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The Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands - GM Iliad

Game Master HolmesandWatson

The Pathfinder Society has hired adventurers to investigate the abandoned Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands. But en route they discover a massacred merchant wagon. Who, or what, is responsible? And are they still around?

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Seeing the one called Wix first Beau makes his way over to the ebon haired human.

"Seems we're the first arrivals. Wix right the one with the fancy introduction." Beau smiles up at the human with a chikdlike wonder on his face.

"Care to get ta know one another a bit while we wait." Small talk clearly not being one of Beau's strong suits but he is making an effort.

Dar watches the human and halfling across the square. He continues to play for the small crowd that had stopped to listen, and he hopes, drop a coin or two in his begging bowl.

Darpan will continue to entertain people while waiting....does he gain any donations??

GM Only:
1d20 ⇒ 9

Petracleus drops a few harmless questions about Karlae as he waits for the smith to sharpen his sword.

Dubrel waxes about the valorous actions of Karlae and her friend Luna Aldred. You don't learn much of anything, other than the spell caster helped save the town during the Night of Silver Blood.

GM Only:
1d20 - 2 ⇒ (4) - 2 = 2

The barkeep looks at Shane as the halfling attemps small talk. The man is thick, with two chins and a balding head. His gray tunic is stained and he needs a shave. 'Sloppy' comes to mind.

"Ho, another halfling. He calls out to your quarry's table. 'Tamris! Halfing! Is this guy your friend?'"

The place is noisy and, with your back to the halfling called Tamris, you are uncertain whether or not your quarry heard.

Your action?

1d20 + 4 ⇒ (11) + 4 = 15

Darpan continues playing his flute to the crowd. A few coppers are tossed to him as folks pass by.

Wix and Beau wander back to the square and find themselves standing by the Five Falcon Fountain. Five falcons, wings spread in flight, have water pouring gently from their mouths. This is one of the most popular places in the city, with children running about and people, young and old, sitting and enjoying the soothing sound of the water.

Male Halfling Druid

GM Ilaid:
"My good sir!" Shane says in a harsh whisper. "A bit of anonymity would be appreciated!" Shane looks back to see if the one called Tamris heard, trying not to look too on edge to the barkeep.

If it looks as though Tamris didn't hear, I'd like to ask the bartender about him.

Fighter 2 / Bard 3, AC20 / T15 / FF15, F+5, R+7, W+3 (+4 vs Fear), HP38/38, Bardic Performance 11/11 Human Received the Forge Card.

With his steel duly sharpened and the smith paid, Petracleus wanders through the crowded streets of Olfden back to the town square.

Hearing the sound of the flute, Petracleus follows the crowd to see one of his companions playing for money. He flashes him a smile and meanders over to the fountain where one of the Halflings is talking to the man who had introduced himself as Wix.

"Greetings, we are but four?.....wheer is the other Halfling, Shane, I think?"

Out of interest, what time of day is it? We need to start thinking about the journey to Swallowfield and I'm not sure we want to strike out at night!!!!!

It is about 5:00. You could travel a few hours and camp or stay in town. It looks pretty overcast.

GM Only:
1d20 ⇒ 5

Tamris (you now know the halfing is named) looks up and yells over to the barkeep: "What did you say, Stren?"

You looked away just before he looked up.

"I said.." begins the barkeeper.

You want to ride this out?

We'll wrap up this segement when Shane comes back. Use the discussion thread to work out if you want to leave now or tomrrow. Then we'll post the decision here.

Male Halfling Druid

GM Iliad:
Nope, I'll get out of there now, casting Obscuring Mist if I'm about to be grabbed or something, though hopefully I won't have to do that.
Stealth 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (13) + 8 = 21

Realizing that he has pushed his luck as far as it could go, Shane hops off his stool and uses the taller folks around him to work his way to and out the door.

Once outside, he heads back towards the town square, arriving without any disruptions. Tell the group, or not, what you discovered.

Up to you guys to decide whether to hit the road and camp tonight or wait until morning.

Darpan will go now if sense sitting around waiting.....

Male Halfling Druid

Well, everyone," Shane says to his companions when he arrives back at the square. "I certainly just had an interesting experience."

