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#41 Glyfi Ironbeard

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 11:06 PM

Lars peered through the door and saw a hallway beyond.  The flickering light from the torch reflected off the stone wall.

 

As his vision became accustomed to the gloom he found that the hallway beyond turned around a corner and everything was beyond this bend so that he couldn't see anything.  Slowly he inched the door open, hoping that it wouldn't creak.

 

Thankfully no noise was made and he had a gap he could fit through in the door when he heard voices beyond.  He didn't recognize the language being spoken at all.

 

OOC:  You made the silent roll to open the door.  You can't see anything yet and the language isn't one you know.  :P



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Posted 21 May 2019 - 04:30 AM

Thrang saluted the gate guard once more and then addressed the elder dwarf.
“Gnollengrom” he said with a respectful bow. “Your worthy gate-keeper might need to visit the lens-grinders; my companion is of the elder race. But I can give you my word that he is of sturdy and noble character and that he has vital information in the troubles we are facing.”
Thrang hoped that this hold didn’t harbour too many grudges against the elves, which would only make things more political.
“Can you tell me who is in charge here? And whether you have a runesmith?”

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 08:11 AM

"Someone's behind that door, let's see who..." Lars muttered to himself. He carefully pushed open the door and stepped inside the chamber, sword drawn.



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Posted 21 May 2019 - 06:19 PM

Dwarf Mine

 

The guard stared numbly at Thrang as he attempted to work out what had just been said.  After a slight moment of silence, he shifted his weight backwards and raised his shield and buckler up in front of himself in a combat stance.

 

Behind him, the other two guards mimicked his movements in a confused and awkward manner.

 

"You mean to say that ther' is an elf?!"  he blurted finally in gruff reikspiel.  "Keep your hands where I can see 'em and we will sort this out."

 

The old dwarf in the gate had stood up and moved around the table to stand next to the entrance.  On the parapet above, the two dwarfs stood with bows once more trained on Bel-Kabal and Thrang.

 

 

 

Abbey

 

As Lars moved into the hallway beyond, he turned around the bend and found a doorway open and leading off the corridor.  The light was coming from within this room so moved silently to the entrance and stopped to listen and peer in.

 

In the room there were four men.  They were speaking in a language that Lars was not familiar with.  One of the men was sitting on an old bed and was nodding his head to the question being asked of the man leaning down next to him.  The other two stood a bit behind this second man with arms folded as they waited on the old man's response.



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Posted 21 May 2019 - 06:48 PM

Lars moved into the room, glancing around and gripping his sword firmly. "Greetings." Lars said calmly with no hint of aggression, in fact in a friendly tone. "Sorry to interrupt I guess," he added. "Anyone know Reikspiel, or Tilean?"


Edited by Hero of Rome, 21 May 2019 - 08:12 PM.


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Posted 21 May 2019 - 08:27 PM

The group of men jumped, save the one sitting on the floor and he simply stared blankly ahead.  As the three that were standing wheeled around, their hands went to their belts.

 

One of them had a sword secured in a scabbard on his hip while the other two began to pull out daggers.  They all paused as they eyed the naked sword in Lars' hand.

 

"I'm going to guess that you will be looking for the people that are going to go through this way already?  Will I be right?"

 

It was the old man that was sitting on the ground that spoke in a happy tone of reikspiel.  "These men are going to be looking for the same people that are going to be heading this way it will seem.  I'm going to tell them that the dwarfs are going to be heading to that mine of theirs they will.  I'm not going to know anything about anyone else that will be going this way."

 

"Who are you?" asks the man in tilean that was standing furthest away from the old man as he slowly frees his dagger and shifts its weight in his hand.



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Posted 21 May 2019 - 08:44 PM

Lars immediately sheathed his sword and folded his arms. "An eliminator of trouble, who does not see any trouble here to eliminate." Lars replied to the man who'd spoken in Tilean "Easy, boys. I'm passing through and am rather alert - this place is dangerous and, forgive my candor, but voices can be anyones'," he continued calmly and entirely un-aggressively. "People? Who came through here?" Lars asked, turning to the old man sat on the bed, "I remember a small party of Dwarfs who might have come up here - they the ones you're referring to?" Continuing in a more general tone, "I don't intend to head up to the dwarf mine myself or get in your way if you do want to go there, nor find any trouble here," Lars finished. He moved to sit himself down on a rock in the corner.


Edited by Hero of Rome, 21 May 2019 - 09:28 PM.


