Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"   Posted by DM.Group: 0
DM
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Fri 28 Apr 2017
at 00:14
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The Old Svalich Road meanders into a valley watched over by dark, brooding mountains to the north and south. The woods recede, revealing a sullen mountain burg surrounded by a wooden palisade. Thick fog presses up against this wall, as though looking for a way inside, hoping to catch the town aslumber.

Heading down the hill, the road ends at a set of sturdy iron gates with a pair of shadowy figures standing behind them. Planted in the ground and flanking the road outside the gates are a half-dozen pikes with wolves' heads impaled on them.
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 28 Apr 2017
at 13:45
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In reply to DM (msg # 1):

"Cheerful," Oz remarks as the group approaches. "Haven't seen much wild game for wolves to hunt around here. Are humans their primary prey in Barovia?"
Ismark Kolyanovich
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Fri 28 Apr 2017
at 14:02
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"Honestly, this is a bit unusual," Ismark replies, as the party nears the gates of Vallaki and is able to examine the grisly trophies closer.


"In Barovia village, you occasionally have someone picked off by wolves, but it doesn't happen constantly.  Perhaps they have a larger wolf problem here."
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 28 Apr 2017
at 14:06
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In reply to Ismark Kolyanovich (msg # 3):

Oz nods thoughtfully.

"The shapechanger we saw might have something to do with it. I doubt she was the only one..."
Tobias Greysen
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Fri 28 Apr 2017
at 16:28
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I can't say I find their decorating to my tastes.... Says Tobias, eyeing the piked heads warily.

Ismark, is there much in the way of an Inn here?
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Fri 28 Apr 2017
at 17:06
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There's been plenty of game, if you know where to look, Alaric replies to Oz. The number of wolves may indeed by high for the area, but I saw no evidence of scarcity of food.
DM
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Fri 28 Apr 2017
at 17:10
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Ismark answers in the affirmative as you approach the gate, but admits that it has been quite some time since he was last here and, as such, the situation may have changed.

Two town guards carrying pikes standing on either side of the town gate have been watching you make your approach, and now the one on the left addresses the party.

"Welcome to Vallaki," he says in a tone that is neither overly friendly nor overly hostile. "What business brings you here?  Have you come for the festival?"

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Oswald Weiss
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Fri 28 Apr 2017
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In reply to DM (msg # 7):

Oz blinks, looking over at Ireena and Ismark suspiciously for a moment before returning his attention to the guards.

Did these people never leave their town before in their lives? I could list off all the local festivals near home...

"Just travelers seeking shelter and lodging as we pass through. Pardon the question, but what festival are you referring to?"

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DM
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Fri 28 Apr 2017
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The guard on the right gives a snort of derision.

"'What festival are you referring to?' is correct," he says sarcastically.  "We ask ourselves that all the time. The Wolf's Head Jamboree was just last week. No! Not even a week; five days ago! And before THAT was the Pumpmition Carnival.  And before THAT--"

The guard on the left gives guard on the right a heavy smack on the shin with his pike, cutting off his diatribe.  Guard On Left looks simultaneously annoyed, and also a little scared.

"Yes, what my colleague means to say is: this week, our esteemed burgomaster,
 Vargas Vallakovich, will be leading the town in revelries to celebrate the Festival of the Blazing Sun in three days' time.  It will be an occasion of special magnificence and joy."

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Astrid Gunnarsdottir
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Fri 28 Apr 2017
at 21:36
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Astrid's face brightens at all this talk of festivals.

I do miss the festivals back home - always a chance to perform.  Shame we missed out on the pumpmitions, though.

Blazing Sun, you say?  What kind of festivities do you offer?  Do you have any need of a musician?
DM
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Fri 28 Apr 2017
at 21:48
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Guard On Right opens his mouth to utter another presumably snide remark, but shuts it when Guard On Left shoots him a stern look.  Guard on Right listens in sulky silence as Guard On Left gives Astrid a welcoming smile.

"A musician, you say?  How very fortunate that your arrival coincides with the Festival of the Blazing Sun!  Vargas Vallakovich will be delighted to have a traveling bard to perform at the occasion.  I do hope you will stay for it!  It will be the grandest fete this town has ever thrown!"

The party hears Guard On Right mumble under his breath "That's what you said about the last five celebrations."


"Mind you, our burgomaster does loves the element of surprise, so many of the details are being kept under wraps. But I have it on good authority that there will be a parade and a bonfire!"

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Joaquin
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Fri 28 Apr 2017
at 23:14
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Joaquín, always in the mood for festivals smiles excitedly about the idea of a town-wide party.

I love a good party.  How can I contribute?  I can mend broken things, or help with setting things up, anything you need! All the children enjoyed the party, except Ned. He was not invited. heheh
DM
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Fri 28 Apr 2017
at 23:56
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"Better and better!" cries Guard On Left, seemingly pleased that everyone is so excited about the impending festivities.  "A bard AND a jack of all trades!
 Not to mention whatever talents your other friends may possess.  Fortune has clearly steered you here.  Welcome, welcome!"


Guard On Right contents himself with rolling his eyes dramatically, but helps his colleague to open the iron gates of the town of Vallaki.

As the party enters the town from the eastern gate, it is immediately apparent that Vallaki is rather more "cosmopolitan" than Barovia.  There are considerably more homes and establishments, and while there the occasional dead-eyed, vacant soul can be seen wandering about, people for the most part seem a bit livelier than the did in Ismark and Ireena's hometown.

Weatherworn garlands--possibly from previous celebrations--hand from the eaves of many of the buildings that you can see.
Tobias Greysen
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Sat 29 Apr 2017
at 13:48
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This is much larger than I was expecting.  I also wasn't expecting any kind of festivities.

What does everyone think?  While I am sure it would be enjoyable and that Astrid would enjoy playing, I imagine we should just push on through to the Abbey.  Let's just fill out canteens and stomachs while we are here and then press onward.

Oswald Weiss
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Sat 29 Apr 2017
at 15:01
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In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 14):

"We make our own luck," Oz replies, shrugging at the suggestion of fate bringing the group here in time for the festival. "Besides, from the sound of things, there would have been a festival natter when we arrived."

He glances past the guard and at the streets and homes beyond.


"You're not being truthful with us," he says at last, motioning toward G.O.L. with his staff. "What's really on your mind? Perhaps we can help..."
Joaquin
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Sun 30 Apr 2017
at 14:10
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Realizing that Oz is right, something is bothering the other guard, Joaquín decides to start paying for attention to his surroundings and a little less attention to his thoughts of food and wine.  He decides to ask the other guard, with whom he feels to have some kind of rapport about all these festivals.

Directing himself to the chatty G.o.R, Joaquín asks, letting his excitement at the prospect of all those festivals shine through:
It must be wonderful to have so many festivals! Have there always been this many festivals?
DM
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Sun 30 Apr 2017
at 16:10
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Guard On Right scoffs.

"Until recently, no.  Vargas decided about a year ago, after the rout of those resistance fighters who led an assault on Ravenloft, that something needed to be done to bolster the town's spirits. Spread some hope and happiness. For some reason, he decided that the best way to do this is by staging one festival after another-sometimes legitimate harvest or religious festivals, sometimes ones he's completely made up."

Guard On Left frowns at this."I don't see why you disparage the burgomaster so.
 He has the best intentions. And the festivities *are* a distraction, you must admit."


"A distraction?  They're pathetic!" Guard On Right retaliates. "Pointless, meaningless affairs. They're more likely to bring Strahd's wrath down upon us than to do any real good."

Guard On Right extends his hand to Joaquin."The name's Udo. Udo Lukovich.  I make shoes when I'm not on duty."
Joaquin
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Sun 30 Apr 2017
at 16:51
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Udo, lovely to meet you!  I'm Joaquín, Arcipreste del Gran Dios Boo.  You are a cobbler, eh? I have some experience mending shoes.  Do you have any lying around that will take more work to fix than they are worth? I think I can help you salvage them with the help of the Great God Boo.

Looking at his companions with a bit of concern that they may want to travel immediately, Joaquín continues,
Assuming my companions and I stay in town long enough, that is.
DM
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Sun 30 Apr 2017
at 19:24
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"Um. . . .lovely to meet you, I'm sure," says Udo, clearly a bit taken aback by Joaquin's rabidly good nature. "I have no idea which god that is, but if he can patch cracked leather, then he sounds like an upstanding fellow to me!"

"Mind you, you won't be missing much if you decide to press on. But if you need a place to stay for the night, there's always the Blue Water Inn. Urwin and Danika are good sorts, and they'll put you up right.

"That said, you seem an interesting lot; no doubt Vargas himself would be pleased to extend an invitation to stay at his manse."


Udo pulls a face.

"Assuming that's your sort of thing."
Tobias Greysen
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Sun 30 Apr 2017
at 22:28
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Udo,  you probably know the area fairly well.  Mind if I ask how long a trip it is from here to the abbey?  Also, does 'the wizard of wine' means anything to you?
DM
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Sun 30 Apr 2017
at 22:56
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"The winery?  Sure it does!  Urwin's old man owns the place. Makes a pretty decent vintage--when he's not too sloshed from sampling his own wares!" Udo says, glossing over Tobias' first question.

"Mind you, Urwin and his old man don't always see eye to eye on things, on account of Davian's er, *fondness* for the grape. Calls him "the old crow," he does. Maybe best not to bring it up if you find yourself at the Blue Water."

Tobias Greysen
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Mon 1 May 2017
at 02:49
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Interesting.  Is he actually a wizard or is that more of a title?

Tobias wanted​ to drill the guard for more information from the clues in the reading but his instincts told him it probably wouldn't be wise to be the newcomer asking weird questions.  Probably best to space them out across town.
Oswald Weiss
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Mon 1 May 2017
at 13:51
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In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 22):

Oz looks increasingly agitated until the Wizard of Wine is mentioned, at which point he becomes somewhat more interested.

"Well, there's a lead worth checking, at least," he says to the others. "I'm fine with spending the night within friendly walls, but I'm not convinced we should stay here through the festival. The sands won't stop pouring down from the fair Ireena's hourglass just because we want to watch dancing and parades while eating spits of roasted meat."
DM
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Mon 1 May 2017
at 14:11
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"Davian a wizard?  Hah!  The only thing magical about him is how fast he can consume wine," Udo laughs.

"Listen, we really ought to be getting back to the gate.  It was interesting meeting you lot."

Udo and his companion turn to head back the way they came.  As they leave the party catches muffled snippets of conversation.

". . . . .you WANT Itzek to know. . . ."

". . . . .don't really care. . . . . .Itzek can bite my. . . ."


". . . . . .arrested. . . . . "

Astrid Gunnarsdottir
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Mon 1 May 2017
at 14:25
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Astrid just listens to all this conversation, but when it's over, she starts to head into the village.  As she does, she cups a hand over her mouth and mumbles something inaudible into it... seven times.

[Casting Message]
Tobias Greysen
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Tue 2 May 2017
at 22:18
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Agreed.  Why don't we head towards the bar and inn first though? I wouldn't mind a drink plus, there is a decent chance this drunk isn't the 'wizard of wine' we are looking for...just another drunk rather. 
Ireena Kolyana
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Tue 2 May 2017
at 22:53
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"Our friend Udo didn't seem to think much of the burgomaster of Vallaki," Ireena muses aloud. "But Father Donavich told us before we left that this Vargas was no friend of Strahd."
Joaquin
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Tue 2 May 2017
at 23:15
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To Oz:

We should also investigate better weapons.  The weird wolf seemed to be resistant to most everything except magic, and I doubt that it will be the last creature to be like that.

Looking around after hearing Astrid's voice, but not seeing her talking, Joaquín bellows:

Yes, Agent Farnsworth, I agree!

Upon seeing Astrid shushing him, Joaquín realizes what happened and looks sheepishly around.

You'd think you'd be used to hearing voices by now, doofus.
Ireena Kolyana
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Tue 2 May 2017
at 23:58
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"All the more reason to pay Vargas Vallakovich a visit!" Ireena says excitedly. "If he's indeed wealthy, and if he's an enemy of Strahd, he may agree to outfit us with better quality weaponry!"

"And if he's not to be trusted, as Udo seems to think," Ireena adds slyly, "then perhaps we can use the opportunity to explore his manse and. . . ."liberate" some useful items, should we find them."
Ismark Kolyanovich
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Wed 3 May 2017
at 00:00
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Ismark looks aghast at his little sister's suggestion of moral thievery.  He gives the rest of the party a look, as if to suggest that they are a bad influence on her.

"Yes Reenie, but if Vargas is not to be trusted, would it not make more sense to visit this inn first?  It's bound to be the best place for finding out information on this town and its burgomaster.  Besides. . .I wouldn't say no to a hot meal after six days of trail rations."
Tobias Greysen
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Wed 3 May 2017
at 00:12
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Tobias peers around the town, taking it all in.  He had always preferred being in town to the wilds.  Nature was nice in small, controlled doses.  The wolves had really reminded him that he would love a nice bed.  Even if it was just for a night.

I agree with the both of you.  The inn first for food, to investigate the proprietor, and maybe to take the town's pulse on the man of manse.  Plus, between the inn and Vargas, we are almost sure to find accommodations for the night.

Hopefully, Vargas will do just that, Ireena but I wouldn't get too excited.  Rarely do people just give things of such value away.  It will likely come with quite a cost - money or otherwise

Oswald Weiss
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Wed 3 May 2017
at 02:16
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In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 31):

Oz frowns thoughtfully.

"Tavern, then manse. Then back on the road toward the abbey in the morning...unless this fellow has horses to spare
."
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Wed 3 May 2017
at 04:47
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Silver, Alaric says. We need to get our hands on some properly silvered weapons as soon as possible.
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 3 May 2017
at 12:52
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In reply to Alaric von Innsbruck (msg # 33):

Did you stumble upon a treasure trove I didn't notice?" Oz replies good-naturedly. "Because that's not cheap."

He runs a finger across a rough patch on his staff.

"Besides, silver is not a good investment for me. I'd prefer to find some interesting artifacts or potions."
Joaquin
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Wed 3 May 2017
at 15:30
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Since silvered weapons and artifacts are likely to be quite expensive, I think we will need a way to make money.  I can mend, Asteroid can sing, we can all kill things, but we need to know what is available so that we can know if we even have a hope of making enough money to buy things.

I have no preference between talking to the burgomaster first or going to the inn first, just so long as we eventually do both, but I think finding merchants is a high priority as well.

DM
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Wed 3 May 2017
at 22:52
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Anyone you meet in the street is able to steer you toward the Blue Water Inn (N2 on the Vallaki map.)

Gray smoke issues from the chimney of this large, two-story wooden building with a stone foundation and sagging tile roof, upon which several ravens have perched. A painted wooden sign hanging above the main entrance depicts a blue waterfall.

Inside, damp cloaks hang from pegs in the entrance portico. The tavern is packed with tables and chairs, with narrow paths meandering between them. A bar stretches along one wall, under a balcony that can be reached by a wooden staircase that hugs the north wall. Another balcony overhangs an entrance to the east. All the windows are fitted with thick shutters and crossbars. Lanterns hanging above the bar and resting on the tables bathe the room in dull orange light and cast shadows upon the walls, most of which are adorned with wolf heads mounted on wooden plaques.

A small, efficient woman with black hair pulled back in a bun decorated with a few raven feathers mans the bar, occasionally yelling at two small boys, aged about 11 and 7 as they run by.

A few tables are occupied by travelers and locals.  Two dour fellows clad in rough hides and worn boots sit together at one table.  At another, two other men in comparatively rich attire are talking loudly with each other.  They look as though they perhaps have had one too many already.
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Thu 4 May 2017
at 03:47
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Alaric glides over to the bar. Ale, please, he says to the woman tending bar. His eyes drift up to the collection of wolf heads mounted throughout the tavern. Impressive collection, he notes, is there a story to go with them? Seems there's no shortage of wolves to mount in these parts.
Oswald Weiss
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Thu 4 May 2017
at 14:55
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In reply to Alaric von Innsbruck (msg # 37):

Brennan takes a seat near the fire, quietly looking at the various patrons to get a sense for how many might be locals and how many might have arrived from afield for this "festival".
Tobias Greysen
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Thu 4 May 2017
at 20:17
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I'll take a wine thank you.  Also, Is Davian here?

Tobias sniffs the wine and nods but doesnt drink.
DM
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Thu 4 May 2017
at 23:47
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"Ah,  you've noticed our growing collection then, have you?" the black-haired woman says conversationally as she fills a tankard for Alaric.  Although clearly taken aback by his presence, she's doing her best to hide it. "Packs keep prowling the roads, little ones and direwolves alike. Well-armed hunters and trappers like Szoldar and Yevgeni manage to kill some of them, but more just keep coming,"

At the mention of Szoldar and Yevgeni, the woman points to the two rough-clad men at one of the tables.

"Purple Grapemash or Red Dragon Crush?" the woman asks Tobias when he requests wine, and proceeds to pour him whichever variety he pleases.

"Davian?  Here?  Psh.  The old crow wouldn't stoop to visiting his own flesh and blood. He and Urwin don't get on, and he rarely leaves his vineyards.  Last time he deigned to come to Vallaki was when Bray was born. Speaking of that--BROM!  BRAY!  We have guests!
 See to it that they have a nice table by the fire."


The two dark haired little boys gape in fascination at the party, before scurrying to tend to their chores.

"I'm Danika.  Danika Dorakova, and those two hellions are our sons, Brom and Bray. My better half is in the kitchen; does most of the cooking."
Joaquin
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Fri 5 May 2017
at 00:19
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Joaquín joins Alaric at the bar and hears about the wolf problem, as well as about the owners and their family.

I'm Joaquín.  I've been travelling with this group for quite some time now, after I was set upon by wolves myself.

Anyhow, I'm guessing that with two boys running around, there are probably a number of accidents that break things around here, eh? I'm a mender of no small power, and I was hoping that perhaps you'd be open to some bartering? I noticed the lyre hanging on the wall that needs repair, would you be willing to give it to me in exchange for fixing things around the inn?

DM
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Fri 5 May 2017
at 00:42
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The smaller of the two boys, Bray, overhears this and looks to his mother expectantly.

"Would it be ok if he came and fixed the broken toy in our room, mom? Please?"

Danika pauses and looks penetratingly at Joaquin, clearly uncertain about letting a stranger accompany her kid up to his room.

"Take Brom with you, but yes that should be fine."
Joaquin
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Fri 5 May 2017
at 01:03
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Joaquín, being a perceptive and insightful sort, catches the penetrating stare and artfully dances around the situation:

I think your mother would like to see me do the mending.  I'll bet if she sees how good a job I do, she'll think of other things that need work, too, and she seems like a nice lady that could use my help. What do you say you bring it down, so that she can see it, too?

Only to have his inner voice make its presence known:

What's the matter, does she think you're a diddler? Poor doofus, tarred with the same brush as all the other priests when you're nothing but jolly old fool.

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Tobias Greysen
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Fri 5 May 2017
at 02:00
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The Red Dragon I suppose. Tobias gratefully accepts the wine.

It is always tough when family doesn't get on.  Families are...complicated.

Is the vineyard at least close by?  Forgive my prying.  I have heard that he is a maker of great talent -
Tobias drinks - and it appears the rumors are true.  I would love to see the vineyard myself.
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 5 May 2017
at 14:26
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In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 44):

Oz, having completed his observations and bored of idle chatter about spirits, heads over to where the two hunter-trappers are seated.

"Evening," he says at the first opening in their conversation. "I hear the two of you are accomplished hunters."

He traces an outline on their table, and an image of the werewolf (before and after) appears there.

"My friends and I fought a wolf pack on the way in. One of them didn't stay a wolf after it died. You ever seen anything like that before?"
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Fri 5 May 2017
at 18:17
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Alaric accepts his ale with a nod of thanks, heading over to join Oswald with the hunters.
DM
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Sat 6 May 2017
at 23:39
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Danika nods after a moment's hesitation, and Bray darts off up the flight of stairs to retrieve his toy.  Brom, being of an age where weapons and adventurers are of much greater interest, perches himself on a stool at the bar next to Tobias.  Being also of an age where his interest in attractive women is beginning to burgeon, Brom sneaks sidelong glances at the women of the party, blushing furiously as he does.

The Red Dragon wine is a revelation: a white that somehow manages to capture the richness of a red vintage.  It burns pleasantly on the way down, like a good quality liquor.

"You're not prying, don't worry yourself on account of that," Danika assures Tobias. "The Wizard's a good ways off though. A week or so's journey to the west, to the south of Tzer.  The vineyards are interesting, if you're interested in that sort of thing, but if you're planning a trip, don't expect a warm welcome.  The old crow likes to keep himself to himself.  'Spose that's why he chose to set up shop in the woods like he did."

"I will say though: if you're heading that way, ask Davian what's holding up this latest shipment.  Our supply of wine is running low, and the last delivery is overdue."


Meanwhile, the two "gentlemen" at the table stare dourly at Oz and Alaric. Both of them are dressed in rough hunting attire that has clearly seen much time out in the woods.  A longbow belonging to one of the hunters leans against the wall; there are innumerable notches cut into it. The other hunter wears a long, wolfskin cloak with numerous swathes of fur in all shades of dun, grey and brown sewn roughly to it.

"Might've,"
Longbow Hunter grunts."Who wants to know?" Cloak Hunter says nothing, his eyes darting from Oz's bit of prestidigitation, to Alaric's features, and back again.

Bray comes running back into the taproom, bearing in his hands one of the most exquisite toys Joaquin has ever seen.  It's a little toy Vistani wagon, hitched to a wooden horse.  The top of the wagon is removable, to reveal a number of tiny wooden Vistani figures inside. The level of detail in the carvings is remarkable.

"The wagon has a broken wheel," Bray complains.  "I asked the nice, pointy-eared man if he could fix it, but he was it wasn't his "area of expert e's."  How can you be an expert on the letter E?"
Joaquin
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Sun 7 May 2017
at 01:19
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Joaquín takes the toy and stares at it in wonder.

I've never met a man who was an expert in Es either.  Maybe the man who made this is an expert in Es? Do you know who made it?  It is absolutely amazing how well made it is. I'd be honored to mend it, and I'd love to talk to whoever made it.

Joaquín picks up the broken bits, and says

¡Que se remiende!

The wheel begins to mend itself much to the wonder of Bray and his mother, Danika.  Once it's done, Joaquín asks Danika:

So, madam, do you have anything else you'd like me to fix before I work on the lyre?
DM
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Sun 7 May 2017
at 01:51
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Bray's little eyes widen in amazement as the broken toy wagon wheel begins to knit itself together.

"Wowwwwwww," the small boy breathes.  "That was amazing!!  How did you do that?!  Oh!  I mean. . . .thank you very much, sir," Bray adds hastily, after a pointed look from his mother.  Danika nods in satisfaction.

"I can tell you who made it!  Mr. Blinksy did, sir! He lives in here in Vallaki, and he makes all kinds of neat toys and things! He is a little "soft in the head," Papa says, but I like him! I have other toys if you want to see them!"

"BRAY!" Danika cries. "We do NOT talk about Mr. Blinksy like that. And your papa knows that full well."

"Ye gods, what am I in trouble for this time?" a good-natured voice booms. The source of the voice comes out of the kitchen, bearing a tray of victuals for the two drunk-ish men sitting at the other table.  Urwin, presumably, is a barrel-chested man with a full jet-black beard and laughing eyes.

"Many things dear, but just now: speaking well of our neighbors in front of little ears."

"Well, if you're as handy with the crockery as you were with that wagon, I'd say you've earned you and your friends a lunch.  Urwin has no end of dishes in the kitchen that could use fixing. Most of them no thanks to those two," Danika adds, scowling at the drunk-ish men.
Joaquin
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Sun 7 May 2017
at 02:02
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That is very kind of you.  Point me in the right direction and I'll start now.
Tobias Greysen
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Sun 7 May 2017
at 02:53
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My, that is quite a distance.  I suppose I'll need to make it out there at some point.  I have heard tale of many places in these parts that I plan to see while I travel here.

Tobias leans in a bit.

This wine is amazing.  Well worth the trip it will be.  As far as the shipment, if I see something, you have my word I will look into it.

As I mentioned that we are not from these parts, we are missing something fairly key...a good map of the area.  Is there anyone who might be selling something like that here in town?

I'll hear people talk about places to visit around here and have no way to take good note of it and before you know it I seem to just forget where they said it was.  For example, I was speaking with someone just the other day and they told me about this old mill that is supposed to haunted or cursed or something in this area.  Thought it might have been fun to see - from a safe distance of course - but I totally forgot where they said it was.  If I had a map,
 I would have just gotten them to mark it.

Oswald Weiss
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Sun 7 May 2017
at 15:02
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In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 51):

Oz blinks at the hunters, surprised.

"What, you MIGHT have information about a werewolf coven but don't want to share it with fellow slayers? Whose side are you on?"

His tone is conversational, but it's not entirely said in jest.

"I'm Oz. He's Alaric. We're in the business of...erasing...trouble of all shapes and sizes. I hear we might have that in common."

He raises a hand and orders "whatever they're having" for himself and Alaric, plus another round for the pair of hunters.

"Don't worry. We're not horning in on your territory; we'll be gone at first light. Or perhaps after the festivial...we're still debating it. Would it be worth staying for it?"

He awaits a nod or a shrug or a shake of the head, then presses onward.

"You no doubt noticed the fine upbringing of two of our number," he continues, jerking a thumb those Ismark and Ireena. "We're currently in their employ, trying to help them shake a particularly nasty curse. Tell me, in your travels, have you had much experience with that? Information leading toward a cure would be well compensated."

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Joaquin
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Sun 7 May 2017
at 18:05
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Joaquín follows Urwin into the kitchen and sets to work.

As he works on things, he asks about Mr. Blinksy:

So, Bray tells me Mr. Blinksy made his wagon, but that the pointy eared man couldn't fix it.  What can you tell me about Mr. Blinksy? I'd very much like to meet him and examine his wares.  And who is the pointy eared man that Bray talked about?  Does he fix things also, or does he make things too? I'm always looking for makers to trade knowledge with.
DM
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Sun 7 May 2017
at 22:12
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At the table:

"Fine upbringing? Hells, their digs look even sorrier than ours.  Though I wouldn't say "no" to the pretty blonde if she asked, eh?" says Longbow Hunter, grinning.  When he receives no reply to this witticism, he relapses back into scowling, but looks a bit mollified when Oz mentions that the party won't be edging in on their territory.

"Good. Wouldn't want other profit seekers competin'," the man continues. "Specially if what you say is true and you brought down a pack. Bad for business, like. Yevgeni and me, we like to keep the pest control business a monotreme."

