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  1. Nuncle is the archaic form of Uncle. You can find it in works such as King Lear.
  2. I do RP posts on desktop only. I drop some posts here and there in the ooc sections via mobile (including this one ;))
  3. I am disappointed by how much traction this thread has received.
  4. Guess I be a disembodied eye. Creepy.
  5. Applications for permanent roles are closed. We will continue to accept applications for those who might be interested in doing a cameo (one or two sessions).
  6. Taking apps for full time roles for two more days. If you want to get into some D&D action with a DM of nearly 20 years, come on down. ?
  7. That reminds me of when we went hiking at Jordan Con and went chasing a snake... only to realize almost too late that it was a baby copperhead. >>
  8. If it ever changes, you can always apply to cameo at some point down the road. Applications are still open. Probably keep collecting for a week or so before closing down the application for permanent spots.
  9. Looks like your internet cut out at the wrong time. I have no response on file yet.
  10. Hello! For two years now I have facilitated a D&D 5th edition campaign in a custom setting over Discord in the (now defunct) official Valucre Discord Channel. We play every other Sunday from 4pm pst to 8pm pst (though sometimes we go a bit later) through the Discord channel. The adventure began when a massive red dragon seemingly came from out of nowhere and leveled the village of Chiwak (the home of all the characters) to the ground, leaving behind nothing but bones and ash. The survivors who were outside the village at the time were beset by Kobolds, and first banded together to put stop that threat from killing the remaining villagers. At that moment, the party decided that their new objective was to become strong enough, and well enough equipped, to take out this dragon menace. Many other things have happened along the way, but that will be on the new players to uncover as they become a part of this party. Currently, the group consists of two Eladrin twins, both of whom love to have a good time at the expense of others (usually through pranks and jokes) and have yet to come across a lock they couldn't get around; the half-elf Paladin who grew up in Chiwak and now tries to find the best way to serve his patron deity when he isn't distracted by the butterflies; a gnomish wizard whose library research skills are unmatched even if he sometimes misses the social cues, and the Sylvan Ranger they adopted into the group whose grunts fill in for most speech. This plucky group has already seen their share of adventure and have many more lying ahead of them. Are you interested in taking up a permanent role? Or would you just like to guest star by dropping in for a session or two and then returning to that life of adventuring your character had before running into this group? If so, click HERE to fill out an application. We are currently accepting just ONE full time member, but anyone interested in a Cameo who seems like a good fit can be brought in for consideration (though Cameo opportunities might be months down the road, depending on the amount of people and the pace of the game). Feel free to ask any questions below. ?
  11. You need a both option or neither option. I got into each both separately, and they do intertwine now. In truth, at heart I am a storyteller, and I can achieve that in both ways.
  12. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 4:12 PM When we last left off, the group sent Raleon ahead to swipe the Hag's special charm, but the normally clever rogue dropped a little sweat while in the process, alerting the hag to his presence. A battle started there, with the group split apart and a very nasty hag close to the rogue in question. As it turned out, she had a group of assistants in two: imps and a nightmare, whom made the battle a little more complicated. The group ultimately prevailed, with Art providing a couple crucial counterspell moments and the Paladin dropping some heavy smiting on the fiend, turning her into ichorous goo. The group searched her hut, finding alchemical components as well as some documents. We had a "montage" of the group dispatching the remaining vargs, so that none would go after villagers and the like, before returning to the town at dawn. That is where we pick up, as the group returns through the gates, exhausted but victorious. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 4:23 PM Newly muddied, covered in gore, and self-humiliated Raleon lets out an exasperated sigh as they finally make it back to the village. He was tired, he was smelly, and all out of fucks to give. "Well...we made it back in one piece... At least the town will rest easy again, and speaking of rest, a hot bath and a bed sound wonderful right now..." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 4:25 PM The gnome waves at the gate guard as the party enters the town of Fairwallow. Although he is tired... the day is just beginning. Turning to the rest of his party, he says, "Are we going to talk with Brother Aminu first... or..." the gnome trails off. AydenLast Sunday at 4:26 PM Knox agreed with Raleon. "I think you're right friend." he said softly as Artimus spoke. "I think that would be wise Artimus. Sleep can wait a little longer." The trapped soul deserved some rest. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 4:26 PM The elf rubs the back of his very sore neck. "Is that the priest guy you went to go see today--wait--yesterday?" Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 4:28 PM "That's the one." "I also have to get some important spell components, so that I can complete my investigations." Disgruntled TeaLast Sunday at 4:31 PM In a similar state to his twin, Thayrin simply did what he did best and quietly lurk in the back listening to the others decided what to do. He raises a hand to rub away at some of the tension in his shoulder before sighing softly in his head. He really couldn't find much to care about outside the want to cleanse himself of all the mick and curl in a bed for a week or two. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 4:33 PM A wave of discomfort washes over him at mention of the church. "...I think I'll let you all handle that. Last two times I was in a church, fiends arose from the pits of hell. I should probably stay away," he laughed half-heartedly. "Cursed existance and all that." With a shrug he raised up a hand and turned on his heel towards the inn. "We'll meet you back at the inn should you need us." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 4:34 PM Artimus nods. AydenLast Sunday at 4:35 PM Knox also nods to leave with Artimus. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 4:35 PM "Okay.' Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 4:35 PM Reth grunts in amusement at Raleon. "Bring out the best don't ye?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 4:38 PM "I'm more than just a pretty face," he sasses with a blind wink. "Besides, y'all would be bored without my chaos," he hooks his arms around Reth's neck to give him an affectionate nuggie. He rangled Thayrin under his other arm and pulled them towards the inn with a sigh. "Alright boys, lets go clean up." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 4:39 PM The gnome heads towards the Church, "The Church opens at dawn, right Knox?" Disgruntled TeaLast Sunday at 4:41 PM He snorts softly in amusement while allowing his twin to drag him away. think we can get away with flooding the place with bubbles again? ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 4:42 PM If it cleans the ranger, I'll flood the whole inn a smirk works its way across his lips. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 4:45 PM Reth says, "I'm not that bad." as he wipes away dried and crusted hag goop. The others walk to the church. Even at this early part of the morning, there are a few people out setting up stands and going about business. The church does appear to be open. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 4:48 PM Raleon stares at him and squints straight through him. "Reth... I could track you from a leage away merely by your stench. So help me if you don't take this bath with me, I will call upon the wrath of all 6 moons to douce you in divine flames to puge you off all the crud built up on your person..." he whispers menacingly. Disgruntled TeaLast Sunday at 4:50 PM Quiet whispery breathing in the form of snickers could be heard from the mute elf. dont forget the new twigs in his hair Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 4:50 PM The trio of elves arrive at the inn with Reth grumbling something to the effect of, "Guess I could use a bath this time. That hag stinks." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 4:55 PM The gnome makes sure to knock any loose mud from the marches from his leather boots before entering the Church and seeking out Brother Aminu. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 4:55 PM Taking that as a 'good enough' response, Raleon approaches the inn's doors and blatantly walks in, feeling like he may have crawled out of a crud puddle himself. His normal pristine snowy hair stained with more than a bit of blood. It was hard to tell where his hair faded from red and where the clumps of blood started. "William!" he called out. "We killed the hag! Though I'm pretty sure there's a chunk of her somewhere behind my ear..." he grumbled to himself.(edited) Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 4:57 PM The church has a few people in here currently in the pews, kneeling down and praying. There are a few acolytes checking in with people. Father Aminu is not currently in view. William, from the back, calls out, "What hag?" A loud crash as some pans hit the floor. "Son of a bitch!" A disheveled and annoyed William emerges from the back. "You all look like you just got done wrestling a boar." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 4:58 PM The gnome will check his office. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 4:58 PM The door to the office is closed Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 4:58 PM The gnome knocks thrice. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 4:59 PM "Come in," Father Aminu's voice. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 5:00 PM The gnome opens the door enters and closes it after Sir Knox (assuming he tagged along), "How are you today Brother Aminu?" AydenLast Sunday at 5:01 PM Knox follows the gnome rather closely as Aminu welcomes them in. "Thank you for seeing us." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 5:02 PM "Your nightmares were being caused by a Night Hag draining the souls of the villagers around here," Raleon knocks the mud on his boots on the mat near the door and kicks them off, glaring daggers at his brother as he attempts to inch past him without doing the same. "Remember how that boy said he could see ghosts? Well it's true, he can see into the Ethereal plane. The woman he said he could see--and the fiend our idiot Paladin came in here making a scene about--turned out to be a Night Hag. You alright in there?" Raleon walks into the kitche where he heard the clammoring.(edited) Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 5:02 PM Father Aminu is sitting at his desk, writing out some notes. He looks up and makes a bit of a wrinkled nose look of disgust, which he quickly wipes away and replaces with a warm smile. You get the sense that the goop on you caused an reflexive reaction, but he is trying to be polite. "Were you successful?" "I'm fine, just caught my bad leg on the shelving and knocked down some pans. You all look like you had a hell of a tussle. You wanting food or baths first?" The emphasis on baths seems to suggest that he has a preference for you. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 5:04 PM "Bath would be lovely," a warm smile touches his lips. "I'll try not to drop the bubbles this time." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 5:07 PM He looks relieved. "I'll send a couple of the help to go fetch some water for you folks." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 5:09 PM "It would seem so... the hag has been slain... However..." the gnome exchanges a meaningful glance with Sir Knox, "This is not the entirety of the matter." Artimus peers at Brother Aminu intently, "What do you reckon is the status of Forthold's soul?" Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 5:11 PM Aminu puts down his quill. "I am glad to hear that the threat is dispatched. Of Forthold, I honestly cannot say. The mother is the patron of forgiveness, but to murder one's family is a great crime." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 5:13 PM "Thank you much, William. Come-on, Reth, you're bathing with me. I want to make sure you actually know how to use soap. And leave your bag in your room. I'm not bathing a Tiger or a Wolf as well," Raleon teases cheekily as he tugs the ranger up to the rooms.(edited) Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 5:14 PM "What's wrong with bathing with animals?" He asks only half in jest. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 5:14 PM "Bathing one cat is hard enough," he retorts, not missing a beat. 2 2 AydenLast Sunday at 5:15 PM Knox couldn't agree more with Aminu, but felt it important to let Artimus continue. The Paladin shifts uncomfortably as he too noticed that they were still... Covered. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 5:18 PM After a while, baths arrive for the elves. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 5:23 PM The gnome takes notice of Brother Aminu's reaction. Those who look closely at the gnome might notice that he is, somewhat, less sullied than his companion. His traveling cap appears goup free. One might suspect that some sort of magic was involved in the gnome's cleanliness. The gnome waves his hands about and the air seems to vibrate for a moment... the stench abates slightly. "Indeed," the gnome nods, "I strongly suspect that Forthold's soul is currently destined for one of the 'hellish' planes. What can you tell me of his likely destination?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 5:25 PM Raleon's armor could not hit the floor fast enough, but he took his time finding each lace and ripping them free with surprising precision. Chunks of caked mud and grime chipping off in half dried states leaving a strange patterning on the pale elf's skin. He shook his hair out and cleaned off his hands first, testing the feel of the warm water. A moment later he was pec deep inside the tub. He took a moment to relax and sigh. "No better feeling than a bath after a job well done..." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 5:26 PM "The hells are a terrible place. They say the souls of the damned are doomed to the lowest existence, where most remain as slaves in a constant state of torment. Some few particularly powerful and capable evil beings rise up to the higher rankings, but most do not. I am not as well versed in the hells as some others, however. It was not an area I chose to specialize when becoming part of the cloth." Reth grunts, looking a bit like a cat who got dunked. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 5:33 PM The gnome strokes his beard, "Hmm, a terrible fate." He pauses, "but you knew Forthold better than... well, better than anyone else left alive perhaps, and during his most trying moments as well. So..." the gnome looks at Sir Knox and then back at Brother Aminu, "Your professional opinion as a man of the cloth and a priest of The Mother as one who knew him during these trying time is:... well, is that his soul is destined for a terrible fate? Would you say irredeemable?" AydenLast Sunday at 5:35 PM Knox listens carefully as the two discuss the man's soul. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 5:35 PM A soft snicker leaves the rogue as he rinses off his arms. "I can hear the displeasure in your tone. Surely you're not afraid of the water?" He teases. "Do you need help getting all those burrs out of your hair?" Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 5:35 PM Aminu ponders that for a moment. "Well, we hoped to find out what caused his strange actions. He was a good family man before. Had you told me a few months ago he would have done this, I would have thought you mad. We hoped to pray with him, but his death ended the efforts our church planned to make." "The burrs help me blend in!" AydenLast Sunday at 5:36 PM Knox looks curiously. "What did the church have planned?"(edited) Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 5:37 PM "I see..." the gnome ponders, lost in thought, while Sir Knox takes the lead. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 5:37 PM Raleon bursts into laughter at the comment. "Blend in? Are you a treant now?" Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 5:39 PM "We were going to pray together, see if we could get him to accept forgiveness. It is the best we can do here. There is powerful magic to expedite the process, but nothing I have access to, unfortunately." "When I am in the woods, I am unseen. I blend in with the environment and move about nature as one." Raleon cannot see it, but Reth crosses his arms. AydenLast Sunday at 5:41 PM Knox nods once more now understanding. He thinks a little more. "If we have access to his soul, could we set it free?" he asks cautiously. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 5:43 PM Raleon tries to catch his breath, wiping beneath his eye from the hard laugh. "Does that mean I should paint myself black to blend into the shadows?" His cheeky grin is ever present as he adds, "If it makes you feel better, you're always an enigma to me. You're blending in very well."(edited) Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 5:48 PM "How would you have access to the soul?" He ponders it for a moment. "The magic I mentioned earlier might still work. There is a spell, but it is beyond my abilities. It clears a willing reformer of all past sins. They must truly seek forgiveness for their misdeeds. Forthold seemed genuinely sorrowful for what he had done. It would probably work, but you need someone with greater skill than myself to use that spell. It is called Atonement." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 5:49 PM "The problem is that Forthold, as good a man as he was, had to have willingly, consciously chosen evil... because that's how the Nighthag secures the souls she takes. She would not have taken his soul had he not acted in such a manner as to doom his soul. "Brother Aminu, we have a terrible conundrum of the most dire sort, a profound question about the destiny of souls. Normally, it would be a matter for the gods to decide - or whatever divine being whose duty it is to pass judgement upon the worth of a soul... but Forthold... he has not yet passed to that hellish domain or to that place of judgment, whatever it is." Disgruntled TeaLast Sunday at 5:49 PM wait...did he just try to defend the sticks and burrs caught in that hair of his? If he had any more help disappearing, he would be a God among antisocial folk He smirks from his corner of the room while carefully cleaning the gunk from his armor and clothing. AydenLast Sunday at 5:52 PM Knox is about to say something when Artimus spoke up. His gnomish friend said it better than he could. "We are in possession of his soul and looking for the best course of action to put him to rest." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 5:53 PM Aminu leans forward on his desk. "You have his soul? How?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 5:53 PM Sooooo, your God? Raleon teases. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 5:54 PM Reth runs his hand through his hair, finds a twig, throws it aside. Disgruntled TeaLast Sunday at 5:54 PM ...if I ever dethrone reth of that position, yes. I'm God ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 5:55 PM No, not YOU'RE God, YOUR God. You said Reth would be a God of the antisocial. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 5:58 PM The gnome climbs up onto a chair, takes his backpack off, reaches in and pulls forth a bag - the Soul Bag of the Night Hag - "I have reason to believe that Forthold's soul currently resides within this magical bag, once the possession of the Nighthag and her means of transporting her quarry." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 5:59 PM Aminu examines the bag, reaching out an touching it. His face makes a similar wrinkle of disgust. "That feels like skin..." "You think his soul is in there?" Disgruntled TeaLast Sunday at 5:59 PM His hands pause for a moment and he stifles a laugh. I mean he would be better than most....does that mean if a certain someone manages to catch his affection, they would he banging a God?(edited) ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 6:00 PM Raleon arches a brow at the tumbling of a stick and sighs. "Come here, let me help you detangle the birdnest that is your hair..." Raleon wades over and finds Reth's shoulder with a testing touch. His fingers slowly begin to get to work on detangling the mess of hair. "I'm going to need a gallon of conditioner...What the...Is this...This is a treenut." he glares at Reth accusingly. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:00 PM He casts a quick spell (Knox recognizes detect evil and good) and shrinks back. "That bag has a strong presence of evil!"(edited) Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 6:00 PM "I think that to be absolutely certain, I would have to cast a divination spell... a spell that requires a (100 gp value) pearl as a focus."(edited) "Do you think it is the bag that is evil or the soul within it, or both?" Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:01 PM "A pearl? I imagine our jeweler probably has one of those." AydenLast Sunday at 6:01 PM "It is skin. We believe it holds his soul." Knox looks at it and listens. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 6:01 PM Who's banging a God? the blind twin blinks. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:01 PM "Hard to say for certain if what the bag contains also emanates that presence, but I can certainly sense it is from the bag." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 6:02 PM The gnome nods, "Interesting." AydenLast Sunday at 6:03 PM Knox uses divine sense to examine the bag. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:03 PM No fiend from the bag. Nor celestials or fey for that matter(edited) Reth sits and grumbles while Raleon dislodges a variety of natural material from his hair AydenLast Sunday at 6:06 PM Knox looks at the bag and back to the others. "if his soul is inside, do you think we can retrieve it?" Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:06 PM Aminu sits back in his chair. "If you can find a cleric who is stronger than myself, one with access to the fifth tier of our magic, you might be able to save Forthold. He seemed genuinely saddened by what he did. He kept coming back to being 'in a fog. Always confused, sure that his family planned to betray him.' He might have done it willingly in the moment, but I get the sense he didn't really want to do what he did." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 6:06 PM "Are you sure you weren't harbingering a squirel for the winter inside of your hair? Shall I check for furry friends?" he continues to tease. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:07 PM Reth grunts. "I only had a squirrel in there once, after it fell out of a tree." AydenLast Sunday at 6:07 PM "Can you point is to said cleric? Where we can find one?" Knox asks. Disgruntled TeaLast Sunday at 6:08 PM no clue. But they would be hella lucky. Hes a good man. Well once you get him to notice you. He chuckles at the grumbling ranger as he finishes his task. He was just about to start the new task of cleaning his twins armor when the squirrel comment caught him off guard. His head snaps to the ranger and twins location with a very confused expression painted on his face. Once?! Why? Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 6:09 PM "Would magic items that hold souls be, in general, 'evil' items?" Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:09 PM "I have heard the head of the temple of Suel in the capital, whose leader is said to be quite powerful and old. If anyone would have such talents, I imagine it would be him." Aminu ponders that. "I cannot say for sure if all items would be. I suspect the nature of this hag's bag is evil, but perhaps there are objects without such inclinations, made for purposes of less ill intent." Reth says, "It was only there for a second. It got spooked and fell out of the tree and landed in my hair. Occupational hazard." AydenLast Sunday at 6:11 PM Knox was afraid of that much. At least they were on their way to the capital, but it would still take days. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 6:12 PM A mental sigh between them. Yes well, good luck getting anything through that thick skull of his. He's more oblivious than I, which is impressive. "Did you disturb his nuts by stealing them into your hair of holding?" the teasing is relentless. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:12 PM "I wasn't after his stash, I was trying to get at some eggs in a nest." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 6:15 PM "Did the birds come and peck at you to get the seeds out?" He playfully jabs at him with his two fingers as an annoying sibling would. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:16 PM "No, the birds were gone, so I was grabbing something to eat." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 6:20 PM Raleon chuckles. "You take everything so seriously. Oh yeah! Thayrin, come look at this scar Reth got. He was clawed by a bear. It feels similar to yours," Raleon turns to expose his back to Reth, newly added pricks are dug into his flesh where the hag's missles struck deep. They added amongst the previous sprinkled scarred dots, but these were fresh and still deeply red. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:21 PM "Less clawed and more just stepped on." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 6:26 PM The sassy elf looks over his shoulder with a grin. "Thayrin and I got stuck up in a tree once when we were kids, from a--what was it again? I don't remember. Our sight wasn't shared then." Disgruntled TeaLast Sunday at 6:30 PM Thayein looks back up and blinks slowly at the ranger a puzzled Expression on his face. "How did you manage to get stepped on by a bear Reth?" He pauses to think back on that moment before frowning slightly. I believe it was an angry badger after we stumbled on one of her children....although I dont quite remember as well considering I was fleeing like a rabbit from a fox. Not my finest of moments. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 6:32 PM "We were 28 of course we fled like cowards from a badger," Raleon arched a brow. "Could you hand me the brush, Thayrin?" Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 6:33 PM "Well.. I suppose we will just have to hold onto his soul for a while," says the gnome, a thoughtful look in his eye. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:33 PM "My master and I were hunting it. It was clever though and sensed us. We hid in mud and vegetation, but it stepped one me while looking for us." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 6:34 PM "Until he can atone, of course. Unless, he doesn't want to, naturally." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:35 PM "If he has no desire to atone, the spell will fail, unfortunately." He looks at the bag. "I got the sense he did feel guilty, I hope he is willing, in whatever capacity he exists in that... bag. Please, if you succeed in the capital, send word back to me. It would put me at ease to know that he found peace after all." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 6:37 PM The gnome refocuses on Brother Aminu, "Yes, of course. I can use a Sending spell to inform you!" Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:37 PM He then starts a little, like he is remembering something. "Oh, I almost forgot." He looks at Knox. "While I was in prayer last night, I had a feeling come to me. A special kind of feeling, one that I know to be the Mother guiding me. It was a feeling that when you take your rest, you should do so in our prayer and mediation room." He nods towards a door on the opposite side of the room to his office. "That would be splendid." (To Art) Disgruntled TeaLast Sunday at 6:39 PM "That would do it. Hope you got a nice back alignment out of the trouble." He smirks as he hands his brother the requested brush. AydenLast Sunday at 6:39 PM Knox looks curiously as he spoke. To do so in prayer? The word of the Mother hadn't ever called to Knox, it was much similar to the feeling, but rarely have gave him direction. "I will do that. Thank you." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:40 PM "She wants you to rest there, though perhaps meditation first my help you focus. It is no trouble, we allow anyone to use the room in their time of need." Reth grunts. "More like out of alignment, I was sore for a week." AydenLast Sunday at 6:41 PM Knox realized how weary he still is. "I think I may do so now." he offers in thanks as he stepped off to the side. Knox nods to Artimus. "I'll meet you back with the others?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 6:43 PM "I'm sore this week," Raleon complained as he rotated his arm and rubbed his tense shoulder. "That Literal Hag did a number on my spine... Now Reth, this is what they call a brush you use it on your hair to make it not mat." he spoke slowly, then began to brush at the ends. "Hope you're not tender headed."(edited) Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:44 PM Reth blows a raspberry at Raleon ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 6:45 PM "You're as childish as Jovah," Raleon laughs happily. "You two would get along well." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 6:45 PM Artimus nods to Sir Knox, "Agreed. I'll meet up with you later. I may need some days to rest and study here in Fairwallow." He turns to Brother Aminu, "Thank you for advising us in this delicate matter Brother Aminu. I will take my leave; I have much to accomplish today. Perhaps, I can make continued use of your library while I am here. We can talk later about the books I would like to leave here for safekeeping until a proper library can be rebuilt."(edited) Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:46 PM "Certainly, I will make sure the acolytes are aware that you have my permission to peruse the library." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 6:48 PM "Thank You." The gnome give a short bow, replaces the Soul Bag in the backpack, and shoulders it. He exits the office. Artimus will locate the Jeweler's shop and purchase some much needed spell components. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:49 PM Jeweler shop is called the Ruby Necklace. A halfling woman runs the place. AydenLast Sunday at 6:49 PM Knox nods then heads to the room Aminu pointed out. The paladin was very tired as he took a breath to relax and enter into prayer to find some relaxation. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:50 PM She wears tight fitting pants and leather jackets. She has a moderate pudge and is not very fit. She has a very tight haircut. She has a bit of a melancholic look about her face. When you walk in, she nods, failing to hide a bit of her surprise at seeing a Gnome walk in. "How can I help you, sir?" Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 7:00 PM "Hello, my name is Artimus. I can see your surprise. Do you not get many travelers here?" Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 7:04 PM She seems a bit put off by his calling out her surprise. "Er, uh, sometimes, just, can't say I've ever had a gnome come in." @Ayden : Knox… The room smells of lavender and other herbs, a lovely mixture of burned incenses that makes his already weary eyes that much heavier. Getting comfortable and falling into a deep state of sleep comes easy to the weary warrior. The descent into the realm of sleep feels strange this time, like a literal slipping and falling through a bright, warm light surrounding his naked body. Briefly, he feels himself afloat in warm water. Knox feels at peace, with no concern for breathing or finding a way out. Briefly, he sees the outline of a woman, the image of a “mother” that always comes to his mind when he thinks of the word, or of his god. She smiles at him and waves her hand, beckoning him forth. More falling. Slipping through shards of light and brief glimpses of darkness, he soon realizes he is out among the stars, watching as the universe slips past him. He sees the formation of galaxies and worlds, all in brief flickers were every blink passes millions of years. He sees the world of Heloptra, a molten ball of rock, then one covered in oceans with six large land masses. Then Fescipate, and soon he is flying overhead, watching as Chiwak as it once was goes by his view, from overhead like he soars in the winds. Further, he goes beyond Chiwak into the lands further north and east. He recognizes the village where they are now, and soon they pass that village and two others, going past a large city that he assumes must be the capital. Soon he passes that and another village, headed towards a small set of woods and a mountain range, where he glimpses terrible looking creatures, almost like Hyenas but walking on two feet. They work at ripping open the corpse of a man, but never notice the body of the paladin slipping past, floating higher in to the mountains behind them. There, he spots a cave, where a pale golden light emanates, growing fainter as he watches. In his mind, he hears a female voice, a motherly voice, whisper to him, “Travel north my son, and seek the dying angel.” And just like that, everything pulls away in reverse, going backwards faster and faster, until finally he is in darkness. There, he remains asleep in a dreamless sleep for the rest of the day, feeling more at peace than he has in a long time. When Knox awakens, he will have a spiritual morale boost to religion checks regarding the mother, giving him advantage on those rolls for the next 5 in game days. 3 Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 7:16 PM "Ah, that makes sense. It's a bit far for a gnome to travel and then there are the marshes... are there many halflings in this area?" AydenLast Sunday at 7:16 PM After he awakens, feeling at peace, Knox takes a few more moments too savor the feeling. He is slow, but deliberate to stand as he gathers his belongings. The doubt in his mind, gone, he now has purpose. Knox would soon join the others, but would keep this to himself for now. They were already heading in the right direction, but perhaps he could get the others moving sooner rather than later. If an Angel needed his help, he would. If The Mother commanded it, there was no other option. For now, he would rejoin the others. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 7:17 PM "A few families here, but most live in the bigger city. Not me, I like the quiet life out here." Reth asks, "Jovah?" Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 7:19 PM The gnome nods, "I can appreciate a quiet place. How has it been here in Fairwallow?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 7:20 PM "Hm, Jovah is the spirit in the ring. He's pouty and grunts a lot like a certian someone I know," he pulls at the ranger's cheek. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 7:21 PM "Mostly quiet, though the recent run of nightmares hasn't helped. Hasn't affected me yet, so I just keep minding my business." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 7:23 PM The gnome examines some of the displays (?) to see what sorts of jewelry she sells, "And you aren't concerned about business being too slow?" Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 7:25 PM "It is a bit slow, but I sell enough to pay my bills, and that works for me." She has some items on display. Decently made, but mostly things of not too much value. Seems more geared towards country folk, where it looks nice but isn't too expensive. She does have a ring with a nice pearl in it. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 7:29 PM Raleon goes back to brushing out his hair and carefully picking out the miscellaneous with a little more than a bit of elbow grease, grumbling to himself about stupid knots. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 7:30 PM "Hmm, are most of these stones local? May I see that ring?" The gnome points at the ring with the pearl. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 7:31 PM "I work with mostly local wares, but occasionally I have someone bring in something for me that came from far off lands." She pulls out the ring. "I went with a copper band on this one to keep the price down, as the pearl is higher quality. Cost you 125 gold for the ring." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 7:33 PM The gnome studies the pearl carefully, "The pearl isn't from this region is it? where is it from?" Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 7:35 PM "This one is a salt-water pearl, got it from a trader who had one. It's a beauty." "The pearl is worth a little more than 100 gold on the open market, so here I set it in a copper band to keep the price down. It would make a lucky lady very happy." She has a fake smile at the mention of lucky lady. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 7:44 PM With a victorious cry, Raleon finishes washing, detangling, and braiding Reth's difficult hair--all while being blind to his subject. An impressive act indeed. He sighs with satisfaction and shakes out his hands from all the pricks and jabs he got from the protective items within his hair. "Gods that was driving me up a tree..." He sighed softly and glances up towards the ranger. "I take it you can handle the rest?" he asks as he hands him what he believes is some sort of soap. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 7:45 PM Reth scowls. "I know how to use soap." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 7:47 PM Raleon's face lights up. "Oh I did grab the right thing then. I was afraid I grabbed the bubbles again..." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 7:47 PM The gnome raises an eyebrow, "Hmm." The gnome looks around, "Do you you have any dust, jade dust, gold dust, that sort of thing?" The gnome also glances at the jeweler's hands.(edited) Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 7:49 PM "Dust? Well, I don't normally keep things like that in dust form. I could take a jade stone and make it into dust. And I could make some gold into dust." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 7:52 PM "Excellent, excellent." The gnome nods. "I'd like to get some jade dust and some gold dust." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 7:54 PM "I have a few jade stones. I have one worth about ten gold, another worth 25 gold, and one that is worth 40 gold. And I a decent amount of gold on hand. How much do you need?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 7:56 PM Raleon begins to scrub himself and realizes he may have been going at his jokes a bit too hard. He lifts his head, currently full of suds, "You know I'm just being playful...right?" Some bubbles runs into his rose colored eye and he rubs at it with a pout. "I always do this..." he grumbles, somehow getting soap in both eyes in the process. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 7:58 PM "Aye, I know." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 8:03 PM "Let's see; let's see..." the gnome thinks for a moment, "I would like 30 gp worth of jade dust and 50 gp worth of gold dust... yes, that sounds about right." The gnome looks at the jeweler, "And there's no lucky lady, but I'll take the pearl ring anyways. I guess you are the lucky one today, Miss...?"(edited) ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:05 PM The elf mumbles an acknowledgement and continues to rub at in attempt to wash his eyes out. Somehow, the normally cut-throat rogue looks very innocent in this moment. Normally he puts up a strong front, a strong swashbuckler who cuts down his foes, sneaks his way past anyone, and slip past any defenses with a blink of an eye. Yet here he sit, in a tub of bubbles, whining with soap at his eyes like a crying child. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:05 PM The halfling seems a little distracted from the question as she is doing mental calculations in her head for the total of the items requested. "Oh, me? Lavinia." "125 gold for the ring, 80 gold for your requested materials, and the time it would take me to have it ready for you would be about 5 gold for the labor, so 210 total, and I can have your materials ready in a couple hours." Reth snickers at the sight of the elf and his soapy eyes. "For all your bravado, you sure do whine a lot." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:10 PM Raleon's cheeks puff as he recoils in a defensive tone. "Hey, soap in the eyes is one of the few things all are allowed to whine about. Stubbed toes, paper cuts, and soapy eyes." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:11 PM Reth just chuckles. "Getting soft." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:12 PM Raleon promptly dumps a near by bucket on Reth's head, making sure the bucket stays on his head. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:14 PM Reth's grumbling sounds muffled beneath the bucket ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:16 PM "Now who's the soft one?" Raleon crosses his arms with a smirk. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:16 PM Reth takes the bony part of his elbow and gives a friendly, if not a bit firm, bump right into a rib. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:18 PM A soft grunt from Raleon, he then returns the jab with an equal shoulder bump. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:21 PM Reth puts the bucket between them so Raleon runs into it Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 8:25 PM "Thank You very much Miss Lavinia! I look forward to seeing you again soon. In the meantime, can you direct me towards someone who sells ink? I am curious about some of the inks used in Calligraphy that make use of heavier metals in their content." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:25 PM "Ow!" Raleon laughs as he bats the bucket away. "Jerk!" he continues to instigate by smacking his chest with the back of his knuckles. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:27 PM Reth puts up his forearms, letting Raleon hit bone on bone. He laughs. Lavinia nods. "No problem. I think the church would be your best bet for nice inks. The general store has basic inks, but nothing like what you're asking for. They just keep basic things in stock for the handful of folks around here who can read and write." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:31 PM Raleon shakes out his hand with a witheld whimper. "Let me hit you--you asshole!" Raleon complains, but a smile is plastered on his lips as he continues to try and batter the poor ranger in vain attempts. His blows are almost pathetic in strength. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:34 PM Reth just catches his flailing arms and laughs at him. (Athletics 25) Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 8:36 PM "Of course!" The gnome smiles, "If it's okay, then I'll take the ring now and come back for the rest." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:36 PM "Certainly, and I can have your dust ready sometime after lunch." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 8:38 PM The gnome tilts his head to the side, "Do you know a good place to get lunch?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:38 PM Raleon struggles to get out of his hold with twists and turns, but every time he squirms, Reth's wrists just tighten around his arms. He huffs and puffs, then glares are the ranger in somewhat defeat. "...Bastard," he grumbles, resorting to insults. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:40 PM Reth grins. "I've wrestled with bears. I can handle a mouthy elf." He then lets go and pats him on the head patronizingly. "I don't know about you, but I could eat an entire bear right now." The halfling shrugs. "The tavern is about the only place in town for a sit down place. There are stands that will put out smoked meats, cheeses, and fresh produce, but it depends on the time of year. There is some good vegetables out right now." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 8:43 PM "I am interested in the local cuisine. Would you care to join me for lunch? We can find one of these fresh produce stands." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:44 PM Raleon keeps his cheeks puffed. "Watch out, I might be the next one to step on you," he retorts then nips at his hand as he pats him. His cheeks stained with a pinker shade than usual. But his stomach agreed. "Yes, we should get finish up and eat. I'm starving. Hey--we should drink tonight in celebration. I know a game that's pretty fun if you're up for it." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:45 PM Reth, towling off and throwing on some clean(er) clothes, says, "Hmm, I could be up for that. We going to be in town long?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:49 PM "Artimus said something about studying and I'm sure Knox wants to do his religious thing at the church so likely," he replies as he climbs out, finding a towel and wrapping it around his torso. "Oh, that reminds me. I have something for you." He squats down in his bag and pulls out a medium, brown paper wrapped parcal with a box atop of it. He hands the items to Reth. "I hope they fit. I...don't exactly know your size." His brows furrow in thought. "But I had the lady there help me, she says they should. If not I'm sure she could fix them." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:51 PM She kind of eyes the gnome and says, "I have a lunch back here, but thanks anyway. I tend to work while I eat." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 8:53 PM "As you like." The gnome bows his head in acknowledgement and exits the store. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:57 PM Reth smiles. "These are nice, thank you." and puts on the clean, new clothes instead of his "cleanish" other ones. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 9:06 PM The gnome walks to the Inn, goes to his room, and proceeds to use the new Pearl Ring to ritually Identify the magic items (Soul Bag & Heartstone).... and probably goes ahead and takes the time to identify his other magic items as well jut for fun ( because it is fun for him). He spends the extra time studying before going out to find one of these lunch stands that serves local vegetables. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:07 PM Raleon scratches behind his neck and averts his hazy gaze. "Y-eah, sure thing. I figured you could use them since you're hard on clothes and you might have lost your other skinning knife." He clears his throat and turns to get his own clothes from his brother to dress, who was surely smirking and teasing him endlessly, turning his ears red again. After a moment of changing and toweling off, he "peers" over his shoulder. "Do they...fit well?" he inquires hesitantly as they head down to get some food. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 9:10 PM Reth stretches out his arms, twists and turns, and drops to the floor and hops back up. "Yeah, allows me to move too. Thanks, it was kind of you." He pats him on the back as they head out the door to go downstairs. The stands have squash, tomatoes, corn, beans, and an early crop of some apples available. A basket's worth is a silver ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:18 PM Raleon beams with satisfaction, his smile quite dazzling. "Wonderful!" he replies. He's wearing simple, flowing clothes now, a pair of loose shorts with a cross stitching on the sides, ending at his knees, with a short sleeved somewhat form fitting tunic with an untied laced, collared neck, and bare feet with a few rope anklets. He winks at him as they reach the banestar. "Bet I can reach the bottom before you." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 9:20 PM Reth says, "Oh really." And takes off, tossing a familiar tan ball behind him... and a tiger appears, blocking the way. (Yes, I rolled an 8 again) 2 ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:22 PM Raleon cries out as he flashes out of existance through an instant portal, in an instant he's sitting at the bottom in one of the innkeep's chairs. A smirk on his lips as he clicks the tip of his tongue and wags his finger."Cheating~" Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 9:25 PM Reth calls out, "Pot, kettle. Tiger, meet pot." as he goes running by, cuing the tiger to pounce from the top of the stairs. It does so (17+6 = 23) keeping its claws in check, but scaring all the patrons. Reth is laughing, while the bartender is cussing up a storm. "What the hell is that, oh my gods how did that get in here, shit!!" 1 and the bartender runs into the kitchen ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:27 PM Raleon laughs loudly. "Only because you don't play fair! And I thought I told you to leave that in your room!" The rogue seems unphased that the tiger is there, much less of what chaos they're causing. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 9:30 PM Artimus grabs a basket and partakes of the 'salad bar', drops the leftovers off at his room for later and then heads over to the jeweler's to pick up his orders. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 9:30 PM The tiger after pouncing on the elf, seems to be looking at the fleeing patrons with a concerning look, as running people are "prey." Reth, noting its look, quickly uses the command to dismiss it. Art arrives at the inn as people are running out the door screaming about a tiger Or rather, a "giant cat" But when he walks in, there is just the Ranger laughing and Raleon getting off the floor. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 9:32 PM The gnome walks up to the Inn and peeks inside. "Having 'fun'?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:35 PM After ducking and being pinned Yet again by the tiger, Raleon lets out a grunt from being squished. "And they call me a chaos beast," Raleon smirks as he hugs the fluffy creature. "You're lucky I love cats... William, it's alright, you can come out now. He's just a pet." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 9:36 PM William pokes his head out, holding a sword. "Where'd it go? And how the fuck did it get in here? And what do you mean pet!" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:38 PM "It's a summon of our uncultured, ranger here. He's dismissed it, t'was a simple game of cat and elf, our ranger's new favorite game it seems..." Raleon glares in Reth's direction who's likely smirking all proud. "If I didn't know better, I think you just like knocking me down." He smirks down at him. "Is it because you're so short?" Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 9:39 PM Reth just grunts. "Someone's got to keep you in check." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:40 PM "Ha! An impossible task," he retorts. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 9:40 PM Meanwhile the bartender is swearing up a storm about lost business. He quickly quiets down when Reth sighs and drops a few gold on the counter. "Cover the losses?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:42 PM Raleon swipes up an untouched plate of food one of the patrons left and munches on it. "We gotta keep ya on your toes, William. Makes you better at balancing on the one foot," Raleon jests with a laugh. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 9:44 PM He grumbles as he swipes up the coin. "Well, I hope the come back for dinner, or you'll owe more for losses." He huffs, but there is a bit of a smile there, if you look for it. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 9:44 PM "I have some vegetables form the local stand if anyone's interested," offers the gnome. "Say William, do you know what the deal is with Lavinia, the jeweler? She seems to not like... men." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 9:45 PM "Her? She chases off anyone who comes a calling, male or otherwise. No one's sure why, she doesn't say. Seems to prefer her own company for the most part, unless she's sure you're not going to try and court her." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:46 PM Raleon can hear the smile in his voice. "Aww, you're a good ol' man at heart once you get passed the grumbles. You're like Reth here. I'm an expert in grumbles and grunts now, ya know." He ribs the ranger. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 9:48 PM "Is she not from Fairwallow?" Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 9:50 PM "Not originally. She was from the capital. Moved here some ten years ago if I recall correctly." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 9:54 PM "So she doesn't have any friends or family here in Fairwallow either? I thought there were other halflings in Fairwallow."(edited) Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 9:57 PM "I can't say for sure of all her dealings. I've seen her eating dinner with married folks, halfling and human. Why you so interested?" He leans over his bar, looking curious. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 10:03 PM "Well she gave me this weird look when I entered her store and I thought maybe she was just surprised to see a traveler, but then I got the feeling that she didn't like men, but ypu say she treats everybody that way." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 10:04 PM "Oh, we don't get many travelers, let alone gnomes. But I'd say its less a dislike and more just really wary of those who are unattached. She gets long well enough with those whom she knows won't try anything." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 10:09 PM "Hmm, okay. Well, I catch you later. So much to do today." The gnome yawns and heads back out. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 10:20 PM Raleon glares at Reth softly as he munches. "I can't believe you threw at tiger at me... AGAIN." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 10:21 PM Reth breaks out into a grin. "Don't knock what works." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 10:25 PM Raleon puffs his cheek and slowly puts a fry in his mouth, crunching down on it threateningly. "Mmmmhm..." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 10:31 PM And so our adventurers took the morning off to bathe, clean up, and get some food. Art and the Paladin spoke with Father Aminu at the church, learning how to deal with condemned souls. Knox was invited to sleep at the church, where he was given a special dream, pointing him in the direction of a "Dying angel." In the meantime, Art purchased some spell components and was shot down by the difficult to approach Jeweler, unaware that he was trying to undergo a nearly impossible task. In the meantime, the elves managed to scare away most of the inn's business with some tiger hi-jinks but smoothed stuff over with some coin. They are eating and resting, while Art goes out to make more purchases and research, while Knox sleeps with pleasant dreams. We will pick up next time in the Evening, on D&D Discord!
  13. If Alicia were to ask Lee about his “day,” he would have insisted on stronger phrasing than to refer to as merely a hell of one. Normally, he put little thought to the written word beyond its ability to disseminate information—leave the poetry and flowery phrases to the bards and lyrists in his not so humble opinion—but in this case, he might ask the aid of a bard in putting to words the exact depth of his experiences that day. No, just calling it a hell of a day fell too far short of the mark to adequately describe the annoyance, inconvenience, and utter bullshit he experienced. There were days at his job where things went wrong and he went home feeling like he had “one hell of a day.” His experiences made those past days look trivial. “Glad we’re skipping the talk of civilian protection. I’m Genesarian military anyway.” Aurelius expected that she would give him a brief rundown of what they chased and the highlight of its capabilities but instead got an unexpected history lesson on some obviously illegal experimentation going on wherever this woman came from. She gave him a look that suggested she thought him clueless when it came to genetic structures, but unlike most people of this world, he knew a thing or two about the smallest structure of the body. While he never heard of such terms as genetics, he knew about molecular building blocks of life, chained together by amino acids and sugars, pieces of people he could sense when he amplified his powers. The things she spoke of struck him more as the dreams of power-hungry madmen than realizable breakthroughs, but who was he to judge? He sensed and manipulated particles so small even the most advanced telescoping technology could not see them. The lighting out here was too poor for Lee to see the change in Alicia’s eyes, but he felt it in the subtle shift of her tone as she spoke about the work of this scientist, using hers and her nephew’s blood. Finally, she came around the bit of information he could use in this chase—that the thing they hunted could level a city or some such. Vague and not entirely useful, other than telling him to ensure he approached with absolute caution, but her follow up at least told him something else of use. Aim for the head, and “she” will at least take a nap. “You do realize that rounds I pack aren’t exactly standard issue?” She claimed a nap might come of it, but Lee made sure his rounds did a hell of a lot more than just deliver brass and lead at high rates of velocity. If the goal would be to take down their quarry alive, he might not want to fire off a round at her head after all. Not unless they were prepared to take back what remained of her charred skull fragments in baggies. He turned to follow her as she went wandering about her camp, checking in with others. He watched the body language and facial expressions of the soldiers, trying to get a bead on the task to come. He also watched her, noting the differences in the way she carried herself and acted. The glimpses of the young woman he met on the beach were long since buried, seemingly lost until she gave him that same innocent smile that sent him down this wild chase all day long. If disarmed him for a moment, but only that moment, as it reminded him of everything else that followed, giving resolve to his temper. She did not have to go far to return to his side, he had remained just a few steps behind, keeping a familiar face nearby. He watched as Alicia dismissed the soldiers and the signs of their stay, sending away the stage and entertainment, each fading like ashes swept up in the wind. Though he was loathe to admit it, the technology at work fascinated him, making him wish there had been time to speak with their scientists and researchers, to compare notes and learn from one and other. It might have made the events of the day seem worth the trouble, had he been able to engage in a conversation with great thinking minds from another land, another world if the stories told to him were true. These thoughts colored his mood as he watched everything fade away, leaving him with a touch of sadness for what could have been and never was. A day of this, chasing strange women and nearly brushing with an advanced group of people, all of it crashing down into a woodland chase instead. “Time?” He was unsure what Alicia meant by declaring her time short. Did she mean the time she had to put down this problem before it ran amok, or that her allowed time in their world drew near its conclusion? The meaning would appear to remain just outside his comprehension for now, as she broke off into a run headed deep into the darkening woods, leaving behind a brilliant trail for him to follow. A good thing perhaps, as it seemed her physical abilities far outclassed his own. He was in decent shape for an ordinary human, but pushing the limits was never his thing. While some fought with brawn and others with grace, Lee used wit and psychic power to take down his enemies. “I suppose it’s a good thing I kept up with jogging after basic.” Thus off he went, keeping a brisk pace after the young woman who was perhaps traveling nearly five times the speed he could muster. Well, perhaps he would arrive just in time to save the day. Not that he expected any kind of reward for that—with the way this day had gone, being a hero to this one might just get him tossed into another gladiator match, or stuck wrestling an overweight, sweaty man in underwear. Lee shudders as he carries on with his jog, following the blazed trail before him. It probably did not take long for him to fall behind, traveling much slower despite his efforts. He did not let it deter him, focused instead on maintaining the pace that he could, falling into the steady rhythm that helped him get through his early military training. Even a scientist had to endure the rigors and trials of the other enlisted, proving their worth so that they too could be relied upon as a line of defense should things go awry on the home front. He always understood the reasoning but disliked the training despite it. Now… now he felt a need to write a thank you card to his old sergeant for instilling some decent fortitude into him. Alicia dipping in and out of their plane of existence went without his notice: she was too far ahead and he was too focused on his breathing, trying to make the run without arriving out of breath and too tired to fight. He knew they were coming upon the place when stepped down on some black slime coating the forest floor, as well as the trees, barricades, and structures once outlining the now ruined Last Chance boundaries. Within seconds his boots were starting to sizzle, so Lee took great care to wipe away the sludge and move away from it, doubly glad he did so as he watched a figure emerge from one such pooling of the mysterious black liquid. It seemed Alicia knew how to dispatch the foes quickly, removing a soul gem and tossing it aside, causing the creature to return to its lifeless existence as unsightly sludge marring the otherwise lovely forest. She turned to call back to him, but he only had time to raise a hand in answer as he closed the distance as another one of the creatures sprang forth from the murky pools and attacked again. This one looked different, and it seemed Alicia knew this one personally, given how she addressed it and that it appeared to take offense at her words. Lee made another mental note to himself regarding the status of their relationship, something to the effect of this one spending too much time with sludge monsters and thus probably not someone he would want to spend an evening with, let alone try for a second date. No, he was going to call this a night. More chaos from the woods, as some creature came barreling out of the woods and throwing it into the sludge monster. In the meantime, Alicia worked on trying to cut the creature down, but it was proving more stubborn. While she performed her dance, Lee noted another sludge creature rising from the murk to his left. With a soft sigh, he rolls his eyes, pointing his pistol at it with a blue shard primed and ready to fire. He kept his eyes on the battle as a blast of frosty white splinters fired forth, bursting through the creature's chest, blowing black sinew and gem fragments out the back. The threat collapsed back into its prior elements. Lee kept his eyes on Alicia the whole of it, ensuring he did not lose sight of his ride out of this nightmare. Soon after she made her way back to his side, tapping his arm to ensure she had his attention, perhaps unaware that he never let her fall away from his intent stare. He looked the way she pointed, a menacing, huge globous mass dragging itself towards the heart of the city. Just what the civilians needed, a strange creature that seemed to burn through matter with little to no effort. Actually, his psionics attunement told him that the black matter existed in a state of plasma; unexpected and problematic to be sure. “Lead the way then.” BANG! The gun on the right this time discharges this time, leading to another spray of bluish white light lancing out through the chest of a forming creature that came too close for comfort. Like its predecessor, this one too fell away into chunks of black ooze that melted into the ground, rejoining the surrounding sludge. Lee could tell that this jaunt through the city was going to be interesting, if not harrowing. Lee wondered to himself, as he watched Alicia undergo some other transformation (one that he assumed increased her battle readiness) if any other men had been led so far astray while chasing… opportunities. If any other male in the history of their world ever got themselves caught up in some interdimensional battle scape involving illegal experiments and blob monsters. Really, he thought he might the first. Muttering to himself as he fell in behind, he quietly says, “I’m a black widow,” as he keeps in step, shooting down another minor inconvenience as they headed for the big one rolling towards the city. Alicia seemed to take that one down without much struggle as well, but it did appear to take more of her power than the last. He wasn’t feeling too concerned about it until he heard her mention that this one was just one down and that there were seven more of these damned things to go after. “Seven? Are you fucking serious? Are you going to be able to handle that many more? And what of the really big threat you told me about? Where does ‘she’ fit into this? Right now I just see these black plasma shits,” speaking of, he fires his gun at another one, “and nothing of a girl who might have some of your lineage.” Seriously, he was having a bad day.
  14. OOC: Actually submit a post or two this year. Perhaps even three. Let's not push four though. IC: Nothing at the moment, my stuff is in a weird state.
  15. Job Title: Mental Health Therapist 2/ Adjunct Instructor Description: My primary job is working on the floor with patients, facilitating activities and groups, following through with treatment care plans using behavioral therapies, crisis communication, and providing support. As a "2" I take the directive of a charge nurse and implement goals and desired outcomes, as well as acting as the go-to person on the floor, in addition to sometimes writing up the daily "functional" (schedule) and having a greater caseload as well as additional documentation responsibilities. Experience/Certs/Degrees for entry level: This will vary A LOT with where you are at where you apply. My facility used to require being a Certified Nursing Assistant with three years of experience or a 4-year degree, but we dropped our standards as our staffing needs swelled and the number of candidates we got shrunk. Now we only ask for 18 months experience, a CNA, or an associate's in psych. This gets you in the door as a temp (relief-pool) on a 17-month rotation. You can get on permanent into an opening by applying for lateral transfers. You are given a chance to lateral after an opening is rejected by all permanent staff, and in the order of your seniority among the temps. People with a ton of flexibility about the t and what program can often get on after six months, but choosier folks sometimes go right up to the limit. This gets you into the entry position which is a Mental Health Therapy Technician. We used to have a position between that one and mine (a "1") but that is now getting phased out. As the former 1's promote or leave the position is made into a tech. You can move upwards into a two position (which pays ~21.5% better) after acquiring five years experience in mental health in some capacity. As an adjunct instructor, they require that you have been with the hospital a year, have a solid reputation as a crisis communicator and a staff on the floor, and then come take their week-long class. After that, they have you intern with them until you prove you can manage a class. It came with a 5% bump in pay and I get opportunities to change up my work and get off the floor. It's also helping me qualify for Training and Development 2 positions, which have a preference for a 4-year degree in a related field (e.g., social sciences, psychology, education) and three years experience teaching, of which I have two degrees right now and about 8 years experience with doing training. Best Way to Contact Me: Here with a PM, or use Discord.
