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Anime Let's Play Drakensang: the Dark Eye

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  1. abnaxus Arcane

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    Drakensang: the Dark Eye takes place 23 years after River of Time



    River of Time heroine Angela Merkel would be in her forties at this point so we can’t play with her anymore.

    A new hero arises, the healing mage Martin Schulz. Martin needs to travel to Ferdok to meet the one and only Ardo of Boarstock, hero of River of Time.

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    There’s an expert mode like in River of Time but unfortunately bonuses/penalties cannot be edited.

    Martin will ignore staves in favour of sabers.

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    The healing mage starts with some points in nature talents that are p. useful in the beginning.

    The starting spells are quite useful as well.

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    The main task is to haul arse to Ferdok, the city in the distance.

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  2. abnaxus Arcane

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    Part 1: Arrival

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    Martin is immediately halted at a checkpoint of sorts.

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    [​IMG] Is there a problem? I have traveled a long way and hope to reach the city of Ferdok before sunset.

    [​IMG] We have so many problems here that I don't know where to start. First the reinforcements didn't turn up and now Ferdok has been sealed off! And all the while there's a pack of bloodthirsty murderers roaming the countryside! I'd like to know what's really going on. At the moment only dignitaries and travelers of good repute are given a pass to enter the city.

    [​IMG] Be that as it may, I have urgent business in Ferdok. Is this invitation from Viscount Boarstock sufficient?

    [​IMG] The Viscount is a respectable man. But you won't get past Inspector Nandor without two attestors willing to vouch for your good character. Nandor is the customs inspector. He alone decides who can enter the city of Ferdok at this time.

    [​IMG] Then I will just have to find two attestors and present myself to the customs inspector. Thank you for the information, Sergeant.

    Since Martin started the game with some nature skills, it is a good idea to start harvesting immediately, especially oneberries.

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    A cutscene starts when Martin reaches the camp past the checkpoint.

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    The boobalicious Gypsy Queen is the first of two attestors that Martin needs.

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    [​IMG] I am Martin Schulz and I am traveling to Ferdok. I overheard your conversation with the guard by chance.

    [​IMG] Oh, then you know that I was robbed. The thief stole a very valuable diadem - it was a family heirloom.

    [​IMG] That is most regrettable. Is there anyone in particular who you suspect?

    [​IMG] Hmmm, well… it was…

    [​IMG] Go ahead and say it, sister. It was Dranor. Your beloved Dranor.

    [​IMG] Hamlok, you old crow! Keep your nose out of my affairs!

    [​IMG] ... if you had listened to me back then, you would have less problems now!

    [​IMG] Oh, stop your quarreling! It's unbearable! If you have to keep interrupting then at least tell me how I can get to Ferdok.

    [​IMG] Just ignore that little weasel. Even if Dranor is involved in all this, I don't think that it was his idea. Please, find my beloved Dranor. In return I will help you to reach Ferdok.

    [​IMG] Alright Salina. I will help you. Do you have any idea where Dranor might be hiding?

    [​IMG] Try looking for Runkel Bagthumper. He is an old friend of Dranor. I can't say that I like him, but perhaps he knows something. It wouldn't surprise me if he was behind all this!

    [​IMG] Can I ask you one more question, Salina?

    [​IMG] Of course.

    [​IMG] Who is that old grump wearing the Mountebank hat?

    [​IMG] If you want something from me, ask me yourself!

    [​IMG] But… you didn’t want to talk to me.

    [​IMG] Yes, but now I do! Didn't your parents teach you any manners?

    [​IMG] May I introduce to you my brother Hamlok, clown and jester extraordinaire!

    [​IMG] Hello?! Did anyone hear what I just said? Right then, all eyes on me!

    [​IMG] Never mind. It does not matter.

    [​IMG] Just let him complain. He doesn't have much else in life.

    [​IMG] Perhaps you can tell me why the road to Ferdok is blocked?

    [​IMG] I haven't got the foggiest idea. Even Nandor won't tell me anything. Normally I can always get some information out of him.

    [​IMG] Hehehe, that old fool Nandor. You should marry him instead of that thief!

    [​IMG] I would like to know more about Dranor.

    [​IMG] What exactly would you like to know about him?

    [​IMG] What kind of a man is Dranor?

    [​IMG] Why do you ask? Do you want to increase my pain and suffering? Dranor is a wonderful man. His skin is like velvet and his hair is like silk. His voice is full of vigor and yet it is so gentle... He is a magnificent swordsman and yet his touch is so soft...

    [​IMG] ... and he never misses the chance to steal what does not belong to him! Spare us your love songs, sister... Dranor of Grambush is an arrogant fool. A good-for-nothing liar and a thief.

    [​IMG] I've had enough of this! Stay out of this you old grump! I want to talk to your sister, not you!!!

    [​IMG] Just ignore him, Martin Schulz.

    [​IMG] What are you doing here?

    [​IMG] We wanted to go to Ferdok. Work is almost finished on the new Temple of Our Lady, and the count has announced that there is to be a big festival in Ferdok to celebrate this momentous event. A good Mountebank never misses a party.

    [​IMG] Thank you. I have to leave now.

    In the camp is also Auralia the Alchemist from River of Time, now 23 years older.

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    Bagthumper whom Salina spoke of, is along the road past a mercenary camp.

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    [​IMG] My name is Martin Schulz. Salina has asked me to find her lover. Are you Runkel Bagthumper?

    [​IMG] What? No ... er ... I mean ... yes. But I had nothing to do with the theft of her diadem!

    [​IMG] That may be true. Otherwise you would have left town long ago. I thought you might have an idea where I can find Dranor.

    [​IMG] Perhaps. There was a strange man at Salina's show earlier. He couldn't take his eyes off of her. But whereas everyone else had their eyes glued to her beautiful body, he only had eyes for her diadem. And believe me, I know that look.

    [​IMG] That certainly does sound suspicious. But how will that help us find Dranor? Do you think the mysterious stranger might be behind the theft?

    [​IMG] Not necessarily. But he spoke with Dranor after the show and it looked as though he was threatening him. Dranor is an honorable rogue. He would never steal from the woman he loves. If Dranor is mixed up in this then I'm sure that stranger has something to do with it.

    [​IMG] What do you mean? Where could Dranor be?

    [​IMG] That stranger is in league with the gang of murderers. If you can find those scoundrels then you will find Dranor. I don't know where their hideout is, but perhaps the innkeeper at 'The Jagged Blade' can help you. He knows the countryside hereabouts like the back of his hand. Perhaps he will have an idea.

    [​IMG] I hope you find them. Thanks to Salina I can't take 10 paces without arousing the suspicions of the town guards and the villagers. We can never complete our mission without the help of someone who can move about freely.

    [​IMG] Mission? What mission?

    [​IMG] Hmmm... Me and my big mouth... Oh well, it's too late now: Dranor and I wanted to join the Guild of Thieves in Ferdok. We are actually here for our entrance examination.

    [​IMG] I understand. Perhaps I can help you. What exactly is your mission?

    [​IMG] Would you really help us? OK, listen up. We have to complete three tasks, each of which requires exceptional skill. Which is why I came here with Dranor - he's a born thief.

    [​IMG] What do I have to do?

    [​IMG] Great. Now to the tasks... There are three tasks but I only know the first one. Completing this task will lead us to the second task. Our orders are "Find the chest at the Aves' Shrine and steal its contents."

    [​IMG] Thank you. May Phex be with you.

    On the way to the inn is a peddler who offers 2 ducats in exchange for 10 oneberries. Easy money.

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    At the inn is a feisty young womyn who is to become Martin’s first party member.

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    Martin had to talk to the innkeeper for more information on the robbers.

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    [​IMG] A certain Runkel Bagthumper suggested that you might know more about the gang of thieves. Rumor has it that they might have stolen Salina's diadem. Do you have any idea where their hideout might be?

    [​IMG] I have no idea where those outlaws might be hiding. And if I did I would have told the guards a long time ago. But if I was leading a gang of outlaws I would hide in the Dark Forest - on Bald Mountain in the southwest. Bald Mountain is a high plateau with excellent views of the surrounding area and it's a long, long way from Sergeant Erland and his men.

    [​IMG] Please tell me more about this bear you were talking about.

    [​IMG] If you want to know more about the bear go and see Owlstone the Hunter. He has put a bounty on the bear's head. I'm not much of a Hunter myself so I can't tell you anything more.

    Martin will need help if he is to enter the forest so he decides to recruit the amazon.

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    [​IMG] I couldn't help but overhear your conversation with the innkeeper. Perhaps I can help you.

    [​IMG] Help?! Me? Hahaha! A Daughter of Kurkum never needs helping, and don't you forget that!

    [​IMG] I thought you might want someone to help you find a bear.

    [​IMG] Pah! I am just getting bored of waiting for permission to continue on to Ferdok. When I heard that a wild bear had been attacking the villagers, I thought that might be something of a challenge and a nice way to pass the time.

    [​IMG] Well if you are that bored perhaps you would like to accompany me to the Dark Forest. I am sure we will find plenty of challenges within its depths.

    [​IMG] Hmm... By Rondra's sword, why not?! It certainly sounds better than listening to this blathering innkeeper all day. Alright then, I shall join you.

    [​IMG] Good, let’s go.

    Rhulana is p. badass.

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    The saber is Rhulana’s weapon of choice but it is useful to develop some other weapon talents too. In particular two-handed swords will be of interest later.

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    At the inn is also a Horasian merchant with a small task.

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    [​IMG] [Human Nature]: [This man is being too friendly. Perhaps he is trying to cheat you.]What can I do for you?

    [​IMG] I'm a traveling merchant and I have lost a small parcel somewhere along the way to Ferdok. It doesn't weigh more than a couple of eggs. I will give you 4 silver thalers if you can find it for me.

    [​IMG] What is in the parcel?

    [​IMG] Um… some pipe tobacco.

    [​IMG] You’d pay 4 silver thalers for some tobacco?

    [​IMG] It's my favorite blend. There's nothing else like it in all of Aventuria. Sinoda Goldleaf. Griffinsford Cut on the other hand tastes as though you are smoking pinewood chips.

    [​IMG] I don't believe you, Gallo. What is really in the parcel?

    [​IMG] It's impossible to pull the wool over your eyes. I trade in delicacies. The parcel contains a packet of Kosh Bunting Tongues. These tasty morsels are among the most popular and expensive of my wares.

    [​IMG] Tell that to the mighty Praios. I have the distinct impression that you tried to trick me. I'll have to weigh up every word you say in future.

    [​IMG] Please consider my offer. I need the parcel.

    Time to get down to business.
     
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  3. Modron Arcane

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    Ah Drakensang: TDE, it starts off promising enough but the final handful of areas are a slog. Big areas filled with tons of mobs and just a handful of quests in them. Still given what a marked improvement River of Time was I would have liked to have seen a third game. Hmmm, I probably say this every time somebody brings up Drakensang.

    Still I think I played through this twice in the dark ages. Plus the tittays were yuge.
     
