Post by scottenkainen on Jan 29, 2015 10:58:02 GMT -6
Day 4/Turn 94 for Kesmit:
The sun was setting when Kesmit and his suspicious companion Samuel walked through the Business Quarter. "Why on Oerth would they live with giant rats?" Samuel finally responded. "Because giant rats are filthy vermin, and so are kobolds. They were made for each other." Yes, it seemed likely that Samuel only wanted to slaughter these poor creatures.
On the other side of a north-south road paralleling Traders Square, was the beginning of Tempest Street. It was a seldom-used thoroughfare because the high side of the road (always reserved for the well-to-do and a misdemeanor for the poor to use) was a crumbled ruin and the whole street was awash in filthy muddy water.
There were still some poor shops along Tempest Street, like a butcher, a baker, and a candlestick maker, as well as shack-like residential housing. There were two alleys off the street along its length of roughly 80 yards. The street was 10' wide at the southwest end.
As they were looking around, they noticed a pair of dwarves emerge from the baker's shop with bloody warhammers over their shoulders. Samuel engaged them in conversation.
"Oh, hell-o. Yes, 'vat is fresh blood, yes?" one of the dwarves responded with a thick southwestern accent. "We keel giant rat. Keeling 'vem is being our job, we being pro-fess-ional exter-minators. Baker, he is good customer to us, yes?" he said with a smile to his companion dwarf.
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 3, 2015 11:30:53 GMT -6
Day 4/Turn 95 for Kesmit:
The dwarves shook their heads until their beards swayed. "No, no, no, we know nothing about where to find the rats' nest."
"Ya, we could not say where such a 'ving is being..."
Samuel fished into a pouch and produced an electrum coin. "No? This couldn't help you think of where to show us?" He fished in again and produced a second. "And would this encourage you to stay and look with us?"
Each dwarf took a coin. "I am just now remembering where I have seen a rats' nest..." one of them said.
They led Kesmit and Samuel, not down an alley, but into a fenced yard. The house belonging to the yard looked derelict and abandoned. The low fence was in a similar state of disrepair and could be simply stepped through or over in many places.
The back yard was low and a drainage point for the surrounding yards, making it a muddy morass that stank of offal. As the two men and two dwarves moved into the yard -- three giant rats sprang out to attack them!
The rats attacked with surprise, but failed to hit Samuel and the first dwarf. The second dwarf, however, got bit below the knee from behind and howled in pain.
((Surprise: 6 vs. 2, to hit Samuel: 12, to hit dwarf #1: 9, to hit dwarf #2: 12- 3 dmg))
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 6, 2015 14:30:48 GMT -6
Day 6/Turn 1 for Joaquim, Ximo:
Ximo had woke up, not in the chair he fell asleep in, but in the private room of Joaquim and Marcel. The half-orc innkeeper, Hunemar Comtois, had brought him up during the night along with some other staff who had helped carry him.
"Not safe to leave a man with so many valuables in the common room," Hunemar had said. "My staff tells me he was with you earlier tonight; can I trust you boys to keep him safe?"
After this was explained to Ximo, the two adventurous seers left together, bound for the Silver Consortium in the Business Quarter. It seemed like a pleasant, partly cloudy Sunday morning as they walked through town.
The building was large and high, with a high-gabled roof and many towers around it topped in spires or domes that looked to be made of silver, or at least painted to look like they were.
There was a 6' high stone wall all around the building and its grounds and just one entrance -- an iron gate flanked by 4' tall gargoyles that looked like particularly ugly dwarves.
A voice that seemed to emanate from nowhere spoke when they advanced to the gate, saying: "Speak your purpose."
They did, stating their intention of speaking to Ekaitz Escamilla.
"The gate is closed to you at this time," the voice spoke.
They stood outside the gate for several minutes, quietly discussing what their Plan B should be, when a gnome said "Excuse me" and also stepped up to the gate.
"Speak your purpose."
"I'm Alfred Jemmy, you stupid guardian," the gnome said. "I don't need to speak my purpose to get in!"
"The gate is closed to you at this time," the voice said.
"What? That's preposterous!" Alfred fumed. He turned to Joaquim and Ximo. "Is that stupid stonehead giving you the same roundaround too?" Alfred then splayed out his hand flat on the door and spoke a magic word. Both Joaquim and Ximo heard it plainly and felt they could repeat it if they had to.
