Pouncers

posted Feb 13, 2021, 8:33 AM by Stephen Pliska-Matyshak   [ updated Feb 13, 2021, 5:50 PM ]

Propyltina 18th, Year Two of the Reign of High King Ran

The trio takes their leave after their meal with Bjorg and is shown to a tent they may use while searching the area.
Rael Octavius: It has been an honor, Chieftain Bjorg.
Bjorg: You are welcome. A tent has been prepared for you.
Perri Elastime: Thank you.
Fennimore: Thank you, Chieftain Bjorg.
Fennimore: We have plans to make.
Bjorg: Very well. Plan and rest well.
Rael Octavius enters their tent.
Perri Elastime enters the tent.
Fennimore enters the tent.
Colborn and Ingimarr station themselves outside the tent as guards.
Fennimore: Do either of you have a way for us to converse without being overheard?
Rael Octavius (keeping his voice low): How do we want to approach this?
Perri Elastime: So what should we investigate first, orb or glaciers?
Rael Octavius: I am inclined to see if we can find this orb. It may benefit us during the rest of our journey, and I am sure the High King would like to see it.
Fennimore (whispering): I agree. Ingimarr seems to know something about the orb.
Rael Octavius: He can get us into the vicinity of it, hopefully.
Perri Elastime: So, what else do we need to plan?
Fennimore: What to do with our two friends outside?
Fennimore: They seem dead set on dying to redeem their honor.
Perri Elastime chuckles.
Rael Octavius: I hope they will be helpful and not just a menace.
Perri Elastime: They won't be much help if they don't sleep.
Fennimore: I'd rather not have their meaningless deaths on my hands.
Rael Octavius: They brought this upon themselves.
Rael Octavius: We can include them and let them rest as well.
Rael Octavius: They know their lands better than we.
Perri Elastime: I agree. They know much more of the hazards we are likely to encounter.
Fennimore: Far better than this city dweller.
Rael Octavius: Shall I call them in?
Perri Elastime goes to the tentflap.
Perri Elastime: Colburn, Ingimarr, come in.
Colborn and Ingimarr nod and enter the tent.
Colborn: What do you wish, my masters.
Perri Elastime: Have you eaten?
Ingimarr: We have.
Rael Octavius: Join us. We need your knowledge of these lands.
Ingimarr: We will be glad to guide you wherever you need to go.
Perri Elastime: What hazards are we likely to encounter?
Ingimarr: Predatory beasts, possibly a dragon. The weather, especially if it becomes dark, will be hazardous.
Fennimore: We plan to seek out the orb from which Hjotr fled.
Rael Octavius: Ohmsevester?
Colborn: The blue dragon of which you speak stays out on the plains.
Ingimarr: The dragons more suited to the ice are white.
Fennimore: Despite these fearsome hazards, you are willing to guide us on our quest? To join in our travails? To try to keep us safe as we shall try to protect you?
They look at each other, a bit surprised at the last sentence.
Perri Elastime: You should probably know that we are trouble magnets.
Colborn: We are yours to command. We will do our utmost to be of assistance to you and help you survive in the wilds.
Fennimore: Including survive? You are no good to us if you go rushing headlong into a bear's embrace or a dragon's icy maw.
Fennimore: That is no way to achieve the redemption you seek.
Ingimarr: We will fight if necessary, but we will not look to die needlessly.
Colborn nods.
Perri Elastime: Fenn, they will not need to seek death. Danger follows us. If there were an ogre with a stubbed toe, it would run into us and ask for our help or try to kill us. It is hard to tell.
Rael Octavius raises an eyebrow and smirks.
Fennimore: Just checking.
Fennimore: As I said, I don't want their blood on my hands.
Perri Elastime looks around, checking to see if there five pallets in the tent?
Rael Octavius: You need not guard us while we rest. Take rest, yourselves, so that we may start fresh tomorrow.
GM: There are three pallets, but room for several more. They have bedrolls.
Perri Elastime: You may join us here.
They bow.
Ingimarr: Thank you.
Fennimore: Do you have families to say goodbye to?
Colborn: I do not. They have been lost to the events of the cataclysm.
Ingimarr: My mother lives in the camp, but I cannot visit her until my debt is paid to you.
Fennimore sighs.
Perri Elastime: I'm sorry your family has met misfortune.
Fennimore: There is too much of that going around these days
Fennimore: Let's get some rest. Up at dawn to break our fast.
Fennimore: Then set a path for the orb.
Fennimore: Yes?
Ingimarr: As you wish.
