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Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: To deliver a message, so simple a task

(Does Hieronymus remember if there was a specific desk at which they spoke to the merchant or his representative? If so, he would suggest If not, then the comments below . . .)

Glancing briefly around, Heironymus speaks quietly but quickly to his companions. "Here we are, the den of wealth. Does it make sense if I, as the sole human in the group, approach one of the desks? The rest of you stand back where you can be seen, no doubt seeing dark skinned elves will get some attention even at closing time."

If no one voice opposition (And Heironymus is more than willing to let others do the talking if they think it wise.) Heironymus will approach a desk, either the one he was hired at or one where the person in attendance has not finished packing. (Closest non-finished packer to the left if you want a choice.) He will approach and say, "Excuse me, there is a very important message for the merchant (insert name, which I can't remember at the moment and don't have time to look up


If the person at the table attempts to brush him off because of closing time he very politely push the issue stressing that the message is very important. He will only mention the caravan or the dark elves if:
A) He becomes convinced that he is talking to a representative of the right merchant, or
B) He can get no response any other way.

However, he will not reveal anything other than the fact that an urgent message must be delivered in person. If pushed he will also stress that the merchant in question will be very upset if this message does not get through very quickly.

Posted on 2010-07-06 at 21:40:48.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: To trust a merchant

"I have no specific reason not to trust the merchant at this point. He hired us and seemed very upset at the loss of his daughter. But even so, his daughter might have gone willingly with the brigands. Maybe. If the daughter was not what she seemed, then what of the father? I don't know that he is untrustworthy, but right now deception seems to be the rule and not the exception."

As the others discuss the name on the envelope, Heironymus adds, "This way to the Guild, there seems no reason to stop and give people who are staring time to do any more." (Assuming he knows the way, Hieronymus will lead the way to the Merchants Guild)

Posted on 2010-07-04 at 22:00:34.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: To find a merchant

Heironymus did not like the attitude of the guards. It seemed to make the evil elfs comments about a war take on new life. With attitudes like that it wouldn't take much of a spark to turn hostility into open conflict. But who would gain from such a thing? Certainly not the common folk who would do the dying.

He watched as his new companions dealt with the hostile guard. He was pleased and impressed as they did not allow themselves to react to his attitude. Being able to stay calm in harsh circumstances was a very useful skill, especially for a diplomat, which it appeared might be their destiny. Who knew?

In the meantime, it was time to find a merchant. "The merchants guild seems like the logical choice as that is where we were hired. Certainly people there would know him. Plus, (Assuming here) the guild is logically in the merchants quarter, so it should take us in the right direction anyway. I would suggest we go to the guild and start asking around, although I wouldn't mention the nature of the message to anyone but the recipient. I begin to wonder if even he is not what he seemed at first."

So saying, the cleric waited to hear if his companions agreed. It was time to start moving through the city. Heironymus looked around his eyes automatically drawn to those who seemed to be least able to enjoy the fruits of the city.

Posted on 2010-06-30 at 19:04:16.

Topic: Save The Princess, Save The Wyrm
Subject: Back

Ok, I'm back, but nobody else seems to be. I would love to have Derry head on into the room and see if anyone else bothers to follow . . .

Posted on 2010-06-30 at 18:45:03.

Topic: Save The Princess, Save The Wyrm
Subject: So, lets go in?

Derry looks around and says, "Ok, lets go in. What are we waiting for?"

(FYI - I will be unavailable for the next 10 days due to travel. After that things should return to normal. I am hoping that normal means a few more posts. Anyway, 10 days for me.)

Posted on 2010-06-17 at 13:11:27.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins / Q&A
Subject: 10 day blip

I will try to post to the game thread today if I have time, but I wanted to make sure I let everyone know that I will be missing about 10 days. Because of travel I will not be able to post for the next 10 days. After that things should return to normal. Feel free to run Heironymus as an NPC until then.

As for returning for the horse, if it is a4 days from here (8 both ways then) it might be unwise to go back for it. But I also suspect there is a special bond with that particular animal so it really is Kyara's choice to make. H will accept her decision.

