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The group didn’t have far to go. Talin led them down Lower God Row right across from Delver’s Square, then to Bridge Street where they could see the Mane up ahead, but they turned onto the smaller Fenton Street. Avery’s Armor was their destination, and a metal sign with intricate scrollwork and carving hung over the door.

Inside was Avery Tannenboss, a human man. He was speaking with a large litorian who was dressed in furs and a sword on his hip. Avery looked up and instructed them he would be right with them.

“Charnoth, I appreciate your business, but I’m not interested in taking measurements on a bear. How could you guarantee my safety?”

The litorian bristled at this, “Damarion is smarter than most people. He will not attack, he’s my companion…”

“I understand, but he’s still a bear. A mountain of teeth and claws bigger than my hand. Being eaten would be very bad for business.”. Avery was trying to break the tension with a bit of a joke, but that fact was lost on the Litorian. “Listen. You’ve been a good customer, maybe you can bring him to the Stables on Sunrise? I could supervise and tell you how to take the measurements for me, from the safety of outside a cage.”

The lion-man nodded. “Ok. I send word.” Seemingly satisfied he turned and walked out of the building. Vogh and Talin noted the intricate work on his studded leather armor. Green embroidery depicting all manner of forest life ran all over his armor. Leaves, vines, trees, even some small animals rendered in stitching and embossing. The work was beautiful.

Now alone with Avery, Vogh approached with the female breastplate and explained the wanted to sell it. “This is a fine piece. Was this custom made for you? It’s rare to see a full front plate fitted for a female. This will be hard to sell as it will require a woman of the same dimensions, and… er… proportions.” His cheeks reddened a little when discussing the bust size.  “Perhaps you would prefer I add some beautiful decoration and filigree to the plate and you could wear it for ceremonial and dressy purposes?”

Vogh pushed that they were only interested in selling it now, possibly explaining she had much better armor at the moment. “Did you take this to Bull and Bear already?”

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Vogh watched the Litorian with plenty of interest especially after he spoke of a bear being measured.  She had heard of people that had wild animals and that they were called druids.  She had never met or seen one before though.  It was fascinating and she just watched him head right out the door. When Avery called upon her to come forward she pulled out the breastplate.  Once again this man didn’t want to buy it either.  She had an idea this time.  No, it wasn’t made for me, Vogh said as she blushed a bit.  The chest piece was rather large and Vogh hadn’t thought herself so well endowed, as she looked down at herself.  So, for that reason, I need to sell it.  How about we write a promissory note, I can leave it here till it sells or after a month.  If it doesn’t I will come back for it.  What do you say?

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Avery nodded, “A consignment. Yes, I can do that for you.” He produced a parchment, pen and ink bottle. “Write down your information and where I can find you. If and when it sells I’ll be in touch.”

Vogh wrote out her name and to contact them at the Minstrel they thanked the lesser known armorer and headed out. They made the long walk to the tournament grounds and spent their time practicing away. Some gold would be needed to be spent in replacing broken and lost shafts. Thankfully the archery targets faced north, away from the city walls, else someone might have been injured.

Hungry from their exertions with blade and bow Talin recommended returning to the Gatehouse Pub where they had ran into Delemele. As usual, the smaller tavern was quite busy with the many beings that took cargo in and out of the city via caravan. By far a rowdier and less washed group than they encountered at the Minstrel, the lot still seemed to be good, hardy and hard working folks.

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The group ate their dinner and then went back out to the training fields for another 2 hours.  It was early afternoon when the group went back to The Minstrel.  Vogh ordered a hot bath and cleaned up the sweat and salt that had formed on her body.  She knew later in the evening they would train again, but it wouldn’t be as rigorous for her.

Talin was to perform again tonight, though he had the whole night this time.  They all pretty much took it easy and Vogh and the guys trained with Iltumar later on and then back to The Minstrel for bed.

Don’t have much else to do at this moment.  Just waiting on Jessie now.

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Iltumar was improving every time they spared. Vogh took it easy after a hard day training. This time she switched between all 3 trainees. This gave the younger man a taste of facing off against a considerably larger opponent, Sumar, and the wily lizard man, Salsan.

The three ‘adults’ were rather tired after their hard training earlier that day, so none pushed it very hard. As a result Iltumar did better than normal against the sluggish opponents.  Everyone ended sweaty and breathing hard. The young man bid them good night and headed home, then Vogh, Sumar and Salsan returned to the minstrel to enjoy the end of Talin’s set.

The following morning a messenger arrived during breakfast to inform them Jessie was ready and they could leave tomorrow first thing.

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As Vogh and the others were having their morning meal as messenger was ushered to their table and explained that Jessie would be ready to make the trio the next day.  What that meant for them was that they needed to get supplies and be ready.

Vogh made a list of things to get, like rations and basic traveling gear for Salsan and Sumar.  They went shopping after break fast.

I will write a list and price it out in the loot thread for each of them since I already have a mini post for them.

Vogh and the others went to the undercity market to look for the items hoping to get decent deals using her womanly gifts to get a better price.

Depending on the time when they were done Vogh thought about heading into the sewers for a test run with the guys.

Think we can do a quick bit in the sewers?  I will do basic stat blocks for them.

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Ebert’s Outfitter was cheaper for some things so they started there. Vendors in the Undercity Market tended to charge a bit more since their clientele tended to have a bit more coin than the average person. Plus, by showing their delvers Guild membership cards they also got 10% off at Ebert’s.

Vogh wasn’t able to negotiate a better price at Ebert’s, but she did use her wiles on the Undercity vendors to get 10% off with them too. She focused on buying from male vendors, who were used to dealing with rough men and not a beautiful flower of a delver.

Talin bought their own key to the sewer door, only a silver piece, as the guys they accompanied last time already had one. After everyone was outfited and laden with gear they went through the same doors as the last trip into the smelly world below the big city.

Vogh knew Talin wasn’t terribly exited about returning to the sewers, as he expressed. But he understood the logic of testing out their new cohorts. He locked the door behind them to prevent anything leaving these nasty tunnels and entering the Undercity market.

With the door locked behind them, they were on the wide, at this point, stone path which disappeared both directions into the darkness.

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As the entered the sewers, the obtrusive stench that filled her nostrils could never be forgotten.  The air was so heavy down here as well.

Vogh pulled out their torch and as soon as it was out it lit the space.  Vogh remembered where they went the last time and decided a different direction this time was the best option.

You all stay behind us as we go and just keep your eyes peeled for any movement, Vogh said to the men.

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The group moved through the many straight and intersecting tunnels. The bards noticed their human companion lacked the stealth they had honed. However, they were pleasantly surprised by the lizard man’s ability to move quietly. Maybe that was why his captors tied the bells about him.

Sumar was unaccustomed to the stench and kept crinkling and covering his nose. All hoped he didn’t lose breakfast into the green muck. Vogh led them down the widest and easiest paths she could find. She didn’t want to drop off into the sewage

The Bard thought she saw movement ahead, just out of range of her light. Vogh froze and raised the torch higher to illuminate more of the passage, but couldn’t see more.

Ooc: What are you doing not to get lost?

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ooc: Talin is making a map so as not to get lost.

When Vogh saw the movement up ahead she knew that these ratmen were a sneaky lot.  She pulled the torch up in front of her so it could light the way a bit better.

Vogh was pleasantly surprised by the lizardman’s sneakiness.  Though perhaps it was because of his armor.  Sumar, on the other hand, may have well just been hitting a gong to let everything know they were there.  With their weapons drawn already, Vogh began to hum a tune to bolster her allies while advancing towards the movement.

