Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves.   Posted by TheDudeAbides.Group: 0
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 115 posts
Thu 12 Jun 2014
at 01:41
Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The city of Vayas was always in a state of perpetual motion. Goods were constantly being received from an endless supply via traders throughout the country. The merchandise was processed and either housed in massive warehouses or placed in shops and stands found in the booming trade district.  Every deal, each sale, was monitored, taxed and controlled by the merchants guild. The overwhelming success of trade throughout Linness had vaulted the guild into an unofficial position of authority. Rumors have been circulating for years of a shadow organization comprised of various figureheads and political leaders. This secret organization was said to have established its headquarters somewhere within the wealthiest district of Vayas.

    The richest of the rich took up residence in the Red Groves, an exclusive and highly privileged district. The Red Groves are contained by a fortified and heavily guarded wall. Entrance into the inner grove is only granted to individuals who either reside within or possess a writ of passage. The gate is triple-reinforced iron and manned by a heavily armed and well trained garrison of soldiers. The walls to the grove stand 20 feet high and are cut from a dense jet-black obsidian giving the area a strange and reflective glow. In sharp contrast to the wall, the men of the watch wear silver and white tabards which glitter and flash against the backdrop of shiny black night.

    Tonight four guards were standing about enjoying a hot cup tea and what appeared to be a flaky buttered roll. Young serving girls would ferry hot meals and drink to the outlying edges of the grove to "maintain moral" or that was what the masters claimed. Regardless the reason, the men appreciated the kindness and took about loudly enjoying their hot repast. Between large bites and slurping noises the guards managed to carry on a conversation about the latest rumors from up north. "Oi! it's a bloody shame this that and the whatnot! Mefinks it's just a rumor meant to scare tha wee folk" Another man abruptly cut in, "Shut yer mouth McNaley! Every time that yapper opens I swear I feel me brain ooze a bit out me ears." The banter continued in this fashion as the night slowly trudged along.

    The road to the Red Groves was paved with smooth river rock and stood several men abreast. Well maintained street lamps provided a bit of light and threw shadows wildly about, ricocheting from building to building in a strange fashion. There was little foot traffic at this time and most people either wandered home from the tavern or were taking up refuge in the many local brothels that lined the byways.


1st day of the 2nd month: 10:00 PM.

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Salinda
 player, 36 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 18:00
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Salinda had finally arrived in town with enough time to have a nice relaxing bath before her meeting. she was curious, but had a good feeling about things. Or, maybe good isn't the word but hopeful that this was the path she should be on at this moment. Darkness stirred in a way that she had never experienced, but that didn't seem to be putting a damper on her spirits. It was their spirits that held the light within each of them and letting that falter was a way to lose to the darkness both within and without.

Coming to the wall, she overheard the security and wished that the one that thought it all rumors was, in,fact, accurate. He wasn't.

As she stopped, her grey dress with emerald piping did so shortly after. It was clearly an expensive dress, she had a love for nice fashion, had once belonged to the lover of a nobleman that was as good at cards as keeping his mistress happy. That night he failed miserably on both accounts. With a smile, and a display of her invitation, "good evening. I am expected shortly, and since I don't spy any dice in there to pass the time I do have, perhaps another night for that. I know that guards tend to be rather in the know about these things, where might a girl find a few games of chance after my business is taken care of?" She was definitely hopeful that she could find a good, dark, smoke filled back room where those with more money than morals played cards while leering at serving girls. It was a wonderful thing to relieve them of their money, and thus the company of women looking for those with coin more than companionship themselves.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 180 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 19:37
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The guards stopped eating and two even drew their blades as the female elf entered into view beneath the dancing light of the well lit gate. A slightly whiny voice piped up, "What's this aboot dice?" Immediately the harsher voice from before cut him off yet again, "Damn it all McNaley, shut yer hole, Miss ye best come closer and let me see that invitation. We can talk about pleasure and where ye can get yer fix AFTER I know ye ain't about to slit our throats." The man behind the voice stepped forward, he was covered from head to toe in gilt armor polished and shined to perfection. The armor might look pretty but upon closer inspection one could see the countless marks that whispered of a battle hardened veteran. He was a massive man and towered over the elf as he took a few steps forward and loosed his sword in its scabbard. "Our masters pay us mighty well to ensure that any ... undesirables... don't get past the gate."
Salinda
 player, 38 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 19:50
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
"No need to worry about that, see," she handed him the invitation. "I far prefer peace to any sort of conflict. I find life to be too beautiful and precious, full of light." Salinda kept her smile, she was used to men that wished to show their strength, like the ones that were here. Seems those inside would want protection, but they would want it with a more polite tone. The people that lived in such places often kept themselves from the rest of the world, those who truly needed help.

"See, it says the meeting is here, looks like about an hour from now. Seems a bit of a strange time for a meeting, but a lot of parties rarely get into full swing until midnight, anyway."
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 181 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 20:15
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The guard grunted his assent as the elf handed him the invitation. He pulled a scroll from a pouch at his side and compared it with the letter. "Seems that all is in order, Salinda. Ye may join us over here whilst we wait for the others." The guard relaxed and turned back towards his post, "McNaley may be an idiot, but he knows the best places round here to gamble yer money away." The whiny voice piped up again despite the larger mans grumbling, "Yes yes yes! ye should check out the Suckling Pig, they be the finest gambling hall in all o Vayas." A resounding thwack could be heard as the larger man smacked McNaley on the forehead.
Salinda
 player, 41 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 20:53
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
"Thank you. And, please don't hurt him for no reason." Her mood never seemed to waver, though, a brightness in her eyes danced with life and a bit of mischief.

Laughing about money, "Oh, I never gamble my money away. As the ancient texts say, luck be a lady tonight. Though, like many ladies her mood can be quite fickle."

Sitting, she quickly got comfortable, "McNaley, so what type of place is the Suckling Pig?" She was curious, the last town she'd spent all of her winnings but a small savings helping a few people keep their homes. Now it was time to start once again.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 183 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 21:45
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The large guard grunted, "I got me reason little elf lady don't ye worry bout that." Apparently uninterested in the conversation, the big man strode off to make his rounds. He would return to the front gate in a few minutes. McNaley took advantage of his absence and immediately burst forth, "yes yes yes, the Suckling Pig indeed... such a lovely place, the meed flows like water and the ladies be so pretty." The squirrely fellow was clearly fawning over some distant memory but quickly snapped back, "they gots dice games aplenty and even sometimes a pigeon race! I sure do loves the races."

    The light afforded the elf a better view of the guards, McNaley was a weaselly looking man with beady eyes set too close together. His armor was not nearly as well kept as his counterparts but regardless had a luster that only money could buy. "McNaly could take ye!" The rodent of a man leapt up and went to grasp Salinda's hand, "Come we could go now! Don't ye worry about this ere meeting, McNaly will show ye a good time!"
Salinda
 player, 42 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 22:07
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
"I do love mead, and dice, not so much the races." She didn't care for anything with animals too much, there was an outside element that she couldn't fully understand. Or it was complete chance with no skill.

"Down boy," Salinda said when he jumped up. "I have commitments that I can't get away from...and from the look of it so do you. If you lose your job you'll lose your gambling funds. There is always time," although humans seemed to be far more impulsive than elves. She indulged, but relaxed. And knew there would always be a tomorrow. She was likely the oldest person here, and she was but a child, yet they wanted to waste their lives rushing to the next thing instead of savoring the moment. "And, conversation is just as good. Unless you want to play a game, any of you other boys are welcome to join. I always carry dice and cards, perhaps a game of Hazard," more chance with dice, "or something that requires some skill like Primero," she did love games with bluffing, and the man in front of her seemed to be the type to have more than one tell. "It's much more fun for a group like this. If there are any other takers."
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 5 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 23:06
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
The darkness beyond the gates of Vayas seemed to slither it's way over the ground in lazy waves, it's dark tendrils held at bay by the flickers of light that came from the city.
Somewhere among it, a tall figure, dressed in a dark colored hooded cloak was moving in the direction of the gates, though no footsteps were heard to announce someone's arrival.

Walking slowly but with a purpose, Nasukaya stepped closer to the gates and into the light, sharp eyes watching the development a bit further ahead, involving a young looking elf maiden and a particularly eager guard. Going unnoticed so far, she listened to the conversation taking place, only lightly chuckling beneath her hood at the elf maid trying to bring the guard's enthusiasm down a notch.

Assuming that since people had actually bothered to put guards on the gates, one could not just walk into the city and go about their business... Well, at least not if you played by the rules.
Not wanting to be the cause of any unnecessary commotion, Nasukaya stood in her place, all but the bottom of her face and the lower half of her boots visible from under the dark cloak.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 186 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 23:26
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
  The large guard materialized out of the darkness and promptly put an end to the discussion on gambling, "Now listen here missy, and you too McNaly, I will have none of that gambling nonsense on me watch." He looked about with a fierce scowl, daring anyone to disagree with him. "I take me responsibilities seriously and that is why the masters have put ME in change."

    A timid knock could be heard coming from the inside of the gate and the large man strode over and opened a small sliding peephole. A young serving girl handed through a plate of cheese and some additional bread. The guard thanked the young lady in a surprisingly gentle voice; he turned about and brought the plate of food back to the group, his face once again plastered with its usual scowl. "Yer bloody companions better show up soon or the masters will be ... unhappy..." The guard placed the plate in front of the group and whirled about officially, his eyes searched the darkness for any sign of the others on his list.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:26, Mon 16 June 2014.

Salinda
 player, 43 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 23:33
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
"I was trying to keep your men here, he wanted to drag me away." She shrugged. It seemed that the guarding didn't actually take that much. "And I'd be happy to just head onto my meeting. You said wait and I do tend to fill the time."  She really didn't see a point of staying here, especially unwanted. "I've already been given pass, right? And I won't be a distraction if I stop in at the first restaurant instead of here. And wasn't it the 'masters' that invited me and these companions that I don't know?"
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 187 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 23:50
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The guard was clearly attempting to remain calm. "Listen miss, when yer companions get here I'll open the gate. Not a moment before or a moment after, my job is to comply with the masters orders. They gives me the list and says to me, open the gate when ye all are here; that's what I intends on doin." He smacked McNaly on the head again, "Dammit boy! What's she talkin bout? Ye better not dream of leavin yer post or I'll have ye out on yer ass in two flicks of a horses tail!"

    The weaselly man cowered a bit but stood up and spoke in a quiet voice, "Aye cap'n, I'll go do the rounds." He slinked off into the darkness and left the young elf girl and the large guard in a rather awkward situation. For the time being, the two other guards had remained silent and largely motionless at either side of the gate. Clearly, they recognized the Captains authority and had no interest in displeasing him.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:56, Mon 16 June 2014.

Salinda
 player, 45 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 00:24
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
"I'm sure your masters would appreciate you berating his guests as well. And if I'd known I would have made certain to be late." His near loss on calm was hilarious. She just couldn't help it.

Salinda really hoped the others would be there soon. she could be patient, but not bored. Boredom was something she didn't do well unless she was meditating. But that was different.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 191 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 00:52
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The large guard raised a hand and one of the stationary men reacted immediately and ran to his side. He leaned over and whispered a few words in the newcomers ear. The man responded without hesitation, he ran back to the gate and made a signal to the guards posted on top of the wall. The men above began quickly raising the gate; and once there was sufficient room for the soldier to squeeze under, he did so and the gate came crashing down behind him. The captain of the guard returned his steely gaze to the elf and simply stood there quietly. He would not be goaded by this unknown. He had been appointed captain of the guard for one of the most powerful guilds on Linness because of his years of service and bravery on multiple accounts. There was no need for him to lose his temper, a savage smile broke across his weathered face. "Hopefully your companions don't tarry much long milady."
Fidelias
 player, 20 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 04:20
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Excited that his fighting prowess and overall godly appeal had finally been recognized, Fidelias set out for Red Groves with a hasty pace and an unsuccessfully stifled crooked grin--perhaps a little too hasty, as he managed to stumble and almost hit the ground. After regaining his balance, he angrily looked around for the culprit that caused his near-demise, ready to unleash completely rational and productive behavior upon said inanimate object, but found nothing. Must have been an earthquake Fidelias thought, as surely he couldn't have simply tripped.

After a few hours of being hopelessly lost, his initial soaring confidence degraded after the frustrating amount of time it took to find the Red Groves gate, Fidelias finally sighted the gate. He witnessed it admit a stalking, hooded figure, and promptly sink back down behind him. He set off toward the gate with renewed vigor and confidence.

"Oi! Open the bloody gate!" Fidelias demanded as he advanced on the gate. He stopped a good 10 feet from the gate, hands on his hips, face seething with impatience, arrogance palpable, and waited for the gate to raise at his command.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:22, Sun 29 June 2014.

TheDudeAbides
 GM, 210 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 05:49
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The burly captain had been standing with muscled arms crossed over his chest, watching for the arrival of the other individuals on his list. He was aware of the young purple haired man before he so boisterous ordered the gate to be raised. The captain's unsettling smile became even more terrifying as it widened with an animalistic ferocity. "Boy" he said curtly, spitting the syllable  like a fireball. "Step a bit closer." The words were an order and rang like swords clashing on a battlefield. The captain's nerves were already worn thin, the young elf had been toying with him and now this impudent brat had the gall to issue orders. He flexed armored fists and stretched his powerful frame as if he was preparing to tear the young man limb from limb. The remaining guard who had stood motionless at the gate began to fidget with nervousness; he was mumbling softly to himself, "not again, not again, cap'n is angry, not again not again." To some it might sound the ramblings of a mad man, but to men of the guard it was a warranted response.

    The Menders had chosen well when they promoted Captain James Olander to be the head of their personal guard. He was a direct descendant of Lord Weatherby Olander known before the rending as "The Wolf." Lilith herself had appointed Weatherby Olander  to lead her private "enforcer" detail; the subsequent tales were fraught with gore and often used to scare young children into obedience. The descendant of this brutal and terrifying man now stood at the gates of the Red Grove. Hackles raised and ready for a fight, the Cap'n beckoned the newcomer forward.

