Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Reaching Arnsberg at night.

Friday, September 5, Night
Weather:  pleasant temperatures and clear conditions, with a moderate breeze

The overcast weather breaks up as you reach Arnsberg, somewhat gloomy as night comes.  In the moonlight, you can make out the town, and upon the hill you recognize the image that Eberhardt had open upon his table.


It will cost you each 3 s.p. to enter into the walls, if you so wish.  To the right of the town, you will see a small cluster of houses outside the walls, where likely you might find an Inn (use the prices on the Munster table - they will not be substantially different).

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Nine-toes said...

"Let's stable the horses at an Inn first, if we can find one, yes?"

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Sorry... work got very busy.)

"Agreed."

Nine-toes said...

We look for an Inn outside the city.

Alexis said...

You find a comfortable little two-story roadhouse called The Three-Eared Dog. There's a roaring fire, a few patrons playing a game of bones, and a large woman acting as barkeep.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet stables the horses, but brings his gear inside.

"Let's share a private room," Ahmet says to Nine-toes, "unless you'd like to try to convince our barkeep to learn you in the ways of women. When the time finally comes, I wouldn't want you to disappoint your, ah, seamstress." He winks.

Nine-toes said...

"A private room will do."

"And as to the seamstress, or any woman (though she is not the object of my desire), look at me. I am a plain man, with a plain tongue, not suited to woo anyone. No, it is not by chance that I find myself a monk, I think. God made me as I am, and far be it from me to criticize his work. It has been given to me, perhaps, to be in love, but not to be loved, it would seem."

"No matter, we have more important fish to fry, as it were. Do we pay our holy friend a visit tonight, or rest for the evening first? The darkness is our friend, I think, but so may be sleep."

Ahmet said...

"I am for calling on him tonight, my friend. As you say, darkness is our friend. We can sleep after our glorious return."

Jeremiah said...

Alexis, Do we know if the Bishop's manse is in the city, and if so, are the city gates open at night?

Alexis said...

The Bishop's "manse" is that massive castle on top of the hill.

Nine-toes said...

"Come with me Ahmet. I do not drink, but I would buy a drink for you."

(to the innkeep) "If it please you, madam, an ale for my friend, and mutton for the both of us if your kitchen is open, and any news of local goings on you might have to pass the time for us."

I place 2 gp on the counter, hopefully out of view of the patrons.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet chuckles. "I do not drink either, but perhaps the barkeep will enjoy it for us."

Alexis said...

"News," she says. "Imagine that, news he asks. With half the provisions gone from the army staying here all summer, we're half starvin' now that they've pulled out - and the Bishop's men crackin' down on poachers on the side. How's a woman to keep a place going when there's no fresh meat, now I ask you?"

Nine-toes said...

"The army left, you say? And the bishop with them, no doubt? What direction did they head for I wonder?"

"And since neither my friend nor I drink, might I buy a draught of whatever you have for you to drink to your own health, if not to the bishop's or his army that left you in such a state."

Alexis said...

The bartender looks at Nine-toes blank-eyed. "The Bishop? What are you talking about? The Bishop ain't had no part of the army. They've been keeping here these months settlin' disputes in the mountains ... all them leftover rebels from the last way. As for which direction they headed, west for France, and good riddance. It's been three weeks now and there's still bugs in the sheets."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet stares back just as blankly. "But if the army is in France, where is the bishop?"

Alexis said...

"Far away from here, God willing!" says the barkeep. "Everytime that 'gentleman' returns to town he raises the damn taxes. I've been pretty near driven out of business!"

Nine-toes said...

"I would imagine the town makes a great fuss whenever he arrives, too."

Alexis said...

"Aye. Bloated, self-righteous bastard that he is," she says. "God keep him well and in good health."

Nine-toes said...

"I can't imagine what sort of carriage he rides in. Probably pulled by Oldenburg horses and guilded wheels."

Alexis said...

