The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: 0
Greyband
 player, 51 posts
Sun 18 Oct 2015
at 02:25
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
Greyband takes the man's hand. "We've searched the perimeter and a few of the other quarters. Nothing of consequence yet, happily."

He nods to Zog and Groboden, who start doing their thing.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 53 posts
Mon 19 Oct 2015
at 22:48
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
The mercenaries keep an eye on Zog and Groboden as they search the tower chamber.  They exchange impressed looks when they notice Groboden's eyes are glowing blue.  He can see that Pariah wears a magical ring on one hand.  He can also detect the presence of a small, magical item inside a pack that hangs from the chair Pariah was sitting in.  Both rings have an abjuration enchantment on them.  Other than those two objects, there's nothing magical in the room.

After a careful sweep, Zog can confirm there's no passage or other troubling signs in the room.  One of the mercenaries grunts when he gets a good look at Zog as he goes by, but he refrains from comment.

While they are searching, Pariah tells some of the the most vitriolic Nothrog jokes you have ever heard, drawing laughter from his men.  He ends with, "I cannot believe Caolwader and Moss let those savages in here.  Nassiral Hate's legions have no place at any kind of diplomatic gathering.  Have you checked them out, yet?"

I forgot that detect magic was a level one spell instead of a cantrip.  I'm assuming he cast it once for the perimeter of the keep, and a second time for the Nothrog tower.  Since it lasts 10 minutes, he can use the first 5 to search the Nothrog's quarters, and the last 5 to search the Dark Horsemen's quarters.  Fair?

As for the name dropping, Caolwader is the Andoveran ambassador, Moss is the actual Commander of Ghostwood Keep.  Both of these men are staying in the central keep.  You all recognize the name Nassiral Hate.  He is a Nothrog political and and religious leader who has united many of the legions and tribes under his rule (though not all of them).  Greyband and Groboden would know that he conquered the eastern human city of Baraxton shortly after the Elves began their war on the humans.  So far, he has been content to hold and rule that city, but many expect him to make another power grab soon.

Greyband
 player, 53 posts
Tue 20 Oct 2015
at 15:15
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
Greyband's eyebrow shoots up. "The Inner Keep is on the list, absolutely. I'm happy to say, though, that you're safe for now here, it seems. Thank you for letting us look. Until later." He nods respectfully and leads the others out.

He then heads for the Central Keep so the party can do a little circuit around there, and then head to the Thorns.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 55 posts
Tue 20 Oct 2015
at 16:58
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
The Central Keep is a heavy, square building that squats in the middle of Ghostwood's walls.  It's full night by now, and most of the windows are dark, but a few flickering lights indicate that the final work on the peace agreement will continue all night long.  The main door to the keep is heavily guarded by Elves and Andoveran troops.  The ambassadors must have hand-picked troops who could work with their enemy, for not so much as a suspicious look is exchanged between the enemies at this door.  They all look forward, intent on keeping out anyone who does not belong.  High above, for the first time in the history of Ghostwood, Elven flags and Andoveran flags fly jointly from the top of the main building.

Five Elves and five Andoverans guard the main (south) door; three from each force guard the rear (north) door.  Each set of guards questions you sharply as you pass by them during your search.  A runner is sent and returns quickly to confirm your story that Acting Commander Stalling has given you this task.

It's that same here as everywhere else.  Your detailed search around the Central Keep turns up nothing amiss.  Full dark has fallen and the keep's courtyard is mostly deserted, excepting an old man watching the communal stew pot, the guards standing quietly at every door, and the occasional individuals crossing the courtyard as they finish up they their own business, just as you are finishing yours.

Do you have anything else you'd like to do here at the Central Keep?  Which of the Thorns are you going to first?

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:02, Fri 23 Oct 2015.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 57 posts
Fri 23 Oct 2015
at 22:22
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
You finish your inspection at the Thorns; two 100 ft. towers, narrowing to thin spires.  They stand 40 feet apart.  Small windows near the top of each look upon only the surrounding territory, but the view would extend for miles.  The tower doors face each other.  Two Andoveran guards in front of the west tower door weather the glares of the two Deverenians guarding the east tower.

