Friday, March 28, 2014

The Minotaurs' Treasure

Wednesday evening, May 5, 1651
With clear skies and pleasant temperatures, and a moderate prevailing breeze

Moon: waning crescent, 4 days before the new moon

The party makes haste from the lair, hauling out the goods, changing from and re-donning their armor, until they're at last able to climb up onto the ridge with their goods and make their way until it grows dark.  They are perhaps three miles from the village when it gets too dangerous to travel, and so they settle down with torches and lanterns and look over their treasure.  Apart from the three books, here is what they find.

576 carat (ct.) plum-sized chrysoprase stone
1131 ct. plum-sized moonstone stone
1111 ct. plum-sized carnelian
12 ct. pea-sized alexandrite gem
45 ct. marble-sized cat's eye
perfume bottle, glass orb with ornate silver filigree
vial containing four ounces of mercury
lead crystal urn, 12 in. tall
wall mirror, 3 ft. tall x 18 in. wide, set in a hardwood frame
scroll in a leather scroll case, with a feign death spell
wand, unknown
3364 g.p.
384 s.p.
128 c.p.

All told, from treasure, including the gold, evenly dividing it between the members of the party, everyone is entitled to 2,643 x.p. (10% already added).

Bert says that he'd like to come into the village with you, for he'd like to say goodbye to Hichem, but then he is going to move on.  "Would you be willing to part with 100 gold pieces of this horde," he asks.  "That would take me as far as Antioch.  I'm bound for Ethiopia, and I think this would manage the first part of the journey."


72 comments:

Maximillian Boii said...

Of course Bert! You earned far more than that. I hope that you got the adventure you were looking for.


Tonight, while we share the warmth from this fire, will you tell us why you go to Ethiopia?

Is there anything in the perfume bottle?

Maximillian Boii said...

Also, speaking of fire, would anyone object to me building a fire? The Unterns did imply that they were hunted by the Minotaurs the last time they encountered them.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The perfume bottle is empty.

Bert (who is learning to understand the party, having been around them awhile), explains that he has long been searching for a perfect cup of coffee, and has surrendered to the understanding that he must go to where coffee was first given to the earth by the Gods.

Andrej said...

If the others are willing I say we give Bert double what he's asking, 200 gp, and get him all the way to Ethiopia.

I guess what's next is splitting the booty. Who knows the correct order?

Andrej said...

No objection from me on the fire, Max.

Lukas said...

I agree with the fire and the bert money.

It's been a while, but shouldnt be too hard to research. Ill check in in a bit and do said research if we havent figured it out.

(Might be a tad slow to post today. Doing outside work things...)

Maximillian Boii said...

The scheduled loot rotation was ahmet, me, lukas, andrej., but that was really intended to cover who had first pick, and I need to go look at the ankheg post to see how we may have altered things. Back at boroges lair, we chose subsequent picks in a sort of mvp fashion, but I think it'll be easier to just stick to a defined order, especially if we are splitting exp evenly.

Andrej said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Andrej said...

Whoops, screwed that up. It's 11 items, making all three books the same pick gives us an even twelve:

1) 576 carat (ct.) plum-sized chrysoprase stone
2) 1131 ct. plum-sized moonstone stone
3) 1111 ct. plum-sized carnelian
4) 12 ct. pea-sized alexandrite gem
5) 45 ct. marble-sized cat's eye
6) perfume bottle, glass orb with ornate silver filigree
7) vial containing four ounces of mercury
8) lead crystal urn, 12 in. tall
9) wall mirror, 3 ft. tall x 18 in. wide, set in a hardwood frame
10) scroll in a leather scroll case, with a feign death spell
11)wand, unknown
12) three minotaur-sized books

Alexis Smolensk said...

Bert begs off twice the money. "You don't understand, Father," he says to Andrej. "Too much and I'm bound to spend it twice as quick and make myself lazy. That's a temptation I won't take. Only what I ask for, that's all I want."

Andrej said...

Assuming Ahmet won't begrudge Bert a small token Andrej nods, considering Bert's words as he doles out 100 gp from the chest. "Well earned, my friend. Well earned and then some."

Andrej said...

Once all agree on 12 items as per above or alternate and once we decide on whether 4th or 1st pick in the 5 spot, Ahmet should be up, yes?

Ahmet said...

Yes on the 100 g.p. to Bert if that's all he'll take, I certainly would go to 200 or even a full share if he'd be willing to take it.

I agree on the rotation, but it seems kind of silly to "pick" -- obviously the wand (and the books) should go to Lukas and the scroll to Andrej.

