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Magic And Light (The Adventures Of Ren) – Chapter XIV

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , , on February 18, 2018 by darkjade68

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Magic And Light

CAMPAIGN 2 – ‘The Adventures Of Ren’

by DarkJade

(Check Out Campaign 1 HERE)

CHAPTER I – Return To Jor – CHAPTER II – Laris – CHAPTER III – Dwarfport – CHAPTER IV – Blu Hob – CHAPTER V – Session 10 – CHAPTER VI – Thalo – CHAPTER VII – Woods Of Fairelight – CHAPTER VIII – Welcome To Tru – CHAPTER IX – Chimera – CHAPTER X – Session 11 – CHAPTER XI – Into The Mountains – CHAPTER XII – Hobgoblin Lair – CHAPTER XIII – Ettin

CHAPTER IV – Level 4

After our battle against the Ettin and Goblins, several of our Players Characters had leveled up, so Johnny brought the game to a halt.

“Ok so with that battle, four of your characters leveled up (Level 4)…” he spoke.

“I leveled up,” spoke Trevor, “My Ranger Chi is now Level 4, and has a Maximum Hit Points of 37… He also earned two ABILITY POINTS, which I applied to his CONSTITUTION score, and his DEXTERITY score.”

“My Wizard Ren also leveled, his Maximum Hit Points is now 26, I also raised his CONSTITUTION and DEXTERITY Abilities, which raised his Hit Points, and Armor Class… I need to pick a few more Spells for his Spell Book, as I didn’t get to it last level either,” I (Connor) explained.

“My Paladin Laris also leveled… Her Maximum Hit Points are now 35, and instead of raising her ABILITY POINTS, I took the FEAT ‘HEALER’, which allows her to do some healing with MEDICAL KITS, as opposed to just stabilizing the wounded,” Stacy spoke.

“My Monk Thalo also leveled… His Maximum Hit Points is now 36, and he received another KI POINT… Also, instead of increasing my ABILITY POINTS, I took the FEAT ‘ALERT’, which adds +5 to my INITIATIVE Roll, and he can no longer be SURPRISED,” spoke Mike.

“Alright, that’s it for now, lets continue,” spoke Johnny.

After the battle the next thing we needed to do was listen to the door, and pull the bodies into the hallway…

After we moved the bodies, Z listened at the door.

“Can’t hear anything,” he said.

“Z, Chi, Thalo you go in first,” I (Ren) replied.

Z nodded, then opened the door.

Inside was a 50′ x 50′ room, with a large chair near the north wall, and four HOBGOBLINS, who were not pleased to see us.

Thalo leaped into action taking two blows at one of them, first with his Staff, then his Fist, but the Hobgoblin was able to avoid them.

Chi released an arrow, but the Hobgoblin blocked it with his shield.

Chi then moved out of the doorway, allowing the rest of the Party to enter the chamber.

Three of the Hobgoblins then released their longbows at Chi, all hitting him…

…and the 4th struck Thalo with his sword.

Out of nowhere Z came at two of the Hobgoblins with his Rapiers, killing the first with one, and wounding the second with the other.

Thalo then finished the wounded one with a kick to head.

Stryke then gashed one of the remaining Hobgoblins with her battle axe.

Chi drew back his bow once more, “VENTORES MARCAM,” and a blue glow appeared above the other remaining Hobgoblin, and launched an arrow into its’ forehead.

The last Hobgoblin, barely alive, crawled towards the door.

Suddenly Z was upon him, and pulled down his mask revealing the fact that he was a Blu Hob (Half Blue Orc, Half Hobgoblin).

“Now you listen to me…” Z spoke in his native Goblin tongue, “You’re going to tell us exactly what we want to know…” he spoke with a hiss.

The Hobgoblin scared out of his mind nodded in agreement.

“Here,” spoke Laris, who kneeled down by the Hobgoblin, “I need to bandage this wound, or there won’t be a Hobgoblin alive to intimidate.”

