"What are you looking at Tal? You seem to take a great interest in seeing undead destroyed. You don't seem that upset to see zombies being scorched."
Spellcraft: 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (8) + 13 = 21
Does Kyren know what is happening with the zombies against the wall of the pyramid?
""A disappointing start"
"Well I can't say that I'm all upset to see the zombies burn, but crazzleboks, it does tell us that we are going to be up against some serious dudes!"
"Should we move on the next assault?"
"Well, I'm not eager to start the combat, but I really want to make this a successful rescue for the young goddesses. I certainly don't want to see them get hurt in the action. So I hope we can sneak in as soon as possible, but obviously not at the front of the line where we can get hit! I am still hoping that distraction would be one of our main defences against their guards."
Berry Peelyblossom wrote:
"Do try not to draw too much attention to us please Kyren. I like the part where we don't have to hurt people." BErry says chastizingly to the hyperactive halfling.
"Me?! What makes you think that I would draw attention to ourselves?! I mean, I'm not even planning to bring my Tzarek board and pieces. Are you kidding?! This will be a simple there and back journey. I promise, I will not tell my joke about the frog and the chicken. What else do I do that causes any disturbances?"
Kyren comes in with his map and says, "I've got a little map to help us find the girls dormitory. When they are not in their little pyramids, they are upstairs in this lower right room. Crazzleboks, I hope they don't scream when I enter their room to save them!"
Back to present
Kyren follows along at Vaughn's side ready for the rescue.
"Once the craziness of battle begins there will be so much confusion, I doubt they are going to wonder where one little inferior was." Kyren ponders a moment longer and then declares, "Kazam! I got it! You go in to the temple that morning and make your presence known, and then tell them that you must depart on an errand down town. You know, tell them a tale like you have to go pick up an extra pyramid repair kit, or that you need to go and purchase a few new collection boxes. Do you ever need to go bring the linens to the cleaners? Well, these may not be the best reasons, but even if you simply disappeared, I doubt they would keep track of your whereabouts. Would they? Don't you inferiors just go into a chamber and pray sometimes? I guess I just want to see you safe my friend. You have done so much to help us, and I don't want to see you get hurt."
Ok...one question remains though...what will I do once the fighting has started?
"Well, tell me my friend, how big a role do you want in the rescue of these lasses? The fighting is apt to be intense and if you are obviously one of the cultists, you could easy come to harm. If you felt a cold coming on, this might be a good day to call in sick and tell them that you won't be making it in. I suppose the decision is yours, but you've already done so much to help us, I see no reason why you should put yourself in further harm's way. Tell me, Laion, would they even notice if you didn't come in to work? I mean, I'm sure you're a good worker, but how close do they keep tabs on the inferiors?"
"Oh, you could...uh the girl you rescued...Albright? write a letter to the other girls that would surely persuade them to trust you!"
"Well, certainly Albright trusted us implicitly and now has found a much better life as a result. Certainly a letter from her would go a long ways. However, I am not sure that we have time for such measures. I think the easiest will be to treat them with simple human dignity and share with them some of my charm. Perhaps if we tell them stories of Albright and even suggest that we try to bring them to the same orphanage, then they may become very cooperative. I mean look at their alternatives! I cannot imagine that living in a tiny enclosed pyramid has a great deal of appeal!"
"I..uh...oriental food?...well, the number is fifteen...no, not oriental food number 15, I mean fifteen girls are in the dormitory. I can draw you a quick sketch of the second level...it looks like this...the lower right room is the dormitory."
"Hehe! Well, don't worry about the oriental food question, but your other answers sound very useful. I just hope the girls don't scream when a handsome young halfling such as myself enters their room! Do you think they will all be willing and eager to come with me if I assure them that I can help them escape their destiny in that pyramid forever?! Once we get them out, we are going to have to help them find a new home to live."
Zyren DM wrote:
"Kazam! This sound convenient! Can you tell me everything you know about this dormitory? Is it guarded or locked? Can it be found easy? How exactly do we get there? Can you show me a map of the first and second levels? Do you like oriental food? How many girls are we talking about?"
"I've expected you - did you talk to your friends?"
