Keep on the Borderlands (Game Thread)   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: 0
Falco Mugwort
 player, 72 posts
 Spear Fighter
 Uncouth/Dull-Witted
Sun 22 Aug 2021
at 19:13
Keep on the Borderlands
Feeling the young lad Dynlor took a life-defeating blow that could just as easily have targeted him, Falco feels the need to at least get the brave boy's body back to the keep for his rites so that his spirit can rest in peace.

He silently takes it upon himself to pick up the boy's body over his back after slinging his shield over his shoulder. Of course, he still has his spear to carry but he bears the burden.

After picking up Dynlor and balancing his weight, Falco starts his solemn journey back to the keep.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:59, Tue 24 Aug 2021.

Reea
 player, 57 posts
 fighter
Sun 22 Aug 2021
at 21:45
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Without hesitating, Reea followed Falco.

"I'm sorry this happened to you, Dynlor," said Reea in a soft and solemn whisper.
Jori
 Player, 13 posts
 cleric
Sun 22 Aug 2021
at 21:49
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Jori looked at Gyp and Leozaren, a look of bewilderment on her face.

"Should we go with them? I don't think just the three of us can handle what we might find in the caves."
Leozaren
 player, 19 posts
 Elf
Sun 22 Aug 2021
at 23:33
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Why there was confusion Leozaren had no idea. Humans were a strange bunch indeed.

"Of course we are going with them," he replied to Jori, as calmly as he could. "There is greater strength in numbers, at all times. We have nothing to gain from searching for the Caves, other than a bitter end. Let us all head back to the Keep and see that Dynlor receives the proper funeral rites, it is the least he deserves.

Falco, if you wish to take turns carrying Dynlor, I am happy to take a share."

Gyp Toogood
 player, 40 posts
Mon 23 Aug 2021
at 11:35
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Eager to not be left behind Gyp followed the others closely. With them he was sure to be able to pass through the gates of the Keep. Then he'd find some hole to sleep in.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 84 posts
Tue 24 Aug 2021
at 02:02
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The companions return to the Keep, plodding along in sorrow.  The guards at the gate open without a word; though many adventurers depart the Keep never to return, few are brought back dead by their companions and Dynlor's lifeless form is a somber symbol of reality for them.  It is late afternoon when you arrive, and the guards direct you to take him to the Chapel.  Thorona and Abercrombie receive him along with the other acolytes, taking his body to prepare for the rites.

"What happened?" Abercrombie asks.  He will let the companions sleep in the chapel for free in gratitude for returning Dynlor, if they so wish.
Falco Mugwort
 player, 73 posts
 Spear Fighter
 Uncouth/Dull-Witted
Tue 24 Aug 2021
at 02:11
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Falco had been agreeable to sharing the burden of carrying Dynlor's body back to the Keep and traded off with Leozaren along the way.

Once back, after handing off Dynlor's remains to the acolytes, Falco answers the religious leader. He says, "The lad bravely stood with us against two foul, eight-legged spider-abominations the size of horses, but he fell in battle. We put the beasts down...but at a grave cost." He looks sadly towards Dynlor's body as the acolytes take him away.
Simon
 Player, 5 posts
 Apprentice Wizard
 Skinny Bookworm
Tue 24 Aug 2021
at 02:13
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Simon, the wizard's apprentice, has quietly followed along while reflecting on how short life can be. He hopes to live a long time and read many books, but the world can be cruel...it seems.
Gyp Toogood
 player, 41 posts
Tue 24 Aug 2021
at 13:05
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It was nice to be treated like a hero. Gratefully Gyp gave his praises at the chapel before finding a pew to sleep upon.

He called out to his companions "I'll be on the road in the morning to explore the caves if any wish to join me" before he curled up to sleep as his belly grumbled loudly at not being fed for more than a day.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 86 posts
Thu 26 Aug 2021
at 00:44
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Falco and Simon are greeted warmly in the Inn, the others (presumably) rest in the chapel for the evening.

In the morning the sun rises as always, promising a bright day ahead for the expedition.  Falco and Simon meet another recent arrival to the Keep, Faldal the acolyte, who arrived in the evening and also spent the night in the Inn...



