Runes of the Evermore.   Posted by Chronicler.Group: 0
Album Schnix
 player, 16 posts
 6/6 SP
 6/6 HP
Wed 2 Sep 2020
at 23:36
Runes of the Evermore
When the party their first slope down, Album couldn't slow down her speed and used her acrobatic training to balance her back to a safer landing. However, she did not saw the thicket of bushes which she landed on and her legs where immediately puncture.

During this trek, she tries to not scratch that unbearable itch but mostly sulks to herself as she's carried around by the party.


07:23, Today: Album Schnix rolled 11 using 1d20+4.  Acrobatics Check.
Triandal Gervase
 player, 9 posts
 S 5/5 H 6/6 AC 18
 Halfelf Paladin
Thu 3 Sep 2020
at 11:02
Runes of the Evermore
Triandal carefully followed the others seeking out the safest path through the bush.  Triandal had his sword in hand cutting his way through when he could not find an easy path.

20:52, Today: Triandal Gervase rolled 19 using 1d20+4.  Perception check.
Roland of Nuphilin
 player, 10 posts
 Priest of Saint Abyliberi
Thu 3 Sep 2020
at 14:16
Runes of the Evermore
Roland looked down the ravine and sighed. He remembered his time as a squire having to gather fire wood for his knight. He was taught some small amount of woods craft. He understood the basics in his mind. He could build a fire quickly and easily. He tried to remember everything he was taught about moving in the forest.  But he lacked the grace to tread smoothly over rough terrian.


08:12, Today: Roland of Nuphilin rolled 7 using 1d20+3 ((4)). Using Survival Skill

This message was last edited by the player at 14:27, Fri 04 Sept.

Chronicler
 GM, 55 posts
Thu 3 Sep 2020
at 15:39
Runes of the Evermore
In reply to Roland of Nuphilin (msg # 48):

Sorry, quick question: what skill is Roland employing here?  Thanks.
Cobale
 player, 7 posts
 Goliath Monk
Thu 3 Sep 2020
at 17:49
Runes of the Evermore
While Cobale was only moderately familiar with the wooded terrain, when it gave way to boulders, it took her back to her childhood in the remote places. She knew where to place each foot carefully to avoid unnecessary sound or disturbance. Those disturbances could summon beings that would do them harm. Instead, she tries for the stillness of echo that makes for good hunting.


12:47, Today: Cobale rolled 7 using 1d20+4.  Stealth.

Chronicler
 GM, 56 posts
Fri 4 Sep 2020
at 16:01
Runes of the Evermore
Rondar's experience in the area and Caoilfhionn's knowledge of traveling across rough terrain aid the party well, at first. Rondar scrambles up boulders and lends a helping hand as needed while his elven companion scouts about for the easiest and safest routes.  Things bog down a little when Album, partway up a stone face, slips on moss and tumbles down into a thicket of underbrush, which entangle her for several long minutes.  The party scrambles about to try and help her, and in the process spreads out over the terrain to the point where some disappear from view.  It takes some time, but led by Triandal, the party is gathered once more and with Album freed from her entanglement, sets off again.  Chance would have it that Roland finds himself leading this renewed endeavor.  Confidently, he pulls himself up through openings in the rocky ridge line, over boulders, and trudges through brush and trees.  Before long, Caoilfhionn realizes the party is off course and moves ahead to correct it, but not before the group has traveled nearly half a mile south off their original tack.

Once more, on the right course, the party sets out again, with but one more ravine and ridge line to cross before they return to the road and arrive at the foot of Robernyde.  Scrambling down into this ravine, Cobale tries to keep from disturbing nature about them, she ends up catching her foot on an errant vine and tumbles head first to the bottom.  Rolling, and then sliding to a stop, her other foot comes to rest on a soft mound of earth.  Winded but still up to the task, she stands while others gather around her.  But as she collects herself, mad stings prickle her legs.  Soon, everyone in the party finds themselves covered with furious ants bent on avenging the cave-in of their home.

