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Pathfinder Society Member. 4,988 posts (5,285 including aliases). 418 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 2 aliases.


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Andoran

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

The rakshasa blinks and then glares, takes a deep breath.

"Yes, yes, of course I have them, tucked away safely never you fear. As for the door, it merely opens onto my vault, those small treasures I have accumulated."

He takes another breath and shifts slightly, getting more comfortable.

"Now, I want you to consider my offer. You won't get a better deal. Still, if it's Kalepopolis and Orisini that you want... well, handing them over to you is, shall we say, a trifle complicated. You see, they have been sent into the Vivified Labyrinth. I won't retrieve them for you, but I shall tell you the secret of the elephant statue in the garden, how to access the caverns below the palace and where to seek the secret door that leads into the labyrinth. So what say you? Do we have a deal?"

He puts his head to one side and smiles.

Graxer, you are convinced that every word spoken is true.

Andoran

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

How delightful, have a good one with your beloved!

Andoran

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

I'm still here.

Now here's a thing. Whilst admitting happily that rakshasha are a bad lot, the AP has their leader proposing a deal to the party with the apparent expectation that they'll at least consider it if not take him up on it. My own opinion of the creatures is more in line with Ashe!

Even stranger, they did not anticipate the party making a night raid on the mansion! It's all about how the party is escorted in as guests having walked up and knocked on the door in the daytime. So there's been a fair amount of winging it going on this side of the DM screen :)

When everyone is recovered and ready to continue, I'm still here, never you fear...

... or should you be afraid, very afraid?

Andoran

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

In due course, Calinder communes with his deity. A chuckle fills his mind as a voice whispers My child, there is danger everywhere for those who walk outwith My paths, and challenges await those who are faithful to Me. If you seek danger you will find it, but there is no immanent threat hanging over you or those you cherish. Yet it comes...

Andoran

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

Dusty ground. No tracks worth speaking of although it's a bit scuffed up. A couple of dried out and almost dead shrubs.

Andoran

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

Yeah, well, if you will keep rendering him unconscious he's not going to say anything (tears up next 2 pages of the AP... but given Ashe's attitude I think I'd be wasting time typing it anyway!).

Did those who went enjoy Gen Con? Never been to the US one, used to help run the UK one.

Andoran

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

"Dunno. Went in and out the door," says the gnoll, who you are beginning to suspect is not very bright, even by gnoll standards.

Andoran

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

"Um. One. Two. Three. Er. More'n I can count." says the gnoll.

Andoran

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

Enjoy!

Andoran

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

As Lothar and Rhasadilara patrol, Seth comes running up.

"Hello, Master! You're back!" He says that he has decided that farming is not for him, so he has apprenticed to Dyfrig and is learning to cook. However, he is practising the exercises Lothar gave him every day, and demonstrates. Lothar notices considerable improvement in the boy's balance and stamina.

Andoran

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

"Yes, that would be possible," said Kaple. "D-do you want to go down now? Acting Sergeant Dun can arrange it."

Andoran

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

The gnoll looks up, tears in its eyes.

"Nothing to tell," it sniffs. "Me'n Bil here was on guard, in case anyone came poking around. Rest is patrolling or in that Battle Market place."

Andoran

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

"If y-you can help, of course evidence can be p-p-presented," says Kaple. "The B-b-beast is below, or you c-could visit t-the locations of the Beast's depredations...er, alleged depredations. If you need reasurrance speak with the Judge. She does her best to b-be fair."

Andoran

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

The journey proceeds without incident, and you arrive at the Stag Lord's Fort. This has now been completely refurbished and Gorguk has organised the former bandits into a quite impressive militia.

Most of the settlers have at least made a start on building their own houses. As they are now able to prepare their own food, Dyfrig has stopped running his communal cookhouse, or at least has turned it into more of a tavern. He's still feeding Gorguk and the former bandits.

Samlor hilSampt has built himself a stone house beside the fort and is establishing himself as a kind of mayor, directing the development of the settlement. He's delighted to see his wife, and she him.

Andoran

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

Alright then. It will take about 10 days at the rate of progress of such a caravan, especially if you want to keep the dairy herd with you. Cows are not built for speed!

Andoran

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

He's still blubbering!

Andoran

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

All Dillon can see is a lot of legal stuff.

