Chapter XI (Part 2) - The Search for Children.   Posted by Game Moderator.Group: public
Savram Vode
 NPC, 2 posts
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 03:46
Chapter XI - (Part 2) Droskar's Undercroft
"The farther in you go, the thicker the smoke gets until you can see only a few feet ahead." Savram adds to the description of the passage.
Illiana Ebonleaf
 Mage 3, 176 posts
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 03:56
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Illiana moves around the room, surveying everything.  Her expression is one of a scowling disgust.

"They.... butchered your friends here." she says, examining the tables.  "In front of you all.  Barbaric? Yes.  On the other hand, not much different than ourselves.  We butcher goat, pig, and chicken in the markets every day in the open.  It is society's way of procuring a food source. Sad really, that you had to witness their society's process.  We are, in fact, like any grazing goat or chicken to them.  Meat in which to feed upon.  Prey for them to hunt. And like any predator, the young and elderly or injured are easy prey."

"I think they would have taken them down." she says, agreeing with Karok. "The pulleys are probably attached to a lift for raising and lowering the... rations and anything else the patrols may have plundered from the unwary."

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Edgrin Galesong
 NPC, 5 posts
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 04:03
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Edgrin twists his torso around on his heels to look at the mage.

"My friends were neither young nor elderly ma'am." he says flatly. His eyes move to the recent tear in the mage's shirt where it is stained with blood.  "The poison they use is strong and debilitating, but wears off after a time.  It did not wear off quick enough for them."

A strange accent has crept into the man's voice, "Their screams will haunt me the rest of my days, and for what you tall-kin call the Hin, that is a long time."
Game Moderator
 GM, 516 posts
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 04:41
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Both rooms are empty.  The companions are in the holding area.  Karok enters the other room and peers over the edge of the pit.  After a few moments, he returns and explains what he saw.

"Chains attached to a very large cauldron below." he says.  "Illiana prob'ly got the right of it, I be think'n."

"So what do we do now?" the dwarf asks. "Aye dinnae see any movement down there.  But donnae mean someth'ns not down there 'n ready fer us. Aye donnae like the feel'n of it."

Lann yawns, which subconsciously makes another yawn.  The best guess estimation of time is agreed among the companions to be about three hours since they come down the stairs.  Could be more, could be less. The quick battles have sapped strength from everyone, and the hours of stress from not knowing what is around the next corner, or keeping vigilant for another attack has been straining to say the least, not to mention the injuries. It becomes evident that to press on without rest will likely be very trying.  In their current locale, it would also be very risky.




  HPHPthAC0thAC0 Primary SpellSpell 
NameACMaxNowmeleerangeArmorWeaponAmmoPointsFailNotes
Aris'ta216161916ChainShort Bow123/420% 
Cord716121819LeatherSpear   -4CON, -1hp/lvl
Illiana 9/71381919NoneSpell 7/70%Dex reduced to 11 (+0 ranged), Armor 6 points to dissipation
Jhaelin217131717Chain+ShldHammer+1 4/50% 
Karok327151721Band+ShldSword   Dex reduced to 5 (-2 ranged)
Lann4661819Chain+ShldShort Bow113/325% 
Roxie515151817LeatherxBow8   
Valmora916161619LeatherClub   Dex reduced to 11 (+0 ranged), Immune to DEX poison 1 hr, +1 save vs DEX poison 24 hrs

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Jhaelin
 Cleric 3, 386 posts
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 04:44
Chapter XI - (Part 2) Droskar's Undercroft
Jhaelin rubs a gloved hand across his stubbly head in thought and takes a deep breath.

"We need to press on." he says. He moves, heading toward the other room and pit. "That means we need to raise that cauldron."
Aris'ta Devo (Aris)
 Elf 3, 189 posts
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 08:10
Chapter XI - (Part 2) Droskar's Undercroft
"We will need to find rest," Aris says, turning her eyes to Jhaelin and blinking slowly. "If not for our sake, for theirs." She indicates the children with a nod of her head. Fatigue is hitting all of them.
Cord Gorstag
 Fighter 2, 155 posts
Sun 17 Jul 2016
at 13:39
Chapter XI - (Part 2) Droskar's Undercroft
"We can rest when we find the other kids," Cord said, looking over the edge of the pit.

