Re: Book 1: Crownfall, Act 3: The Silent Blade

As the political scene in Taldor explodes into chaos, heroes take on the mantle of agents, advocates, and saboteurs working for Princess Eutropia to help secure her claim to the Imperial throne and prevent the Empire from collapsing in on itself in civil war. Will they grow from relative nobodies to powerful politicians and spymasters in the deadliest political arena in the Inner Sea?

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Re: Re: Book 1: Crownfall, Act 3: The Silent Blade

Post by Vardaen » Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:36 pm

Thoedrix nods to Aurelia, "Lets press forward, we have the advantage." He makes sure everyone is clear of the doorway then pushes the table up to block the way, at least to slow the guards down a bit. Then as an after through he snatches a pair of dice off it and tucks them into his pocket before he leads the way down the secret passage, weapons at the ready, guard up for traps or trouble. "Follow me, and be quick about it."
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Post by Othniel » Mon Jun 07, 2021 9:47 pm

"I shall take up the rear guard lest any of them follow," Astraea offers.

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Post by Grimbold » Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:02 am

Still trembling slightly, trying to get his wits together, Bertram grasps his staff. "What in Cayden's name was that?" He searches in his pack for a drink and produces a flask, taking a long sip. "That's good. Always makes me feel better." With that, he follows the others.

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Post by GuyWithSword » Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:55 am

"This is as exciting as that one time I had to fast-talk the Countess when she came home and found me hugging the Count..." Aurelia follows as well.

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Post by ManWithDoor » Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:27 am

Down the stairwell the group goes, leaving the guards above in total confusion. Down the stairs go for a surprising length, not just a quick 15 feet downstairs, but somewhere between that and 50 feet probably, but hard to tell underground. The stairs emerge into what looks like an excavated chamber. The floor is strewn with broken pots, empty scroll rods, cobblestones, and some random street garbage.

To the south is what looks like a large sewer grate that has been opened, and the heady scent of raw sewage wafts invitingly. Well, invitingly to creatures who like that sort of thing.

To the west is an open door leading into a well-built room. From your viewpoint you also get the fun smell of spoiled food coming from there. Several plates covered in scraps of rotten meat and spoiled vegetables cover the two round tables in the center of the room. Shelves of preserved foods line the walls to the north and south.

Exits from the room go out all four cardinal directions. To the east (where you are coming from), a hallway to the south, a doorway to the north, and the western path looks like the walls have partially crumbled but still looks passable.
Loot up for grabs: +1 Sickle (Aurelia picked up off the desk), 2 Thunderstones, 2 Shadow Hand Smoke Pellets, miscellaneous loot worth about 385 gp so already added 77gp to each character's sheet).

New Map! You're now in the underground complex (middle-right of map on Roll20).
- Lightning: The rooms have multiple continuous flame spells on stones in the ceiling, so everything down here unless otherwise stated is normally lit, full visibility.
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Post by Vardaen » Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:21 pm

I can't see any map on the Roll20 game, just all black
Thoedrix pulls up a mask from under his tunic and covers his mouth and nose hiding most of his features now under his hood and mask. Eye narrow against the light of the chambers he glances around the area. He's tucking away two Shadow Hand Smoke Pellets from upstairs into his pouch. "Options...." he redraws his preferred weapon combo and moves west inspecting the passage mouth for dangers of a cave in or trap.
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Post by GuyWithSword » Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:16 am

"Let's go into the room and look for clues. See what people have been here. Spoiled food definitely means someone was here. Maybe they left abruptly and didn't have a chance to finish."

Aurelia carefully steps forward, towards the room. She also activates her sensing of magical auras.

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Post by Grimbold » Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:07 pm

Brother Bertram is right behind, looking around with his staff in hand. "I think we should be looking for more inhabited areas, they will have the prisoners there, I guess." He listens for any special sounds in all directions.

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Post by Othniel » Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:02 am

"Let's keep to one direction so we can keep track of what we've explored," Astraea suggests, moving to join the others in the next room. "Keep taking rights, for instance?"

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Re: Re: Book 1: Crownfall, Act 3: The Silent Blade

Post by ManWithDoor » Wed Jun 16, 2021 2:01 am

Brother Bertram, as competent as ever despite what the unwise would assume upon seeing a 'stout' middle-aged man trundling along with a group of fiery young adventurers, keeps quiet and listens to their surroundings. The somewhat damp stone walls dampen sound well, but the man has learned a thing or two about perception that the young-ins haven't cottoned to yet.

The passage to the south stands silent. To the west he thinks he can hear a very faint, repeated squeaking sound. It doesn't sound organic, perhaps an under-greased wheel turning or something. More alarming, he thinks he hears voices from beyond the closed door to the north. He can't make out any words, but he doesn't think they sound alarmed or worried, more conversational.
Perception Checks: Only Bertram beat a DC 20.
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