Players Present: Mike, Cathy, Stephen
Characters: Arn, Lorryn, Valinya, Artemis
You have all settled into your new residence here in Williamshire. Most of the townsfolk seem friendly though many of them shy away from you.
Arn would like to gather up the group and suggest that we seek out some information Arn would like Raldo to take him to the locations of the attacks & damage so that he may investigate the tracks and ascertain more from such locales.
Valinya wants to go see the site of a recent attack - presumably with Arn and maybe others - and see if she can learn anything about the disappearance. After that she'd like to get to know the village children and see if she can learn anything from them ... they go places, see things, and hear things adults don't. ))
Raldo takes Arn out to the area of the last incident. There are no tracks left in the general area, but as he leads Arn away from the village, he points out to a few places where the tracks are still visible. They are small tracks of shoed feet leading toward the trees some distance away. Most of the tracks are faint and not always visible. He shows a few other places where the tracks have been visible, most of them seeming to point to the distant trees.
Arn would like to spend some time studying the tracks to determine if they were made by goblins, children or something else...
Valinya approaches a wide yard where several children are playing. She moves closer to them and within a few minutes, joins their game. The children do not seem to notice the Elven woman playing with them and they go on with their game. After a while, the game stops and Valinya begins to talk to some of the children. Immediately, they seem fascinated and intrigued by her.
Arn can tell that they are small shoed tracks. Could be goblins, could be children, could be a boar wearing house shoes.
After checking out the crime scenes, most of which have been cleaned up by now, Lorryn decides to wander around town and mingle with the women folk. She spies a group of women doing laundry by a large trough behind a few buildings. She approaches and the women greet her friendily.
Artemis slinks off toward the inn to do his own brand of investigating.
After a short trek, Raldo and Arn reach the edge of the nearby woods, toward the south and near the road that leads into Willamshire. There are scattered tracks here in this area, some headin in some heading out of the area. Raldo shows Arn a small clearing just inside the woods that has a bunch of tracks, they all sort of mingle around in the middle and thats it.
Arn: Any signs of damage or attacks?
there are no signs of any attacks or damage here in the woods away from the town, just a bunch of small tracks of people wearing soft shoes.
A young boy tells Valinya that he had seen some small figures sneaking around on the nights of the attacks. He didnt tell anyone because he was afraid he would get in trouble for being out late.
Valinya will ask him to describe exactly what he saw and when in the night he saw them and where ... etc.
The boy, Ereg, says that he was sneaking out to see his girlfriend, Melina, and he saw a few short figures moving through the shadows toward the granary. They were too wide to be children but too short to be adults. He said he then ran and found Melina and took her back home, then he rushed back home and didnt see anything else. But the next morning there had been another incident. That was just a few days ago.
Valinya will see if he knows more and try to get other kids involved in the coversation to see if more stories arise and if they collaborate
None of the other children seem to know anything, though some of them say they 'know' it was the Goblins of Yeahk-Nark because their fathers say so.
* Lorryn makes small talk with the women for a bit, before asking about the goblin attacks, and the apparent rivalry between Raldo and Vassing.
The women all seem to be very wiling to gossip about the Williams and the Vassings. Both families are founders of the town and general benefactors. Both Raldo and Andrew are the oldest children of the families and both set to inherit the family estates. They were friends as children, but not so much anymore.
Arn attempts to read the tracks, trying to find a strong point of origin, or better yet, make a look for where they lead.....
Arn does a very careful examination of the clearing and surrounding area but cannot find any tracks except within the clearing and a few leading to and from the clearing on the edge of the woods, nearest the village, where he followed the tracks in.
You cannot find any tracks outside of the clearing at all. You do find quite a few black crow feathers scattered about the edges of the clearing
Arn takes a look up, since the area is wooded, to see if there are any signs above him in the trees, as opposed to the ground
Arn sees trees and branches above him, nothing out of the ordinary. Raldo says, see, this is all we could find, these tracks come here, and then thats it. They don't go anywhere else, there is nothing else here. It is a mystery.
