Chapter 1b: The Great Mushroom Cave.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Narrator
 GM, 62 posts
 Teller of Tales
Mon 13 Apr 2015
at 19:11
Chapter 1b: The Great Mushroom Cave
The night in the camp passes uneventfully; though a few stay up a bit late and struggle to sleep through the early morning hours as the loggers begin their day. As the party rouses, they are invited to eat once again with their host; though most are disappointed at the flavor of the meal.

The loggers leave the camp first, followed shortly after by the party. Again, the group takes a leisurely pace. After half a day of travel, Myrah signals the party to move cautiously. She checks the ground in several places and eventually points out a spot where several tracks are located.

The tracks, humanoid in nature, consist of two distinct types. A large human-sized creature with clawed feet and a smaller print that appears to be a biped that moves on all fours. "I found the same tracks on the trail I told you about," Myrah tells the group in a low voice.

Moving forward, the trees thin somewhat and the ground becomes steeper and rockier. It takes approximately another hour to reach your destination. You find yourself facing a cliff on the side of a large hill or low mountain.

From your position, amongst the trees, you see the ground before you drops off approximately 15 feet. Gentle slopes down to a large rocky clearing are to your right and left. Ahead, like a gaping maw, a great cave some sixty feet across and nearly twenty feet at its peak beckons from the cliff face.
Calaron Brasson
 Fighter-MU, 55 posts
 F/MU
 HP:7 / 7 AC:1 THAC0:20
Mon 13 Apr 2015
at 19:25
Re: Chapter 1b: The Great Mushroom Cave
Bending to take a closer look at the tracks Cal asks Myrah "How old do you think these tracks are?" He commits the track shapes to memory along with Myrah's description for future use. It seemed like a larger humanoid and it's companion. Could be any number of things from a were-creature to a druid or something else entirely.


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Gavina
 Magic-User, 27 posts
 HP 16/16 AC 10 THAC0 20
Mon 13 Apr 2015
at 19:55
Re: Chapter 1b: The Great Mushroom Cave
Gavina inspects the tracks as well; perhaps, if they were left by some fantastical being that she studied, they would be something she'd recognize.

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Once the party reaches the cave, Gavina swallows once and tightens her grip on her staff -- but says nothing.
Dalscyr Nettlewill
 Thief, 58 posts
 HP:31/31 AC:3 THAC0:19
 To Hit:+3, Dam:1d6
Mon 13 Apr 2015
at 20:17
Re: Chapter 1b: The Great Mushroom Cave
Once Myrah gave the signal to keep their voices down, Dalscyr's demeanor changed. He went rather smoothly from the chatty and scatter-brained halfling to a more serious and business first manner. Though still just as curious as ever, and often wandering off to poke his nose into this or that, he kept nearer to the mini caravan, with himself and Gus and the pack string.

When they finally arrived at the cavern entrance, Dalscyr's eyes twinkled with delight at the thrill of beginning the real adventure. Waiting impatiently for Calaron and Myrah to scout and observe, he checked the rock face of the cliff from a distance to see if there were any other openings perhaps further up. As the woodsmen did their thing, he also helped Gus pick out a secluded and defensible location to set up his camp where he'd await the group as they pursued their delve.

Once all of that was in order, he strung his small bow and tested the pull. He adjusted his gear, fussing over what to take in with him and finally dumping the contents of his haversack on the ground and rooting through it like a hungry sow after a truffle. At length he gathered things back up, slung his exploration kit across one shoulder and a quiver across the other, and made ready to enter...
Adalwulf
 Barbarian, 17 posts
 Human Barbarian
 HP:18/18 AC:5 THAC0:20
Tue 14 Apr 2015
at 02:45
Re: Chapter 1b: The Great Mushroom Cave
Adalwulf carefully examines the tracks. He is happy to be back in the wilderness, and in his element.
Anselm Greenwater
 Cleric, 23 posts
Tue 14 Apr 2015
at 03:54
Re: Chapter 1b: The Great Mushroom Cave
Anselm pauses, takes a deep breath, and looks over everything with one hand on his hip and a pleasant smile on his face. He has enjoyed the moderate pace at which they have travelled, and now he allows the others to do their work. "I've no eye for tracks," he mentions, although no one has asked and it's obvious that others have some skill in this area.

