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Andoran

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

Not yet... but Ashe's speech is as pretty a declaration of war as any!

Glorio Arkona smiles, strangely unconcerned.

"My, you do seem agitated Whiteplume. What do you have against rakshasas? And is there truly nothing that you want that I could provide? Do you not see the greater evil threatening Korvosa, centred around our very own Queen? Consider this: together we could rid Korvosa of this evil once and for all, and then if you wish, House Arkona could move out and seek its fortunes elsewhere... leave Korvosa to you and your cohorts."

Andoran

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

The youngest comments, "Ta pointy end of the spear is the sharp bit for poking bad people," but the rest are wise enough to stay silent.

Andoran

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

The back door to the Antiquities Department was originally locked with a superior lock, but it is clear that the door was recently damaged. The 1-inch-thick iron door is currently locked with a makeshift padlock and only crude repairs have been made.

The back door was clearly forced open from the outside, and Dillan discovers the remains of fine silver wire and a tiny bell attached to the door. While several people have walked through the area since the break-in, the tracks of a large, heavy creature in iron-nailed boots are clearly visible.

Andoran

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

Varrel - the corpse carries a +1 Kukri but little else of value.

D13: A large mirror hangs on the western wall of this washroom and latrine. The air smells remarkably fresh, and the water-filled seat of ease to the east seems unnecessarily comfortable-looking... but it is unoccupied at present. There's a faint tingle of magic here.

Out onto the upper balcony, which overlooks the garden on the ground floor 25 feet below, and as such this area is generally warmer than the rest of the building as heated air rises up from the chamber below. The gentle babble of the fountain trickle up as well. Big windows to your right show the main approach to the house from the south. Clouds are scudding over, but the moons are coming out... at least it's not raining at the moment.

You reach the door to D15, and as you push it open a gust of warm humid air accompanies a voice.

"Ah, Cousin Nudhaali, you have found our visitors. Come in and make yourselves welcome."

The air in this chamber is incredibly warm and humid, filled with steam rising from the bubbling oval bath set in the floor to the southeast. The walls, ceiling, and floor are set with polished marble tiles of alternating blues and greens, giving the entire chamber a pervasive aquatic feel. Three lacquered wooden benches sit just north of the bath itself. There's definitely some minor magics at work here.

A handsome middle-aged man is lounging in the bath, stark naked (of course). Ashe, you recognise Glorio Arkona, the Head of House Arkona, even though he usually receives guests with his clothes on. He smiles.

"Ah, Sir Asherick... what an unexpected pleasure. How are all at House Whiteplume? Well, I trust, in these difficult times. Take a seat my good fellow, and your friends as well. I have heard of the services you have already rendered to my house in removing that scum, the self-styled Emperor of Old Korvosa... please, allow me to present you with a small reward."

He gestures towards an ornate ring, gold with a large green stone, that sits on a nearby shelf.

"But I am sure that you have some purpose in coming here, it is a shade late for a social call, what? Is there something that I might do for you?"

Andoran

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

If Sinon ever hears "Bandit's End" he will surely appropriate it as a tavern name... being a reformed bandit himself :)

Andoran

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

A couple of gnoll faces peer out the window and vanish almost as quickly.

Round 2

One of the remaining hyenas snaps at Erizi again.

Hyena attack: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (14) + 3 = 17, damage 1d6 + 3 ⇒ (1) + 3 = 4

The other takes one look at Silena's chain and flees, tail between legs!

Erizi swings at the hyena attacking him, sending it crashing to the ground with barely time to emit a yelp before it expires.

Sonya stands back, calling Jengren, but Silena whirls into action sending her chain unerringly into the fleeing hyena and bringing it down in a fatal manner.

End of combat...

And Jengren arrives around the corner of the building to see dead bits of hyena all over the ground.

Andoran

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

Graxer, you are correct.

Now you have dealt with the rakshasa, you can take a look around D14.

The floor of this barracks is thickly carpeted and strewn with numerous throw pillows and furs. The walls are carved with erotic depictions of men and women engaged in all manner of sexual acts. The only real furnishings in the room are the four beds against the western wall. There isn't anyone (apart from you lot) in here at the moment.

