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in the current room... Server Administrator-> This channel is now moderated (86) TaliesinNYC: we can wait for the prodigal
rogue later ** (102) Sushil twirls the ends of the mustache
deviously, as a snide grin spreads his lips. "Mweheheheh." ** (86) DM: ((who needs a recap?)) (85) Fildin: (( sure. )) (102) Sushil: (depends if we're FFing) (86) DM: ((investigated most of the Killing
Keep, discovered Verek's lair, Sush's minion took a beating, found out about
Verek's activities, had a conference with "Whisper")) (95) Ruth: (And stole Verek's best stuff) (85) Fildin: (( as far as we know... )) (102) Sushil: (Raided his fridge.. maid
along distance call. Borrowed some clothes, left him a new pet.) (86) DM: (101) DM: In the far corner of the
room, half hidden by cobwebs, is a dark iron door. It seems to be closed.
(121) Sushil: "Well, I can't say much for how Verek treats his
animals." :eyeing the dead horse:
** (149) Vadania grunts "Should treat your animals better then letting
them starve to death in a stables, at least set them free." **
(119) Ruth: "It does not exactly look like there was a fire."
(131) Fildin: "Yet another reason to get rid of Verek."
** (131) Amreth makes his way to the iron door, searching it for traps. **
** (121) Sushil shakes his head as they all take his joke too seriously. **
** (149) Vadania makes her way around the stables looking for anything
** (119) Ruth tries to determine what happened to the front wall of the
whispering to TaliesinNYC, [1d20+5] -> [9,5] = (14)
-> [19,5] -> (19, 5) = (24)
** (121) Sushil moves into the room, following Amreth, and prodding the minion
along with his staff. **
(131) Amreth: "So, just how much abuse can your friend there take?"
he asks Sushil.
(121) Sushil: "It's not anuse. He needs guidance."
(121) Sushil: (abuse, even)
(131) Amreth: "No, I mean from the traps on this door."
(121) Sushil: :shrugs: "It would depend what the trap is."
(131) Amreth: "Looks like a pair. One on the lock itself, one magical one
set off by opening it."
(121) Sushil: "Hmmm..." If it's a blade or a spike, I dount he'd mind
much. Though the magical trap worries me."
(149) Vadania: "Why wouldnt he mind getting stabed?"
(131) Amreth: "Yeah, one is blade - but that is also the one that I could
(121) Sushil: :shrugs: "He's never complained before. I doubt he would
(149) Vadania: "You siad he cannot talk so how could he complain?"
(121) Sushil: "Exactly."
(149) Vadania: "Just because he cannot complain dos not mean he does not
(121) Sushil: :to Amreth: "If you truly feat the magical assault I suppose
he can take the brunt. But relieve him of the blade if you would."
(119) Ruth: "There are plenty of means for making a silent protest."
(121) Sushil: (fear even)
(121) Sushil: :to Vad: "Trust me. He does not mind."
** (131) Amreth lies down on the ground and waving everyone else back, he
reaches up to try to disable the traped lock. **
** (149) Vadania grunts **
** (149) Vadania stays back **
** (131) Fildin watches Amreth with interest. **
** (121) Sushil moves closer to the door, asking Amreth to show him the
evidence of the spell upon it in hopes of determining the effect. (spellcraft
based on what Amreth shows..?) **
(121) Sushil: "Before you possibly get cut open, would you
** (131) Amreth sighs, but stops what he is doing and shows Sushil what he
(121) Sushil: Spellcraft Skill Check: [1d20+8] ->
[13,8] = (21) -> [17,8] -> (17, 8) = (25)
whispering to Lunauc, evocation
whispering to Lunauc, certainly enough magic to cause injury to whomever opened
whispering to Lunauc, either a magic missile type effect or a minor elemental
effect, you're not sure
(121) Sushil: "Well.. that's going to hurt." :backs away: "I
assume you will reimburse me, should I lose my minion in this endeavor
(119) Ruth: "What is it?"
(131) Amreth: "Talk to her about that." he says, waving to Ruth.
(121) Sushil: "Reimbursment..? Repayment for my loss of course."
** (119) Ruth waits patiently. **
** (121) Sushil has moved away now, so Amreth can return to work. **
** (131) Amreth lies back down and gets to work again on disarming the trapped
lock, being very wary of the blade. **
** (119) Ruth waits patiently a bit longer. **
** (119) Ruth waits a bit impatiently now. **
** (121) Sushil turns to grinkle while they work, "Give me a hand with
something, will you?" **
** (121) Sushil heads back toward the kitchen, minion in tow, and expecting
whispering to TaliesinNYC, [1d20+5] -> [14,5] = (19)
-> [15,5] -> (15, 5) = (20)
** (119) Ruth sighs when Sushil leaves. "I know he knows that was not what
I asked about" **
(131) Amreth: "Well, at least I am earning my pay - again." Amreth
sits up and works on unlocking the door, now that he disable one trap.
(121) Sushil: :In the kitchen, Sushil instructs Grinkle to help the minion lift
the overturned table and carry it out to the stable.:
(101) Grinkle: "It be hevy."
** Grinkle shuffles forward reluctantly. **
(121) Sushil: :replies smartly: "That's why I needed your help."
(121) Sushil: "Set it up infront of the door."
** Grinkle mutters, "Ooo. Hevy hevy hevy," as he lifts the table with
effort. By the looks of things, he's not exercised much in a while. **
(121) Sushil: :cheers on the hob idly: "That's it. Good work, chef
(121) Sushil: (Grinkle rather)
(101) DM: The hobgoblin shuffles about, righting the table in front of the
door. "Lik dis?" he asks.
whispering to TaliesinNYC, [1d20+5] -> [16,5] = (21)
-> [19,5] -> (19, 5) = (24)
(121) Sushil: "That'll be fine. He just needs enough room to reach round
and open the door. Thank you."
(121) Sushil: "Amreth, is the door unlocked yet?"