Posted on 2010-06-17 at 13:09:40.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: To stand guard

After healing the wounded, Kyara decides to return for her mount.

"Kyara, I hope you take this offer of company on your journey. I will go with you if desired, but clearly I am not built or dressed for speed. Or stealth. But I do fear for your safety if you are alone."

Looking back towards the sleeping elf, Heironymus added, "I will stay here and stand guard. Clearly Airion needs sleep, but should not sleep unguarded anymore than Kyara should travel alone. Good luck on your journey."

Posted on 2010-06-10 at 20:26:19.
Edited on 2010-06-10 at 20:26:47 by Nomad D2

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: To fetch a horse

"yes, I was wondering about your steed. I understand. Certainly, go and do what you need to do. I suspect it would only slow you down, but I would certainly be willing to go with you if you desire. Otherwise, I will wait here. All four of us should together decide what to do and act as one when you return."

Posted on 2010-06-09 at 19:00:42.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Let me take a look at that.

Seeing one of the others limping, Heironymus offered his skills as a healer. (If accepted he will cast the lowest level healing spell that looks like it will work.)

He then sets about explaining the events of the last several days. (What is in this thread, essentially) In particular he notes that the young lady, although appearing to bear wounds from her captivity, might well have been in on the escape. Or perhaps was in on it until things got too deep for her. But clearly, Kyara tracked the brigands to that cave.

Is there anything to do other than deliver the message? How do we prevent this war the elf was speaking of?

Posted on 2010-06-08 at 23:04:33.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: More reason to doubt Jocelyn?

Just when it seemed we had misjudged the young lady, more reason to doubt her appears, Heironymus thought.

"Hmmm, I am very curious to hear why you doubt the young lady," he said quietly. "You will find we have similar concerns of our own. But we can discuss those over a fire at a camp. May I suggest we move away from our entrance spot to find our place of rest?"

With that Heironymus offered the lead to the others if they wanted it. He thought they should probably head in the general direction of the city, as that would likely be the next days target, but wasn't overly concerned about the direction taken at the moment. Once a decent place for a camp had been found, and the surroundings briefly scouted, Heironymus hoped to sit down and discuss things with the two strangers. Because they did not seem to be on the side of the elf in the cave, nor to want the war spoken of, he decided that he would share what little information he had willingly, telling the tale of the attack on the caravan and Jocelyn's apparently willing capture.

Heironymus hated the thought that somehow he might be used as a pawn to start a war. Wars might be fun games for the rich and powerful, but rarely benefited the little folks who ended up fighting them. Wars between two apparently civilized races seemed particularily pointless.

But he was so new to the area, he understood that he made an easy pawn. He didn't even understand the relationship between the merchants city and the empire these other two came from. Perhaps it was time to take a class in politics 101. At the least, he would start by learning what he could from his companions.

Posted on 2010-06-03 at 23:26:52.

Topic: Save The Princess, Save The Wyrm
Subject: Whew! The mage didn't really want to lead

Hearing Peter step forward Derry was more than happy to allow someone with more armor to take the lead.

"The front is all yours, big guy," Derry said quietly with a smile. "As you said, perhaps we should go in quickly. We know they are there, so maybe we have some small element of surprise. I'll be right behind you."

And with that Derry started to prepare to cast a spell (most likely sleep, but until he saw what was in the room, who knew?) and follow the others quickly into the kitchen.

Posted on 2010-06-03 at 23:14:17.
Edited on 2010-06-03 at 23:15:11 by Nomad D2

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Out of the frying pan, into the . . . what?

Heironymus stepped out into the light gratefully. He didn't know the geography around here very well, but he could guess what city was in the distance. It was good to be out in the fresh air again. Being honest with himself, it was quite good to still be alive.

