Under Cover of Darkness

Ludo sighed, “Thank you Maruc, you gave her more of a chance at life than she would have given you or me. Thats in itself is worth Halav’s blessing”. With that he exclaimed, “We can take the boat I borrowed back into Threshold under the cover of darkness… I can lead you to Golthar’s lair. If it is empty, which I suspect it will be, we could hold up there for the night and depart Threshold in the morning after we have searched it”.

Stephan nodded at Ludo’s plan. He was happy to not fool with turning in their weapons. If the town guard gave them any trouble, he figured they could be convinced to look the other way. Regardless, he planned to cover up his bow and quiver when in town.

He stood ready to follow Ludo’s lead back to the boat although he knew how to get there having seen the rogue make his approach earlier.

Feldard, didn’t like the plan, not one bit, but short of handing over his axe again there was little choice but that. “Let’s get this done then,” he agreed wiping down this blade. “What should we do with these bodies? Leaving them here.. so close to town will no doubt be discovered quickly and rouse the town guard. And the clergy knew of our distrust of the mage so will be quicker to put two and two together.”

He glanced to the river. “Weigh them down with rocks?”

Maruc helped the dwarf sink the bodies, then he picked up Sligh’s shield. “Well if no one can make use of the this mage-wrought shield, I shall use it until someone else has need of it. I shall meditate in the boat.” He dumped his gear into the boat and covered the tell-tale gleam of armour with his travel cloak. He sat in an waited for the others to join him.

When they had all climbed in he unshipped his oars and pulled a draught of water between them and the twilight shore back toward Threshold.

The mage eagerly climbed into the boat. The thought of getting hold of Golthar’s spell book swamped all thoughts of caution. He trusted Ludo’s expertise and the thought that he had fully armed friends around him bolstered his confidence. Especially that they were on their way to Golthar’s lair. Who knows what they might find there? Or Who?

The demihuman’s keen nightvision helped guide the way. Miklos cast a spell of continual darkness on a stone when they drew close to the city to cover their approach. And thus they were able to sneak into the town. Once they found a quiet area to dock their boat, Ludo guided the group to Golthar’s lair, managing to avoid the town guard patrol.

Eventually, they arrived unnoticed at the Iron Ring hideout. They took precautions in case it was inhabited, but soon determined that it was empty. Golthar had used every one of his resources in his battle to recover the tapestry. Now, they had their run of the place.

In the various rooms they found gold crona and gemstones stashed in various places. The largest and nicest room had undoubtedly been occupied by Golthar and was where they concentrated their search. The wily Ludo discovered a hidden compartment in the fireplace. Inside was the mage’s spellbook and a locked silver casket. It did not take long for the rogue to open it. Inside were some gemstones, a carved ivory comb, a platinum vanity mirror and a gold seal bearing the stamp of the Iron Ring.

Hasan felt uneasy as he followed his friends back into Threshold. The city stunk on pig and chicken kept in tight quarters. Or maybe that was his friends themselves. The elf longed for a dip in the warm springs the Elyan had found deep in Radlebb wood.

It was rather a surprise when the hulking figure of Maruc pulled up in front of the daydreaming elf. Biff, the elf gasped, as he ran headlong into the cleric’s heavy-plated armor.

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8 responses to “Under Cover of Darkness

  1. Miklos +5hp
    Stephan +5hp

    Golthar’s spells:
    1st level: Read Magic, Detect Magic, Read Languages, Magic Missile, Shield, Sleep
    2nd level: Detect Invisible, Web, Knock, Levitate, Mirror Image
    3rd level: Fly, Hold Person

    1am, Moldain, the 8th of Felmont, 1001AC
    Cloudy, warm

    Maruc: 10xp+5xp
    Miklos: 10xp+5xp
    Feldard: 10xp+10xp
    Hasan: 10xp
    Stephan: 10xp+5xp
    Ludo: 10xp+10xp+10xp

    TOTAL:
    Maruc: 27,225/48000
    Miklos: 27,135/40000
    Feldard: 27,645/34000
    Hasan: 26,745/32000
    Stephan: 26,700/32000
    Ludo: 26,310/40,000

  2. Maruc

    Maruc stuffed the last of the gemstones in a sack. “It seems it was not for riches that Golthar sought the secrets of the tapestry.”

  3. miklosdostevar

    Miklos hefted his much heavier backpack onto his shoulders. A spell book was an awkward thing at the best of times, but two were proving much worse. he didn’t complain, he was too excited. The thanked Ludo again.

    “No Maruc, although I am surprised that we found no evidence of the Sons of Night here. But still, we cannot let them get ahead of us. There is more than one way to find somewhere. Perhaps the tapestry was the easiest, they may become more desperate, Desperate people make desperate choices. We must not delay here but with all speed seek the northern pass.”

  4. miklosdostevar

    DM: I presumed the use of the Detect Magic spell in the searches of the Iron Ring hideout.

  5. While Feldard was more than happy to help clear out the gemstones and other valuables from the hideout, their search seemed to turn up little that might answer any questions they had. He nodded his agreement with Miklos’ assessment.
    “Those of us with our weapons should return to the boat and meet the others further north of the city before the dam. From there we can regroup and head for the pass.”

  6. Ludo

    Ludo smiled, the night had been very profitable. Golthar was dead, gone from his nightmares forever. They had discovered riches and for once did not have to worry about being followed. They could begin their journey north knowing that the path behind them was free of foes.

    “I agree with Feldard – I will collect my bow in the morning from the city guard and meet you north of the town at the dam”. Then we can head to the northern pass and make our way to Hutakka.

  7. Stephan

    Stephan couldn’t argue with the logic of Miklos’ and Feldard’s plans. He sighed nonetheless at the thought of the missed pint and comfy pallet in the inn. But the thought of more travel in woods spurred him on.

    Stephan said in low tones, “Da. Sounds like a good plan. Miklos, will you take this gold seal?” He referred to the gold seal of the Iron Ring they’d found in the fireplace.

  8. Hasan

    Hasan shook his head vigorously. “Yes, out of the city and off we go. Well done, Ludo, to bring us this good fortune, but it is time to head out into the wild land. Miklos, do share that spellbook as we wait.”

    (Hasan will try to rest and memoriz magic missle, sleep, levitate and the ‘knock’ spell from the new spellbook.)

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