** Grinkle nods, then retreats a bit, taking out a parsnip from a pouch and
chews on it. **
** (131) Amreth steps away from the door, putting his picks away. "It's
unlocked now." Amreth then moves across from the closed door, hopefully
out of range. **
** (121) Sushil sets his minion and the table into position. Then he backs away
with the others and orders from across the room, "Keep your body covered
behind the table and reach around to grab the knob and open the door." **
** (131) Fildin moves with Amreth, chatting a little with him quietly enough to
not bother anyone else. **
** (149) Vadania moves well back as well **
(101) DM: It does so, and as the door opens inwardly, there is a loud explosion
as a bolt of lightning issues forth from the lock and smashes into the minion,
sending it flying backwards against the rear wall of the stable, whereupon it
drops to the ground, a smoking ruin.
whispering to TaliesinNYC, [3d6] -> [3,2,3] = (8)
-> [6,2,3] -> (6, 2, 3) = (11)
(121) Sushil: (aaww... no reflex save?)
(131) Fildin: "Ouch."
whispering to TaliesinNYC, [1d20] ->  = (1) -> 
-> 9 = (9)
(121) Sushil: :turns to Ruth: "He was expensive... so you know."
(101) DM: (I rolled the save.)
** (131) Amreth moves to the opened door, and peers around the door jam to peer
into the room before opening the door further. **
** (131) Amreth enters the room after a moment. **
(192) Donovan (enter): 22:18
(131) Fildin: "I guess that means it's clear now?"
** (131) Fildin peeks into the room after Amreth, and then follows him,
muttering "Much nicer." **
** (121) Sushil hoists his backpack, now that his personal porter is no longer
around to carry it. He grumbles at the weight and seems to pay his minion's
demise no mind." **
Attempting to assign the role of PLAYER to (192) Donovan...
** (149) Vadania follows after Fildin **
(192) Ruth: "So it was a lightning bolt."
(121) Sushil: :nods to Ruth: "Apparently." :heads to see what is in
the room he lost his minion for:
(101) DM: The interior of this medium-sized windowless chamber is, unlike the
rest of the Keep, quite spotless. It's a sleeping area. Against one corner of
the room is a pallet, next to it is a closed wooden chest. A footstool rests
against one wall. In the far corner of the room is a low table upon which can
be seen a wooden bowl filled with water and a small pile of silvery dust next
to it, along with a bronze wand.
whispering to TaliesinNYC, [1d20+5] -> [6,5] = (11)
-> [10,5] -> (10, 5) = (15)
** (131) Fildin near the low table, looking over the water and wand. **
** (131) Amreth is checking out the chest. **
(192) Ruth: "This looks like Verek's chambers."
(131) Fildin: "Yeah. And it appears he has been watching something. I
(194) Harper (enter):
(196) Dj Gilcrease (enter):
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(101) TaliesinNYC: Booting '(149) Dj Gilcrease' from room...
(149) Dj Gilcrease (exit):
** (131) Amreth pulls out some tool and begins working on unlocking the chest.
** (121) Sushil looks over the dust, water and wand, wondering the connection.
(arcana/spellcraft check) **
(101) DM: The water in the bowl ripples as Fildin finishes speaking. A hazy
image forms within.
(121) Sushil: Knowledge: Arcana Skill Check: [1d20+8]
-> [6,8] = (14) -> [12,8] -> (12, 8) = (20)
(121) Sushil: Spellcraft Skill Check: [1d20+8] ->
[16,8] = (24) -> [3,8] -> (3, 8) = (11)
(101) Voice: "Report."
whispering to Lunauc, scrying device
(121) Sushil: "Hmmm..?" :glimpses into the water, trying to place the
whispering to Lunauc, both the wand and the silver dust are used in conjuction
with the bowl of water to scry on either a person, an object or a location.
** (131) Amreth looks at the bowl for a second, but then tries to sound
commanding. "The keep, and the seal, are ours." **
(131) Amreth: (( oops - Fildin does that. ))
** (131) Fildin looks at the bowl for a second, but then tries to sound
commanding. "The keep, and the seal, are ours." **
(101) Voice: "You summoned me. Have you something to report? Has the
Numsroth heir been slain yet?"
** (192) Ruth carefully makes sure to stand far away from Fildin. **
(121) Sushil: :nods to Fildin:
(101) Voice: "Ah, very very good. Our plans proceed apace."
(131) Fildin: "She is no longer a concern." Fildin glances at Ruth,
(121) Sushil: (the voice sound familiar?)
(101) Voice: "Most excellent indeed. You have done well, my fine young
apprentice. Receive now your next set of instructions."
(101) DM: (nope)
(101) DM: (a dry, husky, male voice -- perhaps in his late forties or fifties,
(113) M. (exit):
(101) Voice: "Bring your willing servant, that fool of a fighter to the
Halls. The god commands it. He will make a perfect tool for our purposes."
(131) Fildin: "Of course."
(101) Voice: "The seal must be delivered to its proper owners where it
will be kept safe for the rising that shall come."
(101) DM: The voice chuckles with glee.
(101) Voice: "Oh yes, by the might of Lord Bane, for the rising that is to
** (131) Fildin chuckles with the voice, but less than the other does, so as to
not show-up his laugh. **
(131) Fildin: "For the rising." he agrees.
(101) Voice: "In the name of the Black Lord."
(101) DM: The voice and the image fades away.
** (131) Fildin steps away from the dish as soon as the picture fades out.
(121) Sushil: :finally speaks up, once the image is gone: "You know... I'd
hate to admit it, nut... he seemed like a rather affable fellow."
(192) Ruth: "You did really well, considering the suddeness."
(121) Sushil: "Good spirited, supportive and encouraging of his
underling... a bit twisted and malicious, but what employer is not to some
(121) Sushil: :To Amreth: "That chest open?"
(131) Fildin: "Maybe Sushil, if you overlook the small fact that he
apparently wants to rise something that has to deal with Bane. That's not
anywhere close to good in my view."
(192) Ruth: "Now that you mention it, he did seem to be a rather unusual
(121) Sushil: :To Fildin: "Minor details. Everyone you know has some odd
interest I assure you."
** (131) Fildin shudders, "Maybe, but some interests are far worse than
(121) Sushil: :thinks it over a second before responding: "Oh, yes... that
is true. I once met a man who was romantically involved with his goat."
