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Pathfinder Society Member. 5,945 posts (6,242 including aliases). 576 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 2 aliases.


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

The troglodytes look nervously at each other. Eventually one is pushed forwards.

"Um. No. No there iss only above-ground ways. Walk across courtyard. B.. but who do we worship now?" (the last being almost a wail).

Liberty's Edge

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

OK. Quite a few people look but nobody asks anything as you carry your sad burden to the Fort. Gorguk, looking a bit sweaty, is standing in the yard talking to Rhasadilara.

Liberty's Edge

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

If you two are happy to continue, then continue we shall... maybe the rest will turn up in time.

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

The troglodytes squeal in alarm and most prostrate themselves at your feet. A few flee.

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

I'm here...

So, Noriel, Barnabus and the corpse are going to the Fort. OK, you can get there - but do attract some curious looks from passers-by. Have you covered the corpse?

... I am trying to look in daily (didn't manage yesterday but was at church then doing Sabbath-type things in the afternoon!), if there's a post I respond.

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

Thousand Bones smiles.

"I shall offer some help, not just the boneslayers but some healing magics and some food."

He scratches out a map in the dirt for you.

(As it's more convenient, here's a map for you... probably a bit better than Thousand Bone's scrawlings but there again he's not really one for cartography!)

Liberty's Edge

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

"The Acropolis of the Thrallkeepers is a ruin left over from an ancient time, a time when great powers ruled over this land. We speak of these ancient lords only in whispers today, but you may know their mark by the Sihedron, the seven-pointed star. I know not what perils await you within the Acropolis, but its location is not unknown to the Skoan-Quah. When you are ready to leave, I shall send with you four boneslayers to lead you there," said Thousand Bones, who looks pleased that you are contemplating this expedition.

Liberty's Edge

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

So, what are people doing?

Liberty's Edge

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

Just so. Hopefully I have shouted enough that it won't happen again!

Liberty's Edge

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

Ash Dancer smiles.

"There are those among our people who, after living lives without lie and never speaking falsehood, have earned the title of Truthspeaker. It is a rare honour, one that requires many years of chastity, of self-control, of introspection. There are Truthspeakers among the Sklar-Quah, yet that does not help you. Would that the Skoan-Quah had one. Yet The Skoan-Quah and the Sklar-Quah are not the only Shoanti in the Cinderlands. I have heard tell that the Lyrune-Quah, the Moon Clan, who dwell in the shadow of the Wyvern Mountains far to the northwest, have Truthspeakers among them. If you could perform the ritual of rebirth at the Feeding Grounds of the Quah-Kael in the presence of a Truthspeaker, his words would be all the proof you need to secure an audience with the Sklar-Quah."

Thousand Bones nodded.

"This of course is where it gets complicated. The Lyrune-Quah are nomads. This time of year, they gather at a place sacred to them, a place called the House of the Moon at the northeasternmost edge of the Wyvern Mountains. Yet I fear that they will distrust you as tshamek as well, unless you bring to them proof of your honesty and need... now, how best to do that?"

He rubs his nose in thought.

"The Lyrune-Quah are unusual among the Shoanti. They do not seek enlightenment through our ancestors, but from the Song of the Spheres. They are devotees of Desna, and they trust those who worship her. Yet that trust is, alone, not enough to earn the aid of a Truthspeaker to be witness to your heroics against Cindermaw. The faithful of Desna have a tradition of exploring distant and dangerous places as a way to honour their deity, who watches over all who travel. When they reach the goal of their pilgrimage, a priest leaves a found-mark to honor his journey. One of the Lyrune-Quah's greatest ancestors was a priest of Desna named Tanjah — their legends speak of her pilgrimage into an ancient ruin and her discovery of a potent relic sacred to Desna, a stone globe held deep within a place called the Acropolis of the Thrallkeepers. Those who follow Tanjah's footsteps and seek her found-mark upon this globe are said to be given the Spherewalker's Mark, and with this mark, the Lyrune-Quah would welcome into their camp even their most bitter rivals."

Liberty's Edge

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

Excuse me for being quiet the past few days, the 'virtual learning environment' on which I run a distance undergraduate course had a bit of a meltdown, due to some yahoo in admin not realising that my courses run April-September rather than in the regular university terms and did the year-end update, throwing my poor darlings off when they a) had coursework to submit and b) were revising for their exams! All now sorted... and I'm knackered!

Liberty's Edge

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

Excuse me for being quiet the past few days, the 'virtual learning environment' on which I run a distance undergraduate course had a bit of a meltdown, due to some yahoo in admin not realising that my courses run April-September rather than in the regular university terms and did the year-end update, throwing my poor darlings off when they a) had coursework to submit and b) were revising for their exams! All now sorted... and I'm knackered!

