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Pathfinder 1E IC - Tideruler: The Fall of Laholt

Archon Basileus

First Post
A sudden disruption can be heard coming from the top of the aqueduct. At first, it sounds and feels like static running through the air. But suddenly a low, breaking sound, as if a compressed air sphere suddenly popped, comes from above. A teleportation spell, and not a subtle one at that, was cast, revealing a traveler in the privileged position. Two steps, and the figure reveals itself: a hooded humanoid, only a pair of long, curved horns, slim and elegant, showing from the shadows below, and the sound of hooves coming from the creature's steps. The arrival leans towards a long shepherd's cane and carries a purse.

"My, my... You sure are a quick lot, aren't you?" - the soft, humorous voice sounds as young as it did years ago. The hood falls back, revealing the face of a full grown satyr of golden hair and beard. His smile suggests satisfaction and happiness, despite the circumstances. Such is the typical posture of light-hearted goliath.

"I'm glad all of you answered our invitation." - he says to the quartet, clearly seizing the ladies with particular interest. He then jumps down, falling slowly to the floor, right in front of Daxio. "And you, you old errant dog, you..." - he laughs out, loudly and heartily, as he embraces Daxio - "...the quickest of them all, I see! Come, now, care to introduce me to our lot... At least, formaly?" - he glances at the others with curiosity. Still, his somewhat errant eye keeps sliding towards the ladies, even though he seems to fight the impulse as he speaks.
[MENTION=813]jmucchiello[/MENTION] [MENTION=6801311]KahlessNestor[/MENTION] [MENTION=24380]Neurotic[/MENTION] [MENTION=4936]Shayuri[/MENTION]
 

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KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Laholt/Alessia
Afternoon

Daxio grinned broadly as Goliath jumped down from the aqueduct. “You old goat!” he said, returning the embrace. “Well, I had a very willing highlady offer to give me a ride,” Daxio said with a wink. “So the journey was pleasant.” He turned back to the others, making introductions as best he could. “We were only just getting acquainted.” His own gaze also settled appreciatively on the two ladies.

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[sblock=Ministats]
HP: 122/122 NL: 0
AC: 19 FF: 14 T: 15
CMD: 20
Fort: 10 Ref: 10 Will: 13
Armed: Dagger
Arcane Reservoir: 9/15/day
Consume Spells: 5/5/day

Conditions:

Spells Prepared
0 (9): Acid Splash, Detect Magic, Ghost Sound, Light, Mage Hand, Message, Prestidigitation, Ray of Frost, Read Magic
1 (4/4/5): Burning Hands, Charm Person, Disguise Self, Magic Missile, Vanish
2 (4/4/5): Darkvision, Hideous Laughter, Invisibility, Scorching Ray, See Invisibility
3 (4/4/4): Dispel Magic, Hold Person, Suggestion, Fly
4 (4/4/3): Charm Monster, Confusion, Greater Invisibility
5 (4/4/2): Dominate Person, Hold Monster
6 (2/2/1): Mass Suggestion

Spell Book:
0: All
1: Burning Hands, Charm Person, Disguise Self, Enlarge Person, Featherfall, Grease, Liberating Command, Magic Missile, Obscuring Mist, Ray of Enfeeblement, Shield, Silent Image, Vanish
2: Darkvision, Hideous Laughter, Invisibility, Scorching Ray, See Invisibility
3: Dispel Magic, Hold Person, Suggestion, Fly
4: Black Tentacles, Charm Monster, Confusion, Greater Invisibility
5: Dominate Person, Feeblemind, Hold Monster
6: Greater Dispel, Mass Suggestion
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Archon Basileus

First Post
Goliath explodes in hearty laughs as Daxio describes his journey. He barely manages to contain himself - or his instinctive wandering eyes - as he turns to face the stern question presented by Zyara.

"Come, I'll tell you all about it while we move towards the old castle." - he proceeds, leaning forward as a tracker would.

