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DM Rostam wrote:

:: Gozran 11 - Afternoon - Oleg's ::

"Denton! Cousin! What are you doing here?" Keston calls out as he strides across the yard embracing his cousin.
"Restov wants these lands cleared and protected. My men and I wanted to come help and happened to be around when the message needed delivering. We're here to help protect Oleg's for now, maybe more later as we learn about the situation."
Keston introduces Denton and his men to all of you before saying, "With 9 men we can at least have well rested watches, Oleg's should me much safer now while you are away."

Andreas walks across and extends his hand towards Denton.

A most welcome site you are. All of you.
Turning to Keston
Lord Garess...I trust in your assessment of the situation. Please, when you have the time, make sure that all are up to speed on the defenses we have in place.
Andreas continues with some small talk and then begs his leave.

DM Rostam wrote:

:: Gozran 13 - Afternoon - Oleg's ::

After nearly two weeks work, Kazmuk stares at the ring on his work bench. The intricate gold work and stone insets as near to perfect as he can make them.

Kazmuk, feel free to gloat about your creation here a bit if you want to! Stepping on.

With the ring completed. Final preparations begin to head out in the morning.

I'm travelling this weekend, but I may have time to post. Next post will be leaving and travelling to the temple.

Andreas looks to the others...

Now is the time to grab anything you think we will need.


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DM Rostam wrote:

:: Gozran 8 - Afternoon - Oleg's ::

"The orcs haven't been sighted around here while you were away, though Akiros did come and collect his men. Other than that it's been quiet." Keston says, "Hopefully you can pacify this land soon, or more help can come from Restov. Having so few men is trying."

Andreas nods slightly at the mention of the absent orcs.

Let us hope those orcs stay away long enough for us to deal with the Stag Lord. We need to gather as much information on him before we strike. If all goes well we could see the end of his reign by the end of the month.

DM Rostam wrote:

:: Gozran 8 - Afternoon - Oleg's ::

Oleg pipes in as the plan comes together, "It sounds like you need travelling supplies for your group. As token of gratitude, I'll pack a weeks rations for each of you and two weeks feed for the animals up, and we can see if it'll all fit on the wagon."

The knight smiles gratefully at Oleg.

Master Oleg...we do appreciate the offer and accept it graciously.

DM Rostam wrote:

:: Gozran 11 - Afternoon - Oleg's ::

The days go by quickly as Kazmuk toils away at the ring. Roke has seen evidence of Tyg and Perlivash, but they still don't seem to want to expose themselves.

Early in the afternoon, one of Keston's men call out that riders are approaching. Twenty minutes later, five men on horse back enter Oleg's garbed in Garess colours.

The lead man pulls out a scroll and reads aloud, "By official order of the King of Brevoy, the man known as 'The Stag Lord' is to be brought to justice by any who are able and willing. The Stag Lord is a menace on the lands he claims as his own, and must be removed. A price of 5000 gold has hereby been declared for his body, either dead or alive."

Andreas sighs and scratches his chin.

Well I guess we should get a move on. With that bounty, no telling who will show up here. This news will get back to the Stag Lord soon.

DM Rostam wrote:

:: Gozran 11 - Afternoon - Oleg's ::[/b]

With that the man dismounts and nails the poster to the notice board. With his job done, he looks around, "Keston, where are you? We've come to help."

Andreas looks from the man to Keston with curiosity.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

Andreas is visibly impressed by the ring.
Your work is most impressive. I have not doubt that our fiends will like the present.

Andreas rubs his chin in though.
Sounds like we have a plan. We should leave after the ring is finish. We can deliver it to our new friends, see what they can tell us about our enemies and then continue on to the temple. Settle in there and then head out after we talk to Akiros.

He pauses for a moment...
We have not explored the area south of the Temple of the Elk. We could do that as we head towards the Stag Lords fort. The wagon will slows us down in the forest but we can carry more supplies. I think four days supply of food should keep us safe as we live of the land. A week for the horses.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3
DM Rostam wrote:

Gozran 8 - Afternoon - Oleg's ::

Near the end of the day, the group returning from the Sootscale tribe arrives back at Oleg's. The group arrives with a bit of fan fare as Oleg and Keston await their arrival.

"Did you see any more of them orcs? And how did the negotiations go?" Oleg rattles off as soon as the group is inside his walls. "Do you think we'll be able to trade other things with them? A true trade route would be a gold mine for us."

We have an accord with the Sootscale Tribe. They will also be looking for other items to trade.

Andreas smiles and looks around the gathered group.
This is a good thing for the region. I am looking to expand this trade thing to other area. Think that might be possible?

Addressing Keston...
Lord Garess...How fared things here. We have seen no sign of those orcs. Did they come back here?

Looking to the Dwarf
Master Kazmuk...How fares the ring?...and the forge?


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3
DM Rostam wrote:

:: Gozran 6 - Afternoon - Sootscale Tribe ::As the evening wears on, the contract is signed and everyone eats and drinks to the success the two groups have had. Before everyone prepares to go to sleep, Chief Sootscale calls everyone's attention.

"I will speak now, in common so that our guests understand better" Chief Sootscale stands up on his seat. "We have made a good deal today! It will bring us luxury radishes for silver. It will also have these good merchants" Chief Sootscale points to Yenniffer and Henry, "Coming to our place every couple of weeks. This will let us buy more stuff with the silver we have!" The kobolds cheer at this. "With our new stuff, we will be better, and can control our land and be safe!" The kobolds cheer a lot at this, and you can hear a few kobolds mention not losing to the mites ever again.
"But the best is that we can bring more of us here now from other clans and grow. We need more of us to get more silver, and look for more places to stay! With our new trade route we can grow big!" Chief Sootscale looks to the party of adventurers. "You have made this possible, and we thank you! If you ever need a place to stay, you can stay here or any of our other places once we find them!"

As the night goes on, Andreas approaches the Chief.

