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Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 05, 2006, 10:36:48 AM
OOC: Is there anything (besides underground exploration) that you guys wanted to do before leaving The Ruins of Rivercliff Keep (that's the official name of the fort)?

Wildfire
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Blackspear on February 28, 2006, 07:39:24 PM
Dale shakes his head in frustration and strides purposefully towards the keep.    As he gets to the keep, rather than heading inside, he climbs the stairs to the top of the keep.  

Once upon the top of the fortress, he heads to a battlement that faces upstream.   From there, he kneels beneath the battlement to keep watch for reinforcements of dark cloaks.    

As he waits there he reviews the exchange between himself and Jarmok in his mind, over and over again.   Feeling badly about offending Maal, Dale begins to think of how to apologize to her, not that it will matter at this point.    

While keeping watch on the forest, Dale pulls out Xorn and feeds the toad while petting it.   "What would you have done?"  Dale looks at the toad forlornly hoping for an answer from his former master.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Phineas on February 28, 2006, 01:59:19 PM
Quote from: Ragnar
"Whats the plan? Also more importantly what am I doing in this whole mess?"

Sayer responds.  "I would appreciate an able swordsman to protect the counsellors.  Please come with us."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: on February 27, 2006, 08:52:09 PM
Ragnor clearly in mass confusion asks "Whats the plan? Also more importantly what am I doing in this whole mess?".
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 15, 2006, 08:54:56 PM
The three councilers look at each other nodding their heads in agreement. Svenia hands Rainfire and Avalon two longswords that she aquired while getting herself a dagger. "Sayer, there are plenty of weapons in case you want one." Svenia says.

Rainfire asks, "Who else is coming with us to wait?"
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Phineas on February 15, 2006, 08:31:16 PM
Quote from: darkred:6d9135d09a
If Sayer makes eye contact with Maal, he will say this to her, otherwise he will turn away and speak these words over his shoulder as he walks to the exit:[/color] "We will wait in the treeline until the sun is at six hands in height [noonish?]. At that time, the counsellors and I shall make our way to Threshold.  That should give us just enough daylight to return to town."

Sayer adds matter-of-factly "if you do not join us by this time, we shall not come back to look for you.  Remember my earlier words of counsel.  Good luck."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 15, 2006, 07:34:12 PM
Avalon asks Sayer, "Where are you taking us?"

Rainfire and Svenia quietly watch the standoff between Maal and Dale.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: fraz on February 15, 2006, 07:14:36 PM
Maal Brengain stands tall and proud, glaring at Dale. She is aware that Jarmok and Kit have entered the keep, but she stands fast in her confrontation with Dale, gauging that she can catch up to them if need be...
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Phineas on February 15, 2006, 03:39:10 PM
As Jarmok and Kit enter the keep, Sayer turns to the council members.  His expression is serious, but there is still charm in his voice. "Ladies, please follow me."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Dray on February 15, 2006, 12:00:44 PM
(OOC, this will be my last post in this thread, due to table play now being required.)

Kit turned to see Jarmok duck in the keep, despite the pain in her back she hustled towards and through the entry, after him.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Johan on February 15, 2006, 10:33:57 AM
Quote from: #00ff00
I didn't read this thread any further than this line, because Dale does not have Jarmok's attention.[/color]

Jarmok moved forward smoothly, entering the keep...
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 15, 2006, 08:39:37 AM
OOC: I know, I know....this is an OCD in an ICD...However, I want to remind everyone to separate player feelings from character feelings.

If anyone has something to say to another PLAYER do it in a private message or an email. Resolve your personal differences there.

But most important...have fun.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Phineas on February 15, 2006, 07:35:52 AM
Sayer stood by, watching the confrontation.  His casting was becoming realized: Rely on your wits/but not on each other.  The two weak moon runes within that reading had concerned him, for he knew that social conflict within this group would surface.  He was now seeing it happen.

Sayer was more concerned with the two weak earth runes: there would be more conflict, but of a physical nature.  Although he was encouraged by two strong sun runes -- a goal achieved -- he was not optimistic that this quest would have the conclusion that the others expected.  They would find their priests, but perhaps not in a condition that they had hoped to find them.

He thought about the first casting.  Five strong suns.  Sayer smiled to himself.  This group would achieve its goal...assuming that they could agree on one goal to acheive.

The first rune reading was: earth SUN SUN SUN SUN SUN.  The second rune reading was: earth moon SUN moon earth SUN.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Dray on February 15, 2006, 06:20:15 AM
(OOC: hehe, cool post Fraz. And so there is no misunderstanding, I am enjoying Dale's tenacity as well. Please allow Johan to react (post) before we continue on. Unless more can be said within the timeframe of what has occurred already (like in a manner Fraz just did).)
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: fraz on February 15, 2006, 06:13:04 AM
Quote from: Blackspear
Dale takes his crossbow and fires a bolt into the door of the keep.
both[/i] say they be goin' down there with or without us. Tha' means ye only need ta decide if ye be goin' with us or no'. Stop actin' like a fool!

An' Jarmok 'as more right ta lead this group than you or me. He's th' only one o' th' Protect'rate tha's from Thres'ol'! I dinna know 'im well, but I trust 'im more than I trust ye.

