Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: 0
Ercan Daemaer
 player, 7 posts
 Human Cleric of Obad-Hai
Sun 2 Dec 2018
at 02:25
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
When Esmer returns, Ercan takes his leather cup of water gratefully.  "Who are they?" he asks her, referring to the brown-shirted octet.
Mason Goldstone
 player, 16 posts
 Explorer, Treasure Hunter
 Delver, Stoneworker
Mon 3 Dec 2018
at 09:39
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
"Group of artisans, looks like."  Mason says of the uniformed group of men.  "Likely guild men; but Ive been known to be wrong before."

"So we go see Bedwinner then?  Sounds like the beginnings of a plan."  The dwarf finishes his drink and stands, "Were coming near the end of the breakfast hour anyway, no better time than the present."
Ventrio
 player, 12 posts
 Totally not a spy
 Also totally not a wizard
Mon 3 Dec 2018
at 10:10
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
As the group stands up, Vent moves to the window. He holds out his arm and whistles sharply as a fat owl with spotted white feathers lands on his arm. It hops up is cloth cladded limb onto his shoulder where it remains. "I am ready to go whenever you guys are." He beams with his usual smile of confidence.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 24 posts
Mon 3 Dec 2018
at 14:08
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
"Very good master dwarf!" Esmer says with a smile, "I know one of them runs a bakery down the street here." she leans in close to Mason, "I heard them talkin about going on strike. Seems they haven't been paid for several events held in Lord Bastion's honor recently." Esmer crinkles up her nose in a playful manner as she relays the gossip, "Will ya be back for supper?" her eyes dart back to Darvan.
Ercan Daemaer
 player, 10 posts
 Human Cleric of Obad-Hai
Thu 6 Dec 2018
at 23:23
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
The dwarf finishes his drink and stands, "Were coming near the end of the breakfast hour anyway, no better time than the present."

Indeed, Mason was correct.  The thought of idly sitting inside for another moment makes Ercan uncomfortable.  "I'm eager to see what develops with the Lord's representative," he says to the others.  "I have some visitations to attend to, why don't me meet here again at the dinner hour."

***

Ercan is happiest when outside and he reflects on what he has seen in Idodale so far.  Normally the call for a nature priests services were strongest in rural communities:  crop blessings, animal husbandry, hearth ceremonies and marriages.  Considering it was the spring and thus the most beatiful and bountiful time of the year, he figures there had to something like that here too.

Or, perhaps, he might find best use as an exterminator, helping urbanites rid themselves of pests.  Rats and other vermin were a continual menace among city dwellers - if only they could be made to understand the benefits that such creatures also brought.  Unlike the druids, who sought a greater balance and may very well be plotting the decline of such as large city, those of Obad-Hai tried to make the best of the human animal and its interaction with the other members of the living world.

His feet take him naturally to parks and anywhere with water.  He hadn't really used the word 'visitations' properly with his friends, it might have sounded like he had appointments of important business but really it was the simpler meaning - Ercan had places he wanted to visit.

Eventually he ends up in the temple area, seeking out the local clergy and making a re-acquaintance.

Actions
Explore the town; keeping an eye out in case someone needs an exterminator or there's some kind of trouble going on in the parks.  Otherwise, drop in on the Obad-Hai temple and say hello

Darvan Greycastle
 player, 9 posts
Fri 7 Dec 2018
at 11:45
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
"If my duties permit Maid Esmer."  He responds to her, his voice a burnished baritone.  To the others he says.  "I will seek and audience with Lord Bedwinner, and see if there is aught we can be of service in."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 26 posts
Fri 7 Dec 2018
at 11:46
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?


Ercan



Ercan takes his leave of the party and strides out into the city of Idodale, promising to return at dinner time. The city is bustling as he walks it's many streets and alleys, shops have been open for a few hours now and people are moving hastily weaving and intermixing like a great school of fish. After about an hour of walking Ercan comes upon the first real large green space he has seen since entering the city; it is a large green hill with fresh flowers just beginning to bloom. At the top is a small building, possibly a mausoleum from the ornate design.

