My first adventure 2.   Posted by Mr. Main.Group: 0
Mr. Main
 GM, 34 posts
Wed 25 Apr 2012
at 03:40
My first adventure 2
here is another thread for the first adventure stories. When this one get's to cluttered up I'll make a new one.
Safia
 player, 2 posts
Wed 25 Apr 2012
at 18:38
Re: My first adventure 2

     As rescues go, this was supposed to be a simple one — no creature to put down, only men. It was why Safia had been sent in first.

     Safia found her way into the dungeon easily enough. The darkness was all-encompassing, but she had a map in her hand—one that had so far proven correct. Safia ran her hand along the cold stone walls and counted doors and passageways as she went. Turning when it was time to turn, she stopped finally before an opening that should contain a stairway leading down. Crouching, she felt forward with her hands. There was a stone step, damp and slippery with moss, and another one below it. This was the staircase then. She only hoped that when her colleagues later followed with their torches, they would see the moss slime, tread carefully, and not waken the dead by clattering headlong down the steps.

     Safia slunk down the stairway. One right turn, a left, and then two more turns to the right. She began to hear voices as she entered a corridor where the darkness flickered orange with the light of a torch set in the wall. Across from the torch was another corridor, where, according to her map, anywhere from two to ten guards should be standing watch before a certain cell at the passageway’s end.

     These guards were Safia’s mission.

     Safia crept toward the light and the sound of laughter. She could stop and listen, to get a better sense of how many she would face, but there was no time. She pulled her hood down low and swung around the corner.

     She almost tripped over her first two victims, who were sitting on the floor across from each other, their backs against the wall, legs splayed, the air stinking with whatever strong drink they’d brought down here to pass the time of their watch. Safia kicked and struck at temples and neck, and the two men lay slumped together on the floor before amazement had even registered in their eyes.

     There was only one more guard, sitting before the cell bars at the end of the corridor. He scrambled to his feet and slid his sword from its sheath. Safia walked toward him, certain that the torch at her back hid her face from his sight. She measured his size, the way he moved, the steadiness of the arm that held the sword toward her.

     "Stop there. It’s clear enough what you are." His voice was even. He was brave, this one. He cut the air with his sword in warning. "You don’t frighten me."

     He lunged toward her. She ducked under his blade and whirled her club out from its hook at her belt, clipping his temple. He dropped to the ground.

     She stepped over him and ran to the bars, squinting into the darkness of the cell. A shape huddled against the back wall, arms wrapped around legs, and head tucked between knees. Safia shifted, and the light glanced over the crouched form. Was it the one they were looking for?

     She pulled on the door latch. Locked. Well, that was no surprise, and it wasn’t her problem. She whistled once, low. Just as she was beginning to wonder if her colleagues had lost themselves in the dungeon, they appeared around the corner...
Tamalie
 player, 6 posts
Thu 26 Apr 2012
at 03:42
Re: My first adventure 2
Wanting to hurry up, the half elf knew that Safia was eager, but still, she wanted to catch up, make sure her friend was okay. It seemed wrong to let her go so far ahead by herself, but truthfully, she found it bitter sweet to see the sprawled bodies of the floor. Tamalie hated having to take up the chore of tying up the unconscious men, but every time she saw one, she was glad it wasn't Safia.

Tying up one of them, she looks over to see the third of their group doing his part and tying up the other unconscious guy. Having just been in the right place at the right time, she didn't know too much about him, but she's kind of glad for the company now. Safia can handle herself, and Tamalie trusts the strength in Safia's club wielding abilities, but he's still an unknown to her.

Seeing him finishing the knots on the rope, she confides, "You know, I really don't normally do this. Uhm, the dungeon part. Well, I guess I don't normally tie up the city watchmen either, well, they aren't really the real watchmen. But I just wanted to say I meant to apologize earlier about screaming. I didn't mean to scream in your ear. I just thought it was a giant spider, like the one in your story you mentioned....Oh sorry. I'm talking too much again, aren't I. Sorry. It's just that Safia is so much better at this than I am. Uhm..Do you think we should catch up to her now?"
Dustil Kraye
 player, 11 posts
 You must clear your thou-
 Hey, is that beer??
Thu 26 Apr 2012
at 04:49
Re: My first adventure 2
Dustil was impressed. The warrior woman was fast. VERY fast. He wasn't sure how bright she was, moving off on her own in dangerous territory. But she seemed to be getting the job done...so far. He didn't mind helping Tamalie tie up the guards. He was just worried that it might take them too long and one time while they were too far behind still, Safia's luck would run out.

He grinned at the talkative woman. "It is all right. I have been startled myself in the past. You may ask Safia about the snake if you wish to get a small laugh at my expense." He was currently sober, a fact which pained him a little but also made him work just a tiny bit better, and definitely enunciate better.

