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TUW: The Outpost

Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Maka shakes his head, and says, "Something isn't right. The followers of the Dawn, including Vittero's father, are brothers to the followers of the sun. They are lower ranking members of the same sect. The religion of the sun and the dawn is one of benevolence; I suspect that some of their number are not corrupt, but they dare not speak out, because the ones who are corrupt are probably the ones who hold the power. I also suspect that the corruption lies within the order of the sun; if it were affecting the order of the dawn, Plascimon would know about it; but he acts as if there is nothing to fear from speaking up. I fear he is in danger of unwittingly becoming a martyr. We need to discover the root of this corruption, and cut it out. Otherwise it will spread like a disease. Does anyone know who the robed man was? If not, we need to find out. We should talk to Plascimon, in any event."
 

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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
That Was Unexpected

OOC: Current Inventory:
4-Wheeled Cart pulled by 2 donkeys
Harnin Short Swords: 20
Coins:
  • chest of various coins
  • marks: 461
Animal Parts:
  • Grizzly Skull
Minerals:
  • Slate: 63: {Thump x2}
  • Flint: 10 {Heat x2}
  • Coal: 2: {Heat x3}
  • Bloodstone: 2: {Confluence +1}
  • Sunstone: 9: {Persona +1, Muddle x2}
  • Heartstone: 5: {Confluence +1}
  • Lodestone: 4 {shock x2}
Ores:
  • Zinc Ingots: 1: {Health +1, Mend x2}
  • Tin Ingot: 1: {Persona +1, Muddle x2}
  • Lead Ingot: 12: {Rend x2}
  • Iron Ingot: 1 {Confluence +1, Mend x2}
  • Calcium Ingot: 1: {Cohesion +1, Restore x2}
Plants:
  • Mend Leaves: 1 measure {Mend x2}
  • Muddle Leaves: 2 measure {Muddle x2}
  • Soothe Leaf: 1 measure {Soothe x2}
Unknown Items:
  • Angry Spirit Dust:
  • Grizzly Claws: 20:
.
OOC: Vittero: full health
Bracers: 20 - 1 = 19
tunic: 60 - 12 = 48
harnin arrows: 17
Taylar: full health
Spaulders: 20 - 6 - 6 = 8
Maka: full health
harnin arrows: 21
Raven Elk: full health
Buckler: 20 - 1 = 19
tunic: 60 - 12 = 48 - 12 = 36
Adisakti: full health
javelins: 3
Acolyte Avery's Ledger
Slate Boulder: 76 stones worth, East Pass
Tin Vein: 43 stones worth, East Pass
Zinc Vein: 61 ingots worth, 7 days north East Pass
Keep of the Rising Sun

... Taylar takes out one of the salvaged uniforms...
Raven Elk... his head at his friend's display... "Brother, were you sure that was wise?"
... "We, the brave, must show the way for the others..."
While the men are, yet, speaking but before resolution is reached or Taylar can negotiate for a weapon, Light Commander Stelcon Melancon, the town constable, steps up and arrests Taylar for promoting dissension. Adisakti attempts to intervene and is arrested, as well. Taylar has been arrested twice before for disorderly conduct and has spent a day in lock-up for each. He voices his affront at such perceived injustice but does not give the aging soldier any real trouble.

Prisoners are held in the constabulary. It is not a pleasant place to be. The cells are hewn pits, worked smooth, a pace square and a pace and a half deep. Commander Melancon is not a cruel man. He offers a ladder for prisoners to walk themselves into a cell rather than risk breaking bones by having them thrown in.

Vittero pleads Taylar's case due to the incident with the Pelimonra Village. After hearing of the atrocity, the constable reduces his sentence from three days to two. "Adisakti is going to have to stay the three days, I am afraid. He struck one my guards."

Taylar's mother brings food and water to her son as she has with his two previous incarcerations. She does not lecture or criticize him, figuring he is plenty old enough to make up his own mind.

Adisakti's father refuses to allow any of the family to bring food or water to his eldest son. Vittero and Raven Elk take on the task, themselves, thinking it cruel to let their friend starve or die of thirst.

Though the cells are designed to prevent it, Adisakti can almost leap straight up high enough to catch the rim of the pit. He is determined to be able to escape if he is ever locked up again.

