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Talin and Vogh waited their turn to move into the revolving group. Vogh introduced herself and Marlow’s face lit up with recognition. “Miss Vogh? You are all grown up! I have not seen in you a great many years. Your brother was wonderful tonight. Thank you for coming.” When the young woman leaned in and whispered that Raule had said there might be a problem she could help with he nodded and lowered his voice to match. “Indeed. Indeed. Yes. Meet me back stage in my office in just a few minutes. I’ll pull myself away.”

She knew where the office was, so a quick ascent of the backstage stairs brought them to the unlocked door. Inside the found a comfortable pair of chairs, two desks, and a great deal of papers, books, costumes, instruments, and more.

The duo waited longer than they expected, but it made sense a lot of people wanted to glad hand the director. Finally he opened the door and shut it behind him with an audible sigh.

“I’m sorry for the delay. Lots of people. Lots of people. Anyway, so Raule told me you might be able to help me with a rather serious problem I have.” The director moved over to one of the desk chairs, pulled it away and turned it to face them before plopping down tiredly.

“I’ve cast a young boy for the upcoming ‘The boy who could sing’ production named Maystra. For some reason which is not entirely clear to me, there is a group of people who wish to harm this boy during his opening night production. The information is not credible enough to take to the watch as it’s hearsay and rumor, but I’ll not take any chances. I would like to hire someone to ensure the boy’s protection on opening night, but the most important thing is nothing can ruin the production. The show cannot be interrupted.”

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When Vogh and Talin approached Marlow, it was clear he was quite busy.  Vogh leaned in to say Raule had sent them and his reply was as expected.  Vogh smiled and thanked the man for his kind words.

Vogh led Talin to the back and found the director’s room.  A quick test of the door proved it to be unlocked and so she pushed it open and both Talin and Vogh entered.  Grabbing two seats the pair sat and waited for Marlow.  Vogh figured it wouldn’t be long, but it was almost an hour before he came.  As the man sat and began his story the pair listened close.

Naturally, Vogh had questions that she hoped Marlow could answer, If you could please tell me who gave you the information so that we can go see this person that would help.  We need to gather as much information as possible.  We have a companion that I think could help us with this.  Is that okay with you?  Vogh waited for his answers before continuing, we would also like to meet this young man if that is okay.  Where can we find him?

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The elder man, dressed his finest that night, shook his salt and peppered head. “I wish I could tell you Vogh, but it was a number of people saying things which have given me this feeling. You can talk to each of them if you desire. Kono the costume washer said he heard tell something might ‘be going down’ as was his vernacular. Reko and Tenmi Sheak, two porters, said they didn’t want to work that night, then refused to tell me why, even at great urging. Even Enani, my best set painter seemed jittery about first showing. Again, she wouldn’t say anything specific, just said something about worrying after me.” Marlow sighed and leaned back in the padded chair, making the old leather creak as he did.

“I don’t know what’s going on, but cancelling the performance is not an option, and one of my performers being hurt isn’t either.” He looked at Vogh primarily. “So? Will you help me? I’m going to hire a couple extra stronghands for that night, but you know the theater, and I have a good feel you two will be far more… ahem… subtle than simple freelancers. Do you understand?”

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I see, so to me it sounds as though they were threatened with violence.  Okay, I would like to have access to the people that you said.  As for the extra muscle you are going to hire.  Do not do so until the day of.  There are plenty that would take the job,  but we don’t want anyone spoken too prior to the show.  Vogh said.

Talin and I would be happy to help out in any way we can.  When is the performance?  When can we speak with the boy?

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Date: 2nd day of Sun, Night.
3rd day of Sun, Theoday, help Belie
9th of Sun, The Boy Who Could Sing performance

“The performance is at the end of this week. Queensday. You have my blessing to speak with anyone and everyone who is part of the theater. As to speaking with the boy, he will be here tomorrow for practice, and he will likely be here most days until his performance.” Marlow wrung his hands in fear and trepidation about the situation.

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Vogh thought about the whole situation and figured it may be a but too late to get started.  People probably wanted to get home so the morning sounded a better option.  Her ans Talin could split up and talk to the people before talking to the boy.

Okay Marlow thank you for everything this evening.  We will speak with people in the coming days and also the boy.  If it would be okay we would like to use 2 rooms that are quiet, perhaps yours and one of the dressing rooms? One other thing I don’t want you to tell anyone till we come and speak to them..

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Date: 3rd day of Sun, Morning.
9th of Sun, The Boy Who Could Sing performance

Vogh and Talin took a carriage back to the Minstrel so as to keep their fine clothes clean and retired to their room. Morning dawned and the bard duo went downstairs to find a blonde man and the Lothian Paladin Kalerecent enjoying breakfast and speaking together at a corner table.

The blonde man smiled and waved the two over to them. Kalerecent rose as Vogh approached and reseated himself after her.

“Good morning.” The blonde offered.

[Private to GM: Davon Bosh
https://freenpcpatreon.wixsite…osh-human-city-guard
]

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Vogh saw the knight Kalerecent, but was unfamiliar with the blonde man sitting with him.  When the man greeted her with an outstretched hand, Vogh asked as she grabbed it, Belie?  If the blonde man gave any indication as that it was indeed him then Vogh asked, why the disguise.  If not then she asked, what is your name?

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Belie, the blonde man, smiled and nodded as they shook hands and the bards joined the other two. He leaned forward and kept his voice low, “When you’ve upset powerful people, it’s best to keep them guessing at your identity.” The disguised rogue winked away then leaned back to sip on his drink.

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Date: 3rd day of Sun, Morning.
9th of Sun, The Boy Who Could Sing performance

Her intuition was spot on and she smiled at the recognition of the man as he sat back in the chair.  Good morning, Kalerecent.  I hope that you had a wonderful day yesterday.  We certainly did.  The performance at the Crown Theater was beautiful.

Vogh called for some breakfast and they chatter a little about strategy if they came across something.  Vogh also explained to Kalerecent, what her dancing could do in a battle for his combat prowess.  After eating Vogh said, So, shall we go save some gnomes?

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Belie kept the blonde man form as they walked together. Even his walk and mannerisms seemed different. His longer stride and confident walk was different from the careful and in control posture Vogh had seen when first they traveled above. A boisterous laugh replaced his quiet smile, and the apparent longsword at his side swung back and forth with big steps.

Belie rolled 28 using 1d20+14.  Disguise.

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The quartet made it quickly across Delver’s / Runihan Square, then down the stairs into the Undercity Market. All but the paladin had traversed the mirror mage, so they led the way through quickly, feeling propper and accomplished delvers at that moment.

All four humans spoke lightly, but quietly as they traversed the corridors and caverns. Belie led the way with one of his magical torches. Several hours passed, exactly how many was impossible to tell in the dark tunnels. Finally Belie held up a hand, turned his head to indicate silence and crept forward.

Vogh, Talin and Kalerecent crowded up behind him as he felt along the wall, then his hand disappeared into the wall. Previously he had explained to them all the complex entrance was hidden by a magical wall illusion. He stepped through first, then the rest followed moments after.

