EPISODE 2: RAIDERS' CAMP [Getting Under Way]   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: 0
Rentiki
 Human Cleric, 39 posts
 Helm protect us!
Sun 2 Aug 2015
at 01:38
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
"I shall offer to go along as well, a bit of healing may come in handy I am sure." Ren looked about the area and then to the sky, it sounded as if she may have muttered a soft prayer. "Any reward for me shall be used toward the rebuilding of the spiritual well being of your residents, in other words I will give my share to the clergy here to help feed those in need." Then she smiles and looks almost excited, "Anyway I have a few bits of knowledge on Dragons and can either help or learn, either way it will be a reward in itself."
Sam Kell
 Human Ranger, 88 posts
 This is Civilization?
 Don't Eat That.
Sun 2 Aug 2015
at 02:01
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
"What are these valuables you seek returned? Though not a primary concern, I would keep an eye out for them." It seemed obvious to everyone involved that Sam would be going himself had they not volunteered for the mission; as they each volunteered his eyes would travel to them in turn, weighing them not unkindly for the future trek.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:45, Sun 02 Aug 2015.

Corben Lightblade
 Half-Elf Paladin, 70 posts
 Half Elf
 Horned Knight (Paladin)
Sun 2 Aug 2015
at 03:01
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
" The ranger asks as shrewd question, we should see if there are precious artworks or valuables of such nature the townsfolk have lost. The gift of gold will aid many, and I am unsure what the raiders were able to carry off."

Corben looked around at the rest of the party that was forming, and was relieved to see many faces he had fought beside at the temple and sally port. The core seemed to be tested and true, and that was a relief as they hunted down a dragon cult.

<green> "I would ask that my reward should we succeed, be used towards the orphans of the town. I hope there is are few, but should there prove to be a large number from tonight, they will need dowries and apprentice fees provided for," he said, distracted by his nights dreams and vigil.
Arkros
 Tiefling Sorcerer, 87 posts
Sun 2 Aug 2015
at 04:36
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
Having been partly dozing while the meeting started, Arkros perked up a couple of times during the discussion. The first time to add his input on the kobolds, "Yes they are working with the cult, and knowing the main cultists they are being mistreated as my experience last night warrants. They did confirm they are gathering items for what they called the great horde, and that it is being kept in some secure cave. The only other information I could gather is they expected a some 'dragon lady', I assume half dragon, to be able to lead the group back to camp, they name her as Rezmir...I have heard of her, she was rumored to be part of a group who performed some vicious murders a number of years back." At that he gives Chan, Rugadh, and Razili a knowing look.

Again he begins to doze, still wore out from the previous night, though at the mention of a group going to the camp he speaks again, "Governor, I would like to accompany them to the camp as well, my magic may be useful there. As far as reward goes, for now keep it and we can discuss any of my share when we return. I do have another thing I would like to discuss in private when you get a moment."
Amon Thawne
 Human Paladin, 79 posts
 Every day
 is judgement day.
Sun 2 Aug 2015
at 12:45
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
Amon listened carefully as the group revealed new information and started formulating a plan. When the Drow were mentioned he tried picturing Rugadh black which made him chuckle for a moment, but he quickly changed it to a fake cough and a stern look on his face as laughing at this time would be inappropriate.

When his turn to speak came, Amon addressed governor Nighthill - "When I first came to Greenest, I offered you my services and they are still yours should you require them, but my hands will sooner fall off than take your gold. Such things should be left to clergy." - he added with a smirk.
Rugadh Faoi
 Elf Bard, 137 posts
 RUH-goo FEE
 Actress par excellance
Sun 2 Aug 2015
at 20:24
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
The elven bard looks a bit confused at Amon when he stifles a chuckle while she is relaying what she has learnt. She looks down on herself. Being unable to figure out the reason for his amusement, Rugadh Faoi shrugs and concentrates again on the matter at hand.
Razili
 Tiefling Sorcerer, 126 posts
 Draconic Sorceress
 Raz
Mon 3 Aug 2015
at 13:50
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
Razili rolled her eyes as the high muckety mucks turned their noses up at the gold offered to each of them.  Well she wasn't going to be so generous!  Well... maybe a little.  "I'll go too.  I've already proven I can hit my target.  As for your reward, you can keep it here until I return for it.  And if I don't come back, you can give it to the orphans, so they don't have to grow up on the streets like I did."
Nighthill
 NPC, 15 posts
Tue 4 Aug 2015
at 14:34
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
Nighthill is stunned at how many of them volunteer to go on this dangerous mission, and even more surprised at how many graciously turn down his offer of payment.  He shows no grudge against those who accept it, their willingness to go at all is worthy of his respect.

