Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us.   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: 0
Dungeon Master
 GM, 446 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Wed 9 May 2018
at 12:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The trip from the dwarven fortress was a slow one. The sick were loaded on stretchers, and carried by those dwarves who had previously contracted consumption and survived it. The Badger was left securely in a stone vault, unable to pass through the unfinished highway to Fildegarne. Sypher and Rebort lead the column, with the remaining dwarves and King Thadrumir guarding the flanks. The blow dealt to the rust monsters earlier in the day had crippled their numbers in the area, as only a scant few came charging up to the column, and were quickly dispatched at range with arrows and bolts. Rebort's messenger had sent word to move forward and that Oro was on his way, but none had seen the tiefling by the time the departure was ready.

As the procession arrived at the draconic ruins, they were met by more than just an anxious Thakous.

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A squad of 20 Fildegarian soldiers awaits ahead, with Thakous detained, his arms bound behind him. Each soldier carries a rifle and holds it at the ready, but doesn't shoulder it. An officer steps forward, a stern look on his face.

"I am Major Prein. I have been instructed to detain you, and escort you to the capitol. I am aware of your rank and unit designation, but I have my orders and I'd like to do this peacefully. Do I have your co-operation?".
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 217 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Wed 9 May 2018
at 12:57
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. looks over to Sypher. "Detained? Have we done something wrong?"
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 302 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 9 May 2018
at 12:58
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Rebort, please.  Allow me."  Sypher holds out a staying hand at the warforged.

Sypher steps out, hands spread wide.  "Of course, Major.  I am Lieutenant Sypher Whiteraven of the Eisenwolf unit.  We completely understand the situation and will offer you no resistance.  These are troubled times and we are here to both ask for help, but offer it as well.  We will cooperate fully."  Every bit of Sypher exudes calm and friendliness.  His posture is relaxed and friendly.  He offers a bit of a smile as he speaks, but not in a way that would be interpreted as fake or intentionally misleading.  "Do you need our weapons, Major?"
Major Prein
 NPC, 1 post
 Human
 Soldier
Wed 9 May 2018
at 13:11
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
A visible wave of relief washes over the Major's face. "I'm afraid so, lieutenant".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 303 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 9 May 2018
at 14:15
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher sets the example for the rest by turning over his sword, then Shiaran's sword, then his shuriken, shortbow with quiver of arrows, his Buelter-Janes K-33, his two RG-1422 Pistols, Shiaran's short bow and arrows, Shiaran's shuriken and 4 daggers, 2 sais, 6 RG-1422 Pistols, and her SMP-12.  "To be clear, Major, not all of those are mine."  Sypher stands back and waits for others to disarm themselves.
Major Prein
 NPC, 2 posts
 Human
 Soldier
Wed 9 May 2018
at 15:12
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
One by one everyone steps forward, some more reluctant than others, and a pile of weaponry grows to near waist high. Prein can't help but raise an eyebrow at the arsenal. "I see that you have sick and wounded. We will take over carrying them and ensure they are cared for". He looks back at his men an whistles. 14 of the 20 sling their rifles on their backs and steps forward, relieving the stretcher bearers of their loads. He instructs two more to stand watch over the weapon cache until transport is arranged, while the remaining 4 break off in groups of two, one group in the front and one in the rear of the column.

"My men will move the weapons inside the ruins here for safe keeping in the mean time. It's to my understanding rust eaters are about, so we will take the proper precautions to ensure things are well kept". He leans in, speaking quietly to Sypher and Rebort. "From officer to officer, I can't honestly say why I was told to detain you, because I wasn't informed. But something wasn't quite right. I was also warned you would be heavily armed and potentially combative. Any idea on that? Because you've shown me otherwise, at least on the grounds of combativeness".
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 218 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Wed 9 May 2018
at 16:40
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. follows suit, after Sypher, disarming himself as best he can. He lays down his Buelter-Janes K-33, a rather large sniper rifle, the Gerard M-92 Breech, as well as the gear he was holding for Beloc. After placing the elf's pistol, trench gun, and rather large silver falchion, the warforged follows up by saying "These are all the arms I am able to remove."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 304 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 9 May 2018
at 17:18
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher considers the major's words.  "No, Major, though several hypotheses come to mind.  None of them good.  Please understand, at the moment, I view us as on the same side against the PCA.  However, I have a duty to protect my team and accomplish our mission.  I also have a duty to protect these dwarves who are under my care and have suffered greatly because of the war.  If it comes to light that the PCA have infiltrated the higher-ups in this city, I will defend my people."

He sighs heavily.  "I know you have your training and your orders, but I also hope you will remember that soldiers are not mindless golems that follow orders blindly.  The best soldiers are those who can adapt to the changing battlefield.  If the time comes, Major, I pray to Iehovah that you will do what is right."
Major Prein
 NPC, 2 posts
 Human
 Soldier
Wed 9 May 2018
at 23:34
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Commander Prein looks as if he's about to speak several times through Sypher's response, but he holds his tongue until Sypher is finished. "I'm well aware of how to mind my men, lieutenant". He doesn't sound angry, but there was a definite and intentional emphasis on the word lieutenant. "Orders to detain persons of interest aren't exactly orders to set up a firing squad. The notion that we've been possibly infiltrated by the enemy isn't one I take lightly either. Do you offer any proof outside of your hunches? Because I've been stationed at the capitol since this entire thing began and have seen no evidence of this. With the way our nobles lobby and petition the top brass, we wouldn't need enemies on the inside. We're already at the beck and call of a group of paranoid men who see themselves getting richer when we win".

This message was last updated by the player at 23:34, Wed 09 May 2018.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 305 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 10 May 2018
at 00:00
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher allows a few seconds of relative silence, then bows slightly.  "Yes, sir."  His tone and posture only convey respect for the officer, his bow slight enough not to be mocking, but deep enough to be more than perfunctory.  The tone of his voice is quiet and contemplative, anything but confrontational.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 219 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 10 May 2018
at 01:17
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. extends his arms, wrists facing upwards, as if waiting to be shackled. "We are now detained. Now what, Major?"
Major Prein
 NPC, 3 posts
 Human
 Soldier
Thu 10 May 2018
at 02:12
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Two soldiers step forward with irons, ready to shackle Sypher and Rebort. Prein holds up a hand, stopping the pair. "That won't be necessary, for the time. They've lain down their weapons and have agreed to come peacefully. They are detainees, not prisoners". He looks back to Sypher and Rebort. "We need to go now. There's an abandoned road that will lead us to the keep a few miles ahead. From there, Count Elm has requested we turn the two of you over to him. The dwarves will be cared for and treated as refugees".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 306 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 10 May 2018
at 02:31
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher nods and does as commanded.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 220 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 10 May 2018
at 02:40
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. lowers his arms and follows behind Sypher.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 449 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Fri 11 May 2018
at 02:56
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
For the dwarven group, the trip is a short on. The old highway that runs around the edge of the ruins took the group directly into a courtyard, much the same as described by the Fyreworm clan's own keep. Just inside of the entryway, a heavily fortified position with machine gun nests on sandbags points down the winding and sloping road; a precaution in the event the PCA ever discover the tunnel. Explosive charges meant to collapse the tunnel sit idle along the underground walls; an even more extreme precaution should the enemy discover the route.

As the group emerges, a half elf who is identified as Sylvis greets Major Prein. Those of the party who are non-dwarf are escorted by Sylvis and four guards, while a fair sized medical staff ushers the dwarves along in a different direction. Mixed looks of both relief as well as confusion wash over their faces as they watch their saviors from the mountain vanish behind closed door. In the holding room, you barely have time to take a seat before the door opens again, with a hooded man escorting Beloc, Apache, and Shiaran in.

-----

As Shiaran and Beloc are escorted to the keep, they're brought through a series of cut throughs and tunnels that pass beneath the public eye in District Two, where the civilian population is holed up and guarded. The way shortens the trip drastically, making what would be nearly an hour trip a more direct half hour. Even the way Wyck leads them into the keep is via unseen passage. The pair and their guard emerge into a tucked away antechamber from behind a sliding book case. From there, four guards remain with Wyck as he continues escorting Beloc and Shiaran to what looks to be a sort of holding area. The room is relatively plain. The walls are painted bleach white, and the crystal sconces on the wall give off a clean white glow as well. As they are brought in, they find Sypher, Rebort, Krem, Sigurd, and Gazra already sitting on the uncomfortable chairs provided. Irja, Oro, Kallium, and Darius are conspicuously absent.

"Have a seat, and await questioning" commands Wyck. As he glances around the room at everyone, his eyes fall on Gazra. His face screws up into a scowl and he leaves the room. The heavy iron door shuts loudly behind him, and a thick locking mechanism clicks in place. A blue sigil begins to glow on the door.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 221 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 11 May 2018
at 03:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. spies the glowing sigils and glances around the room. "Impressive. With wards like this, it would seem they could contain just about any manner of beast."

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 03:37, Fri 11 May 2018.

Sigurd Fyreworm
 NPC, 7 posts
 Human
 Barbarian Underchief
Sat 12 May 2018
at 16:58
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sigurd looks to Shiaran and Beloc. "Where is Irja?".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 474 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sat 12 May 2018
at 17:46
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"We got separated. She said she was going for a swim, headed towards the castle. She wanted to let them know we were coming with the dwarves. My guess is that's how they knew we were coming, but it wouldn't explain the hostility."
Gazra
 NPC, 34 posts
 Human
Sat 12 May 2018
at 18:08
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Gazra sighs. "They probably wanna know where Oro is. Same crap, different day".

"But how would they've known, mate?" asks Krem.

"It's obvious. Irja. I don't know why, or what she told them, but my bet is on her".

Sigurd shoots daggers with his glance at Gazra. "And why do you say she would do a thing like that?".

Gazra shrugs. "Dunno. Money? Political power? Maybe she's got her eyes on your old man's throne. We both know she's never liked the isolationist approach Crasmar takes".

Sigurd stands up suddenly, pointing a hand at Gazra. "She is loyal to her people, Uncle. What does that say about you? Hmm?".

Gazra rolls his eyes. "It says you should shut up and sit down, because this is way out of your scope of view kid".

Sigurd spits on the floor, and starts pacing on the other side of the room.


Krem purses his lips, trying not to make eye contact with the pair. "So... anyone know any word games t' pass th' time?".

"Shut up, Krem" says both Gazra and Sigurd in unison.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 441 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 12 May 2018
at 18:12
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran makes her way over to Sypher.  The two talk in whispers no one else can hear.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 475 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sat 12 May 2018
at 18:53
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Bickering in this cage isn't going to help anything. In fact, it puts the very reason we're here in jeopardy even further. The sooner we can get to the fault, the better."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 450 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sat 12 May 2018
at 23:46
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
A sigil on the wall begins to glow brightly with a white hue. It had been hiding in plain sight, the same color as the walls. The muffled voice of an older man emanates throughout the room. The voice sounds cold, and is very business like and matter of fact. The man behind it doesn't sound menacing, but everyone gets the distinct impression he isn't one for games.

"My name is Count Elm. I will be issuing you a series of questions. Anyone will be free to answer, unless I address you directly. I am able to see and hear into this room, so there is no need to announce who you are or face a certain direction when speaking. With that, let us begin. What is the last known whereabouts of the one known as Orodoth Garamune? I am told he was a member of your party".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 442 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 13 May 2018
at 00:15
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran looks to Sypher who nods slightly.  "He was with us in the city briefly but returned to the underground highway to help the dwarves travel here and report to Sypher.  No one has seen him since he left the city. "
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 222 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sun 13 May 2018
at 01:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
While Beloc listens to Shiaran’s statement, nodding periodically in agreement, R.E.B.O.R.T. walks around the room examining the various sigils adorning the walls. He doesn’t seem to be too engaged with what the rest of the group is focused on.
Count Elm
 NPC, 1 post
 Human
 Noble
Sun 13 May 2018
at 03:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I see. And what is your purpose here?"
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 307 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 14 May 2018
at 02:50
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Our purpose here is two-fold, Count Elm.  First, we are doing what we can to help the dwarves.  Their able-bodies protectors have been depleted by the war and illness such that they could not even keep clear an infestation of the rust monsters.  By Iehovah's will, their disease is gone.  We brought them here to find shelter and safety behind your walls since they are allies of yours."  Sypher spreads his hands wide.  "Second, my unit is a special operations unit called Eisenwolf out of Langdon.  We specialize in stealth and guerilla tactics doing jobs larger units can't.  In short, we're here to help."  He gives a slight bow and lowers his hands.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 443 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Mon 14 May 2018
at 02:52
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran wanders about seeming at random.  Her path takes her close to Rebort whom she pats on the shoulder.  "Hey big guy.  How was the trip?"  She keeps her voice low so as not to overpower Sypher's voice in Elm's magical listening glass.  "I know things are a bit odd.  Just remember, Sypher is a good commander.  Let him do the talking and we'll be okay.  He's as honest as they come, eh?  If you have any questions, I'll answer them in a more comfortable setting, okay?"
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 223 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Mon 14 May 2018
at 03:29
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. looks at Shiaran's hand upon his shoulder, then looks at her. "This line of questioning does not concern me. Our presence here harbors no ill intent. Should the Count's loyalty lie with the crown, we will be free soon enough. The trip, however, was quite eventful. All sorts of new lichen and subterranean life to catalog."
Count Elm
 NPC, 2 posts
 Human
 Noble
Mon 14 May 2018
at 12:43
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I see.. and who commissioned this Eisenwolf unit at Langdon without so much as sending a memo to the Crown".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 308 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 14 May 2018
at 13:24
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Grand Admiral Driggs was the primary officer in charge of the commission, sir.  Also present at our inception were Lieutenant Commander Haskell, Captain Amithra, and Commander Brask among a lot of others.  It was at a dinner at Langdon just before the PCA attack that wiped out the base and the surrounding city.  I have the commission papers in my pack."  Sypher's voice is matter of fact, calm and composed with no hint of subterfuge.  Considering Glenn's undercover actions and the lack of communication admitted by the count, Sypher did not consider himself at liberty to discuss the Admiral with him and so left him out.
Count Elm
 NPC, 3 posts
 Human
 Noble
Mon 14 May 2018
at 13:30
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"And I take it then you are this expositions leader, Mr..?".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 309 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 14 May 2018
at 14:06
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Lieutenant Sypherion Whiteraven, sir.  Yes sir, I am the commander of the unit."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 451 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Mon 14 May 2018
at 16:56
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
There is a long and uncomfortable pause. "Of.. house, Whiteraven then?".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 310 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 14 May 2018
at 17:39
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Yes, sir."  Sypher is instantly on edge from the tone of the Count, though he does not understand much of why the Count would act the way he is toward the name.  Though aware of the history of his family, the significance of his family was not conveyed to him by the monks.  This was probably done to protect him and Shiaran...or more likely to protect others from them.

Sypher never learned who ordered the genocide that reduced House Whiteraven to only himself and Shiaran.  As far as he had been concerned, it no longer mattered.  Now, it seems, it might.
Wilson Wyck
 NPC, 4 posts
 Human
 Inquisitor
Mon 14 May 2018
at 23:52
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
There is another long and uncomfortable pause. A different voice emanates in the room this time. Shiaran and Beloc will recognize it as Wilson Wyck, the man who detained them and brought them to the questioning room. His tone is peculiar, as if he was put on the spot.

"The Count has some business to attend, so I will continue this interrogation. Did one Orodoth Garamune ever mention a certain artifact, known as a phylactery? If so, did he divulge any location to you?".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 311 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 15 May 2018
at 00:41
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
With monolithic patience, Sypher takes the switch up in stride.  "I'm sorry sir, he did not.  Oro was the quiet type when he was with us which has not been long or often. "
Wilson Wyck
 NPC, 5 posts
 Human
 Inquisitor
Tue 15 May 2018
at 01:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"So no one here recalls him saying anything about then?".

Gazra pipes up with "You're wasting your time Wyck. Oro would never tell anyone where he hid it, especially not a dirt bag like you".

"You hold your tongue, traitor!" says Wilson in a loud and commanding voice. A bright and near blinding light fills the room as a wall sigil comes to life. A bolt of electricity arcs out, striking Gazra in the arm. The jolt spins him around and sends him toppling to the floor. He lays there groaning and breathing heavily through the pain, not willing to get up. As everyone watches Gazra fall, several seem to move towards him for aid, but hesitate as Wilson cuts them off. "No one touches the oaf. No one".

Wyck resumes his questioning in his normal, smooth voice. He sounds extremely calm, as if hurting someone soothed his nerves. "Now then... as I was saying. No one recalls hearing anything about a phylactery, ever?".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 476 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 15 May 2018
at 01:54
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"With all due respect," Beloc pauses a moment as he looks at Sypher. "that question has been asked, and it has been answered. Do you have any other questions that have not yet been addressed?"
Wilson Wyck
 NPC, 6 posts
 Human
 Inquisitor
Tue 15 May 2018
at 02:02
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Mind your words, elf, or you'll find yourself laying next to the idiot on the floor. I don't entertain insolence. Especially not the thinly veiled and backhanded type. Now.. moving forward, I think we all see eye to eye here. To what business do members of our military have in mingling with enemies of the state? Surely you must have reasoned their cloak and dagger mannerisms were unbecoming of the company of officers? That there was something not quite right about them? And surely you must have found it peculiar they were on the run? What lies did they feed you to make you take pity on their cause.. the cause of upsetting the state and creating anarchy?".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 477 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 15 May 2018
at 02:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc grits through his teeth. "Your kindness has been noted."

He looks over at Sypher, awaiting a response.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 312 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 15 May 2018
at 02:31
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher looks at Shiaran and shakes his head subtly.  Then he slowly lowers himself to his knees and sits back on his heels.  He folds his hands in front of him and closes his eyes.  To all, it looks like he is either meditating or praying silently.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 444 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Tue 15 May 2018
at 02:33
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran sees Sypher's warning and rolls her eyes at the heavens.  "Skubalon!"  She starts to pace the room like a caged, angry puma.
Wilson Wyck
 NPC, 7 posts
 Human
 Inquisitor
Tue 15 May 2018
at 02:58
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"No answers then. Very well". The slight hum of the scrying sigil fades as it blends back in with the white of the walls. Green runes begin to glow all around the room. A pale blue light filters in. Everyone save for Rebort is overcome with immediate drowsiness. Krem slumps over first, and Gazra has never bothered getting up. Sigurd grits his teeth, fighting to keep his eyes open. Those who maintain consciousness are entirely too fatigued and sleepy to do anything. The door to the room opens, and several armed men entire. They begin placing manacles on everyone's hands first, before noticing Rebort is unaffected.

"Wot in the bloody 'ells is tha?" one asks.
"No idear. I thot e' was in a suit a' armor"
"I think e' is armor"
"You there. Armor man. You stay put, you 'ear? Jonesy, clap en' in irons"
"I'm not goin' anywhere near tha' thing. Make Percival do it"
"Me? Why me?"
"Cause you're the junior man"
""Ah shite"
"Quit belly achin' an' do it".

The man referred to as Percival moves towards Rebort, manacles in hand.
"Alright you. Come quietly, we's jist doin' our jobs".
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 224 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Tue 15 May 2018
at 03:32
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
For the most part, R.E.B.O.R.T. has remained relatively motionless during the questioning. As the little man moves toward warforged, without moving his feet, he leans forward and lowers himself to eye level. He narrows his eyes, as if challenging him in a nonaggressive manner to go ahead and try it.

Before the man can move, he positions himself between the men and Sypher.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 313 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 15 May 2018
at 03:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Through the spell-enduced haze, Sypher breathes deep.  When Rebort steps in between, he wills himself to speak through the haze.  "Rebort...It's o...kay.  Stand...down."
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 445 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Tue 15 May 2018
at 03:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran snores softly in a rather cute way over against one of the walls.  Even asleep, her hair seems to have fallen perfectly over her shoulders, framing her face in an alluring fashion.  Her arms are placed so that she appears a damsel in distress rather than a lethal blade waiting to strike.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 225 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Tue 15 May 2018
at 13:08
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. raises his arms, fist closed and wrists pointed downward. One at Jonesy, and the other at Percival, the man charged with shackling him. Sypher and the others are well aware of the gestures meaning, but as Sypher speaks, he brings his arms inward, opens his palms, and rotates his wrists upward.

"Jist doin' my job", he says in a voice almost identical to Percival. It's hard to tell if he is mocking the soldier or just echoing his sentiments.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 452 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 15 May 2018
at 18:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Percival hesitantly locks the irons on Rebort. A bead of sweat forms on his forehead as he secures the clasps. "Aw'right then, come along".

Several more guards enter the room. They are armed and armored in gear meant to protect their faces and groins. Everyone is pulled to their feet, save for Rebort. The guards use enough strength to lift everyone for transport, but they don't outright manhandle the party.

Everyone is brought out and down a short hallway, where a large spiral staircase waits. Rebort notes that they were all brought to a room on the fourth floor, and the trip down carries them six floors. A series of heavy iron gates are passed through, before another long hallway. Dim slivers of slanted light filter into the space from one side as the sun sits low on a dreary sky. Thick wooden cell doors line either side of the hallway, with small iron grates located head level for viewing. The group is split up into smaller groups from here and placed in cells all lining the same side of the hallway. Shiaran and Sypher, Beloc and Rebort, Gazra and Sigurd are how everyone is arranged, with Krem being placed in an empty cell by himself. Each cell has two uncomfortable looking cots fixed to the wall, and a single chamber pot with a grate in the floor to empty them. The grate itself is barely 4 inches wide, with the piping underneath not discernible. The only source of light on this side is through the window, with torchlight glowing through the viewing port in the door. The entire jail area looks like it has been frozen in time for several hundred years.

It is several hours before anyone comes to and shakes the effects of the interrogation room. Iron barred windows sit at the back wall of each cell. A peek through them gives an idea of the general location in the keep. Only around a foot above the moat, to the point that minnows are easily spotted picking at the slime and algae growing on the outer wall. Outside of each cell sits a lightly humming orb held fast to the wall in a fixture. No other sounds come from outside the doors, leaving it to anyone's guess how close guards are.

A familiar voice whispers into the window of Shiaran and Sypher's cell. "Bit of a pickle to be in, eh?". An almost completely transparent Kallium allows his face to show behind the bars.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 314 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 16 May 2018
at 01:58
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"What can you tell us?"  Sypher sits up and enters a meditative technique to clear out the last vestiges of...whatever that was.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 226 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Wed 16 May 2018
at 02:31
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. begins to hear the others stir within their cells. When someone finally speaks, he is relieved to hear Sypher's voice.

"They used a sigil in the room to induce fatigue and subdue everyone. A surprisingly pacifist approach for an individual expressing so much hostility. However, they did not take into account my internal defense mechanisms and their effort did not affect me. It seems we traveled quite some distance from the interrogation room and now reside on sub-level two of whatever building we are in. Our escorts did not speak, so there were no clues to be offered there."
Kallium Cairn
 NPC, 33 posts
 Ghost
 Wood Elf
Wed 16 May 2018
at 02:40
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Nothing out here has changed. The battle still rages on in pockets and skirmishes. The main force still isn't surging forward without a solid opening". Kallium floats closer to the bars and tries to pass through. His face smooshes up as if he's pressed against an invisible wall. "Well that compounds our troubles. The entire level is warded. Magic, extra-planar travel.. They might not have their heads on right with the troubles they're giving you, but they at least know how to build a solid jai- someone's coming". Kallium's face winks out and he is nowhere to be seen.

Outside the door, quiet footsteps can be heard.
Wilson Wyck
 NPC, 8 posts
 Human
 Inquisitor
Wed 16 May 2018
at 03:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Wilson's smug face peers into the barred viewing port on the door. "Nice and comfy? I do hope so, because you won't be here long. Sypherion and Shiaran Whiteraven, you are hereby being charged with the following crimes. Conduct unbecoming of an officer. Failing to report your post. Absence without authorized leave. Desertion. Willfully aiding an enemy of the state. Willfully withholding information. Espionage. And my personal favorite.. treason. You have been found guilty, and are both sentenced to hang by the neck until you are dead, in three days times. Being enemies of the state yourself now, any rights you have to a trial are forfeit. Now then, enjoy your stay at Cheatoue Fildegarne". He calmly turns and steps to the next cell with Rebort and Beloc, ignoring anything the Whiteravens have to say.

"Beloc S'viscous and the one known as Rebort. The two of you are charged with identical crimes. The elf will hang with the others, and the mechanical one will be sent to the College of Magics for study and eventual deconstruction". Again he casually continues down the row.

"You, barbarian. I suppose you're the lucky one. Your friend has plea bargained for your life. You will be deported back to your tribal lands under the condition you neve-". Wilson stops his monologue as the telltale sound of spit can be heard.

"You belong in here with the filth, you rat" says Sigurd defiantly. The sudden crack of a pistol shot rings out through the hall. Sigurd yells in pain and a heavy thud is heard on the floor. "Let that be a lesson to you, savage. You may be getting out of here, but I'm under no obligation to let you out unbroken". The menacing tone from early surges through Wilson's voice. "As for you, oaf, you are to be beheaded publicly and flayed, to demonstrate to the masses what happens when you stand against our great nation".

A slight shuffle can be heard. "Go..go to hell" says Sigurd, weakly. Another shot rings out and Sigurd roars in pain.

Wilson starts to stomp off, still mocking. "Three days. Enjoy them as they pass".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 446 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Wed 16 May 2018
at 11:44
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran wakes groggily at the sound of the shots ringing out.  The second shot brings her fully awake.  When she realizes where she is and remembers the situation, she gets to her feet and begins examining the cage with the full might of her expertise brought to bear.  As she paces, she looks for arcane symbols etched in the surfaces of the cell.  Several less than appropriate words escape her mouth as she finds each one, especially the anti-magic runes.  No wonder they left her her components.  They won't do her any good.

Her next evaluation is to look at the structure of the cell, the locks in particular.  She checks to see if there are any magical traps first, but she realizes that the anti-magic orbs outside would negate such anyway.  "The orbs are anti-magic fields.  I cannot use any spells while they function, but that also means no other magic will work in here either.  They can't scry or use magical means to eavesdrop on our conversations.  That does not rule out mundane forms.  YOU HEAR ME, WYCK, YOU-"

"Shiaran."

Sypher's calm voice brings her back down from unthinking anger and Shiaran continues to examine the cell.  She looks for mechanical traps, and how to go about opening the door.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 227 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Wed 16 May 2018
at 14:01
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us


“Stand back from the door and take cover, please. Activating your armor is advised.”

]

An unseen force clearly shakes the surrounding cells, but the organic nature of the doors seem to take the full brunt of it. The door in front of R.E.B.O.R.T. is blown completely off its hinges outward as the shockwave radiates from the room. One by one, the doors from the other cells begin to shake violently and are removed from their hinges as they are blown inward.


“Status report, please. Is everyone alright?”


R.E.B.O.R.T. activates Melt Down from his docent.

This message was last edited by the player at 14:06, Wed 16 May 2018.

Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 478 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Wed 16 May 2018
at 14:02
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc slowly picks himself up off the ground. “Alright?! Nearly half killed me, damn fool!”

R.E.B.O.R.T. simply states. “It was a calculated risk based on previous encounters. The path forward is clear.”

The battered elf roughly pushes his way past R.E.B.O.R.T. and out into the hall.

This message was last edited by the player at 14:05, Wed 16 May 2018.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 447 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Wed 16 May 2018
at 16:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran, who was stooping over to try and pick her lock, remains stooped over, her picks broken and still in her hand.  She blinks a couple of times and stands up.  "Well then.  Guess yours is bigger than mine."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 315 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 16 May 2018
at 16:22
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Well done, Rebort.  Prepare to engage."  Sypher rises to his feet in a single motion without his hands.  A moment later he is out in the hallway.  As soon as he sees one of the globes, he   checks to see if it can be turned off or removed from its pedestal.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 479 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Wed 16 May 2018
at 16:59
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc retracts his armor and massages the shoulder he landed on. "Yeah, well done, Rebort."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 453 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 17 May 2018
at 00:33
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Yeah, no worries, we're fine.." calls out Gazra in a slightly annoyed tone.

Down the long hallways and around the bend, a clattering of armor can be heard. Shouts from the prison guards echo on the stone walls, making them incomprehensible. The main guards from earlier come around the corner in padded suits, again with armored segments that cover their faces and groins. Each brandishes a night stick and tower shields. Two form up shoulder to shoulder, while the third pulls out a trench gun. The muzzle pokes out past the two shields in front, creating a sort of centurion shield wall.

"You don't wanna do this folks" calls out Percival. "Wyck said you might cause us trouble.  We ain't got nothin' personal against you lot. Get back in your cells".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 316 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 17 May 2018
at 02:29
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher holds his hands out slowly and approaches the men with shields only a few steps before he stops.  "I don't want to do this, but you need to understand something.  Our mission would save all of Fildegarne and put an end to the PCA's ability to generate more troops from the dead.  By holding us here, the Count is ensuring the end of Fildegarne and the victory for the PCA."  Sypher gets down on his knees with his hands still spread wide.  "I'm implore you to speak with me for but a moment.  My people will not do anything during that time."

[Sypher uses Combat Expertise -5 Attack/+5 AC.
Sypher uses Diplomacy = 21.]

Dungeon Master
 GM, 454 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 17 May 2018
at 02:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The guards remain silent, contemplating. The leader keeps the trench gun trained on Sypher's chest as he finally speaks. "Look fella, we got kids to feed. Ain't nuffin you're gonna say bout some doomsday this and that we ain't all heard before. And ain't nuffin gonna change th' fact that if we don't get you all back in them cells, it's gonna be us three swinging at the gallows"

Percival pipes up. "Wot if e's tellin' the truth though? They don't look like no criminal types I ever seen".

"Pipe down, Percy. You ain't got no say in this. An' it's highly unprofessional in front'a the prisoner".

"I think we may be a bit beyond that point lads. We's already losin' a weeks wage since they got out".

"Elm 'sa real bastard ain't 'e. Weeks wage indeed. I know where 'e can stuff all tha' money e's gonna save wot with not payin' us".

Jonesy sighs. "Percy, again.. Not in front'a the prisoner".

"Say your piece and ge' on with it".

This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 02:46, Thu 17 May 2018.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 317 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 17 May 2018
at 03:18
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Slowly, Sypher folds his hands in front of him.  "My name is Sypherion Whiteraven, the First Blade of House Whiteraven.  I am a paladin of Iehovah and I do not lie."  He pauses for a second to let that information sink in and to see if his name has a similar effect on them as it obviously did on Count Elm.

"You men are honorable.  You want to do what is right.  I can see that.  You are also intelligent or they would not have put you in charge of someone who is obviously more than common criminals.  You must know of the division in the nobility.  There are those who side with Count Elm and Wyck and those who side against them in political matters."  He pauses again, waiting for any trace of confirmation of his assertion on the faces or in the movements of those to whom he speaks.

[Perception 2x @ 18 each.]
Dungeon Master
 GM, 455 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 17 May 2018
at 10:14
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"So wot you suggestin' then? Some sort a' coup on Wyck an Elm?".
"I fink that's exactly wot e's suggestin Jonesey"
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 318 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 17 May 2018
at 12:05
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher shakes his head slowly.  "No, sir.  I am not suggesting that at all.  What I'm suggesting is that perhaps not everyone who needs to know about us being down here, who needs to know about our mission, doesn't.  I would like to make an offer.  We will return peacefully to our cells and give you no trouble if you will take a message directly to anyone you know within the nobility who seems to actively oppose Elm politically or who has friction with Wyck.  Someone who would honestly sort out this mess rather than execute us for their own political gain.  Then take a message to the King.  Give them my name as that may explain why the Count has made this move."
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 480 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 17 May 2018
at 13:02
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc watches Sypher as he masterfully engages in his diplomatic tactics. He casually walks over to the maladin once he's finished and converses with him privately.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 456 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 17 May 2018
at 13:13
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"i dunno wot you an' the elf is plottin', but first things first then. Show me ya mean what ya say about not bein criminal, and head back in them cells. Not th' ones ya came from either. Them ones across the hallway wha' ain't blown off they hinges. Do it peaceful and quiet like, an maybe we can arrange for Percy to get you a message out. Otherwise ya leave me no choice but to employ Betsy here. She might not have lethal rounds shucked in er', but they's more 'n enuff to knock someone on 'is arse and get me point across".

"Boyle.. you're talking too much. And tellin' too much too".

"Look if we could all just cooperate a bit here-"

"Stuff if Percy".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 319 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 17 May 2018
at 13:34
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Our apologies, gentlemen.  Beloc was only suggesting that we give you some form of collateral or assurance to let you know that we intend to keep our word.  His point was that you are now aware that we can walk out of here any time despite the orbs."  He looks back at the others and nods.

"However, we will now enter the new cells willingly as you have asked and we will remain until such time that we hear back from you that the message was successfully delivered and get your news about how it was received, or until someone else comes down here intended us harm.  You have my word as commander of this unit and as a paladin of Almighty Iehovah that this is all and only what we will do."  True to his word, Sypher enters a cell inviting Shiaran back in with him.  He closes the door allowing it to lock behind him.

Sypher sits down, legs crossed, and closes his eyes in meditation.

[Diplomacy skill remains a constant 21.]

This message was last edited by the player at 13:35, Thu 17 May 2018.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 448 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 17 May 2018
at 13:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran winks at the soldiers, waves coyly at the youngest, and follows Sypher in before he closes the door.  Inside she sighs heavily and leans against the wall taking inventory of her components.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 481 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 17 May 2018
at 13:59
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc silently walks over to the next cell and stands in front of the door. "Rebort, over here." He gestures for the warforged to get in first.

R.E.B.O.R.T. looks over to Sypher's cell, then over to the empty one beside it before slowly walking inside.

"No funny business this time", Beloc says. Several dark circles have started to form on his left side where he slammed into the wall of the previous cell.

"Very well. I was unaware of my actions comedic value. I will apply less humor next time."

Beloc just rolls his eyes as he follows R.E.B.O.R.T. into the cell.

This message was last edited by the player at 14:04, Thu 17 May 2018.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 457 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Fri 18 May 2018
at 10:41
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The trio of guards starts locking down doors. They also manage to get Gazra and Sigurd moved over. Sigurd limps out, but doesn't appear to have any actual bullet holes. Krem is left in his original cell as the door to his was unaffected by Rebort's blast.

"Aw'right then. Your cooperation is noted, and more importantly appreciated. Tell me exactly wot you want to be passed along, and t' whom we's gonna send Percy to"

"I say Baron Helgen. Ain't no one more loyal to the Crown than 'e is"

"Nobody asked you Percy".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 320 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 18 May 2018
at 11:10
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I do not know who to send the message to.  You would know better than I who opposes Elm and who to view as truly 'good' in an objective sense.  The message I would send is that the last scions of House Whiteraven are being held as political prisoners most likely without knowledge of the Crown on false charges.  They and their friends are to be executed, though they serve the Crown as a special unit tasked to undercut the power of the PCA.  If this Baron Helgen is a good man, take it to him.  If there are others like him, inform them also as telling only one person might be a mistake or abused in the political game."

Sypher looks up from his meditation.  "And you have my personal thanks, gentlemen, for your honor and your service to the Crown.  We will keep our word and remain here as I have said."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 458 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Fri 18 May 2018
at 15:56
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Boyle nods to Sypher. Percy pipes up with "Yeah, ol' Helgen is the man for the job on this one 'e is. We don't hold much love for most a' the nobles round here. Sept' for Helgen and a'course King Grendrake and the queen an' princess".

"We wouldn't be seeing this kind of mess if they di'n have the royal family sequestered away for "protection" purposes".

"Nevermind all that right now. Percy, get th' lead out and track down Helgen. Be quick, an' for gods' sake man, don't be seen, else Elm'll have all our heads on pikes".

""No worries all. Detective Percival is on the case".

Jonesy and Boyle sigh as Percy trots off, humming to himself. At the last moment before he rounds the corner Boyle calls out "Remember to swap to your plain clothes you bafoon!". Percy gives a thumbs up and disappears on his mission.

"I reckon in the mean time, sit tight. Ya got three days, an' Percy is quick with whatever duties we give 'em. Might not be easy, but try an' get some rest. I got a feelin' we's all gonna need it if what you say is true an this dilemma comes to a head".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 321 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 18 May 2018
at 17:32
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Thank you."  Sypher does as suggested and continues his meditation and prayers, eventually falling into a light sleep.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 449 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 18 May 2018
at 17:35
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran pulled out her spell matrix and begins to fiddle with it.  Only a mage of significant caliber would understand what it was.  They had not only left her her components, but her spellbook as well.  She hoped Leukos was okay.

After spending what light remained memorizing useful spells, Shiaran took one of the cots and fought the current of her raging mind until she wrested sleep from it's turbulent waters.  Her last conscious thought was for her familiar who remained free somewhere above the castle.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 482 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 18 May 2018
at 18:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc spends most of the waking hours communicating with and further training Apache. They practice various commands and exercises to reinforce their bond.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 228 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 18 May 2018
at 19:32
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Once inside their new cell, a small winged creature flies in from the window of their previous cell and squeezes its way through the bars to rest gently on R.E.B.O.R.T's shoulder. The large construct looks over to EM-01 and nods. "Sypher, do you need to get a message out to anyone else? Perhaps King Thadrumir? Em'Owon can be of some assistance, I believe."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 322 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 18 May 2018
at 19:38
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"How much can he record?"

This message was last edited by the player at 19:38, Fri 18 May 2018.

R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 229 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 18 May 2018
at 19:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. is silent for a moment before finally answering. "Answer is unknown. Em'Owon can carry a message of undetermined length to its target. After that, I am able to open an indefinite two-way conversation with the target using it the proxy."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 323 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 18 May 2018
at 21:56
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Send him to Thadrumir.  Aprise him of the situation and keep a channel ready in case this heads into the Abyss. "
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 230 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 18 May 2018
at 23:00
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. whispers to the tiny construct a short message to the dwarven king prefaced with the fact that it’s from Sypher. He instructs EM-01 to fly straight to the king and stay with until further notice.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 459 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sat 19 May 2018
at 02:24
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Thadrumir's reply is brief, suggesting he wasn't in a position to converse much. He also mentions how Em'Owon was almost seen, which would have surely brought forth suspicions.

For the better part of the rest of the day, nothing of note happens on into the night. Those who can sleep are able, but find themselves restless in the dank conditions and uncomfortable bedding. The night ticks by agonizingly slow for Beloc and Rebort, though Apache seems to have no problems curling up in the corner and lightly snoring on the cool stone floor.

When daylight finally arrives the next morning, most everyone is sore and stiff. Boyle brings by a loaf of bread and pitcher of water for each cell. It isn't much, but it's better than nothing. The morning passes just as slowly as the day prior. Just before lunch, the light sound of boots on the stone floor are heard.
Hooded Man
 NPC, 1 post
 ?????
 ?????
Sat 19 May 2018
at 02:27
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The lock to the door of Sypher and Shiaran's cell clicks open and carefully swings outward. A hooded man of medium build stands before you, unarmed. His cloak obscures most of his features, save for strands of long dark hair poking out of the hood, and a well trimmed beard.

"Sypher and Shiaran? Is it truly you?".

