Appendix: And another thing...   Posted by The Empire.Group: 0
The Empire
 GM, 19 posts
Mon 14 Oct 2013
at 15:41
Appendix: And another thing...
Please use this thread to carry on conversations while the main thread has moved on. Might be useful for the discussion between Zanne and Vander, for example, or for further exploration of Sigmund's background.
Zanne
 player, 8 posts
 Human Sorcerer
Mon 14 Oct 2013
at 18:36
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
Zanne pauses. Damn it.

She whispers back,  She resumes walking with an annoyed look at him. "Come on, we'll talk while we walk."
Vander
 player, 10 posts
 Thief, con artist, Rake..
 ...but has his own code
Mon 14 Oct 2013
at 18:41
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
In reply to Zanne (msg # 2):

He whispered back as they walked.  He shrugged. "Anyways, the offer to help is sincere. I don't betray my friends-my real friends anyways." He smiled at her.
Zanne
 player, 9 posts
 Human Sorcerer
Mon 14 Oct 2013
at 20:48
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
 she mutters, before smiling at Vander. "But thanks. If I decide- well, if I need help, I'll let you know."
Vander
 player, 11 posts
 Thief, con artist, Rake..
 ...but has his own code
Mon 14 Oct 2013
at 21:01
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
In reply to Zanne (msg # 4):

He shrugged. "Its in my interest to help you succeed. Don't be shy to ask-I want you to get this done."

He paused. Then he whispered something else.
Zanne
 player, 13 posts
 Human Sorcerer
Tue 15 Oct 2013
at 06:25
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
Zanne looks surprised.  she pauses, and sighs
Vander
 player, 14 posts
 Thief, con artist, Rake..
 ...but has his own code
Tue 15 Oct 2013
at 12:08
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
In reply to Zanne (msg # 6):

Vander smiled. He whispered back.
Gilad Rott
 player, 130 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 45/45 Recoveries: 8/8
Sat 20 Sep 2014
at 09:51
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
Gilad joins his friends in burying Martin (or what remains of him, after that lighting burst thoroughly scorched the paladin's body) near the spot where he fell in battle, overlooking the smoldering ruins of the ziggurat in the plaza below. Taking the Sword of the Storm, now rather singed, Gilad stabs it into the soil and leaves it upright, a marker for the grave of its wielder.

"And then there were five." the bard mutters, looking over his remaining comrades. A prayer might be appropriate, Gilad muses, but the bard's never been much of a religious man, and Vethryn looks like she's got enough on her mind already. Gilad leaves the others to make their peace with the passings of Rhythis and Martin in their own manners.

---

Gilad spends much of the night awake, idly testing melodies on his kantele, not quite comfortable sleeping soundly with the necrotic diadem nearly fused into his head.

"I do believe there's more at work than happenstance here..." he murmurs, mostly to himself, though anyone else awake through the night would hear him. "Or at least, that's what I'll claim in the retelling."

"We were beset by assailants bearing the shield of Sigmund's slain brother, only for a mighty storm to devastate both companies, and reveal the way into the valley, where we laid to rest an ancient evil... and afterwards, another warband struck at Sigmund and his family, and the tide of battle was turned in our favor by the storm conjured by Martin's fall."

"Mayhaps the storm dragon that guided Martin played a greater role in this expedition than we realized, and preserved our departed knight long enough to effect the destruction of the beast of the fallen star... But with the dragon's knightly avatar now ascended beyond this world, is our part in its story finished, then? The unearthed secrets of this valley way heavy on me. I do so detest loose ends..."

The tune Gilad plays upon his kantele shifts into passages of the ancient creation songs, and the bard begins to construct a new song, of the might of the storm and the stormbringer...
Sigmund
 player, 164 posts
 Human Fighter
 HP: 12/48 Rec:2/9
Mon 22 Sep 2014
at 12:56
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
Sigmund approaches the new warrior and extends his hand.

"Thank you for your aid. I fear that the incident you just saw was partially my fault. I am Sigmund."

This message was last edited by the player at 12:58, Mon 22 Sept 2014.

Vethryn
 player, 106 posts
 High Elf Cleric
 HP: 32/32 Rec: 7/8
Tue 23 Sep 2014
at 03:57
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
That night, Vethryn goes to speak to Sigmund on her own.

"There is something I should tell you," she says.  She seems rather uncomfortable.

"I will not let you be captured or killed, by the orc lord's minions or by anyone else.  And I will come with you to help put a stop to this ritual.  But you should know, I too, have a... complicated past.  And depending on where this path leads, the day may come when I cannot follow you.  And I think you need to know this now, because I will not betray those I have fought beside."



Vethryn also finds an opportunity to speak to Shakru .

"Shakru.  It's probably clear that I am not an ordinary sort of elf," she says to him in orcish, "in some respects, not really an elf at all. But as you have seen, I stay loyal to my fighting-companions, as Ushug commands, as the old ways demand which are so often forgotten among the orcs.   But there are some... details they may find confusing and upsetting.  Especially who, exactly, Ushug is."

