posted Oct 31, 2020, 8:50 AM by Stephen Pliska-Matyshak   [ updated Oct 31, 2020, 1:29 PM ]

Undecitina 19th, Year One of the Reign of High King Ran

The trio camps with the miners for several days following their return from the cave. During this time, some of the miners return to the cave to try and get back to work in it. Journeys back and forth between the cave are uneventful. The first day of light is spent packing up the camp as the miners are going to return to the cave and set up there. The trio parts ways with the camp on the second day of light when the snow has mostly melted and run off into the lake.
Perri Elastime: Time to go.
Fennimore: I imagine you want to drive the wagon again?
Perri Elastime: Oh, yes, please!
Rael Octavius: I am ready to return to the comfort of my bed.
Fennimore: And hot meals!
Perri Elastime: Mulled cider!
Fennimore: I thought you liked the hot buttered rum?
Foreman Togs walks up to your wagon as you are about to set off.
Perri Elastime: I like both.
Foreman Togs: Before you head back off to "The City," I thought we ought to pay up the bounty for those bandits.
Rael Octavius: You have ore for us?
Foreman Togs: Actually, trade bars. We managed to get the smelter going in the cave.
Foreman Togs lifts a sack up.
Foreman Togs: There is one for each of you. They're still somewhat warm.
Perri Elastime: Hmm, never used a trade bar before.
Fennimore Tries to lift a bag into the bed of the wagon.
Fennimore: Will you and your men be safe now? No more bandits or trolls?
Foreman Togs: We should be fine. Just beasts about now. We can handle wolves and the occasional bear if need be.
Perri Elastime: Mmm, Bear stew.
Fennimore shivers.
Foreman Togs gives Perri a strange look.
Fennimore: Bears like to eat halflings, you know.
Foreman Togs: They are pretty tough to chew as well.
Fennimore (to Togs): She'll eat almost anything.
Perri Elastime: They do? Most just eat berries, roots, and grubs.
Perri Elastime: That is why you stew them for a long time.
Foreman Togs: The ones around here are a bit more...carnivorous.
Fennimore: We'll try to steer clear of them and you should too.
Perri Elastime: Might change the flavor a bit.
Perri Elastime: Did we have a second breakfast yet?
Foreman Togs: I don't want to keep you any longer, so farewell.
Fennimore: Farewell, Togs. Thank you for your hospitality.
Rael Octavius: Thank you for your hospitality.
Perri Elastime: Thank you. It's been a great visit.
Fennimore: What do you think, Rael? Do we have time for a second breakfast? Loading the wagon has worked up an appetite.
Foreman Togs tips his hat turns on a heel and heads back to his waiting caravan.
Rael Octavius: Let us get some travel in for a bit first, I think.
Perri Elastime: I can drive on an empty stomach for a while I guess.
Perri Elastime: Giddyup!
Fennimore: I can make you a samich while you drive.
Perri Elastime: I knew you were clever. I just didn't know how clever.
Rael Octavius: We ate an hour ago, Perri. You are going to be as wide as Fenn.
Fennimore grins.
Perri Elastime: That is all digested and gone. I used it up loading the wagon.
Fennimore settles into the warm bags of trade bars to make samiches.
Perri Elastime: Not to mention, climbing into the driver's seat.
Fennimore: Look at me. I'm a dragon sitting on my hoard!
Perri Elastime grins.
Perri Elastime: Suits you.
Rael Octavius smiles.
Perri Elastime: That samwich ready?
Fennimore: In a few minutes, Fenn has whipped up samiches on sliced sourdough, slathered with strawberry jam, and stuffed with slices of salami, cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
Perri Elastime follows the road back towards town.
Perri Elastime: Mmm. This is great.
Fennimore: Yes ma'am, all ready for eating.
Rael Octavius: That is an interesting combination.
Fennimore: Sweet and savory.
Perri Elastime: Kinda like sausage and maple syrup.
Fennimore: Mmm.
Rael Octavius: Now you are all making me hungry again.
Perri Elastime: See, you will get the hang of eating eventually.
Rael Octavius laughs.
Perri Elastime licks strawberry jam from her fingers.
Fennimore: Maybe we can stop at The Boar's Head for dinner on the way into town. I hear the halfling's there set out quite a feast.
Rael Octavius: Sounds like a plan.
Perri Elastime: New eating place. I'm in.
The trio drives for a bit until they are out on the plains and stop by the only tree in sight. They are well into their second breakfast when something starts rattling in the wagon.
Fennimore looks around for the source of the rattle.
Perri Elastime: What's that?
Rael Octavius moves to the wagon in curiosity.
Fennimore: Is there something in the bags Togs gave us?
Rael Octavius: Metal rattling in metal?
Fennimore feels the sound is coming from the sack with the treasure from the troll's cave.
