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Megan's Curse of the Crimson Throne

Game Master Megan Robertson

Paizo's Curse of the Crimson Throne AP, running under the Pathfinder ruleset.


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Shakhan, in spite of himself, stands slightly to attention. Something about the woman commanded respect. He couldn't place his finger on it - but he felt safer to give in to his instincts when his body went into higher alert.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Sabina smiles and steps aside, holding out a hand to welcome you all to Castle Korvosa. "Of course, I shall present you to Her Majesty forthwith."

As the guards make to follow, she steps in. "You may return to your posts. These heroes pose no threat to the queen."

She looks back to you, nodding approvingly at Shakhan's obvious respect.

"How do you wish to be announced?"

She is giving you all a thorough once-over, appraising you as you respond.


"I'm Shakhan. Previously a cage fighter."


Human Crossbow Weapon Master 4 / Sniper Rogue 2 / Hunter 2

"Una Therlmagne, Mercenary"


Male Human Wizard (Illusionist) 2 / Cleric2
Una Therlmagne wrote:
"Una Therlmagne, Mercenary"

Hytogg hands the woman one of the fancy scribed, and highly decorative cards he had mad up earlier, with a slight nod, smile and clearing of his throat.

Hytogg the Magnificent - Illusionist Supreme & Faithful servant of Nethys


I am Risdin Arramack, of the Reed."

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

"This way..." says Sabrina, leading you all around a corner into the throne room.

She steps to one side, assuming a formal stance.

"Your Majesty, may I present Hytogg the Magnificent, Illusionist Supreme and faithful servant of Nethys, Risdin Arramack of the Reed, Una Therlmagne, and Shakan the renowed cage fighter."

Queen Ileosa sits upon the Crimson Throne. She is a vision of celestial beauty despite the black mourning dress and veil she wears in honour of her husband's death. A small silver coffer sits in her lap. The throne room itself is pristine but strangely empty — an open area with a vaulted ceiling, stained glass windows of past kings and queens looking down from the eastern wall, and crimson tapestries hanging along the others. An immense fireplace offers additional light and heat to the hall, and a silk carpet provides a gently arching path to the throne's base.

Deftly, Sabrina takes the brooch from Risdin's hand and presents it to the Queen with a flourish before taking post to the left of the throne.

The Queen speaks. "This brooch was stolen from me some time ago — I had not expected to see it again, truth be told. And yet, here on my darkest day, you come before me with kindness. The return of this brooch is much more than an honorable deed. It is inspiration. It is hope.

"I love Korvosa, as my husband did before me. His death has shocked the city as it has me, but I will not see his legacy destroyed in death, and I shall not see my city torn apart. All Korvosa stands at the precipice of a disaster wrought by her citizens — these riots cannot continue. You have already done my heart a great service in returning this bauble to me on this dark day, and you shall be rewarded. Yet, perhaps you can serve your city more.

"If you so choose, I shall have Sabina see to it that you have an escort of guards when you leave here — they can see to your safe journey to Citadel Volshyenek. I shall send word ahead of you to Field Marshal Cressida Kroft to let her know you are on the way — the Korvosan Guard is stretched thin, and it can certainly use the aid of heroes such as yourself. Now, I need to retire to my personal quarters - my grief has drained me. Again, I thank you for the kindness you have shown me, and I hope your days of serving the crown are only just beginning."

With this, the Queen directs Sabina to hand over the reward for returning the brooch and she does so swiftly, handing the small silver chest that the Queen was holding to Risdin.


Risdin bows as he silently accepts the gift with both hands.

"I think I speak for everyone here in that we would be happy to aid the Guard at a time like this."

He turns to the group to judge their reaction, if just for a moment, then waits for Sabina to lead them out.


Shakhan nods agreement.


Male Human Wizard (Illusionist) 2 / Cleric2

Hytogg stares at the box, greed on his face. "Well open it"! "What have we got"?


Human Crossbow Weapon Master 4 / Sniper Rogue 2 / Hunter 2

Una kneels before her queen as she listens to her speech, her head lowered appropriately. She waits again for Sabina to lead them to their escort.

"These audiences never last as long as we hope they would. I am grateful for a reward though."


Shakhan seems a bit baffled by Una's statement. "To the victor go the spoils, do they not? I will have to see if I can work both for the Field Marshal, as well as Lord Jalento. We'll see."


Male
Usable:
Smite Evil: 4 / 2; Lay On Hands[Chanel: PE]: 7[11 c:pe] / 6 [9]
Human Paladin 6 / Bard 1 / Holy Vindicator 1 | AC 24{28 ‘32’} [se: 28{32 ‘36’}] T 12 ‘16’ [se: 15 ‘21’] FF 23{27 ‘31’} [se: 27{31 ‘35’}] | HP 68/47 | F +13 R +11 W +15{+16enh} | Init +1{+2} | Perc {+7}
Common Skills:
Bluff +9, Diplomacy +10(+11K), Heal +15, Kno {Religion} +10, Perform {Sing} +8, Sense Motive +6, Spellcraft +5, Use Magic Dev +8

As the mercenary adventurers exit the Queen throne room they will spot a young Knight waiting patiently outside flanking the door awaiting their exit.