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:51, Tue 17 June 2014.

Fidelias
 player, 21 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 06:18
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Fidelias set his jaw and locked eyes with the captain, assessing the man. The captain obviously meant business, and by the look of his armor, this certainly wasn't the first time. He figured he had reached the bitter edge of respect, and further breaches may follow with himself locking blades with this enormous man. As confident as he was, Fidelias did not relish the thought of fighting this man, so he shut his mouth, strode forward with real confidence mixed with hidden trepidation, and waited, showing a touch less impatience. His eyes never left the captain's.
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 6 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 06:24
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Watching a young man with purple hair approach the gate and demand them to be opened, Nasukaya considered it a rather opportune moment to approach as well. After all, the young man had such of aura of self importance around him that he had easily drew the eye and the probability was that no one would remember someone else entering the gates as well.
As the burly captain called him over in a commanding voice, the assassin smirked and stepped into the line of sight.
Since the captain looked to be quite on edge, she opted for slipping her hood off and opening her cloak, revealing the dark colored leather and steel armor beneath it, both of her hands visible and away from her weapons, only holding the letter she received in one hand.
Not that keeping her hands visible had really meant anything. Years of observing people and their behaviors taught her that most of the time, people tended to be less aggressive if she had shown no outward signs of hostility. She assumed that was because they considered her less of a threat on some subconscious level.

Her stance was calm and relaxed as she waited for the captain to either finish his business with the loud young man first, or call her forward as well.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:26, Tue 17 June 2014.

Fidelias
 player, 22 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 06:42
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Fidelias sensed more than heard someone behind him approach the gate as well. He could only hope they meant him no ill, though he found it unlikely they did; he figured he would surely be dead already if they had. He felt it in his best interest not to show any signs of weakness and maintain the fiery eye contact with the man they called "cap'n".
Salinda
 player, 59 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 18:03
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Salinda was happy that the others were arriving, but she still didn't like this entire affair. She didn't like that people holed themselves away from others. Although, the new boy that had arrived was being quite rude. While Salinda had rubbed the guard the wrong way, she had never been impolite. They just clearly had virtually the opposite views on how life should be.

For the time, though, she just sat, playing with a deck of cards to keep her hands occupied. And practicing her trick shuffling, Salinda watched a few face up cards as they danced into different places in the deck, the flow of probabilities changing with each move of the deck.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 218 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 23:18
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The Captain emitted a deep rumbling laugh as the young man approached with his head held high. "Boy, ye must have nerves of steel... that or yer just plain stupid." The large man noticed out of the corner of his eye that another figure had appeared out of the shadows. The woman approached with cautiousness and a slightly disturbing ease; she clearly was no fool. In her hand he could see the familiar outlines of a letter; perhaps this young man was also summoned by the masters. Considering this a possibility, the captain relaxed his sword arm and the blade slid back down into it's scabbard with a thud.

    Like a bolt fired from a crossbow, James Olander shot forth with speed that seemed impossible given his overwhelming size. An armored fist snatched the purple haired man by the folds of his shirt and hoisted him high into the air. "What is yer business in the Red Groves, boy? Choose yer words with caution, or I've alf a mind to snap yer puny neck." The man was not joking, he both possessed the strength and license to act of his own volition. The masters trusted his actions implicitly despite his rash tendency to over-react. Veins in the Captain's neck pulsed and his breathing was heavy and coarse, "Well, speak up boy!" He looked past the young man dangling awkwardly from his sword arm and shouted at the woman, "Give me one moment miss, just sorting somethin out."

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:19, Tue 17 June 2014.

Fidelias
 player, 24 posts
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 02:33
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
"Left breast pocket, left breast pocket!" Fidelias gasped, as he helplessly struggled under the big man's grip. The man had moved far too fast for his own comfort, but his head was bigger than his muscles, and the stunning display did not stop Fidelias from choking out "big oaf!". Fidelias wasn't sure if the man was going to release him, but hell if he was going to show any weakness voluntarily. He could only hope the big captain would let him go with some shred of dignity, though it appeared the likelihood may be wearing thin.

Even through the struggle, though, Fidelias never broke eye contact, even as he dangled from the big man's grip. Fidelias wondered if he could maybe connect with a rib and force him to drop him, but he doubted that even if it did work, it would be worth the effort. Fidelias was starting to think that perhaps his mouth had finally taken him too far to dig back out of, but Fidelias regrets nothing.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:22, Sun 29 June 2014.

TheDudeAbides
 GM, 224 posts
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 04:46
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Captain Olander grunted and reached his free hand up to the young man's breast pocket. He pulled out a slightly crumpled letter and a look of disappointment flashed across his leathery face. He released his hold on the stranger and took a step back to read the letter. He slowly scanned the lines and withdrew a scroll from his pouch to compare. "I guess yer safe fer today, BOY." He pointed to the elf girl who had been there waiting, "Join yer new companion and don't be mouthing off, just cause ye got an invitation don't mean I can't rough ye up a bit. Bandits roam these streets at night, and I hears they love laying down a hurting on smart-ass youngins such as yerself." His eyes twinkled with the implication and he wheeled about to face the woman who approached slowly from behind Fidelias.
"Oi! come on princess, let us see yer invitation."
Fidelias
 player, 25 posts
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 05:15
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Damn my mouth, that was a close one Fidelias thought, as he dusted himself off and stepped aside so the elf girl could present her letter. Glad I didn't forget my letter...

Fidelias pretended to check his armor's buckles and other equipment to take his mind off the raw display of overwhelming power the man just displayed. If Fidelias could be humbled, he would have been, but a near-narcissistic view of one's self tends to prevent such things.

In the back of Fidelias' mind, he knew he'd been bested, but he rationalized that he just lacked experience and one day Fidelias would be back, and he would challenge the captain.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:41, Wed 18 June 2014.

Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 9 posts
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 06:34
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Watching the development of the situation with interest and a certain amount of amusement, Nasukaya waited for the captain to 'sort it out', not overly concerned for the young man. At least not enough to get involved.
The captain had size on his side, not to mention impressive speed for someone that heavily armored, though the whole ordeal seemed to be more for show, rather than having an actual intent behind it.

She did, however, peered curiously at the purple haired man and the elf woman a bit further away. It would appear that there was more than one person whom the odd latter has reached and directed here.

Re-adjusting her traveling bag to sit on her back more comfortably, Nasukaya approached to the side of the young man and stepped in front of the burly captain of the guards.
Her face remained impassive as she simply extended her hand and presented the neatly folded letter to him.
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 6 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 14:03
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Wandering up to the gate, having been distracted several times Eandro notices an altercation trading place between a burly looking guard and purple haired man, he pauses for a moment glad the farmer had let him wash up, shave and clean his clothes. He had stopped on the to town and picked a early blooming rose. Seeing two ladies present he regretted not thinking ahead and picking two roses.  The first was dressed finely, and the second had the look of pure business. Schooling his features he walks up to the woman clearly dressed for shady dealings. "Bit of a bright day for such a scowl and dark wear. I'd call you beautiful, but I'm sure you already have a name that rivals your looks." he offers her the rose having completely forgotten why he was at the gate in the first place.
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 10 posts
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 15:06
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
The assassin payed no attention to the man she felt approaching, until a fresh rose appeared in her line of vision.

One thin eyebrow rising up at the words spoken to her, she slowly turned her head and spent a few moments just looking at the fine clothed young man who offered the flower.
Not all human, was the first thought that went through her head, as she noticed the fine lines on his face, that human men were just not able have.

Amber eyes then moved back to the flower, than to the captain they stood next to, than back to the man again, as she was trying to determine if this was some kind of a joke she didn't get.

She was never offered things.
Not food, not presents and certainly not flowers.
What was she supposed to do with it? Stick it behind her ear and look pretty while she threw a blade in someone's neck?
Nasukaya blinked once, then twice before she spoke, a slight note of uncertainty and perhaps a touch of worry about the young man's mental health was heard in her voice.
"It's night time." she informed him, making no move to take the offered flower.

OOC: just FYI, I laughed so hard while I wrote this. I'm going to love writing out her awkwardness at social norms. X'D

This message was last edited by the player at 15:07, Wed 18 June 2014.

Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 8 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 16:41
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro looked about, like he hadn't noticed the time, "Ah! So it is, how careless of me not to notice." he smiled still offerring the rose "Still a rose to brighten your night" he says flashing rose before her eyes demonstrating the lack of  and then in one smooth motion quick motion tucked rose behind her ear. Turning to the others he states,"on such a lovely night a bit of music yes?" pulling out his fiddle he starts out on a moderately lively song not to peppy or light hearted, but definitely not morose either.
Salinda
 player, 61 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 17:46
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Salinda laughed at the new man's display. "The moon is especially bright tonight. It is an easy mistake." Her words clear, that sort of upper class but not aristocracy that fit this particular area.

Listening to the song, she looked over her companions. All young, one dressed like an assassin, but the bard, he seemed the type to have a good time, though not necessarily the sharpest blade in the weapon shop. "Oh, that's a lovely piece."
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 226 posts
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 17:57
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The Captain received the letter from the woman and performed his verification, while he was scanning the lines yet another man showed up. The new arrival seemed scatterbrained and was obviously more interested in the womenfolk than the large guard. Shoving the letter back at the woman, he spoke gruffly, "Yer on the list." The Captain's attention shifted towards the young man who was now playing a song on his fiddle. "Oi ello there my wee bonnie lass, might ye have a rose for me?" The Captain clearly found this hilarious and burst into crude laughter. His mood quickly shifted and he took a long stride forward; he glowered over the musician. "Ye got a purpose for being at me gate? Or are ye just here to swoon over the womenfolk?"
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 9 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Thu 19 Jun 2014
at 04:31
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro showing off for the ladies of course was quick with a witty reply, "Mayhap I came to swoon over you, but alas my heart was broken when I saw you had found another," breaking into a sad mournful tune in a minor key. "Such a wretched tease, with a young mans hearts, but then the light of the sun through the clouds shone through," he said changing to switching from the minor key to the major a sound reminiscent of hope rising from the strings, with a wink to both the women. Almost prancing to each person even the men he continues with a crescendo and switch to the triumphant key of D Major he cries out in a hallelujah voice "I saw these beautiful faces for which I could play for days without stop, and it was then..." He paused almost conspiratorially, "I knew I must join with them to share all of lifes great merriment." His voice raising rich and deep as he sang. Continuing to play, and shifting to a piece originally about the heroic exploits of the Wolf from legend picking up on the final refrain and to the conclusion of his medley of songs and music. With a flourish he pulled a slightly crumpled and worn maybe damp with sweat summons from his boot presenting it to the guard.  Still acting cocksure in front of the ladies he says to the elven woman, "Indeed my dear, and I know many more like it. Perhaps you have a piece you'd prefer to hear from your home?" With a few deft motions he adjusts the tuning of the fiddle and begins playing a folk song about the beauty and wonders of sky valley, while still holding the letter between his fingers.  Though he could not speak elven fluently the words came out smooth and lilting and rich.  His voice well practiced to the strange sounds. Though he knew the direct meaning and translation of the song he really didn't know what was be sung.  Though his instructors had mercilessly beat into him and their other pupils the correct pronunciation, lest a bard of their guild offend a noble of another race, but were less concerned with their students actually speaking or understanding the language.
Fidelias
 player, 26 posts
Thu 19 Jun 2014
at 14:19
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Fidelias, still pretending to be preoccupied with his armor, smirked at the newcomer's display. He found it odd that a man was so eager to impress a woman he knew nothing about. Her reaction did little to indicate whether the advance was unwarranted or just genuinely unexpected. Regardless, it did not concern him, and he would do nothing to get in the man's way.

It mattered little to Fidelias. He had only the desire to pounce upon tavern wenches, not solve some obfuscated puzzle that seems to wrap itself throughout complicated women's heads. Besides, he was on a mission, and a grand mission it was. When he reveled in glory and stood at the foot of the proverbial finish line, women would throw themselves at him and he need only remove his shirt. He had no use for roses or fiddles, despite what his name suggested.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:34, Sun 29 June 2014.

Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 12 posts
Thu 19 Jun 2014
at 16:47
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
With a barely audible gasp, Nasukaya's hand flew up and yanked the rose out of her hair, barely a moment after it was put there, her face displaying genuine irritation.
Taking her letter back from the guard, she glared at the prancing man, while he sang some nonsense of hearts and whatnot, before switching to elvish, after the elf maiden spoke to him.

Holding the rose a bit away from herself, as if she expected for it to turn into a poisonous snake at any moment, shook her head and looked around, looking for a way to get rid of it, without throwing it away.
It would be a shame for it to go to waste.

While the man entertained the rest of the group, Nasukaya used the moment to slip away for a bit. A few yards back, she had stepped over a broken wooden cup, which still had half of it filled with rainwater from a few days ago. She put the rose in there and carried the cup to the edge of the road.
She couldn't put it back to the bush where it was taken from, but this way she would at least prolong it's life for a few more days.
Dusting off the dry dirt from her gloves, she returned back to where she was, her arms crossing over her chest. She came a long way and was getting really tired of  these shenanigans.

"If you are quite done,..." she interrupted, her face neutral, even though a slight tone of annoyance was heard in her voice. She turned to the captain, this time speaking to him directly. "It is very obvious that all of us have been called here by the same means." she flashed the letter once again, before she tucked it away, her cloak falling back, covering her front. "Possibly by the same person as well. Would you mind giving us some kind of an explanation?... Or perhaps pointing us to where we need to go, if you are unable to do that?"
While she spoke to the captain, her voice changed, revealing nothing of her inner thoughts beyond that simple inquiry, as the captain seemed to have his fill already and she wanted no beef with the burly man.

This message was last edited by the player at 16:49, Thu 19 June 2014.

Salinda
 player, 62 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Thu 19 Jun 2014
at 17:16
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Laughing a bit once again, at least he was amusing. The other woman, though, seemed far less than amused. "I would love to hear some songs from my home, but I doubt you know them. Very few outsiders ever came to our forest. And, it does seem we're all here for the same reason, and are equally clued in as to the purpose, which is to say not a great deal." She also just wanted to get on with the evening now that people were here.