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Posted 21 May 2019 - 08:48 PM

Thrang rolled his eyes and planted his hands firmly on his hips.
“Yes it’s an elf” he said matter of factly. “If that was the worst thing to worry about then frankly I’d be laughing. We have important news for your commander, and I wouldn’t want you to get in trouble for obstructing me in that duty. You may escort us in an armed capacity if it makes you feel safer.”

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 11:56 AM

Dwarf Mine

 

As the three guards moved in on Thrang and Bel-Kabal cautiously, the leader said, "We will need to confiscate your weapons until we can sort this out.  I'm sure you understand."

 

On the walls above, the two dwarfs kept their crossbows trained on the pair as their comrades moved forward.  The longbeard which had been sitting at the table inside the gate also emerged carrying a broad bladed sword as well.

 

"Hold still while I secure your weapons," said the dwarf as he neared Thrang.  "No sudden movements mind you."

 


Abbey

 

The old man said, "The dwarfs were going to come through here on the way to their mine up north for sure.  Then they are going to go down below where I'm going to hear scratching.  When they are going to head up from the depths they are going to leave in a mighty hurry.  They are going to lock and barricade the door and then leave."

 

As he finishes, the tilean says, "We aren't looking for dwarfs senior.  We are seeking out some of our colleagues.  They were part of an expedition studying ruins that came this way, or so we were told.  We had some information to give them but we seem to have missed them completely."



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Posted 25 May 2019 - 12:26 PM

"Scratching below, in depths? What's that about?" Lars asked the old man. "Did the dwarfs tell you what was down there?" Turning to man who spoke in Tilean "I might be able to help you find your colleagues, for a price." Lars replied.


Edited by Hero of Rome, 25 May 2019 - 02:21 PM.


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Posted 25 May 2019 - 06:01 PM

Thrang gave them all a gravelly stare and, through gritted teeth, said “I want oaths that they will be treated properly and be returned to me as quickly as possible.”
He reverentially placed his hammer and hand axe on the floor before him and took a step backward.

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Posted 28 May 2019 - 07:39 AM

Kabal places his Ithilmar sword by Thrang's axe and hammer, now more on edge without his weapon. Taking a step back he gives the guards a hard stare.

"I don't trust Dwarves easily, particularly those who are more keen to swing axes and ask questions later. Take good care of these and don't mistreat them."



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Posted 03 June 2019 - 01:18 PM

Dwarf Mine

 

One of the dwarfs rushed forward as Thrang placed his weapons down.  The dwarf bowed to him as he carefully gathered up the weapons.

 

The second warrior marched up to the elf as he placed his down as well.  The dwarf grunted at the elf as he snatched the weapons off the ground and tucked them under one arm hastily.

 

By this time, a number of other dwarfs had rushed out of the gate and were rushing to surround the two.  The older dwarf marched up to Thrang and motioned for him to follow him to the table.  Bel-Kabal made to follow but the dwarfs blocked his way.  One of the dwarfs pulled out some iron manacles and started towards the elf.

 

"Hands behind your back elgi," he grunted in the harsh tones of a dwarf.

 

Meanwhile, a few yards away the older dwarf said to Thrang in Khazalid, "We need to register you and then you will need to answer a few questions on your purpose here...and the elgi."

 

OOC:  I will give you two a chance to either go along quietly or make a scene (If Bel-Kabal refuses to be bound for instance).  I assume you will go quietly based on placing the weapons down but being bound is something else entirely so I felt like you deserved a chance to make a decision.



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Posted 03 June 2019 - 01:27 PM

Abbey

 

The blind man turned towards Lars and said, "They are going to seal the door and come and see me.  Then they will tell me that they are going to fight and then one of 'em will die.  Now they're going to stomp off and tell me to do the same, but I'm going to see this vision of something dark rising out of the earth unless this abbey is rebuilt.  My companion is going to go down to see what she is going to see you see.  Course this is going to be some time now."

 

At this point, the group are going to start talking in a language that Lars doesn't understand.  Back and forth between the blind bretonnian and the bretonnian that is part of the group.  Finally, the latter man will start talking with the tilean who finally turns to speak with Lars.

 

"We were negotiating a price to go down check on this lost girl.  I do not have time for this as we are urgently needing to seek out this...our group of wizards so that we can render then aid.  He has offered 3 silver pieces to us so you can discuss this with him if you want to go down and retrieve the frightened girl.  We are going to push on and see if we can find our friends as from what we have heard in New Haven, they are in mortal danger."



