33rd White Stag
I head in to go pout to Cairos that once again I have been left out of a mission. Felosia and Maeve have gone out to a settlement to the North and won’t be back for several days. As I sneak in, I hear Cairos ranting about being left in charge and I smile. After a few minutes he is aware of my presence and starts complaining louder so I can hear.
A raven comes up to the window ledge and Cairos stops mid-rant and demands to know, “What now?” I am confused for a brief moment. Then the raven changes into a man and informs us that there is another mission to be done. For the Goblin that Artivan, Sky, Magpie, Kassegore and a few others went on, will not succeed unless we can free the Goblin’s family. Cairos introduces me to this new person as Darkwing. After some discussion it is decided that I will take a note to Artivan informing him of this decision. Darkwing takes off in raven form.
We grab a few others as Cairos hands me the letter and tells me that we shall talk when I get back. I smile back at him.
Gunther, Muril, Bertrand, Ta-Or, Vincint, Vhen and I head out to Stoon. We do manage to sneak by the patrols and get to the gates without any incidents. I manage to sneak in using the directions that Blackwing gave to Cairos and head towards the safe-house that Artivan and the others should be at. I get in without a problem and hand Artivan the note.
Artivan doesn’t seem too happy with the note, and as Artivan starts to talk about the fact that most of the ranking Rangers are on other missions, I realize why.
It is decided that Magpie and Hrothgar will be joining the party to go rescue the family, in typical Artivan fashion. Meaning that he pointed at Magpie and said that he and Hrothgar are joining the party to get the family out. At this, we find out that Magpie is the leading ranking Ranger. Magpie looks confused at this and asks Artivan, “What I’m in charge? Anything else I need to know?” Artivan replies with, “Yes! Don’t screw this up! If he doesn’t need to die, assure the Prelacy agent shows up in Sog. Preferably breathing” _Or something close to that, I wasn’t listening as I was attempting to see what Cairos wrote. _
And the three of us head out of Stoon. We meet up with the rest of the party and head North of Urig. There is a Prelacy agent that we are meeting at an Inn that is out of the way, called Bubbling Brook.
Back in Sog, Grak comes into Artivan’s with Liarra, Maeve and Justice in tow. Grak quickly explains that the three of them were transported using some sort of Arcfire thing. Cairos is happy to see them and sends them to catch up with us. Liarra quickly sends a message to Felosia telling her where she and Maeve went. Felosia leaves Cairos in charge till she can get back.
Magpie quickly has us all get into disguises. Vincent as a Prelacy agent with the appropriate papers. Magpie as his slave, dressed as a human. Ta’Or goes as a disgusting looking Vagabond. The last of us are made to look like we are slaves. _ I’m not sure that this is going to work, as I have wings and I have heard from those that have joined us that we are just killed. _
We head into the Inn. A Goblin at the bar runs over and asks if Vincent is “Monseur Vilacort.” Vincent replies that he is and she states that, “Your countryman is waiting in your room. You brought merchandise.”
Vincent and Gunther go into the room to talk about the “Contract.” Magpie puts us “slaves” in a corner of the room where we can keep an eye out.
Ta’Or takes his time to come in, as to make it that we are not all one group. I notice an Orc that is looking at our groups slightly funny. _He might be able to see through the disguises. Just as long as he doesn’t sound an alarm. _
After a few minutes, Magpie moves slightly indicating that he’s seen something out the window. Ta’Or starts moving towards the kitchen and the Goblin screams at him not to go back there. There is a scream from the outside of the room where Gunther and Vincent went into. Magpie draws weapons and throws off the cloak as he flies towards the door. He takes a moment to nod to the Orc, who is looking really confused. The other patrons gasp at the reveling that Magpie is an Aevakar.
The front door opens, and Magpie asks those on the other side, “In whose name are you here?” Magpie gets a crossbow bolt shot at him in response. _The individual on the other end must have been a horrible shot! As it totally missed Magpie. _ One woman slides in and hops on a table, then tells the Goblin running the bar, “Hi Grolshen, thanks for the tip.” The one called Grolshen replies, “I would never!” The woman then says, “We’ll burn this place down and rough you up.”