Fennimore looks to Perri and Rael for agreement.
Rael Octavius: This sounds like a plan to me.
Perri Elastime: Ingimarr, do you normally provide for your mother?
Ingimarr: Unfortunately, one of my regrets for following Hjotr.
Ingimarr: The tribe provides for her.
Perri Elastime: Okay. Be ready for morning.
The two tribal warriors lay out their bedrolls.
The flaps on the tent are closed, and the tent darkened. The trio rests uninterrupted until movement stirs in the camp hours later.
Fennimore yawns.
Fennimore: These pallets are surprisingly comfortable.
Perri Elastime: I'm hungry.
Colborn: I will get us food.
Fennimore stretches and moves to pull back the flap of the tent to see outside.
Perri Elastime: Thank you, Colburn.
Ingimarr: Do you have furs? The trek along the mountains may get cold.
Perri Elastime checks supplies to see that we have what they will need if it becomes dark during their journey.
Fennimore: I can't wait until we get back to "The City," and we can have Mindartis serve us a great big meal without feeling like we are imposing to the locals.
Rael Octavius: My extra pack has clothing for cold weather for the three of us.
Colborn returns with an arm full of wooden bowls.
Perri Elastime turns to Ingimarr.
Colborn: Venison stew?
Fennimore: Smells delicious.
Perri Elastime: Do you or Colborn have a tent?
Ingimarr: I carry one.
Perri Elastime: Ours is a squeeze for three.
Fennimore: It's a good thing I'm small.
Perri Elastime: Good. Ours won't fit five.
Fennimore takes a bowl from Colburn and starts slurping the broth.
Colborn hands out the other bowls.
Perri Elastime: Thank you. That smells delicious.
Rael Octavius takes a bowl and breaks his fast.
Rael Octavius: Thank you, Colborn.
Colborn nods.
Fennimore: Ingimarr, how far away is this orb?
Ingimarr: The journey to the area where Hjotr claims to have found this orb is about two days. We will gather provisions.
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: They will need weapons if they are to protect us.
Fennimore: Sounds like a good idea, Ingimarr.
Fennimore -> Perri Elastime: They've probably already recovered some.
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: We should make sure.
Fennimore -> Perri Elastime: What do we trust them to carry?
GM: They have spears propped outside the tent.
Rael Octavius -> Fennimore: I think we can trust them.
Fennimore (whispering): They seem trustworthy, but I'm still uneasy about their allegiance to Hjotr.
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: I think we have to decide if we trust them or not.
Rael Octavius (whispering): They have repented from that. I trust them.
Perri Elastime -> Rael Octavius: What do you think about arming our new companions?
Rael Octavius -> Perri Elastime: Let them wield what they will be most effective with.
Fennimore: Okay then. They seem to like their spears.
Perri Elastime: Colborn, Ingimarr, what weapons are you most comfortable with using?
Ingimarr: Spears are the most flexible for us.
Perri Elastime: Spears are good. Any others?
Colborn: None our honor will allow us to wield.
Fennimore frowns.
Perri Elastime: How is wielding a weapon dishonorable?
Ingimarr: We are not entitled to wield more powerful weapons.
Perri Elastime frowns.
Fennimore: What if we command you to take up arms? Would you?
Dulguachared: I would find them better weapons. They are under your purview.
Colborn and Ingimarr look at each other.
Ingimarr: If you give us leave the wield other weapons, we will.
Fennimore looks to Perri and Rael for confirmation.
Rael Octavius nods.
Perri Elastime nods.
Fennimore: Find the best weapons you know how to use. If we need to purchase them for you, we will negotiate with the owners.
Ingimarr: You will need to request weapons from Bjorg. We will take battleaxes if you can acquire them.
Rael Octavius: I can take care of this.
Rael Octavius strides out of the tent.
Perri Elastime: Do you also use a shield?
Ingimarr: We do not use shields. We wield our weapons with both hands.
Perri Elastime: Okay.
Perri Elastime packs up her things.
Rael Octavius approaches Bjorg, who is sitting on the stump in front of his tent.
Rael Octavius: A request, honorable chieftain.
Bjorg: Ah, ambassador, what is it that you request?
Fennimore steps out of the tent to watch Rael negotiate with the chieftain.
Perri Elastime collects the bowls from breakfast and brings them outside.
Rael Octavius: I wish to improve the armament of our retainers. They will need battleaxes if they are to ensure we are successful in recovering the Orb of Good.
Bjorg narrows his eyes slightly.
Bjorg: Battleaxes? Those would be more effective than spears.
