D&D From Taverns to Campsights.   Posted by Timothius.Group: 0
Kitau
 Player, 113 posts
Sat 26 Dec 2020
at 04:12
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Among the things Eren and Kitau have in common is the fact that monsters killed everyone they grew up with.  Since then, the only "contacts" they've made, if you can call it that, was a team of murder hobos.  They're dead now.

They both shake their heads in response to Khuridoth.

"Eren doesn't get what would be so bad about using it against giants."

Neither does Kitau, honestly.  She shrugs.
Elric
 Player, 29 posts
 Envoy Warforged
 Battle Smith Artificer
Sat 26 Dec 2020
at 21:58
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Elric nods to Khuridoth as the Warforged understands how dwarves weaponizing an 'anti-giant' magical item could backfire and cause a new major war with the various types of Giants teaming up to destroy the item and anyone who might have heard of it... or in other words everyone who isn't a giant.

Elric turns to Kitau and Eren and speaks up in response to Eren's comment, “Okay first off, Dwarves and Giants despise each other and at times groups of them go to war with each other at the drop of a hat. However, this skull could change the status quo... it could be enough of a threat to the normally fragmented and semi-solitary giants to get them to work together despite their normal differences with each other... and an army of giants of different types working together well the last race which faced such an army was the Dragons. And I don't think the dragons have replenished their population yet and it was thousands of years ago. Now I'd rather not be known as someone who inadvertently caused a war between giants and dwarves that dragged everyone else into the conflict as collateral damage and left the majority of people dead or crippled for life. Unfortunately, Khuridoth has better contacts than I do since I tend to just experiment and figure things out on my own, but this skull is a bit beyond my abilities given that it likely needs to be modified or failing that destroyed.”
Khuridoth
 Player, 28 posts
 I am a dwarf
 and I'm digging a hole
Sun 27 Dec 2020
at 00:58
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Khuridoth manages to keep from sighing that he is literally the only person in the team with contacts. And he knows it isn't a non-dwarf thing because humans at least are highly social creatures. However, his eyes light up as if he got an idea. "Alright. I'm going home then. But none of us are to say anything about the skull on our way there or once we arrive. Our new mission is to find more contacts. Some of my friends had claimed to be friends with non-dwarves. At the time, I didn't think much of it other than interesting stories from my friends' ventures. But now it is critical I trace the steps of my merchant buddies. In the meantime, we must hide the item. It is radiating enough magic that if we keep it on our person, that will attract attention and have us followed. I say we hide it somewhere along the trail at a place we'll recognize."
Joe
 player, 933 posts
Sun 27 Dec 2020
at 03:51
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
  "Because the desperate and corrupt are lazy, and because dark sacrifice rules are often incredibly vague that means somebody would probably decide it is easier to round up fairies to sacrifice than it is to kill gnomes or dwarves." why appeal to logic when you can remind people about how low the bar to tragedy often is?

  Joe's contacts are not dead, but he doubts mere mortal problem sorts like 'drunken locksmith' or 'Pawn shop owner that refuses to buy magic items' are what Khuridoth is looking for.

  He also knows save throws against sighing when he sees it, "Look, if it bothers you that much I didn't suggest someone, then maybe we can see if a cobbler who is always wanting to cheap out on paying for animal hides has the answers you need.  But in the meantime, I'm perfectly willing to donate a beartrap as a rude surprise to anyone digging for magic skulls"
Kitau
 Player, 114 posts
Thu 31 Dec 2020
at 02:38
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Eren folds his arms and pouts.  "Eren hates war.  And sacrifice rules."

