Post by scottenkainen on Oct 7, 2015 9:26:47 GMT -6
Day 14, turn 8a for Ramon:
"You have thought things through and reached a wise decision," Lefurgy said in answer to Ramon. "Perhaps you can see how we have applied this same principle to dealing with the Cult of the Flaming Eye. We have not wished to rush into an unwise response. The cult openly attacks us, but for what purpose? To lure us into open warfare? Do they see such fighting as a means to legitimize themselves? And what of the hints of coordination with the Church of Trithereon? Does the Temple of the Common Patriot work with them against us, or has the clumsy coordination seen so far only been a ruse to make us think that? All these things, we are still trying to divine.
"And speaking of such, the Cuthberites shall see what they can divine of your future tomorrow. From this they should be able to decide what tasks and responsibilities you are best suited for and you will spend the last day of your training learning how to perform them. You are done for today."
It was evening, and Ramon's feet were tired, but it had been not nearly as bad as the march to the Tor Fens and back. By now, the gates to the Inner Bailey were closed for the night, but all of the Inner Bailey was still available to him, if he wished to do more with the remains of the day.
Ramon knew it was late but he thought there was a chance he could find a priest able to answer his inquiries. He went looking for a priest in charge of the Cathedral's Treasury and Reliquary. He thought with a suitable donation to the Church he might be able to take into his possession a more powerful weapon for fighting the enemies of the faith.
Post by scottenkainen on Oct 9, 2015 21:15:21 GMT -6
Day 14, turn 9 for Ramon:
Archdeacon Vespasien Ferrero was an early-retiring type, being in his 60s, but when his assistant told him of Ramon's need, Vespasien got up. An ordinary archdeacon would be about equal in rank to a curate like Ramon (but had more responsibilities and would be ineligible for adventuring), though as Head Accountant of the Treasury, Vespasien was unofficially more important.
"It's true," Vespasien said, "we have been holding an enchanted weapon -- a hammer -- in the treasury for just such an occasion. To be worthy of it, you would need to donate at least 1,250 gold to the temple, and undertake a specific quest. The quest is to journey to a Shrine to Rao that stands in an abandoned town in the Kron Hills, stand vigil over it for one week, and keep it safe."
"A worthy mission," Ramon answered. "But I fear I will not be permitted to leave the city for so long. Is there a silver weapon available for the nonce?"
Ramon longed to have a week to himself in contemplation. But he was loathed to leave Verbobonc City for so long. After all, his expedition to the Tor Fens had caused him to be away when the dracolisk struck.
Post by scottenkainen on Oct 12, 2015 14:40:41 GMT -6
Day 14, turn 9a for Ramon:
"Silvered weapons? Oh yes..." Ferrero said thoughtfully. "In fact, it's time you saw this room -- though you won't be able to enter it yourself unless you are made an archdeacon or prefect." He touched the back wall of the vestry and said, "Heironeous".
A secret door opened, revealing a secret (and small) armory room Ramon had never seen before!
There were two or three of every kind of weapon clerics could use, all partially coated with silver, besides racks of common weapons.
"If you will trade a donation of 170 gold to the temple, you can replace your footman's mace with a silver mace, Ramon," Ferrero explained.
"Brother Ferrero," Ramon answered. "I would be honored to make such a donation. Please, let me go to my quarters so I can make that donation."
Ramon did just that and was proud to take into his possession a new weapon, capable of harming certain of the abominations that walked Oerth. His donation and acquisition complete, Ramon retired to his quarters for the night in anticipation of another day's training.
Post by scottenkainen on Oct 15, 2015 12:31:22 GMT -6
Day 14, turn 10 for Ramon:
Ferrero walked with Ramon back to the Curates' Quarters. Hector Martin was here, and some acolytes were moving Adria Ferrero's things out of the room, leaving three beds free.
"I'm too old to be a dormmate," the 74-year old Ferrero joked. "It seems we are going to have a surplus of curates soon and this room shall be filled in no time. Still...I suppose I will miss this place. Good night, Ramon, Hector."
