Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Out Again

May 3, 1651, morning.
With clear skies and warm temperatures, a moderate breeze and a crosswind.


The party emerges from the hole, taking note of the grisly scene with the father and son still waiting for them outside. No vermin have come around to poke at the bodies, though they are beginning to gather flies on this warm day.

It is mid-afternoon, and you have not been underground for long, but it is bright and for a short time you're unable to see easily. This shakes off quickly, however, and you survey the country around you - the wide clearing, hundreds of yards across, holding the temple, the small creek on the east side of the meadow, the forests climbing up the hills on either side.

32 comments:

Ahmet said...

Back the way we came, and then to Tokat? And presumably stopping along the way to check in on Hichem, Sevim, and Mistassa.

Maximillian Boii said...

yes, unless there are torches available at the small village. I will not relax until we're well away from here.

James C. said...

Back to Tokat.

Lukas said...

Back to Tokat it is I guess.

Alexis Smolensk said...

You'll remember I said it would take five hours to reach this point from the conversation you had with the Elder half-orc this morning. Thus, it is evening, just after dusk, when you return to the village where you've put the vardo.

When you return, Hichem sincerely wishes to speak with Ahmet.

Ahmet said...

"What has she done now?" Ahmet grumbles.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Hichem explains that for days now Sevim has been confessing to Mist that she cannot bear the way she is being treated by Ahmet; and Mist has wanted to approach Ahmet on this, but has been far too afraid of the fighter to do so. Then, when Ahmet left this morning with hardly a word or any attention, Sevim fell into a state of despondency, and stayed there for some hours ...

Until seizing the carving knife from one of the goodwives, who left it stuck in a block after butching a piglet. Sevim tried to kill herself with it, but she was stopped before the knife could do more than puncture her belly. The stab wound was only two inches deep. The goodwife restrained her, and Hichem was sent to fetch a local druid & apothecary. The wound was healed, but as Sevim was still distraught the druid gave her a potion that will make her sleep for twenty four hours. The potion was taken around noon.

Then Mist explained the reason to Hichem, who now explains it to Ahmet.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet looks aghast.

"A healing and a potion?!" he thunders. "How much is this woman going to cost me!"

He consults the others, telling him all Hichem has told him, and adding, "And I know not when she will wake up."

Math not being Ahmet's strong suit.

"I want us to be off at first light, but I fear if I am not here when Sevim awakens, she will attempt to kill herself again..."

He pauses a beat.

"Therefore perhaps we can find some strong fetters to restrain her with. I could use my rope, but we will likely need it in the caverns. What do you think?"

Alexis Smolensk said...

Hichem steps back at Ahmet's tirade. He stares at the Turk for a time.

Then he turns to the remaining party.

"Sirs," he begins unsteadily. "I am afraid I can no longer continue in your service. I apologize for any inconvenience this may bring you." Hichem pointedly does not look at Ahmet. "I cannot remain in good conscience, sirs."

He moves towards the vardo with the intention of packing his kit.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet arches a brow at Hichem. "I take it slaves are treated very differently where you are from."

Alexis Smolensk said...

Hichem stops dead. He does not look at Ahmet. "Do not speak to me again, brother, lest you will take up arms with me."

Maximillian Boii said...

"Ahmet," I ask, "Are you familiar with the flowers of the Oleander? I believe I saw some growing near Melitene. Regardless, if you do not know it, I am certain you have smelled it; In early summer the heady aroma is carried on the night breezes. Children who do not know become enthralled by this beautiful flower and it's intoxicating scent, they believe that anything that smells so sweet must taste as ambrosia from the gods. These children, and many men too, taste of the nectar of the flower, and find that it is as delicious as they expected. They eat more of it, they bring the bountiful blossoms back to their family to share, where they are told of it's deadly poison, which has already entered their system. They fall into a deep sleep, and if they are lucky enough to awake t all, they awake to great pain."