You have 2 doors to choose from, one out onto the landing or one south, just by the top of the stairs by which you came up.

Andoran

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

About half-a-dozen folk express an interest in joining a militia. One is a retired soldier, the rest are young lads with no experience but plenty of enthusiasm.

Nathan shows the spot he is thinking of, it's a slight valley with a small spring at the bottom.

Most of the settlers wish to farm. As well as the fellow with cattle, one has sheep and another has a string of horses, and there are a couple who wish to grow grain. There's the blacksmith and a potter who wants to find somewhere with clay.

Samlor's wife has curled up in the back of her wagon. Svetlana says she can come sleep in the house if she prefers.

Andoran

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

"Probably the polish the cleaners use," says Mayson, not sounding that interested.

The marks look like someone clumping along in heavy hobnailed boots. Just the one pair, you think.

Andoran

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

Round 2

The raksasha goes for Graxer again in a flurry of blows.

Raksasha's attack: 1d20 + 16 ⇒ (15) + 16 = 31, damage 1d4 + 3 ⇒ (2) + 3 = 5

And again: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (19) + 11 = 30, damage 1d4 + 3 ⇒ (4) + 3 = 7

Then Graxer swings his greatsword once more... cutting chunks out of the beast, who's clearly staggered...

Then Ashe winks into existence, with a classic overhand blow with the glowing nodachi... the raksasha barely has time to pale before his head is removed from his shoulders!

Combat over!

Well done. Several doors bang down the hall.

You 2 are upstairs, here's the map to remind you.

What are those downstairs doing?

Andoran

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

In the auditorium, Dillan finds many deep scratches, of the sort made by hobnail boots. There's also a scent of beeswax in the air.

Andoran

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

Nathan listens impassively.

"The main preparations for the new site will be marking out areas and digging latrine and fire pits. Not too close together, of course."

Andoran

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

Graxer charges, the being backpeddling, alarm spreading over the all-too-human face...

Whirling his robe aside he pulls out a wicked-looking kukri and makes ready.

His initiative: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (18) + 9 = 27

He lunges, thrusting with the blade.

His attack: 1d20 + 16 ⇒ (14) + 16 = 30, damage 1d4 + 3 ⇒ (1) + 3 = 4

and again, a backslash...

1d20 + 11 ⇒ (8) + 11 = 19, damage 1d4 + 3 ⇒ (1) + 3 = 4

As Graxer follows up, there's room for Ashe to come upstairs (you may join in next round...)

Graxer gets his blows in, his greatsword whirling as it thuds into the rakshasa twice. Blood spurts... and the foul thing laughs.

"And I was only going to invite you to come meet my cousin, the patriarch Glorio Arkona!"

Then he raises the kukri again...

And it's time for Round 2. Actions and rolls, please...

Andoran

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

"Right," said Mayson. "It broke in through the back door and came through the auditorium... this way."

The door from the workshop to the auditorium has been broken off its hinges. Panelled in oak, the auditorium contains a sunken, 5-foot-deep central area lined with books, tribal fetishes, and curiosities. A small stage and lectern stand in the center of this area, which is edged with a low oak rail, worn smooth from the touch of years of students gazing into the Master's lecture room below.

The door out to the back foyer has also been broken off its hinges.

Andoran

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

"There were four guards summoned," says Mayson, "And then since we have had people in and out although not actively searching for anything.

Clearly basic crime scene procedure is not taught at the university!

Dillon, there is no more to be seen in the workroom/library than you have already discovered, however much you poke around. Do you want to see where it got in?

Andoran

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

Round 1

Erizi is in the lead, and as the hyenas rush out he gets an AoO on one, clearly signalling the party's hostile intentions as his hammer smashes down on one, breaking its spine.

We now have three hyenas.

Two decide to snap at Erizi forthwith.

Hyena #1's attack: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (6) + 3 = 9, damage 1d6 + 3 ⇒ (1) + 3 = 4

Hyena #2's attack: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (7) + 3 = 10, damage 1d6 + 3 ⇒ (3) + 3 = 6

The last one heads for Sonya.

