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DM Alexander Kilcoyne's Kingmaker PBP- Chapter 2 (Inactive)

Game Master Alexander Kilcoyne

"We are essentially pawns in a larger game - what we have to find out is who it is that are making the moves, and what we can do to become masters of our own destiny."

Spymaster Casimir, Aldori Duellist & Statkari


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Akiros has apparently been giving the issue of security of the Barony a great deal of thought and in a moment of relative quiet he adds his thoughts to the mix as Kardas' warden. He unfurls one of the maps of the known Stolen Lands, with Kardas' borders clearly marked. He points at the eastern border of the Stolen Lands with his dagger.

How secure do we feel our eastern borders are? Are you all convinced that Maegar Varn will do us no harm if he spies weakness? Are there any further steps we can take to further cement an alliance wirh him- if there are, I believe we should pursue them...

He jabs his dagger towards the south.

Spymaster, we need more information on Mivon and whether they are in any position to open hostilities with us. Probably, we are too small for them to really see us as a threat and the reputation of the Stolen Lands means taking our lands at this early stage of colonisation isn't worth it. Still, we could do with some agents there.

The blade gestures to the west.

I believe Casimir's last reports indicate the settling of the Slough region directly west of us indicated that the attempt was successful; and Brevoy is reaping benefits from the rich trade route. I don't believe they are currently a threat; they seem to simply be consolidating power, for now.

For emphasis, the grim Warden plunges the short blade into the table just north of the end of the map- the border with Brevoy.

Varn warned us that Surtovan men demanding 'tribute' from their 'vassal state' would soon be coming. With the civil war looming, will they have enough strength to spare to crush Kardas if we refuse? I'm inclined to think so, without a military force to at least give them pause.


You can't possibility be suggesting we give in to Surtovan bullying, Akiros?! Oleg sneers.

The treasury is almost depleted right now; and we don't have a lot of goodwill or influence to call upon with our notable citizens right now. Bokken in particular is insisting we repair his company's building after he donated the healing potions for the militia force! That man's a snake, not a patriot...


hp 48/66, AC 26/17/20, CMD 23/24, F: +8, R: +11, W: +7, init: +5, per: +10 Human Bard 6/Fighter 2

Casimir follows the tip of Akiros' dagger with a serious look on his face.

"From our experience with Varn, I'm inclined to trust him - to an extent. But certainly enough to propose an alliance. We have more immediate enemies to worry about, I should think. I'm also in favor of cautious diplomatic contact with our western neighbours."

"I shall dispatch agents to Mivon - and to Pitax as well, if I can. Good agents are hard to come by, but I may know a few people that can be trusted."

"As to demands of tribute - I say we cross the bridge when we come to it, based on our relative strength and the intelligence available at the time. But I'm in favor of denying such demands. Our charter clearly states that Brevoy should provide resources to us - not the other way around."

"Regardless of your personal opinion of Bokken, Oleg, there is no denying that his potions played a vital part in the defense. It is only fair that we compensate him."


Duke of Kardas, First Sword of Iomedae HP:76 AC:27 F:+14, R:+8, W:+12 CMD:23/24 P:-1 Init:+0 AOO:+16

Malthir pipes in at the mention of Varn...
I believe that Varn is a friend to Kardas as well. When last I talked to him about his forces though, he had little he could spare as his force was very well trained but small.
Certainly he would not be able to spare enough men to repel any serious attempt on Kardas from any of her enemies at the moment. With as few men as we have, we don't even have enough to enforce the peace in SwordHaven, let alone the kingdom. We are in a desperate position...we all know that.

He goes silent again to let the other Statkari speak their mind....


Male Halfling 8th level Fey Bloodline Sorcerer
Stats:
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Kip, who has been uncharacteristically quiet since Hargulka's defeat, lifts his head with some effort and clears his throat politely before addressing the assembled council. I think that we are perhaps placing too much emphasis on perceived threats from other 'civilized' nations. It does not make sense to me that places like Brevoy, Varnland, Pitax or Mivon would move to engage Kardas at this time. Weakened as we are or not. Frankly, there isn't enough reward here at the moment to offset the risk they would be taking. There is plenty of unclaimed land to conquer in the Stolen Lands. A simple matter of distance, and the wild lands that separate us from these others, makes a campaign to conquer Kardas unpalatable to any shrewd strategist.

