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The trio grabbed a quick bite, then took a carriage to Brandywine for the second time that day. Belie stepped out with the group and looked over the lot questioningly. “Well… this is one way to hide I guess…”

The young man picked his way nimbly and expertly over the scrap and trash which littered the abandoned lot. He made his way into the same shack Vogh and Talin had inspected before. Carefully, on hands and knees, he moved delicate fingers over sections of the floor.

“Look here…” He pulled on what looked to be a rusted, broken padlock but was in fact in good shape, and locked. Belie wiped away the paint which revealed the lock to be of high quality and latched to a clasp holding something closed.

He reached into a vest pocket and produced a nice set of thieves tools, immediately setting upon the lock. “There don’t seem to be any traps. Let me see if I can get this open for you.” At first the lock resisted. The rogue swapped out the tools he was using and tried again, this time the lock popping open silently. He also removed the lock from its latch without making a sound.

As he lifted on the latch they realized that one section of scrap and rubbish was actually a well-disguised secret door in the floor. The door must have been on well oiled hinges because it too opened without a sound. However, when the portal was half opened a section of scrap fell, making a great deal of noise.

Belie winced uncomfortably and looked up at Vogh and Talin, mouthing “sorry.”

I guess there was a trap… Do we proceed? he whispered, somewhat comically considering the amount of noise he just made.

With the opening fully revealed the trio could see a ladder leading into the earth.


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09:07, Today: Belie rolled 25 using 1d20+17.  Disable Device. (open lock. success)
09:06, Today: Belie rolled 23 using 1d20+17.  Disable Device. (open lock. fail)
09:03, Today: Belie rolled 23 using 1d20+16.  Perception Traps.
09:03, Today: Belie rolled 27 using 1d20+17.  Stealth.
09:00, Today: Belie rolled 29 using 1d20+12.  Perception. (find door)
08:59, Today: Belie rolled 30 using 1d20+11.  Ref Save DC 12. (avoid stepping)
08:58, Today: Belie rolled 14 using 1d20+12.  Perception. (avoid stepping)


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Vogh was totally surprised when the man found the lock.  Vogh knew there had to be something there.

As Belie opened the secret door and the scrap fell, Vogh at first wanted to run out but decided quite the opposite.  We need to go down now for if there is something waiting then perhaps we can still surprise it before it sets up a defense.

Vogh pulled the door more open and began to hum.  It was something Talin was quite used to but it was the first time Belie had heard it.  Vogh then looked how to get in and then went.

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Before Belie could protest the woman dropped into the room below. He wasn’t waiting, feeling bad for causing the loud noise prior, so he too simple dropped into the hole and rolled through the fall.

He pulled out an everburning torch from his back, seemingly from nowhere, and the area illuminated. They were in an empty room with a single door.

They both waited for Talin to come down and all three of them to be ready.

Then Belie moved to the door, checked it for traps, and finding none tested the pull. It wasn’t even locked.

Ready“? he mouthed with a head nod and seeing their agreement he began to pull the door open slowly. Inside there was a table overturned on its side in the middle of the room and some kind of apparatus hanging from the ceiling.

Talin and Belie looked at each other, something wasn’t right. Everyone held their positions, then two furry, dog-men popped up from behind the table and released arrows they had been holding ready.

Everyone dodged back against the wall protected by the partially open door. But they didn’t have time to think as two more of the brutes dashed into the room with big, double sided axes.

Talin, the nearest the ladder and farthest from the door took the gnolls charge, and parried with his clear blade, pushing the brute’s axe head up into the hair harmlessly. Belie snapped his rapier down, deflecting the second gnoll’s blade down to hit the floor.

Round 1: Initiative

Vogh 26
Belie 25
Gnolls 19
Talin 12

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As the door opened Vogh had pulled out her blade.  As it swung a little back and forth it picked up her hum.  It was a low hum like the sound bees made.  WHen the Gnolls sprung up and fired their arrows Vogh ducked behind the door.  The first thing she did was cast a spell, one that would allow everyone to be not only quicker in battle but affords them a bit more protection as they would be able to anticipate what would happen.

Cast http://www.d20srd.org/srd/spells/haste.htm

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Talin first felt invigorated by Vogh’s music and when the door opened he was able to defeat the attack of the gnoll that came at him with the rather large axe.  With his blade up high now Talin took the opportunity to slash crossways down across the body of the gnoll.  It dug deep into the flesh on the gnolls arm drawing blood.  He then slashed across the gut of the gnoll just under the metallic breastplates and opened yet another gaping wound.  Feeling Vogh’s song added some extra speed to his movements and he used that to slash ones more with his clear blade.  This time across the upper thigh.  Blood sprayed with that wound.  It was too much for the gnoll as it wasn’t even able to call out in pain.  The last strike went through fur muscle and bone, as it’s leg, came clean off and the gnoll toppled to the ground its last breath taken from him.

TOtal damage 61 damage.

17:51, Today: Talin rolled 23,20,25,21,29,20 using d20+16,d8+13,d20+11,d8+13,d20+16,d8+13.  talins expert attack.

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The gnoll on Talin swung again, but the deft bard parried the axe past him then struck hard.

Belie likewise slapped the gnoll on the blade and side stepped the awkward swipe. His rapier snapped out and stabbed into the Gnoll’s chest, once, twice then a third time. He was surprised at the extra burst of speed, but Jamir had cast the haste spell on him before so the rogue simply smiled and enjoyed the quickness in his limbs.

His rapier struck the gnoll’s heavy breastplate armor once, but the other two hits penetrated flesh with the second ending its life.

They still had two with bows to handle inside the room.

A howl split the air and reverberated through the rooms.

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With the battle in full now and having not lifted her blade against anything to this point.  Vogh began her guttural infernal song.  The song would bolden her friends with a powerful force of fire.  Each attack would be an extension of this inner fire they now carried with them.

Sing her Dragonfire inspiration

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Talin had heard Vogh’s infernal song before and knew that his weapon was charged with fire.  He took a moment and bolted from behind the doorway.  He ran directly at the table as low as he could go and then sprang up and over the table with a single leap.  He landed lightly on the other side of the table and slashed out with his blade at throat level.  Hoping to end one of the gnolls life with on strike.  Luck was with him and as his blade exited the other side of its throat blood sprayed all over the other gnoll as it slumped towards it.

18:35, Today: Talin rolled 32 using 1d20+14 ((18)). acrobatic jump
18:37, Today: Talin rolled 23,16,20 using d20+16,d8+13,5d6.  attack.

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Talin did indeed end the life of one gnoll, it bursting with flames and dropping to the floor lifeless, and smelling of burnt hair. Unfortunately both gnolls released their readied arrows as he sprinted into the room, one missed, but one arrow found his leg and embedded itself. The bard was too hyped up and powered by Vogh’s song it didn’t even slow him. (10 dmg)

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Belie followed on Talin’s heels as the bard sprinted into the room. Not to be outdone he somersaulted over the table, landing behind the gnoll as well and stabbed forward with his rapier. The rogue saw Talin’s gnoll burst into flame first, but when his did the same he blanched and jumped back from his kill.

“Was that you?!” He exclaimed. But not to be caught off guard he jumped back to the other side of the table in preparation for anything that might burst through the other door.

11:49, Today: Belie rolled 33 using 1d20+17.  Acrobatics.
11:50, Today: Belie rolled 21,10,30,10 using 1d20+17,1d6+9,1d20+17,1d6+9.

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To the side of the room a strange contraption hung. It had two handles and a glass lense. A pipe extended up into the ceiling and supposedly beyond. The ball area did not touch the ground, but was instead suspended.

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With both gnolls now dead, Talin said, that was from Vogh she has given you the gift of fire to your attacks.

Vogh come on out they are dead now.

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Vogh came from behind the door with her blade weaving back and forth.  A song on her lips was something that Belie and Talin could feel to their core.

She only motioned to the door behind them and walked around the table before her.

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Talin turned and thinking the door is probably not trapped he pulled it open and peered from behind it so as to avoid any ranged attack that may come.

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Belie moved back and grabbed his ever burning torch and moved forward to help illuminate the area. About two paces forward there appeared to be a corridor. Nothing seemed to be stirring yet. There was an intersection of four hallways.

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Toss the light down there Belie so we can see.  Talin said quickly.

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The rogue nodded and before doing so, produced another one from his back, then threw the first one into the four way corridor. Like the first two rooms, the ceilings were two men high, with walls, floors and ceilings carved of stone.

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Vogh motioned the two men to move forward as she followed.  When they got to the 4way she pointed for each to look both ways but not go out into the hall.

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Talin was the first to reach the center of the corridor, with Belie and Vogh off to either side of the first hallway. Unfortunately for the male bard, a weighted net dropped from the ceiling and entangled him. (http://www.d20srd.org/srd/cond…ummary.htm#entangled)

To make matters worse, the baying of several gnolls filled the hallway, and at the edge of their light, groups charged them from all 3 corners.

Several arrows streak out of the dark corridors, two stab into the netted Talin. (17 dmg). Thankfully Vogh and Belie were partially covered by the stone and nothing struck either of them.

Other gnolls charged from the darkness to attack the trio. Talin managed to use his sword to block one attack, even through the net. Vogh and Belie likewise used the corners to their advantage, blocking and dodging attacks, which they would lose in seconds.

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Vogh saw the net come crashing over Talin… oh boy it was getting real now.  Then the arrows hit him and several gnolls charged down the halls they were at.  Vogh hoped Talin would be okay for now while her and their new friend could take care of the gnolls.  Vogh stepped fully out into the hall and slashed her clear blade that seemed to now have a red tinge to it.

