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Pathfinder Society Member. 5,114 posts (5,411 including aliases). 423 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)

Newcomers

You have been directed to the Acoma residence. The place seems deserted as you look around. When you get to the indoor 'garden' your attention is caught by the secret passage in the central podium snapping shut. Having seen it, it is not too much of a challenge to figure out how to open it. Do you want to go on down?

Andoran

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

It was just happy to be helped out of the hole it was trapped in. Then it ran off.

Andoran

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

The worg licks its chops.

"This is my territory. Any creature entering may be eaten, if it tastes good. Those remaining outside will be safe." It describes an area that is roughly the hex you are in at present.

Andoran

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

The Broad Face

"Room and board, plus 10 gold a day for my trouble," says Lazne. "Course that will stop once I've given evidence. So's I be off home. Nothing else for me here, or there as regards this matter then."

You get the impression that he might like some more cash if he's to be helpful once he leaves here...

Karl's Cottage

"Vorkstag and Grine are a couple of alchemists. They have a 'Chymic Works' here in Lepidstadt, and are quite well-respected. Friends in high places, if you get my drift."

Herstag

The strange creature appears to be going house-to-house around the deserted village.

Andoran

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

The battle market's four entry halls lead into a huge arena-like room dominated by a massive circular wooden stage, its surface smeared and sticky with blood. Two rows of terraced benches surround the stage, which is bathed in natural light from a large open circular hatch in the citadel's roof far above. Torches illuminate a darkened gallery of compact market stalls in the eastern half of the first floor's inner wall. A raised platform along the northwest curve of the inner wall sports four round tables, several wooden chairs, and a long bar stocked with numerous bottles of distilled spirits.

About twenty feet above is an open balcony, beyond which lie a series of small rooms on an upper floor of the market. Several rows of empty bleachers peer down from the edge of the balcony. Twenty feet above the second floor a half-circle balcony marks the highest of the citadel's terraces. Three thrones look down from this vantage, each positioned to give a commanding view of not only the stage below but the entire market.

A big fellow gets up from the centre throne and glowers down at you.

"I am Kardswann, Mouth of the Carrion King, Chieftain of the Kulldis Tribe and master of this village. Tell me, what business brings you to Kelmarane?" he booms down.

Andoran

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

The Broad Face Inn

"The caiman's bite was the worst... we'd mostly got sticks and agricultural implements, like. The lawyer said stay here until tomorrow but then I could take yer, I suppose... he won't be paying me no more after then."

Karl's Cottage

Karl looks a bit uncomfortable.

"Um, yes, something like that. It sounded so plausible when the Doctor talked... and he meant well. He really did!"

Herstag

The crops have gone to seed and high corn grows everywhere, affecting visibility and providing concealment as light undergrowth. The village's farmhouses have all been abandoned, and while some furniture such as tables and washboards remain, the homes have been given over to termites and cockroaches unless otherwise indicated. In the northern portion of the village, the land turns to deep bog.

You spot several more bear traps in the undergrowth, but of course, there's always one you don't see...

Bear trap: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (8) + 10 = 18, damage 2d6 + 3 ⇒ (3, 1) + 3 = 7

Maybe you were distracted by this strange creature you see flitting amongst the houses. Several small shapes follow it.

Andoran

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

"I wish to range undisturbed. I have three wolves serving me as scouts and hunters," says the worg.

"Just keep away, find your own place somewhere else."

Andoran

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

The Broad Face Inn

"Oh, the caiman dragged the Monster off to dine... we don't know where."

Karl's Cottage

"Not really. I'm not sure of all that Doctor Brada did, but he had various ideas involving surgery and lots of cold baths."

Herstag

Barret extricates himself from the bear trap (odd, this isn't bear country). Where do you want to go now?

Andoran

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

Just about getting everything sorted now, but I leave the house at 6.20am and get home 7.20pm! Medals and role-playing websites are getting neglected; I'm still managing to play a bit but DMing is a struggle...

Andoran

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

The jester-clad goblin capers around.