"Splendid! Splendid!" Kyren replies with a hearty handshake. "Indeed I have talked to my friends and there are plans afoot of challenging this cult and freeing the children. I do not believe they like my idea of posing as chefs, but I thought I would just talk to you about the Pyramid, the structure and what needs to be done to free all of the young ladies. Can you tell me where they can all be found?"
Zyren DM wrote:
"Crazzleboks! You said it! It seems worse than trying to get a word in edgewise when cousin Gooblek shows up. I guess they don't want Laion's help after all. Well I suppose these kittens are growing up and are able to take their own counsel. Let's just hope the all know what they're doing and we don't live up to our name and really blow it! Well, even if the others do not want to talk with him, I think I will go back for a visit with Albright's friend Laion anyway. It cannot hurt to run the plan by him and try to figure out what unforeseen problems we can avert.
Kyren will return to Laion's place with any who wish to accompany him.
"I have known all this for a long time now, it is just that we weren't in a position to use much of it and were stuck doing things not requiring any of it."
"You are full of surprises my friend! You have become one astonishing cat! Ok, then how do you suggest we proceed? We could take the front door and work our way up, but if the Foster Mother is in the top of the pyramid maybe we could go straight to the heart of the cult. What can you do if there are no windows in the pyramid?"
"Ok, my friends, let's talk about what I've learned and try to use it to put together a plan. Gather around and I will tell you what I know."
"The organisation of the cult is very strict. At the top is the Foster Mother...who has never been seen by any of the Inferiors, as far as I know...then there is the level of Superiors, there are eight of them, they form the Council that decides all important things. Then come the Inferiors - cult members like Laion. There are about one hundred of them. On occassion they hire additional mercenaries for special actions, but that sounds very rare."
"The pyramid itself is built like the cult organisation, there are several levels and the higher your rank is, the higher pyramid levels that are accessible to you. As a result, our friend Laion did know much more about the Foster Mother and the Superiors, except perhaps that the battle superior carries with him some kind of metallic rod that he uses to control the the iron golem. This would be a helpful trinket to get a hold of."
"As far as dress goes, the cultist do not wear hooded garments or anything unusual, but the superiors wear helmets that look like pyramids. From what Laion said, these helmets actually don't even have openings for mouth, eyes or nose - but they can still communicate and interact like they weren't hindered by these things."
"When I talked to Laion about sneaking in disguised, he thought that posing as Chefs was actually a good idea. He says the cult is quite lax when it comes to checking the minor serving staff. They don't expect any danger from them. We just need to bring the correct props. If we keep our weapons visible, they will certainly become quite suspicious. If you wish, we can bring Laion back to the Revive to talk to us. He says that he knows a cult member, who is an Inferior, who is responsible for hiring the kitchen personnel. If we were willing, he could put in a good word for us!"
"So my plan is to pose as kitchen help and become part of the serving staff at the pyramid. I could try my luck behind the line in the kitchen. I could put Daggers to work chopping vegetables. Kitchens always needs cats like Blaze to chase away the mice. Berry could be a waitress as she is so talented at that already. Tal, Alchy, and Kenta could possibly be sous chefs or possibly dishwashers. You see, this may give us a back door in that will help us move about with greater freedom before the actual assault begins. Tell me what you all think about my plan. Just remember, before you panic at the thought of wearing white chef hats and criticize the idea, please give me some warm feedback and let me know what you like about my plan."
"But we should come up with some sort of plan, shouldn't we? I mean, if we can actually be inside when the assault starts, we'll be that much better off to start freeing the children. Should we think about that cooking employee plan Kyren suggested before? "
"A plan is always a good thing to start with. Then we can exercise lots of flexibility as we begin to execute it. I mean plans rarely follow through right to the end. However, going in as a cooking team will be a great starat and may get us some access to some areas that they would not suspect. I mean how suspicious are you of the help? Usually they can be quite invisible, even when they are quite apparent."
"Kyren is probably the best to be the one to actually free the children--his magic can help overcome lots of pesky obstacles like locks. And he's a lot less, um, intimidating than any of us, so in the kerfuffle the kids will more likely follow him. The rest of us run interferance and keep the cultists and undead off them. And Kyren can still use his magic to aid us in battle, right?"
