Post by scottenkainen on Aug 26, 2014 10:02:36 GMT -6
For anyone needing to post here.
This is the east and southeast parts of the city (on both sides of the river, designated by F and G on the map). It is sometimes known as Verboekberg, the Gnomish name for it, since so many gnomes live here.
This quarter includes the following locations: 1) Players Inn, 2) Bronze Unicorn Inn, 3) Temple of the One True Path, 4) Civic Barns, 5) Maurell's Metal Emporium, 6) Pampered Polecat Bathhouse (brothel), 7) Big Weapons, 8) Higden's Place for Gnomes (tavern), 9) Clennam's Clothes & Tailor, 10) Clennam's Cheese Shop, 11) Brass Rail Tavern, 12) Bunsby's Brewery, 13) Rhenee Town (row of houses owned by the Rhenee), 14) Lestrange's (tavern & gambling den?), 15) St. Cuthbert's Orphanage, 16) Viscount's Army Station House
Post by Ronny Serio on Aug 26, 2014 11:16:34 GMT -6
"How bizarre," said Joaquim. The mage was genuinely uncertain what to make of this development. "You don't think they'd have tried to assault the manor all on their own, do you?"
"At this hour?" asked Marcel, incredulous. "Gods, who in their right mind would want to fight so early?"
"We're talking about Tain and Gaston here, I'm not sure 'right mind' enters into it."
"Huh," said Marcel. "Still, that seems like an abrupt change of course."
"Agreed. I don't think it alters our plan, though." Joaquim brought Caltaran into the conversation. "We head for the Temple of Heavenly Virtues this morning to see what they make of this situation. Will you join us or do you have your own agenda to pursue?"
Post by dtspurrier on Aug 26, 2014 11:25:52 GMT -6
Caltaran replies, "I can tell you I have searched the temple library archives on the original attacks from the cult years ago. As I am originally from Veluna, I was not here when that event occurred. I can tell you that Ma Henrin, then Matriarch of the temple, and former Deacon now Sub-Deacon Guxti of Saint Cuthbert suffered greatly from the events. When a priest of Saint Cuthbert named Ramon got attacked by the cultists, Sub deacon Gutxi asked me for assistance. I have since got his permission, since he is one of my mentors, to investigate and stop this cult. I would have helped in saving the children during the orphanage fire, but curfew cut me off and I was in the temple archives investigating the history of the cult. As for me I would happy to accompany you both to the temple. So what about Tain and the Bard? Will they be joining us?"
Post by Ronny Serio on Aug 26, 2014 11:30:21 GMT -6
Joaquim and Marcel exchanged confused glances. It was the big man who replied. "All we know is that they're gone. You seem to be on more familiar terms with the pair of them, perhaps you have some idea of their whereabouts or intentions?"
"Either way," added Joaquim. "I highly doubt they'll be accompanying us to the Temple."
Post by dtspurrier on Aug 26, 2014 11:36:43 GMT -6
Caltaran thought about this and said, "I thought they were going to meet me down here for breakfast. Unless they thought they were trying to assault the manor by themselves and that is foolish. Oh just to let you know last night Tain and I met a man by the name of Ximo. This man is a clerk and is a represenative of Vicent's family. When Tain told him the fate of Vicent, he was shocked of course, we told him we would retrieve the body so it can be buried. What bothers me about the Dieg Manor is why were Tain, his friend Tull-o and a cleric of Saint Cuthbert investigating a manor that is supposedly abandoned. Vicent must had a reason, although Tain said that Ma Henrin tried to stop him."
Post by dtspurrier on Aug 26, 2014 12:29:19 GMT -6
Caltaran says, " I have no quarrel with her, Tain seems to have an issue with her. I tried to ask her some questions about the cult and the manor and she was evasive. She seemed nice but the past events bothered her and I was not trying to open up old wounds. I don't know much about Vicent, he follows his Saint Cuthbert teachings well but at times can be a little condescending. Sub-deacon Gutxi, one of his mentors, will probably know more about Vicent. "
Post by Ronny Serio on Aug 26, 2014 13:18:07 GMT -6
"Well, lets make for the Temple then," said Joaquim. "We've had mixed success so far getting them to heed our warnings about the Cult of the Flaming Eye. Perhaps you'll be able to catch the ear of someone who can make things happen."
