Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim.   Posted by Game Master.Group: 0
Pieter Marik
 player, 164 posts
 Ostermarker Outlaw
Sun 25 Dec 2022
at 14:10
Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
“I’m in”, spoke Pieter softly with a nod, “point us to this warehouse and what has it needing a guard tonight?”
Lukas Kohl
 player, 183 posts
 Human, Charcoal Burner
 Wounds 4 / 10
Mon 26 Dec 2022
at 10:08
Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
"Me too," agreed Lukas, glad at least there was bed and board on offer on the city whilst they found their bearings.  Guarding a warehouse seemed straightforward enough.
Harkrin 'Klinka'
 player, 169 posts
 Dwarf
 Ex-Convict
Mon 26 Dec 2022
at 10:34
Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
Klinka nodded in agreement. "Aye, we can definitely keep an eye on that warehouse for you. Sounds simple enough."
Magnus Eshbern
 player, 23 posts
Tue 27 Dec 2022
at 20:58
Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
Magnus nodded in the affirmative along with his companions before asking curiously, "What exactly is in this warehouse, that requires guarding, and what sort of threat are you expecting? I take it there have been threats or attempts before?"

The fact that Kasimir was not going to the Watch for help was telling in of itself that the goods were likely of a...dubious nature. However, the corruption in the Watch in the Empire's cities should never be underestimated.
Kasimir Mayer
 NPC, 5 posts
Fri 30 Dec 2022
at 00:09
Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
"There may be some undesirable types looking around," Kasimir admits. "Local competitor's and so on. The warehouse itself is here in Altmarket and currently holds a consignment of fox furs from Kislev that arrived before the war picked up."

The merchant puts his empty shotglass back on his desk and grins. Despite his obvious tiredness there is clearly still a streak of the charmer to him. "If any of you were ladies I'd offer a fox stole as an additional bonus, but since none of you are the fairer sex... at least not unless you are hiding it well... that particular bonus may be inappropriate."
Pieter Marik
 player, 166 posts
 Ostermarker Outlaw
Fri 30 Dec 2022
at 12:12
Re: Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
Glancing at Fyodor, Pieter smiled, "Perhaps there is an opportunity there, Herr Mayer; a fox fur stole of the right quality would prove a fine gift for a socialite of high standing... and perhaps increase the appeal of such items"
Fyodor Fyodoreski
 player, 163 posts
 SB: 3, TB:3 Armor:1
 W:6/10
Sat 31 Dec 2022
at 18:35
Re: Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
Fyodor nods in agreement with Pieter. He had been thinking the same.

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Kasimir Mayer
 NPC, 6 posts
Tue 3 Jan 2023
at 01:28
Re: Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
Kasimir looks relieved. "Excellent. In that case I'll show you your quarters."

The merchant apparently does not mean that literally as he picks up a bell from the desk and rings. A few moments later the halfling servant shuffles into the room. "Ah Quillberry, these gentlmen will be staying. Please show to their new quarters."

Said new quarters are across the landing and up another flight of stairs. On this landing there are two doors facing each other, with a third door at the end of the short landing.

The door to the right has two beds and a large window overlooking the street. It is plainly furnished with bare wooden floors but looks in good enough shape and the beds look reasonably comfortable. Above each bed is a shelf for personal belongings and between them is a large and currently empty wooden chest.



The door to the left has a very similar design and contents, though here the window overlooks a tiny cobbled square with a well.

Finally Quillberry leads the group to the far door which opens to a cramped private room with a single bed. A small circular window offers a limited view (except of the sky) but does admit fresh air.

"Your quarters gentlemen," the halfling intones gloomily.
Lukas Kohl
 player, 186 posts
 Human, Charcoal Burner
 Wounds 4 / 10
Tue 3 Jan 2023
at 12:34
Re: Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
Lukas walked in the rooms, his eyes somewhat wide with awe.  He had grown up in little more than a hovel with only the most basic amenities so this room was pretty fancy in his eyes.

"We get to live here, and be fed, and paid on top of that, just for guarding a warehouse?" he exclaimed rather incredulously.  He grabbed a bed near the window overlooking the street.  Having lived alone in the forest for so long a communal room and noise from the street was quite exciting rather than an imposition.

"Since we are going to be staying we should probably take care of delivering that icon for Father Dietrich.  He wouldn't want us to hold on to it.  You never know we may get a reward."
Fyodor Fyodoreski
 player, 166 posts
 SB: 3, TB:3 Armor:1
 W:6/10
Tue 3 Jan 2023
at 15:28
Re: Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
Fyodor nodded in agreement with Lukas and dumped his backpack on the second bed.

