Dragon Coast: A Killer's Funeral.   Posted by DM Mike.Group: 0
DM Mike
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Wed 16 Aug 2006
at 04:03
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Two of the mayor's guards come into The Crying Lady about 15 minutes after the party arrives.

They look a bit uncomfortable, but they sit at the bar and order stout ales and some bread and cheese as a snack.

They look to the PCs and raise their mugs in a silent toast, but they do not smile.

They then turn and speak quietly to themselves.
Amylarn
 player, 57 posts
 Init +2    AC 15/13/12
 HP13/17  F+1  R+5  W+2
Wed 16 Aug 2006
at 17:30
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Amylarn takes the opportunity for a free drink to order a glass of Elven wine and thanks Hildy for the compliment. The blonde refrains from ordering any food yet. There seems to follow an awkward silence and she has the urge to fill it. ”So...well met each of you. Hildy is right you know. Twas a brave thing you attempted to do. A terrible shame twas all for naught.” Amy sounds genuinely disappointed but hopes that bringing the situation into the open like this will get the others talking. She needed to know some things. ”I did not hear of any additional job offering to follow up the first. Do you suppose that good-man Harann has lost faith in your abilities?”

This message was last edited by the player at 14:42, Thu 17 Aug 2006.

Drake Debonn
 player, 257 posts
 I: +7  AC/FF/TA  18/15/13
 30/31 HP  F/R/W : 5/4/1
Thu 17 Aug 2006
at 20:52
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Drake, for the first time in a while, is able to feel comfortable about ordering a meal. He orders some chicken and wine, while accepting the free offer as well.  Radcliffe's entry and mood does not escape the fighter, but he is quickly side-tracked by Amylarn's inquirery.

He does not acknowledge the comment about the job today. Something about the driver bothered Drake, but a job was a job. He was ordered to take down anyone who attempted to take the body of the assassion, something Drake was skilled at.

Instead Drake returns the concern about Harann's faith in them, "I do not doubt the Harann trusts our skills. It is more likely that he and many others, including Radcliffe," Drake looks towards the bar "have deeper concerns for their town. Do not be surprised if they look to us for an answer"

Drake has been in this situation many times, hired to do a job that was larger than initially let on, or was meant to be.  When adventurers, such as this group, are around they are the natural choices to solve problems.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:46, Thu 17 Aug 2006.

Elodeir Nightjewel
 player, 25 posts
 Init: +3, AC 13/10/13
 HP: 15/17 Svs F:3/R:4/W:4
Thu 17 Aug 2006
at 21:03
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Elodeir followed the others to the tavern, needing a drink now to calm himself - he had seen lots of things before, but what had happened today had topped them all.  The others didn't seem to mind him tagging along, so he dropped down by the table with them, settling for an ale for his free first drink.

"I almost hope they do...  I feel responsible, in a way, for what happened there...," he added to Drake's words, and looked down into the table.
Denira
 player, 162 posts
 Init: -1, AC 20/20/9
 hp: 45/48 Svs F:7/R:1/W:8
Thu 17 Aug 2006
at 22:15
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
"In my homeland, an undead assassin would be something that the hardy barbarians and wychlaran alike would rightly fear. In this place, the people must be petrified!" Denira says, ordering one of the stronger drinks. She needed one after what had happened today.
Amylarn
 player, 58 posts
 Init +2    AC 15/13/12
 HP13/17  F+1  R+5  W+2
Fri 18 Aug 2006
at 20:32
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
”Elodeir, what makes you feel responsible. You could not control that situation anymore than Denira or Drake or even the mayor and his guards.” Amylarn sipped her wine and rolled a copper around in her fingers. ”Do you feel there was something else that should have been done Elodeir? Does anyone of you?” She tried to put them at ease over the failed assignment. ”I was there and I saw what you did. I saw it with my own two eyes. You each chose the best possible actions with the information you had to work with. I applaud you all for that.”
Drake Debonn
 player, 258 posts
 I: +7  AC/FF/TA  18/15/13
 30/31 HP  F/R/W : 5/4/1
Sat 19 Aug 2006
at 02:19
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Drake is not remorseful as Elodeir is.  He did what he could do, as Amylarn suggested. In fact he questions whether the assassin's body was really there at all. How could there have been time to remove a whole body, even with the distractions

"We don't even know the body was truely in the wagon, when it arrived to us. We assume it was, but we have no proof. This plan to steal the body could have happen well before we were involved and might include someone of stature in this town" Drake says, but in a softer tone, since the guards are here, as well as Radcliffe.