  16. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 4:10 PM When we last left off, the group made there way through a cave full of flying heads, strange creatures of fiendish origins that can paralyze foes and spread their curse with a kiss. Dispatching the flying menaces with relative ease, the group made their way through to the back of the cave, finding a bit of a shortcut to the Hag's hidden hut, where she worked on brewing some unknown concoction while an imp kept watch outside. Raleon bravely ventured forth alone, heading in to snatch the her special bauble before the group comes in to finish off the evil fiend, to prevent her from going ethereal. Like with any good plan, sometimes things just don't go as planned, and so despite having Cat's grace, Raleon managed to just nudge the hag well enough to get her attention, leading to a quick stand off. Raleon grabbed the bauble and disengaged, but now the hag is going to have her reaction. Soon, the party is going to have to figure out out how to sort out this mess.(edited) Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 4:51 PM Raleon is booking it for the cliffs. He gets to about 10ft from the wall itself. In the mean time, the hag bursts from her hut, shouting something in a language I don't think anyone speaks (infernal). As she does so, she raises up her hand and some familiar glowing darts launch at Raleon (everyone has seen Art using this spell a time or three) while the imp the jumps (doesn't act yet, not its turn) and all hell (heh, literally) is starting to break loose. Raleon is hit by six glowing darts for a total of 23 points of damage. And that of course is enough to alert everyone, so we need initiative rolls. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 5:02 PM Raleon, getting hit pretty hard, hesitates long enough to let the hag go after him again. She launches another barrage of magic missiles at him! She hits him for another 19, saying some harsh words in infernal, which you don't have to speak to figure that she is cussing him out. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 5:16 PM Though his feet carry him swiftly out of the tent, blindly ripping open the tent and sprinting as hard as he could, Raleon is unable to flee completely without harm. With a hiss, the magic darts obtain purchase through his shoulder and back. He lets out a yell, blood spurting from him as he stumbles just enough to knock him off his game and get struck with a second set of missles. He coughs and whinces, holding with a white knuckle grip around the stone. His steps waver for a moment, his breathing becoming haggered as his world blurs, sounds whirrling aorund him. I-I've gotten it! He presses the message through as hard as he can manage to his twin. Disgruntled TeaLast Sunday at 5:30 PM Thayrin's head whips in the direction of his brother as he spots him dashing out of the hut like a man possessed. A frown starts to appear on his lips before he spots the screeching hag screaming Gods know what...and then she started to lob a very familiar attack. He quickly passes the message of the stone being in Raleon's grip to Knox before drawing his blades and stealth dashing to the edge of the cliff. His form seems to dissolve into nothingness before he reappears down a ways at the bottom while still running without pause to take a crack swing at the horrid looking menace who had her sights fixed on his twin. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 5:35 PM Artimus steps to the edge so that he has a clear line of sight to the hag (and the Imp), "Elissim Cigam" He extends a hand towards... the imp! Glowing lights dart forth from his hand to hit the Imp. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 5:36 PM Art strikes down the imp who was preparing to react, nailing it with four darts, the last causing it to fizzle out into a black goop ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 5:44 PM Raleon haggers a staggered breath and grabs his barings. He takes a deep breath to calm himself before shakily grabbing for a dagger. He wouldn't go back in there yet until he had more allies here. "I-... I think she's alone," he stumbles for a second as he listens to his brother's quick steps. He staggers a breath and focuses his vision with he gets within range, calculating a throw. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 5:47 PM The dagger strikes true, but it doesn't sink as deeply as Raleon would have liked. Still, she yells out in pain and anger It would seem Reth would be reacting next, but something else joins the fight, as its initiative was 15. The missing Nightmare phases in from the Etheral plane, appearing 10ft up and to the left of the hut It comes after Thayrin, as he is closest. And it got a nat 20. The Nightmare kicks Thayrin hard, doing 20pts of bludgeoning damage and another 12 points of fire damage, for a total of 32. Reth attempts to jump down using acrobatics, but his total of 9 is not enough. His landing is rough, and he uses his action to recover. He is able to get 10 feet from the fight, and uses his bonus action to throw a hunter's mark on the hag. In the scrum, an imp becomes visible as it strikes Thayrin (21), stinging him for 7. He needs to make a Con save Another appears by Reth as it misses him (10). A third appears by Raleon as it misses him (15). AydenLast Sunday at 6:12 PM Knox watches the others spring into action and doesn't hesitate to join the action. With a deep breath, he climbs down to reach Raleon. A warm hand filled with light falls upon his comrades bloodied body as he says a soft prayer under his breath to use cure wounds. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:15 PM Knox comes up to cure Raleon, but as Raleon dodges the little imp, Knox only brushes him with his fingers, restoring just 5hp. The hag, seeing a sword wielding paladin join the battle, points her finger at him and launches a black ray at him! Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 6:16 PM Artimus holds up a hand towards the hag, "llepsretnuoc". Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:18 PM The ray starts to form in her hands, but the spell is counterspelled by the mage. She curses and uses her movement to slip into the cover of her hut. AydenLast Sunday at 6:22 PM Knox almost flinched at the hag but offers a nod to Artimus, knowing his friend just saved him from something nasty. Disgruntled TeaLast Sunday at 6:23 PM Cursing as once again he had to twist awkwardly in order to avoid a large chunk of pain doled out by the random fire pony that appeared Thayrin's eyes narrow at the beasty before he lashed out in a return attack, figuring one of his friends could handle the hag for a few ticks. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:29 PM The horse snorts in pain, flames shooting from its nostrils! Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 6:35 PM The gnome points, "Rettahs" and a burst of sound explodes to encompass the Nightmare and one of the Imps. The gnome moves down the cliff... 2 The gnome makes his way as close to the hut as he can this way this turn. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 6:41 PM Raleon feels the awkward tenge of holy magic touch him. He feels slightly better, but the pain of the darts in his back still remains. He grabs his rapier and with a flash of his sword, he slices into the imp. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:46 PM Raleon turns around and runs the little imp through with both swords, the first right through its solar plexus and the second through its throat. He then flings it away, where it splats on the wall as it turns to black ichor. The Nightmare goes to kick Thayrin, but slips on some of the goop left by the Imp that Art snipped earlier. It recovers, but lost the attack ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 6:49 PM Raleon snorts with frustration and slips his hand into the belt on his side, grabbing the vial of red liquid. He pops the cork, takes a quick, identifying sniff, and guns it with a shiver. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:50 PM Reth hits three times (16, 27, 13) against the nightmare, doing 33 points of damage in total. The Nightmare is still alive, but looks very hurt. The imps disappear from sight AydenLast Sunday at 6:58 PM Knox uses his bonus action to use Rally on Raleon. "We can do this!" Then goes to attack to the nightmare!(edited) Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 6:59 PM Need a d6 roll from Knox, add your charisma mod Knox charges in and cuts down the remainder of the hellish steed. His second strike brings it down! The hag pokes a hand out, pointing in the direction of Raleon and Art, though Raleon is not effected. Art is being targeted with a sleep spell cast at 4th level, which totaled 41 hp. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 7:07 PM The gnome raises a hand, "Llepsretnuoc". He waves a finger back and forth, "Ah, ah, ah, there will be none of that." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 7:08 PM Art counters her spell, sending her hand retreating back into her tent, more cursing heard from within ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 7:09 PM Raleons ears simply twitch curiously as he glances back, unaware of being targeted. Disgruntled TeaLast Sunday at 7:17 PM He grins briefly at Knox before turning on his heel and eyeing up the hut with a resigned sigh and 'fuck it' mantra he usually hears tossed from a certain ranger in the party he goes after the hag. wish me luck that i don't get swiped first while going after this eternal beauty Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 7:19 PM Two little twerps reappear as they both take shots at the exiting Rogue. The first just outright misses (12), but the other lands a hit (24)(edited) AydenLast Sunday at 7:20 PM As the two appear Knox steps to rebuke the second!(edited) Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 7:25 PM The second takes 6 radiant damage, looking unhappy about it, but still flying. Thayrin charges in after the hag. The hag is in the middle of the hut, waiting. He comes in with a good swing with his rapier, but slips on some spilled alchemy ingredients from when Raleon went running out in a hurry with the angry hag on his heels, but fortunately recovers. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 7:30 PM The gnome points at the first wounded Imp, "Elissim Cigam" and three glowing darts of force fly forth and hit it! Then he moves closer to the hut and positions to have a clear view of the inside and of the hag and of Thayrin.(edited) Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 7:32 PM It's a less than clear view, as there is a flap in the way. The imp, goes down into a pile of goop Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 7:35 PM The gnome seems like he won't get there... but then "Pets Ytsim" and suddenly he blinks forward and is right there and holds the flap open with his staff in one hand.(edited) ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 7:37 PM Hey, you're not allowed to die before me. I'm the older one! Don't do anything I would do~ The rogue smarts off as usual through their link. With a dash, he books it into the tent, sword drawn with a cocky smirk. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 7:47 PM Raleon comes charging in, scoring two devastating hits. The first runs her through the side of her chest, the other just above her hip, sinking deep. She is in pain, looking hurt, but still alive, anger burning in those eyes with what looks like the fires of hell themselves. If only Raleon could see it... Reth sees the others running it, but also notes that there is still an imp in the way. He swings at it as he passes by to enter the tend, courtesy of Art holding open the door. He hits it (27 total) for 8 damage, doing enough to fell it. He then goes after the hag He swings twice, hitting once (20 total) but missing on the second (13 total), doing a total of 12 damage (including hunter's mark damage). The hag is still alive, but looking worse for wear AydenLast Sunday at 7:52 PM Knox joins the others inside and swings down upon the worse for wear hag with his sword! ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 7:57 PM Raleon can feel the heat radiating from her eyes and simply winks, circling the heart necklace around his finger before tightly clutching it again. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:00 PM Knox crashes his blade down twice, dropping a smite on the first. The divine light burns her flesh, causing her to scream in pain and terror. She seems to be preparing to cast a spell, moving her hands through the air, when Knox lands a second blow, this one worse than the first. He sinks his blade in, but she keeps right on casting, up until he drops the biggest smite yet, filling her with radiant light. The hut is temporarily bathed in the light, and everyone feels an out of place, comforting warmth. For the briefest instant, Raleon thought he could see a dim light as the hag explodes, glowing bits of black ichor spraying the inside of the hut. 3 The hag is no more. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 8:02 PM When the gnome sees the hag casting, he immediately prepares to counterspell it, "Your terror has come to an end Soulmonger!"(edited) Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:03 PM Reth looks around the tent, down at himself, and grunts. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:04 PM Raleon staggers backwards, shaken for a moment. Flashes wash across his eyes and his heart pounds heavily. It felt different, but there was no denying it. He covers his eyes and abruptly leaves the tent. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:04 PM Reth pokes his head out, looks around (perception 21), grunts in satisfaction. "Think we got em all. Who needs healing?" Disgruntled TeaLast Sunday at 8:05 PM Knox's flashy finishing move complete, Thayrin simply flicks his blades clean of gore and limps out of the hut with a soft mental groan. I do what i want?...although lucky enough for you, skipping into the afterlife is not on the list for the day. He gave a wearily sigh as he returns his blades to their scabbards and simply flops on the ground not far from the tent.(edited) Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 8:07 PM Artimus smiles and looks around... son, he is investigating the hut, eying various concoctions and poking at things while nodding or shaking his head. He pulls out a piece of paper and begins to take a few notes as well. AydenLast Sunday at 8:08 PM Knox could feel his heart race as the extreme warmth floods from his body. The divine moment washed a feeling over him, as if he had become closer to the one bestowing this gift upon him. After a second or two, he snaps out of it.He uses his divine sense, to quickly scan the tent before stepping back out. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:10 PM Reth grunts again as he steps out of the hut. "I said who needs healing?" He is looking at both the bloodied rogues.(edited) Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 8:11 PM Artimus is interested in what's in the tent. He's also interested in seeing if he can't locate a certain soul... (Forthold) now where would the Nighthag keep such a thing. Disgruntled TeaLast Sunday at 8:11 PM Thayrin simply raises his hand from his spot on the ground, looking very much like a nearly drowned kitten. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:12 PM Reth motions for the rogues to get closer together, as well as anyone else who is missing HP. He summons the healing spirit, which gives everyone back 15. AydenLast Sunday at 8:13 PM Knox could hear Reth. The Paladin wasn't even harmed thanks to Artimus. He would have to remember to give thanks later.(edited) ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:14 PM Raleon slowly makes his way over, seeming a bit out of sorts, though for good reason. His back has a few bloodied holes from the many missles. Soon they heal over to turn into smaller pricks to freckle across his back along with his others. Disgruntled TeaLast Sunday at 8:15 PM Glancing over at his better half, Thayrin tilts his head slowly before blinking. you doing alright over there? You seem off. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:18 PM He runs his fingers through his hair, slicking it back for a moment with a sigh, slowly collecting himself. I...thought I saw a light. It came when Knox hit the hag. I've seen it before but... I just spooked me. He rubs his upper arm for a moment before standing up and shaking Reth's hand. "Thank you, Reth, you fought well." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:19 PM "Aye, we all did well. Tough one that monster." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:21 PM "Yeah," he agreed. He looked down to the stone. "Wonder what this does...?" Disgruntled TeaLast Sunday at 8:23 PM A look of surprise crosses the silent twin's face briefly before he gets his features back to the usual look of apathy. That....is surprising. He gives Reth a nod of thanks as well for the healing and glances at the stone in his twins hand with an almost visible question mark floating above his head. good question. think it could be useful for something other than death and ugly things? ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:24 PM Raleon shrugs and tosses the stone up and continues to catch it with surprising ease. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 8:28 PM Artimus picks up the bag, "Hmm!" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:31 PM He takes another deep, calming breath and circles the necklace around his dexy fingers. "Well, Artimus, you get the chance to nerd out over a magical artifact again." He lets the rock fall between his fingers, displaying the heart. "Think you can figure out what it does?" Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 8:34 PM Artimus is looking at the bag with puzzlement. As Raleon speaks, he pauses and looks over... "Ah, yes, of course." He walks over and looks up, reaching a hand out to take the necklace, "I'll need some time to examine this... magical trinket."(edited) Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:34 PM The bag refuses to open Pull as he might, it won't budge Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 8:41 PM Artimus moves about pushing aside... stinking bowls of... stuff... and collecting documents, "The necklace is surely no ordinary object. There is so much to puzzle out! -ew!" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:44 PM Raleon pulls out one of the bottles and pops the cork, staying outside of the tent's smelling radius. He takes a long swig of whiskey and sighs, then offers it out to Reth. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:45 PM Reth takes it. Takes a swig. Says, "Thanks" Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 8:49 PM "It's going to take pearls to perform the necessary magic to determine all the things these items do." "The gnome's eyes light up. However... this bag seems to be something I recognize!" Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:51 PM The gnome remembers reading about the hag's soul bag ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:51 PM Raleon purses his lips. "A pearl? Why a pearl?" Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:52 PM There, she puts in the harvested soul from her victim, which she will return to the hells to trade. Given that it refuses to open, there is a good chance that the soul is still in there... Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 8:55 PM "Indeed! I'm pretty sure that the soul in question is in this bag! It must be a 'Soul Bag'! Pearls are important for tapping into the deeper magics of various items and artifacts of magical origins. It's true that I am able to use my knowledge of the arcane to figure out a lot of this stuff... but this necklace... I need to cast an Identify spell to really understand it's uses." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:56 PM Reth lifts an eyebrow. "You say there is a soul in that thing?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:56 PM "Soul...in question...?" Raleon only seems more confused. "There was a soul in question? Who's soul?" he blinks curiously. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:57 PM Looking closer, people also realize the bag looks like stitched together flesh... ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:57 PM "Ewwwww...." Raleon scrunched his nose. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 8:58 PM "Indeed! A soul! We know the hag recently collected the soul of Forthold. And hags have soul bags that they use to carry their captured souls to their destination in Hell!" Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 8:59 PM Reth shudders. "Ew." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 8:59 PM Raleon arches a brow. "I suppose she did..." His eyes look down towards his hand unconsciously. Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 9:01 PM "Yes, and, of course, that raises a very interesting question: What do we do about this soul!" [ @Ayden for your reference](edited) Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 9:02 PM Reth blinks. "I'm no expert on souls." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:02 PM "I've only found one," Raleon mentions offhandedly. Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 9:03 PM Reth glances over at Raleon in surprise. "You've found a soul?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:06 PM Raleon glances over. "Oh, yeah. He's been with me for a while now. His name is Jovah. He's a perverted monk that was trapped inside of that ring I found with the druids." He flicks his wrist, snaps, and the invisable ring he wore suddenly reappears. "He's inside of this." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 9:08 PM Reth snickers. "A perverted monk in a ring? Leave it to you to find it." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:10 PM He smirks wide. "He says he's not perverted, but he Totally is." "I am a master of finding treasures." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 9:13 PM "Hmm. Interesting. I wonder how the soul came to be there." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:16 PM "Well... He died." He held up the ring for display. "When the barer of this ring dies, he may choose to become absorbed inside of this ring instead of going onto the beyond as I understand it." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 9:17 PM Artimus nods, "It's an interesting choice to make." Acies ab VesaniaLast Sunday at 9:18 PM Reth asks, "He ever say why me made that choice?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:21 PM "He doesn't remember much of his past lives other than he used to be fond of a monestary where he spent a lot of time. He sleeps a lot and avoids questions... like a certian someone I know." Raleon looks directly at Reth, his blind eyes squinting. "He's also currently pretending to sleep, like a pouting child." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 9:24 PM "Past lives? Hmm. That could explain why he chose the ring. Maybe it's easier to come back to a new life here if you don't 'cross over'." "Or he could just be hiding the real truth. Some people might not want to go to certain afterlives." The gnome glances at the closed bag. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:29 PM Raleon rubbed his chin and nodded. "That is true... but I don't think he's bad persay. Though I do wish to know more of him. He hasn't asked anything of me, but he's been offering me advice and guiding me.... He's also been rooting around my memories and thoughts, which is sort of the opposite effect of this ring." He arches a brow. "Joining in the teasings with Kylah and my brother." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 9:31 PM "Maybe, I should Identify the Ring for hidden, less obvious dweomers."(edited) ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:32 PM "Well, I'm pretty sure that's all it does. Though I'm not sure you can really identify much about his soul from it." Mortal PlayerLast Sunday at 9:33 PM "It's sort of interesting to have a Ring of Mind Shielding that contains a soul that pokes around your mind." The gnome laughs.(edited) ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?Last Sunday at 9:35 PM "Yes, that was a bit of a surprise!" he nodded with raised eyebrows. "At first I thought it was Thayrin, but then he couldn't hear him either." May 6, 2019 Acies ab VesaniaYesterday at 12:00 AM The group rests for an hour, while Art completes a ritual casting of the documents, learning of their origin--information will be provided in the next session. After their rest, some perhaps regain hitpoints before deciding to rid the caves of the Vargouille threat for good, lest their kind spread to the villages nearby. It takes quite some time, combing the caves and tracking all of the creatures down, while finding their way around, but as the moons descend to their hidden place in the lands beyond, and the barest hints of the light of the sun begins to illuminate the skies, the group leaves behind the caves and begins the ride back to town. They are exhausted, but perhaps hopeful, having taken down a grave threat to the region, and now in their possession taking with them the soul of a once condemned man. Perhaps there is some hope yet for such a soul, saving it from the horrible existence of becoming a delicacy for some fiendish lord, and eventually a foul, lowly creature in the otherworldly planes of evil. The group returns to town just as the sun's brilliant hues paint the skies vermilion and lavender, giving each of them a distinct glow that leaves the guards short of breath. They are welcomed back in, and will have to decide where is their first stop next time, on D&D Discord!