Chief Sootscale, I applaud your vision of a future for your people. I will support you and help you as best as I am able to. I feel that I must inform you that there are many that do not share my views of your people. We have explored much of the lands in this region. I will be happy to share with you what we have learned. The Dragon Throne has laid claim to all that is the Stolen Lands. I will do all that I can to maintain the peace that we have created between our two peoples.
The large man looks around at the festivities and then back to the Chief.
There are some things that you should be made aware of. First that there is a large group of Orcs that have formed an alliance with the Stag Lord. We have killed some of them and have driven others away. I do not not know if those that fled will stay away or not. They are not to be underestimated.

Andreas hesitates for a moment as he contemplates his next words.
The second is that...well we intend to remove the Stag Lord from power. Permanently. When we engaged his men, it stirred up one hell of a hornets nest and now innocents are in danger because of our actions. His base is not far from here so you may want to give it a wide birth until we finish that task.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3
DM Rostam wrote:


While relaxing, Henry speaks up "These kobolds are fairly hospitable, I think that this will be a fine trade route."

Andreas appears to be a be happy. His demeanor is more pleasant than most have seen in a long time.

It is very easy to just assume the worse of people these days...I really hope that this hospitality can continue.

DM Rostam wrote:


"Are there any other places that would be interested in trade?" Yenniffer asks the group.

Andreas continues to be pleasant.

There are several that might work out. I think we could discuss it once we are back at the outpost.

I can skip ahead to returning back Oleg's if desired.
I am ok with that...


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I like these as well but I also do not want to keep other players out of the loop. Just reading posts by others is not fun at all and I would not want anyone to feel that way.


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Gird Medvyed wrote:


Gird sidles up to Andreas and says in low tones "I just explained to them in their own tongue that we are your companions and trading partners."

Knowing that he needs to keep his words short and low...

Nicely done...Good job

DM Rostam wrote:

:: Gozran 6 - Afternoon - Sootscale Tribe ::

Chief Sootscale nods through out the introductions, smiling at Gird's use of draconic, and looks slightly confused when Zade mentions "The Contract".
"Welcome, tallfolks." Chief Sootscale says to the new comers. "I am Chief Sootscale. We all know each other now. What is this "The Contract" that... Zade... speaks of? I thought we talk about the silver and radishes since you had an offer."

Keeping his wits about him, Andreas tries to keep his demeanor neutral. Seeing the smile on the Chief's face as Gird talks in his language, gives Andreas an Idea. He nods to Gird...Please, would you translate for me.

Chief Sootscale...
Andreas bows slightly in respect to the Chief
We are here to talk of silver and radishes, that is true. A trade between your clan and the Outpost that is run by Master Oleg Leveton will help to keep things peaceful in the region. The Contract is a formal and legally binding agreement between us. This paper will make sure whomever the Dragonscale Throne sends...They will honor this paper and its meaning. I have an offer for the silver within your mines.

He turns to look at the others and then back to the Chief.
We are in the process of planting and growing the Moon Radishes near the Outpost. When they are ready, our caravan and guards will bring them to you here. We will then take an agreed amount of silver that is mined by your clan from your mines in exchange for the radishes. If this sounds like a good deal then we can work out the details right now.
I am not sure how in depth anyone would like to get with this RPing scene. I am fine continuing with it and I also am fine with just saying it is done or not and move forward.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

Andreas is at a loss for words as he has not a clue what Gird has just said. He has come to trust him and this time was no different. He knows that whatever the Aasimar said was worth the time to speak it.
Motioning towards Gird and the others.
We felt it was appropriate that all involved in this trade were known to each other.

He steps forward and gestures to the others...Starting with
I give you the caravan master...Mistress Yennifer, Master Henry... Commander of her guards. You of course remember Lord Gird Medvyed.
He then motions to all the others.
If they do not speak up he will introduce them as he goes.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

Andreas calls a hlat to the group and looks up to the Kobold.
Greetings to you and Clan Sootscale.

He turns to the others and then back to the speaker.
I am Sir Andreas, this is...
He turns and gestures to each of the group, introducing each of them.
...all trusted allies and companions.

He keeps control of his horse and continues to speak.
We are here to discuss a trade agreement with chief Sootscale.


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I think we are ready to move forward...I think exploring on our way back would be great but it would take away from Kazmuk too much I think. We can wait till the whole party is together.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

So it is settled? We leave in two days after Zade finishes the contracts...Kazmuk will work on the ring and the rest of us will head for the Kobolds. We then will head back here to make plans for an assault on the Staglord. We will need to gather as much information on them as we can. Maybe while we are gone Akiros will stop in. Might even be able to send him a message...


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Kazmuk Doortsgarf wrote:
Kazmuk nods in agreement. "I agrree ve should face the Staglorrd, even if ve shall not rrush it. Vith orrcs movin' arround the hills, I vould not feel comforrtable in leaving this outpost undefended."

I agree...

Kazmuk Doortsgarf wrote:


"My advice is forr us to reinforrce these valls and fix the siege engines beforre anything else. Then, if possible, ve should scout the land once morre to searrch forr the orrcs, forr it vould be ourr end if we arre caught betveen the orrcs and the Staglorrd's forrces."

I am hoping that they left...but...that most likely will not be the case. It would be best for us to locate them.

Roke Rostlander wrote:
"I'll back you in taking out this menace. But don't we need to know more about his forces? How many underlings does he command? We've chipped away at that number it seems, but how else might we undermine him? I always find that letting enemies destroy themselves is more effective, but only possible when you know them well."

We tried to set each group against each other and that did not fair well...learning what we can about our enemy will be very beneficial. I think Akiros and his men might be able to help us.

Gird Medvyed wrote:
"Aye we need to take out the threat and thus reduce the danger to this place that way, also we do need intelligence, so we should move out and find that intelligence and use it to hit our enemies where we can."

...Maybe...Our new friends could help us out. Once the ring is finished, we should ask them about the bandits.

Andreas sighs slightly...
We should ask the Kobolds as well if they know anything. There are very close to the Stag Lords fort.


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Zade Lebeda wrote:
"Bandits are scum. The sooner we get rid of them, the better."

Andreas nods approvingly and continues to scan the others for input.

anyone else?


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

The large knight nods at Yennifer..

