Chapter 2: Tomon Head.   Posted by IC.Group: archive 0
IC
Thu 16 Apr 2009
at 18:26
Chapter 2: Tomon Head
MAIN PARTY

The lot of you return to the village and find Oswalt and his cronies have already cleared out ahead of you.  There is much talk in the village of what may have transpired up on the mountain.  At least half the town seems to believe that you succeaded in finding the horn (several young fellows ask to see it as you ride back in).  You are greeted with chearing as you return to the inn, and the inkeeper announces that your meals tonight will be on the house... if only you will favour the village with the tale of your exploits.

Feal free to do some roleplaying or what-not.  The chapter begins in earnest tomorrow.

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DAREK

That night, the men rejoice at their victory (all but 3 lookouts, who drew the short straws).  The next morning, they bury their dead.  By that evening, they ave settled in to wait for further orders.  And wait you do.  A day, 2 days, 3.  After a weak, you and your men are becoming restless.  After ten days, a messenger comes bearing glad tidings: the capital has fallen!  There were Aes Sedai at the battle, down from Tar Valon, but the Lord Dragon is safe, the royalist army is broken, and the Aes Sedai, along with it's remnants, have been scattered into the countryside.  The Lord Dragon is martialing his forces.  Rumor has it that he plans to march on Tear and fulfill the prophecies.  The man concludes, "My Lord, he commands that you attend him at once.  He has a special task for you."  None of Logain's men has ever called you "My Lord" before.

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Darek Halchov
 player, 161 posts
 Tairen Wanderer
 Try the fish
Tue 18 Apr 2006
at 21:41
Re: Chapter 2: Tomon Head
Darek nods, a faint smirk on his face.  "Of course.  My thanks for the message.  Where is the Lord Dragon now?  I will go to him at once."  The title 'My Lord' did not go unnoticed, and did wonders to boost his already impressive ego.  He waits for the man to tell him where Logain is, then ventures off to see what his new task is.
Fernandes
 GM, 292 posts
 Gamemaster
Tue 18 Apr 2006
at 22:49
Re: Chapter 2: Tomon Head
Darek

Logain, along with the bulk of his army, is in the Capital.  Your men (who have also been recalled - now that the battle is over, the usefulness of this outpost has expired) are quickly packed and ready to depart.  The trip to the capital takes two days by horse, and is unventful.  When at last Jehannah comes into sight, it is, perhaps fittingly, Logain's blue, black, and gold banner that you first see.  The Lord Dragon's Banner flies from the battlements, and the spires of the palace.   The city is filled almost to bursting with the Logains armies (only a small percentage of which are trully fit to be called soldiers).  Their mood is quite clearly exuberant and celbratory.  As for the city folk, they seem almost to be holding their breath, waiting to see whether things will get better, or worse.

You are conducted to the palace itself, where you find Logain sitting atop Queen Alliandre's throne (the Lord Dragon has an ego of his own, and no doubt he is enjoying this most obvious symbol of his victory).  He looks up as you enter, and nods for you to come forward.  "Greetings young master Halchov.  I was pleased to hear that your mission was succesful."

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Darek Halchov
 player, 162 posts
 Tairen Wanderer
 Try the fish
Wed 19 Apr 2006
at 17:01
Re: Chapter 2: Tomon Head
After quickly seeing that his men and his horse are properly settled, Darek makes his way to the palace.  He walks with a certain arrogance, more developed and refined in the passing weeks, but bows deeply to Logain as he approaches the dais.  "Greetings, Lord Dragon.  I must admit that I was pleased as well."  He flashes a brief smile in good humor, then calmly waits to be addressed.

Ordinarily, he would chafe and bristle at the thought of serving so meekly, but Logain gave him a sense of purpose, even knowing his dark secret.  And that was something he wouldn't forget.
Rai'el
 player, 196 posts
Wed 19 Apr 2006
at 17:47
Re: Chapter 2: Tomon Head
Rai'el tried not to let the hub-bub disturb her.  she stays protective of Melina and directs questions to Azara.  She does not reveal anythhing about what they found and will not day anything about there circumstances of their search and Lord Oswald part in it.
Fernandes
 GM, 293 posts
 Gamemaster
Fri 21 Apr 2006
at 07:35
Re: Chapter 2: Tomon Head
MAIN PARTY

Whehter you stay to entertain the crowds, or retire to your rooms, the evening goes uneventufully (or rather, no more eventufully then might be expected given that you are all now local heroes, likely to figure in their campfire stories for many generations to come (oddly, or perhaps not so much so, their newfound reverence for you does not seem at all deminished by the fact that not one of them has the slightest idea what actually transpired up on the mountaintop).

