Adventure Begins!   Posted by Storyteller.Group: archive 1
Storyteller
 GM, 108 posts
Tue 5 Mar 2013
at 22:22
Re: Adventure Begins!
As Brech began to lift his father up, Mlat pushed him away and stood up, with considerable effort.
YOU FILTHY CHEATER! I know how it was, first that elf taunted and mocked me, then some halfling insulted me and got me right over there, so that witch- he pointed at the woman Pete was talking to could curse me! I still feel that magic on me! And this arrogant fool drove me to fight instead of my "son", while the others were busy with ensuring that the all-out brawl lasts longer! I know who is behind all of that, it's that charlatan over there! He just wanted to profit from others misfortune and started a fight so he could sell you those ineffective and overpriced potions. Did you see how quickly he ran over to him, fearing any competition? I know these types. Most of them only know bloodletting, or medicine that does you more harm then good! You even started those bets, you greedy swines! Want my money? Here, take it! With that, he throws his coin pouch to Alexander. (40 silver inside)
Then he turns to Brech. As for you, you betrayed me and your family by siding with inbred cretins. As such, you are no longer my son! Begone and stay here with these idiots and their little feast. After that, you will have to look out for yourself. You won't survive three days, boy! With that, he turns to leave, limping, followed by the rest of the lumberjacks. The villagers begin to get suspicious at his words, maybe they were said by Mlat, but they couldn't help but wonder if there was some truth to them. As such, no other injured people sought out Akhenated and the man he treated just gave him 5 silver and left without saying a word.
Well, this turned out well. sighed Brech as he was watching his father leaving with the rest. Then he spoke to Akhenaten and whoever was nearby. Say, do you have any room in that little party of yours? I assume you are mercenaries or adventurers or something and I always wanted to leave this place and see the world, maybe even become a real fighter instead of being forced to fight inexperienced villagers for my father's amusement. And now... well, it seems I don't even have much of a choice. he said, placing a hand on his axe he had on a belt. Quite unusual to bring weapons to a feast, but then again most of the lumberjacks also had their axes with them, so it seemed to be some kind of symbol of their trade they rarely left.
Akhenaten
 player, 87 posts
Tue 5 Mar 2013
at 22:57
Re: Adventure Begins!
Akhenaten shrugged and said, "We have no formal agreements and even if the others do not let you join nothing stops you from traveling near us. When we fight you fight. You take your prize as is your privilege. The others seem to wish to work on the basis of trust, so it would be counter productive to engage in untrustworthy behavior such as denying you your prize. Effectively, under such circumstances, you would be a member whether they officially included you or not. That is if we stick together. Our hiring agent has not shown up yet and with no formal agreements or idea of our task, we are sort of free to do as we wished. If we break apart I would have need of a bodyguard. I am useless in a fight and have already had someone try to rob me once. We would have to work out the employment agreement, it would obviously have to be based on prize and percentages as I can not pay you when I am not getting paid, but I am sure that if you want to leave we can help you with that."

He was already thinking over how to work out the agreement. What terms would be good and how to phrase things. This was how he was used to operating. He had to give Mlat credit for seeing through it all. He quickly managed to narrow down the person responsible for everything and articulate a possible plan. It was all quite neat and tidy. Akhenaten wished he had thought of it and had the resources to pull it off. He could run games like that anytime he needed money and just go place to place doing it.
Pete Yondallah
 player, 27 posts
Wed 6 Mar 2013
at 21:30
Re: Adventure Begins!
quote:
You know, that old dwarf Harald might know more. He was here just two days ago, asking questions about whether some of us encountered any bandits and kept asking around about everything anyone knows about that gang. Seemed really upset too, which is really unusual for him. He was supposed to come to the feast like every year... Oh, there he is! the woman points at an old dwarf with a long white beard in clothes someone tried to wash the dust and dirt from, many times, but ultimately failed.


