Friday, February 17, 2012

A Dark and Stormy Night in Arnsberg

Saturday, September 6, 1650, evening
Weather: balmy temperatures and a steady storm, with a high wind.

In answer to Lukas' question, the bar mistress remarks that you can't expect farmers to come out in a night like this.  The party is the only regular denizens of the inn at present, all others having left town that morning and no new guests having arrived.  Arnsberg is not that large a town, and it is off the main trade routes.

The storm is such that you probably would not wish to be on the road right now.  It has not relented in hours, according to the bar mistress, and doesn't look like its going to relent.

However, after having had a meal, and warmed by the fire, and discussed quietly your plans, there is a banging knock on the Inn door (the bar mistress locked it to strengthen the door against the wind).

46 comments:

Lukas said...

Lukas, from his place next to the fire appreciating the warming factor immensely, turns his head to observe the door. They do not expect visitors after all...

Alexis said...

The bar mistress will move to unlock the door.

Lukas said...

"Ma'm, It's a strange night, and I'm feeling a bit wary. Call it a sense of foreboding, perhaps I should get the door?"

Lukas stands and approaches the door, waving Ahmet and nine-toes close.

Alexis said...

"Suit yourself," she says.

Lukas is at the door.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet raises a brow. But then, mages have a way of seeing the world that others do not. Perhaps Lukas has sensed something ominous on the other side of the door?

"Stay here, friend, and be ready," he mutters to Nine-toes, and moves closer to the door.

Lukas said...

Lukas grabs the bar and raises it, opening the door to face Ahmet first, then assuming nothing comes flying through or barging in violently and shouting obscenities, opens it so that he may see the other side of the door.

Furthermore, if they still do not appear violent, he steps aside and allows them in, closing the door behind them.

Alexis said...

It is but one, extremely wet ... gnome.

He's only three-foot-four. He looks up at Lukas. Turns his head sideways. He finally says, "No, it can't be you."

He leans over and looks past Lukas, at Ahmet. "Are you Ahmet?" he asks.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet peers down at the little man.

"Ahmet Oglu-Ahmet. And you are?"

Alexis said...

"Call me brother Arnulf," says the gnome. "I have a message for you. Let's see, let's see," he checks around his person, searching ...

"I know I put this somewhere ... ah!"

He draws out what appears to be a very small scroll case, about four inches long and an inch thick. "It's a wet night, couldn't risk having it messed up."

Arnulf begins looking about himself again. "Glasses, glasses ... I have them somewhere ..."

Ahmet said...

"No need to drown out there, good man. Come inside and stand by the fire. If you bring good news, I'll buy you a drink."

Alexis said...

His nose crinkles up; "Greta's ale? No, I don't think so. Ah!"

He's found his glasses, and opens the scroll case and slips out a small scrap of paper. "Let's see. This is from ..." he peers. "E. Hornung. It says ..." he peers more. "Target's whereabouts confirmed. Hold fast. Will arrive in Arnsberg on 12th. Remain, supply yourselves and if possible examine caves in the area. Be wary of women." The gnome laughs. "Good advice."

He continues reading: "If possible, make a journey to Soest and secure helpers. Good luck."

Ahmet said...

"Is that all there is to the message?"

Assuming so, Ahmet asks: "Did you receive this message from Herr Hornung himself?"

Lukas said...

"Furthermore are you authorized for a return message?" Lukas asks.

Alexis said...

"I cannot. The message came to me by magic - relayed through the head of my order," says Arnulf. "I do not have the means to cast that magic in return. I was able to discern your location through augury."

Lukas said...

"Thank you for your message." Lukas looks to Ahmet. "Seems we need to go to Soest?"

Ahmet said...

Ahmet hmphs. "Very well." He reaches into his pouch for coins to tip the gnome, but first looks at his two companions to see if they have anything else to say to him.

Alexis said...

The gnome will bow. "There is no expense to you," he says. "I return now to my cloister."

And he goes.

Greta will ask you to relock the door now.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet closes the door and relocks it, and rejoins his companions at their table.

"The 12th? What day is it today?"

After consulting with his companions, Ahmet determines it is the 6th.

"That's..."

After further consultation with his companions, Ahmet determines that is six days hence.

"Strange. Caves, Soest, and women. What do you make of it, wizard?"

Lukas said...

Lukas lowers his voice only for Ahmet, "I make of it we have already explored caves, that we should beware of women, likely like the one in the carriage and that our next destination is Soest. Unless we want to get some supplies first."

Ahmet said...

"I have no need of supplies (healing salve being too expensive), but if you have need of anything, I can give you some gold. I don't have much, but you deserve a reward for your courage against the ghouls and that... weasel of unusual size."

Ahmet brought about 15 g.p. with him, so be frugal.

"On the other hand, we have six days. I could ride back to Munster -- perhaps be healed by Andrej -- and retrieve more gold, as well as my plate mail, while you and Nine-toes journey to Soest to 'secure helpers'. I am not the one who should do the haggling, as I sometimes..." He pauses for a moment, then scowls at an unhappy memory. "Get out-haggled."

He shrugs. "Or we could remain together, if you think that is for the best. What do you think, gentlemen?"

Lukas said...

"It was quite the rodent." He says in regards to the first section, "I do think you should get your wounds tended, but I worry about hiring rough folks in Soest without some... Muscle. Perhaps you might know rough men better than me?"