  17. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon continues, seeming unphased of the change of lighting, his hand running along the wall. Ayden04/21/2019 Knox and the others continue to follow Raleon. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Doorway leads to a split once again, one wrapping to the left and the other to the right ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon sighs, a touch frustrated. " I hate caves..." and goes left. Disgruntled Tea04/21/2019 Thayrin snickers softly though their link as he follows his brother silently. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Reth mutters, "Tell me about it. Not a dwarf." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon smiles back at him. "You're the second shortest here..." Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 The group wanders left, which goes more or less straight, before coming into a small chamber with two fliers in it Ayden04/21/2019 Knox follows the group while checking over his shoulder every once in a while to make sure they don't get ambushed. Disgruntled Tea04/21/2019 When he spotted the flyers in the cavern, He started to warn the others....but then the clanking of a certain heavy armored Pally caught the heads attention. He chuckles softly at the irony of it all before leaping at the two in an attempt to take them out quickly. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon hears the silent reaper's rage and grabs his blade as well, quick to enter the fray a flash later. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 The twins make short work of two, taking them down before they had a chance to do much of anything Taking down the two heads, the group is able to see that the passageway continues to another split, this one going three ways. Straight, to the right, and to the left. Straight goes into some large, dark room Right is similar, a short passage going into a room that you can't make out from here. Left goes on for a while Disgruntled Tea04/21/2019 He takes one look at the three way split and groans dramatically. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon grumbles something about giant worms. Ayden04/21/2019 Knox uses his divine sense once more to look down the three halls. "Fiends up ahead and to the right. Also a few to the path on the right. Path to the left is clear of fiends." Knox clutches his eyes as he gets a headache.(edited) ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon clicks his tongue again and peers into the large room ahead. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 As Raleon peaks into the room, he sees a large rising structure, that does not quite reach the ceiling (like an interior plateau of sorts). To the right are a couple of Vargs. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 "How many of these things Are there?" He whispers with irritation. Mortal Player04/21/2019 Artimus waves a hand and Helvetia appears, "the usual?" he whispers. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon nods and readies his sword. "the usual" Disgruntled Tea04/21/2019 What? of those annoying heads? too many if you ask me. should have brought a giant fly swatter at this rate. with a shake of his head he glances over at his brother with a smirk. Ayden04/21/2019 Knox nods. Mortal Player04/21/2019 Helvetia walks ahead into the large room. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Footsteps follow. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Usual. They swoop and shrike. Only Knox has to save at this point Knox saves, they are distracted. Who does what? Mortal Player04/21/2019 Artimus waves a hand with splayed fingers that pull togetheras he draws the hand back, "Etibtsorf," he declares and a frost begins to form around one of the Vargouilles. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Failed Disgruntled Tea04/21/2019 As per usual, The assassin leaps out shortly after the mage casts his spell as a follow up of doom. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon springs forth as usual, this has become his life. Dispatching flying heads...well he can't say it's the worst job. Who else can say "What did you do today?" Oh, I skeward some flying heads with the boys. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 The frost sprouts up around the Varg. It seems less than fazed, though it does slow down a bit Ayden04/21/2019 Knox wait to see what's left after all is said and done. Mortal Player04/21/2019 "Hmm, interesting, resistant to cold damage as well..." mutters the gnome. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Thayrin jumps out, and strikes down the frosty head with little issue. The second is wounded but still fluttering Raleon then comes out and finishes what his brother started. In fact, he turns the second head into bloodied mashed potatoes This room is empty save for the plateau ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon flicks the blood from his blade, sheaths, and sticks his hands behind his head, humming softly. He blinks and turns to the plateau, thumbing towards it curiously. He slowly slinks over to check it out, with a quick leap to climb up it. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Athletics check Nope Mortal Player04/21/2019 The gnome creeps forward and examines the way to the plateau for a suitable place to climb. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Raleon, to his surprise, finds some good footholds and manages to scramble up, despite how hard climbing a wall like this would be Ayden04/21/2019 Knox jumps up with impressive ease thanks to his boots of springing and striding.(edited) Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Knox, with his boots, is able to jump high enough to grab the top. Athletics check to pull himself up though Disgruntled Tea04/21/2019 With an amused smile the quiet assassin follows after his twin after activating his boots of spider climb...and literally walks up the wall. Mortal Player04/21/2019 The gnome looks up, "Anything interesting up there? Should I come up and look around?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon glances around and huffs. "Show offs..." Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 On the top, the group sees this one goes for quite a ways to the left side. About 40ft across, the area considerably narrows, but continues going beyond dark vision range Ayden04/21/2019 "Another path to the left. This place is a maze." he speaks loud enough for the others to hear him. Disgruntled Tea04/21/2019 He laughs though their link and pats Raleon on the shoulder. If it helped, you looked lovely with that jump. Mortal Player04/21/2019 The gnome's ears perk up, "Well, does someone want to let down a rope or something?" Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Reth, hearing that the way continues and Art asks about a rope, just climbs up, making it look easy (25)(edited) ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon quite visually pouts, his arms crossed, though the reassurance does lessen it a touch. Thank you... Ayden04/21/2019 Knox pulls rope from his gear and tosses one end down while holding the other. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Knox, strength check to help support Art. Art athletics check with advantage to climb up (and the DC is lower) Mortal Player04/21/2019 "Thanks!" The gnome ties the rope around his waist, gives a tug, and then says, "All ready!" And walks up the cliff as he is pulled up. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 "Welcome to the party, good lookin'," Raleon gestures to everyone atop the plateu. "We have booze and fiends everywhere, help yourself." Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Everyone is up top. The plateau goes on for 40' before narrowing. The back half is quite wide, but where it narrows, one person must go at a time.(edited) Mortal Player04/21/2019 The gnome smiles as he crests the top of the cliff, "Well, well, I feel taller just being up here." Artimus looks around the plateau. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 As Art looks around, he spots some bones scattered up here. Mortal Player04/21/2019 The gnome walks around a examines the bones. "What do you think of these Reth?" he asks with some excitement. Maybe it's the exhilarating climb, but the gnome seems chipper. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Art looks around, and finds the deer's skull immediately He also happens to spot a copper and silver wrought/braided diadem, worth 250gp Mortal Player04/21/2019 The gnome holds up the deer skull triumphantly, "Look at this Reth! The skulls are intact! But we know there were Vargouilles here. And..." The gnome looks aroujdn dramatically, "This is a cave. How did deer get inside?" The gnome places the skull in the Staff of Adornment and picks up a copper and silver wrought/braided diadem, worth 250 sp. "And look at this!" Artimus examines the crown carefully. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Reth shrugs. "Wouldn't come up here on its own. Something probably ate it here." Doesn't appear magical, just valuable. How it got here, who knows? ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon squints. "It must have been carried up here...but by who? The heads can't carry that much could they?" Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Reth chuckles. "I doubt that." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon scratches behind his head. "Think we're close to the hags then or some beast?" Mortal Player04/21/2019 Artimus squints at the Crown, then waves a hand at the deer skull and says, "Thgil." The deer skull immediately illuminates with light. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 "Caves like these often house bears. Ourhag might have repurposed it." Disgruntled Tea04/21/2019 maybe if they worked together...like what was that play we saw that one time said....sparrows and coconuts? He smirks and shrugs slightly. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Everyone groans as they have not been in light for a while ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Everyone except Raleon. Mortal Player04/21/2019 The light is actually emanating from within the skull and Artimus rotates the skull in the Staff of Adornment to focus the eye beams on the crown.(edited) Disgruntled Tea04/21/2019 Thayrin covers his eyes as a reaction to the light and winces. Moons above and all that they govern! he could have warned us. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 When the passage is fully lighted up, you can see the whole structure. More bones scattered, which does suggest something used to eat animals up where. You can also see that the narrow ledge goes an additional 20 feet before ending, where you would either have to backtrack or jump down (what is beyond that you can't see from here). The style and etchings in the crown suggest that it is a bit of an older item, but not super old. It is made up in a fashion that reached its heights about twenty years earlier. The diadem is not magical, but is worth some money because of its metals and the artistic weaving. It would not been worn by royalty or the like, but someone who had money. This may have once belonged to an unlucky, wealthy merchant. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon peers around the edge curiously. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 The ledge ends in a spot where you can jump down into another cavern, this one with a hut. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 "Psst, there's a hut down there," he hisses. Mortal Player04/21/2019 "This style was popular twenty years ago!" The gnome walks back and forth thoughtfully. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Reth comes up behind Raleon, getting as close he can without accidentally pushing the rogue off the wall, trying to get a view. "Think you found it." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon blushes a bit in the dark. Mortal Player04/21/2019 The gnome perks up and looks at Raleon. He places the diadem and the deer skull in his backpack and covers the light carefully. Then he creeps quietly over to Raleon and peeks into the next room with the hut. Disgruntled Tea04/21/2019 Not wanting to crowd the ledge, Thayrin holds back and simply keeps an eye out. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Perception check Since he is actively keeping an eye out As Thayrin glances about, he spots a little movement. Looking closer, he sees something lurking down there, small but out of the way. It was doing a pretty good job of hiding (15 stealth) but the 23 saw through that effort. Disgruntled Tea04/21/2019 blinking slowly he narrows his eyes on the small thing. something is lurking down there...its small and trying to hide from us. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon's hands get a touch warm for a moment before he clears his throat softly and slips back towards Artimus. "Do you still have that skill spell that helped me before with the locks? Wouldn't hurt to have it here..." Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Reth says, "MIght be a good time to give everyone a boost, so we don't give ourselves away." He glances at the man in heavy armor(edited) Mortal Player04/21/2019 the gnome backs away from peeking as well, "yes," he whispers to Raleon quietly. "I can only Enhance one person," the gnome whispers, "Or I can give one person Protection from Evil and Good, but it's a choice between the two." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 "I would rather not have to fight them disappearing back and forth than some extra protection," Raleon shakes his head. He nods towards Reth. "Sounds like a good idea." Disgruntled Tea04/21/2019 After spending a tick looking at it he slinks back with a frown Thayrin messages Reth after tapping him lightly on the shoulder. "There is a small winged scorpion like thing down there??? not sure what it is...any idea what that could be?" Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Reth squints for it Perception (21), spots it Religion (4--rolled a 1). He shrugs. "No idea." Then casts pass without trace on everyone. +10 to stealth Mortal Player04/21/2019 The gnome pulls out his Wand of Enhance Ability and taps Raleon with it. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 So Raleon has advantage on dex (Assuming going for dex), giving him both advantage and +10 on stealth. >> Art can make a perception check with advantage (as Thayrin can point to where it is at) Mortal Player04/21/2019 The gnome steps back and strokes his beard thoughtfully, "hmm" "It's an imp," he whispers. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon takes a deep breath, turns towards his brother and kisses his cheek. "Wish me luck," he says cheekily before skillfully slipping down the plateu.(edited) Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Raleon does such a good job disappearing, his shadow can't figure out where he went 2 2 Mortal Player04/21/2019 "It could be a familiar, or it could be here to collect Forthold's soul. It seemed like it was hiding, so it is probably keeping an eye out... although I suppose in theory it could be spying on the hags..." Disgruntled Tea04/21/2019 who needs luck when you have skill? He looks away briefly from Ralon to glance toward Art. "did you say imp? is that going to be an issue?" After message sent, he turns his sight back toward the area his brother ghosted off to. Mortal Player04/21/2019 "They have nasty temperaments, and, of course, the stinger tail is poisonous. They probably also have some fiendish resistances of some sort. Hmm, yes..." the gnome turns around, "you should be careful Ral- where did he go? - Oh!" "He should be careful, if it is a familiar and he disturbs it, it might alert the wizard or warlock it belongs to that something is wrong." The gnome peers at Thayrin anxiously. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 Reth grunts, says to Thayrin, "Tell him to keep his eye on the prize." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon glances towards the imp for a moment, wets his lips cautiously, then decides to avoid it completely. He slips beside the hut and tries to find a place to "peer" inside. Disgruntled Tea04/21/2019 "I will pass that info along to him Art." He nods slightly signaling he heard Reth. So Art says that thing could be major issues if it is a familiar....and Reth says to keep your eye on the prize. I have a feeling your going to be more inclined to listen to the sexy ranger. If there was a possibility for his tone to have a smirk, his tone was dripping in it as he spoke to his twin. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 As he slips into the hut, he can smell a mixture of awful things. Sulfur. Rotting flesh, decay, other sour smells. The hag is in there, working on something, cutting up strange, foul smelling plants and putting them into pots. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon's face flushes for a moment as he mentally sends an image of him flipping him off before he refocuses, silently drawing in a deep breath--realizes this was a mistake--refraining from gagging--and wiggling his fingers. Crouching, he creeps closer, searching for his target and making sure they're alone. Before going in for the bold strike. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/21/2019 Raleon creeps in and grabs the heart, but as he draws even closer, his oversensitive nose overclouds his senses and gags loudly. The hag turns with a frightful glare as his hand closes around her stone heart necklace. He senses her glare and gives a soft, whimpering laugh, waving before ripping the heart off her neck and disengauging with a swift flash out of the hut. Acies ab Vesania04/21/2019 So, the adventuring group (called the harem by some) have successfully navigated through the cave network, coming across a bit of a short cut to the hag's lair. Throughout the caves they found more of those vargouilles, dangerous creatures whose stunning screech can lead to an wanted kiss of death (seriously, always get consent folks). They made short work of them, using clever distractions to ambush the brutes while they were attempting to feast on a woman who wasn't there. After, they used the short cut to send in their rogue to steal away the hag's special heartstone, a charmed necklace that grants her the power to become ethereal at will. Unfortunately, as Raleon closed his fingers around it, the awful smell caused him to utter just a little gag, enough to spin her around and face her foe. Raleon, wasting no time, snatches and disengages, trying to get out of there as quickly as he can. What will that hag do? What of the imp? Where is the Nightmare? Are there more hags? Find out next time, on D&D Discord!
