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Pathfinder Society Member. 5,086 posts (5,383 including aliases). 424 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)

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.

Andoran

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

Once you are decided...

Andoran

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

Mixed blessings, dear Merian. Good that you have a job, but not that you have health issues (get well soon!) and a shame that the combination impinges on your role-playing. There will always be a space for you if you are in a position to return later on...

Andoran

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

There is a scurrying of small paws as some little mouse-like creatures which have long tails with a distinct tuft on the end scatter at the disturbance, but that's the only sign of life in here.

Andoran

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

OK, who is on watch at 2am?

Andoran

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

I'm sure we can squeeze a third in....

(Been off to a job interview today, just got in.)

Andoran

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

Still talking, you make your way down the road to the Trade Alliance Guildhall. This stately building once served as the office of Katapesh's Trade Alliance, a guild of merchants organized to corner trade on certain commodities and set prices on others. You've all heard of the Trade Alliance Guild, it covers the entire nation. Their Guildhalls are built to a standard sturdy pattern - this one looks like it would be ready to be put back into use after a good brushing-out.

There are no signs of life.

Andoran

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

Thank you... already seems to be some interest.

This has been one of my longer-running games and I'd be sorry to see it go.

Andoran

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

Barezata, centuries ago, when the mysterious Pactmasters first came to Katapesh, one method they used to calm the savage humanoids and barbarians of the nation's interior was the creation of numerous battle markets in small villages throughout the land. Each battle market was a multi-level bazaar, tavern and entertainment arena designed to keep traders safe from brigands and spread wealth to the common folk of the heartland. Those who wanted to brawl could do so as 'entertainment' in the arena... sort of 'mixed martial arts' style.

Andoran

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

"The windmill is near to Herstag," says the Judge.

Andoran

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

"Only Lazne is speaking in the matter of the deaths at Morast. The second incident is at Herstag, where six children died. Evidence will be presented by three sisters who operate a windmill nearby. The final incident is a fire, believed to be arson, at the Sanctuary hospital on Karb Island. The sole witness is the director's assistant, Karl, who was blinded during the fire and now lives in Lepidstadt. That is as much as I know right now."

Andoran

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

Not sure what happened. Yesterday I posted that the elephant transformed to figurine size... and the post isn't there now. Puzzled.

The large marble elephant shimmers for a moment and reduces to figurine size with an almost-audible sigh.

Andoran

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

"It is a requirement that the Court be informed in advance, by prosecution or defence, about the evidence that is to be presented. So if you find additional evidence or witnesses, your best route is to speak with prosecution or defence as appropriate. Sometimes I feel the adversarial approach is not the best way to discern the actual facts of the matter," said the Judge, sounding rather sad.

Andoran

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

The fountain has two stone cobras out of which water flowed. Each has a single bloodstone eye, each worth 100 gp.

Andoran

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

"You confirm my thoughts," said the Judge. "As you know, the trial pivots on three crimes attributed to the Beast over the course of the past year or so. The first is the killing of ten people in the village of Morast, which is about eight miles away from Lepidstadt. The village headman, Lazne, is due to give evidence tomorrow. I understand the prosecution is putting him up at The Broad Face, an inn down the road from the Courthouse that is popular with both lawyers and actors. Whether anyone else from the village has any light to shed on the matter I do not know, only Lazne appears on the docket for tomorrow."

Andoran

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

"Thank you," says the Judge. "I thought anyone held in such high regard by Petros might be willing to help..."

She sighs again, it's clear that news of his death has hit her hard.

"Evidence is by and large circumstantial, eye-witness accounts of the Beast's presence in the area of the three crimes that are being proffered by the prosecution rather than clear evidence of actual involvement... how much have you picked up so far?"

Andoran

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

The horses are indeed a little restless.

Andoran

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

Round 1

Varrel is first to react as the water elemental rears up, pulling out a wand and uttering its command word.

Water elemental's save: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (18) + 2 = 20

Ashe channels power into his sword and it flares up with a eerie greyish-silver glow as he swings it in a flurry of mighty cuts. Both blows hit, although its unclear just how much the elemental is affected.

Graxer charges in and strikes a mighty blow of his own... and the water elemental dissipates, scattering into so many water droplets that splash back into the bowl of the fountain... which, you notice, has now stopped playing.

Combat over...

Andoran

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

"In that case," says Judge Daramid, becoming all business again, "I believe you are due this."

She digs in a chest and produces a bag which clinks.

"The one hundred platinum pieces the will states you should receive on delivery of all the books to Doctor Crowl and myself," she explains.