A man notices Ercan taking in the sight and stops, his clothes are a dull gray and he carries with him a shovel, "Lucky we'd all rest there after death I reckon"




OOC: Darvan, are you going to do anything before seeking audience with Bedwinner? Is anyone else going with Darvan?
Tarron Neritris
 player, 17 posts
 Overconfident
Fri 7 Dec 2018
at 11:56
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
"I'll join you Darvan."
Ercan Daemaer
 player, 11 posts
 Human Cleric of Obad-Hai
Fri 7 Dec 2018
at 19:33
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
it is a large green hill with fresh flowers just beginning to bloom. At the top is a small building, possibly a mausoleum from the ornate design.

Every plant told a story, from the humblest blade of grass to the tallest, mightiest trees.  Ercan kneels among the flowers, fingertips just brushing the buds, eyes closed as if listening to something.  While greenery possessed a limited sentience, he lacked the wisdom to speak to them directly.  He could use the current gifts of Obad-Hai to communicate with the animals here if he wished, but he has learned already that the creatures found in the city were a harried, distrustful sort more likely to flee than converse.

A man notices Ercan taking in the sight and stops, his clothes are a dull gray and he carries with him a shovel, "Lucky we'd all rest there after death I reckon"

Giving the undertaker a simple smile, Ercan taps the butte of his weathered walking staff against the ground.  "Yes, interment on consecrated ground where loved ones can visit is a blessing," he says in agreement.  Having mistaken the park for a graveyard causes the priest little embarrasment, after all he was getting used to such things.  Even the idea of a graveyard was something he was still trying to grasp.

"That shrine, is it important?" Ercan asks, pointing to the crypt.  "Forgive me, I'm new to this city."
Mason Goldstone
 player, 18 posts
 Explorer, Treasure Hunter
 Delver, Stoneworker
Sat 8 Dec 2018
at 02:31
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
"Actually, now that I think on it, I'm rather interested in speaking with the guildsmen here."  Mason gestures at the table with the apron-clad artisans.  "Might give some insight into what's going on around here at a more common level."

"I'll catch up with the rest of you later if there's nothing to follow up on here."  Mason  leaves to visit the Artisans' table.

"Good morning friends!"  He bows, "Mason Goldstone, at your service.  You have the look of honest and hardworking folk.  Have room for another at your table?"
Dungeon Master
 GM, 27 posts
Sat 8 Dec 2018
at 14:31
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?


Mason
Location: The Grasping Giant



A large human man stands at the table, he's easily 6'6", bald, and a large mustache that covers his entire upper lip and then spirals over his cheeks. "Yer right master Dwarf, honest and 'ardworking the 'ole lot of us. Are you an artisan of the city, I 'aven't seen you before?" the man's hand makes it's way up to his mustache where he begins to twirl it's right end around the tip of his finger.
Now that you are closer you can make out flour on this mans apron, and on several others, but also a few with patchy blood stains hinting to their career as butchers.



Ercan
Location: The Lady and Her Laugh Memorial Park



The undertaker nodded, "This here's the Lady Morrows, that's the queen's mother mind, final resting place. The Queen herself would come here to commune with her spirit." the man looked down at his shoes covered in grave dirt, "Before she married off to the King and moved to the capital that is"



Darvan and Tarron
Location: Lord Bedwinner's Estate



After a short walk to the castle district Darvan and Tarron are advised by an aid that Lord Bedwinner is at his estate, where he has been since the adventurers had returned from their first mission for the Lord. Lord Bedwinner's estate is quite modest, a gated courtyard paved in non decorative stone leads to the two story home. A few servants mill about here and there doing gardening and variety of other tasks, getting the outside of the home ready now that the weather has cleared for such things. The Lord's butler answers the door and escorts the characters inside, the inside of the home is as non decorative as the outside, walls hold few tapestries or decorative sconces. The floors are hard wood throughout and only a single rug adorns the floor just inside the door. The butler excused himself and then a few minutes later returned and advised the Lord Bedwinner would see them in his study.

Upon entering the study the story changes, this is obviously where the Lord spends most of his time, as it is decorated with the heads of several large game animals, there are multiple large chairs seated near a fire place, books line shelves along the perimeter of the room and Lord Bedwinner stands looking over papers that appear to be haphazardly tossed over his large desk.

"Ah yes, come in, you saved me the copper to send a messenger to fetch you" he says, never looking up from the paperwork. "How have you faired since the expedition?"


