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DM Alexander Kilcoyne's Sargavan Saga

Game Master Alexander Kilcoyne

"What is this place? Puzzles in Azlant, more magic than you see in a year in Absalom. Wheels literally within wheels. Bound demons and wax golems? The expense must have been enormous. But why? To what end?"

Jakob

Battle Map (R3, I22) | Kingdom Rules | SRD Reference | Pyramid, Level 1 | Pyramid, Level 2 |


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Female Human (Bonuwat) Cleric 4

Checking the map, the worker's quarters and the armory where the prisoners are being held are on opposite sides of the camp, so Tebati and Ansha shouldn't be in immediate line of sight of each other. Kieran hasn't said where he is since the end of the battle; perhaps we should both find him.

Tebati notices the depleted state of the camp when she emerges from the tent. Asking the nearest Sargavan, she learns that Morvius, Qhude, N'bellocq, and Albert's squad have departed to look for enemy stragglers and frowns. Heading back to the party's shared tent, she looks to retrieve the rest of her belongings and try to find Kieran.


Male Human Haunted Nature Oracle 4 (Ac 20 Cmd 20 Will+4 Ref+2 Fort+4)
Tebati wrote:
Heading back to the party's shared tent, she looks to retrieve the rest of her belongings and try to find Kieran.

And finds Jakob fast asleep.

{Assuming he is not still caring for the wounded & dying. Treat Deadly takes forever and time is a mystery}


Male Human Haunted Nature Oracle 4 (Ac 20 Cmd 20 Will+4 Ref+2 Fort+4)
Jakob Mulle wrote:
Tebati wrote:
Heading back to the party's shared tent, she looks to retrieve the rest of her belongings and try to find Kieran.

And finds Jakob fast asleep.

{Assuming he is not still caring for the wounded & dying. Treat Deadly takes forever and time is a mystery}

{EDIT: No Sleeping prince here (wrong castle?). Jakob is still tending the wounded, though at this point is likely finishing up the Treat Deadly he did to close his own wounds.}


Male Half-Elf Fighter 2nd/Rogue 2nd

"Hello, love," Kieran greets Tebati as soon as she enters the tent. "How goes the tending of the wounded?" The half-elf seems absorbed in making sure his weapon is clean, a little ritual of his he seems to take part in after almost every battle. "This new sword's blade is not only made of adamantine, but it is also enchanted, making it rather hard to damage. Still," he shrugs with a half-smile, "it served me well during the fighting, so it stands to reason that I should at least try to return the favor, yes?"


Female Human (Bonuwat) Cleric 4

"We were too late to save eight," she sighs, sitting down on the edge of a cot to watch him work, seeming to take as much comfort in the familiar ritual as he does. "Three workers who fell to the apes, and five soldiers killed in cold blood by the attackers. Early on in the battle, it looked as if the toll could be far worse, however. There is no reason the wounded should not make a full recovery, given enough time and no immediate second attempt on the camp. The general has led Albert's squadron and some of the other soldiers to try to cut down any remaining attackers who might have fled, and Qhude and N'bellocq have gone with them." She takes a breath. "I spoke with Kamishah. Ansha is sure he was the man in the kitchen, but there is no evidence with which to accuse him." She pauses again. "I suspect the general may have gone out hoping to catch the ape-summoner in the jungle, running away. But what if he is still here among us and Morvius has taken away the most able of the remaining warriors? Present company excepted, of course," she smiles at him.


Female Elf Wizard (Manipulator) 4

It is at about that moment that Ansha bursts into the tent. "Oh, good! I was hoping I'd find a few of you here. Has anyone seen Kamishah?" she says, glancing at Tebati and Kieran as she hastily throws on clothing. "His real name is Chausiku, and he should have an exquisite sword hidden away among his belongings."

"There's more. These guys are with 'the order'--of Arioch, presumably. Given their murderous intent with us, I'm going to guess it's not the ones who were trying to protect the world from the Gorilla-King."


Female Human (Bonuwat) Cleric 4

"Or perhaps they see the liberation of whatever lies in the heart of that pyramid as so unthinkable that they are willing to kill and die to the last man to prevent its theft," Tebati points out. "It's not like the Grand Custodian is open to negotiation on the subject -- or like he knows what it is he's so desperate to claim for his use."


Female Elf Wizard (Manipulator) 4

"Chausiku--I mean Kamishah--already tried to kill Kieran. If I were not there to distract the beast and call for aid, the ape Qhude dispatched would have rended Kieran in two. The Grand Custodian may not know what's in there, but neither do we," Ansha rejoins. "What we do know is that the man responsible for a number of deaths, and who would have slain us all if he could, is either still in this camp or soon to depart from it. If he escapes, we will neither be closer to any answers about why he was trying to kill us, nor will we be safe from any subsequent attempts at sabotaging this expedition."

