posted Sep 19, 2020, 11:01 AM by Stephen Pliska-Matyshak

Undecitina 10th, Year One of the Reign of High King Ran

Life for Perri, Fennimore, and Rael has been passing by rather quickly. Perri has finally managed to get a hit in on High King Ran during training, Fennimore has been scheming to try and figure out how to get Majestic in trouble while training with Sark the Blind and Rael has been busy in court.
They are all at The Fiery Stag after another long day.
Rael Octavius takes a break from his meal looking slightly alarmed.
Rael Octavius: You know it is almost that time of the month again.
Perri Elastime: Hey, did ya see it? I hit the King!
Rael Octavius: I heard.
Fennimore: Really, how did the King take it?
Perri Elastime: With a bruise.
Fennimore: Well good, I wouldn't want you on the wrong side of your teacher.
Perri Elastime: More ale! I'm celebrating!
Rael Octavius: He has not noticed that he is not bruising you anymore?
Perri Elastime: I don't know. He hasn't said anything.
Mindartis: Coming right up.
Perri Elastime: Hard to tell what he notices.
Fennimore: I'm sure it's more than he lets on. That's how you get to be King.
Rael Octavius: He must be distracted or not letting on. He is too observant as a warrior to not notice something like that.
Perri Elastime: That's why I'm an open book. I don't want to be king or queen ever.
Rael Octavius: We should probably get you to one of the temples before too much longer.
Rael Octavius: Unless, of course, you want to remain...
Mindartis approaches with more ale.
Perri Elastime: But which one?
Mindartis: Here you are. Don't stop on my account.
Perri Elastime: Could you bring food, too?
Perri Elastime: I'm always hungry. I don't think I should drink my supper.
Rael Octavius: I suggest Lehnbor, but I am prejudiced toward him being one of his clerics.
Mindartis: More food coming right up.
Fennimore: Lehnbor's good, and no, I don't want to remain like this.
Mindartis heads back to the kitchen.
Perri Elastime: What about the Billiken? I hear he fixes stuff right.
Rael Octavius: Unless you are meant to be lycanthropes.
Fennimore: Hmm, do you think Claricia could clear it up?
Perri Elastime: I'm pretty sure ratty is not my style. I like it pretty.
Rael Octavius: Right, Claricia is a cleric too, is she not.
Perri Elastime: If I am meant to be a were-creature, I should be a tiger with a smile.
Rael Octavius laughs.
Perri Elastime grins.
Rael Octavius: I am guessing tiger bites hurt a lot more than rat bites.
Fennimore: The rat bite hurt enough that I don't want to try for a taste test where I'm the tasty morsel.
Perri Elastime: Might. But a bite is a bite.
Perri Elastime: Clarica might want what I am not willing to give.
Rael Octavius: More than alms at the very least.
Fennimore: Well, I guess it's Lehnbor then.
Rael Octavius: There is always The Father and Mother. Alavasia is very understanding.
Perri Elastime: Maybe you could put a good word in for me with Lehnbor.
Rael Octavius: Certainly. They are all in the same area. Which one?
Perri Elastime: Which one is closest?
Fennimore: They are practically neighbors, but The Mother and Father is a smidge closer.
Perri Elastime: Do you think the Mother and Father would be kind to someone like me?
Rael Octavius: They are known for their kindness.
Perri Elastime: Okay.
Perri Elastime: Fenn, do you agree? Or is Clarisia a better fit for you.
Fennimore: Ha ha, let's try Alavasia.
Rael Octavius: So be it.
Fennimore: I don't feel any need to worship Borgose.
Rael Octavius: Besides it being prohibited?
Fennimore: Doesn't seem to be stopping Claricia and her friends.
Rael Octavius: No one is really enforcing the "mythical" ban anyway.
Fennimore: Then we'll let them be and focus on our own issue.
Perri Elastime: She at least claims all present are willing participants.
Rael Octavius: First thing tomorrow before we get busy with our day or do we want to try and get it done now?
Fennimore: Let's finish our dinner and see if they'll treat us tonight.
Rael Octavius: Alright.