Post by dtspurrier on Aug 26, 2014 14:17:00 GMT -6
Caltaran agrees and finishes his breakfast. He pays his tab for the food and room. He checks with the innkeeper to see if he had a message from Domeka. Regardless he grabs his weapons from the guard and accompanies Marcel and Joaquim to the Temple of Heavenly Virtues
Post by scottenkainen on Sept 3, 2014 11:43:06 GMT -6
Turn 5 for Joaquim, Marcel:
The two itinerant gentleman adventurers made their way back to the alehouse by the docks they had visited the night before, looking to collect information. However, in their haste they had forgotten that it was only morning still, far from the busiest time of day for an alehouse. Inside, they found an ugly woman sweeping with a broom and two men lying with their heads on a table, appearing to be asleep. One of the men looked familiar from the other night.
Post by Ronny Serio on Sept 4, 2014 8:06:53 GMT -6
Marcel frowned at the sleeping men. "I begin to suspect they won't be of much help."
"If I remember right," said Joaquim. "When I passed by the docks yesterday morning, there was a lot of shouting and running about when the Blythe came in. Perhaps the mariners all just wait by the docks until some work pops up."
"Alright, lets see who we can find," said Marcel. "I might also like to take a run at the dockmaster. Maybe find out some more info on the Blythe's big passenger."
"Hopefully you'll have more luck than I did. I got stonewalled pretty quickly by an assistant."
"I'll have to turn up the charm then," winked Marcel.
Post by scottenkainen on Sept 4, 2014 12:14:14 GMT -6
Turn 6 for Joaquim, Marcel:
Undeterred, Joaquim and Marcel left the alehouse to walk closer to the docks. There, they did find dozens of men standing around idle, while others loaded or unloaded smaller rivercraft much smaller than the Blythe. Quite a few men and women were fishing, while mainly women washed clothing in the river. Most of these people were poorly-dressed, weather-beaten folk of Oeridian stock, well-bronzed from the sun, but others were Rhenee and had their swarthy look.
After a short patrol up and down the docks, Marcel recognized only one sailor from the other night, who was amongst the idle hands. This man recognized Marcel and greeted him heartily. "Ah, it's you! Tell me, did you ever find Bill? I might know where to find him, but, eh...wasn't there a finder's fee mentioned...?"
Post by scottenkainen on Sept 5, 2014 11:48:40 GMT -6
Turn 7a for Joaquim, Marcel:
Joaquim moved into position where he could see both in front of and behind the shack.
Marcel threw himself against the door. It rattled noisily, but was stuck tight and resisted his first effort. On the second effort, the door gave.
Inside was Bill, the crippled ex-pirate, and another man standing on opposite sides of a small table with a lantern sitting on it. The second man was wearing chainmail and a chain coif over his head, but had a wicked scar on his bulbous nose. At the side of the room was a cot with a barrel and some sacks behind it.
This front room was 10' x 10'. An open doorway led into a tiny back room.
The man in chain went for a mace hanging at his side, ready for combat.
Post by Ronny Serio on Sept 8, 2014 8:46:55 GMT -6
"Joaquim, to me!" shouted Marcel. The big man advanced quickly on the man in chain, hoping to take him out of the fight before he could bring that mace to bear.
Joaquim, responding to the call immediately, moved into the doorway behind Marcel. He brought his Charm Person spell to the front of his mind, but held off on using it for the moment. He would how Marcel fared first. If things got ugly fast, he would deploy it.
Post by scottenkainen on Sept 8, 2014 15:25:52 GMT -6
Turn 7, rds. 1-2 for Joaquim, Marcel:
Marcel charged the big man, but Bill kicked over the table first towards Marcel, putting a barrier in his way that Marcel had to spend valuable time going around.