"No he doesn't!" snaps someone else, the elderly man sitting by the fire. "It's black, with only a bit a' white trim, with red plush interior and doors of iron hammered only wood. And he 'asn't got German horses, he's got Percherons - four beauties, a gift he got from the King of France four years ago."

He straightens himself up. "I used to be a groom to the Bishop - 'til he sacked me f'r bein' too old."

Nine-toes said...

"Good Lord, man, what grandeur you must have witnessed there! How long were you in his holiness' service?"

Alexis said...

"Twenty-seven years," says the man.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet hrmphs. "Well, those Percherons may have been fine animals four years ago, my friend, but when was the last time you saw them?"

Alexis said...

"I have not seen the Bishop here for nearly a year," says the ex-groom. "If you have a matter you want to speak to him about, he's performing a wedding in Munster ... or so I've heard."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet laughs. "As if the bishop would speak to men such as we! What, does he normally entertain guests who call on him? Perhaps to hear our confession, eh?"

Alexis said...

(OOC: for the record, I have a sweet woman who has appeared from out of town, which I am now duty-bound to take out to lunch. I'll be gone for a couple hours, all)

Ahmet said...

(OOC: If you need any advice in the ways of women, ask Nine-toes!)

Alexis said...

The ex-groom will shrug at Ahmet's question. He doesn't know what men you are, or why you would worry about the Bishop's whereabouts, as is evident from the expression on his face.

Nine-toes said...

Alexis, How late is it at this point?

Alexis said...

It is about 9 in the evening.

(OOC: By the way, Ahmet, you should be rolling a d10 for your increased hit points; I don't believe there are any other significant changes to your character, but I do know that you're going to start hitting ordinary things a lot more easily)

Nine-toes said...

"Come, my friend, lets check on our horses before retiring for the night."

Ninetoes heads for the stables.

Alexis said...

As Nine-toes rises and starts towards the door, a wet, somewhat worse for wear but hearty looking and somewhat large-shouldered fellow enters. It takes a moment, but you realize this is the same solitary fellow you saw upon the road about two hours ago, in the drizzle, before coming to Arnsberg.

He takes a deep breath, shakes off his hair (he is not wearing a hat), and turns past you towards the fire. He's in his 30s, with a strong, high forehead, with curly brown hair and quite white skin - and rather intensive forest green eyes.

He is wearing no armor, and is soaked clean through.

Nine-toes said...

"Good heavens, sir, you are soaked through. Might I buy you a hot cider if they have such a thing in this inn?"

Ahmet said...

D10: Rolled a 7... well, Excel'd a 7.

Ahmet eyes the newcomer.

Alexis said...

(OOC: Ahmet, don't forget to add 3 due to your constitution - that would make your maximum hit points, I believe, 37)

Lukas said...

Lukas rubs his hands near the fire as he looks to Nine-Toes.

"Soaked through is temporary. More temporary than you might think, but I am not one to turn down a good drink!"

Taking a different pose, he moves his hands in deliberate gestures and speaks a few words in a strange language. As if it were water droplets landing on a hot pan, the moisture quickly departs from his person. (Casting Dry on self)

Lukas still shivers, and stays close to the fire, but extends a hand to Nine-Toes. "You two travel quite quickly on your horses. I'm surprised I caught up!"

As he warms up near the fire, Lukas begins to more stand at his 6'2" height.

Ahmet said...

(OOC: I feel a strong temptation to find some "ordinary things" to hit!)

Andrej said...

(OOC: Lukas seems ordinary enough. Just kidding. welcome aboard oddbit)

Alexis said...

(OOC: in all probability, Lukas had gone to Hamme in the first place looking for some sort of opportunity, and not finding one, had been caught by the drizzle on the way back. For the record, you're paid up here at the Three-Eared Dog until Monday).

Nine-toes said...

"I say, sir, was that... em, magic? I'm sorry, I'm fascinated by even the most rudimentary display, so rarely have I seen it."

Lukas said...