Fennimore: I think it's the troll's treasure.
Fennimore: Was the rapier in that bag?
Perri Elastime and Rael Octavius hear odd cackling laughter approaching from the east.
Fennimore draws his rapier and prods the sack of troll treasure.
Perri Elastime climbs up onto the wagon.
Rael Octavius looks east and his eyes widen.
Rael Octavius: Gnolls!
Perri Elastime realizes the rattling is the rapier jerking around inside its scabbard.
Perri Elastime grabs the rapier and draws it.
The rapier [Elvish]: About time!
Rael Octavius: What?
Perri Elastime: Really? It is time to party talk later.
Rael Octavius: We have company!
Fennimore: Wasn't me.
The rapier [Elvish]: You have invaders.
Fennimore: Got a plan?
Perri Elastime: Stick them with the pointy end.
The rapier [Elvish]: I hope... Oh, you use rapier. Good.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: My pleasure.
Fennimore tries to hide obscured by the tall grass under the tree, sheathes his rapier, and draws his bow.
The gnolls begin to rush toward the wagon.
Perri begins a bladesong and casts a spell to make herself indistinct and blurry.
Rael Octavius climbs unto the seat of the wagon, casts a spell, and breathes fire at the nearest gnolls.
Rael Octavius then drops back down off the wagon and ducks behind it.
The closest gnoll falls in a burning heap on the ground while the other one caught in the fire howls in pain.
The giant hyena with the gnolls charges towards the horses.
Fennimore pops up and fires an arrow at one of the gnolls and hits it.
The gnoll's throat is pierced and it falls gurgling to the ground.
Perri Elastime: I don't remember inviting you to a second breakfast.
Fennimore maneuvers for his next shot and hides in the tall grass.
The biggest of the gnolls draws his longbow and fires twice at the blurry figure standing in the wagon.
Both of its arrows miss their mark.
This gnoll then moves towards the wagon, dropping its bow, and unslinging a rusty glaive.
Perri Elastime attacks with the rapier.
The rapier [Elvish]: Not my favorite kind of target, but you missed.
Perri's thrust misses the big gnoll.
The big gnoll slashes Perri as she tries to move away.
A gnoll runs up and climbs up onto the edge of the wagon looking for something to stab with its spear. It sees Rael behind the wagon and closes with him.
Rael Octavius: I guess they do not understand breath weapons.
Rael Octavius arches back so as not to hit the wagon and blasts the gnoll in the face with fire.
Rael Octavius then disengages back into the field.
Giant Hyena takes a bite out of the horse.
Another gnoll leaps between the horses and the wagon in pursuit of Rael and closes on him.
Fennimore tries to get the giant hyena's attention off of the horses.
Fennimore: Hey, bad dog, over here!
Fennimore fires an arrow at the giant hyena and hits.
The giant hyena yelps and looks around for where the arrow came from.
Fennimore ducks and retreats in the tall grass.
The big gnoll chases after Perri and swings its glaive at her twice.
It can not seem to find its target.
Perri closes with the big gnoll and stabs it with the talking rapier.
The rapier [Elvish]: There you go!
The gnoll that initially approached Rael jumps down off the wagon and closes with him, thrusting with its spear.
Rael manages to avoid the thrust.
Rael Octavius risks an attack from one of the two gnolls to maneuver around to get both of the gnolls in a blast of his breath weapon.
Rael Octavius shields, preventing the hit.
Rael Octavius breaths fire on the two gnolls.
Rael Octavius steps away from the gnolls risking another attack.
This gnoll misses as well.
Rael Octavius then launches rays of fire at the closest gnoll.
The first two rays strike and drop the front gnoll and the third one strikes the next one in line.
The giant hyena stalks into the grass looking for where the arrow came from.
It can't find anything, so it turns around to return to the horses.
The remaining gnoll near Rael charges, attacking with both hands on the spear.
Rael manages to avoid this strike too.
Fennimore: Yoohoo! A yummy-yummy halfling is over here!
Fennimore fires, hitting the unobservant hyena, and moves hidden through the grass to a new location.
The big gnoll continues to try and hit this blur of an elf.
The undulating blur weaves in and out avoiding the slashing glaive.
Perri Elastime: Next time, bring bacon!
The rapier [Elvish]: It is frustrated.
Perri Elastime casts magic missiles at the big gnoll.
Fennimore tries not to let himself get distracted by thoughts of bacon.
The rapier [Elvish]: What? Where is the love?
Missiles slam into the big gnoll.
Gnoll Pack Lord [Abyssal]: I am going to eat you alive!
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: You want love? Help me get a sneak attack.
The rapier [Abyssal]: Ooo. Scary.
The rapier [Elvish]: It said it was going to eat you alive.
