Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...   Posted by The Traveler.Group: archive 0
Jago
 player, 33 posts
Mon 22 Apr 2019
at 23:59
Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
Jago follows the soldiers and the rest of his group, keeping an eye on where they've been to ensure that none of the less up-front-and-fighty sort and more of the stab-in-the-back sort could find a proper victim. He doesn't appear to be particularly interested in the lack of people, and the probable state of those that have fled. It's all in the past or the future and there's nothing he can do now.
Eradil
 player, 112 posts
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Tue 23 Apr 2019
at 02:45
Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
In reply to Abigail (msg # 32):

Eradil replies, "Yes, we must find a way into the city to aid these unfortunate folk." He starts moving further along the route Sargus had suggested.
Andriel the Hammer
 player, 87 posts
 Blood for Kord!
Tue 23 Apr 2019
at 08:10
Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
"Yes. Aid them," Andriel echoes distractedly. "There's plenty of good plunder to be had in there, no doubt, and these raiding lugheads have done all the work for us and collected it into neat little piles that we can make off with once we've carved their heads from their shoulders."

He slaps Sargus on the back then grips him by the shoulder and shouts into his face, as if he believes it will help the man understand his tongue, "Life is good, friend!"
The Traveler
 GM, 118 posts
Wed 24 Apr 2019
at 22:21
Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
Moving beyond the northwest gate, the adventurers continue toward The Shapely Siren. Up ahead, they get their first glimpse of the reputed safehaven...

A white marble structure, in remarkably fine condition given the state of the surrounding buildings, dominates this portion of the northwest outskirts. The entryway is grand, with wide stairs leading gently upward between three rows of pillars ending in carved oaken double doors. Airy upper floor balconies are plentiful, all facing away from the city proper. The walls and pillars are carved and painted with colorful scenes of mermaids, all scantily dressed in scarves and lace, beckoning the traveler to enter these seemingly friendly confines.

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 22:21, Wed 24 Apr.

Eradil
 player, 113 posts
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Wed 24 Apr 2019
at 01:09
Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
Eradil eyes the Shapely Siren cautiously and mutters "I wonder how this place managed to be spared the destruction around it. Did the inmates simply buy off the raiders with the gift of their comely flesh, or was there some more sinister arrangement?"
Abigail
 player, 71 posts
Wed 24 Apr 2019
at 02:38
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Eradil's point combines with a thought that had been growing in Abby's mind.  She scans the structure for signs of activity . . . and defenses.


[Private to The Traveler: OOC: I'm suspecting that there has to be something that the denizens of the brothel have done to protect themselves from those who have overrun the city.]
Andriel the Hammer
 player, 88 posts
 Blood for Kord!
Wed 24 Apr 2019
at 03:57
Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
Andriel screws his face up at the elf's words. "I don't think there is any arrangement more sinister than that. Kord's blood, I don't want to lie with these girls if they've been playthings of the gnolls." He shudders, then growls in a way that might be some sort of laughter. "I mean, I've a hairy chest and all, but not that hairy. How can I compete with that?"
Jaim Walker
 player, 112 posts
 Human
 HP : 20/20
Wed 24 Apr 2019
at 12:31
Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
Jaim approaches the building and takes the stairs two at a time to reach the oaken doors quickly.  It wasn't good to stay out in the open for too long.
Jago
 player, 34 posts
Fri 26 Apr 2019
at 11:01
Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
Jago eyes the building suspiciously. While it's certainly possible that the beasts have no interest in the structure as it's outside of their direct control, it's more likely that they have some kind of arrangement with the resistance - or whatever they want to call it.

The more... fleshy explanation wouldn't be troubling - people do what they have to in order to survive. But what if this was little more than a repository and trap for other kinds of playthings?