He is tall at least 6'ft, his eyes are a kind and piercing frosty blue and lockes of shock white hair peek out from under the brow of his slightly bronzed tinged helm created with a rampant Hippogriff its wings flaring back to the sides of the helm. The helm sports a large white plume in the peek of the helm. He is very handsome, perhaps of half-Varisian/Chelaxian decent from his facial features and ... smells of frequent cleaning as is obvious with his immaculately clean and well kept gear! He is of the nobility and looks it. He is young... perhaps younger than some of the adventurers themselves, but there is no mistaking the potential power in his tall muscled and well armed and armored frame.

The young knight is clad in equally bronze tinged Banded Mail, a steel shield worn on his back. He is heavily armed, an ornate longsword at his right hip, a silvered shortsword at his left hip, and the haft to an iron warhammer peeking out from behind his right-side waist. A unstrung composite shortbow crosses his back right shoulder, and hooked Glaive-Guisarme borne crosses his back right shoulder. A hip quiver of arrows hangs at his left back waist.

A dark-gray tabard of the Korvosian Guard covers his armor but at his shoulder is a scarlet cloak with a silver boarder - a usual adornment for those who revere IOMEDAE. As if to confirm this worn proudly upon his breast from a silver chain is a silver paladin's holy Symbol of IOMEDAE.

The young man steps forward a ... barely contained smile upon his face.

He bows formally, "Well met adventurer heroes. I am 'Sir' Asherick Whiteplume of House Endrin, Paladin of the Inheritor - Holy IOMEDAE. I bid you greetings and good fortunes. I was told by some younglings I found in the streets this last evening and escorted safely to the temple of PHARASMA, on my way to my evening prayers at the 'Pantheon of Many' - Temple complex; that YOU heroes freed them from their most grievous servitude to one Gaedren Lamm? I thank you on their behalf. Such... kindness is... rare these days. I have also been told that her Royal Highness, Queen Ileosa, has asked to assist the Korvosan Guard to help find the source of and end the threat of the current riots in the streets. I have been assigned as part of your escort and liason with her majesty. If you will have use of my services."

There is a open honesty and genuine friendliness to the young noble Knight... he does not seem to take issue or look down upon any of the party despite his difference of station. There is no haughtiness in his eyes... only a sincere desire to assist where he can.

Hello everyone! A Knowledge Nobility - likely DC 15 to 20 {for "Ashe" is a unique oddity in Korvosa... both for his noble status, worship and deeds} to place his family name and Noble status could be made to see if he is known.


No knowledges on Shakhan, I'm afraid

Shakhan is gruff, but seems interested in the glaive-guisarme, "I don't mind." He stares to Ashe's weapon. "Bluddy long-axe. Bitsh to fight."


Male
Usable:
Smite Evil: 4 / 2; Lay On Hands[Chanel: PE]: 7[11 c:pe] / 6 [9]
Human Paladin 6 / Bard 1 / Holy Vindicator 1 | AC 24{28 ‘32’} [se: 28{32 ‘36’}] T 12 ‘16’ [se: 15 ‘21’] FF 23{27 ‘31’} [se: 27{31 ‘35’}] | HP 68/47 | F +13 R +11 W +15{+16enh} | Init +1{+2} | Perc {+7}
Common Skills:
Bluff +9, Diplomacy +10(+11K), Heal +15, Kno {Religion} +10, Perform {Sing} +8, Sense Motive +6, Spellcraft +5, Use Magic Dev +8

Asherick smiles kindly at the grizzled pit-fighter and ... keenly with a predator's look in his eye, "Aye. Sometimes 'reaching' an opponent is most useful in the press of battle, but it has other ...interesting uses as well - pulling objects closer or even catching on lips of parapets just out of reach to make an ascent."

His demeanor is one of respect and mutual understanding of a warrior who has fought... no few battles himself. But there is no swagger to his step or posture. He does not rest his hand on the pommel of his sword like a walking cane that most noble rakes have the fashion of doing. His stance shows he has not failed to see the potential threat of each warrior type in the party - even though they are ...'seemingly' unarmed.

Sorry be back in about two hours so... don't take my silence too mean lack of interest. :)

EDIT: Hmmm... well. Plans have changed it appears I will be availble... for posting! lol!


Risdin smiles as he steps forward to greet the soldier,"Well met sir Whiteplume. I am Risdin Arramack, Paladin of Abadar."

Knowledge Nobility:1d20 + 2 ⇒ (15) + 2 = 17

"I'm not that familiar with this city yet, so an escort would be appreciated. Especially from a knight such as yourself."