The trio stepped through the fake wall. It appeared to be an abandoned mine. The mine shaft was narrow, long, and dark. The smell of rock and stale air assaulted their nostrils as. The roughly hewn stone walls went on for as far as their eyes could see with a sturdy set of cart tracks stretching out along the floor.

The shaft was only 10 or 12 feet wide, and the tracks took up the middle 6 feet of that. The ceiling was rough-hewn rock 10 feet from the ground, and thick oak braces were set every 20 feet. Though they heard no noise coming from the depths of the corridor, every noise they made echoed quietly off into the blackness ahead.

Belie moved forward and pointed to a chalk outline, shaking his head no, informing them all to avoid stepping on that spot. The rogue immediately began checking along the corridor for other traps which might have been added in his several day absence.

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The journey below Ptolus was an easy one as the four adventurers made the trek into the undercity and beyond.  Vogh was pleased with herself as they traversed the maze.  It all came back to her as they went through.

When Belie took the lead after, with his torch in hand.  After some time Belie found his direction and went through a portal hidden by magic.  Soon after Vogh and Talin passed through as well.  Now in a different passage, Vogh followed behind Belie as he pointed out traps he had found. Vogh was skilled at finding traps as well but she let the rogue do his work and just kept watch for any pointers he might show her.

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As the trio progressed they notice the height of the cavern opened up. Also, the style of the cavern walls and floors changed, from that of roughly carved, to impossibly smooth. Everything was still stone, but it looked more like the rock was melted and molded rather than carved with tools. There were no sharp protrusions or cut marks. There was also a lingering corrosive scent, as though the whole area had recently been bathed in a weak acid.

There was some kind of weird creature which Anthus said dug these tunnels. Belie whispered. He called it a ‘delver.’ But it’s dead now. The rogue indicated one cavern off to the right, specifying the beast was dead in there when he last left.

He moved forward a bit farther then stopped again. There is a new trap here… This wasn’t here last time. Belie pointed to another trigger plate and then circled it in chalk as well. Watch your step.

Ahead the cavern forked, the tracks continued into the darkness ahead, while timbers were laid to head the opposite direction, but the tracks had not been connected yet. Belie pointed toward a smaller tunnel which had no tracks and was narrower than the two forks with tracks and the beginnings of tracks. We were attacked down here and found the gnomes there as well. He whispered as quietly as possible.

Already the group was in danger using light sources beneath the earth. Everyone knew it made them visible to the typical underground denizens which could see with no light. Strange though, a good way down the narrow tunnel the sound of hammering could be heard, and the faint glow of another light source appeared beyond their own.

[Private to GM: An alarm spell was triggered at the opening, alerting Bhishana Bhaga. She immediately converts to her gnome self and casts invisibility (1 round), and rushes to the Workroom with the other gnomes (1 round). Then she casts cat’s grace, prot. from arrows, shield and finally haste whenever the group gets close. (3+haste rounds, total of 5+haste rounds)]

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Vogh tried to remain as quiet as possible in this new territory they were traversing.  She had no idea what was about and though Belie was doing a fine job at leading, Vogh was extra cautious.

The way the stone was worked in this part of the cavern they were now in began to worry Vogh.  The walls and floor were near perfect in the way they were carved.. or were they she thought.  At points Vogh could see that the stone looked as though it were melted and fused together.  Whatever could do this is probably powerful.  She then remembered what Brother Fabitor said about the power of a lich and she shivered a tad. When Belie had said that a creature, which is now dead, probably made the tunnels Vogh was happy about that.

They continued to move forward and Belie found another trap and clearly marked it.  They pushed on to the point Belie had showed where the gnomes were.  That was when Vogh caught sight of the light coming from down the tunnel ahead and she heard a faint hammering sound as well.  Let’s hope those are our gnomes up ahead and we can be out of this place quickly.  Vogh said softly.

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The narrower tunnel they were following immediately had a junction to the left which Belie pointed down and shook his head, then pointed two fingers at his eyes and swept them away in a “keep your eyes open” gesture. They were walking straight into another room, but just before it a tunnel branched off to the right.

Straight ahead a group of gnomes hammering on stones, with pieces of gold separated on the table, turned to regard them with fear. One turne, hands in the air in a stop gesture and blurbled out in the common tongue, “You must flee and leave us to our fate! There is a great undead creature in the chamber beyond, a husk that was once a powerful sorcerer. If you remain, it will destroy us all!”

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Vogh had been keeping an eye down the tunnel Belie had pointed him to.  She suddenly heard the gnome call out in common.  Vogh heard every word echo through the tunnels.  If the lich hadn’t known they were they before surely it did now.

Belie get them to come with us and we all can flee.  Vogh called out.

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Kalerecent likewise was on edge with the Gnome’s words. He stood side-by-side with Talin, sword at the ready and his shield out before him for maximum defense toward anything that might appear. He whispered prayers under his breath to Lothian as they watched and waited…

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Belie raised the torch high and pleaded with the gnomes. “Please. Flee with us now and we can escape before the evil thing ever knows. But we must go now! I know there are no traps on the way out. We can make it!” He quietly urged.

The rogue stopped talking, looked about, took a step back, then not so quietly he informed his friends, “I think the thing is here… now… I just felt magic wash over me and fail…” His eyes scanned all through the gnomes who looked just as frightened as he. But something felt off to Vogh about the gnomes and their fear. Their mannerisms weren’t quite right.

00:08, Today: Secret Roll: DM, on behalf of Vogh, rolled 31 using 1d20+13.  Sense Motive.

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Vogh realizing something is off about the gnomes calls to Belie, come back to us.  They are not what they seem. Vogh then begins to sing a tune to bolster her companions.

Vogh pulls her blade in the same instance and moves towards Belie.

Talin heard Vogh’s words and likewise stepped towards Belie.

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Vogh, likewise, feels magic fall over her, but practiced in the arts herself and not without considerable will, she shrugs off the effects.

09:12, Today: Secret Roll: DM, on behalf of Vogh, rolled 23 using 1d20+8.

Belie moved back toward the woman and their other two companions watching the gnomes carefully. Both he and Vogh noticed one gnome wink into existence from being invisible in the middle of the group of the creatures.

Then the rogue exploded into action to avoid a blast of lightning that emanated from that same gnome! Vogh took the full brunt of the attack, as did the paladin since he was facing away and unprepared for the attack. Talin managed to skirt most of the electrical power, but his hair still stood on end and his teeth chattered from even part of the shock.

Lightning bolt damage: 33
Belie saved for no dmg.
Vogh and Kal take 33
Talin takes 1/2: 16 points

09:19, Today: Secret Roll: DM rolled 29,14,23,15 using 1d20+11,1d20+9,1d20+9,1d20+10.  Ref Save DC 16 B/V/T/K.

09:18, Today: Secret Roll: DM rolled 20,17,20 using 1d20+10,1d20+12,1d20+12.  Perception: Vogh/Talin/Belie.