As I am really tired at all of this chit-chat I attempt to shoot the more talkative of the two. After more screaming from outside, the Prelacy agent steps out of the room, then steps back in saying “Guests first.” Ta’Or goes through the kitchen door and the sounds of fighting start to come from there. Hrothgar cast Jet along the wall. _ I guess that his boast of “I blow things up” wasn’t too far off._ Hrothgar manages to make two Orcs disappear, but most of the others manage to dodge. One screams loudly. _ We find out later that his name is Thork, the second in command of Hrazz’s Hunters. And the talkative woman is Hrazz. _
Thork looks confused for a minute and then says, “No” right before his eyes glass over and he slams his crossbow into another Orc’s face. An Orc falls through the window with a crossbow bolt through his neck and I wave goodbye at him. _It looks as if we have reinforcements. Or someone really doesn’t like these guys. _
The one who has been sitting and watching all of this heads to the fireplace and takes out a white silver Chuktar. He turns around and watches what is going on.
Magpie quickly stabs the two Orcs on either side of Thork, dead, and then kicks over the table that Hrazz was standing on. She quickly stands up and says, “Your wings will get me a lot of money!” Magpie calls out that Hrazz is his and I whistle that I want a piece of her. Magpie seems to understand as he states, “Yes, but MINE!”
There is some loud fighting from the kitchen, I will have to trust Magpie and see what trouble Ta’Or might be in.
Several Orcs shoot at us. One manages to make Magpie actually land. The watching one, decided which side he wanted to be on as he steps up to Hrazz and says, “I always thought there was something about you.” The following attack manages to draw Hrazz’s attention and it looks like Magpie will have some competition.
Hrazz attempts to attack Magpie and the watcher intercepts the blow. That is at least a point in his favor. Magpie states that we can take her alive and I lose the rest as I move head to the kitchen. Vincent comes out of the room and plants his axe firmly in the table and pulls out a metal tube that takes the top half of an Orc off and teaches it to fly.
Gunther steps into the room and shoots Thork through the eye. Magpie shouts, “We need that one alive because I’m killing this one!” The watcher says, “That’s appropriate.” I shoot over Ta’Or’s shoulder to take out one of the Orc’s attacking him. An Orc that was behind him states, “I don’t think I like my life choices.”
Hrazz escapes Magpie and then me as she jumps out a window. Magpie shouts out to catch her. There is then sound of Hrazz screaming and the smell of burnt flesh. And then I hear Vhen say, “Please give up or I will have to speak the language of violence to you.”
Thork does something that causes Hrazz to call out, “What are you doing?” Several Orcs attempt to escape Ta’Or, as Magpie flies out the window and Hrazz surrenders, then Magpie starts to demand all of the knowledge that Hrazz has on the Wing Hunters. Ta’Or tracks the runaways and brings them back.
There is lots of questioning that then happens, as we are joined by Vhen, Liarra, Maeve and Justice. Vhen decides that this is a perfect time to practice his flute playing and I keep watch. I figure that the rest will tell me what they learned.
Several hours later, we head out to the mansion. As we head out, I find that the watcher’s name is Viskalth and he will be joining us for a while. The intelligence that we have gotten include several prisoner rooms; one that has six Goblinesh prisoners, a Dregordian prisoner, and three Elf prisoners. The Commander has an office on the second floor near the prisoner’s rooms, while the Inquisitor and his aide are on the other side of the floor.
Once we get close Ta’Or notices that there is another force was on its way and they have Zombies. We find a hiding spot and wait them out. When we finally get there, Magpie has Vhen scout the South side of the building, Gunther the North, me the West and he takes the East.
I manage to make it to the building and check out all of the windows on my side. The first two windows are dark with no sound coming from them, and the last one, has a light. I get to the shutters and must have made a sound as someone from inside throws them open. I am able to hide behind them for several minutes as whoever it was makes sure that no one is outside. I carefully make my way back to the rest of the group, taking the long way.