:cringes to shake the memory before moving to check the chest for Verek's loot:
(131) Fildin: "At least we got a little more information - even if we
don't know who that tall-folk is exactly."
(121) Sushil: "I'm sure we'll find out when we go to the halls."
** (131) Amreth opens the chest lid, and looks through the items. **
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(131) Amreth: "Mages" he mutters as he draws out a pair of robes,
traveling sandels, spell components, travelling spellbook, writing implements,
parchment, a map, a diary, and finally a pouch of coins. He tosses the pouch a
couple times, trying to get a feel for the amount of coin inside.
(192) Ruth: "Of course, we know what Verek is supposed to do next and he
does not now."
(101) DM: Within are some clothes, a few pouches containing what appear to be
spell components, a leather-bound book with metallic plates tinged with a
greenish substance, a small diary (also leatherbound), writing implements and
parchment, and a small handpouch filled with coins.
(101) DM: (strike my comment)
** (121) Sushil picks up the diary, giving it a brief read though of the latest
(101) DM: (stopping in 45 minutes because of our two lurkers, Ned and LtFiend
so we can talk to them.)
(194) Harper (exit):
(131) Fildin: "Exactly. I just wonder why he didn't realize that I didn't
look like Verek. Unless I do..."
(121) Sushil: :to Fildin: "There's a good chance the visual effect of the
scrying did no twork two ways."
(192) Ruth: "I cannot say. Could be any number of reasons."
(131) Fildin: "Hmm, that would make more sense." Fildin moves to
overlook the items Amreth removed, and noticing the map, he picks it up and
** (192) Ruth examines Verek's spare robes. **
(121) Sushil: :as he reads through the diary: "I think I've found the
man's name at least. Or an alias. He is a high ranked Zhent Mage, named
(131) Fildin: "That's something else. Verek works for Whisper, and they
are both ties to Bane. This just gets better and better."
(83) Parliament (enter):
** (131) Fildin shows Ruth the map. It is a map of Eveningstar, with the
location of Stonewatch prominently displayed. **
** (121) Sushil gives a slight snicker as he reads through the pages. **
(83) Parliament (exit):
(131) Fildin: "Looks like how they tracked down your Uncle."
** (121) Sushil closes the diary offering, "Well... it does not seem Whisper
has met Verek more than once, which means he probably know little of him, and I
doubt he's met Jhanaeril at all. This could work to our advantage." **
(192) Ruth: "Whisper might be an alias. It is a good nickname considering
the contact method."
** (192) Ruth holds up one of Verek's robes. "It definitely gives me some
(131) Amreth: "So, since Whisper thinks things are going so well, we could
launch a trap for him. Maybe."
** (121) Sushil puts the diary aside and picks up the other book, opening it up
to scan though its contents. **
(121) Sushil: "I would not advise that. He seems to be a rather powerful
mage. And short on patience. It may be better that we use that against him and
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(196) Dj Gilcrease (exit):
(131) Amreth: "How so?"
(131) Fildin: (( whoops - Fildin, not Amreth... These dual personalities are
getting the best of me. :P ))
(192) Ruth: "If that is one of his spellbooks, it may make up the cost you
paid to get the door open."
(121) Sushil: :while scanning pages: "His diary mentions a time once when
Verek entered the halls unannounced, the one time he met Whisper in person. He
was harshly warned to never come unsummoned again. I wonder what the response
would be if Verk failed to show when he was summoned."
(121) Sushil: :to Ruth: "This would be but pilfered belongings. That
servant cost me actual money."
(131) Fildin: "And even if he does get a word in - the fact that he does
no have the seal, his fighter, or the death of the heir - would likely make
Whisper even more upset..."
(203) DM Luzic (enter):
(121) Sushil: :nods to Fildin: "Quite true."
(204) Dj Gilcrease (enter):
Attempting to assign the role of PLAYER to (204) Dj Gilcrease...
(203) DM Luzic (exit):
(192) Ruth: "That is not just belongings. It is merchandise. Money waiting
in potentia for just the right person to see it."
(204) Vadania: (( sorry my main comp crashed hard ))
(131) Fildin: "Most interesting. I admit, facing Whisper might well be
(121) Sushil: (is it a spellbook, btw?)
(121) Sushil: :peers up to Ruth: "You're being rather stingy, yes?"
(131) Fildin: (( brb ))
(101) DM: ((yes))
(192) Ruth: "Quite the opposite."
(101) DM: ((leatherbound, with metallic plates coated with a greenish
(101) DM: ((I mean the edges are tinged with a greenish substance))
** (121) Sushil gives the woman a slightly amused chortle, "I suppose you
have a point in that. Though I still expect some aid in acquiring a new
(192) Ruth: "You will have to tell me where you got that servant, but I
believe that book is worth more than you paid for your last one."
(204) Vadania: "Dont you have one waiting at the Keep, Fildin said you
left one there."
(121) Sushil: :shakes his head to Vadania: "No no. That thing back at the
keep is just a puppet. This one was special. He'll be harder to replace."
** (121) Sushil tucks the spellbook in his pack with the diary. "I think I
have a replacement in mind though." **
(121) Sushil: "Well.. shall we be on our way?"
(131) Fildin: "Then everyone is happy. So, shall we return to let Lady
Winter know what we found out?"
** (204) Vadania shrugs **
(204) Vadania: "Do you want me to leave any nasty surprises here in the water
or food? I have a few Herbs that are quite nasty when consumed."
(121) Sushil: "We should probably check what is down that hall leading
into the mountainside before we leave."
** (192) Ruth folds up the better of Verek's robes and stows it into her backpack.
"It may be useful if we need to get into the Halls." **
** (131) Fildin grabs up the spare parchment from the chest, and puts whatever
is not taken back into the chest. He then gets and idea and goes and picks up
the wand from near the scrying area. **
(101) DM: ((you already did. that was 10, the pantry.))
(121) Sushil: (no I meant the door north from 2)
(131) Fildin: (( wasn't that one closed tight, or blocked? ))
(121) Sushil: (oh, was it?)