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Even as she sees Belie begin to move back towards her he seems to twist and turn in mid-stride and though she wonders at first what he is doing she finds out soon enough when a bolt of lightning strikes her dead in the chest.  All her muscles twitched and flexed and felt like mush in one instant.  Luckily for her Vogh was able to keep her hands on her blade.  Needing to act fast for there were a lot of enemies in the room, Vogh turned her singing into the form of a spell.  Her companions felt the magic fall over them as the spell took effect.  Vogh then moved forward towards the gnomes, if that is what they were.

Cast https://www.d20pfsrd.com/magic/all-spells/h/haste/

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Talin had begun to step towards Belie when suddenly he saw the lightning come his way.  He was more to the side of Vogh who got the full brunt of the bolt of lightning.  The sheer power of the blast ricocheted off of her and though it didn’t hit him fully he felt the powerful charge of electricity go through his body.  He shook it off as he continued moving forward now at a charge.  Then his motion became much quicker as Vogh’s spell overtook him giving him great agility and speed.  With his movement directly towards this new gnome who cast the spell, he makes a screaming sound as he charged hoping to put the fear of its god in it.

Charge the foe who cast the spell, I should be able to attack it???
11:04, Today: Talin rolled 24,21 using d20+18,d8+13.  charge.
Make a will save DC18.

http://dnd.arkalseif.info/feat…rath–751/index.html
Make another Will save DC18 for all within range for no effect.

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All of the gnomes, except one, retreat screaming and horrified from Talin’s charge. The one who had cast a powerful lightning bolt into the group’s midst stood resolute and simply sidestepped the bard’s slashing blade with impossible speed.

In the same motion the gnome body began to contort and twist, flesh falling away as a skeleton rose in its place. Fire burned in its eye sockets as a groan escaped its teeth, a mouth devoid of lips. The hideous visage stepped back from Talin, dodging his swing, and unleashed another blast of lightning right at the man.

Despite his surprise he dodged part of the powerful electricity but again felt his muscles unnaturally tense as even the passing line of lightning was enough to hurt. (17 dmg)

Initiative:

26 Vogh
25 Talin
20 Lich
16 Kal
12 Belie (seriously?!?!)

26,25,12,16 using 1d20+7,1d20+7,1d20+9,1d20+6 ((19,18,3,10)).

Kalerecent, seeing the undead thing revealed immediately brandished his holy symbol and sword high, shouting to Lothian to hear his call and destroy the abomination! He charged forward to smite the thing. His magical sword passed through the shimmering barrier that floating before the thing and connected. He felt his sword flare with power as it sensed evil and bit at the creature’s life force.

Unfortunately, everyone could tell the mighty blow he struck should have hurt the thing much more than it seemed to.

Kalerecent is at +4 to atk/dmg/AC. He hit, and got extra Holy dmg.
[Private to GM: K did 22 dmg, but that’s only 2 hp since DR/20]

Belie didn’t have the first clue how to injure something with no anatomy. His training centered around finding a target’s weakest points and hurting it the most. Before him was nothing but bones and rags. Before charging the thing he snagged a small sack from his back and tossed it at the skeletal feet. Unfortunately, the fire eyes were looking at the Paladin, and thus Belie, when he tossed the chemical weapon. Again, with an unnatural quickness, the thing stepped, preventing the goo from cementing it to the ground. Yet it still growled in frustration as its movements were slowed.

Belie rolled 24 using 1d20+11 (ranged touch attack).

The lich made its reflex save, so no stuck to the floor, but can move at only half speed.

Top of Round 2, Vogh’s turn.

[Private to GM: Bhishana’s AC is 30: 23 AC + 4 shield + 2 cat’s grace + 1 haste
Damage Reduction 20/+3.
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Vogh was astonished that the monster was able to dodge Talin and then looked as if it absorbed the blow from Kalercent.  She was already boosting her allies with her music and so she began her battle dance as she sped towards her target.  The dance was quite visible to her allies and gave them the inspiration of a dragon as fires began to stir within them.

As she reached her target she slashed across its form hoping to cause the most damage.


17:24, Today: Vogh rolled
42,21,25,
29,23,17 using
D20+23,d8+17,5d6,d20+23,d8+17,5d6. Attack the lich

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Talin saw Vogh charge in and her battle dance was so powerful he felt the blood rising in his body.  He had felt the power from this undead creature and he needed to end it quickly.  Slamming his blade he came across once, twice, and one final time hoping it was enough.

18:45, Today: Talin rolled
35,20,15,
33,17,
23,17,14,18
using
D20+18,d8+13,5d6,
d20+18,d8+13,5d6,
d20+13,d8+13,5d6. Attack the lich

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Vogh’s first attack slashes into the skeleton, she knows she hurt it, but not as much as she should have! She missed with her second swing as the magical field blocked her blade. Talin scored two hits, but again only the first seemed to inflict any kind of damage, and even that not as much as it should have.

[Private to GM: ((21+25)-20)+((20+15)-20)]

Who will NPC Lich attack?, rolled 1 using 1d3.  1=V 2=T 3=K.

An otherworldly cackle escaped the skeletal mouth as the bag of bones disappeared from sight. Vogh was too perceptive to be tricked and she immediately lashed out at the now invisible skeletal creature moved away from her. Unfortunately it moved too quickly for her sword to connect.

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Kal saw the lich disappear but could not figure where it had gone. Belie too saw the undead thing vanish from sight. However, his keene ears let him pick up the faint scraping of bone on stone. The rogue didn’t have a visible target to attack, but he knew the thing was headed his direction. Dropping a hand to his belt he grabbed a small leather bag and dumped the contents all across the tunnel entrance. Small, spiked caltrops covered the whole opening and Belie stood on the opposite side of lich and friends awaiting his chance to strike.

Belie rolled 27 using 1d20+12.  Perception.

Top of Round 3, Vogh’s turn. She knows the lich moved toward the exit, and Belie

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After the lich disappeared Talin saw Vogh attempt to attack it as it went by him.  Talin got the idea that it was headed towards Belie when the rogue poured out some caltrops in front of the exit.  Talin then grabbed some items from a sack and cast a well known spell of his in the area where he thought the lich to be.

Cast https://www.d20pfsrd.com/magic…pells/g/glitterdust/

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Vogh had waited for Talin with his spell to show the lich again with the dust of his spell.  She had seen him use it before on invisible targets.  She charges the lich once more and slashes at it twice connecting both times.

15:20, Today: Vogh rolled 41,23,17
30,21,23
using D20+23,d8+17,5d6,d20+23,d8+17,5d6. Attack the lich

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The undead thing whirled on Vogh, eye fires flaring in anger as it screamed at her. The bard knew she had done some damage with those two hits, and the lich knew all could see it once more.

With incredible dexterity the undead thing flicked its hands around, dodging away from Vogh’s blade and she knew another blast of lightning was coming. Talin saw the blue charge coming as well. Both bards dodged with all speed, avoiding the brunt of the blast which blew a hole in the rock on the far wall. (37/2 = 18 dmg)

DM rolled 28,26,37 using 1d20+9,1d20+9,10d6.  Ref Save DC 16 V/T

Then the bag of bones turned and swept past Belie, completely ignoring the sharp barbs on the floor. The rogue stabbed out with his rapier, but even clanking against bone he knew the lich felt no pain.