Arn says "Lorryn mentioned something about some type of winged critters. I'm curious if she may be onto something. Indeed this is odd, tracks with no clear origin or ending. Perhaps the elven Lass too was right, maybe it's flying goblins"
Arn, looking around with Raldo, is disappointed in the lack of evidence. "But if I were a bettin' man...and I am, I'd consider that these buggers may even have a tunnel near by. Raldo, perhaps we should be searching around for a possible hidden tunnell"
Raldo says, hey, thats a good idea, we didnt think of that. Goblins do like to tunnel dont they!
Arn: "Like the dirty rats they are.........I'll snoop around, perhaps you may want to find some bloodhounds or something with a good nose for us to use"
Raldo says, Yes I will run back to town and round op some of the dogs. We brought them out here before, but they just ran around the clearing and barked and squirels and such. We didnt take them back out into the woods too far.
It appears the children dont know much more about the attacks, though as she leArned, many of them speak the minds of their parents on what should be done about this situation. She heads back through town, she notices a well dressed, middle ages man sittng on a stump and scribbling furiously in a notebook of some type.
* Lorryn follows along with the gossip and tries to see which of the women seems to know the most about the attacks, or the rivalry, or at least seems to hold the strongest opinion of either
Most of the women seem fairly wishy washy about the rivalries in town, they all seem to be somewhere in the neutral area in these matters, but a young woman by the name of Lilly seems to be coming to the defense of Raldo and the Williamses quite often.
Valinya goes to introduce herself to the man and see who he is and what he is doing.
Lorryn: "So, Lilly, do you think the village is actually in danger? Or at least, that the authorities are perhaps lax in their duties?"
As Valinya approaches, the man continues writing, dosent even seem to notice her at all. When she says hello, he jumps with a start, drops his quill and pad and nearly falls off the stump. He straightens his glasses, stands
Bernece Harnsbow: Oh hello there, young maid. I havent seen you before. I am Bernece Harnsbow. At your service.
* Bernece Harnsbow bows low and takes Valinyas hand.
* Valinya offers her hand and says, "It is my pleasure to meet you, Bernece Harbsbow. I am Valinya."
Bernece Harnsbow: I am a scholar of the University of Truth, from Haven. I am doing a treatise on the farming methods of the Highback plains. Quite interesting stuff. Could I share some of my writings with you?
Valinya: "Why certainly. How long have you been here good sir?"
Bernece Harnsbow: I arrived here last fall, just before the winter. I wanted to acclimate myself to the town for a while before the spring planting time began. These farmers are amazing and hardy folk with some interesting methods that I think will make a wonderful course to teach next school year back at the University.
Valinya: "That is most fascinating. I have come here only recently to learn something about the recent incidents, the ones that the villagers blame on goblins. Do you know anything about these?"
Bernece Harnsbow: Oh yes, the recent attacks, quite unfortunate. These folk work so hard and when someone destroyes their crops and agricultural tools, it is like stealing a scholars books and quill, or a holy mans alter and artifacts.
Valinya: "What is your summation of the situation?"
Bernece Harnsbow: They say it is the work of Goblins, but I fear that these parts are so tame, even the Goblins are farmers, though not so good of farmes as these kind folk.
Valinya: "Go on."
Bernece Harnsbow: I believe it most likely to be the work of foolish children playing pranks. I have seen that many in the town vie for power and influence with each other, and their children act out their parents feelings sometimes.
* Bernece Harnsbow chuckles, It has the flavor of high court, but on a rural, farm house scale. He smiles and looks around the small village. He is obviously city bred and not from these parts.
* Lilly Malavine says to Lorryn, Well im sure the village isnt in danger, Ive heard the Elders have hired a group of mercenaries to help with the situtation. I dont think we are in actual danger though. Im sure who ever is behind this will stop or be stopped soon. Raldo told me that he recruited a brave band of heroes from Greenbough to take care of the matter.
* Lilly Malavine continues scrubbing her clothes, completely obvlious that Lorryn is one of the 'heroes from Greenbough' "Raldo says he is taking care of it, and I believe him.
