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Thread: Hell's Rebels Part One: In Hell's Bright Shadow

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    Voltarus fell into his second sight, the world around him suddenly coming alive with colors and shapes reflecting off the magical artifacts. His eyes glowed faintly blue as he focused his attention on the pile in front of him. A few he could immediately disregard: the mace, though apparently treated with a fine coat of silver, was non-magical. The shortbow and the hand-crossbow were both of excellent make, but similarly unenchanted. The metal coffer was nonmagical, though it did look thick enough to hide the detection of any of its contents.

    Others, however, glowed faintly in his sight. The leather armor, looking supple and shiny after all these years, radiated a soft defensive magic. He knew that it would protect its wearer more effectively than normal. The cloak was a different sort of magic. He could almost hear a sing-song elven voice woven into it's threads. The song was a playful, mischievous thing; all about hiding under sun-dappled branches or meeting a lover in the dead of night. The colors of the cloak shifted as he watched, blending into it's surroundings. He was sure it would hide it's wearer quite efficiently. He turned his attention to the potions next. One was a familiar friendly pink color, a healing potion if ever he had seen one. The other looked more like an oil than a potion. It was bright white, and he deduced that putting it onto a weapon would make that weapon more powerful against evil creatures.

    The final object of his investigation were the statuettes. There were now four of them placed carefully on the ground. They radiated a much more powerful magic than anything in the room. He studied their aura for a long time before finally coming to the conclusion that they could be brought to life with a single word, the elvish word for 'freedom', he sensed, and could remain alive to carry messages for about 24 hours out of every week. His mouth dropped open as he suddenly realized he had heard of these before. Kintargo was generally a place of fewer laws than the rest of Cheliax, but one strange law that had always been on the books was that anyone caught buying, selling, using, or owning these Silver Raven statues was subject to immediate execution. As far as he knew, no one had ever understood why the law had existed in the first place. The figures must have been associated with the actual Silver Ravens group. Maybe that was where they had even gotten their name. Either way, Voltarus understood that though incredibly valuable, these items would be almost impossible to sell with the current Thrune crackdown.

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    Loot is as follows:

    Mwk Silver Mace
    Mwk Composite Shortbow (+1 Str)
    Mwk Hand Crossbow
    A Pouch of one dozen Pearls (100 gp each)
    +1 Leather Armor
    Cloak of Elvenkind
    Potion of Cure Light Wounds
    Oil of Bless Weapon
    4 Silver Raven Figurines of Wonderous Power - (Note: As long as Thrune is in control of Kintargo, these are illegal and basically impossible to sell)
    Common Set of Thieve's Tools
    Disguise Kit (10 uses, +2 on disguise checks)

    Metal coffer still unopened!
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    Jaem snatched the metal coffer from its place on the pile, trying not to interrupt Voltarus. He eyed the tool bundle, and only hesitated for a second before snatching it up as well. The Tiefling moved away a few steps before settling back onto the floor of the storeroom, and admiring the tools.

    It seemed a standard collection of the tools of his trade: probes and picks in various lengths and thicknesses, an assortment of files both flat and shaped, a fine-toothed saw, a small hammer and a few chisels, several lengths of fine, twisted wire, and several tiny silvered mirrors. Their handles were all a uniform ash wood, shiny and worn in places from extensive use. There was a mysterious rune stamped on all of the wooden grips: a tiny elven "F". He guessed that they had been personalized by their former owner. Each implement had its own individual pocket sewn onto the unrolled leather bundle, which was a dull brown, worn rough from being laid on the ground repeatedly. It wasn't any different than his, but it was more intriguing, and in better shape, wear-wise.

    With the tool bundle unrolled before him, the rogue next inspected the heavy coffer. It was a strongbox banded in heavy iron. He tipped it, scanning the seam between the lid and body, and the hinges, which were fashioned to prevent tampering. Turning it back around, and laying it down so that the lock faced the ceiling, Jaem very carefully peered around the edges of the keyhole, looking for scratches, or signs of acid burn on the metal. Satisfied, he ran his fingers along the tool bundle, choosing what he felt was the appropriate pick and probe, and set to work on the lock.

    OOC: Perception to check for traps - 1d20(12)+6=18. Disable Device - 1d20(20)+8=28.
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    As his last strike disemboweled the creature, the Page went about cleaning his weapons before eyeing Aphra in a new light, "Well fought. You stood like a true champion."

