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Pathfinder Society Member. 5,764 posts (6,061 including aliases). 527 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 2 aliases.


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Liberty's Edge

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

People start rolling initiatives, I reckon they want to brawl :)

The trog who came up is at the very least taken aback if not outright intimidated. He certainly wasn't expecting a fight. Let's see what the others do...

Liberty's Edge

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

I get the impression you lot want a fight! So, brawl it is... and I'm going to let you have a surprise round because he hadn't expected people to just wade straight in with no more than a spot of self-righteous ranting!

So, Sonya, Barazeta and Silena: what would you like to do? Actions and rolls, please. Anyone else is, of course, welcome to join in too.

Liberty's Edge

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

The old man takes his floppy hat off and scratches his head.

"Tribal markers, hey? The Skoan-Quah are known as the Tribe of the Skull. They have quite a fixation with the dead in general. Warriors of the Skoan-Quah cake their bodies with a mixture of mud and ash, making their skin smoky white. This ritual is said to give them protection against the walking dead, whom they are sworn to destroy. Indeed they are zealous in the protection and honouring of the dead, provided that they stay dead, of course. They look after the sacred burial grounds for all the Shoanti, you know, the Kallow Mounds to the east and the Life Falls to the west."

He watches Ashe's Pathfinder with interest.

"Yes, you have the right of it. That's the way you need to go if you want to meet the Skoan-Quah. You'll know them when you see them. Not only do they have that white stuff on them, like all Shoanti they like tattoos. The Skoan-Quah adorn their bodies with symbols of bones and skulls, their favoured patterns creating the symbols Sosmo (Forever Dead), Eiril (Duty), and Graxt (Eternity). Kind of sums them up, I suppose."

"It's a pretty straight run from here. Due east until you're half way to the mountains. Think I have a map somewhere if you want to see it... cost me a few gold but it's come in handy more'n once."

He produces the map for you to see.

Liberty's Edge

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

Sootscale preens himself visibly at mention of his draconic heritage and welcomes Jirani warmly. The feast passes without further incident.

When all are fed, Sootscale escorts the party out and makes it clear that you all are always welcome whilst he is chieftain here.

Where now, Oh Guardians?

Liberty's Edge

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

Sorry, Barret bounces off of the door!

Liberty's Edge

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

At either end of the dome, double doors provide exits, while a small staircase in the southeast corner of the chamber leads down. A scruffy troglodyte, wearing a shabby gown and a battered symbol of Rovagug appears from the staircase, holding a bit of meat in one hand.

"What in the name of the Rough Beast is going on here?" he demands. "Are these interlopers for us to sacrifice?"

Liberty's Edge

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

Terrain: low rolling hills covered in scrub bushes. There's a cinder cone off to your right. It's hot and dry and dusty.

The old fellow has a staff, but it looks like it is more for walking with than fighting.

Garridan can see that he came from the direction in which you are heading, he'd not been making any effort to hide his tracks. He also seems to be talking straight...

"I am not Shoanti myself, but I travel these lands often. There are three tribes of Shoanti dwelling in the Cinderlands, each of which have distinct traditions and lifestyles. The Skoan-Quah whom you seek dwell in the easternmost regions of the Cinderlands. They are none too popular with the rest because they talk to outsiders more. People talk to me, though, they all know me. I'm harmless. I just study the plants and will help anyone who asks."

Now you've got him talking he seems to have quite a lot to say!

Liberty's Edge

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

Sootscale looks a bit worried.

"Isss your new Guardian all right? I did not mean to offend her. What did I say to upsset her ssso?"

Liberty's Edge

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

Rather scrubby rolling landscape.

The man in the floppy hat straightens up, rubbing his back.

"Jest collecting plants, good sir. Some fer remedies, some fer me dinner and some fer me pipe. What brings you out thisaway?"

Liberty's Edge

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

Rasa' gets back from her circuit just in time to find Chief Sootscale and Noriel bristling at each other like a pair of alley cats.

Chief Sootscale seems unabashed.

"Asss Wardens, you are all welcome here. Come and dine..."

He leads you into the caverns. The place looks a lot more cheerful, and a large table is soon spread with roast venison and a spectacular array of root vegetables (apparently kobolds don't like their greens!). A dark bitter ale is served.

Liberty's Edge

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

Busy week and next one looks worse. Having fun, just it keeps me from other pleasures.

