Post by scottenkainen on Jul 17, 2014 10:37:39 GMT -6
turn 85b response for Sergi:
Sergi saw five sources of cover nearby -- Ramon, Axen, Clybe, Koldo, and Aingeru. There was no other cover closer to them than the crossbowmen, which might have been why they made such haste to cut off the travelers here.
Ramon smiled easily. "If those are your orders they must be for a good reason," Ramon set his mace and shield down on the ground and motioned for the others to follow suit. "I would rather not leave our belongings unattended in the road..."
Post by scottenkainen on Jul 18, 2014 13:59:15 GMT -6
Turn 86 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo, Aingeru):
Koldo and Aingeru (as well as Axen and Clybe, I can only imagine) followed the lead of Ramon and Sergi and went along with the search. The soldiers took their time searching the six adventurers. They rooted through packs and sacks. They asked the adventurers to remove their helmets and hoods and checked their necks, and had them remove gloves and gauntlets and checked their wrists.
The adventurers were asked what they were doing with all these weapons and gear, and then what their purpose was in going to Penwich.
"Isn't that what the Harvester's Heroes are heading there for?" one of the soldiers asked. "They headed through this way two days ago."
Sergi still could not place a name, date, or place to that face. Perhaps he had just seen this soldier around town somewhere, before being assigned to the countryside.
Axen and Clybe noticed they were being watched from the windows of the farmhouse by more crossbowmen.
Finally, the soldiers cleared the adventurers. "Move along. And good luck to you in Penwich."
Ramon offered to lead the men in prayer or asked them if they had any need of a healer. He couldn't figure out why when everyone was so suspicious of conspiracies and the possible presence of cultists anywhere everyone was so hasty to give out details like the group's intent to reach Penwich or other possibly sensitive pieces of information. Maybe it had just been blurted out without thinking.
In any case, once their business was done at the farmhouse Ramon was eager to get on to their destination.
Post by scottenkainen on Jul 21, 2014 12:34:54 GMT -6
Turn 87 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo, Aingeru):
Sergi had asked his question about what the soldiers were looking for. Some of the soldiers glanced quickly at each other before one of them responded: "Bandits." And that's all they would say on that subject.
Ramon was thanked politely for his offer of prayer or healing, but declined.
The six adventurers were allowed to leave the farmhouse (converted into a guardhouse) in peace and went on their way to Penwich.
After a few more hours, the walk was getting brutal for Ramon. This was the longest he had ever walked in heavy armor and it felt like it was killing him. After 20-22 miles, even Axen, Clybe, Koldo, and Aingeru were getting uncomfortably hot and worn out in their medium-weight armor. Only Sergi was, annoyingly, still going strong in his light armor.
Worse, for Axen, he had been itchy all day, probably having picked up fleas from the flop room at the Molten Spigot last night. His inability to scratch himself through his armor was starting to drive him crazy.
They now went long stretches, perhaps a mile or more at a time, without ever seeing a farmhouse. Sometimes they went three miles without seeing a properly placed milestone. The road was now in such disrepair that they were almost better off walking in the grass beside the road than using the road.
By dusk, they were starting to see farmhouses a little more frequently, but there was still no sign than they were on more than the outskirts of the township. Everyone was getting really hungry by now too, adding to everyone's irritability.
"Perhaps we should stop at the next farmhouse and ask how much further it is to Penwich? In fact, here comes a house now. Why don't you come with me Clybe and Sergi? The rest can wait here by the road. The whole band might be a bit intimidating."
Ramon led the way down the path that led from the road to the farmhouse, keeping an eye out for any signs of life elsewhere in the farmyard.
Post by dtspurrier on Jul 21, 2014 13:59:40 GMT -6
turn 87 response for Sergi
Sergi follows Ramon to the farmhouse. He thoughts are of the guard post at the farmhouse they left a few hours ago. While walking Sergi says, "you know if the distance to Penwich will take us to the late hours, maybe we can ask the farmer if they mind us camping in his barn or his yard."