Welcome back to Faldal, Dynlor's replacement.
Gyp Toogood
 player, 43 posts
Thu 26 Aug 2021
at 08:12
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Sleep under a roof and on a pew was a luxury for Gyp. The fool gave his praise to the gods in the chapel before he went around the back for his ablutions. Then readied but still hungry he left the keep and awaited beside the road for his companions of yesterday. In his waiting Gyp exercised his art of entertainment and foolery for any passersby, doffing his cap in hope of a share of bread or a coin whenever someone came near.
Reea
 player, 59 posts
 fighter
Thu 26 Aug 2021
at 21:33
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Reea was grateful to be allowed to sleep in the temple, though a wood pew wasn't the most comfortable place.

In the morning, she joined Falco for a simple breakfast of bread, cheese, and water. She also purchased some extra bread, which she stored in her backpack.

Though it once belonged to someone else, Reea was proud of her new shield. Before turning in for the night, she took great care to clean and polish it. She hoped she could pay tribute to its previous master by fighting with honor and courage.

On the road again, the sun warming her face, Reea nibbled on a slice of bread.
Falco Mugwort
 player, 75 posts
 Spear Fighter
 Uncouth/Dull-Witted
Fri 27 Aug 2021
at 03:09
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After finishing up his breakfast, Falco gathers his gear and heads out to meet up with the others. He gives a nod in passing to the recent arrival. Although not a learned man, he can't help but notice the surprising number of acolytes the Keep seems to attract. He reasons there must be plenty of poor souls in need of saving out in these untamed frontier lands.

He speaks up and says, "Young Reea, it seems you have done a good job of cleaning your shield. More important though is learning how to use it well. Even a battered shield can save your life...if used well."
Gyp Toogood
 player, 44 posts
Fri 27 Aug 2021
at 07:25
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The bright day ahead was made brighter by the appearance of bread alongside the appearance of Reea and Falco. The court fool danced a jig and landed a cartwheel at the feet of fighters, his eyes pleaded with Reea whilst his belly grumbled "won't you share a piece of bread with a fellow adventurer?" he begged hungrily.
Reea
 player, 60 posts
 fighter
Fri 27 Aug 2021
at 18:15
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Reea waved at Falco when he joined her outside on the road.

"Young Reea, it seems you have done a good job of cleaning your shield. More important though, is learning how to use it well. Even a battered shield can save your life... if used well."

Reea was glad Falco was proud of her. She beamed a bright smile that rivaled the morning sun.

"In my village, my master taught me the basic way to use a shield. I just need to practice."

As Gyp approached, Reea watched him, taking another bite of the delicious bread, her mouth savoring every bit of its wonderful taste. The fellow was odd and she didn't know what to make of him. She was simple in her thinking, so she shrugged it off, figuring she would probably be wrong anyway.

When Gyp arrived, he seemed to be staring at the remnants of the bread. He danced a short jig, flipped a cartwheel, and looked at Reea as if he were expecting something in return.

"Won't you share a piece of bread with a fellow adventurer?" said Gyp.

Reea stopped chewing and looked at Gyp. They had spent the night in the keep, which had an inn. Why didn't he order breakfast? Unsure, she unslung her backpack. Reaching inside, she broke off a chunk from one of the loaves she brought.

"Here you go," said Reea, offering the food. If he truly needed help, it made Reea feel good inside to give it.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:16, Fri 27 Aug 2021.

Gyp Toogood
 player, 46 posts
Fri 27 Aug 2021
at 21:31
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The fool beamed a smile from ear you ear. The smile soon vanished as Gyp began to cram the bread into his hungry mouth. Between chews he thanked Reea profusely "thank... you... a... perfect... lady... you... are" he swallowed hard to clear his mouth and smacked his lips "don't suppose you have any wine to wash it down with? he weaseled and rubbed his hands together.
Reea
 player, 61 posts
 fighter
Sat 28 Aug 2021
at 17:24
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"Thank... you... a... perfect... lady... you... are."

Reea smiled again.

"Don't suppose you have any wine to wash it down with?" Gyp rubbed his hands together.

Reea wrinkled her nose. She would always do her best to help a person in need, but she hoped that person would at least be sincerely grateful and not expect more than was offered.

"No, I don't have wine." Even if Reea did have some, drinking it before exploring, wouldn't be smart. She had seen what wine could do. Everyone needed to be alert and ready.
Falco Mugwort
 player, 76 posts
 Spear Fighter
 Uncouth/Dull-Witted
Sun 29 Aug 2021
at 01:27
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"Well, let us be off then," says Falco.