"Monopoly," grunts Yevgeni.

"That. So I'd tell you lot to mosey right along. This festival ain't gonna be nothing but a sad sack, just like the other ones."

"Szoldar, sssh!" Yevgeni hisses, his beady eyes darting right to left worriedly.

"Now, it's right strange that you claim to have seen a werewolf on the road.
 Right strange indeed. Usually those ones are clever 'nuff not to attack a large group,"
Szoldar goes on. "Unless there were a bunch of 'em. Between you and me, I've heard tell there's a whole *cave* of 'em up near Lake Baratok. Never tried flushing it out just Yevgeni and me, but we know the area. Could guide you there, if you were interested."

Szoldar smiles an ugly smile.

"For the right price, of course."


In the kitchen:

The kitchen is full of piles of pots, walls lined with utensils and shelves of ingredients, and all manner of pleasant odors. Two lanterns hang above a sturdy pine worktable amid all the clutter. A pot of tasty-smelling soup bubbles on the hearth, and Urwin is juggling his attention between stirring and seasoning the soup and keeping an eye on some steaks sizzling over a fire.

"Gadof Blinksy is the toymaker. Complete genius, truly, but. . . " Urwin smiles sadly and makes a finger twirling gesture around his ear.

"No idea how he's still in business, really. You and your friends are travelers;
 you've been around this realm.  Can't imagine there's much of a demand for toys, can you?
 If it weren't for the burgomaster giving him a pittance for festival decorations,
 he'd have closed up shop long ago, I'd say."


"The pointy-eared fellow is a guest currently staying here. Came riding into town several weeks ago on a carnival wagon of all things! Strange fellow, but nice enough.
 Always leaves the inn at dawn and dusk to do. . .well, whatever he does! He's paying a good price to rent our private room, so I don't ask questions."


At the bar:

"A map, you say?" Danika says thoughtfully. "Well. . .I guess you could ask Father Lucian at the church.  He's clever, and I think he used to travel in his youth."

"There's also a Vistani camp just to the south of town, but. . .well, I wouldn't ask them.
 Your friend there seems nice enough,"
she says, nodding toward Nico, "but those camp folk are a nasty sort.  You'll just as soon want to leave them be, mark my word."
Oswald Weiss
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Mon 8 May 2017
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In reply to DM (msg # 54):

"I could say the same thing," Oz replies, glancing at Alaric and raising an eyebrow. "What's the going rate for clearing out a cave of werewolves these days?"

He smiles slightly.

"We'll defend ourselves on the road, but...we don't work for free.  I'm sure you gentlemen understand."

Oz grins slyly as a thought comes to him.

"Besides. The pretty blonde over there would be very grateful for your help. It could be, ah, mutually beneficial...if that makes any difference to you."

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Joaquin
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Mon 8 May 2017
at 03:59
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In reply to DM (msg # 54):

While working his way through the broken dishes, a leaking cauldron, a cracked pan, and a hairline crack in the tripod over the fire, Joaquín asks a few more questions about the toy maker, thinking about seeing if this craftsman might improve his holy symbol:

I should very much like to meet them both, they seem quite interesting.  Where would I find Gadof?  I would like to examine his wares, and perhaps see if he would be willing to make something for me. In case he isn't willing or able, are there any other shops or makers in town that I might visit?

Once he has finished with his mending in the kitchen, Joaquín asks if there are other things that might be mended:
Do you recall anything being tossed in the garbage heap, or left by a guest that might be worth mending? And do you mind if I ask the guests if they have anything that needs repair? The Great God Boo requires that I try to bring order to the world by repairing broken things, so I'm always on the lookout for that sort of thing.Bloody nutter, just like Gadof, if you ask me
Tobias Greysen
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Mon 8 May 2017
at 20:15
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Father Lucian?  I will definitely have to go and see him.  Thank you.

He nods and orders a second glass of the wine.


We are on our way to the abbey at the moment.  Probably in town only for the night.  Anything you recommend we see or do while we are here?
DM
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Wed 10 May 2017
at 00:36
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At the bar:

"Well, we have a lovely coffin maker's shop," Danika says after a long moment's thought, "but I don't suppose that's really what you had in mind, is it?" she adds with a chuckle.

"I'd bet this inn that you'll be asked for a meal, or at the very least for tea at the burgomaster's house. Vargas loves to show off exotic and interesting guests, and you're clearly seasoned travelers.  I don't suppose a small town has much of interest to offer!"

"There's Argynvostholt. . . . "
Brom says shyly, the first time the older boy has deigned to say anything.

In the kitchen:

"Willing?  He'd be ecstatic," Urwin laughs as he ladles steaming borscht into an assortment of newly-mended mugs and bowls. The borscht goes on a sizable tray along with dill potatoes and sour cream, as well as the steaks which, while red meat, don't exactly look to have come from a cow. "As I said, the man doesn't get a great deal of commerce.  I'm sure he would welcome a commission."

"Well, there's Henrik.  Henrik van der Voort.  Carpenter and coffin maker. I can't speak with certainty but. . .I suppose he'd have things that need mending? Anyway, help me carry these out to the taproom, will you?  Lunch is served!"

At the table:

Szoldar laughs, showing yellowed teeth.

"Yer not serious!" he guffaws.  Upon seeing the really quite serious indeed expressions on Oz and Alaric's faces, he reconsiders.  "Shit.  You ARE serious."

Yevgeni says nothing, but his jaw tightens somewhat.

"See now, I'm sure you lot are a big, fancy group of heroes, but a whole den of werewolves is a bit rich even for you. How many did you say you killed on the road?  Just one?  Bet it did you a bunch of hurt before you put it down," Szoldar says knowingly.

"Yevgeni and me, we're happy to guide you on your way to the werewolves, but it ain't gonna come cheap.
 No siree, not cheap at all. And we ain't gonna fight a werewolf pack, not even for a gold mine."


Szoldar sends a sidelong glance at Ireena's backside as she leans across the bar to say something to Danika.

"Or a pretty piece of ass."
Tobias Greysen
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Wed 10 May 2017
at 02:24
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Argynvostholt?  Tobias asks the boy with a slight grin.  Is that a thing, a person, a place, or did you sneeze?
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 10 May 2017
at 13:38
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In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 59):

Oz drums his fingers against the tabletop in agitation, but nods.

"How much would it cost for you to describe the location, rather than lead us there yourselves?"
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Wed 10 May 2017
at 18:45
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Alaric presses his lips together, clearly uncomfortable with the Oswald's offering Ireena's affections in exchange for knowledge, feigned or otherwise. His mood sours even more at the hunters' crass allusions to the young woman.

Come on, Oz. It's clear these...gentlemen...have never been anywhere near this den. We're wasting our time. These look like the type whose method of slaying wolves is to grab them by the puppy.
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 10 May 2017
at 19:27
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In reply to Alaric von Innsbruck (msg # 61):

Oz nods sagely at Alaric.

"You're probably right," he concedes. "A pity. They came so highly recommended."
Joaquin
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Wed 10 May 2017
at 22:55
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Joaquín helps carry out the food and calls cheerily over to Alaric and Oz, Lunch gentlemen!

After sitting down, to eat, Joaquín pulls out his copy of Hymns to the Dawn to start reading again. After a moment's contemplation, he realizes that Udo or the other guard mentioned that the upcoming festival was the Festival of the Blazing Sun.  He says to Astrid, Perhaps you should be reading this.  So far, I see nothing of particular use religiously, but singing some of these songs might butter up the Hamburgler. The Meisterburger that is, since his Festival of the Blazing Sun is in a few days.
DM
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Wed 10 May 2017
at 23:30
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"You couldn't afford us anyway," Szoldar scoffs.  "C'mon Yevgeni.  Let's leave these tossers to their meal."

Szoldar drops some coinage on the table, and stomps out of the inn, his silent shadow right behind him. As he passes Ireena, the grizzled hunter trails a hand along her back, almost gently.  Ireena, having heard none of the lurid conversation at their table, looks after him in confusion, unsure whether the invasion of her personal space was intentional or merely an accident.

The borscht, steaks, and potatoes are supplemented by rye bread.  All in all, a hearty meal.

Joaquin's book turns out to be as enthralling as one might have expected. Lots of prayers and songs, all along the same lines: praising the Morning Lord for banishing the night, with its darkness and terrors, etc etc.

Brom, flushed at being asked a direct question by one of the adventurers, pulls up a stool next to Tobias.

"Argynvostholt is a place, sir.  It's not in the town though. It's somewhere to the south. But I learned about it in school with Father Lucian! It's a big fortress, where knights used to live! And there was even a dragon there!"
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Thu 11 May 2017
at 04:12
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Alaric relaxes considerably as the two hunters leave the bar. He takes a seat at the table, nodding appreciatively at the spread. He takes a bite of the steak curiously, attempting to ascertain the manner of beast it came from.

[Knowledge Nature: 23]

Regardless of the origin of the meat, it was a pleasure to sit at a table and have a proper meal.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 04:12, Thu 11 May 2017.

Oswald Weiss
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Thu 11 May 2017
at 14:06
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In reply to Alaric von Innsbruck (msg # 65):

Oz grumbles as the ill-mannered hunters take their leave, turning to join his allies at the table for lunch.

He tucks into the meal with gusto, though truth be told he would have eaten anything that wasn't a trail ration with equal fervor.

Between bites, he compares notes with the rest of the group.

"So...there's a werewolf cave not too far from here, if those two hunters are to be believed," he begins. "There's no bounty on them, though. Probably only worth knowing about as a warning that it exists. And if the woman we killed belonged to it...well, they might be out for blood."

He holds his hands over the meat, palms downward, to imbue it with a smoky flavor before cutting into it with his knife.

"I'm still opposed to sticking around for the festival proper, and while I want to meet this town's eccentric leader, I fear doing so will obligate us linger longer than we want."

He glances at the others dining.

"Did anybody learn anything else of interest?"
DM
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Thu 11 May 2017
at 23:54
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Before anyone can tell of the things they have learned, interesting or otherwise, the door to the Blue Water Inn opens and a young man--or rather a boy; he can't be more than fifteen or sixteen--enters the taproom and approaches the party as they sit enjoying their luncheon.

The teenager's clothing is of much higher quality than that belonging to most of the people the party has seen in Vallaki thus far.  He is dressed almost exclusively in dark colors. The young man is tall and lanky, with very pale skin and a shock of black hair that falls carelessly into his eyes. [If he lived in our world, he's almost certainly be considered emo.]

The two drunkards at the other table glare at the newcomer and whisper to one another under their breath, shooting angry glances at the teen.

"You must be the travelers who just arrived in town.  Obviously. My parents sent me to invite you to a "soiree" at their house tonight," the young man says. The air quotes around "soiree" are thick and heavy.

"So. . . .what should I tell them?" he asks, voice dripping with teenage nonchalance, as if he couldn't possibly care one way or the other. That said, the party can't help but notice the boy sneaking interested glances at them, especially at Oz and Viktoriya.
Tobias Greysen
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Fri 12 May 2017
at 01:46
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Well I love a good party as much as the next guy.
Joaquin
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Fri 12 May 2017
at 03:25
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Joaquín, bubbling with excitement at the prospect of, what from its context seems like a fancy, if smelly party, says expansively to the group:

A festival, an impressively skilled toymaker, and a seweree!  This town just keeps getting better and better! Say it with me doofus, "swɑh ray"


Realizing he has no idea who this kid's parents are, where they live or ant of that pertainent information, he asks:

Where is your parents' house and who are they?

DM
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Fri 12 May 2017
at 11:52
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The young man gives Joaquin a withering look to show that he doesn't think very highly of the cleric's intelligence for even having to ask.

"Vargas Vallakovich and Lilia Petrovna. The burgomaster and his wife."

The "duh" at the end is heavily implied.
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 12 May 2017
at 13:49
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In reply to DM (msg # 70):

"We were planning on eating dinner somewhere and staying the night regardless," Oz murmurs to the others. "I see no reason to insult the hospitality of our host, particularly when it asks little of us that we weren't already going to do."

He arches an eyebrow.

"But I still believe we should be leaving tomorrow, first light, so don't party too hard."
Joaquin
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Fri 12 May 2017
at 15:03
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Joaquín recognizes assholery when it is directed at him and mutters quietly at first, but as he goes on he gains in volume:

Not terribly bright are you?
Being rude to people isn't okay, and being rude to people you don know is even worse since it is likely to get you in trouble.A word to the wise is enough, but I doubt you'll hear

Astrid Gunnarsdottir
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Fri 12 May 2017
at 16:06
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Before the young man entered, Astrid accepted the book from Joaquin.  Couldn't hurt to learn some of these songs.  I find burghers are best when buttered a bit.

Astrid looks up from her meal.  Well, that was a freebie.

After she finishes her bite of steak, she smiles at the young man and says, We'd be delighted to come by.
DM
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Fri 12 May 2017
at 19:12
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The teen warily backs away from Joaquin a step or two.  He gives a curt nod to Astrid's RSVP.

"Whatever," the young man says with extreme indifference.  With no further ado, he turns and walks out of the inn.
Tobias Greysen
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Fri 12 May 2017
at 20:54
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Well...All right.  Guess dinner is taken care of as well.

Tobias turns back to Brom.

So tell me more of this sneeze castle of yours.  A dragon you say?  Tobias says with a wink.
DM
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at 03:09
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Brom nods happily.

"Yes sir!  A silver dragon.  His name was Argynvost, which is of course how the fortress gets it name.  "The home of Argynvost."He gathered together an order of good and noble knights to stand against Strahd."

The lad shrugs sheepishly.

"But that's all I know.  Father Lucian hasn't finished the lesson yet."
Tobias Greysen
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Sat 13 May 2017
at 03:53
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Well this Father Lucian seems like a good guy to talk to.  Maybe after we all finish our meal you can show us over to his place before we head over to that party or whatever - with your mother's permission of course  says Tobias.  He looks to Danika with his last few words.

Turning back to boy, Well, you seem like a pretty sharp kid.  What do you think? Are our party hosts this evening as rude as their son or are they pretty liked around town?
Joaquin
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Sat 13 May 2017
at 05:09
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Before that brat came in you were asking if we learned anything interesting, right Oz? Anyway, I found out that there is an incredibly skilled woodworker in town. The boys here have a model Vistani wagon that is a perfect miniature replica that actually works. Since you say we might see more weirdwolves, I think we should visit him because I suspect that he is skilled enough to be able to silver enlay some quarterstaves. Maybe not the best weapons, but better than nothing.
DM
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Sat 13 May 2017
at 17:42
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Joaquin, during lulls in the conversation, has gone through the bag of communal funds with Nico and determined that roughly 2/3 of their coinage is in silver.

Danika and Urwin consider for a moment, exchanging a silent parental exchange with their eyes.  Then Danika shrugs and nods at her eldest son, who grins from ear to ear.

"Dont' forget to take your coat and boots!" she adds, and Brom dutifully heads up to his room to fetch the requested items.

"That's Victor for you," Danika says, nodding toward the door through which the contrary teenager left.  "I'm convinced that the boy is brilliant, and it certainly can't have been easy for him growing up in a town with so little in the way of stimulation. It doesn't help that he's at that age now where it's considered "cool" to be contrary to everything that you parents represent."/DarkBlue>

<DarkBlue>"I don't think you need to worry about any rudeness from Vargas and Lilia,"
Urwin says in response to Tobias question. "On the contrary, I expect them to be gracious and welcoming to the utmost.  They want to be liked, and they want their citizens and guests to like them and to be happy. What's that phrase our burgomaster is always throwing around?  "All will be well.""

"Mind you, even something as good-intentioned as wanting to spread happiness can be taken too far," Danika adds.  Before she can say more, however, Brom is back wearing his coat and boots.

"C'mon, let's go!" the boy says, grabbing Tobias' hand and practically dragging him to the door.
Joaquin
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Sat 13 May 2017
at 21:32
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While Brom is going upstairs, Joaquín asks I'd he can also show then where Blinksy lives.
Would it be alright if Brom also showed us where the toymaker's shop us located?  Or at least points us in the right direction?
DM
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at 22:26
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"As long as he's home by sundown in time for supper," Danika says in response to Joaquin while the party is on the way out the door. "And you behave yourself now, young man!  I'll know if you don't!"

Brom gives a wave to his mother and father, and another little one to the conspiracy of ravens perched on and about the inn roof.

Ireena and Ismark, still all too aware of their diminished status in the world, decide to stay back at the inn and assist Urwin and Danika with various chores, so that their free lunch seems a bit less like charity. They do promise to meet up with you for the evening's "soiree."

[A group of ravens is apparently called a conspiracy.  How neat is that!?]

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Tobias Greysen
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Sun 14 May 2017
at 04:09
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Alright, alright. Chuckled Tobias as he was nearly dragged behind the excited youth.  Which way to Father Lucian's?  Or is the toymaker closer?


Tobias stops dead in his tracks Wait a moment.  If you are going to travel with adventurers you need to look the part as well.  Placing his own wide brimmed hat on the kid, he says Much better.  Now we can go.

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Oswald Weiss
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Sun 14 May 2017
at 16:55
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 82):

Oz grumbles a bit, perhaps remembering what happened the last time the party went to a strange church, but follows along with the others.

There are many stories being told, he ruminates. But we have gotten no closer to a cure.
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Mon 15 May 2017
at 21:00
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Brom leads you to St. Andral's Church, where Father Lucian preaches to and counsels his flock.  (N1 on map of Vallaki.)

As the party reaches the church, already they have a better feeling about this one given that there is no inhuman screaming coming from inside.  The layout inside is much the same, with a small chapel for worship, and a few rooms off of the main entryway.  None of the pews in the chapel is upturned and no detritus is strewn about.  Better and better.

The chapel is empty with the exception of a short man--presumably Father Lucian--sitting in the front pew with his arm placed consolingly on the shoulder of an middle-aged woman, sobbing as if her heart will break.

Father Lucian looks up as Brom and the party enter his church.  His kind brown eyes widen slightly in surprise as he takes in the motley assortment of adventurers accompanying the lad.

"Hello, Brom," Lucian says softly. "How nice to see you.  And your. . . .friends?"

He nods his head slightly at the crying woman.

"Perhaps not the best time, though."
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Mon 15 May 2017
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In reply to DM (msg # 84):

"Oh, ok. Sorry to bother you." Oz and the rest walk away.

"Are you certain? We're professional problem-solvers and...if you don't mind me saying so, you seem to be in the market for precisely that."

He glances at the sobbing woman, unsure of what to do about that.

"You'd, er, you'd...that is...what seems to be the matter?"

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DM
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Mon 15 May 2017
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Father Lucian looks about to protest, but the crying woman looks up at Oz, latching on to his promise to provide aid.

"They've arrested my son Udo!" she cries. "Not an hour ago! Izek and his goons came and apprehended him while he was on guard duty!  He wasn't doing anything wrong!"

She sniffs and blows her nose on Lucian's handkerchief.

"Can you help him?"

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Joaquin
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Mon 15 May 2017
at 23:45
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Udo!  That's guard from the gate that let us in earlier!

Shaking his head in consternation:

What has this Izek accused Udo of doing?
Tobias Greysen
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Tue 16 May 2017
at 09:23
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I don't know if I'd go so far as professional problem solvers says Tobias throwing a small look towards Oz but we do tend to try to help out when possible.   What has happened?
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Tue 16 May 2017
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In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 88):

"The fact that you do it for free doesn't make you any less of a professional problem solver," Oz shrugs.
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Tue 16 May 2017
at 17:47
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"He was making cracks about the burgomaster's latest festival," the woman says in between sniffles, as Father Lucian pats her hand reassuringly. "I *told* him not to.  He knew it was dangerous.  . ."

Lucian nods.

"Our burgomaster has a rather thin skin.  He doesn't take kindly to people criticizing his policies.  Thinks it detracts from the "happiness and good will," the priest adds.

His brow furrows.

"Sorry. . . *who* did you say you were again?"
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In reply to DM (msg # 90):

"Hmm? Oh, I'm Oz," he says absently, the letters O and Z burning themselves into the air above him as though being drawn by invisible sparklers. "My friends and I are trying to help the late burgomaster of your neighboring village's daughter, Ireena, with a particular...problem. We've stopped in your fair town en route to the Abbey."

He frowns as he considers the information before him.

"We have been invited to dine with the burgomaster this evening. It would be simple enough to inquire as to your son's whereabouts, and perhaps plead for his release. Would you like that?"

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Alaric von Innsbruck
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Tue 16 May 2017
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Alaric raises an eyebrow. You can be jailed for criticizing a festival? he asks incredulously?

Thin skin indeed.
Joaquin
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Tue 16 May 2017
at 23:30
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And his son, the rude fellow that he is, hasn't been jailed yet?
Tobias Greysen
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Wed 17 May 2017
at 02:18
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Mrs...?  Would you mind telling us the story?  Please start at the beginning.
Astrid Gunnarsdottir
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Wed 17 May 2017
at 20:02
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Thin skin and tiny hands, I'd bet...  This burger king is sounding less and less appealing.

Astrid listens for the woman's story, eager to hear the details and figure out a way to help.
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at 22:09
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"Um. . . well.  . . .that's about all there is to tell, really," the woman says, her sobs having dwindled to sniffles thanks to the many, many sets of sympathetic ears.

"My name is Willemina," she says. "And while I don't know if Vargas will listen to you, I should be very grateful if you would plead on my son's behalf."

While Willemina seizes upon Oz's offer, Lucian answers their other questions.

"Very nice," he says, watching Oz's sparkly letters fade into nothing. "Doesn't really answer my question, but you seem like decent folk I suppose."

"Indeed, you can be jailed for speaking ill of a festival,"
Lucian says to Alaric, not exactly meeting the witcher's uncomfortable gaze. "These so-called festivals tend to be dismal affairs, and as for saving us from Strahd by bringing great happiness? Just about everyone you meet will agree that that's a load of rubbish. But very few people--with the exception of Lady Wachter maybe--are willing to voice their displeasure precisely because of what has happened to poor Udo."

Vargas sends his henchman, Izek, to apprehend those who fall on his bad side. Izek's a nasty sort. . .a violent man with an arm that can conjure fire."

Joaquin
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Thu 18 May 2017
at 03:47
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Joaquín frowns deeply as the explanation is given, growing more and more convinced the Burgomeister is not only a bad parent, but also a bad Burgomeister Hasn't he noticed that all these festivals are just making people feel worse?  And arresting people for their feelings?  How is it that you all haven't revolted and replaced him?  It seems the Lady Weightwatcher expresses her feelings why can she and you all can't?
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at 03:51
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In reply to Joaquin (msg # 97):

Oz blinks, then looks at his own smouldering hand.

"Tell me more about the fellow who burns..."
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Thu 18 May 2017
at 09:46
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Yes.  I also would like to hear more about the burning fellow and also this Lady Wachter.
Astrid Gunnarsdottir
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Fri 19 May 2017
at 05:42
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Astrid continues to listen.  I'm also curious why someone hasn't replaced this burgher man.  I suppose his henchman protects him.  Like the others, I'd like to know more about the Watcher and Izek.
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Fri 19 May 2017
at 20:35
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You make a good point, Astrid.

I am confused about this man. He is gregarious enough to throw festivals in an attempt to cheer his people but is callus enough to imprison people for being displeased?
Maybe he gets something out of these festivals?  That would make more sense for the kind of man that could imprison someone for talking.


Tobias grew more and more aggravated as he went on.
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Tue 23 May 2017
at 22:21
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Father Lucian watches with a bemused eye as the many unusual strangers in his church begin discussing amongst themselves, with no sign of leaving.

"Brom, go to my quarters, if you would be so good.  There's a little stove.  Perhaps you could make tea?  Bring cups for--" Lucian does a brief head count and throws up his hands.  "Just bring all the cups you can find."

Brom nods and scurries off to do the priest's bidding.

"I don't know why you would be curious about our small town affairs," Lucian says, "but I've little to tend to in the way of a congregation at the moment. People have been wary to attend church ever since the saint's bones went missing."

Lucian runs a hand through his greying blond hair. [I picture him looking like Martin Freeman.]

"But you didn't come here to hear about that.  Izek, you say?  I don't see why not.  Everyone in town already knows the story; can't exactly be thrown in jail for telling you common knowledge."

"Helps that I'm Vargas' brother-in-law."


He tips the party a wink.

"Izek and his sister were borin in Vallaki. One morning--this must have been oh, twenty years ago?--their father and their uncle took the children fishing on Lake Zarovich. On the way back to town, a dire wolf attacked the family.  The two men managed to fend the creature off, but not before it had savagely assaulted Izek. His right arm was wounded so badly that it had to be removed at the shoulder.  His sister ran and hid in the woods during the attack, and was never seen again.  Probably eaten by more of the same pack."

"The poor boy's parents died soon thereafter.  Sickness, though I imagine a broken heart helped them on their way. Izek grew cold and distant in the absence of a loving family, and it didn't help that the other children teased him for his missing arm.  But Izek was a large, strong boy and soon learned how to deal with his bullies.  There were. . . . .incidents."


Father Lucian opens his mouth to elaborate, before deciding better of it.

"At any rate, Izek was caught pummeling another boy half to death and was taken to Vargas for punishment. But instead, Vargas pardoned the boy.  Izek's been loyal to him ever since."

Lucian turns his attention to Oz.

"I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that you're interested in the fire. Well, I'm afraid I don't know how that came to be. The story is that several years after Vargas took him in, Izek awoke from a drunken stupor one morning to find that he had grown a new arm to replace the one he had lost as a child.  I know, I know" he says, in reply to the party's incredulity, "but that's what I heard and it's all I know on the matter."

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Joaquin
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Tue 23 May 2017
at 23:41
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Joaquín waves quite distractingly at Brom as he gets up to make tea.  Once he has his attention he says: Brom, if you see anything broken, would you bring it so I can mend it for the good father?
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Tue 23 May 2017
at 23:54
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In reply to Joaquin (msg # 103):

Oz nods thoughtfully.

"Thank you for sharing that story," he says. "Could you perhaps elaborate on the missing bones?"

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Alaric von Innsbruck
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Wed 24 May 2017
at 03:35
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Alaric raises an eyebrow. What sort of saint would find rest in a place like this? he asks.

After a sufficiently awkward pause, he adds no offense intended. It just seems to me that the gods - if they do exist - have turned a blind eye to this place.
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Wed 24 May 2017
at 13:20
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In reply to Alaric von Innsbruck (msg # 105):

"Not all of them," Oz says, nodding quietly toward Joaquin. "But I share your curiosity."
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Wed 24 May 2017
at 21:09
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"Ah, so you are a man of god as well.  Do you worship the Morninglord?", says poor, unsuspecting Father Lucian politely to Joaquin.

