[Relb] Now, I ain’t the brightest but, Xar and Geri know the extent of that Iron blades abilities. If that thing cuts through stone and earth like butter, why not just carve a new passage out of here close to the surface. One, they won’t know about it when we return from getting the rest of the group. Hell, if this thing cuts rock as easily as it looks, well…exuse me for saying so but, screw going through that door with a demon lord and tons of undead horse shit waiting to kill us or, turn us to the walking dead, fucking unthinking slaves! Not how I think we really see ourselves…hell, like I said, Geri, we go that way and you’re dead. End of story! I say if that blade does what it looks like it can…Xar, carve us a hole outside this cursed castle walls as an escape route. It won’t be easy I’d think but, depends on the strength of that blade. Geri, you are the highest ranking officer here. You’re our specialist on all things mystical and most other things as well. You’re also the most injured among us. Without getting you some aid and healing…, you’re in deep shit. Ultimately, it’s you’re rank and arcane knowledge of the blades abilities that make the final decision yours to make. Gide and Taer will search for us soon. They will be ou t numbered and not expecting this many undead. They will be in grave danger…pardon the pun but, if we can bypass all those undead, go back to the town and research what the fuck this lord wendel is talking about, this broken heart? And, anything to do with this keeps history. Something we can use to battle these monsters and, get you healed up. Gide and the rest of us can not afford to lose you Geri…not here, not like this. You to stuburn to let yourself be killed in this place. Can the blade do the work and free us else where safely? Wouldn’t a stratigic retreat and regrouping be wise about now so you don’t die here. Are we in a good spot to dig an escape tunnel and, flee for now? Here or, by the under ground lake? You’re leader right now so, like it or not, you are to
[Xar] not quite like warm butter with a sharp hot knife… more like hold butter with a dull butter knife… probably a bound earth elemental in there or something like that? (my best guess) I think it would take months (if not years) to dig yourself a way out of here with something smaller than a shovel that wasn’t designed as a digging instrument. I’ve thought about going back the way we came. I could bring the rest of the group to the well. and bring them through there. the beefy guys could strip down out of their armor once in the well (or the staging area outside the well), and I could drag there gear down stream(with maybe a waterproof bag for some stuff). Could also bring enough rope/cord back with us to possibly make the distance down stream ( that would be a lot but at least there would be the possibility of hauling ourselves out of that underground lake with the combination of air supply and a rope to haul ourselves upstream) supply list of that to get when(if) i make it back to town… the rest of our crew. heavy/large bags to haul our gear. lots of rope. at least one watertight bag for some gear (if possible), torches/lantern/oil anchoring pins/loops for ropes/cord to attach to passage walls.
the rest of the crew going downstream should be carrying a large wine/water skin that they fill with air before they head downstream (maybe not too much air or it’ll drag along the roof, but with their heavy gear provide a more neutral buoyancy. also if they run short of breath they could get a lungful or two out of it on the way down. my only concern is there are a couple of tight squeezes in that stream and not sure it would be possible to make it though them in the upstream direction with all that water coming through. I guess there is the possibility I could “Modify” the size of the tight spots with that blade if I was roped off and did a little excavation around the tight areas so we could get through them a little more easily. could also cut some hand holds in the bad areas. wow that seems like a lot of work getting everyone upstream and a lot could go wrong. a one way drip downstream with the rest of the group, and coming at
them at the ass end sounds like the best option. I could modify some of the tight spots and leave some cord/rope in them on the way downstream so it could at least be an option to get back that way in case we get bottle up down there. or we could mount an rescue operation with the rest of the group at the Well, rope downstream and haul everyone up one-by-one. ( would have to take out the skeleton army there first). and then go in the front gate (I’m sure there would be no opposition… right?)
