Burning Ballentyne (Act IV)   Posted by DM Dread.Group: 0
Renard D'Vonis
 Human Arcanist, 768 posts
 Rene' Garova (Disguise)
 Affably Evil
Sun 3 Mar 2019
at 20:29
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 21 days
Rene' nodded.

"Exactly 'Bella - you hit the nail on the head. It's one thing to stage the act, but it's an entirely different animal to actually sell it well. And of the three of you, I don't think Victor and Maria have your level of skill in being able to sell it to the crowds. There's no point if we don't have witness bystanders and such. And any additional antagonism you're able to stir up is just icing on the cake."

If Renard noticed Vic's blushing or not was unclear, but most likely the sly arcanist did but was too courteous to tease about it.

"You guys also need to figure out when and how to use the poison I crafted for our plan. I don't have the subtle skills to pull off such a thing. My role here has always been to look pretty, of course." Rene' said with a grin.
Lukasz Alazario
 Human Cleric, 239 posts
Mon 4 Mar 2019
at 07:19
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 21 days
Lukasz returned from communing with their Lord.  His face was pale but there was conviction in his gaze.  "Poison and infiltration, seduction and murderous fire in the night are all good and blessed by the Lord.  Surely though there is at least one bolt hole from the keep.  Are any of the movements of the captains such that they might suggest such?  Even if not we should gain admittance to the keep as servants and cleaners.  That will give us access to poison and assassinate."  He thought for a bit.  "I do fear the Archons.  Perhaps if we can get inside I can conjure something to destroy them as we strike."
Arabella
 Drow Bard, 54 posts
 Ael Highsong(disguise)
 Evil is an opinion
Tue 5 Mar 2019
at 01:21
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 21 days
"We also need to learn about 'The Seal' and what we can do to prevent it being lowered to block the side entrance to the keep" points out the dark minstrel.
Tomas Barca
 Human Fighter, 607 posts
Tue 5 Mar 2019
at 01:58
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 21 days
"Is there a prominent emblem or logo or something in the keep? Maybe that's what it means, a seal being a coat of arms."
Maria Barca
 Dhampir Swashbuckler, 390 posts
 Vivian Du-Lac-Disguise;31
Tue 5 Mar 2019
at 03:25
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 21 days
"Maybe it's a magical "Seal". Maria smirked as some thought ran through her head. She motioned for Arabella to follow her to the side to talk. "Renard has a good idea. I'll go with Victor and you can work out the details of Renard's idea. But, this is between you and me." Maria's guise as Vivian Du-Lac shifted until the guise of Ael Highsong took shape. "Let's keep this a secret for now."




Maria disguised as Ael Highsong stepped out of the room in search of Victor Brice. "I'm here. Is there anything that we need to discuss regarding this idea of yours?"

Tag Victor
Victor Brice
 Human Rogue, 435 posts
 Path of The Vampire
Tue 5 Mar 2019
at 14:28
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 21 days
The look on Victors face at seeing the Drows alter personality is crest fallen, Do not take this wrong Drow, but I would have you know up front, I am not and have no desire to be your play thing. I do this to further our cause that is all.

Then he turns and begins to walk away. Come along we need to find a good location for our performance. The fledgling vampire walks in sullen silence, staying on the dirt road he walks past the tower paying attention to the view of tree line, looking for the perfect spot for the ruse.

Now we find out what night the husband will be on duty. Then you'll come here from the direction of the whores house, and I'll make my way from the direction of the keep, we'll both travel in disguise and stay to the shadows just as if we are sneaking here to meet up. Embrace kiss a couple times then move into the cover of the trees and make our departure from the area unseen.


08:21, Today: Victor Brice rolled 24 using 1d20+12. finding the spot.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:17, Tue 05 Mar.

Arabella
 Drow Bard, 56 posts
 Ael Highsong(disguise)
 Evil is an opinion
Tue 5 Mar 2019
at 15:13
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 21 days
Shifting to the appearance and mannerisms of Vivian du LAC after their departure, Arabella purrs "of course. my dear. A well-known Lady like yourself is the perfect witness. And if Vivian is seen flirting with another,  Victor won't care." She steps out to meet with Rene.