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:47, Mon 09 Nov 2015.

Greyband
 player, 57 posts
Sat 24 Oct 2015
at 15:24
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
Greyband and the others go to visit the Llyr delegation first...
Dungeon Master
 GM, 63 posts
Sat 24 Oct 2015
at 21:20
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
Inside the West Thorn, ten sullen Andoveran guards and diplomats, sitting or lying on the floor of the tower, are listening to an angry man rant.  All the furniture in the room has been pushed to one side.

"Caolwader owes us more respect than this!  The Elves sacked Andover, and as punishment they are treated like royalty while we are crammed into this tower!  If Andover does not appreciate its allies, it will soon find itself without them!"

The man stops when he notices your entrance.  He takes a few calming breaths

"Good evening.  What brings you here?" he asks in a much more reasonable tone.
Greyband
 player, 58 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2015
at 19:45
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
Greyband bows politely. "I have been sent by Commander Janse. There is some rumor that...certain elements among some foreign delegations may be opening secret tunnels or ways into this tower. I am here to find out if that is true and do a sweep of the building. My other companion here will also scan for magic, such as traps left for you or the like. May we proceed?"
Dungeon Master
 GM, 64 posts
Tue 27 Oct 2015
at 18:06
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
He gestures with his hands expansively.  "Of course, proceed, proceed.  I'm glad to hear someone is taking our enemies seriously.  It wouldn't surprise me at all to find that the Elves were preparing for some sort of treachery.  In fact, I'll help you search."  He goes about prodding his people up, sometimes with his boot.  He tells them to pick up their packs and bedrolls, as well, so that you have access to every bit of floor.

After his people have cleared the way, he continues to talk while you search.  "You sound like you're from Andover, am I right?  I'm Son of the Clouds, ambassador from Llyr, for the good it will do us."

He nods appreciatively at Groboden's magic ritual, then Zog catches his eye.  "What happened to you, boy?  Did you lose a fight with a terrible beast, or get cursed?" he asks Zog as if they were old friends.
Greyband
 player, 59 posts
Tue 27 Oct 2015
at 21:18
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
Dungeon Master:
He gestures with his hands expansively.  "Of course, proceed, proceed.  I'm glad to hear someone is taking our enemies seriously.  It wouldn't surprise me at all to find that the Elves were preparing for some sort of treachery.  In fact, I'll help you search."  He goes about prodding his people up, sometimes with his boot.  He tells them to pick up their packs and bedrolls, as well, so that you have access to every bit of floor.


Groboden begins to chant his spell as Zog begins his search.

quote:
After his people have cleared the way, he continues to talk while you search.  "You sound like you're from Andover, am I right?  I'm Son of the Clouds, ambassador from Llyr, for the good it will do us." 


Greyband's heart sunk at the secret revealed by his accent, but his face was the mask of politeness. "Yes; you have a good ear. I fought for years for one of the noble families. In recent years I have traveled with my companions, here, so I do not get to visit home as much."
Zog
 player, 7 posts
Tue 27 Oct 2015
at 21:19
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
quote:
He nods appreciatively at Groboden's magic ritual, then Zog catches his eye.  "What happened to you, boy?  Did you lose a fight with a terrible beast, or get cursed?" he asks Zog as if they were old friends.


Zog looks horrified at this mention but a reassuring glance from Greyband steeled him. "Nothing heroic or big. Just born like this." He shrugs. "The divine powers wanted to keep me humble, I guess." He semi-consciously pulls his hood more firmly into place.

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Dungeon Master
 GM, 65 posts
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 02:01
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
He shakes his head sorrowfully at Zog's words.  "Well, they've plenty of that to hand out, for sure," Son of the Clouds offers apologetically.

He directs his attention back to Greyband.  "Not many nobles left these days.  Other folk don't have homes to visit anymore.  I recommend you take yourself home soon, before the Elves find it and you lose your chance."

