[Adventure] New Cyre Borderlands (Judge: )

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RickRoll

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PCs:
Grys (KarinsDad), Eladrin Hybrid Swordmage Wizard 4 (Defender|Controller)
Ryda (Mezegis), Half-Orc Ranger 4 (Striker)
Unit 16 (evilbob), Warforged Warden 4 (Defender)
Jarren Star Gazer (Antithetist), Shifter Shaman 4 (Leader)
Mythra Stelwart (Luinnar, Eladrin Wizard 4 (Controller)


Major Quests: To be discovered

Minor Quests: To be discovered

XP Awarded: 0 XP

Treasure Awarded: None

Date Started: April 16, 2010
Judge: To be determined

Rules of Play:

I don't have many rules of play. My main ones are to try to post at least once every other 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).

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 use [sblock=OOC]This is for OOC, Actions, etc.[/sblock] for OOC, Actions, etc.

That's basically it.

RickRoll

[sblock=Kudos to KarinsDad]
For the above. I have copied it from him.[/sblock]
 

RickRoll

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The morning after the mysterious note from the elvish lad in the tavern you move throughout Sharn towards Tavick's Landing and the lightning car station there. The rain continues and a light fog rolls through the city. For some of you, this is a recent and familiar sight.

[sblock=Into King's Forest crew]
You were just here right?I should ask you what it looks like ;)[/sblock]

The crowds are milling about and you see a man sitting atop a solid black warhorse, a middle-aged man wearing a well-made set of armor with the symbol of Cyre emblazoned on it. The armor has certainly seen better days though. He looks over the crowd and spots you, he calls you over to him.

[sblock=Man on Horse]
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As you approach you see someone standing next to the man on horse. Near him, standing in a puddle by the road, is a dour human smoking a pipe. Rain pours off his wide-brimmed hat. He looks up as you approach, but the man on the horse speaks first.

[sblock=dour human]
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[sblock=History DC 10]
The dragonmark on the man's face is the Mark of the Sentinel, House Deneith.
[sblock=DC 15]
House Deneith

Mark of Sentinel:
Defenders Guild: Protection
Blademarks Guild: Hirelings and mercenaries
Race: Human
Heraldic beast: Chimera
Month/Moon: Olarune (Late winter, ~February, second moon)
House Deneith operates under a strict military hierarchy. Since all houses have vowed to stay neutral in conflicts, House Deneith supplies to both sides of a conflict. It is also the only house allowed to maintain an active army.
Dragonmark Abilities: The Mark of Sentinel grants various powers related to personal protection.[/sblock][/sblock]

[sblock=Grys]
You recognize the man, he fought with you when you were battling alongside the House Deneith regiment during the Last War. His eyes stare at you from under his hat. [/sblock]

"Greetings, I am Captain Nathan Faringray of the New Cyre Guard. As you read in the note, we need help. I came here looking for aid after having failed in Wroat, getting caught up in bureaucratic red tape. Bastards" he spits, "Before I tell about the problem, tell me a bit about yourself, I like to know who's working for me" the man says.
 

KarinsDad

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"Gentlemen. I am Grys Valaera. These are my companions Ryda, Jarren Star Gazer, Susan, and Mythra Stelwart. I'll let them speak for themselves. As I was during the war, I am still a Fire Mage. As I was during the war, I am still for hire, the only difference being that House Deneith no longer commands my service and loyalty, but must purchase it. That being said, my code is the same as when I worked for the house: neutrality, service, and loyalty. Once given, my word is still my bond." Grys responds from under his cloak, the water seeming to stream off of it without it getting wet.

"You have a proposition for us?" Grys asks after the others introduce themselves.
 

evilbob

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[sblock=lightning car]Unit 16 will offer his shield again as a makeshift umbrella to Ryda and Jarren if they wish to accept it. Two could fit under it but barely; one would be easier. If they're not interested, he'll simply go along with the ride and enjoy the view.[/sblock]
After listening to Nathan and Grys, Unit 16 offers, "My name is Susan. I am what I appear to be. I also fought in the last war, although it was not by choice. But that no longer matters now. And I like to know what task is to be performed before I agree to work." His words are direct but not confrontational, spoken simply and plainly.

[sblock=two things for everyone]Should I use something lighter than gray for my voice, or can everyone read that ok?