"It was an honor to share a room with you, Adria," Hector said.
After Adria left with his stuff, Hector was still in a talking mood. "I understand Clybe Sando will be joining us in a few days. And did you hear that Caltaran Nesmith is back already from Ryemend?* He should be here soon, unless he's spending another night in the infirmary."
"I had heard a little of those men's progress. I can only hope I prove as worthy of the gods' blessings as those two have. Tell me, Hector, what do the curates of the Church know that has not been shared more widely?" Ramon asked as he set about preparing himself for a good night's rest.
Post by scottenkainen on Oct 15, 2015 22:20:35 GMT -6
Day 13, turn 7 for Clybe:
The shrine to Zilchus was pretty, with all its silver trappings, and the statue of Zilchus looked tall and imposing, its costume both ornate and powerful-looking ((like a design by Jack Kirby)). Just being in the shrine was inspiring...but Clybe knelt and prepared to accept further aid. He said what prayers he knew for Zilchus, which were not many, so he repeated them over and over.
Hours passed and, by now, Clybe was really getting into it. And that was when he heard a voice in his head that was not his own. It said "BECOME".
Post by scottenkainen on Oct 16, 2015 14:23:59 GMT -6
Day 14, turn 10a for Ramon:
"Oh, you know as much as me, I'm sure," Hector Martin said casually. "But then, I've been so busy with accounting, that you might even know more..." But if Hector was curious, he didn't show it as he knelt by his bed to pray.
Clybe was startled by the voice in his head and was shaken out of the prayer. He looked around the room for a bit, uncertain as to whether someone was playing a trick on him. When he was sure that such a thing had not occurred, he again closed his eyes and began to focus not only on his prayer to Zilchus, but on using "BECOME" as a mantra, as he thought it might be a sign of some sort.
Post by scottenkainen on Oct 19, 2015 9:45:08 GMT -6
Day 15/turn 1 for Ramon:
Ramon had scarcely been able to sleep, for today was a very special day. It was to be the first Godsday since the Dracolisk attack a week ago -- and it was to be his final day of training.
Food was served, as usual, in the chapterhouse for all clerics to share, but everyone ate quickly and looked -- if not nervous -- a bit more somber and intense than normal for a festive Godsday.
Since no one was available to help Ramon with his training just yet, he toured the temple and the bailey outside and found security was tight. The temple's small force of six paladins was supplemented by thirty soldiers of the Church's Army, patrolling everywhere in groups of six. The Viscount's Army, as well, had a large standing presence of 25 archers on the bailey wall, more on the walls of the castle, and two patrols of ten knights on horseback circling the bailey. Subdeacon Gutxi Azarola was supervising the acolytes at the bailey gates, who would be checking for any suspicious guests coming to the services.
Post by scottenkainen on Oct 21, 2015 13:48:51 GMT -6
Day 14, turn 1 for Clybe:
At some point in the night, Clybe heard a voice again, but this time it was really another priest in the room with him. "Go to the cloisters and get some rest," Clybe was told. "You will need at least four hours of sleep for tomorrow."
And tomorrow seemed to come quickly. Archdeacon Ferrero summoned Clybe back to the Chapel of Zilchus, where he was waiting for Clybe beside a layservant with a bucket. The servant spilled it out and copper pieces showered all over the floor of the shrine.
Ferrero held a minute glass and turned it over. " I will turn this over nine more times. In that time, I need an accurate count of how many copper pieces are on the floor. Begin."
Luckily, Clybe was an excellent counter -- he arranged the coins into equal groups and counted the groups up in just under eight minutes.
"Very good," Ferrero said, but then he took a handful of coins and pocketed them. "Count them again. You have seven minutes."
Clybe pushed hard. He knew he could guess at the amount in the handful, but figured this was a test to make sure he would not. He still came up short, though, of finishing in seven minutes.
Ferrero took another handful. "Again. Seven minutes. Here, Cecilio," Fererero said to the servant, and handed the minute glass to him. "I will be back to check on your progress."