The pits are cleaned after each incarceration so that prisoners are not especially standing or lying in profuse quantity of feces. Though there is no seal on the hole, the pits smell unpleasant and the space grown more cramped with the passage of time. Taylar feels tired, stiff, and sore when he is released.

The constable, who is considered by all to be a just man, gives one last admonishment. "Son, you need to work on that temper. Though your cause does, indeed, seem a righteous one, make sure you direct that strength of yours at the right target. I do not know who that might be, but I dare say that in my younger day I may have done the same thing as you and spent the same time in the hole for it."

Taylar spends the next day working with his father in the smithy to overcome the sore stiffness. His father says, "With all the swords you and your friends brought back, we have plenty of iron to repurpose them. What did you have in mind?"

"By the way, I heard all of the conversation between Priest Luminet and the Divine Praetor, and I believe the man. He said that the instigator was one of the Ministers of Light, who has been removed from office and will be held for trial. You and your friends should talk to the priest and try not to get into more trouble in town."

OOC: Each character receives 3 DP. Those not fluent in Thisidan increase proficiency by 1%.
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Maka stands in amazement as Taylar and Adi are arrested. He realizes that the constable is only trying to keep order, and does not try to intervene. His thoughts turn inward once again, as he continues to ponder the problem. ~While it was unfortunate that they had to be arrested, I think ol' Melancon did them a favor. Grandfather always said that haste to action was the father of all mistakes. Now I know what he meant. The only good thing in all of this is that the crime was not witnessed by sun disciples. Melancon arrested them for dissension. A sun disciple would have charged them with treason, I am sure of it. Two days in the hole is getting off easy. I pray to the Earth Spirit that Taylar and Adi do not make this mistake again. We should look into this matter with more discretion, before making any more sudden moves.~

During the two days that Taylar is in the hole, Maka will buy some more arrows (19 to be exact) and he will also spend a day outside town, in the nearby hills, meditating by campfire, and hoping to hear the voice of his grandfather on the wind.
 
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Kwargrow

Gamer Extraordinaire
While the men are, yet, speaking but before resolution is reached or Taylar can negotiate for a weapon, Light Commander Stelcon Melancon, the town constable, steps up and arrests Taylar for promoting dissension
When Melancon declares he is under arrest the shock is clear on Taylar's face at first. He looks around, and then to the area where the Divine Praetor departed town and realization dawns as his expression goes cold. He does not resist the arrest, not wanting any harm to come back on his family.
Taylar's mother brings food and water to her son as she has with his two previous incarcerations.
He thanks his mother. It is all he says during his imprisonment.
The constable, who is considered by all to be a just man, gives one last admonishment. "Son, you need to work on that temper. Though your cause does, indeed, seem a righteous one, make sure you direct that strength of yours at the right target. I do not know who that might be, but I dare say that in my younger day I may have done the same thing as you and spent the same time in the hole for it."
Taylar says nothing in response.
Taylar spends the next day working with his father in the smithy to overcome the sore stiffness.
No, Taylar does not work at the smith. He collects his belongings and prepares to leave town. He engages in exercise and practices with his gran-baton to work the soreness from his body.
His father says, "With all the swords you and your friends brought back, we have plenty of iron to repurpose them. What did you have in mind?"
Taylar says to Mallen in Maldrog, "Keep them. I have changed my mind. If I want another sword I will just kill another priest and take his."
"By the way, I heard all of the conversation between Priest Luminet and the Divine Praetor, and I believe the man. He said that the instigator was one of the Ministers of Light, who has been removed from office and will be held for trial. You and your friends should talk to the priest and try not to get into more trouble in town."
Taylar replies in Maldrog, "You did not see what we saw, but worry not, Father, I will cause no more trouble in this town." As he walks away, he laughs, "A trial! What foolishness you believe."

Taylar will camp outside of Outpost, with Maka if he allows it. He returns to Outpost when Adisakti is released, and when the group is ready, he will go with them to speak to Priest Luminet.

Taylar says to Raven Elk, "You were right, brother. I misjudged this place. They have sided with the butchers."
 