Also, just to let everyone know: I will be out of the country with little or (more likely) no internet access from around May 29 to about June 13 (about two weeks, starting Memorial Day weekend for us yanks). It's a ways away but I just wanted to let folks know up front since adventures often take that long. I am totally fine with being NPCed during that stint. If this is going to be a problem please let me know.[/sblock]
 

KarinsDad

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[sblock=two things for everyone]Should I use something lighter than gray for my voice, or can everyone read that ok?

Also, just to let everyone know: I will be out of the country with little or (more likely) no internet access from around May 29 to about June 13 (about two weeks, starting Memorial Day weekend for us yanks). It's a ways away but I just wanted to let folks know up front since adventures often take that long. I am totally fine with being NPCed during that stint. If this is going to be a problem please let me know.[/sblock]
[sblock=two things]
I can read your gray fine today, but it's sometimes more difficult when I'm in a room with brighter lights. Us old people. I do have a problem with Luinnar's DarkRed. I was hoping that he could bold it or change the color so that I do not have to highlight it in order to read it. You could try bolding yours as well.

"My name is Susan." would show up as "My name is Susan.". For Luinnar, "My name is Mythra." would show up as "My name is Mythra.". Up to you two, but I know it would help me some.

As for you being out of town, I can offer to NPC your PC if you'd like. Or, anyone else here could run the warforged.
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Antithetist

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Jarren refuses Susan's offer of an umbrella with a grateful smile. The rain soaks him thoroughly, but he doesn't seem to mind at all.

"My name is Jarren," he says when it comes his turn to introduce himself. "I spent time as a mercenary in the War as well, as a squad healer."

[sblock=OOC]Fairly muddy colour here as well, is it okay? I can bold it if anyone prefers.

While we're on the subject of holidays, I'll be on holiday from the 23rd of this month - that's next Friday - until May 2nd. There's a good chance I'll still be able to post at least every couple of days, but if not, I hope it won't be a big problem to NPC Jarren.[/sblock]
 

Luinnar

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Mythra remains silent; his background is of no business to the human.

[sblock= history 32 and ooc]History 32 check (invisible castle OK to use?)

Also I will try to post in bold; please anyone let me know if you still have trouble reading it :)[/sblock]
 

Mezegis

Visitor

Ryda accepts Unit 16’s rain shield with a smile, and is content to let Grys head the group in the negotiations. Name’s Ryda, and I did my best to stay out of the war. Adjusting her great bow slung across her back, she comments, And I think this speaks for what I do well. Like Susan, I’m curious what our task will be before I officially sign on.

[Sblock=OOC]I too have a dark color, and have no problem switching. I could either go to brown like my barbarian, or light blue. I'm leaning towards the blue since we don't have someone using blue.

I can also run someone during an extended absence. [/sblock]
 

KarinsDad

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Mythra remains silent; his background is of no business to the human.
Not being able to read Mythra's mind or his intent, Grys looks at Mythra with a raised eyebrow, waiting for his response before continuing. When one is not forthcoming, Grys turns back to the humans.

"Mythra summons cats. Nasty business cats." Grys states wryly.

"You have a proposition for us?" Grys asks.
 

evilbob

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Preferences? Or I can switch to something else entirely, like plum or pale turquoise or whatever, really.[/sblock]
[sblock=ooc]Also, here's my mini-stats, below.

And just so that I am sure, ooc, since I think I missed some descriptions in the tavern: the two PCs who aren't Ryda and Jarren are both eladrin? And they're a wizard and a wizard/swordmage hybrid.[/sblock]
[sblock=Unit 16]
Unit 16 Warforged Warden 4
Initiative: +3, Passive Perception: 17, Passive Insight: 12, Senses: Normal
AC:22, Fort:18, Reflex:14, Will:14
HP:57/57, Bloodied:28, Surge Value:14, Surges left:13/13
Action Points/Daily Item Uses/Milestones: 1/0/0
Powers:
Font of Life
Nature's Wrath
Warden's Fury / Warden's Grasp
Weight of Earth
Earth Shield Strike

Warforged Resolve
Roots of Stone
Earthgrasp Strike
Warden's Tempest
Second Wind

Form of Winter's Herald - Form of Winter's Herald Attack
Potion of Clarity

Important Stuff:
- makes lots of immediate interrupts/reactions/OAs

Conditions:

Full sheet: Unit 16[/sblock]
 

Luinnar

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[sblock=ooc]
And just so that I am sure, ooc, since I think I missed some descriptions in the tavern: the two PCs who aren't Ryda and Jarren are both eladrin? And they're a wizard and a wizard/swordmage hybrid.[/sblock]
[sblock=ooc]Yep. Mythra is a tome/summoner. I put a link to my characters in the tinyurl in my sig[/sblock]
 

RickRoll

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[sblock=two things for everyone]Should I use something lighter than gray for my voice, or can everyone read that ok?

