Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)   Posted by Dragondog.Group: 0
Irren Bridgeguard
 player, 421 posts
 Solamnic squire
Wed 18 Oct 2017
at 19:19
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
"Your word strike to the quick, and don't detract your words.  What he asks, Tark, is if our efforts will assist in freeing those under Takhisian occupation by force, if we will act in our efforts, and thus act, directly or indirectly, to assist the people here.  Perhaps if there are troubles about in the Desolation, to remove some and make the land safer for those seeking safety away from Tahisian eyes.

"Though I know not your name, I confirm our efforts are driven directly to protect the people of the Desolation and elsewhere, and that we have travelled much to assist accordingly, and to great jeopardy and peril.  We have placed our lives against evils.  I cannot speak for all my colleagues, but I will again, to see the people of this land and elsewhere protected and their lives improved, protected as best my arms able.  I am not a god amongst men, but I strive to be worthy when my day of judgment comes.  My colleagues here have impressed me accordingly.

"I Follow Prudence, Wisdom, Charity, Kindness, and Faith.  Yes, I will do my part to help protect the peoples of the Desolation."



OOC: DM, we don't know what the bad juju is, correct?  Just that ODMOG we don't want it to happen to the world?
Dragondog
 GM, 2175 posts
Wed 18 Oct 2017
at 19:36
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
"It's not a desolation," the kender said. "It's the Desolation, all of this peninsula. It used to be a lovely part of the world before Membakar the Red destroyed it."

Irren added some explanations and affirmations of his own.

"Excellent," he continued. "I am Kronn Thistleknot and I think two weeks of supplies and horses, in addition to Elijayess' guidance, should cover your needs."



[OOC: That is correct. You know it's BAD, but no details.]
Brother Zacharias
 player, 467 posts
 The world is my library.
 Hard to mop, though.
Thu 19 Oct 2017
at 09:14
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
Zach wouldn't dream of distracting from his warrior friend's streak of eloquence, but nodded and spoke just the same, because he enjoyed it so much.
"I definitely prefer beauty to desolation, and while my aim is to record events, I'll admit that I've always been partial to a happy ending to a story, rather than a sad one.  You can count on me to help protect peoples who need it."
Dragondog
 GM, 2178 posts
Mon 23 Oct 2017
at 08:33
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
"Great!" the kender said. "Do we have a deal then?"
Irren Bridgeguard
 player, 422 posts
 Solamnic squire
Tue 24 Oct 2017
at 01:36
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
Irren nodded his head to the kender, and thanked him.  "Your assistance is most appreciated.  Even in the midst of great challenges, you show admirable characteristics of caring for those in need.  My thanks, and know we are men of our word.

"Is there a place where we might retire to while we await the return of our friend... so we do not interfere with your activities?  If there is desire, we can share what news we have from across the sea, in case it assists your efforts to help the people here. "



OOC: while waiting for our Knight friend, we can chat and help such as we can.  Irren will happily defer to Zach's better storytelling :)

Dragondog
 GM, 2179 posts
Tue 24 Oct 2017
at 16:52
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
"Of course," Kronn said. "It will take some time for us to prepare things too. Blight can you show them the way."

"Of course father," Blight said. He then led the heroes to a space where they could rest. There was no porthole here and though they all fit in there, it was somewhat cramped.

WHile they were there, Blight expressed his interest in whatever news they had to share.
Brother Zacharias
 player, 468 posts
 The world is my library.
 Hard to mop, though.
Sat 28 Oct 2017
at 06:06
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
Zach would happily talk of the news he'd picked up.  He kept it mildly serious, only embellishing and adding bold touches when absolutely necessary.
OOC:  Take 10 for 18
Gor Stonehammer
 player, 218 posts
Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 23:42
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
Gor tends to his equipment, while silently chanting prayers to Reorx.

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Dragondog
 GM, 2183 posts
Tue 31 Oct 2017
at 11:32
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
Zach shared what news the group had, including their own journey to get there, not mentioning any Tests or wizards and only talking about the knights in their local persona.

While Gor made sure they had everything and that it was in working order, while communicating with Reorx.
Dragondog
 GM, 2191 posts
Fri 3 Nov 2017
at 16:28
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
The heroes spent a few hours with the kender before Misha rejoined them wearing a new cloak and carrying a wooden box of curious workmanship.
Misha Quill
 player, 283 posts
Fri 3 Nov 2017
at 16:41
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
Misha ducked inside and looked over the others quickly. There seemed to be a haunted quality to her and she was clearly anxious. She seemed ready to turn around and go at once and after her eyes quickly passed over the strangers among them it was clear she did not feel like speaking freely.

"I hope you're done because it's time to go." She said bluntly and to the point. She clasped the box tightly and her hand was on her purse. She seemed quite accustomed to Kender in that regard.
Brother Zacharias
 player, 470 posts
 The world is my library.
 Hard to mop, though.
Mon 6 Nov 2017
at 03:44
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
Zach smiled at the nimble fingered woman.
"Looking good as always, Misha.   Yes, let's head out."
Tark Ka-Orilg
 player, 71 posts
 I honor my Code
Mon 6 Nov 2017
at 05:48
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
The minotaur asks politely "pardon me, Misha, but I'm curious. How much of your possession of the box is due to your own efforts, as opposed to our other 'friends'?" Tark had not been around Misha much, but had realized the girl had a definite proud streak where it came to her own skills. The acquiring of the box either tested her skills or her humility, and he was curious as to which one was tested.
Misha Quill
 player, 286 posts
Mon 6 Nov 2017
at 20:36
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
Misha seemed in no mood to answer to anything remotely Solamnic at the moment and snapped out hard. "They were your friends, and they're dead. Coming, or joining them?" She turned about to head out again. Clearly a nerve had been struck.