Talin whom had been marking the map had put away his ink and paper and drew his blade and followed behind Vogh.

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I did it! 😀 Roll20 updated.

A section of the carved sewer wall was collapsed, very similar to the first ratman nest Vogh and Talin toured with the four men. Ahead of them another natural cavern opened up. The floor was wet and detritus littered the entire stone path. Footing would not be precarious at it seemed these caverns were hewn by the movement of water, but the ground might be less friendly further in.

A cavern opened and spread out, allowing their magical torch lights to illuminate a large room. Stone walls appeared naturally occuring, smoothed by time and obvious flooding. Sewer, garbage and stagnant water did not coalesce into a pleasant smell. The two ex-slaves seemed not to mind. Likely their duties were not as clean as the daily life of privilege Vogh and Talin had been living.

Beyond their torchlight all could hear the skittering of vermin.

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ooc: Can you give me control of the men as well?

Vogh looked at the small cavern up ahead.  It sure seemed a lot like the one they saw before.  If there was a similar fight to be had up ahead, surely they would be in trouble.  So Vogh and Talin crept forward not trying to be particularly quiet but not wanting to bring more attention to them beyond the light that was foreign in this realm below the undercity.  Both moved forward and motioned for the men to stay about 10ft back of them in case they needed to flee. Vogh moved far enough forward so she could see inside the cavern more fully and also to see if she could see where the noise was coming from.

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In reply to Vogh (msg # 80):

You don’t waste any time 😀 1:15am here and still working… Control granted to other 2 guys.

The bards proceeded quietly and cautiously (rolls?) They still could not see what was making the noise and sounds always echoed strangely in these underground caverns. The room opened up and rounded a corner into another passage.

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08:37, Today: Vogh rolled 26,11 using d20+6,d20+3.  vogh then Talin move silent.

The room seemed empty so Vogh and Talin moved even further to take a peek around the corner of the tunnel they were in, hoping to see further to their left.

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A strange section of black and white alternating tiles stood to one side, two tunnels continued off either side of the caverns, but a group of dire rats were skittering around, nibbling on trash and other carcases in the room and took notice of their approach.

No need for initiative, you all can just act first.

(woah, run on sentence! :D)

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Vogh looked to the men behind her and said.  Pull out those spears, I want you to find from behind Talin and me.  We will line so they don’t come through.  Just do as you practiced.  Vogh then began her song and let her blade pick up the tune.  As it began humming she advanced.  Talin went to Vogh’s right and the men fell in behind.

They saw the rats and just waited for them to come.  As soon as they were in range they each unleashed their readied attacks.

Salsan and Sumar poke a rat 16:03, Today: Vogh rolled 27,10,20,14,12,14 using d20+10,d8+8,5d6,d20+10,d8+8,5d6.

Talin slashes at a rat 16:00, Today: Talin rolled 17,17,20 using d20+13,d8+14,5d6.

Vogh slashes at a rat 15:59, Today: Vogh rolled 27,18,16 using d20+15,d8+14,5d6.

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The troop make fast work of the first four rats, the other four rushed forward to nip and bite at their ankles and feet. Vogh and Sumar both avoided the gnashing teeth, but Salsan’s large reptilian feet were not so fast (3 dmg), and Talin took a hit too (4 dmg).

[Private to GM: Both Talin & Salsan failed their disease save. 15:26, Today: Secret Roll: DM, for the NPC Talin Salsan, rolled 7,8 using 1d20+5,1d20+3. DC 11 Fort Save Rat Disease.

incubation period 1d3 days, damage 1d3 Dex and 1d3 Con. The save DC is Constitution-based]

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Messed up the names of the men.  So Sumar actually got hit.  He has 9 HP left.

Vogh and Talin both swing their blades once more at the rats, but Talin was feeling a little pain from the bite and it interfered with his swing but still killing the rat.
07:37, Today: Vogh rolled 32,15,23 using d20+15,d8+14,5d6.
07:37, Today: Talin rolled 14,19,18 using d20+13,d8+14,5d6.

Both men poked forward at the rats in front of them as well
07:37, Today: Vogh rolled 18,11,18,29,14,14 using d20+10,d8+8,5d6,d20+10,d8+8,5d6.  rats.

With no more rats about Vogh asks, is everyone okay?  Salsan one got you, I saw. Is it okay?  Sumar just nodded his head.  He was a big guy and the little bite didn’t have too much effect on him at this time.  Talin nodded as well, I am fine let’s lets push forward and see what is here.

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Vogh and Talin cautiously approached the area of alternating color tiles. The area certainly seemed out of place in this cavern below ground. There were no buttons or trip wires or pressure plates anywhere around the strange alternating patchwork.

Salsan and Sumar poked at the rat bodies and hollered out that they found a few valuable bobbles. They found a couple dozen silver coins, chewed on, as well as a jasper (60gp) and a moss agate (12gp) which also had been marred by bites, but would still be valuable.

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Make sure to cut off the tails, we should be able to get something for them.  Vogh says to Salsan as they rummage through the rat bodies looking for anything.  Once that was done, Vogh told the others to back out of the cavern.  She did likewise but not before picking up a dead rat.  As she backed out she tossed the rat onto the colored tiled floor.  Unsure what was going to happen she peeked around the corner.

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The trap was a simple one, the tiles the rat hit simply collapsed into a spiked pit trap
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As the floor collapsed when the rat hit the section she aimed for, Vogh what thankful they didn’t test it with themselves.  She did though look over the edge to see if there was anything inside before moving on down the right passageway.

As they neared an open area Vogh was reminded about the last open area they were in and had that huge battle with the ratmen.  Softly she began to hum and it filled those near her strengthening them with her musical power.  Vogh then edged up to the right edge to look around the corner so she could see more of the space.

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The cavern opened into a huge underground room with a large pool of brackish water sitting without movement. A rock ceiling extended above their heads, easily triple their height. As the two bards moved into the room the water did start to move and four disgusting, emaciated bodies raised from the pond, moving directly for them.

The beasts moved faster than they anticipated and two closed with Vogh and Talin. Neither of the initial attacks connected with the always ready bards. Vogh and Talin slapped their clawing hands and snapping mouths back with clear swords humming with musical power.

13:05, Today: DM rolled 17 using 1d20+2.  Initiative Ghouls.

13:04, Today: DM rolled 15,14 using 1d20+3,1d20+7.  Initiative: Vogh / Talin.

Two guys will go after Talin.

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As Vogh changed her tune and her sword picked up the melody, Talin lunged forward with his blade to slash at one of the ugly dead things.

09:51, Today: Talin rolled 16,22,17 using d20+13,d8+14,5d6.  Talin attack the dead.

Salsan saw the dead things attack Vogh and Talin and it unnerved him so that when he stabbed forward that he completely missed.  Sumar had a little more luck as he stabbed forward finding flesh.

09:50, Today: Vogh rolled 11,9,14,17,14,15 using d20+10,d8+8,5d6,d20+10,d8+8,5d6.  Salsan and Sumar attacks

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Sumar was surprised when his spear connected with the hideous, animated corpse, but he was even more shocked when fire extended from his spear and consumed the emaciated thing. It dropped to the ground, twitching.

The three remaining could not get past the group’s defenses, clear swords and stabbing spears kept them from scoring any hits.

11:31, Today: DM, for the NPC Gouls, rolled 11,6,17,4,5,5 using 1d20+4,1d6+1,1d20+4,1d6+1,1d20+4,1d6+1.  Vogh/Talin/Salsan.

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Vogh now full of song and her blade singing as well slashes at the ghoul to her right hoping to drop it quick.

18:44, Today: Vogh rolled 29,16 using d20+15,d8+14.  attack the ghoul to her right.