Several of the other women ooh and ahh, "Youre just sweet on Raldo, Lilly, thats all. Last summer you were sweet on Andrew and your story would be completely different if it were still then!
* Lilly Malavine blushes.
* Lorryn smiles, chuckling slightly at the praise for the group. "Why yes, he did, and I can count myself among their number. I am sure we'll get it under control." Lorryn notes the tale of Lilly's romances and adds, "Hmm, yes, I'd imagine it would be. Raldo does seem more sensible than that braggart though..."
* Lorryn quickly looks around to make sure Vassing isn't around.
More oohs and ahhs from the women as they realize that there is a 'hero' in their midst. Lorryn dosent see any men, and it appears that none of these women, with the exception of Lilly has any real connection to either family.
Lilly Malavine: Well, see, Raldo has brought us this brave, strong woman. She will no doubt get to the bottom of this issue.
Another woman cries out, Yes thank you for coming to our aid. We hope you can help us before someone really does get hurt. Our town cannot suffer many more losses before our whole season will be a loss.
Lorryn: "Yes, I will do whatever I can to help. Have any of you seen anything related to these 'incidents', by the way? Or anything else that you thought wasn't quite right?"
Lilly Malavine: We have lost some animals, some tools and some plants. Im sure that we are not truly in danger. We can buy more animals and make more tools and grow more crops, you silly old hags. Even though Raldo says otherwise, sometimes though, im inclined to believe that this has been the work of the Goblins. There is a village a half a day to the south east, you know.
Lilly Malavine: There have been many strained relation of late, between the Williams and Vassings, though they have often quarreled over the years. The tension between Raldo and Andrew has been worse lately.
Lorryn: "Yes, it certainly seems so, and Andrew's attitude...well let's just say I don't think it's helping much. Why would you think the other villagers would come make trouble here? What would they have to gain?"
Lorryn: "Still I don't think a few broken tools and missing livestock is enough cause to slaughter all the goblins."
Lilly Malavine: Well i dont know, it really could be anyone. Goblins, other villagers. Im not sure. Raldo says he dosent think its the Goblins of Yeahk-Nark, but my father says that it has to be the Goblins. And of course Andrew says he 'knows' its the Goblins and wants to lead his band out there and bust them up. I just dont know why its such a big deal.
One of the older ladies speaks up. But you have to understand. The livestock we have, and the tools we use, those are are lifeblood. And there has been crop damage too.
But really, many of us see that the attacks have gotten a bit worse each time. We are scared that next maybe our children will go missing or be hurt. That is why we are so worried about it.
* Raldo Williams returns in a bit with a few dogs as Arn continues to search through the woods. In his search, Arn discovered a crude knive hear a bush and the remains of a slaughtered chicken.
Raldo Williams: The dogs immediately begin barking all around the dead chicken. They run in circles and begin barking up various trees as well.
Arn: Arn looks around, trying to see if there are any signs of a possible tunnel or hidden cover that could possibly lead to a goblin tunnel. He also wants to check around the area of the feathers again, looking to see it was feathers from a flying creature, or actualy feathers from something that was eaten.
the feathers appear to be feathes from a crow or other small, black bird. Raldo confirms that there are many black birds living in the area, though none of them big enough to make off with livestock.
Arn: Recalling Lady Lorryn's tale of flying creatures, Arn looks to Raldo: "There have been comments of some flying critters around that possibly could be responsible, I'd like to keep some of these feathers for my comrades to examine"
* Arn completely searches the surrounding area, taking your time, but find nothing else useful. It is now starting to get dark.
Arn: "Well Raldo, the dogs sure seem to like the idea of the trees, we may be onto something here." Arn then looks around to see if it is just feathers, or are their bones and feet nearby as if some animal or creature at birds and left bones lay.
Raldo Williams: It is gettin dark, I should be heading home shortly. I will need to get these dogs back. Im sorry we couldnt find any of those tunnels you were looking for, though that chicken carcass is quite disturbing.
