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2E Will's AD&D 2nd Edition - Who knows where it will go!

Greenmtn

Explorer
Clalick raises a hand to in front of his mouth to stifle a bit of a burp. Looking down at his empty cup, head angled just a bit, he makes a bit of a disappointed face.

"It sure does the trick. Anyone else try the Balrog's Blast?"
 

William Smith1

Villager
One of the serving girl orcs comes to the private room and awaits Weleand's order. Weleand says, "Well Blossom how are you doing tonight? And how are those twins of yours?" Blossom answers, "As well as two rambunctious half-orc boys can be at their age!" "What will you and your friends be having tonight?" Weleand responds, "Well, let's start with a pitcher of Balrog Blast. And then some roast piglet with that Arborean wine sauce I brought you. Sorry, any vegetarians in the group? I'm sure Jagyuk can whip up some great roasted vegetables if needed. Better yet, Blossom, let's have those roasted root vegetables I brought back from Elysium, as well shall we?" Blossom says, "Right away Weleand and I'll make sure I bring some cups to fit everyone, you have assembled quite a crew this time!"
 

William Smith1

Villager
Weleand says to the group assembled, "I seem to be blessed with some interesting potential hires this time." "I am loath to start serious matters before meat and drink so let's get better acquainted, shall we? As you know I am Weleand a somewhat renowned wizard in these parts. Certainly not a member of the Invincible Overlord's court or politically connected in any way. I am a collector of items both magical and mundane but my advancing age does not allow me to adventure to secure my desires as I once was able. So, I seek out young, inexperienced but eager adventurers to be to find those items and return them to me. In exchange, those adventurers can keep whatever else they can secure from the dungeons, tombs, and ruined cities I send them to. Of course I can provide some magical assistance in the form of items on loan, potions, and the occasional scroll, but I want those brave and confident enough in their own abilities to go on these quests for me. But enough about me for now. Although I have heard from each of your parents or other guardians about your past, I want to know more about each of you in the here and now. Please feel free to relate to me and the others in the group more about yourselves and your abilities and why you want to take on the dangerous life of an adventurer."
 
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jmucchiello

Adventurer
Dorana Helgart

"I dinnae 'ave much of a story to tell," she says since no one else said anything. "I grew up with my clan and when your invitation arrived I decided I would get to see more of the world then one lone cave full of dwarves. As for my abilities, I am pretty good working at an anvil. I am also a priest in Moradin's church." With that she takes a drink from her ale mug.
 

Greenmtn

Explorer
"Clalick Knappvep is my name" Clalick says with a bit of pride.

"I apprenticed for a while under an illusionist that was doing some research in my village. I learned enough from him to know that if I really wanted to learn the magic arts I would need to seek out someone more knowledgeable. He was not keen on sharing what he knew as much as he was using my families gold to fund his own projects. My parents had different ways of saying it but they felt like this was a great chance for me to make a name for myself." Clalick finishes that last sentence with a bit of attitude. Something akin to a child trying to make it sound good when sent off to a relative to be taught a lesson.
 

JustinCase

the magical equivalent to the number zero
Aego nods slightly at Clalick's words.

"Parents often see things differently," he says, trying to sound casual.

"My own decided that I had learned enough magic from Master Sahrax, despite my objections. Surely I could still learn a spell or two from him before finding a teacher with more hands-on experience," the elf lies convincingly. "But no, they found me more than sufficiently prepared for the life of a wizard. I guess I'll have to see if I can find some unknown spells on the quest we're going on."

Downing the rest of his drink, Aego again grimaces before addressing Weleand in particular, smiling as if the man is his new best friend. "I'd like a Balrog Blast, yes, thank you!"
 

TallIan

Explorer
"I ran intea some trouble back home." Uhtred says guardedly. "I ook what I culd and came 'ere. Now I hear ya may have some coin? I have an axe."

He grumbles about the cost of the Balrog's blast while he orders another ale.
 

William Smith1

Villager
"Uhtred, I have a pitcher of Balrog Blast coming, do not be concerned with the cost, this event is paid by me, your new benefactor." At this point Blossom returns with the pitcher of Balrog Blast as well as a two platters of food and plates and eating utensils for all. The first is a whole suckling pig roasted to perfection with a wine reduction sauce. It has an apple in its mouth. {Some of you might wonder how a perfect roast piglet could be produced in such a short time, usually such a dish takes several hours.} The other platter is an assortment of roasted root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, turnips, parsnips, and a couple you cannot identify. It all smells terrific. Weleand says, "Let's get down to business shall we? The business of this fine repast I mean!" Blossom produces a strange green colored knife and quickly cuts up the piglet while discarding the bones. The meat and crispy skin are arranged on the platter and Blossom serves each of you in turn starting with Weleand. Blossom says, "Any vegetarians in the group? I don't want to waste any of this piglet on someone who cannot eat it!"
 

