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Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Nov 9th, '17, 21:50

"Gar, you're a genius." Just as the words left Bill's mouth, they were followed by another great idea. "Ben, watch the rocks closely..."

Bill and Thica gathered some branches and lashed them together. Zertius began throwing rocks, and when a rock disappeared, he tried to hit the same spot again.

It took about an hour for Ben to map out the location well enough to be confident and take flight through the invisible wall. By that point, Thica and Bill had built a reliable set of branches.

It turned out that Ben didn't return for the group, but the group had a very specific location mapped. It was above the tree though, so they had to get higher. They were easily able to work together to lean the branches against the tree to use them as a makeshift ladder. They had to fall on the other side, but the bumps and bruises from a 30 foot fall were comparatively minor.

The wall was not invisible on the other side. It was the same material they could see over the lagoon, stone bricks, well hewn. The terrain outside was much the same as inside the prison, but the party was not met with some sort of guard or patrol. In fact, the party was able to rest and enjoy the win quite gleefully.

Discussion of where to go next came up quickly. They were able to follow the wall in the search for civilization. The wall headed east and west, and the direction question was dismissed quickly. "Ocean's that way." Ben told the group, proud to demonstrate use. East led to the ocean, meaning that following the wall west was the only interesting option, other than wandering the woods blind, which any survivalist would quickly mention as a bad idea.

The group followed the wall as it curved from west toward the north. It wasn't only about 45 degrees of curve before they found the 90 degree mark (perfectly north to south), where they came across what could only be defined as an entrance.

There was a road here, extending into the wall as if it could keep going, and off to the west. The wall was solid upon inspection, and didn't electrocute those touching it from this side, so barring heading back into the prison, there was no longer a purpose in further investigation. The only other notable landmark at the "entrance" was a small stone podium. It seemed to have a magical message that didn't make any sense to the group that appeared when triggered--some sort of password prompt. Nothing else notable about it. The group considered destroying it, but it was solid stone, and given the powerhouse that must control this prison, they thought better of it.

That left only one option: head west on the road. The road led west for about a week, fortunately running across a few small rivers, and with plenty of small game, the group had difficult, but traversable travel with no apparent hostile creatures of note. About 4 days into their travels, the group passed an unmanned paper mill on a river (a large, full-sized river). It looked like a work in progress, but it was a sure sign of civilization. Three days later they found said civilization.

They approached a walled city on the coast. The sigh of relief was evident, even in Ben. The joy was fleeting however. It was noted quickly that there were no guards on the wall, and no one patrolling at the gate, just a closed wooden gate, and no city noise behind it. It was, in a word, eerie.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Nov 9th, '17, 21:54

What does Zertius know about Lillyhammer?
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Nov 9th, '17, 22:05

From this post https://texasxtreme.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=9045#p9045:
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Lillyhammer is the city (the blue dot) in the Northeast most corner of the known world. You can now accurately place the prison on the map (though I had given you that info OOC). Lillyhammer is a thriving port town as far as you know. Knowledge local (only if Lillyhammer is your character's home town) for more information. Knowledge geography would also work, but the DC is very high there.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Nov 10th, '17, 00:16

No skill points in either of those. And no, Zertius isn'5 from Lillehammer.

Main thing I wanted to know is whether we're still in the world he knew instead of some magic Plane.
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Nov 28th, '17, 15:28

First things first: Zertius wants to find somewhere to clothe himself and disguise himself a bit. He's thinking about shaving his head bald.
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

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The gates were surprisingly easy to open, aged and worn with time, but not rusted from disuse. They opened with a rush of air, releasing the sight of an empty city before the party. No life, no movement, not even animals seemed prevalent.

There was sound though. In the distance they could hear the hustle and bustle of the busy city. Perhaps it was just this section that was deserted.

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Zertius casts detect magic to see if there's something fishy magically going on.
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Nov 28th, '17, 19:35

The magic, like the area, looks dead and empty. There is no apparently magic source around here. Perception check Zertius.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

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1d20+5 => 16, 5 => 21
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

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OOC: BOOM!
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Nov 28th, '17, 21:16

The range of detect magic is very low, but you can sense something magical, well beyond the range of your spell's typical vision. It must be quite powerful to radiate enough for you to sense it this far up, and all the moreso through the stone walkway on which you stand. Yes, the thing you sense is down.

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Postby lhx » Nov 28th, '17, 21:18

Like down as in dig-a-well down?
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Nov 28th, '17, 21:20

The roads in the city are made of paver stones. The magic you detect is down, as in very deep below those paver stones. Possibly hundreds of feet down.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Nov 28th, '17, 21:25

Got it.

