A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 253 posts
 All Seeing Eye
Wed 19 Aug 2015
at 00:21
A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
Your party winds its way to the Blue Towers gate and on through the Foreign Quarter.
The press of people make a small passage for your party to squeeze your way through.
In turn you made way for palanquins carrying nobles through the crowd without their guards having to push you back.

It was hard to take in all the sights as your remote island had nothing like this.
Stone building towering overhead all painted with bright colors.
Some faded, some freshly painted. All proclaiming the glory of one clan or another and how what it made was the best in the world.

Though the shadows of the narrow alleys beckoned its relief from the sun, the smell of open toilets was strong.

After a time you came to another wall and a well manned gate.
Here Huntsman Chodo presented a paper and showed the clan chop around his neck.
You also noticed that the few coins included with the paper were not returned with it.
The guards were courteous and pass everyone through.

Crossing easily through the gate opening you entered what looked and felt like a different city.
Here there were even more palanquins but the people moved at a more stately pace.
Everything was clean and stainless.

Huntsman Chodo whispered to the two of you, "Don't look directly at anyone and don't say anything unless questioned."
"Insults are expensive here and easily given."
Kumahl
 player, 113 posts
Wed 19 Aug 2015
at 03:09
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
Kumahl nods at Huntsman Chodo's comment.
Huruyan
 player, 109 posts
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Wed 19 Aug 2015
at 10:26
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
In reply to Kumahl (msg # 2):

Huruyan hears Chodo, but still can't keep from looking up at all the brightly painted buildings. He does however carefully avoid watching the people to closely.

This message was last edited by the player at 10:28, Wed 19 Aug 2015.

Huntsman Chodo
Wed 19 Aug 2015
at 12:45
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
Blocking the way were two palanquins.
The occupants were talking to each other while the bearers stood in the heat supporting their heavy load.

"This may be a good time to clear up some misunderstanding."

"Our clan was returning a male Kuruku which was a pet for Grand Administrator of the Armory Ibash of the Iron Fist when it slipped its leash."
"He is a senior member of Iron Fist and had desired the Kuruku to be trained."

"The Kuruku grabbed a bracelet and while we were trying to catch it, it jumped in the well."
"I guess it thought it was a burrow but either way both were lost."

"We can replace the Kuruku but the bracelet is another matter."
"From the stir it raised, it is not just any bracelet and has to be returned."

"We are going to the clan house of Iron Fist so must watch our manners carefully."

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:35, Wed 19 Aug 2015.

Huruyan
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Wed 19 Aug 2015
at 13:17
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
In reply to Huntsman Chodo (msg # 4):

"I understand, thank you for the information."

This message was last edited by the player at 13:24, Wed 19 Aug 2015.

Kumahl
 player, 114 posts
Wed 19 Aug 2015
at 18:59
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
In reply to Huruyan (msg # 5):

Kumahl looks at the Huntsman, nods and continues to survey the environment.
GM
 GM, 254 posts
 All Seeing Eye
Thu 20 Aug 2015
at 01:25
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
"There it is," said Huntsman Chodo as he led the group past the front of a tall wall.
"We will be going in the back entrance."

The building presented an imposing facade. The bas-relief on the building was enhanced by gold.
Scenes in a classical style showed warriors defeating their enemies.
There was a clear indication that the warriors were followers of Chiteng from the cruel acts captured in the carvings.

Around the corner you arrived at the entrance where the unofficial business of the clan came and went.
Guards watched your approach. All had the Iron Fist emblem and were wearing expensive and elaborate plate armor.
Many had the stylized two-handed sword of Chiteng displayed as well.

One of the guards stopped you and Huntsman Chodo presented the silver tube with the document.

The guards called the on duty officer to review the document and authorize your entrance.

After quick discussion with Huntsman Chodo, a servant was summoned to lead you to the well.
GM
 GM, 255 posts
 All Seeing Eye
Thu 20 Aug 2015
at 01:44
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
As you passed into the building you determined that even the servants had a better lot than what you were used to back on the island.
All had simple clothes but of good material. Your's looked shabby and faded in comparison.

There were ceiling sweeps being operated by slaves that kept the air moving. The oppressive heat from outside was lessened here.
The rooms were spacious with expensive decorations along the walls.
The storage containers and pots that people were using to do the household chores were first rate, as were the tables.

There was plenty of room with no feeling of crowding even in the working area of the clanhouse.

Following a hallway you passed out into a courtyard that was surrounded on all sides by balconies three floors high.
There were large and small well maintained potted plants artfully placed around the courtyard.
On the side you entered from was an opening in the pavement with a low stone rim.

It was the well, you confirmed, as you arrived at it.

Well dressed men and women with coiffured hair were at ease on the scattered benches.
They looked at you with mild interest but continued about their business.
Kumahl
 player, 115 posts
Thu 20 Aug 2015
at 04:01
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
GM:
On the side you entered from was an opening in the pavement with a low stone rim.

It was the well, you confirmed, as you arrived at it.


What is the measured distance from opening in the pavement to the well?
GM
 GM, 256 posts
 All Seeing Eye
Thu 20 Aug 2015
at 12:24
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
The courtyard looks to be 150 feet wide by 300 feet long with the well opening 30 feet from the center of the back side.
The one foot high and wide rim of the well is marble and encloses a hole that is 5 feet in diameter.
Near where you entered there is shelving with assorted size buckets and hung coils of rope.
There is a slight wear pattern on the floor that indicates the well has used frequently and for long.

