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Mon 22 May 2006
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Peter Aubary - In Pursuit of Knowledge
Kythorn 29, 1373DR
Morning
Stormy



Peter gave in to sleep with thoughts of portals and the gruesome visage of K'torri's rotted face.  Morning came but the sun did not.  Hidden behind dark storm clouds that sent sheets of rain dancing down the streets of Rosewood Lathander's light remained shrouded.  The hunt for which Antoine was to take part would be taking place tonight but Peter wondered what effect the weather might have on the hunt, and lycanthropes in general oon the night of a full moon.  Such was peter's mind, always spinning, twisting, combining, separating, seeking answers to questions others may not.

He soon found himself downstairs staring at a plate of greasy fried bacon and scrambled eggs.  Tristan had promised him a place on the team that was to investigate the portal found in Bud and Camille's root cellar but offered no further details.  He stirred the eggs absent-mindedly with a wooden fork as he pondered what to do with himself this day.  It was the first time since arriving in Rosewood that he had not been pulled in one direction or another.

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Peter Aubary
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Mon 22 May 2006
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Peter quietly ate his breakfast undisturbed by the bad change in weather. He was equally happy to spend his time indoors or out but the secrecy with which he and Dorn were forced to act under unsettled him. It was contrary to what was in his heart, for he did not seek new knowledge for the purpose of hoarding it but for the joy of sharing it. What he learned he hoped to teach to others and what he saw he wished to tell others of.

But he knew in keeping the nefarious portal and the dragon’s cave secret would help protect the people of Rosewood. So he focused his mind on the task at hand, he did not know when he would be needed and under the circumstance did not welcome the company of the people of Rosewood if he would be made to lie to them.

He gazed out at the storm before wiping a chunk of bread around his plate to mop up the last of his greasy breakfast, popped it into his mouth and tried to casually leave the tavern without attracting any attention.

As he stepped out into the rain he held his hood close to his face and walked the short distance to the temple of Lathander. He didn’t know if he would be expected this early but hoped they would have somewhere peaceful for him to study away for prying eyes as he awaited the investigation team to be assembled.
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Tue 23 May 2006
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Re: Peter Aubary - In Pursuit of Knowledge
A young acolyte of the temple was waiting by the polished gate, bundled against the storm and looking cheerful despite it all.  "Good morning sir, the temple of Lathander welcomes all who seek it."  After explaining your desire the acolyte bade you farewell and sent you on your way to the 'meditation chapel', a place he assured you would be calm and filled with more than a few interesting books.

The meditation chapel was one of the smaller buildings behind the large open-air circular temple.  You note as you pass by the columned temple that the rain had not penetrated the space and the mosiac-tiled floor was as dry as could be.  The meditation chapel iteself was a cozy building with a single large room.  Stained glass windows portraying important events in the worship of Lathander lined the four walls.  Between the windows were shelves filled with books and from the ceiling hung large candelabras that shed light on the small desks arranged neatly throughout the middle of the room.
Peter Aubary
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Tue 23 May 2006
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Glad of the friendly face Peter smiled back and thanked the acolyte before he moved deeper into the temple. Despite the bad weather and his urge to find shelter he paused briefly to study the both the oddly dry temple floor and the mosaic tiles that made it up.

Once he’d reached his destination Peter he darted into the building unclasped his wet cloak swiftly and hung it to dry. He stood by the door for a moment longer to appreciate the quiet solitude before placing his bag close to a nearby desk. For a time the pressure was off him and it looked like he would get the opportunity to study. Though he knew it would not be forever, and began to pace about the room at first to examine the stained glass windows and the stories they told. Taking in as much detail as possible he similarly looked to see what books were on the shelves, once he had assessed the collection he sat at a desk to assess his thoughts.

The books in the library and the knowledge they held he presumed would be well known by the other members of the investigation team so he resisted the urge to sate his hunger for new knowledge immediately. He held the hope that the Dawnbringer would allow him access to repository again when he had more time.

Peter set his mind to the task ahead and decided to learn if Adalius Cornwall had any wisdom on portals to impart. Seated he studied the old tome as his surroundings gently receded, even the drumming of the heavy rain ignored.

