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PostSubject: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:34 pm

As the game begins you lot have spent the last week uneventfully traveling around Therund purchasing trade goods for the journey north. You now find yourselves in the hamlet of Greenleaf, having just passed a peaceful night in the hamlet's one and only inn The Snooty Crow.

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The headman of the village is an old human named Loras Oakleaf and he was friendly enough once you showed your gold and stated your business. But then why wouldn't he be? His family owns all the businesses in town. Greenleaf is built around the Snooty Crow, the hamlet's inn and tavern, a blacksmith's shop run by Loras' brother-in-law, and a general store called Lynnette's Sundries, run by Loras' wife Judy.

You have now passed a quiet and comfortable night at the inn and have awoken at first light to the smell of breakfast wafting from the kitchen. Lucky for you the inn can accommodate the whole of your party, it only took the promise that you'd be checked out good and early as Loras is expecting clients by noon. Loras runs the inn with his two daughters, Mina and Loretta. His wife owns and operates the general store next door while his son-in-law (and Mina's husband) Mert runs the smithy. Please take this time to introduce your character and get an idea of who everyone else is.

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The tavern room: Loras is behind the bar getting plates and silverware ready. He's a tall and skinny man, unbowed by his 58 years of life out in the boonies of Therund. His dark brown hair is shot through with gray highlights, giving him a distinguished look despite his twice patched clothes. The bar itself is all hard woods, clean and lovingly maintained. The same fire that was burning last night continues in the great fireplace, though nowhere near as high now that the sun has risen.

Laughter and the sounds of food preparation come from the kitchen, no doubt Loras' wife and daughters cooking the morning fair.

The only other person in the bar is your fellow travel companion, Zoe.

Zoe:
 

The cheerful half-elf red head has claimed the large table next to the fireplace, no doubt trying to fight off the cold of the northern climate considering she is sitting closest to the fireplace. She'll smile and wave to any of the party she sees.

Zoe is tall for a woman, 5'10' easy, but she's also immensely graceful, likely due to her elven ancestry though Zoe herself is quick to laugh off this idea. Her favorite food is grilled salmon. Her favorite color is green. She's a cleric of Avandra, the goddess of luck, trade, and travel and by walking in the footsteps of her god, The Wanderer in the World, she can find a path anywhere, so long as no one cares about always taking the most direct or safest route.

You guys have known her for a year in passing, but this is the first time she's worked with you. She considers you all friendly acquaintances, except for Jojo, who she considers more of a cousin she doesn't know very well.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:34 pm

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Carlos yawns as he makes his way to the bar. He blinks a few times as he looks around, stroking his epic beard, then decides to join Zoe by the fire.

"¡Ah, buen dia, Zoe!" - he greets, still a bit drowsy - "¿Mornin' chill always the mood killer, eh?"
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:35 pm

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Kathryn Amblecrown walks down the stairs and slowly drags her feet to the table Zoe and Carlos are sitting at. A quick look at her face is enough to infer that she dislikes having to wake up so early in the morning, and if it wasn't for Loras' condition for their stay here, she would still be sleeping. She has somehow managed to put her chainmail armor on, but that feat alone usually takes at least fifteen minutes, which must be why her long white hair is still disheveled; she just can't be bothered to put on her clothes and worry about her appearance. Not at this hour.

Her thin human frame might fool a few people, but any swordsman with an experienced eye would quickly figure out that she's got quite the musculature underneath that shell of metal. She might look intimidating to some right now, if she wasn't so tired. She makes her way to the table where some of her party members are seated, plops down next to Zoe, rests her head on the cleric's arm and closes her eyes.

"Hi..."

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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:36 pm

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"Howdy friends. So, can't ya hide how raring to go ya are, being up so early eh?", Joshua scratches his thin-bearded chin with a confident smile while he light jests with his fellow travelers for their sleepy faces. His rough speech is usually reserved for those who are more familiar to him, as the party has seen him speaking perfectly good and polite Nerathi and Elven before, and he's known for his dwarven jokes from time-to-time.