Zertius turns to the others and says, "This is odd... the city is deserted over here. I checked to see if there was something magical going on, but all I can feel is something faint but way below us. There must be some sort of cave system or something with a lot of magic way below us. Shall we press on?"
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Namaphry » Nov 29th, '17, 01:24

Thica rubs her chin. "I'm not ruling anything out at the moment. But, you know what they say; no people, no problems. Let's take whatever's not nailed down. Maybe we'll find out why everyone's missing when we find out what's still here."

She has her doubts about the reliability of Zertius' information, but searching the storefronts is much more interesting than pondering metaphysics. It probably would be, even if she couldn't steal anything.

(Thica's hometown is far to the south of here.)

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

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The road seemed dark and dingy from disuse. The stones in the road were blackened with caked dirt--the sort of thing that is kicked up by people walking. The walls were dingy as if left uncleaned for years. Stepping into some of the buildings, the furniture was aged and decaying. Wooden chairs fell apart when any weight was put on them. Lanterns and candles had long ago burned or evaporated away. When the group realized they were in a house, it was because of the dining room table and the plates of food still on it--if you could call that food. The meal was so stale it was as if someone had carved the bread and...stew?..from stone. There were cobwebs strewn about, mostly near the food and windows where curtain rods hung above piled cloth on the ground that turned to dust when touched.

Moving about, the party did find a building that had not had its windows shuttered. The weather had gotten in and there was plant life growing inside. Plants and cobwebs--that was good news. There was some degree of life in this area. Why there were no animals or people was a different question. As the group wandered a bit, the din of city life did get louder. While the echo of buildings and stone everywhere made it much harder to identify a source, the direction the group was moving made one thing evident. The noise was coming from deeper in the city.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Glim » Nov 29th, '17, 09:47

Perception:
1d20+5 => 15, 5 => 20


Trying to see if there's any human remains in the houses like corpses or bones, or maybe just jewelry and clothing embedded in dust, lying around on the floor.
Also keeping an eye out for signs of earlier looters, either through tracks or the conspicuous absence of wealth.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

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Bill's inspection was valid. Clothing, general useful items seem to have been left behind in many of these places. But there were no obvious valuables.

Bill was a halfling though. And halflings have a stereotype--one he knew very well. "Halfling? You mean thief?" The words had been said to nearly every living halfling in the known world at one time or another. Unfortunately, even though Bill had not spent his life mastering lockpicks and traps, he had a knack for spotting valuables. He could see the locations where the owners of this home had kept their jewelry box on their wardrobe. It was not there though. He could see where the cash drawer had been at this shop. It was also gone.

There was no lighter or darker spot from the recent retrieval, meaning these items had also been taken many years before. Someone had looted, but not recently, and not thoroughly. After about an hour of searching, the party was able to prove that fact. The search paid off as they found, deep inside a wardrobe, under some worn and aged luggage that fell apart as the grabbed it. Bill discovered a leather coin pouch with 200 copper pieces inside.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Nov 29th, '17, 11:25

Zertius is looking for anything he could use as makeshift weapon. Kitchen knife for a dagger, something like that. He also is trying to find something that he can shave his head / alter his appearance and clothing in case they run into the law again.
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Nov 29th, '17, 12:07

You can get some old rusted kitchen knives. Most of the stuff is useless. This would be a 1d2 with the broken condition. Alternatively, a broken bedpost could work as a halfway decent club (1d6). Not considered broken. There are enough of either of these or both for the entire party. Safely shaving your head is hard. You're able to find some clothing that has survived the years, but not much. It's mismatched and incorrectly sized, but it covers you. You can either look like you just got out of prison, or like vagrants.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Nov 29th, '17, 12:09

Zertius wants to look like a vagrant and not like I just got out of prison. Is the bedpost better than the makeshift club I have from the prison?
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Nov 29th, '17, 12:11

If it's the burnt log, then yes. If it was a tree branch, then no. The burn log is now under the broken condition. A tree branch, like the bedpost, is just a club.

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Postby lhx » Nov 29th, '17, 12:14

Ok, Zertius upgrades to the bedpost. But he picks the classiest bedpost he can find. :)
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

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"This doesn't make any sense. I don't think we're away from the wizard business, yet. The city looks like everyone left suddenly, and without a fight. And nothing looks right. So, again, I say 'wizards'."

Thica looks for an armoury or a guard post. She's noticed the lack of rust and the miserable state of everything made of plant material. Although armour tends to be made with leather backing and cording, and with cloth padding, she hopes to find chain mail or weapons with all-metal construction she might be able to salvage.

