Chapter 3: The Hall of Judgement.   Posted by The Allfather.Group: 0
Fergurth Skogurdottir
 Elf Scout, 80 posts
 Basic Speed 7
Fri 17 Jan 2020
at 16:01
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Fergurth comes bursting through the doors of the inn, but then quickly tries to regain her composure. She was short of breath so one could assume she’d ran there. She sees her new friends talking and drinking, with far two much excitement she smiles ear to ear and waves to them. Instantly realizing that she looks like a child, she shoves her hands in her pockets and lowers her smile to more of a grin. Having really no idea how ordering works she just kinda yells in a deepened voice, “I’ll have a pint of your strongest ale” and continues walking to the group. She takes a seat next to Drakul as he speaks of the missing manuscripts. “I heard that a settlement outside the city was killed by zombies. We’re good at killing zombies”
Brandaelfr Erling
 Eldhud Holy Warrior, 100 posts
 Basic Speed 6
Fri 17 Jan 2020
at 19:02
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Brandaelfr welcomes Fergurth with a raised hand and gestures to the table as she sits down. "Fergurth! Welcome. First time in a tavern like this? Meet Frode, the owner of this fine establishment." Brandaelfr nods toward the owner and grins. "I'm sure you will find him quite helpful, especially if you have a story to tell."

By way of explanation to Frode, Brandaelfr says, "Fergurth is our bow expert. Some skirmishes it has seemed like Fergurth put out the eyes of every enemy, and all the rest of us did was keep them away from her."

The mention of zombies perks Brandaelfr up. "I do like killing zombies. Or ghouls. Or anything undead really. That presents us with some options though."

Going around the table, Brandaelfr says to everyone, "Drakul brings us a quest of missing maps that might point to treasure. Dagrak heard of a massive group of cultists that need eradicating. Fergurth brings us a story of nearby undead that need to be put back to rest."

He pauses to swig some of his drink and finishes with, "I heard some gossip of a quest as well! I was talking to the Raven about my halberd. He mentioned one of the priests serving Law sent quite a few thegns to their demise on some foolish quest. Even Gyrid Stronghand, winner of the Valor Festival last year, was enticed by this quest. He almost made it back to Isfjall carrying some powerful artifacts."
Dagrak Torsten
 Dwarf Cleric, 88 posts
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Sat 18 Jan 2020
at 06:43
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Dagrak belched loudly. "Ah think we should into these maps. Ah like the sound of treasure."
Mog
 Half-Orc Barbarian, 57 posts
 Basic Speed 7
Mon 20 Jan 2020
at 02:45
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Mog walks into Odin's Beard and immediately walks to the bar, ordering the largest and strongest alcohol they have. As he waits for it to pour he turns and looks around for his group, noticing the excitement of the elf, he orders a second of the same.

He walks over to the table with his group and sits down, quickly chugging the first and starting to drink the second at a bit more normal of a pace.

As he walks up he hears the choice of undead and says "Anything that was dead, should stay that way. If it doesn't remember how, we should remind it."
The Allfather
 GM, 121 posts
Mon 20 Jan 2020
at 21:06
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Frode serves all the drinks with a smile, thegns fresh from winter raiding were great for business. While pouring drinks for other customers he listens to the conversation between Brandaelfr's companions then he pours another large ale and slams in down on the bar in front of another patron who had been sleeping with his head down, "Wake up Geirolf! It's time to pitch your harebrained quest again! Brandaelfr, after the stories you just told me, it might be worth hearing him out."

The man on Brandaelfr's right sits upright and begins chugging the flagon without saying a word. As the ale drizzles out the side of his mouth the party takes the man in. His disheveled, unkempt beard and wild hair standing out at the odd angles of sleep. He wears a chain shirt with a stained and torn tabard of the Tyr over it and a greatsword on his back. Brandaelfr and Dagrak recognize him as Geirolf Tyrthegn, a priest of the Law Giver, though the man is clearly much worse for the wear. The man belches loudly and wipes his mouth with his beard.