"You know me, Daggers! I will use everything I have and some of what I don't have. As long as we don't have too many, I can take care of nearly any lock. As for battle, I always like to pull out my secret weapon. You know, the one I call haste. This will give you all a boost of speed, but then I will leave it up to all of you to finish off the bad guys."
Kyren spends his time catching up on his rest and his harp practice and looks to see that things begin to return to normal around the Revive. When Alcheringa returns, he greets his friend with open arms. "Alchy! You are back! Am I ever excited to see you! Did you have a great trip? Did Albright find her way to a new home? Tell me how she's doing when you last saw her!"
"Well, naturally you have a fine talent, but with time and practice, you will become a great chef . . . I'm sorry cousin!" After Bobo departs, Kyren sighs and says "Family!" as if that explained it all. "Well how are we to proceed? Do we have any plans yet? What needs to be done before the attack upon the temple? Oh, and when can we expect Alcheringa to return. We will need his cunning skill and wit!"
"Hah! It was such a big adventure - picture this: I - great necromancer Bobo hah - led us right into the lion's den! We passed myriads of undead guards and at last reached the inner sanctum where we were greeted and treated like kings. Heh! Ilaktya didn't dare to make an attack plan without us, such a big reputation we have already."
Kyren gives his cousin a big embrace and says, "I am glad to see you safe, but I am not sure that it is a good idea to go around pretending to be a great necromancer. I would much prefer that you pretend to be a great chef! Wouldn't you prefer that?! I understand that the hats are much nicer when you are a chef."
"So what have we learned out of this little adventure? Are we all going to be attacking the Cult?"
When all of the Wee Bluets are safely back in the Revive for a better life, Kyren greets everyone, "Welcome home, my dear friends! I am so glad to see you all having arrived back here safely. Did you all have a successful adventure? Please tell me the tales."
Berry Peelyblossom wrote:
Berry looks up. "Oh yes. They made quite a mess. So I had to dissolve nearly everything that wasn't intact into a thick goo and squeegee it into the ditches outside. Oh I do hope we'll have enough tables and chairs for when we reopen. But at least the place doesn't look half as cluttered."
"Berry, Berry, my dear. Why do you do things so differently than anyone else I know? Did you really turn everything into goo and squeegee it outside? You certainly make an interesting house companion. So how about Alchy Cat, have you seen our great feline around?"
Nearly back to the Revive:
"I suggest we retire to the Respite to await their return."
"Hehe. Oh you mean, the Revive for a Better Life? Oh sure. That would be nice. I love that place, but it seems every time we return, there is always some drama unfolding. I hate to say it, but maybe with Bobo out of the house, it will feel a little less frantic. Maybe I can go and play my harp. Do you like harp, Tal? I know I am biased, but I think it is the best instrument they ever made. The vibrations that come out of the sound board are rather healing, if I do say so myself."
Kyren cheerfully strolls the streets of Kaer Maga with Tal'Zeneb back to the Revive.
"Your Boss sounds very powerful. Do you feel a great deal of pressure to do her bidding? I mean, I suspect you wouldn't want to make her mad in any way! Just think what she could do to you! So, my good friend, shall we return to the surface and check on the others? I am curious how Bobo is faring with the necromancers."
Once Brother Zonod departs, Kyren cheefully begins a flury of questions. "So did you learn everything you could about this cult? What does your friend Zonod do with that book? Does he carry that around wherever he goes? Is there anybody else around here who knows more information that could help us? So do you have a boss down here who you work for? It seems like you have some nice friends down here. I wonder how much they get out."
"Brother Tal, your knowledge about the practices of the cult is impressive. How come that you found out so much about such a secretive society?"
"The only reason they are a secretive society is that they do not want anyone to find out all of the evil things they are doing. However, if you pretend to want to give them a sizable donation, they are quite happy to tell you their secrets. It also helps if you peek in their little pyramids."
Kyren gets worked up when he hears the description and blurts out the following when he gets a chance.
"Your little book doesn't exactly tell us anything we don't know, but there are a few things we can add to your book. Most importantly, they are a hoax and they kidnap children to put in their boxes and kill them when they come of age! Also, you could write in the margins that they have a big bad golem that crush anyone who tries to harm them!"
