum II - A collector is asking to "recover" an item exhibited at the local museum, as the item is usually out of reach, but rather exposed while being in the museum. Variants: a) Mess with the party, make the item a 600 pounds heavy statue or similar. b) The statue is inhibited by a ghost that will do anything to protect the statue. c) The ghost wants the statue to be brought somewhere else. d) Another collector found out about the theft and if blackmailing the first one now, who wants the group to bring back the statue undetected.

"Everything is beautiful or precious to someone."

Founding Date
2777
Type
Secret, Brotherhood
Alternative Names
Society of Honorable Men Collecting Valuable Art
Demonym
Honorable
Parent Organization
Subsidiary Organizations
Location
Members

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