Liberty's Edge

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

If you read Draconic:
INFIDEL

There are no obvious signs of the troglodytes' religious affiliations.

Liberty's Edge

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

Been up to my ears this week and next week looks worse :) (the smile is because I'm having fun at work even if it does keep me from other pleasures).

Liberty's Edge

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

The door does not appear to be trapped, but it is locked... and despite your kind attentions, remains that way!

Liberty's Edge

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

The double doors are flung open without much ceremony (troglodytes aren't big on ceremony) and you are led through to the chamber beyond (C4 on the plan).

The broad dome crests twenty feet above the floor, supported by stone arches inlaid with glittering fragments of rock crystal. The dome itself is damaged, missing several sections that have been crudely repaired with stretched hides. Beyond the arches, tiled walls square off the outer perimeter of the dome. Set into the floor beneath the dome is an elaborate mosaic of an intertwining sun and moon. The once stunning inlay is badly chipped. Chained to several of the arches hang the half-devoured remains of slain gnolls, their corpses crawling with flies. Most of the bodies are missing the majority of their legs and feet. A single word has been crudely carved into their chests.

Liberty's Edge

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

Are you? Sorry, loads of marking to do. Why do I ever set students work? I only have to spend ages marking it!

Liberty's Edge

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

A combination alchemy lab, library, and bedchamber, this room is almost fastidiously clean except for the heaps of books everywhere. A large bell jar atop the desk contains the alchemically preserved head and shoulders of a human man. The door to the north is locked.

The collection of books (mainly dealing with anatomy and surgery) would be worth a fair bit - 500 gp or so, you reckon - to the right scholar or a university. In addition, a complete alchemist's lab sits on the desk, along with three packets of flash powder and five pots of alchemical grease.

Liberty's Edge

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

Hello!

Liberty's Edge

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

There isn't much traffic on the road, and what there is minds its own business. Then you come across an old man in a floppy hat rooting around in the vegetation at the side of the road, muttering to himself.

Liberty's Edge

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

Several more kobolds come out, one being Sootscale himself.

"Iss good to see you, Wardens," he says. "Will you feast? We killed a deer yesterday and have plenty."

He looks at the new party members curiously, taking a particular interest in Noriel.

"Iss rare to see one of your kind above ground."

Liberty's Edge

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

The younglings scatter at your approach, most darting back into the tunnels. A slightly older one steps forward.

"Greetingsss. Isss there..." he paused to think. "Can we be of assisstancesss?"

He turns to a slightly smaller kobold and chatters to him in the kobold tongue. The youngster scampers off.

Liberty's Edge

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

DM hides behind screen and lets party get on with it...

Liberty's Edge

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

Excelllllennnttttt :)

Liberty's Edge

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

OK - you are always welcome here, of course.

Liberty's Edge

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

OK then.... you make a swing past the Sootscales. They seem to be thriving. They've even planted some flowers outside the entrance to their tunnels and some small kobolds are playing outside.

Liberty's Edge

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

Everyone mounts up and heads off. Garridan, you don't really have much detailed knowledge of where individual Shoanti tribes hang out although you can point in the general direction as well as the next person.

Liberty's Edge

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

Alright, back to the settlement by the lake it is...

Do you want to do anything on the way (like call in on the Sootscales) or just head straight there?

Liberty's Edge

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

Ash - remind me, where did you find the Flask of Curses?

This item looks like an ordinary beaker, bottle, container, decanter, flask, or jug. It may contain a liquid, or it may emit smoke. When the flask is first unstoppered, all within 30 feet must make a DC 17 Will save or be cursed, taking a -2 penalty on attack rolls, saving throws, and skill checks until a remove curse spell is cast upon them.

Happy new year, everyone.

Liberty's Edge

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

Happy new year everyone.

Liberty's Edge

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

Happy new year to you all.

Liberty's Edge

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

Trinia indeed catches a few stares and even one youngster pointing and saying "Do you think that's really him?" to the evident amusement of his peers, but the party gets Kris settled on a stage home and thence to the Bank to conduct their business.

A portly Banker by the name of Caldor Sabbath is completely unfazed as Ashe drops his disguise, it seems nothing surprises him. Especially when a Pathfinder is involved. He deals with you briskly, the words 'Time is money' seem to hang in the air even if they are not uttered. Everything is done by the book, and you both soon have everything that you require.

