Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent.   Posted by Game Moderator.Group: 0
Leah
 Player, 52 posts
 Human
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 03:43
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
Leah is rather surprised that nobody was interested in the major treasure in the backpack. And they were all here to see it, and decide what they liked so, she assumes it was all unwanted by them. So, she takes the small iron pot, ceramic bowl, pouch of spices, and the pouch of tea. As she does so, she remarks when the object of the qyuest is mentioned, "When you come back with those mushrooms, I should be able to make something very good with them. So hurry back!"

With that, she continues looking and also takes the healer's kit and cloth pouch of bone dice. The healer's kit should come in handy after barroom brawls, and every inn needs a game of chance, she reasons.

She pulls out the small silver brazier and says to Karrock, "You forgot to look at this. It's silver, you know, so you should check to see how much it's worth. Or do you just do gems? I thought that was gnomes, but if you're a gnome, then I am sorry for thinking you are a dwarf. And if you did not know that and everyone said you were an ugly dwarf when you were young, then you can be happy that you are really a beautiful gnome." She smiles. "It is a very happy ending for you."

She looks at the tome and then adds, "Do gnomes read the same as dwarves? If so, you might want to have this. If you don't, then I can save it for tee pee."

Finally, there is the elven formal gown, elven tiara and pouch of powdered incense. She takes the incense, since it smells nice. She considers the gown, but realizes she does not have any events to wear it to, so she leaves it for another. And finally, the tiara. That she also hands to Karrock. "This is jewelry, and so you might be able to see if it is also valuable, friend gnome."

When the others go to fetch the mushrooms, she tries to clean up a bit, washing the blood off of herself. It is a task made much easier when the storyteller cures her. "Thank you!" she says brightly. "You can come to my inn and tell stories any time you would like."

Once complete, she will try to start a fire, so when they come back, she can make mushroom stew. Leah was pretty sure there was a tree branch around here somewhere.
Game Moderator
 GM, 178 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 03:44
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
Frigedæg, 1525 hrs low sun

Roxie, Karok, and Jhaelin exit the shrine again, startling a couple of scavenger birds outside in the courtyard fighting over the carcass of a wolf. With a flap of wing, they leap to flight as the trio turns north and move up the hallway toward the room where they first encountered the worg.

As they open the door and enter the first room, a startled wolf makes for the hole in the north wall; its claws scrabbling across the flagstones of the floor as it hastily exits. Afterward, all is quiet and the companions find the room exactly as they left it earlier. In the archway to the second room lies a greave, a piece of Fitz' plate armor for the leg between the knee and the ankle.

The rest of Fitz' armor is found along the south wall of the second room, along with some other items. The armor is heavily scratched and the leather cinches are all chewed. With a little repair it could be used again. Or, if sized with an armorer, be fitted for a dwarf.

A yip and snarl brings the attention of the companions to a previously unseen stone stairwell along the west wall; the broken stone column had prevented any view of it earlier. Looking down the stair, it opens into another room at the bottom. The smell of canine and fur wafts from the opening. The stairs are littered with bones, dung, and other bits of trash. At the bottom of the stair, two wolf pups stare up curiously from the darkness when they notice the shadow move across the opening.

Jhaelin retrieves the mushrooms from the corner of the room where they had seen them earlier. Seven. That's enough, according to the scroll.

A belt, pair of boots, a backpack, a dagger and a sword are found with the armor... presumably all Fitz' as well. The pack contains a fairly new whetstone, a small lantern, a flask of oil, two torches, dried rations, a steel flask of spiced rum, and a set of normal clothing.

Meanwhile, in the shrine...

Leah takes a few of the assorted items found in the backpacks and Illiana is not deterred from taking the scroll case. She opens it carefully to scrutinize the contents. She finds three scrolls, each with two spells.
Karok Gemsmith
 Player, 269 posts
 Dwarven
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 03:44
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
"It turns my stomach," Karok confessed. "But we might have to go ahead and do for those wolf pups. This pack has showed themselves to be bad news, and I don't think we want to invite them to increase their numbers again. Any objections?"