"Your generosity knows no bounds.  We will put each of your rewards to good use, keeping our people fed and rebuilding their homes.  We'll also build a shrine to Lathander in thanks."  He salutes Amon with a fist over his heart and a bow of his head.  "We haven't accounted for all that was taken, but so far, it appears most of it was golds and silvers that had been squirreled away.  Some gems and jewelry, as well.  Our own temple lost all of its ceremonial finery."

He waves a hand to negate any further show of charity from them and says firmly, "If you can recover any of it, you will get a reward, but the information is more important than the moneys lost.  I will provide any gear or supplies toward that goal.  Just tell me what you need."

OOC:  You can just make a list of any supplies you'd like to gather from the town's stores in the OOC thread.  The raiders destroyed some properties, but most of the practical items were quickly discarded, rather than destroyed, in their search for treasure.  If you have anything else to discuss here with each other or Nighthill, please do so.
Vander Hickenlooper
 Halfling Rogue, 75 posts
 Professional Smartass
 AC-15, HP-17/17
Tue 4 Aug 2015
at 15:43
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
OOC-All I need is some arrows at the momeant. Just enough to replace my used ones. However, he will take the money.

"Sounds good to me. I would like to pepper somebody with arrows without having to worry about innocent people in the mix." He smirks and shrugs. "Besides, everybody knows safe is boring..."
Corben Lightblade
 Half-Elf Paladin, 71 posts
 Half Elf
 Horned Knight (Paladin)
Tue 4 Aug 2015
at 20:33
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
" Perhaps it would be prudent to ask for a mule or two, if a Stable can spare them. With any goods we recover required transport, and the supplies needed for a small party to travel; a good burden animal would be well used," said Corben as he ran over the contents of his own pack in his mind.
Rugadh Faoi
 Elf Bard, 140 posts
 RUH-goo FEE
 Actress par excellance
Wed 5 Aug 2015
at 08:33
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
Rugadh Faoi takes out a piece of parchment and scribbles down a few items. She hands over the list to Nighthill. "I've written down a few things that may be useful to me on the mission you have assigned to us. Maybe you have some of them in store."

The list reads as follows:
  • hand crossbow
  • ammunition for the crossbow
  • sleep poison for the ammunition
  • caltrops
  • potions of healing
  • rations
  • forgery kit
  • flute
  • lyre
  • holy water
  • silvered rapier
  • studded leather or, better yet, elven chain

Sam Kell
 Human Ranger, 89 posts
 This is Civilization?
 Don't Eat That.
Wed 5 Aug 2015
at 11:28
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
"The land will provide, should you hunger, comrades; otherwise, please do not burden yourself greatly, for depending on the enemy's numbers, speed and stealth will be a greater ally." The Ranger wondered at the logistics of his party, having never traveled with such a large number of people before... not since he was in his homeland. There were many people of the city amongst this group, and he hoped they didn't bring a great many things that clanged.
Razili
 Tiefling Sorcerer, 129 posts
 Draconic Sorceress
 Raz
Wed 5 Aug 2015
at 14:08
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
"Well if we are reaching for the moon, I'd like a disguise kit and some thieves' tools.  For sneaking in and sneaking out." Razili said with a grin.  "Although, a healing potion isn't a half bad idea."
Chan Naxan
 Human Monk, 66 posts
 HP: 9/9
Wed 5 Aug 2015
at 17:43
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
Chan nodded to Sam, feeling more at ease with the ranger's simple needs than with the list of equipment the others were requesting.  It seemed to the monk that the best thing to do would be to travel light.  Then again, he was used to such things, having spent most of his young life on the road with not much more than his clothes, pack, and his trusty quarterstaff in hand.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 405 posts
 Rule Number One:
 The DM is always right.
Wed 5 Aug 2015
at 19:36
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
Nighthill does his best to help the adventurers get what they're looking for.  He refers them to the appropriate shops and vendors with writs from him.  After an almost an hour has passed, the following items have been gathered and made ready to go.