Talin barely escaped the jaws of the Ghoul he had missed barely and took another slash growling.  This time his blade connects and flames leap from his blade as it hits the ghoul burning it dead.
18:47, Today: Talin rolled 17,20,16 using d20+13,d8+14,5d6.  kill the one to his left.

Salsan is inspired by the fighting of the two bards and as he steps back to make room for a stab he then lunges forward with his spear.  This time he was able to stab the ghoul and it too burned leaving none of the ghouls standing.
18:49, Today: Salsan Sumar rolled 20,15,27,12,9,15 using d20+10,d8+8,5d6,d20+10,d8+8,5d6.  kill the ghoul.

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With the Ghouls dead, Vogh and the others began looking around the open space for anything out of the ordinary.  Salsan even probed the water after Vogh asked him too and as he did he saw something inside and dove in before Vogh could protest.  Soon he came back out with a chest in his hands.  After a little help tVogh looked over the chest and found that it was trapped, unfortunately, she accidentally tripped the trap and an arrow shot into her forearm.  Pulling the arrow out she went to the trap once more.  Finally, it was disarmed and then she worked on the lock.  It was a tough one but after some time and some sweat, she heard the telltale click.  She sprung the lid open and saw a lot of gold glittering back at her.  She also found a scroll.  Unrolling it she read it to see what it was.

Once all was said and done Vogh and Talin decided it was time to take their reward and head back up.

Once back at The Minstrel Vogh divided up the winnings to everyone. 78.25gp each.

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The group moved back up past the dead rats and the tile trap to round the bend and their noses start to crinkle. Vogh and Talin knew this smell well. The detritus of ratmen and their lair. Piles and piles of filth were illuminated as they rounded the bend.

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Staying at the bend (I moved the tokens) Vogh and the others stopped.  She knew that if they were going to head into the large chamber they were more than likely going to get flanked.  That meant more things could attack them and it would be harder to defend.  She started her music then bolstering the others once more with her soothing words.  With blades out already they were ready.

Vogh hoped the music would bring the ratmen to them instead of heading into the nest, which she really didn’t want to do.

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Getting hit by the arrow, Vogh growls as her blade catches the music and she begins a more harsh chorus.  The magic taking hold of her companions.  She then advances out front 30ft for she knows she can’t charge at the beasts over the debris.

Talin tells the two to stay back till Vogh and him engage in melee.  Then they could advance.
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You’ve got to be kidding me… out of 4d2, Talin got Hit every time! haha

DM rolled 8 using 4d2 with rolls of 2,2,2,2.  1=V and 2=T.

Ratmen, rolled 24,8,22,1,12,8,23,8 using 1d20+4,1d8,1d20+4,1d8,1d20+4,1d8,1d20+4,1d8.

Inextricably one arrow misses Vogh, then another passed her by and thudded into Talin. Two more arrows stabbed into the man as well. (8+1+8=17 dmg on T)

On top of that, ratlings rushed from the piles of detritus straight toward both bards. Both dodged and parried as fast as they could. One small sword of the bipedal little ratmen slipped through Talin’s defenses, opening a cut.

Ratlings, rolled 80,14,11 using 6d20,6d4,6d2 with rolls of 10,11,18,15,19,7,
1,3,2,2,2,4,
2,2,1,2,2,2.  Bite +2 / Damage / 1=V,2=T.

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Vogh wasn’t sure how many rats or ratmen there were so she dropped her song which would linger in the minds of her friends for a while longer and decided to cast a spell that would hasten their actions.

Cast http://www.d20srd.org/srd/spells/haste.htm lasting 7 rounds. Concentraion check is 16:50, Today: Vogh rolled 20 using 1d20+11 ((9)).

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Talin suddenly feels a rush of power enter his body and his actions are sped up.  You will pay for that rats.  He growls at them.  He slices his blade out at the first  dispatched the nasty thing.

16:54, Today: Talin rolled 24,15,19,26,15,18 using d20+13,d8+14,5d6,d20+13,d8+14,5d6 ((11,1,2,3,6,3,5,13,1,4,4,3,5,2)). 

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Sumar moves forward as all the rats move towards his new friends and stabs one with his spear.

16:58, Today: Salsan Sumar rolled 17,11,21,14,15,17 using d20+11,d8+8,5d6,d20+11,d8+8,5d6 ((6,3,4,4,4,5,4,3,7,6,6,2,2,1)).

Salsan likewise moved out from cover and stabbed out with his spear at one of the rats remaining around Talin.

17:01, Today: Salsan Sumar rolled 21,13,20,18,12,22 using d20+11,d8+8,5d6,d20+11,d8+8,5d6 ((10,5,2,6,2,5,5,7,4,4,4,4,6,4)).

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Talin, Salsan and Sumar dispatched the little beasts around Talin, but Vogh still had three, and two more rushed from the piles to attack. Then the four were vollying arrows from the protection of the rubbish piles. Thankfully none of the archers hit anything.

Then, yet another, much larger, problem appeared in the form of the largest ratman any had ever seen. After the rat archers fired, a ratman stepped from the shadows onto the piles of junk, crushing things under his feet, as he crunched forward toward the humans.

Only one little sword slipped through the defensive movements of Vogh (2 dmg), while Talin and Salsan easily kept the ratlings at bay.

Ratmen, rolled
9,4,
11,4,
13,1,
5,2,
10 using 1d20+4,1d8,1d20+4,1d8,1d20+4,1d8,1d20+4,1d8,4d4 with rolls of 5,4,7,4,9,1,1,2,
2,3,2,3.

Ratlings,
rolled 73,7 using 5d20,5d4 with rolls of
17,11,20,13,12,
2,1,2,1,1.  Bite +2 / Damage (1-3 on v), 4=t, 5=salsan.

 

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Vogh filled with power swung her blade at the rats below her feet with wild abandon.  Song filling her lungs once more with a power of the elemental world of fire.  She slices her blade through two rats, which now made four pieces on the bloody spot they lay.

19:45, Today: Vogh rolled 36,21,17 using d20+16,d8+14,5d6.  second rat.
19:45, Today: Vogh rolled 31,19,16 using d20+16,d8+14,5d6.  first rat.

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Sumar glad to have taken care of one of the rats moved to intercept the one on Talin as Talin stepped back to cast a spell.  His spear tip easily piercing the rat killing it dead.

19:49, Today: Salsan Sumar rolled 23,13,17,24,12,17 using d20+11,d8+8,5d6,d20+11,d8+8,5d6.  Rat kebob.

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Talin had taken a step back and began his spell, he pulled out some ground mica from his pack and while incanting the proper arcane words he waved his hand quickly in front of him spreading the mica before him.  His last word was one of power which dispersed the mica all over the ratmen.

Cast http://www.d20srd.org/srd/spells/glitterdust.htm  Will save DC16 or be blinded.

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Salsan dodged skillfully the rat at his feet and then stepped back far enough to be able to engage his spear on the rat.

19:56, Today: Salsan Sumar rolled 21,9,18,14,10,13 using d20+11,d8+8,5d6,d20+11,d8+8,5d6.  Salsan attack.

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The largest rat cried out in anger, and immediately swung his big sword defensively in front of him, indicating Talin’s spell had worked. Four arrows streaked out once more.

Salsan (5 dmg) and Talin (5 dmg) each took arrows. One of the arrows went stupid wide, alluding one of those ratmen was blinded too.

The biggest brute moved forward, still swinging blind.