[Geri] I say we try and figure how to get the hell out. We’re beaten up bad and once our enemies realize whats going on with another trip, we’re not going to get another chance for surprise. A horde of animations is bad, but there’s a master mind controlling all of this – and more creatures we don’t know of. If we cannot surprise them right now, i say heal and come back in force. The physics of using that blade will not allow it to be used to carve a path out – we would die when something collapsed. I can probably get myself out or one other person out. We can get one person out by shrinking them. My vote is to send as many as we can back and have the rest wait down here. I volunteer to wait.
[Relb] If they is unable then, I’ll volunteer to get the hell out of here with Xar and, sneak out of the castle grounds to get Gide and Taer back in the town. Perhaps the Mayor can rustle up some militia or, guardsmen to help combat the animations. Once we there we should be able to retrieve some information about this place and, it’s history, grab some supplies and, healing potions or the like for you from the church of Aerna. Might even be able to wrangle a priest or priestess to help aid us again the undead minions up above. I doubt that we’ll have surprise once we can come back with a force big enough to do any good but, given it might be these peoples only hope of survival and, the eventual death by starvation. Being unable to flee because of the buzzing noise and, facing off against the prospect of some Demon lord sounds like at least a chance to die fighting then just simply starving to death…but, who knows what this backwards ass town can produce as fighting men? They are a sturdy lot to live in such a shit-hole though, I’ll give them that. Geri…, would the tapistry work on the animations or the demon lord an, vanquish them like normal enemies or people? I hate to screw that town over, where ever or when ever it might be located. Without the Dragon boat to return, they may get stuck there forever? So, is it even possible that it’ll work? and, should we even attempt to use it as such, given the dangers of even moving it? And, if it does work…do we give a shit that we’re thrusting undead minions and, a demon lord on an unsuspecting town and, this Germainia place?
[Geri] Alright guys.. think.
1) The mayor’s got nothing – he’s hated and the town is decimated.
2) The church of Aerna is gutted – no healing. Before we left, we established that there’s no supplies or service from either the Wyld of Light faiths.
3) You may still surprise them if less flee than went in – they will likely just assume you have fled for good, haven gotten your asses kicked. Yhat means in town can only be a couple hours to get info and grab supplies and reinforcements and come back if they have spies.
4) A demon lord’s banner is not a demon lord. A prince of the Abyss would have more power than what’s being exercised here… assume its a minion – not quite as bad. I hope.
5) Using the tapestry as a weapon? You’re likely to get it destroyed first… and it probably wont work on the animations anyway.
[Relb] 1) Mayor’s a pussy
2) The Faiths need to step up their game in this place…for a backwards ass place with loads of undead activity, or mystical at the very least, their presence is sorely lacking.
3) That’s solid enough thinking and, reasoning…it maybe the only chance we’re able to attempt an assult and, rescue but, knowing more about this place is crucial if we’re to survive at all and, quell this unholy nesting spot of this Demon Lord and, if Lord Wendel is ever to achive his peace in the after life and, forgive himself of whatever precieved failure of his.
4) Demon Lord to me still means bad ju-ju to me Geri. I would hope if this truly was a Demon from the Abyss that we’d have fuckin’ gotten the hell out of here already. I’m guessing even a minion still has significant power to raise and, control so many undead all at one time…I won’t even pretent to understand it but, I’m guessing it takes a lot of power to sustain itself.
5) Well, that’s no good and, only a suggestion for you to a decide if an attempt with the damned thing would even prove useful in this type of situation, as much as I don’t like the thing, it does have it’s usefulness for other matters entirely…where’s Berithor when you need an ass-wipe to banish to a frozen hell. Seems to good for even the likes of him but, I’m willing to throw him in it just for being a bitch working with Umbakians and, their lightbringer asses! but, that’s another matter for now and, not what I need to focus on. Right now it’s about escape and, rescue. If you have other ways this can go down, then speak up because, it’s up to you Geri to pick the plan.