Perri Elastime: How about now while I still have the glow from smacking the King. After dinner, of course.
Rael Octavius digs back into his dinner.
Mindartis delivers more food to the table.
Perri Elastime: Thanks Mindartis.
Fennimore digs in.
Perri Elastime eats with relish.
Mindartis: By the way, your tab is a bit ahead, so no charge tonight.
Perri Elastime: Ahead?
Fennimore: Besides, I've been eating too much cheese. I need some variety.
Mindartis smiles at Rael.
Rael Octavius nods to Mindartis.
Fennimore looks from Mindartis to Rael questioningly.
Mindartis heads back to the bar.
Perri Elastime: I hear melted cheese inside spicy peppers is the new thing gastronomically.
Rael Octavius: Apparently, I have left a few too many gold.
Fennimore: Sounds delicious.
Perri Elastime: It does!
Fennimore: Nice that they kept it on your tab. Some places would have just pocketed the change.
Rael Octavius: That could charge my breath weapon.
Fennimore: That's not all it will charge up.
Perri Elastime laughs.
Rael Octavius: My father brings in a lot of business, especially since he returned.
Perri Elastime: So where is your Mum, Rael?
Rael Octavius: She has been working with the Archmage on some research.
Fennimore: We still haven't met your parents. I especially want to talk to your father. I wonder if that job he posted for finding things is still open.
Rael Octavius: There is always something.
Rael Octavius: We might want to see what the priest wants before you get employed by my father.
Fennimore: Good idea.
Fennimore: I'd hate to accept a job from your father and turn all twitchy nosed in the middle of it.
Rael Octavius nods.
Perri Elastime: He might notice something is up.
The group finishes up their dinners and prepares to head over to the temple.
Fennimore humms a little tune to himeself, "Hickory, Dickory, Dock..."
Rael Octavius: Is that bard getting to you again, Fenn?
Perri Elastime: Notices and hums Three Blind Mice.
Rael Octavius shakes his head.
Rael Octavius: We should get going.
Fennimore (startled): Hmm, What? Bard? Where?
Perri Elastime stands up.
Perri Elastime: Not to worry, Fenn.
Rael Octavius pushes away from the table and stands up.
Fennimore: Oh, good. Let's go. I'm tired of being mousy.
Fennimore slides off his chair.
Perri Elastime: Ratty, Fenn. Ratty.
Fennimore: That too.
Rael Octavius heads towards the back door.
Perri Elastime follows.
Fennimore follows behind.
Fennimore -> Perri Elastime: Looks like we have another back door man with us tonight.
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: Ha ha ha.
Perri Elastime: I'm thinking I shall get a familiar. I wonder what would partner with me?
The group heads through the alley behind the inn and enters Ballista Street, turning north. They then cut down another street west before coming to Castle Street before heading north again.
Perri Elastime watches for danger.
The streets are bustling with activity, but no threats present themselves. They arrive in Park Square where The Temple of The Father and Mother towers along the southeast side.
Perri Elastime: Intimidating temple isn't it.
Rael Octavius: It can be to those not aligned with it, but there is nothing to fear here.
Fennimore: Priests like their edifaces.
Rael Octavius: As do kings and nobles.
Fennimore: True.
Perri Elastime: Thank the Gods I'll never be any of those.
Rael Octavius: Armee and Alavasia are the King and Queen of the pantheon.
Perri Elastime: I'll follow you.
Rael Octavius leads the way in through main entrance.
Perri Elastime follows.
Fennimore continues to hum, "see how they run" as he follows.
Perri Elastime: I hope he doesn't strike me down with lightning for entering.
An acolyte stands in the vestibule ready to greet those who enter.
Acolyte smiles as you enter.
Fennimore -> Perri Elastime: More likely to chop off our tails tonight.
Perri Elastime: I see I have given you an ear worm.
Acolyte: Greetings! Welcome The Temple of The Father and Mother or Mother and Father if you prefer.
Rael Octavius: Greetings.
Rael Octavius bows.
Fennimore -> Perri Elastime: I think it was the rat that gave us worms.
