Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Anselm Greenwater
 Cleric, 20 posts
Mon 6 Apr 2015
at 13:32
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Myrah:
With long strides and a sense of purpose, Myrah returns to the party."Though they think you are foolish for your venture, they have offered us two tents for use tonight," she says gesturing to the far side of the camp. "Though they won't fit us all," she tells them.


Anselm smiles in the afternoon sun. "Why foolish?" he asks easily. The young cleric has made the short day's trek steadily, without complaint, and in good humor, despite his heavy armor. "Do these folk know what lies ahead? And I'm curious, Myrah ... what do you think? Are you leading us to a fool's errand?" His tone is of curiousity, not confrontation, and he waits for an answer.
Devon
 Fighter, 27 posts
 HP: 27/27 AC:1 THAC0 17
Mon 6 Apr 2015
at 13:49
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
"Well we've all heard this story in which a group of stalward adventurers went poking around an underground ruin and never return." Began the soldier. "or a variant thereof. And I'm sure this one is also part of the local lore and legend as being inhabited with lost of nasty little things like undeads or worse." he continued then he paused a bit.

"Don't worry, we'll earn our money." he added grimly.

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Gavina
 Magic-User, 21 posts
 HP 16/16 AC 10 THAC0 20
Mon 6 Apr 2015
at 14:33
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Devon:
"Well we've all heard this story in which a group of stalward adventurers went poking around an underground ruin and never return." Began the soldier. "or a variant thereof. And I,m dure this one is also part of the local lore and legend as being inhabited with lost of nasty little things like undeads or worse." he continued then he paused a bit.

"Don't worry, we'll earn our money." he added grimly.


Gavina looks extremely uneasy as she listens to the talk around her.  Devon's nonchalant mention of groups disappearing without a trace pushes her over the edge; she looks positively terrified as she leaves the table and heads to the tent.
Devon
 Fighter, 28 posts
 HP: 27/27 AC:1 THAC0 17
Mon 6 Apr 2015
at 21:55
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Devon gave an odd look at Gavina as she was leaving then, frowning, he turned to the others. "I'm sure she's very competent at what she does, but something tells me she never had any blood on her hand...either the one of an enemy or the one of a bleeding brother-at-arms. I won't be lying, that concerns me a bit in how she might be reacting when we'll be in a fight." he said.
Narrator
 GM, 55 posts
 Teller of Tales
Tue 7 Apr 2015
at 12:38
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Many of the loggers openly laugh at the sight of the halfling standing and banging his tankard and announcing his challenge. Finally, at the jesting and urging of his fellows, a large, bearded man built like the trees that he works with steps forward. "Alright, wee one, I accept your challenge," he says. "Three tins as targets, equal shots apiece at each."

You show Bjern! come a few shouts from the loggers as their fellow looks about for some good stones. Meanwhile, another sets up three tin cups on a stack of logs approximately 40 feet away.

"Children first," Bjern commands, bringing much laughter from the others.

OOC: Roll to attack AC 5.
Myrah
 NPC, 4 posts
Tue 7 Apr 2015
at 13:00
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Your guide watches as the events unfold between Dalscyr and the loggers begin to unforld. Upon hearing the words of Anselm and Devon, she turns her attention to them. "Well priest, as your sword friend says you are nothing more than foolish explorers chasing fables, putting your lives at risk in their eyes," Myrah replies.

"But since you asked for my opinion, I shall give it. The loggers fear what is out there beyond their borders for good reason," she says with a hint of caution in her voice. "They say they feel they are being watched at times; and tell tales of strange howls and cries in the night. They speak of strange trails in the woods, as if a great beast or horde passed through," she says with a lowered voice.

"Surely, our employer divulged that the caves were discovered by another associate of his, an adventurer like yourself. One who would bring Tolfdir many spell ingredients. Ivanik," she says, her voice softening at the end.

The guide swings around fully in her seat to face the group before continuing "He wasn't heard from in quite some time and the old wizard became worried. I was sent in an attempt to find him. After speaking with the loggers, I tracked him into the foothills of the mountains, to the northwest of here."