Hyena #3's attack: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (7) + 3 = 10, damage 1d6 + 3 ⇒ (5) + 3 = 8

Erizi looses his own attack, crushing the skull of Hyena #1 with ease. We now have but two hyenas left...

Acting in unision, Sonya moves to cast on Erizi whilst Silena attempts her sleep spell, but loses concentration - probably at the sight of Erizi bowling hyenas over like ninepins!

Round back, Jengren, all is quiet.

Actions and rolls for Round 2, if you please.

Andoran

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

The hyenas come bounding out, sniffing the air and yipping. They aren't particularly hostile, but not that friendly either... and on being met with hostility are ready to attack without hesitation, yips being replaced by snarls. There are 4 of them.

Hyena initiative: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (20) + 2 = 22

Andoran

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

Never mind, I can follow OK. Don't work too hard!

Andoran

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

As you look at the paws, thinking about what - who? - might own them, they shimmer and change into booted feet. And start to turn around...

Shapeshifter... outsider... evil... rakshasa?

... the rest of the figure comes into view. A tall, noble-looking man with a slight softness, speaking of self-indulgence, wrapped in a silk robe.

"Is someone there?" he calls in a light tenor.

Andoran

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

"Do you want a full-time force, or part-timers available to be called out at need?" asks Nathan.

Andoran

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

A very quiet dwarf, to be sure...

Are you telling the rest, through the telepathic link, that you are going up?

... the first thing you see are a pair of paws, covered in greyish-mottled fur. The alignment suggests the owner is bipedal and facing away from you...

Andoran

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

Sorin, there's quite a lot of low-level magic here, but nothing particularly stands out. The fetishes and fish carvings seem quite primitive and anamistic. You think that they might come from the ulat-kini or skum, primitive aquatic hunchbacked, green-skinned humanoids which have a wide, frog-like head but a mouth more akin to that of a toothy fish. Believed to have been created by aboleths in the distant past, they now live in crumbling underground ruins of former glories. Barring accidents, they are near-immortal but fortunately they cannot breed - only male ones exist. They are not particularly bright and many have forgotten their heritage.

Andoran

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

Whoever is up there does not appear to be in any hurry to come down, Graxar. But he's still there, shifting around.

Andoran

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

Nathan nodded.

"Of course, Guardian Surital. I can encourage those who are interested in volunteering... what benefits can they be offered?"

Andoran

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

Oh.. sorry. I'll describe it for you now... got confused as you said 'Library' and now want D8! (D7 is the Library)

D8, then, appears to be a smoking den. A long couch and two stuffed chairs sit around an elegant rug on the floor of this room, the walls of which are carved in depictions of air spirits cavorting in the clouds. The scent of strange and exotic smoke lingers in the air, and four bejeweled hookahs sit in the room, two at either end of the couch, and one next to each chair. A flight of stairs leads up to the floor above, and a glass case built into the underside of these stairs displays a wide collection of cigars, pottery jars, and bundles of dried leaves in a range of colours.

The glass case emanates magic, perhaps it is trapped in some way? No evil is present (unless you are an anti-smoking campaigner!).

Andoran

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

The high–ceilinged workshop/library is lined with mostly empty shelves, and a trio of great leaded windows looks out over the university lawn. A staggering array of books, scrolls, maps, and curios, including shrunken heads, tribal masks, and bits of pottery, lie scattered all over the floor, apparently pulled from the shelves. The room is otherwise crowded with overturned tables, desks, and cabinets.

As mentioned earlier, despite the mess in the workshop, you notice that one area in the room appears to be untouched, in stark contrast to the damage seen elsewhere in the department. Indeed, the pedestal that once held the Seasage Effigy is crowded with small fetishes and delicate mother-of-pearl fish carvings that are undamaged. The workshop's windows have clearly not been opened for many years, as evidenced by the build-up of grime around them. However, the centre window, though now shut, has no such grime.