"Now that this sad duty is done, I am in need of some assistance. If Petros trusted you, I am inclined to do the same. I see you have already heard about the Beast. I believe that there is a cancer in Lepidstadt, a darkness lurking behind the shadow of a scapegoat. For many years the people of Lepidstadt have laid all their ills at the door of the creature known as the Beast of Lepidstadt — murders, thefts, and terror have all been attributed to the Beast. I'd imagine they'd claim he had soured milk if they thought it would be believed! However, the evidence suggests otherwise. Many of the stories are exaggerations or simply untrue. Moreover, some people have different stories to tell about the creature about its kindness and humanity, of how it has rescued loved ones or helped those in distress. Now that the time has arrived for such kindness to be repaid, however, no one dares to step forward and challenge the Beast's reputation.

She sighs.

"As a Judge, I have always tried to be fair. I have a keen sense of justice, and I fear the Beast will not receive a fair trial. The people of Lepidstadt have blamed the Beast for too much and for too long, and they want it to pay for its crimes, whether those crimes are real or imagined. In addition, I have some concerns about the crime for which the Beast was finally apprehended — the break-in and theft at Lepidstadt University of which you already know. I am convinced that the Beast's capture at the university was not all it appeared to be, for why would a creature that is intelligent knowingly enter the university, where it was certain to be trapped? However, to publicly announce my suspicions could put me at great risk, both professionally and politically. As one of the three justices presiding over the Beast's trial, I am of course unable to intervene openly, other than by insisting that the Beast be properly defended in court."

She leans forward.

"What I need is a group of people without local bias to uncover the real truth about the Beast and its alleged crimes. The Beast's legally appointed advocate, a barrister named Gustav Kaple, is hopelessly over his head and needs help — ideally someone to gather evidence about the Beast's alleged crimes and stand up in court to be questioned by the prosecution. Such speakers must have bravery in spades and silver tongues to match, to ensure that if there is more to the Beast's story, justice will be done. If the Beast is indeed guilty, then I can rest easier at night knowing that I gave it a fair trial.

"I'll be blunt. If you will take on this task, I will pay you a further 100 platinum each. But you must expressly keep me out of the equation, as any hint of collaboration in their investigations would put my legal objectivity into question. I will deny any involvement in the matter if pressed, but if they do get to the bottom of the matter, I will be very grateful indeed. What do you say?"

Andoran

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

A good campsite is soon found.

To Rhasadilara, the wolf howls sound like hunting calls, wide-flung scouts keeping in touch with each other. Bit odd in the open plains, not normal wolf hunting territory.

Andoran

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

All right then, we'll continue on that basis.

Andoran

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

The Judge nods, brushing away a tear.

"He will indeed be missed. Have you delivered the other books to the University, to Doctor Crowl?"

Andoran

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

Now as to introducing the new characters, I see 3 options: -

1. You have been here all along, we just didn't notice you.

2. You are in Kelmarane of your own accord, perhaps you wanted to see if any coin was to be made in the Battle Market - and just decide to team up with the party.

3. Lady Almah has continued recruiting adventurers, you were told to report to her camp - now at the monastery - and have been sent on to catch up with the party.

Amy preferences? I understand at least one of you has played to about this point in the AP before, so I don't need to explain too much to bring you up to speed.

Andoran

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

"Oh. Oh dear. No, I had not heard... how terrible," says the Judge, clearly upset by the news. "I am very sorry to hear that. Were you tasked with letting his friends and associates know, then?"

Andoran

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

Ashe approaches the fountain. As he does so, the gentle spray of the fountain turns to a spinning column of water that detaches itself from the basin and begins to move towards him! It appears to be a large water elemental...

As Ashe was suspicious and the water elemental had been watching proceedings in the garden so far, neither of you are surprised.

Initiatives, please.

Water elemental's initiative: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (9) + 2 = 11

Ashe, your initial actions and rolls - same for anyone else who wants to join in!

Andoran

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

Good thought. I've been trying to throw up people who can be busy 'kingdom building' under loose direction from your good selves, whilst you continue adventuring. Hope that is working OK for you.

What format of governance do you wish to establish anyway? Will rule be by a single person (king) or a governing council of some kind? In what (if any) way do ordinary people have their say?

You've mentioned a militia. Will this be to defend the realm or to maintain law and order within it? Or both... but they require somewhat different qualities from at least their commander if not the rank and file.

How will you pay for whatever you want to do? If you wish to levy taxes, you'll need to decide what to tax and arrange for it to be collected.

Just a few questions for you to chew over. (Naturally I'll have some more once you have answered these to your satisfaction.)

Andoran

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

It is but a single source of evil, although the fountain appears to contain only water.

Andoran

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

Alas the now unconscious and bound gnolls were not wealthy - a grand total of 35 sp between them, some dice, leather armour and battered but serviceable falcions and spears are your lot!

Andoran

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

"Do come in, then."

She leads you into a parlour, all wood panelling and artworks on the walls, several flower arrangements and comfortable chairs.

"Please be seated. Would you care for any refreshments? A glass of wine, perhaps?"

When everyone's settled with whatever they'd like, the Judge continues.

"Now, how may I help you?"

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