Caltaran says "thank you for all for coming. The funeral for Nydia is two days from now. Her family requested an outdoor river barge funera . I have requested permission to lead this service. If the church hierarchy or her family uses another priest then I will still say a few words about her. After speaking with my superiors they were upset how our mission went. While the goblins attacked us and we had no choice but defend ourselves, the mission was intelligence gathering. My superiors questioned my leadership and removed me from commanding the next mission. I was not banned from going back there but I was not to lead it. With that said in a positive note, winoc how faired selling the stuff we found?"
Post by scottenkainen on Nov 18, 2015 19:51:48 GMT -6
Day 14, turn 6a for Caltaran, Ximo:
Ximo showed up late, just in time for Winoc's report. Though Ximo's mind was a whirl with recent events at the Consortium, he decided to keep what he'd learned there to himself, for now.
"Ximo can confirm that our goods sold for 566 gold and 9 silvers," Winoc reported. "Jake, the weaponseller in the Dawn Quarter, couldn't give us that amount right away, but we have a letter of credit for it. Right, Ximo?"
The letter was on Ximo's person, everyone having trusted him with it.
Post by scottenkainen on Nov 26, 2015 9:04:34 GMT -6
Day 14, turn 6b for Caltaran, Ximo:
The conversation continued.
"It is a difficult situation since we never discussed in advance what to do if any of us...any of us didn't make it back," Semeragin said. "As our leader you could have made the call either way, but since you seem to be suggesting a group vote...I would like for Nydia to have a share, and it would make sense to give that share to her family."
Laetitia said, "I do not wish to appear overly harsh...but Nydia was a member of the Church's First Army, and there is already an arrangement for family compensation in the contracts for soldiers. I think that arrangement should stand, and those of us who remain should get equal shares."
"I suppose Laetitia is right..." Ricarda said, unconvincingly.
"Laetitia," Semeragin said, "you know family compensation is half what this share of the treasure would be. It would help..."
"...Nydia's family to have a special arrangement that no other soldier's family enjoys? Nydia was a good fighter and a good person, but let's not let that cloud our judgments. Isn't that right, Father Nesmith?
"I don't care either way," Winoc said. "I abstain from voting."
Ximo stroked his chin and looked a bit above everyone's head as he spoke, "It is a difficult decision. We could assume a pre existing agreement to give the deceased her supposed share. But had she survived would we have taken as much treasure? But her family has lost a valuable earner. Perhaps we could pro-rate her share to the treasure gained before she fell? But that seems impractical. What I think is the most important point is that this was a mission undertaken at the command of the Church, not a bit of freelance work. And so, failing a pre-arranged agreement, I think we must fall back on the policies of the Church. Which I believe means that freelancers, like myself, get a full share. Particularly when they have provided such essential, specialized skills as my spell work. I leave the dispersal of the remainder to whatever is ordained by the priests."
Ximo looked around and assumed the silent group was confused. So he sighed and spoke slowly, "My share will be as though Nydia gets none. The rest of you can split what's left as you like."
And he reminded them, "We cannot split the letter of credit. We can split the coins we get from redeeming it."
Post by Ronny Serio on Nov 27, 2015 12:00:08 GMT -6
Joaquim returned to the Bronze Unicorn exhausted and irritable. He returned to their room to find Marcel gone, but that was just as well. Joaquim needed time to study his spellbook. As he understood it, he should now be able to keep a second spell of the second circle in his mind. It was time to find out if that was true. Once he'd finished with that, he'd head down to the common room and get himself something to eat. It had been a while since he'd had a proper meal.
Post by scottenkainen on Nov 27, 2015 12:03:56 GMT -6
Day 14, turn 6c for Caltaran, Ximo:
Laetitia sided with Ximo. So it was agreed that these two would each get 94 gold. Then everyone else would get 75 gold, and this would leave a 75 gold piece share for Nydia's family. This left 3 gold and 9 silvers leftover, to be decided on later, or left for incidental expenses (like reimbursing Caltaran for the feast everyone just ate).
That matter resolved, supper wound down. Caltaran was eager to move on to new things now that this was behind him. Ximo had decided not to share with this group of allies what had been going on at the Silver Consortium earlier today...or to confide in them his new plan of infiltrating the Cult of the Flaming Eye.
Ximo offered that Caltaran could indeed keep the extra coinage. And the goings-on at the Silver Consortium seemed above the heads of everyone gathered there. After all, none of them were members. He ate his share of the feast and magnanimously ordered a round of drinks for the table. After all, it was the role of social betters to occasionally share with the larger community. He decided to linger and see if the Twins might show up that night.