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Waynan

Explorer
Supporter
Raven Elk, stunned by the arrests, helps Vittero with bringing meals to Adi while also visiting his mother about medicines and Taylar's dad about having some of the swords turned into metal spearheads and steel-tipped javelins, a new weapon choice he'd like to have in his range arsenal.
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
Now We're Getting Somewhere
OOC: The journey of a lifetime begins with but a single step, albeit much more efficiently when that step is finally taken in the right direction.

OOC: Current Inventory:
4-Wheeled Cart pulled by 2 donkeys
Harnin Short Swords: 14
Coins:
  • chest of various coins
  • marks: 321
Animal Parts:
  • Grizzly Skull
Minerals:
  • Slate: 63: {Thump x2}
  • Flint: 10 {Heat x2}
  • Coal: 2: {Heat x3}
  • Bloodstone: 2: {Confluence +1}
  • Sunstone: 9: {Persona +1, Muddle x2}
  • Heartstone: 5: {Confluence +1}
  • Lodestone: 4 {shock x2}
Ores:
  • Zinc Ingots: 1: {Health +1, Mend x2}
  • Tin Ingot: 1: {Persona +1, Muddle x2}
  • Lead Ingot: 12: {Rend x2}
  • Iron Ingot: 1 {Confluence +1, Mend x2}
  • Calcium Ingot: 1: {Cohesion +1, Restore x2}
Plants:
  • Mend Leaves: 1 measure {Mend x2}
  • Muddle Leaves: 2 measure {Muddle x2}
  • Soothe Leaf: 1 measure {Soothe x2}
Unknown Items:
  • Angry Spirit Dust:
  • Grizzly Claws: 20:
.
OOC: Vittero: full health
Bracers: 20 - 1 = 19
tunic: 60 - 12 = 48
harnin arrows: 17
Taylar: full health
Spaulders: 20 - 6 - 6 = 8
Maka: full health
harnin arrows: 41
Raven Elk: full health
Buckler: 20 - 1 = 19
tunic: 60 - 12 = 48 - 12 = 36
Adisakti: full health
javelins: 3
Acolyte Avery's Ledger
Slate Boulder: 76 stones worth, East Pass
Tin Vein: 43 stones worth, East Pass
Zinc Vein: 61 ingots worth, 7 days north East Pass
Keep of the Rising Sun
... During the two days that Taylar is in the hole, Maka will buy some more arrows... and... meditating...
OOC: Arrows are sold in groups of 20. 40 marks was deducted from party currency.

... Taylar does not work at the smithy...
Mallen does not become angry at his son's response. "Hard headed like his mother..."

Taylar will camp outside of Outpost, with Maka if he allows it. He returns to Outpost when Adisakti is released, and when the group is ready, he will go with them to speak to Priest Luminet.
Raven Elk... about having some of the swords turned into metal spearheads and (harnin)-tipped javelins...
OOC: Raven Elk already has the spear of which he is asking to be made.

Adisakti is even angrier than Taylar, taking some time before he is even able to speak. Once he does, he is adamant. Learning that Raven Elk wants javelins, he gives his three to him.

"No. No. I am getting something out of these swords. Here Raven, you can have these javelins. I have an idea for a throwing weapon where I can carry more of them. I also want a sword more suited to my agile nature. Maybe one day I will stick it in my father. What kind of a man advocates starving his own son."

He has Mallen repurpose five of the swords into smaller, thinner, weighted blades. He then ties strings of leather to the dull end to act as flight guides. Once out of town he practices with them until he can throw them as far as he could the javelins.
OOC: The number of swords was adjusted and 100 marks were deducted from party currency.


Maka's father welcomes the men. He listens, talks, and offers food and tobacco. "Religious conflicts are the worst. No matter what is said or done, it takes generations to change the manner in which a people believes. Faith cannot be forced. I have not witnessed the atrocity you men have seen, but if you believe it will continue when no one else can see it, you have the opportunity to protect those who cannot protect themselves. You are welcome to stay but I think it will be best, if war is to come, that you be more motile, more self-sufficient. I know you have the talent."

