Day 6 - Feathergale Guests.   Posted by DM.Group: 0
Zora Jilkina
 player, 35 posts
Wed 29 Nov 2017
at 03:02
Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
"I suspect we'll head for the river and look for this Genasi pirate one of your brothers mentioned last night," she replied after a little consideration. "Though truth be told, my new companions may have other ideas."
Morg Danforge
 player, 376 posts
 mountain dwarf
 fighter 3 1sw 1as bm4sd8
Wed 29 Nov 2017
at 14:18
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
Morg doesn't yet notice Mayon's wee companion, or Savra's wind trick, and continues his conversation with Thurl and Zora: "I'd like to check if the delegation made it to Summit Hall, but since we're near the monastery, asking there about the graves may be best."

As for this pirate, Shoalah, I don't think we're fast enough to find or catch a keelboat unless it's docked. Any ideas?"
And then softly, "...that doesn't involve flying."
Asano Breathkill
 player, 303 posts
 Half-Elf
 Sorcerer (Wild Magic)
Wed 29 Nov 2017
at 17:54
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
Asano watches Savra's control over air with mild amazement. "How did you acquire this power, Savra?" He asks, the sigils fading from his forearm. "The names and sigils I acquired while fighting a necromancer in some caverns within Lance Rock. How do you know them?" Asano's voice is low and intense, and he moves to block any prying eyes.
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Thu 30 Nov 2017
at 02:42
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
Savra's face falls somewhat, and she seems uncertain. "The necromancer with the necklace... I see."

She glances back at Thurl. "The power is something that the Feathergale Knights can teach," Savra explains, her mood shifting back to controlled excitement. "I'm sure you could learn it too. It would make you more formidable, if you would join - us?" At the last second she seems to change her word choice. Was she about to say "me"?

Thurl nods slowly, looking between Zora and Morg. "You all seem set upon investigating the missing delegation, and Shoalar, and - perhaps other things," Thurl muses. "Well, I certainly wish you good fortune," he says, shaking his head slightly.

He turns to Hue and a group of other knights and robed attendants, standing near the doors leading to the central stairwell. "I think it's time we complete the ceremony and present our winners their award," he calls to them, removing a ring from his finger as he does so, and holding it aloft. "Please, one and all, ascend to the top of the Spire. I have the promised award to bestow." The assembled knights nod and begin heading for the stairs.
Asano Breathkill
 player, 304 posts
 Half-Elf
 Sorcerer (Wild Magic)
Thu 30 Nov 2017
at 02:57
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
"Savra, what do you know of the names?" Asano insists, ignoring her hopeful invitation. "I believe they may be instrumental in some of the goings on in the valley. Urnrayle is sought by one of my companions, but Vanifer has a connection with Thermander. Do you know where to find either of them? Or do you know who might have this information?" He watches her carefully, studying her expressions and body language for any sign of hesitance or deceit. "The Savra I used to know would want these mysteries solved. And she never lied to her friends."


OOC:
Persuasion- 11
Insight- 19

Jakrynn Redgate
 player, 255 posts
 Young Human
 Bardly Rogue
Thu 30 Nov 2017
at 19:34
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
Jak had woken up a little bit later than he had wanted to. He had stretched so hard that he almost made himself sore. The yawn had opened his mouth so wide he thought he heard his jaw creak. He gave a contented smile, however, thinking about the evening previous and the celebration.

He cleaned up as best he could and then went to breakfast slightly sleepily. He smiled at everyone and perked up a bit when Thurl mentioned him and the rewards. He blinked and gave a bow of his head. His words were spoken with less 'street' than normal for him, with care. "I am happy to have supported you in defeating this enemy."

He let the others, especially Morg, speak up about some of their objectives, and listened to the answers such as they were. Sacred Stone Monastery? Okay. He noted the location directions mentally even as the conversation moved on to a Bridge built by dwarves. Interesting tidbit. He tucked that away in to his Bardic collection and made a mental note to try and find out more someday. Might be a good story.

Jak finished eating quickly, sliding a few bits and crumbles in to one pocket for his pet to munch on as well - though he had been doing so throughout breakfast really. He brushed his hands off and made to follow up the stairs. "Sounds like fun!"

This message was last edited by the player at 19:34, Thu 30 Nov 2017.

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Thu 30 Nov 2017
at 23:11
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
In a blink, Savra's expression flashes to anger. "Don't call me a liar, Breathkill," she hisses. "I've been straight with you since you came here. You had disappeared from the High Forest, and some of us decided to do something about the attack. I found a way to fight back. To fight fire with fire." A half-smirk returns to her face. "Or with Air, at any rate."

"I wouldn't tangle with Vanifer," she continues heatedly. "But if you've got your mind set on suicide, some of her pets are cavorting to the north east of here. Thermandar might be among them, maybe, if you're unlucky. Just follow the smell of smoke, and try not to get burned."

