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The Last King of Ireland

Game Master Amergin the Wise

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Male Human Ranger (Skirmisher) 2, Rogue (Waylayer) 1

"Well it was worth a try, always room in the landlord's hand for coin and my belly for mead! I will grab my things and get going." His weapons and bedroll collected, Ruadhan heads for where the others had bedded down.

I will assume that you all come together in the outskirts of Armagh. You have a full day and a night before meeting with King Mulroney's bard. Please specify if there is anything specific that you want to do, or if there are any preparations that you want to make before leaving.

M Cleric (Ecclesitheurge) 3 | HP 25/25 | AC12 T12 F10 | CMB +2 CMD 14 | F4 R4 W8 | Init +8 | Perc +11
Spells | Command x2 - Sanctuary | Bull's Strength - Zone of Truth - Shield OtherDC17 | Channel 5/5 DC13 | Inspiring Word 7/7 | Touch of Law 7/7

Only thing I think we need to do is make sure we get the kiddos before we leave.

However won't we get them after we meet with the bard?

The plans are 1) pick up the bard in the morning, and 2) meet with the Hood near the river. I can't be sure, but there may be an issue there...?

Just a little bit, I was somewhat worried about that I shall not lie. However I did have an idea for that. Since we can't really contact the Hood.

Male Human Ranger (Skirmisher) 2, Rogue (Waylayer) 1

As Ruadhán heads out to meet the others, he takes the opportunity to raid the kitchen, grabbing a loaf of bread and a few other bits for along the way.

Ruadhán will pick a few days rations and look to supplement them along the way.

When you all meet Ruadhán is now carrying a light pack, a small spiked shield with several darts and a short sword. Leaving the town he seems fresher, more alive and his eyes move constantly like an animal on the hunt.

"I am pretty sure that Mulroney's bard will not willingly deal with the Hood and travel with the sons of Muirchertach," Kassidy considers when they are all together. "Perhaps we should separate? I could travel with the bard, while you fetch the boys and take them to Tuaim? And we could meet in Boho?

M Cleric (Ecclesitheurge) 3 | HP 25/25 | AC12 T12 F10 | CMB +2 CMD 14 | F4 R4 W8 | Init +8 | Perc +11
Spells | Command x2 - Sanctuary | Bull's Strength - Zone of Truth - Shield OtherDC17 | Channel 5/5 DC13 | Inspiring Word 7/7 | Touch of Law 7/7

Ó Máille considers Kassidy's words for a moment before responding. "As much as it pains me to suggest such, I think it may be the only solution. Perhaps Ruadhán or Thorun could accompany you to ensure your safety."

"I'd suggest both." Aoife spoke up as she crossed her arms. "Brother Ó'Máille and myself can collect the children and see them safely to Tuaim. Depending on their ages we can appear as a traveling family. If the children as too old for such an act to work we will simply have to move quickly." She suggested.

Male Human Ranger (Skirmisher) 2, Rogue (Waylayer) 1

"Just a thought, but this bard may have been primed as to who to expect in the group, based on your meeting. He will not be expecting me. For that reason, might it make sense for me to travel with the children, that way it might be possible to convince the bard that whomever accompanies me is staying behind as sick and then it is only one. I also am used to staying hidden whilst travelling, so I may be able to keep that party out of sight of prying eyes. But I understand that I am an outsider and you would be justified in not trusting me yet."

"It is less the fact you just joined us and more the fact about the comment you made." Aoife said as she crossed her arms. "I'm not sure I trust you to look after them. However if we are worried about Ruadhán's point he and I can take the children back while Kassidy, Brother Ó'Máille, and Thorun go with the bard to Boho."

Male Human Ranger (Skirmisher) 2, Rogue (Waylayer) 1

"That's fair and I understand. As I said, you barely know me from Adam, my Re Tuaithe has been involved in the clash over who replaces the Ard Ri and wouldn't be too happy if they turned up.And we are tied up in this by a shady bandit organisation who basically blackmailed us into it. On top of that I am experienced enough to know that trusting someone at face value, without a reference or experience of them will likely get you killed
So again I am happy to go in either group, I just thought it might help if awkward questions get asked. However, and this is more for going forward with you all, I would say this. I don't like the way my Ri Tuaithe acted during the events leading up to the death of the Ard Ri, and I think to wipe his offspring from the world is evil. Also if I had been really that bothered by the Hood, I would have fought them and died with honour, not been blackmailed. So I guess what I am saying is that I will stick to whatever plan you all come up with and earn my place. "

M Cleric (Ecclesitheurge) 3 | HP 25/25 | AC12 T12 F10 | CMB +2 CMD 14 | F4 R4 W8 | Init +8 | Perc +11
Spells | Command x2 - Sanctuary | Bull's Strength - Zone of Truth - Shield OtherDC17 | Channel 5/5 DC13 | Inspiring Word 7/7 | Touch of Law 7/7

Ó Máille studies Ruadhán's face as he speaks.