Rael Octavius: I am Rael Octavius, an acolyte of The Temple of Lehnbor. My friends here are in need of some assistance from Mother Alavasia.
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: I think I need to seal up the hole in my wall.
Fennimore stands uncomfortably, shifting his heft back and forth from one foot to the other.
Acolyte: What manner of assistance. I am sure Mother Alavasia would be most willing to assist.
Perri Elastime looks ready to bolt.
Rael Octavius turns back to Perri and Fennimore.
Perri Elastime: Umm...
Rael Octavius: How do you want to handle this? Do you want to explain or should I do the talking?
Fennimore (timidly): Uh, we need a curse, or something, removed.
Fennimore -> Rael Octavius: You seem to understand this better.
Acolyte: A curse? Oh, my. Well, of course. Please, please. Follow me. You will need to speak with a priest.
Perri Elastime: Only if the priest is nice.
Acolyte begins to lead the way into the congregation.
Acolyte: Of course the priest is nice.
Rael Octavius motions for the other two to follow.
Perri Elastime: There is no "of course" about it. I've encountered not nice ones.
Fennimore follows the acolyte.
Acolyte: This is a shame. You will not find any mean priests here.
Perri Elastime follows.
Rael Octavius follows.
Perri Elastime twitches her nose.
The acolyte leads the group around the right side of the great hall to an alcove shrine where a priestess is lighting candles.
Acolyte: Excuse me. These paritioners have a matter they wish to discuss with you.
The priestess turns and regards the group with a smile.
Acolyte: She wll help you. I must get back to the vestibule.
The acolyte makes his way back to the entrance.
Perri Elastime looks at the priestess carefully.
The priestess notices the nervousness and trepidation of Perri and Fennimore.
Fennimore watches the acolyte depart.
Priestess: What is your concern and how may I be of assistance?
Rael Octavius waits to see if Perri or Fennimore will explain.
Fennimore: Um, yes, I guess we should just be out with it.
Perri Elastime (blurts in a rush): Um, we wish the curse of rattyness and cheese consumption lifted.
Fennimore: We met a hairy man with a long nose and whiskers, and um, he bit us.
Fennimore (looks at Perri): Or, there's that.
The priestess looks confused at first and then it dawns on her to what they are referring.
Perri Elastime: Please, I don't want to be mean.
Priestess: Oh, my. How long ago?
Fennimore: A few weeks.
Fennimore: Long enough to, umm, uhh, change.
Fennimore: Just once, though.
Perri Elastime: And not on purpose.
Priestess: Oh, dear. I hope no one was hurt. We really should take care of this as next week would be another episode.
Fennimore sucks in his breath.
Perri Elastime: The change... The change just happened. Couldn't control it.
Perri Elastime: Can you help us?
Fennimore: I don't remember much from it.
Fennimore: Except, waking up afterwards.
Priestess: This is the way it goes. It is good you have sought help. This chapel should suffice for removing your curse.
Perri Elastime: Umm, what the cost of such a cure?
Priestess: You could make a significant donation to the temple or go on a quest for Alavasia or Armee.
Fennimore: A quest? That could be interesting.
Perri Elastime: A quest is like a mission right?
Perri Elastime: And a mission is like a job?
Fennimore: In wonder if King Ran would let you go?
Priestess: Yes, a quest is a mission. It will likely be dangerous, but you have survived an attack by a wererat, so I imagine you would be able to accomplish this.
Perri Elastime: He might...If I asked him...when he was in a good mood.
Priestess: What do you mean by "If King Ran will let you go?"
Fennimore: Survived, but barely.
Rael Octavius: Perri, here, is High King Ran's Bladesinger.
Perri Elastime: I'm in training with the High King.
Fennimore: If we hadn't accidentally lured him into a trap, we would have been as holey as swiss cheese.
The priestess looks impressed.
Priestess: The King is not aware of your condition?
Perri Elastime: Maybe he will want a break cause I smacked him a good one earlier.
Fennimore: I'd like to keep it that way.
Fennimore looks to Perri.
Fennimore -> Perri Elastime: You're glowing again.