The door opened. "Well, at least no one's changed the override command word yet," Alfred said. "Do you boys want to come in and find out what's going on too?"
The gate swung open on its own onto a courtyard.
It was a little courtyard -- the manor house, with its tall, silver-trimmed spires and gables, had been added on to many times until it filled almost the entire compound. What remained of the courtyard was empty.
Ahead, the front door to the manor awaited him up a short flight of steps. Alfred was heading there, but Ximo knew of a side entrance as well.
"Let's follow him," Ximo whispered to Joaquim. "He may become an ally if we help him."
Without waiting for the other mage, Ximo hustled after Alfred. "I am Ximo the Humble. Pleased to make your acquaintance, Alfred."
That morning Ximo had memorized two spells, his sleep spell and a spell that would allow him to read magic. He had suggested to Joaquim that it might be useful if he memorized a spell for detecting magic but had not pressed the issue beyond the suggestion.
Post by Ronny Serio on Feb 6, 2015 16:03:41 GMT -6
Ignoring Ximo's suggestion, Joaquim instead memorized spells to keep him alive. Sleep and Charm Person the dead man's spellbook named them. Hurrying in behind the gnome, however, much a much better idea. Whatever confusion was happening at this guild hall might well be to their advantage. Or it might be another step in the Flaming Eye's plot. Either way, best to stick with someone who clearly knew his way around the place.
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 9, 2015 11:38:41 GMT -6
Day 6/Turn 2, rd. 1 for Joaquim, Ximo:
The front entrance opened onto a short stone hallway that led straight into a large chamber with a chessboard-pattern floor, except for a large diamond-shaped mosaic on the floor. The mosaic was interrupted by clear paths leading from this entrance towards stairs leading up at the back of the chamber and paths leading to side exits to the left and right. There were four squares spaced out on the high flat ceiling that seemed to be composed of a different type of rock than the stone walls and gave off a diffuse, magical light.
A horrible buzzing sound filled the air.
Inside the chamber, two magicians were battling a pair of monsters that looked like naked men, only deformed and stretched out like demonic caricatures. These monsters were armed with glaives.
Joaquim and Ximo arrived in time to see one of the magicians cast a spell that caused webbing to spin out of his hands and, impossibly fast, fill the far half of the room. The magicians had tried to snare both the monsters in this, but one of them stepped right through it as if the webbing was not there and the other monster worked to cut his way out.
Alfred cast a ray of prismastic color at the free monster. It flinched, but kept coming.
Ximo did not like the looks of this at all. That web spell looked far beyond his own capabilities and so he doubted his sleeping magic would have any effect on either the monsters. Better chance of it laying out one or more of the battling magicians. And never mind the utility of being better able to decipher magical writing in the present situation.
Ximo cursed himself and kept behind the magicians and looked for the source of the buzzing sound.
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 10, 2015 23:51:48 GMT -6
Day 6/Turn 2, rds. 2-3 for Joaquim, Ximo:
Joaquim wanted out of there, but he was going to at least save one person by pulling Ximo out. That Ximo resisted, and seemed to want to stay, flummoxed Joaquim so badly that he could only stand at the exit and watch, wondering why Ximo would risk himself like that.
Ximo, for his part, was not much more enthused about staying than Joaquim was, but he was determined to learn as much as he could before he had to flee. The buzzing sound seemed to be coming from everywhere and, even when Ximo hugged the wall and inched further across the room, he could not localize a source for it.
One of the magicians cast a spell that made three glowing arrows streak towards the advancing monster, but all three missed. The other magician produced a glowing dagger to defend himself with. Alfred cast a spell that made tall spikes stab up out of the floor and partially impaled the advancing monster. That monster attacked the dagger-wielding magician with its glaive and hit, but for a glancing cut. The dagger struck back, doing just as much harm back.
The noise changed from buzzing to a whooshing wind sound. At that, the top of the entryway began to sink quickly. In a moment, the door out was a solid wall of stone. Within that moment, Joaquim had been able to duck under it and escape into the entry hall, but Ximo could not reach it in time and was shut into the room.