At this point, Brom returns bearing a large pot of tea and a teetering tower of mismatched, empty cups. A few of the cups fall the the ground and crack, mortifying Brom, but Joaquin's eyes light up with maniacal glee.

Once everyone has been served their beverage--including Willemina, who seems content to merely sit and listen--Lucian continues.

"You're not the only one to think so," Lucian says to Alaric"But then, you did say you were going to the Abbey, so you must know that the saints do exist. This church is dedicated to Saint Andral, and his sacred bones protect this church from the depredations of Strahd. They are kept sealed in a crypt beneath the main altar."

"Or they were, until a few nights ago, when somebody broke in to the church and stole them."

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Tobias Greysen
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Wed 24 May 2017
at 22:10
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Stolen?  Tobias asked curiously  Are they valuable or useful besides to the church?

Might we see the crypt ourselves, Father?

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at 23:30
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Lucian gives Brom a long look.  The boy shrugs and nods.

"They're my friends, Father.  They had lunch at our inn."

Lucian sighs and rubs a hand down his face tiredly.

"Well if Brom vouches for you, I suppose so. Come on then," he motions to Tobias and anyone else who desires to see the crypt.

"No, I wouldn't say the bones have any value aside from their spiritual significance. They were kept in a plain wooden box--nothing valuable. I have no idea who could have taken them, and the one person who might know isn't talking.  At least not to me"

"Yeska, the altar boy. His parents died when he was very small, and as he had no other relations, I took him in. He sleeps in one of the rooms off the main hall, and claims to have heard nothing that night."
Joaquin
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Wed 24 May 2017
at 23:32
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Wondering if confessing to a certain youthful atheism will offend the good Father Lucian, Joaquín decides to tell him the hurried summary of how he came to be the Arcipreste del Gran Dios Boo.  Joaquín begins mending the broken cups between telling parts of his story, almost making it into the refrain of a very wordy, not very poetical free-verse poem.

Well, father, I don't worship the Morninglord. Until being transported here by the fog, I'd never heard of him.
(que se remiende)
In fact, I had little use for gods as a soldier. I had seen too much of death in the name of one god or another to feel that there was much point in all of that.
(que se remiende)
That is until I nearly died during a war a few years ago.  Instead of dying though, I was visited by the Great God Boo, War God of the Giant Miniature Space Hamsters.
(que se remiende)
He promised that if I pledged my life to do his work, he would keep me from dying and make me his Arcipreste.
(que se remiende)
Since then, I have nearly died a number of times, but he comes back and gives me more renters of the faith, and more signs to show his power.
(que se remiende)
As it is my job to set chaos into order, I try to mend as many things as I can, and right as many wrongs as I can.
(que se remiende)
Even though he is not a saint in my faith, the loss of his bones has set your town on the path to chaos.
(que se remiende)
If you would describe the bones to me, the Great God Boo will assuredly guide me to finding them if they are in some way out of the ordinary.
(que se remiende)
For instance, are they coated in anything, or perhaps they were in a reliquary?All the other children venerated St. Andral, except Joaquín, he gnawed the saint's bones phalangal


Ignoring the outburst from his own mouth, Joaquín begins looking for other things around that need mending since he has taken care of all the cups already. When he tries to fix a large splinter in his seat, (que se remiende), he knocks a piece of what is obviously a femur bone out of his pocket, causing the good father no small amount of internal struggle as he decides whether or not the saint's bones might be safer lost than in Joaquín's questionable care.
Tobias Greysen
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Thu 25 May 2017
at 00:07
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Tobias steps towards the alter and looks for anything that looks curious to him.

[Investigation: 4]

Tobias confirms that yes, that is an alter.
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Thu 25 May 2017
at 00:16
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We need to watch our time Tobias mumbles to his friends. We have a dinner invite and a son to plead for.
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Thu 25 May 2017
at 01:07
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[Tobias, it is about 2 in the afternoon now.  Party's at 6, assuming you still wish to go.]

As Joaquin outlines the tenets of his faith, Lucian gives Brom another look that says, quite eloquently, that he blames the boy entirely for the fucked-up afternoon he's had.  Brom shrugs again and grins as Joaquin mends all of the things.

Tobias stares blankly at the altar and nods knowingly.

"More or less correct," Lucian says, gently moving Tobias out of the way and, with a bit of effort, moving the altar aside.

Below the altar is a small trapdoor, rather like the one in the church back in Barovia. This door was at one point secured with a padlock.  Now, however, it appears as though someone has set at the door with a heavy instrument of some sort. The padlock is smashed, and a splintery hole has been driven right through the floorboards to the "crypt" below.

Instead of an entire basement level--as in Barovia--the crypt here is merely a smallish niche dug out beneath the floorboards, large enough to contain a small box.  Now, of course, the niche is empty.
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In reply to DM (msg # 113):

Oz follows along, frowning slightly at the bashed-in panel but having nothing further to add on that subject.

"Any intruder would have needed to know where the bones were -- both 'within a plain box' and 'beneath the altar.' I assume the bones of the saints are common knowledge, but the crypt is likely not -- else why hide it?"

Tendrils of smoke begin to rise from his fingertips as he absently strokes his chin.

"Forgive me, father, but I suspect that your altarboy is lying to you. Even if the intruder knew where everyone slept and crept inside, they were not prepared to pick a lock. They used brute force...and smashing something like this in a chamber like this one would have made a lot of noise."
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at 21:02
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"Wooden church; I'd really prefer if you didn't do that," Lucian says, watching the smoke drift up from Oz's fingers warily.

"I suspect you are right. My guess is that Yeska is covering for someone. But, as I said, he won't speak to me of it.  Believe me, I've tried."
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Thu 25 May 2017
at 21:30
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In reply to DM (msg # 115):

"Can't help it," Oz replies. "But if it makes you feel any better, I've never burned down a church before, and I've been in several. So you probably have nothing to worry about."

He frowns slightly.

"Does he have any friends or family members or debtors or similar folk whom he'd be obliged to protect more so than yourself?"
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Thu 25 May 2017
at 23:48
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"He's an orphaned only child and he's seven," Lucian replies.

"The former rules out any family, and I should hope the latter rules out any debtors.  He has friends of course. . .other village children."

"If Yeska is protecting someone, I'm very much afraid it's out of fear rather than a sense of obligation."

Tobias Greysen
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Fri 26 May 2017
at 01:54
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Fear? This I think we could work with.  With your permission Father I would like to speak to the boy.


Try and look impressive everyone Says Tobias with a slight smile.  We need to convince a child we can protect them - ragtag as we are.
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at 02:20
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"I suppose," Lucian says. "But I would like to be present.  With all due respect, I just met all of you not half an hour ago."

That thought suddenly seems to occur to him.

"I just met all of you not half an hour ago.  Why are you so interested in helping us?"
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at 10:34
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In reply to DM (msg # 119):

"Like I said, we're in the business of helping people," Oz says dryly. "Although the paladin would deny that altruism is a business at all, and of course the Witcher would counter that it surely is."

Oz shrugs.

"The mists brought us here. If we can do some good before they release us, so much the better. Besides...without those bones, you'll be at Strahd's mercy. And we hate anything that makes his life easier.

He grins slightly.

"You can pay us for services rendered if doing so would make you feel better about our motivations, but we're the goods guys here. Or trying to be."

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Tobias Greysen
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Sat 27 May 2017
at 03:35
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The way I figure it is that at some point I may need help.  I'd want someone to help me.
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at 15:22
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"That's. . . .well, remarkably altruistic of you."

Lucian frowns.
"Damn, I just realized. . .Yeska clearly doesn't want to discuss this with me.  Who's to say that he won't feel the same way with me present while you speak with him?  Willemina, will you be so good as to chaperone in my place?"

The small woman readily agrees; clearly this is the most interesting thing to have happened to her in a long time, and a welcome distraction from her son's plight.

Father Lucian leaves the main sanctuary and is gone for several minutes.  After about ten minutes or so, a small boy of about seven enters the sanctuary timidly.  He lowers his eyes shyly upon seeing so many people and actually gasps with fright upon seeing Alaric, taking a hesitant step backward.
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Sat 27 May 2017
at 15:30
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It's alright, there aren't any monsters here, he says with what he hopes is a reassuring smile. We're here to help.

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Oswald Weiss
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Tue 30 May 2017
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In reply to Alaric von Innsbruck (msg # 123):

Oz walks toward the child as well, taking note of their demeanor.

[Insight: 22]

"Hello there!" he says brightly, crouching down to be near eye level with the child. "My name is Oz. I'm a magician! Would you like to see a trick?"

Without waiting for a response, he cups his hands together, blows into them, and opens them again to reveal a tiny wooden horse figurine.

He cups his hands together again, blows into them, and opens them once more to reveal a tiny puppy figurine instead.

A shower of sparkles surrounds the figurine, and Oz claps his hands together. The figurine is gone! He reaches out toward the child and "pulls" a series of figurines featuring various animals "from the child's ear", tossing them over his shoulder almost as soon as he's conjured them. They vanish before hitting the ground, dissolving into the air like wisps of smoke.

"How'd all that in get in there?" he says in an exaggerated voice. "They didn't tell me you were a magician, too! I bet you know all kinds of secrets."

Oz's smile fades slightly, and he becomes more serious.

"You know, my friends and I are helpers, just like you!" he says. "But instead of helping Father Lucian around the church, we help by keeping people safe."

He traces the outline of a pine box into the air as though writing with a sparkler, illustrating the niche and the altar as well for clarity.

"There used to be a box here that helped keep people safe, but it's gone missing. We really need to find it. Nobody's going to get into trouble over this. It's just..."

He puts an arm on the child's shoulder, and uses his other hand to conjure a series of simple images. The occupied niche. The church, surrounded by a bubble, with a smiley face. The empty niche. The church without a bubble, with a frowny face.

"...if we don't get it back, people could get hurt. And I'd rather they be safe and happy instead. So if you know anything at all that might help, please, share it with us."

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DM
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Tue 30 May 2017
at 23:50
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Alaric's attempt at a reassuring smile is almost enough to send Yeska scurrying back to his room.  But then the boy catches sight of Willemina and Brom, both sitting calmly in the presence of the scary monster-man, and calms down a bit.

Yeska cracks a shy smile and perhaps? even the hint of a giggle when Oz performs his magic. His young life having been devoid of a good deal of fun, this is some seriously cool shit. The lad's eyes sparkle with delight, but grow somber when Oz begins asking questions about the missing reliquary.

"I don't know if I should," the small boy whispers. "He said if I told, he would make Father Lucian go to jail too! I don't want to be left all alone in the church if Father Lucian goes away!"
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at 14:20
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In reply to DM (msg # 125):

"He did?" Oz exclaims in an exaggerated "I'm talking to a child" voice. "What a silly goose! You can't go to jail for helping -- or even for knowing someone who's helping."

He conjures the still image of a wavering goose with an admittedly comical expression. It vanishes a moment later.

"Say, I have an idea! Who told you that story? Maybe we could explain things to him when we go to get the box back. Then he wouldn't have to be worried -- and neither would you."

Oz smiles at the child.

"Who else was in jail, did you say?" he asks, as if it was hardly a detail that interested him in the slightest. "I can't seem to remember."

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Tobias Greysen
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Wed 31 May 2017
at 21:57
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Tobias nods, smiling as he sees Oz moving the child in just the right way.  Firm but not scary.  He keeps a small distance, not wanting to steal any of the spotlight.
DM
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Wed 31 May 2017
at 22:10
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
[Been rolling persuasion for Oz; doing very well!]

Yeska considers this proposal with much gravity for a bit.

"Ok," he says softly, and tugs on Oz's sleeve such that the mage obligingly bends over and the boy can whisper in his ear.
Oswald Weiss
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Thu 1 Jun 2017
at 13:47
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In reply to DM (msg # 128):

Oz gives the boy's shoulder a squeeze.

"How clever of them! Thank you for sharing that. You're a wonderful helper! You don't happen to know where he is today, do you?"

Regardless of the answer, he looks around, getting an idea.

"In fact, you're such a good helper, I think you deserve a reward..."

Oz rummages through his things and withdraws what appears to the untrained eye to be a basin-shaped mixture of wood and metal. (To the trained eye, it appears to be what it is: a moderately deep prospector's sieve).

"...an enchanted helmet!" Oz says, causing sparks of light to weave their way along its border. "It's served me well -- made me strong and lucky. But now it's yours to keep. Wear it whenever you get scared, and it will help you feel safer. And when you grow older, you may learn how to unlock its other powers."

Oz performs a few more tricks -- pulling trinkets out of the 'enchanted helmet', lightshows, etc. -- before winding down.

"My friends and I will be in town for a little while," he says. "If you'd like to gather your friends together tomorrow morning, I'd be happy to do a show for them."

Oz glances over at Astrid.

"There might even be music!" he continues, cupping the outside of his hand around his mouth in an exaggerated whisper. "If you don't mind a girl being there."

***

When his audience with the child has come to an end, Oz walks back over to the PARTY and to Father Lucian.

"He says someone you know named Milivoj battered in the niche with a shovel and stole the box. He also says he was told that you, Father, would be sent to jail if he told anyone. He made it sound like someone had already been sent there, but wouldn't disclose who that might be."

He grins slightly.

"He also has a keen new 'hat'. I recommend complimenting him on it."

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DM
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Fri 2 Jun 2017
at 00:26
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Yeska quirks a smile and fiddles with his light-up headgear.  It looks exactly like what it is: a prospecting sieve turned LA Lights hat.  It looks most silly, but Yeska seems pleased with his new accessory.

Lucian rubs a hand tiredly across his face once the boy has left.

"Milivoj? I guess that's not a surprise--he's in and out of here a lot of the time.  He's a local teenager who does some of the more labor-intensive chores around here.  Gardening, grave digging.  That sort of thing.  Gruff lad, a little rough around the edges."

Lucian frowns.

"But why would he have any reason to take the bones?"
Joaquin
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Fri 2 Jun 2017
at 02:03
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín is disturbed by how well Oz pumps the seven year old.  It's almost like he has manipulated children into doing what he wanted many times before.

That thought triggers a vision of Oz driving in a strange metal horseless carriage, painted white.  Oz drives the carriage through a run-down part of a village, whereupon Oz stops and offers candy and the chance to hold a snake to a young boy if he gets in the metal horseless carriage. The boy yells, "I can touch a snake! Cool!" and climbs in. Moments later the carriage begins rocking back and forth and the vision ends.  Joaquín, realizing what the Great God Boo is telling him, takes out his hammer, and swinging it at Oz's unprotected head bellows, Oz you pederast, prepare to die!



Shaking his head, as if he were trying to come out of a daydream, Joaquín asks:
Does Milivoj hang around with anyone else, or seem to look up to them? Or else he might have been manipulated into stealing the bones for someone else, perhaps someone that has the power to jail people?
Tobias Greysen
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Fri 2 Jun 2017
at 03:31
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I think here the most direct path is probably best.  I think we should simply confront the boy and see what his reasoning is.  Of course we should make it clear once he inevitably accuses Yeska of lying, that neither do we know who that is nor is he the one that lead us to him.

Tobias turns to Father Lucian,

In fact, is there a lawman in this town you wholly trust, Father?  Someone who might be useful for something like this?
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 2 Jun 2017
at 12:38
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 132):

I think we should not reveal how we know. The boy might do Yeska harm otherwise.

He nods at Alaric.

Maybe we can make something up about how Witchers can sniff out hands that have defiled the dead's resting place or something.

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DM
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Sat 3 Jun 2017
at 01:39
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Father Lucian gives a half-smile when Joaquin asks about a lawman in town.

"Unfortunately, Izek is essentially the law around here. I'd just as soon not involve him.  But speak of the devil.  Figuratively, of course."

A young man perhaps a year or so older than Victor Vallakovich--maybe sixteen or seventeen--enters the church through the front door.  Though still a teen, the burly young man is tall and broad-shouldered, with muscles that speak of a life of physical labor. [Think Gendry from GoT].  He has a sullen expression on his face, and a shovel over his shoulder.

Milovij stops, taken aback by the little crowd in the chapel, though his rather blank face betrays no surprise.

"Was wondering what chores needed doing today, Father,"
Oswald Weiss
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at 15:13
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 134):

"Oh, don't mind us," Oz says cheerfully. "We're just pilgrims, come from a far-off land to pay our respects to the blessed saint whose bones are housed within these hallowed halls."

He turns around and mutters something.

[Casting: Minor Illusion]

When he turns back around, a simple pine box can be seen upon the altar.

"Which was no mean feat, seeing as they seem to have gone for a stroll the other night. Why, the entire sconce was smashed to bits."

Oz frowns slightly.

"Fortunately, the bones of the blessed saint always find their way home. Why, I bet we could even ask them what happened."

He turns toward the altar and makes a grand display of reverence.

"Oh holy and distinguished bones of the great...er...saint. Tell these humble pilgrims what caused you to be removed from your rightful resting place?"

[Casting: Prestigiditation]

The "box" is surrounded by a faint red light, and a tiny sparkler line traces itself from the "box" over to the boy's shovel. The spade is outlined with a red aura, which pulses in tandem with the one around the "box".

"Curious," Oz murmurs, turning to scrutinize the boy more closely. "What do you make of this?"

His voice grows a little softer.

"The saints never lie, you know..."
Tobias Greysen
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Tue 6 Jun 2017
at 20:45
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
While Oz speaks and puts on his light show, Tobias casually moves around to the other side of Milovij, cutting off a lane of escape.
DM
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Tue 6 Jun 2017
at 22:59
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"I. . . .I don't know what you're talking about," Milivoj mutters. His eyes follow Tobias as the paladin moves around him.

He shakes his shovel in a fruitless attempt to make the red aura fall off. It does not.
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 00:20
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In reply to DM (msg # 137):

"Are you sure?" Oz asks, sparkler-lights tracing out the letters "L I A R" in the air near the boy's face.
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 13:32
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
When people lie, they waste my time, Alaric states evenly. He fixes Milivoj with his inhuman gaze.

I don't like it when people waste my time.
Astrid Gunnarsdottir
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Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 16:31
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Astrid watches the boy's face, looking for signs that he knows more than he lets on.

Apparently, she doesn't spot any.

[Insight 8]
Joaquin
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Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 19:39
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín studies the young man as he responds to this "holy" accusation, but Joaquín can't be sure if he is hiding something or simply frightened by Oz's light show.

[Insight 8]

(OOC: looks like we aren't supposed to know yet...)
DM
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Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 00:30
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"Alright!" says Milivoj, quailing under Alaric's yellow gaze.


"Yeah, I took the bones. Chose a night when Father Lucian was out sitting up with a sick lady. Yeska heard me--I thought he'd have maybe gone with the Father, but I guess he didn't. So I scared him a little to keep him quiet.  It was just some old bones, didn't think anyone would even care that they'd gone missing."
Oswald Weiss
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Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 14:42
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 142):

"You thought wrong."

Oz makes a dismissive gesture and the lights wink out. It wasn't spooking the boy, anyway.

"Father Lucian believes that those bones have been protecting this church from the full brunt of Strahd's wrath."

He ponders the boy's reaction to this statement, which he has certainly heard before.

"But you obviously didn't believe that was true, or you wouldn't have stolen them. Honestly, it doesn't matter if it was true or not. What matters is that they gave the people here hope, and that's a precious commodity in short supply."

He nods toward Alaric.

"Tell me where the bones are, Milivoj. Or else he'll get...upset."
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at 23:59
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"Ok, ok!" Milivoj yelps as Alaric takes a meaningful step forward.


"Right.  I stole them for Henrik van der Voort--the carpenter.  He told me that he would give me money if I brought him the reliquary containing the bones.  I don't know why.
 I didn't ask. But I needed money to buy food for my younger brothers and sisters. We're on our own, our parents died of fever a few years ago."


Father Lucian nods as Milivoj explains his family's situation.

"That's true. I remember it well. Milivoj's parents weren't the only ones we lost."

Milivoj continues to stare warily at Alaric.

"I don't know why he wanted them though.  I swear I don't!"
Tobias Greysen
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Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 09:17
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Have you given him the bones already?
Oswald Weiss
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Mon 12 Jun 2017
at 03:16
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 145):

"Where does he live?"
DM
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Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 22:13
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"Well no, I don't have them anymore.  I gave them to Henrik.  Like I said."

Milivoj shuffles uncomfortably.

"Can I go now?  I've told you all I know."
Tobias Greysen
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Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 23:40
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Nope, not quite yet. Smiled Tobias See, we are pretty new around here.  We need someone to show us to this Henrik and you just got drafted.

Tobias clasped the young man on the shoulder.  While not overtly threatening it was quite clear that regardless of how it was phrased, this was not a request.
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Wed 14 Jun 2017
at 01:26
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"I thought we were going to go see Mr. Blinksy next," Brom begins to protest, then flushes at having spoken out of turn.

"It's just, his store is lots more interesting than Henrik's. It's just creepy."

Brom suppresses a shudder.
Oswald Weiss
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Thu 15 Jun 2017
at 14:23
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 149):

"Work before pleasure," Oz says firmly. "We can do both. And by the time we get to the fun part, you'll appreciate it all the more."

He turns to the thief.

"Tobias is right...you're coming with us. Today's 'chores' involve apologizing and recovering stolen goods, followed by gathering the materials needed from the carpenter to repair what you broke. Do a good job and you'll get your normal wages for it, so your actions won't cost your family its dinner."

Oz glances over to their cleric suddenly.

"It would be good for him to actually fix what he broke with his bare hands, if you don't mind."

He taps his staff to the ground and makes an impatient gesture.

"Well? Let's get going, or we'll be late to our next engagement."

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Joaquin
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Thu 15 Jun 2017
at 18:06
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Having seen how people typically react to being called out as a thief, Joaquín looks at Brom and says to Oz:
Speaking to the carpenter might be a far uglier visit than this one.  Perhaps we should drop Brom at the Inn first, and then come back for him after we have dealt with the carpenter.
Oswald Weiss
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Thu 15 Jun 2017
at 18:21
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 151):

Oz shrugs.

"Whatever works. I truly doubt the carpenter will pose a problem for a group like ours, but if you're expecting a scene then it's wise to take precautions."
Joaquin
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Fri 16 Jun 2017
at 00:08
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Less a question of him posing a problem and more a question of annoying the Innkeeper that already likes us well enough.
DM
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Fri 16 Jun 2017
at 00:52
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Brom looks indignantly at the party as they debate the wisdom of bringing him on their journey about town.

"I'm eleven, almost grown up! Also you gave me an adventurer hat.  That means I'm one of the group now.  I want to come with you."

The lad folds his arms as if to say "so there."
Joaquin
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Fri 16 Jun 2017
at 14:09
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
If your mind is made up, I don't suppose we should stop you. But, because you are the new member of the group, you have to promise to do what we tell you, even if it is to run away.  Will you make that promise?All the other children ran, except for Dan, now his ashes fit in a can.
Tobias Greysen
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Sat 17 Jun 2017
at 14:22
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Getting down to a knee so that he can look the boy in the eyes, Brom.  You can come.  You can watch.  You will stay a good distance away before even get near where he is. This is only scenario where you get to come, okay? Part of being in a group like this is playing your role.  You job is to run and go get help should things take a bad turn.  We need you.
DM
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Sun 18 Jun 2017
at 20:59
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Brom nods.

"I'm not afraid. Mom and dad's friends will protect me if we get into trouble.  Where are we going to go first?"
Oswald Weiss
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Mon 19 Jun 2017
at 12:33
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 157):

"Still the carpenter," Oz says, quirking an eyebrow. "Nice try though"
DM
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Mon 19 Jun 2017
at 23:19
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Brom pulls a face but does not complain as the party leaves St. Andral's church, frog-marching Milivoj between Tobias and Oz.  Alaric remains lurking close by within Milivoj's line of sight, just in case the young man gets any funny ideas.

Henrik van der Voort's shop is on the other side of town from St. Andral's, so the party enjoys a nice, leisurely walk down the main street, attracting a number of curious stares as they do so.  Preparations for the upcoming festival appear to be in full swing--a number of town denizens are involved in removing withered swags of greenery from the eaves and signs of homes and businesses, and hanging new ones in their stead.

Eventually, the party reaches their destination (N6 on map of Vallaki).  Henrik's uninviting shop is two stories and has a sign shaped like a coffin above the front door.  All of the window shutters are closed up tight, and a deathly silence surrounds the establishment.
Oswald Weiss
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Tue 20 Jun 2017
at 14:38
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 159):

Oz walks up to the front door and (if it is closed) bangs on it with the bottom of his fist, rapping three times in rapid succession such that the muffled WHUMPHS can be clearly heard.

"Henrik? You there?"


Spoiler text: (Highlight or hover over the text to view)
OOC to avoid stopgap updates:

Brennan wait at the door for maybe 30 seconds, but if there's neither an answer nor the sound of movement, he'll attempt to open the door himself. If that occurs and it's locked, he'll ask a larger member of the party to bust it down.


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Tobias Greysen
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Wed 21 Jun 2017
at 16:04
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Tobias positions Brom a good distance away from the house and then heads off to join Oz at the door.

He waits a moment after Oz knocks and then moves to go peek through any Windows that are open.
Joaquin
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Wed 21 Jun 2017
at 19:11
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín sees what Tobias is up to and gives him a boost so that he can peek into the upstairs windows.
If you are going to look you may as well see it all, eh?
DM
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Wed 21 Jun 2017
at 22:16
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
The windows of Henrik's shop are latticeworks of iron fitted with squares of frosted glass and locked tightly from the inside.  The door is similarly locked.

Silence resonates for several long moments.  Then from inside the store comes a voice shouting:

"Go away!  We're closed!"
Joaquin
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Wed 21 Jun 2017
at 23:06
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín whispers, So, do we break-in and risk having the town guard called on us, or do we go to the town guard ourselves and report this asshole?
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 21 Jun 2017
at 23:23
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 164):

Oz nods at the thief encouragingly.

"Get him to open the door. Convince him it's a good idea. Tell him you have to confess something about the bones. Insinuate that you gave him false bones but now you feel bad about that and have brought the real ones. Or make up something else.

Oz narrows his eyes.

"Make it good, because if he won't open the door, we'll have to involve the law..."

This message was last edited by the player at 14:44, Thu 22 June 2017.

Tobias Greysen
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Fri 23 Jun 2017
at 09:17
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Pulling out a set of thieves tools, Tobias quietly states If we need in, we can get in but let's see how the boy does.
DM
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Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 21:16
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Milivoj looks as though he'd rather be anywhere else, *with* anyone else, but he obliges Oz.


