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The Heroes of Dyvers Chapter Six

Aust Thale

Explorer
Respen's Reaction...

~ Vale, my dwarven friend...<sigh>…~

As Vale storms off, Respen addresses Margull, "Lord Margull, apologies for my friend. His cousin was part of a group investigating Skorane. It did not go well.
His cousin was the only one to make it out, fortunately for us. However, he did not stay in the region.
"

As the party mills about preparing questions for the shape-changing interlopers, Respen quietly addresses Margull semi-privately. "I understand your...reservations about Dame Clare. I have them, I assure you. Speaking frankly, I ought to be embarrassed. However, I enjoy skating at a razor's edge, and I supposed that she spared me because of it, albeit with strings. Perhaps I am what she can't be. And if she was 'playing with her food', as you say, never has 'food' so wonderfully annoyed, amused, and otherwise availed itself of her."

Respen isn't attempting to amuse Margull; he is speaking with a playful cynicism quintessentially made of elven emotion. One part resignation, one part indignation, and one part explanation.

"Lord Margull, I'm sure I'll regret saying this, but I can handle Dame Clare. As to her coming above ground, why should she do so when she has me?" Respen smiles knowingly.

"Thank you for the title. I shall put it to expert use doing my best to protect Dyvers, starting with these shape-change clowns. I personally believe they are infiltrators in order to effect a coup and take the city. So I have to respectfully suggest that you not allow yourself to be drawn away. You place the city in peril when you do. Perhaps that was your rationale in sending others to investigate Skorane, but your jaunt away to find others of your kind gave these tossers the chance to spread their influence. Again, respectfully, you should remain here."

"Lastly, I hope you will not take offense, but I will allow my betrothed to formally take my title that you bestowed upon me. I simply wish to be able to come and go unfettered. Otherwise, I wish to remain anonymous. I prefer it among the shadows at the moment. Nobility comes with a certain...visibility...that I prefer not to have. No interviews. No introductions except those in utmost in confidence. Dewydd's public face shall serve me quite well. I'd ask for your, and Laramon's, and Delbin's direct protection for my family. Another reason for my anonymity. Having powerful allies and friends is great, but one is better served in their presence than out of it, no?"
 

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Sylvar B.

Explorer
Sylvar agrees with Vale's outburst, but as he watches Vale leave the room, he thinks to himself, "It is not the generals who bleed when the call to war goes out, my friend. That honor is left for those who would take up the sword...it is regrettable what happened, but your kin understood the danger.

Sylvar finds a spot next to Tam, in his usual nonchalant manner, watching everything, but seeming to mind his own business. He begins to hum a tune that Vale's drunken outburst reminded him of, a sea shanty...with a smile he begins to sing quietly, modified to fit the situation... (Partially in an attempt to cheer up Tam, and partially to entertain himself)


What shall we do with a drunken dwar-ef?
What shall we do with a drunken
dwar-ef?
What shall we do with the drunken
dwar-erf, early in the morning...


Hang him from the ceiling in the Vampire's dungeon,
Hang him from the ceiling in the Vampire's dungeon,
hang him from the ceiling in the Vampire's dungeon, early in the morning.

Yo, ho and up he rises
Yo, ho and up he rises
Yo, ho and up he rises, early in the morning.

What shall we do with a drunken
dwar-ef?
What shall we do with a drunken
dwar-ef?
What shall we do with the drunken
dwar-ef, early in the morning...

Tie him to the back of an angry stallion
Tie him to the back of an angry stallion,
Tie him to the back of an angry stallioooon, Early in the morning...

Yo, ho and up he rises
Yo, ho and up he rises
Yo, ho and up he rises, early in the morning.

What shall we do with a drunken dwar-ef?
What shall we do with a drunken
dwar-ef?
What shall we do with the drunken
dwar-ef, early in the morning...

At this point Sylvar looks at Respen as he is speaking with Margull, gets a deep smile on his face, and lowers the volume of his voice just a little further (knowing full well that Respen can probably still hear him) and ribs Tam with his elbow...

Lock him in a cabin with Respen's vixen
Lock him in a cabin with Respen's vixen
Lock him in a cabin with Respen's vixen, Early in the morning.