She still didn't stand, though, and was happily playing with the cards, or so it seemed. Her attention was still very much on the others. she wasn't certain what the group would do or how they would work together. That is, if the point was for them to do something as a group. "Perhaps introductions are in order. I'm Salinda."
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 10 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Thu 19 Jun 2014
at 18:24
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro sighed "Salinda, a name beautiful enough to rival those of the gods," he said with a smile.  "Alas I am called Eandro, by my friends and those close.  It is sadly a very plebian name, and not as wonderful as your name Lady Salinda, but I do hope to hear it spoken in your melodious voice," he says with a bow to Salinda, though it is apparent that he was introducing himself to the group.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 246 posts
Thu 19 Jun 2014
at 23:08
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The Captain glared at the musician as he continued his serenade. The guard took the proffered letter and once again verified the contents. "Well, seems ye are all here." He completely ignored the young mans joking response and wheeled about towards the gate. Looking back over his shoulder he waved an armored fist and shouted, "Come on ladies, the night isn't as young as it once was. We best be off, yer meeting begins shortly."

    The Captain himself lead the group beyond the gate and onward through the manicured estates within the Red Grove. They passed countless gardens filled with brightly colored flowers; evening dew had settled on the petals and reflected the starlight like a thousand sparkling diamonds. They passed through countless archways and between buildings down narrow alleys, until finally they reached a small apple grove. The group moved quietly through the trees when they happened upon what appeared to be a cellar door. The door was angled down into the earth and seemed out of place given its proximity to any other buildings. The Captain looked about before leaning down and yanking the stone door open; it gave way with a groan and a wave of warm air washed over the group as they peered inside. Deep unforgiving darkness, the opening into the earth took on the appearance of a gaping maw into night itself. The Captain, pointed down and with a low voice grumbled "Get inside, quickly now!"

    The inside of the cave was pleasantly warm but the inky blackness was unsettling. The Captain followed the group down into the darkness and the stone door crashed into place behind them. The big man shuffled about and could be heard tinkering with something; momentarily, a light pierced the darkness and temporarily blinded the group as the darkness melted away. The Captain moved slowly down the corridor lighting torches that were mounted to the walls as he passed. "Come on, the masters be waiting on us." The path was smooth and free of debris as they slowly made their way through the tunnels. At several points the tunnel branched off in different directions; the Captain would turn without even a moments consideration. Shortly, the large man slowed down as they came upon a second door. Crafted from steel and inlaid with veins of gold, the door was truly ornate. The Captain leaned forward and opened the door while standing to the side; bright light poured forth, reminding the group just how dark the tunnel was, despite the torches. The Captain stood like a rock, unmoving and rigid, "good luck ye bloody youngins, I likely won't be seeing ye again so take care and mind yer manners." His harsh scowl had briefly faded and the shadows that danced on his face gave him an almost sad and pensive appearance.

    The cavernous room beyond the door was enormous, the most sensitive among them may have noticed that as they maneuvered through the tunnels they were in fact descending. The source of the light was a row of strange metal fixtures that were mounted in a half moon arc 20 feet above the ground. Located beneath the lights were a row of seats whereupon sat cloaked figures. The lights glowed with an otherworldly power and obscured the individuals seated below them. The Captain gave the group a nudge and with a hoarse whisper croaked out, "Inside, all of ye." The group stumbled through the door, and it closed behind them with a click.
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 11 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Fri 20 Jun 2014
at 04:56
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Once admitted Eandro had quickly stowed his fiddle and cut the antics. It was one thing to flirt, make fun, and ply his bardic trade, but this was business and he felt any antics or such would be poorly received.  In the torch light he noticed the darker girl had somehow lost his rose, and he was dismayed slightly by that. Whatever dark world she was currently in, based on her facial expression and the way she had reacted to his gift, could use a bit of light and joy in it.  Even if it was in the form of an adventure.  It was unfortunate had been unable to get the names of the rest of the group, he was genuinely interested especially if they were supposed to work together. Inwardly he sighed, I could be playing a show in Theba now, if that oaf of a guild master hadn't banished me from the guild. It wasn't like I treated his daughter poorly. It was of course in his mind the guildmaster's fault after all. He kinda wished he could have a drink, but employers...
Salinda
 player, 63 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Fri 20 Jun 2014
at 14:46
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Even after traveling the world she couldn't help but inwardly cringe every time she heard anyone refer to others as master. It was something so against her upbringing. She had but one mistress, Levanah, as all her people did. But, she just wanted to get this over, whatever it was going to be. Those invited seemed a strange mix. The others were so young, but the truth was, if nothing was done in the next months or years, they would all be dead. Was this about the darkness?
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 252 posts
Sat 21 Jun 2014
at 00:40
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    A voiced pierced the silence, it was rich, silky and deep. "Welcome Salinda, child of the moon; Fidelias, brazen storm-bringer; Nasukaya, whispering blade; and Eandro, musician of legend immemorial." The voice trailed off and another, higher pitched and wheezing, chimed in "we are... The Menders." The voice faded away, leaving emphasis on the name as though it carried some significance. A third voice spoke up, feminine and sultry, "For a millennium, The Menders have ensured the balance of power in Linness. The secrets of our past have been handed down from generation to generation; our blood is thick with the oaths of our forefathers." A fourth voice, small and weak, spoke out "Linness is changing, the whispers of a rift in the veil are in fact no lie. The Menders have spies... everywhere. Even now a party of six prepare to leave Freeport on a mission of high import from the High Priestess herself. The Priestess lies dying on her cold hard alter of crystal; her spirit broken through a final act of goodwill." The first voice spoke again, "We would have this group succeed in their mission, for the fate of Linness and it's people rest upon their shoulders... However, they will surely fail. The forces of evil have grown to great, and from deep within the Herrin Mountains raiding parties have been spotted ranging from the ruins of Ceylon to the tower of Tiro. The group will not survive, alone." The woman spoke again, "We wish you four to travel in stealth and provide... assistance." She spoke the word with such a twist it nearly sounded like sarcasm." The Priestess can be so... naive... regardless, you have all been chosen because of your particular abilities and the blood which flows in your veins." The weak voice spoke again, "You might wonder how four of you can make a difference, but we believe that with OUR backing you will prove to be... a significant ... force. The Temple of light is all but broken, their coffers are full of feather and ash. The people no longer follow the old gods... despite their power... We can provide... insight... and gold."

    From a door on the opposite side of the room a servant, covered completely by a dark cloak, shuffled forward and placed a large bag on the ground in front of the group. The figure quickly disappeared back into the darkness beyond the light. The first voice spoke yet again, "There is enough gold in that sack to buy an army, although I trust you will do no such thing. Also, there is a flat round stone." The high pitched voice chimed in, "The stone is a relic from the age before the rending, we have... many such things. It is for you, Salinda child of the moon." The woman's voice added, "It will aid you in your mission, once per night, when the moon is at its fullest... you must submerge the stone in water. It will display upon the water's surface the group to which you will secretly provide... assistance." The first voice spoke again, "We will communicate via messenger pigeons, if at any point your mission changes you must send back the pigeon with a confirmation of the change in your orders. We will likely move you across the continent over the coming months in an attempt to use you where your abilities will be most... needed." The weak voice spoke, "You will want for nothing, from this point forward, for the rest of your lives... BUT you must obey without question. The future of Linness... and our.. continued success rests upon your shoulders as much as the party sent by the Priestess. Do you accept this mission?"
Salinda
 player, 64 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Sat 21 Jun 2014
at 01:29
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Salinda listened, thinking back through the things she had read to know if anything had clicked of their names. As she listened, she knew she needed to help, but there were always going to be issues. And there was already a big one. She could not agree to the terms as it would be a betrayal of the oaths she had made. And the money certainly wasn't the issue. Levanah had always provided more than was necessary. "I cannot speak for my companions, but I shall speak for myself. I will be more than happy to do whatever I can to help stop the darkness and this other group. However, I cannot agree to your terms. To obey without question goes against the teachings of Levanah, against her will. She encourages questioning even her own words. We don't bind ourselves to the whims of others, no matter how noble the aims. To me, the wealth means nothing, the wanting is part of life, what brightens the spirit to seek better. That said, if you accept, I will help, I will listen, but I will always follow my heart and the moon." she was clear, knowing the others would need assistance and she could provide some, but to give up one's free will was no better than being taken by the darkness. It could lead to the very darkness in everyone, absolute authority corrupted both master and slave, lord and serf.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 254 posts
Sat 21 Jun 2014
at 02:24
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The wheezing voice responded to the elf woman, "You misunderstand your position young one... and perhaps our very words. You do not offer US something that we should accept. You will bind yourselves to us, or turn about and live out your few remaining days gambling and carousing in the local tavern. The elves will be among the first destroyed with their precious home tucked along the very mountains whence the darkness comes. The final traces of your 'Goddess' will vanish along with what remains of her followers, if you do not do this thing. We are not asking you to forsake your oath; it is for the sake of your people and your Goddess that you would do this thing.  Follow your moon, but for the coming days follow our commands and perhaps you may live to see another name day."

    The smooth deep voice added, "My fellow speaks with harshness, but it is the truth. We ask for your loyalty only to ensure the survival of Linness. It is true, you would be but a tool to us... but this is necessary. You can not possibly understand the severity of the danger and the overwhelming darkness that threatens to squelch all life from our sacred continent. We have no use for tools that we cannot rely on, when we issue a command it must be followed with precision and accuracy. This is why you four were chosen. Alone you are each but fledglings; your lives just a feather on the wind. Together, you will become something greater. Do you not wish to learn more of your Goddess young one? We can teach you things that your elders have forgotten many centuries past. We are aware of the pitiful state of magic in Linness and are among the few who retain knowledge of it's power and use. "
Fidelias
 player, 27 posts
Sat 21 Jun 2014
at 08:13
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Fidelias strolled along with the rest of the group, taking little notice of the surroundings but keeping a keen eye on the others. So they were invited the same way I was, it seems he thought.

He had yet to make up his mind on the participants, as he knew so little about them, but would default to cautiousness. Eandro had seemed to cease his flirtatious attempts and Fidelias could have sworn he even appeared a touch disappointed. Perhaps that was just his business-look; he must be a professional, after all, seeing as he was invited here.

Fidelias kept his eyes open and his hands unoccupied. After a time, they arrived at a some kind of a basement nestled into an apple orchard among some trees and the like. They entered the isolated door and traveled through a tunnel to an open chamber behind a door of gold and steel, perhaps more worthy of the word "portal" due to its intricacy. Fidelias couldn't take his eyes off of it, such an anomaly even within the unlikely tunnel in its seemingly random placement.

They entered, and were greeted by one in the series of hooded figures seated beneath some sort of magical conduits or reservoirs or something. Fidelias could only guess. Brazen storm-bringer, they called him, and Fidelias couldn't help but wonder what that meant. Storm-bringer? I've never been called this name before. Brazen perhaps, but storm-bringer... Fidelias continued to keep his eyes open, ears perked, and focused a bit more on relaxing. After the Captain's display, he'd really rather not tangle with these folk.

"...the blood that flows through your veins." It seems these Menders know more about me than the average bear, or so they want me to think. I need to tread carefully here. he thought.

Fidelias listened to the rest of the speech and was reassured that his thirst for glory would be sated on this quest. The stealth approach wasn't his favorite, but he had long been forced to operate in the shadows, and had no problem doing so. He did, however, detect a hint of discord at the word "assistance". Perhaps wrought from some kind of disagreement between these Menders and the priestess. Surely the woman would have been able to hide this fact given her standing, unless it was a significant disagreement.

"You will want for nothing, from this point forward, for the rest of your lives... BUT you must obey without question." A bold ultimatum, truly, but Fidelias was already committed from the time he took the first step to the gate with the letter in hand. The latter piece of the statement he assumed; the former was an unexpected... bonus he could hardly ignore. Fidelias' interest was now absolute.

This cause, unless he was being deceived by these so-called Menders, would be worthy of his efforts, and he would see to it that he played a crucial role in it. May whatever god, God or gods those who stood in his way worship have mercy on their soul, provided they have one. Fidelias would not be stopped.

Fidelias waited for the figures to finish their retort to the woman who had spoken out against said terms, as seemed diplomatically necessary. When they did, Fidelias stepped forward and slammed a closed fist to his heart. "I pledge myself, my sword, and my life to your cause, may it bring me glory, death, or both." he proclaimed. "I accept your terms."

This message was last edited by the player at 05:23, Sun 29 June 2014.

Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 13 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Mon 23 Jun 2014
at 02:23
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro started thinking about all the women he could woo with an open expense account.  He was practically broke after all. His meager remaining funds weren't going to get him anywhere fast, he liked the title Musician of Legend Immemorial while the others nitpicked over stuff he just shrugged and said, "Sure, I'll do it." Inwardly he supposed this was the opportunity he needed to show that guildmaster he wasn't just some bar room second string fiddle, the way he saw it the man would be begging him to be his daughter if this worked out.  Not that Eandro would it'd be the perfect opportunity to spite the man, maybe even take over the guild himself, or maybe not. His thoughts wandered back to the two women in the group.  The elf seemed social which had it's benefits, the other woman... girl... her secretive nature and given title intrigued him. There were was to get information, but until this festive little event was over he'd have to wait. Checking his person to ensure he hadn't lost anything he waited for the other. He was hungry and bored maybe he would play a song he mused about the reaction the menders and the others would have if he pulled his fiddle out.
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 15 posts
Mon 23 Jun 2014
at 11:49
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
The captain seemed to rather show them the way, instead of providing explanations, so Nasukaya followed after the others, taking in her surroundings and quietly wondering just what exactly would require such an odd group of individuals. The sword wielding one she understood. If who ever had called them needed mercenaries,  both him and her fit into the description. But the role of the elf maiden and the musical one was unclear. The elf seemed like the travelling sort, but not really someone who would agree to dabble in such things. The one with the fiddle almost seemed like he got here by accident.

