The Elven Village

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“So either the Rahib is a lecher as well as an evil minion, or there is yet more ritual sacrifices to be made. This time with maidens…” the rest of his comment is little more than and jumble of dwarven cussing. “Let us be on. Miklos think you your pack horse can carry the body back for proper rites?”

“Elfish maidens in distress, sounds like a worthwhile cause, and especially if it involves this Rahib person. Let’s go,” said Nicolai, eager at the prospect of playing hero to damsels-in-distress.

Maruc turned to Saeth. “I know not what Elven Gods you folk pray to so I recommend we take this body to the village ahead. We do not know if he was travelling or from the village when he was attacked. Nor by whom nor the number of assailents. He was killed with a bladed weapon in melee so his attackers did not use bows.” Maruc noted the empty scabbard, “They took his sword but not his money nor this note which is odd. If it was the Rahib who attacked him, he would have taken the note. If it were plain robbers they would have taken the money. Unless the note was designed to misguide any who might pursue, but I see no reason for this. Perhaps the sword was an heirloom of worth?”

He passed the note to the group.

“I will seek Halav’s aid to determine what went on here.” Maruc then left to try to locate a local badger, hawk or some such. Saeth studied the note. “An elven hand wrote this note. There are few humans who have the skill to produce elven script as fine as this. Perhaps, he had no sword to begin with. The note does mention that this Siswa group confiscated all the village’s weapons and armor. Perhaps this shoddy chain was all they had left.”

As the group discussed the mystery of the murdered elf, Maruc continued his search for a suitable animal. He saw a squirrel up in a nearby tree. The priest invoked the power of his faith and cast a clerical spell that would allow him to commune with the creature.

/ How long ago did this happen? /
/ not long /

/ How many people were involved? /
/ five attack one /

/ Which way the victim was travelling? /
/ toward big road /

/ Were the attackers waiting here? /
/ attackers chase elf /

/ Which way did the attackers go afterwards? /
/ gray mountain /

* * * * *

The note was passed to Miklos who quickly scanned it. “There are some interesting points to note here. It’s not addressed to anyone specific. The Rahib has formidable access to magic sufficient to subdue an elven village, although if it is inate or item drawn is not clear. Some of it in in the form of Charm of a profound power such as to defeat the natural Elven resistance to these things. There is no timeframe, this letter could have been written ten years ago. We may already be too late to save Rahasia.”

“I agree that it would take strong magic to effect an entire village of elves, even of a minor clan such as this,” responded Saeth. “But the note he carried is clearly recent. The young one has not been dead for long, lest he’d be food for the denizens of the forest.”

The mage considered the problem for a moment, “Either way the Rahib must be found and stopped soon. I wonder if the village she is refering to is the one ahead? Well we shall find out soon enough.”

They loaded the corpse on to the horse. “I don’t know. I had this Rahib down as a messenger or follower rather than a puppet master. But I don’t know why he would go to such lengths to Charm to uncharmable? Something doesn’t ring true here.”

As Miklos finished speaking, Maruc rejoined the group and informed them of what he had learned.

Feldard moved on up front, taking the lead, he wanted to pick up the pace. There were lives at stake once more, it was no time for dawdling.

* * * * *

The group soon arrived in the small Elven village indicated on Dentiata’s map. A few young elves and a couple elder females wander about outside the delicately constructed homes nestled amongst the trees. Their faces reveal great sadness.

Being the only elf among the group, Saeth took the lead and quickly introduced herself and her companions. She asked if Rahasia was present in the village. One of the young ones was hurriedly dispatched to one of the dwellings. He immediately returned accompanied by an elven maiden, whose veiled grace and beauty outshone all the others as the sun outshines the stars.

“Welcome, I am Rahasia. Have you come to aid us?” she asked hopefully.

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5 responses to “The Elven Village

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

    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 6680/8000
    Maruc: 6760/12000
    Miklos: 6775/10000
    Nicolai: 6325/9600
    Feldard: 6720/8800

  2. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    Feldard was more than a little awed by the grace and beauty of the elven maid. This was very disconcerting to the dwarf and he did his best to give the appearance of gruffness. He folded his arms and frowned deeply.
    “Aye, that we have. Where are your menfolk? Were they all taken by this ‘The Rahib’?” Feldard spoke the name much like an insult. “How many in total are missing?”

  3. Miklos (Mu 3)

    At his first though when he saw the elf maid Miklos was somewhat relieved that his fears were proved unfounded. His second thought he dismissed as he felt his cheeks reddening he could not afford such distractions in his search of the arcane. Were he a lesser man he might have made a fool of himself.

    “You were brave Mistress Rahasia to sent such a request and sign it. The Rahib by reputation is not a forgiving man. I am glad to see you alive. This meeting is indeed fortunate for we ourselves seek him and we are somewhat more robust in our dealings than most.” He left the details to her imagination. “Needless to say the the Rahib’s employer and denizen of the tower wonder,” he gestured toward Dentiata’s stronghold, “is no longer.”

    More to himself he rambled, “The question remains; what are the the Rahibs weaknesses and how can we exploit them to his undoing? Ahh but I am getting ahead of myself, I am Miklos a student of arcane arts. Feldard and Saeth you have met. Allow me to introduce the Halavist, Maruc and that chap on the horse is Nicolai whose talents are too numerous to mention. We are honorable folk who seek certain knowledge. With your experiences with the Rahib can you tell us if he has mentioned anything of the following.”

    Miklos withdrew his note paper. “Taymora, Nyx, Nithia, undeath, sacrifice, the Dread Night or the Sons of Night. Anything, however insignificant it may seem to you, may be useful.”

  4. Maruc (Clr 4)

    After Miklos had finished questioning the elf Maruc stepped in, he shook his head sadly.

    “I am sorry to inform you that this young elf has been slain. Do you perhaps know his name or his family? He must be buried properly.” Maruc took a deep breath. “Please forgive this questioning at such short notice but time is of the essence. It has been revealed to me that the poor elf was pursued and slain by five individuals. These were chasing him from the direction of the village, but we have no proof that they came from the village. the attcker then fled toward the mountain. Could you tell us when he left?”

  5. To be less confusing (I think) I am now (starting with this post) going to be doing the xp awards at the end of the comments section so they will be applicable to that entry rather than the entry that preceded it (I hope that makes sense).

    Saeth:
    Maruc: 10xp
    Miklos: 10xp +10xp
    Nicolai:
    Feldard: 10xp

    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 6680/8000
    Maruc: 6770/12000
    Miklos: 6795/10000
    Nicolai: 6325/9600
    Feldard: 6730/8800

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