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Adventure: Escort Duty (DM: KarinsDad, Judge: TBD)

KarinsDad

Villager
PCs:

1 Hilkalas, Kalashtar Wizard|Warlord 4 ([Mention=10]Voda_Vosa[/Mention])
2 Jayce Male Human Sentinel Marshal Fighter (Slayer) 4 ([Mention=11]FourMonos[/Mention])
3 Jiska Female Human Adventurer Battlemind 4 ([Mention=12]SuperZero[/Mention])
4 Rava, Female Deva Templar Pacifist Cleric 4 ([Mention=13]CrimsonFlameWielder[/Mention])
5 Sirrah Male Deathless (Revenant) Elf Hordelands Nomad Berserker 4 ([Mention=14]Son of Meepo[/Mention])
6 Tana Female Gnome Adventurer Swordmage 5 ([Mention=15]drothgery[/Mention])

Major Quests: Escort Jasper to his sister's house.

Minor Quests: None.

XP Awarded: 0 XP

Treasure Awarded: None

Date Started: Mar 11, 2013
Judge: TBD

[sblock=Expectations and Rules Recap]

I don't have many rules of play. My main ones are to try to post at least once every day (with the possible exception for some people of weekends and holidays) and have fun. Let me know via PM if you have any issues with either of these (i.e. cannot post, or something is bothering you about the game). At a very minimum, please try to post by every second or third day to keep the adventure moving.

I prefer conversations to be in character and not out of character. Please discuss in combat tactics in character (or ahead of time in character). If you want someone to flank for you, tell him to do so, or set up a code word to do so. I realize that people can PM each other to discuss tactics out of character, but I prefer that we don't do that.

Please pick a unique color "This is conversation" for your PC's talking and normal white for non-conversation descriptions. If you can, make the conversation color a brighter color.

Please write down the consequences of your actions as well. For example, if an attack which hits also gives a bonus to defense for another PC, please write that down within the Action sblock. I'd also like a stat block in sblock format as well so that we can more easily keep track of what resources have been used.

The only special combat rule that I use is that if a PC is stunned or knocked unconscious, that PC's turn goes first in the initiative order and s/he loses the turn.

That's basically it.

KD
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A man in his fifties walks into the tavern. He has thin graying hair and worn clothing. "Err, I'm looking for some bodyguards and I was told that this was the place to find them." he says nervously, as if he is not accustomed to addressing larger groups of people.
 
As the man enters the bar and begins asking for help, Rava stands, content to let her conversation with the drow end where it was currently, which was to mean it was going in circles that would lead nowhere. Seeing Brews about to inform the newcomer as to the announcement customs of the tavern, Rava held up her hands to tell him that she could handle it this time.

"Greetings, good sir. I can see that Boldrei has seen fit to bring you to us in your time of need. It is customary, when entering this establishment, that we introduce ourselves and our purpose to all who would hear. This allows us to distinguish as to who is an employer, or one seeking assistance, and the rest of us, who are here as employees, adventure seekers, and those like myself who are here to find the greater good in the world. My name is Rava. What is your name, good sir, and how can this humble servant of the Host be of assistance to you?"
 

KarinsDad

Villager
"Oh, my." the man says a little startled, looking up at the taller woman. "I didn't know the rules. You see, I've never had to hire out bodyguards before. My name is Jasper. Jasper Rumblebelly. Yes, I know. A thin man like myself with a last name of Rumblebelly doesn't make sense, but some ancestor was probably quite portly. Um, well, as I said, I'm in need of some bodyguards. I can't pay much, but I want to go to my sister's house." Jasper replies, a bit overwhelmed by the diversity of people in the Shard.
 

Son of Meepo

Registered User
The deathless had been standing silent in the corner of the tavern for hours. You might have mistaken him for a corpse. As Rumblebelly address the tavern, Sirrah's eyes open.

"I do not think that you are capable of calling my from beyond the grave... But I no longer feel the presence of the one who did. Perhaps I am not yet ready for the purpose I was summoned... A journey will do well to ease a restless spirit."
 

drothgery

Community Supporter
Tana, gnome female swordmage 5

"I've actually a fair bit of experience as a bodyguard," Tana says, looking up from her drink, and somehow the 3' 8" gnome seems quite believable when she says that. "What makes a journey to your sister's so perilous that you feel you need to hire guards?"
 

KarinsDad

Villager
"Well, I've heard rumors that there are bandits and monsters outside of Sharn. I talked to the city guard to get an escort, but they won't do it. They told me that it was because they are spread too thin already, but I think it's because I'm not a man of means. It's not a long trip, only about two days walk. It's just that I cannot defend myself that well." Jasper replies.
 

FourMonos

Villager
Jayce sets his snifter, still full, on the bar. His curiosity piqued by this humble appearing man. He makes a couple steps forward, leaning against one of the tavern posts. His badge is not on display.

