Last and Final Refuge

Actions Between Adventures

Through Week 29

I am under the Impression that there is limited time between missions that Characters can used to create items with craft, research spells, or simply work. I propose that a topic be used to keep track of all these actions so that Erich(The GM) has all of the actions in one place. In the Two weeks between Miro’s Missions he Copied down Darkness into His spell book (He cant use it) and made a Scroll of Sleep. All of his money was consumed to do this.

July 05 (5 months ago)
Hulder takes his time to start training and getting ready for the next mission (with a mentor if he’s found one yet). He sets up a dummy to practice attacking and he gathers some neighborhood children to throw rocks at him to practice dodging. After recieving a good amount of bruises, he gathers some barrel lids for the children to hold. He has them run past holding the lid as shield/target so he can work on his striking reflexes. This works well for a few days until a mother catches him and chases him off with a very pointy broom handle. Back to the drawing board….

July 06 (5 months ago)
Mindel has decided after recent events to sharpen his archery skills. He sets up a variety of targets ranging from small precision targets to stuffed dummies.

July 06 (5 months ago)
Ekio sets up a sparring group with fellow guild members, and starts a minor tourney.

July 06 (5 months ago)
Hulder gladly joins in the sparring tourney. He even promiseskto use just a ten foot pole instead of his ripsaw!

July 06 (5 months ago)
Mindel has volunteered to provide food for the gild by hunting either on his own or hunting groups not only to provide a service to the guild but also to sharpen his skills to hit a moving target, & hone in his tracking & survival skills

July 06 (5 months ago)
Rahl volunteers at the homeless shelter and at school for children teaching teaching basic forms of defense. He also goes in search of a master to enlighten him on the ways of the monk, finding Jarrett within the guild and asking him to be his Sensei, he begins training in the different styles and stances of the monk starting with learning to use his body to shield him from damage.

July 07 (5 months ago)
Oh, Ekio also joins the police force for the refuge, if there is any, in his spare time to act as an officer.

July 10 (5 months ago)
Rulstin is going to spend time aiding whatever blacksmith there is in crafting armaments and search around for some sort of mentor to teach him the ways of a fighter.

July 10 (5 months ago)
Huldur continues practicing with Dreggar to improve his agility while wielding the glaive, and participates in the sparring group during the week. He makes a point to offer what help he can to the Guild and its members after the loss of even more comrades. In the evenings he makes a point to visit the various taverns and ask about the Brotherhood of the Blood Oath, concerned about their appearance around the same time as the planned assault on the city.

July 10 (5 months ago)
Fallion spends some time in meditation. He fought well and slayed many orcs, but he almost paid the ultimate price. He must reach deep to find his inner strength, or he will not survive beyond the walls.

July 10 (5 months ago)
Fraus is going to be speaking with the guild leaders on several matters. A lot of it sensitive.

July 11 (5 months ago)
Makes sure the arms and equipment he brought back is given to the army quartermaster. He continues to help out when he can at the school. He also continues to train with the monk Jarrette in the guild hall learning new styles and techniques and helping the guild in any way he can. Rahl then makes it a point to go out to the sparring groups and practices those moves against several different types of combatants. When he has time Rahl tries to go out among the people, especially among the poor to see if they have heard anymore news or information on this Brotherhood of the Blood Oath. Finally, Rahl spends his late evenings in meditation and contemplation of his path in life.

July 18 (5 months ago)
Jemma, pretty much after any mission, will spend most of her time alone and just contemplating her condition, while waiting for the next mission to head out on.

July 18 (5 months ago)
After his arrival back at the Guild and his debriefing, Maldio immediately rushed off to the Wizard’s guild to offer help going through all the books and notes acquired during the mission, possibly finding a mentor in one of the wizards he worked alongside.He offered to help at the Children’s Academy to allow other, more senior members a chance to examine the trove of information, but spent most of his time reading and organizing files to go either to the Library or future guild use. As he read, his eyes glowed, excited to find some useful bit of magic to help the city. In his mind, magic will be what saves Tirg-Ath-Onon and somewhere out in the world is the right bit of wizardry to do it.

July 18 (5 months ago)
Fallion heads to the mage’s guid to see if he can figure out what his ring does.

July 18 (5 months ago)
Maldio heads to the Wizard’s Guild as well, bringing the rune sketches and hell hound horns for analysis as well as trying to decipher the books with the mysterious language. Hopefully it wasn’t some kind of summoning; I’d hate to think of what was called up…

July 19 (5 months ago)
Posting this now due to not being able to next week.

After the accidental mess up on the teleport back, if Rulstin does survive and make it back home, he would like to search for a weapon master. One specifically whom uses polearms, so he can learn the use his lucerne hammer to the best of his ability. (for my archetype)

July 19 (5 months ago)
Mindel has found a mentor and is training to hit a target that an ally is in melee combat with. So Mindel volunteers several party members one by one or two by two or even three by three to stand in front of target dummies in melee combat formation while he fires a volley of arrows at the targets

July 23 (4 months ago)
Burr kisses the ground when he gets back and mutters something about “Damn foxes…” before heading off to the Wizard’s Guild to get his new ring checked out. Once he’s done there, he drops the gems off with the guild leaders and takes his new blinging rings back to the mines for some good old-fashioned work. Where things make sense and random plant monsters don’t try to violate you with tentacles.

July 23 (4 months ago)
Having gone back to his human form, he is taking his 6 scrolls to a certain Elven Sorceress he’s been hanging out a lot with recently. And to discuss with about that damn bloodstone disappearing.

July 24 (4 months ago)
Ok your up now Fallion stand with Burr here in front of the target dummy in a combat position while* I shoot arrows at you * I mean at the target. ( snicker)

July 24 (4 months ago)
Upon returning, Ishimune sells the golden candleholder and replenishes his supplies along with purchasing some other oddments, such as two flasks of lamp oil, three large sacks, a length of rope, and an empty glass bottle before donating the rest of his share to the hospital he used to work at. Afterwards, he takes the strange items encountered on his journey to the Wizard’s Guild for examination(The strange orc garment, the coins of an unknown metal, and the ceremonial dagger).

August 15 (4 months ago)
Kegan from the League of Seven Ideals and fourteen members from other adventuring guilds were removed from their guilds after it was discovered they were collaborating to aid the Blood Oath Brotherhood and undermining guild missions. Kegan’s masterwork warhammer is available if anyone needs it. Huldur will take it. It’s always nice to have variety with your orc destruction!

August 16 (4 months ago)
Gamble was muttering something under his breath as he left the Adventurer’s Guild. He had work to do and preparations to make for the next mission it seemed. He convinced himself he didn’t need magic rings, or even that beautiful mithril armor he’d lost to a game of chance. Right now he needed a bit of target practice.

He made his way to the shooting range and set up a number of targets and flags. The flags were allies and the targets enemies. He was tired of having to shot into the fray of battle but as it wasn’t likely to end soon he figured he should at least learn to make his shots hit true. Hours passed and soon enough he never hit the flags even as they swayed in the wind and obscured the targets. His fellow adventurers were sure to appreciate a little extra precision on his part. (Precise Shot feat gained)

He could feel the weight of the day pressing on him heavily but before turning in for the night Gamble wanted to make a stop in at The Long Respite. The other taverns were well and good but those halflings really knew how to make good spirits. Gamble had made a fair number of friends and acquaintances there. He wasn’t the only human to appreciate good drinks. He was looking for some specific items there in the city. Or at the very least, someone who could make them. His brush with death had been a little close for comfort and he was interested in finding a better set of armor. He had heard tell of old druidic elves hardening leaves and weaving them into fine armor but he would certainly settle for a studded leather set that someone was willing to part with or craft.

He also had a stranger question for his information channels. He was interested in any rumors or tales of eggs. He wanted very particular eggs, large affairs from nests high in the mountains in fact. Perhaps something of that nature had been spotted or seen by the other adventuring groups? He sent the call out through the masses for information that he was willing to trade some things of value for if need be. He finished a few drinks in the meantime and headed back to the barracks for a nights rest. He had certainly earned it after ‘tucking in’ so many undead that day.

August 16 (4 months ago)
Fallion drags some mats out into the yard and challenges all comers. He seeks to improve his grappling overall (maneuver training), but he also wants to practice using a foes’ attack against him. If he is quick enough, he may be able to grab his attacker as a part of his dodge (snapping turtle clutch.)