Her blade flashed across the gnoll stomach level and spilled the guts of the thing all over the floor.  It didn’t even have time to bring its hands up to hold the innards in before it collapsed in a heap.

19:32, Today: Vogh rolled 20,19,16,33,19,18,27,22,22 using d20+17,d8+17,5d6,d20+17,d8+17,5d6,d20+12,d8+17,5d6.  kill the gnoll.

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Talin was in a precarious position under the net but he had been hurt twice now and could feel the pain of the arrows as he pulled them out quickly.  He decided to get out from under the net by using his blade to slash at the rope.  The fire contained within would help get him out he thought.

19:36, Today: Talin rolled 22,16,17 using d20+16,d8+13,5d6.

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Belie performed a crazy tumble through the legs of the two gnolls they could see, coming up behind them and stabbing with his rapier. He stabbed twice, his second stab was stopped by the heavy armor protecting its front and back. Oh but how it howled when Vogh’s fire song spread over its body, singing hair and blistering skin.

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Talin was exposed and in a dangerous position. Arrows streaked from the darkness, another one stabbing into the bard. (9 dmg) Thankfully the bard was free of the net and with one hand on the back of his blade and arms outstretched he absorbed and blocked the strong overhead blow from the gnoll standing beside him.

The gnoll Belie struck and burned turned on him in a spittle filled fury and caught the rogue with a vicious blow from its heavy double-headed axe. (17 dmg – OUCH!!!) He took the strike in the chest which blew the breath from him. He likely cracked a rib or two, but no blood shown through his leather shirt. The blast broke his concentration and the glamour covering himself was dropped. He wore mithral chain beneath the leather shirt which covered a great deal of him. In addition a backpack appeared on him, as did many daggers on his belt.

At Talin’s feet the everburning torch lay, illuminating an area around them, but still attacks were coming from them in the dark.

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Talin took a 5ft step back away from the gnolls standing before him he then enacted his belt to give him a healing kick.  It wasn’t much but his flesh began to knit where some of the arrow holes were.

22:21, Today: Talin rolled 7 using 2d6 ((2,5)).

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Vogh stepped up as Talin stepped back, she flashed her blade to the left as it hit the top of the breastplate it slide a bit higher and slashed the gnolls throat almost decapitating it as it fell to the ground.

Vogh attacked the one below her and Belie. 22:24, Today: Vogh rolled 28,24,16,19,20,14,30,21,17 using d20+18,d8+17,5d6,d20+13,d8+17,5d6,d20+18,d8+17,5d6.  slice and dice.

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Belie was a blur of angry movement, every stab found flesh and with each stab came a flare of fire. Likely before the final strike the dog creature had died. Belie dropped to his knees behind the gnoll bodies, attempting to use them as a shield against the missiles streaking in at Talin.

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Three more arrows streak in, but the group was no longer distracted and were able to defend against each missile appearing from the dark.

[Private to GM: Nyatrah has cast all 4 spells on himself and depending on how long the group takes to move forward will have buffed the other gnolls that retreated as well.]

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With arrows streaking in at them Vogh followed by Talin streaked down the corridor to their right. (Looking at the map it is to the left, i am at work and can’t do roll20).

Talin called to Belie, This way!  As he moved he enacted his bekt once more for another boost of health.  Once again the warmth crept into his body and knitted other wounds that were inflicted.

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The trio moved ahead cautiously, Talin healing himself from his magical belt. Belie surprised the group yet again when he pulled a wand from his magical backpack and enacted it twice to stitch his wounds, then replaced it.

A dead end split the carved hallway in two, to the right was a closed door the group ignored. To the left they traversed a longer corridor that also ended in a door.

Belie stepped up and checked for traps then gestured it was locked. He worked the lock as quietly as he could. The only indication of his work was a small click of the lock opening.

When he finished Talin held up a hand to indicate silence. He whispered that there were voices in an unknown tongue on the other side. Vogh wasted no time at all and surprised both men when she simply kicked the wooden door wide open.

Their two magical torches illuminated the faces of five gnolls. Four looked similar to the first they faced but with quivers across their backs and bows on a bed covered in animal hides in the room. All four walls were covered in crude pictures and symbols drawn in blood. They looked disturbing. Bones, teeth, claws, skulls, and bits of fur hung from the ceiling, suspended on string.

Gnoll number five was unlike the others. It stood half a head taller than the rest, had gray instead of brown fur, and was covered nearly head to toe in plate armor. Upon their entry it picked up a heavy wooden shield and a large flail…

Talin alone made note of the shattered glass vials on the floor. These gnolls seemed to have access to magical potions…

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After kicking in the door, Vogh sees the 5 gnolls and with a quick assessment she decides to attack the gnoll that is to her left (one above the 7).  She slashes her blade across at neck level hoping to have the same results that she had before with the other gnoll.

18:11, Today: Vogh rolled
24,25,19,
33,18,17,
30,24,17 using
d20+18,d8+17,5d6,
d20+13,d8+17,5d6,
d20+18,d8+17,5d6
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Talin moved in to attack any of the gnolls he could see.  He stepped forward and sliced his blade across the arm, leg, and neck of the gnoll.  The slice across the neck almost took the things head off.

20:08, Today: Talin rolled 33,18 using d20+16,d8+13.  actual roll.

20:07, Today: Talin rolled 24,15,24 using 5d6,5d6,5d6.

20:06, Today: Talin rolled 24,14,21,14,35,20 using d20+16,d8+13,d20+11,d8+13,d20+16,d8+13.

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The gnolls fought back, but even five-to-one they barely harmed the bards, only getting in a few cuts. Quickly they were cut down.

Belie could not fit into the room and didn’t want to risk tumbling through the two bards who fought so perfectly side-by-side so he rushed back around the way they came and immediately set upon unlocking the door on the room’s opposite side.

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Talin expertly swatted an axe to the side and with his backswing, he sliced down into the gnolls thigh and then back again on the opposite leg.  The red-hot blade sliced through both sides almost taking the legs from the gnoll.

20:35, Today: Talin rolled 33,18,18,24,20,19 using d20+16,d8+13,5d6,d20+11,d8+13,5d6.

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Vogh knew this better-armored beast would be the tougher of the battle so she went for him.  She didn’t see a helm on the things so she decided to slash across the things muzzle with a slash and then a backhand slash again.  The attack almost took the muzzle clean off the beast.

20:37, Today: Vogh rolled 30,23,18,29,25,21 using d20+21,d8+17,5d6,d20+16,d8+17,5d6.

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With four of its companions dead the final dog-beast jumped back across the bed, just in time for Belie to successfully unlock the door, swing it open and double stab the thing on reflex. The fire of Vogh’s singing spread from his rapier to envelope the beast, ending its life in burnt twitches.

The trio began moving further into the complex after having checked the two rooms they left behind. One had clearly been the sleeping quarters for the average gnolls they fought. The other had pickaxes and either a collapsed or destroyed wall which the gnolls seemed to have been working on.

Following the final path forward opened into a room with a crystal clear water basin that rippled despite no indication from what was causing the movement. With utmost care Belie tossed a single magic torch just before the water trough to see if anything came at them.

Several heartbeats later the trio entered the room and headed immediately to their left. Vogh was caught off guard as a large, blue furred gnoll chopped into her chest with a greataxe taller than Talin. The breath was blown from her lungs and both bards realized further danger when Vogh’s song no longer came from her sword. They were trapped in an area of magical silence.

Immediately the duo retreated from the huge beast, only to have a second appear from the far hallway and attack Belie. Magical darkness overtook the first blue attacker and moved with him as he rushed forward to assault Talin and Vogh once more. The force of his blows were incredible, and had it not been for their new magical breastplates, they likely would have found death.

Both bards retreated outside the darkness once more, enacting magic of their own to reveal and blind the big gnoll. Talin and Belie engaged the second attacker – a female, while Vogh worked her own magic outside the magical silence.

Vogh managed to charm the larger, female gnoll which allowed Talin and Belie to remain inside the silence and batter him front and back.

Unfortunately an arcane caster, Shilukar they believed, started dropping fireballs on the two humans and the gnoll as they fought in the fountain room. The male gnoll was killed, its limp form falling over the magic well and all four, gnoll in tow, retreated back to the room where five dead gnolls lay.

Further issues plagued them with Talin being assaulted with magical poison, and a light bomb, chaositech device, ‘drugged’ both Belie and Vogh into a demure and uncaring state. Another fireball exploded in their midst, but this time the bards saw the origin of the fire pea and they dropped the glitterdust spell on the location to reveal the humanoid and hopefully blind the caster.

Magical darkness took over the room once more but no further attacks came.

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Talin finally moved forward when no more attacks came from the darkness. The magical darkness must have expired because his torch once again illuminated the area. Plus, the torch they threw was by the pool of water they saw before.

Inside the stone circle he could see crystal clear water which was constantly Rippling even though no source for such an effect was evident.

However, the large blue gnoll laying atop and bleeding into the water makes it far less desirable for the drink.

A door east of the font opened to Talin’s touch. Belie was still walking around like he was drugged and useless for checking for traps. Thankfully the door was neither trapped nor locked.

Inside the room blood and gore were spattered across the stone walls and floor. Worse, it appeared someone had attempted to draw pictures and symbols of beasts, claws and tooth filled maws in the blood. Two large furred skins lie on the floor like beds.

A set of double doors were south of the fountain which Talin skipped to check the hallway running West. Upon reaching the center of the room he felt magic assault his senses.

