Chapter VIII - The Search for Laurel Barker.   Posted by Game Moderator.Group: 0
Karok Gemsmith
 Player, 372 posts
 Dwarven
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:25
Chapter VIII - combat round  0226.54 (rnd9)
After patting the traitor down, Karok told him: "Still not killing you, but going to tie you up, so you can start any mischief against us."

"Is everyone alright?" he asked of Iliana.
Jhaelin
 Player, 245 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:26
Chapter VIII - combat round  0226.54 (rnd9)
Jhaelin cradles Roxie in his arms. He senses her there, within her eyes and when a tear falls he gently wipes it away. More tears form, an effect of the eyes not able to blink.

"Its okay. You will be okay." he says gently. "I can not image what you must be feeling, but it will pass. You are only paralyzed for a time."

Jhaelin strokes her short hair, the hair he had cut, with a gentle touch. She had been through so much in the last few days. He could never repay his debt to her bravery. He could never... would never define her by her past. Only by her actions. And of his companions this last week, he admired her the most. Karok was their strength. But Roxie-- well, he could not exactly put it to words yet.

"We win the day. Again, because of you Rox." he says with a grateful smile and with unbidden urge, he kisses her forehead.

He continues to cradle her protectively as he looks on at what happens outside, fighting the physical pain he feels. A cut across his chest and thigh. At least they had stopped bleeding, but the magic missile had left him battered and bruised in the chest. It hurt to breathe. He has one last spell, but waits. One last spell could save the day for someone.
Illiana Ebonleaf
 Player, 90 posts
 Human
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:27
Chapter VIII - combat round  0226.54 (rnd9)
"It was never enchanted to begin with." Illiana says derisively to Leah's plea. "You have a sword. Go cut another one."

With glaring eyes, she keeps her stance. She is ready with spell in case the prisoner decides to pull something he thinks will be clever.

"I'm fine." she says to Karok in reply.
Game Moderator
 GM, 241 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:28
Chapter VIII - combat round  0226.54 (rnd9)
Sunnandæg Low Moon (02:38)

End of Combat rounds

Negle does not resist and keeps a wary eye on Illiana as he lays upon the ground with arms outstretched. If not for her, he could certainly out run this lot. But against magic? Not going to chance it.

Negle wears a chain shirt beneath an outer leather surcoat and a mail coif. Beneath the surcoat, a sheathed dagger is found tucked in the constable's belt and no other weapons are found. Soft riding boots are devoid of hidden knives, but does contain a boot pouch with some silver coins (26). There are no concealed weapons within his leggings. A key ring with two keys (One skeleton and one pronged) is on his belt.

As Karok searches the constable, the sound of the writhing mass of entangling trees, limb, grass, and shrub subsides from the copse of trees and it becomes eerily quiet. Jhaelin's entangling spell apparently has ended.

Just inside the stone building, Jhaelin comforts Roxie as her paralysis persists for ten minutes. Then she begins the agonizing and torturous feeling of muscles awakening. While others can sympathize with her, only Karok can empathize with what she is feeling, having gone through the same thing only days ago.
Negle the Nightwatchman
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:29
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
Lying on the ground face down with arms outstretched, there is not much Negle can do. He has thought about running multiple times, but one look at the mage standing over him quells those urges quickly. Would Brin try to help him? Not likely, he surmises. The thief will save himself and run to Kabran.

"HEY! What you going do with me?" he asks his captors.
Roxie
 Player, 200 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:30
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
Locked inside of her own body was the worst torture she probably ever suffered. Roxie was one used to freedom in movement and mind yet there she lay, mentally slamming against the restraint of her body. She thought she would not be able to endure but Jhaelin wiped away her tears and spoke soothingly, gently ran his hand over her head and kissed her forehead.

Internally she could feel herself shaking, still afraid and yet his reassurances helped bring a little peace to her. That peace was shattered though as it felt like millions of tiny needles heated in a forge lanced through feet and hands, spreading like a wildfire to the very center of her being.

Soon it felt as if she had been submerged in lava and a deep moan issued from her chest as her body seized in Jhaelin's arms. Her breaths came in ragged gasps and she started to shake violently, soft choking sounds coming from her throat. The first movement was her eyelids, blinking rapidly against the tears before her lips moved into a grimace of pain.