"Welcome, welcome!" the goblin rasps, jangling a short wand topped with a series of tiny bells and yawning widely. "You have been expected! The Mouth of the Carrion King seeks an audience with you immediately! This way, this way!" he says, beckoning toward the central chamber and the wooden stage.

Note Silena and Barezate have been ignored, it's everyone else the jester-goblin is capering around.

Andoran

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

Yes... I'm here. That seems a sensible way to proceed. Just about getting everything sorted now, but I leave the house at 6.20am and get home 7.20pm! Medals and role-playing websites are getting neglected; I'm still managing to play a bit but DMing is a struggle...

Andoran

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

The worg is speaking in, well, whatever worgs speak naturally, so it's a series of yips and growls to those of you who do not understand feral speech.

Andoran

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

The Broad Face Inn

"We laid in wait on the outskirts of the village and when the Beast came shambling in, we chased it back into the swamps."

Karl's Cottage

"It was an 8-foot-tall mongrelman, made up of flesh, fur, and scales and covered with fungal boils and hideous puss-filled eruptions, a great shambling monster," says Karl with a shudder.

Herstag

Oh dear! As you push through some long grass there is a loud SNAP! as the jaws of a bear trap snap at your left foot.

Bear trap's attack: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (14) + 10 = 24, damage 2d6 + 3 ⇒ (2, 1) + 3 = 6

Andoran

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

Is Graxer miffed at getting a trouncing from the fungus-zombie-djinn things?

Andoran

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

To remind those of you who have visited the place (and introduce anyone who has not been here before)...

The battle market is a three-story circular stone fortress with massive doors at each of the four cardinal direction points. The east, north, and west doors remain closed and locked, while the southern doors stand wide open, awaiting new customers to Kardswann's revived market. A large skylight about 30 feet wide allows the sun to light the building's interior, while torches in sconces along the walls illuminate the battle market in the evenings. Aside from the roof portal, the battle market contains no windows leading to the outside. There are no toilets in the battle market, so visitors often relieve themselves in the ruins outside or in an abandoned corner of one of the many unused interior chambers. Indeed as you approach, a gnoll hurries out on a matter of some urgency, he's hardly behind a wall before his britches come down.

At the south entrance, an enormous set of double doors stands wide open, revealing a torchlit passage beyond. About fifteen feet within the hall, on the left, stands a sturdy wooden door. Across the hall is another open passage leading east, curving with the contours of the battle market. The central hall proceeds perhaps fifty feet before opening into a large well-lit cavernous chamber that seems to be centered around a huge circular stage. A goblin clad in a colourful jester's outfit is posted by this door, but just ignores Silena as she slinks by.

Andoran

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

The worg bares its fangs.

"I seek to establish my territory here. Who are you that intrude?"

Andoran

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

The Broad Face Inn

The smell is worse once you get into the room. Lazne is a grizzled, middle-aged man with dirty gray hair and skin the colour of swamp mud. He chews on a foul-smelling swamp weed and punctuates most of his sentences by spitting weed-juice onto the floor. He doesn't even trouble to aim at the spittoon.

"Whaddya want to know? Said it all once to the lawyer fella. Gonna hafta say it all again in the Courthouse. So, at first the Beast only took lone villagers who were outside at night, but it soon became bolder and began to attack houses. These attacks only ended when I organized the villagers and set a trap for the Beast. I recall that night well. We laid in wait for the Beast, who attacked just after nightfall. Armed with torches, we attacked and wounded the creature — a huge, hulking brute about 7 feet tall. The Beast took to the water, but we gave chase in our boats, pursuing it to the village boneyard, where it was attacked by a blood caiman."

Lazne grins.

"That Beast yelled oaths and curses that even the worst whore in Lepidstadt would blush to say as the gator attacked it, and bit a deep wound on the Beast's shoulder as it dragged the Beast under the water. Although the Beast's blood tainted the burial ground, forcing us to abandon it and build another, we thought it a small price to pay for the thing's death. When we heard that the Beast actually survived, that was all that I needed to tell my story to the authorities, and I'm looking forward to seeing it burn!