Liberty's Edge

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

Excuse me for being quiet the past few days, the 'virtual learning environment' on which I run a distance undergraduate course had a bit of a meltdown, due to some yahoo in admin not realising that my courses run April-September rather than in the regular university terms and did the year-end update, throwing my poor darlings off when they a) had coursework to submit and b) were revising for their exams! All now sorted... and I'm knackered!

Liberty's Edge

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

Excuse me for being quiet the past few days, the 'virtual learning environment' on which I run a distance undergraduate course had a bit of a meltdown, due to some yahoo in admin not realising that my courses run April-September rather than in the regular university terms and did the year-end update, throwing my poor darlings off when they a) had coursework to submit and b) were revising for their exams! All now sorted... and I'm knackered!

Liberty's Edge

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

Hope you had a good time!

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

Thousand Bones rubs his nose in thought.

"You ask who Cindermaw is. A legend, yet one of flesh and blood. Cindermaw dwells on the northernmost edge of Shoanti lands, in the place where Shoanti and orc and giant vie for life and water. His hunting grounds are known as the Feeding Grounds of the Quah-Kael, the land of the Clan Eater. The orcs of Urglin avoid this region; the giants of the north hunt only on its edges. Within, few have returned to tell tales, but those who do speak of a mountain that crawls and of fire that roars."

He seems lost in thought for a moment.

"But is this a way for you to earn the Sklar-Quah's favour? Perhaps. Yet this route is more complex than you suspect. The Sklar-Quah would never believe the words of tshamek on such a matter, nor would they risk travel to the Feeding Grounds just to see foolish outlanders attempt to recreate legends. I could come with you, if my bones were not so tired, yet I am Skoan-Quah. My words would hold little light with the Sun Shaman, I fear."

Ash Dancer speaks for the first time. "They could bring a Truthspeaker, Thousand Bones."

Liberty's Edge

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

Did you have a good time at GenCon?

Interesting theological arguments all round, well done for getting so far into what makes your characters tick.

Liberty's Edge

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

The troglodytes are clustered outside, clearly curious as to the outcome particularly as you appear to be emerging unscathed.

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

Ah, yes... of course, Calinder is a priest of Erastil. He just never really made me think of him as religious! Go find him by all means... he's probably in the Fort.

Liberty's Edge

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

"Alas, this will not work. They would ask us why we want to know of such things. We would have to tell them. They will not give us secrets to tell tshamek," said Thousand Bones.

[b]"There was one who managed to fight back from being regarded as tshamek, though. Skurak the Reborn. The legend of Skurak is of a great warrior and greater traitor to the Sklar-Quah. He slew his brother, a brave of even greater courage. To the Sklar-Quah, family is purity - crimes against the family are the greatest a man can commit. Although Skurak claimed the death was an accident as he and his brother were hunting, others spoke of murder spawned of jealous rage. Skurak was declared a tshamek by the Sun Shaman and cast out. But before Skurak left he said he would be born again and return to his tribe. This he did. He went to the killing grounds of the great Cindermaw the Clan-Eater. Skurak walked up to the beast carrying only his dagger. Without fear he dove inside the beast and cut his way out. He returned to the clan and declared he had been reborn, and had left his misdeeds behind in the cleansing fire of Cindermaw's belly. The legend says the Sun Shaman accepted this and Skurak's time as a tshamek was spoken of no more."

Liberty's Edge

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

Grundmoch expires.

Silena, your detect magic pings off of a wand of spiritual weapon (37 charges), a +1 breastplate - which he wasn't wearing seeing as he was in bed taking a nap! and a +1 greataxe.

Grundmoch's collection of 'treasures' consists primarily of dented brass and tin objects such as cups, plates, old incense holders, candelabras, and other such bric-a-brac, most of it badly tarnished, dented, and in poor condition. A careful search reveals a few more valuable pieces including a dented brass canteen inlaid with silver trimming worth 200 gp, a gold bracelet inlaid with turquoise stone worth 500 gp, and a decorative golden helmet inlaid with a few small pieces of quartz worth 900 gp.

Liberty's Edge

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

"Sadly, you will not be able to just stroll over and ask questions of them. You are tshamek. Outlanders. Rightful or not, the Sklar-Quah will see you as the children of those who murdered their ancestors and drove them from the green lands. The Sun Clan does not like outsiders at the best of times. And less so now that war against Korvosa is on every brave's lips. If they do not kill you outright they will banish you from the land," said Thousand Bones.