Andrej said...

I think the scroll could go to Max as well, but yes, I certainly wasn't going to pick either the books or the wand unless Lukas left them there at the end. I'm open to alternate ideas if this seems silly to others. Ideally we have it settled and doled out by Monday, though, so we can hop back to adventuring then or on Tuesday.

Andrej said...

Taking the scroll, wand and books out leaves 9 items.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The scroll is mage in nature, so it's of no value to anyone except for Lukas. I generated it randomly.

Lukas said...

In this edition though clerics and other classes can have wands yes?

Just because we haven't IDed it doesn't mean it is only for wizards. I don't mind if it's in open loot, I just recommend Ahmet try not to end up with it.

If the scroll and wand are going to be mage only I will put them as my first and second pick. If the books help even out the loot I would like them to be my last pick (as they are probably not that valuable I'm guessing)

Stupid question, how are we going to ID a wand?

Alexis Smolensk said...

Depends on the wand. Some wands can be used by any class. Clerics tend to use rods and staves. In any case, it usually takes some work to make a wand function, so its usually a necessity to have the thing identified anyway.

Maximillian Boii said...

OK, I went back and looked up the relevant posts. I was correct that the above was intended for only the first pick. Back at Boroge's cave, 4th pick also picked 5th, and I think that's a good way to do it. I propose that we use the same order 2nd pick as well, which would give us, for this treasure:
Ahmet, Max, Lukas, Andrej, Andrej, Lukas, Max, Ahmet ...

Is that acceptable to everyone? I think we should leave all the treasure available, unless someone wants to make an impassioned plea (as I did in the last treasure) that we should alter the split In this case, I have no use for the wand, and would select something else, anyway.

One final note: In the last division, Alexis made a comment to the effect that he was under the impression that we were his only party that divided experience independent of treasure, whereupon we corrected him, because that was not the case. Alexis, are you changing the way you do things, or is this the same confusion? I have no problem either way, except that I think it should be up to the principal how they divide the experience between them and any henchmen. If we do divide the experience with the treasure, I'd suggest we attempt to make the lots a bit more even, as, for example, that Alexandrite gem is probably worth only 30 gold.

(OOC: having reread about the Ankheg treasure, I have to say sheesh we're dense, Alexis. Does anyone remember the amulet Lukas got off the Ankheg? the one with the image of the sun atop a pillar? I suppose the same thing happens for people's once a month campaigns though... ;)

Maximillian Boii said...

(Edit: perhaps I do have use for the wand...)

Andrej said...

I think the odds are the wand is mage but don't know how we would verify that right away. My vote is that we count the items as twelve as per above, let Ahmet pick first and divide the coins evenly less 100 gp.

As for the ankheg treasure, Max, was it just the medallion or was there more? Do any recall.

Lukas said...

Well, in case I lose an opportunity to post in the future I'm going to put my desired order here. (Are we doing lots of gold again or not?) I'll put a gold section in in case we do.

Keep in mind if it's my last pick I pick the books. Don't really want to force someone else to take my hobby items.

If XP gets divided evenly here is my sequence... (scroll first as it would be rude not to)

10) scroll in a leather scroll case, with a feign death spell
11)wand, unknown
7) vial containing four ounces of mercury
3) 1111 ct. plum-sized carnelian
2) 1131 ct. plum-sized moonstone stone
6) perfume bottle, glass orb with ornate silver filigree
9) wall mirror, 3 ft. tall x 18 in. wide, set in a hardwood frame
8) lead crystal urn, 12 in. tall
1) 576 carat (ct.) plum-sized chrysoprase stone
GOLD
5) 45 ct. marble-sized cat's eye
4) 12 ct. pea-sized alexandrite gem
12) three minotaur-sized books

Lukas said...

It was two items, medallion and the scroll.

Ahmet said...

I'd be just as happy giving Lukas the wand and books, Andrej or Max the scroll, and then converting everything else into gold at first opportunity and divvying it up into shares. Aside from the wand, scroll, and books, is there anything here that anyone wants, as opposed to cashing it in for its value? The vials of mercury, maybe?

Alexis Smolensk said...

Once again, the scroll is useless to anyone who is not a mage (or a 4th level+ thief).

Ahmet said...

Oops! Sorry.

The Unterns did say they had a magic-user with them. Guess a lot of this is his stuff. :)

Andrej said...

That works for me, Ahmet.

Lukas, any objection to tossing the medallion in with the rest of the evenly divided loot?

Maximillian Boii said...

Gah, I got pulled into someone else's emergency here, sorry about that, guys.