"Judging from what's gone missing, I'd say we're not the first to 'escape' this way, but there's only been a few."
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

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Having spent all this time, Bill can say one thing for certain. There were no dead bodies. No skulls, no bones, no nothing, just stuff.

Zertius grappled a bit with bedposts until he decided on the prettier one over the weightier one (not that it matters by the book standards).

Thica noted the unusual nature of it all. Perhaps they hadn't really escaped after all?

The group continued to wander down the road and saw a sense of life. Not far from the city center, the hustle and bustle of noise was nearly at normal city levels, making it all that creepier that no one was around. But someone was. The door to one of the buildings was open, and dust kicked about nearby. The group could hear conversation from inside.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Namaphry » Nov 29th, '17, 12:39

Thica says quietly, "Let's take cover nearby, and listen in. Don't go say 'hello' unless it's too late to stay hidden." She quickly moves forward to listen from under a window, or failing that, next to the door.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

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OOC: To what degree does the prison tunic actually mark us as inmates? Is it like black bars or orange jumpsuits, or do we simply look wretched?

In normal circumstances wearing vagrant-couture would provide the camouflage of being virtually invisible to the lower and upper classes, but of course in this abandoned place he'd stick out like sore thumb either way. Still, feeling he's innocent, Bill will ditch the prison garb just to be rid of the stigma of being incarcerated, just to ease his mind.
Maybe, once he's dressed and can find something like tarpaulin, he could fashion a crude cloak or poncho.
While doing so, he'll try to wrap the purse of coppers up so they don't jingle, and will try to tie it up close to his body.

Given his predilection as a cook, he'll make sure to scrounge around for kitchen utensils, knives and some much missed pots and pans.
Even without obvious edible food around, at least he'll feel properly equiped to take on what little they'll hopefully manage to forage. For this he'll take an especial interest in the plant life he comes across, and will also keep an eye out for potable water.

Upon encountering the conversation, and having learned his lesson, he'll defer to Thica on how to approach this.
Meanwhile he will stealthily try to check if his coin is still secure and soundless.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Nov 29th, '17, 12:49

Zertius find suitable cover close enough to try and listen. He makes eye contact with Thica and nods once he's in place.
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Glim » Nov 29th, '17, 12:56

Remembering how terrible his last spontaneous introduction went, Bill will heed Thica's words. So much so, in fact, that he'll try ignore his curiosity and need to listen in for the nonce, and will actually find cover quite a ways away from the occupied house. Once in position he'll flash Thica some hand movements to indicate such.
(somewhere opposite the house, on the other side of the street, if there are any hiding spots there. Preferably with the doorway of conversation-house still in view)

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Nov 29th, '17, 13:04

Having grown up in this world, you all would know that the prison tunic doesn't really identify you as prisoners. Prisoners don't exist. In cities you were either executed when caught committing a crime, or sent off to the mage prison. It was on the way to the mage prison that your clothes were changed, so you're fairly certain no one is aware of the prison garb except prisoners. Still, the extra clothing is useful, as extra clothing often is.

Expanding the search for weapons proved a bit helpful as the party was also able to get hold of some damaged pots as well. Bill took a tip from a childhood friend and stacked the coins in the pouch and then wrapped it tightly. A coin roll, it had been called, and it avoided the jingling noise.

Taking Thica's lead, the party took cover below the window. The conversation they heard was very one-sided. A woman was giving orders to others in the room upstairs on the second floor of the building.

"I'm not afraid of ghost stories, so we're going to search this empty district," the word district came out of her mouth with contempt, "I need you to search around for anything useful, furniture, stuff left behind, tools, weapons, whatever is left around here. Your job will be to ensure this house is secure. Search it thoroughly. Find all the hidden entrances, all the broken bits in the basement, whatever there is. No one gets in here without us knowing about it. You need to go to the market," the jingle of a coin pouch passed from the window "and get the supplies we can't find here. We need to reinforce the doors and windows, food, and some decent clothing. I want us to look professional. I can't have this rag-tag nonsense going on." A moment of silence was followed by the sound of horse hooves on the floor. "And get a carpenter out here to reinforce this floor. We can't have the horse on this decrepit flooring." The horse whinnied slightly and the sound of many sets of footsteps began to separate throughout the house.

In the distance, Bill, distracted by his concern for not following instructions, saw something strange. He could spot the city center, and there were--people. It was pretty far off, but he could see people moving about, shopping in the city center.