OOC: Ventrio, I wasn't sure who you were going to join, but we can write you in where ever you'd like.
Ventrio
 player, 16 posts
 Totally not a spy
 Also totally not a wizard
Sat 8 Dec 2018
at 17:26
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
As the other party members leaves, Ventrio heads out to town to take care of a few personal businesses. He walks towards the town center and spends some time walking around the market district before heading to find a place to practice his swordsmanship for a while.

Then he goes to the outskirt of town as if to search for something.
Mason Goldstone
 player, 20 posts
 Explorer, Treasure Hunter
 Delver, Stoneworker
Mon 10 Dec 2018
at 09:14
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
"Not an artisan of the city, Master baker, but an artisan all the same.  I work in stonemasonry; buildings, walls and fortifications mostly but lately I've been putting my skills to work exploring old tunnels and ruins."

"I've only been in the city here for a scant few days, but I've heard that the local ruler has been unfriendly with his hardworking subjects such as yourselves.  If you don't mind my asking, what exactly has the nobility been up to lately?  I would hate to have to leave this fair city so soon after getting to know the stout folk who work here."
Ercan Daemaer
 player, 12 posts
 Human Cleric of Obad-Hai
Mon 10 Dec 2018
at 19:24
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
Ercan
Location: The Lady and Her Laugh Memorial Park

The undertaker nodded, "This here's the Lady Morrows, that's the queen's mother mind, final resting place. The Queen herself would come here to commune with her spirit." the man looked down at his shoes covered in grave dirt, "Before she married off to the King and moved to the capital that is"


Nodding idly at the commoner's reminiscing of kings and queens and princesses, Ercan merely smiles.  He gives the man a what can you do, things change, look.

Committed now to his task of being polite and city-proper, the nature priest's demeanour becomes more determined.  "I will pay my respects as well," he says.  Assuming the mausoleum is not barred from approach by gates or walls, Ercan visits and takes in the sight.  So much energy and expenditure for just one life's passing, so strange!
Dungeon Master
 GM, 28 posts
Wed 12 Dec 2018
at 00:42
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?


Ventrio
Location: Outskirts of Town



Here, near the edge of town, the hustle and bustle quiets and the number of people thins. The buildings give way to larger spaces, residences grow smaller as they grow farther apart. The afternoon sun seems brighter here absent the shadows cast by the two story buildings of the marketplace, or the keep, it feels warm on your face. Two children sprint past you down the road and turn off onto a smaller dirt road heading off toward a distant home, they laugh as they run, content to simply be racing each other.



Mason
Location: The Grasping Giant



The man scoffs, "What have they been up to?" the group begins to murmur among themselves angrily, "How about not paying us, I catered the last banquet nearly a fortnight ago, did I get paid? No! Why Franklin here put out nearly 4 cows for some emissary banquet and only received 10 gold. That's not even a 10th of what he should have received for his work. We're fed up with it!" the table begins to bang their cups on the table as a salute to, what appears to be, their leaders speech. "The Nobles of this town think they can get away with murder, and breaking the backs of us hard working folk, but we're done." The man crosses his arm in defiance as another round of cup banging rises from the table.



Ercan
Location: The Lady and Her Laugh Memorial Park



The undertaker stopped your ascent up the hill, "'fraid you can't do that, it's off limits to everyone but the Morrows, by order of the Queen. Used to be it was open for us to pay our respects" the undertaker takes his sleeve and rubs some dirt from his forehead that had begun to flake and was threatening to tumble into his eyes, then he leaned in close and whispered to Ercan, "bein honest, some folks say they say the Lady walk the grounds at night, Wee Jas protect her soul"
Ercan Daemaer
 player, 13 posts
 Human Cleric of Obad-Hai
Wed 12 Dec 2018
at 18:46
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
Location: The Lady and Her Laugh Memorial Park

.. he leaned in close and whispered to Ercan, "bein honest, some folks say they say the Lady walk the grounds at night, Wee Jas protect her soul"


"Ah, off limits?  Thank you, I did not not know," Ercan tells the undertaker gratefully.  The last thing he needed was to run afoul of laws, there were so many and ignorance was no excuse.

The talk of undead was disturbing, but of course it just might be idle gossip and superstition.  People could be saying things about the ruling people to make them look bad, for some reason.  A true haunting would cause a panic in a city so large.