Post by scottenkainen on Jul 22, 2014 14:04:40 GMT -6
Turn 88 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo, Aingeru):
Axen and Clybe hadn't felt up to walking up to the farmhouse, so Sergi went with Ramon. Upon knocking, a farmer emerged to talk. He seemed hardly wary at all of armed strangers.
"Well, I'll be -- strangers at my door! What will the good gods above think of next? What can I do for you?"
After listening to the adventurers, the farmer said, "Why, you're in Penwick now, fellows! Oh...you mean the Village of Penwick, where the baron's manor is, not the Township, I reckon. The village is another...oh, maybe another four miles down the road? You can keep going if you want, but you'll be walking in the dark and most everything will be shut up for the night by the time you get there anyway. You're all welcome to stay in my barn, or the yard, your choice. Oh, I'd thank you for a small payment, of course!"
Axen looked around for a tree to climb. This had turned out to be a long day with a lot of walking and not a lot of action, at least not to his tastes. He liked to sleep up in the branches. When he spotted a nice one, he pointed it out to Clybe and wandered off to the tree.
Post by dtspurrier on Jul 22, 2014 15:13:18 GMT -6
Sergi replies, "thank you for letting us use your barn. We have been walking all day and are thankful for the hospitality. So I have never been to Penwich before what is the village like? Anything interesting going on?"
Ramon smiled and waited for the answers to Sergi's questions. Then he followed up with a question of his own, "We had heard that Penwick was ruled by a baroness, not a baron. Can you tell us anything about that confusion?"
Post by scottenkainen on Jul 23, 2014 13:42:45 GMT -6
Turn 88b for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo, Aingeru):
Axen looked around for a good tree.
Sergi and Ramon continued to chat with the farmer. "Oh, Penwick is a good place to visit," the farmer said cheerily. "Bit busy for my tastes, but I do like going into the village in the autumn for the apple festival and there's usually a jousting tournament then. The taverns are nice and some of them have wine tastings that anyone can come enjoy each festweek."
"Oh, is that confusing?" the farmer asked, scratching his head as he listened to Ramon's question. "The township is a big place, big enough for two lords I should think. There's Lady Eulalia who has the village of Avella -- Avella is a little further southeast than Penwick -- but the true leader around here is Baron Danel of Penmont Keep and Lord Mayor of Penwick."
While Clybe listened, Koldo and Aingeru went off to check out the barn. Axen found a beech tree he could climb as soon as he took his armor off.
Post by dtspurrier on Jul 23, 2014 14:07:35 GMT -6
turn 88b for Sergi:
Sergi listens as the farmer goes on with his tale and seems to answer the questions. Sergi then asks, "thank you for answering my questions. The journey has been long and my feet can use a rest. " Sergi then heads over to the barn.
Ramon nodded at the farmer's answer, "Do the two nobles get along well enough?"
Ramon sagged down a bit to lean on a convenient chopping stump near where they were talking. He was grateful of the chance to ease his feet. He had bought the armor for its protective qualities but not realized how heavy it would be to walk in. He was ruefully aware that it would also reveal chafing and bruising in unexpected places the next morning. All sacrifices in service to the gods.
Post by dtspurrier on Jul 24, 2014 10:25:54 GMT -6
Sergi hears the comment about setting up a watch as he enters the barn. He finds the layoff and climbs up there. He then says, "even though we have security in a barn it would not be a bad idea to keep a watch. Granted we will not have light as any light source would definitely give away our position. However since we will be traveling together for a while and will be in probably more less secure places then we are now, we should keep a watch. Lets let Ramon come in after his conversation for this thoughts. "
(OOC Scott for sleeping in armor, I am ok sleeping in leather correct?)
