Bretton Barbarians: Savaged Kingmaker

Hang em high

A quick bit of legal work from us resulted in the lord being hung, his last will shows he has a son, so I expect we will meet him and have to kill him at some point. A bit of rest and we are now off to finish mapping the areas we have missed, Trades back up and I’m sure my breast plate will show up soon. Lets do this !

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Winning!

We are under siege , the lords men are attacking.

Brave Kern sneaks with skill into the tent while this is happening, finds the charter that is a obvious fake and brings it to the older knight. Zolkin panics and attempts to kill Kern, the older knight disarms him and Zolkin flees with Mikhail in hot pursuit, Adrolin takes the horse from under Zolkin with a single shot from his bow(skill beyond words) . Maugoth points out that the knights and Zolkin have broken the law and pardons all but Zolkin. The traders are compensated and the knights leave. We now have to decided what we do with Zolkin. ( he’s favoured by the king ) Next session…Vengeance is a dish best served with sausages and ale, seasoned with a little bit of hanging….

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To Parley, or to not...
Maugoth's new career idea

There Maugoth and I (Adroolin Windreader) stood waiting to be led to the camp of the so called ‘Charter Holder’.

We were both held to wait for too long. Long enough for Maugoth to start to get fidgety for which once, it didn’t end with the use of an axe (but could have been close).

Soon after Lord Zolkin of Turov joined us with two of his Knights. The young Sir Perival and what appeared to be his father, Sir Wykenham.

We asked to see their Charter and showed ours as agreed within the confines of this parley but soon after things got a little heated when Maugoth employed his negotiation skills and proceeded to upset the entire tent. Sir Perival finally stormed from the tent after issuing Maugoth with another duel.

We left after being dismissed, still not having seen the Lord’s Charter.

Later that evening Perival came out with his retinue of servants ready for the Duel. A jousting Duel it appeared. Maugoth was very annoyed by this and started calling the Knight by many un-friendly names who soon agreed to meet Maugoths request of fighting on foot.

A suprise revealed itself then. I had already commented to the others that I felt that the elder Knight didn’t seem too friendly with the Lord. We soon found out that was the truth as Perival spoke with us and told us we needed to ‘discredit’ the Lord and if we could, they’d leave taking their troops with them.

The next morning Maugoth quickly raised the white flag and requested Parley once more. He was ignored. The weather had taken a turn and was drizzling with rain. Undetered by their ignorace Maugoth left the Trading Post and proceeded on foot towards the camp.

It wasn’t long before I was requested to join him, and after doing so, we both entered the tent of the Lord Zolkin. We made it very clear that we had discovered that our Charter gave us full permission (as it was approved by the King) and we now demanded to see the Lords Charter. The Zolkin looked very uncomfortable with this news.

Both Knights had joined us in the tent, but over time both were dismissed. We knew that the Zolkin had a female in his personal tent, and soon after when he left to find the Charter she came out of the tent and quickly injured Maugoth with a throwing dagger. From her attack stance it was very obvious that she was a skilled fighter.

I quickly cast Deflection which this female Assassin noticed. She left the tent screaming about Witchcraft… all hell then broke lose. Zolkin came out repeating Witchcraft stories (I had dropped my spell by this time) and then left the tent trying to rally his men. Perival popped his head into the tent and advised we ran.

Ran we did. I did it with some ease thanks to a prayer I have, but Maugoth didn’t fare as well. He did though come through as I confidentally knew he’d force his way back to the Trading Post (and some of the guards wish they’d not bothered, they’ll be a bit sore now).

Kern had the gates open by the time we arrived and I quickly took to the battlements (for a better word) and shouted towards the Guards that followed, telling them we were attacked by a Witch! A Female Assassin no-less! One of the guards seemed to be taken back by this and headed back to the camp where it appears he shot the Witch with his crossbow. That was when all Hell really didn’t break lose….

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Well it's a bit quite int it.