Rael Octavius: Yes. We would see them fight valiantly if they are to meet their end in glorious battle.
Bjorg smiles.
Bjorg: So be it. Arm them with battleaxes.
Perri Elastime hands the bowls to Colborn.
Colborn takes the bowls.
Bjorg motions to a weapons rack beside the tent.
Rael Octavius: Thank you, Honorable Chieftain Bjorg.
Rael Octavius retrieves two battleaxes from the weapons rack.
Fennimore grins.
Fennimore: I like the way he negotiates.
Perri Elastime: I didn't know he could carry two battle axes. He's been sandbagging.
Rael hefts the weapons with surprising ease and returns to the tent.
Fennimore: You're right
Rael Octavius hands a battleaxe to each of the warriors with a grunt.
Rael Octavius (muttering): Damn, those are heavy.
Perri Elastime: Wield them with honor.
Perri Elastime smirks.
Rael Octavius (muttering): I think I strained something.
Fennimore: Any more tongue wagging and dilly-dallying? These furry toes are itching to starting on our adventure.
Perri Elastime: Let's go.
Colborn brings to bowls to the food tent and returns ready to go.
Rael Octavius swings his pack onto his back a bit gingerly and grabs his staff.
Ingimarr: This way, to the northeast.
Perri Elastime: I'm going to let you carry the heavy stuff from now on, Rael.
Fennimore grabs his own pack and follows Ingimarr.
Rael Octavius groans.
Fennimore smirks at Perri's quip.
Perri Elastime shoulders her pack and follows Fennimore.
Rael Octavius: Off we go.
Fennimore: Don't start singing, Rael, or we'll accuse you of being a bard and a warrior in addition to your wizardly talents.
Ingimarr leads the group along the ridges separating the foothills and the steep mountain's rise.
Rael Octavius: I could chant? I know several prayers in Celestial.
Rael Octavius smirks.
Fennimore: Will they make the walking any easier? If not, you can keep them to yourself.
Rael Octavius laughs.
Rael Octavius: No chanting.
Perri Elastime: If we run into trouble, I will let my blade sing.
The group travels for several hours, taking a break for a meal and then continuing.
Colborn puts a hand up to have the group halt.
Dulguachared: We have company.
Perri Elastime senses trouble.
Fennimore looks for someplace to hide.
Perri Elastime draws Dulguachared.
Two lions growl from opposite directions.
Perri Elastime surrounds herself with illusory duplicates while beginning a bladesong and moving towards the nearest lion.
Fennimore: My, what big teeth you have.
Colborn follows Perri and assumes a defensive stance.
The other lion bounds at Ingimarr and swipes at him but misses.
The lion that Perri is approaching pounces but nearly loses its footing instead of landing on the elf.
Fennimore charges the lion engaged with Ingimarr, rapier drawn but stumbles just as he strikes and misses the beast.
Rael Octavius slides to the right to get a clear view of the lion engaged with Fennimore and Ingimarr and produces a bolt of brilliant energy that strikes the lion, damaging it and causing it to glow. The lion yowls in pain.
Ingimarr swings his battleaxe at the lion and strikes it.
Perri Elastime causes green flames to engulf Dulguachared, which she plunges into the lion. She then maneuvers around the lion to allow Colborn to flank it when he engages it.
Colborn takes advantage of Perri's maneuver, rushing up and striking the lion with his battleaxe.
The other lion turns to bite Fennimore, but the halfling is too wily and misses.
The flanked lion turns on Colborn, perceiving the battleaxe to be a more significant threat, and bites him. Colborn is gravely wounded but remains standing.
Fennimore moves to flank the lion with which he and Ingimarr are engaged and thrusts his rapier into the lion's hindquarters, eviscerating it. This lion falls.
Rael Octavius, seeing Colborn faltering, rushes toward the wounded warrior and casts a shield about him.
Ingimarr dashes over to the remaining lion.
Perri Elastime causes Dulguachared to burst into flames again and thrusts the blade into the lion's throat. The lion falls dead.
Fennimore looks around for more lions.
Colborn looks around defensively.
Fennimore remains where he stands, ready for more attacks.
Rael Octavius approaches Colborn and lays a hand on his shoulder. Colborn's bite wound closes.
Fennimore searches the lions.
Fennimore: This meat looks tough and stringy. I hate to see it go to waste.
Colborn and Ingimarr set about to skin the lions providing the group with two lion pelts. After a brief rest to collect their wits, they continue for the rest of the day. They set up camp and rest without interruption but for a single distant roar that echoes in the towering mountains.
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