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Topic: Crimson Crusaders QnA
Subject: Got map, will travel

Got the map.

Working on the story. As usual with my intros, it is starting to get long . . . . may have to tweak it a bit. But at least it appears that half-orcs can be interesting well-rounded characters!

Posted on 2010-11-09 at 14:14:09.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Pawns with few options

After Kyara had walked away and spoken to Arion, Heironymus spoke up again. "We all grieve for Ele. It pains me to have left her behind. But as I saw no choice at that time, I don't think I do now, either. Kyara, we do not exactly owe anyone anything, except perhaps Gronz here, but what are you suggesting? Do you have a plan to rescue Ele? I doubt it can be done by us here."

"As for bein a pawn . . . sometimes it feels good to vent. I hate being manipulated. But a skilled manipulator will leave you with no options and I am afraid that our providential hand is quite skilled. We needed to escape the prison and he offered us a way. We must escape the city, and he offers us a way. Once outside we will have more options, but will likely seek more information. And, again, a way has been offered."

"I don't like it, but I suspect we will be best off if we head to this home in the woods."

Posted on 2010-11-09 at 14:10:57.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Rest for the weary

"That's it, huh? Well, I had hoped for more information. But it seems we have all been led here by seperate roads; yet all roads in shadow. I wonder why our old boss, well the old boss of a couple of us anyway, would have been paid off to change his story? We're nobody. Who is trying to make us out to be more than we are?"

Turning to Gronz he adds, "Here is your dagger sir. Regardless of who sent you and for what reason, I am pleased to be out of that cell, and thank you for it. My name is Heironymus Nattvakt, cleric. It seems we are likely to continue to share each others company."

Turning back to the group he adds, "Rest time it is. The adventures continues tomorrow. Unless someone else has information to add?"

Posted on 2010-11-08 at 13:44:24.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: I hate being a pawn!

"I hate being somebodies pawn!"

Heironymus didn't yell it, he was too aware of their status as fugitives to do that, but his irritation came through.

"Ever since I showed up in the hellish place I have been dragged from one problem to another - and none of the problems rightly belonged to me! Now I am to follow some mysterious figure who tells meto go West into the woods to do whatever is being done for whoever is going to show up whenever they might showup!"

"Ok, likely we have no real choice. Am I right that this is probably the guy who got us out of prison? Well, I owe him that at least. But before we head off into the wilderness on some errand that will likelyland us in someone elses htowater again, I'd like to know as much as possible. Speak up people, what do you know? Who was that message for? Everyone in the room or just the jailbirds? Don't keep secrets at this point."

Posted on 2010-11-07 at 00:11:15.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Having escaped the jail

While the half-orc changed, Hieronymus took the time to go through his things, make sure everything was there, and get dressed appropriately.

When their benfactor returned and offered to answer questions, Heironymus wasn't excited to hear that he didn't know much.

"Before we get into the questions for our mysterious helper, did anyone else get hurt?"

(Assuming no)

Looking at their rescuer he continued after a brief pause, "Ok, so here we are. You have fulfilled your mission, so far, at least. If you don't know who it was who hired you, what can you tell us?"

"Did they tell you to bring us here?"
"What now? Were there any further instructions?"
"Are we merely to sit and wait for whoever or whatever comes next?"
"Where exactly are we?"
"Are you native to this city? Who owns this house?"
"Who are you? Why would a mysterious person that you don't know hire you to rescue us? Is your job complete?"
"Some might consider the question rude, but under the circumstances I think it is warranted. How much did someone think us worth? What are you getting paid?"

Looking around at his fellow jailbirds, Hieronymus added, "I guess we need answers. But we should also be ready to run again. I have no idea what is going on here, but I'd prefer not to be caught wearing just an iron bracelet again."

Posted on 2010-10-28 at 18:28:43.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: To abandon a group member . . .

Heironymus hated the situation he was in. To abandon a group member was not something he wanted to do. Ever. But he also understood that getting everyone killed did not good either. Perhaps if they escaped there would be a chance to get Ele later. Staying, there would not. The dialogue took only a split second in his head, but the scars of leaving her behind would stay.

Heironymus followed the half-orc out the window. He loved jumping out windows into the unkown. But in some cases, it was better than the known . . .

Posted on 2010-10-23 at 16:53:09.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins / Q&A
Subject: Questions

Ok, I think we need just a brief discussion before I know what to do.

If Ele fell "20 feet from the window" - how far back werethe guards? Essentially, is there any chance of getting to her and dragging her to the window before the guards get everyone? Is it hopeless?