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Zertius motions to Thica with a "we better move or they'll see us" mime, and tries to back farther away from obvious windows and exits from the house. Someone's coming out a door any second now.
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

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Bill will see Zertius creeping away, and will guess it's for good reason. He'll stifle his excitement at seeing the marketplace until he's met up with his companions in privacy. He'll hide for the moment, but will look for a route down the street, away from the market, to meet up with his mates.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Namaphry » Nov 29th, '17, 14:14

Thica retreats to meet up with the others, as well. "They're not from the prison. We've got an equestrian in there, equine included. Her merry band is looting the area, and they're fortifying that house. So, at the very least, we've got competition." Given her background of winning pit fights, Thica enjoyed having 'competition'. "They're going on a shopping trip. We could follow them, or confront their leader while the party is out."

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Nov 29th, '17, 14:17

Zertius whispers, "Let's get a good look at them first; we're not exactly equipped to confront them if they have the proper gear..."
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

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The party pulled back to stay out of sight and observe the strangers from a distance. After a moment 2 men stepped out the door first in matching half plate armor. The took posts on either side of the entrance and looked around. Whether they spotted the adventurers was not evident but it probably didn't matter. They we're clearly door guards. They were followed by 2 more dressed much less formally. The look of them and the way they darted into the district and disappeared brought to mind the skills of typical rogues--infiltrators they were called in professional settings. Finally, the horse came out, complete with a man seated in the saddle. He had to duck to get through the door. His horse was strange but the two animals that followed we're even stranger. They looked like dogs, but they were clearly deformed, perhaps undead. He rode off toward the city center at walking speed, adjusted an arm band affixed on his left arm. Then she came out. She was definitely the noblewoman here. Her clothes bore the color of the horseman's armband and she walked around with a sense of ownership about her. She was escorting a woman wearing poor clothes and an apron who was clutching a coinpurse like her life depended on it.

"We can hunt and improvise a bit on ingredients, but I'm going to need decent cookware to feed this many people.". She said to the woman while passing the group's hiding place.

"Then that's where we'll start." Replied the noblewoman. "While Church finds us another job, we need to ensure the house is in order. We have shelter, so food is next."

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Glim » Nov 29th, '17, 15:38

OOC: Sorry to confuse matters: Is the livry of the doormen, the knights armband, and the noblewoman's dress styled the same way?
I mean, are they all obviously part of the same team/family, or do they look all rag-tag like us and are similarities in dress coincidental? (like maybe ransacked from the same-ish source?)

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Nov 29th, '17, 15:51

The doormen do not have armbands.

The lady's outfit matches the colors and style of the horseman's armband, implying that she is a member of the house and he is an employee of the house with some stature. That is fairly standard procedure. It is very authority-esque, cloth not plastic like we often see today.

The implication you gather is that this is a rag-tag crew assembled by a noble, not yet the staunch standard form you get to see when they share themselves in public.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Nov 29th, '17, 17:01

Does Zertius recognize any of their symbols from his time travelling?
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Nov 29th, '17, 19:49

That would require a Knowledge Nobility check.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Nov 29th, '17, 20:06

Rules question: It's one of my class skills, but I haven't put any ranks into it yet. Do I still get to use it? If yes, here you go:

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Nov 29th, '17, 20:11

No. Knowledge skills cannot be used untrained.

I do make an exception. Knowledge skills can be unusually specific. Knowledge Diamond Mining for example might be substituted for Knowledge Gemcutting at a higher DC. Or Knowledge Dog Breeding might be replaced with Knowledge Nature at a higher DC. So if you have knowledge skills, list them and I'll check if any apply.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Nov 29th, '17, 21:09

deltreey wrote:No. Knowledge skills cannot be used untrained.

I do make an exception. Knowledge skills can be unusually specific. Knowledge Diamond Mining for example might be substituted for Knowledge Gemcutting at a higher DC. Or Knowledge Dog Breeding might be replaced with Knowledge Nature at a higher DC. So if you have knowledge skills, list them and I'll check if any apply.


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Knowledge (arcana)   Int   6   +2   + 1   + 3 [class skill]
Knowledge (nobility)   Int   2   +2      [class skill]
Knowledge (planes)   Int   6   +2   + 1   + 3 [class skill]
Knowledge (religion)   Int   6   +2   + 1   + 3 [class skill]
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Namaphry » Nov 29th, '17, 21:28

I'll roll instead, since Thica can use trained-only skills without training... at +2. Thica hasn't spent much time travelling, but she's from a middle-class background, so she spent plenty of time gossiping about the nobility.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Nov 29th, '17, 21:31

Arcana, Planes, and Religion are sadly not specific enough to make you aware of the name of random Noble x in Lillyhammer. They do tell you that the locals can probably identify the Noble by the symbol however.