"Don' know, but I don' feel too good 'bout dis." the half-orc says as he moves the newly acquired blade into his grip and follows Jaim.
Rurik the Red
 player, 57 posts
 Cleric of Avandra
Mon 29 Apr 2019
at 16:53
Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
Rurik follows the others his eyes and ears alert to anything wrong.
Sargus
 NPC, 12 posts
 AC: 15; HP: 24
Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 23:51
Re: Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
Eradil:
Eradil eyes the Shapely Siren cautiously and mutters "I wonder how this place managed to be spared the destruction around it. Did the inmates simply buy off the raiders with the gift of their comely flesh, or was there some more sinister arrangement?"


Sargus shrugs and says he believes the brothel was defended by its patrons as the city came under siege. They boarded the doors and fought off any would-be intruders and have managed to hole up within the compound ever since. "Fortunately for them, the marauders have had plenty of easier plunder within the city," he says.
The Traveler
 GM, 121 posts
Wed 1 May 2019
at 00:38
Re: Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
The adventurers approach the front doors to the brothel and can tell their actions are being scrutinized by the defending force on the other side. Sargus hails the defenders in the Imperial tongue, and the doors are soon thrown open.

Awaiting inside, the defending force consists of a dozen or more armed men, all of them eyeing the party carefully. Behind them, a middle-aged woman wearing violet robes, her long dark hair wrapped in a tight roll, squints while taking in each party member. Sargus quickly relays how he came to meet the adventurers, the news the party relayed about the Empire being no more, and their general grim prospects for receiving outside help to come to the Governor's aid.

The middle aged woman is introduced as Madame Sheila, the patroness of the establishment. Save for her, there is noticeable lack of women present, the brothel appearing more as a make-shift garrison rather than a house of fleshly delights.

Sargus primarily speaks with a man he calls Captain Laurius. All this of course in the Imperial Tongue. But through these conversations, and Eradil serving as translator, the party learns the following:

Most of the men now garrisoned at the brothel were patronizing the brothel when the marauders began streaming into the city. Captain Laurius was also present during the city's siege. The occupants of the brothel defended the place against the attackers: gnolls, orcs, and goblins and managed to fight them them off while further barricading the brothel against attack. They have thus far held off numerous attacks, though over the past several days they have not been attacked, they assume, because the invaders have now moved throughout the city and established new lairs within what remains of the city. They also tell of a gargoyle plague that befell the city a few weeks ago. They believe these come from the caverns beneath the city. The gargoyles are especially active at night and have been rising from the sewers via the abandoned cisterns and wells in the inner city, terrorizing any and all in Gaxmoor.

In total, the brothel's defenders consist of Madame Sheila, The House Physician, the twin bouncers Brutus and Baragas, Captain Laurius of the Palace Guard, twelve male patrons who have been conscripted into service, and eight female employees.
Jaim Walker
 player, 113 posts
 Human
 HP : 20/20
Thu 2 May 2019
at 23:29
Re: Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
"Ask if anyone knows a good way into the city to avoid the invading armies," Jaim prompted their elf.
Eradil
 player, 116 posts
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Fri 3 May 2019
at 04:11
Re: Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
Eradil dutifully relays the question in the Imperial tongue, though he suspects the outnumbered garrison might prefer that his party would stay and join in the defense of the house.
Sargus
 NPC, 13 posts
 AC: 15; HP: 24
Sat 4 May 2019
at 00:03
Re: Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
The Imperial Lieutenant has a brief conversation with his superior, Captain Larius, in a separate room, and eventually resurfaces to relate the following information:

A secret passage exists between the Shapely Siren and the Royal Guards Barracks within the inner city citadel. It has long been the Imperial soldiers' not-so-secret secret, never publicly discussed, of course. The hidden tunnel is but one of many larger sewer tunnels that criss-cross beneath the city.

The sewers are infested with Muhroydians, also known as rat-gnomes, small viscious humanoid creatures that have taken up residence within the sewers. Additionally, Sargus claims, small bands of Sobekki roam throughout, in addition to water elementals. Furthermore, ever since the city came under siege, gargoyles have been observed in the sewers, making the passage between the Royal Guards Barracks and the Shapely Siren quite difficult.