Kitau nods.  She lets her consistent silence be the evidence that Khuridoth need not worry about her blabbing about dangerous magic items while the group travels.  She considers disguising the thing, but gives up on the idea because detect magic means you'd have to disguise it as a 1 meter block of stone for it to matter, and that's way to cumbersome for non-Minecraft people.
Elric
 Player, 30 posts
 Envoy Warforged
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Sun 3 Jan 2021
at 05:45
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Elric listens to what the others are saying and looks to Joe and asks, “Do you have a local contact that can get us some sheets of lead or a box of lead since we could put the skull inside a box made of lead just larger than the skull to conceal the magic it radiates. Then we can either keep the box with us or bury it someplace as Khuridoth suggested. And if we do bury it I think some sort of booby trap would be ideal to help protect it in case someone does manage to dig it up.”

Elric then turns to Eren and Kitau and adds, “I think it is safe to say we all dislike war, and the only thing that should probably be sacrificed is the time it takes to make quality equipment and food, but that isn't the sort of sacrifice Eren dislikes. Unless for some reason you are having to sacrifice living beings to make food... wait is killing an animal to harvest the meat considered sacrificing the animal to end someone's hunger? So maybe that is a bad example...”

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 05:46, Sun 03 Jan.

Khuridoth
 Player, 29 posts
 I am a dwarf
 and I'm digging a hole
Sun 24 Jan 2021
at 03:43
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Khuridoth looks to Joe. "Eh? Given the ringing endorsement you just gave the man, is he yet still someone you trust? I did specify that the contact be someone you trust for a reason."
Joe
 player, 935 posts
Mon 25 Jan 2021
at 00:07
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
  Joe is never quite jaded enough to cease being surprise when he becomes the most reasonable option by default.

  "I mean, Billamy Jimjohn is more of a 'trust them to pay back the ten gold they owe you' sort. Asking him to stash an evil skull dipped in lead for a while... But he could probably get us a bunch of lead in the first place."
Kitau
 Player, 115 posts
Mon 25 Jan 2021
at 07:40
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Eren hates semantics.  But doesn't know the word.  So he folds his arms and pouts, thinking that of course a metal titan would be the kind to compare cooking to sacrifice....  Wait.  Can the metal titan even eat?!  Wow.  Eren would hate being unable to eat.

Kitau nods to the group, satisfied that the plan is coming together.
Elric
 Player, 31 posts
 Envoy Warforged
 Battle Smith Artificer
Sun 31 Jan 2021
at 05:50
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Seeing as Kitau and Eren have nothing to say in response to Elric's previous statement nodding from Kitau being the non-verbal response, Elric turns to Joe and states, “Well if you can get me the lead, I can coat the skull with it given a place to heat up the lead. Not sure I'd trust this contact of yours to hold onto the skull but getting the lead seems like a prudent thing to do."

This message was lightly edited by the player at 17:27, Tue 02 Feb.

Khuridoth
 Player, 30 posts
 I am a dwarf
 and I'm digging a hole
Tue 2 Feb 2021
at 08:19
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Khuridoth nods. "Seems a good first stop. Let's do that. Thank you, Joe."

(Fast forwarding)

The team has no issue getting to Joe's contact, getting the lead, and Elric coating the skull in said lead. It now looks like a lead skull and is pretty much undetectable.

However, even as the skull is finished, Khuridoth is sweating a lot and seems easily winded. It is soon discovered he is ill with a fever. (Also, to save the players the hassle, the skull has NOTHING to do with Khuridoth being ill)
Joe
 player, 937 posts
Fri 5 Feb 2021
at 11:19
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
  Billamy Jimjohn is pleased with the extra five gold from winning that bet with Joe over lead doorstops eventually being a sales hit.

  And then Dwarf was a sick man, but in the literal sense not the metaphorical insulting sense.

  Well it can't be lead poisoning because dwarves resist poison, unless Khuridoth was A CHANGELING THE WHOLE TIME!... Wait, nobody else is sick. False alarm.

  "Is this an old problem and the reason you are hiring help instead of cracking heads alone, Khuridoth?"
Kitau
 Player, 116 posts
Sat 6 Feb 2021
at 05:02
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Kitau is worried for Khuridoth and if his forehead is within reach she'll dab it with a wet washcloth.  Didn't see any poisonous snakes bite him, so she does immediately assume its the skull's doing.

