The Karameikos PbP, Searching for Skarda (IC thread)

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Re: The Karameikos PbP, Searching for Skarda (IC thread)

Post by Sturm » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:53 am

In Stallanford
Scene IV - Klinten, Fyrmont, Late summer, 25th day, 992 AC


"It's a risk either way - Retameron says - if we make any move we could discover something, but also warn Skarda and his men that we know something. This could push him to cancel the attack, thus destroying our chance to free my mother and the other captives, or to anticipate the attack to take us off guard. Still if we do not do something, he will attack eventually, probably from a location inside the town we do not know about".
"We should reflect a bit about this - Lord Stallan says - I'd like to hear all the opinions on this matter".
The local priest, Alaric, is the first to speak "If we interrogate a suspect with clerical magic we should be able to learn much from him. Still, this action may warn his accomplices and this Skarda too"
"I would leave interrogation to a later time - Gila says - and use magical surveillance instead. If they plan to open the portal inside the town, they still have to take to the portal to the location. We know it appears as a magical mirror".
"Probably a minion of Skarda, maybe this tall, dark haired priest, will help him to teleport to a safe place with the mirror, and Skarda will set up the room to have his men coming into it, to attack the town from the inside", Halia says.
"We still need to surveill all the suspect by eye - Janner the ranger says - and then have the wizards intervene with magical spying when we have an idea about the possible location".
"We also need to prepare two forces of warriors - Karto says - one ready to go against the orcs and the other to resist any attack inside town. The first one can be on plain view, to persuade the enemy we have fallen into the trap, while the other one needs to be secret"
"The problem is also how many secrets we can keep, with all the preparations to be done and men on surveillance missions", Kesh says.
Lord Stallan also looks at you three (Lucius, Bofar and Taradain) if you wish to add something...

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Post by agathokles » Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:16 am

Lucius remains silent at this time.

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Post by hihama » Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:10 pm

I think we should wait and try to keep the secret that we know about the attack. I think we, I mean me and my friends, should keep a low profile and be part of this secret group inside town.

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Post by Sturm » Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:15 pm

In Stallanford
Scene IV - Klinten, Fyrmont, Late summer, 25th day, 992 AC


Lord Stallan thinks for a long while before speaking his mind.
"I think the best we can do it's try to keep our knowledge a secret as long as possible while we prepare ourselves for both attacks, one likely to come from the caves and the other from inside the town. Rangers, spies, wizards and clerics among you will do all the possible to discover the location from which the attack will come. It will probably be a private house, or an inn. The others will be part of the strike team which will be ready to react. I guess you prefer to be inside the town when they will come?"
Gila looks at Bofar, Lucius and Karto and nods.
In the next days you will focus on different tasks. Retameron, Lucius, Bofar and Karto on choosing the best tactical locations in town.
Gila, Halia, Kesh, Taradain and Sam on spying on the possible Skarda's minions and pinpoint the building from which the attack will come.
"If you do not have more suggestions - Retameron says to you - all that's left is waiting.. for informations and the attack"

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Post by Sturm » Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:26 pm

In Stallanford
Scene V - Klinten, Fyrmont, Late summer, 26th day, 992 AC


Lord Stallan eventually dismiss you when the basic actions are decided on you all go to try to catch some deserved sleep.
The next day, while the rest is trying to discover something about the dark haired tall priest, who has in the meantime returned to Stallanford, continuing to meeting with some soldiers and guards, Retameron talks to you about the strategy to follow during the attack.
"We have to assume Skarda will do like last time, he will place the portal mirror somewhere and join the attack. We have to prevent him from going away with the mirror, and that means separating him from the object. Probably some of us should go inside to search for the missin friends, while the others will have to stay behind and keep Skarda away. If he escapes with the mirror again, we will lose both our friends and the rescue party. So it's an hard task either way, but do you want to go inside or stay outside?", he asks you.

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Post by agathokles » Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:23 pm

Lucius believes getting the portal out of Skarda''s hands is the priority, so he opts for outside.

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Post by hihama » Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:52 pm

Bofar agrees with Lucius.

