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Is anyone else having access issues? I basically couldn't get on all day yesterday?
Despite the grumblings of Cam and Sayniek it is actually an easy to follow ledger. Foxglove had a number of expenses but also a fair amount of revenue as it appears he was making any number of investments.
A group of entries jump out from the recent past. Foxglove was paying "B-7" 200 gp a week for "Iesha's Trip" Notes include details that the payments were made evy Oathday at midnight at "The Seven's Sawmill".
Kno:Local DC 15:
You know the location of the sawmill. Seven's Sawmill has been around for a number of years.
It also occurs to Sayniek that with such comprehensive details of Foxglove's assets it would be easy to secure much of his property. While certainly this could be done to enrich an individual it would be more in keeping with certain legal and moral precedents to use those funds to offset the physical and emotional toll Foxglove's crimes have wrought/
The box doesn't appear to have any menacing secrets so Cam opens it. It turns out to hold a ledger of some kind and what appears to be the deed to the townhouse and the manor. A casual glance at the deed shows that while the manor was funded to be rebuild via lenders 80 or so years ago (not uncommon) the deed was to turn over to the "Brotherhood of the Seven" after 100 years no questions asked.
The ledger seems to detail various family financial transactions and will require a few minutes to go through. Int check for someone who wants to thumb through it.
The pouch has 20 platinum coins.
Actullay Cam has all the keys, I foisted them all upon him during the last treasure round up ;p
The faceless stalker asks for a few minutes of "privacy" and Cam knows well why, the abilities of Faceless Stalkers being biological not magical the transition to another form being relatively painful and most likely disgusting to behold. Regardless a few minutes later the deed is done and the stalker leaves, companion in tow, as a large burly figure carrying a rug.
Cam inspects the floor panel and finds nothing untoward. After a moment the rogue thinks to produce a key for the townhouse and finds it fits fine. The wood panel opens easily being well constructed and finished in a manner consistent with its intended purpose as a hidden cache. Within the group finds a small velvet bag that rattles with the sound of coin and a thin wooden box with no lock that is roughly the dimensions that it might hold a larger book.
Given the paranoia that overtook the group in the Manor I won't presume you open anything without explicit say so or unless you feel comfortable with me just assuming you would. ;p
Apologies, had a bevy of issues yesterday and couldn't get on...
The stalker offers a slow nod, its body language suggesting a certain level of confusion over what is happening. The creature begins to rattle off the name of a courier service (Robard's Runners) and the corresponding navigational data to get to said service. Cam and Vidar feel confident the information is comprehensive enough they can find their way to the location described and it seems "legitimately" placed in the city based on what they know. (ie. Not an alley where you will all be attacked)
Kithian drops down and starts to feel out the floor. There is surely a false piece or door but no clear lever or lock. Its either an exceptionally well made piece of craftsmanship (to be so smoothly integrated) or a more sophisticated device (like a safe). Kithian can't tell which...Unless he wants to try to use something on it...
Ugh family and car troubles make things really lame. Sorry folks this weekend was a nightmare.
Kithian looks around in annoyance and promptly notes that a section of the floor of this room looks slightly different than the other (sadly it is right underneat the tied up visitor)
Cam cannot get a solid read from the creature though its body language suggests its telling the truth.
After a moment of silence the faceless stalker shifts again, I can tell you the courier. I can tell you the name of another who knew your Foxglove and seemed anxious to meet with him. For this you will let me go and take my partner's body?
[occ]Sorry for the delay, the holiday and work have been crazy...[/ooc]
The creature stops its struggles and begins to speak. Its voice carries still a shadow of Iesha Foxglove but also an almost shadowy garble mixed in underneath. The effect is quite eerie considering the lack of face, We answer to a higher power. One that will surely kill us and not in some cliched manner. It knows us and our family and will make them all suffer if I betray.
I'll allow that...
am totally willing to rule that Vidar's voice is grating enough to cause damage. Har har.
1d20 + 19 ⇒ (6) + 19 = 25
Ho ho hooo. So very lucky.
The only obvious indication that the creature is conscious is the sudden "shaking" of its head as it starts at the sound. Almost by instinct the creature struggles against its bonds where it, again, seems to start at its inability to move. That probably (Cam knows) doesn't happen to it very often.
It is otherwise wordless...
1d20 + 6 ⇒ (12) + 6 = 18
1d20 + 6 ⇒ (2) + 6 = 8
1d20 + 3 ⇒ (10) + 3 = 13
1d6 ⇒ 4
Sayniek manages to land a solid strike on the stalker in front of her as the melee unfolds in earnest. Cam offers a spell that, shockingly, forces Sayniek's foes to the ground with a solid *thud*.
The other stalker finds itself distracted momentarily which Kithian uses to full effect, channeling his rage into a devastating attack that cuts deep into his enemy. The stalker stumbles from the blow and turning its featureless face attempts to flee...
