The False Prophet.   Posted by The Shadow.Group: 0
The Shadow
 GM, 817 posts
Sat 31 Mar 2012
at 12:10
The False Prophet
Owyn and Einar stay put in Ulirkham, picking up work from Druther and also the occasional job for the Thane. Winter gives way to Spring and then Summer. A few days after the midsummer revels, on Freyasdae, the 15th of Waed-monath, you receive a message from Druther. A third party is looking to hire a group of adventurers and has specifically asked for you. The meeting is set for the next morning, once again in the Standing Stone tavern.

In the last nine months Einar and Oywn have met several kindred souls who might be interested in such a venture...

Newcomers, time to speak up if you want in!
Sor Gungnir
 player, 10 posts
 The Spear of Victory
Tue 10 Apr 2012
at 17:28
Re: The False Prophet
In reply to The Shadow (msg #1):

Gungnir, "Shall we take on this job?"
Einar Tamberskelf
 player, 236 posts
 Mercanian Barbarian
 An ugly brute of a man
Tue 10 Apr 2012
at 19:45
Re: The False Prophet
"Aye Sigr!  I am eager to blood-in my axe."
Jon Gwillum
 player, 9 posts
Wed 11 Apr 2012
at 20:15
Re: The False Prophet
Jon moves to join the group "Well Einar I suppose if you are going along I should come too. It is highly likely you will need me to pull your fat out of the fire sooner or later." He said with a smile on his face.
Einar Tamberskelf
 player, 237 posts
 Mercanian Barbarian
 An ugly brute of a man
Wed 11 Apr 2012
at 20:32
Re: The False Prophet
"HO-Ho-ho!  If you're going to be the jester of this crew, I'll call you 'Sollie' like the last jester."  Einar laughs and jokes with his blood brother.
"We had to scoop his entrails off my boots at then end, eh Owyn?!"
Sor Gungnir
 player, 12 posts
 The Spear of Victory
Thu 12 Apr 2012
at 02:06
Re: The False Prophet
Sigr Gungnir, "May the wisdom of Odin guide us in the adventure and the strength of Thor enable us to overcome any obstacle."

*Performs the ritual of blessing on himself and any players if they are following the Norse faith*
Owyn ap Glwyr
 player, 131 posts
 A Handsome Thane
 from Dun Mord
Thu 12 Apr 2012
at 10:51
Re: The False Prophet
Owyn grunts in annoyance at Einar's tasteless joke.  He is not squeamish, but what happened to Soleajk makes a man fear for his very soul, and should not be joked about.
Einar Tamberskelf
 player, 239 posts
 Mercanian Barbarian
 An ugly brute of a man
Thu 12 Apr 2012
at 10:56
Re: The False Prophet
Einar holds the Thor's Hammer about his throat and goes silent as the Sigr prays.
The Shadow
 GM, 823 posts
Sat 14 Apr 2012
at 09:11
Re: The False Prophet
You arrive at the Standing Stone tavern in good time and are directed to a back room, where a well dressed individual awaits you. He introduces himself as Arturo Maino, a merchant from Ferromaine. His Visic is excellent, with only a slight accent.

"Gentlemen, I will be candid with you. I specifically asked for you as I understand one of you found a certain ring a few months ago. Before we continue, may I ask how you came by it?"
Einar Tamberskelf
 player, 241 posts
 Mercanian Barbarian
 An ugly brute of a man
Sat 14 Apr 2012
at 09:35
Re: The False Prophet
Einar looks at Owyn, then fishes the ring from his purse.

"One year ago, we were sent to the mining town of Cobb's Rest, in the foot hills of the Pagan Mountains. We were to escort a silver ore shipment
which was overdue.  When we got there, we discovered a great evil had consumed the whole village.  The first people we encountered were a family
trying to escaped the village.  There was a man and two children, both well dressed.  The man was wearing this ring and carrying a jewelled sword."


Einar quietens, in uncharacteristic style.  He places the ring on the table.
"There were covered in blood, dishevelled, and looked mad with fear and exhaustion.  They attacked us without warning or provocation,
with the strength and ferocity of bersekers.  Then we realised the blood covering them was not their own, and that the madness in their eyes
was of no mortal design.  They were Ghouls.  Over half the village had been consumed by evil, the other half enslaved.

We lost 3 men retrieving investigating the horror, and only just got out alive with the silver.  The jewelled sword was lost, unfortunately.
May Thor's Hammer strike me down if I am lying to you sir."

The Shadow
 GM, 825 posts
Sat 14 Apr 2012
at 11:42
Re: The False Prophet
Arturo silently examines the ring, and a spasm of grief passes over his face. "It is as I feared then" he says softly. Collecting himself, he begins to explain the reason he has asked you here.