At the mention of the Stern Lady, Wee Jas, Ercan nods severely.  This was a church he knew a bit about, due to the interlocking of magic and death.  They were a cold clergy, some said.  He'd never really met any himself.

***

After saying his good-bye to the man Ercan continues his jaunt.  It was promising to be a beautiful day and the lure to step outside Idodale and walk among a nature path is strong.  Instead, Ercan tells himself he needs to learn more about this place and starts to head towards the temple district.

He's interested in learning just what the dominant faiths were, here, and how well-appointed their temples were.
Mason Goldstone
 player, 21 posts
 Explorer, Treasure Hunter
 Delver, Stoneworker
Wed 12 Dec 2018
at 20:36
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
"Just flatly not paying their debts?"  Mason's bushy eyebrows shoot upward on his head, "I can't imagine a better way to stir up trouble if they were trying.  I can't imagine anyone but the most decadent and out of touch nobleman thinking to get away with this for long."

"This is just recent they started ignoring their debts?"  These men looked at their patience's end already, "Did something happen?"

The dwarf could not help but think that the delving job his group had been hired for days ago might have something to do with this.  Were the local lords broke?
Tarron Neritris
 player, 18 posts
 Overconfident
Thu 13 Dec 2018
at 05:15
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
Dungeon Master:

Darvan and Tarron
Location: Lord Bedwinner's Estate


After a short walk to the castle district Darvan and Tarron are advised by an aid that Lord Bedwinner is at his estate, where he has been since the adventurers had returned from their first mission for the Lord. Lord Bedwinner's estate is quite modest, a gated courtyard paved in non decorative stone leads to the two story home. A few servants mill about here and there doing gardening and variety of other tasks, getting the outside of the home ready now that the weather has cleared for such things. The Lord's butler answers the door and escorts the characters inside, the inside of the home is as non decorative as the outside, walls hold few tapestries or decorative sconces. The floors are hard wood throughout and only a single rug adorns the floor just inside the door. The butler excused himself and then a few minutes later returned and advised the Lord Bedwinner would see them in his study.

Upon entering the study the story changes, this is obviously where the Lord spends most of his time, as it is decorated with the heads of several large game animals, there are multiple large chairs seated near a fire place, books line shelves along the perimeter of the room and Lord Bedwinner stands looking over papers that appear to be haphazardly tossed over his large desk.

"Ah yes, come in, you saved me the copper to send a messenger to fetch you" he says, never looking up from the paperwork. "How have you faired since the expedition?"


Tarron pays particular attention to the taxidermied heads about the study and nods in approval. "I haven't been out on a hunt for some time now, it seems you appreciate a good hunt from time to time yourself."

He turns his gaze towards the Lord and continues, "To answer your question, we've fared well since the expedition but we are itching to have a crack at something new. You mentioned sending a messenger for us, I take it you have more need of our little group's skills?"
Ventrio
 player, 17 posts
 Totally not a spy
 Also totally not a wizard
Thu 13 Dec 2018
at 17:24
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
Ventrio continues his little walk around the city, from the edge of the city, he starts to walk back toward the bustling town center. He stops by the market stalls and spends a while observing the going on of the city.  After that he saunters toward the local scholar district and stops by the local library, scoping out books and other resources available in town.

After finishing his little walk, he will be heading back toward the Inn to get a little nap before the party meeting that was planned for tonight.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 29 posts
Fri 14 Dec 2018
at 15:47
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?


Ercan
Location: Temple District



The undertaker had given Ercan something to think about as he made his way through the city to one of the more decadent districts of the town. Here the buildings seemed more than simple utilitarian buildings, more decorative, even flashy at times. Several large stone domed buildings rise above those around indicating their wealth, status, or both. Priests of many faiths stand outside of the buildings proselytizing for their faiths. Ercan can make out three in particular, Heironeous the God of Chivalry and Valor, Pelor the Sun Lord, and Pholtus the great judge. However, there are also smaller buildings, and shrines to other gods throughout the district.



Mason
Location: The Grasping Giant



"You're damn right about trouble, without us who'll make their bread, slaughter their pigs, shoe their horses!" the table cheered again, "The nobles of this town have always been a slippery lot, but at least under Lord Emmanuel at least you had some sort of lawful figure to back you up. You could get a priest of Pholtus to actually show up and make judgement. Now though, they've all been bought out!"