Both Sypher and Shiaran can't place the voice, but there is something very familiar about the dialect and kind tone.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 450 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 19 May 2018
at 03:13
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran stands from her cot and moves around to its front to lean against the wall.  The move puts her opposite the cloaked man from Sypher.  She speaks as she moves to draw attention to herself at the same time she distracts from what she is doing.  "I kmow, right?  It's hard to believe.  I use a special plant extract to maintain my youthful appearance. "
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 324 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 19 May 2018
at 03:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher takes her cue and stands as well.  "The voice is familiar, but I cannot place it.  You know us.  Care to put us even footing?"  As he speaks, he leans casually against the wall opposite Shiaran so the man has a hard time seeing both of them simultaneously.
Baron Kylis Helgen
 NPC, 1 post
 Human
 Noble
Sat 19 May 2018
at 04:40
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The man removes his hood. "It's me, Kylis. The two of you look young as ever, as if time stops for you. And yet, all these years, I've thought you both gone" he says, looking both puzzled and marveling at the two. While the name Helgen didn't ring any bells, the name Kylis causes both Shiaran and Sypher to instantly be flooded with memories of summers during their childhood when a boy - who would have been in his early teens at the time - would come to stay with them. Too young in those days to have any care for the ranks of nobility, the two only knew they adored the older boy. Sypher would often "spar" with him using wooden swords, and Kylis may have very well been Shiaran's first real crush. His looks have done nothing but improve over the past decade, though now with the gap in time he appears to be in his mid 30s rather than only a few years the sibling's senior.

"Your man got word to me, about you being here. I cannot stay long, but I would trust no one to verify it was really you. The less who know of this, the better and easier it will be to make a move to get you out. I'm told there is still a day and half's time, and that you've been framed for war crimes you didn't commit".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 451 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 19 May 2018
at 12:50
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
When the hood goes down, Shiaran's heart skips a beat and her hand slips off the wall.  "Wow, Kylis, you got old."  Her eyes go wide as she realizes how that sounded.  "Older!  I mean, you got older.  You did a good job," she finishes lamely.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 325 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 19 May 2018
at 12:58
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher stands up straight from the wall and moves to Kylis.  He takes his hand in a firm hand shake.  "It is good to see you again, Kylis."  Glancing at Shiaran and her sudden awkwardness, he grins.  "Better I think than even knowing we have a true and honorable ally within the court."

He looks through the door and the devastation on the other side of the hall.  When his eyes return to the Baron, there is a grim sincerity in them, a determination that is unmistakable. "As you can see, we can get out if we need to.  We did not want to harm your soldiers, who seem to be good men.  But we have the means to severely wound the PCA war machine.  Whatever inconsequential politics that involve our friends Oro and Gazra need to be set aside.  As such, we do not need the crown working at odds with our mission.  We need the King to back us, or at least stay out of our way.  That's why we sent word instead of broke out."

He steps back and takes a deep breath.  "Baron...Kylis, is the King a good man?"

This message was last edited by the player at 12:58, Sat 19 May 2018.

Baron Kylis Helgen
 NPC, 2 posts
 Human
 Noble
Sat 19 May 2018
at 13:10
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Julius Ghendrake has a heart of gold, my friend, as does his family. Elm takes his kindness and tenderness for his people as weakness. He managed to rally most of the court into agreement that the royal family had to be put away for safe keeping once the seige began. While the king wields supreme executive power, he doesn't go it alone.. Hence why it was easy for Elm to make his first move, and get them out of the way. Most of the top military brass is at his beck and call now, and the man appears to either know nothing or care little about ensuring our fair city goes without bruises and black eyes. You two showing up threw a series wrench in his plans, given your status and social ranking".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 326 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 19 May 2018
at 13:13
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
It is Sypher's turn to stumble a bit.  Instead of speaking, though, he pauses to collect his thoughts.  When he does, he ignores the part about his own standing.  "Are there any in the military command here that are good?  Men we can count on to do what is right?"
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 231 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sat 19 May 2018
at 13:24
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. notes the conspicuous nature of the messenger and instructs EM-01 to remain out of sight, but as close to visual contact with King Thadrumir as possible.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 483 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sat 19 May 2018
at 13:33
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc shares his bread with Apache and attempts to create a makeshift bowl for him to drink out of. Failing horribly, however, he makes a bit of a mess on the floor.

Given the fact R.E.B.O.R.T. doesn't need to eat, offers up his bread to his cellmates. "Let me show you a trick of the trade." Being a master craft, the warforged steps over his unused cot and begins to break it down. With the spares parts in hand, he puts together something for Apache to drink from.

For possibly the first time, Beloc walks over to R.E.B.O.R.T. and truly thanks him for his efforts. "Thank you. Truly. Through all of this, you have shown nothing but loyalty and kindness. For what little time we may have left, I am honored to spend it with you."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 232 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sat 19 May 2018
at 13:37
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. nods in appreciation. "It is my secondary function to ensure my charges survive long enough to complete their mission"

The red gem in his chest glows as Ewes voice comes from it. "Come now boy, out with it. You can do better than that." R.E.B.O.R.T. stands for a moment trying to reprocess, but after a fairly awkward amount of time, Ewes chimes back in. "My dear elf, what I believe he is trying to say is. You're welcome and that your, as well as the others, companionship is invaluable to him."
Baron Kylis Helgen
 NPC, 3 posts
 Human
 Noble
Sat 19 May 2018
at 13:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I wouldn't consider them bad per se. You have to consider that in their world, doing the right thing is following the orders given to you. But we can change that, now that we have not one, but both Marquis and Marchioness Whiteraven still alive and well after all these years. That is why the Count wants you dead. You stand in his way to the throne and absolute power".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 452 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 19 May 2018
at 14:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran gets a fierce look on her face.  "You bet your sweet be- uh beared we do!  That kommáti apó vromiá needs to-"  Sypher gives her a look and Shiaran backs down.  "He needs to be put on trial is all I'm saying your Baron-ness."  It completely escapes Shiaran that Baron-ness sounds exactly like Baroness.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 327 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 19 May 2018
at 14:18
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Not much for small talk and still uncomfortable with all this talk of succession, Sypher gets to the point.  "What do we need to do, Kylis?  Other than break out of here and kill a lot of men who are not evil and who are needed on the front lines against the PCA, we need to be out there, not in here.  The sooner the better.  If we accomplish our mission, the PCA will likely flee the city to regroup."
Baron Kylis Helgen
 NPC, 4 posts
 Human
 Noble
Sat 19 May 2018
at 14:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"No, you're right. You can't just sit in here for much longer. Elm plans this evening to pay you a visit, probably as a final taunt before tomorrow. That is why we're going to get you out, but it can't be done with force. We have to match, if not exceed Elm's cunning. Any misstep you make will add fuel to the bonfire he's building. I'm sure it's probably not your forté, Sypher, but you fight a shadow war by being the hardest to see shadow. I have a plan that with your permission I'll commence this evening. As the sun sets, you'll be replaced in these cells by doppelgangers, and have your own appearances altered. I have a rather talented mage who can help with that. These anti-magic orbs out here will be replaced during a "maintenance" period with duds. Though your replacements will look like you, Elm will catch on quickly... But, the ruse will buy enough time to skirt you away to safety. You mentioned a mission though, and I don't want to impede that. Where do you need me to get you to, beyond the obvious of out of this cell?".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 453 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 19 May 2018
at 14:55
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Before Sypher can speak, Shiaran pipes up.  "Do you know anything about ley lines?"
Baron Kylis Helgen
 NPC, 5 posts
 Human
 Noble
Sat 19 May 2018
at 15:08
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Kylis thinks for a moment. "I can't say that I do. I assume this deal with mystical forces?".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 454 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 19 May 2018
at 15:26
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Right now they are acting as a gateway for the PCA to draw souls from to power their army.  They have unrestricted access to the dead.  If we close the ley lines, they cannot renew their troops with such ease and we can begin whittling them down. " Her words come out in a gush, so many emotions all aligned into spewing out all the details of their secret mission: relief at having someone on their side, her need to accomplish the mission, her natural persistent need to show off her intellect coupled with her attraction and awkwardness toward this man, and many others.

Sypher gives her a look, but she ignores it.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:33, Sat 19 May 2018.

Baron Kylis Helgen
 NPC, 6 posts
 Human
 Noble
Sat 19 May 2018
at 23:04
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
A mixture of anger and shock flashes across Kylis' face. "That is how they operate? It's not enough that they desecrate our dead, but they draw the souls of long departed from their eternal rest to do it. By the One... Have you managed to find one of these things already? And also, are you suggesting there is one here?".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 328 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 20 May 2018
at 00:13
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher nods.  "We have already closed one.  Turned it back into a one way filter so the dead can depaet, but not return. "
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 455 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 20 May 2018
at 00:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"We need to understand what caused them to open like that so it can't happen again.  The seal we place on them is strong and Fildegarne's won't open again anytime soon after we seal them, but we need to get word to other kingdoms on the mainland so they can address theirs.  Right now, it takes all four of us to seal it right. "
Baron Kylis Helgen
 NPC, 7 posts
 Human
 Noble
Sun 20 May 2018
at 01:27
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Kylis looks like he's just been punched in the gut. "Where was this opening that you sealed? And how recent?"
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 456 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 20 May 2018
at 02:08
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"In the Argonette Forest south of the Fyreworm lands five days ago.  Why?"  Now Shiaran's curiosity is piqued.  She wonders if there was some kind of noticeable event that took place when it happened.
Baron Kylis Helgen
 NPC, 8 posts
 Human
 Noble
Sun 20 May 2018
at 02:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Realization washes over Kylis now, as if puzzle pieces suddenly sunk together to paint a picture in his mind. "It all makes sense. Five days ago, East of the city, an armor column was attacked by a company sized element of the enemy. Halfway through their assault, witnesses say the entirety of their force burst into green flames, shrieking horribly, as if souls were exiting the bodies and leaving burnt husks. That force came from the direction of Argonette's south western end. When you closed that whatever it was, you not only stopped the PCA from creating new soldiers.. you destroyed what ones they had already created with that particular site. How many more of these are there?!".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 457 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 20 May 2018
at 02:33
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"And that explains the bodies lying on the ground outside the wall."  Shiaran taps her chin, her go to tell that she is thinking furiously.  "There are around likely twelve of those ley lines left to close.  Every one we shut down destroys a significant portion of their fighting power.  Kylis, we need to get out of here.  Now."  Gone is her awkwardness as she focuses on the mission and the urgency grips her.  Shiaran is in her element under stress.

Most kinds of stress, anyway.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 233 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sun 20 May 2018
at 14:52
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
A voice chimes in from an adjacent cell. "I had hypothesized as much, but without evidence, the claim would have been unsubstantiated. It is a shame we will not be able to examine the effects"


"Don't interrupt, boy, they're having a moment."
Baron Kylis Helgen
 NPC, 9 posts
 Human
 Noble
Sun 20 May 2018
at 21:41
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Kylis looks at Sypher and Shiaran intensely, his thoughts racing a mile a minute. "I would have done my part in getting you out of here based on principle alone, but this new information... This is something I cannot idly stand by and let pass". Kylis stoops down, taking a knee and bowing. "As Baron of my small lands, as a man who considers himself lawful, and as a friend, I swear fealty to the two of you as I have the Crown. Your bidding is my command. My resources are at your disposal. We will triumph over Elm and over the enemy, in the name of what is good and righteous".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 458 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 20 May 2018
at 21:52
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Wait.  What?"  All Shiaran has known is the monastery, adventuring with Sypher and a couple of weeks in the military.  In other words, she's most often been junior when it comes to command.  This dreamboat kneeling before her swearing his life to her totally put her brain in neutral, spinning in high rev, but with nothing happening.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 329 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 20 May 2018
at 22:03
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher, still uncomfortable, maintained his composure.  "Thank you, Baron.  I will repeat my question.  What do we do?"  His voice is kind and gentle and he lifts Kylis to his feet.
Baron Kylis Helgen
 NPC, 10 posts
 Human
 Noble
Mon 21 May 2018
at 12:27
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"First, I need to know where you need to get to. Second, I need your patience. Give me a few hours to get my men in place. From there,you'll waltz right out of here, low effort
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 459 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Mon 21 May 2018
at 12:38
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"The ley line is under the keep, below where we are now.  We would need to go down.  Way down."
Baron Kylis Helgen
 NPC, 11 posts
 Human
 Noble
Tue 22 May 2018
at 12:39
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Kylis winces. "So in the catacombs then.. wonderful place for that sort of thing".  He draws his cloak back up around him and pulls the hood over his head. "I'll see you again in a few short hours. I have to get back to my duties before eyebrows begin to raise".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 330 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 22 May 2018
at 12:55
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher gives the Baron a slight bow.  "Thank you, my friend.  It is good to see you again."
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 460 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Tue 22 May 2018
at 12:57
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran waves with her fingers.  "Bye, Kylis."  The attempt at sultry looks silly and overdone such that when Kylis is gone, Shiaran smacks herself on the forehead.  "What is wrong with me?!"
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 331 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 22 May 2018
at 13:00
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher grins.  "I have to say, it is rather amusing to see you so off your game like this.  Stop trying so hard.  Focus on the mission or you are going to push him away rather than draw him in.  The faltering speech around him is cute to a point, but if you throw yourself at him, how is that different than every other girl out there he's ever encountered.  Plus, you don't know that he isn't married.  Plus plus, your higher rank complicates things.  You head down this path, you are going to make yourself miserable, and him as well if you end up together."
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 461 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Tue 22 May 2018
at 13:02
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Wow.  You thought about that waaaaay too much, Syph.  Besides, what do you know about girls.  You've never even been on a date."  When Sypher chuckles, shakes his head, and finds a place to sit near the door, Shiaran stomps her foot in frustration.  Mostly because his words sounded right.  She knew he was right, but she couldn't help herself, and that he saw it irked her.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 332 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 22 May 2018
at 13:03
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher lets Shiaran stew in her frustration and attempts to get Beloc and Rebort's attention.  "Beloc.  Rebort.  Did you hear all that?  We need to be ready to move when the Baron's plan comes to fruition."
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 484 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 22 May 2018
at 14:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Loud and clear." He can't help but chuckle a little. "I'm sure it was much less awkward than it sounded, but nonetheless, I'll be ready. A little more detail on the plan might help in preparation once the anti-magic orbs get swapped out."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 234 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Tue 22 May 2018
at 14:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Confirmed. EM-01 could be of use if we are concerned that our alternate selves are not convincing enough. The obvious problem is that it will be very conspicuous. Perhaps, we could alter its appearance or render it invisible"

R.E.B.O.R.T. turns to Beloc, and in a lowered yet still audible voice, asks. "Is this sort of mating ritual commonplace among humans?"
Lyle Pense
 NPC, 1 post
 Human
 Mage
Wed 23 May 2018
at 00:01
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Several more hours pass by with no visitors. The sun has finally broken through the clouds and hangs low, relatively speaking given how low the outer windows to be adjacent prison cells sit. Finally, someone down the the long hallway comes along whistling a cheerful tune. There is a scraping of metal, followed by a glassy tink, and a barely audible splashing sound. When the figure comes in to view, he's a lanky man in his early 20's. Unkempt blonde hair tops his head, and a has the look of someone without a care in the world. He reaches up with a small pry bar, and pops an anti-magic orb out of its socket, while replacing it with a fake from a satchel. He then take the real orb and enters each empty cell that is moatside, and casually drops it out of the window into the water a few feet below. He pauses for a brief moment to peer into the siblings cell first, then Beloc and Reborts. Each time he give a wink, and the only time he stops his whistling is to give a sly grin. He continues down the line until his work is through for the cell block that everyone resides in. On his way back through he feigns a stumble, and looks back at a high cobble stone that isn't there. Twice. On both occasions, a low profile packet wrapped in sack cloth slides under the door of the core party members. He give another wink, and says "Your Marqueeses. Marqueeships? Marquees? Nevermind. My respects" he whispers, and starts off on his way.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:13, Thu 24 May 2018.

Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 485 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Wed 23 May 2018
at 00:55
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc quietly walks over to the door and picks up the sackcloth that was slid into their cell. He carefully opens it and looks to see what's inside the packet.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 460 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Wed 23 May 2018
at 00:57
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Inside each is a hand written note that simply says "One Hour", and two slenderly crafted daggers.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 462 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Wed 23 May 2018
at 01:04
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Marquises," Shiaran whispers back before he leaves.  She leans down and opens up the package, handing the note to Sypher and putting the blades in sheaths at her waist.

She spends the next hour poring over her spell matrix one last time to ensure all the proper spells are memorized.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 333 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 23 May 2018
at 01:04
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher reads the note then gets into a meditative position, praying silently.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 486 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Wed 23 May 2018
at 01:10
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Knowing what R.E.B.O.R.T. has hidden away in his forearms, Beloc pockets the daggers and reads the note. He whispers it out loud for his cellmates benefit.

He takes a seat on the makeshift cot and prepares his spells for what lies ahead..
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 235 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Wed 23 May 2018
at 01:12
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. takes the time to go over his infusion components, trying his best to anticipate the needs of his team.
Lyle Pense
 NPC, 2 posts
 Human
 Mage
Thu 24 May 2018
at 02:13
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Precisely one hour later, the messy haired man from earlier pops his face into the viewing window. "So, who's ready for a jail break?". He goes to each cell and makes sure it's unlocked. Outside, a small cadre of men and a woman stand in waiting. "Now then, no time for fuss, everyone come out and pair up so I can get this right on the first shot - ah, shortest with the goblin please".

The woman pipes up. "So you promise? We do this and we all get a pardon?".

"Yes, yes. Just as we discussed. Full pardons all around".

This message was last edited by the player at 02:16, Thu 24 May 2018.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 463 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 24 May 2018
at 11:04
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran steps out of her cell and finds someone who generally matches her height and mass.  She studies the man conducting this charade while he works.  As she is able, she also studies and attempts to memorize the looks of each of those who will be taking their place, knowing that these people are courting death by what they do.  With a glance at Sypher, she stands next to her choice and remains silent.

This message was last edited by the player at 11:05, Thu 24 May 2018.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 334 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 24 May 2018
at 11:10
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher follows Shiaran out.  When he sees the people and hears that they will be pardoned for crimes for their assistance, he nods.  It is a just recompense given what they face by taking the place of his unit.  The mission will save the lives of thousands upon thousands of innocents.  Risk born by a few to achieve that goal is good.  His own unit faces death every day in pursuit of this worthy goal.

When he finds a man to match his build close enough, he holds out a hand to shake with the other.  "Thank you for volunteering for this.  Please understand that this is far more than a political maneuver.  By helping us, you are saving the lives of thousands of your fellow citizens and possibly driving back the undead forever.  I will remember what you have done here."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 236 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 24 May 2018
at 14:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. is the first to step out of his cell. Being one of the largest in the group, he sizes up the candidates and walks over to the largest one he can find and stands next to him (or her).

"This one should do. Your sacrifice is noted."
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 487 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 24 May 2018
at 14:26
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc steps out last with questions regarding Apache. "You there, " he points to Lyle, "I didn't quite catch your name. Do you have any suggestions for my companion, Apache? I realize to you, he's just a dog, but he's part of the team as well."

While awaiting a response, he looks over the remaining body doubles. He walks over to a couple of the men and sizes them up. One matched his body type better but was way too tall. The other matched his height better but was a bit too bulky. As he starts to frown at his options, the woman standing next to the shorter, bulky man, catches his attention. Slender, like an elf, but also not too tall. He stands next to her to get a better comparison. His expression is far from flattering, but at least tries to make up for it with a few words. "I mean no offense. It's not beyond my observations that elven physiques often take on a feminine quality. I would be honored if you stood in my place."

He glances over at Shiaran, who is trying to stifle a giggle. "Not a word, if you please."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 461 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 24 May 2018
at 15:44
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The man spoken to by Sypher nods. As soon as Sypher looks away, he hears the man whisper to the next, "Who is he?", with the response "No idea. Don't matter, were goin' free".

The woman spoken to by Beloc also stifles her amusement, before taking a jab. "But I'd kill for hips like that".

Lyle walks over to Beloc.
Lyle Pense
 NPC, 3 posts
 Human
 Mage
Thu 24 May 2018
at 16:03
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
He stands in front of Beloc, but addresses everyone. "My name is Lyle Pense. Personal mage of Baron Helgen. Now then, we need to make this quick".

He goes down the line, reciting an incantation and tapping each pair on the shoulder. Upon the last touch, there is a slight spark of energy. Whomever stands on the left, now stands on the right, having traded appearances. The heights remain the same, but everything else to include the sound of voices has been changed.

"Excellent" says Lyle with satisfaction. "Oh, one last thing" he says, pulling a metallic rod out of his pack. He scrawls a small eye shaped circle on the front of one of the dud orbs, then rotates it facing away. He reaches in his pack again and produces a small mirror. Lightly touching the mirror with the wand, there is a again a slight spark of energy. He hands the mirror to the real Shiaran, who looks like a muscular man with a beard and eye patch. "If you wanna keep an eye on things in here, use this. It should hold a charge for a few hours and holy cow I forgot the dog". He reaches back into his pack and produces yet another dud orb, and then looks down at Apache. "Sorry pooch" he says, before saying a different incantation this time. Suddenly Apache goes rigid, stiff as a board. Lyle hands the orb in his hand to Belinda S'viscous.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 464 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 24 May 2018
at 16:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Thanks."  She takes the mirror and tucks it away in a pocket.  Then she strokes the beard trying to mimic a man.  "Hmm, very interesting."  Then she adjusts herself a little lower down.  "Whew.  Just an illusion.  I would not want to walk around with one of those all the time!"

At the last, she looks up at her other self and winks.  "Enjoy looking irresistible for a while, sweety.  Sometimes it's a curse, but you can always use it to your advantage if you know how."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 462 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 24 May 2018
at 18:59
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The prisoner looks down at himself and back at Shiaran, giving a dazed grin.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 488 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 24 May 2018
at 22:57
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc examines his 'predicament' and just gives Lyle a sour look. When the young mage hands Beloc his, now orb shaped, companion, he holds it up to eye level to examine it.

"Apache is fine, right?" His tone suggests that of a mother protecting its young.
Lyle Pense
 NPC, 4 posts
 Human
 Mage
Thu 24 May 2018
at 23:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The orb lets out a muffled bark, which sounds like it echoes softly within. "Yup, he's all set. Might be a bit stiff here in an hour or so when the spell wears off, but he'll be no worse for the wear. Now then, are we all set? Is everyone ready?".

This message was last edited by the player at 23:07, Thu 24 May 2018.

Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 489 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 24 May 2018
at 23:34
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"When is Elm scheduled to pay a visit?"
Lyle Pense
 NPC, 5 posts
 Human
 Mage
Thu 24 May 2018
at 23:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"As early as half an hour from now unless he's full of surprises. Which, in case you were wondering, he usually is. Creep of a man, but keeps one on his toes at least".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 335 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 24 May 2018
at 23:57
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Let's move. "
Lyle Pense
 NPC, 6 posts
 Human
 Mage
Fri 25 May 2018
at 12:53
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Outstanding. Doppelgangers, I need you and you in here, the two of you in the next cell, you two cozy up there, annnnd the pseudo goblin sits alone there. Sorry friend. Now then, my damsels in distress. If you will, follow me and I'll have you off to the guards. They'll shackle you - no worries, they won't actually be locked - and from there you'll be passed along to two fellows sympathetic to our cause that are stationed at the crypt. Actual convicts, you didn't hear that, got it? Excellent. Away we go". Lyle speaks rapidly and matter of fact as he directs traffic, making it apparent why Kylis sent the mage to conduct the operation.

Down the hall the procession goes, with Boyle and company waiting. Shackles are placed on wrists and true to his word, none are actually locked. Lyle pats Sypher on the shoulder. "Best of luck, Marquis Whiteraven" says Lyle as he passes off the party to the guard. A short 5 minute trek later through dark hallways with little more than torch light, the group enters an antichamber with several entrances. A pair of burly guards stand outside the door to the crypt. Their uniforms are immaculate and any metal on their rifles shines like chrome. They wordlessly break from their duty guarding the entrance and hurriedly get the door open. They each nod and usher everyone inside. Boyle also gives everyone a "good luck" before the massive stone doors slide closed behind the group. Ahead, a set of stairs descends down. At the top of the stairs, a lone figure stands shrouded in shadows.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 336 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 25 May 2018
at 13:14
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher removes his shackles and drops them to the ground.  He heads toward the cloaked figure.  "We are going to need our gear.  I hope he has it or at least knows where it is."
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 465 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 25 May 2018
at 13:17
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran drops her own manacles and kicks them to the side of the hallway.  She follows Sypher.  "Kylis?" she calls out to the cloaked figure.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 490 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 25 May 2018
at 14:18
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"These daggers will do in a pinch, but they're nothing compared to my shield and falchion."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 237 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 25 May 2018
at 14:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. glances over at Beloc and concentrates for a second or two. "They do give off a magical aura. Perhaps there is something more to them."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 463 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sat 26 May 2018
at 15:34
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The cloaked figure wordlessly holds out a hand, which grips a sack barely large enough to stuff over someones head, beckoning whomever will come closer to take it.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 466 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 26 May 2018
at 15:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
So of course Shiaran steps up and examines the bag for a second for tricks before taking it.
Oro
 NPC, 47 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Sat 26 May 2018
at 22:33
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Curious, standing in front of the rest, and first to grab at the goods. That beard isn't hiding anything Shiaran". Oro draws back his hood with his free hand, a devious twinkle in his crimson eyes.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 467 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 26 May 2018
at 22:41
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran winks.  "You bet!  First gets dibs. "  She opens the bag to see what's inside.  "Bout time you showed up. "  Her tone is playful indicating she is actually glad to have him back.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 337 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 26 May 2018
at 22:43
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher steps up.  "Sypher."  He says by way of identification as he holds out a hand to shake in greeting.  "Good to see you, my friend.  What do you have to report?"
Oro
 NPC, 48 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Sat 26 May 2018
at 23:04
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran quickly discovers the bag to deceptively deep. "I took the liberty of gathering the essentials. All of them, really. I heard a trio of prison guards talking about you, and managed to pull a few strings with people I still know within the Keep".

Shiaran more so feels before she see's the familiar grip of her trade mark katana. "That's a bag of holding, so guard it well. Everything taken from the lot of you should be in there. The royal guard were nice enough to have it all categorized and laid neatly in one room, and I thought it would be a shame for all these trinkets and blades to just sit there collecting dust".

As Sypher steps up and reveals himself, Oro reports. "Interesting news indeed. Apparently the two of you are Whiteravens, which means you are next in line to the throne should the royal family die - Not sure how that one slipped by me. Thankfully, only a small handful of people know that you live, so your list of political enemies should remain slim for now. Elm and that rat Wyck that follows him around seem to be making power plays left and right these days. He managed to "democratically" have everyone who's anyone in this city agree to sequester the royal family away to keep them safe. I can't imagine the King taking kindly to that, so I think it's safe to say it was a sort of soft coup against him. And that puts Elm in charge. At least, he was, until the two of you came along and inconsiderately weren't as dead as he would have hoped. The dwarves are safe, and being kept in the dark on everything. I assume Darius is fine, the fortress is locked tight and he can hold his own. Also.. why are we here in the crypt? I gleaned that you would be coming here, but the why..That's the only real mystery to me at the moment."
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 468 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 27 May 2018
at 01:04
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran 'oooh's' at the bag of holding and starts passing around everyone's gear.  While they get strapped in, she rummages around to see what else is in there.  When Oro gets to the part about the politics, Shiaran frowns.  "What, so if the king dies, Sypher gets to be king?  Oh man, we're so-" she stops short when Sypher gives her a look, shrugs and grins.  "Sounds like we need to just take Elm and Wyck out."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 338 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 27 May 2018
at 01:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher sighs heavily, a mannerism that has become a staple with him.  It is unclear however if it comes from Shiaran's vocabulary choices, the burden of leadership hovering so near, or something more.  "We don't need this kind of distraction.  There are too many rifts to close yet.  Can we end these illusions and get to work?"  He straps his gear into place, adjusts as he needs to, then waits for anyone else still working.  If they need help, he offers.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 491 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sun 27 May 2018
at 01:14
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
A slender, almost attractive, woman walks up and rifles through the bag. It isn't exactly clear which of the group it is until she pulls a large, silvered falchion and the darkwood shield from the bag.

A pair of piercing green eyes, quite possibly the only trait to survive the transformation, dart up at Oro. The expression on her face suggests that she is awaiting some sort of off-hand comment, yet the eyes suggest against it.

"Nice to see you again, friend."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 238 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sun 27 May 2018
at 01:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
A tall and rather burly looking man fetches his things from the bag as well, adding to Sypher's comment. "Yes. I still feel like myself, yet my appearance is a bit disorienting."
Oro
 NPC, 49 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Sun 27 May 2018
at 12:49
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Addressing Sypher, Oro responds "That does complicate things quite a bit, doesn't it? Good news though, he has a daughter". The blank expression Sypher gives him tells Oro his point wasn't taken as intended. "Not for you, friend. I just mean that if the King is gone, there is still the Princess to rule in his stead and for her to take a husband. The entire Ghendrake line would have to die for any sort of burden to fall on your head, and I'm sure they have a retainer or two sitting in waiting. Quite frankly, I've never cared for the politics either, but such is the world we live in". Oro pulls his cloak back into a cape, with his hood lowered. "But never mind that for the time. Elm wont make a direct attack on the King's life, because if he was going to, he'd have already done it. I'm more eager to see one of these faults in person. Though I should caution you.. I came in through a side entrance to meet you here, and the door was ajar. Someone might be here ahead of us. Could be nothing, could be something".



DM Notes: The illusions altering your forms can be dispelled by you at will. Apache's will wear off in half an hour. Apache is the orb, not in the orb.

The contents of the Bag of Holding are everything taken from you when you were captured, so if it was on your person, you have it back now.

The Crypt has multiple entrances as Oro mentioned, which suggest it is large.

In 15 minutes time, Elm should be visiting the prison cells. The mirror given to Shiaran will act as a scrying lense to view and hear the scene should you so choose.

R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 239 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sun 27 May 2018
at 13:18
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Are the illusions bound to each other? Meaning, if we were to dispel ours, will the others be dispelled along with it?"
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 469 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 27 May 2018
at 23:46
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran looks to Beloc. "You think it's Glut?  The open door that Oro mentioned?"

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 01:57, Mon 28 May 2018.

Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 492 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Mon 28 May 2018
at 01:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Commander Glut?", says the woman strapping an unusually large blade to her back. "It's possible, but that would imply he knew his way around, which might also imply he's working with someone inside."

The female facade begins to melt away as he willing dismisses the illusion. His features become more and more masculine with every gesture as he equips his gear. "Oro, aside from knowing what we know, why else would someone come down here?"
Oro
 NPC, 50 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Mon 28 May 2018
at 14:31
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Oro shrugs. "Beats me. Could be a care taker, could be a trap. I'd hope if someone was setting a trap that they weren't being that sloppy though, otherwise it just ends up an annoyance".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 339 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 28 May 2018
at 14:44
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Either way, be on your guard.  Let's go."  Sypher moves further into the crypt extending his sense of evil as best he can.  He and Shiaran both leave their disguises in place.  Any advantage they have to confuse an enemy is worth holding on to for as long as possible.  "The spectral fault is this way."

This message was last edited by the player at 23:09, Mon 28 May 2018.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 464 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 29 May 2018
at 00:13
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As you descend the stairs deeper, you're met with a long and straight corridor with several doors to the left as you go down.

"Do watch for traps" says Oro. "There's somewhere around three hundred plus years of royalty, nobility, war heroes and more buried down here, as well as their valuables. Suffice to say, I'm sure there are certain doors and floor tiles the caretakers avoid".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 470 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Tue 29 May 2018
at 01:19
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran moves ahead of Sypher to lead the way, keeping her eye out for trouble as she goes.  Her movements are precise, efficient, and she remains silent the entire time.  "Afíste to fos chorévoun doreán."  Her whispered spell creates four small white orbs that rise up to the ceiling and stay just behind her head, thus illuminating her path without shining in her eyes.  The lights travel in a row, one each over Shiaran, Sypher, and the next two in line.

"There is little doubt that this near the fault with all these dead people, we are going to have to desecrate some royal dead dudes.  Nobody hesitate."

[Shiaran casts dancing lights.
Shiaran searches for traps taking 10 + 12 = 22 Perception.

Shiaran moves toward the door leading to Room 15.]

Dungeon Master
 GM, 465 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 31 May 2018
at 01:11
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran finds nothing harmful, but the stone door is locked tight and sturdy.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 340 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 31 May 2018
at 01:33
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"All the doors lead west as far as I can see, and that's the way that the fault lies.  This one is as good a guess as any.  Do you agree?  Can you pick it?"  Sypher focuses his paladin sense on the room beyond the door while his eyes and ears continue to scan the hall.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 471 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 31 May 2018
at 01:39
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran fiddles with the lock for a bit, then growls in frustration.  "This may take a bit.  It's complicated."  She sets to the lock with care and precision.  It is not done quickly.

[Shiaran takes 10 + 10 = 20 Disable Device on Lock to 15 - FAIL
Shiaran takes 10 minutes to take 20 + 10 = 30 Disable Device on Lock to 15.
]
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 240 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 31 May 2018
at 01:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As Shiaran works, R.E.B.O.R.T. vigilantly scans the halls and surrounding areas. There is a slight glow to his eyes.

R.E.B.O.R.T. will maintain concentration on Detect Undead.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:49, Thu 31 May 2018.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 466 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Fri 1 Jun 2018
at 19:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Rebort can indeed detect some sort of undead presence, but the signatures are faint, many weak and small, and none feel close.

The lock Shiaran works on finally clicks open, and the door swings inward. Inside looks to be some sort of embalming room. Several stone slabs sit elevated from the floor with grooves cut into them for collecting fluids into drains below. In stark contrast to the medieval tables, the walls are lined with shelves and cabinets. Several bottles are attached with leather straps and hang from metal poles that look something like a coat rack, with slender hoses running along and draped on the sides of the table. Long and thick needles are affixed to the ends of the tubes. On one table, a white cloth is draped over what appears to be a body, with the tubes running underneath the sheet to the corpse. It is unclear who lies under the sheet.

There is some form of wooden countertop also installed in the room with several drawers, and a leather bound book with a fountain pen sitting next to it on the desk area of the countertops. A row of at least 15 hardback books sits next to the open book.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 472 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 1 Jun 2018
at 22:44
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Recognizing that this room is likely less to have traps since an embalmer would frequent it and store nothing of great value in it, Shiaran only gives a cursory inspection of the floor and objects for anything nefarious.  Her eyes wander over the books and their titles, but she has no interest in dead things, especially ones that don't stay that way.  Only those titles not related to the dead would halt her for a more than passing glance.

Instead, she heads to the door on her left [south].  Given the door she entered was equally spaced between both doors, one is as good as the other since no door leads west - the direction they need to go.

At the door, she looks first, inspecting for trouble before touching or attempting to test if it is locked.

[Shiaran uses Trapsense (Perception) take 10 + 12 for a total of 22.]
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 341 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 1 Jun 2018
at 22:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As Shiaran makes her way gently through the room, Sypher goes to the table and lifts the blanket.  Why a body would be left here unfinished and unattended makes him wary.  He is also the best suited if the body decides to welcome them in a more energetic fashion than it now displays.  Sypher admits to himself a mild curiosity as to the identity of the dead person, hoping it is not anyone they know as such would spell trap in large burning letters across the metaphorical wall.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 241 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sat 2 Jun 2018
at 01:43
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"This area is surrounded by necromantic signatures, albeit faint and not in the immediate vicinity."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 467 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sat 2 Jun 2018
at 13:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The volumes are various medical journals and general practice guides, suggesting the the embalmer is a licensed medical professional. Everything from diseases, fractured bones, wound care and more could be found within their pages. One in particular - at a glance - appears to detail the use of magic during complicated surgeries. The open book on the table is a ledger, with names and scant information about the deceased, followed by the dates of their deaths. The most recent is Baronet Hanzin Krauss. The cause of death is listed as "shrapnel".

As Sypher takes a peek at the man on the stone slab he see's various tubes inserted via long needles into veins, and the bottles appear to be embalming fluid. There are additional tubes inserted in the ankles, and thick blood slowly drips from them and drains into the small grates below. The process looks painfully slow, which could explain the lack of an embalmer presently. There is a large entry wound with jagged edges in the center of the man's chest. Whatever hit him would have instantly destroyed his heart. He most likely felt little to nothing before passing. Next to the entry would sits a small stone, with some kind of arcane writing minutely carved into it. Remarkably, there isn't any real smell to the ordeal, save for a faint mix of something sickly-sweet and something sulfurous.

The door to the South, upon inspection, is clear and free of traps. When tried, it isn't locked either.

The mirror in Shiaran's possession begins to vibrate.

This message was last edited by the GM at 13:07, Sat 02 June 2018.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 473 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 2 Jun 2018
at 16:00
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran is about to open the door when she feels the mirror indicate something is happening in the cells.  She pulls out the mirror and is about to activate it when Sypher shakes his head, warning against the idea.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 342 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 2 Jun 2018
at 16:02
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"It is a hard thing, Shi, but if we watch that, we will want to backtrack and help them.  Then this will all be for naught.  We cannot save those few, but by completing our mission, we can save thousands."  He looks grieved by the choice and his words are filled with the ache he must feel in his heart for not only thinking them, but having to say them out loud for all to hear.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 474 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 2 Jun 2018
at 16:04
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran shrugs.  "I understand that, Sy, but bad guys are ego maniacs.  I'm hoping to catch Elm or Wych monologuing so we can use that information against him.  If you can't watch, I understand.  I will do the hard thing and gather what information I can.  It's what I do.  I will not be tempted to turn back.  Vengeance will come later."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 343 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 2 Jun 2018
at 16:05
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says Iehovah."  Sypher sounds as if he is quoting something and there is more than a hint of admonishment in his tone.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 475 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 2 Jun 2018
at 16:06
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Yes, and His vengeance is worked through tools like us.  It's not personal, Sy.  It's right."  She holds up a hand to forestall any more argument.  Sypher takes a deep breath and nods.

Ignoring him anyway, Shiaran holds up the mirror and speaks the activation word.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 344 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 02:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As the scene unfolds, Sypher's eyes narrow, the only sign of anger he shows.  At the end, he is grateful that the stand-ins were left alive.  He held out hope that they would somehow survive this, but considering what hunted them, it was not a large hope.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 476 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 03:14
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran watched the mirror growing more angry by the second.  This vile thing was responsible for the end of her entire family save her and Sypher.  She watched, storing every word in memory to savor later in order to glean every last drop of advantage over that piece of skubalon.

When the monologue ended she let the mirror image fade as she looked up at Sypher.  "Now it's personal."

Sypher said nothing, but he did give a slight nod.  His acceptance of this empowered her in a way she had not realized possible.  There would be no holding back, making sure she towed some line in Sypher's mind about what was right and wrong.  Shiaran was the last blade of house Whiteraven and she would drive her sword right through his heart...just before Sypher removed his head.  The vision in her head of that death was so clear, she was almost sure it was prophetic, a vision from Iehovah.

Then the cold reality of logic and knowledge crept back in as the study of the undead she had done back in Langdon.  "He's a vampire.  Gotta be.  That's not going to be easy to take down."  It surprised her that they could see him through the mirror after realizing what he was.  Perhaps the no reflection rule didn't apply to scrying spells.  Or perhaps half of what was written in that book was myth.  She would keep the mirror anyway, but cursed inwardly at the potential for him to be resitant to her sword.

When Sypher frowned at the mention of vampire, Shiaran looked at the others.  Only Beloc seemed to not be completely at a loss.  "I read up on a lot of the undead before we left Langdon.  It was a technical manual in the military library so I hope it wasn't too far off.  As we move through the catacombs, I'll fill you in on their strengths - which are a lot - and their weaknesses - which are odd."
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 493 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 04:44
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The look of disgust on Beloc's face speaks volumes as the scene unfolds before them. Once it was finally over, he just stood there a moment staring at his fists and shaking his head. "Sypher. Shiaran..." He can't quite finish his sentence.

Finally after a brief moment to collect his thoughts, he continues. "He will answer for his actions, that is a promise. We close the fault, then we put Elm in the ground. Permanently."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 242 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 04:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. processes for a moment. "Your assessment has merit. The aversion to light, the preternatural sense of smell, and the various clues in his speech point to something... off. There certainly seems to be something inhuman about him, unfortunately, I was not scanning for anything out of the ordinary when we were last in his presence."

