Dorn, Antoine, Peter & Ramor – Diamond Hunters.   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: 0
Dungeon Master
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Tue 23 Jan 2007
at 16:50
Dorn, Antoine, Peter & Ramor – Diamond Hunters
Continued from Rekindling a Flamelink to a message in "3.5 DnD - Guardians of Rosewood"

Flamerule 11, 1373DR
Noon



The Guardians departed the temple with a mixture of hope and despair mixing to create a potent feeling of anxiety.  Their task was a daunting one, obtain 25,000 gold coin worth of diamonds and return to the Temple of Kossuth quickly enough to have Serol resurrected and the lot of them return to Rosewood before Fulgar could unleash the imprisoned dragon.

They could not have hoped for much better at the temple if they dared admit it.  Vilthanus had proven to be a misunderstood man, his zealous protection of the church’s purity and ideals had been misconstrued as a personal vendetta against Serol.  The words, and more importantly actions, of the Guardians had convinced him finally that Serol was worthy to stand with him on the third terrace of Kossuth’s faith.  Eternal Flame Kraakis had agreed to perform the resurrection so long as Serol himself had agreed and the diamonds could be provided.  Serol had indeed agreed to return from his fiery nirvana and now all that remained was to obtain the diamonds, and quickly!

Kendra had provided the Guardians with aid of her own.  The small bag she had given them contained 500 platinum Sembian coins which reminded Antoine of her home, but perhaps her greatest gift to the Guardians were the innocuous looking pebbles and the name ‘Farrah’, a half-orc ally of the Harpers purportedly operating within Iriaebor.

The Guardians emerged from the temple’s thick, warm air and into the bustling streets of Iriaebor.  It was the midsummer trading months and the normal population of some 80,000 had swelled to over 110,000.  Amid this mass of people they decided to find a single one, Farrah Half Orcan.
Antoine D'Marque
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 Charismatic Rogue
Tue 23 Jan 2007
at 20:02
Re: Dorn, Antoine, Peter & Ramor – Diamond Hunters
As Antoine stepped out from the temple, she put her hand up to her eyes and squinted against the noonday sun.  This place was a hive of activity, such a contrast to recent times in the relative backwater of Rosewood.

There was no time to enjoy the place though with its veritable nooks, crannies, sidestreets and who knew what else was hidden from the hubbub of city life.  Finding thousands of gold coins worth of diamonds within such a short period of time and with such an ask, it seemed unlikely that this Farrah could help even if the guardians could locate him in the first place.

The young rogue turned to Ramor.  "As far as I know Ramor, you are the only one of us who has been here before.  Do you know of any marketplace or social site where someone might know the whereabouts of this half-orc?"
Peter Aubary
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Tue 23 Jan 2007
at 20:28
Re: Dorn, Antoine, Peter & Ramor – Diamond Hunters
Peter was relieved to be out of the Temple, it had been an ordeal to travel here so quickly and then be faced with so powerful presences as Vilthanus and the Eternal Flame Kraakis. The scholar was glad Serol had been persuaded to return and proud when he noticed Vilthanus and Kraakis were pleased with his own heartfelt words.

Now he had a task which was no smaller in comparison, 25,000 gold coins of diamonds. Peter racked his brains for any reference or overheard comment about a half-orc named Farrah. As he did so he huddled close to the others and was greatly awed by the size and noise of the city. His companion bird Bran seemed equally subdued and remained silently on his shoulder.


OOC 21:20, Today: Peter Aubary rolled 31 using 1d20+12. Bardic Knowledge - Farah Half-Orc.
Dorn Rockfist
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Tue 23 Jan 2007
at 22:32
Re: Dorn, Antoine, Peter & Ramor – Diamond Hunters
The dwarf was silent as the group emerged from the temple. A half-orc. Dorn fought down the bile that he felt in this throat. He'd have to ask help from a half-an-orc. Still it was for Serol's sake, and for all of Rosewood and the surrounding region. The dwarf could be civil with the half-orc. As long as it wasn't a orc-goblin union. Dorn's spine shivered at the thought.

"So. Where do we start?" Dorn thought he said a familiar sign. "Let's go dis way."

He lead the group to the nearest tavern. Dorn looked sheepishly at the others. "I canna think on an empty stomach."

