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Kalbee, Central US - Thursday morning

As Conner shape-changes, most of the council flinches back in surprise and looks over at the massive elf. The only two who do not appear surprised are the two at the head of the table, Louis and Etheran.

"The visitors," he begins, pausing as the satyr-girl walks through the door.

Bud recalls hearing about a fellow gunman from the caravan that was unusual because he was a saytr, though Bud had not talked to him during the trip. Now it turns out that the 'him' is actually a 'her'. He remembers hearing a group at another wagon being loud as they originally left and were quieted by the caravan master. It was said that it was a goatkin that started getting them riled up.

Pandora, on the other hand, has heard almost nothing about Bud...there were a lot of humans in the caravan. When she sees his revolver, it is a different story. Revolvers are very rare and expensive, most gunmen carry multiple single-shot pistols and need to reload between each shot. There were only two other people in the caravan, other than her, that carried a revolver.

Etheran begins again, "The 'post-haste' nature of this request was necessary, as you will see. As I have told the others, you are being asked to reinforce a group that has just left heading for Kansas City. This means we will help fund your return to Kansas City, where your caravan came from. If you wish to accompany them beyond that, you will have the same as them."

He clears his throat and begins again, "The visitors came from the West, which has not happened in recent history."
This revelation is quite a shock to all. Nothing has come out of the West other than monsters and death. Even those were rare as the Spider Forest was near impassible.
"They arrived in a stasis caused by some spider poison, but we don't recognize it and there is no idea if they will ever revive. The group you are going to relive took up their apparent quest to find more cities and establish contact. They can give you more details on that.

The agreement made is that they keep everything that they find for their own use, unless they want to sell it back to use when they return. In that case we will give a fair price. Additionally, we fully supply them for the journey and help equip them as best we can, and they were loaded with trade goods in KC. They have a crystal that allows them to take teleportation images for easier travel.
There are three of you replacing three of them, so the shares should be about the same.

The spellstones are more like oils or potions, but easier to use. As long as they aren't buried in your pack, you can quickly retrieve and use one. Simply If it is in a pouch it is a move action to trigger, swift if in hand. If it needs to be directed, it is by thought.crush it and direct it with your mind."


He pauses and looks to the graying human Louis, "The companions will consist of a human mage, a humanoid...ish, crafter. He normally maintains a human appearance, but is something else. With the composition of this group I don't see that being an issue." he pauses to clear his throat, then continues, "It also contains a ratfolk There is no bad connotation for this work, it is difficult and dangerous.scavenger with a lot of experience in the Wild, and, um, a catfolk lady warrior," he makes eye contact with each of the three, "My daughter."

After taking a deep breath, he moves to the next, "The ones you will be replacing and sending back are two gunman, a human and a ratkin, as well as a elvish looking oracle. Gerard will accompany you to them, and them back to here. He is one of our best guards with exceptional tracking skills.

The reason this was called so quickly is that we want to minimize the danger, so we don't want them too far away for replacement. They should have only had a partial day of travel yesterday, so you should able to reach them by dark or soon after if you leave soon.

Do you have any questions or requests?
Are you willing to take them to KC?"


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"Well yeah, that sounds reasonable." Not to most people, but Pandora was not most people, and she wouldn't be here if she was. "I guess the only real request would be some food for the road? If we're running out the door, it would be faster if you could throw us some rations rather than scrounging at the market." To be fair, she had not expected to be dashing into the wilds. Usually her talents were better aimed at local monsters, scuffles among civilized folk. There was wild, and there was wilderness, and usually the latter required great preparation and a lot of prayer.

Pandora was not one for prayer, unless it was sarcastic. She also was terrible at preparation, though she would not turn down free bacon. Ah well. People with the skill to survive out there were in drastically short supply, so you get who you get. All in all, it was probably best to have someone friendly and cheerful than professional. Preparation and plans only went as far as the first murderwolf pack, while morale was useful in any situation.
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BudAgreed it is very reasonable and also some rations would be ideal. Also who is our point of contact for the ammunition and the spellstones?
yes nailed it not one crack and 'point of contact' so adult
Bud was very proud of his grimace and the statement in front of the new gunman or um gunwoman. He was excited to be getting back out there in the wilds and into some form of adventure. However, he played it cool with a look on his face that said
I could care less I wasn't busy today anyway
Bud was most interested in checking out the steel Pandora was packing. I mean Pandora being a Satyr was amazing in itself but a gunslinging satyr, that was a step beyond his wildest dreams.
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So a boy a dog and satyr walk into a bar
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Kalbee, Central US - Thursday morning

"Gerard is packing this up as we speak." Councilman Louis responds, "He, and the gear, will be ready by the time you pick up the rest of your gear from your rooms."