"Rene can we give some thought to what time to stage the performance? It will give us a time frame to discover more about The Seal."
DM Dread
 GM, 848 posts
 Storyteller
Wed 20 Mar 2019
at 16:03
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 12 days
A couple weeks went by as the group cemented themselves into the community and gradually learned all they needed to know. They established a plan and began it with a flourish. They knew 3 days from now theyd attack the keep It would coincide with Captain Varners rangers leaving on patrol tonight. 2 days from now disguised as the servants  theyd come to know well, theyd slip into the keep and poison the food laying up all but the most hardy. 6 hours later theyd attack. but today...they were going to pull off the ruse of the star struck lovers ...by tomorrow the town and the keep would know and quite probably one of the Captains would be dead and one would be punished for the deed.

It went well. Better than they could hope. Right at a guard shift change at the small tower They caught it with 6 guards, 1 from each company, and 2 extra form each of the companies represented by the two Captains they wished to involve. The entirre keep would be whsipering tonight...

the ruse performed they left and changed back and returned to the shop...and waited.
Maria Barca
 Dhampir Swashbuckler, 394 posts
 Vivian Du-Lac-Disguise;31
Thu 21 Mar 2019
at 01:14
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 12 days
Ael Highsong smiled as she made her way back to the shop. She switched to her current guise after she and Victor successfully pulled off their ruse. But she had another... and the big reveal.

Maria dropped the guise as soon as they entered the shop. She turned back to Victor smiling as  Vivian Du-Lac, "I hope you enjoyed yourself. I know that I did." She stepped forward and gave Victor another kiss before she switched back to Ael Highsong. "Everyone will be waiting. Let's tell them that phase one is done."
Renard D'Vonis
 Human Arcanist, 779 posts
 Rene' Garova (Disguise)
 Affably Evil
Wed 27 Mar 2019
at 15:55
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 12 days
Rene' grinned when Maria did the big reveal. She had politely kept silent about it to all parties involved up to this point, and instead chose to see how things played out. But being a gentleman in the face of drama was different from enjoying the drama, and in this case Rene' was enjoying things.

"Oh you silly kids. You and your lethal conspiratorial shenanigans." she said with a chuckle.
Tomas Barca
 Human Fighter, 618 posts
Thu 28 Mar 2019
at 00:33
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 12 days
Tomas nods in approval, especially toward his cousin. "Very well done. Now... I believe the next phase of our plan is to begin the sabotage in disguise, before moving in for the kill?"
Renard D'Vonis
 Human Arcanist, 780 posts
 Rene' Garova (Disguise)
 Affably Evil
Thu 28 Mar 2019
at 04:20
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 12 days
"We need to iniate the poison plan for one thing. If we can sabotage stuff that's a bonus." he/she said.
Arabella
 Drow Bard, 62 posts
 Ael Highsong(disguise)
 Evil is an opinion
Thu 28 Mar 2019
at 04:25
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 12 days
Vivian Du Lac enters. Seeing the 'real' Vivian, she morphs back to Arabella. "I just had the most amazing experience with a Sergeant. Honestly, I never knew humans could get that large...."
Tomas Barca
 Human Fighter, 619 posts
Thu 28 Mar 2019
at 05:17
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 12 days
"Some are larger than most. I could show you after this job," Tomas grins, before shifting back into a more businesslike tone. "We should begin the sabotage soon, and then make our attack right after that. I reckon we could look for a central cookpot and poison that before dripping acid on chains to weaken them."
DM Dread
 GM, 851 posts
 Storyteller
Thu 28 Mar 2019
at 13:16
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 11 days
The next day, 11 days before the deadline Captain, Captain Franz Mott; The Captain of the Halbardier company confronted his wife Kaitlynn first, leaving her battered and bruised; then went hunting Captain Zack Eddarly the Archer Captain; who just happened to be cpoming to Motts manor hearing of Kaitlynns assault. They met in the square of the town and began to fight...Zack's sword and dagger, style vs Franz's polearm style. 06:11, Today: DM Dread rolled 46 using 1d100.  who dies. Mott 01-50/Eddarly 51-100.

It was over quicker than The Commander of Ballentyne Keep could react. Mott lay dead on the ground, while Eddarly , seriously injured was clapped in irons and headed off to the Keep to be put in jail until the Magistrate could reach the town and try him about 5 days from now.


The first stage a success the following stages was A to poison the food supply this afternoon and B to Kill the dwarves tonight before heading into the keep to begin the assault....it was time.
Maria Barca
 Dhampir Swashbuckler, 395 posts
 Vivian Du-Lac-Disguise;31
Thu 28 Mar 2019
at 15:09
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 11 days
"That went well. But reports have the Magistrate arriving in five days. We've eleven days until the attack." Maria mused, "Perhaps we should wait on poisoning the food until it is closer to the day of the attack. Eleven days may given them too much time to recover or seek reinforcements."