Male
Usable:
Smite Evil: 4 / 2; Lay On Hands[Chanel: PE]: 7[11 c:pe] / 6 [9]
Human Paladin 6 / Bard 1 / Holy Vindicator 1 | AC 24{28 ‘32’} [se: 28{32 ‘36’}] T 12 ‘16’ [se: 15 ‘21’] FF 23{27 ‘31’} [se: 27{31 ‘35’}] | HP 68/47 | F +13 R +11 W +15{+16enh} | Init +1{+2} | Perc {+7}
Common Skills:
Bluff +9, Diplomacy +10(+11K), Heal +15, Kno {Religion} +10, Perform {Sing} +8, Sense Motive +6, Spellcraft +5, Use Magic Dev +8

Asherick, extends a hand and gives a firm but non-competitive handshake his eye alighting with comfort at the realization of working with a fellow Paladin, "Well, met indeed, Scion of the 'Master of the First Vault'! I would be honored to give my full assistance, as I am native born and raised here in grand Korvosa. I have been away for some few... missions with my Pathfinder Comrades in arms but as fate would deem it... I am home as of late during this most tragic circumstance - the loss of our sovereign."

Knowldge {Nobility} = Asherick Whiteplume, sometimes called 'Ashe - champion of the lost'. 'Ashe', is effectively an anomaly here in Korvosa... with SO much trafficing with Devils! As such he would indeed STAND OUT in the city. So, likely, what he is known for is championing the less fortunate people of the city. He has, likely, had several run-ins with the Order of Nail - 'The Hellknights' in their ULTRA-Strict pursuit of LAW over compassion. Ashe has with diplomacy, cunning, self-sacrifice, and unyielding courage tried to temper law with a healthy dose of Justice and Compassion. He is probably known city-wide as a 'guardian angel' in the streets of hell. Being someone who takes up the cause of the downtrodden and innocent who are victimized by the unyielding cruel law of the city. He constantly is helping the poor defending them from the depredations of the Nobility or the Cruel victimization by the Hellknights. Yet, he follows the letter of the law... which is, in truth, his greatest defense from the callous wickedness of those in power. He is Nobility, which is also a shield, of a sorts, as he has certain rights that cannot... at least not publicly, be denied or ignored. He is one of the VERY few nobles in the city that uses his position, rank and training to help the poor citizens get justice in a city run by the wicked-hearted. Korvosa is not an EVIL city but it is strongly influenced by the presence of evil forces. It is likely most expect 'Ashe' - the 'Champion of the Lost-Cuases' to someday turn up missing or make a mistake that will get him killed trying to defend and bring justice to those who plead for help. But it has not happened yet. Ashe would be known to the common-folk that he is a 'last hope' for them in desperate need. Indeed, the wicked forces of the city realize this as well and have tried to trap the young paladin in deadly schemes to have him ...neutralized. It has not happened yet... but many believe it cannot be long in coming... he's too noble and too ready to help for his own good!

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

As you are led back out and your weapons are returned to you, the Commander comes bustling up.

"Oh, that's where you are, Ensign! I've been looking for you - I intended to direct you to escort these good folk to the Citadel and introduce them to Field Marshal Kroft, but it seems that you have... anticipated my orders. Very good, carry on... in fact, if you and they are amenable, consider yourself assigned to this group for the time being."


Male
Usable:
Smite Evil: 4 / 2; Lay On Hands[Chanel: PE]: 7[11 c:pe] / 6 [9]
Human Paladin 6 / Bard 1 / Holy Vindicator 1 | AC 24{28 ‘32’} [se: 28{32 ‘36’}] T 12 ‘16’ [se: 15 ‘21’] FF 23{27 ‘31’} [se: 27{31 ‘35’}] | HP 68/47 | F +13 R +11 W +15{+16enh} | Init +1{+2} | Perc {+7}
Common Skills:
Bluff +9, Diplomacy +10(+11K), Heal +15, Kno {Religion} +10, Perform {Sing} +8, Sense Motive +6, Spellcraft +5, Use Magic Dev +8

Asherick makes a crisp salute, "I thank you Commander Ashan, it will be my honor to serve where needed. I will keep you informed of our progress, Milord Commander!"

Asherick turns and appraising - looks over the party as they rearm making note of their seeming combat specialties... the tactical gears in his mind turning.


Shakhan picks out his shield and battle axe. He straps the shield on his back, but keeps the weapon to hand - his grip on the short-haft. "So Ashe. Have you been out on the streets recently? It's a mess."