  18. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 When we last left off, our heroes were looking into the plague of nightmares spreading through this small, quiet town. They had just found out that a man, who murdered his family, took his own life. There were some red flags with his death that caused the others to suspect that this death was not all that it seemed. Through continued investigations and excellent researching by Art, they were led to believe that the threat was likely a Night Hag, a fiend that frequents the material plane and the hells, corrupting souls through nightmares so that she can pluck them and turn them into larvae, which are a delicacy among devils. They also determined that the likely new target was a woman named Helvetia, and after casting protection from evil on her within the church, extracted the fiend, who fled out of the church atop a Nightmare, another fiendish creature. Reth is preparing to go track it down under the effects of an etherealness oil, while Art gets some rest to change up his spells, and others prepare. Game open! ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon sighs softly to himself as he hears the clip-clops of the nightmare's hooves out of the church. "I suppose that's our cue to let loose the hound," says the elf as he turns towards his brother. "Tell Reth he should leave immediantly rather than our previous plan."(edited) The elf then turns on his heel and gestures to the others inside of the church, bundled for protection as if one would for warmth in the winter. He raises his arm to address the crowd with a soothing tone, the other hand still on his sword, "Fear not citizens of (what's the name of this town again?)... We have the situation under control. The threat has now left, and we shall be in persuit of it shortly. Please remain calm."(edited) Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 Dropping his hand from the hilts of his blades, the silent elf draws his gaze from the place the hag had disappeared toward his brother when he spoke. He nods and heads over to the silent ranger with a small smile before messaging him. "looks like your up hag hunter. try not to get swept off your feet with their gorgeous looks and get back in one piece." Mortal Player04/07/2019 Artimus turns towards Sir Knox and Brother Aminu, "Do you know what that flaming horse was?"(edited) Ayden04/07/2019 "Nightmare!" There is an obvious scowl on his face as he answers Artimus. "It's called a Nightmare." He's still in awe after witnessing everything. Mortal Player04/07/2019 The gnome waits a beat, then says, "Okay... but what are they? What do they do? And is there anything we might want to do to be prepared for them?" The gnome pulls out a paper and quill and looks at Knox with a combination of hope and expectation. "And what do flaming horses have to do with dreams?!?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 "No, no, Artimus, the creature is called a Nightmare," explains the elf as he approaches the two of them.(edited) Mortal Player04/07/2019 "So you've dreamed about them as well?" asks Artimus. Ayden04/07/2019 "They are called Nightmares. They are called upon by dark fiends as a steed of sorts. I believe they help the fiend travel to the ethereal, and resist fire." he pauses and shutters before cracking his neck. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon blinks, taken aback for a moment at Artimus' sudden daftness. "N-no.... I don't dream technically Artimus, I'm an elf... We trance." Mortal Player04/07/2019 scritch scritch scratch "mm-hm," the gnome nods as if diagnosing a patient, "So 'hallucinations' interesting." He stops and looks at Raleon, "This could be a problem depending on how intelligent these horses are. I don't think we will be able to follow them into the ethereal." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon "stares" at Artimus as if he was given the wrong answer to a simple question and shakes his head. "No, little one. I do not vividly dream, I undergo mental practices that clear the mind and reset my body. It is similar to what you all would perceive as meditation." Ayden04/07/2019 Knox looks at Artimus than back to the father who banished the Hag from the possessed body. "Do you know a way we can track it?"(edited) Mortal Player04/07/2019 scritch scraaatch "Ah yes, visions, possibly not unlike those rumoured to be achieved by a Shaman." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon waves his hand over his nose and coughs at the overwhelming scent of sulfer, "Well if anything he can follow the smell of it..." Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Reth grunts. "Smell dissipates too quickly." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon lets out a soft noise and grabs his heart. "Seriously! I'm getting you a bell!" Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 Thayrin snickers softly though their link as he casually walks up to his brother while brushing off his hands. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Reth grunts again, but then disappears as the oil takes effect ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon flips off someone in a random direction, possibly all directions.(edited) Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 He snickers again softly before crossing his arms and tilting his head. so what did i miss while I was helping out our now silent and invisible Reth? ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Apparently we're Shamens according to Artimus because we trance and Knox says the mount she rode off on is called a Nightmare, pretty strong mount with fire abilities. Mortal Player04/07/2019 "Well..." says the gnome as he packs up his paper and quill. A small mechanical bird takes the quill from Artimus before vanishing back into the backpack. "I'd better get ready for what is to come." He stretches, picks up his pack and makes for the Inn (and his room) for the usual rituals. Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 so do i need to outfit my staff with some feathers and a rattle of sorts and start mumbling nonsense? He grins and looks toward the Art as he heads out with a small amused smirk and shake of his head. Nightmare you said? With fire abilities to go with...sounds like something that will be a pain and a half. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Just as I am the Lord of Bubbles, you too shall assend to a position of mad power. Raleon smirks as he usually does in random conversations with his brother. "Ah, yes you have to go prepare your mind for spell casting, right? Have a good rest. My brother and I will have a stroll around town, see if we can find something useful. Do you think they have a tailor around here?" Mortal Player04/07/2019 "Just around the corner, building in pale blue, 'The Outfitters'. Can't miss it." And the gnome is out the door. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon blinks. "Well that's convienent.... I was going to ask Kylah--Do you think she's still asleep? Humans don't sleep that long normally do they?" Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 When the Gnome enters the inn, the innkeeper waves him over. "Hey, your friend left something for you." He is waving a slip of paper. Mortal Player04/07/2019 Artimus arches an eyebrow and walks over, "What friend is that?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Shaking his head at his ever silent brother he drags him along to go clothes shopping. "Come-on, we need to repair our stuff and sell somethings." Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 "The pretty, crass one." Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 He shrugs and willingly is drug along by raleon. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Where are they headed first? Mortal Player04/07/2019 "Oh. Well, Thank You!" Artimus will take the slip of paper and read it. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 The note says, "Hey: I'm sorry, but there is something I must do. I hope I can catch up to you at the capital, but I'm not sure. Don't wait for me. I hope to see you all again soon. Kylah." Looking around, Thayrin spots a sign that has a picture of a red ruby on it. Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 you said you wanted to sell some of those rocks we have been dragging around? Looks like I have spotted a place to do that. he gestures with his head. Ayden04/07/2019 Knox looks around the church and at the father while still in the church. He approaches, "Do you have anything that may aide me or my friends in this hunt against this evil?" He wasn't sure of the church could help them or not, if they had anything of use or not, but it was worth a shot. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Father Aminu ponders for a moment. "I have some blessed water. It is said to be effective against undead. Perhaps the same could be said against fiends, though I am not sure."(edited) Mortal Player04/07/2019 The gnome pockets the paper. "I'll be renting for a few nights at least." And pays for three more nights (5 sp per night, 150 cp total for three nights). ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 The elf blinks and nods. "Mm, yeah we should likely do that first. Let's go there." Raleon agrees as he heads off towards into the jewelry store. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 The inside of store is filled with low sitting display cases, low apparently for a reason: the shop's owner is a halfing woman. She is sporting a leather jacket probably made from deer hide and wearing some pants that are a bit tight over the bulge of her belly--she seems to have not missed any meals recently. Her hair is up high and tight, kept neat without a curl or lock out of place. When you both walk in, she gives you a quick look up and down and says, "Welcome. Have a look around." The innkeeper takes the excessive copper and loads it into a pot kept nearby. "Thank you. Three more nights." Mortal Player04/07/2019 The gnome nods and heads to his room. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon smiles kindly to the woman and approaches the desk. "Greetings. I was actually looking to possibly sell some pieces we've come into possession in our travels. Would you be interested in looking at jewels?" Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 She reaches into a pocket and pulls out a little glass viewer for magnifying gem facets. "Of course, I am always looking into some new potential pieces." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon gestures for Thayrin to pull up their bags and takes a moment to search with his hands inside. From within he pulls forth: 9 banded agate worth (10 gp each), a Bloodstone small bracelet worth (25gp), 4 white onyx (50 gp each), 3 carnelian (50 gp each), and a large silver bracelet (250gp).(edited) Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 As she looks over the stones, she nods. "These are decent, they would be usable in some lower end pieces for middle class folks. The bracelet is nice. These Onyx are better, I can do something a bit higher end with those, as well as your carnelians." She actually cracks a smile at the large silver bracelet. "This is nice, all it needs is some polish." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon smiles with her. "We're doing some charity work you see. A town west of here, Chiwak, has been destroyed by a dragon and we're traveling about to collect funds to rebuild the town."(edited) Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 She frowns. "That's terrible. Come think of it, I think someone did come through here mentioning having seen a dragon. I thought he was pulling my leg. Hmm. Well, I'm willing to give you 215 gold for the lot. On hand, I can give you 65 gold and a bank note you can cash in at the capital for another 150 gold. " Mortal Player04/07/2019 Once in his room, Artimus takes the time to make use of his current spell selection... which includes 'Sending' before resting for his new spells. He pulls an amulet out from beneath his shirt and holds it in the air. He walks about the room hold the amulet up here and there before smiling slightly, "Gnidnes." The amulet begins to spin in place, "Kylah, please confirm: your departure on urgent business, possibly reconvening at capital by responding to this 'Sending' spell using twenty-five words or less." Artimus places the amulet back around his neck, waiting a moment for the reply if any.(edited) Ayden04/07/2019 Knox nods to Father Aminu. "Some holy water would go a long way for my friends and I. If you could spare some, I would be willing to pay the church in return." Mortal Player04/07/2019 The Sending used 23 words. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Father Aminu shakes his head. "No need to pay. Your service is enough. I have three vials available. Let me get them for you." Ayden04/07/2019 The paladin nods and respectfully waits for him. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 He takes a few minutes, and soon returns with three small flasks filled with water. Knox can sense a bit of something about them. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon arches a brow and leans down on the counter, "Come now, that's all you can do for us? We've saved whole towns and many lives, and we will be doing much more with this trade's profit. Surely you can see the value in such items, we're offering you a fair trade. Can't you offer us a better deal for the sake of Chiwak? They have nothing, and the dragon may come here soon as well."(edited) Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 She shrugs. "I'm running a business, not a charity. I'm sorry about what happened to those people, but I have to keep this place running too. But if it'll make you feel better, I'll give you 250. Take it or leave it. 75 now, 175 in credit slips."(edited) Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 He tilts his head slightly in thought while listening to his brother barter it out with the shopkeeper. for some reason, he seemed off his game today. Usually all Raleon had to do was batt his pretty lashes and smile for people to be coerced into whatever he was asking. A brief thought popped into his head causing his thoughts to come to a stuttering pause before he shook himself back into the present time. might as well take it. It still is better than lugging around stuff that is not of use to us at the moment. or we could sell the rocks and keep the rest to pawn off on some desperate person. its your call. Ayden04/07/2019 Knox pokes his eye with cork of the vile as he looks it over. He thought he saw something, but now he sees nothing. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 His eye is watery after accidentally poking himself. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 A frown touches his pale lips then a long moment passes as he's thinking. Eventually, he sighs, straightening up. "Alright, fair is fair." As such he takes the gems back. "If I have to head to the bank anyways, I may as well see what they have to say for it. Good day." With this he leaves to the tailor he was directed towards from Artimus.(edited) Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 The halfling waves dismissively as you leave. "Your loss."(edited) Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 Thayin simply smiles slightly to the lady before giving her a small wave of goodbye and following after his brother.(edited) Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 The tailor is called "The Outfitters" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon enters the tailor's doors, curiously peeking his head in. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Middle aged woman running the shop. Basic clothing, mostly utilitarian kind of stock (good for work, everyday wear). The work is simple in appearance, but seems decently well made ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon looks over the clothes and runs his fingers over the cloth in thought. "Do you think these would fit a wood elf, around..." he takes a moment to measure against himself. It's clear he struggles with this for a moment, being blind and all. "This...high? Toned, but lanky build. He's our ranger and tends to be a bit rough on his clothing. I was hoping to find something for him." Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 She frowns a little. "I have a few outfits in that size for the smaller men of the community"(edited) ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon tries his best to hide a snicker. Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 an amused grin finds its way to Thayrin's face as he listens in. buying clothing for Reth now? first you pry the sticks out of his hair, now your dressing him in better clothing. your gonna get another tiger tossed at us at this rate. Ayden04/07/2019 Knox takes his leave from the church and secures the vile before returning to the Inn. Not seeing the others, he assumes the others are still out. He hoped Reth was doing alright. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 The rogue smiles kindly and says, "I'm sure your measurements would work better than mine... How many do you have and how much are they?" He glances towards Thayrin with a glare. "Sh-Shut up, Thayrin. You know as well as I do he's likely never to do this himself. Besides... I thought it might be a nice thought." Raleon scratches behind his neck. "I was thinking maybe a hunter's knife too... Something to help skin the pelts when we hunt." Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 "I think I have a few in stock over there in both everyday wear and in work clothes. The everyday ones are thinner and cost 5 silver, while the work clothes are thicker and have better reinforcement in their threading and cost a gold each." Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 quite out of character the assassin did in fact shut up. instead he merely blinked and raised a brow at his twin. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 "I'll take the work clothes, he'll tear through the others faster than a child hopped up on sugar in a mud puddle," he joked softly. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Alright, 1 gold each. I have 3 that will probably fit" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 He thinks for a moment and nods. "I'll take all 3, thank you," he places down the exact coin. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 "Thank you for your pateonage." She smiles. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 He nods, takes the clothing and packs them away into his bag, heading towards the blacksmith and the inn afterwards, assuming that his brother followed afterwards.(edited) Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 The sign for the smith has a picture of a sword made of a black material, painted to be glossy. Looks like obsidian. For the same of brevity, Raleon purchases his hunting knife for 2gp and heads back to the inn with Knox. None of them have seen Kylah at this point. Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 Speaking up for the first time since being told to shut up, he quarks a questioning look towards Raleon. don't you find it strange that is quite late in the day, and we still have yet to see or hear from our lovely bard? Ayden04/07/2019 Knox takes a seat opposite the wall he attacked earlier. He too starts to realize he hadn't seen Kylah yet. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon looks up towards his brother. I do... But maybe humans have to recharge? Remember that time that Jeffery was asleep for 3 days? Though it doesn't hurt to ask if she's been wandering around. He approaches the innkeeper. "Hey, Mister? Have you seen our bard companion? Last we checked she was in her room still. We have a lot to catch her up on." Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 "Oh her? She left here earlier. Left a note, I gave it to your Gnome friend." Ayden04/07/2019 Knox turns as he hears the others and about the note that peaks his interest. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 The elf blinks. "Huh... Alright, guess we'll get it from him when he wakes up then. In the mean time, what do you have to drink?" a cheeky grin leaks on his face. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 "Ale, mead, some wine." Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 Mead? did he just say Mead? He seems to perk up at the mention of his favorite choice of booze. Ayden04/07/2019 Knox joins the others. "I was able to get these bikes of holy water from the church. It might help us." he says as he shows them the vile. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 "I'll take some wine. Oh and some mead for the puppy behind me, wagging his tail like a booze hound," he snickers. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Glass of wine, mug of mead, 2 silver Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 puppy? I don't see knox here....wait....did you just call me a dog? Im not even graced with a feline like animal this time? my how i have fallen in your graces. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon grins behind his shoulder and grabs the tankard. "Does that mean you Don't want this mead? I'll drink both of them you know." Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 A almost kicked puppy expression crosses the assassins face. what? no. I want it. don't keep my favorite vice from me. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 He turns to Knox. "I've got some holy water right here too." He raises their mugs and drinks deeply from the wine glass with a parched sigh. "Lovely...Honestly though, that's a good idea. We'll be facing fiends here soon. Good on ya." The twin smirks evilly to his twin. "Then admit you're a booze hound." Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 a love of booze i have never denied. being a dog on the other hand. he frowns and crosses his arms after he flops down on a chair next to his twin. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 So, everyone gets their drinks. You wait for a while. It's getting to be about the peak of dinner time when the ranger comes back into the tavern, boots covered in mud, some new twigs in his hair. He doesn't seem to care. When he spots your table, he comes and sits down. Even over the din of conversation in the tavern, you can hear the innkeeper groan as Reth leaves mudprints.(edited) "Easy tracking her down. She's got a cave about twenty minutes walk out of town, off a trail in the woods. Cave network maybe. I took a peak inside. Saw the damnedest thing. Flying heads. They had bat wings where their ears are supposed to be. Decided to leave it at that and come back." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 The moon elf hears the familiar squish of mud and smell of the ranger. "Ah! Reth, you're back. How did it go?" Raleon asks with an enthusiastic smile, the glasses of wine and mead long gone. "Flying heads?" The twin nods and strokes his chin with his thumb in thought. "I see. You've done well. Would you like a drink before we head off or save it for when return with their heads?"(edited) Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 he blinks in confusion before shaking his head at the head comment. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 "Art not up yet? Might as well have an ale then." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon knocks on the table and raises his hand, standing up to meet with the keep. "Aye! Can we get an ale for the parched ranger, please?" Ayden04/07/2019 Knox joins in as they wait for Artimus. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 "Ale, 5 copper, coming up." Followed by grumbling along the lines of "parched? More like messy." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 He grinned. "Like you wouldn't believe..." remarks the rogue as he pays, takes the mug and makes his way back. "Thanks, old man!" Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 Theyrin snickers and looks over at Reth. "been playing in the mud again? my brother may or may not toss a bar of soap at you soon." he reaches over and pulls a stick from the rangers hair with a smirk. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 He snorts. "I said she was off trail." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 The mug slides over the table towards Reth as he approaches with his hand on his hip. "I expected as much when he came back. As long as he came back alive. Just make sure to knock off the mud on your boots when you come inside next time. Less work for the geezer, you know?"