"I feel that even with the distractions, between all of our positions, we would have seen a body being removed.  I kept my focus on the wagon before everything happened and noticed nothing"
Amylarn
 player, 59 posts
 Init +2    AC 15/13/12
 HP13/17  F+1  R+5  W+2
Sat 19 Aug 2006
at 19:44
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Lowering her voice as Drake did, Amy presses for more information, "Drake, what makes you think there might be city officials involved? Who do you think is likely to do such a thing? I know a few important people about town and there are some who already appear as if they were walking dead." She chuckled but quickly grew serious again. "I am certain you are right Drake, with so many of you watching the wagon closely it would take extraordinary skill and possibly magic to get the corpse away where no one noticed." Amy sipped some more wine. "If you truly think the mayor or someone else will hire you again it may be wise to begin investigating what happened to the body and the wagon before it arrived at the cemetery. I should like very much to join you if I may."
Elodeir Nightjewel
 player, 26 posts
 Init: +3, AC 13/10/13
 HP: 15/17 Svs F:3/R:4/W:4
Sat 19 Aug 2006
at 20:05
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
"I agree, and I should like a chance at clearing up what really happened, as well," Elodeir agreed, and shrugged.  "What's the worst thing that could happen, after all?" he added, and a smile which was probably meant to be cheerful crossed his face, though he did not really acchieve that.  Undead, assassins - all of that were more than what he'd ever dealt with before, he realized, and he hoped he would be able to help some, at least.
Bethany
 player, 53 posts
 Init: +2, AC/F/T:17/15/13
 HP: 11/16, F+5/R+5/W+4
Sun 20 Aug 2006
at 04:16
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Entering the tavern after all the others Bethany sits down and listens intently on the words being tossed around.  Waiting for the young lady to finish her small speach, that she always had from what Bethany had seen, she pipes in a bit.  "We have no idea where the wagons were to start, and who was with the wagons before they were recieved at the cemetary.  Perhaps it is foul play, but I would much rather investigate myself the areas the wagons were and with the guards help or anyone you might know of Amylarn.  Block off some of the path that was taken."

Motioning for the barmaid to come over Bethany opts for free food over drink and a pitcher of water.  Slapping the wenches plump behind she winks to the girl and awaits her food.  "Can you provide that or at least help with that Amy?"
DM Mike
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Sun 20 Aug 2006
at 08:25
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Hildy laughs when Bethany slaps her rump, but the laugh is somehow hollow and lacking real humor, as if she is used to such touches, even from other women.

She winks once, more to the assembled at the table than to Bethany alone.

I'll rustle up some free food for you all.  It will be a slow night, what with all the commotion that went on.

Most folk, even the sort who come here, will want to be home with those they care for.


She returns with a large tray of steamed fish filets with melted butter and slices of lemon atop them, thick slices of peppered ham, an assortment of fresh or steamed vegetables, warm bread, and small pies with apple slices or cherries inside them.

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The group eats and talks a bit more.

The guardsmen are soon joined by a few rough looking men, and they all talk a bit loudly, shaking their heads as they think aloud.

Dunno what happened, but I was sure watching my wagon close.

Aye, as was I.  That damn raven, though.  Stuck with the one with the body in it all the way from the gate to the damn pyre.  I don't know what happened to it, but it sure as Umberlee's heart is cold wasn't no normal bird.  Wouldn't've followed the wagon so close for so long.

And that wooden dummy we put into the fake wagon.  it acted like a golem, but at the same time not like one.  Something different, like it got animated after the fact.

Ooh!  Listen to Elminster his-self here at our table.  "Animated"..."Something different"

The men continue to talk and rib each other, but one of the guards is silent throughout.

He rises and takes his leave quietly.

Oy, Arlo, don't let it get to you, okay?  Go have a snuggle with the wife.

Or Birk's wife, if you want something a bit better.  Just see the cleric in the morning or the rash'll get ya!

The man who made fun of "Elminster" hits the last speaker hard on the arm and the other men (except for Arlo, who is leaving) laugh loudly.
Denira
 player, 163 posts
 Init: -1, AC 20/20/9
 hp: 45/48 Svs F:7/R:1/W:8
Mon 21 Aug 2006
at 03:29
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Denira can't help but smirk after listening to the mens jibing. Still, she had her feelings about that raven and that discussion led further credence to her theories.

She also thought it quite odd that Bethany had slapped the maids behind. Such a thing in Rashemen would be nearly unheard of. It was the realm of the men only to do that kind of thing. Still, she was intruiged by this alien behaviour all the same.

She did wonder, however why the one man was so completely silent.
Bethany
 player, 54 posts
 Init: +2, AC/F/T:17/15/13
 HP: 11/16, F+5/R+5/W+4
Mon 21 Aug 2006
at 03:55
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
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Amylarn
 player, 60 posts
 Init +2    AC 15/13/12
 HP13/17  F+1  R+5  W+2
Tue 22 Aug 2006
at 18:29
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Amylarn cocks an ear to the raucous guardsmen as she also chats. She thinks she would do well to ally herself to these Adventurers. Everyone knows that they always seem to searching for piles of treasure. "Aye that Bethany. Twill be my pleasure to speak with the people who were there." The blonde human eyes follow Arlo out of the room. "And I do believe I will begin right away. Will you each please excuse me?" She waits just a moment for any objections. If there are none Amylarn will subtly follow Arlo.

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FROM DM:

A few seconds after Bethany leaves for the bathroom, Amylarn heads out into the night behind Arlo the guardsman.