August 16 (4 months ago)
Mindel will investacate into the matter of more damging ammunition rather that be magical or mundane

August 18 (4 months ago)
Huldur feels invigorated from his recent training and missions. After fending off a horde of zombies, he has perfected his ability to react well against multiple enemies (Combat Reflexes) and is itching to get out again to try his new techniques, though the sparring group will provide some good practice time. He hopes Fallion’s ego can stand losing to him.

When he gets a chance, he heads to the Wizard’s Guild to help him understand the new magical sword he acquired. If at all possible he’d like to transfer the magical abilities to his glaive. Or if they cannot help him with that, he would like to see if anyone would be willing to trade him someone to improve his combat prowess for the sword. He could always use some nice magic armor if they run into ogres again. Failing in these endeavours, he will talk to the guild leaders and try to find a mentor to help him learn this new weapon.

But most of all, Huldur will be heading to Siel Ta Nievras to put his feet up and enjoy a little bardic music…

August 18 (4 months ago)
Kal spends much time with the Wizard’s Guild in order to broaden his knowledge of magic. In his time there, he attempts to trade his ring of evasion(25,000 gp) for a +1 Sword of Thundering and a +4 Cloak of Resistance(Total value 24,000 gp).

In addition, having seen the effectiveness of burning oil, he purchases 3 flasks of lamp oil.

August 18 (4 months ago)
Fraus restocks his own Oil supplies. In addition, he also continues his more diplomatic chatter with the Elven Sorceress.

August 19 (4 months ago)
Mindel goes before the magic makers & explains/expresses that tho he is an excellent shot he is not doing efficient/effective damage to the enemy. He then ask them about more powerful bows or arrows rather that be magical or mundane. Mindel also mentions that he goes on many missions & would be willing to seek out or put aside anything they may want or need

August 20 (3 months ago)
The best deal Kal can find is that Seriea is willing to part with her Cloak of Resistance +3 for the evasion ring. She would also be willing to grant him another item from one of her future adventures that he would find useful.

Dyson parts with 10 force arrows (which do an additional 2d6 force damage on a successful hit) for Mindel.

August 20 (3 months ago)
Mindel thanks Dyson & says if you need anything I’m your man. Mindel then returns to his mentor he begins to eat more healthy & starts really intense training focusing more on endurance & physical tolerance (will be raising my CON by 1 point upon 4th lv ) ( will be getting Endurance as a free feat upon reaching 3erd lv as a Ranger) Since Mindel has been doing so much hunting & training in the forest that(Forest will be his first Favored Terrain upon 3erd lv Ranger)

August 23 (3 months ago)
Mindel’s mentor continues to put him threw intense training with long swims & long runs plus extreme survival test ( here is a loin cloth & a butter knife) test your skills for a week in the forest starting with nothing but the items I’ve given you. When Mindel is at the guild for what short time it is till another training or test session is laid out before him. Mideel eats more fruits, veggies, whole grains while not eating any fried or fatty foods. Mindel sometimes wonders if his mentor is trying to teach him or trying to kill him.

August 23 (3 months ago)
Kal takes some last minute preparations, purchasing a morningstar to replace his lost spear, a wrist sheath for his dagger, and some items both alchemical and magical. With any luck, they would come in handy…

August 24 (3 months ago)
Having seen how readily Askir handled the trap on the chest we brought back, Willy asks him if he’s in need of an assistant – and if not, who he would recommend as an expert on traps, locks, and related devices, who might be interested in an assistant. (Yes, he’s blatantly looking for a proper mentor.) When he’s not dealing with that, there’s the matter of finding an armorer or expert leatherworker to repair what used to be a nice suit of masterwork armor, before the beetle and lizardman got to it. And, of course, to keep himself busy while he’s healing and unable to do any physical training, there’s the serious work of turning scraps and broken mechanisms into entertaining clockwork toys for the citadel’s children.

Also going through his pack and moving anything that’s not directly combat or survival related into his footlocker. (No sense carrying around full tool sets when all he’s ever going to use on a mission are picks and wedges and such.)

August 24 (3 months ago)
Rulstin is going to continue working with the blacksmith, bringing the sand he took from the dwarven ruins, and the very pure water. Hopefully with the help of the masterwork tools some new gear could be created for the guild.

Also, going to my found Polearm Trainer again to master the weapon

August 24 (3 months ago)
Mindel will get his chainmail repaired after having almost being cut in half by a giant beetle. Then he will return to his intense survial training

August 25 (3 months ago)
Harag decides after missing so many foes with his mighty blows.(wow im a poet and i didnt know it) Harag seeks out Master Dreggar because he has heard of his strength and would like to have a sparing partner. He asks Dreggar if he would spar with him to help make his two-handed blows hit harder without missing and teach him to make his blows use more of his strength.(Working on archetype for fighter kicks in at lvl 4)

August 25 (3 months ago)
Kal, while pleased with his new sword, decides that he needs a way to penetrate tough hides and tougher armor. He has heard of swords edged with exceptionally hard crystal that were both excellent at piercing armor and weren’t prone to shattering like true crystalline blades. Such valuable blades were often enchanted. Knowing that such a blade would be more useful to him, he embarks on a search for one, particularly among the Dwarves of the fortress. They would be more likely to have one among them, and would probably be willing to exchange it for a blade made by a renowned dwarven smith.

In between searching, he trains at the Adventurers Guild and waits for Seriea to return from her adventures. With any luck, she’ll have an item of interest.

August 26 (3 months ago)
During Harag’s training with Master Dreggar he understands he is not strong enough and will ask about any means of becoming stronger.(He is looking for a way to become enlarged or someone he can talk with about it)

August 26 (3 months ago)
Rahl continues to spar with the local spar groups that have been set up among the guild and training with Master Jarrette, who believes he has finally masters the snapping turtle style, after a series of rigorous test to prove his adeptness. He meditates on his new found powers, reflecting on the past battles he was fortunate enough to claim victory from and learn from those battles to achieve a new heightened awareness in his monk abilities.

August 28 (3 months ago)
Fraus speaks with people about trading his Ring of Force Shield +2 for the Helm of Charisma +3

In addition, he plans on working with Keriassa with getting the 2nd level spell, Eagles Splendor put into his new Staff.

August 28 (3 months ago)
Huldur returns from the mission completely exhausted. As they appear in the courtyard, he quickly removes the transport stone and staggers inside so he can recover from his most trying affair. He had tasted mortality and it was more bitter than dwarven hops. Once he regains his strength he returns to Dreggar for more training and redoubles his efforts on blocking or dodging targets trying to reach him. Whenever he tires, he imagines those orcs with the poison daggers and gains a second wind to protect himself. He asks Dreggar who in the guild would know about poisons and proceeds to ask them about the orc one that he suffered from. If they is an antidote or a way to prevent its effects, he wants to know about it. Aside from spending evenings in the taverns, Huldur goes to Gravehk and voluteers to work with the smiths, both to better equip the city and so they will help him improve his glaive.

August 28 (3 months ago)
Fallion sits alone on the battlements, gazing into the distance. A hooded monk approaches and says, “You look troubled brother.” My strength has been robbed from me and Keriassa told me it will take a week to fully recover. My strength is my power- without it I am lost. “Ah. So your mission ended in failure and you fled to the portal stone when your strength was taken?” No- we persevered and won despite the odds. “But you laid down helpless and were a burden to your team?” No! I killed orc after orc and grabbed hold of the shaman before he could escape! “Ahhh- so maybe your real strength isn’t measured in you muscles.” Fallion thought on this for a time. My experience is my strength (level up bonuses and maneuver training). My tenacity is my strength (snapping turtle clutch), My soul is my strength. “Good- now you are beginning to understand. True power comes from inside. When you master it, you will master time” Time? “Speeding time to take another blow or travel further. Slowing time to avoid incoming blows. With practice- the power to see the future. Would you learn Fallion?” I would. “Then come with me to the Gathering of the Undying Flame. We will put your down time to good use.” Fallion rises and they depart together. (Path of the Ki Mystic)

August 28 (3 months ago)
Rulstin is still taking a bit of a break since the last mission. He finds his way back to the blacksmiths once again, this time to requisition a Masterwork Agile Breastplate, which he will in trade do some more weapon work himself, or go out on a few gathering missions for them.