Perhaps I am wrong, but I do not see our biggest threat from those that may covet Kardas from afar. I think we need to look much closer... to our own doorstep. Let us not forget for a moment that these lands are home to countless other creatures, and they do not likely see our expansion in these lands favorably. I believe it is these forces that move against us currently, and will continue to do so in the future.

Do not forget the warning of the pixie....

We would be foolish to overlook the possibility that the 'natural' inhabitants of these lands have come together to work to a common goal. The eradication of Kardas from "their" lands. We have already seen many examples of this...

We do need to address the fact that Swordhaven's defense is lacking, but raising an army seems impractical on many levels and may in fact result in less security in the short term. Provoking the very events we hope to avoid...

Can we improve the defenses? Wall the city perhaps?

Sorry if my post is disjointed... still busy with the move... things should hopefully settle a bit on Monday.


Male (HP 44/71, AC- 23 T- 15 FF- 18 CMD- 28, F +11, R +10, W +6, P +15*, In +3*, AOO +17) Half-orc Ranger (Guide) 7/Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager) 1

Kalev has been silent, thinking about all that is said. When Kip has finished, he says, I agree that raising an army could be seen by some as a provocation, and that we might thereby face an enemy we are not able to defeat. I...had a dream or vision on the night of Lord Malthir's wedding, where I saw what I can only assume was Erastil himself, and he cautioned me about moving too fast, as that would force the hands of our enemies.

Kalev is silent for a minute, before continuing, But we must see to the defense of the people, and we currently have an empty seat as general. Despite my previous reluctance, I will take up that role, if it be the will of the Statkari, at least temporarily, until we find a permanent solution. That would leave us without a Marshall, however.


Duke of Kardas, First Sword of Iomedae HP:76 AC:27 F:+14, R:+8, W:+12 CMD:23/24 P:-1 Init:+0 AOO:+16

Malthir looks to each of the Statkari...much has been said, but no resolution on how to defend Kardas in the short term.

Noble Statkari, friends.
You have trusted me to lead this kingdom. In normal times you are the true rulers of Kardas, I am merely a figurehead. These times are different, we face dangerous times and Kardas stands on the precipice.
Hear me out before you make any decisions on Kardas' future. I have been thinking of any solution other than the one that has presented itself to me over the last few months but I can see none.
The Hellknights.....to be honest I don't think it is happenstance that Ricter came to us when he did.
I have thought about it over and over again in the last day. I think he has proved himself to us over the last few weeks. You may not believe in the same things as he does but can you deny the man has been true to his word at every turn? I can't...
Ricter helped to find that bastard Grigori and bring him to justice.
He helped us defeat the evil Fey in the abandoned keep.
He helped us defeat Halgulka and his horde of trolls.
Now is the tough decision. The Hellknights have men, quite a few from what Ricter describes. They can help us defend the kingdom while we re-build. They can secure that our enemies will not try to strike at us en-mass. Any larger force would know that they face a real army of professional soldiers and we wouldn't be an easy conquest.

And what of the price for Kardas? They ask for a base in which to pursue Galt, supplies to do the same. The Kingdoms around Kardas would see us in support of their cause. Although I don't like the implications for Kardas, I think that the benefits of our alliance with Hellknights will provide more for us than the perceptions of the other kingdoms. What does that matter if we do not last out the year and we fall into chaos?

In order to agree to this myself I want three guarantees out of the Hellknights.
First Ricter swears fealty to Kardas and to me. He will represent our interests with the Hellknights. He will be granted the title of Statkari while he fills this role.
Second, the Hellknights will follow Kardas' laws and Kardas' traditions for justice.
Third, this agreement with the Hellknights is for 5 years. After that time has expired we will look at our agreement to see if both groups wish to continue it. If not they will leave the Kingdom.

If the Hellknights will agree to these terms, will you support me in this decision? Tell me your concerns or disagreement with my plan...


They will need to be kept... detached from the populace, but theirrr military might would be useful. Sootscales muses.


I don't like it Malthir. Even if you trust Ricter, I don't trust those he calls allies.

Kip, I only agree with your statements about the other kingdoms partially. Surtova can't afford to look weak right now and its become public knowledge that the Swordlords sponsored the founding of Kardas. Attacking us prevents Restov's southern border remaining secure; while demanding tribute from us asserts their strength.


