Grove of Stately Elms.   Posted by Grimmshade.Group: archive 0
Grimmshade
 GM, 202 posts
 The People's DM
Sat 31 Aug 2013
at 12:20
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
"I'm not surprised to see her at all. Have something for her I do."
The hermit digs in his hut and pulls out a stack of 3 books. He hands them to Sheska.

"Oh! My books!"

The hermit pats the weasel on his shoulder. "My friend here took them for safe keeping when you went missing."
He turns to Quoril, "I'm afraid I'm to old to be out fixing the problems that Wizardly-ways have caused around here. You can use this more than I, to make things right."
The hermit digs through an old rotten sack and pulls out a wand and a healing potion.

OOC: Wand of Dueling
+1 to attack and damage rolls for wizard spells and attacks.
Power: The user may cast Magic Missile with a spell level no higher than their own.
Quirk: Inquires of people who stare too long if they "got a problem stranger?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 12:21, Sat 31 Aug 2013.

Quoril Silversgleaming
 player, 82 posts
 HP:16/18 Recoveries:3/8
 AC:12 PD:11 MD:15
Sat 31 Aug 2013
at 14:31
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
In reply to Grimmshade (msg # 22):

Quoril accepts the gifts and gives a slight bow,

It is an honor, sir and I shall use these well in the fight for truth, knowledge and justice.

feeling the power in the wand, Quoril cannot help but give a smirk, he also feels....a bit aggressive...a thought darts through his mind like an insect  Next time Constable, I will not use charms or parlor tricks, I will blast you into the ground,l And then the feeling, the thought the urge subsides.

So my little friend you not only aid in battle, you yearn for it,,, the Elf whispers to no one in particular.

Then Quoril snaps back and remembers that he is in the middle of pressing matters.

Wise one, you say these problems are caused by Wizardly ways? Sheska had thought as much...

Quoril smiles at her. You are very bright, very promising indeed He then again remembers to focus

But we are vague on the causes and moreso on the solutions...do you have any insights to share?
Grimmshade
 GM, 204 posts
 The People's DM
Sat 31 Aug 2013
at 21:10
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
As Sheska immediately begins flipping through her books and squinting at the pages, the old Hermit nods to Quoril, "The Archmage... he tried to make this place even more fertile. That's not really his job, it's up to the Druids, but don't try telling him that. Didn't even need it, this place is known for it's croplands already... or it was."

OOC: For those who own the game (or map), the village of Orlane is located on the West side of Throne point, near the forest and marsh, SouthWest of the city of Concord.
Aymery Guironne
 player, 57 posts
Sun 1 Sep 2013
at 21:54
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
Aymery, arriving on the heels of the Hermit's comment, remarks. "Don't try telling the Archmage anything."

He addresses the old man. "Where did His Eminence install his magical fertilizer-source?"
Grimmshade
 GM, 205 posts
 The People's DM
Sun 1 Sep 2013
at 23:32
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
"Why, out by the marsh, where the land needed to be more suitable to the Empires use, of course."
Quoril Silversgleaming
 player, 83 posts
 HP:16/18 Recoveries:3/8
 AC:12 PD:11 MD:15
Mon 2 Sep 2013
at 02:11
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
In reply to Grimmshade (msg # 26):

Quoril rubs his forehead.

This explains the two elves that are investigating the area. I am certain that the Elf Queen did not approve of this, so they are trying to discern how badly things have gone.


Now, if we fix or disable the offending magical device...that only solves part of the problem. I assume our little snake cult just came in to take advantage of the situation?