"The necessity of a rapid journey into the Wild are not unknown; to rescue troubled forays or deal with sudden threats. We are prepared for such things, so preparation takes little time."


He pulls out a tooled leather scroll tube and sets it on the table, "Give this scroll tube to my dau...to Joya, the catfolk. Inside is a letter to her about additional rewards if you decide to continue with them beyond Kansas City."

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BudBud stands up with a spring a little to eager for the look on his face. when he realizes this its to late so he just goes with it
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No problem sir. I will ensure that she gets it.
again with the voice crack. Immediately Bud starts to turn a little red as he takes the scroll and starts heading for the door.
son of bitch I can't believe it. always at the worst possible times
He walks briskly to the door then realizes he forgot his backpack and blunderbuss at the table. He turns around now completely embarrassed and returns to his back pack and this time after he slings it he walks over to Pandora and extends his hand.
The names Bud it'll be a pleasure working with you
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ConnerThe hound's golden eyes flick toward the newest arrival. An affable smile plays on his muzzle, and his nose takes an Frag, he's got scent; what's she smell like?instinctive sniff of the gun-toting satyr. His deep, gravely voice replies, "I imagine that there is little out there that isn't shootable."

Conner listens intently to the councilmen's answers, his ears turned attentively toward them. Nodding every so often, the hound's brow piqued with interest about the explanation of these spellstones. At the conclusion, Conner nods and states resolutely, "Aye, we will deliver your missives and see your company to Kansas City, councilmen," shifting reassuring eyes upon Councilman Louis, "safe & sound." Beyond that, well, Conner would have to see what sort of packmates these were. "While unnecessary for myself, along with the other supplies, are a pair of riding horses available? The better to overtake your expedition."

The burly archon stands to his full height and, since Bud took up the letter to Joya, accepts the missive to Alsei, carefully stowing it in his pack. "Fare thee well, councilmen," he bids, placing a meaty fist over his chest as a sort of salute, a custom whence he hailed. His gaze lingers especially long on the more otherworldly councilman. Stepping toward the door, the celestial soldier morphs back down to a
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Kalbee, Central US - Thursday noon

The gathering of equipment is quick and uneventful, allowing everyone to gather before the gate as the sun reaches it's peak. At the gate waits a well build human man in armor, sitting astride a massive warhorse. Another unarmored man stands beside him holding the reins of several other horses, chatting with the man you assume to be Gerard. As you approach, the armored man looks over with eyes so dark you can't tell if they are blank or just dark.

"Hello, I'm Gerard." he turns his horse, revealing a shield strapped to the other side of the animal within easy reach, "We have as many horses as necessary ready."

He pauses as the last of the group arrives, "The food camping supplies are here," he says as he places a hand on the saddlebags behind his saddle, "The ammo pouch and spellstones are here. Is there anything I missed before we leave?" he touches the pouches at this belt.

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ConnerTrotting up cheerfully alongside the armored horseman, the small dog leans in and sniffs at the horse & rider. Listening to his introduction, his tiny dog voice barks, "Hello, Gerard. I'm Conner." The dog looks between the saddlebags and the belt pouches with a cocked head. "How many days food do those saddlebags hold?" he asks curiously. Not that he needs any, but it doesn't seem like a lot would fit between rider rations and horse feed.

 
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BudBud comes swaggering up trying his best to be grown, displaying his revolver for everyone to see just off center on his belt. He leads his warhorse, Rocky along the path toward the gate. His long duster waving behind him as he walks.
Howdy Gerard. I'm Bud.
He walks up to Gerard and throws up on his warhorse with one smooth gesture. He is almost as good an equestrian as he is a gunslinger.
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Gerard snorts as Conner speaks, "I'm glad they warned me, otherwise that could have freaked me out." he pats the bags, "The provision bag holds enough for four people with mounts for two weeks. We always carry extra in case of emergencies. The ammo has cold iron and silver bullets, a hundred of each, in case of outsiders or aberritions. It seems like a lot now, but they go faster than you think."