(edited) Ayden04/07/2019 Knox pulls the vile and shows Reth. "Any luck tracking out? The church gave me some holy water just in case. "(edited) Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 "I found her den. She's just got a lot of weird pets in there." He shrugs. "You two are gonna want to be careful, if the plan is still to sneak in and get that stone off her before we go attack. I think when we go in as a group, we're gonna be stuck fending those things off." He looks at the paladin. "He's not very quiet." Ayden04/07/2019 "What do you mean, weird pets? Anything dangerous?" he asks curiously, not bothering to even argue about not being quite. Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 tin can quiet? NOooooooOOOOooo he chuckles softly. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 "I said, flying heads with bat wings coming out their ears." "Just flying around in there." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 "Have you ever known us to be loud?" Raleon grins at him. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Reth smirks. "When a tiger jumps you." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon pouts. "You can't hide behind that bag forever..." Ayden04/07/2019 An image of decapitated heads with bat wings fill his mind and causes him to shutter. "I've never heard of such a thing, maybe Artimus would?" Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Reth shrugs. "We can ask him. Where's the bard? She still sleeping?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 "Apparently she left a note for us, but Arty has it." Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 he sighs softly and shakes his head slightly, favoring instead to simply lean back in his chair and observe the conversations of his friends. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 What's up with you? Raleon arches a brow at his twin. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 We'll skip again. Everyone is given some stew for dinner (comes with room). After 11pm, Art is back up and feeling ready. Mortal Player04/07/2019 Artimus goes to find the rest of the party in the Inn. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon is playing his violin happily and tapping his foot. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Reth nods to Art Mortal Player04/07/2019 The gnome says, "Let's discuss our final preparations in my room." Artimus turns round and heads to his room and waits for everyone to arrive. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Reth gets up and follows ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon packs up and the twins are soon to follow. Mortal Player04/07/2019 "What did you discover Reth?" Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 When in the room, Reth relates to Art what he already told the others. "Tracked her to a cave network. Weird pets in there, flying heads with by wings out of their ears." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 "Think they might be more fiends?" Mortal Player04/07/2019 There are books piled up all around the gnome's room. And he moved among the stacks with practiced ease. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 "Beats me. Maybe." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon nearly trips over a pile books, it wabbles and he catches it in time. "Where did these all even come from?" Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 Thayrin eyes the piles of books with concern as he too nearly trips over a stray book. what in the realms? where did he spawn all of these from? the abyss??? Mortal Player04/07/2019 "Most came from Albrun." The gnome picks up a book sitting on top of one of the stacks and thumbs through it quickly to a page. "did they look like this?" He asks Reth. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Reth squints at it. "Yep, that's it." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Getting a glance at the book's title from Thayrin's gaze Raleon's brow furrows. "More fiends..." he mutters with concern. Mortal Player04/07/2019 The gnome nods and shows the others that can see, "Vargouille. They have a stunning sonic attack and a kiss that curses the victim to turn into one of them." Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Reth snorts. "Guess they're no prince charming." Mortal Player04/07/2019 "How many of them were there?" Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 He shrugs. "I saw a few, but that cave went deep. Might have had more in there." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 "No one wants to kiss that bride." Raleon remarks before returning to the subject at hand. "Has anyone noticed the high concentration of fiends here? It seems everything we run into there are fiendish beings in the works. The hounds, the nightmare, the goblin mutts, the priest, and now these heads? Something seems off..." Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Reth chuckles. "That'd be an ugly bride." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 "Maybe they're the only ones who'd marry the hags," he suggests. Mortal Player04/07/2019 "I suspect that they would stun victims with their sonic attack and then swoop in to land a big fat kiss." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 "Gross..." his nose scrunches up. Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 he chuckles and signs to the group. "maybe they are just trying to get ahead of the typical marriage motif" Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Reth snickers ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon actually gags from something. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Reth asks, "Plan still to let the sneaks get in there and take her special necklace?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 "Regardless, does anyone else think this whole collection of fiends in the area is strange? Don't you think there might be a bigger picture here besides the dragon?" he suggests again. Mortal Player04/07/2019 "Yes. I do think there is an awful lot of fiendish activity taking place all around the Kingdom."(edited) Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 "Doubt the hag is gonna tell us much about it." Mortal Player04/07/2019 "Actually some of that activity was Fey - evil Fey." Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Reth nods. "Yeah, kept spilling out of that grove." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 "They're all nonsense and crazy anyways," Raleon shakes his head. "Yes, but there was also a lot of fiends. As I said, the hell hounds with Alls-burnt, the posessed priest, the feind goblin dogs, the nightmare, and these head creatures." Mortal Player04/07/2019 "But the activity was far too deliberate to be by chance and we never caught the one responsible." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 "5 different instances? It's no coincedence at this point." Raleon stands. "Let's head out, I want to see if the hags have any information on this lead. They deal with demons right?" Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 People heading out? Mortal Player04/07/2019 "Okay, I'll take Remove Curse as one of my spells. I'm not so sure you can get the hags to talk." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 "I meant through their belongings and what they leave behind through evidence. Everyone leaves some kind of trail." Mortal Player04/07/2019 "Ah, okay." The gnome nods. "I don't have a good plan for dealing with a swarm of these Bat Heads. Do you want me to have a spell in reserve to deal with them?" Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 hope he has that doom fire spell of his. could easily wipe out a swarm of heads...and possibly us but hey we been though it before. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon rubs his chin in thought. "A large burst of damage would be nice. The big fire one is always appreciated." The twins grin at the thought of it. Mortal Player04/07/2019 "Hmm. Okay." The gnome closes the book. thump "Any ideas about the sneaking part?"(edited) Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Reth says, "I have a spell to help with that. Might not be enough for our walking armor man, but it will help these two get through with ease." he nods towards the twins. Mortal Player04/07/2019 "Are you suggesting that we split the party?" Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 He shrugs. "Maybe. Or send them ahead of us" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 "We can do that," Raleon nods Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 So what is the party doing? ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 Raleon will head out, after asking if Knox can prepare more holy water. Disgruntled Tea04/07/2019 Thayrin simply goes over his equipment and does some basic maintenance on his gear while listening to the planning. He glances up every once in a while to show he was paying attention before finishing and following after his brother. Mortal Player04/07/2019 "Okay," Artimus will finish preparing his spells and setting up his protections. He'll pay the stable hand to keep his pony and meet up with the others to head out. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Reth leads you guys out. As he said, it quickly goes off path and starts going through thick foliage and vegetation. Because he is a ranger, he leads you through it without having to slow down, but people's boots are getting a bit muddy. Soon enough, you are outside a cave entrance, about 8ft tall and wide, mostly circular in shape (not a perfect circle). Mortal Player04/07/2019 "One more thing of importance... Kylah left a note." Artimus shows everyone the note. Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 Reth glances at it, shrugs. "Too dark to read out here." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?04/07/2019 "I couldn't read it even it it were light." Acies ab Vesania04/07/2019 And so our intrepid group has made their way to the cave network where the purveyor of nightmares resides, housing a strange menagerie of pets ready to do her bidding. At this time, the group also learns from Art that the Bard has departed on unspecified business, saying she hopes to return at the capital. Now a little more short handed, they prepare to enter dangerous territory with a little less help and a lot less support magic. What is a hag like in her own home? Will the twins succeed in getting her stone out of her possession so she doesn't just phase out on them? Find out next time, on D&D Discord!
  19. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 When we last left off, our adventurers started their day late, waking closer to the afternoon. Raleon passed the time by taking an excessive bubble bath, while Knox and Art checked out the temple, the central hub of the town. Art learned of a strange and surprising murder case, where a man plagued by nightmares murdered his family without warning. On their way to question the fellow, they passed a kid standing by with a pale white expression whilst also learning he had killed himself. And this is where we pick up 1 1 Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 To Raleon: "It would be good to play with someone new. If you plan to be hear for a while, perhaps we can arrange something." Ayden03/24/2019 Knox looks concerned hearing the news of a suicide. Even if the man killed his family, he didn't feel death was a just punishment. Some deserved worse. But, with the rumors... He doubted the man did all of this willingly. "If it isn't too much, may I see the body?" Knox asks cautiously and respectfully. Mortal Player03/24/2019 Artimus looks at the youth with his mouth hanging open, "Excuse me what's your name?" Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Aminu says to Knox, "I would like to see this myself, you are welcome to follow." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "I'm not sure how long we'll be staying to be honest, I believe we planned to just pass through. down to the capital. I hear they have healers that may be able to fix my eyes and my brother's voice," Raleon offers a contemplating expression as he runs his thumb over his lips passively. Then he smiles. "Though it would be very nice to sleep in a bed just a few more nights... The road is such a hard one." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 The young lad, perhaps around 10, says to Art: "Wh-wh-what? Me? I'm Jamus." Mortal Player03/24/2019 "You look like you've seen a ghost. Did you notice something?" Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 The kid looks around, and though young, he is still taller than the Gnome, so he bends down and whispers, "I did. An ugly woman." He stutters again, then hitches as tears form in his eyes. "She looked at me, and did this." He puts a finger to his lips, the sign for shushing someone. "She just walked through the wall and went that way." He points back towards the inn. To Raleon: "Aye, I remember those days. Camping outside between towns. The ground is hard and cold, but I still miss it sometimes. Perhaps its just the nostalgia talking." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon chuckles. "I do love the quiet and thrill of the night, but the ground is not so welcoming. Nor were all the goblins we slew yesterday." Ayden03/24/2019 Knox overhears the boy speaking about, a ghost? "How long ago did she leave?" it was odd to hear this since it was still daylight out. It did make him curious though. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 "Goblins? Bleh. Always hated running into them on the road. Small groups are manageable, but where you find a couple there are bound to be dozens more not far behind." The boy, still pale as a sheet, says, "Just before you got here." Mortal Player03/24/2019 Artimus glances towards the Inn, "Hmm. Can you tell me exactly what she looked like?" Ayden03/24/2019 Knox is even more concerned now knowing that his companions were still in the inn. Mortal Player03/24/2019 As he listens to the boy's description he studies the direction of the Inn.(edited) ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "Aye, we went out into their city. Turned out to be a whole hoard of em. They've been helped by some sort of outside force... Best to keep inside your town if you can manage. We dethroned the head," He draws his thumb across his neck with a click of his tongue. "But I'm afraid we coudn't get much out of the accomplace before he escaped. Damn shape shifters are sneaky bastards." Thayrin takes his usual post against a post/wall nearby, scanning around the inn for anything interesting. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 "She was sort of see through. A ghost. I've told people before that I can see them, but no one believes me. She had black hair, long fingers." He shudders Knox tries to recall what he knows of ghosts. He thinks of beings that look like floating sheets. 3 Aminu pats the boy's shoulder. "Jamus has come to us before. He has... seen troubling things at times. He lost his mother when he was young, and he's struggled with that loss." The kid looks up at him. "You never believe me. But I saw her, an ugly woman, with red eyes!" "Huh, that explains why we've seen more of them as of late. They've been bold, attaching merchants more." (At Raleon) Ayden03/24/2019 Knox looks at Artimus. "One of us should head back to the inn and warn the others, the other investigate the body." he suggests rather seriously. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "Well, we've cut their numbers short (40 of the bastards at least) and taken out thier leadership for now, so they should be humbled for a while at least," he sighed. "If only they'd stay humble." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 The man raises his drink, "I agree." About that time, someone comes into the inn and takes a seat at the bar. Raleon's passive is high enough to catch part of the man's comments to the bartender, telling him that "You hear yet? Forthold killed himself." Mortal Player03/24/2019 Artimus nods, "Uh... okay. If you think that's best, then I'll investigate the body." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon frowns at the news. "Have things been tough around here recently?" Not that he could really suppose what happened. Ayden03/24/2019 Knox nods. A part of him wanted to check out the body, but it was probably wiser to let Artimus do it. With one last nod, Knox rushes off to the inn. Mortal Player03/24/2019 Artimus turns back towards the boy, "Do you want to go with Sir Knox?" The gnome gestures at the Paladin. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Rober lifts a brow as he turns and catches part of the conversation. "A lot of people having nightmares. Forthold apparently snapped after having his for weeks and killed his family. Guess he took the coward's way out instead of facing justice." The kid looks at the inn and vigorously shakes his head. "I'm going to go pray." and he takes off for the church ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon raises a brow and shades his head. "What kind of nightmares?" Mortal Player03/24/2019 The gnome blinks at the empty space Sir Knox occupied only a moment ago... then shrugs and turns toward Brother Aminu, "My friend has a strong work ethic.... Shall we?" The gnome gestures towards the Council House. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Aminu watches the kid leave, waiting until he sees him arrive at the church. He then starts walking towards the council hall. "Jamus is a good kid, but he didn't take the loss of his mother well. She was very ill for a long time, and it was scary for him. He didn't understand why she was in pain and felt powerless to do anything. His father wasn't much help." He pauses as he opens the door for the two of them. "Turned to drink to end his sorrows for a long time. His father's better now, but the lad, he says he sees things like ghosts. I've never heard him talk about this one, however." He contemplates it as he writes his name into a visitor log. "Usually he claims to see his mothers or others who have recently departed. Never this one." Knox comes bursting into the Inn like a holiday shopper after the last item on sale during black friday 3 Ayden03/24/2019 Knox looks around, checking before he even entered, for someone fitting the description of an ugly old lady. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "Uh....well, if it isn't Tincan," Raleon remarks as he slowly turns towards the door with a start, relaxing a bit. "Did the door personally assult you this morning?" Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 No one in here fits that description. You see Raleon talking it up with someone. Thayrin sitting in the bar. Reth and the Bard not present. Ayden03/24/2019 "We have a report of a ghost in the area. Old ugly black hair red eyes heading this way." pausing, after one final look. "Seems like she didn't make it this far." he says towards Raleon and Thayrin. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Others in the inn look around, a mixture of concern and curiosity. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon slowly nods. "Riiiiight... Well, I haven't seen anything, so I guess we're fine." A smirk on his lips. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Meanwhile, back at the council house, Father Aminu speaks with a guard posted by a door, letting him know that he and his "associate" are hear to examine the body. The guard lets both of you into a small storage room converted to be a make-shift jail cell. It has a cot and a window. A blanket is tied to the window and now tied around the man's neck, where he still hangs. It appears no one has touched the body yet. Mortal Player03/24/2019 Artimus follows Brother Aminu into the Council House, stopping by the visitor's log where he carefully prints the name "Artimus" in the ledger, "I see. Out of curiosity, what would you and the Church do if there really were ghosts in Fairwallow?" Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 "Well, we are trained to turn undead, but none of us are strong enough to outright destroy them. Ghosts would eventually return. I suppose the best option would be to find out what keeps them here and help them move on. In the meantime, we could keep people safe within the consecrated grounds of the church." Ayden03/24/2019 Know pays no mind to the others. "Artimus is investigating the death with the council." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth comes walking into the inn. Uses his thumb to point back over his shoulder. "Big crowd." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon blinks. "That's kind of fast... A man killed himself. Plauged with nightmares apparently." Raleon glances over towards Reth. Mortal Player03/24/2019 "Maybe we can search the library records to see if anything like this has ever happened before." Once inside, the jail cell. Artimus takes his time to carefully examine everything. From the bed to the window and attempts to piece together how exactly the man came to be hanging from the window. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth grunts. "Small towns." Seemingly in answer to the that was fast. "Who died?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "Some guy, Forthold, nightmares for weeks, killed his family, now himself," Raleon caught Reth up to speed.(edited) Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Art- investigation check for the room. Reth says, "Odd." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon takes a page from Reth and grunts in reply. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Art is thorough checking the room. There is not a lot to it. A cup and a bowl, both empty. The cup has water residue, nothing noteworthy. The blanket is tied in tight knots around the window bars. The cot looks like it might have been moved--scuff marks. And most odd of all, a faint smell of sulfur in the room Ayden03/24/2019 Knox sighs softly and nods to Reth who is now caught up to speed. "If this is a ghost, these people will need our help. I think we've handled worse." he laughs reluctantly, but also slightly manically as well. Mortal Player03/24/2019 Artimus examines the man to see if he can verify that the man died from being hung. He looks at the knots and then the cot. "What do you make of the manner of death Brother Aminu?" Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Aminu looks around the room. "It appears he hanged himself. I wish we would have known he might turn to this, then we could have had someone actively watching him." Art examines the body. Being untrained in medicine, he is unsure of what he is looking for exactly, but something strikes him as off about the body's presentation. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "Let's see... Lizardfolk, goblins, shit stains, evil children eating fey, tree people, mushroom zombies, corrupt driad, possessed priest, goblin hoard...yeah seems to be up our alley," Raleon counts on his fingers Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth snerks, almost laughing "We sure it's a ghost?" Ayden03/24/2019 Knox shrugs. "I'm not sure of much anymore. But the kid seemed spot on." Knox added as he looked at Reth. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth says, "Can't you sense that stuff?" Mortal Player03/24/2019 Artimus commits the entire scene to memory for recereation later, he explains to Brother Aminu... "Aha! but tell me Brother Aminu, do you not see.. the cot has been moved and he is 'hanging' in a sitting position. Does this not strike you as odd?" Artimus inhales a deep breath of air, "And do you smell that? Sulphur! Something out of the ordinary has transpired here." The gnome carefully observes Brother Aminu's reaction.(edited) ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon quirked a brow at Reth and whispers. "He's blinder than me...." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Brother Aminu is taking it in, nodding. "This does seem odd. But who would have come in here? How did they get past the guard?" Mortal Player03/24/2019 "Tell me Brother Aminu... how does a man hang himself... while sitting down?" Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 He taps his chin. "I assumed that perhaps he lowered himself and just suffocated." Ayden03/24/2019 Knox glares at the two before using his divine sense to see if anything is off in the Inn. He wasn't sure why he didn't think of that earlier. "sometimes." he adds before looking around. Mortal Player03/24/2019 "Hmm. What man could suffocate himself in such a way? Are you suggesting he was compelled?" Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 "No, I just thought maybe he would have been distraught enough to just hang there and die. But it is odd." He looks at the body, kinda shrugs. "I am trained in medicine to help others, but I admit that I have not done much with examining bodies." (medicine 9)(edited) Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 One of the two of you make a persuasion check. You can make it with advantage since two of you are working together. The man looks at you all. "I have my orders. You got to get the okay from the council or from Father Aminu." He cross his arms. Tries to suck in his belly and look important. Mortal Player03/24/2019 "I'll have to make some suggestions to the librarians," mutters the gnome, when he happens upon just the book he was looking for! "Ah... well... here we are." Artimus carefully examines the book and decides he can't be too careful. He Detects Magic on the book, then Protection from Evil and Good on himself - just to be extra safe - and opens the book, "Evil Entities from Beyond", and begins the next stage of his research.(edited) Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Another investigation check to see if he happens upon anything useful ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon sighs and tries again. "Our group already got permission from the Father, otherwise our friend Artimus wouldn't be with him now would he?" Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 He is adamant. "He was with him. I have my orders." Chin up, defiant. Reth is annoyed. Asks Knox, "Where is this guy?" Ayden03/24/2019 "The dead guy is inside his cell from my understanding. It sounds like Artimus and Father Aminu might have left. " Knox looks at the guard. "can you tell us where they went at least? " Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 "He took your friend to the library at the church." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "Not like he'll be moving anywhere fast..." Raleon comments. "Have you seen a child named Jamus?" Ayden03/24/2019 Knox nods. "Thank you." looking back to the others, he hears Raleon ask an important question.(edited) Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 The man shrugs. "Jamus? Ghost kid? No." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "Right. Pleasure," he comments to the guard (with sarcasm) and heads off towards the church with the others.(edited) Ayden03/24/2019 Knox follows Raleon. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 The others arrive at the church. Knox sees Jamus sitting at a pew, hands in a prayer formation ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Thayrin also has tagged along behind his brother, silent as ever. Ayden03/24/2019 Knox accepted it and sits besides the boy. Looking over the pamphlet, he finally speaks. "I believe you." his voice is low and for Jamus. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 The boy looks up, whispers, "Thank you." Knox also spots Father Aminu talking to some acolytes. Ayden03/24/2019 Knox pats the kid in the head before approaching Father Aminu. The paladin waits until the man is done speaking with his acolytes before talking. "Is Artimus here?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon seems, almost awkward in the church. He scratches the back of his head. He takes a glance around to see what Reth is doing. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 He looks over. "Oh, yes. He is in the library. I left him to it, he seemed really happy to be there." "Is everything at the inn okay?" Ayden03/24/2019 Knox shakes his head. "I fear not. I sensed a fiend at the Inn. I think the boy may have mistaken it for a ghost, but I'm not sure." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "Should we talk to the kid?" the taller elf asks the ranger. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth shrugs, "I'm not good with kids." Father Aminu's eyes widen. "A fiend? Are you sure?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "Who are you good with?" Raleon teases with a light hearted smile.(edited) Ayden03/24/2019 Knox nods. "I am. It was quick, I couldn't destroy it before it had the chance to flee. Do you know anything about this?" He asks curiously. "It was invisible to the eye." He says, as if to himself. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth grunts. "Get me back in the woods and maybe I'll show you." Father Aminu shakes his head. "I know fiends have many abilities, but I am not well versed in their kind. I know of the mother's teachings, and have had little to do with fiends and their awful ilk." Ayden03/24/2019 "I am struggling as well. Does the church have anything that could aid me while on this path?" Knox asks ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon rolls his eyes and flicks at his forehead as perhaps an older brother would do. "Nah, I like you in the city, where you can't disappear at a moment's notice." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth grunts. "I can too." Aminu looks at Knox, "We have some texts, but finding them is another matter." Reth speaks up, "Ask him about seeing the body." The kid flinches ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon's cheeks seem to puff as if to say 'please don't'. He then approaches the kid with a friendly, sympathetic smile. "Hello, you must be Jamus? I hear you've seen some scary stuff..." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 (Reth is speaking to Knox) The kid looks at the elf. He scoots away a bit, but then says, "You have pointy ears." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon chuckles a bit and squats down. "I sure do, but I don't have any pointy fangs." He pulls out his cheeks to show his regular teeth in an almost silly manner. "Would you like to touch them?" his ears twitch and jingle with his peircings. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 The kid reaches up and touches them, then laughs ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon smiles at him. "My name is Raleon. Have you never seen an elf before?" Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 He shakes his head (Raleon does not see). Says, "Only humans. I've heard of elves." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "I'm what they call a lunar elf, we come from a far off land called the Feywild. It's very pretty. The grumpy fellow back there is also an elf, but he's called a wood elf. He's from the woodland area to the north of here. He protects the forests. Together we've started up a group that protects good people from bad stuff. We were told that some bad stuff might be going on around here and that you might know something that could help us?"(edited) Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 The kid shrinks a bit (not visible to Raleon). "I saw a scary lady. She looked like a ghost." Whispering now. "I can see ghosts. They come and go, never for long. It started with my mom, and then others who died, I saw them leave. The scary woman, she's not from here." Reth goes up to Aminu. "Hey, I want to look at the body." Aminu seems taken aback. "Excuse me?" He says, "I'm with the gnome. I know a thing or two about bodies." It does not seem to occur to Reth that sounds wrong. Aminu says, "Okay..." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "Seems to me you have a special power. It's not bad to have abilities that others do not. It means that there are things that only you can do." Raleon demonstrates by growing a small flame between his hands, takes a paper from the pews, and passes his hand throgh the flame. The paper does not light no matter how long he keeps it there. "Never feel ashamed of your abilities, they'll help you grow, and allow you to help others." He tucks the paper back into the pew. "You said that she's not from around here?" Thayrin facepalms and almost seems to laugh at Reth.(edited) Thayrin approaches with Reth and signs to him. "You may want to explain you're a medicine guy and not some necropheliac." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth shrugs at Thayrin. Then grunts at the cleric, "I am trained in medicine." The cleric's face softens a bit. "Oh. Okay, Follow me." He moves to leave. The kid is grinning at Raleon. "That's cool!" "No, she's not from here. Never seen her before. She's really ugly, with long fingers and claws. Her hair is all stringy too." He pulls on his hair. It does not seem to have occurred to him yet that Raleon is blind. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon smiles at Jamus. "Thank you, people thought I was strange too as a kid, so don't worry about what others say about you. Sounds like that lady could use a make over. Is there anything else you can tell me about her?" Thayrin follows after the two, glancing back at Raleon for a moment then following them. Mortal Player03/24/2019 Artimus emerges from a back room into the Church.(edited) Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 The kid says, "I don't like her. She gave me the creeps." Raleon is talking to Jamus. Thayrin and Reth are talking to a bemused Aminu, who was pointing back towards the council house. Knox is there Reth looks over at Art. Then looks back at Aminu. "Lead the way? Your doorman won't let us in." Mortal Player03/24/2019 Artimus walks up, "Hello! I'm glad you are all here! the most incredible thing has happened." "Brother Aminu, how secure is the Church from spirits, ethereal or attached to people?" Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 He looks a bit surprised. "Ethereal?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "Well reasonably enough, she's an evil lady. Knox saw her at the inn after you warned him. You did well," the elf praises. "Thank you for your time, Jamus. You stay here. I'm going to join my companions and see what we can do to get rid of the bad lady," Raleon says with a wave and carefully picks his way over towards the group. Mortal Player03/24/2019 "Yes, ethereal... it's a plane that coexists with the material plane." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 He looks still a little perplexed. "And this has to do with the events?" Mortal Player03/24/2019 The gnome spots Jamus, "Oh right!" Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth says, "We assuming ghosts are here and can answer our questions?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon strokes his lip again in thought. "Jamus says he's seen the ghosts of a few villagers here." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth gets a weird look. "You're not suggesting we..." Mortal Player03/24/2019 "But has he talked with any of them?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon arches a brow at Reth. "We what? Have ghosts around us?" Mortal Player03/24/2019 "I know the Night Hag communicated with him, but didn't use words to do so." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth grunts. He was worried the rogue was suggesting something else. "Hag's not a ghost." "She interacted with him?" Mortal Player03/24/2019 "She put her finger to her lips when she saw him notice her." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon nodded. "He's seen his mother and a few of the recently passed." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth grunts. "She knows he can see her. We might not want to use him then. She'll take that into account." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "How else can we fight her then? It's not like we can throw flour at her." Mortal Player03/24/2019 "We can see what Jamus is willing to do to help, whether by communicating with ghosts, or by pointing her out to us in a battle. Either way we have to protect him at all costs." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "He's scared of her and reasonably so," adds the elf. Mortal Player03/24/2019 "There are a few other things we can do to detect them. They are fiends as opposed to fey, so Sir Knox should be able to detect them actually." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth grunts. "I offered to track her once you flush her out." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon furrows his brows. "But even if we know where she is, if she's ethereal how can we hit her?" "He could detect her for a short burst, then lost her almost immediantly." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 "She can't hit us when she is ethereal. If we encroach on her home, she'll defend it." "A wolf would retreat from a threat, but come to its den and it will fight to the death." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon ponders this for a moment then nods. "Alright. So what is the first step to flush her out?" Mortal Player03/24/2019 "Even if she defends her home, she won't die for it, will she?" "If she's losing the battle, she'll just pop into the ethereal plane and wait for us to leave." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth ponders another moment. "She should have a stone on her. I can't recall what they are called, but it lets her use some of her powers. If she loses it, she has to make a new one, and it takes a lot of time." (realized with his 20 on religion he would recall this bit of lore too). ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "If I can get close to her I might be able to snag it from her." Mortal Player03/24/2019 Artimus rummages in his backpack and pulls out a broken hag trinket, "That's right hags have trinkets..." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon blinks. "Is that from the first hag we faced so long ago?" Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth grunts. "They make those eyes in covens, but Night hags have something different, unique to them." Mortal Player03/24/2019 "Yes." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon nods, impressed. He chuckles. "Y'all are making me feel like a brute with all your knowledge about hags." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth looks down. "My master knew a lot about them. Says he once encountered victims left by their wake." Mortal Player03/24/2019 The gnome turns the broken trinket over a few times and then says, "I remember now... The Night Hag trinkets are called Heart Stones. I assumed they were the same as other Hag's trinkets, so I glossed over that section. I should go back and read it." The gnome looks at Raleon, "I like the idea of you stealing the Haert Stone from her." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon's smile fades and he clasps a hand on his shoulder, squeezing softly. "Well now we're putting that knowledge to good use." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth grunts. "Yeah, that. They use those to go Ethereal. It's not a skill they have on their own." Mortal Player03/24/2019 The gnome looks at Raleon, "I think we have a plan of attack." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "....Could...anyone use them then?" Raleon furrows his brows. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 He shakes his head. "Only she can go ethereal with it, but I've heard you can use it to heal people or something. Maybe with illnesses?" ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon nods slowly. "Still useful." Mortal Player03/24/2019 "Before we commit to this. I should read the section on the Heart Stone just to be sure there aren't any ill effects from you holding it or anything." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon shrugs then gives a devilish grin. "Don't want me going....rogue?" Mortal Player03/24/2019 "Uh..." the gnome looks nervous. "Yeah, that would be very, very bad for us."(edited) "Okay, so we force her out. She has no idea we can tell where she is. She has no idea who we are. We'll have complete and total surprise!" "We can do this at the Inn. And then..." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon simply snickers, assuming he didn't get his pun. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth says, "We go flush her out. I track her. We go back later and wreck her place, make her come defend it. Rogues' priority is get the heart stone off her before we finish her off." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "We have to figure out how we're flushing her out first. We can either try and use our quirky tincan evil detector, or we protect Jamus and he can lead us around to find her. Once we find her, what are we supposed to do? The last time we tried to fight her, she just ran off." Mortal Player03/24/2019 "Wait... you already tried to fight her?" Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Aminu chimes in (he's been quietly listening) "If Helvena is the next intended victim, it might clinging to her now." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "Yes, at the inn, Knox bust down the doors to find us, saw her and tried to fight her, as soon as he swung at her, she dissappeared." "We should get going before something happens to her now then." Mortal Player03/24/2019 "Oh. Well, I guess she'll recognize Sir Knox. Good to know." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "We'll figure it out from there. Reth, get ready to follow her," Raleon pulls out the flask of oil from his bag and hesitates. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth says, "We could have the kid outside.,he can tell me which ways she goes. Make it easier to get started." Mortal Player03/24/2019 "Okay, so final plan. We bring Jamus, if he's willing to come. We cast Protection from Evil and Good on Jamus and use Protection from Evil and Good on her to cast out the Night Hag. Then we have Reth track down the location of the den and have Raleon steal all the Heart Stones. Then we put an end to the threat." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon nodded slowly. "Reth follows her down and returns to us in town. We can return to the camp and attack there. Are you alright with doing this alone?" Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Reth nods. "You asked what I am good at." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "I'm good at disarming traps, but that doesn't mean it doesn't come with a risk," Raleon reminds him. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 "Aye, all things come with risk. But if we don't take risk, we leave the town to her." ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon sighs with defeat. "I know that; I don't doubt your skills, but..." he shakes his head and hands over the oil unwillingly looking at him with a strange look in his eyes. "This will take 10 minutes to apply properly. You do what you do best out there." He bites at the bottom of his lip and claps his hand on his shoulder for a moment. "I'm going to talk to Jamus. Good luck out there." A moment later Raleon's gone through the doors.(edited) Mortal Player03/24/2019 "All right. I guess we are in agreement." The gnome nods his head. Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 While you all are talking, the doors to the church open up. A middle aged woman who looks very tired, with short hair worn close to the scalp and some tattoos walks in. She is a familiar face, as she is from the inn. She calls out, "Father Aminu, I wanted to stop by and let you know I am taking off early. I had some bad dreams again last night, and well, they are getting to me. I decided to pack up and get out of here. I don't know what is going on in this town, but its just too much." She shakes her head. Meanwhile, little Janus is looking at her with eyes open WIDE, mouth slightly agape, and his hands turning white from holding on to the pew with such a grip. He is looking right at her. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 "Jamus?" Raleon calls out to the boy. "Can I talk to you for a moment?" Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 The kid is not answering ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon takes a moment to continue walking, his stride slowly a bit from his quick walk. "Jamus?" Mortal Player03/24/2019 Artimus elbows Brother Aminu and whispers, "Invite her in to pay her final respects and offer to say some prayers for her nightmares. Then we can , you know do our thing." Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 Aminu, trying to act natural, says, "I'm sorry to hear that Helvetia." "Would you like to come up here and say a prayer with me?" She ponders for a second and says, "Alright, sure. One for the road. That should be good." She comes up to the altar, where she kneels down. Aminu is not doing a good job of hiding his shaking hands. ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Thayrin enters the room and Raleon's steps seem bolder, he passes the girl without a second thought towards Jamus. "You're still in these pews right?" his hand touches the pew, thoughtfully.(edited) Mortal Player03/24/2019 The gnome whispers to Reth and Sir Knox, "you can instant cast if I get messed up" Artimus will say some prayers with them, "I will pray with you. In the manner I know best that helps with bad dreams." And as he prays he beings the ritual spell....(edited) Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 She sits for a moment, but doesn't seem interested in staying for the time it takes to ritual cast, instead she stands up. "Alright Father, I think that's enough, I'm itching to hit the road." Father Aminu, acting impromptu, says, "Certainly. And may the blessings of the mother protect you from those of ill will." and he grabs his holy symbol, says a quick prayer and touches her. Several things happen at once. The hand touches her, and Aminu is blasted back off his feet (alive, but like he got shoved over) Helvetia collapses to her knees as the room is filled with the smell of sulfur A flash of bright orangish red light surrounds her and something steps out of her, stumbling out. Jamus is screaming Other people in the church are screaming As this enters the room: ?✨Prince of Elves ☪?03/24/2019 Raleon swiftly turns on his heel at the smell, hand on his blade.(edited) Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 She screams a deep, pained and angry scream. Then throws out her hand and in the middle of the room, a giant black steed appears, bathed in flames She then jumps on its back and screams in Abyssal (dunno if anyone speaks that) and charges at the door. As she approaches, she and the steed vanish, leaving behind flaming hoof prints Mortal Player03/24/2019 Artimus cast Dispel MAgic(edited) Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 need a roll Art attempts to dispel the effect, but it failed Mortal Player03/24/2019 Artimus turns to Helvetia, "Well, We found the source of your nightmares. Hopefully, that thing stops bothering you now." 3 Acies ab Vesania03/24/2019 This is where we will leave off. The group did great investigative work and uncovered inconsistencies with the scene. A young lad at the scene spoke of seeing a ghostly, ugly woman and that she went for the inn. The apparent suicide seemed off, and Art detected the faint smell of sulfur. He went back to the church library to check it out while Knox came back to the inn, searching for the "ghost." He then used his divine sense and realized that there was no undead there, but a fiend. He attempted to strike it, but it was to no avail, as his blade went through it. The rest of the group, intrigued by this news, went to go check in on the body themselves, but a stubborn guard named Gus would not let them pass. They instead went to make a case with Father Aminu, who was put in charge of the situation. In the meantime, Art discovered a book on fiends and found an entry on Night Hags, terrible creatures who go to and from the hells, using nightmares to corrupt people into evil acts, then turning their souls into larvae that they sell as delicacies to devils. Armed with this new information, the group reconvened and made a plan, only to have it a sprung a bit early when the suspected person carrying the hag arrived at the church, planning to leave early due to the nightmares. They got the father to call her in for a farewell prayer, and when she was itching to leave after a minute, he cast protection from evil on her, springing the creature free. Removed from the woman, the hag took her steed, a Nightmare, and went ethereal, fleeing back to where ever she resides. All that is left is a set of flaming hoofprints, and a shaken woman, whom Art Reassures. Where is she going? How did the hag get here? And will the group be able to take her down before she flees again? Find out next time, on D&D Discord!
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