Thica knows enough about nobility to identify the part of the armband that was the Noble's symbol which makes asking a local that question so much easier.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Glim » Dec 1st, '17, 05:33

"Should we throw our lot in with these guys? Obviously they're much more in control of their surroundings than we are. Or we could set up shop next door and casually introduce ourselves as the new neighbours." Bill grins at the thought.

"But we can do all of that later. I'm dying to see the marketplace, to be honest.

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Postby lhx » Dec 1st, '17, 09:28

Zertius says, "we don't know their intentions and we don'5 know 'why' this part of town is deserted. I think we hold off on introducing ourselves."
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Namaphry » Dec 2nd, '17, 17:07

Thica doesn't answer the question, nor does she even seem to pay attention to it. "So, we'll follow them," is the conclusion she draws, just before she starts doing so. "Stay close, if you get lost there's no guarantee you'll ever be found."

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Glim » Dec 2nd, '17, 17:54

Follow who? The Knight or Her Highness?

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Namaphry » Dec 2nd, '17, 19:55

(The group headed to the marketplace, not the ones scavenging.)

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Dec 2nd, '17, 21:12

As the group approached the town center, the din of city life poured over them, like sinking into syrup. Louder and louder until a full city was around them. This place was alive, complete with nobles and commoners, taverns and bathhouses.

The disturbingly empty part of the city vanished into the background as they followed the noblewoman as she went on typical household errands, buying food and drink, negotiating with a blacksmith for cookware, and the like. But plenty more things were going on. A local inn was under repairs after what looked like one of the walls had been destroyed. Perhaps a cart accident. There was a lot of talk about druids, something that the druid of the party would note is usually very uncommon in cities.

It was the knight ultimately that caught the group's attention, passing back through the square, talking with the noblewoman and then taking off again. His armor had improved, much shinier. And his armband had been replaced with a tabbard. Clearly he was moving up in the world--his creepy dogs in tow.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Namaphry » Dec 3rd, '17, 00:40

Thica decides she's had enough of just watching the goings on, and attempts to sidle up to someone she can catch for a conversation. She asks, "Who are those two, over there?", indicating the noblewoman and her armoured cohort.

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Postby lhx » Dec 4th, '17, 15:26

Can Zertius spot anyone particularly religious leaning, or a symbol of Desna anywhere?
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

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Thica's question is met with an interesting reply.

"I think that's that new mercenary group in town. They only work for the nobles though. I think they call themselves Church."

Zertius didn't see any holy symbols openly displayed at the moment. This part of town was chaotic, filled with lots of movement, but religion seemed to be the last thing on anyone's mind.

While hanging around the area, the group spotted the knight riding back up with a stack of spears under his arms. He dropped them off at the front of the damaged inn. a few minutes later, what appeared to be the owner of the inn came out front and dug the spears into the ground, pointy side up, then came back in side. A few minutes after that, quite terrifyingly, the man came back out with a bag of severed heads and stuck them on each of the spears. Seems this was a warning. This was made more evident by the bag itself, which was unfurled afterward and revealed to be a cloth sign, now stained with blood. It read "No Adventurers Allowed."

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Dec 7th, '17, 10:52

Is it to imply no aventurers in the entire town, or only at the inn house?
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Dec 7th, '17, 10:54

Looks to be specific to the inn. You could ask.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Namaphry » Dec 7th, '17, 14:03

Thica follows up the answer she just received with, "Hm? I see that <symbol> on them, isn't that for some nobles already?"

When the scene unfolds outside the inn, Thica asks the apparent owner a different question about the heads on spikes. "What 'adventure' led to this?"

(It's not as though she considers herself an adventurer. At least, not when she isn't on a ship full of raiders.)

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Dec 7th, '17, 14:15

"Hm? I see that <symbol> on them, isn't that for some nobles already?" Thica asked.

The reply was a shrug. "Whatever noble they're working for at the moment."

"What 'adventure' led to this?" She inquired of the innkeep.

"Some adventurers renting a room upstairs drilled a hole in the floor. They spotted another group of dumb adventurers in the process of renting a room for the night and decided to launch fireballs at them through the hole in the floor. Then the booze went up! It was a huge mess! I HATE ADVENTURERS!" His words grew louder and angrier as he spoke and culminated with him punching one of the heads. After a few punches he calmed down a bit and a smile crossed his face. "Thank Shelyn for Church. He killed them all and put out the fire they set upstairs out of spite."