We've talked in circles enough... Now it's time ta do somethin'!"
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Dray on February 15, 2006, 05:48:37 AM
Kit looked back at Dale with a sudden note of concern on her young face. Her face flushed with embarassment. Dale surmised she hadn't been thinking the whole thing through or even listening up to this point. She only wanted to save her friend.

With a soft voice she spoke while staring at the ground at her feet. "Jarmok's plan gets me in the underground immediately, yours keeps me up here debating the what ifs."

It was clear to Dale that she didn't want to challenge him. She was like a child asking her parents permission, but with full intention of doing what she wants regardless of the answer.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Blackspear on February 15, 2006, 12:25:49 AM
Dale looks at the young girl with sympathy in his eyes.  "I'm not suggesting that you abandon her.   I am suggesting that you make a wise plan before walking into a potential slaughter house.     Just walking in leaving half of us here is madness.   Besides, Jarmok said he was going to run away the moment he ran into any trouble.   How does that help you save your friend?
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Dray on February 14, 2006, 11:54:23 PM
Kit gasped in astonishment.

She got up yet again, grimacing and still holding her back as she did so.

"I am good enough to finish the job Dale." she said stern quiet voice. Although her voice spoke in a harsh whisper, her eyes gaze pleaded with Dale in an obvious attempt for him to concede to Jarmok.

With effort, and while biting her lip in obvious pain, she loaded her light crossbow and started to walk over to Jarmok.

"No one gave him the right, but he and I have both made up our minds." She stopped and turned to look back at Dale. "I can't abandon Amethia down there," she said, her eyes filling up with tears.

I personally like the dynamic of the opposing opinions (Jarmok & Blackspear), but encourage both players to take any and all personal emotion away from the situation. Its okay for characters to disagree and even come to blows once in awhile, but please agree to diagree about the situation in OOC. Personally, I could care less if Kit goes into the underground or not.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Blackspear on February 14, 2006, 11:45:29 PM
Dale takes his crossbow and fires a bolt into the door of the keep.  

Once he has Jarmok's attention, he looks at him and says in a very quiet subdued, yet cold tone, "Who made you king?   You don't care what anyone else has to say?   You're gonna take Kit underground when she can't even stand?   What are you thinking?!!!!   Who's going to rescue your sorry hide when you get overwhelmed down there?  Stop being an ignorant jackass Jarmok!

"We won this battle," Dale sweeps his hand around the courtyard of the fort, "by making a plan and working together.   You're being an impatient little brat and your plan has some serious flaws in it.    You say I'm bloodthirsty?   You're the one charging back into to battle!   Besides,    who gave you the right to order us what to do?"


When I wrote this I hadn't yet read the OOC where everyone agreed to Jarmok's plan.    Dale is amazed at how stupid Jarmok is and I as a player was taken compleeeetely by surprise by his actions.  Dale also feels personally affronted by Jarmok and he doesn't know what he did to irritate him so much.     Personally I wasn't thrilled with Johan forcing everyone else's hand (remember I had not read the last few posts of the Lets Work Together OOC)

 I am not upset with Johan in any way.   I won't edit this post for now, because I do think it makes for good roleplaying.   If it turns out to be too controversial maybe I'll change it later.   Sorry for the huge OOC in the middle of the ICD.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: fraz on February 14, 2006, 07:03:43 PM
Maal Brengain grasps her shield firmly in her right hand, stands, and wordlessly follows after Jarmok.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Phineas on February 14, 2006, 01:44:18 PM
Sayer recommends taking some form of cover, either within the walls of the fortress (in one of teh rooms?) or outside of the ruins within the treeline (perhaps at the location north of the keep from where Kit and Sayer approached).

Waiting in the open courtyard is foolhardy.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 14, 2006, 01:18:06 PM
Svenia stops dead in her tracks heeding Jarmok's words.

She then glances around and says, "Well, at the very least I'm not going to stay unarmed!" She walks straight for one of the dead soldiers.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Johan on February 14, 2006, 01:11:56 PM
"No." Jarmok said flatly. "Is stay with Say'r an' Ragnor...and Dale if stay. Can't you be hurt more. Be ready run, when we are back, though." The lean outlander did not look back as he approached the entry to the keep, fitting a long arrow to his bow as he went.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 14, 2006, 01:01:13 PM
The three councilers look about in slight confusion. Rainfire says, "So, should we stay here and wait for you?"

Avalon says to her, "Well we don't know how safe the road is. For us to travel back on our own is foolish."

Svenia says to Jarmok, "If you need my help then give me a blade and I'll go in there with you!"

Rainfire says to Svenia, "Are you daft? You've never swung a sword in your life! You'll be killed!"

Svenia looks up to her and says, "Well, you didn't know me in my younger days...did you?" She turns to the rest of the Protecterate and asks, "Now, where's my blade?"
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Johan on February 14, 2006, 12:32:30 PM
We're going to have to do this in-session, I'm afraid, because at this point...