He glanced over at the two others and saw one indicate to the other to move away from where the "door" ought to be, although Heironymus could see no evidence of their conveyance. Still, it seemed like a wise idea. He also moved off to the side - the same side as the other two, but was careful not to invade their space. If they wanted some space to talk, that seemed reasonable. As he moved aside, he commented quietly to Kyara, "Sometimes walking away can take more strength than fighting. We still live - and it will be much easier to aid Joselyn alive than it would have been dead. Let us see what we can do to help her - I believe that path will start with the other two."

(The other two seemed to want to talk amongst themselves first, which seems reasonable. Heironymus would wait before speaking until the other two have finished their discussion - or some reasonable point to interject presents itself.)

Turning back to the others Heironymys introduced himself. "I am Heironymus. As you may have guessed, my companion and I were part of a group that was hired to defend a merchants caravan. While I have serious doubts about all aspects of the elf who opened this door for us, he did speak truly in one respect: we did not fully succceed in doing what we were hired to do. Or rather, we did defend the caravan very successfully, but not the caravan masters daughter - the target of the raid."

"My companion and I then followed the raiders to the cave in which we encountered you, hoping to rescue the young woman. You saw the result."

"But we know almost nothing about you. And yet, the next stage of this mission depends upon you. I am left with two questions:
1. Who are you and what is your role in all of this? We were simple guards and rescuers. I know little of this likely war he spoke of, but find little positive in the thought of war.
2. You have the letter which supposedly will state a ransom price for the girl. For lack of a better choice, I suppose it should be delivered. But it is in your possession. What do you say? Perhaps you know more of these events than we do? Or at least more than I do."

With that Heironymus could only await the reactions of the others.

Posted on 2010-05-28 at 22:20:18.

Topic: Save The Princess, Save The Wyrm
Subject: Voices in the dark

As Noctus pokes his head into the kitchen, Derry prepares a spell, just in case. He is ready to follow the others in and see what is going on. However, the delay at the door appears to have demonstrated that decisiveness was not this groups forte. Derry didn't want to take the lead, as meatshield was not something he was equiped to do, but someone had to go in. So he prepared to follow Noctus.

Hearing the voices - could he recognize the language?

Posted on 2010-05-27 at 13:13:58.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Deceit or not, evil is obvious

Heironymus knew there was deceit involved in this situation. Or rather, he didn't know what deceit was involved, but was sure it was there somewhere. It was possible that in amongst the words of the mage there was some truth, distorted and twisted though it might be. But one thing was clear: the man had a real evil streak. His torturing of the young girl was enough to prove it. But even evil men could speak truth when it served them. So how did these words serve him?

As he started to ponder, he just shook his head in frustration. In one thing the elf was correct, it was time to play the role of pigeon. Whatever was going on, he was simply a pawn in this game. And pawns did not survive by messing around with the more powerful pieces. At the moment, he could see no advantage to staying. But he could see an advantage to leaving. He would deliver the message.

It was not in his nature to leave a helpless person in the hands of an evil overlord to be tortured. But it was also not his way to throw away his life in a useless fight. Perhaps later something could be done?

Looking at Kyara, he mouthed "thank you." Turning back to the room with its reading "king" he stated, "We will play pigeon if the one with the letter will leave with us. Be strong Joselyn."

And with that Heironymus, both frustrated and relieved perhaps more than ever before, moved towards the door, gesturing Kyara ahead of him.

Posted on 2010-05-24 at 02:10:10.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Well, now that seems a bit rash!

After having spent the last several nerve racking minutes attempting to figure out how to get out of the room alive, Heironymus was surprised to hear that they would be allowed to walk out. Surprised, but he had to admit to himself, quite pleased. It seems there was a role for them to play in starting a war. Not good. But neither was death.

"You lie...."

He heard his companions speech with shock. He certainly understood the sentiment, for even if he hadn't been the tracker, he certainly understood the meaning of the path that they followed. Still, he saw little to gain from antagonizing their foe. He didn't have to look around again to realize they had little chance to fight their way out, even if the leader were not a spell caster of power.

Hearing one of the newcomers plead for a quiet escape, Heironymus could not help but agree.

He whispered sharply, "Relax, Kyara! How do you intend to kill them all? There are too many! We can return later!"