He gave her a nod as he finished up with guard and trotted after Safia's caboose. "You're fine, Tamalie. Are you nervous? It is alright to be. These sorts of situation tend to evoke that in smart people. Foolish people don't fear them. And their lives tend to be shorter than the smart people who are nervous or afraid."

He quietly called out as they approached the warrior woman. "Safia, you are too headstrong. You left us too far behind. What if you had run into more than you could handle? Disaster would have struck and Tamalie and I would have been sad." But he was smiling.
Safia
 player, 3 posts
Thu 26 Apr 2012
at 15:40
Re: My first adventure 2

"It clearly was not more than I can handle," she replied in a matter-of-fact tone. It wasn't arrogance speaking, really. It was simply that the concept of failure ...didn't register. In Safia's mind there was always a route to victory. Whether complex or simple, one only had to find and follow that route. "And you are both here," she added with a twitch of her lips. Her blue eyes held a teasing warmth for her friends, but her words were genuine. "Well done!"

A low groan escaped from behind the heavy oak door, giving cause for the furrow in Safia’s brow. She turned and grasped the bars near the top of the small cell door window and pushed herself up on her toes to look inside. "We’ll have you out soon," she promised the figure, then turned an expectant look to Dustil and Tamalie. Picking locks was not her job. Incapacitating the opposition was. She had already done that.
Tamalie
 player, 7 posts
Fri 27 Apr 2012
at 23:33
Re: My first adventure 2
"oh, it's locked." the half elf says with some disappointment. "I bet this last guy, " she points at the single guy Safia knocked out last, "is the one with the key."

She kneels down beside him, and squints her eyes trying to lock for something obvious, like a pouch, where the key might be kept. She obviously doesn't like going through his pockets and pouches, reluctantly putting a hand on a couple of suspicious areas before pulling out a some keys with a distinctive jingle of metal.

She gets a large grin on her face, "Found them!" Before tossing them in the air towards Safia, who's closest to the locked cage.

This message was lightly edited by the player at 12:04, Sat 28 Apr 2012.

Dustil Kraye
 player, 16 posts
 You must clear your thou-
 Hey, is that beer??
Sat 28 Apr 2012
at 17:30
Re: My first adventure 2
Dustil tilted his head at Safia. Clearly, she alternated between underestimating and overestimating those around her. Or just didn't bother to know what her allies were and were not capable of. Dustil was able to smash with the best of them, but he was not a lockpicker. He grinned when Tamalie found the keys and caught them out of the air before they reached Safia.

"Well, since you ran off and decided to do all the "hard work" yourself without regard to us helping, selfishly stealing all the fun I might add," he tried keys as he talked, trying to find the right one to unlock the door, "you clearly don't respect me, which means I can't in good conscience date you until that is changed."

He chuckled as he popped the lock finally and swung the door open. He gestured to Safia with a "ladies first" look, and then winked at Tamalie. "Maybe Tamalie will let me take her out one night." He tossed the keys back to her and started picking up the unconscious men that Tamalie had gotten the keys from. He was intending to lock the man in the cell once their reason for being here was free.
Tamalie
 player, 8 posts
Sat 28 Apr 2012
at 22:21
Re: My first adventure 2
The druid gave a look of surprise, and then a look at Safia in reaction to Dustil's advances. It was a look of embarrassment mixed with stunned disbelief.

Speechless, Tamalie fumbled the keys as they were tossed, dropping to the cold stone floor. But she'll try to quickly recover them, pretending to ignore the bit of clumsiness of butter fingers.

Then drawing her attention to the slumped figure inside the cage, she can't help but feel pity to being locked up the cell. "Is he okay?" She's afraid of seeing the figure bruised or bloodied, and keeps a bit of distance, though her curiosity driving her to step closer.

Seeing the swollen black eye, and bloodied lip, Tamalie gasps, offering a whine, and sympathy. "Ohhhh my! You poor thing!" Stepping closer at the poor man's plight, she can see he is clearly not conscious.

She asks aloud, not looking at either of her companions, "Do you still have that healing potion?"
Safia
 player, 5 posts
Sun 29 Apr 2012
at 22:37
Re: My first adventure 2

The teasing comments Dustil made—about her ‘running off and stealing all the fun’—received a scrunched brow, puzzlement, as Safia bent to help Dustil lift the sleeping guard from the floor. “I do not date,” she said plainly, even as she grabbed for the heavier end, hooking her arms underneath the unconscious man’s arms. “Dating leads to marriage and I will not wed.