At the cave, he steps up to stand near Gavina. Anselm straps his shield to his arm and surveys the scene. Being somewhat larger and metal-clad, he hopes to provide some measure of assurance to the wizard. "Big cave!" he says, cheerfully observant.
Devon
 Fighter, 30 posts
 HP: 27/27 AC:1 THAC0 17
Wed 15 Apr 2015
at 21:46
Re: Chapter 1b: The Great Mushroom Cave
Devon was happy to be able to have a good night sleep before arriving at the cave.

In the morning, he was up early sharpening is weapons and his demeanor was much grimmer. Throughout the day he clearly was in "soldiering" mode: grim, alert and probably very deadly with his spear.

At the meantion of the tracks, he tighten his grim, buy nothing more until they hit the cave later on. There he scanned about: "Time to earn our pay. Shall we determine marching order?" he asked.
Adalwulf
 Barbarian, 18 posts
 Human Barbarian
 HP:18/18 AC:5 THAC0:20
Sun 19 Apr 2015
at 17:23
Re: Chapter 1b: The Great Mushroom Cave
Having learned little from the tracks, Adalwulf gazes suspiciously across the open area in front of the cave mouth. "Lot of open space," he observes casually to nobody in particular. "Perhaps we should approach the cave from either the north or south? Heading strait in seems like folly."
Gavina
 Magic-User, 28 posts
 HP 16/16 AC 10 THAC0 20
Sun 19 Apr 2015
at 19:29
Re: Chapter 1b: The Great Mushroom Cave
As others demonstrate their experience in such matters, Gavina maintains her silence.
Calaron Brasson
 Fighter-MU, 57 posts
 F/MU
 HP:7 / 7 AC:1 THAC0:20
Mon 20 Apr 2015
at 13:23
Re: Chapter 1b: The Great Mushroom Cave
"I can be fairly quiet and stealthy so I'll go behind and back up Dal" Cal offers. "We can scout a short distance ahead of the main party and provide frequent updates if that is agreeable."
Gavina
 Magic-User, 29 posts
 HP 16/16 AC 10 THAC0 20
Mon 20 Apr 2015
at 14:00
Re: Chapter 1b: The Great Mushroom Cave
"I - I can light a lantern.  You know, so we can see.  It's probably going to get dark in there."
Dalscyr Nettlewill
 Thief, 62 posts
 HP:31/31 AC:3 THAC0:19
 To Hit:+3, Dam:1d6
Mon 20 Apr 2015
at 16:10
Re: Chapter 1b: The Great Mushroom Cave
The halfling gave Gus a farewell wave and trotted lightly down the slope toward the cavern entrance. He let the others sort themselves out behind him, noted Calaron following quietly, and continued past the portal entrance into the cave. He paused a moment to let his eyes adjust to the darkness as he shifted into other parts of the spectrum not visible to many. As he went in, he looked for any sort of trip cord or other alarm which some resident inside might have set in order to warn of intruders.

Once inside, he continued forward until he found something interesting... which, for the excitable halfling, could have been anything from a sparkly rock to a sinister-looking stalactite.

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Dalscyr is on point, carefully, quietly and observantly... ;-) of course!
Adalwulf
 Barbarian, 19 posts
 Human Barbarian
 HP:18/18 AC:5 THAC0:20
Tue 21 Apr 2015
at 02:54
Re: Chapter 1b: The Great Mushroom Cave
Letting the other 2 take the lead, Adalwulf follows at a safe distance, taking up a position right outside the mouth of the cave.
Devon
 Fighter, 31 posts
 HP: 27/27 AC:1 THAC0 17
Tue 21 Apr 2015
at 11:17
Re: Chapter 1b: The Great Mushroom Cave
The soldier nodded at the suggestion of scouting ahead while keeping a sharp été on the cave entrance