Post by scottenkainen on Aug 4, 2014 20:25:16 GMT -6
Day 5/turn 4 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo, Aingeru):
Ramon detected magic coming from about 20 yards away to the southeast -- no, it was gone now. It must have just moved out of range.
Sergi searched around the mushroom ring, but could find nothing unusual about it now.
Axen watched carefully for a fairy to come back so he could give it proper pounding, but it didn't happen. The only fairy left to pound on was the unconscious one that Ramon seemed to be standing guard over.
Aingeru was trying to slap Koldo awake, but it wasn't working.
"Alright. I think the other faeries are watching us. I suggest we place the wounded one back in the mushroom ring and hope that that will show them this was just a big misunderstanding," Ramon spoke loudly enough that everyone could hear him (And since many were further away than that magical emanation had been, he figured they could hear him too. If they spoke common.)
He lifted up the faerie and its gear and headed over to set it down in the mushroom ring.
"And perhaps they will accept this small token as proof of our regret and hope for a closure to this incident," Ramon dug in his pack and pulled out the polished steel mirror he had bought some time before and had little use for to that point. He set it beside the unconscious faerie and withdrew to help Aingeru with transporting Koldo back to the road. That is if no one or nothing interfered.
Sergi listens to Ramon's request and nods. He then heads back over to Clybe and says, "axen give me a hand in carrying Clybe. Ramon we should find a place away from this area to place these two sleeping bodies and watch over them until they wake up."
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 6, 2014 9:37:35 GMT -6
Day 5/turn 5 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo, Aingeru):
Axen was still watching for more attacks, so Sergi dragged Clybe alone back to the road.
No more attacks came, though it was unclear if it was because Ramon had carefully returned the unconscious fairy to the ring, had generously donated his mirror to placate them, or some other unseen reason.
Back on the road, the four adventurers watched over their two fallen friends who slumbered peacefully -- for at least another hour before Koldo woke up, followed by Clybe two minutes later. Both men felt like they had woke up from a nap without feeling at all injured.
Once they were caught up to speed, it was discussed if they should press on now to the Village of Penwich, central village to the Township of Penwich, which was apparently all around them now, though nothing more than farmland was visible from the road.
"Koldo and Clybe, I am glad you are both feeling well. If there is anything you need please tell us. Hopefully we have come out of that conflict none the worse for wear. I don't know about the rest of you but I am revising my opinions of faeries somewhat."
Ramon heaved himself up from where he had been kneeling beside the two men as they awoke. He banged and clanged around a bit as he worked to settle his armor more comfortably. An ultimately fruitless attempt.
"I think it would be wise to push on to the village. Though I am more interested in presenting ourselves to the Baroness. Perhaps she will look upon our work with favor. We can get directions to the battle site from either of those places."
Sergi gets up stretches a bit and says, "lets definitely head to the village. Besides a hot meal and a warm bed sounds pretty good right now. I will keep an eye on behind us in case the fairies come back and still want to attack and/or if they brought something far more dangerous. Hopefully your gift Ramon worked."
"I can understand how the stress of that combat might have made you a little tired, but there is an awful lot of day left before we start thinking about dinner and bed. It can't be much further to the village. But watching our rear is not a bad idea, but I doubt you'll be able to spot them if they put on their invisibility act again. We should keep close together so they cannot take us piecemeal."
Ramon looked around at the rest of the group, "Alright? Onward?"
"Well, I've never been to a battlefield before. And it's been a while since the battle. So...probably skeletons - human and humanoid, rusty weapons and armor bits...oh, and maybe some arrowheads. That's always interesting. Have you been to a battlefield before? Do you think my guess is correct? Although, I suppose if it's been long enough there might not be anything left. Just farmland or such."
Ramon lowered his voice so Koldo and Aingeru could not hear, "I guess there's a chance there might be ghosts and unsettled souls. But last time we encountered one of those things turned out pretty well."
Axen was extremely glad to be heading away from the faeries. He didn't want to go near there in the first place, and now that everyone was back on their feet, he was glad no one had suggested going back. "Battlefields can be quite fun to explore. They're often abandoned, and I've found many useful things just lying about." As long as they headed toward the battlefield or the village and away from that blasted fairy ring, Axen was happy.