"Gods," she gasped in pain and her arm jerked while slowly moving to wrap around his neck. Turning slightly, she buried her face in his chest and gritted her teeth as she seethed against the pain. It was like an eternity of burning in the lowest hell though actually only a short time, but finally her body began to normalize. She was drenched in sweat and tears but eventually sagged against Jhaelin, panting heavily.

Raising her head, she looked into his eyes and her palm smoothed along his neck to his cheek. "You save me over and over, in more ways than you could ever know," she whispered to him. And then, before she could lose her nerve, she brought her lips to his for a kiss as fiery as what she'd just been through and yet full of sheer bliss and passion.
Karok Gemsmith
 Player, 373 posts
 Dwarven
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:31
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
"We're going to have a talk," Karok told the turncoat militia man. "You're going to fill us in on some things. After that, it's up to Jhaelin. And be glad. He's likely to be much more merciful than me, or that mage who's going to have a hangover soon. And especially more than the woman whose stick you went and chopped."

"You tall-soxed fool. You had no concept of the trouble that could mean, breaking her ten foot pole like that!"
Leah
 Player, 123 posts
 Human
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:32
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
"Of course it was not enchanted to begin with. Nothing is. First the item is made, and ~then~ you enchant it!" she says patiently to Illiana, trying to explain how the procedure works. For a mage, the poor girl certainly does not know very much about magic, she thinks, but she is too polite to say so.

However, she does have a good point in one respect. She does have a sword, and it is better than nothing. So, she stows her pole(s) and draws the short sword. It is no 10' pole, but it is better than nothing.

Stalking over to Karok and Negle, she stands there a moment, then, unless stopped by Karok, brings the blade hard across Negle's thighs, cutting muscle deeply. "No running!" she demands.

But whether Karock is fast enough to stop her or not, she will verbalize what they all no doubt want to ask. "Answer the questions! Where can we find a good mage, one who can re-enchant magic poles! Where is the moose head! Answer me!" She hefts her sword, ready to make him regret it if he refuses to answer the questions.
Negle the Watchman
Tue 9 Feb 2016
at 23:58
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
"Aauuuggghhh!" Negle cries out when Leah cuts across his thighs. He rolls over on the ground and kicks out at her with his boot ineffectively. "Get away from me!"

"Vode, at the perch can pro--" Negle squeaks in fear of being attacked again. It was a simple question, and he knew of only one mage that might be capable of such a thing. But her next questions halts the words on his lips as his mind reels with confusion.

"Whaa--" he sputters, then turns to Karok, gripping his wounded legs with his hands. "What she talk'n bout? Moose head?"

This message was last updated by the GM at 23:58, Tue 09 Feb 2016.

Jhaelin
 Player, 246 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:34
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
Surprised, Jhaelin's reaction was slow at first. The kiss is unexpected and Roxie's lips press against stiff lips. But he succumbs quickly to his own urges and opens to her with an exploring passion. An emotional moment for them both that quickly ends when Jhaelin's pains overcome his passions. He pulls away, gripping at his battered self.

"I'm sorry." he says quickly, trying to shallow his breathing. He pulls an arm against his chest and grimaces. Might have a broken rib, he thinks. Squinting through the pain, he looks at Roxie with eyes that plead for forgiveness.

"C'mon," he says, reaching to help her up.
Roxie
 Player, 201 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:34
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
When Jhaelin pulled back and hissed in pain, she realized then he was hurt as well and she pulled away quickly so she wouldn't put any pressure on his wounds. She felt awkward now, like maybe she'd done something wrong.

"I'm so sorry Jhaelin ... I shouldn't have done that, especially since you're hurt," she said quickly and scrambled to her feet. There was still some residual ache and tingling but she could move at least.

"We should get back to the others," she added and started to walk away from him, her exposed skin blood red. She had acted impulsively and while she didn't regret the kiss, she wondered if he did.
Karok Gemsmith
 Player, 374 posts
 Dwarven
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:35
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
"She's quite mad, you know," Karok cocked his head at Leah. "You REALLY shouldn't have broken her stick. I MIGHT be able to keep her from eating you, but you'd better speak up quick. Where's Laurel?"
Negle the Nightwatchman
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:35
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
Negle eyes Leah forlornly. Mad the dwarf says. Yeah, he could see that.