** (121) Sushil kneels down, removing something from his pack and wrapping it
in oneof Verek's robes before stowing it in back in the chest. Turning to
Amreth, he asks, "Can you relock that?" **
** (131) Amreth relocks the chest. **
(101) DM: ((closed tight, yes))
(101) DM: ((we'll stop here) (85) Fildin: (( so, are we FFing to much
later, or are we on our way away from the keep? )) ** (102) Sushil packs up his pilfered spell
components and books, before hoisiting his bag witha grunt. "Hmmm...
Grinkle..?" Calls aside to the Hobgoblin: "Would you ming terrible carrying
this bag for me. I need my hands free if I must use my magicks." ** (86) DM: ((up to you.)) (85) Fildin: (( just leaving the keep it is
then. )) ** (85) Fildin pipes a cheerful tune as the group
travels away from the keep, one that seems to perfectly match his mood of
having made it in, and back out, of Verek's stronghold. ** ** (105) Vadania calls Hile once out of the keep and
hops on ** ** (102) Sushil instructs Amreth and grinkle in
strapping Smasher's body to the horse's back before they leave. ** whispering to Zane, did you want to know Verek whispering to Zane, see Verek's spellbook (100) Dalna_Navee (enter): 20:21 (102) Sushil: :To Ruth: "So, Lady,
where are we off to now? Back to the village?" (110) LtFiend (enter): 20:21 (106) hakootoko (enter): 20:21 (106) hakootoko (exit): 20:21 (86) TaliesinNYC: Booting '(91) LtFiend' from
room... (91) LtFiend (exit): 20:21 Attempting to assign the role of PLAYER to (110)
LtFiend... ** (95) Ruth hangs back in the ruined stables until
Sushil is gone before approaching the mangled body of his minion
apprehensively. ** whispering to LtFiend, it would be best if we
could converse via AIM whispering to LtFiend, SobaAddict70 on AIM (102) Sushil: "Lady Ruth..?"
:looks around for her a moment before offering a shrug: ** (95) Ruth very slowly pulls back the hood to
reveal the skull underneath. Seeing it she quickly turns away. ** (105) Vadania: "So Grinkle would you be
interested in cooking at a restaurant?" (95) Ruth: "It is what I suspected, but it
still chills me to see it. I expect I will see a lot more of death in the
future though." ** (95) Ruth catches up to the rest finally.
"Sorry, there was something else I had to take care of." ** (86) Grinkle: "What be dis
resto...resto...eatz place?" (102) Sushil: :offers Vadania: "Try
tavern." ** (85) Fildin puts his longhorn away, catching in on
Vadania's discussion. ** ** (102) Sushil glances back to Ruth curiously for a
second. ** (102) Sushil: "Shall we be on our way
then?" (86) DM: The diminutive hobgoblin gets up from
his resting place, patting his pouches with satisfaction and burps loudly. ** (85) Fildin nods to Sushil. ** (95) Ruth: "Agreed. We need to be away
from here when Verek returns." (105) Vadania: "Yes, an eatz place that
people come and pay to eat the food you cook. I have been thinking about how we
can make enough money to help Ruth take care of her Keep and I had an idea to
set up a Herb shop and eatz place." (85) Fildin: "Oh, that does
interesting. There is no place like it in Eveningstar, and since Mynomere's In
is no longer haunted, Eveningstar is going to need something else to help bring
in travellers." (85) Fildin: (( *does sound )) (102) Sushil: :to Fildin: "Somehow... I
doubt people would come from far and wide to eat something a hobgoblin cooked.
No offense Grinkle." (100) Dalna_Navee (exit): 20:35 (85) Fildin: "Maybe, but he does cook
some good food - and once people start talking about it, more are likely to
come." (105) Vadania: "I dont know about
bringing in Travellers, but it could work. I was thinking that Grinkle would
cook, I would collect and prepare the Herbs and maybe you" ** to Fildin **
"could help run the
shop, you seem to know a bit about plants." ** Grinkle listens as he walks, chewing thoughtfully
on a stalk of wild celery. "Me like." ** (95) Ruth: "Advertise it right and people
will come specifically for the food. Only moreso when it becomes well
known." (85) Fildin: "I'd love to help. I doubt
I know as much as you, but I have some knowledge." (102) Sushil: :shrugs: "As you wish.
Though it may be easier and cheaper to start by getting him a job as cook in
the local tavern and expanding after people have started to appreciate his
culinary skills." (102) Sushil: "Unless of course you
wish to turn Stonewatch into a Bed and Breakfast affair. In which case he could
be the head chef there." (85) Fildin: "But it would be more fun
to just go for it." (105) Vadania: "So Ruth, the brings me
to something else I wanted to talk to you about. I did some research before we
headed out here and it will cost a bit of money, but I think what you gained
from the Keep will cover the cost of starting up the buisness." (102) Sushil: "Fun is well and good.