"That chain is going to make a lot of noise."  He slid out of his pack and began pulling out a coil of rope.  "If we use a rope, it will be quieter."
Game Moderator
 GM, 518 posts
Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 23:43
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As the companions consider the options of resting with the danger of kobolds interrupting them, or pressing forward to find a suitable location for rest, there is a shrill scream that comes from dark depths of the fissure in the wall. The gaping hole seems sinister all the sudden.  The scream is an adolescent trilling that rises in pitch before fading away.  The companions stare at the fissure's opening, catching sight of small wafts of yellowish to brown smoke drifting from the opening.  The hammering can no longer be heard.

Riana's head snaps around at the shrill sound, "That sounds like Jurrin!"

Mikka begins pounding the side of his head, closing his eyes tightly.  He rocks on the balls of his feet and murmurs, "No, no, no, no..."

Savram only stares at the opening of the fissure, then over at Edgrin who's concern is etched firmly on his face.
Jhaelin
 Cleric 3, 387 posts
Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 23:46
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Jhaelin places a hand on Cord's shoulder as the scream fades away,  "Cord."

No other words are needed.  They all know what comes next.

Jhaelin looks around at the other companions, "We have to go in there.  I don't like the Kreeds any more than most, but I have to try to save that child."

The cleric hefts his shield and hammer and stands before the gaping maw in the wall.

"Who's with me?"
Valmora Bronzeheart
 Dwarf 3, 76 posts
Wed 20 Jul 2016
at 01:04
Chapter XI - (Part 2) Droskar's Undercroft
The scream sends chills up and down Valmora's spine, making her twist uncomfortably.  She looks to the rift in the wall and back to her companions.

"I'm worn out like the rest, but that scream cannot be left unanswered."

She looks to Jhaelin.  "I'm with you."  She hefts her club and looks around and makes ready.
Cord Gorstag
 Fighter 2, 156 posts
Wed 20 Jul 2016
at 02:17
Chapter XI - (Part 2) Droskar's Undercroft
Cord dropped the rope he was working with and scooped up the two spears and torch.  He left the pack where it lay and answered Jhaelin by entering the fissure without consensus.
Karok Gemsmith
 Dwarf 3, 484 posts
Wed 20 Jul 2016
at 02:47
Chapter XI - (Part 2) Droskar's Undercroft
As Cord disappears into the fissure, Karok casts a concerned glance at Jhaelin.  He would go in there with the cleric, that's for sure.  His worry lies with Cord's overly aggressive nature.  It will get the man killed, if not the rest of them too.

"He's goi'n ta get kilt doi'n that, Aye be think'n." the dwarf says objectively, shaking his head. "Bah, 'n the rest 'o us too."
Aris'ta Devo (Aris)
 Elf 3, 190 posts
Mon 25 Jul 2016
at 06:05
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"Thank you for noticing what I have been pointing out. Someone must stay with the children.  I will stay." she says, pulling her bow from her shoulder. "If he is determined to get himself killed, then use his distraction to save the young one."
Roxie
 Rogue 3, 281 posts
Thu 28 Jul 2016
at 03:43
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"Pretty much my plan," Roxie said with a grin to Aris as she strode forth and gave Jhaelin a nod.  "I know you won't let him go alone and I won't let you follow the fool alone," she said then clamped her teeth down on the blunt side of her dagger and began the descent.
Karok Gemsmith
 Dwarf 3, 485 posts
Thu 28 Jul 2016
at 23:16
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"Aye... let's git goi'n." rumbles Karok, shifting his shield forward.  He enters the fissure only moments behind the woodsman.
Edgrin Galesong
 NPC, 6 posts
Thu 28 Jul 2016
at 23:21
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Edgrin looks at Jhaelin, then at the children and the dark elf.

"I will stay here with the children." he says.  "We will enter only if there is danger here.  Perhaps you should go with them lady elf.  You've a far better skill with blade than myself and your companions may need that skill."
Jhaelin
 Cleric 3, 388 posts
Fri 29 Jul 2016
at 00:02
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Jhaelin smiles warmly at Roxie and nods, before following her into the fissure... his expression is one of hoping they would not find Cord lying dead ahead.   The man has to learn the concept of team work.  Of course, he could not blame the man for his efforts.  His little girl was killed... and not just killed in a normal kind of way, but murdered and then left as a sign to others.  He wonders what or who would do such a thing.  Jeva?  He does not think so, but then again... he doesn't really know the girl.  Not so much a girl anymore, but a creature.  A lycanthrope, or were-beast.  How did she get that way?