  • Arrows for Vander
  • A couple mules to help carry their provisions or to help bring back what the raiders stole
  • A hand crossbow with basic ammunition
  • A bag of caltrops
  • You already have their last potion of healing
  • Two days of rations for each adventurer
  • A lyre
  • Eadyan is happy to provide holy water
  • A plain rapier
  • 2 sets of studded leather and 1 set of plain chain mail
  • A decent disguise kit can be cobbled together.

He is apologetic, but the following items could not be provided:  No sleep poison, no forgery kit, no flute, no elven chain, no thieves' tools.  Normally, the blacksmith might be able to melt some silver down to coat a rapier with, but there isn't enough silver left in the town for that to happen.

At last, you're all gathered together again, finishing up the preparations to follow the raiders.  Before you leave, a young man walks up to you, limping heavily on his bandaged left leg.  He's soft-spoken and possessed of a calm confidence as he approaches.

"I hear that you intend to follow the raiders and see where they've gone.  I'd like nothing better that to come with you, but in this condition, I'd slow you down."  He smiles self-deprecatingly, then continues at the deliberate pace, as if he has rehearsed these words many times in his mind.  "In the midst of all this tragedy, there's no reason you would have heard about the fate of my master, Leosin Erlanthar, but it's important you know.  He is a monk from Berdusk.  He disappeared two nights ago, after we fought a particularly savage battle against raiders.  A few others and I fought our way to the nearby safe-hold, barely.  Leosin didn't make it at all.  We went back the next morning to look for him, but all we found was his broken staff and this choker, which he always wore."  He holds the choker in his hand as evidence of his plight.

OOC:  I believe Sam still holds the healing potion.  You can still add to the supply list, if you think of anything else.  While these things are being gathered, the group will have time to iron-out the details of their travel/tracking plans, but I'd like to slosh over that a bit and take care of those details in the OOC thread.
Rugadh Faoi
 Elf Bard, 143 posts
 RUH-goo FEE
 Actress par excellance
Fri 7 Aug 2015
at 06:40
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
"Were you actively searching for the raiders?", Rugadh Faoi asks the limping man. "Or did you seek them actively? Everything you are able to tell about them, can be very helpful."

Playing with a curl of her hair, the elf adds: "I hope we will be able to provide some evidence about the monk's whereabouts. What I have already learnt is that the cultists thought that they had a traitor, a monk, in their ranks. Could there be any connection?"

She raised her eyebrows and looks at him expectantly.

OOC: Rugadh Faoi takes one studded leather, the hand crossbow with ammunition, the lyre and the caltrops.
Corben Lightblade
 Half-Elf Paladin, 74 posts
 Half Elf
 Horned Knight (Paladin)
Fri 7 Aug 2015
at 15:22
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
Corben quickly checked the mules, his hands deftly making sure finches were tight without binding, and in good repair. Satisfied with the tack, he then secured each load, trying to ensure nothing would shift or clang together on the unknown trail ahead. Satisfied, he spent some time with each animal, getting them used to his scent , and whispering calmly to the fine sturdy animals.

When the injured man approached, he stopped and listened to the concern about the monk. It seemed clear to him that the monk had fallen victim to the raiders; but where the Light shone there was still hope. " Is there any token we would know him by should we encounter prisoners? If they have prisoners, it is probably for slaves and a monk's physical prowess would make a mighty slave if he bides him time. How many winters does Leosin count to his belt?

OOC: Corben will grab his rations, ensure his armor and weapon are in good repair and then he is ready.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:25, Fri 07 Aug 2015.

