The Dark Tower - Level The Second.   Posted by Skald.Group: 0
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 292 posts
 Fallen Paladin
 Broken Arm of Dauros
Sat 11 May 2019
at 00:52
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
"Yes.  Perhaps this is the path the giants said was forbidden to them.  If so the prisoners may be at the end of that long passage."   Tesseryn whispers in reply.  He heads back and turns left at the top of the stairs following the black stone wall.  He recalls the merry welcome from the gnomes in the white tower, wonders what tribe may infest the black tower.  Orcs perhaps, like those that Aurion set free.  Time will tell.
Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 100 posts
Sat 11 May 2019
at 01:07
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
"Exactly." Aurion decides to run with it. "The mayor and sheriff will put leather straps around your gold and haul it all away for themselves. But mister Isphemo and mister Haffrung would not want that to befall their loyal guards. So when the time comes, how do you think we should punish the mayor and sheriff?
Wrukaog_
 player, 27 posts
Sat 11 May 2019
at 12:45
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Wrukaog looks at the other two as though they are mad. As though they are trying to ruin his fun! But gradually he realises there may be some merit in what they say.

"I suppose it would be best to have Moonbeak here to distract 'em," he grudgingly admits.

Still muttering to himself he follows Tesseryn and Brindle back up the stairs.
Skald
 GM, 1370 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 12 May 2019
at 05:15
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
The giant's frown as Aurion warns them about the danger to their treasure trove.  Goom angrily stamps his foot, shaking the floor, while Gogant, just as miffed, takes a healthy swig of whatever unhealthy liquid lurks within that bronze bottle.  Cogwitz smirks.

"We should ... eat dem !" Goom demands, his companion nodding vigorously in assent, licking his lips.

Over by the pool, the water-snake continues to be entranced by Leisha ... so fascinated is the creature with her that one might almost think it could continue to sway and stare for hours ...

While down below ... the three intrepid explorers decide that they couldn't possible deprive those above of the opportunity to breech the Dark Tower and elect to go looking for the prisoners instead.

Heading back up the stone stairs, they head north along the passageway, Tesseryn in the lead and Wrukaog at the rear.  The ominous black marble of the west wall runs for about eighty feet, but gives was to mundane stone blocks for the last twenty five feet before the door at the end.

Brindle stoops close to listen ... but the effort is wasted for the voices on the other side can be heard clearly from without:

"I'm telling you ... it's no good just killing Avvakris and Merth !  If we're going to succeed we need to get Ollem too - he's loyal to them and too dangerous to take lightly."

"It'll take more than the three of us, though - between the Mayor's guards and the Constables ... that's more than we can handle on our own."

"Those giants won't be any good - sure they're stupid, but they'll do what Haffrung tells them to, damn their eyes."

"Haffrung !  Says he'll help us, and he's got the men ... but he'll turn on us, mark my words !"

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 293 posts
 Fallen Paladin
 Broken Arm of Dauros
Sat 18 May 2019
at 03:18
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Tesseryn signals for Brindle and Wrukaog to withdraw.  When clear of the door he'll whisper "Perhaps we should employ a ruse, to trick our enemies into fighting each other?  These against the Sheriff, then later against Haffrung Helleyes.  Let ourselves be the spark that ignites civil war among the factions following Set."  In preparation he removes the silver Scales of Justice symbol from his neck and the ring Mitra's Favour, wraps them in his 'Let Agrela dry your eyes' handkerchief and stows them in a cranny.  He wipes soot from the black wall in a stripe under each eye and practices a sneer. "What say you?"

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Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 101 posts
Sat 18 May 2019
at 03:25
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
"Yes, that's what they deserve." Aurion nods his agreement, with snakes smiling wickedly from his collar. "And take their gold for yourselves."
Brindle
 player, 917 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 20 May 2019
at 14:34
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Brindle looks thoughtful and taps his finger on his chin as he considers the idea.

