Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge.   Posted by Castle Keeper.Group: 0
Anthony
 player, 4 posts
Sat 3 Dec 2016
at 21:22
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
Staggering back to the group, fresh from a nap, is their wizard. This lanky red-headed human looks at them with a combination of keen analysis and mild amusement half-hidden behind a serious expression. He twists his mustache as his green eyes consider the party.

"To the middle of the party for me," says Anthony the wizard. "I am prepared." He takes his spot squarely in the middle of the group, surrounded by lots of protective bodies.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:57, Sun 04 Dec 2016.

Hugh
 player, 46 posts
 Human Monk
 AC: 14 | HP: 18/18
Sat 3 Dec 2016
at 22:00
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
Hugh takes his appointed position in the established marching order. He suggests proceeding slowly and as queitly as possible so they might hear activity ahead, rather than rushing headlong into danger.

"If needed, we can send a scout periodically forward," he adds.
Castle Keeper
 GM, 120 posts
Mon 5 Dec 2016
at 18:56
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
You poke the stuffed head's nose and the fireplace swings up to reveal the teleportation wall.  You all touch the wall and everything goes black for an instant.

Light returns and you find yourself in a large brick-walled chamber.  The room must be at least 40 feet square.  The ceiling is a good 15 feet high.  The floor is dirt, but level.  There are several passages leading out of the chamber.  Torches in sconces along the wall provide moderate lighting that your eyes quickly adjust to.

There are a bunch of orcs milling around the chamber.  You also see what you assume are zombies slowly moving around carrying various objects (you may recall that the zombies you fought earlier moved very quickly).

One of the orcs, older and wearing glasses, takes notice of the party.  He looks you over and fixates on the large sacks you are carrying.  He says, "[Language unknown:  Ndeintrat ntthu.  Utant hiprli ev po ectrha ev n enpe isine.]"
The orcs looks around and spies a couple other orcs standing around uselessly.  He yells at them, "[Language unknown:  Ill!  Eve!  Lotin fo men sheastcom nc atend.  Diul eauherhis ardiouain ti Ulevwh!]"  One of the orcs starts to whine back, but the bespectacled orc cuts him off.  "[Language unknown:  E ticwerven thu ss eau n.  Nc ichof leet ith ratiouillpre reica ma ivicsa.]"

He turns back to the party. "[Language unknown:  Sononeand hiunng u ti werce ion her k mesti oun n neilss ekprasek.  Blendetio oveiontin haho comderher t th Stivershe, allin be thunceder retiei k stch Wilearcon.  Comll Intvirant thi ti hatsomove sonintthipre hasna.  I ssicis een fielpl.  Is, cefi nc ekilce is t salin.  Foth wiadun heraveive io ine undss trof oneforblerea.]"

The two orcs he yelled at approach the party and reach for the sacks.

What do you do?
Dreya
 player, 88 posts
 Level 2 Druid
Mon 5 Dec 2016
at 23:08
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
In a slightly too loud voice, enunciating each word carefully, Dreya says "Of course we will put the sacks down so you can take them to Smarg."  She quickly gestures from the sack one of the party members are holding to the orc's approaching.  "We wouldn't want to interrupt the great Master's operation here."
Elwood
 player, 60 posts
 Human Cleric, 2nd Level
Tue 6 Dec 2016
at 02:16
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
Elwood nonchalantly positions himself to protect Dreya and Anthony, but of course making sure Len, Cole and Hugh have plenty of room to maneuver.  If possible, he'll position himself so he's facing most of the undead.

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Cole Hiller
 player, 42 posts
Tue 6 Dec 2016
at 21:48
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
Cole readies himself to attack if necessary, but stays quiet as he waits to see how the orcs respond to Dreya's words.
Castle Keeper
 GM, 122 posts
Wed 7 Dec 2016
at 00:13
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
In reply to Cole Hiller (msg # 147):

The orcs are not responding to Dreya's words.  The two orcs are still approaching the PCs with the sacks and reaching for them.  We did not specify who have the sacks.  Since Len is AWOL (hopefully, temporarily), it makes most sense that Cole and Hugh would be carrying them, so I'm going to run with that assumption.

Cole and Hugh, you each have an orc approaching you who is reaching for the sack you are carrying.
Anthony
 player, 6 posts
Wed 7 Dec 2016
at 01:18
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
Anthony, not quite following the situation, stays back. He watches the orcs with considerable curiosity, wondering what all this is about, but not voicing those questions at the moment. Best not to attract attention to himself.
Hugh
 player, 47 posts
 Human Monk
 AC: 14 | HP: 18/18
Wed 7 Dec 2016
at 07:21
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
Hugh does not offer up the sack he is holding to the advancing orcs. He stands in a neutral defensive position, muscles loose for possible action, and calmly replies, "I am sorry, but I cannot understand your words." He addresses the older orc wearing the spectacles.

"If we are to have any business, you will need to speak a language I can understand." His tone is flat, even and conversational.
Cole Hiller
 player, 43 posts
Thu 8 Dec 2016
at 00:09
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
Following Hugh's lead, Cole does not release the sack either. He stands defensively as he waits to see where Hugh's diplomacy will lead.
Elwood
 player, 61 posts
 Human Cleric, 2nd Level
Thu 8 Dec 2016
at 01:41
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
After positioning himself, Elwood looks around and mentally counts the number of orcs and zombies in the room.
Castle Keeper
 GM, 123 posts
Thu 8 Dec 2016
at 14:07
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
The two loser orcs walk up to Cole and Hugh and hold their hands out impatiently.

