Magic And Light – Chapter XX

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MAGIC AND LIGHT 

by DarkJade

Chapter I – A Gathering Of Friends – Chapter II – Making Characters – Chapter III – Choose Your Class – Chapter IV – Character Introductions (Stigus) – Chapter V – Character Introductions (Chi (Red)) – Chapter VI – Character Introductions (Ren) – CHAPTER VII – Character Introductions (Kinner) – Chapter VIII – Character Introductions (Zhan) –  Chapter IX – Final Character Introduction (Tor-Atimus) – Chapter X – Beginnings – Chapter XI – The Crimson Blade Tavern – Chapter XII – Waiting – Chapter XIII – North To Drudgek – Chapter XIV –  Session 3 – Chapter XV – Day 1 – Chapter XVI – Orcs – Chapter XVII – Kenku – Chapter XVIII – XP – Chapter XIX – Drudgek Barbarians

CHAPTER XX – Faren

When the Party reached the outside of the Barbarian Keep, Zahn brought them to a halt…

“Tor-Atimus,” Zahn spoke, as he gestured towards a large sack on Tor-Atimus’s horse.

Tor-Atimus grabbed the sack, and Zahn reached inside and pulled out 20 gold, “Here you are,” he handed it to Ren…

He went on to hand each of them, other than Tor-Atimus, 20 gold each.

“As promised…” spoke Zahn.

Each of them looked pleased.

Suddenly the blond Barbarian that had lead them to the Keep appeared.

“Noria wishes me to travel with you,” he spoke.

Zahn looked at Tor-Atimus who had no reaction.

OUT OF GAME

“I’d like to roll INSIGHT for Zahn,” spoke Mike.

“Alright,” replies Johnny.

“I rolled a 14,” Mike spoke.

“Alright, add your Proficiency Bonus of +2, because you’re proficient in Insight, and add your Wisdom Modifier,” explained Johnny.

“Alright, that’s 20 then,” spoke Mike.

“Nice,” I (Connor) spoke.

“Woot,” exclaimed Barry.

“There’s something he’s not telling you,” spoke Johhny.

Zahn put his hands on both of the Barbarians shoulders, “Why does Noria want you with us.”

Zahn’s eyes looked intensely into the Barbarian’s eyes, causing him to sweat.

“I… Can not say,” he replies.

All seem amused, save Chi, who looks at the Barbarian suspiciously.

“I can say, he does not mean any of you any harm… More than that, and he will have my head,” explains the Barbarian.

“What is your name?” questioned Zahn who now released his shoulders.

“FAREN… I am Faren,” he replied.

Zahn looks at Tor-Atimus, “See what you can get from the Barbarian Prince (Noria)… Meanwhile, we’ll prepare the horses.”

Tor-Atimus nods, then heads back into the Keep.

Once inside Tor-Atimus approaches the Barbarian Prince, Noria…

“Why do you want your man with our Party?” he questions.

A black panther is at the Prince’s side, where it was not before.

He strokes its’ head, “I’m curious about your Cleric Zahn… And his God, Apollo… It’s purely for diplomatic purposes,” he finishes with a gleam in his dark blue eyes.

He’s lying, thinks Tor-Atimus to himself.

“And if we decline,” replies Tor-Atimus.

The Prince smiles, “Well, I will have him follow you either way… And… I will be insulted.”

Tor-Atimus pauses, then nods, “Very well… I shall tell Zahn, and you will have our answer.”

Tor-Atimus nods, and leaves the Hall.

“Such insolence,” speaks the Prince under his breath.

He then waves over one of his Elite Guards, “Send 6 or our Archers to follow from a distance… Tell them to do nothing unless I tell them to… Send them with a Messenger Hawk.”

The Elite Guard nods, then departs.

Tor-Atimus tells Zahn what the Prince said, and how he was hiding something, and he decides to take Faren with them…

Meanwhile Stigus has gotten a horse for the Bandit who joined their Party, and two more for the Slave girls who also wish to travel with them.

Noting this, Zahn nods at Stigus.

“We’re heading to the ‘uncharted’ Region of THAEN,” speaks Zahn, and the Party departs…

…following shortly after, 6 Barbarian Archers.

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