Friday, June 29, 2012

A level two specialist!


So, since we might actually continue this, I (Dag) have calculated xp:

So far you have found:

400gps worth of cash and minor jewels - clerk and tentaclechild house
Bowl
Brass Mechanism
A Silver (possibly magical) dagger
Beautiful jewels and gold of Dwarven craftmanship (Possibly worth 3000gp)

As for XP:

Thrum has 420 xp
Shalom has 1252.5 xp
Barbossa has 1252.5 xp
Stirge has 1252.5 xp
Bjorn has 1252.5 xp

Stirge gains a level and is now a level 2 specialist, he gets two dots to distribute on skills and gets to roll a d6 for hitpoints.

This is most definitely going to protect him against the stuff that lurks in the towers. Lucky him.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Awakenings


There was warmth in the tower. She had forgotten what it felt like, lost in her dreamless sleep. Not much, but enough to change the feeling of the obsidian under her body. She stretched out her limbs, stroking the smoothness of the stone below her, as she stirred.

Below her she could her the faint noise of voices in the depths of the tower. She had been so lonely, for so long.

She was hungry.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Rician quakes


Lord Rician paces the floor of his spacious office. He seems to have spent the majority of his life within these four walls.
The brash ranger had managed to unnerve him. Was he a typical idiotic adventurer or did he really suspect who and what his daughter really is?
Still, he could take no chances. His two guards should be back soon with news of his death.
A timid knock on his door draws his attention back from his thoughts.
On being given permission to enter, a young clerk shuffles in.
Lord Rician can guess the news; his men have failed.
His two best men.
Turning to the clerk, Lord Rician gives the order to double the guard outside his daughter’s room.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Two in the (Am)bush


It’s the very next night when Vogir hears the lock of his door in the Inn being picked. Rolling out of bed, Vogir slinks over to it and hides in the darkness.
Instantly after the ‘click’ of success, two warriors rush in and stab at the bed.
By the time they realise their mistake, the lock-pick is staring goggle-eyed at the two swords sticking through his stomach.
The two warriors aren’t novices though and work together in their attempts to kill their unarmoured target. Vogir’s too quick through and weirdly hard to focus on in the darkened room.
The second warrior doesn’t have time to register his partner falling before he too collapses from his wounds.
After wiping the blood from his blade, Vogir checks the men’s faces. He recognizes both of the warriors as guards from his earlier visit to Lord Rician’s manor house.
Straightening up, Vogir smiles.
Initially he’d been suspicious of the Dragon’s true identity.
After his meeting with Lord Rician, he had been almost certain.
After this attack though, he was positive.
...
Now he can move on with his plan without any lingering doubts.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lord of the Lies


Immediately after breakfast, Vogir strolls over to Lord Rician’s manor house. After a brief discussion with the guards, he’s allowed entry.
He’s kept waiting in the outer hall for a good fifteen minutes before an elderly clerk comes down to see him.
‘What do you want?’ the old man inquires rudely.
Vogir bites his tongue before responding.
‘I was hired by your master to rescue his daughter. I failed but was able to track a young, blue dragon back here. Your town is in danger.’
The old clerk opens his mouth to speak but Vogir hushes him with a raised hand.
‘Just tell Lord Rician. He’ll want to know’.
The grey-haired clerk hurries off and Vogir finds himself waiting again.
After another fifteen-minute wait, the clerk returns and gestures Vogir to follow him.
They travel past several rooms, several locked doors and several armed guards. Finally they come to a grand set of double doors.
The clerk knocks and after a moment, a serious voice answers ‘Enter!’
Walking a few steps behind the clerk, Vogir stops in front of Lord Rician’s huge, ornamental desk.
He doesn’t look up.
The clerk leans down and they share a quick, whispered conversation. The clerk leaves in silence but it’s still minutes before Lord Rician speaks.
‘My daughter is safe; no thanks to you. You and your mercenary friends failed and as such I owe you nothing. What do you want?’
His face set in an even expression, Vogir responds. ‘I’m glad your daughter is safe. We managed to break into the black tower and kill every Black-cloak present but your daughter wasn’t there…’
Lord Rician remains stone-faced.
‘And?’ he sighs.
‘But we did find a dragon.’
Vogir stifles a smile as he senses Lord Rician stiffen in his chair.
‘It escaped but I managed to track it to the outskirts of Fewham’.
Lord Rician finally raises his face to Vogirs.
‘I’ve heard nothing of any dragon’.
Vogir knows that Lord Rician is lying and more importantly he now knows that he was right about everything: Sybille and the dragon are one in the same.
‘Don’t worry though. I’ll find it and, when I do, I plan to kill it’.
Vogir hears Lord Rician’s chair scrape back behind him as he strides from the room. With his face hidden from Lord Rician’s view; Vogir releases his smile.

