Adventure Date: 29/11/2014
What have the characters been up to:
Rakido: Cam’s other character, ex military skirmisher now merc. Short cropped hair and piercing eyes.
She caught on fire, nearly killed someone, ran down the side of a collapsing building… Since then she has been hanging around in the merc tavern. Currently trying to recruit a band of mercs for a job.
Aoife: Tall skinny female Nordic warrior, cleric of the law god/god of civilisation. Like Sheldon’s girlfriend Amy Ferifowler if she was a Nordic warrior obsessed with catching criminals. She has been trying to destroy the evil dagger of the orc people unsuccessfully. The temple of Baldoon is not a ‘Good’ enough place
Anders: Tall buff slicked hair, piercing eyes. Runaway from his dojo for being a trouble maker. Has been travelling around lately but has had to come back to beechtown.
Ava Lovelace: Half elven love wizard, deep eyes with Jessica rabbit red hair. Curvy body. Was a wizard groupy. Picked up their craft. She drank the wrong tea and fell in love with the wizard she was following. She settled down with the ancient wizard and the love potion wore off. She left and travelled to beechtown and has no idea what to do next. Was an actress before the wizard groupies. Arranges entertainment for the “Institute”. Ava serves drinks at the squeaky pig.
Hudson: cropped hair, dark clothes, skinny. Come to beechtown to retire, travelled around many towns taking odd jobs. Has made many enemies while making his money. Busted a gold flooding operation
Ava serves drinks at the merc pub ‘Squeaky Pig’. Rakido frequents the Squeaky pig trying to get jobs. Hudson is at the pub feeling like it is not quite time to retire this time.
In the pub a dwarf approaches Ava and tries to use counterfeit coins to pay his bill. Ava notices and says ‘That is not going to work here honey’. The dwarf starts to make a fuss about the coins. Aoife approaches them with intent and inspects the coins they look fine. Aoife asks Ava “What is wrong with the coins?”. She shows Aoife that the edges of the coins are not the correct texture. Aoife asks the dwarf “where did you get the coins. Specifically?”. Dwarf “I got them from home, in the mountains”. Aoife “Do you have anymore?”, Dwarf “you are just going to steal my coins aren’t you?” and the dwarf tries to run out the door. Aoife sweeps his feet out from under him and manacles him while he is prone on the floor. Aoife reads him his rights and drags him off to the jailhouse with the counterfeit coins.
The coins look like the ones that came out of the magic coin machine that Hudson thought he destroyed.
Aoife finds out from the dwarf she arrested: There are dwarven expat communities working closely with humans. At the jailhouse there are another 3 dwarves They came from the town called Applepit
Aoife takes the coins to Bishop Dartmouth. He says he saw something like this about 9 months ago. The coins came from the nearby human capital called Blendier.
Ava heads straight to the bank to get out all her money. She finds that a quarter of her money is Ava and Rakido run into each other outside the temple.
Aoife walks purposefully towards the other shady merc pub to find the remaining 3 dwarves. Ava and Rakido tag follow her to help with the dwarves. TODO: describe the arrest of the dwarves and Avas charming of them
Ava tells Aoife about Hudson recognising the coins and they decide to go and question him. Aoife, Ava and Rakido then head over to the section of town near the temple of Raina were people tend to lay low. Rakido covers the rear entrance to the building and Aoife knocks on the door of Hudsons house. Aoife questions Hudson about his involvement with the previous counterfeit coins. Hudson says
Aoife then asks Hudson if he will help her find the people who are making the counterfeit machine.
Aoife and Ava returns to the pub where the dwarves where picked up. Aoife says to Anders “You need to go home”. Anders mutters drunkenly. Ava picks him up using a firemans lift and they take him to the temple of Raina and hand him over to Geralt
Aoife sees Dartmouth and asks for a prisoner transfer for 7 dwarves. He laughs and asks if one of them is called ‘doc’.
Aoife wakes before sun rise and heads over to the temple of Raina to get the now Sober Anders. She collects the remainder of the party then goes to get the 7 dwarves. Aoife offers the dwarves a deal “The penalty for fencing counterfeit coins is a finger for each coin, if you take use back to Applepit and shows us where you got the coins from you may keep your fingers”. The dwarves agree and the party goes to fetch their ox and cart to head back to applepit.
The party sets out towards applepit. Along the way on the 4th night Anders is on watch and notices a chittering noise. Anders wakes up the party, as they are grabbing their gear a horse sized ferret ‘bundles’ towlards the party. TODO: describe the fight.
Rakido and Aoife form a shield wall between the ferret and the party. Ava shoots a magic missile at the
Hudson slides on his back to shoot the other ferret up the tree. It drops on him.
TODO: describe the fight
Aoife charges and shield bashes the ferret off of Hudson. As she does this another ferret jumps towards her. Rakido tries to intercept it but misses. Aoife calls on the divine power of Baldoon.
TODO: describe how Aoife holds the forest spirit as the party perform the rights of the forest
The party continues the journey to Applepit. Aoife turns the dwarves over to the local authorities, the local cop is called Benjin Carhaggen. The party starts to investigate the counterfeit coins. Hudson remembers that the part he needed
Raw materials – copper, tin, animal products
Looking for a mine, probably a corrupt official supplying the products.