But at the moment funds seem more important." (86) Grinkle: "Wud need help tho." (105) Vadania: "Yes, we would, especialy
if you plan to go with us when we head out of town again." (95) Ruth: "It does sound like a good
idea." ** (102) Sushil begins leading his encumbered horse
away from the keep as he offers back, "This all sounds very exciting, but
may we talk about it away from the keep of the evil wizard who could be home
any moment?" ** (85) Fildin: "Oh, that's great. Hmm, I
wonder just what kinds of herbs the townsfolk would be interested in
though..." (105) Vadania: (( I thought we were already
moving )) ** Grinkle nods in agreement as he scrambles out the
opening in the side of the wall. "Yub yub." ** (85) Fildin: (( yeah - but we didn't
expressedly say it... )) (86) DM: ((and yes you are)) (102) Sushil: (nope... just standing around
talking) (105) Vadania: "Medicinal, flavoring for
food, and stuff like that." ** (85) Fildin looks to the sides of the paths as
they continue down the path. "Hmm, makes sense. Medicinal would also be
handy for travellers that happen through. Wouldn't it be great if we could get
Lady Winter to be one of the first patrons?" ** (102) Sushil: "Hmmm might be better for
business if also offer healing practices as a secondary practice to the
herbs." (105) Vadania: "How do you like the name
'Greenwood Herb Garden' " (102) Sushil: :nods: "Sounds very
tranquil." (95) Ruth: "Good choice." (85) Fildin: "Oh, an excellent tie in
with the group. I wonder, do you think we could use Talrasha's old tower?" (105) Vadania: "We could ask Lady
Winter, I had not found a place yet before we left." (102) Sushil: :shakes his head to Fildin:
"No.. the crown has already laid claim to it. Which reminds me, we must
make arrangements to move her belongings to Stonewatch." (86) DM: ((bio break)) (85) Fildin: "Hmm, good point. Wow, we
have quite a lot to do, don't we?" (95) Ruth: "It would be a shame for
her library to go to waste." (102) Sushil: "Quite true." ** (105) Vadania nods ** (102) Sushil: "Also.. if we are to
continue in this quarrel with the Zhents, we should see about getting payment
for services to the crown. If we do the job of Harpers, we should recieve the
reward of such." (95) Ruth: "More definite, and final,
results would be needed before getting that kind of reward." (85) Fildin: "Exactly. But it something
to consider for when we get to that point." (102) Sushil: "Of course. But it is
good to have an agreement beforehand." (86) DM: ((back)) (85) Fildin: "Wow, you are starting to
sound like Amreth." Fildin smirks a little. (102) Sushil: :sighs: "At the moment it
is a common worry." (102) Sushil: "Technically though, how
we succeed is the first worry." (85) Fildin: "How we succeed at
what?" (102) Sushil: "We do not know how
strong either of the mages awaiting us are, nor what allies they have with them
at the haunted halls." (102) Sushil: "Defeating these zhents
of course." ** (105) Vadania sets off ahead of the group "I'll be back in a bit I am going o collect some
Herbs" ** (95) Ruth: "You have one of Verek's books.
That should give us an idea of what he is capable of." (85) Fildin: "Oh yeah - them. Well,
what else should we do? We've disrupted their communications, and each of the
wizards doesn't know what is currently happening." (102) Sushil: :To Ruth: "The man seems
quite self inflated in person, and in his journal, so he may make himself out
to be more powerful than he is. And the spellbook I got from him doesn't not
seem like much, though it is beyond me. However, he may carry another with his
more potent incantations." (102) Sushil: :then to Fildin: "But
they will straighten it out soon enough. We must make sure to shake their
faiths while we have the chance." (95) Ruth: "If you had a backup spellbook,
would you keep a copy of only your simplest spells?" (85) Fildin: "True, they might. So,
what can we do next?" (95) Ruth: "It would not show the breadth
of his capability, but the potency should be about the same." (102) Sushil: "If I were smart, I may
leave one around for enemies to find to decieve them of my true strength. Or I
may just be an elitist cretin who doesnot wish to have lowly spells in his
prized grimoire." (102) Sushil: "Either way, I expected
him to be stronger, based on the damage to Tsharilla's tower." (85) Fildin: "On the other hand - the
Killing Keep was set to look like a complete ruin, so would he ever think that
someone would be able to get into his keep, and his spellbook." (117) No Name (enter): 21:09 (102) Sushil: :shrugs to Fildin: "Most
likely not. So I am hoping his strenght is overrated. Yet, we are still left
with the wild card of Whisper." (85) Fildin: "Very well - so we need to
deal with him, and more permenantly deal with Verek most likely." ** (102) Sushil stares off for a long moment in
thought. Eventually a cryptic grin crosses his thin pale lips. "Hmph.. it
would be ideal if they could deal with eachother instead." ** (85) Fildin: "But, isn't that what you
just said we didn't want? To have them clear things up?" ** (102) Sushil shakes his head: "No... not
clear things up. I'd rather sever their truce." ** (85) Fildin: "Ok, you have our
attention." (95) Ruth: "Now that we know about
Whisper. Maybe he is the one that did the damage to Tsharliira's
tower." (102) Sushil: "If the diary is any
indication, Verek despises whisper, and I doubt he feels any closer to his
subordinate. They don't seem to have communication beyond interspersed
reports." (102) Sushil: :to Ruth: "It is
possible, though Whisper does not seem to have directly involved himself in
collecting the seals up until now." (85) Fildin: "Of course not. If they
did, it would be much harder to keep the secret society working." (102) Sushil: "Anyhow.. Verek should
still not know that Jhanaeril is imprisoned. After all, the temple seems to
have been keeping it under wraps. And if Verek did respond to our last letter,
he will probably be wondering what happened to his underling." (85) Fildin: "Sushil, did Verek mention
attacking the tower in Eveningstar?" (85) Fildin: "In is diary that
is." (102) Sushil: :shakes his head: "It
didn't say." (85) Fildin: "Then that might have been
Whisper's handiwork." (102) Sushil: "I surely do not doubt
that." (85) Fildin: "So, Whisper could have
been involved. But he didn't want to attack Ruth's uncle himself. Hmm, most