"Stay or come as you please." Jhaelin says to Arista after Edgrin speaks, not that he commands her really.  He just wants her to know if she doesnt come, he does not think unkindly of her.

The smoke is heavy as he enters the fissure and he chokes on its acrid taste.  Faintly, he thinks he heard some chains ahead.

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Edgrin Galesong
 NPC, 7 posts
Fri 29 Jul 2016
at 23:18
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Edgrin watches as the companions enter the fissure.  Would they find that kid alive?  He shakes his head with uncertainty and looks at the other children.  Clearly, Riana was wanting to enter that fissure as well, while Savram seems disconnected or withdrawn right now.  Mikka stares at the fissures opening with a blank expression on his face.  His usual appearance.  At least he was no longer crying.

"Okay ki--  Okay." the bard says quietly.  "Let's make a safe spot and wait for their return.  That broken table over there we can use as a shield and it will make a good hiding spot behind it. Lets pull it over to the corner."
Riana i'Roddam
 NPC, 6 posts
Fri 29 Jul 2016
at 23:22
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"Alright." Riana says wistfully.  She is not going to argue with these adventurers.  It would get her no where anyway.  The thought occurs to her that she could just go on in there without saying a word, but she feels a certain obligation now to these people.  They have earned her respect and she should show them respect in return.  So, she grabs the end of the overturned dark wood table.  It is heavy, being of that wood, and she has a time moving it.

"Savram... help me."  she says.  "Mikka, you too."
Game Moderator
 GM, 526 posts
Fri 29 Jul 2016
at 23:27
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Mikka continues to stare into the fissure's opening.  Only small wafts of smoke exit the opening, drawn by some draft of air and then dissipates.

"Red eyes." he says slowly, shaking his head.  He turns to lend aid to Riana.  "Red eyes."



The small party pulls the heavy table to the corner of the room and gather behind it.  It is large enough to easily conceal them from the view of anyone entering the room, while offering a view of the room by way of small cracks now along the table top's length.  Once settled in, they begin their wait.  A few minutes pass and suddenly there is a muffled, distant cry from the fissure.

"What are you doing? No! Get away from me!"

It is a crying wail of a child's voice, which gives an answer to Edgrin's question on whether or not the child is still alive.  At least, for the very moment, he apparently is.

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Edgrin Galesong
 NPC, 8 posts
Thu 4 Aug 2016
at 23:23
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"Yark! Yark!" comes a high pitched squeal from the depths of the open pit in the middle of the room.  "Bree! Yark!"

Edgrin, Savram, Mikka, and Riana all huddle together behind an over turned table in far north east corner of the room.  The adventurers that had saved them earlier have been inside the smoky fissure have only been in there a few minutes and now the worst of the bard's fears is happening.  The chains above the pit begin to rattle slightly, then the large spindle begins to move, drawing chain around it as it does so.  Something is coming up the hole.

"Shhhhh." Edgrin warns the children when Mikka begins to mutter something.  Riana looks toward the pit with a frightened expression, while Savram seems to ever be completely devoid of emotion or expression.

"Don't move.  Do not speak." he says, "We have no choice but to hope they will not see us."

Game Moderator
 GM, 531 posts
Thu 4 Aug 2016
at 23:58
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The minutes pass slowly and the spindle continues its monotonous clinking while a large chain winds around its central core. The spindle is turned by a second, smaller chain that hangs to the side of the pit.  Someone down there would be pulling on one side of this chain to make the spindle turn, thereby making the platform, a cauldron is what Karok called it, ascend.

Mikka begins to make more and more stirring noises as the time passes.  Someone or something will inevitably arise from the hole, and it is making the group anxious.  Some more so than others.

Through the cracks in the ancient hardwood table, Edgrin sees the heads of kobolds appear at the rim of the pit.  Wary eyes search the topside surface for dangers.  They are obviously on alert.  One peers intently at the over turned table, watching it with rapt scrutiny, perhaps remembering it was situated differently before.