He allows his voice to rise to its previous volume

Yo, ho and up he rises
Yo, ho and up he rises
Yo, ho and up he rises, early in the morning.

Yo, ho and up he rises
Yo, ho and up he rises
Yo, ho and up he rises, early..... in..... the..... morning.

Sylvar settles in to humming the tune, knowing that at this point his lyrics would just degrade into increasingly sophomoric, yet still humorous, lows more befitting a tavern than a wizard's tower.

 
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Waynan

Adventurer
Supporter
What shall we do with a drunken dwar-ef?
What shall we do with a drunken dwar-ef?
What shall we do with the drunken dwar-ef, early in the morning...

At this point Sylvar looks at Respen as he is speaking with Margull, gets a deep smile on his face, and lowers the volume of his voice just a little further (knowing full well that Respen can probably still hear him) and ribs Tam with his elbow...

Lock him in a cabin with Respen's vixen
Lock him in a cabin with Respen's vixen
Lock him in a cabin with Respen's vixen, Early in the morning.

Though Tam is in a funk over what has transpired since Palimov, his very mentor who took a younger Tamartamlin Quickfoot under his personal tutelage, asked him to do such a dastardly and crazy deed, when Sylvar ribs him and sings of Vale with Respen's woman, he can't help but be lifted into Sylvar's levity. He is lifted by the Bard's skill to the point of singing the last two choruses with Sylvar, quite lustily...and, to Sylvar's surprise, in good voice:

Yo, ho and up he rises
Yo, ho and up he rises
Yo, ho and up he rises, early in the morning.

Yo, ho and up he rises
Yo, ho and up he rises
Yo, ho and up he rises, early..... in..... the..... morning.

When they finish, Tam hugs Sylvar and thanks him for the song; but then, he pulls back quickly/embarrassedly, for no two partners in a "business" agreement should ever be so buddy-buddy...he just couldn't help himself. The emotional rollercoaster he had been on since meeting Lady Abigail and the archery contest at the party and the unexpected request of his Guild Master and personal mentor was really messing with his heart/head and...*gasp*, dare he say...soul.

He knew he had much to say to Margull...and Laramon...but, he would patiently wait for them to approach him.

He just hoped, by Yondalla, that they would...and soon.
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Results of Sylvar's Bardic Knowledge Check

Sylvar said:
”.... He does however, reach back into his memory for anything concerning Margull, the "True Blood" and Vampires.”


[sblock=What Sylvar Knows From Legends of Old]
Sylvar doesn’t recall anything about the “True Blood,” but he does recall that there was a legend that he once heard, about the Cult of Vecna, a dark order of sinister mages, all of whom were obsessed with two main goals: the attainment of immortality for themselves, and the restoration of their fallen lord, the Arch Lich known as Vecna.

GM:
SIDENOTE: Vecna had been a powerful wizard in his mortal life, and in his elder years, he purposefully transformed himself into a Lich, and forged an empire through the letting of blood over a 510-year period, from S.D. 3805 - S.D. 4315 (S.D. = Suloise Date.) By the time Vecna’s corporeal form was sundered in S.D. 4315 (which, in C.Y. Dating, is C.Y. -1200) Vecna had already obtained quasi-deitific status, having legions of loyal followers dedicated to the acquisition of power through servitude of him. Thus, Vecna has persevered, his cult now known far and wide as The Unseen Eyes, a reference to the fact that anything that his servants know is also known by their dark master, whose colloquial title is “The Master of Secrets.”


Most of the members of the original Cult of Vecna (before it became a true religion) eventually became Liches themselves, although there was one magus in particular, the Arch Magus known as Morval Ebonfire, who was convinced that there were other undead forms that could grant more power, and greater longevity, than “mere Lichdom.” It is said that Morval captured a powerful vampire, and experimented on him for centuries, trying to concoct a potion from his blood that would grant Morval immortality and ultimate power; this is obviously the arch magus that Margull was referring to. And Margull is most certainly the powerful vampire in question. It is said that Morval developed the potion early in Margull’s captivity, transforming himself; and over the next two hundred years or so, Morval would return periodically to the place where Margull was being held, in order to consume additional doses of Margull’s blood, all the while, creating legions of loyal servants (Vampyr Spawn) with which he planned to wage war against the Elven Empires, much as Vecna had originally done.