As they passed through the tunnel which lead them to the ornate door, the assassin kept track of the slight changes in direction and the gentle descent, forming a mental map of the place as they went along; a habit she had picked up on doing, as one could never know when you needed to find your exit quickly. The darkness did not bother her, as she quietly contemplated the words her father had given to her a long time ago; A hidden blade does not fear it’s veil.
The shadows were where she grew up and stayed ever since. Why would she fear them, when she was the monster that lurked within.

The appearance of the hooded figures got no reaction from her, except for a look of mild interest, while she spent a few moments on each of them, before they started the roll-call. Yet again, the title got no visible reaction, though on the inside she smirked at it. A very poetic name for a dishonest business. The Menders, as they called themselves, weaved a tale of a dying priestess and a group that was supposed to keep the darkness from  invading the world of the light, though the group seemed less than capable for the job,  if one could judge by the way the Menders spoke of them. The stealth approach sounded right up her alley and she found that particular detail very much to her liking.
A few other things were mentioned which piqued her interest, but she took them with a dose of cold rationality and had already started to form the outlines of a plan, as the others spoke their agreement or disagreement. For a moment, she admired the elf maiden for standing up for her beliefs, though she could predict what the Menders response to it could be.
The elf opposed the loss of free will. Nasukaya, on the other hand, found it agreeable. Perhaps the elf had only been looking at it from a different angle. It's not the knife's fault if it cuts someone. Being a tool had it's benefits, mostly directed towards putting the blame on someone else. The two men seemed to agree without further questions.

The assassin waited until everyone else had finished before she spoke up, crossing her arms over her chest and directing her gaze at the hooded figure which spoke of having spies everywhere. "You have made your terms known." she said, her voice steady and clear, despite of it clearly being toned down. "I have one to negotiate as well and it is the only condition under which I will agree to do this." Amber eyes  narrowed, with an almost menacing light appearing in them and her voice lowered for a whole octave.
"When all of this is over and should I live to see the end of it... The one who held the torch... I want him."

This message was last edited by the player at 11:55, Mon 23 June 2014.

TheDudeAbides
 GM, 258 posts
Mon 23 Jun 2014
at 22:12
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The woman's voice spoke out, "Eandro and Fidelias, we thank you for your acquiescence. Young Nasukaya, The Menders are... aware... of that fateful night and WILL grant you that which you desire most. Upon your return, we will provide you with the location of this man. Perhaps then, you will bathe him in fire and cleanse him of his... misdeeds."

    The deep voice continued, "Salinda... you have been silent young one. How do you respond? Do you wish to further your knowledge of Levanah? Will you accept this mission and bow to our will? Or will you forsake your people and our sacred home?"
Salinda
 player, 65 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Tue 24 Jun 2014
at 02:48
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
"I will not forsake my god! To do so would be anathema to his teachings." The young elf paused for a moment and looked about... had anyone noticed her mistake? She took a step back slowly, her face taking on a pallid shade. "You Menderssss have aided the whore of a goddessss too long." The words escaped her mouth like steam from a boiling pot. "Just as you have remained for a millennium... so hassss my true master. He has waited for the moment when he might reach beyond the foul veil and ssssuck the life force from your pathetic bodiessss!" A dark spot was forming on the elf woman's forehead, it burned stronger and began to expand out beyond her body. With a shriek, she lunged forward; her staff struck the bard squarely in the head. Eandro was thrown violently to the ground; blood slowly oozed from the wound. The elf turned her attention towards the row of seated individuals and began chanting in a deep and unsettling voice.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:03, Tue 24 June 2014.

TheDudeAbides
 GM, 269 posts
Tue 24 Jun 2014
at 23:10
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The woman's voice rang out clear and direct, "Destroy her quickly! Do not allow her to complete the incantation!" Even as she spoke, a strange darkness was gathering above the elf's head. The darkness seemed to hunger for the light; it expanded and grew as it consumed and with every passing moment a feeling of dread grew stronger. The elf woman had clearly been an agent of the darkness, perhaps she wasn't even the intended recipient of the letter. Likely, the true Salinda had been destroyed and consumed by this very creature. "stop her... please" the voice of the woman was no longer sultry and confident but instead wrought with fear and pleading.
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 18 posts
Tue 24 Jun 2014
at 23:40
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
No sooner that the slip up passed the elf maiden's lips, Nasukaya frowned. "His?"
Wasn't she droning on about a goddess moments before?

The elf continued to behave strangely and Nasukaya's hand slowly moved towards the hilt of her scimitar. One thin eyebrow lifted slightly when she began hissing out threats. Biting down on a curse, the assassin grabbed the hilt and lowered herself into a defensive stance as she watched darkness emerge from the elf.
A bit faster than expected, the elf lunged towards the one called Eandro and seemingly incapacitated him with one swift blow to the head.

Amber eyes switched to him briefly, than to Fidelias and back to the elf-turned-entity, which began chanting.
Nasukaya need not be told twice to stop it, as she was already moving, surprisingly quickly for a human, her blade flashing in the light of torches and in a few measured steps, she was already behind the creature, her face set back in that cold, heartless scowl.

Her left hand moved up to grab the creature by the hair and pull it's head backward, while her right hand flew in front of it, intending to slid it's throat open in an old practiced move and thus silence it. Be it infused with light or darkness, flesh was flesh and she doubted the creature would be able to say anything with a wide red smile from ear to ear.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 277 posts
Wed 25 Jun 2014
at 00:00
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Nasukaya reached for the elf woman's hair but as her fingers closed around the flowing golden locks they pulled sickeningly out of her head. Before she could slit her throat the woman wheeled about and a pulse of power burst forth from the gathering darkness. The surge of power disrupted Nasukaya enough that the blade passed far from it's intended target. The face of the elf woman had now fully transformed into something unrecognizable. Pale fair skin changed to a deathly pallor and her form became hunched. She skittered about the room madly, with inhuman speed, and the darkness continued to grow.
Fidelias
 player, 30 posts
Wed 25 Jun 2014
at 01:49
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Fidelias wasn't paying attention to the words of the irritating priestess until she started chanting, at which point Fidelias' annoyance level bounded past its threshold. Even if the (apparently falsely) misguided flower-hugger wasn't a threat, Fidelias was ready to bash her face in with the pommel of his blade.

Fidelias drew his sword from his back and gripped the large blade in his gloved hands, but was mildly disappointed when he say the hooded girl materialize behind the elven "girl".

The assassin missed the cut though, and Fidelias' heart soared. Glory be his! He lunged forward and attempted a full downward thrust of his sword in an attempt to silence her insufferable talking by smashing her face with the flat of his blade on her idioicy-spewing mouth. Gods she talked a lot.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 287 posts
Wed 25 Jun 2014
at 02:08
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Fidelias moved quickly, his lunge bringing him within striking distance of the creature. The greatsword came crashing down upon the misshapen head but was met with resistance as the pulsing darkness intercepted the fierce attack. The creature paused it's random skittering and the chanting broke momentarily. The force with which the roiling darkness manifested itself was unreasonable and within moments it would throw back the sword and hurl Fidelias violently backwards. Despite the obvious mismatch of power, Fidelias held his ground refusing to accept defeat in an epic battle of strength. The creature opened it's mouth, a rotting gaping maw, and a terrible screech issued forth in protest of the new aggressor.

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:51, Wed 25 June 2014.

Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 25 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Wed 25 Jun 2014
at 04:09
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
With almost no warning Eandro's world was turned upside down, and it seemed he had suddenly become one with the floor.  As he righted himself stars clearing from his field of view he felt a sharp pain in the side of his face for a moment before adrenaline took over and blocked it out. As he sat up he felt a trickle of blood run down the side of his face.  Inwardly he groaned momentarily, his looks were important to his profession after all.  He noticed the other man try and strike what no longer resembled the elven priestess in anyway.  Judging from that she must have been the one who struck him, he was pretty sure what ever the thing was it wasn't the priestess. Leaping to his feet and drawing his sabre in a smooth motion Eandro stepped in from the side and aimed a well timed thrust at the throat of the creature his intent to shut it up and mar it's features in a cold sort of revenge, he felt no remorse for the monster that was before him.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 289 posts
Wed 25 Jun 2014
at 04:29
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The creature was engaged with Fidelias and unaware of the man it had attacked at first. The thin silvery blade of a sabre appeared in front of Fidelias; it seemed to grow out of the creatures neck. The screech momentarily halted and a gargling piercing whine replaced the previous cry. The beast thrashed about wildly, and hurled itself at Fidelias. The forward momentum drew the sabre back out of the creatures neck and drove Fidelias back. In a rampage and sputtering black blood the creature howled morosely. The monster clawed viciously at Fidelias but it seemed to be weakened and the attacks were easily evaded.  The darkness above the creature began to fade back into itself, slowly, and it's movements became sluggish.
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 22 posts
Wed 25 Jun 2014
at 12:36
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
As a handful of hair was left in her hand from the creature, Nasukaya found herself being exceptionally glad to be wearing gloves, as she tossed the hair aside and frowned, reaching under her cloak to pull her other blade out, just as Eandro had delivered a successful blow.

It seemed to have weakened the creature considerably and while it held it's attention on the bard and the swordsman, Nasukaya saw her chance. She waited for a moment until the creature had her back turned to her, before she leaped back into action and thrust both of her blades into it, one aimed to the base of it's spine sideways, to hold it in place and the other seeking entrance under the rib cage and upwards, attempting to run it completely through and reach the heart on it's way out.
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 26 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Wed 25 Jun 2014
at 17:13
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro stumbled back attempting to return to his en-guarde position as the creature lunges away from him, the dark woman steps between him and the beast, but from what he saw it appears to be severely damaged. He attempts to step back to get further out of the way, but he stumbles as his head throbs and his vision wavers and swims slightly.  The blow he suffered must have been a lot harder than he thought. He resheaths his saber, and holds his knees waiting for his vision to clear. After a moment he takes a large worn handkerchief out of a pocket and wraps it around his head to stop the trickle of blood running down the side of his face.  He grits his teeth as he ties the makeshift bandage around his head and the fabric contacts the wound. He steps further back seeking a wall or something to support himself until his head clears, the adrenaline starting to wear off. The others can handle the monster for now, he'll get back into the fight if things go sour.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 294 posts
Wed 25 Jun 2014
at 20:55
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The assassin moved quickly, seeing her opportunity to strike. Her curved blades ripped into the creatures form and cut with precision and power. The shrieking ceased and faded away into a quiet gurgling noise as it collapsed to the ground. The darkness above the creature dissapated into nothingness and the hunched form slowly began to revert back to the shape of the elven girl. Her body was bloodied and destroyed but her face had an almost angelic glow as she looked about at the group.
Her lips moved and words slipped out like water contained in a clenched fist. "Th.. thank.. you. The beast took me when I first set out from my village." She was fading fast, and her face contorted with the pain of speaking. "Br... bring me the stone from the bag, quickly. Y..you will need it's power in order to succeed." She weakly moved an arm out and gestured for the stone to be placed in her outstretched palm.
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 28 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Wed 25 Jun 2014
at 21:05
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro didn't even hear what was said much less see the reversion.  His head was throbbing, he barely made it to the wall using it to hold himself up as waves of dizziness washed over him, he supposed that's what he got for not only getting smashed in the side of the head, but also hitting the floor head first didn't help any either.  He slide down the wall sitting leaning against it as he sat on the floor.  The best he could hope for was the thing was dead.  He groaned slightly, he'd get back to whatever the voiced had to say in a bit he just needed to sit and clear his head.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 299 posts
Thu 26 Jun 2014
at 00:04
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The smooth deep voice spoke out, "Do as she asks, she may be able to use her last remaining power to change the attributes of the stone so that any of you might use it." The weak voice added, "Eandro, you need medical attention. Unfortunately your healer has fallen; you must remain awake until you receive treatment. We will grant your group our own healer. We requested his services for reasons... our own... his ability is rivaled by none. We will see to it that he is waiting for you outside. You may all trust him implicitly."
Fidelias
 player, 32 posts
Thu 26 Jun 2014
at 01:45
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
The power struggle ended and Fidelias nearly hit the ground due to the sudden change in resistance. Fidelias regained his balance, caught his breath, and took stock of the situation; it seemed the one called Eandro was hurt and out of commission, though the assassin seemed fine.

Fidelias was a bit let down he wasn't the one to deal the killing blow while the elf was in her... not-so-elf form. It just isn't the same, bathing in the blood of a powerful monster is much more therapeutic than that of a hapless lamb, misguided in her attempts to save the world through blind faith and perfume.

Eandro, he could tell, was having trouble, and one of the Mender's did mention that he needed to stay awake. "Bet you're glad you didn't give that one the rose, eh there Mr Fiddle?" he said with a smirk in an attempt to take his mind off his injuries and into the world.

Fidelias would not have followed the instructions of the girl if the Menders had not seconded them, so he went over to the tablet's resting spot and attempted to restore it to the dying girl's waiting hand.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:32, Sun 29 June 2014.

TheDudeAbides
 GM, 302 posts
Thu 26 Jun 2014
at 01:57
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The dying elf held the stone aloft and from her mouth issued forth an incredibly bright light that snaked its way towards the stone. The light entered the stone and it glowed fiercely for a moment. The elf shuddered and collapsed; the stone dropped from her hand and clattered to the floor. The deep voice spoke, "She has transferred what remained of her life force into the stone, and if we are lucky it will work as intended without her presence." The woman spoke, her voice sultry and confident once again, "Well done, you have worked as a team and bested your first darkling. In the coming days, I fear you will encounter many such beings. For now, you must leave this place immediately. Eandro must be seen to, and even now the healer known throughout Linness as Nyralim awaits. Unless you have further questions... move with haste!" A servant appeared from the darkness on the other side of the room, and beckoned for the group to follow.

