The Rusty Blade.   Posted by Dr.Fate.Group: archive 0
Fiona Glintigar
 player, 7 posts
Tue 22 Nov 2016
at 19:55
The Rusty Blade
Fiona listened to Sergei's tale of their son's strange ailment, nodding along with it.  "How dreadful," she commented at the end showing sympathy while inwardly kicking herself.  Why'd it have to be an illness?  She was hoping to help by bashing heads or with clever thinking, but medicine was not at all in her wheelhouse.  Just then a typically surly fellow dwarf and an armored human girl wearing some splendid-looking jewels arrived, both dripping from the rain.  This wasn't the time for greetings, so she simply gave the girl a smile and a wink, and a curt nod of greeting to the fellow dwarf.  Turning back to the innkeeper she asked, "Have you any notion what might have put your son in such a state?  What lurks in the West Woods?"

The dwarfess was relieved when it turned out that the frazzle-bearded fellow was a hospitaler of some sort.  He'd know what to do.  Then for some reason Boris unfurled his head wrap to reveal a couple of large horns!  Her mouth fell open and her green eyes went big with surprise.  Fiona had never seen the like before.  She wasn't about to interrogate him about it in front of those he'd offered to help, but she definitely intended to later.
Dr.Fate
 GM, 18 posts
 Fate is fair!
Tue 22 Nov 2016
at 20:09
The Rusty Blade
If Sergei was surprised by the Tiefling, he did a fairly good job in hiding it.  Instead he said simply, "Any help you can give would be welcomed and appreciated, milord."

To Xerra he simply said, "Eat.  Please.  You are tired from the road and we have no right to impose.  With the weather and the early dusk at winter the West Wood would surely be a death trap.  We can show you to Pyter whenever you like."

When Fiona asked he simply shook his head, "The West Wood have been dangerous for as long as I can remember.  We've told the children not to go there.  But, as any parent can tell you, the more you tell a child he can't have something the more he wants to go.  He and his sister Tatianna, would sneak off that way when they thought they wouldn't be found out."

Tatianna, the young "serving maid" ducked out from behind her mother at mention of her transgression, but wisely kept silent as her father spoke.
Torgard Stoneheart
 player, 4 posts
Tue 22 Nov 2016
at 20:19
The Rusty Blade
Torgard tucked into his stew with gusto. He chuckled to himself when Boris revealed his horns, and at the gasps that surrounded the table.

"The man's right, lass." He says to Xerra between mouthfuls. "No sense goin' to the woods now, not in this slop.  Best to wait til morning, when there's more light and the night beasties are asleep."

He paused his spoon work to dip a corner of the bread into the broth.  "I'm Torgard, by the by.  Wizard and former soldier by trade.  I'm no good with this illness deal, but I'll join ye folks to look for the cause."

This message was last edited by the player at 20:58, Tue 22 Nov 2016.

Boris
 player, 8 posts
Tue 22 Nov 2016
at 20:55
The Rusty Blade
"SLLLLUUURRRRRRPPPPP" - The stew was bad. But bad was welcome as it was hot and had chunks of some unknown mystery meat. "My compliments to the chef! Surely it takes a strong soul to continue serving after enduring such tragedy." Boris lied, but he did admire a woman who could put duty before emotion. The cold unflinching women of the north often had this trait in spades.

13:41, Today: Boris rolled 13 using 1d20+3.  Bluff, the stew is bad.

He looked around. Excited to see a wizard amongst the group. Boris always admired their keen insights and ability to memorize row after row of arcane scripture. Truly a master of their craft, Boris' own power often was greatly influenced by the wild nature of the arcane. He remembered once turning a toad into 74 large flies by accident during his early days at his university...his thoughts wandered.

"Surely with our keen intellect and the blessings of our mighty gods we may save this child." He turns a kind eye to Sergei. "My powers pale in comparison to other priests of the realm, however I do possess healing magics that may ease his suffering. If the path does indeed take us to the darkness of the woods we should do so under fresh light with Akadi's blessings." His hands instinctively cross his chest before raising above his head in a pattern as is tradition in the church of Akadi.
Aise Wytlambe
 player, 10 posts
Wed 23 Nov 2016
at 05:34
The Rusty Blade
"Aise Wytlambe; I'm not sure how to introduce myself except as one who is willing to help. I would also like a chance to rebuke the affliction your boy is suffering and if there is an expedition to be mounted against the West Wood I would join it." She pauses, tilting her head slightly at the others who introduce themselves. She seems nervous, willing to help but with very little actual experience in it. Her ring-heavy hands clenching so as to not show their shakiness. It also explains the formality in her voice. She is not yet comfortable in the mantle currently, metaphorically, on her slim shoulders.
Dr.Fate
 GM, 19 posts
 Fate is fair!
Sun 27 Nov 2016
at 22:46
The Rusty Blade
After having enough food to take the edge off and enough wine to cut out the chill Sergei stands from the table and leads them to a small door at the base of the stairs.