PAUSE until: 5/12/2014
The party heads to the local pub to try and trace further leads relating to the coins. At the pub, there is a billboard that mostly lists lost items:
1) There is a blacksmith looking for soft metals as there is short supply
2) China Magsmun, there is a memorial for her, people think she is missing
3) Someone wants clean fill, underlined
As the wind changes to come from the north there is a charcoal smell. Aoife heads into the tavern and asks the barkeeper bluntly “Is there a copper mine near here”. Barkeep “there is the pit up north”. The party heads north towards the pit.
As they arrive at the pit they find an oval sized open pit mine that is ringed with dead apple trees. The party decide to head down into the pit despite the looming darkness. As they head down into the pit they notice dwarves heading in and out of caves at the bottom of the pit.
Ava notices that many of the dwarves and independent prospectors however, some of them are clearly working in teams and they seem less motivated. Ava approaches some of the dwarves and asks where the foreman is. The dwarves lie and say they are all equal. Ava tries to coerce the dwarves using her natural ‘assets’. They are quickly enamoured by her telling, shes asks them if they know a guy. They say they can introduce her to Wyatt. Apparently they have something going with the Maggins (a big family mining operation). Wyatt has organised those who do not have connections. They invite Ava back to their dormitories to meet Wyatt.
Aoife approaches another group of dwarves and bluntly asks them what they are mining. They tell her they are mining a lead vein. They hand their ore to a dwarf called ‘Sierra’. Sierra is normally up at the trading post but she is quite busy.
Hudson notices that the mine is quite productive and is suspicious as to why the blacksmith is short on material. He follows one of the carts of ore and fill to a building at which some sort of industrial process is going on.
Ava notices a commotion down one of the tunnels and grabs Aoife and Rakido. As they head down the tunnel Ava draws attention to herself as she casts a spell. The dwarves Ava was talking come down the tunnel and tell the party off for going down the mines without a license and safety gear.
Aoife comes to a junction in the caves and decides to head down the lower tunnel. The tunnel they are heading is much smoother and less craggy than the others. The catches Aoife and they move out into a cavern. There is a five foot tall crystal creature being herded into the corner of the room. (NOTE: this is Sirius a new character).
Aoife purposefully walks across the room and stands between the dwarves and Sirius. The dwarves brandish spears at Sirius. Aoife pounces on one of the dwarves brandishing a spear knocking him to the ground with her shield and pinning him to the floor. The other dwarf lunges at Aoife and Rakido intercepts the blow and disarms the dwarf.
Hudson investigates the ore processing building. Finds an entry point and busts the lock. Decides he feels weird about breaking the law and decides to find the party.
Sirius asks why the party is here they tell him they are investigating counterfeit coins. The dwarves complain that counterfeiting human coins is easy because the alloy is not valuable.
Tha dwarves start to gather a mob angry about the party taking Sirius away from them. Ava and Rakido start to talk to the mob about how they are being deceived and rakido manages to recruit some of them to find out about the coins. Aoife walks Sirius out of mine while giving him a religious sermon about how economics and coins work. As Aoife emerges from the tunnel Hudson approaches her and Sirius and says he found a large ore processing house to be investigated.
The militia that was recruited by Rakido reports that Sierrs will not open the trading post due to the commotion in the mines. Also, people have been hearing horse noises from late night shipments.
The trading post is the building Hudson previously investigated. Hudson picks the lock and as the party enters Ava casts light. From the shadows to a side of the party someone says “Hudson?”. This person is Terry Sweed, he is the kind of guys who will shows up and steal something before you can. Aoife asks him what he is doing here. She notices that there are two other flanking them and yells ‘shields’. Sirius summons the earth to shield the party that knocks back the two knife armed assailants. Terry disappears into the shadows as Sirius drops the wall.
The party engage the two knife wielding assailants. TODO: describe the fight.
Aoife notices someone escaping throught the ceiling and yells “Stop in the name of the law!” casting hold person on the person trying to escape. Hudson acrobatically leaps up to the dwarf lady who is held by Aoife’s spell.
Ava uses a charm person spell to question Sierra.
Ava questions Sierra about the fill. Sierra tells the party about Noni who is buying all the ore and is running an operation in the hills several hours away.
The party drops the knifemen to the watch house and set out for the ruins. As they approach the ruins they suddenly become mutually aware of the guard. Rakido throws a spear and Hudson shoots the guard. As the guard is bleeding out Aoife tackles him off the horse and heals his multiple wounds.
Hudson notices someone entering the ruins and quickly gives chase. The rest of the party tries to follow except Ava who decides to stay with the injured guard.
Rakido catches Hudson and they head deeper into the ruins. They enter a cavern to notice that there is a man lighting a fuse leading to the counterfeit machine in the room. As the man runs from the room Rakido tries to drop him with a shield bash but he ducks the blow and runs. Rakido hears a muffled cry come from the machine and immediately dives for the fuse near machine.
Aoife searches the machine for the muffled voice and finds the ginger haired girl who fenced the counterfeit currency.
Aoife notices that four large crates of powdered cyanite are in the room being fed into the machine.
The plans for the machine are the same as the machine Hudson remembers but it has a part added on that refines cyanite.
Burned the plans, buried the cyanite, took the important parts of the counterfeit machine ie the printing tube and the cyanite generator
The party spends another night in Applepit before travelling back to Beechtown.
TODO: describe the engagement with the crossbow sniper on the way home.
Aoife turns the counterfeiting criminals over to the local watch and reports back to Dartmouth when in Beechtown. She receives payment from the church and distributes it among the party members.