Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor.   Posted by The Traveler.Group: archive 0
Abigail
 player, 60 posts
Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 12:42
Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Abby sets her jaw as she surveys the scene.  Whether she feels any guilt or responsibility for the three soldiers' deaths (given that she played a significant role in forcing the conflict) is difficult to say.  Regardless, she quickly assists Sargus in his efforts to honor the fallen.
Jaim Walker
 player, 98 posts
 Human
 HP : 13/13
Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 14:30
Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Jaim begins filling his own pack with jars of water.
Eradil
 player, 98 posts
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Thu 4 Apr 2019
at 03:56
Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Eradil took a light crossbow and a common shortsword in case he needed another weapon. He said "I can carry some of the other goods if we think it worthwhile."

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Jaim Walker
 player, 101 posts
 Human
 HP : 13/13
Sat 6 Apr 2019
at 02:09
Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
"We need to keep moving," Jaim said, slipping back into his pack.  Seeing that Sargus isn't about to leave until his dead were attended to, he took the pack back off and helped as much as he could.
Rurik the Red
 player, 50 posts
 Cleric of Avandra
Sat 6 Apr 2019
at 06:20
Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Rurik moves to Sargus and offers to say prayers to Avandra over his dead soldiers. Holding his symbol of Avandra he says the prayer to speed the soldiers into the next life.
Sargus
 NPC, 6 posts
 AC: 15; HP: 24
Sat 6 Apr 2019
at 15:16
Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Speaking still in his native ancient tongue, Sargus comments to Eradil, "Take what you think you may need for the coming days. Gaxmoor lies just ahead. Many challenges await within and without her ruined walls, but we must do what we can to secure the Governor's safety..."

He then provides a general description of the city while sketching out a rudimentary map on the ground with a knife.

"We approach now from the south. A road leads directly to the Southwest Gate, beyond which lies the city..."

Sargus describes the wall city and sketches key points in the dirt while doing so:

  • The city is surrounded by walls with gates on its southwest, northwest, northeast, and east.
  • The walls have collapsed at several points, allowing other possible entry points
  • The inner city, containing the Governor's Palace, is also surrounded by walls, likewise with gates. There are also damaged sections of this wall.
  • The city itself is surrounded by numerous outbuildings, farms, etc.
  • The southern outskirts consists largely of farms, ranches, and a tannery.
  • The western outskirts are flanked by a swampy area, home to aggressive crocodile-men, which he refers to collectively as Sobekki.
  • The northern outskirts is a lightly wooded area with numerous cottages, farms, orchards, and one potential safehaven, The Shapely Siren Brothel, operated by one Madam Sheila.
  • The eastern outskirts is where the city's drainage culvert leads. Sobekki also claim this territory.
  • A graveyard lies just south of the culvert.


Finishing his crude map, Sargus asks, "Any questions?"

OOC: Game Map updated with Sargus' rudimentary sketch

This message was last edited by the player at 16:49, Sat 06 Apr.

Eradil
 player, 100 posts
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Mon 8 Apr 2019
at 01:36
Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
ERadil says, "I understand you city has been cut off from much of the world. How are your people off for supplies?  We could bring in some of this dried meat and the like if it would be of help to them."
Sargus
 NPC, 7 posts
 AC: 15; HP: 24
Mon 8 Apr 2019
at 22:00
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Eradil:
ERadil says, "I understand you city has been cut off from much of the world. How are your people off for supplies?  We could bring in some of this dried meat and the like if it would be of help to them."


"We were already running low on supplies before the monstrous hordes began invading the city. It only got worse when packs of hobgoblins, gnolls, orcs, and other beast began streaming through the walls..." Sargus laments.

"We shouldn't leave any supplies behind. We will be hard-pressed to secure provisions once we reach the city."

Jago
 player, 32 posts
Mon 8 Apr 2019
at 23:05
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Jago's eyes widen at the haul before them - for taking out a single band of beastmen - even if he was reluctant to do so in the first place. While the others aid Sargus and the soldiers, the half-orc consolidates the loot and provisions, making sure to grab the sword that likely has an ounce or two of magic. He does his best to do so as quietly as possible; he may feel some amount of gratitude for the deaths of some of the soldiers, but felt no need to partake in any ceremony. However, he saw no reason to disturb those that did.

At Sargus's map, Jago sits in thought for a few moments before offering them to the group. "I don' much like goin' through gates an' such where anyone could be watchin' an' waitin' for ambush. Seems like findin' a hole from the wreckage and goin' through'd be best - usin' some of the farms an' such for cover when no one's active. Less dem crocs're good people?" He snorts at the last sentence.
Jaim Walker
 player, 103 posts
 Human
 HP : 20/20
Mon 8 Apr 2019
at 23:21
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
"I have a rope if we need to climb the wall," Jaim volunteered.  He just wanted to keep moving.
Eradil
 player, 101 posts
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Tue 9 Apr 2019
at 03:13
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Eradil packed as many of the captured provisions in his bag as he had room for. He said to Sargus (in old Imperial) "My comrades would rather enter through a break in the wall than at a gate. If you approve the plan, where would you recommend we go to enter?"
Sargus
 NPC, 8 posts
 AC: 15; HP: 24
Tue 9 Apr 2019
at 22:59
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Eradil:
Eradil packed as many of the captured provisions in his bag as he had room for. He said to Sargus (in old Imperial) "My comrades would rather enter through a break in the wall than at a gate. If you approve the plan, where would you recommend we go to enter?"


"The city is overrun by numerous gangs of marauders, their territories blurring from one day to the next. Based on what I have observed to date..."

