Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Matumbo... attempts to bend light around himself as Sheldon did. He will then follow along the path, keeping an eye out for the hidden Seeker.
Merin will then (manipulate waylines) to perform the following tasks:
1. Dampen sound around himself.
3. Night Vision.
4. Darkening his skin.
Sheldon shakes his head and laughs. "No. I think not. I remember, well, the last time we were here. We made some advance upon the Da'Roneh, but the Deviard could hit us with lightning from a distance we could not even see them. We did not know what we were up against, before. I think we should fare better this time."Matumbo nods at the bodies and says with a wide grin to Sheldon, "... It seems clear that your abilities rival the best of what this valley has to offer..."
Matumbo will patiently wait for someone else to take the lead.
Sheldon cannot see Merin very well, even with his vision enhanced for the night, but he can readily sense what he is doing and wondering why.Merin pauses for a moment to manipulate Way; he augments his physicals (Strength, Motility, Health) before continuing.
Merin takes about two steps back the direction from which he arrived and stops, realizing no one is following. It is full on dark, and no one else can see nearly as well as Merin can.Merin says, "Well, this path seems to lead us to the Da'Roneh, not the Deviard... Let's get moving."
And with that, Merin takes the lead, following the path toward the Da'Roneh village.
Merin laughs, "... Let's get some rest, and get up with the dawn. Then we can discuss our next move."
Matumbo nods at the conversation and says, "... I thought we were going against the Deviard first..."
He will leave camp to scout around, keeping as silent as possible.
Though none of the other three can understand him yet, they listen to all of his words, sensing their emotive portent.Matumbo speaks in Deviard, "I used to despise the Da'Roneh..."
Surveying the entire valley as much as possible before relocating, it dawns on the party members, including Matumbo, that the rim of the valley is the top edge of a caldera from an ancient volcano. The valley formed after it, long ago, blew out its top and became dormant. Looking across the canopy to the other side, the tell-tale signs of distinct smoke can be seen rising on the other ridge.If Matumbo can recognize the 'hint of a structure' he will identify it to the Seekers.
Using the gambit of skills available to them, the party first takes note of the provided information concerning the Deviard, then begins to assess the Da'Roneh village. Not particularly needing to get too close, the men take most of the remains of the day to move around the outskirts.Merin says, "Let's try to get a bit closer..."
Merin then begins to augment himself, by manipulating (Waylines)...
Sheldon nods his head toward Matumbo. "With all that undergrowth cleared, sneaking in will become more difficult the further we penetrate; but with you on a bow, it allows you to keep an eye out for us from farther away. Merin and I should go in first, you and Vadin should follow."To be sure he is understood clearly, Matumbo says in Ansylin, "We could try sneak in, but Matumbo not so good with that. Fighting with bow and blade better for me."
Sheldon takes a deep breath and runs his left hand through his hair, pulling it back from his face. "Naturally, I would like to balk at such a suggestion. It makes me feel bloody, but these people has as much chance of becoming civil as a disease ridden coyote. They are more monster than men."Merin says, "We should sneak into a few of these outer-perimeter houses, and kill a few residents discreetly, so as to thin the herd before we go in hardcore. What say the rest of you?"
Sheldon said:"I still think we should spare younger couples and children even if it means we will have to return and conquer these people again."
The GM said:A strategy must be developed that would cause some but not too many of the Da'Roneh to give chase.
As soon as Matumbo is out the door, he realizes that a jump from 10 strides up would likely cause him some damage, maybe even break a leg, so he instantly discards the idea, hurrying down the ladder as quickly as possible.Matumbo will exit the hut, leaping down if feasible. He will quickly find cover and use his bow to fire at any hostile Da'Roneh he sees.
Merin nods, "Agreed. In a perfect world, I'd rather parlay with these people, and establish some sort of truce. But you're right, they're all touched by (malevolence), in their mind, and perhaps in their very souls."
Merin follows Matumbo...
Merin whispers "... we should try to pacify them..."