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RPGs The Untamed Wilds: Caravan Campaign

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
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As children, you've grown up traveling with a a silk caravan that journeys between Asylim, the southern port city, and Boga City, the central trade hub of the continent. Being a rather large caravan, there is a cartwright, leather worker, blacksmith, and a master weaver.

The silk is collected from spider webs in the southern part of the Thelanerest Forest and woven as the caravan travels. The caravan returns with iron and tin.

As children, your group became friends and went on mini adventures together like friends would do. As you are now adults, conversations have engaged concerning a different future than the caravan life.

Sheldon is Centrin, having been born in Boga City. He is of medium build and height, light complexion with reddish-blond hair. He does not carry a weapon but shows a talent for weaponless combat. His closest companion is Indigo.

She is a Rheini, having been born to the caravan. Her mother, the caravan's herbalist, was born in the Siswa'alo Jungle east of Asylim. She is medium build but relatively short having a bronze complexion and long black wavy hair. She carries twin, single-edged swords the length of her arm.

Sheldon has a quiet, yet direct way of speaking. He states to the group one evening,

"I think it is time that we strike out on our own."
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Southroad Fair

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Southroad Fair is build upon a rivulet in the middle of the the strip of piney woods that run mostly east to west across the Southern Trade Road. The forest is about 3 day travel, by foot, in width. The buildings are marked by placards designating their function.

OOC: Places of Interest
The Boar's Head Tavern
The Trade Store
The Tannery
The Blacksmith
The Carpenters Guild
A Bath House
A Barber Shop
The Winery
Bunk Houses and Hammocks to Let
Various Residences


GM: The Rumors

One: A group of indigenous savages as taken to aggressive behavior at a location several days to the west where the hardwoods start to blend with the pines. The hostiles are pale skinned, move quickly, and use bows. They are killing everyone they meet as if establishing a base of operation in the area. Giodavi, the Tavern Keeper, and founder of Southroad Fair has established the most viable information on this subject.

Two: To the southeast, out of the forest and back into the badlands, there is a place the Rheins call the Hollow of Bones. It is reported to be a tiny vale with standing dead trees, the ground littered with bones. Stories allocate that the place is haunted. Swift Raven, the Tanner and an aged Rhein, is the most likely person to provide accurate information on this subject.

Three: To the northeast, several days but still within the pines, there is a large tree that is not a pine. The skulls of various animals hang from cords about the tree. Stories allocate the tree to be haunted. The guards or the hunters may provide more viable information on this subject.
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Party Equipment

OOC: Lizard Skull
20 Large Brown Lizard Talons
6 Agates (120 clams value)
6 Jades (120 clams value)
3 Ambers (30 clams value)
Large Waterskin
30 Replacement Bowstrings
Scale Armored Skirt (being made: 1 day)
2 Scale Armored Surcoats (being made: 4 days)
Scale Bracers: Bright Blue) (being made: 4 days)
92 bricks lizard meat
Store Credit (360 clams)
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
The Tavern Keeper: Founder of Southroad Fair

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Giodavi is a boisterous and demonstrative, middle-aged, Ansylin man who likes to be the center of attention. He appears to be forthright and honest despite his showmanship. His heartmate is the Store Keeper. He has met the party and has provided general information about the town and its growth.

He has also provided as much in depth information about the attacks to the west as could possibly be discovered.

OOC: Rumor 1
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
The Tannery

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Swift Raven, the Tanner, prefers, simply to be called Raven, no longer having the swiftness of youth. Raven is a middle-aged Rhein who has traveled with Giodavi before he founded Southroad Fair. He has a calm, factual way of speaking without diverging into much embellishment.

The party has contracted the Tanner to produce four pieces of armor from the pieces of lizard hide they provided. The agreed upon fee for the labor is 350 clams. The total time for completion is 4 days.

OOC: Scale Armored Skirt (mottled outside, blue inside) = Bolo
Hooded Lizard Tunic (mottled) = Revan
Hooded Lizard Tunic (dull yellow) = Sheldon
Hooded Lizard Bracers (bright blue) = Indigo


GM: Del Sannit & Bolo, Galen & Siofra, and Aust & Revan are all at the Tannery.
Sheldon & Indigo and Merindell & Torvald are on route to the Trades Store from the Blacksmith
 
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Kwargrow

Villager
Del Sannit was born to caravan life, trained and drilled in combat, how and when to fight against a hostile world. An Aedaman, he is average height with light skin, broad shoulders, straight back and strong legs. He keeps his dark brown hair cut to his shoulders and has grown a beard. He always has an amused gleam in his eye, as though he discovered some private joke about life.

