27th of White River
I have been following Salvator and Kassegore out of Sog for a while. There have been rumors of the chimera growing quickly and that there is a lady called Chimera. She is making all sorts of creatures. They have made their way to the Southern Kingdoms and now are on a mission to see why the Red Store and the Builders have joined up with her.
They are sent out to Boyce, an area in between Prelg and Berell. The mission is to get the head of the Red Store and to find out what is going on with the Builders. They are joined up with an Eldakar Sorcerer called Gilreth, an Ogre Mage named Gront, an Aevakar Priest of Light called Shanara, an Dregordian Adept named Ragnaros, a Kor-In called Rah-Seal and finally an Eldakar Sorcerer called Larissa.
When the group reaches the town, Kassegore and Gront head into the inn while the rest hang back. The first thing that is noticed is there are no children in this town. I perch so I can hear Kassegore and Salvator. Kassegore and Gront order drinks. Gront casts a spell that makes his drink cold. And the others slowly make their way to the leader of this town, Harold Mathison. Salvator introduces himself as Zebadiah Stone and offers to help with any problems that the town might have.
Harold tells the group that there’s no problems. As Harold and Salvator continue to talk, Rah-Seal casually starts to walk further into town. Salvator points to a rooftop to have Shanara look it out. _ Luckily it’s not my rooftop. _
In the inn, Kassegore is talking to the bartender and is attempting to find where his employer can expand his special services. The bartender informs them that they need no special services. Gront looks tired at this as he states, “We are looking for Red Store.” This exasperates Kassegore, however it does cause the bartender to start to give up information about the Red Store and where the children went.
Kassegore states, “They should be easy to track. Would you like us to take care of that?”
The bartender says, “Yes.”
Kassegore then says, “I’m sorry in advance and I’ll pay for it. Just play along.” Then promptly throws the bartender through the window.
Meanwhile, Salvator is attempting to convince Harold that they can get the children back when two things happen. The first is the bartender crashing through the window and the second is Rah-Seal brings back a knocked out Red Store agent.
Kassegore comes out of the inn and walks up to Harold and says, “This town is ours.” And Rah-Seal says, “Rah-Seal caught Red Cloak!”
Harold looks at the group and then states that the town only knows about five Red Store watching it. Gront asks about the prisoners and others who were captured. Kassegore suggest that the group not be friendly to the townsfolk, so that they aren’t cooperating with the Rangers. The response to that is that the group captured the Red Store in plain sight.
Rah-Seal says, “No we captured him in the wood. Now he is in plain sight.”
Salvator has Kassegore and Gront wake up the Red Store, who is named Shane. Kassegore finds a barrel of water and dunks the prisoner’s head in, then asks, “How long can you humans hold your breath?” Larissa states, “Not very long and not at all when we are unconscious.” Kassegore quickly brings up the prisoner up for air. As Shane is now awake, Salvator starts to question him.
After a few minutes of this, Larissa gets impatient and demands, “Dammit! Where are the kids?”
Shane states that the kids as well as the other Red Store were at the ruins. The Red Store were hired to guard the ruins, although Shane wasn’t high enough to know why.
Shanara is hard to avoid as she is keeping watch. Kassegore threatens to eat Shane, as Salvator attempts to hire him. Shane states that he will not betray either group, but he will lead them close to the ruins.
Larissa points to Shane and Gront sniffs Shane, then states, “Not smell like one!”
Larissa: “Acting like one.”
Gront then licks Shane and says, “Not taste like Chicken!”
Shane shudders, but still leads the group towards the ruins. When the group is close, Shane stops them and departs to the group saying that he will think about the offer. As he splits off the casters quickly do casting on themselves. Gilreth is covered in purple sparkling stuff. Gront watches the group start to cast armor and then he casts. This is a first for me as ice starts to form around Gront to make a sort of armor. Larissa asks for that armor and Gront casts it on her.
I sneak up to check if Kassegore has his armor potion and he does. I think this threw off Kassegore as he, Rah-Seal, and Ragnaros go looking for lost lambs, for Kassegore looks lost for a bit. The rest of the party heads up to the ruins, as they get close a Red Store calls out, “Its Jebadiea Stone, if we kill him we can get easy money!”
Salvator says, “You can kill me or you can act like an Emissary.” There is talk going back and forth, each side not believing each other.
After a few minutes of this Gilreth gets bored and casts bolt at the barricade. One Red Store falls down dead and the other looks shaken. Shanara moves forward and attempts to shoot the remaining one. Kassegore finally gets it together and finds a hidden one in the trees, charges it and with his Kayakor take the person out.
Larissa finds another hiding one and casts a bolt that takes out the Red Store and knocks his body back, then states “I might be quiet, but I’m deadly.” Rah-Seal finds another and charges, the attack was just enough to knock the guy out.
Salvator moves forward calmly saying, “Anyone else who is still alive and wants to do an introduction, I’m willing to pay.” A Red Store pops out of hiding, right at Salvator’s elbow and says “How much?” Salvator replies, “Let’s finish with your friends first.” Gront casts entangle on a Red Store, this entangle is made of ice.
A Red Store that is hiding, shoots the Red Store whom is being greedy to shake him. Another Red Store books it out of the area.
