posted Mar 28, 2021, 12:52 PM by Stephen Pliska-Matyshak

Butyltina 10th, Year Two of the Reign of High King Ran

Fennimore, Perri, and Rael are considered honored guests in Realm's Wound for the next week or so when there are several darkdays in a row. They see the villagers repairing the damage that the troll did and bury their dead. Ingimarr has a pyre built for him on the edge of town and is cremated. Rael performs the funeral rites.
Fennimore: Ah, Inginmarr. You fought valiantly. May you have earned your rightful place in your afterlife.
Perri Elastime: May the long night walk bring you peace.
Perri Elastime catches glimpses of the sprites during the darkday but cannot manage to make contact with any of them.
Perri Elastime: Did either of you see any fey during the darkdays?
Rael Octavius: I did not.
Fennimore: I could hardly see my hand in front of my face if it weren't for the village lights.
Perri Elastime: I would catch a glimpse, but they would be gone when I looked right at them.
Wilhelm: There are not very many lights, so we do not attract things from the mountains.
Fennimore: What's in the mountains that might be attracted to your lights?
Perri Elastime: I think they were sprites.
Wilhelm: More trolls...dragons...monsters, in general.
Fennimore shivers.
Wilhelm: The village's palisade just slows things like that down enough for us to get to the mine.
Fennimore: It's hard to keep out the flying beasties, but stronger walls should keep out most things that walk.
Wilhelm: The dragons do not usually bother us. Iron does not interest them that much.
Over the course of another week, the group experiences some unusually wintery weather.
Fennimore: I'm glad I have furry toes, but this stuff is cold.
Perri Elastime: Brr, it's been cold. We need to check out the mountain glaciers.
Rael Octavius: I am glad we have this warm inn to stay in.
Fennimore: So am I, but we can't stay here forever. I agree with Perri. We need to get into the mountains.
The patrons of the inn who make visits claim the weather is worse than it has ever been. Almost supernaturally so.
Wilhelm: I wonder if that hag has moved into the old copper mine up the slopes from here.
Fennimore perks up.
Perri Elastime: What hag?
Fennimore: Copper mine?
Rael Octavius: Hag? The bheur hag you mentioned when we first arrived?
Wilhelm: That would be the one.
Fennimore: Or is she a brrr hag?
Wilhelm laughs.
Wilhelm: Very close.
Wilhelm: The mine is abandoned, emptied over a century ago.
Perri Elastime: It may not be empty any longer.
Fennimore: I think we have a new destination. Maybe a day trip to check out the copper mine.
Perri Elastime: How far is the mine?
Wilhelm: It is just a few miles up the Dwarven Trail.
Perri Elastime: We should check it out.
Rael Octavius: A century-old mine entrance may be hard to find.
Fennimore: Time to go spelunking again.
Wilhelm: It should not be too hard to find. It started as a quarry and then went into the mountain at the bottom. Just look for the big hole.
Wilhelm: It is left off of the trail.
Perri Elastime: Is the hole big enough for a dragon?
Wilhelm: It is, but for some reason, dragons have avoided it.
Fennimore looks surprised.
Perri Elastime: Well, if dragons are scared, we should definitely go check it out.
Fennimore laughs nervously.
Rael Octavius looks uncomfortable.
Fennimore: You're never one to back down from danger.
Perri Elastime: Nope, and I have the scars to prove it.
Perri Elastime: Good thing I have some friends with sense.
Fennimore: Right.
Fennimore looks at Rael.
Rael Octavius: I guess we pack up and head that way while the sun is out.
Fennimore: Which one of us is she talking about?
Rael Octavius: No idea.
Perri Elastime looks at Fenn.
Rael Octavius smirks.
Wilhelm: If you are going out in this weather, you should have some of that Dwarven ale. It will make the cold much more bearable.
Fennimore: That's a great idea.
Fennimore: Maybe take a few flasks of it with us too.
Perri Elastime picks up her pack; checks her rapier.
Wilhelm: Skins will work better.
Perri Elastime: Skins sound good.
Wilhelm fills a tankard for each of the adventurers as well as skins for each of them.
Perri Elastime: Perhaps a baked potato or two for our pockets.
Wilhelm: Save the skins in case you are delayed in returning.
Perri Elastime: Thank you.
Rael Octavius drinks his ale.