Once I make it back, I see that all have returned. Gunther brought scouts for us to question. The group manages to take the scouts. Bertrand says, “I can get something from these guys, loosen them up like.” Magpie asks, “What do you have in mind?” Bertrand replies, “Just treat me like a bastard.” Magpie smiles wickedly and says, “I can do that.” Justice sends everyone an image of Maggot Hounds.
Vincent plays into the plan and takes one of the scouts and starts bashing him against the rock while demanding information. The scout looks terrified at the horse. There is mention of horrible creatures and mechanical/automated abominations. At the antics of my fellow Rangers, I find a vantage point and keep a lookout. It wouldn’t be a good thing to fall over laughing at these tactics.
After Bertrand has snuck over to the scouts and then been pulled away by Magpie several times, we have the password to get the Zombies to not attack us.
The plan is for Magpie and I head towards the side that has the prisoners and get them out as the rest pacify the Zombies and take out the Necromancers.
Vincent and Bertrand run up to the Zombies and give the password. The side guards call out asking where they went off to, while Vincent and Bertrand start calling out that the Rangers are coming from the South and that they needed to let the others know.
Vhen moves up with Magpie and myself. Magpie signs for me to take out the side guard and for Vhen to take out the one in front of the building while he is headed for the Goblins. I nod, as Ta’Or runs around the Zombies and Hrothgar moves forward. Maeve rides forward and gives the Zombies the password, acting like another scout. Viskarth runs right up to the other front guard, while Gunther leans around a corner and shoots the last guard on that side.
Vincent and Bertrand burst through the front door. I hear Bertrand calling out, “Rangers from the North and South! I’m going to get the others!” There is a lot of noise coming from the front room. Vincent moves in with Bertrand, the disguise spell seeming to be working well. Viskalth kills the guard that he ran up to. Gunther grazes the guard, who then turns and says, “Merde!”
Maeve and Justice take out two Zombies. I manage to stun the guard that I was aiming at. Ta’Or does the same to his Zombie. Magpie gets to the window and calms the family down after opening the shutters. They hand him two children. Hrothgar casts bolts and turns a Zombie into goo. Liarra runs forward. Vhen does a flip off of the roof to come down with his staff to the throat of the guard, this crushes the windpipe and we are down one target.
Viskalth goes through a window and there is shouting of pain. Justice moves forward toward the side of the building that Magpie is at. Maeve dismounts and keeps attacking Zombies, before moving inside as well. Hrothgar runs towards Justice. Vhen leaps off of Justice’s back to get into the room where we are rescuing prisoners from, and a rope slides down out of the room.
Zombies move towards Ta’Or as there is lots of shouting in Camonere.
Gunther moves forward and takes out the guard. I move in between Magpie and the guard before shooting again taking him out. Ta’Or cries, “For Korindia!” before jumping over a zombie and then he sweeps the three there – taking them out. Ta’Or then continues to head inside. Liarra runs forward and has a look of concentration on her face.
There are screams of dying, although I don’t hear any of my teammates so we must be winning, and there is more shouting in Camonere.
Magpie lowers the children on to Justice’s back and then heads to the next window and lock-picks it. An Eldakar says, “Thank you winged cousin.” They insist that the lady, who looks worse for wear, go first and they get into defensive positions as Magpie gets her out. The children from the other room go down the rope that Vhen has lowered, and I make sure they don’t fall. Two naked human women come racing out of the front door.
I see Gunther moving towards the front door. And hear Viskalth yelling “Incoming!” and some more yelling in Camonere.
We get the last of the prisoners out as Viskalth starts to scream, “Run! Too Much! Run!”
Magpie looks torn as he makes the decision to take those that were prisoners back to Sog and not clear out this mess.
As we head out, those inside tell us that several Necromancers where enjoying themselves with the human ladies, before our group cut them down. The most enjoyable part was hearing that Bertrand managed to get the Assassin to trust him and as she past him, he slit her throat and used her body as a sled going down the stairs. We were able to get most of the soldiers and Necromancers that were in the main body of the mansion taken out and we are not sure why Viskalth called out for a retreat as no one seems to know what happened to him.