Chapter Four: The Final Empire.   Posted by The Empire.Group: 0
Gilad Rott
 player, 382 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 72/72 Rec: 9/9
Thu 10 May 2018
at 21:35
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Gilad waves the townsfolk to follow the guard's order, filing behind him as he steps forward. "We've no passes." Gilad tells the sergeant, adopting a gruff, plain voice. Straight talk seems like it'll get farther with his type than eloquence. "Lost most of our group scouting out in the Sun Falls, ran into this lot on our way back." he points a thumb back at the peasants. "Hellhole opened up near High Dock, caught a glimpse of it. Swalllowed their town whole. Ain't got much but the clothes on their backs. Tough luck all around, huh?" he manages a weary smirk.


Gilad Rott rolled 29 using 1d20+18 with rolls of 11.  CHA + Wandering Minstrel (includes Nfft's Doublet).
The Empire
 GM, 848 posts
Sun 13 May 2018
at 12:57
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
The sargeant looks to one of his subordinates. "Nothing about it in the daily roster sarge, but sometimes things get missed"

The man shrugs. "Alright, head for the travelers' barracks for now and stay put until we can confirm your story and give you your passes. Through the gates and head left until the square with the fountain."
Gilad Rott
 player, 383 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 72/72 Rec: 9/9
Mon 14 May 2018
at 19:25
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
With a thankful nod to the sergeant, Gilad motions for the others to follow him into Riverfall. "Bought ourselves some time, but they're bound to be back with more questions." he whispers to his companions, once they're out of earshot of the guard post. "I say we play along for now, get a warm meal out of the barracks if we can, and slip out after nightfall." With a frown, he looks over at the Brooken folk, before turning back to his fellow adventurers. "We... we probably can't all make it out. I'll let them know the risks, any who want to chance it can stay. May yet be safer for them than the the path we're taking..."
Durum Stoneguard
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 HP: 80/80; Rec: 10/10
Tue 15 May 2018
at 01:08
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"If the guards discover they're from Brooken, they will be questioned. Such questioning will reveal that they arrived with you from elsewhere," Durum says softly. "Or they might just be killed. Either way, not something we want.

"We may need to take drastic action,"
he looks at the group. "The war has to start somewhere right? Perhaps it should start here."

Edit: Fixed a typo.

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Vander
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 AC-20, PD-21, MD-16
 HP-72/72, Recovery-8/8
Tue 15 May 2018
at 02:56
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
In reply to Gilad Rott (msg # 82):

"Maybe we can get them some sort of...city contract?" Vander gestured towards the refugees that followed them. "If we can get them all organized as a work force, they could get money for food and board for their families."
Gilad Rott
 player, 384 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 72/72 Rec: 9/9
Tue 15 May 2018
at 19:52
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"How drastic are we talking?" Gilad answers Durum. "Even if we can liberate Riverfall ourselves, we can hardly defend it from the Imperial army without backup from the High Druid or another patron."

"'Twould be ideal... if we could avoid questions about our pasts." the bard muses over Vander's suggestion. "Speaking of our pasts, I don't suppose you knew anyone around these parts with a knack for forgery, did you? The world's changed itself quite a bit, but some old habits die hard..."
Vander
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Tue 15 May 2018
at 20:47
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
In reply to Gilad Rott (msg # 85):

"I can find out. I have a talent for this sort of work. I will meet back up with you once I learn more." He nodded at Gilad, headed over to Zanne and kissed her, and then headed off to see if he could find where the forgers in town worked out of.

(OOC-Can I do this sorta thing with my thief background and a roll?)
Durum Stoneguard
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Tue 15 May 2018
at 20:52
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"The High Druid doesn't have an army," Durum replies to Gilad. "The other Icons have already fallen to the Final Emperor. There isn't an army to face his. He has perfect foresight and wins every battle. The High Druid believes that you four can defeat him because somehow he cannot foresee your actions."

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Zanne
 player, 276 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 9/9 HP 64/64
Tue 15 May 2018
at 22:23
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Zanne kisses Vander back. "Be careful. And watch your back," she says, touching his face gently. "I still want that dance."

"Are you sure?" she asks Durum. "That they've fallen, I mean. If the Queen is gone, shouldn't I be... she gestures vaguely "less... talented?"
Durum Stoneguard
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Tue 15 May 2018
at 23:49
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"Fallen, not dead," Durum says sadly. "They have fallen under his control. But some smoldering embers of rebellion still burn in them. Give them hope and things may change."
Gilad Rott
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 The Bard
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Thu 24 May 2018
at 23:31
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"Hope, yes..." Gilad muses over Durum's words. "You may be right, my friend, but if the only advantage we hold over Sigmund is that we can escape his notice, I'd avoid drawing attention to ourselves until it becomes unavoidable. For now, let's keep a low profile while we see what Vander can dig up..."
The Empire
 GM, 850 posts
Mon 28 May 2018
at 11:43
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Vander scours the town trying to locate the criminal underbelly, but has no luck in his search. His subtle inquiries are rebuffed, and the less salubrious taverns are boarded up and empty. After a fruitless hour or two he draws too conclusions: the population of Riverfall is has been severely depleted, and those left are fearful of strangers...
Vander
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Mon 28 May 2018
at 16:48
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Vander comes back to the group, clearly angry and annoyed. "I may need to give it a few more tries. Most people around here are not too found of outsiders, despite having a low population in the first place. However, that may be our way in. If the newcomers are willing to work for their place here-then Riverfall may have to accept them. Their population is too low to turn away potential workers."
Durum Stoneguard
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 HP: 80/80; Rec: 10/10
Wed 30 May 2018
at 22:02
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"These people don't have papers," Durum says. "The guards are already looking into your story explaining why they're here. Conflict is rushing headlong toward us now."