Roll Will DC 17 or be Slowed. If you fail roll another save, same DC, or fall asleep for 1d6 rounds.

Meanwhile Vogh had brought Brugal out from the room of dead gnolls then immediately down the hall whete Belie stood, equally demur as Vogh. But the Bard could still talk, so she did.

Brugal explained her father was Ravvan, the god of beasts and savagery. She and her brother, plus many gnolls, were brought through the gate created by the Idol of her father in the room across from the pool.

Unfortunately the gate was only one way, so they could not return they way they came. Shilukar promised them glorious battle for their enjoyment and honor to their Lord Ravvan, which they had enjoyed so far. However, they were only occasionally allowed to go above ground to hunt, and even then the dark elf was strict about how much killing they could do. This they did not appreciate.

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Talin moved with Belie to check out the room to the west first.  He didn’t know what was inside but was ready if something was.  Thankfully there wasn’t anything inside though and so he moved down the west corridor as he saw Vogh and the other blue gnoll come out of the room finally.  Vogh and Belie were still dealing with the effects of that bomb that went off and Talin wasn’t sure how long it would last.  So with Belie in tow, but a little behind him Talin went to the west.

When Talin got to the middle of the room he suddenly fell down to the ground.
09:53, Today: Talin rolled 2 using 1d6 ((2)). rounds

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Before bringing Brugal out of the room, Vogh explains, I will do everything in my power to help you return to her home as long as you help me and my two male friends outside this room to deal with Shilukar. He lied to you and your brother and imprisoned you both on this world.  Shilukar even made you attack me, your friend.  He made your brother attack us too.  We defended ourselves against the attack and your brother died.  I am so sorry for your loss.  We can see about getting him resurrected though so you and him can be together again.

When Vogh and Brugal left the room and walked towards Belie, Vogh could see her dead brother over Belie’s shoulder.  He was laying on the fountain burnt and bleeding.  Vogh held her hand on the arm of the large female gnoll as they walked down towards her brother.  I am sorry that you have to see him like this.  This Shilukar will pay for his mistake.  You can see the burn marks from his fireball on him.  It may very well be what killed him in the end.  Vogh showed the scorch marks about the room as well to emphasize the fact that it was a powerful fireball.  Vogh also used her diplomacy to speak comforting words.  I don’t really need to roll since she is charmed.

By now Vogh started to feel normal again and asked Brugal, I see you were injured, can I heal your wounds?

While Brugal and Vogh looked over her brothers body and Vogh’s healing of Brugal.  Talin had been checking the side rooms.  He left the double doors unchecked.  Vogh saw Talin go into a side room to the west and fall down as if he collapsed.  Not wanting to leave Brugal’s side just yet she called out to Talin.  Talin are you okay?  Thankfully after a couple of seconds, he stirred and then rose to his feet once more.

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Talin was only out for a few seconds and then he heard Vogh’s voice calling to him.  He got back to his feet and walked over to where she was with the female gnoll.  The female was grieving over her dead companion.  Talin said to Belie, do not attack the gnoll.  She is under an enchantment from Vogh and you will break it if you attack.

Finally after what seemed a minute or two both Vogh and Belie snapped out of their funk and were feeling normal.  Course Talin wasn’t.  He was feeling weak from whatever magic had hit him before.  Vogh, will she help us find the dark elf?  Talin asked.

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Belie nodded with understanding, but not without trepidation. He kept his distance from the blue beast that towered over him.

The rogue snapped out of the drugged state, shaking his head as the effects of the weird bomb wore off.

When Vogh inquired of Brugal the gnoll expressed fury at her brother’s death and was ready and willing to hunt down the treacherous dark elf. She explained in the infernal tongue to the woman that a secret exit existed in Shulikar’s bed chamber. The huge dog creature also warmed her new friends of chaos beasts being present in two of the rooms.

Then, she opened the double doors directly across from the font and entered a large room. It was mostly empty except for a squat ceramic idol a foot tall sitting atop  three door tall, simple, stone pedestal.

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As Brugal opened the doors to the room and Vogh and Talin followed they saw the idol sitting there.  Vogh suddenly felt something try to take over her conscious.  Since there was only the idol in the room it had to have come from it… or the wizard was in here.  Nonetheless, Vogh ran to the idol and picked it up and slammed it on the ground.

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The idol crashed down, but did not shatter. Brugal began to growl seeing her ‘friend’ Vogh slam the creation dedicated to Ravvan, her father, on the floor. Immediately another problem arose as Belie started to snarl like a feral dog and went to lunge for Talin.

Wisely, Talin lept forward, away from the rogue attempting to attack with teeth and fingers, and slammed his magical sword down. The clear blade passed through the idol and left a cut mark in the stone floor. The Idol of Ravvan shattered.

Immediately Belie regained himself, shaking his head for the second time down in this lair, and Brugal dropped to the ground, unconscious and unrevivable. To the shock of both Belie and Vogh, Talin slashed his throat across the large, blue gnoll’s throat, spilling her life blood and ending her life.

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High Res. map: https://v3p.org/ptolus/img/2830

The large room in the southwest corner of the lair is Shilukar’s laboratory. The ceiling here is twenty feet high. The chamber stinks of foul chemicals and organic, rotting smells. Running through the middle of the room is a wooden platform reached via a ramp. The platform is ten feet off the ground and allows anyone on it to look down into the nearby glass tanks filled with chaositechcreated chemicals.

These vats vary in size, from eight to twelve feet in height, and from three to five feet in diameter. In most of the vats a creature gestates, suspended in the liquid and attached to a number of umbilicallike cords. These cords connect to horrid, semiorganic machines, each about two feet in diameter, that pump nutrients and chemicals into the creature.

The Growing Creatures. Each creature in the vats looks like a terrible fusion of a recognizable animal (a dog, a large bird, a snake, etc.) and a Medium spider. Some look hardly viable. None of them is ready to live on its own; if removed from its tank, any of them will die. The machines and tanks cannot be moved without destroying them.

[Private to GM: The chemicals in the vats are toxic. If a tank is destroyed, not only do the chemicals spill out onto the floor, but a cloud of poisonous gas ten feet across roils up and lasts for 1d4 rounds before dissipating. This poison has a Fortitude save DC of 13 and inflicts 1 point of Dexterity damage (primary and secondary effect).]

The far corner of the room has a table covered in alchemical apparati: jars, tubes, beakers, chemicals, powders, and specialized tools.

Adjacent to the lab is a door Belie opened easily with his tools. This chamber contains the results of some of Shilukar’s most successful experiments to date. Horrible fusions of spiders with Large bats and rats, these hungry creatures attack immediately. The spider-bats look like monstrous spiders four feet across but have bat-wings with a wingspan of nearly ten feet. The spider-rats look like dire rats, but with four additional spider-like legs coming out of each side, which allow them to walk on walls. Belie, Vogh and Talin quickly dispatched of all the monstrosities easily, leaving the room in a messy state.

Finally, the lavish room just north of the lab and spider-spawn room is appointed in lavender, white, and black silks. These cover the walls and the massive four-poster bed, as well as the canopy over the bed. The room also contains a desk and chair, a round wooden table with two more chairs, a bathtub, a divan, and two wardrobes.

After looking around the room it became obvious they weren’t alone. An invisible figure was still covered in glitter from the bard’s previous spell. It was holding very still and trying to remain hidden, but comically it appeared to be unaware of its visibility.

Talin pretended like he was just moving around then in a flash pushed his blade out at the sitting figure’s neck area. A yelp let him know someone was there, following by a plea, “Stop! Don’t kill me! I have what you want!”

A dark elf became visible to the group. He wore a snarl on his face as he stood with Talin’s sword held against his neck. As Shilukar’s form became visible to the group he squinted against the light of the flame, and in his outstretched hand was a small vial.

“Let me leave here now and I’ll give you what you seek. This vial contains the liquid restorative for Lord Abbercombe. Don’t release me and I’ll shatter it, trapping the man in gold for all eternity…”

[Private to GM: Avery Armorer finally sold the female breastplate]

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Vogh, Talin and Belie use the rest of the morning and part of the afternoon to go through the complex thoroughly gathering up all the gear and anything they think would be valuable.

Assuming with the thorough search they find the secret doorway heading to the sewer and anything else that may be hidden in bedding or walls or floors.

Last thing they checked was the last room.  As they went in they noticed that they weren’t along.  Talin’s glitterdust spell still outlined the wizard.  The wizard sat motionless in a chair.  They each began to look as though they were checking the place out giving the wizard the false sense that he was still invisible.  Then at the last moment when Talin came close to the wizard he drew his crystal blade quickly and brought it close to the wizards neckline. Before he could cut the throat though the wizard spoke to them.  As he appeared and offered them the deal Talin only turned to Vogh to get her reaction on the whole thing.  Vogh looked at the wizard hard.  Her and Talin had two run ins with drow so far and both had stuck to their words.  Vogh had heard that dark elves were never to be trusted but it wasn’t her experience thus far.  What is your name?  Vogh asked.  When he gave it she said, Don’t drop the vial.  You say if we let you leave you will give us the vial?  The only thing you will leave here with is what is on your person.  Vogh knew it was harsh but she had to make sure the wizard didn’t leave with anything that could be of value.  Oh, one other thing.  Who owns this property?  We want it and it is a small price to pay for your life.

As Talin grabs the vial he puts it in his haversack and as he turns to attack but the wizard sprinted out the door.  Talin just sheathed his blade and ran out after him to make sure he leaves.

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Talin could not believe how fast the wizard ran. The drow must have had even more magic about him than they already had seen. Belie attempted to give chase as well, but realized the futility as Talin did when the drow Shilukar disappeared up the ladder and into the Ptolus streets.