"Er. . . . . .Mr. Henrik?  Sir?  It's Milivoj.  Uh. . . . . .listen, I have something to tell you about the saint's bones.  They're not real.  Yeah, I gave you.
  . . . pig bones instead.  Yeah.  Listen, do you think you could come out and I can explain myself?"


Milivoj's acting leaves a great deal to be desired, though that likely has something to do with the fact that he's surrounded by heavily armed adventurers who are displeased with him.

Brom stands idly across the street, drawing patterns in the dirt with a stick and curiously watching the proceedings. Whether because of Milivoj's poor acting or because of Henrik's desire to remain hidden, the door remains firmly barred.
Oswald Weiss
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Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 00:47
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 167):

"...ok. If the door is literally barred with wood, those lock picks won't help us."

Oz gives the door a tug and a shove to get a sense for what sort of barrier they are dealing with, then raps on it heavily with his staff.

"Henrik, you're only making this worse on yourself. You're in possession of stolen property. It's putting everyone who lives here at risk. Is it really worth losing whatever the materials and labor associated with repairing your door will be over this? OPEN. UP."

He sighs, rapping on it again.

"If you do not open this door immediately, we will recommend to your burgomaster that you be imprisoned for stealing relics from the clergy."

This message was last edited by the player at 13:44, Tue 27 June 2017.

Alaric von Innsbruck
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Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 19:29
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Alaric observes the proceedings dispassionately with his arms crossed, idly wondering whether or not the saint's bones actually were enchanted to impart some form of protection.
DM
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Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 23:43
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
The wooden door remains locked and Oz's entreaties fall on deaf ears.  Or maybe just unresponsive ears.
Oswald Weiss
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Thu 29 Jun 2017
at 07:21
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 170):

Oz jerks his head toward the door.

"Break it down, or so help me I'll burn it."
Joaquin
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Thu 29 Jun 2017
at 15:09
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Uh, Oz, I'm not ready to create water, so if you burn the door, and it gets out of hand, the whole place could go up.  Not much point in bringing back bone ash to the good Father Lucian, now is there?  And on top of that, we already have a someone we're trying to get out of gaol, I'm not sure I want to join him there before doing a gaol break, those are much harder from the inside.  Why don't Nico and I have a quick look around the building again to see if there are any other ways in.?

Joaquín and Nico start around the whole building, checking to see if there are other ways in besides the main door and the windows.

[Perception: 24]

This message was last edited by the player at 15:09, Thu 29 June 2017.

Oswald Weiss
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Thu 29 Jun 2017
at 15:16
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 172):

Oz fidgets, summoning and unsummoning flames at his fingertip like a zippo lighter. Patience is, as has been aptly demonstrated, not his strong point, but he allows the perimeter check to proceed uninterrupted.
Tobias Greysen
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Thu 29 Jun 2017
at 21:01
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Hold on, hold on.  Tobias says quietly as he sets to working with the lockpicks

[Lock Picking: 16]
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Fri 30 Jun 2017
at 00:27
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
The none-too-sophisticated lock obediently gives way under Tobias' ministrations, thus preventing the incineration of Henrik's shop and possibly a chunk of Vallaki along with it.

The door opens up with a soft *snick* and the whoever enters finds themselves standing in a small workshop.  Three study worktables stretch the length of the west wall, covered with various tools, chunks of wood, and wood shavings.

A man, presumably Henrik, sits on a wooden stool at the far end of the room, watching the party dispassionately. He is an older man, with grey hair and beard.

"You just had to keep at it, didn't you?" Henrik says in a voice made raspy from years of inhaling wood dust.  "Never thought that it may have been for your own good that I wanted you kept out, did you?"

Brom, not wanting to be left out of the action, darts back from across the street and stands in the doorframe, watching curiously.

[Amazingly, there is a map for even this.  You are now in part C.

http://prints.mikeschley.com/i...-3/p1763702227-3.jpg]

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:28, Fri 30 June 2017.

Oswald Weiss
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Fri 30 Jun 2017
at 01:39
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 175):

"I like to make those kinds of decisions for myself," Oz replies easily, glancing around the room for any potential danger. "Besides, you weren't giving us much to go on...and the bones weren't about to return themselves to the churchyard for Father Lucian."

He frowns.

"One hopes."
Tobias Greysen
 player, 198 posts
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Fri 30 Jun 2017
at 03:13
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Yes, well we weren't getting answers on that side of the door so I figured we would try this one says Tobias as he casually crosses the threshold.  He nonchalantly drags a finger across a sawdust covered surface.

You have much to explain.  Why would you need something like the Churches bones?
Joaquin
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Fri 30 Jun 2017
at 10:19
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín can't really believe Tobias is that ignorant of the power in bones, especially after they had been travelling together for a while now, but he decides to remind him nonetheless.
Bones hold power, Tobias. Incredible power in some cases.  You've seen what I can do with the bones of my enemies, the power of a saint's bones must be great indeed.

Turning back to Henrik, Joaquín asks pointedly:
So what does a humble carpenter need with that much power, Henrik?

DM
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Sat 1 Jul 2017
at 00:56
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"Very well.  You've found me out. Not that it was terribly difficult to do, I suppose," Henrik says, ignoring the party's queries as to why he desired the bones in the first place. "Didn't keep quiet, did you boy? Can't blame you, I suppose, what with an army of armed adventuring sorts breathing down your neck.  And I don't suppose it matters now."

"You want the bones?  Very well.  I'll cooperate.  You'll find them--and the reliquary--upstairs in my bedroom wardrobe. Take them.  I just ask that once you do, you leave my home immediately. "
Joaquin
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 Once a soldier
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Sat 1 Jul 2017
at 17:27
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Joaquín raises his eyebrow at Henrik's non-answer answer and straps on his shield and takes up his warhammer.

Just what have you done Henrik? I get the feeling that there is a lot you aren't telling us.

[Insight 6]
Tobias Greysen
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Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 03:24
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Of course we shall be taking the bones back but now we need to know why you took them.  what plans did you have for them?
DM
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Mon 3 Jul 2017
at 02:32
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Henrik rises from his stool and heads over to the window, peering outside briefly.

"As you've so terribly kindly pointed out, *I* have no real use for these bones. I am merely a "humble carpenter" after all."

"One night, several months ago, I received a visitor to my shop: a well-dressed fellow, possibly even a nobleman. Name of Vasili von Holtz.  He promised me good business in return for my help. I will admit that I had my doubts, but you see my shop-it was a tempting offer. Most of my "help" involved providing a roof for his friends to stay under when they passed through town. Some of them wanted me to procure the bones for them, specifically in time for the feast of St. Andral's Day.
 . . . .or the Celebration of the Rising Sun of whatever our esteemed burgomaster is calling it these days."


None of Henrik's explanation is especially detailed or helpful, but it is clear from his expression that he is a deeply troubled man.

"Oh gods. . .please can you make them go away?"
Oswald Weiss
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Mon 3 Jul 2017
at 06:23
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In reply to DM (msg # 182):

Oz, elates to be faced with a problem he can burn, friend maniacally.

"I will need to confer with my colleagues...but probably."
DM
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Mon 3 Jul 2017
at 14:21
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Henrik sighs in relief.

"Very well.  The bones, as I said, are in the wardrobe. If you intend to fetch them, please do so quietly."

"And don't go in the big storage room.  It would be. . . ill-advised."
Tobias Greysen
 player, 200 posts
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Mon 3 Jul 2017
at 23:32
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Well...now we kinda have to go in there.  Tobias says exasperated. When the person you just caught doing something illegal says don't look in that box, there is obviously something else they do not want to get caught with in that box.

Tobias looks to the rest of his group.  One of us should go and run and fetch a guard.  Someone who can actually punish him for this theft.  I am sure Brom could show one of us where the closest guard would be.
Oswald Weiss
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Tue 4 Jul 2017
at 00:52
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In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 185):

Why shouldn't we go in? Oz demands. Enough with this cryptic crap. You want our help, give us the information we need to get the job done!
DM
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Wed 5 Jul 2017
at 01:00
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"I should think that travelers seemingly as well-seasoned as yourselves should damn well know why!"

"There's still daylight left.  Quite likely they will be in their crates now.  Poke around if you must, but you should be fine so long as you don't open them."
Joaquin
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 Once a soldier
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Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 15:36
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Joaquín raises an eyebrow and asks the group:

So then, it's weirdwolves or vampyres, I suppose. And do we do away with them now ourselves, or bring in the town guard?

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Oswald Weiss
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Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 15:48
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In reply to Joaquin (msg # 188):

Oz turns to Joaquin.

"We should notify the town guard, certainly. In fact, that would be an excellent task for young Brom here. He knows the town and is likely quite swift."

Oz smiles encouragingly at the lad, hoping he won't catch onto the OTHER reasons it would be best to spare Brom the scene to come.

He then turns his attention to the infuriatingly vague Henrik.

"Let's pretend for a moment that my knowledge is limited to burning things -- uncooperative things, mostly," Oz says, taking a step closer to the carpenter. His patience is clearly exhausted, as evidenced by the smoldering at his fingertips. "And that I do not, in fact, 'know damn well why' anything that happens in your horribly cursed reality occurs".

He points toward the indicated area.

"What will we find when we go in there? Specifically. I don't like surprises, especially when we're trying to help you out with your problem. Is it a mummy? Skeletons? Vampires? Help us help you!"
DM
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Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 23:55
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"Vampyres," says the infuriatingly vague Henrik, being forthright for a change. "Asleep in the crates at this hour, I should imagine."

"Don't ask me why they wanted the saint's bones though.  I wasn't privy to that information. I just know that they wanted them in hand by the day of the Festival of the Rising Sun."

Brom for his part ducks quickly outside, running down the street at a gallop--less out of fear of what's inside the house and more out of a desire to return as hastily as possible to see some shit go down.
Tobias Greysen
 player, 201 posts
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Fri 7 Jul 2017
at 02:21
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They requested the bones? So these vampires are your...guests? Tobias attempts to hide his genuine confusion and curiosity but fails.

How many guests might you have?
Oswald Weiss
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Mon 10 Jul 2017
at 17:07
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In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 191):

"Vampires in crates. Wonderful," Oz mutters. "Ok, we need someone to fetch the bones. In the meantime..."

He looks over at Alaric.

"We have a few helpless vampires available to us. They won't stay that way. Do you know how to coupe-de-grace such a creature while it is vulnerable? Stake it through the coffin or expose them to the sun or something?"

His hands continue to smolder at his sides as he talks.
DM
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Tue 11 Jul 2017
at 21:02
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"Guests" is being a bit generous, Henrik says glumly.  "Once I'd extended the offer of hospitality, they pretty much came and went as they pleased. Turns out there's some truth to the old legends after all."


"But to answer your question, there are six of them."

Henrik eyes Oz's smoldering hands warily.

"Listen, I know I'm in the wrong but I'd prefer not to take that approach.  I do live here."

Henrik looks over the party with doubt.

<DarkBlue>"Are you saying you don't actually know how to get rid of vampyres?  Seems to me that this would be kind of in your line of work is all."

Alaric von Innsbruck
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Wed 12 Jul 2017
at 14:39
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Is there a courtyard out back? Alaric asks, apropos of nothing. Or alleyway?

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Joaquin
 player, 234 posts
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Wed 12 Jul 2017
at 18:42
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Joaquin is a bit confused by Alaric's question:

Alaric, there are six vampyres, and you want to know about an alley?  Shouldn't we be dragging the boxes out into the sunlight and let the sun do our job for us and not hiding them in an alley?
DM
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Fri 14 Jul 2017
at 00:31
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At about this point, the door to Henrik's shop slams open with such force that it bounces off the wall somewhat.  Standing in the entrance is a man clad in fine clothing.  In his youth he may once have been good-looking, but he has now run to fat.  His skin has an unhealthy orange pallor, and his mop of greying hair perches awkwardly on top of his head.

The man is flanked by two guard types, one on either side. One of the guards is a nondescript fellow; the other is a stooped man with cold, calculating eyes whose face and neck are covered with ropes of twisted scar tissue.  While the scars are terrible to behold, the most notable characteristic of this man is his right arm--a metal prosthetic with barbed spines, elongated fingers, and long nails.

"What is the meaning of this?!" Baron Vargas Vallakovich storms,
 gesticulating with small hands. "I was in the middle of a game of croquet when this boy came running up with some outlandish tale of monsters in the carpenter shop. I demand an explanation!

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Oswald Weiss
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Fri 14 Jul 2017
at 14:38
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In reply to DM (msg # 196):

Oz blinks at the man, sizing him up.

Insight: 11

"It has already been explained to you, my lord," Oz replies, his tone more dry than deferential. "There are monsters in the carpenter shop."

He motions toward the rest of his party.

"My friends and I were just about to dispatch them. Would you care to join us?"

Oz cocks his head to the side, trying to get a read on the man.

"Would you care to lead us?"
DM
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Fri 14 Jul 2017
at 15:06
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The Baron's demeanor shifts noticeably when Oz addresses him, from belligerent and whiny to wheedling and rambling.

"Why you must be the adventurers that just came into town this morning!  Believe me, everyone is talking about you. Terrific that you're here, just terrific, what with the festival coming up.  You're staying for the festival right?  It's going to be great, believe me. Speaking of staying, where are you staying?  The Blue Water?  No, that'll never do. A group like you needs finer accomodations.  You must stay at my manse.  It's amazing. Believe me."

Brom, who has slipped back inside after the Baron and his guards pulls a face at the slight to his home and his parents' business.

The scarred, metal-armed man clears his throat delicately.

"M'lord baron, sir, while these travelers are certainly most welcome at your home, had not we best attend to the, er, creatures of which they speak?" he says in a harsh, croaking voice.

"Right!  Creatures.  If there are creatures here, I will get rid of them.  Believe me."

"Izek, go upstairs and investigate.  See that they are dealt with."


Izek waits to see if any of the party intend to accompany him up the stairs.
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 14 Jul 2017
at 15:28
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In reply to DM (msg # 198):

Oz allows his left hand to become sheathed in flame and moves to follow the six-fingered metal-armed man upstairs.
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Fri 14 Jul 2017
at 16:59
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Alaric wordlessly follows Izek.

Not enough space for us and his ego in the same room.

He turns to the other man. You have experience dealing with these types of things? he asks neutrally.
Joaquin
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Fri 14 Jul 2017
at 19:08
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Joaquín thinks back to his encounter with this blowhard's son, wondering if it wouldn't be better for everyone if they let the vampyres kill this incompetent fellow during what is surely going to be a hell of a fight.  He straps on his shield and readies his warhammer, saying:

We've been told there are 6 of them, perhaps a few more of the townguards would be helpful? You know, in case things get out of hand. Pun intended
DM
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Sat 15 Jul 2017
at 01:57
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Izek smirks a bit at Oz's hand as if to convey "that's cute."

"Enough, I daresay," he replies to Alaric, equally neutrally.  "No doubt you and your friends are far more experienced in these matters."

The stairs open up on to a large junk room that takes up a majority of the upper floor.  Cobwebs and a heavy layer of dust obscure most of the trappings of the room, which largely consist of projects in various states of completion as well as pieces of detritus.

The only things noticeably free of dust are six large wooden crates clustered in the far corner of the room.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

"More guards?" Vargas Vallakavich rails downstairs.  "Bad idea, believe me. The people can't know there's anything dangerous going on.  Could attract the wrong sort of attention, spoil the festival.  Believe me. Like I always say, "All will be well," and I intend to keep it that way.  No, we handle this on the down low."

"And that includes dealing with you," he adds, turning on Henrik. "I haven't decided what your punishment will be for harboring monsters, but it's gonna be harsh.  Believe me. You," he barks to the second guard.  "Take him away and deal with him accordingly."

"But sir," the guard says hesitantly, staring pointedly up the stairs.

"I said do it NOW!" Vargas snarls, effectively putting an end to any debate.
Joaquin
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Sat 15 Jul 2017
at 03:57
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Nico, if you're not coming would you mind lending us your stakes?  I've got a feeling we'll need them.
Tobias Greysen
 player, 202 posts
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Sat 15 Jul 2017
at 20:42
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I have a few stakes as well but I think we might be better served with magic and daylight.

Do you think we would be able to move these "crates" without disturbing their owners too much?  Maybe secure them?  It would be ideal if we could just take these crates outside...

Oswald Weiss
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Sat 15 Jul 2017
at 21:59
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In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 204):

"Henrik made it sound like moving them would disturb their owners," Oz replies. "We could always take out the wall in the room though, if it's sunlight you want."
Tobias Greysen
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Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 13:17
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I suppose what I really want is just an advantage... Tobias mutters quietly.

If moving them would disturb them, a construction project right next to them would definitely do it.  What we should probably try to do it take advantage of where we are, Oz.  I bet you anything a carpenter like Henrik has nails, hammers, or even better ways of securing these boxes.  THEN, we can move them and not care how angry the now captives are.
Tobias goes back downstairs to search for the needed tools and supplies.

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Alaric von Innsbruck
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Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 15:40
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Alaric nods to Tobias. Agreed. We should be cautious, but we do want to get these coffins out into the daylight before we breach them, if at all possible.
DM
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at 22:36
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Tobias heads back downstairs to gather the various items needed to try and secure the crates containing Henrik's guests.  When he gets to the entry room, the guard Vargas brought with him is binding the carpenter's hands behind his back while the Baron screams in Henrik's face, his own face growing an alarming dark shade of burnt orange.

"---DARE YOU, YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO THIS TOWN, YOU ARE A SAD, SAD LOSER. I'LL HAVE YOU KNOW I--Oh, welcome back!  Is the monster containment underway? That's terrific, just terrific.

On Henrik's worktable are all of the woodworking tools Tobias might desire, though perhaps not in top-notch condition.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In the upper room, Izek rubs the metal fingers on his right arm together casually.  With a *whumpf* noise, his arm becomes enveloped in a curtain of flame that dances along the metal in shades of red and black.  From downstairs, the noise of yelling can be heard.

"My lord Baron grows impatient," Izek says.  "Best get this underway."
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 19:24
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In reply to DM (msg # 208):

Oz nods, but makes no move to advance into the room while his allies have gone to collect shop class supplies.
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 19:37
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
If he doesn't want vampires running around his town ruining his festival, he'll just have to wait. We're going to do this the right way, or not at all, Alaric states flatly.
Tobias Greysen
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Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 20:57
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Tobias returns with several hammers and plenty of nails which he hands around.

Just to be on the safe side, we should probably all do this at the same time.
DM
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Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 21:20
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Izek looks around at the assembled party, then at the boxes.

"Eight of us, six of these boxes  How do you intend to accomplish this?"

"With all due respect, perhaps it would be more prudent for myself and your, er, fire mage there--or perhaps the young auburn haired lady--to stand by ready to strike while the rest of you work with the tools.  Just a thought."
Joaquin
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Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 23:14
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquin takes his hammer and nails from Tobias, and considering Izek's suggestion he makes for  the crate in the northeast corner by the two windows, puts his shield and warhammer down in an easily accessible place (AC currently 16) and asks Boo to be looking down on them since they really have no idea how to handle vampyres:

Por favor, gran dios Bos, vigilenos, porque no sabemos mucho sobre vampiros!

And after kissing his holy symbol, Joaquin takes up the much smaller hammer and nails and gets ready to trap his vampyre.

Ready when you all are
DM
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Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 23:36
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Izek nods curtly and stands against the back wall, the weird black and red flames dancing eerily down his metal arm.

"Ready when someone gives the word.  Unless anyone has a better plan?"


[Izek: readied action to fire blast a box if something springs from it, assuming that his proposed plan remains unchanged.]

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Oswald Weiss
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Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 14:22
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In reply to DM (msg # 214):

Oz frowns at the man's metal arm.

"If you cause a fire that spreads to the rest of the town, I'm not taking the blame for it," he mutters.

Nevertheless, he readies a simple firebolt for whatever pops out of the coffin.
Viktoriya Katinova
 player, 17 posts
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Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 18:23
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Of course.

Viktoriya moves to a corner of the room, rolling up her sleeves as a shimmering mantle of force settles over her.

[Mage Armor]

If she's nervous about confronting vampires, she hides it well. She makes ready to blast anything dead and pallid.

[Ready Frostbolt]
DM
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Fri 21 Jul 2017
at 00:20
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Izek nods approvingly as Oz and Viktoriya take up readied positions, the three mages forming a rough triangle.

"NOW!" the baron's henchman bellows, and the party goes to town with hammer and nails.

At this point, a number of things happen simultaneously:

Alaric, Astrid, and Nico manage to get their boxes nailed down, if not tightly then at least adequately.  The inhuman shrieking and howling from inside the crates indicates that the inhabitants are far from pleased with this development.

Tobias and Joaquin are not as lucky.  Though they gamely set to the crates, they are not quite swift enough and from out of their boxes--as well as from the unattended one--come bursting forth one vampyre spawn each.  The creatures look much the same as the unfortunate Doru from the village of Barovia--fishbelly white flesh with black veins showing up starkly, black ichor streaked across faces and fangs.

At this point, Izek, Oz, and Viktoriya's readied actions burst into effect.  Both Viktoriya and Oz's readied actions go wide, but Izek hurls a Targaryen-colored ball of flame at the vampyre spawn nearest Tobias.

[Damage (Vampyre Spawn A): 7]

~~~~Fight!  Round 1~~~~~~

Alaric 25
Nico 23
Izek 21
Joaquin 16
Tobias 13
Viktoriya 6
Vampyres 5
Astrid 1
Oz 0 [Yes, somehow you achieved an initiative of 0]


Things to know:

The battle map has been updated to reflect your current positioning.  Black spaces on the map represent impassable piles of junk.  The brown squares are successfully closed crates.  Along the eastern wall you will see three small black rectangles at equal intervals.  These are windows, currently shuttered to prevent sunlight from spilling in.  Because it is afternoon though, this doesn't impede your ability to see.  Light filters in from the stairwell, located in the lower left corner behind Viktoriya.

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Alaric von Innsbruck
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Fri 21 Jul 2017
at 19:15
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
As the party takes up their positions, Alaric produces a small glass phial from his pouch, uncorks it, and swallows its contents. After a few moments his heartbeat begins to increase noticeably. His veins, normally faintly visible due to his pale complexion, darken into an ugly bluish-black.

[Potion of Celerity]

When the vampyres burst from their coffins, he immediately draws his single-edged sword and charges the nearest one, his left hand tracing out the blood-red rune you recall from the previous fight with the wolves.

[Sign: Ipabog]

He brings his hand back to the hilt of his sword to deliver a cut into the enemy, but does not carving as deeply into it as he would have liked.

[Damage: 8]

[OOC - seriously, minimum damage with rerolls. FML]

Knock out the windows! he yells.
Nico Viszco
 player, 118 posts
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Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 04:57
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OOC: Posting from my phone in the interest of not wasting time... also don't have handy access to the Google doc, so I appreciate if someone can update it for me.

Nico quickly reacts by drawing his short sword and dashing over to the nearest window. He strikes the window with his sword, taking care not to cut himself on broken glass (OOC: is this an attack? I rolled a 19 if so). The window shatters with a loud crash and sunlight streams into the room. Nico backs 5' away from the window, but stays within its light (so that any attacker has to enter the light to touch him).
DM
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Tue 25 Jul 2017
at 00:22
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Nico shatters the window and tiny pieces of glass rain down upon him, but he casually shakes them off and remains by the now open window.  The two vampyre spawn closest to him hiss and recoil from the light, but the one in the corner is still shrouded from the sun.

Izek moves to aid Tobias and Alaric in the corner.  He draws a nasty-looking battleaxe and chops twice at the cornered fiend.

[Attack: 13]
[Attack: 23]

One of his attacks sinks into the vampyre's shoulder with a satisfying *crunch.*

[Damage: 6]
Joaquin
 player, 240 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Tue 25 Jul 2017
at 03:50
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquin realizes that opening up the window in the corner would be very useful indeed, but not being blessed with the ability to fly, he has only one choice:  Throw the hammer he was using to nail the box closed and hope to Boo it knocks open the shutters.

[Light hammer throw 6
Light hammer throw 7]

After letting go of the little hammer and not bothering to look to see if he succeeded, Joaquin raises his warhammer in two hands and yells Soy el arcipreste de Boo, teman su poder! he swings mightily at the vampyrling nearest to him, perhaps too mightily as he simply misses the vampyrling. Should have picked up your shield.  When will you ever learn?

[War Priest use #1, Warhammer attack 7]
Tobias Greysen
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Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 02:40
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Tobias confidently removes his rapier, knowing the massive amount of damage he is about to inflict.  He takes aim at the bloodsucker and plunges.

and misses.

By a lot.


[Attack: 9]
Viktoriya Katinova
 player, 18 posts
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Sat 29 Jul 2017
at 15:18
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Viktoriya moves away from the vampyres, incanting a spell under her breath.

[Casting: Magic Missile]

Four tiny icicles form in the air in front of her and shoot out, peppering the vampyre next to Alaric and Izek with stinging arcane energy.

[Damage: 15]
DM
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Sun 30 Jul 2017
at 20:48
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Viktoriya Katinova (msg # 223):

The two vampyre spawn caught in the sunlight pouring in through the smashed window recoil and hiss in pain as they skin begins to break out in rippling blisters.  The vampyre safely tucked away in the corner, however, sees some of its wounds knit back together in a now familiar ritual.

[Damage (Vampyre Spawn B & C): 20]

The vampyre cornered by Alaric, Izek, and Tobias fixes the witcher with a baleful glare, recognizing its ancient enemy.  It reaches out with its claws, sinking them deeply into Alaric's upper arm.

[Attack (Alaric): 25]

However, when it tries to sink its crooked, yellowing fangs into junction of the witcher's throat and shoulder, it is sadly foiled by Alaric's armor.

[Attack (Alaric): 12]

The vampyre near Joaquin lashes out madly at the cleric of Boo, its actions impeded somewhat by its blind need to get out of the killing sun.

[Attack (Joaquin): 9]

Having drawn no blood, but ultimately more interested in self-preservation, the vampyre retreats somewhat to a dark part of the room.

The last vampyre immediately dashes for Oz, who has the dual benefits of being in darkness and of being very squishy.

[Attack (Oz): 23]

Once Oz is firmly grapped in the vampyre's claws, it is little effort for the pallid creature to bite down and draw nourishing (rather fiery) blood.  As it does, Oz feels some of his life force slipping away and the edges of his vision tinge with black.

[Attack (Oz): 12]

[Damage (Oz): 12]


(Note: Oz's maximum hit points are now reduced by a total of 5, the amount of necrotic damage taken that turn.  Those points will return following a long rest which, given the rate at which this game has been going--entirely my fault--will probably be some time next year.

Oz, I have no recollection on if you set yourself on fire prior to this fight.  I don't think so, but correct me if I was wrong.)
Astrid Gunnarsdottir
 player, 108 posts
 A little bit Viking
 A little bit rock'n'roll
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 03:47
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Oz, on your guard! Astrid's words are charged with magic, which knits a few of the mage's wounds, though it can't restore his drained life force.

[Bonus Action: Casting Healing Word]
[Healing on Oz: 5]

She focuses her mind and makes a sweeping gesture with her hand.

[Casting Mage Hand]

The shutters behind Oz fling open, as if pulled by some unseen force.

Finally, the skald hefts her warhammer and closes with the vampire spawn attacking Oz, in order to provide some backup.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 346 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 14:34
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Astrid Gunnarsdottir (msg # 225):

Oz cries out as the vampire sinks its fetid fangs into his succulent flesh, causing his blood to boil forth into the creature's foul mouth.

"Relwarcthgin!," he croaks desperately.

[Casting: Misty Step (Bonus Action)]

The mage's form blinks into existence, leaving naught but smoke behind. In the same moment, he reappears a few dozen feet away in a burst of sulfurous fumes that herald his arrival with a hearty BAMF.

Oz appraises the situation, absently putting a hand to his neck wound long enough to cauterize it in the process.

"Thank you for your help, Astrid," he says, conjuring an orb of fire in his palm by drawing in tendrils of flame from his outstretched fingertips. "I feared I'd run out of kindling."

The orb completed, Oz glances over at the Spawn nearest Joaquin (B) and unleashes a torrent of fiery death in its direction.

[Casting: Burning Hands]

The fire burns with unusual intensity, but the Spawn is nimble enough to avoid the worst of the flames.

[Reflex (Spawn): 26, halves damage]

[Damage (Spawn): 17 -> 9]

"Let's focus on this one," Oz suggests, nodding toward Joaquin and Astrid. "Then we can take care of the healthier one."

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DM
 GM, 327 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 20:49
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
~~~Round 2~~~

Alaric 25
Nico 23
Izek 21
Joaquin 16
Tobias 13
Viktoriya 6
Vampyres 5 (Vampyre A: 26, Vampyre B: 20, Vampyre C: 15)
Astrid 1
Oz 0 13

Sunlight streams in through the bottom two windows of the upper room.
Alaric von Innsbruck
 player, 186 posts
 Silver for monsters
 Steel for men
Tue 1 Aug 2017
at 03:35
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Alaric circles the vampyre gracefully, crossing almost casually past Tobias' guard to threaten their enemy from the other side. As he does so, his gauntleted fist shoots out to wrench the last of the shutters open. In the sudden light, the same hand traces a rune in the air.