We waited for lord cockhead to get back, he did with at least 17 men with him. Gud job we closed the gates before he got back. The we waited, he beat up a merchant ad dinner and then went to bed. Kern went to have a look and got chased back to the trading post. Hope Mikhal gets back with stuff that says he’s got to f*ck off. On the plus side He may have made his camp outside of bow shot range, but he seems to ave forgotten we ave a catapult. and lots of poo.

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Soap at Olegs

Upon returning to Olegs and hoping to relax for a few days our heroes discover some fuckwit has arrived and upset everyone. Claiming to have orders from Lord Astroth he has claimed Oleg’s and the surrounding land for himself. He has halted trade, claiming Oleg is harbouring criminals, obviously Oleg and his lovely wife, Svetlana, are upset, there very livelihoods at risk. The militia are bound by this mans apparent legal right to take over the fort, no one is happy, Maugoth wants to hurt him, Kern would gladly hurl an axe at his head.

Yet to confront this arsehole, the group are resolute to defend Oleg and his honour and to clear this mess up, The Green Belt Marshals are the law in these lands, it is not for this man or Lord Astroth to change the agreement we made in good honour.

In other news Bokan is still nuts.

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Eggs for breakfast anyone?

It was soon to be discovered as to why my bow was ‘wet’ and how it would then be seen to be ‘broken’. Perplexed I was until we discovered later that some kind of Farie folk was behind it all.

Calamity was to be found at the camp during this discovery…. I’ll keep this brief to spare blushes, but a certain group member became the victim of a rather vicious egging and spearing by a tiny dart. He was lucky Irori’s magic was to hand to help heal the wounds.

It wasn’t too soon we discovered who was behind this as I myself heard quiet voices giggling. We called out and ‘spoke’ to the Faerie folk to which they fled leaving us to a quiet night.

During the next day we completed surveying the area we were in and spent a night outside the forest (on the edge). It wasn’t long though before we proceeded back in.

It was soon to be discovered that we had not moved free from the area of bear traps, but luckily for us the gods shined and we found them with our eyes and not with our legs.

We later in the day came upon a small camp. The camp was for a single person whom we found dead, killed it would appear by his own trap he had set.

Was this the hunter who had been setting all these bear traps? It wouldn’t appear to be so, as the amount of traps would cost a fair fortune and this hunter didn’t appear to be that rich judging from his attire and lack of companion (some kind of servant I would guess).

Something wasn’t right, and we soon thought something wasn’t right at all, was this more Faerie folk tricking us?

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An Arrow in Time?

We spoke at Oleg’s deciding what to do next.

It too longer than I expected as there were many opinions. After these discussions it was decided that we’d re-enter the forest and try and locate the ‘temple’, after all it would appear that there’s more to this temple than just religious bric-a-brac. I myself am hoping it’s a great find that will benefit not just us but this region.

Maugoth took to organising the route we would take. He very simply (but accurately I should add) numbered regions of the lands and forest to the west and we followed that.

We hadn’t been travelling for too long before we passed into the first region. A summary pass through was planned, however when we camped for some lunch I asked Kern and Mikhail to explore the locale around our camp for signs of passing wildlife, caravans and their ilk.

What Kern found was a little disturbing as he discovered signs of creatures that used their hind legs heavier but ran on all four. He then joked of ‘werewolves’ which I believe is something written in folklore but he was adamant.

We moved on and as night feel we decided to move into the edge of the forest. At this time we lit a small campfire and proceeded to settle down for the night.

What came next was eventful.

During the night our camp was attacked by six of the creatures that Kern located tracks of previously. It was one of the times where I was glad that Maugoth was one of our group. For with his help we quickly killed off these creatures. It was hard to sleep after that but I managed a few hours of quiet prayer.