"Da." he grunted as he dug through his items for his kvas. Finding it he took a quick swig of it and offered it to his friends too.
Harkrin 'Klinka'
 player, 172 posts
 Dwarf
 Ex-Convict
Tue 3 Jan 2023
at 15:48
Re: Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
"Har, let's not get too enthusiastic about this thing. They may still serve oats for breakfast." Klinka grumbled with a rare smile on his face. He peered into the other rooms. "Well, Umgi friends, do you want to risk sleeping with a dwarf, or shall I take the single room?" he asked Pieter and Magnus.

"Guarding jobs can only sound easy. Don't forget our trip to this place was meant to be just another guarding job." he pointed out to Lukas.

"Name's Klinka." the dwarf finally turned to the halfling, offering him a hand. "You don't look happy to have us around here, friend."
Pieter Marik
 player, 167 posts
 Ostermarker Outlaw
Wed 4 Jan 2023
at 06:31
Re: Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
"Depends on how much you snore when you're not sleeping under the stars, Herr Dwarf", observed Pieter softly, though without any trace of rancour. Like Lukas, the rooms brought their own memories - huddling in makeshifts camps to avoid the local militias, with meagre rations or whatever he'd been able to steal. He said nothing more regards the rooms, each having their downsides, and letting Magnus take his pick
Magnus Eshbern
 player, 25 posts
Sun 8 Jan 2023
at 22:21
Re: Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
Magnus smiled at the banter between the others, still ruminating about their recently accepted contract, and how Kasimir had deftly evaded his queries.

No doubt, the assignment would be more...complicated than he had let on.

For now though, he had a room to pick. Glancing at Harkrin with a bemused expression the mage said, "As much as I like privacy, I must admit the single room appears to be rather dwarven sized. I will be happy to bunk with Pieter."

Aside from some things he wanted to discuss with Pieter, it would also allow him to inspect the sword further, if Pieter allowed.
Harkrin 'Klinka'
 player, 173 posts
 Dwarf
 Ex-Convict
Tue 10 Jan 2023
at 09:54
Re: Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
"Dwarven size, har!" Klinka snorted. "You wish some things you have were also dwarven size, wizard!" he added with another hint of a smile. It appeared that either his recent shopping or dealings he had had with other dwarves significantly improved Klinka's mood.


"Let's make ourselves comfortable and return that stuff we are supposed to return."
he offered. "Then we can plan our shifts at guarding the warehouse."

Although Klinka also wanted to have a chat with Pieter, that could wait.
Pieter Marik
 player, 168 posts
 Ostermarker Outlaw
Wed 11 Jan 2023
at 13:11
Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
Pieter chuckled at the dwarf's acerbic humour and, with everything decided, nabbed the bed nearer the door. He had few enough possessions and fewer he intended to leave here
Game Master
 GM, 336 posts
Mon 16 Jan 2023
at 11:03
Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
The halfling shakes Klinka's hand in a half hearted fashion. 'My name is Quillberry and I am Herr Mayer's valet. For now anyway. I hope you enjoy your rooms sirs, you might not have them for long. They had to fire the head chef last week,'

Quillberry pauses and with a heartbreaking sob adds. 'Couldn't afford him Herr Mayer says!' Another sniff and he added. 'They hired a local girl. When Monsieur Lebanc was here he always made these delicious flaky Bretonnian pastries. I don't think the new girl has ever even seen a pastry!'

Eventually after more sobbing and complaining Quillberry pulls himself together enough to depart with a final sniffled 'good luck'.

It is now well past noon judging by the light dappling in through the windows. After settling who gets which room the party departs the Mayer Brothers offices and heads for the Freiburg district, where they have heard the temple to Sigmar is located.

Freiburg lies to the north bordered by the expanse of the Great Park to it's south, an oasis of greenery in bustling urban Middenheim. Freiburg proper is a pleasant looking area with broad avenues crisscrossed by narrower but equally clean small streets and the standard tall and narrow gabled buildings the party has become familiar with in the city. The houses and businesses here may not reflect the richest of the rich but it is prosperous looking, and with a decided scholastic bent. Many of the city's wizards, priests and academics call this district home and you pass several bookshops - an extraordinary exotic concept to most of the party!

Magnus knows this part of the city. The Guild of Wizards and Alchemists is near, it's collection of spires and turrets poking into the skyline, their rooftiles a striking blue creating an immediately recognisable landmark.

However even the Guild is dwarfed by the bulk of the Temple of Sigmar. An imposing stone structure in the Third Imperial style it might be the second largest building any of the party have seen - for this is still Middenheim and the Temple of Ulric is grander yet.

The morning services have long since finished and the evening services are still some way away so the temple proper is mostly empty. As the party enters a few junior initiates in grey cassocks are sweeping the nave with their brooms.
Pieter Marik
 player, 170 posts
 Ostermarker Outlaw
Mon 16 Jan 2023
at 14:49
Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
As they enter, Pieter unconsciously makes the sign of Sigmar, perhaps unnerved by the familiar territory and roving packs of scholars and priests. Where in the woods, he was confident and brash, here he is somewhat subdued and he glances over to Magnus and Lukas
Harkrin 'Klinka'
 player, 175 posts
 Dwarf
 Ex-Convict
Mon 16 Jan 2023
at 15:15
Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
Klinka looked around the building, knocking at the stone walls as they passed by. "Har. Not bad for Umgi work. I won't be surprised to find marks of a dwarven stonemason somewhere around. Probably hidden behind some paint to cover the fact my kind helped to build this place."