Shane relates the story to his companions, and then voices his support to leaving right away.

Everyone can real the spoilers now as I tell the story.

Fighter 2 / Bard 3, AC20 / T15 / FF15, F+5, R+7, W+3 (+4 vs Fear), HP38/38, Bardic Performance 11/11 Human Received the Forge Card.

"Are we in immediate danger? I have little doubt that Karlae is keeping something from us yet I do not think we need to run out into the night wilderness when a good nights' sleep at the Bulette could be is a relatively long journey and I doubt we would get to Swallowfield afore we needed to rest"

Petracleus looks around at his companions ".......Of course, if the majority of us would have us head out then I will fall in". Whilst waiting for others to decide, Petracleus takes the opportunity to perform a quick inventory check of his traveling bag.

"Day or night, it matters little to me. Lets us be off on this journey sooner rather then later. If there are forces which may wish to work against us, I would rather we were away from such a populous area."

Fighter 2 / Bard 3, AC20 / T15 / FF15, F+5, R+7, W+3 (+4 vs Fear), HP38/38, Bardic Performance 11/11 Human Received the Forge Card.

"Wix? Beau? Any preference in the matter? Are you okay to sleep 'neath the stars tonight? Petracleus resigns himself to another night without a roof over his head......

Male Human Rogue/01

Wix scratches his head and stretches.

In truth, I am feeling somewhat restless this eventide. A good stretch of the legs would be beneficial to one's constitution I think. My preference, then, would be to sally forth immediately. I will, of course, bow to the will of the majority, however.

As an aside to Beau, with a smile:

Indeed my friend, I would like to chat at length. Perhaps to pass the time on the road we could each regale the other with tales from our past.

"Aye journeys were made for chat. Fear not the night my good sir, Desna will be our guiding light. I'm more than willing to go on tonight and 'sides I'fe been promised a story now." Beau grins, adjusting his backpackers on his shoulders to a more comforatable fit.

Sorry for the delay two 16 hour shifts back to back wore me out. Back and ready to go now.

And, that's a 4-1 vote for moving along

The five of you, gear situated and comfortable walking shoes shod..gather in the square and begin your trek. Karlae had come by with a pack horse for you.

"This is to go on to Piren's Bluff. Leave it with Tryphena and she'll see it gets there. You might as well use it on your trip."

I assume you're going to Swallowfeld first

You arrange some rations and tarps to provide some cover for sleeping and head out the west gate.

I'm not a nazi on gear. If having something is resonable and make sense, we'll go with it.

Oflden is not actually situated in the forest itself , so your trek begins in the plain. It's rather unattractive, and the overcast skies have turned into a steady, though light, rain. Two hours of uneventful marching does get you to a section of the forest.

You are considering when to stop when you hear a disturbance in the bushes to your right. A woman, clothes torn and blood on her arms and face, comes half-running, half stumbling out of the woods.

“Help me, please! Help me!” She reaches Darpan and throws herself down behind him, putting him between her and the trees. She wraps her arms around his legs. “Bandits. Please, please!”

She is clearly terrified. Before you can do much more than tell her to try and calm down, three figures come tearing out of the brush not far from where she emerged. They all have the look of woodsmen, with bows across their backs and wearing brown leather and dark green cloaks. Their gear is good: they do not appear to be motley ruffians.

Each has a drawn longsword and one yells “Ware, beast!” as they approach, slowing down but not stopping. They spread out to cut down any escape angles for the woman. The man who spoke stays in the center.

She moans in sheer terror as the men draw closer, almost clawing at Darpan's legs, whimpering.


Hold there now my good gentlemen. What is all this about? Why do you terrorize this poor woman so?"

Fighter 2 / Bard 3, AC20 / T15 / FF15, F+5, R+7, W+3 (+4 vs Fear), HP38/38, Bardic Performance 11/11 Human Received the Forge Card.

Petracleus steps forward whilst waiting for a response to Darpan's challenge and stopping between the men and the cowering woman, rests his hand on the pommel of his sword.

Beau kneels before the woman checking her injuries calmly.

Heal check1d20 + 6 ⇒ (12) + 6 = 18

"Now let's everyone calm down, there's no need for bloodshed tonight. If'n ye be true men not beasts yourselves ye'd not raise a weapon to a lady; certainly not three of ye ta one."

