posted May 31, 2020, 7:08 PM by Stephen Pliska-Matyshak   [ updated May 31, 2020, 7:13 PM ]

Nonotina 18th, Year One of the Reign of High King Ran

Magic: Such a wonderful home.
Magic: I love the new arrangement of furniture.
Sloth: Where is the couch?
Magic comes out of one of the guestrooms wearing both costumes of elegant clothing, as well as a pair of lavish boots.
Magic: A little bulky, but it might work.
Magic: Makes me look strong, don't you think?
Sloth: No.
One of the guards has not returned from this shift and Lord Munkustrap has become concerned.
Magic: I happen to be the best detective on this side of the city. If you would like, I will assist and looking for him?
Magic: I am also Munkustrap's best friend.
Magic starts putting on a larger second pair of boots.
Sloth: Do you think I could fit in a bag of holding?
Eris Drew: Do you have a bag of holding?
Sloth: Not yet.
A snowy owl flies in and lands on a sofa.
Munkustrap von Rumm: One of my guards has not returned after his shift and I fear for his safety.
Magic: Emmerson, here can scout ahead?
Magic: My snow owl.
Dar Kalla: Is there any magic that can protect us from the weather while we go look for him?
Magic: We could press ourselves together for warmth.
Munkustrap von Rumm: Oh, great! That will help us scout around the estate to see if Greg is out there if you can see through its eyes, Magic.
Skimbleshanks the Butler approaches the mansion's guest.
Skimbleshanks the Butler: May I have your attention, please.
Magic: Ummm, sure. Emmerson has performance anxiety though, so we would have to do it alone.
Magic: I guess so Mr. Butler, a man of great servitude.
Skimbleshanks the Butler: The lord would appreciate it if you would join him in the dining hall.
Munkustrap von Rumm: Of course. Thank you, Skimbleshanks.
Magic: Will there be breakfast served?
Magic: You don't invite a man to the dining hall and not have food.
Eris Drew: That is what I was thinking.
Munkustrap von Rumm: Please follow me, my friends, to the dining hall.
Skimbleshanks the Butler: This will be a conference with the lord.
Magic throws his arm around Munkustrap.
Magic: You are the most gracious host.
The group begins to make its way to the dining hall.
Magic intends to take the seat at the head of the table.
Cho Chi hangs back trying to look inconspicuous.
Munkustrap von Rumm: You called for us, father?
Magic the seat closest to the head of the table to the right hand of Lord von Rumm already sits.
Magic: Could I play a little preamble before our meal? Only for a minute.
At the head the table sits Lord van Rumm, looking concerned.
Magic starts to play his lyre as background music.
Magic plays soft and soothing.
Eris Drew stands near the table with her hands on the back of a chair.
Dar will stand in the back, uncomfortable in the lavish room.
Sloth goes to the corner and sits on the ground.
Deuteronomy von Rumm: Welcome, my guests.
Magic bows while playing.
Deuteronomy von Rumm: Please take a seat. I have a matter of importance to discuss with you.
Cho Chi: Thank you for your hospitality.
Deuteronomy von Rumm nods to Cho.
Magic continues to play for a minute very close to the von Rumms.
Dar Kalla: Thank you, milord. You are most gracious!
Munkustrap von Rumm sits down in his usual seat.
Tazdar sits near the end of the table.
Cho Chi sits very formally.
Eris Drew continues standing where she is.
Conrad sits down.
Cho Chi: Lord VonnRumm can we be of some service to you?
Dar Kalla sits at the far end of the table.
Magic starts to grove back and forth, left and right.
Sloth wonders if there is beer.
Magic: Maybe we should sit. This is how most establishments work.
Deuteronomy von Rumm: Yes, as a matter of fact. One of my house guards has not returned from his latest shift.
Conrad: Should we search for him?
Cho Chi: With the weather as it is, this could be serious. He or she might need help.
Dar Kalla: Where was he posted? We must search at once!
Deuteronomy von Rumm: He is somewhere between the main entrance and the front gate, I presume.
Cho Chi: Do your guards live on the grounds?
Eris Drew: He shouldn't be hard to find, should he?
Munkustrap von Rumm: Visibility is greatly reduced in this blizzard.
Magic: What about if we had a dog?
Magic holds a puppy in his arms.
Magic: Konrad could sniff him out, with a K, not you buddy.
Eris Drew: The snow piled up higher than the puppy.
Munkustrap von Rumm waves his hand to catch the attention of Skimbleshanks.
Dar Kalla: I fear the knaves we encountered before may come back for revenge.
Conrad: Anyone have tracking skills?
