Burning Ballentyne (Act IV)   Posted by DM Dread.Group: 0
Victor Brice
 Human Rogue, 419 posts
 Path of The Vampire
Sun 30 Dec 2018
at 16:03
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 22 days
Ok the way I see it, for now we can only try getting the captains to fight each other, We also need to study the three night workers actions and movements, the more we learn about them the easier it will be to become them the night we attack the fortress. they can stay alive for now, but when the time to act grows closer all three will have to die the same goes for their families. Then three of can assume their identities and, learn the best routs to the places we need to sabotage, so we can plan our attack.

We know the dwarven engineers live at the Inn, and are there sleeping every night, we also know the captain of the rangers goes out on patrol every two weeks. So if we do this right we can get the two of the officers to fight over the slut. hopefully one will end up dead the other in jail. Then we wait until the ranger captain rides out, the second night after he's gone we strike. we can spike the doors and windows of the Inn closed and use the oil I have to soak the outer walls, set it a blaze in the middle of the night. That will either kill or injure, all the engineers at one time. at the same time some of us are burning the inn down. a few of us will be inside the fortress step one poison the food in the barracks, so the watch not on duty or liberty will be taken out. he poison need not be strong just enough to make them all sick. It makes it real hard to respond to an attack when your puking and shitting.

That will have three of the 4 captains, the engineers, and a third of the guard force out of action, at the start of our attack. if we can have the location of the 4th captain. the commander, mage and cleric all located before we strike we try to take out all of them. even if we only get even two say the mage and the 4th captain. that will leave all the soldiers with out direct chain of command, and no magical support. of coarse we'll try to get the head cleric and commander as well. but I think taking out the rookery any signal fires and the catapults and ballistas more important. The more we can cripple their defenses before we open the gate the lower our allies loses on the other side will be. What say you to my proposed plan.


Victor spends the night beside Arabella the same way he's spent all most every night all week. Cutting, Chipping, shaping and buffing out crafted pieces of ivory jewelry. He can't help but wonder how the hell he went from, top grade second story man, to a freshly bitten vampire, to this a night jeweler in an ivory sweat shop, ran by a sexually shifting slave driver....... Renard Rene what ever his or her name is today.


18:35, Today: Victor Brice rolled 21 using 1d20+6. Crafting ivory.

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Tomas Barca
 Human Fighter, 587 posts
Wed 2 Jan 2019
at 09:13
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 22 days
"Sounds good to me," Tomas nods. "Sickening them is good, we should probably lead with that. Then if we can engineer a fight between Captains Eddarly and Mott, we'll have two of them taken out. Then while their morale is fucked, we can kill the engineers at night, a few axes to the neck in their sleep ought to do the trick. Varning is a ranger, so we need to arrange this while he's out, like you said. Barhold lives in the keep, so we'll need to kill him while he's there. After that, I expect we'll need to destroy the Rookery somehow - alchemist's fire, maybe? - and then eliminate Lord Havelyn and Father Donagin and that mage... Magister Tacitus, I think. They absolutely need to die, you should know how nasty spellcasters can be just by looking at Renard and Lukasz. Ideally, we should gang up on them and wipe them out individually before they can link up, which probably means a lot of splitting up. Once we start the attack, we send up the flare, and with luck the goblin horde will help kill Varning as he desperately tries to ride back. We'll need to make sure the gates are open and stay open too, otherwise we won't have any help. But sickening them is the key... looks like we'll just have to sneak in there and poison their food, but can we be sure they'll eat it? If only there was a central cookpot we could poison..."
Arabella
 Drow Bard, 38 posts
 Ael Highsong(disguise)
 Evil is an opinion
Wed 2 Jan 2019
at 10:09
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 22 days
Arabella shares her information about the magical defenses and says "Captain Mott's wife has been seen meeting Captain Eddarly. We need information from Eddarly's servants about the nature of their relationship if we wish to exploit that. As far as poisons are concerned, although sickening is effective I haven't got enough access to raw materials make that much Black dust poison. But Oil of Taggit I can make a bit of. When ingested it will cause them to fall unconscious for at least an hour. Timing that with the advance against the city will put the defenders at our mercy. And once I know what relationship Mott's wife has with Eddarly, I can impersonate her and seduce Captain Eddarly where the servants must notice it. Give a day or two for things to come to a boil, and Mott will be challenging Eddarly in a physical confrontation out of rage and jealousy." She spends ti

Craft Alchemy 28 on d20+10. Making Oil of Taggit, mass
Maria Barca
 Dhampir Swashbuckler, 378 posts
 Vivian Du-Lac-Disguise;31
Wed 2 Jan 2019
at 16:31
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 22 days
"I like the sound of getting as many of the guards sick. Arabella's idea of Oil of Taggit sounds good too when we're about to strike. But we don't want to tip our hand too early. If one or two guards goes unconscious then they may stop eating or drinking and find the source of the poison."