[Sign: Yrden]

The mystical sigil hangs suspended in space, burning golden-bright a moment before fading. The same golden rune blazes to life at the strong of the witcher's sword, but rather than fading, it emits a steady baleful pulse.

Alaric angles the sword towards his foe in a passive defense, waiting.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:37, Tue 01 Aug 2017.

Nico Viszco
 player, 119 posts
 Ace of Swords
 The Silent Blade
Tue 1 Aug 2017
at 14:28
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
With his sword in hand, Nico dashes right at the vampyre spawn standing beside Astrid and thrusts his short sword at the fiend's midsection.

[Attack: 23!]
[Damage: 9 (not great even with sneak attack, then halved so only 4 actual damage - pretty pathetic considering I rolled 3d6+3)]


The agile vampyre turns its body as Nico attacks, so his strike is only a minor wound to the creature's undead flesh. With the creature hopefully distracted by his sword, Nico then deftly draws his dagger and tries to jab it into the vampyre's abdomen.

[Attack: 13]   [Do we know their AC? I don't see it anywhere]
If 13 hits, [Damage: 4 (only one sneak attack per turn, so damage is only 2 after resistance- I did not update the vamp's HP counter for this 2nd attack since I don't know if it was a hit)]


Nico then backs away into the sunlight, holding his weapons in front of him carefully to fend off any vampyre retribution.

[Swashbuckler Fancy Footwork lets me avoid an opportunity attack]
DM
 GM, 329 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Tue 1 Aug 2017
at 22:03
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"Good work with the shutters!  Now let's finish them."

Izek hefts his battleaxe and smashes it into the cornered spawn twice.

[Damage (Spawn A): 18]

[Sorry Nico, a 13 does not hit.  Did I not include their AC on the entry for Doru's stats?  It is 15.

Oz, Spawn B's damage has been updated accordingly to reflect your ouchies dealt.]
Joaquin
 player, 242 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Tue 1 Aug 2017
at 22:58
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Now that the windows are all open, Joaquin breathes a quick sigh of relief.  My shield won't be necessary after all, the light will shield me.Better hope that you are right, dummy.

Calling upon the power of Boo, Joaquin yells Que el gran dios Boo nos bendiga a mi, a Oz y a Astrid!

[Action: Joaquin casts BLESS---> Joaquin, Oz and Astrid +d4 to the attack rolls or saving throws for 1 minute]

Joaquin reaches deep into his bag of tricks and summons forth a weak semblance of the Great God Boo's Warhammer.  Perhaps he should be eating more than one marrow bone per day.

Oh Boo, mandenos su gran martillo "Cometuetanos"

The ghostly semblance of the Great God Boo's Warhammer "Marrow Eater" flickers into existence between Vampyre Spawn B and Oz, whacking the vampyrling a painful blow

[Bonus action:  Joaquin casts Spiritual Weapon
Spell Melee attack + bless = 26
Force Damage = 9
]

[OOC, I believe that this is the first instance of Force damage on a Vampyre spawn, do we know if they have resistance?]

This message was last edited by the player at 16:46, Wed 02 Aug 2017.

Tobias Greysen
 player, 207 posts
 I'm dexy and I know it.
Fri 4 Aug 2017
at 03:23
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Taking a brief second to center himself, Tobias' pendent glows beneath his shirt as he drive his rapier deep into the flesh of the  monstrosity.

[Attack: 22]
Divine Smite
[Damage: 9+8 Radiant (17 Total)]
Viktoriya Katinova
 player, 19 posts
 Conclave of Koldun'yami
 Enchanted to Meet You
Fri 4 Aug 2017
at 19:27
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
(Unless Tobias' attack finishes it off), Viktoriya casts her spell again, flinging stinging icicles into the far vampyre.

[Magic Missile: 16]
DM
 GM, 330 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Sun 6 Aug 2017
at 16:22
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
With the sun's rays now pouring in freely through the open shutters and nowhere to run, it's really only a matter of time before the vampyre spawn wither to nothing.  The one in the corner does precisely that, its flesh burning away to bone and its bone burning away to a tidy pile of ash.

The other two spawn continue to erupt in angry blisters. One of them decides to vent its anger on Joaquin, but is unable to penetrate the priest of Boo's armor with its jagged claws.

[Attack (Joaquin): 8]

The second one strikes at Astrid.  In spite of the skald's formidable defenses, the spawn latches on with its claws and is able to drain some of her life force away.

[Attack (Astrid): 19] (claw attack-Astrid is grappled.)
[Attack (Astrid): 22]
[Damage (Astrid): 12] (seven of which is necrotic max hit point drain)
Oswald Weiss
 player, 351 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Sun 6 Aug 2017
at 23:45
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 234):

"Hey, get your teeth out of her!" Oz cries out as Astrid joins him among the ranks of the drained. He rushes over to where he can line up a good shot, and plunks off a blast a magic in the vampire's direction.

[Casting: Firebolt]

A bolt of fire lances toward the vampire spawn, its power and intensity every bit as effective as his more complicated magics owing to the inability of his target's agility to assist him against this sort of spell.

[Damage: 9]

A secondary orb of flames begins to coalesce, but fades as he thinks better of it.

These beasts are nearly undone, and I should save some strength for our host should things grow more hostile than they seem.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:50, Sun 06 Aug 2017.

Astrid Gunnarsdottir
 player, 109 posts
 A little bit Viking
 A little bit rock'n'roll
Wed 9 Aug 2017
at 16:35
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Astrid grunts with effort and breaks the spawn's hold on her.

[Escape Grapple 22 vs. 19]

Joaquin, let's put these abominations out of their misery!