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Post by Sturm » Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:59 am

In Stallanford
Scene VI - Klinten, Fyrmont, Late summer, 27-28th day, 992 AC


In the following two days, the strategies are decided by Gila, Retameron, Lord Stallan and others who secretly come into town, in particular Baron Kelvin and Lord Penhaligon. In the meantime, Halia and Sam are able to pinpoint the location where Skarda will teleport: the big common room of The Hungry Halfling Inn, in the middle of the night between 28th Fyrmont and the 1st of Ambyrmont. Soon after, they think the orcs will attack the walls of the town.
The people from Penhaligon, meaning Lord Arturus, Fain Flinn, Kavorquian and his son Kaerin, Sir Barton Midvale and the Knights of the Three Suns will attack the orcs from the rear outside the town.
Lord Kelvin and his knights of the Order of the Griffon, Lord Stallan and his men, Janner and his rangers, the priests Aralic, Adrianus and some acolytes, plus the dwarf Dalmarek, with other adventurers and wizards will engage Skarda and his men as soon as they come out of the Hungry Halfling Inn.
The rest of you instead, meaning Retameron, Gila, Karto, Kesh, Gabriel, Halia, Cardia (now returned from Penhaligon), Sam, Bofar, Lucius and Taradain, plus the Penhaligon wizards Selina, Magnus Nelaine and the elf Meranan Ravensmane, Master Healer of Penhaligon Jenna Allinn, Sharrlaya and Keio, with 4 more clerics and wizards from Stallanford, will be instead hidden in the first floor of the Hungry Halfling.
"We will wait until after Skarda places the portal mirror and begins to call his men, when we will begin to hear noises from the battle in Stallanford. Then we will go down. Skarda may be present in the room, probably with some guards and more men exiting the mirror. At this point me, Halia, Cardia and Sam will go inside the mirror with Jenna and the 4 spellcasters from Stallanford. Gila, Selina, Magnus and Meranan will instead stay outside to engage Skarda, or prevent him to take back the mirror. Lucius, Bofar, Taradain, Gabriel, Karto and Kesh will have the task to protect the wizards and engage any warrior which may be present. Understood? Questions, objections, preparations to do?" Retameron looks at you.

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Post by agathokles » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:31 pm

Lucius nods curtly.

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Post by hihama » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:41 pm

Bofar shakes his head, No objections, no questions, just a hammer to polish.

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Post by Sturm » Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:26 am

In Stallanford
Scene VI - Birrlen, Ambyrmont, Late summer, 1st day, 992 AC


During the night, you hear the noises you were expecting: sounds of battle in the streets of the town. That's your signal, so your group immediately goes down. The wizards advise you to do not rush in, but wait for their signal. You come down the stairs fast and in the common room you see the mirror, black on a chair. From it soldiers are coming, some mounted and some not, rushing outside to give battle. Five men are staying behind, four armed and dressed in plate armour, one big and hooded. Could this one be Skarda?
You have not much time to think about this. Gila, Selina, Magnus and Meranan speak some words and four fireballs sweep the common room, destroying chairs and tables in a terrible explosion of yellow and orange fire. Once the fire goes out, only smoking ruins remain, and several smoking bodies of the men instantly killed by the fireballs. But is the hooded man among them, or not?
Again, you do not have much time to think. More men are coming from the mirror, now fallen to the ground, unaware of what happened to their comrades. Immediately Retameron, Halia, Cardia, Sam, Jenna and the 4 spellcasters from Stallanford are in the air just over the mirror, walking on some invisible platforms. The men coming out of the mirror hardly notice them, as Karto charges with a roar, Gabriel shoot darts at them and Kesh drops two with a spell. That's your clue to attack as well. You have just the time to see Retameron and the others jump inside the mirror, falling from the invisible platforms...

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Post by agathokles » Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:32 am

Lucius follows Karto into the melee.

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Post by hihama » Mon Dec 25, 2017 2:13 pm

Bofar attacks closest enemy and tries to hit him with his hammer.