"Laurel's in the cellar under the stairs." he says, sitting upright.
Leah
 Player, 124 posts
 Human
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:35
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
"Very angry!" she agrees, and pushes Negle back down into a prone position. "Karrock better find his moose head there, or else!"
Karok Gemsmith
 Player, 375 posts
 Dwarven
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:36
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
Karok signaled Jhaelin, when he appeared from the building. "We found out where Laurel is," he shared. "And Leah wants a moose head. Soon."
Jhaelin
 Player, 247 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:36
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
"Well where is she?" Jhaelin replies to Karok as he steps from the building. He ignores the part about a moose head as it pertained somehow to Leah.

Seeing the fighting over and no further threats, Jhaelin expends the last of his energy with a healing spell upon himself.
Illiana Ebonleaf
 Player, 91 posts
 Human
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:36
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
"She's in the cellar," Illiana says. "Under the stairs."
Karok Gemsmith
 Player, 376 posts
 Dwarven
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:37
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
That's what the fellow said," Karok agreed. "Let me know if you need my help, there."

"Now," he said, kneeling down to look into the bound man's face. "You mentioned a Vode, at the Perch. He's, what, a mage? Tell me about him."
Roxie
 Player, 202 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:38
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
Roxie emerged walking rather stiffly, still burned in a few places and looking worse for the wear but with purpose. "Your mage is dead," she told their captive and wiped the bloody dagger off on his shirt, letting the blade come close to his throat.

"He said something about Kabron right before I pulled this out of his heart so why don't you tell us about him and if the place where Laurel is held is locked and guarded in any way." Her tone and expression brooked no waffling, and whether or not he gave information about the cellar, she would be going there in just a few heartbeats.
Karok Gemsmith
 Player, 377 posts
 Dwarven
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:38
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
"I yield the floor," Karok said, legislatively. "To the delegate from, um, Hades."
"Better talk to the mage-killer," he told the prisoner. "She's worse than the Stick-Master, here."
Negle the Nightwatchman
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:39
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
"The pronged one unlocks the cellar door." Negle says, pointing at the ring of keys. There were several skeletal keys and one pronged one. "Nobo--"

Negle glances at the "lady mage", then the "stick master", and lastly at the "mage killer" and gulps hard. All fierce and all women. Curses!

"Nobody in there but her-- but- mebbe Brin. Mebbe he go in through the side doors 'n kill 'er afore runn'n to Kabran, or he may jas head straight out fer Kabran."

He shrugs.

"Don't know. He's a tricky sort."
Jhaelin
 Player, 248 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:40
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
Jhaelin turns to search for the cellar as Negle speaks.

"The rogue!" he says in a warning over his shoulder. He suddenly does not want to enter the dark dwelling alone and turns back around.

"He WAS trapped with my spell, but no longer."

Jhaelin's eyes scan the edge of the copse of trees. That rogue could be anywhere! But... he's alone and there are many of us. Little comfort against an assassin.

"Frack it!" he says, grabbing the ring of keys. He turns and heads into the building at a quick pace.
Karok Gemsmith
 Player, 378 posts
 Dwarven
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:40
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
"Better go get Laurel, quick," Karok counseled. "I'll watch the prisoner, here. Stay down, tall socks."

(OOC- Normally this character would grab the keys and run for the door, to the rescue. But I'm going to a wedding, today, will be out of town, and don't want to hold the game up for the rest of you.)

Roxie
 Player, 203 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:41
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
Roxie knew the drill. "Iliana, you and Leah go with Jhaelin. I'm heading for those side doors." Veering off from the others, again, she kept alert and hoped the scum wasn't back there or already in with Laurel.
Leah
 Player, 125 posts
 Human
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 07:41
Chapter VIII - Search for Laurel Barker
"I don't want your moose head, Karrock," she assured him. "You can have it back when we find it. And it better not be trapped!" she adds sternly to Negle.

She glowered at him a moment more, only turning away to correct Illiana and Jhaelin. "No, I'm right here! I'm just holding a sword, not a pole, so you must have been confused. But it's me."

Then they all said a lot of things that did not make all that much sense to her, but she was almost certain they were swearing. "Ass," she said to Negle to fit in.

And that brought them to splitting up. The pushy girl wanted her to go with the cleric and the poor girl. That could be a problem if they could not see her though. So she waved at Illiana and said to her, "I'm right here! I'll be with you!"

And right before running off after Jhaelin, she bonked Negle hard on the head with the hilt of her sword. "Stay down!"