OOC:  I'll make it all work out somehow...
Shakru
 player, 120 posts
 Half-orc barbarian
 Hits 45 / 4
Wed 24 Sep 2014
at 06:57
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
The half orc turned to face the warrior called Sigmund and clasped his offered arm " Worry yourself not that you have drawn me into this fight. I was drawn into it on the day of my birth." He turned slightly to address the elf.

" The old ways now if only my father would follow the old ways then perhaps I would be heir to my tribe instead of my brother. I was first born and by right, tradition and the old ways should take my father's place. But due to the nature of my birth I am but half the person my father thinks I am."

He snorts " I am half orc, curse blooded in his eyes less than the wolves that skulk round the camp looking for food. The night my brother was born he sent warriors to kill me ..... his mistake, " he fingered the chain of ears round his neck " I will keep collecting the ears of the ones he sends until the day I can present them to his corps"

He then smiled, not the most pleasant of sights on an orcish face " so you see my friends these vile creatures here" he points at the dead and the shaman on the floor" have turned from the old ways and resorted to ambush to do my fathers bidding. I have no love loss for him and none for the Orc Lord for making me this way."

"I think the fates of the old ways meant us to meet here today. I will not disobey the fates, I will accompany you and you group if you will have me." he turned once again to Sigmund " I will give you my axe, I will lay down my life in your service .... I will spit in the Orc Lord"s face before he take you an yours."
Sigmund
 player, 166 posts
 Human Fighter
 HP: 12/48 Rec:2/9
Thu 25 Sep 2014
at 01:11
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
Sigmund grins broadly. "Valiant words and a common enemy make me your friend." He extends his hand to Shakru.




To Vethryn, Sigmund looks confused. "I must say, your statement confuses me. Do you not want to visit the Army?"
Vethryn
 player, 107 posts
 High Elf Cleric
 HP: 32/32 Rec: 7/8
Thu 25 Sep 2014
at 02:32
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
"Yes, I suppose we should.  We should get to the bottom of this.  I - perhaps I am worrying for no reason," she says to Sigmund.  You get the impression she would like to say more, to Sigmund and Shakru both, but thinks better of it.
Sigmund
 player, 167 posts
 Human Fighter
 HP: 12/48 Rec:2/9
Fri 26 Sep 2014
at 13:25
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
Vethryn:
"Yes, I suppose we should.  We should get to the bottom of this.  I - perhaps I am worrying for no reason," she says to Sigmund.  You get the impression she would like to say more, to Sigmund and Shakru both, but thinks better of it.


Sigmund shrugs. "Very well. I do not presume to ever lead anyone of any consequence. I am grateful for your companionship while I have it." His face is pained. "I find I miss Martin already. A noble soul."
Vander
 player, 122 posts
 Thief, con artist, Rake..
 ...but has his own code
Sat 27 Sep 2014
at 03:34
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
Vander did not want to dwell on Martin. He disliked losing people, although he and Martin seemed a bit like oil and vinegar. Not that Martin ever complained about him or anything-its just that they had little in common. So instead he focused on the new comer. "Welcome, Shakru!  Its always good to have a mighty warrior who can distract the foe away from me and my knives!" He chuckled and bowed to the half orc.
Shakru
 player, 122 posts
 Half-orc barbarian
 Hits 45 / 4
Sun 28 Sep 2014
at 13:19
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
Shakru bowed to the little man "I will do my best to put myself between you and danger little friend.... And endeavour to stray out of the way of your little blades"
The Empire
 GM, 280 posts
Tue 30 Sep 2014
at 17:34
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
Zanne, every night a figure has been appearing in your dreams, a young raven-haired woman dressed in the garb of a priestess from the necrotic city who simply stands in the background, listening. Finally last night she spoke to you, haltingly, as though new to your language. She explains she is called Ramit-Na, and her soul is trapped in the necrotic mirror you found in the palace. She tells you soul will be free once she has answered three questions, and hints she can tell you more - but you'll have to use up one of your questions...
Gilad Rott
 player, 138 posts
 The Bard
 HP: 45/45 Recoveries: 9/9
Wed 1 Oct 2014
at 04:17
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
During the party's trek back through the Stalking Trees, Gilad alternates his time between regaling Shakru with an embellished recounting of their exploration of the ancient city, and studying the fragments of the staff left behind by the mysterious tribesman.

Still uncertain of the intent behind the tribesman's brief display, the bard compares the designs on the staff to what he saw back in the ruins, and to his own accumulated knowledge of artifacts and enchantments, curious to see if there's any sort of magic imbued in the object. Ruefully, he reflects that it would've been fruitful to be able to consult Rhythis on this one...

Gilad Rott rolled 21 using 1d20+8. INT Check + Wandering Minstrel.
The Empire
 GM, 285 posts
Tue 7 Oct 2014
at 13:24
Re: Appendix: And another thing...
As you mull over over the carvings on the broken staff you start to hear the last vestiges of the magic that once imbued the enchanted wood. After a few days of meditation you come to a conclusion: in your judgement, the wielder of the staff was charged with keeping the Hidden Valley secret so the evil within could not escape to plague the wider world. Despite their murderous intentions, it seems that the tribesmen had the greater good in mind when they tried to wipe out the expedition. Perhaps, given the right circumstances, the staff could be remade, but right now it's power is almost spent...