"You may think that I am telling you this to warn you against the beautiful flower who yet slumbers, but you would be wrong. For the Oleander is not shunned, it is cultivated, it is valued. It is not the fault of the Oleander that the innocent are poisoned. So I warn you against the poison that is already in your heart from your erstwhile innocence. Take care that you do not let it kill you, but do not blame the flower for your poisoning. Instead cultivate it, bask in it's beauty, and you will have something as valuable as life itself.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet smirks, but says nothing. He looks to the others, spreading his hands with the palms up in the universal gesture for "what's up with this guy?"

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Sorry, that was in response to Hichem, not Maximillian.)

Ahmet looks perplexed, trying to puzzle through what Maximillian is telling him.

"Ah," he finally understands, "you're saying the druid gave her a potion made of flowers to induce her slumber?"

Ahmet said...

"And she will be in great pain when -- if -- she awakens?"

He doesn't look happy with this news.

Maximillian Boii said...

Yes, Ahmet she will, but that was not of what I spoke. Long you have been my companion, and it is the poison in your veins that I worry for. You have been poisoned by her, long ago, and I see that the poison may yet cause you harm. but I believe that she may also contain the cure.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet doesn't do well with metaphors. It takes a few more attempts to explain to him that, no, she didn't somehow imbue him with a toxin made from flowers.

"Ah," Ahmet says at last.

"But... what do we do now? She slumbers. If we leave and she wakes up, she may try to kill herself again. But the longer we wait here, the greater the chance the 'taurs will lay a trap for us as they did for the Unterns."

Lukas said...

"We wait. And we will NOT seek minotaurs until she wakes. And you will speak WITH her (not AT her) when she wakes. You will find out what happened during the time you were apart. I will not be leaving this town until you do and furthermore if you refuse to do so you are a coward and a fool."

From there Lukas will move to aid Hichem as needed. He will mutter curses about stubborn turks and assure Hichem that he will do what he can to ensure there are no more knives and there will be no ropes or manacles involved so long as he can see to it.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet glowers at Lukas but doesn't say anything. He looks at Andrej, as usual, for the voice of reason.

Maximillian Boii said...

Let Lukas wake her in the morning. I believe a kindness from javascript:void(0) you would do more for her than any potion ever could.

Alexis Smolensk said...

No one approaches the party to ask about payment for healing or potions; and you learn the druid has departed again for the hills to the south, from whence Hichem fetched him.

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: this "javascript" ... is it a sort of magic writing from the East Indies?)

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Heh.)

Lukas said...

(OOC: I never should have told Max about my magic bottle of material that makes up the we see the world as we know it.)

Maximillian Boii said...

(I learned it from my father's father, so I believe it to be celtic in origin...)

I follow Lukas. I believe you are still injured, no? Allow me to heal you.
(I cast cure light wounds for 8 on Lukas.)

I then make my leave, and retreat to a quiet spot where I can meditate on the things that have passed these last few weeks.

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: so that would be Krakatoa, East of Clough Begh?)

James C. said...

Andrej, having hoped that time and proximity would be all that was needed for healing between Ahmet and Sevim sees now how wrong he was. Beckoning the Turk to follow him to someplace more private he collects his thoughts. When Ahmet and he are alone he will begin.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet follows him, eager to hear the cleric's advice.

James C. said...

(OOC: I'm having trouble lately logging into the Andre account from certain devices... sorry if this is breaking the mood for anybody.)

"Ahmet, were it in our power to do so, would you wish to exchange Sevim for the fortune you left behind? If doing so meant no ill judgement upon you or spot upon your name... if you could reverse things and make yourself and Fatima rich and never see Sevim again, would you do so?



"


Ahmet said...

Ahmet nods eagerly. "Yes, of course! What is your plan, my friend?"

James C. said...

"Ahmet, don't be a fool. Enough games. Enough pretending. Go and talk to the woman. I may have urged you on this, but I do not believe you traded thousands in gold only to torture the woman. You have withstood much for her sake. I wager she has withstood more for yours. If you think God has brought us here for you to act the braying jack ass you are wrong. I will not abide such blasphemy. As Lukas says, we stay here until you have faced her and each said your peace. If you leave Tokat today it will be over my dead body."

Andrej moves to leave.

Alexis Smolensk said...

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