"Not even Garridan's heritage nor the service you have already done us will suffice. You must understand. The Sklar-Quah are very certain of these things. They may come to respect lone tshamek after many days of seeing them act honorably, but what you ask is for the Sun Shaman to lay bare his quah's heart. The deepest memories of his clan. These memories are not for tshamek. Not since Skurak the Reborn have the members of the Sklar-Quah unbanished a man and welcomed him into their quah."

Liberty's Edge

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

Nobody has established a church or other place of worship yet... shocking, isn't it? If anyone of a religious persuasion has arrived yet, you haven't met them - you'll have to ask around. Dyfrig will have probably fed them even if the folk at the Fort don't know about them yet.

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

"I choose my deity," says Grundmoch simply. "I do not presume to act against Him merely to save a life already given to Him."

He seems resigned to his fate.

Liberty's Edge

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

Thousand Bones shakes his head sadly.

"I regret I cannot answer you. There is a Sun Shaman amongst the Sklar-Quah... but they'd never permit you to speak with him, you are not Shoanti..."

Liberty's Edge

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

OK, where do you want to go with the body?

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

"I do not seek to impose my belief on you, or anyone else for that matter. I do not have that right. No rational being does."

Grundmoch doesn't sound as if he wants to budge.

Liberty's Edge

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

What are the rest of you doing?

Liberty's Edge

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Noriel's construction project is successful...

Liberty's Edge

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

You pass your time in harmless pursuits. A large platter of roast meat (you're not quite sure what it was when alive), accompanied by flatbread, olives and a tart red wine, arrives for those who are hungry.

Eventually it gets dark. Most everyone of the Shoanti have retired to their tents, and the camp seems almost deserted as you pick your way towards the fire burning at its centre. When you get there, you find One-Life, Thousand Bones and Ash Dancer waiting for you. Stools have been placed upwind of the fire, and One-Life invites you to be seated. As Thousand Bones rises to speak, Ash Dancer sprinkles the fire with a greenish-brown herbal dust from a weathered pouch. The fire leaps high as a response.

"You have already done my people a great favour by returning the body of one of our warriors," begins Thousand Bones. "I sense now you come to me to ask a favour in return in your seach for information, yet know that by doing this favour, you are helping us all. The Skoan-Quah are a peaceful people, yet we are also all but shunned by our kin. Our willingness to mix with tshamek shames many of my brothers and sisters in the other quahs. Only their respect for our tradition of guarding and protecting the dead of all Shoanti keep them from open hostility against us. My words do not reach their ears when I advise against war on Korvosa. They hear tales of the city in flames, of its king dead, of disease ravaging its people, and they see this as the time foretold. A time when the Shoanti can ride down from these burning lands and reclaim greener lands to the south, lands that were once ours. Yet war is not good for us. My brothers do not see that, even crippled, Korvosa remains a powerful enemy. It is best to make your enemies your friends, do you not think? Yet my brothers do not listen to these words. They see weakness, they demand action.

"Yet you could not know of the coming war. You come to me with a different favour. You have already spoken of your quest, now ask of what you wish of me, and perhaps we may find our needs are the same."

He sits back down and awaits your questions.

Liberty's Edge

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

"Indeed we shall be honoured by your presence. Come when it is full dark. In the meantime, rest and refresh yourselves. Would you care for food, drink, entertainment?"

Both One-Life and Thousand-Bones seem anxious to prove themselves good hosts.

Liberty's Edge

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

"So, if you do not care about what happens to your spirit after your death, why are you so concerned by the fate of mine?" asked Grundmoch, who sounded genuinely interested in the answer.

"And how do you equate wanting to not be dominated by anyone else with what seems to be a strong desire to force your will on eveyone else so that your whims are met? Isn't that a bit hypocritical?"

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Gorguk nodded.

"Good idea, Rahasdilara. He certainly looked like a fellow who could handle himself in a fight... and at present he's hiring out as unskilled labour to people building their homsteads, so he might welcome the offer. That is, if he's not the werewolf. I don't think we really want one of them in the ranks!"

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"Is a point of view, I suppose," admitted Grundmoch.

"But living on in others' memories is of no benefit to the spirit which is dead, dead, dead. At least I know that my god is pleased at what I do and promises that I shall be consumed into His very being when I perish. What does your godling promise you?"

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"A fellow with large feet, hey? The biggest fellow I know - apart from myself - is a wandering Kellid tribesman named Kundal who recently arrived in town. I suppose you could ask him if he's a werewolf, but from all accounts he is a quiet fellow, keeps himself to himself," said Gorguk.

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One-Life frowns as he seeks to remember more.