Ansha moves toward the tent exit again. "I, for one, would like to know why he's trying to kill us. Don't you?"


Female Human (Bonuwat) Cleric 4

"I would indeed." She pauses. "He was in the workers' sleeping tent, but if he sees you coming, he will avoid you. I would suggest looking less like yourself when you enter."


Male Half-Elf Fighter 2nd/Rogue 2nd

"Wait," Kieran says, raising his head from his own curved blade, "did you say something about a sword? An exquisite sword? It may be a mere coincidence, but the elven mage, Zesaste, had a strange sword in his possession." Pausing for a moment to better remember, he then goes on. "Strange for an elf, at least. Somewhat demonic-looking, I recall it was enchanted and of undeniable craftsmanship."


Female Elf Wizard (Manipulator) 4

Ansha nods over her shoulder. "It's probably just a coincidence, but that thought had occurred to me too. But Zesaste didn't try to kill us--I'm expecting that won't be a consideration we receive if we confront Kamishah."

She motions for the other two to come with her. "I'd just as soon the company," she says as she ties a small section of her hair with her enchanted hair-ribbon. A moment later, she looks like a nondescript Zenj girl and steps out of the tent to hurry toward Kamishah's last known location.


Female Human (Bonuwat) Cleric 4

Tebati looks startled, the thought that the charming Zenj could be the arrogant elf never having occurred to her. "What has his power play in Freehold to do with the Order of Arioch?" Having retrieved her own equipment, she returns Ansha's dagger. "Ansha," she warns her, "I have no healing. If there is a confrontation ... there is nothing I can do." And you and Kieran could not handle him earlier..., she does not add.


Male Human (Mwangi - Bas'o tribe) Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist archetype) 4

DM AK:
Once outside of the camp's confines, Qhude confides in N'bellocq speaking in hushed polyglot "Come brother, we need outpace the herd.." exhorting him to lead the barbarian further and further ahead of the languishing metal garbed soldiers. He clearly intends to have the pair of them in position to view the encampment well before the soldiers would draw near.

In addition ot Tebati's CMW, Qhude would also down one of his CMW potions 2d8 + 3 ⇒ (1, 5) + 3 = 9
I also assume that he has zero rage rounds remaining.


Your Humble Narrator

Ansha entered the tent with Tebati and Kieran only a short distance behind her. The tent was reasonably crowded. Much of the camp were still at work in the aftermath of the attack, or were waiting to see what Morvius' expedition wrought. The tension in the air was palpable and very few people had already gone back to sleep. Kamishah noted Tebati and Kieran's entry- the Zenj was unpacking his large backpack, apparently looking to gather the objects he needed to reassemble his tent, judging from the poles and canvas he had laid out. It was clear that some of the tension in the tent was due to his presence. Many people were giving him a wide berth, while his closest friends from his kitchen work crew seemed to be watching for anyone that might try to accost him. The man himself still looked quite nervous.

Qhude:

Haven't forgotten you but nothing yet on the timeline.

DM Only:

1d20 + 13 ⇒ (12) + 13 = 25
1d20 + 17 ⇒ (13) + 17 = 30


Female Elf Wizard (Manipulator) 4

Zenj-Ansha quietly hurries toward Kamishah, painting a very worried and concerned look on her face. Fully expecting that one of his friends will intercept her, she is ready with a light touch on his or her forearm if he or she does (Beguiling Touch, DC15, if it becomes necessary).

Would Spellcraft or Knowledge (arcana) be relevant to his "tent-making" act?


Female Human (Bonuwat) Cleric 4

Tebati pauses as she enters the tent, watching Kamishah's activity with seemingly unwarranted interest. She touches Kieran's arm and whispers,

Kieran:
"I believe he might not be the enemy. He was packing to flee when I saw him, but now it appears he has decided to stay."

She follows closely enough behind the disguised Ansha to witness whatever might ensue.


Your Humble Narrator

Ansha- not in the slightest. It genuinely looks like he is gathering the necessary equipment to pitch a tent once he has it all.

Zenj-Ansha was able to reach Kamishah without much incident, but the chef looked straight at her as she approached, his eyes fixed upon her. They did not move from her face as he expectantly gazed upon her, anxiety written into his face.


Female Elf Wizard (Manipulator) 4

That doesn't much look like a man intent on escape... the elf thinks, second-guessing her earlier conclusions. "We should talk, Kamishah," she starts, making no effort to disguise her voice. Motioning with her head at the tent-poles, she asks, "Planning on settling in here?"


Your Humble Narrator

The chef narrowed his eyes at the newcomer, pointing a finger at her and raising his voice.

Has anyone ever seen this girl before?

Ansha and Kamishah now had the twenty or so inhabitants of the tent looking directly at them. Heads were shaken and voices raised stating that they did not know the stranger. The word "Mchawi" could be heard muttered by more than one and the mood was quickly threatening to turn ugly.