[Geri] I cant help the situation we are in… and the fact that the mayor’s hated does not make him a pussy… he has people dying, no money and no friends. Imagine how he feels – unable to do anything. And i know you are a believer Relb, and i have my own reasons for venerating Ezrilus, but fuck faith. Faith is half the reason this town is so messed up – the Umbakians and their little crusade gutted it. Faith is not about facing animations, its about community. Destroy and disrupt that and the faith fizzles. These people are beaten. They have suffered way more than any of us. The Wyld faith was chased out and we drove out the Lightbringers… in a way some may see it as our fault there’s no one here to give comfort to these people. We drove Berithor too from these lands. And yes, a minion of some Abyssal Lord is bad… but what i am saying is that there’s hope. How you get out of here is up to you. If you choose to try and get more characters down here, the occupants of the castle will know theres a way in and be ready. It may also not be possible to get lots of equipment down here… theres a lot of unknowns. If you choose to try and escape I can probably get one person out with some risky magic (choose the sanest amongst the group for this) and it sounds like diminution can get 1 more out. Or we can try and do a 2 front assault.
[Korvyk] This is how I figure it none of us down here have the rank to make the decisions so this is my plan. 1) Report what we have found out
-Where we are, and our situation
-Windle is here as a physical being
-Any any other useful information
That has to be the priority here make sure everyone else knows whats happening here.
2)With that everyone else who cant get out sit tight and wait orders to come back.
3)This will be done by message in a bottle or by the rest of the group coming down the well within the set time agreed on here.
4) If the rest of the party fail to get orders to the party in the set time. The remaining members waiting word will try to escape.
[Geri] This sounds fine by me.
[Relb] I hate that the man is broken down and, shit out of luck…he’s in a horrible situation but, sometimes you have to gut the problem before it guts you…in order to survive. If you get an opening and, a chance to strike at the heart, you don’t go for the limbs. In life and death, that moment might be the only one there is to save yourself and, alter the ultimate outcome by cheating death one more time. We can’t all be reborn like Taer. Yes I have faith but, that is a hope and, desire to a better path of understanding myself, helping you guys, my friends and compainions as well as others in need. Ezrilius is a good match for you Geri and, your reasons are your own…I can’t explain your motivations anymore then I can truly explain my own…it’s just something that moves me and, makes me believe in a much bigger world and, our place within it. I pity the Mayor’s situation and, his position within it and, nor do I envy his place among his people who’d just as soon kill him at the moment out of fear and, panic, then handling the real problem…This Demon Lord and, his animated flock of distruction. All I mean is that sitting on their asses and doing nothing ain’t going to fix there problem or improve their chances. Yes, we might be partially to blaim for this town having a no religion or faith to speak of but, isn’t that when you need it the most? Shouldn’t it be the last thought one has as the breath leaves the body before growing cold, in the hope that maybe, just maybe, it all mean’t something? I don’t mind going with Xar and, fetching Taer and Gide for town but, coming back down the well wasn’t really in my thoughts as I’d not want to give away our position here and, alert these undead. I believe a two front assult from top and bottom may prove our best chance at getting everyone out alive. It’ll split their forces and, concentrations to have to divert their focus and, their numbers for each group. If we launch the assult up above drawing them away from you, you may be able to ambush them from behind with Chalan and, Korvyk leading the way out. Once rejoined with Gide and, Taer, hopefully armed with the knowledge of this place as to what may ease Lord Wendel’s consciencious. Once we kill this demon lord, his animations should parish as well, if history serves from my time in the North. If we can concentrate on him, we may stand a chance but, I’m not looking forward to that fight during but, if we survive, I’ll be happy as hell! Now, lets get Xar and, the Sanest among us for Geri to do her thing and, lets get this ball rolling before we’re squashed.
[Geri] Relb, I don’t even know what the hell you are talking about. I can see the stress has got to you… Korvyk’s plan is fine, lets just see how things play out.
[Relb] I’ve got no problem with the plan and, all I’m try to say Geri, is I’d rather move on the plan while we still have an option to do so. I’m never very comfortable being idle, hoping we’re not discovered first and, reducing our chances. So, the motto of strike when the iron is hot was what I was thinking.