"The Feathergale Knights will prevail against our enemies, Asano," she says more evenly, fully calm and confident. Her abrupt changes in demeanor were jarring. She turns to follow Thurl and the others. "I wouldn't want to see you among the vanquished."


The room will slowly empty out as most of the Spire occupants head up the stairs. Everyone planning to follow along? If so, anyone planning to do anything else before arriving at the top?


Zora Jilkina
 player, 37 posts
Fri 1 Dec 2017
at 04:16
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
Zora started to follow thurl upstairs and to the ceremony, but savra's agitation was hard to miss. She stepped back to Asano and asked savra, "vanquished?" Her eyes flashing lightning.
Mayon Graycross
 player, 394 posts
 Half Elf
 Warlock--Fey Pact
Fri 1 Dec 2017
at 04:48
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
Mayon follows quietly, still a little bit out of it this morning after the late night ritual. He narrows his eyes a bit at Savra's harsh behavior, glancing at his familiar briefly. The sprite nods, then vanishes from sight, invisible to all though he can still feel their presence.

"Perhaps we should keep our guard up." He says in a soft, low voice as he walks up next to Asano. The knights had been hospitable so far, but something seemed off now.
Asano Breathkill
 player, 305 posts
 Half-Elf
 Sorcerer (Wild Magic)
Fri 1 Dec 2017
at 06:55
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
"I spoke hastily," Asano says, placing a calming, restraining hand on Zora's shoulder. "I owe her an apology for speaking so harshly to her character," He blows a breath between pursed lips. "I suppose we should join the others for this ceremony, yes?"
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Sun 3 Dec 2017
at 00:55
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
Savra's expression shifts to one of sympathy, even pity. "Oh, Asano," she says regretfully. "What could have been." Glancing at Mayon and Zora, she moves to join Thurl in ascending the stairs.
Zora Jilkina
 player, 38 posts
Sun 3 Dec 2017
at 03:33
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
"What in the bottomless sea was that all about?" she whispered to Asano as they climbed the stairs. Mayon was right, they needed to be watchful.
Asano Breathkill
 player, 306 posts
 Half-Elf
 Sorcerer (Wild Magic)
Sun 3 Dec 2017
at 07:23
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
"There is more at play in this valley than a few troublemakers," Asano whispers back. "Be wary. Thurl knows more than he says."
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Sun 3 Dec 2017
at 21:41
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
The sun shines bright at the top of the Spire, despite a chill in the air. Illuminated by the sun, the view over the Sumber Hills is truly breathtaking. The rolling hills extend for miles in all directions, though the cloaking mists in the Sighing Valley remain even in daylight.

The knights assemble just beyond the grassy lawn surrounding the stairs, and Huet indicates that the honored guests should stand facing the assemblage near one of the four paths aligned to the points of the compass. The wind blows steadily up from the valley below, past the spyglass at the end of the path.

"Welcome once again, all," Thurl intones from the center of the group of Feathergale Knights. Two knights stand near their giant vulture mounts to the north and south of the staircase, while the main group remains around Thurl. Savra and another knight stand with their feathered cloaks flanking Thurl, while Huet and a group of eight other Spire-dwellers round out the audience near the stairs. One man, almost thinner than Savra, stands among them with his hands on his hips, clad in blue diaphanous robes.

"Last night we were graced with the presence of highly skilled travelers, who showed their prowess through winning a contest of bravery and daring. I am pleased to award this ring," Thurl produces a feather-patterned golden ring set with a deep red garnet from his belt pouch and holds it up, "to the hunters who felled the dangerous beast last night." A polite round of clapping breaks out as Thurl walks forward and presents the ring to Jak. Smiling, the man claps the bard on the shoulder.

Merosska returns to his position next to Savra and turns, his expression now more serious. "We have a charge as Feathergale Knights however, to protect the Hills from those who might do it harm, and it seems clear this group could certainly pose a threat to its continued livelihood."

At this, Savra shoots a surprised stare at the Lord Commander, to which Thurl makes a reassuring wave of the hand. "All will be well, Savra. You know as well as I that the Feathergale Knights always obey the will of our guiding principles. Our test of worthiness will determine whether we must take action to ensure safety and security." Savra nods reluctantly, but turns to Asano and the others with concern.


Loot thread updated.

What now?!? ;)



Morg Danforge
 player, 378 posts
 mountain dwarf
 fighter 3 1sw 1as bm4sd8
Mon 4 Dec 2017
at 07:46
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
"What test do you have in mind, to show that our intentions are honorable?" Morg says, looking at the stairs as a possible chokepoint.
Jakrynn Redgate
 player, 256 posts
 Young Human
 Bardly Rogue
Mon 4 Dec 2017
at 22:31
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
Jak listened well and smiled a bit. He took the ring with a small bow of his head. He was in the middle of examining it when the rest of what was said caught up with him. He blinked a few times and slowly looked up at Thurl and then Merosska.