Male Human Rogue/01

Wix steps back and readies his crossbow, pointed in the air for now. He positions himself so as to have a shot at any of the three if necessary.

GM Iliad:
Rolling a perception check against identifying the affiliation of the three men and the woman. I suspect these are Lumber Consortium and she is druish :P They are too well uniformed and equipped for common ruffians.

1d20 + 4 ⇒ (19) + 4 = 23

GM Iliad:

Beau's prepared spell list.
Level 0- Create Water, Detect Magic, Light.
Level 1- Bless, Longstrider(D), Shield of Faith

Waiting on Shane's response before I take this further.

As Wix loads a crossbow, the ranger who spoke (we'll call him the leader) and the elf on the left meet eyes for a moment. The latter sheathes his sword and nocks an arrow to his longbow, which he is NOT pointing at the ground.


Beau1d20 + 4 ⇒ (1) + 4 = 5
Petracleus 1d20 ⇒ 4
Shane 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (6) + 9 = 15
Darpan 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (11) + 7 = 18
Wix self-rolled 23

Darpan, Shane, Wix:

You each notice that the three strangers have silver pins that likely serve as clasps for their cloaks. The pins are shaped like arrows.

Darpan, Wix:

The sight of the silver pins triggers a memory of something Karlae had mentioned to you during your individial briefings:

Little is known of the Silver Arrows. They have recently come to the Arthfell. Primarily elven rangers and wizards, they seem to be focusing their efforts on the The Shadow Pack.

how badly is the woman injured?


She is "banged up" and bleeding but not seriously injured. The wounds look to be caused by sharp edges of some kind. She has definitely been treated poorly and is hysterical

Moving slight forward, Dar speaks to the "leader".
"There is no need for this standoff. You are members of the Silver Arrows, correct? Is this woman, then, somehow connected with the Shadow Pack? If so, please produce your evidence. If the law is on your side we will help you, but I will not condone vigilant justice. Is that clear?"
He moves within striking distance of the leader as he speaks, taking small and unassuming steps to sidle up to the fellow...just in case they get hostile...ummm...ok, more hostile!!

GM Iliad:
The woman should no longer be bleeding with the heal check. Do they look like recent cuts or prolonged torture?

Hold off on substantive posts (like Darpan's last one) until Shane checks in. I'd prefer not to "get ahead" of anyone if we can avoid it. It will happen, but I think we can avoid it okay in the early going.

Little stuff like what Beau's doing (not that you guys should be reading them :-)) or assessing the sitution are okay.

oops...sorry about that...just getting caught up in the action!! :-)

Male Halfling Druid

Shane's hands begin to move toward the dagger at his belt, but he thinks better of it, and stands ready to react to the men.

Keep calm, Greeney, keep calm. Don't let these men intimidate you.

The leader, never taking his eyes off of the woman, speaks. "Aye, we are of the Silver Arrows. I am Saltheas, leader of the Arthfell Quiver. You harbor a foul lycanthrope in your midst. For days we have hunted this one. Do not be fooled by its appearance."

The woman continues whimpering and grasping Darpan's legs. "No, no, they lie. Save me."

Darpan couldn't really move forward with this woman clinging to him.

The woman has been in a recent scrap.

GM Only:
1d20 + 9 ⇒ (5) + 9 = 14

"You are in peril. Stand aside and let us finish this."

You get a good look at the three elves now. Their boots are covered with mud and they look tired. Their faces retain their elven youthfulness, though. If they are bandits, they are not of the desperate, sloppy type.

You notice that their arrows and swords are silvered.

As Saltheas speaks, the third elf swaps his sword for bow and arrow. He too nocks an arrow and slides to a position that gives him a better angle at the woman, though it is obvious that the elves are not dismissing the party as a threat.

Male Halfling Druid

GM Iliad:
I don't think my background has anything to do with werewolves...were you possibly thinking about someone else?

@Shane - oops. Mixed you up with a character in the other game. Deleted that spoiler. Sorry about that.

Male Halfling Druid

Shane glances down at the woman, studying her quickly.

Could she really be a lycanthrope?