Extinguishing the black light of darkness


Puffing hard, Shalom looked down on the bloody mess that once resembled a beautiful, young woman and her wide-eyed, blond-haired child.
The group’s leader: Thrum had looked shocked at the carnage he'd awoken to and the one-trick wizard: Bjorn also seemed squeamish…
Still, despite their innocent fa├žade, they were evil and Shalom’s duty is to extinguish evil.
All evil.
Nothing will prevent him from his godly path.
Not twisted, diseased and monstrous creatures.
Not savage dwarves.
Not poisoned darts or poisoned porridge.
And certainly not ten-year-old boys with fleshy, two-foot-long, blood-sucking tongues! 

Monday, June 11, 2012

The word of a sorcerer


It was a hot and dusty day in the District of Philosophers. Outside, the throng of Vornheim’s most ardent traders in goods magical, sorcerous and blasphemous were busy, as they were selling, cheating, buying and stealing from each other and their customers. Inside in the upper chamber of the Tower of the Lord Magical, however, the air was cool and quiet.
The sorcerer looked at the mercenaries, witless thugs, petty criminials and moronic dilletantes, the lot of them. His smiled revealed his filed teeth as he languidly gestured at the murky liquid in the brazier in front of them.  A grunt of exertion escaped him as he deliberately twisted his hands to the side allowing images to form in the brazier. The cloudy water shimmered and all in the room could see icy peaks under a grey sky.
“Behold Kheled Gathol, the greatest of all the ancient dwarf fortresses. When we were nothing but apes in the northern jungles, this is where the brutal Khuzdul emperors came forth from to enslave us.” A slight flick of a wrist and the onlookers looked down as the image swooped down, as if they were looking through the eyes of a bird of prey, hunting in the skies. They could see the glazier beneath the highest peak,  a lone tower piercing the ice to reach up. 
“But now the Palace of Glass is empty, its owners fled to to the surrounding hills, nothing but degenerate savage pict-dwarves. But their sins remain. Behold the Blightwater!” The image showed the lake beneath the calving glazier. Sunlight played on its surface, reflecting unnatural, diseased colours onto the wall of the glazier.
“The dwarves of Kheled Gathol destroyed the very water of their kingdom. No living thing can drink of the Blightwater and remain as it was. It is a foul sorcerous liquid that poisons both flesh and spirit.” The sorcerer nodded at his guests, taking a deep breath.
“But I have need of it. It is an essential ingredient for my experiments. I have tried to use water from the river that runs from this lake, but it is no use. I need it undiluted from its source. I am willing to pay. One thousand gold pieces each upon your return. I am a man of my word." 
Three weeks later, a ship bearing the flag of Vornheim’s ducal navy landed at the mouth of the Blightriver, delivering its passengers to the small port of Fleinmold. 


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Hatching a plan


While laying in his bunk at the Dunn Inn, Vogir mulls over his recent discoveries.
The girl Sibylle had turned out to be a young blue dragon.
It could only be a hatchling of the blue tyrant herself.
The duplicitous Lord Rican had obviously found it as a wyrmling and used it as a bargaining chip against the Empress herself.
But how could that work?
Lord Rician must have given the Empress reason to belive that he’d kill the infant dragon if she sent any of her agents to retrieve it.
By its size and what little he’d discovered, the smallish dragon could be no older than thirty. Still, old enough to defend herself or just leave, should it wish to.
So perhaps Lord Rician was at least being partially truthful.
Perhaps, somehow, he truly believed he loved the creature?
Perhaps, somehow, the dragon truly loved him in return?
Then again, perhaps not.
The young dragon had been given a pampered life, full of luxury and privilege. Idiotically adored by the people of Fewham.
Exactly the kind of lifestyle that would appeal to a blue dragon.
Wondering how those self-same people would feel if they knew their ‘Lady’ was in fact a dragon, Vogir feels an idea forming…