Meanwhile Chi pulled out the three arrows from his body, and Z handed him a HEALING POTION to drink, which healed some of the wounds.

As they interrogated the Hobgoblin, Thalo guarded the East Entrance, and Stryke guarded the West Entrance, where they came in.

“First of all, where’s the Warlord TORBALOY…” spoke Z…

…but the Hobgoblin did not answer.

“He’s terrified,” spoke Laris.

I looked at Z, “We don’t have time for this, tie it up, gag it, and put it behind the large chair with the 3 bodies.”

“If they find him, he’ll tell them exactly whose here,” spoke Thalo.

“Don’t speak a word about us, or we will find you,” spoke Z to the Hobgoblin in Goblin.

The Hobgoblin frantically shook his head.

“Someone’s coming,” spoke Thalo.

OUT OF GAME

“And we’ll end it there for this week,” spoke Johnny.

PICTURE CREDIT – Hobgoblin

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Magic And Light (The Adventures Of Ren) – Chapter XIII

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , , , on February 17, 2018 by darkjade68

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Magic And Light

CAMPAIGN 2 – ‘The Adventures Of Ren’

by DarkJade

(Check Out Campaign 1 HERE)

CHAPTER I – Return To Jor – CHAPTER II – Laris – CHAPTER III – Dwarfport – CHAPTER IV – Blu Hob – CHAPTER V – Session 10 – CHAPTER VI – Thalo – CHAPTER VII – Woods Of Fairelight – CHAPTER VIII – Welcome To Tru – CHAPTER IX – Chimera – CHAPTER X – Session 11 – CHAPTER XI – Into The Mountains – CHAPTER XII – Hobgoblin Lair

CHAPTER XIII – Ettin

We went no more than 20′ and we reached a door on the left of the 60′ hallway.

“Could be the Guard Room connected to the Secret Passage,” spoke Stryke.

We agreed, and continued down the hallway.

When we reached the end there was a hallway going to the left, and right.

To the right 30′ away was a door.

To the left the hallway went 30′, then turned right.

Chi checked for tracks.

“A bunch going left, barely any going right… And the ones going right aren’t Goblins, Hobgoblins or Ogres,” spoke Chi.

“I’m feeling suspicious about the right…” he added.

“Lets head left,” I spoke.

So we headed up the left hallway…

…which then went right 30′ to a door.

Just as all but Stryke and Laris went aroud the corner, an arrow struck the wall between them!

Laris and Stryke looked back down the hallway from where we came, and there were 2 Goblins, and an Ettin (Two Headed Giant)…

“Patrol!” I spoke.

The first Goblin tried to shoot another arrow, but his bow string broke.

“Glark!” it exclaimed.

The second one’s shot bounced right off Laris’s chainmail…

…but it wasn’t the Goblins they were worried about as the Giant Ettin came down the hall quicker than one might think they could move, a large Battle Axe in one hand, a large Morning Star in the other.

Laris moved towards it, and struck it with her long sword,” DIVINUS PERCUITIAT!” she spoke as it struck the Ettin, and her sword lit up with a green light.

“Rar!” it yelled.

“Ahh!” Stryke yelled as she went into a RAGE…

…her hair went from dark brown to grey, and her eyes lightened, and took on the look of a wolves.

With RECKLESS ATTACK she leaps over Laris, her Battle Axe held above her head!

She brings her battle axe down upon the Ettin, but it swings its’ morning star at her knocking her out of the air, and against the wall.

Kinner whips out his fiddle and sings songs of bravery, and cast his gaze upon Chi…

…with this a yellow glow goes over Chi.

“VENATURES MARAM,” speaks Chi under his breath, and a blue glow only seen by him hovers over the Ettin.

He draws back his bow, shoots, but misses.