Though the ants truly pose no serious danger, the party is forced to dance about, smacking themselves and each other, flicking and picking the creatures from skin, pulling up pant legs, and doing whatever else possible to dispose of the nuisance.  Removed from the ant hill, but still at the bottom of the ravine, the party takes stock of their situation.  Above still remains the last ridge line to their goal.


The party has three successes.  One more is needed.  Remember that the DC increases with repeat use of a skill.
Rondar
 player, 31 posts
 Human Fighter; AC: 18
 S: 6/6; H: 7/7; PP: 12
Sat 5 Sep 2020
at 16:22
Runes of the Evermore
In reply to Chronicler (msg # 51):

"Ouch! Dammit!" Rondar muttered under his breath when the ants started biting him under his armor, once again reminding him of his childhood days, just as the "Itch-you-bad" bushes had done a short while earlier.

The ants were a definite aggravation, but the man-at-arms set about dealing with the ones that had crawled up on him by pressing down hard on his armor whenever he felt the tickle of little ant feet, or the pain of their bites, and soon enough he had crushed most of them.

"Well, we aren't doing any good down at the bottom of this ravine, so let's move out," he said, sounding very much like a sergeant speaking to his squad -- the difference being that this was a suggestion, as opposed to the order that it would have been back during his days in the Mailed Fist.

Rondar well knew that he was not the pathfinder that Caoilfhionn was, so he simply picked out a likely-looking route up the side of the ravine, going in the same direction that the Elven ranger had been leading the party, and plunged ahead. He moved up-slope, his strong legs working like pistons on some Gnomish invention, and using his arms to pull himself up whenever he could find a handhold.

Once he reached the top of the slope, he pulled a coil of rope from the side of his backpack, tied it off around his waist, and tossed the loose end down to his companions at the bottom of the ravine. "If anyone is winded or has mayhap twisted an ankle, this will make it easier," he observed.

The man-at-arms spread his legs and positioned his body-weight so that he could serve as an anchor for anyone who wished to use the rope to pull themselves up. He flexed his arms, readying himself for the strain of fighting against the dead weight of those using the rope to scale the side of the ravine. "Someone may need to help me anchor the rope for Cobale," he muttered, chuckling.

"No offense, Cobale," he was quick to add.


OOC: 12:02, Today: Rondar rolled 16 using 1d20+5 with rolls of 11.  Athletics Check #2 (Rough Terrain).

This message was last edited by the player at 18:36, Sat 05 Sept.

Cobale
 player, 9 posts
 Goliath Monk
Sun 6 Sep 2020
at 03:50
Runes of the Evermore
Frustrated by the misplaced step, Cobale continues with the others. Focusing once more on balance and sure steps rather than on stillness. When she hears Rondar's comments, she adds. "Why would I take offence? Your people are well known for your tiny size."

22:41, Today: Cobale rolled 24 using 1d20+4.  Acrobatics.
Chronicler
 GM, 59 posts
Wed 9 Sep 2020
at 12:23
Runes of the Evermore
As though driven by a need to make up for her previous mistake, Cobale leads the party up the last ridge by finding places with sure footing and reliable hand holdings.  Finally, the party emerges from their cross-country jaunt, about 600 feet from the foot of Robernyde's hill.  Scratched, scraped, a little bruised, and wearing the earth as a badge of their endeavor, you rejoin the road and make your way forward.

At the top of the hill resides a circular hold of field stone, surrounded by a stone and wood wall. Working fires from structures near the hold puff white smoke that wafts overland. Poles with waving banners appear intermittently along the palisade of the wall and at the stone gatehouse.

A steep winding path communicates the hold and its protective assembly with an enclosure of buildings and a wood wall at the foot of the hill.  A large double-door gate connects the enclosure with the road you are now .  It lies open but not unguarded; two sentries stand watching from a parapet above the entryway.  The road continues past the enclosure before turning to head up an open ravine a quarter mile away.