Perri Elastime: Hey. If I wanted him to know I would have told him.
Rael Octavius: Ah.
The priestess smiles at Rael.
Perri Elastime chuckles.
Priestess: I have just the quest.
Fennimore: Say, if this quest is so dangerous, maybe you should join us, Rael. I wonder if we could lure the knight into it as well?
Perri Elastime: She has a quest.
Fennimore shuts up and listens.
Rael Octavius: I will help if allowed.
Perri Elastime: Is it a reasonable quest? I can't do something I disagree with.
Priestess: Of course you may. Any others you might request are welcome as well.
Fennimore smiles.
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: I don't think we need a bard.
Fennimore thinks to himself, "If the quest is dangerous, it might be just the place to dispose of a bard without anyone noticing."
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: He might want more background than we want to give him.
Priestess: There is a weapon, not unlike the ones carried by each of you, that was lost or possibly stolen that needs to be recovered. It is believed that it can be found in the hills east of the city.
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: My rattiness can remain a half remembered bad dream.
Fennimore -> Perri Elastime: He would love to hear that we were cursed. I'm sure he would spin a yarn out of it.
Fennimore -> Perri Elastime: Probably for the best.
Fennimore turns his attention back towards the priestess.
Fennimore: A weapon lost in the hills to the east of the city? That's not much to go on.
Priestess: Now, shall we be rid of your curse? Ladies first, perhaps? I can explain more once you are safely cured of your malady.
Fennimore: After you, m'Lady.
Perri Elastime: Okay. What do I need to do.
Priestess: Stand here next to me and receive Alavasia's Blessing.
Perri Elastime closes her eyes and holds her breath.
The priestess places her right hand on Perri's head and begins to chant in a beautiful, but unknown tongue.
Rael Octavius begins to chant with the priestess in the same language.
Perri Elastime waits for fire to burn the curse out of her.
Priest [Celestial]: Mother Alavasia, release this spirit from this unfortunate curse and see to her wellbeing. So be it.
Perri Elastime experiences an odd tingling that most would find very disconcerting if not for the torture that she has experienced in the past.
Perri Elastime clenches her teeth.
Priestess: That should do it. Sir Halfling, if you would join me.
Fennimore (squeezes Perri's hand): Feel better?
Fennimore bravely steps up next to the priestess.
Perri Elastime: Uhh, feel different.
Perri Elastime give Fenn's hand a quick squeeze.
The priestess and Rael repeat the chant while she places her hand on Fennimore's head.
Perri Elastime watches closely.
Fennimore experiences an intense tingling that is quite discomforting, but passes quickly.
Priestess: And your curse is now also lifted.
Fennimore tries to stay relaxed and breathing, but catches his breath as the curse passes.
Perri Elastime: Fenn, you okay?
Fennimore: Yeah, I think so. That was kinda odd.
Perri Elastime: Not quite what I was expecting.
Fennimore: Can't say I knew what to expect. I've never been cursed or de-cursed before.
Fennimore: At a cursory glance, I seem to be all in one piece, so I'm happy with that.
Priestess: It is an unpleasant curse. You handled it quite well. Some jump out of their skins, so to speak, when they have that particular curse removed.
Perri Elastime: Can you fix skin?
Priestess: What do you mean?
Fennimore: Perhaps it hadn't had time to fully set in yet.
Perri Elastime: Remove the remnants of old wounds.
Priestess: Scars?
Perri Elastime: Of a sort.
Fennimore: Perhaps you could show the Priestess your hands?
Perri Elastime pulls off a glove.
Priestess: There is an ancient and powerful miracle that can regenerate...
The priestess looks taken aback.
Priestess: Goodness, gracious! How ever did that happen?
Perri Elastime: I have many reminders of an unpleasant time.
Perri Elastime: Some courtiers bite.
Priestess: Dear child, I am so sorry. This is terrible.
Perri Elastime: Can it be fixed?
Priestess: I understand that it can, but no one I know of has the power to repair this much scarring. Someone of my calling with the power of The High KIng would need to perform such a miracle. Only elves and possibly dwarves might possess such power in these times.
