Planning and Plotting

Saeth peered through the treeline, her eye seeking the storied wolves. “Only one entrance to the tower? Feldard, isn’t it usual to have more than that?” After a moment’s thought, she added, “You suppose there’s a secret entrance through the barn or the shed? Or at least some sort of evidence that this wizard is behind these attacks?”

“It would be wise to ensure the outhouses are free of Orcs before we venture to the tower itself, lest they raise the alarm.” Maruc whispered.

Miklos lent down to the boy. “Skelly where is the best pleace for us to hide while you placate the wolves? Surely they would bark if they saw us all.”

“They wander around during the day,” replied Skelly. “Could be anywhere. Usually, I walk along the edge of the forest and they come out after awhile. They don’t bark at me ‘cuz I bring ‘em snacks. If you want, I could go and try ta find ‘em.”

Feldard glanced about the woods around them frowning at Skelly’s announcement that the wolves were free roaming, loosed his battle axe and kept it at hand. He moved to stand by the Elf looking out into the distance towards the Tower. “One entrance is common. Easier to defend a single entrance than having split your forces to keep watch over two.. even if one is supposed to be secret. Yeah, if it comes down to battling our way into that Tower, we will definately be at a disadvantage. As for the evidence, that’s what we’re here for ain’t it?” He shrugged and looked back out over the clearing, scritching at his beard.

The dwarf seemed thoughtful a moment. “Has anyone considered splitting the party up?” He holds up a hand to forestall the criticisms he’s learned to expect with any of his suggestions. ” I ask cause I know my own skills at stealth aren’t worth a copper. If myself and maybe one other present ourselves to the this Dentiata—requesting a tour at the behest of the villagers, that at least would distract him, leaving you others free to slip in and perhaps find evidence tying him to the attacks.”

“Sounds workable to me,” replied the Elf to Feldard. She wasn’t excited about permitting Maruc to do any negotiating with this wizard–she’d seen the sort of bargains he made with their labours–but sending the Dwarf in first otherwise sounded like a capital idea. “Nicolai, are you with me? Miklos, why don’t you keep an eye on the boy, and once he’s done come join us? We’ll be in that barn, or you’ll see us go elsewhere.”

“I was thinking about going round the back and seeing if there were any open windows I could climb through,” offered Nicolai. “and maybe throw a rope down to you guys. Or maybe there is an access in the well shaft?”

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11 responses to “Planning and Plotting

  1. Miklos (Mu2)

    “I seriously dislike the idea of spliting us up.”Miklos said the worry of being exposed creeping into his voice.” I’d much prefer having Feldard close at hand when the fighting starts. My opinion is that we allow Skelly to draw the wolves away. When he and they are at a safe distance we can dispatch the wolves out of earshot of the Tower or Skelly can lead them far away. I’d prefer the first choice. Once we have silently removed the wolves we then, as Maruc suggested, ensure the outhouses are free of folk capable of rasing the alarm.” Miklos paused, he awaited the others to see if there were any distenting voices to his plan.

    “Then I will approach the Tower door and prepare an incantation to determine if the door has been magically enchanted in some way. Then I would suggest a mericless and all out attack to crush his power.”

  2. Maruc (Clr3)

    “That still leaves to small issue of the door. It will be barred from the inside, someone will need to be on the other side to break us in.” Maruc thought for a moment.

    “Maybe it isn’t such a bad idea to create a diversion. If the challengne seems weak enough brash orcs may well exit the Tower to investigate any troubles. We could then use that opporunity to enter the tower. The question is what would be serious enough to prize the orcs from either tower but not so serious as to lock the tower into ‘defence mode’.

    “Maybe the disappearence of the wolves for a sustained time would force them out. I for one would prefer to fight in the open rather than them baracaded into a tower.”

  3. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    Feldard glanced about the woods around them frowning at Skelly’s announcement that the wolves were free roaming, loosed his battle axe and kept it at hand.
    Then he regarded the Mage and Priest in wonderment at their comments. One moment they were over cautious wanting to leave Dentiata to the Duke’s guard, the next they are planning all out assault on nothing but village rumours. These two definately needed to find a middle ground.
    “Miklos, am I missing something here that points clear evidence towards Dentiata’s guilt? If you are dead set against the group splitting up fine, but to my knowledge this is not a raid but a search for answers. As for what can draw out Orcs.. live bait usually works well. “

  4. Saeth Tegau

    “A merciless and all out attack, Miklos? Someone’s bloodthirsty, given that we don’t have anything beyond a human’s word that Dentatia’s up to anything.” Saeth realized he must be eager to loot the tower, but inside she echoed the Dwarf’s apprehension about facing another mage.