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  4. Kabas Learned Patron

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    I remember how i dropped this one right after reaching the final area as a terribly built dwarven prospector(he is called that in the english version, right?).
    Can't remember why i didn't drop it sooner at the trog ruins/catacombs.
     
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  5. theSavant Erudite

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    I always read "Drunkensang"

    (Probably best played drunken...)
     
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  6. abnaxus Arcane

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    Part 2: Dranor

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    On the bridge to the forest are more chumps.

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    There was a Nottel in River of Time too…

    [​IMG] I'm sure that a magician of his caliber can look after himself, can't he?

    [​IMG] Our master has seen many divine cycles and reptilian conspirators have troubled his life often enough, especially during his last journey. At times he can be quite... confused. That's why we try to keep an eye on him at all times.

    [​IMG] So where were you when he disappeared?

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    [​IMG] Ferdok Pale Ale?

    [​IMG] Ferdok Gold, actually. A fantastic beer! The pinnacle of Garethian brewing, wouldn't you agree Nottel? An hour spent with that beer is an hour well spent. But we couldn't quite decide what the aftertaste reminded us of...

    [​IMG] All right. All right. Do you know in which direction Rakorium went?

    [​IMG] The innkeeper said that Master Rakorium mumbled something about gathering herbs and then left in the direction of the Dark Forest. He didn't say anything to us before he left. We just looked away for a moment... and then he was gone!

    [​IMG] I presume you were distracted by your beverages. Well, I'll see what I can do.

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    In the forest at the hunter’s is the first combat encounter in the game – against a lone wolf.

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    [​IMG] Is there anything else I can do for you?

    [​IMG] Yes, there is. A pack of wolves led by a snow white female has been marauding about the countryside. The leader is a cunning beast and the pack has avoided all of my traps. There are too many of them for me to hunt them down alone. You could help me by killing their leader and bringing me her pelt.

    [​IMG] Is the problem with the wolves really that serious?

    [​IMG] Oh, it's not just that. There's also a wild bear causing trouble. It has already attacked a number of travelers. I haven't been able to trap him yet, but you can follow his tracks to the cave at the Berry Lake. Avestrue would be a much safer place without him. Bring me his head as a proof of your success.

    [​IMG] I will take care of your problems.

    Aside from wolves there are boars lurking in the forest as well. With Rhulana around we can handle it.

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    The entrance to the mountain on the north eastern part of the map is guarded by two thugs. Their loot contains a new saber for Rhulana.

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    Entering the mountain a cutscene starts. Dranor is here, along with a lizardman thing.

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    The lizardman teleports away but leaves some thugs behind.

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    Martin and Rhulana arrived in time to save Dranor’s ass.

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    [​IMG] Indeed. You must be Dranor. Salina is looking for you everywhere!

    [​IMG] Salina ... oh! By Rahja and Phex - I have to return! Or she will curse my name... I must return to her.

    Dranor can temporarily be added to the party.

    [​IMG] Wait! We can travel together. I have a proposition to make.

    [​IMG] A proposition? What kind of proposition?

    [​IMG] I could use an adventurous young man like you as a traveling companion. Would you like to accompany me to Ferdok?

    [​IMG] Hmmm, that doesn't sound too bad. But what's in it for me?

    [​IMG] I just saved your life. Isn't that enough for now?

    [​IMG] True enough, good friend. Good, I shall accompany you. It certainly sounds a lot more lucrative than traipsing about with that simpleton Runkel Bagthumper.

    Dranor is a rogue and we should make use of his talents while we can – especially Pickpocket. It's frankly the sole thing he's good far.

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    Before moving on, Martin decides to chat with Dranor a bit.

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    [​IMG] What did the dark stranger want?

    [​IMG] I don't want to sound like a coward, but just the thought of that guy gives me the shivers. He said "Bring me your Mountebank friend's diadem or I'll take it myself - and her soul with it!". Believe me, playing along was the only way to save Salina.

    [​IMG] I understand. But you still should have told Salina.

    [​IMG] After that he just told me that if I said anything to anyone, that person would meet a terrible fate. You've seen his power: he can appear and disappear at will! Who knows what else he's capable of? I had to keep Salina out of it!

    [​IMG] Tell me about this Runkel Bagthumper.

    [​IMG] There's not much to tell. We're old friends and we came here to take a simple entrance test. Who could have guessed that everything would go so wrong?

    [​IMG] Tell me about you and Salina.

    [​IMG] As a gallant lover, I shall maintain my silence on that matter. I will tell you this, though: she's the most wonderful, most enchanting and most affectionate creature in all Aventuria!

    [​IMG] Tell me about yourself.

    [​IMG] I'm Dranor of Belhanka, a noble of the bluest blood...

    [​IMG] Dranor, I'd much rather hear the real story.

    [​IMG] Forgive me ... I'm just so used to playing that role now. I'm not actually a Horasian, although I try very hard to come across as one. I'm Dranor of Grambush, a small town not far from Gareth. Well, life there didn't have a lot to offer me - and I had other talents besides raising livestock and farming - so before I got into trouble with the bailiff, I travelled to Gareth to pursue a career as a thief. Phex has been good to me: until today, the worst that ever happened was the occasional black eye.

    Martin tries to chat up Rhulana too, but she’s not very forthcoming.

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    [​IMG] Could I ask you something?

    [​IMG] That depends on the question!

    [​IMG] You called yourself a 'Daughter of Kurkum'. What does that mean?

    [​IMG] That’s none of your business!

    [​IMG] How did you get that scar in your face?

    [​IMG] Let's just say that the man who did this to me, never really recovered from his injury.

    [​IMG] What exactly brings you to Ferdok?

    [​IMG] I wander on Rondra's path, that is all you need to know about me.

    [​IMG] I’m sorry. I did not mean to intrude.

    Now with a party of three Martin can take care of the main tasks: finding Rakorium, taking care of the wolf and bear.
     
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  7. abnaxus Arcane

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    Part 3: Rakorium

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    On the way to a mine marked on the map is a hidden area of sorts with flying pests.

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    A dead man’s letter leads to a hidden chest with some minor treasure.

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    Rakorium disappeared somewhere in the mineshaft.

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    Deep in the mine is a robber’s cave, but there are no enemies, only rocks.

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    Rakorium is deep into the cave; he’s even more of a dotard now than he was 23 years ago, during River of Time.

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    [​IMG] Excuse me, I am Martin Schulz. Are you Master Rakorium?

    [​IMG] Yes, yes. That's me. These paintings... I would... Well then boy, what do you want from me?

    [​IMG] You seem a little confused, Master Rakorium. I was sent here to find you. Won't you come outside with me? Your apprentices Rufus and Nottel are worried about you. They said that you could help me get to Ferdok. I need two respectable citizens who will vouch for my good character.

    [​IMG] Hmmm... where are those two useless... I mean, where are my apprentices exactly? We were at the inn and then they suddenly disappeared... at least you are still here, Nottel.

    [​IMG] I'm not your student Nottel, Master Rakorium. My name is Martin Schulz.

    [​IMG] Well that's a very nice name... of course you aren't my apprentice. You know when I was young... oh, what was her name again?

    [​IMG] Let's go now. I shall lead you out of the caves.

    [​IMG] Ah yes, time flies, doesn't it? I have to reach Ferdok before sundown... Shall we go then? Once we get back to the village I shall write you a... a letter of recommendation for the toll station. The two of us will stick together no matter how many bridges those scaly beasts occupy, won't we?

    [​IMG] What are all these strange boulders hereabouts? Are you somehow responsible for them?

    [​IMG] I'm afraid that was my, um... doing! They were disciples of the lizards and the Dragons... But I fear my spell... They may wake up again soon... But what was that other spell I was thinking of...

    [​IMG] What exactly were you doing in the cave?

    [​IMG] Investigating! What else do you think I was doing? There are... or did I come here to gather herbs? By Hesinde and Nandus, you've got me all muddled up... really! Now I can't even remember... what on Ethra was the name of that spell? Oh, hello! Didn't we want to leave?

    [​IMG] I think we should leave at once.

    Rakorium will temporarily join and is p. fun to have around.

    The spells he cast have absurdly high SP*.

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    Rhulana’s bear is in a cave area not far from the entrance, Rakorium is useful here too.

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    Outside the cave Rakorium will unfortunately immediately zap off.

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    Returning to the hunter, he still has another task to care off.

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    [​IMG] But what am I going to do with a bear head? I thought you wanted it?

    [​IMG] No, I just wanted to see some proof that you had really killed that beast.

    [​IMG] I understand, but what should I do with the head now?

    [​IMG] Thalion the innkeeper recently mentioned to me that he would like to have a new trophy for his inn. Perhaps he would give you some money for it.

    [​IMG] Do you perhaps have another task for me?

    [​IMG] Yes, there is. A pack of wolves led by a snow white female has been marauding about the countryside. The leader is a cunning beast and the pack has avoided all of my traps. There are too many of them for me to hunt them down alone. You could help me by killing their leader and bringing me her pelt.

    This wolf matter is quickly dealt with.

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    Back at the hunter’s, we also have Rhulana learn Bowyery.

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    Martin meets Rakorium back at the bridge to the village and receives the first recommendation.

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    [​IMG] Martin Schulz! Master Rakorium! I've found you at last! You were... suddenly gone!

    [​IMG] Of course I was. I always am when I cast... um...Transversalis Teleport. You seem very familiar... Hmmm... what did you say you wanted? I'm sure there was something...

    [​IMG] A letter of recommendation for the customs inspector. We talked about it in the cave.

    [​IMG] Nodices Carmates Causali! Of course! Here it is...your letter. I hope Rufus has got your name right... oho! I should be in Ferdok by now! It's time for us to leave you two good-for-nothings. Rufus, Martin Schulz ... hold on tight! Transversalis Teleport!

    That is the last of Rakorium… for now.

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  8. abnaxus Arcane

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    Part 4: Salina

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    Martin can now wrap up some quests. First the bear matter.

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    There’s also the “thieves guild” quest that can be dealt with now that Dranor is around.

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    The chest contains nothing but an arcane message… Bagthumper will know what to do.

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    Gotta admit, Dranor has a great trollface.

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    [​IMG] Run off? Me?! I can't take ten paces without being stopped by a town guard thanks to you and your thieving!

    [​IMG] Oh, don't be like that pal. Things will get better.

    [​IMG] I certainly hope so for you. Otherwise you might just have one more enemy! We still have some unfinished business!

    [​IMG] The chest at the Aves’ Shrine?

    [​IMG] Why are you repeating what I said? Is something wrong?

    [​IMG] No, no. It's just that I found this note inside a chest at the Aves' Shrine. The note is written in code - I wonder if it has something to do with your examination.

    [​IMG] Can I see it?

    [​IMG] Sure.

    [​IMG] I was expecting something like this. The Guild gave me a key to decode encrypted messages. Show it to me. It says "Find the key and the second clue in the chicken coop at the farm."

    The aforementioned chicken coop is guarded by a dog… the solution is pickpocketing a dog bone off the peasant woman and throw it to the dog.

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    The chicken coop just contains another arcane message.

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    Bagthumper decoding the message leads to the final part of this quest.

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    Returning to Salina, Dranor goes full omega.

