Axen was really confused as to which direction to go to follow the game. He really did not want to go back empty handed, but neither direction seemed sure. He looked around at the land around him and examined the area with a stick, hoping to get a clue as to what the animals were eating recently so that he could assume they were going the other way.
Sergi looked for Axen. He thinks to himself, "this is what I get for trying to go after a wanderlust, flighty halfling. I thought I was impulsive and quick to act. " He tries to visually find Axen, no sense calling out in case there were more goblins.
Post by scottenkainen on Nov 6, 2014 12:12:25 GMT -6
Day 6/turn 16, rd. 5 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo):
The adventurers paused on the hilltop, feeling uncertain. Could the riddle really lead them into the wet fens to the east?
Meanwhile, Axen examined the ground and guessed that the small herbivore he was tracking headed east. Though he was really just guessing. But then he heard Sergi, somewhere to the southeast, calling for him.
Ramon was not so ready to just abandon this hill, "Those goblins prevented us searching for evidence of Llerg's fangs. Once Sergi returns with Axen we should search this hill for any notable rock formations. And maybe get a sense of the shape of this hill, maybe it's the fang. But a hill like this out in the middle of nowhere seems noteworthy."
After briefing Axen, Sergi says "lets head back to the group." As the two head back, hopefully Axen does walk with Sergi, Sergi theorizes, "those gioblins hid pretty well. Was this a great hiding place or is there a secret lair there. Maybe the hill is a cairn or a barrow. "
"Of course, Koldo. It does say 'fangs'. Let's look about for something on that order. The riddle says, 'In Readying, Llerg's fangs point to more than sky.' Perhaps it is also a reference to spring? A bear, snake, or alligator...Either way, let's search the hill and its sides."
Post by scottenkainen on Nov 10, 2014 9:17:15 GMT -6
Day 6/turns 17-18 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo):
Sergi and Axen returned, so the group could perform a systematic search of the hill as a whole. They spent an hour doing so. Sergi was disappointed to find no cave mouths or crevices large enough to fit more than a hand inside on the entire hill (and when he did put his hand inside them, he found nothing but dirt and rocks).
Ramon was disappointed, too, to find nothing resembling bears, snakes, alligators -- nor "fangs" of any kind on the hill. Ramon felt he was close, though, like he was right on top of something, but couldn't put his finger on what it was.
If anyone was happy, it was Clybe, seeing the party now seemingly directionless, and needing a leader to step in and take command...
Post by dtspurrier on Nov 10, 2014 20:26:26 GMT -6
Sergi says, "Ramon exactly what are we looking for here. I know each hill looks differently and we are saying that each hill looks like a tooth. So do we follow a hill's shape direction based on where we are standing. Do we have to count certain paces away from the hill. You mentioned Celestian's star, does that has anything to do with this?"
Ramon and Koldo had tromped their way back and reported on the apparent layout of the hills. "I suggest we try heading west from here. The next clue says, "When Wee Jas' mouth opens to swallow you/Count Hextor's red arrows to win your way through."
He started gathering himself to head back down the hill in the westerly direction, as he did so he continued, "One symbol of Hextor's is a fist grasping six arrows. As for the first half, Wee Jas's symbol is frequently a skull. I'm thinking it refers to a cave mouth, an entrance to the underworld, the domain of Wee Jas, goddess of death (and other things)."
Axen piped up. "If these rocks look like big teeth and we're supposed to count to six when we see a skull, maybe the hill is supposed to be like a skull. ... Though I don't know how we would count to six here."
At Axen's suggestion, Clybe went to one of the narrow ends of the hill and started counting rocks starting at that end. He came to the sixth one. "Perhaps there is something hidden under this one, or the sixth one on the other side? I think Axen's suggestion might be spot on."
Ramon was discouraged after he realized that the two hills, if they were fangs, pointed back the way they had come. He sagged down to sit upon a convenient boulder and contemplated the will of the gods in this matter. Did they wish for him and the band to fail? It had certainly been an inauspicious expedition to say the least.
Post by scottenkainen on Nov 11, 2014 12:32:09 GMT -6
Day 6/turn 19 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo):
Sergi, Axen, and Clybe all searched the northern hill together, looking under the sixth rock (after choosing a bunch of different starting rocks to begin counting from). They found nothing underneath the rocks but the hill itself.
Ramon redirected his thoughts to the will of the gods after his literal interpretations of the riddle did not pan out. Koldo, on the other hand, was not ready to give up on the riddle yet.
"I don't get it -- how can the hill be both the fang and the skull? That part doesn't make sense to me," Koldo said. "How does the riddle start again?"
"Who enters the dark lady Beltar’s domain Walks into the dawn of Pholtus’ reign. A nonce before great Celestian’s star does rise, In Readying, Llerg’s fangs point to more than sky. When Wee Jas’ mouth opens to swallow you--"
"Wait!" Koldo said. "These could still be the 'fangs', but we're not thinking about how they look 'a nonce before a star rises'. What would be different here at dusk? Do we need to wait that long to see?"
Post by scottenkainen on Nov 11, 2014 14:55:51 GMT -6
Day 6/turn 19a for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo):
Ramon made one last effort to think this through. Sure, as the sun set in the west, the shadows of the hills would point east, just like they'd been heading...
It seemed hopeless, until Ramon applied his imagination to the scene. He visualized watching the shadows elongate from the ground between the hills and realized, from his perspective, the shadows would seem to converge towards each other as they receded into the distance. It might look like a giant arrow!
"We go this way," Ramon said and explained to the others as he led the way down the hillside and in the direction the giant arrow would point come dusk. As he went he repeated the next lines of the poem, "When Wee Jas' mouth opens to swallow you/Count Hextor's arrows to win your way through."
Post by scottenkainen on Nov 12, 2014 9:20:33 GMT -6
Day 6/turns 20-25 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo):
It was still the middle of the day, so there were no long, cast shadows to follow to the edge of the fens that lay to the west; they only had Ramon's imagination to follow. No one knew Ramon's thoughts, though they could not be blamed for interpreting his look as crestfallen after finding nothing that looked exactly like Wee Jas' mouth waiting for them.
Sergi, Axen, and Clybe were dogged explorers, though, and went right back to searching around the edge of the fens. And, if Axen and Clybe were right, Ramon was not far off. Just a short ways south of where they were was a raised path heading into the fens, almost imperceivable except when you were right in front of it. If it continued far enough, it would be a dry trail leading straight through the fens.
And it did. For five long miles the five adventurers followed the trail as it snaked through the fens. The trail was so eroded that, for long stretches, they had to follow it single file to keep from getting their feet wet. At last, now they could see the trail disappeared into a grove of swamp trees up ahead on the horizon.
Bravely going into the grove, the adventurers found another, smaller hill, or perhaps a man-made mound, lying at the heart of the grove. It had a bald, stone top and, on the left side (as you were facing it) was a projecting rock with a niche hollowed out in the front of it. If one squinted real hard and used their imagination, the mound looked like it had the top of a skull and one eye socket. At the base of the mound as it faced them was a hole in the ground and a tunnel that sloped down under the hill from that hole. The tunnel looked to be about 7' wide.
Before they could debate if this was "Wee Jas' mouth" or not, they heard the sound of a group of people approaching them slowly through the trees and brush to the north.
"Let's all form up in case this is going to be a fight," Ramon said. He dressed his shield and waited. Perhaps it was Harvester's Heroes. That would be better than the other thought he had, the bandits returned. Those guys were real trouble.