The rude ebony skinned elf hadn’t even bothered to answer Vogh’s question before fleeing for his life. Belie looked at Talin as they stood in the outer room, “He’s wanted dead or alive right? Swear I saw a poster somewhere saying that.” The rogue smiled and shrugged. Then the two men went back through the door, shut it, locked it, and even pushed the table up against the wooden door to further secure it.

Together they finally paid attention to the apparatus hanging from the ceiling and after some trepidation and a quick game of fist, flat-hand and deuce it was decided Belie would look into the strange glass. He couldn’t suppress a, “Woah! You gotta see this!”

Handles on either side of the suspended tube allowed the entire piece to be rotated in a full circle. The tube was a periscope which allowed them to see the shack, the entire lot, and a wide section of Brandywine street above.

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Talin had given chase to catch the wizard but wasn’t able to match the drows speed.  He watches as the drow escapes out the top of the ladder.  Talin wished he had a ranged weapon at that time.  He turned to Belie and said, You are quite right about him being wanted.  I wish we could have gotten him.  The reward is not much but just to get him off the streets would be good. 

Talin walked back down and met Vogh in the hall by the fountain which seemed to be clearing up now. Well, he got away.  He better hope we don’t find him.

Talin then cast a spell to see if it were magical cause he couldn’t see where the water was coming from or to.  It just didn’t make sense to him.

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Vogh could only shrug her shoulders at the news.  She was actually going to just let him go anyways knowing she could possibly find him again through magic.

Finally, they piled up all the dead gnolls and other creatures they killed in the first room they cane in. Talin you stay here while we take care of things.  Make sure he doesn’t come back.  We will go sell these thing quickly and purchase a better lock and maybe a spell to secure the entrance.

Then Vogh and Belie will leave with the loot and the vial.  Vogh suggests to Belie that they just go sell all the non magical armor and weapons and split the earnings.  She says, we can sell most this stuff the The Bull and Bear as we have done a lot of business with them as of late.  The other stuff shouldn’t be too difficult as well.

After selling the loot she splits the earnings in thirds and gives Belie his share.  That wasn’t too bad actually.  Now what do you think about going to find out about a way to secure that place.  We can go talk with the mortuary and see if we can’t get all the bodies removed.  We should also mention something to the City Watch and let them know we took care of the blue gnoll crisis and who was leading them.  Lastly, we should ask the locals and see who owns the property above the lair.  I am thinking it could be a place for us.
A headquarters or meeting area, or even a home.  What do you think Belie

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Thankfully each of the little group had magical backpacks which allowed them to carry a great amount of gear without weighing them down. An additional benefit being their backpacks didn’t look like they were overflowing with gear to be sold, which made it less likely anyone would try to mug them.

Belie showed Vogh the periscope and used it to watch for a moment that Brandywine street was empty. The bard noticed his backpack ‘disappear’ into a magical disguise once more, as did his armor fade away to reveal his muscled arms, the additional daggers on his person vanished to look like a standard belt and his beautifully, ornate rapier faded to a dull and rusted look. The rogue smiled and shrugged his shoulders like it was ordinary.

Then Belie scaled up the ladder and double checked that the street was empty, looking through the foggy and broken panes of glass in the collapsing shed. Belie and Vogh dashed out the shanty, making it out to the road, then turned to walk and appear like they were just simple travelers.

Both were fine with walking. Belie wasn’t much for chit-chat typically, but it seemed rude to walk in silence with someone you just shared battle. “So, how did you two get mixed up going after the… gentleman… we just met?” He grinned and shrugged again, trying to keep their conversation ‘coded.’ “Was that everything you needed my help with? Or do you want some help going after him?”

They shared some light conversation, keeping it quiet and stopping altogether when others got too close in the press of traffic. Having to cross nearly the entire breadth of the Guildsman district on foot took a bit of time. Half an hour later they reached the Bull and Bear armory in Delver’s Square. Prior to entering Belie ducked down an alley, allowed his backpack to come into view once more, then entered with Vogh.

Iltumar looked at Belie then Vogh quizzically. “Good day Miss Vogh, and who is this with you?”

After greetings were handled the two removed every item from their magical, seemingly bottomless, backpacks for Iltumar’s inspection.

“What on earth did you take these off of?!” The young man exclaimed as he examined the full plate armor covered in fur and blood, then the large banded mail and shield of Brugal’s. “None of this is magical, right?” He inspected everything, checking for defects and damage, then told Vogh he needed to talk to the brother’s about the large items.

Belie seemed disinterested in anything inside the store. Clearly the armor he wore was far superior to anything they had for sale. After a bit Iltumar returned. “The brothers told me the large armor is fine to buy since there is good demand from large customers.” He raised his eyebrows and hands when he commented, “I’ve never sold armor to someone big enough to wear this, but apparently they are out there.” With a smile the boy, fast becoming a young man, laid out the expected payout of 1,914 thrones.

Large armor is x2 on cost:
Full plate: 1500gp x2 = 3000gp
Hvy. Wood Shield: 7gp x2: 14gp
Lg Mwk Banded mail: 250gp x2 = 500 + 150 mwk = 650gp
Lg Mwk Hvy. Wood Shield: 7gp x2 + 150 mwk = 164gp
3000 + 14 + 650 + 164 = 3,858 / 2 = 1,914gp / 3 = 638gp each

[Private to GM: Not sure that I need to use these for anything.
But maybe a Castle Shard representative was observing them?
Maybe an enemy or ally of Shilukar?
Maybe Shilukar himself?

DM rolled 12 using 1d100.
DM rolled 32,24 using 1d20+14,1d20+14.  Bluff V/B.]

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As Vogh and Belie walked to Delver’s Square to sell their goods they chatted a bit but when Belie asked about how VOgh and Talin knew of the Dark Elf, Vogh explained, we saw the poster about him.  We both did a lot of digging into his whereabouts and just the other day came into a bit of luck with something Talin found.  He saw something that said there was a lair below Brandywine Street.  As for further help, I think it would be nice to continue working with each other.  Though we probably won’t go looking until after tomorrow for we have a concert to attend.  As for your thing.  We should probably look into that sooner rather than later.  So how about not tomorrow, but the next day we look into that?

They talked a bit longer about Belie’s mission and then arrived at the Bull and Bear.  Seeing Iltumar behind the counter always put a smile on Vogh’s face.  Though the look he gave her was different.  She introduced Belie as a companion adventurer and that they both had something to sell.  None of it is magical though which is too bad.  We got them from some gnolls we killed.  You perhaps have heard of the rumors about blue gnolls?  Well, we took both of them out in a hideaway.  Was pretty dangerous and we only made it out by being clever.  Talin is at the place now keeping guard.

Once the agreed upon price was set, Vogh asks for crowns instead so that they don’t have to carry so much weight around.  That stuff gets heavy you know.  With the business finished Vogh tells Iltumur, I will be up for some training tonight if you are wanting.  There is something new I want to try out.  Iltumar naturally said yes to her proposition and waved goodbye as they left with the crowns.  With a quick stop over to Rastor’s they were able to sell off the weapons as well.  Lastly, hey made it over to Myraeth’s so they could sell the jewelry and other things they got that didn’t fall into the weapon or armor category.

Overall it was a good day and both their packs were laden with crowns.  Vogh mentioned to Belie that with the earnings he should open an account at the Hammersong vault.  We could even go there now to get rid of the crowns we just got. she commented.  Once all that was taken care of Vogh asked Belie, so where is a good place to go for a much better lock for our lair.

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Date: 1st day of Sun, Afternoon.
Raule concert is tomorrow on Queensday, 2nd day of Sun.

Belie nodded with interest and understanding at Vogh’s sharing about the drow. He seemed content with the answer and didn’t probe for further details. The rogue readily agreed to tackle the enslaved gnomes the day after tomorrow. He smiled and thanked Vogh for their willingness to assist and was visibly relieved to be thinking of helping them. His only question was, “Do you know anyone who is good with magic who could bolster our offense and defense against so powerful a foe? Or perhaps even a cleric who could help against undead?”

The budding young man, Iltumar, pumped Vogh, and Belie, for as much information as possible about the fight and the gnolls. His thirst for excitement was nearly insatiable and Vogh’s stories were the living water to a teenage boy. Once he was plump with particulars he finally sighed and shook his head, “I want to go with you all one day Miss Vogh. What an amazing life you all live! I cannot wait to practice tonight and see what new thing you’re talking about.” Iltumar grinned ear to ear then went to the back and returned with the necessary coins, counting them out into three piles for easy division. Sixty three dragons and eight thrones in each pile.

Belie thanked the young man and scooped some coins into a small bag which he placed inside a side pocket of his magical backpack, then he placed a few into various pockets around his person. He shook Iltumar’s hand and thanked the young man once more. On the subject of Hammersong Belie looked sceptical. “I’ve never trusted anyone else with my coin. That sounds dangerous. Think of the temptation to just take all that wealth and disappear one day…? And what a juicy target that would be for thieves. I’ve got my methods for keeping things safe and I think I’ll stick with those for now.” He smiled at his vagueness.

Rastor was his typical busy and strictly business self. 2 pickaxes, 7 war axes, 3 shortbows, a flail, then the large and masterwork heavy flail got them an offer of 249 thrones. Rastor was happy to make three piles of 8 dragons and 3 thrones.