[Bonus: Bardic Inspiration (Joaquin): 1d6]
DM
 GM, 331 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Thu 10 Aug 2017
at 23:42
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
~~~Round 3~~~

Alaric 25
Nico 23
Izek 21
Joaquin 16
Tobias 13
Viktoriya 6
Vampyres 5 (Vampyre B: 49 damage, Vampyre C: 40 damage)
Astrid 1 (12 damage; max HP=20)
Oz 0 (7 damage; max HP=15)
Alaric von Innsbruck
 player, 187 posts
 Silver for monsters
 Steel for men
Mon 14 Aug 2017
at 19:32
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Alaric darts over to Vampyre B, lashing out with his sword. As he does so, the red run emblazoned on the forehead of the newly re-deadened Vampyre A disappears, only to reappear on the witcher's new target.

[Ipabog Transfer]

[Attack: 25]

Alaric's blow strikes true, sinking deeply into the flank of the vampyre. As the blade connects, the rune blazes with a fiery red light, searing into the creatur's flesh. At the same time, ephemeral golden chains of energy spring up from the ground around it, holding it in place. Where the chains touch the creature's skin, it burns.

[Physical Damage: 13]

[Magical Damage: 11]

The vampire is ensnared, forced to bear the full brunt of the sun.
Nico Viszco
 player, 121 posts
 Ace of Swords
 The Silent Blade
Tue 15 Aug 2017
at 16:14
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Nico moves forward with his sword and dagger in hand, hopefully to land the killing blow(s) to the vampyre beside Astrid.

Nico's first strike is a thrust of his short sword into the vampyre's midsection; what would be a fatal blow against a mortal appears to be merely a minor wound for the spawn.
[Short sword attack: 19]
[Short sword damage (with sneak attack): 15 --> 7 after resistance]


Nico, frustrated by his inability to kill the vampyre, is too distracted to land his dagger strike.
[Dagger attack: 14]

Nico briefly considers staying at close range to draw the vampyre's attacks away from Astrid, but he hasn't known her that long... He withdraws back into the sunlight [OOC: fancy footwork = no opportunity attack] beside Oz [OOC: where he started the round].

Astrid and Joaquin - back up into the sunlight! We can finish them off without letting them hit us...
DM
 GM, 332 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Sat 19 Aug 2017
at 02:24
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Izek's scarred face glowers as he drives his heavy axe into vampyre B.

[Attack (vampyre B)]: 16
[Damage (vampyre B)]: 10


"It can't have much fight left in it," Izek rasps to Tobias and Joaquin.  "Do us all a favor and finish the fucker."
Joaquin
 player, 243 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Sat 19 Aug 2017
at 13:49
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Feeling inspired by Astrid, Joaquin decides to trust to Cometuetanos to take care of the Vampyrling in front of him, and instead focuses his thoughts on the divine Boo and shouts "Que el gran dios boo guié mi rayo de fé!" The concentrated divine force shoots forth and strikes Vampyrling C with a bright flash.

[Guiding Bolt attack 10 + 3(bless)+ 5(bardic inspiration) = 18]
[Radiant damage 14]
[Next attack against this target has advantage]

Cometuetanos, already having tasted the vampyreling's flesh attacks again.  The vampyrling, weakened from multiple attacks is unable to avoid the Great God Boo's holy hammer and is hit directly in the head, crumpling to the floor in a dead-again heap. As the vampyrling falls, the Great God Boo's Space Hamsterian battle cry echoes around the room Sangre y vinagre! Mueran los malvadosSangre y vinagre! Mueran los malvadosSangre y vinagre! Mueran los malvados

Joaquin cackles maniacally and cries Boo is with us! Sacrifice this vampyrling to his power!

[Spiritual Weapon attack 12 + 3(bless) = 15]
[Force damage 9, vampyrling B dies]

(Joaquin, Astrid and Oz's blessing lasts 8 more rounds, assuming I understand how timing in combat works.)
Tobias Greysen
 player, 208 posts
 I'm dexy and I know it.
Sat 19 Aug 2017
at 18:23
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Tobias runs to join Astrid battling with her foe.

[Dash Action]
Viktoriya Katinova
 player, 20 posts
 Conclave of Koldun'yami
 Enchanted to Meet You
Thu 24 Aug 2017
at 03:13
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Viktoriya levels a finger at the final remaining vampire, and a blast of ice issues forth.

Sadly it goes wide, and the enchantress swears in her mother tongue under her breath.
DM
 GM, 333 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 00:31
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
The sun's unforgiving rays make short work of the remaining vampyre spawn.  It gives a shriek reminiscent of a boiling tea kettle as it withers and decays away into naught but ashes in the space of perhaps half a minute.

[Technically, it still had life left in it but y'all have been fighting these guys for like a month now.  Let's move on.]

Izek gives a short grunt of satisfaction and wipes black ichor off of his axe blade using a dirty rag.

"Well fought," he says curtly.

Only after perhaps a full two minutes have gone by without the sounds of combat does the party hear footsteps coming up the stairs.  Vargas Vallakovich storms into the upper room, his orange complexion turning a lighter, creamsicle shade upon viewing the carnage.  Brom darts past him and stares wide-eyed at the party, not so much out of fear as excitement.

"Did you get them?  It looks like you did.  Terrific job!  I was going to come up and help you but someone had to keep an eye on Bran here."

"Brom," says Brom.

"Right, like I said.  Believe me, if the boy hadn't been here, I'd have been right here fighting at your side."
Oswald Weiss
 player, 354 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 14:43
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 244):

Oz exhales as the last of the spawn wither away, then sets about the task of searching their bodies and caskets for "magical artifacts worth recovering". Or any other loot.

He takes a lingering look at his own and Astrid's weakened complexions, as well, and shivers slightly.

Hopefully this feeling of weakness will pass.
DM
 GM, 336 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 14:58
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Oz's search of the upper room bears fruit [successful DC 15 Wisdom check] and he discovers a secret compartment in a small closet.  Inside the compartment are two sacks, one large and one small.

The large sack contains a dusty and ancient looking reliquary.  The small sack contains 42 gold pieces.

Brom darts across the room and looks at the party anxiously.

"There was a bunch of yelling.  Is everyone ok?  Did you kill the monsters?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:01, Fri 25 Aug 2017.

Oswald Weiss
 player, 356 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 15:08
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 246):

"We did," Oz nods gravely. "And we recovered the saint's reliquary, as well. Father Lucian will be pleased."

He looks at the coins for a moment, then hands them over to whoever was managing the party's purse (Nico, I believe?).

"If these weren't stolen, we should keep them to cover our onging expenses," he says quietly. "If they were, we should return them. These people are poor."
DM
 GM, 337 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 15:20
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"Nobody's reported any money stolen in the past few days," Izek rasps. "Payment for services rendered, I assume.  Keep it."

With no further ado, Izek marches toward the stairs, gives a curt nod to this employer, and stomps down.

"Splendid!" Vargas says, seizing the reliquary bag with his petite hands. "I'll see that this is returned to Lucian at once. Terrific, just terrific. This is going to make the festival a really great one, believe me. The best."

Henrik and the other guard Vargas brought along with him are nowhere to be seen.
Joaquin
 player, 246 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 15:30
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
While Oz searches the room, Joaquín cheerfully sets about plundering the vampyrlings' for marrow bones.


Cometuetanos came to our aid!  What a blessing we have received!  And the Great God Boo spoke!You all heard it too, right? It wasn't just us? Jimminy Crickets this is fucking weird.

While continuing his work, Joaquín murmurs to himself:

Now they have to believe me.  Maybe I can convert someone soon. Maybe even this Vargas...yes, he seems to need help avoiding evil.

When Vargas and Brom come upstairs, one of the sealed crates starts to rattle. Joaquín, jumping up like someone who forgot the other vampyrlings were there asks the group:

What shall we do with the rest of them?
DM
 GM, 338 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 15:52
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquin's search for bones sadly proves fruitless.  Perhaps due to the magical reaction of vampyre flesh with sunlight, all that remains of the vampyre spawn are three small piles of fine, gray dust.

And yet. . .perhaps the mysterious Boo made his presence known regardless. Each of the party privately swears to him or herself that they felt that. . . something had aided their fight.  Whether it was indeed a giant miniature space hamster, none can say.

Brom idly kicks at one of the piles of ash and bolts backward with a yelp when a hiss and a scratching noise suddenly emanate from one of the locked crates.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 357 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 16:13
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 250):

"Can these things talk?" Oz says. "Maybe we can make use of them."
Joaquin
 player, 247 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 18:05
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Realizing that there is nothing in the pile of ash, Joaquin exclaims:

The Great Bod Boo has claimed the marrow bones for himself!  Another miracle! And proof that he eats the bones of his enemies!Or it's the natural process by which vampyre spawn die when exposed to sunlight.  Don't mind me, I'm just the sane one...

Ignoring his outer monologue, Joaquin gathers the hammer he so poorly threw at the window during the fight, and proceeds to take a direwolf marrow bone out of his pack.  He cracks it open with his new baby hammer [stores hammer in pack], and between slurps on its marrow, he reminds Oz of Doru,

Well, schlorp Doru, the priest's boy from Barovia could talk. schlorp Remember?  schlorp He begged to be let out of that cellar so that he could eat. schlorp

The obvious parallels between Doru's need for flesh and blood and his own need for marrow escape Joaquin, even as he satisfies his own ghoulish hunger.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 358 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 18:43
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 252):

Oz seems somewhat taken aback by the cleric's appetite, but manages to focus on the task at hand.

"That's very true," he agrees. "Let's see if they get more talkative once they get hungry. If they can't free themselves now, at full strength, they won't be able to do so after the hunger pangs have sunk in, either."

This message was last edited by the player at 18:44, Fri 25 Aug 2017.

Joaquin
 player, 248 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Sat 26 Aug 2017
at 19:58
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín, concerned that these are just the minions of the nobleman that paid off Henrik considers Oz's  plan.

Waiting could be a gamble.  The nobleman that paid off Henrik will probably miss them tonight since, according to Henrik, they needed the relics before the festival.

Turning to Vargas and deciding flattery will probably be more useful with this fool than honesty, he says:

Speaking of which, what with all this excitement and fighting I've forgotten when your wonderful festival will be held. Udo the cobbler told us all about it.  He seemed excited about it, and I must admit after hearing him talk about it I'm excited, too. I love a good festival.
DM
 GM, 339 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Sun 27 Aug 2017
at 03:06
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Vargas smiles broadly at Joaquin and seizes the cleric's hand which isn't holding a half-masticated bone, pumping vigorously.

"Excellent.  That's what I like to hear!  Terrific.  The Festival of the Blazing Sun will be held in three days in the main square of the village.  You simply must attend!

Udo though, you can do much better than talk with that loser.  Victor tells me you'll be attending my party tonight though, which is terrific.  I can introduce you to a much better class of character than that cobbler.  He doesn't have the right idea of what's good for the town, see.  No sense of civic duty."

Sundown then! I'll see you then."


Vargas tousles Brom's hair as he takes his leave, causing the lad to grimace and try to flatten his hair back.

"So what now?" the boy asks.  "Are you just going to leave the monsters in the boxes?  There's not much time until sundown.  Are you going to take the reliquary back to Father Lucian, or visit Mr. Blinsky like you wanted to?
Oswald Weiss
 player, 359 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Sun 27 Aug 2017
at 16:42
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 255):

"We can split up to cover more ground. There is much to do and not much time. Who wants to do what"
DM
 GM, 340 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Sun 27 Aug 2017
at 18:04
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"Mr. Joaquin, sir, did you still want to visit Mr. Blinsky?  I can show you where his store is.  I just have to be back for dinner.  Mom will be real mad if I'm not."

Brom shudders a bit, the thought of his mother's wrath equally if not more terrifying than the boxed horrors scratching at their wooden prisons not ten feet away from him.

"But I don't understand why you want to visit a toymaker.  You're a grown up and a warrior.  Do you have kids?"
Joaquin
 player, 249 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Mon 28 Aug 2017
at 00:31
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquin thinks about it for a minute, and agrees that it is probably safe enough to split up for now.

Well Brom, I don't have any children, but I think a man that skilled at toy making might be skilled at making other things, like weapons.  Or he might know someone who does make weapons.  We've had to fight many strange things, and we keep running into even more strange things.  I think the more help we have, the better off we'll be.  So yes, you can take me to Blinksy's place, and if you know of anybody with a store that has weird and interesting things, you can take me there tomorrow.  And don't forget to tell your friends that I can mend things for them tomorrow if they need it.  I should be able to take care of their things in the morning.

DM
 GM, 341 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Mon 28 Aug 2017
at 13:38
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"That does make sense.  Let's go there now!"

Brom edges toward the stairs, trying to play off his unease at being near the boxed vampyres as eagerness to visit the eccentric toymaker.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 360 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Mon 28 Aug 2017
at 14:16
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 259):

"I have no need to see the toymaker, and will assist in transporting the relic back to Father Lucian. We should probably take the...cargo...with us."

He glances around and lowers his voice so that only the party is privy to what comes next.

"If Henrik has been arrested and won't be back any time soon, someone with keen eyes should stay behind and search every nook and cranny of this place for clues. He certainly knew more than he let on."
DM
 GM, 343 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Tue 29 Aug 2017
at 23:56
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Brom leads the party back through the streets of Vallaki, past the town square, where the paths to the church and to Gadof Blinsky's shop diverge.  The shops and homes that enclose the square are "decorated" with limp, tattered garlands and and painted wooden boxes filled with flowers that have seen better days.

At the north end of the square stands a row of stocks, locked in which are three men, two women, and two boys of perhaps Brom's age.  Udo is not among them, nor is Henrik.

In the center of the square, peasants in patchy clothes eye you suspiciously as they use cups and vases to draw water from a crumbling stone fountain.  Standing tall at the center of the fountain is a gray statue of an impressive man facing west.  A couple of town guards are tearing down pieces of paper from various buildings and are in the process of pasting up new ones.  One of the old, faded proclamations blows past your feet, and you can easily see that it reads:

"Come one, come all,
to the great celebration of the year:
THE WOLF'S HEAD JAMBOREE!
Attendance and children required.
Pikes will be provided.
ALL WILL BE WELL!
~The Baron~"


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Meanwhile, a thorough search of Henrik's home/shop reveals nothing further of interest.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:58, Tue 29 Aug 2017.

Joaquin
 player, 251 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 21:32
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín reads the handbill, and seeing the people in the stocks he reaches the obvious conclusion:

Uh, Brom, why are there people in the stocks? Is it because they didn't come to this festival?
Oswald Weiss
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In reply to Joaquin (msg # 262):

Having found nothing of interest in the carpenter's shop, Oz helps himself to a staff-length piece of the best wood he can find then heads back to Father Lucian's to accompany the others not bound for the toymaker's shop.

After that, if nothing that requires more attention occurs, he'll regroup with the rest to join in the dinner.
DM
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Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 21:57
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Brom looks uncomfortable as they file past the figures in the stocks.

"That's Mrs. Adamova," he whispers in an undertone pointing to one of the females, an early middle-aged woman who under other circumstances might have been pretty.  Now she just looks worn out and hungry.  "Her son Petru was sick the day of the last festival, the wolf head one. He had a bad cold, so she stayed home with him. The burgomaster gets really mad when people don't show up."

A sneeze comes from one of the not-quite-adolescent boys in the stocks, as if to confirm this fact.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

Father Lucian is in his office reading a book, while Yeska the orphaned altar boy practices his letters on a slate when Oz (and whoever else is with him) returns to St. Andral's, triumphantly bearing the reliquary.

"Bless you!" Lucian cries, a huge smile breaking across his face as he gratefully accepts the precious bones.

"You look terrible though," he says, peering closely at Oz.  "Was there any trouble acquiring them?"
Joaquin
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Wed 30 Aug 2017
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Joaquín takes a few deep breaths to cool his newly boiling anger.  After a moment, he whispers back to Brom, careful to avoid being overhead:

How long have these festivals been going on and has the Burgermeister always required attendance or is this all very recent?  Have you any idea when he started acting this way?  Did he lose a child or something?
DM
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"We've had these festivals at least once a week for several years," the lad explains.  "The burgomaster always wants everyone to show up.  Says it creates "good civic feeling" I think is what he calls it. But Mom says it's just so that he can make the same big speech he always does about what a great turnout there is. She thinks that she likes to rub it in Lady Wachter's face."


Brom, for all his apparent fearlessness when faced with vampyres in boxes, glances warily about to make sure that no guards have heard his apparent sedition.

"He and his wife only have one son, Victor.  Sometimes I think that they don't even like *him* that much.  I know I don't!  He's weird."

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Joaquin
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Wed 30 Aug 2017
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Joaquin, realizing that maybe it would be better to ask these questions in a less public place, whispers to Brom:

I do want to know more about why you think Victor is weird, and more about Lady Wachter, but maybe we should continue this conversation someplace quieter.  Any idea where we could do that before we go to Mr. Blinksy's?
DM
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Thu 31 Aug 2017
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Gadof Blinsky's toy shop is not too far from the village square, but Brom leads Joaquin (and company?) to a bench on the opposite side of the square from where the guards are busy hanging fliers for the Festival of the Blazing Sun. (A cursory glance at these fliers reveals them to be identical to the ones for the Wolf's Head Jamboree, with the exception of the name.)

"Victor's just. . . .weird," says Brom.  He pulls a crust of bread out of his pocket and begins tearing off pieces and throwing them idly in front of him.  In short order, a small conspiracy of ravens has gathered to consume the treats.  The noise of the large, black birds in conjunction with the burble of the fountain fairly well conceals any conversation.

"He's older than me so we don't play together or anything, but he doesn't even like to hang out with the older boys either.  He never plays ball with them, never hangs out with them in the square so that they can look at girls."  Brom pulls a face of an 11-year-old boy unsure as to whether or not girls are desirable things to look at.

"He doesn't come out into the village much, and when he does, he always has his nose in a book. Says he's studying to become a wizard.  I mean, that's pretty weird, right?  And lately--" Brom lowers his voice further "Lately people who come to eat at the inn say that they've seen purple sparks coming from the attic of the manse at night sometimes.  Do you think Victor was telling the truth about being a wizard?"
Joaquin
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Thu 31 Aug 2017
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Joaquin, impressed by Brom's spycraft sits by him, and listens intently.

Well, he might be.  I can do magic, and most of my friends I'm travelling with can, too.  Are there any other wizards around that he might be learning from?  Or do you think it is all in books?
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Thu 31 Aug 2017
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In reply to Joaquin (msg # 269):

"There were vampire spawn in Henrik's workshop," Oz says grimly. "We dispatched them, but unfortunately Astrid and I were both bitten."

He pauses to breathe for a moment.

"I do, in fact, feel rather winded. Like I just can't catch my breath. Do you know what's wrong with me, or how to cure it?"
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"That's a good point.  I think he's learning magic from the books, I guess," Brom shrugs.  "He doesn't really like talking to other people that much.  And the school teachers *definitely* don't teach us anything as cool as magic!"

Two ravens get in a tussle over some bread, and Brom watches them in amusement.

"Oh!  You wanted to know about Lady Wachter.  That's Lady Fiona Wachter.  She lives in a big fancy house near our inn.  And she *hates* the burgomaster.  More than anyone.  What's that thing she always says?  Oh, right: "I'd rather serve the devil than a madman!"

The last is uttered in Brom's best impression of a cultured, feminine voice.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


"Vampyres???  Here in Vallaki?  That's. . .that's dreadful!" Lucian cries out.  He places the reliquary carefully on his desk and comes to inspect Oz (and Astrid's?) wound.

A true vampyre like Strahd would have never attacked with a such lack of precision.  Oz's bite mark is more on his shoulder than his neck, while Astrid's decorates her collarbone. If the wounds have been healed using magic, they are now healed over, leaving only two white marks that will fade in time.

"That looks like it smarted," Lucian says, stating the obvious.  "Blood loss will have that effect. My advice is to get some rest and eat a hearty meal. In the meantime, some tea will go a ways toward helping.  You're likely dehydrated.  Yeska, could you please make us some more tea--well sugared for Oswald and Miss Astrid here?"

Yeska dutifully leaves the room to prepare the requested beverages.  Once he leaves, Lucian leans forward.

"I assume that all of the beasts have been dispatched, yes?"
Joaquin
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Thu 31 Aug 2017
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Joaquin suppresses his laughter, though a couple of snorts do sneak out, causing the ravens to eye him before they get back to eating Brom's bread.

She sounds like someone I'd like to meet.  Do you have any idea why she calls the Burgermeister a madman, or is she just a cranky old lady?
DM
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Brom pulls a face.


"I mean. . . .have you met the man?  And she's not an old lady.  Only a few years older than my mom."

If there is nothing further to be said on the topic of the weird Lady Fiona Wachter, or the weird Victor, then Brom will take Joaquin and whosoever else might be interested to the shop of Gadof Blinsky.

The cramped shop has a dark entrance portico, above which hangs a wooden sign shaped like a rocking horse, with the letter "B" artfully engraved on both sides.  Flanking the entrance are two arched, lead-framed windows.  Through the dirty glass, there are visible jumbled displays of toys.  It looks like a cross between a toy store, an antique store, and a deranged grandparent's attic.  Small wonder Brom finds it enchanting. The fascinating array of clutter continues inside the store.

The proprietor, Gadof Blinsky, is a heavyset man with a moth-eaten jester's cap atop his head. He sits behind a counter, stroking a monkey--a live one, not a toy.  The monkey chitters and seems to enjoy the attention, although Blinsky has a rather morose expression on his face.  He quickly perks up though when Joaquin's entrance sets off a tinkling of bells.

"Wyelcome, friends, to the House of Blinsky, where hyappiness and smiles can be bought at bargain prices!  Perhaps you know a leetle child in need of joy?  A leetle toy for a girl or boy?"
Oswald Weiss
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Sat 9 Sep 2017
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In reply to DM (msg # 273):

"Most, but not all," Oz says after Lucian has appraised his wound. "We trapped a pair of them in hopes of learning something useful. I believe they know who ultimately wanted to steal these bones, and why they wanted them in the first place. That information could help us protect you from the next attempt, if there is to be one. If they prove uncooperative, we can simply leave them out in the sun to turn to dust."
Joaquin
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Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 01:41
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Mr. Blinksy! shouts Joaquín as he steps up to shake his hand.  I am Joaquín, Arcipreste del Gran Dios Boo. My friends and I are staying at the Blue Water Inn, and in return for fixing some things up, Brom's parents fed us lunch.
One of the things I fixed was a the most incredible wagon that Brom here clearly loves.


Joaquín steps back and whistles admiringly  before pointing at some of the toys.  I don't think I've ever seen a place like this before.  So many incredible toys!  Good lord, does that windmill actually work?  How is it that you do all this?
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Tue 12 Sep 2017
at 17:33
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Lesser vampyre are capable of draining vitality, but not infecting others with the curse. It is as the priest says. You should feel better with food, water, and rest. The witcher furrows his brow slightly. I'm concerned about the remaining spawn, though. Whatever we decide to do with them, we should do it quickly. We won't want to wait until night falls.
DM
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Tue 12 Sep 2017
at 23:08
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At the Church:

"Yes, I am inclined to agree with you in that regard," Lucian says archly.  "The sooner these. . .creatures are out of our town, the better, as far as I am concerned. Your decision to question them is a smart one, but I don't know how much information you're likely to glean.

I would like to keep the knowledge of their presence quiet.  People would panic if they knew we were harboring these things. Unfortunately, our burgomaster is unlikely to want to do so. Word of your feat is probably spreading as we speak.

When do you propose to act?"


At Blinsky's:

"Oh, you are too kind!" Gadof Blinsky enthuses, pumping Joaquin's hand, as his monkey climbs over to inspect the cleric's hair.

"It is as our good burgomaster says: the way to escape dark forces is to be hyappy, and what better way to make children hyappy than with toys!  It is simple, no?"

Gadof flushes under Joaquin's praise.

"Oh!  It is nothing.  Just a small skill."/DarkBlue>

That said, the toys in his store are really rather remarkable. Albeit unsettling.  More than a little unsettling. Some of the more "uneasy" items on display for sale include:

*a headless doll, accompanied by a sack of attachable heads, including one with its eyes and mouth stitched shut.
*a miniature gallows, complete with trapdoor and a weighted "hanged man."
*a set of wooden nesting dolls, the smaller each one gets, the older it gets, until the innermost doll is a mummified corpse.

<DarkBlue>"Ees there a special thing you are looking for?"
Blinsky asks, as Brom idly brushes his hand over another item, a wood-and-string mobile of hanging bats with flapping wings.
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 13 Sep 2017
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In reply to DM (msg # 277):

"Do they get stronger at night?" Oz asks. "We have them pretty well locked up. I think trading cooperation for food -- hen's blood or something -- might get us some answers. We have very little to go on right now, and they seem to be a direct lead to the vampire lord himself."

He sighs, looking a bit drained (eh? eeeh?).

"Look. Let's give it a try, and if they're not worth the effort, we can kill them."

Oz steadies himself slightly.

"How long until the banquet? Do we need to do this first?"
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Wed 13 Sep 2017
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Alaric shakes his head. They aren't any stronger at night, but they're unconstrained. Confront them in the daytime, they cannot escape us or venture outside without burning. At night, they would likely flee were they to somehow get loose.

We can also use daylight to our advantage, as a weapon or as a means of persuasion.

DM
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"Very well," says Lucian.  "Do you intend to bring them back here, or keep the boxes where they are?  And are you sure it would not be best to wait until tomorrow?  You and the young lady do look rather peaky,"

Outside the stained glass windows, the shadows are lengthening toward late afternoon.
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Wed 13 Sep 2017
at 18:35
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If we can ensure that the coffins are secured, then there's no harm in waiting. But with enough time - and left unwatched - I think it's likely that the spawn could smash their way out and escape into the night.
Joaquin
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Wed 13 Sep 2017
at 21:29
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Recognizing a kindred spirit, Joaquín confides in Gadof.

I see all kinds of amazing wooden toys, do you have any skill in working bone or precious metal?  You see, I am a cleric of the Great God Boo, chief Wargod of the race of giant miniature mutant space hamsters, and I am in need of an improved holy symbol so that people will treat me with more respect.
Sadly, no one seems to take a cleric with only a skull for a symbol seriously. Maybe it's not just the symbol, dummy

DM
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at 22:51
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At the church:

"Best get the deed done then," Lucian says, looking as if he'd rather be doing literally anything but questioning the restless undead.  After some brief instructions to Yeska, the parish priest accompanies Oz, Alaric, and Astrid, and Nico the short jaunt back to Henrik's shop.

It's somewhere between four or five, judging from the long shadows and the teeming people bustling about purchasing the ingredients for the evening meal.  Henrik's shop is unattended, but all seems quiet within.  The three padlocked crates in the attic are preternaturally still, until one gives a mighty *clunk* as its occupant catches a whiff of prey.

Lucian, a chalky shade, backs up and indicates to the adventurers to begin their questioning.

At Blinsky's:

"Oh yes, oh my!" Gadof ejaculates.  "I would be honored to make a most formidable symbol for you, my good friend Joaquin sir!  Bone is not an issue, oh no, not at all.  I have not had many customers of late, and I shall not rest until you have this thing you request!"

Practically vibrating with excitement at the prospect of an honest-to-god customer, Gadof swipes a miscellany of doll parts and cogs off of a table and pulls up a bit of parchment so as to get an idea of what Joaquin wants.

"Tell me of what you are imagining!"

Brom has meanwhile wandered off, but Joaquin and Tobias hear him calling quaveringly from the back of the store a small time later.

". . . . .Mr. Joaquin?  Mr. Tobias, sir?. . . . .you should come and see this."

A search reveals that the lad is unarmed, but shaken, standing staring at an exquisite doll. A doll that looks uncannily like the party's lovely traveling companion, Ireena.

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In reply to DM (msg # 283):

Oz nods toward Alaric.

"This is, perhaps, an arena you are best suited to," he says.
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Fri 15 Sep 2017
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Let's move these to the windows, and bar the door to the room.

Alaric grunts with exertion as he helps drag the coffins into position, making maximal use of the fading light. He draws his monster-hunting sword, holding it in his left hand. Let's do this quickly.

He hammers his gauntleted hand onto the lid of the coffin that was making the most noise, rapping it sharply.

Can you hear me?
DM
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Fri 15 Sep 2017
at 15:15
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The room is filled with the sound of hollow *thunks* as the respective spawn toss themselves against their confines.  Puffs of dust rise from the boxes, and although the wood shudders alarmingly, the makeshift coffins hold.

Quiet snarling comes from two of the coffins.  From the third comes a voice choked with grave dirt.

"Hear you.  And smell you too.  Come closer, that I might do both better."
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Fri 15 Sep 2017
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My what sharp teeth you have, Alaric quips darkly. Who turned you? And how did you come to call the attic of a woodworker your home?
DM
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Fri 15 Sep 2017
at 18:39
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The vampyre spawn is silent for a long moment, before letting out another horrible, choked noise that might be a sardonic laugh.

"Home, and also my tomb.  I know what you are.  Your smell gives you away. Why should I answer your questions? You will be my death in the end, witcher."
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 15 Sep 2017
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In reply to DM (msg # 288):

"You'd cut what remains of existence short on the knowledge that it will someday end? We contend with mortality every day, and strive to milk each moment for all that can be gained."

"Useful captives stay alive -- or undead, as it were -- longer than uncooperative ones. And the longer you're alive, so to speak, the greater the chance of your escape or rescue."

Oz lowers his voice.

"Don't you owe it to your lord and master to exist as long as possible? You were spawned for a purpose. It is not up to you when your service ends."
Joaquin
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Fri 15 Sep 2017
at 21:29
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Shaking his head, Joaquin says to Gadof, Oh, youth.  I wonder what he has found.  Pardon us.

After having found Brom, Joaquín begins examining the doll, My, what ability!With a start, Joaquín realizes where he has seen its likeness before    Say, Tobias, doesn't this look a lot like Ireena? It's uncanny! Where do you suppose Gadof got his inspiration? I'd rather not jump to conclusions, but it seems strange he would have made this by chance.

Turning to Brom, Does Mr. Blinksy ever travel Brom?
DM
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at 21:15
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At Henrik's

"Unlikely," rasps the spawn. "With no sustenance, we will not perish but our torments will be great. Will you help to stave off our pangs with your blood?  I thought not.  Not terribly humane."

The vampyre spawn lapses into a thoughtful silence for a time, if an undead monster trapped in a box champing at the bit for hot blood can be deemed "thoughtful."

"Still, I suppose that talking does keep the hunger at bay, if only slightly. In life, I was one who tried to join the assault on Ravenloft perhaps a year ago now. It didn't end well, as you can see."

At Blinsky's

Brom shrugs, while Gadof comes hurrying back to find Joaquin, his monkey clinging to his back.

"Such a thought I have had!  What if we were to be using *real* teeth in your symbol to hold the bones in place?  Oh!  I see you have found her.  Yes, this is a most special order, oh yes.  This is for Mr. Izek! He orders a new one every month. Always the same doll, with pretty golden hair and blue eyes. It is puzzling, no?  Mr. Izek does not have a little girl. And one would think he would want many different dolls!  But I do as I am bade."

"So, what are you thinking of the teeth?"

Joaquin
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Sun 17 Sep 2017
at 21:36
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It is a beautiful doll.  I'm sure you are the man to make my symbol. Joaquín continues looking at it. But it is quite strange.  It bears a striking resemblance to someone we know.  Do you know the Burgermeister of Barovia's daughter?  It looks a lot like her.Should have kept that to yourself dumb dumbIgnoring the voice outside of his head, Joaquín continues on, Izek orders them you say, hmm he seems much more the type to be interested in weapons, not dolls.

As the thought occurs to him Joaquín, breaks into a wide smile as he asks Blinksy:

Oh, yes, speaking of weapons, if we are going to make a beautiful symbol perhaps you would be able to silver my Warhammer and add The Great God Boo's war cry in silver filigree. I'm very ready to be taken seriously, and a new symbol and a more impressive warhammer could only help. Have you ever worked on weapons before?

Oswald Weiss
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In reply to Joaquin (msg # 292):

"Yes, we've heard of this ill-fated assault," Oz muses. "What happened? Were you simply outmatched, or rather outwitted?"

He narrows his eyes slightly.

"Or, perhaps, were you betrayed?"
DM
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Mon 18 Sep 2017
at 23:29
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At Blinsky's:

"Yes, I have often thought much the same thing about Izek!  Perhaps you have heard the saying about great minds?  And no, I have never heard of this maid of whom you speak. How strange that this doll should look like her!"

Gadof Blinsky's face falls somewhat when Joaquin asks of his experience dealing with weapons.

"Sadly no, sir.  The only weapons I have any experience with are small ones for toy soldiers. Toys are much nicer than things for killing, no?  But then, I suppose it is only a matter of making the toys bigger!"  His face brightens and then sags again.  "Alas though, I am possessing no silver to use.  Only silver paint."

At Henrik's:

"You're a suspicious sort, to jump automatically to betrayal.  Speaking from experience are we, o fiery one?  I can smell your charred scent from here.  Nice.  A bit smoky, like rare, bloody beef passed briefly over a open flame. . ."

The vampyre sounds increasingly excited and animalistic as it speaks of delicious food, then manages to rein itself in.

"I suppose we were both outwitted and outmatched," the vampyre spawn continues in a more conversational tone.  "My master Strahd is more clever and powerful than any of us might have guessed. Not that he was on his own. The castle contains many more of my master's loyal servants. . .and the castle itself possesses a dire magic that is not, shall we say, welcoming to uninvited guests."
Oswald Weiss
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Tue 19 Sep 2017
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In reply to DM (msg # 294):

"Were all of you turned, or just a select few?"
DM
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Tue 19 Sep 2017
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"None that I know of escaped.  All were either turned, at least those who were still intact enough to be of use. Though it's good of you to think that I was singled out for special treatment."
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 20 Sep 2017
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In reply to DM (msg # 296):

"He'd have been foolish not to. You're clearly capable," Oz lies replies. He frowns as a thought occurs to him. "A child of Vargas wasn't among your number, was it?"
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at 15:21
