Preparing for the Mission

“Before we embark on this quest what proof have we that you actually own the property in question? You have the deeds? We may find ourselves on the wrong side of the Duke if we insult one of his allies by assaulting his castle, would we not?” Miklos wasn’t entirely sceptical but it pays not to beguile oneself with the thought of discovering arcania just because someone mentioned ‘wizard’. Still there’s no time like the present.“My, you are a very suspicious lot, aren’t you? I assure you, all of my papers are in order, and you may see them if you must. Whatever is in that castle is no ally of the duke. If only that were so!”

And so, the group tentatively accepted the mission. Clifton paid the group the advance as promised, and provided them with a map to get to the castle, which was about a day’s journey from the city. Before leaving, he offered to make himself available to them should they have any more questions.

After the merchant left, Nicolai began discussing the preparations for their task. “Before we go, I think we should purchase some torches, lanterns, oil and tinderboxes. Castles often have underground areas, that will not be open to day light. Although our friend Feldard may be used to this, the rest of us are not.”

“I hear you Nicolai, I will visit my church and see what advice they may offer for such an endeavour. You never know even the waters for the Holy Font may be of use!” Maruc grinned, and then it slid off his face as he wondered what he might confront that would be effected by such waters.

Saeth didn’t even notice that the man hadn’t answered her questions, content that the bargain was struck. That wasn’t half bad–she could manage in this state anytime! Speaking of which, what time was it? Saeth thought it was nearing nightfall, but Mik- Mi- the boy had said he’d come back in four hours… wouldn’t that be the middle of the night? Well, regardless of the time, she could hardly go to sleep while the youth was out working, could she? “I’ll just wait here,” she announced to everyone around, “just in case you need me for anything.” She sipped her drink, satisfied at a job well done.

So, Feldard had been wrong about the timing, but still it seemed the deal had been struck and he was soon to be headed to a wizard-cursed castle. He nodded his agreement to Nicolai’s suggestion. Leading a pack of dimmed sighted humans through winding underground tunnels was not his idea of fun. Yes, as annoying as they were to him, torches would be of use to the group. “Four hours then.. ” in the interim he would seek out the Tribune and inquire as to his missing bride – at least he could get that started.

Being a village priest cloistered in a damp whitewashed room didn’t give you alot of life experiences. The term Necromancer meant nothing to Maruc. ‘Black Arts’ was what his old Abbot used to describle what Miklos practiced; non-divine Magic Use. Maruc had never heard tell of Priests going ‘to the bad’. His abbot had said it was impossible because they would be instantly excommunicated by their diety. Still, the whole idea worried him. Not least because of what he had seen Miklos do and he was just learning his craft. It would be terrible indeed to face one who could do worse than him. Another test of Halav it was then…

* * * * *

They bade farewells and, pocketing their 50 royal advances, set about preparing for the mission. Nicolai purchased torches, lanterns, oil, tinderboxes and rations. Maruc returned to his church and gathered some holy water. Feldard inquired about his missing betrothed, but there was no information to be found. It was suggested that he could seek out the dwarves of the Stronghollow clan residing in Highforge, or perhaps, the Wufwolde Hills nearby, the location of numerous iron mines worked by gnomes and dwarves. Saeth continued drinking.

Miklos threaded his way through the streets. He mused that perhaps under a Charm glamour Caldwell might have revealed more. Doing some research, he was not able to find anything to contradict Clifton’s story. He was able to learn the name of the rebel wizard — Sevastian. He was an old Traladaran wizard, rumored to be obsessed with unlocking the secrets of death and immortality. Legend had it that he conducted experiments on corpses. No one knew for sure what became of him. Some said he died from an experiment gone awry, others said he just disappeared. There were even those who whispered that he has become a liche.

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6 responses to “Preparing for the Mission

  1. Let me know if there’s any more preparations you’d like to make. Which spells are you guys memorizing? What time of day do you wish to arrive at the castle?

    A New Opportunity
    Saeth: 10xp +5xp
    Maruc: 10xp +10xp
    Miklos: 10xp +10xp +10xp
    Nicolai: 10xp +10xp
    Feldard: 10xp +5xp

    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 2910/4000
    Maruc: 2840/3000
    Miklos: 2815/5000
    Nicolai: 2640/4800
    Feldard: 2655/4400

  2. Saeth Tegau

    Finally, Miklos returned, and shared his find with the group. Saeth, glad to see him, listened to the report long enough to figure out that they were leaving in the morn–by this time, she could barely keep track of the room. Figuring she could review whatever was said on the hike in the morning, she excused herself and went to bed.

    In the morning, she felt worse, but was somewhat more functional. She gatherered her equipment and shook Maruc awake. “Best we be off. In the castle by noon, out by dusk, what? You want to check the other room and wake the dwarf?”

    Saeth likes her shield spell, and still has that memorized.

  3. Miklos (Mu 2)

    Miklos gathered everyone together in a quite corner of the common room. “It seems we are facing a serious problem if my information is correct. The rebel wizard who dwelt in Castle Cadwell was Sevastian. A name of ill repute, he studied a dark form of Necromancy in an attempt to find the secrets of immortality. He has subsequently disappeared. No one knows if he is alive or dead but some people whisper that he died during an experiment or his turned himself into the undead. A Lich some say. Personally I doubt he has become one of those because we would all be dwelling under his dominion right now if he were.”

    “By my reaconing it is three to four hours travel from the outskirts of the city so we should leave in the morning. Early morning. I don’t want to flee the castle with the undead on my tail as dusk falls.”

    “I fear our success or failure on this journey will rest with Maruc.”

    Miklos will memorise Sleep & Detect Magic

  4. Maruc (Clr 2)

    “Well my friends, I have some holy water and on the advise of my Patriarch I stopped by to purchase some oil to use as missiles. I have some torches too and a bullseye lantern. I agree with Miklos well should get some rest tonight and leave at first light to claim as much of the day as we can. If it looks like we shan’t get there until late I’d suggest we scout the exterior of the castle and camp out until the following morning.”

    Maruc memorises Cure Light Wounds x2

  5. Nicolai (T3)

    That sits well with Nicolai, he doesn’t fancy travelling in the open country in the dark, but wants to arrive early enough to get some work done before nightfall. The only other thing he wants to know is if the castle is close enough to any town or village to retreat to if they need to rest up and recuperate for a couple of days before going back in.

  6. Feldard (Dwf 2)

    Oh this mission just got better with each telling! Not just an dark mage but now an undead! He had to remind himself that he owed his companions his life or else he might have just walked out then. “Well, while Maruc deals with the undead mage, you can be sure that my axe will keep at bay anything living that the creature might have at its command.”

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