Karl's Cottage

"I suppose," says Karl, rather grudgingly, leading you into a neat if sparsely-furnished front room. He offers bread and wine.

"So, what do you want to know? I worked for Doctor Brada who founded the institution to cure those unfortunate individuals afflicted with madness and physical deformity. His motives were born, he told me, of his own horror at the fate of his uncle, who was burned by a mob because of his monstrous features. He tried various treatments, mostly unsuccesful, and sometimes got help from a couple of fellows called Vorkstag and Grine. They'd bring various potions and body parts round.

"One night this great monster came and a fight broke out. During the fight, lanterns were knocked over, spilling flaming oil, and eventually Sanctuary burned to the ground, taking Brada and his patients with it. Only the monster and I survived the fire, but the heat of the flames permanently blinded me. The last image I saw before the fire took my sight haunts me still — a shambling beast escaping the burning hospital while I tried to save my beloved master. I believe that creature was none other than the Beast of Lepidstadt. The bodies of Brada and most of his patients were never recovered, and their graves, which lie close to the hospital, are actually empty."

Herstag

Please make a Perception check, Barret.

Andoran

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

Hopefully posting frequency will get back to normal now I have an office, a desk and a temporary computer... :)

(Provided I put the AP on a memory stick!)

Andoran

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

Now that I had not expected!

Anyone who failed the saving throw, take 1d2 Constition damage and be fatigued for this round.

Critter #2 lumbers forward into the greased area.
Save: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (13) + 7 = 20

Graxer wastes no time and lets fly with the massive strike he had readied, catching Critter #1 a solid blow.

Critter #1 swings a large evil-looking scimitar in reply: 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (13) + 13 = 26, damage 1d8 + 6 ⇒ (6) + 6 = 12... and again, 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (15) + 8 = 23, damage 1d8 + 6 ⇒ (2) + 6 = 8

Critter #3 follows into the greased area. Save: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (8) + 7 = 15

Ashe then takes his massive flying leap, both Ebon Wings and a coughing Majenko fluttering around him. Three rope ladders descend even deeper into the cave, connecting three progressively lower ledges on the wall until finally reaching a stony protrusion at ground level. This protrusion rises from a rocky beach overlooking the sloshing waters of a sea cave... and Ashe lands squarely on the protrusion, startling a few small crabs!

Andoran

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

OK so how do you wish to approach the place?

Andoran

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

The worg puts its head on one side, but if it is able to speak, it doesn't.

Andoran

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

The Broad Face Inn

"Oh. Youse from the lawyer's then? Come on in."

Karl's Cottage

"I'm sorry?" says the blind man. "It's all in the past now. Everything's gone. No point in raking over dead embers. Would you like to come in?"

Herstag

Barret, you're a bit ahead, as you had 10 miles to ride, the rest had to walk across town! But we'll handwave so you don't die of boredom...

Now abandoned and overgrown, the village of Hergstag lies some 10 miles northwest of Lepidstadt. The farmland has fallen to ruin, and now even the well-trodden pathways around the area are quite hard to follow. The crops have gone to seed and high corn grows everywhere. The village's farmhouses have all been abandoned, and while some furniture such as tables and washboards remain, the homes have been given over to termites and cockroaches. In the northern portion of the village, the land turns to deep bog and the paths here are even harder to follow. By now it's dark amd overcast.

And there's [i]something[i] moving in the village amidst the ruined houses. A swirling shadow of darkness amidst the shadows with glowing red lights within... fair makes your hair stand on end.

Do you want to look around the village or will you carry on to the mill, which you have been told is somewhere to the north of the abandoned village?

Andoran

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

To faciliate planning, here's the Battle Market. Most of you have had at least a cursory glance at the place.

Andoran

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

If you breathe you need to save. (I'm going to have to check if psychopomps breathe, it's the first one I've DMed!) The answer to your other question is Yes, Ebon Wings.