Post by dtspurrier on Nov 27, 2015 13:54:45 GMT -6
Caltaran thanks everyone and says before leaving " the Ryemond dungeon expedition will be led by another priest as I was removed from command. When they make an announcement for volunteers if you are interested sign up. I have several decisions to make on my life and career her in verbobonc. It was a pleasure meeting all of you. "
Caltaran leaves with several issues going through his head. His dealings with Diego manor, the cult,the expeditions, the trials in the dungeon and his father have weighed on his head. Some sleep and some contemplation is in order.
Post by scottenkainen on Nov 30, 2015 9:45:31 GMT -6
Day 14, turn 8 for Caltaran, Joaquim, Ximo, Marcel, (Semeragin):
Joaquim had spent the whole afternoon in his room, resting, contemplating, studying, until he found he could prepare a second spell of the second order of power and hold it in his mind!
Triumphant, he turned up downstairs in the common room of the Bronze Unicorn Inn, to find Caltaran, Ximo, and Semeragin, with three other people, getting up from their table, apparently having just finished their meals.
Ximo began talking, eagerly recounting the tale of Jaggers's seduction into the ranks of the Cult.
"Seems the little git was feeling a bit unappreciated and saw the Cult as a chance to put his skills to real use," Ximo said. "It'd be nice to get to ask him more questions. Maybe they'll let us talk to him at the Consortium..."
"Speaking of which, Joaquim, care to share anything about the training?"
Post by Ronny Serio on Dec 1, 2015 12:49:33 GMT -6
"Sounds like cheating," Joaquim said. "And given my current disposition toward those bastards, I'm pleased to help you swindle them."
"The last bit of the training has them putting you in a makeshift dungeon they've got set up below the compound. There were a couple of riddles. The answer to the one in the room I woke up in was 'failure'. Down the hallway there was another room with a fireplace. Apparently to solve that room's mystery you're supposed to build a fire. Watch out for the bats in the chimney, though. I was crossing a pit on a wooden beam that cracked under me, leaving me down there with some kind of monster. The mages say that monster wasn't supposed to be there. Likely the work of another cult agent. Hopefully they'll be on guard for that trick and you won't have to contend with anything like that. If you know a spell that creates light, I recommend having it handy. The place went dark on me."
"I think that's about all the advice I can give you. What were you and that gang meeting about?"
"It was a team that I effectively led into that goblin warren we previously visited out in Ryemend. Caltaran was directed to form such an expedition and he brought me along as a hired 'wand'. Good thing, too," Ximo said.
His eyes gleamed a bit, "The green-skinned runts will remember me, I wager. We left behind a few dozen dead before Caltaran decided we had to withdraw. We were just 'celebrating' our success but they were quite concerned about the one Church Soldier we lost. I'd say that was acceptable losses, but I guess I understand a soldier not wanting to be reminded of his own mortality. I'd expect different from a priest, after all, isn't that why you sign on? Guaranteed afterlife deal, or something?
"In any case, I think the Church Fathers were rather disappointed in Caltaran. He's been removed from leadership of any return expedition there. All that's left for us is dividing up our treasure. Which reminds me, we still have some to divide from our visit to Jaggers's place."
Post by scottenkainen on Dec 2, 2015 13:57:51 GMT -6
Day 13, turn 5-7 for Ramon, Eder:
Ramon was told he could be away from his training for an hour that day to assist Eder in finding Sergi's family. The obvious place to start was Rhenee Town, the city block in the Foreign Quarter that served as a stopping place for the wandering river folk when they stayed in Verbobonc.
It took a while before the Rhenee would even speak to them at all. Then they had the distinct impression the Rhenee were giving them false leads to Sergi's family and then watching them to see what they did.
Ramon ran out of time for such games, was forced to make his apologies, and returned to his temple.
Eder, determined and feeling duty-bound, kept at it. And that evening, it seemed to pay off.
"Sergi Dmitrovis is my brother," a young Rhenee woman answered him, as they sat at the Familiar Roost Tavern. "My name is Jacqueline. It could be true what you say, for my mother sensed that something had happened to Sergi. Just to be sure, I will come with you."
Post by scottenkainen on Dec 2, 2015 19:35:21 GMT -6
Day 14, turn 7.5 for Marcel:
As Marcel talked to Joaquim and Ximo about it, he thought back to his earlier encounter at the witch's house...
Glendalas the Witch was not happy to see him. "What do you want? How dare you come back here again already?" Her breath stank of booze.