"Mandraivus from Lastwall he, had holy sword Serithtial and small band of companions. Slain he by orcish horde in castle at Scarwall - haunts it they say. More than this I know not."

Edmund, with that roll you can recall the list of Mandraivus' companions and what they did with their bits of Kazavon. The barbarian prince Kuiragh buried the Skull of Kazavon in the ancient shrine at the Mountain of Frozen Echoes in the Tusk Mountains. The Claws of Kazavon were secured by Roianda, a paladin of Abadar, who took them far into southern Garund. The Fangs of Kazavon were hidden in the ancient Thassilonian pyramid known at that time as the Grand Mastaba by the Shoanti shaman Coja Eyes-Aflame, just as One-Life said. Kazavon's Horns were taken by the elven sorcerer Laizuriel. A Qadiran scholar-priest of Irori named Vahahn took the Ribs of Kazavon and tried to secure them unsuccessfully in realms beyond Golarion. The wizard Kolwyddon took the Tailbones of Kazavon back to his tower in Taldor, where he conducted endless experiments on it. The Wings of Kazavon were taken by the honorable dervish Kallad, but both were lost at sea as he was returning to his homeland of Rahadoum.

Thousand-Bones, who had been sitting quietly listening, then spoke up.

"Tonight come you to the centre of the camp, attend Bone Council Fire. Then perhaps we can set your feet on the path they must tread if you are to achieve your quest. Come you?"

(It is mid-afternoon now and the cooking fires are being lit.)

Liberty's Edge

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"I suppose the were-creature needs to be found and destroyed," said Gorguk after listening to your tale (I'm assuming you've explained to him what has taken place!). "Have you any clues as to whom he might be?"

Liberty's Edge

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These autocorrects can be somewhat... strange. I ignore them. After it tried to turn my daughter's name Chrissi into 'Crisis'...

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One-Life leads the way back into his tent and sits cross-legged, motioning to the party to join him.

"Kazavon, a massive blue dragon he, sent in aid of Ustalav against orc marauders by godling Zon-Kuthon was. In guise of human sent orcs scurrying to home the Hold of Belkzen by leading Ustalav army, great tactician he. Then built the castle Scarwall and in terror reigned himself. So came the hero Mandraivus to defeat, destroy him. Body scattered, burned and covered in liquid-that-burns... I know not name... aceed? No matter, but bits remained only. But seven pieces survived, unholy energy through them ran. Tried they to recombine so Mandraovus thought to keep them far apart that it not happen. Allies each took the one to different places. Skull, claws, fangs, horns, ribs, tailbones and wings they were."

"Ancestor mine, Coja Eyes-Aflame, took fangs. Them he hid in ancient Thassilonian pyramid, Grand Mastaba by name, entering mastaba and never heard of again he. But items too powerful even to hide for ever and made they all into items of potent power. Yet trouble they cause for all who attempt to wield them, cause madness, cause death. Some they say died that they not be sent mad, others that the items not get loose into the world."

"It is said that to truly destroy all of the Relics of Kazavon, the dragon must be brought back to life and then slain."

Liberty's Edge

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The troglodyte looks a bit confused.

"But everyone dies... even I, Grundmoch himself, will perish someday. Is it not better to embrace that reality than pretend that it does not exist?"

Liberty's Edge

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You are correct...

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One-Life nods gravely.

"In youth wisdom... shown not by Krojun Eats-What-He-Kills to shame ours. Aid we will as we can. What would you know?"

Liberty's Edge

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[He's actually lying down already... but you can scatter detritus around a bit with your chain if you like!]

"Repent what?" he stutters.

Liberty's Edge

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So what do you intend to do about it?

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Krojun spits on the ground, ostentatiously just missing Ashe's feet.

"Tis plain your godling dwells within. You are too puny to withstand me on your own, tshamek!"

He turns and stalks off without a backward glance.

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"And... REST!!!" shouts Gorguk, dumping one militiaman unceremoniously on his butt and turning to walk over towards you.

"Heard you were back, Lothar my lad. How have you been getting on?"

Your friend looks hot and sweaty, but pleased to see you.

Liberty's Edge

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Somewhere downstairs you hear a distant shout...

"What the heck* has been going on here?" and some high-pitched screaming.

* Well, the word used wasn't "heck" but some words ought not to be repeated in polite company.

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And I am back! The last graduate has crossed the stage, my feet hurt... and it's time to resume normal activity here :)

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

And I am back! The last graduate has crossed the stage, my feet hurt... and it's time to resume normal activity here :)

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

And I am back! The last graduate has crossed the stage, my feet hurt... and it's time to resume normal activity here :)

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