He didn't step completely in front of Kyara, she had earned more respect than that, but he did make sure he was a bit in front and partially blocking her anger from view. Turning back towards the larger room he spoke louder. "I agree with these others. We shall leave and carry your message back to the merchant whose wagons were plundered. But if you wish a ransom, remember that if she is damamged, she will be worth less to everyone. Shall we return the way we came?"

Posted on 2010-05-14 at 00:37:54.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Oh, the tangled webs

"Hired to let the caravan get attacked? Perhaps we were over zealous in our defense then when several attackers were killed?"

Heironymus scanned the room. He was still uncertain of the true nature of the newcomers, but he was pretty sure he had the measure of the man on the dais. The attackers had been tracked back here, where this man seemed to be in charge. The girl had clearly been beaten. The newcomers, whoever they were, had apparently been captured and tortured. Whatever might be said of the newcomers, the guy holding Joselyn's chain was clearly not their friend. And he held that which Heironymus and his companion had come for.

But knowing the enemy didn't make planning the next move any easier. Turning toward the dais, he spoke. "As for a reward for the girl, I suppose that is possible. But in fact, her rescue would simply be attempting to carry out the task for which we were hired - protecting the caravan. A task that your men made difficult. You do, after all, have the booty . . . " he noted while glancing at Joselyn. "Assuming for the moment that people can be bought and sold, in what way do you make such a claim?"

As he finished his latest speech, he continued to look around. He really had no idea how to extricate himself, Kyara, and Joselyn from this mess. So for now he would keep talking. Maybe someone would have a good plan.

Posted on 2010-05-12 at 19:35:13.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: A successful thief is still a thief.

"Yes, it is true. We failed to protect the caravan. But just because a thief is successful, it does not make him any less of a thief."

Heironymus continued to look around, attempting to judge teh reactions of the guards - and especially the new comers. "And bought and paid for? In what way? The caravan was attacked, and the young lady taken. I fail to see any just payment in that."

Posted on 2010-05-10 at 19:02:21.

Topic: Save The Princess, Save The Wyrm
Subject: A deafening silence

Derry was more than willing to help carry a table, but assumed the mage wasn't the one getting asked. Still, if the task needed doing . . .

As the inspections began, he simply wanted to know what his teammates waanted to do about the situation. Block open the door and enter, he assumed.

Posted on 2010-05-09 at 02:01:27.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: From illusionary frying pan into the fire

Illusions again! Heironymus wasn't sure what to believe at this point. Except, perhaps, never trusts a dark skinned elf? Or at least these dark skinned elves.

He really had no idea what to do. He didn't know what was even real in front of him. Even the new arrivals - were they real? Probably. Maybe. Were they allies of the guy with the chain? From his comments it was unclear. But one thing Heironymus was sure of was that he could not trust whatever that guy said. Which left him at a loss.

What he needed was information. Two things occurred as possible options. He could try and test the illusions as he had heard that if you didn't believe in them and looked for flaws that you might discover the truth. He could also try and keep the bad guy talking.

So he asked a question. "Chaos? What chaos have we caused as we creeped through the dark hounded by your illusions?" As he asked these questions he also stared closely at the guards attempting to detect a hint of illusion. He suspected the guard that closed the door was real, but were they all? He attempted to disbelieve and look closely.

(Since nobody else has posted yet, Heironymus will ask. However, if others are also going to say something he will gladly allow them to ask first as he is feeling very uncertain about what to do. Listening to others questions might provide the information he needs.)

Posted on 2010-05-07 at 16:14:12.
Edited on 2010-05-10 at 13:07:34 by Nomad D2

Topic: Save the Princess Q and A
Subject: What's up?

Anybody out there posting? I think Derry needs some other posts to respond to before posting again.

Posted on 2010-05-07 at 02:08:59.

Topic: Update on Dragon Mistress.
Subject: Best Wishes

It does put everything in perspective. Hopefully you have the best clerics available. Best wishes.