Thalo then leaps through the air above the Party members, coming down on the Ettin with a FLURRY OF BLOWS, striking it first with his quarter staff, followed by two kicks to its’ head.

“CHROMATI ORBIS!” I chant, summoning a sphere of Cold Energy, and hurl it at the Ettin, but I can not get a good shot, and thus it strikes the wall behind it.

One of the Goblins shoots another arrow at Laris, but it strikes the floor.

the other Goblin swings its’ scimatar at her, but can not penetrate her chainmail.

Stryke jumps off the floor at the Ettin, and strikes it with her battle axe.

Z, unable to get by the Party to reach the Ettin, instead draws an arrow, and shoots it with his short bow in the arm.

Laris pushes by Stryke, and strikes the Ettin in the leg…

The Ettin then brings his large battle axe down upon Laris, striking her to the floor, badly wounded.

Kinner continues playing his fiddle and singing this time casting his gaze on Stryke, a yellow glow goes over her.

Chi takes another shot at the Ettin, hitting it in the neck.

Thalo goes into another flurry of blows, first with his quarter staff, then two more kicks to the head…

…the Ettin staggers, near to death.

“IGNIS PRESSULUM!” I speak, and hurl a mote of fire at it, finishing it off…

…it falls to the floor with a thump.

The Goblins then flee down the hallway…

…but Stryke leaps through the air after them, and drags her battle axe accross the backs of their necks, beheading both of them.

I go to Laris,” Are you alright?” but she is badly wounded.

Kinner then leans over her, his hands glowing yellow, “SANITATEM SERMO,” healing her some…

…then I give her my Healing Potion, also healing her some, but she is still wounded.

“That thing was a beast,” speaks Kinner.

“Indeed,” replies Z, “Fortunately none other heard our tussle.”

“Do we continue?” questions Chi.

“All in favor…” I speak.

“Sure,” replies Chi.

“YES!” proclaims Stryke.

I look at Laris who nods yes, and so we do.

PICTURE CREDIT – Ettin

Magic And Light (The Adventures Of Ren) – Chapter XII

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , , , on February 16, 2018 by darkjade68

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Magic And Light

CAMPAIGN 2 – ‘The Adventures Of Ren’

by DarkJade

(Check Out Campaign 1 HERE)

CHAPTER I – Return To Jor – CHAPTER II – Laris – CHAPTER III – Dwarfport – CHAPTER IV – Blu Hob – CHAPTER V – Session 10 – CHAPTER VI – Thalo – CHAPTER VII – Woods Of Fairelight – CHAPTER VIII – Welcome To Tru – CHAPTER IX – Chimera – CHAPTER X – Session 11 – CHAPTER XI – Into The Mountains

CHAPTER XII – Hobgoblin Lair

The next day we traveled a couple hours before we neared the outskirts of the Chimera’s Lair…

“We should wait for night,” spoke Thalo, and we all agreed.

As nightfall came, Thalo had us all stand together, he then sat crosslegged on the ground and went into a meditation.

We looked at one another, and then he spoke, “TRANSIET SINE AUTEM VESTIGIUM,” and suddenly all of us were covered by a black shadowy smoke.

“Stick together, and beware of loose rocks,” Thalo spoke, and then we all passed by the Chimera while it slept…

…Laris and Kinner knocked a few rocks loose, but it didn’t seem to wake the Chimera.

Once past Chi lead us to where he deduced the entrance of the Hobgoblin’s Lair might be…

…along a cliffs edge we came upon a fairly large cave.

“Well, here we go,” Chi spoke.

“Wait,” spoke Z, and he moved to the front.

Our Marching Order would be our Rogue Z, followed by our Ranger Chi…

…then our Bard Kinner, because as a Drow (Dark Elf) he had much experience underground and in the dark.

Then came our Monk Thalo, Me (Ren), the Wizard….

And lastly our Barbarian Stryke, and our Paladin Laris.

“That was a pretty nice trick, how long does it last?” I asked.