Perri Elastime: Yeah if it wasn't such a candy-assed fighter, it might have a chance at that!
Rael Octavius: Really are not good learners, these.
Rael Octavius breathes fire again, torching the gnoll in front of him, which falls unconscious.
Rael Octavius turns and launches rays of fire at the big gnoll.
Only one of Rael's fiery rays hits the big gnoll.
The giant hyena roars and charges into the field.
The giant hyena snarls and spins around looking for the archer.
Fennimore continues taunting the hyena in an attempt to keep it away from the horses.
Fennimore: Higgeldy-piggledy, halflings and hyenas. Here's an arrow in your eye.
Fennimore's arrow hits solidly.
The giant hyena slumps to the ground.
The big gnoll continues to try and hit the blurry, dancing figure.
Gnoll Pack Lord swings wildly in frustration, missing badly.
Perri Elastime: Bite deep.
The rapier [Elvish]: Not quite. You will get it.
Perri's thrust misses this time.
Perri Elastime: Hate it when that happens.
Rael Octavius moves toward the wagon and forms an emboldening bond between himself and Perri.
Rael Octavius then quickens his scorching rays trying to strike the big gnoll again.
Rael's rays light the big gnoll up, all three striking.
Fennimore fires an arrow at the big gnoll and drops it.
Fennimore: Any more bad guys around?
Perri Elastime looks around.
Rael Octavius looks around.
Rael Octavius: Looks clear. Gnolls are scary.
Fennimore: Ugly and smelly anyway.
Perri Elastime: And didn't bring coffee cake either.
Fennimore: Perri and the horse were the only ones who were hurt.
Fennimore starts to search the smelly gnolls for loose change.
There appears to be no other gnolls or hyenas about.
Perri Elastime: Yeah, I have to check out this sword a bit more. It's been talking to me.
Fennimore finds a number of coins, a few arrows, and one serviceable longbow.
Fennimore: Whoa, a talking rapier?
Perri Elastime examines the rapier for markings.
Fennimore polices up his own arrows too.
Rael Octavius: Yes. It is kind of fiesty.
Perri Elastime: Doesn't like hitting gnolls best.
The rapier [Elvish]: Now you look at me? You threw me in a bag like I was still troll treasure?
Fennimore: What does it like hitting?
Rael Octavius [Elvish]: We were supposed to bring you back to a temple, not use you.
Fennimore: Hopeful she doesn't say halfling.
Perri Elastime: You were troll treasure. Besides we were quested to bring back.
The rapier [Elvish]: Oh, I am the object of another quest?
Perri Elastime wipes off the gnoll blood.
The rapier [Elvish]: At least you know how to take care of a sword.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: Does this please you.?
The rapier [Elvish]: It is better than a dark, spider-infested cave.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: Well, I'm sure in the temple you will get a lot of action.
Rael Octavius: It does not appear to understand or speak Almebezbik.
Fennimore [Halfling] (to the rapier): Do you speak halfling?
Perri Elastime remembers it understood the gnoll's speech.
Perri Elastime: It understood the gnoll. It was quite happily translating.
Fennimore: Doesn't seem to understand halfling either.
The rapier [Elvish]: What is the little creature saying?
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: Hey, what is your name?
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: He wants to know if you understand halfling.
Fennimore: Rael, do you think there is a bounty on the gnolls or should we just burn them?
The rapier [Elvish]: Name? Name. It has been so long, I do not remember.
Rael Octavius: Probably just burn them.
Fennimore starts dragging the dead bodies into a pile on the side of the road, away from the tree and wagon.
The rapier [Elvish]: I think previous wielders, a very long time ago, would refer to me Darkvengeance.
Stephen: Dulguachared as a name.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: Darkvengeance. Do you happen to hate dark fae?
Fennimore: I'm gonna need help with the hyena
Rael Octavius: I will help, Fenn.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: Winter fae. Will feel my vengeance.
Dulguachared [Elvish]: Yes. Drow in particular.
Perri Elastime looks at the scabbard.
The scabbard is not nearly as old as the sword. It appears to have been custom made for the sword, however.
Fennimore: After stacking the bodies with Rael's help, Fenn douses them with a little oil to get them to light and strikes the flint & steel from his tinder box.
Perri Elastime slides the rapier into the scabbard.
Script carved into the blade and the hand-guard seem Elvish, but the words seem strange.
Rael Octavius fire bolts the pile of gnolls, igniting them.
Fennimore: Let's move upwind a bit and eat some lunch while we wait for the pile to burn down a bit.
Perri Elastime is pretty sure that this sword predates humans, but isn't certain by how much.
Perri Elastime: This is an old blade. Very old.
Fennimore: Hopefully, it's not cursed too.
Rael Octavius: We probably would have felt that by now.
Fennimore: Perri, do you feel cursed?
Perri Elastime: Not any more than usual.