In fact, it looked like Glendalas was about to cast a spell on him when his sister, Marianalas, stopped her.
"We'll have none of that on our own doorstep!" Marianalas said, pulling her sister back inside. "Young man, you're certainly persistent," Marian continued while blocking the doorway with her body. "Do you really need Gerdacyr* that badly? Well...he's gone to the Kron Hills and...if you want to know more...come back and talk to me tomorrow."
((encounter reactions: 9+15, 51+15)) ((*Gerdacyr was my original spelling for this name; somewhere along the way, I started spelling it out the way it's pronounced, Gerdacre))
Eder says to Jacqueline " thank you for the assistance. I have been to sergi home and would like to tell the rest of the family. Then I will be heading to the site in the morning. Let's plan a meeting place so we can travel together."
Post by scottenkainen on Dec 7, 2015 23:48:40 GMT -6
Day 14, turn 1 for Eder:
"I will tell the family," Jacqueline said. "If they want to meet you, they will. I will meet you at the city's south gate tomorrow morning, when the last of the early bells has tolled."
Jacqueline showed up, with a horse and cart, and a man with her. Tall, broad-shouldered, with a beardless, scruffy chin, the man jumped down and sized up Eder, looking down with his arms akimbo.
"I am Fabio, Sergi's eldest brother. If you have not lied to Jacqueline, then I will go too and see my brother brought home. If you have lied to Jacqueline, well...let us hope for your sake you are an honest dwarf."
"Do you have everything you need, Eder?" Jacqueline asked. "We are ready to leave now if you are."
Post by scottenkainen on Dec 9, 2015 20:25:03 GMT -6
Day 14, turn 1a for Eder:
"What?" Fabio asked. "First you tell my sister that my brother is dead, then you fill her with hope that you can find him and bring him home, and then you tell us you have something more important to do?" Fabio laid a hand on the hilt of his short sword and looked like he was going to attack Eder for a moment, but instead, he said, "We will leave now. You can journey south when you are ready and try to catch up with us. I will take my chances with trying to find him on my own, if I have to."
((encounter reaction roll: 18))
((It seems I really did mess up here. Looking back through the threads, it appears the final interview was supposed to be on the 13th! So let's try that again...))
As Jacqueline and Fabio waited for Eder's answer, Eder thought back on his meeting last night with the Harvesters' Heroes.
Last night, Eder was finally invited into the small guildhall of the Heroes. Frar escorted him from the entrance, down a short, narrow corridor, and through open doors into a sort of audience chamber. There were no windows, but a magical light glowed from a lantern. Here, the fighters Gratien, Kepa, and Daphne sat with the cleric Jean-Marie and the rogue-like Fortunato at a curved table. A stool sat available for Eder.
"Frar speaks well of you," Gratien said. "You passed all your tests admirably. So much so that...we are prepared to offer you probational membership among us right now. You may work with us for the next month at a half-share, with the chance of graduating to full shares after that."
"As you know," Jean-Marie said, "Verbobonc is going through dangerous times right now. We will need your help to keep an eye on the situation here, particularly in the demi-human community."
Eder here brought up his intention of going to the region between Avella and the Tor Fens to retrieve Sergi. Awkward glances were exchanged between the Heroes.
"That is admirable..." Kepa said, "but we need you here, and now. Surely we can arrange to send others to retrieve Sergi...?"
Post by dtspurrier on Dec 16, 2015 18:29:03 GMT -6
Evening of the 13th. Eder accepts the offer to join the harvesters heroes. He mentions to them that he asked Ramon, the leader of the last expedition and cleric of saint cuthbert, for help in retrieving the body. Ramon told him that he was to busy with duties to retrieve it but also feels guilty about leaving him behind. He says to them that sergi people are very family orientated and also very big on family rituals and rites. Eder proposes to go get the body back then when he comes back when his initiation will begin. He waits for an answer
Post by scottenkainen on Dec 17, 2015 23:36:42 GMT -6
Day 13, turn 9 for Eder:
The Harvesters' Heroes looked back and forth at each other, obviously uncomfortable with the choice Eder was asking them to make. "You do realize..." Jean-Marie said, "that we accepted you on a probational basis...and the first thing you did was ask for a leave of absence..."
"Frar," Gratien said, "please escort Eder back into the hallway. We'll have to vote on this."
The silent wait in the hallway did not take long. Eder was escorted back in.
"Your request has been narrowly approved," Gratien said. "Welcome to the Harvesters' Heroes, Eder...and good luck on your journey. We hope you have no difficulty finding Sergi."