“It will last an hour total, so we should go undetected for a bit…” Thalo explained.

As we moved through the darkness of the cave, those who have Darkvision (Night Vision) guided those who did not…

“Up there…” spoke Z, “I see the beginnings of a stairwell.”

“Thalo’s shadowy cast will last us an hour total,” I spoke.

Soon we made our way down the first stairwell until we reached a platform.

Z brought us to a halt…

…he then started to run one of his hands along the left wall…

CLICK

…until there was a click and a secret passage opened up.

Z looke back at me.

“Secret door… Do we use it?” he spoke.

Suddenly Chi moved towards the wall and checked the ground.

“Goblin tracks… And, Hobgoblins,” he spoke.

“Perhaps a secret way for dungeon guards to surprise unwanted guests,” I spoke.

“I’ll jam a spike in it, should keep them from using it,” spoke Z.

“No… Then they’ll know someone’s here,” interjected Thalo.

Z looked at me, I nodded in agreement with Thalo, and so we move on.

Down a second set of stairs we went until we reached a 50′ by 30′ foot room lit by torches.

…All went quiet.

Z had us wait for a moment.

There were four additional hallways leading into the chamber…

…one to the left and right, in the middle of the 30′ walls…

…and two at the end, one on the far right of the wall, one on the far left.

Chi moved forward and checked for foot prints at each passage.

“Far left is covered with Goblins and Hobgoblins tracks…” he looks back at us, “Also Ogres…”

Chi makes his way back to us, “Definitely not the far right passage, there’s something in there… The far left, probably a lot of guards… Right is medium, left is probably our best bet,” explains Chi.

“Alright… Left it is,” I speak.

“I have to tell you Ren… This place is heavily populated…” adds Chi.

“Which means there’s likely Patrols,” spoke Thalo.

“Stay against the wall, and they’re not likely to see us with what I Cast,” Thalo added.

So we inched our way down the hallway to the left.

Magic And Light (The Adventures Of Ren) – Chapter XI

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , , on February 14, 2018 by darkjade68

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Magic And Light

CAMPAIGN 2 – ‘The Adventures Of Ren’

by DarkJade

(Check Out Campaign 1 HERE)

CHAPTER I – Return To Jor – CHAPTER II – Laris – CHAPTER III – Dwarfport – CHAPTER IV – Blu Hob – CHAPTER V – Session 10 – CHAPTER VI – Thalo – CHAPTER VII – Woods Of Fairelight – CHAPTER VIII – Welcome To Tru – CHAPTER IX – Chimera – CHAPTER X – Session 11

CHAPTER XI – Into The Mountains

What we were about to attempt, was dangerous…

…if not madness.

Yes, we have an extremely capable group of Adventurers.

But to risk our lives so blatantly from the get go…

I will say, each of us was going for our own reasons…

I, in the hopes of finding some remnants of magic within the dungeon beyond the Chimera’s Lair.

Z, because he’s a Rogue, it’s what he does.

Chi is Adventure bound, whatever the particulars may be.

I can’t say I know Stryke enough to know why she’s going, but I suspect it has more to do with the ‘challenge’ of it, than the potential riches.

Kinner longs to perform/deliver stories of great deeds within the taverns of the lands, which is why he tagged along with the Cleric Zahn…

Zahn is truly a great man.

I can’t say I know one thing about Thalo, but it was he who suggested our Party try to circumvent the Chimera, and go directly for the dungeon…

…my insticnt says he was inclined to try and protect us from the mythical beast.

Laris… She is more difficult for me to discern.

A Paladin of the Ancients…

A… ‘Green Knight’.

When it comes to the Chimera, perhaps she’s thinking of the unsuspecting travelers who it may feast upon.

Though, we hope not to face it, we’ll have to successfully sneak by it in order not to.

But the dungeon, I’m not quite sure why she’s willing to go with us there.