"To tell ya'll the truth, couldn't get much a sleep last night. The moment we leave this village and go north, this Jojo will be the furthest from home he's ever been.", confessed the blue-eyed merchant, grabbing a stool and briefly testing it for stability before moving it closer to the fire and sitting down himself. He takes off his traveler's hat and slowly passes his hand through his shoulder-length black hair while crossing his legs in a classy manner, almost as if he's showing off his rugged good looks to someone, but the party knows from experience that's not the case: he's feeling a little nervous right now and this involuntary act seems to be one of the ways he has coping with it.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:36 pm

"Indeed, Carlos. Ningún lugar en la vida es más triste que una cama vacía," Zoe sighs and shivers, "But fire will do and it's less hassle and more reliable besides."

She welcomes Kat with a hug, happy at the chance to siphon off some of the northern woman's heat even as she gives her a place to lay her head. Not a bad deal at all.

Zoe waves one hand excitedly at Jojo, happy that he has decided to sit next to her. "Yes Jojo but think of all the new people we'll meet and the new places we'll see! And the money we can make! And not even Algus has been this far north in 20 years or more. I've got a good feeling about all this."
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:37 pm

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Zoe wrote:
"Indeed, Carlos. Ningún lugar en la vida es más triste que una cama vacía,"

"Ay niña, corazon me duele." - he acknowledges with a sad smile, then sees Kat come in and nestle in with Zoe, and can't help but slump, one arm placidly supporting his face - "Oy Katita, that just not fair. ¿How's a poor ol' dwarf to ever get the will to get up and hit the road now?" - he teases amicably in a low voice - "Even Jo's starting have second thoughts." - he lightly jabs his nervous companion - "¡And he was so excited before, you'd think he'd hop onto a catapult and launch himself all the way to The Stonemarch!"
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:38 pm

Essoje wrote:
"Hah! Take this Jojo is no fool or coward, for he's going to make some good honest coin from this trip, with a pinch of adventure on the side. The bother here is Flaming Lips' condition, see?"

Jojo brings his right hand to his face to hide it as his posture changes as if the weight of the world was on his shoulders, his tone shows he's holding himself from openly crying, "Poor bastard never looked so tired as yesterday, and there's the long road ahead north. These eyes tear up just thinking about it... His eyes looking at me, as if asking... 'Hold! What you are doing to me is wrong! Why do you do this thing?' Oh, Flaming Lips! Please forgive this greedy, foolish man..."
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:38 pm

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As you begin talking among yourselves, you all see Hunter enter the commons in his casual uniform on top of his leather. Alert and flashing a morning grin to all of you before he serves himself some food, he momentarily glances down at something small and shiny in his hand before shoving it into his pocket - gently. His boots and vest are fastened with clasps or buckles and lined with fur (of a rich brown), and a belt is looped in his trousers to hold them taut.

He sits down briskly at the same table as the rest of you and blows on his hands to warm them with his breath. Although the tiefling's not one to get a chill in temperate weather, he nevertheless feels winter's breath on the land same as the rest of you.

"Friends, good morning. Are we awake yet?" he asks, getting in a mouthful of food to start him off while you respond. He looks like the mirror opposite of Kathryn.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:39 pm

"I'm getting there, but unhappily. Jojo was just telling us of the plight of Flaming Lips. Truly a sad tale of a lazy mule's life interrupted by greed most vile." She smiles at Jojo's absurd scenario.

Plates of hot food for the rest of party are brought to the table by Mina and Loras--scrambled eggs, toast, and two kinds of sausage one hot and one sweet. Loras asks, "Can I get any of you tea or some warm apple cider?"

"I'll take the tea, two lumps of sugar thank you."
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:40 pm

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one badass dwarf:
 

Carlos graciously takes the eggs and sausage - "¡Aaaah, rica...!" - he appreciatively starts digging in - "I'll have some cider please, señor."
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:40 pm

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"Take advantage of Loras' hospitality," he replies warmly. "You'll be right back to normal after a hearty breakfast."

"Make it up to him, Joshua. A little sugar will go a long way. Just as long as it's 'a little'."

"Tea for me, one lump." Hunter answers before biting a hot sausage. He proceeds to make an egg sandwich with two pieces of toast.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:40 pm

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"Sugar, eh?", considers Jojo, already between bites of his toast and egg serving, his worries vanishing just like that. Or maybe that was a just tall tale and he's a good actor? Probably a mix of the two.