There are those sages who theorize that it was Vecna himself who somehow arranged Margull’s escape, as repayment for what he saw as Morval’s treachery. Morval had turned away from Vecna’s service, more interested in his own ambitions. According to legend, Margull somehow freed himself (or was set free) from the spell that was binding him (and also suppressing his powers), and laid in wait for Morval to return. When he did, Margull surprised him, using the power of the blood to paralyze Morval. Margull then drained Morval completely of all blood, and consumed his heart and brain, which had the effect of utterly destroying the would-be tyrant.
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GM: SYLVAR: If you choose to tell the party all that you know about this matter, simply state that you do so (in character) and then the party members can simply come back to this post and click on the SBlock, rather than you having to re-type all of this information.
 

Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Vale's Axe Finally Speaks Up

As Vale is cogitating about his disgust with Margull, the axe's slick (yet grating) voice pops back into his head.

[sblock=For Vale's Eyes Only]
Valoran to Vale, Telepathically, ~Wh-wh-what?!? What just happened? It feels like I've been asleep! There's danger here! That one, he's a dark spirit, reeking of the tainted existence of un-life!~
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Valoran speaks up, shouting at the party members: "Blast it, all ye bumbling peasants! That man is a vampire! What are you all standing around for? Attack him!"

The axe obviously means Margull. It begins to glow a radiant shade of blue!

Laramon spits in disgust, "I thought I put you to sleep, you damnable axe?"

Laramon waves his hand, and almost instantly, the axe ceases to glow, falling silent once more!

Laramon explains, "Forgive me, master Dwarf. But I know that axe of yours quite well. I have encountered it before, in the hands of its former owner, Lyndalia Fireforge. If I had not suppressed its powers just now, it likely would have compelled you to attack the Lord Mayor. And we can't have that; Lord Margull is the rightful sovereign, and although he is indeed one of the undead, he is not evil, and deserves not your mistrust nor your ire. Margull and I have worked together for many years, and he has earned my complete trust. I have not harmed your axe, I have merely sedated it for the time being. I had done so earlier, as you arrived at the mansion, but the axe seems to have significant powers of recovery, to have awakened so soon."
 

Sylvar B.

Explorer
When Respen is through speaking with Margull Sylvar speaks.

Forgive me Lord Margull, If you are who I think you are it would have been a simple matter of a wave of your hand to annihilate all of us, and so I have no doubt as to your right intention, or at least that you have found a use for us that suits your purposes....
Thank you, by the way, for the titles you have bestowed on us. Unlike Respen I have no need for anonymity beyond a desire to be able to travel without hindrance.

If I may be so bold, and, you may decline to answer if you deem that my questions are too bold, or that I am overstepping my bounds... Are you the vampire that Morval Ebonfire held captive all those years so that he could prolong his life?

OOC: If Margull's answer is yes Sylvar will share what he knows with the group.
If Margull's answer is no Sylvar will look at Respen and say "I do believe it is time for us to leave" He'll thank Margull for his hospitality and gather his things and walk out.
 

Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Margull nods solemnly, "Yes, Young Master Sylvar. You are correct. I am indeed that person. But I'd prefer that you not use the word vampire in my presence. I prefer "Old Ones," or "True Bloods." As I said before, the term vampire doesn't really do my kind justice. We don't simply drink blood; we use it. Through the blood, I can reach out to others of my kind, and heal them, or destroy them, or know what they know. The Vampyr, such as Dame Clare, have no such connection, except to those who are their direct spawn. Their blood is tainted, lesser, not true. They are the ones for whom you should reserve that term."
 

Damionte

Explorer
Good Twin Bad Twin / Who's Up First

Duncan is conferring with the others when the twins approach with a proposition.

Travis: "Boss, let us take a crack at this. These doppelgangers are a tricky lot."
Leonard: "Yes and they have trouble with possessive pronounces. We'll get them warmed up. "

Duncan: "You two have questions? Hmm I suppose it won't hurt to let you warm them up. Ask away."