Kalerecent charged forward, but then had to sweep the caltrops aside and the lich was disappearing down the hallway into darkness.

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Vogh didn’t want the lich to get away, she had a feeling that they were close to destroying this form of it.  If all three went after the thing and it cast another lightning bolt they could all die if they couldn’t dodge it. You only live once though she thought as she sprinted after the lich bringing her torch to her hand so she could see it still.  Vogh had a feeling that she was much fast than it so she sprinted down the passage in hot pursuit.  She caught up to it quickly as it seemed slowed for some reason.  Vogh again slashed her blade across the backside of the lich twice hitting it with both slashes as the fire from the blade scorched the bones once more.

21:25, Today: Vogh rolled 30,23,14,38,19,19 using D20+23,d8+17,5d6,d20+23,d8+17,5d6.  attack the lich.

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Talin sped after Vogh he got to the turn in the corridor and heard Vogh attack again.  Talin could see her from around the corner and could see he couldn’t get in to engage just yet.  So he used the opportunity to heal Vogh from around the corner.

Since he was guarded by the wall he cast his spell as he touched Vogh from behind.
21:36, Today: Talin rolled 17 using 3d8+8.  cure serious wounds.

Talin asked Kal if he could heal him as the paladin moved up behind him.  Kalercent, are you able to heal?  If so I could use some!

Kal could tell that Talin just sacrificed his own heal to heal Vogh.

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Vogh’s slashes were brutally effective, and her magical fire flared over the skeletal form as it tumbled into the wider passageway with the mine cart tracks heading left and right.

To everyone’s surprise the ‘lich’ began to shift shape once more and the group jumped to attack until they realized the form remained lifeless and resembled a bipedal great cat instead of a walking skeleton.

Multiple slashes and lacerations bled slowly as the beasts heart had stopped pumping after succumbing to its wounds. Several pockets of hair were burned. The entire body looked like a giant, striped cat, but it seemed to have stood on two legs. It resembled a litorian in this regard, but not as large or muscled as those creatures. Also, the body was clearly a female of the race.

She was bedecked in a fine dress, which would have been quite expensive, with several items of jewelry about her person. Ornate rings, earrings, and a necklace all looked to be valuable. When Vogh looked over the body while detecting magic, she noticed one ring shone with magic.

OOC: Bardic Knowledge DC 25 to know it’s a Rakshasa

Belie mentioned his powerful friend smashed a large wardrobe in this creature’s living area, which is where they were attacked. He led them down the first corridor on the right to enter an ornate room.

This room one was clearly designed for comfort. The walls were painted with bright murals in red, gold and silver. A thick mat of woven grass covered the floor, looking soft to walk across, decorated with complex, swirling patterns.

From the ceiling numerous brass hooks and fixtures hung, though there was no sign of what the hooks were meant to hold. A large four-post bed sat in the middle of the room while a desk, smashed wardrobe and several comfortable chairs sat against the back wall.

There were several sacks of coin sitting beside the ruined furniture piece, a few gems and a couple art pieces.

The coins were divided into four bags, one with 200 cp, one with 480 sp, one with 500 gp, and one with 130 pp. A fifth bag held five brilliantly polished teardrop-shaped bloodstones (50 gp each) and a single golden amethyst with dark and light veins that give it a tiger-striped appearance (500 gp).

Loose beside the kindling were two cloth-of-gold tapestries depicting scenes of ornate gardens [Private to GM: (1,050 gp each)], an ebony jewelry box inlaid with tiny rubies and pearls [Private to GM: (2,100)], and a set of silver tableware including an ewer [Private to GM: (55 gp)]; 12 diner plates [Private to GM: (30 gp each)]; 12 sets of two forks, three knives, and two spoons [Private to GM: (35 gp per set)]; and four serving plates [Private to GM: (60 gp each)].

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Vogh finished her attack which proved too much for the lich.  What happened next as the lich began to shapechange Vogh with Talin and Kal now by her side they witnessed the lich become a bipedal cat much like others she had seen in Ptolus, though this one seemed a bit different.  She couldn’t figure out the race at this time though.  She looked to the two men and only shrugged her shoulders.Well now, I am at a loss.  Do either of you know what this is?

As they all moved through the couple of rooms and found the various items Vogh smiled wide.  It was quite the haul and even better, none of the gnomes seemed to be too bad off. With an agreement between the heroes,  Vogh handed over the bag of copper coins and the bag of silver coins.  The gnomes had labored long enough and it was time for them to enjoy life.  Where are you all from?  Do you have families?
What was this being trying to have you do here?  Just dig for gold or something else?
  Vogh asked them.

They all left the tunnels finally some time later and returned to the surface with their earnings.

So, 4 way split correct?  How much is the jewelry she had on?Also after studying the ring what is it?

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All the jewelry worn by the cat-creature were precious metals, but not worth a great deal. Vogh realized with detection the ring was one of protection, which would help defend the wearer. (Ring of Protection +2)

The gnomes were very shaken, and it took guiding them to the dead body to finally convince them to relax. All explained Bhishana had enslaved them to mine the complex to give her the gold to afford her lavish lifestyle desires. Supposedly there was going to be a shipment of fine furniture delivered somewhere on the surface she was going to have brought to the complex.

One piped up that Bhishana was older and basically wanted to retire, but she liked being close enough to some civilization to enjoy comforts and finery.

“We actually lived here first and developed this mine. We had a rather nice life until she came along.” One of the larger males offered.

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Vogh
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As they all spoke to the gnomes and found out that they actually lived in this mine first, Vogh smiled wide.  So you know this place like your own then?  Who is the leader and what is their name?  Vogh asked.

You say that she was going to have furniture delivered?  We should check everywhere and see if we can find some proof of purchase.  If we don’t find anything I could see if I could find out who it was purchased from.  My offer still stands with the bags of copper and silver.  They are yours to keep.  If there is anything you want us to take out of here we will.

16:02, Today: Vogh rolled 28 using 1d20+13. knowledge local.

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The main gnome that had spoken the most shrugged at the question about a leader. “Bhishana, killed our leader when she took over, but we don’t much need leadership. We thank you for ridding us of her. Perhaps we could return our lives to being more normal.” All of the ‘clan’ was grateful for the four’s generosity in leaving them the money, and none felt the group needed to take anything out with them.

None of them knew anything about the furniture delivery plans. “She would not have had someone bring it here. As with the rest of these items, she would take some of us to retrieve them and return here.”

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Vogh is sad that the female Raksasha had killed their leader.  It was unfortunate but nothing she could do now.  Vogh asked, Were the items that were picked up always picked up from the same spot or different spots?  Also, was someone there when the items were picked up?  Just want all the facts so we can deal with that.  If there is nothing else you can help with we will leave you all to your home.  If you do come across further issues please contact Vogh or Talin or Belie at the Ghostly Minstrel.