"It's all connected! All of it! The Nordalfr activity! The undead!  The rise of the demon cults! All of it is related! Nobody believes me, but it's true and I know how to bring things back into balance!"

Frode slaps his palm to his face and shakes his head. He grabs the flagon and refills it for the babbling priest, "Geirolf! Tone down the crazy and start from the beginning."

The priest nods to Frode in apology then opens his mouth to speak, thinks better if it then chugs the second flagon of ale. Setting down the flagon he takes a deep breathe then turns to the adventurers with ale dripping down his beard, but also much more composure than before, "Have you ever heard of the legends of the Hall of Judgement? The legends are true and the time to rediscover it is now. All of the turmoil of the region is related to the Hall being lost to the people of Nordlond. Rediscovering it isn't just 'a good idea for another time' as my colleagues in the temple would say; it is the only way to save Nordlond from permanently descending into chaos."

Nordlonders know that the Hall Of Judgement was the place in the Mortal Realm that touched the Divine Realm. Tyr the god known as the Law Giver would meet there with the priests and leaders of Nordlond and dispense wisdom. However, the Hall has been lost for a very long time, so long that most people think it is nothing but a legend.

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Dagrak Torsten
 Dwarf Cleric, 89 posts
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Mon 20 Jan 2020
at 23:18
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"Geirolf laddie, is that you? I didnae recognize you." Dagrak was uncommonly at a loss for words, It had been years since he had seen the priest, and the man had grown old in that time. He shouldn't be this old either, but whatever madness plagued his mind seemed to have aged him prematurely. "Just pipe down my friend, we will look into the matter." Geirolf's state of mind worried him, but he wanted to be careful and not agitate him any further. "I thought the hall was lost forever. have ye any new knowledge of it?"
Brandaelfr Erling
 Eldhud Holy Warrior, 101 posts
 Basic Speed 6
Mon 20 Jan 2020
at 23:22
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Brandaelfr responds with, "I thought that something looked familiar about that face sleeping at the bar. Geirolf Tyrthegn. The Raven mentioned you were sending men on a foolhardy quest." He ends that sentence with a squint at the priest.

"Drinking your days away is no way to convince the masses that your quest is real. Even supposing I believe some legends are real," Brandaelfr glances over at the halberd leaning against the wall, "how do you know the Hall of Judgement is one of them? Why are the rest of the priests of the Law Giver not backing you, and how does all this tie together with our rumors?"
Drakul
 Half-Ogre Thief, 115 posts
 Disciple of Loki
 Basic Speed 7
Tue 21 Jan 2020
at 12:40
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Drakul perked up at the seemingly conspiratorial fellow.

"I like the way you think," he said. "Two questions: (1) How is it all connected, and (2) do you think there is a concerted effort to cover this up, or is it more like no one believes you because you lack proof?"

He sat eagerly awaiting the man’s tale, grabbing his ale and sipping patiently.
Mog
 Half-Orc Barbarian, 58 posts
 Basic Speed 7
Tue 21 Jan 2020
at 15:31
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"If this Hall is causing the dead to rise, it needs to be found and purged." Mog says, heavily nursing his drink.
Fergurth Skogurdottir
 Elf Scout, 81 posts
 Basic Speed 7
Tue 21 Jan 2020
at 20:44
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Fergurth had never heard of this Hall of Judgement before, either her clan was too far secluded or her father kept the stories to himself. Her heart rate began to increase at the thought of a new adventure arose. She sat silent but wide eyed, soaking in the conversation between her comrades and the crazy man.
The Allfather
 GM, 122 posts
Wed 22 Jan 2020
at 05:37
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"After Gyrid and his party were wiped out, the temple publicly censured me for my role in sending a beloved holy warrior of Tyr to his end. Now no one will speak with me. Frode let's me drink here because we used to adventure together as young thegns, but as I am unwelcome in most of Isfjall now there is little for me to drink and watch Nordlond deteriorate into chaos." Geirolf says, "All of the signs are connected to the Hall; I've researched the writings and I know that I'm right. I have spent almost all of my money to fund any group that would take up the quest, but none have been successful yet."