[Private to GM: Hidden (Search DC 30) Trapped and Locked Strong Wooden Chest (Open Lock DC 30, break DC 25; hard 5, 20 hp) Arrow Trap: CR 1; mechanical; location trigger; manual reset; Atk +12 ranged (2d6/x3); Search DC 22; Disable Device DC 22 300 gp; Arcane Scroll (Identify (125 gp), Animal Messenger (200 gp)) (total 325 gp); hoard total 625 gp]

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Having finished his spell Talin heard the large ratman get frustrated and began swinging wildly.  Talin knew he failed his save and the spell made him blind.  Talin then moved to engage in the large ratman.

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So hit AC27 for 37 dam and AC20 for 35 dam.

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Vogh finished off the little rats and then advanced as she saw the large ratman advance.  It was blinded from Talin’s spell so vogh had an easier target.


16:21, Today: Vogh rolled 24,21,12,30,19,16 using d20+16,d8+14,5d6,d20+16,d8+14,5d6. 2 attacks on big guy
Hitting AC26 for 33 dam and AC32 for 35 dam.

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When the large rat fell in the nests quite dead the other ratmen in the back dropped their bows and rushed forward with blades being drawn.  Vogh worked her blade to parry a blow but wasn’t able to block the other as it slipped past her defenses.  Talin likewise was able to deflect blows from the smaller ratmen easily enough.  Together with Salsan and Sumar they took out the 3 rats before them, leaving nothing but bloody stains and mangled rat hair.

18:52, Today: Sumar rolled 31,16,24,23,11,20 using d20+11,d8+8,5d6,d20+11,d8+8,5d6.
18:52, Today: Salsan rolled 16,15,16,15,13,21 using d20+11,d8+8,5d6,d20+11,d8+8,5d6.
18:51, Today: Talin rolled 19,21,24,17,15,19 using d20+13,d8+14,5d6,d20+13,d8+14,5d6.
18:49, Today: Vogh rolled 34,21,16,27,15,21 using d20+16,d8+14,5d6,d20+16,d8+14,5d6.

They advanced on the last rat and finished him off easily enough.  Once that was all complete they cut off the tails and Vogh cast detect magic and began looking around.

Talin wounded quite a bit decided to use his new belt to see how it worked.  Healing 20 points of damage as his wounds began to mend themselves before his eyes.  “Vogh, this belt is great!!”

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The group left the rest of the caverns unexplored, taking the two chests they found, and a large number of rat tails, including the largest one they had ever seen.

All four retraced their steps back to the locked door which led to the locked gate and finally into the Undercity Market once more. They headed to a station to turn in their tails and collect their gold. Then returned to the Minstrel to check over both chests, all they found, and handle their newfound wealth.

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When Vogh and the others showed up at The Minstrel it was still quite early and not very busy.  It was between meals and as usual, the staff was just getting ready for the next rush of patrons.  With the haul of coin they had just received and the amount of coin they had upstairs, Vogh stopped by the counter to ask Telleth a question about where a safe place would be to keep the coins.  Telleth, we have had quite a bit of luck with our adventures of late and I wanted to ask you where you keep your coin for what you make here at The Minstrel.

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Tellith raised her eyebrows a bit then nodded. “Well, the Minstrel doesn’t have a great deal of coin. It’s an expensive business to run, and not wildly profitable.” Vogh knew the young woman was hedging a bit, while not lying completely. “What little surplus we have either our owner holds or we store some at Hammersong Vaults. They are very secure and have not lost a coin to thieves in many years.”

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Vogh nodded, as she knew of the place. Any thief of enough skill to circumvent the security of Hammersong was more likely to go after bigger targets anyway. She thanked Tellith and moved away.

The four of them were to meet Jessie the following morning to head out and meet the goblins with this supposed stash of magic items to sell.

You can do anything else you want before the following morning, so if I fast forwarded too far, just post what you did prior.

They shared a meal together then retired to their separate rooms.

The following morning they all met in the common room, shared breakfast then finally left the Minstrel to meet Jessie outside the Rogue Moon office. Jessie awaited them, speaking with the wagon driver from atop a steady Appaloosa, front half black, and rump white with black spots. Two more horses were tied to the back of the single horse, open, flat-bed wagon. Both were already fully tacked, tossing their manes side to side in irritation at being so tied and stationary.

Vogh, Talin, Salsan and Sumar walked up to the woman and looked up at her stop her mount, from where she greeted them

“Well, it’s a pleasure to see you miss Vogh and mister Talin.” The affable woman said with a smile. “I hope today will be a profitable, and rather boring, trek.” Jessie wore studded leather armor, but had no weapon other than a simple dagger at her hip. “It seems you have added compatriots?” She frowned a bit at this, “I hope you intend to keep our original deal?”

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Hammersong Vault was definitely the place they needed to go.  First though Vogh and Talin needed to go sell the stuff they just got and get the money for the rat tails.  Salsan and Sumar, you both don’t have to come with us.  Why don’t you both just take the rest of the day for yourselves.  Talin and I will be back later.  We are going to go put our winnings away and then get the reward for the tails.

Salsan and Sumar agreed and moved off as Vogh and Talin went upstairs and grabbed their belongings.  They left all 3 chests in the room though for future earnings or items.  They then made their way over to see Iltumar and sell the wares from the ratmen before heading over to Hammersong Vault.

Had to go back in time of course.  We will catch up with Jessie and your post after this.

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Their first stop was the Bull and Bear where Iltumar was happy to see them, and quickly came up with a fair price for the less-than-pristine armor. They only got 3 gold a piece for the ratty leather armor from the four ratmen. He gave them two thrones for the cobbled together armor pieces they collected off the really big rat. Iltumar apologized that he couldn’t do better, but all of the items would require fixing to be resold.

The young man was also disappointed when Vogh warned him she was leaving the city on work and might not return in enough time to train that night. But he smiled and said he would settle for details of their adventures.

Next, just across the Square Rastor looked at the oversized sword, the four knicked ratman blades, and bows. All of them were in rough condition so the litorian took a few thrones off the half-price for each item, but over fifty thrones was still a good take.

Finally a quick stop off at the church got them another good haul of coin. Talin, always the nervous gnome, insisted they hire a carriage considering all the wealth they had on them to head to Hammersong.

Hammersong Vaults was in Oldtown, unsurprisingly. The carriage ascended the steep ramp then took the road which allowed them to overlook the buildings below the cliff and beyond out to the Bay. Up Whipstone Street they rolled and they stopped before a small, windowless, all brick building before they reached the Arena ahead.

The dwarf, Ollam Hammersong, built various lockboxes and vaults in and below the structure and rented space in them for people to store their valuables.

The iron door into Hammersong Vaults had a triple lock and a guard stood outside on the street eyeing the duo as they approached. A tightly braided beard reached to the gold buckle which held together a banded steel belt, around interlocking metal plate armor. Neither Bard held any inclination they would penetrate that steel exoskeleton before feeling the crushing blow from either heavy mace hanging on his belt.

With a gruff voice that sounded like gravel being crushed he halted them, “Ya got lease papers?” Neither did, and once explained he asked for their imperial papers, which both had. The metal clad guard looked them over and jerked his head up when handing back the documents. After rapping metal knuckled gloves on the door it swung open to reveal a human, equally well armored, waiting for them to enter.

Both stepped through the door and it clanked shut behind them, sealing out the sun and leaving only the unwavering light of magical sconces on the wall. Another dwarf guard stood on the other end of the room, and a dwarf woman, they thought, approached them with kinder welcome.

The female dwarf wore fine clothing of various colors. A well made dress was crossed with two gem colors of rich blue and emerald green. She wore no weapon or armor, but it was clear none would survive attacking her in this place.

“Greetings visitors. I be Karsha Hammersong. Are ya looking to rent a place to store your loot?” Upon their agreement she explained the prices and availability.

