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Old 08-10-2018, 06:15 PM
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War approaches. A week ago, a call to arms sounded throughout the land, summoning warriors to help defend Bordrin’s Watch in the Stonehome Mountains far to the north. Word of an army of orcs on the march had spread for months, but now, it appeared the rumors were true. You, along with militia groups and other adventurers from all over, marched until you came to the town of Grimwaldt MIne, a large fortified community raised by dwarves centuries ago. Once there, you and two other groups were invited to attend the Council of Elders.

Once there, you and other adventurers are led through a maze of corridors until they reach the High Hall. Standing on the 20-foot tall dais are the five elders. Each of the three male dwarves have long beards that hang to their feet, and two are old, being gray and wrinkled. The third is younger, with black hair and hard features. The two female elders are both attractive, one with red hair and the other with brown. All five wear the robes of their office—luxuriant purple and silver damask. Arranged beneath them, filling the chamber completely, is a motley crowd of common soldiers, militia, and adventurers, with each race and occupation represented, and most standing in small groups, but a few mingling. Most groups are polite, but the . Led by Edgar Sommerfield, a warlord of some fame, the Farstriders are far and above the most successful adventuring party in these lands. They’ve slain a black dragon, ousted a nest of kobolds, and even undertaken an expedition into the Shadowfell. Aside from Sommerfield, the group includes twin elf rangers, Uulath and Reiner, a half-elf warlock named Jen, and Corben, a human fighter.Farstriders drip with self-confidence bordering on arrogance.

When ready to proceed, the youngest male elder steps forward and addresses the crowd:
"Welcome to High Hall friends. I am Elder Cadrick. I don’t much see the point in bandying words, so I’ll lay it out for you. War is upon us. A great host of orcs comes from the north. Their intention is clear. They will come through the mountains bent on slaughter. Those they spare can look forward to a short life of slavery. Grimwaldt MIne, and Bordrin’s Watch in the mountains, have long held fast against these raids, but our scouts say never has such an army gathered. Thus, we turn to you brave souls to help defend not only Grimwaldt Mine, but also all the lands that would be affected if the Orcs prevail here.
When the orcs arrive, we’re certain they will come up through the pass. We know this because already there havebeen attacks from the tunnels below, compromising the fastness. The defenders have fought back the savages, but it’s clear the rest are coming and fast.
So here’s the plan. Durkik Forgeheart will lead the militias and most of you to bolster Bordrin’s Watch. Orc trailblazers infest the tunnels below, so we’ve tasked their security to the Farstriders. One more mission remains, though. We need a group to evacuate the monastery on the other side of the mountains. It’s dangerous work, what with the orcs and all, but priests need a warning of what’s coming if they don’t know already.
Do we have any volunteers? "


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Old 08-10-2018, 11:44 PM
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Since months, the rumours of war coming to the plane of mortals were ringing Lei's ears. As criminal, He always knew that bad news comes ten times faster in a dark side of every city or town before even reach the ears of the one that live on light.

For Lei Wei though,it wasn't a chance to get his pockets full of money that moved him but the uncertain about an odd rumour of that war being fuelled by a demon. The same demon that caused his ill fate, that led him to become what he was. Lord Kira, as always tried to convince him to stay away from it, but he knew that when it comes to revenge, Lei never thought clearly.

"I need to know the truth and if it is unfold as the rumors states then... I will..." His thoughts filled with anger sips through his eyes that glows and changes his expression, almost revealing his true colors over his disguise of a cheerful and patient girl. A girl that with his common clothes that gives a countryside aura and her glasses leave the sensation of being quite delicate.

What happened, Shion? Did you get angry with me? Come on, I was joking! He heard from the warrior in his left side.

Not at all... well, Maybe a little... woman must be treasured so I think of talking your love conquers leave a bad taste in my mouth... Remember you come from a female. He said with a calm voice that let the warrior knows his resentment using his minor Illusion spell to make the voice of a female.

For him, using the Minor Illusion spell to speak became his bread and butter as an spy to the point he developed his skill to move his lips as he himself was talking, along with his stealth to cast the spell in a way that most people can't realize unless they are paying too much attention to him.