Munkustrap von Rumm: Bring some thick coats for my friends and me.
Deuteronomy von Rumm: I fear with darkness lasting as long as it has that some creature may have entered the city and is causing trouble. It has happened before.
Eris Drew: Great, another chain devil.
Skimbleshanks the Butler nods.
Magic: We will need three things. Number one: warm coats. Number two: a warm meal, and Number three: I believe Sloth had asked for a beer, but hard liquor may stop the cold from numbing my giblets.
Tazdar: I have the ability to increase my size. I could act as a beacon for the man.
Skimbleshanks the Butler: I'll collect gear for you.
Sloth: Or a huge scary monster.
Dar Kalla: I used to track bear on the frozen steppes. I can find a man!
Magic: I will assist you!
Magic: I love being the hero.
Munkustrap von Rumm: I don't think we have any coats large enough for you when you increase your size, Tazdar.
Tazdar: The magic of the runes allows my clothes to grow.
Sloth: How?
Tazdar: Otherwise I'd be nude every time I use that ability.
Tazdar: I'm not sure how. My understanding of the runes is rudimentary at this time.
Tazdar: I was hoping King Ran might be able to aid my studies or one of his mages.
Deuteronomy von Rumm: It seems you have the skills and the feats to succeed in finding my guard. It will be worth more than the room and board that has been supplied during this darkday, as well.
Magic looks at Munkustrap.
Munkustrap von Rumm looks back at Magic and smiles ever so slightly.
Deuteronomy von Rumm: Skibleshanks will meet you at the door with coats so you can withstand the cold.
Munkustrap von Rumm: We shall begin the search at once, Father.
Munkustrap von Rumm pushes back his chair and stands.
Magic is wide-eyed.
Magic: Speech!
Munkustrap von Rumm: We have no time for speeches. A man's life is in peril.
Magic: Well spoken.
Eris Drew: Good enough.
Magic claps.
Dar Kalla: Let us go at once!
Magic: To the coats!
Magic runs out first.
Magic: First dibs!
Sloth follows the last person out.
Munkustrap von Rumm ushers the others toward the main door.
Dar Kalla readies his weapons and equipment.
Sloth does not ready at all.
The group leaves the dining hall and congregates in the foyer where the butler hands out gear.
Magic readies his lute.
Munkustrap von Rumm keeps his glaive handy.
Magic: Do you want to build a snowman? Or ride our bike around the halls? I think some company is overdue I've started talking to The pictures on the walls! It gets a little lonely All these empty rooms Just watching the hours tick by (tick-tock tick-tock tick-tock tick-tock) Eris, please I know you're in there People are asking where you've been They say, "have courage" and I'm trying to I'm right out here for you Just let me in We only have each other It's just you and me What are we gonna do? Do you want to build a snowman?
As the group exits the mansion, snow swirls around them.
Dar Kalla: Worst Heptatina we ever had!
From the front door, they can bearly see the ends of the wings that reach out before them.
Magic: Lock the doors behind us and hunker down.
Magic casts speak with animals.
Magic girds his mantle of inspiration Cho, Munkustrap, and Tazdar. These three move out into the blizzard.
Magic: Animals of nature, lend me your ears! I am looking for a friend who may be in tears!
Magic: The rest of you fan out!
There is chattering from the tree in the southwest corner of the estate.
Watch out! Monster!
Magic: Monster!
Magic: Ready yourselves!
Eris Drew moves out into the blizzard.
Magic: They do not want to build a snowman, Eris.
Magic: You also never answered me.
There is a low growl from the southeast.
Heavy footfalls sound like they are approaching from Munkustrap's left.
Dar Kalla moves forward into the swirling snow and quickly finds the source of the roar.
Dar Kalla: A bloody troll! A troll!
Magic: Scary! Not a beast! Can't talk to that one.
Rael Octavius makes his way into the blowing snow trying to see the monster, but the snow is too heavy.
Magic: I am glad to have such brave heroes around me, but this does not bode well for the family's guard.
Rael Octavius: I can't see it!
Rael Octavius places his hands on the shoulders of Eris and Dar, blessing them with Lehnbor's emboldening bond.
Conrad moves forward searching for the monster through the blowing snow.
Munkustrap von Rumm moves toward the roaring and shouting and finds the troll. He slashes at the troll, missing, and then whacks it with the butt of his glaive.
Troll: Grrrr!
Cho Chi follows Munkustrap and races around Dar Kalla. She misses a strike with her quarterstaff but connects with one of a combination of kicks.
Magic: It may have stubbed its toe go get it.