I firmly believe that if held in check by a firm agreement, the Hellknights can be valuable allies. I've said it before; i've seen Galt and its a cesspit of humanity, Statkari. No real sense of community, man turning upon fellow man at the drop of a hat. Bringing order to that land is a cause I could support.

Jhods eyes take on a sad quality.

I saw too many young men of our new nation die on the walls and far too many of Red Eyes pack. With all the warnings that have been levelled our way, we can't continue to rely purely on the strength of the Guardians- not if they are to continue claiming these lands.


Akiros notably says nothing on the subject, but nods his assent to Malthir's proposal.


Male (HP 44/71, AC- 23 T- 15 FF- 18 CMD- 28, F +11, R +10, W +6, P +15*, In +3*, AOO +17) Half-orc Ranger (Guide) 7/Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager) 1

Kalev thinks for a bit, then says, While I don't like the idea of having an essentially foreign army in our lands, I trust your sense of judgment, Malthir. And moreso, I trust that the Hellknights, as paragons of Law, will abide by any agreement they enter into, to the letter of that agreement. As long as we remain the Law in this land, I have no objections. Ricter has certainly proved his worth, though he and I disagree on some moral issues. You have my consent.


HP: 39/60 AC: 22, T:13, FF:21, CMD:16. Fort:+5, Ref:+5, Will:+8(+7). Per:+14, Init:+0, AoO:+8

Fenna listens quietly to the comments of the other Statkari, considering the situation before speaking, "I am in agreement with Kalev and Jhod; the Hellknights can be valuable allies if bound by a proper agreement, but such an agreement will need to be worded carefully... Like Sootscales, I am reluctant to give authority over our people to an outside power, it must be made clear that they can only bring their force to bear against clear threats to Kardas. With that in mind, it would also need to be outlined exactly what is to be considered a threat; Ricter's understanding of the term is clearly far broader than many of our own interpretations."

"Provided an agreement is reached which will properly protect the people of Kardas, then I support the idea."


Your Humble Narrator

I believe Malthir is waiting for Casimir to weigh in.


Are we in agreement then? If so, then should we invite Ricter to join us as we discuss what we are to do with the fallen Kesten Garess?


hp 48/66, AC 26/17/20, CMD 23/24, F: +8, R: +11, W: +7, init: +5, per: +10 Human Bard 6/Fighter 2

Casimir carefully ponders all that has been said.

"You are right, Kip - we should not ignore the natural inhabitants of these lands. We must be as vigilant of internal threats as we are of those from foreign nations. In fact, I think I might know a couple of people who could help us with both - old acquaintances of my uncle Stanislaw, they come highly recommended. I shall contact them at once."

"As to the Hellknights...Your proposal sounds reasonable and well considered, Malthir. Ricter has certainly proven himself as a man of both honor and courage, and I believe he will serve Kardas loyally to the best of his ability, if he wovs to do so. And Cayden knows, we can use every blade and body the Hellknights bring with them. However, we should not be blind to the fact that such an alliance will not sit well with neither Galt nor Surtova. But then again...with friends like the Hellknights, we could probably handle a few more enemies."


Duke of Kardas, First Sword of Iomedae HP:76 AC:27 F:+14, R:+8, W:+12 CMD:23/24 P:-1 Init:+0 AOO:+16

Good, good, it is settled then. Let's get Ricter and have him summon the Hellknights at once, we can get some formal papers written up to cover the agreement.
Fenna, I would like you and Jhod to take a crack at penning together some laws for Kardas if you would? It would be good to have a formal framework for the Hellknights to work within as far as the laws of Kardas.

When Ricter joins the Statkari.

We have spoken Ricter and decided to agree to an alliance with the Hellknights under the following conditions:
First you will swear fealty to Kardas and to me. Corvex will be informed of this condition. You will become a Statkari, a noble of this kingdom. You can still be a Hellknight and a man of that order. Second, you will be our representative to the Hellknights and do your best to represent Kardas' interests with the Hellknights.
Third, the Hellknights will support Kardas and defend her sovereignty while they have a base here. They will abide by her laws while the are here. Kardas will welcome them for a minimum of 5 years to stay and we will re-negotiate the terms of the agreement at the end of those 5 years. I will release you from your bond of fealty and your position of Statkari at the end of the agreement as well if you so desire.
If you are in agreement with those terms then summon Corvex and his men as quickly as possible, I would like a forward contingent of them here within 2 weeks if possible.

