A4 S3: Behind Door Number One.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
Huruyan
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Thu 4 Aug 2016
at 10:44
A4 S3: Behind Door Number One
In reply to Kumahl (msg # 29):

Huruyan gathers up the pieces of armor that are in good condition and puts them in containers for transport.
GM
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Thu 4 Aug 2016
at 11:05
A4 S3: Behind Door Number One
Under the watchful eyes of the Qol, everyone proceeded to the surface.

Being careful not to step on the marked step the climb up was only strenuous for those carrying the dowry.

The remaining servants and porters were still busy collecting the chops from and burying the fallen.

One of the senior servants presented Lord Seer with the chop of Lord Captain Kureshu.
His elaborate seal is carved from a red stone with gold inlay.
The others were unremarkable chlen-hide except for a couple made from bronze.
Lord Seer Epengar
Thu 4 Aug 2016
at 11:08
A4 S3: Behind Door Number One
After making sure his palanquin was in condition for use and rounding up a team of bearers to carry it, he turned to Kumahl.

"Craftsman Kumahl, will you do us the honor again of performing a ceremony for  the fallen?"
Kumahl
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Thu 4 Aug 2016
at 16:15
A4 S3: Behind Door Number One
"Certainly Lord Seer."

Finding a discarded pole and some unburnt orange and purple portions of the tent, Kumahl secures the fabric to the pole with a hefty not and stakes it into the ground, just as the wind makes its way through trees. With the banner flapping gently in the breeze Kumahl commences the Last Rights.


Kumahl commends their warrior spirits to the final battlefield. He offers encouragement to the remaining to live as the dead did and honor their memories by being loyal, just, and wise.
GM
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Thu 4 Aug 2016
at 22:23
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Many in attendance thank Craftsman Kumahl for the consideration he showed by performing the ritual.

When all was done the afternoon had become hot and muggy.

The grumbling of those that had not eaten since early yesterday could be heard by any that payed attention after the ceremony.
Lord Seer Epengar
Thu 4 Aug 2016
at 22:31
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As his palanquin was being lifted, "Hunter Huruyan lead us out of here and back to the road."

"As you seem to have some experience with this sort of thing, I will leave you temporarily in charge of the clan soldiers."

Commanding a nearby senior servant, "Have the clansmen gather our things and form ranks."

To the bearers of his palanquin, "Take my usual position, in the middle."
Kumahl
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Thu 4 Aug 2016
at 22:48
A4 S3: Behind Door Number One
Scrounging what food could be spared, Kumahl made an effort to hand out food to those who had not eaten recently. Taking the extra waterskins as well, he refreshed everyone that he could .

As Kumahl heads out and back to the road, he will be looking for edible plants and possible animals to kill for extra food.
Huruyan
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Fri 5 Aug 2016
at 08:49
A4 S3: Behind Door Number One
In reply to Kumahl (msg # 36):

Huruyan organized all the fighters and the 4 porters of his clan, putting several soldiers in the front with him and several in the rear. Those with the most serious injuries were put in the middle near Lord Seer. He then lead the way back toward the road. As they walked Huruyan looked for water and a good place to stop for the night.

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GM
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 Past Future
Fri 5 Aug 2016
at 11:00
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Between Huruyan and Kumal's sharp eyes a few edible plants and a couple of unfortunate animals were collected for food.

They were enough for a thin soup to share among everyone or a few could be satisfied and the others remain hungry.

The invisible one or some other predator was in the area as a porter relieving themselves vanished suddenly with a rustling of bushes.

Just as the column reached the Sakbe Road, the heavens opened up and a downpour began.
The rain brought an early twilight and very poor visibility.
Huruyan
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Fri 5 Aug 2016
at 17:32
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In reply to GM (msg # 38):

Attempt to find a place to hide from the rain and settle in for the night. This includes getting everyone something to eat and taking care of the wounded. If there is any tent material left set up rain covers against the side of the road. Also set up watches for the night.

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Lord Seer Epengar
Fri 5 Aug 2016
at 21:27
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Pointing to a senior servant.
"Have the tent sat up near the wall. I will need a dry place for the night."

"Hunter Huruyan and Craftsman Kumahl, you may join me in the tent."

"What do we have for a meal? I'm feeling famished."
Kumahl
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Fri 5 Aug 2016
at 23:25
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Kumahl laughs. "In this weather, I say we wait for fish to swim up stream or fall from the sky."

"Lord Seer, are you intending to carry the dowry back yourself? If the servants and porters aren't looked after, we maybe a week before we can return the dowry. We certainly don't have the force of arms to deter bandits, so we need to strengthen where we can and secure ourselves in mass."

"No one goes alone. Always in twos or fours. Sentries are like wise in pairs."

Kumahl is shelters his eyes with hands over top of his brow and surveys everything away from the lower tier wall.
Kumahl
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Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 05:18
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Stepping into the tent, Kumahl waits for Lord Seer.

When the Lord Seer has entered, Kumahl asks him about where the Blazoned Crescent are stationed and how far in days and hours. Once he has the information, he returns to Huruyan and the others of the entourage to check on health and safety.
Huruyan
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Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 10:11
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In reply to Lord Seer Epengar (msg # 40):

"We would be honored to join you in your tent, Lord Seer, wouldn't we Kumahl? Lord Seer, I think Kumahl and I should stay with your party, and help protect the dowry until you return to your home. About how long do you think it would take to get there?"