Posted on 2010-05-06 at 02:07:15.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Oh, those eyes

***Briana - I waited a few days to post in order to give you some time to jump in and say what you want to do. It is not my intent to take over the mission; feel free to express ideas/actions counter to those of Heironyumus. However, since you haven't posted in 10 days, I will continue to post to keep things moving. Jump in whenever you can.***

With the ever present eyes closing in from behind and an apparent portal in front of them, Heironymus quickly says, "Open the door, go through quickly."

(Assuming the door opens)

As the door opens the two will move hurriedly through into whatever space is beyond. Heironymus guards the rear, with his wand up and ready. He does not light it, not wanting to alert the loud marchers he heard earlier. (Can he still hear them at all?)

Once inside, he will pull the door shut and hold it shut. He will also light the wand - giving it to Kyara if the creatures on the other side attempt to pull the door open. With a lit wand the two will immediately survey their surroundings to attempt to figure out the next step.

Posted on 2010-05-04 at 18:59:13.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Footsteps in the Dark

As they move quietly and slowly forward in the dark, Hieronymus pauses periodically to listen. Footsteps. Very quietly, yet clearly, they are there. Footsteps in front of them. And a great deal of noise behind.

It was with a growing sense of being between a rock and a hard place (while under a great deal of rock!) that Heironymus first heard these sounds. But even as he heard them, a passage opened up to his right (I think it was right). Heironymus quietly and gently indicated to Kyara that he wanted to move that way. Let the padfoot and the crowd meet each other behind them.

He didn't like this. Since everyone else clearly could see in the dark, he wondered how much of their actions were already visible to whatever pursuers were out there?

**I assume I can't tell how far away the footsteps are?
Assuming Kyara is willing to move down the side tunnel, that is the direction they will go. Heironymus will remain at the back. He will also keep the wand out and ready. Should anyone, the loud guards or the padfoot seem to get too close he will utilize the wand to light everything up, and hopefully blind whoever is down here.

Kyara, as always, can veto these plans.

Posted on 2010-04-29 at 13:19:56.

Topic: Realms of Twilight - A Journey Begins
Subject: Oh great, a party!

Hearing the noise of the approaching groups, Heironymus muttered a religiously appropriate curse under his breath. So much for the easy way of doing things.

"Kyara, lets quietly slip down this hall and see if we can avoid the commotion. Go slow, we probably don't want to risk light. Your eyes are better to lead and I have the armor for the rear."

The idea is to slip slowly, quietly and in the dark down the passage they are currently headed down. This should be the one route that nobody else is currently in. I assume this will be very slow going because of the lack of light. Heironymus will keep one hand on Kyara's shoulder so that he doesn't lose track of her, if she doesn't object. Obviously he will be listening carefully. He will also have the wand at the ready to shine bright light into the eyes of any who approach. The spell sound blast is also on his lips. If a side tunnel appears Heironymus will want to take it to get out of the direct line of sight of those who presumably can see in the dark.

Posted on 2010-04-27 at 12:55:13.

Topic: Save The Princess, Save The Wyrm
Subject: The kitchen - my favorite part of a house.

Upon hearing about the inside of the kitchen, it seemed obvious to Derry that they should enter. It might be a trap, or the side door might simply have jammed. Either way, it was the only way in to accomplish their goal. Unless they wanted to climb the building and that didn't sound like any fun.

So what was the next step? Probably bracing the door open. Quietly if possible. He'd say so, but it was probably a job for the muscle and he hated giving the impression that he was telling everyone what to do. Then they enter. But should they open the far door before everyone went in? Either option seemed to offer its own dangers.

He was normally all for searching every room as they got to it, but in this case, would they find anything more than some burned biscuits? Then again, in many manors servants were meant to be present, but neither seen nor heard. Thus they had servants passages. Perhaps such a passage offered the cooks the ability to bring snacks to various rooms unseen and unhindered? At the very least he would look around for a likely spot when they entered.

Having finished his pondering, and not yet hearing anything else from the others, Derry spoke quietly. "I guess we go in. It is why we are here. Does anyone have a plan for bracing the door?"

Posted on 2010-04-23 at 18:02:29.


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