This is after Ricter's reply...

On to our second topic of discussion. What to do with the fallen heroes of the kingdom, Kesten and Kundal. Do we attempt to raise the both of them from the dead? I can't see bringing back one with out the other...what about all of the other men that died yesterday? It is a difficult decision for me to decide one man can live while the rest can not...what do the rest of you say?


Male Halfling 8th level Fey Bloodline Sorcerer
Stats:
Init +6 Perception +4 AC 20 Tch 14 FF 18 HP 62 Fort +6 Ref +6 Will +8 Spd 20' CMB +2 CMD 14 Acro+4 Bluff+11 Climb-1 Diplo+6 Disg+16 Esc+2 Fly+10 Know (Arca+6 Loc+7 Nat+7) Sense+0 Spellcraft+13 Stealth+14 Use Magic+12 Swim-1

I am all for raising them both... and Kesten should be raised as a matter of his position of a sitting Stratkari killed in the execution of his duties. If the will is not present to raise Kundal, then perhaps he could be reincarnated? His value to the Kingdom is obvious in these times of peril...

We have the resources to raise both... I can return the wand of lightning bolt to help defray the costs... and we have a not insignificant amount of wealth yet to be divided from our last excursions... not to mention the wealth of the troll's yet unclaimed.


Human Expert 4 / Doctoral Student 5

*dot*


Ricter enters the chamber when called. He usually goes unarmoured in the castle but this time he is wearing his plate armour. It has been thoroughly polished and rebuilt after the battering it recieved in the battles against the trolls. The Hellknight carries his helm beneath his arm. After listening to the Baron's words:

"I will send a rider to Lictor Corvex immediately. I do not yet know from where the Hellknights to be based in Kardas will be drawn. We are based far away in Cheliax - two weeks may not be achievable, but I will make it clear you require our assistance with all possible haste. Funding for magical communication would certainly speed up the process, but I understand those funds are needed elsewhere. Before we discuss this further, though, your first condition..."

Ricter dons the helmet, holds a fist to his chest and lowers himself to one knee before Malthir


Male Taldan Human Fighter (Weapon Master) 5/ Hellknight 3 HP:81/81 AC:28 F:+11, R:+6, W:+8, CMD:25*, P:+10, I:+2, AOO:+16

"I, Hellknight Ricter Vorsk, swear on the Universal Laws and the Throne of Pharasma that for five years hence my every thought, every word and every deed will be for the betterment of Kardas, it's Baron and it's rulers. The laws for which I fight will be those of Kardas. I heed the decrees of it's Baron over the commands of even Lictor Crovex, for though I am subservient to Him it is His will that I do what must be done to prove the worth and the honour of the Hellknights to the Stratkari. Finally, I take full responsibility for the actions of my comrades and servants whilst they remain within the boarders of Kardas and will rally them to defend it against the forces of chaos and tyranny alike."


It is done then. Perhaps if it will hasten their arrival Ricter, you'd consider making use of a Sending spell to quicken the message; assuming we find the scroll in question.

As for this talk of Kesten having an innate right to be raised as a member of the Statkari... are we sure that this is a precedent we want to establish? Are we becoming, or are we already, a meritocracy? The decision we make will become a precedent and eventually a Law. Though I have concerns, I believe that henceforth every member of the Statkari needs to record in writing what he wants done in the event of his or her demise. In this instance... I believe Kesten should be raised and Kundal reincarnated. Kesten has a family and children who must be considered in our decision, whereas Kundal has no such ties and is already somewhat accustomed to a form other than his own...


I'm actually ok with you withdrawing BP to cover the cost of NPC raises/reincarnates, as it doesn't mess with your WBL. When it comes to your own though, its public knowledge that the Guardians are rich individuals who frequently acquire even greater treasures, so spending BP on it will be far more frowned upon.

Without ceremony, the door to the great hall where you are having your private discussions is pushed open by the head of Red Eyes, the massive, sentient word-like creature. He limps from his lingering wounds as he walks over to Vaysh and makes himself comfortable near her, apparently intent on joining the discussions and meeting any dirty looks with a proud stare of his own.

I too have matters I wish to discuss, when you have finished your business he declares in Taldane.


