Sinister Spire(con't RBD)(Orsal Judging)

BigB

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I prefer you roll for yourself using Invisible Castle. If for some reason you are unable to do so I can roll for you and when possible I will use Invisible Castle and your character name.

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Feel free to let me know if I get something wrong also, I will not be offended. I do miss things from time to time.


As you walk down the wharf you see a ship that is busy with loading supplies. A few more steps and you can make out the name " The Prowling Panther. The ship Phoenix and Lookspring have come to know well over the past month. Master Purdy smiles She is a good ship isn't she. Phoenix, Lookspring could you show Rowan your quarters Im afraid I need to get these people moving a bit faster.
 
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Phoenix8008

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Phoenix- F Elan Soulknife 4 (AC: 20, HP: 40/40, PP: 6/6)

Phoenix carries her gear on board and instructs Rowan to follow her on board to the rooms. After stashing her gear, she goes to find Captain Purdy. Knowing how busy he is, she trys to not get in the way but makes sure she can squeeze in a quick minute to talk with him. "Captain, just a moment of your time please. I have concerns over what happened onboard when we were returning to Orussus previously. Myself and Lookspring were stolen from and by default it must have been some of the sailors on board before. Did you find out anything about that in the time we've been here in the city? Understand, I'm not demanding recompensation but I'd feel a lot more comfortable if we knew some action had been taken. Otherwise, how are we to know that those same sailors won't try something else on this journey? Or perhaps there is a way we could have locks for our cabins which we alone possess keys for (along with you having a key of course)? I just wanted to bring it to your attention so that these issues can be dealt with before Lookspring decides to deal with them more forcefully. Unless you'd rather have your crew peppered with arrows anytime they try to walk near his cabin door..." Phoenix finishes.
 

Manzanita

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Rowan does take his horse, Wolfbane, and all his gear on this trip. He will frequently visit his steed and make sure he is well cared for during the trip.

Rowan then joins the others in their quarters. He's curious if they will share.

EDIT: campaign notes [sblock]

Treasure 13 gold, 73 silver from ogre.

16 gp, 74 sp, 7 cp from second ogre. Plus a ring taken by Phoenix

Used 2 charges of his CLW wand after the big fall.
Used 8 charges after roach battle.(04/22/08) Leaving 40 charges left.
Used 2 charges on Lookspring minutes later (04/30/08)
6 chages used 02/05/09
One on Lookspring (02/24/09)
One charge on Phoenix (03/04/09)
one charge on himself (03/09/09) (21 used total)
Took mithril chain shirt & used 5 charges of wand after grimlock fight (11/4/09)
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Lookspring arrives at the dock a short while after the others. He comes aboard dragging his large heavy chest behind him. Dropping it on the deck, he wanders over to greet the captain and crew. "Captain, I am back at last and am ready to sail. I hope you've had time to put in some more supplies, and given the lucrative trade route that we will be eating better than the last time we sailed. You should put some fine smoked cheese along with ..." As Lookspring rattles off a list of culinary improvements, you can't help but hear a slight thumping sound coming from the chest behind him. The chest even seems to move a bit. Lookspring blithely continues making suggestions to the captain all the while, oblivious to the curious stares. "... and at least two casks of good beer. We can be affording it now I think. Anything we are not eating we can sell to the savages. I'll leave the rest of the preparations in your hands. I must claim a sleeping place before all the good spots are taken." He goes back over to his chest and begins dragging it down the stairs to his quarters, letting it bump and shake down each step.
 

BigB

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Addressing Phoenix' question Captain Purdy has that oh yeah look. I was never able to get the names although a few of the crew disappeared when we reached port. We have replaced them, at an outrageous price I may add. It seems sailors are adverse to sailing into danger. Imagine that. Do you trust those that went with you into the well? I could assign them as guards for yourselves and your belongings as well as place locks on your doors. There are 2 rooms reserved for the adventurers and a cargo space. The sailors make room for Rowan's horse and with a thought to Looksprings comments the Captain sends 2 sailors to purchase better food and then replies to Lookspring...We will dine in my cabin as I am not purchasing enough for the crew. ;)
 

Phoenix8008

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"Thank you Captain. I think those that went with us into the well would be excellent choices as guards. Hopefully the few that dissapeared are the same as the thieves and we will be plagued by them no more. If we do notice the same sailors who accosted us on board, we will be sure to let you know. As to the food, I look forward to dining with you, Captain. Thanks for your help." Phoenix finishes while staring at Looksprings trunk while he drags it away. "You know Captain, somehow I would be unsurprised to find that Uggla was in that chest. Not that it seems very likely, but if I had to vote for a person I thought was in there, it would be him." Shaking her head in wonderment, Phoenix resolves to ask Lookspring privately about the contents of the chest. Heading below, she stows her gear and makes ready for the voyage.

OOC: Phoenix is ready to set sail whenever. I'm assuming that the guys will share one cabin and Phoenix will have the other. Next time I level up I may try to squeeze in a point or two of Profession(Sailor) just to play up the time on ship teaching her some stuff.
 