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 04:48, Sun 03 June 2018.

Oro
 NPC, 51 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 16:55
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"That does indeed explain much. I'm terribly sorry for the losses the fiend has caused you. I can't imagine..". Oro places a hand gently on Sypher's shoulder.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 345 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 22:59
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Thank you."  Sypher seems to grow a bit more distant, thoughtful and removed from the emotions the revelation should have evoked.  The emotions Shiaran is openly displaying.  "Shiaran?  The door?"
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 477 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 23:00
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran clenches and unclenches her fist, visibly calming herself.  "It's open."  She moves back to it after securing the mirror and opens it cautiously.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 468 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Mon 4 Jun 2018
at 01:35
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The door opens to reveal a workshop. Stone slabs and piles of wooden planks line the walls, with multiple work benches in the center. Here, caskets both stone and wood are created. A large assortment of wood and stone working tools can be found. Thick layers of saw dust and bits of rock and sand crunch under foot. Over in the corner, a rack with various linens and stuffing can be found. Padding and lining for the insides of final resting places.

Over in the wood working area, a saw hang precariously in the air over a cut board.

In the masonry area a hammer and chisel gleam with a brilliant reflection.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 478 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Mon 4 Jun 2018
at 02:30
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Seeing nothing of interest in the room, Shiaran sends her dancing lights ahead of her to the western door looking for issues along the way.  Her silence before was professionalism as she did her job.  Now, however, there is a thunderstorm about her aura that precludes any joshing with the team.

[Shiaran searches for traps taking 10 + 12 = 22 Perception.
Shiaran moves toward the door leading to hallway to the west of Room 20.
]
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 346 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 4 Jun 2018
at 02:38
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher follows Shiaran into the room, holding at the door until the next person is ready to enter, ensuring the door does not close behind himself.  Once in the room, he moves in the same path that Shiaran takes.  His focus is on the mission no matter what thoughts of Elm and his family attempt to intrude.  He can deal with that later.

His main concern was for Shiaran.  Sypher had taken to the training at the monastery because of his ability to compartmentalize his feelings, his thoughts, and his actions.  Shiaran was a powder keg waiting to explode.  He hoped she would keep her head and not charge in against a foe too much for her, but he also realized she could well focus that anger and take on tougher foes if she needed to right now.  They would not be left standing.

Sypher saw nothing of interest in the room, at least not to him.  He looked back at his companions, those becoming his friends, and felt grateful that they did not intrude upon the wound freshly opened by the vision in the mirror.  No doubt they would have to converse about the turn of events when time permitted - if it ever did.

The implications of his status, one he didn't truly understand until today, had thrown him off balance inside.  House Whiteraven's genocide was the past, something dealt with as a boy.  House Whiteraven's potential for the throne, the responsibility of it, felt like an enormous burden had suddenly been set on his shoulders and threatened to bring him to his knees.  No longer did he have the freedom that he and Shiaran had enjoyed adventuring after her 18th birthday.  Now...now his duty to Fildegarne was more than just these faults and fighting the PCA.  It extended to the rest of his life.

Sypher frowned.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 243 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Mon 4 Jun 2018
at 03:40
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. walks into the room shortly after Sypher. Immediately, his attention is drawn to masonry workbench. He takes a moment to study the implements around the area. "Whoever worked here much have taken great pride in their trade. The tools are of fine craftsmanship and even carry an enchantment or two."

Clearly having no right to their claim, he leaves them where they are.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 494 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Mon 4 Jun 2018
at 03:43
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc enters the room after a few others have filed in, not last, but next to last. His mood is somber, if not brooding. "What, do you suppose, they used this room for?"
Gazra
 NPC, 35 posts
 Human
Mon 4 Jun 2018
at 22:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"It looks like coffins and such... Hey, everyone. I was thinking. If we're followed, some of us should hang back to hold off any pursuers. At the very least slow them down. We're kind of a big group to be shuffling around down here".

Oro pipes up. "You have a valid point my friend. The Crypts are a maze of twists and turns. Easy to get lost in, and easy to end up in a dog pile. What do you say Sypher? A few of us "non-essentials" hang back and hold down your rear flanks while you four do the heavy lifting? Or perhaps bring one of us along?"

DM Note: At any given time, feel free to direct the NPCs. Leave them all behind to hold down the fort, leave a few and bring one, press on, etc. The choice if yours. Currently you travel with Oro, Gazra, Krem, and Sigurd. Each has their own strengths and merits. Think of them as extensions of the party at your beck and call. Of these four, you have to your knowledge completely earned their loyalty and respect.

Party's choice entirely.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 347 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 5 Jun 2018
at 02:14
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher contemplates the offer for a moment.  "Shiaran told me about this Glut character you faced in the warehouse.  On top of that, if Elm or even Wyrich comes against us, we are going to need all of us together.  Plus, they know this place far better than we do.  It would be easy enough for them to slip around you and come at the four of us before we could close the fault."

He nods and smiles at Oro and the others.  "I appreciate the offer, but I believe that splitting our forces will only lead to lessening our strength."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 469 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 5 Jun 2018
at 23:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Gazra shrugs. "You're the boss".

At the door to the hallway, Shiaran doesn't find a trap, but does discover a device attached to the door. It appears to be some sort of pulley system, narrow and tucked away. The pulley cable disappears into the stonework, and it isn't apparent exactly what it does, but any investigation of the surrounding area tells her no immediate threats or traps are activated in the vicinity of the door. It definitely goes somewhere and pulls something, but figuring that out from the current location is impossible.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 479 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Wed 6 Jun 2018
at 12:14
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Anger cooling in the face of an immediate logic problem, Shiaran taps her chin in thought.  She looks around the room and sees the other door to the south.  Without a word, she moves cautiously over to it, still keeping an eye on the floor and surroundings in case someone got creative.  Once at the southern door, she gives it the same treatment as the one before it.

[Shiaran searches for traps taking 10 + 12 = 22 Perception.
Shiaran moves toward the door leading to Room 26.
]
Dungeon Master
 GM, 471 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sun 10 Jun 2018
at 16:53
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran finds the door to also be locked, but not trapped. Her skill at picking locks makes quick work of the door. Behind it looks to be some sort of storage room. Half is scraps of material from wood to stone to ornate this and thats, while the other is bins of rubbish that haven't been removed in quite some time. There is a foul smell in the air of decay, likely coming from the bins.

Location: Room 26
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 495 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sun 10 Jun 2018
at 20:23
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I agree with Sypher here, if we split up now then we might not make it back together before we find the fault. If there's ever a time to have someone cover our flank, it'll be when we're taking care of the ritual."
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 480 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 10 Jun 2018
at 20:30
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran scrunches up her nose, but endures the smell.  "Sypher, you sense anything in there we should know about?  Rebort?"
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 348 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 10 Jun 2018
at 20:40
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher moves to the doorway as Shiaran steps aside.  He looks within and directs his sixth sense across the interior. "I sense nothing.  Rebort?"

This message was last edited by the player at 22:08, Sun 10 June 2018.

R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 244 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sun 10 Jun 2018
at 21:23
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"The same faint signatures of undeath as before. I do not detect any further movement from them. They seem distant."
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 481 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 10 Jun 2018
at 22:14
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Still attempting to move west, Shiaran cautiously makes her way to the door on the west wall and checks it out.

[Check door for traps and lock to room 25.
Perception 22]

This message was last edited by the player at 01:04, Mon 11 June 2018.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 472 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 01:33
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran finds the door to be unlocked, but as she cautiously opens it, she hears a faint tink as if something tiny and metal has pulled free and dropped to the ground.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 482 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 12:52
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"GRENADE!" Shiaran dives away from the door back toward Sypher.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 349 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 12:53
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher averts his eyes partially but also does what he can to assist Shiaran.  Healing ready as needed.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 496 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 13:33
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc, armor raised, turns to place himself between the potential blast and R.E.B.O.R.T. in an attempt to shield him.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 473 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Fri 15 Jun 2018
at 01:31
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As everyone scrambles for cover, the heavy wooden door bursts in a spray of splinters and fire. The grenade trap doesn't do any real harm since the bulk of the blast stayed on the other side, on account of Shiaran catching it just in the nick of time. A second blast sends a gout of flame through the open doorway next, filling the room with smoke and fire.

Shiaran, Sypher - Reflex save (pass takes half damage from intense heat and flame)
Rebort - Reflex save (pass takes no damage from heat/flame due to being further back)
Beloc - You do whatever you feel like in your op armor..

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 350 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 15 Jun 2018
at 16:44
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
With that much noise, Sypher clears off the dust as best he can then steps to the doorway to see what may be on the other side.  He looks for creatures or other moving, active problems, but does not move into the room itself.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 483 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 15 Jun 2018
at 16:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran picks herself up and dusts off as well.  She checks for damage, but finds not even a scratch.  Satisfied, she turns to Sypher.  "Anything?"
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 497 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 15 Jun 2018
at 17:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc appears to be unscathed as well, even though he was trying to absorb as much of the impact as he could from R.E.B.O.R.T. Despite that effort, the warforged appears to be somewhat seared around the edges of his mithril frame.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 245 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 15 Jun 2018
at 17:31
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
From one of his many compartments, R.E.B.O.R.T. pulls out a small container with a semi-transparent substance that resembles the sort of grease one might use on machines. He applies the substance to the various burns and they seem to magically vanish, leaving behind nothing but his normal shiny frame.

R.E.B.O.R.T. uses his Repair Light Damage infusion to repair the trap damage.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 474 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Fri 15 Jun 2018
at 23:09
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The room where the grenade and secondary explosion came from is covered in flames. Multiple jars and bottles are broken, their contents burning. The fumes in the air and positively noxious and give anyone who breaths them an instantaneous sick feeling in the pit of their stomach, save for Rebort. At the center of the room is the mangled and charred remains of a person, still smoldering from the blast and flames. Given the nature of the stonework, the fires will likely burn themselves out as there is little the fire can use to spread. Still the temperature of the room is high. Not enough to further ignite clothing or anything, but enough to provide extreme discomfort and fatigue to organic beings... automatons and ironwood clad elves maybe not so much.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 351 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 15 Jun 2018
at 23:27
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher steps back away from the fumes and shakes his head.  "No enemies.  Not much would have survived that blast.  An archway directly across from us looks like it leads the way we need to go.  We'll gave the flames a few to die down unless anyone has a way to douse them or dampen them now."  He knows Shiaran's spells well enough not to ask her, knowing hers are geared in a different direction.

He finds a spot in the room and leans up against a table until the fumes burn up and the flames die down.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 484 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 15 Jun 2018
at 23:30
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran realizes she doesn't have a spell that would fit their needs.  Another one to chalk up to study.  She makes a mental note and jots one down in a small book at her waist.  For a moment, she considers her sword, but realizes it has limitations.  With nothing to attack but the floor, she doubts its power would be sufficient to do anything but make the floor dangerous to walk on in a few minutes when they can cross safely through the wreckage of the room.

Like her brother, she steps back and finds a place to rest.  Looking around, she shrugs, empty of other ideas.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 498 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 15 Jun 2018
at 23:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Let me take a look, Sypher. I may be able to quench the fires a bit."

Beloc walks over to the room, almost enters, but stops short when the fumes start to creep in and give him the impression that'd they would easily overpower him should he venture much farther. He scans the room for a moment before turning his attention to the ceiling. As he begins casting, moisture starts to form and slowly drip down. The fire below hisses in protest but quickly succumbs to the force of over a dozen gallons of water spread out over the entire room.

The immediate danger of the fire may be gone, but the addition of the water turns the room into a sweltery sauna.

Beloc casts Create Water with the "downpour" effect.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:30, Sat 16 June 2018.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 485 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 16 Jun 2018
at 03:50
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Great job, Beloc.  Allow me?" Shiaran draws her sword and ignites the coldfire.  At the edge of the sweltering room she lays the flat of the blade against the moisture collected on the floor from Beloc's spell.  Ice begins to spread.

With the sword cooling things down, Shiaran takes her own look around the room.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 475 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sat 16 Jun 2018
at 13:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
A rime of ice creeps along the floor of the room with a crackling sound, flowing up the walls and across the ceiling. The temperature drops dramatically and before long, Shiaran can see small puffs of her own breath in the air.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 486 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 16 Jun 2018
at 14:17
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As soon as she sees her own breath she withdraws the sword and dismisses the coldfire.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 476 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sat 16 Jun 2018
at 21:31
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The ice ceases its creep. It will persist for a time, though it isn't thick enough to obscure writing or details, and hardly thick enough to cause slips and falls. It rather, will crunch and melt underfoot.

The room - or what's left of it really - looks like it was an alchemal storage room. Shattered clear jugs marked with what looks like the silhouette of a mummified body next to a skull and cross bones, and even more tell-tale, a symbol of a flame on them. Linen spools lay charred and crisp (and now damp), while other chemical used in the embalming process have also had their content shattered in the blast. The grenade would have shattered most of the contents of the room, with the subsequent head and explosion igniting all the contents that could burn.

The burnt corpse in the middle of the room stays put, laying on its side with its face down on the floor. What details you can glean from him at a glance show that he was most likely a craftsman. A crispy leather tool pouch is still fastened to his waist, and much of his apron underneath is nothing more than char-cloth now.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 487 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 17 Jun 2018
at 03:23
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran leaves the body for Sypher to check as she moves across the remains of the room toward the arch.  The fire may have taken out some traps, but there was no doubt someone down here was counting on them coming through.  Several questions passed through Shiaran's mind as she inspected the ground.  Who was it?  How long have they been down here?  How many were there?  Were they only trapping the most likely path or was the whole place rigged?  The answer to the latter would answer some of the earlier questions.

The other consideration she had was that they were in a portion of the catacombs where workers frequently worked.  That meant that there either there were no old traps, or they were in low traffic, high-value areas.  The traps they would face in the high traffic areas would be newer and easily set.  It would allow her to focus better and make their time slightly more efficient.  She also kept in the back of her mind the question of who.  If they found any ancient, more structural traps sprung, then that would indicate whoever was down here was not native to the castle and those attached to it.  If those kinds of traps existed, and none were sprung, either they were better than her at her job, or they were associated with the castle somehow.  Elm and Wyck were out because of the vision in the scrying globe, so that meant another player.

The gears of her mind turned rapidly as she calculated, but at the moment there were still too many variables to arrive at a definitive answer.  She arrived at the portcullis barring the way forward through the arch and peeked around the corner through the bars as best she can, expecting something to come flashing at her through the dark...

[Perception = 22
Stealth = 24
]

This message was last edited by the player at 00:34, Mon 18 June 2018.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 352 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 17 Jun 2018
at 03:44
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher follows in Shiaran's footsteps as she moves silently through the room.  He stops at the body, though it is obvious whoever it was is dead.  He prayed they were that way before the fire went off.  He said a prayer for the person's family, for comfort at their loss.  Once done, he stood and returned to seeking out with his senses whatever evil might be near.  There was no point dwelling on the deceased.  They had died either before the fire or in it, and the mission took precedence.  Even the fact of a raised body was not a concern considering how badly the body was torched by the flame.

Sypher looked back to the others, motioning for Oro to check to door on the north side of the room with a nod of his head.  With the arch open like that, keeping sound to a minimum was key to not alerting any interested parties that someone survived the blast.  He moved as quietly as possible to the wall near Shiaran, ready to support her if she needed it.

[23:43, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 20 using 1d20+8 ((12)).
23:44, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 16 using 1d20+9 ((7)).
]
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 499 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sun 17 Jun 2018
at 13:59
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Once the signal for all clear is given, Beloc and R.E.B.O.R.T. follow in behind. Beloc comes in last to secure the rear just in case the commotion brings about investigators. Both move as stealthfully as possible.

08:58, Today: R.E.B.O.R.T. rolled 15 using 1d20+5.  Stealth check.
08:58, Today: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 8 using 1d20+4.  Stealth check.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 477 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Mon 18 Jun 2018
at 00:24
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
There is something troubling about the craftsman's body, and is plain to see. Someone, or some thing, had slashed his throat open. It's impossible to tell at this point how long ago it was, at least without getting hands dirty and having medical knowledge.

"Locked. Give me a moment". Oro fishes in a pouch and produces golden colored lock picks, setting to work and popping the lock open in a few seconds time. The door swings open of its own accord, slowly. Likely from being set a bit crooked. A hallway north lies ahead.

The portcullis ahead of Shiaran is lowered, preventing further passage. There is no visible switch or lever to activate it immediately in view.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 488 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Mon 18 Jun 2018
at 00:37
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I can't really see anything down this way," she stage whispers back into the room.  "Anyone see a switch for this portcullis?  If not, we are going through Oro's door."  Shiaran moves back away from the portcullis and begins to look for a switch.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 246 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Mon 18 Jun 2018
at 02:46
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. peers down the hallway past the portcullis. "There is not enough light for me to discern anything useful."
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 500 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Mon 18 Jun 2018
at 02:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc walks up beside R.E.B.O.R.T. "I can see well enough, but it doesn't look like there is much to be seen. At least not from this vantage point. Maybe they've hidden a lever or button some where."

This message was last edited by the player at 02:48, Mon 18 June 2018.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 478 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 21 Jun 2018
at 01:20
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The hallway to the north where Oro opened the door splits off into a T. To the east, the locked door rigged to a pulley cable that Shiaran chose not to open. To the west, a northbound turn and open archway.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 489 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 21 Jun 2018
at 02:49
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran moves over to inspect the pulley system while Sypher keeps an eye on the other direction.  He moves down the hall a ways to allow the rest of the party to follow out of the room full of heat and the smell of charred human flesh.

Shiaran follows the rig and tries to understand it, find a way to disarm it if possible.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 479 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 21 Jun 2018
at 02:56
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The cable is in plain view from this side. It runs up into the ceiling and disappears into piping, headed south and slightly west.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 490 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 21 Jun 2018
at 03:11
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran mouths a silent curse, but files the information away for later.  Then she moves back to Oro.  "You seem like you wouldn't get us killed.  Wanna take point for a bit? Sypher will give you direction.  I want to pay attention to things not in our direct path for a bit."
Oro
 NPC, 52 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Thu 21 Jun 2018
at 03:18
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"But of course. Sypher? At your command".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 353 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 21 Jun 2018
at 04:08
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher nods.  "Yes, please."  He moves out of the way to let the tiefling pass.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:48, Sat 23 June 2018.

R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 247 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 21 Jun 2018
at 18:23
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. walks over door leading to room 20. He notices the cable next to the door leading to the room they were in just a few moments before and stops himself before attempting to open it. He follows the lead back to where Shiaran just headed. "Shiaran, do you see where this cable connects?"
Dungeon Master
 GM, 480 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 21 Jun 2018
at 20:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Oro moves up to the T junction where Shiaran is poking about, and heads west a few feet to the room facing north. There is an open archway instead of a door. "It's rather dim in here, but I believe we've found one of the actual crypt rooms where the departed are at rest".

Meanwhile, Shiaran can't make out anything further on the cable beyond it pointing to something southward. She can tell that opening the door, which would swing towards her in the hallway based on the hinges, would allow slack in the cable rather than pull it. There is no other discernible way to figure out the cable system without opening up said door that leads back into the workshop and hoping for the best
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 354 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 23 Jun 2018
at 02:52
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Do you need more light or can you lead us into the room?"

[How close do we feel now to the rift?  What are the PCs feeling with regard to that and our various senses?]
Dungeon Master
 GM, 481 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Mon 25 Jun 2018
at 23:05
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"It is lit enough to not stumble on anything. It looks well kept too. Completely undisturbed".

Upon inspection of the room, Sypher will notice the tell-tale stream of blue green energy leading to the fault. It travels across the room from right to left (bearing southwest), entering on the far side of the crypt room and passing through the wall closer to where Oro is checking the room from.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 355 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 1 Jul 2018
at 04:39
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher shakes his head.  "This is not the right way.  We need to head west and a bit to the south, not north.  I hate to do so, but we need to try a different way or we are going to waste more time and more soldier's lives."  He turns back toward the room of fire [Room 25], then through that to the room before it [Room 26].  "To the south, Oro...Shiaran, what do you see? Can we move through either of those doorways?"

Shiaran takes the open archway and inspects for trouble silently.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 248 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Mon 2 Jul 2018
at 20:28
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
While Oro and Shiaran investigate the southern options, R.E.B.O.R.T. circles back up north to the room with the smithing tools [room 20] to fetch them. He uses the door that was previously searched and used by the group beforehand.
Oro
 NPC, 53 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Tue 3 Jul 2018
at 02:46
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"More of the dead laid to rest in here. A lot of them. The entombments form a horse shoe. We'll have to head down to the far side of the room and loop around.. unless you feel like crawling over. The other door to the eastern side of the room is locked tight, and is extremely heavy looking".

This message was last edited by the player at 02:52, Tue 03 July 2018.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 482 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 3 Jul 2018
at 02:51
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Rebort retrieves the tools without incident. The saw has a command word engraved into the handle, which simply says "cut" in an arcane script. The hammer and chisel also has a command word engraved into the hammer handle. It says "break". Rebort can surmise that the tools will magically animate and carry out their function until instructed to stop.

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:53, Tue 03 July 2018.

R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 249 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sat 7 Jul 2018
at 03:26
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. returns, placing the collected items in a side compartment. "Sypher, I have an idea that might prove useless, depending on a few of our previous assumptions. A particular scroll comes to mind. However, doing so will take my passive scanning over the area offline. Shall I proceed?"

This message was last edited by the player at 03:49, Sat 07 July 2018.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 356 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 7 Jul 2018
at 03:44
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher chuckles.  "I appreciate the caveat.  We all do things that may end up being useless, though they seemed a good idea going into them.  Never know until we try, eh?  Give it a go.  See what you come up with."

He turns to Oro and Shiaran.  "Thank you, Oro.  Any luck with that door, Shiaran?"
Sigurd Fyreworm
 NPC, 8 posts
 Human
 Barbarian Underchief
Thu 12 Jul 2018
at 02:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"This place is creeping me out. It is unnatural for the dead to not go in the ground" says Sigurd.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 491 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 14 Jul 2018
at 02:22
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran couldn't help it.  Knowledge was her wheelhouse and ignorance was one of those things that irritated like a burr under a saddle.  Sigurd's statements were not only culturally ignorant, which she did not have a problem with, but also technically ignorant.  "What do you mean, unnatural?"

She could almost feel Sypher roll his eyes and groan inwardly.
Sigurd Fyreworm
 NPC, 8 posts
 Human
 Barbarian Underchief
Sat 14 Jul 2018
at 03:27
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Keeping them in stone boxes rather than returning their ashes to the earth, is what I mean. I suppose it's a barbaric practice to some, but it's the only way I've ever been around. The Old Mother used to say we became one with the ground, and the plants we ate would then use us to grow. Kind of gross sounding, but not literal. No one even spread their grandpa's ashes in their back garden.. at least not that I know of".

The lock Shiaran is working on clicks as the tumblers finally fall into place.

This message was last updated by the player at 03:27, Sat 14 July 2018.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 357 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 14 Jul 2018
at 03:26
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher forestalls Shiaran's response by looking through her door to see a hallway that fades into darkness before it ends.  "Good work.  Let's take a look down Oro's way first.  I would think that a room of the dead will be relatively safe if Rebort senses nothing.  Few would trap such a room.  If that doesn't pan out, Shiaran has the look open and we can try that hallway.  Oro, you take point.  Shiaran, you and Rebort take rear guard.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 250 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sat 14 Jul 2018
at 14:18
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
While the rest fiddle with the various exits of the room and chat about a game plan, R.E.B.O.R.T. spends his time focusing parchment, runes, and words of power as he tries to hastily create a scroll. It even takes a moment to the artificer to realize Sypher addressed him toward the end of their conversation.

He looks up to find most of the grouping staring at him. "Yes, of course. I will scan the area." His eyes light up for a moment and docent pulses three or four times. "No unlife forms detected nearby."
Oro
 NPC, 54 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Mon 23 Jul 2018
at 01:51
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Oro nods and cautiously creeps into the next room of the crypt. The room is dimly lit, far less than the other have been. He pulls a torch from a sconce and carefully steps across the cobblestone floor. Nothing stirs, save for the fire on his torch flickering but for a moment, as if brushed by a puff of wind.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 358 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 24 Jul 2018
at 14:31
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Oro, wait."  Sypher steps in front of the tiefling and looks about.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 484 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Wed 25 Jul 2018
at 01:03
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The air is silent and still. Without ventilation, there is a musty staleness to the room. Nothing smells "fresh" or "ripe", but that doesn't alleviate the funk hanging in the air.

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:05, Wed 25 July 2018.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 359 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 25 Jul 2018
at 20:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Something has come this way.  It is likely in the next room.  Rebort what do you sense?"
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 251 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Wed 25 Jul 2018
at 22:29
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. breaks from his concentration again to look up at Sypher. He casts a glance back down at his parchment before committing his attention to the young paladin.

For a moment, he stares blankly at nothing in particular. His head swivels to the west. "Something is moving away from us. Not large, but it has a notably stronger aura than the presence I picked up when we first entered. At its current pace, it will be out of my detection range very quickly."
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 501 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Wed 25 Jul 2018
at 22:30
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc readies his falchion and shield then looks over at Sypher. "Shall we?"
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 360 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 25 Jul 2018
at 22:41
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher ignites his own sword and nods, then starts around the U of the burial chamber.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 502 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 26 Jul 2018
at 13:17
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc releases his shield into the air and grips his weapon with both hands. The armored elf follows closely behind Sypher.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 485 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 26 Jul 2018
at 13:20
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The trip around the room is without hazard. Sypher follows the fleeting aura like a bloodhound to a scent. At the next room, the group are greeted with bare, smooth walls and nothing else. The room is empty.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 252 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 26 Jul 2018
at 13:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T., quill and parchment still in hand, follow in behind Beloc. As they enter the next room he updates the group with another status report. "The entity has moved beyond my range or cloaked itself from my perception. Proceed with caution."
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 503 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 26 Jul 2018
at 13:26
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Curiosity piqued, Beloc retracts his helm and walks over to the western wall. "You said it was traveling west?", he asks as he looks over at R.E.B.O.R.T.

The warforged simply nods.

"Then perhaps there's a passage here unless whatever it was can pass through walls."
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 504 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 27 Jul 2018
at 21:38
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As the elf approaches the wall, a small wisp of hair catches a draft and gently waves to the south end of the room.

Beloc places his right hand on the western wall. "There is a passage here", he casts a slight glance over his shoulder to the left, towards the southern wall. "And..."

His left hand traces patterns in the air that lead him to the southwest corner of the room. "Here as well."

Beloc stoops down and examines the floor in front of each passage. "The scapes here appear to be more recent", he says standing in front of the western wall.


Beloc detects hidden passages to both room 30 and 36.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:39, Fri 27 July 2018.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 492 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 28 Jul 2018
at 13:18
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran moves up to inspect the doors for traps and to find away to open them now that she knows they are there.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 486 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 01:22
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Following the flows of the ley line, the way going forward is slow and meticulous. Shiaran and Oro sweep every inch of the way checking for traps. The strong arms of the group edge along, muscles tense and ready to spring into action.

It isn't long before both Rebort and Sypher can sense multiple signatures, and between the two of them, count six enemies total. Each of the 6 are strong, evil undead. Their range of strength feels comparable to the current group, even with outnumbering the 6 with 8, not including animals.

The group passes by a portcullis, but it's completely barricaded off with the scraps of old caskets and the like.

A short trip north into a hallway, Sypher catches sight of the ley line heading due west into the next room [RM 23]

Without warning, the door separating the two group slowly creeps open by a few inches and stops.  A feminine voice with a thick accent distantly calls out from the other side.

"Don't botha knockin' sugga.. We already know ya hear. Come on in.. and keep ya weapons lowered".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 505 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 01:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc looks over to R.E.B.O.R.T. and then to Sypher. He speaks in a low voice. "With you confirming them as evil, and Rebort saying they're undead, my gut is telling me there is only one solution to this. Sypher, how do you want to play this? With the numbers we're facing, it could get really messy."

The implication sounds grim, but it's clear the elf is seeking alternatives.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 361 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 02:05
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"The Master used to tell us that information was the key to winning any conflict.  We know what we are facing generally and I think we are prepared for it to that extent, but I also think we should gather more specifics."  He turns to Shiaran.  "You are more tactically minded than me.  Can you coordinate us in the next room?"

This message was last edited by the player at 02:05, Sun 12 Aug 2018.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 493 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 02:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran has taken out a pouch of powder and is creating a circle round herself with it as Beloc and Sypher speak.  Once the circle is complete, she draws an arcane symbol within it with her finger after it is dipped in the powder.

"Yes.  We go in, let them talk for about a minute, then whichever one I indicate, everyone attack that target at the same time.  Don't hesitate.  We will only get one chance at surprise.  I will be support.  Rebort, make your way slowly to the side so that others are not in your line of sight.  Krem, you do the same in the other direction.  Go second and third into the room and making it look like you are just spreading out to let the others have room to enter.  I'll be last.

Sigurd, you have first line with Gazra and Beloc to switch off with.  Oro, you and Sypher get in as fast as you can.  Rebort will soften up with a shot at my signal followed by the three of you.  If the first target goes down, move on to a second together.  Sypher, support and heal as needed, but you are going to be one of the most effective against these types of enemies so I want you hitting them hard and not playing it too safe.  Keep your voices to a minimum to avoid confusion and so you can hear my voice and commands.  They won't be able to touch me for a few minutes.

Sypher will do the speaking inside while we are still in diplomacy/stall mode.  When I yell the target, it's go time.
"

Once she finishes giving instructions, she encants, "prostatépste me apó to kakó."  There is a shimmer in the air around her, which fades as does the powder.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 253 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 02:40
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. lowers his volume in accordance with the others. "Who will go in ahead of Krem and myself? Also, should we assume any other personal preparations before entering?"
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 362 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 02:44
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I will.  I need to draw their attention and hold it through the conversation."  He looks to Shiaran for confirmation.

She nods.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 506 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 03:22
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
While the others continue their conversation, Beloc draws a couple druidic runes on his breastplate followed by a few words of power.

His wooden armor, which typically has a rather high polish to it, takes on a much more earthy appearance as a thick layer bark envelops it. Next, he takes a pinch of a rather dark and pungent substance. If one didn't know better, they'd say it smelled of old dung.

"The smell can be a bit repulsive, but it's quite effective." He rubs the reagent on his arms and immediately a mighty rush of strength surges through him.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 254 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 03:26
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The pistols hidden within R.E.B.O.R.T's forearms both pop out. With a certain robotic grace, he traces runes on each one with a fine black oil. The runes glow for a moment before he asks for Sypher's assistance. "Would you mind saying a few words?"

The paladin nods, and as he offers his blessing, the runes glow with a holy brilliance and fade away. He retracts the weapons back into his forearms and nods, ready for action.
Leukos
 player, 1 post
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 04:05
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Leukos circles the city far above, watching.  Waiting.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 487 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 04:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Battle plan set, Sigurd leads the way inside. The room is a broad 45'x55' expanse, with 6 shady characters hanging around the southern edge. The room looks as if it is used for holding viewings of the deceased. Several green velvet, wing-backed chairs adorn the southern portion where the figures seems to lounge. Where the party enters, four evenly spaced rows of church pews run east to west; a sitting area for an audience. There is a five foot space running through the center, as well on either side next to the east and west walls. The entire get up resembles that of a chapel that wouldn't normally hold weekly services.

The floor is carpeted in burgundy, and looks well worn from years of foot traffic: an unfortunate side effect of war being regularly scheduled funerals.

None of the figures move or seems to care that Eisenwulf enters, save for the female voice from earlier. Shiaran and Beloc immediately recognize the clothing style, though it's doubtful the rest of the group will. She's clad is tight fitting leather armor, mottled in dark greys and shades of black. An assortment of weaponry hangs from straps and slings on the group, mostly automatic small arms.

The woman stands and walks slowly a few steps forward, both hands visibly away from her weapons. Two dead black eyes peer out at you. Her hair is a scraggly mess, pulled back tightly on her scalp into a bun. The woman, like the rest of the male figures in the room, is most definitely not human anymore. She grins a toothy smile. Whether she is attempting politeness or mocking you is unapparent. The smiles of ghouls always looks hungry.

"There ya all are now. Oh and lookit' that boys, they even listened an' everything. I don't have a single gun barrel pointed at my head. I like these folks already. Glut said they were a fun bunch. And is that one there a real paladin? He looks cute enough to eat".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 363 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 04:14
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Have your say then be gone from this place.  I do not have the longsuffering my Lord Iehovah has."  Sypher crosses his arms and approaches the ghoul to within forty feet or whenever she gets antsy.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 494 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 04:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran uses the time after entering to find a place with cover such as a pillar or something more solid than wooden pews.  She will do all she can to discern type of undead and potential combat roles of the opposition group.
Francine
 NPC, 1 post
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 04:35
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Oh come on now. I just got done sayin' you was a fun bunch, and you greet us all cold like. Boys, introduce ya'selves. An' be polite this time. You didn't say a word that carpenter and mortician".
Bullet
 NPC, 1 post
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 04:35
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The most heavily armed of the group grunts. "Bullet. I like guns"

This message was last edited by the player at 05:04, Sun 12 Aug 2018.

Jocko
 NPC, 1 post
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 04:37
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
A hulking figure raises a hand, wiggling his fingers as if waving daintily. "Jocko. I break things. Mostly people"
Pretty Boy
 NPC, 1 post
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 04:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
A ghoul that looks like he took the turn to undead "life" better than others continues to lounge with a leg draped over the arm of his chair. He sighs, obviously pained by the forced formalities. "Pretty Boy... No, I didn't pick the name myself"

This message was last updated by the player at 04:48, Sun 12 Aug 2018.

Shiv
 NPC, 1 post
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 04:40
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
A gangly ghoul who sits, playing with a short knife, jams the blade through his own hand. He is completely unfazed by the stick. "Shiv. Take a wild guess what I like"
Spook
 NPC, 1 post
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 04:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The most reclusive looking, and last of the six, politely nods. "They refer to me as "Spook". You undoubtedly felt my presence earlier".
Francine
 NPC, 2 posts
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Sun 12 Aug 2018
at 04:46
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"And I'm Francine. Second in command of tha Black Fangs... There, see now? We's all halfway cozy with ya. So what brings ya to these parts, huh? I don't suppose you's lookin' to pick up a pretty ghoul for yourself down here".

"And where could he find one of those?" asks Jocko, an edge of ice in his voice.

Francine doesn't answer, but there is a large and uncomfortable surge of unseen energy that envelops her briefly.

Jocko doesn't say another word either.

This message was last edited by the player at 16:28, Sun 12 Aug 2018.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 495 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Mon 13 Aug 2018
at 03:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As soon as Francine's attention shifts momentarily to anger at Jocko, Shiaran points at the reclusive one and says, "Spook!"  With her other hand, she holds shavings of licorice root in her hand, enough for everyone in the group.  Suddenly, everyone in the group feels...faster.

[Shiaran casts Haste on the party.

quote:
Haste

The transmuted creatures move and act more quickly than normal. This extra speed has several effects.

When making a full attack action, a hasted creature may make one extra attack with any weapon he is holding. The attack is made using the creature’s full base attack bonus, plus any modifiers appropriate to the situation. (This effect is not cumulative with similar effects, such as that provided by a weapon of speed, nor does it actually grant an extra action, so you can’t use it to cast a second spell or otherwise take an extra action in the round.)

A hasted creature gains a +1 bonus on attack rolls and a +1 dodge bonus to AC and Reflex saves. Any condition that makes you lose your Dexterity bonus to Armor Class (if any) also makes you lose dodge bonuses.

All of the hasted creature’s modes of movement (including land movement, burrow, climb, fly, and swim) increase by 30 feet, to a maximum of twice the subject’s normal speed using that form of movement. This increase counts as an enhancement bonus, and it affects the creature’s jumping distance as normal for increased speed.
]
Spook
 NPC, 2 posts
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Mon 13 Aug 2018
at 09:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The break in silence causes all eyes to turn to Shiaran. Spook cocks his head slightly to the side. "Yes?", he says, sounding mildly confused.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 507 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Wed 15 Aug 2018
at 15:29
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Upon hearing Shiaran's cue, Beloc takes a step back (E5) to get a solid running start, plants his right foot firmly, and makes a charge towards the back right corner of the room. He races past the coffin the in middle of the room, brandishing his silvered falchion in stride. As he passes the column resting at H7, he leaves his feet with a mighty leap (initiated from G8). In a near gravity-defying act, he sails through the air over the chair at H10. He raises his blade high over his head for a cross slash. The movement of the blade is lightning fast as it connects with Spook as Beloc lands squarely in the space beside him (H11).

Beloc glances over at his victim, but there doesn't appear to be a mark on him. Spook starts to chuckle incredulously at the apparent feeble attempt on his life until the movement of his growing laughter begins to separate the upper part of his left leg from the lower part. A look of shock freezes upon his face as the leg plops to the ground.

Beloc: Charging + power attack (8) + leap attack

This message was last edited by the player at 19:29, Wed 15 Aug 2018.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 364 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 16 Aug 2018
at 03:03
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher draws his sword which ignites as he darts forward.  He is not quite as theatrical as Beloc, but the effect is equally devastating.  He plunges his sword into the ghoul's chest through the right lung, then draws it out and slashes at the opposite arm, though only manages a glancing blow.  The blade and flame have a devastating effect on the undead's body.

[Sypher, Hasted, uses one action to draw his weapon and ignite.
Move to Spook.
2 normal attacks take 10.  +14/+9 = 24/19.  Damage = 16*2 = 32 for first.  Damage = 8*2 = 16 for second attack.  Total damage 48.
]

This message was last edited by the player at 03:07, Thu 16 Aug 2018.

Francine
 NPC, 2 posts
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Thu 16 Aug 2018
at 03:14
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Spook doesn't make a sound, but instead convulses once and shudders, before un-lifelessly slumping over. He never even had the chance to stand up from his chair.

Sickly black flames wreathed in purple erupt from his wounds and begin to spread across his body. It isn't clear immediately if he's being consumed or just covered by them.

Francine bellows out at the party, her voice shrieking like a banshee and carrying an unnaturally loud, multilayered tone. "SO THAT'S HOW YOU WANNA PLAY THIS THEN?! LOUD AND FAST?? FINE, PLEASANT TALK IS OVER".

This message was last updated by the player at 03:14, Thu 16 Aug 2018.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 496 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 16 Aug 2018
at 03:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Pretty Boy." Shiaran says clearly.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 255 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 16 Aug 2018
at 03:57
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. takes a quick 5-foot step to the left to prevent the column from blocking his line of sight to Pretty Boy. As he shifts into position, he calls outs to the team, but not in his own voice. The pithy British voice of Dr. Ewes speaks as the gem in his chest pulses. "Oh, would you look at that. The aura around that coffin seems rather familiar, wouldn't you say my boy?"

R.E.B.O.R.T. says nothing as the mechanical clicks and whirring gears present the two pistols embedded in his forearms. "Well, if you ask me, I'd say it has a smashing resemblance to that muck we found that poor chap in at the Midway garrison!"

Any further commentary from Ewes is promptly cut off by the sound of multiple gunshots. Seven to be exact. Given that Pretty Boy is still sitting in the chair, the majority of the bullets pelt his upper torso leaving is his relatively "pretty" visage a bit less so.


[Damage for each shot: 2d4 with an additional 2d6 holy damage from the enchantment. 7 times. 15,11,17,10,11,9,16

Total damage: 89
]
Dungeon Master
 GM, 489 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Fri 17 Aug 2018
at 01:44
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Gazra, Oro, Krem, and Sigurd all line up their respective targets, dashing forward.

