The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist.   Posted by Skald.Group: 0
Skald
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Sun 25 Oct 2015
at 06:11
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Previously, in the Home of the Gods ... No, your characters would know none of this, but it's a tradition around here and your GM enjoys it ...

Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy and Peace was on the warpath.  "You did WHAT ?!!" She screamed.

Mitra and Set looked shamefaced.

"He started it," the Sun God ventured, while the Serpent God wisely held His forked tongue.

"If I might," Rao, Greater God of Peace, Reason and Serenity tried to stick His oar in.  He should have known better.

"SHUT UP !  No you may NOT !"

She turned back to the pair with venom in her gaze.  "Sort it out.  I don't care how you do it, just sort it out !"

"And just how in the Nine Hells did they even get a Dragon in there ?!!!!"  She glared at Oghma.  The Lord of Knowledge shrugged.  "Beats Me."

------ooo000O000ooo------

Set strode triumphantly up to the podium, smirking broadly at the loud applause as all but one of the assembled gods rose to their feet.  The lone dissenter, Mitra sat glowering.

"Sssso," Set began, leaning lazily on the lecturn and playing absentmindedly with the gavel as he waited for everyone to settle down. "Here We are then.  Zeussss, hasss asssked Me to perssssonally sssend His regretssss."

Pause until the sniggering died down.

"Apparently He ate ssssomething that disssagreed with Him.  Asss did a lot of othersss."

Mitra could stand no more.  That smug expresssion, sorry expression, was getting to Him.  "I saw You !  In the kitchens !  You ..."

"Sssilence !" Set banged the little hammer down with immense satisfaction.  "I hold you in contempt.  Utter contempt, in fact.  Don't make Me have You removed."

"Now, to busssinessssss," he savoured the word, turning His attention to the huge pile of papers on the desk next to Him.  With a flick of His finger they caught fire.

"Jussst the one item, today," He smiled, producing a thin folder, which He placed on the stand in front of Him, unopened.

"Oh look !  It ssseemsss that there'sss been a certain amount of dissspute over sssome hovel called ... can't quite read thisss ... ah, 'Mitra'sss Fissst !  Ssstupid name, really.  Sssome very disturbed people are trying to ssstop the followersss of sssome much more progressssssive god - modesssty preventsss Me from mentioning namesss - from quite reasssonably ssslaughtering them all and desssecrating the temple of their falssse god."

"Your followers !  Evil creatures, all !" Mitra was on His feet again, but this time the gavel wasn't necessary as any further truths were drowned out by the raucous laughter, jeers and catcalls from the rest of the crowd.  Even the infamously aloof Asmodeus couldn't keep the ghost of a smile from His lips.

"We can't have that, now can We ... I'd better sssend sssomeone down to deal with it.  Ssso be it !" Set nodded to the clerk.

"Er ... certainly, Oh Most Evil One," the tall thin man conceded.  "The usual ... ?"

"Yesss."

"I think I can get hold of a few who have some experience with Dragons."

"... very well !"

"And, ah ... the bindings ?  'No harm to their fellows or innocents' and so forth ?"

"YESSS !"  Set was getting annoyed now, His habitually glowing eyes and vengeful expression settling into a cast that promised retribution swift and dire.

"And ... oh, er, that's fine then," the clerk was used to the mercurial ways of the very divine and after years in the job quick on his feet besides.  You had to be.

Not as smart as you think, My Lord.  Seems You forgot to specify just one tiny detail.  And I'm not paid enough to remind You.

Mitra knew it too, he noted, risking a glance as the god settled back into His chair, crossing His arms, a great grin spreading over His face, much to Set's puzzlement and consternation ...

The clerk hurried from the chamber as the meeting broke up.
Skald
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Sun 25 Oct 2015
at 06:12
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
And so it begins ...

You find yourself, still sitting on benches, though these are harder and much less comfortable, with your pile of picnic baskets around you and, thankfully, kitted out with all your usual adventuring supplies.  At least someone up there (or down there, depending on your proclivities) was organised.  Possibly rather too many of them for your good, in fact.

Here ... turns out to be a small shrine of shining white marble.  You are seated in the front rows of a series of wooden benches in a large hexagonal chamber with a soaring domed roof supported by large marble columns.  Behind you light streams in from a wide entrance hall to fall upon a huge statue of a well-formed Adonis-like youth crushing the head of a serpent, which entirely dominates the chamber.  Kneeling before the statue, and old man dressed in fraying robes dutifully polishes the statue's foot.   Nearby four other men, similarly dressed, though they seem burly sorts who have outgrown their robes lounge against the pillars, clutching brooms.

The four, assumedly acolytes notice your appearance immediately, but stand slack-jawed, while the older man continues to polish away, humming to himself softly.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Aurion Moonbeak
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Sun 25 Oct 2015
at 06:17
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
With a sigh Aurion finished his snack wipes his hands on a hanky then rose to face the men.

"Hail and well met, the gods have answered your prayers! By which I mean, us..." he gestured toward the others.

"Now if you would be so kind as to explain those prayers to us, we can get started in answering them."
Cogwitz
 player, 21 posts
Sun 25 Oct 2015
at 10:01
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz snickers as Aurion says what he does.  It would be interesting to see what they were praying for.  For certainly we had arrived in part because of the prayers.

Cogwitz looks to the men to scrutinize whom they might be.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 28 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 25 Oct 2015
at 14:03
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"You are followers of Mitra."  Tesseryn guesses.  "And you polish the foot of His statue in reverence, and in preparation for worshipers to bend the knee and kiss the foot of their god."  He steps forward and kneels beside the older man.  "Do speak freely of your prayers as the Elf has bid you.  Then point us in the direction of the dark tower of Set that we may throw it down stone by stone!"
Brindle
 player, 657 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 25 Oct 2015
at 14:25
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle leans back slightly as though trying to suggest he might not actually be with these people, despite the circumstances. But he is still extremely interested to hear what these priest's of Mitra say (if the armoured elf guessed correctly about who they are).
Wrukaog
 player, 19 posts
Sun 25 Oct 2015
at 20:23
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog appears, his face completely blank, simmering for a few moments as the others speak.

Finally, after what is apparently enough time passes by, he stands and yells up toward the sky.

He turns and slams his interlocked, clenched fists down onto the wooden bench he was previously sitting on.

The orc regains composure, swinging around to take in his surroundings, sniffing the air.
Leisha
 player, 114 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2015
at 01:04
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Finding herself more adequately attired, Leisha smiles a bit, and crosses one leg over the other.  And while to those bearing solid armor, her change from a white nightgown to a white dress may seem like not much of an improvement in her situation, the sword and pack at her side probably offer some consolations.

Her eyebrow lifts in her commonly bemused fashion as she glances up at Wrukaog, and then turns her attention back to the old man.
Brindle
 player, 658 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 26 Oct 2015
at 13:12
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle flinches at Wrukaog's outburst but recovers himself enough to respond in the same language as the orc.

[Language unknown:  "Ine te erfosati. U onurnd, Fi atevenent sttapa mo. Ha strterour lar al. Thi anckitinro n ni Trpo ndecha. O wiloutear m preillles ac tioersing os p Thuectain u ni Not. Enasut, o os urto, Erattr t mour Tecon ilmoll m norom ticsanmen?"]
Skald
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Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 14:20
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Despite Aurion's polite request and Wrukaog's shouts, the old man continues obliviously in his simple task, polishing and humming.  However he does acknowledge Tesseryn as the Paladin kneels at his side, nodding happily and inquiring in a quavering voice, "Prayers ?  It is not time for prayers already is it ?  Oh my !"

The four acolytes are rather more forthcoming, muscling up to stand protectively around their revered mentor, though they don't seem keen to lay hands upon Tesseryn and just lurk in close proximity, one eyeing him meaningfully.  "Where'd you lot come from ?" the second challenges Aurion, staring at the Elf with great distaste.  "What's he yellin' about ?" a third eyes the big Orc, somewhat uncertainly, but with distinct disapproval.

"You can't just barge in here and start prayin'," the last advises the group generally, most affronted. "That's not allowed !"

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Wrukaog
 player, 20 posts
Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 17:47
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc proceeds to exit the shrine and take a look around outside.
Aurion Moonbeak
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Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 05:00
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"We came from another place and time young man, one beyond your ken, and mine I should add."

He smiled, and glanced around the place they had arrived in, feeling that it was quite the step up from last time.

"How we came to be here is perhaps more to the point. We are servants of the gods, very plural, and they have answered someone here's prayers by sending us here. Apparently something to do with an evil tower perhaps? Does that ring any bells?"
Brindle
 player, 659 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 12:59
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle glances toward the doorway where Wrukaog went.

"He is not very happy about being here but none of us were given a choice about it either," he explains. "Just tell us what needs to be done. The sooner we can take care of that task, the sooner we will be on our way again. I imagine that would be best for all concerned."

Brindle moves over to the doorway then to see where Wrukaog goes.
Cogwitz
 player, 22 posts
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 15:08
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz recognized the defensive posture the people made within the chamber.  It was clear they would defend themselves if angered.   Cogwitz moved a few spaces towards the left side of the building (north of my position).  His hands did come down to his sides making it look like he was being non threatening.
Wrukaog
 player, 21 posts
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 20:30
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
For Brindle/GM:

Outside, Wrukoag is looking around, taking in the sights.

What kind of climate does this place have? Which direction is north? What time of the day is it? Are there other people outside? Any signs of damage to the structures? etc etc etc...

He won't move more than 30-40' away from the door, unless the people inside take a long damn time.

Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 29 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 30 Oct 2015
at 13:28
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn stands and offers a hand to help the old man stand also.  "You need not fear us."  he reassures the younger monks, "We mean no harm to Mitra's followers.  Yet you are wise to be watchful, for evil lurks nearby."  He glares purposefully about the temple, frowning at Wrukaog's outburst, then noticing Leisha's altered attire with a nod of approval. 

Turning again to the elder priest he repeats the question put by the elf.  "Someone has prayed for deliverance from Set's resurgent evil, and we have been sent by the gods in answer.  What do you fear?"

This message was last edited by the player at 13:29, Fri 30 Oct 2015.

Skald
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Fri 30 Oct 2015
at 14:17
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
All the questions fall on deaf ears, as the old man returns once more to his task.

Aurion's mention of an evil tower and Tesseryn's remarks concerning Set do seem to strike a chord with the acolytes, however and the four exchange meaningful looks, one glancing at their master as if to assure himself that the old man has not been upset by such rudeness.

With Wrukaog heading off for some fresh air, and Brindle electing to follow him, Cogwitz also chooses to put some small distance between himself and expected trouble, leaving Aurion, Leisha and Tesseryn rather outnumbered.

"Nothing like that here," one of the acolytes asserts, perhaps thinking to spare his master your questions, shaking his head emphatically as he does so.  "We're just a small, peaceful village.  We don't want any trouble."
Brindle
 player, 660 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 30 Oct 2015
at 15:09
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
After a brief look outside, Brindle comes back in to speak to the acolytes.

"We are very sorry if we have caused any offence in any way. We certainly don't mean to. We are just new here, you see, and don't know our way around or local customs, so we might make a few mistakes until we get our bearings. Could one of you perhaps spare a few minutes to come outside and tell us a bit about the place and give us a few tips on where we should or shouldn't go and things we should or shouldn't do or say. I'm sure we can find an appropriate way to express our appreciation for that sort of assistance."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 30 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 31 Oct 2015
at 02:41
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
If Tesseryn is concerned by the gradual withdrawal of his companions he shows no sign.  He stands his ground as he draws his greatsword, and stands protectively over the kneeling elder.  "Evil reveal yourself!" he challenges, glaring at the four acolytes.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:09, Sat 31 Oct 2015.

Aurion Moonbeak
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Sun 1 Nov 2015
at 07:26
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
With a deep sigh, Aurion sits back down. Yes, he knew common sense dialogue never worked, but he felt that he had had to try.

"Well, if there is no evil temple, perhaps we can go home now," he says to himself quietly.
Skald
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Sat 7 Nov 2015
at 04:55
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leaving Wrukaog outside to survey the village, Brindle re-enters the shrine, attempting to smooth over any little difficulties with the acolytes and asking nicely for their assistance.

Which is in complete contrast to Tesseryn's actions as the Paladin draws his greatsword and moves to guard the old priest who remains oblivious to the goings on around him, voicing a challenge to the four, who back hurriedly away.

"You can't do that !" complains one.  "We'll get the Sheriff on to you !" calls out another, though he looks worried as his gaze flicks to the entrance hall where the big Orc looms.

"Make him stop it !" the acolyte nearest to where Aurion and Leisha are sitting, entreats the pair.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 31 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 7 Nov 2015
at 06:10
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn sheathes his greatsword when the four acolytes retreat.  "Yes, bring the sheriff, and any other elders who can speak on behalf of the good folk Mitra's Fist."

He glances towards the kneeling monk, looking for any change in the old man's disposition as the acolytes back away, then returns his attention to the acolytes.
Leisha
 player, 116 posts
Sat 7 Nov 2015
at 06:16
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As Tesseryn sheaths his sword, Leisha smiles up at the acolytes. "You're quite welcome," she assures them.
Aurion Moonbeak
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Sat 7 Nov 2015
at 07:10
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Aurion pulls a book out of his pocket and begins to read.

"Maybe the sheriff can point us in the right direction, these guys are useless."
Cogwitz
 player, 23 posts
Sat 7 Nov 2015
at 09:09
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz wasn't worried about having the law come to the temple.  It might mean that they would be able to get down to the mission at hand.  These acolytes clearly were sheltered and didn't know much of the world about them.

Bring on the law!!
Brindle
 player, 661 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 7 Nov 2015
at 10:21
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle looks around at his companions, new and old, and shakes his head sadly.

"Come on, let's leave. These gentlemen seem too upset to tell us what we need to know. Let's go and knock on some doors until we find someone who can give us the answers we need."

He turns and walks out the door to find Wrukaog again.
Wrukaog
 player, 22 posts
Sat 7 Nov 2015
at 10:23
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The orc has started to head toward the smithy to take a look around.

Any sounds of activity?
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 493 posts
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Sat 7 Nov 2015
at 11:01
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Taking a seat, Aurion continues to read. To the best of his recollection they were always summoned into the company of the one who had inspired the gods to send his party off to answer prayers, and patience was a virtue.
Skald
 GM, 1118 posts
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Wed 11 Nov 2015
at 14:18
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
General consensus, as voiced by Tesseryn, Aurion and Cogwitz, is that summoning the Sheriff would be an excellent idea.  The acolytes relax a little as the Paladin sheathes his sword, but there is still a tense moment as a look passes between them before two break off, racing to be first away to fetch the upholder of law and order, while the other pair share a grimace, wishing they'd been faster.

One of those remaining looks sourly at Leisha, seemingly not at all appreciative of her efforts to quell the violence that failed to erupt, though neither seem willing to meet Tesseryn's stern gaze.

While Aurion settles back for a long wait, Brindle makes it to the threshhold of the shrine.  Heading south towards the Constabulary the two acolytes are making very good time, as if all the fiends of hell are snapping at their heels, while Wrukaog is moving slowly but purposefully towards the nearest building.

"Is it time for prayers ?" the old man looks up from his work, smiling at Tesseryn as if greeting him for the first time.
Wrukaog
 player, 23 posts
Wed 11 Nov 2015
at 14:45
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Wrukaog continues his tour.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 32 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Thu 12 Nov 2015
at 15:43
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn glares once more at the remaining acolytes then looks toward his gods-given companions.  Aurion appears disinterested, his beak firmly planted in a book.  Cogwitz and Leisha appear untroubled by the acolytes.  Tesseryn shakes his head slowly, a small but deliberate gesture intended to convey some meaning to those two.

When the elder monk speaks, Tesseryn turns and kneels once more beside him.  He takes the old man's hand as his gaze searches the elder's face for understanding.  "There is always time for prayer.  It would aid our quest to know ... what did you ask of blessed Mitra?"
Brindle
 player, 662 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 13 Nov 2015
at 14:45
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Brindle hurries to catch up with Wrukaog.

"That looks like a tavern. That's usually a good place to find people and answers,"
he suggests, pointing at one of the bigger buildings in the village.
Cogwitz
 player, 24 posts
Fri 13 Nov 2015
at 16:41
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz looked to Brindle and smiled,  That sounds like a great place to start.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 494 posts
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Fri 13 Nov 2015
at 16:50
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Waving to try and get the old fellows attention, Aurion responds. "Yes, let us pray again, I wish to join in."

Or listen in, more to the point, but the old guy seems confused enough.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 33 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 14 Nov 2015
at 14:48
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"Yes indeed Aurion."  Tesseryn nods at the elf.  "Will you come kneel with us?"  He looks towards Leisha also, wondering if she too feels the need to pray.
Skald
 GM, 1119 posts
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Mon 16 Nov 2015
at 13:51
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The old man gladly takes Tesseryn's hand and nods happily at Aurion as the Elf joins the pair.  Leisha keeps an eye on the two remaining acolytes who glare at the three kneeling before the statue of Mitra, as Brindle and Cogwitz take off.

"Oh, the usual," the old man assures the Paladin.  "Rain for my vegetables... a mild winter ... good health for the mayor.  We are very blessed here."

"Oh !" his eyes widen as he looks at his hand clasped in Tesseryn's.  "Oh, I haven't felt like that in ... Mitra be praised !" he quavers. 



Outside, Wrukaog turns away from the Smithy and continues down the wide trail that boasts and impressive number of ruts and potholes as it ploughs through the centre of the village.  Behind him the two Halflings hurry to catch up, their shorter legs pumping to match the Orc's long strides, though all three seem most interested in what, from the dilapidate shingle that hangs from a building in no better repair, is "The Overlord's Inn", though the establishment lacks the sights and sounds that one would normally associated with such a venture.
Leisha
 player, 117 posts
Mon 16 Nov 2015
at 23:52
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"No, thank you," Leisha says to Tesseryn's invitation.  She clearly considers adding something, but then decides that actually, there is a time for dry wit and there is a time for, apparently, prayer, and she's at least willing to leave the former out of the latter this time.
Aurion Moonbeak
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Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 01:08
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion follows along with the pray, interjecting at a convenient point, "and please protect us from that evil tower and it's minions..."
Wrukaog
 player, 24 posts
Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 11:02
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The Wacky Adventures of Wrukaog continues!

This message was last edited by the player at 12:01, Tue 17 Nov 2015.

Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 34 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 11:17
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Tesseryn listens solemnly to the old monk's wisdom.  Its usually best to keep it simple when asking the gods for aid.  He nods his agreement with Aurion, adding  "whilst we smite them with righteous might."  With prayers completed he stands, placing his hand on Mitra's polished foot to help push up in the heavy armour, and clanks past Leisha to the door to take in the view while waiting for the sheriff.
Brindle
 player, 663 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 11:41
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"The Overlord's Inn ... which way should we go ... over or in ... over or in? In, I think."

Brindle mutters to himself before finally approaching the front door of the Inn.
Cogwitz
 player, 25 posts
Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 15:57
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Cogwitz cracks a giggle at Brindle's comment.  We must first go over the doorstep though.
Skald
 GM, 1120 posts
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Wed 18 Nov 2015
at 14:38
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As the prayers conclude and Tesseryn makes his way to the shrine's entrance, the two acolytes find their work cut out for them, trying to watch the Paladin at one end of the building, Leisha sitting quite comfortably on the pews and Aurion over by the statue with the old man, though it is the Elf's words which win out in gaining their attention. 

Indeed, Aurion's question is of great concern to the elderly priest of Mitra who struggles painfully to his feet, gratefully accepting any aid if it is offered.

"The evil tower ?  Minions ?" he seems most confused  "That sounds most terrible."  He tuts sympathetically.  "If I could do anything to help ... perhaps a prayer ?"  He looks down to the stone flags, gamely contemplating the descent back to his knees.



Wrukaog pauses before what appears to be a general store, pushing open the door for a look inside. 

More tempted by the siren call of the Inn, both Halflings hurry down to the next building, exchanging a quick jest as they enter. 

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...

This message was last edited by the GM at 14:40, Wed 18 Nov 2015.

Brindle
 player, 664 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Wed 18 Nov 2015
at 14:55
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"Over and in, that makes a lot more sense," Brindle agrees with a grin.

But his grin fades as soon as he sees the reception awaiting them inside the Inn.

"You know what, Cogwitz? On second thoughts, I think it would be terribly selfish not to share this experience with our friends. Let's go see who wants to join us," he hurriedly suggests to the other Halfling.
Wrukaog
 player, 25 posts
Wed 18 Nov 2015
at 15:21
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Wrukaog, likely within earshot of the two halflings, immediately slams the door shut to the general store from the outside.

He then makes his way over to the Inn, nodding at the little people. "Now we wait until the gods are bored enough to push us on to the next place? Or are the others finding information?"
Cogwitz
 player, 26 posts
Wed 18 Nov 2015
at 16:08
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Cogwitz likewise looked at the unhappy individuals in the Inn and waved at them with a smile. You may be right.

But, then he heard Wrukaog say something and head their way it seemed.  Cogwitz peeked outside to see. Oh here comes our friend, maybe we stay?
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 496 posts
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Wed 18 Nov 2015
at 23:59
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"Yes, another prayer is never a bad idea Master," Aurion suggests, helping the man return to his knees if he seriously wishes to do that.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 35 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Thu 19 Nov 2015
at 10:30
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Impatient to begin the smiting and making restitution for his past failings, Tesseryn begins to pace the length of the shrine.  "There's a village out there, but no one about."  Then, becoming aware that his ringing stride may distract those who are still at prayer, he pauses once more at the entrance to keep watch over the village.
Brindle
 player, 665 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 19 Nov 2015
at 12:21
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Brindle grinned at Cogwitz and Wrukaog and stepped back a step from the door.

"After you, if you are thirsty enough," he offered.
Wrukaog
 player, 26 posts
Thu 19 Nov 2015
at 21:36
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Wrukaog seems completely unaware, or uncaring, of the leers coming their way. "Why in the nine hells not."


He enters and makes his way to the tall bartender, barking as he approaches, "Three mugs of the worst swill you have.

Two big ones, and one bigger one.
"

He claps his large hands down forcefully on the bar.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:40, Thu 19 Nov 2015.

Cogwitz
 player, 27 posts
Thu 19 Nov 2015
at 22:08
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Cogwitz was thinking it was good to have this rather large orc in this instance.  He followed right behind Wrukaog.  That will do just fine Wrukaog, thanks.  Cogwitz said as he hopped up onto a barstool, his pack jingling on his back.
Skald
 GM, 1121 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 22 Nov 2015
at 14:05
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Even with Aurion's much welcomed assistance, the old man's journey back to the floor is fraught and uncertain ... but eventually if painfully realised.  As Leisha keeps a close watch on the two acolytes, Tesseryn impatiently ceases his pacing, looking out over the village beyond, praying earnestly for someone to smite.

"Oh mighty Mitra, Lord of the Sun, may we ever strive to be so staunch in the face of darkness as thee ..." the old man begins, his voice quivering and quavering, turning to the Elf at his side as he continues "... protect these poor pilgrims who come to thee, supplicants for thy great and unending mercy ..."



Joining the Halfings in the tavern, Wrukaog shares much of the Paladin's frustration, though the presence of the big Orc emboldens Brindle and Cogwitz in the face of the unfriendly looks the trio receive.  The barkeep is big, but of a height with Wrukaog, and stands, chewing his lip for a moment in the face of the Orc's demand before his lips split into a broad grin, displaying grey, petrified teeth.  "Comin' right up," he acquiesces, fetching two huge tankards and one even larger which might actually be a milk churn, filling each in turn from a small barrel under the counter.  "Only the good stuff for our guests," he assures Wrukaog.  "Isn't that right ladies and gentlemen ?!!  These folk are guests in our village !"

The barkeep's words seem to be a signal to the other patrons of the Inn that you are to be welcomed, for the hostile stares vanish, one or two raising their own cups in salute before turning back to their own business.  The atmosphere is still very subdued, but at least no longer deathly so. 

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Cogwitz
 player, 28 posts
Mon 23 Nov 2015
at 12:34
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Grabbing up the mug of ale Cogwitz takes a god swig of the drink and says, now that is more like it!!  The stuff wasnt what he was used to, but it sufficed.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 497 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Tue 24 Nov 2015
at 00:49
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion prays along, looking for a good point to add, "protect these pilgrims whose intent it is to go into the back tower and root out the evil that dwells there..."
Wrukaog
 player, 27 posts
Tue 24 Nov 2015
at 09:33
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc nods at the man, then takes a big series of gulps himself. He wipes his mouth off with his forearm and reflects on how it tastes.
Brindle
 player, 666 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 24 Nov 2015
at 11:13
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle has a drink as well, although he braces himself to be disappointed by the taste. After all, it is hardly likely to compare favourably to the Barleyborough VSOP Ale he had enjoyed a few minutes earlier.

"Thanks. We're new here. Do you know anyone who needs a job done? Something that pays well?" He asked.
Leisha
 player, 118 posts
Tue 24 Nov 2015
at 15:54
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Finally standing, Leisha moves closer to the acolytes, smiling.  "So, you don't hold much with all of this prayer business either, I take it?" she asks, politely.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 36 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Wed 25 Nov 2015
at 13:47
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn briefly considers storming the imposing looking tower, then Leisha's words draw his attention back inside.  He shakes his metal clad head as he strides back into the shrine.  By the will of Dauros he was placed here with these people, so he had best work with them and share what little he knows.

Stopping halfway along the pews, Tesseryn beckons to Leisha and Aurion.  "A word, if I may."
Skald
 GM, 1122 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 25 Nov 2015
at 14:53
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The three at the Overlord's Inn eagerly take up their tankards and drink ... and while the taste might not compare with the best you have had, it is surprisingly good.  Certainly the barkeep is appreciative of your efforts, for he grins broadly, once more displaying his stone teeth.  "Drink up," he nods.

"Pretty quiet here," he replies to Brindle.  "Not much in the way of work, and nothing that pays enough to interest fine gentlemen such as yourselves.  But if you're staying, I can ask around.  See what I can find.  Can do you a good rate on rooms too ?" he inquires hopefully.



Back at the Shrine, Leisha confronts the two remaining acolytes, in the nicest possible way, though the pair affect to look affronted at her question.  "We're men of god, we are !" one asserts, while the other shakes his head angrily.  "Mitra !" he insists.

Tesseryn abandons, at least for the moment, all thought of an attack on the tower to the south, instead calling the other two towards him ...

Still down on his knees with the old man, Aurion cleverly inserts a mention of the black tower into the prayers, though it garners no reaction from the priest, save for an encouraging if not quite comprehending smile.

"And please, oh Shining One, protect these pilgrims," the old man rounds up, staring beatifically at the statue of his god.  "May they not disappear like all the others."

Smiling again at Aurion he offers his elbow hopefully as he prepares to rise to his feet.
Leisha
 player, 119 posts
Wed 25 Nov 2015
at 16:39
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha gives the two boys a friendly smile, and says, "That sounds like something you might need to talk out a bit.  I'll go see what my friend needs."  With a small wave, she joins Tesseryn, pausing to help the old man up as she passes.
Wrukaog
 player, 28 posts
Wed 25 Nov 2015
at 17:43
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc clops his already-one-third-empty bucket down onto the bar with a hint of a smile. "Not too damn bad.

How much do I...
" his lips curl back from his teeth suddenly, as he proceeds to let out a massive and sustained belch for several seconds before continuing his sentence, "...owe you."
Cogwitz
 player, 29 posts
Wed 25 Nov 2015
at 18:38
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz almost fell off his stool when Wrukaog belched.  Straightening his tunic Cogwitz likewise dug deep and gave out a loud belch of his own.  It didn't rival Wrukaog's, but was higher in pitch.  Then he laughed loud...
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 498 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Wed 25 Nov 2015
at 19:53
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Offering his assistance to the worthy elder, Aurion inquires as to the others who had vanished.
Brindle
 player, 667 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 26 Nov 2015
at 07:18
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle shrugs and hands over the appropriate coin for his own drink too.

"I'm not sure if we will be staying if there is no work for us here. But tell us a bit about the place anyway. Is there a lord of the manor or someone like that in the big place across the road or does the person in charge live in that big black tower back there?" He asked.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 37 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Thu 26 Nov 2015
at 10:41
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn leans close to Leisha and whispers so that only she can hear ...
Skald
 GM, 1123 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 14:00
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Careful, you'll wake up old Beldar," the barkeep cautions after Wrukaog then Cogwitz show their appreciation for the brew, "then you'll have to buy him a drink, and nobody's pockets are that deep !"  This brings a rumble of laughter from the crowd, as the lone occupant of a table at the south end of the common room stirs and half raises his glass, hand shaking in the attempt, before falling back, the cup falling over and spilling most of the contents before he manages to right it.

"No charge for the first one," the barkeep adds with a smile, waving away the proffered coin from the Orc and Brindle.  "The next will cost you a silver coin."

"Not much to tell," he shrugs.  "My grandfather reckoned that the village used to be a popular stop for traders once upon a time, but those days are long gone ... we reckon anyone coming here now has lost their way in the high passes !"

"Aye, the big house is the Mayor's.  The tower ?  Used to be a watchtower, when there was something here worth watching over.  Not used at all now."



On principle, the acolytes seem to be very much against Leisha's stated intention to speak with Tesseryn, but neither give voice to their objections, settling for dark looks instead.  Passing by the old man as Aurion is helping him struggle up, the young woman offers her assistance before joining the Paladin who whispers quietly in her ear.

Once the Elf is sure that the old man is steady on his feet and not about to topple over he presses him for details of the disappearances. 

"People ... seem to be here one day, then gone the next," the priest explains.  "Though perhaps it's just my mind wandering.  I'm not as young as I used to be, you know.  Though I do miss the children.  You never see any children around here nowdays ..." he trails off.
Brindle
 player, 668 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 15:46
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"I bet there would be a good view from the top of that tower. Perhaps we could climb up there and have a look. That would certainly help us get our bearings," Brindle suggested thoughtfully.
Cogwitz
 player, 30 posts
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 16:02
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz looked over to the drunkard alone at the table... for just a split second he thought about the easy target he could be to rob... but then his wits came back to him as he heard Brindle speak of going to the top of the tower to get a better look around.

I will go with, we will see what we can and give a report back to the others.
Wrukaog
 player, 29 posts
Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 22:53
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog seems to be in agreement with his two small companions. He takes another long chug from his drink before moving to leave to go climb the tower with Brindle and Cogwitz, half-full bucket of ale still in hand.

He nods to the barman, "I will bring this back," then heads for the door.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:54, Sun 29 Nov 2015.

Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 499 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 30 Nov 2015
at 00:52
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
If the old man is willing, Aurion leads him to a nice place to sit, then offers him some elven wine, telling him first what it is in case the man has some religious issue with alcohol.

"I fear something might be going on. Your acolytes seem unwilling to discuss these disappearances, or the dark tower. Me and my comrades would really like to help."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 38 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 00:31
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn nods solemnly at Leisha and gives the acolytes another stern glare.  He retrieves his sack from the front pews and reports his intentions to the priest and Aurion  "Their sheriff has failed to appear.  I shall investigate the tower on the hill south of here."  He strides from the shrine and turns left.
Skald
 GM, 1124 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 6 Dec 2015
at 14:50
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
With a final word to Leisha, Tesseryn decides to go looking for trouble.  Aurion, on the other hand is most solicitous of the poor old man who is Mitra's chief servant in this small village, and settles him down on the nearest bench, kindly offering him some wine from a picnic basket, which the old man accepts with a guilty smile.

"Thank you, thank you," he nods happily.  "My name is Cornelious, by the way.  Most glad to make your acquaintance."

"There was tower of black stone in these parts, or so it was reputed, but Mitra himself is said to have struck it down many, many years ago.  No, we have no need to fear any such things nowdays.  As I said, our village is blessed with peace and tranquility ... though," he seems somewhat reluctant, embarrassed even, to say it, "visitors, whole caravans even just seem to vanish in the night."

"I am getting forgetful in my old age," he sighs sadly.



The three drinkers, on the other hand are all in full agreement - that the tower that looms over the south east of the village warrants immediate investigation, if nothing else for the commanding view of the valley that it must offer.  Heading back outside, Brindle and Cogwitz take the lead, allowing Wrukaog to amble after them, drinking as he goes.

However the trio do not get far when they notice a crowd of people coming towards them - four guards, from their officious bearing and the chainmail they wear, and while they are all armed, none have weapons drawn.  Behind them caper the other two acolytes who point at you in no little agitation as they spot you in the street before them, though the guards do not seem to share their excitement.

Some distance to the east, the Paladin is just beginning his climb up the hill towards the tower, when he catches sight of the guards.

OOC: Maps of the proceedings updated ... Main map shows your approximate positions in the village, while the Group 0 map shows your current location in a bit more detail.
Wrukaog
 player, 30 posts
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 11:59
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc waits for the little men who seem to like to talk to do the talking. In the meantime, there's the other two thirds of his bucket to drain.
Brindle
 player, 669 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 13:28
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle looks at Cogwitz and Wrukaog for a moment to check what their reactions are, then he takes a couple of steps forward toward the approaching guards.

"Hello, gentlemen. Thank you for coming to greet us. We are new here, as you can tell, so we would welcome any suggestion about where to find lodgings and employment. We were just going to climb up the tower over there to look at the view and see the layout of this place. Perhaps you would like to join us and point out anything of interest once we get there?"
Cogwitz
 player, 31 posts
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 14:46
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz looked at Brindle at the exact moment he looked at him.  From anothers point of view it might have seemed a funny sight.  When they both looked back to the guards, Brindle was the first to speak.  So Cogwitz shut his open mouth until after Brindle was finished.  Yes, this is correct, employment and rest.  We have been travelling long and could use a nice place to rest our weary heads.  Cogwitz elbows Brindle with the last part.
Leisha
 player, 120 posts
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 17:43
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Thanks," Leisha says to Tesseryn as he heads out. 

Shaking her head bemusedly, she returns to the two acolytes remaining.  "So, have you two worked things out yet?" she asks, curiously.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 39 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Thu 10 Dec 2015
at 10:31
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn ignores the guards and continues uphill towards the tower.

This message was last edited by the player at 10:33, Thu 10 Dec 2015.

Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 500 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Fri 11 Dec 2015
at 14:24
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Well met, Cornelious, my name is Aurion," the elf replied. "It was my understanding that you had asked wise and powerful Mitra for some assistance, can you recall making such a request, wise one?"
Skald
 GM, 1125 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 13:31
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The pair of acolytes transfer their glares from Aurion to Leisha.  "Mitra !" one insists in a decisive manner that causes his fellow to wince.  "Mitra," he concurs, no less confidently, but with a note of resignation.

"And don't you forget it !" the first warns, shaking his finger at her, as the other closes his eyes and shakes his head.

Aurion's words seem to confuse Cornelious.  "I prayed for my vegetables," the old priest avows uncertainly, "the mayor ... just ordinary things, really," he looks hopeful that this will satisfy the Elf.  "I could pray for you ?" he suggests kindly.  "You do seem very worried about a dark tower ?"



As they draw closer, you see that one of the approaching guards is more grandly dressed than the others, wearing an ornate suit of platemail, obviously a valuable family heirloom, and indeed it is he who waves curtly at the two trailing acolytes to quieten their complaints, then, after a quick smirk at the otherwise occupied Wrukaog, a lazy gesture to his men, obviously a signal of some sort to order them to stand down.

"Greetings, travellers," he smiles thinly, his voice oily.  "These priests were worried that you had lost your way.  More than glad to help you out, it is my duty after all."  Some of his men titter at this.

"I'm the Sheriff here. Merth," he inclines his head as he replies to Cogwitz, his sinuous movement reminding you very much of a snake, "I think you have already made the acquaintance of our innkeep Melkor - I'm sure he'd be only too happy to arrange rooms for you."

"As for our tower ... by all means," he encourages Brindle, "though I'm not a young man - I'll leave such exertions to yourselves."

One of the acolytes whispers urgently in his ear, and he turns with an angry look that sees that unfortunate scuttle away, almost falling over in his haste.  Looking back, he asks, "It seems you've misplaced the rest of your little band ?"

As you converse, Tesseryn glances your way, but continues uphill to the base of the tower, slowly circling around it.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 40 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 08:19
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn makes another circuit of the tower then stands with mailed fists on armoured hips glaring down upon the village.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 501 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 08:24
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"I would appreciate it greatly sir," Aurion replied, giving up hope that he would ever make the correct decision about these things.
Wrukaog
 player, 32 posts
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 09:52
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
With the conversation seemingly going well enough, Wrukaog excuses himself from the situation and walks from behind the halflings, around the sheriff and remaining acolyte, and makes his way toward the tower with the intention to begin heading to its top immediately.

He slows a for a few steps every once in a while to gulp down a few more mouthfuls of his bucket.
Brindle
 player, 670 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 10:41
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Thank you, Sheriff. Oh, we're not a band. Fellow travellers, I suppose would be as good a description as any. We just met up on the way here, although we'll probably get together at meal times to swap stories, I expect. The others are probably just off exploring different bits of the village." Brindle explains to the Sheriff.

"Thanks again. We'll go climb that tower now and look at the view."

He takes his leave and heads off up the hill after Wrukaog.
Cogwitz
 player, 32 posts
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 19:06
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz watched as Wrukaog moved off towards the tower.  Cogwitz wanted to get up there as well and was itching to go, but didn't want to be rude to the sheriff.  Yes, we were at the inn already and will most likely return when we get done looking around.  Anything in particular we should be looking at in your fine city?
Skald
 GM, 1126 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 20 Dec 2015
at 06:42
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog and Brindle make their excuses and head up to join Tesseryn at the grey stone tower, while Cogwitz continues to converse with the Sheriff, who smiles indulgently at the Halfling while signalling to three of his men to follow the others.

"If you judge this a city, then I'm afraid you and your friends are either very much lost, else have not travelled very widely," Merth smiles thinly.  "There's nothing of interest here.  Most caravanners prefer to take the western passes these days.  What visitors we get are barely enough to keep business limping along."

The Orc and Halfling join the Paladin at the base of the tower before the three trail around it, Tesseryn's hand scraping across the rough stone, while Wrukaog pauses frequently to down the rough ale. 



"You really don't need to worry yourself over this dark tower," Cornelious pats Aurion on his arm kindly.  "Long gone, long gone."

"There was a White tower here first, of course," the old man suddenly remembers. "Not this," he waves his hand around to indicate the shrine in which you sit, "many, many years before this was built, though it stands on the same spot."

Once more the priest manages to drag his underlings attention away from Leisha.

"A most terrible battle, so the stories say,fought between the priests of Light and Darkness when the Black tower was raised.  Many, many died," the old priest shudders at the memory, though the events of which he speaks are but legends now, the dead in their graves for centuries.

"But Mitra saved the village," he repeats himself, though knows not that he does so. "Raised the earth itself to bury both towers far beneath the ground, may His name be praised !"

"So you really mustn't worry ..."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 41 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 20 Dec 2015
at 07:30
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn completes his second circuit of the tower without finding any way in.  "I can find no way in." he tells Brindle and Wrukaog redundantly.  "You should know, Dauros grants me the power to detect evil.  This whole village reeks of it, as do the four acolytes we met in the chapel.  This tower does not.  Nor did the elderly priest.  Therefore I shall return to the starting point to ponder anew this conundrum."

He strides once more down the hill towards the chapel.
Cogwitz
 player, 33 posts
Sun 20 Dec 2015
at 08:22
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz pondered what the sheriff had to say about the village.  It was a curious thing... why did all the caravans bypass this place?  Well, if there is nothing of note, I will take my leave of you, Cogwitz remarked.  Cogwitz then run up to the tower to the others.
Wrukaog
 player, 33 posts
Sun 20 Dec 2015
at 10:43
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
OOC: How's the tower's surface? Are there some gaps and finger holds? Some nice little ledges where a stone brick or two are protruding every once in a while?
Brindle
 player, 671 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 21 Dec 2015
at 13:03
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle stood beside Wrukaog and looked up at the tower, too. He shuddered slightly at the enormous height of it rearing above him.