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Post by Sturm » Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:00 pm

In Stallanford
Scene VII - Birrlen, Ambyrmont, Late summer, 1st day, 992 AC


The battle goes very well for you. Karto, Lucius and Bofar all land solid hits on the arriving enemies, dropping three of them immediately. The following ones are put down by Kesh, Gabriel and more spells from the four wizards.
The battle seems to be going very well in the streets of Stallanford too, too few enemies were able to go outside and they are soon routed and captured. In a matter of some minutes, Lord Kelvin and some of his knights, Lord Stallan and his men, Janner and his rangers, the priests Aralic, Adrianus and some acolytes, plus the dwarf Dalmarek enter the common room of the inn.
"I want to go inside too to help Retameron and get my son and wife back - Lord Kelvin says - anyone coming with me is welcomed. Many will still be needed here to prevent Skarda from returning and taking the mirror!"
Gila nods. She will stay here with the wizards. Lord Kelvin goes inside with many of his knights. Once again you are free to stay here guarding the mirror or follow them.

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Post by hihama » Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:41 pm

Bofar will stay to guard the mirror.

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Post by agathokles » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:17 pm

Lucius suggests moving the mirror to a place where Skarda can't reach it.

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Post by hihama » Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:57 am

Is it safe to touch it?

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Post by Sturm » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:48 am

In Stallanford
Scene VII - Birrlen, Ambyrmont, Late summer, 1st day, 992 AC


"It seems possible to touch and move it - Gila says - I see it is much more powerful than a normal Mirror of Life Trapping. If only we could capture this Skarda and learn more about this object.
"Hide it somewhere else is a sound idea - Lord Stallan says - maybe the vault of my castle could be a good place to store it. But we have to leave it uncover to allow our friends to come back. So we also need to guard it if enemies keep coming out of it.

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Post by agathokles » Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:12 pm

That's the idea. We should store it somewhere where anyone coming out will be at a disadvantage against our guards, and where Skarda would find it difficult to recover it. A vault of some kind would help.

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Post by Sturm » Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:56 pm

In Stallanford
Scene VII - Birrlen, Ambyrmont, Late summer, 1st day, 992 AC


Following Lord Stallan, you all reach the vault of the castle. The wizards, Karto, Kesh and you three are posted inside the room to guard the mirror, while Lord Stallan and his men stay outside to help in case of need.
More than an hour passes, leaving you wonder what's happening inside. In the meantime Lord Arturus and all the Penhaligon men and women return too, having defeated and repelled the orcs outside town.
Lord Stallan and Lord Penhaligon discuss a bit among themselves, then Lord Arturus enters the mirror too with Fain Flinn and many knights.
Another half hour passes, then a lot of people come from the mirror. You are on your guard just for a minute, then realize it's Lord Kelvin with his son, Lord Arturus and his daughter, and Bonth too! The danger has not passed however: Lord Kelvin says the enemy army is still fighting inside the mirror and many are wounded. More of your side comes out the mirror and you have to exit the vault to make room for them. Then you hear the worried cry of Gila and the gasps of the other wizard as a strange mist invades the room. "Magical mist! We are blind!". Many in the vaults and outside fall to the ground when touched by the mist, struggling to breath..

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Post by agathokles » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:31 pm

Lucius holds his breath while trying to reach and destroy the mirror.

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Post by hihama » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:00 pm

Bofar follows Lucius holding his breath.

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Post by Sturm » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:52 am

In Stallanford
Scene VII - Birrlen, Ambyrmont, Late summer, 1st day, 992 AC


Lucius and Bofar manage to arrive near the mirror, passing fallen soldiers and confused people. They find themselves just some meters from a dark haired, bearded big man, quite plump and elegantly dressed. He is moving his hands toward them.
Lucius and Bofar realize they may not be able to reach him before he completes what definitely seems the preparation of a spell...

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Post by hihama » Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:55 pm

Bofar makes a desperate effort to throw the man with his hammer.

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Post by agathokles » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:36 pm

Lucius tries to move so as to put the mirror between him and the bearded man.

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