DM Rostam wrote:


Keston addresses Andreas, "Well if Akiros is planning on leaving the Outpost, and you lot go exploring again, how are my men and I supposed to hold out here if those orcs return, or if the giant beast of a bear we've seen decides it wants to make the trading post home?"
[/b]

Andreas remains quiet for some time as he thinks.

You make a very good point. Perhaps some added protection is in order. We should add some more warriors to your ranks. We could also ask for some help in expanding as Master Oleg has stated. It might do well to upgrade these walls.

He looks to the map that Rillka and Yennifer are looking at.
It will be very dangerous and certainly he knows we are here...
Andreas drops his finger on the location of the Staglord fort.
Maybe it is time we remove the head of this snake. When that falls the rest will run. After we finalize these deals and the ring...we start to make plans to remove the Staglord. As long as he has some sort of power in the region all we have done is in jeopardy.

He looks at the rest of those around him. Waiting to hear their thoughts.
What do you think?


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

Andreas stand up slowly and looks around the room. We have a few options as to what we can do.
Master Kazmuk needs time to finish his work on the promised ring. Zade also will need to complete his work on the contracts and we need to prepare this outpost to be better defended.

He starts to walk around the room slowly.
We have some decisions to make...We could travel to the Sootscale Tribe and finalize these negotiations. We know the area from here to their home and it would not take more than about three days travel. Maybe a day to talk of trade and then another three days back. This of course would be after Zade finishes his contracts. During that time we could get some work in on the defenses before leaving. Kazmuk could work on the ring while we are gone. We would take Master Henry and Mistress Yennifer with us of course. The rest of the guards and troops should remain behind to aid in the defense and could also help with repairs.

He continues to pace and look around the room again before continuing.
We could head west and explore the area by Tyg-Titter-Tut and Perlivash. There is also south towards the dead spider nest and explore the area there. This will take us close to the orcs original camp.

Stopping and crossing his arms.
These are just my thoughts on our situation. What does everyone think?


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3
DM Rostam wrote:


Svetlana and Oleg both smile, and Svetlana speaks, "Thank you for starting this, it will be wonderful to start getting some more civilization out here as people arrive."
Oleg, "I'll lose my peace and quiet, but I came out here to make a trade hub and this is a great start!"

It heartens my soul to see that you approve. We should work on shoring up the defenses around here. With your permission we would like to implement some ideas we had to help defend this place from any further aggressors.

DM Rostam wrote:
Yenniffer, her demeanor interested but reserved, "Which of you are mapping the area? I presume one of you is? We need a map to these... kobolds and likely an introduction. And who will be negotiating the agreement between Svetlana and the kobolds?"

Andreas is about to speak when he sees that Rillka has taken the initiative. He nods politely as she goes about her task.

Rillka wrote:


Rillka Cloudhopper, I am tasked by Lord Mayor Sellemius to create the maps of this groups exploration of the area. I would be pleased to create a map suitable for your travels through the area. If Yennifer is interested, she will show her the map she has been working on to date. As for negotiations, that would be up to the tall folk to decide.

Perhaps an escort along with an introduction as we negotiate this arrangement.

Zade wrote:


I am an expect in negotiations and contract law. I'd be happy to formalize any agreements and duly register them with the Church of Abadar.[/b]

I look to your expertise to complete such a task. The church of Abadar is not in this region and I am not sure how the Dragon Throne would react to any interference into whom the church sends out here. It is always a delicate situation when it comes to church and state. Since you are the closest Abadarian representative in the region...I would recommend you accept said contract in the name of the Abadarian Church.

DM Rostam wrote:


Keston, his voice a bit flat and uneasy, [b]"And what has become of Akiros?"

Akiros has asked that he and his men be allowed to remain with Father Kavken at the lost temple of Erastil. They wish to repair and protect the religious sight.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3
DM Rostam wrote:
Once everyone arrives, Oleg looks to Andreas "So what's this Henry has told me about a home and a job out here?"

Andreas looks around the room at all those that are in attendance. His gaze is positive and his demeanor for once is...pleasant. With his attention back on Oleg, the large human begins to explain.

Master Oleg as you know...
He extends his arm out to indicate his companions.
...we have been tasked with exploration and pacifying of the region known as the the Stolenlands. In order to keep all we have accomplish from unraveling, we have made certain arrangements design to strengthen the peace we have created. There will be need for a caravan and escort to help facilitate those arrangements. I made the offer to Master Henry, Mistress Yenniffer and their respectful employees, first crack at the job. I also made an offer of a place for them and their families. Where that will be I am not sure but the region is wide open and filled with opportunity.

He turns his gaze to Svetlana.
Mistress Svetlana, we were able to locate some moon radishes. We brought them back per your request. We were hoping to cultivate some land near by and plant the seeds in order to grow moon radishes right here. You would have first pick of the vegetables for your personal needs and the surplus...we would like to trade to the Sootscale Kobold Tribe south of here. Proper compensation would be made above and beyond the vegetables of course. Is this something that we can come to an agreement on?

We are trying to make these arrangement to help stabilize the region and bring a bit of civility as well. The Dragon Throne will send someone to take over this region when we are finished with our task. I personally would rather have people in place that are trustworthy and have a vested interest in the well being of the land rather than someone that has been given the job for political gains or because of a surname.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

So just a few questions about the timeline....
Everything looks right to me.
I just wanted to clarify something.
Kazmuk will need a total of 32 days to finish the ring? 20 days to build the forge and then another 12 days to create the ring. Is Kazmuk needed to be here for the 20 days as the Forge is being built?
~or~
Can Kazmuk create the ring without the forge and the time would overlap each other so to speak? The ring would be done on Gozran 14?

As far as direction.
I think we still need to meet with the people of this settlement to make our proposals about trade with the kobolds and the Outpost. The Farming of Radishes and such.

I can see us staying around a few more days to make sure all is well before heading back out to explore. The exploration should be close by for now. Maybe we could head west and explore the two hexes around the faerie nest...or the closer one...south towards the spider nest and explore the two hexes around that area. This would take us close to the orcs original camp. Anyone have some thoughts?