Party gains "50 gold pieces" and "Stone of Far Sight"

Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 32 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Thu 26 Jun 2014
at 02:20
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro groaned at the purple haired man, he couldn't remember his name at the moment... "Your jokes are like my head... painfully lame, and I never give a rose to the wrong girl... Attempting to stand he just about fell over, before righting himself. "I guess I wont be dancing anytime soon," he gasped weaving his way to the door, he managed a bit better but still weaved a bit drunkenly.  On second thought he'd rather be drunk, at least then he could've enjoyed the part that lead up to the headache. He felt like a nap was in order, but the boss said no. Still it was a shame about the girl she had been attractive and sociable, though that may have been due to the monster.  He tried to keep his mind moving, but it kept occurring to him just how tired he truly felt.
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 23 posts
Thu 26 Jun 2014
at 10:53
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Watching the creature revert back into the elven maiden, or at least, what was left of her, the assassin flicked the blood of her blades and sheathed them back in one fluid motion.
Her face neutral, she merely stood as the elf infused the stone with her life force and faded away. Turning to the others, she took note of the bard slumping over and half-way asleep already. In her experience, head injuries were never good to sleep off, so she reached him in a few swift steps and grabbed his upper arm, drawing him to his feet with some effort. Ducking under his arm, she draped it over her shoulders and took some of his weight to herself. "Walk." she said shortly and nodded towards the stone, speaking to Fidelias this time. "Get the stone and let us go back before he faints. I have no intention of dragging dead weight all the way up."
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 49 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Thu 26 Jun 2014
at 16:04
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Despite his head swimming and spinning moving help to keep him awake.  He wasn't above accepting help when he needed it, and was grateful for the assistance.  "Not gonna faint he groans, just want to take a nap. You're welcome for the rose " he says before focusing back on walking. With the support, he could worry about flirting later.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:24, Thu 26 June 2014.

TheDudeAbides
 GM, 326 posts
Thu 26 Jun 2014
at 23:24
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The group gathered the bag of gold and precious stone and moved towards the beckoning servant. Instead of going back the way they had arrived they passed underneath the bright lights and into the shadows beyond. The tunnel through the wall was much like the one that led them into the chamber. The servant moved quickly, and the group struggled to keep up as Eandro relied heavily on Nasukaya. After making several turns at branches, the servant raised a hand to signal a halt. Shuffling ahead, the form touched something on the wall and a flood of fresh air filled the tunnel. Up ahead a porthole had opened, revealing a night sky full of twinkling stars. A ladder was set up beneath the opening and the servant assisted the party members as they climbed upwards and into the fresh night air. The group had exited the network of tunnels in a garden of brightly colored flowers. 100 yards behind them, a glint off the obsidian wall told them they had passed underneath it and were no longer in the Red Groves. They were not alone, a lone figure stood several feet away from the hole and watched them with gleaming eyes.


1st day of the 2nd month: 11:00 PM.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:26, Thu 26 June 2014.

Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 59 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Thu 26 Jun 2014
at 23:56
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
With much help Eandro managed to surface then moving just far enough away to clear the opening he sat down, he knew what was going on.  It was similar to at the fights during festivals when a prize fighter took a heavy blow often being sick and dazed. He knew that was what was going on, but he knew no way to fix it and wasn't likely to make it better if he tried.  At this point he needed to just sit for a moment, his head spinning wasn't helping things really, and he retched a few times to the side. In fact he decided that almost unilaterally at that moment that battle scars were overhyped, and ridiculously overrated.  Out a handkerchief he wiped his mouth on his sleeve, looking up he saw the figure with gleaming eyes he seriously hoped the figure ahead was the promised healer because he really didn't feel like a fight at this point.
Nyralim
 player, 4 posts
Fri 27 Jun 2014
at 11:40
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
It's been some time now since Nyralim came here. And even though it did help him to shake off his pursuers he disliked it here. Even somewhat isolated in the Red Groves, he still felt a bit overwhelmed in the city. There were so many people that needed healing and so much violence, that he wanted simply to run away from it all. True, he did visit almost all the big cities, but he didn't stay for so long in one for at least twenty years (give or take a few). So, when he was told that he would accompany this group on their mission as a healer, he was actually glad for an excuse to move away from the city. At least, he hoped they would be leaving the city. It didn't take much for him to get ready to move, and then he just followed the servant to the garden where he was supposed to wait for the group to show up.

A short time later, Nyralim noticed some people getting out of the porthole inside the garden. He immediately recognized a servant with the group and nodded shortly in his direction, before he approached the group. "Good evening everyone. I believe you were told about me." His voice was gentle and melodious, though undoubtedly male, giving the impression of the warm autumn wind in the forest. "Now, please give me some space." Immediately after he said that he approached the wounded, gaudily dressed, half-elf, while he simultaneously reached into one of his belt pouches and produced a small jar. He waited a few moments for the half-elf to finish retching, having produced a bandages in the meantime, before he gently said "And now, please sit still. It may sting a little", to him and started his work on the wound with a practiced hand. Of course, provided the half-elf in question, or someone else, didn't have a different idea.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:43, Fri 27 June 2014.

Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 64 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Sat 28 Jun 2014
at 05:20
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
If Eandro had wanted to put up at fight, at this point a toddler might have over powered him, especially one with a stick or a rock.  He put forth no protest as the man removed his handkerchief and started treating him, though at least he was allowed a moment to complete his vomiting.  This whole affair was a fiasco, a small part of him was grateful for the medical treatment, while a large majority was still vehemently arguing that a good nap or sleeping for the rest of the night seemed like a great idea, and would probably fix his problems.  There were two other like glimmers of thought in his foggy mind, one was considering the probability of getting whacked in the head again while working for these people, and the last little bit was wondering if lady darkness had seen him skewer the monster through the throat.  He hoped his injury didn't diminish his standing in her eyes.  He decided to make a mental note, for what it was worth, to get her another rose since she helped him out of the tunnel, and had lost the first one he had given her.

As the healer's practiced hands applied the paste and bandage he clenched his teeth and hissed through his teeth. The pain prickled, tingled, and stung across his nerves at the contact with the medicine and absorbent bandage.  In a weak voice he asked, "how's it look?"
Nyralim
 player, 5 posts
Sat 28 Jun 2014
at 20:10
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Before doing anything else, Nyralim pulled a clean rag out and used the water from his waterskin to wet it, then using it to gently wipe the blood. Luckily, the flow of blood had mostly stopped by now. Finished with that he applied a poultice and bandaged the wound. Whole time during this process, he applied the soft trickle of magic to the wound. It was nothing drastic, so it wasn't visible, as usual when he did it like that.

Satisfied that the treatment was done, ans satisfied with the results, Nyralim used a tiny trickle of water again to wash his hands, before he put away the jar with poultice. "The wound wasn't so serious, so it should heal by the morning. The concussion is a bit more serious, but it should also be alright by the morning. Though, you will need to rest", he said as he straightened out. After he looked around a bit, to orient himself, Nyralim turned to the other two people present, and pointed in one direction "There should be an inn close by. I suggest we head there and let him rest for the night."
Fidelias
 player, 39 posts
Sun 29 Jun 2014
at 05:31
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Fidelias found himself slightly reassured when the fancy swordsman was able to respond cognitively. It was a good sign. He didn't want to have to pal around an idiot, and head wounds had been known to cause such ailments in the past he had known. From what little Fidelias knew, he figured he was in good hands, especially after the healer had mad his appearance.

"So I suppose we should make our introductions now that fancy-pants has his head back on straight. Good to know you aren't made of glass, man, you held your own back there, even if you are a pretty little dancin' singin' fairy." He chuckled at the last bit, intentionally added to get a reaction out of the man. "I'm Fidelias, apparently also now known as the Brazen Storm-Bringer. Has a nice ring to it, if I say so myself."

Fidelias stuck out his hand towards the one known as Eandro as he made his introduction.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 00:32, Mon 30 June 2014.

Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 67 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Sun 29 Jun 2014
at 15:39
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro balked slightly at being called fancy pants, but truth be told he really didn't care.  People had all sorts of nicknames for bards, the sooner you grew a thick skin the better. Looking at the man with purple hair, he said "Eandro, musician, and bard.  Though I'd be careful who you call a fairy... That purple hair isn't making any points on your behalf, maybe you could be the Brazen Storm-Bringing fairy of myth and legend." He quipped back accepting the hand and shaking it.  He made a mental note to try and figure out what the healer had used on him, the pain had been reduced greatly and whatever the man had used Eandro really kinda wanted that at his disposal.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:47, Sun 29 June 2014.

Nyralim
 player, 6 posts
Sun 29 Jun 2014
at 19:44
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Nyralim frowned slightly at the exchange between Fidelias and Eandro and did his best to watch Eandro for any other symptoms. After a moment he decided to intercede a bit "Mister Eandro, please take it easy. The pain may have lessened, but you are still not fully healed, so no sudden movements. And do take it easy, please." After Nyralim delivered his message, he went towards the place where he was standing before they came and took his traveling staff and pack from the ground. For now he ignored the girl hiding in the shadow, since she chose to keep her distance.

Nyralim slung the pack over his back, and turned to the others. "Well then, shall we proceed to the inn?" A small smile stretched his lips "I don't mind sleeping here, but I don't believe that the owner of the garden would be too happy about it." As he waited for the others to finally get a move on, he kept furtively glancing in Eandro's direction, ready to help him if the need should arise.
Fidelias
 player, 40 posts
Sun 29 Jun 2014
at 20:23
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Fidelias smiled at the return quip, satisfied that this expedition wouldn't be a complete bore as it pertained to camaraderie in his companions. He would not yet call the bard friend, but perhaps he had the makings of one. Only time would tell.

Fidelias rolled his eyes. "Relax doctor man, he's fine. It was just a bump on the head, he's just gotta walk it off, especially now that he's pumped full'a healy juice. His head aint that important now, is it?" Fidelias went to slug Eandro on the shoulder, but thought better of it and instead settled for a pretended motion.

"I do, however, concur on the idea of an inn. You ready to roll there little missy of the shadows?" Fidelias continued to test his companions, partially obliviously, partially intentionally.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:32, Mon 30 June 2014.

Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 69 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Sun 29 Jun 2014
at 20:29
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro could tell an act when he saw one and let the man fake punch him in the arm.  The inn sounded like a great idea, food sleep, maybe a pint of ale or a flagon of mead or two. Looking at the other he agreed with the Healer and Fidelias, "An inn sounds good to me too, Lady Darkness will you be joining us?" He asks look at the figure in the shadows.
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 30 posts
Sun 29 Jun 2014
at 21:47
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Stepping to the side once the bard had moved away, the assassin had let the elven healer do his job, not saying anything.
Instead, she pulled out a thin rag from somewhere in her traveling bag and was currently wiping the remains of blood from her blades.
Listening to the conversations held to her side, she did not lift her head when the others addressed her. Without missing a beat, she responded in a leveled voice, which made it hard to determine if she was offended or amused. "Nasukaya would do just fine. I have no use of titles, grandiose or otherwise."

Satisfied with the job she had done, she slid the last blade back in it's sheath and looked up, a hint of a smirk playing at the corner of her mouth.
"To the inn it is then. I would not want your fine clothes to get wrinkled out here in this savage apple grove." she gave a small half-teasing bow and stepped out to follow the elf healer, as he obviously knew where the said inn was.
Despite of poking fun with the rest of the group, she honestly would not object spending the night under a roof.
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 70 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Sun 29 Jun 2014
at 21:53
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro stood up noticing it was quite a bit easier to move about when not dizzy, and followed after the others, "I can at least think of much more fun ways to wrinkle my clothes than in a damp apple grove. Mistress Night" he called back teasing catching the hint of a smirk on her face.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 341 posts
Sun 29 Jun 2014
at 23:45
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The group agreed to rest for the night and set off in the direction of the nearest inn. It was late and the streets were empty, other then an occasional drunk, and up ahead lights flickered; it was clear they were approaching some possible locations. The group stepped onto the well lit street and were greeted by several inns and taverns that lined the road. Crude signs hung above the entrance ways with prices carved into them:

The Suckling Pig: 75c/room

Molly's Outhouse: 50c/room

The Grand Osprey: 1s/room

   A city patrol passed by the group and one of the men barked at the group, "Best get off the streets unless yer looking fer problems. The only folk out this late are drunks and bandits..." He grumbled something under his breath as the rest of his companions kept walking; showing little interest in the strange looking group.
Nyralim
 player, 7 posts
Mon 30 Jun 2014
at 08:43
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
While they were walking, if anyone asked Nyralim introduced himself, otherwise he continued to observe Eandro. Luckily, there were no adverse aftereffects. Still, from his experience, Nyralim knew it is much better to lay down and sleep the healing off, especially after such a wound as Eandro had suffered.

When the guards passed them, he turned to the others, and softly spoke "Before we turn in for the night, shouldn't we try using the stone you were given? I believe you have been instructed in its use, right?"
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 32 posts
Tue 1 Jul 2014
at 10:33
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
A soft sound, which might have been a huffed out amused laugh or a condescending one, escaped the assassin as Eandro spoke. "Something tells me that there will be quite a few opportunities for that... though perhaps not of the sort that you might be hoping for, Master Rose Wielder."

Keeping her eyes on their surroundings, Nasukaya lifted her hood up when she saw the city patrol approach and let her cloak fall over her shoulder and cover her front. Smirking slightly, she thought about the comment one of the men tossed their way. Not drunks yet, nor were they bandits, though all things considered, they were looking for trouble.

She looked over to the elf healer as he spoke and then towards Fidelias. "You took it, have you not?" she asked, as she was sure that she didn't, being too busy hauling the minstrel to the surface.
Speaking of which, she had to admit surprise when she had seen him deliver a successful hit in his state. Quite honestly, she had not considered him capable of being focused even without the head wound. Mentally shrugging, she continued walking, mulling over this strange group she had ended up with.
There was definitive potential here, though she had her doubts about all of them. The bard seemed to lose himself easily and fitting the sword wielder into a stealth profile that they needed for the mission gave her a headache. As for the healer... What he turns out to be remained yet to be seen.
Fidelias
 player, 41 posts
Tue 1 Jul 2014
at 17:55
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Fidelias openly laughed at the exchange of the Nasukaya and Eandro, genuinely amused at Nasukaya's projected opposition to Eandro's advances. He wondered how long it would be until Eandro gave up or Nasukaya gave in. The likelihood of either seemed equal at this point, as Nasukaya was obviously not offended by Eandro's verbal advances. Regardless, it was entertaining to watch and Fidelias would not dare interfere with something that gave him laughter. There was too little of that nowadays.