BigB

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OoC: I am going to continue. If anyone has any craft, train animal, or other time needed task they can do so during the trip provided necessary materials are available.

The trip is uneventful other than a few bouts of seasickness and a few days of unneasiness when you pass through the area where the fishmen attacked last time. Your meals with the Captain are a highpoint of your days on ship and you are pleased that the Captain seems to have matured some since your first encounter with him. He flawlessly guides the ship to the island and through the maze of coral reef to the beach where you first landed. A small town is being built right off the beach. The Captain has sailors immediately begin offloading cargo.

It feels good to be on solid ground once again after 3 weeks at sea. Caotain Purdy greets you as you reach the beach. Soon we will build a wharf and the process of ferrying everyone and everything to shore with smaller craft will not be necessary. as he looks at Looksprings wet feet and expression. What are your plans now that you have returned?
 
Lookspring weathers the trip a fair bit better than the last time as he starts to get his sea legs. He even spends some time above deck amongst the crew, though he still does his best to avoid anything remotely related to real work. The first few days he spends his time spying on the crew, looking for the familiar face of the sailor who attacked him. The reminder of his unfulfilled promise to "sort out" the sailor wiggles in the back of his mind but after a few days of calm travel he gets over it. The sun is shining, the breeze is refreshing, and there is plenty of trouble to get into above deck. He entertains himself by secretly tying knots in the coils of rope or hiding tackle blocks and other tools from the sailors. He watches their frantic activities to undue his mischief with a secret smile.
His boredom is finally lifted when the island itself comes into view. "At last! Once more we will be honored with feasts and singing and dancing! It is the way true heroes are remembered!" He pushes his way to the front to make sure he is on the first landing craft to head for shore. Oddly enough, he even brings the large chest he first brought on board with him. Once on shore he struggles to drag it up the sandy beach.
At Captain Purdy's question, he says. "Firstly we're going to be finding these snake men, then we're going to be killing them. After that there will be much celebrating. I think we will be starting with the savages, they have been living around here long enough to have legends of strange snake men no doubt. That will be giving us a clue to where we will be finding them."
 

Manzanita

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Rowan is happy to help out on the ship. He's curious how they work. He pitches in. Rowan, when he's in a good mood, is easy going, and easy to get along with. He's strong and a hard worker. He's quite interested in sharing a cabin with Phoenix and giving the talking monkey a cabin of his own.

He does corner lookspring and ask "What do you have in that trunk?"
He enjoys getting to know Captain Prudy. "So you're giving us free passage because you're trying to establish a trade route, and these islanders will only have things to trade if we can clear out this underground for them?"Once on the island, Rowan's first goal is to find safe, comfortable boarding for him and Wolfsbane.

"Aren't these snake people underground? Let's go get them!"
 

Phoenix8008

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Phoenix- F Elan Soulknife 4 (AC: 20, HP: 40/40, PP: 6/6)

Phoenix enjoys the voyage back to the island much more than the first time. Not being attacked by sea creatures probably has something to do with that though. Although she likes Rowan fine she isn't ready to share a room with him when they set sail. She does get to know him better on the journey and likes him more as the journey progresses. Who knows where things might lead in the future.

Late in the journey, she finds Lookspring alone tying a knot in one of the ropes on deck. "Lookspring, do you mind if I ask what it is you have in that big trunk? I've tried to put it out of my head but the curiosity is killing me. It's not Uggla or that one judge from the courtroom is it?" she asks the katara.

After arriving at the island, Phoenix is impressed with the progress that has been made. Responding to Captain Purdy, she says, "Like Lookspring said, we'll go back to the villagers and ask them for any information or rumors that may lead us in the right direction. If that doesn't work, we'll think about making a new plan after that."
 
Aboard the ship...
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Cornered by Phoenix and Rowan aboard the ship, Lookspring agrees to show them the contents of the chest. "It is my answer to the question of how to kill snake men!" He leads them down to the room he is staying in and shuts the door behind them. He picks up a long stick with a fork on the end. Unlocking the chest, he throws back the lid and steps back quickly with the stick raised in front of him. A wedge shaped head atop a long serpentine neck rises from the chest. He quickly shoves the forked stick against the snake, pinning the rest of the body so it cannot reach them. The snake hisses and snaps at the end of the stick, flecking it with strands of saliva and venom.
"I was finding this one in the market at Orussus. I am still working on taming... stop wiggling! You got a rat last week. What was I saying, oh yes, I am still trying to tame him.. or her.. hard to tell with snakes. I was thinking it would be useful, by studying its anatomy we will be knowing where the strong and weak spots are with snake men. See? Their mouths will have fangs like that, so we must avoid that part. But their belly scales, those are soft and breakable. We will have plenty of time to study it once we get off the ship." Lookspring pushes the snake back down inside the chest until he can slam the lid back down. You hear thumps coming from inside as the snake lashes at the side of the chest a few times before calming down once more.


