Chapter 13: The Worm of Hatred (OOC)

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Talanall
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Alrighty, then.

Rennit and Jonas also show up in the sauna, and you are now doomed to have those creepy fuckers make arch little references to, "What happened that night in the sauna," for the rest of this campaign. So let it be written; so let it be done.

Per my earlier comment, Georgie's fire resistance 5 means that he is effectively unable to benefit from a sauna, short of stoking it to temperatures that would cause all of the other PCs to suffer heatstroke within just a couple of minutes.

Supper is adequate.

Attempts to pull together rumors fall short of their goal that evening, because frankly it's been a long day. But the party continues asking around for a few hours the next morning (since you stopped tonight, it's going to take you two days to get to Port Hope whether you push hard or not).

A total of five hours' effort, counted across the evening of 1 Verdil and the morning of 2 Verdil, turns up these factoids:

  • Behir Chief Eulan Barnstead collects bone and ivory carvings. If anyone on the steppe knows about the sort of carving that you've been asking about, it's him. At this time of year, it's a little hard to get hold of him because the Behir are in their summer pasture,
    which means you have to find their herds to find him. This is challenging but not impossible, except that the Behir halflings have a feud going with their neighbors to the east, the Red Creek halflings. Since one of the functions of chiefdom is to serve as a military leader, he's hard to get hold of in the spring and summer, and even harder to get to listen to you.
  • Rumor around Winterhome is that the tribes are slowly (some would say too slowly) putting aside their usual feuds and livestock rustling to focus on the goblinoid problem.
    There are worg riders loose on the steppe, and rumor has it that they've started to hit the occasional caravan. Right now, it sounds like most people think that if the tribes would stop fighting each other, they could repel the goblin bands long before they make it this far west. As it is, the Winterhomers seem pretty happy to have the Horsekillers encamped nearby, although a substantial majority also seem distrustful of them because of their Agonite faith. Sergeant Ergil's brothers-in-arms may not be soldiers of the Aureshan Legion,
    but that doesn't seem to be quite enough to lull the residents' suspicion that they're the vanguard of an army of conquest.
  • There is a massive arrangement of standing stones to the southeast of Winterhome. Locals call them the Dragon's Teeth; nobody knows what they're for, but the stone posts and lintels are enormous enough to be impressive, and they clearly are not natural. A good chunk of the spring and summer business that Aphora gets at the Barnsley Lodge is scholars out of Port Hope, Merethrone, and even some from as far off as Zenthar and the Republic of Hara. According to the local rumor mill, they show up and take all manner of rubbings from inscriptions on the stones, as well as spending inordinate amounts of time taking measurements with astronomical instruments, surveyors' tools, and even lengths of knotted rope. It sounds like the Dragon's Teeth are a crackpot magnet, whatever secrets they hold.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Darker

Did we used to have a plot hook thread to keep up with these loose threads we could follow later?

Fixxxer
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I think that was in Mike's game.

Talanall
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I also had one.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Darker

Can we get it back? As much as I understand "Kill Cole" is plot hook #1, it would be nice to have a list of side quests to do if, let's say, Cole doesn't come back into this plan of existence again anytime soon. Or is really dead.

Board Rider
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How much was breakfast? With the 5cp left over Avar brought drinks for Avar and Chuul to share in the sauna. Or did he?

Talanall
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Breakfast may be had for 1 cp, although it consists of bread and preserves with tea.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Fixxxer
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"The Bastards." I love it. XD

drumandfight
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You should get in on my Only War game. It follows a regiment of penal troopers dubbed "The Emperor's Bastards" or just "Bastards" for short. Never have a seen a bigger squad of retards and fuck ups. But they get the job done.

Darker

@Talanall, if you don't mind, could add the gathered info related to the carvings to that hook. Both about the halfling guy that collects them and about the person that sold one to someone from Port Hope to fund their shop in Golden Sheaves. Figured if we pursue it, it would be good to have it in one place and I don't want to mess up the nice narrative of your thread by tossing junk in it.

Darker

Also, I just dropped the seeds in the mail. I'm hoping it had enough postage, so tell me if you don't see it by mid next week at the latest. I still have plenty left.

Talanall
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Done. And thank you so much for the seeds. I'm super excited.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

deadDMwalking
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Tal,

If you want, I can send you my seed, too! Just say the word.

Talanall
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That's a very generous offer. I'll get with you when I'm ready.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

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