The Mug and Cauldron.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Fisher 'Porter' Black
 player, 16 posts
 Young swordsman
Tue 29 Oct 2019
at 18:27
The Mug and Cauldron
Fisher takes his time, emboldened by the grace of his comrade who managed not to fall.  He makes note of the missing step but the consuming relative darkness is more concerning.  He turns his head half way and calls back.  ”Hey.  Can we get some more light down here?”


OOC:
Black is asking the bar folk if they can loan us more light.  When we get to the bottom I assume there is somewhere we can hang a lantern from the rafters, or a high place on a wall, or a shelf?  The more light the better.  Black isnt a fan of fighting in the dark.

Svendegard Yurick
 player, 16 posts
 Innkeeper's Son &
 Shevnian Adventurer
Tue 29 Oct 2019
at 18:36
The Mug and Cauldron
"Here. Mind ye don't break it, or we'll have to charge ye for it."
Sven takes a lantern off a shelf behind the bar, and hands it to Aldous, since he is at the top of the stair.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 18:37, Tue 29 Oct 2019.

Kazimir Yurick
 player, 18 posts
 Skald & Innkeeper
Tue 29 Oct 2019
at 18:39
The Mug and Cauldron
Kazimir nods his approval.
a fine smell begins wafting through the place, as onions and garlic are being sauteed.
"We'll see you later, for dinner. Good luck down there."

This message was last edited by the player at 20:09, Tue 29 Oct 2019.

Aldous Hack
 player, 18 posts
 Housekeeper's orphan,
 Street runner, rogue
Tue 29 Oct 2019
at 21:49
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Aldous quickly sheathes his knife to free a hand and takes the offered light.

"Thanks, Sven.  Here, Porter, take this."  Aldous sidles down far enough to hand over the second lantern, then, still holding his own light high, draws his large knife again.  "If you can spot a second peg, I wouldn't mind hanging mine up as well."

Once Porter is off the stairs, Aldous will finish the descent, feeling carefully for the missing tread.
Narrator
 GM, 6963 posts
 DM says
 roll for initiative!
Wed 30 Oct 2019
at 01:11
The Mug and Cauldron
In reply to Aldous Hack (msg # 97):

The lower level of the tavern is huge-the ceiling is supported by beams about two feet thick and a foot wide, and is about four yards from the floor below.  The additional light reveals a seething carpet of rats of various sizes, lured by the scent of the food being cooked above, the swarm toward the steps, of which three more continue pastbthe broken stair.
Thorg
 player, 17 posts
 Average Height, Heavy Set
Wed 30 Oct 2019
at 02:15
The Mug and Cauldron
Thorg stabs at the first one coming up.
Aldous Hack
 player, 19 posts
 Housekeeper's orphan,
 Street runner, rogue
Wed 30 Oct 2019
at 09:21
The Mug and Cauldron
"We may need something more than individual knives and spears."  Aldous takes a low swipe at the leading edge of the mass.
Fisher 'Porter' Black
 player, 17 posts
 Young swordsman
Wed 30 Oct 2019
at 15:02
The Mug and Cauldron
With his shield in hand Black does his best to take the offered lantern from Aldous but finds the only way he can is to sheath his regained sword.  The man lets out an audible growl as the swarm of rats surges.  It was more than he expected.


OOC:
The way I see it is shield is in left hand and lantern is in right.  Time to ditch the shield.

The rat swarm, are most of them normal size with just a few dog sized?  The three rushing for the top are they dog sized?  If the swarm near us is mostly normal sized Porter will just kick at them with his boot to knock them off the stairs.

My goal is to end up with sword in my right hand and the lantern in my left, as expediently as possible while not putting myself in heavy danger.

Thorg
 player, 18 posts
 Average Height, Heavy Set
Wed 30 Oct 2019
at 19:11
The Mug and Cauldron
Clearing these with weapons will take a long time... there are a lot of them. we need to find a better way.
Kazimir Yurick
 player, 19 posts
 Skald & Innkeeper
Wed 30 Oct 2019
at 23:29
The Mug and Cauldron
"Okay, then let's secure the door.
Let's put our heads together..."

