zaterdag 24 september 2011

A Taint of Chaos

 1618. Sea Season. Truth. Wildday

Blanka from the Ernaldori - Colymar Tribe, played by Bram
Ranath, a Lhankor Mhy student, played by Ben 
Odd, who mov es in the shadows, played by Kristof
A'ido, a Grey Dog Cottar, played by Bart

After locating the whereabouts of the protection gang, our heroes returned to the Grey Dog Tula to resupply. They meet up with A'ido, a young Grey Dog Cottar, restless after participating in several Lismelder battles and looking for adventure, and decide to take him along, his military experience could come in handy.  Gunnar and Ulic sort of disappear all of a sudden, without notice, and the party are killing time most of the day waiting for them, until they decide to spend some of the money they have already made, and buy themselves riding animals.  A'ido thinks the best place for buying mounts is the Snorri stead, and they head east into the valley.  They have no notice of the duo of assassins on their trail though, and are completely unprepared when they notice movement in the bushes ahead.  A young female barbarian comes out of hiding, pretending to have been startled by the adventurers' arrival.  A'ido smells a rat, he has never seen the woman before, she is not wearing any Vinga or Babeester Gor marks, something you'd expect an armored female to have.  Odd immediately hides in the bushes, the other three advance cautiously, awaiting events.

Just when the party starts believing everything is all right, from his cover Odd notices another shape stealthily approaching the party from the rear.  Odd tries to ambush the new assailant, but gets noticed, and the female immediately drops her 'innocent' guise and befuddles A'ido, jumps forward, drives her spear into Blanka's eye, pulls back, and charges A'ido, all in one swift movement.  She is ready to strike the Grey Dog warrior before Blanka hits the ground, bleeding to death.  Odd, rather than alarming the party, decides to go for cover again, leaving the party unaware of the threat approaching.  The second attacker sneaks up to Ranath, and tries to strangle him with his Garotte.  His garotte grabs Ranaths Staff as well though, and this buys Ranath a few seconds of breathing time, although he is clearly in big trouble.  Meanwhile A'ido is reawakened by the female's ferocious attack, and he manages to parry her charge.  Odd comes out of hiding, sneaks up behind the assassin strangling Ranath, and stabs at him.  The assassin has to make a choice: letting go of the garotte or being completely open to Odd's surprise attack.  Split second, he decides to evade, and lets go.  He fails to remain standing, and Odd follows up closely.  The fight now quickly turns, and both assailants are captured.  After some brutal examination and Ranath's mind reading both villains are given a dose of barbarian justice.

fter some rather sloppy looting, the party heads for the Snorri's, a good 2 miles down the river, and meets Galan Snorri, the horse master of the Stead.  They purchase several horses, including the one warhorse available.  Blanka and Odd also buy a War hound, but the choice is not great, and they end up with two rather ugly mongrels, the one even more weakly than the other, and both are too fat.  But they make a lot of noise and smell funny, and as such they fit their masters well.  With their new steeds, our heroes return to the Tula, only to find it in some degree of excitation:  A goat with two heads has been born, and people are of two minds: either this is an omen of a good year for the herds, or it is some kind of evil enchantment, another ploy of chaos, possibly orchestrated by the Lunar oppressor, in their ongoing attempt to put the Lismelder, the last fount of resistance in Sartar, down.  
A  divination, strongly supported by our heroes, and especially Blanka and Odd, reveals evil wrongdoings in the west.  The two-headed goat is clearly a sign of an evil ploy by chaos.  A'ido quickly learns the sense chaos spell, and the party rides out in pursuit of the chaotic aberration.  Near the bridge to Lawspeaker Hill they notice an old crone, on her knees, digging in the sand.  They come closer to see more clearly what the old witch is conjuring, and see her working with the innards of a dead animal.  A'ido casts the sense chaos, and the chaotic presence in the woods is clear, so the party advances.  This alerts the old crone, who turns around, and begins incantating her spirit song.  A'ido is attacked by a malignant spirit, and Odd kills the crone with a poisonous dart.  Out of the woods appear three broos, one with a lionesque aspect, one with stag-like horns, and one looking like a boar.  Only seconds later another, faster shape emerges: a scorpion man, who charges straight ahead.  The scorpion man, being faster than the broos, charges Blanka's horse, dealing some serious damage.  Blanka manages to escape, and the scorpion man turns on Odd.  Odd casts a dark wall, and manages to deviate the scorpion man onto Ranath, as well as slowing down the lion broo.  Brave Ranath has to stand and face the scorpion mans fierce attack for several rounds before retreating to his horse.  Meanwhile, the two wardogs are keeping the pig broo busy, allowing the party to shoot it.  The scorpion man turns out to have very strong armor, probably a chaotic feature, and the adventurers lose courage and retreat to Grey Dog Tula.

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