August 29 (3 months ago)
After turning the loot over to the guild Flinne goes in search of a trainer to help him furthur his sneaking skills. He felt he could do better but something was holding him back. He seeks out Askir and asks him to help train him. After many hours of sneaking and acrobatic workouts Flinne goes back to his bunk and passes out awaiting his next chance to practice his abilities. When he awakes he goes in search of the wizards guild to seek something of magic to help him in his adventures in exchange for the help he put forth in prorcuring the last haul of magic items.

August 29 (3 months ago)
When Harag hears about the latest haul of loot he goes in search of the Wizards Guild. Once there he asks the magic users if they could make one of the wands into an enlarge person wand so his magic user friends can make him big and strong during their adventures.

August 29 (3 months ago)
After seeing how his last mission very nearly went pear shaped, Kal asks for one of the wands that had been recovered in order to turn it into a “Wand of Cure Light Wounds”.

August 29 (3 months ago)
Gamble watches as the rest of his group leaves the guild to nurse wounds and rest after the ordeal they went through, He’s not sure if it’s luck, skill, or simply the virtue of keeping his distance from opponents but he came out of that skirmish a lot better off than most of the others. He almost feels a little guilty, not needing to seek a healer or something such. He let them have pick of the loot from the place. It was partly out of courtesy and partly because he couldn’t put any of it to use.

He didn’t leave that tower empty-handed though. He’d seen a vision. A dark mountain surrounded by clouds and lightning and the clear shape of a massive nest during one of the flashes of light. He’d burned that image into his head and while all his knowledge of nature and geography hadn’t told him exactly where it was he knew that he could describe it well enough to someone who would know.

Gamble had the zeal of being shown his prize in his step as he headed through the guild and the city asking for information on the dark mountain he’d seen through the scrying glass.

He’d have his egg yet, and prove his fool of a father wrong.

August 29 (3 months ago)
Ishimune takes the time to restock, having dropped his pack down a canyon, before sleeping for a solid 14 hours.

August 30 (3 months ago)
Kal devotes his time to finding a way to transport the adamantium to The Refuge, magical and mundane alike. He also volunteers to join any expedition to secure it. What time he has spare he devotes to picking up his Wand of Cure Light Wounds from the Wizard’s Guild, asking Seria if she had a magic item of interest, and stocking up on trail rations. If they couldn’t find a way to teleport the metal back, he had a feeling that he would need every advantage possible. And his gut was rarely wrong.

August 31 (3 months ago)
Since he’s already volunteered to help secure the adamantium, Willy is helping Kal on the transporting adamantium project. In the process, he’s learning everything everything he can, from any of the Guild’s senior rogues who are willing to teach him, about transporting large amounts of precious materials, from how to package it to the best ways to trap it for defense against anyone trying to hijack it en route. Like Kal, Willy has a gut feeling that this is going to end up being an overland trek, so he’s making sure he’s properly geared for cross-country travel. With any time left over from learning and gearing up, Willy’s putting together trap kits so he’ll have some ready to place without having to improvise on site.

August 31 (3 months ago)
Given the dangerousness of their endeavors, the Wizard’s Guild does not believe that the generous donation of wand wood should be utilized to reimburse or provide adventurers with trinkets for their further exploits.

Gamble searches for someone in town to share his vision with, but all of the usual suspects are a dead end. No one recogizes the mountains he speaks of. Perhaps it was a cruel trick by the scope, or maybe it was just defective. His search will continue on, though.

As far as guild rogues go: Askir is the poison master and sneak. Dalcyx is the two-weapon specialist, and Naerena is the acrobat and trapsmith with a peculiar fondness for gemstones.

On Saturday, Siradze and Dyson gather Kal and others to the guild hall to discuss the adamantine cylinder.

“We have been informed that the mission to secure the cylinder and bring it overland to Tirg-Ath-Anon will be conducted by a rare joint mission of the adventuring guilds. The City Council has decided that due to the extreme urgency of success for this mission, we will send only the guild officers to accomplish it.” Siradze says with a frown. “I know you had your heart set on this, Kal. But these are our orders. Now don’t worry, our guild will be well rewarded if this thing is as big as you say it is. We are set to leave as soon as we can fashion a wagon capable of carrying something this massive.”

August 31 (3 months ago)
While disappointed that he cannot assist with such an important and dangerous mission, Huldur finds comfort in the fact that the magic telescope will probably serve to provide them with plenty to do in the meantime. And the possibility of working in the forges with the vast deposit of precious metal gives him a near-constant gleam in his eye. Before his next mission though, Huldur goes to Askir and asks about any general antidotes the guild may have, or at least ones against the orc poison. He wants to be as ready as possible for when he shows off his new weapon.

August 31 (3 months ago)
Kal, while displaying no outward signs of such, is profoundly disheartened at being excluded from the mission. He understands the decision, but he has always prided himself in seeing a job done. He is further annoyed by the decision by the Wizard’s Guild to withhold the wands. Needing both a friend and a stiff drink, he invites Harag down to The Drunken Dwarf.

September 01 (3 months ago)
Upon learning that Naerena has a fondness for gemstones, Willy makes a personal note to be on the lookout for any such items when on missions. In the meanwhile, he approaches her with the intent of becoming her apprentice, errand-boy, whatever it takes to convince her to teach him. As an introduction, he offers her a sample of field-expedient trap design he’s been working on: a tripwire that releases a mixed bag of caltrops and a few small bells, to both injure the ones who triggered it and sound an alarm for whoever set the trap. (And if he can get his hands on vicious caltrops, those are what he’ll use by preference.)

September 01 (3 months ago)
Mindel knows retrieval of the precious metals is beneficial to the guild.however it’s not a the top of his list and that its best to be left up to the experts. Mindel returns to his extremely intense training

September 02 (3 months ago)
Gamble woke quite early one morning to try and take advantage of the short time he had before the next guild mission. Trying to get a faster start on the day he’d taken to sleeping lightly and in his armor. He found that he wasn’t affected at all by it in the end, waking feeling completely rested. (Endurance Feat Gained)

It was getting easier to move around the city. The narrow streets, stone buildings, and urban landscape were becoming even more of a refuge for Gamble. He could react faster, see more, know the terrain, hide, and move through the city without leaving a trail to follow. (Favored Terrain: Urban)

Gamble was one of the first to arrive at the practice range that day. He set up his normal targets and dummies and practiced as normal. He found he was getting better at making his arrows stick in farther to his targets, which would cause more damage in the field even if he was a bit less accurate for it. (Deadly Aim Feat Gained)

He was looking to track down some new ammunition before his next excursion as well. He went to the Mages to see if they were willing to part with a bundle or two of magic arrows of any kind.

September 02 (3 months ago)
Harag knows that decisions have been made on who is going to get the big metal thingy that him and his friends found and he is told he can’t come along. This reminds him of so many other times people excluded him from things and makes him very depressed but when Kal comes and invites him to a drink he knows he has found himself a new best friend and goes with Kal to The Drunken Dwarf

September 02 (3 months ago)
Fallion is learning to tap into his Ki at the Gathering of the Undying Flame. His strength is recovering thanks to meditation and use of herbs.

He strives to feed his mind as well as his body. By day he studies with the masters and catalogs herbs. By night, he reads stories of days long past, and studies the old religions to see if they knew any truths.

September 03 (3 months ago)
Flinne is always busy either training with Askir or honing his abilities on the streets of the city. He is eagerly awaiting the day he can use his abilities and prove his usefulness to his party.

September 03 (3 months ago)
Kal challenges Harag to a drinking contest. Kal lost.

September 05 (3 months ago)
Given the news from Dyson, and the …interesting… trip we just returned from, Willy requests cold iron and silver heads for his crossbow bolts. Or some +1 bolts, but he doubts those would be as easy to come by. He’s also going to pack some of his simple traps with the rest of his traveling gear, for use when camping on the road. If Naerena’s in town, he’s going to be studying with her or training with his crossbow and dagger whenever he’s not preparing for the upcoming trip.

Thanks to all the work he’s been doing at Naerena’s behest, Willy has been discovering it’s more and more easy to delicately maneuver small items (Deft Hands feat). In addition, his research has led him to the discovery that many of the best traps were built by dragons, but in order to understand them, he’s had to spend some of his training time learning their language. (Draconic language acquired).