With that all taken care of they companions all left them to their lives.

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The gnomes conferred and shared stories then the one they had been speaking with told them sometimes there were people there but it wasn’t always the same location. A couple times porters brought things into the tunnels then the gnomes went and met them. Once she even teleported in with some small items she purchased. All in all, none of them knew the names of any businesses. Their captor didn’t horribly mistreat them, but being under someone’s rulership was never preferable to a sentient being. She would leave from time to time as a human or in other disguises as she could shape shift into almost anything.

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Vogh
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On there way back to the surface Vogh looked over to Belie, So, now that your mission is complete what will you do?  What about you Kal?  Do you have future plans? It was nice getting to know you and we certainly would like to  perhaps work together another time.

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Belie managed a weak smile. He seemed to be torn. It couldn’t be easy for him to have his friends say they would not help him, but the gnomes were safe now and his conscience was clear.

“Maybe I’ll stay at the Minstrel for a while. I have free lodging at the Welcome Inn for assisting them with some troubles, but a change of scenery might be nice.”

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Kalerecent was happy they did not indeed have an understanding scourage beneath the city. “The church always has work for me. I’m certain my duties will lead me on to the next task. Hopefully Lothian will see fit to cross our paths again soon. If you ever need to reach me, always feel free to leave word with Fabitor.”

He clanked along in heavy armor, but wore a slight smile and walked lighter in the knowledge of having done good that day.

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Talin was quite pleased with the outcome of the battle and that the gnomes were free once more to live their lives.  He had walked with a lighter step as they all returned to the surface.  When Vogh asked about what the others would do, Talin listened.

Talin had figured that Kal would have plenty to do given his profession and all.  He wasn’t surprised by Belie’s either.  He kind of liked the man and was getting to know him.  That would be great, we can talk more about future endeavors together.

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Vogh knew of two furniture stores in the big city. Tillie’s was in Midtown and the halfling owner did a good business. She hoped that’s where the furniture came from. Because the alternative was Buckingham’s in the Noble’s District and she did not want to go there. Buckingham’s was operated by Edina Ferrar, but was wholly owned by House Abanar.

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Vogh
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Once on the surface again Vogh and Talin said their goodbyes to Kal and Belie.  Before leaving the undercity they had split the cash.  Vogh said to Talin, I believe there are only two furniture places that I remember.  We can head on over to Tillie’s in Midtown to see if they were fulfilling the order.  They make beautiful furniture and I think we would be happy with what we get there.  Talin agreed and the two headed that way.

Since it was still just the afternoon the place was still open so the pair went in.  Vogh struck up a conversation with someone behind the counter.  Greetings, I am inquiring about an order that was placed for some finely made furniture that was supposed to be delivered when complete.  Would you know anything about that?

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A very attractive, and rather busty, young halfling woman attended Vogh. As was common in Ptolus, the halfling stood atop a shelf behind the counter that put her at eye level with Vogh. Of course, most of her was visible due to the raised platform. She wore a knee length dress fit for spring and warm weather.

“I’ll need a bit more information dear. We’ve many orders awaiting delivery. Who was the order for?”

She had a bit of a mousy voice, high pitched and with just a touch of condescension.

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Vogh kept her cool, she hadn’t thought about it that many others would have ordered furniture.  She hoped that Bhishana had used her own name.  Oh yes, how silly of me.  Naturally, you would have many orders like this.  It would be for Bhishana.  It is a retirement gift and we were sent to check on the goods to see how it was coming along.

Vogh had poured on the charm to help her case with this woman.

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The alluring young lady nodded her head with some understanding and moved over to the opposite end of the counter, against the wall, where she descended a short stair and disappeared through a curtain into the back.

A few minutes later she appeared with a few parchments.

“Yes. We received a ten percent payment of the thirty four hundred thrones total. Will you be paying the remainder today?”

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Vogh
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The look that Vogh gave when the little halfling seemed to understand was one of relief.  Vogh didn’t know what else to say and thankfully the Raksasha didn’t use a false name.

When the woman returned after a short time and asked if Vogh would be settling the bill now, Vogh shook her head.  No, our employer actually sent us to cancel the order and to collect the deposit.  There was a change in her finances and she needs the krones back.

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The halfling looked put out, “Well, we have already began work, so I cannot refund all your deposit. Let me check on this and I will be right back.” With attitude she walked down and into the back once more.

A few moments later she climbed the stairs once more with a small sack. “Here is 20 dragons back.” the little attitudinal halfling stated flatly.

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Vogh waited patiently for the haughty woman to return.  When she was carrying a sack with her, Vogh thought just how lucky they were.  After taking the sack and hearing the amount, Vogh said, I will tell our employer that she lost money.  If she doesn’t like it she will be coming herself.

With that Vogh and Talin left the place a little richer than before.  The headed over to the vault so that they could make another deposit.

After leaving Hammersong Vault, the pair went to Potions and Elixirs.  They knew they needed to get rid of some things and this would be a good place to start.

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Potions and Elixirswas nearly to the Warrens on the farthest East section of Midtown. Once again the duo passed the Narred, open and beautiful. Then on the south side of Iron Street, directly across from Narred was the Herbalist Guild.

Easily one of the most pleasing buildings in the district, the Herbalists’ Guildhall consisted of three tall structures joined by a common wall. That wall surrounded a large open yard which the guild used as a vast herb garden. The winding ivy pattern frieze on the buildings and surrounding wall gave the place an elvish feel. The guildhall was not open to the public to bring their sick or injured there, but it was possible to purchase herbs in large quantities directly from the guild at a discount. Most pleasing, were the scents which wafted on the breeze out, beyond the guild walls.

Inside Potions and Elixirs Buele, a man with more than some elven heritage, greeted them. He was moving around the shop, tidying up a few things, adding labels and instructing a few staff members on organization.

“Good Day. I hope the Spire’s Shadow is in your favor today. May I assist you with something?” He asked stately and politely.

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Vogh
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Vogh hadn’t been to Potions and Elixers before and when they arrived, she was quite pleased with the look of the place.  Not many buildings looked like it in town and before heading in she paused to take it all in.

Once inside and greeted by the man, Vogh began by saying, Greetings, I hope the Spire is also in yours.  We have inherited a bunch of alchemical supplies but don’t want to keep them and are looking to sell them off.  Is this something you are interested in?  If he was, Vogh would go on to tell the man what they have for sale.

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“Interesting. Well that depends on what you are selling. Would you be able to bring the items here? Or I could come take a look at them?” Buele asked, intrigued.

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Vogh assumed the man wouldn’t want to be blindfolded so she said, Oh I can bring them all here.  Though I want to make sure it would be something you would be interested in before I cart all of it here.  Vogh had given as good a description of the items so the man could make the best guess at whether he would want them.

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“By the Spire. That’s a lot of equipment. What did you say your relative did whom you inherited this from?”

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Vogh nodded her head in agreement.  Yes, I know it is a lot.  He was into experimentations.  I am not fully sure what all he had done honestly.  He was a bit of a recluse.