"After we took Alessia, there were some grudges left... You know..." - he cuts the sentence midway with a frown. "They didn't understand the matter of honor that was involved. Anyway..." - he sighs -"... After a while, some of our lot grew even more disquiet. You know, we satyrs are known for having a lot of..." - he eyes the women suggestively -"...energy... But even for our standards some of us were growing agitated. Mostly, they mentioned dreams of a strange sort, related to a dark, seductive figure that seemed to call for them. The dreams wouldn't go away, and so some just decided to leave, seeking the strange creatures that now crowded their deepest thoughts. Others - the ones who didn't - grew increasingly aloof. Weakened, they simply feel to their beds, unable to complete even the simplest of tasks." - he finishes as the heroes reach the border of a massive, difficult wood. The satyr glances around and begins to uncover a path, slowly.

"So, that's about it. Those who left did not come back, and those who stayed grew increasingly sick. We called you out because we were met with..." - he pauses for a second..."Well, I'll leave it to the arrival. You'll understand."

@Neurotic @Shayuri @KahlessNestor [MENTION=813]jmucchiello[/MENTION]
 

Neurotic

I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
Draconic creature that greeted Aranel so enthusiastically withdrew as the satyr appeared, hiding among his larger companions. With his wide wings and garish color, he could hardly be inconspicuous here in the street. But as soon as they entered the forest, Moss nicely blended in, flitting from branch to branch above the companions.

"Feels like home."
 

Shayuri

First Post
"Goliath," Aranel greeted with a relatively formal, distant bow. The frequent glances and flirting seemed to faze her not one iota; she let the indignities pass by without deigning to comment. "you have my sympathies for the troubles your people have been having. I am here to do everything I can to help find the source of this affliction and stop it. May I ask though, is it only the satyrs falling prey to this strangeness? I had heard the elves living in this area had also been suffering."

"I had also heard that the humans living here have, so far at least, not been troubled by it."
 

KahlessNestor

Adventurer
Laholt/Alessia
Afternoon

Daxio shook his head and followed Goliath into the thick woods. “I told you you should have left the city alone,” he told Goliath. “Sounds like you pissed off the wrong entity. How long has this been going on?” he asked.

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[sblock=Ministats]
HP: 122/122 NL: 0
AC: 19 FF: 14 T: 15
CMD: 20
Fort: 10 Ref: 10 Will: 13
Armed: Dagger
Arcane Reservoir: 9/15/day
Consume Spells: 5/5/day

Conditions:

Spells Prepared
0 (9): Acid Splash, Detect Magic, Ghost Sound, Light, Mage Hand, Message, Prestidigitation, Ray of Frost, Read Magic
1 (4/4/5): Burning Hands, Charm Person, Disguise Self, Magic Missile, Vanish
2 (4/4/5): Darkvision, Hideous Laughter, Invisibility, Scorching Ray, See Invisibility
3 (4/4/4): Dispel Magic, Hold Person, Suggestion, Fly
4 (4/4/3): Charm Monster, Confusion, Greater Invisibility
5 (4/4/2): Dominate Person, Hold Monster
6 (2/2/1): Mass Suggestion

Spell Book:
0: All
1: Burning Hands, Charm Person, Disguise Self, Enlarge Person, Featherfall, Grease, Liberating Command, Magic Missile, Obscuring Mist, Ray of Enfeeblement, Shield, Silent Image, Vanish
2: Darkvision, Hideous Laughter, Invisibility, Scorching Ray, See Invisibility
3: Dispel Magic, Hold Person, Suggestion, Fly
4: Black Tentacles, Charm Monster, Confusion, Greater Invisibility
5: Dominate Person, Feeblemind, Hold Monster
6: Greater Dispel, Mass Suggestion
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Archon Basileus

First Post
"Feels like home."

"Well, they're welcoming you... They seem to like you. Or...know you... I can't tell with them." - he speaks as the path appears before the group, almost as if the wood made way for them. "Same goes for Aranel. Zyara and Daxio... Well, don't get too far."

"May I ask though, is it only the satyrs falling prey to this strangeness? I had heard the elves living in this area had also been suffering."

"Elves as well. But we make no distinctions here. We're one... and the same." - the observation is filled with a sense of fondness and humanity, but he seems to accidentally suggest something more with the last words. It's not even what he says: the look on his face seems to force his manners and words towards a sort of libidinal frenzy every time he sets his eyes on someone that interests him. Aranel heard of such aspects of satyr live. Lust and pleasure are addictive to them, and the elves that live in Alessia are not very different, for all accounts...
Daxio shook his head and followed Goliath into the thick woods. “I told you you should have left the city alone,” he told Goliath. “Sounds like you pissed off the wrong entity. How long has this been going on?” he asked.