The twins approach the bound and blindfolded prisoners. Sensing their approach one of them calls out.

Yu: "Who's there?"

Travis: "What's your name?"

Yu: "Yu!"

Travis: "No, not me, you!"

Yu: "Yes, I'm Yu."

Leonard: "Just answer the question!"

Yu: "But I have told you."

Leonard: "No you told him! Are you deaf?"

Yu: "No, Yu is blind!"

Leonard: "I'm not blind. You blind!"

Yu: "That is what I just said."

Leonard: "You said what?"

Yu: "I did not say what, I said Yu."

Travis: "That's what I'm asking you."

Yu: "And Yu was answering."

Travis: "Shut up!"

Leonard rips the blindfold off the other prisoner. "You!"

Yu: "Yes?"

Travis slaps Yu. "Not you him!"

Leonard: "What's your name?"

Mi: "Mi."

Travis: "Yes you!"

Mi: "I'm Mi."

Yu: "He's Mi, and I'm Yu."

Travis pounces on Yu, and Leonard has to pull him off.

Travis: "I'm going to rip you apart. I'm sick of playing these games. You Me, everybody in here is going to get these hands!"

Leonard: "Brother, brother calm down, calm down."

In a calmer voice he turns back to the prisoners.

Leonard: "Enough of that let's move on. We know you have operatives in the city guilds so tell me their names!"

Mi: "Who, what,... I don't know."

Leonard: "You're trying to tell me you don't know the operatives names?"

Yu: "Mi's telling you!"

Travis: "No one asked YOU!"

Leonard: "Tell me the name of the operative in the thieves guild."

Mi: "Who."

Leonard: "The guy at the thieves guild."

Mi: "Who."

Leonard: "WHAT'S THE NAME OF THE OPERATIVE IN THE THIEVES GUILD?"

Mi: "Who's! In the thieves guild."

Leonard: "What are you asking me for?"

Yu: "Mi's not asking, Mi's telling!"

Travis: "No one asked YOU!"

Mi: "That's the operatives name!"

Leonard: "That's who's name?"

Mi: "Yes."

Leonard: "So tell me!"

Mi: "I am Mi!"

Yu: "And I'm yu!"

Travis slaps Yu again!

Leonard grabs Mi by the throat.

"I just want to know the name of the operative in the thieves guild."

Mi: "Who"

Leonard: "The operative!"

Mi: "Who."

Leonard: "WHAT'S THE NAME OF THE OPERATIVE IN THE THIEVES GUILD?"

Yu: "What's the name of the operative in the Mage's guild."

Travis: "We didn't ask you who's in the Mage's Guild."

Mi ( Choking): "Who's in the Thieves Guild!"

Travis: "I don't know!"

Yu: "He's with the Iron Bears Guard"

Mi: "Da Bears!"

The twins lose their :):):):) and start assaulting the prisoners. Duncan has heard enough and goes in to pull the twins off of them.

Duncan: "Ok ... ok... that's enough we'll take it! .... WE'LL TAKE IT FROM HERE!"

GM: +1,000 xp to Duncan, and +500 xp to Ebony, Lenny, and Trav, for making the DM laugh.
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Playtime Is Over, Fellas :)

It is at this point that Laramon imprisons the villainous pair, and casts a spell that will allow the party to question them despite their remote, catatonic state.

Laramon eyes the twins coldly, "You two behave, or I'll turn you both into mice and sic my cat on you!"

Laramon gives Duncan a silent, sideways glance, that seems to imply, "Just kidding, I wouldn't really do that."
 



Aust Thale

Explorer
Respen Speaks Again...

As Sylvar retreats from his conversation with Margull he pulls the others aside and tells them what he knows about him.

Respen recalls seeing bits and pieces of the lore Sylvar is disclosing in one of the books Respen collected for Dame Clare. A side piece that, given Sylvar's explanation, was less legend than Respen thought.