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Lord Seer Epengar
Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 14:15
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"We are from Jakalla but my clan has representatives in most large cities."
"The dowry is being taken to Urmish."
"As you know, that is around ten days travel to the north west by this road, in perfect weather."
"With the monsoon starting, it could be longer."
"It should have been there weeks ago."

"We can get supplies from the village near the next road tower, which should be less than a days march from here."

"I think there is a village there," added in a musing tone.
Huruyan
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Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 15:57
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In reply to Lord Seer Epengar (msg # 44):

"Well, I hope there is at least a village as I need some clothing to replace what was destroyed by the spores and food is also becoming a concern. However, village or not we will be happy to accompany you to Urmish."
Kumahl
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Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 16:38
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Kumahl checks amongst the porters and the servants for Chodo's single porter, hoping that he hasn't been misplaced or lost.

Kumahl shows the porters how to make serviceable lean tos from their baskets, at least keeping their upper bodies dry. Scrounging for wood, limbs and large branches with a couple of guardsmen, Kumahl will attempt to erect a couple of makeshift structures for the guardsmen and servants not on duty.

Taking the wings and carapace from the porters, Kumahl uses dirt and the rain to scrub and scour the beetle parts. Turning the carapace over, he uses the now cleaner surface to collect rain water to refill waterskins and provide water to the party.

Seeing Huruyan sheltering from the rain, he hands him one of the wings. "We never got this wet when we fished. What do you think, we move at first light?"
GM
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Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 18:31
A4 S3: Behind Door Number One
With Huruyan in the tent, Lord Seer Epengar watches with disdain as Kumahl does tasks normally relegated to servants.

Chodo's porter is easy to find as he has been ignored by the others as they work together with others of their own clan.

The couple of guardsmen keep watch as they direct servants to assist with Kumahl's chores.
Lord Seer Epengar
Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 18:38
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Speaking to Huruyan, "Is your clansman always so disrespectful of the positions of others?"

"He is obviously of better breeding than the common folk yet gives them no purpose to serve."
"How can they show their worth if they are not allowed to serve?"

"Does he believe he pleases his god by ignoring the fate that has been assigned to them?"
Huruyan
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Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 19:25
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In reply to Lord Seer Epengar (msg # 48):

"Kumahl has always been unique, and as to why he does what he does, I have never been able to make sense of it. He is however one of the finest and most loyal men I have ever known. If you ever need someone at your back, none would be better."
Lord Seer Epengar
Sat 6 Aug 2016
at 19:48
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In replay to Huruyan, "Yes, many things can be forgiven for the sake of loyalty."

"He is certainly useful to have around even if he does upset the order of things."
"As I prefer things to be changed, in my favor, I too can overlook his strange behavior."

"I hope others that have to deal with him are as forgiving."
GM
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Sun 7 Aug 2016
at 20:46
A4 S3: Behind Door Number One
The night passed uneventfully with the only changes of note being the varying amount of wind and rain.

Huruyan, Lord Seer and his personal servants stayed dry in the tent while everyone else were soaked to the bone.
While Kumahl's partial shelters were helpful, the winds managed to blow the rain through every crack and crevice.

The morning was only distinguishable by the lightening of the sky as the rains continued in gusts.

Though there was plenty of rain water to drink, food had been exhausted.
The grumbling about lack of supplies was in hushed tones.

Anticipation of reaching a Sakbe Road tower bolstered everyone's spirits a little and they were ready to begin.
Huruyan
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Sun 7 Aug 2016
at 21:40
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In reply to GM (msg # 51):

As the sky lightened to the east, Huruyan started organizing soldiers, porters and bearers. With the new day Huruyan felt better (current hit points up 1 to 11) and after a very meager breakfast lead them all toward their destination following close beside the sakbe road.
Kumahl
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Mon 8 Aug 2016
at 01:23
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Kumahl gathers his bug parts, wraps them, and stows them in a porter's basket. He makes sure through out the day to speak with Chodo's porter as often as possible. Working his way back and forth through out the column he visually checks on those he can and if necessary pulls one or two aside to cast Cure Light Wounds and Cure Serious Wounds were applicable. Kumahl forgoes his rations and hands out what he can to those more famished and weakening faster than others.

At one point along the Sakbe Road, Kumahl walks near Lord Seer's paloquin. "Lord Seer I understand the world in which you were raised. I don't agree with it, but I understand it. In all honesty my station and success in life would be nothing without the support of others. Mistreating and downgrading others, though the Gods may except this, does not encourage or empower others to do their very best. So I treat everyone as I would be treated if I were them."

Finishing he his explanation, Kumahl falls back in line checking on the soldiers, the warriors, the servants, and the porters.
Huruyan
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Mon 8 Aug 2016
at 12:53
A4 S3: Behind Door Number One
In reply to Kumahl (msg # 53):

Almost immediately it became apparent that the bearers of Lord Seer's palanquin were having trouble negotiating around all the bushes and other obstacles, so in spite of the difficulties involved Huruyan decided that the group needed to climb up onto the lowest road level. Lord Seer was asked to dismount so that his palanquin could be passed up onto the road. With much effort and difficulty everything was lifted onto the road and then they proceeded on their way at a faster and easier pace.