Just then Laris walked by me, winked, and smiled, then readied her horse.

…unless.

Nah, it couldn’t be.

And so we mounted our horses, and headed north to the mountains north of Tru…

Our Marching Order was Chi and Stryke in front… Then came Kinner and Laris… Behind them me (Ren) and Z, and Thalo behind us.

We made our way into the mountains with no problems, but on the third watch that night, Thalo and Stryke were on watch, and Thalo heard a noise…

“Stand back,” he spoke, and suddenly an ogre entered the camp holding up a large club.

Thalo, being a Black Dragonborn, let forth an Acid Breath wounding it a bit.

Chi then woke, and spoke some words, “VENATORES MARCAM,” and a blue glow, only seen by him, appeared above the Ogre’s head.

He then drew back his bow, and shot it in the side.

Thalo then went into a FLURRY OF BLOWS throwing 4 punches at the Ogre, but only hitting with two…

…still, it was most impressive.

I stepped forward and started to cast, “CHROMATI ORBIS!” and an orb of lighting appeared in my hands…

…just as I was about to toss it at the Ogre.

“WAIT!” yelled Laris, who then drew her sword, “MERAMUR PROTEGENTE ERIPI PERCUTIAT!” and she strikes it…

…the Ogre suddenly seems terrified, and runs off.

“Ahh, we had it,” spoke Stryke in frustration.

“We needn’t kill everything we come across,” spoke Laris cleaning her blade.

Stryke shook her head, “Paladins…”

PICTURE CREDIT – Ogre

Magic And Light (The Adventures Of Ren) – Chapter X

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , on February 13, 2018 by darkjade68

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Magic And Light

CAMPAIGN 2 – ‘The Adventures Of Ren’

by DarkJade

(Check Out Campaign 1 HERE)

CHAPTER I – Return To Jor – CHAPTER II – Laris – CHAPTER III – Dwarfport – CHAPTER IV – Blu Hob – CHAPTER V – Session 10 – CHAPTER VI – Thalo – CHAPTER VII – Woods Of Fairelight – CHAPTER VIII – Welcome To Tru – CHAPTER IX – Chimera

CHAPTER X – Session 11

Another week had passed…

The end of Session 10 left much to think about.

When I arrived at Johny’s house, everyone was already there…

…it was the first time I was the last to arrive, and I’m always 10 minutes early.

Trevor gave me a nod…

…as did Barry.

Johnny and his sister Stacy had made sandwiches for everyone, and once again snack food had made it into the olive green bowl in the middle of the coffee table.

Lisa gave me a glance with a half smile, and Mike gave me a smack on the back as he returned from using the restroom.

Roger, who was the newest Player in our group, was studying his Rogue Character Z, which doesn’t surprise me, as there’s a lot to them.

Johnny put his blue Dungeon Master cape on once more…

“Lets begin,” he spoke.

Within one of our rooms in ‘The Gnoll’s Leg’ tavern and inn, the whole Party came together.

I even invited Thalo who reluctantly complied.

“So this thing has dragon’s breath and can fly…” spoke Laris.

“Aye…” replied Chi.

“Crazy,” spoke Kinner.

“We can take it… And when we do, we’ll plunder the dungeon as well,” spoke Stryke enthusiastically with a fist blow to the desk.

“What do you think Z?” I questioned our Rogue.

“I do believe we stand a chance… But unless we strategize correctly, I also believe Chi is correct… We may lose one or two of us to its’ fiery breath,” he replied.

“The lot of you are mad… ‘Fight a Chimera’… Why not just sneak by it, and plunder the dungeon alone,” spoke Thalo.

The room went quiet.

“Not a bad idea,” interjected Z.

“I’m not sure all of us are stealthy enough to get by a Chimera…” spoke Stryke.

“Worse case scenario, we will fight it if we’re found out,” replied Z.

The room went quiet again.

They all looked at me for a decision.