"Indeed, one of the benefits of spending years studying how to alter the fabric of the universe is the ability to dry oneself after getting caught in the rain!"

He removes a pair of embroidered gloves and rubs his fingers getting the blood flowing.

"Maybe in a few more I'll learn a spell to warm my body, or remember my hat before I leave it here!"

He laughs a bit at the situation.

Nine-toes said...

"Madame, you wouldn't happen to have any hot cider for our friend here, would you?

Alexis said...

(OOC: ah, I saw a hat on the avatar, but could not find one on the character sheet)

"Welcome back, Herr Meyer," says the bartender. "You did not find what you wanted?"

Lukas said...

(OOC: Wedged in-between boots and gloves is a brimmed woolen cap. Every good adventurer needs a quality hat. But it all works out in the end :) )

Lukas said...

"No my lady, I am afraid I did not. Work is few and far between for a man of my sort without a reputation. Though I must say it is a pleasure to have returned to your warm fire and company. I trust my room is still free?"

Nine-toes said...

(asside to Ahmet)"What do you think, brother? One versed in arcane arts would be a great asset to us, were he willing to tag along. From his appearance, I would not take him for a man of the bishop."

Nine-toes said...

(OOC - Ninetoes face is red for not helping the passing stranger, and my face is red for missing the now obvious introduction of a new player on the road.)

Alexis said...

"I'm not apt to give away things that are paid for, Herr Meyer." She looks displeased. "I will get your cider."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet begins to say something, but chokes it off at the first syllable. This magicker can no doubt hear his whispers -- or maybe even his thoughts? He scowls.

"Perhaps," is all he'll allow to Nine-toes.

Lukas said...
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Nine-toes said...

"Herr Meyer, is it? I am called Ninetoes by most, and my large friend is Ahmet. I must apologize for not stopping for you in the road. Normally I am more considerate than my actions bespeak, but we have reason for... caution of late. Did I hear madame say you were looking for work?"

Lukas said...

(OOC: That didn't come out joking enough... I wasn't in the game yet, there were still things to tie up.)

Lukas said...

A bit exasperated Lukas moves to take a seat close to the fire. Possibly pulling a stool or something towards it if necessary.

"Exactly. Apparently those of my talent are not high in demand currently. I have been seeking employment, but have been having trouble." Lukas shrugs, "It also seems my welcome is beginning to wear on madame."

Alexis said...

(Truth be told, she has never been particularly friendly)

She does return with your cider, rather exactly heated.

Nine-toes said...

(Quietly) "Tell me friend, in your search have you perhaps seen a coach in the last few days, black, with only a bit of white trim, with red plush interior and doors of iron hammered wood? Such a coach would have been memorable, would it not?"

Lukas said...

"Thank you, you're an angel. I will always speak well of my time here."

Lukas says as he takes the cider, appreciating the warmth on his hands.

"That would be distinct wouldn't it?" Lukas remarks as he tries to remember...

Alexis said...

I can clear up a little what Lukas may have seen. He did not see the coach Nine-toes describes. Yesterday morning, Thursday, the same day the rest of the party found that the Eberhardt's palast had been watched, Lukas set out for Hamme. Friday morning, starting back, he did see a coach going by, surrounded by three riders, with a woman driving - she seemed angry, and quite beautiful, which is why he remembers it.

I would point out that according to the letter from the Bishop that Hornung received, the Bishop left Munster on Thursday morning about 3 a.m. This means, if the bishop was on the road to Arnsberg, Lukas should have seen it mid-day on his way TO Hamme. That he didn't see it, or anyone on the road, suggests that either the Bishop went a different way, or was one of the many riders (in disguise) that Lukas only vaguely took awareness of on the way to Hamme, and that he did not take his usual carriage.

But it was an intelligent question to ask - thus I'm giving as much information as you can glean.

Lukas said...

"I do not recall seeing any coaches matching that description. However, I did see a very distinct woman in a coach go by surrounded by three riders on Friday morning. The lady, she was quite beautiful, but rather angry looking."