Male
Usable:
Smite Evil: 4 / 2; Lay On Hands[Chanel: PE]: 7[11 c:pe] / 6 [9]
Human Paladin 6 / Bard 1 / Holy Vindicator 1 | AC 24{28 ‘32’} [se: 28{32 ‘36’}] T 12 ‘16’ [se: 15 ‘21’] FF 23{27 ‘31’} [se: 27{31 ‘35’}] | HP 68/47 | F +13 R +11 W +15{+16enh} | Init +1{+2} | Perc {+7}
Common Skills:
Bluff +9, Diplomacy +10(+11K), Heal +15, Kno {Religion} +10, Perform {Sing} +8, Sense Motive +6, Spellcraft +5, Use Magic Dev +8

Asherick sighs grimly meeting the pit-fighter's gaze levelly, "Aye, a nasty business... King Eodred Arabasti II, Inheritor rest his soul, was liked by the people, for the most part. I can sympathize with their grief. The Queen will have... trouble winning their favor, but the nobility have always been... cool to her presence and that fact makes this crisis no better!
But Queen Ileosa IS the rightful sovereign, regardless of Noble opinions and we must ALL move on. I fear that there is some other... ulterior agency inciting motive behind these riots. When Nobility and the ruling Sovereign are at odds... its the peasantry that suffer most. I hope we can resolve this before it erupts into more bloodshed!

He does not seem to take any issue with the pit-fighter's familiar usage of 'Ashe' to address him. He is unusual for a noble... he is approachable and 'down-to-earth' with everyone affecting no pretentiousness in his demeanor.


Male Human Wizard (Illusionist) 2 / Cleric2

Hey...I'm Hytogg the Magnificant...yada,yada,yada, now go on and lead the way". "What's in the box...What's in the box"?


Male
Usable:
Smite Evil: 4 / 2; Lay On Hands[Chanel: PE]: 7[11 c:pe] / 6 [9]
Human Paladin 6 / Bard 1 / Holy Vindicator 1 | AC 24{28 ‘32’} [se: 28{32 ‘36’}] T 12 ‘16’ [se: 15 ‘21’] FF 23{27 ‘31’} [se: 27{31 ‘35’}] | HP 68/47 | F +13 R +11 W +15{+16enh} | Init +1{+2} | Perc {+7}
Common Skills:
Bluff +9, Diplomacy +10(+11K), Heal +15, Kno {Religion} +10, Perform {Sing} +8, Sense Motive +6, Spellcraft +5, Use Magic Dev +8

Asherick smiles kindly at the anxious sage and spellcaster.

He bows politely, "Well met - Master Hytogg the Magnificent. Of course, there is much that needs doing! This way please...?

His words and tone are respectful with no hint of mockery or derision... if but a hint of amusement.

Asherick leads the way through castle Korvosa making for the slope of the pyramidal steps. His certainty and confidence are... infectious. He is a natural leader type. Occasionally he glances over his shoulder to make sure all are still with him, his gaze always kindly.

Getting lunch be back soon!


Opens box and has a look.


Human Crossbow Weapon Master 4 / Sniper Rogue 2 / Hunter 2

Una raises a cold eyebrow at their new companion-in-arms.

"Such attractive words, but I fear you will need more than elegant speeches to earn the will of the people, and especially of the nobility. I myself place little stock in anything beyond the cold reality of steel and coin."


Male
Usable:
Smite Evil: 4 / 2; Lay On Hands[Chanel: PE]: 7[11 c:pe] / 6 [9]
Human Paladin 6 / Bard 1 / Holy Vindicator 1 | AC 24{28 ‘32’} [se: 28{32 ‘36’}] T 12 ‘16’ [se: 15 ‘21’] FF 23{27 ‘31’} [se: 27{31 ‘35’}] | HP 68/47 | F +13 R +11 W +15{+16enh} | Init +1{+2} | Perc {+7}
Common Skills:
Bluff +9, Diplomacy +10(+11K), Heal +15, Kno {Religion} +10, Perform {Sing} +8, Sense Motive +6, Spellcraft +5, Use Magic Dev +8

Asherick smiles openly at the grim crossbowoman.

"Indeed you are correct Lady Thermagne! King Eodred, was not a masterful grand-leader, but he was liked by the people mostly because his excesses and involvement in their personal lives he kept to a minimum. I think if we can find those responsible for rousing the public's fears unnecessarily and stop them plus get the people to realize that Queen Ileosa has little desire to upset the Status Quo... things should quiet back down. Inheritor Willing!"

He playfully winks charmingly at the young woman, no lasciviousness or leering in his gaze. He continues to lead on; his demeanor serious and his attention scanning about for threat as he leads the adventurers to Citadel Volshyenek.


"Let's do our part then. Do you know Field Marshal Kressida?"


Male
Usable:
Smite Evil: 4 / 2; Lay On Hands[Chanel: PE]: 7[11 c:pe] / 6 [9]
Human Paladin 6 / Bard 1 / Holy Vindicator 1 | AC 24{28 ‘32’} [se: 28{32 ‘36’}] T 12 ‘16’ [se: 15 ‘21’] FF 23{27 ‘31’} [se: 27{31 ‘35’}] | HP 68/47 | F +13 R +11 W +15{+16enh} | Init +1{+2} | Perc {+7}
Common Skills:
Bluff +9, Diplomacy +10(+11K), Heal +15, Kno {Religion} +10, Perform {Sing} +8, Sense Motive +6, Spellcraft +5, Use Magic Dev +8

Asherick flashes a glance at the bard Creston and smiles slightly.