Pete thanks the woman for her advice: "thak you so much, you've been so helpful! If I can return the favor, just call on me!."
He then approaches the old dwarf. He introduces himself and the other members of the group and says that they're adventurers looking to solve problems for money.
"And I heard that you, a dwarf called Harald, know more about a really unsettling problem. There seems to be a gang of bandits led by a man called Red Fox. Would you come with us so that we can discuss this matter more privately?"
Leigheas Croi
 player, 20 posts
Wed 6 Mar 2013
at 23:51
Re: Adventure Begins!
Leigha tapped her chin absentmindedly, her eyes flicking between Akehnaten and the Lumberjack. She stood up and waved her hand flippantly. "Well, I'm afraid any offer I could make you would hardly be better than his. From what I've seen so far, he seems to have a tad bit more skill in herbs and actual healing than I do. Or, at least, more... giving of his skills. That makes him more important." She seemed a little upset at this, having worked her entire life to be the best healer she could, but she quickly waved the feeling off. She sighed. "If you ever need someone else to be a meat shield for, I'll still be here." She said, smiling faintly to show that she was trying to joke, and turned to go sit somewhere else again. "Akehnaten, once this whole... fiasco is over, we'll need to talk and get a true measure of each other's skills. Combining them in an orderly and proper fashion will prove much more useful than having to figure out how to do that at the last minute." She said over her shoulder.
Akhenaten
 player, 91 posts
Thu 7 Mar 2013
at 00:08
Re: Adventure Begins!
He laughed and said, "From what I can tell the fiasco is over. There is no reason we can not discuss how to combine our skills in an orderly fashion now. We can also discuss the man's employment if he chooses to accept our offers. I was only attempting to give an array of options and he may have questions about who would make a better boss. You may have more to offer than you think. People want different things from their employment and you may offer something I do not have."

He moved to follow her. He was not sure how to suggest organizing their skills. It would have to start with an evaluation of each other and making some choices about how to do things. Everything started with them having to talk and there was not time like the present to do so.
Alexander McDorth
 player, 42 posts
Thu 7 Mar 2013
at 01:35
Re: Adventure Begins!
Alexander sat at his table quietly like he did before to him it was nothing to beat some sense into that idiot, though his body still had the bruises. He just relax now trying to come down from the adrenaline rush from the fight.
Storyteller
 GM, 111 posts
Thu 7 Mar 2013
at 23:14
Re: Adventure Begins!
I think that I will just join you properly, though I think that I need to ask that hiring agent of yours first. Where is he anyway? No one was able to answer Brech, so he just shrugged. Well, that can always come later.

By then, the group finally got together, as the dwarf appeared told Pete to gather all of his companions and led you all, Brech included, to some abandoned barn downhill.

As everyone

There we are, no one should hear us here, people avoid this place like a plague, since they think it's haunted. Utter nonsense, I would have already sensed any ghosts if there were some.

Now, I know who you are, those "beginning adventurers" Stabor found, he described each and every one of you and I would know those clothes everywhere.
he said, pointing to Akhenaten. Well, apart from him, aren't you that idiot Mlat's son? Brech: Well, yes, but I joined them too. And yes, my father is an idiot.
Good enough. So long as you don't take up after your old man. Anyway, as you can probably tell, Stabor isn't coming. He is... well, dead. You just missed the funeral. Not that it was a really big one, mind you. Just me and some drunken priest who couldn't even pronounce his name right. He really deserved a better ending then this. Harald said, with sadness being clearly visible on his face.
Ke'rill Sha'tar
 player, 38 posts
Thu 7 Mar 2013
at 23:20
Re: Adventure Begins!
Ke'rill tilted his head at the dwarf's words...Stabor was dead. "Pray tell how Stabor died?  I only knew him for a short time, but I'd very much like to know what caused his demise as he is the one who gathered us all here." It didn't seem right, the man who'd found him in his small little village, was dead, the only connection to anyone else here. What could this mean for our journey? Ke'rill wondered to himself as he stood there in shock of the news.
Akhenaten
 player, 92 posts
Fri 8 Mar 2013
at 00:28
Re: Adventure Begins!
Akenaten had not known the man well and had assumed on his absence that they were going to self organize. While the elf might have been curious about his death Akenaten had other questions. He wanted to know about their expedition. There was no reason to let the information go to waste. Akenaten looks at the elf and says, "Cascading organ failure. I would say there is a good chance his death was caused by cascading organ failure."