"That's why I like Tomas' idea of getting them sick. Then they'll be home recovering. What else can we use to get these guards sick?"
Maria tapped her chin as she thought aloud. "What about rat poison? They must have rat poison in the fortress or in this town. I haven't seen a place that was infested with rats to some degree."

"Sounds like we need to do some more scouting. One to find a source for rat poison. And an opportunity to get it into their food."

Tomas Barca
 Human Fighter, 588 posts
Wed 2 Jan 2019
at 17:15
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 22 days
"Well, what we know for sure is that we should lead with unobtrusive things. Start with the affair, that will affect morale and ruin their chain of command. Give them a few days to get uneasy about it all and overwork and exhaust the remaining captain, then we can use that poison plan. Once the guards are depleted and their effectiveness is in shambles, we can start taking direct action. Killing the engineers is a good start, then we'll need to go in there and begin wrecking all the siege defenses and sabotaging the doors. At the same time, we'll need to destroy the rookery so they can't call for help. Once that's done, or once we're spotted, we kill all the senior members of the leadership we can find. The magus is the primary target but we should get the priest and Lord Havelyn right after that. We mustn't let them mount an effective defense or they'll swarm us and kill us. I'm assuming we're going to gang up on and eliminate each of them individually to minimize their threat, but we may be better served splitting up and instead. I'll leave that part up to you. For instance, Grumblejack and I could gang up on the priest and then Lord Havelyn while Victor and Maria assassinate sentries, jam the drawrbridge open and neutralize the ballistae. As a reminder, the defenses we need to take out are the drawbridge, the murder holes, and the ballistae. And as mentioned earlier, we'll probably want alchemist's fire to burn out the Rookery. I would also suggest big bags of marbles and oil in front of the barracks doors, that way anyone who runs out in response to a scramble will form a heap and we can throw a torch onto the pile to burn them all at once."

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Victor Brice
 Human Rogue, 421 posts
 Path of The Vampire
Wed 2 Jan 2019
at 23:07
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 22 days
In reply to Tomas Barca (msg # 190):

I think we save the poisoning for the night of the attack we can gain entry disguised as workers cook their meal and start our attack with a third of then in the privy. other then getting the captains to fight I say everything else happens at the same time no need to put anyone on guard
Renard D'Vonis
 Human Arcanist, 737 posts
 Rene' Garova (Disguise)
 Affably Evil
Wed 2 Jan 2019
at 23:51
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 22 days
Rene' nods and listens, just like Renard did. Listening was a valuable tool and a valuable skill. She then spoke.

"Two things concern me the most right now: the magister and the archons. None of your guys' ideas - as good as they all are - incorporated them. And I think we need both taken out for this invasion to have any chance of success. I'd also looooove to take a look at the magister's things too. Look how much I've been able to help us thanks to dear old Richter? Imagine what I'll be able to do for us after we take out a magister!" she said with a smile.

"The archons are individually weak but numerous. Their numbers make them dangerous, abd even one could potentially complicate things if we let them get away from us. Great thoughts though about the soldiers, engineers, and ranger and captains. We have lots of excuses to leave town a bit for the ranger - like me gathering alchemical components for instance."

DM Dread
 GM, 838 posts
 Storyteller
Thu 17 Jan 2019
at 13:44
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 21 days
Victor takes a day off investigating to work on the ivory for the cover. Though he does find some time to look over the maps and locate where the central kitchen is and subsequent dining hall....right across from the barracks on the ground floor.

Tpmas enjoys the company of ladies notices guard rotations and schedules, listening he puts together that every guard eats at the keep. free food after all.

Lukasz spends every free moment praying to the darklord

Arabella spends the day crafting oil of Taggit in enough abundance she could poison all of the food for the guards for a day.

Maria disguised as a servant for a few hours makes her way into the keep locates the kitchen, near the front door and sees how easy it would be to get in there to poison the food.

Renard works hard as shopkeeper by day while listening to people and talking to locals getting to know the community of hypocritical believers of Mitra.
Renard D'Vonis
 Human Arcanist, 753 posts
 Rene' Garova (Disguise)
 Affably Evil
Wed 6 Feb 2019
at 07:32
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 21 days
Rene' spends some time for the group while they go out and do recon and such making some alchemical creations.

NOTE: His base is +12 but his portable lab gives +1 so he's at +13 to checks.

First, he makes an acid flask since I want it as a focus for the +1 damage on acid splash (lol), and gets a 22, and it's dc is 15. It is worth 10 gp (100 sp), and dc 15 x 22 = 330 so he makes it in a bit less than 1/3 of a week instead of a whole week. Spends 3 gp from party fund (10/3=~3).