"Wait, what??" His expression looked surprised definitely. "We aided you in a hunt an' now you think we're a threat t'you? How does THAT make sense?"
Zora Jilkina
 player, 40 posts
Mon 4 Dec 2017
at 22:39
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
Hearing the thinly veiled threat, rather than question it, she simply needed to get some space between her and the knights. "We should go," she said to her group. "Unless they're going to try to stop us." The last line was a challenge delivered to Thurl.
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Mon 4 Dec 2017
at 23:24
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
Merosska smiles thinly. He eyes Zora but speaks to Morg's question. "It is a simple test of Air, and one that will tell us if you are trustworthy. It has never failed to reveal the truth." He pauses. "I'm afraid I can't let you go without undergoing the test."


I've updated the map with everyone's positions, in case it's relevant to what you do next =)

Mayon Graycross
 player, 395 posts
 Half Elf
 Warlock--Fey Pact
Mon 4 Dec 2017
at 23:40
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
"Perhaps you'd be willing to describe this test to us? Give us some hint what we're getting ourselves into?" Mayon asks warily, gray eyes narrowing.
Zora Jilkina
 player, 41 posts
Tue 5 Dec 2017
at 02:55
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
"And what happens if we refuse to play your game? Are we to be locked up? Put to the sword? Or taught how to fly without a mount?" she asked with hostility in her voice, angry at their treatment, and angry at herself for not seeing it coming.
Asano Breathkill
 player, 307 posts
 Half-Elf
 Sorcerer (Wild Magic)
Tue 5 Dec 2017
at 03:32
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
"I don't suppose that you would accept our word that we work toward the well-being of the valley?" Asano asks, somewhat flippantly. "I would like to know what exactly your test consists of, Lord Thurl, before we make a decision. I think we can all agree that an informed decision is a quality decision."
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Tue 5 Dec 2017
at 22:39
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
Savra looks pleadingly at Merosska, worry still in her features. "I can vouch for - well, one of them. I think," she says, glancing uncertainly at Asano.

Merossa ponders this a moment. "I present you with a choice," he says magnanimously to the group. "You may undergo our test of Air by jumping from the top of this Spire. If you fear heights or are otherwise reluctant, we can push or throw you off. If the winds lift you up, then you have passed our test. I will say that those who have failed the test have not been heard from again, of course."

"Yet, if for some reason you decline to be tested,"
Thurl raises a suspicious eyebrow, "then I will not order your immediate execution. Though declining the test indicates that you may be untrustworthy, I will consent to let you go on an errand to prove your usefulness." Savra lets out a breath. The robed man in Huet's group scowls.

"The errand I set before you, if you choose that option, would be to find a particular monk in the Sacred Stone Monastery and slay him. He is an odious and stubborn man named Qarbo. To ensure that you fulfill your errand I shall also require from you a token of trust, until proof of the errand's completion can be produced. Something valuable, to be held by the Feathergale Society here at the Spire. From each of you."

Merosska spreads his hands wide. "Your choice, brave champions."
Jakrynn Redgate
 player, 257 posts
 Young Human
 Bardly Rogue
Tue 5 Dec 2017
at 23:40
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
Jak didn't like this. He set his jaw a bit. They were being told they had to either take a test (an arbitrary test where the most likely result was death - how often did the wind really save anyone?) or they had to go assassinate someone.

He planted his feet, a look of disdain on his face. "You call yourselves NOBLE? Heroes?? With a code of honor?? You wouldn't know honor if it slapped you in the face. You force people who have helped you - for no reason than they could - and threaten them, force them to either jump off a cliff - literally - where the wind would be their only chance of survival if it should deign to do so, or go be assassins for you instead?? And you call yourselves HONORABLE." He spat on the ground. "You disgust me."


OOC: Does the wind seem unusual nearby like where we would jump? Extremely person-lifting strong for instance?
Asano Breathkill
 player, 308 posts
 Half-Elf
 Sorcerer (Wild Magic)
Wed 6 Dec 2017
at 01:51
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
Asano winces at the young human's outburst. "Jakrynn, I am sure Lord Thurl and his knights have good reason and evidence for the removal of this Qarbo individual," He says calmly, a hand pulling at the bard's sleeve as Asano moves between Jak and the knights. "Lord Thurl, I think I can speak for the majority of my party and agree to take care of this monk. What manner of item would you want as trust?" His face is agreeable, but his grip on Jak's arm twitches to forestall any possible outbursts.
DM
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Wed 6 Dec 2017
at 02:19
Re: Day 6 - Feathergale Guests
"Something of sufficient value that it is clear you each would return for it," Merosska replies to Asano's question. "It might be something different for each of you."

"I suppose there is another way," the Lord Commander muses, observing the conflict between Asano and Jak. "If you all were to fight each other in combat to the death, surely the sole survivor would be proven to be in Air's favor and worthy of trust." Savra looks horrified at the thought, but the man in the diaphanous robes grins evilly.


The wind seems decidedly normal here, at least at the moment...


This message was last edited by the GM at 02:20, Wed 06 Dec 2017.