Jarmok turned abruptly from the argument, and strode towards the ruins. "Ragnor, Sayer, watch councilor and en'my. Make big noise if see en'my. Kit, Laren, Maal, I go in, you come? Dale, do what will."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Dray on February 14, 2006, 06:17:23 AM
Kit sat on her knees with her feet folded underneath her, watching the the two men. Her face flushed at the awkward moment. Astonished that the argument esculated to this, she brought her hand (from the pain in her back) to her mouth as the tension became thick.

She looked back and forth at each of them, wondering what Jarmok would say next.

She looked over at Laren who was busy mumbling to himself and spending way to much time inspecting the bodies. 'If only he would hand over the two remaining healing potions, we would all feel so much better about going down there,' she thought.

Then a sudden thought came to her. 'He's ignoring me. Oh Paladine No! Did he figure it out? Does he hate me now?'
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: fraz on February 13, 2006, 01:07:22 PM
After watching and listening silently for some time, Maal Brengain snorts scornfully and, as Jarmok speaks, she moves a few steps over to the rubble pile at the base of the battlements. Folding her lean form, she sits upon one of the larger boulders. Then, leaning forward with her spear in hand, she looks over the whole the group, shaking her head in dismay...
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Blackspear on February 13, 2006, 12:47:31 PM
Dale glares back at Jarmok, not relenting.    After a moment of intense tension, Dale takes a deep breath as if to check his temper.   "Jarmok....  Relax...    We're in this together.     You make some good points.   But understand this:  If we don't go into the fort together, you could die too. If we hunt, we hunt together or we die.   If we rescue, we rescue together or we die.   Whether "Vishcook" is down in the fort or in the river he is still out there.   He will come after us and it will take all of us to kill him!

"For your information I'm not blood thirsty.  I'm simply reluctant to leave an enemy at my back.   I misunderstood you earlier.  You didn't speak very clearly.    Its sometimes hard to understand what you are telling us."


Edited: Johan and I posted at the same time earlier.  Johan's post would have dictated a different response than what Dale gave earlier.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Johan on February 13, 2006, 12:45:04 PM
"No!" Jarmok almost screamed, his frustration and ire rising tangibly. "Is bad idea!"

He took a deep breath and calmed himself with effort. "Is not more hunt. Is rescue now." He said. "'vish-kook not inside. Not out of river. I see this [points two fingers at his own eyes]. Cave 'neath only come to there [points to the short bastion yet standing upon the cliff's edge, overlooking the river far below]."

The lean hunter held up one long finger. "Can't leave Councilors alone." Two long fingers: "Path to Threshold not safe, need leave able escorts [casts his other hand across Sayer, Dale, and Ragnor] if not return with priestes."

Three long fingers. "Need get in quiet, quick, get out. [casts his hand over Maal, Kit, Laren, and himself]. First need is pr'tekt Threshold. Sek'nd: pr'tekt councilors. Third: find, get, and pr'tekt priestes. No longer time for kill. If on path after dark, all [waves both hands around the assembled people, councilors as well as Protectorate] dead. No warning Threshold. No saving councilors. No preistes. No Dale, Maal, Say'r...no no one."

The normally quite and withdrawn outlander glared hard at Dale. "Blood thirst get all killed. Then what? Threshold not know what happens. Maal, Kit, Laren, me go in. If find preistes, is vik-t'ry. If find en-my, we run. Fast."

"Is not more hunt. Is rescue." He reiterated adamantly.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Dray on February 13, 2006, 12:23:01 PM
Kit looked over at Laren again, who was checking out the bodies and mumbling to himself.

"If I had a swallow of one of Laren's healing potions I should be good to go," she said.

She looked back at Dale with a serious expression he was not used to seeing from her. "I have to go down there Dale. Amethia is the daughter of someone very dear to me. I cannot leave here without knowing what has happened to her."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Blackspear on February 13, 2006, 10:56:35 AM
Dale extends his hand towards Kit and offers to help pull her up again.   "Are you sure you're up for this?"  Without waiting for a reply Dale looks around.   "Is there anyone else who isn't up for going into the fort?"
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Dray on February 13, 2006, 06:56:57 AM
"Well, um....no," said Kit, slightly embarrassed.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Blackspear on February 12, 2006, 10:20:50 PM
"My reasoning is that it will take all of us to bring that monstrosity down.   If we all go in together, we can be bottled up and killed off one at a time.  Meanwhile we will only be able to bring one or two of us to fight Vervishkuk at once.   If we attack him from two sides we can catch him in a deadly cross fire and all of us can get in on the kill.    

"There is a great risk to my plan.  By dividing, we can be isolated and attacked.   Thereby making it easier for Vervishkuk and his compatriots to kill us.  Its a risk.   But I think we're in big trouble if we all go in together.   Do you have any better ideas?"  Dale looks at the young girl and waits patiently for a reply.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Dray on February 12, 2006, 05:01:31 PM
"Split up in a monster's lair?" Kit asked with a surprised questioning look.

She grimaced and lowered gently back to the ground, rubbing her back with her right hand.

"You sure that is a good idea?"
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Blackspear on February 11, 2006, 11:06:44 PM
"If we are all in and only if we are all in on this, I suggest we split our forces again.   Kit, Laren and Ragnor should go to the cave and enter the fort that way.    You will also be able to prevent Vervishkuk from running out the back door.   Jarmok, Maal, and myself will enter the fort from that door over there.   We will be able to attack from two sides at once if we are lucky.  