This was as always one of the scenes he made in the travel to as Shion Hamasaki, the Serene bard. A specialist in the with double-edged tongue when it comes to find gossips and spread it around.

So there he was, travelling to town of Grimwaldt Mine where the news of orcs invading the Bordrin’s Watch were the call of arms from plenty of the people that it was there. But for Lei it was the opportunity to find about the truth behind that war.

Walking along a bunch of adventurers, analysing every one of then while he keep his act of a bard searching an deed or a history to tell in her songs.

One group took his attention, the Farstriders. Maybe because there were famous but the truth is that for Lei their attitude was off for their reputation.

"Overconfidence might get you kill... Well, what will they know about themselves?... It would be good that two or three of them died so they could at least being more humble..." He smiled in silence letting to show a glimpse of his confidence to them.

Suddenly, the young elder begin the reunion,making Lei to take a look on the others elders while he hears the situation. with a doubt all painted on his girly face. With a quick and stealthy movement he casts the minor Illusion spells inside his cloak and raise the voice of his spell with the voice of her deceased lover.

Excuse me! I have a couple of questions... or more!
He raise his left hand in a girlish way, giving the delicate appearance and manners of a woman. I know is a rescue mission but... does it need to be a small group with some expertise in being unnoticed?, Could you provide us one of the scouts that is familiar to this land? and finally, What kind of reward it await to such group of adventurers? His questions gives the elder the feeling he wanted to join but it was doubtful about ti dive at first.

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Old 08-11-2018, 02:27 AM
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Elder Cadrick stared at the young woman who had spoken up for a few seconds before replying, "I suppose since I chose not to bandy my words, I shouldn't expect you to bandy yours. A small group would be best- I seriously doubt a large one could get past to the monastery unnoticed. As to a scout-no, we need them for the siege. But I suppose one of the shepherds or trappers that knows the lay of the land could be persuaded to join you and show you the way. As to the reward- which I guess is the meat of the matter to you- Pound= 1# trade bar of platinum worth 2000 gp each; Mark= 1/2# Trade Bar of gold worth 100gp; Crown= 1gp; Schilling= 1sp; Pfennig= 4cp (only 25 to a # instead of 100 like the rest of the coins); Forething= 1cp 2 Pounds, 10 Marks. In coins or gems if you'd prefer that. Assuming of course, you clear out the tunnel and live to return"

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Lei wei gives his steps to the front with a energic pace while an excited expression covered his face.

I'm IN! I want to be the one to witness that! I want to add that tale to my repertoire and being pay for it, It's like a bard dream!
He speaks so clearly using his spell without hiding his partially faked cheerfulness I want my cut in gems! After all, Jewels are Women's best friend. He joins his hands like a big first and he lays his left cheek on it, giving the expression he was dreaming about having the gems in his hands.

Suddenly, he jolts and fakes surprise like he recalled something by pure chance. Using his Minos Illusion spell to gives him a women voice.

AH! I forgot to ask something. I've been hearing a pretty nasty rumor about this war. It got to my bardic's ears a gossip about this war being controlled or orchestrated by a demon. How much of that is truth? His eyes showed his doubt reflected while his expression told the dwarf he believed it was a half truth

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She had traveled her with the odd Bard named Shion. She had befriended the bardess a year or so ago after she entertained at a post-match party early on in Capella's career.

Now, the bardess was speaking up, and actually not impressing Capella even with her display of words and the manner in which she did it.

Before she spoke up the 3rd time Capella stepped forward. She has on Reading up on piece-meal armor for 5E, the AC is that of the largest piece of armor - in this case chainmailgladiator style piece-mean armor, a round shield, and she is holding a javelin upright. Stuck in a leather loop on her back by its handle was an odd double-headed axe. What made it odd was that there were two axe heads both facing in the same direction and it appeared to be the bone of some creature.
Securely lashed to her pack was a light crossbow, and a warhammer. Her blonde hair is pulled up to a top-knot style ponytail.