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    [​IMG] What is there to explain? Give me back my heirloom - you know how much it means to me!

    [​IMG] He doesn't have it anymore, right? The fop sold it for some quick coin.

    [​IMG] Yes, I don't have it any more ... But I didn't sell it! The stranger! He took it ...

    [​IMG] Oh yeah - and did the stranger just happen to let a bag of ducats drop for it?

    [​IMG] Hehehe…

    [​IMG] Salina. Please believe me ... I only did it for us.

    [​IMG] Whatever, Dranor. You've disappointed me. It's going to take time for me to trust you again. So, go ... please.

    Tough luck for Dranor.

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    [​IMG] If your word isn't good enough for him, tell him I'll spill the beans about what he did on the first Praios Day last year.

    [​IMG] Don't you think you were a little hard on Dranor? After all, he was forced to carry out this crime in order to save your life.

    [​IMG] Yes, I know. But if he had taken me into his confidence, we could have found a way out of it together. I just need some time alone to sort out my feelings.

    [​IMG] Oh, Salina my sweetness. You can have all the time you need, I will always be yours.

    [​IMG] I know, my dearest. We just need some time. That's all.

    [​IMG] Salina, how did you know that I needed an attestor in order to continue my journey to Ferdok?

    [​IMG] It's difficult to keep anything a secret in a sleepy little village like this. It didn't take long for news of your arrival here in Avestrue to reach my ears.

    [​IMG] I suppose you are right. Thank you for your help.

    [​IMG] Oh no, I would like to thank you. I wish you a pleasant journey. Perhaps we will meet again at the celebrations in Ferdok.

    Interestingly if we have Dranor pickpocket Hamlok, he carries Salina’s brooch… why?

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    At any rate with the two recommendations in hand it is now possible to move on to Ferdok.

    Across the bridge to the tollhouse two peasants are quarrelling over an apple tree.

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    [​IMG] Good. I shall try to help you. But first you must explain to me what this is all about.

    [​IMG] Did you hear that, Georgie? Someone else will decide which of us is right. So drop that axe right now!

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    [​IMG] Wait a moment! Why are you so keen to chop down the tree?

    [​IMG] It blocks mighty Praios' view of my meadow! It blocks out the light and takes all the water out of the ground. And when there is a storm that tree creaks so loud that I cannot sleep at night...

    [​IMG] Alright, alright! But you do realize that your neighbor is very fond of this tree?

    [​IMG] Hahaha! Of course he is fond of that tree. The good Goddess Peraine has blessed this tree with some of the best apples in the shire. He has a bumper harvest every year! And what do I get? Nothing!

    [​IMG] But there must be a better solution…

    [​IMG] I don't think so! I'll just chop it down right now! It is half on my property anyway... And that will be the end of it! Now get out of my way!

    [​IMG] As the tree is standing directly on the border between your two properties, it is in fact the property of the Count of Ferdok. And what would he have to say, if he knew that you were harvesting his apples or even cutting down one of his trees?

    [​IMG] Would we be thrown in a dungeon? I'm not going to spend the rest of my life in a dungeon for some tree... it's always the same, us farmers have nothing to say in this kingdom without the Count's approval.

    [​IMG] Well that's the law, Georgie. And you'd best stick to it! Well then Barnabas... The tree stays where it is, are you happy with that?

    [​IMG] Well, the tree might be staying where it is but if those apples belong to the Count, then all I will have in future are the over-ripe ones that fall on my field. And I won't get anything for them at the market.

    [​IMG] You pathetic wretches! I guess what they say is true. It's business as usual, as long as the farmers can still complain...

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  9. vazha Savant

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  10. abnaxus Arcane

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    Part 5: Departure

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    Last thing to take care off before moving on is the thieves guild quest in the old mill.

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    There’s not much of interest inside the cellar; just barrels, a dead mule and giant rats.

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    The thief chest is in the middle of a rats’ nest.

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    It’s clear what the message means, just read it backwards.

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    Martin can now finally leave for Ferdok.

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    Prancelot of Scufflewick is here; you might remember a more youthful version from River of Time.

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    Listening to his blather grants 15 experience points.

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    [​IMG] I wouldn't say no to a nice beer and some good company now.

    [​IMG] Indeed! Praised be Travia! Cheers.

    [​IMG] Tell me, what do you think of Ferdok's beer? Does it live up to its legendary reputation?

    [​IMG] By all the ancient dragons, indeed it does! It's the best brew in the entire Empire... if not all of Aventuria. And I know a lot about beer. Come, my friend - enjoy!

    [​IMG] Cheers Prancelot! By the way your helmet is quite remarkable.

    [​IMG] Well you never know, you might own a trophy like this yourself one day soon.

    [​IMG] Those mighty wings... Is it a winged helmet such as those worn by Thorwalian pirates?

    [​IMG] Indeed it is, by Rondra! This is the helmet of a true hero. Just the thing to wear when you face a dangerous opponent. Why even the mighty dragon Umbracor would shake with fear at the sight of this helmet. Do you want to know how I won it?

    [​IMG] Please, do tell.

    [​IMG] It must be 15 years ago by now... Like all good stories this one begins at an inn... The Black Boar at Griffin Pass. I was resting at the inn with my companions. We hoped to cross Griffin Pass and enter the Principality of Kosh the following day. Suddenly the door was wrenched open, sending in a flurry of snow and ice. And who was standing here?

    [​IMG] An Orc perhaps?

    [​IMG] Wrong! No less than seven mighty Thorwalians stormed inside, led on by the gigantic Hetmann Hyggelik - the greatest hero in all of Thorwal, slayer of sea snakes and the scourge of Drôl! And upon his head he wore this helmet.

    [​IMG] Hetmann Hyggelik? Hasn't he been dead for centuries?

    [​IMG] It takes more than death to stop a great hero in his tracks! Hyggelik was as strong as 10 bears, he was built like a tree trunk and he had more scars on his face than a company of Orc war veterans. And do you know what he used his famous Cyclopean sword for?

    [​IMG] No. What? Tell me.

    [​IMG] He used it as a toothpick! That's how big and horrible his teeth were. It wasn't long before Hyggelik and his Thorwalian companions began to complain about the beer and to smash their tankards on the walls. If there is one thing I won't stand for, it's folks insulting the good name of Ferdok's Pale Ale. Our dispute soon turned violent. Hyggelik and I stepped outside to settle things in an honorable duel. Hyggelik was furious and rushed at me with two axes in each hand.

    [​IMG] In each hand? But how on Ethra could he fight with two axes in each hand?

    [​IMG] Before I could ask myself that I was struck by a hail of blows from his ... four axes. Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! Then I launched my counter attack. I rushed at him and with one mighty blow I struck the helmet from his head. Haaa!

    [​IMG] You defeated him and claimed the helmet for your own?

    [​IMG] And that is how it was! Since that day I have worn this noble helmet in many a battle and wooed many a lady... And, as we had agreed before the fight, Hyggelik and his Thorwalian companions spent the rest of the night singing that most beautiful of hymns, "O Ferdok's Beer, Thou Art So Fair"! Between the two of us Hetmann and I drank eight barrels that night!

    [​IMG] Surely you exaggerate, Prancelot!

    [​IMG] No doubt you are still wondering how I dealt with those four spears that Hyggelik was carrying... My friend, you are yet to experience the many wonders of Aventuria. But I am sure that you will see for yourself soon enough.

    [​IMG] Spears? But you said that he was holding two axes in each hand! Prancelot, you are nothing but a braggart and your story is a pack of lies!

    [​IMG] Lies?! As if a hero of my reputation would need to tell lies. If you truly think that my stories are nothing but lies, why did you bother listening to me?

    [​IMG] Whatever, Prancelot. Here's to you! And we thank the kind Goddess Peraine for blessing us with Ferdok's Pale Ale - the perfect drop for a good story!

    [​IMG] Of course. Farewell.

    Martin just needs to deal with the tollkeeper and the area is finished.

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    [​IMG] Soldier! I am Martin Schulz, and I demand that you step aside.

    [​IMG] Hahaha! Martin Schulz? I've never heard of you. You cannot enter Ferdok without a pass.

    [​IMG] Unfortunately I lost my pass. If my good name is not enough for you, then please tell me how I can apply for a new pass.

    [​IMG] Ferdok is closed to all travelers. Only citizens of Ferdok and those traveling with a pass may enter the city. I can issue you with a pass, but you will have to name two respectable citizens willing to testify to your good character.

    [​IMG] I can name you two citizens.

    [​IMG] Oh, really? Well then, let's hear who is willing to testify to your good character.

    [​IMG] Firstly, the beautiful Salina - Queen of the Mountebanks. She is more than willing to put in a good word for me. Secondly, I have here a letter of recommendation from Archmage Rakorium Montagonis.

    [​IMG] Well indeed! A sealed and signed letter from the most venerable Rakorium. But I'm sure you made that up about Salina, didn't you?!!!

    [​IMG] I believe you have already made the acquaintance of the beautiful Queen of the Mountebank's, haven't you? I'm sure you remember the first day of Praios last year?

    [​IMG] Alright, alright! That's enough! Salina would not have told you about that old story if she didn't trust you. I will issue you a pass at once.

    [​IMG] Wonderful! I can practically taste the delights of the big city already!

    [​IMG] Here is your pass. Take good care of it. You will need it once you reach Ferdok. Farewell, Martin Schulz!

    At long last, departure.

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    This very first encounter is just with some wolves.

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  11. abnaxus Arcane

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    Part 6 : Ferdok

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    Arriving in Ferdok, apparently Martin forgot to do that lost parcel sidequest. But the merchant was ripping him off anyways.

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    At the gates of the city, Dranor will suddenly initiate dialogue.

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    [​IMG] What is it, Dranor?

    [​IMG] It looks like the gates are being watched by the town guards.

    [​IMG] I don't understand. We explained the whole matter with the diadem.

    [​IMG] Well, it's like this: a while ago, there was an incredibly stupid mixup between me and a con artist named 'Danor', and I've been wanted in Ferdok ever since. I still don't understand how it happened.

    [​IMG] You’re telling me this now?!

    [​IMG] Well, I didn't want to burden you with unnecessary details. I'll manage to slip into the city unseen somehow. There's more than one way to skin a cat ... if you've had enough practice ...

    [​IMG] Somehow, I always get a bad feeling when you're this confident.

    [​IMG] Don't worry. We'll meet in the Ducal Citadel, on the main square. Don't keep me waiting too long.

    Dranor may be a p. useless character but he’s a good troll at times.

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    Martin and Rhulana can move on to Ardo in peace.

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    [​IMG] Tollkeeper Nandor in Avestrue gave me this pass. Here, see for yourself.

    [​IMG] Very well. That all seems to be in order. I shall add you to the list of trustworthy persons. Then you will no longer need a pass. You have to understand, there has been a series of gruesome murders in Ferdok. We check anybody passing through the city gates very carefully.

    [​IMG] That explains why it has been so difficult for me to get here. I'm here at the invitation of a good friend who lives here. I'm not quite sure how to get to his place. Could you help me? His name is Ardo of Boarstock.