interesting strategy." (102) Sushil: "Seems sloppy to me. If
we could piece it together so easily, either they take us for fools, or they
are themselves." (85) Fildin: "Unless Whisper was more
worried about the Uncle than Talrasha ((I'm sure that is spelled wrong.)). So,
he used Verek to go after Stonewatch himself, in case there was a problem. But
he could have been confident enough to attack Talrasha herself." (86) DM: ((Tsharliira)) (85) Fildin: (( yeah - her. :) )) (102) Sushil: "Edearas was a powerful
mage. Much more so than his daughter. Whisper may simply have sensed it safer
to send in fodder to do the job. Not to mention it only implicates the
Lotsafinga clan, rather than arising suspicions of a zhent scheme." (102) Sushil: "On the topic of scheming
though.. I believe we should take the liberty of leaving another message from
Jhanaeril when we return to Eveninstar." (85) Fildin: "Is this part of the idea
about getting Whisper and Verek to go after each other?" (95) Ruth: "I suspect that he did not want
the possibility for a survivor to escape the keep after seeing him. Tsharliira
lived alone though." (102) Sushil: :nods to Fildin: "I don't
know if Verek would have the balls to attack his superior, but it should strain
their relations nonetheless." (117) No Name (exit): 21:37 (102) Sushil: "It will speak of a man
claiming to be a zhent by the name of Whisper contacting Jhan to question their
progress. Either we can make Whisper seem a trade. Or seem that an imposter has
taken his place." (85) Fildin: "So, just how would we
strain their relationship? Obviously, Whisper will be annoyed with Verek
already, for not showing when he is supposed to. And Verek will not be able to
use his little bowl to talk to Whisper anymore. What else?" (102) Sushil: "The imposter is an
easier ploy, and if we play the cards right, we can have Verek questioning the
real man." (85) Fildin: (( oh, too slow typing... forget that
last thing. )) (85) Fildin: "Ahh, so if we get Verek
questioning the man - and since he can't use his bowl to contact him, it would
likely drive Verek crazy." (102) Sushil: "The letter will have to
specify that the Jhan lied to him, and said they had retrieved the seal and
killed the heir, so we will have consistancy when Whisper brings it up
later." (85) Fildin: "Do we try to arrange a
meeting with Verek then, or just pass messages back and
forth?" (102) Sushil: :thinks for a second before
adding: "Oh.. and let it mention that they set up a following meeting, and
Jhan, suspecting the man a fake plans to slay him, and that Verek should meet
him to aid if he can. Mention the invisibility spell in his book as a suggestion
for cohesion, perhaps." (102) Sushil: "When Verek arrives for
the meeting, all he will find is Jhanaeril..." (102) Sushil: ".. dead." (85) Fildin: "Wait a minute, how are we
going to fool Verek with an illusion? He is a mage as well." (102) Sushil: "What illusion?" ** (102) Sushil raises a thin brow to the halfling ** ** (85) Fildin stops in his tracks and stares at Sushil,
trying to find the sarcasm in his face. "You need to be in jest, otherwise
we need a new plan." ** (102) Sushil: :keeps walking: "How
so?" ** (105) Vadania rides back after colecting
Herbs, catching the last part of the conversation ** (85) Fildin: "We are not killing Jhanaeril." (102) Sushil: "Why not? He's dead
either way." (95) Ruth: "We cannot actually have
Jhanaeril for it. I suppose I might be able to make something to hold his
attention a moment." (85) Fildin: "Maybe, maybe not. But
that decision is not our call." (105) Vadania: "There may be a way to
make him appear dead without killing him with Herbs. I'll have to think about
it for a bit though." ** (95) Ruth trails off at the end as she ponders
what that will entail. ** (102) Sushil: "No.. it is the call of
the authorities, which will be judging him as soon as he is turned over." (102) Sushil: :stops and turns round to
explain: "This is a mage we are talking about. a stronger one that either
of us Ruth. Any chance he could detect the lie would mean the end of the ploy." (85) Fildin: "Exactly Sushil. That
could work Vadania, we might even be able to help him get an easier sentence if
he did help us like that." (102) Sushil: "Jhanaeril is murderet,
who will be tried for treason, assisting the zhents, conspiring with the hobs
and aiding in the deaths of two noted wizards who guarded this town, not to
mention whatever servants were in the keep. The man's sentence will be life
ending." (102) Sushil: "So all the better the
end of that life do some inkling of good, no?" (105) Vadania: "No." (105) Vadania: "If he is tried and
sentenced to death so be it, but we will not be aiding in killing him
sooner." (85) Fildin: "What she said." ** (102) Sushil glances between the two hins before
looking to Ruth for final say. ** (102) Sushil: "And what would you have
of your family's killer?" (95) Ruth: "Jhanaeril is not the one who
planned all this; he is just a pawn to Verek and Whisper. I would rather he
live on to atone for his mistakes than die in regret." (105) Vadania: "Well I need to fine only
one ingredient for a mix that will cause someone to appear dead without killing
them." ** (102) Sushil sighs heavily and turns away. After a
relaxed breath, he casually responds, "Very well. I will push the subject
no further." ** (85) Fildin: "And no side effects that
you know of?" (105) Vadania: "I have never tried it,
but there should be no lasting side effects." (95) Ruth: "Besides, your plan is not
without flaws even if we use the real corpse. We cannot just deposit a
long-dead body wherever we want to set this up and have it look authentic,
anyway." (85) Fildin: "What is it that you need?
Maybe I can help keep an eye for it." (102) Sushil: "Of course... he would
have to be killed on the spot. preferably by magic." (105) Vadania: "Sumac, I have the
Juniper and Mistletoe." ** (105) Vadania keeps an eye out for Sumac while
they travel ((Colect Herb Check [1d20+13] ==> [16,13]
= (29))) ** (95) Ruth: "Exactly. We do not have the
kind of magic to make Verek believe it was Whisper." (105) Vadania: (( AFK for a smoke )) (102) Sushil: "But we do have what we
need for an imposter." ** (85) Fildin stops momentarily as they travel,
stooping a little to grab a plant. "Vadania, is this what you
needed?" ** (102) Sushil: "Just for fun though..