She stepped forward in grand fashion, javelin impacting on the floor enough to be heard, shoving her cloak/costume around to her back as if she was about to make a florid speech, and she simply said, "I will go. I am Capella Sera, here on my own accord from the games in Freehold. I volunteer not for the glory, or the praise of a crowd, but in honor of my fallen mentor and master, Countess Kaza."

She salutes with her javelin and bows with both hands out to her sides and then goes back erect as she wonders who else will volunteer. Maybe those she was on the road with.


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A tall man with a lithe build and a bald head steps forward and makes a slight bow with his right hand in a fist over his heart.

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The last thing Djaheth wanted was to be part of another large-scale set-piece battle. "Been there, done that," he thought to himself. Dozens of times. Defended cities, stormed cities. Starved and stank on both sides of sieges. He'd had his fill of that even before he got the necklace. Once the light and stars entered his life, he knew he could never stand in the ranks again.

But an exfiltration mission, that was something else entirely. "Do good, and seek glory" had been his basic instruction. He'd been given power and the discretion to use it. When he was a boy stuck behind a plow, that was all he had ever wanted. Well, that and a magic sword, but every boy wants a magic sword.

Djaheth took a step forward. "Count me in," he said.

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As much as Hamond wanted to participate in the glory and valor that was sure to be had by staying in Grimwaldt Mine, his conscious would not allow him to let these brave volunteers go into the mountains undefended.

Stepping forward, he announced his intentions. "The waters of the Lake are ever flowing. They bring healing and protection to those in need. I will join this quest and see the monastery warned."

As he finished, Hamond banged his warhammer against his shield. He would be the shield for these hardy adventurers as they delved selflessly into danger to aid those in need. Goddess be praised.
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Elder Cadrick starts to say, "It seems we have our vol..."

Edgar Sommerfield, the leader of the Farstriders, angrily steps forward and says, “Should I remind the Council of
our previous arrangement?”
Cadrick responds with a nod and a placating gesture, thanks the PCs for their
service, and dismisses the gathered crowd. The elder speaks quietly with the Farstrider’s leader for a few moments,
after which Sommerfield storms out of the hall.
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Demas' eyes follow Edgar as he exits the hall for a few moments, then turns his attention to Elder Cadrick, hoping to glean some information from his reaction to this development.

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Lei wei kept his eyes on the scene, getting his attention on any person that were adding to the party.

Capella was the first after him, he was kind of pleased to have someone with the same clear intention that him

"She wants to kill the Demon that murdered his Master and can understand that. I'm in the same quest after all. But she's too stiff to be a female, act like one, dammit!... I wonder, would she be more feminine when she's alone?" His thoughts were inspecting the gladiator though the corner of his right eye, hiding his intention with his glasses.

The moment passed away when the rest of the group stepped in, he sighs trying to get a gist of what is coming for him with that kind of personalities in that group.

"Great! This will be SOOOO GREATTTT!!! a group of stiff-necked people... I'll have to peel them like an onion to find out who they are and what are their true colors. Well, Patience, Lei Wei. Eventually everyone shows their true colors, you just have to wait and see who really is trustworthy." A smile draws on his face, turning to his group with his both hands on the back in a girlish way.

So, this is! Our group of heroes I will be talking about in the next month, that if we make it though this without dying. I'm Shion by the way, Shion Hamasaki. A pleasure to meet you all and I'll be under your care, so treat me kindly, I beg of you! He does his routine of making the female voice with his cantrip and wait for the other to do their introductions. His enthusiasm is replicated quite clear on the voice he made.

Suddenly, the introduction was interrupted by Elder Cadrick. His narrowed in the moment his head turned to where the elder and the arrogant character was.

"Agreement?! Damn... This is getting good. Should I found out about this agreement? Let's see if I can get a gist of this." His smirks draws on his face.

He comes near to the elder and with a tone of insecurity he tried to hide his intention.

Excuse me. Is that agreement something we should worry about? Because we're putting our lives on the line and would feel unpleased to hear that your council have preferences. It is not that care about reputation and all. But you know, we... bards... at least the ones like me, likes things fairly. I hope you think the same way... because as a council, you have a reputation to protect, you know... He waits to see elder's reaction about his words. It was fairly clear he was disguising his discontent with a tiny threat of create a gossip about the council and most people knows how well are the bards to make that.