"So, who are we looking for around here? Anyone important?"
he asked his companions, watching the initiates as they hurried around the temple.
Magnus Eshbern
 player, 27 posts
Mon 16 Jan 2023
at 20:20
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Though Magnus knew the are well enough, he too had never visited the temple before, not really being the religious sort nor having any other need to. He had seen it many times during his visit to and fro from the guild, and so was easily able to lead the others to it.

"I am still not sure what your business is here, but given that the evening services are a few hours away, we should be able to complete our business swiftly, before the unwashed hordes arrive," he remarked wryly.

Glancing towards one of the initiates Magnus gestured towards their general direction and added, "Any one of these initiates should be able to provide us with directions and information."
Lukas Kohl
 player, 189 posts
 Human, Charcoal Burner
 Wounds 4 / 10
Tue 17 Jan 2023
at 12:28
Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
Lukas, feeling quite emboldened and brave in this majestic monument to the hero of the Empire somewhat meekly walked up to one of the initiates sweeping up.

"Excuse me," he said meekly, half genuflecting which had the bizarre appearance of a curtsey, rather than a bow.  "Are you allowed to speak?"

Lukas instantly felt stupid because Father Dietrich spoke all the time and was a lovely man, but something about the place held Lukas in awe.  He had never been in a building as large as this.  If someone told him it was the world's biggest building he would have most certainly agreed.

"Can we speak to someone important please?  A friend of ours was a priest and his dying wish was to bring something sacred here.  It would help rest his soul if we could do it for him."
Fyodor Fyodoreski
 player, 167 posts
 SB: 3, TB:3 Armor:1
 W:6/10
Tue 17 Jan 2023
at 18:59
Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
Fyodor stays quiet in the back ground, very impressed by the size of the temple.
Game Master
 GM, 338 posts
Wed 25 Jan 2023
at 23:31
Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
One of the initiates looks up from his broom. The lad looked all skin and bones for a would be priest of such a martial deity but then not every Sigmarite clergy was a hammer wielding warrior. Lukas gets the impression the lad is happy to the excuse of a few minutes off sweeping the floor.

'Oh, you'll be wanting Father Morten. He works at the Collegium Theologica most mornings but he has an office in the vestry here and he should be here now.'

The initiate points out a small wooden door in the right side of the temple. Sure enough knocking and entering the party find themselves confronted by a small office with shelves of neatly lined books and candles in holders providing an amber light. Seated behind an ash desk is a is a shortish man in his early forties, with thinning grey-brown hair and a round, rather jolly looking face.

Looking up he smiles pleasantly. 'Hello. How may I help you?'
Magnus Eshbern
 player, 28 posts
Sat 28 Jan 2023
at 07:03
Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
Magnus entered the small office along with the others and took a seat before they filled up, placing his staff upright in front of him and holding onto it loosely with both hands.

Gazing at Father Morten from beneath his hood, Magnus offered a small courteous smile in return and said, "Well met. I am Magnus, a member of the College of Wizardry. My companions here are newly arrived in the city and wish to submit a relic unto your custody."

Leaning back he waited for the others to take over the conversation, as it had been their friend who had sent them on this quest. Magnus was curious to hear the tale himself, and how the man died.
Lukas Kohl
 player, 190 posts
 Human, Charcoal Burner
 Wounds 4 / 10
Sat 28 Jan 2023
at 20:36
Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
"It was Father Dietrich's, of Untergard.  Do you know him?" Lukas asked, somewhat naively assuming that all priests of Sigmar knew each other.  "He was a good man, who led a pious life, and he cared for the townsfolk in his flock."  Lukas remembered how ghastly his last moments were and shuddered at the memory.  "He died in a horrible way.  In the exodus to Middenehim he fell into a foul greenskin trap that killed him.  We recovered him, and buried him with dignity.  His dying wish was to return something special to you here.  We're poud to honour him in this way."

He glanced over to Pieter, who was carrying the relic on his person.
Pieter Marik
 player, 171 posts
 Ostermarker Outlaw
Mon 30 Jan 2023
at 15:18
Paths of the Damned - Chapter One: Ashes of Middenheim
Caught in his own contemplation like an errant choirboy, Pieter pasted on a smile, his nervousness at odds with the gruff hardened exterior he presented. After a moment, he nodded, removing the relic from where he had tucked it - carefully wrapped - into his belt, and carefully unfolding the cloth held it out to the Sigmarite, "He took care of the folk of Untergard, best I knew"