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Rillka Cloudhopper wrote:


I have detailed the buildings here that we defend. I will leave this here in Oleg's care, as we would not want the Stag Lord to have a nice map of the place. While we are here though, and before the orcs or the Stag Lord come again... you and the others should try to think like them and figure out what you would do to attack this place if you were a bunch of brutish orcs, or if you were smart and cunning bandits. I would also suggest something innocuous be placed as a marker out at about 400 feet - that is the furthest that most spells with range reach out to and a good distance for the archers to judge distance... a standing stone, plant a tree, paint a rock we can see, dig a little furrow. I'd also get some barrels of water up on the top of the walls, probably one or two in each corner.

Andreas continues to think as Rillka shows him the map. His mind racing all over the place after the past events.

That is a good suggestion. I think a small rock of sorts...Nothing to big that can be used against us for cover if the situation should arise. Several range increments should be used and the colors should also be placed on the siege engines to help dial in the attacking angle.

He looks to the siege engines.
Those need to be repaired right away. Perhaps some magic could help with that? It is known that they do not work. It will be a nasty surprise when they do work...

He looks to the building where everyone will meet later.
When we go in to talk to the others we will make these suggestions.

Andreas nods at Roke
I understand, we can only try and hope for the best.


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Keeping his demeanor neutral, Andrea's smiles and tries to keep the mood light and relaxed as he responds.
Any help would be most appreciated. It would appear that all we do has a benefit to the region. The choses we make affect more than we can see. Let us hope that what we are doing is correct.


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Kazmuk Doortsgarf wrote:


Once Andreas talks about making deals with the kobold, Kazmuk is a bit reticent. "To us, dvarrves, kobolds arre on the same categorry as goblins and orrcs: crreaturres cerrtainly not to be trrusted and prreferrably to be killed if possible."
"I trrust the visdom o' me people, forr such knowledge vas not gained frrom isolated experriences, but frrom the continuity of the trreacherrousness o' such evil beings. Therreforre I'm against such arrrangement. I say ve use the varriors ve have and get those crreaturres out o' the mines as soon as possible... I could even send vorrd...

Andreas nods thoughfully at Kazmuk's words.

I do not disagree with the wisdom of your ancestors, kin or your own experience. Kobolds in general are vile and evil creatures.
He pauses...
...generally speaking...

Rubbing his chin...
I am very reluctant to start another fight and create yet another enemy. We have orcs and bandits aplenty right now and it would be ill advised to open a new war front...Even against Kobolds.

Andreas worries are there for most to see as he contemplates his words.
This...Sootscale Tribe... has show me how different they are and how dangerous it is to generalize. I see and respect your point of view. I feel we should deal with the Kobolds honorably and hope that things work out.

The tall Knight sighs softly as he continues.

...however...

He rubs his temples slightly.
I sure as the hells do not envy whoever the Dragon Thorn puts in charge of this region

It does not hurt to add some checks and balances or to have some more allies.

At this he ask Rillka for the current map.
As you know we located a vein of gold in this area here which is about twenty miles or so north of Oaktop Silver Mine that the Sootscale Tribe has taken up residency in.
He points to the two locations.

I think we could work something out. Maybe hire some of your Kin to mine the Gold. Sentinels of the area so to speak. If the Kobolds regress to their normal state then we deal with them. Your kin have a home here and work. The mine would belong to whomever the Dragon Throne puts in charge of course, just like the Oaktop mine. This could help to stabilize the region and keep that Sootscale tribe in check. What do you think?


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

Not a problem. Just waiting for more players to post and give their input if they want.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

As the others rejoin the group, Andreas is thrilled to see all of them.
Good job, all of you

Gird Medvyed wrote:


"We were able to ambush a party of 4 orcs and take them out while out there and keep ourselves secret and alive. In the end we rejoined you and to be thankfully within these walls again. We should think about our next steps and maybe get back into our chartered exploration."

Four less is four less. Glad to have you back safe. Now if the Orcs would only take my advice and move on...things would be great. I will not hold my breath. I think they will be back some time.

Rillka Cloudhopper wrote:
Don't forget the ten or so orcs that stumbled on the ambush site the next morning... they are still out there too. Rillka says as she chews on one of Sventlana's rolls.

the other half that we were looking for. I was expecting the Stag Lords men showing up personally but I guess he felt the orcs could handle this by themselves.

Greeting each of the companions...
Go and clean up...relax...enjoy this well deserve respite and then we shall all talk. Later tonight we will meet with everyone to get all up to speed on current events.

Kazmuk:
Andreas gives Kazmuk a nod of gratitude for his safe return
Kazmuk, how long would you need to get your forge up and running? How long would it take to then create the ring for our new friends?

Roke:

He turns his attention to the druid.
I am wondering if you could help Svetlana with creating a track of land for planting the radishes we brought back. I have no knowledge of such things and I do not even know if you have such skills. I figured I would ask before offering your services.

Zade:

As the group starts to disperse...he approaches
Zade, I am wondering if you would not mind putting together some documents for whomever the Dragon Throne send to take over this area when we are done. I would like for you to create a treaty of sorts between the Kobolds and the Levetons. I would also like for you to create a trade agreement between the two as well. This is of course dependent on the approval of Oleg and Svetlana. We give them the Radishes to start a garden. Oleg and Svetlan take what they need for themselves and the rest would be traded to the Kobolds. The Kobolds would in turn mine the silver and trade it for the Radishes. I am hoping that this little agreement will help to stabilize the area.
He pauses a few moments...
I would also like a contract for the caravan and her guards.I offered them a job if the helped us defend the Outpost. I want them to run the trade between the Outpost, the Kobolds and whomever takes control of the region.

Meeting with the companions:

Before we meet with the others I felt it would be proper to get your input on a few things. I feel that we should ask Oleg and Svetlana about creating a track of land for the Radishes right here next to Olegs. They would have access to the vegetables that Svetlana needs for her soup. The excess could be traded away.
He pauses for few seconds.
with the extra radishes...we could trade to the Kobolds for the silver that they mine. A fair price for the radishes could be taken out of the Silver that is mined and given to the Levetons for thier part in this. The rest of the silver would go to the person that the Dragon Throne sees fit to put in charge of the region when we finish our task. I also would like to hire the caravan and her guards to facilitate the trade process.
Letting his eyes settle on the dwarf
We should get the friendship ring to our fairy friends as soon as possible. Do you think this is a possibility?