“All in favor, say aye,” I spoke…

…and all 6 of them said aye.

Magic And Light (The Adventures Of Ren) – Chapter IX

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , , on February 13, 2018 by darkjade68

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Magic And Light

CAMPAIGN 2 – ‘The Adventures Of Ren’

by DarkJade

(Check Out Campaign 1 HERE)

CHAPTER I – Return To Jor – CHAPTER II – Laris – CHAPTER III – Dwarfport – CHAPTER IV – Blu Hob – CHAPTER V – Session 10 – CHAPTER VI – Thalo – CHAPTER VII – Woods Of Fairelight – CHAPTER VIII – Welcome To Tru

CHAPTER IX – Chimera

The next day, after a good nights rest at ‘The Gnoll’s Leg’ tavern and inn, several of us met down stairs to eat breakfast.

Though Thalo hadn’t officially joined our Party, he did seem to continue to hangout outside the tavern entrance.

Z, Chi, Stryke and I were all sitting at a table when two Tru Guard entered the tavern and made their way to the bulletin board on the back wall.

There it was that able bodied Adventurers would find work in the form of Posters.

The two guards hammered up a large yellow and black poster.

BY ORDER OF LORD MAYOR SHAYMUS, 1,000 GOLD PIECES IS OFFERED TO THE GROUP OF MEN, AND/OR WOMAN, WHO CAN DESTROY THE CHIMERA IN THE MOUNTAINS NORTH OF TRU!

“1,000 gold is a bit low for slaying such a beast,” spoke Z, “1,200 would have been better.”

A Chimera… A Mythical creature I’d only heard about in stories…

“We could probably take it… But we may lose one or two of us to its’ firey breath…” added Chi.

Just then, the Barbarian girl Stryke overheard a conversation at the next table.

“There’s more to it then the Chimera… Rumor has it that there’s a Dungeon in those mountains, and the Chimera is either protecting it, or claiming its contents as its’ own…” spoke an old woman to her friend.

Stryke took me aside and told me of this.

“We need to speak to BARON KRAYDOR…” she explained.

“He’ll tell us everything there is to know,” she concluded.

Stryke went on to tell me within the walls of the city of Tru, there were another set of walls, though not quite as tall as the ones surrounding the city itself, which surrounded several important city landmarks…

The KEEP OF TOR, which housed the Duke himself, and sometimes his Royal Court.

The wall also surrounded 5 large homes, belonging to the Nobles, as well as Lord Mayor Shamus.

It also surrounded the MAGE TOWER, which not only homed Tru’s High Wizards, but also the Teleportation Circle of the City.

Also within its walls there were 3 guard houses, specifically housing the Royal Guard.

For us to gain admittance to see the Baron seemed most unlikely.

Suddenly the Baron himself entered the tavern with 6 Royal Guard surrounding him.

“DRINKS FOR EVERYONE!” he proclaimed, and the occupants of the tavern cheered half hazardly.

“Except for you 6,” he spoke with humor to his Royal Guard.

He then took a booth in a corner where the barmaids hurried to serve him.

Though the Baron appeared to be handsome, noble and well dressed, there was a certain humanity to him it seemed.

“Now’s are chance,” spoke Stryke.

Suddenly Kinner pulled out his fiddle, and started to play, and sing.

“He Came From Galdur, To Conquer, And Quest…

His Use Of Magic…

Was Simply The Best…”

I slapped  my forehead, and Stryke started to laugh, “Is he singing about you Ren?” she spoke.

I simply gave her a glance.

But Kinner had a flare none could dismiss, he sang and played and the Baron loved every moment of it…

When he was done, the Baron invited Kinner to his table, and before I knew it, Kinner was waving me over.

I gulped, then made my way over to the Baron’s table.

The 6 Royal Guard gave me quite a glance, but did not stop me from joining the Baron and Kinner.

“You’ve got youself quite a Bard here Tiefling,” he spoke with a gritty smile.

