posted Dec 19, 2020, 9:51 AM by Stephen Pliska-Matyshak

Ethyltina 15th, Year Two of the Reign of High King Ran

The week following the bloodletting in court, much of the talk is about the Bladesinger and the halfling Inquisitor outing the corrupted courtier and his accomplice. Rael relates this to Perri and Fennimore as they are not required to be in court at this point.
Perri's training with King Ran resumes and Fennimore spends time in the streets gathering intelligence for Mosifort as well as having some downtime.
The group is at The Fiery Stag occupying their regular table.
Fennimore: Whew! Happy to be out of court for a bit. They sure are a bunch of stuffed shirts.
Perri Elastime: Court is not much fun.
Rael Octavius: Speak for yourselves. I enjoy court.
Perri Elastime: Glad somebody does.
Fennimore: Present company excepted, Rael.
Rael Octavius smiles.
Fennimore: But, we know you also enjoy your time away from court as well.
Rael Octavius: I do, more and more, in fact.
Fennimore: I wonder if we'll get to meet that traveling salesman?
Perri Elastime: I hope we do.
Snorri Geir comes down the stairs and notices the group.
Rael Octavius motions for the barbarian to join the group.
Perri Elastime: Hey, Snorri. Come join us!
Snorri Geir smiles and approaches.
Snorri Geir: How is my favorite elf, my lady?
Perri Elastime: Just fine and yourself?
Snorri Geir takes a seat at the table.
Fennimore: Good to see you again.
Snorri Geir: I am fine.
Perri Elastime smiles.
Snorri Geir: Good to see you all. That was quite a display of prowess at court the other day.
Perri Elastime: Thank you.
Rael Octavius: I am glad we were able to limit it to just the villain.
Perri Elastime: And us, of course. Gotta learn to jump faster.
Snorri Geir: That creature was a chilling sight, supernatural it was.
Perri Elastime: Have you finished your business with the King?
Snorri Geir: In a manner of speaking.
Rael Octavius looks to speak up and then thinks better of it.
Perri Elastime: The creature was scary.
Fennimore looks askance at Rael but lets it slide.
Fennimore (to Snorri): You ever seen anything like that before?
Snorri Geir: The King explained some of it to me, but it was very foreign to my experience.
Perri Elastime looks at Rael and Fenn.
Rael Octavius: I imagine you would not have seen anything like that. Blue Midnight only operates in the cities from what I understand.
Snorri Geir: Yes. This Blue Midnight plagues your civilization it seems.
Snorri Geir: Other things plague the wilderness.
Fennimore: Sometimes "civilization" isn't all that civilized.
Perri Elastime: Do tell.
Rael Octavius nods.
Perri Elastime puts her chin in her hand, elbow on the table.
Snorri Geir: As Rael was informed today, we have a dragon problem beyond the Forever River.
Fennimore: Oh, dragons.
Perri Elastime: I've always wanted to meet a dragon.
Rael Octavius: Dragons are very interesting if handled diplomatically.
Perri Elastime: What sort of problems is it causing?
Snorri Geir: Diplomacy does not come into the reason for the one we are dealing with.
Perri Elastime drinks some ale.
Perri Elastime: Perhaps we could help.
Fennimore: I'd rather be friends with a dragon than make one my enemy.
Rael Octavius: I understand it is the blue dragon Ohmsevester. Why would it be out on the plains near the river?
Snorri Geir: The plains are becoming arid and the river is getting lower by the year. The climate is becoming more attuned to this kind of dragon.
Fennimore: Where does Ohmsevester usually make his home?
Perri Elastime: A drought or a longer time?
Snorri Geir: He arrived from the east beyond Tesalurk. However, the king of Tesalurk is a renowned dragonslayer. He was driven further west into our lands.
Perri Elastime: What is he doing?
Fennimore: Doesn't sounds like this was a casual visit then.
Snorri Geir: No. He has made it clear that he is going to stay. It is a strain on our already dwindling resources.
Fennimore: Maybe we should help Ohmsevester find a better home.
Snorri Geir looks concerned about more than this dragon.
Perri Elastime: Perhaps there is a reason the weather is dry.
Rael Octavius: Since the cataclysm over a decade ago, the continent has become drier and drier due to the lack of seasons.
Snorri Geir: Right. The sun bakes the land.
Fennimore: That seems like a bigger problem than one we can solve.
Snorri Geir: This is the other major concern of my people.
Perri Elastime: As resources dwindle, the people starve.
Snorri Geir: We have adapted for the most part since we are hunter-gatherers, but the dragon has unbalanced the land.
Rael Octavius: It is a challenge that "The City" is beginning to face as well. We are farmers, but it is taking longer to adapt.
Perri Elastime: The strain on resources causes unrest.
Rael Octavius: Of its own accord without Blue Midnight interfering.