He looks at Roke as the next words come out....
We need to get word to the Temple of the Elk about the orcs. I am wondering if you have a way of getting a message to them like you did this morning?


This is if there is not major objection...
Meeting with everyone:

Andreas makes sure that there are guards posted and that they are kept fresh and rotated on a regular basis.Sitting down at a table with his companions, the Levetons, Yenniffer, Henry, and Keston. The human knight who took this opportunity to bring civilization to the region looks up and down the table at those assembled. Standing and introducing each in turn so that all are familiar with one another.
Master Henry...Commander of the caravan guards and Mistress Yenniffer of the caravan...both lent their aid to us during the brief encounter with the Orcs. Lord Garess and his men have been here helping to keep the Outpost safe. Everyone knows the Levetons of course...and...these or my companions.
He motions for each to introduce themselves as they see fit.
He sits back down and waits for everyone to get acquainted. He then stands once more.
First let me start with an apology. Master Oleg and Mistress Svetlana...I am truly sorry that our actions brought this unwanted attention to your home. It is not something we wanted and frankly I should have seen this coming.
He nods slightly at both before continuing with the business at hand.
In our travels we came on this little patch of radishes. We are to understand that there was a desire for such vegetables. It was fortunate that we were able to bring some back here...
He smiles and waits for the information to sinks in as he looks to the Levetons.
I have a favor to ask. These radishes are a distance away and they are wanted by the Sootscale Kobolds south of here. It is very hard to protect them and the Kobolds may just eat them all. I suggest a plot of land nearby that we can grow the radishes. You can take what you need for the outpost and personal needs. The excess could be traded to the Kobolds. They live in a an old silver mine and I would like to trade the Radishes for the silver. I am thinking some form of payment can be arranged for your part in this endeavor. The hope is that this would bring some much needed stability to the region. The tribe may even be inclined to come here to trade for other items in the future.
Watching and hoping for a good response, Andreas turns to the caravan and her guards.
This is where you come into the picture. I need a strong reliable unit to guard this trade route that we are setting up and someone to make the ride the route. If you are interested we can sit down together and hash out an agreement.

He steps back...
This is of course, dependent on all parties agreeing.


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I will wait for the others to post before I post more.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

Andreas stands outside the gates staring off in the direction the orcs traveled. His posture is still stiff in anticipation of combat.

DM Rostam wrote:
"Well... I never expected them to just up and leave. I guess they can count, HA!"

They were just measuring us...wanted to see if they would leave peacefully...I had to try.

DM Rostam wrote:

"Well good riddance. Though we should have pressed our advantage to remove them permanently."

I fear that we may see them again. I truly hope that I made the correct decision.

The large knight continues to stare out into the plains. He mumbles to himself and those around him hear his words.
The strength of a civilization is not measure by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.

As those around look at him, he comes to terms with his words.
My father used to say that to me when I was very young. I never understood what that meant...until now.

He turns to look at those gathered around him. He places a hand on the shoulder of Keston and looks at each man in the eye.
We will be ready if they come back, the outpost will be ready. Today no one died and that is a good thing. Come let us enjoy this good fortune with friends and celebrate life.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3
DM Rostam wrote:

:: Gozran 2 - Morning - A Skirmish at Oleg's ::

Andreas moves forward, his voice booming across the potential battlefield. The orcs look to each other, then the largest nods and the others fall back into the camp and being stuffing items into sacks rapidly.

The large orc steps forward and shouts in broken common, "Your words.. they seem true.. We pack and leave.. We were told of fewer men at this place and do not wish to fight..."

If allowed to, the orcs will pack for about 10 minutes, then retreat west towards the forest.

Andreas remains quiet for a moment as he thinks.

Did not expect that to go so well. What really is going in here.

Walking his horse a few more steps towards the orcs he stops. His voice is still loud but with less intensity. He motions towards the large orc that spoke.
What is your name. When the Stag Lord hears that you refused his orders he will come looking for you. I have witnessed first hand how he treats those under his rule. I can only imagine what his wrath will be like for those that do not do as he wishes. You will need to move fast and quickly to escape any retaliation from him.

Need to make sure they understand that there is someone in charge here not just a bunch of people thrown together at the last minute.
Andreas lets his voice remain calm and gentle. He appears to be understanding to the orcs.
Why would you align with such a man. He brings only failure and misery to all that he touches. If you seeks to remain in his employment then take him a message. The outpost is under my protection. Each day more and more arrive to reclaim the land in the name of civilization. We bring the light of law and order to these darkened lands.

He moves even closer and looks directly at the large orcs.
I hope that we do not meet again. That you are able to safely get away from here and find a home that you can truly claim as your own. Not one taken from another. Do no harm to any until you are out of the River Kingdoms. If we should meet again across each other on a battlefield...I do not know if I will be able to give you a second chance to live.

He looks to the west where the orcs were looking.
and if you should run into the other orcs...take them with you as well. Leave my lands and never return.
My lands...I sure hope the Dragon Throne does not take issue with those words.

Andres waits for a response but is ready to turn and leave.
If no words comes then he salutes and turns away to ride back to the others. Once there we watch as the orcs prepare and leave. Once the hit the tree line the unit moves back to the safety of the outpost.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

I will have a post up tomorrow morning sometime.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

Andreas turns and looks at those assembled. Motioning them to stand their ground and not move forward. He then motivates his horse to move forward, bringing him closer to the orcs.
At a point where he is certain they can hear him, he lets his voice ring out for all to hear.
Is the Stag Lord worth your lives? Do you think he cares if you live or die? Where is he now? Where is the fabled Stag Lord of the Stolen lands. He lets you do the dirty work while he remains warm and in his own bed.
Turning his horse side ways so all can see him.
I will give you this one opportunity to leave the River Kingdoms with your lives. Disperse now and never return...stay and I will bring death to where you stand. I await your answer.