Turning to address Shakhan,"Yes, I am familiar with Lady Field Marshal Kroft and have worked for her ladyship in the past on minor matters. She is the Leader of the entire Korvosa Guard after all."


"Good. I'm not good with... uhm. People. New people." Shakhan seems to have something brewing in the back of his head, but it doesn't really come to fruition.


Male
Usable:
Smite Evil: 4 / 2; Lay On Hands[Chanel: PE]: 7[11 c:pe] / 6 [9]
Human Paladin 6 / Bard 1 / Holy Vindicator 1 | AC 24{28 ‘32’} [se: 28{32 ‘36’}] T 12 ‘16’ [se: 15 ‘21’] FF 23{27 ‘31’} [se: 27{31 ‘35’}] | HP 68/47 | F +13 R +11 W +15{+16enh} | Init +1{+2} | Perc {+7}
Common Skills:
Bluff +9, Diplomacy +10(+11K), Heal +15, Kno {Religion} +10, Perform {Sing} +8, Sense Motive +6, Spellcraft +5, Use Magic Dev +8

Asherick nods solemnly and smiles at the pit-fighter.

"It's ok Warrior Shakhan, the desire to help is admirable enough. The greatest test of a warrior... is not fighting or battle... it knowing when not to fight. Destruction is easy... building up people... instilling confidence in their hearts, healing their spirits, giving them hope for a brighter tomorrow... taking the risk to trust and extend the hand of friendship... that's truly challenging! It takes great courage... and I'm sure you have that!"

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Risdin, you find that you are holding a nice silver chest, lined in red velvet and containing 12 gold ingots imprinted with the royal seal of Korvosa. It's a fairly standard way of transporting wealth, each bar is worth 100gp. The chest itself looks reasonably valuable, could make a lady a nice jewellery box or the like.

Asherick Whiteplume leads the group through the streets - deserted, shops and residences alike shuttered, a brooding disquiet overlain with the smoke of fires - to Citadel Volshyenek, which is located in Midland, overlooking Jeggare Harbor, where it serves as the base of operations for the Korvosan Guard. Normally quite a bustling place, it is operating under a skeleton crew at the moment. Two nervous-looking young Guards stand at the entrance to the Yard, coming to the salute as soon as they see the officer leading the party.

One of them escorts you all into the central keep, where a harried and tired-looking woman rises from her desk to greet you. She's an attractive, dark-haired human woman dressed in red armor.

"Welcome. Sit, please. Good to see you again, Whiteplume." She sighs as she waves you to seats, looking bone-tired. She reads the scroll Ashe had been given concerning you.

"Ah yes - you are the ones sent by Queen Ileosa. She was hoping to find someone.... Greetings - my name is Cressida, and heroes of your caliber are exactly what Korvosa needs now. You've been on the streets. You know better than me how bad things are out there. It's breaking my heart to see Korvosa tear herself apart like this. Every little bit of aid we can get from upstanding citizens like you helps. If you're willing, I'd very much like to retain your services as agents of the Guard. I don't need to say, of course, that you'll be well compensated for these services. What say you?"


Male
Usable:
Smite Evil: 4 / 2; Lay On Hands[Chanel: PE]: 7[11 c:pe] / 6 [9]
Human Paladin 6 / Bard 1 / Holy Vindicator 1 | AC 24{28 ‘32’} [se: 28{32 ‘36’}] T 12 ‘16’ [se: 15 ‘21’] FF 23{27 ‘31’} [se: 27{31 ‘35’}] | HP 68/47 | F +13 R +11 W +15{+16enh} | Init +1{+2} | Perc {+7}
Common Skills:
Bluff +9, Diplomacy +10(+11K), Heal +15, Kno {Religion} +10, Perform {Sing} +8, Sense Motive +6, Spellcraft +5, Use Magic Dev +8

Asherck respectfully salutes the young Guards at the gate to the citadel smiling kindly his give these small words of encouragement, "Good Morning young Guardsmen. Take heart... this day shall come with its challenges... but we shall withstand it with courage and diligence. I know your training and skill will not fail thee. For Korvosa!"

Asherick passes the young Guardsmen hoping he has bolstered their spirits some. But his thoughts turn grim at how thinly stretched the Guard have become to place raw-recruits in service.

Entering the fortress Ashe salutes and speaks small words of encouragement to all the officers, Guard and even common support personnel he meets on the way to the Field Marshal's office.

Asherick smiles warmly for the tired commander and snaps a crisp respectful salute, "The Honor and pleasure to serve are all mine, Lady Field Marshal Kroft. You know I'll serve wherever... I'm needed most."

Sense Motive DC 15:
Asherick's smiles falters almost imperceptively, his cheeks flushing ever so slightly as though... embarrassed{?} like he just realized he might have unintentionally said something that might have been uncouth, impertinent, or taken to have a crude and suggestive double meaning.