Clybe was a bit shaken by the fairy attack, but now that he was up again, he realized he felt quite rested. His feet didn't even hurt much, to be honest. "Sure, let's find this battlefield," he said. Clybe was pretty happy with any destination, but backing up Ramon and Axen in the conversation seemed to make sense here.
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 6, 2014 15:00:48 GMT -6
Day 5/turn 6 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo, Aingeru):
Two hours of walking later, the road finally tumbled out into the Village of Penwich!
Penwich was built on particularly lush fields, fed by several creeks and springs. The wettest pastures had been turned into apple orchards, while much of the rest was vineyards. The road into Penwich was well-maintained and lined with trees for a solid half-mile before reaching Penmont Keep, home to Danel, both the Baron and Lord Mayor of Penwich. The village -- really a small town, of at least 1,000 residents -- was unwalled, but surrounded by a circle of trees like a natural palisade. The whole town smelled like apple cider and wine and turned out to have many taverns.
Sergi smelled the air and enjoyed the fragrances of apples and wines. He says, " when we get back,I need to ask my mom to see if she has business contracts here. I see a place to make a nice profit for her. I wonder if the taverns do any free tastings/samples for outsiders. "
"Does your mother take her business off the rivers?" Ramon asked idly as he ambled off to the nearest tavern. He was happy to take a rest and seek information there. His first question was going to be whether or not the town was served by a member of his temple.
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 7, 2014 8:27:10 GMT -6
Day 5/turn 7 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo, Aingeru):
Though the Village of Penwich was only one of their intended destinations, some of the adventurers spread out to investigate the place before inquiring about the location of Emridy Meadows.
Sergi stopped into the first tavern and looked into getting a free tasting. The tavern was rustic and rural and quiet, with just a half-dozen farmers sitting around by the entrance playing seven men's morris. He was disappointed to learn he could not get a free tasting, though a flask of the house beer was almost free at 2 coppers.
Ramon found the village's chapel, concealed (intentionally?) from the road by Penmont Keep. It looked to indeed be dedicated to the heavenly virtues...though the iconography betrayed a stronger emphasis on Heironeous over Cuthbert than Ramon might have liked.
Before finding a bar Sergi would have replied to Ramon's question, "depending on the business. If there would be a way to transport goods on the river or to take this cider the Verbobonc city and then export the cider to other cities along the Velverdyva she would definitely be interested. "
At the tavern he keeps that in mind about the house beer cost and ask the barkeep were the local inn is at. Once he gets a response he finds the others.
Ramon would have rather the chapel had a greater commitment to St. Cuthbert but Heironeous was certainly a fine choice. He entered and, if no one greeted him, made his way to the main altar and knelt in peaceful prayer for a time before seeking out the shrine's attending cleric.
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 7, 2014 14:25:28 GMT -6
Day 5/turn 8 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo, Aingeru):
Sergi was in the West End Tavern, talking to the tavernkeeper.
"We don't have an inn anymore, really. The Village Tavern used to be the Village Inn, but it wasn't doing enough business. The Meabes had to sell their separate house and move their family into the guest rooms upstairs and just use the downstairs as a tavern now."
Ramon had passed a young man on entering the chapel who had mistaken for a parishioner, until the man addressed him.
"Forgive me, traveler, but may I ask where you're from?" the young man asked.
Ramon did some polite questioning back and learned that this man was Illan, a layperson servant who served as acolyte and paladin around here. "If you'd like to speak to a cleric, I can fetch one for you," Illan said.
Sergi speaks to the bartender, " I recently just arrived in your town with a group, do we rent a space to stay with a farmer or would any tavern let us sleep in the common room. " At this point Sergi orders a house beer. Continuing the conversation he says, "so you said business is down for the Meabes, is that just for them or is business down in general? I am trying to find the site of the Battle of Emerydy Meadows, by chance do you know where it is? One of my companions is a history buff, and is doing some research"
Ramon answered Illan, "While I would be glad to meet the local cleric, I do not need to disturb anyone at this time. Perhaps if you have a moment?"
Illan nodded and Ramon continued, "I am here with some companions on a mission from the Temple in Verbobonc City, I am Adept Ramon. I would appreciate any information you can share. First, I'd like to know more about the lay of the land around here and about the position of the church. Are you able to tell me anything about that?"