There are three of them.  Two smaller grey scaled kobolds holding spears nervously, and a third red scaled kobold decked out in leathers and wielding weapons that appear more polished and well kept.

Riana places a hand gently over Mikka's mouth and shakes her head at the boy, hoping to keep him quiet.

A broken spear shaft is pushed between a chain's link hole, locking the spindle in place and the kobolds exit the cauldron onto the floor.

Suddenly, all eyes turn to the fissure as a scream erupts from its depths and a soft orange back light of  illumination, yellowish to orange, flickers through out the dust and smoke that wafts from the hole in the wall.

Karok's distant voice is heard as the back light fades from the smoke and the kobolds snicker, point and laugh.

"Pink skins meeting chain forger..." one says, "...and its pets. THAT is why they not come.  THAT is where they are."

The other two grey scales laugh and seem to relax a bit, but the red scale is not laughing.  He too stares at the fissure, then at the ground and surrounding debris, clearly calculating and surmising on something.  This one has a more profound look of intellect about it.  Not so.... feral this one, Edgrin thinks to himself.
Game Moderator
 GM, 532 posts
Fri 5 Aug 2016
at 02:20
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"Shushh! Or I will send you in there after them." the red scaled kobold barks.  "Search the pens."

As the other two kobolds scuttle away quickly into the room with cages, it searches the ground before it, then kneels and picks up a pack and rope.  He sniffs it, and feels the warmth of the back side.  They had been here VERY recently, it intuits.

The red scaled one stares into the fissure for long moments, then loosens the cinch to the pack.  He dumps the contents to the floor.  There is not much; a spear head, some torches, and tinder box hit the floor first, followed by a water skin and dry rations.  The kobold fingers the rations and grimaces, finding the gruel distasteful.  The rope he examines and finds one end to be cut.  Why?

Again, it looks into the depths of the fissure, finding only a trail of smoke rising to the ceiling.  No, he would not follow them in there.  Nothing but death awaited them in there, if that is indeed where they went. Likely, they will not return from there, but just in case, he will put sentries on duty here.

The two grey scaled kobolds return, reporting no sightings at all except dead kobolds in the halls all the way to the kitchen, and a scattering of bones in the eerie-green-glow-water-drip-room.

Red scale nods, "Stay here and keep watch.  It seems our problem may have solved itself. I will have Grugkakurk send Lekmek up with a slurk and five others.  If anything comes from that fissure, throw something down to alert us."

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Game Moderator
 GM, 533 posts
Fri 5 Aug 2016
at 23:38
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The red scaled kobold enters the large dwarven forged cauldron and pulls the broken spear shaft from the chain, thereby releasing the tension on the spindle.  It begins a slow descent with speed regulated by a large block of dark wood that bites against the spindle's central shaft while rotating.

The two grey scaled kobolds watch the descent until the red can no longer be seen, then they begin a methodical search of the debris around the room, all the while yakking and yammering in their strange draconic language.  They start at the entrance to the room from the pens, moving along the walls, and missing nothing...
Game Moderator
 GM, 546 posts
Sat 3 Sep 2016
at 18:15
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Several minutes pass and the kobolds get closer and closer to the position Edgrin and the children.  They are still hiding behind an overturned broken table.  They can watch the kobolds move without being detected through the cracks in the table's broken slats.  Then, suddenly a loud noise is heard from the pit.

"Sluurk, sluurk!" comes a loud croaking noise.  The kobolds straighten and move to the other side of the room near the entry way into the holding pens as the chain once again begins to turn.

A large creature with a bulbous head that sort of resembles that of a giant toad pops its head above the rim of the pin.  It's large round eyes rotate until fixed on the kobolds, then clawed feet grasp the rim and hoists the beast up onto the edge.  On its back is a black scaled kobold... one of the dark talons, presumably named Lekmek.  The harnessed and bridled beast is followed by the rising cauldron which holds five gray scaled kobolds.

Mikka begins to move back and forth where he sits and covers his ears with this hands.

Riana's eyes go wide at the sight of the mounted creature and Edgrin encourages them to be calm and quiet.

"Lekmek.  We were awaiting you." one of the kobolds says.

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