"A pleasure doing business, come again," and he ushers you out onto the street again. Down the street, Garridan is finding that the last meat pie is repeating on him. A few peppermint leaves should settle his stomach. Any good herbalist should have them, or he may chance his luck foraging once you've left the city.

The group is soon reunited outwith the city gates. Where now?

Liberty's Edge

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

It's misty and damp. The horses whicker, water droplets on their whiskers.

Do you want to touch base with the settlement, or continue exploring?

Liberty's Edge

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

It would be a fun location for an urban campaign, or at least an adventure or two... but you lot have a mission to accomplish so we'd better not linger too long.

Liberty's Edge

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

Take care of the important stuff, PirateDevon, a mere game can wait! Your fine young man will benefit, no doubt, from your undivided attention.

Liberty's Edge

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

The night passes peacefully and come morning a heavy mist settles through which the sun peers wanly.

What now?

Liberty's Edge

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

DM sits chuckling quietly at the byplay :)

Those not entering the city: The going is quite rough and it takes you half a day to skirt around to the far site. There, you find a clump of trees from which there's quite a good view of the gate. Trampled ground and the odd bit of litter suggest you are not the first to lair-up here, although at the moment you have the place to yourselves.

Those entering the city: The disguises appear to be working, at least the gate guards don't give any of you a second glance. The youngest most impressionable guard touches his cap to the 'Banker', which makes the older men guffaw at his expense. The youth retreats, blushing horribly.

Inside the place is bustling. There is indeed an inordinate number of 'bad boy' mercenaries cluttering the place up, clustering around ale-houses or strutting around trying to impress the ladies, potential employers or each other. Ashe fits in very well... until he slips off to make his purchases.

Does anyone else want to do anything in town whilst Ashe is shopping?

Liberty's Edge

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

There is a convenient nearby hollow which affords a good view of the pyre whilst giving some shelter, in which you may camp. Clouds scud overhead, but it's dry and cool with a slight breeze.

Liberty's Edge

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

You make your way along the hall to Vorkstag's room. The door is unlocked and untrapped. This room appears to be the study of a scholar. A roll-top desk with a leather chair stands against one wall, holding a variety of alchemical equipment and surrounded by hundreds of books piled on every available surface. A narrow cot is crushed into one corner behind a wall of books. A door stands in the north wall.

Liberty's Edge

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

The journey is uneventful. At last, the walls of Kaer Maga can be seen ahead.

Liberty's Edge

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

Under Jirani's direction, everyone pitches in to build a funeral pyre to burn the bones. By the time you are done and they are blazing merrily (but safely) away, it's full dark. Stars glitter overhead.

Liberty's Edge

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

All sorted now, thanks guys :)

Liberty's Edge

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

Sorry to have been quiet - was taken ill in church and ended up in hospital, OK now but one of dearly beloved's clients has server problems & he needs transporting up there to fix it. Ought to be back here Wednesday if not before.

Liberty's Edge

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

Sorry to have been quiet - was taken ill in church and ended up in hospital, OK now but one of dearly beloved's clients has server problems & he needs transporting up there to fix it. Ought to be back here Wednesday if not before.

Liberty's Edge

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

Sorry to have been quiet - was taken ill in church and ended up in hospital, OK now but one of dearly beloved's clients has server problems & he needs transporting up there to fix it. Ought to be back here Wednesday if not before.

Liberty's Edge

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

Sorry to have been quiet - was taken ill in church and ended up in hospital, OK now but one of dearly beloved's clients has server problems & he needs transporting up there to fix it. Ought to be back here Wednesday if not before.

Liberty's Edge

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

Sorry to have been quiet - was taken ill in church and ended up in hospital, OK now but one of dearly beloved's clients has server problems & he needs transporting up there to fix it. Ought to be back here Wednesday if not before.

Liberty's Edge

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

When it's checked again, the magic powering the trap has indeed drained away.

Liberty's Edge

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

Barret goes into thug mode and has little difficulty in subduing Grines. Sorin helps to tie him up.

What will you do now?

Liberty's Edge

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

"I just told ya - he's either in his room just down the hall or he's out and about - the latter being more likely."

Liberty's Edge

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

Has anyone checked the status of the trap since you defeated the undead warlord?

Investigating the ring, you discover that it is a tarnished copper ring of sustenance.

Interesting debate :)

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