The assassin then turned towards him and prompted him for the stone. "Yeah, yeah, hold your horses I got the damn rock..." Fidelias set his pack on the ground and opened a small compartment sewn into one of the more inconspicuous pockets, but before retrieving the stone, looked around for any observers. Finding none, he presented the stone quickly, and slipped it into his pocket. He continued softly as to not be overheard, "Magic aint really my thing, but I do know that unwanted parties like to covet and steal shiny rocks like this one. Let's hit that Grand Osprey, I don't know what the hell an Osprey is, but we can sure's shit afford it, right? Might as bloody well take the nice'n. We'll get ourselves some rooms and all huddle around this this lump when we're in private." He motioned to the Grand Osprey.
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 74 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Thu 3 Jul 2014
at 04:10
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
"I heard rumors about the first two places as I came into town earlier, my vote is for the Osprey as well," he explains. "Plus it'll be nice to sleep in a nicer bed while the opportunity still presents itself." He grin Nasukaya title for him.  "Lady Shadow, the opportunities abound but you never find them if you never look, besides there is still time. Though it'd be interesting to hear what you think I have in mind, I doubt if I guessed I'd be wrong." Considering what Fidelias has to say on the matter of the magical stone, he agrees.  "I agree with Lavender Locks a room would be more discreet, also there will be food and drink to be had while we discuss our next move." With that he starts walking to the Osprey.
Nyralim
 player, 8 posts
Thu 3 Jul 2014
at 08:42
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Nyralim offhandedly answered Fidelias's question before he followed Eandro to the inn. "Osprey is a bird. It lives near the bodies of water, since its main diet are fishes. You may know it by the name of fish eagle or sea hawk." As he caught up with Eandro, Nyralim softly, but firmly, repeated his warning "As I said earlier, Mister Eandro, please, no strenuous activities tonight. Otherwise, what I have done to help you may be for naught." He understood that the young man may have other plans for spending his night, but those plans were not advisable under the current circumstances. Of course, if the half-elf ignored his warning and did as he pleased, Nyralim would help him again. He just made a mental note, that when that time comes, he better had some sleep medication prepared.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 353 posts
Thu 3 Jul 2014
at 19:54
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The group agreed that the Grand Osprey seemed most appropriate for a group of aspiring well-to-do adventurers and headed off towards the entrance. Once inside, they approached a well worn counter and engaged in discussion with the innkeeper. He was a round man with red cheeks and a loud boisterous voice. "Oi! Welcome to the Grand Osprey! The finest lodgings from here to... well... to the end of the road! The price tonight be 1 silver per room, and I has em available on the second floor all neat and in a row." The group handed over 4 silver and were given, each in turn, a large copper key with a number carved into the handle. The innkeeper pointed to the stairs which were located towards the back of the tavern and the group, eager to settle in, headed off towards the second floor.

    The tavern on the first floor was nearly empty, but would remain open for another hour or two for inn guests. At the top of the stairs, a row of rooms on the right matched the numbers carved into the keys. Nyralim had the closest #3; Eandro the next #4; Fidelias followed #5; and Nasukaya at the end #6. The sound of the few remaining patrons downstairs faded away and the pleasant smell of a fresh cleanliness welcomed each as they opened the room doors. The layout was simple, a single bed, a window looking out over the street, and a small sink with running water. The water was a commodity that would not have been found in a cheaper room. The night air was crisp and refreshing and the moon shone bright; despite the events of earlier, tonight was turning into a pleasant evening. The members looked about at each other as they stood in the entrance ways of their prospective rooms.

-4 Silver

Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 78 posts
 Half-elf
 Bard
Mon 7 Jul 2014
at 22:11
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro looks into the room assigned to him, everything looked in order at least.  He steps inside and drops his travel roll next to the sink.  He looks about briefly inspecting the room for any trouble, in his travels he'd spent the night at more than the occasional sketchy tavern, and while this place was by no means sketchy he had a bit of a practiced eye at spotting rooms that'd be potential trouble later.  Despite, he closes the window before exiting the room, and plucking a hair off his head he licks his fingers and places it on the door just above eye level.  Turning towards Fidelis, he says softly to the entire group, "let's take step inside and take a look before it gets much later. I'd say I've other plans, but I have little faith in this magic stuff and I'd prefer to get an adequate amount of sleep for the night, before our real troubles begin."

This message was last edited by the player at 20:10, Wed 09 July 2014.

Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 35 posts
 Human
 Thief
Wed 9 Jul 2014
at 17:35
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Slowly walking down the corridor, Nasukaya passing the others to reach the door of the last room. She paused as the bard spoke, nodding. "I will go down later to try and get us some supper. Perhaps it could be delivered into our rooms." she mussed, unlocking the door and going inside.

As soon as she entered the room assigned to her and made sure that nothing out of the ordinary wasn't present in there, Nasukaya cast a critical look around and deemed it acceptable. Even more so, if you compare it to what the majority of her nights from now on are going to look like.
Placing her backpack to the side of the bed, she slipped off her cloak and tossed it over the edge of the bed, before removing her weapon sheaths as well. Removing the thin, curved blades from them, she took each one and inspected them closely for blood leftovers, removing the stains she found with a small rag she pulled from the bag.

When she was satisfied with their state, she carefully set them back into their sheaths and patted the small of her back, finding one of many coin pouches stashed there. That should be more than enough for dinner, she mussed, as she walked over to the door and stepped outside. As she locked the door behind her, she pulled another small pouch from under her belt, opened it, sprinkled some of the white powder on the doorknob and then gently blown on it, so it wouldn't be visible anymore.

Satisfied, she hid the pouch again and almost casually walked downstairs to find the innkeeper.
Upon locating him behind the counter, she walked over to him and leaned on it with her elbow. "Would it be possible to get some dinner here?" she asked in a leveled voice, her face looking completely impassive.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:14, Wed 09 July 2014.

Nyralim
 player, 11 posts
 Elf
 Caster
Thu 10 Jul 2014
at 07:17
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Nyralim followed others to the Osprey, staying silent whole time. He just watched the half-elf in case something happened, but it seemed all was well with him. When they were given their rooms he just went inside and put away his pack and immediately went outside, to wait for the others.

When they emerged from their rooms, one by one he nodded in greeting to each one of them and once again nodded in response to Eandro's suggestion, indicating his agreement.
Fidelias
 player, 43 posts
 Human
 Fighter
Fri 11 Jul 2014
at 00:45
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Fidelias poked his head in the room he had been granted and sniffed the air, "seems like everything is in order here..." He turned to Eandro and nodded his head in agreement. "Let's do this." He shut his door and faced Eandro, "soooo we're using your room, right?" Fidelias shifted his pack into a more comfortable position and looked back at the rest of the party expectantly. He noticed Nasukaya heading down the stairs and registered that she had mentioned something about food, "make sure you get enough for all of us!" he shouted at her as she passed from view.

Posted by GM

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:45, Fri 11 July 2014.

TheDudeAbides
 GM, 392 posts
Fri 11 Jul 2014
at 00:53
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The innkeeper had been polishing a shiny set of silverware when Nasukaya appeared from the second floor. He listened with dull eyes as she asked about food, "Well missy, the serving girls have gone home for the day... but I can see about having a few plates of food delivered to your rooms in a bit. 50c a plate, and have the money waiting when the food shows up. I won't lie to you and say you got lots of options... but there should be garlic lamb chops, rosemary potatoes and grilled vegetables to spare. Mrs. Odell be a fine cook, and she always has extras at the end of the night." He looked pleased with himself and went about polishing more utensils. He looked up at the young woman still standing there, "You did want food for you and your companions, did you not?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:04, Fri 11 July 2014.

Nyralim
 player, 13 posts
 Elf
 Caster
Fri 11 Jul 2014
at 06:44
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
His sharp senses picked Nasukaya talking with the innkeeper over the declining din on the first floor. Since he already had his dinner, he leaned over the railing calling out to her "Miss, I won't be needing the diner. But thank you for your consideration." Not waiting for her answer, he turned back towards the other two and nodded to Fidelias, indicating that he was ready to follow the rest of the group to whatever place they chose to have their viewing.
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 89 posts
 Half-elf
 Bard
Mon 14 Jul 2014
at 21:09
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro sighed, he was really hoping to not do this in his room, but at this point didn't care. "I figured your room would be better since you're holding it, but I suppose." Turning back to his room he opens the door leaving it for the other and sprawls on his bed much like one would expect of a teenager.  "Well don't just stand out there." he calls to the others in a slightly sardonic tone, "you're letting the cool night breezes out."
Fidelias
 NPC, 44 posts
 Human
 Fighter
Mon 14 Jul 2014
at 22:22
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Fidelias followed Eandro into his room and produced the strange flat stone from his pack. There was a large steel bowl next to the sink; it was likely used for washing... things... Fidelias scooped the bowl up and began to fill it with water. Once it was full to the brim, he set the bowl in the center of the room and waited for the rest of the group to enter. According to the council of the Menders, they need only place the stone in water... when the moon was out... and it should do something... He sat down, rather awkwardly, cross-legged in front of the bowl and looked back at the door. "Oi! come on you bunch of dilly dalliers! The sun's gonna rise before we get this done if we wait around much longer."
Nyralim
 player, 14 posts
 Elf
 Caster
Mon 14 Jul 2014
at 22:45
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Nyralim looked down to see how the Nasukaya was doing with ordering dinner. He guessed she would be up shortly, so he just followed Eandro and Fidelias inside. As he entered he looked around a bit, noticing that this room is almost the same as his own, and then joined the others around the bowl. He mimicked Fidelias's sitting position, but, contrary to him, he felt quite comfortable sitting that way. And then he the waiting started...
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 40 posts
 Human
 Thief
Mon 14 Jul 2014
at 23:11
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Catching the comment made by Nyralim about not needing food, Nasukaya nodded to the barkeep. "That sounds fine, thank you. I'll need three portions. Have them brought upstairs."
Settling on the meals with the barkeep, the assassin turned on her heel and softly padded upstairs, hearing familiar voices concentrated in one room in particular. As she opened the door and entered, she saw her companions already there, waiting to get started.
She approached on silent feet and stood next to them, but did not sit, as Fidelias and Nyralim had. "The food will be up shortly. Let's get this over with." she said in a low voice, as she crossed her arms over her chest and skeptically raised an eyebrow.
All of this magical mumbo-jumbo never held her interest for long, but she supposed that if the Menders had already insisted, it had to be of some use.
Fidelias
 NPC, 45 posts
 Human
 Fighter
Mon 14 Jul 2014
at 23:22
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Noting that everyone had entered the room, Fidelias took this as his cue to toss the stone in the bowl of water. He did so without abandon, and the stone splashed a bit and may... or may not... have gotten water on Nyralim. He grinned wryly and said, "er my bad, this magic stuff is all a hoax anyhow." The door had shut behind Nasukaya and the room was quite dark now. Eandro had shut his window earlier and there was only a sliver of moonlight that pierced through a slightly uneven window frame. "Sooooo this is rediculous" Fidelias stated flatly.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 402 posts
Mon 14 Jul 2014
at 23:37
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The stone settled to the bottom of the bowl and lay there motionless in the dark. It started small at first, a barely discernible light that seemed to wink and vacillate at the bottom of the bowl. As the group looked on, the light shifted into forms and began to intensify. Within a few more moments the room glowed with an unearthly light; shapes that were clearly humanoid began to melt into view on the surface of the water. The shapes moved around cautiously, some on horse back and others on foot. One was hunched over the mutilated forms of a man and his horse. The hunched form, a tall red haired woman, stood up and held aloft a sealed letter; the others looked about warily.

    The humanoid forms faded away and the image seemed to zoom skyward and dove back down some 20 miles north of the groups location. It centered over a group of mounted men, armed to the teeth, who laughed and drank whilst they rode on. They seemed to glow with a dark aura that bespoke of something sinister. The images began to flicker slightly and words formed on surface of the water, "The children of light are 80 Miles South of Tiro, and heading to the Widow's Peak." The words shimmered for a moment and dissipated into roiling water. The stone shook in the bowl and water splashed over the sides for a moment and then it went still; the light flashed once and disappeared. The group was left to their own thoughts in the darkness of Eandro's room.

    A knock on the door startled everyone back to reality. A timid and frightened voice spoke up, "uhhh hello? I have your food here... I'm just going to set it here on the ground..." There was a soft clink, and the pattering footfalls of a young child faded down the hallway.
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 91 posts
 Half-elf
 Bard
Tue 15 Jul 2014
at 05:17
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro sighed as the words fade, "I suppose we are headed for Tiro then to pick up the trail.  That supposes we decide on the best way to get there." Hearing the knock he quickly leaps up and retrieves the food, passing the woman the amount asked for and  a few extra coppers as a tip. Closing the door he latches it and distributes the food, "I know of two ways to get there, the first is over land via foot or horse and the second being to float along with the goods being traded down river. Before we retire we should decide this." he says taking a bite of his food starting to eat quickly.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:17, Tue 15 July 2014.

