At the other Elf-lass' question, Suny skips forward (As much as she can given the narrow confines of the tunnel) and replies,
"Aye! Rilly big ratties!" She extends her arms as much as space allows, "Heck, given th' size of 'em, no one's done a proper job of sweepin' th' bilges down her in, like, forever!" Then she glances at the waters, "We got 'em all though, din't we...?" She ponders, more to herself than every one else.
The rats were pretty big I will give you that, although its the crossbow bolts of the ratfolk that are the real bloody danger. I was dropped twice in one battle. It's good to see more of our kind, what brings you to this place? Stow the chat, lets get to our buildings and we can always come back here in the morning.
Talon will smile at Lienilda as they both lower the bows. My apologies, I was not sure that it wouldn't be more of the rats. It's been a disaster more or less since coming down here. I can't help you with the shrine of Gozreh, but if we can come back down and look for it tomorrow if you needed. Otherwise, we look to be pretty good right now, although Wil is talking about having trouble connecting to his power right now. If we continue on, lets wade.
Heal roll for anyone that might need it1d20 + 12 ⇒ (5) + 12 = 17
Perception 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (10) + 12 = 22
Have levelled up skills etc for level 3, although not so with feats cause I was input.
"If there is someone still hurt," says Lienilda, glancing at Azlain for a moment, "I can help. Is that alright?" Lienilda is beginning to piece together a story she can tell herself about what happened here. These elves were looking for something down in the undercity, something that was not the shrine to Gozreh, when they were set upon by both giant rats and rats that walked like elves. These were apparently two different sorts of creature.
"I will try." Lienilda gingerly approaches the person who looks most obviously injured, and will do her best to get to eye level with that person. She will do a quick fully body assessment, and a more thorough assessment of the injury site. As she palpates the site, she will let the energy of her unnamed goddess flow into her fingertips, healing the flesh with each touch.
Sacrifice one Divine Favor to cast Cure Light Wounds on the person closest to death. Whoever that is, here's 1d8 + 2 ⇒ (8) + 2 = 10 HP.
"I said," Lienilda continues as she works, "There is an ancient shrine to Gozreh in the undercity that I need to find." She looks up and around, questioningly. "Didn't I?"
"I think that symbol was down here, the shrine should be less than a five minute walk."
Spider leads you back to the grate you came down and past it to go straight away from the river. As you pass the grate you go about 200 feet and come to a mural made of blue, brown, and green rocks that have been perfectly fit into a dripping leaf set into a wall made of stone of different construction than the rest of the tunnels. In the spot where the water would land is a flat blue disk set into the stone floor. The six inches of water doesn't gather over the blue disk, but forms and odd whirlpool.
The mural has an inscription in elvish: 'A symbol of divine magic can be more important than water.'
Lienilda nods slowly at the symbol, seeing it just as she thought it would be. She takes her own icon, a pointing hand framed by a delicately carved circle of energy, off from around her neck, and proffers it before her. Slowly, she steps into the water and makes her way to the whirlpool. Long before she gets to it she feels it tugging at her feet, wanting to sweep her down and away. But she widens her stance and keeps pushing, until the blue disk at the whirlpool's center is in reach.
Lienilda lays her icon flat in the middle of the blue disk, and waits to see what will happen. Probably nothing.
Wil frowned slightly at Spiders comment, sometimes the man was funny although it seemed he was more concerned in skirt chasing at times. His frown faded into a thin line at the mention of not being able to connect with his gods. He'd used up his ability plain and simple, but teaching such understanding was difficult. Sadly.
He waved off Lienlilda's offer of assistance as his wounds had mended from his earlier ministrations but he was glad when she helped to mend some of the injuries that the group had taken. He raised an eyebrow questioning;ly at Talon and nodded at Liendilda's comment. He had heard her speak of why she was there but he was feeling too tired to respond.
As the other ogled at the strange phenomenon before them Wil decided to fill their two new friends in on why the group was there. "I signed on for the Commission to clear the sewers and discover why this part of the undercity is so prone to ambushes and criminal activity. My comrades, the Foxes, are here to help me in this endeavor. Although when we entered I was too loud and attracted attention to our entrance, thus inviting the ratmen and their... pets to ambush us. I will be more careful next time." He avoided looking directly at her though, she was much too pretty and in less then a month he had met no less then three elven women. If his mother found out she would never stop badgering him and his father...
Update in the main thread - see campaign tab for link.
The mural splits in the middle like sets of fine teeth as the concealed doors rumble aside. In the perfectly preserved grotto is an altar lit by the sun that is focused from a set of wierdly placed windows fifty feet high. The grotto is roughly 40 feet in diameter. As the group files in, you notice a similar blue circle on this side of the concealed door. An statue of an elf dressed in fine armor and carrying a two handed sword is near the door.
A pool of refreshing water collects at the far side covered in lilypads and ferns. A sense of peace and belonging pervades this place.
"You call yourselves Foxes?" says Lienilda, stepping into the sanctuary. She drips as she walks, but though water is clearly not novel in this place, it does not smell like the rest of the sewers. Lienilda makes her way to the pool and drops to her knees.
"I know not how," she says, "or what I need to do here, but our tasks are connected. Azlain, we should help them with theirs.
"It seems safe here, to rest. I wonder who has kept it so."