    [​IMG] Hmm. Let's see... Did your friend mention an address in his invitation?

    [​IMG] Sure. Here, in this letter. See for yourself...

    [​IMG] Ah, Praios Square. That's not far from here. Just cross over the bridge and go on up the path. That will take you directly to Praios Square.

    [​IMG] Thank you and farewell.

    [​IMG] Let's set off to find your friend at once. Honor demands that we do so. After all ... I wouldn't be here, were it not for his invitation.

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    Of course, along the way Martin runs into a citizen with another petty task, but now’s not the time for sewer diving.

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    Martin arrives at Praios Square, but something seems to be wrong. What’s with the yuge cobwebs?

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    [​IMG] Forbidden? What are you talking about?! My friend Ardo of Boarstock lives here.

    [​IMG] I'm afraid I have some bad news for you. Your friend was murdered at the harbor. We are searching the entire house for clues to the murderer's identity. We are almost certain that his was one of a series of ritual murders that have plagued Ferdok recently. I cannot allow you to enter until our investigations are complete.

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    [​IMG] I don't believe it! He wrote me a letter very recently asking me to visit him in Ferdok. And now he's dead?! I just don't understand it. Poor Ardo! I want to know all about these murders!

    [​IMG] I'm really sorry about your friend, but I can't help you any more even if I wanted to. Investigations conducted by the town guard are confidential.

    [​IMG] Somebody must be able to tell me something. You can't just leave me standing here, damn it!

    [​IMG] Forgive me. I do not mean to offend you. The only one who can help you right now is the Madam Captain of the town guard, Barla Borkensmith. She is leading the investigation into the murders. She should be at the guard house, not far from here. I'll mark it on your map.

    [​IMG] Well, I'll just have to go and look for her. Farewell.

    As expected of an amazon, Rhulana is possessed of loyalty.

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    [​IMG] Thank you, Rhulana! Come on, let’s go.

    At the guardhouse, there seems to be some excitement. Dranor got himself caught.

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    Srsly, fuck that loser.

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    [​IMG] Sorry to bother you. My name is Martin Schulz. I just came from the Boarstock residence. I wanted to ask you about the death of my friend, Ardo of Boarstock. Guardsman Hassler told me you might be able to help me.

    [​IMG] Greetings to you, on this sad occasion. Ardo of Boarstock was a respected citizen of Ferdok and his death has affected many people here. These truly are dark days for this town and its people. You can be sure that we will do all in our power to find his murderers.

    [​IMG] Unfortunately I cannot tell you anything about this latest murder. Count Growin has commanded that we exercise the utmost discretion in handling these crimes. I'm afraid I must return to my duties now. Farewell, Martin Schulz.

    [​IMG] Just a moment! One of my best friends was murdered! Is there nothing I can do to help? If you are in agreement, I would like to ask around a little and try to find something out about the murders.

    [​IMG] Hmm... Count Growin did recently announce a reward for the capture of the murderers. Not a good idea, in my opinion. It's true that we hardly have enough people because of the events in Avestrue and the loss of the Ferdok Lancers, but the town guard is still responsible for such investigations.

    [​IMG] I beg you, let me act as your deputy. I owe Ardo my life. By my honor, I shall not rest until I have found his murderers and brought them to justice!

    [​IMG] Very well. As it means so much to you, I will give you official permission to investigate this matter in my name. I'll tell you a few things about the case, but I expect absolute confidentiality from you in return.

    [​IMG] By the good name of Ardo of Boarstock, you have my word of honor!

    [​IMG] Good, so be it! Effective immediately, you are now acting officially in the name of the Ferdok town guard. So far, there have been three murder victims, all of whom died in the same way. The first victim was an old beggar by the name of Eelko. He was found in Wagoner's Home. The second victim was Sandor Kunger, a famous imman player also known as 'Dragon'. He was found dead behind the 'Fleet-Footed Ferret' tavern.

    [​IMG] Your friend was found on a wharf in the harbor area. The guard on duty will give you the details. You will need to mention that you are working on my orders before he will tell you anything. We have already questioned a certain Gladys Shladromir and Ardo's bodyguard, a Dwarf named Forgrimm. Both appear to be beyond any suspicion.

    [​IMG] I know neither this Gladys nor Ardo's bodyguard. Do you know where I might find them? I would very much like to speak to them.

    [​IMG] You're most likely to find Forgrimm under one of the tables in the 'Silver Pitcher', a tavern on Praios Square. He spends most of his time drunk since the death of his friend. As for Gladys Shladromir, all I can tell you is that she is often seen around Wagoner's Home. Where exactly, I cannot tell you. She seems a little suspect, even though she didn't have anything to do with the murders. You will need to be careful. Crime has soared in Wagoner's Home now the town guard is so overstretched.

    [​IMG] Then I'll get straight to work. Farewell, Madam Captain Borkensmith. I will not disappoint you!

    [​IMG] Farewell, Martin Schulz. And good luck!

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    Martin decides to look for Gladys first, in Wagoner’s Home.

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  12. baud Learned

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  13. abnaxus Arcane

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    Part 7 : Gladys

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    Entering Wagoner’s Home, Rhulana drops an interesting line. Almada is the southernmost kingdom of the Empire of Middenrealm.

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    As Barla said, Wagoner’s Home is indeed infested by criminals. Martin is almost immediately waylaid.

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    [​IMG] Why? What do you want?

    [​IMG] Boris say: You pay silver for use road!

    [​IMG] I see. And who would this Boris be?

    [​IMG] Boris me! Give silver. Or trouble!

    [​IMG] You want money from me?! You won't get a single farthing from me!

    [​IMG] Lads! Trouble! Not pay silver!

    Martin and Rhulana just flatten these mofos.

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    Martin decides to ask around for Gladys at the local tavern.

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    [​IMG] So, what can I get you?

    [​IMG] I'm looking for somebody. Her name is Gladys Shladromir. Could you help me? It's very important that I find her.

    [​IMG] Heh! I'm looking for a woman too, hehe! But joking aside, Gladys is a woman who prefers not to be found. But she'll find you if it's important enough to her, you can rely on that. Err, just a moment...

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    [​IMG] I don't have time to wait until someone just turns up. I need to speak with her urgently! It's about the murder of a mutual friend! Where is she?!

    [​IMG] Listen boy, are you deaf? I don't know where Gladys is! But wait... maybe Fourfinger Salm knows where she is. What are you gawping at? Go and ask him!

    [​IMG] Fine, then I’ll go and do that.

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    [​IMG] Ibrom, why talk to poor 'Dumb Dan' like that?! Just because he's a little slow, there's no need to bully him!

    [​IMG] Listen here, Yallik! You want to do my job, do you? I can have him put you outside too, if you don't like the way I run things here!

    [​IMG] There's nothing the slightest bit 'serene' about this place. Listen to yourself! I'm off to speak with 'Fourfinger Salm'.

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    [​IMG] Excuse me, Mr. Salm, but the innkeeper said you could tell me where to find Gladys Shladromir.

    [​IMG] Really? And why should I help you, lad? I know a lot of people who are friends with Gladys. And I know something else for sure. You're not one of 'em!

    [​IMG] Listen to me! It's very important that I speak with her. If you can tell me where she is, then please tell me!

    [​IMG] "Listen to me!", heheh! You're funny, you are. But I won't make your life difficult. I haven't seen her for a long time, but I think Cripple Reto spoke to her recently. Go ask him. I'm sure he can help you, you'll see!

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    [​IMG] You're Reto, aren't you? Salm said you might be able to tell me where I could find Gladys Shladromir.

    [​IMG] Gladromir? Shladys... hmm... don't know...

    [​IMG] No! Gladys Shladromir!

    [​IMG] Oh, I see. Why didn’t you say so?

    [​IMG] Haha! It's an easy mistake to make. So do you know her?

    [​IMG] Nope.

    [​IMG] Excuse me?! But Salm just told me you spoke to her recently... and you're saying you don't know her?!

    [​IMG] Hahaha! You shouldn't take anything that old fool says seriously! He pickled his brain in moonshine a long time ago. Know what I mean? I can't help you, I really can't! Wait a minute... I think Goldtooth Yallik said something about Gladys earlier. Ask him!

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    [​IMG] Yes. I really need to speak with her. But one minute everybody here knows her, then nobody does. If you know where I can find Gladys, please tell me! It's really important!

    [​IMG] Errr ... not sure... I don't know you. You could be a spy from the town guard. Know what? Best just forget it. Shouting too loud for Gladys can end badly. We don't want that, do we?

    [​IMG] That’s it! Tell me where she is right now!

    [​IMG] Hold your horses! I don't want any trouble in my tavern! It's so difficult to get blood out of the wood floor. But nobody cares about that. "Soapstone will take care of it!" Pah!

    [​IMG] Hehe ... don't worry, Ibrom! But back to you, stranger. I can't tell you where Gladys is for one simple reason. Cuz I don't know.

    [​IMG] Just relax. Have a nice mug of Ferdok ale! You probably got enough farthings on you. I hope so, anyhow... Questions always make me really thirsty!

    [​IMG] Just forget it. No need to make a fool of me.

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    [​IMG] Are you following me?

    [​IMG] Me? What are you talking about? I'm just stretching my legs a bit.

    A few steps further Gladys shows up at long last anyway.

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    [​IMG] What? How? Who are you?!

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    Of course, from River of Time we already know Gladys is Cano’s daughter.

    [​IMG] You're Gladys?! Please, forgive me. After all my problems finding you, I was starting to wonder whether you even existed! But here you are! Madam Captain Borkensmith was right. You really are difficult to find.

    [​IMG] Heehee! I'll take that as a compliment from the Madam Captain. What else did she have to say about me?

    [​IMG] Well yes. She told me you're also a friend of Ardo of Boarstock. It was Ardo who asked me to come to Ferdok.

    [​IMG] Ah! You must be Martin Schulz. He often spoke of you.

    [​IMG] Goldtooth, everything's alright. You can go back now. Thanks again!

    [​IMG] Yeah. No problem Gladys! Anything for you! Say hello to Cano for me. See you!

    [​IMG] Welcome to Ferdok, even though it's a sad occasion for us both. But why did you want to meet with me?

    [​IMG] Why? Well. I want to clear up Ardo's murder and I thought you might be able to help me.

    [​IMG] For Ardo? Yes, of course I'll help you! I've done a little research of my own. Unfortunately with limited success.

    [​IMG] How well did you know Ardo?

    [​IMG] Ardo looked after me for a long time when I was younger. He taught me a lot about Middenrealm, and particularly about all the 'self-important snobs', as he always called the noble classes, hehe. You know, of course, that he was cut from very coarse cloth for a nobleman.

    [​IMG] He told me then that he found learning to write very difficult and that he really only did it because it was essential for someone of his standing. Hehe - but he always said that bathing more than once a moon was nonsense and heresy. But I'm probably not telling you anything you don't already know. I've him to thank for my stubbornness and my store of salacious details about various members of nobility. I miss him a lot.

    [​IMG] What do you know about the murders?

    [​IMG] They say there's been a series of murders, including Ardo's. But there are several things about it that seem a bit fishy to me..

