Post by scottenkainen on Oct 20, 2014 14:33:34 GMT -6
Day 6/turn 1 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo):
The watches were blissfully uneventful last night, leaving everyone free to wake up on the morning of Starday, the 8th day of the month of Flocktime. And to wake up soaking wet with dew. Hopes that a good night's sleep would make anyone feel better turned out to be just wishful thinking.
Sergi, the morning watchperson, had lit a small fire in the morning to try to dry everyone off and to heat their breakfast, which he left sitting out next to the small pile of burning kindling.
Ramon and Clybe said nothing, right away, about their late night talk. Axen woke up on his own and scampered out of his tree (he was the only one to ditch his armor before sleeping, to make climbing easier).
Ramon knelt in the wet grass and prayed for more spells from the gods. Cuthbert, who seemed to favor him, would surely not fail to answer his prayers, but there were other gods too and Delleb had earned a special place in Ramon's prayers of late.
Koldo was still unconscious.
((Anything before breaking camp and moving on again, gentlemen?))
Ramon prayed for two healing blessings and the ability to divine evil intent. Right away he cast his first healing spell in the hopes of awakening Koldo. Then he would take stock of the general injuries across the party and pray for another healing spell.
Post by dtspurrier on Oct 20, 2014 18:45:12 GMT -6
Sergi gets up and slings his bow, still a bit sore from his injuries. He asks, "So Ramon where are we heading next? Also by chance can I get a healing spell from either you or Clybe. This way I also do not slow us down either"
"Sorry, Sergi. But Clybe is much worse off than you are. I have only one healing blessing left. We'll just have to be careful as we explore today," Ramon answered. "Once we are ready to go it's more walking east."
Ramon prayed for St. Cuthbert to heal his loyal servant, Clybe.
Post by scottenkainen on Oct 21, 2014 10:33:32 GMT -6
Day 6/turns 1-12 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo):
Sergi was passed over for divine healing in favor of Clybe, who found his serious injuries reduced to moderate ones. He was, in fact, a little better off than Ramon now, though not as hale and hearty as Axen and Koldo after their healings.
Sergi was still feeling weak today and wasn't sure if he could even fight now, but he could travel. And soon, everyone else was ready to push off on the quest.
The going was slow, not just because of Ramon's heavy armor or Sergi's weakness, but because the ground was periodically marshy from wet springs and the adventurers had to navigate to higher or drier ground to keep from getting mired in mud. And so, it wound up being noon and they had only gone 11 miles. Up ahead, on the horizon to the east, was a lone rock- and grass-covered hill.
Upon rising, Clybe prayed for the ability to heal others and remove the burden of wounds from them. He accepted Ramon's blessing and felt much better.
As they trudged along, Clybe attempted to figure out how severe Sergi's wounds actually were. "Sergi, my friend," Clybe said as he walked along beside him, "I am able to heal wounds only once today. I see that you are wounded and suffering from our unfortunate confrontation with the bandits yesterday."
"I would gladly heal your wounds, but I confess to being uncertain as to the dangers ahead of us. Our path is unclear to me - it is only my deep trust in Ramon that keeps me from simply stopping at this point. I wish for our entire party to be safe and strong. If our path is safe today, I will heal you at our evening meal. However, if your burden becomes too much, just ask and I will gladly heal you. I greatly admire your willingness to stay strong for the benefit of our party as a whole - it speaks well of your character, but, again, if you need it, I will gladly heal you."
Clybe lagged a bit behind Sergi with a half-smile on his face, picking a few berries nearby that were near the path. If push comes to shove, Clybe felt that Sergi would be in his corner as well.
Axen said to the others, "I'll climb to the top of that hill and hide among the rocks and see what I can see! I'll keep low... guess that's not particularly hard for me... so that I'm not spotted." Before even checking, Axen scampered toward the hill, then up the hill, ducking among the rocks and in the grass. Upon reaching the summit, Axen carefully peered about.
Before following Axen up the hill, Ramon took a moment to study it. He was looking for any sign of "Celestian's Star." And also, thinking on a different track, if he took the time the had traveled the day before plus the time they had traveled today, would it add up to a day's worth of travel?
"I suspect we may find the next sign here," Ramon said to the others. "Keep a look out for interesting formations, like a half-moon shape resembling Celestian's holy symbol or fang-like rocks on or about the hill. I know this is somewhat vague but we must trust in Rudd for luck and Delleb for insight."
Post by dtspurrier on Oct 21, 2014 14:45:58 GMT -6
Earlier while walking with clybe, Sergi listens to clybe and says, " I will accept your offer of healing at dinner. If we get attacked during watch at least I can then defend myself and all of you. By the way I am here to make money and a little fame. I knew the risks when I decided to start adventuring. Had a little push from a dwarven friend."