The door leads to a small, but impeccably clean hallway.  Light filters in by several small thin windows.  A candle sconce is attached to the wall in the center of the hallway; although the candles are as of yet, unlit.

A few steps into the hallway, Sergei stops and opens a door.  A small bedroom with two small straw stuffed mattresses take up the bulk of the room.  Two small chests, one at the foot of each bed and a single nightstand with candle and pitcher stands between them near the head.

One of the beds is occupied.  Pyter is a fair-haired freckled teenager with a deathly pallor. His heart rate and breathing are extremely slow, and his skin is cold to the touch.  He lies motionless in one of the beds covered to his arm-pits in a thick winter blanket.
Boris
 player, 9 posts
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 16:11
The Rusty Blade
Boris seemed cheerful on the walk through the tunnels. He anticipated the child to have some cold, or seasonal chill from being in the woods. However the mirth quickly sucked away from Boris' face as the frail child lay before him.

"By Akadi's blessings grant me insight to heal this child." His eyes and hands glowed a subtle blue as he turns his trained mind to the child.

He knew early on he was outside of his league. This appeared to be no normal head cold and well beyond the healers current knowledge. Shaking his head he looks to Sergei; "Has the boy seen any other priest who may have insights on this ailment? He is beyond my touch."

OOC: Medicine Check with guidance: 08:53, Today: Boris rolled 9 using 1d20+6.  Medicine + Guidance. FAAAIILL
Dr.Fate
 GM, 20 posts
 Fate is fair!
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 16:21
The Rusty Blade
Sergei shakes his head sadly, "There are no clerics or healers in Abbytown, milord.  Sir Denten, was a paladin of Helm.  Our church in town was converted to the Vigilant One in his honor.  Many of us converted and were lead by Sir Denten in the holy rites."

Let me know if anyone else is going to make an examinations?  Don't want to stall, but don't want to step on any toes either!

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:26, Mon 28 Nov 2016.

Torgard Stoneheart
 player, 5 posts
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 16:37
The Rusty Blade
Torgard looks down up the poor lad with a frown.  "Pale skin and sweat, that's a fever alright, seen my share of those out on the field.  But we knew that much already didn't we?  I can check to see if this malady be arcane in nature, but it'll take a chunk of time, having to cast out of the book and all."  After looking about to see if this is alright, he will pull a large leather-bound tome about from where it had been hanging from his belt by a chain and, flipping through to an early page, begins reading softly to himself in arcane tongues while his deft fingers trace sigils in the air.

OOC: Casting Detect Magic as a Ritual if not detered.  It will take 10 minutes.
Xerra
 player, 5 posts
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 16:58
The Rusty Blade
Xerra stands near the back of the room.  She knows this diagnosis is far beyond her medical skill.  09:52, Today: Xerra rolled 3 using 1d20+2.  Medicine. You thought you rolled bad, Borris!

But she closes her eyes a moment and says, "His mind is whole.  He dreams.  But I cannot wake him either."

Torgard settles himself to a corner of the room and chants nearly indecipherably for several minutes.[Private to Torgard Stoneheart: When you open your eyes you see a faint aura around the boy.  It's an enchantment and fairly powerful.]
Aise Wytlambe
 player, 11 posts
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 18:05
The Rusty Blade
Aise moves to the bedside, frowning slightly at the poor shape the boy is in. She didn't really need a diagnosis- she only had one solution and whether or not it worked didn't depend on her knowing what was afflicting the boy. She clenched her hand over Pyter's chest and then unfurled her slim, pale digits. There was now crimson droplets, like rubies or rose petals, that dripped off of her fingertips and onto the boy's skin. Her ring laden fingers trembled lightly; it couldn't be said if she was nervous or hopeful or if the expression of power simply caused her hands to tremble.

lay on hands, using the option to remove disease or neutralize poison
Dr.Fate
 GM, 21 posts
 Fate is fair!
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 18:15
The Rusty Blade
As Aise moves to the boy's side she calls upon her own inner strength and reserve.  A power flows from one body to another cleansing the boy from his head to his feet.

Yet, as she opens her eyes, she's a little surprised to see that the boy's condition is unchanged.  No normal disease or poison could be so resistant.  [Private to Aise Wytlambe: You feel confident that had the ailment been a sickness or poison your lay on hands would have expelled it, or at least impacted it.  This does not seem to be naturally occurring, but magical in nature.  (sorry!  I see where you could have seen I was saying it wouldn't work on a magical disease.)  I meant that the ailment didn't seem to be a disease or poison but instead some sort of magic or curse.