"I have some rope," he said quietly to the orc so the three sheriff's men wouldn't overhear. "Only about 30 feet of it, though, and nothing to tie it to. Perhaps someone else has more? If you do decide to try the climb my magic can catch you if you fall."
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 502 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 01:06
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Accepting the old mans prayers, Aurion offers his thanks, then heads out to find the others.
Skald
 GM, 1128 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Tue 29 Dec 2015
at 06:30
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Thanking Cornelius for his prayers, Aurion elects to join his friends, though Leisha remains behind, unwilling as yet to leave the old man alone with his acolytes.

Looking around, the Elf spots his friends and companions over by the tall grey tower on a rise to the south and begins to walk towards them, just as Tesseryn descends the hill, heading back to the Shrine.

The pair meet about halfway.

Meantime Wrukaog takes a short pause from drinking to survey said tower.  As Cogwitz hurries up, the rest of the guards trailing behind him as they follow more slowly, the big orc eyes the poor stonework speculatively. Certainly there are plenty of hand and foot holds, though the real question is whether or not the entire edifice would survive any attempt to climb it.  Indeed the whole structure looms large in Brindle's vision, prompting the halfing to offer rope, if not magical assistance should Wrukaog be foolhardy enough to make the attempt.

"You boys thinking of making the climb ?" one of the guards standing behind you asks, lip curled.  "Time was no lad around here would consider himself a man until he'd stood himself atop the old lookout.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 503 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Tue 29 Dec 2015
at 06:39
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Stepping outside, Aurion sniffs at the air and examines the sky. Was there anything that placed him in a new and unique world? He couldn't tell. He wondered how many moons he would see once the sun went down.

Spotting the others, he considers joining them, but diverts his course to meet up with the approaching Sir Brightsoul. Perhaps he had learned something of value that he wanted to share...
Brindle
 player, 672 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 29 Dec 2015
at 07:33
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Not me," Brindle responds to the guard. "That's twice the climb for someone as little as me compared to someone as tall as you are. Maybe Wrukaog will give it a go? What's up there anyway? How many didn't make it up there safely?"
Shifty-looking Guard
Sat 2 Jan 2016
at 05:18
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Nothing much," the guard shrugs, "it's just a lookout.  There was a ladder once upon a time, but that's long since rusted away."

"Nobody we miss," he laughs.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 43 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 2 Jan 2016
at 10:31
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn stops next to Aurion and shares a quiet word or two.
Sheriff Merth
Mon 4 Jan 2016
at 14:12
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Your friend doesn't fancy the climb ?" the Sheriff asks as he ambles up. His gaze flicking to Tesseryn in the distance where he converses with Aurion, before travelling up the stone edifice and back down to those who remain gathered about the base.  "Sensible man.  The old tower has seen better days, I'll admit."
Wrukaog
 player, 36 posts
Wed 6 Jan 2016
at 11:53
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog lifts his chain shirt up over his head and undoes his belt with its various oddities hanging from it, then proceeds to drop both onto the ground rather unceremoniously. He continues by removing and dropping his spiked gauntlet, backpack, javelins, massive longbow, and quivers. Finally, he takes his axe in hand and turns to everyone.

Speaking flatly, "If a person touches my axe, I will be very angry." He then drops it, and it lands on the ground with an disproportionately large thud.

Pointing a tooth and fang-laden smile at Brindle, "Yes, catch me if I fall, magic or not."


And with that, he begins to climb up.


Taking 10 yields 18, should that be sufficient. If someone has some climber's gear or a climber's kit they'd like to offer, that bumps it up by 2 more.

This message was last edited by the player at 11:58, Wed 06 Jan 2016.

Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 44 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Wed 6 Jan 2016
at 13:16
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn indeed continues to converse with Aurion.
Brindle
 player, 674 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Wed 6 Jan 2016
at 13:25
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
OOC: If anyone else has some rope Brindle will suggest Wrukaog takes it with him so he can bring others up after he reaches the top. Brindle has 30ft of silk rope to contribute but that is not enough on its own for the 50ft tower.

Brindle grins and steps forward beneath the point where Wrukaog is climbing. He holds out his arms and braces himself ready to catch the big orc if he falls. But it is obviously just pretence. After the joke is done he steps back 10 feet from the wall and looks up to watch his progress.
Wrukaog
 player, 37 posts
Wed 6 Jan 2016
at 13:47
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Yeah, Wrukaog will carry up enough rope to drop down and other kind of common sense stuff if it's available.

edit- You know, like a spyglass or anything.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:48, Wed 06 Jan 2016.

Leisha
 player, 121 posts
Thu 7 Jan 2016
at 00:52
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Meanwhile, back in the temple, Leisha smiles agreeable.  "Well, Mitra, clearly.  There's a statue and everything," she allows, gesturing.

Lowering her voice, though, she leans a bit closer, with a small sigh.  "I have to admit, I myself find him a little... clean cut, for my tastes.  But, of course, I'm not an acolyte.  I'm sure he suits you much better."
Cogwitz
 player, 35 posts
Thu 7 Jan 2016
at 19:25
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Giggling as Brindle held out his arms, Cogwitz came over and did the same.  IT was a fun joke at first, but after a bit with no one laughing with him, Cogwitz stepped back.

How is the climb big guy?
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 45 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 03:47
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Taking his leave of the elf, Tesseryn returns to the shrine, glancing up at the tower to see how Wrukaog is going before entering.  Once inside he marches to the front, making a solemn nod towards Leisha but ignoring the acolytes so as not to antagonize them further, and sits beside Corneleus, placing a hand on the old priest's shoulder and trying to engage him in conversation.  "Tell me of your youth, venerable one.  Have you always lived in this village ...?"
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 504 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 04:47
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Stepping back into the temple, Aurion waits in the back, eyeing the acolytes carefully.
Skald
 GM, 1131 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 14:38
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The two acolytes seem more confused than offended by Leisha's blasphemy.  "He's a ... sun god !" offers one as proof of his devotion.  "Very ... holy ?" the other concurs, uncertainly.

Beyond the shrine, indeed half way between that confirmedly holy edifice and the tall stone tower to the south, we find Aurion and Tesseryn, their earnest conversation too distant from prying ears for their words to be overheard, though the result is that the pair repair to the aforementioned shrine.

Which leaves just the crowd around the tower, where Wrukaog prepares himself to climb.  Armour and weapons land upon the sloping ground as the large orc flexes his muscles, looking upwards as he picks his path.

"I can have someone fetch you a coil of rope if you don't mind waiting ?" the Sheriff inquires.  "No trouble." 

But Wrukaog is not one to linger.  With but a warning to everyone not to touch his stuff, and a request to Brindle to catch him if he falls, the Orc begins to climb ...

Brindle makes a show of putting his arms out ready to catch the intrepid climber, as does Cogwitz ... but the Halflings soon beat a hasty retreat as they find themselves showered by fine dust and the occasional larger chunk of stone.  But such hazards do not deter the doughty Wrukaog, who slowly but steadily makes his way up the side of the tower until he finally pulls himself over the ledge at the top, to scattered applause and hoots of approbation from the Sheriff and his men. 

Aurion and Tesseryn finally reach the temple, the Elf hanging back while the Paladin approaches Cornelius.  The old priest nods happily, though he blinks confusedly for a few moments, showing no sign that he recognises Tesseryn, though is pleased enough to speak to him.  "Oh no," he corrects the Paladin. "Why I've only been here for ... why it must be twenty years now, though sometimes I doubt it can every have been that long.  No one ever seems to get any older, you know.  And there's no children ..." he trails off, lost in memories.
Wrukaog
 player, 38 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 14:51
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Since he's up there, Wrukaog takes a moment to look around, paying little mind to the calls and cheers from below.

He does, however, look down after a minute to make sure nobody has touched his axe.

This message was last edited by the player at 14:53, Mon 11 Jan 2016.

Leisha
 player, 122 posts
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 16:46
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Mmm."  Leisha shrugs, glancing at her fingernails.  "I mean, the sun is nice, don't get me wrong, I guess I'm just more of a night person.  Well."  She glances over towards the door as Aurion and Tesseryn come back in, and smiles brightly at the acolytes.  "Well, perhaps I'll see you around."

With a wave, she walks towards the back, joining Aurion.  "Anything interesting outside?" she asks, curiously.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 46 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 15:27
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn pats Cornelius' shoulder comfortingly with his mailed gauntlet, then rises to stand next to the statue of Mitra.  Conversationally he remarks  "Indeed you must miss the joy of children.  But surely a long life is a blessing, would you not agree?"  He uses the distraction of Leisha's departure to lean heavily against the statue, hopefully not attracting the notice of the acolytes.
Brindle
 player, 675 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 15:34
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle smiles cheerfully at the Sheriff.

"Yes please, a coil of rope would be most helpful," he replies.
Skald
 GM, 1132 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 14:30
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The acolytes' attention is upon Leisha as she walks to the rear of the shrine to join Aurion and they try to determine the meaning of her words, or to at least find a cause for fault.

Meantime Tesseryn continues his religious discourse with old Cornelius.  "Oh yes ... a blessing from Mitra," the old man agrees, though he seems uncertain as the Paladin leans against the statue of his god. 



The Sheriff smirks, finding some amusement in Brindle's request, shrugging his shoulders and gesturing with a wave of his hand to one of his men to comply, while up above Wrukaog stands tall, surveying the world beneath him.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 47 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 15:36
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn slumps down at the foot of the statue with a muffled clank.  He picks up Cornelius's rag absentmindedly and begins polishing Mitra's foot.  "How may we aid thee Mitra?" he mutters as he rubs.
Wrukaog
 player, 39 posts
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 15:47
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog finishes shuffling around at the top of the tower.

Not quite shouting down to those below, "If you want to throw up some rope, I can wait. I am done up here, otherwise."
Brindle
 player, 676 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 17:43
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Yes, wait for the rope," Brindle calls back up to Wrukaog. "I'm sure others would like to join you up there."
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 505 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 21:15
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion leans close in towards Leisha.
Skald
 GM, 1133 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 14:25
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Presently the guard returns with a coil of rope, passing it to Brindle at a sign from his superior, who nods politely to the Halfling, looking up the tower expectantly, where Wrukaog waits.



Back in the shrine, Aurion whispers in Leisha's ear as the acolytes look on, straining to hear and obviously frustrated at their failure.  One of the pair begins to side towards the entrance, the other following a pace behind.

Old Cornelious struggles to his feet and totters over to where Tesseryn sits.  "You seem troubled, my son," the priest remarks, a note of concern in his quavering voice. "Unburden yourself to me - the holy radience of Mitra's grace will banish all doubts and fears, you know."
Cogwitz
 player, 36 posts
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 17:06
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz looked to Brindle as he was handed the rope.  Now how are you going to throw that up there?  Then he giggled...
Leisha
 player, 123 posts
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 17:26
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha laughs and slaps Aurion playfully on the shoulder.  "Oh, I'm sure that's not true," she says, looking back at the pair as if Aurion had just told her a joke that began with `you know what they say about the size of an acolyte's...'  "They seem nice enough, just a little bit set on Mitra -- he's practically all they'll talk about.  Mitra this, Mitra that, almost certainly Mitra."  She wrinkles her nose, not quite rolling her eyes.
Brindle
 player, 677 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 12:38
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle accepts the coil of rope gratefully but lays it down at his feet. He starts rummaging in his backpack and pulls out a smaller coil of silk rope. After rummaging a bit deeper he produces a ball of string as well. Then he unwinds and lays out the 100ft long string on the ground in a zigzag pattern that won't tangle as it is pulled up the tower. He ties one end of the 30ft silk rope to the string (tying multiple knots to make sure it won't slip) then ties the other end of the silk rope to the heavier rope (again doubling up on the knots). Then he offers the loose end of the string to whichever of his companions is carrying a bow or crossbow.

"Tie the string to an arrow and shoot it just over the top of the tower so the string will drape across the top of the tower. Then Wrukaog can pull the ropes up with the string. The silk rope is lighter, so pulling that up first will reduce the weight the string has to support. The string should be strong enough for that."
Wrukaog
 player, 41 posts
Thu 21 Jan 2016
at 18:09
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog boredly watches all unfold from above on the tower, occasionally surveying the surroundings again. Once it looks like someone is about to fire the arrow will duck back from the ledge to avoid being struck.

This message was last edited by the player at 12:36, Sun 24 Jan 2016.

Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 48 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 03:09
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"I have recently unburdened myself upon a kind young priest of Brandobaris" he sighs.  "I do not seek absolution, Wise One.  Rather my doubt concerns how to begin the quest that my companions and I have arrived here to fulfill.  When no enemy presents itself, just how does one 'get in there and sort it out'?"
Skald
 GM, 1134 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 05:35
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
As Wrukaog waits atop the tower, Brindle carefully lays out a trail of string and ropes of various thicknesses ... however it seems this effort may be all for naught as neither Halfling, nor the Sheriff or his men are in possession of either bow or crossbow.

There is a very sturdy looking longbow sitting amidst the big Orc's pile of gear, though it would be a brave man or Halfling that would ignore Wrukaog's admonition not to touch.



Half way down the nave, the two acolytes pause at Leisha's words to Aurion, seemingly mollified by her remarks, although neither look altogether happy.

Nor does Cornelius who is still trying to console Tesseryn.  "Enemies, oh dear," the old priest quavers, shaking his head sadly.  "What is this quest you speak of ?  Perhaps I might help you ?" he pats the young man's shoulder in sympathy.
Brindle
 player, 678 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 12:24
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle frowns when the flaw in his plan becomes evident. He looks up at the height of the tower, holding up his hands to judge it better, but frowns again.

He turns to Cogwitz and asks, "Would you mind going over to the shrine and see if Tesseryn, Aurion or Leisha can help us get the string or rope up to Wrukaog? I didn't notice whether any of them had a bow, crossbow, darts or javelin but maybe they have another idea anyway. Unless you already have another suggestion?"
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 506 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 00:00
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Maybe I could tie the string to a magic missile? hehehe...
Cogwitz
 player, 37 posts
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 11:30
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
As Brindle was getting the string, Cogwitz was looking for a rocks that they might tie the string to to be able to throw it up to Wrukaog.  If he doesn't find any rocks suitable, Cogwitz will do as Brindle requested and head to the others to see if they have a bow.
Brindle
 player, 679 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 25 Jan 2016
at 13:29
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle held the string with the stone tied to the end dangling down below his hand. A sudden revelation lit up his face.

"Wait a minute! This is sort of like a sling, isn't it? Just a bit different. That might actually work!"

He steps back a bit further from the tower then starts to whirl the stone around in a vertical circle toward the tower. After a few swings the stone is whizzing round at speed and he whips his arm upward, letting go of the string to send the stone soaring upwards, trailing the string behind it as it flies toward the top of the tower.

OOC: Brindle rolled 29 using 1d20+10.  String sling shot #1. (Subtract penalties for range and improvised weapon, but should still be good enough to lob the stone over the tower so the string falls across the top of the tower. If not ... try, try again. :o)
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 49 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 26 Jan 2016
at 09:15
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Now that the acolytes are out of earshot, Tesseryn makes a last attempt, pressing Cornelius with some plain questions.  He pauses after each question to allow the poor old priest time to respond and hopefully not become too overwhelmed.  "We are heroes sent by the Gods to aid Mitra's followers.  Do you recall any legend that foretold our coming?  This shrine was built upon the ruin of Mitra's tower.  Is there some way to access that buried tower from here, a hidden passage or tunnel perhaps?  The tower of Set was said to be nearby.  What feature marks that site?  The grey tower that overlooks the village has no door or window.  What was its purpose?  You said no one gets any older, and there are no children.  Who was the last new arrival here, before us?"
Skald
 GM, 1136 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 14:57
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz is able to find some likely looking rocks, just lying about, which provides the inspiration Brindle needs.  Tying his string to his chosen rock, the Halfling whirls it round and round, loosing it perfectly and sending it flying over Wrukaog's head.  The Orc easily snatches the string from the air and begins to haul it up, soon getting his hands on the silken rope that trails behind it, allowing those below to scale the tower with considerably less danger and effort than himself, though they will be relying upon him to anchor them, for while there are sufficient gaps between the stones to fasten the rope, most like any strain would send both climber and stone crashing down.



Unheard by the acolytes, Cornelius's responds to Tesseryn's questions. The mention of being sent by the gods garners a polite nod, but a shake of the head suggests such a momentous happening was not in any way prophesied.

But "the Tower of Light ?" the old priest remarks brightly, hoping this might cheer the Paladin.  "Why, there's a shaft leading down to it just over there," he turns unsteadily, gesturing towards the pews behind him. "Probably not much to see, of course, as it's been sealed away for hundreds of years ... but if it would bring you any comfort ..." 

The two acolytes turn around abruptly from their vigil over Aurion and Leisha, as their master's enthusiastic response reaches their ears.  "There's a WHAT ?" asks one, incredulously.  "You old FOOL !" the other growls, menacingly.
Brindle
 player, 680 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 16:16
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle looks up at the top of the tower and grins in satisfaction. But his grin soon turns to a much less enthusiastic expression as he contemplates the amount of effort required to climb all the way up that rope.

"Hey, Wrukaog. Is there actually anything interesting to see when we get up there? Is there a roof or a trapdoor up there, or stairs or ladder leading down inside, or what? Is the view worth the climb?"
Wrukaog
 player, 43 posts
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 17:15
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"No."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 50 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Thu 28 Jan 2016
at 12:37
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Thank you."  Tesseryn assures Cornelius earnestly.  He regains his feet and stands protectively in front of the elderly priest, mailed fists planted on armoured hips, and glares at the acolytes.  "You know just what I'm going to do next.  Go and fetch your sheriff if you must, but do not seek to interfere."
Leisha
 player, 124 posts
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 02:57
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha perks up at this new development, and, behind the acolytes, gives Tesseryn an admiring look for a moment.  Then she pauses, her brow furrowing, and turns to Aurion.
Cogwitz
 player, 38 posts
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 07:19
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Clapping at the fine ob Brindle did with the string, Cogwitz was ready to climb up the rope when Brindle asked if there was anything up top.  It is perhaps that he is unable to see anything that might not want to be seen.  Let us go up anyways and see what we may.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 507 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 09:00
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Well, at least something is happening, eh Leisha?"

Aurion steps forward.

"Well, do you have plans to interfere? I do hope so..."

As he speaks, his venomous snakes slither up out of his collar, hissing at the acolytes.

OOC - as non-nonchalantly as possible, the elf will cast grease under the feet of the ne'er do wells.
Brindle
 player, 681 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 11:53
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Alright, you go on up then," Brindle tells Cogwitz. "I am so bad at climbing that the only way I'll ever make it to the top is if I tie myself to the rope and someone pulls me there. I'll stay here and catch you if you fall."
Cogwitz
 player, 39 posts
Fri 29 Jan 2016
at 18:16
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz grabbed the rope in both hands then began climbing up the tower using his feet to brace on the surface and even trying to get footholds as he did so.  Yea, make it a cushy fall for me if I do.  Hehehe


19:15, Today: Cogwitz rolled 15 using 1d20+4.  climb check.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 51 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 04:01
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn is momentarily perplexed at Leisha's look then heartened by Aurion menacing the acolytes.  He stands his ground in front of Cornelius waiting to see what the acolytes do and ready to defend the priest with his fists if required.
Skald
 GM, 1137 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 06:07
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Despite Wrukaog's succinct appraisal that the view from the top isn't worth it, the Halflings remained determined.  A quick discussion sees Cogwitz grabbing the loose end of the rope and begins his ascent, and in what seems like no time at all gains the top of the tower where the big Orc awaits him. 



Tesseryn stands before Cornelius, fists clenched, daring the acolytes to attempt to harm the old priest.  But the pair seem rather more determined to seek out the help the Paladin suggested ...

"Out of the way, you two !" orders one angrily as they approach Leisha and Aurion who exchange a look and a few words before the Elf steps forward to block the way, his reptilian companions wrapping themselves about his neck as he confronts the pair.

The eyes of the acolytes widen, and they pause uncertainly for but a moment then fall to their knees, prostrating themselves before Aurion.

"We're sorry, Master !" one pleads.  "We didn't know !" the other wails.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 508 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 07:08
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Report, tell me of the situation, all the details, and quickly, or you shall feel the lash!"
Cogwitz
 player, 40 posts
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 08:24
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz looked around as he reached the top of the tower.  There was indeed a sight to be seen and it was much better then below.  He noted the three armed guards patrolling the wall, but nothing else of note really.  Cogwitz then began to look ore closely at the top of the tower.  He began to search for signs of a secret door of some sort.  He paid close attention to the bird droppings as they may seep into a crevice or something to reveal the secret or trap door.  At first it is a quick survey, if he can't find anything he takes much longer to look.

09:23, Today: Cogwitz rolled 17 using 1d20+11.  search check
If nothing found he takes 10 for a total of 21 for the search.

Brindle
 player, 682 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 08:30
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle breathes a sigh of relief when Cogwitz makes it safely to the top of the tower. He waits patiently to find out if the halfling shares Wrukaog's opinion of the tower.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 52 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 15:34
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Certain now that Aurion will not allow the acolytes to harm Cornelius, Tesseryn takes the old priest's arm and moves with him to the north end of the pews.  "It would be greatly of assistance if you could show us the entrance to the passage."  He carefully lifts one end of a pew, testing its weight, then looks down the nave towards Leisha.  "Shall we?"
Wrukaog
 player, 44 posts
Sun 31 Jan 2016
at 21:16
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
As Cogwitz climbed, Wrukaog kept his hands on the rope, even pulling it up for him for most of the trip, making it significantly easier and safer.

Assist for +2 to his check (and for anyone else that wants to come up.)

Once the tiny man was up, the orc paid attention to what he was paying attention to, and would be surprised, and interested, if he spotted something new.
Skald
 GM, 1138 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 14:11
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog is left holding the rope and peering down to see if anyone else is game to make the climb, as Cogwitz swiftly tires of the view and begins to pace about the top of the tower, eyes fixed on the stones beneath his feet as the big Orc turns his gaze to watch him.

"Sure you won't join them ?" the Sheriff asks Brindle, his manner pleasant enough, though the question raises a titter from his men.  The two acolytes with him are less amused and continue to scowl.



As the old man directs him, Tesseryn pushes aside a couple of the benches to reveal an iron rung set into the stones.

Despite their earlier surprise, the two prostrate acolytes pay no attention to this discovery, being rather more intent on pleasing Aurion.

"Master !" one exclaims, as the other grovels, "the village is ours, save only for this bumbling priest, but we watch him carefully and he is allowed to do no harm."

"The sacrifices continue !" the other cries out.  "All praise to Set"

"All praise to Set !" the first echoes.
Brindle
 player, 683 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 14:31
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Oh, no, I don't think so," Brindle replies rather quickly. "I'll just wait down here until they've had enough of the view. But there's really no need for you and your men to stay. If we can't look after ourselves we can hardly expect you to stay here and babysit us, can we?"
Leisha
 player, 125 posts
Tue 2 Feb 2016
at 03:13
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha finds herself deeply torn -- on the one hand, the acolytes have, against all odds, suddenly become interesting.

On the other hand, the paladin has, against all odds, suddenly become interesting, as well.  The politeness of his invitation tips the scales, and she joins him at the pews, trusting Aurion can make good use of his new devotees.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 53 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 2 Feb 2016
at 09:36
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn notes the reaction of the acolytes to Aurion's snakes with a wry grimace, but his attention is fixed now on the iron rung.  "Thank you." he says, including Cornelius and Leisha.  "If you have no objections I shall attempt to open this.  Please stand clear."  He waits a moment for them to move, or to propose an alternative, then stoops, grasps the iron rung and pulls.

This message was last edited by the player at 09:45, Tue 02 Feb 2016.

Skald
 GM, 1139 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Thu 4 Feb 2016
at 14:06
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The Sheriff smiles politely at Brindle, glancing momentarily towards the five men at his side before responding to the Halfling.  "Wouldn't do to leave you here alone," he tells him, gesturing negligently towards Wrukaog and Cogwitz atop the tower. "the Mayor would be most displeased with us, should any harm come to guests in our village."

"You two can run along, though," he dismisses the acolytes with a wave of his hand but not so much as a glance, sending the pair scurrying uncertainly back towards the Shrine.



The acolytes' words are not easy to digest and Aurion chews them over, the pair cowering before him all the while.

Leisha leaves him to it, curiosity getting the better of her as she stands by old Cornelius while Tesseryn puts his back into pulling on the iron rung set in the stone floor.  With an ominous creak something gives and the Paladin is able to lift and drag a section of the floor away, revealing a dark pit.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Cogwitz
 player, 41 posts
Thu 4 Feb 2016
at 16:06
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Displeased with not finding anything atop the tower in regards to a secret or trap door Cogwitz shrugs his shoulders to Wrukaog.  Well, seems there really is nothing up here.  Have you tried to jump around at all to see if the floor is structurally sound?  Meaning it is a false floor?  Cogwitz stomps his foot around in different areas watching the ground as he does.

I have an idea.  Cogwitz grabbed out his waterskin and began pouring it out on the top to see if anything bleeds through to something below.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 509 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Fri 5 Feb 2016
at 11:55
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Where are the sacrifices? Are they being well fed? Nothing Set likes less than a half-dead sacrifice."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 54 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 7 Feb 2016
at 03:59
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"A dark pit." Tesseryn muses standing at its edge.  He glances towards Aurion and notes that the acolytes are well distracted, then towards Leisha and Cornelius.  "I'll go down and investigate."  He crouches at the edge and gazes down, looking for a ladder ...

This message was last edited by the player at 13:16, Wed 10 Feb 2016.

Brindle
 player, 684 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 7 Feb 2016
at 05:42
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle looks around at the Sherriff and his guards then up to the top of the tower again.

"Hey Wrukaog, you coming down soon or do you want to haul your gear up on the rope?" he calls up to the big orc.
Wrukaog
 player, 45 posts
Mon 8 Feb 2016
at 20:56
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Sounding somewhat amused with a tinge of annoyance, but mostly amused, "We have not seen a thing that an axe or a javelin can help with... but the last third of the bucket of ale is growing warm.

Either drink it, or tie it to the rope, if our other small friend means to stay up here for longer and pour it upon the stones.
"

He turns back to Cogwitz, monitoring his progress.
Skald
 GM, 1140 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 14:17
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Much bemused, Wrukaog charges Brindle to ensure the last of his ale is taken care of then watches Cogwitz's progression around the rooftop.  The Halfling is indeed a sight to behold as he alternative stamps his foot upon the stones, then douses them with water poured from his waterskin, staring intently all the while. 



Tesseryn, on the other hand, is having far better luck and eagerly peers down into the deep hole he has uncovered. 

"He does seem happier now," Cornelius querulously confides to Leisha.

The two acolytes look to each other before one answers Aurion.  "Be assured, master, that the sacrifices are most certainly and properly dead, their final screams nectar to the tongue of The Serpent God."  He seems most sincere in this regard, and the other nods convincingly.

The words of his former students seem finally to have penetrated the old priest's stupor.  "What are they saying ?" he asks Leisha, not trusting his failing hearing.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 510 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 17:07
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"You killed all of them already? Poor planning, what if Set gets hungry tonight, should we sacrifice you?"
Cogwitz
 player, 42 posts
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 19:37
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz finishes his task and waits patiently for just a bit.  When he finally sees that there is nothing out of the ordinary up here he looks up to Wrukaog, well my big friend we may as well head back down.  I don't see anything noteworthy up here.  I tried everything short of magic to see if there is a trap door here.  So, lets give a that a try.

Cogwitz casts detect magic and looks around at the top the tower.

This message was last edited by the player at 12:53, Mon 15 Feb 2016.

Wrukaog
 player, 46 posts
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 20:37
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog grips the rope with a nod, ready to lower the halfling back down.

After that's done he'll climb back down himself.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:16, Fri 12 Feb 2016.

Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 55 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Thu 11 Feb 2016
at 10:33
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn looks up sharply, overhearing Aurion's reply to the acolyte, but only purses his lips as he considers the justice of the elf's threat.  He gestures for Leisha and Cornelius to step closer and speaks softly to them.  "The air below is stale, but not foul, and I sense no taint of evil.  Unfortunately, though, there is no stair or ladder, and I cannot see the bottom."
Brindle
 player, 685 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 11 Feb 2016
at 13:20
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle waits patiently at the foot of the tower, apparently ready to catch them if they fall, but far enough back to avoid any stones that might be dislodged by their efforts.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 56 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 01:26
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn gazes into the dark pit for a moment then stoops to search the floor for a tiny pebble, certain that the acolytes have not been diligent with their sweeping.  He holds it within the pit and mutters.  "Seven Heavens light my path."  He drops the brightly glowing pebble into the pit and stands to watch it fall.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:29, Sun 14 Feb 2016.

Skald
 GM, 1141 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 13:15
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cornelius, at least, seems pleased that Tesseryn pronounces the shaft which leads to the Tower of Light, or so the old priest said, free from any trace of evil, watching with interest as the Paladin drops a small stone he find which glows bright, it's light streaming from the shaft as it falls. 

Though the acolytes do not notice this marvel, as neither has an answer for the question which Aurion poses, preferring instead to grovel as best they can in the hope that they not be the one chosen to feed their hungry god.



Atop the tower, Cogwitz admits defeat, finding no hidden door, or least now one that will reveal itself to either his eyes nor wit.  Wrukaog begins to lower the Halfling back down, while Brindle waits anxiously below.  The Sheriff continues to smile, his gaze flitting between the climbers and the two acolytes who continue to scurry back to the shrine though seems most disappointed when Cogwitz's feet touch the ground safely.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 57 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 14:05
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn says quietly to Leisha "There is a chamber 60 feet below.  We will need rope to reach it."  He furrows his brow and quietly asks Cornelius "You have helped us discover the entrance to Mitra's tower.  Do you know also what landmark now stands upon the ruin of Set's tower?"
Brindle
 player, 687 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 15 Feb 2016
at 12:37
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle grins at Cogwitz when he safely returns to the ground. He maintains his vigil until Wrukaog is safely back down too, but he notes the Sherriff's disappointment too.

"What usually happens when someone climbs up there?" he asks curiously.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 511 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 02:05
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Gather rope, you will lead the way down into the tower!"

The snakes writhe dramatically, loving the attention.
Wrukaog
 player, 48 posts
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 18:20
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog climbs back down the tower, and once at the bottom, gives the rope a solid tug and watches it coil up randomly into a pile as it falls.

He finishes his bucket of ale in between picking up and strapping back on his various odds and ends.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:20, Tue 16 Feb 2016.

Cogwitz
 player, 44 posts
Sat 20 Feb 2016
at 10:54
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz had made it down aggravated that he didn't find anything unusual.  When he heard Brindle ask the Sheriff the question.
Skald
 GM, 1142 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 13:56
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cornelius shakes his head at Tesseryn's question.  "Lost forever," he says with a quiet confidence, not helped by his querelous tone. 

"Master ?" the first acolyte dares to lift his head, a puzzled frown upon his brow, though he quails as the snakes write around the Elf's wrists, while the other is more forthcoming (if most carefully keeping his gaze averted firmly downwards at the stone flags).  "If indeed that pit is anything other than a disused privy, you should have the Mayor provide more men to accompany your, that is to say, our assault."  He nods intently, hoping his advice will be heeded.

The words of the acolytes are finally beginning to register with the old priest.  "What are my students saying ?" he asks Leisha and Tesseryn, visibly perturbed.



If Cogwitz's safe descent was a disappointment to the Sheriff, Wrukaog's is moreso, and he sighs heavily, his face sour as he watches the big orc guzzle the last of his ale as he recovers the rope and sees to his gear.

"Time was their kin would scrape them up and bury them," he replies to Brindle, gesturing negligently northwards to the shrine at which the other two acolytes have nearly arrived.  "You could still see the holes they made when they hit ... if all this grass hadn't grown over them."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 58 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 22 Feb 2016
at 12:53
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Pay no heed to them, honoured one."  Tesseryn reassures Cornelius.  "They are foolish fellows."  He continues his earlier line of questioning, hoping to distract the old fellow from the acolytes.  "You said no one gets any older, and there are no children.  Who were the last newcomers to the village, before us?"
Brindle
 player, 688 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 22 Feb 2016
at 13:56
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle grins at Wrukaog and Cogwitz then bows deeply to the Sherriff.

"Well thank you sir, for your time and company while I waited for these two to have their fun. It looks like there's not much for us here. We'll just find our other friends and see whether they want to find somewhere to stay overnight or head on straight away."

He turns and heads off toward the shrine.
Leisha
 player, 127 posts
Mon 22 Feb 2016
at 16:44
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha pats Cornelius on the hand.  "Something to talk about later, definitely," she assures him.  "Our friend Aurion is talking to them now, it's alright."

Reaching into her pack, she pulls out a silk rope, holding it out to Tesseryn.  "Would this help?  It's only the usual fifty feet, of course, but it's a start."
Wrukaog
 player, 49 posts
Mon 22 Feb 2016
at 17:44
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
After strapping on his belt and weapon holster, the orc doesn't so much as nod before turning away from the sheriff and following behind Brindle. Once a bit of distance away, [Language unknown:  "Inng meear erwas linil nt fiome waun benginhamo virithtic fitho undur k wa papaos tiecil."], the orc comments, as much as a statement to Cogwitz as a question.
Cogwitz
 player, 45 posts
Mon 22 Feb 2016
at 18:48
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
As Wrukaog asked the question, Cogwitz turned back to ensure the Sheriff wasn't within earshot.
Wrukaog
 player, 50 posts
Mon 22 Feb 2016
at 21:36
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc nods, then glances at his empty bucket with a bit of a frown. [Language unknown:  "Are icaortset ursaat rewit rotesaek ughnotyin p ofatna thuoerine usli n eauoertra i ososec.

O ardth menntiwhe ionstaone a etli, eepe wit i, arwhst atieenour, ma tiool e.
"]

Brindle
 player, 689 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 23 Feb 2016
at 12:30
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle looks back as Wrukaog and Cogwitz follow him, then doubles back to retrieve his 30ft silk rope and string before quickly following after them again. He stuffs the string into his pocket to sort out later and coils the rope as he hustles after his companions.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 59 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Wed 24 Feb 2016
at 11:12
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Fifty feet should reach the roof of the chamber below ..."  He considers the options for a moment.  "Shall I lower you down?"
Leisha
 player, 128 posts
Wed 24 Feb 2016
at 17:57
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Sure," Leisha agrees.  Handing one end of the rope to Tesseryn, she loops the other end over the opening and steps into the loop, holding the other end of the rope tightly.  She glances at Cornelius, and then back.  "We can't leave him alone, you know."

Sitting down at the edge of the pit, legs dangling into the darkness in her quick sling, she gives the old man a smile.  "Don't worry, Cornelius -- we'll talk soon.  And you're in good hands with Tesseryn."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 60 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Thu 25 Feb 2016
at 05:24
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
While Leisha prepares her sling Tesseryn removes his gauntlets and sets his footing at a corner of the pit.  He takes up the slack and lowers Leisha slowly.  Call out when you wish to be raised.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:25, Thu 25 Feb 2016.

Skald
 GM, 1143 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Fri 26 Feb 2016
at 07:12
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"The passes are treacherous at night," the Sheriff replies to Brindle, the smile never leaving his lips, "safer for you to take rooms at the Overlord's Inn."  He indulgently quells the sudden ripple of laughter from his men with but a quick glance as he watches the Halfling scurry off back towards the shrine.

Behind him trail Wrukaog and Cogwitz, conversing in the Orc's gutteral tongue.  The Halfling taking the opportunity to have a quick look back as Wrukaog finishes his ale and eyes the empty bucket regretfully.

Up ahead the two acolytes have reached the shrine ...



Inside, Aurion continues to stare imperiously at the other pair of acolytes while Tesseryn prepares to lower Leisha down the hole he has uncovered.  While the young woman readies the rope, the Paladin continues his discussion with Cornelius.

"Oh we do get visitors ... though more and more infrequently over the years.  There was a caravan came to town only last week.  Lost in a storm, I think someone said.  They certainly must have been in a hurry to make up time, as they left in the middle of the night,"  The old priest sighs.

The return of the two acolytes is punctuated by a single exclamation, "Wha !" and then as Aurion turns towards them and they see the snakes at his wrists they join their fellows down on their bellies on the cold stone flags, making obeisance.  "Master !" the pair chorus, quite dutifully, though perhaps not cheerfully.

By now the rope is prepared and after Leisha has reassured Cornelius once more, Tesseryn carefully and slowly begins to feed out the rope, lowering her into the well lit hole ...
Cogwitz
 player, 46 posts
Fri 26 Feb 2016
at 11:31
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
[Language unknown:  Setestart t le tinstiast, i ersna... To p her i en.  Us ho inthu oukor nace lincet sonencrom etme thiouroun.  P niofof nt buttiorea a omncelni teca.]  Cogwitz was very curious indeed.
Brindle
 player, 690 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 27 Feb 2016
at 13:43
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle catches up with Wrukaog and Cogwitz again after retrieving his rope and string. He coils the rope back up again as he walks.

[Language unknown:  "Il k n ngss la vir houdincon yince ev evpe Ore inttiothu la neit ad fonot evadti ni icaur theepo na maados. Ss sipata ardhersom somthiain cetra, nt lifo!"] he says softly so the Sherriff and guards back at the tower won't hear.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:44, Sat 27 Feb 2016.

Wrukaog
 player, 51 posts
Sun 28 Feb 2016
at 22:37
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukoag answers the two halflings, spitting on the ground and pointing behind him in between the last two sentences of his words.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 61 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 29 Feb 2016
at 13:07
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn glances over to the door and sees Aurion now entertaining all four acolytes.  He nods reassuringly at Cornelius then stares down at Leisha far below.  "Do you need to go lower?" he asks.
Leisha
 player, 129 posts
Mon 29 Feb 2016
at 17:36
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Looking up, Leisha calls back, "Yeah - I'm going to drop down.  Get the others, this looks important."

And with that, she slips her foot out and drops out of the rope.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 62 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 1 Mar 2016
at 01:17
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Ah -"  Tesseryn was about to advise caution, but instead quietly nods his regard for the young woman's courage ... of course the gods would only send the most capable of people on such an important quest.  He quickly arranges a pew to span the pit and  ties off the rope in case Leisha needs to ascend.  Then he moves past the grovelling acolytes to the entrance to look out for the others and beckons for them to hasten to the shrine.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:23, Tue 01 Mar 2016.

Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 512 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Tue 1 Mar 2016
at 07:45
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Feeling that he had learned something of value, Aurion shook his head at how the party had gone all hither and yon on his ass.

"Move over towards the others, worms," he says to the mini onions of set.
Skald
 GM, 1144 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Thu 3 Mar 2016
at 14:28
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The drinkers three make their way back to the shrine, Brindle casually appropriating the Sheriff's official rope.  One can only hope that there aren't be any hangings scheduled for today as its absence then would surely be noted.

As they walk, Wrukaog, Brindle and Cogwitz converse in what any native speaker would immediately recognise as Orcish, though their conversation is interrupted by the appearance of Tesseryn at the entrance to the shrine, bidding them hurry.  Sure enough, when they arrive it is immediately obvious that those remaining behind have been rather busy.

The four acolytes have been corralled by Aurion into a nice neat grovelling line behind the last row of benches, while those at the front are in disarray, owing to what the returnees' keen perception reveals to be an open pit in the floor in front of Mitra's statue.  Of Leisha there is no sign, though her dulcet if muffled tones can be heard coming from the pit.

And left to his own devices, Cornelius can be found once more on his knees dusting the feett of the statue of his god.



Down below ... having miraculously survived the drop to the ground, Leisha glances around the thirty feet square chamber, her gaze flicking over the door to the south and the opening to the west (beyond which she notes a short corridor with doors to north and south, and, in the dim light, stairs descending) where it lingers. 