At the same time, Alfred and the magicians moved under the lighted squares on the ceiling. "Stand here!" Alfred yelled to Ximo.
And just in time, too, as a miniature tornado suddenly appeared in the chamber. It spun through the webbing, sucking it all up -- stuck monster included -- and mangled it worse than it already looked. Then the windstorm swept across the room, coming towards the remaining monster, but also getting dangerously close to Ximo.
((To hit with MM: 3, 4, 5; to hit M-U: 10- 2 dmg, to hit monster: 15+1- 1+1 dmg; to hit monster: 9- 9 dmg))
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 11, 2015 19:12:03 GMT -6
Day 6/Turn 2, rds. 4-5 for Joaquim, Ximo:
Joaquim stood in the entry hall, listening at the stone slab where there had just been a doorway, hoping that Ximo was going to be all right.
Ximo was all right, at least for now. Somehow, the whirlwind either couldn't or wouldn't attack anyone standing under the glowing squares. Ximo threw his dagger, but it was thrown way off course by the whirlwind.
The monsters soon figured out where was safe, though before the whirlwind could pummel them further. They now tried to gain control of the safe squares, attempting to bull rush their occupants. The two unknown magicians shared one square, while Ximo and Alfred shared another. One of them managed to shove a magician out into the path of the whirlwind and the other, more injured monster managed to shove Ximo hard enough that Ximo fell and rolled 5' across the floor, hard enough for it to hurt.
The remaining magician in the square was now perfectly lined up with the two monsters and used a ray from a magic wand to strike them both. The ray, sadly, affected no one but Alfred Jemmy, who was also struck, and he was paralyzed like a statue.
((rd. 4: whirlwind's to hit: 1, Ximo's to hit: 3; rd. 5: whirlwind's to hit: 1, to hit magician: 18, to hit Ximo: 20- 1 dmg, magic resistance checks: 56, 72, saves vs. wand: 14, 17, 3))
Post by Ronny Serio on Feb 12, 2015 8:03:40 GMT -6
Joaquim threw several exotic curses at the stone door and then fled. He ran from the guildhall, making his way to the Bailey. If he passed any soldiers on the way, be they Viscount's Men or Church's First Army, he would alert them to the attack on the Silver Consortium. Joaquim planned to relay that same information to the priests he'd been working with at the Church and to Trazen, if the bastard was around.
Ximo scurried to the nearest lighted square that was not occupied by the monster and once he was safe cast his sleep spell to get the monster, knowing that Alfred Jemmy was no better or worse off asleep than paralyzed.
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 12, 2015 11:32:40 GMT -6
Day 6/Turn 2, rds. 6-8 for Ximo:
Ximo scrambled to the far square on all fours, while the magician cast out of his square ran for the remaining one. The whirlwind missed the magician by mere inches before he made it to his square and Ximo reached his as well.
Ximo cast his spell -- but it had no effect on the monster that occupied his first square.
The magician with the wand was getting roughed up by his monster -- not seriously, but enough to keep him from using his wand again. The monster also kept from standing in the same spot in the square again, to line up for a ray attack.
The whirlwind continued to whirl about the center of the chamber, but without anyone it could or would target. The monster that ignored Ximo's sleep spell picked up poor Alfred and threw the gnome into the whirlwind -- with what must have been extremely painful results.
The magician in his own square cast a spell on himself that Ximo recognized as Protection from Evil. He then charged the monster threatening his comrade. At his approach, the monster seemed forced to back away, as any conjured monster would from someone protected by that spell. It forced the monster to step out of the square.
The whirlwind was waiting for it and tore into the monster, but not enough to even cause it serious injury.
The one with the wand targeted the monster that threw Alfred with the wand again. This time, the monster stopped moving.
((rd. 6: to hit: 5, 15; rd. 7: to throw: 19- 14 dmg; rd. 8: to hit: 20- 11 dmg, resistance: 35, save: 3))
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 13, 2015 13:37:04 GMT -6
Day 6/Turn 2, rds. 9-10 for Ximo:
The deadly game of four-square continued. The demonic monster cast out of his safe square made a beeline for the square the paralyzed monster held, but en route was struck again by the whirlwind. It arrived at the safe square even more mangled and contorted than before, limping badly, and looking pained and weary.