Fennimore: You have a halfling's hospitality.
Perri Elastime drinks her ale.
Wilhelm: We need to support those who support us.
Fennimore eats and drinks to fill his belly for the cold walk up the mountain.
Perri Elastime: Well, if you're having a second breakfast, so am I.
Rael Octavius collects his things.
Rael Octavius: I guess I will fuel my fire as well.
Perri Elastime makes sure to start with a full belly.
Fennimore cleans his plate and drains his mug.
Rael Octavius gets another helping of breakfast.
Fennimore: I'm ready when you are.
Rael Octavius: Let us go.
Perri Elastime: Rael, you're getting better at this.
Rael Octavius: I am getting a lot of practice.
Perri Elastime: Lead the way.
The group heads out into the weather, which is blustery and snowy, but the cold does not seem to bother them. They leave Realm's Wound by way of the Dwarven Gate and head up the trail into the mountains.
Fennimore looks back at Realm's Wound wistfully, hoping they return before their ale supply runs out.
Colborn joins them as well.
Perri Elastime looks to see if it's blustery enough to hide their tracks in the snow.
Perri Elastime realizes that it would be impossible to track anyone in this weather.
Perri Elastime: Well, I don't think anyone will be able to follow us through this. But, we better stay close. I don't want to get separated from you all.
Fennimore: Yeah, if they can't follow us, we might not be able to follow each other.
Colborn: This is going to be slow going, but that ale will make it much easier.
Fennimore: Should we tie off to a rope, so we don't get separated?
Perri Elastime: Maybe a rope to keep us together?
Rael Octavius: I think if we keep a slow pace and stay in arms reach, we'll be fine.
Perri Elastime: We don't have to tie it, just hold it.
Fennimore: Just remember, my arms are shorter than yours.
Colborn: Holding it should work.
Perri Elastime: Brings out her rope.
The group trudges through the snow while holding the rope and slowly makes their way up the trail.
Perri Elastime keeps watching for fey critters and folk.
Fennimore watches for the brrr hag, giants and dragons and fae and other monsters that might want to eat him.
After a couple of hours, still feeling no ill effect of the weather, the group comes to a path cut into the mountain on the left side of the trail they are following.
Rael Octavius: This looks like the place.
Perri Elastime: Let's stay together and move quietly.
Rael Octavius: Watch your footing, Perri.
Fennimore sneaks up to the rail to peer into the mine pit.
Perri Elastime (whispers): My eyelashes are frozen together.
Fennimore (whispers): Better keep away from the edge.
Fennimore (whispers): Four little mice, all in a row.
Rael Octavius: Damn, it is slippery.
Colborn catches Rael as he starts to slide.
A cackling voice [Auran]: Haha. I have visitors...and dinner.
Dulguachared [Elvish]: Everybody duck!
Rael Octavius: Get down!
Perri Elastime: Duck!
After moving down the incline and starting a bladesong, Perri launches crackling lightning at the hag, and it takes hold, forming an arch between them.
The hag shrieks.
Colborn moves forward and prepares for the worst.
Fennimore dashes down the incline around the quarry. He makes it to his destination but falls prone.
Bheur Hag looks around at all the various visitors, analyzing each of them.
Bheur Hag turns towards the bridge and raises a gray staff above her head. A cylinder of ice chunks rains down on it, destroying it.
Fennimore: She's afraid of us coming to tea.
Rael Octavius launches a barrage of fiery bolts at the hag from the ledge. Most of them fail to strike, redirected by the blustery wind.
Rael Octavius moves further up the ramp behind a rickety railing.
Perri leaps from the ledge and lands on the floor of the quarry safely.
Perri's witch bolt continues to arch to the hag, and she prepares to block its attack.
Colborn moves farther down the ramp and prepares to dodge whatever comes his way.
Fennimore tries to slip under the railing and tumble to the floor of the pit.
Fennimore lands a bit harder than he would have liked.
Fennimore moves up to the hag and stabs her. It does not see the halfling being more concerned about the electricity arching between it and the elf.
Bheur Hag: You little bugger!
Bheur Hag turns and aims her staff at Fennimore.
Perri Elastime: Hey, that no way to talk to my friend.
Bheur Hag casts a spell at Fennimore, but he resists it.
Rael Octavius aims his fiery bolts at the hag again.