Krem fires shots at Francine, hitting her in the abdomen, while the trio of men rush to Bullet, who is rising from his chair and drawing weapons. A flurry of cuts from the 3 leave him in ribbons and seeping black flames like Pretty Boy and Spook.

Surprise Round Over
Turn order:

Shiaran
Beloc
Sypher
Rebort
NPCs
Francine
Jocko
Shiv

Out:
Spook
Pretty Boy
Bullet
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 497 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 17 Aug 2018
at 18:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Shiv," Shiaran says calmly as she draws a single RG pistol.  She lines up a shot at the named target and pulls the trigger twice in succession.  The first hits center mass and finds a way through the ghoul's armor.  However, the friction of the leather slows the bullet so it does little damage.  The second shot has better success, penetrating through the left arm and blowing gore out the back to a small degree.

[Shiaran uses quick draw on her RG-1422 pistol.
Shiaran uses full attack to fire two shots.
She takes 10 on the first for a total of 22.
14:08, Today: Shiaran Whiteraven rolled 2 using 2d4.  Damage vs Shiv.
14:11, Today: Shiaran Whiteraven rolled 19 using 1d20+7.  2nd Attack vs Shiv.
14:12, Today: Shiaran Whiteraven rolled 6 using 2d4.  2nd Damage vs Shiv.
Total damage vs. Shiv = 8.
]
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 508 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 17 Aug 2018
at 22:57
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Hearing the new name called out, Beloc pivots on his back foot and hefts the blade over his head in a 270-degree overhead strike. The blade catches Shiv in the shoulder and sheers down his arm, taking it clean off. Beloc pulls back for another assault. Fueled by Shiaran's haste, the next two attacks come in as a strong forehand slash, followed by a quick backhand.

[Takes 20 for the attacks. Power attack (8). Totals for the hits are 27, 22, and 27.
17:54, Today: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 30 using 2d4+9+16.  Damage3 on Shiv.
17:54, Today: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 28 using 2d4+9+16.  Damage2 on Shiv.
17:54, Today: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 28 using 2d4+9+16.  Damage1 on Shiv.
Total damage vs. Shiv = 86]

This message was last edited by the player at 23:07, Fri 17 Aug 2018.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 365 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 18 Aug 2018
at 01:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher darts over to Shiv and thrusts forward with his blade.  It plunges into the ghoul's gut and out the side, but it wasn't far enough in to do the kind of damage Sypher hoped for.  The tenacious undead remains standing.  Sypher continues his momentum with a full three-sixty rotation that ends with the removal of Shiv's head and black flame from the neck stump warring futiley with the golden white fire of the First Blade just before the body slumps to the ground.

[Sypher takes 10 + 13 = 23 to hit Shiv.
21:44, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 7 using 1d10+1d6.  Damage vs Shiv.
Vs. undead x2 = 14 damage.
21:48, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 10 using 1d10+1d6.  Hasted attack.
Vs. undead x2 = 20 damage.
Total damage = 34.
]

This message was last edited by the player at 01:52, Sat 18 Aug 2018.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 498 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 18 Aug 2018
at 01:53
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Jocko."  Shiaran knows Jocko is likely able to take more of a beating than Francine, at least from appearances, but Francine is the leader and this fight right now is about leverage.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 256 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sat 18 Aug 2018
at 03:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
With the remaining rounds in his pistols, R.E.B.O.R.T. unloads on Jocko. After the echoes of gunfire cease, metallic clicks of an empty gun can be heard. The sound of his automatic reloader kicks in, but it drowned out by what he says next. "Warning: necromantic aura regenerating the fallen. Reanimation imminent."

[Taking 20 for attacks
Damage for each shot: 2d4 with an additional 2d6 holy damage from the enchantment. 7 times. 8,7,9,15,12,11,12

Total damage: 74]

Krem Poot-Tooth
 NPC, 27 posts
 Goblin
 Entrepreneur
Sat 18 Aug 2018
at 23:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Following suit with the onslaught, the rest of the party moves in for the kill on Jocko. He crumples in a heap, slashed to burning pieces from Oro, Gazra, and Sigurd. Krem aims his trench gun at Francine.

"Aw'roight love, parties over. Les get them hands in th' air".

Francine smiles, looking sinister. "Sure thing, puddin'". She slowly raises her hands, palms open and free of weaponry.

Not taking his eyes off of the ghoul, he calls back to Shiaran. "All yours, cap'n".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 499 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 18 Aug 2018
at 23:52
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran ignores Francine for the moment.  "Stand back!  Krem, keep her covered."

When everyone has complied, she moves her hands and fingers in a complex set of gestures with rapid precision ending with a wave over the area where the bad guys are wreathed in dark flames.  "Katastrépste ti mageía se aftón ton toméa."

[Shiaran casts Dispel Magic on the area surrounding the bad guys.]

This message was last edited by the player at 00:07, Sun 19 Aug 2018.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 490 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sun 19 Aug 2018
at 01:52
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As Shiaran's spell takes hold, the flames continue to burn. Francine giggles.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 367 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 19 Aug 2018
at 02:22
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher heads over to the body of Spook and starts knocking weapons away with his sword, cutting through his belt and even parts of his clothing in order to hamper his movement if he reanimates.  His movements are quick and precise, though he feels the heat of the fire.  "Check the coffin!  It might be what's animating them!"
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 257 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sun 19 Aug 2018
at 02:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Given what they learned from their previous engagement with the necromantic muck, R.E.B.O.R.T. steps over to the coffin and examines it briefly for any obvious signs of booby traps. Satisfied in his search, he moves in a little closer. "No heat signatures detected. Permission to remove the lid?"
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 500 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 19 Aug 2018
at 03:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Granted."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 258 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sun 19 Aug 2018
at 03:34
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
On command, R.E.B.O.R.T. removes the lid.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 491 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Mon 20 Aug 2018
at 00:31
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Under the lid lays the figure a human, wrapped in black cloth strips. An instant recollection of Corporal Padraig Vims from Midway hits anyone who can see.

Francine grumbles. "Well now you done it. May as well and kill the poor guy now and put em' out of his misery".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 368 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 20 Aug 2018
at 00:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher rushes over to the body and slices open the bandages along the top of the head.  Then he slides his blade underneath and cuts away enough to peel back the bandages and see the face.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 492 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Mon 20 Aug 2018
at 00:38
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Underneath is a middle-aged man, his skin pale white and his eyes sunk into their sockets. You can faintly make out extremely shallow breaths being inhaled slowly. He doesn't move otherwise.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 369 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 20 Aug 2018
at 00:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher hauls the man out of the sarcophagus and lays him on the floor.  He trusts his companions to keep the others at bay long enough for him to work.  "Stay back!  No one but Rebort can touch him!"  He places both hands on either side of the man's face.  "Father, you know our situation and our need.  In the name of your Son, please remove this man's disease as far as it is your will.  Stabilize him until I can get him to safety."

[Sypher uses Remove Disease on the man.]
Francine
 NPC, 3 posts
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Mon 20 Aug 2018
at 02:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Immediately some of the color returns to the mans face, and he looks much less clammy and sickly.

Francine let's out a guffaw. "Now that's somethin'. Never knew that could actually be reversed. Glut wasn't kiddin' about you. You're the real deal".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 501 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Mon 20 Aug 2018
at 02:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran narrows her eyes and puts her gun away.  "You obviously want to talk.  So talk."
Francine
 NPC, 4 posts
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Mon 20 Aug 2018
at 03:08
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Francine rolls her eyes at Shiaran. "Meh.. maybe. Just not to you".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 370 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 20 Aug 2018
at 03:29
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran does not reply to Francine.

Sypher says a silent thanks in prayer then turns to Rebort.  "He's cured by Iehovah's power.  Would you take him to the room we just left to keep him from fallout if this turns into a battle again?  Return immediately, guns ready."

The paladin turns to Francine.  "If you will not talk to her, then who?"
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 259 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Mon 20 Aug 2018
at 03:46
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. observes as the man appears to be getting better and looks over to Shiaran. "Your ancestors must hold a great power."

He turns back to Sypher to take hold of the man and makes for the door they entered through.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 260 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Mon 20 Aug 2018
at 20:02
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. returns within a few short moments after securing the man in the other room. When he enters, both his weapons are locked and loaded.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:16, Sun 02 Sept 2018.

Francine
 NPC, 5 posts
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Sat 25 Aug 2018
at 01:01
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Francine keeps her hands raised, looking at Sypher. "You, of course. We was sent here to have a little chat with ya, and instead ya come in like grade-a assault troopas and mow everybody down. Nevamind that though, for now. The boys'll be pretty testy when they come to here in a minute, so I'll be brief. We wanted to strike up a deal. A uh.. mutual interest kinda deal".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 371 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 25 Aug 2018
at 02:59
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher holds Francine's gaze, though he hears Shiaran's snort of incredulity and the twinge of being miffed in it as well.  "Shiaran, I believe we should listen, but this room is yours to command."  His words mollify her enough that she acquiesces.  No doubt she is using the time to prepare even nastier spells should this go south.

Sypher ignores her once he has the go ahead.  "Speak then.  I will listen.  Tell me first on whose behalf do you offer this...deal?"
Francine
 NPC, 6 posts
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Sat 25 Aug 2018
at 22:10
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"On behalf a' tha Black Fangs. We don't hold no allegiances to nobody but ourselves an' the highest bidda, and our bidda seems to think we suddenly work for free. We kinda have a problem with that, an' feel we own him services to reflect his input.. well.. lack there of I suppose is the best way ta put it".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 509 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sat 25 Aug 2018
at 23:09
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
At the implication that he, or the group, were to work for or with these Black Fangs, Beloc furrows his brow in anger and looks over to Sypher. Whether he was curious or not as to who their highest bidder was seemed unclear.
Francine
 NPC, 7 posts
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Sun 26 Aug 2018
at 02:56
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Seeing Beloc's face, Francine smirks. "How's that sayin' go again? The enemy of my enemy is my friend? Yeah, that's the one. The deals real simple. It don't even really require nothin' out of ya, honestly".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 372 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 26 Aug 2018
at 03:11
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher sheathes his sword and waits for her to continue speaking.  Without a question and given her most recent statement, he is uncertain as to her reason for even being here.  However, if her team is this difficult to kill, listening might keep his team alive and allow him to accomplish his mission.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 261 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sun 26 Aug 2018
at 03:37
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
In response to Sypher's action of good faith, R.E.B.O.R.T. weapons quickly disassemble and retract into their compartments. He stands there with his arms waiting patiently at his side.
Francine
 NPC, 8 posts
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Sun 26 Aug 2018
at 04:37
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Hey, there we go. That's what I'm talkin' about. Ok, the meat and potata's a' this. We been spyin' on ya for the last couple a' weeks or so. Well, Glut was. He scry'd ya at Midway, and tailed ya too for a bit here and there. Even went as far as fightin' two of ya to test ya strengths, and boy was he impressed. He figured between you fellas and us, a "truce" if ya will would be mutually beneficial. We got our agenda, you got yours. An' right now, both a' them agendas line up. You want Elm dead, and we want a certain somethin' in his possession. When ya finally square up to him, we wanna help ya, in exchange for riflin' through his pockets. See? Simple. When we cross paths, we agree to not go for each otha's throats. It ain't that we could or couldn't take ya, it's just a big waste a' time expendin' all that effort against ya when not fightin' can just as easily get to the goal. Now I'm sure you got ya questions lined up. Let's hear em'".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 373 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 28 Aug 2018
at 02:41
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher eyes the reforming undead.  Then he look back at Francine.  "A moment to confer with my team?"
Francine
 NPC, 9 posts
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Tue 28 Aug 2018
at 17:27
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Sure thing".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 502 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Wed 29 Aug 2018
at 01:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Once the rest of the group gathers around, Shiaran is the first to speak - and that in a low voice.  "It's likely they will hear everything we say, especially if Glut is haunting us.  I have no way to shield from prying spells."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 374 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 29 Aug 2018
at 01:26
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher nods.  "Alright, folks.  Let's have it.  Thoughts?"  He is careful to keep his voice neutral.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 510 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Wed 29 Aug 2018
at 01:41
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc crosses his arms over his plated chest. "They can hear me all they like. I see no benefit to allying with their ilk and their faulty assumption about why we're here only proves that. We just need to do what we came here for and move on. If they decide to get in the way of that, I'll take off a few more limbs."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 262 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Wed 29 Aug 2018
at 01:41
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. leans in and looks over at Sypher. "The mission is paramount. If this group can somehow prove they can assist in that, then it may be worth considering."
Oro
 NPC, 55 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 01:37
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Our opponent as currently at a disadvantage, and could tell you anything. I would advise caution with exercising your trust. However.. if they wanted to assassinate us, this would be the most unorthodox of setups in the history of cloak and dagger deeds"
Gazra
 NPC, 36 posts
 Human
Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 01:39
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I'm with Beloc. I don't trust no undead. I don't care how good a deal they offer. But that's just me. I don't run this show".
Sigurd Fyreworm
 NPC, 9 posts
 Human
 Barbarian Underchief
Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 01:46
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sigurd addresses Francine. "Tell me then, she-wolf. If you stand against Elm, who truly sold us out? You speak as if this Glut person followed us for his own amusement, not under orders".

Francine cracks a smile. "This one here, he asks all the right questions. Yeah, Glut followed ya of his own accord. Elm didn't have a clue you all even existed until his special guest arrived".

"Irja." says Sigurd, sounded defeated as if he's realized something.

"Ah, sweetie, don't look so glum. We all know what Elm really is. He can sway a lady to do and say whateva he wants 'er to. Getting her to spill the beans on you all woulda been as easy as squashin' a bug to him. I'm sure ya lady friend proly don't even realize she's said anything still. Prolly still under his charms".

Sigurd's face goes from one of grief to a flash of determination.

"Sypher. You already know my vote then. I can't let Irja stay in enemy hands while we both draw breath. I say we agree to the terms, and be on our guard".
Krem Poot-Tooth
 NPC, 28 posts
 Goblin
 Entrepreneur
Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 01:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Oi ain't got nuthin' to lose but me life, heheh. Oi go where you go, Sypher".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 511 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 02:02
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc pulls his helm back and switches his focus from Sypher to Sigurd. "You know Irja the best. If she is enthralled by Elm's power, do you think she can be saved?"
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 375 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 02:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher looks at Sigurd, then to Shiaran who nods slightly.  He turns to Francine.  "I do not need to even say that should you attempt to betray us, the last battle will be repeated without reprieve.  You have my word that we will hold to a non-aggression with your and yours so long as you do not violate that pact first.  Nothing more is guaranteed, but nothing more is automatically rejected either save that which is sinful for me to do."

He steps forward and holds out a hand to Francine to shake.  There is no fear, only determination in the paladin's eyes.
Francine
 NPC, 11 posts
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 02:15
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Francine looks down at Sypher's hand, and back up into his eyes. "Deal" she says, shaking on it.

She turns to Beloc. "The only way to break that kinda charm on someone is if Elm releases it.. or if he's dead dead. An' we can make that happen. But you didn't come down here ta chat with us, now did ya. You got business with whatever this freaky energy stuff is goin' on in here, don't ya. Well go on, I ain't stoppin ya" she says, slowly placing her hands back in the air. "Alright gobbo, I'm gonna walk right ova hear and sit down. Don't shoot will ya. My guts are already all shuffled around from that last shot".

Francine coolly walks over back to one of the unoccupied wing back chairs, and seats herself. She crosses her legs ladylike, but keeps both palms up and outward. Krem doesn't stop looking down the barrel of his trenchgun.

Her situational awareness on the fact that something odd is in the room with you all is slightly unnerving. It's as if she knows more than she lets on, but doesn't find the matter important enough to pry. She also seems completely unfazed by the removal of he carpenter from the casket.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:17, Thu 30 Aug 2018.

R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 263 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 02:27
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T's head swivels around to face Francine. "Where is Glut? He is unaccounted for."
Francine
 NPC, 12 posts
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 17:10
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Keepin' an eye on our vampy friend. Can't have 'em slippin' away if he catches wind things ain't goin' his way".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 503 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 31 Aug 2018
at 03:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran moves over to Sypher and Beloc and anyone else who is within subvocalization range.  "We don't need to do this in front of them.  Our...trust should extend no further than that terms of the non-aggression pack we extended to them.  Having them watch us do this?"  She shakes her head slowly and firmly.  "I have a bad feeling about this."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 376 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 31 Aug 2018
at 03:54
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher nods, still uncomfortable making any deals with the undead, but so far as he can see things, this is the wisest path.  In his deepest heart, he hoped that some of the undead that seemed to be free-willed, like these ghouls, actually were and that perhaps they might be saved despite their cursed physical existence.  Until he knew better, he would cling to that hope and treat them as such should the opportunities to do so present themselves.

He was also aware that they were at war and the undead represented the enemy.  Sypher felt no guilt about attacking and nearly destroying the mercenary ghoul group.  Given the same circumstances, he would do it again.  Right now, though, the concern was the gate and getting it closed.  Shiaran was right, they needed the ghouls out of the room, but how to get them out?
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 504 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 31 Aug 2018
at 04:01
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran turns to the ghoul.  "Francine, your presence here is problematic three-fold.  One, we don't trust you enough to let you watch in case our detente goes south and you have that information to use against us.  Two, your nature will interfere with what we are about to do."  A small lie...probably, but Shiaran wasn't Sypher.  Lies were not taboo for.  She'd pray about it later...probably.

"Three, what we are about to do is powerful beyond your capacity to imagine.  I don't mean that as a slight.  I mean that to emphasize the next statement.  What we are about to do, IF your presence doesn't interfere enough to stop it, will likely catch you up in it and you will be destroyed.  Then you can't do what you need to with Elm.  We will wait till your boys reform and you are able to leave.  Don't take too long."

As an afterthought she adds, "please."
Francine
 NPC, 13 posts
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Fri 31 Aug 2018
at 20:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Francine taps a finger on her chin for a moment, thinking. "Alright, fair point. We didn't agree to nothin' about bein' buddy buddy and hanging around with one anotha after all. So, I guess see ya later then. When the time comes and you face Elm, we'll be there. Just don't try nothin' funny once he's dead, cause at that time, our agreement ends and all bets are off".

She stands, ignoring Krem, and snaps her fingers. "Boys! Up and at em'".

The black flamed piles of the remains of the Black Fangs suddenly begin to burn rapidly. The regeneration effects on them speed up ten fold. Severed body parts burn away where they lie, and as they burn, they regenerate on the corpses. Within seconds, the entirety of the Black Fangs are fit for duty again. None of them speak, as they stand and right themselves. Bullet and Shiv looks everyone over, giving satisfied nods. Jocko takes his index finger and mock tips a hat. Pretty Boy rolls a shoulder back into place, making a sickly popping sound, and then clears his throat while never bothering to acknowledge his attackers. Spook gives a polite bow. They all follow Francine through the west door which is marked with an exit sign.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 505 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 31 Aug 2018
at 21:10
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran watches the entire process intently, gleaning what she can, until it is complete and the undead are out of view.

[Spellcraft 10 + 11 = 21]
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 377 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 31 Aug 2018
at 21:11
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher looks around at the group.  "We will keep our word with them when the time comes.  If the contract ends, it will end because of them, not us.  Understood?"  He looks to each person in turn.

Shiaran's nod is immediate, if distracted.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 512 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 31 Aug 2018
at 21:14
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc raises an eyebrow, simply to signify his distaste for the deal, but nods nonetheless. "The sooner we close the fault, the better."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 264 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 31 Aug 2018
at 21:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. nods mechanically and his eyes glow a deep violet. "The area is secure. No undead presence detected."

Moving forward I'm going to try and be more consistent with his effects. Violet/purple would denote Detect Undead, where a more crimson/red aura would signify Detect Magic.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 502 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sat 1 Sep 2018
at 00:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
With the area secured, the ritual begins. Kallium finds his way to you, sensing the increased spiritual activity. Thankfully, this rift isn't barred by a botched sigil, and the team is able to begin their work unhindered while Krem and the others keep a watchful eye on the entrances to the room.

Within five minutes, the sigil is complete. For a brief moment, everyone is able to see the now sealed rift in the spectral fault, and spirits that lazily drift by.

With the work complete, Oro asks "So now what do you plan to do?".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 378 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 1 Sep 2018
at 02:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"There are more rifts, we must seal them all."  The ritual seems to have invigorated him rather than drained.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 513 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sat 1 Sep 2018
at 03:33
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Rebort, keep an eye out for that undead rabble. Best if we avoid them if we can."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 265 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sat 1 Sep 2018
at 03:43
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Idioms of this nature, still somewhat foreign to R.E.B.O.R.T, continue to give the warforged pause. It almost seems as if Beloc is actually going out of his way to either educate him or keep him confused. It's hard to tell which.

"Removing my optic sensor would not benefit us in any deterministic way. My docent extends my awareness beyond..."

Before R.E.B.O.R.T. can finish, Beloc cuts him off with an "Mmhmm..."
Oro
 NPC, 56 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Sat 1 Sep 2018
at 20:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Oro appears amused by Rebort for a moment, before addressing Sypher. "Then lead the way my friend. We are at your service, today, tomorrow, and beyond".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 506 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 2 Sep 2018
at 02:19
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Where is the next rift located?  What direction?  What are we going to do with the man we rescued?"
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 379 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 2 Sep 2018
at 02:29
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"West.  The next closest is west.  We have something to do here, first.  Something that can have long-term ramifications I don't wish to consider should we ignore the situation.  We will take our new patient someplace relatively safe.  Then we must find the royal family.  Elm is one of the enemy and he has infiltrated.  No doubt that is why the city flounders.  Once we have saved the king and his, we will go west."

He turns to Rebort.  "Would you mind assisting our new friend?"
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 266 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sun 2 Sep 2018
at 22:19
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. nods and leaves to the nest room. He returns, carrying the man in his arms. "Beyond our company, I am unable to identify a secure location to leave him. Please advise."
Oro
 NPC, 57 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Mon 3 Sep 2018
at 00:29
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"It would be prudent to have one of us stay with him if he is a concern. The four of you are undoubtedly the strongest of the group, and a wounded, passed out man is only going to slow you down".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 380 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 3 Sep 2018
at 01:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher looks over the group, then shakes his head.  "We will bring him along until we get to the surface.  Perhaps he will wake and give us an idea.  If not, we can find somewhere in the city to leave him, someone to leave him with.  There are people in the city, in the homes in the upper circle.  That will have to do."

Sypher looks around at the chapel.  "Now, anyone have any idea how to get to the surface without going back through the castle?"
Oro
 NPC, 58 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Mon 3 Sep 2018
at 15:33
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"If my memory serves me well, the exit used by the ghouls should eventually pop up in a mausoleum at the ground level, within the innermost circle of the three walls. It wont be in the castle, but it will be near. There's also rumor of a secret passage I've heard about that leads to the mid district, but I haven't the foggiest of how to get to it. It's been around a decade since I walked these grounds, and that's not including our time in the sea".

Gazra in the meanwhile, retrieves the passed out man found in the coffin and hefts him up over his shoulders in a fireman's carry. "Geez this guy is heavy" he grunts as he shuffles along.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 381 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 01:55
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Oro, would you lead us out of here, then?"  He turns to Shiaran.  "Can you do that steed spell right now?"
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 507 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 02:00
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I'm set for city work, Sy.  I did not prepare the Phantom Steed spell."  She looks at Gazra apologetically.  "Sorry."

Neither Shiaran nor Sypher look strong enough to be that helpful.  Sypher looks around for a stretcher, but Shiaran stops him.  "That would cause more complications than its worth.  He's not injured, so if the stronger members can shift carry him or he wakes, that would be the better way to transport him.  I might even advise leaving him here.  The rift is closed.  The ghouls are gone.  Sy, I know you want him to be safe, but here might be the safest place for him.  He would be in familiar territory.  We could put him by the door we came in and let him make his own way out.  What do you think?"
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 382 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 02:01
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher looks around the room and sees Gazra exerting under the effort.  "I think that's a smart move, Shiaran.  Any serious objections to that suggestion?"  Sypher looks around a the rest of the group.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 514 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 02:35
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Judging by his appearance, perhaps that workshop in the other room with his. We could leave him there and move on."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 267 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 02:38
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. looks at Beloc and then back over to Sypher. "Your logic seems reasonable."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 383 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 02:43
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher looks at Shiaran, who furrows her brows in thought at Beloc's words.  Then she nods to Sypher.  "Very well.  We will leave him in the workshop then we make for the mausoleum exit in the castle grounds."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 506 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 10:50
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
A short while later...

With the carpenter safely tucked within his shop, and the way ahead clear, the group begins their egress from the underground. Only a relatively short hour and some minutes have passed since the escape from captivity, leaving the night relatively young.. and a certain denizen of the night hopefully active and not hidden away.

The smooth stone walls of the exit tunnel seem to stretch on for what feels like miles, though the repetitive scenery of flagstone, ever burning torches, and twisting corridors has in reality only been a few thousand feet. At one particular juncture, the hall branches off in a T section.

Beloc's elf senses tingle..
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 515 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 14:03
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Oro stands at the intersection, trying to recall which direction to go next. He looks to the east and then to the west before deciding to head down the eastern path. Several follow behind Oro, but as Beloc rounds the corner, something catches his eye. A peculiar seam in the stone wall that doesn't quite line up. His attention diverted, he walks over to the wall and traces the seam with a finger.

"Oro, you said these halls have a number of secret passages?" His finger catches a trigger and a whole section of the wall sucks inward revealing another passage to the south. "I think I may have just found one."
Oro
 NPC, 59 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 23:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Oro pauses for a moment, and taps a finger on his vieled chin. "So you did. Impressive, Mr. S'Viscus".

Oro walks over to peer down the pitch black secret tunnel. "No lights. The air is colder and stale. This passage has been sealed for quite some time. If the rumors were true then, it should let out under a safe house of sorts in the middle class district. The area is probably packed shoulder to shoulder with civilians who have fled the outer ring. The safe house however, would be off limits to them. It would be disguised as a counting house or something of that nature. Innocuous and drab, but common knowledge that is isn't a place for loitering".

Gazra saunters up and stands next to Oro. "And that info helps us.. how?".

"It's always good to know your way around my friend. Even if you'll never travel a particular road. In this instance, we now have choices. Infiltrate and find a direct and swift route to Elm from the inside, or take the long road which will lend itself well to a stealthy approach. The direct route - our original path prior to finding this - will be heavily guarded by his loyalist. After all, it is night time now. He'd have his best out and about on night shift to protect him in his waking and roaming hours. The stealth option would allow for careful planning, and using the escape tunnel system to get in. The guard presence would be lighter in the tunnels, as most regular folks don't know where the entrances are. Thankfully, if our cadre chooses this, I am no regular folk. I can get us into the escape tunnels hidden within the central ring without fail".

"Well that's a lot to think on". He turns and looks at Sypher and the other. "So, which way we goin' then?".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 516 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Wed 5 Sep 2018
at 00:02
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I'll take either way so long as it provides me a good running start", Beloc says with a wink.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 384 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 5 Sep 2018
at 00:46
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher bows his head for a moment and mutters some words, then grows silent.  After an uncomfortable few seconds, he looks back up.  "Shiaran, you still have command and are better tactically than I.  What say you?"
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 508 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Wed 5 Sep 2018
at 00:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran, who has been quiet, searching for traps and other problems, looks up and taps her chin in thought.  "While it might be surprising to go after Elm now, waiting seems to be the wiser choice, but only for the night.  It's still early and we can do some planning before rest.  Better to confront a vampire during daylight hours.  Better to confront him sooner rather than later, though, because every hour we waste, the closer he gets to doing something vile to Irja or the royals."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 385 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 5 Sep 2018
at 00:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher nods.  "Well said.  Oro, would you please lead us out?"
Dungeon Master
 GM, 508 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sun 9 Sep 2018
at 23:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"But of course", replies Oro. He fishes in a waist back that sits on the small of his back and produces a torch. Waving his hand over it, he speaks the command word "Lys". It immediately combusts and gives off ample light as he turns and delves into the darkness ahead.

The trip through the tunnel is relatively straight forward. The passage winds around, dips below the main tunnel, and levels back out just under the sewer system. The only reason this is apparent is due to the occasional smell that wafts through the otherwise stale air. Niether Rebort nor sypher get indications that anyone or anything haunts the halls, as the only seen are vermin like rats and roaches.

A half hour later, the group reaches a stone staircase leading up. The flight is short, and is covered by a heavy wooden trap door. With no indicators as to being literally trapped, the door is cautiously opened to reveal a dimly lit and dank cellar. There are wooden stairs that run up the length of the far wall, with a landing just below the next floor up.

The cellar itself is full of old crates and barrels with what looks to be rations and dry goods of all sorts. There is evidence that the supplies have been visited very recently, given the drag marks on the dusty floor.

The rafters above which double as the floor joists for the ground level creak and groan on occasion. It isn't immediately apparent whether or not its just the building creaking, or if other people are above.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 509 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Mon 10 Sep 2018
at 01:58
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran looks around the room and finds a crate to sit on silently.  Her voice is a whisper.  "Everyone take a break.  Oro, you seem to know the city better than anyone.  Mind taking a look above us and see what's going on up there?  This is as good a place as any to plan our next move, but I don't want anyone wandering in on us before we're gone."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 386 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 10 Sep 2018
at 01:59
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher finds a stack of flour and sits on the bags.  He rubs the back of his neck and closes his eyes for a few moments of meditation and prayer.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 517 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 11 Sep 2018
at 03:00
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"We could use a decent rest, and seems as good a place as any assuming no one else is roaming around up there."

Beloc sheathes his weapon and dismisses his armor. "If Lady McDeath was right about what we're up against, we're going to need a pretty solid plan. Any ideas?"
Dungeon Master
 GM, 510 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 11 Sep 2018
at 03:05
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Oro slinks off up the stairs to survey the situation.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 268 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Tue 11 Sep 2018
at 03:06
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. walks over to Beloc and shows him a rolled up parchment. "This should help. While we were idle in the catacombs, I was able to create this. It won't destroy him like natural sunlight would, but it will pose a great hindrance to him."

Beloc looks over it and quickly realizes what it is. "This looks like the Daylight spell." He looks up at the warforged. "Yes, I think this will be very useful."
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 510 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Wed 12 Sep 2018
at 02:54
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran starts poking around the crates of foodstuffs.  "Ooh, garlic!"  She takes out a small net sack and pulls out several cloves.  She tosses one to each person present.  After everyone has one, she peels off a bulb and chomps it down, barely making a face.  Then she puts the rest in a pouch and sits down again to wait for Oro.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 387 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 12 Sep 2018
at 02:55
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher looks askance at Shiaran, but with an encouraging nod from her, he follows her lead and eats a bulb.  His face gets all screwed up for a moment and he almost gags before swallowing.  Then he downs half his water skin before tucking the rest of the bulb away in a pouch at his waist.  He says nothing, but shakes his head at Shiaran's impish grin.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 269 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 14 Sep 2018
at 03:10
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. picks up a full bulb of garlic and smashes several cloves against his faceplate. "This is a very unusual custom", he says as pieces of the garlic peel flutter to the ground.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 518 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 14 Sep 2018
at 03:11
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc picks up a single glove and takes a bite and looks over at R.E.B.O.R.T. "You eat it."

The warforged replies with a simple retort. "I do not require sustenance."
Oro
 NPC, 60 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Sat 15 Sep 2018
at 17:30
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shortly after the garlic is passed out, Oro returns. "There are four soldiers upstairs. All but one appear to be drunk. However, you'll be even more interested to know their uniforms bear the symbol of a rose with no thorns.. the coat of arms for House Elm" he finishes with a slight smirk. "Who gets to throw the first punch?".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 519 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sat 15 Sep 2018
at 17:59
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"What are the odds that they're enthralled into service versus devoted followers?"
Oro
 NPC, 61 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Sat 15 Sep 2018
at 23:56
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"No idea. Some of them probably don't have a clue that he's anything other than a cruel and cold man to work for. Some may like his personality.. others may very well have just needed the job. At a time like this though, none of those details matter. Hesitation at any moment could be the difference between killing him, and letting his escape. There is only one vampire in these lands I'm content to let live, and Elm isn't he".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 511 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Mon 17 Sep 2018
at 01:29
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"This one is on me, boys.  I'll be right back." Shiaran makes her way stealthily up the stairs to see what she can.

[Take 10 on Stealth + 14 = 24.]
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 520 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 01:18
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
She fades into the shadows faster than Beloc can turn and say, "Be careful up there."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 512 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 23:40
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As Shiaran creeps off, Oro, Gazra, and the rest of the non-core group find spots to rest. Within a matter of what feels like seconds, Gazra lets out the slightest hint of a snore. Oro removes his head wrap and mask, using a second cloth to wipe the dust and grime from the area around his eyes that normally stays visible. With the turban like wrap he wears, it's easy to forget he has a small set of horns on his forehead. Age lines and crows feet at the corners of his eyes show just how weary the last decade has made him, despite his calm demeanor normally. He looks over at Gazra and smirks. "Soldiers can sleep anywhere.." he muses to no one in particular while Sigurd sharpens a boot knife and Krem picks at his teeth with a wooden splinter.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 521 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 18 Sep 2018
at 23:56
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Tricks of the trade", Beloc says with a smile.

The elf's armor retracts back into his amulet as he putters around looking for an appropriate space to sit. He sits down, folds his legs in, and lets out a heavy sigh. "Rest while you can. It may be a while before our next respite."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 388 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 19 Sep 2018
at 03:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher moves over near Oro and takes a seat near enough to speak in low tones.  "Oro, a lot of time has passed for you since we met on the airship, but for me it doesn't feel that way.  I wanted to say thanks.  In the short time we have had to work together, I've come to trust you and Gazra and I really appreciate what you two are doing for Fildegarne."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 270 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Wed 19 Sep 2018
at 13:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The tiny, feathered dragonette, EM-01, flutters around R.E.B.O.R.T's head. "Sypher, is there anyone we should coordinate with before this assault? I can send a messge out if needed."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 389 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 20 Sep 2018
at 01:55
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher shrugs and looks over at Rebort.  "For the moment, I believe we are on our own.  Smaller numbers are better for this anyway.  Too many people involved overly complicates things.  Unless you have someone and something specific in mind, better to keep things in a tight circle.  I appreciate the offer, though."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 271 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 20 Sep 2018
at 14:49
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Agreed. The smaller the assault party, the more likely we are to go undetected. Should we inform the dwarven King to prepare an evacuation in the event we are discovered prematurely. That could prompt Elm to take drastic measures in order to split our attention."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 390 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 21 Sep 2018
at 03:37
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher nods, impressed with the warforged's reasoning and tactics.  "Well said, Rebort.  A very astute and insightful point.  If you can send a message to the king, do so."

He looks around at the others gathered, his voice low but intense.  "Shiaran knows this already, but the rest of you should understand.  When we go up against Elm, he will try to use our good, our hearts against us.  Your goal, your only goal, is to take him out.  I will deal with whatever shield he sets himself.  We cannot let him control us through our fear, through our loved ones.  He will only hurt more if we do not end him.  Understood?"
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 272 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 21 Sep 2018
at 14:31
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. nods. "I will send EM-01 to the King to act as early warning in case anything goes wrong."

The warforged whispers something to the tiny messenger and it quickly flies away.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 514 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sun 23 Sep 2018
at 04:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As the messenger spirits away, Shiaran returns down the stairs with a young soldier walking behind her. His hand rests on a pistol at his belt, but he doesn't draw it.

He scans the basement, looking everyone over. "An elf.. and a mechanical man? Blessed be the One, it is true what I heard". He looks then at Shiaran, and then at Sypher. "Then that means.. you.. you're-".

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:27, Sun 23 Sept 2018.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 391 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 23 Sep 2018
at 04:27
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher stands, an inquisitive look at Shiaran, then holds out his hand to the young soldier.  "Sypher Whiteraven."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 515 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Mon 24 Sep 2018
at 13:51
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The soldier clasps hands with Sypher, too dumbfounded to speak further. He shows no signs of being uptight or on his guard.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 522 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Mon 24 Sep 2018
at 14:15
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc raises an eyebrow. "And who might you be, soldier?"
Garyl Hendricks
 NPC, 1 post
 Human
 Soldier
Mon 24 Sep 2018
at 23:20
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Oh, forgive my manners, sir. Private Garyl Hendricks, of the Elmorian Dragoons".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 392 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 27 Sep 2018
at 02:33
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Private Hendricks, would it be safe for us to speak upstairs with your fellows waiting there?"
Garyl Hendricks
 NPC, 2 posts
 Human
 Soldier
Thu 27 Sep 2018
at 12:27
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Yes sir, but I reckon you might wanna bring the whole lot of you up there. If the boys see they're outnumbered two to one, they'll be more inclined to stay seated and keep their mouths shut long enough to hear you out".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 523 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 27 Sep 2018
at 18:09
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc slowly walks over to Shairan and whispers quietly. "What exactly is happening here? Is this an interrogation? Can we trust someone under Elm's command?"
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 512 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 30 Sep 2018
at 22:28
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"When people think they are alone, they say different things than when they are in the company of others, especially those they don't know.  Based on the intel I gathered, we will be okay.  Just keep an eye on the guy by the door."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 393 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 30 Sep 2018
at 22:30
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher nods at Hendricks.  "Why don't you go on ahead and announce us, give the men some warning before we start spilling out and startle them.  We'll join you right after."  He turns to the others.  "No weapons.  These are allies until they show themselves otherwise."
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 513 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 30 Sep 2018
at 22:31
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran hands Hendricks a couple of jugs of ale.  "Don't forget why you came down here, sweety."
Garyl Hendricks
 NPC, 3 posts
 Human
 Soldier
Mon 1 Oct 2018
at 12:30
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Garyl takes the jugs and nods, before heading upstairs. He speaks loud enough for both upstairs and downstairs to hear. "Boys, we have guests. Apparently there's some sort of passage beneath the cellar here. They aren't here to kill us, so that's a plus".

"That's all fine, but where's the booze, mate?".

"Got it right here".

"Well tell them to come up then. More than enough ale to go around".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 524 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Mon 1 Oct 2018
at 14:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc looks over to Shiaran and Sypher before heading up the stairs and speaks quietly. "Ok, so what's the story as to why we're down here and skulking around in hidden passages?"

This message was last edited by the player at 14:48, Mon 01 Oct 2018.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 514 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Mon 1 Oct 2018
at 20:09
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran heads up the stairs first.  Over her shoulder she smiles.  "The truth.  They already know it."

At the top of the stairs she saunters into the room with a hint of swing in her hips, drawing attention to herself while the others arrive.  "Hi.  I'm Shiaran."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 394 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 1 Oct 2018
at 20:11
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I will go next.  Let's start them off with the familar before we get to the more...exotic."  He smiles over at Rebort.

As he leaves the stairwell he gives the men a slight bow of his head.  "Sypher Whiteraven, at your service, gentlemen."
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 525 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Mon 1 Oct 2018
at 20:20
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Appearing completely unarmored, with his weapon and shield strapped behind him, Beloc follow behind Sypher. He bows slightly while introducing himself. "Beloc S'Viscus."

He quickly scans the room looking for the "guy by the door" as Shiaran had instructed. Upon finding the one in question, he casually positions himself as close as possible without looking like he is trying to get too close.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 273 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Mon 1 Oct 2018
at 20:35
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. waits until everyone else has made their entrance before heading up himself. His wooden and mithril frame glides up the stairs more gracefully than his size would elude to. He enters the room and quickly looks for Sypher and then, without a word, goes to stand beside him.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 516 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 4 Oct 2018
at 12:49
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The group looks everyone up and down, especially Shiaran.

"So then, wot do we owe the pleasure of these folks company to then Garyl?".