Second, I need to make a poison for Bella or victor to use to poison the guards. Given time constraints I can't make something fancy like lich dust in time. But I did find belladonna which seems close to what we're aiming for in its function (worth 100gp=1000sp). I rolled a 32, and 32x14=448. Another roll to help things further is 15X14=210. I need more so rolled a 25. 25x14=350. 448+210+350=1008, so I made the poison just in the nick of time if I'm reading the alchemy crafting rules right. The poison took slightly less than 3 weeks, and the acid took under 1/3 week so that narratively means I just barely do it in time before we start needing to actually attack - probably a few days before the time is up so while we have a little wiggle room to act, I cannot craft more. Spent 33 gp from party fund.

So 5600 party gold - 36 crafting gold for our plan = 5564 left.

01:23, Today: Renard D'Vonis rolled 25 using 1d20+13.  alchemy 4.
01:17, Today: Renard D'Vonis rolled 15 using 1d20+13.  Alchemy 3.
00:54, Today: Renard D'Vonis rolled 32 using 1d20+13.  Alchemy 2.
00:53, Today: Renard D'Vonis rolled 22 using 1d20+13.  Alchemy 1.

Victor Brice
 Human Rogue, 433 posts
 Path of The Vampire
Sat 2 Mar 2019
at 23:42
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 21 days
Victor gets the group together and out lines his plans about staging a romantic meeting in the tree line ware the guard tower will be in easy line of site. So which one of you girls want to pose as the cheating wife ? Look on the bright side you'll be able to say you kissed the "Blood Hand" and lived to tell of it.
Arabella
 Drow Bard, 51 posts
 Ael Highsong(disguise)
 Evil is an opinion
Sun 3 Mar 2019
at 00:51
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 21 days
Arabella smirks. "With all due respect, I think I am the better actress, having had training."
Maria Barca
 Dhampir Swashbuckler, 389 posts
 Vivian Du-Lac-Disguise;31
Sun 3 Mar 2019
at 01:02
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 21 days
Maria matched Arabella's smirk, "Obviously. Why even bother asking if you already knew what you wanted to do. Go ahead with your plans. I'll be fine." She appeared calm as she does in previous interactions. It was one of the benefits of age and experience.
Renard D'Vonis
 Human Arcanist, 767 posts
 Rene' Garova (Disguise)
 Affably Evil
Sun 3 Mar 2019
at 05:52
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 21 days
Rene' considered.

"Actually...there are some things that could potentially go wrong with the plan. Probnably not given how simple these guards are here in the town, but you all know how I love a backup plan." she said.

"I actually think Maria should be the one to work with victor in that scene, as 'Bella would probably be a better troubleshooter if something went wrong. Between her magic and her skills I think she could help stay in disguise as an innocent bystander or something and possibly help draw attention to the 'illicit couple' beinbg well...illicit. Her acting skills would be perfect for this. And then as other bystanders gawk and witness it, she can slip away easier than Maria could and also could help vic and Maria escape if for some reason they get cut off."
Arabella
 Drow Bard, 52 posts
 Ael Highsong(disguise)
 Evil is an opinion
Sun 3 Mar 2019
at 09:47
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 21 days
Arabella hears the subtleties in Rene's plan, and smiles cordially. "Of course" She agrees. "my abilities can sell the story we want spread about,especially if some of the guard 'hear' any comments made by a handmaiden regarding past couplings, or their plans to remove Mott from the equation, if we wish to add antagonism to the mix. Besides" Arabella says as she runs a finger alongside Victor's jaw, "I'm not certain I can fake passion with this one. Something about him........"
Victor Brice
 Human Rogue, 434 posts
 Path of The Vampire
Sun 3 Mar 2019
at 14:01
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 21 days
Victors face had actually turned pink with blush, as Maria , and Arabella spoke, when drow's finger touched the cool skin of his face his head jerked back as if he had been slapped. Guilty, embarrassed eyes looked at Maria in fear for a spit second, then his normal sullen, brooding, cover kicked back in. The rogue spun away from the women saying, I'll be waiting out side when you all have decided who's doing what. As he stalked from the room.


(He may be a mass murderer, and a fledgling vampire, but it was clear to both the women in the room. That when it came to dealing with members of the opposite sex, Victor was still a very young, shy human male, and completely clueless in how to deal with the present situation.)

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Arabella
 Drow Bard, 53 posts
 Ael Highsong(disguise)
 Evil is an opinion
Sun 3 Mar 2019
at 15:49
Re: Burning Ballentyne (Act IV) 21 days
A hand comes up to Arabella's mouth. She says softly "oh,my. The boy is actually embarassed. I wouldn't have believed it. Is he only on the Path to escape his hormones? The poor boy...." Arabella seems genuinely sympathetic.
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.

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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."