He looks at Vander, "Why do you think the population here is so low? The Final Emperor doesn't tolerate any resistance and always knows when it is coming. His not being aware of what is happening right now tells me the High Druid is right about you. But soon he will know about this weakness."
Gilad Rott
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 The Bard
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Fri 1 Jun 2018
at 23:25
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"If we must fight, we'll fight." the bard answers Durum. "But even if we can defeat all Riverfall's occupiers-- and I'm flattered you think us capable of that feat, of course-- we'd be inviting reprisal upon the town and its folk, and we'd be no closer to Sigmund ourselves. "

Gilad looks up at the barracks looming ahead. "I say we play along for now, keep a low profile until the night, but keep our eyes and ears open. See what we can find out about how many are stationed here, perhaps how often other troops come through. Better yet, find out if there are any obvious marks here we might, ahem, 'liberate' some convincing passes from."

"And after nightfall, we'll have to make our choice. If we've a chance of quelling the soldiers here without word getting out for at least a few days-- long enough to put some miles between us and Riverfall-- it may be worth the risk. If not, we'd do better to slip out quietly, preferably with some documentation that can get us past whatever other checkpoints are between here and Axis."

Durum Stoneguard
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Sat 2 Jun 2018
at 19:02
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"Getting a small group to Axis undetected isn't the problem," Durum says. "Keeping the survivors of Brooken safe is. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think here is safe for them. I'm not sure where is.

"I will back you no matter what. You're our only hope for freedom. Long ago I decided I would die before serving the Emperor again."

Zanne
 player, 277 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 9/9 HP 64/64
Mon 4 Jun 2018
at 01:57
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"Is there any wiggle room for the survivors?" Zanne asks the druid. " If we vanish and they claim their homes were eatern by a hellhole, like Gilad said, and that we lied to them too... do they get wiped out on general principles or does the heat come after us?"

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Durum Stoneguard
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Mon 4 Jun 2018
at 02:24
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"Honestly, I have no idea," Durum says. "Usually the imperial forces are ready when a Hellhole opens. His foresight isn't limited to human activities. As far as I know, his purges don't leave survivors ... so that might work in their favor.

"This may be their best chance. They'll be basically enslaved but that's true of almost everyone in this Empire."


A flash of sadness breaks his stoic expression. "All of you, I'm sorry. This isn't a happy world you stumbled into. I wish I could take away this bitter cup and send you back to the obviously happy world you come from but I cannot."
Vander
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Mon 4 Jun 2018
at 04:31
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"There has to be a black market here." Vander points out. "Every time a tyrant tightens his grip, enough desperate or cunning folk always find space between his fingers." He sighed.

"That being said, teaching these people to live in the wilderness might be the best option for now. We do have a druid with us to help in that a regard..."
Durum Stoneguard
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Tue 5 Jun 2018
at 02:14
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Durum looks at Vander with a curious expression. "They are within the walls and housed in a guarded location while the guards verify the story you told. Do you think the guards will just let them walk out?"
Zanne
 player, 278 posts
 Human Sorcerer
 R 9/9 HP 64/64
Tue 5 Jun 2018
at 02:48
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"More like it's not hard to sneak people out of a city that's been smashed to pieces," Zanne says. "Old waterways, for one, or hidden tunnels..."
Vander
 player, 348 posts
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Tue 5 Jun 2018
at 14:53
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
In reply to Zanne (msg # 100):

"You are so smart! And yet you let me hang around you. I never will understand that lapse in judgement, but I will gladly take advantage of it!" He chuckled, and moved to tickle Zanne until his hands are slapped away.

"I should try to find all hidden ways into the town, and doubtless the local thieves' guild will make their presence known to me. Most likely with threats and such-unless I can offer them something valuable. I will have to wait and see what they want."
Durum Stoneguard
 player, 218 posts
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 HP: 80/80; Rec: 10/10
Wed 6 Jun 2018
at 22:22
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
Durum shakes his head sadly. "Vander, where do you think the Final Emperor first started his purges? Thieves' Guilds across the Empire fell one after the other. He would tell his forces go to this city and be at this location at this time. Arrest everyone there and kill those who resist.

"He has perfect foresight. He always knows what is going to happen. It makes his men impossible to defeat. Some will die in the battle, but he always sends enough men to win.

"If he takes to the field of battle, he is an unstoppable force. He doesn't need to parry an attack as he simply steps aside. His strikes always hit and always find the weak points in his opponent's armor.

"I keep trying to tell you this, but it doesn't seem to sink in. He always knows. The Thieves' Guilds are gone. Most of them are dead. Others are in prison or fighting for him."

Vander
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Thu 7 Jun 2018
at 14:51
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
In reply to Durum Stoneguard (msg # 102):

"So you are saying he's some sort of God?" Vander looked skeptically at that. "If that's the case then we would all be better off in the wilderness...unless he controls all that too?"
Durum Stoneguard
 player, 219 posts
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 HP: 80/80; Rec: 10/10
Thu 7 Jun 2018
at 18:20
Re: Chapter Four: The Final Empire
"As I said, the High Druid believes that you are immune to his foresight. I can't make decisions because he would become aware," Durum says. "I don't know if the others share your immunity."

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