With his spear resting over his right shoulder and his shield on his left, the middle-aged spearman starts to head back down the road towards adventure. Along the way, he yawns and scratches his head once. He perhaps drunk a bit too much beer the night before as his nose is a bit rather red-ish in tone.
Gyp Toogood
 player, 47 posts
Sun 29 Aug 2021
at 08:13
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"Tis a shame, mayhaps we will be more successful in finding treasure today and I can repay your kindness" the fool replied to Reea disappointing news that they hadn't brought wine.

When their leader ordered them onto the road Gyp followed. He was slightly better prepared this time than yesterday. Today he had eaten and Dynlor's mace swung at his hip. Rather than the frown of yesterday Gyp smiled.
Faldal
 player, 1 post
 Acolyte
Sun 29 Aug 2021
at 10:38
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Of the two men he was directed to, Faldal found that the one named Falco seemd the more talkative. Hesitantly, he introduces himself.

"Hello, my name is Faldal. I am an acolyte and came here to follow my friend, Dynlor. Someone told me that he was hanging out with you when I asked. Would you know where he is?"
Falco Mugwort
 player, 77 posts
 Spear Fighter
 Uncouth/Dull-Witted
Sun 29 Aug 2021
at 17:18
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Falco stops and looks back as the recent keep-arrival speaks up to introduce himself. He turns to face the man as they converse. He replies "Greetings fair Faldal, friend of brave Dynlor. I am Falco, a simple spearman."

He has a weighty expression as he says, "Sadly, your friend Dynlor passed beyond the mortal realm on the yesterday. He fought bravely by our sides against a pair of spider abominations, but fell in battle. Know that the two foul beasts were destroyed and his sacrifice was not in vain."

After a pause, he goes on to say, "We are on a quest to seek out a den of vile darkness, called The Caves of Chaos, and push back against those that dwell there...and perhaps acquire some gold for our troubles. "
Faldal
 player, 2 posts
 Acolyte
Mon 30 Aug 2021
at 07:55
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Faldal's face suddenly decomposes. "No, no, you can't be telling me that... No, this can't be!" The acolyte trembles of pain and sadness for a little while. "The fool!" He mumbles. "He couldn't wait just a few days. Of course he couldn't!"

After a while, his eyes red but his face resolute, he takes his mace in his arm and says to Falco: "Where is this cave? I will go with you. He couldn't accomplish his dream, but I will sure as hell try do it for him!"
Falco Mugwort
 player, 78 posts
 Spear Fighter
 Uncouth/Dull-Witted
Mon 30 Aug 2021
at 22:41
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"You have a strong spirit, Faldal," replies Falco, "Let us find these caves then." He turns and resumes walking down the pathway.

"So, Young Reea. Why have you decided to venture forth into danger instead of staying in the safety of your home village? None of the boys there suited you?"
Reea
 player, 62 posts
 fighter
Wed 1 Sep 2021
at 00:52
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The group was on the move again. The destination was the caves of chaos, but no one knew what to expect. The tone was mostly quiet, maybe because they were still thinking about Dynlor. Reea wasn't talking either, until Falco asked her something.

"So, Young Reea. Why have you decided to venture forth into danger instead of staying in the safety of your home village? None of the boys there suited you?"

Reea stopped and glared at her friend. She hadn't talked about her past for good reason. Falco's query brought up bad memories.

"Boys are stupid." Reea started walking again, moving ahead of Falco, fuming over thinking about her past.
Falco Mugwort
 player, 79 posts
 Spear Fighter
 Uncouth/Dull-Witted
Wed 1 Sep 2021
at 02:21
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Unaware he struck a nerve, Falco breaks out into a hearty but genuine laugh at Reea's reply. "Yes they are," he agrees as Reea picks up the pace and moves out ahead of him.

As they draw near to the point where they fought the spiders, Falco says to Gyp, "I hope you make good use of that mace, Jester. Someone's life may depend on it - maybe your own."

He urges everyone, "Keep your wits about you. We know little about this area...or what might be hiding in shadows or lying in wait."

This message was last edited by the player at 02:22, Wed 01 Sept 2021.