Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"   Posted by DM.Group: 0
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]

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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.