September 06 (3 months ago)
After Harag comes back from the Mages Guild he feels really let down now that they took the necklace from him and he doesn’t feel all tingly. He decides that he won’t give up so easily and that if he trains harder he wont need the necklace to be stronger. He seeks out Master Dreggar and continues to spar with him and during he realizes that his anger at himself for being weak and not able to protect his friends pushes him over the edge to a new longer anger,(Extra Rage), that enables him to fight on longer than usual and when he is done sparing his new-found anger allows him to look for more foes after his battle.(Cleaving Finish).

After his sparing Harag goes in search of his pal Kal to see if he is up to another friendly game of drinking or some arm wrestling to get his mind off the necklace.

September 06 (3 months ago)
Huldur feels revitalized after his last mission, getting to show off his newly improved weapons and his true strength. He takes his trophies to the forge to create some creative new vestments before the upcoming long journey. The hellhound horns and the single minotaur horn are placed on a chain to wear around his neck and the minotaur horn is hollowed to form a drinking flask that’s always on hand. The wings are dried and stiffened so they can be attached to his vest; hopefully he can get them to dramatically flap in the wind.

Once done with his fashion quest, Huldur trains with Dreggar, and Harag if he’s there, to help focus his wild energy in combat to increase his accuracy, as well as handle multiple opponents (though trying to fight Harag and Dreggar at the same time might not end well, Huldur’s not one for holding back) After a tiring practice, Huldur invites his guild-mates out for a drink, to celebrate their new-found talent at demon slaying!

September 06 (3 months ago)
… and Willy wakes up the next morning, under the table, his head throbbing and in desperate need of something with massive quantities of caffeine. . o O (Note to self: NEVER go drinking with Huldur, Kal, and Harag again.) O o .

September 06 (3 months ago)
Kal goes home with a light heart, having successfully intimidated a hellhound, avoided a grisly death, and won a four person drinking contest. Well, three person. Willy got queasy around the fourth tankard. The next morning, however, after a few cups of his personal hangover remedy, he turns to more serious matters.

An extended mission would be dangerous for a spellcaster such as himself, as there would likely be little time to sleep and recover himself. He therefore makes good use of the library in the Wizard’s Guild, learning how to make scrolls. As scrolls for first level scrolls are cheap and quick to make, he takes a couple days to create 3 scrolls of Cure Light Wounds and 3 Scrolls of Tap Inner Beauty. He puts one of each onto his bandolier and the rest into his pack. Later he trains with some other members of the guild and checked with Seriea to see if she had found any interesting magic items, as well as brushed up on some dwarven. Given his recent missions, it seemed like a good language to have.

A couple of days afterwards, a thunderstorm passes overhead. Kal had always felt a thrum of energy during them, but he could never DO anything with it. It was always a hair out of reach. But now, it felt like he could reach it, and he grasped it. He instinctively opened his mouth to cry out in triumph, only for his words to be replaced by a deafening thunderclap. With a bit of practice, Kal learned to use it in combat, thunderstorm or no.

September 06 (3 months ago)
Maldio has been involved in fewer missions in recent weeks due to his diligent work with the Wizard’s Guild, translating tomes and slowly trying to unravel the older magics and sigils. He has been excited to see the many new items coming in for study and nearly fainted when the great telescope arrived. His vast appetite for knowledge would be well sated for a while. However this past mission has brought news that is troubling to his pointed ears. The group came upon some hell hounds in the woods and fiendish creatures in the castle, reminding him of the hell hounds and fiery summoning circle he found a month ago.

Worried, he asks the guild leaders if any other fiendish enemies have been found by other groups and when they started to encounter them. He attempts to used his small amount of clout in the Wizard’s Guild to get a use of the telescope, to try to see where these beasts originated from and if his curiosity has ultimately unlocked something dangerous….

September 07 (3 months ago)
Fallion meditates in the guild hall awaiting the guild meeting. His new skills proved handy in his last fight, but he is eager to test them again.

September 10 (3 months ago)
When he’s not training with Naerena, Willy heads down to the Mines to consult with any dwarven trapsmiths or engineers he can find, to learn everything they’re willing to teach him about dwarven traps. Other than that, his off-time activities consist mostly of tinkering up toys and giving them to the adults he knows watch over the children too young for the Academy, so they can distribute them as needed while the expedition is under way. Sadly, there’s likely to be a lot of tearful little ones demanding that Uncle Willy promise to come back safe, and Willy doing a whole lot of “I promise I’ll do everything I can to come home safe, OK?”

As soon as Sally discovers the guild’s head sorcerer is a gnome, her level of fear drops about 90%. After all, humans are weird, scary, and (most especially) MEAN, but gnomes are kind of fun to be around. Since she’s never been on an expedition before, she takes every bit of advice given to her (no matter who it comes from) regarding necessary gear as gospel … and ends up having to sort through and thin out all the crap she acquired as a result.By the time she’s done disposing of unnecessary stuff, she’s down to a mere 72 pounds of stuff, most of which is rations and healing kits (including one veterinarian’s kit, for use on the expedition’s mules, guard dogs, and the like). The most unusual thing in her pack is a bundle of rice paper sheets and a pouch full of chalk sticks, for making rubbings. Not knowing what it’s like underground, but knowing how annoying mosquitoes and biting flies are, she’s convinced some of her elven and halfling friends to give up a few herbal insect-repelling candles (Insectbane Candles). Once she’s pared her pack down to the minimum, she heads to the range to work on controlling her fire. Much burning of target dummies ensues. Somewhere in there, Seriea learns that her real name is Ingrid, but everyone who knows her calls her “Salamander”, or “Sally” for short, and has since she was young enough that she only knows her name is Ingrid because the elves and halflings who raised her made sure she knew that Ingrid was the name her parents gave her.

September 11 (3 months ago)
After the guild meeting Harag heads to the nearest tavern to have a drink and try to figure out what is going on.(He has no clue other than he is going on a long mission underground.) Harag will invite his buddy Kal along with because he knows Kal will be able to help him understand and tell him what he needs to bring on the mission.(Otherwise Harag is set to go with what he has with the one exception of finding some Dwarf alcohol to bring along in case he meets some Dwarfs to use to make friends with them. And rope.)

Harag does know however that he will need to keep up his training because he feels he almost at a breakthrough with increasing his power without missing all the time. He will be making sure he can find a trainer for on this expedition.

While the meeting is going on Flinne stays towards the back and keeps his eyes on as many people as possible as always with his untrusting ways, but also to get their reactions to this news. He is not overly worried considering he has no magical means but if magic does go out it will leave very few precious things to appropriate from others. He will be putting together a pack for the mission underground but in the mean time he will be training to perfect his trap skills knowing that there may well be some traps or hidden passages on this mission.

September 11 (3 months ago)
Kal does help out Harag, advising that he bring a personal supply of trail rations for emergencies, a pickaxe, a considerable supply of torches, and after the recent report of reanimated skeletons, a blunt weapon such as a hammer or club. Kal personally acquires some extra rations and a pickaxe, along with plenty of components for his spells, including those he plans on learning as soon as he is able (Cure Moderate Wounds and Cat’s Grace). He places his newly made scroll into his spring loaded wrist sheath, moving his dagger to his belt.

September 11 (3 months ago)
Fallion pays a visit to the blacksmiths. Since they will be working underground, he’s looking for some pitons, rings, hooks, and other climbing aids. He would also like to acquire a couple sets of manacles if possible. If the party needs someone subdued, he can grapple and tie them up. Something strong though- rope might not be enough.

September 12 (3 months ago)
Gamble, upon hearing what the guilds had to say and about the trip underground goes on a stocking run. He checks over his equipment, restocks his arrows, obtains rations, pitons, a hammer, chalk, a journal, ink, an ink pen, and a good bedroll and adds it to his pack. He’s running a bit heaver than he’s used to but his increased stamina and endurance should make the travel all the same. Feeling confident in his pack and equipment, Gamble heads out for one last drink in the refuge before they leave.

September 12 (3 months ago)
Kal, upon further reflection, packs quill, ink, paper, tracing paper, and charcoal as well. After seeing so many carvings, he is loathe to leave more unrecorded.

September 12 (3 months ago)
Huldur feels confident in his current supplies, including the grappling hook and rope, and spends most of his time enjoying being under the sun before heading off to those cramped, dark caverns….

