The Skinsaw Murders: Part 1- Murder Most Foul.   Posted by Runelord Dread.Group: 0
Runelord Dread
 GM, 1462 posts
Sun 10 Dec 2017
at 18:14
The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
A month and a half has passed and winter has come to Sandpoint. The days start later, and end earlier.

The first few weeks after Thistletop was a frenzy of activity and at the same time  rest from hard work the party had undergone since the festival. Many drinks were bought for them and they were asked to share their tales.

Then the group had travelled to Maiginmar for a week and a half and spent time in the city. It wasn't a pleasurable affair and had been fairly busy with shopping trips, talking to merchants, and securing items. Then returning to SandPoint on a particularly nasty overcast day.

Every day now was overcast. Rain fell occasionally. And every so often the temperature stopped and your breath could be seen when you spoke.

The intent of the party was and has been to sit out the winter and when spring came to renew investigations into the goblin threat, and who Nualia's contacts in Maginmar were.

For that was the biggest tidbit of information from Orick. Nualias had been getting help...information fed to her..by someone in Maginmar.

But there was time.

And Lan trained with his swords learning how to utilize a different form of fighting...Allura visited the Smith with some raw platinum and had him hammer out rings of metal her and Param magicked to to float above Allura, Zenfira,and Params head.

Talon had gone crazy digging into every bit of information on Thassilon and the old elven kingdom locking himself away for long hours with old tomes and maps.

Zenfira had nightly regaled The Rusty Dragon with stories of the parties adventures and between that and Aldern Foxgloves strange comings and goings, always attentive to Zenfira...always leaving small gifts...he alluded to wanting much more from her...he was courting, but there is an arrogance to him that is abrasive. He looks down on commoners and talks of being better.

His dog was always with him...until the last time a few days ago. When asked about his dog...Aldern turned introspective briefly and said hes taken a turn fir the worse. i had to ...leave him.. Aldern looked like he was taking a turn for the worse, gaunt and pale.

Only Tanis seemed bored with the time spent.and he and Orick had gotten to know each other better and Tanis found a kindred soul in the mercenary, someone who had a strange sense of loyalty to those he fought and shed blood with.

Now here it was the 1st day of Kuthona, the first month of winter and the group gathered for the first time since arriving back in SandPoint.

id like each party member to make a d20 roll plus cha modifier for rumor gathering
Allura Danvers
 Arcanist, 809 posts
 Aasimar Arcanist
Sun 10 Dec 2017
at 18:32
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Allura happily accepts Lan's proposal and Hugs him for a long time.

Hearing and seeing Aldern look more and more sick she worried and asked Param if he could help the man or even his pet.





11:31, Today: Allura Danvers rolled 6 using 1d20+4.  Gather Rumors.


Param Tullo
 Aasimar Cleric, 282 posts
 Aasimar Cleric
Sun 10 Dec 2017
at 18:58
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Param smiled at Lan's proposal. He'd spent a fair bit of time at the pub listening to the ways Zenfira told their stories and trying to help the mayor's cousin get over his loss. He'd found it good to be friends with the brewer and had kept the others' mugs of ale full most of the time they'd joined him at the Rusty Dragon.

He had spent a fair bit of time helping Allura with the halos for the three Aasimar and was more than pleased to see that his spells had come to work out in their favor.

OOC:
13:55, Today: Param Tullo rolled 10 using 1d20+3.  Rumor gathering.

Tanis Riverwind
 Barbarian, 602 posts
 Shoanti Barbarian
Sun 10 Dec 2017
at 21:15
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Tanis fought beside Orick daily, despite himself he found himself enjoying the mercenaries company.

15:13, Today: Tanis Riverwind rolled 4 using 1d20-3. rumors.
Lan
 Rogue, 958 posts
 Elven Rogue
 AC 20 HP 27/27,CMD 18
Tue 12 Dec 2017
at 06:16
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After retraining and spending time with Allura, Lan spends two weeks carving a mighty Yew lonfbow, buying a wand,  and picking up rumors. He also drew on Zenfira to magically aid his efforts (Crafter's Fortune, applied 1/week)
200 gp = 2000 sp goal.
Craft Bow 20 ( DC 17) 2017=340 sp value.
Craft Bow 31. 3117=527 sp value.
527+340=867 sp value built.
Diplomacy 21.
Gather Information aspect of Diplomacy.

Buying Wand of Protection vs Evil (750 gold)
Buying Masterwork component of Longbow  (300 gold)

This message was last edited by the player at 22:17, Sat 16 Dec 2017.

Talon
 player, 869 posts
 Sovyrian Elf Magus
 Fighter[DBLW]2/Magus[BK]2
Tue 12 Dec 2017
at 19:37
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Talon arrived, looking distracted and carrying a large tome under one arm. He greeted everyone with a nod and short remarks about how he was glad they'd made it back, but there was little emotion in his voice to let them know he really meant it. Within moments of taking a seat at one end of the table, his nose was buried in the book he'd brought here with him. His studies had consumed him recently, he seemed to pursue them voraciously. Even so, his training in the Sovyrian realm had taught him to proportion at least a little of his attention upon his surroundings. Thus he listened to the conversation around him while his sharp, almond-shaped eyes continued to digest the ancient writing upon the brittle pages.

Rumors: Talon rolled 10
Zenfira Cazal
 Inquisitor, 398 posts
 Aasimar Inquisitor
Fri 15 Dec 2017
at 04:27
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Zenfira had been spending more and more time with Aldern.  The attention that the man was giving her was very flattering and she welcomed it.  She was not very approving of some of the abrasive comments that he made about those whom he viewed as beneath him, which was ironic considering that Zen was hardly more than a commoner herself, but perhaps it had something to do with the physical malady that the man seemed to be suffering from.  Alderns diminishing health was worrying and she was also concerned about his dog, hoping that the poor animal was alright.