HP: 39/60 AC: 22, T:13, FF:21, CMD:16. Fort:+5, Ref:+5, Will:+8(+7). Per:+14, Init:+0, AoO:+8

"I believe we can put together a simple framework over the coming days," Fenna says, looking to Jhod for confirmation, "it may be beneficial to decide on which values we hold closest, before we put pen to paper."

...

"As Jhod says, the matter of raising those who have fallen in the defence of the kingdom is a difficult one. If we restore anyone, then where should the line be drawn; Kesten because he was Statkari? Kundal because he worked under Akiros? Why not then any of the others who fell to hold these walls?"

"The issue is lessened somewhat if we use our personal funds to accomplish this, as there is nothing stopping any others with the resources from providing the same aid to their own friends or family, but if this is to be done in an official capacity, then we need to be sure we are comfortable with the ongoing implications of our choice."


Oath made, Ricter removes his helm.

"Anyone can see that one of the Statkari is worth more to Kardas than any of the soldiers who died holding the walls, and is worth the coin to bring back. Perhaps a more rigid heirarchy of captains and governors should be put in place, to clearly identify who has the right to state-funded resurrection, raising from the dead and magical healing."

He then adds darkly

"It is plesant to talk of equality for all, but such a pleasant fantasy can lead to a nightmarish reality. I know you all understand this, but it bears repeating."


Male Halfling 8th level Fey Bloodline Sorcerer
Stats:
Init +6 Perception +4 AC 20 Tch 14 FF 18 HP 62 Fort +6 Ref +6 Will +8 Spd 20' CMB +2 CMD 14 Acro+4 Bluff+11 Climb-1 Diplo+6 Disg+16 Esc+2 Fly+10 Know (Arca+6 Loc+7 Nat+7) Sense+0 Spellcraft+13 Stealth+14 Use Magic+12 Swim-1

My vote then is to use BP to cover the costs of raising Kesten (& reincarnation for Kundal)


hp 48/66, AC 26/17/20, CMD 23/24, F: +8, R: +11, W: +7, init: +5, per: +10 Human Bard 6/Fighter 2
Kip Bendybrook wrote:
My vote then is to use BP to cover the costs of raising Kesten (& reincarnation for Kundal)

Same here.


Yeah, I reckon that's the best option


Duke of Kardas, First Sword of Iomedae HP:76 AC:27 F:+14, R:+8, W:+12 CMD:23/24 P:-1 Init:+0 AOO:+16

Malthir's concern is around timing. We currently have no BP left to raise them this month, so we would have to wait until next month when we have raised enough BP with make a withdrawal.
I guess we can cast gentle repose on them for a month?
If so Malthir is fine with that and we can move on.


HP: 39/60 AC: 22, T:13, FF:21, CMD:16. Fort:+5, Ref:+5, Will:+8(+7). Per:+14, Init:+0, AoO:+8

"That would be an ideal solution," Fenna agrees with Ricter's suggestion, "the less it seems we are providing aid based on our whims, the less likely people are to feel they are being treated unfairly. Room for such a structure could be made in the legal system we are to develop."

The strained budget is my concern too, but gentle repose should cover that, if Jhod is willing to cast it a few times a week until the kingdom can afford to raise/reincarnate them.


Your Humble Narrator

Jhod's happy to Gentle Repose as long as it takes.

I will assist Fenna in drawing up such a document. So... we are agreed then? Kesten is to be raised, Kundal re-incarnated and a proper system is to be drawn up for future happenstances, including written notice by all Statkari (excluding of active members of the Guardians of the Greenbelt) of which method, if any, should be used to revive them. I would propose any Statkari as well as their immediate leutenant is eligible; this covers Kundal clearly. Does anyone else have any further issues to discuss, or shall we give our friend and ally Red Eyes the floor?

I will allow you to spend BP directly for the purpose of raising/reincarnating, rather than withdrawing it into GP (assuming your going to make laws etc. regarding it i don't see a reason you should have to wirhdraw first).

Reincarnation- 1BP.

Reincarnation + x2 Restoration to remove Permanent Negative Levels (over a 2 week period)- 2BP.

Raise Dead- 3BP.

Raise Dead+ x2 Restoration to remove Permanent Negative Levels (over a 2 week period)- 4BP.


