Friday, February 21, 2014

Return To?

Wednesday afternoon, May 5, 1651
With scattered clouds and pleasant temperatures, with a moderate breeze blowing from the east.
Moon:  waning crescent, 4 days before new moon.

As the party awakes and sets about readying themselves, possibly for a trip to the nearby town to get torches and other equipment, they find themselves faced with a ready & willing Bert, wearing different, tougher clothes, a pick in his belt, a cloak, a small helmet and holding a 3-foot pole.  "Well," he says.  "Where are we going?"

41 comments:

Maximillian Boii said...

I describe the valley of the temple, and wave my hand in the general direction, for all the world like I never noticed him gone.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet squats in front of the little man. "Ho, Bert," he says in greeting. "Where have you been?"

Alexis Smolensk said...

"Been?" asks Bert. "I've had coffee, yes." Then he seems to comprehend Ahmet differently. "Oh," he says enlightened. "You mean you haven't seen me. Sorry about that, Ahmet. I tend to go invisible when I'm sleeping."

Lukas said...

"That's a handy skill."

Ahmet said...

If Sevim is up and about, Ahmet -- looking very much like a father chaperoning his pretty daughter to her first middle school dance -- introduces Sevim (and Mistassa) to the others.

"This is Sevim, who has agreed to accompany us as far as she wishes, and her servant, Mistassa. This is Father Andrej, a Catholic Priest who is not to have contact with women. This handsome fellow is Maximillian, a fine companion even if he is a Tyrolean. And here is Lukas, a sorcerer and scholar of books, but in spite of that a kind and generous man."

Lukas said...

Assuming Sevim takes to the introduction in a friendly and relatively expected manner...

Lukas offers a slight bow and says, "I am glad to finally meet you."

If this is going to be a quick introduction, then I prepare to go back to the temple and do so when everyone else does.

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Are we off to the temple, or did we want to buy torches in addition to this lamp? We have two torches remaining.)

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: This is frustrating; we've had two people removed from the department since Friday and now I'm trying to pick up those strings. I think I'm screwed for the day)

Andrej said...

No worries, I'm pretty slammed myself today.

Maximillian Boii said...

(ooc: I feel for you Alexis, that can be demoralizing, even in the best case scenario where you recognize that those people needed to go. I hope you have the support necessary to minimize the stress.)

As far as the game goes, can we bring the lantern from the Vardo as well? I'd rather not head to the next town, but I also don't like the idea of getting stuck in the darkness.

Ahmet said...

Or perhaps someone in the village will sell us some torches or a lantern.

Maximillian Boii said...

Just looked at Lukas' sheet (and cross-referenced the Amisos thread) Looks like there is no lantern on the Vardo, just space for one...

so, two torches, and Lukas' bluelight for an emergency... I think that should be enough, but in case someone here has a lantern or 10 torches, I'd be willing to pay them a day's wages on top of the usual price if they'll sell.

Say 5 gold for the torches, or 25 for a lantern (40 for a bulls eye lantern)

If that's just not possible, that's OK.

Ahmet said...

Noticing that you have an "or" statement there...

If both torches and lantern are available, Ahmet buys the one that Max doesn't. (That is, if Max wants the 10 torches, Ahmet buys the lantern; if Max wants the lantern, Ahmet buys the torches.)

But it sounds like you're saying, Max, you're in favor of proceeding directly to the temple, even if we don't get the extra torches and/or spare lantern?

Everyone else good with that, or if the torches and/or lantern aren't available here, shall we proceed instead to the nearest market town?

Maximillian Boii said...

Correct, I'm in favor of proceeding directly to the temple, even if no one here can be bribed to part with their lights.

Lukas said...

Lukas tends to be borderline on his ability to carry additional things, but he is all for assisting to purchase new goods for lighting purposes.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Okay. Catching up.

Sevim greets the party shyly and without much enthusiasm. She's polite, she returns everyone's greetings without offering any of her own, or any information about herself. It is clear she wants to escape back into the vardo (and yet, she does seem somewhat grateful to Ahmet ... it is only that she is ashamed).

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: Maximillian - I've been told to expect more of this over the next year; the Machiavellians are running the show now)

The village has no torches or lanterns to sell. They can 'give' you two small pottery lamps, in which the wick lays in a pool of oil, each only a couple of inches wide - they don't work if they're carried, however.

Assuming the lantern will not be broken, 1 oz. of oil will keep the lantern burning for 1 hour. Bert, who appears intent to go along with you, says not to worry about the lantern going out.