Grimmshade
 GM, 206 posts
 The People's DM
Mon 2 Sep 2013
at 05:14
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
"This area is not called Throne Point for nothing. Always been here they have, however the magical process has perhaps given them a wake up call... Or disturbed things best left undisturbed. "

The Hermit sits down with the help of his staff and nods sagely.
Laas Yah-Nir
 player, 66 posts
Mon 2 Sep 2013
at 09:31
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
Entering shortly after Aymery I mutter with a somewhat bitter tone, "Naturally the High Druid sits on her chuff and does nothing."
I offer the wooden bowl to the hermit, "Your grapes," and reaching into my robe I draw the ladle, handing it to him in turn, "I'm sorry for the delay."
Grimmshade
 GM, 207 posts
 The People's DM
Mon 2 Sep 2013
at 10:11
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
"You should hang onto those Druid, you never know when you may need a ladle, and the grapes are quite tasty this time of year! I take it you saw the state of the village in your quest to obtain those? Now you know what you must do."
The hermit winks at Laas.
Cunningham Hickoryhock
 player, 86 posts
 HP:20/24 Recoveries:6/8
 AC:15 PD:14 MD:12
Mon 2 Sep 2013
at 15:00
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
Doc watches the exchange of the strange nature-lovers and blinks confused, "We must make wine? Well, ok, I guess, but like i said, brewing without my special still will take some time and the lizards may have their way with the town in the meantime."
Grimmshade
 GM, 208 posts
 The People's DM
Mon 2 Sep 2013
at 21:02
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
The hermit frowns at Hickoryhock. "There is an old saying... if you think things are bad, just think how much worse they would be if halflings were involved. That goes double for gnomes."
He gives Doc a stern stare, "I think the dwarves learned that lesson well, did they not Hickoryhock?"

Now strangely speaking more clearly and less like a rambling old hermit, the man continues, "It was not the items that were important in Laas gather quests, but what he saw along the way. People, like this young woman's parents are being taken, and if they return, they are under an evil influence. That arcane contraption gone wrong is returning this land to the state it was in the days of the Serpent Throne."
Quoril Silversgleaming
 player, 84 posts
 HP:16/18 Recoveries:3/8
 AC:12 PD:11 MD:15
Tue 3 Sep 2013
at 02:21
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
In reply to Grimmshade (msg # 32):

It seems, friends that we should rest and at first light, we head for this arcane contraption and fix that part of the problem. Then we root out the serpent cult and free the people. Well...that is how I think we could go about this
Laas Yah-Nir
 player, 67 posts
Tue 3 Sep 2013
at 08:44
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
I gaze blankly at the old coot, arm still outstretched offering the bowl to him. After a time, with silence becoming awkward, I slowly place the bowl on the table and lay the ladle next to it.
"You know...you could have just told me about what was happening. You said you wanted grapes so here they are."
I break off a small sprig of the fruits and start eating them one by one. "I'm not much for riddles and misdirection."
I look around in the crowded space. Beginning to feel a bit claustrophobic I announce, "I'll take watch, we can't be too careful what with the constable and his rowdy band."
I head outside. I miss Galileo. He spoke in song all the time but at least he made sense.
Grimmshade
 GM, 209 posts
 The People's DM
Tue 3 Sep 2013
at 20:14
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
OOC: If the party wants, you can spend the night and take a Full Heal.
Quoril Silversgleaming
 player, 85 posts
 HP:16/18 Recoveries:3/8
 AC:12 PD:11 MD:15
Wed 4 Sep 2013
at 12:24
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
In reply to Grimmshade (msg # 35):

OOC: I am cool with that.
Cunningham Hickoryhock
 player, 88 posts
 HP:20/24 Recoveries:6/8
 AC:15 PD:14 MD:12
Wed 4 Sep 2013
at 14:24
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
OOC: Sounds good. Doc will take a watch and contemplate schema using vast amounts of quality and possibly semi-magical elmwood.
Grimmshade
 GM, 211 posts
 The People's DM
Wed 4 Sep 2013
at 19:53
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
OOC: okay, everyone take a full heal up. Refresh all HP, Recoveries, and used powers.