Cascading organ failure killed just about everyone. You die in a fire. Your organs failed due to heat one after another as each one stopped protecting the others. Skin and lungs tended to be the first in that case. You get stabbed to death there is an acute structural failure in the skin and some internal organs followed by a failure of other organs as the damaged ones can no longer do their job.
Leigheas Croi
 player, 21 posts
Fri 8 Mar 2013
at 01:52
Re: Adventure Begins!
Leigha was flabbergasted. She really hadn;t know all that much about the man either, but he had been the one who had helped her to find her new life. "He... he's dead? But.." She trailed off at the end. "As long as he was surrounded by friends at his funeral, I think it should be fine." She said, still queit, but at least not about to burst into tears.
Pete Yondallah
 player, 30 posts
Fri 8 Mar 2013
at 21:07
Re: Adventure Begins!
Pete was shocked and stricken with grief by the terrible news of Stabor's death.
"No, not dead", he moaned. "Please tell me it's not true. No, no, tell me it's an illusion, a bad dream. Not Stabor, not that fabulous adventurer who could lead us to glory! No, this is the end. What are we to do now? What meaning has this whole venture without Stabor. Please, tell me this is just a terrible joke.
Is there a grave? A sign, a memory? Or has that drunk priest just burned Stabor's body on a funeral pyre and ignited everything that was his?
"

He was silent for a minute or two, to hear if there was any more information to be gathered from the dwarf.
Storyteller
 GM, 112 posts
Sat 9 Mar 2013
at 21:31
Re: Adventure Begins!
Harald looks over each and every one of you and then nods in acknowledgement of your kind words. Unfortunately, he is dead. Some men ambushed him behind a tavern, beat him to a pulp and left him for dead at the street. No healer or apothecary could help him anymore...
We burned the body at a funeral pyre and spread his ashes over the forest, where he liked it the most.

With a deep sigh, he continues: Stabor and I were once adventuring together, until I finally got tired of it and retired. He still visited me every time he was crossing the mountains. Some time ago, he heard about Red Fox and the bounty on his head, not to mention the tax money he stole and hid until the heat dies down. His plan was to track down Red Fox with your help, beat the location of the hidden loot from him and then turn his head for the reward. Simple plan, with potential doubke reward, from the hidden tax-money to the bounty on Red Fox. One shepherd named Brzota told him that he knows where the bandits are hiding, but would only tell him if he paid him some hard money. He is a greedy bastard and the fact that the bandits would kill him if they found out only made it worse. So Stabor was trying to raise the money, but he got killed and those murderers stole his coin pouch.
Listen, if you are serious about becoming adventurers, then you should seek out Brzota and try to haggle with that stubborn old fool. He lives in a chalet to the north with all his sheep, about a day to get there on foot.
But be warned, this whole thing will be very dangerous.

With that, he turns to leave. Now, please excuse me. I am too tired and it's really hard for me to talk about this. You can rest the night here, my bones tell me that there is a storm to come in the night and my bones are about the only thing I can depend on for a long time now.
With that, he leaves you in the old barn with your thoughts.

This message was last edited by the GM at 13:41, Sun 10 Mar 2013.

Akhenaten
 player, 93 posts
Sat 9 Mar 2013
at 22:12
Re: Adventure Begins!
Akhenaten looks at the others and says, "Well, I can whip up a few poisons to work at the stick in our negotiations with him if you all would like. I tend to prefer going with the carrot, but seeing as it is coming out of pocket I think this might be an occasion to rely heavily on the stick to get what we want. Assuming you all still want to do this? We have not formal agreements, but Brech needs to get out of this place and start making money and I am currently unemployed. While murdering directly is not my normal form of employment it seems to be what is on the table and the margins on it look good. If we can get the money he has hidden and turn him in we can likely do quite well for ourselves. Not to mention the rewards we could collect from his other victims."

He was considering how much money they might have collected and taxes and what the reward might be. He could get quite a bit out of it, but it would be costly to do it alone. He would need others and that meant either hiring them or getting these people on board.
Pete Yondallah
 player, 31 posts
Sun 10 Mar 2013
at 15:27
Re: Adventure Begins!
Pete called after the disappearing Harald: "hey, where do we find Brzota? In which direction?"