"What are you planning, Tesseryn? Offer to join forces with them because the Sheriff attacked us? Say we just want vengeance and don't care what happens afterwards? When the Sheriff is dead we'll be on our way?" he suggests.
Wrukaog_
 player, 28 posts
Mon 20 May 2019
at 14:43
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Wrukaog snorts at the idea of walking away afterwards.

"Like they'd just carking let us go free and easy afterwards! That's about as likely as a frost worm in a flaming volcano! We'd have to kill the winners before they kill us! But that's the best bit of that plan, to my way of thinking. I like it!"
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 294 posts
 Fallen Paladin
 Broken Arm of Dauros
Tue 21 May 2019
at 10:40
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
"Yes, treachery, of a sort."  Tesseryn squirms a little at the word, but it fits what he had in mind.  "Then we assault Haffrung knowing he'll get no support from the Sheriff or the plotters beyond that door.  We are only six, so we are justified in using whatever means necessary to achieve our goal.  It is, after all, for the greater good.  I think we can count on the White Tower to hold any prisoners we take until they can be tried."
Skald
 GM, 1371 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 26 May 2019
at 04:46
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Outside the cells, the plotters continue to plot, their discussion of treachery and betrayal led by the ex-Paladin who shows a surprising aptitude for it.  It's always the ex-Holy ones that surprise you ...

Back in the den of gambling and iniquity, the giants share a laugh with Aurion.

"Hur ! Hur ! Hur !"

"Har ! Har ! Ha ... "

Goom breaks off, scratching his head.  "But 'oo will bring us our grub den ?" he asks, displaying the sort of forward thinking that got him promoted to guard duty down here.
Skald
 GM, 1372 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 2 Jun 2019
at 04:37
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Those outside the cell block hear the voices within.

"Empty - get us another flask, Onoch ... and fetch out that cleric of Ishtar.  She can entertain us."

Unpleasant laughter follows.
Brindle
 player, 918 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 3 Jun 2019
at 12:34
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Brindle was looking back down the corridor toward the pool where Leisha was keeping the water serpent entertained. He was clearly thinking of many other things besides the voices beyond the door.

"Perhaps we should go back and fetch the others," he suggests. "I never like to split the party like this.

"Something else I thought of, too - if the guards come this way often there must be some way to gain safe passage past that water serpent. Those coins in the pool - perhaps it is as simple as tossing in a coin each time we want to pass? That would explain why the giants have those coins in the first place."

Wrukaog_
 player, 29 posts
Mon 3 Jun 2019
at 12:51
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Wrukaog is paying much more attention to the voices behind the door and he growls menacingly (not loudly but definitely angrily) when one voice speaks about a prisoner.

"Grrrr, I don't know who this Ishtar is, but if her priestess is going to entertain anybody it should be us!" he snarls.

He reaches for the door handle.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 295 posts
 Fallen Paladin
 Broken Arm of Dauros
Sun 9 Jun 2019
at 01:37
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Tesseryn places a hand lightly on Brindle's shoulder "I've never before adventured with allies." his practiced sneer replaced by a grin that lights his golden eyes.

He nods for Wrukaog to proceed with opening the door, then he steps straight through and confronts those beyond, "You're here, all three, good.  Come, there's someone you'll want to meet.  The tide has turned in our favour!  And bring the prisoners.  They are to be sacrificed ..." he gives a derisive snort, "... right after we kill Avvakris and Merth."
Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 102 posts
Sun 9 Jun 2019
at 01:49
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
"After you've eaten the Sheriff and the Mayor, there's a whole town for you to loot.  Gold for the taking!  And you'll eat what you please." Aurion gives the giants a conspiratorial leer. "Do you prefer chicken or horse?"
Skald
 GM, 1373 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 9 Jun 2019
at 06:25
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
"Horse !" Goom replies, enthusiastically.  "Good meat onna horse !"

"Der chickins are very crunchy," Golgant adds, though neither Aurion nor Cogwitz can tell from his tones whether that's a good or bad thing.