He turns in his saddle, nodding to Bud as he does, "I was told there were three. Did all of you accept or do we need to wait a bit longer?"



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ConnerConner nods at ammunition precaution. You can never be too careful with the vile things. The dog glances back, shares a look with Bud, and then just shrugs toward the armored rider. Their third looked like she was interested in joining them. But they have a timeline. If she doesn't show, then they'll just have to leave anyway. Posing a question to delay things (& slake curiosity), Conner asks, "Councilmen spoke of spellstones. What kinds have you, Gerard?"

 
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"I dug out a couple that would help us survive, then just a handful." he says opening the small pouch, "Might as well see what we got while we wait for the satyr."

He pulls out a handful of marble sized stones, each with runes etched into them, "I have a few rope trick we can use to rest in a dangerous area, but we will likely lose the horses. I also have two purification stones if our rations are gone or ruined." he drops the stones back into the pouch as he goes through them. He mutters to himself for a few minutes as he goes through them and drops them back into the pouch, "Mmm...not bad...oh, that'll be useful...oh damn, that's a good one."

Once Gerard finishes going through them, he see belowlists them out, along with what the rune on the stone looks like.
"It's a good batch, but we need to remember to only use them when necessary. They are pretty expensive to make."

 



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ConnerConner cocks his head thoughtfully as he listens to the index of spellstones. "Useful," the dog comments. Focusing on boons to maneuverability, "I like the burrow and spider climbing stones. I can carry them," glancing to the pouch on his outfit. His tail wags behind him, obviously excited to head out.

 
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Gerard grunts acknowledgement as he tosses him a few stones, "Also take a rope trick just in case."

He looks back as the OOC: Frag can do catch up writing if he comes back for this part.satyr approaches in her regular manner, "Good, looks like we're ready to go."

Gerard passes the reins of the unused horses to the man standing beside him to take back, then moves out with the rest of the group.
"We'll go slow for about a mile outside the border in case there is an ambush, then we will pick up speed to catch up."

You move out of the town at a rapid pace for a half hour until Gerard slows you down as you approach the barrier. You move slowly for the next hour or so, showing wide fields of grass and occasional copses of trees. The guard keeps a watch out even as slows on occasion to check the ground for tracks. A few hours later he comes to a stop and dismounts in a small grove of trees.
"They stopped here for the night, but else big came through here." he taps the ground before pushing back to his feet, "There animals panicked for whatever it was, so it was at the same time."

He moves a dozen feet the the side, touches something on the ground and sniffs it, "Blood, troll blood. Not enough blood of footprints for more than one or two...and they went that way." he looks in a different direction, "Our wagons went a different direction."

 



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ConnerThe celestial pup nods and stows the stones in his pockets. With an excited yip, he follows dutifully behind the horsemen out of town.

The dog easily keeps up with their guide's cautious pace. Crossing the barrier sends a familiar tingle across his fur. With a bristle, the dog shakes his coat out before trotting on. When their guide puts a brisker pace, Conner pauses briefly before the little dog swells in size to a man-sized wolfhound. He keeps the fur pattern, though more grey than brown, along with the fitted leather jerkin. Otherwise, he has traded his adorable appearance for a far more dangerous one. The wolf's longer legs keep him abreast of his comrades' horses.

The wolf tilts his head at the early stop at the grove. While a useful campsite, it seems really early for ... Oh. Trotting up, the wolf takes a noseful of the unique scents of their quarry, committing the mixture to memory. Taking a sniff of the blood traces, Conner confirms their guide's assessment, growling a little at the giant's presence. Some relief settles on his shoulders to note their quarry went a different direction than the dangerous giants. "Good for them."

Sniffing the ground along the wagon's course, Conner searches for the Take 10 on Survival: 16 to track with or without scent, full speed (included -5 penalty).explorers' trail. Based on how fresh the trail, he estimates how many hours lead they have.

 
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