Arn: "Clearly something is making it's meals out here. Let's get back and discuss our findings with the others"
Raldo Williams: Sounds good.
Valinya: "Possibly. I myself have spoken with the children and they do seem quite innocent in the matter. If it is not them, what do you think might be going on?"
Bernece Harnsbow: Well, I alwasy say, Children will be their parents children, you know. But it could be any manner of things. Like Ive said though, these parts seem quite peaceful and the trouble seems out of place. I know they have called in the Sherrif of Greenbough, and he has not been able to deduce anything.
Bernece Harnsbow: The attacks have been taking place every couple of weeks, with the last attack only a few days ago, so if the pattern holds true, then you have a bit of a wait till the next attack.
Valinya: "Well, let's hope that someone gets to the bottom of this before that happens." Valinya smiles and bids him farewell
Bernece Harnsbow: It was nice meeting you, and good luck in your quest, fair Elf. Good evening.
Lorryn: "Yes, I can see where the damage does threaten your livelihood and harvest. I wonder why the goblins are doing this, if they never have before?"
One woman says, Who is to say why Goblins do the vile things they do. They would burn a barn down and chew off the heads of chickens for no other reason than they wanted to.
Many of the women agree quietly. At this most of the women are finishing up their wash and moving towards home, as it is getting late. Lilly hangs back a bit, seeing if Lorryn wants to continue talking to her.
Lilly Malavine: Well, it was wonderful meeting you, ma'am. I must be going, My father will be expecting me for dinner shortly.
* Lilly Malavine rushes off with her wash.
* Lorryn nod. "Why yes, glad to meet you as well." She gets the sense that Lilly might know more than she lets on.
You all meet up outside of your new residence and share what you leArned during the day. Padraig says he has a message from Artemis and that he is deep undercover, interrogating certain townsfolk to try to get to the bottom of things. He will see you in the morning.
Valinya: "Really? Getting to the 'bottom' of things is he? Valinya smirks.
* Lorryn mutters "yes he's under somebody's covers I'll bet..."
Arn: "Typical, that boy may be more of a hindrance if he's around than not. Well, who knows, maybe he'll finally do something productive for once"
Arn fills the rest of the band in on what he and Raldo found and not. He mentions how the dogs seemed more excited around the trees and shows the feathers and speaks of the chicken carcasses.
Arn: "I didn't find any tunnels, and no tracks leading in any one place. I wonder if our quarry isn't using the trees or could be the flying things Lady Lorryn mentioned she ran into a while back on the road"
Valinya: "Or maybe some form of magic to make them fly?"
Lorryn: "Hmm, these look like ordinary feathers, the harpy's were far larger."
Arn: "Indeed I never considered magic. Ye are sharp of wit lass"
Lorryn: "Or could something be transporting them?" Lorryn turns to Valinya, "perhaps you could see if there's any traces of magic there?"
As darkness descends on the small town, the lights from the houses and buildings cast a warm glow on the dirt streets. The smell of cooking dinner comes from inside your house and Padraig calls out that dinner is almost ready. The sound of merrymaking comes from a tavern a little ways down the street.
Valinya: "Hmm. Let me think about that."
Arn: "I wonder if we should try going to the goblin village and rough up some trouble..."
Arn: "...I mean, go stir up some more investigation"
Lorryn: "Somehow I doubt that us against an entire village of goblins are very good odds."
Arn: "Whattya mean? Lefty and I could take on half a village of goblins ourselves!"
Valinya: "Or that they would be very welcoming ... but I don't have any real experience with goblins."
Arn: "Bah! Something odd is going on around here. Ye said something about the two families fightn' fer power. Ghost Goblin tracks Crop damage. Did we find out if it was random crop damage or was any of it tied to one specific family?"
Lorryn: "The little experience I have with them is a cook from a caravan I travelled with for a while. Odd fellow named Narb, a good sort really though."
Padraig calls in again that dinner is ready.
Arn: "Let's eat and think more over some Ale"
Valinya: "Or seconds."
