Rest in Osmail Mark
< CY 9164, Month 1, Day 11 >
Flowers leads the band while Canine is sick. The Baron chooses Caril’s Heart as his only share – it will give him all the clout he needs with the Light Bringers and Umbakians in the upcoming struggles. He takes half the hard silver and the rest is the Gallants to do with as they see fit. The Tarly family sword is also his – he plans to create an ally in the Tarlwise family of Braddon Bog – perhaps creating some long lasting bad blood between Osmail MArk and Mev – but thats a story for later. Flowers negotiates with representatives of the sisterhood of Aerna from Bergen (in town at the Baron’s request) the return of the Golden Candelabra (Tulin’s Squad was looking for) for full healing of the party (shaving months off!) AND Pretty Boy uses his glib tongue to persuade them to pass on some powerful healing potions. Pretty Boy is also blessed.
Sent to Christianna
< CY 9164, Month 2, Day 12 >
Monaides and Tower of the Stag. The group has Julianne Noore sent to work with them – she run the spies in the south.
Some days later, Julianne takes you aside and tells you the plan. She says that everything has been arranged. Benquen is in the SE area of Mev and you must travel there in disguise. Once you get there go to the Inn and that the password is ‘Saints Day’ – the Innkeeper will give you instructions. If you are challenged or have to fight on your way to the mission – scrub the rest, do not risk yourselves further. She gives you a wax sealed scroll to deliver to the innkeep.
Benquenn and Mission to ‘interrupt’ Spies
< CY 9164, Month 2, Day 16 >
Meeting the Innkeep – In the alley behind the inn, the proprietor opens the heavy back door and motions to be quiet. He says that there’s 2 entrances to the cellar – one from the kitchen and the other from his private quarters – the kitchen will draw too much attention and that is probably locked and barred. He takes you to his quarters off the back and has you move the bed. He says to close the door, wait like 15 minutes while he gets the gang singing to cover the noise, and then go down in. They will arrive in the wine cellar and if they are quiet, they can attack the group in the large cellar through the turning wine cellar door.
Double Cross / Bandage Overhears the Real Meeting
Only Julianne, Dierdre and you know the exact details, and Dierdre’s probably safe. Someone set you up for sure, because they were ready for you while the real meeting went on in another place. Using Books ‘hear afar’ magics, he acertains its soldiers – not courtiers in the cellar. 5 Umbakian regular soldiers (carboulli + sword; leader in chain mail!). When Naked tries to scout the way out he runs into 10 ruffians (dagger and club)… its a fight for their life. Books uses magics and a smoke bomb to delay (and escape in the confusion) the regular soldiers while the rest fight their way through the ruffians. Unfortunately, no proof is taken.
Meanwhile, in the stable Bandage overhears 5 knights and their servants. Its bigger than we imagined; the forces of Twin Rivers and Umbak carve up Dunstrand and plot to Overthrow the Duke and squeeze Berithor out. What is overheard is the division of Dunstrand and offers to the Twin River council of support in leadership for seceding form the Duchy. They are pooling money to hire a speaker to begin to put word in the High King’s ear of the Duke’s poor handling of his Duchy. Bar-Innis will become a part of Umbak and Loamwold is divided between them. There’s even rumors of a new order of knights to ‘legitimize’ the new territories. Sir Gilhed for Bar-Innis (promised personal domain in return for selling out his lord Berithor!), ‘Mavros’ for West River Run (Count Badgericus), ‘Leeland’ for East River Run (Count Griswold), ‘Donald’ for Twin River Alliance/Cerran’s Grant, ‘Frederick’ of Umbak. Again, no proof is gained.
Narrow Escape / Return to Recover Books
< CY 9164, Month 2, Day 17 >
Traitor in Christianna’s Camp
< CY 9164, Month 2, Day 19 >
Julianne is violated, tortured, and admits to everything and more. Julianne says that Umbakian control is inevitable, and she was only trying to secure her family’s position in the coming changes. Dierdre says that she has shamed her family. They will be told that you died in an accident, but were buried on Riverdan soil – a loyal family member to the end. Burnt, battered, bruised and shorn Julianne is hauled up. She is given her rite of passage by a follower of Gaia, and her final kiss. Sobbing and asking for mercy, turning to you and begging forgiveness, Dierdre gives the signal. While one approaches from the east to distract her, the one on her right slides a blade into her skull – ending her life swiftly
Gallants Return to the Bigger Stage
Now they have been introduced to bigger players than the Baron and performed VERY well indeed. Although no proof was gathered, no one questioned their word. Things seem to be going very well – powerful gifts of the “Gentleman’s Sash” and “Witch’s Eye” were made.