Male Halfling 8th level Fey Bloodline Sorcerer
Stats:
Init +6 Perception +4 AC 20 Tch 14 FF 18 HP 62 Fort +6 Ref +6 Will +8 Spd 20' CMB +2 CMD 14 Acro+4 Bluff+11 Climb-1 Diplo+6 Disg+16 Esc+2 Fly+10 Know (Arca+6 Loc+7 Nat+7) Sense+0 Spellcraft+13 Stealth+14 Use Magic+12 Swim-1

Kip sighs as the talk turns to delaying the raising of Kesten and Kundal. Is there nothing that can be done to speed things up? I would gladly loan the required coin to cover the costs out of my personal wealth to see these men returned sooner than later. At least in the case of Kesten, he has a wife and young child to consider. Why unduly prolong their suffering as a matter of cash flow? My personal monetary gain can wait for a while for Kardas to recover...

Could Kip liquidate the wand of lighting bolt to speed things up re: the raise dead/reincarnation? He was planning on selling/exchanging it anyways. Once the BP are available, Kip could be repaid.


HP: 39/60 AC: 22, T:13, FF:21, CMD:16. Fort:+5, Ref:+5, Will:+8(+7). Per:+14, Init:+0, AoO:+8
Kip Bendybrook wrote:

Could Kip liquidate the wand of lighting bolt to speed things up re: the raise dead/reincarnation? He was planning on selling/exchanging it anyways. Once the BP are available, Kip could be repaid.

Actually, this might be a good idea, in that it would mean we won't have a vacancy for the General position at the end of the month.


If you are willing to be so benevolent Kip, then by all means we can speed the process up Jhod says with a curt bow.

Red Eyes rises up to his full formidable height as he speaks; his tone is demanding and a little aggressive.

Many of my pack perished fighting the Twitches-When-Dead. I was almost killed myself by their leader. I wish to see my wolves thrive.

With a slow tilt of his head, his gaze encompasses the whole room, all stakeholders in Kardas' future.

I am tired of being the only intelligent, truly awake wolf of the pack. Vaysh tells me that there is a ritual... A spell that your Druids use to grant human-like intelligence to an animal. I demand that you use it so I can have a council of advisors, like Baron Malthir does. Leutenants to help me organise my pack. We have paid in blood and fur for your city and asked little in return unti now. Do this for me and in years to come, our pack will be stronger than ever, should you call upon us. Your friend "Fang" will be the first.

1BP will be sufficient to have Awaken cast upon one of Red-Eye's chosen wolves.


Male (HP 44/71, AC- 23 T- 15 FF- 18 CMD- 28, F +11, R +10, W +6, P +15*, In +3*, AOO +17) Half-orc Ranger (Guide) 7/Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager) 1

I agree. Let it be written into our laws who qualifies for magical resurrection. I don't mind paying out of pockets to speed up Kesten's return, though we should save some wealth to better arm ourselves against coming threats.

Hearing Red Eyes' request, Kalev responds You and your pack have proven yourself many times to the people of Kardas, and I think your request a reasonable one. However, would you be willing to grant us three moons to recover from this recent assault upon our capital? After that, we will be better able to pay for this potent ritual.


Duke of Kardas, First Sword of Iomedae HP:76 AC:27 F:+14, R:+8, W:+12 CMD:23/24 P:-1 Init:+0 AOO:+16
Fenna Thistleswade wrote:
Kip Bendybrook wrote:

Could Kip liquidate the wand of lighting bolt to speed things up re: the raise dead/reincarnation? He was planning on selling/exchanging it anyways. Once the BP are available, Kip could be repaid.

Actually, this might be a good idea, in that it would mean we won't have a vacancy for the General position at the end of the month.

Kesten is leaving us if you remember, so we will still have the vacancy. He is no longer a Statkari...so does he really qualify for Raise Dead? :)

Red Eyes, you have been a loyal friend to the Guardians and to Kardas. Your sacrifice will be recognized and rewarded.
What you ask is within our power and I second Kalev's motion.
Unless there are those who would oppose this, I say it should be done! What Kalev says is true though, can you give us a little time to accomplish such a deed?


I hope Malthirs not really thinking along those lines... He died on the walls for you! ;).

Red Eyes nods his assent.

Three moons.

He then relaxes, returning to lie by the fire.


