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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:51 pm

Lucius agrees with Gila's plan.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:53 pm

Bofar just nods his head.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:07 pm

North of Eveskyr (Highforge)
Scene XI - 2 years later (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 18-19th day, 992 AC)


You go all on the raft, which begins its slow descent to the base of the cliff. You are almost here when you see the men in grey above you. Two of them seems about to shoot, but apparently decide against it, and retreat back in the forest. They did not have a clear shoot anyway and it seems they decided trying to kill you was not worth the trouble.
Gila and Karto anyway decide to walk one more hour before choosing a place to rest, just to put some more distance between you and potential attackers. Shigl anyway takes a look around and says no one is following.
You decides guarding turns but rest peacefully during the night, despite the costant sounds of the forest. Near dawn however Shigl calls Lucius, the one on guard duty at the moment, and procedes to wake the others too, saying two humans are approaching.
The sprite says they are not the same you escaped the day before, but still Karto and Gila tell you to hide in a semicircle to ambush them, should that become necessary. As soon as the two humans are in sight you see they are a man and a woman, both dressed as warriors. They carry no swords or shields though, no range weapons, and seems to have only one dagger each. They also look quite tired and ragged. The man is quite ugly, with short dark hair and a scar on his face. The woman is instead quite beautiful, despite her present state.
"People at last - she says when Gila and Karto makes themselves visible - we mean no harm. We have been lost in the hills since the battle, with no food and little water. We would appreciate some help and directions.."
Gila, seeing they are not a great threat, signals to come out of your hiding places.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:59 pm

There's something fishy about these people -- two warriors without weapons in the wilderness? I suggest that only one or two of us leave cover, and the others wait in ambush until their true colors come out.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:23 pm

Bofar nods in agreement with Lucius and stays under cover.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby Dervish » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:35 pm

I go hopefully! i can go undetected
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:55 am

North of Eveskyr (Highforge)
Scene XII - 2 years later (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 19th day, 992 AC)


Kesh comes out with Gabriel but you three remain hidden, as Shigl who isn't visible anywhere.
"With which army were you?" Gila asks them.
"We were with The Daggers, a small mercenary group hired by Lord Kelvin to support his army - the woman says - I am Bertha and he is Bessarius. We were with others, but we were attacked and defeated by lizardmen. Only me and him were able to escape and we just decided to run away. When we tried to get back to the army or just discover what happened, we get lost. Did we win?"
"We won", Karto replies.
Gila looks at the dwarf warrior and the gnome cleric, looking not fully convinced about the story. She offer anyway some water and food to the newcomers. The two are happy to accept, clearly hungry and thirsty. Gila does not make any signal to you, leaving to you the decision to come out or not. Perplexed by the immobile Gabriel, the woman ask about it. Gila replies vaguely that he is indeed a magical construct.
Apparently relaxed, the woman continues talking while eating some of the dry bread and cheese Gila provided, telling how she recently joined her mercenary group in search of a better life. The man eats silently, not speaking a word.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:04 pm

Bofar will still stay hidden and looks any signs of deception.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:41 pm

Same for Lucius.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby Dervish » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:13 pm

Taradain steps out and makes herself seen
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:55 am

North of Eveskyr (Highforge)
Scene XII - 2 years later (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 19th day, 992 AC)


When Taradain appears the woman and the man look at her curiously but do not comment.
Eventually Gila invites everyone to move forward. Lucius and Bofar follows the group at a certain distance.
Shigl at some point appears to indicate the trail to follow. The woman seems impressed by the sprite, while the man just a bit scared. Anyway again they do not ask anything. The woman chats a bit with Gila of several topics, from the weather to the presence of monsters and animals in the hills, but she seems just talkative, and not trying to pry informations.
Later during the day, Kesh remains a bit behing to speak a moment with Lucius and Bofar. Taradain can join them if she wishes to.
"Me, Gila and Karto believe they were not from the army of Kelvin. We suspect they could have been mercenaries employed by the Iron Ring, or even full members. Still, given their present state, it is believable they just got lost in the battle and only wish to exit the hills. Now we should vote if we should just let them go, or bring them to Eveskyr for full interrogation. If we choose the latter, you should tie them up during the night, when they are asleep. What do you think?"
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:40 pm

