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

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    Aphra looked at the fine ring emblazoned with the symbol of a horse on it's back two legs surrounded by palm leaves. Though it was clearly old, the platinum had so far resisted tarnishing. She got the sense that the ring must have belonged to whomever had owned this place before it fell into disrepair. Whatever family it had belonged to was most likely no longer important in Kintargo.

    OOC:
    You got the platinum ring worth about 250 gp. You get the sense that it's probably not related to the Silver Ravens.
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    Voltarus looked at the ring Aphra brought back. Perhaps there was a clue, why would such a ring be in such a strange place... was it hidden on purpose to give someone (us?) information on what was going on here or who was here? He gave the ring a once over, generally nobles wore rings like this, he looked at his own finger to confirm such a suspicion. Maybe he knew what family it belonged to so they could return it... maybe.

    OOC: Knowledge (nobility) on the ring 1d20(12)+11= 23
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    As reflex kicked in, Jaem's hand dropped to the hilt of one of the short blades at his waist. He relaxed, letting his fingers uncoil and drop before pressing on. He'd borne witness to all manner of profane, unnatural things during his service to House Thrune. There was no doubt that it was eerie, and out of place, but he wasn't going to let that stop him. He had to know what was behind the trap door.

    OOC: Perception check - 1d20(13)+6=19 to check for traps.
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    Voltarus looked closely at the ring. His family had always been obsessed with the bloodline of their own noble house and this had naturally given him some knowledge of the other Kintargan nobles as well. He remembered one of his family's books, Kintargan Genealogy. He flipped through the pages in his mind until he came to one emblazoned with a rampant horse surrounded by palm leaves. Juliac, he thought, that was it. They had been a minor house, an offshoot of House Delronge, he believed. They had placed all of their money into places like this, purchasing old slaughterhouses and converting them into stables. It hadn't gone well for them and they seemed to have died out many years ago, penniless. Voltarus looked at the rungs of the rafters and where the ring was found, and his best conclusion was that perhaps the last of the Juliacs had taken it off just before he hung himself. He shuddered at the thought.

    Jaem meanwhile inspected the partially open trapdoor and did his best to ignore the occult signs around him. He nodded to himself, seeing nothing that resembled a trap, though he did get a closer look at the strange tracks crisscrossing the floor. They almost looked like tiny human feet, but only if every toe ended in a sharp claw. He was about to mention this to the others when the door slowly swung open with a long creak. An ice cold gust of wind blew out with the smell of compost and mold. Jaem shivered and turned his nose away but it was gone as quickly as it had came.

    He looked down the now open trapdoor, his keen eyesight seeing perfectly in the darkness that a metal ladder led down about fifteen foot to a stone floor.

    OOC:
    Voltarus's knowledge check recognizes the sign of an old minor house named the Juliacs. I'm giving Voltarus an intelligience check:(13)+ 4= 18. You would think it's likely that the ring was left behind when one of the Juliacs committed suicide.

    Jaem detects no traps and spooky things happen. Down the ladder, anyone?
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    "I found a ladder in here!" He called back over his shoulder. I'm going to check it out." Jaem shut his eyes, and opened them several times, staring into the darkness behind the trap door to acclimate before drawing one of his blades and descending.

    OOC: Geronimo?
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    Jaem carefully made his way down the ladder, sword in hand. When he reached the stone floor his eyes began to water with the overwhelming stench of urine. Chewed barrels and crates were stacked halphazardly around the large room and rusted knives and other tools lined the walls. There was an old wooden set of doors to his right. Jaem heard skittering from the crates and barrels in the far corner and gripped his sword even tighter. There was definitely something, or somethings, in the room with him.

    OOC:
    Initiative!
    Heroes:(11) + 4= 15. Somethings:(3) +3=6. Heroes up first! Everyone up top can spend one move action to get to the ladder and climb down.

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    A= Aphra; V=Voltarus; J=Jaem; P=Page; R=Rexus
    L=Ladder; x=crates and barrels; d=doors
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    Jaem took a step forward. His tail yanked the other blade free and dropped it into his free hand. The tiefling held both of the blades out before him in a warding stance, waiting for whatever laid in wait to spring out.

    OOC: Move Action: 1sq. S., Swift: draw short sword with prehensile tail, Standard: Fight Defensively.
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    Once the business up top was settled with the ring, the Page followed Jaem down the ladder.
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    Prydewyld moved quickly down the ladder but he realized that he couldn't see anything in the pitch blackness. He could sense Jaem next to him and he heard the skittering in the darkness, but that was it.

    OOC:
    You still have a standard, elder!
    Code:
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    A= Aphra; V=Voltarus; J=Jaem; P=Page; R=Rexus
    L=Ladder; x=crates and barrels; d=doors
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    -Loren Soth (LG Male Human Fighter 7/Paladin 3; Dragons on the River of Time)
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    Aphra had continued to marvel at the valuable ring as Voltarus inspected it. She awaited his appraisal as he examined it, but it did not come before Jaem and Pryde had gone down the ladder into sheer darkness. Pryde can see in the dark? She knew tieflings could. Is Jaem leading us into a trap? He seems very eager to move down into the darkness. Aphra looked to Voltarus and Rexus, wondering if they'd had any similar thought - yet their attitude toward Jaem had been nothing but trusting since they'd all met. Jaem certainly seemed to be fighting for their cause - against House Thrune. Yet tieflings were a tricky bunch. Every time she looked at Jaem and saw those horns, those eyes, that skin, that swishing tail, the terrors of nights growing up in the slums of Kintargo - in the form of Thrune's tiefling assassins - came to the forefront of Aphra's mind. Jaem would not strike while outnumbered, however. He would at least wait until he'd led them into a trap - likely in total darkness. Though she'd contain her suspicions - still, some skittered in the back of her mind - like the skittering she now heard down in the darkness.

    Aphra stood at the top of the ladder. She let her sunrod fall from her hands, leaving it to clang onto the floor below, illuminating the scene to her eyes. She scooted down the ladder next after Pryde, no weapon drawn, reaching the floor and taking a defensive stance against the surrounding skittering. It stank down here, but no worse than the slums.

    OOC
    free let sunrod drop down there.
    move down the ladder
    standard total defense (+4 dodge bonus to AC)
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