Bolo was born to a Da'Roneh tribe, but forgets which one. She was orphaned after one of countless tribal conflicts and taken in by Sannit's family in the caravan. A Faethrin, she is a head shorter than Sannit, has dark bronze skin, voluptuous curves, and curly black hair that she keeps pulled forward over her face to hide a jagged scar on her left cheek. She is a skilled marksman with a bow, but also trains with her pair of long knives. She is quiet and reserved and often looks around as though expecting to find some hidden threat. She follows Sannit closely, so much that the other caravaners called the pair 'San-Bolo' for short.
 
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Kwargrow

Villager
San-Bolo shiver a little as the world settles around them. "That was a strange feeling," Sannit murmurs to himself while Bolo looks around with a puzzled expression. "Oh well, back to business. So we've agreed on the work, but not payment." He flashes the amber and jade again. "These would be mighty fine as beads or other décor added to your work. We took them from a vicious band of bandits that attacked us on the road here. Care to trade?"

After payment is settled Sannit settles into a friendlier demeanor. "This is a pleasant place here, Raven. I've heard of a not so pleasant place you might know of called the Hollow of Bones?" He motions to the rest of the group. "We are a band of intrepid adventurers and are thinking of investigating some of the strange places around here."
 
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Aust Thale

Explorer
OOC: Revan would like the mottled armored surcoat.


Aust was slow to leave the caravans, more evenly suited to life among them. Revan was very eager to leave, as she found life in the caravans less appealing. However, the reality of adventuring among strangers, even friendly strangers, finds the two of them switching roles. Revan is nervous about adventuring, and Aust is exhilarated by it. It places obvious strain on their relationship.

OOC: Mac, I will send you detail later on what to do with XP on the characters. I'll need you to tell me will it work or not. Thanks!


GM: Anything can be increased except core abilities. Use PM or Email.
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
The Tanner Responds

"These would be mighty fine as beads or other décor added to your work. We took them from a vicious band of bandits that attacked us on the road here. Care to trade?"


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Raven looks over the stones.

"Yes, the amber is a common means of currency here at Southroad Fair. They are valued at 10 clams each. The agate and jade are worth 20 each. That gives you a total of 250 in stones. The remaining 100 clams can be paid upon completion of the tasks. I accept the terms."

OOC: Party Equipment:
-6 agates
-6 jades
-3 ambers

After payment is settled Sannit settles into a friendlier demeanor. "This is a pleasant place here, Raven. I've heard of a not so pleasant place you might know of called the Hollow of Bones?" He motions to the rest of the group. "We are a band of intrepid adventurers and are thinking of investigating some of the strange places around here."
"Ha! That rumor still floats about. The truth of the matter is a bit mundane. The standing dead are not trees but the remaining stalks of the bloom of a cactus. The cactus is similar to agave, but is mostly subterranean and puts up a bloom stalk only once during the rainy season. The cactus prevents the growth of other plants near it."

"These hollows are more common further south in the drier sands. There is a real danger, though. The bloom comes out at night and smells like rotting meat. It attracts carnivorous animals to it, mostly jackals. The seed pods are like large darts that are fired from the stalk into the attracted animals. They are toxic. Most animals die where they stand to fertilize the ground around the cactus. The ones that run off spread the cactus to new areas. when the cactus is not in bloom, it can be rooted out and destroyed."

"The second danger is that these hollows are used as sacrificial areas by the more superstitious indigenous clans. The most superstitious are, of course, the cannibals and head hunters. So be wary if you go to investigate as this particular hollow sounds to be an active site
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Merin is deep in thought, as the little group hurries along.

~Hmm... I wonder if I could manipulate way in such as manner as to cause arrows and spears to miss me, and be deflected away? If we're going to face those pale-skinned savages, we'd better be prepared to repel missile attacks.~

GM: You already are. The collegiate skill that is added into your defend against projectiles score takes that into consideration. You are just not very good at it yet.


Tor is munching on a small baguette from his pouch as he walks along.