More is likely to happen but pausing for a chance to react.


Female Elf Wizard (Manipulator) 4

Nope, never mind, the enchantress thinks. "A clever ploy, diverting attention away from yourself, Chausiku!"

Ansha wills her magical disguise to drop now that she is so near him. Gesturing with her hands in grand oratory fashion, she continues, "Your compatriots have already given you up. I must admit, hiding in plain sight until your fellows attacked us was brilliant. But it was very unwise to launch the diversion from the kitchen tent, where you were so often found! Surrender, and we promise to treat you fairly--more than can be said of the victims your apes and warriors claimed this night!"

Diplomacy (or Bluff, if more appropriate): 1d20 + 16 ⇒ (17) + 16 = 33


Female Human (Bonuwat) Cleric 4

Tebati grimly watches things spiral out of control. "Everyone, out of the tent until this is settled!" she urges the civilian bystanders. "Whom did the general leave in command?"


Your Humble Narrator

Most of the workers began to leave the tent at Tebati's command, even as Ansha orated and Kamishah replied in heated fashion. The six or seven gathered around Kamishah edged closer to him, refusing to leave him.

The cook first responded to Ansha, having found some confidence and indignance with his friends close to him. Ansha' words were quite compelling though, and a couple of them looked to be wavering.

This is not a large camp, Mchawi. Your form may change but the arrogant way in which you carry yourself does not, Ansha! Why do you continue to spit your venomous lies at me?

Looking to Tebati and Kieran as the voices of reason, Kamishah's tone of voice took on a slightly pleading tone as he addressed the shamaness.

Tebati, did I not tell you she would come for me, with her accusations, her lies? She has no rational basis with which to accuse me. Is this truly her jealousy at play, as you feared? Of course I frequented the kitchen tent; I am the camp's cook! If I wished you harm surely I would just poison your meals! I demand that these false accusations end, tonight. You are not the authority in this camp. I demand to speak to General Morvius or Lieutenant Braxis.

Morvius' lieutenant Braxis is a grizzled, middle-aged career soldier, a colonial Eleder native. He has kept himself strictly engaged with his soldiers and has had almost no interaction with the Trials of Grallus winners. He has a reputation for harshness.

DM Only:
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1d20 + 11 ⇒ (9) + 11 = 20
1d20 + 1 ⇒ (16) + 1 = 17
1d20 + 6 ⇒ (16) + 6 = 22

Ansha:

He seems genuine to you. Or an incredibly able liar. You can see that your words have not won over his fellow kitchen staff. You are not certain that Kieran and Tebati are convinced of his guilt either.

Kieran:

He seems genuine to you. Or an incredibly able liar. Ansha's accusations are looking increasingly baseless.

Tebati:

He seems genuine to you, but you have a hunch there is still more to Kamishah than he claims. His skill with oratory, body language and voice projection is clearly no less than Ansha's, if not greater.


Female Human (Bonuwat) Cleric 4

"He is right. We cannot go on distrusting one another. One way or another, this must be settled tonight. Ansha," she addresses the elf, "think: If he can change his face, why would he keep the one you are accusing? Kamishah," she turns to the chef, "will you consent to having your belongings searched to prove you have nothing to hide?"


Female Elf Wizard (Manipulator) 4

"Did I not come to you quietly before you attempted to turn the crowd upon me? Is that arrogance or bluster? I attempted to prevent this from escalating--to keep this a private matter where you could clear your own name!" Ansha replies. "But what sort of paranoia would motivate a man to so quickly escalate a private tete-a-tete into demagoguery? If you are so innocent, explain to me that!"

She nods at Tebati, then looks to Kamishah's belongings. "There are pieces that do not make sense, I admit; but your possessions will tell a great deal of the truth or lie of your claims, Kamishah."


Male Human (Mwangi - Bas'o tribe) Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist archetype) 4

DM AK:
Happy to wait til my time comes in the timeline :)
I'm assuming that N'bellocq hasn't spoken out against Qhude's intent to outpace the following men and is going along with it.


Male Half-Elf Fighter 2nd/Rogue 2nd

Kieran sighs and rolls his eyes, his lips forming a half-smile just as his hand comes to rest on his sheathed sword's pommel, even though he makes no move to draw it. Still, it does not hurt to be prepared in case things get out of hand, even if it is only to intimidate and scare away.

"My my my, such big words being flung around," the half-elf quips amusedly in an attempt to bring some levity into what has become a somewhat volatile situation. "I for one would prefer to keep enjoying our fine cook's even finer meals without having to worry of any... unsavory ingredients being added into them," he adds before turning to Kamishah. "So, what say you? Would you give us your consent to search through your belongings and be done with all this unpleasantness?"

Diplomacy: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (14) + 6 = 20

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