Thinking about it, he said to the others: "we've little choice in this matter. If we split up and travel alone, we may well be killed in this region, like Stabor. If we stay together, we've got a chance to find Brzota, who in my view is guilty of getting Stabor killed. He's got to compensate us by telling where we can find Red Fox. It may take a while, but eventually he'll talk. Then we'll deal with Red Fox and get the money. AFter that, it will be a lot safer to travel alone, I guess.

So let's stay here for the night and then start looking for the shepherd tomorrow.
"
Storyteller
 GM, 114 posts
Mon 11 Mar 2013
at 21:29
Re: Adventure Begins!
Brech: I think I know the way to him. Father used to be friends with him, but then they stopped visiting each other. I think they split over some money father owed him. Don't know much about him, though, other then what we have already heard, that he IS a greedy bastard.
Alexander McDorth
 player, 43 posts
Tue 12 Mar 2013
at 00:24
Re: Adventure Begins!
"Poisons take to long to get answers from people in my opinion. At least the ones they can survive do the sword however usually gets the job done quickly. You'd be surprised how quickly men talk when shown a sharp blade." Alexander said as he pulled the sword he carried from its scabbard only slightly revealing a polished blade that seemed so sharp it could cut you just by looking at it wrong.
Ke'rill Sha'tar
 player, 39 posts
Tue 12 Mar 2013
at 00:33
Re: Adventure Begins!
Ke'rill nodded in agreement with Alexander, Aye, he's right.  The sword works much faster than any poison I've seen.  Though, I can always pluck a few arrows in places they don't belong and get him talking, without removing limbs.  I'm not one for typically harming innocents, but this shepherd is responsible for the death of the only link we share.  I think that's reason enough for us to stick together to see at least this part through, the money would help as well.  You can count me in on this little adventure."
Akhenaten
 player, 94 posts
Tue 12 Mar 2013
at 00:43
Re: Adventure Begins!
Akhenaten shrugged and said, "You do not always want it to be fast. A poison lets them know what is going to happen if they do not comply and you can reverse the damage. You all start hacking off limbs and they are going to be a bit harder to reattach. I can try, but I doubt he can pay me enough for that service. I must admit that you are right in this case though. Your weapons are likely better. I simply did not want you all underestimating my poisons."

Honestly it was more a matter of giving him something to bill them for than their effectiveness. He knew their tools would work better, but if he could get them to buy his poisons all the better. He still had things to work out with Leigheas and getting an idea of what he could offer them was part of finding how to work things out. There were also fast poisons. He had seen them used before. It was rare that they were needed, but those who wanted them paid well for them.
Akhenaten
 player, 97 posts
Fri 15 Mar 2013
at 23:31
Re: Adventure Begins!
Akenaten turned his attention to Leigheas Croi and said, "I believe that leaves us in the position of working out how best to mesh out talents. How do we wish to go about the discussion? A review of our training? A comparison of our skill at various tasks? Or some other method?"