Is this just a straight tunnel - guards at one end, Ele in the middle, window at the far end? In that case we could not lose our way in the fog - even if we go into it to retrieve a group member.

Heironymus is not in the habit of leaving people behind. Especially not now that we have killed at least one guard. (I assume) If there is a chance he would want to go back for her. If there is no chance, he has had enough experience with bad guys to know that sometimes you simply flee.

FYI - I might not have computer access for the next several days, so I might not post on the main thread until then. H's actions would be simple. Save Ele if there is a chance, flee if there is not.

Posted on 2010-10-20 at 20:08:48.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Escape

"I'm all for running."

"I'll heal the wounded quickly. Manacle the guard if there is time. Break open the chests. Run. I can cast an obscuring mist behind us if it will help."

Heironymus continues his ministrations and casts cure light wounds (or, again, the level 2 version if appears warranted.)

Posted on 2010-10-14 at 16:56:17.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: When did this excape become a battle?

Heironymus accepted the offered sword and moved quickly towards Ele. As he did so he said quickly, "This guard is only knocked out. Someone shackle him with the chains. (Assuming two clamps linked by a chain.) One band on his sword arm, the other on the opposite leg. No need to kill him, but we don't want him awake."

"Is there no otehr way out of this place?!"

Heironymus moves quickly to Ele. He quickly reviews her wounds and decides to cast a healing spell. (Assuming the wound doesn't look bad enough for a level 2 healing spell.) he prepares to quickly cast cure light wounds.

As he works he determines to follow that up with spiritual weapon. (Assuming this creates a weapon that fights on its own - he does not have to weild it himself, correct?)

Posted on 2010-10-12 at 01:22:26.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins / Q&A
Subject: Didn't see this

Yep, I'm alright with this. Didn't see the post - I frequently just look at the game thread and miss this one.

Posted on 2010-10-07 at 18:19:51.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Time

Hieronymus looks around for an object to swing at the guard. He knew he was moving as fast as he could, yet somehow whenever he got into these life and death situations, which happened more frequently than his mother would like, it felt as if time was standing still. Had he been preparing to smack the guard for weeks now? Or did it just feel that way?

But the strange sense of time slowed down allowed him to scan for a weapon. If none showed, he would use what the gods had given him at birth.

Posted on 2010-10-07 at 18:18:29.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Stupid, Stupid Guards!

Heironymus watched the melee develop. It was time to contribute. He grabs the nearest decent sized object he can find and attempts to smack the guard in the back of the head with it. At the very least he hopes to disrupt the guards knife attack. It might even knowck him out.

(If there is no weapon, he will attempt to take out the guard at the knees. He is trying to kick/break his knee and knock him to the ground.)

As he hears a commotion in the next room Heironymus also realizes that the time for silence has probably passed. If a group of guards rushes into the room he will target them with a sound burst spell. Unfortunately it is a loud spell, but it is also one of the only things he can offer against a group. But it will be important that he not catch any of the prisoners in the spell.

Posted on 2010-09-22 at 14:05:52.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: The power of chains

(I believe H was linked to Ele, correct?)

Seeing that his chain mate had the same idea he did, Heironymus immediately slipped out of the irons, freeing them for his partner to use as a weapon. Since the others now had the weapons, Hieronymus attempted to move quickly around behind the guard. (Not the guard the half-orc was engaging.) While moving he would keep his eyes out for anything to use as a weapon. As soon as possible he would attempt to attack from behind - he is looking for either a knockout blow - or a chance to tackle and pin the guard.

Posted on 2010-09-15 at 13:41:02.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: So much for the subtle way

Heironymus had already considered his spells - there was nothing of immediate help unless he wanted to create quite racket. But if things went poorly, he might have options.

(The prisoners are bound together by the fake irons. Is it possible to use those as a weapon? H would slip off the irons and, assuming his chain mate did the same, use them as a weapon to swing at the guard. His hope is that if he holds the front with a weapon of sorts, that others could move around behind the guard and tackle/hit him.)

Posted on 2010-09-15 at 01:45:32.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Patience my young paduan

As he stood waiting for the irons to be put on and the great escape to begin, Heironymus stood quietly. Surely soon there would be some action. Perhaps the fisticuffs that had been suggested? A nice simple escape would be much better. Was there something the half-orc was waiting for? Why the delay in things?

heironymus could only wait. Things were out of his hands at this point.

Posted on 2010-09-12 at 23:35:39.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Mild Mannered Clerics

"I'd rather my life didn't depend on it, but I would fight if I had to do so. That doesn't mean I'm good."