What do the rest of you do?

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DM Mike
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Sun 27 Aug 2006
at 19:34
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
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Drake Debonn
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 30/31 HP  F/R/W : 5/4/1
Mon 28 Aug 2006
at 01:23
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Amylarn
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Mon 28 Aug 2006
at 16:20
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DM Mike
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Thu 31 Aug 2006
at 04:23
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
OOC:  DAMMIT!!!

I had this whole post typed out and my 'net service went down!!!

SO...here is an abreviated version - free of the magic of RPing, since it is so late and I have to get up for work by 6:30am.


Radcliff shares concerns and suspicions he has with Drake at the bar.

 + The raven that came out of the wagon was no normal animal, but was indeed a familiar; it acted too intelligently as it followed the wagon, then got inside it when the chaos broke out.

 + There are only two people in the area he knows of who have raven familiars: Brandlon the Bold, a fat old mage from the Spine of the World area who has an old tower to the west of town.  Brandlon is not home right now, but his apprentice Winfried is.  Winny, as she is called, is a shy mousy woman.

The other would be a young student of necromancy named Constance Ilithrane.  The Ilithranes are a powerful and rich family in the Dragon Coast area and they have estates all through the region.  Constance was last seen yesterday eve walking the route of the procession, her raven on her shoulder.

Both the Ilithrane estate and the tower of The Bold are well-guarded by forces seen and unseen.

 + There may be ways to get information on Brandlon and Constance without braving their homes: Brandlon often teaches townsfolk herbal skills and Constance likes the company of Durken Shark, one of the four Shark brothers who run the town's rendering house down on the docks.

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OOC: Man, the original post was SO good, with a lot of flavor, RPing, etc.  Dang dial-up!!!
DM Mike
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Thu 31 Aug 2006
at 04:26
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
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Elodeir Nightjewel
 player, 28 posts
 Init: +3, AC 13/10/13
 HP: 15/17 Svs F:3/R:4/W:4
Fri 1 Sep 2006
at 14:08
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
As the others moved out, Elodeir stayed by the table, reaching into his backpack to pull out a sheet of paper, as well as some ink and a pen for it.  "Might as well get something done while everyone are busy," he mumbled to himself, and slowly began writing something, his free hand covering the paper from those who would glance casually at it.
Drake Debonn
 player, 261 posts
 I: +7  AC/FF/TA  18/15/13
 30/31 HP  F/R/W : 5/4/1
Fri 1 Sep 2006
at 21:33
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Drake returns to the table to inform the others, still there, what he had learned from Radcliff.

"My would look into Constance. From my experience, the young have more to gain from such involvement. He could be looking for strong allies and quick power." Drake suggests and then looks around to see what the others think.
Denira
 player, 165 posts
 Init: -1, AC 20/20/9
 hp: 45/48 Svs F:7/R:1/W:8
Fri 1 Sep 2006
at 22:31
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
"A necromancer, eh? Could explain the zombie I destroyed. I agree with Drake, we should look for Constance" Deniras mind was on other things so she kept it short and sweet.
DM Mike
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Mon 4 Sep 2006
at 17:47
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
OOC: Getting the group back together so we can move on.

Bethany and Amylarn talk and compare notes and then go back to the Crying Lady to meet up with the others in their group.

The party decides to look for Constance Ilithrane.  They easily find the location of the family's estate in the northern part of the town and head there for a look-see.

The look-see tells them that the estate is well-guarded and it would be difficult to get in without a good reason or an invitation.

The Ilithanes have four well-armed guards patrolling the grounds of the walled estate.  Two of them stand right inside the front gate while the other two walk the grounds.
Bethany
 player, 56 posts
 Init: +2, AC/F/T:17/15/13
 HP: 11/16, F+5/R+5/W+4
Wed 6 Sep 2006
at 00:06
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Amylarn
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 Init +2    AC 15/13/12
 HP13/17  F+1  R+5  W+2
Wed 6 Sep 2006
at 15:19
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Amylarn considered the invitation that would be necessary to gain entrance to the Ilithrane estate. It would be easier to get Constance out instead. ”I wonder if the good lady Ilithrane has any interest in fashion. I am somewhat talented with a needle and fabric. Perhaps I know someone who could convince Constance Ilithrane to visit my master’s shop for a private fitting.” The master she referred to is the man she worked for who trained her in tailoring and dressmaking. Amy didn’t need to explain how vulnerable the necromancer would be in a situation where she was taking off her clothes. A plan was only just forming in Amylarn’s mind but it had great potential she thought. ”Or better still, we will not use my master’s shop but a false one. We might rent a small empty storefront and set it up as a dress shop for the sole purpose of luring her in and asking a few questions.” The blonde girl chose her words carefully. ”If it turns out that we must be...insistent that she answer the questions our names will be safe. Questions will not lead back to any of us when the job is over and the dress shop disappears.” The grin on Amy’s face told how thrilling this idea was to her. She looked to the others for their comments.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:25, Wed 06 Sept 2006.