~ Even more of a reason for Margull to plant himself here. He places the entire region at risk as he chases these other "Vampyr". ~


" Sylvar, we tempt fate planning in these trees. Perhaps one day, but as my original mentor would say, 'Mortals and immortals can not occupy the same space; mortals have too much to lose, and immortals have experienced so much loss that they are numb to it.' It's funny that I never took the warning seriously until my experience with Dame Clare. Now, despite Margull's stated intentions as well as the company he keeps, I've never held the words in such high esteem. The less time I spend around Margull, the better off I will feel. "


He smiles mischievously at Sylvar, "That staff looks fun, though! Keep Tam away from it."
 
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Diarmadhim

Explorer
At Tam-Tam's actions, my brows raise in surprise, but I hold my tongue. Lord Margull has command of the situation, but my disappointed expression relays my feelings at the lawless actions in my home. As Sylvar starts from his slumber, I suppress a chuckle. That certainly helps relieve a tense situation...

At Laramon's Tower, my mouth momentarily flies agape at the news of being proclaimed a Hero of Dyvers and being given a Minor Writ of Nobility. “My – my thanks Lord Margull. That is very generous of you!”

Upon Margull's confession of his reality and Vale's outburst, a sad look breezes across my face. “I can understand Vale's anger, but Lord Margull has done no wrong. Yes, his cousin suffered – but it was due to his and his companions own actions. Lord Margull didn't send them there. A notice was posted and they went of their own accord to collect on any potential bounties, just as we ourselves did.”

Sylvar's stage whisper rendition brings a smile to my stoic countenance, lightening the mood and my heart. My humor is only further tickled by Valoran's outburst and then sent over the ledge with the twins joke. A guffaw escapes me, loud, unrestrained, and quite boisterous.

GM:
+1,000 XP for your very detailed, thoughtful, and honest post.
 
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Damionte

Explorer
Duncan pauses. Once the full story came out he feels trapped in a dilemma. The undead were a real problem for both he and Ebony. Getting deeper into this situation would push them down a path neither is capable of willingly following. Sounding a bit shaken he comments.

"With all due respect, we are visitors here. The locals would be better served with someone closer to the situation asking the questions rather than a random stranger from out of town."
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Lathir stops his pacing and moves closer to the focus of the situation at hand. "Respen, my friend, you have previously shown some aptitude and diligence at such proceedings. Perhaps you should initiate this query. The rest of us can interject additional thoughts or add questions as we receive answers."
 

Waynan

Adventurer
Supporter
Seeing the gravity of the situation, at present, Tam stands a bit off to the side as it looks as if Respen was dealing with more important issues than his guilty feelings.
 

Aust Thale

Explorer
Advanced Interrogation Techniques: Magical Water-boarding.

OOC: These are two posts in one: a prologue to the interrogation planned of the prisoners. Read on to see why. And the actual questioning in earnest (assuming the prologue doesn’t go well.


Suddenly serious, Respen agrees to the interrogation, turning his attention from his dwarven friend. Wine, mead, and ale straining his friend’s rationality, it appears better to allow him to sleep it off.

~ Too bad Ky isn't local. Her talents would be most useful right now. ~

Respen addresses Laramon, “It appears that I am to question the prisoners. Thank you for the opportunity. “ Respen rubs his chin and then the corner of his mouth with his pinky finger, concentrating on the questions as well as a strategy. He had done this Auror from time to time with varying degrees of success. The keys were to have a plan, focus on the questions, and be nimble enough to adjust the yes/no questions on the fly. Despite it’s seeming simplicity, it was anything but.

Before he engages the prisoners, he queries Laramon. “Master Laramon, before I begin, is there any willingness on your part, were the Rutterkin or Doppleganger interested in their freedom, to make a deal? I am curious how they might respond, and whether they perceive that they have options. The hopeless and desperate come in all shapes and sizes. If the only tool one has is a crowbar….” Respen trails off, having made his point with his master.

Regardless of Laramon’s answer, Respen approaches both the interrogation of the Doppelganger as well as the Rutterkin with the following comment: “Your comrade appears to be willing to share information for his freedom after all. I posed to him questions of great import. He was resistant at first. But he understands now what you need to understand. The magical hole in which you are currently residing is deep indeed. You will not leave it. Ever. Without demonstrating your value. The first to answer wins.