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"Vargas?. . . . . . . ah, you mean the master of this unfortunate town. The one in here earlier that stank of fear and attempted to hide it behind his position."

"No, there was not. He has only the one, I believe."

Oswald Weiss
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Wed 20 Sep 2017
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In reply to DM (msg # 298):

Oz drums his fingers along his staff thoughtfully.

"Was Strahd antagonistic toward you from the very start, or did things begin cordially between you?"
Joaquin
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Wed 20 Sep 2017
at 20:29
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Joaquín doesn't know what they say about great minds, but he soon forgets what Gadof was talking about when the talk turns back to weapons.

Never fear my good man, El Gran Dios Boo will provide us with the necessary silver eventually. I may have to smite more evil-doers to get it, but it will happen.

Whispering conspiratorially to Gadof, Joaquín offers some quid pro quo:

I am given to understand that a properly silvered weapon can harm weirdwolves, and since there seem to be a lot of those evil creatures around here, I'm sure el Gran Dios Boo would help me help anyone who helped me obtain a silvered weapon. I can cure most wounds and I can mend most anything if you need that done.  I can even help you find things that you might have lost.
You scratch his back, and I'll scratch yours.


Continuing normally, Joaquín asks about money.

So then, for the sake of knowing how much I would need to obtain, what would something like adding silver to my weapon and making a beautiful holy symbol cost? And if I wanted some quarterstaves with fancy silver filigree to give to any converts to el Gran Dios Boo, what would that cost me?
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 22 Sep 2017
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In reply to Joaquin (msg # 300):

The vampires are locked in the attic and the group moves on to Vargas's gaudy tower.

A dinner party occurs. Little of value is discussed, though Vargas is suitably mocked behind his back. Servants have gone missing.

Some of the group splits off afterward to attempt to loot Vargas's home. In a subtle fashion.

A book on vampires is found, but not stolen. And a wedding dress.

Doors successfully inconvenience Spycat the Bold. The lack of opposable thumbs is blamed.

Udo (sp?) is chained to the back of a closet somewhere, badly beaten. Instead of being rescued, he is told that the guy who found him "had to poop". The door is then quietly closed once more.

Astrid uses a crowbar to access a separate "weird room". This room contains a "fuckton" of dolls. So many dolls. Everywhere. LOTS of dolls. All of these dolls are exactly the same. They all look exactly like our travelling companion Ireena. They are not "sex dolls", but rather porcelain dolls.

Astrid opens a chest, and finds a shortsword beneath some clothing there.

Joacquin, pronounced with the HARD J, attempts to use insight on Vargas and his wife. He fails. Once Vargas wanders away, however, Joacquin succeeds in getting Lillian to unleash her marriage-related angst and drunken rage in a long, meandering story.

Oz is informed to "create a diversion". He obliges and excuses himself to "use the restroom". He heads into the foyer to set things on fire...

Astrid heals Udo, releases him, and starts to lead him from his impromptu prison. She attempts to use stealth for this process...and fails. A cook spots her, but Astrid talks her way around that and she gets the cook to lead her around. Message is used to tell Udo how to escape from the back door in the interim.

The fire, no longer needed, is nonetheless present until Viktoria puts them out with Rays of Frost. This make Oz sulky, because they'd gotten his hopes up about getting a nice blaze going.

Oz and Viktoria are caught doing this only after the fire is out, and they convince the maid who caught them that they had SAVED THE DAY by putting out a RANDOM FIRE. Viktoria, initially successful, continues to talk. In doing so, she makes the story unbelievable and the maid decides to go tell Ms. Vargas about it.

Lillian continues to chat with Joacquin. She tells him Vargas was always a shit riding on his father's coattails. And uncaring. She married him for money. Joacquin asks about the son -- who wasn't there this evening -- and his wizardry. Vargas talked the kid out of that line of study deeming it an unfit occupation for him. He asks about the vanished servants. Lillian doesn't know, and deflects the question. Joacquin uses his Insight to infer that she definitely doesn't know, though she's remorseful that they are gone. Particularly her lady-in-waiting, who is among the missing. Joacquin asks if anyone else vanished. She says, the Butler but aside from that, no.

Lillian is told (by Astrid) that there was a fire in the foyer, which has been extinguished "by our magic". She gives zero fucks, being rather drunk and generally ambivalent, and calls the maid "Sally" to deal with it.

We then bid our farewells to Vargas and leave. Go team.

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Oswald Weiss
 player, 376 posts
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Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 13:28
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In reply to Oswald Weiss (msg # 301):

After Udo is secured at the estate of Vargas's enemy, the party makes plans to awaken early, dispatch the remaining vampires at the carpenter's shop, and then depart for the Abbey. Of course, Joacquin will want to stop by the toymaker's shop to pick up his order or arrange a future delivery before departure.

Thus settled, the party sets their normal watch...and waits.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 377 posts
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Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 15:03
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In reply to Oswald Weiss (msg # 302):

Having now listened in on exactly what went down during the feast while he was otherwise occupied, Oz has some harsh words for his companions.

"Our plan is to abandon this town and its people to that greasy monster? What's the point of defeating Strahd if this land's mortal masters are little better?"
Astrid Gunnarsdottir
 player, 110 posts
 A little bit Viking
 A little bit rock'n'roll
Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 16:35
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Priorities, Oz.  Strahd is a much bigger threat than that sad, little man.  We have promised to help Irina deal with her curse, or whatever it is.  Time is of the essence.  Once she's safe, we can come deal with Vargas.
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 17:36
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Astrid Gunnarsdottir (msg # 304):

"It may be too late for Udo or Henrik by then," Oz grumbles.

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Alaric von Innsbruck
 player, 193 posts
 Silver for monsters
 Steel for men
Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 17:38
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Alaric nods. Udo and Henrik aren't our concern. Henrik least of all. Once we get Irina cured, or at least safe in the Abbey and beginning what treatment they can provide, we can always return. You can do all the justified burning you like, and I'm sure there is somebody in this town who would be willing to pay handsomely for us handling their local wolf problem.
Ireena Kolyana
 NPC, 16 posts
 Chosen of Strahd
 Wears turtlenecks
Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 19:12
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Ireena herself, who has been enjoying a nightcap of herbal tea with the innkeepers and her brother, watches the rapidfire exchange with increasing confusion.

"Udo?  That fellow we met this morning?  Whatever happened to him?"

Her blue-green eyes narrow suspiciously.

"And what exactly happened tonight that we're suddenly taking our leave so quickly?"
DM
 GM, 360 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Sat 23 Sep 2017
at 15:18
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Urwin Martikov stands up from the table, placing a hand on his wife's shoulder.  His black-bearded face, typically full of good cheer, is now rather grim and you're all suddenly aware that he is a rather imposing man.

"Am I to understand that you caused some sort of a disturbance tonight at the burgomaster's residence? Did I not tell you just hours ago that he was not a man to be crossed?  And now you come in here talking of fires and beaten men and vampyres and the like?"

Danika places a hand gently over her husband's, and some of the bluster goes out of him.  He heaves a sigh.

"I apologize.  You seem like decent folk, and my sons--especially Brom--are quite taken with you. Brom went on and on about how exciting it was to explore the town with real heroes today. That was the word he used. Heroes."

"However, I'm not going to sit idly by and let you bring trouble down on my home and my family with your meddling in the affairs of Vallaki.  You can stay here tonight, but if you continue to run afoul of Vargas then I am afraid that I can't guarantee our hospitality beyond that."

Joaquin
 player, 262 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Sat 23 Sep 2017
at 19:42
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Smiling sadly at Ireena, Joaquin blows out a deep breath letting it vibrate his lips before telling her of the strange dolls that Izek has been ordering.  He clearly isn't sure how to tell her what he has seen, so he decides to just have out with it.

bbbhhhbbhbhbhbhbhbh. Huuuh. Well Ireena, umm... There are lots of reasons to go forward, not least of which is that Izek has been ordering one doll per month from Gadof Blinksy, and as Tobias or Brom will tell you, they bear an uncanny resemblance to you.  Staring a bit coldly at Astrid, even though he almost certainly would have done the same thing, Joaquin continues Staying here is almost certainly unsafe for you, whether or not Astrid acted precipitously by freeing Udo before we knew the situation. Just couldn't wait and ask the blowhard some questions first, before acting could you.  Just like this dummy

Realizing that maybe he should admit that he would have done the same thing, and almost certainly would have attacked Vargas as well, Joaquin goes on while gesturing at Urwin and his wife. While I agree with having saved Udo, I think we have put these good people in danger by doing so.  Personally, I think that we can make the Burgomeister happy again by holding the remaining vampyrelings and sacrificing them to the sun during his festival in 2 days time, but if you feel we must leave immediately, then I suppose I will go along with it, even if it means I won't be able to wait for Gadof to complete my order.

Taking his holy symbol in his hand, Joaquin starts out looking hopeful, but dips towards looking dejected before brightening up when he makes his request.  As for myself, I have asked Gadof Blinksy to try to silver my Warhammer.  I'm working on being taken more seriously, since even you all who have seen my powers still look at me funny when I speak of the Gran Dios Boo. So perhaps a shinier weapon and a better holy symbol will help me with that.  I'll need 70 silver to melt down to have him try it, so with the groups's permission I'd like that silver now so that he can give it a shot.  Do any of you have any alchemical or blacksmithing skills?  I suspect he may need the assistance since he has only worked on small toy-sized items in the past.
Ireena Kolyana
 NPC, 17 posts
 Chosen of Strahd
 Wears turtlenecks
Sat 23 Sep 2017
at 20:56
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"Leave immediately?  Absolutely not!"  Ireena exclaims.  "I don't care a lick about this exploding sun festival, or whatever it's called, but you're quite mistaken if you think I'm leaving town without having words with, or at the very least seeing this man who you say is collecting dolls that look exactly like me."

Ireena glares at the other members of the party.

"Thank you, Joaquin, for telling me this. I have a feeling that I might not have found out otherwise."
Oswald Weiss
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Sun 24 Sep 2017
at 02:19
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Ireena Kolyana (msg # 310):

"It's the first I've heard of it, too..."

Oz glares in earnest.

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Nico Viszco
 player, 122 posts
 Ace of Swords
 The Silent Blade
Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 13:33
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Ireena, I can certainly understand your disquiet at finding out about Vargas's creepy doll collection. It is all quite strange and perverse, and we certainly need answers - I am particularly puzzled how he could be obsessed with you when you don't even know the man... is there some connection to Strahd, who as we know, is also obsessed with you?

However, despite these unresolved questions, we still must insist on leaving town immediately.

First of all, our number one priority is still your health and well-being, so we need to get you to the abbey to see if they can help with your condition. Once you are healthy, we would be happy to accompany you back here to get to the bottom of this man's creepy doll fetish.

Second, after rescuing Udo - a foolhardy decision, but understandable considering he had been imprisoned and tortured merely for speaking out against Vargas and his ridiculous festivals - I think we have worn out our welcome here. I don't think we're going to stay and answer to Vargas on this matter, and I think we want to avoid any violent confrontations with guards who would only be doing their job and following orders (even if they do work for a despicable man).

Third, it sounds like our friend Oz is in favor of staging some sort of coup. If we want to do this right, it's likely a bit more complicated than just deposing Vargas with violence (or fire). We can work on a plan to work towards this goal once you are safely at the abbey and on the mend.


Ismark Kolyanovich
 NPC, 22 posts
 Strahd's eating my sister
 Not like that, gross
Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 13:51
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"This is true," Ismark nods vehemently in agreement with Nico.  "If some mage in service to Vargas is obsessed with you, Reenie, then I'm not sure I want you going anywhere near him.  I'm fact, I'm quite sure."

"We should get some sleep.  It sounds like we're leaving bright and early."

Ismark gently guides a still-protesting Ireena up the stairs to their quarters.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 381 posts
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Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 14:51
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Ismark Kolyanovich (msg # 313):

"It's not that I WANT a coup," Oz replies once their patrons have departed. "It's that these people require one. We cannot pretend to be liberating them by dealing with Strahd if we are not willing to deal with Vargas, as well."

His expression darkens.

"Besides, you saw the man. He's fueled by pride, and when Udo 'escaped', that pride took a massive hit. He's going to be in rare form in the days ahead. People WILL die, and if you can sleep soundly at night knowing you hit the hornet's nest with a stick and fled town, leaving someone else to hold the bat, I don't know how you manage it."

A tongue of flame leaps from the palm of Oz's left hand and travels to his right and back again.

"I'm not a blind idealistic zealot, as many have accused our friend the paladin of being. I pick and choose my battles not based on whether they are moralistically right, or whether they are technically lawful, but on whether they are worth fighting. Strahd is clearly one of them...but Vargas is just as clearly another. And we are both already here AND already capable of dealing with the latter."

He glances at Joacquin for a moment.

"The cleric and I will take first watch, if no one minds. I'd like to hear more about his adventures in the toymaker's shop..."

This message was last edited by the player at 14:55, Mon 25 Sept 2017.

Astrid Gunnarsdottir
 player, 111 posts
 A little bit Viking
 A little bit rock'n'roll
Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 16:13
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
My main concern is the safety of everyone involved.  Udo should be all right, at least for the time being.  I was planning to tell you about the dolls once we were away from Vallaki, where you might be tempted to, I don't know, confront the Burgomaster in the seat of his power or something.  But all nine or ten cats are out of the bag now, so we'll do what we must.  I assume this means we're staying a bit?
Nico Viszco
 player, 123 posts
 Ace of Swords
 The Silent Blade
Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 17:28
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Since we are not all agreed on a particular course of action, perhaps a vote is in order.

It sounds as if we have the following:

In favor of leaving for the abbey without delay: Nico, Astrid, Alaric, Ismark

In favor of staying to deal with Vargas: Oz, Ireena, Joaquin?

Yet to weigh in: Viktoriya, Tobias

Of course, feel free to change your vote if I have misunderstood you or if the discussion has changed your mind.


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Oswald Weiss
 player, 382 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
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Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 17:46
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Nico Viszco (msg # 316):

"I am also in favor of catching up with those who wish to depart immediately at the Abbey later, if those who wish to depart are adamant."
Joaquin
 player, 264 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 18:18
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
I, too, am worried that we have started something which cannot be stopped. Joaquín shakes his head sadly, wondering if there is a way out of this mess that doesn't result in the deaths of innocent villagers. In truth, though, I don't think that starting a struggle for power would be a good idea. The son of Vargas doesn't seem to be a better fit for the job based on what we have seen.  I don't know that Lady Wachter would be a better choice, because according to the wife of Vargas, Lady Wachter is quite proud of her kinship, however distant, with Strahd.

Realizing that things could really get out of hand, Joaquín continues:Besides, Ismark is now the Burgermeister of Barovia, unless I misunderstood how that sort of thing works.  Neither he nor Ireena should be involved in overthrowing Vargas, lest we spark a war.

Breathing deeply, Joaquín continues.  Much as it displeases me, I think we must stay, and I think we must be prepared to confront Vargas in public if a private confrontation produces no results. I'd much rather put the fear of the Gran Dios Boo in him and leave him in place doing his job correctly than throwing this place into chaos.Time to scare him into decency with vampyrlings, eh?
 

Eating the rest of the direwolf femur from earlier, Joaquín looks at Ismark, Nico, Alaric, and Astrid, and he asks them. Now, that I've said my piece, I must ask you all a question, how do you plan to keep Ireena from confronting Vargas? If you mean to carry her away from here, how are you any better than Strahd?You already know what this one does to the bones of his enemies, are you trying to be on the menu?
Astrid Gunnarsdottir
 player, 113 posts
 A little bit Viking
 A little bit rock'n'roll
Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 20:55
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Astrid gives Joe Quinn a sideways look.  How are we better than Strahd?  Well, we're not actively killing her, for a start.  I'm all for you confronting Vargas, Irina - if you want to - but that won't do much good if we don't see to your more pressing problem.
Joaquin
 player, 266 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 22:06
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Picking a piece of splintered bone out from between his teeth with more bone, Joaquín casts a withering look at Astrid:

You ignored the thrust of the question, oh slippery bard.  You know, the part about taking her away from where she wants to be without her consent?  In doing so, you would take her ability to choose her own fate, just as Strahd would do. So, do you intend to carry Ireena off if and when she wants to stay here, even if you disagree with her choice?
Tobias Greysen
 player, 209 posts
 I'm dexy and I know it.
Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 22:26
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
I am not understanding why we are even questioning this.  We have obviously started something here in town that will go off as though we had set a fire....another fire.  All the same, Vargas is sure to take this out on the town.

I obviously hope that I am wrong but I doubt I am.  I say that we stay here and observe for the next day or two.  We can intervene if we need to but we can not simply light a fuse and then walk away.

DM
 GM, 366 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 13:30
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Heads swing expectantly to the still-somewhat-mysterious Viktoriya, awaiting her verdict.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 388 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
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Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 13:39
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 321):

Oz shakes his head slightly.

"We can't stay here after tonight, so unless you want to move into the vacant carpenter's shop, we'd be making camp."

He frowns, pondering the situation.

"If an overnight raid isn't in the cards, I think perhaps a more complicated plan is in order. Based on snippets and suggestions from everyone, I propose the following:

Step 1: Head to the carpenter's shop at dawn and secure the vampire spawn. The shop becomes our new home away from home while we're here. It's the perfect place to rest, make repairs, and fortify our position if needed.

Step 2: Approach Vargas once more, as though nothing were wrong, and suggest that a grand Burning of the Spawnlings take place as the centerpiece of his upcoming festival. This will allow us to get a better sense of his disposition while demonstrating that we are not his enemies. He'll know a crowd-pleasing idea when he sees one. It'll be huge. Plus, by boldly acting as though nothing went wrong, he'll have less reason to suspect anything happened other than Udo fleeing or a servant betraying him. Or something more sinister. He already has servants disappearing, so why not a prisoner?

Step 3: Spend the time between now and the festival pitching in to help make arrangements for the festivities. At least, publicly. That will give us broad access to buildings (for decorating purposes) and people (for logistics), both important and servile. We'll need to speak to both sorts to succeed. That will allow us to learn more about the disappearances and take a better pulse of the populace.

Step 4: Determine whether it is even possible, with any amount of evidence and public support, to legally supplant Vargas without violence. Don't hold your breath on this one...

Step 5: If possible, present evidence and allow the law to work its magic. But I think it will come down to blood and steel and more than a little fire to effect change here. The people are too scared, too cowed...and Vargas's cronies are too corrupt, too bold.


Oz looks at his companions.

"After Vargas is deposed and the jails/stocks are cleared, we can collect Blinksy's work and continue onward to the abbey, as planned."
Nico Viszco
 player, 128 posts
 Ace of Swords
 The Silent Blade
Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 19:03
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquin:
Picking a piece of splintered bone out from between his teeth with more bone, Joaquín casts a withering look at Astrid:

You ignored the thrust of the question, oh slippery bard.  You know, the part about taking her away from where she wants to be without her consent?  In doing so, you would take her ability to choose her own fate, just as Strahd would do. So, do you intend to carry Ireena off if and when she wants to stay here, even if you disagree with her choice?


Regarding Ireena, no one has suggested carrying heroff without her consent. My hope is that we can convince her that our plan of action is the best - and certainly safest - course of action. I think we have a good chance of convincing her, especially with her brother leading the charge on the subject.


As far as these arguments that we've started a fire here... we didn't put Vargas in power nor are we responsible for removing him. All we did was free one prisoner from his mansion.

That seems like a pretty minor thing to be held up as the spark that will start a revolution. Especially considering that we haven't discussed the ramifications of such a coup with the people who live here. We have no plan for what happens after Vargas is gone; who would fill the vacuum?

Deciding that we know best (after a few days here!), and that Vargas should be deposed with violence (which I think we can all agree would be necessary) seems like a dramatic step. And one that we're contemplating after extremely limited exposure to this place and its issues.

Finally, if Vargas does decide to take the actions of our group out on the town, maybe THAT will be the spark that will cause them to take action against him. If Vargas is to be removed from power, I think it really ought to be the people who live here who actually do it, not a bunch of outsiders like us.


As for Oz's plan, it seems like a good plan aside from the fact that step 2 requires making a huge leap of faith. I think it seems likely that we would be attacked at step 2, possibly without even being given a chance to explain ourselves.

If folks think our actions tonight have sparked a fire, it doesn't make sense that Vargas would automatically buy into our innocence. You can't have it both ways.

Also, Oz's plan assumes that we have already agreed to stay and deal with Vargas...


Oswald Weiss
 player, 389 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 19:54
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Nico Viszco (msg # 324):

"Vargas has no reason to suspect we had anything at all to do with the Udo's liberty. He's not exactly the brightest candle on the table, is he? And we'd be telling him something he wants to hear: a way to make his blazing celebration all the more terrific."

He extinguishes the flames dancing across his palms, but the smoky scent remains.

"The people who live here lack the strength to put up any real resistance. When peasants armed with fire pokers stand up against armor and swords, there can be only one result: an early grave. These people need our help. You'd turn your back on them?"

The power vacuum is a problem that will solve itself. We left behind no leadership in Izmark's territory, and spirited away the late burgomaster's heirs, yet we do not fear it will fall to ruin.


Oz looks over his companions and heaves a weary sigh.

"You read my fortune, Nico. This is where it leads, plain as day. Ireena sees the value of staying, as does Tobias and, I hope, Joaquin. The plan will work with just we four, if the rest of you see fit to flee to the abbey with all speed. It would put the rest of us at greater risk, but if you feel that strongly about it, I'm perfectly pleased to rejoin you once the matter at hand has been resolved."

He frowns slightly.

"Of course, without Ireena, what's the point? And I'll be wanting my share of the wages back from the purse, if it comes to parting ways..."

This message was last edited by the player at 20:01, Tue 26 Sept 2017.

Nico Viszco
 player, 131 posts
 Ace of Swords
 The Silent Blade
Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 20:58
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Oswald Weiss (msg # 325):

We must be the obvious suspects in Udo's escape. We created a diversion, if nothing else. Even if he's not a smart man, I doubt he'll buy that the kindling spontaneously combusted, or that our presence and Udo's escape are a coincidence.

I agree that Vargas is awful, but I'm not normally in the habit of overthrowing governments and toppling despots. Are we going to go from town to town, interfering in local politics at every stop along our way?

Or can we just focus on the mission that brought us together in the first place, which was to help Ireena with her curse and deal with Strahd, if possible?


Of course, as you say, if Ireena insists on staying despite the persuasive arguments put before her and her brother's urgings, then you are right that there is no point to move on without her.

However, if she agrees and wants to leave, I will not abandon her to stay and deal with Vargas.


Oswald Weiss
 player, 391 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 21:18
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Nico Viszco (msg # 326):

"You don't think the room of dolls and the presence of vampires here might have something specific to do with our quest, and some link to Strahd and his designs on Ireena?"
Nico Viszco
 player, 133 posts
 Ace of Swords
 The Silent Blade
Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 21:53
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
I agree that the dolls suggest a possible connection to Strahd, but I'm not sure how overthrowing Vargas gets us any answers, unless we can interrogate him on the subject and he's willing to explain himself...

OOC: Nico probably isn't cool with torturing him for information.

As for the vampire spawn, it's curious that they're here, but wouldn't we assume they're spread all over the region at this point? I'm not sure how much importance we should place on their presence here. Alaric, do you have any thoughts on the matter? Do you know how they spread?


OOC: Since today has been the Nico and Oz show, I think we should let the others jump into the fray rather than continuing this back and forth. Besides, we need to reach a decision soon so our characters can go to sleep!
DM
 GM, 369 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 00:10
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
At this point, the party's quiet yet intense discussion is interrupted by a soft knocking at the door of the inn.  The door opens as a young man pokes his head around it and, upon seeing the party, smiles and steps inside.

He is clad in fine, well-made clothing although the prominent veins on his nose and a physique that is just starting to run to fat indicate that he is a young man who appreciates his alcohol.  In fact, you may recall him as one of the two drunk guys sitting in the inn common room during that day's lunch.

"My mother wished me to convey to you that the cobbler is safe at our home, and his wounds are being tended to," the young man says.  "You were wise to send him to us.  My mother is also most interested in meeting you.  I believe she admires your gumption, stealing a prisoner out from under Vargas' nose.  Will you still be in town on the morrow?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:16, Wed 27 Sept 2017.

Joaquin
 player, 270 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 01:33
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquin, looking a bit miffed at having to deal with an interloper, brightens up when he hears that Udo is doing well.

We are very glad to hear that Udo is well, and that he is safe. I am Joaquin, el arcipreste del Gran Dios Boo.  We were in fact just discussing that very question.
Turning to the group, Joaquin reiterates his position:  I have made my feelings known, I wish to stay, at least through the festival. Having said that though, I will go where the majority choose to go as I have a feeling you will have need of the Gran Dios Boo's beneficent protection, which in truth, your doubts make you unlikely to receive on your own.

Turning back to the fellow at the door, Joaquin gestures over to the corner table to invite the Lady Wachter's son to sit with him: Perhaps while the others deliberate, you would be so kind as to speak with me a while. I wish to know a bit more about Vargas and his servant Izek.  I suspect you will tell us the truth, instead of cowering behind platitudes.
Alaric von Innsbruck
 player, 195 posts
 Silver for monsters
 Steel for men
Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 12:20
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
[In line with the previous conversation, prior to Lady Wachter's son entering]

Vampirism is spread via a greater vampire. The lesser vampires we've seen thus far is the end result of the affliction that Ireena is currently battling.

As far as my vote, I was contracted to attempt to lift the curse from Ireena. If she doesn't wish to travel onward yet, then I remain here until she does.


He turns to address Ireena directly at this point. As far as the matter of these...unsettling...dolls goes, Alaric purses his lips, and it's clear that this is the first he's heard of it as well, I don't blame you for wanting to get to the bottom of it. And it *is* possible that the dolls are somehow linked with your condition. There are records of Simulcra being used to work spells on people from a distance.

He shoots a quick look over to Viktoryia, raising his eyebrow as if in invitation to elaborate before turning back to Ireena.

I will remind you that time *is* of the essence in getting you to treatment. However, if we tarry here a single day, it could be a calculated risk to gain a better understanding of your situation. It could be worth it. I support whatever decision you make.

[When Lady Wachter's son arrives]

Alaric will keep silent during the conversation with Lady Wachter's son. Once he departs, the witcher speaks up.

If Ireena does decide to stay another day, it might be prudent to take him up on his invitation. And even more prudent to wait to hear what she has to say before doing anything...rash.

This last bit seems pretty obviously directed at Oz.

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Oswald Weiss
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Wed 27 Sep 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Alaric von Innsbruck (msg # 331):

Oz quirks an eyebrow in a "who, me?" fashion, but otherwise does not favor Alaric with a response.
Viktoriya Katinova
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Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 19:40
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Viktoriya speaks up from her place by Ireena. Well, as I told you when we met, I'm traveling to the Abbey. I don't mind waiting around for a day or so if there's business to conduct here, though I will take no part in overthrowing any governments. If you all decide to tarry longer than that, I'm afraid I'll have to take my leave and head to the Abbey on my own.

After Lady Wachter's son makes his offer, she adds If we decide to stay, I certainly will be taking her up on her invitation.
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Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 21:06
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Introductions are [I would guess] made all 'round, and the young man introduces himself as Niklas.

"Alas my friend, I am afraid that I cannot stay long," says Niklas to Joaquin, moving around to the back of the bar and helping himself to a cup of wine from one of the barrels stored back there.

"We keep a line of credit," he says by was of explanation if any of the party voice their opposition to him doing this.  "Running a little low on the Red Dragon Crush.  Ah well."

Niklas downs the fine wine as if it were water and wipes his mouth with the back of his hand.

"But yes, I was told to deliver my message and come straight back. Mother would rather I not run afoul of the town guards if they're out searching for Vargas' escaped captive.  Bad blood between the families, you know.

Feel free to come for tea tomorrow, and Mother will be more than pleased to answer your questions.  Any enemy of Vargas Vallakovich is always welcome at Wachterhaus."

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Thu 28 Sep 2017
at 21:03
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
After Niklas leaves, Joaquín makes his closing argument in favor of staying on town. It seems to me that we now have even more reason to stay, at least for another day so that we can get to the bottom of a few mysteries and make the acquaintance of Lady Wachter.  I believe you offered to take first watch with me Ozgood, no Osbourne, no Ozymandias, no Brendan. Joaquín tilts his head and whacks it as if trying to jiggle a loose gear back into place while grimacing and muttering to himself Blast it all, those are the old names. Straightening up and smiling a bit maniacally, he continues Ah, there it is, Ozwald. Ozwald, you suggested we take first watch? Keep a good watch on this one, something has been rattling around in here tonight.
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"


A decision is made to stay in Vallaki for at least one more day, and the party retires to their cozy beds to pass the night in uninterrupted sleep.

Everyone awakens to a new dawn (finally), rested and refreshed.  Heading downstairs, you find Ismark and Ireena already up and breaking their fast on sweet rolls, smoked trout, and hard-boiled eggs.  They are talking with an older man garbed in colorful clothing that appears almost Vistani-like in its garishness.  This fellow is certainly not Vistani though.  Notably, he has pointy ears.

"I take it that we are in fact *not* leaving town early today?" Ireena says a bit archly.  [You'll recall that they went to bed before you finished your discussion last night so as not to sway your decision with any DM influence.]

"If so, I want to check out this Izek fellow.  You've certainly piqued my interest there.  Oh, this is Rictavio," Ireena says, waving a hand to indicate the pointy-eared man.
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Fri 29 Sep 2017
at 10:38
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín strides over to the three of them and sits at the chair next to Ireena, while pulling out his chair he leans over and whispers to Ireena. After breakfast there are things about Izek you should know.

After he sits down, Joaquín addresses the newcomer I am Joaquín, Arcipreste del Gran Dios Boo. How do you do?

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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 337):

"...hello," Oz says, rubbing his eyes sleepily and nodding at the pointed-eared fellow. "Just traveling through?"

Oz tucks into his breakfast with relish and pulls up a seat next to the man while they converse.

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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
The man with the pointy ears--Rictavio--greets the other members of the party warmly.

"A very good morning to all of you," he says, tipping the brim of his comically-feathered hat toward the party.

"Been here about a month, actually, imposing myself upon the great generosity of our hosts Urwin and Danika."  He tips the brim of his hat again toward the lady of the house, who is bringing out more food.  She rolls her eyes good-naturedly and retreats back to the kitchen.

"I'm a storyteller by ambition, and a carnival manager by trade.  The carnival business does tend to dry up though in the autumn, so what better place to gather new fodder for tales than here in Barovia?"

Rictavio regards all of the members of the party with interest, but his sharp gaze lingers longest upon Alaric, studying the Witcher with silent contemplation.
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Fri 29 Sep 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Alaric's yellow eyes widen slightly in surprise as he notes Rictavio's heritage, but his face remains neutral. He takes a seat across from the man.

Wedi cwrdd â hi, Rictavio. Fy enw i yw Alaric o Innsbruck, he says softly, his normally brusk voice taking on an almost melodic quality. The witcher takes a helping of the breakfast spread as he speaks.

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Nico Viszco
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Fri 29 Sep 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Nico does not join the group for breakfast. In fact, no one has seen him since everyone went to sleep.
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Sat 30 Sep 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
If Rictavio is surprised to hear Elvish being spoken, he registers it with the exact same amount of emotion as did Alaric: a slight upturn of the lips, and nothing more.

"Cyfarfu â hi, Alaric von Innsbruck. Bu'n hir ers i mi glywed rhywun i siarad y iaith Elvish, a hyd yn oed yn hirach ers i mi weld un o'ch math.

Er nad yw'n rhyfedd gweld Witcher yn Barovia, mae'n * odd i weld un sy'n teithio gyda ffrindiau."




Rictavio reverts back to the Common tongue out of courtesy.

"For that matter, it is strange to see such an. . . .assorted group traveling in these parts.  What brings all of you here?"

Danika comes back to the table bearing a package wrapped in butcher's paper and twine, which she gives to Rictavio.  The pointy-eared man smiles and thanks her.
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Mon 2 Oct 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 342):

"Some of us would tell you that we're contractors," Oz says, directing no small amount of his attention to those who voted to leave while he speaks. "That we're only here to do one specific job, at the expense of all others."

He shakes his head and swallows another mouthful of food. Frowning at his plate, he extends a hand over it, palm down. A sizzling sound is soon readily heard, at which point he withdraws his hand and resumes his meal.

"But seems to me, if we're going to be in the business of making the world a better place, we might as well bloom where we're planted."

He frowns, failing to place his most vocal adversary among those gathered.

"Speaking of, has anyone seen Nico since last night? It's not like him to oversleep."

He withdraws a piece of parchment from his pocket and re-reads it, frowning, before replacing it.

He should have been back by now...

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Mon 2 Oct 2017
at 23:37
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Rictavio quirks an eyebrow as Oz chargrills his breakfast to a desired degree of doneness but, much as he did with Alaric, says nothing.