I need an AoO from Kithian. It failed its Acro check...
1d20 + 7 ⇒ (6) + 7 = 13 [Kithian]
1d20 + 7 ⇒ (13) + 7 = 20 [Sayniek]
Sayniek you are a pain in the ass. At least in our other game you make fights end quickly. In this one you just make them drag on FOREVER! At least Kithian is in the fight now though he needs to roll better. ;p
Kithian clamors into the room and offers an ugly chop that the creture closest to him manages to evade.
As Cam's song of courage fills the air Vidar notes that the street remains relatively empty though the broken window does make it easier to hear Cam's song on the street below.
The two faceless stalkers split their attentions, the back one joining the fight with Kithian in earnest but unable to land a solid blow. The other continue to pound on Sayniek's diminutive frame but the paladin's armor merely offers the hollow ring of Ragtheil's enduring protection...
Cam asks questions but the creatures locked in combat offer little in the way of answers.
Sayniek continues to hold the door but cannot seem to find a good avenue of attack.
Vidar keeps an eye out for witnesses while Kithian decides its best to use his size to scale the outside of the building in pursuit of "Foxglove"
1d20 + 7 ⇒ (16) + 7 = 231d20 + 7 ⇒ (12) + 7 = 19
The ugothols, as Cam called them, continue to try to hit Sayniek but to little effect.
Right what I was saying is that I don't think Sayniek needs LOS to terminate the effect. She can guess it s a problem and turn it off or she can "wait" and see its an issue. I suppose she might wait to see IF Kithian does something like tear an exterior wall of the house down? LOL So Kithian why don't you act for the round assuming its still up and Sayniek can play it be ear based on what happens next...
No one seems to have really noticed yet. Kithian's next actions will probably influence that heavily...
It suddenly bubbles to mind that these things are "ugothols" or more commonly known as "faceless stalkers" a strange bipedal race that is known for lurking in the Mushfens area not far from town. See here. In addition to the entry basics Cam would know that they are generally reclusive creatures and wouldn't do something like lying in wait for who knows how long unless someone told them to.
Cam is positioned in a way to move behind Sayniek without issue.
1d20 + 7 ⇒ (7) + 7 = 14
1d20 + 7 ⇒ (18) + 7 = 25
Cam retreats while Sayniek takes the doorway. The creatures respond by moving in to attack the oracle who rebuffs their blows (though one comes shockingly close to find an opening).
Meanwhile Kithian's size and speed do indeed present a problem as the building does not easily support his size...You basically would need to crawl through the interior of the house. Do you want to do that?
Meanwhile Vidar circles back around only to see the enlarged barbarian effectively jam up the way (though he could pass through if he wanted to)
Let me know how much you want to jam yourself in the house Kithian aside from that you are free to act on Rd III
Vidar Ekstrand wrote:
Nothing beyond lighting up his pipe and looking bored.
*snicker* Such a cynic... :p
Cam winces to himself at what he probably feels is an ugly lead up to the blow but lucky for him "Iesha" is either overconfident or under-prepared as she is caught fully surprised by a sap to the back of the head. The woman stumbles forward but doesn't drop her intentions clear as she turns to Cam.
Sayneik hobbles her way back inside and up the stairs but the cursed oracle can only hear what transpires next, unable to make her way to Camillo quickly.
1d20 + 9 ⇒ (9) + 9 = 18
Having successfully navigated the exterior of the building (and having forced two of the intruders outside in the process) "Aldern" breaks through the window into the small bedroom that "Iesha" and Cam now occupy. The arrival of the man is punctuated by a sudden creaking and snapping of bone and flesh as what was Foxglove instead is replaced with a leathery skinned creature with slits and whorls dominating its "face" were it to be even described as such.
"Iesha" snarls and suddenly transforms as well, dropping the knife and charging at Cam with powerfully built arms with clear intention to bind the bard up in its arms and use its strength to crush him. The attempt is awkward however and Cam nimbly escapes the attempt.
Basically Sayniek is on the landing of the second floor. Cam is one square into a now very crowded bedroom. Vidar and Kithian are halfway around the house. Kithian is now large and might have some issues coming back into the house "properly". Group up
GM Sneakity Sneak Sneak:
1d20 + 11 ⇒ (17) + 11 = 28
1d20 + 2 ⇒ (7) + 2 = 9
"Aldern" grunts at the impact of the arrow but ably manages to cling to the side of the building. He casts a scowl at the group but is otherwise quiet.
Wis DC 15 or Sense Motive DC 10:
Obviously this "Aldern" is faster and more capable then one would assume of the previously living version...
Wis DC 20 or SM DC 15:
"Aldern" is almost to the window outside the room Cam was trying to get into and you are all outside except for him...