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 8, 2014 10:11:01 GMT -6
Day 5/turn 9 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo, Aingeru):
While Axen and Clybe remained on the road that ran through the village (well, around the keep, and then through the rest of the village), Koldo and Aingeru joined Sergi in the West End Tavern.
"I can't say," the tavernkeeper was saying to Sergi. "You can ask the other tavernkeepers if you can use their common rooms for the night. I'd say business is down in general. We don't get too many visitors except during fest weeks, and then most people who come into the village from the rest of the township stay in tents outdoors. Emridy Meadows...I believe that's a few hours south of here."
Koldo and Aingeru ordered ale.
Meanwhile, Illan thought over Ramon's questions. "I'm not sure how helpful I can be. For the position of the church, I'd rather defer to one of the clerics. As to the lay of the land...can you be more specific?"
Sergi drinks some more of the local beer, "you know with this town having lots of vineyards and orchards, I am surprised the taverns don't have a contract with a local import/export guild in Verbobonc city. With the quality of cider and wine you seem to have I am surprised business is not doing well. I know my family does a lot of river/water export/imports, but I can talk to them and see if they can help if you like. Although I probably would have to speak with the Baron right? or can each tavern make their own business decision on selling their wares? "
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"I guess the question was a little vague. I'm new here and I'm interested in any information you think might be of import to a cleric of the Heavenly Virtues. I don't want to step on any toes or make any trouble if I can help it. For instance, I've heard there are two nobles hereabouts. Who lives in the keep? And how do the two nobles get along?"
Ramon also asked, "I had heard there was a big battle hereabouts. Is that true?"
On the way out of town, Clybe stopped back by the tavern for a few moments to tell people farewell and that he hoped to return in a few days. This might secure a night's lodging when he returned, after all. After that, he joined the group as they continued down the Viscount's Road.
Axen was anxious to find some action, preferably of the non-magical variety, so he started scouting ahead of the group a bit as they continued down the road. He hoped to spy some of the Harvester fellows; to him, their reputation was fine, but he was concerned that they might cause a problem later on if both groups were pursuing the same goal.
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 27, 2014 9:26:53 GMT -6
Day 5/turn 15 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe (Koldo, Aingeru):
"What a nice guy, letting us know..." Clybe heard before leaving the Village Tavern in Penwich.
It was a warm, humid Freeday and the six adventurers in armor were thankful to not have a long walk from Penwich to Avella. The villages were close enough together that a low stone wall was necessary as a boundary between their farmlands.
An hour later, they were already in sight of Avella. The tiny village housed perhaps 200 people, tops. There was no sign of a chapel and only a lone manor house rose above the smaller homesteads around it.
Determined to win an audience with the Lady Eulalia of the House of Avella, the adventurers marched straight through the village and past a busy tavern. Sentries in leather armor, holding spears, stood guard outside the manor house.
"Halt, strangers. What business do you have here in Avella?" the lead sentry asked.
Ramon also chose to wait and let Clybe take up the conversation. During the walk he had offered to him the tack he thought most appropriate for this conversation.
"I think it best to be mostly up front. We can offer to seek the treasure at the same terms as offered to Harvester's Heroes. Our association is in part necessarily funded by the wealth we might acquire, but in particular the quest has been undertaken to see her family restored to the status it had lost during the struggle with the Hordes of Elemental Evil. What I'd like us to secure is her approval for our quest. Failing that we can pledge to undertake it of our own will for the benefit of the local community," Ramon had suggested. Beyond that he left the negotiations in the more personable Clybe's hands. Though he promised to intervene if there was any difficulty he thought he could remedy.
This was Clybe's time to shine. He had been gearing himself up to bring forth every ounce of charisma, so he laid it on the line here.
"Hello, good sir. My name is Clybe, and I am a cleric of St. Cuthbert. Recently, Dame Eulalia sent a courier north to the city of Verbobonc asking for aid. The courier was waylaid by a ruffian while on his mission and some of us," gesturing to himself, Ramon, and Clybe, "rescued the courier from the ruffian, at which point the courier shared the Dame's request with us. We are here responding to her request."
Clybe figured he would address the Harvester's Heroes issue separately if it came up. If not... let them deal with it later.