Duke of Kardas, First Sword of Iomedae HP:76 AC:27 F:+14, R:+8, W:+12 CMD:23/24 P:-1 Init:+0 AOO:+16
Kip Bendybrook wrote:

Kip sighs as the talk turns to delaying the raising of Kesten and Kundal. Is there nothing that can be done to speed things up? I would gladly loan the required coin to cover the costs out of my personal wealth to see these men returned sooner than later. At least in the case of Kesten, he has a wife and young child to consider. Why unduly prolong their suffering as a matter of cash flow? My personal monetary gain can wait for a while for Kardas to recover...

Could Kip liquidate the wand of lighting bolt to speed things up re: the raise dead/reincarnation? He was planning on selling/exchanging it anyways. Once the BP are available, Kip could be repaid.

I understand your haste Kip. Kesten and Kundal should be raised as soon as we can but the entire Kingdom is in peril. More than just their lives rest in the balance.

What funs we do have should be utilized right now to bolster our defenses. What if we drain our remaining funds and are attacked again in a week by forces looking to finish us off? We still have to find the trolls lair and rid it if any remainging Trolls. There was also that other troll and who knows what else yet to fight.
We should wait, I know it is difficult but I think caution is the right course of action at the moment. We will get them raised quickly!


"I agree that waiting is prudent. Your subjects may rebuild more efficiently if the Statkari are present to provide encouragement and protection."

"Do we have a skilled rider amongst our surviving servants? I do not feel a 25 word magical message is enough to request suitable re-enforcements. A more detailed letter is in order, so long as it can be delivered via mundane means in a reasonable length of time."


Male (HP 44/71, AC- 23 T- 15 FF- 18 CMD- 28, F +11, R +10, W +6, P +15*, In +3*, AOO +17) Half-orc Ranger (Guide) 7/Barbarian (Invulnerable Rager) 1

Regarding the issue of finding the trolls' lair, I feel assured that I can follow the tracks of an army of stinking trolls, unless it be hidden by magic. We should have a few days to rest, recover and ready ourselves.


Duke of Kardas, First Sword of Iomedae HP:76 AC:27 F:+14, R:+8, W:+12 CMD:23/24 P:-1 Init:+0 AOO:+16

Letter to Faramain:

To Faramain Gorthord, First Sword of Brevoy, Seeker of Truth, and Blade of Justice!
I hope this finds you well. It has been too long since I have seen you and the other brothers. Unfortunately, with the way things stand in Brevoy, it may be long before I can see my once home and you. Things are troubled here in Kardas as well but our faith in Iomedae remains unwavering.
I am happy to inform you that a grand Cathedral has been erected in Iomedae’s and Erastil’s name. Faith in both of these great gods are the backbone of Kardas. People from the lawless regions of the River Kingdoms flock to our protection and banner. The Kingdom grows as does our influence in the region.
As was rumored this is a tough land to explore and civilize! There are riches here, but also great risk. We were recently beset by a hoard of Trolls that almost decimated the Kingdom, but with Iomedae’s blessing and the sacrifice of many a brave man we prevailed.
I write this letter to formally request my consideration for First Sword. Am I too presumptuous to ask for such an honor? I think back on my lessons and know of scarce few who became Second Sword Knights, let alone First Sword Knights by my age. But here I write, asking anyways. Please know that I do not ask this for myself, but for Kardas and ultimately for Iomedae. I know with this appointment, over time my name would then be known throughout Golarion and then warriors of Iomedae would come to my banner. They would help Kardas flourish and therefore strengthen Iomedae in the eyes of the people.
To champion my consideration, I must have completed acts worthy of the position. I invite you to come to Kardas and see what we have accomplished and test my valor. If you find me worthy you will seek my appointment. If not I will continue to try and earn that honor.
Say hello to brother Prevak for me and let him know that his wisdom is sorely missed.
Iomedae's light bless you all,
Malthir Al Dagon
Champion of Iomedae and Baron of Kardas


Your Humble Narrator

Despite your eagerness to track the troll's, the next couple of weeks are a busy time for everybody. Nobles and citizens alike demand promises of protection, whether its in meetings at the castle or town council meetings presided by Fenna outside the monument of Edric the Valiant.

When not dealing with the people's concerns and reassuring them of your solution of an alliance with the Hellknights (as well as reassuring them about the solution itself!), time is spent organising re-building, reforming the militia, beginning to create actual laws for Kardas itself you might want to actually get a few of these down Fenna, Jhod is best used as a sounding board rather than proposing the ideas himself and clearing the city of the foul troll bodies. Ricter is introduced as Kardas' new General; and although he is a General without an army, he now stands as a living representation of Kardas' alliance with the Hellknights. All of this is in addition to your usual duties and responsibilities and your often left wondering where the daytime seems to go.