Last Edit: Jul 24, 2014 10:26:36 GMT -6 by dtspurrier
Ramon made some small talk with the farmer about his crops. When the farmer mentioned he had been thinking about keeping some more goats for their milk and to sell on the market, Ramon told him the following story:
"Well, goat milk is delicious and I don't doubt you'd sell the milk easily enough. And the cheese too. But if you want goat milk you've gotta have a billy or two. And if you've got a billy or two you've got some trouble. I remember it was in the fourth year of my novitiate that the monastery had to have what we eventually referred to as 'The Great Goat Roast.' The previous spring we had ended up with a surplus of billy kids. And the chief goatherd, Brother Berenguer, was too kind hearted to send so many babes, as he saw them, to the pot. So by the next spring we had about a half dozen billy goats coming into their oats, if you catch my meaning."
Ramon shifted his weight a little to much clattering of metal.
"That would have been alright if our old billy, One Horn, had been willing to share. But he sure wasn't and after one of the younger males got badly roughed up by 'oil One Horn, the others started looking for easier pickin's. Soon the monastery was full of rogue goats who's natural urges had instilled in them the cunning of ten pigs. The sheep took to walking through the pastures in perfect circular formations - like breakfast rolls of fuzzy wool. And some of the smaller cows refused to leave their stalls. Even the cats became scarcer than a bachelor at the Planting Festival. But the monks, we soldiered on. Until finally one morning The Abbot convened Chapter in a rage. He recounted how he had been cornered by three of the young billies and had been forced to seek refuge in a small broom closet.
"That day I was appointed part of the delegation charged with addressing the proble. Three days later the monastery hosted a great celebratory feast for the village and that, good man, is where I got the horn collar for this wine skin. So, just be careful with those goats."
Ramon and the farmer soon said good evening and the cleric headed to the barn. As soon as he came through the door he was introduced to an apparently gestating discussion of watches. He agreed that they should keep watches. And saw no reason to argue in favor of lighting, though he doubted they needed to conceal their location. He made sure Axen was included in the watch schedule and the area watched by the watch keeper. Then he volunteered for whichever watch seemed least popular.
Post by dtspurrier on Jul 24, 2014 12:02:57 GMT -6
Sergi suggests, "well we have three warriors,Koldo, Axen and Aingeru. Lets have Axen and Clybe with first shift, me and Koldo on the second shift, and Ramon and Aingeru on the last. You clerics need to have non-interrupted sleep to regain back your divine spells correct?"
(OOC Scott not sure how we regain back spells. This is the first overnight adventure in your campaign. I believe I am interpreting this correctly.)
"What length watches are you suggesting? The only way we get enough sleep is if those are three or four hour watches. And that's a long time to ask some one to stay awake. Let's do individuals with two hour shifts."
Post by scottenkainen on Jul 25, 2014 11:57:32 GMT -6
The barn reeked of sheep and cows, but people were exhausted and, one by one, fell asleep. The lonely vigils began with Ramon and, since they stood guard alone, offered no chance for the adventurers to get to know each other one-on-one.
The vigils were doubly lonely because nothing more dangerous than an occasionally noisy sheep bothered them all night. In the morning, the farmer came out and joined Clybe in the barn just after dawn, trying to do his chores without waking anyone. But, when Clybe guessed it was 7 in the morning, he woke everyone up.
((Day 5 - Freeday, Flocktime 7.))
"Now, make sure you stay on the road to Penwick," the farmer advised them once they were up and dressed for travel. "There's a trail that leads off to the Village of Elkano you'll pass about a mile before you reach Penwick, but you won't need to go there. Just keep going straight. May Fharlanghn keep the road safe and Beory not rain on you before you get there."
Not that it looked like raining today. Maybe the farmer said that to everyone.
Axen was still itchy with fleas.
They began to travel again. They had gone two more miles, and saw some more farms in the distance off the road, when Sergi spotted a strange, greenish glow coming from the tall grass south of the road, about 50 yards off the road.
Axen stared at the glow. "I hate this magical stuff. Why can't people just have a normal fight? I can at least understand clerics 'cause they heal people but this stuff is just wrong." He walked down the road. "I'm all for avoiding... whatever that is."