Also, just to let everyone know: I will be out of the country with little or (more likely) no internet access from around May 29 to about June 13 (about two weeks, starting Memorial Day weekend for us yanks). It's a ways away but I just wanted to let folks know up front since adventures often take that long. I am totally fine with being NPCed during that stint. If this is going to be a problem please let me know.[/sblock]
[sblock=ooc]
Thanks for the heads up evilbob. that's fine. [/sblock]

[sblock=two things]
As for you being out of town, I can offer to NPC your PC if you'd like. Or, anyone else here could run the warforged.
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[sblock=ooc]
KarinsDad, I'm fine with you running the warforged in evilbob's absence[/sblock]

[sblock= history 32 and ooc]History 32 check (invisible castle OK to use?)

Also I will try to post in bold; please anyone let me know if you still have trouble reading it :)[/sblock]
[sblock=OOC]
Invisiblecastle for all dice rolls please, unless its down, then I'll look for another one [/sblock]

"You have a proposition for us?" Grys asks.
"Aye, we do, you come highly recommended. Sorik d'Deneith (gesturing to the man next to him) has told me of some of your exploits. I trust you've put together a competent unit. We have been working diligently to rebuild a southern defense tower along the Darguun border to provide us a forward defense point for New Cyre. Several months ago reconstruction efforts were begun and New Cyre is working with House Deneith on the reconstruction work, with the House to take over the guard duty once its reconstructed. Sorik and six guards were to keep the workers safe. The day before yesterday, a group of hobgoblins attacked the tower and overwhelmed the guards and masons. Only Sorik escaped. The hobgoblins were clad in leather armor and their faces were painted to resemble yellow skulls. They had a few skeletons with them. We will require you to venture to the tower and clear out any of the invaders. As I mentioned, Wroat is unwilling to aid us, the House members are hesitant about throwing any more of their own resources at it, and our own militia...well let's say they're still way too green to tackle something like this." the Captain says.

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His voice has changed colors to avoid being the same as Grys'[/sblock]

[sblock=Grys]
Sorik has a reputation as a coward, despite his House standing, which is more an accident of birth rather than an earned title. He also is quite unskilled with weapons, he fancies himself a general, but his commanding skills are also rather inadequate.[/sblock]
 

Luinnar

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You have not yet mentioned any type of payment for our services says Mythra, speaking for the first time.

[sblock=ooc]Does that look OK for readability?[/sblock]
 

KarinsDad

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Turning to Sorik.

"What were the numbers of these Hobgoblins and Skeletons? What manner of weaponry did they possess? Were there any obvious leaders or shamans with them? Was there any indication of any additional enemy troops in the area? Could you give us a diagram of the interior and exterior of the tower, along with one of the surrounding area?"

Turning back to the Captain.

"Not surprising. It is always the goal of politicians to spend as little money as possible, unless of course they are spending on themselves.

This sounds like a reasonable task. Is it your desire to have us merely clear out the tower, or would you need us to follow the Hobgoblins back to their origin point to discourage them from further aggressions? It seems odd that Darguun would break the Treaty of Thronehold, especially since House Deneith still acquires Hobgoblin mercenaries from them. Hmmm. It's possible that it is a rogue group, or ...

We will also need a way to contact you afterwards. Will additional masons and guards be showing up? If so, when, and will we need to hold the tower until they arrive?

Also, there was the mention of payment in the letter. What manner and amount of payment are you proposing? Further, we will need transportation to this tower. Did you make plans and arrangements for that, or will you be paying us to make our own transportation plans?"
 

Mezegis

Visitor
Ryda listens to the captain's tale, nodding at various intervals.