    [​IMG] What do you mean?

    [​IMG] I don't know for sure, but there's something wrong with the whole thing. It's just a hunch.

    [​IMG] Do you happen to know a Forgrimm and where I might find him?

    [​IMG] Forgrimm? Surely you don't mean that swell-headed, good-for-nothing Dwarf of a would-be bodyguard! He's probably in 'The Silver Pitcher' on Praios Square, drowning his sorrows in Ferdok Pale Ale.

    [​IMG] Thank you for the information, Gladys.

    [​IMG] Why don’t we search for Ardo’s murderers together?

    [​IMG] Yes, you’re right. Let’s go.

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    Gladys is a p. good character, taking care of all thieving and social skills. But social skills are sadly very rarely used in the game unlike River of Time.

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    Gladys may not be a Phex Deont like her father, but she can cast magic. She starts out with the odd spell Fandango of Fireflies.

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    Gladys will need to learn some more spells, in particular the Armour spell. But as Martin is a full mage, she won’t need that many.

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    [​IMG] Oh, I'd completely forgotten. I hope you can forgive me. Were you able to finish the tasks yourself?

    [​IMG] What? Well... I err... no. Not exactly. I... managed to get a drunken 'colleague' to tell me the secret word... err ... in return for a couple of drinks.

    [​IMG] Well stop complaining then. You got what you wanted!

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  14. abnaxus Arcane

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    Part 8: Forgrimm

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    The Silver Pitcher is on Praios Square near Ardo’s house. Along the way Martin buys some stuff for Rhulana.

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    Inside, Forgrimm is boozing as expected.

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    [​IMG] Bah! ... get lost Gladys... You... wa... wanton hussy... wha ... Go away!

    Forgrimm needs to be sobered up.

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    [​IMG] I must speak urgently with Forgrimm. Our mutual friend, Ardo of Boarstock, was murdered and I need his help immediately. But as you can see, he's completely plastered.

    [​IMG] ... *hic* ... ohh, Ardo ... my friend ... ish dead! Tradan ... one more beer... come on ...

    [​IMG] Yes, it's a sad tale. Poor Forgrimm, just look at him. Since his master was murdered, all he does is drink. He blames himself... He even shaved off his long beard as a sign of his shame!

    [​IMG] ... not... worthy... of my beard. I... *sob*

    [​IMG] I have to speak with him. Do you know how I can cheer him up a bit?

    [​IMG] Well you could try buying him a mug of Ferdok Pale Ale. Then again, that might just wipe him out completely! Hmm... I do have something for you. My secret recipe... I call it my Special Dark Ale... It's a home-made herbal brew. It would wake a bear from its winter sleep! Why not try that?

    [​IMG] Yes, make me one of those!

    [​IMG] I keep a small stock under the counter for just such an occasion. Here, have a mug on the house.

    [​IMG] Thank you for your help.

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    [​IMG] Here. A mug of refreshing...

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    [​IMG] But ... it... ah *sigh* Yes, Mr. Forgrimm, drink up.

    [​IMG] Yeughh! ... Wassat?! Bleurgh!! Herbs! Who dares give me Forgrimm, shon of *hic* Ferolaksh, a speshal dark?! ... You! ... jush *hic* you wait... where'sh my axsh?!

    [​IMG] Forgrimm, please calm yourself... My name is Martin Schulz, Ardo must have spoken to you of me. He asked me to come to Ferdok.

    [​IMG] Martin Schulz ... *hic*... s'right... Ardo did shpeak of you! A friend of Ardo'sh ish a *hic* friend of mine... but Ardo ish dead, don't you know? It'sh all my fault *hic*.

    [​IMG] I *hic* should have been there. I'm a failure ash a bodyguard. Leave me *hic* alone, I'm *hic* ... a useless no-beard with *hic* the hiccups.

    [​IMG] I know Ardo was murdered. That's why I'm looking for his friends! Why weren't you with him?

    [​IMG] He didn't want me there. But it'sh shtill my faul'! I shud've known! Shud've *hic* inshisted. I knew something wash wrong. *Burrp* Urgh, by the beard of Arombolosh... that disgusting... herb mix is coming *hic* back up... Who would drink that stuff?!

    [​IMG] A meeting you say? What was it about?

    [​IMG] Ardo wanted to meet *hic* Head Guardsman Tashman at the harbor. It was about something Ardo was working on. It was a very serioush *hic* inveshtigation!

    [​IMG] Tha's all I know. That old grumblebeard kept it to himself. He didn't make it to the meeting alive. I should've been there! Curse *hic* it! I let him down!

    [​IMG] Forgrimm! Listen to me. I need your help to catch Ardo's murderer! Are you sober enough to answer more questions?

    [​IMG] Yes... *hic* ... I think these hiccups will be gone soon. That... *hic* ... disgusting stuff always does that to me.

    [​IMG] What do you know about the murders?

    [​IMG] Ardo isn't the only one murdered in such a grisly fashion. Another man, I knew him well, was mutilated like that too. He was called the 'Dragon' because he had the strength of seven men. If you ask me, his murderer must have been a giant. Someone even stronger than him!

    [​IMG] Sandor Kunger, yes! Barla told me the 'Dragon' was found near 'The Fleet-Footed Ferret'.

    [​IMG] Yes, that must have been awful for Aline. She's the barmaid in 'The Fleet-Footed Ferret' and the 'Dragon's' girlfriend. She's the one who made the gruesome discovery and called the city guards. We should definitely talk to her.

    [​IMG] Can you tell me more about the meeting Ardo was going to attend before his death?

    [​IMG] Like I said before, Ardo wanted to meet Head Guardsman Tashman at the guard house at the harbor - but he never showed up. Tashman found his body near the docks. That's all I know, I'm afraid. It's a terrible thing. I need another ale.

    [​IMG] Tell me about you and Ardo.

    [​IMG] Oh, Ardo and I went through a lot together. A lot. When I first met him, he was living in his family's ancestral home at Oxblood Castle - or rather, in the gatehouse. The Castle itself was haunted, you understand. Ardo sent for brave warriors to help him drive out the ghosts, and I was the only one who dared to venture further than the Castle's entrance hall. We bonded during the ghost hunt.

    [​IMG] Well... our friendship blossomed when we managed to rescue some fine wine from the clutches of the ghostly cellarmaster. From then on, we had many adventures together and fought a number of battles side by side. We lost sight of each other during the Battle of Gareth. I thought he had fallen. But he reappeared later, and took me on as his bodyguard.

    [​IMG] Come, Forgrimm! Let's go and find Ardo's murderer!

    [​IMG] Yes! Revenge for Ardo ... but look at me: a hung-over Dwarf barely worth his shameful beard. I can barely walk three paces in a straight line. What kind of help will I be?

    [​IMG] You are the son of Ferolax! A few little beers cannot break you! Let's find the murderer together!

    [​IMG] You are right! We'll find the murderer and make him pay for his foul deeds!

    [​IMG] Well said! That's what I like to hear!

    [​IMG] Maybe we should take a few ales with us? In case we get thirsty on the road?

    [​IMG] How about a couple of 'special dark' ales!

    [​IMG] Bahh! Let’s just go.

    Forgrimm is now a party member; he’s stronker than in River of Time, but also much dumber.

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    There’s a small task here involving Praios lore about griffins and dragons.

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    Answering all questions correctly grants 8 experience points. Better than nothing.

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    Now that we have a full party we can also do that sewer quest.

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    It comes down to just more rat whacking.

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    Past a bridge to the Temple of Hesinde Martin notices the arrogant nobles again. They are not approachable.

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    Gladys pickpockets the annoying faggets.

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    The one called Kastan Gamblack carries a curious pamphlet of sorts.

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    There’s a magician near the temple that sells spells. We buy Healing spell, Armour spell for Gladys and some offensive spells like Thunderbolt and Ignifaxus.

    For Martin we buy all Attributio spells and Ignifaxus.

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    On the way back Martin takes note of an animal trainer with his bear Fluffy.

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    Before heading to Wagoner’s Home to start the murder investigation in earnest, we have Rhulana learn a physical skill.

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  15. abnaxus Arcane

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    Part 9: Kitty

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    At the Wagoner’s home murder site is a kitty, a pool of blood and a nosey hag.

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    [​IMG] Excuse me?

    [​IMG] That's where poor Old Eelko lost his life!

    [​IMG] Excuse me, my name is Martin Schulz, I'm investigating the murders here in Ferdok. What is your name, Madam?

    [​IMG] Lovinger is my name. I live here in this house. I saw you from the window up there.

    [​IMG] Could I ask you a few questions about the death of Old Eelko?

    [​IMG] Of course.

    [​IMG] Did you see what happened to the old man?

    [​IMG] No. I didn't see it... but I heard it! It was a few days ago. It had already been dark for a while when I heard muttering and then some kind of tussle outside my window. First I didn't think much of it. That kind of thing is quite normal round here. When the sun goes down over Wagoner's Home, the worst riff-raff in Ferdok all crawl out of their holes.

    [​IMG] Is that all?

    [​IMG] You're in a hurry, aren't you? Let me finish! So, I heard a tussle, but I didn't pay much heed to it. I just thought it was the usual drunks and knaves who make our streets so dangerous. But then... I'll never forget the moment... I heard a scream. It was so loud and full of agony that I still shudder to think of it. At first I didn't dare go to the window. I waited for what seemed an eternity, though it was probably just a few moments. But in the end my curiosity got the better of me. I had to see what happened...

    [​IMG] And then you saw Eelko?

    [​IMG] Yes, I did. Not a day goes past, where I don't wish I hadn't gone to the window. That awful sight still haunts my dreams. Old Eelko lay there in front of my window. He was covered in blood, with a gaping hole in his chest. Praios protect me! What kind of animals would do that to a poor old man?! I'm sorry, I'm so upset... poor Eelko. I hope you find his tormentors...

    [​IMG] Can you tell me anything else about Old Eelko? What kind of person was he?

    [​IMG] Everybody in Wagoner's Home knew him. You know people round here aren't exactly rolling in money. Eelko was a nice old man. He lived from the generosity of others, like many in Wagoner's Home. But he wasn't the type to waste his time on selfish self-pity. You should have seen how well he cared for Mimi!

    [​IMG] Who is this Mimi?

    [​IMG] Oh, you've already met her. She's the little cat you scared away. She belonged to Old Eelko. He always took such loving care of her. It was so touching. Eelko would scrape and save every farthing he could to buy her a bit of fresh fish from the fishwife further up the way. I'll never understand how anybody could take the life of such a lovely person in such a terrible way.

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    Happy kitty leads Martin to a clue of sorts.

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  16. abnaxus Arcane

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    Part 10: Thieves Guild

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    The entrance to Thieves guild is a seemingly random cellar door in Wagoner’s home.

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    [​IMG] To give you the answer. It is "ONAC"!

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    [​IMG] What? You know these people and knew of this place?

    [​IMG] Heehee, of course! Cano, head of the Guild of Thieves, is my father!

    [​IMG] Your father?! But why didn't you tell me before?!

    [​IMG] Do I have to tell you everything? Heehee, can't a girl have her secrets?