Lukas sips his cider then asks, "Looking for someone?"

Ahmet said...

Beautiful but angry looking... that's Ahmet's type alright. Could it be...?

"Was she a pirate?"

Lukas said...

"Was she born on a Wednesday?"

Lukas smiles,

"I would have mentioned the ship following in the coaches wake had I seen it. Otherwise it would be hard to tell wouldn't it?"

Alexis said...

(OOC: hm ... a weird bit of fallout. I had meant for the erstwhile Franz to pass over this information regarding the woman and man you were looking for at the Apple Orchard; you'll find it in the comments thread. Let's assume Franz did tell you about this:

"At this point, Franz himself, who has been in the Quarter all day, will remember a man and a woman, her dressed as a streetwalker, boarding a carriage and departing with three riders besides. At that moment Franz recognizes the man on the ground as the one that bid them farewell."

Nine-toes said...

"Ahmet, I believe he speaks of the woman cleric Andrej spoke of, not the beloved pirate who so recently became a widow."

Herr Meyer, we represent a powerful man who has sent us on an errand, a mildly delicate one. I believe you could help us with this matter. Would you like to join us? We would split whatever spoils we found four ways - there is a fourth member of our party not present now. He is... indisposed at the moment. I will say more in private on him and the errand that brough us here in private."

As to the benefits of association with us, I can tell our journeys have been quite lucrative thus far, and never dull."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet scowls, and provides in great detail a description of the pirate known as Madam Salvador, down to the scar above her eye.

Nine-toes may recall the pirate queen was not quite as beautiful as Ahmet describes, but to each his own.

"Fair skin and emerald eyes, long crimson tresses and a scimitar that shone with silver..."

The monk's words snap him back to reality. "Eh? Oh yeah, that one. Dressed as a streetwalker, the man said."

Alexis said...

Lukas would not remember her dressed as a streetwalker - she wore a thick dark brown cloak.

It might be good at this time, fellows, to set aside the roleplaying and concentrate on concocting a strategy for how you will manage the goal. This is lovely and interesting, but we could spend another week playing out the conversation around the inn fire, and nothing would get done.

Nine-toes said...

Sorry! Assuming Lukas is amenable, Ninetoes leads him and Ahmet to the stables, fills him in on their mission (we're trying to find out if the Bishop is really in town or if he is elsewhere - most clues point to elsewhere at present), and asks if he has any ideas on locating the bishop in any way that doesn't tip off his men or result in the arrest of anyone in the party.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet follows the pair to the stables and, after a look around to ensure no one is lurking in the shadows, continues the conversation in a quiet tone.

"Perhaps we could ask that groomsman if he knows anyone who still works for the Bishop," he says.

Lukas said...

Lukas is in-fact amenable, and does follow. He also listens intently to their catching him up.

"That would be a good idea. If we find the opportunity, there might also be a way to lure the bishop out should he be here. He sounds to have a bit of a greedy streak to him. Given what they say about him raising taxes."

Nine-toes said...

"What I know of the bishop so far is that he is in the practice of having women abducted, and that seeing him in person on any legitamate business is likely an impossibility. I had thought to perhaps pose as someone looking for work of a shadier sort, but I have no contacts in that regard, either."

"I like Ahmet's idea of asking the former groomsman if he knows anyone currently in the employ of the bishop, but he was becoming increasingly tight lipped towards the end."

"I say we pay a visit to the castle tonight, just to observe what we may. Perhaps tomorrow we may ask if anyone saw where the whore's carriage got to (for I believe her to be a thrall of bishop as well - her rapid departure is another odd coincidence, as is her obvious involvement with the known kidnappers.)"

What say you two? I feel I am blind, and amopen to any suggestion."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet grunts. "Very well. The groomsman, then the castle, then we try to track down the strumpet."

Before heading back inside, Ahmet adds: "Any thought about Sunday? Would he be expected to be here for services? Would your fellow brothers in the church have special preparations to undertake if he were to be present?"