But if thumping men upside their heads is fun for you, Dustil,” she openly mused, hefting her end of their load and walking backwards into the dungeon cell with the weight, “then you are certainly welcome to the task.” She paused, only so long as to set her end of the bulk down once they were within the cell, so that she could reach up into one sleeve and retrieve a small vial. She would have tossed the elixir over to Tamalie, had she not seen her friend’s nervous fumble with the keys. Instead, she moved to kneel beside the druid.

“Here,” she offered with a gentle smile, handing the healing potion over to Tamalie to administer. "Good find with the keys," she whispered low, letting her smile widen for just a flash. Long enough to express her pride in Tamalie, but not so long as to risk bruising Dustil's ego. Men. They were a complex and sensitive lot. Safia's attention quickly shifted; blue eyes scanned the skeletal-thin, bruised, bloodied, and bedraggled body of the one they had come to rescue. “He is weak, but he will live. We must be quick about moving him. There may be other guards to contend with, back up and out on the grounds before we reach the safety of our horses at the wall.” Safia lifted a questioning brow to Dustil.

“...And there may be dogs. Shall I carry our man out, while the two of you see to it our way is clear?”
Dustil Kraye
 player, 19 posts
 You must clear your thou-
 Hey, is that beer??
Mon 30 Apr 2012
at 06:28
Re: My first adventure 2
Dustil hadn't meant to make Tamalie uncomfortable. He sighed softly. He would have to apologize to her when they in better surroundings, and likely in private to avoid any more embarrassment. He didn't want to make their working relationship uncomfortable going forward either.

To Safia, however, he looked puzzled. "Getting wed? Who mentioned anything about that? Dating doesn't have to lead to that. And perhaps dating was a term best left out for it appears you have a different meaning of it." He shrugged and chuckled. "But now is not the time. My apologies for jesting in dire circumstances."

He sighed again at Safia's further comments. He shook his head. "So serious. No, I do not care who has chalked up more kills or knockouts. That is pride, too much of which causes falls." He carefully hefts the man in a fireman's carry. "And I wouldn't DREAM of denying you your job in lif, fighting. Lead on."

He couldn't shake his head in his current position and sighing again wouldn't serve any purpose. So he kept quiet instead and followed the other two.
Safia
 player, 7 posts
Mon 30 Apr 2012
at 08:31
Re: My first adventure 2

...My apologies for jesting in dire circumstances...

Of what had he jested? Dating? Calling her selfish? Was it not he who had voiced a complaint that she was spoiling his fun—fun that somehow became pride once she offered it to him?

Safia met Dustil's puzzled look with another one of her own. She, too, shook her head as Dustil slung their man over his shoulder. "...If you insist," she said with a shrug, then stepped around him and out into the corridor to retrace their path.

Dustil confused her, she acknowledged with a frown. It was not a feeling she enjoyed. It was akin to falling from a cliff without a rope ...only worse.

Brow furrowed, Safia grabbed a torch from the wall and rounded the first corner, mumbling something to herself about the possibility that Dustil must have bumped his head earlier, on his way in.

The torchlight splashed on the walls as they left the cell and moved along the corridor. Safia maintained a quick, steady pace, yet she glanced back on occasion to make certain her colleagues fared well.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:48, Wed 09 May 2012.

Tamalie
 player, 12 posts
Mon 30 Apr 2012
at 13:19
Re: My first adventure 2
Biting her lip, Tamalie knew Safia was perturbed about something. The body language was subtle, but having grown up with her friend, she can read it.

Changing the subject, Tamalie asks, "What do you think they wanted with this man anyway? Why would anyone do this to a juggler anyway?"
Dustil Kraye
 player, 20 posts
 You must clear your thou-
 Hey, is that beer??
Tue 1 May 2012
at 05:23
Re: My first adventure 2
Bringing up the rear, carrying their "target", Dustil opened his mouth to speak but thought better of it. Making a comment about how perhaps they had wanted to stop his juggling wouldn't be fruitful or helpful. He honestly didn't know why anyone would kidnap the man. Perhaps....

"Perhaps the man is more important than we were lead to believe?"
Safia
 player, 8 posts
Wed 9 May 2012
at 17:47
Re: My first adventure 2

They reached the dungeon exit, but Safia didn’t venture out into the cool, night air. Not yet. Not with all that wondering going on behind her.

She tossed a look over her shoulder at her colleagues, her mouth curved in a rare display of amusement. Perhaps you should be asking yourselves what the Juggler juggles,” she suggested, keeping her voice soft and low. Her eyes, sparkling brightly in the torchlight, hinted at knowledge.