A man who has stayed quietly at Son's elbow this whole clears his throat and speaks up, "The treaty tonight should save many from that fate, Ambassador."

"Oh, it might.  Gods know we want peace.  But a treaty with Andover does little for the other nations.  Sometimes, I fear the whole world is descending into chaos.  Llyr is but a poor cousin to Andover.  Will we receive help when we need it?"  His expression is worried.
Zog
 player, 8 posts
Fri 30 Oct 2015
at 01:37
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
Dungeon Master:
He shakes his head sorrowfully at Zog's words.  "Well, they've plenty of that to hand out, for sure," Son of the Clouds offers apologetically.


Zog smiles and nods. "Aye. Though they haven't left me so bad off, though. Greyband is the real deal. A real hero."
Greyband
 player, 60 posts
Fri 30 Oct 2015
at 01:50
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
quote:
He directs his attention back to Greyband.  "Not many nobles left these days.  Other folk don't have homes to visit anymore.  I recommend you take yourself home soon, before the Elves find it and you lose your chance."

A man who has stayed quietly at Son's elbow this whole clears his throat and speaks up, "The treaty tonight should save many from that fate, Ambassador."

"Oh, it might.  Gods know we want peace.  But a treaty with Andover does little for the other nations.  Sometimes, I fear the whole world is descending into chaos.  Llyr is but a poor cousin to Andover.  Will we receive help when we need it?"  His expression is worried.


Greyband keeps his poker face up at the "advice" he gets from the Son. At this last, he smiles. "To our last breaths, we will fight with our neighbors. Of that I am reasonably certain."

Finding little of interest Greyband bows. "I will return with food and some good drink later, in thanks for your help. If you will excuse us."

And then the party heads for the most tense spot yet. The party avoids actually entering the Elf encampment; the talk of the war and the elves opened a wound in Greyband's heart that left him in no place to speak with the elves tonight.  They search the outside before heading back for the night and head for the other Thorn where the Deveronians stay.

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Dungeon Master
 GM, 67 posts
Tue 3 Nov 2015
at 17:43
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
The two Deverenian guards watch you with hooded, arrogant eyes.  They stand between you and the door, their finely made armor glinting in the moonlight.  When you stop before them, the one on the left evaluates what you're wearing and curls his lip.  The other one addresses you in a distant, formal voice.

"For what purpose do you seek an audience with our Knight-Marshall?"

Make a CHA (Persuasion) if you want to get past these guards and into the tower.  DC 12.  Greyband gets advantage because of his Noble background.
Greyband
 player, 62 posts
Wed 4 Nov 2015
at 01:26
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
Greyband is a bit caught off-guard by the guards' reaction, but he matches their tone and posture.

"I am known as Greyband. I would speak with the noble Knight-Marshal on the authority of your host, the Commander, on a matter of aid to your noble contingent." He speaks with a tone of authority tinged with the appropriate respect given to someone deserving it.


20:24, Today: Greyband rolled 13 using 2d20+5, dropping the lowest dice only with rolls of 4,8.  Persuasion.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 68 posts
Wed 4 Nov 2015
at 16:45
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
The guard nods curtly and opens the door to announce your purpose.

"The Commander of Ghostwood has sent this man, Greyband, on a matter to aid our noble contingent."  He then steps aside to allow your group to pass through.

Inside, ten Deverenian soldiers sit quietly and stiffly around the base room of this tower.  They do not speak, and barely glance your way when you enter.  They give the impression that they are conserving energy for later.  The room is furnished with a small square table, three chairs, and four cots.  The man sitting at the table rises when you enter.

"Thank you.  You may go," he tells the guard who let you in.  Once the door has closed behind you, he introduces himself.