(2 x 14 + 7 x 10 + 3 x 30 + 8 + 330 / 2 = 249 gp (thrones) / 3 = 97gp each)

Myraeth was happy to see Vogh once more, but was less happy when she only had mundane items and jewelry for him. The elf put on a fake pout “What a pity. No trove of magic items for me again Miss Vogh? No angry wizards have come pounding down my door… yet…” This of course raised Belie’s eyebrows and caused him to turn to regard Vogh amused and curious, but he did not ask anything at the moment. “Still, this is a beautiful piece. I’ll do 55 dragons.”

The duo accepted, then Belie inquired of Myraeth where they could potentially purchase a high quality lock. Wilian’s Keys on Jalwine Walk was his recommendation.

[Private to GM: Iltumar is going to tell the new group he might be hanging out (night of dissolution) with about Vogh and Talin killing the blue gnolls, plus some other people.

The brother’s feek will brag a bit that their armor protected the blue gnoll killers.]

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Date: 1st day of sun, Afternoon
Raule concert is tomorrow on Queensday, 2nd day of Sun

Vogh had been thinking about who she could ask about helping with the Lich issue that Belie had.  She knew of course that she had an ad in the undercity which was looking for a cleric/ healer help, but to this date no one has come forward to help.  Perhaps it was because of the mission, she didn’t know.  We could ask Brother Fabitor if he knows of any we could ask.  Other than that what kind of offense and defense are you thinking we need bolstered?  What kind of things did you run into when trying to free the gnomes?  Was there a lot of undead creatures?  Vogh figured she should know as much as possible about her next mission.


When Vogh greeted Myraeth it was with a smile and a shake of her head when he had commented about it being the only item she was selling.  She then remembered something she wanted to see was available.  Myraeth, might you have an item that will extend the duration of my spells?  Another thing perhaps you could help me out with is, might you have a Page of Spell Knowledge with the alarm spell on it?  If not could you get one for me?   Vogh asked.  When she had cast her spell to hasten her companions, the spell ended at just the wrong time.  Also the alarm spell could alert them if someone breaks in as well.
When Myraeth gave his answer about the item and the lock Vogh and Belie took their leave.  They both headed over to Wilian’s Keys.  The would purchase the best lock available x2 so they could lock up the secret door they found that opened to the sewers.


Walking inside, they both greeted Wilian and asked, Greetings, we are looking for two of your best locks.  Something that unless you are the most skilled thief or a wizard you will not be able to get inside.     Vogh and Belie purchase two of the best and then head back over to the lair.  When they got close they looked around to make sure no one was watching and then dashed into the shack and then down the ladder once more.  The stench from the bodies below the ladder was beginning to stick pretty well and she knew they needed to get them out.  Belie suggested that they just dump the bodies out on another street.  Someone would find them and order the cleanup.  That way they didn’t have someone asking questions.  Talin, still looking a bit peaked said, I think I need to go see Brother Fabitor.  I don’t feel so well.  Whatever spell was cast by that wizard has made me feel terrible.  Belie do you think you can take care of the locks and stuff while Vogh and I head to see Brother Fabitor?  We will be back to help move the bodies when it gets dark.

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Belie just shrugged at Vogh’s questions. “I don’t know… One of the little gnomes told us they were captured by a liche and we should flee. Next thing I know we were beset upon by powerful magic and fled. Jamir, my friend, is a rather powerful caster and even he was outmatched. But neither of my ‘friends’ will return with me. The only knowledge I even have about liche’s is they are undead, and powerful.” He frowned at his lack of helpfulness but it was all he had to offer at the moment.

Myraeth considered Vogh’s question. “I do indeed have a scroll of alarm, several actually. Do you want only one? 25 thrones each. Unfortunately what you see is a meta magic rod to Extend spells. I do not currently possess one. I can keep an eye out, and inquire to some associates, or you could commission it from the Apothecary.”

The two humans thanked Myraeth and exited into the bustling delver’s square. Unfortunately Wilian’s was at the farthest end of what was considered Midtown. Thankfully it was a straight shot down Center Street. They passed the beautiful wooded and green area for the Aram called the Mane. Several centaur youth were playing a game with long sticks and a hard ball that had them charging back up and and down an open field. Belie had not seen their kind before and marveled at the half-man and half-horse beings.

They passed over one of the many bridges that spanned the King’s River and could even see the towering gates to the Necropolis which Center street ended. But just after the river they took a left just after a building titled “House of the Sacred Heat” which had multiple fires burning in sconces around the outside of the building. Rather, they started to turn left, but the smell of cooked meat overtook their grumbling bellies at the midday hour.

Just down Center Street past where they needed to turn was Effahlia’s Meatpies and the smell was too much to ignore. A plump female was helped by two others inside the small, and hot, building. The small tins were very transportable and the flavor was amazing. Belie and Vogh enjoyed the lunch as they walked the rest of the way to the locksmith’s shop.

Inside Wilian’s Keys they saw hundreds of locks hanging about. Belie took the lead, this being his area, and he found the best lock. Wilian, an aging human with scruffy, white stubble said the price was 150 thrones. “This will stop most thieves, but I don’t sell anything with magic.” He was matter of fact, not rude, but direct. Vogh handed over 15 dragons and they set out. “This is a good lock. Would certainly take me a bit to get into it. Don’t you have some magic you can add? I can also help setup some traps in there. Easiest would be to reset that scrap to fall like they got me with.” Belie smiled at Vogh as he handed the lock over.

All their errands took a couple hours then they were sneaking back into the underground cavern where Talin awaited.

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Vogh pretty much just looked at Belie when he said he didn’t know much about what they faced against the lich.  So, no other creatures?  I mean what happened exactly?  Spells came at you from unknown places? I guess I am not understanding.  What negatively happened to you?


WHen Myraeth said he had a few of the scrolls, Vogh put up two fingers.  That should be perfect.  She gave him the thrones and a smile.  Even though he didn’t have the rod as he called it she knew how to get one.


When her tummy began to rumble and the smells of Midtown were getting to her, Vogh only hoped that Belie was feeling it too.  She asked him as they smelled the pies if they could stop and get something to go.  He said yes with a hungry look and they both ordered.  Once they got the food they continued to Wilian’s.


When Belie said he would take the lead on the lock Vogh smiled.  She would let him do it.  Make sure to get two she said.  Vogh gave Belie the thrones from her pack.  Belie paid and then they were back at the lair.


When Talin explained he needed to go see Brother Fabitor, Vogh grabbed him in a hug.  I am sorry I didn’t know or we would have gone straight away before all the selling.  Belie can you handle the locks?  Set up some traps at the sewer entrance as well.  Since we have three keys any of us can get inside without much problem.  We will be back before it gets dark.  I am sure Talin would like something to eat as well.


With that Vogh and Talin disappear back up into the shack and exit the area once it is clear.  They both head directly over to St. Gustav’s and Brother Fabitor.

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When Talin saw Brother Fabitor, he moved quickly to him.  Brother Fabitor was just finishing up with a customer when he saw Talin.  Brother Fabitor I think I was poisoned.  A spell was cast on me and immediately I felt weaker and sickly.  Do you have something to help me?

Brother Fabitor looked over Talin quickly and realized that there was no more poison inside.  The poison though had done its toll on his constitution and Brother Fabitor knew exactly what to do.  He had Talin lay down and then began to pray.  His hands began to move up and down Talins body just inches above.  Finally, Brother Fabitor placed his hands on Talin’s stomach and warmth seeped into Talin.  This should do you fine.  You aren’t fully recovered yet, but you are much better.  After a good nights rest you will be fully recovered.
He cast lesser restoration giving Talin 4 con back. 

Thank you so much Brother Fabitor.  I already feel much better.  Talin certainly gained quite a bit of color back to his skin and wasn’t so drained looking.

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Brother Fabitor, thank you so much for what you did with Talin.  I have a question for you.  We are looking for some aid to battle a Lich that has some gnomes trapped.  A new friend of ours came to us and asked for help.  Anyone you know would be great!  Vogh asked.


Once all was done with Brother Fabitor, Vogh said to Talin that they should head to Castle Shard and return the vial so that they can restore Lord Ambercrombie.

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Fabitor was happy to help the two bards who had assisted him and Phon so much. “Have you talked to Phon any further? I am still worried about her. I know she’s ‘safe’ but we don’t really know what that means, you know? You said ‘his‘ wife and he were estranged, so why the need for a secret room in his house?! I just don’t like it.” The priest was obviously worried about the young woman.

When asked about the Liche he actually took a step back and his whole face went tight with surprise. He looked back and forth between Vogh and Talin. “My friends… An undead of that magnitude is the ultimate perversion of life, and they are horribly powerful… They are almost always incredibly accomplished spell casters, and evil to boot, in order to cheat death in such an unnatural way. I have a friend who is a holy warrior of Lothian I will send to you, but please reconsider. Or, ask the church to send an army of priests with you…”

The duo noticed there was an extra priest present today assisting Fabitor in healing others, and that St. Gustav’s looked far cleaner and organized than it had in all their previous visits.

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Date: 1st day of Sun, Late Afternoon.
Raule concert is tomorrow on Queensday, 2nd day of Sun.

Is this annoying or helpful?

After leaving St. Gustav’s, Talin requested they hail a carriage to reach Shard. He still wasn’t feeling a hundred percent and didn’t feel like making the long walk. Vogh was happy to oblige and they hailed a good looking coach after letting a couple pass which were less well maintained.

Traffic had slowed a bit part way down center street as a group of men were atop ladders painting one of the building’s faces and their equipment was blocking some of the street. Several passersby had less than kind words to say to the workers.