Perri Elastime: I feared it was so. I think magic binds my skin. There was certainly some aspect of ritual involved.
Perri Elastime pulls her glove back on.
Fennimore: I'm sorry, Perri.
Perri Elastime: Just another quest to complete.
Perri Elastime sighs.
The priestess gathers her wits.
Fennimore: Right, now, about that quest. A weapon lost in the hills to the east. Right. What else can you tell us?
Priestess: The Gold River runs out of a lake nestled among the Gold Hills. This lake is fed by a spring within the hills. You need to enter the tunnels from which this spring flows and search the caves within. A vile creature is said to guard this weapon and a hoard of treasure. Recover the sword and what treasure you can and return.
Perri Elastime: What sort of vile creature?
Fennimore: That's what I was thinking.
Priestess: It is a monster. Few have seen it but for the results of its attacks. Miners have avoided the area for a while now due to its presence.
Priestess: There is a mining camp to the north of the lake. You may get a better feeling for what you are dealing with from them.
Fennimore turns towards Rael.
Fennimore: Have you heard any news of this creature?
Perri Elastime: I hope King Ran believes I am ready for some empirical training.
Rael Octavius: I have not.
Fennimore looks questioningly to Perri.
Fennimore: Are you ready for such a test?
Perri Elastime: How will we know this sword?
Rael Octavius: We may need a bit more muscle.
Priestess: It is a rapier, much like yours. However, it has a star sapphire as a pommel.
Fennimore: Ooh, shiny
Perri Elastime: Perhaps Munkustrap is available.
Perri Elastime: He is more knightly and burlier than most.
Rael Octavius: He might appreciate an adventure like this.
Fennimore: A chance to test his mettle versus a vile creature while we rescue the lost treasure.
Rael Octavius: Eris or Tazdar might be options as well.
Rael Octavius: Munkustrap would be my first choice.
Fennimore: As long as it isn't the bard.
Rael Octavius laughs.
Rael Octavius turns to the priestess.
Rael Octavius: I have grown fond of these two and will do what I can to help them fulfill their quest.
Fennimore: I accept this quest.
Perri Elastime turns to the priestess.
Perri Elastime: Thank you.
Fennimore takes a deep breath and slowly releases it.
Fennimore: It's good to not feel the weight of that curse any more. Thank you.
Rael Octavius: So, I get to venture outside the city two months in a row. I hope this adventure fares as well as the last.
Fennimore -> Rael Octavius: I hope we don't run into any dragons.
Perri Elastime: I'll convince The High King.
Rael Octavius: Maybe Alasatar, the castle guard lieutenant, will be able to help if we cannot find someone else.
Perri Elastime: Beside, he will want me to go and keep an eye on you two.
Fennimore: Alasatar?
Fennimore winks at Perri.
Rael Octavius: He was my partner when I visited Shorixlisys.
Fennimore: Your "partner." Got it.
Fennimore: I need some more arrows. I wonder if I can get my rapier enchanted?
Rael Octavius: More like personal body guard.
Fennimore smirks.
Fennimore: I'm sure he enjoys guarding your body.
Rael Octavius: This is not The Rogue Spoon, Fenn.
Fennimore: You're just digging yourself deeper.
Fennimore: Whatever.
Perri Elastime: Best stop digging.
Fennimore: I won't judge.
Rael Octavius turns to the priestess.
Rael Octavius: Are you sure he is not cursed?
Perri Elastime: Perhaps you are cursed, Rael.
The priestss smiles and nods.
Perri Elastime: Cursed with us.
Rael Octavius: Only with friends with gutter minds.
Fennimore smiles.
Perri Elastime: Only you would think sex belongs in the gutter.
Fennimore: Such is my life.
Rael Octavius (to the priestess): Thank you for your assistance.
Rael Octavius: We should be going now.
Fennimore: Yes, I think we've taken enough of the priestess' time. We need to prepare for our quest.
Perri Elastime: Thank you. We will return with the sword.
The group departs the temple and returns to The Fiery Stag to discuss preparations for their trip to The Gold Hills.