Surprisingly, the nights stay at the hermits hut is uneventful. In the morning the old man has breakfast ready.
"So what's the plan heroes?"
Cunningham Hickoryhock
 player, 89 posts
 HP:20/24 Recoveries:6/8
 AC:15 PD:14 MD:12
Wed 4 Sep 2013
at 21:55
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
Doc's been bothered since the hermit's too-close-to-home dig about halflings muddling things up. It's like the so-called hermit knows.

"Indulge my curiosity for a moment old man. I've been thinking thoughts on watch tonight, and wondering why you seem to know so much about this town and larger world events, and yet you're so uninvolved in doing anything about them even though they're a few paces from your door. To boot, you're awfully well-adapted socially-speaking for a hermit. Who are you, and what brought you here anyway."
Grimmshade
 GM, 212 posts
 The People's DM
Wed 4 Sep 2013
at 23:57
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
"Oh, just a humble servant am I. A simple observer of things best left buried. Others, like your brave selves, are much more suited to action."
The hermit dishes our some breakfast broth and boiled eggs.
Quoril Silversgleaming
 player, 87 posts
 HP:18/18 Recoveries:8/8
 AC:12 PD:11 MD:15
Thu 5 Sep 2013
at 03:03
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
In reply to Grimmshade (msg # 40):

Quoril sits and accepts the food with a smile and a nod.

If my comrades agree, I think we will head out to the device in the swamp. I know the Archmage meant well, the Archmage always means well...but the best option may be to disable the device ...then turn our attention to the Trogs , snake cult and various and sundry evils as we free the villagers from their evil influence

oh, and we should give our prisoners at the Temple water cause humans need water every day or they tend to start dying ...right?

Grimmshade
 GM, 213 posts
 The People's DM
Thu 5 Sep 2013
at 17:18
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
"The young lady and I will take care of the water, have no fear. Perhaps even food if they are lucky, hmmmmm?"
The old hermit begins packing some rations for the group.
"Only a day or so out, towards the marsh. Several will have concerns, be careful."

OOC: Let me know when the group is ready, and I will make a thread for travelling there.
Cunningham Hickoryhock
 player, 90 posts
 HP:20/24 Recoveries:6/8
 AC:15 PD:14 MD:12
Thu 5 Sep 2013
at 18:32
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
Doc pulls together some of his own extra special rations and collects his many oddments and attaches them to his person. Cleaning the lenses on his goggles with a cloth suited to the task, he blinks and wiggles his round ears.

"Best keep her clear of those wackos you hear? Or our fine Elf here will be out a lovely lass apprentice. I expect as a 'humble servant', you'll have absolutely no trouble with any folk looking for trouble. Good luck retaining your breakfast in that bog of a temple."

OOC: I'm ready.
Aymery Guironne
 player, 58 posts
Thu 5 Sep 2013
at 20:27
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
[OOC: Ready!]
Quoril Silversgleaming
 player, 88 posts
 HP:18/18 Recoveries:8/8
 AC:12 PD:11 MD:15
Fri 6 Sep 2013
at 14:36
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
In reply to Aymery Guironne (msg # 44):

Quoril blushes a bit at Hickoryhock's statement, there was something about the tone of "lovely lass apprentice" that seemed a bit unseemly..but it was probably just his imagination.

Also, it is not like Quoril didn't openly appreciate feminine beauty in all of its various forms...but...this girl is young...lovely yes..but young...his interest is in her determination, intelligence and...
then again how young was the barmaid at the tavern back a few towns...had Quoril considered that before he flirted with her?

I might be a shallow and licentious as mother accused me of being...  Quoril caught himself thinking too much and gathered his gear.

A wise man once told me that not every thought that entered the mind should escape the mouth, i would think that perhaps there are times when we would all be twice as happy if we said half as much.   he said to no one in particular.


Ready.  Sorry for indulging in a little character beat here,
Grimmshade
 GM, 214 posts
 The People's DM
Fri 6 Sep 2013
at 18:31
Re: Grove of Stately Elms
OOC: I've added the "countryside journey" thread.