Once outside of town, Vittero talks with the group. "This is a good thing, us leaving. It looks as if we are ostracized. Heck if we are not now, we will be soon enough. We should call ourselves The Outcasts. I say we go get some attention. Make these killers try to come for us instead of preying on small villages that cannot defend themselves."

"Anyway, I talked to my father. We do not need to go back and visit again. He said that the Divine Praetor will be sending people to repair villages that were attacked. Obviously that cannot mean the Pelimonra village. They are all dead, except that one boy. Acolytes are to be sent to my father for training, too. One of the Ministers of Light was arrested in conjunction with these events. He will be given opportunity to name his accomplices before being burned to death. Burned to death... One sickness after another. I think these people are all power drunk, but my father would not hear of it, he explained a lot of blah, blah, blah about it but I had quit listening."

"Here is what I think we should do. There are too many small villages and they are too spread out. I think we should make our camp near West Cove and spy on the comings and going of any group that is specific to the Luminous Religion. If any look like a war party instead of builders, we follow them away from the kingdom and take them out. I cannot see it taking very long to make ourselves a target. What say you?"

OOC: All characters receive 5 DP.
 
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Kwargrow

Gamer Extraordinaire
the Divine Praetor will be sending people to repair villages that were attacked.
Taylar bristles at that. "Taking all the credit, no doubt."

Of Vittero's plan, Taylar says, "Agreed. Now that my much spoken of temper has cooled, I am thinking we should not be too quick to push all the people of Outpost aside. When next we return to this place I will make attempts to smooth over what damage my demonstration caused."

While practicing with his gran-baton, Taylar still feels like it is too slow. He experiments with single handed blunt weapons, like dual-wielding maces.
OOC: If necessary, he will invent the mace.
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Maka will ask Mallen if any of the metal from the swords could be fashioned into small dowels, to replace the wooden dowels that serve to reinforce his Batting Bracers and his Batting Greaves. His thought is, since the dowels are small, the weight difference would be small to middling, while the protection offered would be far superior. He will also inquire as to whether or not better boots can be had in town. (He is currently wearing sheepskin boots.)

SIDE NOTE: Maka is all for Vittero's idea of camping near West Cove and taking out war parties. He will definitely come along on that venture.
 


MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
OOC: Current Inventory:
4-Wheeled Cart pulled by 2 donkeys
harnin short swords: 14
Coins:
  • chest of various coins
  • marks: 271
Animal Parts:
  • Grizzly Skull
Minerals:
  • Slate: 63: {Thump x2}
  • Flint: 10 {Heat x2}
  • Coal: 2: {Heat x3}
  • Bloodstone: 2: {Confluence +1}
  • Sunstone: 9: {Persona +1, Muddle x2}
  • Heartstone: 5: {Confluence +1}
  • Lodestone: 4 {shock x2}
Ores:
  • Zinc Ingots: 1: {Health +1, Mend x2}
  • Tin Ingot: 1: {Persona +1, Muddle x2}
  • Lead Ingot: 12: {Rend x2}
  • Iron Ingot: 1 {Confluence +1, Mend x2}
  • Calcium Ingot: 1: {Cohesion +1, Restore x2}
Plants:
  • Mend Leaves: 1 measure {Mend x2}
  • Muddle Leaves: 2 measure {Muddle x2}
  • Soothe Leaf: 1 measure {Soothe x2}
Unknown Items:
  • Angry Spirit Dust:
  • Grizzly Claws: 20:
.
OOC: Vittero: full health
Bracers: 20 - 1 = 19
tunic: 60 - 12 = 48
harnin arrows: 17
Taylar: full health
Spaulders: 20 - 6 - 6 = 8
Maka: full health
harnin arrows: 41
Raven Elk: full health
Buckler: 20 - 1 = 19
tunic: 60 - 12 = 48 - 12 = 36
Adisakti: full health
javelins: 3
Acolyte Avery's Ledger
Slate Boulder: 76 stones worth, East Pass
Tin Vein: 43 stones worth, East Pass
Zinc Vein: 61 ingots worth, 7 days north East Pass
Keep of the Rising Sun
Maka will ask Mallen if any of the metal from the swords could be fashioned into small dowels... He will also inquire as to whether or not better boots can be had in town...
Mallen shakes his head and informs Maka that such work would need to be conducted at a forge, not a smithy. He explains the concept of the matter better than sufficiently. Maka learns that goatskin boots are better than sheepskin and trades up for a pair at the discounted price of 50 marks, including trade in.
OOC: Goatskin Boots: coverage 20%, hinder 8, deflect 8, soak 3