Rael Octavius: That is more like it.
Perri keeps the electricity arching onto the hag.
She then moves to flank it.
Colborn launches a spear at the hag.
It misses.
Fennimore stabs the hag again.
Perri Elastime: Doesn't that just twist your whiskers, you old frozen biddy.
Bheur Hag tries to move away from the pair of rogues.
Fennimore hits the hag as it retreats.
Bheur Hag turns back to its attackers and launches a cone of cold at them.
Fennimore: I'm glad for that warmth in my belly!
Colborn drops to the bridge.
Rael Octavius launches more fiery bolts at the hag. It falls, burning like a campfire.
Rael Octavius then starts running towards Colborn.
Perri Elastime checks out the body of the hag.
Rael Octavius runs over to Colborn and heals him.
Fennimore: I wonder if she had a nest in the old mine?
Rael Octavius: How did you survive that, Colborn?
Colborn.: Dwarven ale?
Rael Octavius: That is amazing stuff, then.
Rael Octavius: Are you two okay down there?
Perri Elastime: So far.
Fennimore: Not bad, just a little frosty toes.
Perri Elastime: Colborn, are you okay?
Colborn.: I will be fine. Still mostly warm.
Fennimore: Do you want to come down and check out the mine with us?
Perri Elastime: Well, let's check out the mine. There may be clues.
Rael Octavius: Yes.
Fennimore: Be careful. That last step is a doozy.
The group suddenly realizes the weather has changed as the sun breaks through the clouds.
Perri Elastime: Hey, the sun is coming out.
Rael Octavius: Let us get a rope tied to the railing over here and climb down.
Colborn ties a rope to the base of one of the railing posts.
Colborn and Rael climb down to the floor of the quarry without any problems.
Rael Octavius: I hope going back up goes that well.
Perri Elastime: No worries. You could always jump the bridge gap.
The hag is pretty much a pile of ashes when you get to it. There didn't seem to be anything of value on it.
Fennimore prods at the ashes.
Fennimore: Nothing much here.
Rael Octavius: The mine shaft?
Fennimore: Before we go, let's take a little rest.
Rael Octavius: Not a bad idea. Who knows what is in there.
Perri Elastime: Yeah, it's probably not any warmer inside yet.
Fennimore: Ready to go in the hole?
Perri Elastime: I think we need a torch this time.
Fennimore: I have a lantern.
Colborn.: I can carry it.
Perri Elastime: A lantern works.
Fennimore lights his lantern and hands it to Colburn.
Perri Elastime draws Dulguachared.
Colborn takes the lantern.
Perri Elastime heads into the mine.
The group makes their way into the mineshaft. It goes straight into the mountain for about fifty feet and ends in collapsed rubble.
Perri Elastime: Not very homey.
Fennimore: At least there are no dragons.
In a pile in front of the rubble are thousands of coins, two patinated bronze crowns, an ivory statue of a dwarf, three gold rings set with bloodstones, a tarnished silver necklace with a garnet pendant, and a small box.
Perri Elastime: Shall I detect magic?
Rael Octavius: And no dragon with this hoard?
Fennimore: His eyes glisten in the lantern light as he takes in the sight of the big pile of treasure.
Rael Octavius: Go ahead. Maybe something is magical.
Perri Elastime: It will take about ten minutes.
Fennimore: Take your time. There doesn't seem to be anything else around.
Fennimore finds a rock to sit on while Perri works her ritual.
Perri casts her ritual and scans the treasure. There is a hint of magic under the coins.
Perri Elastime digs through the coins to find what she senses.
Buried under the coins is a flask.
Perri Elastime: This flask is magic.
Perry Elastime sees that the flask radiates transmutation magic. Beads of this cloudy gray oil form on the outside of its container and quickly evaporate.
Perri Elastime: Hmm... Transmutation magic.
Perri Elastime: Turns to smoke like vampires, maybe?
Perri Elastime: Might contain a genie.
Perri Elastime: Who wants to carry this?
Rael Octavius: I can, I guess.
Perri Elastime: Don't stumble and let the genie out.
Perri Elastime hands Rael the flask.
Fennimore: Do you think it will grant a wish for being released?
Rael Octavius takes the flask and puts it in his pack.
Rael Octavius: If it is a genie, it should.
Perri Elastime: If it is not insane and kills us first.