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Wed 24 May 2006
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Engrossed in your tome you quickly lose touch with the passage of time.  The bursts of illumination through the stained glass windows from the lightning passes but the sky remains dark and overcast foreboding another bout of weather.  All this is lost on you as you read Adalius' wisdom.

A breeze blows across the room, it too would likely have been unnoticed had it not flipped the page you had been reading.  Looking up you see Dawnbringer Tristan smiling at you from the doorway.  "It appears yo find the reading good here in the temple."
Peter Aubary
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Wed 24 May 2006
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The entrance of the Tristan initially surprised Peter and he sat mutely at his desk. It was only after the silence lengthened that he realised the other Guardians longer accompanied him and he would have to discover his own voice.

”Pardon me your Grace if I’ve intruded”

He began, a false confidence enforced on him by the circumstance.

”I came here as I found the secrecy that we are impelled to work under difficult maintain whilst the people of Rosewood prepared to celebrate. But I was delighted to find such a good place to study and a fine collection of books, I would be grateful for the chance to return again after the investigation.”

Talking of his main passion his eyes sparkled and his smile matched Tristan’s. In his excitement he didn’t pause before shooting off further questions.

”Has the investigation team been assembled? When will we return to Bud and Camille’s orchard? How is Camille? Has Herman returned?”

Realising his error maybe a little too late he looked to the window and asked his final question.

”What time is it?”
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Thu 25 May 2006
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Re: Peter Aubary - In Pursuit of Knowledge
Kythorn 29, 1373DR
Early Afternoon
Overcast



Tristan smiled warmly as if sharing a secret with herself.  "Camille has been given over to Hawthorne and he will decide her fate.  Fortunately Herman has returned, but not to Lathander's warmth.  He requested a place on the team to investigate the portals and I have permitted it.  He and you will comprise the team, at elast for now.  He is waiting outside if you would like to speak with him."
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Thu 25 May 2006
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Ready for some fresh air Peter rose from the chair. His back stiffened by his studies he stretched himself out and exhaled deeply. He was pleased Herman had decided to help the people of Rosewood and knew he’d make a good companion in their investigation.

”Yes I’ll go see him, I could do with the air. Is all set for us to begin our investigation? Shall we stay at the orchard through out and is there a way to communicate our findings to the temple from there?”

Again he asked a series of questions, his mind running quicker than his mouth. He casually picked up his back and slung it onto his back as he made his way to where Tristan had indicated Herman was. After thanking the Dawnbringer again for the temples hospitality Peter greeted Herman warmly.

”Hello Herman, it’s good to see you again I’m glad you’ll be coming with me.”
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Thu 25 May 2006
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"I embark on my new path with you as a companion Peter."  Herman said stoically in greeting.

"You are free to use Bud and Camille's home as a base of study.  There is no need to report back until you have learned more about the site.  Such reports would be best made in person here at teh temple  The portal will eventually likely be destroyed but if we could learn more about its origins, how it functions, and if there are more of them we of Lathander can work to put down the evil they spawn.  Gods speed."  Tristan said leaving the exact details of the investigation largely in your hands.
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Fri 26 May 2006
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Peter sensed Herman’s mood was dark and respectful gave him the space he needed. With the poor weather the journey to the orchard would likely be unpleasant and the quicker it was done the better, if the two had to complete it in silence so be it. Peter also hoped taking Herman from Rosewood and the temple would help take his mind off his worries.

With the poor weather on his Peter decided it would be best set off as early as possible though he was carefully to not be too hasty and ill prepared.

”Dawnbringer Tristan, May I ask another favour of the temple and Lathander?

Politely he awaited her go ahead before continuing.

”To avoid arousing any suspicion I think it’s best we stay out of Rosewood until the investigation is complete. With that in mind we’ll need good supplies, I would purchase them from Horrace myself but fear him asking many questions if I do. Can we borrow some supplies from the temple? We’ll need food for a few days; candles for light, and some parchment for our records. Is there anything you need Herman?”
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Sat 27 May 2006
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Re: Peter Aubary - In Pursuit of Knowledge
Kythorn 29, 1373DR
Early Afternoon
Overcast



"You are every bit as wise and clever as I hoped.  Indeed, you may take whatever supplies you'll require.  Herman can show you where they are kept.  I look forward to hearing what you learn.  If you'll excuse me, I have other matters to attend to.  May Lathander's light guide you in your quest.  Dawnbringer Tristan bowed and left Peter and Herman alone.