Dilpomacy: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (6) + 9 = 15


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

Letting his gaze roam along the distant horizon and trees, the battle ready knight tries to judge the distance. He quickly judges the terrain and all the variables between the outpost and the orcs.

Andreas urges his mount forward keeping his shield up and at the ready while his weapon remains on his side.
Total defense as he moves forward..AC 23. I will move slowly forawrd trying to get a judge of what armor and weapons they have. If I see no archers then I will continue but if I see archers I will keep at a safe distance.

Walking his mount forward slowly, Andreas keeps ready to respond to the orcs.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

Does this change anything now that there is no palisade? Are they still waiting, charging at me or even knitting a sweater? lol


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

Not sure how they got a palisade up that quick but I guess these orcs are descendant of the Romans...lol

I am going to go and pick a fight. Keep the formation loose. Lord Garess, Master Henry...keep them together and be ready to fall back if the need arises. Stay the line and I will see if I can get them to come out and play. Remain here.

Since we have some time as the orcs get ready and such. If i can that is if not it will just delay the action a bit. Going to remain at a long distance as to keep out of range of bow shot.

Andreas whistles loudly and a nickering can be heard from the outpost. Soon there is some verbal exchanges and then the gates open up once more. A horse in barding comes running out towards the large knight. He mounts up and urges the horse off towards the orc camp. He walks his horse back and forth as he also watches to the west.
Where are their reinforcements.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

Andreas walks along the line of men and women. Giving encouraging words and advice. Keeping spirits high and making sure all are on the same page with the plan.
Steady...We will wait.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

Roke, I leave the spell casting up to your judgement. I am thinking that we might want to keep them tangled up within about fifty feet of the gates. I am planing on about fifty feet out and see if I can get them to bite but it might take us further out. We will soon know.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

I was thinking that they timing would be perfect...I thought the ambushers were on their way back at early morning. Like 5 or 6 am. That would be a good meet up but alas it is not.
Andreas looks around at the others.
Lord Garess you take the left flank, Master Henry, the right flank.

He nods to those assembled by the gate that it is time to show our hand. As the gates open up...
I want us to appear as if we are not sure of what we are doing, that we are new to combat. I want them to come at us with abandonment. So keep your shields down and spread out. Let us hope this plan works. Listen for orders from Lord Garess and Master Henry if things should change. Keep an eye out for reinforcements...May Iomedae's gaze be on us this day.

Lightning...move out.

Alea iacta est
and the die is cast...


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

::Gozran 2 - Early Morning - Inside the Outpost::
Andreas awakens just as the blackness of night is lighting on the distant horizon. The slight pink color brings a slight frown to his face. Battle will be join in just a few hours.
Today, death will be the only winner. I do not relish such actions but it is what we must do for the future of these lands.

After making his rounds to make sure all is secured and everyone is accounted for, the knight lays his equipment out on the ground and goes about cleaning each and every piece. Removing bits of rust and blood from the plates and rings. Replacing leather straps and buckles that are in desperate need of repair. Taking a wet stone to his blade to remove the nicks and sharpen the killing edge.

Once his equipment has been tended to, he goes about getting dressed. He takes his time to shave his face of the several days growth that has been neglected. Taking a wet cloth and wiping his body down. To clean the dirt and dried blood from his skin. His gambeson is clean and was hanging next to a fire to warm up. Each piece of armor is checked to make sure that it is in the correct place and functional. Stretching the belt to fit around his waist as the old blade is place in the scabbard, Andreas looks to the heavens. The sun has brighten the skies to where he can see the distant forces arrayed against them.

He kneels down to one knee in the center of the outpost.
His voice filled with confidence and his tone holds nothing but respect.

Prayer to Iomedae:

Iomedae, here my words...for battle will soon be joined. The enemy has long held these lands as refuge for their evil. Today these noble beings that call these land home, will fight valiantly to bring justice to the region. A land that desperately needs civility to shine during these dark times. I beseech the to look down on these plains, at the deeds these honorable men and women do this day. If any should fall I beg you to take them under your wing and guide them to their final rest for they surely have earned it.

As those last words leave his mouth, Andreas reaches down to grab some dirt in his hands. Rubbing it together, feeling the earth rub around the calluses of his hand. His shoulders sag as he ponders to himself that even this dirt will not wash away the blood. Blood that soon will be spilt here in defense of Oleg's Outpost. A conflict that he had a hand in creating.

The knight stands tall and squares his shoulders. He walks among the brave souls that have been assembled to fight this day. He helps each with getting equipped, a gentle hand on a shoulder or a simple gesture of camaraderie. His broad shoulders seem able to hold the weight of the world as he makes his way towards the gates.
I want a single archer positioned at the flanking towers with a second archer laying down as well. The last four will take center above the gates also lying down. I want a slightly convex line of melee with shield up front spears and reach weapons behind them. Great weapons are on me and will float from side to side depending on where we are needed. The object is to kill them. Work with those beside you to kill the same target. We want to take them down quickly and not just wound them. Do not go for the solo kill it is not worth it.

His pause is short lived as he continues.
Remember what we are fighting for and never forget that momentum is a cruel mistress, she can turn on a copper with the smallest mistake, she is ever searching for the weak place in your armor, that one tiny thing you forgot to prepare for.

I know that this is not what you might normally hear...but...if quarter is asked, we shall grant it. They will be tried and punishment will be swift and just.

As the men and women line up...his voice is strong and solid with confidence. It is not one of sweet sounds or melody, it is one of honor and courage. His voice starts out as words but soon turn into a song as the gates are prepared to be opened.
We are a solid line that will not bend. We stand shoulder to shoulder. We...will...not...bend!!!
This is not my song at all. I like it and thought it would be good for here.