Each vault below their current level was made of three-inch-thick iron plates, double-locked. Vaults were three sizes: small (two feet square, 10 gp per month), medium (four feet square, 18 gp per month) and large (10 feet square, 30 gp per month).

Lockboxs were made of iron a half-inch thick. They were all chained to a wall and locked. The lockboxes themselves were kept in a vaultlike room with a three-inch-thick locked iron door. All lockboxes measure twelve inches by eight inches by four inches. Rent for them is 2 gp per month.

Renters get a key to their vault or lockbox, but not a key into the building.

Karsha went through the list and details like she had recited them hundreds of time in her life and waited for any questions from the two humans.

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Once through the Hammersong doors, Vogh looked about.  The place was a fortress as she had heard many rumors.  When the female approached Vogh greeted her back, Greetings Karsha I am Vogh and this is my, Vogh paused a moment at the word not knowing what to say before Talin piped in with “Friend”We would like to rent one of your Large boxes to place our hard earned cash and other items.  Vogh listened to all the ins and outs about the security of the place and only had one question, if the place is somehow breached and our items are stolen, are they replaced with equal value?

If all was taken care of then Vogh gave 30 gold to take care of the first months’ rent and then place all their items within.

I will edit my post in the loot to say what they kept out….

Once all business was taken care of Vogh and Talin returned back to The Minstrel.  Talin had a set to put on for the night and Vogh had some training to conduct with the new recruits and Iltumar.

Once the night was over she and everyone went to bed.

Fast forward to your post from before…

When they saw Jessie and the greetings were made, Vogh was happy to get underway.  She too hoped that the exchange would go smooth and they would make some easy money.  Yes, yes, the original deal is still in place, Jessie.  No need to worry about their pay.  We are covering that.  So we know what to expect.  Are you capable of any combat or support with arcane or divine gifts? Vogh asked with hope in her tone.

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Karsha Hammersong explained that no losses were covered in the event of a theft, but she adamantly reassured the two humans that no one had ever stolen from a Hammerson vault. That satisfied both bards to leave behind their cadre of wealth with these folks.

Talin breathed much easier once they stepped outside the fortified building and he gave Vogh a smile. “It feels much better to have all that under guarded lock and key. Let’s hustle and meet up with Jessie to add some valuable circles to our piles.” Talin chuckled at his own joke and whistled for another carriage, making sure to get a four seater to retrieve Salsan and Sumar then head to the Rogue Moon office.

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The woman nodded, visibly relieved, with Vogh’s explanation of Salsan and Sumar’s compensation.

“Unfortunately I never had time to train in the arts, magical or martial. That’s why I needed to hire you good folks.” Jessie flashed Vogh a smile.

It was later in the morning than Jessie had wanted to leave, but she made due with what they had. The human and lizardman would have to ride on the open bed wagon since no additional horses had been procured.

Several hours before the sun would reach its highest the group rolled and rode through the South Market Gate, leaving the towering walls of Ptolus behind. Vogh had not been out of the city since her return many months ago. Talin had not been outside for over a year. Jessie shared she had not been outside the gates in many years.

“Never had much reason to ever leave the city, you know?” The middle aged woman offered.

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The group passed through the gate with a collection of a dozen commoners who were carrying heavy tools, obviously getting ready for a hard day’s work outside the city. Doing what, none of them knew.

With cloudy, but rain-less skies Jessie headed the group through the shantie area outside the South Gate and finally on the open road heading South away from the great city. This close to the metropolis the road was paved with cobblestones and well maintained.

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Vogh hadn’t thought about getting horses for Salsan nor Sumar.  She didn’t know if they could ride either.  As they were heading out though she asked the question for further knowledge about the two men.

As they exited Ptolus, Vogh remembered that long ago day when she had left.  It brought back some sad memories, but also some good times as well.  When she saw the commoners leaving with different tools and such she made sure to chit-chat with them and wish them a wonderful day and good tidings.

Once outside the shanty area just outside the city gates, Vogh took a deep breath of air.  It was not quite midday yet and she was thankful the rain wasn’t coming down.  The ride on her mount was pleasant enough as the rode was still well traveled.  She chatted lightly with the others but kept her eyes on the sides of the road.  Adventuring has sharpened her senses to the dangers of the wild so she put those senses to good use.

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The common workers nearly halted with Vogh addressing them, to a man they smiled up at her and spoke amicably as she passed, enjoying the site of such a beautiful woman. All shook their heads in wonder with a fond memory to begin their labors.

Both Salsan and Sumar shared they had never sat a horse in their lives, having always lived in Ptolus. Few people ever rode horses, and both had always been poor or slaves. They were content to ride on the rumbling wagon, enjoying the view of the countryside.

Talin had not been out of the city for a great long time, and ironically he was more relaxed out here than in town. He chuckled at Vogh’s watch of the grassy fields and tree lines off the road. The bard felt even more secure out here in the open. Walking by an alley could allow one to be jumped quickly, but here he felt like everything was so open and far away from him.

The air was crisp and clean. No city smells of body odor, garbage or filth assaulted their senses. Only the sweet smell of wild flowers filled their nostrils. Talin smiled broadly as he took it all in. “It’s amazing out here. My lady, we must leave the city more often I feel.”

Jessie was as shifty and more nervous as Vogh, not at all relaxed like Talin. “Don’t let your guard down Master Talin. You never know where bandits may hide. Since our wagon is empty, it’s unlikely we will be assaulted, but even hose flesh and an empty wagon is enough for some.”

The wagon driver, Tosobon, kept the vehicle moving at a good pace. He handled the reins and navigated the road with obvious experience. When asked, Toss, a short, middle-aged, human, explained he had driven hundreds of miles for Rogue Moon and was happy to help Miss Jessie for some extra coin. “This wagon is more than it seems as well.” He winked at the duo but wouldn’t say any more.

Cobblestone gave way to gravel as Ptolus receded behind them. Tosobon almost never drove a straight line, but was constantly working the horses left and right to spare the wagon holes and ruts in the road. Night was falling and Jessie was getting more and more fidgety. “We should be very close. Lipthsu spoke of trees with a watering hole that had a stone in the middle, which I believe is right over there.” She pointed a few hundred yards off the road to a copse that certainly fit the description.

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As afternoon turned to evening. Vogh though not visibly on the outside, was ever more conscious of her surroundings.  With the dark brings boldness like nothing else.  City or country it didn’t matter to those that liked to hide in the darkness to strike out at those they thought were vulnerable.

Everyone keep your head on a swivel.  The goblins may very well be spying us from the woods as we speak.
  Vogh said and then turned to Jessie, How were you supposed to meet?  Is there a signal or something?  Or do we just wait?

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“Lipthsu said pass the copse of trees and pond and his people would see us coming.”

Everyone had stopped and remained on the road. Salsan and Sumar both jumped down from the wagon and moved to opposite sides, looking into the dark.

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Vogh didn’t like that this was how they were supposed to meet up with the goblins.  They were wide open.  Okay everyone, get behind the shields and be on the defensive in case there is an attack coming.  Vogh said to everyone.

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Vogh, Talin and Jessie dismounted. Jessie stayed behind Vogh and Talin, nervous to be moving forward in the dark.

Salsan and Sumar kept their defensive positions around the wagon as the trio moved off into the dark. They could see the magical torchlight of the two everburning torches vogh and talin carried, but even that disappeared once the walking group passed beyond the trees.

The bards and their employer skirted the trees, watching them closely for ambush, and continued to move past them. The prairie was open and expansive with wildflowers and grasses past their waists swaying in a light evening breeze. Their torches illuminated several paces beyond them, then all was blackness in the cloudy night.