[Korvyk] Well i vote on Geri to go seems like the plan has to rely on you for some of it also I think you should take Relb just because of the fact he seems to be losing it down here and I dont feel comfortable knowing he is freaking out when we need to lay low and keep quit.
[Relb] Hey, between the nightmare I’ve been having, spending months in Dierdre’s dungon guarding that god damn evil book and, finding we’re trapped under a cursed castle full of undead with one of our own severely injured…hell yeah I’m not taking it well! I’m angry at the situation, not crazy. Figure out what plan you all want to go with and, lets do it.
[Chalan] An easy way out? REALLY? you believe in those? Do you think the magical tree faries will grant you 3 wishes if you catch them too? Damn Relb, your confidence is sureal, don’t change man. Were screwed, survival is a long shot. Our best bet is to see if we can get the others down here, and to proceed as cautiously as possible. USe the stealth we have, sneak up, scout, report back, advance with the knowledge obtained. We’re gonna die, lets see if we can take this demon lord bastard with us. Maybe we’ll get SOME recognition for something aside from butchering random people and being freaks… Shit, it works for artists doesn’t it? Just die and then suddenly you were actually good at something.
[Geri] Its time to step up then.
Who’s grip on reality is the strongest then? I believe Chalan has strengthened his in our travels. Chalan you must prepare yourself for a brief sojourn into the realm of shadows. I have never cast this spell before, but i will Night Walk you. Xar, you will have to orient me to a place outside of the castle grounds, otherwise Chalan may end up in the middle of enemies or worse. Then Xar will use the diminution potion and get out back up the well shaft using his air elemental. I’ll wait 20 minutes and then Night Walk Chalan – from the air you should be able to spot him, there will be a bruise colored ripple in the air when he exits. You two must go back and consult with Gide.
I am making a small symbol on the ground using loose debris. Xar – you must teach the elemental what this is. When the rest of the troop has decided, send the elemental back down in an air bubble with a note and have it drop it on the symbol. Make sure to send a tiny pouch with a
quill and tiny ink well. Teach me the words to have the air elemental wrap the message on top of the symbol back in the bubble and return it to you. I’ll send our reply.
[Xar + Geri / Aside] I’m thinking Taqwill may end up ignoring our warning signs. Hes got so much invested in the library and town – its his life work, and he still feels like he still has some sort of obligation to us from our fathers. You mentioned once about devices that our fore-fathers found in the swamp, from the Gwinnish wreck, that could communicate remotely. Taqwill is brining those Seeing Stones in his wagon… this may help us with coordinating our dual group efforts…
[Chalan] Eh shit, I guess a different way to die is ok too… what the hell am I gonna be experiencing in there Geri?
[Relb] That’s right Chalan, your turn to get freaky in some other realm or, weave or, whatever is about to happen to you. Good luck.
[Geri] Chalan. Xar has got me oriented as to where we are in respects to the edge of the forest and the path out. Using my math skills and zoology knowledge, i have estimated your stride and the distance to where you need to go. I am going to tell you to take so many steps forward, and so many steps “up”. Keep your eyes closed and just follow my instructions carefully. You will hear, smell and feel sensations…. most … disturbing. DO NOT DEVIATE from the path set for you. If you do, i cannot guarantee your safety.
In other news, Xar has pointed out to me the tenacity our our old friend Taqwill. We are likely to see him turn up in Braddon Bog no matter our warning and if he does, he brings with him a mystical device which could aid us greatly. Let us not speculate on that aspect, but wait and see what unfolds. Gentlemen, we have a plan. Its good. Lets just cast the dice and let come what may…
[Relb] Good planning guys, nice work. Interesting about Taqwill, hope it helps and, doesn’t get himself stuck to be starved to death like the rest of the town. It’ll be bood to have a person to research stuff we don’t have the time for, as we’re constantly thrusting ourselves into the shit pile, a different time, dimension or, a well…or, whatever. Hopefully he can shed some light on this castles history and, get there in time to tell Gide and Taer before they head this way…maybe we can get out of this finally and, put Lord Wendel to rest finally. I do hate to see some people suffer.