OOC: Specifically for the Rutterkin, in an attempt at persuasion vis-à-vis the Prisoners' Dilemma.
I know something of your kind. You take your orders from higher demons. Your kind is bullied and sullied. Why in all of the Abyss or all of the Oerth, neither of which you will see again should you take a more difficult path, would you for a moment protect their secrets?

OOC: Specifically for the Doppelganger, the other half of the Prisoners' Dilemma.
I don’t know you very well at all. I’ve only met one of you in all of my life, but I can’t for a moment think of why you would be willing to stay in this deep, dark hole to protect your keepers. You know they see you as a pet. A trained animal using circus tricks to promote their plan, receiving only crumbs from their table in return. I simply do not see that this game is worth it to you now.

OOC: To both of the prisoners, invoking Laramon’s spell …


Respen stops short of his intended question, asking two instead of each prisoner before asking any more, in an attempt to shortcut the process.
1) “Are you under a magical or blood oath such that you cannot voluntarily answer questions without losing your life?
2) “In return for your life and freedom, notwithstanding that oath, will you truthfully, in good faith, here and now to me, lay bare your brethren and / or their plans?

OOC: Abandoning the pretense of cooperation from the prisoners.


1) “Do you have full knowledge of your organizations plans and strategy?
2) “Will your brethren attempt to find and/kill you in captivity?
3) “Are you currently being scryed or tracked by your organization?”
4) “Is/are your leader/s of your organization mortal?

OOC: Allowing for flexibility if we can discover a successful line of questioning, the next questions are subject to change within the post. I realize that the DM may not work well with that. However, Respen is setting the strategy and tenor of the questions; if he senses a potential lead, he wants to be able to follow it to the degree possible.


1) (2 Question Set): “Does your organization plan a coup, attack, or takeover in this region?
a. If Yes, then “Will it be in Dyvers?”’
b. If No, then Next Question Set

2) (4 Question Set): “Have you infiltrated any of the following: the Dyvers Mages Guild, Dyvers Thieves Guild, or the Dyvers City Guard?
a. If Yes, “Did you utilize magic rings to do it?
i. If Yes, “Are the infiltration magic rings the same as your magic ring?
a) If Yes, “Are the rings easy to notice like yours?

3) (1 Question): “Do you have an outpost or safehouse in Dyvers where your organization meets or passes intelligence?
a. If Yes, “Do you have the ability to show us?
i. If No, then Next Question Set.

4) (1 Question): “Is Caltaran currently infiltrated with ring-wearers after your earlier failure with Sheriff Denby?

5) (1 Question): “Is your organization targeting Margull or current Regional leadership?


OOC: Any leftover questions courtesy of negative responses will be picked up in additional questions as quickly as the DM can answer these.
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Respen Gets Answers!

GM:

Laramon's spell requires the asking of YES/NO questions; however, it also forces the subject to give short explanations which clarify the yes or no answer.

1) “Are you under a magical or blood oath such that you cannot voluntarily answer questions without losing your life? “

Answer 1 of 15: (Doppleganger): Yes, I swore a Blood Oath to the Crimson Sensei.

Answer 1 of 15: (Rutterkin): No, I am immortal. My only loyalty is to Demogorgon.


2) “In return for your life and freedom, notwithstanding that oath, will you truthfully, in good faith, here and now to me, lay bare your brethren and / or their plans?”


Answer 2 of 15: (Doppleganger): Never. I do not take my oath lightly. This spell forces me to answer, but if set free, I would gladly attempt to kill you.

Answer 2 of 15: (Rutterkin): No. If you granted me my freedom, I would kill you and drink your heartblood!

1) “Do you have full knowledge of your organizations plans and strategy?”


Answer 3 of 15: (Doppleganger): No. I merely serve my part.

Answer 3 of 15: (Rutterkin): No. I do not care for the mechanations of mortals. All evil serves the will of Demogorgon. Therefore, I shall spread corruption whenever, and wherever I can.

2) “Will your brethren attempt to find and/kill you in captivity?”


Answer 4 of 15: (Doppleganger): No. I would have killed myself, if I had been able. Death is preferable to capture.