Less than an hour later they rolled up in front of the magnificent Castle Shard. The carriage driver lingered as the duo crossed the purple moat and approached the door. He marveled at the spectacular structure before finally snapping the reins and rolling away. Only heartbeats after they knocked Kadmus opened the ornate doors and greeted them with enthusiasm.

“Miss Vogh and Master Talin! It is a pleasure to see you again. By the looks of you, I would guess you have good news?” They answered in the affirmative and kadmus smiled. “I will summon Lord Zavere immediately. Please, make yourself comfortable in the sitting room.” He gestured to the open doorway that led to the same room where they had met with the Lord and Lady previously.

Kadmus returned with snacks and drinks as always. They had to wait a bit, but the artwork and collection of maps about the room were captivating enough to pass the time. Lord Zavere finally strode into the room with a smile on his face. He wore no armor or weapons, and likely needed none in this fortress. The high collar of his black, silk vest flared out but held stiff. If straight up it would have nearly reached his ears. A beautiful silk shirt shifted between deep purple and black as he walked into the room to greet them.

“My friends! It is wonderful to see you, and I trust you found success?” When they produced the vial and explained he clapped his hands together once loudly and exclaimed, “Wonderful! I will take this to Lady Rill immediately! Kadmus, fetch both their rewards please!”

The stately man swept out of the room as did the majordomo. Kadmus returned first with a tray that held a large, black, silk bag and two golden bracelets. “Inside you will find three thousand thrones. These gold bands are Friendship Bands.” Both bands were beautifully crafted of gold and had “Castle Shard” engraved upon them.

(DM, on behalf of Vogh, rolled 32 using 1d20+13. Bardic Knowledge.)

Long ago, it became a custom to write one’s name on a thin strip of cloth and wrap it around the index finger of an ally. This sacred bond of trust displayed feelings of close friendship. It’s said that in older times, kings used the bands as a way to demonstrate their support to their vassals (and, in turn, lesser nobles gave them to their liege to show loyalty). Essentially, the giving of a friendship band meant, “I’ll work with you/follow you/help you because I respect you.”

Lord Zavere re-entered some time after they had put on the bracelets. “Lady Rill is applying the ointment and we will await to see if it works. If it does, we will be beyond pleased to tell that evil drow where he can shove his request! Tell me all about your success!” He sat and allowed them to regale him with the tale of Shilukar, the blue gnolls, and all they shared.

[Private to GM: The friendship bands are a HUGE honor to the Kath’s and they will be very proud of Vogh.]

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Date: 1st day of Sun, Late Afternoon.
Raule concert is tomorrow on Queensday, 2nd day of Sun.

Vogh reassured Brother Fabitor that they would check on Phon another day before they left and went to Castle Shard.  Vogh wanted to speak with her anyway so she could get a feel for what was going on.  I thank you for the worry Brother Fabitor.  We will be on the lookout for this holy warrior in the coming days.


The ride back to Castle Shard was becoming a thing that Vogh could get used to.  The place was a wonderful piece of architecture and she marveled at it with every meeting.  As they waited for Lord Zavere, Vogh watched Talin as he ate up a bunch of the snacks that were offered.  They were very tasty and she was happy that he was able to get some decent food.  When Lord Zavere finally arrived and she handed over the vial, Vogh did so with a smile.  When Kadmus arrived with the reward Lord Zavere told the man to get, Vogh marveled not at the money for she knew that was what was promised to them.  She marveled at the two bracelets that the man offered them.  IF she was correct they were more valuable, and indeed a second later they were told the bands were Friendship bracelets.

Vogh waited till Lord Zavere came back before she offered her deepest thank you for such a gesture of friendship.  Vogh at the behest of Lord Zavere began to tell the story of how they managed to get the vial.  When all was complete she said, We had to let him go.  So you will get a chance to tell him one day.  Vogh could see that the night was soon approaching and thankfully she too was finished with her story.  As a bard, she gave it that extra flare that only a good bard could give.  If you’ll excuse us we must get to Hammersong before they close for the evening.  I wouldn’t want to be walking around with so many thrones as this at night time.  Once again we thank you so very much and hope that we can see each other soon.  With that, the pair left Castle Shard with their reward and hailed a carriage to take them directly to Hammersong Vault.  Then off to Brandywine Street.  They stopped the carriage down the street from their new lair and quickly and quietly made their way to the shack and inside the lair.

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Zavere reclined and sipped on a deep, dark wine all the while smiling and nodding through the couple’s retelling of the events which ended with them defeating the dark elf who attempted to extort he and Lady Rill.

The stately man frowned when Vogh used the expression “let him go” but upon clarification that the wizard used a spell to escape he nodded in understanding.

“Bravo. Bravo to both of you. You have done us, and indeed all Ptolus, a great service.” He leaned forward in his chair and pointed at their wrists with the same hand that held his wine glass. “Those bracelets are not given lightly, nor are they a small token. Take note that they read Castle Shard and hold not my name or Lady Rill’s. For were you to outlive the Lord’s of Castle Shard, the shard, she, will always be; so too shall your kinship to this place remain.” With those heavy words he leaned back, took a drink and finished. “You are now part of a very small fraternity.” He smiled big and drained the glass.

As if it had just occurred to him Zavere exclaimed, “We are planning a party! Kadmus will see to it that you receive invitations.”

When Vogh expressed their desire to depart before the vaults closed he smiled wrly, hinting at his understanding but realization such days were behind him. “If you wish, Friends of Castle Shard, I would be happy to lend you our carriage to expedite and palliate your trip.”

The bards veritably floated as they left the magnificent castle and traveled to Hammersong. When they reached the far side of the purple sludge moat, the drawbridge ascended and sealed the castle.

The dwarven vaults did not take long to reach by carriage, being just down from the Noble’s Quarters in Oldtown. The door was guarded by a tall and stout human who was similarly armored as the last guard they saw here. He wore interlocking metal plates over his entire body. A tower shield leaned against him, obscuring half his body. His opposite side showed a long sword that had to be twice the width of any standard blade.

Strangely he greeted the two with a big smile and asked politely for their lease papers. Upon reviewing them he knocked, a different pattern than last they were present, and the door opened. In a full reversal from their last visit a dwarf opened the door from inside and gestured to enter.

Inside they encountered Ollam Hammersong instead of his wife. The plump dwarf greeted them warmly. “I’ve never seen the two of you before. It’s a pleasure. Welcome to my vaults.”

They quickly deposited the excess wealth, relocked their boxes and headed back to meet Belie. With evening falling there were very few people on the street so it was easy to make it into the shack unnoticed. Vogh opened the new padlock and pulled the secret door open. Inside they saw Belie facing their direction, with both arms slung over the periscopes handles and his face pressed against it. “You know. There are two major flaws to this place. First, once you locked me in, I couldn’t leave through the hatch. Second, this looking tube can’t see inside the shack.” He shrugged and stepped out. “Are you feeling better talin?”

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Talin nodded and said,I am doing much better thank you.  We got something to eat and a spell from a cleric friend.  So, the streets are pretty clear now.  What do you say we get rid of these bodies?  We will have to make sure that the bodies can’t be traced back to us as well.


Vogh thought about the problem Belie posed.  Well, I didn’t think about that honestly.  So if someone stays inside we will have to leave the hatch unlocked.  With one of those scrolls I can cast an alarm on the portal which will alert us if someone breaks in.

Vogh went on to ask,So did you happen to work on some traps for the sewer entrance? 

Vogh asks to see it if Belie had and then the trio began the task of dumping the bodies.

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Belie looked at the hole as they thought about the bodies. “This is your place an all, but we have an access to the sewers… Wouldn’t it be better to dump bodies in there than on a public and heavily trafficked street…? I can easily disable the traps and we can explore out there to see where it goes.”

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Vogh smiled at Belie, his idea was good.  The bodies might bring rats or other creatures to eat them so they could take care of those things too at another time.  Okay, Belie you are right.  Let’s go out and explore them for a little while and then we can take the bodies out and dump them somewhere not so close but far enough away.

With that Belie showed Vogh and Talin the traps that the rogue laid and as he bypassed them and opened the secret door, the trio made their way out.  The first went to the right.  They would travel to they came to an intersection.  They would then head back and go the opposite direction till they hit another intersection.  Finally, they came back to the entrance and began bringing the bodies out one by one.  They brought the bodies down to the intersections and evenly dispersed them.  They made sure to put both blue gnolls at the same intersection.  Once all this was complete they went back inside and locked up the secret door and bypassed the traps again.

With the heavy lifting complete, Vogh turned to the two and said, I think we deserve a drink.  Let’s head back to the Minstrel and get something before I need to head out to train Iltumar.  If there were no other suggestions the group headed back.

Back at the Minstrel, the place was humming with excitement.  Upon the stage was a trio of girls performing acrobatic stunts.  They were doing summersaults and different flexible acts it seemed.  Vogh found a table and she sat down and ordered some wine for her and Talin.

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Date: 1st day of Sun, Evening.
Raule concert is tomorrow on Queensday, 2nd day of Sun.
3rd day of Sun, Theoday, they depart to help Belie with the lich & gnomes.

Belie returned with the duo to the Minstrel and enjoyed a bite to eat for dinner and a light ale. The three young women performed some remarkable feats. Even the agile and flexible rogue winced at a few of the maneuvers, thinking how much that would hurt.

“Tomorrow you have an obligation, but on Theoday we can depart to see about assisting the gnomes?” The young man asked expectantly.

With their reassurance and his meal finished Belie stood and shook both their hands, thanking them, then departed the Minstrel into the evening.

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Vogh and Talin enjoyed the rest of the evening and retired to their room.