"I believe they're seeking safe passage through. I don't know where they're headed, but I don't think they mean us any trouble. They could have just as easily stuck a knife in me and handled you drunk lot without lifting a finger".

The man by the door shifts uncomfortably. "Whiteravens? As in the House Whiteraven. The Marquis family thought to be dead. Twenty years is a long time to lay low. And durring a war is an awful funny time to just come popping up out of thin air. Gary, weren't you just saying Count Elm had them in his custody? Something about crimes of treason?". His tone is highly suspicious.

"Yes. But knowing Elm, and what Boyle said, I don't believe they've actually done anything wrong".

"You're stupid, boy. They, they are our ticket out of this shite outfit. If we turn them in, Elm will promote us. No more bottom feeding, just like we said".

"He's got a point Garyl".

Garyl looks at his squad with incredulity. "They escaped the dungeons and have fought through legions of deaders you morons. You really think you're going to stop them? They outnumber us two to one".

The man by the door smiles. He whips the door open and starts blowing a shrill whistle. It echoes through the streets.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 526 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 4 Oct 2018
at 14:27
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc snaps his fingers and Apache leaps into action. The military dog lunges into the side of the whistleblower. The man attempts to resist but eventually gives way to the weight and force of a thrashing attack dog. The whistle clatters to the floor as Apache brings the man down to the ground.

Apache latches on to the man's throat in a vicious death grip. The rumble of a low growl resonates in Apache's throat, indicating he means business.

Beloc crushes the whistle under his boot and leans down in front of the man. "I bet that seemed like a good idea at the time."

He places his hand on his blade and looks over at Sypher and Shiaran.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 395 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 4 Oct 2018
at 15:49
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Do not kill him.  Allow him to reconsider the foolishness of his actions.  Disarm him, though, and bind him.  There has been too much death already."  Sypher turns to the other two.  He stands taller, doing his best to sound like more than a simple monk.  "I am Sypherion Whiteraven, son of the murdered Marquis.  Believe it or not, but your ticket out of here is not Elm.  Garyl has chosen wisely.  I offer the two of you the same opportunity."

No doubt Shiaran would rib him later for his poor attempt to sound regal.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 517 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 4 Oct 2018
at 17:09
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Seeing their compatriot taken down in an instant, the two nod. "Whatever you got in mind, make it quick sir. Probably won't be long fore someone comes to investigate that alarm".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 527 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 4 Oct 2018
at 18:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc removes his hand from his blade and relaxes his stance. He leaves Apache in place as he disarms the man. After binding and gagging him, he calls his companion off.

He asks Shiaran, “Care to check my rope work?

This message was last edited by the player at 21:11, Thu 04 Oct 2018.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 518 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 4 Oct 2018
at 22:13
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The doorman struggles against his bonds, wild eyed and fearful.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 515 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 5 Oct 2018
at 04:38
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran gives the elf a sweet smile.  "I trust you, Beloc.  But he needs to be downstairs in case someone shows up."

She turns to Sypher.  "We need to make things look less out of sorts in here.  When those others show up, we need to redirect."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 396 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 5 Oct 2018
at 05:19
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher looks at his assorted friends and comes to some conclusions.  "Rebort, you and Oro escort our reluctant friend downstairs.  Keep him unharmed and comfortable, but do not release him or allow him to speak.  Gazra, Sigurd, and Krem, go with them.  Beloc, you and I should take a seat.  Beloc, you know what to do with Apache.  We're soldiers, too.  We belong here.  Take up a position as if that is true.  Shiaran, you have the door."

Keeping with his instructions, Sypher heads over to the table with the other two seated soldiers and takes a seat with them.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 516 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 5 Oct 2018
at 05:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran takes up position at the door, standing not at ease, but alert and waiting.

{Her intent is to pretend that she, Sypher, and Beloc arrived a minute or two before the others and are questioning the soldiers about the whistle.  She will indicate Sypher interviewing the soldiers at the table.  Shiaran will wing the details when the other soldiers arrive.  Between then and now, she will give Sypher, Beloc, and the other soldiers the gist of her plan.  She will also warn the other three, gently, not to try to disrupt the plan.}

"Gentlemen, we are all on the same side.  Forcing us to fight others who are set for the defense of Fildegarne only helps the enemy.  I would not want the blood of your fellows on your hand.  Do we have an understanding?"
Dungeon Master
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Fri 5 Oct 2018
at 12:32
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
All three nod. ""You lead ma'am, we'll follow" says Garyl, as everyone follows Sypher's orders and gets into place.

A few moments later a gruff looking sergeant and two subordinates enter the door.

"What goes on here? Report" barks the sergeant.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 517 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 6 Oct 2018
at 05:15
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Thank you for your promptness, sergeant."  Shiaran's voice is military, in control, but not barking or demanding like the sergeant's.  Just calm and collected.

"There was a small squad of four deader troublemakers that made it across the wall and happened upon this position.  I sent Dack, Wedge, Klivian, and Porkins off with three new recruits to hunt them down or chase them back across the wall at the least.  If the latter, they were to plug up whatever hole the deaders were using to get across.  If that squad is just a forerunner for a larger breach, sergeant, those men could certainly use your help."
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 528 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Mon 8 Oct 2018
at 13:23
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Prior to the soldiers arrival, Beloc activates his armor. Not only mask cover his head and face but to also to contribute to the illusion of their alarmed state.

He stands by quietly, hand near his weapon, as Shiaran navigates the conversation.
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Sat 13 Oct 2018
at 21:11
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The sergeant eyes Shiaran suspiciously, before noticing her rank and insignia sewn into her coat. He pops to attention and gives a quick salute, before taking on a more relaxed posture than he had previously.

"I don't recall none a' them names ma'am. Some of the lads from your unit then?".

Garyl interjects. "Yes sergeant. The lieutenants here are with the special tactics division. They happened to be passing through and paid us a visit when the infiltrators were spotted".

"Huh. Guess that explains why hardly anyone 'ere has on any sort a uniform". He pauses to look at Garyl. "Ma'am, you mind if I have a word with the lad, outside?".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 518 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 14 Oct 2018
at 03:27
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran steps aside.  "Go ahead, sergeant, but make it quick.  My boys will need your help as soon as possible if my hunch is correct."
Dungeon Master
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Mon 15 Oct 2018
at 23:49
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The two step outside. The following sounds are an incomprehensible garble of the sergeant swearing and chewing up one side of Garyl and down the other. The phrase "drunk on duty" and "fraternizing with officers" rings clear enough.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 529 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 16 Oct 2018
at 03:37
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc raises an eyebrow as the muffled butt-chewing gets heated. "These boys aren't going to have an easy time the next few days. Best to move on quickly, but it seems we're in the clear for the moment."

This message was last edited by the player at 13:22, Wed 17 Oct 2018.

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Thu 18 Oct 2018
at 07:57
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The sergeant carries on for a short time more before escorting Garyl back inside. He reports back to Shiaran.

"Alright Ma'am, what do you need us to do? I have four bodies I can spare, and by your leave, I have my own post to report back to".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 519 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 19 Oct 2018
at 12:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Four bodies that should have been sent on ahead before the conversation outside."  Her voice only carries a slight reprimand.  "Send your men down the next street toward the west to the wall.  That's where Wedge and the rest went.  Then return to your post, please.  Thank you for your prompt arrival, sergeant.  Good job."  He voice remains matter-of-fact, crisp and efficient.
Dungeon Master
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Fri 19 Oct 2018
at 18:59
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Ma'am" says the sergeant as he salutes, before giving an about-face and exiting the building. He barks a few orders at his men outside and all five leave.

"Not bad ma'am. Got rid of sarge with a quickness" admires Garyl.
"Never cared much for that'un anyhow. Good riddance, the wanker".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 530 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 19 Oct 2018
at 19:38
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc dismisses his helmet and nods at Shiaran. "Well done", he says with a smile. "We should probably move on before anyone catches on to our little ruse."
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 520 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 20 Oct 2018
at 02:10
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran waits a few minutes at the door until she is sure the sergeant is gone.  Then she turns to Garyl and speaks in a soft but not quiet tone.  "Private Garyl.  We need your help."  The rogue looks at the other two still in the room.  "All of your help, possibly.  Is what you said about Elm true?  You're not in trouble, but its important that you're honest."  Shiaran throws as much honesty and sincerity into her voice as she can muster. [Persuade = 18]
Garyl Hendricks
 NPC, 4 posts
 Human
 Soldier
Sat 20 Oct 2018
at 02:22
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Every bit of it ma'am. None of the lads trust him. We all know there's something terribly not right about him. Ol' Bill Galloway says he's a creature of the night. Never seen em' in the sunlight. Then again, Shay Payden says Elm eats babies, which is probably not the truth but not far from it. All I know, is my Gram taught me how to see people's auras, and his is blacker than a sinner's heart with no moon at midnight, ma'am".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 531 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sat 20 Oct 2018
at 02:32
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As if Beloc's ears weren't distinctive enough, they perk up at the mention of Garyl's particular talent. "What do you mean by seeing people's aura, exactly? That seems like a very useful skill."
Garyl Hendricks
 NPC, 4 posts
 Human
 Soldier
Sat 20 Oct 2018
at 20:24
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I can see if folks have good in their hearts or not, sir. It's the main reason I decided to cooperate. All of you more or less strike me as good folk".

This message was last updated by the player at 20:24, Sat 20 Oct 2018.

Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 532 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sat 20 Oct 2018
at 21:58
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"That's quite a gift. Thank you for trusting us." Beloc turns to Shiaran. "I don't know how much you've shared with him already, but you think he can point us in the right direction, it may be a good time to head out."
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 521 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 21 Oct 2018
at 12:53
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran nods and looks at Sypher.  "You think?"
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 397 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 21 Oct 2018
at 13:20
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher stands up and goes over to Garyl.  "I'd like to talk with you outside, Garyl.  I need to ask you some questions related to our current mission."  He leads the young man outside.

"Garyl, you have a gift.  I have a similar gift and I think you might have what it takes to become a Paladin, a knight who serves justice, righteousness, and the light.  When we finish our mission, I'd like to return and train you.  If you want.  But first, we need to stabilize things here.  How much can we trust your friends inside with sensitive mission intel?"
Garyl Hendricks
 NPC, 5 posts
 Human
 Soldier
Sun 21 Oct 2018
at 15:20
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Baggs and Parson are good on this, yes sir. Clarke, the one downstairs, he didn't mean nothing sir. He panicked. Elm terrifies him. That's how the Count operates. His men don't respect him, they fear him. Maybe if you spoke with Clarke, he might come around, sir"
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 398 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 22 Oct 2018
at 00:18
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher places a firm hand on Garyl's shoulder and gives it a friendly squeeze along with a stoic smile.  "Thank you.  I will take that advice, though we haven't much time.  We are going to take Elm out this day.  He is a vampire and in league with the PCA and is largely why this city is where the battle is at instead of pushing these monsters off into the sea.  I will either have to convince Clarke or you will have to subdue him until Elm is out.  His fear may lead him to betray us before we can complete our objective.  Understand?"

When Garyl nods, Sypher lifts his hand and motions him to lead them back inside.  Then he looks over at Beloc and Shiaran.  "I will be downstairs for a few.  Gotta clear things up behind us before moving forward.  Get started on a strategy with Garyl, Baggs, and Parsons."  With that, Sypher heads downstairs to confront the fourth member stationed here.
Oro
 NPC, 62 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Mon 22 Oct 2018
at 01:26
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Oro greets Sypher with a nod as he enters the cellar. "The young man seems absolutely petrified, though rightfully so given the company keeping him down here". Oro leans in to whisper to Sypher. "Best of luck with him friend. My talents lie in getting those tied up to talk, not to calm down". He turns to Gazra. "Come Gazra. If Sypher is here, then the situation up stairs is settled. We should lend our ears and minds". Gazra grunts and hoists himself up from his seated position.
Sigurd Fyreworm
 NPC, 10 posts
 Human
 Barbarian Underchief
Mon 22 Oct 2018
at 01:28
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sigurd waves. "If you've come to talk sense, Sypher, I would like to be of assistance. Perhaps letting the young man know a bit about us will ease his mind".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 399 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 22 Oct 2018
at 02:08
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Well spoken, Sigurd.  Would you like to begin with what you have in mind?"  Sypher finds a nearby crate and has a seat.  He gives Clarke a friendly smile.
Sigurd Fyreworm
 NPC, 11 posts
 Human
 Barbarian Underchief
Mon 22 Oct 2018
at 13:58
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sighed calmly walks over to Clarke. "I'm going to remove the gag now" he says. "Do you understand why you're here?".

Clarke stares up at Sigurd, eyes glazed over. "Yes..".

"Ok then.. Tell me, in more than one word why you are down here". Sigurd pulls out a water skin to take a long drink.

"Because you are all enemies of the state and want to make sure I'm silenced. And because you're going to torture me for information before you kill me"

At that, Sigurd chokes on his water in complete dismay. "cough What?? No, that's no-cough at all what we're here for. We just want to talk".

"Then why the guy with the big sword.." he asks, looking at Sypher.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 400 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 23 Oct 2018
at 04:10
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher takes the skin from Sigurd that he just drank from and hands it to Clarke.  "I'm the commander of this unit, private.  I am here because I want to ask you for your help."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 525 posts
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Thu 25 Oct 2018
at 01:20
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Clarke looks at Sypher with a hint of suspicion. "Help with what? I can't imagine it's anything legal, considering my current predicament. And how do I know you won't do me and my comrades like most other officers do, and have us pay for whatever back door deals are being made? You gotta understand sir, I've seen everything from drug contraband to weapons caches sold and traded over the years, and some poor enlisted guy ends up taking the fall for it all".
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 274 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 25 Oct 2018
at 01:27
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T's focus is fixed on Sypher and Sigurd, but the gem in his chest seems to march to the beat of a different drum. It pulses a faint red glow as the voice of Dr. Ewes chimes in. "Because we're not some group of tossers here to make matters worse. We aim to set things right!"

If a warforged could look embarrassed, you wouldn't necessarily know it. His deadpan face looks over to Clarke and then back over to Sypher and states flatly. "That was unexpected."
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Thu 25 Oct 2018
at 01:30
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Clarke looks bewildered at Rebort, and mutters to himself "It talks..".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 401 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 25 Oct 2018
at 03:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher grins wryly at Rebort.  "Rebort is our friend and fellow soldier.  He speaks little, but when he does, it is usually with wisdom."  With a deep breath, Sypher relates who he is and the events that led him to this spot.  His story is short, efficient, giving only the details necessary to explain his purpose without giving away the exact details of the mission with the faults.  The telling takes no more than five minutes.  He says nothing of Elm being a vampire or their intent to re-kill him yet, stopping the story with the escape from Elm's clutches through the catacombs and winding up here.

"This is who we are, private.  Sypherion Whiteraven of House Whiteraven, servant of Fildegarne at your service as well."
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Fri 26 Oct 2018
at 12:27
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Clarke listens intently, nodding and looking disgusted when Elm is mentioned. " So I'm not to be tortured and executed, I'm not to be framed, and instead you want me to play along with some sort of political coup if I'm reading between the lines correctly? Sir, I can't say how much help I'd honestly be to you, but you have my word that nothing said here leaves this cellar. If you are indeed deposed nobility, far be it for me to cause you further grief".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 402 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 26 Oct 2018
at 13:02
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher nods and smiles up at Sigurd.  "That's good enough for me.  Let's head back upstairs so we can plan our next steps before the sun comes up."  He motions for Sigurd to head up first, then for Clarke to follow.  He takes one last look around the room, particularly at the door into the catacombs, then heads up topside himself.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 275 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 26 Oct 2018
at 16:10
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. makes his way back into the other room after everyone else has exited the cellar.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 528 posts
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 Giver of Trinkets
Mon 29 Oct 2018
at 02:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Having his bonds released, Clarke follows Sypher's instructions and heads upstairs. Everyone is gathered around two tables pushed together as a plan of action is laid out in detail.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 522 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Mon 29 Oct 2018
at 03:09
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Let's start out by explaining exactly what we intend to do.  Elm is a vampire."  She waits for the appropriate gasps and shocked looks from the Fildegarne regulars before forging ahead.  "That means a number of things, but largely that our advantage is during the day."  She turns to Garyn and the other three.  "Any intel you can give us on his habits during this time of day, however inconsequential they may seem, can give us an edge.  Vamps don't like the day and he is likely sequestered in his coffin somewhere if the tomes I read hold true."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 276 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Tue 30 Oct 2018
at 19:43
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc shifts uncomfortably in his armor. "I can't say I've had many experiences fighting that sort of enemy. How do we take him down?"

R.E.B.O.R.T. responds quickly to the question, almost like a reflex reaction. "Prior research indicates a distinct weakness to silver, especially weapons made of or coated in silver. Running water, wooden stakes, and decapitation have been reported as effective means of dispatching them. When faced with imminent defeat, they have a tendency to transform into a mist-like form in order to escape, so knowing the location of his sanctuary or trapping him in that state would be advised."
Oro
 NPC, 63 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 01:06
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Rebort is correct in his assessment of our foe. I'd imagine he isn't very upfront and obvious about what he is, and there is no telling how long he has a been a vampire. I've known of the man for many years, and if memory serves me well, he has aged slightly since the last I saw him some 20 years ago. This suggests he's a "fresh" undead if you will, and could also suggest his powers may not be as great as one who's spent a few hundred years honing his edge. I've only ever known a single vampire, but he was a half breed. But even as a half breed, his ability far surpasses mortals".

Gazra interjects. "We did fight those vampire spawn that one time. They were a nasty lot, and several of them tried to aparate away. Remember what Gimble did? He used some sort of cold spell and froze them in place when they turned to mist".

Oro's eyes light up. "As a matter of fact he did. Excellent memory Gazra". Oro fishes around in a satchel, producing a vial that the party recognizes as the same type of vial containing stasis gel that Darius used to preserve Corporal Vimms back at Midway Garrison. "If the lovely Shiaran could find a way to weaponize this vial, we may be in business should Elm decide to turn tail. Just.. Be mindful of the application. I was only able to pocket a single one of these, so it's all we have of the stuff".
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 277 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 02:27
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. leans in, peers at the vial, and cocks his head to the side. "Is that oil based or water based?"

He looks back up at Oro, eagerly awaiting a response.
Oro
 NPC, 64 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 03:19
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Oro turns the vial over in his hand. "Given the viscosity, I'd assume oil based. Though the meta-magical properties probably alter the inherent behaviors of the mix". He looks at Rebort, a slight gleam of mischief in his eye. "Poison making. It tends to give a bit of insight into the nature of vialed substances".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 523 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 03:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I can definitely help, Rebort.  If he tries to turn into mist once defeated, we simply cannot let him get away."  Shiaran turns to Garyl and his friends.  "Do you know where Elm spends his daytime?  What can you tell us about his patterns?  Is there any information we might need to know that would help us take him down?"
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 403 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 03:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Before they can answer, Sypher adds his own questions.  "Oro, you said you've known him for 20 years.  And this question is for all of you," he takes in Garyl, Clarke and the others.  "Has he always had a reputation for evil and darkness or was he ever a good man?  Can he be defeated and unturned?"
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 278 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 03:56
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. nods with Oro's assessment. A tiny slot in his forehead opens up and a lens, not unlike a monocle, pops out and slides into position over one of his eyes. "Oil-based solutions tend to have lighter particles. A standard atomizer, like those used in perfume bottles, could subdivide the contents of that vial into an even finer mist thus dispersing it over a larger area."

He makes a few mental calculations before continuing. "I could fabricate such a device, but it would take time. However, if we were to find three suitable perfume bottles, I could use the parts to fashion one much faster."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 529 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 11:37
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Oro ponders for a moment before shaking his head. "He has to my knowledge always been the highstrung, arrogant, and ruthless man you see today. The contraction of sanguinare vampiris has done little to quel his behavior, and has more than likely made him worse. I don't know that you could save what's left of the man inside the shell, Sypher. Couple that with there being no cure for the affliction, I don't see us having many avenues beyond the obvious.

Garyl speaks next. "Count Elm spends his days locked away in the north wing of the castle. That's also where he managed to have the royal family sequestered to. It's heavily, heavily guarded obviously. Elm has our best and brightest fighters there. The rest of his two-thousand strong force are scattered throughout district two, which is where we are now. He uses his army to keep only himself safe, and won't order us to defend the walls. If he'd just give the damn order, the coward, then we'd have already won this final push of the war". Garyl slams a fist down on the table at his last remark.

"Hmm, the northern wing. That's a tricky infiltration. No underground paths to it, no first or second story windows, and only one way in and out by foot". Oro taps a finger to his masked chin.

"Could we not get in through the top then? Surely there is a courtyard or something there" says Sighed.

Oro snaps a finger. "That's it. The airships above. The Navy uses a harness system that is enchanted. It casts a one time slowfall charm on the wearer when activated. If we could gain entry to one of the battleships or destroyers guarding the keep from above, we'd have an almost straight shot down to gain entry".

Gazra folds his arms. "Ok brainiac, lets says we do go along with that suicidal route.. How the heck do we even get up to one of the ships, hmm?".

Clarke speaks next. "I have a cousin stationed aboard the FSS Luminaire. If I could get word to him, he may be able to help get us onboard a supply pickup. They do those here, in district 2. The ships lower cargo wenches and gear and food stuffs gets raised all those hundreds of feet up to the ships"
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 404 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 12:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As Oro speaks of Elm's personality, he takes a deep breath and nods once in acknowledgement.  Then his lips purse as something else occurs to him, but that he keeps to himself.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 524 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 12:49
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Thank you, Clarke.  When is the next supply run?"
Dungeon Master
 GM, 530 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 13:08
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I don't know ma'am. They don't have a set schedule, and it's need to know basis only. The whole ordeal is only about a 30 minute evolution, but during that half hour the ship sits stationary and a portion of the crew is manning the on-rep teams. It places the ship in a small and short vulnerability window, so it's done quietly and fast. Usually at night. If I could get word to my cousin somehow, he could probably tell me. But again, we're left with the problem of getting in touch with him. The comms officers on groundside isn't going to just let me get on his system and broadcast open air information like that. I think the ships use certain flags at dusk to signal the next on-rep, but we're past that time of day now to keep an eye out for that, unfortunately".
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 279 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 15:12
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. chimes in with a suggestion. "EM-01 might be able to pass through the guard stations unseen to deliver a message between us and your cousin, but it is currently on another mission right now. One moment."

The warforged steps away from the group for a moment to check in with his tiny messenger.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 533 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 16:22
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc furrows his brow as he runs through the plans discussed so far. "Assuming we make it in, how do we find what we're looking for? Do we have a layout of that wing? There's a large amount of uncertainty going in blind."
Oro
 NPC, 65 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 16:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Everyone shakes their head, having no knowledge of the layout. Everyone except Oro. "During my time as the King's Heel, I was allowed on the lowest level. I may remember my way around once there, but beyond that, no".
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 280 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 16:49
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
While Beloc asks his questions, the small dragon-like creature flies into the room and lands on R.E.B.O.R.T's shoulder. There is a brief exchange and R.E.B.O.R.T. informs the group that the dwarves are aligned with their plan. "Should they need to make haste and evacuate, they will do so. They claim to be in the west wing, so that puts them a great distance from harm as well. It also sounds like the guards are deficient in watching them and think very poorly of Elm as well."
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 534 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 16:52
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"How many levels are there?"
Oro
 NPC, 66 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 17:22
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"There should be four levels on the main building and seven levels in both of the towers".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 525 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 19:34
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Where does the ship resupply at in the city?"
Clarke
Thu 1 Nov 2018
at 20:58
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"A few blocks from here ma'am. Not far at all".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 526 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 2 Nov 2018
at 00:10
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran looks over at Sypher then sends a mental request to Leukos to scout around for a possible airship in her vicinity.  She turns back to Clarke and gives him an appreciative smile.  "Thanks.  That makes things easier."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 405 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 2 Nov 2018
at 00:17
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"EM-01 can attempt to establish the connection with Clarke's cousin, but if our eyes in the air find it first, we can just move on it.  Clarke, if you are willing, I'd like for you to go with us and get us on the ship.  Once we've got an in, you would be able to return here and take up your post again.  We don't need necessarily to wait, either.  Unless someone has a strong objection, we can head to the depot and case the place before the ship arrives."
Clarke
Fri 2 Nov 2018
at 11:15
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Clarke wrings his hands nervously. "I.. I guess I could go, sir. You have to understand my apprehension here though, sir. If this operation goes teats up, I'll be the first one that gets deep fried".

Garyl places a hand on Clarke's shoulder. "At the rate things are going, we're all dead men walking if we don't do something. If these people can end Elm's reign of terror, then the order to fight can finally be given and we can break the PCA's back right here on our front door step. I want peace Clarke. Nearly half of mine and your life has seen war. That's no kind of way to live. And that doesn't even begin to leave room for the next generation".

Clarke just keeps looking at his hands.

"If not for you and us, then do it for Alphonse. He would have jumped at the opportunity to help out and give Elm the biggest middle finger ever".

A few tears well up in Clarke's eyes. "Okay.. For Alphonse. He would've had the guts to do this, and so will I".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 535 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 2 Nov 2018
at 13:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc walks over to Clarke and places his hand on his shoulder. "You're doing the right thing here. If things do go teats up, as you say, I'll be your shield."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 281 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 2 Nov 2018
at 13:51
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. looks to Sypher, his monotone voice almost diminishes his concern, but the concern is still notable. "If we leave now, without proper preparation, Shiaran and I would not have time to fabricate the stasis device to freeze Elm's gaseous form. Scouting the area is wise, but it seems inadvisable to board the ship without further planning or preparation."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 406 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 2 Nov 2018
at 19:00
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Thank you, Rebort.  Shiaran and Rebort can stay here with Sigurd, Gazra, and Krem to play gopher.  Oro, Beloc, and I can go with Garyl or one of the others on a scouting mission.  Clarke needs to stay because he'll be needed on the primary mission and there is no need to risk him now.  Any more than that, and we're probably making this harder than it has to be."

He pauses and looks over at Sigurd.  "One other thing of importance here.  We are not only looking to take Elm out, but we also have one of our own in there under his compulsion.  Irja Ginnar is attached to this unit from the Firewyrms.  We will not complete this without rescuing her."

"Shiaran, how well will Leukos be able to communicate with us while you are working?"
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 527 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 2 Nov 2018
at 19:03
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran smirks.  "Oh, Leukos is quite capable of conversing with you, Sy.  Whether he wants to or not, well, take some treats with you.  He likes seeds."  She hands him a little pouch from her belt.  "Don't tell him I told you this, but he actually likes you.  He has a bad habit of complaining how much more level-headed you are than I am."  She gives him a mock grimace and shakes her head.
Oro
 NPC, 67 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Sat 3 Nov 2018
at 19:34
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Oro chimes in "Also, let us not lose sight of the fact that the royal family has been lost sight of". He pauses for a moment at the peculiar way the words came out. "We don't know their location, though I'd wager in one of the towers of the north wing. We'll need a splinter group ensuring their safety. While we know Elm isn't popular with his men, we also know that he can invade the mind to have his biding done, and there are bound to be those who swear fealty to him, otherwise he wouldn't have had the power to make it this far on title alone. That being said, we should ensure while he is engaged with our Marquis and company, he doesn't have a sinister end-game to end the Ghendrake line".

Garyl puts a hand to his head. "Bloody hell, you don't think he'd stoop that far, do you?".

Oro glances over at Sypher and Shiaran, saying nothing. Gazra, Krem, and Sigurd also remain silent, avoiding eye contact.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 536 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sat 3 Nov 2018
at 20:00
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"He is evil to the core. I wouldn't put it past him, which is why we need to put an end to him."

Beloc looks over to Sypher. "Stealth isn't my strong suit, but I might do better hiding in plain sight. No one would suspect a stray dog being up to no good."

He winks and immediately begins to shrink in both size and stature. A brown fur begins sprout all over his body and his features become more canine in nature. He continues to shrink until he is the size of Apache.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 282 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sat 3 Nov 2018
at 20:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. quickly begins making a list of items to aid in the construction of the stasis device.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 531 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sun 4 Nov 2018
at 02:08
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The soldiers in the room look astounded at Beloc's druidic power. It's an easy assessment to say they haven't come in contact with many druids in their years, if any.

Meanwhile, Oro moves to read over Rebort's shoulder as he jots down his needs.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 283 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sun 4 Nov 2018
at 21:01
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Over R.E.B.O.R.T's shoulder, Oro is able to see:
  • 3 atomizers - commonly found in perfume bottles
  • 1 small glass container - as close to spherical as possible
  • spool of thin metal wiring
  • thin sheet of conductive metal


The list continues a bit more but becomes a bit more mundane as it goes.
Oro
 NPC, 67 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Mon 5 Nov 2018
at 00:51
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Oro peruses Rebort's list. "Hmm. Well, I can say definitely where to find the first two items, though I doubt anyone here wants to draw the short straw on where to purchase them at midnight".

This message was last updated by the player at 00:51, Mon 05 Nov 2018.

Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 537 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 8 Nov 2018
at 15:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
In canine form, several yips and barks come from the druid, but no one is able to make anything out. Except for maybe Apache. Beloc growls quietly in defeat and quickly shifts back to humanoid form.

"Given our current predicament, we could always leave them a silent donation."

This message was last edited by the player at 01:02, Fri 09 Nov 2018.

Oro
 NPC, 68 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Thu 8 Nov 2018
at 16:18
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I suppose you could go that route. I was thinking more along the lines of courtesans. They're bound to be working this hour, and undoubtedly would have perfume bottles they'd part with for a fee".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 538 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 8 Nov 2018
at 21:03
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc shifts uncomfortably in his armor. "I hadn't thought of that, but certainly an option as well. Rebort, how long do you need to craft this device of yours?"
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 284 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 8 Nov 2018
at 21:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. pauses for a moment to process the request. "With the proper components and Shiaran's assistance, one hundred and thirty-six minutes." After a few seconds hesitation, he adds "Give or take", but it's unclear why. Perhaps to indicate a measure of uncertainty, or just to seem a bit more 'human'.
Sigurd Fyreworm
 NPC, 12 posts
 Human
 Barbarian Underchief
Fri 9 Nov 2018
at 03:34
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"We've but a little less than six hours until sunrise. Uncle Oro, perhaps you could bribe the courtesans while the rest do their part?".

Oro nods. "I suppose if it's my own idea, I should do the leg work. I'll be off then" he says, before slipping out of the door silently.

Sigurd looks over Rebort's list. "The wire.. hmm. I don't know where we'd get a spool, unless shorter lengths would work. There's probably enough wire hanging the picture frames in the room to manage that. The metal though.. I doubt any smiths are welcoming guest at this hour..".
Gazra
 NPC, 37 posts
 Human
Fri 9 Nov 2018
at 03:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Tear apart one of those fancy ovens? They have sheet metal sides from the looks of them. There was one in the back of this place. A few of the crates downstairs were metal too. Probably nothing seriously thick. Extra housing to keep the rats our or somethin'".
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 285 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 9 Nov 2018
at 15:23
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Yes, shorter lengths will suffice. The plating is meant to serve as a foundation to embed the atomizers and hold them steady, so it should be fairly thin in thickness and something we can cut into strips. The wiring is simply a means to bind the various components together around the stasis unit. The stasis containment unit is meant to be fragile so that it ruptures on impact, forcing the liquid through the atomizer and dispersing it over a wider area."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 533 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sun 11 Nov 2018
at 01:32
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Over the course of the next two and a half hours, Oro returns with the perfume bottles fully intact and empty. The rest of the supplies have been gathered, and using what he could scrounge for tooling, Rebort is hard at work fashioning and shaping his cryo-grenade. The perfume bottles are relatively thick, designed to withstand a drop from a countertop or nightstand.

Leukos returns and sits on Shiaran's shoulder, purring softly in her ear, no doubt speaking to her.

The rest of the group have been doing their part for preparations, with the scouting party finding the supply depot where an airship will lower its cargo wenches to on-rep. The depot was lightly guarded, with seemingly only three guards and a control officer manning the communications console. Loads of crates sat bound in cargo netting, giving the impression the hard work had been done earlier by far more than the three guards. I wouldn't take many people to hook a wench to the eyelets at the tops of the cargo netting though, which would explain the light security currently.

The soldiers back at the mock counting house have all for the most part sobered up, having been given plenty of water and time to rest their eyes.

Clarke walks over to Sypher, extending out his hand. His face looks a little pale, and his voice starts to crack a few times. "Here, sir. It's a lieutenants emblem. Should help you out if you need to exercise some authority. I um.. I noticed none of you wear your rank, or even a uniform - well, except for Miss Shiaran's coat, so I reckon that might make things a little more difficult for you from time to time. Just uh.. please, return it when you're done with this Elm thing".

On further inspection of the insignia pin, there is a name etched on the back. It says "Alphonse Clarke".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 407 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 12 Nov 2018
at 04:04
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher tosses the emblem slightly and puts it in a pocket.  Then he salutes Clarke in serious fashion, a show of respect.  "If all preparations are made, we need to head out.  Time approaches for that resupply."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 534 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Wed 14 Nov 2018
at 23:37
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher, Shiaran, Clarke, Rebort, Sigurd, Garyl, and Beloc move along the dimly lit streets, silently. This particular part of the city is higher in elevation than the outer ring, giving glimpses of the city scape between buildings. Massive search lights patrol the skies in anticipation of enemy aerial attacks, while the occasional foot patrol passes by. Between looking natural and Clark and Garyl still in uniform, none of the passing patrols give a second look to the group. Those who stayed behind will be lead by Oro, primarily consisting of the Tiefling, Gazra,and Kallium. Krem will stay behind with the remaining soldiers to guard the tunnels in the cellar, just in case anyone finally backtracks the party.

Clarke has agreed to get onboard the Luminaire and contact his cousin for supplies, and then break off from there on the condition that when the ordeal is done, Sypher and company will vouch for his being AWOL. Garyl however intends to stay with the group, acting as a guide for what he can.

The main group makes it to just outside the staging area. It's a large, two story, squared off raised platform with a service elevator in the center. Three guards stand outside the elevator. Sandbags line their position and a heavy machine gun nest sits unmanned. More sandbags line the perimeter of the loading platform, with no one visible.

High above, the feint outline of a behemoth class battleship looms overhead, barely visible save for Beloc's elven sight.

"So what's the plan, sir" asks Garyl.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 408 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 02:30
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Clarke, Shiaran, and I will pose as unscheduled 'relief'.  Shiaran and I bear the same rank, but she is quicker on her feet mentally than I am so she will handle the talking when questions arise.  Clarke and I will just stand there and look official and composed.  If things go well, they buy the ruse and go get some rest for a bit.  If not, we subdue them - without killing them or even hurting them if at all possible as these are our men, not the enemy.  Either way, we will get on that ship."

He turns to the others.  "The rest of you will stay just out of sight and quiet.  If our moves become aggressive, come running.  Likely it will be over before you get to us, but just in case these guys are more than they seem, it will be good to have you there.  We have to be in position well before the ship arrives so they don't see any potential disturbance down in the depot itself."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 535 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 02:33
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
With all in agreement, Shiaran and Sypher make their way up to the three guards. They eye the two of you suspiciously.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 528 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 02:57
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Men."  Shiaran nods in greeting.  "Peaceful evening here?  Better than down there, I imagine."  She tosses a nod toward the lower part of the city.
Guards on Duty
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 03:01
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Sure is ma'am. Ain't a bad place to be at night. Still though, be lyin' if I said I didn't wanna at least shoot one a' them deaders".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 529 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 03:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran gives them a simple smile, intent on keeping them focused on her as an officer, not an opportunity.  "Well said.  Unfortunately, I am not here to reassign you to the front lines tonight, gentlemen.  I'm only here to relieve you for the evening.  Shall we go inside and make this official with the officer in charge?"  She motions toward the door of the depot.
Guards on Duty
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 03:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The guards look at each other, puzzled. Then they notice Sypher. The front man gets a sly grin on his face. "Oh I see. Heh, yeah sure ma'am. Funny place to find privacy for you two, but heck, I ain't arguing with a night off".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 530 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 03:24
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran, and thankfully Sypher, make no motion to acknowledge or deny the implied accusation.
Guards on Duty
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 03:35
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The guard turns around and yells to the top of the loading platform "Hey sir! We got some soft hands down here that wanna take over for the night".

A portly man pokes his head over the edge. "Wha?" he calls back.

"Couple of LT's down here wanna take over and rough neck for the night. You care?".

"I guess not. They probably have better bearing and manners than you lot anyhow. Jobs easy enough even the deaders could do it. Send em' up. Be back before shift change, I don't want your sarge cussing at me again cause you pulled more of your shit".

"Can do sir. Enjoy your night. We'll stay out of trouble.. Yeah right". He turns back to Shiaran and Sypher. "Gigs all yours, sir. Ma'am".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 531 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 03:40
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Thank you, Private.  Do enjoy your night off."  She nods at him again then steps past without another thought.  Sypher follows.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 409 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 03:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Once inside, Sypher and Shiaran find their way to where the comm officer is working.  Sypher enters first and takes up a position off to the side.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 532 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 03:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran motions for Clarke to precede her then follows him in.  She gives Clarke a moment to speak if he recognizes the officer.
Clarke
Fri 16 Nov 2018
at 02:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Clarke glaces over at Shiaran and shrugs, a blank look on his face.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 533 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 18 Nov 2018
at 03:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran walks up to the comm officer.  "We're here to relieve you.  Anything in particular we should know before you head off for some rest?"
Fat Officer
Sun 18 Nov 2018
at 05:00
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The portly officer looks absolutely confused. He wrings his hands nervously, not sure of what to do. "Ah, umm. Ma'am, I uh.. Under who's authority, ah, ma'am? I though you, umm, were just here to, uh, to relieve my crew? I'm not sure I understand what you're asking here, uh, ma'am. I'm under strict orders to not abandon this post. Ah, ma'am".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 534 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Mon 19 Nov 2018
at 01:37
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran turns to Sypher feigning a question.  Sypher shrugs.  "You are welcome to stay and help, but Elm has a 'special' cargo coming through and we are tasked with seeing it on board.  If you really want to hang around for that, we could use the assistance with communications and especially the handling."  She implies with her tone that it's not something the officer really wants to be here for, but also that she doesn't care if he stays for it.  "It's some kind of deader captive coming in for research."

{Diplomacy = 19}
Fat Officer
Mon 19 Nov 2018
at 02:17
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The portly officer listens intently to Shiaran, visibly wincing at just hearing the name "Elm". When she gets to the part about special cargo and a "deader", he visibly turns a shade lighter. "Well then ma'am, ah, hehe.. why uh, why didn't you say so. You're the senior ranking officer and I'lljustbeonmyway..". his voice trails off as he's already walking to the service elevator, clearly wanting no part in whatever black ops ordeal is supposedly going to happen on his pad. He pauses only long enough to render the proper respects to Shiaran and Sypher. He does not salute though, as is protocol for times of war. "Ah, good evening, ma'am, and sir. I'll be in my bunk if anyone comes looking for me". And with that, he steps onboard the elevator and descends into the dimly lit scaffolding below.

Garyl muses "Wow Miss Shiaran. If I didn't know any better, you've done this sort of thing before".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 535 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Mon 19 Nov 2018
at 02:32
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran winks at him then turns to Clarke.  "Alright, Clarke.  You're up."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 536 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 20 Nov 2018
at 13:44
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Clarke walks over to the command console, and begins twisting nobs and flipping lever. "I believe I recall the training on this equipment". The machine hums to life as he picks up a mouthpiece. "Uh.. ON-REP station one to Luninaire, ON-REP station one to Luminaire. Ground side situation is green. Packages are secure and standing by".

There is a brief pause before static crackles over the console and a hollow voice emanates from the other side. "Ground station, this is Luminaire. Hard copy on pickup. ETA fifteen minutes to tow cable. Stand by".