Herman led Peter to another small outbuilding adjacent to the meditation chapel.  Inside were all manner of supplies stockpiled by the temple to be used in time of crisis.  The tempe with it's deceptively formidable defensive wall would likely serve as the town's last stand if it were ever put to siege.  "You tread carefully Peter, do not do so on my account.  I am at peace with the events of yesterday and have no regrets.  Let's collect what we'll need and be off."  Herman himself gathered some dried meat, a coil of rope, some parchment, a whistle, and several other items from the stockpile.  "At least the rain has stopped.  Our boots will be muddy but we'll arrive dry unless another storm rolls through."
Peter Aubary
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Sat 27 May 2006
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Peter bowed in response to Dawnbringer Tristan’s departure and followed Herman silently to the stores. He was little surprised when Herman chose to speak and composed himself before replying.

”Then let yesterday remind us that we must learn as much about the portal as possible and then close it to prevent any similar events occurring again in Rosewood.”

It was good to see Herman being positive and Peter hoped he’d chose to stay in Rosewood after the investigation.

”What do you know of magic portals?”

Peter asked Herman as gathered up some supplies. Choosing only what he’d need for a couple of days he took dried food, parchment, ink and candles. When leaving the temple Peter once more paid his thanks to Lathander depositing some coins in the collection box in gratitude for the God’s hospitality.

[Private to GM: given 25gp]
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Sun 28 May 2006
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"I know a bit.  Portals were a favorite topic of mine during my training.  Travelling the face of the world, and even beyond, in the blink of an eye held a certain allure to me.  Perhaps I was destined for this path all along."  herman was not wearing the obscenely polished armor of the day before.  Instead he wore a rather sorry looking set of splint mail armor whose buckles and straps were restitched and patched in too many place to count.  Still it seemed this armor was an improvement.

"And what of you Peter?  Tristan is the most wise person I have ever known and she chose you for this, I mean no insult by this, but why?"
Peter Aubary
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Sun 28 May 2006
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His bag packed Peter was thankfully the rain had ceased at least long enough for them to begin their journey, the deception he was forced to work under still rankled him but once out of Rosewood it didn’t seem to bother him.

He listened to Herman question but couldn’t answer it. They weren’t any real reasons he knew that the Dawnbringer should have chosen him.

”I’m not sure why I was chosen Herman, though like you I have studied much and have always been fascinated by all things magical. Maybe Tristan knows that together we will be able to solve the riddle of the portal.”

Peter welcomed the intellectual debate with Herman and carried on talking as long as Herman would allow. It was a change from his travels alone or with the Guardians, when he was forced to remain silent or discuss only those things of immediate importance. Herman’s new armour also helped Peter relax around him, today they were just two young men away from the pressure of both Rosewood and the temple.

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Sun 28 May 2006
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The brash, over-confident young man you met a day earlier seemed only a facade for the real Herman who was much more relaxed and cerebral.  Perhaps being free of the strictures of his faith also freed him from living up to expectations that could not be found within his soul.  "From what I've gathered this portal is likely activated by a key or token of some sort.  Anyone wishing to pass through the portal must first posess the key.  The trick will be determining what exactly the key is and then acquiring one before the investigation is cut short and the portal destroyed.  Did you notice the pair using. wearing, or holding anything unusual during the fight?"
Peter Aubary
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Sun 28 May 2006
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Peter soon found Herman to be a better companion than he could have imagined. He was obviously clever too.

”I’m not sure about the man but I got close enough to the woman to see her holding a piece of obsidian, I assumed it a symbol of her faith. Could it be something more?”

He Peter sensed that between them they might actually manage to activate the portal which raised even more questions.

”If we do learn the secret of the portal should we attempt to pass through it?"

He was excited by the idea but it did not stop him fearing the prospect.