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Wrukaog
 player, 53 posts
Thu 3 Mar 2016
at 17:56
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Taking the briefest of moments to look into the shrine before speaking, "I... will wait outside."

The orc then turns around and stands outside of the door, to the right, taking in the sights.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 63 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 4 Mar 2016
at 06:26
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn speaks quietly but urgently with the newly arrived three, quickly appraising them of the situation.  "Aurion has mastered the acolytes; they seem to believe he is a superior of their vile cult of Set, and they have alluded to some sinister plot within this village.  A pit has been opened that Cornelius, the elder priest, believes will lead to the long-buried tower of Mitra.  Leisha has descended therein, although her rope is short and she may be unable to climb out that way.  My climbing skills are poor and I am unable to follow her down that rope."  He pauses for a breath.  "Wrukaog and Cogwitz, I saw that you gained the roof of the grey tower."  He looks impressed with their climbing prowess.  "Did you discover something there?  And Brindle, did the sheriff reveal anything of import?"  He will wait for their response, then return to the pit to hear Leisha's words.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:34, Fri 04 Mar 2016.

Brindle
 player, 691 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 4 Mar 2016
at 16:02
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle hands over his own 30ft length of silk rope to add to Tesseryn's 50ft length. Hopefully that will now be enough length to reach the bottom of the pit.

"Climbing the tower out there used to be a bit of a game for the lads here. The Sherriff seems to think the best bit was if the climbers failed and fell to their deaths outside the tower. Such a charming chap. Wrukaog and Cogwitz didn't find any way in up there," Brindle reported quietly.

"Few visitors come here and fewer in recent years. The last was a caravan last week, lost in a storm apparently, and they left suddenly in the middle of the night. The Sherriff is keen for us to stay the night at the Overlord's Inn, being 'safer' than travelling through the passes at night, though his men chuckled at that suggestion of safety. So set a guard when we sleep, I suppose."
Leisha
 player, 130 posts
Fri 4 Mar 2016
at 16:51
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
All is quiet.
Skald
 GM, 1145 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sat 12 Mar 2016
at 13:46
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Down below, it is indeed still quiet, while up above ...

Aurion continues to keep the four acolytes cowed as Brindle and Tesseryn compare notes, then set about knotting the Halfling's rope to the one on which the Paladin lowered Tesseryn ... and Wrukaog determines he will wait outside after all. 

Perhaps it is the mention of his name, but Cornelius suddenly notices that his shrine is full of people.

"Is it time for prayers ?" the old priest asks, worriedly.
Cogwitz
 player, 47 posts
Sat 12 Mar 2016
at 19:40
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Once the rope is tied, Cogwitz asked, shall I head down there first?
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 513 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sat 12 Mar 2016
at 20:29
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Not quite yet, Padre. Why don't you fix us something to eat?"
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 64 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 13 Mar 2016
at 10:47
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn joins Brindle's rope to Leisha's and secures one end to the pew spanning the pit, with the other now dangling to the floor of room below.  He regards the thin rope dubiously, thinking that he is ill-equipped for climbing.  When Cogwitz offers to go ahead he is relieved "Yes, please do Cogwitz.  Leisha said she has found something important down there.  Let us know if you think we should all descend."

While Cogwitz climbs, Tesseryn moves to have a quiet word with Aurion and air his thoughts on the recent discoveries.  "Did these scoundrels mention where these sacrifices occur?  I wonder whether we ought to begin there where the cult of Set is active?  It is difficult to imagine evil lurking in Mirta's long-buried tower, although it does seem to warrant some investigation whilst we are here."
Cogwitz
 player, 48 posts
Sun 13 Mar 2016
at 11:10
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz begins his climb down with the rope.  No problem I can help I hope.  Looking down Cogwitz says, I am coming down!

If I can take 10 I will do so.  If not then rolled a 9.
Brindle
 player, 692 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 13 Mar 2016
at 13:42
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle puts down the other rope on the floor - the thicker, 100-foot long rope that the Sherriff was kind enough to lend them. That thing is mighty heavy for such a little guy to be carrying around! As he watches Cogwitz begin his descent he scratches his head wondering how well he would be able to handle that task himself. He soon comes to the conclusion he would need any kind of advantage he can find so he begins the task of tying knots every couple of feet along that 100-foot long rope.
Cornelius
Wed 16 Mar 2016
at 13:26
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Some food ... of course," the old priest seems pleased at the idea, hauling himself to his feet and laboriously making his way back down the length of the shrine.  "My young assistants will look after you," he calls out feebly.

"When they've finished their prayers," he adds with a smile as he notes the four prostrate before Aurion.

"I'll be back soon ..."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 65 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Thu 17 Mar 2016
at 14:01
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Concern for Cornelius' safety wins over curiosity at goings-on within the pit.  Tesseryn lingers at the entrance to the shrine to watch the old priest's back as he heads for the village.  He trusts the sheriff's men not one whit.

Seeing Wrukaog outside he nods towards the nearby grey tower. "No doors or windows ... what do you suppose was the purpose of such a tower?"
Leisha
 player, 131 posts
Thu 17 Mar 2016
at 17:37
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha waits patiently.
Wrukaog
 player, 54 posts
Thu 17 Mar 2016
at 22:00
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog shuffles about outside of the shrine doorway, looking around to see what there is to see. He walks past the opening nonchalantly, as much as an orc can, turning his head back and forth, speaking in a still but clear voice.

"Sheriff coming. Half minute."

He then stands on the other side of the doorway and continues to mumble to himself. After a few moments of pacing a bit, he decides stare at the sheriff and his two lackeys as they approach to decide just how much it was that he disliked them.

He doesn't seem to pay Tesseryn much mind, only giving him a dissatisfied "Mnnh" to answer his question.

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Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 514 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Thu 17 Mar 2016
at 22:42
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Query: Is the old priest who was headed to the back of the temple also heading back out into town? Not sure if there is a kitchen in here...
Skald
 GM, 1146 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 20 Mar 2016
at 13:23
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
There is much concern for the old priest as he heads out of the shrine, particularly in light of Wrukaog's warning that the Sheriff and his men are approaching.  Tesseryn joins the big Orc at the entrance, while Aurion turns his head around to see ...

... though all are much relieved when Cornelius heads not into the village, but north, towards a dilapidated building that might best be described as a hovel, though this one is blessed with a straggly vegetable garden.

Meantime, the Halflings set to work.  Cogwitz carefully climbs down the rope that Tesseryn prepared earlier, now less of a hazard to life and limb by the addition of the additional length supplied by Brindle.  Yet even that does not satisfy Brindle who methodically knots the village's much longer and more substantial official rope and lowers that down the hole as well before tying it off on the bench.
Brindle
 player, 693 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 13:40
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle wanders over to the doorway and steps out to join Tesseryn and Wrukaog. He stretches his arms above his head and yawns deeply as he watches the Sherriff approach.
Leisha
 player, 132 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 16:11
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha giggles quietly to herself, waiting for the next victim to fall for her prank.  ..Er, I mean, PM.
Cogwitz
 player, 49 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 17:01
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz had seen the statue at the end of the chamber and wondered at firt if they had to go through it to move on.

When Leisha had explained to him what it was he sighed in relief.  At her question he said, Brindle may be coming down as well.  Is there anything else you have spotted down here?
Wrukaog
 player, 55 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 20:06
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog comes to a decision on which one he likes the least while not returning the wave.

He does, however, take a few steps forward and then sits down on the grass and weeds in front of the shrine, his legs stretched out in front of him. The day is cool, but he doesn't seem to mind.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 66 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Wed 23 Mar 2016
at 11:11
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn also does not return the sheriff's wave.  He considers that Cornelius should be safe heading towards the hut but stays to watch.  He glances down at the back of Wrukaog's head, wondering at the apparent nonchalance of the orc ... is this a ruse to put the sheriff's band off guard?  He folds his arms with a small clank and awaits their arrival, with a solemn nod to note Brindle's arrival without the knotted rope.  "I wonder if we may yet find an alternative means to descend to Mitra's buried tower?"
Skald
 GM, 1147 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Fri 25 Mar 2016
at 13:20
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog decides to settle down on the cold ground to await the arrival of the Sheriff and his men.  Tesseryn watches Cornelius enter his hovel before joining the big Orc ... as does Brindle.  All three are the picture of nonchalence.

As is the Sheriff. With an effortless wave of his hand he gestures his men to stop and takes a few paces forwards, with a smile that verges on the edge of a sneer.

"It is good to meet gods-fearing men," he praises you though his tone belies his words.  "I trust Cornelius wasn't too much of a ... disappointment.  The old man's mind wanders ... the stories he tells."

If the Sheriff has noticed Aurion and the four prostrate acolytes, he gives no indication.

Down below, Leisha's question passes unheard for there is nobody near the shaft ...

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Leisha
 player, 133 posts
Fri 25 Mar 2016
at 17:09
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
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Brindle
 player, 694 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 26 Mar 2016
at 13:49
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Gods-fearing," Brindle murmurs. "Yes, they just about scare me to death! Totally unpredictable, they are. If you do something to please one of them you'll probably have offended another one instead. I think we would all be much happier if we could forever escape their notice! But Aurion seems to have found some like-minded friends in there to enjoy a lengthy theological discussion with. I've seen it before, they'll probably be going on about the wonders of their god for hours. I think Wrukaog has the right idea. We might as well make ourselves as comfortable as we can, as it is going to be quite some time before we can get down to the inn to get a room for the night."

He sighs.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 516 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sun 27 Mar 2016
at 08:26
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Frustrated by the dawdling of the others, Aurion decides it is time to descend and join Leisha.

"You," he says, pointing to one of the acolytes. "Down the rope. The rest of you follow." When the last of them has reached the bottom, the mage will follow.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 67 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 29 Mar 2016
at 13:00
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"We have not yet met."  Tesseryn steps forward and formally extends a hand to the sheriff.  "Tesseryn Brightsoul.  Cornelius is a treasure, his value perhaps measured in years of service to this village rather than the clarity of his memories.  You may rest assured that he seems content with his life here, and his acolytes appear to watch over him most diligently.  As Brindle mentioned, we should like to linger here at this shrine for a while yet, although we intend to spend the night at your inn."  He motions towards the village.  "We thank you for the courtesy of your greeting and look forward to further discourse tonight should you be able to join us at the inn."

This message was last edited by the player at 13:02, Tue 29 Mar 2016.

Skald
 GM, 1149 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 3 Apr 2016
at 07:02
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
You can almost hear the Sheriff's mental gears a-turning as he shakes Tesseryn's hand, and weighs up the words of both the Paladin and Brindle, still with that sly smile on his face as he comes to a decision.

"Far from me to interrupt such ... devotion," he remarks.  "Till tonight then - perhaps I'll see you at the Inn and you'll allow me to buy you a drink."

"Drop the rope off at the Constabulary when you finish with it," he fixes his eye on the Halfling, lingering but a few seconds longer before gesturing to his men and turning away, returning south towards that same building at a leisurely pace.

Back inside, the acolytes jump to it, heeding Aurion's orders and all showing a commendable keenness not to be found wanting, though the first hesitates as he looks down the hole and it takes a stern glance from the Elf before he is moved to descend.  The others follow him with equal enthusiasm.

Down below there is some commotion as the acolytes arrive in the chamber ...

"EVIL ONES !" the voice echoes throughout the chamber and reaches the ears of all those above. 

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...

This message was last edited by the GM at 12:11, Sun 03 Apr 2016.

Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 517 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sun 3 Apr 2016
at 07:07
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion hurries down the rope...
Brindle
 player, 696 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 3 Apr 2016
at 09:28
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle breathes a sigh of relief when the Sheriff and his men leave. The shout echoing from inside the shrine catches him by surprise and he quickly darts inside to see what is going on. He follows Aurion down the rope as soon as he can.

OOC: Brindle rolled 10 using 1d20+1.  Climb check.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 68 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 4 Apr 2016
at 14:04
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn gives Brindle a satisfied nod, watching the sheriff leave and waiting for Cornelius to return safely.  The voice shouting 'evil ones!' startles him and he wheels away from the entrance following loudly in Brindle's wake. He hesitates at the edge of the pit, watching the halfling descend the knotted rope and peering down the the lit chamber below. Well this is a dilemma.  Smiting evil ones is his specialty, but ropes are not ...
Cogwitz
 player, 51 posts
Tue 5 Apr 2016
at 06:18
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
When the paladin guard called out as he did, it almost startled Cogwitz.  It did have him pull his blades and jump back 5 ft towards a wall though.  He wasn't sure whom the guard was talking too at first.  He then saw that only the acolytes were present in the space.

Cogwitz already had his suspicions about the town and their inhabitants, and the calling of evil only made his feeling stronger.

Stand ready to attack...
Wrukaog
 player, 57 posts
Wed 6 Apr 2016
at 21:48
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc remains planted on his ass, giving the sheriff a long glare both during and after the brief discussion, then glancing over his shoulder as he hears the... voice... from within the building.

His lips curl into a frown for a few seconds before he speaks in an abrupt tongue,
Skald
 GM, 1150 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 10 Apr 2016
at 14:21
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
In the wake of that shout from below which can portend nothing good, Aurion begins to carefully climb down the rope while Brindle and Tesseryn rush over to the pit, the Halfing descending quickly as soon as the Elf is down while the Paladin stares down unhappily after them. 

Wrukaog remains sitting on the grass, with barely a backwards glance and a gutteral comment on the proceedings.  Perhaps the smartest of you all ...

This message was last edited by the GM at 14:25, Sun 10 Apr 2016.

Leisha
 player, 136 posts
Sun 10 Apr 2016
at 22:35
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha relaxes visibly at the knight's pronouncement that Brindle and Aurion are free of taint.  "Oh, good.  Holomir, these are Brindle and Aurion, friends of ours.  Those others... do you know, I don't think they ever offered their names?  But I expect we brought them along to keep an eye on them."  She looks back at the door they ran through, tilting her head a bit at the screams.  "Just what's down there, anyway?" she asks, curiously.

"Oh!  Brindle, Aurion - this is Holomir, a Lion of Mitra.  He protects the tower from evil."
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 518 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 03:29
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion gives the knight the once over. His vast age is apparent, even to the Elf. Did he appear human? Did the blazoned arms speak to anything he might have learned in his studies?

"Well met, Sir Holomir, " Aurion said, a hint of a question hanging on the sir and a slight smirk at the first part of the Lion of Mitra's name.  I am certain your guardianship of the interior of the temple is exemplary, but the town above has apparently fallen totally into the hands of evil."

He pauses, glancing about for the acolytes and their behavior. Are they the cause of the noises from the south?

He was still deeply aware that they had no clue why they were here...

"I believe Mitra himself may have sent us here in some regard to fighting evil. If you have this temple well in hand and safe from evil, might there be another temple or tower or some such in the vicinity that might need our assistance?"
Brindle
 player, 697 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 13:41
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle tilts his head to one side for a moment as he studies the knight and listens to the screams from beyond the southern door.

"What we do know is, unfortunately, outweighed by what we don't. The gods sent us to the Chapel of Mitra above us, probably in answer to someone's prayers, but we don't know whose or what those prayers were."

He sighs and taps the hilt of the dagger in its scabbard on his belt.

"This is going to sound really weird but will you let me try to stab you?" he asked. "The gods have forbade us to harm the innocent, you see, so if I try to stab you it should hurt me instead and not harm you at all. I really, really don't want to but it is the surest way to be certain about you and prove whose side we are on."
Leisha
 player, 137 posts
Mon 11 Apr 2016
at 17:57
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha winces, and then shakes her head.  "Good heavens, Brindle, that's a terrible idea.  I'll grant that any number of thesauri match `innocent' to `pure', but they really are different terms.  Holomir is a Lion of Mitra - a paladin who gave his life nobly, probably in defense of any number of innocents, and was honored by being brought back to protect, in this case, the fallen Tower.  He, himself, probably doesn't qualify as innocent, for our purposes: He most definitely has a stake and a side in this conflict."
Cogwitz
 player, 52 posts
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 06:14
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz had heard what Holomir had said about the acolytes that had ran the other way and were screaming out.  He hadn't thought much of it before, but a thought came to him.  If Holomir is guarding the fallen tower of Mitra right here, then perhaps the way the acolytes went is where the dark tower is.  We couldn't find anything above ground, but maybe it is all below ground now.

Cogwitz then looked to Holomir, Am I right?
Brindle
 player, 698 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 12 Apr 2016
at 15:06
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle looked decidedly relieved when Leisha pointed out the folly of his suggestion.

"Phew! Thank goodness you are here," he told her.

Cogwitz's idea sounded even more inspired and he eagerly looked to the Lion of Mitra for confirmation.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 69 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Wed 13 Apr 2016
at 14:19
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn stands alone at the edge of the pit, listening to the screams wafting up from below and fearing the worst.  He swallows his pride and quickly returns to the entrance.  With obvious difficulty, but no lack of sincerity, he speaks stiffly to the orc.  "Wrukaog, I heard screams from the pit.  I fear our comrades are in peril.  Or worse, they may be continuing the quest without us.  I regret that I misjudged you when first we met.  It is now clear that we were each chosen by our gods because we bring what is needed, and that we are meant to cooperate to fulfill this quest despite our differences.  I ask now for your aid, for I am unable to climb down."  He leans closer so that his voice need not carry.  "Would you lower me on the rope?"
Wrukaog
 player, 58 posts
Fri 15 Apr 2016
at 20:34
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc's eyes roll around toward Tesseryn as he speaks, showing no sign of dislike or annoyance, and even less of a sign of appreciation or amusement. When he leans in closer near the end to speak quietly, the orc's blank face flashes with a brief wave of impatience.

After all is said, Wrukaog places his glare back toward the direction the sheriff et. al. left toward, and stands up. He backpedals toward the shrine entryway for a couple of steps before turning and nodding toward the armored human as he enters.

This message was last edited by the player at 16:06, Sat 16 Apr 2016.

Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 70 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 16 Apr 2016
at 02:18
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn glances briefly towards the sky then follows solemnly in Wrukaog's wake.  At the pit he pulls up the knotted rope and makes a loop to fasten around his chest, under the armpits, then he sits at the edge of the pit. "Wrukaog ... thankyou."
Wrukaog
 player, 60 posts
Sat 16 Apr 2016
at 16:05
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc takes the rope in his hands, nods, and lets it go taut. "Pull twice, hard, to come up."

The weight seems easily handled, and down goes Tesseryn.
Skald
 GM, 1152 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 14:26
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
As Wrukaog prepares to lower Tesseryn, they can make out but the murmur of voices below ...

For all the weight of the Paladin's armour, it is as but nothing to the mighty Orc who lowers Tesseryn quickly and easily, the faint light below allowing Wrukaog to see when his burden is safely delivered.
Brindle
 player, 699 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 15:15
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle walks over to the southern door and peers inside into the darkness.

"If we are going in there we will need some light. I have a sunrod we can use if no one else has a lantern," he offers.

While the others are making their own preparations he takes a moment to cast a spell upon himself before they go any further.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 519 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sun 17 Apr 2016
at 15:18
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Tell us more of this curse, good Holomir..."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 71 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 19 Apr 2016
at 14:46
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn removes the rope and gives a stout tug to indicate to Wrukaog that he is free of the rope.  He picks up the glowing pebble from the floor and passes it to Brindle.  It will glow for nearly an hour yet.

He steps towards the armoured man and raises a hand in salute.  "Indeed I am no knight, although I am sworn to uphold the tradition of chivalry.  Tesseryn Brightsoul, the Arm of Dauros, God of Justice in the distant land of Ardania.  These companions and I were sent by our Gods to aid Mitra's faithful in their struggle against the resurgent minions of Set."  That whole 'sort it out' speech was a little too vague for his taste.  "And you sir?  Are you the guardian of Mitra's long buried tower?"

This message was last edited by the player at 14:51, Tue 19 Apr 2016.

Brindle
 player, 700 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 19 Apr 2016
at 15:20
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle smiles brightly as he accepts the glowing pebble from the paladin.

"Thanks! This will do nicely."

He waits for Tesseryn and Aurion to finish questioning Holomir before venturing through the southern door.
Wrukaog
 player, 62 posts
Tue 19 Apr 2016
at 18:57
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog stays near enough to the pit to notice the rope being yanked on or distant yells, looking around the shrine, and paying special attention to the doorway or people approaching it.

The rope will be tied to something sturdy, if such a thing can be found.
Skald
 GM, 1154 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 24 Apr 2016
at 14:09
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle is pleased indeed to take charge of the brightly glowing stone, and the two Halflings wait with alleged patience for the questioning of the Lion of Mitra to conclude, their attention fixed on the door to the south and the perils beyond.

"It is the curse of evil that besets all mankind," Holomir explains to Aurion. "And the duty to all of goodwill to strive to overcome this evil that folk can live in the peace and love of the Light !"

But it is to Tesseryn that the guardian extends the warmest welcome.  While knowledge of Dauros is undoubtedly beyond the ken of the people of these lands, it is perhaps something in the Paladin's bearing or his pattern of speech that denotes that this is a kindred spirit.  Or Tesseryn's pledge of assistance ...

"I am," he assures the Paladin proudly.  "It has been the sacred duty of myself and my Brothers these many years to ward the entrance to the White Tower from any foe, a duty in which we have never failed !"

"If you would assist us, then I salute you and would call you friend !  He looks to Tesseryn for a few moments, considering, then prises a ring from his finger, holding it out to the Paladin.

"This is 'Mitra's Favour' ... it will ward you and your companions from evil.  Take it and my prayers go with you."

Up above, Wrukaog keeps watch, taking the opportunity of the blessed quiet in the Shrine above to look around while keeping careful watch, both on the door and the rope that is secured around the bench over the pit, the stillness only broken by the words that drift up from below, muffled, but understandable.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 72 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 02:04
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"I am honoured to wear Mitra's ring on behalf of this fellowship."  He kneels to accept the ring and places it on his left hand beneath the mailed gauntlet.  He rises and continues "We admire your long and dutiful service, Sir Holomir, and would have you know that there is Light yet in the world.  The darkness growing in the village of Mitra's Fist has not yet spread to the lands beyond, and when we have crushed the Cult of Set this threat will be forever gone.  Our Gods have charged us with this Quest, however, in their infinite wisdom they had not deemed it necessary to provide specific directions as to where the first blow ought to be struck.  Can you aid us further and direct us towards our goal?"

Tesseryn gestures towards the knotted rope hanging behind him.  "We have one more companion yet tho descend, an orc named Wrukaog.  It was he who lowered me on the rope, for I am unable to climb in this armour.  He would seem an unlikely addition to our fellowship, yet the Gods have decreed that he join our Quest.  And I vouch for him personally.  I would ask that you tolerate his presence here for the sake of the greater good."
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 520 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 06:26
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion rests his hand on his tummy, the all to saccharine meeting of the local-Paladins-mutual-admiration-society having upset the poor thing. he hoped they would stop short of the traditional penis measuring and testicle weighing...

"Look, do you have anything more concrete in the way of a curse? Something less all-encompassing then 'the curse of all mankind? Something more specific, that we might be able to help with? Because I gotta tell you, the only cure to all-the-evil-in-the-world would be the end of days, and I suspect that's a bit out of our league."
Brindle
 player, 701 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 25 Apr 2016
at 08:21
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"I just had a nasty thought," Brindle mutters to himself before addressing Sir Holomir.

"Is there someone as evil as you are good that is guarding the evil tower? Is that what all that screaming was about? Will that ring help us get past that guardian?"
Skald
 GM, 1155 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 1 May 2016
at 12:54
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Holomir seems oblivious to Aurion's sudden bilious attack, but inclines his head respectfully to Tesseryn, most pleased with that worthy's most proper gratitude for the gift of Mitra, and moreso for the pledge the Paladin makes.

"An Orc ?  If such a creature accompanies yourself, then I must trust to your judgment and shall welcome his presence at your side," the Lion proclaims magnanimously.  "Mitra's Light shines upon all and all creatures of goodwill may seek his blessings."

"Beyond that door," he glances towards Aurion, addressing his response to the Elf as well as Tesseryn, "lies a maze of chambers and passages betwixt the Tower of Light and the Tower of Darkness, and there evil stalks," he glowers, teeth clenched.  "Undoubtedly those who fled were either not recognised by their own kind, else welcomed most cruelly."

"Thus far, the attempts upon the White Tower have met with failure, but they grow ever stronger, and though the White Tower has prevailed, it may be that such evil cannot be contained forever."  This last he admits but reluctantly, though his tone suggests that it is only by stepping over his cooling corpse that evil will get past him.

"Evil turns upon itself, as it always must, and as oft as not struggle each against the other to raise themselves up in the sight of the dark god they serve."

"The entrance to the Dark Tower lies far below, warded by dark magics.  Guardians too you will find, demons ... and those who style themselves sons of the dark god," he tells Brindle in response to the Halfling's question.  "The ring will offer some protection against evil wherever  you may find it."

"The path between the towers is to be endured, the tests you will face there meant but to weaken and delay you, though for each you overcome the cause of evil is set back a pace.  So too those of stout hearts may find artifacts of Mitra, long lost, now mere myth and rumour."

"The dangers are great."

"As to how to destroy the evil ?"  He shakes his head.  "Many have tried ... none have returned."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 75 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 1 May 2016
at 13:39
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Thank you, Sir Holomir.  By the grace of Dauros, and Mitra, may we be equal to the test!"  Tesseryn's golden eyes gleam with fervent determination as he turns towards the door taken by the acolytes, drawing his greatsword as he crosses the floor.  One hand upon the door he calls upon the divine for protection "Energies of Light!" and is surrounded by red-gold shimmering light as he presses without hesitation through the door.
Brindle
 player, 702 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 1 May 2016
at 14:52
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Thanks, Sir Holomir. Wish us good luck and godspeed!" Brindle exclaims as he darts after Tesseryn holding the lighted pebble aloft to light their way.
Cogwitz
 player, 53 posts
Sun 1 May 2016
at 15:13
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
When Cogwitz heard there will be tests along the way, he was certain that there would also be traps and such along the way as well.  Hopefully with the friends he has now, they will be able to overcome these tests and get to fight the evil.

Thank you very much Holomir.  Sure hope we will meet again.
Leisha
 player, 139 posts
Sun 1 May 2016
at 15:15
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Boys?" Leisha calls after the two as they start towards the door. "If this is indeed 'it', as it seems to be, shouldn't someone shimmy back up and invite our Orc friend who we remembered just two minutes ago, before we go too much further?"
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 76 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 2 May 2016
at 04:12
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn freezes with his hand on the door, then turns and levels his gaze at Leisha.  Beneath the red-gold glow it is difficult to read the colour of his face.  "Yes, of course."

He returns to the knotted rope and calls up.  Wrukaog.  The beginning of the quest lies before us, down here, a maze of tunnels beset with traps and perils that leads to the tower of Set.  I think it would be wise for you to join us.  Is it just the shimmering glow, or is Tesseryn actually twitching with anticipation...?
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 522 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 2 May 2016
at 04:35
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Pleased with finally having some direction, Aurion quickly forget Sir Hollow and prepares to advance.
Wrukaog
 player, 64 posts
Mon 2 May 2016
at 16:32
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc can be heard giving an unpleasant snort. A few benches can be heard scooting around a bit, and a short moment later Wrukaog has lowered himself down the rope relatively effortlessly.

Once down, he takes in the visage of the old man, but saying nothing to or about him.

Speaking to nobody in particular after turning away from the old man and toward the apparent direction to head, "I will will watch the backside of the parade, then. Do your best not to lead us into anything stupid."
Leisha
 player, 141 posts
Mon 2 May 2016
at 19:00
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha's mouth opens, draws in a breath, stays open for a moment, and then closes, leaving behind only a smile.

She turns briefly back to Holomir, offering a friendly wave.  "Thank you again, hope to see you on our way out," she says, optimistically.
Brindle
 player, 703 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 3 May 2016
at 13:51
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle was obviously guilty of the minor traffic offence of following too closely, as he banged head first into Tesseryn's armoured derriere when the paladin halted suddenly at the door. Brindle shook his head to clear it and rubbed his forehead to sooth the dull ache the impact had caused.

He glares back at Wrukaog.

"You knew that was going to happen, didn't you? I hate fortune-tellers whose prophesies are so obscure you only understand their prediction after it has come true!"

He sniffs and turns back to follow Tesseryn through the door, already wishing he wasn't standing quite so close behind the paladin when he took that theatrical sniff of indignation!
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 77 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 3 May 2016
at 14:30
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Roses.

Wrukaog's words strike a chord with Tesseryn.  Nothing worthwhile is gained by stupidity.  He takes a steadying breath, then gestures with a glowing arm for the halflings to precede him, that they may proceed with caution and use their talents to avert whatever calamity he may have stumbled into in his haste.  He falls into line behind them, locking his sword in hand as he waits.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 523 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Wed 4 May 2016
at 05:06
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion joins the parade, somewhere in the middle...
Wrukaog
 player, 65 posts
Wed 4 May 2016
at 09:26
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc responds to the halfling. [Language unknown:  "On sses ionticundheryinnotich son wer haho e."] From his tone, and deadpan manner, it would be very easy to believe his remark.

He holds his two-handed greataxe at his side, hand high on the haft at its center of gravity, and with his other hand pulls a javelin from between his pack and back to keep at the ready.
Skald
 GM, 1157 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 4 May 2016
at 14:25
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Though all are keen to race off and confront the unfathomable evil of the Dark Tower, Leisha, sounds the sole voice of reason when she suggests that Wrukaog and his axe might provide some much needed assistance with that.

It is Tesseryn with glowing cheeks that calls up to invite Wrukaog down ... a feat which the big Orc accomplishes with but a minimum of fuss and furniture removal. 

The smile that lit upon Holomir's face as he beheld your eagerness wavers somewhat in the face of Wrukaog ... but after only a moment of stern consideration his eyes widen in surprise and he nods respectfully towards him.

With goodbyes spoken, the Halflings move to the fore, backed by Tesseryn, the Orc at the rear of the group and Leisha and  Aurion fair to middling.  And so you advance ...

The pebble in Brindle's hand reveals a small chamber of rough stone as pass through the door, moving forwards carefully towards the sound of distant crunching noises that set nearly everyone's teeth on edge.  You follow the curve of the wall, the earth beneath your feet masking your footfalls down a short tunnel that opens into a larger cave.  The lifesize statue of Mitra fashioned from solid silver ... the fallen jars from which spill hundreds, perhaps thousands of copper pieces ... all of these you merely gloss over as your eyes fall upon the five hunched and gaunt figures that seem to be feeding upon the corpses of the acolytes who fled this way. 

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 78 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 8 May 2016
at 09:46
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"The unholy are near." Tesseryn announces as his greatsword lights with flickering golden flames.  He steps forward 10' past the halflings and holds forth his holy symbol, the scales of justice that hang about his neck.  "In the name of Dauros I condemn thee!"

OOC: dice roller is on the side of the undead.  This turning attempt may fail given ghouls have +2 turn resistance...

This message was last edited by the player at 09:46, Sun 08 May 2016.

Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 524 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 9 May 2016
at 19:11
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Uncertain that creatures that kill and feed on evil folks are necessarily a bad thing, Aurion holds off on expending his eldrich energies for the nonce, but he does step out of the way should the Orc wish to rush by him...
Cogwitz
 player, 55 posts
Tue 10 May 2016
at 14:31
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz saw the dead looking things eating the flesh of the acolytes that had just run this way.  He wasn't quite sure what they were at first so he stepped aside for the bigger folk and studied the things while pulling his weapons out of their sheaths.

16:30, Today: Cogwitz rolled 19 using 1d20+13.  knowledge religion check
Brindle
 player, 704 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Wed 11 May 2016
at 11:09
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle had no hesitation in identifying flesh-eating undead as the enemies of all living beings and responded accordingly. He immediately spoke an incantation and pointed at the undead 10 feet in front of him. A fiery bolt shot from his fingertip to strike the closest undead creature.
Then he quickly stepped back to let the paladin step forward.

Ooc: casts Kelgore's fire bolt
Rolled 15 to hit with ranged touch attack and 16 up damage.

This message was last edited by the player at 11:18, Wed 11 May 2016.

Skald
 GM, 1163 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 13 Jun 2016
at 14:03
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn does his best, bravely stepping forward to present the symbol of his god and in Dauros' name damning the undead in no uncertain terms ... but though the creatures quail away it is but a momentary thing and they turn, shuffling towards the paladin, their glowing eyes fixed surely upon him.

Aurion, Cogwitz and Brindle all take one step back, though Brindle pauses for a moment to unleash a fiery bolt at the closest ghoul which falls to the ground, engulfed in flames, twitching for but a short time before the fires consume it and it is still. 

The rest of the creatures do not heed this warning, throwing themselves forward to bite and claw at Tesseryn, though the Paladin's faith sustains him, their attacks striking uselessly against his brightly shining plate armour.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Leisha
 player, 143 posts
Mon 13 Jun 2016
at 15:38
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha resists the urge to join in all the stepping forward and backward, choosing to stay right where she is.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 525 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 13 Jun 2016
at 22:10
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Beware, Master Brightsoul, I am about to make the footing in front of you quite slippery."

He trusts that the creatures do not comprehend Common, but their was little they could do about it if they did.

Reaching into his pouch, he tosses a stick of butter onto the ground under the Paladins foes feet, while muttering words not meant for mortal ear.
Cogwitz
 player, 57 posts
Tue 14 Jun 2016
at 06:29
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz having seen these creatures once before knew exactly what they were capable of.  Be ware of their attack it can paralyze you leaving you vulnerable.

Having said his warning Cogwitz then begins his own prayer for protection.

Cast protection from evil.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 79 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 14 Jun 2016
at 14:23
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn grimaces as the ghouls advance and gnash their teeth at him but is heartened to see one fall to Brindle's flame.  Aurion's warning has him scanning the ground before him and planting his feet firmly "Then I shall neither advance nor give ground, Master Moonbeak."  And to Cogwitz warning he replies "Indeed.  I shall endeavour to let none pass."  He swings his greatsword at the solitary ghoul to his right.
Brindle
 player, 705 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Wed 15 Jun 2016
at 14:53
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle takes a moment to study the situation, sees one ghoul dispatched (hopefully) by Tesseryn's blade and others destabilised by Aurion's conjuration, so he levels his wand at whichever is least disadvantaged by those attacks and speaks a word that will be incomprehensible to most of his companions.

[Language unknown:  "Adomevri!"]

Four little orange balls of light streak from the wand and slam into one of the ghouls. (On Tesseryn's left, not on the greased patch, or whichever seems the greatest threat to Tesseryn at the moment.)

OOC: Brindle rolled 11 using 4d4+4.  Magic missiles at a ghoul.
Skald
 GM, 1164 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 19 Jun 2016
at 14:38
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
While Leisha silently observes the almost balletic movement of her companions, Cogwitz calls out a warning and hurriedly offers up a prayer to his deity.

Aurion, however offers more practical assistance in the form of a series of arcane gestures and words that cause the area in front of Tesseryn to glisten as they become slick with a layer of slippery grease.

Acknowledging both Elf and Halfling, the Paladin makes sure of his footing and carefully positions his blade before lashing out with a mighty blow that strikes the ghoul creeping up behind him, chopping the creature in half !

Watching all this carefully, Brindle renews his assault, this time switching to his wand and targeting the furthermost of the ghouls with a barrage of mystical spheres that leave it badly burned and hissing in pain.

With a snort at all the gesturing, Wrukaog pushes his way through the crowd to stand shoulder to shoulder with Tesseryn (though truth be told, the Orc tops the Paladin by several inches), bringing his own great axe to bear, though with its unsteady footing, his chosen victim slips and slides around, causing the blow to miss, the ground fairly shaking as the axe head crashes into the rock.

The wounded ghoul draws close and the two standing in the slippery area that Aurion created somehow manage to retain their footing as all three of the remaining creatures attack the Paladin !

Claws slash and teeth bite, only to be deflected by Tesseryn's platemail for the most part, but one of the horrid creatures latches on to the Paladin arm, its teeth somehow finding a gap in his seeming impenetrable armour to penetrate the flesh beneath the metal shell ! 

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Brindle
 player, 706 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 19 Jun 2016
at 15:01
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle wrinkles his nose at the stench of the undead and points his wand again at the same ghoul, repeating the command word again to send another set of 4 missiles hurtling toward that ghoul. [Language unknown:   "Blevirnceous!"]

OOC: Brindle rolled 13 using 4d4+4.  Magic missiles at a ghoul.
Cogwitz
 player, 58 posts
Mon 20 Jun 2016
at 16:31
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz couldn't just sit back and let the others fight his battles.  Brindle was casting globes of magic at the undead things and Cogwitz had to join.  He moved along the right side of the battle and tumbled into position so that he could get flanking with Tessryn.  He then struck out with one of his kukri's.

The strike hits the ghoul, but doesn't cause a lot of damage. 3 damage
18:30, Today: Cogwitz rolled 3 using d3+d6.  damage.
18:27, Today: Cogwitz rolled 17 using 1d20+10.  attack.
18:22, Today: Cogwitz rolled 32 using 1d20+15.  tumble.

Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 526 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 20 Jun 2016
at 19:30
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
With a flick of his wrist and a short incantation, Aurion fires a reay of bright warm light at the beast who has latched it's teeth into the Paladin.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 81 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 27 Jun 2016
at 12:55
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
OOC: sorry I'm late, been busy.

Tesseryn grimaces as the Ghoul's foul teeth bite into his arm and the paralysis poison sinks in.  His spine stiffens as memories rise unbidden of the last time he was surrounded by the undead ... the horror ... the shame.  Is he destined once again to die fighting side-by-side with companions sworn to a sacred yet doomed quest?  Then an axe shakes the ground nearby and Cogwitz appears as foes are scorched with magic.  Tesseryn shakes off memories and paralysis and wields his sword a measured stroke which smites in two another ghoul, the one in the middle, leaving foes already wounded to be picked off by comrades in arms.
Skald
 GM, 1165 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 27 Jun 2016
at 13:51
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
With grim determination, Brindle looses another barrage of glowing missiles against the ghoul who suffered his attentions earlier ... and this time is rewarded as the foul creature succumbs to the blast.

Aurion too makes use of his magical talents, sending a ray of bright light arcing towards another of the foe, though his spell fails to hit its target as the ghoul's feet slide out from under it, sending it crashing to the ground. 

Bravely, Cogwitz rushes forwards, ducking and diving as he rolls into position on the far side of the undead, rising to his feet despite the slick surface to plunge his dagger into the back of the nearest.

Roused by his companion's efforts, Tesseryn shakes off the poison of the ghoul's bite to bring his sword about to dissect another of the creatures, his blade once more proving a powerful weapon against such evil.

Not to be outdone, and growling fair to still the blood in the veins of any foe that was not already past such mortal concerns, Wrukaog lifts his mighty axe once more, this time wielding it with far more accuracy, if no less vim and vigor, the blade crushing rather than cutting through the torso of the last of the undead, sending it back to whatever hell spawned it. 

Victory is yours !

The floor of the cavern is littered with corpses - five ghouls and four acolytes - though the silver statue of Mitra and the spilled jars of coin have suffered not at all in the course of the battle.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 527 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 27 Jun 2016
at 14:03
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Glad to see the issue resolved so quickly, Aurion ignores the bodies and the booty to examine the room more closely.

Given the nature of their quest, he was unlikely to risk looting the temple, the others could do as they wished.
Cogwitz
 player, 59 posts
Tue 28 Jun 2016
at 12:15
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
As Wrukaog finishes off the last of the ghouls Cogwitz celebrates with a soft Yes!  Way to go everyone.  Now I meant to say earlier before the ghouls came at us that there is a secret door at the southern end of the room.  I am not above gathering the spoils in the room, but I think it could wait to we come out.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 82 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Wed 29 Jun 2016
at 11:09
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Praise Dauros."  Tesseryn offers quietly as he stoops to wipe his sword on a ghoul's rags.  He makes careful note that the tiny golden flames that flicker along the blade when undead are near are truly extinguished.

