Session 16

  • The group begin their trek up into the canyon towards Altaruk. Naraaku drops behind to check if they are being followed and spots tracks of belgoi, 5 of them.
  • About an hour into journey eben spots trickle of sand and rocks down cliff sides, then sees dark shapes flitting between rocks
  • battle cry as deformed raiders leap down from canyon rocks to attack
  • during battle eben speared several times as the slackjaw creatures cajole and laugh and say how ‘purdy’ he looks
  • orsk whirls around like a dervish cleaving raiders left right and centre as they fall to his hammer
  • In a few minutes battle is over and an eerie silence settles in the canyon, caravan moves off quickly in the hope that no-one else is attracted to the noise of battle and smell of blood
  • Altaruk is in sight, a 15 foot solid granite wall braced on two sides by large two story towers and a huge gate stands between the heroes and the relative safety of a settlement. A thorny bush surrounds the outside of the walls which orsk recalls is a sometimes used tactic for detecting the presence of defilers and defiling magic
  • kaldras and his family need to drop off their caravan and supplies in the elven market and also so they can retrieve the payment for the pcs
  • they weave through market stalls and tents and then naraaku is waved to by some fellow sky singers, they eagerly enquire about the state of Tyr but naraakus cool demeanor puts them at ill ease, they ask about the singers bow and say he should take it to the singers in nibernay as they would be interested in learning of how he came across it. Naraaku shrugs them off and the group continue on their way
  • get to the camp of Kaldras tribe and he says to wait while he goes inside the tent and retrieves their payment. Orsk waits patiently outside and naraaku heads to the rear.
  • As they wait the group become aware that rather than unpack the caravan the elves close in on them with their hands on their blades. As they draw their weapons they cry that they will pay them instead with their blood
  • Quick fight ensues, After it begins Kaldras leaps from the tent slicing vicious wounds into Orsk, Elves are outmatched and just as Kaldras falls unconscious a booming voice commands fighting to cease
  • It is Tellemon the captain of the guards, who demands to know what is going on
  • Orsk calmly tries to explain the truth whilst the remaining elves cry foul and lie. Finally * * * Eben steps forward and hands Tellemon the vordon papers proving the legitimate of their story
  • Tellemon is impressed and banishes the remaining tribe members from Altaruk. He apologises and welcomes the group to Altaruk and bids them a good stay, provided they keep out of trouble!
  • Inside the walls the courtyard is bustling with a mix of races and peoples, although it is noticeable that there are quite a few groups of mercenaries-some who look very unsavoury who are just milling around the courtyard. As the group enter the mercs seem interested in the new strangers
  • Orsk heads to the barracks to deliver his package whilst naraaku, Eben and Solzak head to the inn
  • Inside inn are an assortment of different races and professions, half elf barmaids serve the customers, solzak recognises none of them. Many mercenaries loiter in here too instantly clocking the group as they enter and eyeing them suspiciously over a few mugs of broy
  • the barmaid is reasonably friendly once the group start showing some coin and after a few exchanged words she asks solzak and naraaku to head round the back in 5 minutes where they will be met by one of the serving staff
  • they head off round back and the maid says that narissa told her if someone by the name of solzak came looking for her to direct them upstairs to nasek, he is upstairs room 42
  • The two head upstairs as if going to check in their rooms but instead find themselves at room 42.
  • Orsk heads to the manor of arisphistanales (hereafter referred to as ‘Aris’ and manages after a small negotiation to be able to arrange a meeting with the noble at 8pm this evening and then he heads to inn
  • orsk arrives and he and eben see naraaku and solz go up the stairs and a couple minutes after a group of mercenary warriors dressed in black armour follow them up
  • upstairs in naseks room solz and naraaku see a dwarf, badly burned from the sun and feverish. * * He regales the story of how narissa and himself came to be in altaruk and the imminent peril of narissas current mission and the witch child Tybia. Narissa was assigned to protect a child prodigy and foster her in the ways of preserving magic. But she grew too powerful too quickly and now she presents a threat to both good and evil. Additionally an obsidian orb (fuel for sorcerer kings magic) has been stolen from the templars of tyr who were on the way back to Tyr. The veil must find it and destroy it and probably tybia as well for she is as much a threat now as she ever was an asset. Narissa left a day ago to find her and wished that Solzak come find her.
  • Before nasek finishes he is interrupted by a knock at the door
  • Solz and naraaku move the bed holding the invalid dwarf to hold up the door and then naraaku clumsily leaps out of the window injuring himself in the process. Dusting off he calmly walks back round to the front of the inn
  • Solzak waits only for a moment deliberating to stay or go before he too takes a slightly more graceful leap out of the window!
  • Orsk and eben follow the mercenaries upstairs and hear them knocking on the door and then breaking through
  • orsk stands tall in the corridor before a mercenary who draws his longsword and charges
  • eben brings up the rear helping to cut a path through the warriors to push into the room
  • they are just in time to stop a mercenary from administering a killing blow on the helpless dwarf but eben is badly wounded when a combined slash and thrust from 2 mercanaries gets past his defences.
  • orsk steps in and tussles with the mercenaries but gets pushed back when the city guard burst in and before the mercenary gets chance to shout impales him on his longspear
  • downstairs naraaku and solzak share a mug of kank nectar and ponder what all the commotion was upstairs…

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Session 16

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