Ragnaros moves forward to the running one as Rah-Seal move towards the one that shot the greedy one. Gront starts to chip out the entangled one. Salvator helps the greedy one up and attempts to show concern. Kassegore moves towards the party and Gilreth heads to the unconscious one to tie him up.
The running Red Store attempts to get away, but Shanara, Rah-Seal and Ragnaros bring him back to the group.
Salvator give the captured Red Store a chance to join his side, and they decline, so Salvator has them tied up and knocked out.
Ragnaros, Gilreth, Shanara, and Salvator again cast armor and some deflection on the party before heading down to the ruins. Having Kassegore and Ragnaros sneaking forward. The Red Store doesn’t seem to like this group at all as they start to yell “Kill them!!”
Ragnaros moves closer to the ruins and the Beast comes out to play, attempting to tail slap one. The Kayakor takes out another and the head butt takes out one more. Rah-Seal moves up and does a glancing blow to the standing one.
An Enforcer comes out and decides to play with the Beast, although he seems to have an issue when the Beast snarls at him as this caused him to kill an underling. Their archers attempt to hit our group, although an arrow skittered off Salvator’s armor. There is a quick snarl from the Beast and then his eyes go blank for a brief moment before coming back. I think that someone might have attempted to puppeteed him.
Larissa casts bolt at an archer and shakes him. Gront moves forward and hits the leader saying, “Tag your it.” Then casts entangle on him. Once again ice forms around Gront’s target, then calls out, “Got him!”
Salvator replies, “Knock him out!” Then Salvator casts bolt at the one who shot at him, taking him out. Gilreth casts bolt at another one for no apparent damage. Shanara cast bolt at the same one Gilreth did, wounding it badly.
The archers attempt to hit the group and miss again.
Ragnaros seems to lose it and takes out the one in front of him and then moves up to an archer tail slapping it to shake the archer. Salvator casts bolt on the Enforcer to wound it. Shanara casts bolt to take it out. Rh-Seal swings but does no damage. Larissa moves forward and casts bolt and takes out an archer.
The soldiers give up and Kassegore knocks out the Adept. Salvator searches and finds all of the children. Shanara hands out food, after tying up all the prisoners, Kassegore comes in and suggests that the children close their eyes as they are lead out. The group takes the children home.
Once back in the village, Salvator and Kassegore go into the room that they have put the prisoners in. Kassegore grabs a prisoner, saying, “My belly aches, let’s go see the chief.” The prisoner screams as Kassegore leads him out. Salvator calmly waits in the room. After a few minutes then Kassegore brings Gront in to the room. Kassegore states, “My friend is also hungry!” Gront smells each of the prisoners, then selects one and pull him screaming from the room.
This tactic seems to break the prisoners, really quickly. The Red Store tells them were the other captured people were sent and that they were being used as a sacrifice to give someone/thing energy.
The next morning the group heads out. Kassegore asks what the plan is from here and Salvator replies, “As they are doing human sacrifice they don’t leave the area alive. They come to a set of stairs and Kassegore and Gront take the lead. Gilreth and Larissa follow, with Shanara, Salvator and Rah-Seal taking the end. Shortly after Kassegore and Gront get down the stairs, they set off an alarm.
A Slug-bat spits at Gront shaking him. Larissa moves forward and casts bolt at one of the Slug-bats and stuns it. Kassegore moves forward and with his Kayakor takes out two bats and attempts to get a third with a tail slap. Shanara moves up and shoots the one Kassegore missed, takes it out. Kassegore states that there should be a larger one, then pears around the corner. Gront moves forward and so does Salvator. Salvator, seeing two Maggot-Hounds, calls out “Kassegore, Maggot Hounds!”
Ragnaros, Larissa and Rah-Seal move forward. Kassegore move up to the Maggot Hounds and takes out both of them. As they fall he notices a Rat-taur. As the others get to Kassegore, he stops them to point out the Rat-taur.
Several Builders move into sight. One shoot Rah-Seal to stun her and another does the same to Kassegore. A Builder Golem opens up the door near the party and swings at Kassegore to wound him and get the Beast to come out and play.
Gilreth moves up to the Golem and zaps the Golem for nothing, Salvator casts bolt at the Golem for no apparent damage.
The Golem hits the Beast again, wounding again. The Beast snarls and returns the favor to really damage the Golem. Gilreth then casts Bolt on it to take it down. Ragnaros moves up to the Builders and swings, taking one out. Shanara casts healing on the Beast and other than the tears in his armor you wouldn’t know that he took damage.
Ragnaros is able to hear a thrumming of energy building up. Rah-Seal throws of the hit and then runs up to a Builder. We hear humans screaming.
The Rat-taur moves up to the Beast and the Builders attempt to hit Rah-Seal and Ragnaros.
Salvator moves up to the Beast and casts Deflection on him, Larissa moves up towards the Beast and Gront moves up to Salvator and casts Armor that is ice. The four of them quickly take out the Rat-taur, and then the Builders.
The group finds the remains of those that were captured and another golem that was sending energy to the North. Kassegore starts to dismantle the golem, as he reaches for a piece that will make the machine explode I fly down and smack his snout. As Kassegore starts to snarl at me, I mime an explosion and Kassegore indicates that I should help get this golem off-line.
I will have to remember to thank Magpie for the pointers of what not to pull on a Builder golem.