Mud and Stables

Saeth peered into the distance with her good eye, trying to spy the tower, but it did not peak above the tree line.

That done, she looked back at the sight of the kidnapping. “Won’t be a thing left in this thrice-cursed rain,” she muttered. Neverless, going to one knee, she scanned the ground, seeking some sign of this farmer or his assailants, perhaps a scrap of cloth torn off as the orcs struggled through the trees. As she had feared, the rain had eliminated their tracks.

Feldard moved through the rain washed undergrowth heavily, stomping here and there— testing the ground beneath his feet. After several minutes of this he turned and regarded the village by the dim light of the overcast afternoon sky. “Nicolai, if you were going raid this town coming from the Tower… which way would you come in directly or circle about?” The dwarf scratched at his beard pondering.

“I’m not sure what Orcs would do, but I’d keep close to cover, and try and make sure I wasn’t observed. And if I get this straight, Grigore was taken outside of town, so they may be weak, only targeting lone individuals herding flocks or gathering firewood, and if I saw a band of Orcs coming at me, I’d run. And they probably realise that.”

As they searched around the trees, they found one of Grigore’s shoes that must have fallen off as he was dragged through the forest. Other than that, there was no trace of the man.

* * * * *

“Hello, you must be Skelly by the looks of you.” Maruc said instantly recognising the family traits shared with Amber. “I am Maruc, an Acolyle of Halav and my friend here is Miklos, a learned Loremaster of the Arcane Arts. We seek to foil the plans of Master Dentiata and we have entreated your sister to bring us to you as you may be able to help us.”

“Maruc, for a priest you have precious little common sense.” Miklos said mimicing Marucs’ grin. “You’re not speaking to the Duke you know.”

Miklos turned to Skelly. “What my friend was trying to say was that your sister said that you had been into Dentiata’s Tower and returned. Would you mind recalling as much as you can of the layout of the Tower to aid us in assaulting it?”

Maruc mumbled, “Always the diplomat, Miklos.”

“Look Maruc.” Miklos snapped. “If I left it to you we’d be here all night!”

“Sorry about that Skelly, you were about to say?”

As he tended the horses, the boy regarded the two gentleman suspiciously. Skelly was not the friendly outgoing sort like his sister. After shooting Amber an angry look, he said, “I don’t know what you guys are talking about.”



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5 responses to “Mud and Stables

  1. Feldard (Dwf 2)

    “Elf, you any good with setting up snares? I was thinking we could set up a few traps between here and there. See what we might catch tonight if they come raid again or at the very least set up some manner of alarm. Any suggestions on what might work best Nicolai? Other than Saeths snares, I was thinking simple trip wire designs for both the alarm and the traps. Something along the line of .. ” and Feldard begins to describe a net type trap – planning it out already in his head (ie engineering skills)

  2. Saeth Tegau

    “Traps and snares? No tunnels or caves to funnel our foe where we might like him, not here.” Saeth was perhaps more forceful in her reply than necessary. “In the open field, there is naught but to keep a solid watch.” She glanced back at the village, picking out windows with line of sight to the forest. “It’ll take the villagers’ help to keep a sufficient watch, I’d imagine.”

  3. Maruc (Clr3)

    At the boys words Maruc gave Miklos a steady and long look.

    He then returned his attention to Skelly. “Forgive our intrusion into your daily labours. As my friend bluntly put we were lead to believe you have been inside the Tower of Denetiata. Certain folk of the village have vanished and the popular opinion is that the denizens of the Tower are responsible. My freinds and I wish to stop the disappearances from whatever source they spring. We wish to investigate the Tower and you may have insights born of your experiences within its walls that could help us.”

    “Will you help?” Maruc asked

  4. Miklos (Mu2)

    Miklos glared angrily about but said nothing. Quite obviously this boy was being deliberately obstructive and the priest had decided to pander to his childish whims. If it was down to him things would be much quicker and he would claim the respect due to his station. Bah!

  5. Sisak:
    Saeth: 10xp +10xp
    Maruc: 10xp +10xp +10xp
    Miklos: 10xp +10xp
    Nicolai: 10xp +10xp
    Feldard: 10xp +10xp

    Saeth: 4565/8000
    Maruc: 4520/6000
    Miklos: 4475/5000
    Nicolai: 4255/4800
    Feldard: 4420/4400

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