The evenings are spent furiously training, researching, praying and practicing. Much of this time is solitary in nature but Malthir and Ricter frequently spar together against Kalev and Casimir; the former practicing on co-ordinating their shield work together to become a formidable wall of steel, sword and flail. Casimir himself begins to develop a support group; a competent trio that he met through his uncle Stannislaw's contacts.

Aware that the troll's trail could be washed away with heavy rain, Marshall Kalev follows it as far as to the hex directly west of Candlemere- by the ruined lizardfolk village the group previously destroyed. Although he does not venture further with just his few wilderness men, Kalev notes the tracks continue south-west from that hex, deeper into the Narlmarches. Surely enough, a few days before the end of Calistria, heavy rain and time has rendered the tracks almost untraceable.

Now, on the 1st day of Pharast, the group prepares to set out once more; having finally brought enough stability to the capital city for them to feel confident about leaving the city in the hands of the other Statkari. The Hellknight's have not yet arrived.

1st of Pharast, 4713

Where to?


Duke of Kardas, First Sword of Iomedae HP:76 AC:27 F:+14, R:+8, W:+12 CMD:23/24 P:-1 Init:+0 AOO:+16

Southwest into A65 seems a logical choice then south from there unless we pick up any troll tracks. We can catch A51/A52/A59 on our way back.

Malthir rides up to the point of the known lands. The Baron has been more silent of late. He looks a little gaunt, having pushed himself to the limits of human endurance. Using his magical gifts to remove his fatigue, you know he has been working through most nights helping those who needed it and then answering the calls of the people during the day. It has been a long few weeks for everyone...

We should press southwest then south to find the troll lair as quickly as possible in case what is left of them gathered there. There is not much else to say...

Malthir nods to Kalev to lead on...


Your Humble Narrator

1d100 ⇒ 43

1d100 ⇒ 46

With the trail gone cold, you set about to mapping the hex. Your deeper into the Narlmarches than you have been before, and civilisation seems very far away despite your proximity to Kardas. The forest feels old and somehow, a little reverent. Animals can be heard around you but even they seem quiet- not mute, but perhaps a little quieter than they would normally be.

Its only midday when you encounter something strange- a rune etched into the trunk of one of the oldest trees you've ever seen in the forest. Despite the rune's appearance, the tree is unscathed and unmarked by it, as though the mark somehow resides a layer above the tree itself.

Strange Runes


hp 48/66, AC 26/17/20, CMD 23/24, F: +8, R: +11, W: +7, init: +5, per: +10 Human Bard 6/Fighter 2

Hmmm....I do not recognize the language, but the shapes seem somewhat familiar. Casimir says, as he examines the runes.

Time to make those new skill ranks earn their keep - linguistics 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (8) + 5 = 13

And Knowledge (arcana) for good measure 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (11) + 5 = 16


Your Humble Narrator

Casimir has no idea what the runes might say or what language they might be in, beyond a nagging sense of familiarity.

He does however, recognise that the rune is an Arcane Mark.


hp 48/66, AC 26/17/20, CMD 23/24, F: +8, R: +11, W: +7, init: +5, per: +10 Human Bard 6/Fighter 2

An arcane mark...how odd. This is the personal rune of a spellcaster. I do not recognize the language, though.


HP: 39/60 AC: 22, T:13, FF:21, CMD:16. Fort:+5, Ref:+5, Will:+8(+7). Per:+14, Init:+0, AoO:+8

"Hmm," Fenna muses, "the second and last runes are identical... perhaps a warning of some sort?"

Linguistics 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (7) + 6 = 13


Your Humble Narrator

1d20 + 3 ⇒ (3) + 3 = 6 Kip linguistics

Your halfling companion shrugs, also unable to identify the language.

I'll assume you move on unless you keep interacting with it.


Duke of Kardas, First Sword of Iomedae HP:76 AC:27 F:+14, R:+8, W:+12 CMD:23/24 P:-1 Init:+0 AOO:+16

Malthir thinks about Arcane Mark...take a 10 for a 17.

Kip, don't you have the ability to read magic? Just use it and it will tell us the words so we can move on.

Malthir states with a little irritation in his voice...

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