After some work at the forge, Taylar returns with two equal length maces with (harnin) heads...
OOC: Bludgeons: hinder 40, damage 10 MInd

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The Outcasts, as Vittero has taken to calling himself and friends after receiving no objection, make the two hour trip northward to allow Taylar to work on his weapon idea and the forge of the mining camp. The smith listens to Taylar and provides some assistance. There is nothing descriptive about the swords, so no one thinks anything of having a few melted down to repurpose.

After listening to the armor idea from Maka, the smith shakes his head. "I am sorry young man, but I do not have the skill the necessary equipment to make such small rods. I like your idea. It has merit, but I cannot accommodate you at this time.

Disappointed but not yet discouraged, Maka resolves to hold the idea.

The next day, the men prepare to make the long walk toward West Cove, about 14 hours of walking to reach the former Pelimonra Village and another 10, at least, to reach West Cove. During the recent visit to town, Vittero was able to procure a crude map of the area. There is a distinct road way that follows the river from Outpost to Pelimonra Village to West Cove.

After 8 hours of typical travel the party pauses at the sight of the strangest thing. Two adult porcupines are facing one another, nose to nose, in the middle of the path. There are grunting and making other noises while sauntering in a circle, spinning right, always nose to nose. It is unclear if these are two males arguing over something or some courting ritual, as differences in gender are not readily distinguishable as a distance. Porcupines are known to be rather good eating, but their quills are quite a hazard; and though the beasts only stand about half a stride in height, they can be quite aggressive.
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Maka nods, "I've never known them to be territorial, except when defending their food stores. As long as we stay out of their personal space, we should just be able to skirt wide around them, without too much bother."
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
No Quilled Rodent for Dinner
OOC: Current Inventory:
4-Wheeled Cart pulled by 2 donkeys
harnin short swords: 14
Coins:
  • chest of various coins
  • marks: 271
Animal Parts:
  • Grizzly Skull
Minerals:
  • Slate: 63: {Thump x2}
  • Flint: 10 {Heat x2}
  • Coal: 2: {Heat x3}
  • Bloodstone: 2: {Confluence +1}
  • Sunstone: 9: {Persona +1, Muddle x2}
  • Heartstone: 5: {Confluence +1}
  • Lodestone: 4 {shock x2}
Ores:
  • Zinc Ingots: 1: {Health +1, Mend x2}
  • Tin Ingot: 1: {Persona +1, Muddle x2}
  • Lead Ingot: 12: {Rend x2}
  • Iron Ingot: 1 {Confluence +1, Mend x2}
  • Calcium Ingot: 1: {Cohesion +1, Restore x2}
Plants:
  • Mend Leaves: 1 measure {Mend x2}
  • Muddle Leaves: 2 measure {Muddle x2}
  • Soothe Leaf: 1 measure {Soothe x2}
Unknown Items:
  • Angry Spirit Dust:
  • Grizzly Claws: 20:
.
OOC: Vittero: full health
Bracers: 20 - 1 = 19
tunic: 60 - 12 = 48
harnin arrows: 17
Taylar: full health
Spaulders: 20 - 6 - 6 = 8
Maka: full health
harnin arrows: 41
Raven Elk: full health
Buckler: 20 - 1 = 19
tunic: 60 - 12 = 48 - 12 = 36
Adisakti: full health
javelins: 3
Acolyte Avery's Ledger
Slate Boulder: 76 stones worth, East Pass
Tin Vein: 43 stones worth, East Pass
Zinc Vein: 61 ingots worth, 7 days north East Pass
Keep of the Rising Sun
Ignoring the porcupines or rather giving them a wide berth, the men move on some distance before making camp. Four more hours of walking, the next day, brings the party to the burned remains of the Pelimonra Village. Having been here before, there is no reason to add further insult to the already bruised memory of the place.