The first a silk, crimson sash with a golden dragon embroidered on it. Legend has it that the members of the Dragonfire League had them constructed – a total of more than twenty – in their bid to take control of the city of Ados from the governing council there (of course they eventually failed and were all murdered). It would be something to be worn on occasions of dialog and social needs. It marks one of quality and worthy of trust. It is ideal for Pretty-Boy.
The later is a minor item to help those not well versed in magery; ideal for Bandage.
Rest at the Tower of the Stag
< CY 9164, Month 2, Day 23 >
[Batsu] Naked, you’re smart. I wouldn’t of thought of that…it is kind of his job to do that sort of thing for us. Maybe I’ll bet him that he can’t get me a good deal on the custom fitted armor…hahaha! See if he can pull it off? That’s pretty harmless right? If he gets a good deal, he can keep the difference…he could always use it to grease the sticky palms when needed but, he might just bet it on the dawgz? Either way, I’m sick and, a half-orc… even if a Gallant, he’d have better luck than myself. Let him nigotiate thd deal, it’ll be fun to watch and, we might gain a good smithy/armorer to boute? He is a silver-tounged devil that one is… I’d like it if the armor could be a tribute to the Beastwoods, the Wyld Faith and, Darapet the Beastlord. Dyed green, black and, brown like the forrest of the Beastwoods themselves. With the hard cap shaped like that of a large wild cat and, with the symbol: an axe intertwining a rose, resting on a leaf and, shield on the breast plate. If that is to much detail work, I’ll take what I can get and, shut it…it’s just going to get beat all to shit anyhow. Also, nothing shiny. No glints in the light.
[Bandage] Wow Sweets didn’t know you cared so much. As a adventurer didn’t know being pretty was part of fighting. Might as well give you a title with something like that. Sweets your kind of crazy for a half orc. Pretty boy no offense but I don’t agree that you should get the difference on any deal you may weasel your way into. Besides all the money is from the party fund. If you want to pay him Sweets your more than welcome too. Although if you give all your money away how will you afford treats? We get paid by the job. Not by our profession.
[Books] What Bandage said. Look, its war time – stuff’s at a premium. You want armor, no problem. Does anyone have a problem with Sweets getting the armor he wants? Whats the budget? you are looking at about 2000 for the armor (Pretty Boy can work a deal too). Fancy armor is impressive against weak foes… but seems like its not worth it unless you’re just rich as hell. Thats gonna bust the budget for armor like what he wants… maybe we need to just get what protects.
[Flowers] I’m in the same boat as Batsu right now, after everything we’ve been through I just dont feel that safe in leather. Equipment for Sweets and Marbles takes priority in my mind, bu some fitted Courboulli would not go unappreciated.
[Pretty Boy] We all have a job. I’ll make it happen, the Baron’s reputation is good here i assume – if not, i’m sure i can square it between Christianna’s servants and make it so. No Drama. I take orders like the rest. If our missions calls for heavy armor then use it. Don’t make an issue where there is none brewing – lets just get the right tools for the job.
[Bandage] If those Umbakian “regular army” types were any indication of what we will be facing in our future, its time to start putting our money where it will do the most good.
[Sweets] And, it ain’t about looking pretty, it’s about fighting with pride and, honoring those things that mean something to me. The Wyld Faith brought me up and, raised me and, taught me the ways of war, combat and, protecting the natural order of our realms Bandage. Under Darapet’s guidence I’ve been crafted to stand up and, fight against the odds and, as a member of the Gallants, I am your center…you fight or, heal in your case, behind me. That is the way of it and, as your center, I wish to present an intimidating figure against our enemies. The Beastwoods were my home and, I was sheltered from the worst of my kinds offenses but, still thought of as a monster as a half-breed. Not really accepted by either, isolated because I was different but, the things I wish to put on the armor were there for me even in the darkest of times. Axe and, shield. Darapet, Gaia, Aerna, the Wyld Faiths, the Beastwoods and, the priests who sheltered me and, taught me what I know…I know it’s different but, that is why I choose to represent them. The Umbakians and, Lightbringers have pushed and, pushed further into the Dutchy forcing their beliefs on others. The old Gallants didn’t believe that was right and, nor do I. We’re they model citizens? No but, they stood up and, fought for a side they could believe in so, I too wish to stand up and, fight against the threats to our Baron, our home, for the people of the Lowlands and, if I die for this cause, then I wish to do it with honor. But, if Canine wishes to keep us as non-descript and, easily able to blend in then that is the way of it…,but, if we wish to elevate ourselves from the rabble bands and, groups of this resistance to set us apart from any other troops under Wheglin’s control, then as your main offense and, defensive wall of in your face bullshit of this war, then let us set ourselves apart or, go home for as long as it still exists before the Umbakians