The big man was good with that mace. He had it up in both hands in no time and delivered a glancing blow to Marcel that would develop into a large bruise later.
Bill pulled a small flask from his belt and unstoppered it, while shouting, "Up! Up, you bilge rats! Up and fight!"
Joaquim came to the door in time to see Bill dipping his hook into the vial.
Once Marcel had the table out of the way, he found it much easier to fight the big man, or at least keep both of them on the defensive. Mace and sword hit each other frequently, but no persons were harmed.
At the back of the room, two kobolds emerged from the tiny back room, carrying short swords and shields.
((Rd. 1: Marcel's to hit: 2; Marcel's to be hit: 16, 3 dmg; Rd. 2: Marcel's to hit: 9; Marcel's to be hit: 7))
Post by scottenkainen on Sept 9, 2014 10:24:20 GMT -6
Turn 7, rd. 3 for Joaquim, Marcel:
Marcel knew that Joaquim's spells could mean trouble, so he backed up quickly towards the exit.
But this time, the spell went off perfectly as planned. The big man, Bill, and both kobolds dropped to the ground, asleep. They even heard another figure drop in the back room. Even though Joaquim couldn't really be sure if he had Marcel out of spell range or not, Marcel remained unaffected.
((# of 1/2 HD affected: 12, # of higher HD affected: 5; saves: 4, 14, 9, 5, 1, 18 (Marcel's))
Post by scottenkainen on Sept 10, 2014 7:58:22 GMT -6
The rest of turn 7 for Joaquim, Marcel:
While Marcel was executing the little creatures, Joaquim went in the backroom and found a third kobold sleeping in front of a pile of stinky hay in the 5' x 10' backroom. There were some bones on the floor, but whether they were from eating or part of some bone-rolling game was difficult to say, perhaps both.
Post by Ronny Serio on Sept 10, 2014 12:27:06 GMT -6
"There's one more kobold back here," said Joaquim. "I'll handle him, you grab some of that canvas in the corner and tie those two up nice and tight." The mage drew his dagger and did the dirty business of ending the monster.
Once the men were restrained, Joaquim and Marcel set to thoroughly searching the shack. Joaquim went through Bill and the warrior's belongings, then checked the kobold bodies as well. Marcel went through the cot, the barrel, the sacks and anything else that was laying around. Then he'd poke around in the pile of hay in the back room.
Post by scottenkainen on Sept 11, 2014 9:00:01 GMT -6
Turn 8 for Joaquim, Marcel:
The kobolds wore leather armor and carried shields and short swords, but had no better treasure on them.
The cot was lined with straw and appeared to have nothing in or underneath it (other than fleas).
The barrel had a spigot that allowed them to easily find it contained beer.
The sacks held salted meat and cheese wheels, enough to feed a small group of, say, four for a week if they rationed it.
Under the straw, Joaquim found small trap door. It pulled open from a small pull ring. Underneath was a small cell dug into the ground, 5' on a side. The cell stank strongly from a rotting corpse resting in the corner, a small chest sitting in front of it.
Post by scottenkainen on Sept 12, 2014 11:13:20 GMT -6
Turn 9 for Joaquim, Marcel:
By now, Bill and the big man were both tied up firmly with strips of canvas and still snoozed peacefully.
Marcel pulled the corpse out. The fellow -- and it was a man -- was well-dressed, for Verbobonc. The clothes were now soiled and nasty, though. He had been stabbed in the chest and bled to death, but there were also cuts along the forehead and wrists that Joaquim thought might have been preparations for some arcane ceremony he did not know.
Post by Ronny Serio on Sept 12, 2014 11:20:00 GMT -6
"Well, I think we can rule out a trap on the chest as the cause of death," said Joaquim. The mage began to rifle through the dead man's cloths, looking for anything of value.
Marcel, still leery, retrieved the cultist's mace from the front room. He returned to the pit, leaned down once more and used the weapon to roughly prod the chest several times. If nothing ominous happened, he'd leap down, and if it wasn't overly heavy, list the chest out of the pit.