Myrah leans forward, her face lighting up as she speaks "There I found a cave filled with the largest mushrooms I had ever seen, with unusual colors and patterns. As I neared, I could see the cave walls glistening with glowing patches, like stars in the night sky."

"I didn't dare go in alone; for I also saw the tracks and heard the howls," Myrah leans back and takes a drag from her flagon "Besides, I accomplished what the wizard sent me to do, find Ivanik's location," she says matter of factly.
Calaron Brasson
 Fighter-MU, 49 posts
 F/MU
 HP:7 / 7 AC:1 THAC0:20
Tue 7 Apr 2015
at 13:25
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Cal goes to comfort Gavina fearing that she may not be cut out for what they may have to do "Gavina, Gavina. Have confidence in your self and those around you. You may not trust anyone yet but we were all selected for a good reason. Together we have the ability to overcome many challenges. You wield arcane magic do you not? That is a very powerful tool when used appropriately. We are a team so we help each other. There may be the occasion when we may have to run away from some encounter but more often than not we will have to stand steadfast and face it. It's likely there will be bloodshed and even death. Sadly, these are a part of what we do. Meditate on it and come to terms with it. If you don't, I fear you may end up putting yourself and potentially others in danger. And as always, feel free to talk about your fears and concerns. I think it helps to talk these things out."
Dalscyr Nettlewill
 Thief, 52 posts
 HP:31/31 AC:3 THAC0:19
 To Hit:+3, Dam:1d6
Tue 7 Apr 2015
at 16:11
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
The little halfling made a big show as they loggers began to get into the challenge. He glanced around on the ground for some decent stones, but all he saw were angular shale rocks, nothing smooth and certainly not flat. He selected three which were about the right size and looked up in time to see the targets placed on the logs.

With a flamboyant swing of his wrist he let fly his first stone, which flew perfectly on target until the very last. With a whizzing sound, the sharp faces caught the air and curved to the side, just missing the cans. A bit perturbed by this, and with a disappointed groan from his stomach, he aimed just a bit higher the second time. The rock whirred off to the other side by a wide margin! Finally, realizing that he'd probably already lost the contest but determined to at least make a showing for his halfling heritage, he slung his final stone at the target. Unfortunately, his fingers had become just a little slippery from sweat and he released the sling too soon! Far over the cans his stone was cast, and his little shoulders slumped dejectedly.

"Well, I've given you a chance Bjern! Miss them all yourself and I won't be so kind in the next round!" Dalscyr tried to sound confident, but his stomach was highly upset with him and his performance and let its opinion be known by rumbling loudly in protest.



Barely missed! 13 using 1d20+1 ((12)).
Big miss!       3 using 1d20+1 ((2)).
Big miss!       3 using 1d20+1 ((2)).

Gavina
 Magic-User, 22 posts
 HP 16/16 AC 10 THAC0 20
Tue 7 Apr 2015
at 16:50
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Gavina responds to Cal.
Calaron Brasson
 Fighter-MU, 50 posts
 F/MU
 HP:7 / 7 AC:1 THAC0:20
Tue 7 Apr 2015
at 17:33
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
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Gavina
 Magic-User, 23 posts
 HP 16/16 AC 10 THAC0 20
Tue 7 Apr 2015
at 19:30
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Gavina nods and forces a weak smile.
Devon
 Fighter, 29 posts
 HP: 27/27 AC:1 THAC0 17
Wed 8 Apr 2015
at 00:48
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
DEvon listened carefully to Myrah's account, taking mental notes of elements on interest, especially the mushroom description, trying to see if he had seen those before. He nodded occasionaly. "I thank you for your  account." He replied once she is finished. "We will have to be careful and keep our eyes open and be vigilant. Hopefully we will be able to identify this foe and locate the wizard soon." He added.
Narrator
 GM, 57 posts
 Teller of Tales
Wed 8 Apr 2015
at 02:26
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Several loggers gather round to watch the contest unfold. At the first stones throw, the loggers watch with interest and cheer and veers at the last moment. The halfling quickly throws his next two stones as Bjern's eyes widen. "Whaddya think yer doin?" he begins to challenge but quickly holds his tongue on seeing the next two stones go horribly wide.