and, lightbringers carve up the lands and, kill, destroy or, oppress every last person of our lands. Their Holy war against the the orrish is bullshit! Their offensive against Dwindor Swamp and, of the people of the Lowlands hits me on two fronts as, I share history with both side as the Half-Orc of Bergen and, the Beastwoods. I’ve been tutored by One-Claws people of Dwindor on the Orrish half and, the Wyld Faith of Bergen on the human half. I’m not like you Bandage, I didn’t come from money or, an important… well anything. Look at me! Barely able to walk down a street without scaring half of it’s populace and, having the other half wanting to kill me as a blight on it’s lands. You can go anywhere, do anything with little question or suspicion as to what you’re doing. Me, I walk into a tavern and, the music comes to a halt, people gasp and, gawk…I might as well fit the part of what we wish to accomplish by being Bannerman and, Gallants. I’m different, I
stick out so, why not go all the way and, give them something to look at? They will know without a doubt of what I stand for and, what I believe in and, fuck the Umbakians and, Lightbringers! Let them feel the edge of my axe and, shield! Let their blood run red in my hands as we fight to protect our homes. As I told Books, I can’t read but, I do understand symbols and, even the uneducated will know for what I stand for at a glance. Those that wish to oppose us will die under the strength of our faith, our bond and, our steel! If you think me pretty then you are mad. If you think this armor useless then you do not understand the power of my will and, my faith as I stand to fight against the darkness posing as the path the light. Break their Morale, break their strength and, their resolve to continue fighting disappears. That is the point of this armors design but, if we can not afford it? then give me what you deem right and, I will not complain. I am a soldier as we all are in this war and, any edge over our enemies is worth trying to secure a win for our Baron and, the Duke.
[Books] <yawn> What the hell? You lost me. But i get it. You had it rough, weep for me, citizens! whatever! Go Gallants! OOH-RAH!
Books, Bandage, Canine talk about ‘The Rash’
[Books] Boss, Bandage… Take a look at everyone who’s handled the “suffering shard” – that blade that cuts through stone… once a piece of the artifact blade called Stone Cutter. Their skin’s dry and flaking off… its dying. Not so bad now – i’m sure those who got it thinks its just a little rash or something. Yea, a Lich Lord has touched that blade. Geri wrote to be wary of that thing. By the shaggy nuts of the Beast Lord what are we gonna do!?
[Bandage] Well I assume its like nothing I have seen before right? At any rate I do not like the sound nor the looks of what is going on. Any way to gain additional information?
[Books] Observation. Intuition. We don’t have spells or ability suited to this. I only noticed something because Geri’s journals basically said she was afraid something would happen.. so I kept looking.
[Bandage] Well best we can do for right now is not let anyone who hasn’t touched it get near it. And possible get equipment necessary to cut limbs off i.e. bone saws, sedatives. Just in case it comes to the worst on the road. But for right now I’ll have to keep a eye one those infected and
track what is going on with them.
[Books] Ok, lets bury that damn thing at the edge of Braddon Bog and keep and eye on folks.
[Bandage] I agree lets get rid of it I would like to destroy it but if thats the best we can do.
Lets at least put it in a box and put a warning on it about the plauge it causes. In every language that our group can write in.
[Books] I’m good with that – i’m literate in many. I mean, its a piece of a legendary blade, an artifact for Aerna’s sake. It would be a shame to destroy such a priceless relic… but if its not usable, then perhaps finding someone immune to its touch , someone pure, like the White Sisters, would be good. Perhaps we could trade it for a future healing? We’ll stow it for now, in a box, buried with a warning and a “mt. yuk” symbol.
[Bandage] Well wait a minute depending on how serious this thing is couldn’t we trade the blade to the white sisters in order to heal our guys from this crap as far as i know right now it seems to be out of my league when it comes to my medical craft. And with our short supply of tricks im not sure our magic would be much help. But maybe I may be able to learn something if were really going sign me in to a guild.
[Books] When are we going to get the time to travel? Unless things get really bad, i say wait and watch… otherwise its weeks there and back. We should probably tell Canine too… i dont want someone else to come to him and him have us think we missed something.
[Bandage] Yeah true they seem to dislike our little shortcuts to keep members up and running so might as well be on his good side.
Canine and Flowers discuss ‘The Smell’
Flowers notices that his armor is starting to rot. He silently screams at the womans voice in his head but there is no answer from that side. By the time hes back to Osmail Mark to see Baron Wheglin, the group is starting to smell… to everyone else it just seems like a couple days on the road and trying to avoid Berithor’s patrols… but something strange is happening – faster than it should the organic equipment is rotting. He brings it to Canine’s attention who believes it may be connected to the ’other problem.