Song:

Stands a warrior, Stands a Fighter
Armor ready, blade on high
Takes no Glory in the killing
but for a king prepared to die

Stands before you
Stands behind you
Stands beside you in the fray

Stands a warrior
Stands a fighter
Strength and honor wins the day

Strength and honor to the glory
battle ready at king's command
knows a duty, knows no limit
knows what mind and heart demand

Stands with broad sword, mace or flail
Spear or glaive, axe or madu
Bastard sword, shield or long bow
Strong balista or trebuchet

Friends defended, friendship ended
Reunited or departed
Loss and longing fuels the fire
Ever onward come what may

For their Kingdom, for their King
For their Queen and for their faith
For their neighbors
For their loved ones
For their honor
For the day


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

Just lost power. I really hope I can recover my post. That will suck having to rewrite that again.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

I will have a Gozran 2 post up tomorrow sometime.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3
Roke Rostlander wrote:
"How far out do you want me to try to entangle them with plants? I can impact the plant life at quite a distance, over 500 feet, and it'll be a rough circle 80 feet wide. I don't want to hamper them too far away, or too close."

I would say no more than a hundred feet. Do not want to make it hard on the archers to find targets.

Roke Rostlander wrote:


"We'll also have to decide what to tell our compatriots in a note. Should they join us inside, or wreak havoc from behind the group once the trap is sprung? I can get a squirrel to carry the note to our rendezvous and wait there for them."

I am going to go ahead with the plan as is and not with them counted into it. We have no way of knowing if they will get our message or not and it may be too late for us to rely on them.

The large knight pauses for a moment.
Send the message for them to join us inside if they are able to sneak in from the back like we did. If not they are to use their best judgement on where and when to attack. Let them know when we will attack and what our plan is.

There is a slight problem with my plan and how I make my plans for attacks like this. I rely heavily on real life experience and real time techniques. I am not sure how well it will mix with a turn base fantasy game...LOL we will see. I am thinking that the sun should be up and fully seen by 8 or 9 am? maybe? that would be the time of attack.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

Andreas continues to scan the faces...

We are going to bait the Orcs in coming closer. We need to use their war like nature to our advantage.

He pauses and looks from faces to the general area around them.
Right now we have the advantage of numbers. I am not sure how long that will last. I expect more to show up come the morning.

The large knight starts to walk around.
A storm is coming...

We will move the caravan to place the wagons across this area here. We will over lap them to create a barrier with an opening in the center. Behind will be where we will treat the wounded...critical first. Anyone that is not trained in combat can be behind these wagons to take care of the wounded. Get water and any form of bandages or cloth that we can use to bind wounds. If they get past the gates this will be our fall back point. The opening in the center will create a kill pocket for us to defend. It will also give the archers on the walls a nice target.

He starts to walk to the gates.
I will need at least two on the gates to open and close them when the time comes.

The man does not miss a step as he continues to talk. His voice calm and respectful to those that listen.
We will split up our forces. Master Henry and anyone the prefers close combat will form up by the gates. You are my lightning force, the first thing the orcs will see. All those that are trained in range combat and spell casters will be up on the palisade walkways. Keep low to not show out numbers. You are my thunder force, the first thing the orcs will hear...and feel.

His momentum continues as he talks.
We will open the gates and lightning will move out to draw in the orc. We will make it seem that we are planning on fighting them in the open. Thunder will remain mostly hidden at this point. When the orcs come running for us, we will let them run that distance. We want to be close enough to the gates that we can get back inside quickly. When the orcs have gotten half way across the field we will start to slowly move backwards towards the gates. Draw them in. When the time comes and they are close enough to our range attackers, lightning will break and run for the gates. Sell it, make them think you are fleeing in fear. Run for the gates and get inside. We close the gate with enough time for the orcs to be so caught up in their desire for combat that they continue to charge the gates. This is where thunder comes in. At this point thunder attacks at range. Double up on your targets. The point of this is to kill them, not to wound them. Spell caster should pick and chose how best to utilize their own spells. If you are capable of immobilizing them...go for it.

He stops and looks to the stables.
If all goes well and we are able to route them in disarray...we will engage them from behind. Cutting them down as they run. This will be our monsoon force. The constant harassment and the last thing the orcs taste. Those that can, will mount up and help to cut down the runners.

We will fight come morning when the sun has broken the horizon and is fully seen.

He stops to look at everyone.
This is my plan. I feel it is a good setup but this is your fight as well. If you have thoughts about my plan or have a better option...now is the time to speak up.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3
Roke Rostlander wrote:

does that not having time to prep spells apply to Roke?

"Andreas! The rest of the group wasn't in the meeting spot, but I did notice less orcs in the camp. Let's hope they are safe. In the meantime, what's the plan of assault? I can send an animal messenger to the camp once we have something to tell them. As for the attack, I can make the grasses a grasping mess for the orcs, if that would help."

Andreas heart sinks when word of the companions missing comes to his ears. His demeanor quickly resumes his typical professional manner.

They are proven survivors and there is nothing we can do for them at the moment. I only pray that they are not harmed. I trust Gird and his judgement on how best to handle his current situation. Less orcs is good but I was hoping to strike before it got dark. It will have to wait till morning sometime. Everyone should get some rest...double the watches and over lap them.

Your spells are going to be of great use. I think if we can get them bunched up and charging the gates...we could slow them down or stop them for the archers to strike killing blows.

He turns to look at all of those with in the walls, noticing the different looks on their faces.
I will have more up tonight or tomorrow.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3
DM Rostam wrote:

:: Gozran 1 - Late Afternoon - At Oleg's ::

With the caravan behind him, Andreas arrives back at Oleg's, outside the wall.

Not sure if you want to go inside, if you do assume you get inside and can talk to Kesten, Oleg, and anyone else you wish to speak with. The caravan will be about a half hour behind you.

I would try to get inside by climbing up the back. Inform the others what is going on and prepare the group to be ready to get the caravan inside.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3
DM Rostam wrote:

:: Gozran 1 - Late Afternoon - At the Caravan ::

Henry ponders for a moment, then shakes Andreas hand. "You have a deal. We will fight for 75 gold. A permanent home and a job out here... well we will see about that after."

Yennifer nods at the agreement. "Everyone, lets get fit for travel. We will be headed to Oleg's straight at the rear and then we will make a quick turn around and into the gate." Yennifer looks to Andreas, "It's you job, Sir Andreas, to get Oleg to open the damn gates at the right time so we can pull the wagons in without waiting. Don't leave us stuck out side the wall."