when you go to see Lady Winter, ask her what Jhanaeril's sentence is likely to
be." (86) DM: You pass by Old Meg's farm, on your way
back to the village. A cloaked figure lies sprawled on the ground, paces away
from the familiar hollow stump. (85) Fildin: "Yeah, we would likely
need her approval for this, as well as Jhanaeril's." (102) Sushil: "Oh..?" :eyes the
figure: ** (85) Fildin glances at Sushil upon sight of the
figure. "You don't know spells that
effect time, right?" ** (102) Sushil: "No... unfortunately I do
not." ** (102) Sushil groans. "I feel all the planning
may be for naught. I recognize that cloak." ** (85) Fildin: "From where?" (102) Sushil: "From Verek's ugly
hide." (95) Ruth: "Resting?" (102) Sushil: "Somehow I doubt
that." ** (102) Sushil stares hard at the body, focusing
intently. ** ** (85) Fildin looks over at the body wearing Verek's
cloak, and then back at Sushil. "One way to find out." He starts to
make his way over to the body, arching around to approach the figure from the
side. ** (102) Sushil: Will save: [1d20+5]
-> [10,5] = (15) whispering to TaliesinNYC, [1d20+3]
-> [9,3] = (12) (102) Sushil: "Be careful.. it may be a
trap." whispering to TaliesinNYC, [1d20+1]
-> [20,1] = (21) ** (85) Fildin simply nods back at Sushil, taking his
time as he slowly approaches. ** (95) Ruth: "It is really suspicious." ** (102) Sushil looks about the field carefully for
scorch marks or signs of magicka, especially in the direction Verek seemed to
be fleeing from. ** ** (85) Fildin finally approaches the body, and looks
over it, without touching it. ** ** (102) Sushil kneels down, sifting through
something on the ground before coming up with a scroll to read. ** (105) Vadania: (( back )) (102) Sushil: (damage evident on the
scroll?) (86) DM: ((flash marks, scorching as if
emanating from it)) (85) Fildin: "This is Verek, isn't
it?" he asks Sushil, since he had actually seen the man in person before. ** (102) Sushil glances back to confirm the body ** ** (105) Vadania stays back with Hile ** (102) Sushil: "Hmm.. I suppose Whisper
already knows Verek failed." (102) Sushil: Spellcraft Skill Check: [1d20+8]
-> [4,8] = (12) (85) Fildin: "Maybe, maybe not. Those
other tracks are hobgoblin
And Verek here was attacked with darts. Although, there is the burning on areas
of his body that support the idea of Whisper being involved." (85) Fildin: "Unless there is some
other mage that also had something against Verek." (102) Sushil: "Well.. the 'W' is pretty
big hint." :points out a stylized W signing the bottom of the scroll: (85) Fildin: "Oh. That could be. But
why is the scroll damaged?" ** (95) Ruth approaches the body slowly. "When
did this happen? Did he already know when he contacted us at the Keep?" ** (102) Sushil: "Exploding runes... they
were triggered when he read it. I suppose the hobs were here to finish the
job." ** (85) Fildin moves to some of the tracks, trying to determine
how fresh they are. ** (95) Ruth: "I take it Whisper was not pleased." (102) Sushil: "Oh.. I'd so not." (85) Fildin: "These tracks appear to be just hours
old. So this would have occurred after our conversation with Whisper." (102) Sushil: "We have to assume now
that Whisper is aware of us. And he seems to have the Lotsafinga's on his
side." (102) Sushil: (how long was the trip back
from the keep?) ** (85) Fildin looks back to Grinkle. "Grinkle,
do you know of any of your old tribe that liked darts?" ** (86) DM: ((6 to 7 hours each way)) (86) Grinkle: "Yub. Lotz." (102) Sushil: :to Fildin: "If this
happened afer our talk with Verek, it seems likely Whisper planned to double
cross him anyway." (102) Sushil: (talk with Whisper rather) (86) Grinkle: "Shar-Kee, Monkey Love,
Backtalk, Smut, Udderdoo, Strong-thrust, Fumblefoo en Slyfun..." (85) Fildin: "I was hoping it would be
a smaller list." Fildin looks over the ground a little, then points off to
the east - towards Redhand Pool (a large lake). "Looks like the attacker
came from that way, and went back the same direction." (86) Grinkle: "Welp, yub kilt Smut,
Backtalk en Monkey Love." (85) Fildin: "Yeah, and the hobgolbin
was probably supposed to get the seal from Verek - which he of course did not
have. So, Whisper is likely to know by now that he does not have the deal he
expected." (102) Sushil: "Hmph.. " :gives a
slight chortle: "His subordinates are forfeit. He has no idea where to
find the seal or who the heir is. I wonder what his next step will be." (85) Fildin: "The only question I have,
is why would Whisper make plans for Verek to come to the Haunted Halls, and
then attack him out here very shortly after?" (95) Ruth: "Because he knew he would not
be talking with Verek again. (102) Sushil: :to Fildin: "That's why
we call it a surprise attack. You weren't expecting it, were you?" (85) Fildin: "Guess not. But I would
think that an attack in the Haunted Halls would be better. Unless Whisper
didn't expect Verek to come into the Halls unprepared. And out here, he likely
would be." (85) Fildin: "I think I am starting to
see how this works. Wow, it's more confusing than Jaymie trying to talk his way
out of being arrested." (102) Sushil: :shrugs to Fildin: "Well,
any alternative would be even more complicated. So best to go with this
one." ** (102) Sushil kneels by Verek's body, going through
his belongings. ** (95) Ruth: "Whether he knew we were
intruders when he contacted us at the Keep or not, he will realize it very
soon." (136) nutritious (enter): 22:38 (85) Fildin: "So, Verek is no longer a
threat, but Whisper is an even bigger threat, with the addition of the
Lotsafingers tribe." (136) nutritious (exit): 22:38 (102) Sushil: "True. though I may be
able to influence the Lotsafingas with some applied psycholody." (85) Fildin: "Maybe Ruth. The hobgoblin
will just report that he didn't find the seal. Whisper will most likely return
to the Killing Keep to locate it. Since Whisper didn't actually talk to Verek,
he won't know that you are still alive, or that Verek never retrieved the
seal." ** (102) Sushil tosses the man's dagger and coin
purse carelessly on his chest, and takes a second to eye a strange amber potion
before carefully lying that down. Coming acrossed a letter, he opens it to
read." ** (105) Vadania: "So I am guessing we wont
need the mix that replicates death?" (95) Ruth: "No, we will not." (105) Vadania: "Actualy that gives me an
idea..." (102) Sushil: "Not unless you want to
play a really cruel joke on someone." (95) Ruth: "Not right now, at least." ** (85) Fildin looks over the body as well, although