As they walked up an constant slope their eyes darted all around, searching for any hint of the goblins or ambush. Crickets sounded all around them as a constant chirping. Bugs flitted up into their faces and tickled skin. Far off they heard the cries of some kanines howling back and forth at one another. So many sounds, so unlike the city environ they were all accustomed to did not help any of their nerves.

Then everyone stood on edge when they heard a shout. Vogh knew the language to be goblin and the simple command of Halt was obvious. None of them could see through the blackness.

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Vogh’s blade came to her hand at the foreign tongue that came out to the trio.  Vogh could tell by the tone that she should stop and she held out her arm to stop Jessie and Talin.

Vogh turned back to Jessie and asked, do you speak goblin?  Or do they speak our tongue as well?

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Jessie shook her head. “No. I don’t speak their tongue. Lipthsu spoke the common tongue when we met.”

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Vogh nodded and then called out to the goblin in the goblin tongue.  It was something she had picked up when she was out of the city the first time.  It was so foreign to her though she hoped she didn’t mess it up.

We are here to meet your leader Lipthsu.  We not come to fight, but to make trade.  Vogh says as she lowers her blade showing the fact to be true.

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The trio looked at each other as shouting erupted. Obviously two of the creatures were arguing. With them talking so fast an furious Vogh had a hard time understanding, but it was clear one of the goblins was okay with it while the other was very angry. Finally the calmer one won out and they heard a single voice from the dark.

“You wait. We come.”

Several minutes past, to the point they were all getting very edgy. Talin started moving around, holding his light high, expecting an ambushing ring of goblins to be closing on them any second.

Just as their patience was about to give out another voice came from the dark, this one in the common tongue. “What be your name?”

Jessie offered hers immediately, since she expected the speaker to be Lipthsu. She was correct as he came into their torch light, squinting against the bright flames. His eyes glowed red, and he stood as any average goblin. But he spoke their language fairly well, with the misordering of words typical among those who learn the tongue secondarily.

Liptshu was dressed in leather clothing, far better kept than any goblin Vogh or Talin had encountered before. The two guards, one of which was clearly seething in anger, were equally well outfitted and equipped. Both held what would be short spears to the humans, but were far taller than the green men. And each had on studded leather armor. Each suit had been modified to fit the smaller frames, but even then they were better kempt than any goblinkin.

“Welcome Jessie!” Liptshu beamed, a great smile that took up most of his small face. “It be wonderful to finally see you. You come to help sell magic? Who these two?”

Jessie nodded and confirmed, then shook his offered hand. Finally she introduced Vogh and Talin.

“Put weapons away. Come inside, see.”

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Vogh nodded to the little goblin whom seemed to be well dressed for one of his kind.  As she is introduced Vogh says in the goblin tongue, nice to meet you and a pleasure to do business with you.  She puts her blade away as well.

Talin just nods and puts his blade away.

Vogh not sure she wants to just head wherever the goblin meant with leaving Salsan, Sumar and the driver alone relents hoping all will be fine.

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Both guards flanked the group and followed dutifully behind as their leader walked forward toward a hillock. He pushed through a bramble of brush which concealed a cave entrance. The guards did not follow them inside, but remained out. However, just inside two more goblins, similarly outfitted stood from their seats and fell, lazily, in behind the three humans.

It was obvious the cave was a natural formation, but the goblins had made some minor modifications. Several crude doors blocked access to other rooms or tunnels. Some of the “doors” were nothing more than wood hammered together and leaned against the openings without hinges of any sort.

Liptshu led them down the main corridor and gestured them into a side room. The three humans had to duck a bit as the roof of this small cave was lower than the passage they traversed. A crude desk, clearly damaged and old, sat near the back of the roughly round area. The goblin walked around the piece of furniture and sat on a small stool. There were no other seats in the room.

He opened a drawer in the desk and laid and item on the desk. Before them lay a silver circle with no indication of what it did. Once Vogh cast detect magic she could sense a faint transmutation.

[Private to GM: Circlet of Persuasion

This silver headband grants a +3 competence bonus on the wearer’s Charisma-based checks.

Faint transmutation; CL 5th; Craft Wondrous Item, eagle’s splendor; Price 4,500 gp.]

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The simple spell showed the item to certainly be magical in nature, but if it were the only thing Vogh would be disappointed.  Vogh nodded to the others confirming their suspicions.  It is magical she said.  Liptshu, may I call you that?  How many more items do you have?  Is our wagon enough to carry it all?  Or will you be helping carry what you are wanting to sell?

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Lipthsu smiled and nodded. “We have more. You take few things and bring us coins, then we give you more.”

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Vogh smiled at the goblin.  We are able to get a much better deal if we have more items.  Are you sure you want less gold?  The reason why I am along is to see to it that you not only have the merchandise but to also make sure you get the right deal.  I am a businesswoman who has dealt with those in the city that would be purchasing the items you are wishing to sell. 

21:44, Today: Vogh rolled 33 using 1d20+16.  diplomacy.

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Lipthsu was clearly struggling, looking at the item, and the humans, weighing her words, then back at the item, the floor, them, and around again.

“I go. If you want more, then I gotta go with you.” The small goblin nodded his head once, to indicate he had made up his mind.

[Private to GM: 1,10, Elixir of vision 250 gp
1,86, Necklace of fireballs type V 5,850 gp
1,93, Horn of goodness 6,500 gp
2,12, Deck of illusions 8,100 gp
2,55, Gloves of Dexterity +4 16,000 gp
3,46 Eyes of charming 56,000 gp
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Vogh didn’t have that in mind when she talked the goblin into more items.  She just didn’t want to have made this trip for one lousy magic item.  She didn’t even know the price of the thing.  How much would she make off the job she had no idea, but with 7 total items now.  She stood more of a chance to make some gold.  Perhaps even she could get one of the items if it was worth it.  Vogh was already running through her mind what needed to happen before they sold the items.  They would need to be identified for sure to make sure they were counterfeit.  Then they would need to be appraised.  Then finding the best buyer to make the most out of the whole deal.  She didn’t know what part Jessie would play in all of this and of course, she had her share as well.

Vogh agreed with the goblin leader and as Lipthsu said he would have two bodyguards Vogh nodded, she knew it had to be done.  Just make sure that your guards are on their best behavior or they will get tossed in prison or killed before they know it.  Vogh waited for Lipthsu to gather the items and any gear they wanted to bring before heading back to the wagon.  She called out to Sumar and Salsan to let them know it was them and with 3 orcs as well.  Not wanting to stop, Vogh suggested they all push through the night.  They couldn’t take the chance to camp with the valuables they were carrying.

Once the sun broke the horizon Vogh knew they were getting close to Ptolus and home.  They picked up the pace to make it before the sun was full of the horizon.  As they neared the gates there was another problem they would have to figure out.  These goblins didn’t have papers.  That doesn’t mean they can’t enter, but it does mean it would take some time to process.  After a good hour wait, they were finally through the gates.  Along the way, Vogh had explained to Lipthsu that the deal wouldn’t be done right out because there was information to be found.  Unless of course, Lipthsu knew what the items were already.  Vogh also asked Jessie what she had planned for once the items were in the city.

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It was a dangerous decision to travel through the night, but everyone agreed it was less dangerous than setting up a camp and waiting for morning, considering their cargo.

The trio of goblins proved to be quite a boon for the nocturnal travel. With eyes glowing red, it was possible for them to see in pure black, and even with the cloudy skies they could see a great deal better than the humans.