Each PC loses 1 stamina for the skill challenge.  Where does everyone want to go or what to you want to do?
Rondar
 player, 33 posts
 Human Fighter; AC: 18
 S: 5/6; H: 7/7; PP: 12
Wed 9 Sep 2020
at 21:22
Runes of the Evermore
Rondar had brushed the dirt from his tabatd as best he could, and came to a halt outside the gate which was watched from above by two sentries on a parapet. He had worked up a bit of a sweat, and now he removed his helm to allow the breeze to cool his head.

Glancing at his companions, he said,"Who is the best speaker amongst us? It probably doesn't matter too much just now, but he or she might just as well get accustomed to talking on our behalf. If no one else is feeling talkative I can do it, but I am probably not the most persuasive one amongst us."

"For the moment, I would be inclined to ask for directions to the mine."

This message was last edited by the player at 23:47, Wed 09 Sept.

Album Schnix
 player, 17 posts
 5/6 SP
 6/6 HP
Wed 9 Sep 2020
at 23:27
Runes of the Evermore
Album has finally calmed down from her sulking, the tiredness in their trek just overwhelmed it. She then stares at the entries and thought on what Rondar said,"Well, I guess I qualify, I've been trained in the art of diplomacy. I wouldn't say I'm the charismatic type though, but I could give it a shot."

She says and steps toward the sentrymen,"Hail and well met, my name is Album and these are my cohorts, we are adventurers or mercenaries if that's what you'd like to call us. We wish to ask for some directions to the mine that's currently infested with ferocious beasts and monsters. If you so please kindly help a lost maiden and find her way around unknown territory." she says, hoping she didn't go overboard on that last statement.
Triandal Gervase
 player, 10 posts
 S 4/5 H 6/6 AC 18
 Halfelf Paladin
Thu 10 Sep 2020
at 01:05
Runes of the Evermore
Triandal smiled to himself as Album played the damsel in distress.  He waved a friendly greeting up to the guards, before wiping the sweat from his brow.  In his younger days as a solider Triandal would have put on a display of strength to intimidate the guards, but now since taking on the path of peace, his hands stay clear of his weapons.
Caoilfhionn
 player, 12 posts
 Stamina 4/5
 Health 6/6
Thu 10 Sep 2020
at 12:27
Runes of the Evermore
Caoilfhionn revelled in the ordeal. This was true living, as it were. Sure, thorns and brambles had hurt her, but whatever wound she received was nothing that wouldn't heal again. The sweat on her body did not seem to bother her, but a quick wipe of her brow seemed enough, under the heavy matted hair. A quick and easy correction of her horned headpiece later, she follows along the others.

"I muss'n say, I'm somewhat impressed by ye' lot, I heartily expected ye' tae' get lost on yer' own an' wander off somewhere in th'forest." she says, flashing her fangs in a grin.
Roland of Nuphilin
 player, 12 posts
 Priest of Saint Abyliberi
Thu 10 Sep 2020
at 15:54
Runes of the Evermore
Finally they arrived at the hold. He looked at the sun. He shrugged. He guessed it would have taken about the same amount of time if they took the long road. But it would have been much easier. He scratched on of his ant bites.

He was content to allow Album speak for the group. He nodded up to the guards. As a young squire he spent a good number of hours standing guard on the walls. It was supposed to teach duty and obedience, or something like that. He hoped that was behind him now.
Chronicler
 GM, 60 posts
Mon 14 Sep 2020
at 13:47
Runes of the Evermore
The sentries look down upon your arrival.  Having watched you emerge from the ridge line before proceeding to their gate, they wear expressions of suspicion. Their scowls, however, cannot cover the distress clearly pursing their mouths and furrowing their brows.

"What business do you have at the mine?  And what is the odd chance of you arriving now?" one of the sentries calls in return.  "Has news of our troubles gone afield already?"

