The first gold star was for figuring out that the player characters Benedict and Roxanna were brother and sister. When the game was closed down they'd not yet realized that. ;-)
The second one was for figuring out that the Flowering Path was the trail left by the Horned Man when He and His Lady were incarnated (unfortunately as mortals, due to a magical accident) on the Heartwood -- the trail He left as He fled the murderous Eastern Hordes to the shelter of the Dirkwood. The trail was tinged with sorrow because his Lady did not escape the grasp of their enemies... and so that day She died horribly at the hands of the Easterners.
The third star I received when I commented off-handedly that the discovery of Montague's 24-year-old crime -- the kidnapping, rape, and imprisonment of the Dawnview Lady Brittany Allaine, and the ambush and murder of her fiancee, the Highgaard Lord Danton Kierkegaard, and their wedding caravan -- would invariably lead to a war between the families and their allies. Apparently this was something no one had ever figured out before in the two previous attempts the GM had made to tell the Heartwood story he had in mind... which surprised me. It seemed quite self-evident, considering the facts.
The players also already know about the fourth star -- namely that the Forgotten Fleet at the end of the first human/easterner wars was led by Dayallans. That was figured out when I realized that the Dayallans were the only ones that could measure time and work astronomy... therefore they were the only ones capable of navigation.
The reason that's significant is because the Forgotten Fleet is presumably the 'seed people' that started the Bankorpool Empire. It was significant to Brisa because it showed her once again that her people, the Dayallans, would bust their asses! to save folks -- and every single blessed time they got tromped on after the emergency was over, and reduced to the status of despised "swordbitch." This made her quite unhappy, and she wanted to work to change things for the better... unfortunately I think that's what caused the GM to have a mental breakdown in regards to me playing my character -- I committed the unforgiveable sin of having a strongly played character deeply enough involved in the world that she wasn't following the GM's script.
The fifth star I got when I figured out that the cloaks of Arilys are in actuality the shadows of Krysta, or as Lady Kara put it, her 'puppies.'
The sixth star concerns a discovery that the GM will doubtless never use in the game now that he's expunged Brisa from his game [later note -- especially now that he's quit running it due to pique! ;-) ]... but I figured out the Nehrimstel were (at least one of) the causative force(s) behind Brisa's ancestry and raising, and apparently were still quite interested in her, due to their managing to provide her with a (in-game very expensive) horse. She certainly intended to have words with them at some point, especially concerning their assumption that they could 'breed' her with some man of their choice in order to start a 'race' or 'line' they had in mind! ;-)
The other players had doubtless noticed that Brisa was an animal gentler, and according to the GM all the PCs had something 'special' about them. I was only able to figure out one other though, with quite a bit of help from the GM, by the time he made it impossible to continue gaming with him... namely, Anuje is a psionicist. Remember the time she said that Garrick would doubtless have given the bracelets to Romana & Roxanna if they'd been meant for them, and so Garrick must have meant the bracelets for Brisa? That was apparently the first time Joel had had Anuje state something definitively, and that's why all the other characters believed her implicitly. Disturbingly enough the only other psionicist in the game appears to be Velikii -- that's why he was able to murder someone's son in front of them and no one reacted badly to it.
The GM helped me a bit with the eighth star, mentioning that I should read the information in the glossary about the Kories. It was at that point that I realized Dominic the Arilysian was also the youngest (and supposedly recently deceased) Korie. I subsequently tried to show that discovery in-game and ICly, so that the other players could have a change to 'get it' on their own, with the same amount of hinting I'd had. Unfortunately only Walt figured it out before the GM had it 'come out' in game. ;-)
The ninth and final star I got, amusingly enough, only moments after the previous discovery came out in the game -- when I realized there was one other interesting thing about Dominic. The GM confirmed my suspicion immediately when I paged him asking about it -- namely that Dominic's an unconscious weather witch. When he's unhappy it rains, when he's happy it doesn't. That's why it's been such an unseasonably mild storm season.
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