"So, Sheldon, which rumor sounds the most enticing to you? I'd really like to see this haunted tree for myself."
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
"So, Sheldon, which rumor sounds the most enticing to you? I'd really like to see this haunted tree for myself."
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Sheldon thinks to himself for a moment and rubs his chin.

"To be honest, this haunted tree sound incredibly intriguing; but to be practical, we may be a bit out of our depth on that one, yet. If we look into the simpler problem to the west with the hostile tribesmen attacking hunters,we should be able to readily eliminate that problem which should also engender us further good will with the people of the community."

"Let's head on to the Trade Store to wait for the others to see what they have to say."
 
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Kwargrow

Villager
Sannit assesses the group and says, "Siofra, since you favor melee combat, why don't you take the other scaled surcoat. Galen you can have the pair of scaled bracers if you like. I don't think they will interfere with anything you want to do, and even a little bit of armor can help save your life. Ok, if anyone has a problem with equipment, let me know."

Are there any pieces we can buy at the shop?
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
The Trade Store

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San-Bolo, Galen, Siofra, Aust, and Revan arrive to find Sheldon, Indigo, Merin, and Tor already milling about the store. It is a well stocked covering a variety of necessities from general commodities and cured foods to weapons and armor. There are a few others in the store and the proprietor is sitting on a tall stool behind a counter pleasantly humming to herself while knitting.

OOC: General Merchandise
ground corn meal, ground rice meal
dried venison, dried pork, dried pork skin
silk rope, gut string, sisal
water skins
blankets, hammocks
pots, pans, skillets
various tools, utensils

To Purchase Armor: Southroad Fair: Trade Store, Armor
OOC: Armor
Soft Leather Hauberks, Vests, Skirts
Soft Leather Spaulders, Bracers, Gloves
Soft Leather Cuisses, Tassets
Soft Leather Coifs, Skullcaps
Soft Leather Shoes, Boots, Greaves


OOC: Weapons & Shields
Various Knives, Short Swords, Axes, Spears
Various Crossbows, Longbows, Shortbows
Wooden Bucklers, Hide Bucklers
Wooden Small Shields
 
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Kwargrow

Villager
San-Bolo smile and address the proprietor. Items to purchase: leather hauberk, leather jerkin, leather bracers, 2 sets leather leggings, arrows, and a crossbow.

Will attempt to use charm and sympathy about their trials on the road to negotiate the best price.

GM: Point of Note:
The items of armor you are having made are better than any you can purchase here, but the leggings will help since you have nothing to cover that area of the body.


OOC: Types of Crossbows
Single-Hand (200 clams)
Small Levered (300 clams)
Large Levered (400 clams)
Large Cranked (500 clams)
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
The Trade Store

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The proprietor greets everyone with a warm smile. She is a middle-aged Bajinin who appears to be a mix of Ansylin and Spiofthest, which is quite a rare combination. She seems genuinely pleasant and easy going.

"Greetings young adventurers. Call me Lyndha. I have already heard some word of your deeds and developing prowess. Some are taking to calling you the Dragon Hunters. If that is true, I am impressed. I have never seen a dragon. I also have received the notice that you have 360 in store credit. It is always a pleasure to establish the potential for a lasting business relationship. Feel free to look about the store as you like. We can discuss purchases in bulk or individually, as is your desire."

Lyndha rubs her forehead for a second and then blinks a few times. She lowers her voice and looks straight at Bolo.

"Girl, not everyone you meet is burdened with overt superstition. If you are aware of what you can do, I suggest using it on someone less disposed to actual friendliness. I prefer unmodified forthrightness in my customer dealings."

Back in her normal hawkers voice:

"I am inclined to offer 20 arrows or bolts with the purchase of any bow. Others can be bought separately at 2 clams each or 180 clams for 100."​
 
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Kwargrow

Villager
Bolo looks back unperturbed at the gentler older woman as she pushes her hair back to display the ragged scar that runs from the corner of her mouth to her ear. "I trusted the man that gave me this, and turned away from the warnings of my mind. I will not do so again."

Sannit looks genuinely perplexed at the grandiose title. "Dragonhunters? That's the kind of name that will get us the wrong kind of attention." He shares a long look with Bolo, but all she can offer is a shrug.

He strokes his beard and addresses the rest of the group. "I think I was wrong about not picking a name. It seems if we don't label ourselves others will come up with some kind of silly title for us. Howabout the X-Caravaners? Then we can get nifty matching outfits."