Kyren notices the grey bearded priest approach and decides it is best not to keep him waiting. He gently shakes his friend Tal and whispers, "Wakee wakee, Tal! I don't mean to disturb you, but somebody is waiting for you! I think you should talk to him."
""If you may my friend, please refrain from your important questions for a few moments."
"Sure, my friend." Kyren looks at Tal kneeling down and decides to copy him and kneel down as well. Kyren also closes his eyes and tries to meditate, but after a few minutes, he opens one eye and peeks around to see if Tal is still there.
How can they keep this up for so long?! Don't they get bored?
As Kyren walks over the transept, he is momentarily speechless and attempts to walk quietly so as not to disturb anybody.
Stealth: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (6) + 8 = 14
How can there be so many people all being so quiet? I wonder who has put this spell over them?
He is speechless for only so long.
"What is the matter with all of those people?" Kyren whispers urgently to Tal. "It's far too quiet here. Is there a silence spell cast upon them? They must make up for the quietness by chatting extra long in the lunch hall!"
""You may wait with me or wander about; you will not be accosted if you remain within the cathedral proper."
"Oh this is too exciting o wander away right now. If it is fine with you, I would be happy to stay with you and meet vice-historian Zonod. Anyone with a name that rhymes with Ponod has got to be an interesting person. What sort of things are you guys going to talk about? Can I join in the conversation?"
"I believe so, all those who die rightly belong to my Mistress. If it is true that the cultists abandon the bodies of the no longer young goddesses to the river; thereby indirectly abetting the necromantic trade...if my brethren do not know of this already , they should be informed."
"Well at least there is somebody looking after those little ones. Let's hope they have a better life where they are going than the one they just came from. I mean, nobody deserves to die like that!"
" I also go to obtain guidance on whether my vows allow my cooperation with the necromancers."
'What?! You need to ask permission on whether you can work with us?! I mean, naturally we are not necromancers, but you know, we aren't exactly cooperating with those bad eggs. We are just not working against them. You know? It is sort of like they are doing their own thing and we are doing ours. In fact they are likely just getting revenge for being having Horus' place broken into. I mean, is it really necessary to tell your brothers every little bit of detail? They are probably too busy to hear such detail anyway, don't cha think? Maybe just tell them that you are helping us rescue the young goddesses before the cult kills them against your Lady's will? That's what Pharasma would do, isn't it?"
The Godsmouth Cathedral towers over the rest of the Bottoms District and its gothic majesty seems to inspire its surroundings. The whole area has an air of morbid majesty and the normally deafening noise of Kaer Maga is reduced to hushed whispers here, including Kyren's own whisper. . . .
"Kazam, Kazam! Look at this place?!" He utters under his breath. "You know, Tal, even Kaer Maga seems to have its glory when you look for it in the right places. So which way do we go? I'm putting you in charge."
""Before being abducted by Emerald's charming message bearers, I was on my way to the Ossuary to obtain any information they had on the children cult, to aid in our preparation."
"Yes, you have to admit that getting abducted really rather Crazzlebokian. Well, at least we are free for the moment. With the cats away, I feel like we are the mice out to play! So, my friend, do you think that there is some information on the Child Godess Cult down in the Ossuary?"
Zyren, you can bring us to the Ossuary at your convenience. Don't let our chatting slow us up.
""Plus, I find myself becoming quite fond of you all..."
Kyren returns the smile and says, "Well, I'm glad to hear it! I also like the part you said about keeping us healthy. And I hope you are not offended by me saying this, but I'm also glad to know that Pharasma has not yet taken an interest in giving us chilly embraces. Crazzleboks! Sometimes it feels as if she is not too far away. Fortunately, she always seems to grab the folks we are ruckusing with."
"So what are we doing going back in the Ossuary? Do we need to go back to your temple to visit your friends? Did you forget something? I do hope it is a safe and uneventful trip without any ruckusing fiends to show us the way to chilly embraces."
"All of this excitement had taken me from my errand to the Ossuary. Friend Kyren, would you accompany me?"