"If possible, we should try to coordinate our attacks.   If Jarmok, Maal and I start the battle, the three of you can fire your bows at the big bastard from a distance.   If you wait hidden at the edge of  the cave, you will hear the battle and the can rush in to join us.  Hopefully, we can take him by surprise again.  The only variable is the dark priest and any other lackeys that they might be hiding.

"Sayer, you can guard the councillors and keep them safe.  If you see any more troops coming, you can warn us and escort the councillors to Threshold.   If we get captured, get back to Threshold and get us a rescue.   Ashe and Julius would know what to do.

"Does anyone have any questions or better ideas?"   Dale looks at each member of the group, even the councillors.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Dray on February 11, 2006, 03:59:07 PM
With her eyes still closed, Kit shook her head. She took a slow controlled intake of breath and opened her eyes. She said, "an injury from a few days ago. I thought it was nothing at the time, but the battle must of aggravated it."

She looked over at Laren. "A simple fall off a horse. Let me just get my breath, it doesn't seem to be getting worse."

As she leaned forward in an attempt to stretch her back, her bare back became fully exposed. In between the bottom of her leather tunic and the top of her skirt was a ovate reddish bruise, approximately 4 inches wide and 2 inches tall.

Kit sat up, and with a lot of obvious effort stood up.

"I am okay, what's the plan?"
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Blackspear on February 11, 2006, 02:29:47 PM
"Kit, what's wrong?  Are you hurt?"   Dale kneels next to her trying to ascertain the extent of her injury.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Dray on February 09, 2006, 09:59:34 PM
Kit gently shook Jarmok's hand and upon his gaze whispered 'thank you' to him.

As she got up off the ground she winced and put a hand to her lower back. She groaned a bit in pain and after a moment sat back on the ground, one hand still touching her back.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: on February 09, 2006, 09:52:22 PM
"oh that kind of wispering" Ragnor says with relife " its a shame you didn't catch anything" ooc Acually i made a mistake i ment to parenthis ises my second quotation sentence. Its completely m fault Sorry every one about my grammer i was caught in something e;lse I've got to stop multi tasking.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 09, 2006, 08:55:59 PM
The three council members look about in confusion. Svenia peers up to the silver sheened man points at him and says, "Ragnar, right?..." as if to make sure she got his name correct. "...although we had sacks over our heads I'm reasonably certain that the whispering was from the men that brought us here."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Phineas on February 09, 2006, 08:34:34 PM
Quote from: #00ff00
Pending approval, Maal, Kit Laren and Jarmok will receive a +2 modifier on the roll of their choice.[/color]
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Blackspear on February 09, 2006, 08:31:02 PM
Himo, What on earth did you just write?  I'm not down with your lingo.  Could you please translate that into english?  Thanks. :?

"Jarmok, we need a better plan than that.   What happens if you guys get into trouble and we aren't there to help you?  We should all go together.  Or at the very least have half of us cover the cave with bows while the other half goes into the fort.  That way Vervishkuk can't escape out the back door."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: on February 09, 2006, 07:18:20 PM
Quote from: #00ff00
OOC sorry about the late post if been tied up.[/color]
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 09, 2006, 06:50:47 PM
Avalon says, "We met the priests on our recuitment goodwill tour to the city-states. I don't know if they fell easily because when the dark ones attacked we we engulfed in shadows and couldn't see...none of us could see...except for maybe our attackers.'

Svenia continues, "From what I gathered, Amethia was just new to the priest hood."

Avalon says, "All of them were fairly young. I don't imagine they had much expeience as priests. As for the dark priest we only caught a short glimpse which was him coming down the stairs and looking with interest at the three priests."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Johan on February 09, 2006, 06:44:45 PM
"Is too much." Jarmok objected. He looked to Dale, his eyes hard. "We go inside." He said decisively. "Maal, Kit, Laren, me all go inside look for Priestes. "Sayer, Dale, Ragnor, stay outside, lookout and call if en-mies come. Serach fast, find what can, need out before sun past top. At Threshold ere night."

He looked among the gathered, his glare seeking understanding, not additional conversation.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Blackspear on February 09, 2006, 06:15:17 PM
Dale slowly looks around the group and takes a deep breath to help relax the tension of the situation.   "Sayer's right.  We need to make a decision.   Whatever we do though, we should do it together.   Our strength comes from working together.   We can not divide.  We will be too weak for both tasks at hand.

"I have some more questions for the councillors." Dale looks specifically to Svenia and asks, "Did you know these priests?   Were they experienced leaders of their churches?   They were wearing armor, expecting battle.  Did they fall easily or were they overwhelmed?   Did the dark priest use his powers on them?  What did this dark priest look like.  Did he have a name?"
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Dray on February 09, 2006, 12:01:16 PM
(OOC: LoL, it was much funnier the other way Phin, but ok.)
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Post by: Phineas on February 09, 2006, 06:22:26 AM
Sayer stood by and listened.  His hands were folded in front of him.

"What is our decision?"