Sense Motive: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (16) + 8 = 24

"I trust you." The priest breaks the silence that follows warrior's explanation. "Though, perhaps Thorun should accompany you. The children need as much protection as we can afford and I think it might be easier to explain his absence over Aoife's. Perhaps he spent to much coin at the tavern?" The young priest suggests as a wry smile spreads across his face.

HP= 26/26 | AC=14 | Shadow's Status |

"Splitting up does seem the best course, Aoife wit the children ta be certain. As that is the case, Aoife, who would you wish with you?"

As she responds Kass nods, "Yer correct, it seems Ruadhán makes the most sense while Brother Ó'Máille and Thorun come with me 'n the Bard. I bet we've more've a chance at encountering ah... difficulties along the way as none'll be lookin' fer ya'. Still, wit' what we 'read from tha' Hood seems someone is out fer us all. Both o' the groups will need ta' be cautious".

Aoife nodded to Kassidy. "We'll leave as soon as possible. That way we can meet you at Boho." Aoife said with a nod before she turned to Ruadhán. "Shall we gather our things?" She asked him.

M Cleric (Ecclesitheurge) 3 | HP 25/25 | AC12 T12 F10 | CMB +2 CMD 14 | F4 R4 W8 | Init +8 | Perc +11
Spells | Command x2 - Sanctuary | Bull's Strength - Zone of Truth - Shield OtherDC17 | Channel 5/5 DC13 | Inspiring Word 7/7 | Touch of Law 7/7

The young priest looks to his companions in turn with a worried look on his face. "I - Well, yes. Be careful Aoife."

Aoife smiled at the brother and gave him a nod. "I plan to be." She replied. "But that goes double for you all. Watch your backs. We'll meet you in Boho as soon as we can."

Aoife and Ruadhan gather their things and bid their companions goodby before leaving Armagh. If all goes well, they should reach the Blackwater by midday. And if all goes well, the Hood will be there to meet them...

Aoife and Ruadhan:

Luck roll: 1d20 ⇒ 6
Survival DC 12: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (6) + 7 = 13

Aoife and Ruadhan quickly leave the path that leads East to the coast, and travel North toward the Blackwater River. God is with them, and the trip is uneventful. They find the crossing – the very crossing where O’Maille almost drowned – and wait. In the later afternoon, a wary Abiodun finds them. He is followed by three boys: Conchobar, the eldest, almost a man and strong like his father was said to be; Nial, a slender teenaged boy with keen eyes; and the youngest, Mael, who hides behind the other two. Once fated to be kings among men, the boys are now orphans with nowhere to go.

”I remember you,” Conchobar addresses Ruadhan.

”I knew your father,” Ruadhan answers simply. There will be plenty of time to talk, later…

”Go quickly,” Abiodun encourages them all. He says goodby to the boys with a caring smile. Mael runs to the black man, who reassures him: ”you can trust them.”

Abiodun watches them cross the river before disappearing into the forest. The crossing is not easy, and neither is the march ahead. Nevertheless, the boys follow stoically. They set camp for the night up in the hills, far from danger.

Tomorrow, they will cross the river again, and then they will have to chose between traveling through Enniskillen or detouring South through Cavan.

O'Maille, Thorun, and Kassidy:

O'Maille, Thorun, and Kassidy spend the day exploring Armagh, and then enjoy a restful night – the first in many nights. Well rested in the morning, they make their way to King Mulroney's camp, and there meet the king's Fili, Airthir, a stern and haughty man in his fifties.

"I expected you at dawn," he complains. Thorun bites his tongue, and Brother O'Maille decides not to argue. Kassidy greets the bard with all the expected niceties, and they are soon on their way.