"Byddai gennyf ddiddordeb mewn siarad yn fwy ar adeg eich dewis. Rwyf bob amser yn edrych i ychwanegu at fy straeon, ac yn sicr mae'n rhaid i Witcher gael llawer," Rictavio says in a quick aside to Alaric, then considers Oz's response.


"That's a very broad answer and, at the same time, not much of an answer at all.  Very well.  No doubt you have your reasons for keeping your silence."

Rictavio finishes off his morning tea, then stands, checks the contents of his package, and gives another grateful nod to Danika.

"Well, I must be off.  Things to do and such. I've been trying to ingratiate myself with the Vistani camp to the south of town--master storytellers, the Vistani--but alas, to no avail. It's the ears, I think," he says with a self-deprecating smile.

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Tue 3 Oct 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Alaric nods. Yn yr un modd, byddwn yn gwerthfawrogi persbectif un rhagdybiaeth gan y rhagfarnau a'r gorgyffyrddiadau y mae'n ymddangos bod y bobl leol yn cydymffurfio â hwy.

He frowns slightly as Rictavio speaks of his lack of welcome among the Vistani. One would think outcasts would be themselves more open minded of differences. But it seems the world rarely works that way.

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Joaquin
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Tue 3 Oct 2017
at 19:26
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín, finishing his breakfast catches the end of Rictavio's comment and begins looking around.

Odd, where is Nico?  He may well have been open to sharing his tales, what with travelling with us.  Strange to think he'd miss breakfast.
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 346):

Oz nods.

"That's what I've been saying," he says through another mouthful of food. "Haven't seen him anywhere."
Joaquin
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Wed 4 Oct 2017
at 01:45
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Very odd indeed.  Anyone know if he had an early errand to run?  Or a late night visit?
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 348):

Oz looks uncomfortable for a moment.

"He, ah, he did say something about keeping watch all night outside," he says at last. "now that you mention it..."

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Wed 4 Oct 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Urwin comes out from around the stable area of the inn, wiping his hands clean with a dirty rag and looking worried.

"There are new fliers in the town square this morning, word on the street goes," the burly innkeeper says.  "Apparently the burgomaster intends to deliver a speech.  Doesn't say what about, but I'll stake my watch and warrant that I have an idea as to the subject matter."

He looks meaningfully at the party.  Rictavio looks, who was on his way out the door to begin his day, stops, looking interested.

"Well.  Therein lies a tale, I'm sure." The half-elf storyteller looks around expectantly to see if an explanation is forthcoming.

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Joaquin
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Wed 4 Oct 2017
at 21:43
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín remembering the last handbill he saw, quietly asks Urwin what he hopes is a stinging question.

Urwin, how is it that Vargas is still the Burgermeister?  I saw a mother and child locked in the stocks yesterday.  Apparently from having the gall to stay at home during a festival due to illness. Is that normal? Where is the outrage?
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Thu 5 Oct 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 351):

"...I'd stick around for the speech," Oz advises their elven friend, the corners of his lips curling into a smile. "It's gonna be huge."

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Fri 6 Oct 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"Well," Urwin says, "I suppose it's because Vargas has what most of us don't.  Money.  A storied lineage.  Connections. A lot of people think that those qualities render someone suitable for leadership.  As for the rest, I suspect that they feel the same way I do.  Unwilling to risk their families and livelihoods."

"Ah well.  What do you lot have planned for the day?"
Joaquin
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Sat 7 Oct 2017
at 02:23
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Looking a bit bewildered, Joaquín asks him about possible replacements.

And there is no one else that also has money and connections?  What about Lady Wachter?  I hear she isn't afraid of Vargas at all.  Could she be the Burgermeister? Or is that against the local custom?

As to plans, I suspect we shall see what Vargas has to say.

DM
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Sun 8 Oct 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"Fiona Wachter is indeed from an old and storied lineage and she does not approve of Vargas' leadership, it is true.  But. . . well, to be quite frank, her proud professing of her connections with Strahd is something that many of the people of this town find troubling."


"If you are to visit her while you are in town, I would perhaps not mention too loudly that you are questing to end Strahd's reign."

Oswald Weiss
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Mon 9 Oct 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 355):

"Rock and a hard place," Oz mutters to himself. He temper flares, the dam holding back his impatience ruptures, and he explodes in a torrent of verbal fury. "Is there no one-" he bellows, holding up an index finger. "-not ONE decent person within twoscore miles with both the means and the disposition to rule with at least a modicum of decency!?"

He waves out the sparks that had begun to kindle along his fingertips and regains a semblance of an indoor speaking voice.

"I'd settle for someone who neither supports the tyranny of vampire lords nor hopes to supplant them with their own personal brand of terribleness..."

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Joaquin
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Mon 9 Oct 2017
at 11:31
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín shoots daggers at Oz with his eyes and whispers to him:

So much for easing Urwin into the idea of doing it himself

Looking back to Urwin, Joaquín asks him, Why not you Urwin? You clearly run a business and you seem the fair-minded sort...
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Mon 9 Oct 2017
at 11:38
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Urwin remains level-headed during Oz's outburst and waits for the sorcerer's anger to burn itself off, probably out of fear for his inn.

"A noble sentiment, albeit expressed with fiery words." Urwin grins as if he knows his joke is a bad one.  His smile fades, as he consults with his wife via meaningful glances.  Finally, he heaves a deep sigh.  A decision has been reached.

"With Danika's permission, I would like to show all of you something. Something that may well assuage your fears, Oz.  BUT--" Urwin's dark eyes blaze momentarily, and his impressive beard practically bristles.  "If I do, then all of you--every last one--must promise not to divulge what I am about to share.  To do so would be to place my family in grave danger should this information fall into the wrong hands. There are those who would not hesitate to slay us, yes, even the boys."


<DarkBlue>"We've shared our bed and board with you.  Can we trust you with this as well?"
</DarkBlue>
Joaquin
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Mon 9 Oct 2017
at 18:21
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
You have my word, sworn on my service to el Gran Dios Boo
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Mon 9 Oct 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 359):

Oz knows better than to make such a solemn promise, and so he merely nods to indicate this proposal has placated him...at least, for now.
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Mon 9 Oct 2017
at 18:53
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Satisfied with the assorted replies, Urwin and Danika motion to the party, and to their two sons, to follow them.  The family leads the party up the stairs to the attic of the inn--a wide, sun-filled room with various and sundry boxes and furniture.

Urwin, Danika, and their sons stand in the middle of the room and face the party.  A crackle of energy seems to pass through their bodies and, with a flicker of *something*, the innkeeper and his family are gone.  Their clothes fall to the floor in heaps.  Where the four once stood are four sleek, black ravens.  The raven that is Brom *qworks* in amusement at the party's collective disbelief.

The Brom-raven flaps over behind a box and, an instant later with another crackle of mysterious magic, Brom's head pops up again.

"So. . . .I guess you should step outside while we get dressed again?"

Once the family has had time to garb themselves again, they invite the party back into the attic.  Urwin smiles.

"Any questions?"

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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 361):

"...potentially."

Oz screws up his brow, pondering the magical implications of what he had just seen.

[Arcana: 12]

"Tell me, how did you manage that without polymorphic magic?"

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Joaquin
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Mon 9 Oct 2017
at 21:48
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Clapping his hands gleefully, Joaquín jumps straight to the important part (to him at least) Por el Gran Dios Boo!
 How does it feel to fly?

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Mon 9 Oct 2017
at 23:26
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"It's not magic.  My family are. . .I suppose you might use the term "wereraven"
 to describe us, but we call ourselves the Corvidae.  The ability is transferred in much the same way that the werewolf's curse is--in the blood.  No doubt your instructors could tell you a great deal more, Alaric,"
Urwin says with a nod to the resident Witcher.

>In my case, I inherited the gift from my father, Davian. His temper isn't the only reason we call him the Old Crow," Urwin explains.

"And I received a nasty peck when I was a girl and was climbing a tree to investigate a bird's nest I found," Danika adds.  "My abilities manifested shortly thereafter.  And of course it was to be expected that both of our children would have inherited the gift."

"Oz, you asked--I believe your words were--if there was one decent person within twoscore miles. I hope I can set your mind at ease with regard to that," Urwin continues.

"Danika and I are both members of the Keepers of the Feather.  It is a terribly ancient group, mostly made up of Corvidae.  Legend says that the group dates back to when a paladin by the name of Lugdana received sacred orders and a holy relic from an angel in the guise of a great raven. Until her death, Lugdana traveled the land uprooting nests of evil wherever they could be found.

"The Keepers of the Feather strive to upload her values today. Wherever terrors can be found in Barovia--which,
 being Barovia, is pretty much all over--we seek to oppose them, and Strahd most especially."


"Which is also why we beg your discretion," Danika adds softly.  "Strahd naturally despises the Corvidae, and would not hesitate to destroy us if our identity become known.  Ours lives are very much in your hands."
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 364):

"Fascinating," Oz murmurs. "Your secret is secure with us."

Wereravens? That's what passes for normal and decent in this cursed land?!

"Are there...downsides? To your gift, I mean. It's a handy ability, to be sure. One that might be...worth acquiring...for those who would seek to topple Strahd."

He frown slightly.

"And, I mean no disrespect, but...if your order has been fighting to oppose Strahd for years, what has Strahd done to so utterly thwart those efforts?"
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Tue 10 Oct 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"Strahd is a centuries-old vampyre lord who made pacts with, as the story goes, made a pact with forces of untold evil to gain powers beyond reckoning.  We can turn into birds at will," says Urwin.  "The odds are not exactly stacked in our favor."

"The Corvidae of old were said to possess greater powers," Danika says,
 shooting her husband a dirty look for his lip. "The holy symbol of Lugdana was said to have powered the order with a deep magic.  But it has long since been lost to us, if indeed it ever existed.  A lot of people think it's just a tale."

"Still, the Corvid are some of the more effective spies you could ever hope to find," Urwin adds."Any raven you see flying about is probably precisely that: a raven.  But it could be one of us."
Joaquin
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Tue 10 Oct 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Holy symbol you say?  What are the legends about this symbol? It seems worth investigating since this is a land of strangeness.
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Wed 11 Oct 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"Well, as I said, the legend goes that the holy symbol was bestowed upon a young woman named Lugdana. This was well before Strahd came to these lands and isolated them with his magic.

Lugdana was lowborn, but possessed a great heart. Because of her innate goodness, the gods chose her to be their paladin and an angel appeared before her in the guise of a great raven, bearing the holy symbol in its talons. After that, she traveled the realm of Barovia fighting monsters and upholding justice wherever darkness threatened it."


[So sort of a cross b/t Robin Hood and Joan of Arc. Alaric would have at least heard of her--sort of a psuedo-Witcher.]

"According to the legends, the holy symbol was lot in Lugdana's final battle against a lich. The creature was destroyed when the holy symbol expended a veritable shock wave of magic, but Lugdana's wounds proved mortal and she too fell. The symbol was never found after that fateful fight.  The more pragmatic among us say that it was taken back up by the celestial raven, its purpose accomplished.  Some say it's still out there somewhere."
Joaquin
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Wed 11 Oct 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Interesting.  Do the legends say where they fought? Or what the lich's name was?  Or where he had his stronghold?A bit over eager at this point dummy, slow down
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Wed 11 Oct 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Alaric observes the display and subsequent narration impassively, save for a new light of interest in his eyes. He pays attention to everything the family says, observing their movements and mannerisms with a clinical eye.

This land has more research material in two square miles than the homeland does in an entire province. No wonder all the bestiaries cite Barovia in one way or another.

Aloud, he says Do the Corvidae know anything about breaking curses? We could use a bit of direction on that front.
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Thu 12 Oct 2017
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"The lich's name has never been mentioned in any story I've heard.  As for where the lich's stronghold is, I'm sure you'll be unsurprised to learn that its foundation were supposedly where Castle Ravenloft now stands.  Evil calls to evil.  Mind you, that's speculation, and I rather suspect it simply makes for a good story."

Urwin strokes his beard as he considers Alaric's query.

"What sort of a curse are we talking about?"
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 371):

"A vampiric curse," Oz supplies. He looks around to see if anyone is upset by this. "What? They just laid their cards on the table. There's no reason to beat around the bush."
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Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"By all the gods," Urwin sighs.  "I thought you all were making trouble for yourselves. Foolish me, I had no idea how deep that trouble ran."

"Listen, I'll tell you true: if you're dealing with the effects of a vampyre curse, then there's little I can do for you. You've probably more experience on the matter than I do. I will tell you that you would perhaps be well advised to visit my father Davian at his winery.  The Old Crow can be crotchety when he's in his cups, but he's made a study of lore for his own amusement. Perhaps some of his, er, "research" could be of use to you?"

Oswald Weiss
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Fri 13 Oct 2017
at 20:36
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 373):

Oz nods thoughtfully.

"Is there some token we could take to him from you that would make him more likely to trust us?"
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 17:44
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
It might be enough that we know of the order, Alaric notes with a shrug. At any rate, it sounds like it's worth paying him a visit. If he might have a cure, or know of one, then the time it takes to see the Old Crow's medicine show would be well spent.
Oswald Weiss
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Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 17:46
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Alaric von Innsbruck (msg # 375):

Oz nods.

"Though let's not forget that Nico is still missing..."
DM
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Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 21:26
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Urwin and Danika teach the party what essentially amounts to the secret handshake of the Corvidae, which mainly involves putting your hands together in a flapping gesture. The Corvidae, for all their magic, weren't too creative when it came to this particular aspect of their secret society.

"Show this to any Corvid you should meet in your travels, and they will know you for a friend of the order," explains Danika.

"You are right though. Your friend has skipped breakfast.  I wonder where he could have gotten off to."

As everyone ponders this interesting question, Brom and Bray come tumbling back into the room.

"Come quick!  There's been a body found in the town square!"
Oswald Weiss
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Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 21:28
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 377):

Oz rushes off to see what the fuss is about.
DM
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Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 21:38
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
A good-sized crowd has gathered in the main town square, whispering and murmuring amongst themselves.

Once the party manages to shove through the rabble, they see the body of a young man lies sprawled in the middle of the square, next to the fountain.  The young man is familiar--the body is that of Milivoj, the groundskeeper at St. Andral's.  The teen's body bears numerous claw marks, his clothing raked to tatters and his corpse generally mauled.  His dead flesh is fishbelly white, completely drained of all color.
Oswald Weiss
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Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 21:42
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 379):

"Gods," Oz mutters, keeping an healthy distance and noting which of the villagers appear scared and which appear apathetic. "Alaric, what do you make of this?"
Joaquin
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Tue 17 Oct 2017
at 23:43
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín pushes his way closer and examines the body allowing all his senses to be filled by the ex-groundskeeper

[Perception 24, does it smell of wolves, how deep are the wounds, can I learn anything from its positioning, etc?
Basically I'm hoping for investigatable/medicine checkable clues]
DM
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Wed 18 Oct 2017
at 00:12
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
The party doesn't need Alaric's expertise to come to a conclusion as to what has happened to the unfortunate Milivoj.  In addition to the teen's ashy white complexion, there are two tiny pinprick-like marks on his neck. . . .
Joaquin
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Wed 18 Oct 2017
at 00:49
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín whispers to the group: We had better check the Carpenter's shop, we may have some creatures to account for.And the Vistano gone, very suspicious And the Vistano only now returning, very suspicious.

[OoC: The second voice would still definitely be an ass about Nico]

This message was last edited by the player at 15:54, Wed 18 Oct 2017.

Nico Viszco
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Wed 18 Oct 2017
at 03:20
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
OOC: Slight rewind...

On their way to the commotion in the square, the group notices Nico trailing behind them, heading in the same direction. By the time they reach the square, Nico has caught up to them.
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 18 Oct 2017
at 20:28
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Nico Viszco (msg # 384):

"Do vampires typically...maul their prey like this? Seems like it would waste a lot of the blood, letting it slop out onto the ground through those wounds like that."

Oz frowns, still desiring Alaric's counsel on the matter.

"They aren't carrion eaters, either. At least, not from what the stories say. Are these wounds caused by wolves in thrall to a vampire, or by werewolves working with one?"
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Fri 20 Oct 2017
at 13:48
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
This certainly isn't the work of a higher vampyre, Alaric notes after surveying the scene. But would be consistent with vampyre spawn. To Oz's query about wasting blood, he replies I doubt it would have been too concerned about waste. Lesser vampyres are slaves to their hunger. It would have been like setting a starving man loose on a banquet.
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 20 Oct 2017
at 13:57
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Alaric von Innsbruck (msg # 386):

Oz nods thoughtfully.

"We should probably visit the carpenter's shop, then," he murmurs. "To see if it was one of ours."
Joaquin
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Fri 20 Oct 2017
at 13:58
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Then we definitely need to check the Carpenter's shop right now, before we offer the spawn we might not have to Vargas.
DM
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Fri 20 Oct 2017
at 21:02
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
If they have no further business at the site of the murder--or at least the site of the body--the party hightails it to Henrik's carpentry shop.  The carpenter himself is still nowhere to be seen.  Whether he is languishing as another prisoner at Vargas' manse or whether he is being kept in a jail elsewhere remains to be seen.

The party finds the scene upstairs much as they might have expected. . .and feared.  Two of the crates are still pent up tight.  Scratching sounds--much more frantic than those of yesterday--immediately fill the air as the boxes' tenants catch a whiff of delicious human blood.

One of the boxes--the one housing the talkative vampyre spawn--is empty, and heavily splintered, a largish hole gouged in its side.  Black, sticky ichor coats the jagged tips of the splinters where the resident vampyre spawn lacerated its dead flesh in an attempt to escape.

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Alaric von Innsbruck
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Fri 20 Oct 2017
at 23:54
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
I'm not going to say 'I told you so,' Alaric says, heavily implying it.
Oswald Weiss
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Sat 21 Oct 2017
at 00:04
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Alaric von Innsbruck (msg # 390):

"Don't look at me. I wanted to take them to the church, which is hallowed ground and would have been easily monitored for splintering sounds before it became a problem. I was outvoted by those with too much faith in iron nails."
Joaquin
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Sat 21 Oct 2017
at 02:35
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
I'm glad we sent Udo and his mother to the Lady Wachter's house.  It would have been a blood bath had the escapee found two meals.  It might have even attempted to break the others out.

Gnawing on the remainder of a dire wolf bone, Joaquín shrugs sardonically and says:
It looks like we have some work to do.  I say we carry the remainders off to the town square and burn them one at a time.  The other we will likely have to wait until dark to find.  I do not look forward to that.  All the other children are around the fire, except for Millivoj, he was eaten by a vampyre.
Nico Viszco
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Thu 26 Oct 2017
at 19:01
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
I second Joaquin's suggestion to dispose of these remaining two spawn. I don't think we need to take them to the town square and make a spectacle of it, though.

Let's just drag them outside - away from any buildings or shade - and have Oz burn the coffins with them inside. If they manage to survive the fire, the sunlight will destroy them as the wood burns.

Then we need to try to track down the one that escaped. It must be hiding somewhere indoors.

Joaquin
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Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 00:08
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquin starts looking out the windows to see if Henrik had a winch for bringing in large pieces of wood so that they can lower the boxes without having to carry them down the stairs.
Oswald Weiss
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Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 16:09
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 394):

"While I'm happy to offer my services here, I doubt we can get this done without being seen. Unless we're putting a hole in the roof?"
DM
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Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 16:41
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Henrik does have many lengths of rope lying about, as well as a pulley doo-hickey that you think you should be able to rig up to form a winch without too much difficulty.
Joaquin
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Mon 30 Oct 2017
at 20:23
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín opens the back window and finding a hook that looks like it will handle the pulley nicely says, We'll witch the boxes out the back window.  I suggest we get some buckets of water from the square in case the fire spreads once we light the boxes

He also asks if anyone else has ever set up a pulley before, since it has been a decade or more since he himself had done so. Anyone else set up a pulley before?  I haven't done so since I was a young man in the old dukes' siege wars in old Cyrenia, and I dont fancy screwing this up The last time you did you forgot that a barrel full of bricks was heavier than you.  Missed work for a long time after that didn't you.
Nico Viszco
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Tue 31 Oct 2017
at 16:32
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
I don't have experience with that, but surely someone in town does. Let's dispatch Henrik to summon someone in town with expertise in such things. Given the circumstances, hopefully whoever it is can come immediately.

This doesn't have to be done in secret, but we probably don't want a crowd watching either. Hopefully we can get someone to help with the pulley and winch without attracting the whole town's attention.

Buckets of water couldn't hurt to have on hand, but we'll want to get the coffins far away from any buildings before we burn them.

Oswald Weiss
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Tue 31 Oct 2017
at 18:42
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Nico Viszco (msg # 398):

Oz watches with growing impatience and incredulity as the party fractures over how to accomplish a task as simple as operating a pulley system. When the suggestion of finding a random villager who knows how to do the task is floated, he throws up his hands in frustration.

Absolutely not. I'll die of old age before we resolve this matter at this rate.

While the others are occupied, he grabs the ropes himself, spools them, and attaches them to first of the secured coffins. This accomplished, he returns to the pulley and begins the process of winching the coffin downward.

"Little help?" he calls out.
Joaquin
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Tue 31 Oct 2017
at 22:22
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
I'll go for the water, then.
Joaquin
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Wed 1 Nov 2017
at 17:39
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín returns to the back of the shop with two buckets of water and goes back inside to search for more water containin devices.

[Investigation: 3]

Not finding any more buckets, ignoring the obviously wash basin and the wine bottles, and fogetting about the water skin in his bag, Joaquín goes upstairs to see why the first Vampyreling box still hasn't been lowered.

What is taking so long up there?
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 1 Nov 2017
at 17:43
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 401):

(So is this a strength check or can we assume that a group of average adults can work a pulley system well enough to lower a box weighing 150 pounds, give or take?)
DM
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Wed 1 Nov 2017
at 17:49
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In the interests of doing a goddamn thing, let's say that yes, a group of adults, some of whom are of above average strength, can successfully lower a box.
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 1 Nov 2017
at 17:57
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 403):

Oz quickly and capably lowers both boxes using the pulley system, and is finished shortly after Joaquin returns with what limited water he's been able to procure.

With or without the rest of the group's assistance, Oz then maneuvers the boxes out back and stands ready for one of the party's bruisers to punch open the necessary hole prior to lighting them on fire...

...unless of course this is easy enough to be automatically successful, in which case he facilitates the burnination as described earlier and returns to the discussion of what to do next.
DM
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Thu 2 Nov 2017
at 20:35
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
By their powers combined, the party is able to lower the boxes o'vampyres down to the street level, at which point they are summarily toasted.  A few curious passersby stop to watch the burninations, but are easily fobbed off with the lie that this is just early preparation for the Festival of the Blazing Sun.

Which still, of course, leaves one vampyre at large.  Not to mention an invitation to the mysterious Wachterhaus for tea.
Joaquin
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Thu 2 Nov 2017
at 21:16
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
I have a holy symbol to check on and I'd like to find the rest of the town's shops to barter mending for goods. Do you think the Burgermeister's speech has already happened?

Also, does anyone know what time they take tea in Vallaki? I'm sure we should go and see what the Wachters are all about, and I dont want to be late.  All the other children went for tea, except for Smee, he went for a pee.

DM
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Thu 2 Nov 2017
at 21:34
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Niklas Wachter indicated that tea would be served at the expected time--roughly 3 or so in the afternoon.  Vargas' speech is to occur at around 6 in the evening, at least that's the talk in the village.

Blinsky seems most pleased to see Joaquin return to his shop, and hurries over to the cleric bearing an item wrapped in some scrap folds of soft leather.

"Mr. Joaquin, my friend, you have returned!  I am finishing with my work on your symbol.  It has turned out most well, I think!"

Gadof Blinsky pulls back a fold of the leather to reveal. . . .actually, a rather beautiful (if thematically unusual) holy symbol.

The symbol is carved of a medium-hued wood, possibly maple, and has been buffed and sealed so that the wood gleams with a warm glow. It is in the shape of a circle, inside of which glares the fierce demeanor of a giant miniature space hamster, a real bone clenched between its incisors (also real). The rodent's eye sockets are currently two empty little pits.

"You had mentioned silver.  I was thinking that if you like, I could set pieces of silver in to make the eyes, and inlay some more around the edges.  An alternative is amber."
Joaquin
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Fri 3 Nov 2017
at 00:37
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Staring at the holy symbol, Joaquín is taken in by its lustre.

Mr. Gadof, this is amazingly beautiful.  I'm still waiting on the silver.  Perhaps amber for now and then silver inlaid around the edges as you suggested?

In a voice that sounds ever more like that that rang out when the Great God Boo's spectral hammer struck the killing blow in Henrik's shop, Joaquín continues sounding less and less like himself as he goes on:

I must tell you Mr. Gadof, I don't think my mending work was nearly enough for what you have crafted for me.  What else can I do for you?  Anything at all you need done?  A message delivered to another village? A supply or a material delivered that you have trouble getting?

A rude person that needs a talking to?  Money?
Food?
Healing?
An enemy destroyed? What can I do for you now that you have done so much for my servant?

DM
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Fri 3 Nov 2017
at 01:22
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Gadof blinks in surprise as a presence other than Joaquin seems to fill his shop.

"Mr. Joaquin, you've gone all scary-like," he says, a bit worriedly.

Gadof Blinsky hums to himself as he considers Joaquin's offer, then says almost shyly:

"I know that you and your friends are great heroes, Mr. Joaquin sir.  Maybe even great enough to go into Ravenloft itself!  Well, I can tell you that although you are happy with this work that I have done--and how glad I am that you are!--it is like garbage next to the work of Fritz von Weerg."

"He was a great inventor, and made ever such wonderful toys!  Now, I have heard rumors that Mr. Fritz's greatest invention is somewhere inside Castle Ravenloft.  You will not be believing it, but it is a man made entirely of clockwork!  An automaton.  If you and your brave friends go the castle to battle all the evil things there, I should very much like for to be seeing this creation!  If you cannot bring it, then even just a description of it should make me most happy indeed."

Joaquin
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Fri 3 Nov 2017
at 16:10
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
I'm sorry, I don't know what came over me. 

Joaquín touches the holy symbol wonderingly.  He does know what came over him, but is shocked it happened.

I'm sure we will wind up in Ravenloft eventually.  I will make sure I try to find it and bring it back for you.  Did this master make any more things I should be on the lookout for?  If I can I would love to bring one back for you.

Also, did he work in Ravenloft or did he have a workshop somewhere else?

DM
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Fri 3 Nov 2017
at 16:24
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Perhaps it is just Joaquin's imagination, but it seems as though the holy symbol of Boo glows briefly with something more than just the luster of finely-polished wood.  No sooner has the mysterious glint appeared, then it is gone.

Gadof Blinsky explains more about the life of Fritz von Weerg, clearly happy to discuss the work of a man whom he venerates.  Von Weerg, it seems, was a historical figure who was a tinkerer by trade, though a very talented one.  He made all many of interesting and intricate things, ranging from watches to children's toys to ingenious and useful household devices. It's possible that some of these items are still to be found around Barovia, but none is so fabled as Fritz Von Weerg's clockwork man.

"But," says Gadof excitedly, "what Mr. Fritz was being most interested in was to be making life!  He wanted to be making a man who could move and even to think on his own.  And the stories say. . .he did. Some say it is just a silly story, but me, I am thinking it to be true."
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 3 Nov 2017
at 18:12
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 411):

Having disposed of the spawn (well, most of them anyway), Oz dusts off his hands and decides to pay Father Lucian a visit until such time as they are summoned for tea.

Someone has to tell him about the boy's fate, he reasons. And he might know more about the boy's routine, and thus help us track down the spawn that killed him.
Joaquin
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Sat 4 Nov 2017
at 01:28
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín is beginning to believe the stories, outlandish as that may be.

What did the automaton do?  Did it help him with his work?  Could it build more of itself?
DM
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Sat 4 Nov 2017
at 12:02
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Father Lucian, as might be expected, does not take the news well.

"Oh god," he says, sinking down slowly into one of the pews of his church. "That poor boy.  Milivoj was always rough around the edges, but he was a good kid at heart.  He did what he could to feed his siblings and keep a roof over their heads. . . . .oh god, what is going to become of them now?"

Lucian fixes the group with an angry stare.

"I thought you said that these. . . *things* were secured?!  And now you say that, in fact, they were not and one of them is running amok in my town?"

"Very well.  What do you propose to do about this?"



***********************

"I. . .I do not know, Mr. Joaquin," says Gadof, appearing truly distressed that he does not know more of this tale. "Me, I think Mr. Fritz made the clockwork man merely to see if he could.  What he is doing with it after, I do not know."
Joaquin
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Sat 4 Nov 2017
at 17:33
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Have you ever tried to make an automaton yourself, Gadof?  You are very skilled.

Joaquín says as he holds touches the holy symbol again.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:07, Sun 05 Nov 2017.

DM
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Mon 6 Nov 2017
at 23:13
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Gadof indicates that, while he is quite skilled at making dolls, has never attempted to imbue one with life and frankly isn't sure that he could.
Joaquin
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Tue 7 Nov 2017
at 01:44
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
That's fair Gadof.  Tell me, if I happened to have a ruby who would be able to cut it into eyes for this holy symbol?


DM
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Wed 8 Nov 2017
at 00:05
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"Oh, what a inspired idea, Mr. Joaquin sir!  I am thinking that it would look most fearsome."

Gadof will almost certainly not be able to cut the gems with the same level of dexterity as an actual jeweler, but seeing as the town of Vallaki is notably lacking in one of those, he's probably the next best thing.
Joaquin
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Wed 8 Nov 2017
at 00:40
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín laughs quite merrily and says.

That is wonderful Gadof, just wonderful!


Do you have any idea who might need some mending?  The Great God Boo commands that I mend things to help keep the world from devolving into chaos.

DM
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Wed 8 Nov 2017
at 01:12
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Gadof cocks his head meaningfully and gazes out of his shop into the street, where people are still milling about and chatting in urgent whispers about this morning's murder.

"It would be seeming to me that maybe it is a bit late for that already," Gadof Blinsky says in a noteworthy moment of sanity.
Joaquin
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Wed 8 Nov 2017
at 02:23
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
It would seem that you are correct. I shall take my leave, Gadof. When should I return for the symbol?
Joaquin
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Wed 8 Nov 2017
at 21:39
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Once I get my answer I'm cool with hand waiving me to where ever there is a shop/junk store/inn and picking up from there
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 10 Nov 2017
at 14:36
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 422):

"They WERE secured," Oz says testily. "What do you want, a money-back guarantee? If we hadn't destroyed the rest of them, there would have been an even greater loss of life today. I regret that we didn't get them all, but don't act like we somehow unleashed this nightmare on the town!"

He bounces a tuft a flame from one hand to the other absently as he speaks.

"As for what to do about it, that spawn is only about the fourth-worst monster plaguing the town right now. I'm not sure we should do anything in particular about it."

He ticks off a few of the problems at random.

You have werewolves and such preying on the outskirts. Vargas's heir is dabbling in necromancy and is, against all odds, a rather powerful wizard in my estimation -- or knows one. Most of this village's backbone is in prison due to the boy's father. You're wasting gods know how much of your limited resources on pointless, expensive festivals. I could go on."

Oz clenches his hand into a fist, abruptly snuffing out the flame.

"So, please. You tell me. What do you think we should focus our efforts upon? The ocean of opportunity is VAST, and our boat of action is tiny by comparison."

This message was last edited by the player at 14:38, Fri 10 Nov 2017.