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“My, my. That seems a lot of equipment to move. My shop won’t even hold that many items of such size. I shall have to store them elsewhere until I find a suitable buyer. Would you be interested in transporting it to a warehouse then I can sell the lot, or individual items, on consignment for you?”

[Private to GM: If you are willing to transport all of it here then I will give you at least half what I think the full lot is worth. I can then pay you a portion of the proceeds after I find a buyer. Does that seem a fair deal? This way you get some coin immediately, but I won’t be put in a bad position with equipment I cannot sell.]

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When the man said that he couldn’t house the items here nor could he buy them now, Vogh almost left, but when he made a proposal which was acceptable to her Vogh said, I certainly can do that.  Do you want us to meet you there?  We could probably have it to you in just a few hours.  What about we say at the end of your day?

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“Agreed. By the spire, do be careful in transporting everything, as I’m sure you’re aware, this kind of equipment is very fragile and temperamental. Maybe I should come to your abode this evening to inspect the items?”

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Vogh gave a charming and polite excuse for them being unable to have him over at that time, which he accepted with no suspicion.

The duo quickly secured a heavy cart to carry all the equipment and rushed back to their lair to disassemble the equipment as fast and carefully as possible for two bards dealing with specialized apparati.

Before the dual horse, flat carriage arrived Vogh and Talin had all the equipment in the junk lot which hid their underground abode. The two drivers assisted them in loading everything, then with much trepidation began the cart rolling painfully slowly through the Ptolus streets.

Finally, after moving at a snail’s pace, they arrived outside the warehouse Buele had directed them to. The half elf was astonished to see the number of instruments upon the cart. His jaw hang slack for several months.

“By… The… Spire…” he said breathlessly. Slowly he looked over all they brought, inspecting small items incredulously while running hands over all the containers large enough to hold a person. those have been rather tricky for the two bards to wrestle out.

Finally Buele seemed content in his inspection and slid down to address them together. He spoke in a quiet tone away from the carriage drivers. “I believe new all of this could have totaled close to 2,000 gold. But used it’s about half that, and if I do half of that I could do 500 gold today.”

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Between Vogh and Talin they were able to bring the whole of the supplies to the warehouse without anything breaking.  It took them quite a long time moving slowly through the streets but alas they met up with Buele and after watching him go over the items he said finally what he would offer.  Vogh nodded as if she knew it would be a lot of money, but she hadn’t known it would be so much.  She didn’t even look over to Talin so as to make it look like she was surprised.

50 dragons seems a fair amount up front. I figured it was worth at least 100 dragons but 200 is even better.  When you have sold as much as you think you will sell you can notify by leaving a message at The Ghostly Minstrel for Vogh or Talin.  Thank you so much Buele!

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Buele had to have them follow him back to the shop, which he unlocked once more and produced 50 dragons instead of 500 thrones. The half-elf shook their hands and said he would indeed be in touch whenever items sold to pay them their fair share. “Please do keep in mind my friends, these are specialized instruments, so they don’t sell as fast a plain old swords. Be patient and I’ll make sure we all make a fair bit of coin from your inheritance.”

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We thank you very much.  Take care Vogh said once they had their dragons in hand.  They left and headed back to The Ghostly Minstrel.  Since it was still not quite late Vogh said to Talin that she was going to grab Iltumar and do some training.  She said she would look for him for dinner when she was finished.

Vogh and Iltumar trained for about an hour, it more than enough to get a good lather of sweat for each of them.  Vogh was seeing a much-improved fighter in Iltumar after all their training and she told him as much.  That doesn’t mean though that you should be looking for trouble.  There is plenty enough in the city and it will more than likely find you.  Anyways, have a good evening Iltumar and we will be seeing each other another day.

Vogh returned back to Talin and together they had dinner and then went to bed.  Vogh had said she would be meeting with the leader of the Knights of Chord alone in the morning.  She would then meet him after and they both head to speak with Marlow.


Date:
4th day of Sun meet with Head of the Knights of the Cord in evening meet Marlow.
9th of Sun, The Boy Who Could Sing performance

The next morning the pair rose and had some breakfast and then Vogh said her goodbye and headed to the meeting place as instructed by Raule.

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The Knights of the Chord owned a small keep in Oldtown called the Jodan Templehall, which served as an informal temple to Jode, goddess of music, as well as the order’s headquarters.

Many knights lived at the hall, while others simply used it as a base of operations when in Ptolus.

The templehall had a chapel, practice hall, meeting room/dining hall, kitchen, single-room apartments for some of the knights, and an office suite for the order’s leader, the elf Hallusiun Everfar.

Every Chord Knight had mastered, to some degree, the art of drawing power from music and song. While many may have at one time been bards, they are no longer minstrels. The knights were a martial order and focused heavily on combat skills.

In truth, an even greater asset than Everfar was Nivae Tamelli, the greatest bard in all of Ptolus. She had turned down offers to lead the knights numerous times, but whenever they need her, she is there—and no greater supporter could they desire. Nivae isn’t interested in combat or adventuring, however. In her spare time, she researched musical history, attempting to learn old songs and old dances important to cultures long dead. She was also very interested, and involved, in politics. Nivae had made it well known she was interested in the republican movement.

Vogh could not help but fangirl when she saw the iconic woman. The elf Nivae reclined in a plush chair, reading an old tome. She wore no armor, but it was a good bet she was not unprotected. A beautiful red tunic ended in long sleeves, covered by beautifully embroidered bracers. Supple leather boots with golden traces climbed to her knees. Several golden rings adorned her delicate hands, one with an emerald large enough to dazzle Vogh’s sensibilities. Nivae was impossibly beautiful and Vogh found an almost magical compulsion to stare.

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Vogh arrived a tad bit early, so excited was she to meet the leader of the Knights of Chord.  Vogh had taken a bath that morning and had worn her freshly washed garnet tunic with her leather breeches. Vogh too wore her supple leather knee-high boots.  She had her blade still strapped to her side as she didn’t go anywhere without it except to a ball, some show at the cloud theater or when told she didn’t need it.  Vogh took a secured coach to meet the Knights as she didn’t wear her armor.

When Vogh entered she saw Nivae Tamelli sitting in a plush chair reading some tome that Vogh wondered what it was.  The woman was the epitome of what a bard should be like.  In many ways, Vogh had modeled her career thus far to mirror this woman that she now stood in the same room.  Vogh cleared her throat with a soft rumble and then spoke.  Greetings M’lady Tamelli, I am here to meet with Hallusiun Everfar.  My name is Vogh, it is a pleasure to meet you.

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Nivae looked up from her book, one leg slung over the low arm of the plush chair, and smiled at Vogh.

“Greetings.” The tall elf stood, shutting her book with a marker and laying it atop a table beside her chair which also held a fluted drink glass. “Welcome to Jodan Templehall. Hall’s office is just down that way.” A thin, alabaster finger gestured down the hallway she had entered before diverting off into this sitting room.