With cheers around him, he steps forward and throws the stone. But his mark is way off. Several of his cohorts jest him about losing, so Bjern takes his time with his second throw. His patience pays off as the stone finds its target and knocks the tin cup from its perch.

Bjern raises his hands above his head as his companions cheer loudly "Good one Bjern!". Looking to Dalscyr, he says with assurance "Ready to lose wee-one?" However, his last throw is wide and and curses under his breath.

Looking to the challenger he says "One stone apiece."

OOC:
21:16, Today: Narrator rolled 3 using 1d20. Challenge.
21:16, Today: Narrator rolled 17 using 1d20. Challenge.
21:16, Today: Narrator rolled 3 using 1d20. Challenge.

Dalscyr Nettlewill
 Thief, 53 posts
 HP:31/31 AC:3 THAC0:19
 To Hit:+3, Dam:1d6
Wed 8 Apr 2015
at 16:24
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Dalscyr feigned innocence. "Your forearm is bigger than my waist Bjern! You can't really expect me to throw that far with any accuracy... besides, you never really laid out the rules when we began... but alas, one hit out of three beats my no hits out of three. Where I come from, that's a win for you! However, my stomach is awful cross with me at the moment, so I accept your offer for another cast..."

As they set the cans back up on the logs, Dalscyr counted his paces back to their mark. He found the best rock he could and breathed deeply. "Calm down you!" he told his grumbling belly. "All is not lost yet!" But as he let loose, it was he and not his stomach that groaned the loudest...



And another whopping miss! 4 using 1d20+1 ((3)). Good grief!
Calaron Brasson
 Fighter-MU, 51 posts
 F/MU
 HP:7 / 7 AC:1 THAC0:20
Wed 8 Apr 2015
at 17:13
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves


Cal heads back from the tents to find their party halfling in some sort of rock slinging competition with a lumberjack. It looks like good-hearted entertainment.

"Common Dal, try a more overhand throw. That side-arm toss just isn't going to work." Cal offers in way of support.
Aleric Pendrake
 Paladin, 20 posts
 HP: 9/9, AC:5/4 Thac0: 20
Thu 9 Apr 2015
at 01:14
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Aleric watched with interest as Dalscyr throw the rocks and grimaced as the last one.
Gavina
 Magic-User, 24 posts
 HP 16/16 AC 10 THAC0 20
Thu 9 Apr 2015
at 01:20
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Gavina returns to the gathering approximately five minutes after Calaron.  Observing that everyone's attention is focused on the context of skill, she slips to in and occupies a spot on the perimeter from which she can watch the proceedings.  At some point she gains possession of a mug, which she clutches tightly in her hand.
Anselm Greenwater
 Cleric, 21 posts
Thu 9 Apr 2015
at 02:48
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Perhaps alone among the group, young Anselm Greenwater can't muster much interest the the stone-throwing game, though of course he wishes the halfling success. He finds a spot in the sun and considers Myrah's tale. Of course there's more to this than Tolfdor let on, but that doesn't bother Anselm. From a distance, he carefully avoids giving Gavina a concerned glance, figuring that if she thought he was worried, things might get worse. He sets aside his curiosity. Likely he'll learn Gavina's story soon enough.
Adalwulf
 Barbarian, 16 posts
 Human Barbarian
 HP:18/18 AC:5 THAC0:20
Fri 10 Apr 2015
at 03:29
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Adalwulf watches the competition with a frown. Hopefully Dalscyr proves more useful in a real fight...
Narrator
 GM, 59 posts
 Teller of Tales
Fri 10 Apr 2015
at 13:09
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Smiling with confidence, Bjern steps forth and casts his next stone. However, his throw is wide as well. "Ye throw like da 'alfling, Bjern" someone calls forth from the crowd, which brings many chuckles. The logger turns and scowls at the group before stepping back to allow Dalscyr his throw.