Outside the prison cells, Brindle's sensible suggestion that reinforcements might be in order before anyone does anything precipitous fall on ears that are not deaf, but perhaps just not listening.

Wrukaog opens the door, with definite anger, but it is Tesseryn who is first through the opening ...

The cell block is long and narrow, with eight barred cells to the north, some of which you can see are occupied, and what is little more than a passage running alongside.  To your left a big but very fat man stares at you, while to your right two other men lounge at a table, one filthy and ugly, the other, obviously their leader a rather handsome fellow, tall, strong, but with a glint in his eye that suggests he's not a very nice man at all.

"What are you talking about ?!" that one demands, lowering his feet from the tabletop, but not budging from his seat.  "And who in the Nine Hells are you ?!!"

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 296 posts
 Fallen Paladin
 Broken Arm of Dauros
Sat 15 Jun 2019
at 02:38
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
"So, the message was not delivered.  That would explain why you're late."  With an impatient sigh, Tesseryn circles the table and sits on the vacant chair, placing himself at their level.

He  addresses the handsome one directly, ignoring the others, as he delivers the biggest whopper yet in his recently re-born diplomatic career.  "Tesseryn Gold in the Eye." he announces proudly, sticking his thumbs in his goblin-faced belt, leaning back comfortably and raising his chin so his eyes catch the light, glinting golden above the black soot stripes and the ghost of a self-assured smile.  "The colour of my eyes marks the promise of my fee!  Perhaps you've heard of me?"

Without waiting for a reply he leans in conspiratorially and lowers his voice.  "Berkam-Shem hired us."  A nod to include Wrukaog and Brindle.  "He is making his move, now, against the mayor and the sheriff.  His imp was to deliver the offer of alliance to you, which it will, no doubt, in its own good time.  Never mind, we're here now, and its not too late.  You should come with us now and meet the elf, he's with Gorant and Goom."

His gaze sweeps the cells, taking in details of the prisoners and equipment that may have been missed at first glance, then fixes the handsome man with an appraising stare.  "Avvakris has ordered the sacrifice of your prisoners.  Bring them.  He and the sheriff will suspect nothing until it is too late, for them."

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Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 103 posts
Sat 15 Jun 2019
at 04:06
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
"Goog, good." Aurion encourages the giants, "Mister Haffrung will be pleased when his special guards have eaten that bothersome sheriff and mayor, and their delicious horses. Won't you have a story to tell, eh?! Haffrung will reward you with all the gold you can find. Which do you suppose will have the most, the sheriff or the mayor? When you take it, its all yours!"
Wrukaog_
 player, 30 posts
Sun 16 Jun 2019
at 04:27
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Wrukaog steps inside and turns to the big man at the other end of the cell block. He looks the fat man up and down then grins.

"Mate! You're even bigger than they said you were! You been eating the carking prisoners or something?"

His tone of voice makes it sound like a compliment, not an insult.
Brindle
 player, 919 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 16 Jun 2019
at 04:37
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Brindle follows Wrukaog through the door but stops close to the doorway, watching Tesseryn and the two guards at the table. He nods agreement at each of Tesseryn's statements but doesn't speak.
Skald
 GM, 1374 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 16 Jun 2019
at 06:29
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
"Der mayor is der richest, I'll bet !" Golgant avows, Goom nodding his agreement.  Indeed, it seems the giants are quite worked up by all Aurion's talk of gold and food.

In the cell block the handsome man stares suspiciously at Tesseryn, but by the conclusion of the former Paladin's most duplicitous tale he is all smiles.

"The wizard's imp is fickle," he agrees, offering a hand to Tesseryn. "I am Ishpemo and these are Onoch the Belly and Mrdod the Filthy," he nods towards the fat man and the ugly one in turn, looking questioningly at the Orc and Halfling, expecting them to give their names in return.

"It's about time !  Though I'm surprised Berkam-Shem has the nerve.  Whenever trouble is to be found he's usually somewhere to the rear, hiding behind your lot," he nods to Wrukaog.  "Still ... to the victors, the spoils, eh ?"