Knowledge{Nobility} DC 10:
Asherick is known to be a fairly popular courtesan escort for young noble ladies of court in peace times when he was under King Eodred's rule. His recent service to the Korvosan guard is voluntary at this time of crisis.


"I work for myself. But this madness is too much trouble." He seems unsure on how to address the Cressida, and decides to go with, "What do you want us to do? ...Field Marshall."


"I say yes. I'd be glad to lend a hand and blade to the Guard. What will you have us do?"

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Kroft raises an eyebrow at Whiteplume's remarks, but lets them pass... for now.

"Right," she says, "It's good that you are willing..."

"Korvosa's got enough troubles as it is without my own men losing their way and going rogue. As much as it pains me to admit, though, this has happened several times already. Many guards have deserted their posts, more concerned about friends and family than the city. I can understand this, yet not all of the deserters have family — some of them are simply using the riots as an excuse for personal gain. One such man is Verik Vancaskerkin. Worse than a lone deserter, he's convinced a small group of fellow guards that Queen Ileosa is going to ruin the city.

"Whether she does or doesn't isn't the point — right now, we've got a city-wide crisis on our hands, and I need all of my guards working with me to see us through. A deserter is worse than a lost resource — it's an infection. I can't afford to pull any of my other patrols off duty to deal with Vancaskerkin, and I'd rather not expose any of them to him anyway, since I neither want Vancaskerkin to infect more guards with his talk of secession, nor do I want some overly patriotic guard killing Vancaskerkin outright. I need impartial, skilled talent. Like you.

"Vancaskerkin and his men have holed up in an abandoned butcher's shop up in Northgate — the place was called All the World's Meat. I need you to check out the place. Try to avoid killing any of the deserters if you can, but if you must, they brought it upon themselves when they threw in their lot with Vancaskerkin. For him, I'd really prefer it if you could capture him alive and return him to me for interrogation, but if he makes that impossible, I'll accept his body as well. Finally, see if you can find out why Verik deserted — if there's more to it than simple personal politics, I need to know immediately. Bring me Verik alive, and there's a thousand gold in it for you. Dead, he's only worth half that.

"You up for that? Questions?"


Male
Usable:
Smite Evil: 4 / 2; Lay On Hands[Chanel: PE]: 7[11 c:pe] / 6 [9]
Human Paladin 6 / Bard 1 / Holy Vindicator 1 | AC 24{28 ‘32’} [se: 28{32 ‘36’}] T 12 ‘16’ [se: 15 ‘21’] FF 23{27 ‘31’} [se: 27{31 ‘35’}] | HP 68/47 | F +13 R +11 W +15{+16enh} | Init +1{+2} | Perc {+7}
Common Skills:
Bluff +9, Diplomacy +10(+11K), Heal +15, Kno {Religion} +10, Perform {Sing} +8, Sense Motive +6, Spellcraft +5, Use Magic Dev +8

Asherick speaks up, "Understood Milady Field Marshal, I... did not realize this was a problem... deserters? Its... troubling to consider. I understand, perhaps some of the desert's fears... I too have my mother, Lady Sarah Whiteplume and dear younger sister, Cynthia Whiteplume, who reside in this city ...but my duty to protect the city must come first! Protecting the city ...by proxy protects them as well. I'll see to it as many of the guardsmen that can be brought back alive will be and this Verik for questioning ... to think deserters... in the Korvosan Guard, shameful!!!"

Asherick is obviously dismayed by the prospect of fighting fellow guardsmen.

"One Question Milady Field Marshal? Do you have any idea how many Guardsmen may be in this Verik's cadre of deserters?


"I've not been to Northgate much. Definitely not recently. Any trouble we should be wary off?"

Also, wasn't there some guard who we got a ring or bracelet of in Gaedren's loot? Should that be mentioned here?


Human Crossbow Weapon Master 4 / Sniper Rogue 2 / Hunter 2

Una nods silently as she considers the woman's words.

"What assistance (or resistance) have the Hellknights been offering. I am sure they are as interested in maintaining the rule of law here as well as in any other location in the Chelish empire."


Male
Usable:
Smite Evil: 4 / 2; Lay On Hands[Chanel: PE]: 7[11 c:pe] / 6 [9]
Human Paladin 6 / Bard 1 / Holy Vindicator 1 | AC 24{28 ‘32’} [se: 28{32 ‘36’}] T 12 ‘16’ [se: 15 ‘21’] FF 23{27 ‘31’} [se: 27{31 ‘35’}] | HP 68/47 | F +13 R +11 W +15{+16enh} | Init +1{+2} | Perc {+7}
Common Skills:
Bluff +9, Diplomacy +10(+11K), Heal +15, Kno {Religion} +10, Perform {Sing} +8, Sense Motive +6, Spellcraft +5, Use Magic Dev +8

Asherick's expression hardens grimly and his eyes grow cold at the mention of the Hellknights. He can imagine they must be ENJOYING the chance to inflict pain and death upon frighted and grieving law-breakers.