Clarke sits the mouthpiece back down. "That went well. I guess now we wait. Garyl, we'll need to turn on the locator lights".

Garly starts off around the perimeter of the platform, flipping switches and activating the lighting system.

"If you all have any unfinished business, we have fifteen minutes. After that it's go time, and we have some heavy lifting to do, so to speak".

Whatever reservations Clarke had before the mission began seems to have subsided. It's clear that he's neck deep into the thick of things now with the rest of the group.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 539 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 20 Nov 2018
at 15:00
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc and R.E.B.O.R.T. approach the new loading crew after the old is sufficiently out of sight. "Great job getting rid of that crew. Anything we can help with to prep the boarding procedure?"
Clarke
Wed 21 Nov 2018
at 03:22
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"No sir. Looks like the logistics are done. All we have to do is hook the tow cable to the cargo netting when they drop the wench. From there, on the last two or so loads, we hitch a ride. We'll need someone to confirm to the ship the last load is hooked, but I plan to claim site is compromised and have them emergency break away to keep things smooth. It can help explain our hitching a ride, but that all depends too on who is on the loading detail ship side. I'll be counting on our lovely lieutenant here for the fast talking".

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:38, Sun 16 Dec 2018.

R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 286 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Wed 21 Nov 2018
at 13:31
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
During the last few minutes of waiting for the Luminaire's approach, R.E.B.O.R.T. holds up a small, ironclad glass device. Half a dozen thin metal strips run from the top of the glass sphere to the bottom. The makeshift exoskeleton supports three atomizers that protrude from the upper hemisphere as well as a small plunger at its apex.

"The device is ready. Depress the small plunger at the top to activate, then throw at the target. You will need enough force to break the glass in order for the stasis liquid to disperse properly through the atomizers."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 537 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 27 Nov 2018
at 14:35
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
With the next few moments feeling like days passing rather than minutes, and console crackles and the hollow voice returns. "Luminaire to loading dock. On final approach. Wench drop in 2 min".

Overhead a heavy, reverberating mechanical sounds can be heard as the ship descends to around 500 feet in altitude. Barely a silhouette can be seen, save for the absence of stars above, though those with better than human vision can make out the underside and keel of the massive warship as it hovers. No light sources are pointed upwards, in an effort to further conceal the battleship. The wench is lowered and the work begins.

It's a simple enough procedure, with Clarke manning the comms and calling for more slack or to raise the load. Each bundle of crates takes around 5 minutes from the time its hooked until the wench is dropped again. Eight loads go up, with a final load left to transport. "Alright, this is it. Final load. Get it hooked up and find a good grip for your hands and feet, this one will raise fast. I'll make the call for emergency break away once everyone is on board and hurry over to join you".

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:38, Sun 16 Dec 2018.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 410 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 27 Nov 2018
at 16:40
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher looks at the net securing the load and is reminded of the last time he was so far in the air climbing ropes.  It did not go so well then.  At least this time he is not climbing, just holding on.  He takes a deep breath and secures his grip tight ensuring he doesn't fall this time.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 536 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Tue 27 Nov 2018
at 16:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran grabs a hold without much thought to the process.  Her mind is on the next step.  She makes it look easy and leaves her brother wondering if such courage is from calculation of variables or confidence in her body and skills.
Leukos
 player, 2 posts
Tue 27 Nov 2018
at 16:43
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Leukos circles one last time then flies off toward the castle proper to stay hidden until needed.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 287 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Tue 27 Nov 2018
at 18:57
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. pockets the cryo device and secures both his feet and hands to the netting.  He looks upwards, patiently awaiting their ascent.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 539 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 29 Nov 2018
at 03:02
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc kneels down at gives Apache a few pats on the head. "You need to stay down here and keep an eye on the others. Make sure they stay out of trouble."

Apache trots off in the opposite direction, he turns back to look at Beloc, ears perked up. Beloc nods. "Obad-Hai be with you."

He plants his feet in a couple holes within the net and grabs on tight.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:02, Thu 29 Nov 2018.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 538 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 29 Nov 2018
at 00:11
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
With the team in place, Clarke nods. In a panicked voice he hails the Luminaire. "Ground to Luminaire, ground to Luminaire! Position compromised, initiate emergency break away".

With little hesitation the operator on the other side responds. "Understood. Emergency break away. Godspeed down there".

Just barely audible, an alarm above from the ship can be heard. bong, bong, bong, bong repeats over and over. The slack in the cable pulls taut and the last cargo net covered crate begins the lift rapidly. Clarke sprints across the base of the platform, making a running leap for the bottom of the netting. He cries out from underneath, something apparently wrong. "Help! he yells.

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:39, Sun 16 Dec 2018.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 537 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 2 Dec 2018
at 06:34
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran scrambles down the outside of the cargo net to see what is wrong.

{Climb take 10 + 9 = 19}
Dungeon Master
 GM, 539 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sun 2 Dec 2018
at 18:02
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Clarke dangles haphazardly, one hand barely gripping the bottom of the netting as the upward force of being rapidly lifted cancels out his attempts to gain an additional hand hold. He cries for help again upon seeing Shiaran. The platform down below is fading away fast, with more than a hundred foot drop now and the distance getting further.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 538 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 2 Dec 2018
at 20:53
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The moment Shiaran sees Clarke, she utters "Sýllipsi" in the arcane language.  As the spell takes effect, she calls out. "You should be able to grab hold and climb up."  She continues to maneuver around to help him get a good hold.  With the spell, he doesn't have to fight gravity nearly as much.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 540 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 4 Dec 2018
at 12:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As the spell washes over Clarke, he eyes grow wide. For a few seconds, he flops back and forth like a rag doll as he adjusts to being near weightless while rapidly ascending. He reaches over, clapping a free hand with Shiaran and gaining a solid hold. His terror turns to nervous laughter when it finally settles in with him that he isn't going to plummet to his death. "Never had a spell put on me before ma'am. I gotta say, it's something else"

The upward momentum has gained a telltale list southward as the warship travels in reverse northbound to take it's place back above the keep. Far below on the ground level, light sources are scarce, and for good reason. At the forward end of the city's Southside, just inside the walls are a series of large search lights combing the skies for aerial intruders. Far outside of the wall, a sea of orange fires both from the day's distruction and the invading army glow for miles.

The cargo crate finally gets up to the loading bay of the Luminaire. The smell of thick diesel smoke and machinery wafts around, as thick black tendrils of exhaust trails by. A long boom arm with a crane wench hauls up the last bit of slack, swinging inward through the open bay door to the cargo loading dock.

The compartment is lit by red light. At least 10 Royal Navy sailors are present.. and pointing rifles directly as the group. One of them yells "Hold!" to the others before a shot can be fired. He calls out to Sypher and the rest "You clear?! Any deaders?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:39, Sun 16 Dec 2018.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 411 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 4 Dec 2018
at 15:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"All clear on the cargo.  No deaders aboard."  Sypher says truthfully.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 539 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Tue 4 Dec 2018
at 15:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran hops down and looks for the highest ranking man among those present.  "Our men on the ground were pushing them back, but we could not risk the cargo, the ship, or the castle."  She looks back at the loading sight disappearing behind.  "They are capable enough and the infiltration force was small.  I suspect the site will be clear in the morning come inspection.  To be sure, my men would appreciate any reinforcements, but they also understand how limited such resources are. They don't expect any."

{Diplomacy take 10 + 9 = 19}
Chief Kimble
Thu 6 Dec 2018
at 21:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
A swarthy older sailor steps through the group. His head is bald, and a large and thick white mustache all but hides his mouth. He looks back at the group. "Everyone out" he says, turning back to the party. "Except for you. I have questions".

Several "Aye, Chief Kimble"s ring out from the group as they leave the loading compartment.

He looks the group up and down first before speaking. "You almost had me young lady" he remarks to Shiaran. "But anyone who knows anything on the ground side would know we don't do reinforcements from up here. Not on this boat at least. From the looks of you, I'm guessing you aren't exactly the enemy. But you don't smell right either. So what's really going on? You one of those spook teams or something? Black-ops? Stuff they'd hang me by my toenails for knowin?".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 540 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 7 Dec 2018
at 16:28
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc releases the death grip he has on the cargo net and plants his feet firmly on the deck. The color returning to his fingers give the only hint to the relived trauma of the groups' suicide mission that started their adventure. He steels his resolve and takes in his surroundings.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 288 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 7 Dec 2018
at 17:13
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. hops down to the deck effortlessly and moves over to stand beside Sypher.  His movements are fluid and nonaggressive.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 540 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Tue 11 Dec 2018
at 04:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran looks straight in the man's eyes and with all the seriousness and deadly implication she can muster simply says, "Yes."

Sypher comes to stand next to her, silent and stoic with his arms relaxed, thumbs hooked on his belt.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 289 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Wed 12 Dec 2018
at 00:05
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. stands behind Sypher, crosses his arms, and looks down the bridge of his faceplate. He leans in slightly for dramatic effect.

Beloc stands quietly in the background and watches the receiving party for any sign of aggression.
Chief Kimble
Sat 15 Dec 2018
at 02:14
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The chief lets out a low whistle. "I reckon anyone with the stones to pull what you just did would have to be something of that sort. I'll make this quick then sirs and ma'am, what do you need, and how can I help".
Clarke
Sat 15 Dec 2018
at 02:19
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Clarke pipes up. "Warrant Officer Clarke. He is who we're here to see, chief. Munitions division".

Chief Kimble nods. "I'll fetch em. Probably in his rack at this hour. And probably best if you wait here. If you're pulling some sort of black op, the less the crew see's you the better. Loose lips sink ships and all that". Chief gives a courtesy salute and exits the cargo space.

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:40, Sun 16 Dec 2018.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 541 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 15 Dec 2018
at 05:57
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As soon as Chief Kimble is out of sight, Shiaran whips around to Sypher, her right eyebrow raised in question.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 541 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sat 15 Dec 2018
at 15:09
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc looks over to Shiaran. "You think he's up to no good? The last thing we need is an alarm raised."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 412 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 15 Dec 2018
at 18:32
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher shakes his head.  "No.  He's telling the truth.  He'll do what he says.  And Shiaran didn't lie.  The truth is always more powerful.  Nothing to see through."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 542 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sun 16 Dec 2018
at 00:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
About 20 minutes pass before the door swings back open. Chief Kimble enters, followed by a man in his early thirties. His uniform isn't completely on, and is comprised of unlaced boots, trousers, and an undershirt. A few days scruff sits on his chin, and his hair is a complete mess. Pillow lines streak up one side of his face. As he enters, he stretches lazily, blinking the sleep from his eyes, before looking around and at the party. "Ok chief.. So you wanted to -yawn- show me some stow aways.. What's this got to do with me? I work with the big guns, not the brig".

Clarke steps forward. His voice sounds a bit sheepish, almost as if he's unsure of how he'll be received. "H-hey.. Willard. How's uh, how's life on the ship?".

Whatever sleepiness remains on Warrant officer Willard Clarke's face rapidly goes away. "James? What in the nine hells is this?" he demands.

"These people, they're one of those special teams. The kind that do the stuff we don't get to do or know about. And right now, they need access to the ship's fantail.. and some jump rigs".

Willard's face sours. "The fantail with jump rigs? That would land them right in the keep.. where Elm and the King are supposedly holed u-"". Willards face lights up and his eyes go wide as he finishes his sentence. "..up. They're infiltrating the keep. From above. Bloody hell they're a death squad". He looks at Shiaran and Sypher. "You're gonna rid us of that worm, Elm, aren't you?".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 542 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 16 Dec 2018
at 02:11
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran keeps an absolute straight face.  "The less you know of our mission, the less can be tortured out of you if we fail."  Then she winks at Willard so rapidly, the man is not even sure it happened.
Willard Clarke
Sun 16 Dec 2018
at 02:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
A wolfish grin spread over Willard's face. "Well.. great. The man's evil, he ties up resources, and he has an admiral in pocket because we all hear he's the reason we have non-engagement orders. This ship could do immeasurable damage to those ground troops outside our walls, but every request is met with denials. Their ships over their heads would be the first little slice of hell we drop on them. I take it too, that I was right in my assessment on you all, and that the crown has found Elm guilty or treason or something, because that's exactly what every red blooded service member thinks of the man. A traitor to his country, sabotaging this war for whatever kind of deals are in his favor. It shouldn't have taken us 10 years now to be beaten back over and over into a corner like this".

As Willard speaks, an edge of anger seeps into his voice. The man, like many you've met, genuinely hates Count Elm.

"How soon do you need to get back to the fantail? I can have the jump rigs supplied to you in minutes, as well as any munitions you might need. Just promise me you'll end this. I can't say for certain, but my gut tells me with Elm gone, this war is gonna be short lived".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 543 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 20 Dec 2018
at 04:31
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"The sooner the better.  We trust James and through him, you, to get us where we need to go the most efficient way possible.  Our goal is to win this war sooner rather than never, too."  She says the last with a gentle hand on Willard's forearm.  The gesture carries no implication, and she relies on the natural effect of her gentle hands to have its calming, trust-inducing effect such as all women have on men.
Willard Clarke
Thu 27 Dec 2018
at 22:38
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"We can manage that then. Follow me". Willard sets off out of the space, followed by Chief Kimble, who breaks off from the group to go grab supplies. Willard leads everyone down narrow corridors barely big enough for two people to pass one another. The paths stretch on and on, following the contours of the outer hull of the ship. A brisk 5 minutes later, the party finds itself standing on the aft most sponson of the Luminaire. The scene is reminiscent of the first time the core group met Silas, save for the area of the sponson is larger, and an enemy ship isn't raining down murderous cultists. A red crystal orb gives off a faint crimson light over the hatch leading out. There are no other sources, so Willard keeps everyone in the general vicinity of the light.

"Alright, here you go. It's going to be hard to see down there to hit your mark, so I have chief grabbing a few things for you". Right on cue, Chief Kimble steps through a hatch onto the outer deck with three junior sailors in tow. They go along the full of the party, handing out goggles and harnesses. "Being who you all are, I take it you don't need instructions on how to use this stuff. But.. for my own peace of mind: the harness will arrest your fall. It has one charge, and only lasts for a moment. Use it for a HALO jump. High altitude, low opening. Just pull the orange strap to activate the ward within. The goggles are self explanatory. They can see through all but the blackest of magical darkness, so cutting through the ink of night shouldn't pose a problem. They use some sort of green lenses though, so everything is shades of emerald. Hope you don't mind. I've been requesting the newer generation of the things, but operating budgets are tight. Which, speaking of, I'd appreciate if you could figure on a way to get this stuff back to me somehow. The captain will chew a chunk out of my ass if gear is missing on the next audit. Other than that, any questions?".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 542 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 28 Dec 2018
at 19:44
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T's interest appears to lie with the goggles. He peers through the glass from both the back and the front while Beloc tries them on.

The elf props the goggles up on his forehead and looks back at Willard. "One question. How long before the drop?"
Willard Clarke
Fri 28 Dec 2018
at 21:23
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Should be there any minute now if not already. The ship remains stationary almost directly over the keep. The bulk of her sits forward of the structure below. We're a literal shield right now in case artillery rains down. So, that puts our hind end sitting on a sweet spot for your drop".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 413 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 9 Jan 2019
at 02:39
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher and Shiaran put the harnesses on and arrange the goggles around their necks for easy access.  Neither says anything unless asked specifically about the fit or equipment, hearing all that is said and taking it all in.  Sypher focuses on the big picture and the goal; Shiaran the details.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 543 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 10 Jan 2019
at 00:32
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As the Whiteraven siblings suit up, so does Beloc and R.E.B.O.R.T.

Beloc looks back at Willard, awaiting the signal to drop.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 552 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 10 Jan 2019
at 02:39
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
With preparations made, Willard guides everyone over to the edge. He pulls the pins holding a section of railing on and removes it. He motions to the younger Clarke. "Oy, Catfish, give them a once over and make double sure those harnesses are secure". The young soldier winces at his childhood nickname. "Come on Will, don't call me that". Willard chuckles. "That's "Chief Warrant officer Will" in uniform". Willard sighs but manages a smile. He goes by each member of the drop team and gives them a once over, tightening a buckle here and there, and taking care to only point out a semi-loose strap on Shiaran's harness to allow her to grab it herself. "Good to go, drop team is green".

Chief Kimble steps forward, walking up the line and shaking everyone's hand as he goes. He stops as Sypher who is in front, and looks back at everyone. "Godspeed, soldiers. Don't stop til you have his head on a pike. We're all counting on you".

Willard steps forward and places a hand on Sypher's shoulder. "On your signal sir". At a nod from the young paladin, Willard ushers you one by one in rapid succession over the edge.

As you begin to fall, you feel a rush in the pit of your stomach. Goggles equipped, you can make out the outlines of buildings. Aiming for the northern wing, Sypher, Shiaran, Rebort, Beloc, Garyl, and Sigurd lean into their falls, steering towards the target area with one Leukos diving as best he can to keep up. The entire area is very dimly lit, and will most likely be patrolled by guards wearing the same type of goggles, which explains Willard's idea for low opening on the fall arrest. Behind you the city sprawls, with the occasional flicker of light down on the streets and bright beams from the searchlights near the southern most walls where most of the battles still rage on.

A circular courtyard lies in the center of the north wing, surrounded by diamond shaped towers connected by walls that makes up actual structure. On the left and the right of the wing are very wide parapets. All three spots would make good landing zones, with the parapets being more advantageous, albeit more difficult to aim for.

Please indicate which of the 3 landing zones each character aims for (in a post or via PM/messenger is fine). The central courtyard is diamond shaped like the walls around it, and spans 150' x 200'. The parapets are 25' wide. Large enough to make a landing, but with a Reflex Save to steer and line up correctly
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 544 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 10 Jan 2019
at 03:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran, who leapt first to take tactical lead, aims for the left parapet.  Sypher follows.  The Whiteravens land without a sound.  Sypher draws the First Blade while Dhiaran shucks her harness.  Then she draws her bow and knocks a soft arrow tied to a rope, while Sypher follows suit.

Shiaran takes the lay of their LZ while Sypher helps others landing successfully on the tower.  Shiaran notes any who may be off target, ready with a featherfall and the arrow to pull them in.
Garyl Hendricks
 NPC, 6 posts
 Human
 Soldier
Mon 14 Jan 2019
at 02:24
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Garyl lands silently behind Sypher and Shiaran, touching down silently in a crouch. He clutches his service pistol tightly, leaving his rifle slung across his back.
Sigurd Fyreworm
 NPC, 13 posts
 Human
 Barbarian Underchief
Mon 14 Jan 2019
at 02:26
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Seeing the evenly split landings, Sigurd opts to stick with Rebort and Beloc. The trio glides down onto the far right of the courtyard, landing near a set up stairs that will take them up onto the walls. The stairs and one other set on the opposite side of the courtyard are the only means of getting up and out it seems.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 555 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Mon 14 Jan 2019
at 02:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Having touched down in two teams, the individual groups have managed to stick close to one another. Multiple armed guards were spotted on the way down. Their loyalties remain a mystery, and it isn't far fetched to imagine any figure they find skulking in the dark may be fired upon. Somewhere between the two square towers is Elm's personal residence.. and the other, the supposed location of the royal family.

In the growing list of "somewheres" too is the party of Oro, Gazra, and Kallium. No one has seen hide or hair of the assassin and company yet, with no clear birds eye views of where they may be hiding or if they've made it at all yet.

A chill wind blows as a full moon begins to peek out from behind a heavily clouded sky. The added illumination makes viewing through the goggles appear bright. Not unbearably bright, but much more noticeable than before. None of the guards in view seem to move or stir. The air feels tense, as if the keep itself sense the coming fight..

Sypher and Rebort's sixth senses suddenly begin to go haywire.




Light conditions now allow for use of low light vision effectively for characters with the ability

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:05, Mon 14 Jan.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 414 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 15 Jan 2019
at 04:03
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher holds up a closed fist with his head down and eyes closed.  He continues to concentrate on his paladin senses as he speaks.  "These guards...don't hesitate.  Kill shots against vampires."  He goes silent to think and feel out his enemy.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 545 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Tue 15 Jan 2019
at 04:04
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran's voice is a whisper in Garyl's ear.  "Garyl, how are you armed?  Be precise."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 290 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Tue 15 Jan 2019
at 04:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. lands softly, but before he can even cast off the harness, he holds up a hand in warning. "Multiple undead entities detected." He pauses for a moment to ascertain more information.

"Three targets. Vampires. Relative strength, moderate."

This message was last edited by the player at 12:30, Tue 15 Jan.

Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 544 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 18 Jan 2019
at 14:56
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc quietly draws his silvered blade, releases his shield into the air, and begins scanning the area for hostile targets.

This message was last edited by the player at 14:56, Fri 18 Jan.

Garyl Hendricks
 NPC, 7 posts
 Human
 Soldier
Wed 23 Jan 2019
at 18:26
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Garyl whispers back "I've got my service pistol and a light machine gun. She isn't the most accurate rig but I can lay down a blanket of cover fire in a pinch".

This message was last edited by the player at 18:29, Wed 23 Jan.

Sigurd Fyreworm
 NPC, 14 posts
 Human
 Barbarian Underchief
Wed 23 Jan 2019
at 18:29
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sigurd looks over at Beloc, his sword and shield drawn as well. "Well then my elven friend, how do you want to play this?".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 546 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 25 Jan 2019
at 03:43
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran lets out a silent curse.  "Be wary.  Those weapons won't even distract a vampire if what I read is true.  I have a spell that may help you, but I can only cast it once so I'll save it for Elm.  As we advance, focus on targets I designate.  Otherwise, save your ammo and try to stay out of sight, or at least out of harm's way while Sypher and I work.  This is not a slight against your ability.  We should have equipped you better for this quest."
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 545 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 25 Jan 2019
at 03:54
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc glances over at Sigurd. "Swiftly and silently." He looks over at R.E.B.O.R.T. "And firearms may just alert others to our presence. Rebort, can you do anything to enchant his weapons, if they aren't already?"
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 291 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 25 Jan 2019
at 03:54
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. nods. "I will assist as needed."
Sigurd Fyreworm
 NPC, 15 posts
 Human
 Barbarian Underchief
Sun 27 Jan 2019
at 22:09
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sigurd extends his sword out to Rebort. "If we are to fight the kind of monsters you say they are, then yes, I don't think cold steel alone will do".
Garyl Hendricks
 NPC, 8 posts
 Human
 Soldier
Sun 27 Jan 2019
at 22:11
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Garyl listens intently to Shiaran's instructions, nodding his head. "Yes ma'am, noted. Even if all I can do is piss them off as a distraction, I'll be the best pisser offer I can".

He stands at the ready, auto-rifle in hand.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 292 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Mon 28 Jan 2019
at 01:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. approaches Sigurd and places his hand on the outstretched sword. His eyes go dark and his docent flares up a dull red as magic flows through him and into the weapon. "The effect is temporary but will suffice in its goal."

R.E.B.O.R.T. uses the Magic Weapon infusion, conferring a magical +1 enhancement to attacks and damage rolls.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 415 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 31 Jan 2019
at 02:13
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher comes to some conclusion.  He holds up one finger and points forward.  Then he holds up two and points behind.  Indicating all in the room, he points forward again then moves as silently in that direction as he can.

{Sypher takes 10 + 9 = 19 Stealth.
Shiaran takes 10 + 14 = 24 Stealth.}

Dungeon Master
 GM, 564 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 7 Feb 2019
at 23:34
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher and Shiaran get within 20 feet of their targets, with Garyl creeping further behind them. He has a hard time keeping up, but at his current pace he doesn't make a sound.
Sigurd Fyreworm
 NPC, 16 posts
 Human
 Barbarian Underchief
Thu 7 Feb 2019
at 23:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sigurd nods, thanking Rebort. He turns his gaze to Beloc. "Who goes first?".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 546 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 8 Feb 2019
at 00:04
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Their reflexes are beyond reproach, so catching them off guard will be difficult. However, the element of surprise is all we have right now. Focus on the ones that have isolated themselves first and strike fast." Beloc looks over to Sigurd and R.E.B.O.R.T. "Ready?"

Can we use the map on the Filde page to position ourselves and work up a strategy?
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 416 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 9 Feb 2019
at 18:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher points to the vampiric guard on the right.  Shiaran nods and leaps forward, attempting to stab it in the back.  As she moves, her blade begins to glow with the silent blue flame.  Her weapon strikes true and deep into the vampire's right torso, just below the ribs and bursts out the front.

Sypher strikes with her, moving right next to her, his own blade glowing with white fire.  Though he moves to the vampire on the right, he remains aware of the one to his left, a secondary target after this first strike against the primary.  With the split concentration, though, his sword only manages a glancing blow against the vampires left torso.

{Shiaran:
20 to hit (21 if they are lawful)
Damage 1d10+1d6+4d6 = 28 (+1 if they are lawful)
*Vampire must roll Fort Save vs. 38 (21 if lawful) received or be frozen for 1d4 rounds

*Unless they are immune to Fortitude Save necessity.

Sypher:
23 to hit (24 if they are chaotic)
Damage 1d10+1d6 = 2 (+1 if they are chaotic) x 2 = 4 (6 if they are chaotic)}

This message was last edited by the player at 19:31, Sat 09 Feb.

R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 293 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sat 9 Feb 2019
at 18:34
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. offers up a suggestion. "The entity at the top of the stair is alone. The odds of eliminating the target without alerting the others are in our favor. For the time being."
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 547 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sat 9 Feb 2019
at 19:23
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc nods and looks over at Sigurd. "You approach from the stairs, and I'll come at him from the other side."

The armor-clad elf positions himself on the south side of the stairs and sets himself up to get a small running start. Four powerful strides later, he leaps up and grabs a hold of the ledge. A surge of strength launches his lithe elven frame up and over the ledge. Beloc lands as quietly as his gear allows him, weapon in hand and ready to strike.

13:11, Today: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 16 using 1d20+4.  stealth check.
13:11, Today: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 21 using 1d20+11.  Jump check.

Sigurd Fyreworm
 NPC, 17 posts
 Human
 Barbarian Underchief
Mon 11 Feb 2019
at 02:40
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sigurd nods, brandishing his sword. His leather and fur clad armor lends well to making little noise as he skulks over to the base of the stairs. Still wearing his low light goggles, he takes the stairs two at a time, rushing his opponent. At the last second, the vampire senses him in some way. The evil creature wheels around, brandishing his rifle like a quarter staff to deflect Sigurd's blow. With the fluid grace of a cat, the vampire brings a knee up into Sigurd's stomach, stopping the barbarian warrior dead in his tracks. As it connects, it lets out a loud and feral sounding hiss. Sigurd grunts in severe pain, a spurt of blood flying from his mouth as he's nearly doubled over.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 565 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Mon 11 Feb 2019
at 02:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The two vampires attacked by Shiaran and Sypher attempt to react, but neither match the speed and precision of their human aggressors. Both shriek in pain, with the one damaged by Shiaran nearly dropping down to a knee were it not for the sword sticking through him. Despite the damage inflicted, he doesn't seemed phased by the sword's freezing properties.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 566 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Fri 15 Feb 2019
at 01:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Combat Order:

Rebort
Sypher
Vamp 1 [29 DMG]
Vamp 2 [4 DMG]
Sigurd
Shiaran
Garyl
Beloc
Vamp 3


DM Note: Only the 3 actively engaged vampires are on the combat list right now. Subject to change depending on how this plays out

R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 294 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 15 Feb 2019
at 02:01
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. attempts to avoid directly engaging with the vampires given his current host of weapons. Instead, he waves a hand in the general direction of the one that sucker punched Sigurd. Nothing obvious appears to happen initially.

R.E.B.O.R.T. casts Heat Metal, targeting the vampire's rifle. Will save, DC 15

This message was last edited by the player at 02:02, Fri 15 Feb.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 417 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 15 Feb 2019
at 02:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher does not hesitate.  He swings high for the monster's neck.  The flaming blade cuts clean through, cauterizing the necrotic flesh.  [Vamp 1 --> 10x2 = 20 DMG]

Continuing the swing, Sypher hits the shoulder of the second vampire in succession. [Vamp 2 --> 4x2 = 8 DMG]

[Sypher takes Full Attack.
Sypher takes 10 on two attacks with First Blade of House Whiteraven.
10 + 13 = 23 versus Vamp 1 (20 DMG)
Take 5 foot step toward 2nd Vampire
10 + 8 = 18  versus Vamp 2 (8 DMG)]

Dungeon Master
 GM, 567 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Fri 15 Feb 2019
at 02:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The vampire still standing with Sypher and Shiaran locks eyes with Sypher. With a brief flash of red in his gaze, he invades Sypher's mind, and then issues a single, one word command. "Kill..".

Sypher is under the affects of dominate person as a special ability. He is compelled to follow simple orders that don't involve self harm. If the vampire loses concentration or dies, the special ability ends.
Sigurd Fyreworm
 NPC, 18 posts
 Human
 Barbarian Underchief
Fri 15 Feb 2019
at 02:38
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sigurd loses his footing from the blow to his abdomen he received and stumbles backward, falling down the stairs.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 547 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 15 Feb 2019
at 02:58
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Concerned about her brother, but trusting him to figure out the way around the vampires mistake, she lunged with her sword.  It glances off the right torso and barely cuts flesh.  Her follow up strike doesn't even get close.

[Take 10+10=20 vs Vamp 2.  4 DMG (14 Fort Save if applicable or freeze 1d4 rounds)
Rolled a 5+5=10 on second attack.]

Dungeon Master
 GM, 568 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Fri 15 Feb 2019
at 03:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Garyl remains unseen given the CQC nature of the fight, opting to heed Shiaran's warnings of not getting too close.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 548 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 15 Feb 2019
at 15:09
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc takes full advantage of the vampire's distraction and leans in for a full attack. He swings low to cripple his opponents escape. The blade bites deep into the back of one of his legs [25 DMG], severing the hamstring and bringing the vampire to its knee. The vampire looks back to identify the source of the damage only to find Beloc's second strike coming in for the kill. The attack cleanly separates its head from its shoulders [25 DMG]. It plops to the floor and slowly rolls down the stairs toward Sigurd. The last thing the vampire sees before the lights go out is the smirk forming on Sigurd's face.

Beloc makes a full attack, taking 20, as well as power attack(8)
20 + 13 - 8 = 25; 20 + 8 - 8 = 20
07:25, Today: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 25 using 2d4+22.  Attack 2 damage .
07:25, Today: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 25 using 2d4+22.  Attack 1 damage .
FYI: Weapon is silvered for the purposes of bypassing DR

This message was last edited by the player at 17:17, Fri 15 Feb.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 569 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Fri 15 Feb 2019
at 17:56
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
With the immediate threats dispatched, Beloc hears a comotion suddenly in the direction of the two vampires to the north of them. Their sensitive hearing should have already brought them running, however instead there are sounds of a scuffle and a sickening crunch.

Meanwhile, on the south west end of the wing, Shiaran, a bewitched Sypher, and a vampire continue to do battle.

Turn order remains the same for this round, with any new opponents that may be encountered falling at the end of the list

Rebort
Sypher [11 DMG]
Vamp 2 [25 DMG]
Sigurd [12 DMG]
Shiaran
Garyl
Beloc

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R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 295 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 15 Feb 2019
at 18:49
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. moves over to the bottom of the stairs to inspect Sigurd and his injuries. Before he can really lean in to check him out, he looks over at Beloc. "The undead signatures above appear to be fading fast. They are fighting something. Or each other."

The construct kicks the severed head to the side and helps Sigurd to his feet.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 418 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 15 Feb 2019
at 22:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher blinks his eyes a couple of times, then the impulse from the command washes through him.  He mentally glances back at Shiaran, mostly through hearing and combat awareness, but he remains staring at the vampire.  Kill.

Adjusting his grip on the sword, Sypher grins a slight grin as he looks at the vampire.  "With pleasure."  He strikes twice in rapid succession...at the vampire.

As the blade slashes into the monster's flesh and the fire does it's own work, Sypher smirks.  "You didn't say who to kill, and I LIKE her."

"Awww, Sy, that's so sweet!"

[Sypher takes 10 + 13 = 23 vs Vampire 2.
Sypher takes 10 + 8  = 18 vs Vampire 2 (full attack)
17:18, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 7 using 1d10+1d6.  Damage Attack 1.
17:18, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 4 using 1d10+1d6.  Damage Attack 2.
7+4 = 11 x 2 (vs Undead) = 22 DMG vs Vampire 2.]

Dungeon Master
 GM, 571 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sat 16 Feb 2019
at 16:59
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher's target reels back 5ft from the attack and the fire damage, hissing loudly. "You filthy cur! We are infinite!" he taunts. He fires a burst of automatic fire towards Sypher and Shiaran, though in his haste the accuracy is terrible. Sypher is struck twice in the side of his thigh and has his shoulder grazed for a total of [11 DMG]. Shiaran is more fortunate, only receiving a small hole in the collar of her coat, narrowly missing her neck. As the vampire fires, his size rapidly diminishes as he transforms into a bat. The downed vampire on the parapets next to you evaporates into a cloud of mist. Though his natural healing prevented his death, this one wants nothing to do with the pair of humans wreaking havoc around him.

The shots ring out loudly and echo on the stone walls. Shrieks and hisses can be heard from down in the courtyard, as well as to the north beyond where Garyl is laying low. Whatever thin veil of subterfuge the group had is now gone.
Sigurd Fyreworm
 NPC, 19 posts
 Human
 Barbarian Underchief
Sat 16 Feb 2019
at 17:03
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sigurd manages to dislodge a chunk of splintered wood from the shield he carries and begins jabbing it into the chest of the beheaded vampire that Beloc took care of. Once it breaks the skin, he starts using the heel of his boot to drive it in. It's hard to say if the barbarian is being thorough, or is simply angry at having the wind knocked out of him, but his methods are effective none-the-less.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 548 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 17 Feb 2019
at 02:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Let's move."  Shiaran heads north on the parapet toward the remaining vampire there.  As she moves, she lets loose with two shots from her off-hand with the RG.  Both shots hit, the second dead center mass, but without special enhancement, the mundane weapon does nothing.  It does not matter to Shiaran.  She has drawn the monster's attention with her accuracy, making her the greater threat than Garyn.

As she stalks forward, she taunts the thing with a smirk and a wink.  Her brother strides behind in silent confidence.

[Shiaran draws aggro on the vamp on the wall?]
Garyl Hendricks
 NPC, 9 posts
 Human
 Soldier
Sun 17 Feb 2019
at 02:29
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Garyl ducks low as Shiaran's shots pass overhead, before sprinting from cover to try and get behind his comrade. "Give the word and I'll hose him down" he says, showing a disciplined soldier's bearing, weapon at the ready, magically enhanced vision on his target.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 549 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sun 17 Feb 2019
at 02:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Hearing the gunshots, Beloc glances over to the other side of the courtyard and realizes the need for stealth is quite over. He plants his right hand on the stone railing and hops up and begins to make his way north. He quickly examines the area in the north-east corner before cutting left to position himself behind the lone vampire in the northern part of the courtyard.
Gazra
 NPC, 38 posts
 Human
Sun 17 Feb 2019
at 02:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As Beloc gets within view of where his supposed adversaries are, he's met with a familiar sight. "Yo, gimme... a hand... will you?". Gazra's hulking form has managed to scale up the wall from the outside and currently has not one, but both vampires in a mangled heap. He has a knee on one's bloody head while the his hands are wrapped around the other's neck, strangling it. A silvered dagger protrudes from the chest of the vampire being held against the ground. The sickening crunch quickly identifies itself as the neck of the vampire being strangled, though the creature's natural healing keeps undoing the damage only for it to be reapplied.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 550 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sun 17 Feb 2019
at 03:02
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc grins wickedly. "I guess I shouldn't be surprised."

The elf quickly hops down and moves over to the vampire Garza is currently throttling. He places his blade on his neck, just below Gazra's hand and swipes left. The vampire's eyes go wide as the rest of his body falls to the floor, leaving Gazra with a vampire ice cream cone in his hand.

"Only one of them needs to talk, right?"
Dungeon Master
 GM, 576 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Mon 18 Feb 2019
at 01:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Turn 3

With the gunshots ringing a dinner bell for the remaining 4 vampires, each begins to converge on Sypher and Shiaran's position. The vampire turned bat and his misty compatriot are already flitting away to the west, knowing they've been beat but unwilling to give the ultimate sacrifice of their immortal lives for Elm's cause.

Rebort
Sypher [11 DMG]
Sigurd [12 DMG]
Gazra
Shiaran
Garyl
Beloc
Vamp 4 [33 DMG]
Vamp 5 [7 DMG]
Vamp 6 [6 DMg]
Vamp 7 [Dead]

This message was last edited by the GM at 13:35, Wed 20 Feb.

R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 297 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Mon 18 Feb 2019
at 01:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Now that the silence has broken, R.E.B.O.R.T. shifts tactics to more of an offensive one. The guns mounted within his forearms immediately pop out, and the warforged begins to hastily apply a thin coat of oil on them.

*click* *click* *click* The sound of ammunition reloading rapidly can be heard as he finishes the application.

R.E.B.O.R.T. uses Rapid Infusion to apply Undead Bane to his weapons as a 1 round action rather than 1 minute. 80 minute duration.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 419 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 18 Feb 2019
at 03:15
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher follows Shiaran until they get within closing range.  Then he lunges forward ahead of her (she steps to the right slightly as he passes to her left).  The flaming katana hits above the vampire's right thigh, right at the hip joint.

[22:12, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 13 using 1d10+1d6 ((7,6)) x 2 = 26.]
Sigurd Fyreworm
 NPC, 20 posts
 Human
 Barbarian Underchief
Mon 18 Feb 2019
at 22:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sigurd gains his footing and steps over to Rebort. His gnarled shield and gleaming sword at the ready to defend his friend and give the construct a wide berth to make well placed shots.

Sigurd will attempt to take his turns in tandem with Rebort, fighting defensively

This message was last edited by the player at 22:47, Mon 18 Feb.

Gazra
 NPC, 39 posts
 Human
Mon 18 Feb 2019
at 22:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"That's the way...I see it" says the large warrior, grunting and catching his breath as he drops the severed head and manhandles the pinned vampire into a more cooperative posture. "Do your thing" he says to Beloc.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 549 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Mon 18 Feb 2019
at 23:06
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran follows up Sypher's attack with a slash at shoulder height.  She doesn't quite get to the neck, but scores a deep slash across its collarbone area.

[Shiaran takes 10 + 10 = 20 on attack.
18:05, Today: Shiaran Whiteraven rolled 7 using 1d10.  Damage vs Vampire.]

Garyl Hendricks
 NPC, 10 posts
 Human
 Soldier
Mon 18 Feb 2019
at 23:57
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Garyl takes to the edge of the upper wall, looking down in the courtyard. With his magically enhanced vision, he starts lining up targets and his heavy machinegun does the talking. Bullets rip and tear through a pair of vampires closing in on the edge of the wall. It does seem to give them a slight delay in their heading, before the pair splits in two different angles to avoid clumping up. Even still, with a mundane weapon Garyl can only hope to do so much against moving targets at range.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:41, Tue 19 Feb.

Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 551 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 19 Feb 2019
at 01:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc raises the silvered blade up so that it's at eye level with the vampire. "Well, he's got three seconds. Where is Elm?"

The vampire just stares at Beloc with its cold dead eyes and hisses at him.

Beloc looks over to Gazra. "Finish this one, perhaps one of his buddies in the courtyard will be more forthcoming."

He pivots hard and heads left across the stone railing to flank from the north.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 579 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 19 Feb 2019
at 03:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The vampire damaged by Sypher swings clawed hands wildly, but the flames of Sypher's blade are enough that it doesn't follow through when no opening presents itself.