    Thinking a moment further, Saeth struggled to decide whether it would be more dangerous to be close to Miklos should he do something rash, or far away, where it would be harder to restrain him. “But once the wolves are away, a diversion to get the door open wouldn’t be a bad idea, particularly if we’re still short of evidence. Shelly, do what you can to placate the wolves, and I’ll check the barn. Feldard, can you manage a distraction with Miklos and the others?” That solved the conundrum–the Dwarf wasn’t the cleverest fellow around, but he seemed to be somewhat less flighty than the humans were acting, and could keep her further from the coming distaster.

    Nikolai, I think scouting the backside hardly seems like a bad idea, even if I didn’t write it in.

  5. Miklos (Mu2)

    “A merciless and all out attack, Miklos? Someone’s bloodthirsty, given that we don’t have anything beyond a human’s word that Dentatia’s up to anything.” Seath had said.

    “I don’t know about you elves but as soon as we take out Denetiata’s wolves or break into his tower do you think he will just pop out and ask us if we would like to have a nice chat?” Miklos shook his head. “The only reason why you hire Orc guards is that they will overlook the more suspect approaches to research. I can tell you now that the Mage Guild Members would never do such a thing and take a very dim view of anyone who did. I do not appriciate the intimation that I am violent. I have just pointed out the facts. Namely that if we warn Denetiata of our presence he will study us and prepare for us and our task will be far more dangerous. The only reason I am here is that we will follow the logical approach of surprise. Therefore we must view this as a raid, not because I fancy a punch up, but because we are obligded to help these people and I want to see my next birthday. That and he would have a chance to destroy any evidence before we witness it.”

  6. Maruc (Clr3)

    “Peace Miklos! Mistress Seath was only highlighting your choice of words, not your methodology. Elves have a more sensitive approach to langauge and what you said did sound rather harsh. Also we only have, as Saeth has rightly said, only the villagers word that anything untoward is happening here. Have you actually seen an orc yet?” Maruc interjected.

  7. Miklos (Mu2)

    “None of us have Maruc, but it doesn’t sound like something they’d just invent. Nor the murders, but you are a fine one to talk you were all up for sorting their problems out. The point is we have made the asumption the Denetiata is behind all this. He isn’t going to volunteer information that will incriminate himself so we must take it by surprise.” Miklos glared around at the others. “Before we invite ourselves round for afternoon tea in the Tower think on this. If Denetiata is not behind these attacks he will certainly be aware of who is or he is no wizard, withholding such information from his peacable neighbours is akin to prepatrating them himself. I have one simple question – If not him, then who?”

  8. Miklos (Mu2)

    “Now if you don’t mind, whilst our sterling comrades ensure there are no nasty surprises in store for us in the outhouses I shall prepare a scrying incantation for arcane residue such as I did in Castle Cadwell. Leastways we can be assured of the nature of the Tower, be it mundane or not.

  9. Miklos (Mu2)

    in case it wasn’t clear Miklos is prepreparing a Detect Magic spell read from his spellbook.

  10. Maruc (Clr3)

    “Feldard, I think that any evidence will be in that Tower.” Maruc gestured toward the formidable building. “Magi are not reknown for making simple mistakes that would make them vulnerable. If you are all keen on avoiding bloodshed we must withdraw now and turn the matter over to the authorities or the Mages Guild. By that would lead to exposing the villagers to more attrocities if we are wrong. Look, if the locals are complaining of disappearences and you are a Wizard in a Tower bristling with orcs and wolf sentinels you can’t seriously be telling me that you’d look innocent? As Miklos would say its a logical assumption. Not only have you got to be open, and admittedly he has on his own terms, but he has to be seen to go that extra mile and help protect the village if he was all that honest.”

  11. Journey to the Tower:
    Saeth: 10xp +10xp
    Maruc: 10xp +10xp
    Miklos: 10xp +10xp
    Nicolai: 10xp +10xp +10xp
    Feldard: 10xp +10xp

    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 4740/8000
    Maruc: 4745/6000
    Miklos: 4680/5000
    Nicolai: 4375/4800
    Feldard: 4605/8800

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