OOC - Lookspring picked up a medium viper for his animal companion this level. I thought it would be interesting to stick with the snake theme for this adventure =)
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Phoenix8008

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[SBLOCK=OOC]Taking a snake to fight the snake-men...Priceless. I love it! Really neat tie-in and great RP thinking. Kudos SelcSilverhand![/sblock]
 

BigB

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[sblock=SelcSilverhand]ooc: the snake is priceless...perhaps I will allow you to have a bonus favored enemy (damage only) for this adventure...temporary of course after this adventure you would lose that benefit.[/sblock]


SelcSilverhand said:
At Captain Purdy's question, he says. "Firstly we're going to be finding these snake men, then we're going to be killing them. After that there will be much celebrating. I think we will be starting with the savages, they have been living around here long enough to have legends of strange snake men no doubt. That will be giving us a clue to where we will be finding them."

Manzanita said:
"Aren't these snake people underground? Let's go get them!"

Phoenix8008 said:
After arriving at the island, Phoenix is impressed with the progress that has been made. Responding to Captain Purdy, she says, "Like Lookspring said, we'll go back to the villagers and ask them for any information or rumors that may lead us in the right direction. If that doesn't work, we'll think about making a new plan after that."
"I have heard snakes make their lairs underground but can at times be found sunning themselves. I would look for the lair myself, although I do not know about these snake people you spoke of. I am not inclined to seek them out, myself. I guess you will be leaving soon for the village then? Can you let them know we have come with more goods. If you wish to rest first I have reserved a warehouse for you. It should accommodate all your needs.

Manzanita said:
He enjoys getting to know Captain Prudy. "So you're giving us free passage because you're trying to establish a trade route, and these islanders will only have things to trade if we can clear out this underground for them?"
The villagers have already begun trading, the route is established all but for the confusion back in Orussus. I gave free passage because I can use the security of having your group around and the villagers do like having those two around as well. It all makes for better profits.
 

Manzanita

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Rowan scowls at the viper. He has an intrinsic dislike for snakes.

He will let Lookspring and Phoenix take the lead on this island, as they have a better idea of how to proceed. He will thank Captain Purdy for the free passage and make sure his horse is well cared for.
 

Phoenix8008

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Finishing her preparations, Phoenix bids farewell for now to Captain Purdy before setting off on the path to the village once more. Stopping at the well, she draws up a bucket to make sure that the water is still flowing. With her thirst (hopefully) quenched, she continues the trek until making her way into the village.
 

BigB

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The group sets out for the village. The path to the well is full of life, smalls animals are abundant... a sign things are back to normal here, the water is refreshing although bones crunch under your feet as approach the well. A reminder of the days spent fighting the dead that crawled from this well not so long ago.

need a spot check from each.


ooc: did Rowan bring his horse? If not there is the warehouse that can house the horse while the group is at the village. One of the sailors that accompanied Phoenix and Lookspring into the well would be willing to care for the horse. Rowan could easily ride the horse in this area also.

ooc: Did Lookspring bring along his new pet?
 

Phoenix8008

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After drinking deeply from the well, Phoenix splashes some of the water on her face and hair letting it run down over her shoulders and chest. Running her fingers through her hair, she opens her eyes to see if Rowan is watching her little show. 'What am I doing flirting with him?' she wonders to herself. 'This isn't like me. I'm supposed to be hard and strong, not some faint damsel that flutters at his good looking glance...'

OOC: Phoenix Spot check (1d20+0=3) Obviously, her eyes are a little preoccupied elsewhere... ;)
 

Manzanita

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Rowan prefers to keep his horse with him as long as possible. He likes the added mobility and the gear it carries. He figures someone in the village will be able to care for the fine animal.

He dismounts and appraches the well with his companions, feeling the bones crunch under his sturdy boots. He smiles. "Looks like you two did some good work here." He gazes at Phoenix as she washes with unabashed interest.

OOC: Spot check =3. Rowan's obviously not paying attention either.
 
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Sorry about the delay, had to rebuild my work PC today.

Thanks for the compliments, I'm glad y'all liked it. I was actually thinking of taking fav. enemy reptilian next level =)
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At the landing beach Lookspring begins to realize how difficult it would be to drag the chest all the way to the savage's village. I could be letting it out here, it cannot get into too much trouble... he thinks to himself. Dragging the chest up to the edge of the jungle he disappears momentarily into the bushes with his forked stick. You over hear some cursing as he struggles with the lock and the heavy lid. Moments later he emerges from the bushes, running for the path. As he passes Rowan and Phoenix he shouts, "It got the stick! I don't know how, but it got it, run if you are valuing your life!" He continues running up the path for a ways before sneaking a look back to make sure his "pet" hasn't caught up with him yet. He catches a glimpse of the snake once in a while as it cruises silently through the jungle alongside the path.

When they eventually reach the well, he pokes around through the old bones with his handaxe, as if he expected them to jump up at any moment.



OOC:
Lookspring Spot (1d20+8=13)
 

BigB

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Feeling refreshed from the rest at the well the group continues on to the village which is somewhat empty from what Phoenix and Lookspring remember. The village elder can be found at his hut and tells the group that a hunting party was successful and that all the able villagers went to help retrieve the food.

ooc: my posting will be less over the next week or so until after the holidays.
 

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