"The ghouls you saw were once members of an old and well-respected merchant family. They, and many other scions of the wealthy, came under the influence of a dangerous charlatan calling himself the True Father. He preached a philosophy of love and brotherhood to lure the impressionable into his sinister cult, and ruthlessly embezzled tens of thousands of florins from his victims and their families. Eventually Ferromaine became too hot for him, but before he could be brought to justice he and his deluded followers escaped by sea. He covered his tracks well, but my principles now believe he has gone to ground in the Pagan Mountains. News of the ring concentrated our enquiries, and now we have good reason to believe we have discovered the location of his lair. I am looking to hire a group of good men to put an end to this devil and free the poor unfortunates he fooled into joining him. Do you think you are up to the task?"
Sor Gungnir
 player, 13 posts
 The Spear of Victory
Sat 14 Apr 2012
at 13:09
Re: The False Prophet
In reply to The Shadow (msg #11):

Sigr Gungnir nods sagely, "This is what happens when people are foresaking the protection of Odin."
Jon Gwillum
 player, 10 posts
Sat 14 Apr 2012
at 13:52
Re: The False Prophet
"Well I will put my spear at your service if it is to rid the world of such an evil" Said Jon after he listened to the man talk
Einar Tamberskelf
 player, 242 posts
 Mercanian Barbarian
 An ugly brute of a man
Mon 16 Apr 2012
at 23:08
Re: The False Prophet
The Shadow:
Arturo silently examines the ring, and a spasm of grief passes over his face. "...Do you think you are up to the task?"

"Do or die Master Maino, do or die."
Owyn ap Glwyr
 player, 133 posts
 A Handsome Thane
 from Dun Mord
Wed 18 Apr 2012
at 17:36
Re: The False Prophet
Owyn nods his assent with a straight face, and mutters to Einar...
The Shadow
 GM, 826 posts
Wed 18 Apr 2012
at 18:48
Re: The False Prophet
"I am most pleased" says Arturo. "And as a gesture of thanks, my principles are willing to offer you a bounty of 200 Florins fore the return of this family heirloom"

You were getting 50 Florins from the merchants here.
The Shadow
 GM, 827 posts
Sat 21 Apr 2012
at 08:36
Re: The False Prophet
Skipping your response to Arturo's offer for a moment.

"The rouge has gone to ground in a remote part of the Pagan Mountains, close to the border with Erewon and Thuland. It is around 10 days march from here, and 5 days from the closest settlement. It is my principles' desire than you are accompanied by one of our agents, man named Finbar, who has first hand knowledge of the route you must take. Finbar is waiting nearby to make you acquaintance. Now, I am permitted to offer you 1000 florins between you in return for the True Father, dead or alive. If you agreeable I suggest you wrap up you affairs and be ready to depart tomorrow"
Jon Gwillum
 player, 11 posts
Sat 21 Apr 2012
at 08:43
Re: The False Prophet
Jon stepped forward " Count me in .... anything is better than sitting here twiddling my thumbs.....I'm used to being on the move anyway."

Turning to the others "What say you?"
Einar Tamberskelf
 player, 244 posts
 Mercanian Barbarian
 An ugly brute of a man
Sat 21 Apr 2012
at 09:09
Re: The False Prophet
The Shadow:
"I am most pleased" says Arturo. "And as a gesture of thanks, my principles are willing to offer you a bounty of 200 Florins fore the return of this family heirloom"

You were getting 50 Florins from the merchants here.
"It my sincere wish to return this ring to its rightful owner.  I accept your reward."  OOC - 100 florins each for Owyn and Einar

The Shadow:
"... If you agreeable I suggest you wrap up you affairs and be ready to depart tomorrow"
"Twill be a pleasure to find the All Father.  We have debts of our own to collect from him.  Would you prefer him alive?
If not, what proof do you require that he is dead?  He's head maybe."


Einar turns to Owyn.
"If we are to travel 5 days across rough ground, a mule would be ideal to carry our provisions.  They are sturdy and can carry much.
With a mule we can take much more equipment and provisions, and won't have to waste energy hunting and such.  I'll pay for it myself."

The Shadow
 GM, 829 posts
Sun 22 Apr 2012
at 09:21
Re: The False Prophet
"I would personally see him dead" answers Arturo. "However, justice must also be seen to be done, and a trial and execution in Ferromaine would bring peace to a great many grieving families. I leave it up to you, though I would not be surprised if the old snake is too dangerous to leave alive. As to proof, I would hope that Finbar will witness the deed, but all in all I think his head is probably safest, given his propensity for miraculous "resurrections" in the past. Now, any more questions before I introduce Finbar"