At first, this made Ximo pause and reconsider -- but the seriously injured monster's attention was focused on following the whirlwind as it whipped around the room. If Ximo could time it just right, so that he ran up behind the paralyzed monster, while the seriously injured one was looking the other way...
That was when Ximo asked himself the big question and charged anyway. He lashed out at the thing with his dagger...
And it did nothing. Why did it do nothing??
One of the magicians saw what Ximo was shouting and said, "You need a silver dagger! Look for one on Alfred!" he was pointing to the paralyzed gnome on the open floor, in case Ximo didn't know him by name.
This, of course, drew the attention of the seriously injured monster. It looked at Ximo, and then over at Alfred, clearly understanding what had been said.
At the same time, the whirlwind was coming around for another pass at the center of the room. It would be reaching Alfred soon and toss him somewhere else in the room.
Ximo started to bolt out towards the fallen gnome, to reach it before the whirlwind did. The monster followed suite, quickly gaining on Ximo -- and then passing Ximo as Ximo stopped short and ran back to safety. The monster might have been magic resistant and difficult to kill -- but it was pretty dumb. The whirlwind caught it again and tossed the monster across the room, where it landed -- torn in half. Poor Alfred Jemmy got tossed too, but at least landed again in one piece, about 10' from Ximo.
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 16, 2015 13:56:20 GMT -6
Day 6/Turn 3 for Ximo:
Ximo waited until the whirlwind was on the other side of the chamber again before racing out to assist Alfred Jemmy. He pulled Alfred to safety and he did indeed find a silver dagger sheathed at the gnome's side. He was drawing it when he noticed the whooshing sound that was so loud in the chamber was suddenly gone -- as was the whirlwind.
Ximo carried out his intentions of slitting the thing's throat. Some kind of ichor, instead of blood, oozed out as it died.
An old, bearded man in long, grey robes, carrying a glowing staff, came down the steps at the rear of the chamber. "Is everyone all right?" the man asked.
"We were lucky to survive this attack," one of the magicians reported to him. "Without this stranger, we might not have. Was this not their boldest assault yet?"
"It was," the wizardly leader responded. He came over to Ximo. "I am Saturnino, of the Consortium's Board of Directors. You act as if you have had experience slaying demons before, yet you are not known to us. How has this oversight come to pass?"
Ximo made a half-bow in greeting, "I am Ximo the Humble. I did visit a day or three ago but your staff seemed less than interested in dealing with me. Even so, until now I had never faced a demon, though I have recently gained some experience facing less exotic minions of chaos. What, Saturnino, were those creatures? My spell of slumber proved completely ineffective and my dagger was dulled by their flesh."
Ximo had already wiped clean the silver dagger and slid it into his sheath, replacing the old dagger. He intended to return it once Jemmy was back among those able to make use of it.
After Saturnino or one of the other magicians answered he continued, "Is the gnomish gentlemen going to be alright? And have there been other attacks such as these? I came..."
Ximo glanced around him noticing for the first time that Joaquim was not with him. He walked quickly to the door and discovered the heavy stone barrier. He squatted down to see if there were any gruesome bits of evidence that Joaquim was no more. Finding none he rose and turned back to the magicians.
"My apologies, a colleague had accompanied me but it would appear he is on the other side of your new door. Is there a way to bring him inside? We came from the Church of Heavenly Virtues to speak with one of your group to discuss the attacks upon the city."
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 17, 2015 12:51:13 GMT -6
Day 6/Turn 4 for Ximo:
Saturnino spoke a command word and the door out re-opened. A search was made and there was no sign of Joaquim on the grounds, squashed or otherwise.
"I am sure your associate will return when he is ready," Saturnino said. "Those creatures were rutterkin demons -- lesser demons, to be sure, but still the worst our enemies have yet thrown at us.
"Mr. Jemmy will recover from the paralysis soon enough," one of the magicians said, who came over and shook Ximo's hand. "Dominquez's my name. You acquitted yourself quite well, by the way. Now, the injuries Jemmy sustained from the elemental...that could take a lot more time to heal, unless we seek clerical aid."
