Chapter V - Seeking the Eldermoss Reagent.   Posted by Game Moderator.Group: 0
Game Moderator
 GM, 82 posts
Thu 7 Jan 2016
at 08:01
Chapter V - Eldermoss Reagent
Thunresdæg 1540 hrs low sun

The sun moves two hands in the sky and after pushing through dense trees and thick brush of the forest, the game trail the party has been following gives way, parting seemingly in respect for the titanic darkwood tree that utterly dominates the clearing ahead. Several times taller than a temple minaret, the obviously ancient tree in one direction reaches into the sky with branches like a giant’s arms, while in the other it plumbs the earth with roots thicker than a man’s waist. Its limbs broad and strong, its bark thick and so richly colored as to almost be black, and its leaves the size of bucklers, the giant thing is less a tree and more a cathedral of boughs and branches.

Standing on the edge of the clearing, the deep shade of the tree is inviting, a refuge from the ceaseless heat of the day.

The clearing is roughly ovular, 180 feet from north to south and 110 feet from west to east. The elder darkwood has a trunk 30 feet in diameter, with low, easy to climb branches that extend 35 feet from the trunk in every direction. It reaches skyward at least 300', well above the forest canopy layer and is dominated by high grasses and a few weeds.

Currently, the party stands on the south edge of the clearing in the wood line.
Karok Gemsmith
 Player, 116 posts
Thu 7 Jan 2016
at 08:01
Chapter V - Eldermoss Reagent
"The woods're not really my homeground," remarked Karok, "So I may be wrong about this, but I think I remember hearin' that moss grows on the north side of a tree. Is that right, or am I short of learnin'?"

"Somethin' big went down near here, by the way. I'm hearin' what I take to be carrion eaters flyin' in on the direction that smell is comin' from."
Game Moderator
 GM, 83 posts
Thu 7 Jan 2016
at 08:01
Chapter V - Eldermoss Reagent
At Karok's mention of a smell, the others soon detect a light scent of death in the air... and the sound of wings flap'n or flutter'n can be heard off to the left somewhere.
Ordil Longfellow
 Player, 28 posts
Thu 7 Jan 2016
at 08:02
Chapter V - Eldermoss Reagent
"Anyone else see that?"

Ordil squints up into the tallest tree he has ever seen. Wow... to have had this in the backyard to climb would have made his childhood interesting.

"There's a glint of metal way up there."
Durwe Ondosume
 Player, 74 posts
Thu 7 Jan 2016
at 08:02
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Naturally, Dûrwë looks up to where Ordil says he saw something and starts scanning the tree and clearing for anything that appears to be out of the ordinary for him.
Game Moderator
 GM, 83 posts
Thu 7 Jan 2016
at 08:03
Chapter V - Eldermoss Reagent
If there was a glint of metal... Ordil appears to be the only one to have seen it, or can locate it.

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 08:03, Thu 07 Jan 2016.

Jhaelin
 Player, 70 posts
Thu 7 Jan 2016
at 08:04
Chapter V - Eldermoss Reagent
Jhaelin wipes the sweat from his brow and peers over the grasses. The heat from the field is visibly perceptible, a shimmering wave distorting vision slightly. Off to the left he too, like Karok, detects movement. Black winged birds, fighting for the spoils of death. What is over there, Jhaelin wonders. He too can smell a lingering stench of rotting flesh in the air.

"We should probably investigate that. I would hate to run up on something out there unaware and those might be razors. Be ready."

Jhaelin starts edging his way around the clearing toward the area where he saw the birds just below the grass line. His grip on his mace is firm and he is tense in anticipation of anything. In his other arm, his shield is ready to deflect.


Jhaelin will lead the others around the clearing to investigate the death, keeping a watchful eye on the surroundings.
Karok Gemsmith
 Player, 117 posts
Thu 7 Jan 2016
at 08:04
Chapter V - Eldermoss Reagent
Karok moves up to guard Jhaelin's left flank, sword and shield in hand.