[Edited for clarity.]
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Dray on February 08, 2006, 08:34:35 PM
The teary eyed Kit, watched in earnest, as the council women talked to one another. Jarmok had stood beside her, where she sat on the ground with her calves and legs folded beneath her. She reached out and held Jarmok's hand. Upon his quick glance down she gave him a half-hearted smile. One meant to be brave through the obvious despair shown on her young face.

It was clear to Jarmok that Kit's mind had been made up. But he was still uncertain of how all this added up.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 08, 2006, 05:43:40 PM
Svenia cradles her chin and contorts her face in thought and says, "Well, it's hard to say with any founded certainty because...well, unconcious prisoners are easier to handle. Now, we were attacked last...Avalon, wasn't it the early morning of Albyr Aryor...before Kossuth rose?"

Avalon says, "Yes! Yes it was! What's the date today?" She looks about for an answer.

Rainfire adds, "We were in the cell for two days I think." She looks at Svenia and says, "Sorry Svenia. I just want none of this to have happened."

Svenia looks up at Rainfire and responds, "I know Rain...But we have to keep a clear head on our shoulders and not let panic take over."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Johan on February 08, 2006, 05:24:07 PM
"How many days travel, and how many days in cell?" Jarmok asked tersely, almost urgently.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 08, 2006, 05:00:40 PM
Avalon says, "Yes. Aside from what Rainfire and I added that's everything. Oh, during our travels I heard whispering but couldn't understand any of it since the talk was too quiet."

Rainfire speaks up and says, " We were told that there had been sightings of strange riders in the hills east of the road so the priests wore some armor in case we were attacked." Rainfire added a plea, "Can we get back to town now? We have to speak with Julius and tell him of the recent events. We are, after all, on the council."

Svenia sends a death stare at Rainfire and says, "Rainfire! We told them that! Don't you think they know what they're doing? We're facing some tough decisions here and you're not making it any easier! Instead of whining for your comfy bed why don't you help solve the problems as opposed to adding to them!?"

Avalon smirks.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Johan on February 08, 2006, 04:41:28 PM
Jarmok listened intently to Svenia talk, and as the others concurred. This was not adding up properly for the lean outlander.

When Svenia finished, Jarmok nodded, but pushed a little forward. "Is bad image." He explained, waving his spidery hand in front of his face. "Travel to Threshold with three [long fingers again] humans priestes *and* Kurian guardses. Night, maybe four [thumb over shoulder] back, attacked, guardses killed, you and priestes taken, blindedfold, bringed here, you [pointing to all three] in prizen, priests left out? Is all remembered?"

Jarmok cocked his head to one side thinking. "Preistes have metal armor? Were here in metal armor?" He asked.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 08, 2006, 04:01:13 PM
Svenia looked up at the outrider and her head cocked back in surprise at seeing Jarmok. She noticed the bronzewood axe that Jarmok possessed and becam more at ease. She then says "Ah...yes there were three human priests with us. Two women and one man. They were dressed in priestly fashion with armor and robes with holy symbols. We were attacked on the road by some riders on large wolves. During the attack we were knocked out. Later when we woke we were blindfolded until we came to these ruins. The priests were an awful mess as they had been badly beaten. Once we came into the compound we were separated from the priests and the three of us were thrown into the cell and locked up."

Rainfire and Avalon nodded in agreement. Avalon says, "The wolves were an unusual type. They were very large and had horns like a mountain ram. We were attacked at night and we suddenly couldn't see anything at all. We weren't alone though...we were being escorted by Kurrian guards. I could hear the sounds of battle and them getting slaughtered...well, until I was knocked out."

Rainfire says, "We all heard the confusion and just couldn't make any sense of it at all."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Johan on February 08, 2006, 01:12:45 PM
"Ung." Jarmok interjected loudly. "Wait. Need more look." He stepped forward timidly, crouching in front of and addressing Svenia, "Missing three [three long fingers held up] priests? Is human? How look like? How many men bringed here you?" He asked the little woman.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Dray on February 08, 2006, 12:52:49 PM
Kit shook with emotion. "But I can't leave her here, if she dies Kayle will never forgive me!"

She shot a look towards Laren. "Laren has two more healing potions, and I still have some energy left. We can do this! That thing is already injured, it had to flee from us didn't it? And there can't be that many more cronies after all, they would have surfaced by now right?"

Kit started to look desperate as she made her case from her kneeling position on the ground.

(OOC, Kit is not aware that Laren gave the potions to the councilor.)
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Blackspear on February 08, 2006, 12:38:23 PM
As if noticing Kits tears for the first time, Dale looks to the young girl and puts a hand on her shoulder.   "We will lass.   Just not today.  We need everyone together to fight this evil.   You are exhausted and nearly spent.  Lets go back to Threshold and try again tomorrow."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Dray on February 08, 2006, 12:29:34 PM
Kit gasped and let out a small cry.

"Paladine keeps testing me." She started to look about the ground as if trying to find something. "Why does he keep testing me?"

She put her hands over face and dropped to her knees, after a moment of muffling her anguish she took one hand away, leaving the other over her mouth.

Svenia asked "How..."

