Post by scottenkainen on Nov 14, 2014 21:01:45 GMT -6
Day 6/turn 26 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo):
There was enough time for Sergi and Clybe to run behind the south side of the mound. Clybe called on the gods to heal Sergi...but Sergi didn't feel much better; maybe not all the gods had been listening.
Moments later, five figures emerged into the clearing where Ramon and Axen stood in front of the mound. They were a dwarf warrior, an elf warrior, two human warriors, and one who looked like an old, bearded man in ordinary clothes. Two of them looked very familiar. All of them were caked up to the waist in mud and looked exhausted.
"You!" Fortunato of the Harvester's Heroes said to Ramon and Axen, who he had met five days earlier. "What -- how did you get here?"
"Oh. Fortunato hasn't told the rest of you about us? That's surprising."
Ramon patted Axen on the shoulder, "We've been trying to find our way by following the riddle, but have had only mixed success. Dame Avella granted us leave to pursue it if we wished. And we chose to do so. But we have had some bad luck with some bandits and are somewhat depleted. Perhaps..."
Post by scottenkainen on Nov 17, 2014 17:09:09 GMT -6
Day 6/turn 26b for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo):
"Ah, and share in all the loot? And favor with Dame Avella?" Fortunato asked sarcastically.
"Hold, Fortunato," Gratien said. "Let our two groups discuss this matter privately. We will come back to you when we've decided."
Gratien's word seemed to be good enough for his four peers. They headed to the northeast side of the high mound, where they would be out of sight from those on the west side (Ramon, Axen, Koldo) and those on the south side (Sergi, Clybe). That left this group of five adventurers free to discuss if they wanted to embrace Ramon's plan.
Ramon joined the others, "I think we can trust them. But at this point we've been through so much I am not willing to give up and let them take over the quest. I suggest we keep quiet about what we know. I think we need some rest before we go into the cave. Sergi cannot do anything without some real rest and I am out of blessings. We could make camp a little ways away from here and then make our entry when we are ready."
Post by scottenkainen on Nov 19, 2014 14:24:31 GMT -6
Day 6/turn 27 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo):
Axen, Clybe, and Koldo deferred to Ramon's leadership again, and Ramon was ready to make an offer.
The five members of the Harvester's Heroes came around from the far side of the mound and looked like they had reached a decision.
"We have," Gratien confirmed. "We are ready to proceed inside now, and do not wish to join forces. You are free to follow us in, so long as you give us space. If this is an entrance to the underworld, as we suspect it is, there could be a veritable maze to search for the Avella family fortune. In that case, there would be plenty of space for both our parties to search."
"That is very...gracious of you. We have need of rest before we can make our entrance. That should give you plenty of room. We will make our camp near here if you are forced to withdraw and need some assistance," Ramon answered. He was not happy to let them go in first but he knew his group was not ready for any underworld adventures until they had regrouped and renewed their abilities.
Post by scottenkainen on Nov 20, 2014 9:12:43 GMT -6
Day 6/turn 28-29 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo):
Ramon's companions were unusually un-objectionable. The Harvester's Heroes went in alone.
After five minutes of silence, Koldo said, "We should be especially alert, maybe post double watches. Not only might those goblins we chased away before still be around, but those guys might unintentionally flush monsters out of that cave towards us."
But none of that happened. An hour passed and there was not even any sound coming from inside the cave mouth. Not, at least, until everyone heard shouting and running. The Harvester's Heroes were coming back -- in a hurry.
All five members of their party came out, but most of them looked hurt from a recent battle.
Ramon had been just about to suggest the party make a more orderly camp in the shade of the hill when this happened. He motioned for Koldo to come with him as he moved to protect the Heroes if they were being pursued.
"What happened?" Ramon asked the Heroes as they started to reorganize themselves.
It took every single ounce of Clybe's will not to encourage the group to just slaughter the wounded Harvesters. The only thing that kept him doing so - and urging Axen and Sergi to help - was fear of reprisal from Ramon.
Instead, Clybe stood there fidgeting, waiting to hear the story.
Axen pulled out his sword and went straight to the entrance. He stood next to it, waiting for whatever would come running out chasing the Harvesters, and he intended to take a swing as soon as anything emerged.
"I thought I warned you about talking like that," Ramon answered in a gentle voice. "You can rise above these bad habits, Sergi. Even if your natural inheritance might be the ways of the shadows, that does not mean you have to give in to them."
Ramon turned back to Gratien, "We have no healing available but are willing to share the campsite with you. Perhaps we can share watches?"
Post by scottenkainen on Nov 21, 2014 9:41:00 GMT -6
Day 6/turn 30-33 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo):
Two hours passed, and it was supper time. The unnamed band of adventurers gathered together to see how much rations they had left. Luckily, most of them had given up very little to the goblins, and even Clybe still had half his food left*.