Lieutenant Sargus then says, "Captain Larius has detailed me and the remnants of my detachment to his service. Given the news you have related regarding the empire, he has lost hope of regaining control of the city and presumes the Governor to be dead. Dark times have come to my people, punishment from the Gods, no doubt..."

Sarghus too seems defeated now. Prior to his arrival at The Shapely Siren, the lieutenant seemed cautiously optimistic about the prospects of coming to the Governor's aid. Now, his demeanor is altogether different.
Abigail
 player, 72 posts
Sat 4 May 2019
at 01:27
Re: Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
"But . . . if he will not look for the Governor, what will he do?  Stay holed up here?  And what if there are other survivors in the city?"

Abby surveys her companions with a look of confusion on her face.


"I mean, they -- and we -- can't just stay here, can we?"
Jaim Walker
 player, 114 posts
 Human
 HP : 20/20
Sat 4 May 2019
at 01:38
Re: Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
"The soldiers we are looking for may have reached the governor," Jaim said.  "We should use the sewers to get in.  We may face fewer at a time than if we were seen by one of those roaming armies within the walls."
Eradil
 player, 117 posts
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Sat 4 May 2019
at 03:08
Re: Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
Eradil says determinedly, "I am not yet ready to surrender the last Imperial city to the forces of evil and chaos. If the sewers are the best way in, I am willing to go."
Rurik the Red
 player, 58 posts
 Cleric of Avandra
Sat 4 May 2019
at 23:10
Re: Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
In reply to Eradil (msg # 50):

"I will go as well. I believe Avandra would wish me to help the city's people as much as I'm able."  says Rurik
Jago
 player, 35 posts
Mon 6 May 2019
at 22:42
Re: Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
Jago shrugs as consensus forms. "I ain't stranger to any sewers."
Abigail
 player, 73 posts
Tue 7 May 2019
at 13:58
Re: Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
Abby's eyes widen when the discussion turns to entering the sewers -- but she was in favor of doing something, so she swallows and nods.
Sargus
 NPC, 14 posts
 AC: 15; HP: 24
Wed 8 May 2019
at 00:41
Re: Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
Sargus provides directions, as best he is able, on how the party might use the seret tunnel beneath the city to reach the Royal Guard Barracks.

"Beneath the Siren, a tunnel runs to the northeast. You will come to a large four-way intersection. Continue straight beyond this, for some distance. Eventually, you will reach an iron ladder. There should be some graffiti on the walls, bearing the Imperial Soldiers' sigil, identifying it as such. At the top of this ladder, you will come to the basement beneath the barracks. From there, you might be able to discover much of the citadel's present condition and forces therein."

Sargus further relates that Captain Laurius is considering abandoning the city, given the grim state of affairs in the city and the sudden realization the Empire is no more. Apparently, the people of Gaxmoor were unaware so much time had passed since their city disappeared from the world.
Eradil
 player, 119 posts
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Wed 8 May 2019
at 01:35
Re: Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
In reply to Sargus (msg # 54):

Eradil comments, "We can only hope that our coming will inspire Captain Laurius to continue the resistance. I only wish we were bringing stronger reinforcements. But a few bold hearts may yet do much."
Jaim Walker
 player, 115 posts
 Human
 HP : 20/20
Wed 8 May 2019
at 01:40
Re: Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
"Let's go," Jaim declared, heading in the direction of the sewer entrance.
Rurik the Red
 player, 59 posts
 Cleric of Avandra
Thu 9 May 2019
at 20:56
Re: Chapter 2: In Search of a Safehouse...
Rurik heads to the entrance of the sewer.  He pulls up the hatch and reels back a bit as the smell of sewage hits his nose.  Down below is dark, he can see nothing.

"We need lanterns.  Sargus can your people supply use with oil and lanterns?" he asks.