I agree with Ahmet's suggestion as well. I don't see why lukas would object, so can we say we do that and move on? One note, I think Alexis allows mercury to be used to temporarily silver a weapon, if it's the same as what's listed as quicksilver in the Apothocary's shop.

I don't think Lukas should have to toss in the medallion. I was pointing it out because we (I) completely forgot about it when looking at the carving in the minotaur room.

Lukas said...

Yeah I think XP was already assigned for that loot anyhow. So whoever claimed it would be coming out behind? If not, I have no problem throwing it in the pot again for a redraw if that's what folks think should happen.

Andrej said...

Going back to re-read the post I see that the loot was intentionally split up at the ankheg lair and Lukas selected the medallion. Until just now I thought you had just grabbed it at the time for expedience and I forgot altogether the restoration scroll we used on Max. Bad memory on my part, sorry guys. I wasn't trying to get to your medallion, Lukas. :)

I'm in agreement and ready to move on.

Andrej said...

So each of us takes the following right now:

816 gold
96 silver
32 copper

That accounts for the 100 gp Bert earned. The rest of the loot we stuff into the vardo until we hit a market town.

We're camped a few miles from the village right now. Once we split things up let's set a watch and sleep. Tomorrow morning we rise early, finish the last few miles to the village and take a full days rest there. Once that is done, let's see where we're at with hit points and such. Agreed?

Maximillian Boii said...

Perfect, Andrej.

I'll take second watch if you take third when the moon has set.

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: I'm shot for most of the day, all - four or five hours, probably. I might get free by 3:00 EST ... but I can't start anything serious until then)

Can I get two things sorted out before we go forward:

1) we are going forward; we're not going back to the dungeon, we're on our way to Amisos and Cumana, yes?

2) can you please take the time and sort out the treasure. No matter how you sort it, the x.p. is delivered, so its really just a matter of who is carrying what, and who is wealthier. I know it's very hard online to do this - it's hard offline - but perhaps you could designate someone to distribute the apparent value of things and thus settle it.

I'll check back in when I can.

Lukas said...

We have an order, we have a list of loot. Let's just post our orders and pull the loot?

Someone is 'bound' to be screwed every time. But usually whoever it is will probably not be the one 'screwed' next time.

That and I think all of us are perfectly willing to share if we need to.

Especially given we're not pulling for XP and we're splitting it equal.

Ahmet said...

OK, I'm a little busy at the moment but I should be able to post my "draft order" before 3 o'clock so it doesn't slow us down later.

Andrej said...

I haven't ruled out going back to the Greek temple. What are you guys thinking?

Ahmet said...

I think we should be healed, don't you?

Lukas said...

I want to see where that staircase goes. Just not at -1 hp.

We MAY have to deal with minotaur reinforcements though so we should be ready for bigger and his brother meaner if we do go back.

Andrej said...

Agreed on the loot splitting. I'll get a list posted in a bit.

Ahmet said...

Ahmet is at 13 HP.

Andrej said...

Re: healing, yes... my plan above was to take a day or more to heal then decide what to do, the apparent options being leaving for Amisos or returning to the temple.

Andrej said...

Once Alexis says we wake up, Andrej will spread some healing around.

Until you make the wise choice and declare your devotion to Jesus, Ahmet, I'm afraid I'm limited to providing Cure Light Wounds only. The Aid spell only works on Believers.

:)

Andrej said...

Here's my draft order:

1) 1131 ct. plum-sized moonstone stone
2) lead crystal urn, 12 in. tall
3) wall mirror, 3 ft. tall x 18 in. wide, set in a hardwood frame
4) 1111 ct. plum-sized carnelian
5) vial containing four ounces of mercury
6) 576 carat (ct.) plum-sized chrysoprase stone
7) perfume bottle, glass orb with ornate silver filigree
8) 12 ct. pea-sized alexandrite gem
9) 45 ct. marble-sized cat's eye

Andrej said...

Finally, provided that Butch is still willing Andrej trades him his full potion of extra healing for Ahmet's studded leather armor +1.

Ahmet said...

Yeah, I'd rather have a mobile medic :)

Maximillian Boii said...

I would really like to return to the temple.

Since we're making selections of items again, should we make lots of cash as well? Andrej has helpfully done the math above...
My selections, and a guess at value:
1) either Large Gem (~1000) I'll choose the Carnelian.
2) cash
3) the perfume bottle (~200)
4) cash
5) the medium gem (~500)
6) the Urn (~200)
7) the Mercury (~125)
8) the small gems (~5 and 30)

I think the mirror's worth 150, and the books have mostly sentimental value.

