The Meeting Concluded

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Saeth glanced behind her, confirming that the companions would not suffer a unhappy surprise from the rear. She’d only gotten a moment’s glance at the men in the room before her, but if they were aristocrats rather than brawlers, she thought her odds pretty good–and did not the pervasive hoods suggest that the wearers had much to lose from being identified, just as their actions suggested an imperative from the elites?

Despite a twinge of impatience, she was largely content with the slight delay as those in the front steeled themselves. She didn’t feel half sorry for the Veil’s most recent victims, and was willing to let the mob’s frenzy run its course before rushing in.

Miklos, too busy to really appraise the situation properly, couldn’t judge whether an assualt would be worthwhile. There seem to be alot of voices comming from the chamber. If he’d been in a position to see, he probably would have bulked at the idea of going in simply because of the odds.

Feldard watched from his semi-concealed position along the stone passageway as the crowd grabbed the “traitor”. To his mind one less person to fight given the Veiled’s greater numbers was worth a bit of a wait – that is unless they could convince the traitor that he had a better chance of surviving by fighting wtih them against his former friends.. eh in either case they were still badly outnumbered. Surprise only helped so much.

He glanced back towards the mage wondering if he’d cast his spell yet. He hadn’t seen anyone drop yet.. maybe he did some other protective spell.. as much as the dwarf hated magic.. something to help would be of use right about now. He looked to each of his companions a moment then stopped at the mage and gestured to the room mouthing silently. ‘Whenever you’re ready…’

Beading over persperation trickled down Miklos’s forehead as he tried to control the magic. Through gritted teeth he hissed, “I’m ready now, do we go in or leave get help from the Tribune?”

As the voices raised in the room beyond Maruc risked a look from behind Feldard then ducked back quickly. It looked a folly to charge in there, they would have to put down four men each and by their current experience all of the ‘veiled they had met so far had been seasoned brawlers. Even if Miklos could fell five as he had done during the assualt it would take him a while to fell another five with the magic left in him and he would be useless until he read the spell again by which time they may all be dead.

They may also be able to save the ‘veiled man being perseciuted. He may have valuable information that he would be prepared to tell such as Nicolai had, but by the sounds of it they may well be too late anyway.

That still left at least two men each and these guys were fanatical so were unlikely to flee unless severly outnumbered or outclassed. Let us hope that the felling and engagement of three quarters of their number may be enough for the others to rout. Maruc took a deep breath.

“The odds don’t look good, but there is a slim chance if we attack them while they are otherwise engaged. With surprise Miklos may have enough time to fell half the ‘veiled before we attack if we are luckly. But, my vote would be to get the Tribune as Miklos suggested, but we may loose them.”

It did not take long for the Veiled Society men to kill their ‘traitor’. It was a horrible death, but if the man was responsible for the death of Lucia Vorloi, perhaps it was deserved. As the party looked on, half of the men exited the room through a side passage. The remainder of them started to head for the archway. Strangely, the leader suddenly seemed to not be among them. Apparently, he had quickly slipped away somewhere during the killing.

Ten hooded men stalked slowly towards the group, who remained hidden in the shadows.

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7 responses to “The Meeting Concluded

  1. The Meeting Chamber:
    Saeth: 10xp +10xp
    Maruc: 10xp +5xp +10xp DM choice
    Miklos: 10xp +5xp
    Nicolai:
    Feldard: 10xp +10xp
    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 1735/4000
    Maruc: 1650/1500
    Miklos: 1590/2500
    Nicolai: 1525/2400
    Feldard: 1540/2200

  2. Miklos (Mu 1)

    Seeing the approach of the men and alreadly struggling against the pressure of the spell Miklos couls wait not longer, they were about to be discovered so he stepped sideways centrally on the staircase ensuring he did not block the passage of Seath or Feldard he cast the spell with an explosive release of exertion. Quickly he began to summon the magic again from his memorised sleep spell. As the others poured into the breach…

  3. Maruc

    Seizing the moment Maruc hissed urgently, “We must stop them raising the alarm!” Then stiding forward he called as he swung his flail in large lazy arcs. “Halav’s justice upon thee!” He met the first of the surprised ‘veiled that were still standing after Miklos’s spell.

  4. Feldard (Dwf 1)

    Feldard was glad the wait for battle was over! He charged in, not bellowing as he would have liked for Maruc was correct – he didn’t wish to raise the alarm and bring back the other half of the Veiled members. He hacked at those standing with his battle axe not concerned with leaving any alive to question.. that’s what the sleeping ones were for!

  5. Saeth Tegau

    Well, perhaps Halav would prevent his battlecry from raising that much-feared alarm, thought Saeth, but she imagined that silence would’ve done a better job of it.

    Be that as it may, the battle was joined. In the close confines of the staircase, it would be difficult to fit a third armsman abreast of the dwarf and the priest, so Saeth held her position as a rearguard, throwing her daggers past the dimunitive Feldard and into his assailant.

    By my count, Saeth has four daggers left, no? Will I need to specify when any lost ones are replaced, or can we assume that this happens offscreen, as it were?

    Suddenly, a gap opened between her two allies. Seizing the opportunity, the swordswoman darted through, taking up station in the rear of the Veils. She resolved not to permit them to flee back the other way, any more than Feldard was prepared to let them out the secret passage.

  6. Nicolai attempts to creep round the back of the remaining men, and attack from the rear.

  7. Don’t worry about counting daggers. We can assume she’s replacing her daggers. We can deduct some gp as necessary for updating equipment later on.

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