Maldio frantically sorts through his books and notes, wondering which will be the most important for the journey, but plans to bring plenty of paper, ink, and writing supplies for scroll-making and note-taking should they find some lost knowledge deep in the mountains. He also brings plenty of vials and containers in case they come across more substantial finds to sample and bring back to the city,

September 25 (2 months ago)
Are we allowed to crafts scrolls while we’re underground, or did we not bring the requisite supplies?

September 27 (2 months ago)
Mindel will be in shock and awe over the latest news he will pace for hours contemplating this latest issue. First the Gods turn their backs on the faithful and now this! What the hell is going on? Why is this happening? What is causing magic to lose its power? What with this mean for his comrades whose very existence is engulfed in the study and practicing of it? What will become of the guild masters of magic? What will happen to the elements of the world that thrive, function and use magic? OMG what about the magic of nature? What will this do to mother earth? That thought sends Mindel into shutters and shakes for hours on end as his radical pacing continues he cant think straight in the confines of the inner guild area so he sets off deep into the heart of the forest. Mindel continues to be rattled by the questions flowing in his mind.I was destined to use magic as par of my focus fight against things of evil.. For what purpose? Magic was dying. What madness was this? Mindel finds a quiet, peaceful,and cozy spot and begins to meditate tuning himself with nature he can feel himself becoming one with it feeling the flow of energy flow threw his very soul. Mindel even begins to see the spirits of nature walking about. Then Mindel sees a low mild misty fog arise and roll across the ground. The back drop becomes slightly foggy itself giving the area a haunting look and feel. Mindel then sees a creature off in a distance fist just an out line then a shadow and finally in plain view a female part Dryad part Trent with a touch of Nymph. Mindel can’t seem to get his eyes off her. Then she begins to softly speak. It’s true Mindel magic is dying and with it everything you come to know and love. Mindel I to will become nothing, powerless and useless without magic. Mindel you are destined to use magic for this very purpose and more. Help me Mindel be a part of any mission that may bring magic back to order to magic and become even closer with your companions because before all is said and done you will need them more than you have ever needed them but they will need you more so.With that Mindel awakens from his meditation with goose bumps and a clear head with the mist and nature spirits disapated he heads to his mentor for advice on training for the task ahead..

October 03 (2 months ago)
Kal takes a moment to sit down and maps out the network of tunnels they have discovered after the fight with the dragon, as well as recording the events of the battle and the uncertain fate of Master Dreggar.

October 04 (2 months ago)
Huldur waits with Harag at the end of the long hallway, wondering what’s taking the rest of the group so long. He hopes they hurry up since it sounds like the dragon in the pit might be getting more active….

Maldio continues to inspect the moving statue and record any symbols or observations he makes. He also updates the new tunnels they’ve found on his maps and make two big red X’s to denote the dragons, hoping not to have to add any more.

October 23 (1 month ago)
For those that didn’t catch it, Dreggar’s stone body was dumped in the pit by one of the dragons.

October 23 (1 month ago)
Hopefully the gold cushioned his fall….

October 23 (1 month ago)
Reckon the duergar cleric could give us a hand with that after we enact genocide for her?

October 23 (1 month ago)
Methink there are at least two dragons to deal with before we can consider that course of action. We got a ways to go here.

October 23 (1 month ago)
Well, we’ve established that she can fly and isn’t afraid of the dragons, so it shouldn’t be too much trouble for her to mosey on down there and grab Dreggar. With any luck, she can unstone him too.

November 12 (1 month ago)
Kal stared into the flickering torch. He could have used magic for a steadier light. No doubt it was wiser to save the torches. He didn’t care. After so long underground, it felt good to see honest light. A smile touched his face, though it did not reach his eyes. Wide wind, strong water, old stone. The mantra of the Thundercallers. It had been nigh on twenty years since he had heard the words. Damn you, Laerohtar… damn you, but you were right. I can’t hide from stone forever.

He had tried. As a sailor, he felt wide wind and strong water all around him, the elements that he took comfort in. He rarely had to stay within the high stone walls of Tirg-Ath-Onon. At first, he had tried to meet with Laerohtar during those brief visits. But the two of them were aligned so differently. Kal had been young and brash, fire and anger. Laerohtar had wanted to teach him history, teach him control. And, in the folly of youth, he had dismissed it. Eventually, he’d stopped seeking him out. It was years later that he’d learned of his death. I should have listened to you, old man. I think we would agree a great deal more now. He reached up and touched the grey hairs he knew were there.

When he had left on this expedition, he had been eager to see more of the world, to be free of Tirg-Ath-Onon. But he had traded one set of stone walls for another. And these walls let in neither sky nor ocean. Now, more than anything, he felt tired. Tired of being attacked, tired of worrying, tired of seeing his comrades injured and bloodstained.

Kal sighed with irritation. Introspection isn’t helping. Besides, I should get some shut eye if I’m to be of use to anyone. He blew out the torch and willed himself to sleep. It was a long time before exhaustion claimed him.

November 13 (1 month ago)
Fraus was stuck pondering his situation. He was used to the forests… Being underground so long as making him a bit edgy despite him holding back his anxiety. His paranoia of the dragons continued to grow, and he pondered about these Duerger. How would they fit them in the Fortress? How would they be able to sustain all the new hungry mouths? Not to mention he already had to try to continue working to create a good name for his own people so that once magic is dead,and they can no longer rely on magic to elude the primitive orcs and trolls who hunted his people.

He needed to work on finding out a way to secure a safe place for his people… Now, with the leaders gone, and their mission in sight, they needed someone to take over. Was it in his right to try to take a leadership role with the current Guild Masters missing? Especially given that he didn’t even belong to Tirg-Ath-Onon. He also thought of other way she could benefit the guild and the city with his magic… Perhaps by creating devices for everyone to use. Creating…. Perhaps, he could create a home for his people.

The worries continued to fill Fraus as his mind worried both about the situation, and of his own people.

November 15 (1 month ago)
Kal didn’t want to open his eyes. To open them would acknowledge the lack of stream and sky. To open them would embrace the stone as reality. But open them he did. Gallus will need some healing. That was the thought that propped him upright. Huldur took a hit, too. That got him on his feet. And we’ll need someone to keep up morale. That got him moving.

As he got out his shaving mirror, he stopped short when he saw himself. He was spattered with dried blood. It crusted in his beard, and one could clearly see where his helmet had blocked. A glance at his gear revealed the same, his shield to a shocking degree. He considered using magic, but without knowing why, he used a cloth and some wood alcohol, properly labeled lest someone try to drink it. Perhaps it was for something to do with his hands. He used magic to clean the cloth, however. No amount of elbow grease would aid him there. The result surprised him. Before, he had cleaned his armor with magic. Magic, however, couldn’t create that level of polish. The mithril of his hauberk gleamed, as did the smooth wood of his shield. I look more like an officer than a sailor.

But looking around him, it became clearer that the guild didn’t need a sailor. They didn’t need a jaded old man with a short temper. What did they need? He went over to Gallus and healed his injuries, clapping him on his now good shoulder. Huldur waved him away good naturedly. The regenerative powers of his totem was more than enough. What did they need? He went over to Dukraes, handing him the shield they had taken from The Great Dwarf. What did they need? He talked with the guild members, the newer recruits in particular. Then the answer came to him. Old stone.

They didn’t need wide wind, to bring them great distances. They didn’t need strong water, to batter down obstacles. They needed old stone. Someone to stand firm and unyielding as the stone around them, even as so many forces tried to tear them down. I think I finally realized what you were trying to tell me, old man. Kal smiled. This time, it reached his eyes.

November 20 (3 weeks ago)
What knowledge check is amnesia?

November 20 (3 weeks ago)
She could be helped (long term care) by someone trained in Heal skill.

November 20 (3 weeks ago)
Oh dear god… wimpers and hides in a corner
I didn’t know me playing an efreeti and coming 1 character sheet error from dying would memory wipe her…

November 20 (3 weeks ago)
Maldio’s face tenses and he goes over to Sally, trying to explain the situation and keep her calm. “None of this is going how we planned” he thinks to himself, “We’ve lost our leaders, Sally’s lost her mind, and now we’re trapped in these depths filled with all sorts of creatures who simply want us dead…. Though I guess that last part is nothing new” He tries to force a smile but its wooden and slightly off-putting. As Sally tries to deal with her confusion, Maldio breifly lays a reassuring hand on her shoulder, then goes to talk with the others. “We have to keep pushing forward. The longer we stay here, the more pain and loss our guild will be forced to endure…”

November 20 (3 weeks ago)
Ishimune furrowed his brow, thinking. “I may be able to help her. I’ve seen many cases where serious injury results in confusion, though I personally haven’t treated amnesia.” He smiled encouragingly. “Even if I’m unsuccessful, I know some people back in Tirg-Ath-Onon that have been treating people longer than I’ve been alive. They can cure almost anything short of magic.”