"Bandits, you say? This close to Sharn?" His eyes are covered by the shadow of his traveling hat, but they are studying the newcomer's every movement, every nuance of his expressions. "Where does your sister live? Why not use House Deneith?"

OOC: limited posting this week
 
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KarinsDad

Villager
"Well, yes. That's what I've heard. I don't know if it's true." Jasper says. "My sister doesn't live off the main roads, so I don't know if I can tell you exactly where. I know how to get there, but she just lives out in the shrubs a bit. And House Deneith?" he spits off to the side. "Those thieves are just as bad as most of the other houses. Living off the sweat of everyone else. Thinking that they are all high and mighty. They wanted to charge me 100 gold and they were only going to send one guy with me. He'd probably cut my throat while I slept. Sure, if you are a merchant or a noble, then they are all nice and polite and such. But, they've no respect for most folk, that's for sure. Legal robbery, that's what it is." Jasper starts getting a little bit red as his voices starts rising in annoyance.

OOC: Don't forget to pick a color for your conversational text [MENTION=88601]FourMonos[/MENTION]
 
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Son of Meepo

Registered User
The undead elf speaks again.

"I care little for your money as it will not buy my loyalty... The journey is what I am interested in. When do we leave?"
 

KarinsDad

Villager
Jasper seems a little taken back by the talking undead "Uh, well, uh, I guess we can leave first thing tomorrow morning. It'll take two full days of walking to get there, so we should probably use as much of daylight as possible."
 

Voda Vosa

Villager
The kalasthar general approached the man as well. He had sit in the tavern long enough. His hands on his back, he locked his white, pupil-less eyes on the man, as he sent a torrent of thoughts into his mind. "It is not often that one such as myself, volunteers for such a simple task. But since you are getting a plethora of individuals to join your journey, I guess you want them coordinated and coherent. Not a group of mnekys each pulling the rope to their own side. I, marshal Hilkalas shall see to it."
 

drothgery

Community Supporter
"Though remember if we do run into any hostile people or creatures, please do as we ask immediately. We are all, in one fashion or another, trained in facing and dealing out violence. You are not, and our goal is to keep you safe." Tana says.

"Can you tell us more about where we are going?" She asks.
 
Rava looks at the group forming around Jasper and after everyone has had a chance to get in on it, the cleric responds as well.

"It would seem, Jasper, that The Host blesses you this day, for look at the great number of skilled mercenaries willing to escort you when none else would. You have my participation as well, on this journey. Rest assured that we will see you all safely to your sister's home. And since we will be waiting until morning, I would love to better know my employer. And don't you fret about the fees or monetary compensation. Some times a good deed is its own reward." she finishes, smiling widely at the man in an attempt to ease his nervousness.

OOC: Now that Jasper has so many signing up for escort duty, does he still seem nervous, or has he calmed?
 

KarinsDad

Villager
"Well, that's very nice of all of you. Thank you. I wasn't 'specting quite so much help. As to where we are going, we just head north along the main road until we get to the Hooting Owl Inn. We should get there well before dark tomorrow night. We'll get supper and spend the night there. Uh, I can't pay for anyone but myself, so you'll need a few coin. Then, we take one of the game trails out. It weaves around a bit, but it'll take us where we need to go. I 'spect that we'll get to my sister's around supper time. She's not 'specting me, but she should be able to put out a spread. Jasper smiles at his improved situation.
 

Voda Vosa

Villager
"Very well. I will meet you all tomorrow morning at this place. May you dreams be not unsettling." with the ominous phrase, the Marshall ascends to his room for the night.
 

FourMonos

Villager
Jayce grinds his teeth to hold back his retort of Jasper's opinion of House Denieth. Like so many civilians, he just didn't understand how many lives were lost, friends of his, fighting battles to keep his way of life safe, secure, and evidently pleasantly unappreciative.

No, thought Jayce, bandits this close to Sharn might indicate wanted criminals or connections to the Boromar or Dassk. That would definitely be worth the trip. And the distraction.

The warrior grunts, "I'm in."
 

drothgery

Community Supporter
"And I have spent too many days at the Shard waiting for word from the Library or another opportunity to come by." Tana said. She'd seen the others in the Shard from time to time, but had never had occasion to speak with them. "It occurs to me that I forgot to introduce myself. I'm Tana of Korranberg, and something of a student of history, arcane lore, and, more relevant to the task at hand, of sword magic. And I will see you all when we prepare to depart."
 

KarinsDad

Villager
"Well, ok. I'll see everyone at first light. as he turns to leave.

OOC: If anyone wants to ask Jasper anything else, now's the time to do it. If people want to roleplay a bit in the tavern, feel free to do so. Once everyone is finished, we can move on to morning.
 

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