    [​IMG] Pah! I told you she was nothing more than a common thief! But nobody listens to me!

    At this point Gladys will tell Martin more about herself when asked.

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    [​IMG] About me? Now you're asking a lot! But because it's you, I won't be like that just this once. In my youth, I saw a lot of the world and I feel at home in a lot of places in Middenrealm. I've visited almost every city between Havena and Perricum at least once. My knowledge later enabled me to earn a living as a messenger and scout.

    [​IMG] So eventually I arrived back here in Ferdok. This is the loveliest city of all. Even with the strange events of the past few years, there's nowhere in Middenrealm I'd rather be. Who would have thought that old Ardo would turn up here, of all places? Perhaps Phex arranged for me to come here in order that I might see him again.

    At the bottom of the cellar is Cano whom we already should know well.

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    [​IMG] I’m not little!

    [​IMG] Calm down my sweet! Who's this with you? A new face here in our modest halls! Welcome to the Guild of Thieves!

    [​IMG] Phex be with you, honorable Cano. I am Martin Schulz. I must admit, the path to your 'halls' was harder than I expected.

    [​IMG] Well, I'm sure you can appreciate that we don't just throw open our doors to anybody and everybody. A town guard might walk in, or maybe even worse! Hehe ...

    [​IMG] But where are my manners?! How can I help you fresh-faced members of our society? Are you interested in fun and games, do you want a little training or do you need certain 'special' tools?

    Cano is a trainer but also has some special tasks.

    Cano also sells the very useful finger ring, a must for Gladys.

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    [​IMG] Didn't you say something about 'fun and games'? That sounds like something for me!

    [​IMG] Hehe, you speak with the voice of Phex! We have set up a small, but challenging course to test our skills and keep our fingers nimble. As you know, practice makes perfect.

    [​IMG] Hm. That's certainly true. Do I need to pay attention to anything in particular?

    [​IMG] Oh, it's really quite simple. Use all your Phex-given skills to acquire the nine emblems of the Guild of Thieves hidden around the course. Some of them are securely locked away in chests or behind heavy iron doors. Others are hidden deep in the pockets of some of our people. Bring me all emblems and you will receive a fancy little reward!

    [​IMG] What do you say? Do you want to try it?

    [​IMG] I don't want to try it, Cano! I want to win it, by Phex!

    [​IMG] Your keen demeanor alone tells me that Phex smiles upon you! Here, I am placing the key to the course in this chest. Cracking it will be your first task. Do not forget to hand the emblems over to me! Enjoy yourself. Phex be with you!

    Needless to say, Gladys will take care of everything.

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    [​IMG] That's all the emblems! Congratulations, you're a true master of your craft!

    [​IMG] I'll consider you in our plans, anyway. Who knows? Maybe I'll have a job for you soon!

    [​IMG] That sounds interesting.

    [​IMG] So, feel free to drop by from time to time!

    Martin will be back here later.
     
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    Part 11: Harbor

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    Martin’s off to investigate the murder in the harbor.

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    The murder site is behind the local tavern.

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    However inside nobody is very forthcoming.

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    [​IMG] Nothing right now, thank you. My name is Martin Schulz. I'm investigating the murder of the 'Dragon'. He was found near this tavern. Can you tell me what happened?

    [​IMG] Pah, you just stroll into my bar and happen to be investigating our Sandor's murder! Sorry, but I don't have anything important to tell you.

    [​IMG] Please! Anything could be important. I just want to ask a couple of questions. I won't bother you for long. Was Sandor Kunger often a customer here?

    [​IMG] Yes, he was here quite a lot. A lot of old imman players drink here. Satisfied?!

    [​IMG] Was there ever any trouble between the 'Dragon' and the other customers?

    [​IMG] Maybe, maybe not. I have enough to do just serving my customers. I don't have time to spy on them too.

    [​IMG] By my grandfather's drunken beard! Pebblebush! You must have noticed something! You know the 'Dragon' didn't have any enemies. What's more, he had the strength of three men! His killer must have been a giant! And they must have made an almighty racket outside! Think, man!

    [​IMG] I'm sorry, but I can't help you. Maybe one of the customers can tell you something. Do you want a drink?

    Forgrimm claimed to know the barmaid but she isn’t willing to help either.

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    [​IMG]Aline, I am Forgrimm, son of...

    [​IMG] I couldn't care less who you are! Can't you see I'm busy?

    Curiously, Martin notices one of the customers has a “Bosnickel” around.

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    When Martin is just about to leave the tavern, Aline comes running anyway.

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    [​IMG] Yes?

    [​IMG] I heard you asking about Sandor. Are you investigating his murder?

    [​IMG] Yes. I'm investigating all these gruesome murders. Were you a friend of Sandor Kunger's?

    [​IMG] Yes. My name is Aline. I'm his... I was... his girlfriend.

    [​IMG] Why did you run after me instead of just talking to me right away?

    [​IMG] Head Guardsman Tashman told me not to talk about the murder. He questioned me and told me he would be taking care of everything in person. But he hasn't turned up again since then.

    [​IMG] When I heard that you were asking about my 'Dragon', I had to speak with you. If Tashman can't deal with things, then I might as well help you!

    [​IMG] Forgrimm told me that you found Sandor?

    [​IMG] Yes. It was a terrible sight. I was tipping out the tavern's dirty water and there he was, my beloved 'Dragon'. I'll never forget the awful image. My good, strong 'Dragon', butchered so horribly.

    [​IMG] I... there must have been more than one of them and they must have surprised him. All the barrels had been smashed! My 'Dragon' fought for his life. Oh Sandor! Why did he have to die?!

    [​IMG] Did Sandor have enemies? Did he tell you about any problems?

    [​IMG] No! He was really popular! Even though he hung out with the shady characters that frequent the 'Fleet Footed Ferret', everybody respected him.

    [​IMG] Your boyfriend had a really unusual nickname. Is it true that he got it because of his unusual strength?

    [​IMG] Sandor never really talked about that. Some people said that he bore the name 'Dragon' because he swept across the imman field like a dangerous beast. But I think it had something to do with the talisman he wore around his neck.

    [​IMG] Thank you for your help.

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    Aline can’t tell Martin more about this mysterious talisman.

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    [​IMG] Yes, that's it! Did you find it at the scene? That talisman meant a lot to Sandor. He didn't usually wear it openly, but he always had it on beneath his clothes. He often joked that it gave him the strength to play well on the imman field.

    [​IMG] When I found his body, he wasn't wearing it any more. I told Head Guardsman Tashman about it, but he didn't seem very interested. You can keep it. Maybe it will lead you to his murderer.

    The last thing to do in the area is visit Ardo’s murder site…

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    For some reason, Ardo’s murder site is guarded.

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    [​IMG] Temper your tone, guardsman! My name is Martin Schulz. I am here with the permission of Madam Captain Borkensmith and am helping the town guard investigate the murders.

    [​IMG] I'm sorry, I didn't know that. In that case you may pass.

    [​IMG] Can you tell me more about the details of the case?

    [​IMG] I'm afraid not. I have merely been ordered by Head Guardsman Tashman to guard the site and keep curious onlookers away. It was the Head Guardsman alone who found the victim here. If anyone can give you details, it's him.

    [​IMG] Could you tell me where I can find the head guardsman?

    [​IMG] There's been a collision between two supply carts at the brewery. The head guardsman headed that way. He looked pretty angry. You know, he got the bad news during his lunch break. That always puts him in a really bad mood.

    [​IMG] I'll see if he has time to answer a couple of questions. Many thanks.

    In any case, this is the place where a noble man met an ignoble end.

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    Part 12: Tashman

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    Last thing to do for Martin before reporting back is talking to Tashman.

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    [​IMG] Sorry to bother you. My name is Martin Schulz. I just came from the Boarstock residence. I wanted to ask you about the death of my friend, Ardo of Boarstock. Guardsman Hassler told me you might be able to help me.

    [​IMG] I see... In that case, please excuse my tone, 'deputy'. I didn't know that our good Madam Captain was already that desperate. I suppose you're after the bounty, right? Why are you bothering me?!

    [​IMG] Not at all, Head Guardsman. Ardo of Boarstock was a good friend of mine. I just want to make sure his murderers do not escape their just punishment.

    [​IMG] Don't we all, I'm sure... Yes, Ardo of Boarstock. They certainly got him. My condolences... I'm sure you'll want to be getting along now. So... farewell.

    [​IMG] Just a minute, if you don't mind. Guardsman Brintel told me you might know more about the case. After all, it was you who found Ardo of Boarstock's body.

    [​IMG] Yes, I do mind! And yes, I did find his body. Apart from the body, there was nothing else to be seen. Just like all the other murders: no heart, no tracks, no witnesses.

    [​IMG] Or at least, we haven't found anyone prepared to say they saw anything. The docks are usually deserted at that time of night. Was that everything?!

    [​IMG] Weren't you going to meet with Ardo at the docks that night? Surely you must have seen or heard something? What was the meeting supposed to be about?

    A lightbulb starts to shine above Forgrimm’s thick skull.

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    [​IMG] Forgrimm, calm yourself! Be assured that we shall not rest until Ardo's death is avenged.

    [​IMG] That madman will feel my axe! And then I'll... I'll bite off his cowardly nose! Ahhhrr ... I need a beer ... the sorrow ... the shame ... oh, Ardo!

    [​IMG] We shall see, Forgrimm. Let's find the murderer first. Then we can decide what to do with him. But Head Guardsman, to get back to my question: Why were you going to meet Ardo of Boarstock that night?

    [​IMG] It was supposed to be a simple exchange of information regarding his inquiries. He wanted me to help him. It was his idea to meet at the docks at night. A public order matter delayed me and when I got to our agreed meeting point, he was already dead.

    [​IMG] I see. What kind of inquiries are we talking about?

    [​IMG] How should I know?! He had only made a few vague references to 'organized' crime in Ferdok. He also said something about corruption. He wanted to let me in on the details in person.

    [​IMG] But I never got the chance to speak with him. As I said, he was dead when I got there. There's not much more to say on the matter. And now, dismissed... 'Deputy'.

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    [​IMG] Hmm... You're right. It's all just clues so far. I'll have to keep looking. Thank you, anyway!

    Luckily progress presents itself on a silver platter.

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    [​IMG] Yes, but I’m still in the dark.

    [​IMG] I know someone who wants to meet with you. They have information regarding the murders. But they would be taking a great risk by speaking to you. That is why they specified a secret code you must recite in order for them to be sure of your identity.

    [​IMG] Where can I meet this person and what is the password?

    [​IMG] Go to the Temple of Hesinde and look for someone in a cape. Say the words: "At night the peaks are decked with mist." They will answer with "The Ogre Cross". Now go!

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    There’s indeed someone waiting behind the Temple; it turns out to be the archivist.

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    [​IMG] So you're our secret informant! We have no time for pleasantries. Who are you and why do you want to help me?

    [​IMG] I am Archivist Loisane. Firstly, it is very important that no one knows of our meeting. I fear that the murderers have an accomplice in the Town Guard. He is obviously making sure that the murder investigations go nowhere. I have a dismal premonition that I too must fear for my life.