He stands and regards his companions "Well fought one and all.  His shimmering red-gold aura sputters out leaving just the plain paladin.  He makes no comment regarding the spilled coins, seemingly disinterested. Let us test both exits."  He moves to the obvious door and tries the handle.
Brindle
 player, 707 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Wed 29 Jun 2016
at 15:29
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle moves forward to the middle of the room so the glowing pebble in his hand provides light for all to see where they are going.

"Nice idea, Cogwitz, but this is the first time you've been on one of these missions, isn't it? The way it works is we are stuck here until we complete the mission, then we are whisked away before anyone can even say thank you! You don't get a chance to hang around afterwards to take your pick of the treasures laying all around you or to collect a reward from whoever's prayers you have answered. So if you see something you think should be your just reward for the dangers we face, I suggest you pick it up and stow it away in your pack for safe keeping. I'm pretty sure that's what Olidammara would want me to do, anyway. The Gods help those who help themselves!" He finishes with a grin.

Despite his words the piles of copper coins and the heavy silver statue don't interest him at all. Instead he starts inspecting the bodies of the dead acolytes.
Leisha
 player, 145 posts
Wed 29 Jun 2016
at 20:01
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"One and most, anyway," Leisha corrects Tesseryn self-consciously, with a guilty shrug.  "Not sure I helped very much with that."

Brindle's rundown for Cogwitz is met with a quiet, curious look, and a long silence, though, before she finally nods a little and agrees, "That all seems very true, though this is only my second time.  Last time, at least, we knew when the end had arrived and had a few seconds to grab whatever was close, and then.."  She shrugs.  "I was home.  Still, weighing ourselves down with copper doesn't sound very helpful, and surviving is still paramount, I think.  Given the nature of our quest here... while it is possible we will just delve down this side of things and sort it all out to everyone's satisfaction, I do suspect we will have to take at least a peek into Mitra's tower as well before we go home, so it seems likely to me that we will be back through here anyway."

"But," she allows, "That's just a guess, clearly."
Cogwitz
 player, 60 posts
Fri 1 Jul 2016
at 08:50
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Heeding the words of the others, Cogwitz searches through the things scattered about to see if he can find something of use.  Cogwitz also cast a spell hoping to aid him in his search.

10:49, Today: Cogwitz rolled 19 using 1d20+11.  search check.
Skald
 GM, 1167 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Fri 8 Jul 2016
at 14:09
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
As Wrukaog noisily levers his axe out of the now still corpse of a ghoul, Leisha and Brindle off some helpful advice to those new to being favoured of the gods.

Tesseryn stops glowing and dutifully cleans his now quiet blade, offering thanks to Dauros while Aurion proceeds to search the room, Cogwitz looks to the spoils, and his fellow Halfling turns his interest to the partly munched bodies of the unfortunate acolytes. 

With the curiosity and greed of those worthies satisfied, the Paladin steps over the stinking corpses of the undead and makes his way to the southern door, shouldering it open ...

Beyond, Tesseryn can see naught, but as Brindle joins him at the opening the glowing pebble the Halfling clutches pushes back the darkness and reveals tunnels curving away leftwards and before the pair, while a third leads to the right, holding straight and true, though towards its end another tunnel joins it ... and the rough-hewn walls give way to regular stone blocks as the passage continues on, while another joins it from the left.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 529 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Fri 8 Jul 2016
at 14:31
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion finds himself studying the statue of Mitra...
Cogwitz
 player, 61 posts
Sat 9 Jul 2016
at 06:43
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
After kicking around a few copper pieces to see if there are any coins worth taking, Cogwitz moves to the open door in the south where Brindle and Tesseryn are.  In a soft voice he asks, so what did you find?
Brindle
 player, 708 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 10 Jul 2016
at 03:10
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"The only thing those four acolytes were carrying were these amulets," Brindle replies, holding up four amulets on the cords that had been around the acolytes' necks. Each amulet has a stylised lion, the symbol of goodly Mitra, upon its face and the coiled serpent, symbol of the evil god Set on the obverse.

"I think I will keep one as a souvenir. Who else wants one?" he asks.

Brindle waits at the doorway with the glowing pebble until everyone else is ready to move on then he points down the straight corridor leading off to his right (i.e. left side of the game map).

"That looks like it leads to a more regular corridor, so lets try that way, shall we?"
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 530 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sun 10 Jul 2016
at 03:25
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion will take one of the amulets as well... "Should we detect for magic in this room?" Sorry if someone did that, tired right now.
Brindle
 player, 709 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 10 Jul 2016
at 05:13
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle shrugs.

"There may be a lot more rooms ahead of us. Maybe we should just collect anything that looks interesting and detect for magic on the whole lot a bit later on?"
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 531 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sun 10 Jul 2016
at 22:20
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Fine, you carry the statue and all the copper... and the bodies of course."
Brindle
 player, 710 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 11 Jul 2016
at 14:45
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"No thanks. I don't think any of them are very interesting," Brindle responds with a chuckle. "Look, if we get through this place without finding anything more interesting or we can't think where else to go or what to do next, and if my powers haven't been exhausted by more urgent needs, then I will be happy to wander about checking every room for magic. But, let's face it, this whole place is probably awash with magical auras of one sort or another anyway."
Skald
 GM, 1169 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 13 Jul 2016
at 14:39
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion reaches out to the statue of Mitra ...

... but seemingly the Elf's touch does not offend the Sun God and he joins Cogwitz in a discussion with Brindle regarding amulets and the treasure.  Nobody is very keen to drag around the obviously weighty statue and all but worthless coppers ... and even less so to carry the bodies of the dead.

With Tesseryn at the fore and the glowing pebble providing light, you cautiously make your way down the rough stone tunnel to the more regular corridor beyond stopping at the corner.

To the west the corridor continues about fifty feet before the way is blocked by a heavy curtain.  Southwards it continues about twice that, with an opening, a single door and a double door in the eastern wall before it gives way to a larger chamber of which you can make out only a portion, though from what you can see, it seems to be a temple, judging by the wooden pews.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 532 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Wed 13 Jul 2016
at 21:08
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"I've found some sort of map..."

He offers to show it to the others...
Skald
 GM, 1171 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Thu 14 Jul 2016
at 12:00
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
OOC: For those who wish to look at the map Aurion found, see Game Map for Group A
Brindle
 player, 711 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 14 Jul 2016
at 13:35
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle puzzles over the map for a few moments then shrugs his shoulders.

"Well done. I have no idea where we are or what it means yet but I'm sure it will come in handy soon enough. So, are we all ready to move on now?"
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 84 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Thu 14 Jul 2016
at 14:28
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn nods appraisingly as he studies the map Aurion found.  He belatedly treats the bite left by the ghoul on his arm, taking a silver beaker from a pouch and muttering "Let Agrela help" before taking a sip.  He moves to the curtain and draws it aside, sword at the ready.
Skald
 GM, 1174 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 12:28
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
After having a quick draught of something medicinal, Tesseryn moves down the western passage, the sword in his hand glowing very faintly as he throws the curtain aside to reveal a large chamber, perhaps forty feet square, its walls lined with heavy drapes, unpatterned but clearly expensive and fairly new.  Shadows from the flames dancing in five braziers placed around the perimiter flicker on the ceiling thirty feet above.

In the centre of the room, on cold stone flags, stands a large gold bowl, seemingly empty. 

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Leisha
 player, 149 posts
Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 15:52
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha looks at the map, nodding thoughtfully.  "Interesting, if indeed a bit lacking in context.  You found this with the statue?" she asks. 

Coming up behind Tesseryn, she looks into the room over his shoulder.  "Hm.  Scrying?  Or summoning, perhaps," she muses.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 535 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 19:23
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Once Leisha has finished examining the map, Aurion will put it away, and move forward to stand by Master Brightsoul, glancing into the room and examining the drapes.
Brindle
 player, 712 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 14:28
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle joins them at the entrance to the room and looks at the placement of the 5 braziers around the golden bowl.

"Reminds me of a pentagram," he says. "Summoning or scrying, indeed! What do you reckon, Master Tesseryn? Add holy water to see or hear something special? I've still got one vial of holy water if we want to try it. Or can you detect any trace of evil here?"

He will retrieve the vial of holy water from his backpack if anyone feels like experimenting but he makes no move to try it himself.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 86 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 15:32
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"There is indeed an evil presence in this room.  And the unholy are near.  Conduct your experiments, Brindle, I shall stand guard."  He moves towards the bowl, sword at the ready, while concentrating on finding the source of the evil aura.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 536 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 23:04
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion ponders if the pentagram is used to keep something in, or if there might be some other purpose.

16:04, Today: Aurion Moonbeak rolled 24 using 1d20+10.  Knowledge Arcana.

This message was last edited by the player at 09:40, Fri 22 July 2016.

Brindle
 player, 713 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 21 Jul 2016
at 14:31
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"No thanks!" Brindle responds emphatically to Tesseryn. "If there's an evil presence here then holy water is only likely to make it mad. I think I'll wait until we know what we doing before I try that."

After a glance at Aurion's pensive pose Brindle decides to copy him and peers thoughtfully into the room, too.
Skald
 GM, 1175 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 24 Jul 2016
at 13:02
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The crowd grows around the door as Leisha, Brindle and Aurion seek to survey the arrangement of braziers and bowl, though in their caution the three between them blocking Cogwitz view, much to the halfling's vexation at the hindrance.  Wrukaog, of course, has little interest in what lies beyond, though Tesseryn's words at least provide for some optimism.

Irked most mightily by the unholy presences he can sense, Tesseryn enters the room, moving towards the bowl, his dimly glowing sword suddenly burning brightly as the braziers flare up, sending a stream of flame along the floor to the golden bowl in the centre of the chamber.  In a puff of sulfurous smoke, two armoured figures appear next to each brazier, ten of them in all, surrounging the Paladin, eyeless sockets set within a yellowed skull staring at him as they start to advance, rusted swords raised up in fingers of bone ...

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 537 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sun 24 Jul 2016
at 13:46
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Well that wasn't good... expected, yes, but not good."

He hoped the Paladin lived long enough to learn from his mistake, and take things a bit more careful...

taking aim at one of the warriors across the room, Aurion fires a ray of positive energy from his hand.
Brindle
 player, 714 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 24 Jul 2016
at 14:24
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Summoning, yes, that's what it is for!" Brindle is pleased with himself for about half a second before he realises the revelation came a bit too late to be useful.

He points his wand at the closest armoured figure along the northern wall and speaks the command word [Language unknown:  "Oltathut!"] to fire a stream of 4 orange-glowing magic missiles to slam into it.

OOC: Brindle rolled 16 using 4d4+4.  Magic missile.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 87 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 24 Jul 2016
at 15:44
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Evil has revealed itself."  Curiosity satisfied, Tesseryn steps back 5' to the northeast to defend those he has endangered by triggering the trap.  He swings his greatsword at the skeleton closest to Leisha.  (20 to hit, 30 dmg)
Cogwitz
 player, 62 posts
Sun 24 Jul 2016
at 21:18
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz couldn't see a whole lot and it frustrated him greatly.  Suddenly Brindle and Aurion fire off spells at something in the room.  He decided to peek around Leisha to see what was in there while drawing his blades.

Leisha if there is something that needs killing perhaps you should let me through.
Wrukaog
 player, 70 posts
Tue 26 Jul 2016
at 18:53
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Since we're playing kinda fast and loose here with initiative, can I assume Wrukaog takes a running jump and slam at the skeleton to the right of the top brazier? I'm also assuming that nothing else has revealed the skeletons to be illusionary (at least to Wrukoag's view) or anything like that. And finally, if this would provoke an attack of opportunity from the skeleton he'd need to run by, then he'd just attack that one instead, if possible.

(If you can't tell, this sloppy combat stuff is totally new to me. :X)



The orc, a bit miffed at his previous inaccuracy, and even moreso at the continued presence of the undead, screams as he comes barging through the group of people in the doorway. He takes a short jump at the end of his path and slams his axe downward at the top of the first armored figure he can see, intending to push through it all the way down to the floor, and then into the floor another few inches for good measure.

Nat 1.

After the strike, which completely misses its target, he roars into the small room in violent frustration and anger, his voice as loud as two enraged elephants.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:58, Tue 26 July 2016.

Leisha
 player, 150 posts
Wed 27 Jul 2016
at 22:21
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Oh, by all means," Leisha agrees, stepping aside and gesturing Cogwitz forward theatrically.
Skald
 GM, 1177 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 13:49
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Those at the front see the danger even before Tesseryn does and react swiftly.  Aurion hurriedly mutters an incantation and a ray of bright light streams from his hand, only to spatter harmlessly against the stone wall as the armoured skeletons move en masse towards the Paladin.  Brindle has more luck with his wand, as a brace of glowing magical balls angle through the air to slam into the one that the Elf targeted, reducing it to dust.

Thinking only of others, Tesseryn takes a step back and swings his blade with deadly accuracy at the undead nearest Leisha, leaving another pile of fine dust as his sword completes its arc.

Drawing his blades, Cogwitz politely asks Leisha to let him pass... though everyone is shouldered aside as Wrukaog does not hesitate to come barging through, literally throwing himself into the fray.  The Orc's shouts only grow louder as his axe whistles past the skull of one of the skeletons and slams into the ground, shattering one of the flags into pieces ... though that might just as easily have been caused by his roar of frustration. 

Meanwhile Leisha equally politely steps back to make room for the Halfling who quickly enters the fray, nimbly leaning in with his blade and managing to stave in half the foe's ribcage, despite the awkward angle.

Perversely the undead seem oblivious to the presence of either Wrukaog or Cogwitz as they clamber to attack Tesseryn, though something seems to prevent them from simply overwhelming him with numbers ... and it seems Dauros must indeed greatly favour the Paladin for all but one blade whistles past him while his armour protects him from the last.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ... NB: Skeletons AC13, half damage from slashing/piercing weapons.
Brindle
 player, 719 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 15:27
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle is pleasantly surprised to see their front-line fighters quickly and efficiently forming a front line for this battle. That's a very comforting sign that this group of strangers will be able to work together as a team after all. Even better, he is a comfortable distance back from the blade-work!

He takes a moment to consider his options then lines up his wand again and fires off two pairs of orange-glowing magic missiles, one set passing close to Tesseryn's left hip and the other pair narrowly missing his right hip on their way to strike the two skeletons at the back of the battle, either side of the golden bowl.

OOC: Brindle rolled 7,8 using 2d4+2,2d4+2.  2 pairs of magic missiles at 2 skeletons.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 538 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 16:11
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion takes the opportunity to wield his magical rod and cause a small rain of stones to fall from above onto the largest cluster of skeletons.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:41, Wed 03 Aug 2016.

Wrukaog
 player, 71 posts
Sun 31 Jul 2016
at 19:15
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Still yelling from the same single breath from moments before, the orc changes tactics--this time swingnig sideways instead of downwards, and only slightly more controlled, in a great arc at the least feeble, most formidable-looking skeleton within range.

"within range" may mean taking a 5' step first if the two next to him in the map are already downed or look fairly non-threatening compared to some other nearby one, though even while enraged Wrukaog is (somewhat) aware of the concept and consequences of keeping a line and/or not becoming entirely encircled. Unless there's just a really mean-looking skeleton in impressive armor, then he'll probably just work his way toward that. Few things are more satisfying than smashing some smug-looking bastard in ornate-looking armor. (Can skeletons look smug without facial musculature?)

This message was last edited by the player at 21:54, Sun 31 July 2016.

Cogwitz
 player, 67 posts
Thu 4 Aug 2016
at 12:06
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz's last attack took a bit of bone from the skeleton just in front of him.  It seemed to completely ignore it and contineud to attack Tesseryn.  Apparently his holiness was distracting enough to let him inflict a little more damage than he normally would have.  So, he decides to strike again with both his blades.

14:03, Today: Cogwitz rolled 24,1,5,18,1,3 using d20+12,d3,d6,d20+12,d3,d6.  attack same skeleton.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 90 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Thu 4 Aug 2016
at 15:41
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn withstands the onslaught of the skeletons, relieved as his companions quickly begin to demolish them.  If any are left standing he will hold forth his holy symbol and condemn them.
Skald
 GM, 1180 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Fri 5 Aug 2016
at 14:22
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle looses another barrage of mystical energy from his wand which does a fine job of reducing another two of the skeletons to a fine dust, much to the Halfling's satisfaction.

Wielding his scepter-like rod of iron, Aurion intones the words of a spell, concentrating on the group of skeletons clustered before the golden bowl ...

Still keeping that roar going at a painful pitch, Wrukaog lashes out with his axe with a powerful blow that would make any of you watching really, really pleased that you weren't on the receiving end.  Indeed, the skeleton that has the ill-luck to be nearest to the rampaging Orc fairly explodes into uncountable shards as a result of that blow, never mind the natural proclivities of these creatures to tidy up after themselves.

The violent cracking of bone is followed by an equally terrifying vacuuming in of another double lung full of air as Wrukaog prepares to deal the same fate to the next foe.

Displeased that his foe survived his last effort, this time Cogwitz brings both blades to bear ... slicing through jawbone and spine in a more skillful if less spectacular display than the Orc's, though the result is the same as the skeleton falls to add to the dust coating the stone slabs.

... finally Aurion's spell reaches its conclusion and a shower of stone rains down upon those skeletons caught beneath it.  As the Elf shifts his focus, so too do the stones adjust their flight as they pelt the skeleton's smashing bone and finishing off another three of them. 

One single undead remains, and Tesseryn lifts his holy symbol, and the holy light of Dauros bathes the skeleton, which immediately turns and rushes to the far south west corner of the chamber where it stands, swaying slightly, duly chastened.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 91 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 5 Aug 2016
at 14:32
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn moves back towards the bowl at the centre of the room. "Do you still wish to conduct your experiment Brindle?" He concentrates on detecting evil.
Brindle
 player, 720 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 5 Aug 2016
at 15:09
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Not if it is evil," he responds quite emphatically. "Pouring holy water into an evil bowl could be really dangerous. What do you detect?"

If it does not detect as evil then Brindle will risk pouring his flask of holy water into the golden bowl.
Skald
 GM, 1181 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 06:15
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Now that the obstacles to his desire have been removed, the Paladin continues forwards to stand by the golden bowl, reaching out once more with his god-given powers to see if the routing of the skeletons has cleansed the chamber of evil's taint ... but shaking his head sadly as he finds the aura of evil here undiminished.
Wrukaog
 player, 74 posts
Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 09:00
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Pretty sure this would have happened before anyone had much time to start deliberating...

Wrukaog wastes no time in making another running leap at last remaining threat, swinging his axe downward squarely into the wretched, cowarding thing, and letting out a *HWAH* at the start of his swing that is punctuated by his axe rending the floor apart once more after it makes its way through the body of the skeleton.

10:56, Today: Wrukaog rolled 31 using 1d20+14.  Raged, PA (-4), Charging.
10:57, Today: Wrukaog rolled 34 using 1d12+25.  damage, PA +8.

This message was last edited by the player at 09:49, Sat 06 Aug 2016.

Skald
 GM, 1182 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 13:05
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog does not concern himself with the niceties of the emanations of evil, seeing the evidence of such before his battle-crazed eyes.

Throwing himself across the room, the Orc looses yet another powerful blow, reducing the last of the undead to a fine powder.

However ...

To the horror of everyone else looking on, the braziers flare up, and flame streams once again along the floor to the golden bowl in the centre of the chamber.   In a puff of sulfurous smoke, two armoured figures appear next to each brazier, ten of them in all, turning to face Wrukaog, eyeless sockets set within a yellowed skull staring at him as they start to advance, rusted swords raised up in fingers of bone ...

Oh, and Tesseryn's sword which had momentarily dimmed following the demise of the skeleton the Orc slew suddenly burns bright once more.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Brindle
 player, 721 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 13:49
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle shrugs resignedly when another batch of skeletons suddenly materialises to attack Wrukaog.

"Nah, I really don't think I ever want to go in there at all!" he decides.

He points his wand toward the two skeletons in the southeast corner of the room and speaks the command word again to send a pair of orange-glowing missiles whistling past Cogwitz's left ear and another pair past his right ear to slam into those two skeletons.

OOC: Brindle rolled 10,8 using 2d4+2,2d4+2.  2 pairs of magic missiles at 2 skeletons.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 539 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 16:55
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion waits in the doorway, watching to see what develops...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 92 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 23:36
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Dismayed that the skeletons have returned, Tesseryn makes a halfhearted attempt to turn them (rolled 6) then prepares to receive their attacks again.  "This curse may be repeated endlessly.  Perhaps this time we should not destroy them all until we have concluded our search.  I shall lure away the last one standing while you all search.  Meanwhile show them no mercy."
Cogwitz
 player, 68 posts
Sun 7 Aug 2016
at 05:51
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz was about to move into the room as well and check out the place when suddenly the fires blaze and the skeletons appear once again.  He heard Tesseryn's words and couldn't disagree.  We may also want to try and either destroy the gold bowl or the braziers. Cogwitz had already fought these things once so he knew a little more about them, but he tried to remember more before his next attack.

07:48, Today: Cogwitz rolled 32 using 1d20+13.  knowledge check religion.

Cogwitz then took a 5ft step to flank with Tesseryn and attacked the skeleton before him.

07:46, Today: Cogwitz rolled 29,5,4,15,6,3 using d20+12,d3+4,d6,d20+12,d3+4,d6.  attacks and damage. Total of 18 damage this time.

This message was last edited by the player at 10:36, Mon 08 Aug 2016.

Wrukaog
 player, 76 posts
Sun 7 Aug 2016
at 08:04
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc's lips curl back to reveal his varying color of teeth, some actually pretty white, others... not, in what may be a... smile?

10:02, Today: Wrukaog rolled 19 using 1d20+14.  Raged, PA (-2) vs. skeleton on SW corner.
10:03, Today: Wrukaog rolled 25 using 1d12+21.  damage, PA+4.


After scattering its remains all about the side of the room with his swing, he takes the now-dispathed skeleton's previous position in the corner of the room, then turns around and begins banging one of his clenched fists against his chest as the next bout of shouting begins.

This message was last edited by the player at 10:28, Tue 09 Aug 2016.

Skald
 GM, 1186 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 7 Aug 2016
at 14:28
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The appearance of another double handful of the skeletons is sufficient for Brindle to decide that he does not wish to try the experiment he suggested, or even to tread far into the room, instead using his magic wand to once more blast a couple of the foul creatures into shards of bones that again become dust as they hit the stone floor.

As Aurion watches, Tesseryn holds forth the symbol of Dauros, but his mind is bent upon methods and tactics that might be used to frustrate the summoning spell, and the undead are unmoved by his condemnation.

Cogwitz, however shows he is more than capable of both swift thinking and action, his mind racing as his kukris strike hard against bone, slaying another of the skeletons. 

The orc is less subtle and after an impressively toothy display smashes the creature before him into many small pieces which fly across the room before reverting to dust as Wrukaog claims the position of the vanquished foe, taking its place in the south west corner of the chamber before beating his chest and yelling.

The skeletons, of course, all turn as one and rush towards him, ignoring the rest of you, though one strays too close to Tesseryn and meets its end as the Paladin's blade flashes out, leaving only five of them to assail the Orc, though only two of those can actually get close enough to thrust their rusted blades at him, neither of which even come close to his flesh, such is the jostling from behind.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Wrukaog
 player, 79 posts
Sun 7 Aug 2016
at 15:32
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc carries on shouting and swinging, dust and bone fragments flying every which way.

17:28, Today: Wrukaog rolled 16 using 1d20+14.  Continuing to do work.
17:28, Today: Wrukaog rolled 22 using 1d12+21.  damage.

Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 93 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 8 Aug 2016
at 11:21
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn's jaw drops momentarily, affronted that the unholy should have chosen the orc over his impeccably holy self.  The undead mock him for his pathetic attempt to condemn them - he can sense their breathless laughter.  His teeth clack shut as he regains his composure and searches for less humiliating explanations for this bizarre trap.  "Perhaps this is a training room for those who wish to improve their swordsmanship?"  He doesn't sound convinced.  Another possibility occurs to him "Perhaps whilst Wrukaog distracts them might be an opportune time to search the room and conduct experiments?"

The paladin moves up west of the golden bowl and pushes his way into the gap between three skeletons (SW of the bowl), incurring an AoO from one of them should it deign to pay him any attention.  He smashes that one with his sword regardless. (23 to hit, 26 dmg)

This message was last edited by the player at 11:22, Mon 08 Aug 2016.

Brindle
 player, 723 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 8 Aug 2016
at 13:00
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle wields his wand once more, just to help speed things along. Fortunately Tesseryn has positioned himself perfectly for Brindle to repeat his favourite targeting strategy of two to the left of him and two to the right.

In between wand waving he fishes out his vial of holy water, just in case Tesseryn feels like pouring it into the golden bowl after he finishes playing with the skeletons.

OOC: Brindle rolled 10,6 using 2d4+2,2d4+2.  2 pairs of magic missiles at 2 skeletons
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 540 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 8 Aug 2016
at 19:05
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Seeing the swinging and the smashing and the biting seems to be sufficient for these foes, Aurion continues to observe, glancing behind him occasionally to be sure they are not surprised from that quarter.
Cogwitz
 player, 70 posts
Thu 11 Aug 2016
at 16:09
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Now Cogwitz had a memory of something he had read before.  I remember a necromantic ritual performed by the priests of Set to summon animated corpses to destroy interlopers when a ward is breached without the proper words being spoken to forestall them.  Unless someone knows the password we will keep dealing with these things.  Unless destroying the bowl or the brazier work.

ooc: wonder if we could chop of their arms and so they can't hurt us, but keeps them animated if that would suffice?  Kind of like The walking dead lol.

Cogwitz looks to see of the braziers can be pushed over.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 96 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 12 Aug 2016
at 14:39
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn listens carefully to Cogwitz' suggestion.  "A worthy suggestion Cogwitz.  I shall attempt to disarm one soon."
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 541 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Fri 12 Aug 2016
at 14:45
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"De-leg them as well, if you can, Master Paladin. One would not want to be defeated by the darkly armored knights by being head-butted or bit."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 97 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 12 Aug 2016
at 14:53
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
OOC: checks feat list ... Improved Disarm ... will have to improvise ...
Brindle
 player, 724 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 12 Aug 2016
at 14:58
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"De-feet them?" Brindle asks. "Isn't that what we need to do?"
Leisha
 player, 151 posts
Fri 12 Aug 2016
at 15:29
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha nods, considering that that sounds like a pretty good plan - certainly worth a try - from her perspective.  Although she only nods, considering that her perspective is still safely outside the room watching appreciatively as most of the others actually deal with the skeletons.
Wrukaog
 player, 83 posts
Fri 12 Aug 2016
at 18:55
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc continues to yell and thrash about, but then his eyes dart to the brazier closest to him after a half dozen words of the idle chatter miraculously make it through to his addled and enraged mind--a new target of his fury.
Skald
 GM, 1188 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 14 Aug 2016
at 13:27
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Peeved at the very presence of the foe, Wrukaog swings his axe with almost total disregard for accuracy, smiting the nearest of the skeletons with but a glancing blow that sees it battered into the western wall.  Shards of bone momentarily achieve something approaching escape velocity before reverting to dust. 

Offended to his very core that he is not the recipient of the murderous intent displayed by the admittedly dwindling number of creatures, Tesseryn ignores his own advice and steps up smartly, dodging an opportune blow to batter his blade against his assailant.  The fragments travel slightly further than those set in motion by the Orc before they too become dust. 

Brindle's wielding of his wand requires considerably less effort on the Halfling's part, and the glowing balls of magic energy are considerably less violent in effect that the impact of Wrukaog's and Tesseryn's blows ... but still manages to dust two of them himself, leaving but one skeleton that is caught between a rock and a hard place (ie the Paladin and the Orc).

Enthused by all this success, Aurion banters with Tesseryn and Brindle as Cogwitz offers some sagely advice and Leisha ponders matters. 

Unperturbed by the destruction of all its fellow foul undead, the remaining skeleton swings his sword at Wrukaog, coming commendably close to striking the Orc.  But Wrukaog, it seems, no longer perceives the undead as a credible threat, instead turning his attention to the brazier that stands beside him, lashing out again with his axe to chop it in half, the tearing sound of metal drowned out by his impressively loud bellows.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ... broken brazier marked with an X to indicate it is dead ... Wrukaog has already acted this round, but I leave the last of the skeletons to the rest of you, either to attempt to destroy or dismember as is your desire.  ;>
Brindle
 player, 727 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 14 Aug 2016
at 14:40
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle waits to see what will be the outcome of Wrukaog's vandalism and whatever the others decide to do about the last skeleton before he decides what he will do next.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 544 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 15 Aug 2016
at 01:24
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Pulling out a rectangle of white paper, Aurion sprinkles some greenish brown vegetable matter into it, then with a quick lick folds it into a tube. With a minuscule effort he sets the tip on fire, and takes a deep, lung filling, soul soothing drag. For a moment he worried the Paladin might find the action unethical, some religions did, but the moment Sir Brightsoul seemed occupied.

He turned to Leisha, offering her a drag as well...
Cogwitz
 player, 71 posts
Mon 15 Aug 2016
at 05:42
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz is delaying his action for the moment.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 102 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 15 Aug 2016
at 12:32
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn Attempts to disarm the skeleton using his greatsword.  Should the skeleton's rusty sword fall at his feet he will attempt to kick it out of reach.

This message was last edited by the player at 12:37, Mon 15 Aug 2016.

Leisha
 player, 153 posts
Mon 15 Aug 2016
at 16:52
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha declines with a polite shake of her head and a quick hand-wave.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 103 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 16 Aug 2016
at 14:22
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn scents the air whilst keeping his attention focussed on disarming the skeleton.  "A taint of smoke in the air!   Set seeks to plant corruption in our lungs.  We must follow Wrukaog's lead and destroy all of this vile apparatus forthwith!"
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 546 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Tue 16 Aug 2016
at 15:02
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Luckily I have coated my lungs with this protecting agent. I would share, but then there would be less for me."
Brindle
 player, 728 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Wed 17 Aug 2016
at 13:26
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle decides to let the big boys (and girls) play with the braziers and skeletons. He pulls back the edge of the curtain on the wall beside him and has a look at the wall behind it.
Skald
 GM, 1189 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 22 Aug 2016
at 13:18
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
While Aurion takes precautions against vile humours, Leisha chooses not to and the two Halflings look on, Brindle taking the opportunity to peek behind the curtain next to him.

Tesseryn is as good as his word, hacking the sword from the hands of the last skeleton and nudging it to one side with his boot ... but the undead ignores both the loss of its weapon and the Paladin to swing its bony claw at Wrukaog, though perhaps the horror believes that it still holds it's rusty blade, for the blow misses the Orc by a goodly distance.


OOC: no change to map of the proceedings ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 104 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 22 Aug 2016
at 13:41
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn leaves the skeleton to its fruitless vendetta against the orc and regards the golden bowl.  He tries to lift it from its pedestal and carry it out of the room.  If it will not move then he will ask Brindle for the vial of holy water he offered earlier...
Brindle
 player, 729 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 22 Aug 2016
at 14:04
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle hands over the holy water when requested but makes sure he doesn't step inside the circle marked by the five braziers.
Wrukaog
 player, 87 posts
Mon 22 Aug 2016
at 17:35
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog leaps toward the brazier to the north, smashing it in kind.
Cogwitz
 player, 72 posts
Mon 22 Aug 2016
at 17:37
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz tries to tip over a brazier also while all the others try.
Brindle
 player, 730 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 23 Aug 2016
at 14:46
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
If Cogwitz manages to tip over a brazier without any disaster following that act, then Brindle will follow his lead and push over the northernmost brazier.
Skald
 GM, 1190 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Fri 26 Aug 2016
at 14:21
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Turning his back on the last skeleton, Tesseryn regards the golden bowl, intending to bear it hence, but when he notes that flames that still flicker and burn within thinks better of such a deed - even so doughty a warrior as he is not immune to searing heat !  Instead the Paladin crosses the floor to Brindle to collect the vial of Holy Water. 

Wrukaog, meanwhile, is on a roll.  He too pays no attention to the skeleton, as he turns towards the next nearest brazier.  The foul undead must be getting pretty upset by the lack of respect, for it viciously rakes at the Orc with its claws as he passes, and Wrukaog is lucky indeed to escape with but a scratch, though to be fair, in his battle-rage, he probably doesn't even notice so insignificant a wound.

Or perhaps he does, for the blow from his axe is impressive indeed and shears through his second brazier as handily as he dispatched the first.

Cogwitz seems to be inspired by Wrukaog's efforts and strives to emulate him, pushing over the brazier next to him and sending it clattering to the floor.  Brindle too is also moved to acts of vandalism, though he is slowed by having to step carefully over the broken stone flag to repeat that feat with the northernmost brazier, leaving but the one in the southwest of the chamber still standing.

Outside in the corridor, Aurion and Leisha and the silver statue of Mitra stand guard.

But the skeleton is not done yet.  Singlemindedly it pursues the Orc (admittedly only a couple of paces away) brazenly striking from behind ... and narrowly missing.

By some miracle, none of the drapes have yet gone up in flames.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...

This message was last edited by the GM at 14:26, Fri 26 Aug 2016.

Wrukaog
 player, 88 posts
Fri 26 Aug 2016
at 19:13
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Turning to see the obstacle between himself and his target: the final brazier, he gives in to his rage, destroying the skeleton before him with a backhanded swing.

Nat 20 to hit, it's dead. edit- wait... err... re-dead?

If killing the final one above *poofs* more skeletons into existence, his move action may differ, but for now it's:
He then walks over to the final brazier, raising his axe high and ready to cleave it asunder like the previous two.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:15, Fri 26 Aug 2016.

Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 105 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 26 Aug 2016
at 23:49
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Spurred on by the toppling of the braziers and the demise of the last skeleton, Tesseryn hurriedly empties Brindle's holy water into the fiery golden bowl,  "Blessed waters quench and cleanse evil's reek." then steps back quickly with sword raised and ready to strike should Set not so easily allow the destruction of his foul trap.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 547 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 03:20
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion waits to see what happens.
Brindle
 player, 731 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 11:33
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle watches to see what happens too, as he slowly retreats back to the passage behind Cogwitz.
Cogwitz
 player, 73 posts
Sat 27 Aug 2016
at 12:03
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz stands ready with an action to defend if more skeletons arrive.
Skald
 GM, 1192 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sat 3 Sep 2016
at 13:54
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Turning around, Wrukaog finds his path blocked by the last of the skeletons, but only momentarily, for the big Orc does not even break stride as the shattered bones of the now ex-undead go flying, only to add to the growing pile of dust upon the stone flags.

Behind him, Tesseryn hurries back to the middle of the room to the golden bowl, unstoppering the flask ...

Brindle wisely steps back into the corridor to join Aurion and Leisha as Cogwitz stands ready with his curved blades ...

The last of the braziers suffers the same fate as has befallen all the rest of them to go clattering to the ground, just as the Paladin pours the Holy Water over the Unholy Flames.

The resulting conflagration is fierce but brief, and it seems that Tesseryn standing right next to it must surely have suffered greatly, but as the Paladin looks around after the flames abruptly vanish, it is clear that he is unharmed.

For the moment you find yourself plagued by neither skeletons nor braziers.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Wrukaog
 player, 90 posts
Sat 3 Sep 2016
at 21:21
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog breathes heavily, eyes darting for any further threats.

If any non-small pieces are left of the skeletons, he'll crunch them under his feet on the way back to the hallway to fetch Tessy Junior.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:31, Sat 03 Sept 2016.

Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 548 posts
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Sun 4 Sep 2016
at 01:47
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With a quiet movement Aurion pinches out the cherry bud on his cigarette, placing the remainder in a pocket for later.

"Well then. Should we search behind these curtains? Secret doors and such?"
Brindle
 player, 733 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 4 Sep 2016
at 15:11
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"Good idea," Brindle agrees. "I had a look behind this north one but couldn't see anything. Might still be a secret door, I suppose, but let's check the rest first."

He walks across to the western wall and ducks under the curtain then starts making his way south along that wall.
Aurion Moonbeak
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Sun 4 Sep 2016
at 21:04
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The elven mage works his way around the room in the opposite direction.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 106 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 5 Sep 2016
at 13:48
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"The flames bore no heat."  Tesseryn muses aloud  "The bowl is not damaged and still bears a taint of evil.  I suggest we carry it with us until we are able to remedy this."  He sheathes his greatsword and picks up the bowl and carries it out into the passage, pondering what to name it.
Leisha
 player, 155 posts
Mon 5 Sep 2016
at 15:04
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Leisha relaxes as the flames vanish and Tesseryn appears unharmed, and starts to turn, as our work here is clearly done.

Then she leans up against the wall as it becomes clear that our work here is not yet done, and waits patiently.  "Mm, an evil bowl," she says, as Tesseryn comes closer.  "If I can find some good soup, it'll go well with my neutral spoon."

"Sorry.  Out of curiosity, just how does one go about redeeming crockery?"
Aurion Moonbeak
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Mon 5 Sep 2016
at 20:31
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"In this case I imagine penance would do, ten years as a chamber pot should do... do. Doo doo... hehehe."
Cogwitz
 player, 74 posts
Tue 6 Sep 2016
at 08:56
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
While helping look behind the curtains Cogwitz hears the joke and only his laugh out loud pinpointed where Cogwitz was in the chamber.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 107 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 6 Sep 2016
at 13:08
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn grits his teeth as Leisha dishes it out.  He's not quite sure what it is, but Aurion's gutter remarks and Cogwitz' laughter suggest it was sarcasm.  Perhaps it sounds pompous to remedy a taint of evil, he ponders to himself.  He considers drawing his sword again, but it would seem ridiculous to smite a valuable bowl that may yet be redeemed.  And as one who barely eats, the culinary references are beyond his grasp.  He replies stiffly to Leisha "I'm sure whatever you decide will be in good taste."

OOC: ... "Out of curiosity" does not count as OOC so I assumed Tesseryn heard that too. :-)
Brindle
 player, 734 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 6 Sep 2016
at 13:29
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"I'm sure you'll do a good job on it, Tesseryn," Brindle's muffled voice filters out from behind the curtain, "at your convenience."

Was there a hint of a giggle at the end of that?
Wrukaog
 player, 91 posts
Tue 6 Sep 2016
at 17:13
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukoag moves back to the "rear" of the group in the passage while hauling Tessy Junior in the hook of one elbow and holding his axe high on the haft with the other hand.

"The bowl is evil you say. You pick it up and carry it with you now? Why not rip it in two, or bend it shut to see if you can make the evil feeling go away."

"Silver is still silver in whatever shape." He drops the statue down with a hard and muted clanky thud. "The same is true for your evil, golden bowl."

This message was last edited by the player at 17:16, Tue 06 Sept 2016.

Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 108 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 13 Sep 2016
at 06:30
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Tesseryn replies thoughtfully to Wrukaog "An intact bowl is worth more than a broken one, regardless of the materials.  And who better than I to guard against its enduring evil intent until it can be ... remedied?"

This message was last edited by the player at 06:31, Tue 13 Sept 2016.

Wrukaog
 player, 92 posts
Tue 13 Sep 2016
at 19:32
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Right around "worth more than a broken..." Wrukaog realizes what is being said and turns his attention elsewhere in the middle of Tesseryn's sentence.

edit-
Grammar is hard :X

This message was last edited by the player at 20:14, Tue 13 Sept 2016.

Skald
 GM, 1193 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 14 Sep 2016
at 13:32
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
While the discussion on the moral redemption of the golden bowl continues, with levity on one hand, seriousness on another, and utter indifference on a third, Aurion, Brindle and Cogwitz make a circumnavigation of the chamber, examining the wall that is concealed behind the heavy drapes and uncovering three points of egress.

To the north, an opening gives way to the rough hewn wall of a tunnel, with a side passage clearly visible to the east but a short way in.

To the west there is a closed door.

At the western end of the south wall, a passage leads south a bare twenty feet before turning east.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:38, Thu 15 Sept 2016.