He drew his sword in anticipation.
Jhaelin
 Player, 171 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 03:45
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
After placing the harvested mushrooms into the reagent bag, Jhaelin picks up the other items along the southern wall to take back to the shrine. At Karok's suggestion, he regards the dwarf with a solemn expression.

"Nature must be respected the same as the Gods Karok. Trust your first instinct, and gut feeling. The wolves were being controlled by the worg."

He hefts the plate mail breastplate under one arm with the other pieces gathered in the other hand.

"We have what we come for. Let's get back to the shrine, regroup and decide what to do next."
Illiana Ebonleaf
 Player, 58 posts
 Human
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 03:45
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
Back in her own little corner of the world, Illiana happily examines the scrolls she pulls from the scroll case while the others are gone. Only once did she glance toward Tynia and Durwe... well, Tynia twice, just to make sure there would be no fuss.

She readily identifies four spells on two of the scrolls. Three common spells and one not so common. The not so common one she identifies as the one that other female elf, Shandrilar, cast earlier. Nice!!

The third scroll causes more than a little frustration to wrinkle her brow. Two spells. She can read the magic script, and understand what the spells do, but she will clearly need more experience before attempting to cast them. First, she needs to copy them to her spellbook. She could try casting them from the scroll, but would likely muck up the inflections in the chant having never seen the spells before. No. Not something to do... magic is serious business.

Illiana stows the scroll case to her pack then watches Leah moving around the room. The woman is going to make a fire? Here?

"You can not make a fire in here Leah. Perhaps you should make it in that room there--", she points to the door that leads to the library, "--where there is a hole in the roof and wall and the smoke can escape. Not to mention the abundance of wood and books to fuel a fire with."

Illiana sighs.
Karok Gemsmith
 Player, 270 posts
 Dwarven
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 03:46
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
Karok's brow wrinkled with thought. "Aye," he said at last. "It might not have been, so much, the wolves' fault."

"Tell you what, though. I'm going to go on down and have a look around to see if there's anything worth finding. I won't hurt the pups unless they make me."

"Roxie, will you stay and watch my back while I check the wolf cellar?"
Roxie
 Player, 110 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 03:46
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
"There was another that left when we entered, might have been a mother or at least one that would take care of them," she suggested not wanting to kill younglings even if they were meat eaters and flashed Jhaelin a grateful smile. Seeing the determination in Karok, she again turned to Jhaelin. "Let's make sure Jhaelin gets back to the shrine without harm and then I will go down with you," she offered to watch after both of them.
Game Moderator
 GM, 179 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 03:48
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
The stairwell descends into darkness, but the light from the room above with its crumbled section of wall provides more than enough light from outside for the dwarf to fully utilize his darkvision. The room is not a root cellar, but rather an extension of the building downward with tight fitting dwarven stonework.

The wolf pups back away from Karok as he descends, sniffing the air around them and beginning to whimper for their den mother. Small growls follow them into a corner of the room where they watch the intruder with wary eyes. There are three of them total.

What the room might have once been used for can not be determined. The room is barren with exception to a littering of chewed bones, old clothing and blankets strewn in piles, and other litter on the floor. Normal looking spider webs occupy the upper corners of the room near the stone vaulted ceiling. In the far back corner of the room is a pile of old quilted blankets, a rough feather pillow, a short round table with stubby legs at odd angles, and a small wooden chest. The table has a bottle on it and a familiar looking string of beads. A bone handled knife sits next to a wooden cup there as well. Crude charcoal markings and finger smudges cover the walls in that area. The artwork leaves one with the impression that the artist is angry.

The chest appears locked, and behind it, against the wall, lies two sheathed daggers.
Karok Gemsmith
 Player, 271 posts
 Dwarven
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 03:53
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
After they've seen Jhaelin back and returned to the den

 "There's some stuff down here that the wolves don't need, that I figure on taking as reparation for their pack killing our companions. Part of it's in a locked chest. Would you want me to bring that up, or have some light and come down to see?"