Surely this was a test. Was Clybe being tested to see if he would ask Cecilio for more time? And then another wrinkle appeared. A young, poor man entered the shrine and stared wide at the copper pieces. "So much wealth...please sir, I am poor. Can you share some of that with me?"
Post by scottenkainen on Oct 23, 2015 17:36:57 GMT -6
Day 13, turn 12 for Caltaran, (Laetitia, Ricarda):
No one at the gates of the city questioned the right of the three clerics to bring a corpse into the city. "Of course," they were told. "To which temple must she be taken? Do you need assistance?"
They did not, really, except for something to cover Nydia with. A tarp was given them to serve as a shroud.
The procession across the city went without incident, and soon they were at the Temple of the Heavenly Virtues. Clerics came outside to investigate at once when the shroud was spotted. There were soldiers of the Church's Army here, too, patrolling around the temple, and they were drawn by curiosity.
"Nydia!" of the soldiers shouted when the shroud was removed. "Oh no..."
Father Bureau was on hand. "Her family will be contacted, of course, and we will make swift arrangement for her funeral. Most families choose to have their loved ones mummified and given to the river, to deposit them into the Lake of Unknown Depths, where their bodies can swim for eternity. Or perhaps a pyre will be requested. We will see. For now, though, you had best report on your expedition inside, to a prefect or higher."
Post by scottenkainen on Oct 23, 2015 18:34:00 GMT -6
Day 15, turn 1a for Ramon:
Father Danilo was supervising the five clerics at the main gate, all of whom Ramon knew, though not well. When Ramon walked up, Danilo bowed to him and said, "Have you orders?"
It took a moment, but Ramon realized that he was not being asked to convey orders from someone else. He was currently the highest-raking cleric on the scene, so the others were looking to him for leadership.
Caltaran says "let's let the family decide on where Nydia body will be buried/ delivered. Ricarda and Laetitia go ahead and heal up and rest. You both fought honorably and well and I would like your assistance in the next run through the dungeon. " Caltaran gives the ladies a salute and heads to find a prefect or higher to report to.
Last Edit: Oct 24, 2015 3:37:31 GMT -6 by dtspurrier
Post by scottenkainen on Oct 26, 2015 10:38:50 GMT -6
Day 13, turn 13 for Caltaran:
Bureau, Laetitia, and Ricarda took Caltaran's orders and carried them out as he left.
It took over 10 minutes for Caltaran to find someone higher-up to report to in the busy temple. With the next Godsday services just over a day away, only Archdeacon Adria Ferrero could take the time to hear his report.
"Hmm..." the old Archdeacon said, clearly not impressed with the report. "I believe you were sent to Ryemend on a fact-finding mission, were you not? And yet you come back with one of our soldiers dead and no news, other than the number of goblins you managed to kill. Perhaps we erred in putting you in charge. You may report, though, to whoever we choose next to lead the mission, if you wish to remain involved. You are dismissed. Caltaran...get some rest."
Post by scottenkainen on Oct 26, 2015 11:37:06 GMT -6
Day 15, turn 1b for Ramon:
Ramon observed that, since it was still early, people were filing in to the bailey only 1-4 at a time.
"Yes, father," Danilo responded to Ramon. "Our orders are for the soldiers to search everyone for hidden weapons. Once groups start arriving in sizes of 10 or more, we are to start using detect evil and detect magic to look for trouble. The three acolytes are only here to comfort those concerned about security. Do those precautions seem adequate to you?"
"They seem prudent," Ramon answered. "What means do you have for raising the alarm if needed?"
His curiosity and need for caution satisfied, Ramon congratulated the group of guards and clergy on their good work and urged them to remain vigilant: "It is only by the care of the commoner that the community flourishes."
He then headed back into the Cathedral to see who might be ready to train him this day.
Post by dtspurrier on Oct 26, 2015 18:53:05 GMT -6
Caltaran feeling a little stung by the arch deacon as says "I would like to be involved but the goblins gave us little choice for investigation. However since i was in charge I do take responsibility for any failure to this. " caltaran heads off for rest and then will head to the bronze unicorn to tell the others of the churchs decision. He realizes if he wants to continue this mission it might be without the church's permission.