How close an inspection did you make of the boy before you laid on hands?
]

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:37, Mon 28 Nov 2016.

Aise Wytlambe
 player, 12 posts
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 18:26
The Rusty Blade
Aise frowns slightly more.

[Private to GM: I'm not sure I agree that lay on hands wouldn't remove magical diseases, that seems like a large precedent to set but whatever.
12:24, Today: Aise Wytlambe rolled 10 using 1d20+1. That can be medicine or perception they are the same bonus.
]
Dr.Fate
 GM, 22 posts
 Fate is fair!
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 18:34
The Rusty Blade
In reply to Aise Wytlambe (msg # 28):
PM

[Private to Aise Wytlambe: I agree with you!  Lay on hands would remove magical disease/poison.  This is neither.  It's an enchantment.

12:24, Today: Aise Wytlambe rolled 10 using 1d20+1. That can be medicine or perception they are the same bonus:

You notice a small bruise on the boy's left hand and what looks like a pin-prick
]
Fiona Glintigar
 player, 8 posts
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 18:41
The Rusty Blade
Fiona looked upon the ailing lad in concerned, but uncomfortable silence.  Healing the ailing and wounded wasn't the sort of heroics she was known for.  She was way out of her depth on this one, but made an effort to look like she knew what she was looking for as she gave the boy a cursory examination.

She couldn't help but let out an impressed, "Oooh." at Aise's healing magic trick, but was disappointed as anyone to see it having no effect.  Scratching her chin contemplatively the dwarfess says, "This looks like magic sickness that'll take more than herbs and oils to cure.  I reckon that what this lad needs is for someone to get out to those West Woods, find the beastie that did this, kill it dead and then pull the antidote out of its corpse."  She glanced about at the others and added, "...In my expert opinion.  How about it?"

10:05, Today: Fiona Glintigar rolled 6 using 1d20.  Medicine (untrained).
Dr.Fate
 GM, 23 posts
 Fate is fair!
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 18:49
The Rusty Blade
Sergei too looked hopeful as Aise attempted to cure his son.  But quickly schooled his face to hide any disappointment.  As Fiona spoke, he nodded.  "We've caught Tattiana following Pyter into the woods.  I don't know if you've a skilled tracker, but maybe Tatti could get you upon the right path?"

As if suddenly overwhelmed by his ability to help in some small way, Sergei rushes from the room and returns a few minutes later holding his daughter's hand as he led her into the room.

She looks at Pyter and quickly back at her father as though feeling some guilt.

Who's going to hold the screws to the cute bar maid?
Torgard Stoneheart
 player, 6 posts
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 19:03
The Rusty Blade
Torgard finally finishes his spell, and examines the air about 6 inches around the boy, frowning and letting out low pitched grumbles.  After another 30 seconds or so he speaks to the group.

"Aye, this indeed does not seem to be a natural born illness.  Your lad here is under a powerful enchantment.  There surely is something in the woods to have caused this, spells like this don't just happen.  He seems to be under a powerful sleep spell, likely from something consumed, though I suppose it could be injected like a poison, as the lass said."  He stands up.  "Thanksfully, he does not seem to be in mortal peril.  He should be preserved like this as long as he in under the spell.  I don' suppose he has a magically true love in town, eh?"  He chuckles a bit at his own joke.

OOC: Is there anything else I can glean from the Aura?

13:59, Today: Torgard Stoneheart rolled 25 using 1d20+5.  Arcana Check.

Nat 20!  Good to know I used it on a non combat roll.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:40, Mon 28 Nov 2016.

Dr.Fate
 GM, 24 posts
 Fate is fair!
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 19:10
The Rusty Blade
In reply to Torgard Stoneheart (msg # 32):

Nat 20 on an Arcana Check... okay yeah...

Feel free to modify your IC post with as much of this as you like.


[Private to Torgard Stoneheart: Somewhere in the back of your memory you remember coming across a dusty history of magic tomb.  There was some talk about some experiments being done over 100 years ago regarding the purification of a sleeping draught.

The symptoms seem to line up.

From what you'd recall, they could distill a sleep enchantment into a liquid.  This would concentrate the effect.  In theory it could put someone to sleep for... years... decades... or even centuries if pure enough...

The body would simply sleep, magically preserved until the spell wore off or the curse was broken or an antidote created.

The boy seems to be in little danger of death.  But who knows how long he'll sleep.  He may wake up to find his whole family long dead...
]

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:12, Mon 28 Nov 2016.

Aise Wytlambe
 player, 13 posts
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 19:12
The Rusty Blade
Aise's unusually gentle, unusually red-colored eyes linger a moment on the boy. As Sergei moves to retrieve his daughter she catches the eyes of Torgard and Fiona before looking down at the boy's left hand, a small bruise and a pin-prick there.