Another day and a half of easy travel brings the Outcasts to a suitable distance from the outer farms of West Cove in order to observe travel activity by the road without much risk of being noticed. It having been a rather short time since the war party that destroyed the passed village met its demise, the sight of soldiers roving about, periodically speaking with residents seems in order.

The following day something seems odd about a single woman walking the road northward. She is dressed in a nondescript brown cloak covering her body, with her buried hands holding it closed against the slight chill and dampness of the season. She sways as she walks like and elder woman might but even at the observed distance, she looks much younger. She walks on out of sight.

The woman is pondered and discussed, but nothing definitive can be decided. The next day, about mid morning, the same woman is seen returning to town. She does not sway and is moving at a much faster pace. A Kingdom Regular, who was speaking with a goat herder peels away from the crude fence line to accost the woman. He commands her to stop, which is obvious, but any exact words cannot be understood from such distance.

Observing the soldier's gestures, it appears that he is becoming irritated and is attempting to make demands of the woman, who has been standing still looking at her own feet. At the moment that the party members think that they may risk getting involved, the woman looks the soldier in the eyes. Her right hand darts from her cloak at lightning speed and jabs the man in the throat. The soldier goes down on one knee, coughing, and draws his short sword.

The woman doffs her cloak, revealing herself to be clad in fitted leather armor, including pants, an almost unknown leg garment, especially for a female, that has all been dyed black. The glint of metal about her person indicates that she is well armed with multiple weaponry. Before the sword of the soldier can clear its scabbard, the left hand of the woman flicks forward, this time with a small knife that cuts a fine line across the man's cheek.

At that instant, everyone else who was in the area, kneels to the ground, instantly, looking to the ground as well. The soldier releases his sword and appears to be pleading. There is a distinct symbol on the woman's back in bright red. It looks like concentric, horizontal, half circles. The soldier crawls backward and lays flat on the ground. The woman continues on. After she leaves the area, the people stand and go back to what they were doing, except the soldier, who presses his hand to his cheek as he sits on the ground. It begins to rain a light drizzle.

Vittero whispers to the others. "That is not the symbol for Dawn. It is the symbol for Dusk. What is going on here?"

The others know that the question is, of course, rhetorical.
OOC: All characters receive 6 DP.
 
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Kwargrow

Gamer Extraordinaire
Taylar says to the group, "Let's go question that soldier. I'll pretend to be a friendly traveler." He walks boldly over to the man, hands off weapons, with a sympathetic smile, and asks, "Soldier, are you all right? I have never seen such a sight before."
He will attempt to use charm and persuasion to coax information about the woman and the incident out of the soldier, as opposed to intimidation.
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MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
OOC: Current Inventory:
4-Wheeled Cart pulled by 2 donkeys
harnin short swords: 14
Coins:
  • chest of various coins
  • marks: 271
Animal Parts:
  • Grizzly Skull
Minerals:
  • Slate: 63: {Thump x2}
  • Flint: 10 {Heat x2}
  • Coal: 2: {Heat x3}
  • Bloodstone: 2: {Confluence +1}
  • Sunstone: 9: {Persona +1, Muddle x2}
  • Heartstone: 5: {Confluence +1}
  • Lodestone: 4 {shock x2}
Ores:
  • Zinc Ingots: 1: {Health +1, Mend x2}
  • Tin Ingot: 1: {Persona +1, Muddle x2}
  • Lead Ingot: 12: {Rend x2}
  • Iron Ingot: 1 {Confluence +1, Mend x2}
  • Calcium Ingot: 1: {Cohesion +1, Restore x2}
Plants:
  • Mend Leaves: 1 measure {Mend x2}
  • Muddle Leaves: 2 measure {Muddle x2}
  • Soothe Leaf: 1 measure {Soothe x2}
Unknown Items:
  • Angry Spirit Dust:
  • Grizzly Claws: 20:
.
OOC: Vittero: full health
Bracers: 20 - 1 = 19
tunic: 60 - 12 = 48
harnin arrows: 17
Taylar: full health
Spaulders: 20 - 6 - 6 = 8
Maka: full health
harnin arrows: 41
Raven Elk: full health
Buckler: 20 - 1 = 19
tunic: 60 - 12 = 48 - 12 = 36
Adisakti: full health
javelins: 3
Acolyte Avery's Ledger
Slate Boulder: 76 stones worth, East Pass
Tin Vein: 43 stones worth, East Pass
Zinc Vein: 61 ingots worth, 7 days north East Pass
Keep of the Rising Sun
Taylar says to the group, "...Soldier, are you all right?..."
Maka stays near Taylar, just to his right, and about 2 strides behind...
Raven Elk... move(s) around...
Vittero walks in side-by-side with Taylar. Adi hangs back and keeps an eye on Raven Elk.
Effectiveness: Coerce + Clarity + d100
Coerce: Mind + Commercial + Knowledge + Persona + Mercantile
Clarity: Essence + Collegiate + Cohesion + post-Collegiate
Taylar: 36 + 25 + 72 = 133
Raven Elk: 21 + 25 + 88 = 134
Vittero: 35 + 32 + 79 = 146
Skepticism + Clarity + d100 + Prejudice + fear
Soldier: 25 + 17 + 84 + 100 + 0 = 216
Others: 14 + 12 + 84 + 100 + 100 = 310
The farmers and few others about, who are all Markidians, are skittish toward all of the men except Vittero, who is also Markidian, except for children. The children have no qualms about approaching or speaking with any of the men, indicating the full truth of the fact that the prejudice is learned. The commoners are too fearful to engage in conversation, and the men decide that speaking to the children may cause unwanted trouble.