    [​IMG] What do you mean? Count Growin has announced an official reward for the capture of the murderers. How can it be dangerous for you to investigate them?

    [​IMG] Haven't you noticed that you are the only person in all of Ferdok who is really trying to solve these crimes? The murderers are still walking around Ferdok with impunity. Whoever tries to find them could be their next victim! That's why I must be careful. I'm not a member of the Town Guard and I am not of noble blood, yet I enjoy a certain status that may even give a determined murderer pause for thought.

    [​IMG] Ardo of Boarstock's status didn't protect him. But as you wish. I promise not to tell anyone about our meeting.

    [​IMG] Thank you. I trust you. About these murders, what have you discovered so far?

    [​IMG] I managed to gather some clues to two of the murders. Look at this talisman. It belonged to the 'Dragon'. And here... This brooch belonged to Old Eelko. What do you think?

    [​IMG] By Hesinde! My suspicions were correct!

    [​IMG] What is it? Tell me!

    [​IMG] What you hold in your hand is no ordinary piece of jewelry. This talisman and this brooch were made from the scale of a real dragon!

    [​IMG] A dragon scale?! Are your certain?

    [​IMG] Yes. I have no doubt. My investigations were right. Ferdok is home to three descendants of the dragonslayers. According to the city records, they each own a treasure intended to remind their ancestors of their deeds.

    [​IMG] Both Sandor Kunger and Old Eelko were descendents of the dragonslayers and both were murdered. My investigations show that a young woman, Jessica Ignifer, is also a descendant of the dragonslayers. She lives in Wagoner's Home, near the 'Serene Sow' tavern.

    [​IMG] Only three descendants? But what about Ardo of Boarstock? He was murdered too!

    [​IMG] I don't know, but he is definitely not one of the descendents. I'm sure of it. But I believe this Jessica is in grave danger and the murderer could strike at any time! Please protect her! I will return to the Town House and take another look through the Boarstock family annals. Maybe I overlooked something before.

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    Jessica is not at her home but there’s some drama near the tavern.

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    [​IMG] Alarm the town guard! I'll follow the scoundrels! They won't get away from me!

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    [​IMG] Yes, close the entrance behind me. No one should be allowed to escape!

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    On Jessica’s body is a list of victims… Ardo’s name is not on it though…

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    The murderers are still close, it is time to pursue them and exact righteous vengeance.

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    Pursuing the rest of the assassins, they will again block the road ahead.

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    There are a couple of ‘hidden’ areas in the sewers that trigger Forgrimm’s Dwarfnose, but nothing important is to be found.

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    On his own Finn can’t do much. Loisane at least is saved.

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    [​IMG] Bloodthirsty dog! Touch a hair on Loisane's head and you will pay with your life!

    [​IMG] One step closer and the archivist dies. I won't warn you a third time! It's over! Face it!

    [​IMG] I'm not done with you. You will pay for your bloodlust and the murder of Ardo of Boarstock shall be avenged!

    [​IMG] Ardo who?! Hahaha! Don't be ridiculous! If I had killed someone by that name, I would know it. You can count on that.

    [​IMG] Neither your insanity nor your lies can save you! I will put an end to your murderous ways, here and now!

    [​IMG] You still don't get it, do you? You can't stop what has been started! It is your end that is nigh!

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    Unexpected after Finn is killed the Spanish Inquisition shows up.

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    [​IMG] Certainly. You omitted to respond to my demand for an explanation. I'm waiting!

    [​IMG] Excuse me, Grand Inquisitor, my name is Martin Schulz. I am working with the agreement of the Madam Captain on investigating the murders perpetrated by these men. The archivist discovered a link between the victims that led us to them.

    [​IMG] So these men are guilty of the misdeeds? Who exactly are they?

    [​IMG] Yes, Great Inquisitor. They are Finn of Ferdok and Kastan Gamblack together with their henchmen. They were hunting down descendants of dragonslayers. When researching my family archives, I only just discovered that I too am of dragonslayer heritage.

    [​IMG] These red-clad murderers must have discovered that too. But Martin Schulz was able to rescue me from their murderous clutches at the last moment. Otherwise I would certainly have died in the same way as the other victims.

    [​IMG] Very well. But do you know the reason for their foul acts?

    [​IMG] No. Unfortunately none of our opponents survived as we fought for our lives. Only Kastan Gamblack managed to escape. He fled before the fight began. I intend to hunt the scoundrel down right now.

    [​IMG] You will do nothing! Look around you! How can light and truth be brought to bear on these crimes if you slay everyone connected to them?!

    [​IMG] But Your Holiness! Should Martin Schulz have simply let these villains have their way?!

    [​IMG] Silentium! Do not test my patience unnecessarily! Even if I deeply deplore your methods, you have nevertheless freed all of Ferdok from a great evil. Now be gone! Everything else lies in the hands of Praios and his enlightened inquisition.

    [​IMG] As you wish, Grand Inquisitor. But I would ask that I be allowed to join you in your apprehension of Kastan Gamblack.

    [​IMG] Who do you think you are?! You cannot simply hunt down a nobleman whose guilt has not yet been proven!

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    [​IMG] Do not contradict me! I hereby forbid any further interference in this matter. Especially from you! And now, be gone!

    [​IMG] Archivist. You remain here! You shall now provide me with all the documents that support your accusations. All of them, without exception!

    [​IMG] As you wish, Grand Inquisitor.

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    [​IMG] Madam Captain Borkensmith! You, here? What's going on?! And what gives that da Vanya the right to stick his nose in?! Especially now everything's cleared up!

    [​IMG] Well, when the Church of Praios heard that another murder had been committed, the Grand Inquisitor offered his help. In his desperation, the Count accepted without further ado. That pompous skirt-wearer talks as if the town guard had nothing to do with clearing up the murders.

    [​IMG] At least you prove there's still some virtue in this world. But I can do without the 'help' of this self-proclaimed chief investigator. But let's forget that for now. Tell me what happened.

    [​IMG] It looks like the noblemen Finn of Ferdok and Kastan Gamblack are responsible for the murders in Ferdok. I managed to slay Finn before he could murder Archivist Loisane, but Kastan Gamblack managed to escape.

    [​IMG] Kastan Gamblack and Finn of Ferdok?! Unbelievable! But what was their motive for those gruesome murders?!

    [​IMG] Loisane discovered that almost all the victims has something in common. They were all descendants of dragonslayers. Why those animals tore out the hearts of their victims... only Gamblack can tell us that.

    [​IMG] Perhaps you're right. But if he's wise, he will already have left Ferdok. I don't like anything about this whole thing. Maybe it's not the worst thing that the Praiots have taken over the case.

    [​IMG] But I don't understand why Finn of Ferdok denied murdering Ardo. Loisane said that Ardo of Boarstock wasn't a dragonslayer descendant. But he was still murdered... I just don't understand it.

    [​IMG] Don't worry. I'm sure Gamblack will be found. Then, everything will be cleared up. At least you were able to stop the murders and save the archivist from a horrible death. I'll take you to Duke Growin now. I'm sure he'll be pleased to hear the news.

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    Part 14: Duke

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    Martin is brought before the Duke. A just reward is in order.

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    [​IMG] I wasn't alone. My brave companions, Forgrimm son of Ferolax, Gladys Shladromir and Rhulana of Kurkum deserve just as much credit, as does Archivist Loisane who bravely helped us.

    [​IMG] It is a true honor to have a group of such heroes before me. As I am sure you know, a large sum of money was promised as the reward for solving the murders.

    [​IMG] You have earned this. Take this medal of the city of Ferdok as a small token, not forgetting the promised reward. But that is not all. I would like to introduce you to someone: Regent Dariana.

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    [​IMG] The pleasure is all mine, Regent.

    [​IMG] Etiquette? Etiquette! Haha, very good! Your friend Ardo of Boarstock was working for the Regent, Gods rest his soul. It was her idea to give you Ardo's residence. You know, his home on Praios Square. I'm sure it's what he would have wanted.

    [​IMG] My thanks, Duke Growin, and also to you, Regent Dariana. But I'm afraid there is also some bad news. Not all the murderers were apprehended. Kastan Gamblack managed to escape.

    [​IMG] Kastan Gamblack, you say? He was involved in the murders?! Good heavens! How could I have misjudged him so badly. And now things get tricky for him he takes flight like a coward. Well, at least we are rid of the treacherous scoundrel for now.

    [​IMG] I think 50 ducats for his capture should make things difficult enough for him. Sooner or later his rabbit foot and bribery money will run out, hehe. And as for Finn's statement. He obviously just wanted to get out of a difficult situation.

    [​IMG] But enough doom and gloom for now. The heart of Ferdok thrives again, my friends. These gruesome murders have been stopped once and for all. And not a moment too soon. I have just been informed that the Temple of Hesinde has been completed. Soon after the proclamation of the Dragon Quest, laughing and dancing townsfolk will fill the streets!

    [​IMG] I hereby command the lifting of all road blocks! Now go, Martin Schulz! Ferdok welcomes you with open arms. Enjoy your reward and visit your new residence at your leisure.

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    [​IMG] Ardo was my old friend and mentor. I can give you as much time as you want.

    [​IMG] Did I understand you correctly? Has Finn of Ferdok denied killing Ardo?

    [​IMG] That is true. As Duke Growin said, he probably just wanted to save his skin. But tell me, do you know why Ardo would be at the harbor at that hour?

    [​IMG] Well. I asked Ardo to sound out certain elements in Ferdok. Ferdok's dismal predicament has obviously attracted certain greedy characters of dubious honor. Increased smuggling through the harbor is particularly worrying.

    [​IMG] Ardo was supposed to find out where the trail of corruption might lead. This was all overshadowed by the disputes between the two most powerful trading companies in Ferdok. His was not an easy task.

    [​IMG] This whole thing is very puzzling... Do you think his murder could have something to do with his investigations in the harbor area? Were those cultists involved in criminal dealings at the harbor?

    [​IMG] I can't answer that. There could have been a connection. But who can say for sure? What do you think of continuing Ardo's investigations?

    [​IMG] It would be a great honor. But I don't really know where to start.

    [​IMG] I think you should take a look at the two trading companies to start with. You'll raise the least suspicions if you just ask for work down at the harbor. Try to gain their respect, then maybe you'll find out something important.

    [​IMG] The Stoerrebrandt trading post is near the brewery, while their competitors Neisbeck have theirs near the docks to the east.

    [​IMG] The Neisbeck trading company near the eastern docks and the Stoerrebrandt trading company near the brewery. I'll see what I can do.

    [​IMG] Report back when you've managed to get work with one of the trading companies.

    [​IMG] You can rely on me. Ardo's work will not be in vain. Farewell, Regent.

    This might be the only time Martin meets the Duke, so Gladys pickpockets everyone in sight.

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    Outside the hall Martin meets Ardo’s caretaker.

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    [​IMG] Yes, that's right. My name is Martin Schulz, what can I do for you?

    [​IMG] I wanted to ask whether you required my services. I know the house very well. I have managed it for many years and I would be very pleased to take care of all domestic matters for you.