"We need to get that skull as far away from him as possible."

"Eren hates fevers," Eren comments, wondering since even the cleric wound up ill, if this is something that's impossible to treat, "I'll ask Pansy if he knows someone who can help."

If nobody objects, he flies off to the secret fairy postal nexus to ask around.
Elric
 Player, 32 posts
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Sat 20 Feb 2021
at 20:26
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
While Elric is concerned about Khuridoth falling ill, he doesn't bother repeating Joe's question since the answer should already be forthcoming. Instead, the warforged feels the need to clarify a misconception, “The skull is not the source of Khuridoth's illness, if it had the capacity to cause such harm I'd have learned about it from the Identify ritual. I agree with Eren's approach to finding someone who can cure the illness or at least treat it effectively.”
Khuridoth
 Player, 31 posts
 I am a dwarf
 and I'm digging a hole
Tue 23 Feb 2021
at 01:34
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Khuridoth says, "Stupid illness..." and quietly pants from having spoken two words in a row. His lids fight to stay open. "...new... problem..." he answers Joe. "I... am sorry..." his eyes close and he becomes unresponsive (still breathing, just unconscious)

Erin is able to find the nearby postal area and just as he was told, there is a fairy there in the rafters above the desk. The fairy there listens to the message Erin has for Pansy and ponders. "Hrm... dunno from dwarven illnesses, but I think I know someone who does... I'll send the message along. I'd expect about 24 hours for an answer, but at least the answer should be something that can help your friend. But just in case it is deadly, take this and sprinkle it on him!"

The fairy hands Erin some kind of vial filled with dust (the vial is normal sized, so it is nearly as big as Erin). "It isn't an antidote, to be clear. It is magic stability dust! It keeps the person is exactly the state they were in when you applied the dust. Lasts about 24 hours."
Joe
 player, 939 posts
Tue 23 Feb 2021
at 01:48
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
  Joe only avoids his hand going to the hilts of his weapon in anticipation thanks to the wonders of quick draw allowing you to hide your sighing as you grasp your katana shortsword.

  "...Okay, so... he ISN'T transforming into a bloodthirsty weredrake or some other thing to be worth apologizing for being sick. Right."

  There is another awkward moment, after which he says "Good thing I got that wagon, I guess. I don't think Rush would want to drag this guy around."
Kitau
 Player, 117 posts
Tue 2 Mar 2021
at 03:30
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Kitau was just as quick to draw her weapons when Joe did.  When the suspected danger has passed, she puts them away.

Eren thanks the fairy, returns with the vial, and begins to sprinkle it on Khuridoth a tiny bit at a time, starting with the nose.  He's hoping that maybe a sneeze will make him feel better?

Kitau gives him a, "what in the world is that pixie dust?" look.

Eren says, "Eren hates giving explanations.  Helpful fairy sent for an expert in Dwarven illnesses.  Might take a day.  This dust'll keep him from getting worse until then."

Kitau ohs and gives a thumbs-up.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:33, Tue 02 Mar.

Elric
 Player, 33 posts
 Envoy Warforged
 Battle Smith Artificer
Sun 7 Mar 2021
at 22:56
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
While Eric ponders what would be required to make that 'medical stabilizing dust', he figures it would be rude to inquire as it is probably some minor fairy secret like the poison some use on their tiny arrows.

Elric then turns to Joe and says, “While Rush wouldn't enjoy it, he could do it, but it will be far easier to just have Rush pull the wagon if we lack a beast of burden to pull it. Plus Rush could also guard both the wagon and Khuridoth. That is if we are forced to deal with something else while Khuridoth can't defend himself.”