Sorin reckons Mayson is telling the truth about the windows, and when pressed he confirms that the window was shut when the guards arrived to capture the Beast. He goes over to demonstrate, and isn't able to budge them. However, observing closely, Dillon can see that it has been opened recently and reckons that it just needs a lot of force - poor Mayson just isn't strong enough!

Mayson says that the Beast came in the back door and went through the auditorium to get here to the workshop - but it was only here that it made a mess. What would you like to inspect yet?

Andoran

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

"Er no... we don't open these windows. Actually I think they're all stuck," says Mayson.

Andoran

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

Ashe, the library is exactly as you left it.

Andoran

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

Graxer, you can hear footsteps approaching the top of the stairs...

Andoran

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

Suddenly, the door of the Gatehouse flies open and half-a-dozen hyenas rush out, yipping and sniffing around. As soon as they spot the party, they run towards you...

If you want to fight them, it's initiative time! Please also state your actions & make necessary rolls.

Andoran

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

In the workshop one area appears to be untouched, in stark contrast to the damage seen elsewhere in the department. Indeed, the pedestal that once held the Seasage Effigy is crowded with small fetishes and delicate mother-of-pearl fish carvings that are undamaged. The workshop's windows have clearly not been opened for many years, as evidenced by the build-up of grime around them. However, the centre window, though now shut, has no such grime.

Mayson confirms that nothing else has been taken, just the Seasage Effigy. He asks if you want to see the door by which the Beast entered or the route it took once in the building.

Andoran

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

"Yes, Guardian Goldenbough. We can get together later to look at your maps. There are some flat areas to the north-east of here that might be suitable, not sure if there is sufficient water, though. Need to check," said Nathan.

Sinon came round with a jug of ale, offering refills.

Andoran

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

"I think he was studying it," said Mayson. "The note says that if any discovery is made or new information unearthed, he would like to be informed."

Andoran

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

Varrel, you think there is conditional magic - perhaps indeed magic mouths - on the statures, but whatever their trigger might be, they haven't gone off yet.

No elephants, Ashe.

D11 is indeed a banqueting hall. A magnificent mahogany table dominates this room, the surface of which is decorated with an immense cover fashioned from the brightly colored skins of various great snakes.

There's magic on the double doors leading out into the palace grounds, but nowhere else in the room.

Graxer, are you still lurking on the stairs?

Andoran

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

D10... A gracefully curving wall lined with tall windows presents a commanding view of the western palace grounds. The room itself is empty save for three human-sized statues, each depicting a Vudran warrior holding aloft a glittering blue-green javelin with a head carved from bloodstone.

All three statues give off magic auras, but there is no trace of evil.

Andoran

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

Who is approaching the Gatehouse? Would they please make Stealth checks (I have noted Silena's already).

Andoran

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

"Yes, I can do that," says Nathan steadily. "Provided Master Oleg is happy. Settlers can come to trade, or to sample Sinon's ale, but they'll have to camp elsewhere. I'll scope out a suitable location and get the folks here moving..."

Oleg still looks grumpy but nods. Svetlana takes over. "That should do nicely," she says.

Andoran

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

"Show them the catalogue entry," directs Crowl and Mayson hauls out a ledger, flipping through it.

"Ah, here we are. It weighs 3 pounds, carved from some unknown green stone, and depicts a seven-legged octopoid figure with a horribly grinning face. We haven't yet determined its origin or who the figure is supposed to be. It always creeped me out."

Mayson gets a disapproving look from Crowl at that last statement.

"Hardly a scientific assessment, Mayson. You can do better than that, m'boy. I have a meeting with the Dean, look after these good fellows if you please." Crowl bids you farewell and hurries off with a worried look on his face.

Mayson looks up from the ledger. "Wait..." he calls out, but Crowl has gone. He looks to you all. "There's an additional note that Dean Viaccari is interested in this artefact. If you are interested in it, he may be able to tell you more."

Andoran

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

Ashe, the weapons in the northern display case consist of six masterwork punching daggers, two masterwork sais, two masterwork sianghams, a dozen masterwork daggers, a masterwork falchion, two masterwork spears, and a +1 ghost touch kama. The suit of leather is a suit of +2 light fortification studded leather.