Rael Octavius: I should probably tend to the horse. Are you all right, Perri?
Perri Elastime: I'm good, Rael.
Fennimore: How's it compare to sparring with King Ran?
Rael Octavius casts cure wounds on the horse that was bitten by the giant hyena.
Rael Octavius (to the horse): There you go. All better.
Perri Elastime: Fighting with the gnoll was fun, but I need to learn some tricks to take them by surprise.
Rael Octavius: That blur spell helped a lot.
Fennimore: You need to learn to be more sneaky, like me.
Rael Octavius: Not in my nature.
Perri Elastime: I can be plenty sneaky. The reach on a rapier is not that far.
Fennimore shrugs his shoulders.
Perri Elastime: Blur is my new favorite.
Dulguachared [Elvish] (sarcastic): Oh, good. I am getting so much attention.
Dulguachared [Elvish]: You are the first bladesinger I have ever met that has not done flips.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: Oh, poor little rapier, not getting enough attention?
Fennimore: If you want to sit on the gold, like a dragon, and play with your talking sword the rest of the way home, I'll take the reins.
Dulguachared [Elvish]: Hmph.
Perri Elastime: You can take the reins after I get a lunch samich.
Fennimore: Another samich, coming right up.
Perri Elastime: I think the rapier is sulking.
Fennimore: Try polishing it. I hear that makes them perk right up.
Dulguachared [Elvish]: Alright. Put me back in my scabbard and finish your quest. I would not want you dying from geas damage because you just HAD to have me.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: I like acrobatics.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: Oh, if I just had to have you, I would finish my quest then steal you back.
Dulguachared [Elvish]: Really? You would do that?
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: I keep my word, after all.
Dulguachared [Elvish]: So, what is that strange little fellow you are traveling with? Not a gnome or a dwarf, though he is big enough to be a dwarf. Do not tell me Dwarves have degenerated into that.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: Well sure, if there was a good reason to.
Rael Octavius laughs.
Rael Octavius: The sword thinks you are a degenerative dwarf, Fenn.
Fennimore: Oh, it can understand me then?
Dulguachared [Elvish]: It talks funny. What language is that?
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: This is my friend, Fennimore. Fennimore, this is Dulguachared.
Perri Elastime: This is my friend, Fennimore. Fennimore, this is Dulguachared.
Rael Octavius [Elvish]: Fennimore is a halfling, Dulguachared.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: Halfling. He speaks halfling.
Dulguachared [Elvish]: I have heard of halflings.
Fennimore: Pleased to meet you, Dulguachared.
Dulguachared [Elvish]: And you gold one named Rael. What are you? Not quite elf. You smell draconic.
Fennimore: I'm sorry that I'm not the cunning linguist that Perri and Rael are to speak your language.
Rael Octavius [Elvish]: I am half-human, a quarter elf, and a quarter gold dragon.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: Fennimore wishes he spoke Elvish.
Dulguachared [Elvish]: A fine wish.
Dulguachared [Elvish]: Part dragon, elf, and human!?
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: Rael has the most awesome belches.
Dulguachared [Elvish]: You can stay away from me, Rael.
Perri Elastime [Elvish]: [Translation] Why don't you like Rael?
Rael Octavius: That kind of narrows down how old this sword is. It said it prefers slaying Drow and is alarmed by my heritage. From somewhere between the 5th and 8th cycles I guess.
Perri Elastime: Maybe the temple will let me take him on a walkabout of the Feywild.
Fennimore: Woah, that's a long time ago.
Rael Octavius [Elvish]: Dragons do not rule the world anymore. They have not for two cycles.
Dulguachared [Elvish]: Oh, alright. However, you remind me of someone. I cannot place who though.
Rael Octavius: Shall we finish up lunch and get back to "The City?"
Perri Elastime: Yes.
Perri Elastime polishes the sword while sitting on the treasure.
Fennimore makes one last check to stir the gnoll ashes to make sure they are down to cinders, then mounts the wagon and takes the reins.
The trio, with Fennimore driving the wagon, get rolling again and make it back to "The City." without any further incidents. They stop on the edge of town and have a fine dinner at The Boar's Head before making their way to The Temple of The Father and Mother.
Fennimore: Mmm-mmm!
Perri Elastime: It's always good when we take time to eat.
Rael Octavius: I will second that.
Perri Elastime -> Dulguachared: Let me know if you need a rescue.
Perri Elastime -> Dulguachared: to be stolen. rescued from boredom.
Dulguachared -> Perri Elastime: Maybe? I have been around for so long I do not get bored, really. By the way, do not let on to this temple that I am sentient.
The trio enters The Temple of The Father and Mother and are brought before the High Priestess of Alavasia. They turn over the now oddly quiet talking rapier and are thanked for their service to the temple.