Aldern had invited her to visit his family estate in Magnimar and it hardly seemed fair to have someone in poor health travel long distances to visit her.  Zen had told Aldern that she would go and visit him, and it seemed like the companions were destined for Magnimar once more after hearing tell of Nualias contacts in the city.

His attitude was troubling though, and that was something that Zenfira dwelled on throughout the day.  The way that he spoke sometimes was just...strange.  He could be charming and witty one minute and the next...something else.  Maybe she would have to talk to Param about this...

There was of course Lan and Alluras nuptials, and Zenfira was alternately excited like a little girl over her friends happiness and planning out a little ladies evening that would, by Cayden, not be quiet.

OOC:
Rumor check -> 7 (Zens a little distracted)

Param Tullo
 Aasimar Cleric, 289 posts
 Aasimar Cleric
Sat 16 Dec 2017
at 02:06
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Param nursed the beer he'd gotten at the bar and when all were gathered shared what he'd learned, saying, "According to what I've learned, The Runelords of ancient lore put contingency plans in place to bring themselves back. Like the elves, they fled the planet when the meteor was going to strike to avoid the coming cataclysm. Part of those contingencies were the reawakening of the runewells placed throughout Varisia. Additionally 'servants' would be tasked to gather 'emotions' sympathetic to their power. Lust would gather those consumed with lust. Wrath for wrath. Envy for envy, greed for greed, sloth for sloth and gluttony for gluttony."

He then added, "I think our missing Paladin was investigating the return of the Runelords. I've heard tales of a Paladin of Sarenrae who'd been asking questions along the lines of what I learned..."
Allura Danvers
 Arcanist, 810 posts
 Aasimar Arcanist
Sat 16 Dec 2017
at 16:40
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"I didn't find out much, though the smith who helped with the Halos he said that he heard the giants, actual giants were seen moving through the Storval Plateau."
Tanis Riverwind
 Barbarian, 604 posts
 Shoanti Barbarian
Sat 16 Dec 2017
at 21:34
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I heard some local children singing a song about The Varisian Bogie Man...They called him the Skinsaw Man, and told me that he was a legendary killer who prayed on the wealthy. They started talking about whether he was real or not, one of the kids who's father works at the docks said his dad told him the Skinsaw Man is real and is out on the hunt.
Lan
 Rogue, 966 posts
 Elven Rogue
 AC 20 HP 27/27,CMD 18
Sat 16 Dec 2017
at 23:26
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Lan draws a beer and regaled the group with what HE had found out.
"Seems when she was in Magnimar, Nualia dropped a name in the wrong place at the wrong time. She was hunting a 'rival' named Xanesha. No idea who or what Xanesha is, but she's also likely caught up in Nualia's goals. And Nualia was doing business with a cult. It's called the Skinsaw Cult. Doubt that's a coincidence. "
Param Tullo
 Aasimar Cleric, 293 posts
 Aasimar Cleric
Sun 17 Dec 2017
at 04:11
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In reply to Lan (msg # 11):

Param grew more and more concerned the more he heard. Finally he spoke up saying, "So we know Nualia was trying to open one of these Rune Wells to allow a Rune Lord to return. And we know that she was speaking to at least one other like-minded person. We also know that she was somehow affiliated with this Skinsaw cult. I propose we track them down and put an end to any others trying to bring the Runelords back again.
Talon
 player, 878 posts
 Sovyrian Elf Magus
 Fighter[DBLW]2/Magus[BK]2
Sun 17 Dec 2017
at 09:11
The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
Talon, still somewhat preoccupied, perked up at the turn in the conversation.

"The flight of my people so long ago is something very personal to me. I feel further investigation into this matter to be very, very compelling..." to the point of revenge! He did not utter the last out loud, but he certainly felt that way. This course of action paralleled his goals very well.

"As for my research, I can verify what Param shared. I might add though, to you as my friends, that the elves also had - and still have - contingencies of their own. I believe that I am, in some way, one of those. It seems that as we've uncovered more of Nualia and her plans, the Runewell and so forth, that my magic has increasingly returned! So yes, I have some personal investment in learning more of this!"
Tanis Riverwind
 Barbarian, 605 posts
 Shoanti Barbarian
Sun 17 Dec 2017
at 13:48
The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
I say we start here in Sandpoint, I for one am heading down to the docks this very day and look into this dock worker who says this Skinsaw Man is real and is on the hunt.
Runelord Dread
 GM, 1488 posts
Sun 17 Dec 2017
at 15:00
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Just then one of the Deputies youve come to know, Garvin, enters the Inn looking a little worried. He looks around and then says in a hushed tone The Sherrif would like to see you...all of you. Its a matter of importance. Once you acknowledge him, he heads out the door and off down the street rather rapidly.
Allura Danvers
 Arcanist, 811 posts
 Aasimar Arcanist
Sun 17 Dec 2017
at 15:01
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"Certainly, what is the problem deputy ?"

Allura got up to follow him.
Runelord Dread
 GM, 1489 posts
Sun 17 Dec 2017
at 15:08
The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
Its probably better if the Sherrif tells you...
Allura Danvers
 Arcanist, 812 posts
 Aasimar Arcanist
Sun 17 Dec 2017
at 15:13
The Skinsaw Murders: Murder Most Foul
"Alright." She looked to her companions but she was commited to going to see what the problem was.