Sloth begins to move up peering through the swirling snow, but cannot spot the monster. He goes into a defensive stance.
Tazdar moves over toward the battle and grows to twice his normal size. He throws a handaxe at the monster as it comes into view and hits it with a resounding blow.
The wind subsides a bit and visibility improves. Everyone can see the monster, but it can also see them.
Eris Drew runs forward through the snow and slices into the troll with a mighty, divinely-empowered swing of her bastard sword.
The ice troll regains some of its vitality as trolls are want to do. It bites at Cho Chi and claws at Eris and Munkustrap. Its claws only wound Eris.
Dar Kalla slides into the melee while entering a rage and swings his greatsword at the monster, but it misses its mark.
Rael Octavius remains standing where he is and launches a firebolt at the troll. It seems diverted by the wind, but then curves and strikes the monster, burning it.
Conrad moves around the melee to find a place to strike at the troll while entering his own rage. The battleaxe bites into the troll's back.
Magic: This is your troll song, You will be dead soon, I will make your hiiiiide... Into my armor with much pride!
Magic dissonantly whispers to the ice troll, but it seems little affected.
Munkustrap von Rumm swings his glaive again, the wind seeming to catch the blade. With a quick correction of the swing, the paladin manages to slice into the troll with divine energy. He follows up with the butt of the polearm and drives it into the troll's gut, more radiant energy doubling it over.
Magic: I had no idea he could do that.
Cho Chi pummels the troll with her staff and a spinning kick.
Magic: Whop, pow!
Sloth moves close enough to strike with his whip-like spell, but the strike misses.
Magic: It was a good try.
Magic: I respect nature.
Tazdar activates the rune on his armor and his muscles bulge even larger. He grasps his maul and takes a might overhead swing at the troll. It lands with the sound of a great thud and cracking bones as the troll is driven into the snow, no longer living.
Magic runs over to the tree and starts to ascend its trunk.
Magic: Little squirrels have you seen a guard out here?
Magic offering them rations.
Magic: I will protect you squirrels!
Eris Drew begins to search the ground, moving toward the gate as the wind picks up again.
Dar Kalla moves toward the path between the gate and the mansion, searching.
Snow gets in Eris' eyes as she searches.
Eris Drew [Quori]: Lia, be my eyes.
Lia [Quori]: I'll try.
Dar Kalla: Gregory!
Snow also gets in Dar's eyes.
Rael Octavius shields his eyes from the snow as he searches. He spots a bloody mess of flesh and clothing just off the path a few feet from the gate.
Rael Octavius: Ewww.
Rael Octavius: I think the troll got Greg.
Conrad moves toward the path, as well.
The swirling snow gets in Conrad's eyes.
Munkustrap von Rumm heads for the tree.
Munkustrap struggles with the swirling snow as well.
Cho Chi moves to the gate trying to find how the troll entered the estate.
Sloth moves up towards the gate and past Rael and nearly steps on the mangled body of the guard.
Sloth sees a mangled, bloody body between himself and Rael.
Tazdar moves up to the body, shrinking as the approaches.
A particularly strong blast of wind assaults the group. Eris and Sloth begin to shiver violently.
The wind then dies down again.
Tazdar: Let's carry the body inside. We'll learn nothing out here in the wind.
Tazdar: Any evidence has been erased by the swirling snow.
Tazdar: We can assume it was the troll, regardless.
Dar Kalla: Is he dead?
Magic looks for the squirrels.
Magic: Come with me if you want to live.
Munkustrap von Rumm: Yes, let's take Greg inside.
Munkustrap von Rumm: Is he dead?
Tazdar: Seems so.
Dar Kalla: He's quite dead.
Tazdar: To fall in the line of duty is a great honor. We can bring him in and celebrate his service.
Munkustrap von Rumm: Poor ol' Greg. We'll have to send word to his family.
Squirrels: No, no. You go, we stay in nest.
Magic: You can come inside.
Magic: All are welcome.
Magic: Think of the warmth.
Squirrels: We have each other, we are warm.
Magic: I will miss you, friends.
Magic with his head hanging low, he walks into the house.
They bring the body of the guard Greg back into the mansion.
Another blast of wind assaults them as they enter the mansion having the most effect on Cho Chi, Munkustrap, and Eris.
Magic: I think something is wrong with his feet.
Magic takes off Greg's boots.
Sloth falls asleep on the couch.
Cho Chi prays over the body.
Munkustrap von Rumm: Once the blizzard subsides, I will pay a visit to Greg's family to tell them of the bad news.
Skimbleshanks the Butler: Oh, my.