In fact, it was the goblins who alerted the troop to a near ambush. A trio of orcs with a worg snarling rushed the wagon, but with Lipthsu’s warning they had plenty of time to react. Both the goblin guards threw spears at the kanine, while Salsan and Sumar stood atop the wagon and battled two of the orcs away. Vogh and Talin felled the third orc with a couple well placed arrows. The human and the lizard man stayed their ground and impressed the group with how far they had come. Long spears gripped in their hands, neither relented as the orcs pressed them, and before either of the bards could assist, both orcs were down.

Unfortunately the little band had no wealth on them. Clearly they were a disparate group, and now they lay dead on the roadside. Tosobon and Jessie were both impressed with the performance and were beyond thankful to have everyone with them. Tosobon was more than anxious to be away and he drove the team hard, faster than they had gone the whole trip.

Thankfully with the sun overhead Ptolus’ walls rose before them, and after a bit of a haggle with the Watchmen at the South Gate, everyone was granted entrance. Jessie’s presence and standing with Rogue Moon, plus Vogh & Talin’s papers made the goblin’s passage far easier than it normally would have been.

Lipthsu told Vogh he did not know any of the items, he only knew that they were magical. He did no explain how he knew that tidbit. But the goblin was affable and agreed to accompany them patiently to see the deal done. “We stay with you Miss Jessie and Miss Vogh. We keep our items, and we go.”

Clearly the goblin did not trust the humans to simply take his things and leave him behind.

Jessie explained her thoughts for selling the items. “I’ll be honest. I did not anticipate Lipthsu accompanying us. I suppose I should have, but that’s not here and now. Obviously Myraeth is the biggest shop in town. There is also a wizard I trust who can identify the items, but it does come at a cost.” She tossed her hair then scratched her head in thought as they reached Star Crossing Plaza.

Tosobon brought the team to a halt while he, the goblins, the big human and lizardman watched the three on horseback, awaiting a decision. Talin almost laughed out loud as he beheld their small traveling band. Ptolus was eclectic for certain, but he was quite sure a group like this was not often seen together.

Jessie nodded in decision. “Since Lipthsu wants to stay with us, let’s make this as quick and easy as possible by going to Myraeth’s. What do you say?”

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At Jessie’s remark about identifying the magic items, Vogh comments, oh given a little time I can identify the items.  It shouldn’t be too much trouble either.  As for selling, I think you may be right Myraeth’s is the best option.  They would have enough gold to be able to cover the cost.  Since we are in a safer situation now within the city why don’t I go ahead and take a close look at the items Lipthsu has to sell.  What do you say?  The last comment was to Lipthsu himself.

Assuming he does, Vogh studies the items one by one, taking time to know all about them before they head off to Myraeth’s.

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Jessie why don’t we head to your office so I can look at the items.  Vogh quickly puts in.

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Jessie nodded with understanding and led Vogh and Talin into the Rogue Moon offices.

“Salsan and Sumar, why don’t you wait here with Tosobon. And Lipthsu, why don’t you come in with us, but leave your guards here.”

The four of them went into the large building and Jessie led them to a larger room with a long table and many seats. She shut the door behind them and they were able to lay out all the items.

First there was the circlet Lipthsu had originally shown them.

Then there was a potion, a necklace with many removable beads, a horn, a pair of gloves, and a strange pair of spectacles. Finally there was a deck of cards inside a wooden box, but only 30 cards were present.

Circlet of Persuasion
Elixir of Vision
Necklace of fireballs type V
Horn of goodness
Deck of illusions
Gloves of Dexterity +4
Eyes of charming

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Vogh followed Jessie to the large room and when the items were finally displayed so she could see them all, Vogh started her work.  She picked up each item and looked it over for a good 20 mins.

It was a process that took time and though Vogh was oblivious to what the others were thinking, Talin wasn’t.  He kept scanning the door and also the goblin.  He wasn’t sure what to make of it.  The goblins had found some nice items indeed it seemed.

After each item, Vogh spoke of what the item was capable of and how to activate it.  She liked what she saw and wished she had the gold for some of the items her self but it wasn’t about buying items it was about making money for themselves.

So, there you go Vogh said as she finished detailing the last of the items.  Now we can get them sold for a fair price.  She looked to Lipthsu and asked, What is the percentage of the sale you are going to be giving us?

If I added it right it comes out to 96,750 and 70% is 67,725gp divided by whatever the cut is.

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“We agreed on a 50/50 split, but that’s of our cut. Lipthsu’s people get a cut, which means we each get thirds. One third for each group is fair. Yes, let’s bag all this up and head to Myraeth’s.” The woman led them back out of Rogue Moon and into the midday sun.

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Goblins, Sumar and Salsan were all atop the wagon once more, protecting the bag of valuable magic items. Talin took a rear guard position, leaving Vogh and Jessie to lead the way.

Center street was busy as always. An oddity of the day was four strong men pulled a Manticore, in chains, down the street. With constant struggle the group made their way down Tavern Row, heading south east. Jessie muttered, “Probably taking it to the Brotherhood. Unlikely they will have any luck reforming an evil beast.”

Just as quickly they and their wagon passed, then arrived at Delver’s Square. Vogh thought she caught a familiar face in the press of people moving constantly through the Square but they passed too quickly to note.

Before Myraeth’s colorful store they dismounted, tying the horses to the wagon, and once more leaving the ‘guards’ behind. Kird, the large ogre, stood watch over all in Oddities and today was no exception.

Kird paid special attention to the goblin Lipthsu as he entered. The green leader of his people yelped a bit and stuck very near Talin.

With a press not so great, Vogh and Jessie approached Myraeth’s counter and greeted him kindly. Vogh used her considerable charm on the gentlemen elf doing all she could to get the best deal.

Tuneweaver blew out a long whistle of amazement when he saw everything laid before him. “My. My. Where on earth did you come by so many wonderful items?” Deft fingers held and fondled each item, tracing the curves, designs, filigree and inlays of every piece. “This is quite the trove you’ve brought me. I hope there won’t be an angry group of wizards pounding down my door, demanding your heads after I’ve purchased these from you…”

The elf left his eyebrows raised as if it were a jest, but the weight of his words ensured that possible outcome would not end well for the group.

Jessie explained, “Master Tuneweaver, I assure you that is not the case. Our small friend here, Lipthsu, and his tribe came by these items honestly”

That only caused the older elf’s brows to rise further and he nearly laughed. “The goblin and his tribe came by these honestly? You honestly expect me to believe that… my. my.” He actually frowned as he looked over the items, hesitancy creasing his nearly wrinkleless face.

“Miss Jessie. Do I have the assurance of the Rogue Moon Trading Company that no one will come looking for these items?” Myraeth looked even less pleased when Jessie explained she acted alone in this endeavor.

Finally he blew out a sigh of resignation. “I will take the items, but mark my words, if anyone comes searching for their lost or stolen property, we will all have a conversation you will not enjoy.”

Jessie showed a weak smile. Lipthsu simply looked weak in his knees.

“I’ll fetch the gems. Or I could offer store credit. With a sum of this size I could even facilitate a transfer at Hammersong.”

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Vogh
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Vogh had some thoughts in her head as Tuneweaver spoke of angry wizards.  If all this was indeed stolen and others came looking for the items it could mean trouble.  Vogh hoped that wasn’t the case.  When the man came with the offer for all the items, Vogh quickly had done the math and a huge smile came to her face.  This was a lot of gold and definitely worth the trip.  If the small goblin had more then Vogh surely would want to accompany him to sell more.