Svendegard Yurick
 player, 17 posts
 Innkeeper's Son &
 Shevnian Adventurer
Wed 30 Oct 2019
at 23:31
The Mug and Cauldron
"Come, I'll bar the door again."
Sven, axe in hand, moves to the door, ready to do as he said, once the others are back in the bar.
Nana Yurick
 player, 6 posts
 Shevnian Adventuress &
 Innkeeper's Daughter
Wed 30 Oct 2019
at 23:42
The Mug and Cauldron
"We need a wizard with air spells...and a smoke bomb of toxicity, or one that brings sleep. We drop the bomb in the enclosed area, and the wizard uses their spells, to contain the smoke, and keep it from rising, until it's cleared...Then, you can go down there and just spear them, and stomp them, at your leisure!"
Nana suggests, she she finishes mopping up the mess, and having levered the two dead rats into a large burlap sack, with a meat hook.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:05, Thu 31 Oct 2019.

Thorg
 player, 19 posts
 Average Height, Heavy Set
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 00:29
The Mug and Cauldron
Perhaps easier if he just creates something permanent they don't like and they leave on their own.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:19, Thu 31 Oct 2019.

Kazimir Yurick
 player, 20 posts
 Skald & Innkeeper
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 01:33
The Mug and Cauldron
"That's an excellent idea.. Some sort of ward, or talisman. Hmm...."
Aldous Hack
 player, 20 posts
 Housekeeper's orphan,
 Street runner, rogue
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 11:45
The Mug and Cauldron
"I don't know magic, but I've got a pretty good handle on rats.  Make a poison for them and mix it with something they eat, and soon you only have rats that don't eat what you mixed the poison into.

"What is in the cellar that attracts the rats?  We must remove that."

Svendegard Yurick
 player, 18 posts
 Innkeeper's Son &
 Shevnian Adventurer
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 13:00
The Mug and Cauldron
"We don't rightly know..They were here when, we moved in. We've been unable to use our cellar, but I suspect the place was well stocked with foodstuffs, before the plague. Wheels of cheese, sacks of grain that have long mildewed, and set..They're living off something!"

This message was last edited by the player at 13:00, Thu 31 Oct 2019.

Thorg
 player, 20 posts
 Average Height, Heavy Set
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 16:50
The Mug and Cauldron
Makes sense... they do not generally like bright light either, so another possibility.
Fisher 'Porter' Black
 player, 18 posts
 Young swordsman
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 18:37
The Mug and Cauldron
At the sight of the swarm along with a few more larger varieties Black is only too happy to leave the uncertainty of the basement and watch as the bar is lowered once again securing their safety.  He follows along with the rapid fire of suggestions.  Being a man of muscle and steel he's never known a sorcerer personally but he's seen them and heard of their work.  That or some kind of simple smoke could be effective too especially if it were some sleeping agent, he thinks.  Not to be outdone Fisher offers another suggestion.  ”We could just burn them out.”


OOC:
I'm assuming Porter has his shield on his back, a lantern in his left hand and his right hand is empty.

Nana Yurick
 player, 7 posts
 Shevnian Adventuress &
 Innkeeper's Daughter
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 21:32
The Mug and Cauldron
"And burn down our tavern!? No, thank you!"
Kazimir Yurick
 player, 21 posts
 Skald & Innkeeper
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 21:34
The Mug and Cauldron
Kazimir and his son exchange incredulous glances
Sparky
 player, 1 post
 Skinny & hungry looking
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 22:31
The Mug and Cauldron
The is a slight knock at the door and it creaks slightly as it opens to let a skinny man in who looks like he hasn't eaten in quite a while and could use a bath and his clothes washed as well.

Do You still seek help ...  hope?
Kazimir Yurick
 player, 22 posts
 Skald & Innkeeper
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 22:57
The Mug and Cauldron
"Yes, we have a very large rat problem in our cellar. These three have just gotten started, but we're going over strategy, now. Come in! Come in!"
Sparky
 player, 3 posts
 Skinny & hungry looking
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 22:59
The Mug and Cauldron
Rats ?!   I hate Rats!  Scare the crap out of you running around and over you.
Nana Yurick
 player, 8 posts
 Shevnian Adventuress &
 Innkeeper's Daughter
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 23:05
The Mug and Cauldron
Nana lifts one of the huge rats partially out of the burlap sack on the freshly mopped floor.
"Yeah? Look at these! Think you can handle it, stranger?"
Svendegard Yurick
 player, 19 posts
 Innkeeper's Son &
 Shevnian Adventurer
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 23:12
The Mug and Cauldron
Svendegard pours the newcomer a cup of kvass, and hands it to him. "You can bunk in the stables with Boris, and these three, you can have three harder drinks on the house, and join us for supper. There'll be coin in it, and you can probably sell these carcasses to some goblins, or the guild kitchens for extra. I'm Sven, This is my sister Nana, Dad, and Ma's in the kitchen. What's your name, stranger?"

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 23:13, Thu 31 Oct 2019.