November 20 (3 weeks ago)
Looking over his his fallen comrades whom he had come down here with never to see the surface again and seeing the wounded of not only his prior guild but to this new Guild and the injuries they had taken to give him a chance to see the surface and continue on his larger goals. Tondir springs into actions attempting to secure their safety deep under the rock, he starts to talk to the group setting up scouting duties and watch duties on the fortress across the river, he think to himself as he takes the first shift on guard duty " How can these stupid dwarfs live down here without trees or sky and little cover" and continues to keep his focus on the hounds that haunt them from the safe darkness of a corner.

November 21 (3 weeks ago)
Meanwhile, back on with the dwarves.
Fraus continues to work with their casters on setting up a trap for Daria using the anti magic barrier as an on and off switch. In between working with them, he has been keeping the marked people well contained to avoid any accidents. Lastly, he is still Fraus’in it and spending plenty of time with the female newer recruits. Perhaps there was a chance their plan could work on Daria.

November 21 (3 weeks ago)
“Here ya go,” Thorbar mutters as he approaches you, holding out a small scrap of parchment. Taking it from his grubby fingers, he gives you a quiet nod and turns away, walking away deeper into the camp and muttering. He tends to do that a lot, having settled somewhat into his own mind since waking up from his sleep among your guild. He rarely talks to anybody in a comfortable fashion, preferring to grumble under his breath and stare awestruck at the nearby dwarven architecture. Looking down at the parchment, you can read, scrawled in a messy, tiny fashion, the following in Common:

Notes On The Teleporting Circles In The Depths (The Gates / MagicCocktease???)

- both circles are made up of runes, more than one person stepping on runes on either circle create magical glow, activate portal, teleport in 10-30 seconds

- stepping on different runes leads to different locations, 28 total combinations

- glow determines portal status, red means somebody is coming to our side, purple means it won’t teleport but lets us see destination, green teleports us

- circles inoperable if somebody else is using the circle from another side, must wait for them to be gone before using again

- 8 people our size (that includes dwarves, height elitists!) can fit, or two large things, or one REALLY big thing can fit on one circle

- bad guys can come to our side without warning, like evil minotaurs and such, keep guard on the circles

- when we look at destination, can see things moving in real time over there, i.e. can watch someone walking on the other side

- possible locations:
-Dwarven Ruined City
-Evil Fiery City (Minotaurs came from here!!!)
-Misty wasteland
-Elven City (really pretty, must visit)
-Overgrown stone hall
-Big temple in canyon
-City on floating island(Kind of?)
-Winter Valley, big black towers
-Nice lake, stone ruins
-Frozen castle
-Underground room, doorway (similar architecture to Balgrimvar, leads there?)
-Big valley, with big stone archways and towers(also pretty!)
-Ruined city, lots of fire
-Old forest, stone ruins
-New forest, stone ruins
-Abandoned city in mountains
- Dwarven fortress(Under siege by orcs, must go help now!!!)
-Frozen tower, wasteland
-Mt. Ground/Grund/Gloom(?, also where Gamble can find his roc eggs!)
-Mine entrance in canyon
-Rainforest temple(Bugbear glimpsed there, might be overrun)
-Human city of Vahr(Most definitely overrun)
-Eastern Kingdom keep
-Dwarven ruin in desert
-Waterfall canyon, big river boat or city(very hard to tell)
-Waterfall mountain
-Big stone statues looking into ocean, on rocky coast, lighthouse in view
-Tirg-Ath-Onon(Home!)

On the back of this parchment is a series of diagrams presenting the rune combinations that one can use to reach any of the given locations Thorbar mentioned.

November 22 (3 weeks ago)
WAIT WAIT WAIT!

We… we found a way back to the fort in those dwarf ruins with the tall statues?

And… I’m still up baby sitting the new recruits!?!

November 22 (3 weeks ago)
nope we cant get through only 1 group at a time we didn’t know that it doesn’t work anymore

November 22 (3 weeks ago)
Um…wow. This just got a hell of a lot darker, if that green vial is what I think it is.

November 23 (3 weeks ago)
Dark times, with most of the guilds gone. Better that than fall victim to the orcs….

November 25 (3 weeks ago)
The next morning, the gravity of the situation came crashing down on Ishimune. His comrades in arms were in mortal peril and beyond his reach. The guilds were scattered and heavily depleted. Magic was weakening, and with it Tirg-Ath-Onon’s defenses. Initially, he had been furious at the distribution of poison to the populace, but he quickly realized that it was the only mercy that could be offered should Tirg-Ath-Onon fall. He likely would have given the same order, now that the possibility was ever growing. That realization did nothing to stem the waves of helplessness that washed over him. Unwilling to sit still, he grabbed his gear and went down to the training yard. Once filled with the ringing of steel and the dull thrum of bowstrings, it lay eerily quiet. He ignored the silence and grabbed a bag of sand, hanging it up along one of the walls.

He began at half speed, practicing techniques he had learned from his mother. However, they were designed for a smaller person facing larger opponents, relying on redirection. He shifted unconsciously into the more aggressive style he had begun to use while underground. The world around him became sharper, his blows came faster and harder. The bag shuddered and swayed as he subjected it to every attack he could think of, every combination that came to mind. When his fists began to bleed, he hardened them with his ki, making them as tough as knarled tree bark. Eventually, the ring that held the bag broke from the strain. Ishimune started at the noise, fist half raised. Eventually, he managed to unclench his fists and retrieve another bag.

November 29 (2 weeks ago)
Roland watched as Ishimune took his anger out on the bags. He understood the frustration and the despair that Ish was feeling. Not wanting to intrude, he slipped away from the training yard with a large bucket of sand.

The children holding onto poison flasks was disturbing, but understandable given the circumstances. The waiting, however, was unbearable. His friends were in danger, didn’t know what was happening, and he wasn’t there to protect them. Roland felt useless. He began striking the sand. Not to vent his frustrations, but to be productive. If he had to be here waiting, then he needed to be improving. Each strike made his hands tougher and his arms stronger.

November 29 (2 weeks ago)
Ishimune stopped, breathing heavily. He couldn’t remember how long he had been at it, nor did he care. All of his anger, all of his frustration and helplessness had been vented towards the four bags of sand that lay beside broken hooks. Wasteful, perhaps, but his mind was his own again. He could finally think. What would help the guild? He couldn’t speed up his arrival. Telesar was hard at work, and Ishimune’s knowledge of magical theory could fit into a thimble. So all he could do was maximize their usefulness upon the completion of the runes. A smile began to form on his face. He stopped long enough to grab a towel before running to the forge. Time to put that Adamantine to good use, forge master. I’m sure Gallus, at least, will appreciate it.

December 05 (1 week ago)
A few hours after the heroes return from the Delver’s cave, Yuujin spots an intruder approaching from the northwest. He silently signals Gamble and Kal to join him on the wall.

“Who is that?” Yuujin whispers.

Peering into the darkness, Gamble and Kal stumble to say simultaneously… “Fraus?”

December 05 (1 week ago)
Kal recovers his composure quickly. Fraus! Why the hell is he here? He opened his mouth to speak, then closed it again. After what I’ve seen, I can’t be sure it’s him. He thinks for a second, then loosens his mace in his belt and calls out.

“Before you come any closer, tell me: What creatures did we encounter in the silver cave?”

December 06 (1 week ago)
Fraus rubbed his head annoyed. “You mean the damn creatures that got me trapped in them? Those ugly ass slime things… I forget what they are called. Or, perhaps how I helped us in the big fight against the orcs and acquired the telescope? I wish I could be here on better word… However, I have gotten an update on our guild masters.”

December 06 (1 week ago)
Kal chuckles. That’s Fraus, all right. He doubted that Fraus would forget being swallowed by a gelatinous cube. An unpleasant experience, by all accounts. He took his hand off his mace and threw the rope over the side, hauling Fraus up the last few feet. “No fire, I’m afraid, but I caught some fish you might find palatable.” He gestured towards Yuujin. “As you can see, we encountered some new allies. This is Yuujin. Most of the others are away, but I believe that Thorbar is still here.” He peered over to the campsite, and, seeing that was indeed the case, nodded to himself. “Now that introductions are out of the way, I’d like to hear this update, and I expect the others are equally curious.”