"Bring them," he tosses a bunch of keys over to Onoch who looks rather less enthusiastic about the whole thing but who hastens to comply, though he does spare a small smile at Wrukaog's jest.

"We'll look after these three," Ishpemo gestures towards the two men in what appears to be the garb of caravanserai in one cell, and the woman in tattered robes with an eight pointed star upon them.

"You can see to him," he jerks his thumb towards the cell at the eastern end, though you cannot see the occupant from where you stand.  "Keep an eye on him - he's some sort of holy warrior dedicated to their god.  Blessedly the fool won't even talk to us - the priestess says it's because we're unclean !"  He roars with laughter, kicking Mrdod under the table, eliciting an evil smirk from that decidedly dirty and smelly individual.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 297 posts
 Fallen Paladin
 Broken Arm of Dauros
Sun 23 Jun 2019
at 01:55
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Tesseryn laughs along with Ishpemo's joke and shakes his hand but ignores Onoch and Mrdod.  He points to massive orc, "This is Wrukaog!  He kills who hes paid to kill.  And Brindle the Quick..." he points to the garrulous halfling, "are you the mute or is it the other one... I can't tell 'em apart!" He laughs and grins at Ishpemo, letting him in on the joke.

"Berkam-Shem wont be anywhere near the front!"  Tesseryn looks amused.  "Hell be keeping well out of sight until it starts.  The Mayor and Sheriff will be taken completely by surprise!"

He rises and strides along the cell block, looking in at the prisoners and stopping at the last cell.  He tilts his head letting the captive see the colour of his eyes.  "A Lion of Mitra, they call 'em.  Best he holds his tongue for now, he'll have his say before this day is done." Turning back to the others he strides briskly to the door.  "We'll fill you in on the plan as we go, but we should not tarry, it starts soon."  He gestures for Ishpemo to accompany him.

He leads off along the passage, retrieving the package from the niche as he passes, the movement masked by turning to check that the others are following with the prisoners.  On the long walk he keeps Ishpemo's mind busy with questions.  "Berkam-Shem expects that a quarter of the sheriff's men are ready to join you.  What would be your estimate? ... And what of Ollem?  That one seems undecided, but close to joining you. ... And how will you style yourself once you're in command of the town?  Sheriff, mayor, or some new title of your choosing."

Coming in sight of the pool Tesseryn comments, "The giants were not forthcoming with the pass for the pool, but our friend has a most charming way about her."  He gestures ahead to where Leisha stands.  Drawing near, Tesseryn calls ahead to her, "This is Ishpemo, soon to be the new ruler of the town above.  He and his men have joined Berkam-Shem's revolt against mayor Avvakris and sheriff Merth.  We're going to discuss tactics with the elf.  Will you join us?"  Stopping in front of Leisha, one golden eye, above its stripe of soot, gives a most uncharacteristic wink.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:58, Sun 23 June.

Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 104 posts
Sun 23 Jun 2019
at 02:11
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Along with the giants Aurion nods his agreement, the topic of gold well-reinforced in their minds, just time for one last tweak for their stomachs. "Human on a rotisserie... arms on or off?"

This message was last edited by the player at 07:03, Sun 23 June.

Brindle
 player, 920 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 23 Jun 2019
at 14:38
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Brindle strides purposefully down to the end cell and enters to see the Lion of Mitra. When out of sight of the guards he bows slightly to the prisoner, puts a finger to his own lips in the signal for silence and sweeps his other arm toward the cell door, indicating for the prisoner to precede him out of the cell.
Wrukaog_
 player, 31 posts
Sun 23 Jun 2019
at 14:50
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Krukaog will stand back to let everyone else pass then will follow behind Brindle and the prisoner from the end cell.

If they get as far as Leisha's position without any trouble he will pick up the silver statue of Mitra again and carry it under his arm, the same as previously.