Brindle
 player, 735 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 15 Sep 2016
at 13:37
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"Our goal is more likely to be in the mason-crafted areas. Let's try that way first," Brindle suggests, pointing toward the southern corridor. He will let someone else lead the way but follows close behind with the light.
Aurion Moonbeak
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Fri 16 Sep 2016
at 09:51
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"Shouldn't we at least peek in the other directions first?"
Brindle
 player, 738 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 16 Sep 2016
at 12:44
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"Sure. Go ahead. I'll check what's round the bend down this way," Brindle agrees quite happily as he heads toward the southern corridor, holding Tesseryn's glowing pebble up so he can see what's there.
Wrukaog
 player, 97 posts
Fri 16 Sep 2016
at 13:34
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If the two little guys split up by more than 75' or so, Wrukaog will make sure that both of them are always accompanied by someone, if necessary. When doing so, he'll hang back about 25', watching the rear (and hopefully out of the way of any spinning blades or jets of acidic, molten lead, or whatever else :p)
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 109 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 17 Sep 2016
at 03:32
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Tesseryn nods agreement with the notion of checking all routes.  "Evil must be rooted out wherever it lurks." He carries the golden bowl under one arm and tries the door in the west wall.
Skald
 GM, 1196 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 19 Sep 2016
at 06:59
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Eagerly, or mostly so, the party wander off in all directions, leaving Leisha to guard the rear where she'll be able to provide a quite marvelous rundown on the ecology of whatever it is that snuffles up behind her intent on a meal.

Aurion shadows Cogwitz as the pair enter the northern tunnel, and enter the eastern side passage though they don't get far before a chittering sound reaches their ears causing them to back up slowly ... just in time to hear a slightly louder chittering sound from the western passage a little further down.

Somewhat perturbed, Wrukaog, with the silver statue of Mitra under his arm, follows after Brindle, just to keep him in view, trusting to Tesseryn to watch the others.

With the evil golden bowl nestled in his armoured armpit, the Paladin dutifully hauls open the door that covers the last of the exits off this chamber, revealing a long and narrow staircase leading upwards in the fading light.

Brindle throws back the curtain that conceals the south passage, fairly skipping down the southern passageway with the party's light source to peek around the corner from where he can see what appears to be a worship hall with pews, black marble floor and a large and forbidding statue of the god Set, illuminated to foul effect by the flames that dance in the braziers before it.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Aurion Moonbeak
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Mon 19 Sep 2016
at 08:24
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"Caves to the north," Aurion says, returning to the room where Leisha was left to guard. "Sounds like maybe giant insects?"

He glances to make sure Cogwitz made it back as well.

"Doesn't seem like something that needs to be explored right this instance. In fact, if we could seal it up, I would."

He wishes he had memorized his "curtains to door" spell, but he had not.
Cogwitz
 player, 77 posts
Mon 19 Sep 2016
at 11:03
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Cogwitz returned to the room right behind Aurion.  He didn't like the chances of facing whatever it was alone.  I can't seal the room either so don't look at me.
Brindle
 player, 739 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 19 Sep 2016
at 14:18
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"This way just leads to that same underground temple chamber we could see down that other corridor back there," Brindle reports. "There's a big statue of Set, same as shown on one side of the acolytes' medallions. More braziers and more curtains covering the far wall, if you want to explore that way next."
Aurion Moonbeak
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Tue 20 Sep 2016
at 11:22
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Nodding in agreement with Bridles suggestion, Aurion patiently waits for the Paladin's report of the third direction before moving on.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 110 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 20 Sep 2016
at 14:48
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Tesseryn stares into the darkness up the stairs.  "I cannot say whence leads this stair.  Perhaps another way out?  He closes the door and glares determinedly towards the southern passage.  So, a temple to the evil deity, Set.  Praise Dauros!  That surely is the way forward." He strides purposefully in that direction, boots crunching over bone fragments and golden bowl ringing as it accidentally clips the statue of Mitra as he passes the orc.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:08, Tue 20 Sept 2016.

Aurion Moonbeak
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Tue 20 Sep 2016
at 15:17
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"Stairs up? That is curious, anyone else tempted to check that way first? It seems such an unusual direction..."
Brindle
 player, 740 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 20 Sep 2016
at 15:38
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"We came down to get in. So up to get out?" Brindle suggests. "Tesseryn obviously wants to go the other way first. Let's all stay together. Splitting the party never works out well."
Aurion Moonbeak
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Tue 20 Sep 2016
at 17:14
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"Meh, not saying split up, but it's always good to know where all the good exits are, I would expect you of all people to agree with that."

Aurion isn't dead set on up though, and will follow Brindle where he chooses to lead.
Brindle
 player, 741 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Wed 21 Sep 2016
at 12:27
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"Alright, that is a good point," Brindle finally agrees.

"Wait a minute, Tesseryn. Aurion and I will check up the stairs first before we go on."

Assuming that Tesseryn doesn't go on alone without the light, Brindle will lead the way upstairs to check that route out first.
Skald
 GM, 1201 posts
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Mon 26 Sep 2016
at 06:32
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
After a brief discussion Aurion persuades Brindle to investigate the western stair, while Tesseryn repairs to the southern corridor, keen to see for himself the depravity of the temple to the evil god, though with the silver statue propped in the corner of the corridor and Wrukaog standing watch before it, the Paladin is quite unable to accidentally dent his evil golden bowl.

Halfling and Elf climb the stairs ...

... at the top the pair find a small chamber, perhaps fifteen feet on each side.  On the southern wall, a stairway rises perhaps ten feet to a trapdoor in the ceiling.  On the floor of the chamber stand three giant spring-loaded rat traps, baited with a rather pungent cheese.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Brindle
 player, 742 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 26 Sep 2016
at 12:32
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Brindle just can't help himself. He giggles as he points at one of the devices and says, "I think it's a trap!"
Aurion Moonbeak
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Mon 26 Sep 2016
at 17:52
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Aurion tries to hide his smirk at the joke...
Brindle
 player, 743 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 27 Sep 2016
at 14:06
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"Have you seen enough? Shall we head back down now?" Brindle asks Aurion.
Aurion Moonbeak
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Tue 27 Sep 2016
at 19:30
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"All depends, are you willing to use this as a way to retreat without knowing what's above the trapdoor?"
Brindle
 player, 744 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 27 Sep 2016
at 22:18
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Brindle looks back at the room, the rat traps, the stair, the trap door, then back at Aurion. He smiles brightly.

"Absolutely!"

He heads back downstairs.
Aurion Moonbeak
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Fri 30 Sep 2016
at 00:20
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With a shrug, Aurion follows Brindle back to the others.
Cogwitz
 player, 78 posts
Fri 30 Sep 2016
at 08:41
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When Brindle and Aurion return, Cogwitz asks, so what did you find?
Brindle
 player, 745 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 30 Sep 2016
at 12:17
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"At the top of the stairs is a small room with more stairs leading to a trapdoor in the ceiling. There are three giant rat traps in the room loaded with stinky cheese. I didn't fancy trying to unravel that mystery on our own so we came back with more questions than answers," Brindle responds brightly.

He heads off along the corridor to the temple of Set where Tesseryn is waiting.
Leisha
 player, 157 posts
Fri 30 Sep 2016
at 14:45
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Leisha looks to Aurion for a moment curiously, as if trying to make sure Brindle's not just making stuff up now, and then shrugs.  "Giant mouse traps, probably giant mice," she suggests.
Aurion Moonbeak
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Sat 1 Oct 2016
at 04:50
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"While one is tempted to assume just about everything is 'giant sized' to Bridle, they were indeed quite large traps, so if there is a cheese lover amongst us, the bait was also sizable."
Skald
 GM, 1202 posts
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Sat 1 Oct 2016
at 13:51
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Satisfied that the trapdoor offers a potential path of retreat, Brindle convinces Aurion to rejoin the rest of you.

Pausing only to answer his kinsman's question and benefit from Leisha's sage advice, the Halfling leads everyone to where Tesseryn awaits.  Cautiously and carefully everyone takes up their designated position in the march, with Cogwitz and Brindle to the fore, Tesseryn close behind, Aurion and Leisha following and Wrukaog holding the rear.

You approach to the threshold of the black marble slabs that mark the entrance to Set's foul temple, your eyes drawn away from the rows of wooden pews, the flaming gold braziers and the eight foot tall statue of the dark god himself (carved as a heroically proportioned male with a jackal's head and scaly body which appears to be fashioned of the precious stone serpentine with hundreds of malachite scales set into it, and with eyes that seem to glow) to alight upon the painted walls which artfully show, in quite gross and nauseating detail, scenes of the deification of Set.

The curtain tapestries at the south end of the worship hall depict the death of Mitra, portraying the god to be weak and senile.  In all of the scenes, Set is shown triumphantly.



OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Brindle
 player, 746 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 1 Oct 2016
at 14:35
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Brindle pulls the double-sided amulet of Set and Mitra out of his pocket and places it in his left hand (alongside the glowing pebble) so that the image of Set is showing. Then he creeps into the temple and shines the light into the opening that leads northward between the two northern corridors.
Skald
 GM, 1203 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 5 Oct 2016
at 13:58
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As the Halfling crosses the threshold, you fancy that the braziers to the south flare a little ... but perhaps it is naught but a passing draught. In any event, Brindle reaches the nearby opening safely, the light in his hand, undimmed by its proximity to the amulet of this temple's god, illuminating a staircase that rises sixty feet or so before ending at a door.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Cogwitz
 player, 79 posts
Wed 5 Oct 2016
at 14:05
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Waiting to see if anything would happen to Brindle, Cogwitz asks quietly, is everything oky in there?  As he peeks around the corner.
Brindle
 player, 747 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 6 Oct 2016
at 13:46
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"It's another staircase heading up about the same distance as the other one," he reports. "Door at the top is closed. Not much else to see from here."
Aurion Moonbeak
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Fri 7 Oct 2016
at 05:17
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Aurion gestures towards the lit braizers...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 114 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 7 Oct 2016
at 14:56
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn steps past Cogwitz and enters the temple, striding to the beginning of the central aisle where he glares at the obscene images.  "There is an evil presence here."  He concentrates on Detect Evil to try to pinpoint its origin.
Skald
 GM, 1205 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 9 Oct 2016
at 06:21
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
As Tesseryn strides indignantly into the evil temple, Aurion gestures, and the foul curtain tapestries that cover the south wall suddenly waft towards the braziers, instantly catching alight. 

As the fire spreads, consuming the tapestries, the Paladin stands just behind the nearest two benches, concentrating, his back to Brindle who recounts what he can see at Cogwitz's prompting.
Leisha
 player, 158 posts
Sun 9 Oct 2016
at 18:16
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"What... here?" Leisha can't help asking at Tesseryn's dire pronouncement.
Brindle
 player, 748 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 10 Oct 2016
at 14:05
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle grins at Aurion and nods his appreciation of that choice. There's certainly plenty of light in the temple now!

He turns back to the stair and carefully makes his way up to the door at the top, looking out for traps as he goes.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 115 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 15 Oct 2016
at 01:36
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Even so..."  Tesseryn replies distractedly to Leisha.  "the room reeks of evil, but it is focussed on the statue of Set in which the taint is strong ... its eyes glow with the light of Hell ...  a taunt that cannot be endured."    He nods approvingly as the vile tapestries are engulfed in flame.   "It all must go.  I do not know what foul trap guards this temple, yet I shall pit myself against it in the name of Dauros and Mitra."

He sets down his evil bowl on an evil bench and prepares his holy self for battle.  Touching the Scales of Justice hanging about his neck "Energies of Light!" he is again surrounded by the shimmering red-gold glow.   Drawing his greatsword he advances 20' along the aisle.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:37, Sat 15 Oct 2016.

Wrukaog
 player, 100 posts
Sat 15 Oct 2016
at 07:19
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog, always eager to smash his axe into statues of gods, especially ones this big, gently sets down Tessy Junior in preparation to do so, in the same way one would gently set a porcelain vase down on the ground from a third-story window.

He'll push his way up from the back of the party to be closer to the front.

edit- will stand in the doorway of the room, if at all possible, with a javelin in one hand, and of course, his beloved axe in the other.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:21, Sat 15 Oct 2016.

Skald
 GM, 1206 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 05:57
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha is shocked and stunned by Tesseryn's dire pronouncement, but manages to avoid fainting at the revelation.  Brindle seems completely unmoved, even amused as he glances at the spreading conflagration that used to be an offensive tapestry to the south, before heading up the stairs with the advantage of the illumination provided by Aurion. 

That end of the room which brought a smile to the Halfing's chubby cheeks also draws Tesseryn's attention, though the Paladin does not share Brindle's humour.  Setting the evil golden bowl down carefully, Tesseryn strides forward, calling upon his god's favour as he boldly goes to confront evil.

Wrukaog rushes forwards, hurriedly dropping the statue of Mitra onto the pile (causing the bench to splinter as the exceedingly heavy statue tears through the wood, crashing into the evil golden bowl and knocking it, badly dented, to the floor) as he readies his weapons, axe in one hand, javelin poised in another just itching for a chance to use them.

As the last of the tapestry-curtains fall to ashes, revealing an opening in the rear of the room and a short corridor leading to a chamber beyond, with just enough room for even the big half-orc to squeeze past the statue of Set ...

... which just stands there, large and unmoving in a highly provocative manner as the glowing Paladin stops before it. 

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Cogwitz
 player, 80 posts
Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 06:14
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
When Brindle disappeared from his vision, Cogwitz moved to see where he went.  Cogwitz moved to the bottom of the stairs and looked up.

Seeing Brindle up by the doors he asked,need any help up there Brindle?  Tesseryn and Wrukaog have things covered down here.
Brindle
 player, 749 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 12:52
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle looked back down the stairs to where Cogwitz stood. He raised his finger to his lips in the universal sign for 'Shush'. Then he mimed holding a glass up in front of himself, opened his lips as though saying a few words, then mimed taking a big drink from the glass. After that he turned back to the door to check whether it is locked. If it is locked he tries to pick the lock, then open the door a crack to peek through to the room beyond.
Aurion Moonbeak
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Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 16:22
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"Cover your eyes woman" Aurion says, "The statue is now apparently naked!"

Unless it is provocative in another fashion.

Either way the mage sees no need for action at this time.
Skald
 GM, 1208 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 23 Oct 2016
at 14:02
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle theatrically informs Cogwitz of his suspicions and then turns back to the door.  Carefully trying the handle, the Halfling discovers it to be indeed locked, but with deft selection from his roll of picks and probes, he is soon rewarded with a satisfying click, pushing it open just enough to give him a glimpse of what lies beyond ...

Aurion helpfully warns Leisha of the generally unclothed nature of the statue of Set, though it may be that Elves interpret religious art in a different way to everyone else.

Wrukaog and Tesseryn lurk in their own individual ways, and at either end of the Temple chamber.
Brindle
 player, 750 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 23 Oct 2016
at 15:37
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle closes the door and relocks it, then scampers back down the stairs to see what mischief is happening in the temple chamber.

"That door opens into a cellar. Probably at the tavern, judging from the barrels and food stored there. There's steps up to another trapdoor and I could just hear the sounds of voices and clinking of glasses beyond the cellar. More of those giant rat traps set up in the cellar, too. Maybe the other stairs lead up to one of the other buildings in town, like the manor house, perhaps? So if we stir things up down here too much we might end up with a hoard of Set's worshippers rushing downstairs to deal with us."
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 567 posts
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Sun 23 Oct 2016
at 23:26
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"This seems the least secret 'secret temple/dungeon' in the history of the world. There's probably an entrance in the towns public out-house."
Leisha
 player, 160 posts
Mon 24 Oct 2016
at 01:50
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"In fairness," Leisha counters, "It's not so much secret as fallen, and the whole town is in on it.  Though," she grins, "That reminds me of a town I passed through once -- when I asked how to get to the inn, the guard said, and I quote, `Straight down this road, turn left at the secret temple.  You can't miss it.'  He was right; classic secret temple, with a big overgrown yard behind a wrought iron fence, smack in the middle of town."

"Also, the Inn was, indeed, just a bit down the road to the left," she clarifies.
Aurion Moonbeak
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Mon 24 Oct 2016
at 02:28
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"Guessing they were lawful evil, given that the directions were correct and all..."
Brindle
 player, 751 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 24 Oct 2016
at 14:03
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Alright, let's get one thing straight right now. If there is a secret entrance in the outhouse, don't look to me to go exploring it. I may be a Halfling but I'm sure Cogwitz is skinnier than I am!"
Leisha
 player, 161 posts
Mon 24 Oct 2016
at 14:16
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha lifts an eyebrow.  "You've already led us through one sewer," she points out.  "Don't go getting soft on us now."

After briefly sticking her tongue out at Brindle, she comments to Aurion, "And `Secret' doesn't always mean evil.  I think the keepers of that particular secret temple leaned more towards pure Chaos, based on the bits I was able to glean before I had to leave town.  The guard himself wasn't a member, though."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 116 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 25 Oct 2016
at 13:50
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn looks back over his armoured shoulder at the splintering crash.  The evil golden bowl, now dinted beyond remedy or redemption, lies crushed beneath the foot of Mitra.  No clearer sign was ever given by the Gods, a potent omen of their favour delivered at the hand of so unlikely a champion.  From within his shimmering holy glow Tesseryn's gaze fixes upon Wrukaog, perhaps truely seeing the orc for the first time. "So shall Justice be meted out to all who follow Set!"

Inspired and emboldened he turns once more to face the tauntingly immobile statue, and a room revealed beyond.  Without delay he pushes on past the statue, through the smouldering remains of the curtain and into the passage beyond.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 569 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Tue 25 Oct 2016
at 23:36
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"That was quite the impactful bowl movement..."
Brindle
 player, 752 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Wed 26 Oct 2016
at 12:24
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle pauses in mid stride as Aurion's words reach his ears.

He glances at Aurion and mutters, "That's a bit below the belt!"

He grins and hurries forward to follow Tesseryn into the room beyond the statue of Set.
Cogwitz
 player, 81 posts
Wed 26 Oct 2016
at 14:40
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz sees that Tesseryn is heading to the area behind the statue and yells out, Would you like someone to check to make sure there are no traps?  It would be just like these Set worshipers to have a trap.... the cowards.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 570 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Wed 26 Oct 2016
at 20:49
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion follows, behind the more cautious Cogwitz, not the more hasty Tesseryn.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 118 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Thu 27 Oct 2016
at 11:07
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn halts mid-stride beside the statue of Set, completely bowled over by the banter behind.  At least Cogwitz can be relied upon to make a sensible suggestion.  He waits for the halfling to pass. "A most courageous suggestion indeed Cogwitz.  None of us should needlessly throw our lives away without first attempting to foil the subtle machinations of the enemy.  Please proceed."
Cogwitz
 player, 82 posts
Thu 27 Oct 2016
at 11:32
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz moves up and carefully takes his time searching for any traps in the entrance to the next room and then moving forward as he does.  Just stay a little back incase I trip a trap.

Taking 10 gives him 21 on his search check.
Wrukaog
 player, 102 posts
Thu 27 Oct 2016
at 22:12
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc had stood in the room at the ready, clearly hoping something terrible and life-threatening would happen--but it hadn't. Instead, there were only terrible puns and jokes, half of which seemed to go unnoticed, and the other half unappreciated with blasť disinterest.

His slump in enthusiasm after a moment is almost palpable. With a grunt he tucked his javelin back into its place, and after trampling over some broken wood that used to comprise some pews, he picked up Tessy Junior into the crook of his arm. The now somewhat-mishapen golden bowl is completely ignored.


Wrukoag resumes following his small, halfling companion in an effort to make sure the halfling is either safe, or at the very least the both of them perish (again) soon after one another.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:19, Thu 27 Oct 2016.

Brindle
 player, 753 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 28 Oct 2016
at 13:48
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle was hurrying after Tesseryn, so when the paladin stops in mid-stride Brindle bangs head-first into his armoured behind, not quite bowling the paladin over but certainly setting the halfling's ears ringing. He grumbles a bit as he shakes his head to clear it then steps past Tesseryn to help Cogwitz check that the way ahead is clear.
Skald
 GM, 1210 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sat 29 Oct 2016
at 14:34
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
While it is seemingly apparent that many of the townsfolk, and undoubtedly their pet hellhounds, have their own private entrances to these underground passages and chambers, Brindle wisely decides against nipping up to the tavern above for a quick half, and rejoins his comrades.

Indeed, Tesseryn is already bravely advancing, and it is only Cogwitz's natural caution that prevents the Paladin from blundering ahead without a care for his own safety, if not that of Brindle who once more crashes into Tesseryn's heavily armoured rear before joining his kinsman at the fore ...

As everyone crowds close (Wrukaog, with the quite undamaged silver statue of Mitra tucked under his arm), though Aurion and Leisha are left in the shadow of the massive statue of Set waiting their turn to enter,  the Halflings carefully check the short passage ahead before jointly declaring it safe to proceed. 

You stand on the threshold of a smaller chamber, merely twenty feet wide by thirty long.  Cogwitz and Brindle pause on the threshold as they spot movement ahead ... but more sober reflection reveals that it is but a mirror on the opposite wall, albeit a large one, set within a most impressively ornate frame with a certain grinning skull motif.

The chamber is otherwise empty, but there are two passages leading off east and west.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Cogwitz
 player, 84 posts
Sat 29 Oct 2016
at 14:52
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz was careful for a reason, and thankfully this time he hadn't spotted any traps that he knew of.  He looked over at Brindle and just shrugged his shoulders, looks clear to me.  Just then Cogwitz caught some movement in the back of the room, but upon further inspection he laughed at himself as he sees a mirror.

Seems clear, we have a mirror in the back of the room and to other passages leading east and west.  Not much else though.  Cogwitz relates to the others.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 572 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sun 30 Oct 2016
at 00:05
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Mirrors? Be wary, they are often a bad sign, I recommend shattering it before we advance..."

He waits to see if anyone takes his suggestion to heart before entering the room.
Brindle
 player, 754 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 30 Oct 2016
at 01:50
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle looks a bit worried about that idea.

"Wait, I'll check it for magic first," he advises.

He speaks the words of the cantrip and gazes intently into the room.

OOC: Detect magic.
Skald
 GM, 1212 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 30 Oct 2016
at 06:22
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Hastily, before Tesseryn can press forwards, Cogwitz voices a warning about the mirror.  Aurion conservatively recommends destroying it immediately, causing Brindle to utter the words of a simple spell ...
Brindle
 player, 755 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 30 Oct 2016
at 10:42
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"It is magic, moderately strong conjuration and divination," Brindle reports a little while later. "I would guess it is for their priests to get answers to questions, probably not a threat to us."

While the spell is still running he turns his attention to the other things they have gathered so far, particularly the double-sided Set/Mitra amulets and the silver statue of Mitra that Wruakog is carrying around.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 574 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 31 Oct 2016
at 01:45
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Conjuration not a threat? The halfling was clearly addlepated, or under some confusion spell...

with a sigh the elf entered the room after the others.
Cogwitz
 player, 85 posts
Tue 1 Nov 2016
at 10:46
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Magical, that was what Cogwitz had feared.  He didn't want to come close to that thing, for it could be a portal or who knows what.  Cogwitz had a healthy awareness of how magic can do lots of different things, both good and bad.  I for one am not going to go near it.  Do we have anything we can cover it with?
Brindle
 player, 758 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 1 Nov 2016
at 13:41
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"There used to be lots of big black curtains back there in the temple," Brindle offers thoughtfully.

Then he grins and walks into the room, ignoring the reflection in the mirror, and heads toward the corridor on his right (i.e. left of map).
Wrukaog
 player, 105 posts
Thu 3 Nov 2016
at 23:00
The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog, eyeing the mirror from the rear of the party, levels his javelin with a scowl.

"A goliath shaman told me a long time ago that mirrors are a way of the earth to copy things that move as fast as the not-stone parts, and that mirrors represent jealousy and anemic", he says the word 'anemic' as if he's merely reproducing the sounds, unaware of what it actually means, "reflections of what is."

He hurls his javelin, full force, at the mirror. edit- unless someone would exclaim and shout out to stop.

As it flies, he quips, "I became tired of his amount of words."

This message was last edited by the player at 23:07, Thu 03 Nov 2016.

Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 120 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 4 Nov 2016
at 10:49
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn Brightsoul:
OOC: A recycled post, lightly edited but mobile phone friendly.
Tesseryn remains halted mid-stride beside the statue of Set, completely bowled over by the rush of courageous fellows.  At least Wrukaog can be relied upon to make a decisive action.  He waits for the orc to pass. "A most courageous action indeed Wrukaog.  None of us should needlessly throw our javelins away unless attempting to foil the subtle machinations of the enemy.  Please proceed."

Cogwitz
 player, 86 posts
Fri 4 Nov 2016
at 12:26
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz wasn't going to stop the big orc.   He was already weary of the mirror anyways.
Leisha
 player, 163 posts
Fri 4 Nov 2016
at 20:58
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"I find most mirrors are just shiny," Leisha assures Wrukaog.  "But ones that hold magic can be dangerous."

Looking to Aurion, she adds, "What do you think about the term dweomirror, rather than `magic mirror'?  I had a friend once who hoped it would catch on, but I find it a little... over specialized."
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 575 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sat 5 Nov 2016
at 02:42
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Mulling over the term, Aurion agrees that it is quite clever. "Indeed, I shall try to share it around..."
Brindle
 player, 759 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 5 Nov 2016
at 13:05
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle is vaguely aware of all the talk behind him (they are obviously not followers of Olidammara as none of them seems to understand the basic principles of sneaking in without alerting the household to your presence!) but he is studiously avoiding looking at the mirror as he walks briskly across to the western side passage, so he has no idea what anyone is actually doing back there behind him.
Skald
 GM, 1214 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sat 5 Nov 2016
at 13:41
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Despite Brindle's optimism, Aurion's view that the mirror is dangerous and should immediately be destroyed is met with agreement from everyone else.

And Wrukaog is just the Orc to do it.  Spurred on by Tesseryn's words of support and an angry memory of long explanations, he throws his javelin as hard as he can which is to say considerably.

The Halfling, meantime has advanced far enough to peek into one of the openings ... only to hurriedly step backwards as a skeleton lunges forwards from each towards him.

The javelin hits the mirror, shattering it into a thousand sharp shards ... and the skeletons collapse to the floor, bones clattering on the hard stone.

Once recovered from the surprise, Brindle ventures another, cautious look into each opening, and sees that each leads to a corridor, stretching around fifty or sixty feet before opening out into a chamber, though he can make out no further details at this distance. 

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Brindle
 player, 760 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 5 Nov 2016
at 14:24
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
To say Brindle was startled by the mirror shattering would be a huge understatement. He looks at the javelin in the midst of the wreckage then looks back at the emissaries of the Gods behind him. He looks like he is about to launch into a scathing lecture but after a second of silence he shrugs it off and simply nods curtly.

"Right. This way next?" he asks, indicating the corridor to the west.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 576 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sat 5 Nov 2016
at 14:31
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Assuming Aurion saw the skeleton collapse along with the mirror, he nods as though it was only to be expected, and wondered how much effort they would have had to go to to defeat them had the mirror not been destroyed. Luckily they would not have to find out...
Leisha
 player, 164 posts
Sat 5 Nov 2016
at 18:10
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha smiles brightly.  "Hooray," she enthuses.  "The shiny glass is fallen.  Triumphant, we march on."

Stepping into the room, she crooks a finger at the javelin, causing it to lift out of the shattered glass, and with a lazy wave of her hand, floats it over towards Wrukaog.  "Our thanks, O Mirrorbane," she says, her tone utterly sincere.  "We have now defeated evil bowls, curtains, and mirrors.  I wonder what's next?  Diabolical carpeting?  Perhaps some vile window treatment.  Hm.  I had no idea Set was so deep into interior decorating."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 121 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 6 Nov 2016
at 00:51
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn claps Wrukaog on the back.  "Two abominations with one throw!  Mitra has favoured your arm."

At this point his shimmering red-gold glow sputters out leaving but one invisible layer of protection from evil, that of Mitra's Favour.

"We have indeed enjoyed much success against the traps and trappings of the enemy. he muses in reply to Leisha.  And next...?"  He frowns at the snakey statue of Set standing there with its evil aura but stubbornly refusing to manifest any malice as Mitra's champions freely pass and desecrate the temple it guards.  He gives it a good nudge with his shoulder to see if it wobbles on its base.  Should it wobble he will push harder to topple it.  Should it stand firm he will take a flask of holy water from his pack and pour it over the statue.
Skald
 GM, 1216 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 9 Nov 2016
at 13:46
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion ponders the piles of bones as Leisha handily manages the return of Wrukaog's deadly javelin and Brindle eyes the western passage hopefully.

Tesseryn, however is most put out that the statue of the dark god Set continues to provoke him by willfully and persistently remaining inanimate, the moreso because his firm nudge fails even to shift the rather massive object.  Unstoppering a flask of holy water, he pours it over the statue, noticing a rather metallic scent as the liquid bubbles and boils, leaving the statue unharmed ... in fact possibly a little cleaner for his efforts.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 122 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Wed 9 Nov 2016
at 14:11
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn shuffles his armoured feet, glancing over his shoulder to see if anyone noticed his failure to remedy yet another unholy object.  Composing himself he finally enters the room beyond the statue and looks about.  His attention settles on the frame that held the mirror and crunches over the shattered glass to investigate more closely.
Wrukaog
 player, 107 posts
Fri 11 Nov 2016
at 22:19
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog doesn't often look satisfied or amused with himself, and now is no exception. He hoists Tessy Junior back up off of the ground and falls in line once again.

The orc plucks his javelin from the air once it's within reach, releasing a flat "Thank you."


When we're all together, Wrukaog will remain at the rear, pending any more furniture needing vanquishing. If we split, he'll stick with the halfling that has fewer people with him in an effort to ensure their safety.
Brindle
 player, 762 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 12 Nov 2016
at 02:48
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Now that everyone seems ready to move on again Brindle will lead the way down the western corridor to the junction at the western end to see what is down each of those corridors.
Skald
 GM, 1218 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 13 Nov 2016
at 14:47
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle leads the way down the narrow passage, Cogwitz at his heels.  Tesseryn pauses for a moment or two to sternly regard the remains of the mirror, not exactly admiring the skull-motif frame, before following on.  Leisha and Aurion come next, with Wrukaog holding a threatening position at the rear, the silver statue of Mitra tucked underneath his arm. 

Those of you who need to breathe take but a few steps before the fetid stench becomes noticeable, and by the time you are half way down the corridor it is all any of you can do not to lose the contents of your stomachs.  After that it gets bad ...

Any brave souls who make it to the end are rewarded with the view of a room about 50 feet long by 40 feet wide with a floor strewn with human skeletons, bones and rotting corpses.  There is a dank patch of water towards the far end of the room, and the opposite wall is covered in ragged drapes (just plain black for a change), that afford the merest glimpse of another chamber beyond.

But, perhaps more excitingly, nearby you spot two large creatures with many legs and segmented bodies that somewhat resemble slugs, though abhorrently big ones with more teeth and tentacles, and which appear to be contributing generously to the overall unbearably obnoxious odor as they feed upon two of the corpses, for the moment more interested in the not-so-recently dead than the living.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...

Fort save vs DC13 for all, unless you have specific immunity, else Nauseated (can't attack/cast spell etc - can only take single move action per turn)

Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 123 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 13 Nov 2016
at 16:17
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"I detect a faint hint of putrification in the air."  Tesseryn is untroubled by the smell as he clanks past the halflings to swing his greatsword wildly at the nearest beast.  "Die now vile creature, and leave the dead to rest in peace!"
00:12, Today: Tesseryn Brightsoul rolled 11 using 1d20+8.  power attack 2.
23:57, Yesterday: Tesseryn Brightsoul rolled 30 using 1d20+10.  fort save.
Cogwitz
 player, 88 posts
Sun 13 Nov 2016
at 19:05
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz caught wind of the smell second as he traveled behind Brindle down the hall.  He thought he might lose his earlier meal, but with quick thinking he began to breathe through his mouth.

Then suddenly Tesseryn rushes past him and struck out at whatever the beasts were inside.


Cogwitz took his chance to find a path to possibly flank the creatures and attack.
(Can I get into position?  I will roll when I find out.)
19:56, Today: Cogwitz rolled 22 using 1d20+7.  fort save.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 578 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sun 13 Nov 2016
at 20:21
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
OOC: 12:17, Today: Aurion Moonbeak rolled 14 using 1d20+7 ((7)).

Winning a quick but fierce struggle to control his stomach, Aurion lets loose with his heavy crossbow ahead of Brightsoul's charge...



12:20, Today: Aurion Moonbeak rolled 13 using 1d20+2.  heavy cross bow on slugs with legs and tentacles.

12:20, Today: Aurion Moonbeak rolled 1 using 1d10.  damage if it's a hit.

Well filtercarb...

Leisha
 player, 166 posts
Sun 13 Nov 2016
at 22:00
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha wrinkles her nose, but keeps her composure, a slight greenish cast to her skin being the only visible sign that the smell bothers her at all.

She considers suggesting that we simply ignore the creatures and continue on, hopefully to better-smelling chambers.  Indeed, she has already worked something about not needing to `slug it out' into her planned proposal, but Tesseryn's charge stops her before she speaks.  She resists sighing, as the required inhale would be unpleasant.
Brindle
 player, 763 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 14 Nov 2016
at 13:04
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle slows his steps as the smell gets worse and worse. When he finally sees the awful scene in front of him he finally loses the battle with his stomach. He staggers a step forward and to the left, just inside the room and left of the entrance where he heaves up his breakfast all over the wall beside him. He clutches the glowing pebble tightly in one hand an a wand in the other.

OOC: Brindle rolled 12 using 1d20+4.† Fort save DC13.
Wrukaog
 player, 109 posts
Mon 21 Nov 2016
at 15:30
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
On some days wrukaog's breath might rival the stench in the hallway. Upon reaching the entryway, however, is where the putrid odor finally manages to outperform the orc's mouth, even in its prime.

00:12, Yesterday: Secret Roll: Skald, on behalf of Wrukaog, rolled 26 using 1d20+12.  Fort Save vs DC13.
He doesn't seem to mind the smell much at all, really. A waste heap outside of an orcish warcamp with mounds of rotting pig (and humanoid) carcasses festering in the sun at least makes modest competition with this, and that smells like home to him.
That's what you get for taking one level of four different good fortitude classes >_>

The orc lets Tessy Junior down in the quickly-becoming-customary (un)gentle fashion. While the one hand continues to hold his axe, the other newly-free hand is used to draw a javelin as he makes his way toward the room down the hallway. Once inside, he'll hurl it at whichever creature he's got a clearer shot at.

09:26, Today: Wrukaog rolled 15 using 1d20+7.  Javelin vs. one of the thingies.
09:26, Today: Wrukaog rolled 9 using 1d6+7.  javelin damage.



30' movement into the room wouldn't quite get him within range of one of them.
If the orc can charge, somehow, with that many people in the hallway, then he'd do that instead of the javelin toss.
This no-initiative thing still vexes me.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:39, Tue 22 Nov 2016.

Skald
 GM, 1220 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 27 Nov 2016
at 07:12
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
With the sweet scent of true devotion, Tesseryn is remarkably unaffected by the terrible stench.  Indeed, sighting the creatures feeding upon the fallen causes him to stride forward, intent upon ending such an outrage, though his blade goes awry as he treads in something nasty.

Such boldness serves to inspire Cogwitz who rushes forward in Tesseryn's wake, picking his path carefully to place himself at the other end of the creature (alas, the sharp and pointy end), taking advantage of the distraction that the Paladin provides to slash at one of the abominations, opening a long gash in its side, from which thick green ichor oozes, doing little to improve the ambience.

Further back, Leisha struggles to keep her last meal down, not even daring to utter the jest that sits on the tip of her tongue, lest she loses the fight.  Aurion is not much better, but is able to send a crossbow bolt whistling past her ear, over Brindle's head, and well clear of everybody and everything in the chamber beyond.

Hot on the heels of the bolt, and with no ill-effects at all from the putrid stench (indeed, the Orc seems to actually enjoy it) Wrukaog lumbers down the narrow corridor, pushing past those in his way to hurl a javelin at the nearest of the nasties, piercing it through and wounding it grievously.

As further ichor issues from the wound, Brindle finally looses his struggle and contributes mightily to the general mess. 

The wounded creature turns its head towards Cogwitz, jaws and tentacles writhing ... but it seems it is in no mood to contest its meal, instead choosing to slither away, its many legs clattering and squelching and the javelin that pierces it waving about wildly as it heads to the perceived safety of the far end of the room.

Its companion is rather less perturbed, swiveling about with a surprising turn of speed to lash Tessryn with its tentacles. 

At the same time the large puddle towards the rear of the room starts moving slowly towards Cogwitz ...

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...

The betoothed and tentacled creatures are AC17

Wrukaog
 player, 110 posts
Sun 27 Nov 2016
at 20:46
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaoag smriks at Brindle and the new wall decoration and then steps up beside Tessy Sr. As he does so, he brings his axe with him in a nicely controlled, broad stroke over the top of Cogwitz's head with over a foot of clearance, with the intention to cut deeply into the length of creature.

5' step west.
21:41, Today: Wrukaog rolled 24 using 1d20+12.  Gaxe vs. closer thingie, PA-1.
21:41, Today: Wrukaog rolled 20 using 1d12+14.  damage, PA+2.


He then squints at the puddle creeping closer to him, obviously having cynical and pessimistic thoughts.
Cogwitz
 player, 89 posts
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 07:05
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
As the thing swung around that he had just slashed at, Cogwitz wondered if he had erred, but then the thing began to slither away instead with the javelin in its back.  AoO?

He then realized as the water puddle in the corner of the room began to move that the two creatures weren't the only adversary here.  Thankfully the thing moved suprizingly slow which gave Cogwitz a chance to assess the situation and make an action.  He knew there was no way he could affect the ooze that now crept towards him so he moved behind and to the side of Tessyrn to id him in the attack of the other creature.


08:03, Today: Cogwitz rolled 4 using 2d3.  damage. +4 for total of 8 damage.
08:02, Today: Cogwitz rolled 18 using 1d20+10.  crit check.
08:02, Today: Cogwitz rolled 30 using 1d20+10.  attack tentacled creature.
08:01, Today: Cogwitz rolled 19 using 1d20+13.  knowledge check to ID tentacled creature.

Brindle
 player, 764 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 13:58
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle gasped and retched again. The smell here was just so awful! He turned and staggered back down the passageway in search of cleaner air. Even the temple of Set was less nauseating than this place!

OOC: 20ft move back down the passageway.

Brindle rolled 12 using 1d20+4.† Fort save DC15.

Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 579 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 14:39
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
What is that black shambling thing behind me on the map? Should I be concerned?
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 124 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 29 Nov 2016
at 15:04
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Through divine grace Tesseryn masters the paralysing poison without difficulty.  "Victory is ours!" he declares prematurely, inspired by the display of axe and knife work and forgetting his own failure with the sword.  Then noticing the ooze he shouts a warning. "Beware!  A sinister puddle draws near."  Having no means to fight such an abomination, he seeks to protect his companions.  He grasps the nearby mouldering corpse and lobs it in front of Wrukaog in the hope of deterring or distracting the ooze.  "Forgive me." he mutters, reproaching himself for such ignominious handling of the dead.
Leisha
 player, 167 posts
Tue 29 Nov 2016
at 21:12
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Coming down the hallway, Leisha frowns.  "Nigh," she suggests.  "`Draws nigh' seems more in your idiom.  I'm not sure puddles really count as furniture," she notes.  "Though I suppose they can be mirroresque.  Well, let me take a look.  What color is it?" she asks, as she approaches Brindle and starts edging around him for a better view.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 580 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Wed 30 Nov 2016
at 07:19
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Calling upon his eldritch skills, Aurion causes stones to fall from the sky upon their foes.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 125 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 2 Dec 2016
at 04:16
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn straightens up from the mouldering corpse and glances back at Leisha.  He seems rather pleased at the notion that others are becoming aware of his idiom ... and 'nigh' really is a better choice.  "Indeed."  He nods his agreement to Leisha, vaguely wondering why he expects to hear a clop-clopping of coconut shells as she advances down the passage.  The thought quickly vanishes as a hail of stones clatter down nearby pummelling the puddle of ooze, surely another sign of divine aid.  "Praise Dauros!  And praise Mitra too..." he adds as an afterthought, not really sure which of those particular deities was responsible for the rockfall, but certain that neither would take offence - surely its good to have backup, even when you're a god.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:38, Fri 02 Dec 2016.