The warforged battle smith then listens to Eren's explanation to Kitau and then asks Eren, “Did the helpful fairy inform you of how we'll be able to recognize the expert? It would be bad if a fake impersonated the expert to try to steal the skull or something else from us.”
Khuridoth
 Player, 32 posts
 I am a dwarf
 and I'm digging a hole
Thu 18 Mar 2021
at 20:37
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
A fairy flies over to the group. Once she confirms this is the group with Erin, she reports to Erin. "Oh it's terrible! The expert we thought to fetch for you got kidnapped! Why, I'm not sure, but the rumor is that the kidnappers were orcs and work for an orc tribe called the Jagged Spear."

The fairy glances to Elric. "I... can describe the expert to you. Her name is Shayock. She looks like a bear that walks on two legs, but is about the size of a gnome."

The fairy gives a description of the last place Shayock was seen and which direction the kidnappers were seen going.
Joe
 player, 942 posts
Fri 19 Mar 2021
at 00:05
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
'The poorly maintained spear' must have been declared too long a name for an Orc tribe.

"We you know how big the Jagger Spear tribe is? Everything from hundreds of orcs to a dozen of them wanting to make a name for themselves calls itself a tribe, kind of like everyone else really."
Kitau
 Player, 118 posts
Fri 19 Mar 2021
at 01:06
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Kitau nods to Elric's plan to have Rush pull the wagon.  Added bonus that there will be no worry of the cart-pulling animal panic at the first sign of danger.

Eren blushed when asked how to recognize the expert.  He hates forgetting to ask important details.  But then the fairy messenger gives him something to hate more: orcs who kidnap your important medicine bear!  He and Kitau both grimace upon hearing the news, eager to spill Jagged Spear blood.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:07, Fri 19 Mar.

Elric
 Player, 34 posts
 Envoy Warforged
 Battle Smith Artificer
Sun 28 Mar 2021
at 15:37
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Elric shakes his head and mutters, “Figures it wouldn't be as simple as waiting for the expert to reach us...well time to go rescue Shayock. After all we are against the clock as the dust that is stalling his condition won't last forever. And the longer we wait the harder it will be to track down the orcs and save Shayock.” as Elric makes sure Rush is securely harnessed to the wagon as Elric adds, “Since Khuridoth can't defend himself, you'll need to focus on keeping him safe and alive. Understood?”

Rush nods and replies, “Yes, pull cart and Protect Khuridoth.”
Khuridoth
 Player, 33 posts
 I am a dwarf
 and I'm digging a hole
Sun 28 Mar 2021
at 22:07
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
The fairy rolls her eyes upward in thought while tapping her chin with her finger. "Hmm.... well it is a community. But a sparse one. Dozens? I think? I do remember hearing the sound of a baby crying; you know, the "feed me" cry. But we don't get too close to that area to get a good look. We like our wings attached to our backs."
Joe
 player, 943 posts
Mon 29 Mar 2021
at 00:56
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
  "Well, can't blame you for that. Especially since now we even know where to look at all thanks to you." Not all fairies can be as bloodthirsty as Erin, after all. Only most of them.

  If Joe's assumptions are right, he hopes they can skip straight to the speeches about understanding and not have to deal with people stabbing eachother or even dying first.  Knowing their luck, it will be an EVIL BABY or something else as ridiculous as it is dangerous.

  "Thanks for dealing with the Kurikart, Rush... Please don't tell him I said that."
Kitau
 Player, 119 posts
Mon 29 Mar 2021
at 01:26
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Great.  Orc baby.  Kitau is not liking the idea of getting stuck with having to raise an infant orc after the slaughter of the clan.  Everyone else will refuse, so... maybe she can trick the fairies into it.  But that's getting ahead of the question of how to take out a few dozen orcs.  Already a plan begins to form.  But more intel will be needed.

"Eren hates orcs," Captain Obvious proclaims, "But Eren isn't alone.  Let it be known that the slaver killers invite all orc haters to the party.  They can meet us 200 yards this side of the Jagged Spear camp.  Use bird call to announce yourself.  Equal share in the spoils to those who show up."