"The proof is here." He says and he draws the sword and lays it across the bar. It is an very ornate finely wrought greatsword, just by looking at it the balance and craftsmanship are apparent, from the fine edge of the blade to the intricate runes inscribed on it. "This is a sword blessed by the gods and it's recovery is a sign that the time to rediscover the Hall is now."

"Gyrid's remains were also found with this." The cleric says pulling a small object out of his pocket. It is a circular object made of pearly white bone and pure shining gold with an opaque lens in the center hanging on a fine golden chain. He lets it hang for a moment then wraps the chain up and closes his hand around the object obscuring it from view, "Are you interested now or am I wasting my breath?"

thegn (n): person who can kick butt and take names by any means, mundane or magical.
See also: adventurer, delver, monster-chow.

And to head off the question, the object is not something any of you recognize.

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Drakul
 Half-Ogre Thief, 116 posts
 Disciple of Loki
 Basic Speed 7
Wed 22 Jan 2020
at 13:15
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Drakul tried to focus on the trinket until it was snatched away from view.

"What is that?" he said, eyebrow raised.
Mog
 Half-Orc Barbarian, 59 posts
 Basic Speed 7
Wed 22 Jan 2020
at 22:57
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Mog continues to listen, wanting to head out already but knowing his companions will have more questions he orders a third round and continues to drink casually, by his standards atleast.
Brandaelfr Erling
 Eldhud Holy Warrior, 102 posts
 Basic Speed 6
Thu 23 Jan 2020
at 14:30
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"How do you know the sword is blessed? Can you read the runes, and can anyone verify it? Perhaps the Raven or someone else at the temple?" Brandaelfr asks.

He grabs hold of his own weapon and brings it closer, using the light to help illuminate all of the workmanship in the greatsword. "I have yet to find anyone who can read the runes on my own weapon, but I believe the Allfather granted this to me. Perhaps the runes will tell a different story, but I was not enlightened to a new quest the moment I laid hold of it."
The Allfather
 GM, 123 posts
Fri 24 Jan 2020
at 05:53
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"I have been able to translate the runes using some old manuscripts that I liberated from the archives. It says, Who worships evil, beware my power. The runes glow green in the moonlight and I've determined it will strike true, even against foes without bodies." Geirolf explains, "Your successful recovery of Gungnir, the weapon fabled to be sent to Midgard by The Allfather himself, is a sign from the gods that it is time to find the lost Hall."

"Now this was more of a mystery than the runes on the sword, but I've figured out how to use it!" the mad cleric says laying out the other artifact on the bar while he pulls a pile of old parchments and scrolls a bag, "Among the things I took from the archives was a map that is supposed to show the way to the Hall of Judgement, which was curious because it is nowhere to be found on the old skin."

He takes up the gold and bone artifact in his hand and works a spell in the other, "Oh mighty Tyr! Giver of Law! I seek The Hall of Judgement!"

As the spell charges the artifact the bone begins to glow, the light shimmering off the flawless gold, then the opaque lens slowly becomes translucent, "And now the Tiwstakn will reveal the location of the Hall."

He allows any of the adventurers who wish to use the Tiwstakn to examine the map etched on an old goat skin. Looking through the lens they can see glowing runes that is the ancient symbol of Tyr in the northeast corner of the map.

"Success in this quest you will bring peace and stability to all of Nordlond. Will you seek The Hall of Judgement?"
Dagrak Torsten
 Dwarf Cleric, 90 posts
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Fri 24 Jan 2020
at 07:27
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Dagrak stares intently at the artifact. He felt inexplicably drawn to this quest. He began talking in a voice uncommonly quiet and earnest. "Aye Laddie, Ah'll seek tha Hall. And not just because of our old friendship. There seems to be ah great too many odd things happening, and too few storms. Ah think tha Laird o Thoondar want me on this path."
Brandaelfr Erling
 Eldhud Holy Warrior, 103 posts
 Basic Speed 6
Fri 24 Jan 2020
at 17:31
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Brandaelfr grins fiercely at the mention of Gungnir. "I'm intrigued. I have one more question though. Why haven't you gone to seek the Hall of Judgement? You have the sword, the map, and the magic object that reads the map after all."
The Allfather
 GM, 124 posts
Fri 24 Jan 2020
at 19:35
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"I am old and I couldn't do it alone. I adventured for many years, Frode and Hege joined my party for their honeymoon you know, but those years are far behind us." Geirolf says.

