Post by bobdruschitz on Apr 19, 2014 8:50:16 GMT -6
Tain showed Kull-o the dagger they'd found. And looked to Vicent answering his earlier question. "Equal spoils when sold? If there's something someone wishes to keep, a fair and equitable decision is had by all?"
"What do you mean 'a fair and equitable decision'? The first part seems quite fair. But I don't follow the second point," Vicent answered. He looked for a place he could sit halfway comfortably and wait for the followers of Fharlanghn to arrive.
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 21, 2014 9:34:57 GMT -6
Turn 31 for Vicent, Tain, and Kull-O:
The three adventurers sat outside of the 'ghost' manor for another 20 minutes, patiently discussing what "fair and equitable" meant while waiting for Grandmother Henri and the rest of her 'order' to show up. But, so far, they had not.
Vicent moved into what he judged the most appropriate position, behind the two young men. He would be better able to command from there. While Tain kicked in the door, Vicent lit one of his torches. It was going to be dark in there.
All this planning revealed a small problem for the band of explorers. The window was rather high up the wall. They might be able to boost themselves up but the weight of their plate armor made that unappealing. Vicent, born to lead men but cursed by low birth order and healthy older siblings, considered the problem briefly. Then he hit upon a better idea.
"We'll pile up the debris of those outbuildings to create a make-shift ramp, or at least a tall step up. Do it quickly, I'd hate to do all the work and not get to use it."
As they worked Vicent finished the long-running discussion of treasure disposition, "That makes sense. I had assumed that was what you meant but thought it best to avoid any confusion. Which church is it you will be donating your treasure to? Pelor? And why him? His following is so much more...passive than I perceive you young men to be. Are you familiar with the wise ways of St. Cuthbert?"
Post by bobdruschitz on Apr 22, 2014 20:31:17 GMT -6
"Our two families are Pelorites. That's how the two of us met. Kull-o's dad and my father were knights... well mine still is. Kull-o's dad lost his life in a freak jousting accident." Tain solemnly stated.
Kull-o tipped his head down. "T'was tragic." He quickly changed the subject.
"Does anyone have a way to secure the front door while we enter the side? I'd hate to get flanked during our epic entrance..."
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 23, 2014 9:31:27 GMT -6
Turn 32 for Vicent, Tain, and Kull-O:
Vicent was right; the window would have meant some awkward climbing without the improvised step they built (well, stacked) as quietly as possible.
With that done, Tain was able to step up to the window, pull the concealed hatch open, move the curtain back, and finally peer inside.
The window opened up onto a large, deserted den, 20'x25'. The room contained four stuffed chairs, two small tables, and two short bookcases, all spread out over a large decorative rug. Bronze candleholders stood on the tables, their candles out and burnt down to stubs. Everything appeared to be covered in dust.
There were four doors leading out of the room -- one in the north wall, one in the east wall, and two in the south wall.
While Tain examined the room through the window, Vicent and Kull-O heard what sounded like someone approaching them on the outside, though they saw no one.
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 24, 2014 14:38:30 GMT -6
Turn 32, round 1 for Vicent, Tain, and Kull-O:
Vicent cast his spell and sensed magic nearby him, but its exact source was shielded from his spell.
Inside, Tain and Kull-O threw light on the den and, by the bright light of day, saw there were actually well-traveled paths through the dust, leading from the window to the doors, particularly the north one.
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 25, 2014 22:05:41 GMT -6
Turn 32, round 2 for Vicent, Tain, and Kull-O:
Vicent paused and listened, but the mystery voice no longer talked to him. He was still holding the lit torch.
Meanwhile, inside, Tain had already kicked in the north door. It opened into a dark room that was wider to the left. By the light streaming in from the open window in the den, they could see shelves full of bottles and bags on the right hand wall.
((I will try to make a map for you this weekend.))
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 28, 2014 10:08:59 GMT -6
The rest of Turn 32 for Vicent, Tain, and Kull-O:
Vicent climbed in and moved through the den to the door Tain and Kull-O had gone through. Tain finished lighting his torch even though Vicent's torch was already added to the room. By the light of the twin torches, the three adventures could see that the storeroom they were in had no other exits -- other than a flight of steps leading down in the southwest corner of the room.
"I see no reason to leave evidence of our passing, Kull-O. But I do agree we should make certain the upper floors are clear. We can withdraw to the first room. One of us can stand watch there while the others search this floor," Vicent answered. "I have been granted the ability to discern the presence of magic so it would be best if I saw as much of the place as possible."
Vicent took the moment to scan the room he now stood in for any signs of magic.
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 29, 2014 22:05:11 GMT -6
Turn 33 for Vicent, Tain, and Kull-O:
Vicent had yet to see any magic and he was running out of spell duration fast. Nothing in the den or storeroom had been magical. Indeed, this just seemed to be another nail in the coffin of the whole theory of this being a 'ghost house'.
Tain kicked in the next door and they saw a door to the left and straight ahead, and a hall opening up to the right ((check out the map in the maps folder, with an x marking this room and a y marking the den where Kull-O is)). The hall was paneled in stained oak and the floor was carpeted and blue-grey in color. There are two display cases in the room holding busts of males. There are three painted portraits in total hanging on the east and west walls and a large mirror hanging on the south wall by a plastered-over window.
In the den, Kull-O found the bookcase shelves mostly empty, except for four five books: a thin book called The Peasant's Wedding, a leather-covered book called The Dance of Nerull, The Satyrial, The Fey Queen, and A History of the Dieg Family.