At some point durig the night (or possibly the early morning, depending on the night's activities), you do return to your rooms, however.  The night also passes uneventfully, and you awaken fealling refreshed the next morning.  When you come down to breakfeast, however, someone is waiting for you.  a young woman, she looks like one of the locals, althugh if you've seen her before, you cannot recal it now.  She curtsies (clumsilly - very as a village bumpkin might do if they were trying to imitiate what they imagined to be the fassions of the courts of kings and queens), and presents what looks like a folded letter, along with a leather pouch.  "Forgive me for interupting your business, but I have a messege, and I'm bidden to give it to such as yourselves."  She waits only for you to take the pouch and letter from her, before nodding differentially and scurying from the inn.

Opening the pouch reveals a sum of no less then 25 gold marks, stamped with the image of a queenly woman balancing a curved, stylized flame on her hand.  A knowledge: nobility and Royalty, or Knowledge: Arcana check against DC 10 and 20 respectivly will revela that the coins are minted in Tar Valon.  It is a great deal of money in any case.  For the price ten marks you could probably buy the inn!  You cannot imagine how any resident fo teh village could have come by such currency through anything resembling ordinary means.

The note is penned in a flowing script.  It reads...


Worthy friends,

I thank you for your willingness to entertain this comision: these are trying times, and I regret the necesity to divert you from business of your own.  Trust that my nead is great, and that I offer recompense in keeping with your great worth.

I have reserved rooms at the three crowns inn in Arturo's orchard, which I hold for you now.  Please come visit as my guests, so that we may discuss matters in more detail.  The village is on Almoth plain.  It may take you some time to reach, but the coin I have provided should be adequate to pay your way there, and to compensate you for your time and trouble should you choose not to accept my offer once we have met.

I am sure I don't have to remind judicious persons such as yourselves that my business is of some confidence.  In these times especially, dangers await the indiscreet, and there are those would attempt to interfere with my mission should the learn of you.


I look forward to our meeting
Nadira Sedai


The signature is what catches your attention.  What business an Aes sedai might have for which she desires your assistance is difficult to guess.


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DAREK

Logain smiles (genuinly, you think), but quickly returns to business.  "In a weak, two at the most, my army will march.  We go south and east, to Tear, and the fulfillment of prophecy.  You, however, will not march with us."  he holds up a hand to quiet the expected protests, and continues, "Rest assured, the reasons are nothing to do with any doubts as to your competance or dedication.  Quite the oposite, in fact.  There is another matter that is troubling me.  Not as crucial as success in Tear, of course, but one more suporter - even one with our singular abilities, will make little difference there."

"Instead, you will go west.  Rumors have reached my ears of late, of troubles on Almoth plain.  That, in itself, is of no consequence - the Taraboners and Domani have always squabled, and likely always will."
  His voice seems to trail of slightly towrds the end, as if to say, 'until I conquer them'.  "but they say there is something else, somethign new, happening at Falme on Tomon Head.  Invaders - from whence, no one knows.  Some of the rumors claim wild things - too wild to be believed by half, but it is certain that somethign is going on, and it does not seem as though any nation or power in the area is likely responsible.  I wish to know what is happening.  I will need to know in order to determine what next to do when we have taken Tear.  I need for you to find out for me.  Go to Falm, master Halchov, and determine what the truth behind these rumors is.  Come and find me when you have done so."  It is clearly a dismissal.
Darek Halchov
 player, 163 posts
 Tairen Wanderer
 Try the fish
Fri 21 Apr 2006
at 18:24
Re: Chapter 2: Tomon Head
Darek bows as best he can, though he is not as pleased with his newest assignment as he could be.  "Of course, Lord Dragon.  I will leave at once."  He withdraws politely, and goes to get his horse and gear.  As he goes, he ponders what sort of invaders could possibly want Falme.  Are the cursed Illianers up to something? he wonders, but much as he wants to blame them, he suspects that is not the case.
Azara
 player, 176 posts
Fri 21 Apr 2006
at 18:54
Re: Chapter 2: Tomon Head
On the way back to the village Azara was busy composing and writing. Sometimes she was humnming and sometimes muttering and then she was busy writing lines of music and lyrics.  On the 3rd day after leaving the tower the arrived back at the village.