"By... the gods, Daxio, I had nothing to do with it! I... think. Anyway, how was I to know that the mage girl was fondling around with her master... And in my defense we were just testing that spectral hand staff. He misread everything... Clearly!" - he falls silent once more, as the woods begin to rescind, falling behind the heroes to give place to the ruins of the old city center.

"Oh, everything is very recent. It began two, maybe three years ago. But the sickness and numerous disappearances happened in the last few months." - longevity has it's perks. Certainly a strange notion for humans, but elves and satyrs would say the same about the brevity of human life.

"I had also heard that the humans living here have, so far at least, not been troubled by it."

"No, the humans haven't been targeted, as far as we know. We manage to stay close to them, even though they don't receive us well these days..." - he continues as the heroes advance. "Some still remember how life was before... well... never mind. The fact is that only our people get affected for whatever reason... And our seers and oracles are incapable of finding out why. We've sought out the help of the nymphs... You know, their divination spells are pretty strong... And the elves among us did try to find out what has been going on... At least those intimate with magic. None has obtained an answer."

"And then the rumors started... Oooh boy, the rumors... Some say that demonic powers are in place... Others speak of human treachery. Others yet distrust the very nymphs that once helped us... But it seems that everyone has an agenda nowadays, and opinions are as unreliable as ... well, dreams..." - he shakes his head, unsure of his own inclinations on the matter.

A small walk later, the heroes are conducted to what used to be the innermost area of Alessia. Now, the city's been taken by a rich wood. The walls sunk beneath a wealth of flowers and vines, and old houses crumble beneath the heavy hand of nature. Still, another city seems to work where the first one once stood. The houses are now inhabited by a number of children, both satyr and elfic in nature. The sound of laughter is crossed by that of animals, birds and insects being the most present. Here and there, diminutive pixies mix their flights with those of beetles and dragonflies. Entire streets sunk into ponds and channels, now covered in water lilies and brimming with life. Goliath takes the heroes trough less crowded areas, avoiding the inevitable glances of the reclusive inhabitants of this world.

"Here, he indicates a house in ruins, crossed by an oak that might have been there for centuries, judging by it's size. "The last one to be targeted by the disease is here. You might want to take a look at him." - he gestures towards the house. A couple of pixies fly around the group, curious about their presence there. The small, whispered voices debate, in a fast pace, how inappropriate is to have outsiders within Alessia, specially human outsiders. As soon as they find a chance, they begin to harass Goliath about the topic in quick whispers.

[If you decide to follow in, this is what you see]

Within, the oak opens up, embracing the many pavilions that once were the house. At the center, a bed of leaves and straw was set, covered in silks and skillfully made to fit the natural hall. A red canopy covers the area made to lay down the sick man, and as the heroes enter, two elfic maidens - one of them pregnant - leave the sick man to talk to the arrivals. Laying underneath covers they find the figure of a bronze-skinned elf, thin and tall by all accounts. His red hair is carefully combed and still wet, as if he had just bathed. He holds a noble visage, but his eyes are sunken and his arms, frail, stretched alongside his body. He receives the arrivals with a smile and a hopeful expression, forcing himself up as if to greet them.

"They're here, Alanor. These are allies. They'll help, I'm sure." - Goliath's comical expression vanishes and the pixies fall silent for a second, still surrounding the satyr's head.

"Thank you, my friend..." - the elf's voice is soft and old, so very distinct from his apparently youthful image - no more than forty years old.

"I take it that Goliath has updated you on our predicament." - he pushes up, clearly trying to leave the bed in order to greet the heroes.

@Shayuri @jmucchiello @KahlessNestor @Neurotic
 
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Shayuri

First Post
"To some extent," Aranel agrees lightly. "Even so it seems there's a number of questions yet to be asked."

She glanced behind over her shoulder back at Goliath.

"How many have fallen ill so far, and of them how many are fit enough that we might see them?"

Once the satyr had responded she nodded and returned her attention to the elf.

"Alanor...tell me of this sickness. When did you realize you had it? What symptoms have you experienced? Tell me in your own words, assuming I know nothing about it already."
 

Neurotic

I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
"And do you have anything in common with other sickness people? How did you get...infected? Something that only those sick ate, drank or visited."
 
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