Skald
 GM, 1222 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 4 Dec 2016
at 06:48
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog's blow is both accurate and mighty, merely ruffling Cogwitz's pony tail as it cuts through the air to all but carve the carrion creature in twain, as Tesseyn would have it, even nigh on cleaved asunder if the Paladin enlisted Leisha's assistance to choose his words.  The Halfling's blade also finds its mark, as Cogwitz strikes with deadly accuracy, and the beast slumps to the floor, most definitely dead, as the Orc might very plainly put it in sooth or not.

As Brindle, sickened by the stench, most noisily and messily expels from his gullet meals long past, Aurion recalls and recasts one he prepared earlier and, much to the Paladin's obvious delight, causes a hail of stones to pelt not only the cowardly and craven other carrion crawler, slaying that one too, but also the strangely ambulatory puddle, to great splashy effect, even as Tesseryn reluctantly heaves (somewhat more productively than Brindle) a handy moldering corpse.

The stones pause the puddle's advance, if momentarily, though the said moldering corpse certainly garners its attention, as the puddle flows around it, the remaining scraps of rotted cloth dissolving immediately upon contact.

The Paladin offers thanks as Leisha moves forward, carefully and fastidiously avoiding contact with Brindle who's coming the other way in an extremely unwell manner.  The young woman bravely peers into the quite nasty chamber, the smell not enhanced by the addition of another two dead things. 

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...

This message was last edited by the GM at 12:49, Sun 04 Dec 2016.

Brindle
 player, 765 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 4 Dec 2016
at 07:06
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
OOC: Brindle rolled 20 using 1d20+4.† Fort save DC17

The marginally cleaner air down the tunnel finally allows Brindle to recover. He gasps in relief for a second then bravely turns around to have another go at facing that dreadful stench. He hurries back down the tunnel and squeezes past Leisha to a spot where he can see that nauseating puddle of ooze. He points his wand and speaks the command word [Language unknown:  "Unponeal!"] to shoot a quartet of orange-glowing missiles at the puddle.

OOC: Brindle rolled 13 using 4d4+4.† Magic missiles at the puddle.
Wrukaog
 player, 111 posts
Mon 5 Dec 2016
at 21:11
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc looks at his axe, then at the amorphous blob. His squint turns into a bit of a confused frown. He takes a few steps back from it and hurls a javelin at its center to see what happens.

22:09, Mon 05 Dec: Wrukaog rolled 11 using 1d20+7.  jav vs puddle.
22:10, Mon 05 Dec: Wrukaog rolled 13 using 1d6+7.  damage.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:23, Wed 07 Dec 2016.

Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 581 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 5 Dec 2016
at 21:34
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Having pelted the monsters, Aurion stood and waited to see if martial prowess was sufficient to finish off the beasties...
Cogwitz
 player, 90 posts
Tue 6 Dec 2016
at 06:22
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Not thinking he could do much damage to an ooze, Cogwitz tries to identify if it has any weaknesses for the rest of them.


07:22, Today: Cogwitz rolled 33 using 1d20+13.  knowledge check to ID ooze.

Nice a natural 20 ;)
Leisha
 player, 169 posts
Tue 6 Dec 2016
at 07:33
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Oh, hm.  That's not technically a puddle, that's an ooze," Leisha comments.  "A grey one.  Don't touch it with anything you want to keep, they're highly acidic, and don't bother with fire or trying to freeze it.  Rocks falling should be fine, though, and those," she smiles encouragingly at Brindle, "Are always in style."
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 583 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Tue 6 Dec 2016
at 08:18
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The mage was pleased his falling stones were in style... (almost went with trying to freeze it!)
Cogwitz
 player, 91 posts
Wed 7 Dec 2016
at 13:57
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz looked over to Leisha, she was quite astute to such things, he didn't know that.  He would have to talk with her about the biology of other creatures at some point when they weren't in battle and trying to survive.  I would have to conquer with Leisha.  If you don't want to lose a weapon though I wouldn't hit it with your own.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 126 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Wed 7 Dec 2016
at 14:57
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Having no such expendable weapon with which to smite the ooze, Tesseryn heads for the curtained wall at the far side of the room, giving the ooze a wide berth as he clanks past it on the north side.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 584 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Wed 7 Dec 2016
at 21:24
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Hit it with the statue..."
Skald
 GM, 1223 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Thu 8 Dec 2016
at 13:47
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
As Leisha, Cogwitz and Aurion offer helpful advice, Brindle takes advantage of the cleaner air to regain some dignity.  But being a sturdy soul, he refuses to rest and recover, instead staggering back down the passageway, entering the chamber and blasting the ooze with his magic wand.

Several mystical spheres slam into the creature causing it to twitch and jump alarmingly, rearing back from the meal it was making of the long dead corpse.

Once more Wrukaog turns to his javelins, taking but a short run up to launch one at the ooze.  The throw is alarmingly wild, yet the creature makes no effort to avoid the shaft ... indeed the javelin pierces it through, tearing through its jelly-like form, even as the weapon itself sizzles and burns.  The ooze goes morbidly rigid for a moment ... and then collapses back, shrinking in on itself, life force spent.

Victory is yours !

Indeed, so confident was Tesseryn in the outcome that already he is pressing on, investigating the tapestry at the far end of the chamber.  Close inspection suggests that its ragged edge is due to close contact with the ooze, a contest in which the drapes came off decidedly second best.

None of which matters to the Paladin who casts the rotten black material aside to reveal an oddly shaped chamber beyond, twenty feet wide by thirty feet long with alcoves to the north, west and south, each blessed with a curved back wall and a much desecrated stone statue of Mitra.

OOC: Map of the proceedings and character status thread updated ...
Brindle
 player, 766 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 8 Dec 2016
at 14:26
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Whew, I'm glad that worked!" Brindle exclaims when the ooze is defeated.

Looking decidedly happier now he hastens forward to start searching the bodies scattered around the room.

"I wonder who these guys were and why they were here?" he wonders as he starts looking for answers on their corpses.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 127 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Thu 8 Dec 2016
at 14:33
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn moves into the newly revealed room and looks around.  He crosses to the western alcove and searches around the statue.
Cogwitz
 player, 92 posts
Thu 8 Dec 2016
at 18:14
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Between Brindle's magic and the javelin, Cogwitz was glad the ooze was gone.  Who knows what kind of damage the thing could have done.

So, what did you find over there Tesseryn?
Wrukaog
 player, 116 posts
Thu 8 Dec 2016
at 18:21
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The feeling of being slightly bummed out is pretty apparent on the orc's face as he stands for a brief while, looking at the sizzling javelin.

After the moment has passed, he retrieves the other stuck in the dead... thing carcass, and makes his way back out into the hallway to retrieve what might be the wisest member of the party, then falls back in line at the rear of the group.


He'll continue to stay near the rear as we progress, and if the halflings split up, he'll continue the plan of staying with the one with fewer escorts.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:46, Fri 09 Dec 2016.

Leisha
 player, 172 posts
Thu 8 Dec 2016
at 20:26
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha gives Brindle a startled look.  "That's..."  She shakes her head.  "You've yet to cease to amaze me," she says.  "I hadn't even begun to wonder that, and I wasn't--"  She considers that reminding someone about their recent bout of vomiting while they're still surrounded by what caused it might not be a `friendly act', and smoothly says instead, "--busy finishing off the ooze.  It's a very good question."

Having decided that Brindle's line of investigation is, indeed, more interesting than `why did followers of Set desecrate a bunch of Mitra statues' - which even the old man upstairs could probably answer in only three or four tries - she joins him in it, looking over the bodies carefully for clues.
Skald
 GM, 1224 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Fri 9 Dec 2016
at 06:52
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Seemingly recovered in full, Brindle is indeed much chirpier, much to Leisha's astonishment, and happily pokes about in the unpleasant mess on the floor, which inspires her (or perhaps makes her feel guilty enough) to join in.  There's not enough left of the corpses to glean any clues from the bodies as to how they met their ends, though from what little remains of their garments it seems more likely they were travellers than villagers.

Strangely, underneath all the debris and bits and pieces there's rather a lot of copper pieces scattered over the whole area - certainly more than a thousand coins, most of them quite old.

Unhappy at the loss of one of his weapons, Wrukaog consoles himself by fetching back the silver statue of Mitra before resuming guard over the group.

Cogwitz is happier that the threat the ooze posed is ended, even at the cost of a javelin, and is less interested in trawling through the muck than in what Tesseryn might find ...

The Paladin enters the western room without incident, quickly looking around the three alcoves before settling on the western one.

The statues are similar to the one your Orc carries, save each is depicted with an ornate ring, amulet and belt.  The ring bears an astonishing resemblance to the one that Sir Holomir bestowed upon Tesseryn.  There is a metal box at the feet of the statue to the south, and as the Paladin examines the statue to the west with more care, he notes that it is depicted holding a mace with a stylised lion's head.

Aurion watches from the eastern corridor, on the threshold of the chamber.  Puzzling over the shape of the now revealed room with three alcoves, he pulls the map he found from his pocket, studying it.
Brindle
 player, 767 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 9 Dec 2016
at 14:43
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Travellers," Brindle muses. "I wonder how long it would have been before we ended up down here, if we had stayed the night at the inn?"

With nothing else to be learned out here, Brindle moved into the next room to join Tesseryn inspecting the statues.

"That's interesting," he says after a little while. "I wonder whether we should be looking to complete the set of ring, amulet and belt, like these statues all have. Tessy Junior hasn't got them, so maybe we need to kit him out with that set? Might be worth a try, anyhow."

He moves over to look at the box in the southern alcove.

"I wonder what secrets you might hold too?" he wonders aloud.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 128 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 12 Dec 2016
at 14:06
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn looks back towards Cogwitz.  "A wondrous boon for the followers of Mitra.  The statues have the power to heal woulds." He holds up his left arm to show that the ghoul bite he suffered earlier is now completely healed; the ring, Mitra's Favour, is worn on that hand.  "Why would people turn their backs on such bounty to go instead preying on travellers?"

He listens with interest to Brindle's speculation but is most distracted by Aurion's unfolding of the map.  "Is this room depicted therein, Aurion?"
Cogwitz
 player, 93 posts
Thu 15 Dec 2016
at 22:14
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz entered the area after Tesseryn said what was there.  He cast a minor and easy spell before he did though.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 585 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sun 18 Dec 2016
at 05:51
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"I believe so," Aurion says in response to Tesseryn's question. "There is a room here with three alcoves, I suspect it is this one." He shows the map to the Paladin.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 129 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 19 Dec 2016
at 12:46
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn studies Aurion's map for a moment.  "Ah!  The map would indicate that the Heart of Law may be accessed from the last room.  I walked past there yet saw no such passage.  We shall have to find another way."  He returns to the carrion room to gather up the remains of the travellers, using his shield as a tray for the less intact members, and gently lay them at the feet of the statues in the alcove room.  "Mitra, watch over them until they may be laid to rest."
OOC: Aurion's map is Group A
Skald
 GM, 1226 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 19 Dec 2016
at 13:48
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Musing over the meaning of the ring, amulet and belt motif, Brindle waves everyone away as he carefully examines the metal box that lies at the feet of the statue in the southern alcove.

Meantime, as Tesseryn and Aurion pour over the Elf's map, Cogwitz enters the end chamber, muttering a quick prayer as he looks around. 

Shaking his head at the perfidy of the evil villagers, Tesseryn sets about carefully and kindly gathering up the bones and moldering remains of the dead, laying them at the base of the statues.
Cogwitz
 player, 94 posts
Mon 19 Dec 2016
at 14:26
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Meanwhile, Cogwitz after his spell began could see that the two statues on the north and south were giving off a feint aura of magic.  Tesseryn, as you may already know the north and south statues are magical in nature.  I can feel the tingling just standing in here.

When he had turned to talk to him, Cogwitz also noticed a strong emanation coming from the room they were just in.  Heading back out there Cogwitz noticed that the north wall was radiating magic as well.  Guys, I think this wall may be an illusion.  The thing is radiating magic.  If I can concentrate longer I will be able to discern what type of magic as well.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 586 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Tue 20 Dec 2016
at 01:36
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion attempts to disbelieve the statues...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 131 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 23 Dec 2016
at 01:10
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"That is indeed another discovery of import,Cogwitz.  We shall soon unravel the mysteries of this labyrinth."
Brindle
 player, 769 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 23 Dec 2016
at 05:16
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle brings the scroll he found over to Aurion and unrolls it to show a similar map to Aurions one. But this version has words written on it too. Lightning and paralysis and fire. And a scrawled word over the top of it all.

"I wonder if that is some sort of passwords? " he speculates.

Ooc: DM can you please add the details for me?
Wrukaog
 player, 119 posts
Mon 26 Dec 2016
at 10:28
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc busies himself by dislodging a piece of splintered bird bone with one of his daggers that's been stubbornly stuck between two of his teeth for over a week.

When he's done, he spits the tiny bone and a bit of blood onto the floor next to him.
Skald
 GM, 1228 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 26 Dec 2016
at 13:33
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn by now has managed to clear most of the remains of the humanoid corpses from the cesspit that is the larger chamber, and it's getting rather crowded and smelly around the feet of the statues (certainly something causes Aurion to look that way in studied concern), but undoubtedly their ghosts will rest easier.

Setting the noise (particularly the sucking and squelching sounds) from his mind and nostrils, Cogwitz endeavors to subject the north wall of said chamber to ever more rigorous magical perusal. 

The rest of the group congregate around Aurion and Brindle and their map, though Wrukaog might be said to be profoundly disinterested in the scratching upon the parchment only marginally less so than the silver statue of Mitra which he carries.

Those who study the two pieces of parchment, however, may note that the large circular room with two passages leading off that is on the Elf's map is very much the same as the map the Halfling holds that has various marks and words of, assumedly, warning - the single marking in the centre of each corridor is labelled "lightning", the outer circle "paralysis", the inner circle "blindness" and the two in the centre "fire".

Overlaying the markings in a less careful script is one word - "OMPHALOS".

OOC: Map of the proceedings (Group 0) updated ... plus see Map A for Aurion's Map and Map B for Brindle's.
Leisha
 player, 175 posts
Mon 26 Dec 2016
at 17:56
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Bellybutton?" Leisha asks, curiously, looking over Brindle and Aurion's shoulders.  Well, Aurion's shoulders and Brindle's... everything.

"No, probably not.  They could mean the stone.  Possibly it's a key?  If that's the way they mean it, it should be a stone about this big," she holds her hands half a foot apart.  "Just kind of a lump, frankly, that looks like it would fit in a bellybutton, if said bellybutton were," she holds her hands out again, "About this deep.  Hard pressed to call it a `statue', but still, deliberately shaped and maybe decorated."

"Or maybe it is, as you say, just a password.  Passwords are nice and simple, we could try that first and see if Tesseryn gets paralyzed."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 132 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 27 Dec 2016
at 00:43
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn washes the grime from his gauntlets using a little water from his water skin then rejoins the others musing over the map.  He nods agreement with Leisha.  "Or the boss at the centre of a round shield."

OOC:  GM, looks like Tesseryn has the large room tidied away nicely, thanks, but I can't access map B.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 133 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 30 Dec 2016
at 23:26
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Yes, perhaps a password.  I shall enter first and speak the word 'omphalos'.  Should some dark force attempt to paralyse me then by the grace of Dauros I shall be spared."  Tesseryn moves to the centre of the north wall of the large room where the map would suggest a passage should be and runs his gauntletted hands over the wall.
Skald
 GM, 1231 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 2 Jan 2017
at 13:31
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The meaning of the words on the parchment provoke much discussion, but Tesseryn is more a man of action than of words and, guided by Cogwitz, carefully examines that portion of the north wall that the Halfling believes to be an illusion.

Certainly the paladin's questing fingers find the wall only too solid ... but as he continues to probe, Tesseryn's fingers suddenly sink into the stone and with a cry of triumph and a grunt of effort he manages to pull off a piece of ... wood ?

A rather rotten looking plank to be sure, it's lower edge almost completely eaten away.  Tesseryn tries again ...

It does not take long for the paladin to clear away the planks that block the opening, though the illusion of the wall does not waver one jot.

Poking your heads through, you see a short corridor leading to a large circular chamber done in what can best be described as the 'deteriorated ornate' style, with murals that were once fine and vibrant but are now faded and flaking, depicting the earthly life of Mitra.  The air is filled with the sweet scent of flowers.

In the centre of the chamber sits a creature with a long snakelike body and a more or less human face.  Its scales are green-gold in colour ...

"What do you here, foul creatures ?!!  Would you despoil the tomb of Mitra himself ?  Come then ... advance if you dare ... I shall pray that Mitra show your spirits mercy !"

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 134 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 11:24
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Initially Tesseryn does not reply, instead looking back to the party. "Another guardian awaits within, a guardian naga I believe, a creature of great wisdom and purity.  Also, the room within does not appear to match Brindle's map, the exiting passage is on the opposite side.  I shall enter and make our quest known to the guardian ... perhaps it can offer some assistance."

With a reassuring nod to Cogwitz he turns to the passage once more and rather self-consciously speaks the password  "omphalos."

He enters the passage with sword drawn and stops at the entrance to the circular room, lowering his sword tip to the floor, then addresses the guardian cordially.  "I am Tesseryn Brightsoul, the arm of Dauros.  Together with these brave companions I am on a sacred quest in the name of Mitra."

This message was last edited by the player at 11:45, Tue 03 Jan 2017.

Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 588 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 19:12
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Thrilled that someone was paying attention, Aurion put his plans to attack the creature on hold. He did wonder if his snakes would enjoy meeting the creature though...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 135 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 23:39
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Realising his mistake, that both map fragments actually do match the room perfectly, Tesseryn silently admonishes himself for his overconfidence.  He grits his teeth and braces himself for the inevitable lightning strike, and paralysis, and whatever else the gods may choose to test their faithful servant with.  If he survives the short walk he will speak the aforementioned words of greeting.
Brindle
 player, 770 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 5 Jan 2017
at 08:34
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle watches from the start of the corridor as Tesseryn ventures inside, hoping that his guess about the password word prove correct. Brindle glances back at Cogwitz to see whether the halfling was still concentrating on magic detection. If not then Brindle will cast detect magic too.
Cogwitz
 player, 96 posts
Fri 6 Jan 2017
at 21:07
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz watched as Tesseryn pushed into the hallway.  Cogwitz hadn't thought it was just an image to disguise the passage, but it seemed right compared to the map.  With his detect magic still in operation Cogwitz looked into the hall to see if there were magical affects.
Skald
 GM, 1232 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 8 Jan 2017
at 06:14
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Thanks indeed be to Dauros for surely it is by the god's grace alone that Tesseryn thinks to say "Omphalos" before striding confidently down the short passageway to greet the guardian naga that sits in the centre.

No harm befalls the Paladin, and a minute shift in the creature's gaze shows it acknowledges the lowering of the blade and what that signifies.

"You know my name," the naga says softly as it listens to Tesseryn's short speech, "and your words ... are pleasing to my ear.  Yet how do I know that you speak the truth ?  Evil is treacherous, lying and deceitful.  What proof can you offer as to your righteous intent ?"

Both Halflings poke their heads into the corridor so that they can see, Brindle turning to his kinsman to confirm that Cogwitz is still looking for mystical auras.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 136 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 9 Jan 2017
at 14:05
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn turns briefly and looks back to where Leisha would be standing were it not for the illusory wall blocking the passage.  She would note his quirked eyebrow were it not for the helmet covering his brow.  "Navel indeed."

Turning back to face the naga, Tesseryn advances slowly into the room.  "I wear the ring Mitra's Favour.  It was bestowed upon me by Sir Holomir a short time ago when we first entered this labyrinth.  I wear it on behalf of this fellowship gathered by the gods themselves and charged with a quest to 'sort it out'.  We are two resourceful halflings, a virtuous lady, an elven wizard, an orc of uncharacteristic valour, and myself.  The ring's power has protected us thus far, and thus far we have prevailed against the minions of Set and their cunning machinations.  We would welcome such advice as you can offer to steer us towards our goal, which, though somewhat brief in the stating, clearly means to thwart the resurgent power of Set and allow the folk of Mitra's Fist to resume their rightful but lapsed following of Mitra's teachings."  He pauses for breath, and to allow the others to come forward to add their own confirmation of his tale.
Brindle
 player, 771 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 13:55
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Omphalos," Brindle also says as he strides forward to join Tesseryn. "You can call me Brindle. Tesseryn speaks truly - we would certainly appreciate your advice on what needs to be done here. Any information you can give to help us understand how the current situation has come about would also be of interest and may assist us as well."
Cogwitz
 player, 97 posts
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 19:21
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Not to be outdone by Brindle, Cogwitz likewise says, "Omphalos" and moves into the chamber with the Naga.
Skald
 GM, 1233 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 15 Jan 2017
at 13:49
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Omphalos indeed," the owner of that name smirks wryly, greeting each of the Halflings in turn with a sway and a dip of his head.  "I see you have learned at least one of my secrets.  The creature seems much mollified by Tesseryn's words as much as the ring he bears, and appears prepared to at least hear you out.

"Your words are most pleasing," he amends his earlier statement. "And I most heartily commend your intent ... though you should know you are not the first to make such an attempt, though none before you has enjoyed such blessed patronage."

"Let the rest of your companions advance !" the naga commands in a louder voice, "then we will speak further."
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 589 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 16 Jan 2017
at 02:44
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion utters the apparent password, and approaches, his snakes peeking out of the collar of his robe, gazing in awe at their giant cousin.
Leisha
 player, 178 posts
Mon 16 Jan 2017
at 03:10
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha steps through the illusion, giving Aurion a curious look.  "Haven't we established by now that it's his name?" she asks, curiously.  "Hello!  I'm Leisha," she offers.  "It's a pleasure to meet you."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 137 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 17 Jan 2017
at 06:34
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Illusory wall ... secrets ... Tesseryn muses.  He steps to the left to allow room for the others to enter and does not speak further, instead concentrating on detecting evil ... just in case.
Skald
 GM, 1234 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sat 21 Jan 2017
at 14:20
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The rest of the group step forward, pronouncing, muttering or growling the Naga's name in turn.  Though Aurion's snakes seem in awe of Omphalos, the Naga does not seem to notice them, nor indeed Leisha.  Indeed, it is the Orc to whom his gaze is drawn ...

Omphalos's eyes widen as he spots Wrukaog, but it is not the Orc's appearance that seems to concern the Naga.

"You carry the silvered likeness of Mitra !" Omphalos exclaims.  "That you would dare ..."

Surprisingly the Naga's tone becomes much warmer.  "That you have dared the perils and recovered the holy statue from the lair of the fell creatures who had nested there," he sways, dipping his head to honour Wrukaog, "as well as the token of the god that you bear," he repeats the gesture towards Tesseryn, "convinces me of your pure intent." 

"How may I be of service ?"  His eyes turn towards Brindle, his forked tongue flickering across his lips as he now gives serious consideration to the Halfling's earlier questions.

"What needs be done is as Tesseryn of the Brightsoul has stated - the routing out of all evil presences within the Dark Tower of Set !"

"As to the how," Omphalos's lips curl in a smile, "if it were easy the deed would already be done.  Against such evil, it seems that the power of light alone will not suffice.  However powerful artifacts may be found within these halls, scattered over the decades as they were lost and recovered and lost again."

"I stand guard here, arraying mystical defences to preserve both the tomb of Mitra and the Heart of Law.  If you are worthy you may pray at the tomb and perhaps take up the mantle of the gem ..."
Leisha
 player, 179 posts
Sat 21 Jan 2017
at 17:36
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"And we're certainly glad you're here," Leisha says.  "We never would have expected to find a friendly face in this mire.  Do you happen to know what qualifies someone as worthy?"
Brindle
 player, 772 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 22 Jan 2017
at 01:48
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Thank you, Omphalos. Can you tell us any more about the powerful artifacts we should be looking for? The three statues of Mitra in the 3-alcove room back there all have an ornate ring, amulet and belt. One of the statues holds a mace with a stylised lion's head. This silver statue of Mitra has none of those items, so are some or all of those the artifacts you mentioned that we should look for?" Brindle asks.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 138 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 23 Jan 2017
at 12:31
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn relaxes (not that you'd notice any change) as his suspicions are once again found to be groundless.  He listens intently to the questions and the guardian's answers.  He purses his lips a little as the naga assumes that Wrukaog carries the silver statue for safe keeping, but manages to say nothing.  He awaits answers to the insightful questions that his companions have already asked before adding more.

However he believes he already knows the answer to Leisha's question; in his experience proving worthy usually means enduring painful ordeals.  Brindle's annotated map promised such.  When the questions have been answered and he can contain himself no longer, "I would pray at the Tomb and offer my respect to Mitra."
Cogwitz
 player, 98 posts
Tue 24 Jan 2017
at 06:35
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
At the mention of powerful artifacts, Cogwitz listens more closely to the answer the naga gives.  He wondered if they had passed by any of them already at this point...
Leisha
 player, 180 posts
Tue 24 Jan 2017
at 06:39
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha keeps a politely attentive expression directed towards Omphalos, sternly resisting the urge to give Tesseryn an, `oooh, that's a good one!' look.
Skald
 GM, 1235 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Fri 27 Jan 2017
at 06:47
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The naga considers the questions posed ...

"The gods judge," Omphalos answers Leisha patiently.  "The worthy are rewarded, the unworthy are punished."

"Aye," he nods as Brindle describes the statues of Mitra, "the Lion ring, the Lion Belt and the Lion Amulet are holy relics, worn by Mitra when he walked the earth as a man."

"The ring your companion wears, a sign of Mitra's favour.  It is said within it is bound the spirit of Sir George, Prince of the High Peaks and Champion of the Faith. It wards the bearer from the forces of darkness."

"The belt, the girding of Mitra, is said to be joined with the spirit of Princess Jamalla the Wise, Holy of Holies, Mother of the Masses, Benefactress of the Poor and Mitra's Handmaiden.  It protects the bearer and those close by from any evil arrayed against them.  It is a travesty that it is now in the hands of Set's minions !"

"Within the amulet, Mitra's eye, rests the spirit of Charlamack the Just, High Priest of Mitra.  It assists and protects, guiding the hand and feet of the bearer.  Alas, this was but recently taken from the White Tower by cowardly rat-faced thieves !  Beyond bearing !"

"Separately the relics are most beneficial, but when worn together, the bearer may be showered with further blessings.  The histories are vague, but it is known at least that one bearer, centuries ago who united the three was impervious to all magic and able to destroy undead with but a glance !"

"The mace is not a relic, but was bourne by Helson the Bold and would bring much honour to any worthy to wield it.  Alas it was taken by the miscreants who serve Set, and so is lost."

"The Heart of Law is one of the three Soul Gems, aligned to the Light.  It is said that the bearer can never be slain.  Diametrically opposed is the Soul of Chaos which is said to steal the life force from friend or foe," Omphalos struggles to get these words out, so obvious is his distaste for so foul an artifact.  "You must be wary of it."

"The last of the Soul Gems is the Mind of Balance," his tone improves to the merely sternly disapproving. "It is neither good nor evil.  It is said that with this gem one may literally buy eternal life," if a snake could shrug, this one does, "though I do not know what that means."

Tesseryn's wish meets with approval from this wisest of nagas.  "A boon which I may most gladly and easily grant," Omphalos proclaims, nodding his head towards the western wall which shimmers to reveal two large doors which swing open at his glance.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 139 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 27 Jan 2017
at 23:15
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Sir George of the High Peaks." Tesseryn murmurs, gazing in wonder at the ring on his upraised hand.  "These holy relics must be won back from the vile followers of Set."

With a perfunctory nod to Oomphalos, he turns towards the newly revealed doorway, ready to be proven worthy.  Pausing at the threshold he looks back at his companions.  "Will anyone else seek to honour Mitra?"
Cogwitz
 player, 99 posts
Sat 28 Jan 2017
at 06:00
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz thought it would be a good idea to pay homage to Mitra as well and steps forward at Tesseryn's call.  I will, if it is okay.
Brindle
 player, 773 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 28 Jan 2017
at 13:30
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle grinned at Tesseryn and Cogwitz's enthusiasm.

"I'll come and see how you go," he decides.
Leisha
 player, 181 posts
Sat 28 Jan 2017
at 17:09
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha happens to be examining a particularly interesting cobweb in the corner and doesn't seem to hear Tesseryn's offer.  When she turns back, she says to Omphalos, "So, the Heart of Law... is, or has been, just down that hall, yes?" she asks, gesturing to the south.  "Is it still there?"
Skald
 GM, 1236 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 30 Jan 2017
at 14:10
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle and Cogwitz are willing to join Tesseryn as the Paladin seeks to pay homage to that good god ... as, perhaps oddly, does Wrukaog bearing thither the silver statue of Mitra which he carries.

The four pass through the western door into a long chamber, perhaps twenty feet wide and sixty feet long.  At the northern end stands a statue of a stone lion; to the south there is a stone dias upon which is set a massive metal throne engraved with stylised figures of lions.  A benign-looking old man sits upon the throne, unmoving.

There are various small treasures resting upon the dais - a steel brooch, a platinum bracelet and a glass sword among them. 

Leisha, meanwhile, is not yet done conversing with Omphalos, and Aurion elects to remain steadfastly at her side.  However the Naga is quick to correct her assumption.

"No," Omphalos replies. "The Heart of Law lies to the north of this chamber.  That way," he tilts his head towards the opening to the east.
Cogwitz
 player, 100 posts
Tue 31 Jan 2017
at 06:19
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz follows the others and inspects the things he sees with his magical eyesight.  With none of the items magical he is drawn by the man sitting on the throne.  Cogwitz whispers to Brindle, that man is magical.  My spell is still in effect.
Brindle
 player, 774 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 31 Jan 2017
at 12:53
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Magical?" Brindle whispers back. "I wonder if he is real or illusion or a construct of some kind? Or just magically protected?"

"Tesseryn, is he as good as he should be?" Brindle whispers the question to the paladin.

"I wonder if it is his prayers that brought us here?"
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 140 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 31 Jan 2017
at 13:06
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn glances north towards the lion statue then looks searchingly back at the three who have followed him into the room.  He walks south and kneels before the old man, removing his helmet and placing it on the stone dais.  Speaking words too softly for all to hear he pours water from a small silver beaker onto the old man's foot then dries the foot between his palms.
Leisha
 player, 182 posts
Fri 3 Feb 2017
at 23:22
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha looks past the naga and blinks.  "Oh."  She laughs a little bit.  "I suppose that's what comes of looking at a piece of paper before what's actually in front of you.  Would it be all right if I went and had a look?" she asks, politely.  If Omphalos doesn't object, she'll head for the eastern passage.
Skald
 GM, 1238 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 14:05
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The two Halflings are much intrigued by the nature of the obviously magical figure sitting upon the throne, but Tesseryn is concerned only with showing his respect.  With great reverence, the Paladin washes and dries the old man's foot.  The man smiles benevolently and places his hand upon Tesseryn's brow in benediction.

"Of course," back in the large circular room Omphalos most graciously gives Leisha his permission, once more inclining his head to the eastern passage.  "If you would see the Heart of Law for yourself then turn left ... take care to avoid the mists to the right !" he calls after her as she reaches the intersection.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 141 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Wed 8 Feb 2017
at 13:23
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Lord Mitra.  I - we are sworn to oppose Set, and to aid those who remain true to your name.  I ask a gift." His voice drops almost to a whisper, "When the faithful return to the shrine above, may your servant Cornelius once more minister to them with strength and clarity of thought."
Brindle
 player, 775 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 9 Feb 2017
at 12:33
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle watches and listens quietly, not wanting to disturb Tesseryn's interaction with the seated figure. He doesn't want to disturb Cogwitz's concentration either.
Leisha
 player, 183 posts
Thu 9 Feb 2017
at 15:40
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha nods politely to Omphalos as she passes.  "Thanks," she calls back, for his warning.
Cogwitz
 player, 101 posts
Thu 9 Feb 2017
at 16:49
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz has been concentrating on the man to see what types of magical auras are on the man and if it is actually the man or something he is wearing that is causing the emanations.
Skald
 GM, 1239 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 12 Feb 2017
at 06:15
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The man on the throne does not speak aloud, but smiles kindly in response to Tesseryn's request. 

Cogwitz continues to study the man.  Brindle alternates his gaze between the man and his two companions.

Leisha eyes the mists to the south thoughtfully before continuing down the passage that curves around to her left, until she stands before a large, bright chamber, floored with white marble and walled in white velvet.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 590 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sat 18 Feb 2017
at 06:46
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Whispering soft words to comfort his snakes, Aurion continues to mull over the naga's words, committing them to memory.

"You say the belt and amulet were both taken, the first by 'Set's minions', the second by 'rat-faced thieves'," the elf recaps. "Do you know where we might find either, or begin our search?"

If evil is to be destroyed then procuring such items of power would seem to be a good start.
Brindle
 player, 776 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 18 Feb 2017
at 14:53
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle is content to wait and watch quietly for now. He is curious about Tesseryn's approach to the old man and even more curious to see whether Cogwitz learns anything interesting from his magic inspection.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 142 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 20 Feb 2017
at 14:10
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn rises to his feet and solemnly bows to the aged image of Mitra.  Leaving his helmet on the pedestal, he returns to his companions gathered in the doorway looking somewhat more invigorated than usual, if that were possible.  With steely determination and even a hint of merriment he proposes "Let us go and smite some evil."

Proceeding through the door he stands before Oomphalos adds another question to those already posed by Aurion.  "There were two towers.  Cornelius' shrine stands above the tower of Mitra.   Where stood the tower of Set, and how might we enter there?
Skald
 GM, 1241 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 22 Feb 2017
at 13:45
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Alas, Cogwitz has been unable to determine any more information regarding those magics that surround the man on the throne, but the Naga is more forthcoming and is happy to answer the questions posed.

"The minions of Set escaped with the holy belt to the lower levels," he informs Aurion.  "But I cannot say where."

"The rats infest the tunnels to the north ... they retreated to those twisting holes with their undeserved spoils."

"The tower of evil," the Naga almost spits, "opens not to the light above ... it's gates lie far below, warded by powerful magics - far more deadly than the defences I have raised here."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 143 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 25 Feb 2017
at 15:11
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Ah."  muses Tesseryn.  "You mentioned that the Amulet, Mitra's eye, was recently taken by rat-faced thieves.  And that the rats infest the twisting tunnels to the north ... I believe we traversed some such tunnels on our way here, but have left many unexplored.  I propose that we ought pursue the Amulet therein before venturing down to the lowest levels to recover Mitra's holy Belt.  What say you all?"
Brindle
 player, 778 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 25 Feb 2017
at 16:55
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"That does make sense," Brindle agreed.
Skald
 GM, 1242 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Fri 10 Mar 2017
at 05:59
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"That would indeed be a worthy act," Omphalos concurs.

With the Naga's vote added to Tesseryn's and Brindle's that makes three for and none against (though Aurion and Cogwitz may well be keeping silent as it was they who entered those rat-infested tunnels earlier and heard those ominous chittering noises firsthand).

But as you prepare to take your leave of this chamber in pursuit of Mitra's Eye, you realise that Leisha has not yet returned ...
Cogwitz
 player, 102 posts
Fri 10 Mar 2017
at 06:28
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz thought about what Tesseryn had said and Brindle had confirmed.  Cogwitz had been in those tunnels and at the time it seemed too much for him, but now it sounded rather good, knowing what those sounds were helped.  I would like to recover the belt as well!.  He looked to the others and noticed someone was missing.  Where did Leisha get off to?
Brindle
 player, 779 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 10 Mar 2017
at 14:10
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"She didn't come with us. I thought she stayed here with Aurion. Do you know where she went, Aurion? Or you, Omphalos, can you enlighten us?" Brindle asked.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 591 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sat 11 Mar 2017
at 05:34
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"That way," the elf helpfully points towards the eastern passage. "Leisha wished to gaze upon the Heart of Law."
Leisha
 player, 184 posts
Sat 11 Mar 2017
at 19:14
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wherever she is, Leisha is certainly innocent.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 144 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 12 Mar 2017
at 00:17
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Of course."  Tesseryn replies to Aurion, raising an eyebrow on his helmetless brow and obviously finding himself most amusing, "If I were a woman I'm sure I too would find the mention of an enchanted gem most alluring."

He waits patiently with the others and quizzes Oomphalos about service to Mitra. "When we have scoured the evil presence from the Dark Tower will your service end?  And that of Sir Holomir?"
Skald
 GM, 1244 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 12 Mar 2017
at 06:33
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
With Leisha's approximate whereabouts nailed down, Tesseryn questions the Naga about his future employment prospects.

"No," Omphalos assures the Paladin, "my service will end only when death claims me ... and while they might find rest for a time, Sir Holomir and the other Lions of Mitra will continue to serve whenever the need does arise."
Leisha
 player, 185 posts
Fri 17 Mar 2017
at 04:40
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha hmms.
Brindle
 player, 780 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 17 Mar 2017
at 12:17
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle explores.

He heads across to the eastern passage and as far as the T-intersection then looks left and right to see what he can see.
Cogwitz
 player, 103 posts
Fri 17 Mar 2017
at 20:19
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
With the course of where they were to go next picked out for them thanks to Leisha, Cogwitz went in the direction she had gone as well.  He was right behind Brindle as he looked around the corner of the T intersection.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 145 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 18 Mar 2017
at 00:16
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"I'm sure Leisha and the halflings are safe in your care.  I shall return immediately"  Tesseryn assures Oomphalos, Aurion and Wrukaog.  He exits via the southern door and clanks across the large room towards the clover-shaped shrine.  Shortly thereafter he strides back across the large room towards its eastern exit.
Skald
 GM, 1245 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 19 Mar 2017
at 06:35
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn commits the two Halflings to the Naga's care as he heads back to the south chamber.   However neither Brindle nor Cogwitz are minded to twiddle their thumbs, the pair heading over to the eastern opening and peering into the corridor beyond.

Aurion and Wrukaog exchange a glance, the Elf following after the Paladin, close enough to at least keep an eye on him but not to interfere, while the Orc does the same for the Halflings aiming to keep them in his sight.

"You must avoid the mists to the right !" Omphalos calls after the Halflings, as she reaches the intersection, repeating the warning he gave Leisha.   As the pair can now see, the corridor curves away to the left, while to the right the corridor is filled with mist that blocks what might lie beyond.

Tesseryn quickly returns, the badly dented golden bowl under his arm.  Seeing this, Omphalos hisses with displeasure, eyeing him sternly.  "You must not bring that profane thing into this holy place !" the Naga insists, sternly.
Brindle
 player, 781 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 19 Mar 2017
at 13:53
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle looks both ways then grins at Cogwitz.

"Which way shall we go?" he asks, pretending he hasn't heard the naga's warning.

"Not the foggiest!" he concludes, still grinning.