Sam Kell
 Human Ranger, 91 posts
 This is Civilization?
 Don't Eat That.
Fri 7 Aug 2015
at 15:33
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
"You need no token; Chan and I know him well." Sam's voice came out somewhat gruffly, holding out a hand gently for the monk's choker. He took it and held it firmly in hand, praying to the Morning Lord, the Great Spirits, and anyone else who would listen; he still owed the man a debt of life.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 412 posts
 Rule Number One:
 The DM is always right.
Fri 7 Aug 2015
at 16:20
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
Leosin's choker is a braided leather neckband with a silver dragon design chased into the leather.  As Sam holds it, he can see that the ends are ragged, as if it was roughly torn off.

"You know Master Leosin?  Then you will look for him?" his hopeful eyes search Sam's and Corben's before drifting to the others to see their reactions.  "I am Nesim Waladra, one of his students."

"Leosin,"
he stops to gather his thoughts and regain his calm composure. "Leosin has been investigating these raiders for months.  I fear that he might have tried to infiltrate their group when they retreated," he shares a look with Sam about the impetuousness courage of their friend, then his expression turns to worry, "or worse, was captured and carried away prisoner.  No one understands these bandits better than he does, and his knowledge will be invaluable against them.  When you find their camp, please look for any sign that Leosin is there.  He is a half-elf with short, dark hair, and on his face," he presses the fingers of one hand against his upper lip, then moves them down around his mouth and gathers them again at the bottom of his chin, "a goatee.  One of my brothers has already departed for Berdusk to bring back help, but it will be many days before help arrives.  Anything you can do before then would be a godsend."
Julian Coble
 Human Wizard, 47 posts
 HP 10/10
 Passive Wisdom 19
Fri 7 Aug 2015
at 22:01
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
Julian tried to imagine the man's face in his mind, so that he'd be able to recall it if he saw the man. "Are there any other features? A scar would be preferable, seeing as how a goatee can be shaved." He explained, "I like to have a good feel for him in case Sam or Chan do not see him but one of us do."
Deimos
 Human Fighter, 39 posts
 A tower of a man
 Blacksmith by trade
Fri 7 Aug 2015
at 23:27
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
"How did they engage you were you on a road or did they attack a village? It might help us to know where they will be and how to circumvent them if necessary."
Sam Kell
 Human Ranger, 92 posts
 This is Civilization?
 Don't Eat That.
Sat 8 Aug 2015
at 08:24
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
"I owe him my life; I will search for him and return this choker." He gripped it tightly, trying to still his beating heart; he wanted nothing more than to rush out after his old friend, but knew that would be folly. He had to remain calm, collected, and cool; only fools rushed in.
Rentiki
 Human Cleric, 42 posts
 Helm protect us!
Sat 8 Aug 2015
at 15:52
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
Ren helps Corbin making the preparations for the trip. Once the the packing is done she moves to the side and sits to meditate and offer prayers to Helm.  When she is finsihed she checks over her gear and adds her new supply of Holy Waters to her pack and one in her belt pouch for quick access. "I am ready to find this Monk named Leosin." She nods to the rest of the group.
Chan Naxan
 Human Monk, 69 posts
 HP: 9/9
Sat 8 Aug 2015
at 17:46
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
Chan nods seriously to Nesim.  "I know Master Leosin well too.  I was one of his students as well, and he summoned me here, though I did not know exactly why.  It seems I arrived to find out.  If he has been taken by the raiders, or forced to infiltrate them, we will keep an eye out."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 416 posts
 Rule Number One:
 The DM is always right.
Tue 11 Aug 2015
at 04:31
Re: EPISODE 1:  GREENEST IN FLAMES  [Prisoners]
Nesim does his best to answer their questions.  "No scars that show.  He has brown-black eyes and sun-tanned skin.  Long arms and legs; the man's reach is incredible."  He shuffles his feet as he recalls sparring with his master, but his wounded leg stops him short.  "He was wearing a white tunic with blue designs and a short blue cloak the night we were attacked."

"We were on our way here for some errand of his.  They caught us just before the crossroads.  We barely made it to the inn there and hid in the cellar.  All of us but master Leosin."

He smiles, pleased with their response.  "My thanks to you.  All of you.  May the gods go with you."