Last Edit: Oct 26, 2015 19:23:06 GMT -6 by dtspurrier
Clybe smiled at the young man, recognizing this as part of the test. "If you can wait for just a few minutes, I would be happy to give you some. Right now, I am in the midst of an accounting and if I gave you some, it would throw off my numbers. Another priest will be back in just a few minutes to check on my progress." With that, Clybe returned to the counting, striving to finish this latest test in seven minutes.
Post by scottenkainen on Oct 29, 2015 15:24:49 GMT -6
Day 14, turn 2 for Clybe:
Clybe was nearly done, with about 10 coins left to count before the time was up.
"Good, good," Archdeacon Ferrero said upon his return, and upon hearing the news. "You tried to stay on task not let yourself be distracted," he added as he handed three silver pieces to the poor man. "But was there an element of mercy missing from your decision? Benevolence? That is not a critique, but an invitation for self-analysis. Oh, you're not done here, though." Ferrero handed Clybe a washrag. "These are sacred coins of Zilchus and are dirty now from being on the floor; you are to scrub each of them clean and say the following prayer over each one, not ending the each cleaning until you have completed each prayer:
"If you invest your commons* wisely in the church Safe - and - sound Soon that commons safely invested in the church Will - com - pound
And you'll achieve that sense of conquest As your affluence expands In the hands of the acquisitioners Who invest as propriety demands."
This time both the archdeacon and the lay servant left. Clybe seemed to be entirely alone. ((Does he then do all he was told to do?))
((*Copper pieces are known as commons, though this is the first time I've called them such in the campaign.))
Post by scottenkainen on Oct 29, 2015 21:28:28 GMT -6
Day 15, turn 2 for Ramon:
"The soldiers have horns to sound," Ramon was told. "If the area was magically silenced, they know to fan out in every direction."
Soon, larger groups starting coming into the bailey, waiting for services to start -- and they were eager to have the chance to tell the nearest cleric why.
"We won't be kept away!" some people told Ramon, even as he was trying to walk away. "The forces of Chaos can throw any number of monsters at us, but we will not fail to show our reverence of the gods."
Ramon made it back to the closed temple doors where some of the early arrivals were already gathered. Others had gathered at the memorial of the petrified worshipers, and led each other in prayer there.
Ramon decided that the early arrivals gathered at the memorial of petrified worshipers might benefit from some religious guidance. He walked over and waited patiently for their latest prayer to end. Then he asked politely the man who had been leading the prayer if he might speak. When the man agreed he spoke in his calm baritone, "Brothers and Sisters! It is good that we gather here to remember the victims of the horrible attack by the Cult. But we must also take solace in the knowledge that our fellow faithful who fell to the Darkness are safe communing in the Basilica, profiting in the Marketplace Eternal, meditating in the Kingdom of Sweet Reason, studying in the Great Library, or serving on the Fields of Glory.
"They do not live in these statues. They live on in the worlds beyond our own continuing in service to the lords of our temple. It is our duty to serve in their stead here on Oerth. And to go forth and by our good action and virtuous living to recruit more of our fellow Buergers to the fight against Chaos! Some may think they are not of the stuff of battle and that may be the case! But this fight against the Cult and against the agents of Chaos is more than a fight of arms against arms and magics against magics! For that fight the Church and its allies is well-served by swords and wands aplenty. Your humble but essential duty is to fight as warriors of the spirit and devotion! Follow the virtuous path and seek the holy truth in your daily life and you can help hold Verbobonc against Chaos as surely as any doughty warrior or clever wizard!
"Now please join me in a prayer to the gods for the virtuous strengths they have promised us as their faithful."
And Ramon fell into one of the traditional prayers of the Cathedral as he sank to his knees before the crowd. He frankly hoped his impromptu sermon had touched the crowd and that he would not just look like a silly priest trying too hard.
Ramon knew that if his words had been wise enough they would have gotten through. He accepted that he still had much to learn and entered with the crowd, keeping a look out for any more senior priests who could give him his duties for the day.