Posted on 2010-08-31 at 18:28:09.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Up to us?!

Heironymus was a bit worried about the turn this "escape" had taken. Be quiet and follow had been the orders, but now it was "up to us?" Was there a plan or not?

For lack of a better plan, he was prepared to follow the half-orcs lead, but to where? "Lead on, if you have a plan."

If there is no plan the half-orc leads them to he does have a couple of questions or offerings. Being a cleric, Heironymus would presumably have access to his spells. Sadly, not many are of great use. He should have:

Obscuring Mist - If an escape under cover is helpful
Shield - Could at least give himself some cover. Does this move with him?
Spiritual Weapon - The weapon will wield itself and fight - if, of course, we had a weapon.
Sound Blast - Lound noise that can stun. Could be great, but would also make a lot of noise. When we came in - or the half-orc - did we notice what is beyond the guard room? One room and freedom? What is outside? Who else would hear the noise?

Heironymus does NOT want to kill the guards. Currently he is guilty of no crime. Murder is a nasty crime, especially of an underling. Sneaking or stunning is the way to go.

I'm guessing the manacles include the idea of the half-orc walking us out looking as if we are chained up. Can they be put on but not locked? Would it look real?

Posted on 2010-08-30 at 18:19:43.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: The Great Escape

Well, that worked, Heironymus thought. Out of one frying pan anyway . . . It seemed the guard knew their rescuer, that was an interesting bit of information. Still, he saw no reason why they would have orchestrated that little bit of theater at the door, so it seemed that the guards outside the jail hallway were not "in on it" anyway.

He just wished he knew what "it" was. Who was helping them and why? nothing was straight forward about this whole situation.

Speed and silence. He could do that. But there was still a guard, at least one, on the other side of the door. How were they going to get out. He really did not want to kill guards who were only doing their duty. Not that he had anything to kill someone with at the moment anyway.

Heironymus prepared to follow their rescuer. Once again, the next step seemed to be out of his hands.

Posted on 2010-08-26 at 18:12:07.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Escape!

Heironymus was very uncomfortable with the attempted escape. It wasn't that he believed that justive would always prevail or that all laws were just, but rather that he had very little faith in the motive of others at the moment. "prisoners killed while trying to escape" was a classic headline in the press of oppressors.

Still, it was only the work of a moment to decide to make a break for it. After several days, it was clear that sitting and waiting was not likely to work. So escape it was.

He wished the half-orc would share some information, but assumed he was correct - now was the time for speed and stealth, not talk.

*snik* the door to the cell came unlocked.
"Can you take care of all four yourself?" - as the door at the end of the hall opened.

Looking meaningfully at his cellmate and those in the hallway, Heironymus quickly and quietly pulled the door to the cell shut while also holding his finger to his lips in the universal sign for silence. Shhhhhh....

(The goal is to be back in the cell and look like nothing is going on. There are several assumptions here:
1. The goal is to get out of sight ASAP. Whatever would do that fastest would be his actual move.
2. I am guessing from the reading that the door to H's cell was not fully open yet. If it was open, he would wave the others into the cell quickly as the easiest way to get them out of sight. Or if everyone was right next to that door and it would be faster for all come in.
3. The other cell door might logically still be open - making a fast place for the others to jump into.
4. H would not pull the door shut if that would lock it. If that is a danger it would remain slightly open - and somethng would be put in it to keep it from being shut.
5. If the others are caught out in the open, the two in the cellmate would presumably (can only speak for H obviously) act like they are still locked in so that they could have some sort of surprise on their side.
6. H would want to work quietly and non-lethally. They have not yet actually committed a crime.

Posted on 2010-08-23 at 02:38:25.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: What to do?

Heironymus looked around his cell. Decisive. He was supposed to be decisive in moments like this. That was the theory. don't sit back and wait for the world to get you, go make things happen.

But what to do? First, he was in a cell. Was there anything he could do from inside a cell? The options seemed limited.

Second, even if he were free, what would he do? He didn't know enough at this point to do anything. Go after Allyn? The captain of the guard? The powerful sorceror? Just run away? He honestly didn't know what the best option might be.

Prior to getting arrested the best course of action had seemed to be waiting and seeing what developed and then reacting. But that might not be an option anymore. So what could he do?

Heironymus decided to start with the obvious. "Ok, we might as well check doors, windows, and walls. Lets see if this place is as solid as it looks," he said quietly. "And we need a plan. What do we do? We know we didn't do anything wrong, in fact, we were wronged," he added for the benefit of anyone listening. "But we are still here? Do we do anything? If we get out, then what?"