Arn: "Aye lass, all that searching today left me parched. I need some ale to quench my thirst".
* Lorryn heads off to dinner and tries to make sure Arn and Valinya don't hoard all the ale and food.
Arn: "Well, let's eat and then go down fer some ale and talk more about what we think we should do"
Arn: "Vassings, Williamshires, pretend flying goblins, dead animals, broken tools, crop damage, and a love triangle. Is that what I see here?"
Valinya: "Yes, it's quite the tangle."
Arn: "Hey there elf lassy, didn't ye say there was a pattern to these attacks?"
Lorryn: "Yes. Could just be a case of bored country folk."
Valinya: "Yes, the timing is approximately the same. "
Arn: "Then this isn't random. Do we know if it is both families farms being attacked or only one?"
from what you could tell, it was random.
Lorryn: "Someone wants to stir up discontent here, but why?"
Several smaller farms were hit, one of the Williams fields was hit, and the cow and some of the goats missing were Vassings.
Valinya: "OK, let's step back from the details and see the bigger picture ..."
Arn: "Too random if ye ask me....someone is clearly trying to make this look like something. If sheriff tea party couldn't get to anything, than it's got to be more complicated. Politics and a love story would definitely be out of his league"
But that makes sense because the Williams own most of the cropland and the Vassings own more of the livestock.
Valinya: "Why? What purpose do the attacks serve?
Arn: "Well than let's look at the pattern. When will the next attack be, and who's farm will be targeted?"
You all eat a meal of something that Padraig cooked up. Possibly chicken somthing? He is not the best cook in the land. Then Arn leads the way down to the tavern. It is an enjoyable night. Most of the tavern goers are firendly, mostly locals. Artemis is nowhere in sight, though a few young girls do ask about him. The girls retire early and Arn stays a bit later, being involved in a game of dice with some locals. Eventualy, with no more excitement, Arn stumbles home and falls asleep in the doorway to his room.
The sun comes up over Williamshire, it is a cold, overcast day. Padraid is cooking some eggs and has the house full with the smell of coffee. Artemis steps over Arn and says good morning to everyone. He still wears the clothes he had on yesterday.
* Lorryn notices the seams on Artemis's pants look odd, and realizes he must have them on inside out. Not that she's staring at him or anything.
* Artemis winks at Lorryn and rushes off to his room.
Arn thinks, that gives 10 days until the next attack. Raldo insisted he wanted the matter handled immediately.
Arn sits up from the floor. His head hurts. Padraig brings him a cup of coffee.
Valinya: "Curious, you know, that they happen in a regular pattern."
Arn: "What do ye all think" Arn mutters still trying to wake himself up.
Lorryn: "So, if Andrew and his men eliminated the goblin village, I assume they would take over the land it's on?"
Valinya: "Good question."
The attacks did not happen exactly every 2 weeks, it was anywhere from 10 days to 16 days or so, but the towns folk had not kept that exact records of it. But to everyones best recollection, it was about every 2 weeks
Arn: "Maybe if we can ascertain who's lands should be targeted next and see about camping out i the night to see if we can catch anyone red-handed?"
Valinya: "Perhaps there is a more direct route to eliminate some possibilities ... using magic."
Padraig: I can talk to everyone whos lands have been attacked and give you a list if you like.
Valinya: "There is a spell I know that will tell me if what someone has just said is a lie or not. Might be useful with Raldo Williams."
Arn: "perhaps the Vassing lad?"
Valinya: "Yes, just so."
Lorryn: "Yes, Padraig that would be useful." Lorryn smiles, happy to see he's taking initiative. Turning to Valinya, Lorryn says, "Such a spell exists? Would that it was used in every courtroom..."
Arn: "I like that idea lass. And don't worry about using yer magics on me, I will always speak out the truth, an Ironfists word is Ironclad"
Valinya: "Just so, sir dwarf. It would be best if someone else perhaps asked the question and I was not the focus of attention. It would help to touch the subject, though,"
Arn: "I've interrogated folk before. Ye can just hold their hands and set them at ease while I grill them"
Arn: "Then perhaps we should arrange a private meeting with Raldo and Mr. Vassing?"
