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Completed Play-by-Post: In Search of the Sorcerer

Discussion in 'Codex Playground' started by nikolokolus, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Learned

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    "Should we be splitting up? What if the beast appears here? Two people will not be enough to stop it."

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    Cormac likes to hang to the rear, but would not like to be last.
     
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  2. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
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    Yeah, unless the situation demands otherwise, I guess the Bard n' Barbarian will take the lead, followed by Rhenmyr and Ker Gwez, and then Cormac and Urash?
     
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  3. nikolokolus Arcane

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    Fidach shakes his head at Cormac, "The beast has never been seen during the day." He looks up at the heavy cloud-filled sky above, "Doesn't look much past mid-morning laddie. If you all haven't returned by the time sun sets, then I'd say it won't matter much one way or another. If you fail to return, it'll fall to Oona and I to do what we can." He smiles a bit, but it doesn't reach his eyes.
     
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  4. Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Learned

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    Cormac shrugs his shoulders in response to Fidach's comment. "I hope you are right and the beast avoids the daylight. It was frightening enough to face with our large group. "
     
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  5. Grimgravy Augur Patron

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    I don't mind scouting ahead if the need arises, but Eryfkrad's lineup looks good to me.


    "Lets begin our search. The sun won't wait for us."
     
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  6. L'ennui Magister

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    ERYFKRAD's arrangement is as good as squishy Urash can hope for.


    "One is reminded of the hallowed funeral chambers of Agamar. With less sand, gold, scorpions and hyenas, of course. Hum... anyhow."

    Urash takes out a torch, adjusts his backpack's straps on his shoulders and is ready to go.
     
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  7. Helly Translating for brofists Patron

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    Ker also agrees with having meatshields comrades in front and behind.
     
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  8. nikolokolus Arcane

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    Noted

    What are you all doing now?
     
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  9. L'ennui Magister

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    Cautiously, Urash approaches the portico to study it. He focuses on the arch to see if there are any inscriptions or other noteworthy features.
     
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    Water skins filled, Rhenmyr joins Urash by the entrance and waits for the expedition to begin.
     
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  11. nikolokolus Arcane

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    The archway is simply built, made of massive upright granite blocks nearly six feet wide and ten feet tall. A lintel stone of roughly the same dimension spans between them and appears to be under load from the weight of the hillside. Set into the arch is massive, seamless granite plug. Intricate geometric patterns are carved all over its surface and it appears to be fully intact.

    Brule speaks up, "See, just as it was the last time I saw it several months back. The seal is intact. "
     
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  12. Grimgravy Augur Patron

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    "I wonder if there is a another way in."
     
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  13. nikolokolus Arcane

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    Brule frowns, "I don't see how?"
     
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  14. L'ennui Magister

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    Pointing at the lintel stone, Urash opines:

    "I wonder if that will hold when we remove the plug. Perhaps we should prop it up with some logs from the bridge we passed on our way here?"
     
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  15. nikolokolus Arcane

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    Brule looks at Urash incredulously, "Remove the plug? How? It probably took a score of men with levers, ropes and rollers to slide it into place and that was hundreds of years ago."
     
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  16. Helly Translating for brofists Patron

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    "Hum...Rhenmyr, let's look around, maybe some beast dug a hole and found another entrance nearby?"
    Ker searches around for another entrance/hole/strange disturbance.
     
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  17. nikolokolus Arcane

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    The portico around the arch is made of cut limestone, polished smooth by years of rain and wind. (How and where do you search?)
     
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    Ker will follow the secondary path starting from the pool going around the hill, looking for anything like a hole, a well or something.
     
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  19. Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Learned

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    Cormac observes the portico, seeing if he can figure out a way to enter using his knowledge of tombs and burial techniques.
     
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  20. Siveon Bot

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    Marcán inspects the geometric patterns seeing if there's anything familiar about them.
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  21. L'ennui Magister

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    Feeling a bit foolish after Brule's rebuttal, Urash says to him in Pictish:

    "Ah... Um... Yes, the impracticality of it seems rather obvious, now that you mention it."

    Stroking his dark beard with a pensive expression, he then asks Brule:

    "Do you believe this water is channelled into the tomb somehow? A decorative pool, fountains, anything of the sort? That may be our way in."

     
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  22. nikolokolus Arcane

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    Ker carefully inspects the steep-banked gorge walls and the evidence of a mighty flood is even more pronounced along this narrow stream than it is near the pool and other fork. You walk about 50 paces around the bend and the trail you are on completely gives way - a section perhaps 100 feet long has slid into the raging rapids below (at least 30 feet below). In the side of the hill where the land has moved, you can make out a some tumbled masonry jutting out of the muddy bank and a small hole about 2 to 3 feet wide in the middle of these disturbed stones. This hole is precariously perched at least fifteen or twenty feet from where you are standing and there is no easy way to get to it - a treeless and very steep hill rises above and below at probably 50 or 60 degrees.

    The tomb is different to the burial practices of the Kelts, who typically lay the dead to rest in pools and lakes, but you've seen ancient Pictish tombs in the forests near Kaer Eanyn. Just as Brule indicated, the large stone seal blocking the entrance must weigh tons and would have taken an enormous amount of effort to get it into place. The pictographs adorning this seal are not known to you.

    Marcán carefully examines the scene on the tomb. Although weathered by age and some apparent defacement, the pictographs on the seal feature a stylized scene in bas relief: Three attendants in long robes can be seen standing outside a tomb with their arms cocked back over their head. In each of the figure's hand is an object. One looks like a stylized coin, another holds a stylized gemstone, and the last holds a torc (a decorative neck collar worn by Celts in our own antiquity). Underneath the three men is a watery surface with an outstretched hand rising from the depths.

    If there is any other meaning hidden or otherwise, it's beyond your ken.
    Brule shakes his head. "I apologize for my reaction. Truth be told I know you are a sorcerer . . . I was worried you intended to break the seal with your magic. As for water, I do not think so; the damp would quickly spoil a body. I know not what my ancestors did for Ulfheonar, but if this tomb is like any other noble tomb, then it will be lined with chalk and built to preserve the remains and any grave goods for the journey to Otherworld."
     
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  23. Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Learned

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    "I don't see a way to get in so far. This stone must weigh tons and there will be no way for us to move it. There must be another way to get into the tomb. Otherwise I think we will have a near impossible time defeating that beast."
     
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  24. Siveon Bot

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    "Thanks for the vote of confidence, cousin." Marcán says, removing his attention from the pictograph. "All I see from the entrance is some sort ritual, in which we need a coin, a gem and a torc. If I didn't know any better, the hand coming out of the water would be Ulfheonar himself. Brule, do you know anything about this?"
     
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  25. Helly Translating for brofists Patron

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    Ker goes back to the group and tell them about the opening. "There is some chance that flood just gave us an easy way in, but I'm not trying it alone - with my luck I'll slip and get stuck inside!"
     
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