Nyralim
 player, 15 posts
 Elf
 Caster
Tue 15 Jul 2014
at 16:44
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Nyralim ignored the water that splashed over him and, when it was all over, he nodded in response to Eandro, in agreement with him that they should decide their course of action before retiring for the night. "I know of a few ways we could get there cross country." He shrugged his shoulders "Though, I guess, the river might be the fastest way." He didn't offer any other opinions, instead waiting to hear what the others would say.
Fidelias
 NPC, 46 posts
 Human
 Fighter
Tue 15 Jul 2014
at 23:10
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Fidelias was shaken up over the vision. Other then the brief encounter during the meeting with the Menders, he had never experienced magic before. He stared dumbly at Eandro and Nyralim unsure what to say. "uhhh ya... float down the river. Sounds like fun" he managed to sputter out. Fidelias turned his attention to his food, with a mouth full of it he continued on. "We can afford horses... or even a carriage if we want... but it seems like the faster we get to the eastern side of the continent, the better the chance that the children of light will survive." He sneered at the reference to the other group and nearly choked on a mouthful of lamb.
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 43 posts
 Human
 Thief
Tue 15 Jul 2014
at 23:15
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Nasukaya had remained motionless since her arrival into the room. She now consumed the plate of food rather voraciously for one so quiet. "I am with you, Eandro, if you feel the river is the fastest route then so be it." She faced the rest of the group with a placid look and shrugged her shoulders. "We can always stop off north of Westvale and get horses if the river is not to our liking. Would we pile into a boat here in Vayas then?"
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 92 posts
 Half-elf
 Bard
Sat 19 Jul 2014
at 14:13
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro yawned setting his empty plate to the side. "I think the river will be the best bet, and we can re-evaluate later like Nasukaya said.  My vote is for the river." Looking at Fidelias he smiled slightly, "Facial expressions really change their meanings when one is choking on their food at the same time. No one said we had to like the children of light, we just have a job to do." Looking at the rest of the group and addressing everyone he says, "If we have decided on the river I'd really like to sleep, unless of course Madame Darkness wants to stay so I can bring some light to her world." He finishes with a wink at Nasukaya
Nyralim
 player, 16 posts
 Elf
 Caster
Sun 20 Jul 2014
at 10:30
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
"Then, the river it is", Nyralim agreed with the rest. He seemed unconcerned, or uninterested, in the matters dealing with 'Children of Light', or the reactions of others to that. He was a healer, and healers should show no preferences to anyone. "I agree Mr. Eandro, we should all rest to be ready for tomorrow's journey." Nyralim kept his eyes trained on Eandro until he looked back "Especially you."

Nyralim gracefully rose up and went towards the door "Now, if you will excuse me, I am going to rest. Good night." With that, he went back into his room. True, he would rather sleep outdoors, but he just needs to be patient a little bit more. He really missed the feeling of laying down to sleep being surrounded by the forest and its sounds. While thinking that, he slowly disrobed and went to sleep.
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 44 posts
 Human
 Thief
Mon 21 Jul 2014
at 22:16
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Nasukaya nodded her agreement, they would acquire a boat in the morning and float down the river towards Tiro. She turned about and headed to her room. "See ya in the morning" her voice was flat and devoid of tone. Once in the privacy of her room, she quietly laid out her gear and took extra care to clean and sharpen her blades. The morning would come quickly, and nobody knew how often the opportunity to sleep in clean sheets would arise. She tucked in for the night and soon was fast asleep.
Fidelias
 NPC, 47 posts
 Human
 Fighter
Mon 21 Jul 2014
at 22:29
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Fidelias grunted his assent and pulled himself to his feet. "Well I guess I'm gonna go grab some shut eye. In the morning we can get some food downstairs and possibly some information from the locals about where to find a boat." He thudded off to his room and crashed noisily into bed. "Sleep well everybody!" he shouted, and was greeted by a few distant retorts by other would-be-sleepers.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 431 posts
Mon 21 Jul 2014
at 22:39
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Sun streamed in through the windows and cracks and the bustling sound of commerce drifted up through the woodwork and into the rooms of the party members. Vayas was a busy city, and today was no exception; there was no down time, and no days off. People traveled from all over Linness to puzzle over the countless stalls that sold everything one could possibly imagine. The stalls lined the roads throughout the city. The only location that was free of the haggling merchants was inside the Red Groves. The restaurant on the first floor of the Grand Osprey was packed with guests all enjoying a hearty breakfast of fried eggs, thick slabs of juicy bacon and fresh baked bread slathered with creamy butter. The smell of food was powerful and most inviting.

2nd day of the 2nd month: 8:30 AM.

Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 94 posts
 Half-elf
 Bard
Thu 24 Jul 2014
at 16:43
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro had slept wonderful despite his lack of desired female company.  He even woke early which was so out of character anyone that knew him would've assumed that he was deathly ill or that it was a sign of the end of days. He washed his face and prepared his stuff for travel, another anomaly though less so than rising early.  Making his way downstairs he considers that possibly it was the smell of the food that woke him.  Sitting down at the table ready for travel he digs into his own hearty breakfast, and waits for the rest of the group to assemble.
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 44 posts
 Human
 Thief
Mon 28 Jul 2014
at 19:49
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Nasukaya was awake with first light, and had spent some time stretching and limbering up before anyone else awoke. When she heard one of her companions move past the door and head downstairs, she decided that it was time for her to emerge. She gathered her belongings and slipped out of the room; fully intent on never returning. She made her way downstairs and located Eandro among the bustling crowd. She sat at the table across from Eandro and nodded at him in greeting. A young woman approached with a plate piled high with heavenly smelling food. The Grand Osprey was legendary in Vayas for it's breakfast, and the sheer number of people crowded in the small space was proof of it.

This message was last updated by the GM at 19:49, Mon 28 July 2014.

Fidelias
 NPC, 48 posts
 Human
 Fighter
Mon 28 Jul 2014
at 19:54
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Fidelias had slept in later than the others and he clumsily crashed about in his room as he prepared himself for the day. His purple hair was mussed about and stood up in weird angles as he plodded down the stairs. Seeing a few of his companions had already made it down and were busying themselves with what looked to be a rediculously delicious breakfast, he hurried over and slammed down in a seat next to Eandro. "Soooooo let's eat and get outta here!" His excitement for food was written all over his young face and he pounded the table with clenched fists. The young woman showed up, weaving through the tables of people, and presented Fidelias with a large plate of food. He savagely began consuming it before it touched the table.
Nyralim
 player, 18 posts
 Elf
 Caster
Thu 31 Jul 2014
at 16:32
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Nyralim actually, rose a fair bit earlier than the others and used the opportunity to breakfast and head out to the nearest public garden. He spent a while there, meditating and dispensing the remedies to the people passing by, people that needed those remedies. During this time he gathered more than one curious look and his reserves of remedies and herbs thinned quite a bit. When he decided it was time, he directed his steps back to the Osprey, in search of his companions.

It didn't take Nyralim long to find them, once he got back, as Fidelias's purple hair stood out quite a bit. When he arrived at their table, he put his pack down near him and leaned his staff on the nearby wall, before sitting with the rest and waving the waitress away.

"Good morning everyone", Nyralim greeted them, glancing at each. He kept his gaze a bit longer on Eandro, just to ascertain that he was well.
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 97 posts
 Half-elf
 Bard
Thu 31 Jul 2014
at 17:54
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro nodded to Nasukaya as she entered too busy stuffing his face with the delicious meal.  Once he had finished eating, the quite filling breakfast and he almost wished he could go take a nap and take his chances with the midday meal as well but the group had places to be so he spoke up as he leaned back in his chair contentedly, "Once everyone has finished eating we should I'd think arriving later would decrease our chances of departing still today." Lifting his fiddle he quietly picks at it his fingers flying through a number of songs at several times the speed they were typically played at.  He notices the healer watching him and smiles and nods at the greeting but says nothing as he continues to play with his fiddle.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:55, Thu 31 July 2014.

Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 48 posts
 Human
 Thief
Fri 1 Aug 2014
at 10:07
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Finishing her meal rather quickly, like the last time, Nasukaya nodded in greeting to the ones who arrived after her and gave Fidelias a short look with a raised eyebrow, when he started banging his fists on the table, obviously very excited about the prospect of breakfast. She, however, refrained from commenting and waited until they were almost done with their breakfast, before she spoke up. "I am ready to leave whenever you wish." she shifted in her chair slightly, taking a quick glance at her things, already neatly packed and set to rest against the side of her chair.

Pushing her plate away from herself, she leaned back, setting to straighten one of her gloves as she waited.
Nyralim
 player, 19 posts
 Elf
 Caster
Thu 14 Aug 2014
at 05:54
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Nyralim stayed silent through whole breakfast, just subtly observing the others. He noted that all of them were in a very good health. As soon as they were done with their breakfast, and started talking about leaving, he calmly reached for his pack, slinging it over the shoulder, and then he took his traveling staff and looked questioningly, first at his traveling companions and then at the exit. It was his way of making it clear that he is ready to travel.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 460 posts
Wed 27 Aug 2014
at 18:25
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The group of would-be-adventurers finished their meal is silence. The strange vision from last night still played through their minds and a sense of foreboding clouded the otherwise cheery morning. The group excused themselves from the table and moved together through the inn's front door. The sounds of breakfasting people passed from hearing and was replaced with the hustle and bustle of the trade town's crowded streets. The group turned south-east towards the river and slowly weaved their way through town.

    Several miles into their journey, the group came upon a loading dock. Goods destined for Westvale, Westover, Theba and Tiro were loaded into marked float-worthy crates and casks and sent bobbing down the city's canal system and out onto the river. Small riverboats are moored along the edge of the clean-cut canal; they are large enough for two people to sit rather uncomfortably. Laborers mill about the waters edge busily preparing the daily shipments. A clambering noise echoes from behind you and a group of dark cloaked individuals can be seen filing into the narrow walk-way the group has just passed through. Ahead, the water rushes through a small arch just large enough for a riverboat to pass through one at a time. The pack of sinister looking individuals shuffles closer.
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 57 posts
 Human
 Thief
Fri 29 Aug 2014
at 19:46
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Keeping a casual pace with her companions, Nasukaya's steps barely made any sound as she walked, a nonchalant look on her face. Her cloak was draped over her, hiding all but the lower parts of her legs and her head, since the hood was down. Under the dark cloak, one of her hands rested on a small throwing knife, her thumb slowly passing over the hilt as if she did it unconsciously. She noticed the group following them long before they got close enough to create noticeable noise. If one was to draw conclusions from their behavior, she'd say that they intended to attack rather soon, though she was not overly worried. None of them seemed properly trained, as with that kind of sneaking, one would have to be deaf not to hear them.

Her face still a mask of general disinterest, the assassin barely blinked when she heard a shuffle of a foot behind them, as someone apparently tripped over something. Rolling her eyes, she muttered to herself: "... Bloody amateurs..." and then spoke in a low voice to the rest of the group. "You do realize that we are being followed?... Badly?"
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 482 posts
Fri 29 Aug 2014
at 20:30
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The walk-way behind the group was beginning to seethe with the shuffling forms of dark cloaked bodies. Behind them others were cramming into the small space and the mass seemed to wobble forward with irregular and slightly erratic movements. The sheer number of bodies seemed to be multiplying and with every step forward another row of figures would slip into view. A sea of bodies now blocked the groups return path into the city.

    A few of the dock laborers took note of the new arrivals and looked past the small group at the bobbing heads that filled the walk-way; their faces went pale and they quickly retreated to the safety of the largest warehouse located on the far side of the canal. Within moments, the canal dock was devoid of anyone other than the group and their strange followers.
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 105 posts
 Half-elf
 Bard
Sat 30 Aug 2014
at 14:47
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro casually glanced around replying softly, "I think the word you were look was poorly. Though it seems that being inconspicuous was not their primary intent." Several courses of action go through his head as he considers the possibilities. In his mind the way forward is clear. In a loud voice he calls out one hand on his hip the other resting lightly on his sabre. "Gentlemen, I bet you are wondering why I have gathered you hear today... Well I always wanted to play a packed crowd at the docks. That being said would anyone care to hear a tune?" he pauses momentarily for a breath. "No? well then since you brought all your friends it is my duty to inform you that we have you right where we want you. As an act of mercy we will let anyone who disperses now go without any consequences. Those who stay and decide to cause trouble can take it up with our complaints department" He says indicating Fidelis and Nasukaya. Continuing he asks, "So unless someone wants to step forward for discussion I suggest you disperse and come back when you have maybe a bigger army."  His posture and stance shifts to a slightly more functional position.  His hand remains on the sabre but despite it remaining at his hip the implied threat is clear.
Nyralim
 player, 20 posts
 Elf
 Caster
Tue 2 Sep 2014
at 06:39
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Nyralim was, obviously, the only one who didn't notice they were being followed, distracted as he was by all the noise of the city. He was just thinking how glad he was to finally be able to get out of the city, when he heard Nasukaya and Eandro whispering about being followed. He whipped around to see the sea of dark-cloaked men slowly closing in on them and blocking the way back.

As Eandro stepped forward and tried to calm the situation, Nyralim thought that this situation was very odd. To him it seemed there were just to many dark-cloaked people approaching them. Also, their movement was definitely unusual. He noticed his companions getting ready to fight and he briefly wondered about their blood-thirst, their youth and inexperience, that it could blind them so much to the danger these numbers represented. Then, what would that make me?, he thought wryly as he felt some detached sort of curiosity at the approaching mass.

Nyralim glanced around and noted possible escape routes, before he took a deep breath, closed his eyes and summoned his magic. The response was immediate. He felt it swirling just within his reach, coming eagerly to his call. As usual, it was a feeling like the giant wave was trying to drown him and sweep him away. And, as always, he struggled with it, this time channeling the energy to his eyes in the simple spell he was very familiar with. A spell that allowed him to see the physical ails and hurts of others so that he could treat them better.

When Nyralim opened his eyes to look around himself again, barely a moment has passed since he closed them, but, to him, a subjective eternity has passed while he struggled to put the force of magic under his control.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 488 posts
Wed 3 Sep 2014
at 18:01
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The group had reached the water's edge and behind them the strange dark cloaked bodies had continued to file into the loading dock. The strange forms shuffled closer and teetered into striking distance. Behind them, more and more appeared and it seemed there was no end to their numbers.

    Nyralim stood deathly quiet and gazed with immense focus upon the horde. An odd light escaped his eyes for a brief moment and then passed. His face was even more pale than normal, Nyralim was unsure of what he had just seen. He had attempted to probe the oncoming mob and had sensed... nothing. The only heart beats he could feel were from his fellow party members, and they were increasing at a rapid pace.