Fennimore: Maybe we could wish for the water to return to the plains.
Rael Octavius: What do we want to do with all of these coins?
Perri Elastime: If you want to take all of it, Fenn, I can make a disk to carry it.
Rael Octavius: Let us sort out the platinum and gold and bury the silver and copper.
Rael Octavius: Or, that will work.
Perri Elastime: I'll have to renew it every hour like before.
Rael Octavius: It will take a few castings as you did with Hjotr's treasure.
Fennimore: Let's take it back at least as far as Realm's Wound. Maybe we can trade it for something easier to carry.
Rael Octavius: They have some gems from their iron mine. Maybe they will sell us the gems?
Perri Elastime starts casting Tenser's floating disk ritual.
Rael Octavius: Um, how are we going to get it up the ramp. The bridge was destroyed.
Perri Elastime: Maybe we can use some of the broken wood to span the gap.
Colborn.: Maybe we can slide the other bridge over that gap and then bring it back?
Fennimore: Now that's thinking.
Rael Octavius: I can try and help with that, but none of us are very strong.
Perri Elastime: Or we bring the treasure as far as we can, then transfer it to the other side by hand. Then, I recast the spell.
Perri Elastime: Let's see if we can move the bridge.
Rael Octavius: I have mage hand.
Rael Octavius: I think moving the bridge may be faster. I can use my sorcery to guide us.
Fennimore: Let's try that first.
Rael Octavius: Perri, you can get the disk up the ramp to the break while Colborn and I retrieve the bridge.
Perri Elastime: I'll start up. If I climb on the disk, it will run into the wall.
Fennimore: I'll help with the bridge too.
Perri Elastime starts up the ramp.
Rael Octavius exits the mineshaft with Colborn and starts to climb the rope.
Fennimore watches Rael climbing the rope.
Rael climbs the rope like a professional, and Colborn follows, struggling a bit.
Fennimore struggles up the rope and barely makes it to the top.
Fennimore: Whew, halflings aren't made for climbing.
Colborn and Rael manage to lift the bridge vertically and get about halfway to the gap before needing to stop and rest.
They start the second leg of the journey, Rael using his sorcery to help Colborn prevent him from dropping the bridge.
Rael Octavius: OK. Bring the disk across to this side, Perri.
Fennimore tries to keep his girth out of the way as he helps guide Colburn and Rael.
Perri Elastime crosses the bridge with the loaded magical disk.
Rael Octavius: Alright, Colborn, back the other way.
Colborn nods.
Colborn and Rael seem to have the hang of moving the bridge back even though they are going uphill now.
Perri Elastime tries to stay out of the way.
Colborn and Rael easily get the bridge back into its original position.
Rael Octavius: Time to get back to Realm's Wound.
Fennimore: I like that idea!
Perri Elastime: Back to the inn.
Fennimore follows Perri up the ramp.
Perri Elastime: I'm hungry.
Fennimore: You weren't even carrying the bridge.
Perri Elastime: No, but did you see the big lightning arc.
With the weather far more pleasant than during the trip up to the mine, the walk back to Realm's Wound goes much faster, both stable for the footing and downhill. Perri only needs to re-cast her ritual once before they arrive back in the village.
Fennimore: That was amazing.
Rael Octavius: Great teamwork.
Wilhelm meets the group outside the inn as they approach.
Wilhelm: Well, I guess you took care of the hag then.
Perri Elastime: That hag is no more.
Rael Octavius: That we did.
Fennimore: No more brrr.
Wilhelm: That is practically a dragon's hoard you have there.
Perri Elastime: It is a lot of coins.
Wilhelm: We have pulled some fine gems out of the mine over the years. Maybe you would trade that coin for a few of them?
Perri Elastime: That would make it easier to carry around.
Fennimore: Perri, you can choose first.
Perri Elastime: The green one, please.
Perry takes the emerald.
Rael Octavius: Go ahead, Fenn.
Fennimore: I'll take the star sapphire.
Rael Octavius: Good. Yellow is more like fire.
Manty (Fennimore): XP and call it a night?
Manty (Fennimore): You look a little yellow around the gills.
Fennimore: You look a little yellow around the gills.
Rael Octavius: Those are scales.
Perri Elastime: He doesn't have gills yet! Wait until we get in Between.
Fennimore: Oh, my bad.