Anyway... changing the subject. What about I asked before? Did you hear about this war being provoked by a demon? His serious expression suddenly erased al that carefree attitude, leaving a mature, intellectual posture, showing for him this matter was a personal issue.

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Elder Cadrick looks annoyed that his conversation with the other elders has been interrupted.

"I know not what crazy stories you have been hearing in the inns and back alleys. Whatever you might think of an orc horde- it's still orcs, not demons. Don't be rumor-mongering as we need no panic." He then makes a face akin to having swallowed a sour lemon. "As to the Farstriders, that is between the Council and them- it's not of your business. If you think different, we can get someone else. Now excuse us, we have things to discuss." He turns his back on Shion.
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Seeing the elder was obviously annoyed at being pestered with such questions, Hamond put his large arm around the young bespectacled woman and said, "Questions are like the maggots in old bread. Sure they may help keep you alive but no one really wants to eat them!"

He then started off in a random direction and declared, "Let us gather the necessary supplies for our journey." He stopped dead after ten or fifteen feet and said, "I'm new here. Anyone know where the market is?"


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The Elder Reaction made Lei Wei mirk and his answer was clear to hear.

I don't need to made up such a thing to create panic, there is panic out there. There is a war, isn't it? That is enough to create panic.... Although he was mocking about the assumption that the council could control such thing as fear in the heart of people, his Female voice stops as he feel the hand on his shoulders, turning to where the body was while his eyes flashed filled with a the killer instinct and blood thirsty but that vanished as soon he realize it was one of his new comrades.

It can be... But I rather be like the kid of the tale that adverted the others there was a wolf even if they decide to not believe him and they got eaten because of it. His female voice was filled with a tone that expressed his amusing and his theatrical way of speak, Then, He took the arm of the Guy from his shoulder with an attitude of disdain.

When the guy turn around, he found his opportunity to maybe what it called for him an act of kindness. Like in their old job called it, a friendly warning .

Well, I have a job to be done. I hope this rumours are wrong, from your own sake, Elder Cadrick. Because the first to take the blame are the heads, more if they don't take this rumour serious enough to at least investigate it a little further. See ya! and have fun.... I'm sure I'll have a lot when you pay me, Fuufufufufu... His tone in his female voice sound delighted by the fact that doubt began to sips in the council heart. He never knew why, but seeing the fear despair and disappointment in people faces was something enough to make it feel better.

"Fools!, playing the act of rightfulness! Don't you realize that is futile? This world sank in darkness a long ago. You, as many more doesn't want to admit it but don't expect me to wake you up from your delusions. War is just the symptom, all it will begin from now on. Elder Caldrick, will you close your eyes at the fear of this darkness or will you face it bravely?..." His ironic smile draws in his face as his thoughts revolve in his mind.

He turns showing the smile of a deceitful woman. It was his act as Shion Hamasaki, a volatile girl that change of emotions and thoughts as quick as a blink. When the guy that embrace him stops asking direction he just shrugs, closing his eyes with what it seems a prepotent attitude but when he talks with his female voice, most of them realize he was mocking from him.

What if we asks for directions? Maybe if you ask to the lady of the lake. To be honest, I'm rather trust to the hand of mortals, the gods tends to be a little capricious to be trusted, Guy who I never heard his name or knows nothing... his female tone recalls to children that was asking innocently though the content of his word was saying who rude he was for not give his introduction properly.


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Capella bowed slightly, even though the Elder wasn't paying any attention to her, and then she spun her javelin out of habit, went to attention and thumped the javelin once on the floor and spun an aboutface to follow after the Aasimar who was basically telling Shion it was time to go.

She glanced at the other human male, and then the halfelf, and started out. As she moved past Shion, Capella said, "We don't need a guide, as travel is quite simple. Head to the river and follow it upstream to the monastery. Gotta be a road they come and go upon. And Hammond... the market is this way. Let's go see what we can see, shall we?"


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