he takes few moments to look at the potion Sushil brought out. ** (105) Vadania: "A joke on Wisper, Have
Ruth, and a few of us take the mix. Having Sushil and Amreth deliver us to him,
just a few hours before we should wake. then we can take him by surprise." (102) Sushil: "I would not try that if
I were you. At this point we do no know if we are being scryed upon." ** (95) Ruth looks around the sky a moment. ** (95) Ruth: "Maybe. We are by Verek right
now." ** (102) Sushil sighs as he hands out the letter to
the others, "And it seems Verek's death is quite the blessing. Apparently
the temple is rather poor at keeping their prisoners imprisoned." ** ** (105) Vadania looks at Ruth ** (105) Vadania: "Isnt he laying there
dead?" (95) Ruth: "And Whisper may want to
confirm that." (102) Sushil: "But Whisper may be
watching his corpse, waiting for us to stumble on it." ** (85) Fildin smiles at the potion. "Wow, this
might help us also. It seems to deal with abilities of rogues." ** ** (85) Fildin suddenly stops talking. "What? Oh
great, that would just ruin everything then, wouldn't it?" ** (102) Sushil: :raises a brow to Fildin:
"You can identify that potion so easily?" :sounds impressed: (85) Fildin: "Well, I can get a general
feel for it, yeah. Lots of time studying." ** (85) Fildin also collects a few darts from the
body, wiping them off before adding them to his stash. ** (102) Sushil: "Hmmm.. remind me,
Tsharaliira had some potions I have not identified. Perhaps you could give it a
shot." (85) Fildin: "Sure, I can give it a
shot." (85) Fildin: "So, we might as well head
on out, yes? Maybe anyone only watching will just see a bunch of adventurers
pillaging a body and assume only that." (102) Sushil: "Let us hope not." (85) Fildin: "Well, let's keep moving -
just in case. Everyone ready to head on out?" ** (102) Sushil looks through the man's spell
components for anything valuable or helpful, before standing to leave, the
other items strewn carelessly on the body for others to take. ** (95) Ruth: "We do need to get moving. We
need to get away from here to plan our next move." ** (85) Fildin is sure to grab the coins and dagger
before the party leaves. ** (102) Sushil: "Hmm... We may soon find
Whisper taking more bold action as he tries to find what has happened to the
seal." (85) Fildin: "Sushil - What were you
saying about the temple?" (141) Torrek (enter): 23:01 ** (85) Fildin rises with the others, content to let
the conversation continue as they walk. ** (102) Sushil: :to Fildin: "The letter
Verek was carrying mentioned that he had seen Jhanaeril walking about in the
temple. Why the prisoner is allowed to freely roam, or what a servant of bane
was doing in a Temple of Lathander though, I'll never know." (85) Fildin: "But who had seen
Jhanaeril? That would be good information to know." (102) Sushil: "Verek did." (85) Fildin: "So he wrote himself a
letter about it?" (102) Sushil: "It also mentioned
something of an Osprey." (95) Ruth: "He was coming to leave this
message, then." (105) Vadania: "I doubt that Jhaneril is
any more a servernt of Bane
then you are... well never mind that line of reasoning" (102) Sushil: :shakes head: "No, No..
it was a letter from Verek, presumably to be placed in the stump for delivery
to Whisper." (85) Fildin: "Ahh, I see. Although I
wonder why Verek would admit that problem. Now, what about an osprey?" (102) Sushil: "The letter only said he
could not find any word of an Osprey." (141) Torrek (exit): 23:08 (85) Fildin: "Hmm, must be another code
name. I've never heard of any ospreys that can talk." (85) Fildin: "So, I guess we should
alert Lady Winter as to what we have found - then we can try to start making
sense of all of this." (102) Sushil: Knowledge: History Skill
Check: [1d20+6] -> [7,6] = (13) (102) Sushil: Knowledge: Religion Skill
Check: [1d20+6] -> [4,6] = (10) (102) Sushil: Knowledge: Arcana Skill Check:
[1d20+8] -> [15,8] = (23) (102) Sushil: "Agreed." :begiins
back toward the road, asking Fildin: "Do you know of any folk tales or
rumors involving ospreys?" (85) Fildin: "Hmm." Fildin thinks
for a moment. (85) Fildin: "Now that you ask - I
think Olbernath mentioned it once. Let's see - Osprey... Nbod the Mad? That's
it! The Osprey was one of Nbod the Mad's ships. And if I remeber correctly,
Nbod was believed to be a Zhent. Acording to some stories, something happened -
no one can agree on what - and he suddenly went rogue - leaving the Zhents and
becoming the pirate we heard about before." (85) Fildin: "So, that would explain
the tie in with Verek and Whisper - the Zhents likely want something from Nbod,
something that they think is on his ship." (102) Sushil: "The third seal perhaps." (85) Fildin: "Hmm, perhaps. It would
make sense. I wonder where it would be, there was no sign of the ship down at
the Moon Isle Atoll." (102) Sushil: :shrugs: "Are next
inquiry perhaps." (105) Vadania: (( AFK for a smoke )) (139) Moric (enter): 23:24 (139) Moric (exit): 23:24 (102) Sushil: (our even) (102) Sushil: (FF?) (85) Fildin: "Very much so. It appears
as though we may need an extended audience with lady Winter this time. But
enough talk for now." Fildin takes up his longhorn once again, playing a light tune that seems to draw
upon the sights of the river, the lake, the ofrests and the rolling hills,
floowing out sweetly through the area - yet having enough power to keep the
marching pace up as they travel to Eveningstar. (85) Fildin: (( smoke as well - I'll let
someone else talk for a bit. :P )) (102) Sushil: (afk a sec) (85) Fildin: (( back )) (86) Grinkle: ((yep, if you want to)) (86) DM: (lol) (85) Fildin: (( sounds good - since no one
else seems to have anything to say. )) (102) Sushil: (back) (86) DM: ((we can stop here if you like. let me
know what you want to do from here on in.)) (86) DM: besides I want to have Peter introduce
his PC (102) Sushil: (Ok.. if you like we can set
up what we plan in town on the boards I guess.) (86) TaliesinNYC: you've got a number of
directions you can go (86) TaliesinNYC: there's Whisper (85) Fildin: (( First thing - let a guard
inform Lady Winter that the Greenwood Adventurers request an audience. )) (86) TaliesinNYC: there's Ruth's keep (86) TaliesinNYC: there's the hobgoblins (86) TaliesinNYC: there's this
"Osprey" (86) TaliesinNYC: there's an audience with Lady
Winter (86) TaliesinNYC: there's whatever Lady Winter had
in store for you (105) Vadania: (( back )) (85) Zane: there's down time... :) (86) TaliesinNYC: yes, there's downtime (86) TaliesinNYC: so rate this session please