It would have been fun to keep them guessing, but now was not a time for games. Now, they needed to escape, to get across the garden and away. Vibrations,” she shared, clarifying further. Moods. Emotions. Tempers.  ...But something went wrong. She stated the obvious. Safia doused her torch against the damp stone floor and tossed it to the side.  And it’s up to us to see him to safety. The quicker the better.

Safia turned and stepped out into the moonlight, ever cautious. She tilted an ear for the sound of footsteps, the rustling of leaves, or the snap of a twig; signs of movement. All seemed quiet. She gestured for the others to follow before she moved out and crept along the hedge wall that would lead them to their horses.
Tamalie
 player, 20 posts
Thu 17 May 2012
at 01:46
Re: My first adventure 2
Following along, the druid listens closely to the two, as they mention something about a possible importance and what he might juggle. The idea that juggler had juggled something important to cause his importance in kidnapping leaves her with a quizzical but blank look on her face.


But she hurries along, wanting to keep in a tight group.
Dustil Kraye
 player, 30 posts
 You must clear your thou-
 Hey, is that beer??
Mon 21 May 2012
at 14:20
Re: My first adventure 2
Dustil grunted as he carried the juggler along. He was breathing slightly heavy when they stopped for a moment. But training in the monastery did require sometimes to carry heavy loads, like a pole across the shoulders with 2 buckets of water on either side that couldn't spill a single drop while walking over uneven terrain. He'd always hated that training but had to admit it was coming in handy now.

"So...where do we go from..." He cut off with a sigh. "Speaking of something going wrong, I hear armorer people coming up behind us. I'll try to not slow us down too much so they don't catch us, but we should run now."
Safia
 player, 16 posts
 Optimism is the
 Foundation of Courage
Thu 7 Jun 2012
at 06:25
Re: My first adventure 2

Why hadn’t she heard anything?

Safia looked askance at Dustil and arched a dubious brow. Could he run while burdened so? With a little half sigh of acquiescence, she gestured for him to move on ahead of her. Alright then,” she voiced softly. You go first. Tamalie and I will guard the rear.

Without waiting for Dustil’s assent, Safia placed herself between him and the advancing armorers, whom she turned and squinted her eyes to see.

And so she was astonished when something malodorous, mangy, and maniacal leapt out at her from behind the hedge in a snarling frenzy. Instinctively, Safia grabbed the verminous-looking dog and spun around, flinging it to the ground. Too late she realized her mistake in touching its infested hide.

It let out a yelp as it rolled over and over, landing a fair distance away.

Two more emerged from the darkness. They slunk forward, wary. Not as bold as the first, it seemed.

Goblin dogs, Safia hissed low. Don’t let them touch you, Tamalie!

Had Dustil gotten far enough away?

Safia didn’t dare glance in his direction to find out, for the dog she had tossed righted itself. Its tiny clawed forelimbs found purchase in the soft grass, digging into the earth as it tore towards her and lunged into a second attack. Safia was ready, sword drawn, as intent as a jaguar that spotted a faun. She shifted slightly, hunching forward on one knee and waited.

One, two...

It leaped high, lips curled back, teeth protruding from its slobbering, snarling jaw. The smell of sunbaked sewage practically steamed off its patchy fur.

Now!

In one fluid motion, Safia brought her blade up in a gutting stroke, feeling the satisfaction of rending through flesh and muscle until she hit bone. Breathing hard, feeling the itch of goblin rash poison her skin, she let her arms fall with the dead weight of the beast.

Safia pulled her blade free from the carcass and backed slowly away, blood dripping off steel, ready to turn and run when the moment was right...




OOC: Edited to include the image (just for fun). :)

This message was last edited by the player at 06:46, Thu 07 June 2012.

Dustil Kraye
 player, 43 posts
 You must clear your thou-
 Hey, is that beer??
Sat 9 Jun 2012
at 03:47
Re: My first adventure 2
Dustil let out a snort. "An' leave you? Not likely!" But she urged him to go so they didn't have to stay and fight. He grimaced and ground his teeth together. It burned him not to help, not to show that he was capable as well as they. Hell, he could fight while carrying the man across his shoulders!! Well...it would be unwieldy, but he was certain he could do it.

But the longer he hesitated, the more danger they were in. So he began to move forward quickly...and even slowed with a body, he still moved about as fast as a normal person unburdened.

"C'mon then! Quit playin' around an' let's go 'fore more show up!"
Tamalie
 player, 27 posts
Tue 12 Jun 2012
at 03:22
Re: My first adventure 2
Letting out a scream, Tamalie clearly was not happy in seeing the goblin dogs. She clings near Dustil since he is trying to make a get away rather than face them down. The druid is trying to think what she could do to help, but her thoughts are scattered with the smell and noises from the beasts. Her wide eyes, and paling skin show a fair amount of panic.