When the young bar maid is ushered in by her father Aise moves over to her, kneeling down. "Hello there, Tatti. My name is Aise, we're trying to help your brother. Did you ever see anything in the West Woods when he was out there?"

13:08, Today: Aise Wytlambe rolled 7 using 1d20+5.  persuasion.
I'm totally going to blame this poor roll on the fact that I'm in chainmail with a bloodstained wood-axe and sledgehammer

Dr.Fate
 GM, 25 posts
 Fate is fair!
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 19:19
The Rusty Blade
Tattiana looks like she'd like to help.  She looks from the beautiful woman to her brother laying in bed and instead of answering right away, she wrapped her arms around the paladin's neck.

Blubbering through tears and a thick tangle of raven colored hair you mostly understand when she says, "He loved the woods, and kept going deeper and deeper...  I was too scared to follow him, but he told me he found a ruined building deep in the woods."
Aise Wytlambe
 player, 14 posts
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 20:23
The Rusty Blade
Aise pats Tatti's back soothingly, letting her get the words out while looking at the others in concern when the building is mentioned. "Good girl, you must have been so frightened. We will do everything we can to help your brother and then you can give him a good scolding for wandering off too far. How does that sound?"
Fiona Glintigar
 player, 9 posts
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 20:25
The Rusty Blade
Fiona perked up at the mention of ruins in the woods.  Now that was the sort of lead she was looking for!  The dwarfess sidles up behind the sobbing girl, puts a hand on her shoulder and asks in what she hopes is a soothing tone, "Tatty, what a brave little lass you are!  You know what?  If you can tell us how to get to those ruins we'll go there and find out how to get your big brother all better.  You'll be a hero just as much as any of us, 'coz you sent us to the right place!  Anything else you remember will help too, or anything your brother said about the woods?"  She trailed off a bit as she realized the girl wasn't in much condition to talk through her sobs, if she even heard the questions.  Perhaps that might have best waited a bit.

A natural 1!  Torgard might be the only one here that doesn't suck at everything, lol.

12:09, Today: Fiona Glintigar rolled 5 using 1d20+4.  Persuasion.

Dr.Fate
 GM, 26 posts
 Fate is fair!
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 20:37
The Rusty Blade
Tattiana seems to melt into Aise's arms.  Her mother and father have been so worried, her brother was very sick and Tatti had been holding this secret so long it felt good to let it out.  She nodded and mumbled something impossible to understand as Aise soothed her.

When Fiona asked about the building she pulled her head away from the paladin leaving a wet-spot upon Aise's neck from tears.  But she said, "He told me he headed east until he hit a stream and followed that north.  He said the building was made of stone and had strange markings on the door.  Like half a sun made of pink red and yellow stones."

Religion check DC:5

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Sounds a lot like the Morning Lord, Lathander, with a rising sun made of gems.

This message was last edited by the GM at 20:38, Mon 28 Nov 2016.

Boris
 player, 11 posts
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 22:09
The Rusty Blade
Boris stood reserved by the boys bed. He chided softly, he felt a sincere sadness for the boys family. This was a serious curse, something malicious and vindictive, not a normal careless illness as he initially assumed. Lathander? What would a normal holy site have to do with this child's illness he wondered?

"Fellows, we should let this lad and his family rest. Upon light this morning I say we go visit these ruins. We may find the culprit, or some clue of this malcontent."

He smiles at the child Tattiana. "Your brother will be fine. Say child I know you are scared. Did your brother mention any one or any...thing in his adventures?" He turns his attention to Sergei. "To you did he mention any sort of dreams, or monsters to you? It may be a long shot but any information may lead to your son's recovery."

ooc: 15:06, Today: Boris rolled 13 using 1d20+3.  DECEPTION: white lie never hurt no body.
Dr.Fate
 GM, 27 posts
 Fate is fair!
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 22:23
The Rusty Blade
Sergei pondered listening to Tattiana's description.  He too was oblivious to the sign Tattiana had mentioned. 15:16, Today: Dr.Fate, for the NPC Sergei, rolled 2 using 1d20.  Religion check.

Dice Roller hates us all!


When Boris asked him he thought a moment and shook his head slowly.  "No one goes near that place if it can be helped.  Lost travelers over the years have been ripped apart by rabid wolves and worse.  Had we known Pyter was going anywhere near it we'd have put a stop to it!"

"He said that one time he saw a snake in there as long as his arm.  One day he swore he saw an owlbear too... Tattiana chimed in, hoping to be helpful

If anyone has any other questions of Tattiana, Hella, or Boris feel free to post them.

Otherwise, if there's anything you'd like to do in town tonight shoot me a PM and I'll put up a thread.

If no one has anything else, I'll put up the West Wood thread tomorrow.

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:25, Mon 28 Nov 2016.