Date: 2nd day of Sun, Morning.
Raule concert is tonight
3rd day of Sun, Theoday, help Belie

The musical duo slept in, took breakfast in bed, and enjoyed a relaxing morning with nothing on their schedule until that evening. With midday fast approaching a light knock sounded through their door.

Tellith smiled and greeted them beyond the door and informed them someone was downstairs to see them. “Miss Vogh and Master Talin, a knight of the Lothian church named Kalerecent is downstairs waiting for you. I told him I would inquire after you.” With a promise they would be right down the red head smiled and departed.

Sitting at a table eating a plate of roasted chicken and drinking from a large stein was a heavily armored (full plate) human man with long silver hair. He had a falchion in a partial scabbard which was engraved and colored to resemble the holy symbol of Lothian. A heavy, silver necklace hung about his neck and the front of his armor was similarly engraved. It was no doubt who this man served. When they reached his table and greeted him, he wiped both hands and stood to shake their hands.

“Good day. Brother Thisk said you might have need of my services and it seems the church agreed to loan me to you. How may I be of service?”

He gestured for them to join him at the table and did not seat himself until Vogh had.

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Date: 2nd day of Sun, Morning.
Raule concert is tonight
3rd day of Sun, Theoday, help Belie

The morning was filled with fun as Vogh and Talin slept in and then had breakfast.  It seemed that Talin was back to normal as well for together they partook in some dessert after the breakfast.  When the knock came to the door Vogh and Talin quickly got dressed and answered it together.  Good morning Tellith.  They said together with a giggle.  When Tellith explained that they had a visitor downstairs they both smiled and went with Tellith down the stairs.

Vogh took the offered a hand to shake and then took the seat and Talin did so likewise.  When the Knight sat he explained Brother Thisk had sent him.  Vogh nodded at the revelation.  SHe didn’t know the Knight would be there so quick, but better late then never she thought she had always heard.  It didn’t sound right though now that she thought about it.  Vogh went on to tell the Knight all that she knew about what Belie had found and needed help with.  So, we are looking to see about freeing the gnomes tomorrow morning.  Is this time frame good for you Sir Kal.. I am sorry, do I call you Sir or how shall I call you?  Vogh stopped mid-sentence to ask the question.

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“Well met. You can just call me Kal. No need for formalities.” He adjusted his sword so it stuck out to the side of the chair and wasn’t in the way as he sat.

“Gnomes? I’m sorry, Fab didn’t tell me anything about gnomes. He said you folks were considering going after a lich. What do gnomes have to do with anything?” He smiled while leaning back in the wooden chair, eliciting a creak from his bulk, and took a drink from the large stein.

When the duo explained about the gnomes being enslaved he frowned and nodded with understanding. “That’s unfortunate. No being should be enslaved by any other. I would prefer to never see any sentient enslaved even by their own vices, but it happens. At least we might be able to do something about this predicament. I will gladly accompany you. As Fab did, I warn you that a lich is a powerful foe and I will not throw my life away needlessly. If it proves beyond us, you must prepare yourself to flee. When would you like to depart?”

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Both the men couldn’t help but cast a few gazes across the Minstrel’s common room when an  exceptionally beautiful woman entered. She had silver hair and soft hazel eyes. Wearing plate mail and holding the handle of a long military fork made her really stand out. Talin made sure to adjust his gaze quickly, but Kal was not so subtle in his ocular appreciation. [Private to GM: Cyna secretly serves Shasa, an ancient god of death.]

Two elves sat drinking from exceptionally tall, fluted glasses. They alternated between three different bottles of wine which looked expensive. One was obviously considerably older, by elf standards, a female with gray hair and dark green eyes, but a flat nose. Very odd to see on an elf. She wore modest garments and had a quarterstaff sitting beside her. [Private to GM: Nimrielye is colorblind.] Her companion was also very attractive, tall, with auburn hair and soft brown eyes. She wore leather armor and had both a longsword and dagger on her belt. [Private to GM: Alwel is searching for the legendary elven kingdom of Lerasea.]

Everyone else seemed to be the standard group of delvers and wealthy citizens of Ptolus in the Minstrel for the fine food, and entertainment.

A final pair really caught the trio’s attention. A human female was repulsive in appearance, with black hair and brown eyes. She wore black scale mail that looked greasy like her. [Private to GM: Breda secretly serves Moraie, an ancient god of evil.] Her companion was a dwarf, but he wore no armor and had no weapons about him. Strange for a dwarf he was fair appearance – especially compared to the woman- with short golden hair and large blue eyes. He wore bronze robes. [Private to GM: Finnri is hunting the doppelganger which destroyed his homeland.]

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Vogh had explained in greater detail what Belie told her about what they encountered.  Kal, Belie our other companion can explain it in more detail tomorrow over breakfast.  I would like to leave shortly after that so we can maybe be back before dark.

When Kal said something about fleeing, Vogh kind of leaned back a little in her chair.  She didn’t think Knights were one to do such a thing, but perhaps Kal was a different type of knight she had heard about.  I have no problem running if it is too difficult a task.

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Kal nodded and downed the rest of his ale and set the cup on the table once more. He dropped a gold piece to cover everything and bless with gratuity as he stood. With handshakes shared again he bid them farewell. “Alright. I will meet you, and your companion, Bee-lye… tomorrow then we shall depart. I’ll make sure to have all my gear prepared and ready for the descent. May Lovitar bless and guide you this night.”

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Talin had noticed the woman when she entered.  She was very pretty but still couldn’t hold a torch to Vogh.  He was a man though and she had caught his attention.

After the meeting had concluded, Talin and Vogh ordered another glass of wine and brought them upstairs.  They pretty much lazed around for the rest of the afternoon until it was time to get dressed and head over to the Crown Theater.  Talin had made sure that his clothes looked immaculate before putting them on and helping Vogh with her gorgeous dress.  It was the one that she wore to Castle Shard.  She looked stunning.  It was of a soft lavender color with linen stitched throughout and pearls sewn in just the right spots.  Talin just had on some nice black pants with high polished boots and a clean lavender colored shirt that he buttoned all the way to the top at Vogh’s insistence.

They both went downstairs, Vogh naturally catching the eye of many of the men and even some of the women in the common room.  Talin led Vogh outside and hailed a carriage to take them to the Crown Theater.

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Talin and Vogh summoned a carriage outside the Minstrel, which was not difficult the way they – especially Vogh – were dressed. Twilight illuminated the sky over Ptolus, with lanterns and magical lights shining all along the streets at their passing. The Cloud Theater was not far, technically residing still inside Midtown albeit right at the Western edge, very close to the ramp leading into Oldtown.

Although most people think of theatre as something in the purview of only the rich, the Cloud Theater offers drama, musicals, and other entertainment for the middle and lower classes. Liss Satorosh owned the theater, and Marlow Atrabonc was her primary director and writer. Marlow originally hailed from Dohrinthas and pretends to be much higher class than he really is, something Liss has always been able to see right through. Still, he knows much more about putting on productions than she, and he does have some talent.

They presented the tickets Raule had provided at the booth and swept inside with the slow moving crowd. The lobby was a fair size with many folks milling around. Most Nobles immediately ascended to the balconies, which each had ‘guards’ to ensure anyone going to the best seats in the house was ‘appropriate.’

They passed Lady Fransin Nagel as they entered and Vogh tried to hide the pitty from her eyes. House Nagel had fallen on hard times when the former head of the house Kurtlan Nagel was placed in the Prison for murder. The house now numbered less than a dozen and it was rumored they had to let most of their servants go. None of that trouble showed on Fransin’s face tonight though as she sat with all the poise expected of a Noble woman.

Both Lady Davina and her husband Matrenus, Vogh’s adoptive father, were present and already seated in the balcony. Matrenus smiled at her approach but continued to speak with Lord Kirstol Dallimothan. The beautiful man wore a white coat with silver and blue trimmings and presently had a baby silver dragon on his shoulder. House Dallimothan was known for being composed of dragons and half dragons, and their strange ‘tower’ house in the Noble district certainly stood out.

Lady Davina stood with a poised and sincere smile for her daughter, commenting on how beautiful she looked, then pointed to a padded bench reserved for Vogh and Talin.

Vogh sneered when she saw Navanna Vladaam, their houses long at odds, on the far balcony and was thankful the woman was not on their side of the theater. She kept her hair short, which was unbecoming a woman, and she needed all the help she could get to beautify herself. She was fit and thin, likely in her twenties, but her pointy-chin and nose made her look hawkish. The woman’s skin was extraordinarily black to the point she looked almost like a dark elf herself, but her bright yellow teeth and four tiny yellow horns on her forehead right at her hairline clearly marked her a tiefling.

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Even though Vogh didn’t do a lot with the nobility of Ptolus, she was well-versed in the customs and courtesies of them being raised within House Kath.  When Vogh and Talin entered the Cloud Theater Vogh saw lots of faces she knew.  Vogh, in turn, greeted many of the Nobility with a curtsy and she introduced Talin to them as well.  She didn’t give Talin any title or anything just that he was her boyfriend.

When it was finally time to take their seats, Vogh and Talin made their way up to the balcony.  They showed their ticket to the guards to gain entry and found her mother, Lady Davina, standing relaxed in the house’s seats.  Since House Kath owned the Cloud Theater, it was natural that they had the best seats in the place with the best acoustics and sound.  Both Vogh and Talin marveled at the tiny silver dragon perched on the should of the older noble.  Their house was known for its many dragons.