"I am Knight-Marshall Pym Dashin of Order Rellion.  I lead this contingent.  What aid does your commander offer to us?"
Greyband
 player, 63 posts
Wed 4 Nov 2015
at 18:35
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
Greyband bows politely and says in a serious tone, 'We have heard intelligence that there may be some insecurity in the tower here--secret passages or possible magic. I have two men skilled in finding such--may we do a sweep of the tower to find such or eliminate the possibility?"

He takes note of the place discreetly--decorations and the like.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 69 posts
Thu 5 Nov 2015
at 18:57
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
He considers your request, looking over you and your companions with a keen eye for flaws.  After a lengthy pause, he acquiesces to your request and assigns a soldier to tail both Zog and Groboden as they make their search.

There is no magic in the tower, and neither of them find any sign of a secret passage.  Zog does notice that each of the soldiers, along with their knight-marshall, are wearing finely-made, full coin purses.

While they search, he seats himself behind the table, and offers a chair to Greyband, having determined him to be the only worth any notice.  The room is bare of decorations, except for the shields of the soldiers that are lined up neatly against one wall.  Each of them is emblazoned with heraldry of the Storm; a stout, red tower inside a black, spiked circle on a field of midnight blue.  A jagged, yellow-white lightning bolt strikes through the center of tower.

"I am surprised to see any interest taken in us.  We are not part of the treaty with the Elves; only here to observe."  He flicks an unseen speck from the corner of his desk.  "We are not interested in forging peace agreements.  Deverenians do not ask for peace.  We listen to our enemies beg for it."  His voice remains polite, but his expression betrays his judgement of Andover for their poor choice.
Greyband
 player, 64 posts
Thu 5 Nov 2015
at 20:57
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
Greyband sits. "I respect your words, but your presence means far more to my countrymen. You honor us by joining us, and we would preserve the honor of your stay here with security and hospitality. As you do not require much from the hosts, our small service is a token of that hospitality."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 71 posts
Sat 7 Nov 2015
at 03:57
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
The man almost smiles at Greyband's well-spoken reply.  "That is very gracious of you."  The Knight-Marshall pauses to take your measure again, then comes to some internal conclusion.

Sitting forward, he says, "I would be most honored if you would aid me in a matter of some concern.  Your Lord Commander has someone of interest to me in his prison.  An Elf spy named Cynarre who had helped foil my Order's attempt to gain a foothold in Tyraniel."  Another pause as he brushes something minuscule off the edge of the table.

"If I can return with him, or with proof of his death, my standing in Order Rellion would be enhanced.  Unfortunately, the full hospitality of Ghostwood has not been extended to me, and I cannot accomplish my task from within this tower.  I can reward anyone who aids me.  Would you be willing to lend me your further aid in this endeavor?" he asks calmly, giving the impression that he is doing Greyband a favor in making this request.
Greyband
 player, 66 posts
Sat 7 Nov 2015
at 22:36
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
Greyband smiles. "If I can win your noble friendship without ruining my friendship with the Commander, I would be happy to aid you in this matter. In either case, I will give you notice whether I can aid or not in short order."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 73 posts
Mon 9 Nov 2015
at 00:48
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
Knight-Marshall Dashin nods in acknowledgement of your response.  His eyes glint with interest in how you will navigate the fine line of loyalties he's asked you to walk.  "Of course.  I will be here, when you have your answer."

He has nothing else to say as Zog and Groboden finish up their search.  One of his soldiers politely escorts you out of the tower when you are done.
Greyband
 player, 70 posts
Mon 9 Nov 2015
at 16:29
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
Greyband waves to the others. "Come, friends. Let's find the commander."

And they bunk down for the night.

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Dungeon Master
 GM, 75 posts
Mon 9 Nov 2015
at 16:46
Re: The Ghostwood Treaty [The Night Before]
Pariah meets you at the gatehouse, according to the deal you struck with him.  After he's reassured that Janse really did invite you to the keep and trusts you, makes his own brief report so that he can return to his own duties.

Janse takes your report seriously, thanking Greyband for clearing that worry.  After that, he assigns your group to the morning patrol watch and encourages you to get some rest here at the gatehouse tonight.

End scene