[Private to GM: send an invitation to a castle shard party to talin while vogh is gone]

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In reply to Talin (msg # 424):

The bard didn’t have far too look. Belie was in the common room of the Minstrel when Talin descended the stair. However, he was once again in the form of the blonde man he wore when they met with Kalerecent previous. The rogue looked over the rim of a book he was reading and waved Talin over to his table.

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In reply to Vogh (msg # 423):

Nivae smiled at Vogh as she moved away, then plunked back into her chair and resumed reading her book. The young woman made her way down the long hallway until she neared the end and saw a metal name plate engraved with “Hallusiun Everfar” nailed to a strong wooden door.

A single knock elicited a simple, “Come in.”

Vogh clicked the latch open and pushed the door inward. Sitting behind a large wooden desk which sported a stone top, likely marble based on the dark striations in the glossy white, sat the leader of the Knights of the Chord.

Hallusiun was all elf, and not a young one at that. However, his age was impossible for Vogh to determine as the elves aged so much slower than humans. Raven black hair was cut short, another oddity for most elves, and he looked up at her with deep blue eyes from a group of papers arranged on his desk. “How may I help you miss?” He asked in a melodic voice.

The elf wore nor armor and had no weapons visible. Instead he wore a black tunic, silk judging by the light’s play across it, embroidered with the red shield and golden harp symbol of the Knights.

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After pushing the door open and seeing this man’s room, Vogh was feeling quite at home.  The elf looked up from some papers and asked his question, Oh yes, I am Vogh.  My brother Raule Kath had set up an appointment to speak with you today.  Vogh wasn’t sure why she told the elf all that, she was a bit nervous and when she was nervous she liked to talk.  As an after-thought, Vogh probably knew that the elf knew who she was and why she was there.

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Vogh actually guessed wrong, the elf did not know her by sight, which was confirmed when he stood and extended his hand across the desk to shake hers then gestured for her to sit.

“Of course. Miss Vogh Kath, a pleasure to meet you. Indeed your brother did contact me. You are early, forgive me for not recognizing you.”

When she had taken her seat he sat as well and rested his elbows on the polished desk surface.

“Master Kath told me you might be interested in joining the Knights?”

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The pleasure is mine… she paused for a second before continuing, I am sorry how do I address you? Vogh felt weird at that time not knowing and thought she would just ask.

To his other comment she added, Yes, Raule was being humble.  He has known that from a little child I have been intrigued by the Knights of Chord.  I know it is fortunate that I grew up in House Kath as the two entities have somewhat of an arrangement.  Course I would not want to be accepted anywhere just based on my name.  I am one that likes to prove that I am worthy.

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In reply to Belie (msg # 425):

Talin went and sat next to the blonde haired man.  He asked, So what are you reading?
And do you have any plans today
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Hallusiun chuckled at her question about how to address him. “Hallusiun is fine.” He nodded approvingly of Vogh’s statement about proving she was worthy.

“Well, as you well know, all of the Knights of the Chord can use song and performance for the martial arts. We do have an Imperial Charter, but we receive no payment from the government. In truth, we are far smaller than in years past.” The elf reclined in his chair and took up a narrow pipe which he lit and puffed on occasionally as he spoke. “The City Watch does a fair job. The Sisterhood of Silence even has enough members to patrol Ptolus. We are not so large. Most of the Knights today serve their own ends, but still contribute to the order. It is rare we have causes to chase enmasse. Thankfully House Kath has not even needed our services in your lifetime as Ptolus has seen a long respite with peace. So what is your interest in the Chord ma’am?” He smiled at the honorific, typically reserved for women far older than Vogh.

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In reply to Talin (msg # 430):

“No plans today my friend. I find myself with coin, and a desire to relax. Yourself? Where is your lady?” Belie welcomed Talin to his table, closed and set the book on the table revealing a simple cover with no lettering.

“A simple book on rudimentary traps. I know a fair bit about some protective mechanisms, but one can always learn more. It is rather difficult to find those interested in teaching someone else their understanding of such machines.” He smiled at Talin and waved over one of Telleth’s serving ladies.

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Vogh nodded through Hallusiun’s talk about the order.  She knew everything he spoke of and when he finally asked her why she wanted to join she was ready for the answer, Hallusiun, perhaps it was my upbringing, perhaps it is the fact that I was an orphan, I have always valued the tenets of the Knights of Chord and how they practice upholding freedom and protecting the innocent.  I have worked to do this my entire life and since returning to Ptolus a few months ago I have acted on those very tenets. I understand the order has been shrinking but perhaps that could change here and now.

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In reply to Belie (msg # 432):

When one of the serving ladies came over Talin ordered some fresh juice.  Having already enjoyed breakfast with Vogh earlier he wasn’t very hungry.

I can understand why those with the talent would keep it close to them for they may not want others to learn their secrets and thus able to bypass anything they have come up with.  Talin leaned back in his chair and relaxed.  Vogh and he had been quite busy of late and he hadn’t had a lot of time to just sit.

So, have you been over to the lair lately?  Vogh and I cleared out a bunch of stuff.  You know I was thinking about finding out who owns the land there.  Think you might want to join me?

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Everfar couldn’t help himself from smiling at Vogh’s answer. “Indeed. Indeed. There is always need of us, and none of our Knights are lackadaisical in keeping that, our very goal, at their forefront. Granted, I don’t wish for the order to explode in growth, as it would likely mean the need for knights was great, and thus the situation dire. Yet, I know our cause is just and our Knights are among the very best beings in the land.”

The elf certainly knew how to monologue, and he stylishly puffed on his pipe with pauses for effect throughout.

“To join the knights one must have some ability in music and the martial, which I’ve heard you are beyond adept in both. There are a few prerequisites which we can discuss, and you’ll need to train with one of our knights for a spot of time.”

He leaned forward and whispered, despite it not being necessary given their location, “We Knights still have our share of secrets up our sleeves.” Hallusiun ended by leaning back in his chair slowly and dramatically, then puffed on his pipe with a sly wink to Vogh.

To qualify to become a Knight of the Chord, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
Alignment: Any chaotic
Knowledge (Arcana): 3 ranks
Perform: 9 ranks
Feats: Toughness, Weapon Focus (any)
Special: Must be able to cast the spell sculpt sound.
Special: Must be invited into the order by an existing knight.

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Belie gave Talin a sly, side eye, as if to imply he might have been there without Talin’s knowledge. Then the disguised rogue chuckled. “No. I have not. I had no need to invade your home. Finding out who owns the land would be a good idea. If it’s the … dark one … we might have a spot of trouble. Have you heard anything of him since our eviction? I’ve kept my eyes and ears peeled, and even inquired a bit around, but there’s been no word. I would rather not have, one of his kind, pop up behind me on a dark night…”

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You are quite right about that.  Would you want to come with me and see what we can about who owns the parcel of land?  Perhaps it is open, least it looks that way to me.  We could purchase it and build on it ourselves.  Talin looked overgaugeBelie to gage his reaction.

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Vogh couldn’t agree more about the wanting to not have the use of the Knights of the Chord, but not having them die off either would be a good thing.