The soldier rights himself, but balks at the words from Taylar. Before trying the option of attempting to charm the man or muddle his thoughts, Vittero reaches out and touches Taylar's arm, speaking to the soldier. His choice of information surprises the others, the words do more than calm the environment.

"You think the best smiths are Markidian? Of course not. This is Taylar this smith's son from Outpost. I am Vittero. My father is the Priest of Dawn. He is expecting students from a promise of the Divine Praetor. We have come from the mines and passed through a burned village. We find this strange. We find that a black clad woman is assaulting a Kingdom Regular."

The words eliminate the prejudice of the soldier, who becomes cordial and answers Taylar's question without the need for him to attempt any mind bending.

"Her armor is blue, dark blue. If the sun were brighter you would see it. Yes, I serve the king. She is a Daughter of the Dawn or more specifically her rank makes her a Seeker for Truth. She could have killed me and I would be thrown in a ditch somewhere."

He spits.

"Killers are what those women are, but you never heard that from me. They have no heart. Anyway, way up in Outpost, you probably haven't seen the other soldiers, yet. Let me shorten this. Kingdom soldiers serve the king. The king seeks favor from the Divine Praetor. The Divine Praetor is chosen by the Ministers of Light. The Acolytes of Faith, Daughters of Dawn, and the Hand of Justice serve the Ministry. Acolytes of Faith are regular soldiers who have taken vows to the Ministry. They where tabards over their armor to designate. There are no women soldiers. The Daughters are selected by the Hand. The Hands are promoted by the Ministry. It is a good thing that Daughter did not see all of you. She can put anyone to question, especially if they are not Markidian or associate with those who are not. I know that Outpost and the mines still employ others, but that may be changing. Be careful about here."

OOC: All characters receive 3 DP. All characters not fluent in Markidian (formerly Thisidan) improve proficiency by 1%.
 
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Kwargrow

Gamer Extraordinaire
The soldier rights himself, but balks at the words from Taylar
Taylar is insulted by the soldiers attitude towards him. His friendly demeanor dissolves into a sneer. When this fool of a soldier stops talking, Taylar says to him in Maldrog, "You seem remarkably well informed for someone that almost ended up dead in a ditch."
After they leave the soldier Taylar says to those with him, "I'm not certain that Seeker of Truth did not notice us. It could be she put on that show to get our attention. She might want us to follow her, but I don't know if that's a good idea or not."
 
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Tellerian Hawke

Defender of Oerth
Maka snorts, "There seems to be dissension within the main religion itself. This Ministry of Light seems to be the source of it. The more I think about it, the more I believe that the Divine Praetor is a figurehead, and the Ministry is the true source of authority. We should make them, and their minions, our primary concern from now on. I do not like the way they are shunning and excising peoples from tribes different than their own. That it is not the way of the open heart. That smacks of cruelty and self-importance."
 