OK, where next?

Andoran

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

"It is apparently capable of speech," says Crowl. "Do please look around if you are interested. Me, I stick to ancient mysteries. Newton Mayson here, one of my students, can show you around."

A young half-elf is indicated, he has dark curly hair and rather thread-bare clothing.

"The Beast left quite a trail," Mayson says. "It appears that it broke in through the back door, then passed through the main auditorium to the workshop where the Seasage Effigy was kept. When the alarm was raised, the guards arrived to find the Beast basically rampaging around the workshop, smashing stuff up. What would you like to see first?"

Andoran

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

"My pleasure," says Svetlana, sitting down and helping herself to a hearty portion.

Oleg glares.

"This place is so full of people that I cannot hear myself think! And they aren't even just passing through, they're STOPPING here and expecting to be told where to go. Svetlana has promised to box my ears if I tell them where I want them to go..."

Andoran

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

"To be honest, I think they were more interested in having caught the Beast than anything else. You're welcome to have a look around if you want, but bear in mind that some clearing up has already taken place. We haven't recovered the statue yet, but if it turns up anywhere it should be spotted - it's quite distinctive," says Crowl.

Sorry, misspoke earlier regarding recovery of the statue: at one point the AP says it's been found, later on it says it's still missing...

Andoran

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

Nathan pauses to pour some water over himself, and then follows you lot back to the trading post.

Svetlana is just dishing up some stew and Sinon is broaching a barrel of ale. Oleg is already sitting at the table with a pile of scraps of paper - apparently his rather disorganised attempts at keeping records.

Andoran

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

OK, thanks Varrel.

As stated, this gruesome display shows a stuffed tiger feeding upon a very realistic sculpture of a dead Vudran man. The tiger was once a real beast, but is now stuffed with sawdust. The human it's depicted as disemboweling looks realistic, but is nothing more than a wax sculpture. The body's exposed heart, though, is in fact a large carved bloodstone... and it is this which is emanating magic, it's another third eye bloodstone.

Andoran

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

Thank you Graxer... a lovely image of an inpatient dwarf tapping his foot as he waits for the others :)

Andoran

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

The Watch Guardhouse (B9): You've been told that a gnoll ranger accompanied by a pack of hyenas dwells within this intact gatehouse, which includes a sturdy bridge overlooking the road up the hill toward the battle market and ruined church. There's a big statue of Sarenrae with a trumpet held to Her lips on a huge pillar that abuts the guardhouse - perhaps that was used to sound an alarm in time of attack?

Andoran

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

"The Seasage Effigy? I am unsure of where the statuette originally came from, but I do know it's been part of the department's collection for many years. Physically, the effigy is a murky green statuette depicting a grotesque creature writhing with tentacles. I must admit that I found the effigy fascinating, as it appeared to be an anomaly, an idol of some sort that did not seem to correlate to the worship of any known divine being. I privately suspect that the statuette depicts something only whispered of in the ancient legends of Golarion - some sort of creature from the mysterious Dark Tapestry, but I have no evidence for that so it's not an idea I admit to in public," says Crowl, dropping into lecture mode.

"As for the creature being mad, why, the poor thing cannot explain its presence here, claims in was alseep in a swamp and the next thing it knows it was being led away in chains. The guards found it thrashing around, smashing anything it could see."

Andoran

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

Sorry, Varrel, what are you looking at?

The paintings in the library - which appear to be Salvator's work and which are extremely disturbing? Or the statue, over which you have just chucked a curtain, to cover the third eye bloodstone?

Graxer, are you waiting for Ashe and the rest or charging on regardless?

Andoran

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

"The item that was taken was a strange statuette called the Seasage Effigy. I am quite frankly baffled by this - the statuette was very singular, but it was hardly valuable. Oh well, at least it has been recovered, but I doubt the poor creature can explain its actions, it seems quite mad," Crowl says.

Andoran

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

Just Graxer or are others going upstairs?

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