The orc with glasses mutters, "[Language unknown:  Ek onec ch noous thopo, elmape out anteenlin.]"  He continues in Common, "You give sacks.  Go away."

Elwood scans the chamber.  It is a hive of bustling activity with orcs and zombies coming in and out (the orcs much faster than the zombies).  At any given time, there are probably 10-12 orcs and a half dozen zombies in the chamber.
Castle Keeper
 GM, 124 posts
Thu 8 Dec 2016
at 22:05
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
By the way, you notice the party's rogue-illusionist, Seline, is with the party.  Sneaky multiclasser!
Dreya
 player, 89 posts
 Level 2 Druid
Thu 8 Dec 2016
at 22:31
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
Since Dreya currently has Elwood as a human wall at the moment, she taps him on the shoulder, trying to be discrete. In a hurried, hushed whisper, Dreya says, "Don't turn around! The orc with glasses, I think his name is Zeke. Snarg told us before we left for town."

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Seline
 player, 1 post
Thu 8 Dec 2016
at 23:58
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
Seline looks back at where they came from, acting like she is oblivious to the possible danger posed by the orcs and zombies while inspecting she remarks "How very interesting to walk through a teleporting wall to find an underground passage" While investigating Seline tries to also listen for any sounds that suggest the party is being attacked
Elwood
 player, 62 posts
 Human Cleric, 2nd Level
Fri 9 Dec 2016
at 02:07
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
Elwood whispered back to Dreya, slightly loud enough for Hugh to hear.  "Didn't he say that if we met Zeke, to mention Snarg's name, and he wouldn't gut us?"
Dreya
 player, 90 posts
 Level 2 Druid
Fri 9 Dec 2016
at 03:48
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
"Yeah, but that was prior to him getting all beat up!" Dreya whispers back as loud as she dares.
Hugh
 player, 48 posts
 Human Monk
 AC: 14 | HP: 18/18
Fri 9 Dec 2016
at 23:19
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
Hugh responds to the bespectacled orc in a calm and measured tone. "The items in the bag are clearly important to you, but we did not come down here as simple couriers to deliver items and leave at your bidding. So, Zeke, let us rebegin, and discuss matters as equals. What are the things in the bag?"
Anthony
 player, 7 posts
Fri 9 Dec 2016
at 23:32
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
Seline:
Seline looks back at where they came from, acting like she is oblivious to the possible danger posed by the orcs and zombies while inspecting she remarks "How very interesting to walk through a teleporting wall to find an underground passage" While investigating Seline tries to also listen for any sounds that suggest the party is being attacked


Anthony nods. "I have quite a lot to say on the matter, but probably not right now," quips the wizard. He listens tensely as Hugh negotiates with the orcs.
Cole Hiller
 player, 44 posts
Sat 10 Dec 2016
at 05:05
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
Cole continues guard of the sack he is holding as he waits to see where the negotiations lead, his free hand ready at Vera's side should they turn sour.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:05, Sat 10 Dec 2016.

Castle Keeper
 GM, 125 posts
Sat 10 Dec 2016
at 16:30
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
The orc with glasses looks at Hugh suspiciously.  His eyes flick across the party, then he looks back at Hugh and says, "Your queen paid already.  Leave sacks and go."  A feeling of tension fills the chamber.  Some of the worker orcs begin to pay more attention to the party and a few stop their work altogether as they stare at you.  The two orcs who came forward to take the sacks back up a few steps and rest their hands on the hilts of short swords at their hips.
Dreya
 player, 91 posts
 Level 2 Druid
Sat 10 Dec 2016
at 17:14
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
Dreya peeks out from around Elwood to quickly scan the room, trying to judge how big it is and if she would be able to fire off a few arrows if needed. Then quickly ducks back behind the resident cleric.
Elwood
 player, 63 posts
 Human Cleric, 2nd Level
Sun 11 Dec 2016
at 06:07
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
Elwood mentally assesses which spell might be the most useful in this situation.
Hugh
 player, 49 posts
 Human Monk
 AC: 14 | HP: 18/18
Sun 11 Dec 2016
at 07:10
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
Hugh listens to Zeke and replies, "What do you mean? The Queen paid? Paid for what?" The monk retains the sack. He gestures with the sack, "What are the things inside the sack and why do you want them?"
Seline
 player, 2 posts
Mon 12 Dec 2016
at 01:16
Re: Chapter 2: Back to the Hunting Lodge
 Seline, with a sway in her step, walks up to Hugh, hanging both hands on his shoulder and laying her head on his chest. "Honey we have talked about this, you won't make friends being so brash, you need to be loveable and charming like you are at home. I know these are orcs and zombies and the such, but don't hold back just for my sake." Twirling a finger on his pectoral, she continues, "We wouldn't want to disappoint all these orcs even if the queen of the woods, who holds no power over us, and didn't pay us a dime, still charged us with this task simply because she felt it beneath her."   After Seline's final dialogue she begins prepping color spray.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:21, Mon 12 Dec 2016.