Nine-toes said...

"I don't imagine he makes public appearances often. And I don't believe he is truly in the city, though I could be wrong."

(Unless Lukas objects) Ninetoes asks the groomsman if he knows anyone still in the employ of the bishop, as they would like to seek employment there themselves.

Lukas said...

Lukas does not object, and accompanies the group to the conversation.

(OOC: Sorry if I take a bit to respond, apparently some bosses decided a project I was working on is needed yesterday so I may be distracted. Also, I need some conflict cards. I think they're the same as our assassin friend -Cold Blooded however.)

Alexis said...

(OOC: I shall get a conflict card image up on the weekend)

The groomsman cannot help you; he was dismissed under less than the most considerate of circumstances - and the Bishop does not 'hire.' All the employees are either purchased from nobility, or are in fact the children of nobility. The groomsman, Thomas, was the eldest son of a Freeman who went to prison for his debts, and came to the castle as an indentured servant. When his servitude paid that part of his father's debt, Thomas was let go.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet says, "but surely you met some men while you were there -- some men who still work for the Bishop?"

Alexis said...

"Well ... yes. But I thought it would be for you to gain favor towards getting some sort of post." Thomas scratches his head in puzzlement. "Why then would you want to know someone at the castle?"

Ahmet said...

Ahmet starts, stops. Tries again and falters. If only this information could be gleaned by splitting open this man's skull with a pick ax!

With a scowl, he tilts his head toward Lukas, who seems to be far more eloquent than himself or the monk.

"My friend can explain it better."

Nine-toes said...

"You have us, good sir. The truth is, and I am reluctant to say so, we are scholars with the publishing firm of Glatsgo and Huckabee, commissioned for the writing of a book upon influential men of the modern era. Ahmet, here is my body guard, as I am useless with a weapon and pursue book learning rather than martial knowledge, and our travels take us to some dark places at times. I am compiling the stories of the men who serve great men, men such as yourself. It would be of great help if you could share your account of any experience you had while serving his holiness. Of course you would be completely anonymous and would not appear in the book once published... unless you wished your name to be mentioned for posterity's sake?"

Ninetoes tries to calm his heart, unaccustomed to telling such ridiculous lies.

Nine-toes said...

Ninetoes very much wishes he could disappear for a moment, worried more nonsense may spring from his mouth at any moment in a panic.

Lukas said...

Lukas looks to his right, where Nine-toes has been positioned and then back to the man, he begins formulating a plan should this outrageous lie fail...

Alexis said...

(OOC: rediculous, but slashing brilliant!)

There's no need for a conflict roll, because he's not unwilling to tell you what you want to know.

Thomas can retell a bit or two of his life, but he's no storyteller and it doesn't make much comprehensible sense. He mentions that he did not see the Bishop more than twice in his 27 years; he washed the stables and fed the horses, and led them out in the mornings, and harnessed them, but he was not a driver and he did not take the carriage out to pick up the Bishop when the Bishop would come or go; thus, no contact. He will tell you the Bishop had been in residence perhaps 18 months of the total time he had been a groom there. It was the family manse, but the Bishop held so many titles, he was often in Paderborn, or Liege, or Cologne, or Munster.

The stables, you learn, are quite aways down the side of the slope below the castle, and that they connect to a backyard that shares part of a stream that flows down from a spring on the side of the hill before wending away towards the northwest.

There is typically a groomsman, and three boys who live in the stable at night.

Finally, assuming the party asks if the Bishop is in residence now (which comes up as an easy question to be asked at one point), Thomas will answer,

"Impossible. Absolutely impossible. The whole town would know. There's simply no way at all that the Bishop could conceivably be in Arnsberg without every manjack and boy being fully aware of it!"

Whereupon he pauses, and considers.

"Unless, I suppose," he says, "The Bishop didn't want anyone to know."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet scoffs. "But how could he enter the city in secret? Surely there's no way for such a magnificent carriage pulled by four Percherons to make a quiet entrance!"