Lady Davina had commented on Vogh’s looks and Vogh returned the compliment with her own.  Her mother always looked ravishing.  When Lady Davina pointed to the seats both Vogh and Talin took their seats.  Vogh scanned the balconies looking to see if she knew any of the other nobles in attendance.  Someone she didn’t particularly like caught her attention from across the way.  Vogh told Talin, that there is Navanna Vladaam, we don’t particularly like each other.  I am not the biggest fan of demons and her heritage reeks of it.  She is a teifling if you couldn’t tell.  Vogh went on to point out some of the others and gave their names as well.

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“The horns did give a hint…” Talin snarkily remarked with a grin.

Other than her own siblings, Vogh had gotten to know Lady Enis Sadar. The “House of Shadow” was an unlikely and surprising rival with Kath, but they had always maintained good relationship with the thespian nobles. Lady Enis had almost nothing to do with the magic or shadow of the house Sadar or husband, focusing instead on the Church of Lothian. She was a good lady and not the vacant, pampered noblewoman like so many others. Vogh had first met her through the Order of Dayra which helped the underprivileged and orphans in the city.

The Order of Dayra, sometimes called the Sisterhood of Dayra, is an all-female order dedicated to tending the sick, clothing the poor, and generally helping the helpless. They run soup kitchens and charitable services throughout the Empire and in particular manage orphanages—over the years, they have become more and more focused on the well-being of children.

The children in the orphanages of the Sisterhood are not all actual orphans. People – particularly the very poor – sometimes sell one of their children to the Church for about 50 gp (almost a year’s wages for a laborer). These children, called oblates, are raised to become clerics, paladins, or other servants of the Church. A great many people associated with the Church started as oblates, and thus have a special affection for the Order of Dayra, looking upon the sisters as mother figures.

The sisters are celibate clerics or paladins who live in convents, usually attached to an orphanage and oftentimes a school.

A few other noble kids around her age she had socialized with, but never gotten really close to any.

The lights were dimmed as people started to take their seats then shortly the curtains opened. Marlow Atrabonc stepped out and his voice boomed through the entire building. He announce the acts for the evening, which included Raule’s performance, and he mentioned a new musical he penned named “The Boy Who Could Sing” which would be coming soon. Marlow looked up to the house Kath seats and bowed before moving off and the night began.

Not sure what all to say about the performances. 😀

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Yea not sure you need to really describe the performance besides the basics, to be honest.

Vogh had looked around and when she caught sight of Lady Enis, she smiled wide and described to Talin how she knew the Noblewoman.  See that woman over there Talin?  That is Lady Enis.  When I was younger I worked with her quite a bit.  She works with orphaned children and as you know I was an orphan.  Many times I worked in the kitchens and helped anywhere I could. THough I never lived in an orphanage I felt a bit of a kindred spirit towards the children.  So I helped out where I could.

Suddenly the lights went dim and the curtain opened to reveal Marlow Atrabonc.  He made the introduction and the name of the show.  He then bowed and left the stage.

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All of the performances were wonderful, but Raule’s stood out from the crowd. His music and singing elicited a standing ovation from the crowd when he finished. After a graceful bow, or two, he finally strolled off the stage. With the curtains closed, the house lights were raised to their full illumination once more and everyone began to stand and mill about or head toward the doors.

Vogh’s mother glided over to the young woman and leaned in to whisper in her ear, “Remember, Marlow wishes to speak with you tonight.” She smiled at Talin then went back to join Matrenus speaking with Kirstol once more.

Feel free to mill about and start conversations with anyone. You can ask if there are others here, or if you’re looking for a certain kind of people or anything. Let me know. Some RP time 😀 Or, you can just go straight to finding Marlow.

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The performance was wonderful and both Vogh and Talin loved the show.  Talin had said at one point in the show that he would love to have a chance to perform here.

After the show Vogh spoke with her mother for a just a moment and she reminded Vogh that Marlow wanted to speak with her.  Vogh wasn’t sure when  and where exactly so she asked.  Vogh wasn’t sure why no one asked about her new bracelet but perhaps they just didn’t notice.  Vogh wasn’t a vain person so she wasn’t going to point it out.

After talking with her mother for a moment she went to speak with Lady Enis to at least say hello and see how she was doing.  Vogh introduced Talin and they talked for a bit.  Vogh then saw Utresh Dallimothan she went over to her and with her initial curtsy, Vogh said,Greetings Lady Utresh.  I am not sure if you remember me.  I am Vogh Kath.  This is Talin.  Did you like the performances? 

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Lady Enis Sadar stood and shook Vogh’s hand lightly, palm down, as a lady does. With a smile at Vogh she expressed satisfaction with the show. “Indeed! Raule was wonderful, as usual. Your family’s performance powers are beyond compare. What’s this?”  The woman turned Vogh’s wrist slightly, which she had not released, inspecting the golden bracelet. “Friend of Castle Shard?! My, my young lady. You must tell me how you accomplished such an honor! Your family must be beside themselves!”

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Vogh was caught by the elder Lady Enis.  She saw the band and would now ask how she got it.  Sure enough, the next words were exactly that.  Vogh began to tell the story of how Lord Zavere had heard about her and Talin’s exploits and asked them to Castle Shard.  We completed a mission for them which must have pleased them for we were beckoned once more to take care of another mission.  We only had a short window to complete the task and we managed to get the needed item and save a life.  Actually, we saved two lives with our missions.  Vogh was being a little secretive about the details for she didn’t know if she should tell them all nor if anyone might be listening that could use the information for themselves.

When Lady Enis made the comment about her family, Vogh smiled and said, yes they are quite proud of me.  But, I didn’t make a big deal about it because it was Raule’s night to shine.

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“Very impress Vogh. Impressive indeed. I haven’t seen you around the Order’s locations. Now it makes sense as you’ve been very busy.” Lady Sadar smiled warmly, but there was a twinge of guilt-tripping to be had like only a mother could do.

“But saving two lives. That’s wonderful work. I would love to hear more about those stories sometime!”

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Vogh returned the smiled two-fold and when Lady Enis said she would like to hear about it in more detail sometime, Vogh suggested, Why don’t I come by the Order and see if I can help any and we can talk about what Talin and I accomplished.  Vogh wanted a chance to come by anyways and this was the perfect opportunity to do so.

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Lady Enis was pleased and told Vogh she would be excited to hear their stories. The Lady of House Sadar moved off then to speak with another thespian.

Next the bards went to Lady Utresh, also of house Dallimothan (or “House Dragon to most people) and curtsied to greet her. The breathtaking woman looked youthful, and old, all at the same time. Her copper hair practically shined, and her yellow eyes suggested there was more to her than met the eye. She smiled, revealing perfect and white teeth, “Of course I remember Vogh Kath.” She Utresh emphasized Vogh’s last name as a bit of a joke at her expense, showing she already knew the woman’s full name.

“Any Kath performance never fails to impress. It’s good to see you again. What have you been about?”

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Vogh smiled wide at the acknowledgment from Lady Utresh.  SOmething about how she said Vogh’s last name though had Vogh feeling a bit funny and she didn’t know why.  She brushed it off, of course, the woman knew she was Kath.  Aw thank you, you are too kind Lady Dallimothan.  It is wonderful to see you too, it has been quite some time since we last met.  Vogh then almost forgot her manners and then introduced Talin to her.  This is my companion Talin.


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(decided to use something other than boyfriend since that is a more recent term)


I just returned home a few months ago and have been staying at The Ghostly Minstrel.  Talin and I have taken up an adventurers life here, Vogh leaned in to speak more softly, though I have been trying to gain entrance into the Knights of Chord.  Vogh returned back to a normal speaking distance, We have actually made a name for us and people are seeking us out for quests they want us to do.  How about yourself?  I must say you look ravishing.  You haven’t aged at all.  What have you been doing with your time?

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“Ah! The Minstrel. I haven’t been there in ages. What a wonderful place. Have you ever seen the ghost? She asked the latter in hushed tones with a smile on her face.

“Well met Talin…?” Utresh let the questioning tone hang in the air until the bard answered with his surname, to which she nodded with a small smile.

To Vogh’s compliments and questions she feigned a blush and reponsded, “Oh. You’re so sweet. But time marches on for everyone.” The copper haired woman looked up at an angle toward the ceiling in thought and shrugged, “You know. A little of this, a little of that. A woman, even a noble one must keep herself busy.” There was that hinting smile again which just turned up the corner of her lips like she was keeping a secret, or even hinting at something the listener should already know.

“Do you perform at the Minstrel Vogh? Or might we even see you, Miss Kath, on this fine stage?”

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What is Talin’s last name?

When asked if she had seen the ghost at the Minstrel, Vogh only shook her head, for she still hadn’t seen it in the months she had been there.  She had heard many stories about it though from other people in the Minstrel.

When Lady Dallimothan even suggested that Vogh perform here at the Cloud Theater, VOgh blushed herself.  What an honor it would be, but I am afraid that is something that is a bit out of reach for me at this moment.  Perhaps one day though as you suggested.  As for Talin, I met him performing at The Minstrel.  I have joined him a few times up on stage.  He is quite the performer indeed.  He has many talents that I am still learning to this day, Vogh said with a wide grin as she looked to Talin.

Just then Vogh caught sight of Marlow.  He must have been looking over to her as well for he subtly acknowledged her.  It was her cue she thought to go see him now.  Lady Dallimothan, if you will excuse me, I need to go speak with the director.  Perhaps he wants to ask if I will perform some time, Vogh teased. I hope we can chat again soon.  If you would like, come on over to The Minstrel and check on us. Then with a proper curtsy, Vogh and Talin took their leave.