Maximillian Boii said...

Great, the lamps will help, I'll take them.

Alexis Smolensk said...

This is more or less the idea.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Oh, I suppose I should add that with the small handles, they CAN be carried; but too much movement and they'll go out.

Maximillian Boii said...

Yeah, I know the type you're talking about. I was meaning that I'm comfortable to return to the temple with these.

Ahmet said...

Unless Andrej objects... to the temple!

James C. said...

To the temple

(OOC: I'll be unavailable for the next hour or so, but should be around after 2 PM or so. )

Lukas said...

Just to repeat.
To the temple!

Alexis Smolensk said...

*poof* ... and you're there.

Well, in fact, it was 8 hours of slogging, and the weather has turned bad and it's spitting rain now and then despite the fact that it's warm, but we've already been along the actual route and I don't need to go through that again.

The scene is completely unchanged from when you last saw it. Bert, who has definitely come along, looks at the bodies of the Unterns and remarks, "We had better do something about those. Don't want any undead rising."

Lukas said...

Eww rain. That's generally bad news when going DOWN into a HOLE.

"That's good advice Bert I'm also worried about the minotaurs they said were around here."

If the bodies are still here and undead is a concern, I would venture to guess that nobody has come to check on the bodies. At least nobody who is concerned about vengeful undead.

Maximillian Boii said...

(Why would the minotaurs care? they have that wall, they'd just be extra guards.)

To Bert: Yes, we didn't have time to bury them previously, but they should be put to rest. They were catholics, I'll let father Andrej take care of their souls. Before we do that, however, we should check carefully for any possibility of ambush or additional traps. I'd hate for one of us to end up like those poor fellows.

Ahmet said...

(OOC: Ugh... traps. OK, next time we add a henchman, let's make sure it's a thief!)

Alexis Smolensk said...

Action?

Lukas said...

"Bert, you wouldn't happen to know anything about traps would you? This pillar fell on these two after it was set up to fall."

If Bert can't contribute we need to draw straws on who goes in first. My guess is Ahmet or Myself due to having a chance of spotting unstable construction.

I have no problem going, but it might be better if someone with more HP went first.

Maximillian Boii said...

I make a careful circuit through the above-ground portion of the temple, then move in towards the hole and assist Andrej in recovering what we can of the bodies.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet uses his ability to detect unsafe construction to search for traps. While he's at it he looks for any sign of disturbance or activity since their last visit.

Alexis Smolensk said...

There's no indication at all that anything's been moved, shifted or rearranged since you were last here.

Bert's answer to Lukas: "They look as through they're resting already. But I am curious ... if you were going to bury them previously, surely that takes less time than burying them in the immediate present. I'm sure I don't understand that issue at all." He thinks, then continues. "I don't see any traps, none at all. But feel comforted, Lukas. I don't see you ending up like them. After all, even if all of us tried, I don't think we could get that pillar high enough to drop on you."

Lukas said...

Lukas proceeds back down to bent up grate that was preventing armored access.

Maximillian Boii said...

There's more than one way to end up low, Bert, and burying them presently's faster than after.

Maximillian Boii said...

When I say low (since it fits) I gesture at Lukas climbing into the hole.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet strips off his armor so he can follow Lukas down.

Alexis Smolensk said...

"I've met few lower than me, O Druid," says Bert, who proceeds to move the other way around the pillar, through a space about nine inches high and then through a hole the grate about the same dimension.

You are inside the old storeroom again, and again nothing seems to have changed. We'll pick up here, with a new post that I'll get in place in the morning.

Andrej said...

(OOC: Sorry gents, its been a much busier week than normal so far, but today should be better)

One last question before we move on if you'll please. I think this has come up in the past but I'm sorry I forget which way it was ruled... doe we actually have to bury the bodies for Andrej to perform the ceremony to protect against them rising as undead? If not, we could quickly attend to that prior to leaving them here once again.

Alexis Smolensk said...

They have to actually be reasonably interned into the ground, or burned. Given that they are half buried already by stone, you could build a mound in the present location, once the hole was no longer needed (or another one created, which wouldn't take Ahmet and crew more than a couple of days and would only need an axe so he could cut some local trees - right nearby - for shoring). Since they are catholic, an open burning wouldn't be appropriate.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The next post is up. Participate as you are able, Andrej. I'm on a brutal schedule myself (particularly as I try to keep a presence going on the other blogs and write 1,800 words a day).