    [​IMG] That sounds like a wonderful idea, Mr. Muddlemosh! I'm sure it's what Ardo would have wanted.

    [​IMG] Ohh ... wonderful! I'll go and make some preparations. I'll see you at the house. Thank you again. See you later!

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    Martin now has access to a new area – the Ducal citadel. There are better merchants and trainers here, furthermore pickpocketing is far more rewarding.

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    There appears to be trouble with the well; Martin will get to that later.

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    The Rondra Temple Rhulana spoke of is close, but there’s nothing to do there. There’s only a notice.

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    By the way, the medal rewarded by Growin is only useful for Gladys.

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    Auralia is here; not only does she have new recipes, she also has a task to perform.

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    [​IMG] Yes, I’d say so. Why do you ask?

    [​IMG] Ah, I envy you. I used to spend much time on the road. But since I opened my stand here... ah, I digress. I actually wanted to ask you about an ingredient.

    [​IMG] An ingredient? What’s the recipe?

    [​IMG] Well, I have an old recipe for a powerful magic potion. An alchemical masterwork! But the recipe doesn't quite make sense. One of the ingredients isn't right. I think it's the manticore sting. But I can't get away from here to research it.

    [​IMG] If you could find somebody who knows of this ingredient or what I could use instead, I would be extremely grateful to you! I would let you share in my accomplishment and I might even join you if you appreciate the skills of an accomplished alchemist. I would so like to travel again.

    [​IMG] Now, that is an offer indeed! I'll keep my eyes open.

    [​IMG] It's a deal. Here is the recipe. But what am I thinking. I haven't even introduced myself. I am Auralia. And who are you?

    [​IMG] Martin Schulz.

    [​IMG] Pleased to make your acquaintance. I am truly grateful for your help!

    [​IMG] I'm sure we'll find someone who can help with the recipe.

    In any case, Martin also purchases Auralia’s new recipes.

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    Martin also purchases some new gear for Rhulana.

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    Behind the Duke’s residence are a Dwarf triplet with whom it is possible to play the game of cups. However, they will cheat after winning once.

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    Unmasking the Dwarves with a Human (?) Nature check gives some experience.

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    At the barracks next to the Duke’s residence is a better melee trainer.

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    Rhulana and Forgrimm learn some new moves.

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    Behind the Rondra Temple is a talking barrel.

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    [​IMG] What?! But…

    [​IMG] No but! Look at me!

    [​IMG] Well yes. It's a bit difficult with that barrel over you.

    [​IMG] Errmm ... yes, well err ... that's true. If you've come to mock me, then I have to say...

    [​IMG] That really isn't my intention. Are you going to tell me why you're hiding here?

    [​IMG] Oh, the shame! I just wanted to protect my chickens from that cur. He had already snatched a few. I met him at dawn. We fought in the street - I wanted to tear out his guts!

    [​IMG] And? What happened?

    [​IMG] You have to understand, that creature is as big as me. What am I saying?! Twice as big! I fought the beast with my bare hands. And then... then it happened!

    [​IMG] Yes? What happened?

    [​IMG] I... He tore... tore off my beard *whimper* ... my beautiful beard... *moan* how will I ever go out in public again?! The shame...

    [​IMG] That's a catastrophe! But don't despair. There's always an answer.

    [​IMG] Ah, it sounds so simple when you say it. Could you help a poor dwarf? I have to find a new beard somehow! *whimper*

    [​IMG] Do you have any ideas?

    [​IMG] Oh yes! I certainly do. That foul cur has very thick fur of its own. It would make a very good fake beard! Track him down and bring me back his pelt! I beg you!

    [​IMG] If it means so much to you, I'll hunt down the monster for you.

    [​IMG] Really?! That's great! Look for him near the city gate. My house is nearby. The cursed beast is probably having a go at my chickens while I can't protect them.

    Not far from the talking barrel is the smith. Time for Forgrimm to purchase some recipes and craft some chit.

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    That’s another small issue solved.

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    Last thing to do in this area is taking care of the well.

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    [​IMG] The fountain, look! There's no more water. I've been charged with reporting on the situation to Ugosh, our town engineer, but I can't find him anywhere. Who knows where that Dwarf is! I really need to get this fountain working again.

    [​IMG] How can I help? You want me to find this Ugosh?

    [​IMG] No, no. There's no time! It was Count Growin's express wish that the square be pristine for the festivities...

    [​IMG] There are some maintenance tunnels running beneath Ferdok that lead to a room that regulates the water supply to the fountain! But I have no idea how to work the machinery. You should come down with me! Will you help?

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    [​IMG] Ugosh! What are you complaining about! The fountain broke down while you were boozing down here!

    [​IMG] What do you mean 'boozing'? I went down to clean the pump! Then some idiot messed with the levers and I got a faceful of mud!

    [​IMG] Uhh... ermm... we didn't know... errr... it was an accident...

    [​IMG] Just get out of here before I forget myself! Go on, out!

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    Part 15: Ardo’s house

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    Returning to Praios square, Fluffy the dancing bear is now on the prowl.

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    [​IMG] Don't worry. If Ardo was happy with your services, I'm sure I will be too.

    [​IMG] As you say. Heh ... you are friendly, very friendly. Even though Ardo of Boarstock often tended to be a bit errm... 'gruff' with his caretaker, he never hid his satisfaction, either.

    [​IMG] I was terribly upset at the news of his death. Thanks to your unflinching bravery, the murderers got what they deserved.

    [​IMG] Muddlemosh, this place looks much smaller from the outside than it is on the inside.

    [​IMG] Yes, you're right! The ingenious work of the Dwarven architect brothers Silwush and Ullroshir never ceases to amaze me! But I won't keep you here with small talk. Here's a letter for you. Hmm ... no indication of who wrote it. The messenger who delivered it said it was urgent.

    [​IMG] Let's see, hmm. The magician Rakorium wants me to go to the Temple of Hesinde as soon as possible. He wants me to speak to the temple guardian Dorion of Kuslik. Sounds like there's a problem with the preparations for the Dragon Quest.

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    There’s a small sideroom that will be used for alchemy.

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    There’s a rather yuge garden; what’s useful is that any plants Martin previously picked will be growing here.

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    Upstairs is the room where Forgrimm is going to tell Gladys the story of River of Time.

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    There’s also a room that can’t be entered.

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    [​IMG] Oh. That was Master Boarstock's study. He often stayed in there deep into the night, studying his writings. He also did a lot of work for the Regent in there, which is why the room was always locked. I remember he always carried the key with him.

    [​IMG] What happened to the key?

    [​IMG] It wasn’t found on Ardo. The key has gone.

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    I think you've forgotten the first picture, there's a description, but no picture.

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    Can you loot the place or it's just for show?
     
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  24. abnaxus Arcane

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    Part 16: Stoerrebrandt

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    Martin had to make contact with one of the merchant houses in the harbor; Stoerrebrandt warehouse is closest so he heads over there.

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    [​IMG] Why is the road blocked? I want to get to the warehouse behind you!

    [​IMG] Please, first things first. My name is Laran Dykemiller. I'm the foreman for the Stoerrebrandt Trading Company. The quarrel with the House of Neisbeck has forced us to be especially careful. The master of our company has ordered us to only allow those in our employ to approach the warehouse.

    [​IMG] That sounds good. I'm always looking for a little extra work.

    [​IMG] Haha! You must be joking! What sort of work should I entrust to you? Although... I might have a little job for you.

    [​IMG] Little job? What kind of little job?

    [​IMG] An errand. If you do this for me, maybe we'll find a few other jobs where you can earn a farthing or two. What do you say?

    [​IMG] Very well. I'll run the errand for you.

    [​IMG] Excellent! So, listen carefully: Our messenger boy is ill and he was supposed to fetch an order from 'The Silver Pitcher' tavern today. Go there in his place and bring me the order sheet. It would be good if you could do it as soon as possible. Innkeeper Brewmore will definitely be getting impatient.

    This is p. petty but it’s necessary to get to the bottom of Ardo’s murder.

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    [​IMG] All well and good. But... when do I get my payment for the errand?

    [​IMG] Ah yes, haha! I had completely forgotten that! Here's your payment.

    For more ‘jobs’ Martin needs to return later. For now it’s time to report to the Regent.

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    [​IMG] I managed to join the Stoerrebrandt trading company. Maybe I can learn something useful if I work with them for a while.

    [​IMG] Very good. Continue your investigations, Martin Schulz! You will soon bring the truth to light!

    There’s more interesting stuff going on in the Thieves Guild; Cano has a ‘real’ job to do.

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    [​IMG] So? What’s the job then?

    [​IMG] Well, those cursed Dark Eyes have actually managed to steal one of the most sought-after prizes in Ferdok! And they did it right under our noses! Our own diversionary tactic actually played right into their hands! I can hardly believe it. We were actually attempting the same theft at the same time.

    [​IMG] This is now a matter of honor! We want to steal it back from the Dark Eyes. Sounds like a job for you, don't you think?

    [​IMG] You bet! You can count on me! When do we start?

    [​IMG] Excellent! Thieves of our pedigree can never resist a job of this caliber. Your target is their headquarters here in Wagoner's Home. You must infiltrate their base and remain undetected for as long as possible. We don't want things to come to open conflict between the Dark Eyes gang and the Guild.

    [​IMG] What do you want me to steal from their hideout?

    [​IMG] You probably won't believe it until you hold it in your hands. It is the smithy hammer of a highly venerated noble duke! His favorite tool!

    [​IMG] And this is the prize that the thieves of Ferdok compete for?!

    [​IMG] Look at it like this: Stealing a duke's hammer is almost like cutting off his beard! Whoever manages it enjoys great esteem among thieves. And the Dark Eyes definitely don't deserve that! They only succeeded thanks to our own ingenious diversion, which lured away Growin's guards!

    [​IMG] When you look at it like that, you're right of course. Very well, I must make sure I am undetected. Anything else I need to pay attention to?

    [​IMG] One more thing. The hammer definitely won't be too easy to find. You may well have to search many crates and treasure chests before you get your hands on it. You will have to take special care to ensure you are not discovered. For this reason, you may only take one companion with you. More than two people would be sure to be discovered.

    [​IMG] You will meet Yallik, one of my men in front of the Dark Eyes warehouse. I will mark it for you on your map. Stay inconspicuous, until Yallik gives you a sign. Phex be with you!

    The hideout is not far from Jessica’s house.

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    Obv. Gladys is the one who should head inside with Martin.

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    The stealthy part is not hard since most of the idiots inside are sleeping.

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    The chests contain some useful stuff but the hammer is obv. not in any of the normal chests.

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    One of the thieves lowers a ladder on his own way out, very convenient.

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    Up the ladder just a small distraction is needed to lure the thug away from the counter.

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    Destroying the bridge will do.

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    With the thug gone it’s easy to retrieve the hammer and get out.

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    The reward for all this: the Shadow Gloves, a very good item. +3 to DEX is great for all thievery.

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  25. Falksi Magister

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    Never played any of these, are they worth buying now?

    Baring in mind I love Dragon Age:Origins too.
     
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