But he turns and heads along the curving left-hand passage looking for Leisha.
Cogwitz
 player, 104 posts
Sun 19 Mar 2017
at 17:29
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
I must have mist what he was saying...  Cogwitz quipped back to Brindle as he started off to the left.  Naturally, Cogwitz followed closely behind with his weapons drawn.
Brindle
 player, 782 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 20 Mar 2017
at 12:49
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"I think I shall have to call you Mister from now on, Mister Cogwitz!" Brindle replied with a cheerful grin.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 146 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 21 Mar 2017
at 10:11
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"This bowl is indeed imbued with evil enchantment, Oomphalos." Tesseryn explains, resolutely holding the mangled golden bowl before him.  "And that is the very reason for bringing it hither, to ask your advice as to its destruction, or ..." he glances towards the empty eastern doorway, "remediation.  Have you the means to dispel the enchantment whilst leaving the base metal intact that its value may be put to good purpose?"
Leisha
 player, 186 posts
Thu 30 Mar 2017
at 16:34
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Strolling back the other way, Leisha smiles at the two halflings.  "Truly, your wit brume me away," she replies cheerfully.  "It's a pretty gem.  I think Tesseryn could have it if he wanted, but I somehow doubt he does.  Did I miss anything interesting?"
Skald
 GM, 1247 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 2 Apr 2017
at 13:26
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Though the Halflings' banter threatens to cloud the issue, Brindle and Cogwitz elect to head down the corridor that curves away to the left, searching for Leisha who is sorely missed.   Happily the pair soon discover her, coming back down the corridor towards them and reports on the gem she viewed but left well alone.

Omphalos is a little mollified by Tesseryn's explanation of his actions, satisfied that the Paladin's intent is as pure as the 24 carat gold of the evil bowl.  "It may be cleansed, given time," the Naga relents, "though in its current state of ill it should not be allowed to befoul Mitra's holy tomb.  Leave it here and I shall study it further."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 147 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 3 Apr 2017
at 12:59
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn leaves the bowl and bows his bare head as he thanks Oomphalos for his gracious offer.

When the mistical halflings return with the smiling Leisha he notes her cryptic musings.  "I am curious to know what you saw."  He seems almost relaxed without his helmet; his voice less hollow and short brown hair plastered against his scalp.  "Perhaps you can tell us on the way to the rat-infested tunnels?"  He leads off through the southern door to retrace their path to the temple of Set.
Cogwitz
 player, 105 posts
Mon 3 Apr 2017
at 13:20
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz wanted to hear the story too about what Leisha had seen.  Meanwhile though Cogwitz hurried to get in line behind Tesseryn so that he could be in a good place in case something sprang up or he was needed to check for traps or the like.
Brindle
 player, 784 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 4 Apr 2017
at 13:00
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle followed behind Tesseryn and Cogwitz so that he was in an even safer better place in case something sprang up or they found any traps or the like.
Leisha
 player, 187 posts
Tue 4 Apr 2017
at 15:22
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Of course," Leisha agrees, falling into place beside Brindle.  "The hallway curved around a bit, and ended in a sight that brought to mind... hm, eight adjectives and an adverb," she decides.  "The room itself was bright and white - velvet lined walls and a marble floor, all quite spotless.  Either some obscure property of the Gem, or Omphalos is an excellent housekeeper.  The air itself smelled fresh and healthy, and carried a gentle, almost ethereal music.  I could hum a little, if you'd like," she offers, mainly to Brindle - if he's interested, she does so.

"Oh, yes, and floating in the middle of the room, about yea high," she holds her hand out about four feet above the floor, "Was the gem itself, both clear and colorless.  It's about this big," she cups her hands half a foot apart, "And just sort of floats there, turning slowly.  I didn't actually go into the room, though - I felt a bit too dusty, frankly.  But I think it would have liked you, Tess."
Brindle
 player, 785 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Wed 5 Apr 2017
at 12:32
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Oh yes, please! Do hum us its tune. I'm sure it will improve the atmosphere down here no end!" Brindle encourages Leisha.

"Tesseryn, perhaps you can come back and visit the heart after we have found the other items of Mitra's that are scattered down here?" he suggests to the paladin.
Skald
 GM, 1249 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 5 Apr 2017
at 13:25
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Forming up into an order that sees both Halfling's taking advantage of the concealment known as Tesseryn, and with Wrukaog and the silver statue of Mitra guarding the rear, you take your leave of Omphalos, entrusting the valuable but evil golden bowl to his care as you head towards the rat-infested warrens.

Everyone listens politely to Leisha's recounting of her pilgrimage to set eyes upon the fabled Heart of Law as you retrace your steps through the charnel-chamber beyond (but little improved by the removal of the original corpses though undoubtedly the new ones you provided will soon reverse the trend), as you retrace your steps.

By the time you reach Set's temple, Brindle is clamoring for a tune, and Leisha obliges, her fingers coaxing an ethereal air from her harp that is quite breathtaking, and almost certainly nothing like it has been heard in this chamber before.

Thus fortified, you continue on, trailing down the corridor towards the room where you fought the legion of skeletons and the tunnels which you seek just beyond ...

"Who ?  They're here !"

Brindle's light plays across the end of the corridor revealing a rapidly retreating figure - from what you can see of his garb before he disappears around the corner you judge it to be one of the constables from the village above.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Brindle
 player, 786 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Wed 5 Apr 2017
at 14:43
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle hurries forward as far as he can (somewhere between a 5ft to 20ft move action) before the constable can disappear around the corner. As he moves he is already reciting the incantation for a spell.

"Well met, friend! Come talk to us. Don't worry, none my friends here will hurt you," he calls softly to the man, just loudly enough for him to hear but hopefully not loud enough to carry much further around the bend.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 148 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 01:25
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn listened intently to Leisha's description of the Heart of Law.  His mouth momentarily quirked in a hint of a smile as she concluded.  To Brindle's suggestion he replied evenly "Yes, perhaps."  Leisha's playing had him holding his breath and placing his feet with care lest a metallic sound mar the performance.

Although aware of the deceit in Brindle's words to the constable, Tesseryn nonetheless considers himself bound by them.  He will not harm this fellow.  He advances cautiously 30', staying close the the left wall to allow the resourceful halflings room to pass him if they wish, and scans ahead for the presence of evil.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 592 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 13:38
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Perhaps you can ask him for directions?" Aurion suggests. "Tell him we got lost on the way to the tavern." A case might be made for the veracity of that statement, if not the intent behind it.
Cogwitz
 player, 106 posts
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 20:17
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz hadn't seen the man right away as Brindle had and was late to start to move forward with the others.
Skald
 GM, 1250 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 17 Apr 2017
at 04:58
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Though the constable vanishes from sight, he stops as he hears Brindle words.

"Don't worry - I'm just going to talk to them !" he calls out, quite calmly as he turns back, nodding to Tesseryn as the Paladin reaches the turn in the corridor and smiling broadly as he approaches the two halflings who come bustling towards him.

"The Sheriff and the Mayor are both very angry with you," he winks at Brindle.  "But I'm sure it's all a misunderstanding."

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:08, Mon 17 Apr 2017.

Brindle
 player, 787 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 17 Apr 2017
at 13:39
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle looks suitably surprised at the Constable's words.

"Really? I wonder what we could have possibly done to upset them. Have we broken some sort of local regulation or something? You better tell us what the rules are so we don't upset them any more. So, are the Sheriff and Mayor both down here with you or have they sent other people like you instead? How many are down here with you?" he asked the Constable.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 149 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 17 Apr 2017
at 14:53
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"The sheriff is here with several constables, they are about ten in all, some with torches." Tesseryn reports quietly from his vantage point at the corner.  "Will they try to prevent us from entering the rat infested tunnels?" he asks the charmed constable.
Skald
 GM, 1251 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 23 Apr 2017
at 05:54
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"You're not from these parts," the Constable explains reasonably. "No, you haven't broken the law.  But it was only a matter of time, really.  The Sheriff is here and four of us Constables, along with four of Mayor Avvakris's personal guard."

The tunnels ?  No, you don't understand - we're down here to take you into custody.  The Mayor was quite clear about that.  You're no good to him dead."

"I'd certainly appreciate it if you came quietly," the Constable tells Brindle.  "I'm Harmon, by the way.  We weren't introduced before."
Brindle
 player, 788 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 24 Apr 2017
at 13:12
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle smiles warmly at Harmon.

"I am very pleased to meet you, Harmon. You can call me Brindle. I totally agree we would be no good to anyone dead but do you know what good the mayor thinks we would be to him alive? I'm sure we'd love to come and talk to him a bit later but we really would like to finish exploring down here first. This place really is fascinating. Perhaps you could give us a bit of a guided tour? I'm sure that would speed things up splendidly and then we can all go and meet this mayor of yours."
Cogwitz
 player, 107 posts
Mon 24 Apr 2017
at 19:34
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz almost let out a belly laugh when the man named Harmon told the group to come with him to see the mayor.  He had to know that we weren't going to just come quietly.  Yes, Harmon, I am Cogwitz by the way, we have a bit more exploring to do down here before any of us are going to be heading back up to see anyone. 
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 150 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 25 Apr 2017
at 00:53
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn listens as the halflings open the way for a diplomatic solution to the problem.  "Excellent points both.  Brindle please ask Harmon to beckon to the Sheriff to draw him to this temple room.  Meanwhile we shall approach the rat infested tunnels from the east."  He gestures back the way they have just come and studies the faces of his companions to see if they agree.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:53, Tue 25 Apr 2017.

Skald
 GM, 1252 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Tue 25 Apr 2017
at 12:35
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Brindle, yes.  Oh, you're to be sacrificed to the Dark God !" Harmon informs Brindle excitedly.  "It's quite an honour really."

"Cogwitz." he smiles in turn at the other Halfling.

"The Mayor was very specific," Harmon looks a little worried at all the talk of further exploring.  "There's some rituals and stuff that they need you for before the actual ceremony."
Brindle
 player, 789 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 28 Apr 2017
at 15:55
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle hears Tesseryn's suggestion and nods back at him then listens to Harmon's explanation. He nods solemnly to the constable.

"That does sound like quite an honour," he says agreeably. "I tell you what. We'll go back down this corridor to the temple of Set to pray for a bit. You can go and fetch the Sheriff to meet us there."

Then he turns and heads back down the corridor towards the rest of the group.

"What do you think? Shall we ambush them in the temple or head around the east side to explore the rat tunnels first?" he whispered to them when they were out of sight and hearing of the constable.
Harmon
Sat 6 May 2017
at 11:40
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Good for you !" Harmon seems quite pleased that Brindle's getting into the spirit of the thing, patting the Halfling on the shoulder before he turns back down the corridor.  "Make the prayers short ones !" he calls back with a broad grin as he returns to his fellow Constables.
Cogwitz
 player, 108 posts
Sat 6 May 2017
at 11:46
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
I think that we should just continue on.  I am not in the mood to be ambushing any constables at this time.  I'd rather pick on the rats.  Cogwitz said with a grin once Harmon was gone.
Brindle
 player, 790 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 6 May 2017
at 12:36
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle shakes his head.

"The Sheriff will be after us in a few moments. The best we can do is pick a battlefield that favours us more than them. Besides, they are all evil men, aren't they Tesseryn? Come on, we've got to go back through the temple of Set anyway."

He starts walking back down the corridor toward the south until he reaches that temple again.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 593 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sun 7 May 2017
at 05:12
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The elf considers for a moment. "I believe I might at least slow their pursuit," he smiles.

Aurion lingers behind a moment as the group move off, before casting a quick spell to cover the flagstones at the northern end of the south leading corridor with a slippery oily substance.

"I'm almost tempted to stay and watch the fun. Almost.." he hurries to catch up with the rest of the group.

OOC: Cast Grease
Skald
 GM, 1253 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 7 May 2017
at 12:50
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Halflings do not have very long legs, and Tessryn's heavy armour slows the Paladin too, so it is not long before Aurion rejoins you.  Angry words can be heard in the distance - no doubt the Sheriff is displeased with the news his Constable brings him and the clinks and stomps of pursuit can be heard shortly thereafter.

As you turn north out of Set's temple, a resounding clatter and some extremely bad language indeed rings out down the corridors, bringing a smug smile to Aurion's lips ... and it seems his efforts have the desired purpose for the sounds of pursuit die away, though you make double time down the long straight corridor to press your advantage.

Turning right, you continue to hurry along, entering the room where you found the golden bowl and fought many skeletons.  If you were worried you might be heard, then you are no longer - from the sound of the many shouted oaths the Sheriff and his troop have finally won clear of the slippery surprise that the Elf left them (though more likely the spell expired) and as you listen a moment longer you surmise that they are still following the path you took, taking them further away from you.

You stand before the opening to the tunnels that was previously concealed behind the heavy drapes, where Aurion and Cogwitz heard the chittering of rats.  The tunnel leads north, with side passages to the east nearby, and to the west, forty feet ahead.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Cogwitz
 player, 109 posts
Sun 7 May 2017
at 15:33
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz heard the roars coming from the sheriff and wondered what it was all about as Aurion hadn't said he put a present there for them on the way in.  It would have been a good laugh for them all.

Anyways, I would like to check out the right passage first as we don't want to have anything coming from behind us.  Or we could break up in two groups if you wanted?
Leisha
 player, 188 posts
Sun 7 May 2017
at 18:50
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Listening, Leisha gives Brindle a sympathetic look as the sounds of the constables die down.  "It sounds like they've declined your invitation to be ambushed," she notes.

Tilting her head, she squints a little, and then frowns.  "Though... they're certainly looking for us, right?  If they're trying to follow our trail, and picked up the wrong one, it will lead them right to Omphalos.  Perhaps we should wait a bit longer on splitting up, and go make sure he's not alone?" she suggests.
Brindle
 player, 791 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 9 May 2017
at 13:17
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"I would love them to visit Omphalos," Brindle responded with a grin. "If they don't know the password they'll get a lovely warm reception from the wards protecting that room. Or perhaps they'll be shocked by what they find there!"

"Never split the party," he advises Cogwitz.

"The right is as good a place to start as any," he agrees.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 151 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Wed 10 May 2017
at 15:29
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn is thoughtful as he hustles along the passages, mulling over Brindle's motive for ambushing the sheriff's men.  He notes Leisha's concern for Oomphalos but nods agreement with Brindle's assessment.  While Cogwitz prepares to scout the right passage he shares his thoughts in hushed tones.  "Those pursuing us are indeed evil, each and every one of them.  And presently followers of Set.  However, they are still men, in possession of their own will and able to make choices.  Whilst I knelt before Mitra's holy image I was reminded of old Cornelius, peacefully carrying out his devotions whilst surrounded by corrupt acolytes.  Those same evil fellows were not slain by the hand of Sir Holomir, rather he allowed them to choose their own fate.  It seems to me that Mitra would prefer that all men should grow old, as He has Himself.  I believe there is hope that the Sheriff's men may yet repent of their evil ways, once we have overthrown the power of Set in this village.  But be assured I shall not stay my hand should they choose to attack.  And no quarter shall be given the mindless evil creatures doubtless stalking the dank tunnels ahead of brave Cogwitz."  He draws his greatsword, makes to lower the visor of the helmet he no longer wears, grimaces and enters the tunnel after Cogwitz as quietly as he can.
Skald
 GM, 1254 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Fri 12 May 2017
at 06:12
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Assured that the evildoers will get what they deserve should they dare to trouble Omphalos, you decide to first investigate the eastern passage as Cogwitz suggests.

As before, a chittering sound reaches your ears as you follow the curve of the corridor, but you are undaunted ...

... rounding the corner, you see before you a small cave perhaps thirty feet in width and breadth.  Just to the left of the door is a much chewed and battered mannequin of burlap and reeds, a frayed rope wrapped around its neck; the other end dangling from a projection on the rocky wall.

But before you is a literal rats' nest, a tangle of debris atop which lies the carcass of what might be an orc, though it is difficult to be sure as the dozen or so feral and mean looking rats that are feeding upon it make it hard to see.

The chittering stops at the approach of your light and a score of beady eyes turn in your direction ...

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 152 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 13 May 2017
at 00:21
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"We're looking for an Amulet, Mitra's eye."  Tesseryn reminds his companions as he views the scene with disgust.  Unsure exactly how to smite a rat plague, the paladin stands his ground and waves his sword about menacingly "Shoo!"
Brindle
 player, 792 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 13 May 2017
at 13:56
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle looks at Tesseryn and says, "Shoot?"

He shrugs and points his wand at the rats and speaks the command word - [Language unknown:  "Atevoressbut!"]. Four orange-glowing missiles shoot forth to strike four of the rats on the left side of the cave.

OOC: Let's see how tough they are.
Brindle rolled 2,3,3,3 using d4+1,d4+1,d4+1,d4+1.† Magic missile damage on 4 rats.

Skald
 GM, 1255 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Tue 23 May 2017
at 05:51
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The glowing balls of pure magical force from Brindle's wand slam into the rats, badly burning four of them ... and setting the entire nest to begin a high-pitched squealing, even as they all, even the injured, surge forwards to attack.

Tesseryn was expecting this, and the Paladin meets the foremost rodent with a mighty swing of his blade, slicing it in twain, but another swiftly darts into the gap left by the demise of its fellow, though its incisors merely clatter against Tesseryn's heavily armoured leg.

At the Paladin's side, Cogwitz is caught off guard by the speed and ferocity of the attack, and struggles to bring his blades to bear, though he recovers to fend off one particularly game rat which seems intent on sinking its yellowed teeth into his neck.

Those to the rear are alarmed to hear more high pitched squeals from the tunnel behind them, as the cries of those in the nest are answered by others of their kin, though as yet none venture within range of your sight.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated (dead rats not shown) ...
Cogwitz
 player, 110 posts
Tue 23 May 2017
at 19:18
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz did his best to warn off the biting little rodents with his blades.  It was time to dice them up though and so he went full attack on the rat in front of him.


21:18, Today: Cogwitz rolled 17,5,32,5,24,4 using d20+13,d3+3,d20+13,d3+3,d20+8,d3+3.  ratatouie.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 153 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Wed 24 May 2017
at 23:54
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn's shiny armoured legs are spattered with cutlets of diced rat from Cogwitz' impressive culinary display next to him.  He swings his greatsword at the one in front of him.  "Can you Give them another volley, Brindle?  Those behind, ware the rear!"
Brindle
 player, 793 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 25 May 2017
at 14:14
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle is happy to do exactly as Tesseryn suggested.

He points his wand again and repeats the command word, [Language unknown: † "Ntlaiela!"], to spray 4 more glowing orange magic missiles at the rats.

Brindle targets the 3 rats in the second row and the wounded one in the back row.

OOC: Brindle rolled 5,3,4,4 using d4+1,d4+1,d4+1,d4+1.† Magic missile damage.
Skald
 GM, 1256 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 28 May 2017
at 13:42
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Those at the front make short work of the rats that plague them.  Cogwitz's small blades are a blur as the Halfling thrusts and slices, his curved blade finding the rodent's vitals in an impressive and skillful display.

Tesseryn's effort, by contrast, is somewhat lacking in finesse ... but the Paladin's blow is of immense power and he effortlessly cleaves the creature in twain with but a single swing of his greatsword.

Urged on by Tesseryn, Brindle once more unleashes the power of his wand, and another four glowing balls slam into the rat pack, adding to the carnage as three fall immediately, adding to the impressive pile of dead vermin that now litter the floor.

The squealing is thus much reduced, but still does not let up as the rats fight like ... cornered rats, in fact, bravely leaping once more into the fray, even as rather a lot more of their number arrives to attack from the rear, bringing the squealing back up to its former shrillness.

Teeth snap and bite, but Cogwitz and Tesseryn's speed and solid metal coating respectively serve to deliver the pair from harm's way, while Wrukaog though slower and less heavily armoured somehow manages to avoid those yellowed incisors as well.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ... only four rats remain in the nest now, but a substantial number are attacking from the west, with more of them approaching, by the sound of it.
Leisha
 player, 189 posts
Sun 28 May 2017
at 18:39
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha wrinkles her nose.  "Do you have this?" she asks Wrukaog politely, as if handing him a heavy package.  "Or are you going to need help with these?"
Wrukaog
 player, 122 posts
Mon 29 May 2017
at 05:39
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog pauses in the act of sheathing his axe to look over his shoulder to raise a brow at Leisha.

"I'll kill 'em," the big Orc rumbles, "you cook 'em."

With his hands now free, Wrukaog sets about punching any of the rats that leap up at him, figuring to skewer them with his spiked gauntlet, and stomping on those that are more timid to tenderise them first.
Brindle
 player, 794 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 29 May 2017
at 14:59
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle turns to face the new threat behind them. Seeing so many, so close, he quickly makes an offer to Leisha.

"Swap places with me?"

If she accepts he will move then cast a spell. If she doesn't he will stay where he is and cast the spell anyway, relying on his agility and magic to protect him from the one rat close enough to attack him.

OOC: He casts a Sleep spell centred 10ft west from the bottom left corner of Wrukoag's square. DC17 Will save, 4HD of creatures within 10ft radius, so depending how tough these rats are it may not affect the front 2 rats in front of Wrukaog.
Cogwitz
 player, 111 posts
Mon 29 May 2017
at 19:24
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Clearing the rats was easy as slicing pie Cogwitz thought to himself.  Though his attacks didn't have quite the same effect as Tesselyn's did.


21:23, Today: Cogwitz rolled 17,5,13,4 using d20+12,d3+3,d20+7,d3+3.  slice and dice.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 154 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 2 Jun 2017
at 10:30
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn makes a distracted swing at another rat whilst watching over his shoulder to keep an eye on the rear.  (only rolled 14, is that a miss?)
Leisha
 player, 190 posts
Fri 2 Jun 2017
at 19:52
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha nods and trades places with Brindle, twirling around him like a dance partner.  Finding herself uncomfortably close to the rats, she draws out her sword and pokes it daintily downwards.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:55, Fri 02 June 2017.

Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 594 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Mon 5 Jun 2017
at 12:42
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Why did it have to be rats?!" shuddering with revulsion, the elf leans around the big Orc to send a ray of freezing air and ice flying from his finger to strike the rat in front of him.
Skald
 GM, 1257 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 5 Jun 2017
at 13:17
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
As Brindle, perhaps not valiantly but certainly most wisely, convinces Leisha to take his place next to the approaching horde of rats, Wrukaog's stomps one rat flat, though the second manages to avoid his second kick ... but not the deadly accuracy of Leisha's flickering blade, nor the icy death that Aurion sends its way.

Still, from his position of safety the Halfling is able to concentrate properly, and sets about intoning a spell.

The happenings behind him serve to distract Tesseryn, and his sword swing misses, but Cogwitz's darting blades handily dispatch both of their opponents.

Though their front ranks have been decimated, the rodents coming on from behind leap into the fray with wild, if not downright vicious abandon !  However Cogwitz's speed, Tesseryn's armour and, quite frankly, gross careless on the part of the one that bites at Leisha (and smacks into the tunnel wall instead) all goes to save the day ... but Wrukaog is not so lucky as one of the not so little rats latches its teeth onto his knee, giving the big Orc a nasty bite.

Finally Brindle completes his spell and the four rats facing off against Leisha and Wrukoag collapse ! 

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ... and just to help the flow, we are able to reveal at this time that rats are AC15 and have 5HP.  You have been warned.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 155 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 5 Jun 2017
at 14:37
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Distracted, Tesseryn misses his rat with a mighty swing of his greatsword.  His companions, however, are enjoying far more success with their various combat styles.  He pauses a moment to consider changing his own approach.  Disarming a rat would appear to be rather pointless.  Stomping and kicking appear to be an effective if barbaric method of smiting the rodents, and dicing seems oddly appropriate as well as utterly lethal.  Magic is highly effective but beyond his grasp.  He finds the twirling display of swordpointry both efficient and diverting but doubts he could match it attired as he is.  The rats are upon them again necessitating an end to deliberation and demanding swift action.

Distracted, Tesseryn misses his rat with a mighty swing of his greatsword.... (rolled 14 again)
Cogwitz
 player, 112 posts
Tue 6 Jun 2017
at 18:58
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz continues to spin and whirl his blades around in a dizzying fashion.  He strikes out at the rat in front of him and slices first his tail right off and then his front legs.  IT drops to the ground quite dead.


20:55, Today: Cogwitz rolled 15,5,27,5 using d20+11,d3+3,d20+11,d3+3.  Rat attack
Brindle
 player, 795 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 13:51
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle begins the same incantation over again to cast another Sleep spell to thin the plague of rats a bit more.

OOC: The Sleep spell takes a full round to cast (apparently) so the target area will depend on where the next batch of rats are after everyone else has acted this round.
Skald
 GM, 1258 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 05:42
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Paladins, it would seem, are better suited to ridding the world of evil than in dealing with rat infestations.  Indeed Tesseryn's mighty blade, which might strike fear in the hearts of those who walk the paths of darkness, proves once more ill-suited to the eradication of the singular rodent that plagues him.

Cogwitz's blades, however, are more than equal to the task and the Halfling uses them with precision and finesse to carve up the creature before him, slaying it handily.

Meanwhile the battle to the rear continues ...

With Brindle's spell leaving the front ranks of rats snoring peacefully, the Halfling begins to cast the same again, while Wrukaog and Leisha resist the urge to dispatch the sleeping rodents, instead waiting patiently for those that follow to come on.  They do not have long to wait.

As one rat dives towards her, Leisha greets it with a powerful swing of her blade, cutting it open and killing it instantly.  At her side Wrukaog meets the second in line with a mighty slap, slamming it into the tunnel wall and leaving it for dead. 

Undeterred the rats continue to attack.  The one facing Tesseryn scrabbles up the Paladin's chest to bite his chin, while Wrukaog is bitten once more, this time on the other leg.  Only Leisha escapes unharmed

Behind them, Brindle hurriedly completes his incantation sending another four rats to the land of slumber, though it seems there is as yet no end to their numbers.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:48, Sun 11 June 2017.

Brindle
 player, 796 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 06:36
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Move forward. Give Cogzy, Tessy and Aurion a chance to kill the sleepers. Get us closer to the exit too, before the rats swarm forward again," Brindle urges Wrukaog and Leisha as soon as the closest rats fall asleep. "I can only do that one more time."

He starts casting his Sleep spell again.
Wrukaog
 player, 123 posts
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 13:03
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The orc grunts at Brindle's request. "I can do this all day," he growls, in the tone of one who might use the words 'strategy' and 'bores me' in the same sentence, more than happy to stand his ground and kill the rats as they come.. though if Leisha advances he will follow her lead.
Cogwitz
 player, 113 posts
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 19:42
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz saw just the one rat left and heard the call that there were more behind him, so he quickly slashed his blades out at the remaining rat and prepared to move to aid the others quickly.  His first blade cleanly cuts the rat, but as it moved from his attack his second blade found nothing but air.


21:40, Today: Cogwitz rolled 18,4,14,4 using d20+11,d3+3,d20+11,d3+3.  rat trap.

Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 595 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Wed 14 Jun 2017
at 12:37
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"I do not like rats," Aurion repeats. Being squashed in a corner has ruled out most of his options, but there is still one that might help.. mouthing the words of a spell, the elf points his finger at the offensive rodents, sending a couple of darts of magical energy their way.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 156 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 16 Jun 2017
at 00:20
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn wipes blood from his chin and shrugs off the rat disease.  With great determination and concentration he finishes off Cogwitz's wounded rat.  He glances behind to see whether the rear-front rank have moved forward.  If they have he will move up behind them to dispatch the sleepers.  If not he will move into the rat nest to begin the search at the chewed orc body.
Leisha
 player, 191 posts
Fri 16 Jun 2017
at 08:49
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"You look like you're having fun," Leisha acknowledges Wrukaog, "But I'm probably not the best exterminator we have.  I'd gladly trade places with someone."

As Tesseryn finishes off the last rat in the room, she slips past the two of them to leave room for someone else next to Wrukaog.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 157 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 17 Jun 2017
at 15:47
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn makes way for Leisha to pass and glances down at Cogwitz.  "Clearly you are a better exterminator than I."  He waits to see Cogwitz choice and will either search the room or take the place next to Wrukaog.
Skald
 GM, 1259 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 18 Jun 2017
at 13:07
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
With a swift thrust of his blade, Cogwitz mortally wounds the last rat from the nest, but it falls out of the Halfling's reach before he can end its miserable existence.  Tesseryn, however, takes his time, carefully positioning the point of his greatsword before putting all his weight upon it, skewering the creature.

Despite Brindle's urging, Wrukaog seems happy to hold his ground, whereas Leisha chooses to beat a hasty retreat, leaving Cogwitz to move to the front line beside the big Orc, joining the Paladin in the nest chamber, as Wrukaog waits for two to draw near then stamps them both to paste.

Behind the warriors bold, Aurion looses a pair of missiles of pure magical force which unerringly seek out two of the rats, eliciting loud squeals of pain from the unlucky recipients, and the smell of burned fur, though neither fall.

Indeed, the two leap, or rather limp to the attack, biting at Halfling and Orc with their sharp teeth, only to fall short as both Cogwitz and Wrukaog manage to evade them. And I'm sure everyone is relieved that once more the silver statue of Mitra escapes unscathed from the rats' assault.

Once more Brindle casts his spell of slumbers and another four snarling rats fall asleep.  The pile of dead or dozing rats grows ever higher, yet even more come on from the darkness.

Suddenly you hear voices from somewhere down the tunnel, faint, all but indistinguishable, over the squealing and chittering of the vermin horde, you can make out but one word, voiced with no little alarm and revulsion.

"RATS !"

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Cogwitz
 player, 114 posts
Tue 20 Jun 2017
at 07:53
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Having moved up to the front of the group, Cogwitz now has free reign to slice up some sleeping rats and does so two at a time.

Kill sleeping rat.  Do I need to roll for the coup des grace?
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 158 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Wed 21 Jun 2017
at 14:28
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn holds his breath as he searches around the orc corpse.
Leisha
 player, 192 posts
Wed 21 Jun 2017
at 20:58
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Confident that Wrukaog and Cogwitz have things in hand - and dead certain that Brindle and Aurion will at least shriek if it turns out they don't - Leisha turns her attention to searching the room, too, though leaving the corpse to Tesseryn.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 159 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Thu 22 Jun 2017
at 04:46
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
It seemed the chivalrous thing to do, to take the manky corpse himself and leave the slightly less disgusting corners of the rat's nest to Leisha.  "This is only the second orc I've seen, ever.  Wrukaog has kepthimself in far better shape."
Brindle
 player, 797 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 22 Jun 2017
at 13:30
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle resorts to his wand again to send another quartet of orange-glowing missiles at the rats. He sends two at one healthy rat and one each at the two rats hit by Aurion's missiles, hoping to finish them off.

OOC: Brindle rolled 5,2,2,2 using d4+1,d4+1,d4+1,d4+1.† Magic missile damage.
Leisha
 player, 193 posts
Thu 22 Jun 2017
at 18:21
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Really?" Leisha asks.  "I once spent a month with the Steelfist Clan.  They're a fascinating people - far more intricate culture than many give them credit for, though it is, indeed, rather brutal."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 160 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 24 Jun 2017
at 15:26
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"There are no orcs in Ardania.  I mistook Wrukaog for a goblin-champion of GrumGog.  This Steelfist Clan... were you their prisoner?"
Wrukaog
 player, 124 posts
Sun 25 Jun 2017
at 14:21
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"At least we'll eat well after this!" Wrukaog grins at Cogwitz as he waits for the rats to get close enough. "I like mine crunchy, but the ones I've stamped on should be tender enough for the rest of you!"
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 596 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 12:20
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The elf's hand goes to his pocket, reaching for his wand, but he reconsiders and instead unshoulders his heavy crossbow and plucks a bolt from the case at his hip, slotting it into place.

"Let us hope we run out of rats before I run out of missiles!" Aurion wishes fervently.
Skald
 GM, 1260 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 13:18
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz's blades rise and fall methodically as he dispatches two of the rodents that snooze before him, electing to let sleeping rats die.

While Aurion struggles to load his crossbow, Brindle looses yet more glowing balls of mystical energy from his wand, his wise choice of victims adding another three corpses to the pile.

Your resident Orc, the first of his kind known to certain devote followers of Dauros, waits, ah, hungrily for the serried ranks of rats to attack.  The roar he lets loose as he stubs his toe betokens far more anger than pain, but his second attempt is heartfelt and another rat pays the price, even as another darts forwards to take its place.

As battle rages, or at least rumbles along in a rather cross manner, Tesseryn and Leisha ignore the sounds of slaughter behind them and set to investigating the chamber.   With chivalry as his guide and conscience, and being slower to choose than his companion, the Paladin turns his attention to the badly rotted and well-chewed corpse, leaving Leisha pokes around the rather extensive nest.

Both are disappointed.  The orc's only possession is his nasty and ragged tunic, little better than a moldy sack, really, which would only be valuable to another dead orc lacking even that raiment, while Leisha discovers only droppings and fleas, both of which are in rather an abundant supply, but still insufficient to allow one to corner the market in such luxuries.

The rats harry Wrukaog and Cogwitz, but fail to sink their teeth into anything tender.

Meanwhile, just around the corner of the tunnel, in the darkness, raised voices can be heard, and cries of pain, and the clash of arms.

And chittering.  Always chittering, as the numbers of rats show no sign of abating ...

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Leisha
 player, 194 posts
Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 19:30
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Oh, no, not at all," Leisha answers, sifting idly through the detritus with her sword blade.  "That's actually an interesting question, considering.  Hm."  She sighs.  "These rats are terrible hosts.  I almost feel we should--"

"Oh, say!"  Turning, she steps back to Brindle, pulling a pair of flasks out of her pack and offering them to him.  "Maybe one of you would like to splash some oil over the hallway?  We could set it aflame and hold them back for a few moments, at least, perhaps even redirect their attention more to what I presume are our friends from town," she suggests.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 161 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 1 Jul 2017
at 13:45
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn leaves the Orc and turns his attention to the mannikin.  "It was your choice then?" he asks dubiously.
Brindle
 player, 798 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 1 Jul 2017
at 14:13
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle accepts the flasks of oil fro Leisha and hurls one down the tunnel to smash ten feet in front of Wrukaog (i.e. 2 squares west, 1 square south from Wrukaog)

OOC: If someone else wants to take the other flask of oil from him to throw it, go ahead.

Brindle rolled 21 using 1d20+10.† Throw flask of oil at rats.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:32, Mon 03 July 2017.

Cogwitz
 player, 116 posts
Mon 3 Jul 2017
at 15:47
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz grabs the other flask and tosses it in the square next to the one Brindle tossed his at.  After he tossed it, he said, All we need is a light now and the rats will have major issues.

17:46, Today: Cogwitz rolled 27 using 1d20+9.  toss flask next to Brindles .
Wrukaog
 player, 125 posts
Wed 5 Jul 2017
at 13:45
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The Orc satisfies himself with stamping on the pile of rats in front of him, if there won't be any coming at him for the moment.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 597 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Wed 5 Jul 2017
at 13:56
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"I am going to regret this.."  Aurion can see that it's up to him now.

Muttering the words of a familiar spell the elf eases his way around Wrukaog and steps over the pile of rats, trying not to get splattered as they and the orc have their moment.  Standing on the edge of the pool of oil, he points his finger at it and whispers something, sending a tiny spark of flame flying towards it.

"This had better work - I'm allergic to rat bites!"
Skald
 GM, 1263 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 5 Jul 2017
at 14:24
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn tries to distract either Leisha or himself from the unpleasant nature of their task as he continues to press the young woman about her sojourn with the Steelfist Clan while poking about the mannequin which proves to be only slightly less unpleasant that the corpse, its burlap and reed form much chewed and battered, though there is about ten feet of frayed rope wrapped about it which seems to be in marginally better condition.

Leisha, however, is otherwise occupied, calling out suggestions to the rest of the party as she hurriedly retrieves two flasks of oil from her handy pack.  Brindle takes them from her, throwing one with considerable accuracy down the tunnel, while Cogwitz grabs the other flask from him, pitching it with even more skill than his kinsman to land it nearby, both flasks shattering and covering the floor with a thin coating of oil.

As Wrukaog squashes another two sleeping rats beneath his feet, Aurion manages to worm his way past the big Orc to stand at the edge of the oil, mouthing the words to a spell.  The rat nearby tries to take a bite out of the Elf, but its jaws merely snap shut on the fine material of his robe.

Though undoubtedly not impressed by this, Aurion completes his spell, sending a spark of flame towards the oil, igniting it with a comforting whoosh.  The sleeping and dead rats caught therein begin to char nicely, while those beyond cower back.

The one nearby, however has nowhere to go.  Mad with fear it turns to bite at Cogwitz, but the Halfing easily avoids its teeth.

Though the noise of the flames and the squeals of the rats on the other side are rather loud, still you can make out the shouts from the Constable's men somewhere in the darkness ...

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ... there is one rat just in front of Cogwitz, but the flaming oil has earned you a round's grace  :>

This message was last edited by the GM at 14:48, Wed 05 July 2017.

Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 163 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 9 Jul 2017
at 11:04
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"An amulet.  Mitra's Eye."  Tesseryn mutters to himself as he searches the rat nest room, this time around the walls...
Leisha
 player, 197 posts
Mon 10 Jul 2017
at 04:43
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Smiling cheerfully at the success of her plan, Leisha turns back.  "An amulet?" she asks, paying more attention to Tesseryn than she might have seemed to be.  She will start checking the walls also, starting at the mannequin and moving in the opposite direction from the paladin.  "What are we looking for?  And yes, it was -- I thought, what better way to learn the language?  In hindsight, I might answer, `at a University - preferably one with a prestigious banquet room'.  But at the time, it seemed clever, and it did work."
Brindle
 player, 800 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 10 Jul 2017
at 13:54
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle takes advantage of the brief halt in the battle against the rats to join Tesseryn and Leisha in searching the rat nest cave. But he focusses his attention on the roof of the cave, checking it from every angle.
Cogwitz
 player, 117 posts
Mon 10 Jul 2017
at 15:05
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz lunges at the last rat slicing his blades across to kill it.  With the flames behind it, it is plenty afraid and falls to his blades.

17:01, Today: Cogwitz rolled 23,5,15,5 using d20+11,d3+3,d20+11,d3+3.  kill last rat.

Skald
 GM, 1264 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Tue 11 Jul 2017
at 13:57
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Much to Aurion's relief, Cogwitz is able to speedily dispatch the rat that threatens the pair, while Wrukaog stomps the last of the sleeping rats that has not already been slain or consumed by fire, as the Elf retreats back to the relative safety of the rear ranks, reading his crossbow once more.

Meanwhile Tesseryn, Leisha and Brindle hurriedly search the cave with the rats nest, hoping to find some hidden way out ... but their hopes are dashed, even as the flames from the oil begin to die down.

Some comfort, however, may be taken from the shouts and screams from the darkness beyond, where it seems the Constable's men are not faring so well as you in the battle with the rodents.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ... oil fire will be gone by the start of the next round  :>
Wrukaog
 player, 126 posts
Sat 15 Jul 2017
at 05:10
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Seems the globbin' rats don't like those buub-prakh constables any more than I do," Wrukaog grins at Cogwitz, nodding approvingly at the halfling's bloodied weapons.

"Ready to carve up some more?" Rats, constables.. the orc is easy either way.
Brindle
 player, 801 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 15 Jul 2017
at 12:57
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle nods agreement to Wrukaog's suggestion.

"Yes, as soon as the fire dies down let's push forward and fight our way out of these tunnels."

As soon as the fire starts to die down enough for the fighters to push through Brindle will move up beside Aurion and fire another quartet of magic missiles from his wand to kill the two closest rats to give the fighters more space to push forward into.

OOC: Brindle rolled 4,3,3,2 using d4+1,d4+1,d4+1,d4+1.† Magic missile damage on 2 rats.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 164 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 06:17
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
When he meets Leisha halfway around the wall, Tesseryn returns to the entrance, shrugging off any frustration at the rat nest's lack of holy artefacts.  "You speak Orcish then?" he asks, gesturing towards the battle where Wrukoag had conceivably just insulted the sheriff's men in that tongue.
Cogwitz
 player, 118 posts
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 09:31
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz looked up to the big orc and smiled a large grin as he held up his twin blades.  I am ready if you are!  I am afraid the blood is drying on my blades and we can't have that.
Skald
 GM, 1265 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 13:40
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The flames flicker and go out, and from the darkness the rats advance ...

Only to be fried by Brindle and then slashed and stomped by Cogwitz and Wrukaog who, urged on by the Halfling, push forwards.  As the rats come on the front ranks are blasted by magic fire from Brindle's wand, and then stopped in their tracks by steel and, ah, feet, big feet that are not so much booted as wrapped about in strips of leather, as another pair fall.