Having watched Roxie check for traps and find none, Karok offered, "Well, maybe there are no traps. But if you want to put it off, try something else, and come back to it later, I would not say to you nay."

He goes ahead in gathering the sheathed daggers, objects on the table, etc., keeping an eye on the wolf cubs.

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Leah
 Player, 53 posts
 Human
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 16:36
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
Leah clucks her tongue when poor Illanna suggests she build the fire someplace else. "Oh, no," she says in reply. "Here is best. If I try to do it out there with the holes, a wind could come and blow it all out. Or maybe rain could fall on it. Or maybe a dragon would see it burning through the holes and think it was a friend and come to visit. We don't want that! And besides a warm fire is always a cheerful sight, so everyone can eat and rest happily. Would you like to help? You can toss those papers you were looking at on when I get a little flame going."

She continues working on building the fire here.
Roxie
 Player, 111 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 16:37
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
Roxie kept glancing at the pups and then at the artwork on the wall. "Does it seem to you that it's like someone was taking out their anger on this wall? But would a worg do something like this, even if it could speak?" She helped Karok gather things as well, something nagging at her mind.

"Let's go ahead and take the chest up where there's better light and I can take a crack at it after I've had a drink and cleaned up a moment. I also want to ask Cassius and Jhaelin about something," she grumbled as she looked back at the artwork. "I think there's something more to this and we may not be out of the woods yet ... so to speak."
Karok Gemsmith
 Player, 272 posts
 Dwarven
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 16:38
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
"I'd been thinking that assassin kobold had been down here," Karok theorized, first checking one side handle on the chest with his dagger for protruding needles, etc, then grasping it, ready to lift. "If he were that closely aligned with the warg, it would help explain the beast's insane treachery."
Roxie
 Player, 112 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 16:38
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
"We can only hope it was that and not what my horrid mind is starting to think," she said. She was glad he was being careful with the chest, upset with herself that she'd been so distracted. "If it's heavy, I can take one end and you the other," she offered.
Karok Gemsmith
 Player, 273 posts
 Dwarven
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 16:39
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"That's what I had in mind," he said dryly. "That way we each have a weapon hand free."
Roxie
 Player, 113 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 16:39
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"Awwww and here I thought you were a gentleman as well as trusting me to guard you," Roxie said just as dryly but the mirth danced in her eyes. Sliding a bolt into her crossbow, she set it and looked at Karok with a raised eyebrow. "Ready my friend?"
Illiana Ebonleaf
 Player, 59 posts
 Human
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 16:40
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
Illiana is clearly put off by Leah. She crosses her arms, pouts her lips, turns her back to the girl and returns to her corner of the room where she can study again until the smoke begins burning her eyes. Stupid girl... absolutely no sense about her at all.

When Jhaelin returns with Karok and Roxie, she looks up from her work. "Jhaelin! Can you talk sense into Leah! She wants to make a fire in here, of all places."
Jhaelin
 Player, 172 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 16:40
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
Jhaelin puts thought on that idea, noting the time of day, height of the ceiling, and location of doors.

"That's a good idea Leah," he says, unconcerned with Illiana's reaction. " Make sure you build it over there closer to the draft door. We can leave it cracked for the smoke to drift out. We will be staying here tonight. It's only a couple of hands now before low sun dips below the horizon and I dare not travel the vale at night."

Jhaelin puts down the items he was carrying, nodding at Karok as he and Roxie return to the worg's room. He just hoped the dwarf takes his advice and does not kill the young pups.

"I will help you with fuel for the fire. There's plenty of wood from broken shelving in the library. And books. And some of these dilapidated pews can be hacked or broken easily enough."
Cassius Herrin
 Player, 31 posts
 Human
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 16:41
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
Cassius retrieves a couple of hand sized rocks from the crumbled section of wall in the library and returns to the shrine. He then throws the rocks at the top of the long narrow windows, breaking out the glass.