Before she could finish, Kit stated matter of factly. "I have to go down there."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Blackspear on February 08, 2006, 12:17:37 PM
"Sayer, you aren't equipped for battle.  No armor, no training, not even a weapon.   Throwing yourself into battle like that showed more courage than the rest of us combined.   You did well."

Dale takes the 4 money pouches and puts them in his pack.  Looking at Jarmok and Mall, Dale asks "Should we gather up their weapons and armor to destroy them, so that they can't be used again?   They are so far from Xan Thakos that they must be worth a lot to them.   If we had a pack mule we could take the stuff back to Threshold and arm a militia."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 08, 2006, 08:46:56 AM
Svenia looks over to the young teary eyed girl and says, "Aye...you know her?"
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Dray on February 07, 2006, 09:59:32 PM
Kit had been making repeated glances at Svenia for many moments while the others talked and planned. She bit her lower lip and shuffled her feet in what was apparent nervousness. All too familiar tears were welling up in her eyes.

With an abrupt interruption she asked Svenia, ?Amethia?.

A tear escaped and gravity soon took it.

"...Kayle Trechant?s daughter from Aldebaron?? Her voice was quiet, constricted with emotion.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Phineas on February 07, 2006, 07:30:36 PM
Quote from: Blackspear
[Dale] then hands the money to Sayer and says, "You did well today.  I've never seen a braver act than what you did today.    Since you're a scholar, why don't you tally this money up and dole it out equally when we get back to town."
your[/i] plan of action that enabled us to easily enter and control this stronghold.  My deeds may have seemed heroic, but all I did was follow your careful instructions."

Sayer glances at the purses, yet makes no motion to accept them.  "Perhaps the task of managing the spoils of the field is better suited for hands other than mine," he says.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Blackspear on February 07, 2006, 03:45:56 PM
"If we're not in agreement,about exploring the fort, we should go back."

Dale looks carefully at Ragnor.   "We won't be picking a fight with Severen... yet.   I'm not convinced that he has anything to do we these so called "blasphemers".   Maal is right. We should follow his activities first.   Your actions are the very actions that you despise about the Xan Thakians.   Kill now, ask questions later, is a bad way to live.   Trust me I've been there.  I want to hang Severen as much as you do, but not until he does something wrong first.

Lets pick over the bodies and then lets get out of here."   Dale strides towards the nearest corpse and grabs his belt pouch.   Then he moves to the next corpse ad combines the contents of his pouch with the first one.   He does this until no pouches are left.   He then hands the money to Sayer and says, "You did well today.  I've never seen a braver act than what you did today.    Since you're a scholar, why don't you tally this money up and dole it out equally when we get back to town."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 07, 2006, 02:26:04 PM
As Jarmok was investigating the surrounding ruins Svenia says, "No. the three of us were brought here along with the priests and as soon as we entered here we were separated. Before we were imprisoned I saw the dark priest come down those stairs there (Svenia points to the stairs that lead up to the ramparts) and begin to look over the priests. We were being shackled and I heard screams of pain come from the courtyard. I can only assume that it was the our priest friends who were screaming. I don't know where the dark one is. He could be underground but i can't say with any certainty."

Rainfire and Avalon both put their hands on Svenias' shoulders to help the little gnome through her explaination. Both nodded their assurance that what she said was complete and correct.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Johan on February 07, 2006, 01:18:18 PM
Quote from: Phineas
I would advise returning the council members to town. Although Dale's suggestion has merit," Sayer points to the inverted earth stone, "there will be a payment for such an attempt."
, maybe up [points upstream], but not see out. If down, then nearer Threshold. We here is bad, need go p’rtekt Threshold. Come back ‘morrow.”
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: fraz on February 07, 2006, 12:02:32 PM
Maal Brengain looks down to address the gnomish councilwoman, "Svenia, are ye sayin' tha' th' Dark Priest departed this place?  Are ye sure o' tha'?  Can ye say when 'e left an' did ye happen ta hear aboot where 'e was 'eaded?"
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 07, 2006, 11:27:04 AM
Avalon says, "Svenia! Come to your senses! I know that you and Amethia became close in you journyes here. But do you think that I don't mourn Aiden? Do you think Rainfire doesn't care about Althea? We do! Would they expect us to put ourselves at risk when they know that our people need us? Of course not. The right thing to do is get home...as soon as possible."

Svenia retorts, "Maybe you think it would be better to leave. But if they're alive we should help them. If they're down there alive they won't be for long. Who knows when that dark priest will be back. When he does come back that'll be their end. Can you live with that? Knowing that you could have saved them? You'll always wonder..."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 07, 2006, 07:46:03 AM
Rainfire speaks up and says, "I agree. We should go back to the town. It's unfortunate that the preists aren't yet found but it wouldn't do us any good to stay here and get killed ourselves."

Svenia casts amean look at her and growls, "And suppose it was you down there you spoiled tart! Wouldn't you want someone to come after you?"

Avalon puts her hand on Svenia's shoulder and says softly, "Svenia, please. Rainfire is right we should go back to Threshold as soon as possible. I want nothing more than to find out if the priests are dead but right now with the calamity that has fallen, our place, our oath, is to Threshold."

