This is a precursor origin story to tomorrow’s origin story. Bessaria Spamcakes is the loyal, brave, jittery, intelligent riding sheep of Fritz Warrenberg. She was created by my friend Nate who played Fritz and had to have been the least serious player in the group. I still remember the look on everybody’s face when he first presented Bessaria to us. It was a look of ‘that’s . . . you serious?’ and was quickly followed by ‘that’s so cool’. There wasn’t much of a personality to Bessaria because the gamemaster was never sure what to do with her. Stiletto he could factor in, horses he could understand, but Bessaria was a beast with no equal. So, I had to glean pieces of Bessaria’s personality from how Fritz interacted with her, which didn’t happen often. It was mostly patting her rump and gently complimenting her while she grazed or wandered around. She didn’t like Stiletto when they met because she thought he was a wolf.
Somehow, this background critter became a beloved riding beast that I had to be careful with. I wanted to put her into a lot of scenes, but that would have stolen some of her wooly magic. Bessaria (whose last name is not mentioned in the books because Windemere doesn’t have spam) is one of the things that makes me smile even when she’s being scared because she’s oddly endearing to me. It might have something to do with the endearing nature of her master who grew on me. Fritz is right though. Bessaria is the greatest riding sheep in all of Windemere.