Vogh then blushed a bit, she did so outwardly so the elf could see.  Course she could have held it in, but she wanted him to see it.  Thank you for the compliment.  My companion and I have both done quite well in the city since we have paired together.  Perhaps you know of my companion? His name is Talin Ursalatao.  Anyways, I am rambling on.  Vogh stated before relaxing some.

I would be very interested to know what the prerequisites are to join and would cherish training with one of its masters.  Vogh didn’t comment on the secrets for she had heard stories about the skills some of the Knights hold.

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In reply to Talin (msg # 437):

“Sure. Where do we even go to do that?” Belie left payment on the table and stood to follow Talin out of the Minstrel.

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Talin only shrugged his shoulders, he went over and asked Tellith where could we go to see who owned a parcel of land in the city.

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“I believe he has performed at the Ghostly Minstrel for quite some time, yes? Well, I think we should get you connected with one of our Knights to begin some testing and training. Not unlike most of our fellows, you are a rather free spirit, and we support that. How can one write ballads and share stories without experiencing life after all?!” He exclaimed with a great flourish. “And it is serendipity that your family ties will likely never conflict with the Knights, but it’s important to think on that you will be bound to the Knights of the Chord if you join in full and take The Oath. If we call, we expect you to come…” Hallusiun punctuated his final statement by replacing pipe to lips and puffing.

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This is certainly true and which was one reason why I left the city for a while.  I needed life experience and I certainly received it in my absence.  Vogh smiled enjoying the banter between the two.  Hallusiun was not only a very intelligent man but also very well versed in the outside.

Some training would please me.  Is there time today or must we make for it another time?  I have some important business this evening to conduct at The Cloud Theater.

Vogh fully understood that if she took the oath she would be bound to the Knights and that didn’t bother her, she responded with a healthy I understand what would be required of me.

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Hallusiun Everfar
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The elf’s dark, narrow eyebrows climbed at mention of the Cloud Theater. “The Cloud? Really? Are you at liberty to tell me what business that might be?” He put on an inquisitive and charming smile.

In regard to training with a master today he waved the hand not holding his pipe, “No. No. I must discuss with those Knights both capable and present in Ptolus to see if one were interested and not otherwise engaged. But I will send word for you. At the Minstrel as well, correct”

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Vogh
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Vogh was certain she wasn’t at liberty to say anything about the play.  She needed to keep that under wraps until she knew what was happening before making any cursory judgments.  I am sorry I don’t have much information to give you at this time.  I will hopefully know more this evening though.  I hope you understand.

At the mention of The Minstrel Vogh nodded and said, yes that is where I am currently staying.

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Tellith
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“I would assume the Administrative Building in Oldtown. That’s pretty much the government hub for most information. People have to go there to get their Imperial Papers and Business registrations and things of that nature. If it’s not there then they could tell you where to go.” The attractive copper haired woman offered.

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Talin
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Talin came back to the table and without sitting he said, come on we need to head to the Administration building in Oldtown.  Want to walk or take a carriage?

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Hallusiun Everfar
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Everfar nodded expectantly. “I figured as much. Still, you can’t blame an old bard for his curiosity!” He chuckled self-deprecatingly. “I may sit behind a desk most of the time these days, but my thirst for intrigue is still strong.” Hallusiun smiled at Vogh.

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Vogh
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Vogh could appreciate the comment.  Knowledge is power and information was at times more valuable than gold.  I will be looking forward to a message about a date.  Vogh said with a final smile.

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Belie
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“I’m good either way. Although I do prefer to have my feet beneath me, so if you don’t mind walking…” The rogue shrugged and gestured for Talin to lead the way out of the Minstrel and into the cloudy afternoon. “Ah! It’s not evening raining. Good blessings.” He smiled and tossed his ‘blonde’ hair in the cool morning breeze.

A thick, curved and unremarkable blade hung at his hip, which Talin knew to be an illusion disguising the remarkable rapier the man used to effectively. The disguised Belie’s clothes also look just on the better side of poor. He had a habit of keeping his non-sword hand inside a vest pocket, pushing back the long coat he currently ‘wore.’

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Hallusiun Everfar
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“Ha. Indeed!” The elf stood and walked around the desk to once again shake Vogh’s hand, then he opened the door for her. “Here, let me walk you out and if your business is not too pressing, perhaps I can show you around our building.”

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Vogh
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Vogh took the elf’s hand in hers and looked him in the eyes as she did.  As they exited his office Hallusiun asked if she had time and of course she did.  She had planned to be busy with this whole thing for the day.

Oh yes of course.  I would love to see the place.

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Talin
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Walking is quite fine with me.  To be honest, it is my preferred way, but Vogh likes the carriages especially when it is raining.  Talin said as they exited The Ghostly Minstrel together.

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Hallusiun Everfar
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Hallusiun took her throughout the Templehall. He showed her first the Chapel to Jode, then the practice hall where a couple Knights were practicing both music and martial skills. It was odd to see instruments and weapons racked in the same room.

There was a simple meeting room/dining hall. No one was currently eating there at the moment and the kitchen off to the side was empty too. The elf pointed out doors to several single-room apartments, saying some were occupied and some vacant. The building also had a fair library with many works, musical, allegorical, and historical.

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Belie
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Belie nodded. The duo didn’t make it far down the main road before they saw a group of well dressed children hassling an older man with a fruit cart. Two were tossing the items back and forth while he scrambled to catch his produce, but while he went after some, some others would dodge in and snatch more. Several pieces already lay on the street, smashed and ruined.

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Vogh
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Vogh strode through the Temple and wondered at all the things she saw.  She was still young at heart and things that were new amazed her.  When they got to the training room she paused and watches for a spell.  She wasn’t trying to learn anything but wanted to see how others trained.

Throughout the tour, she asked simple things about this and that and would always say I can learn that later or something similar.

When they got to the library she did ask Hallusiun what his favorite book was though.

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Talin
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Talin wasn’t any hero or anything but he knew an injustice when he saw one.  Talin moved in to say something.  Hey, you boys better leave the man and his goods alone or someone is going to teach you a lesson.

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Hallusiun Everfar
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Hallusiun thought for a moment then answered, “Probably the Sharp Edge of the Harpsichord. Allegorical, but whitty.” He smiled back at Vogh.

No spells were used, but Vogh did notice the two bards sparring were using music similar to the way she did in her fighting. However, they were also using blunt weapons so as not to hurt each other. Also, they repeatedly moved very slowly through a series of complicated movements to intentionally train each muscle. It was almost mesmerizing, like they were traveling through time slower than their surroundings.

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Vogh
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Vogh took a mental note of the book so she could check it out at a time she is not as busy.

She follows Hallusiun around for the rest of time make small chat.

Guess we can move on now.

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Narrator
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Hallusiun finally led her to the door and saw her out with the promise he would be in touch. Vogh stepped out into the early afternoon cool breeze, beneath the cloudy skies.

One of the boys, clearly from wealth, squared off against Talin and Belie and spit at their feet. “What are YOU going to do about it delver?!” He sneered with the last word like it was profanity.

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