Kaple explains that the that the trial has already commenced, and preliminary evidence has been presented to the three justices. The trial begins in earnest tomorrow, however, as the majority of the evidence for the three crimes will be presented over the next 3 days.

He sees some puzzlement on Sorin's face and backtracks a bit.

"S-s-sorry. You know t-t-that the B-b-beast was c-c-captured after breaking into the university, right? T-t-that is by no means the most s-s-serious charge. T-t-the prosecution is using three recent crimes attributed to the Beast to convict the creature of murder: the murder of 10 citizens of the village of Morast a year ago; the slaying of six children in the farming community of Hergstag 7 months ago; and the arson attack 4 months ago at the Sanctuary on Karb Isle, which resulted in the deaths of Doctor Brada and his patients and the blinding of the doctor's assistant, Karl.

He takes a deep breath.

"N-now, I t-think the B-beast is probably guilty, b-but I am doing my best to defend him. I have s-s-spoken to the main witnesses and t-t-they sound plausible. T-there is little time if any new evidence is to b-b-be brought to bear... T-tell me, why are you here? D-do you want to help?"

Andoran

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

"No trouble, Master Szekely. Look, Grig's back already. Well, boy?"

Grig, a young guardsman with a red face and tousled hair, says "Barrister Kaple will see the visitors, Sarge."

Dun smiles. "Grig, show these gentlemen the way."

Grig leads you in through the main entrance, with ornate pillars holding a balcony above wide steps leading up to a huge ironbound door. Through there, it's remarkably work-a-day, with the rest of the guards taking their ease before a fireplace and a spiral stair leading up to the courtroom proper on the 2nd floor.

Up here it's all wood-panelled and fine, as Grig leads you into the courtroom itself. This grand room is paneled in dark oak and its vaulted ceiling is 25 feet high. Three thronelike chairs with built-in lecterns for the presiding justices stand in front of the east wall. The witness stand is directly in front of them. Two polished mahogany desks, one for the defense and one for the prosecution, stand facing the justices' chairs. An iron restraining chair with six sets of masterwork manacles for the accused stands in the centre of the room, specially created for this trial. Behind the accused, two rows of a dozen seats each face the front of the court. To the west, the public gallery overlooks the room 10 feet above.

There are three doors in the north wall, and Grig leads you to the easternmost one and raps smartly.

"C-c-come in," says a rather harassed-sounding voice. Kaple proves to be a rather shabby fellow, sallow-featured and with a bald head - although a fine wig is on a stand on the desk, which is strewn with papers and books.

"H-how can I h-help you? I am a l-little busy now, is it to d-do with the t-t-trial of the B-b-beast?"

Andoran

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

Enjoy Gen Con and best wishes to your oldest off to college (that will be next year for me, Chrissi's just about to start her last year in school... well, she'd be a high school senior in the US, she's actually studying at the local college - community college equivalent - who offer the appropriate courses in the UK system. Oh, and she's Student President!)

Andoran

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

Nathan Peake is busy organising the removal of the transit camp to its new location (to Oleg's great relief). Sinon has contracted with Hilda hilSampt to carry some barrels of ale to the new settlement beside the Stag Lord's Fort in her cart, and a caravan of some 100 souls is now ready to travel there, including the dairy farmer and his herd. He'd like to settle on grazing reasonably near the settlement so as to have a ready market for his dairy produce.

Do the Guardians want to go back with the caravan to the new settlement, or would you rather go off exploring again? There's still plenty to be found out there... :)

Andoran

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

"I can direct you to the Judge's house if you wish to see here, not sure about the barristers but I think Barrister Kaple is still in his office. Grig, go see if Barrister Kaple's in and and if he'll see... um, who did you say you were, Sir?" said Dun.

Andoran

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

OK. We can move on to more active adventuring now that things are settled at Oleg's.

Andoran

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

"I believe everyone has gone, Sir. Judge Daramid has left, for sure. One or other of the barristers may be around..." The guard turns his head, spots someone inside and calls out "Sarge! Are Heiger or Kaple still here?"

The figure comes out into view, a burly greying fellow with a red sash over the regular guard uniform.

"Afternoon. Acting Sergeant Dun at your service. How may we assist you, sir?"

Andoran

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

There's a guard at the courthouse door who asks you your business. He adds that the trial is over for the day, although when it's in session the public is admitted.