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Posted 03 June 2019 - 01:36 PM

Dwarfs going through a door, fighting and dying. Something dark rising from the earth? And wizards? This stinks horribly, Lars thought to himself. "Tell you what," Lars told the man who'd been speaking Tilean, "I'll go down and find the girl myself, for free, if you don't want to. However, if I'm to go down with you I'll also go for free, but as long as you tell me about why you're here and what danger you think your friends might be in."

 

"This woman," Lars said. "I need clues, something to latch on too. Can you give me a description of her, how she could be identified?" Lars asked the old man.


Edited by Hero of Rome, 03 June 2019 - 01:42 PM.


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Posted 03 June 2019 - 01:49 PM

The men spoke again quickly in a language that Lars didn't understand.  Finally the tilean turned back to Lars.

 

"We've no time or need to rush off to find the girl.  Instead we are going to rest here for a bit before pushing on.  As far as our friends go, they were part of an archeological excavation of some local ruins.  We were suppose to join them as they started but were held up due to travel issues.  When we got here, we heard about a curse they unlocked and how the earth itself quaked.  The ferryman said they had crossed over the river and as the dwarf mine is all that is up here, it stands to reason that they traveled there for some reason.  We are simply going to help them...  I see no reason why you would want to join us, save for the company on the road and I will not offer even a brassy to you for that."

 

OOC:  A Brassy is a brass coin or a penny, the lowest value of coin.



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Posted 03 June 2019 - 01:56 PM

"Well, I've been down into those ruins myself and, if your intuition's correct, with the wizards you're on about - got a painful taste of that earthquake and curse on my own skin." Lars added, and that's where Kabel and that dwarf were going, he concluded to himself; wondered if they made any progress with those books... "Either way, I'm going down to find that missing woman."

 

Lars turned to the old Bretonnian man. "I'm going down to find your friend. Can you give me any clues on how I might identify her, she tell you what was down there, what those dwarfs ran into?"


Edited by Hero of Rome, 03 June 2019 - 01:57 PM.


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Posted 03 June 2019 - 05:19 PM

Thrang nodded respectfully to the elder dwarf and followed him to the table. Urgency throbbed inside him like a furnace bellows, but at least he would be able to explain to them about the daemon and warn them of the danger.

 

Glancing backwards he noticed the other dwarfs approach Bel-Kabal with iron shackles, and hoped the elf would be patient with the unfounded paranoia.



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Posted 03 June 2019 - 07:34 PM

Kabal sighed irritated at the prospect of being bound. He takes a step backward from the approaching guard hands raised, signalling no harm.

 

"I wasn't expecting much from a Dawi, but to bind me like a common prisoner, that crosses the line. I don't mind giving up the weapons and being escorted under armed guard. How do I know you won't take me down into your tunnels and dispose of me, after all a quick push followed by an axe isn't hard. Could you give me the freedom of allowing my hands to be bound from the front? "

 

 

 

 


Edited by 200Grots, 03 June 2019 - 07:35 PM.


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Posted 03 June 2019 - 08:45 PM

Abbey

 

The man turned and spoke with his fellows again as Lars talked with the blind man.

 

The blind man smiled broadly as he said, "You are going to go down.  That will be wonderful.  I am going to pay three silver to you all for the effort as promised."

 

He pulled out a worn leather bag and begin to count out various coins.  Lars saw one silver coin and a bunch of brass coins being counted out.

 

"If you insist of going down there, perhaps we might accompany you," says the Tilean.  "You say that you were a member of the wizard company we seek?  Where did the others go and why are you not with them?"

 

 

Dwarf Mine

 

The dwarf guard looks around at the gate warden who puffs out his chest and makes a quick signal.  Instantly, all the dwarfs raise their weapons in a combative position.  The one holding the elf's weapons drop them onto the ground as he also takes a combative position.  The dwarf with Thrang's weapons carefully places them down before readying himself.

 

"Elgi," says the dwarf.  "I've no idea what treachery you think you can do with your hands bound in the front but know that we can kill you now if that is our intent.  Hands behind or die."

 

The dwarf's tone was even.  He wasn't worked up in the least and spoke matter of factly.  Bel-Kabal did notice that his left hand was raised above his head now and realized that this was probably a signal to the bowmen on the walls above.

 

 

 

Thrang, meanwhile, was sitting at the table with the longbeard and was unaware of this new turn of events.

 

"Name, clan, occupation, business here..." the dwarf rattled off as he began striking a quill across the pages of a book.

 

Thrang glanced down at the book and could see that a number of names were recorded on the pages.  It appeared to be a guest log of anyone who had visited the hold.  The last entries detailed Mordrin the faithless and Yarick, slayer of Karak Kadrin - Miner, written in ink.






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