I honestly do not understand why my posts aren't posting. Normally its letting the screen idle or something but this is ridiculous! Anyway, sorry...
The Aldern imposter continues to move along the wall, apparently uninterested in any offer of leniency as Vidar moves around the building and to the back, continuing to track him.
Inside, the young Iesha Foxglove starts to bawl and collapses to the ground hugging her sides and crying, He's been so strange and so apprehensive I thought it was just me! What is going on.
1d20 + 8 ⇒ (3) + 8 = 11
Cam Perception DC 11:
"Hugging her sides?" More like pulling a knife...
Does Vidar go through or around the house...it matters...for...reasons...
Yes she looks out at Cam, twice now I have decided to insert Kithian in as someone else during this encounter.
B: 1d20 ⇒ 14
Iesha looks about confused, But I was just with him. I do not understand what is going on here! The woman seems genuinely confused but seems moderately reassured by Cam's statement of support.
Wait to get clarity from Vidar then I will proceed...
Sayniek utters words of power and Kithian's considerable size is further increased. Laughingly, the barbarian pulls a bow and lands a well placed "warning shot" in front of the shimmying Foxglove who glowers back at the group but seems unfazed in his current course...
Vidar still has actions Cam as well...
Holy crap this site ate a post that I was POSITIVE posted. I was like "why aren't these guys DOING anything". Wow. Very sorry.
Aldern looks down at Vidar and seems to frown which turns even deeper as the steel shod steps of Sayniek resound through the house and Kithian joins Vidar outside on the front stoop.
For his part Cam yells at the door are greeted with a feeble, Oh...Oh...ohkay... As Iesha meekly cracks the door to look on Kithian.
Aldern for his part moves to the outside of the house and begins to shimmy on the out erdge of the building, obviously attempting to make his way to the back. He get about half way there.
There is a pause in the action as Kithian and Sayniek ease up on the door.
Vidar steps out of the front door slightly to find the window in question when suddenly a small arm chair comes flying through said window on the second floor and loudly smashes and splinters apart on the street. Aldern Foxglove sticks his head out to survey the situation and then starts climbing out the window...
Sayniek and Kithian easily hear the window breaking given the lack of pummeling. Cam probably doesn't since he is technically still trying to batter down his own door...There aren't many bystanders near the house but a handful of people up and down the lane are certainly looking in the house's direction.
As Sayniek and Kithian bang against the door, Cam watches as the farthest door in the hallway opens, Iesha Foxglove pokes her head out, blanches, screams, and then promptly runs back into the room and closes the door.
Meanwhile Sayniek and Kithian hear some very clear scraping and thumping as though things are being moved around.
For the moment, at least, nothing emerges outside under Vidar's watchful gaze although the wizard does note that the sounds of all the fracas can be heard on the street albeit extremely muted.
LOL I really shouldn't be surprised given who is in this group. Cam's the reasonable one and he is elsewhere.
Foxgloves: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (20) + 6 = 26
Kithian: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (16) + 4 = 20
Cam: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (11) + 3 = 14
Vidar: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (17) + 1 = 18
Sayneik: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (8) + 1 = 9
WTFTD: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (10) + 5 = 15
Init order: "Foxgloves" then Group, actions in orders of post.
Foxglove balks at the accusation and then the half-orc pulling the sword. He offer out a RUN! RUN! as he steps back and closes the doors behind him. It is clear from the sounds that he is either attempting to lock the doors or brace them somehow.
No other sounds in the house.
Group is up.
Unanswered in the moment there is the sound of shuffling and then the double doors open. Clear as day Aldern Foxglove, tall, handsome, and finely dressed offers a white toothy smile as he puts eyes on Kithian, My brave Shoanti friend! Here you are, in my home! But without your other allies except for... The man looks down at Sayniek and offers a brief nod, I don't believe we have met. I am Aldern Foxglove.
Vidar Perception: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (15) + 10 = 25
Vidar and Cam both easily hear the exchange as well...
Cam checks the hall and sees nothing, darting across the way, up the stairs and to the next floor. (Which laid out very similarly)
The rest of the group finishes its count and Kithian takes the steps up with Sayniek and Vidar in tow. Coming out to a landing the rest of the group sees double doors to the west, a hallway to the east and a set of stairs that go up across the way to the north. Cam is nowhere to be seen.
As the group pauses at the top of the stairs you can hear the slight movement of a chair and a voice call out from the room with the double doors, Iesha? What are you doing out there?
I'll pause for reactions. Cam DC 20 Perception to hear the words, otherwise you only know what is going on in general.
You sneak back to the top of the stairs and find the landing empty. No obvious signs of movement and no conversation. (Remember that Iesha looked like she was going down the hall to nap)
Cam heads upstairs as you all silently countdown, nothing happens immediately...
I figure Cam will have about 15 seconds to play with before the group would start climbing the stairs so I will let him get a post in before I move things forward...