Lorryn: "Yes, that sounds like a fine plan. I could hold their other hand and perhaps a bit less gently, should persuasion be required."
* Lorryn of course would never actually torture anyone...but bad guys don't need to know that.
Valinya: "So, we seek each out, Raldo and Andrew, and ask a couple of pointed questions and see what we see."
Lorryn: "Which should we question first?"
Valinya: "I think Andrew, but I'm not sure it matters."
Arn: "Well, perhaps each of ye can arrange to bring the two men here for private questioning, but NOT at the same time. I think we should all do it together, keeping it nice and friendly, but let Valinya seat the men, hand on their shoulder"
Arn: "Let's send out the boys to round up the men and lets think about what we want to ask them."
Lorryn: "Yes, sounds like a plan."
Arn: "I've seen the sights of damage and am not impressed with what I could find. I don't know if the romance between Raldo and Andrew is an issue, but perhaps we can tro to figure that out as well."
Shortly after breakfast, while you are cleaning up, Raldo stops in to say hi and see if you need anyting for the day.
Arn: "Well met there Raldo! Mind if we ask ye a few questions about some stuff we found out about here.
Valinya ushers Raldo in and keeps her hand very lightly on his back.
Raldo Williams: Yes of course, anything you need, friends. Ask away. I will help in any way I can of course.
* Raldo Williams seems to be in a good, chipper mood this fine morning.
Valinya: Valinya quietly hums to herself
Arn: "Aye, we've all spoken to a variety of townfolk, just trying to review our information. We would like to talk briefly about the last four attacks, type, damage, and locations. "
Lorryn: "So if the attacks follow their usual pattern, the goblins shouldn't strike for another 10 days or so. Yet we're supposed to handle this immediately...a challenge, considering the goblins left little trace"
Raldo Williams: Well, the attacks have been about every two weeks, and i brought you to town to see what you could figure out. It would be helpful if it could be taken care of BEFORE the next attack of course.
Raldo Williams: And since the attacks have gotten more severe and moved closer to town, we thought there was not reason to wait to get help.
Lorryn: "Yes, certainly, that makes sense."
Arn: "Where were the locales of the last four attacks, in order, and who's farms, Vassing, Williamshire, ect?
Lorryn: "No reason to let them strike again, someone could possibly be killed."
Arn: "I agree, that's why we want to review our notes"
Arn: "Raldo, where were ye when the last attack occurred and what did ye do about it?"
* Lorryn steps back and lets Arn lead the questioning and be more aggressive about it.
Arn: "Also, to what benefit will the Vassings come into if they lead a Rurga crusdae against the goblins?"
Arn: "And as far as Lily Malavine goes....she mentioned some "things" about Vassing, your thoughts on this?"
Arn: "Raldo, where were ye when the last attack occurred and what did ye do about it?"
Raldo Williams: The last attack happend a few days ago, near the Dowling bArn. The plow was destroyed. A goat and chicken taken 2 dogs were killed. The lock was tampered with on the granaries. I was at home, in bed asleep.
Raldo Williams: In the morning, when we all heard news of it, I left for Greenbough to get help.
Arn looks at Valinya, who should be stanind behind Raldo, so he can not see her face.....
Valinya quietly raises her hum to a soft song for a moment ...
Valinya: focusing her mind on embracing the melody of the spell
Arn: If Andrew Vassing and his Rurgurgatites take their crusade against the goblins, what benefit culd come from that?"
Valinya gives a slight nod
Arn: If Andrew Vassing and his Rurgurgatites take their crusade against the goblins, what benefit culd come from that?"
Lorryn: You know, he would look even more dashing with a victory over them...might rekindle some old flames with Lilly perhaps...?
Raldo Williams: I have no idea what benefit Andrew could gain from attacking the Goblins.
Arn: "And as far as Lily Malavine goes....she mentioned some "things" about Vassing, your thoughts on this?"