I agree. I do not think they are what they say they are, something is not right. We should try to tie them down simultaneously. Which one do you want, Lucius?
Actually, can somebody cast the sleep-spell to make it easier?
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:57 pm

Lucius agrees with Bofar -- a sleep spell would help.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:33 am

North of Eveskyr (Highforge)
Scene XIII - 2 years later (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 19-20th day, 992 AC)


Kesh agrees that Gila could certainly help or even him with an hold person spell if necessary. When the group stops for the night indeed Gila casts the spell and you easily tie up the two. When they awake, the man is silent but the woman protests. "We have done nothing to receive this treatment!".
Gila just says that you, as agents of Highforge, have to be sure the two are not enemies.
The next day of march the two seem resigned to their fate. Nearing the evening you are almost near to the border of Eveskyr when Shigl warns you.
"A band of 13 orcs ahead. With two hooded prisoners of which I could not determine the race. It seems they are searching for a place to camp".
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:39 am

North of Eveskyr (Highforge)
Scene XIV - 2 years later (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 20th day, 992 AC)


"We are near our borders. We should ask for help, calling the army from Dendwal. One of us could go and warn them. Or we could try to scare them away ourselves", Gila says, looking at you and the others.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:59 am

I agree, we should send someone to alarm the army. Rest of us should stay here to watch the orcs. Question is what do we do with them?
Bofar looks at the prisoners and then turns back to Gila.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:41 pm

North of Eveskyr (Highforge)
Scene XV - 2 years later (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 20th day, 992 AC)


Gila and Karto discuss a bit and then decide to ask Shigl to go to Dendwal. The sprite agrees, telling them he will go as fast as possible. Gila looks at a map of the region (see one in my Highforge gazetteer in Threshold issue 16).
"We are now at about 4 miles from Dendwal but there is stll a steep hill to climb and we could not make it before nightfall. Probably the orcs will leave their hiding place and go somewhere by then".
As the last time, Gila decides to send Taradain invisible and silenced to spy on them. When the darkness fall the orcs indeed leave their hiding place, but not to go south toward Highforge, but west to the road for Threshold, near Chryspatos.
When Taradain returns to report this, Gila speaks to all.
"They will probably raid a human farm or assault some travellers. What do we do?"
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:08 pm

It's only four miles to Dendwal -- the sprite should have reached it by now. Taradain can follow the orcs while she's invisible, and leave a trail we, and any help from Dendwal can easily follow. We can leave a message here for the sprite and whoever comes back with him.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:29 pm

Bofar agrees.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:00 pm

North of Eveskyr (Highforge)
Scene XVI - 2 years later (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 20th day, 992 AC)


Gila agrees with Lucius plan and sends Taradain, invisible and silenced, to follow the orcs. Karto remains behind with the prisoners and the ponies to leave a trail. The rest of you follow Taradain at a distance. It takes some time for the orcs to reach the road at the crossroad for Chryspatos, where there is quite a big farm they clearly plan to raid.
"Maybe they just want to steal some livestock, but as soon as they go, I think we should attack and make as much noise as possible. Hopefully with their surprise ruined, they will run". Gila says.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby agathokles » Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:13 pm

Does anybody have a horn? We could raise the alarm before they strike.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby Dervish » Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:38 pm

Taradain looks for the orc who seems to be leading.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:56 pm

Bofar readies his crossbow.
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby Sturm » Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:00 am

North of Eveskyr (Highforge)
Scene XVI - 2 years later (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 20th day, 992 AC)


"No horn. Just Sleep, Hold Person and shoot the chief!" Gila says, looking at you.
She and Kesh work their magic, and immediately 6 of the 13 orcs fall down. Taradain shoots at the biggest orc on the lead, and hits him right into the head, dropping him dead on the spot. The dart sent by Bofar just grazes his falling body. Lucius shoots at another big orc, hitting him right on the neck. Then you hear horns from behind you, signalling that the soldiers of Dendwal are coming. The five remaining orcs waste no time in running away as fast as possible.
While lights are lit in the awakened farm, Gila turns to you again. "We should capture the blocked orcs, more prisoners to question. See if they have anything useful".
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Re: The Karameikos PbP New Heroes and Villains (IC thread)

Postby hihama » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:25 pm

Bofar takes his dagger and starts to check which orcs are still alive.
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