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

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I have updated viewtopic.php?p=9095#p9095

For further reference, here is a map of Lillyhammer, you came in from the east and are in the center of the map at the moment.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

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Thica narrows her eyes, and hopes she never has to stay at this inn. "Who's he, again?" is the only thing she can think of saying, in response.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

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"Who? Church?" He says before motioning at the man on horseback riding away. "He's in charge of the new noble bodyguards, renting out their services. I'm just glad they saw the need to help me out. I couldn't have afforded their help." As he was speaking another man in breastplate walked up and dropped off some wooden planks and a bucket of nails, before heading into the inn.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Namaphry » Dec 7th, '17, 15:53

That was a more comfortable topic than the inn and its adventurers, so Thica pressed on. "Are they still recruiting?"

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Dec 7th, '17, 17:09

So, we entered the Eastern gate and it was unmaned, and that region to the east is what was eerily deserted?

Zertius butts in to ask, "What happened the the old noble bodyguards?
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Dec 7th, '17, 17:16

The green eastern district is the deserted portion.
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Glim » Dec 7th, '17, 17:29

(Can Bill see the central park area from where he is now, at the inn? Seems like a place for druids.)

Bill will try to overhear more of these conversations mentioning druids. To be fair, he still doesn't really consider himself one, but he does have an obvious connection to KissiTo now, and would be interested in news about her servants and hopefully speak to one to explore this link. Other than keeping his ears open, he'll also check to see if there are any obvious followers of the goddess in the crowd, or maybe signs of an antlered shrine of some kind in the park.

If he catches anything, he won't wander off but rather make a mental note of the person and place.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Dec 7th, '17, 17:57

No druids in the park. Asking around, Bill can determine that there's a druid living on the outskirts of town to the west. Apparently, they know he's a druid because he trained his dog to climb trees.

Zertiues asked the right question. "What happened the the old noble bodyguards?"

The reply was from a commoner and somewhat whimsical, 'Word is, the gods destroyed them so that Church would be the only bodyguard in town."

Thica, however, focused on the innkeep, "Are they still recruiting?"

"Not really my area." He said, peering confused at Thica. "You look tough and all, but those guys are professionals, ya know?"

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Dec 7th, '17, 18:40

"Is that why parts of town are just... empty...? The gods destroyed them?"

OOC: Church isn't the same as the people we ran into back at the home we were eavesdropping, right? It was rather some lady?
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

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"Is that why parts of town are just... empty...? The gods destroyed them?" The commoner looked at Zertius with fear in his eyes and then ran away.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Dec 7th, '17, 20:48

Can Zertius tell if what he asked made the commoner scared of Zertius himself, or just scared of the conversation topic?
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Dec 7th, '17, 21:13

Looking around, there's nothing strange going on, and he was talking to you to begin with, so it must've been the topic. The fear may have been awe too, but it'd be hard to tell from such a brief encounter. Perhaps this is a good place for a Sense Motive check?

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Postby lhx » Dec 7th, '17, 21:16

Sense motive
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Postby deltreey » Dec 7th, '17, 21:17

He was afraid. You are pretty sure he was afraid. :P

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Postby lhx » Dec 7th, '17, 21:19

deltreey wrote:He was afraid. You are pretty sure he was afraid. :P


LOL. Fair enough.

Zertius is going to casually ask around for some work, any work; the party needs some coin to buy food and to get equipped. Do we see any physical laborers anywhere?
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Namaphry » Dec 7th, '17, 23:45

"Professionals? No idea," Thica says, even though it wasn't really a question. She watches the commoner run away from Zertius with interest, then speaks to the other two. "Alright, this is getting a bit boring. Which isn't so surprising when we just decided to go to the market place without enough coins to jingle them. We need to find work, mercenary or otherwise." She watches Zertius go, then says to Bill, "You must be hungry. I bet if you get a job as a cook, here, they'll let you taste the food."

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Dec 7th, '17, 23:54

Just to be clear, Zertius isn't splitting off entirely from the party, just scanning the immediate area and would put feelers out.
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

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Naturally, the center of town was, well, the center of town. Intrigue and mysteries abounded for the adventurers, but so much life demanded so much change.

Not surprisingly, normal everyday work wasn't hard to find. Unfortunately, normal everyday work were not the jobs for adventurers.

It was easy to get lost in it. How many adventurers had gone this way before? Trying to discover information and getting caught up in everyday living.