It seemed Oswalt's men returned with stories.

That night Azara sang her clever ditty for this adventure.  "The Hunt Goes On", in fact the chorus for the song was The Hunt goes on, the Hunt goes on, from dawn to sunset, from sunset to dawn, The Hunt goes on.
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She set the words to a well-known folk song, so it made it easy for people to learn. It started out with how Lord Oswalt called forth brave men to follow him on HIS hunt.  Then she mentioned about the bog and the pits of fire that Oswalt went around. And how they went through the dangerous fire and steam belching pits. And how their group watched Oswalt ride up the hill to the tower, (hinting that they had made it there first). How Oswalt called forth an nimble-fingered opener of locked things, tongue and cheek comment for thief,to open a box that had been found, (which intimates that someone found it before Oswalt did.)

The song finishes with a verse about how Oswalt rode away empty handed.  Finished by the final chorus, of "The Hunt goes on, the Hunt goes on, from dawn to sunset, from sunset to dawn, The Hunt goes on."

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Rai'el
 player, 197 posts
Sun 23 Apr 2006
at 05:16
Re: Chapter 2: Tomon Head
Rai'el keeps close to Melina with her hood up.  her eyes keep busy chifting around the room watching the others.  Mostly making sure that no one bothers Melian.  Wspecially if Melian was looking at anyone with interest.

She thinks Azar's song is clever and essentually the truth.  It was always better to stick as much to the truth as possible.

If anyone wanted to know what they really found they could procuce the goblets, a sort of drinking horn.

She orders and ale for Melian and herself.
Melina
 player, 164 posts
 Wise One Apprentice
Sun 23 Apr 2006
at 15:42
Re: Chapter 2: Tomon Head
Melina drinks the ale that Rai'el had ordered for her slowly, not one to appreciate the bitter, foamy taste it gave. She preferred the smooth and somewhat powerful taste of wine and oosaqui. She gazed around the inn, looking at the vast assortment of characters. Seeing a rather old woman at one of the tables a thought entered her head about the letter. So we go to serve the Aes Sedai. The Wise Ones warned me about them, I'll have to be on my guard more than ever. Melina takes one last look around the room, looking for men with nice turns of the calves or muscular bodies. Seems these days that those are only in the Three Fold Land.
Rai'el
 player, 198 posts
Wed 26 Apr 2006
at 01:39
Re: Chapter 2: Tomon Head
"Where are we headed next?" ask Rai'el of Melina "We have not found any tale of hw who comes with the Dawn yet or a hint of a lead other than False Dragons.?
Azara
 player, 178 posts
Wed 26 Apr 2006
at 13:47
Re: Chapter 2: Tomon Head

Azara half listens to the Aiel and half to the conversations in the tavern.
Melina
 player, 165 posts
 Wise One Apprentice
Thu 27 Apr 2006
at 00:39
Re: Chapter 2: Tomon Head
Melina seemed to zone out slightly before responding to Rai'el. "I think we should go meet this Aes Sedai, it seems that if anyone would know of the Car'a'carn she or her order would." Melina takes one last gulp of the ale before putting it on the side for good, delicately taking a chunk out of the hot biscuit she ordered before.
Rai'el
 player, 199 posts
Thu 27 Apr 2006
at 02:25
Re: Chapter 2: Tomon Head
Rai'el is glad Melina is eating; so often she forgets getting busy with other things.  However is not always for long.  Sooner or later Melina's appetite drives her to eat.

Rai'el motions over a serving girl and orders more biscuits, some cheese and anu sort of sweet jam they might have.

Rai'el has developed a fondness for the sweet friut jams, especially cherry perserves. While she waits she looks about the room still hooded even inside as the shoufa is a dead giveaway.

She sighs and signs to Melian, <<I had hoped we were going to get home sometime before this. It has been a long time that we have been away from family and friends.>>

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Melina
 player, 167 posts
 Wise One Apprentice
Mon 1 May 2006
at 21:15
Re: Chapter 2: Tomon Head
Melina eats the food passively, when Rai'el mentioned home, Melina's excitement rose. Soon I will be able to continue my training, perhaps I should try tonight to contact the Wise Ones. Though I fear they would chastise me if I tried . . . Turning to Rai'el she signaled back. <<If we find no more information with the Aes Sedai, we shall. It has been too long to not have the bright sun tanning my young skin.>>