The two vampires fired on by Garyl, having split off from one another, manage to flank either side of him, running up the walls and defying gravity. The north most vampire closes in within 15 foot of Shiaran, while the south vampire strikes Garyl hard as fast. Unlike Sypher, Garyl takes the brunt of the clawed blows. Large gashes splay across his chest and stomach.

The 4th vampire has taken notice to Rebort and company in the north east corner. It makes a mad dash to where Rebort and Sigurd stand firm, closing to within 30 feet of their position.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 580 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 19 Feb 2019
at 03:59
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Turn 4

As the vampire attacking Garyl lands his strikes, a blur of movement passes by. Both of the vampire's hands drop to the stone floor. Oro stands defiantly between the wounded monster and his prey, his two-bladed sword reflecting moonlight. "Hands off" he says quietly. Vampire 6 howls in pain as black blood spatters around his feet

Rebort
Sypher [11 DMG]
Sigurd [12 DMG]
Gazra
Shiaran
Oro
Garyl [9 DMG]
Beloc
Vamp 4 [Dead]
Vamp 5 [2 DMG]
Vamp 6 [Dead]
Vamp 7 [Dead]

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:28, Wed 20 Feb.

R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 298 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Tue 19 Feb 2019
at 15:06
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The last round of ammunition clicks into place and R.E.B.O.R.T. opens fire on the vampire bearing down on his position. His targeting matrix hones in on major joints to reduce movement and offensive efficiency. Each shot fired is followed by a very faint white tracer and disperses in a tiny halo upon impact. The first two rounds from each gun strike and pass through each shoulder [15 & 13 DMG]. The next two rounds connect at each hip, causing the vampire to lose its footing a bit [17 & 15 DMG]. The last two shots connect at the knees. The force of the bullets and added anti-undead enchantment on the round cause the joints to nearly explode on impact [19 & 26 DMG]. The vampire skids, face first, to a stop far short of his intended goal and doesn't appear to move.


R.E.B.O.R.T. takes 20 on all his called shots.
Left hand
20 + 12 - 2 = 30; 15 damage
20 + 12 - 2 = 30; 17 damage
20 + 7 - 2 = 25; 19 damage

Right hand
20 + 12 - 2 = 30; 13 damage
20 + 12 - 2 = 30; 15 damage
20 + 7 - 2 = 25; 26 damage

08:36, Today: R.E.B.O.R.T. rolled 13,16,19,21,28,23 using d20+10,d20+10,d20+7,d20+10,d20+10,d20+7.  Crit checks.
08:43, Today: R.E.B.O.R.T. rolled 15,13,17,15,19,26 using 2d4+2d6,2d4+2d6,2d4+2d6,4d4+4d6,4d4+4d6,4d4+4d6.  Damage rolls on vamp 7.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 420 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 20 Feb 2019
at 03:52
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher makes two swift, calculated strikes, both across the vampire's chest, making the way for Shiaran's make-shift stake.  The weapon's innate magical power, plus the golden fire do their work superbly.

{Sypher takes 10 on full attack (+13/+8) for a total of 23/18 versus Vampire 4.
22:47, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 7 using 1d10+1d6.  DMG 1.
22:47, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 8 using 1d10+1d6.  DMG 2.
Damage vs. Undead x2 = 7 + 8 = 15 x 2 = 30}

This message was last edited by the player at 03:52, Wed 20 Feb.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 582 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Wed 20 Feb 2019
at 13:24
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sigurd moves forward, cautiously approaching the downed foe. He reaches his sword forward to poke at the undead to see if it still has fight left in it. He suddenly recoils back, letting out curses in his native language as the vampire erupts into golden colored flames that quickly consume it, leaving behind only a charred skeleton. He looks back at Rebort. "Where was that when I was being kicked down the stairs, eh?" he says with a grin.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:31, Wed 20 Feb.

Gazra
 NPC, 40 posts
 Human
Wed 20 Feb 2019
at 13:30
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Gazra looks down at the bloodied vampire in his clutches, and back up to Beloc who is already racing to his next target. "Alright big guy, night night time" he says casually, adjusting his grip and squeezing. Sickening pops resound from the neck of his captive, before the vampire relents and evaporates into a cloud of mist. Whatever the creature lacks for speed in its gaseous form, it makes up for with a deliberate bee line west away from Gazra.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 550 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Wed 20 Feb 2019
at 21:49
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran takes a torch out of her pack with a flourish and slams it down into the broad gash Sypher had made to the vampire's ribs, doing her best to get it to the thing's heart before the wound closes up.  The damage is severe and her speed is exceptional.  The wood crashes through half-healed bone into the heart with a squelch.  Dark blood splatters a bit, but the vampire lies still, it's healing factor halted.  Skin grows dry and flaky as its flesh begins to shrivel.

Shiaran stands and looks about for another target.

[Shiaran performs a coup de gras on Vampire 4.]

This message was last edited by the player at 22:01, Wed 20 Feb.

Oro
 NPC, 69 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Wed 20 Feb 2019
at 23:24
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Oro flourishes his weapon again, taking advantage of the momentary shock his adversary is in. Two deep slices form across the upper chest and gut of the monster. Anyone witnessing the exchange would swear the cuts appeared out of thin air and that the tiefling assassin merely flinched. "Had enough?" Oro asks.
Garyl Hendricks
 NPC, 11 posts
 Human
 Soldier
Wed 20 Feb 2019
at 23:28
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Not where I'm concerned" answers Garyl, followed up by a meaty thwak as the soldier brandishes his heavy machinegun like a club, hitting the vampire across the head and sending him tumbling back down into the courtyard. Misty vapor forms around the crumpled heap as it begins its escape from the battle.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 552 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 21 Feb 2019
at 00:20
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As the vampire targets begin to drop one by one, Beloc looks for the last target. Being so far off on the west side of the courtyard, he sticks to the stone railings and closes as much ground as possible. Moving as fast as possible, he makes it to the north-west corner and heads sound in a collision course with the last standing enemy.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 583 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 21 Feb 2019
at 18:13
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Vampire 5 slows his pace looking back at Oro and Garyl, then back again at Sypher and Shiaran, and finally at the oncoming elven wrecking ball. He steps over to the edge of the west wall above the drop off, and then hold his arms out wide.. only to make rude gestures with either hand and lean backwards. As he falls he morphs into a bat form to flee.


This concludes the battle
Oro
 NPC, 70 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Fri 22 Feb 2019
at 13:46
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Oro nods to Garyl and hands him something before walking over to Sypher and Shiaran. "Those were not the only creatures of the night on duty in these early hours. Gazra and I killed three more on our way here. Elm seems to have surrounded himself with his own creations for his night time dealings. Kallium is off as we speak trying to discern the location of-". Oro stops mid sentence as Kallium materializes behind him. "Nevermind.. He can tell you himself".
Kallium Cairn
 NPC, 34 posts
 Ghost
 Wood Elf
Fri 22 Feb 2019
at 13:57
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Kallium wears a concerned look. "The Count and the royal family are both holed up in north tower. A large force of a dozen or so guards is en route from the south due to the gunfire - none of them looked human. Elm doesn't keep much in the way of his kin within the north tower..and I have confirmed Elm is indeed here". He pauses for a moment. "Irja is also here. She's.. She's not herself anymore. Elm has made her one of his own. She currently acts as the jailer to King Ghendrake and the Queen. I could not locate the princess, no matter how many doors I poked my head through. There was a strange presence within the walls, as if I wasn't alone in my silent and unseen skulking. Like things were there, but they weren't all at the same time. Several of them in fact".
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 299 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 22 Feb 2019
at 15:37
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. retracts his weapons and walks up to the rest of the group. "What you describe sounds very much like an ethereal presence. Definitive identification will require closer proximity. Historically speaking, similar signatures could match up with the entity in the pumpkin patch and the Black Fangs."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 421 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 23 Feb 2019
at 00:10
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
At the news of Irja, Shiaran looks at Sypher who looks over at Sigurd.  Sypher nods grimly at Kallium.  "We need to move before reinforcements arrive.  Our primary target is Elm.  Kill him.  The others can flee if they take that chance.  My understanding is that vamps that get reduced to mist take a bit to regenerate.  I plan to be finished before then.  Irja should be subdued if at all possible, but our secondary goal is the royal family."

Sypher hates that he is taking so much time to say what the others likely already know, but they cannot afford mistakes.  "I have no doubt in my mind that Elm will try to kill the royals and lay the blame on us.  We get one shot at this.  If we fail and the royals die, we will be hunted by all of Fildegarne.  Any thing else?"

He pauses for a moment in case anyone has anything of importance to add, but his bearing is toward the north tower.  If no one speaks, he'll head toward the door.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 553 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sat 23 Feb 2019
at 17:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc sheaths his weapon and rejoins the group as well. "I think that about sums it up, however, I don't completely agree with you on priority. I know your heart is in the right place Sypher, but I believe securing the royal family's safety is paramount here. I want to see Elm vanquished as much as anyone here, but what good will that do if there is no one to take up leadership afterward? This whole region will be plunged into chaos as the next in lines vie for the throne."

The elf places a reassuring hand on Sypher's shoulder. "I agree with you, Elm will likely use the royal family as a shield, but sacrificing their safety to kill Elm is not an option for me."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 422 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 23 Feb 2019
at 20:54
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher actually looks relieved at Beloc's words.  He looks over at Shiaran who nods in agreement with the elf.  Seeing general assent for the most part among those gathered, Sypher actually smiles - a slight smile, but such is a lot coming from the stoic holy warrior.  "Let's go save the royal family, then!"

Sypher leads the way to the north tower and has Shiaran check the door before entering.

[Shiaran:
Perception --> 10 + 12 = 22
Open Lock --> 10 + 10 = 20

If needed.]

Dungeon Master
 GM, 587 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 26 Feb 2019
at 01:22
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The tumblers in the lock click and fall into place as the thick wooden door glides open silently on well oiled hinges. Ahead is long, white marble hallway with an intersection. Up and to then left is a closed door, with another further down. Sconces on the walls and light fixtures overhead are either extremely dim or out all together. The halls are deathly quiet.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 423 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 26 Feb 2019
at 03:09
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran enters behind her brother, who walks slowly as he concentrates on the evil within.  For her part, Shiaran focuses on the physical aspects of their environment.  Pressure plates, hidden strings, slits in the walls and other telltales of traps.  Neither of the Whiteravens is intent on moving silently, exactly, but such is their natural state when entering such a clime.  The enemy is already aware of their presence, so the silence is a byproduct of their caution rather than an objective.

[Sypher Detect Evil - seeking number and general direction.
Shiaran - Perception = 22 (searching for traps).]

R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 300 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Tue 26 Feb 2019
at 03:32
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. follows in behind the Whiteravens and comes to a halt rather quickly. He looks over to Sypher to see if he senses the same thing he does. The warforged holds up two digits, then points to the room to the right and then motions again further down the hall.

"The one down the hall appears much, much stronger." He says in a low voice.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 590 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Wed 27 Feb 2019
at 01:11
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran searches along, finding no traps. The air remains completely still as you all creep forward.

DM Note: Gonna need things a little more specific on where you're moving to from here out
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 424 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 28 Feb 2019
at 23:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran gives a quick shake of her head to Sypher who nods in understanding.  He holds up two fingers, then one finger and points to a room nearby, then further down the hall where Rebort indicated and makes a fist and shakes it, then holds up one finger again.  Afterward, he motions the group toward the stronger one, but points to Oro and then the smaller menace detected nearby.

Following his own directive, he continues forward.

[Sypher moves cautiously to F8.  He is less concerned with silence and more concerned with lurking dangers, particularly traps.
What is the approximate location on the grid for the two detected evils?]

Dungeon Master
 GM, 591 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Fri 1 Mar 2019
at 00:38
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As Sypher reaches the four-way junction in the hall, his keen senses draw his attention to the left (approximately C-10). The air remains still and cool, though there is a slight tingle to it.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 301 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Fri 1 Mar 2019
at 02:40
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As Sypher presses on, R.E.B.O.R.T. follows behind fairly close. Once the fearless paladin reaches the 4-way hallway, R.E.B.O.R.T. raises a steely fist.

"Something is happening," he states as he looks all around.

"The floors, the walls. All are beginning to radiate magic. Conjuration."
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 551 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 1 Mar 2019
at 03:22
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran hears Rebort's report and feels the room begin to change.  She starts to chant:

"Diachorismós ólon ton mageía mésa stin...periochí!"  Her words are slow, methodical, and enunciated meticulously so that her spell discharges the moment the other finishes coalescing.

[Shiaran begins casting Dispel Magic, ready to target whatever shows up from this new spell.
21:58, Today: Shiaran Whiteraven rolled 19 using 1d20+8.  Dispel Check - please don't suck.]

Count Elm
 NPC, 5 posts
 Human
 Noble
Fri 1 Mar 2019
at 15:57
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran's spell for just a brief moment seems to take hold of the immediate area, before the conjuration magics flood back into the space as if nothing happened. And for the time being, nothing does happen relating to the ambient sorcery.

A disembodied voice begins to laugh.

"Futile. Uninspiring. And typical. Join me in the next room. We have business to attend".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 552 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 2 Mar 2019
at 03:52
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"He's giving us an opportunity to gain intel.  Typical bad guy.  Probably wants to monologue or something.  Let him ramble on.  The more he talks, the more info we gain.  Then we nuke the ... idiot."  The last word is a change from her original choice of word after a quick glance from Sypher.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 425 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sat 2 Mar 2019
at 03:58
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Agreed.  We go face Elm together.  If he tells us where the royals and Irja are, then Oro and Gazra can make haste to their position.  The rest of us will make a strategic retreat and follow.  They are of highest priority.  If he doesn't tell us or they are too far to get to practically now, we put everything we have into taking him down, mist him, then finish it off with our little present.  Remember, he is a liar.  Even if what he tells us is true, it is being told to gain advantage over us.  Do not let that happen."

Sypher turns to Sigurd.  "Irja is lost to us for now.  Are you in command of yourself enough to see this through despite the cost?"
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 554 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sat 2 Mar 2019
at 04:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc steps up from the back. "Kallium. If the locations of the royals isn't immediately obvious, he might be able to run some recon while we buy some time as well. Given his state, he seems the most likely to navigate this place less detected than just about anyone else."

He looks over at Sypher. "No doubt he'll try to get into our heads. Is there anything that might grant protection over that sort of influence?"
Count Elm
 NPC, 6 posts
 Human
 Noble
Sat 2 Mar 2019
at 06:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As Sigurd nods to Beloc, the voice continues. It sighs heavily. "Still watching you. I can literally hear everything you're saying.. Come to me... now. Or I kill the king in front of his queen and spare you the trouble of exerting all that heroic energy before you die".

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 06:23, Sat 02 Mar.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 553 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Mon 4 Mar 2019
at 18:06
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
With an eye out for traps, Shiaran leads the group into the room where Elm is waiting.  She glances briefly at the vampire and gives him her most charming smile.  All the sarcasm she can muster is in her eyes alone.  Then she begins to case the room for all the details she can manage while the rest of the team enters.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 426 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 4 Mar 2019
at 18:08
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher moves into the room behind Shiaran, his eyes glued to the vampire the entire time.  He keeps himself close enough to Shiaran to assist in battle when it comes to that, making it look as if he is just moving out of the way for the others to enter.  His sword is out and lit, held in a single hand in front of him across his body.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:09, Mon 04 Mar.

R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 302 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Mon 4 Mar 2019
at 21:28
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
For being made almost completely of metal, R.E.B.O.R.T. enters the room behind Sypher surprisingly quiet. His weapons concealed and does not make any aggressive movements toward Elm. His eyes are primarily focused on Sypher.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 555 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Mon 4 Mar 2019
at 21:30
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc makes it a point to enter the room last. To be the first point of contact should they get flanked. He notices Elm, much like everyone else does, but his eyes do not linger on the vampire. Instead, his eyes scan the room for any sign of the royal family.
Count Elm
 NPC, 7 posts
 Vampire Lord
 Noble
Tue 5 Mar 2019
at 12:31
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Elm lounges in a finely crafted wing back chair, one leg crossed over the other. He wears a tailored suit of white and gold linen and silk. In one hand he holds a wine glass, lazily swirling its dark content before brining the glass to his lips. With his empty hand, he makes an open palmed gesture, as if to mockingly welcome everyone into the room. "Good. I was hoping this would be kept civilized. I trust the welcoming party outside was hospitable. I also trust you have questions? You mortals always do. Ask, while I'm feeling patient".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 554 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Wed 6 Mar 2019
at 21:50
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"We have no questions.  Nothing you say could be trusted anyway.  Give the royal family to our care."  Shiaran adds nothing to the command.

Neither does Sypher.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 556 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 7 Mar 2019
at 01:26
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc punctuates Shiaran’s sentiment with a face of stone cold seriousness. “Where are they?”
Count Elm
 NPC, 8 posts
 Vampire Lord
 Noble
Thu 7 Mar 2019
at 04:29
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Elm waves a hand with a flourish. "Oh honestly, they're in the room across the hall. You act as if this garrison tower is some sort of labyrinth.. or that I'd be stupid enough to not keep them near me?". He sits his wine glass on the table, and then snaps his fingers. A crackle of energy erupts at the doorway behind Beloc, and again across the room. Where there once was a door, is now a stone wall the same as the rest of the room. Neither Oro, nor Gazra, nor Kallium or Sigurd are anywhere to be found. The roaring fireplace has also changed, and is now an open archway. Beyond it, dark purple clouds streaked with lightning roll by across a rocky landscape. Thick stalagmites stick up in several spots on the floor, giving the appearance of a cave with no walls or ceiling. "Since you all want to be so direct and blunt, let us attend the matter at hand". As he ends his sentence, he snaps his fingers again, vanishing from his chair and reappearing beyond the portal. He rotates his arms as if loosening up, and turns his neck from side to side, before removing his pristine white overcoat. He lets it fall from his hand and it vanishes from sight, before finally drawing a long sword from his waist. He looks on patiently, sword at the ready in a salute.

Initiative rolls if you intend on combat, unless you have any more posts to make. Elm is a total of 65ft away within the next "room" of sorts

This message was last edited by the player at 15:03, Mon 11 Mar.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 427 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 7 Mar 2019
at 04:49
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher takes a step in front of Shiaran and enters into a defensive stance meant to counter fast attackers.  His sword is gripped in both hands, hilt held at his waste with the blade angled.

[Sypher takes 10 on initiative.  10 + 9 = 19.
Sypher is fighting with Total Defense.  He may not attack this round, but he gets a +4 AC as a Dodge bonus.]

This message was last edited by the player at 04:55, Thu 07 Mar.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 555 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 7 Mar 2019
at 04:54
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran draws a piece of licorice from her pouch.  Her companions in mind she draws the rune for speed in the air and says "spendo!"

[Shiaran takes 10 on initiative.  10 + 5 = 15.
On her initiative, Shiaran will caste haste on all of her team within the room, up to 8 targets.]

Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 557 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 7 Mar 2019
at 21:14
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc's shield hovers effortlessly in front of him as he releases into the air. He reaches back and unsheaths his silvery blade, scanning the area before him for the best angle of attack.

23:09, Yesterday: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 17 using 1d20+3.  Initiative .

R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 303 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 7 Mar 2019
at 21:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. stands motionless, showing no emotion whatsoever as the group begins to maneuver around him. Probabilities and calculations spin through his mind while he determines his next move.

23:08, Yesterday: R.E.B.O.R.T. rolled 25 using 1d20+5.  Initiative .
Dungeon Master
 GM, 598 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Mon 11 Mar 2019
at 15:02
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Round 1 turn order

Rebort
Sypher
Beloc
Shiaran

Elm

The vampire lord stands completely still at the ready, daring his first opponent to come forward.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 304 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Mon 11 Mar 2019
at 16:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. steps up behind Sypher and places a hand upon his shoulder. "The one you call Lord will watch over you, protect you, and guard your mind against this evil influence."

With the other hand, the warforged rubs a heavy salve on to Sypher's armor. The substance looks almost like some sort of machine oil, but at the infusion takes hold, the color shifts into a soft white glow and then fades away.

R.E.B.O.R.T. used Rapid Infusion to place an Armor Enhancement infusion on Sypher. He chooses the +3 enhancement to make his armor Exalted.

Exalted:
The wearer of this pristine armor, if good, takes only half of the extra damage dealt by an unholy weapon (+1d6 instead of +2d6) and gains the benefits of a constant "protection from evil" spell. Furthermore, the armor negates the vile damage dealt by a vile melee, ranged, or natural weapon.

Protection from Evil:
http://www.d20srd.org/srd/spel...otectionFromEvil.htm

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 428 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 11 Mar 2019
at 16:55
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher feels the warforged's hand on his shoulder and the infusion take hold.  He changes his mind about what to do in a blink.  He softly touches Shiaran's back and says a brief prayer.  "Iehovah, I ask your blessing of protection upon this faithful servant on whom I lay my hands."

[Sypher casts Protection From Evil on Shiaran.]
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 558 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Mon 11 Mar 2019
at 18:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc plants his feet firmly in a defensive position, but rather than charge forward in an all-out charge, he instead begins to whisper words in the druidic tongue. "Bakmada di wer edar lleisgar vur obscure nomeno area de sia irlymi saurivic"

Tendrils of mist begin to swirl up from the ground and envelop the group, covering them completely from outward onlookers.

Beloc casts Obscuring Mist around the group.
Count Elm
 NPC, 9 posts
 Vampire Lord
 Noble
Tue 12 Mar 2019
at 11:43
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Elm says nothing, and doesn't move. He isn't oblivious to the battle preparations, opting to "allow" them as he would put it. Though he is a dozen vile things, the vampire lord at the very least appears to prefer honorable combat. Or perhaps he simply wants a challenge...
Dungeon Master
 GM, 599 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 12 Mar 2019
at 11:44
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Round 2 turn order

Rebort
Sypher
Beloc
Shiaran

Elm
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 305 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 02:50
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. conjures an aura of protection around the party.

Casting Shield of Faith, Legion’s; +3 deflection AC bonus to all allies in 20 foot radius
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 429 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 14 Mar 2019
at 03:12
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher advances steadily toward Elm.  His blade held in a defensive slant.  "Tell me.  Were you turned by choice or against your will?"

[Sypher fights defensively this round.
He stays between Shiaran and Elm.
]
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 559 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 14 Mar 2019
at 11:26
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Hidden within the mist, Beloc begins casting.

Beloc is prepping Summon Natures Ally. They won’t appear until next round since casting time is 1round instead of std action.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:57, Sun 17 Mar.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 556 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 14 Mar 2019
at 16:09
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran begins a spell as she follows the glow of Sypher's blade out of the mists.  "Skotádi eínai o hades móni tis." As she steps from their concealment, the spell ends.  Her palm is held forward toward Elm.  From its center, a bolt of white energy leaps toward the vampire.  It hits center mass, but doesn't do enough damage to mention.

[Shiaran casts Disrupt Undead.
Range touch attack (take 10) 10+10=20.
Rolled a 1 for damage...
]

This message was last edited by the player at 16:10, Thu 14 Mar.

Count Elm
 NPC, 10 posts
 Vampire Lord
 Noble
Wed 20 Mar 2019
at 17:12
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Elm doesn't acknowledge Shiaran's attack, vanishing from sight and appearing in front of Sypher. The paladin's defensive stance pays off. Elm's sword clashes against Sypher's as he reappears, sending sparks flying. Elm gives a wicked smile, showing his fangs. "Turned? Boy, you know nothing. I am, and have been from my creation what you see before you. The culmination of humanity and immortality with all the flaws and weaknesses removed".
Dungeon Master
 GM, 600 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Thu 21 Mar 2019
at 00:59
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Round 3 turn order

Rebort
Sypher
Beloc
Shiaran

Elm
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 306 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 21 Mar 2019
at 02:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sounds of movement rustle about from within the mist and R.E.B.O.R.T. steps out, guns blazing. Multiple shots ring out and bullets whiz by Sypher as they sail towards their target. Brilliant white rounds strike Elm all over doing enough damage to shoot the smirk right off his face [89 damage collectively].

20:35, Today: R.E.B.O.R.T. rolled 10,11,9,8,24,27 for Damage vs. Elm
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 430 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 21 Mar 2019
at 17:20
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
That was all Sypher needed to hear.  The creature before him was wholly evil and worthy only of destruction.  With all limitations removed, Sypher goes into full attack.  His first attack is careful, precise as he deflects Elm's slash and returns one of his own.  The blade slashes a fiery trail through the air, but nothing penetrates the vampire's defenses.

Sypher's second swing goes wide and he barely draws the sword in to defend against the next swing coming his way.

[Took 10 + 13 = 23 to hit first swing.
Rolled crap for everything else.]

This message was last edited by the player at 20:32, Thu 21 Mar.

Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 560 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 21 Mar 2019
at 19:20
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Without completely dissipating it, a furious beating of wings begins to disturb the mist. Four unnaturally large eagles emerge from the obscuring vapors and climb to dive-bombing altitudes. Each, in turn, reaches their peak and immediately wing over into a dive. One after another strike at Elm with their talons and all but the last one is deflected away. The last eagle to strike lands a solid on Elm's back [18 DMG] before the convocation of eagles break in various directions for a second pass.


Beloc engages the 'Flock of Eagulls' maneuver. :)
14:11, Today: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 19,12,10, 32.  4 dive attacks on Elm.
14:19, Today: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 18 using 2d6+8.  Dive attack damage on Elm.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:28, Fri 22 Mar.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 557 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 22 Mar 2019
at 12:26
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran's eyes narrow as she watches her brother's ineffectiveness and Elm's power.  Thankfully, Rebort and Beloc were able to connect.  Impressively so.  While still distracted by the heavies in the group, Shiaran takes the opportunity to shore up her own defenses.  "Thorakisména apó tin apókryfes."

A shimmer of energy appears around her for a moment, then fades into invisibility.

After casting, Shiaran stays within the mist, but moves about to provide the least available target she can, knowing that Vampires have preternatural senses.  She hopes the four of them will be enough.  Her largest fear is that they have been transported to this foreign place.  A demiplane?  If they killed Elm, the plane might spit them out back where they entered.  That may or may not hurt.  It posed the most dangerous part of the vampire's plan so far, moreso because it was such powerful magic and therefore unknown to Shiaran.

She hated not knowing.

[Shiaran casts Mage Armor.
+4 AC Deflection Bonus.]

This message was last edited by the player at 12:29, Fri 22 Mar.

Count Elm
 NPC, 11 posts
 Vampire Lord
 Noble
Sun 24 Mar 2019
at 21:19
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
With damage rolling in from multiple directions, Elm surveys his situation. His eye movements are a blur to Sypher before the Vampire Lord raises his off hand and says "Summone sanguines aero". Three dire vampire bats materialize and each locks on to one of the giant eagles, racing off to do battle. Elm smirks in satisfaction.

Sypher: Attack of opportunity on Elm
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 431 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 25 Mar 2019
at 15:05
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Elmo's casting prompts a quick swing from Sypher, but the blade doesn't connect much less distract the vampire.

[Rolled a 2 + 13.]
Dungeon Master
 GM, 601 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sat 30 Mar 2019
at 22:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Round 4 turn order
Rebort
Sypher
Beloc & Eagles 1, 2, and 3
Shiaran

Elm [97 DMG - 10 HP Naturally healed]
Dire Bats 1, 2, and 3

DM Note: As the summoned monsters are dealt damage, I will peel them off from the clustered listing and place them directly under their respective owner while displaying damage. This will not alter turn order, it will just be done for uniformity as ease of reading
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 307 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sun 31 Mar 2019
at 04:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As the flood of bats rises from Elm's position, R.E.B.O.R.T. quickly trains his sights on them. He concentrates fire on one at a time to ensure to thin their numbers more effectively. The first four shots pepper the first bat before finally going down [37 dmg]. The last two shots badly wound the second but aren't enough to shoot it out of the sky [25 dmg].

Several empty clicks come from R.E.B.O.R.T's weapons, indicating it's time to reload.

21:21, Today: R.E.B.O.R.T. rolled 10,10,9,8,14,11.  Incremental damage on bats.
21:16, Today: R.E.B.O.R.T. rolled 30,19,9,30,28,20.  Crit checks vs. bats.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 432 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 1 Apr 2019
at 04:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher continues to watch Elm, doing his best to maneuver in between the vampire and those he might target.  The monk does not attack.  Instead, he keeps his sword in a defensive angle a forearm's length from his body.

"Elm, why are you focusing on birds?  I'm the one you want.  The heir to the throne should the King and his family die.  In all your vaunted power, can you not strike me down?"  His words are calm, matter-of-fact.  There is no derision or condescension in the tone.  Sypher might as well be asking Elm how to solve an engineering problem over some fort.  Perhaps the simplicity of the tone will be seen less as a ploy and more as a serious challenge.

[Sypher is fighting defensively.  +4AC/No attacks.
23:06, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 20 using 1d20+3 ((17)).]

Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 561 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 2 Apr 2019
at 15:09
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As the two remaining bats continue their pursuit of the eagles, one eagle breaks off to intercept the wounded bat. A mightly claw to the throat [16 dmg] sends a spray of blood through the air and a snap of the beak [7 dmg] sends the would-be assailant to the ground.

Two eagles converge on the remaining bat. In a fury of talons and beaks, the eagles tear the bat to ribbons and it's leathery body plummets to the ground [39 damage collectively].

Finally, the last eagle circles back for another attack on Elm. It enters a dive, talons extended, looking to land a critical blow on the exposed vampire. The eagle shrieks a battle cry as it approaches, but as the attack draws nearer the shriek of an eagle slowly morphs into a more humanoid sounding yell. The talons meld together into what looks like a massive silvery blade gripped by the wooden clad arms of the Glen Warden. Feathers transform back into armor mere moments before reaching his target. The mighty blade strikes Elm in unison with Beloc touching down on the ground. The sheer force of the impact almost buckles the elf's knee [13 impact damage], but he manages to stay upright while landing a grievous blow on Elm [115 damage].


Too many die rolls to dump here, visit the dice roller to check history :/
Beloc uses Heedless Charge from the Shock Trooper feat; -10 penalty to AC for the rest of the turn.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:26, Tue 02 Apr.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 558 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Tue 2 Apr 2019
at 17:36
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran watches Beloc's amazing aerial combat and transformation.  The moment after he lands, he looks a bit vulnerable.  With practiced ease, she reaches into the appropriate pouch and pulls out some gum arabic.  A single eyelash is mashed within as she darts over to the elfin warrior to touch his shoulder.  Her voice whispers in clear, rapid succession the words needed to inact the spell.  "Kanina mati den mopey na me Fri na kinetic eh na energeso an den keno kinese enantia den Beloc."

[Shiaran casts Invisibility on Beloc.]
Count Elm
 NPC, 11 posts
 Bat Demon
 The Manipulator
Sat 13 Apr 2019
at 15:30
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The last attack from Beloc slices Elm wide open, exposing his ribs and organs through his back. The vampire lord grunts, but nothing more. His wounds which would have instantly killed a mortal man begin to seep dark purple energies. It starts as a slow leak, before suddenly erupting outward, blasting everyone within a 30 foot radius1. The force of the blast pushes hard against those it hits, and gives a sensation of absolute dread and sadness to those touched.

Within seconds of the blast, his physical form begins the change. Dark, sinewy muscles cover his form, turning him into hulking creature. His clothing tears away and his sword drops as he grows twice as tall and three times as wide as his previous form. Wide, leathery wings sweep out from his arms as a thick and shaggy mane covers his back and neck. His face is contorted and skewed, with two sets of pointy ears sprouting up from the sides of Elm's head. Fangs and claws like daggers replace teeth and nails.

He lifts his drooping head up, sneering at those around him. His voice booms and echoes, sounding as if it achieves multiple pitches and octaves at once.

"Well then.. I suppose you are the lucky ones. Not many get to see me as I truly am. Prepare yourselves..".  He springs from his position, jetting up high and past the eagles above. His flight speed is blindingly fast, as he momentarily vanishes from sight. A chittering sound reverberates and bounces off the stone floor and stalagmites surrounding the floating chunk of land you all stand on.

1Negative energy Blast (5d6 Negative Energy Damage) - DC 22 Reflex Save for half damage [you may roll your own damage if you choose]. Knock back 1d10+5 feet (half damage gives half knock back distance; rounded up)

Photo of Elm's new form, for reference: https://www.dandwiki.com/w/ima...9c743edf068dfdca.jpg

He is now considered Large for his size category

This message was last updated by the player at 15:30, Sat 13 Apr.

Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 562 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 02:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc's elven grace kicks in and miraculously manages to avoid the brunt of the blast [11 dmg] despite how close he was standing to ground zero. The force, however, pushes his invisible body back just a few feet.

19:31, Today: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 22,6 using 5d6,1d10+5.  Explosive purpley stuff, plus knock back.
19:18, Today: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 22 using 1d20+6.  Reflex save.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:37, Wed 03 Apr.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 433 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 03:43
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher sees the blast wave head for him and the transformation of Elm begin.  His senses alert him to what is happening subconsciously.  In reflex, he stands up straight and holds up one hand, palm forward as if to say 'stop'.  His sword is held behind him in a relaxed position.  When the wave passes around him, there is a white shimmer of energy that prevents the darkness from touching him.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 559 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 03:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran reacts with reflexes enhanced by the haste spell.  With a contemptuous raising of her coldfire sword at the dark wave of energy, she divides the energy around her like the parting of some otherworldly sea.  Her smirk of disdain is evident to all who can see her face.  "Oh goody.  His 'true' form.  Sy, this guy is almost not worth fighting.  I was expecting a lot more.  So far, all the awesomeness has come from Beloc and Rebort."

She turns to her two companions.  "Great job, guys!  Keeping me from dying of boredom here."  Shiaran fakes a yawn which she covers with the back of her other hand still holding her pistol.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 434 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 04:13
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher follows Shiaran's words with his own.  "Lesser demon.  You've gone from mildly annoying to somewhat laughable.  You have no power over us as our faith protects us as you have just witnessed.  Iehovah is almighty.  What little you can do will be mild, temporary, and soon forgotten.  You should have stayed hidden.  You have shown us your true form.  Now...witness a small fraction of Iehovah's power."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 604 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Fri 5 Apr 2019
at 23:40
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
A low rumble resounds somewhere overhead. It rapidly picks up volume.

Sypher & Beloc - Reflex Save
Count Elm
 NPC, 11 posts
 Bat Demon
 The Manipulator
Sat 13 Apr 2019
at 15:30
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher braces himself while Beloc scrambles as a sound wave so heavy it's visible crashes down on the pair's location. The frequency is too low to actually hear, save for the surrounding air rumbling out of the way. It painfully rattles and reverberates to the bone. Though he can't be seen, Beloc is forced down to a kneel before collapsing under the sheer pressure of the blast [14 DMG] and being knocked prone, while Sypher's supernatural senses allow him to position himself just right and shrug off the brunt of the sonic attack.

The dark figure of Elm's demonic bat form swoops down, hovering within earshot overhead. "Lesser demon? You speak as if you've fought off the legions of the damned singlehandedly, Whiteraven. How presumptuous. I hold entire nations in the palm of my hand, end lineages with the snap of a finger, command and manipulate armies against one another, simply for my own amusement. The only lesser "thing" in existence here is your fighting prowess, weakling".

This message was last edited by the player at 15:30, Sat 13 Apr.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 607 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sun 7 Apr 2019
at 21:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Round 5 turn order

Rebort
Sypher
Beloc [25 DMG] & Eagles 1, 2, and 3
Shiaran

Elm [?? DMG]

This message was last edited by the GM at 21:49, Sun 07 Apr.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 435 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 7 Apr 2019
at 21:57
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran yawns in exaggerated fashion.  "And yet, here we Whiteravens stand.  Untouched.  Sy, I think he's right.  He's not a lesser demon.  He doesn't rate that high. Maybe wannabe demon?"

Sypher nods in agreement and starts a pacing style of walk.  His intention is to keep himself between Elm and Shiaran without being overly obvious about it.  He keeps his sword at the ready, his eyes focused on Elm's demonic eyes.  The paladin has no fear of the thing before him.  He holds up one palm face up, then bends his fingers in a 'come at me' kind of motion.

[Sypher continues to fight Total Defense.  No attack, -4 AC.]
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 308 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sun 7 Apr 2019
at 22:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
It looks as though R.E.B.O.R.T. is about to say something, but just then, his ammo finishes reloading for another hail of positively charged bullets.

His barrels start lighting up with what looks like holy fire as the bullets speed towards Elm. Every shot lands [56 damage total], and with each comes crimson gouts of blood that bubbles up as it spatters on the ground. It's as if the rounds were actually attracted to the demon, but what's unexpected is the sonic reverberation that fires back at R.E.B.O.R.T. While he manages to evade a number of them, a few strike true on the warforged [3 dmg].

"Notice: Despite being trapped in a pocket dimension on the negative energy plane, no undead signatures can be detected. Reactive force field detected."


18:40, Today: R.E.B.O.R.T. rolled 3 using 2d4.  Sonic damage.
18:38, Today: R.E.B.O.R.T. rolled 9,15,15,13,9,27 using d20+8,d20+8,d20+8,d20+8,d20+8,d20+8.  reflex saves.
18:32, Today: R.E.B.O.R.T. rolled 13,10,6,6,10,11 using 4d4+1,4d4+1,2d4+1,2d4+1,4d4+1,4d4+1.  Damage vs new Elm.
18:26, Today: R.E.B.O.R.T. rolled 26,21,11,15,22,23 using d20+12,d20+12,d20+7,d20+12,d20+12,d20+7.  Crit checks vs. new Elm.

Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 563 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 11 Apr 2019
at 01:14
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The impression of a single handprint is the only clue as to Beloc's whereabouts as he picks his invisible form off the ground.

He chuckles slowly. "The party tricks are nice, but I think it's about time we put this sorry excuse for a demon on ice", he says, hoping to lace his taunt with a subtle message to the rest of the group.

Now with his feet firmly beneath him, his elven grace takes over and he moves across the battlefield so that his voice does not betray his location. The flurry of attacks from the birds overhead help to distract Elm from pinpointing where he moves. They appear clearly spooked at the sudden transformation and none land a hit, but they achieve their goal in keeping Elm occupied.

All sub 10 rolls for the eagles... nothing comes close to hitting.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 560 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 11 Apr 2019
at 03:31
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran narrows her eyes and looks about at the battlefield.  Stalemate she thinks to herself.  Then a telltale smirk grows on her face.  She digs in her pouch and pulls out an empty cocoon.  "Gia mia stigmí epitrépste mou na eímai aftó pou den eímai allá prépei na eímai."  The cocoon disappears in a twinkling mist that surrounds and infuses Shiaran.

What happens next happens rapidly, a count of no more than three.

Shiaran's hair turns lighter, auburn and metallic.  Then her face elongates as do her fingers and feet as her clothing fades into her body to be replaced by shimmering, copper scales.  She drops down to all fours as muscles bulge and dark claws grow where finger and toenails once were.  Her hair flows behind her then solidifies into two powerful, back-swept horns and two narrow cheek ridges below them, though they retain the slightly auburn color to them.  From her back, a pair of powerful wings burst out into full display, catching the wind as Shiaran leaps into the air.  Her voice is deeper, richer as she addresses the demon.  "A bat is just a mouse with wings.  Let's play some cat and mouse little demon."

[Sharan casts polymorph on herself and becomes a Copper Dragon.]
Count Elm
 NPC, 11 posts
 Bat Demon
 The Manipulator
Sat 13 Apr 2019
at 15:30
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As Elm's demonic blood festers and fizzles on the ground, 6 imps crawl up out of the caustic masses - one for each gout that fell. The imps looks around rapidly, sneering at potential targets for their mayhem. Four of the imps converge on Sypher. With the Paladin fighting a defensive battle though, none of their strikes ring true this round. The remaining 2 make a bee line for Rebort, reaching just 10 foot from the warforged before he can react.