An alchemist scurried by in the crowd, clutching papers like they were the difference between life and death. An attractive woman riding a broom like a surf board sped through the town center holding a cupcake. Some men in obvious mage robes spoke to each other in hushed whispers then dispersed throughout the shopping district.

So much intrigue...where could one possibly begin.

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Postby lhx » Dec 13th, '17, 20:44

Zertius is starving. Any opportunity for him to steal a small bite to eat? Preferably as far away from any men in obvious mage robes.

(Also, did anyone else escape with us from the prison, or is it just the 3 PCs?)
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Postby deltreey » Dec 13th, '17, 20:47

You have your surviving NPC allies as company. Ben and the quiet man.

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Postby lhx » Dec 13th, '17, 20:55

Thanks.
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Glim » Dec 14th, '17, 04:26

"Great idea, Gar, but... Well, I just don't know where to start, really. This would be the first time asking for a job, you see, in the past I just... sorta blundered into them. Maybe we could see what they serve up in the inn, see if it needs improving? We do have a little bit of coin... and that thunder in the distance seems to actually come from Zert's stomach."

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It was a welcome relief, to the five remaining party members as they sat down for a meal. It granted them an opportunity to ask questions and listen to local discussion.

For 50 copper pieces, the party was able to eat their fill and then some. The bar wench must've apologized a hundred times for the damage to the building, she piled on the food and refilled drinks without any concern for the party's decision to order the "stew" option. It was a welcome reprieve to enjoy a meal not cooked over a campfire. For a moment, even Ben almost looked normal.

The inn was sparsely populated due to the damage, but this afforded more time to talk to the staff. When mentioning work, the bar wench was very helpful.

"The bill tree is where you find work around here. There's a tree out in front of the Wailing Warthog, the local tavern. People post their jobs on it. If you're looking for something more lucrative than construction work that is--" she trailed off, looking over at the half-missing wall that was most likely load bearing. Following her gaze you can see that there were several more men in armor, now wearing armbands. The color on them was black fading to white, with the symbol being much less archaic: a man on a horse mid-rearing. They had positioned several large pieces of wood to hold the upper floor from collapsing while they continued construction.

During the meal, there was a discussion out front that had been easily dismissable. It sounded almost like adventurers now though. They were starting to argue with a man about a wagon by the end of the meal. They were saying something about slavery being wrong. The discussion was starting to get heated by the time the party was starting to feel the need for an after-meal nap. There were several guards surrounding the adventurers, not the black and white ones, but these ones seemed to have some association with the man with the wagon, and for the first time, it was evident that there were also town guard in the mix. The town guards blended so well, knowing them in a crowd required intimate knowledge of the city. Regardless, the man with the wagon was getting beligerant, and even the town guard weren't sure which side to take.

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Postby lhx » Dec 14th, '17, 10:13

Zertius looks at the others and says, "Can you tell what's going on? The man with a wagon looks like he's in trouble, but I can't tell if he's deserved it..."
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Glim » Dec 14th, '17, 10:58

(Was the innkeep interested in hiring on a cook?)

"I know it's probably best to keep neutral until we sort out the who-is-who in this place, but maybe we should make our own armbands? I mean, it's not necessarily as neutral as remaining armbandless alltogether, but maybe we could opt for the, let's call it, 'aggressive neutrality' by forming our own band. And, while we're at it, invent a mysterious unseen patron to go along with it."

"Simply belonging to a faction, even if it's unknown to those around us, could grant us some degree of protection. It could also expedite the business of sorting out all these groups, and might open doors that would otherwise remain closed."

"Not saying there's no added risk, because those doors might well be jail doors, especially when someone pierces the veil and our story starts coming apart. Also, the existing armbanders might not like new upstarts, which could get us into all sorts of fights..."

Upon hearing the commotion outside, especially the bit regarding slavery, he finishes his suggestion:
"Surely they wouldn't enslave people who already belong to someone."

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Postby lhx » Dec 14th, '17, 12:41

Zertius looks at Bill and grins, "Aggressive neutrality sounds like a way to live. But, I need to earn some money and get some equipment to be able to take care of the 'aggressive' bit."
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Dec 15th, '17, 08:54

No, the innkeep is only interested in rebuilding his inn at the moment. It was hard to get him to talk about anything else.

While the party was discussing potentially wearing armbands, the discussion outside grew more heated.

"You can't just take my property like that! I had it when I was at the inn!" shouted one of the adventurers, motioning toward the inn the group sat in.

"That was a mistake." one of the other adventurers replied, looking at the sign hung lovingly beside the inn.