Not sure if either of these apply, but:

Heal to notice anything peculiar about her wounds 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (14) + 7 = 21


Knowledge (nature) to notice any unusually animalistic characteristics 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (16) + 7 = 23

You notice her hair is rather unkempt, but her present circumstances are rather trying.

The wounds seem to be from a sharp blade and are relatively recent (ie, not old.

"If it is true that this woman is some sort of shapeshifter, and has caused unlawful harm to others, then we will need to reprimand her to the local authorities...unless you are the representative of said authorities? And, of course, you will have some token to prove this authority?"

Beau rises from treating the woman's injuries.

I don't trust these men to take her to authorities even if they claim they will.

"If'n she be what ye claim her to be, her actions are on my head. I offer this woman sanctuary and safe passage in the name of Desna. I will personally escorted her ta Swallowfield where proper authorities can discern the truth of your claims. Until then she remains free. Move along."

Diplomacy roll 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (1) + 6 = 7

When is the next full moon?

Fighter 2 / Bard 3, AC20 / T15 / FF15, F+5, R+7, W+3 (+4 vs Fear), HP38/38, Bardic Performance 11/11 Human Received the Forge Card.

Anticipating a change in atmosphere after Beau's bold words, Petracleus attempts to discretely lock his gauntlet against the hilt of his sword.

Saltheas' eyes narrow at Beau's words. "Authorities? Werewolves are not given tribunals! They are hunted down and exterminated. I care not for your claims of Desna's protection. You will defy us on this?"

The other two elves are clearly tense.

The whimpering continues. "Don't let them take me. Please, no."

In case I haven't conveyed it well, it is very clear to you that these are much more experienced adventurers.

GM Only:
1d20 + 9 ⇒ (18) + 9 = 27

1d20 + 11 ⇒ (5) + 11 = 16

You can't be sure, but you thought you heard a low voiced growling from the woods on your left (the woman and elves came from the right side of the road).

BTW, there was just a sliver of moon last night

Male Halfling Druid

"Folks," Shane says as he looks off to the left side of the road, opposite where the woman and the hunters came from. "We may have other issues on our hands."

Knowledge (nature) to try to identify the growl 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (6) + 7 = 13

As you're not even sure you heard anything, you don't know anything more. You didn't hear any rustling of underbrush or the like, either.

Hearing Shane's comment, one of the elves looks across the road, scanning the trees.

Fighter 2 / Bard 3, AC20 / T15 / FF15, F+5, R+7, W+3 (+4 vs Fear), HP38/38, Bardic Performance 11/11 Human Received the Forge Card.

This is going to go really bad, really quickly......

Petracleus looks in the same direction as the elf.........

Male Human Rogue/01

Wix keeps his eyes on the Elves, training his weapon on the one with the knocked longbow.

Looks like were caught in the middle of two opposing factions either of whom are capable of wiping us all out. Hope we don't get crushed in-between. But, a crossbow at point-blank range means, we'll get at least one of these pretentious pricks before meeting our respective makers.

"I care not for your claims of Desna's protection."
Those words ring in Beau's head. Beau grips his walking stick harder hands trembling lightly in anger, but he refuses to take the first swing. Beau steps up to the man who spoke those words.

"Do ye intend ta defy one of Desna's chosen who has envoked her name?"

Darpan stands impassively, eyes keenly on the leader of this group. He watches the other react to the 3 elves, and nods his approval.
It is good to see I travel with those who respect the law, and not a band of chaotic, bloodthirsty these elves are proving to be.

Saltheas looks down at the halfing in front of him with sardonic amusement. His eyes then flick to the elf on his left, nodding slightly at the other's unrecognizable hand signal.

Before any of you can react, he pulls a dagger from his belt and drops it at Beau's feet.

"I don't think it will help, but let none say that I left you to your folly, little one."

He raises his arm above his head and gestures back towards the woods. The three elves turn their backs on the group with no fear of attack and vanish into the underbrush in moments. The dagger is the only reminder that they had ever been there.

Seeing the elves go, the woman slows down her whimpering, though she clearly is still afraid. Barely more than a whisper, you hear "Desna be praised. Thank you."

You may all exhale now...

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