Andoran

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

When Calinder jumps up, the worg turns its head, watching him. It takes a couple of steps closer, then sits down on his haunches. It emits another howl, a different one this time, then looks quite deliberately at each of you in turn.

Andoran

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

The Broad Face Inn

A voice says "Waddya want?" in a decidedly aggressive tone. There's a distinct muddy, swampy odor emanating from the room.

Karl's Cottage

The gardener's head turns. His face is burn-scarred, and his eyes are opaque. His gaze seems directed over Dillan's shoulder as he replies, "Flowers work best for them as can see them, master. At least I can still eat my veggies. Be there anything I can do for you?"

Andoran

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

Ashe reads his scroll, Graxer readies himself weapon poised and Ebon Wings casts his senses wide...

The first being enters the greased area.

1d20 + 7 ⇒ (16) + 7 = 23 - it wobbles a bit but retains its footing.

Ebon Wings cannot detect any other spirits apart from the three that you can see.

The other two creatures release clouds of yellow spores that hang in the air spreading towards you.

Ashe mentally reviews his knowledge of undead and other such creatures, and concludes that these are a novel mix of the deceased spirits of janni animating their remains which have become infested with fungi.

Critter #1 initiative: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (13) + 5 = 18
Critter #2 initiative: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (16) + 5 = 21
Critter #3 initiative: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (7) + 5 = 12

Better roll yours...

And as the cloud of yellow spores begins to surround you, you'd better make DC19 Fortitude saves as well (Majenko also needs to make one.)

Then state your first round actions & rolls, please - Graxer, you will then be able to deal out that might blow you are poised to deliver.

Andoran

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

Where are you going, Erizi?

Andoran

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

In the Broad Face Inn

"Youse best go up - turn right at the top of the stairs and along to the end of the corridor."

Karl's Cottage

When Dillan and Tre'duinne get there, there's a man digging in the garden. The place looks neat and tidy, but there are no flowers... he's turned the entire garden into a vegetable plot. Every other cottage in the row has colourful flowerbeds.

Andoran

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

The three other wolves howl again, closer.

Your horses are getting restless.

Andoran

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

"Well, I shouldna be gossiping about guests really... but 'e stinks, something mouldy or muddy, like. And is a surly one. Came yesterday, for the trial, hope 'e will be off soon as 'e has spoken. Hafta clean the room afore we can let it agin, we will," says the bartender.

"Only visitor's been the lawyer, prosecutor fellow. 'E paid the bill. In advance, be thanked."

Andoran

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

He's still there, seeming to be looking straight at you.

Andoran

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

The Judge will lend you one, a big grey that makes you wonder why she has him: surely he's a bit big for her.

Andoran

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

Rhasadilara has to think very hard, but that creature might just possibly be a worg rather than a wolf.

Andoran

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

Right, and Sorin is going to call on Lazne. So...

Barret has about an 8-mile ride out to Herstag and will then have to find the mill. Best get going!

Tre'duinne and Dillan need to make their way across town to where Karl lives. (It's shown on the map of Lepidstadt.

The Broad Face inn isn't marked on the map, but it's on the main square near the courthouse. When Sorin gets there and asks in the main taproom for Lazne, the barman scowls.

"Just as well them legals are paying for 'im to have a private room, 'E stinks and 'e's surly with it!"

Andoran

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

At the top of the hill just to the north of your campsite, an unusually large wolf appears. It has an evil, almost intelligent light shining in its deep red eyes. It throws back its head and howls again.

The response is closer this time, and comes from three throats.

Andoran

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

After a while, the narrow tube opens out into a vast cavern. The air in this vast grotto is cool. Your iron-framed flight of spiral stairs emerges through a hole in the ceiling in the northwest section of the room coming out on the top of a semicircular ledge, some 100 feet up. The ledge winds down along the cavern's inner wall to a series of rope bridges that descend even lower from ledge to ledge. The upper ledge, before it reaches the ropes, is a strangely breathtaking beauty — a garden of all manner of strangely coloured fungi, lichens, and moulds. The fungi have been cultivated, shaped into all manner of symmetrical patterns normally not seen in nature, transforming the ledge into a sort of underground fungal garden. Here and there, flickering torches burn in sconces above the fungi, while from somewhere in the darkness below comes the soft splash of water against an unseen shore.