Lukas said...

At best the incomprehensible book has some secret knowledge that may or may not be useful to someone some day. (Probably not us)

Maximillian Boii said...

Oh, yeah I forgot about that one. While you're healing up you should take a closer look at it.

Lukas said...

Let's state we do that when Alexis is actually checking up on the thread. I'd rather it not get lost amongst the mass of text.

As for healing, let's make the decision as if everything goes fine and we get healed. We can always change plans if something happens and it's probably easier for Alexis.


ACTION ITEMS AS OF NOW
Ahmet's List Of Greed
(Apparently he is the least greedy. I proudly take first on that one.)

Vote from Andrej and Ahmet as plan until things change.
Lukas: Go Back Cautiously
Max: Go Back Enthusiastically
Andrej: We'll see
Ahmet: Indecipherable Stoicism

Ahmet said...

Are we counting "cash" as a share, or simply splitting the coins four ways? (I'd rather just split it.)

Assuming we don't have to draw for cash, Ahmet takes:

1) Moonstone Gem
2) Empty Perfume Bottle
3) Chrysoprase Stone
4) Carnelian Stone
5) Cat's Eye
6) Alexandrite
7) Urn
8) Vial of Mercury (which appears to be used for medical purposes, not silvering weapons)
9) Big-ass Mirror (which I think would look great in the Vardo)

Ahmet said...

I'd vote for coming back here to explore the temple, once we are fully healed and assuming all is well with those we left behind in the village.

Andrej said...

Cash stays as-is, split four ways. I'll work the draft out if all are amiable. Results forthcoming...

Andrej said...

Here ar emy results, feel free to double check me:

Ahmet: Moonstone, Cat's eye, Alexandrite

Max: Carnelian, crysoprse

Lukas: vial of mercury, perfume bottle

Andrej: lead crystal urn, wall mirror

Andrej said...

I vote return to the temple.

Ahmet said...

Hey, how did Lukas get the perfume bottle if his first two picks were the scroll and the wand? I demand a recount! I had plans for that bottle. :P

Andrej said...

I think you're kidding, Ahmet, but in the event you are not and for everybody's benefit I just gave the books, scroll and the wand to Lukas. I suppose the books could have gone back into the pile but won't re-pick unless all agree it's necessary. I'm ready to move on. :)

Ahmet said...

Ah, I didn't realize we were just pulling out the wand, scroll, and books and not having them in the draft.

Well, Lukas, I'll trade you the Alexandrite Stone and however much cash you want for the Perfume Bottle.

Lukas said...

Ahmet, if you want the bottle for a lady friend I will give it to you. If you want to trade whatever you think matches it's value. (Also I have some perfumes if you need something in it. I don't know how filling them works.)

As for the wand, once we figure out what it does I am giving it to the appropriate person anyhow.

Lukas said...

Er... I meant to say something to the effect of.

If you feel you need to give something back, whatever you think is appropriate.

Now if you want to SELL it, then I want to wait for appraisal ;)

Alexis Smolensk said...

(OOC: I'm sorry all, I'm just not able - this all looks interesting, though. I'll definitely be ready to pick up tomorrow morning, once I sort all this out.

Incidentally, I'm taking off Friday as a holiday, to write. So we won't be playing the last day of this week)

Ahmet said...

(OOC: No, I just thought Sevim would like it! I'll trade you the Alexandrite for it.)

Andrej said...

I hope she also likes the mirror. ;)

Andrej said...

(OOC: No worries Alexis)

Ahmet said...

Good thing you're celibate, Andrej ;)

Maximillian Boii said...

When Ahmet's satisfied, I'm satisfied.

Maximillian Boii said...

...and that comment had nothing to do with discussions of celibacy...

Andrej said...

Celibate?

Well, my original plan was to sell the mirror, Ahmet, as I need capital for the mission. But then the thought occurred to me that I'd have to ask Lukas to stow it in the vardo as the most practical means of conveying it to the next market. Then I imagined Andrej installing and then taking from the vardo a mirror occupied alternately by Sevim and Lukas, our respective resident lady-friend and lover of hats. I figured just giving the mirror to Sevim would save us some grief.

:)

Lukas said...

I was thinking our mirror would be great in our mission somewhere. Especially one that big.

Consider it traded Ahmet.

Ahmet said...

Thanks Lukas! OK, ready to move on.

Lukas said...

Ready as well.

Andrej said...

"I was thinking our mirror would be great in our mission somewhere. Especially one that big."

Says the guy with the hat fetish.

:)

Alexis Smolensk said...

The next post is up.