"Drafts and smoke shouldnt be a problem now," he says with a hard glare at Illiana.
Karok Gemsmith
 Player, 274 posts
 Dwarven
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 16:41
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
"I'll carry her a bit high," Karok suggested to Roxie, grabbing a handle. "You carry her a bit low. It's not too far."
Roxie
 Player, 114 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 16:42
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
As they lifted the chest, and started to walk Karok would feel the slight tug as Roxie paused. "Hang on," she muttered. "Set the chest down and look at this with me," she requested in an absent sort of way and set her end of the chest down.

Pushing back some rotted quilts on the floor, she pointed to an area on the floor to get Karok to look. "There's a hammer and anvil etched here. See how these particular stones are sunk down just a little?"

Squatting down, she gazed at the wall and wondered if it was just a passage or something else. "I saw the same thing up in the tower when Jhaelin and I searched the area. There was a hidden door and the same sort of design but I couldn't figure out how to make it open. Have you seen anything like this before?"
Karok Gemsmith
 Player, 275 posts
 Dwarven
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 16:43
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
Without answering Karok step over and tried pressing and twisting on different parts of the etching


(do we have Dwarven stonecunning or traditional knowledge coming in here?)
Game Moderator
 GM, 180 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 16:43
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
Prying and pushing at the etching on the stone does nothing. Karok inspects the grooving along the line of stones, the walls, the ceiling and other areas of the floor and with considerable knowledge of dwarven stonework comes up with only one absolute certainty. There is no mechanical way of opening the stairwell or dropping of those stones from within the room they are standing in. Either it is opened from the other side, or.... by magic.
Roxie
 Player, 115 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 16:44
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
Roxie watched Karok and saw he wasn't having much more luck than she did, her curiosity making it frustrating. Then she wagged a finger as a thought came to her. "What about those stones? That were used at the altar ... I wonder if those would do something?"


OOC: I think Roxie still has one but I may have passed it to Jhaelin or Karok ... can't remember and need to look through previous threads.

Tynia Earthbound
 Player, 121 posts
 Elf
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 16:44
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
Tynia sat off to herself quietly studying her spells and meditating. Once all of her spell energy was restored she would head over to the water bucket. First she would drink, then fill her water skin, after she would wash her hands and face, and finally she would go refill the water bucket for the next person to use. When she finished all of that Tynia glanced over at Illiana.

One would think a near death experience would change a person for the better, but not that girl. She was the same old ill mannered, uneven tempered little girl. Just as atrocious, perhaps even more so. Finished with her thoughts Tynia heads over towards Leah to help her start a fire. Anything that would irritate Illiana was a good practice in her book.

Once finished with the fire Tynia would head over to Shandrilar to introduce the idea of exchanging spell notes. It would only strengthen both mages and benefit the group. If her efforts failed or succeed Tynia would then move on to Durwe and present the same idea.

There was no use attempting to speak to Illiana because the bitch was stingy and would think the idea moronic... Although it may work to agitate the young girl. That would make the whole endeavor worth while just to see Illiana mad... So after Tynia was done with her other tasks she would make it a point to visit Illiana...
Leah
 Player, 54 posts
 Human
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 16:47
Chapter VI ( Part III ) - Seeking the Ironbloom Reagent
Leah smiles brightly at Jhaelin's encouraging words, and shifts her efforts closer to the draft door he mentioned. "Don't burn all the paper though, we will need some of that for after we eat the mushroom stew."

And while she appreciates the efforts, she chides Cassius, "Be very careful. Karrock lives here you know, and he might not be happy if you break all the windows." She considers, then adds, "But I guess it's okay. He's not tall enough to open or shut those anyway."

When Tynia came over to help with the fire, Leah gratefully accepted the aid, and added, "Do you know of any good plants near here to eat that we can put in the stew? But we don't want to eat the wrong kind of bark or elf plants, just real plants, okay? We can make you some other stew afterwards."