It was at this point that the distinct sound of unsheathed blades rang across the town square. The adventurers had drawn on the wagoneer, and his guards had drawn in return, and then the town guard had drawn as well. But, given the attitude of the locals toward adventurers at the moment, and that apparently they had accidentally identified themselves as such, the town guard were also not being friendly to the group.

If you would like to get involved, now would be a time to roll initiative.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Dec 15th, '17, 09:30

I'm unclear, there are advebturers, a wagoner and his guards, and town guards?
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Dec 15th, '17, 09:34

Yes, the combatants would look like this on an initiative tracker:

Adventurers 15 init
Wagoneer Guards 14 init
Town Guards 12 init
Wagoneer 9 init

though those numbers are made up.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Dec 15th, '17, 09:46

Zertius is offended by the wagoneer trying to take some people's stuff; he wants to get involved, but mainly wants to try and diffuse the fight if he can. To be clear, he hasn't drawn any weapons as of now.
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Dec 15th, '17, 09:46

LOL. Guess he's not going to be able to talk first. :)
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Namaphry » Dec 18th, '17, 12:09

Thica had only two goals in mind when it came to fights: Getting into them, and winning. While joining in was easy, gauging who would win on short notice was much harder, and all she had was a staff, so it was hard to justify going up against unknown numbers of enemies armed with swords. The fight could be a good learning experience, though, so she settled in somewhere she'd have a good view of it.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Glim » Dec 19th, '17, 12:12

Bill too would prefer not to get involved, and will jump up on the table and stand in front of a window to watch the fight play out from inside.

Should he find that he has fellow onlookers, he'll engage them in a little conversation, asking them about the identity of the black/white band-wearers and their patron.

He'll then gauge the crowd to see how eager they are to make a little wager on the outcome of the fight. If Gar is still near him, he'll quietly ask her expert advice in trying to pick a winner.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Dec 22nd, '17, 14:23

Watching the encounter was less exciting than participating, but fascinating in its own rite.

The adventurers were very effective, easily cutting down half the guards almost instantly. Unfortunately, their desire not to harm the town guards, and their lack of proximity to the slaver gave their enemy time to respond. The adventurers were beaten nearly to death by the sheer numbers as the slaver watched, getting up on his horse and preparing to ride off.

Zertius - you can intervene real quick. The encounter's almost over but it is your initiative.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Dec 22nd, '17, 14:30

Does it look like the guards and slaver are about to just leave them? If yes, Zertius is going to wait until they're leaving, and then go into the middle of them and channel energy.
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Dec 22nd, '17, 14:31

No, looks like the slaver is leaving his guards to deal with the mess and just riding off.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Dec 22nd, '17, 14:34

Ok. Zertius walks in to the guards and says, "Good riddance, these foul adventurers... what better fate for them then to be left beaten on the street?" He'll turn towards the nearest one and "fake" a kick at an adventurer but intentionally not hit. If any of the adventurers are making eye contact, he'll shoot them a covert wink. Zertius is trying to let the guards know that Zertius will take care of the "mopping up" if they want to get back to work.
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Dec 22nd, '17, 15:01

About to ride off, but hearing Zertius commentary, the slaver turned back from his horse. "Kill them. I don't need inventory that fights back." And with a Yah! his horse took off on it's way to leave the area.

The guards paused for a moment to listen and finished smacking down the toughest of the adventurers. Having beaten all of them, they were preparing to finish them off, drawing back their blades for finishing strikes. Zertius' wince was noticeable.

A gasp flowed through the crowd, as those sitting at the tavern had a beautiful view of the scene. Church, the man on horseback, was charging full-speed, lance at the ready, at the nobleman. As the lance struck, it snapped on the nobleman's armor, visibly injuring him, but not killing him...but oh that horse. The strange horse grew even more strange as it opened its maw to reveal rows of sharp teeth. It bit into the slaver, and pulled him down off his steed, landing on him, it's claw-covered hooves tearing at his flesh. The crowd cheered, and relieved town guards readily began arresting the slaver's guards, who didn't bother resisting. It seems the slaver was not well liked.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Dec 22nd, '17, 15:44

In the confusion Zertius is going to lean down to the adventurers and say, "hold still". And he'"" channel energy once.
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Dec 22nd, '17, 15:51

1d6 => 3 => 3
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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby deltreey » Dec 22nd, '17, 15:58

Excellent work. Perception checks all around.

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby Glim » Dec 22nd, '17, 17:10

1d20+5 => 5, 5 => 10

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Re: Chapter 2: Lillyhammer

Postby lhx » Dec 22nd, '17, 22:48

1d20+5 => 17, 5 => 22
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