OOC: 08:05, Today: Narrator rolled 3 using 1d20. Challenge.
That's six 3s in 8 rolls for Dalscyr and myself. What gives!

Calaron Brasson
 Fighter-MU, 53 posts
 F/MU
 HP:7 / 7 AC:1 THAC0:20
Fri 10 Apr 2015
at 13:20
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
OOC: Despite what they claim and say the RPOL die roller stinks. The only positive, if you could call it that, is that it stinks for PC's & GM alike.
Dalscyr Nettlewill
 Thief, 55 posts
 HP:31/31 AC:3 THAC0:19
 To Hit:+3, Dam:1d6
Fri 10 Apr 2015
at 17:39
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Dalscyr dropped his sling in frustration and grabbed a larger rock. He toed the line and threw his hardest. His small arm just didn't have the strength to get it there though and his stone fell short of the target. He tried not to let his discouragement show and was considering changing the rules of the contest in order that Bjern, and himself, might save face in front of their peers. He waited with a hairy-footed toe tapping on the ground while the large logger prepared his next toss.

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OOC:
Dalscyr Nettlewill rolled 8 using 1d20+2 ((6)).
Groan. This is like a real-life rock throwing contest! I can never hit anything I'm aiming at! ;-) Yeesh!

Calaron Brasson
 Fighter-MU, 54 posts
 F/MU
 HP:7 / 7 AC:1 THAC0:20
Fri 10 Apr 2015
at 19:01
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
"Good try Dal" Cal gives a supportive remark. "In another 10 or 20 years of practice I'm sure you'll be a great rock thrower" he adds mirthfully.
Narrator
 GM, 60 posts
 Teller of Tales
Sat 11 Apr 2015
at 19:49
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Bjern seemed visibly relieved when the Dalscyr's stone fell short of the target. At the same time, there were words of disappointment from several of the loggers as well as a few words of encouragement; "Ye still got this", "Hang in there wee-one".

The mighty logger stood tossing his stone in his hand for a few moments. He then stops takes a moment to concentrate and then throws it strongly. Bjern's mark is true and the tin flies off with a sharp twang. Many of the loggers let out cheers as Bjern holds his arms in triumph above his head. However, others shake their heads in disappointment.

"Well done, halfling. Perhaps on your return trip, we can have a rematch," he says to Dalscyr. "Maybe for a share of the riches you bring back." Bjern jests.

The mood of the loggers is uplifted by the spontaneous contest and when no one is sure to notice, the cook hands a cup of the stew to the halfling with a wink and mumbled words "We 'aven't had excitement like this in sometime."

OOC: 14:35, Today: Narrator rolled 16 using 1d20. Challenge.
Dalscyr Nettlewill
 Thief, 56 posts
 HP:31/31 AC:3 THAC0:19
 To Hit:+3, Dam:1d6
Sat 11 Apr 2015
at 23:18
Re: Chapter 1a: Journey to the Caves
Dalscyr found himself clapping as Bjern won the contest. His stomach would forgive him eventually for losing. The halfling scampered over to congratulate the logger. "Well thrown! And yes, I'll look forward to a rematch with you although what the wager may be will need to be determined then... for if stories are true, it may be a miracle if we return at all!"

Then the chatty halfling sidled up to his new friend, Bjern, as they walked back toward the table of loggers. "I was a little off with my aim tonight, but would you like to hear about the time I slew a giant? We were headed out on an adventure, not unlike this one, only it was to a different place of course. My pony was plodding along near the end of the line when of a sudden..." It was too late now, Dalscyr had been given an inch and taken a mile. He was still embellishing his tales when the other loggers began to detach and head for their bedrolls.

After a while it was only Dalscyr and the cook. He thanked the cook profusely as did the little creature's stomach. By the time the bowl was finished, Dalscyr looked around and found that he was all alone. He loosened his belt a notch and wandered off towards the tent he'd share with Gus. It wasn't long before he was sleeping and dreaming of throwing, climbing and sneaking...