December 06 (1 week ago)
Fraus put a hand his face almost like he was trying to wipe away pain. “We have been betrayed… The dragons have killed all but one of our guild leaders. The guild leader who was the ranger made his way to the duerger town. It was good. I figured the plan would have a shot. I went out on a night patrol heading out of fort and when I came back… The duerger had betrayed us. They killed everyone in their sleep. We are now all that remains of our guild. This mission… was a waste. The dwarves we came to find, dont’ want to be our allies.”
he frowned and put his face in his hands. “I was too damn trusting of them. They dwarves… they knwo whats down here. A teleportor of some kind. They sent you on ahead so they could split us up to make betraying us easier. In grief, I went out and found Daria… And… Friends. We were wrong. She is in the right. We Need to go back. We need to disable the antimagic barriers so she can pass on. The very life of magic depends on it.”

December 06 (1 week ago)
Kal’s breath caught in his throat. “D…dead?!” Wise Siradze? Swift Dyson? Seriea still owed me a magic item. The thought came unbidden to his mind, so inconsequential in light of the news that he fought the urge to laugh. What was wrong with him? Harag, Rahl, Rulstin, Willy, Flinne, Rija, Thya, Dantregin, Dieldral, Rommara, Dukraes, Jirsa, Nargic, Anvor… all dead. All gone. His disbelief faded as quickly as it came. In its place was cold fury. I swear by stone, stream and sky, I will avenge you. He turned back to Fraus, his eyes as dark as thunderclouds. His voice was perfectly even.

“We found the teleportation circles, Fraus. We sent Ish and Roland back to Tirg-Ath-Onon with them. Hopefully they made it.”. He thought for a long moment before he continued. Without thinking, he imbued his voice with bardic magic. Just a touch, but he saw Fraus straighten slightly and his face grow less pained. “We need to hear about Daria and her friends, Fraus. All of it.” And hopefully why the hell she wasn’t straight with us up front. That might have killed our comrades as surely as the Duergar.

December 06 (1 week ago)
Huldur seethes at the news, barely restraining his rage for fear of harming his comrades. “Master Dreggar, Gravehk….”, he grabs his glaive and goes to fight phantom duergar and dragons. His actions are even wilder and less controlled that usual. “I swear that I will not allow your deaths to be in vain. I will use what I have learned from you and escape here. And even if I shall fall as well, I will take as many of those fiends as I can with me!”

Maldio freezes upon hearing Fraus’ message and clenches his jaw as well as his fists. “Not again… More of our comrades died and I wasn’t able to do anything to help. My whole reason for joining this guild… is there even any point left?” His face hardens and acts on instinct, performing as many mindless duties as he can, focusing on fixing the circles instead of the grief he feels." Sally comes up to him asking, “Is everything all right?” He looks at her confused face and feels his resolve take form. “Yes, Sally, we’re all right. We’re all going to be fine and get home safely. I promise, I’ll do all I can.” To himself, “Even if it’s the last thing I do…”

December 06 (1 week ago)
Eyrella storms up to Fraus and begins interrogating him. “How do you know Daria is being truthful? What did Dyson tell you? Does he still live?”

December 06 (1 week ago)
“I’d prefer to trust her… I… I saw her real form. She is… not of this world. She is like a legend from the kitsune tales of old. And.. I’ll be honest… I’d prefer to trust her since the deurger betrayed us… And dyson… we didn’t have much time to talk. He was really wounded. So I took him to teh rest of our comrades so they could help treat his wounds. But the damn duerger killed them all in their sleep. Never trust those who don’t brave the world.. .only those who go out and fight can be trusted…”

December 07 (1 week ago)
Did you see our guild mates’ bodies? How did you get away from the Deurger? I’m going to need a much better explanation- one that comes with details.

Daria has given us every reason not to trust her, why should we start now? You said she changed form, but I can do that with illusion. And you of all people should know how the mind can be deceived or altered thru magic. You could be under compulsion.

It’s not that I don’t trust you little brother, but this is a lot to take in and there is powerfull magic at play. I need to understand what happened.

December 07 (1 week ago)
Huldur: True! Now is no time for your tricky words. We need to know exactly what happened. What is Daria and who are these “friends” you found? I am still loath to believe the woman (whatever she is) who threatened to kill us all unless we did her bidding… And what are the duergar doing now? We need to be ready if they are planning to attack us now.

December 07 (1 week ago)
“Daria.. She is something of olden kitsune legend. She’s what I believe is called an Oni. She wanted us to kill the duerger so we could drop the barrier so that way she could reach these depths for this very portal so she could use it to get home. With her clan she was going to work on the fact magic is dying. Her magic isn’t dying. I saw the guild blood stains from their assassination. In addition, the deurger leader told me how he killed them in his sleep. He left me alive, to be a ‘messenger’ to Daria to tell her that her plan failed. As far as our guild leaders go… I didn’t see the bodies of those slain by the dragon, but I have the word from Dyson of their passing. I… I can’t say I completely trust Daria However… theres too much about her we don’t know right now. And isn’t the old saying, keep friends close and enemies closer? Daria is as strong as she says, and based on how much of a disaster this is… We need a strong ally. Even though we can’t trust her.”

December 07 (1 week ago)
“Fraus, we can’t ally with an Oni. I’ve read about them only in passing, but all accounts agree that they are, by their very nature, evil. Once they no longer need us, we’re dead.” And I don’t plan on dying. Kal holds up a hand at Fraus’s reply. “Regardless, the point is moot unless Daria can make it past the duergar. What we need now is a course of action. Ideas?”

December 07 (1 week ago)
Maldio “First and foremost, we need to get the portal up and active again. I’ll do what I can to try and help from this end. Then we need to get back to Tirg-ath-anon and shut down the portal once everyone is through so no one can follow us. I fear that there is nothing left for us here, and that we should at least try to get home and do what we can there. The guild has been shattered but we still can carry on its duties.”

Huldur: “I will stand at the ready to destroy any duergar or demons that come to find us. I still don’t trust that Daria, even less so now that I see she is an honored figure in your sneaky fox-folk legends, so I think we should see if there are any other survivors from the guilds then leave.”

December 07 (1 week ago)
Eyrella frowns in thought. “Kal is right- Oni are evil. Right now the Daria and the Duergar are keeping each other busy and we have no way to get back there. We need to secure these portals- they are our only way out.” She stretches out her hand and two small images appear- a hell hound and an orc. “Two threats confront us here, an open doorway to a lair of the hounds of hell and the approaching horde of the foul races. We can not fight them at the same time. We must concentrate on one and defeat the threat”

December 07 (1 week ago)
Sally wanders up to the group at the wall, her thin frame wrapped in her comfort blanket. She concentrates hard on the imaged figures in Eyrella’s hand. With a smile, she looks up at the rest of you. The orc and hell hound begin to viciously attack one another.

December 07 (1 week ago)
Kal smiles back. “I hadn’t thought of that. The two aren’t allies by any means. If we could make it appear that one had attacked the other, their bloodlust would be focused. And, given that we the perfect actor for an orc,” He glances meaningfully at Fraus, “it would be easy enough to implicate them.” Kal shrugs. “Alternatively, we have the corpses of both groups. If we arrange them to make it look like a skirmish took place on one of their doorsteps with the other as the aggressor, we could achieve the same effect. The only issues that confront us then are the matters of stealth and when we would play our hand and attack the weakened sides-or, if we are very lucky, side.”

December 07 (1 week ago)
“The only problem with that plan is that this fort lies between the two groups.” Eyrella looks around with concern in her eyes. “I think I’m being overly generous in calling this area a fort, but the fact remains that we must hold this ground. How are we going to get them to fight each other without it being on our doorstep?”

December 08 (1 week ago)
“That’s assuming that both forces attack, fighting, as you said, here. I’m thinking that if we convince only one to attack the other, the battle would take place at the defender’s encampment. The hellhounds would be easier, I think. We have more of their corpses than we do orcs, and it won’t be hard to adapt wounds by our weapons to look like they came from orc weapons. Plus, it’s obvious even to the thickest orcs that hellhounds did not kill the orcs, and I haven’t an idea of how to make it look otherwise.”