    He entered the room where the others were sorting through things. "My apologies companions, the foul beasts fell easier than I thought. I do not discount any of your bravery or abilities. We should have stood and fought from the beginning." Feeling foolish for sending them all scurrying away from the fight.
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    Jaem looked up from where he knealt on the floor working on the coffer's lock. "No one should doubt decisions made in haste and danger, friend. Never mind the battle, see what we have discovered." Jaem swept one arm out wide to indicate the piled supplies. "I think these must have belonged to the old rebellion. We can use it all in the service of Kintargo." He looked back down into the keyhole, focusing his attention on his task again.
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    Jaem felt the fancy new tools give him just the bit of luck he needed to get past the quality lock. After a moment of intense concentration he heard the satisfying click that let him know he had done his job well. He slowly lifted the lid of the coffer and saw hundreds of loose sheets of paper on one side and what looked to be several scroll cases on the other. He picked up one of the loose pieces of paper and though he could pick out a few words in elven here and there, the rest of the words were gibberish. They were either a language he didn't know or hidden through some kind of cypher.

    Rexus, who had been hovering near the back and glancing nervously at the bodies of the two devils, stepped forward. He carefully picked up another page and looked at. "Fascinating," the nobleman turned revolutionary said. "Hmmmm, yes, hmmmm," he traced one finger over the page, picking out particular words. "This appears to be written in three languages, as a kind of code I would suppose. There's Elvish, Celestial, and the little known language of the Strix. The grammatical implications of mixing all three...." he trailed off before shaking his head. "I'm sorry, I've always had a bit of a thing for languages. I believe I could decode these documents, but I expect it would take weeks of work..."

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    Jaem DC 25 Disable Device check succeeds. Coffer has hundreds of loose leaf pages and four scroll cases
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    Jaem lifted the coffer, proffering it to Rexus. "Take it. Any help that you give would be appreciated." The Tiefling looked over their gains. They had clearly stumbled into an old storehouse of the Silver Ravens. It was his hope reborn, and a long dream come to life. "Let's use it." He said to the others. "Let's take Kintargo back from the Thrunes. There must be people in the city that remember the rebellion, people who are willing to fight on. We have at least one undiscovered storehouse, and the means to pass messages. I can speak to the others like me in the Devil's Nursery. No one has been hurt by the Thrunes more. We have a chance."
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    "Yes!" Rexus said excitedly. "Barzillai has pushed the city too far. If we can't stop them now, Kintargo may never be free from under Thrune's boot. It will be slow, but I know Kintargo will follow your lead." He looked from one of them to the next, admiration clear in his eyes.

    Aphra finished cleaning her precious Elven Curved Blade and slid it back into it's scabbard, the metal grinding into place with a dramatic scrape. "We could help a lot of people and kill a lot of people who need killing," she said. "I'm in."

    "Excellent!" Rexus said. "If the rest of you agree, I know somewhere safe you could make further plans. A friend of my....my mothers," he swallowed, clearly pushing back thoughts of lost family, "the one who gave my mother's note to me telling me about this place, she owns an inn. It would be a safe place and as far as I know she's probably the most knowledge person left in Kintargo who might be able to help you. I just recently learned she's the leader of the Bellflower Network here in Kintargo and she's made it her mission to cultivate contacts with all kinds of rebellious and subversive groups of the years."

    Both Jaem and Prydewyld's ears perked up at the mention of the Bellflower Network. They both knew the Network as an extremely decentralized secret society of halflings determined to help other halfling's escape the oppressive slavery they endured in Cheliax and even here in Kintargo. Jaem had heard mention of them from his time in the military where many a commander was occasionally paranoid about their personal servant. The Page had received a small dossier on them and their possibilities as allies of Iomedae's cause in Cheliax.

    Aphra shrugged and looked to Voltarus, ready to follow the young nobleman if he thought it best.

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    Jaem Knowledge (local):(8) + 6=14. Knows the general goal of the Bellflower Network as a secret halfling abolitionist organization.

    The Page Knowledge (local):(20) +2= 22. Knows the goals of the Bellflower Network, that they are generally a Chaotic Good (in game terms) organization, and that they are extremely decentralized so that one compromised cell cannot endanger others.
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    "I agree." He said. "The Little Folk could make valuable allies. They can be silent, and invisible, when they want to be. Let Gather up this lot, and we'll figure out what to do with it all when we get to the inn."
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    "the Bellflower Network could be useful. But it might take some time. They are not very centralized." The Page adds to the discussion. He crosses the room and picks up a raven statue. Turning it over in his hands, he then places it back down. "Hmm." Is all he says before adding, "A conspiracy of ravens it is then."
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    "That's two." Jaem stated, matter-of-factly. One finger idly caressed the plain pommel of one of his blades. "What does the mageling say to our pact?"

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