It is clear that though the well is often used, the aesthetics are more important than the function.

Looking down, the bricked shaft goes about 30 feet and then widens suddenly.
About 50 feet down you see the glint of roiling water.
From 30 feet down to the water the sides can't be seen.
Kumahl
 player, 116 posts
Thu 20 Aug 2015
at 13:04
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
Kumahl approaches the well and waits for the porters to set the equipment down.

Looking to Huruyan and pointing into the well, "We might need to weigh you down, the water is moving very swiftly."
Huruyan
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Thu 20 Aug 2015
at 13:41
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
In reply to Kumahl (msg # 11):

"I agree," turning to Chodo, "our apologies for not anticipating this issue, but we will need some weights to keep me from being washed away, they can be as simple as rocks."

This message was last edited by the player at 17:11, Thu 20 Aug 2015.

Huntsman Chodo
Thu 20 Aug 2015
at 17:35
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
"That is unfortunate, as is not bringing a scribe and a messenger so that we can request something be delivered."

"It is unprofessional that we will have to ask our employer to provide materials."
He looks truly embarrassed.

"What specifically do I need to request?"
Kumahl
 player, 117 posts
Thu 20 Aug 2015
at 19:09
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
"Maybe we could use some old pots filled with water and tied to Huruyan's waist, that he could drag along the aqueduct's floor.
GM
 GM, 258 posts
 All Seeing Eye
Fri 21 Aug 2015
at 00:38
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
Huntsman Chodo speaks with the guard that is standing back by the hallway you entered from.
They shake a rattle to summon the caretaker of the atrium and talk to him for a bit.

The caretaker in turn summons a couple of younger clansmen and they in turn summon a few of the servant clansmen.

The younger clansmen herd the servants as they carry a small statue from a back corner to the well.

Huntsman Chodo is there to meet them and thanks them profusely for taking the time and providing a work of art for our purposes.

Once all the grovelling is over and the clansmen go back to what they were doing, Huntsman Chodo turns to you.

"Well cousins, they didn't have any old pots."
"They wouldn't keep such around or if they did they wouldn't admit it."
"They have provided this. Hopefully it will do?"
"If not we may have to come back later with all the gear we need."
"I have no desire to ask them for more things."
He looks at the two of you sternly.

The statue is of a man sitting in a lotus position and is carved from soapstone.
From the way it was carried it looks like it may weigh close to 50 pounds.
There is a layer of dust on it and you can see the hand prints of the servants.
Kumahl
 player, 118 posts
Fri 21 Aug 2015
at 04:46
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
Kumahl unpacks the basket. One of the 100 foot ropes he loops one around the statue, ties it off, and lifts up to test his knot. Kumahl then lifts the statue into the empty basket. The handles of the basket Kumahl ties together, then fashions a harness so that Huruyan could slip out of the weight if he needs to.

Kumahl assembles the pulley system, using the poles and his tripod setup. Before attaching the pulley he strings the rope tied around the statue through it. His other rope he sets to the right side of the well.

Looking to Huruyan, he hands him a leather helmet. "I will try and keep my comments limited. And i should be able to hear what you are thinking. The range is limited, so there will be a point without communications."
Huruyan
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Fri 21 Aug 2015
at 13:22
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
In reply to Kumahl (msg # 16):

"I'm not sure how that works, but I trust you." Huruyan takes the Drop of Sunlight and puts it into the small net he had fashioned for it and ties it securely around his neck so the stone would shine out in front of him. Unhappy with the way the light moved he tied an additional line around his chest to keep it tight. When that was secured to his satisfaction he took the Eye and in similar fashion tied it around his waist where it was convenient but unlikely to get in the way.After all of this he then starts to get into the harness that will attach him to the weighted basket. When he was done he turned to Kumahl and asked,"What do you think, are our preparations the best we can do?"

This message was last edited by the player at 13:26, Fri 21 Aug 2015.

Kumahl
 player, 119 posts
Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 16:28
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
In reply to Huruyan (msg # 17):

To show Huruyan how the helmet works, he uses his telepathy I believe we are. I shall hoist the statue to relieve the weight until you are safely in the water.

Turning to the Huntsman, "We are ready to get under way. Blessing of Thumis to us all."

Kumahl begins hoisting the excess line until the  statue is off the ground and Huruyan can move to the well.
Huruyan
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Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 17:00
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
In reply to Kumahl (msg # 18):

Huruyan thinks back at Kumahl, communicating this way is very strange.
GM
 GM, 260 posts
 All Seeing Eye
Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 18:10
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
Huruyan grabs the rope under the statue and swings out over the well.
Carefully he starts to lower himself down the rope slack under the statue.
He is about ten feet under the hanging statue when the slack runs out and he is ready for Kumahl to begin lowering both of them.

Using the gem, Huruyan can see that there is a lip along the water channel about two feet wide on each side.

The water enters through one wall and flows across a small ten foot wide chamber and out through the wall on the other side.
Huruyan can see three of the sides but orientated towards the back side of the atrium is an opening as wide as this chamber.

This lip is close to a foot above the water and on the side without the walls, the floor continues as far as you can see into the darkness.

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:32, Mon 24 Aug 2015.

Huruyan
 player, 116 posts
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Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 18:22
Re: A1 S5: Deeper Than It Looks
Huruyan communicates what he is seeing to Kumahl. He checks carefully everywhere there is a possible place for the bracelet to have fallen in hopes that entering the water with all it's dangers and problems might not be necessary.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:08, Sun 23 Aug 2015.