Tears start flow from Svenias eyes and with a shaking voice she says, "Bu...but Amethia was so hopeful to...help. I can't abandon hope or help to someone who would help us. She didn't come all the way from Aldebaron to die!" Svenia's resolve strengthenes from her tears and she turns to the rest of the Protectorate and says, "If I can help you in any way find the priests I will...even if it means taking a sword and going down with you! But if you decide to go back to town I'll trust your judgement in doing that."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Phineas on February 07, 2006, 07:08:44 AM
Sayer crouches and casts his stones, pondering over them for several moments.

[The stones read: earth SUN SUN SUN SUN SUN; 5 boon and 1 bane; the inverted earth stone is closest to Sayer, and the other five stones form a circle]

"I would advise returning the councel members to town.  Although Dale's suggestion has merit," Sayer points to the inverted earth stone, "there will be a payment for such an attempt."

Sayer rises from his crouching position, looking at the faces of the group.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: fraz on February 06, 2006, 08:47:36 PM
"Hold, Ragnar!" Maal Brengain steps forward quickly and grabs Ragnar's arm to keep him from leaving..."

"Jus' wait a minute b'for ye storm off back ta town lookin' fer blood.  First let Jarmok scout th' area so we can get a better idea o' where Vervishkuk disappeared ta.  Then if'n ye still wanna go, ye can help out by escortin' these women back to th' town an' reportin' ta Julius. Ye jus' need ta think aboot what yer doin' b'for ye do it, aright?"
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: on February 06, 2006, 07:55:57 PM
sorry i deleted this i made many mistates and am revising it.Ragnor gets up and begins to leave.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: on February 06, 2006, 07:38:42 PM
"well i'm killn' severn if hes found guilty i'm going home."sorry i deleted this i made many mistates and am revising it. And with that ratgnor got up and left. Ooc again: I think that this guy is supposted to be a reoccurig enemy i mean he has a name. it not like we give all shadow riders names like darcula or something becuse we are suppoded to kill them and further more this thread is [/u]The Weary road home not lets kill the Vervishcook.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 06, 2006, 07:36:35 PM
OOC: This is in answer to Dale's questions

Svenia unstoppers the waterskin and greedily drinks from it. She motions to the other two council members to come over. "Mmm...Julius mention he would hire some people to take the place of the Kurrian guards. So you guys are it, eh? Well, glad to meet you" The other women walk over and Svenia introduces them, "This is Avalon Sythuswind (1/2 elf) and this is Rainfire (elf)." Svenia puts her little hand on the side of her mouth to block the view from Rainfire and says, "She does have an elf name but she's a little touchy about people mispronouncing it."

Rainfire sounds up and says, "Well how would you like having people always saying your name wrong? Honestly...everyone thinks it's such a big deal using my human equivalent as if they aren't good enou..."

Svenia interrupts and says, "Anyway, It was hard to tell if the priest had any acolytes with him. All the soldiers were dressed the same. It was hard to tell them apart. Besides we only caught a glimpse of them before we were locked up"

Svenia asks, "Have you found any of the priests?"

Avalon says, "I told you the priests are probably dead. What would make you think they haven't been sacrificed in some way? The dark priest had too keen an interest in them to let them live. After all, a priest of Takhisis would like nothing better than use them in some dark ritual. They're all murderers the lot of them!"

Svenia looks up at Avalon and quips, "Well there's no harm in hoping is there?"

Rainfire asks, "Do you know if the other council members made it back?"
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: fraz on February 06, 2006, 06:20:47 PM
Maal Brengain looks shrewdly at Ragnar and then responds thougthfully, "Well, methinks that if'n Severen is a mole, he'll jus' as likely lie aboot it anyways... We would need some proof o' tha.  Yet, we we may not 'ave to ask 'im aboot it at all... There be better ways ta check up on someone.  If'n we don' find 'im down there today," she indicates the open doorway with her spear, "we can always secretly track 'is movements in an' outta th' town, waitin' fer 'im ta make a mistake an' give 'imself away."

The Wildlander then turns to face Jarmok, "Jarmok, are ye able to scout around the area?  How badly are ye wounded?"
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: on February 06, 2006, 03:21:34 PM
"I vbelive that the only priest in ton is the cause of our trouble here what do you think Dale i think i need to have a little chat with this dark priest". I think we know this fellow.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Johan on February 06, 2006, 12:41:55 PM
"Wait. Need think. Look around."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Blackspear on February 06, 2006, 11:31:37 AM
"Well met Svenia.  I'm Dale and we're a newly formed protectorate of Threshold.  Julius formed our group and with his blessing we have come here to attack these Xan Thakian troops and try to find you.   You are welcome to as much water as you like.   Would you like some food too?"  Dale quickly unties the leather cord that binds his water skin to his belt and hands the water to the halfling.   Dale then continues speaking by introducing the rest of the protectorate to Svania.