Andoran

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

It bursts into tears.

Andoran

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

The blade cannot puncture the skin, but the 'man' begins to stir.

As for D18... The crowning glory of this dazzling chamber is, without a doubt, the four-poster canopied bed that takes up a full quarter of the room. Silk sheets, gossamer curtains, ebony bedposts depicting tigers and cobras chasing monkeys in an endless circle, and a half-dozen huge pillows combine to create a resting place fit for a king. Strange and ferocious animal heads are mounted on the walls, their eyes looking almost alive. A towering redwood cabinet stands against the eastern wall, while to the west sits a massive desk covered with books and scrolls and a large green paperweight the size of an apple. An exotic-looking five-foot long stringed instrument sits on display on a bronze stand near the desk, and a spherical birdcage containing several brightly colored songbirds hangs from the center of the ceiling above.

Andoran

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

"What, the place where the Beast was caught? No, that's a mere footnote in its felonies. Or so the Judge said, anyway," the fellow replies.

Andoran

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

The gnoll cowers, eyes darting around.

Andoran

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

The door to D16, which appears to be made of ebony, is locked. Physically and magically... there's some powerful magics in operation here.

Andoran

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

A fellow who is adding wood to the base of the figure is happy to enlighten you.

"This here's a Punishing Man. It's our traditional method for executing murders and other vile criminals. The chest is hollow, see, we put the criminal in there then set light to the lot. Big public show."

The Punishing Man is a gigantic, man-shaped conglomeration of cut timber standing over 30 feet tall.

"Youse come for the trial? I hear the trial's first day detailed a long list of crimes against the Beast, three of which are to be used as the basis of its execution. That fool barrister Gustav Kaple is defending the creature — he can't even get a whole sentence out without stuttering! The Beast is as good as dead! I've heard that the prosecution's case is watertight —murdering those poor children in Hergstag, killing all those swampers in Morast, and burning down good Doctor Brada’s hospice. Hurrah for Prosecutor Otto Heiger!"

Andoran

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

A hit, a hit, a papable hit!

The gnoll with his hand on the door knob expires messily with his skull caved in. T'other one screeches, drops to his knees and starts begging for mercy.

Andoran

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

Yes, they are.

Graxer is able to bind him, no problems.

Ashe goes on to D17. This austere chamber is apparently the sleeping chamber of someone quite orderly. The bed is made, sheets drawn tight against the mattress and pillows arranged perfectly at the head, and a dressing table and chair at the bed's side are both dust-free and polished to a shine.

There's nobody here... but there's a kind of evil air to the place.

Andoran

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

All right then... you make your way to the Courthouse. Most of the street chatter that you hear relates to the trial of the Beast, of course: it's a hot topic of conversation.

The Courthouse itself is a large, squat building dominated by an enormous clock overlooking the town square. It's built of dark stone, with walls of reinforced masonry. The building is three stories high, with narrow, open windows only a foot wide. All exterior doors are look to be strong wooden doors. A huge figure of wood, roughly man-shaped, stands in the square in front of the building.

Andoran

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

Closer examination suggests that whoever it is in the bath, they are unconscious.

Andoran

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

Along the main roads, newly-built high quality buildings. In the back alleys, older more run-down ones.

Do you want to go straight to the courthouse, or do anything on the way?

Andoran

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

Jengren can indeed see the gnolls. A finger flips, two globes of pulsating golden energy are unloosed straight at the leading one... who screeches and redoubles his efforts to open the door. He manages it, and the other gnoll gives him a shove as they tangle in their haste to get through it.

Andoran

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

Glorio is well evil, Ashe... and as far as you can tell he's out cold. Or extremely good at faking it!

Andoran

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

The Beast, you are told by Mayson, is incarcerated in the gaol under the Lepidstadt Courthouse.

If you recall the map, the Courthouse is north of here (the University), just the far side of the main square.

Andoran

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

Hmm... this has provoked quite a discussion in the Robertson household... so...

Ebon Wings suddenly materialises and drops a ball of lightning into the water. Glorio screeches and slumps down, eyes rolling up to show the whites...

Andoran

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

Erizi immediately spots 2 gnolls at the back door, clearly about to leave the premises.

Andoran

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

Just wait until they learn archery :)

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.

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