"What else do we have on our timetable?"

Renard D'Vonis
 Human Arcanist, 781 posts
 Rene' Garova (Disguise)
 Affably Evil
Thu 28 Mar 2019
at 16:24
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 11 days
Rene' considered.

"Where are these archons? I'd like it if we could kill them off now ahead of time." she asked.
Victor Brice
 Human Rogue, 440 posts
 Path of The Vampire
Thu 28 Mar 2019
at 23:43
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 12 days
In reply to Maria Barca (msg # 213):

Victor stood in open mouthed shock when Maria revealed herself, when she teased him with her enjoyment of their kiss and stepped for and kissed him again. The half dead rogue felt the little blood he had left rush to his face, Maria's kiss has like fire on his lips. Unlike the last time this time Victor's hunger for Lady Barca was clear and felt by the passion in his kiss. As they parted he looked into her eyes when we are done with this we need to talk.

Victor followed Maria into the shop to discuss, how they would proceed. When the timing of the attack came up victor stood. No we don't wait it happens now, sabotaging equipment and chains can wait. this afternoon we poison the evening meal then tonight the dwarf's die and we assault the keep. Rene get the poison ready, and the acid as well just incase,
Tomas Barca
 Human Fighter, 620 posts
Fri 29 Mar 2019
at 00:36
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 12 days
"I'm all for going loud with this," Tomas says, <Blue>"But once we do that, we're committed to the whole thing. Once those dwarves die, we're going to have to take down the keep. And don't forget we'll need a bit of time to let the poison take effect. Are we going to split up or are we going to just mob every single person we have to kill?"</Blue>
Victor Brice
 Human Rogue, 441 posts
 Path of The Vampire
Fri 29 Mar 2019
at 02:15
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 12 days
You are right once we start there will be no stopping but we all new that from the start. If we poison the evening meal within four hours over half the garrison will be laid up and sick,  then when darkness falls we kill the dwarves. All that's the easy part because we are all together and we control the confrontations, the next step will be a little tricky. It will all come down to timing, three of us enter from above, the rest from below. We need to either time it perfectly or find away to speak with each other over great distances. The group below can not attack until we are in position above to stop an alarm from being raised. after that we'll have to take things as they come because we have no way of even knowing what their defensive maneuvers are. No matter when we strike we are going to face that. The magistrate will be bringing additional soldiers with him and he'll be here in only five days. Are friends will be on this side of the wall long before then.

After a pause he adds So this afternoon when we go in to poison the garrison, and do a little sabotage if possible we all keep a mental count of the seconds it takes to get from the Inn into the keep and close to the training room. Then we'll have an educated ques as to how long it will take us to get into position later. Timing is a big part of good burglary and before I was bitten I was one of the best, we are all skilled professionals we can do this.
Renard D'Vonis
 Human Arcanist, 782 posts
 Rene' Garova (Disguise)
 Affably Evil
Fri 29 Mar 2019
at 04:23
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 12 days
"What about the archons and the church though? They can send word quickly if we don't stop them. And we need to sabotage or free the pidgeons too somehow." Rene' said.
Maria Barca
 Dhampir Swashbuckler, 397 posts
 Vivian Du-Lac-Disguise;31
Fri 29 Mar 2019
at 05:08
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 12 days
"Well the wheels are turning. Who is up for the next part of our plan?" Maria turned to see who volunteered, "I'd go to deliver the poison, but I'm not stealthy at all. But I've got a good disguise kit."
Arabella
 Drow Bard, 64 posts
 Ael Highsong(disguise)
 Evil is an opinion
Fri 29 Mar 2019
at 07:01
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 12 days
Arabella says "If I use a vial of acid and a vial of alchemical grease when we take out the Dwarves I can cast a Grease spell to both trip them up and burn them, making them easy targets for a missile fusilage."
Renard D'Vonis
 Human Arcanist, 783 posts
 Rene' Garova (Disguise)
 Affably Evil
Fri 29 Mar 2019
at 17:38
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 12 days
Rene' shook her head.

"I only have the 1 vial of acid and we need it for the chains. I do have sleep magic  that I can prepare so if any of them wake up I can try to knock them back out again. We should be able to just sneak in and kill them in their sleep ideally with the likes of Victor and Bella helping us."
Tomas Barca
 Human Fighter, 621 posts
Sat 30 Mar 2019
at 10:42
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 12 days
"If they're asleep even I can do it, just make sure you buy some extra gardening tools beforehand."