Bolo chuckles and playfully punches him on the arm. Sannit grins at her and says, "Of course for you women we will make the tightest, skimpiest outfits possible." He emphasizes the statement with a swat on her rump. She glowers back but a smile tugs at the corners of her mouth.
 
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Galen and Siofra Depart: A Group Name Resurfaces

Sheldon laughs at the camaraderie.

"Sannit your sense of humor gets me every time."

Siofra looks over the displayed weaponry. Galen approaches the discussion, nervously fidgeting with his tunic.

"Siofra and I have been discussing the matter and now seems as good of time as any to brooch the subject. We are grateful for your hospitality and company as we have journeyed northward, but now that we have discovered the friendliness of this place and its potential for growth, as opposed to the dour oppression of Asylim, we have decided to stay."

"Siofra wishes to join with the hunters that provide the meat and hides, and I would like to establish a new post of entertainment setting up here in the Boar's Head. We wish you all well. Happy Hunting."

They depart in fair standing. No hard feeling were even considered. There are always the chance encounters that sometimes last and sometimes do not. After farewells have been shared, Sheldon readdresses the group concerning matter at hand.

"Hmm... A group name. Something Simple, something catchy, something with meaning. All kidding aside, how about Southroad Questors?"

"On a completely separate note. I think I would like that other surcoat we are having made. That spear in the gut has me rethinking my strategy."

Indigo adds, "If no one objects, I would like the bright blue bracers."
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Merin is Looking for a Bow.

Merin bids Galen and Siofra farewell, and says that he hopes that there can be a reunion, at some future date. Then he turns to Lyndha, and says:

"How much for a bow? I need one that is short, and light, but also one that has a heavy pull. I want a lot of power, at short to medium distance. I don't plan to use it for long range."

Tor takes a look at the weaponry; he is trying to see if any of the longswords look better-made than his. If they are, he will inquire as to their price.

"The word 'Questors' is a mouthful. How about Southroad Searchers? It rolls off the tongue easier." Tor comments.

OOC: Merin is basically asking for a composite short recurve bow. Like so:
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Kwargrow

Villager
Sannit inspects the crossbows, peering intently at the mechanisms. Nearby Bolo is looking at greaves, holding them up to her shins to test the fit.

"Anything is better than Dragon Hunters," Sannit remarks. "Imagine if you were a dragon and you heard that. You'd want to shank us just on principal." He grins at Tor and says, "What about Southroad Shankers? Gives us a tougher image."

Items to purchase for San-Bolo: leather hauberk, leather jerkin, two sets of greaves, one handcrossbow (with 20 bolts), and fifty arrows
Total: 900 clams (-90 storecredit) = 810 clams
 
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Aust Thale

Explorer


The proprietor greets everyone with a warm smile. She is a middle-aged Bajinin who appears to be a mix of Ansylin and Spiofthest, which is quite a rare combination. She seems genuinely pleasant and easy going.

"Greetings young adventurers. Call me Lyndha. I have already heard some word of your deeds and developing prowess. Some are taking to calling you the Dragon Hunters. If that is true, I am impressed. I have never seen a dragon. I also have received the notice that you have 360 in store credit. It is always a pleasure to establish the potential for a lasting business relationship. Feel free to look about the store as you like. We can discuss purchases in bulk or individually, as is your desire."

Lyndha rubs her forehead for a second and then blinks a few times. She lowers her voice and looks straight at Bolo.

"Girl, not everyone you meet is burdened with overt superstition. If you are aware of what you can do, I suggest using it on someone less disposed to actual friendliness. I prefer unmodified forthrightness in my customer dealings."

Back in her normal hawkers voice:

"I am inclined to offer 20 arrows or bolts with the purchase of any bow. Others can be bought separately at 2 clams each or 180 clams for 100."​

Revan gracefully leans in to speak with Lyndha, saying quietly but clearly, "I would very much like a better bow than I currently have." She looks to Aust, who looks at the others. Revan continues, "Do we have enough to purchase one?"

Aust has thoughts of his own, particularly about armor. He is fine with his padded armor, but he would very much like to trade up, but not with lizard scales. He would like to see what it would take to purchase a true leather armor, if they have it. If they do, and it's too expensive, he contemplates what he needs to obtain it. If they don't, he asks Lyndha where he might acquire quality leather armor.

Aust and Revan agree with the majority of the party as to their next encounter/adventure. There is strength in numbers.
 
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