(The action: searcing the cells. After that,nothing exciting. Hopefully others comment. Otherwise, perhaps waiting to see what comes next.)

Posted on 2010-08-13 at 06:12:18.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Why are people in power all the same?

As the events in the prison unfold, Heironymus had all he could do to keep from shaking his head at the stupidity of most leaders. Why did they always seem to blame the innocent? Why did they always seem to think that torture and death were effective tools? Stupid.

Still, he kept his mouth shut because, stupid or not, he had no desire to be tortured. He had seen such behaviour before so it did not scare him, but that was not the same thing as looking forward to it.

After getting tossed into the cell, Hieronymus moved to the door.

(Can we see guards? H would generally assume their conversations can be overheard, but is this obvious? Who is in which cell?)

"Well, this is a nice "thank you." Do you suppose Allyn had us arrested, or is he unaware of what is happening? Since all we did was deliver a message, who in this city do you think benefits from conflict? I wonder how they figure that we were involved?"

Posted on 2010-08-05 at 03:21:32.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: A good nights sleep

"Although I am far from wealthy, the merchant owes Kyara and I some wages. If he is now employing you as well, you at least have income. No doubt we can cover any costs encountered for now. For all that I would like to leave this mystery behind me, yet I feel that we are tied into this mess. We must see it through."

"Let us find some reasonable and friendly accomodations." With that the group, having already left the merchants house (assumption) moved off to attempt to find accomodations and wait for Allyn's summons. When they do find a room, they will have a message sent to the merchant.

Posted on 2010-08-01 at 19:22:35.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Deception

"Deception appears to be a part of this game. I would be very skeptical about the contents of that letter, but we are only messengers. Aside from what you have just told us, we have no idea what the message you read contains, but hopefully it will help you get your daughter back."

Bowing a little and moving towards the door, Hieronymus asked about the inn. After hearing the name, he added, "I can't speak for these others about where we will stay. If it is not in that inn, we will send word where we can be found. Do you wish to continue our employment? Again, I can not speak for these two." (Indicating the two elves that had not originally been hired as guards.)

Once the group is outside we will need to talk.
Thoughts from H:
1. H sees no need to spend that kind of money for a room.
2. Are any of us still employed? What about our pay?
3. If he doubts us, is he going to want us to deliver 1,000 gp?
4. Given the hostility of the locals, what do the dark elves want to do?

Posted on 2010-07-26 at 19:26:19.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: A careful dialogue

(Group: I am tending to post whenever I get the chance because I am travelling and taking advantage of opportunities to get on line. It just seems like I post first all the time and am leading the group around - and that is not my intent. Feel free to adjust things if you want. I just might not get back on line for another 7 days. So feel free to change things. I chose to have Heironymus start the discussion because he and Kyara are the ones the merchant knows. The others would likely finish things, since they have the actual message.)

Heironymus reminded himself that this man had lost his daughter (And potentially could make life very hard for them) before he responded.

"Sir., as you can see we did not return with your daughter. But we have seen her - and she is alive." Before the man could interupt with the expected questions, Heironymus hurriedly continued. "But let us tell you the entire story as it unfolded."

Looking towards Kyara he began, "Kyara was able to follow the trail of the brigands for several days. There can be no doubt of the trail. It led us to a cave, which we entered. This is where we found your daughter. After several turns and adventures in the caves, with more illusions making things difficult, we entered a large cavern."

"And there we saw Jocelyn. She was not alone. An elf sat on a throne and held a chain attached to your daughters neck. In addition to the elf, who seems to be a mage of some power, there were at least 12 guards in the room."

"About the time we entered, these two (nodding towards the two dark elves) were brought in by another door. It seemed clear that they had been prisoners. The elf spent several minutes insulting everyone."

At that point Heironymus paused in his oration. He looked at his two new companions. "And now, I think, the rest of the story should be continued by these two."

Posted on 2010-07-19 at 20:10:07.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: The hunt continues

As the man at the table turns and walks away Heironymus looks at his companions waves towards the door. Walking towards the door (Assuming no one else objects) he comments, "Well, I don't know that we "let" anything happen. Time to deliver a message. At least we sort of have an address. Lets get out of the Guild, it is obviously closing time."

Assuming Heironymus knows the way to the merchants quarter he and the others will head that way looking for Allyn's house. (Again, assuming no opposition - this seems like the obvious choice at this point.)

Posted on 2010-07-13 at 14:35:20.


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