    Suddenly it happened, the front runners lunged awkwardly at the group. Sharp curved blades appeared in their hands and they closed the distance between themselves and the group in a single bound. Completely overwhelmed by the ferocity and sheer numbers the group is forced back to the very edge of the water. In the confusion of the initial attack, Fidelias is separated by the group and surrounded by a seething mass of black bodied figures.

    Each member of the group is now faced with three enemies. The figures swing their blades wildly and move with a strange gait. The actions of the enemy seem jerky, almost as if they are being controlled by some evil puppet master.

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:04, Wed 03 Sept 2014.

Nyralim
 player, 22 posts
 Elf
 Caster
Wed 3 Sep 2014
at 21:04
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Nyralim lost a moment as he stood, rooted in place, staring at the mass, as it seemed to him, of dead bodies approaching. Just when he wanted to shout out a warning to his companions, the dark-cloaked figures bounded towards them, freezing his voice in his throat. As a few of them landed right in front of him he reacted instinctively, using his staff to clumsily block the first few strikes directed at him. He felt the force of the blows pushing him back, closer to the water's edge. Lucky for him that his opponents were not skilled with their weapons.

When he found his balance, a moment later, he looked around, ascertaining the position of his companions and shouted "Run! These things don't seem alive!" He took a defensive stance with his staff and looked around for the positions of others and the way out of their predicament, knowing full well that his staff-fighting skills left much to be desired and that he won't last too long if he keeps this up.
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 58 posts
 Human
 Thief
Wed 3 Sep 2014
at 21:28
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Huffing out a breath at Eandro's comment, Nasukaya kept her eyes on the approaching crowd, unblinkingly. They moved oddly. And then, there was the slight smell of death wafting from them. Her thin eyebrows drew closer together in thought and the elf's shout only confirmed her doubts.

"Not alive?" the assassin repeated, an unnerving hint of glee hidden in her voice. "Oh, goodie-goodie." she said, her lips stretching into a grin as she reached for her scimitars. She wouldn't have to waste her poisons on these. Dead was dead and it could not be poisoned. However, dead could always become deader and Nasukaya fully intended to put these walking dead men to the test. At the edge of her vision, she saw a few of them surround Fidelias and draw dangerously close to the elf, who, on the other hand, seemed less than happy to be facing these things.

Well, if she intended to help them at all, she first had to get rid of these three, blocking her way. Two sharp, curved blades glimmered slightly as they cut the air in a slow, fluent movement. Crouching slightly, letting her weight shift into a position ready to leap at the moment's notice, the assassin held still until she deemed the first one close enough. Ducking under one of the flailing blades and blocking another, the human switched her grip on the scimitars mid-air and went for their throats, fully intending to behead them.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 496 posts
Wed 3 Sep 2014
at 22:11
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Nasukaya's scimitar's cut cleanly through the cloak of the staggering figure closest to her. The black cloth fell to the ground in a pile, the small curved blade clinked noisily on the hard stone ground. As soon as the first had fallen, three more figures replaced it. The next wave was faster and moved with more grace; they attacked in unison. The series of attacks that followed drove Nasukaya back. A flurry of blows striking from several angles prevented the assassin from taking the offensive or moving to her friends aid.

    Nyralim was nearly immediately overwhelmed, in his defensive stance he was able to prevent most immediate damage to himself but several of the attacks inflicted shallow wounds. He had one cut on his right leg and another on his left arm that began to ooze blood through his garments and slowed his actions.
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 107 posts
 Half-elf
 Bard
Thu 4 Sep 2014
at 03:00
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro sighed, "not alive? Well that was a waste of air." He continues out loud, "I'd been practicing that quip and I wasted it on a bunch of brainless marionettes." As quick as blades appear his sabre is drawn, and he quickly parries and dodges the incoming blows from the shadow enemies. He sees Fidelis surrounded to one side, but the mass of shadows in that direction is too thick.  He jabs a few more times aiming for vital points. "So mistress darkness does your fan club have any specific weak points?" He glances around searching for one of the two person boats or maybe even enough for the entire group.  He searches his memory for any lore or stories regarding killing these kind of creatures.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 504 posts
Thu 4 Sep 2014
at 18:01
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Eandro's quick jabs meet with no resistance as they easily penetrate the dark cloaks and pull back with no visible evidence of a successful strike. A quick glance about the dock for available boats reveals plenty of small craft loosely tethered to mooring points along the waters edge. The moment it took to look about cost Eandro; one of the figures noticed his brief lapse in focus and lunged forward. The figure collided headlong into Eandro and nearly sent him other the edge. Behind the strange apparition a sea of others surged forward and pressed the group closer and closer together. They were barely able to fend off the sheer numbers and were now shoulder to shoulder. Countless cloaks and daggers littered the ground in front of the valiant fighters but it was to no avail. For every cloak that fell, 3 more replaced it and they pressed onward with an inhuman persistence.

    A sharp cry broke the strange silence, the mass of dark cloaked figures that had surrounded Fidelias broke away and charged at the other members. In their wake, a bloody body lay motionless on the ground amidst a pile a black cloth. A few feet away, the tell-tale purple hair of Fidelias bespoke of tragedy and a horridly irreversible fate. The valiant young man had been beheaded, but not before he had cut down countless of the shadowy assassins. The enemies line, bolstered by the new arrivals, had the group in a most perilous situation. Unable to falter in their defenses lest they end up like Fidelias, the group's outlook had become dire.
Kogan Steelbender
 player, 14 posts
 Dwarf
 Fighter
Thu 4 Sep 2014
at 20:33
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
A whistling was heard as a crudely designed but perfectly effective handaxe sailed through the air, lodging itself firmly within the skull of one of the black cloaked men.  It was followed shortly by an unintelligible almost guttural shout as a fully armored dwarf with a red beard half as long as he was tall, leapt from the shadows into the growing crowd of black cloaked men smashing the one nearest him with his warhammer.  “GIT YE ARSES TAH THA BOHTS!!” Kogan shouted fiercely to the companions, his hammer smashing into the knees of another black cloak bringing it down.  He gave them only a brief glance, before resuming his personal war against these monstrosities.

Pulling the firmly lodged handaxe free, Kogan swept in a low arc with the warhammer, connecting solidly with all the men in its path.  He followed it up with a chop from the handaxe, and a kick from his plated foot.  As Kogan moved, the spirit of fighting rose within him once again, like a breath from the purest of air, shaking off the rust of inactivity.  As Kogan fought, his movements became more and more fluid. His reflexes sharper and all at once it seemed Kogan had become a veritable wall of death that stood between the companions and the flood of black cloaked men.

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Nyralim
 player, 23 posts
 Elf
 Caster
Fri 5 Sep 2014
at 19:28
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Nyralim simply didn't have enough time to look around as his attackers pushed on. He did manage to spot a few boats in the water near them, but it cost him a slight gash on his arm, which, in turn, immediately slowed his reactions. A wound to his leg followed barely a moment later when he looked in the direction of his companions. As he felt the blood slowly seeping out of his wounds, he finally decided it was nigh time to learn his lesson and kept his eyes on the figures in front of him, doing his best to keep himself alive.

After a subjective eternity of parrying, dodging and sometimes even striking back with his staff, his movements getting more sluggish by the moment, thanks to his wounds, the dwarf's voice came like a shock to Nyralim, jarring him from his stupor. In the brief moment of respite the dwarf made for them, Nyralim made a jump for the nearest boat, gnashing his teeth against the pain of the wounds and the death he was unable to prevent.
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 108 posts
 Half-elf
 Bard
Sat 6 Sep 2014
at 19:01
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro gracefully leaps from the dockside into a boat and away from the deadly cloak and dagger creatures, the craft rocking gently beneath his feet is no problem for the man.  He cuts one of the mooring ropes causing the end to start to drift away from the edge. "Healer you and the spinning metal death trap take a boat, and then the queen of darkness can join me over here.  That should give us the best distribution of offensive capabilities.  So this has started nothing like the quests of lore. No trumpets or fanfares, or a celebration." He sighs in lament of the lack of send off while casually fending off the cloaks from arms reach on the boat.
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 62 posts
 Human
 Thief
Sun 7 Sep 2014
at 12:50
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
The cut off scream and the unmistakable sound of the tearing flesh told the assassin exactly what happened to the purple haired youth, without the need for Nasukaya to look over there. She did not dwell on it for long. The way she saw it; the dead did not particularly care if the living mourned them or not. It did not make them any less dead.

Catching Eandro's question, as another dark cloak fell on the ground after her blade had gone through it, she sidestepped and avoided another go at her, sending another pile of cloth cascading down after the first one. "Nothing that I would especially point out, no." she responded to his question about weaknesses. "Is it just me, or are they multiplying?" she growled, one foot rising and clamping down on the edge of another cloak, the momentum pulling the creature forward and straight on her scimitar.
"I would, however, suggest a tactical retreat." she said a bit louder, realizing the complete pointlessness of the situation. They were getting nowhere fast with this pace.

She almost paused when a throwing axe whistled somewhere near her and successfully dispatched one of the incoming opponents. One thin eyebrow raised, she cast a quick glance towards what looked like a heavily armored, bearded half-pint, tearing into the crowd with a war hammer. Where in the seven hells had he jumped out from?
At the harsh words being yelled by the dwarf, the assassin held back a smirk. "See?" she yelled to Eandro and swung both of her blades forward in a crossing motion, ripping another cloak in several pieces.

Slowly starting to backpedal towards the boats, the assassin waited until she heard two distinctive thumps of feet on the wooden boards, before she easily slipped away from the clumsy movements of the creatures, taking a running jump and tossing her bag into the boat, before she herself made a skidding landing. Eyes still trained on the armored dwarf, the assassin suddenly realized what had been bugging her since the fight began and she hissed out a crude curse: "Oh, gods damn it all! Fidelias had the stone!!" She barely finished the sentence before she was already jumping back to the shore, this time not weighted by her gear and started to clear her way to the beheaded body of the fallen warrior.

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Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 110 posts
 Half-elf
 Bard
Tue 9 Sep 2014
at 15:53
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
"Great..." mutters Eandro,the boat is still tied on one end.  He deposits his travel gear into the boat near Nasukaya's and leaps back onto shore sabre in hand.  He lands with a flurry of rapid, and blindingly accurate slashes, thrusts, and steps moving up behind Nasukaya. "I've got them, quickly now!!" he exclaims as he helps clear the area around the corpse that had been Fidelis. With a small area cleared he is able to better use his abilities.  His thrusts, parries, and slashes get more fluid as his focus increases.  His steps are graceful much like those of a dancer or a circus performer on the high wire. Using his cloak he confuses, and hinders the blades of the shadow men he is fighting. This is what he lives for. A damsel in distress, well somewhat.
Kogan Steelbender
 player, 17 posts
 Dwarf
 Fighter
Tue 9 Sep 2014
at 17:12
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Kogan fought with incredible tenacity.  But even the might of a Dwarf could not last forever.  Sparing a glance at the companions cost him, as one of the black cloaked men managed to slash his dagger across Kogan's face, gashing open the bridge of his nose.  He grunted and slammed the warhammer down on the man's shoulder, the sound of bones crunching as it connected.

The sparing glance gained him some insight as to how the companions were faring.  The woman and the fencer had moved towards their fallen comrade.  Kogan personally did not grieve for the man, but did respect that he went out with a soldier's death, sword in hand, fighting to the last.  Forced to shout above the fighting, Kogan bellowed, a mixture of spit and blood covering the cloaked men. "GIT MOVIN'"

As the swarm of black cloaked men grew, Kogan was forced back closer to the boats.  It was only a matter of time before he would have to retreat himself.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 516 posts
Wed 10 Sep 2014
at 20:11
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Eandro's aggressive attacks grant Nasukaya the brief moment it takes her to come upon the broken body of Fidelias. The stone had fallen out of his pack in the flurry of combat. She quickly sweeps the object of power up in one hand while delivering deadly swipes with the other. Both Eandro and Nasukaya slowly back up to the water and leap to the safety of the nearest boat. Nyralim is now safely in the boat immediately in front of Eandro and Nasukaya and quickly removes the mooring lines following the others initiative; the boats begin to slowly slip away from the peer. Kogan is slowly beginning to be driven back by the oncoming horde and with a fierce swing of his axe clears the enemy for a quick moment. With a grunt Kogan whirls about and rather clumsily crashes into the boat along with Nyralim. The boat rocks back and forth ridiculously but stables itself and is quickly caught by the current.

    Along the water's edge, the horde of dark cloaked figures stand deathly still. The small procession of adventurers quickly disappear beyond the wall and out onto the fast flowing river. The morning is bright and the air is fresh, the group find themselves moving at a very decent pace southward down the river. At the current pace, the group will Tiro in the next four days. However, the boats are not nearly large enough for the group to sleep in and a distinct lack of food necessitates the group landing the boats and gathering some along the journey.

    The day passes quickly and the sun slowly begins to set, the party has traveled roughly 100 miles and is nearing the first fork in the river; the east fork will take them past Westvale and onwards to Tiro, and the west fork will take them to Westover and onwards to Theba.


2nd day of the 2nd month: 9:00 PM.

Nyralim
 player, 25 posts
 Elf
 Caster
Fri 19 Sep 2014
at 07:18
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Though Nyralim was shaken by the attack and, even more so, its consequences, he went through all the motions of their escape mechanically, feeling quite drained mentally, not really thinking about what he was doing. He noted absentmindedly that Nasukaya and Eandro had just a few bruises and scrapes and no serious injuries. In contrast to them, the unnamed dwarf currently sharing a boat with him had much more injuries. Nothing strange, actually, if you take into account him taking the brunt of the assault for the group. Nyralim's own wounds were already healed, as that was the first thing he did when he stepped on the boat and the others were occupied with getting the stone.

As the sun began to set he roused himself out of his stupor and took a quick assessment of their situation once again. For the first time he took in their surroundings and made note of their position. Realizing that they were nearing the fork, he raised his voice, so as to be heard by Eandro and Nasukaya in the other boat "Everyone, I believe we should dock somewhere at the shore before we approach the fork and use the opportunity to discuss further course of action. Also, I would like to use the opportunity to treat your wounds."