Lukas thinks for a bit, "But perhaps Nine-Toes shall be enough. Do we know what kind of helpers we need in Soest? Or what we are negotiating with?"

As it goes, right now I could probably just stand to get a horse of my own at some point, but probably not yet. Otherwise, I'll need another spellbook in about 2000xp.

Ahmet said...

"Honestly, I don't know if we have enough coin to hire much in the way of help in Soest, without returning to Munster first," Ahmet says.

"Herr Hornung gave us six days. Let's have a restful night here at the Inn, then make for Munster tomorrow. There perhaps we can borrow a horse for you from Herr Hornung. The following day we ride from Munster to Soest to hire our 'helpers'.

"That would still leave us ample time, I think, to scout around Arnsberg for caves.

"What do you think, gentlemen?"

Lukas said...

"This seems a good plan, we have six days, perhaps clarity would be useful, or at least some method to gather helpers. My only concern would be the 'hold fast' and 'remain'." Leaning forwards to the pair so no others will hear (AKA bar mistress) "Perhaps the visiting Soest is to be used as a ruse? Is there any reason we should think helpers would be there?"

I welcome the GM to add anything I should know about Soest and mercenaries, church representatives, military or whatnot Lukas should know about.

Still conspiratorially he continues, "Perhaps we should say we're leaving for Soest and hide out watching the secret entrance?"

Alexis said...

Because Lukas brought it up first, and because he's a smart guy, "hold fast" almost certain means, "stay where you are and follow instructions."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet grumbles.

"Perhaps Nine-toes can watch the secret entrance, as he is the stealthiest among us, while you and I ride to Soest and secure helpers. Nine-toes could certainly out-run any ghouls... but probably not any giant weasels."

Lukas said...

Still quietly to his companion, "Look, If there are no known helpers to find, no mention of allies before, it's probably a smokescreen. I recommend we have nine-toes watch the exit, get supplies to travel, then leave town heading towards Soest, loop around and hide out near the secret entrance with nine-toes. Probably tomorrow, or we can hang out here and continue finding random employees to interview for a book. I'm worried about the dead mink triggering an escape attempt."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet hmms.

"But would he attempt to escape from a secret exit that he knows we know exists?"

Lukas said...

Lukas raises his finger, "If he thinks we aren't in town..." Just in case Ahmet doesn't catch on, "Then he won't think we'll be waiting for him."

Ahmet said...

"But why would he think..." finally, the light bulb goes on.

"Very well. So, off to bed and in the morning, to Soest."

Alexis said...

(OOC: Hi fellas. I am at home today - Holiday - so if you have any complex questions that I'd need a rule book for, today is the day to ask.

I'm going to at last sit down and make up the conflict card lists for Melchior and Lukas. I'm also going to take advantage of this extra day at home to work on D&D. Everybody is tucked into bed, so this is a good time. I'll write more on the combat post later.

Any questions?)

Lukas said...

Not leaning forwards or quieting himself, "Yes! In the morning we go to Soest. I'm so glad we settled that."

Assuming everything is done, Lukas eats, then sleeps then wakes up and goes for supplies, then follows their likely to not succeed plan.

Now we attempt to hide by the secret entrance, then proceed to be spotted by every shepherd, game warden and child walking through the forest.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet buys six days worth of provisions for the three of us and our two horses from the Innkeeper, or from the Market if there is one in this town.

Also, Ahmet makes sure to refill his waterskin while at the Inn.

Lukas said...

Lukas suggests maybe a couple jugs of water. On remembering the traits of the font.

Lukas said...

For reference it appears this section of the party has decided since there are two references to sticking around that we are getting supplies, and that we shall stay on site, hide near the secret entrance and watch for escaping bishops.

Ahmet said...

I concur.

Alexis said...

Except that it occurs to Lukas the Smart that there might be a better reason for going to Soest. It might occur to Lukas the Smart that "helpers" is a code word for the rest of the party (once Ahmet had informed him of their existence in Munster).

Lukas said...

Lukas the smart decides to share his enlightenment with his companions. He suggests they abort their current plan and go to Soest instead. He then does so assuming no objections.

Alexis said...

(OOC: Sorry about that. Taking advantage of Lukas' 18 intelligence. Twas not a reference to the player's intelligence; both you and I together, brother, are probably not as smart as Lukas)

Ahmet said...

Ahmet ahs and nods, dropping his voice to a conspiratorial whisper.

"I see -- we make them think that we are going to Soest, so they think that we are not going to Soest, then we actually do go to Soest -- the last place they will think to look for us! Truly, Lukas, you are a wise man.

"Very well, to Soest!"

Alexis said...

By which route? There is a road directly to Soest, going north, and the alternate route your already know about, the one that sets off from the road to Hamme. Both roads are little better than cart tracks.

Lukas said...

I see no reason not to go directly to Soest off hand.

(OOC: As for the intelligence taking advantage of, it's ok, the party was confused by the message that was probably not meant to be confusing. As such just calling out the intent is probably not a bad idea.)

Ahmet said...

I vote for the direct route -- the way we haven't gone yet.

Lukas said...

Direct it is, we go directly there!

Ahmet said...

Ahmet gathers what supplies he can and the party takes the north road to Soest. Nine-toes and Lukas on one horse, Ahmet (the only one who can fight on horseback) on his own.

Lukas said...

Probably for the best to put two unarmored non-horse fighters on one horse, and one armored horse fighter on the other.

Alexis said...

I'll start the next post.