Roland of Nuphilin
 player, 13 posts
 Priest of Saint Abyliberi
Mon 14 Sep 2020
at 14:29
Runes of the Evermore
Roland looks up at the guard. "We have heard of some troubles. But maybe not the most recent news. What has happened recently?"
Rondar
 player, 34 posts
 Human Fighter; AC: 18
 S: 5/6; H: 7/7; PP: 12
Mon 14 Sep 2020
at 16:59
Runes of the Evermore
"And regarding our showing up just now and our business with the mine, we have a contract with Master Luco and Master Thisydaes, back in Cotylac, to get the situation in the mine sorted," Rondar added to what Roland had already said, as the man-at-arms stared up at the two sentries.
Triandal Gervase
 player, 11 posts
 S 4/5 H 6/6 AC 18
 Halfelf Paladin
Tue 15 Sep 2020
at 11:29
Runes of the Evermore
Triandal gave a warm smile to the sentries on the wall.  "As my colleagues have said, we are here to settle the unrest in the mines.  We only seek access to the mine." He said stepping forward.
"From your tone it sounds like there has been more trouble.  Is there anything we could do to help?"  Triandal asked with genuine concern.
Album Schnix
 player, 18 posts
 5/6 SP
 6/6 HP
Tue 15 Sep 2020
at 12:18
Runes of the Evermore
Album felt annoyed as her allies spoke up,"And here I thought I was going to do the talking, what a pain. As my cohorts said, what problems plagues you that we can help and will you let us on with our business." she says with sarcasm to the sentrymen.
Cobale
 player, 10 posts
 Goliath Monk
Tue 15 Sep 2020
at 13:46
Runes of the Evermore
Cobale sat on a rock and let the others speak. Little folk tend to like speaking with their own when presented the option. That was not unusual, but Cobale's voice would not add to the matter. The others seemed to be doing well enough in any case.
Chronicler
 GM, 63 posts
Wed 23 Sep 2020
at 15:52
Runes of the Evermore
The two watchmen exchange looks and a few quiet words.  They seem not quite sure how to respond or even what their intention should be at the moment.  After a couple long minutes of this, one of them turns and says, "There is illness here.  People getting sick, sudden like.  We're to turn everyone away at the gate."
Roland of Nuphilin
 player, 15 posts
 Priest of Saint Abyliberi
Mon 28 Sep 2020
at 14:16
Runes of the Evermore
Roland asked the guards, "The mine, is it inside the gates or somewhere outside the gates? Can you point us the right way?"
Rondar
 player, 35 posts
 Human Fighter; AC: 18
 S: 5/6; H: 7/7; PP: 12
Mon 28 Sep 2020
at 15:49
Runes of the Evermore
Rondar sighed heavily. He understood that the watchmen were just following their orders, but they were keeping the adventurers from doing their job. Plus, it occurred to him that the devious little Kobolds might have had something to do with this "sudden illness" -- mayhap they had found a way to foul the settlement's water supply, or some such.

He listened to what Roland had to say, and added "You have followed your orders and given us fair warnin'. If we decide to press on, we do so with the understandin' that we have accepted the risk."

"Now, please let us do our job."

Of course, it was possible that some of his new companions might not wish to risk the unknown illness that the guards had warned them about -- but Rondar did not think that would be the case.
Album Schnix
 player, 21 posts
 5/6 SP
 6/6 HP
Mon 28 Sep 2020
at 23:21
Runes of the Evermore
Album glances toward the village,"Oh geez, I wasn't expecting a literal plague plaguing you. Well it's your problem anyway, unless you have an alternative route to the mines, then step aside, we have a job to finish." she says coldly to the guard.
Triandal Gervase
 player, 13 posts
 S 4/5 H 6/6 AC 18
 Halfelf Paladin
Fri 2 Oct 2020
at 11:19
Runes of the Evermore
"Surely we can show these men a little compassion." Triandal said to his companions.

Triandal then turned to the guards and spoke to the them in a much gentler tone than the others.  "I understand you are doing what you have been ordered to do and you may be afraid, but letting us through could make all of this better.  As my companions have said we need to get to the mine.  It is possible that the problems there are the source of your plague.  I am trained in healing, if I can help I will."