Nine-toes said...

"You have been a great boon to me, good sir, and I would compensate you for your efforts." Ninetoes gives him 10 silvers. "Oh, and do let me know if you would like your name to apear in the book."

"Lads, a word with you outside if you would be so kind. We must see if we may interview any more prospects at his Holiness' stables. I've a feeling it may be a productive meeting."

Alexis said...

Listening to Ahmet, Thomas appears to get quite nervous, as though he knows something he shouldn't say.

Nine-toes' payment encourages him, and he stops you before you three step out.

"There is ..." he begins, cautiously. "There is a secret entrance to the castle."

Alexis said...

(OOC: bet you didn't see that coming)

Lukas said...

Lukas seems somewhat surprised for the remainder of the conversation. In fact, he seems the least surprised at the mention of the secret door. Mainly because, after some thought it makes sense. Why spend all that money building a castle, and not put the little extra in for an 'escape' route?

His voice a bit lower and more private, "A secret entrance? Why the way you discovered this would make for an excellent anonymous portion of a book for sure..."

Nine-toes said...

"A thunderbolt from heaven, you are sir! That is positively delicious! I'm astounded, dear sir, that you have confided such a secret to me. I am a keeper of secrets, and here is one I could never possibly include in the book, but could you possibly, for my own edification which I will take to my grave, tell me where the secret entrance may be?"

I give the groomsman 5 gold.

Nine-toes said...

(OOC - sorry, posted before i saw your reply. You would probably be the better persuader than Ninetoes)

Alexis said...

Alas, Thomas does not know *where* the secret door is. He can only confirm that there is one.

He can tell you that he heard it said that it was near the Font-en-Breitenbruch, in Arnsbergerwald, east of the town.

Upon being asked, he'll explain that the Arnsbergerwald is the private wood of the Bishop's manse - it covers approximately 10 square miles, extending from the bottom of the hill, north to the Monhe See (lake), east to the hamlet of Christoff and south to the Oslberg Ridge.

Lukas said...

(OOC: did he mention where he found out about it?)

Ahmet said...

Ahmet waits until the three of them are alone once more before speaking again.

"So... to the wood, to the castle, or to the prostitute?"

Lukas said...

Lukas considers for a moment, "Well considering we are supposed to discover the Bishop's location only and not storm a castle, I think locating the secret entrance would be unhelpful for now. Unless they would leave his coach in that location. "

"As for the er.. woman, well I guess it would depend on whether or not she is at all likely to attempt to meet the bishop in public. As to see her at the castle would not be damning at all since we are aware they are associates."

"Finally, we have approaching the castle. An examination of what we can reach could prove useful though would not likely be the solution."

"In a worst case scenario, our current best bet would be sneaking into the secret entrance and hunting down proof of the bishop's presence."

Alexis said...

Sorry Ahmet, I missed this question:

The Bishop wouldn't give services. These are typically given by Priests, who tend to be between 4th to 6th level. Any higher, and they get promoted to judges, inquisitioners, and ultimately Bishops and Archbishops.

Alexis said...

Lukas,

After 27 years, the groom probably picked knowledge of a secret entrance as scuttlebutt.

Nine-toes said...

"My thought is the woman cleric transported the bishop herself, and the carriage the bishop took was one and the same as hers. The man captured said he bid adieu to three people, yes? One was very well dressed. He probably would not have worn the robes of his office, but he wouldn't have reduced himself to looking the part of a pauper, either."

"I do not think this helps us locate him, though. Finding the secret entrance ourselves seems a long shot. I think our best hope lies in either questioning his staff or sneaking about the castle ourselves in disguise. Perhaps our story of writing a book on famous men will prick the pride of the stableboys as well, and if they confirm the carriage you saw, Lukas, paid a visit to the Bishop's stables, then my suspicion may be confirmed."

"I'm for making to the stables in the morning. We might scout out the castle tonight, but it is late and we have already paid for a room. We might be sharper with a night's rest. What say you two?"