But the young Paladin keeps his opinions to himself in stoic silence.


"We should trade in these gold ingots as well. They are worth at least 1200gp. The box itself might also fetch good coin."

"So I suggest we do this on the way if we can. Some of us could do with some better arms."


Male
Usable:
Smite Evil: 4 / 2; Lay On Hands[Chanel: PE]: 7[11 c:pe] / 6 [9]
Human Paladin 6 / Bard 1 / Holy Vindicator 1 | AC 24{28 ‘32’} [se: 28{32 ‘36’}] T 12 ‘16’ [se: 15 ‘21’] FF 23{27 ‘31’} [se: 27{31 ‘35’}] | HP 68/47 | F +13 R +11 W +15{+16enh} | Init +1{+2} | Perc {+7}
Common Skills:
Bluff +9, Diplomacy +10(+11K), Heal +15, Kno {Religion} +10, Perform {Sing} +8, Sense Motive +6, Spellcraft +5, Use Magic Dev +8

Asherick looks over the armament of the Heroes and nods in agreement.

"I believe I know of a respectable and skilled weaponsmith nearby actually. There are the shops along Eodred's Walk... 'Slicing Dicers' should have an excellent quality Battle Axe for Shakhan, and perhaps a Rapier for Cresston Kr~, but we will have to do a little shopping for a similar Quality Crossbow for Lady Therlmagne... the one bowyer shop on Eodred's walk 'Trapper's hole' sells bows only and its proprietor - Ole' Jope Chantsmo, is quite belligerent to those shopping for crossbows{Grin}! Though you should be able to find a exquisite bow for yourself... Paladin Arramack! I bought my Composite Shortbow from him and have been quite pleased with it since!"

Asherick draws his shortbow and hands it to Risdin to inspect the quality of its make. Then the young paladin ponders other shops his mind running over his knowledge of the city's denizens.

"Hmmm... the 'Green Market' is not far away but the vendors there are expressly forbidden to sell arms and armor by city ordinance. Lady Field Marshal Kroft... would you perhaps have a Exquiste Quality Crossbow available for Lady Therlmagne to purchace?"

Asherick looks over the adventurers again and comments, "Please do not take my concern to be impertinence, Lady Therlmagne, but you could possibly use an upgrade to a Chain Shirt set of armor... as could you as well Shakhan and Cresston... if that would be acceptable? It would still be 'light class' armor but give an added level of protection.
Perhaps even a buckler for you Lady Therlmagne... so you may fire and still have some additional protection if attacked while shooting. You could also make use of a buckler as well Risdin when needs demand you wield your great axe!"


Human Crossbow Weapon Master 4 / Sniper Rogue 2 / Hunter 2

Una wrinkles her nose at the mention of a chain shirt.

"Please no. Nothing of the metal variety that would limit my movement. I prefer to remain as mobile as possible. A crossbow of superior quality would be much appreciated, however."


Male
Usable:
Smite Evil: 4 / 2; Lay On Hands[Chanel: PE]: 7[11 c:pe] / 6 [9]
Human Paladin 6 / Bard 1 / Holy Vindicator 1 | AC 24{28 ‘32’} [se: 28{32 ‘36’}] T 12 ‘16’ [se: 15 ‘21’] FF 23{27 ‘31’} [se: 27{31 ‘35’}] | HP 68/47 | F +13 R +11 W +15{+16enh} | Init +1{+2} | Perc {+7}
Common Skills:
Bluff +9, Diplomacy +10(+11K), Heal +15, Kno {Religion} +10, Perform {Sing} +8, Sense Motive +6, Spellcraft +5, Use Magic Dev +8

Asherick bows, "As you wish, Lady Therlmagne... but you might alternatively consider purchasing a set of Masterwork Studded Leather tailored to your fit so as to hinder your movements even less? Unless, of course, your current armor holds some personal significance to you... though a masterwork chain shirt would hinder you just as much as your current armor with added protection, but of course it is all your decision milady."

Asherick turns back to Field Marshal Kroft, "...also Lady field Marshal Kroft, considering the proclivity for infernal fiends that, frequent, the environs of our city... many of the group being unfamiliar with the city's... less friendly denizens... if you might have access to some Alchemical Silver weaponry for their added protection it would be appreciated."

Ashe turns back to the group his expression sour annoyance at the subject, "Here in Korvosa - my friends, the students of the Acadamae are... encouraged to specialize in... {sigh} binding infernal beings to their will... As you can expect... such things... oft times go... awry - to say the least! We the citizenry of Korvosa have learned to keep handy Alchemical silver weaponry for such an occasion... {Ashe gestures slapping the hilt of his silvered shortsword at his side}... forearmed IS prudent, lest one be set upon by a flock of Imps in some dark neighborhood of the city.


Male Human Wizard (Illusionist) 2 / Cleric2

Hytogg busily follows the group, calculating in his head how to best spend his new fortune.

