Ruven the Half-Orc Bard
Game: Lost Mine of Phandelver
Reason for nomination:
At this point in the story the adventurers have just been through an exhausting and difficult trial in the goblin cave. They're almost beaten and moral is low, but Katon attempts to lifts their spirits in this post and makes the point that they should stick together. They come to realise that they now belong to something greater than themselves, the party.
The post and this moment in the story paired up perfectly, it was a great example of responding to past events and driving the story forward with clever narrative.
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On the RoadThe group seemed fairly quiet on their journey back, it wasn't until they took a short break at a place marker and saw how close they all were to Phandelver that Ulmulhi urged them on through song. It was this second leg of the journey that Ruven piped up. "So were all going to be arriving back soon....." His words almost seemed to trail off as though he didn't know how to follow the sentence on. "Were sticking together right? I mean we had a rough time in the cave, and our job was only to deliver the supplies." He contemplated to him self for a brief second before carrying on. "But were missing Gudren and he seems fairly important, especially if people are out to get him....." It was at this point Ruven quickened his pace and moved to the front of the Oxen and began back peddling the beaten track putting forward his pitch to the assembled group. "We had a bit of bad luck in the cave but all in all we did well, and we can only get better yea?" He was trying his best to put a positive spin on things. "I think we would all make a great team and if we pool our strength we can find Gudren. Isn't this the basic foundation of all great stories? The Heroes going from strength to strength? That's us guys!!" Ruven was still trying to keep his balance as he back peddled and engaged the group. "So can we all get on board? I mean if we find and save him we can embellish the original 'hidy hole' fiasco and come out of this all looking pretty good."
Arrival at Phandalin Ruven had expected Phandalin to have a touch more hustle and bustle, he would sadly have to wait till morning. Being about midnight there didn't look to be too much going on.
He had managed to spy the creaking Inn sign up ahead. It almost screeched as it swayed in the wind screaming out to be repaired or at least be oiled, it was this high pitch noise that altered Ruven too the Inn as his eyes were still adjusted to the gloom. He broke the silence with a light whisper to the group. "A little depressing isn't it? I hope it's just the weather." The weather had constantly sapped them, between the rain and the Hidy Hole tunnel Ruven had given up trying to stay completely dry.
The Half Orc could now make out a ruined manner to the east of the village. He didn't know much about this place but the manor portrayed that it once was no doubt a prosperous place. and that maybe now finding Gundren and this magical cave could help bring this place back from it's depressive disposition.
The slugging sound of the oxen now drawing through the dampening ground urged Ruven on. 'Oh what it would feel like to be dry and warm.' He mused to him self, feeling even more drawn to the Inn, especially as he could have sworn he saw movement through the darkness. "Do we try the Inn? seems logical, plus they might have a stable we can store the Oxen and supplies and sort everything out in the morning."