Elm on the other hand vanishes from sight before reappearing in front of Shiaran's copper dragon form. He lashes forwards to talon tipped feet, trying to latch on to her neck.

Elm attempts to grapple Shiaran. Provokes attack of opportunity. If AoO fails to hit, notify DM for next phase of grappling. If AoO succeeds, combat will resume as grapple round has resolved

This message was last updated by the player at 15:30, Sat 13 Apr.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 561 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 02:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
AoO

As the vampire-demon-thing tries to grapple Shiaran, her head whips forward and her teeth chomp down hard on a bicep.  With her teeth dug into the vile flesh and the tang of acidic blood in her mouth, Shiaran laughs merrily through the mild sonic attack that washes back over her.  She lets go and darts away through the air.  "That'll teach you to get grabby!"

[21:09, Today: Shiaran Whiteraven rolled 27 using 1d20+13.  AoO Bite vs Elm .
21:11, Today: Shiaran Whiteraven rolled 14 using 1d8+6.  Damage vs Elm.
12:16, Today: Shiaran Whiteraven rolled 3 using 1d4.  Sonic damage.]

This message was last edited by the player at 17:18, Fri 12 Apr.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 609 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sat 13 Apr 2019
at 00:23
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Round 6 turn order

Rebort
Sypher
Beloc [24 DMG] & Eagles 1, 2, and 3
Shiaran [4 DMG]

Elm [?? DMG]
6 Imps
1 pool of caustic blood.

As Shiaran damages Elm, another sonic blast releases, striking her for [4 DMG]. In her current form she is unphased by the hit, as it provides little more than an annoyance.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 309 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sun 14 Apr 2019
at 14:08
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
For a moment, it looks like R.E.B.O.R.T. was making a move towards one of his secret compartments, but the oncoming imps override his self-preservation protocols. He trains his weapons on the two bearing down on him. The first two rounds bore massive holes in the first unsuspecting imp and it skitters to the ground in a black bloody mess [14 dmg, 12 dmg]. The second imp doesn't appear to be phased at all by the demise of his companion and retains focus on R.E.B.O.R.T., who buries the next two rounds squarely in its chest [12 dmg, 8 dmg]. It flops to the ground, dead at his feet.

The warforged quickly adjusts and fires his last two rounds at one of the imps harassing Sypher. The first lands right in the middle of its back [12 dmg], but the last lands a killing blow [8 dmg].

His weapons whine as the clips run empty again. "Impending threat neutralized. Resuming primary objective."

08:30, Today: R.E.B.O.R.T. rolled 7(14),6(12),6(12),8,6(12),8 using 2d4+1,2d4+1,2d4+1,2d4+1,2d4+1,2d4+1.  Damage vs. Imps (crits not accounted for).
22:01, Yesterday: R.E.B.O.R.T. rolled 31,25,18,13,24,9 using d20+12,d20+12,d20+7,d20+12,d20+12,d20+7.  Crit checks vs. imps.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 436 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 15 Apr 2019
at 01:12
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher continues his dance in and among the imps, drawing their attention with false openings for attack, and by positioning himself so that Rebort has a better shot without concern for hitting him either in front of or behind the imps.  "The lesser demon who spawned you couldn't harm me.  What makes you think that his offal has a chance?"

[Sypher continues to fight defensively.]

This message was last edited by the player at 01:12, Mon 15 Apr.

Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 564 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 16 Apr 2019
at 03:28
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The three eagles converge on the remain imps, swooping in an attempt to carry them away. Two of the imps manage to bat the would-be attackers away, however, the third manages to lock on and lift the tiny demon off the ground and 40 feet into the air.

Beloc doesn't take any chances and steps into the clean up what's remaining in front of Sypher. He swings his blade, aiming to cleave the imp in twain, and does just that. The pent up combat adrenaline from the last round explodes into action in a massive power attack [26 dmg]. The force of the blow carries through to the next target, cleaving it in two as well [30 dmg].

"Any time, Rebort!"

In the distance, the screech of an eagle can be heard as it carries its prize off.

22:21, Today: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 30 using 2d4+22.  Damage on imp 2.
22:19, Today: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 26 using 2d4+22.  Damage on imp 1.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 562 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Tue 16 Apr 2019
at 17:29
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran focuses in on demon-Elm.  Her draconic form cuts through the air and dives straight toward him.  Rather than attempt to engage physically, she snaps out her wings and pulls up short, just before blasting him with her breath weapon, a cone of odd energy that causes the air to turn misty.

[Shiaran uses Slow Breath on Elm.

Fortitude vs DC 17 Save or be slowed for 1d6+3 rounds.

Air within cone is slowed causing it's KE to drop and turning it to liquid, hence the mist.]

Count Elm
 NPC, 12 posts
 Bat Demon
 The Manipulator
Sun 21 Apr 2019
at 23:53
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Elm seems unphased by the breath attack from Shiaran. He swoops his wings forward before opening them. A sound louder than the imagination can comprehend bursts forth from him maw, sending a visible shock-wave in all directions for sixty feet.1

Meanwhile down below, the last remaining caustic blood spatter forms into an imp. It makes a beeline for Sypher, flying forward in an attempt to latch on to him.2

1 Beloc (and 2 of your stinkin birds), Shiaran, Sypher - Fortitude save VS heavy sonic attack. DC 24 vs 8d6 sonic damage and 1 hour of deafness. Standard save rules apply for reduced damage. Success = 1/2 damage and only 1 minute of deafness, unless feats/abilities dictate otherwise

2 Sypher, AoO vs grapple check

Combat will resume when grapple results and saves are rolled for all parties involved

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 437 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 22 Apr 2019
at 14:39
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher sees the imp form from the blood and readies himself for the attack.  Then Elm's sonic blast hits him and staggers him so badly that he can do nothing but try to focus through the ringing in his ears.  He hears nothing but the ringing.

Sypher's eyes focus just in time to see the imp reach for him, claws out.  The paladin moves his blade to intercept, breaking the total defensive posture.  His slash scraps across the imp's chest barely scratching it but giving it pause as it attempts to engage the monk in a grapple.


[20:07, Yesterday: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 23 using 1d20+9.  Fort vs Sonic.
09:35, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 1 using 1d10.  Damage vs. Imp AoO.
]
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 563 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Mon 22 Apr 2019
at 14:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
When Elm's sonic blast slams into Shiaran, she summersaults backward through the air a couple of times from its intensity.  The ringing and the whirling disorient her for a moment and she plunges toward the ground.  Thankfully she is able to come to her senses enough to pull up out of the fall and start working toward altitude again.  She is unable to consider anything else at the moment and concentrates on flying, searching for Elm as she climbs.

[20:07, Yesterday: Shiaran Whiteraven rolled 17 using 1d20+9.  Fort (dragon) vs Sonic.]
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 565 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Mon 22 Apr 2019
at 19:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The sonic wave ripples out from the demon Elm and quickly catches up with two of the eagles. The wave overtakes them, and in a ruffle of talons and feathers, both disappear and return from whence they were summoned.

At nearly the same time, the wave of sonic energy hits Beloc. The cacophony of sound rattles him far more than he expected, leaving him with an intense ringing in his ears [38 dmg]. He shakes his head and tries to regain focus on the imp in front of Sypher. He appears to be carrying himself a bit different than what most have seen in the past. The weight of his wounds are more than he can hide, it would seem.

"Elm, you coward! Too afraid to fight toe to toe, I see." He spits out a taunt in frustration.

19:29, Yesterday: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 22 using 1d20+7.  Fort save.
19:27, Yesterday: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 18,6 using D20+5,d20+5.  Eagle fort saves .

This message was last edited by the player at 13:54, Wed 24 Apr.

Count Elm
 NPC, 13 posts
 Bat Demon
 The Manipulator
Sat 4 May 2019
at 01:29
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The imp Sypher managed to deflect explodes in a shower of caustic blood. It isn't apparent if his attack brings this on or if the imp was trying to use itself as a living bomb against the paladin though. Most importantly though, the adept paladin manages to avoid being coated with acidic substances.

Elm in the mean time invades everyone's minds with maniacal laughter and taunts. "You think yourselves some sort of heroes. but you've proven nothing. Done.. nothing. Empty words and tired old insults are the only weapons of the Whiteravens. They talk a great deal, yet their actions are feeble. Pathetic even. Let us  now make the deal sweeter". At the word "sweeter", a magical darkness envelops the entirety of the cavernous pocket dimension. An inky blackness blankets Sypher, Shiaran, and Beloc.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 611 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sat 4 May 2019
at 01:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Round 7 turn order

Rebort
Sypher [38 DMG,][DEAF 9 rounds]
Beloc [61 DMG] [DEAF 9 rounds]
Shiaran [42 DMG] [DEAF 9 rounds]

Elm [?? DMG]
Imps [all dead for this round]
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 310 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sat 4 May 2019
at 02:26
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. watches the globe of darkness fall around his peers. For a moment, he pauses. Not sure if it's panic or just the sheer amount of numbers that must be run to determine probabilities, he reaches into a compartment and extracts the cryo-grenade. He lines up a shot and lobs it into the darkness.

The sound of glass rupturing in the darkness is all he hears from outside the void.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 438 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 5 May 2019
at 17:06
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Blind and deaf with little chance of determining an incoming foe, Sypher does the only thing he knows will help.  He plants his sword before him, point down and kneels.

Then he begins to pray.

"Almighty Iehovah.  Our enemy is before us and our senses are dulled.  You have sent us into the world to be Your light.  If it is your will, deliver us from this messenger of the Adversary.  Draw down his wings until he can no longer lift up into the heavens.  Purify his blood that it no longer spawns more of his vile fellowslaves.  Bring light and hearing to us as you have so many in the past according to Your Word.  Let Your radiance shine in this place so that this creature and all of Fildegarne and the world beyond may know Your glory.  Smite this evil and let us be Your sword to deliver righteousness and vengeance to him."
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 564 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 5 May 2019
at 17:11
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Blind and deaf, Shiaran realizes she is in the most danger of all.  She does her best to glide in small circles drifting on her draconic wings to the ground.  All the while, she sniffs the air, hoping it will give her some warning that Elm is near.  She also readies herself to catch on one of the rock formations and use her dragon-form's ability to climb.  It is a frightening experience, but the imminent attack from the demon forces her to focus on getting it right the first time.

[Shiaran is proceeding cautiously toward the ground.  At this pace, it may take a few rounds to get to the ground.]
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 566 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 7 May 2019
at 00:57
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc grips his blade with both hands, not sure of which direction an assault might come from, he takes a defensive stance as he raises his blade to shoulder height.

Fighting defensively until an opponent becomes apparent.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 612 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 7 May 2019
at 12:08
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As the glass shatters, the globe of darkness is interrupted. Though only Rebort can hear the curses of Elm, everyone can see his shot was true. One of the demons wings is completely frozen solid, and the massive bat begins to tumble towards the ground directly above Sypher.

Sypher feels a firm hand touch his shoulder, dragging him from the spot where the demon will crash. As the hand connects, Sypher feels a strange energy course through him. He becomes aware that he can hear again, and that his aches and pains are somewhat dulled.

Standing above him is Commander Glut, the ghastly leader of the Shadow Fangs. "Do not kneel before this enemy, paladin. He deserves no quarter nor the slightest shred of your humility. Francine tells me we are to work together, for a time. So let us attend to the grim task as hand"

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:25, Thu 09 May.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 439 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 8 May 2019
at 04:32
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I do not kneel before him.  I kneel in prayer to Iehovah.  And he has answered!"  His voice remains quiet, though a fierce joy emphasizes that last word as Sypher stands and ignites his blade again.  "Welcome to the party."

With a fleeting thought, Sypher focuses his mind to make his body whole and the minor wounds fade to nothing more than the grime of battle in this foul realm.

[Use wholeness of body to heal up to 16 hp as needed to finish healing.]
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 567 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 9 May 2019
at 01:14
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc takes a moment to catch his breath and heal up a few of his wounds. A surge of renewed energy passes through him and readies himself for Elm to hit the ground.

Beloc casts Cure Serious Wounds on himself. Heals 18 damage.
Francine
 NPC, 14 posts
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Thu 9 May 2019
at 23:24
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
A hand cups the back of Beloc's head for a moment. As he instinctively turns to see who touching him, he is greeted with the lithe form of Francine. "Hiya suger. I told ya we'd be here". As she speaks, she doesn't break contact with Beloc. For a brief moment, her facial feature shrivel and whither and she imparts some of her essence into Beloc. Beloc realizes he can hear what she says, suggesting the undead reinforcements are giving up some of the very energies that fuel them to heal Beloc and Sypher. Once the healing is complete, her face and hand return to their normal smooth and pallid grey tone.

Above, Elm still tumbles to the ground. He screeches curses as he falls.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:26, Sat 11 May.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 565 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 10 May 2019
at 02:56
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran wends her way down to the ground, still unable to see or hear.  Then, suddenly, she can see again and the ground is coming up fast.  She extends her wings to their fullest and breaks and manages a decent landing.  Looking around, she sees more figures have entered the battle.  The calvary has arrived...she hopes.

Elm still falls, covered in the icy grenade's after effect.  Shiaran grins at that.  Rebort's ingenuity fascinates her.  She is glad the warforged is on their side.

Time still remains on her polymorph so she starts toward the spot where the vampire demon thing will hit.

This message was last edited by the player at 12:10, Mon 13 May.

Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 568 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Mon 13 May 2019
at 12:14
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc's vision returns instantly to find a whole new host of players on the battlefield. He looks up, trying to find Elm amidst all the chaos and hopes Glut and his undead band are true to their word.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 613 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sat 18 May 2019
at 21:42
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Hands are lain on Shiaran as well. Her hearing returns as Shiv and Pretty Boy apparate on either side of her. "You should be more careful, lest you find yourself in a state to join our company with permenance" jests Shiv with a gleam in his cold eyes.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 614 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sat 18 May 2019
at 21:44
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
With the party cured of ailments and their health as robust as ever, Elm finally crashes to the ground with a sickening crunch.

"Strike true, Paladin" says Glut. "In fact.. Strike more than once to be sure".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 440 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Sun 19 May 2019
at 06:13
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher takes a step forward and draws the First Blade high.  It's golden, fiery glow whips through the air with a whoosh of doom.  When he speaks, Sypher's voice is soft and deadly.  "For Fildegarne."  He brings the blade down on Elm's neck in a swift, heavy strike.  With practiced ease, he draws it back again and slashes downward once more, the fire and the sharpness of the blade biting into the demon's flesh.

[
01:11, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 6 using 1d10.  Damage vs. Elm.
01:21, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 6 using 1d6.  Holy Fire Damage.
01:11, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 3 using 1d10.  Damage vs Elm.
01:21, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 5 using 1d6.  Holy Fire Damage.
01:12, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 9 using 1d10.  Haste Damage vs. Elm.
01:21, Today: Sypher Whiteraven rolled 2 using 1d6.  Holy Fire Damage.

Total Damage = 18 + 13 = 31]

This message was last edited by the player at 06:23, Sun 19 May.

Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 566 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sun 19 May 2019
at 06:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran gives Shiv a nyah look and rolls her eyes.  Then she darts over and lights up the Last Blade before getting her own slashes in at one of the demon's wings.  The first is at a weird angle and does little damage physically, though the coldfire seems to hit hard.  It angers Shiaran enough that she puts her weight into the second blow.  The last slash only adds to the chunk already missing from the wing stalk.

[
01:15, Today: Shiaran Whiteraven rolled 1 using 1d10.  Damage vs Elm.
01:18, Today: Shiaran Whiteraven rolled 6 using 1d6.  Cold Damage.
01:16, Today: Shiaran Whiteraven rolled 7 using 1d10.  Damage vs Elm.
01:18, Today: Shiaran Whiteraven rolled 5 using 1d6.  Cold Damage.
01:16, Today: Shiaran Whiteraven rolled 3 using 1d10.  Haste Damage vs Elm.
01:18, Today: Shiaran Whiteraven rolled 3 using 1d6.  Cold Damage.

Total Damage = 11 + 14 = 25]

R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 311 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Tue 21 May 2019
at 01:08
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T's fire sounds off in a fairly erratic nature as he tries to fire between the various gaps in the melee around Elm. The warforged advances slowly but surely as he fires, and while the bullets all connect with their target, the impact is marginal [36 DMG].


19:50, Today: R.E.B.O.R.T. rolled 10,5,5,5,5,6 using 4d4+1,2d4+1,2d4+1,2d4+1,2d4+1,2d4+1.  Damage vs demon elm.
19:43, Today: R.E.B.O.R.T. rolled 30,18,9,16,19,15 using d20+12,d20+12,d20+7,d20+12,d20+12,d20+7.  Crit checks vs. demon Elm.

Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 569 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 21 May 2019
at 01:24
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc readies his grip and waits for Elm to hit the ground. He lands in a very awkward position, leaving him especially exposed, and the warrior strikes with deadly speed. His first strike cuts across the upper torso [53 DMG], while his follow up cuts across his back [26 DMG].

19:57, Today: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 53,26 using 4d4+44,2d4+22.
19:49, Today: Beloc S'Viscus rolled 25,10 using d20+14,d20+9.  Crit checks.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 616 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Wed 22 May 2019
at 01:31
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Elm opens his mouth to scream another attack. Quick as lightning, Francine flashes in front on him, her hand reared back. She swings nearly as fast and she moved into place, slapping the massive bat demon's maw hard enough his entire body shudders from the impact. A deep purple magic seal forms over Elm's mouth, and there is silence from the monster, as he appears to be momentarily frozen in place. Elm's eyes widen in terror as the reality of his situation washes over him.

As Francine silences and stuns him, caustic blood by the gallon pours from his open wounds, bubbling and frothing all around.

Glut steps forward, making odd features with his hands and chanting strange words that make all who hear them feel uneasy in the pit of their stomach, despite the language being unknown.

With a crack of energy, a tear in the reality of the pocket dimension forms. Wights, ghasts, and ghouls pour through the tear. First a dozen, then another, and another.

Glut makes a sweeping gesture towards a crippled Elm. "Feast" he says. The gaggle of undead shriek and gnash their teeth as they leap onto the monstrous bat. Fur, blood, and viscera fly through the air as the pack soon blots out any visible form of the party's foe.

Glut walks back to Sypher and nods. "A deal was struck, and the terms have been carried out. There will be little else but bad memories left of Elm when the horde is satiated. But that is in this world. In our own, there is much left to be cleaned. I bid you farewell, paladin. May we never cross paths again, for I doubt another meeting would be on such opportune terms and tolerance for one another".
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 312 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Wed 22 May 2019
at 01:38
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. finally makes his way back up to the rest of the group. He briefly examines whatever is left of Elm and looks over at Glut. "There is the matter of our return back to our own plane."
Shiv
 NPC, 2 posts
 Ghoul
 Black Fangs Operative
Wed 22 May 2019
at 10:25
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I got ya" says Shiv. "Pile back into that room you came from and I'll reverse the portal's orientation. Should get ya home just fine".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 441 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 23 May 2019
at 12:38
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher watches until there remained no more of the enemy left to rise up again.  He did not fully understand how such things worked.  His lessons told him that a demon banished on the Prime Material Plane was only banished for a time and might return one day, long after Sypher's body rested in the grave.  Defeated here, he was unsure and made a mental note to ask Shiaran later.

Sypher turned to Glut, his mind warring between two opposing thoughts.  In the end, kindness, mercy, and love won out over all else and he extended a hand to Glut.  His words are simple but convey a host of implications.  "Thank you."
Commander Glut
 NPC, 8 posts
 Ghoul
 Elite Task Force Leader
Thu 23 May 2019
at 13:51
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Glut looks down at Sypher's hand, and then back up to him. He sighs, before clasping it. "There is something admirable about paladins. Perhaps in another life, we could have been friends. Go now, before the horde turns its hungry eyes to you and yours".
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 570 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 23 May 2019
at 13:59
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc turns his eye from the bloodthirsty horde and makes his way back to where the first entered this place. "There is no reason to linger here any longer than necessary. We have other matters to attend to."

He looks over at Sypher. "Shall we go liberate the royal family now?"
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 567 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 23 May 2019
at 14:02
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher nods and without further hesitation heads through the portal.

~~~~

Shiaran looked around at all the chaos, shook her head, and headed for the portal.  So much information, but a lot of what she saw and experienced made her feel ill.  She pretended at non-caring for things a lot, but her brother knew.  Deep down, Shiaran was good at her core.  These things, this use of magic...especially by Elm...

Sometimes knowledge was not power.  Sometimes it was just self-destruction.

Shiaran headed through the portal without a backward glance.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 313 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 23 May 2019
at 14:06
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. wastes no time following in behind Shiaran.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 617 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Sat 25 May 2019
at 00:32
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As everyone enters the room, the portal winks shut behind them. Outside the north wing room, there is a commotion. A muffled voice frantically yells "Get it off, get it off!"
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 571 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Mon 27 May 2019
at 16:15
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The commotion outside grabs Beloc's attention as he pops through the portal. He draws his blade and immediately heads that direction.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 568 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Mon 27 May 2019
at 22:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran, though behind Sypher, is first to react and heads to the commotion.  Sypher chose to wait behind to make sure everyone made it through first.  She admired his loyalty to his friends and knew he trusted her to handle the next conflict until he got there to support her.  She still held her sword, but dimissed the coldfire until she knew better what they faced.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 618 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 28 May 2019
at 11:11
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc and Shiaran burst through door across the hall from the portal room. As the entry flies open, a chorus of startled gasps greet them. Inside, Oro, Gazra, Apache, Sigurd, Kallium, Garyl, two unidentified women, and a regal looking man stare at the pair. Gazra is the first to break the silence, his heavy voice booming with laughter.

"Did ya get em'?"
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 572 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Tue 28 May 2019
at 12:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Seeing a room full of friendly faces, Beloc relaxes and lowers his weapon.

"Elm has been dealt with", he says confidently.
Apache
 player, 17 posts
 Druid Companion
 Military Working Dog
Tue 28 May 2019
at 12:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Apache tries to keep his cool as best as he can as he trots over to the druid. He sits down in front of him calmly, but his furiously wagging tail gives him away. Beloc kneels down and affirms a job well done. "You kept them all safe, I see. Well done, boy."
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 442 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Tue 28 May 2019
at 14:09
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher enters the room and assesses the situation.  Upon seeing the regal man, he falls to a knee, head bowed.  "Your majesty."
Julius Ghendrake XIV
 NPC, 1 post
 Human
 King
Thu 30 May 2019
at 02:00
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The regal looking man raises his hand upwards, palm open. "Please, stand young man. We'll dispense with the formalities in due time"

A younger woman, dressed in much of the same finery as King Ghendrake, huffs and squeals a bit behind him. Looking beyond him and standing over her, is Oro. With a gloved hand, he pulls at a leech-like creature attached to the back of her neck. It finally releases its bite, squirming and writhing in his grip. The young woman squeals again. King Julius winces, before turning back to embrace his daughter. "There now, all done". The woman rubs the back of her neck, twisting her face into a disgusted expression.

Oro speaks up, addressing the group. "If there are no objections, I'll be disposing of this last soul-leech. Lest Rebort here chooses to study it".

The younger woman whips around to face him. Her tone is somewhat distressed, but not commanding. "Eww, that's disgusting! Please Mr. Oro, toss it in the fire like the rest of them". She rubs the back of her neck again, shuddering this time.

Oro looks over again at Rebort, while King Ghendrake starts to speak again. "You have done us, and this kingdom a great service by dispatching that treacherous fiend, Elm. There is much work to be done with undoing his schemes and plans. Firstly" he says, pointing to Garyl. "Take word to the Captain of the Watch.. MY Captain of the Watch. Tell him get word to the Luminaire battle fleet. I don't care if he has to send smoke signals to do it. They are to open fire immediately on the scourge at our door step. And you" he says pointing at Sigurd. "Rest assured, the actions of your companion will not affect diplomatic relations with the Firewyrms. I would ask that you speak to the Master of Press to include her likeness in his next release". He reaches in his pocket and removes a small metal coin with a seal on it. "Present this to any guard, and inform him you'll need escort to the Press Master's home. We need to find Irja Ginnar if we're to wrap up our loose end, and having the kingdom know what she looks like is our first step"

He turns back to the core group. "As for you four" he sighs, taking a second to breath. "I need to know everything that you know of these recent events, and if you would indulge me, who you are".

Garyl has already sprinted off and Sigurd is right on his heels as they depart.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 314 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 30 May 2019
at 13:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. steps up and gives the creature a rudimentary glance. "It does not appear any sort of mundane creature that I have encountered before."

He looks over at Beloc and asks "Are you able to categorize this?"
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 573 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 30 May 2019
at 13:49
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc leans in slightly and wrinkles his nose as he examines the creature. "I'm not sure what that is exactly, but there's nothing natural about it at all."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 315 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 30 May 2019
at 13:54
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. quickly produces an empty glass jar from one of his many hidden compartments. "Then yes, I will collect this for research purposes. Perhaps we can find a way to counteract whatever effect it has on people at a larger scale, should this happen again."

Oro drops the foul thing into the jar and the lid snaps shut. With little care for politics, R.E.B.O.R.T. spies the creature through the glass, jiggles it a couple of times, then finally puts it away for safe keeping.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 569 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Thu 30 May 2019
at 18:19
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Soul Leeches.  Nasty.  Necormancer tools.  Best to just burn them.  Rest, food, sunlight, and water for a week and you should be fine."  Shiaran looks into the jar Rebort is holding and scrunches up her face.
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 443 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Thu 30 May 2019
at 18:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher stands and offers another short bow.  "I am Sypherion Whiteraven and this," he indicates Shiaran, "is Shiaran Whiteraven, the last of the Whiteraven House to our knowledge."  He leaves off there to give the king time to digest that information as it seems to be potent all on its own here in the capital.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 574 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Thu 30 May 2019
at 18:41
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Beloc gives a short, but courteous bow. "I am Beloc S'Vicus, former Warden of the Glen and emissary for Lithuanwe Meliam."
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 316 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Thu 30 May 2019
at 18:45
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. also reports in after the others have identified themselves. "I am the Riddick & Ewes Bio-Organic Reconnaissance Trooper. Rebort, for ease of use."
Julius Ghendrake XIV
 NPC, 2 posts
 Human
 King
Fri 31 May 2019
at 01:19
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
King Ghendrake listens intently to everyone's introductions. At the introduction of the Whiteravens, his eyebrows raise. "This day certainly will be one for the history books. Surviving Whiteravens, and two of them at that. Who'd have thought that all these years later, your lineage carries on".


He motions to his family. "As you have surmised, I am King Julius Ghendrake XIV. This is my wife, Kherina, and our daughter, Rowina", he says, motioning to the young woman with the former leech problem. "The services you've performed for our kingdom this night are beyond measure, and I would imagine that this isn't the first time you four have more than pulled your weight for the good of our people. I would request that you, and the rest of you", he motions towards Oro and company "stay with us until the keep is secured and the night has passed".

This message was last edited by the player at 13:09, Fri 31 May.

Rowina Ghendrake
 NPC, 1 post
 Human
 Princess
Fri 31 May 2019
at 01:24
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Thank you, all of you, from the bottom of my heart".

The queen doesn't say anything, but wipes something from her eye, smiling.

This message was last updated by the player at 01:24, Fri 31 May.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 444 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 31 May 2019
at 02:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"As Your Majesty commands."
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 570 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 31 May 2019
at 02:20
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran is less quick to acquiesce to the king's request.  "Your Grace, we felt that Elm was an immediate threat and your lives hung in the balance.  This demanded that we take these actions without delay.  However, our primary mission is still urgent and ongoing.  To be honest, we can only stay till the sun rises."

She glances at Sypher to see if he would contradict her, but he only nodded in silent agreement.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 575 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Fri 31 May 2019
at 02:24
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"It would be my honor to help ensure those abominations outside, and those that remain within these walls, are taken care of. However, Shiaran is correct. There is still urgent business we must continue with."
Oro
 NPC, 71 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Fri 31 May 2019
at 13:17
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I think you'll find that as these final pieces fall into place and frayed ends are singed closed, you have more time on your side than you all believe. Once word reaches the Luminaire, with the bulk of the PCA army at our door step, their back bone is soon to be broken to splinters. They're already dead, they just don't know it yet. Furthermore, your next target is unknown to all. You will need aid once the dust settles if you intend to cross a war torn land in search of unseen objectives. Let us continue to help you, and do not give in to impulse".
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 571 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 31 May 2019
at 19:29
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran mulls over Oro's words for a moment then gives him a slow nod.
Lyle Pense
 NPC, 7 posts
 Human
 Mage
Mon 3 Jun 2019
at 01:53
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
As Shiaran nods, the door to the room swings open. Lyle Pense, the mage behind the party's escape from prison stands looking in. "Well doesn't this look outstanding. You all seem to have made off well. I've already heard tale of Elm - though I tend to hear more than others - and everyone is accounted for". He abruptly sweeps into a low bow "Your majesties, pardon my intrusion. I felt it prudent to show face".

King Ghendrake waves a hand.

"Right" says Lyle cheerfully. "With everyone's blessing, especially yours your majesty, I'd be especially willing to move this gathering to a more suitable location".

The king nods again, looking to Sypher. "You'll be accompanying us then? I believe I know exactly where Lyle plans to send us, and I dare say there isn't a soul here who would want to miss this".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 445 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 3 Jun 2019
at 07:12
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Of course, Your Majesty."  Sypher gives a slight bow.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 576 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Mon 3 Jun 2019
at 14:37
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
A sly grin forms on Beloc's face. "Well, I'm intrigued now."
Lyle Pense
 NPC, 8 posts
 Human
 Mage
Mon 3 Jun 2019
at 23:37
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Excellent! If everyone would just hold still a moment, I'll get this underway". Lyle holds up a staff, and begins to recit the words Neuga, ziena, zieber, zom several times over. At the third repetition of the incantation, everyone feels a warm feeling before seeing a quick flash of amber light. It takes everyone a moment or two to adjust, before the cool air registers and eyes adjust to the dark of night.

Spot lights starts to flicker on and illuminate a landscape below, as everyone realizes they're in the central most tower of the keep, on a balcony that overlooks the bulk of Fildegarne Walled City. The view is perfect and as more spot lights fire up further down the line, you all realize just how large the city really is. Looking out a little over a mile to the city's main gates, you spot the silhouette of the Luminaire hovering high above. To its port and starboard flanks, smaller gun boats accompany the Titan Class battleship.

Without warning, the decks of the Luminaire erupt in a chorus of sound a lights. Massive cannon barrels protrude from ports now on the underside, unleashing hell at hundreds of feet per second to the enemy troops below. The entirety of the PCA camp erupts into flames and explosions, sending hundreds if not thousands of undead and living troops to their graves. The shear destruction caused in mere moments by the battle group is absolutely incredible and beyond comprehension.

The first volley ends and the second resumes within seconds, taking no chances in leaving survivors.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:52, Mon 03 June.

Julius Ghendrake XIV
 NPC, 3 posts
 Human
 King
Mon 3 Jun 2019
at 23:48
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Julius lets out a sight of relief. "It is as I thought. With Elm pulling the strings of nearly everyone important within the kingdom, our enemy was allowed quarter enough to sit on our door step. He held sway over anyone who could make any degree of decision. Even my admirals and generals.. especially them. But with that scourge of a man dealt with, our battle groups are free to do what they do best: mete out justice on a grand and furious scale. I am thankful to whatever Divines are listening and seeing to this turn of events for our people".

Far out and below, the infernos continue to roar and set the night sky ablaze with shades of orange and red.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 619 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Mon 3 Jun 2019
at 23:53
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The smaller gun boats surrounding the Luminaire open fire on the remaining PCA airships above the camps, quickly punching holes through hulls and sending them into slow death spirals to the ground below.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 572 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Tue 4 Jun 2019
at 07:35
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"That's...impressive," Shiaran says with awe.
Lyle Pense
 NPC, 9 posts
 Human
 Mage
Wed 5 Jun 2019
at 22:37
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Lyle chuckles. Indeed it is m'lady. Indeed it is. Quite sad actually. The fact we've had the capability to do something like this from the start, but one evil man pulling the strings was enough to completely cripple our entire network. You folk have saved us. I don't say that lightly. Whatever games Elm was playing with our lives, you spared us all from an early end. Countless lives, innocent ones at that. Soldiers will return home to their families. Non-combatants will continue living. And the undead bastards and those who control them will go to the graves they belong in. Justice if you ask me".
Oro
 NPC, 72 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Wed 5 Jun 2019
at 22:47
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Your majesty, in light of recent events... I'd like to make a request".

King Julius looks at Oro, questions dancing in his eyes.

"I'd like my old mannor reinstated. And.. if Wilson Wyck rears his head, I'd like your permission to kill him".

Julius looks Oro up and down before letting out a belly laugh. "My old servant, you have my complete blessing for both of those things. Ten fold even, especially on the last part".

"Thank you, your majesty. I have plans for both requests".

"Something tells me that I shouldn't ask if I want to keep my conscience clear".

"Yes, my liege. As always... there is one other thing".

"Yes?".

"The Royal Navy. Sylas Glen in particular. He seeks to pry secrets from my head that best remain buried and lost to a past age. I'd request he be given official orders to respect my privacy".

Julius ponders the matter for a moment, clearly weighing out the variables. "If Sylas Glen is prying for an answer, you can bet it's a good one... however, in light of recent events, I will speak with him personally. Do not mistake this as me giving a firm yes to your request, but I would hear his side of this before passing final judgement".

Oro nods. "Of course, your majesty. I assumed as much".
Dungeon Master
 GM, 620 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Wed 5 Jun 2019
at 22:53
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Moments turn into an hour. The bombardment of the PCA camp finally grinds to a halt, with the surrounding landscape being reduced to nearly below sea level. Not a soul or empty shell of a corpse stirs among the fires and carnage. King Julius speaks to Lyle.

"I've seen enough. I would have you send me, and my family, to our personal quarters in the west wing. Have our personal guard.. all of them, placed on duty".

He turns to Sypher and the others. "You are free to roam the grounds as you see fit. Rest, eat, recuperate. Whatever you need. The entirety of The Keep is at your disposal. As the "Champions of Fildegarne", it will spread among the guard that you all are free to come and go as you please and as you need. If you have no further questions of me, my family and I are due for much needed rest. There is much to attend to in the morning for us".
Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 446 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Wed 5 Jun 2019
at 23:10
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The Whiteravens offer slight bows as befit their station and personalities, but have no further questions or requests at the moment.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 577 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Wed 5 Jun 2019
at 23:50
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Thank you, your majesty, your offer is most gracious." Beloc bows respectfully for the royal family.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 317 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Wed 5 Jun 2019
at 23:55
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I would like to request access to a research facility, should one be available on the premises." R.E.B.O.R.T's attention alternates between the King and Lyle.

Before anyone can respond, he shifts his focus to Sypher. "Oh, now might be an appropriate time to arrange for the arrival of the Badger."
Oro
 NPC, 73 posts
 Tiefling
 Rogue/Fighter/Assassin
Thu 6 Jun 2019
at 02:19
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"You should find your needs met, Master Rebort, in the Garamune Mannor. Thirteen rooms, a parlor, an entry way, six lavatories. All at your company's disposal, customized as you see fit. And mere hours away from the doors opening. You'll have a laboratory the likes of which this country has never seen, mark my words".

King Julius smiles. "Just send the requisitions for whatever you need to my staff. They'll have it delivered in record time".

"Gazra my old friend" says Oro. "Things have certainly taken an unaccounted for turn. It's good to be home though".

Gazra nods.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:21, Sat 08 June.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 447 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Fri 7 Jun 2019
at 17:07
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I am going to the front lines.  Our personnel may need assistance and there may be stragglers that need to be put down.  We should reconvene in 24 hours to see to the nearby rift.  I think we have accomplished much here and you are all to be commended for your work.  Thank you."  With that, Sypherion heads out for the outer walls.
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 573 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Fri 7 Jun 2019
at 17:08
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Shiaran rolls her eyes at her brother with a smile.  She turns to the warforged and the tiefling.  "A manor.  Sounds like a good place to set up a lab for me as well.  Rebort, you have the right idea.  Mind if I tag along?  Maybe we can work together, pool our research?"
Lyle Pense
 NPC, 10 posts
 Human
 Mage
Sat 8 Jun 2019
at 00:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Lyle claps his hands together. "Well, anyone destined for the front lines, don't go anywhere. I'll be back and can offer you quick transport to a safe distance". He turns back to the royal family. "Your majesties".

King Julius nods and they are spirited away by Lyle's spell.
Beloc S'Viscus
 player, 578 posts
 Wood Elf
 Fighter/Druid - Gestault
Sat 8 Jun 2019
at 01:16
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"Apache and I will join Sypher", Beloc says stoically.
R.E.B.O.R.T.
 Warforged, 318 posts
 Fighter
 Artificer
Sat 8 Jun 2019
at 01:21
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
R.E.B.O.R.T. swivels his head toward Shiaran. "Yes, of course, I believe our combined efforts could lead to a more fruitful result." The emphasis upon the word 'fruitful' is a curious one. Perhaps one chosen to demonstrate a certain acclamation to the diverse group of people around him.

"Should we manage to get the Badger secured here as well, D'won will help with any manufacturing needs as well."
Shiaran Whiteraven
 player, 574 posts
 Human
 Wizard/Rogue Gestault
Sat 8 Jun 2019
at 03:02
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
"I agree.  We need to find some way to get the badger here.  Maybe that Lyle guy is powerful enough to help teleport it or something."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 622 posts
 Roller of Dice
 Giver of Trinkets
Tue 11 Jun 2019
at 01:43
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
The following 24 hours pass by without major incident. Lyle manages to transport all interested in Oro's former home to the manor, and a list of requests is drafted. At the mention of Darius Grintome and the Badger, Lyle is overly excited to help. He sets out from the manor home with the promise of returning. The manor itself is set on the outskirts of the second ring of Fildegarne, nestled against the thick brick and mortar walls of the place with no back alley. The inside is dry and musty, with years of dust layering what would have been a moderately lavish home years ago. Nine rooms, four lavatories, a parlor, large kitchen, massive basement, and a grand dining room are all discovered and rummaged through. It will take some time, but the place has massive potential for providing a base of operations for the core groups missions.

Sypher and Beloc make their way through the city towards the front lines. Much of the guard within the walls has already moved forward, as the order to attack spread through the ranks quickly.

Upon exiting the front of the city, the grounds ahead are still very much ablaze. the charred corpses of mostly undead litter the ground in all directions. Those who were exceptionally strong still twitch and squirm, trying to regain some sense of mobility. The paladin and elf course their way through the carnage, providing the finishing touches on those who would still try to stand in defiance of the might of Fildegarne.

The scores of bodies are near impossible to number at a glance. Further ahead, over the trenches, the wreckage of PCA airships smolders with the occasional small explosion as unspent munitions cook off.  One Fildegarian Marine stumbles past the pair in a daze of disbelief at the destruction.

Four hours into surveying the battlefield, a cheer begins to erupt from the main group of soldiers spanning the grounds. The realization that the worst seems to be over is setting in to the young and old alike.

As the sun begins to rise, the pair decide the heavy lifting is done enough, and head back for the manor.

Rest is had by all who need it. The past few day's events have been taxing on even the most stalwart of minds and bodies. What could pass for cozy spots are found within the manor, and the early morning wanes into noon before most are refreshed. Those slow to get moving are awakened by the smells of delicious foods.

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:44, Tue 11 June.

Sypher Whiteraven
 player, 448 posts
 Human
 Paladin/Monk - Gestault
Mon 17 Jun 2019
at 03:26
Episode Five: The Wolf Among Us
Sypher finishes his morning meditations and prayer and comes to breakfast.  He waits patiently for the others to join him before fixing a plate.