Luck roll: 1d20 ⇒ 6
Survival DC 12: 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (6) + 12 = 18

They make their way North, and cross the River Blackwater, before heading West. They cross the river once more, and set camp.

On the morrow, will they travel through Airgialla and head towards Enniskillen, or detour through Cavan?

Aoife and Ruadhan:
Aoife stood as the small group made their way. "I was beginning to worry." Aoife told Abiodun with a welcomed nod. Looking over the boys she gave the them a kind smile. "I have sworn to look after you all, I am Aoife." She said. They where a lone in this world now, and many wanted to see them dead... now it was Aoife's blade between the children and their enemies.

"Abiodun is correct we must move swiftly. Come, if God favors us we shall move without notice." Aoife ensures that the boys are settled before turning to Abiodun one last time. "Take care of yourself Abiodun. We may not have met on favored terms but I wish you only good fortune." Aoife told him as her goodbye before she saw all across the river safely.

As they set up camp Aoife takes it upon herself to hunt a bit for the group.

Survival: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (20) + 7 = 27

God smiled upon the half-breed and when she returned with a fat deer. She dressed it and set a good portion of it to cook over the flames while she did her best to preserve the rest with what she had. She rolled up the hide as well.

As their dinner cooked Aoife sat down and looked the boys over properly now. "They told me I'd be taking care of children, but Conchobar you're damn near a man." Aoife jested as she crossed her arms. "Tell me how good is your sword arm?" She asked.

"Nial correct? You seem a bit thin for your age, but I'd wager you're fast and rather bright." Aoife stated with a small laugh. "If I'm correct then you two are a lot like two other brothers I know." She told them with a smile.

Finally she looked to Mael. "You didn't want to leave did you? I'm sorry you had to. But I will look after you all." Aoife reassured him.

"Tomorrow we can travel through Enniskillen or go south through Cavan. Any of you ever been to either?" She asked.

Male Human Ranger (Skirmisher) 2, Rogue (Waylayer) 1

Aoife and Ruadhán:

With nothing better to say, Ruadhán merely nods in greeting at Abiodun, before turning to the young men. It isn't until Conchobar recognises him that Ruadhán's appraising eye breaks it's stare. His brief reply is all he says before taking the lead, heading out to the lonely place of a scout, that cusp where you are close enough to aid and be aided, but far enough to barely be able to hear the main group. As such it isn't until the group's first break that he says more. "Hello, I am Ruadhán, as I said before I knew your father and I am also here to protect you. We have made good time this morning, but we must push on to see you safe." As the group push on, Ruadhán continues his scouting, seeing nothing of consequence, but finding a tall, straight bough, the raw material for a spear shaft.
Survival: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (8) + 7 = 15
When the group stop to camp, Ruadhán takes up looking after the boys, telling stories whilst he readies a fire and Aoife hunts. He is pleasantly impressed with the skill she exhibits to bring back and so neatly dress such a fat deer.
Knowledge Geography: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (17) + 4 = 21
Knowledge local: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (4) + 4 = 8
Pondering Aoife's question, he comments, "I know the land and can easily guide us, but is a while since I have been this way and I know little about the politics of this local area. I would say the route through Enniskillen is shorter, but the route via Cavan is probably an easier one, does anyone know where is likely to be safer from people? Once the food is over and the conversation has died down to discussion of the route, Ruadhán takes tools from his bag and sets to work stripping and shaping the bough he had found.

Aoife and Ruadhán:

Unfortunately, Ruadhan's knowledge of local politics doesn't give you any insight into which way would be better. However, Ruadhan does know the lay of the land. Basically, you must chose between a longer path through Cavan, or a shorter route through Fermanagh, which imposes passing through or near Enniskillen.

O'Maille, Thorun, and Kassidy: I need to know which of the two paths you want to take, bearing in mind that you are travelling with a bard who belongs to the house of the King of Fermanagh.

M Cleric (Ecclesitheurge) 3 | HP 25/25 | AC12 T12 F10 | CMB +2 CMD 14 | F4 R4 W8 | Init +8 | Perc +11
Spells | Command x2 - Sanctuary | Bull's Strength - Zone of Truth - Shield OtherDC17 | Channel 5/5 DC13 | Inspiring Word 7/7 | Touch of Law 7/7

Traveling with the Bard:
"Kassidy?" Ó Máille draws the Irishman's attention. "Politically, where will we face the least opposition? And Thorun, which route do you think will be less taxing?"

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