JohnM went rigid for a second as he began to put the Glock back in it’s holster. When he spoke again there was an edge in his voice that hadn’t been there the moment before. “Yes. Yes, I think that you should go north to your destination now. and since you did me the courtesy of speaking plainly and clearly, I will return the gesture.” He raised the weapon to point at the barbarian once more.
“Go north. As quickly as you can. Do not stop. Do not attempt to capture and eat any others of the folk you come across. If you fear you shall starve before reaching Addinack, then you had best become good at foraging and hunting non-sentient game. Reach Addinack and never return here. We will make sure that word spreads through this whole region of your capture of the woman from the nearby keep and what you intended to do to her. The people here will be forewarned of what to expect from your kind. Consider this the one and only warning you will receive. If you or your friends show your faces in this part of the land again, I can assure you that there will not be a second warning. Now leave. As you are. With what you carry. And do not look back.”
The barbarian looked at his cohorts and then at the Benders and then shrugged. He gave a wave to Bigfoot, signaling him to move north. “A pity,” Bigfoot said to JohnE, “though, truthfully, cooking humans totally ruins the flavor.”
“We shall continue our trek north, then,” the barbarian said to JohnM. He turned and walked toward the polar bear who rolled from his seated position so that he was standing, waiting for the other two.
When they are out of sight, CB steps forward and lets out a big sigh. “Good job with chasing them off, but the confrontation was making me nervous” she says with a laugh.
With the trio headed off to the north, Mark shared their story:
CB and Mark moved ahead with the dog, alert for the next attacker. They came to a small area, almost a circle of trees. In the center of the circle, was a circle of rocks with twigs and branches thrown in it. Hanging partway over the stones is a large rotting log. Next to the log are scuff marks that lead to the south. Following the marks, the Benders find a woman, bound hand and foot, hiding under some brush.
Success – I am not sure how I reply to that secret info. I will try this. CB will look at the area for any traps or such (search 4, roll of 124=16) and then user her investigate skill to figure out what is going on (investigate 10, roll of 1210=22) and, if all appears safe, she will check on the condition of the woman – removing gag, seeing if she is breathing, ask who she is …(“hello, its alright, I am called CB – who are you and what happened?”)
CB didn’t notice any traps or such. After removing the gag and brushing some of the dirt out of the woman’s face, CB and Mark both recognized her. It was Viola from the keep, the woman the sells flowers in the market.
“They were going to eat me,” she whispered.
“Well, that is definitely bad” CB whispered back. “Let’s untie these ropes and sneak off before they come back. Quietly, now…they were kind of beating the tar out of us”
She gets Viola to her feet and looks at the dog for a moment “Well? What’s your plan?”
Mark asks “Viola, WHO was going to eat you? Are you well enough to move?” He also looks around to see if he can make sense of the “campsite” to see if it looks like the recent attackers might be responsible. (is ther e a check I can do?)
(No check necessary because . . .)
“Some big hairy men,” Viola said. She rubbed her arms and legs, which showed all the threads of the rope that bound her because it was so tight. She nodded to the question about being able to move but seemed shaky.
Mark “Did they have a big white bear with them?”. I also get a sinking feeling that this will not end well….
“Yes,” she whispered, looking around, terrified that they will return.
“CB, can you contact any of the others with your vulcan mind control deal? If not, Viola, if you want to get back to the keep, you may do so, or if you feel safer with us, feel free to stay with us, but keep behind us.” I’ll want to move quietly back toward the others and hope to be able to point my x-bow at the base of the skull of the barbarian
CB whispers to Mark “I cannot communicate until we get within 30 feet or so. We should slip off to the south, since they are heading north. I can come back and let the others know what is the deal and they can move off with us.” Does Viola seem to be healthy enough to move off on her own, or will she need assistance? What does the dog do?
Viola is pretty shaken up but if it means getting away from the hairy men, she’ll run a 4-40.
The dog has gone back to the east, a little bit, toward where you came from. He’s watching you but he looks like he’s going to head back toward the group.
CB will see off Viola, and then walk back with Mark to the group. When she is within 30 feet of the the closes person, she will “cast” lesser mindlink to make a mental bond with that person – and will let them know what we have found out. Power works for 20 minutes over any range, once it is initiated at range 30 feet. Uses one power point, 5 points remain.
Let me know who is closest to CB when she initiates contact, or if you just want me to talk to the whole group in the open post (which might be easier)
“Now that everyone is caught up that far,” JohnM said, “I’d like to introduce you all to someone.” The dingo strode out of the underbrush to sit in front of him. He squatted down and scratched the fur behind the dog’s ears. "Everyone, this is Rigel. At least that’s what I’m going to call him until I figure out a way to ask him if he has a name. Apparently the style of magic I have picked up here comes with something like a cross between a familiar and an animal companion. (OOC: info now posted on my character page)
“He’s the one that broadcast the emotions that I felt from the road as those guys were about to make a snack of Viola. If not for him, she would be… toast? Anyway, I get the distinct impression that he has better senses than the rest of us so maybe we stand a better chance now.
“How badly hurt are we? Do we need to plan on resting over night before we get too close to the ruins so we can heal up?”
“Healing up now makes sense, as well as making camp a few hours South of the keep…” says Bex. He watches north until the big hairy men are comfortably away, then he pulls off his headless hood, exposing his face finally. “They seemed pretty anxious to get away from us… I doubt they’ll be a problem again.” He smiles, and turns to Viola. “I’m glad we found you when we did… everybody was concerned when you didn’t return home.”
He pauses a moment, and continues… “Pedraig has ordered us to infiltrate the Goblin Keep to the North as soon as possible. You mentioned that there isn’t much Goblin activity around noon. That could be the changing of the guard or something: which would be a perfect time to sneak in… and we can’t miss that chance. Are you well enough to walk? Do you need an escort back to Winterhaven, can you run back alone, or would you like to go North with us? We’ll do everything we can to keep you safe, but we must be at the keep as soon as possible, and before noon.”