"Ale."
Dorn called out when he entered the tavern at highsun.


Figure that I'd move us somewhere other than the middle of the street
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Wed 24 Jan 2007
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Re: Dorn, Antoine, Peter & Ramor – Diamond Hunters
Flamerule 11, 1373DR
Noon



Across the busy street from the temple hung a sign bearing the name 'Tipsy Tavern' which was enough to send Dorn weaving through the traffic to the building's wide double doors.

By the time the others cuaght up Dorn had the doors held wide open and was bellowing for some ale.  A barkeep with thick hamlike forearms leaned forward on the bar and focussed his gaze on the chest of each Guardian, lingering a bit longer on Antoine's.  "If ye don't have caravan mercenary badges ye can move right along, adventurers aren't served or welcomed here."  The man seemed annoyed at having to put voice to the common policy of the city's establishments.

Since meeting with Kendra something had tickled at Peter's mind about the name Farah Half-Orcan.  Now as he stood with the others confronted by the barkeep he remembered a story he had heard several months ago at an inn who's name was long forgotten.
Dorn Rockfist
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Wed 24 Jan 2007
at 05:48
Re: Dorn, Antoine, Peter & Ramor – Diamond Hunters
The dwarf caught his voice in this throat. He found it dried and his lips parched upon hearing the barkeep. Dorn couldn't believe his ears. He needed a license, a caravan mercenary badge, to drink ale?!?

"What?" The dwarf finally asked. "Ye wonna serve ale unless me be working ta guard caravans? I'm a Guardian of Rosewood." Dorn exclaimed.

Dorn's eyes darted from one patron to another. Each had a mug of ale.
Antoine D'Marque
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Wed 24 Jan 2007
at 08:19
Re: Dorn, Antoine, Peter & Ramor – Diamond Hunters
Antoine, who of course was fairly street-wise, immediately noted the failure of the barman to meet her gaze choosing instead an area of her a little further south.  A wry smile crossed her lips.

"Now now master dwarf," she said softly to Dorn, careful not to reveal his name.  "You know I have our badges kept safe within my pack."

Antoine sauntered up to the barkeep and with her right hand, pushed long strands of her brown hair back behind her ear.  In hushed undertones so that the tavern patrons could not hear her, she spoke to the barman.  "I'm afraid my pack is full of such clutter which is just typical of me," she said in a mock pathetic tone.  "Perhaps if you gave my friends here a round of good quality ale to parch their thirst in this heat, maybe you could help me look for my badges somewhere...private?"
Peter Aubary
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Wed 24 Jan 2007
at 09:56
Re: Dorn, Antoine, Peter & Ramor – Diamond Hunters


As the others spoke to the barkeeper Peter brushed the last of the grime from their journey from the noble finery he had worn when they departed Rosewood. When he noticed that they would quickly be ejected from the tavern he straightened his back and swaggered forward in what he hoped was the walk of the rich and arrogant.

Peter ignored the stares from the merchants around him as he came to the bar. He stood beside Antoine. ”Greeting sir, these are troubled times I have had the misfortune to suffer. My family has suffered ill times of late due to bandits and robbers on the road. I have come personally to Iriaebor to recover the lost goods and root out the cause of this.” The scholar paused a moment to let the import of his words sink in and to retrieve a coin from his purse. His eyes remained level with the man’s. ”I am Peter Aubary of Cormyr son of Baron Aubary. I would have two services from yourself.” Peter placed the shining platinum coin with a swirl on the table before him but he left one finger pressed against it to keep it there. ”I ask that these fellows merchants that accompany me are offered refreshments and I also require some information.” He waved toward the three Guardians before he leaned forward.”For me to best discover the whereabouts of my missing caravan I would seek counsel with the half-orc Farah and her do-gooders the Silver Blades. Can you provide me with any clue to her whereabouts.” Peter looked down to the coin offered and having broke eye contact with man he gulped and swallowed hard. He hoped he had done enough to ensure the man’s compliance.

09:55, Today: Peter Aubary rolled 10 using 1d20+9. Gather Information.
09:55, Today: Peter Aubary rolled 9 using 1d20+3. Bluff. 