MacConnell

Creator of The Untamed Wilds
OOC: Current Inventory:
4-Wheeled Cart pulled by 2 donkeys
harnin short swords: 14
Coins:
  • chest of various coins
  • marks: 271
Animal Parts:
  • Grizzly Skull
Minerals:
  • Slate: 63: {Thump x2}
  • Flint: 10 {Heat x2}
  • Coal: 2: {Heat x3}
  • Bloodstone: 2: {Confluence +1}
  • Sunstone: 9: {Persona +1, Muddle x2}
  • Heartstone: 5: {Confluence +1}
  • Lodestone: 4 {shock x2}
Ores:
  • Zinc Ingots: 1: {Health +1, Mend x2}
  • Tin Ingot: 1: {Persona +1, Muddle x2}
  • Lead Ingot: 12: {Rend x2}
  • Iron Ingot: 1 {Confluence +1, Mend x2}
  • Calcium Ingot: 1: {Cohesion +1, Restore x2}
Plants:
  • Mend Leaves: 1 measure {Mend x2}
  • Muddle Leaves: 2 measure {Muddle x2}
  • Soothe Leaf: 1 measure {Soothe x2}
Unknown Items:
  • Angry Spirit Dust:
  • Grizzly Claws: 20:
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OOC: Vittero: full health
Bracers: 20 - 1 = 19
tunic: 60 - 12 = 48
harnin arrows: 17
Taylar: full health
Spaulders: 20 - 6 - 6 = 8
Maka: full health
harnin arrows: 41
Raven Elk: full health
Buckler: 20 - 1 = 19
tunic: 60 - 12 = 48 - 12 = 36
Adisakti: full health
javelins: 3
Acolyte Avery's Ledger
Slate Boulder: 76 stones worth, East Pass
Tin Vein: 43 stones worth, East Pass
Zinc Vein: 61 ingots worth, 7 days north East Pass
Keep of the Rising Sun
Taylar is insulted... says to him in Maldrog, "You seem remarkably well informed for someone that almost ended up dead in a ditch."
The soldier steps back. He refrains from putting a hand on his weapon. Unable to understand the words spoken to him, he is unsure if he has been insulted or threatened. He risks a furtive glance around. Even if he had the stomach to draw on the big Maldrog and his two close friends, he sees that no other Regulars are even as close as Taylar's other two friends. He thinks to himself, ~I hate this post. Everybody is a blighted bad ass.~

Vittero snickers at the indecision of the soldier. He says in Maldrog as best he can, "Hang on a second, Taylar." Then to the soldier in Markidian, "What are you supposed to be doing here? How is it you know so much about these other soldiers?"

The soldier composes himself a bit. "I am supposed to ask anyone approaching town their business, and direct them to either the Castle or the Cathedral. Everybody knows about the Daughters of Dawn. as a soldier I have to know all that stuff. I have to know who outranks whom and who can give me orders."

After they leave the soldier Taylar says to those with him, "I'm not certain that Seeker of Truth did not notice us. It could be she put on that show to get our attention. She might want us to follow her, but I don't know if that's a good idea or not."
Adisakti, who has now joined the others with Raven Elk, agrees. "She may have. Did you see how fast she moved? Anyway, she walked right through the farms here. She looked to be headed for that fancy stone building up there."

Maka snorts, "There seems to be dissension within the main religion itself. This Ministry of Light seems to be the source of it... We should make them, and their minions, our primary concern from now on..."
Vittero shakes his head. "From a religious standpoint, as my father would see it, I do not think it dissension, but I agree that we should focus on those soldiers serving the Ministry. Those ones that destroyed the Pelimonra were all wearing tabards over their armor."

Adisakti asks the obvious. "So what now? If we wander around this community we are obviously going to be bothered by soldiers, and the townsfolk are all scared of us, except for you, Gray Face."

"Oh, Ha. Ha."

"Do we want to walk right up to that fancy building or do we want to walk back into the trees and try something a little more sneaky?"

OOC: All characters receive 3 DP. All characters not fluent in Maldrog improve proficiency by 1%.
 
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