Greenmtn

Explorer
"It all smells so amazing. I'll eat what you put in front of me. Thank you"

Clalic is eager to try the meal. He doesn't get such splendid fair at home bur does try to remember his manors.

"So why don't we talk a little about why you brought us all here while we eat? I'm sure I'm not the only one curious."
 

JustinCase

the magical equivalent to the number zero
Aego tries a sip from the Balrog Blast, cautious after the last ale he had. His face lights up from the pleasantly strong aroma, and the elf takes a big gulp of the stuff.

"This is good," he remarks to Blossom, smiling at the woman warmly. "No vegetarian here, lass; I'll have whatever you're serving!"

He gives the serving girl an exaggerated wink, then waits for her to serve him a platter. Only after she is done does Aego avert his attention back to Weleand, eager to hear of his response to Clalic's question.
 

William Smith1

Villager
After everyone eats their fill, Blossom clears what little remains of the piglet and vegetables. She brings another pitcher of Balrog Blast and one of Ale.
Weleand leans back in his chair and says, "Well now I am ready to enlighten you to the task I have in mind. You see an old friend of mine one Bobby Bard has gone missing for several years. He once had a splendid home a few day's journey from here to the east. I visited him on occasion and he was always an interesting and generous host. I fear the worst and I have recently discovered that his home has been overrun by a band of Kobolds. Individually, Kobolds are nothing to even the most inexperienced fighter but they can be quite a handful in a group. I think you can handle them though. What I need you to do is travel to Bobby's home, clear out the Kobolds, find out Bobby's status, and if he is dead bring me back an item I loaned him a couple of years ago. If he is yet alive, give him by best wishes and this scroll." Weleand hands you a scroll case sealed with a wax seal that bears the image of a Ki-Rin rearing up on its hind legs. "For clearing out the Kobolds I will pay you each 100 gold pieces, half payable now and half when you return with news. Now for the good part; if Bobby is dead you may keep anything you find in his domicile except for the item I require. That is a statue of a Raven carved from Obsidian. It is only of sentimental value to me now but I do desire to have it back, as there is a place on my mantelpiece that is currently empty. I know Bobby was a collector of valuables, and magic so there may be quite a treasure awaiting you if the Kobolds have not destroyed or lost any of it. Bobby was also a trickster and scattered about his home were several interesting illusions, tricks, and traps. As I said before, Kobolds can be quite nasty in a group so you may need some supplemental healing beyond what Dorana can provide. So I am giving you 3 tins of Keoghtom's Ointment to use as you need. For your information if an application is placed on a poisoned wound or swallowed, it detoxifies any poison or disease. Rubbed on a wound it heals damage similar to Dorana's Cure Light Wounds spell (OOC - 1d4+8). Each tin has 5 applications so use them sparingly. This is my gift to you in the hopes that you succeed and return stronger and more capable for future assignments. So, what do you think? Can you handle this task? Of course I will provide you with a map to Bobby's place and even a sketch of what I recall the layout of his home is like."
 
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jmucchiello

Adventurer
Dorana

"'Ow long 'ave the Kobolds been thair, if you ken?" she asks. "'Ave you sent anyone else to look for this item? You said yer friend is missing fer years."
 

Greenmtn

Explorer
"100 Gold for running off some kobolds and grab a knick knack. Sounds good to me." Clalick says with confidence.
 

JustinCase

the magical equivalent to the number zero
"Sounds like we just have to prove ourselves," notes Aego quietly with a smug grin, looking around at the others. Then he stays silent, awaiting the answers from Weleand to Dorana's questions.
 

William Smith1

Villager
Weleand says, "Dorana, very good questions. I appreciate your curiosity and needing more information. Unfortunately Bobby and I were not close and I did not notice his absence for some time. As far as the Kobolds, well I just found out within the past few weeks of their invasion of Bobby's place. I have not sent anyone else there as you are the first I have tasked with this mission. If you fail, I may need to investigate myself but I would rather you succeed and return to me with the answers I seek. Clalick, I appreciate your enthusiasm and mercenary fervor. And yes Aego I am looking forward to you all proving yourselves on this mission and being open to other more difficult missions in the future." Weleand provides you with a map showing the location of Bobby's domicile. It looks to be about 4 days journey from the City State most of which is on well traveled trade routes.
 

Greenmtn

Explorer
"Seems pretty straight forward to me. By the looks of those around me and my guess the traps are going to be the most trouble. I will do my best to handle those." Clalick says emboldened by the drink.
 

jmucchiello

Adventurer
"Could we have some trail rations for the journey to and fro? After that, I suppose we can leave in the morning." Dorana says, finishing her ale.
 

JustinCase

the magical equivalent to the number zero
Spreading the map out across the table in front of him after making sure the surface is reasonably clean, Aego studies the various landmarks.

”I’m sure we will not disappoint you,” the elf says distractedly.

”Any known kobold lairs hereabouts?” he motions to the area surrounding Bobby’s place. ”Or wizard towers?”
 

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