"Well most certainly, Tal'Zeneb. I would be delighted to. I've not had a chance to visit with you in a while and this would give us a chance to come to know one another other better. Shall we head off?"
Once Kyren begins walking with Tal down the street, he strikes up a pleasant conversation, "I know things have been rather crazy since we came to the surface, but tell me, my friend, how are you enjoying your work with the Wee Bluets? Is this along the lines of what you were expecting when you chose to accompany us?"
"Take care Bobo, Kenta. It would be a shame to lose your culinary talents from the world"
"Don't even talk like that, Tal! Of course he will be back. However, just to be safe, we're sending Kenta along as a bodyguard. He will ensure our chef's safety!"
Kyren rushes up and gives his cousin a hug. "Good luck cousin. I'll see you when you get back! Good luck!"
"We are invited to a meeting of the necromancer's guild...famous last words, eh?"
"Let's just make sure they are not your last words! Be sure to exercise vigilance and maybe not try any of their snacks. Just wait until you return home before you eat any food."
Turning to Kenta, Kyren says, "Take good care of my cousin, Kenta. He may have made some poor decisions in the past, but we try not to hold it against him." Taking him aside, Kyren adds discretely, "And do your best to keep him from getting into any more trouble. He has a propensity for such behavior."
Is this a subliminal message to get us to post more?
A zombie with a letter nailed to his forehead stands in the doorway and moans loudly something that sounds like "POOOAAAAAST".
"Well, Bobo, Kenta, it sounds like you are being summoned. Good luck, cousin! Try to find out as much as you can. I will try and figure out how to cook a few meals in case some customers show up. Besides, we may end up using our disguise in the temple after all."
"Kazam, Kazam! Now this is where you have become a true master, cousin! Home cooked food just the way a Tosscobble likes it! Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!"
Kyren picks up his napkin and places it in his lap. He then takes his knife and fork and prepares to use them on the oncoming feast.
"I think this is what makes the Revive such a wonderful haven in the midst of such a gloomy city!"
"I am not much of a bodyguard. Daggers or Alchy would be far better at that. But I am curious what goes on at those meetings. Hey, maybe you could send Kenta? They wouldn't know who he is. I mean, the Wee Bluets are starting to become well known and I am sure our presence would not exactly be welcome. However, Kenta is mostly unknown. Maybe he would be a good choice for you!"
"Me? Oh! No necromantic powers at all, but the seat in the council was Worsh's for one year. And since he's dead that seat falls to his acolyte - which is...uh was...me."
"Well, that was certainly very clever of you to hold onto that seat, but didn't you think that you were a little over your head on a council of necromancers. I mean, Crazzleboks. I've done a number of crazy things in my life, but serving on that type of committee was never one of my callings. Tell me cousin, before you found cooking, was necromancy something you actually aspired to pursue? Why didn't you ever think about becoming an apprentice to Gobbletor? He certainly would have treated you better than old Horus!"
"Well tell me, Bobo, if you return to this council, do you really think you can find out their plans? We need just what Daggers said. When are the necromancers planning to assault, and what are they planning to do?"
Sorry about that. That was indeed my own force of habit. However it probably is a bit more secure to scheme at the Revive than at Goldie's.
Zyren DM wrote:
"You still have ties to that old necromancer?! Are you sure it's safe to go back to that council? I mean Crazzleboks! What kind of necromantic powers do you even have, Cousin? I just want to make sure you are safe hanging out with that crowd!"
"I wonder if there is a way that we can take care of the children while the necromancers take care of the superiors? That would be a win win situation for all of us! I wonder if we can get in there and free all those young ones from their little pyramid cages? So Tal, do you know anything of Emerald's plan? When are they going to make their move and what do they plan to do?"
Seeing Kyren and Vaughn enter, Tal'Zeneb sigh with relief. Hearing Kyren's announcement, he frowns and says "Very exciting, however, you may want to hasten your plan. I have information that the necromancers, Horus Ilaktya and your friend Emerald, are planning to move against the cult."
Kazam! The cult of the goddesses is making enemies at every turn, even with the evil ones. This is good news, isn't it?! I mean they aren't going to sneak in trying to be chefs are they? Well, this is certainly an interesting development. That just may teach those cultists a lesson."