I don't have time, but could someone else keep a track of party treasure on their profile?


Male
Usable:
Smite Evil: 4 / 2; Lay On Hands[Chanel: PE]: 7[11 c:pe] / 6 [9]
Human Paladin 6 / Bard 1 / Holy Vindicator 1 | AC 24{28 ‘32’} [se: 28{32 ‘36’}] T 12 ‘16’ [se: 15 ‘21’] FF 23{27 ‘31’} [se: 27{31 ‘35’}] | HP 68/47 | F +13 R +11 W +15{+16enh} | Init +1{+2} | Perc {+7}
Common Skills:
Bluff +9, Diplomacy +10(+11K), Heal +15, Kno {Religion} +10, Perform {Sing} +8, Sense Motive +6, Spellcraft +5, Use Magic Dev +8

LOL! Sure... I usually end up doing it for my sit-down games for our group... and everyone knows 'Rog' who usually plays paladins or goody-two-shoes characters will keep an accurate and fair distribution of the items and gold! :)

EDIT 1#: Who actually has the 'party treasury' on their profile?

EDIT 2#: Ah Risdin has it. You know there are magic items that have not been distributed or identified? Why is Hytogg not carrying the Wand? Perhaps you should all consider spending 100gp of the gold and getting the items identified too.

Loot:
+ Chest of 12 Korvosan Stammped Gold Ingots [100gp each]
-narrow teak cigar case inlaid with tiny bits of jade
-2-pound gold ingot bearing the Cheliax coat of arms [100gp]
-miniature gold crown [350 gp]
-fist-sized scrimshaw carving of a kraken with garnets for eyes
-silver ring bearing the inscription "For Emmah — the light in my nights," [150gp - worth]
*silver ring is one Arrin made a couple of years ago for a commander in the Korvosan Guard, name Gerd Ashan - he paid 200 gp
-highly realistic and highly scandalous ivory figurine of two entwined succubi
-shuriken
-adamantine arrowhead
-abalone-shell holy symbol of Shelyn [300 gp]
-tiny glass tube containing an oily liquid {Magical? Unidentified}
-obsidian wand {Magical, Unidentified}
-crystalline vial containing a slightly silvery liquid {magical?}
-[Queen Iloesa's] - bejeweled brooch with a broken clasp 'Repaired' <RETURNED>
* Zellara's Harrow Deck {Magical?}

Too bad we do not have any means to easily identify the magical items...


Human Crossbow Weapon Master 4 / Sniper Rogue 2 / Hunter 2

I believe we sold most of the jewelry except for the guard's ring. I'm not sure if that includes the ivory figurine or not.


Male
Usable:
Smite Evil: 4 / 2; Lay On Hands[Chanel: PE]: 7[11 c:pe] / 6 [9]
Human Paladin 6 / Bard 1 / Holy Vindicator 1 | AC 24{28 ‘32’} [se: 28{32 ‘36’}] T 12 ‘16’ [se: 15 ‘21’] FF 23{27 ‘31’} [se: 27{31 ‘35’}] | HP 68/47 | F +13 R +11 W +15{+16enh} | Init +1{+2} | Perc {+7}
Common Skills:
Bluff +9, Diplomacy +10(+11K), Heal +15, Kno {Religion} +10, Perform {Sing} +8, Sense Motive +6, Spellcraft +5, Use Magic Dev +8

Yeah. I'm pretty sure you are quite correct on that... I just copied what was on Risdin's loot list...with a few added notes from me. I did not want to modify the list without Megan's express approval... after all Asherick gets NONE of that treasure... or at least he shouldn't get any. I'm just keeping notes, for records sake and hopes that if I missed something Megan can correct me.

Andoran

Female Depemds on the game system (human in the real world)

Lord Jalento purchased the gold ingot, the miniature crown and the holy symbol of Shelyn. The brooch has been returned to a grateful Queen. You still have the other items in your possession.

The Field Marshal eyes you over.

"Right. I'll leave this matter in your hands, then. You may billet here in the barracks tonight if you wish. I will send word to Theandra Darklight, the owner of the Three Rings Tavern in Five Corners, and arrange for you to stay there as long as you are in the service of the Guard, and I'll ask her to set aside a private room that you can use as your headquarters. Ought to have that set up by tomorrow, then you can get on with dealing with Vancaskerkin and his crew. You asked about numbers - half a dozen at most. Vancaskerkin was a Watch Sergeant and that newly promoted, he's a bit young for the post but was doing quite well... good street skills, he comes from Riddleport originally, but seems to have found his way around here. Anything else you need for now? If you want to get extra equipment, it's fine by me if you get to work tomorrow rather than right now."

There's a knock at the door. A priest of Abadar sticks his head into the room.

"Be off with you now. I need to speak with Father Sandor..."


It'll take a while for the rest of us to get to Asherick's wealth, so no worries


"Riddleport? hrmpf ...some of the dirtiest fighters come from there. Use any damn trick."

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