Darvan and Tarron
Location: Lord Bedwinner's Estate



Lord Bedwinner looked up from his papers to stare at Tarron, his face wore a scraggly beard, unkempt, and his eyes were red and bloodshot; as if he hadn't slept in days.

"Yes, hunting used to be a hobby of mine..." Lord Bedwinner looked to a giant elk head on the wall next to his desk then back to the others, "Like all things in late life the passion for it has waned. I am glad to hear that you gentlemen have enjoyed your stay. I expected when we next spoke it would be with your entire group, have you all parted ways?"



Ventrio
Location: Market District



Ventrio heads into the Market district of the town, large numbers of people move about, merchants call out their wares to passerby's. Of more note though a caravan of cards and wagons makes it's way through the streets, destination unknown. There are a select few figures that walk beside the caravan that draw attention, they are heavily armored, heavily armed, and by all means imposing figures. They aren't guards or knights of Idodale that's for sure, they have a crest on their shields and tabards that looks like a sun on a horizon with wavey lines going in all four directions.
Tarron Neritris
 player, 19 posts
 Overconfident
Fri 14 Dec 2018
at 20:26
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
Dungeon Master:
Darvan and Tarron
Location: Lord Bedwinner's Estate


Lord Bedwinner looked up from his papers to stare at Tarron, his face wore a scraggly beard, unkempt, and his eyes were red and bloodshot; as if he hadn't slept in days.

"Yes, hunting used to be a hobby of mine..." Lord Bedwinner looked to a giant elk head on the wall next to his desk then back to the others, "Like all things in late life the passion for it has waned. I am glad to hear that you gentlemen have enjoyed your stay. I expected when we next spoke it would be with your entire group, have you all parted ways?"



Clearly a bit disappointed in Bedwinner's loss of passion for hunting, Tarron replies,
"We split up to scout out possible work more efficiently, and are meeting up again this afternoon. If you want to hire us we are all available."
Darvan Greycastle
 player, 10 posts
Sat 15 Dec 2018
at 15:48
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
Darvan stood at there, the reliable knight, as Tarron  on conversed out with Lord Bedwinner.  Darvan himself spoke clearly.  "What task have you for us Lord Bedwinner?"  His phrasong holding the cireect amount if defference a knight would give to one of Lord Bedwinner's station.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:49, Sat 15 Dec 2018.

Ventrio
 player, 18 posts
 Totally not a spy
 Also totally not a wizard
Sat 15 Dec 2018
at 20:40
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
Ventrio eyes the group of soldier inquisitively but decides to just file the information away for later. He continues with his round of the market before heading back to the Inn for the meet up as planned.
Ercan Daemaer
 player, 14 posts
 Human Cleric of Obad-Hai
Sun 16 Dec 2018
at 01:32
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
Encounters with beggars made Ercan feel particularly strange but he was not without compassion for the less fortunate.  Still, he wondered how folk who could not survive in a tame urban area without constant help from others would fare outside in the wide wilderness.  He keeps a pouch of coppers handy and tosses a few at panhandlers as he goes by.

Location: Temple District

Ercan can make out three in particular, Heironeous the God of Chivalry and Valor, Pelor the Sun Lord, and Pholtus the great judge.


Once in the well-appointed temple district the nature priest immediately feels more at home among fellow faithful.  He visits shrines to the minor aspects of nature such as Atroa and Bralm and also pays his respects at the major churches such as Pelor's.  There was little chance of meeting a familiar face and so it makes for better progress.  At a twin circle to Phaulkon and Phyton he sits at one an old stone bench and enjoys the breeze in his hair and wind on his face.
Mason Goldstone
 player, 22 posts
 Explorer, Treasure Hunter
 Delver, Stoneworker
Tue 18 Dec 2018
at 02:27
Re: Chapter 1: It starts with a Giant?
"I'm not familiar with Lord Emmanuel; things were better with him in charge, eh?  Who's the one in charge now?  Must have deep pockets if the priests of Pholtus would risk their god's ire by looking the other way.  Seems it would be easier and cheaper just to pay their debts like the rest of us."