With that Yennifer and Henry turn to their people and begin getting them ready to go.

Master Henry, you show character when comes to those under your command. I see that and it is a welcome sight in these times. In this conflict I will give you orders only. How you accomplish those orders is up to you. You are the best judge of your men and I will not step in and try to lead your men from you.

It is getting late and it is best we get inside as quickly as possible.

He mounts up and address everyone as a whole.
We make for the fort...keeping it between us and the orcs. That should gets us right up to it without being seen. I will take point and would like the archers to follow first...climb the wall from behind and get up on the rampart to give us cover if things go bad. Master Henry, if I may suggest. Keep most of your men hidden among the caravan. The less the orcs see of us the better. They may think us easy pickings and do something stupid. Which would help us out greatly. Bring the wagon in on the southwest side and I will make sure the gate is opened the moment you clear the front corner.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

I will have a post up tomorrow some time.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3
DM Rostam wrote:

Yenniffer, "I and my people will come for free, if Henry can be convinced. I'll let him speak for his men."

Yenniffer steps back and a large man is old but well kept chainmail steps forward. In a gravelly voice, "I'm Henry, Sir. Now, I've got eleven men 'ere and meself to put at your disposal. Four of us are archers and the rest of us prefer to get in close." Henry looks Andreas up and down a bit more closely. "You look like you've seen a battle or three before, Sir Andreas. Men die, get injured real bad. We all retired from that to this here caravan work for a reason. Now, any who don't make it, I have to keep their family up for a year so they can figure things out. Any who are badly injured I have to keep up for six months so they can recover. We're a tight group and fight well, but a lot can go wrong with an orc band."

Henry jumps over the edge of the wagons and walks up to Andreas. "Now I think that a hundred gold would be a fair deal...

Andreas looks over Henry with a show of respect, his posture is tight and non threatening.

He scratches the stubble on his chin as he thinks...
75...
He looks over the group and then at Yenniffer.
and a job. There will be need for a caravan with escort in these lands...very soon. I would be willing to give you, your men and Mistress Arnalli's caravan dibs at the offer. You could make a home for you and your families. A permanent home for all of you. There are healers within our ranks that will be able to heal your injuries. I will do what I can to help those that are injured.
Diplomacy: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (17) + 9 = 26
If they are as good as they appear...The dragon throne would be wise to keep them on as a group. A well seasoned unit like this would be perfect to ship the Moon Radishes to the Kobolds and to escort the silver and gold back to Oleg's outpost.

He extends his hand out...
do you accept...


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

@GM Rostam
WOW that is a HUGE amount of gold for 11 people.
A little over 9GP a person.
I will assume that these people are not just average mercenary soldiers then. A trained hireling is 3sp a day (Mercenary soldiers). That is like a 2000% increase in pay per a person. Before I post a reply I wanted to make sure that this was correct. I do not have a problem with an increase but wanted to make sure I know that is correct.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3

I have been going through some rough personal stuff lately and I am sorry that I have not been as active as I would like. The quantity of my posts is not there nor is the quality. Planning to move in a couple of months (again) with the drama of personal life and the stress of figuring out all the logistics of the schools for the kids, housing, new doctors and my wife's career is just one huge quagmire of red tape and hoops to jump through. This has all led me to a state of total physical, mental and emotionally drained.

I plan to keep up as best I can with the games but as I know you understand, this is a game and will take a back seat to RL.
Bot me as you need to. I hope and pray that this mess is resolved soon and life goes back to normal.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3
DM Rostam wrote:


Andreas, you're unaware of the 4 orcs leaving the camp and the ambush underway. I'll continue forward with what you said, but their reactions will be as though you simply said you've counted 16 orcs.

I knew that and I can not understand why I thought otherwise.

DM Rostam wrote:


The figure by the wagon speaks, "Well, Sir Andreas, I am Yennifer Arnalli. You deliver a good case for coming to help you. If it were purely my decision, I would have my caravan guards muster out and we would make for the outposts gate and try to enter with all our supplies. However, my guard captain, Henry, keeps reminding me that they're currently being paid for caravan duty and that they'd expect more pay to fight in a skirmish or in a battle line. If we can come to some agreement on that then we will make a direct line for Oleg's."

Mistress Arnalli, I can understand that desire of payment for such a task and if it is within my means to grant I will. So what is the going rate for a days work as a caravan guard?


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3
DM Rostam wrote:

Andreas sees a brief flurry of activity, then someone steps up on top of a wagon and waves, "Come and say what you must, but be warned there are orcs roaming these lands and if you wish to stay you have to be prepared to fight with us."

The orcs are the reason I am here. They have camped themselves outside Master Olegs's Oupost. My companions and I have been tasked with pacifying the Stolen Lands by order of the Dragon Scale Throne. I counted sixteen orcs but four of that number wonder towards the woods. My companions are in that are and I expect to have four less orcs to deal with. That leaves me with the seven soldiers inside the out post. Orcs are vicious and this will be a hard fought battle even with the sides even. I could use some aid in removing this threat. I personally believe that the Stag Lord or some of his men will be here some time tomorrow to reinforce their orc allies. If they take the outpost...all in this region will suffer.


Male HP:34/34 AC:19 T:12 FF:17 F:+5 R:+3 W:+2 Perc:+3 Init:2 Bastard Sword +5, 1d10+2 CMB:+5 CMD:+17 Human Cavalier 3
DM Rostam wrote:


:: Gozran 1 - Late Afternoon - At the Caravan ::
As you get close you hear a voice call out, "Who goes there?! Announce yourself, these roads are dangerous."

Andreas sits up taller in his saddle as he gets closer. His armor is dirty and grimy from the last few days. Flecks of dried blood and smears of sweat can be seen over various part of the metal skin. He turn his horse so that she is across the path and the unseen voice can get a good side view of him.

Hail and well met to you...Wish it was under better circumstances. These dangerous roads is what brings me to your camp. I am Sir Andreas Eisfalke Von Ulm and I wish to speak to the one in charge of the caravan personnel. I plead that you make this quick as my time is very limited.

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