[sblock=OOC]I use CoCo diceroller since my computer and invisible castle have issues, is that OK Rick?[/sblock]
 

evilbob

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[sblock=ooc]
KarinsDad, I'm fine with you running the warforged in evilbob's absence
Actually, I have already asked Mezegis and/or Antithetist to take care of me, as they have played with the character once already and know it pretty well. But we'll figure that all out closer to the date.[/sblock]
"Again the weak wishes our hand in aid against the strong," Unit 16 whispers to Ryda and Jarren. "Still, undead are unnatural."

Unit 16 turns to Sorik. "You mentioned skeletons in your report. Did you see anything leading or commanding them?"
 

RickRoll

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Turning to Sorik.

"What were the numbers of these Hobgoblins and Skeletons? What manner of weaponry did they possess? Were there any obvious leaders or shamans with them? Was there any indication of any additional enemy troops in the area? Could you give us a diagram of the interior and exterior of the tower, along with one of the surrounding area?"

Turning back to the Captain.

"Not surprising. It is always the goal of politicians to spend as little money as possible, unless of course they are spending on themselves.

This sounds like a reasonable task. Is it your desire to have us merely clear out the tower, or would you need us to follow the Hobgoblins back to their origin point to discourage them from further aggressions? It seems odd that Darguun would break the Treaty of Thronehold, especially since House Deneith still acquires Hobgoblin mercenaries from them. Hmmm. It's possible that it is a rogue group, or ...

We will also need a way to contact you afterwards. Will additional masons and guards be showing up? If so, when, and will we need to hold the tower until they arrive?

Also, there was the mention of payment in the letter. What manner and amount of payment are you proposing? Further, we will need transportation to this tower. Did you make plans and arrangements for that, or will you be paying us to make our own transportation plans?"
The captain answers first, "Currently, we need the tower cleared out, perhaps if you are successful that may be the next logical step, but I was only authorized for the removal of the enemies from our soil. I would not expect you to work for free and we have already made arrangements, the Lightning Rail leaves within the hour. I have been authorized to offer 150 gold pieces for each of you for successfully repelling the invaders. I doubt they are Dargunn military, otherwise there would likely be no survivors nor would they wear the face paint. I will arrange for additional guards to arrive two days after you depart New Cyre. You shall need to hold it for that time. There will be more than six this time." the captain promises, looking angrily at Sorik.

I...uh, there were at least ten of them Grys, at least a half dozen skeletons. The masons didn't get too far in their work so the tower ain't complete. I still don't get what they wanted, ain't nothing there but some unfinished stones. I didn't see who was leading them, I got out of there while I could, no way I was being a martyr" Sorik says, drawing a harsh look from Faringray
 

KarinsDad

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Again, looking at the Captain.

"So will Lightning Rail transportation be supplied back to Sharn from New Cyre after the contract is completed? And will you be supplying horses to go from New Cyre to the tower, or will we be walking? Either way, how far is it from New Cyre to the tower? Will food and other supplies for the mission be made available once we get to New Cyre? Finally, will either or both of you gentlemen be returning to New Cyre with us on the Lightning Rail?

I, for one, am eager to get back out into the field. This sounds like a reasonable assignment to me. Sixteen or so foes when we arrive, possibly a few dozen more as the week wears on. We'll just need a rough map of the interior and exterior of the tower from Sorik here before we leave. In fact, the tower might even be deserted when we arrive.

And like always, we'll need the contract written out with details on the mission, along with method and time of payment. I assume you have the papers already prepared."


Turning back to the group.

"Is everyone agreeable to this arrangement and willing to take this mission? If not, speak up. Is there anything anyone wants to arrange differently with the Captain? If there are any items or supplies that anyone wants to purchase before we leave, we have less than an hour. Now would be the time to do so since it is possible that some more unique items might not be available in New Cyre." Grys says.
 

Mezegis

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Fine with me, comment Ryda, You already asked anything I thought about. Not quite sure how well arrows will work against the skeletons, but I'll give it a shot. She pauses a moment to see if any eyes roll over her pun before continueing. If it seems to have less of an effect, I'll just focus on the living and let the melee and magic wielders deal with the unnatural.
 

Antithetist

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Jarren nods, still smiling to himself about Unit 16's assessment of the situation. "I'm comfortable with this. I look forward to seeing New Cyre."
 
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