He honestly had no idea how to go about making the determination. He was used to working in a place where there was plenty of work for everyone and they just sort of took things as they came. Whoever was available did what needed to be done. Healing people only required one of them and if an order needed to be filled they would take parts of it based on their own personal knowledge of their work. Actually allocating tasks was not one of his better skills. The more he saw the difficulties of working with others the more he started to understand his father's decision. He was not ready to deal with all the things he would have needed to deal with if he was running his shop.
Leigheas Croi
 player, 23 posts
Sat 16 Mar 2013
at 02:12
Re: Adventure Begins!
Ligha's eyebrows scrunched together as she thought briefly. "Well... there's not really much I can go over. I was trained by an herbwomen who lived near the town of Iguin. She was known rather widely around that area and the surrounding towns, but I don't know how far she was. I had just finished my apprenticeship with her when she said I should go out and learn more on my own. She said that it would do well for me, and that it certainly had for her as a younger woman. I think the most extensive injury I've treated was... a few broken ribs, a broken arm, broken ankle, infection, high fever, and... something to do with a bad heart. A stubborn old Hunter ended up getting rammed by an elk while he was out hunting. His friends were barely able to get him to my masters hut in time." She stopped talking, trying to remember something else. "I was trained in the creation of poisons and normal potions, but I adopted the morals of my teacher and believe the creation of poison to be... un-ethical, under all but the most strict circumstances. Which mean's that's something I'll be leaving to you." She stopped again, counting off something on her fingers. "Uhhhh... I can't really think of anything else to say. As was pointed out at the beginning, I'm more of a secondary in case your indisposed. I have the skills and abilities, but I'm less inclined to use mine. Mostly because I'm not interested in money, and my supplies are limited. I'll restrict everything I have to taking care of the group. You can borrow my supplies when you need them, but how about you try to take care of getting us some extra money when we're in towns?"
Akhenaten
 player, 98 posts
Sat 16 Mar 2013
at 03:16
Re: Adventure Begins!
Akhenaten nodded and said, "Reasonable. I have no objections to whoring out my skills to those who are willing to pay. As long as the feelings of the people do not turn sour like they did tonight I should be able to make a tidy profit. It might be helpful if I had people directed to me though. I am not always the best at making people feel comfortable in seeking treatment. Most of my work was done on people who knew they needed to be there. I also have no issue working on poisons, so if you have an ethical concern in making them it might be best that those were handed off to me as you suggested. If you need my assistance at some point when treating someone I am more than happy to lend it."

He thought it was a weak sort of morality that simply had one wash their hands of an act. Was one truly clean of the act if they handed it off to someone else knowing it was going to be done? Was the king as guilty of the murder of the men who he ordered his knights to kill? He had always thought that it was a hard distinction to make between those who engaged in an act and those who caused the act. He solved it by being simply understanding that everyone had blood on their hands and that meant very little. There were no "good" or "clean" people. Those who pretended to be any nobler than others were only fooling themselves.
Storyteller
 GM, 119 posts
Thu 28 Mar 2013
at 23:07
Re: Adventure Begins!
Eventually, you all decided to go to sleep, the old barn protecting you from the approaching storm.

Everyone can refill all of their Ability Points, since you rested well. (if you were, say, out in the wildreness and needed to keep watch, you would only refill 3 ability points.

In the morning, you all set up to wherever Brzota lives, Brech leading you. The road goes downhill, on the way, you pass through Bojanov again, the villagers still in the middle of celebration. After all, it is supposed to last for three days.

You quickly pass through, going down the road. At noon, you get to a river, with strong current after winter, from all of that melted snow. Seems that the only bridge leading over it collapsed and if you want to get over it, you will either have to swim (which will be dangerous) or find some other solution. The only safe crossing over the river is the place where the bridge used to be, on the river bank there are many trees.
Akhenaten
 player, 100 posts
Fri 29 Mar 2013
at 04:21
Re: Adventure Begins!
Akhenaten had several ideas about how to get across. There was the possibility of felling a few trees and fashioning them into a raft to simply pole to the other side. They would end up floating down river a bit, but it would allow them to use smaller trees. They could also fell a large tree and simply have it fall across the river and make a very simple beam bridge. This had the advantage of not requiring additional materials, but would require a large enough tree close enough. No matter what it would fall to the others to execute whatever plan. Swords might not be meant for cutting down trees, but they were far better tools for it than anything he carried.
Akhenaten
 player, 102 posts
Tue 2 Apr 2013
at 20:59
Re: Adventure Begins!
Akhenaten looked at the others and said, "So, you all know the area better than I. Are we better off making a temporary bridge, waiting for someone else to repair this one, or waiting for a boat?"

He knew the river back home was used for trading and ships did not care to have their way blocked by obstructions, but given the fact that a bridge existed here at one point made it unlikely that anyone would mind too much. The question then was as to what was the best course of action. They were in a bit of a hurry, so waiting to get it fixed by someone else could be problematic. The same problem existed for waiting for a boat. The issue was that building a bridge was no easy task and might not be within their abilities.
Minghan
 player, 11 posts
Thu 29 May 2014
at 04:42
Re: Adventure Begins!

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