Having already talked with Jessie about how the payment would go Jessie just asked for the gems.  They were easier to transport and just as good as gold itself when purchasing items or things from other stores.  After all was said and done and everyone was out of the shop, Vogh Jessie, and Lipthsu each took their share.  Vogh asked the goblin when he would want to sell the rest of his items for she would like to accompany him back to retrieve them.  With his response and a handshake at the agreed terms, Vogh and Jessie led Lipthsu back out the south gate and bid their farewells.  Then Vogh did the same with Jessie after a quick hug and a thank you for the mission.  They had become friends and had even agreed upon getting Sumar and Salsan jobs within the trading company, which both were eagerly awaiting.  With a final hug to Salsan and Sumar, Vogh and Talin headed off away from the group.

Vogh was beaming with excitement at the thought of so much worth.  She had been wanting to purchase some new magical armor and both had been saving up for some, but with this windfall, they could finally do so.  Talin, how about we go see if the Bull and Bear Armory might have that armor we have been longing for.  If they don’t perhaps they can suggest someone that may or they can craft one for us.

With that Vogh and Talin headed to the shop to see what they could find.  When they entered and saw Iltumar behind the counter, Vogh smiled.  Greetings Iltumar, we have come across a good deal of gold and are wanting to purchase some armor.  We would both like to get magical mithril breastplates.

I was reading over the description of the shop and know that they may not have +2 stuff so if they have +1 then that will be fine for now and they can upgrade later.

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Iltumar was glad to see the duo once again. “Well that’s excellent miss Vogh! By the Spire, that’s good news.” He smiled great big. “I know we have a single, enchanted, mithral breastplate, but it’s enchanted at the lowest level. However, we do have a second mithral breastplate which was masterfully created by the brothers themselves and we could have it enchanted for you.”

Iltumar went into the back and retrieved both sets of armor, which were indeed flawless and would suit the bards well.

“Masters Hirus and Sholum can commission the enchantments for you, if you’ve got the gold. We could further enchant the already magicked one, and add magic to this second.”

Just let me know what you want to do.

Time Required Crafting magic armor requires one day for each 1,000 gp value of the base price.

Since you’re getting +2 armor, they are 4,000 each so it’s 4 days. It won’t be 8 days as they can be done concurrently.

So Mithral Breastplate is 4,200, then add 4,000 for the +2 is 8200 each for a total of 16,400 gold. Is that what you wanted to do?

TIME/DATE: 26th day of Bloom, 721ia (imperial age)

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Vogh
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When Iltumar returned with the armor in his hands, Vogh’s jaw dropped at the craftsmanship of each piece of armor.  Vogh ran her fingers along the filigree on the smaller breastplate that was enchanted already.  It was gorgeous for sure.  She had an idea for the furthering of the enchantment of the piece.  She wanted to have musical instruments engraved in the chest.

Iltumar, they both are perfect!  Will we be able to request design in the craftsmanship?  I have some ideas I would like to have added.

Vogh looked over at Talin as he loomed over the other set.  He clearly liked what he saw as she read his eyes.

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“Well of course! The brothers Feek can do anything. They are the best!” Iltumar is very proud of his employers and their craftsmanship, for good reason. “Just tell me what you want done and we will facilitate the entire transaction. There will need to be some payment up front, and extensive customization will cost extra.”

The young man lowered his voice and leaned forward to address Vogh closer, “Will we be able to practice tonight?”

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Vogh
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Since Vogh nor Talin had gone back to the Minstrel they had the gems on them still.  Vogh called forth the pouch in her pack and pulled it out.  Setting it on the counter before her, Vogh opened the pouch and pulled out a very large diamond (we will say worth 10k) and handed it to Iltumar.  Oh of course.  This diamond should cover the initial costs of the armor and get us on the right track.  It is worth 10 thousand gold. we can settle the rest once the armor is complete.    As for the designs on hers, she describes the symbols she would like.

Talin listens on and then he too tells what he wants which is similar to Vogh’s but different as well.

yes, we can do some training tonight.  Just you and I.  Lets do it right after you are finished with work.  Just come and get me at the Minstrel.

With everything taken care of here Vogh and Talin head to Hammersong to put up the rest of their reward for the mission.

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Talin was happy once him and Vogh had placed the gems in the vault.  As they pulled out the chest that held their valuables Talin smiled.  The two had definitely done well for themselves the past few months.  In total after the payment for the armor they would still have about 5k each.  He hoped that they could do another easy job with the goblin Lipthsu.

After leaving the vault the two headed back to The Minstrel.  It was time to get something to eat and Talin had other plans that he hoped Vogh wanted.

So besides a fade to black in their room and Vogh training in the evening, I dont have much for the rest of the day.

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The next day after a good night both in training and performing, Vogh went with Talin to breakfast.  They talked about what they could do the next few days while waiting for their armor.

Talin suggested they go see Brother Fabitor.  It had been a while and they could also check with him to see how Phon was doing.  It was a great idea and Vogh brought up that they can use another day to go see Salsan and Sumar and check in on Linele.  So two of the days were taken up.  Vogh thought about going to see Inlios as well.  He may have something new and they did have some cash.

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The morning was raining hard with black clouds roiling overhead and strong winds howled through the alleyways. It was fitting based on the news the bards got that day.

Both entered St. Gustav’s Chapel in high spirits. Unfortunately when they saw Brother Fabitor their moods immediately shifted. He was rushing about, tending to several things, and no one was in the church that day for healing.

When Fabitor saw the bards he startled like a man seeing a ghost. Then immediately rushed to them. “By the spire am I glad to see you two! How did you know? Bless Lothian. I was just closing up to come see you. Phon is missing. She hasn’t been at work for 3 days, and I haven’t heard anything from her. No one had tried to hurt her, nothing bad has happened since you saved her life that wonderful night. But I just know something is wrong.”

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When Vogh heard the news about Phon, she had a sneaking suspicion who it might be but she didn’t say anything at this time about those thoughts.  This is terrible news.  What has been done so far to find her?  Vogh asked, hoping something had at least.

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“Oh. Nothing. I was just now coming to talk to you both. I actually turned everyone away this morning and was getting ready to lock up and head over to the Minstrel to inquire about finding you. But then here you are. It must be Lothian’s blessing. Can you rescue her again? I know you don’t know her, but she’s a wonderful girl, no matter who she’s mixed up with.”

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Vogh was surprised nothing had been done so far.  Not even the watch was alerted?

Talin and I will do what we can to help out.  Are you certain that she needs rescuing?  Vogh questioned.

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The priest stuttered a bit, flustered. “Well, what else could it be? She must be in trouble, else why hasn’t she gone to work or come to see me? I know the baby hasn’t come yet. She’s far along, but still months away from delivering. The baby’s father does not seem a good man, and we still don’t know who tried to have her killed…”

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Nodding her head with Brother Fabitor’s assessment Vogh finally says, I think it is time to let us know who the father is.  We need full disclosure so we can help her the best way possible.  We will be discreet with the information, you can trust us.

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Brother Fabitor
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With much hand wringing, nervousness and trepidation Vogh was finally able to talk the name out of the priest. “His name is Helmut Itlestein. He’s a cleric for the Watcher of the Skies. the high priest actually. But he does not seem a good man.” Fabitor frowned and was sweating with worry.

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Vogh
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At the mention of the name Vogh thinks about it before making further comment about him being not a good man.

17:36, Today: Vogh rolled 33 using 1d20+13.  knowledge local.

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A priest…  oh of course it was a priest.  How is it these “holy” men always seem to be the ones behind something bad.  Talin had already condemned the man before knowing anything else.  He didn’t know anything about these Watchers of the Skies, but he was certain Vogh would and if not would find out.  He looked at her even now.  He could see she was thinking about something as she had that look in her eyes.