“Thank you my Lord… Though he is not mine,” I replied…

…which caused the Baron to laugh, as he chugged down more wine.

“Indeed…” he replied.

“May I bring my Barbarian friend over my Lord… She has some questions she wishes to ask you in regards to the Chimera…” I explained.

With this the Baron intuitively waved Stryke over.

“Hello Baron… How have you been,” she spoke.

“Good girl… Good,” he replied.

She then sat.

Stryke spoke to the Baron about defeating the Chimera and what she heard the old woman speak about a dungeon.

“There is indeed a dungeon beyond the Chimera’s Lair… And what you find within it is your business…” he spoke.

“Now leave me, no more talk of business tonight, I’ve come to drink!” he proclaimed.

And so we left his table.

 

Magic And Light (The Adventures Of Ren) – Chapter VIII

Posted in Dungeons And Dragons, Fantasy, Writing with tags , , on February 12, 2018 by darkjade68

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Magic And Light

CAMPAIGN 2 – ‘The Adventures Of Ren’

by DarkJade

(Check Out Campaign 1 HERE)

CHAPTER I – Return To Jor – CHAPTER II – Laris – CHAPTER III – Dwarfport – CHAPTER IV – Blue Hob – CHAPTER V – Session 10 – CHAPTER VI – Thalo – CHAPTER VII – Woods Of Fairelight

CHAPTER VIII – Welcome To Tru

As we approach the gates of Tor, the walls surrounding it are some 80′ plus tall, and they stretch on and on…

The city of Tor has some 12,000 plus inhabitants, and is surrounded by a dozen or so villages…

…apparently the City is simply booming.

As we entered, two of the City Guards seem to take an interest in our group, and who can blame them.

Seven unlikely travelers, including a Drow (Dark Elf) and a ‘Blu Hob’ (Half Hobgoblin, Half Blue Orc)…

Fortunately we came upon a tavern, ‘The Gnoll’s Leg’, immediately inside the city, which we headed to…

…and the guards returned to the city gates.

“I’ll stay out here,” spoke Thalo, and so he did.

Inside there were maybe 20 or so occupants…

Dwarves, Halflings, Elves, Gnomes and a handful of Humans.

We took a long table in the middle of the tavern, and ordered ale, wine and food…

I will admit, it was good to be off the road, though the Woods of Fairelight were quite remarkable.

Perhaps I will return there some day to learn what magics the Elves there might hold…

But for now, Tru.

After I finished eating, I decided to check out one of their Potion Shops…

As I exited, Thalo, who was waiting outside the Inn/Tavern, asked if he might join me…

Unbeknownst to me, Z was going to trail me in the shadows for my protection, but changed his plan when he saw Thalo had joined me.

When Thalo and I entered the Potion Shop, there was an elderly Gnome gentleman sitting behind the glass counter, looking through a one eyed eye piece at some goods…

“Hello,” I spoke.

The man removed the eye piece and smiled slightly at me (Ren).

“Well hello there… How may I be of service…” he replied.

“Healing Potions… I was wondering if you might have any in your Store…” I spoke.

The Gnome gave me a squint, then looked at Thalo who was very calm.

He then fetched a sliver box from the shelf behind him, and opened it.

“I do in fact have one,” he sat a circled vial with swirling red glittery liquid inside it on the counter.

“How much?” I asked.

He paused for a moment…

…”Well… You two seem like decent folk… How about 60 gold,” he spoke.

“I’m not decent folk,” spoke Thalo who sat 70 gold on the counter.

I pushed Thalo’s money back to him.

“60 gold is fine… Thank you sir,” I spoke, and we made the exchange.

Just as we were about to leave, the shop keeper took Thalo’s wrist, “Don’t judge yourself to harshly boy… You keep good company,” he spoke.

Thalo glared at him, and he removed his hand from his wrist.

We headed back to the tavern…