"You best not be calling me old Geirolf!" Hege shouts from the kitchen as Frode winces and throws up his hands in exasperation at his friend.

"Ahem. Of course not dear Hege!" the cleric calls back then turns to Brandaelfr and his companions, "Valhalla awaits me if I attempt to rediscover the Hall, but what good does that do my people? No, this quest must succeed, therefore I would send those who are most able."

"With the last of my money I purchased a team of ponies and gear so that when Tyr brought me the right thegns for the quest I could be sure they were set up to succeed. Take the map and the Tiwstakn; if you show them to the stable master he will turn over the beasts to you."
Brandaelfr Erling
 Eldhud Holy Warrior, 104 posts
 Basic Speed 6
Sun 26 Jan 2020
at 01:01
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Brandaelfr smirks as Hege chastises Geirolf. "If you want the quest to succeed, you should send Hege. With Frode and the twins they could probably take on anything the Hall throws at them."

The Eldhud drains his mug and then says, "If you want to send us though, I think we are all game. Is that sword connected to the Hall? Or just the map and this Tiwstakn object? I would rather not get there and realize the sword was the key to the gate or somesuch."
The Allfather
 GM, 125 posts
Wed 29 Jan 2020
at 03:14
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"High praise coming from you Brandaelfr." Frode says, "But Hege and I are happily retired and the twins are still too young for such an undertaking."

Geirolf thinks for a moment, "I don't believe it is a part of the Hall, but it does have a connection to it. I had heard the stories of a tomb holding the remains of a warrior who had been to the Hall in days of old. The sword belonged to him, but the Tiwstakn was the real prize that Gyrid recovered."
Drakul
 Half-Ogre Thief, 117 posts
 Disciple of Loki
 Basic Speed 7
Wed 29 Jan 2020
at 03:37
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"Brandaelfr has a point about the sword," said Drakul. "It could be a key to something, even if it’s just the key to stopping a vengeful spirit, it could mean the difference between life and death. If you could bring yourself to part with it until we return, it just might prove useful."

Fast-Talk success by 1.
The Allfather
 GM, 126 posts
Fri 31 Jan 2020
at 01:33
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"I am certain that while it might end up being useful, it will not be necessary for success." Geirolf says furrowing his brow, "After everything that's happened I can't risk the sword too. I hope you understand."

"May the gods reward your efforts with success" Geirolf says handling the Tiwstakn to Brandaelfr.
Brandaelfr Erling
 Eldhud Holy Warrior, 105 posts
 Basic Speed 6
Fri 31 Jan 2020
at 01:57
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Brandaelfr takes the object carefully and places it in a pocket. He responds with, "Your word is good enough for me considering Frode also seems to believe you. We will find the Hall, and rid it of whatever malice corrupts it. Or we may fall in glorious battle. In any case, I look forward to the journey."

Leaning back in his chair, Brandaelfr says to Frode, "Looks like I will have another adventure to tell you before long. I may catch up to some of your exploits!"

I'm fine with FF to the stables, assuming everyone is done talking to Geirolf or Frode.
Drakul
 Half-Ogre Thief, 118 posts
 Disciple of Loki
 Basic Speed 7
Fri 31 Jan 2020
at 05:17
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Drakul shrugged and nodded.

"Thank you for sharing the details of this venture with us, Geirolf. Perhaps we can prove you right and expose the coordinated efforts to cover it up!"

Same. We can FF to getting pack mules and foodstuffs, if we even need it.
Dagrak Torsten
 Dwarf Cleric, 91 posts
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 Basic speed 6.25
Mon 3 Feb 2020
at 00:15
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Dagrak stood and drained the last of his ale. "Don't get too drunk waiting for us, Geirolf, we will only be a wee minute."