Three strange shapes advance as you descend. Appearing as fungus-encrusted skeletons with gelid ooze and tufts of mould where flesh once rode, you hardly need magical skills to feel that they are evil in nature (if you do, you are certain of it!). They stop, seeming to stare, as you come down the stairs. It's almost as if they are checking you out.

And just to scare you, here is one of them :)

Andoran

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

The elephant had been standing on a 10-foot-diameter stone platform. As you examine it, it becomes clear that it is a large circular secret trap door. This door could have been opened even with the statue standing on the platform, and is operated by pressing a hidden 6-inch-diameter pressure plate at the disk's centre.

When Ashe does so the entire disk slowly rotates, as if it were an immense cap unsrewing from a container. The platform makes a 180-degree turn, and as it does so, a curved opening appears, granting access to a flight of spiral stairs that descend into the ground. This is a metal spiral staircase, by the way, not the steps carved out of rock you might have expected in such a setting. The air from below is cool with a faint musty tint.

Ashe, I guess, is in the lead. Who's going next? And are you groping your way down or using a light source?

Andoran

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

Welcome both...

I shall read through your characters and find suitable places for you soon.

Be aware, as I have told the others, that after a long spell of unemployment I shall be starting work next Wednesday. I may be erratic for a bit until I get settled into a new rhythm... but I shall not be abandoning you.

Andoran

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

Rhasadilara's keen senses detect a whiff of wolf, quite pungent and obviously very close...

Andoran

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

Thank you. I'll try and weave them in as fast as possible.

Andoran

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

OK, then.

As Nilus wriggles out of a nice warm bed roll to find a clear sky with glittering stars, both he and Rhasadilara hear another chorus of howls. A distant one first, followed by one that sounds like it comes from a nearby hill.

Andoran

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

Faith in our Heavenly Father kept me going, as well as my family and my gaming friends (including, of course, you lot!).

It's odd, I just got released from the Sunday School teacher calling, which did require a lot of preparation. It's as if Heavenly Father was clearing my time ready to go back to work!

Andoran

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

Thank you, everyone. The Lord be praised.

Andoran

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

OK, so who is going where?

Options are:

1. To see the witness Lazne, believed to be staying in The Broad Face Inn here in Lepidstadt.

2. To visit the 3 miller women from near Herstag, who as far as is known are still there at the moment.

3. To visit Karl, formerly assistant to the director of the Sanctuary hospital, who lives in Lepidstadt.

4. To visit the 'scene of the crime' in Morast.

5. To visit the 'scene of the crime' in Herstag.

6. To visit the 'secne of the crime' on Karb Island (Sanctuary hospital).

Of course you can do more than one of these, it's still only late afternoon!

To remind you: Lepidstadt environs map

Andoran

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

And in other news, at long last I have found a job! I start next Wednesday (1 October - also offspring's 18th birthday). Hopefully it will not impinge too much on role-playing, but it may take a few days to get into the new rhythm.

Andoran

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

And in other news, at long last I have found a job! I start next Wednesday (1 October - also offspring's 18th birthday). Hopefully it will not impinge too much on role-playing, but it may take a few days to get into the new rhythm.

Andoran

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

Nice one too - developing online courses for a university.

Andoran

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

The interview indeed went well - I got the job :)

I start next Wednesday (1 October - also offspring's 18th birthday). Hopefully it will not impinge too much on role-playing, but it may take a few days to get into the new rhythm, please bear with me.

Andoran

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

And in other news, at long last I have found a job! I start next Wednesday (1 October - also offspring's 18th birthday). Hopefully it will not impinge too much on role-playing, but it may take a few days to get into the new rhythm.

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