Ramor ibn Adnan
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Wed 24 Jan 2007
at 21:14
Re: Dorn, Antoine, Peter & Ramor – Diamond Hunters
Ramor was silent as the Guardians crossed the street into the tavern.  He remembered the clear-cut lines of station here in Iriaebor - merchants and their men made up one side, and everyone else made up the other.  Again a sense of disgust entered his belly as the guard at the door to the tavern blocked their entry.  A wry smile was the only expression Ramor wore at Dorn's incredulity of not being able to drink ale.  Only a Dwarf would consider his stomach full if it contained ale and nothing else.  Standing tall and well behind the Guardians, he simply crossed his arms over his chest and waited.  If he needed to, he'd try something else, and any moment might be required to, as the scholar stepped out of his comfort zone to approach the 'blockade'.  Damnable merchants.
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Thu 25 Jan 2007
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Re: Dorn, Antoine, Peter & Ramor – Diamond Hunters
The thick-armed barkeep listened to Dorn and did nothing more than snort disinterestedly before Antoine made her best attempt.  The intrusion of the Guardians had now drawn the attention of the patrons in the tavern and several hands strayed to the hilts of weapons out of habit more than anything.  "If ye's looking for that kind of work ye should try the Sailor's Widow down by the piers.  They're always looking for new talent."  That reply to Antoine brought life to the tavern and the patrons, many of whom were drinking away several long, boring weeks on the road, roared with laughter.  The barkeep had obviously heard it all and would not be swayed, or even compelled to take the Guardians seriously.

Sensing the futility of deception cut right to the chase but not without embellishments of his own.  As he spoke several of the male patrons left their chairs to approach Antoine with leering eyes and groping hands.  "She's not the type to be found," he said placing his own finger on the platinum coin waiting for Peter to release his own "she does the finding.  If ye need to see her ye best go around spreading ye's story and with a little luck one of the Silver Blades will find ye."  He increased his pull on the coin still waiting for Peter to relent.  "Ye are welcome to stay if ye want Peter Aubary of Cormyr but ye's rabble aren't welcome."
Ramor ibn Adnan
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Thu 25 Jan 2007
at 05:11
Re: Dorn, Antoine, Peter & Ramor – Diamond Hunters
Ramor seriously considered torching the establishment.  Unwashed barbarians! He sneered in his arrogance, knowing that in mere weeks the scum would grovel for five square feet of offal-stained stone to hawk their inferior wares in his city.  Again without a word, he turned and walked back into the street, his ire rising and temper begining to flare.  The even-keeled wizard was rarely angry.  Today, he did not have time for nonsense.  He remembered his time here at The Old Talking Ox, that welcomed travelers and adventurers alike.  When the others came out, he would recommend it to them.  For now, his mind's eye imagined a glorious flame burning across the street from the Temple of Kossuth.  The thought made him smile.
Antoine D'Marque
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Thu 25 Jan 2007
at 10:53
Re: Dorn, Antoine, Peter & Ramor – Diamond Hunters
Antoine's attempt at attracting the barkeep had been trumped by Peter's role of 'noble in need'.  Personally, she found it incredulous that the fat oaf could resist her and her mood soured.  Suddenly, thoughts turned to the wolf and Antoine scolded herself mentally that she could not afford to lose control in here, lest a huge scene be created.

She bypassed the men with octopus arms and gave them a look which suggested 'touch me and you will regret it'.  In only a way in which a scorned woman can move, Antoine left the inn behind Ramor.

Once outside, she commented to the wizard, "Trust this place to be run by a man who isn't attracted to women!"  Arms folded in defiance, she waited outside for Peter and the others, hoping they had more luck in obtaining information.
Peter Aubary
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Thu 25 Jan 2007
at 11:10
Re: Dorn, Antoine, Peter & Ramor – Diamond Hunters
Peter finally relinquished his hold on the coin and watched it quickly disappear into the hands of the barman. His mouth in a thin smile he turned to leave. ”Thank you for your offer but I have important dealings to attend whilst I’m in Iriaebor.” The scholar then walked out his show of make believe arrogance continued until he had been reunited with the others.

”We best find Farah or one of her Silver Blades as quickly as possible. I guess if she is in Iriaebor she will either be escorting caravans and wagon teams in to the city or out. It would be logical for us to start our search at the city gates.”