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Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:37 pm
by hihama
Bofar squints his eyes and tries to see if there is anyone else there besides the elf.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:34 pm
by Sturm
Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LVIII - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 21th day, 993 AC


Bofar can see several figures, mostly lizardmen, hidden a around you. Kesh confirms.
"Maybe one of us could try to run away with the Orb, and the others cover him", Kesh says.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:42 pm
by agathokles
One, alone in the swamp? I say we pretend to go with the elf, and attack him and his lizardmen as soon as we can.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:21 pm
by hihama
I agree. Let's pretend to go with them.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:46 am
by Sturm
Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LVIII - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 21th day, 993 AC


Kesh nods and you agree to the elf's invitation for the moment and quickly discover he has a camp nearby with several lizardmen and humans. You do not fail to notice the humans all have an iron ring and seems to have been chosen from the worst scum in Karameikos.
The elf offer you food and rest in his camp and explains his master, Baron Von Hendriks, is trying to bring a measure of civilization in this wild swamp, making some alliances with local inhabitants, such as the lizardmen. The Baron is always searching for expert adventurers and pays very well those willing to help him. As retrievers of the Orb, you would soon gain an high standing in his court.
Sam and Kesh do their best to maintain a plain face during the short dinner, then you go to sleep.
Two lizardmen and two human guards are posted for the night in the camp.
"I would rather die than deliver the Orb to Von Hendriks. I am willing to take it and run away alone. You could run in another direction, to try to confuse pursuers. What do you think?", Sam says.
"Lizardmen have a relevant advantage over us in the swamp. Maybe we could wait until we are almost out of it for our move", Kesh says.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:47 pm
by agathokles
Baron von Hendricks is certainly a lesser evil with respect to Skarda. The presence of Iron Ring lackeys, though, is worrying. We need to strike a balance and get away as soon as it is practical, taking out the guards.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:14 pm
by hihama
Is there any way we can try to contact the others?

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:32 pm
by Sturm
Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LIX - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 21-22th day, 993 AC


"I have to object about Von Hendriks. He has attacked the Shires several times, he abids slavery and has Iron Ring allies. We can assume he is in league with Skarda and just wants to take the credit with him for retrieving the Orb. Do not believe his propaganda. While we do not have proof yet, we have plenty of clues he is up to no good. And me and Retameron will be eventually able to prove it", Sam says.
Sam also says he will try to leave traces Retameron will be able to follow.
"Still if they do not catch us in time, we will have to try to make a run for it", Kesh says.
You finally go to sleep and the morning after are awaked before dawn by the elf and his minions, and urged to resume your march. With rafts and the lizardmen scouting ahead, you move through the swamp way faster than before. Clearly the elf and his group know the place well. Soon enough you reach a big boat, almost a small ship, anchored on the Achelos river, and get on it.
"The Black Flower will take us fast to our camp, and then Fort Doom", the elf, who gave his name as Arius, says.
Sam curses under his breath, knowing a ship will be much harder to follow. But with 30 men and lizardmen around you, your only choice is to agree and go on board.
You have just begin your navigation, going fast by following the flow of the river, when the small ship is violently rocked and you all fall down.
You soon realize why as several hydra head rise from starboard side.
"Time to fight!" the elf says with grim joy.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:06 pm
by agathokles
Lucius keeps the others close and on the defensive, leaving the fight to the elf and his lizardmen. Maybe the Hydra will prune them to a more manageable number.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:49 am
by Sturm
Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LX - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 22th day, 993 AC


Kesh agrees and passes the information to the others. Taradain, Kesh and Sam shoot bolts, but miss the hydra. The lizardmen and humans on the boat attack, but the hydra pushes three overboard and tried to get on the deck, damaging the mast and the sails. The elf shoot a magical bolt at It and several arrows hit the monster, but It seems far from defeated..

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:48 pm
by hihama
Bofar tries to dodge any falling pieces.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:07 pm
by agathokles
Lucius remains on the defensive.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:35 pm
by Sturm
Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LX - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 22th day, 993 AC


Sam and Kesh keep firing just for show, missing the hydra, while the beast mounts on the boat entirely and, despite the efforts of lizardmen and humans, tosses more of them overboard. The elf slashes at it with his sword, cutting an head, but it is not enough. The hydra is winning and the boat could sink soon. With a claw, it takes the mast, nearly pulling it out.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:10 pm
by hihama
I think we should leave very soon...

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:13 pm
by agathokles
If there is a lifeboat, Lucius suggests using it. Otherwise, he tries tying a few barrels or planks together to form a makeshift raft.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:14 pm
by hihama
Bofar goes to help Lucius.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:21 pm
by Sturm
Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LX - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 22th day, 993 AC


There is only one lifeboat, and clearly several humans are already looking at it hoping to escape before the lizardmen. The elf orders to attack, and several arrows and clubs hit the hydra, pushing it a bit back. The monster however is still on the boat and not looking defeated.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:47 pm
by Sturm
Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LX - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 22th day, 993 AC


Pushed by orders of the elf, the humans and the lizardmen begin to have some success in their attacks against the hydra. The monster falters, but it is still on the boat and the boat is clearly damaged, so it's hard to tell if it will be able to continue. The mast and the sails are obviously ruined, but probably this kind of boat has also oars.
The elf chops off another hydra head, and the monster screams in rage and pain.
Kesh and Sam hit it with bolt but doing little damage on purpose.
"Should we try to run to the lone lifeboat? We may be able to distance this little ship, or not..", Kesh says.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:01 pm
by hihama
Let's do it. I do not think we get any better chance to try to escape.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:18 pm
by Sturm
Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LX - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 22th day, 993 AC


Sam says he will go down in the hold to retrieve the orb. He tells you to take the boat and meet him at the lower hatch on the right side of the small ship. Kesh nods and you go to the boat, trying to move and lower it quickly in the waters. The elf in the meantime is having some success against the hydra, cutting another head. He also sees you and cries. "Betrayers, cowards! stop them!".
An overzealous lizardman obeys and charge at you with his club.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:50 pm
by hihama
This is mine, says Bofar taking his hammer and stepping towards charging lizardman.
I'm no use with the boat...

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:55 pm
by agathokles
Lucius uses his strength to lower the boat. He tells Kesh and the other to use their spells to stop the elf and his lizardmen.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:23 pm
by Sturm
Westron road, Blight Swamp
Scene LX - Hwyrlen, Flaurmont 22th day, 993 AC


Taradain and Lucius have some relevant difficulties in untangling the ropes and lower the boat, as the destruction wrought by the hydra has made quite a mess. Bofar fight the lizardman, but the creature parries and scratches back the dwarf on the face, drawing blood. Kesh tries to help Bofar, but the lizardman manages to resist his magic.
The hydra in the meantime is destroying the deck of the ship, with the elf and his minions struggling to contain it. One more human is taken by a hydra head and launched overboard.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:09 pm
by hihama
Bofar doubles his effort and aims at the legs of the lizardman.

Re: The Karameikos PbP, The Mistery of the Mirror (IC thread)

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:16 pm
by agathokles
Lucius tries his best to lower the boat...