Once the introductions are over Dale asks "Were there many soldiers or apprentices with the dark priest?"
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Wildfire on February 06, 2006, 09:56:17 AM
The gnome that was a prisoner approaches and says, "Hello, I'm Svenia Goodwink. I'm one of the council memebers of Threshold. We all thank you for helping us get out of that dirty prison. I must warn you that the three priests that we were brought here with were taken into the depths. I do not know their fate. There was a priest of Paladine, Istisha, and Sardior." She wipes some grime from her cheeks and continues, "We were captured on the road between Xuad'Tarn and Threshold I think four days ago...it's so hard to keep track of time in the dark. Anyway, before we were put in the cell we saw what I think was a dark priest judging by his interest in the other three priests and his fashions." Her voice gets dry and raspy and she says, "I can not say for certain if the three priest are still here but when I last saw then they were being taken to the other door. Do any of you have some water that I can drink?"
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Dray on February 06, 2006, 07:27:51 AM
Kit's entire leather ensemble, from the tip of her boots (just under the hem of long skirt) to the top of her head was covered dots of blood. An arrow wound in her arm was still bleeding profusely, as she had not yet tended to it.

"What of the prisoners? We cannot ask them to go into the depths." she asked.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Blackspear on February 05, 2006, 05:31:22 PM
Dale nods in respect to the wildlander.   "Aye Maal. I knew you'd be willin to go.   I'm not afraid of death either.  I think we can get at him if we go down into the keep.   He's too big to fit through human size halls and we can bottle him up.   He won't be able to use his tail if we face him in a human size area.   If we keep our distance, we can just fire arrow after arrow into him.   If we let this guy go we will regret it later."
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: on February 05, 2006, 01:53:57 PM
I'm in. Lets kill this sucker. Maby well kill Xanthakos pride with him! Bring it xanthakos!!!color]OOC:Theres a joke where a comidian says he got really ill and was scared of dieing and he though about John Wayne and how he keps cheating death. So the comidian says "Johyn Wayne got shot and death Came knocking at John Wayne's door"
Death:Come with me your going to die
John beats him up
John gets cancer *knock* *knock*
Death is a the door and says: you've got cancer. you'll die come with me.
John beats him up
then something else happens and john wayne beats him up.
so basicly were doing the same thing

This isn't the real joke lines. I'm just trying to get the point across. please feel free to justify this joke so its more the real joke then it is now.
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: fraz on February 05, 2006, 12:48:46 PM
Maal Brengain leans down and gathers up her dropped weapons. She picks up her blood covered, antler-tipped Wildlander spear, and slowly and painfully straightens up proudly to her full height.  Thanks to Kit's healing potion, the Wildlander's two deep shoulder spear wounds have closed up and healed over on the surface, leaving a pair of fresh scars.  Yet she is covered almost head to toe in fresh blood - mostly her own - and her hair is matted with sweat and blood.  She still has several smaller non lethal wounds that continue to ooze blood.

With chin held high she responds to Dale, "Aye, Dale, I would follow ye inta th' bowels o' this acursed place ta' face tha' beast-man agin', but only if'n we're all in agreement an' can pursue him together as a force."  Maal's black eyes narrow and she meets Dale's glare with her own as she continues, "Ye mus' unnerstan', Dale, if'n he is indeed in there, he 'as retreated inta his lair... it is where he is most dangerous!  Any hunter knows the risk o' attackin' a cornered beast in it's lair.  Are ye truly willin' ta take tha' risk?  Are ye ready ta die!?  If'n we go in, there may be no escape for any of us.  I, meself am no' afraid o' dyin'." Then, with a final sneer of defiance, she adds, "In fact, I welcome death!"
Title: The Weary Road Home
Post by: Blackspear on February 05, 2006, 10:59:16 AM
Dale addresses the assembled party.  "Listen everyone, I think Vervishcook went into the fortress.   He jumped off of the cliff, but there is a small beach below the cliff.    He probably went into a riverside entrance to the fortress.    The river is too strong and often too shallow for him to swim.   And I know he didn't simply vanish.   I think we should get in there and try to finish him off.   He was looking pretty hagard and that's why he ran away.   HE WAS SERIOUSLY WOUNDED!!!   AND HE WAS AFRAID OF US!!!

Looking at Ragnor,  then Kit and Sayer, finally settling on Jarmok and  Maal, Dale continues,    "I know we're banged up, but I think we should attack him now while we have him injured.  If we let him get away, he will just come back here with more men and they will shore up the defenses of this place.  We'll never succeed then.   We need to kill him now and try to destroy this fortess as best we can!!   Maybe we can light fires inside it so that they at least can't live inside of it."

"The prisoner back in Threshold told us to expect twenty men including Vervishcook.   WE KILLED TWENTY MEN!!  If Vervishcook had more soldiers here, they would be attacking us right now!   There is no one else to help him."

Dale looks every person in the eye.   He stares particularly hard at Jarmok and Maal.  "I know you two are hurt really bad, but we need to strike now when he's weak.   Don't let this bastard escape and come back with more men.   WE CAN DO THIS!!!!"   Dale voice gets very gravelly as he yells and he gives a very animated pump of his fist to emphasize his words.    "ARE YOU GUYS WITH ME?!!!

Dale stares particularly at Maal, challenging her not to back away from a fight.

When you're done reading this post, please read my "Is Vervishcook in the fortress"  Out of Character Discussion