The Harvester's Heroes had declined Ramon's offer to camp with them, but did not camp far away -- only 25 yards away, behind a few swamp trees, on another patch of dry ground, where the two groups could see each other, but not necessarily hear each other's conversations. But two of them came over during supper -- Gratien and one of the fighters whose name was not yet known. Both of them wore platemail armor and carried their great helms in their hands. This was the first time the other one had even been seen without his helmet on.
Or was it a he? The face looked manly enough, but the voice was feminine. "Gratien thought we should come over and talk. I am Daphne of Nulb."
"We thought we should share more information with you," Gratien said. Gratien wore an amulet with the holy symbol of Pelor adorning it over his armor, that had previously been tucked in. "The way to the barrow-wight had been the first side passage on the right. That wight is no more, but there might be others. We would caution you to do as little as possible to attract monsters to you once you enter."
((*Trent never specified how much food he was giving to the goblins, but it seemed to be more than the others were giving.))
"That information is very generous," Ramon answered. "Though we have some experience among us, a think it's safe to admit a dungeon is a new challenge for us. Did any of you call upon the gods to turn back the wight?"
Post by scottenkainen on Nov 21, 2014 22:24:22 GMT -6
Day 6/turn 34-41 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo):
"Yes, we have a cleric among us," Gratien said. "Kaeden is his name. He tried to turn it and it failed -- turning undead does not always work, you know; though it's no fault of the cleric. You see--"
"It looks like there are clergymen among them," Daphne interjected, "so I am sure they are aware of how turning works."
"Yes, I suppose they would. Sorry, gentlemen. We'll be returning to our camp now, anyway."
The sunlight completely vanished and the two moons came out. And the stars, though there were plenty of clouds in the sky obscuring a great many of them.
The fens were thick with frogs and their chorus grew almost deafening. It was very hard getting to sleep, especially for those wishing to sleep in their armor, and they did not sleep well. Plus, bugs were fierce out here, with stinging flies about.
The Harvester's Heroes maintained a campfire, perhaps to drive the bugs away.
Ramon suggested a set for the watches, Sergi first with instructions not to risk injuring himself if trouble appeared, then Koldo, then Axen, then Ramon, and, finally, Clybe. No one seemed to mind and they settled down to sleep.
Ramon chose to take off his armor to sleep, hoping he might recover more quickly that way.
Post by scottenkainen on Nov 24, 2014 10:03:02 GMT -6
Day 7/turn 1 for Sergi, Ramon, Axen, Clybe, (Koldo):
The watches went just as Ramon planned and went uninterrupted all night; the mouth of the 'skull mound' stayed silent and no goblins appeared. The worst threat was the bugs, which pestered the sleepers something fierce.
Between the bugs, sleeping in armor (not everyone, but especially Clybe, who slept in the heaviest), previous injuries, and the frustrations of the previous day, not everyone felt like they'd had a good night's sleep even 10 hours later. But Clybe, the last man on watch, could confirm that the Harvester's Heroes were already up at their neighboring campsite as well, despite the fact that it was still in the dark, pre-dawn hours.
Sergi still felt weak, but not as weak as he did yesterday.* Everyone but Axen was injured, either lightly or moderately. Axen was feeling pretty good.
Ramon and Clybe had to ask the gods, particularly but not exclusively Cuthbert, for more spells.
((Everyone got 1 hp back, *but Sergi still needs more rest to be back to normal fighting strength; I'm going to rule that Sergi can now fight for 2 melee turns/6 missile attacks in a row before taking a pt. of damage.))
Clybe asked the gods for the ability to heal, then used that power on Sergi. "This should help, my friend," Clybe said. He knew that his healing of Sergi was going to aid in building a stronger connection with him in case something had to be done in the future.
Axen stood around stretching and practicing a bit with his sword, switching hands with it and running through some familiar stances. "I don't see why we don't just join up with those Harvesters and go in there together, splitting anything we find. That Gratien guy..." Axen shook his head. "He seems kinda full of himself, like he won't even consider working with the likes of us. I'd say we talk to them again about working together and, if they don't want to, we just go in ourselves this morning."
Ramon prayed for the ability to heal, to detect magical emanations, and to ward against evil. He waited until Clybe had cast his spell to see if Sergi required further healing.
And he answered Axen's idea, "You are welcome to ask them again, but they were uninterested in any collaboration with us. And if everyone else feels well enough to go in today then I am willing. But I will only have one healing blessing available for an emergency. If we get beat up too badly we will have to withdraw like the Harvester's Heroes."
((Prayed for Cure Light Wounds x2, Detect Magic, and Protection from Evil.))
Ramon also spoke, "I would welcome the chance to talk to that Daphne again. There's something very interesting about a warrior maiden. And she might be sworn to one of the gods. I'll let you ask Axen, but you have my support. I will also come along."
Post by dtspurrier on Nov 25, 2014 17:57:03 GMT -6
Sergi stretches a bit and says, "well I am feeling better now. This new groups looks interesting. Anyway I am ready to do the job that I do. Ready to investigate, since they said they would not stop us, per se. Unless Ramon you think teaming up with them is the better strategy?"