Snorri Geir: The tribes of the plains have been moving north towards to forest or south towards the mountains. However, there are obstacles in these places too.
Perri Elastime: Snorri, what are your people called?
Snorri Geir: My tribe is the Urghin.
Fennimore: I imagine each has its own inhabitants who are resistant to your human incursions.
Snorri Geir: Yes. The mountains have other dragons. The forests have remnants of the elves and other kinds of dragons, among other denizens.
Rael Octavius: And Random claims much of the plains of the north.
Fennimore: Stuck between a dry place and dragons. That's a tough way to live.
Fennimore: What was your plea to the King? Maybe we could help your plight here.
Snorri Geir: The Urghin sought out King Ran due to his relationship with several dragons and hope that he or his ambassadors may be able to negotiate with Ohmsevester.
Rael Octavius: I believe King Ran has other plans for us.
Fennimore: Other plans?
Perri Elastime: Are you keeping secrets, Rael?
Snorri Geir: Correct. My understanding is that a group called The Iris are to be sent south to investigate the region for King Ran.
Rael Octavius: I only was informed this afternoon before I arrived.
Fennimore tries unsuccessfully to stifle a laugh.
Perri Elastime: They get all the fun.
Snorri Geir looks curiously at Fennimore.
Rael Octavius: The plans for us are just as fun I can assure you.
Fennimore: Good luck my friend, but watch your back. Things tend to go awry where The Iris is involved, especially their bard.
Perri Elastime (hopefully): Us?
Perri Elastime: Stop teasing. Out with it.
Rael Octavius: We are to visit a couple of outer realms including The Feywild.
Fennimore: Whoa!
Perri Elastime: Purpose being?
Rael Octavius: We are to find a solution for the climate problem...or at least begin to.
Fennimore: Here I went and said that was the bigger problem.
Perri Elastime: Negotiate monsoons? Wild weather?
Rael Octavius smiles.
Perri Elastime: That could be really fun.
Fennimore: Maybe we can find a clan of druids.
Rael Octavius: Negotiating with monsoons is not far from the mark.
Perri Elastime: We could find water sprites, dryads, elementals, or red caps among other citizens.
Fennimore: The right kind of elementals might be especially helpful. Are they common in the Feywild?
Perri Elastime: Fey is really wild. There may be plants and animals more suited to a drier climate.
Rael Octavius: Perri is onto the plant and animal adaptations. Fennimore is onto the elemental part of the equation.
Perri Elastime: Elemental are there often. Sometimes called, sometimes visiting.
Snorri Geir: You sound more like a wizard than a warrior.
Perri Elastime: Me? I'm a Bladesinger. I am a wizard and a warrior.
Snorri Geir: Oh.
Perri Elastime: Don't look so disappointed.
Snorri Geir: I am ignorant of magic as are most of my people. It is hard for us to comprehend.
Fennimore: You look like you can handle yourself. Do you want to come with us? Rael, do you think the King would allow it?
Perri Elastime: Between or as others call it Fey is a magical place.
Snorri Geir: I am to return to the south with news of King Ran's aid ahead of The Iris' arrival.
Perri Elastime: In Between, the magic breathes and seeks its own expression.
Fennimore looks alarmed.
Perri Elastime: It twists and shapes nature and reality like a sculptor handles clay.
Rael Octavius: As we are suited to the magical path and Fennimore's astute powers of observation, we drew the planar path.
Fennimore (muttering): Great.
Perri Elastime: Well, I have been there before.
Perri Elastime: I guess you will see my home sooner than later.
Fennimore: I have pledged my sword to follow you and protect you.
Rael Octavius: The Iris has representatives of the plains among them as well as a means of showing force if necessary. Majestic is their negotiating arm.
Fennimore sniggers.
Fennimore: I hope he's gotten better at it.
Perri Elastime: Me too.
Perri Elastime: How to keep out of the Winter Court's glare, that is the question.
Rael Octavius: It takes many of us out of harm's way regarding Blue Midnight, but we will be stronger when we return to deal with that if needs be.
Fennimore: Assuming we return.
Perri Elastime: And haven't gone mad.
Rael Octavius: King Ran assures me that we will have protections in that regard.
Perri Elastime: Be prepared to get in touch with your feral side.
Fennimore looks ever so slightly relieved.
Rael Octavius: Perri makes it sound like we are headed to Avernus.
Fennimore: Please, I'm a halfling. Our feral side is beating the eggs and whipping the cream.
Snorri Geir smirks.
Perri Elastime: There are parts to avoid.
Perri Elastime laughs.
Snorri Geir: Sounds like we all have adventures ahead of us.
Snorri Geir raises his tankard.
Fennimore: Hear, hear.
Snorri Geir: May we all endure.
Perri Elastime: To interesting times.
Fennimore: To good times, good health, and good friends.