"Perhaps, in due time," Saturnino said. He clapped his hands until two boys and a girl came into the chamber from a side passage. "Take Mr. Jemmy to the infirmary," he said, leaving the youngsters to carry the gnome between them. "Now, Ximo the Humble. We owe you a debt of gratitude," Saturnino continued. "How should we repay you?"
Ximo thought about Saturnino's offer. Best not to squander this opportunity.
"I would make two requests of you, good Lord Saturnino. First, it would appear that we are joined together by a common foe - whatever forces keep attacking the city. I would appreciate it if we might share information and become allies in this matter. I have a band of adventurers that I think I could interest in continuing to work against groups like the Cult. Perhaps I can offer myself as a conduit connecting your Consortium, this band of adventurers, and, through them, the Temple of Heavenly Virtues. I hope you will consider it."
Ximo smiled sheepishly, "But I would ask something more tangible if possible for myself. I would appreciate it if you could supplement my meager spellbook. Perhaps with a spell of the second order? I have been far from fellow mages and would expand my knowledge. Perhaps this is a bold request but it would also make me better able to fulfill my part of my first request."
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 18, 2015 14:20:44 GMT -6
Day 6/Turn 5 for Ximo:
Saturnino did not seem to have to think hard about it at all. "I would like to meet this band of adventurers personally. As for spells of the second order -- of course. Three hundred gold pieces in credit should get you most any spell you wish from our collection, I should think. Come. Dominquez, if you would come too?"
The three of them went up the stairs to a hallway and unlocked a door that opened onto a room. This room looked like a small classroom, with two rows of writing desks facing a larger desk on which a large book was chained. The book was opened and Saturnino began to leaf through and describe them...
((2nd level spell of first preference? You'll find the Basic rulebook's 2nd level spells will cost 200 gp of your credit, while an AD&D 2nd level spell will cost all 300 gp.))
Ximo patiently waited for Saturnino to describe each spell and asked some questions now and then to clarify the abilities and functions of each piece of sorcery. After all, he was going to want to be certain of this choice. Finally, he was prepared to make a decision and was even glad he had seen the spell in action during the battle.
"I think I would like that 'Spider's Entanglement' spell. Though it was not successful against the magical defenses of those rutterkin, it still looked impressive," Ximo said. And it left him with some credit to spare with the Consortium, which was also nice.
While they got ready for him to attempt to learn the spell, Ximo answered Saturnino's first comment, "I can arrange a meeting with the rest of the group's leadership and myself. In fact, if my associate Joaquim returns he would make up one-half the remaining upper echelon."
Ximo continued, "Tell me, have there been other attacks on the Consortium?"
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 19, 2015 10:35:25 GMT -6
Day 6/Turn 8 for Joaquim:
The gargoyles at the gate to the Silver Consortium stopped Joaquim and asked him for his business again (at least, Joaquim had to assume it was the gargoyles he was entreating with, though neither of their mouths moved). This time it said, "You may pass, with one guest."
"Never you lot mind that," Trazen said to his team of a dozen men. "When the gate opens, just rush in." Joaquim and Trazen got through, but when more tried to follow, the gate closed on them and pushed them back with supernatural strength.
"I'm liking your plan less and less," Trazen said bitterly. "I should have dressed you up as a dwarf."
But they went up to the front door anyway. It yielded to them and, inside, Joaquim found the way to the front chamber was no longer blocked by a stone slab. A big, hairy brute of a man in shaggy clothes was here now, cleaning up, along with one of the magicians Joaquim had seen earlier. There was no sign of the monsters except for some dark stains on the floor.
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 19, 2015 13:23:21 GMT -6
Day 6/Turns 6-8a for Joaquim, Ximo:
"Spider's Entlanglement? An excellent choice for a warlock," Saturnino said matter-of-factly. "I'll make sure you have a tutor available to teach you the spell as soon as you like.
"As for the previous attacks, they were minor things -- a few kobolds ambushing one of our young journeyman magic-users in the night, goblins attacking a seer in Ryemend, an imp caught spying here in our halls, a manes demon showing up in the summoning room un-summoned. Annoyances, really, until this assault. The enemy is testing us, I think. That, or they still have limited resources that are slowly growing. Either way, it has become worrisome. And I think you know of what enemy we speak, since you mentioned a cult."
This was when Joaquim was escorted upstairs and brought into the room, reunited with Ximo.