"I'll have to remember that. Sugar. Huh. Ah, Mister Loras, do you have a little bit of cinnamon I could have on my cider?"
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:41 pm

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Kathryn finally let go of Zoe's arm, groans a little, and stares at the plate of food that is sitting in front of her. This seems to wake her up a little. She happily grabs a fork and starts to dig in, starting with one of the sweet sausages, but one mouthful is enough to make her wince; the white-haired woman then moves all of her sweet sausages over to Zoe's plate. She prefers the spicy ones a lot more.

"I'll just have some water, thanks."
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:41 pm

Loras nods after memorizing each order. "My wife enjoys pumpkin pie in the fall and I believe we should still have a supply of dry cinnamon. Back in two shakes of a lamb's tail." The party has barely returned to making small talk before Loras and his daughters start setting down the drinks. The process is orderly, efficient, and above all accurate, easily the kind of service you'd expect from a high end inn servicing the nobility and rich merchants in a much larger community. "Is there anything else I can do for you?"
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:42 pm

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Carlos smiles amicably - "So long as the fire keeps crackling, señor, i'm one happy dwarf."
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:42 pm

"Mmm-hmm," acknowledges a pleased Loras before walking back to the bar. Villagers start coming in while you guys eat, saying their greetings to Loras and his family before buying a plate of food and drink and sitting together in ones or twos carrying on hushed and tired early morning conversations.

"I was asking Loras about what kind of trouble we can expect up ahead. He said the usual trouble from Daggerburg with goblin-mounted warg patrols, wolf packs, and the occasional bear or owlbear but he also said we'll have to watch out for some crazy druids and the Harken Treants. He said we should be fine if we don't light any torches or cut any trees."

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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:49 pm

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"Of course." Hunter shakes his head and rolls his white eyes behind closed lids. "We'd better make sure we have enough food to last us through the forest. I can find out if there are any rangers passing through who can join us."
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:49 pm

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"Well, just make sure to be nice to madre natura." - Carlos muses between bites of his yummy breakfast - "And no need for torches when we got mis ojos."
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:50 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:55 pm

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"Wait," says Kathryn. "If we use their forest like a bathroom, will the druids consider this like some sort of vandalism?"

She seems genuinely worried.

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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:56 pm

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Carlos freezes, then his fork holding arm falls dead on the table. His casual cheery mood effectively murdered.

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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:56 pm

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"Uh...what? No. I would assume that anything goes as long as it's something an animal would do in the wild, aside from disturbing nature, using fire or hunting animals. Still, best tread lightly."

No joking or attempt to spook anyone, Hunter is complete serious-face.

"They call themselves Harken's Heart, and they're not the only druids in Harken Forest. They sided with the less-crazy treants of the forest in an ancient feud against the Winterbole Forest treants once upon a time. If we could convince one of the not-Heart druids to journey with us through the forest, that would be more helpful if we run into the Harken's Heart."

[Yeah, I'm ready.]
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:57 pm

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Joshua continued to drink his cider through the whole thing, although his face showed he could have continued his meal better without Kat's comment, "Leaving them details to ya, Hunter. Ye the best skilled man for what we trying this next step of the trek. Just know this Jojo has yer back when needed, just say the word."

As if noticing something, he continues talking, "Right, right. Forgot to get some extra grub for a small trek once and had enough for the journey. Some soldiers on the road 'just doing their work' made this Jojo and Flaming Lips work on a empty stomach for the next 3 days. Never again. Gonna grab about thirteen days of supplies before we leave, I reckon you beauts do the same."

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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:58 pm

Excusing himself, Hunter leaves the group to make contact with what he hopes is the local ranger.

Making Contact with the Harkenwold Rangers:
 

Hunter meets the party at the wagon to tell them what he learned.

@Essoje Do you mind if I NPC you for some stuff? I want to keep up our momentum.
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PostSubject: Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good   Sun 18 Nov 2018, 1:59 pm

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Having also bought 13 days worth of grub, Carlos listens to the story. - "Hah, la horda piensa que puede atacar los montañeses y salirse con la suya." - he chuckles - "I wouldn't mind me a little straight up rumble tumble if it'll save us trouble in el bosque later. Nasty terrain to be at disadvantage; bad for the nervios, you know."
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