Answer 4 of 15: (Rutterkin): No. I am expendable. I live only to further the cause of Demogorgon.

3) “Are you currently being scryed or tracked by your organization?”


Answer 5 of 15: (Doppleganger): Yes. The ring I wear facilitates this.

Answer 5 of 15: (Rutterkin): No. Demogorgon does not care. I am expendable. I can easily be replaced. However, I suspect that the ring I was asked to wear might allow the Wizard who summoned me to track my whereabouts.

4) “Is/are your leader/s of your organization mortal?”


Answer 6 of 15: (Doppleganger): No. The Scarlet Sensei is a god. He lives beyond the veil of time.

Answer 6 of 15: (Rutterkin): Yes. I am controlled by the Wizard who summoned me. He is flesh and blood, as you are. But he is not my leader. My service to him is a gift from Lord Demogorgon, who is indeed very much immortal.


1) (2 Question Set): “Does your organization plan a coup, attack, or takeover in this region?”


Answer 7 of 15: (Doppleganger): Yes, but the goal is to do so slowly and discreetly, over time. Power is always lost at the same rate as it was gained. The Scarlet Sensei is not interested in sudden victory.

Answer 7 of 15: (Rutterkin): Yes. I am positive that the Wizard who summoned me has ambitions of power. Ambition is the driving force behind mortal servitude to demonic forces.


a. If Yes, then “Will it be in Dyvers?”’


Answer 8 of 15: (Doppleganger): Yes. And other realms as well.

Answer 8 of 15: (Rutterkin): I don’t know the answer to that question. Tonight was my first compelled task.

2) (4 Question Set): “Have you infiltrated any of the following: the Dyvers Mages Guild, Dyvers Thieves Guild, or the Dyvers City Guard?”


Answer 9 of 15: (Doppleganger): Yes. All three.

Answer 9 of 15: (Rutterkin): I don’t know the answer to that question. Tonight was my first compelled task.

a. If Yes, “Did you utilize magic rings to do it?”


Answer 10 of 15: (Doppleganger): Yes, of course. Greed is a powerful ally to patient usurpers.

Answer 10 of 15: (Rutterkin): Yes. I have been instructed in the use and distribution of magical rings for the purpose of espionage.

i. If Yes, “Are the infiltration magic rings the same as your magic ring?”


Answer 11 of 15: (Doppleganger): No. Gold rings are for pawns. Silver rings are for handlers.

Answer 11 of 15: (Rutterkin): No. Gold rings are for pawns. Silver rings are for handlers.

a) If Yes, “Are the rings easy to notice like yours?”

Answer 12 of 15: (Doppleganger): Yes. All of the rings have a similar appearance.

Answer 12 of 15: (Rutterkin): Yes. All of the rings have a similar appearance.


3) (1 Question): “Do you have an outpost or safehouse in Dyvers where your organization meets or passes intelligence?”


Answer 13 of 15: (Doppleganger): No. We pass intelligence through magical means.

Answer 13 of 15: (Rutterkin): I don’t know the answer to that question. Tonight was my first compelled task.

4) (1 Question): “Is Caltaran currently infiltrated with ring-wearers after your earlier failure with Sheriff Denby?”

Answer 14 of 15: (Doppleganger): No. It would be foolish to try again so soon.

Answer 14 of 15: (Rutterkin): I don’t know the answer to that question. Tonight was my first compelled task.

5) (1 Question): “Is your organization targeting Margull or current Regional leadership?”


Answer 15 of 15: (Doppleganger): No. Margull is an unknown quantity, and also an ally of The Fearless Five. Since we cannot usurp him, we must deceive him.

Answer 15 of 15: (Rutterkin): I don’t know the answer to that question. Tonight was my first compelled task.

 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
OOC: It is my understanding that all characters are present for this magical system of query, and that the questions and answers are audible.

Lathir, paces about the room as the questions and answers proceed. He is not one for standing still and he rarely sits. He addresses the others. "I am hearing two pertinent pieces of information. 'Gold rings are for pawn. Silver rings are for handlers,' and I suspect that the Scarlet Sensei is a bloodsucker."
 

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