Raldo Williams: What? Lillly? I am fairly sure that Andrew is not interested in Lilly. He never has been, and isnt now.
Raldo Williams: What did she say about Vassing? Why have you interrogated Lilly, she couldnt possibly be involved in this, could she?
* Lorryn glances at Valinya, raising an eyebrow.
Arn: "Relax Raldo, she made some comments about him, apparently you are her interest, but something was mentioned about Vassing and her in the past. What are your thought son that?"
Lorryn: "Yes, so sorry if you're hearing it from us. We just thought, well, it is a small town." Lorryn shrugs.
Raldo Williams: Yes, Lilly and I are something of a couple these days. She was enamored of him last year, but he shunned her and now she is with me.
Raldo Williams: How does that figure into any of this?
Arn: "Just wondering if Vassing's leading of a crusade would be possibly to win her favor again?"
Arn: "would you put something that past Andrew Vassing?"
Raldo Williams: But Andrew never wanted her favor. That was obvious. He is to in love with his beloved Rurga, and himself, to worry about her. If he had wanted her, she practically threw herself at him. I am sure she is not interested in him. This is all very upsetting to me. I need to be off now.
Lorryn: "I am sorry that our idle speculation was so disturbing to you, we did not intend for it to be. We are just trying to exhaust all possibilities."
* Raldo Williams appears quite shaken after this line of questioning
Arn: Arn looks at Valinya for a reaaction.
Valinya says, "Raldo, we do need to cover every possibility. Are you involved in these attacks at all?"
Arn: "What are your personal thoughts on Mr. Vassing and what he is up to?"
Raldo Williams: Am I involved in these attacks, what sort of question is this? No of course not. I brought you here to figure this out.
Valinya: "Sorry to have to ask that. Thank you for your time and patience."
Arn: "no one accused you Raldo, We just are ruling out all possibilities"
Raldo Williams: Andrew Vassing is a spoiled little brat that likes to make himself look good by bullying others around. He wants to look good and be a hero for the town.
Raldo Williams: May I go now? Thank you.
Valinya smiles and quietly sings again right after his response to her question.
Arn: "That's all I wanted to know
Lorryn: "We've all seen our share of corruption in the world, that might not be known here. Sorry to have let our jaded view unsettle you."
Arn: "Well that was fun.....what was your take on him there miss elf?"
* Lorryn looks out the window to see if Raldo is headed for Lilly's house and if he still seems angry.
Lorryn: "Yes, that's one way to put it."
Arn: "Our friend got a little upset about the idea of Lilly and Andrew, didn't he?"
Arn: "And if they're both telling the truth, then we will have a real mystery on our hands"
Valinya: "Perhaps he was trying to talk himself into believing nothing would be going on between Lilly and Andrew."
Arn: yes, but would rather have quetioned him alone.
Valinya: "After you, sir dwarf"
Arn: The group heads out to the Rurga's barracks, seeking an audience with one Andrew Vassing
Valinya: "He might be reluctant to come with us ... we'll have to see."
Lorryn: "Playing to his pride might work."
Arn: 'We can just go to him.....
Arn: Approaching the barracks, Arn will ask one of the guards if they may speak with Andrew Vassing
Arn: Once there, Arn, Lorryn, and Valinya, make their way in to speak with Andrew Vassing
You approach the barracks and you see several young men sparring and conversing out in the yard in front.
They stop as you approach and turn to face you.
Hello friends. What brings you to the Barracks of Rurga this morn? one says to you. You do not see Andrew around.
Arn: Arn grunts out. "Eh hem". "Hail there boys. We would like to see an audience with Andrew Vassing if we can?"
Clem Harcourt: He isnt here this morning. Havent seen him since formation last evening. He is no doubt at his home.
Clem Harcourt: Is there anything we can help you with?
* Clem Harcourt turns to the others. Where are the others, they should have been back by now, Go out and find them. They were supposed to be patroling to the north.
Lorryn: "How long have you been having these patrols?"
Arn: "it's rather personal, but I think we have some information that may be mutually beneficial. Can ye tell us where his home may be lad?"