Ahmet said...

Ahmet chuckles. "But how will we enter the castle if we don't find the secret entrance? Simply stroll through the front gate?"

He drops his voice and eyes Lukas.

"Or does this wizard have a way of instantaneously transporting us over the walls and into the bishop's very bedroom? I've heard tales that such things are possible, though I've never seen it with my own eyes."

Alexis said...

(OCC: I am required to do a big maintenance run this morning, all. I will probably not be able to do much playing until this afternoon)

Lukas said...

"Hrm, that might be true, but how certain does your employer wish to be? Will rumors and second hand accounts be enough?"

"I do believe we should scout the castle, we might as well safely learn before daring anything bold."

Looking to Ahmet, Lukas replies with a smile, "Some mages can, others may focus on other things, like turning others into toads, or reading minds..."

Lukas stares at Ahmet's forehead for a moment, "Oh my..." Then after a dramatic pause he bursts out laughing. "Though I have not mastered any of those arts. Give me some years yet."

Ahmet said...

Knowing Ahmet's thoughts would be quite unsettling. Even Ahmet himself rarely knows his own thoughts.

"Our employer would not be satisfied with rumors," he muses, "but if we could... encourage someone in his employ to tell us what he knows, perhaps that would be good enough."

Nine-toes said...

"As to entering the castle, Ahmet, I believe the old groomsman mentioned that the stables were outside the castle grounds by a stream. If not, my plan was to try to scale the wall and drop a rope down for you two. That seemed to work well enough when we scaled the roof of the crazed old man's house."

Ahmet said...

Ahmet's usual scowl is replaced by a... dubious scowl. But he's not sure. He looks at Lukas. "What do you think, sorcerer?"

Lukas said...

"I think I very much hope we will not have to infiltrate a castle. They were built to withstand such things. But as I said, it may come to that, I have my doubts they will give us a tour."

Lukas muses stroking his chin.

Alexis said...

I am unearthed.

Let me know when you fellows are ready to tell me what you do.

Something to consider, however ... you've all been on the road all day, you're tired and exhausted. An action tonight would invoke 'forced march' rules.

But before I can set a scene for the next post, I need to know what the scene will be.

Lukas said...

Lukas settles down to rest for the night, then on the next day has a morning breakfast and scouts the castle with the others.

Nine-toes said...

Ditto what Lukas said.

(Unless Ahmet forces us to march. I'm not going to argue with a large Turk who disembowels guardsmen with ease.)

Ahmet said...

Ahmet also goes to sleep, and dreams of scaling the castle wall.

In his dream, there is a guard who walks along the castle's catwalk, who somehow do not spot Ninetoes as he scales the wall.

However, even if he avoids detection, he must somehow slip over the parapet and overpower the guard without his fellow guards noticing.

He then must lower a rope -- hoping that the castle wall is not more than 50 feet high -- and wait several long minutes as Ahmet and Lukas laboriously make their way up the rope, also without being spotted.

Then they are on top of the wall, and have to find a way to get down -- again, slaying any guards along the way, as silently as possible as not to alert the entire castle.

Once they have breached the castle proper, they must somehow verify the presence of the Bishop, then, somehow, escape.

Ahmet wakes up before the part where they return to Herr Hornung and tell him that not only is the Bishop present, but he also is now quite nervous as he awoke to a castle in full alarm as the morning watch discovers a number of guardsmen slain in a variety of creative ways.

The Turk rejoins his companions in the morning. "I had the most delightful dream, but alas, I can't recall any of it."

Lukas said...

"Likely it involved potatoes. Most good dreams do. I enjoy a well cooked potato." Lukas nods knowingly.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet nods eagerly and tucks into his breakfast before heading to the castle on their scouting mission.

Alexis said...

Which part of the castle?

Ahmet said...

The stables, but also as much of the exterior as we can explore without being caught, with an eye toward spotting a likely scaling point for Ninetoes.

Alexis said...

I'll get the next post up in about an hour.