Current time: sergi starts to look around for the markings Ramon mentioned.
Post by scottenkainen on Oct 22, 2014 11:26:18 GMT -6
Day 6/turn 13 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo):
Sergi, Ramon, Clybe, and Koldo began circling around the base of the hill, looking for signs, but Axen was the first to notice something wrong when he scampered up the side of it -- he heard movement and knew he was not alone! From the shade under rocks on the hillside stood three, four -- no, five! -- short men in light armor, like ugly, beardless dwarves with twisted yellow-orange faces peeking out from under their horned helmets.
((Combat intentions? They are 15-25' from Axen, and currently out of line-of-sight from the others, about 50-60' away.))
Clybe noticed that Axen had drawn his sword, so he slowed down and approached the halfling, looking in the direction that the small man was looking. Once he saw the "dwarves," he waved and gestured at the other group members, then hid behind a rock.
Post by dtspurrier on Oct 22, 2014 12:25:11 GMT -6
Sergi still weak from the combat before moves over to Clybe and says, "if we can't resolve this peacefully and this results from combat I am probably not going to be not much of help. I do want to do my part for this group, so a healing spell should work hopefully. However, lets see if they attack us or not."
Ramon also did not relish the possibility of combat but suspected such inhuman faces bespoke wicked hearts. He hefted his mace and took cover behind a rock as well. He motioned for Sergi to ready his bow and had Koldo take cover as well. With the party in their injured state Ramon was not willing to provoke a combat if it could be avoided.
Post by scottenkainen on Oct 23, 2014 10:28:17 GMT -6
Day 6/turn 13a for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo):
Clybe and Sergi crouched behind one rock, while Ramon and Koldo crouched behind another (there was no rock cover large enough to stand fully erect behind).
Axen stood alone, boldly holding his sword. The dwarf-things slowly picked up morning stars and spears, but did not appear ready to use them yet. Instead, they talked to Axen in a language they did not understand -- but Clybe did.
In the goblin tongue, it was saying, "What are you, and how many of you are there, little one?"
Clybe was almost stunned to realize that he could understand their language. "Talk about a happy coincidence..." he thought to himself. He breathed in deep, then stood up and approached so that the dwarf-things could see him. "There are several of us. Do not be afraid - we do not wish to fight you." Clybe said loudly in the goblin tongue, and he held his hands up to show this. "My friend here is wary," nodding toward Axen, "because we were recently ambushed by cruel bandits."
"Axen, lower your sword slowly," Clybe told him. "You don't have to put it away, but look as unaggressive as possible."
Clybe switched back to the goblin tongue. "Are you in trouble or in need of food? We will share what we have with you."
He paused, then added, "We are doing research. We are in this area looking for unusual rock formations. Do you know of any nearby?"
Clybe then waited for a response from the goblins. Whatever they said, he intended to keep a healthy portion of that knowledge to himself.
((Is there any chance Ramon can recognize the language being spoken?))
Not certain what Clybe was negotiating, if he was negotiating, Ramon prayed to Delleb for insight, beseeching him to grant the power to discern evil intent. Ramon could see Clybe and Axen standing just a short charge from the creatures and talking and worried what everyone's plans were.
Clybe rummaged in his pack and found his filled wine skin as well as a day's worth of rations. He pulled them out into his hands so that they could be seen clearly by the goblinoids.
To his party, he said, "They are hungry and thirsty and have requested food. They seem to know the area well. I am giving them some of my food and wine as an offering. Please, feel free to add some if you can."
Returning to his goblin tongue, Clybe loudly said, "Here, I have some wine and some food for you to share. My supplies are limited, but you seem to be hungry and thirsty." Clybe very slowly walked forward with the food and wine in his hands until he was approximately twenty feet from the goblinoids, at which point he sat his items on the ground and then backed away slowly. "Please, enjoy them."
Clybe's gut told him that these individuals were of neutral bearing and could be swayed to help them once their hunger was sated and a bit of wine was in their bellies. Again, he requested that his group add a bit of food to his offering.
Axen did not want to give up his wineskin at all, but he was willing to give some of his rations to help. He sheathed his sword, pulled out a day's worth of rations, and then slowly walked forward as Clybe did, placing his rations next to Clybe's, and then backing away.
Ramon had not offered his rations, waiting to see how these "goblins" received Clybe's offering. It had not gone well, but then he didn't expect that these humanoids knew much of anything. He remained tensed and ready for things to turn uglier.
Post by dtspurrier on Oct 25, 2014 21:44:06 GMT -6
After turning over his rations and seeing the creatures reaction he moves back to the rock.on his way back he tries to get a glimpse on where these creatures came from. Was this a good hiding place or is there an entrance to a burrow or cairn. He has his bow ready in case there is combat.