Then he proceeds to offer his imperfect knowledge of the rival factions within the city:

  • Goblins have claimed the inner city near the southwest gate
  • Bugbears reside in the northwest inner city
  • Orcs range freely through the northern city limits
  • Gnolls have laid claim to the northeastern part of the city
  • An evil mercenary band calling themselves The Blackfeather Gang have claimed the eastern city
  • Harecules, a demon, has taken up residence in the Governor's Palace
  • A red dragon has also been seen in the city, but Sargus doesn't know where it may have made its lair or if its allied with Harecules

Eradil
 player, 102 posts
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Wed 10 Apr 2019
at 01:12
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Eradil says (in Imperial): "None of those territories sounds like a place we would want to enter. Is there a part of the city your people still hold?"
Abigail
 player, 64 posts
Wed 10 Apr 2019
at 01:40
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Abby appeared about to make a suggestion, but waits to hear an answer to Eradil's question.
The Traveler
 GM, 110 posts
Wed 10 Apr 2019
at 23:18
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Eradil:
Eradil says (in Imperial): "None of those territories sounds like a place we would want to enter. Is there a part of the city your people still hold?"


"There are few of my people who are not held as slaves. The only safehaven I know of is the brothel on the outskirts of town. The Governor and a few of his staff were hiding out in a secret passage beneath the palace...but, it will not be easy to reach him. The citadel is crawling with Harecules' minions."
Jaim Walker
 player, 104 posts
 Human
 HP : 20/20
Wed 10 Apr 2019
at 23:29
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Jaim relied on Eradil to choose their path wisely.
Eradil
 player, 104 posts
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Thu 11 Apr 2019
at 02:48
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Eradil reports to the rest of the party, "Sargus tells me most of the city is held by rival bands of evil creatures and evil men. The only place we can reach easily that is still is good hands is a brothel on the edge of town. I suppose he can lead us there."
Abigail
 player, 65 posts
Sat 13 Apr 2019
at 16:10
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
"Or, if we must enter the City, the Southwest Gate at least sound like it has the least resistance.  But I think our objective should be the Citadel; where is it in relation to the City, and the Southwest Gate in particular?"
Andriel the Hammer
 player, 78 posts
 Blood for Kord!
Sat 13 Apr 2019
at 18:28
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Andriel's ears prick up. "A brothel?" he echoes loudly, surprised and pleased.

Could it be true? A place to spend hard-earned riches and enjoy the pleasures of wenches and mead, right there in this place of hideous beasts and gibberish-spouting ancients? It sounds too good to be true.

"Is this a real brothel? Or just a stupid name given to some other thing? Like a stable, or a... quarry."

He sniffs as something occurs to him. "Oh... The woman there will be alright, won't they?" He addresses Sargus, seemingly oblivious to the man's incomprehension of Andriel's speech. "I mean, they won't be hundreds of years old like you lot? Well, I suppose they will, but they won't look it, right? Do you have good women in your city? Do they brew good ale? Ask him if they have good women in their vermin-filled excuse for a town." This last is directed at Eradil, though he doesn't really expect the elf to comply. Still, it would be nice to know ahead of time.
Abigail
 player, 66 posts
Sat 13 Apr 2019
at 18:46
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Abby appears only slightly horrified by Andriel's excitement and "concern."
The Traveler
 GM, 111 posts
Sat 13 Apr 2019
at 20:41
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Based off Sargus' crude sketch in the dirt, the citadel lies at the heart of Gaxmoor. If pressed further on this issue, he estimates the citadel to be about 750 feet from the southwest gate.
Eradil
 player, 105 posts
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Sun 14 Apr 2019
at 02:24
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
On behalf of Andriel, Eradil asks Sargus, "Is the brothel you mentioned till actually in business as such? Or has it simply become a refuge for such loyal Imperialists as remain?"
Sargus
 NPC, 9 posts
 AC: 15; HP: 24
Sun 14 Apr 2019
at 10:46
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Eradil:
On behalf of Andriel, Eradil asks Sargus, "Is the brothel you mentioned till actually in business as such? Or has it simply become a refuge for such loyal Imperialists as remain?"


Sargus nods and says, "There is a small contingent of defenders who have taken up refuge in the brothel, and some of the girls remain, but one would be hard-pressed to think of the Shapely Siren as a functioning establishment these days. The men and women holed up in that house are simply surviving."

Sargus says there are perhaps a score of so souls within the Shapely Siren, among them, a former companion, Captain Larius, whom has marshalled a small contingent of militia to keep the raiders at bay.
Andriel the Hammer
 player, 80 posts
 Blood for Kord!
Sun 14 Apr 2019
at 15:12
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor
Presumably Eradil relates this useful intelligence to the Northman, whose face falls upon hearing the news.

"Damn it all," he mutters into his beard. "Knew it was too good to be true."

Then he brightens a little. "Ah well, a few girls is better than none, eh? Ha ha!" He slaps the elf on the back, just a little too hard. "And they're trying to survive, you say? Well, good! How does one survive? With money! How do those girls make money? On their backs, of course! And who has money? We do! Ha ha!"

Andriel is in an ebullient mood after realising this. He tears open a pack of meat and munches on some of the contents, grimacing in puzzlement at the odd flavour. But, a battle always brings out a powerful appetite, and meat is meat.
Rurik the Red
 player, 53 posts
 Cleric of Avandra
Sun 14 Apr 2019
at 21:56
Re: Chapter 1: The Trail to Gaxmoor

"Perhaps we can team with Captain Larius and see about joining with the governor to capture the Citadel."
suggests Rurik. "In any case if the only safe locale is the brothel, and we are determined to enter the city, that seems the only logical place to head for first."

He looks at Andriel.  "I doubt however, that Avandra will look kindly upon any taking advantage of the inhabitants of the brothel, given they are under attack, their city is in desperate danger and their need is likely great. Her healing comes only to those she is pleased with."