A group of 4 of the sparring men take up their staffs and head off through the village.
Arn: "Sargent Clem, what do ye make of these recent distrubances around your village?"
Clem Harcourt: Why yes, the Vassing house is down that way, through the center of town. And as for the patrols, we have been patrolling the area since shortly after the Goblin attacks started.
Lorryn: "Hmm, surprising then you haven't caught them in the act, but of course you can't be everywhere. Do you keep reports, by any chance?"
Clem Harcourt: I believe that the Goblins have attacked our village. I think they are trying to sow the seeds of discontent and upset the balance of Law in the land. I would not be surprised to know that the Wolfen are behind this.
Arn: Arn coughs, "Wolfen, out here? Aren't they more secluded to the mountians?"
Clem Harcourt: Um, well, we keep track of the groups going out if they find anything out of the ordinary. We have only 2 patrols that are out at night though.
Clem Harcourt: Friend Dwarf. Dont be so naive. The agents of the Wolfen Empire are everywhere, and they are not all Wolfen. Many men have succumbed to the evil charms of our canine enemies.
Arn: "Clem, do ye know anything of Vassing being involved with a young lady here int eh town?"
Clem Harcourt: The Empire may be to the north, but their evil claws stretch far and wide!
Lorryn: "Gone to the dogs, as they say." Lorryn smirk.
Arn: "I hear their bark is worse than their bite"
* Clem Harcourt chuckles. No, Andrew is not involved with any of the young ladies in town. His duty to Rurga fills his time
Arn: "Do any of you have any hard proof that it is goblins for sure behind the attacks?"
Clem Harcourt: He is generally too busy either helping with his fathers business or working here at the Barracks. We are beginning to construct a stone Barracks next month. There has been lots of planning involved with that.
Clem Harcourt: Of course it is the no good Goblins. The tracks. The village just a few miles away. Its Goblins allright. What else could it be.
Arn: "I've seen the tracks, I've not been able to discern much from them"
Valinya: "But why would they vandalize your village?"
Clem Harcourt: Because they are Goblins, thats what they do!
Valinya: "I see"
Valinya: "Perhaps if time permits, one of you brave warriors could teach me to defend myself ... perhaps with a staff?"
Valinya: "A frail thing like myself can seem an easy target."
Clem Harcourt: You Dwarf. You know Goblins. Good for nothing, sneaky, back stabbing Goblins. They steal and destroy that which isnt theirs.
Clem Harcourt: why yes, do you seek the Way of the Truth and Light? We could show you.
Arn: "Oh I agree with you completely there Clem, but outside of tracks, really it could just be a gang of children pulling that off"
Valinya: "I am indeed a seeker of truth and walker in the ways of light."
Clem Harcourt: Children? That is preposterous. He laughs and several of the others do as well. At first some thougth it was the children, and from what i heard, many young boys got the strap from their fathers. But as the attacks continued, it was clear to see that there were outside forces at work. Goblins.
* Clem Harcourt speaking to Valinya. You should come by for our afternoon meeting. Rurga is always lookin for those that seek the Way of Truth and Light
Arn: "Well you understand why we are here, right? We're just seeking the truth to all of this. But no one has actually seen a goblin involved"
Valinya: "I'll see if I can. "
Arn: "Clem, ye mentioned patrols in the North. What are they doing, just watching the surrounding areas? How far do they go and when were they do back?"
Clem Harcourt: Ahh, during the daylight hours, we send out groups of 4. Mostly us from the Barracks here, but some other townsfolk have joined. They just walk the fields, usually near the outer limits of the village. Watching out for anything unsusual.
Clem Harcourt: They should have been back a while ago, but im sure they are just taking their time.
Arn: Okay, we will check back with you on them, I really need to speak to Andrew now,hanks for your time
Valinya: "Yes, thank you."
Clem Harcourt: You are welcome, Friends. May Rurga light your way with the truth.
Arn and the ladies make their way to Mr. Vassing's home. Sounding at the door, they await an answer