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Irren Bridgeguard
 player, 425 posts
 Solamnic squire
Tue 7 Nov 2017
at 17:05
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
Irren had moved to the door before the shadow of the words had fully settled.  The young Solamnic's face was diplomatically school, but his eyes showed strong emotion at the impact.  "Would you please share what you know, and how the Box came to your hands to bring, Misha.  It is most important that the Key has been recovered... but I would let the fallen knights' family know something of how they perished in the recovery."

Although the squire made a solid barrier, he deliberately did not prevent her access, simply catching her eyes and making the plea.  Though he had been ordered by seniors in his Order, their loss while he perished seemed a heavy burden suddenly placed... moreso in the utter totality of the deaths.

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Misha Quill
 player, 288 posts
Tue 7 Nov 2017
at 19:33
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
Misha's face momentarily turned into a sneer as Irren blocked her path as another recent event repeated itself, but it was a passing moment. Instead she seemed mindful of the audience and the looming threat, but her annoyance won over caution in a moment, her seething anger pouring over. "They did exactly what I told you not to do. They went in, got caught like I told you we would, fought their way out dying by the droves and I took over the box from the last of them. That was Stormborn if you want to know. Bleeding like a pig I found him. I tried to drag his stupid ass here but he passed before I got him far. Spin it like they died like bloody heroes or something if that satisfies your bloody delusions of honor and glory, to me they died like idiots and really bad thieves bleeding out in a gutter. Now are you moving, or are we waiting for Takhesis to make an appearance herself, because her lackeys are about to for sure, courtesy of your friends."
Brother Zacharias
 player, 474 posts
 The world is my library.
 Hard to mop, though.
Wed 8 Nov 2017
at 04:04
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
Zach was torn between Misha's disrespect for the dead, and acknowledgin that the pragmatic woman had been right.
He decided to comment on neither,  as both were self evident,  and he merely raised an eyebrow and prepared to leave with his friends
Gor Stonehammer
 player, 219 posts
Thu 9 Nov 2017
at 09:31
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
For stood from his seat, sheathing his now scalple like knife.  With an almost inaudible snort, he moved to follow Misha.  He was neither scout nor thief, and though masdtergully made, his Dwarven Plate was not designed for stealth.  Still, he made effort to not make undo noise.  They had been right, he and Misha.  Trust an expert to know matters of their craft.  And if she truely bore the key, she had gone up much in his estimation.  He did, however, take a long assessing look at Misha, to be certain that she bore no indication of injury.
Misha Quill
 player, 289 posts
Thu 9 Nov 2017
at 12:48
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
Misha seemed unscratched and apart from the new cloak and slightly winded from a hasty trip to their location was unchanged. She felt his eyes on her and the box and, misjudging his intentions, passed him the box without a spoken word. This had always been more their mission then hers anyhow, so she felt fine passing on the thing. Besides, she didn't want to lug it around. It made her feel like a big target.

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Dragondog
 GM, 2196 posts
Thu 9 Nov 2017
at 13:28
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
The group talked, found out how Misha had gotten her hands on the music box, and what had happened to the knights.

Misha gave Gor the music box.
Irren Bridgeguard
 player, 426 posts
 Solamnic squire
Thu 9 Nov 2017
at 14:31
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
Irren nodded in thanks, winnowing out the invective from the truth of the tale.  "Our thanks for ensuring the Key was not lost and their sacrifice in vain, Misha.

"Companions, I will go alert our hosts of the circumstances, as it may have impact upon their people and efforts, and our departure will need to be immediate with what resources are available."
  The squire nodded to the party as a whole, then strode swiftly from the room, back towards the gathering room.
Misha Quill
 player, 290 posts
Thu 9 Nov 2017
at 18:24
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
Misha thought on that a moment as Irren moved away and her ire cooled. As reason reasserted itself she thought a bit more on the next steps to take. "Yea, they're probably watching the obvious exits by now."

She gave the Kender a second look. "Although I suppose we're with just the right folk who might just know a way out without too many people noticing, ain't that right?"
Gor Stonehammer
 player, 220 posts
Thu 9 Nov 2017
at 23:10
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
For takes the box, uttering only a single word "Good."  Though whether he meant she did a good job, it was good to have the box, or both was up for question.  He carefully examined the box before stowing it securely in his pack.
Brother Zacharias
 player, 475 posts
 The world is my library.
 Hard to mop, though.
Sat 11 Nov 2017
at 22:06
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
Resting from his storytelling, Zach waited patiently for their next move.
Dragondog
 GM, 2199 posts
Sat 18 Nov 2017
at 14:48
Re: Chapter 1.4b: Across the Sand and Sea (Main)
The Kagonesti elf Elijayess joined them as they left the upsidedown ship. There were light horses waiting outside for them, each of them saddled, with filled saddlebags and tents. To Misha's surprise, he led them to the gates and the knights there didn't stop them from leaving. They rode up the slope to the desolate wilderness beyond.

[This thread ends. Starting up a new thread in a bit. When it starts, your characters will be level 5.]