Aurion manages to get a shot off from his crossbow, but struggling to see past the big Orc, the Elf's bolt disappears into the darkness.  You hear a faint chink as it bounces off the wall of the tunnel.

Casually bringing up the rear, and somewhat disappointed that they've been unable to find any other way out, Tesseryn and Leisha continue to discuss the Orcish tongue.

At the pointy end of the proceedings, the seemingly endless supply of rats continue the attack.  It's possible they're defending their nest, little realising that cause is lost.  Or maybe they just don't like you.  Either way, they too are doomed to disappointment as they fail to so much as scratch the Orc or Halfling.

And from the sounds of it (the lack of screams and last words is a clue) the Constable and his cronies also fare quite well this round.  Indeed you begin to ponder what each of you might say to the other should you manage to meet in the middle of combat.

Though such idle speculation is cut off as a voice, squeaky and slurred but very accusatory, rings out from the darkness ...

"Wha .. .whas youse doin ?!!  Youse kiln ma chil'ren !!  I'll kills youse all !!!"

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Leisha
 player, 198 posts
Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 17:29
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Mm-hm," Leisha confirms.  "With a little bit of an accent, I think, but it's an interesting language.  [Language unknown:  Iouom thariv ad hi ic, lariouthe but ichartessing.]  It tends to be very.. to the point.  Fewer adjectives than Common, but more-- oh, dear," she interrupts herself, when the squeaky voice cuts through the darkness.  "That doesn't sound good.  Lycanthrope, would you suppose?"
Brindle
 player, 802 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 14:23
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle can't see the squeaker yet so he blasts another couple of rats in front of Wrukaog and Cogwitz with his wand of magic missiles to help them move forward again .

OOC: Brindle rolled 4,3,2,2 using d4+1,d4+1,d4+1,d4+1.† Magic missile damage on 2 rats.
Cogwitz
 player, 119 posts
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 15:38
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz looks up to his new friend Wrukaog and says, did you hear that?  I think something a lot bigger is coming this way.  They probably can't see us and were commenting about the constable and his men.  Should we let that play out?

Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 165 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 22 Jul 2017
at 15:55
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Yes," Tesseryn agrees, "Lycanthrope seems likely.  Wererat probably.  If they happen to be the ones who stole the amulet, Mitra's Eye, and have that relic upon their persons still, then I would not wish it to fall into the Sheriff's hands.  But letting it play out, as Cogwitz suggested, would seem a reasonable course of action."  He moves along the passage to stand beside his silver simulacrum.
Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 598 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 14:05
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The elf doesn't care for Leisha's supposition, though he does reluctatnly concur.. but he does not share Cogwitz's optimism.

"I know not if the creature can see in the dark," Aurion remarks as he struggles to wind his crossbow, "but I am certain that our light will suffice to draw its notice!"
Wrukaog
 player, 127 posts
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 14:10
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Good," the big orc grunts as he moves forwards to stamp on another rat, lip quirking at Leisha's attempt at his native tongue. "Let it see us and rush to the attack. My axe grows thirsty."
Skald
 GM, 1266 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 24 Jul 2017
at 13:54
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Once again Brindle fries the rats that are unfortunate enough to find themselves at the front of the pack, and once more Wrukaog presses forwards, Cogwitz finding himself forced to do likewise rather than let the Orc fight them alone, though the thought of letting the newcomer and rats both have it out with the Sheriff and his men was of far more appeal to both the Halfling and the Paladin who watches worriedly from the rear, his discussion with Leisha now set aside in favour of concerns about the likelihood that the newcomer is a wererat.

Indeed, you have now pressed so far forward into the ranks of the rat-horde that the narrowness of the tunnel no longer favours you.  The Orc's big feet crush two of the vermin beneath his heels, and the Halfling's flashing blades account for another, but those that fall are swiftly replaced by their equally vicious fellows ...

... though both Wrukaog and Cogwitz manage to fend them off !

From their vantage, both can see through to the chamber beyond where the Sheriff's men have made the basic tactical error of falling back, and are now in danger of being overrun.

"I'll tell Daddy !" another squeaky voice joins the second, higher pitched and less slurred, though that dire pronouncement ends in an unfortunate hiccup.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Wrukaog
 player, 128 posts
Mon 24 Jul 2017
at 14:00
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Ratmen," the big Orc spits with disgust, his eyes able to pierce the darkness of the tunnel. He pauses for a moment, a little spoiled for choice.

"Get up here, metal man !" he yells over his shoulder. "You an' Cogwitz can cut yer way through to them - me an'.. I'll kill the rest then come an' help you!"
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 166 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 25 Jul 2017
at 12:13
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Duty calls."  Taking his leave, Tesseryn offers Leisha a perfunctory nod then strides to the fore once again drawing his greatsword.  He moves in between Cogwitz and the wall and slays the northernmost rat he can reach. (the dice roller has forgiven him)
Leisha
 player, 199 posts
Tue 25 Jul 2017
at 17:30
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Have fun!" Leisha calls after Tesseryn.

Looking around the scattered bones and rat droppings, she sighs - although she tries to do it without inhaling too deeply.  "I'll just be here," she adds, quietly, and with rather less enthusiasm.
Cogwitz
 player, 120 posts
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 08:59
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Side by side with Tesseryn and Wrukaog Cogwitz flashes his blades out at the rats in front of him.  His blade making quick work of them.

10:57, Today: Cogwitz rolled 21,6,18,5 using d20+11,d3+3,d20+11,d3+3.  keep killing the rats.

Brindle
 player, 803 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 30 Jul 2017
at 13:50
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle plays his part in the battle again by shooting 4 more magic missiles from his wand to take out another pair of rats to help his friends push forward again.

Ooc: 4 magic missiles for 2,5,4,5 hp damage on 2 rats.

Aurion Moonbeak
 player, 599 posts
 A little of this
 A little of that
Sun 30 Jul 2017
at 13:51
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Aurion is not at all enamored of this plan, but the die is cast..

"I'm all but out of useful spells," he tells Brindle, resignedly, hefting his crossbow. "You guard the orc's rear while I do what I can to help the others against these ratmen!"
Skald
 GM, 1267 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Tue 1 Aug 2017
at 13:43
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
True to his word, Wrukaog crushes another two rats and moves forward, deliberately turning his back on the beasts to face in the direction of the Sheriff and his men, undoubtedly lessening the constables' desire to deal with the rats lest they clear a path for the rampaging Orc to come at them.

With a gap opening up, Tesseryn rushes to the fore, though the Paladin finds no room on Cogwitz's right and elects instead to push into the gap that Wrukaog opened up for him to the left, his great blade striking hard and cutting one rat in half.

Not to be outdone, Cogwitz's flashing blades slash and stab and another two rats lie still on the cold earth.  Brindle deals with another pair, using his wand once more to launch a volley of missiles that strike unerringly and add to the growing mound of dead rats.

Aurion's bolt, alas, flies wide as Leisha regards the rats' nest once more, with much misgivings and breathing through her mouth.

Rats pour into the opening, if anything even more ferociously than before, though those at the front can see that at last the numbers seem to be dwindling, though there are still many of them.  Not that this is much comfort to Wrukaog and Cogwitz who both suffer bites, but even so, they fare better than the Sheriff's men - from where he stands the Orc can see that two men have already fallen and the rest fight with desperation to avoid the same fate. 

"You'll pay for this !" one squeaky voice rings out again while the other seems to be muttering something incomprehensible.  "I'll kill y..."

Silence.  No sound of rats or of battle or aught else, only the blood pounding in your ears from your exertions.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ... all of you except for Leisha are now within the area of effect of a Silence spell - Will Save vs DC15 to resist
Leisha
 player, 201 posts
Tue 1 Aug 2017
at 17:49
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha's head lifts up, and she smiles.  "Oh, that's nice--" she begins, but then she looks over and sees that the sudden quiet doesn't signal any other change.

"Oh, dear," she amends.
Brindle
 player, 805 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Wed 2 Aug 2017
at 10:56
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle grins at Aurion and offers him the wand of magic missiles that he has been using against the rats, knowing that Aurion has heard him speak its command word often enough to know how to use the wand as well.

"Here, use this," he says. What happens next will depend on Aurion's response and, indeed, whether Aurion even hears that offer or just sees Brindle's lips moving silently.

Ooc: Brindle rolled 16 on his Will save vs the silence spell. More actions to follow when I know Aurion's reaction.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 167 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 6 Aug 2017
at 00:23
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn is deafened by the spell.  He glances at the sheriff's party and sees no threat from them.  He levels his sword at the squeaky-voiced rat person to acknowledge and accept its challenge, then sweeps the sword down to dispatch the rat to his left and steps forward into its place.
Wrukaog_
 player, 1 post
Thu 10 Aug 2017
at 14:29
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog sets himself in the opening of the tunnel and laughs loudly as he stomps on the rat that tried to sneak past him and one in front of him.

"Ha ha, big, beautiful, juicy rats! We're in for a humongous carking feast tonight, folks! I hope you like 'em well tenderised!"

OOC:
Wrukaog_ rolled 16 using 1d20-1.† Will save DC15 vs Silence spell.
Wrukaog_ rolled 21,13 using d20+8,d20+4.† Stomp 2 more rats.

Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 1 post
Sat 12 Aug 2017
at 01:24
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Stepping forward 5', Aurion Moonbeak underscores his contempt for rat-faced spell casters with a heavy crossbow bolt. He shrugs as the bolt flies wide. "Such a satisfying contraption, yet I should stick to what I know best. Thank-you Master Thistlefoot." He sets down the crossbow and reaches out a hand to accept the offered wand.  One snake head appears from his sleeve to taste Brindle's wand with its tongue, the other appears at his ankle to taste a tenderised rat.
Cogwitz_
 player, 1 post
Sat 12 Aug 2017
at 05:11
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Cogwitz flicks his blades around dramatically and then swipes them both down again at the rats in front of him.
Brindle
 player, 807 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 12 Aug 2017
at 15:34
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
While Aurion was taking one last shot with his heavy crossbow Brindle used his wand to kill another couple of rats (to help Cogwitz and Tesseryn continue to advance) then passed it to Aurion when he was ready for it.

OOC: If Brindle can move 5 feet further forward as well as part of this action he will do so as he follows Cogwitz forward.
Brindle rolled 2,3,3,2 using d4+1,d4+1,d4+1,d4+1.† Magic missile damage on 2 rats.

Skald
 GM, 1271 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 13 Aug 2017
at 14:14
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn, caught by the spell of blessed quietude, doesn't hear a word Leisha says as he handily dispatches a rat and advances, sword raised in silent challenge to the foe that lurk in the darkness of the tunnel ahead.  Cogwitz makes what can only be considered a valiant attempt to join him, slaying one of the two in his way, though the second stubbornly clings to life, snapping at his ankles and preventing him from stepping up alongside the Paladin.

While Aurion's bolt goes flying off into the darkness, Brindle blasts the two foremost rats then presses the wand upon the Elf in the hope that it serves him better than the heavy crossbow which the Elf has been wielding so ineffectually.

Holding the rear, against most of the remaining horde of rats and the Sheriff's men besides, Wrukaog crushes another of the vermin beneath his heel, but a second manages to avoid the sudden death challenge, squealing it's defiance.  The constables and guards naturally ignore the Orc entirely, being rather too concerned with the rabid rodents that assail them, and at this moment probably glad to have Wrukaog fighting on their side, though it is doubtful that there pleasure will outlive the rats, though they do reluctantly kill two more, bringing that moment just a little closer.

Perhaps feeling their end approaching, the rats respond with feral ferocity.  Cogwitz is swift enough to avoid harm, but Tesseryn's armour fails to protect him nor does Wrukaog's demeanour keep the vermin at bay !

From the rear, the squeaky voices sound again.  Once more, one of the pair seems to be chanting a prayer, though breaks off as the other complains loudly if rather incoherently, "Well that won't work if they can't hear you, will it !!" his words followed by a gulping sound. 

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 170 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 15 Aug 2017
at 13:49
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Dauros Dauros you're the one..."  singing as he slays the rat in front of him "You make prayer time so much fun..." Tesseryn advances into its place  "Dauros Dauros I'm awfully fond of you..."  confident that no one can hear a word he says "Boop boop a doo!"
Brindle
 player, 808 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Wed 16 Aug 2017
at 15:07
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle scurries over behind Tesseryn and peeks down the dark tunnel from behind the paladin's legs. He frowns at the darkness and chants a brief incantation to do something about it. Four tiny, yellow, dancing lights suddenly appear around Tesseryn then quickly advance down the tunnel until they illuminate the two squeaky-voiced creatures behind the hoard of rats.

OOC: Cast dancing lights spell.
Wrukaog_
 player, 2 posts
Wed 16 Aug 2017
at 15:15
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog stands his ground and dares any of the rats to come close enough to get stomped on. If they stay away he will just stand there and watch the fun of the humans fighting the rats, but more likely some more rats will come within kicking distance and he can have some more fun of his own.

OOC: Wrukaog_ rolled 27,19 using d20+8,d20+4.† Stomp 2 more rats.
Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 2 posts
Fri 18 Aug 2017
at 11:56
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wincing at Tesseryn's singing, Aurion wishes he'd failed the save. "Hey Leish, apparently our paladin is also multilingual. He speaks Idiot."

He aims the wand over Cogwitz' head at the rats in the centre of the pack and dishes out two bolts each to two rats.

19:54, Today: Aurion Moonbeak_ rolled 5,4,4,5 using d4+1,d4+1,d4+1,d4+1.  Magic missiles to rats.

This message was last edited by the player at 12:27, Fri 18 Aug 2017.

Skald
 GM, 1273 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 13:56
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn's blade snickers out and dices the rat before him, though at least the silence spell spares the rodent the sound of the Paladin's singing as it perishes.

So too, another couple of the rats are blasted by Aurion, using the wand borrowed from Brindle, while Cogwitz carves up the only one still in reach of his flashing blades and Wrukaog stamps on a pair near the doorway as soon as they but glance towards him.  The Sheriff's merry band manage to deal with another three between them.

The ranks of the rats are thin indeed ... a matter that does not seem lost on the remaining four still in the tunnels which turn tail and flee, though if the Orc could count he'd note that there's a baker's dozen still in pitched battle with the locals.

Brindle's spell highlights the two squeaky voiced creatures at the rear of the pack, revealing them to be as much rat as man ... or probably a woman in the case of one, by her dress, if not her features.  Both of them sway slowly, obviously very intoxicated, though the male of the pair staggers forward, picking his way through the rats that hurry his way, to throw a punch at Tesseryn.

By some boon granted by whatever gods rats worship, the punch actually lands, though does naught more than rebound from the Paladin's sturdy armour.

"Oooow !" squeaks the squeaker holding up a sore paw.  "That hurt !"

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Brindle
 player, 809 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 31 Aug 2017
at 13:53
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle hisses at Aurion and says, "Shoot her! She's got the amulet."

In case there is any doubt who he means, Brindle speaks an incantation and points at the female were-rat, sending a scorching ray down the corridor to light her up.

OOC:
Brindle rolled 23 using 1d20+9.† Scorching ray to hit female were-rat.
Brindle rolled 12 using 4d6.† Scorching ray damage.

Wrukaog_
 player, 3 posts
Thu 31 Aug 2017
at 14:02
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Once again Wrukaog stands his ground and dares any of the rats to come close enough to get stomped on. If they stay away he will just stand there and watch the fun of the humans fighting the rats, but more likely some more rats will come within kicking distance and he can have some more fun of his own.

OOC: Wrukaog_ rolled 13,15 using d20+8,d20+4.† Stomp 2 more rats?
Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 3 posts
Fri 1 Sep 2017
at 13:54
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"And risk hitting her bottle?!" Aurion_ hesitates, much aware of the rat's apparent intoxication. Then, remembering the rare and ancient emerald-flavored elven wine not long ago savoured at Milliways, he shrugs off doubt and levels the wand.

21:48, Today: Aurion Moonbeak_ rolled 5,4,3,5 using d4+1,d4+1,d4+1,d4+1.  four magic missiles to ratess.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 171 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 1 Sep 2017
at 14:33
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
OOC:  Objection!!  Tesseryn's sword does not 'snicker'.  The GM has has used an inappropriate verb and must recant forthwith or otherwise rectify the posted material.  Not that there is anything wrong with the word per say, only its use pertaining to a paladin's sword.  Applied to Cogwitz_' blades, for example, 'snicker' would seem well suited.  Appropriate verbs pertaining to the use of a greatsword would include: slash, scythe, cleave, slice, cut and hew.

Tesseryn steps back to lengthen his reach and hews (strike forcibly with an ax, sword, or other cutting instrument) at the drunken wererat with his greatsword.  (17 HP damage)
Skald
 GM, 1274 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 4 Sep 2017
at 13:04
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
OOC: Point of order while waiting upon Leisha and Cogwitz_

In a completely fair and impartial spirt, the Paladin's objection is utterly overruled (as if there was ever any doubt).  I rely, of course on the precedent cited in Beamish Boy vs Jabberwock where, and I quote, it was proven beyond all doubt, reasonable or otherwise, that "The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!", and while Tesseryn's greatsword may or may not be vorpalish per se, given his damage bonus, there's been a LOT of severing going on, certainly enough that one would certainly be excused if one assumed vorpalnessity on the facts available, leaving such a one to further deduce snickering if not snackering.  :>
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 172 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 4 Sep 2017
at 14:28
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
OOC: there is no disputing that a sword may snicker.  The objection is that it would not do so in the hands of a paladin, or more specifically this paladin.  Nonetheless the GM's word is final.  That leaves no option but to sheathe the object before further offence can be taken, ie. the paladin must strike.  To circumvent such action the GM may offer a rationalisation for the sword's continued use, perhaps pertaining to deafness (a paladin must sometimes make sacrifices for the greater good) or bestow vorpalness upon the sword thereby making snickering appropriate (every paladin has his price).
Cogwitz_
 player, 2 posts
Tue 5 Sep 2017
at 22:40
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Having nothing immediately at hand to shoot with, Cogwitz sizes up these new opponents, snickering quietly as he does.


OOC: Sorry!  I know that doesn't seem like much of a move at this point, but I'm having to learn a lot about how Cogwitz works.  Not sure what's holding that Leisha up, though.  Sheer laziness, probably.
Leisha
 player, 204 posts
Tue 5 Sep 2017
at 22:45
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Leisha continues to keep an eye on things, in case anyone seems to need her.  The unnatural silence that, so far as she can tell, settled only on Tesseryn, draws her to musing that if she were to submit an amicus curiae to the proceedings in, for example, a judicial case in what sort of sound a Paladin's sword might properly make, she would argue that the Vorpal Blade is most commonly shown as a two-handed sword (or at least, being wielded two-handed.  In fairness, the young and inexperienced state of the Beamish Boy might be a factor here), and is most definitely seen used by a person of pure heart to defeat, in single combat, a creature commonly presumed to be of great evil.  "Snicker," in such a case, is clearly not related to the sniggering vernacular, but rather a unique context that offers no insult to any Paladin.

Satisfied with the soundness of her hypothetical case, she imagines a standing ovation from the jury as she watches.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 173 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Wed 6 Sep 2017
at 14:14
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
OOC: Leisha's argument does neatly support that of the GM (applause) and suggests a third possible resolution.  The unique case speculated refers to the use of 'snicker-snack' whereas the GM used the abbreviated form 'snickered' thereby exposing the use of the verb to misinterpretation.  Options for resumption of paladinly service now include:
1. GM offers rationalisation
2. GM bestows vorpalization
3. GM gives clarification by amending the original post to "Tesseryn's sword snicker-snacks out ..." thus avoiding ambiguity or any hint of improper use of a greatsword.
Skald
 GM, 1275 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 6 Sep 2017
at 14:26
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
OOC: ... as one learned and reliable and most rational source has it, Vorpal might be derivative of verbal and gospel so very much befitting a mouthy paladin.  Later, more common usage seems to have adopted the term in relation to particular magic properties of slashing weapons and ... oh, you're all more interested in what's actually happening in the fight ?  Well, then ...  ;>

Meanwhile, back in the rat-corpse infested tunnels ...

Wrukaog's disappointment is palpable (whether the Orc knows the meaning of the word or not) as the rats keep their distance from him - indeed it's hard to say whether the frenzy with which they throw themselves at the Sheriff's men is due to hatred of their opponents, sheer orneriness, or that Wrukaog terrifies them.

With the discovery that the female of the rodentine species is wearing the stolen amulet that you seek, Brindle hurls a fiery ray in her direction while Aurion, exhorted by the Halfling to do likewise, does likewise and sends four mystical globes of energy her way.  Both strike with an impressive display of heat and burning fur and flesh, wounding the female were-rat badly and reducing her to tears.

With the skill and finesse of a lumberjack, Tesseryn levels his enormous blade and swings it mightily, chopping at the inebriated creature that stands before him, nursing its paw.  The blow is an impressive one, and might easily have felled a sapling, but seems to have much less of an impact upon the were-rat, save to elicit another even more shrill "Ow !" of complaint which falls upon the Paladin's deaf ears. 

Fighting to hold back a smile, Cogwitz considers the were-pair carefully, electing to sheathe his kukuri and pull forth his dagger, while Leisha moves up next to the very silver statue of Mitra to keep an eye on you all, standing lost in uffish thought.

Wrukaog looks on as the Constables manage to slay another few rats, but another of the men goes down, creating an opening through which the rest of the rodents swiftly head for.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 174 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 8 Sep 2017
at 14:46
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
OOC: crisis averted... The GM has used appropriate verbage swing and chop.  Industrial action deferred, much to the relief of the paladin who really would rather get on with snicker-snackering the wererat.

Tesseryn feels inspired to chop some trees, or at least the ratman in front of him, and puts full power into his next swing.
22:40, Today: Tesseryn Brightsoul rolled 22 using 2d6+17.  Sword to wererat PA5.
22:38, Today: Tesseryn Brightsoul rolled 22 using 1d20+5.  Sword to wererat PA5.
Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 4 posts
Fri 8 Sep 2017
at 14:52
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"This should put her out of her misery." Aurion_ waves Brindle's Magic wand and sends more mystic bolts her way.
Skald
 GM, 1276 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 05:17
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Partial update for the above:

Aurion's words prove prophetic as the female wererat falls before the barriage of mystical missiles that strike her, lying lifeless on the ground, a plume of smoke rising from her corpse.

Her companion fares but little better as the Paladin's sword slices into him, the powerful blow leaving him bleeding badly and reeling, barely able to stand on his feet.

"Shpare me !" the wererat pleads, his predicament penetrating the alcoholic haze that permeates his brain.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 175 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 06:58
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn' deftly ignores the wererat's pleas and frowns back in a 'no one can hear your vile words' kind of way.
Wrukaog_
 player, 4 posts
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 10:44
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
As the rats seem determined to spoil his fun by not coming within kicking distance, Wrukaog looks around for another target. The whimpering wererat immediately draws his attention, so he strides back beside Tesseryn and swings his greataxe in a sweeping blow intended to put the wererat out of its misery once and for all.

OOC: Wrukaog_ rolled 31 using 1d20+13.† Greataxe to hit wererat.
Wrukaog_ rolled 21 using 1d12+12.† Graetaxe damage on wererat.

Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 5 posts
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 14:40
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Yay, the rat infested tunnels are ours." Aurion quickly slips past the front line to get a closer look at the amulet on the ratess. He hands Brindle's wand back as he passes. "Thank you master Thistlefoot, I dare say there is still a little magic left in the old stick yet."
Brindle
 player, 810 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 15:10
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle grins as he accepts the wand back from Aurion.

"Oh yes, still a bit left. I have certainly had good value for money from this one."

He follows Aurion down the tunnel to have a closer look at the female wererat.
Skald
 GM, 1277 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Fri 15 Sep 2017
at 05:54
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
The wererat's pleas for mercy fall upon deaf ears, both figuratively and literally.  Indeed, Wrukaog seems to find them particularly irritating and so abandons his vigil to do something about it, the thud of his great axe resolving the problem nicely.

Handing back the magic wand to Brindle, Aurion leads the Halfling in a rush to examine the female of the species and in particular the amulet that hangs around her neck, a golden pendant fashioned in the shape of a lion with a large topaz in its mouth, of very similar design to the ring that Sir Holmir gave to Tesseryn.  It sits rather uncomfortably next to the familiar symbol of Set, a coiled serpent fashioned from dark metal (though this lacking the lion of Mitra on the obverse as was worn by the false acolytes above) which she also wears.

Also of interest is the small matter that the ratess lies in a small puddle of strong spirits, undoubtedly spilled from the goblet that lies besides her, dropped when she succumbed to the spells hurled her way.  The light is poor, but the cup, carved from green crystal and embellished with silver and diamonds appears to be rather valuable. 

In the chamber behind you, the sounds of battle reach the ears of everyone except Tesseryn, indicating that the Sheriff and his men are finally gaining the upper hand against the rats ...

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Brindle
 player, 811 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 15 Sep 2017
at 13:39
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle points at the amulet and tells Aurion, "You look after the amulet and I'll mind the goblet. It's a shame she spilled it but with a bit of luck we might find the rest of the bottle somewhere a bit further on."

He grins at that.
Wrukaog_
 player, 5 posts
Fri 15 Sep 2017
at 13:49
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog gives the ratman's corpse a good kick, just because he can, then he walks back to fetch the silver statue. Finding Leisha standing there like a lost sheep he shepherds her back to the rest of the group too.

"We gonna go find some more rats to beat up now?" he asks, pointing towards the unexplored tunnels behind Brindle and Cogwitz.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 176 posts
Sat 16 Sep 2017
at 15:22
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist

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Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 176 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 16 Sep 2017
at 15:22
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn stoops to search the ratman's body.  He's looking for the amulet, unaware that its been found on the ratwoman.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:23, Sat 16 Sept 2017.

Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 6 posts
Sat 16 Sep 2017
at 15:42
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Keep it safely Master Thistlefoot, its worth is greater than the value of this village of Mitra's Fist." Aurion gingerly takes the golden lion amulet, and the dark metal symbol of Set, then searches the corpse more thoroughly.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:46, Sat 16 Sept 2017.

Skald
 GM, 1278 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 17 Sep 2017
at 06:12
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Silently Tesseryn squats down to examine the body of the rat-man.  The creature's clothing is of excellent quality, though badly stained and nowhere near decorous enough for the Paladin's taste - indeed the loose shirt does naught to conceal a hand shaped scar upon the rat-man's chest where the bristly hair does not grow.

However, he does sport a signet ring of modest value, and bears a sword in the sheathe at his side, though the stylised serpent's head on the pommel might be offensive to some.

The rat-woman's attire would almost certainly bring a blush to Tesseryn's cheeks, though Aurion bats not an eye at the rather diaphanous garment, and it is quite obvious that she has naught else of value or interest upon her person.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 178 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 24 Sep 2017
at 03:03
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn notes the scar, and will remember to tell his companions about it when they can hear him.  He pockets the signet ring, draws the serpent-headed sword from its scabbard and leans it against the wall.  He stands and with a self-satisfied-doing-good-and-smiting-evil grimace prepares to plant his armoured boot to break the blade (next round...).
Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 7 posts
Sun 24 Sep 2017
at 03:25
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Fingering a diaphanous veil or two, Aurion decides that, even if they could be cleansed, they would clash with blue and gold garments. He looks ahead down the rat tunnel illuminated by Brindle's yellow lights then gasps as he glances back towards the party.

"Stop him!" he splutters as he lunges back down the passage to rescue a most innocent looking serpent headed sword.
Wrukaog_
 player, 6 posts
Sun 24 Sep 2017
at 06:06
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog still grips Leisha by one hand and carries the silver statue in his other arm. So he lowers his shoulder and bumps Tesseryn away from the sword then kicks it down the tunnel toward Aurion.
Brindle
 player, 812 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 24 Sep 2017
at 06:17
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle glances back at the disturbance behind him for a moment then shakes his head sadly. With a sigh he turns back to the tunnels ahead and sends his dancing lights down the northern tunnel to see what lies ahead that way.
Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 8 posts
Sun 24 Sep 2017
at 12:32
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Thank you master Orc." Aurion's snakes slither out from his sleeve to taste the metal as he gathers up the sword.
Skald
 GM, 1279 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 13:01
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
With Wrukaog's timely intervention, the serpent pommeled blade is saved from the Paladin's boot and delivered into Aurion's eager grasp.

As Brindle's lights reveal more tunnels ahead and larger chamber to the west, there is movement in the tunnel behind as the Sheriff and his remaining men (3 constables and 2 of the Mayor's guards), having finally disposed of those rats who weren't quick enough to dash past them, arrive on the scene.

"That's my bloody sword !" Merth at the rear yells out in utter surprise as he points at Aurion.  "I've been looking for that for fifty damn years !"

"That's the Mayor's daughter !" one of the guards at the fore points at the dead rat-woman. "They've killed her !" 

If anything, the group now seem even less happy to see you than before when they were trying to catch you to be the main attraction in the ritual sacrifice to Set.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 179 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 12:08
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
OOC: Is the sheriff armed, i.e.. sword drawn, while all this animated finger-pointing is going on?

Tesseryn's close-cropped head snaps back and forth as he glares between Wrukaog, Aurion and the sheriff, struggling to understand which poses the greatest threat to law and order.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 180 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sat 30 Sep 2017
at 23:04
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn can see a lot of angry faces and finger-pointing but cannot hear a thing.  He steps toward the guardsman who pointed at the rat-woman corpse and disarms him with a swift bind of his own much larger sword.  He waves his spiked right hand in a sweeping gesture intended to convey the meaning of 'collect your fallen and depart immediately by the stairs whence you came'.

06:52, Today: Tesseryn Brightsoul rolled 33 using 1d20+18.  disarm front row guard.
Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 9 posts
Sat 30 Sep 2017
at 23:42
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
This serpent-headed sword has been in Aurion's family for 5 heartbeats and already he feels a great attachment to it.  He nods his thanks to Wrukaog for saving it from the paladin's boot.

With a hand on Leisha's shoulder to steady himself, Aurion steps up onto the dead wereratess to gain a little height.  He holds aloft his new sword, allowing his sleeve to fall back revealing two snakes winding themselves around the crossguard.  "The Master thanks you for your your long years of faithful service, Merth, and you shall be rewarded, unlike this trollop who sought to better herself delving into the Master's secret abode!  Go now and prepare a feast in the inn, and venture not below ground until we return with the sacrifice!"
Skald
 GM, 1280 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 1 Oct 2017
at 06:34
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
It is unclear whether the silent menace of Tesseryn's gesture in effortlessly disarming the guardsman, or the very loud and direct commands that Aurion gives the Sheriff and his depleted forces win the day, but win they do.

With a look of pure venom that silently imparts 'I'll be back to put that blade through your beating heart, mark my words' Merth bows to both the reality of his situation and the possibility that Aurion speaks truth, and orders his remaining constables and the guardsmen ...

"Let's go - we'll see what the major has to say about this !"

And they do so.  Keenly even.

While they don't collect their fallen (indeed the Sheriff's only acknowledgement of those dead is to avoid getting their blood on his boots as he steps over them, while his underlings but stoop to retrieve a purse here and a weapon there, so perhaps collect from them is more accurate) as they back swiftly away, retreating to the staircase and slamming the door behind them, leaving you at last to the peace of the dank tunnels, the bodies of men and wererat and an enormous pile of very large and feral dead rats.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Brindle
 player, 813 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 2 Oct 2017
at 00:51
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Finally Brindle smiles after the sherif and his men have gone.

"Well, thank goodness for that!" He sighs.

"What next, my friends? Oomphalos said there were three artefacts, the lion ring, amulet and belt. We now have the first two but he said the minions of Set took the holy belt down to the lower levels. We haven't found a stairway down yet, have we? Shall we go back and ask Oomphalos where it is to be found? Or perhaps he can show us somewhere safe for us to rest long enough for Aurion and me to recover our spells, and for others to regain their strength? What do you all think we should do next?"
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 181 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Tue 3 Oct 2017
at 10:16
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn notices that Brindle is speaking and pauses only long enough to signal that he cannot hear and that he is going to continue exploring the rat tunnels.  He pushes past Wrukaog and favours Aurion with a sour look as he passes and clanks around the bend into the western opening.
Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 10 posts
Tue 3 Oct 2017
at 10:32
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Beaming brightly in reply to the paladin's sulk, Aurion retrieves the scabbard for the serpent-headed sword from its former owner (or, more specifically, the rat-faced thief who, until recently, had possession of the sheriff's sword) and buckles it on. "Well, at least Clique and Claque approve of this weapon. And I do believe the weapon approves of me. For my part I'd be happy to look for the stairs first. I think Oomphalos was somewhat evasive about the exact location of mundane objects like stairs."

He wanders up the passage to the northeast to find stairs...
Skald
 GM, 1281 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 4 Oct 2017
at 13:51
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn can't hear a word Brindle says, but it seems the Paladin is keen to explore the tunnels further ... though that may be something he or at least his nose regrets as he enters the large cave that lies to the west.  Indeed the smell tells him as much as the Halfing's dim light that this was the home of many of the plague of large rats whose corpses litter the tunnels outside.  Aside from a natural pool of fouled water to the south east of the area, and the horror of the nest itself, Tesseryn can see nothing of interest here.

Aurion, with the serpent-headed sword safely ensconced in it's scabbard, ranges to the north, to the extremes of the light, and fares a little better even though he comes to a dead end, finding a metal box, rusted tight shut, stuck in a natural alcove of the rocky wall, and, a bit further back, a narrow opening which a quick peek tells him leads to another tunnel.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 182 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 9 Oct 2017
at 11:20
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Ah.  The deafening spell has ceased with the demise of the caster."  Tesseryn surmises ( wrongly as it happens).  He leaves the filthy rat nest and turns north and west to explore deeper into the labyrinth.
Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 11 posts
Tue 10 Oct 2017
at 05:12
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Ooo! A treasure chest." Aurion exclaims inticingly to lure thieves to the scene.
Brindle
 player, 814 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Thu 12 Oct 2017
at 13:45
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle brightens up as soon as he hears Aurion's exclamation and he hurries forward to lend his skills to the quest to check out whatever Aurion has found. He will search the chest for any sign of traps first then endeavour to open it.
Wrukaog_
 player, 7 posts
Thu 12 Oct 2017
at 13:48
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog sheathes his axe and plays a game with the dead rats - swinging the feet of the silver statue he carries to 'kick' the rats out of the way - as he follows Tesseryn to explore the rest of the tunnels.
Skald
 GM, 1282 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 15 Oct 2017
at 05:53
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle rushes up, with his light, to join Aurion in the eastern alcove where the exciting rusted metal box is located.

A thorough examination by the Halfling uncovers no obvious traps, but the lock appears to have seized and no amount of careful coaxing will loosen it ... but a good pounding with a handy rock soon persuades it and the pair stare in awe at what might be almost four hundred silver pieces within !

Wrukaog and the silver statue of Mitra forge a path through the rat bodies as the big Orc joins Tesseryn, the pair squeezing through the narrow opening to the north-west into the wider tunnel beyond.  The Paladin looks to the west, providing a meticulous description of what lies before him, while Wrukaog, far more succinctly, does the same for the northern portion (in both cases 'tunnels' covers it nicely).

The western end of the tunnel has one opening to the north part way down before it turns north itself ... the northern end of the tunnel has two openings to the west part way down, though one is a dead end, before it turns east, the ground sloping downwards.

Not wishing to be left alone in the dark with all the rat and wererat bodies, Leisha and Cogwitz take up station at the opening, listening for screams and shouts.  And disturbing noises, really.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...

This message was last edited by the GM at 13:12, Wed 18 Oct 2017.

Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 183 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 01:46
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
If Tesseryn is afraid of the dark he shows no sign as he strides (clanks) confidently towards the... OOC: my map has not updated, anyone else getting that?
Brindle
 player, 815 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 13:11
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle laughs as the sight of 400 silver coins rewards their efforts with the rusted lock. Then he shrugs and holds open his handy haversack for Aurion to pour the coins inside.

"Maybe I can find a coin collector who hasn't seen this king's head before," he explains. "Or is that the homeliest queen you ever saw?" he wonders aloud, holding up one of the silver pieces.

Once loaded up he will swing the magical haversack back onto his shoulders and take his dancing lights to shed some light for Tesseryn.
Wrukaog_
 player, 8 posts
Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 13:17
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog looks at the new tunnels for a moment then holds up the silver statue in front of him to discuss their strategy.

"Going down?" he asks.

He tilts the statue back and forth to make it nod its head in agreement.

"Going down!" Wrukaog announces happily as he heads towards the downward-sloping tunnel.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 184 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 14:31
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
... western passage newly lit by Biindle's lights.  OOC: map good now, must have been a phone thing.
Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 12 posts
Tue 17 Oct 2017
at 10:25
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"Obliged, Master Thistlefoot." Aurion is only too happy for Brindle to carry his share for him.

He raises an eyebrow at Leisha and points back towards the rats' nest bypassed to the south. "Leisha, there's some lovely filth down here."

He casts Light on a silver penny with a homely queen depicted thereon and ventures forth to explore deeper into the tunnels, taking the path to the north then the western opening.
Skald
 GM, 1283 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Wed 18 Oct 2017
at 13:36
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
With the coins stashed safely away, Brindle is about to dispose of the rusted iron box in a thoughtful fashion when he hears something moving within.  A second look reveals that there are no more coins stubbornly clinging to the interior ... but the Halfling's keen eye spots a concealed catch and ... the false bottom springs open revealing a hidden compartment below and the three gems therein !  The two translucent green and one blue stone go into the capacious pack as well.

The additional light Aurion conjures is most welcome (though Tesseryn and Wrukaog are doing quite well without it), though Leisha does not seem very interested in making another foray into a rats' thicket as she and Cogwitz follow the mage and Brindle through the narrow opening where they stand, bathed in light as the Paladin and Orc head into the darkness.

Tesseryn follows the western tunnel to the end, his nose providing warning of the foul and noisesome rats' nest that greets him at the end, encouraging a hasty retreat, while Wrukaog, with the explicit approval of the silver statue of Mitra heads to the north, the pair realising that the side tunnels both join up.

When he reaches the corner, the Orc is able to confirm that the tunnel definitely leads downwards to the east, at quite an acute slope, if you like that sort of thing.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 185 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Fri 27 Oct 2017
at 03:27
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
"I suggest we venture forth to verify that this passage does indeed lead to the lower levels.  We may decide to rest thereafter."  Tesseryn leads the way, sword drawn.  However, should someone quieter wish to precede him, he will not object.
Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 13 posts
Fri 27 Oct 2017
at 03:37
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Knowing that Brindle can be trusted not to run off with the loot is one thing, but watching the green and blue baubles disappear into that pack does cause Aurion a pang of apprehension. He places a tattooed hand on the halfling's shoulder, "Let His Holiness lead... you're far too valuable." He falls in somewhere in the safer-seeming middle rank.
Brindle
 player, 816 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sat 28 Oct 2017
at 15:40
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Brindle grins and nods at Aurion's suggestion. He sends his dancing lights along the northern corridor to light Tesseryn's path. He follows close behind the paladin with his missile wand in hand.

"It really is amazing how much fun it is to shoot magic missiles between a paladin's legs," he  confides to Aurion in a whisper. "I had a ball last time!"

This message was last edited by the player at 15:51, Sat 28 Oct 2017.

Wrukaog_
 player, 9 posts
Sat 28 Oct 2017
at 15:44
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Wrukaog ignores the lights behind him as he can see perfectly well in the darkened tunnel ahead anyway. He tucks the silver statue under one arm and grips his greataxe in the other hand as he leads the way around the bend and down the sloping tunnel.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 186 posts
 Paladin
 Arm of Dauros
Sun 29 Oct 2017
at 00:21
Re: The Dark Tower - the Village of Mitra's Fist
Tesseryn follows 30' behind Wrukaog and surrounded by Brindle's dancing lights.  Without a helmet his unmuffled ears catch snippets of conversation not meant for them.  He surreptitiously adjusts his codpiece and marches on.