More likely than not the bloody rats didn't find anything edible, and therefore didn't desecrate the place. It looks like at least a fairly decent place to put up for the night. I have food in my pack if this is where we are resting up, and even have a couple of sunrods, so we will have light throughout the night. Keep on bloody forgetting about them. Hell, even picked up some thunderstones, throw them hard enough and them can deafen. Use all of it together, we should have ourselves a decent camp for the night
Talon will break out the 5 person rations, two sun rods and two thunderstones, and then figure out who eats what. If needs be then he will go hungry for a night, not for the first time.
What equipment did we find on the ratmen? I think it was mentioned that we were searching them, but nothing came of it.
As for the name of the Foxes... It's a useful cover. Right now they are a woefully poor in reputation mercenary company. Our plan, at least as best as I can tell it is to make it have a better reputation, and then show ourselves as Elves, therefore hopefully winning the respect of the nations around us.
Wil, I meant nothing by my earlier comment about the Abyss, more than the exasperation and so on that came through. We had a much harder time of that battle than might have needed to be the case, and it was frustrating for me, especially when I am not used to being so useless with my bow.
I don't think we got any of the Ratmen as the gas stopped us from overtaking their position and I am sure we don't need rat pelts ;)
Wil listens to Talon and waves off the concern, Wil's feelings hadn't been hurt in the slightest. "No apologies needed Brother, I am merely wore out from using up my ability, I hadn't expected such a... Coordinated effort so soon after entering this place. Forgive my slip in proper etiquette." He too pulls out some rations and a small cooking kit setting them out so the others could use them. "Not much to cook with down here but if we mix some of it with water it should be a little more edible."
Heal1d20 + 4 ⇒ (8) + 4 = 12
His hands were shaking, despite his best efforts he couldn't stop them from shaking. He picked up one of the candles and lit it before looking to Lienilda, the Leeches were quite taken with Suny and it would be a painful process to burn them off if his hands kept shaking. "Could you lend me a hand Lienilda, these leeches are quite attached to our Sister here... And I have found that my hands are still shaking from the fight earlier." He hadn't forgot the crossbow bolt that had struck him, he sighed. [i]Better me then someone else, we came too close to losing one of our own today... Oh so close.[/ooc]
You can use the CLW I casted above if you want. I'm not really sure who to apply it to, which is why I said "the person closest to death". If you're sure it applied to someone else, I'll cast another for you.
Wil smiles warmly at Suny's offer as he shakes his head. "Its been awhile since I have had to fight in cramped quarters and sleep is the only cure for me weakness. Thank you though Suny, your offer is appreciated." With Lienilda's help they used flame and fingertip to remove the troublesome leeches.
How low is Seltyn? Now that he is level three I can use Heal Deadly Injuries and get 3 hp back and save on a heal spell~
Lienilda: If you need some uses of a healers kit Wils got a couple of them, so just let me know. :)
If you have objections then voice them now, but this way both of those that seem to have some larger link to the divine actually gain the hours of rest that they need. Will can sleep it through this night without a watch, and then when it comes to another night then someone else will have a full night of no watches, and it will rotate around. This is survival, and I am damned if I will see us be ambushed in the night.
Suny's sudden embrace catches Wil off guard and for a moment he freezes, he wasn't used to that at all and was at a complete loss as to how to respond. This is Karma isn't it?"Your, uh, welcome Suny." Wil stammers a little, totally unlike his normally charismatic self but the last week had changed his world completely.
He listens to Talon and nods in agreement while adding. "I don't mind joining Spider and Lienilda in the morning or wherever you need me. It gives me time to maintain my gear as well as Commune. Thank you Talon." He levels his pack against the wall and starts rummaging through it, he would be the type to bring a pack full of items into a sewer. He may have left his furs in his room but he still had a bedroll and thankfully this area was cleaner then the rest. After rolling it out he pulled off his armored coat and wrapped it around himself as he leaned against the wall.
"If someone needs a place to sleep you can use my Bedroll. My coat is quite warm." He normally would have had his furs but he opted to leave those behind, best not to ruin them in the filthy sewers.
Seltyn and Spider return. Spider pulls out a wooden holy symbol showing a beer mug, and, curiously, it works too as a key. The evening passes uneventfully. Setlyn has his mind full of more magic knowledge when he awakes (update list).
Wil slept fairly well, that was until he realized he wasn't alone. He slept awkwardly then, it was a new experience for him. When she finally got up in the morning he rose shortly after, feigning sleep and communing quietly with the higher powers before gathering his gear. He quietly pulls on his armored coat and picks up his shield. "The Spider is right, now we know the culprits and its time to press forward. Especially now that we have strength in numbers and resolve. By this days end the rat men will be on their knees."
Wil takes his place alongside Suny at the rear of the pack as they prepare to explore once more. As the others gather there things Wil smiles at Suny and shakes his head. "You are full of surprises. Where do you get your energy?"
Wil hadn't had much time to think this morning, he gathered his things, drawn his blade and followed the others with his shield raised. Despite being ready for battle he wasn't prepared for Suny's ability to be so uninhibited. To be so free. It must be wonderful. But for me it will never exist... He watched Seltyn pick up her clothing and offered to help carry some of it if needed.
He stood ready to advance forward while guarding the rear of the group. "Today we will defeat these Rat Men and discover their purpose."