December 08 (1 week ago)
Fraus walked up to an orcish corpse and held out and mumbled some words. With a flare of light hsi hands lit on fire and he chared the orcish corpse. “We do it like that. Now the orcs think he’s been burned. They have hellhounds. Easy enough. Orc weapons are also easy. I can also sneak into the orc camp, and ‘convince’ them to attack the demons at a specific position if you have the body of a scout.”

He crossed his arms and closed his eyes. “While this is good for the immediate moment, we need to think long term at this point. What were the two missions we came down here for. Do you want to say it. This was the mission of the whole guild. We are now all that remains of the guild. This is now our mission alone. And we are the most clever and noble of the guilds. We can’t come back empty handed. So tell me what the two missions were for us coming down here.”

December 08 (1 week ago)
Tondir comes up shirtless after taking a bath in the river after the scouting mission. “Our mission was to find a way to restore magic without it our walls that have stood the hordes for hundreds of years will fall in seconds and it looks like we found an answer if this ‘Oni’ can fix it let her why do we care what happens to a few duegar. If we start a battle against the hell hounds and orcs how will that help us we either need to get to Daria, get the teleporter working or get out of this mess and tell some others who can get something done about it. My votes on the first”

December 08 (1 week ago)
Kal shakes his head.“Tondir, restoring magic was our long term goal. In the short term, the first goal was to find allies. I think it can be agreed that there are none to be found, Oni notwithstanding. Even if we could ally with Daria, we don’t know whether she’ll make it past the duergar or not. We are all that is left, and we can count on no other aid until we establish contact with Tirg-Ath-Onon.”

“The second was to reclaim territory. With our current numbers and fighting strength, we have no way of feasibly reclaiming even a piece of the dwarven kingdoms. Costly as this expedition has been,” Though he endeavors to keep the fury out of his voice, he is only partly successful, “it has left us in an advantageous position. Assuming we can transport reinforcements and fresh supplies from Tirg-Ath-Onon before we run out of provisions, we could hold the portals and use them to scout out different locations for allies, magical items, lost lore…and, hopefully, how to restore magic.”

December 08 (1 week ago)
Fraus rubbed his head. “So we have three missions it seems. The fact is plain. Daria is linked to one mission. Claiming land, if we claim this teleporter, then that helps with the reclaiming land mission, and it also gives us a new way to find allies. Which completes another mission. So our first goal, is completely secure the portal. Gettin gthe orcs and demons to fighte ach other, will make it easier for us to hold it against them. Then, once this is secure, we need to work on reconnecting with the other guilds and helping get them to the city again. Once we have done that, we can turn to the Daria situation, and have them deal with gaining more allies.”

December 08 (1 week ago)
That night, Kal asked Gwen over for some help with a song he was working on. He was nearly finished, but he felt that it wouldn’t be done justice if it didn’t have proper music. Many bits of music were suggested, scrapped, tweaked, and played. When the hour neared midnight, one could hear the song being sung in full, accompanied by soft violin music.

All ye, hear me, and listen well,
for I’ve a tale of sorrow to tell.
Of Balgrimavor, well lit tunnels now black,
and our guild, of which many did not come back.

When together we stood, we had no fear
to brave the depths both far and near.
Our foes were routed, scattered and slain,
and at our head were warriors of great fame.

Siradze the Mighty, Dyson the Swift,
Ellie the Deadly, Naerena the Quick,
Zharg the Fearless, Dreggar the Stout,
Keriassa the Wit, Askir the Scout.

Theriam the Silver-Tongued, Seriea the Unbowed,
(she never did give me the magic item she owed),
Jaretti the Wise, Dalcyx the Blade,
these guild masters led all of us, unafraid.

But when the great doors were opened, and we walked in that room,
we saw the first signs of our impending doom.
Duergar warriors, clad in burnished steel,
serving a red dragon with fanatical zeal.

Ice was raised, flames were conjured,
thunder was called, spears were sundered,
blizzards were thrown, and many duergar we slew,
until there stood only a few.

But the dragon was fierce, and unmanned us that day,
most who saw it simply fleeing the fray.
I was among those, ashamedly, but there was not that could be done,
Our presence would not decide whether the battle was won.

It was our turn to be scattered, routed, and slain,
our foes as numerous as drops in the rain.
Driving us, battering us, pushing us down.
But so long as we live, we will not bow.

Our comrades dead, our masters killed,
our supplies dwindling, our laughter stilled.
Even now, know that however dark the night,
the flame of our courage will remain steady and bright.

December 09 (1 week ago)
“That was beautiful Kal, an honor to our fallen comrades,” said Eyrella as the last notes played. “We must rest now, for tomorrow we lay our traps and begin our intrigue.”

December 09 (1 week ago)
Kal smiles tiredly. “I’ve made a song like that only once before. It’s not finished, but I’ve done all that I can for it tonight.” He turns to Gwen. “Thank you. Last time I didn’t have someone else to share the burden.” With that, he slipped into his bedroll and fell into a deep sleep.

December 09 (1 week ago)
Fraus sat in a corner with a glum face. The song was well done but… He sighed and began to sing softly to himself. It wasn’t exactly grand, or even well sung like Kal’s. However, Fraus sung it regardless.
“Once upon a time I really think that’s how it goes.
The land began to become filled with many many woes.
There existed a group of people who helped all their friends.
They helped the humans dwarves and elves until their end.

Orcs were rampaging all over all across the lands.
Cities fell and some tried to meet their demands.
But the clever friends they knew just they had to do.
They helped their human allies begin their life anew.

But when the time came for the humans to help and pay them back.
The humans left their allies out to be an orcish snack.
Shattered and broken the people lost had their promised boon.
The scattered allies were known as the fallen Kitsune.

Now children I speak this story to tell you of the past.
Its tale is not meant to leave you all aghast.
But rather know that the day will come when they’ll return.
A child of the fox will bring new era in turn.

Their allies will redeem them of their fallen time.
The kitsune will sing a day with a new rhyme.
The woes they will all falter, shatter, and cease.
For the child of the fox shall bring a new found peace."

December 10 (6 days ago)
Zidane listens with envy: you people sure can perform, this is good for morale at least! a little hope after hearing the bad news all arround

December 10 (5 days ago)
Tondir falls asleep thinking about all the problems and music filling his ears. As he wakes he grabs the orc horn and starts drawing in the dirt thinking of a plan to lead the orcs into the hell hounds with the horn.

December 11 (5 days ago)
Maldio shakes his head atop the parapet as his guildmates and the mad dwarf rappel down the cliff to the cave openings. “The orcs and demons are battling it out as we speak! Now is not the time to explore random caves!” He grumbles as they continue their way down and considers heading back to the fort and rejoining the others in case the plan goes wrong and they have fight off the combined forces. He turns and takes a few steps toward the door, then stops and sighs loudly… “Fools’ll get themselves killed…” He heads down to the bridge and tries to convince them of reason, or at least keep them alive.

December 11 (5 days ago)
Mauk talks to Kal about the history of the party and what has happened lately and says “As soon as we figure out what these caves are we might as well go back and get your friends it sounds like this might be what a few of you were looking for eh.” after hearing what happened to Ulrics axe he offers to make him a new one if he finds a forge and some metal.

December 12 (3 days ago)
As soon as Fraus led the orcs out of sight, Eyrella gave the all clear. “We have to prepare our defenses. Walls are a wonderful thing if you can use them for cover. Right now, we can’t. We need to get every able body to building earth embankments against the wall to stand on. They need to be high enough for us to shoot over the wall and they need to be spread out. We start with a few positions on the north wall, then add a couple to the west wall. We also need some eyes pointed down the river. We don’t want to be caught by surprise.”

December 12 (3 days ago)
Huldur: “I’ll volunteer for look out. Sadly my glaive can only reach so far… Though if they get near, it will sing a song to make the bards jealous!”

December 13 (3 days ago)
Harag is very happy to be back with his friends and not lost. He did not like being lost at all. He is like a child with a new toy showing off his dead orc captain to everyone and is seeing if anyone can actually tell him what the orc captain has that he can keep as a trophy.(i.e. if there is anything magic or good quality on the dead orc) Harag starts acting like the orc captain now thinking he assumed the new position after defeating the prior captain. “You orcs come back here now I command you to let us finish killing you!”

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