The next day we moved off in search of the temple. Our day moved along peacefully with no signs of being following by any of those creatures and lunchtime quickly came upon us. We decided that we’d have a fire for lunch (and thus hot food). I was left cooking the food and Kern and Mikhail proceeded to scout around the camp looking for other signs.

The next thing I heard was Kern screaming as if impaled by one of those creatures. I quickly made safe the stew and drew my bow.

Maugoth soon returned with the others. Kern had been heavily wounded by a bear-trap and Mikhail seemed to make matters worse healing him. I called upon Irori with a healing prayer and healed him of his wounds leaving only a scar to remind him.

We finished our lunch and then as I was packing away the others found and retrieved three of the bear-traps for our own use.

At camp that night we placed the bear-traps around the camp. No fire was lit so we ate cold but went to sleep with everything quiet until… five bear-traps seemed to go off, yes five of them, but how could that be? We only planted three? And why was my bow all wet?

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Bath time 2

We force marched back to Olegs. Upon arrival Maugoth managed to frighten a number of merchants outside of the trading post. Adrolin calmed them down. Upon entering the camp we washed up and ate. Maugoth realised one of the men in the trading post was involved in a ambush that happened earlier in the month. He was about to drown him in his bath water when some blind bint came out and started telling him off. ( Adrolin also calmed Maugoth down. ) Feeling a bit miffed at no killing he told the woman he would do something unnatural to her, so she put him to sleep using witchcraft. She then rambled on to Kern about some great evil hiding under the land near the fort of the bandits that would kill everyone in the world. Kern was basically cheeky so she got the hump and left. She also kept going on a bout there being 4 of us, although it was not the right four. Maugoth had a fab sleep woke up feeling fine. The rest of the party was tired and ached. Mikheil spent some time being broody , kern got some armour, Maugoth got a BIg sheild and sulked a bit because he didnt have his breast plate yet. Adrolin prayed washed and cleaned his kit. ( written from Maugoths Point of view not mine ) :P

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Bath time!

The group traveled North along the river in an attempt to get to the old bandit camp. The river blocked our path and no fording place was found. With food running low we decided to head back to the ford. Along the route we came across a old bridge spanning the river. Maugoth made his way across with a few creaks. Our attempt to cross with the horses failed, with Maugoth falling through into the river. A snake like creature attempted to attack Maugoth in the river , but was distracted by Kern and shot by Adrolin ( while Mikhail was catching Maugoths runaway horse).

We made it to the ford at dusk . While cooking our evening meal a Giant ( bigger than a horse) centipede ridden by a small blue creature blundered into the camp. Adroolins arrows bounced off the creature as did Maugoths axe and Mikhails sword. Kern managed to jump on its back and kill the blue creature. He also grabbed the reigns and caused it to flee. Not before it killed Maugoths Horse.

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Hands, Spiders and rare fruit

After making camp to watch what we presumed was the location of the Stag Lord we didn’t have long to wait.

Upon the next day Maugoth and I left our camp and took position on a nearby ridge watching the outpost.

Soon after a group of 5 riders left. All mounted on horse and wearing dark clothing. Their size suggested humans and from their shapes we presumed aimed with bows.

They didn’t come any closer than around a mile from our position so they weren’t aware of us. We continued to watch them travel off in an Easterly direction at a walking speed.

Later this day we decided that Kern should use his skills of sabotage and subterfuge to gather more information on the outpost. He checked his equipment and we watched him travel off, and soon out of our sights.

Not long after we all heard the cries from Kern and he soon made his way back to us telling us tales of hands and arms coming out of the earthworks around the outpost. He also informed us that he thinks he was spotted so it was time to break camp. A decision to head back to the Bandit Camp within the woods was made.

The travel was at a good pace and without incident until I spotted a bush that contained very rare fruit used in healing. A word with Mikhail and we stopped as a group to investigate.

It didn’t take Maugoth long to get bored of waiting and he crashed into the undergrowth and found out that it was being guarded, guarded by tiny spiders but many thousands of them. Maugoth came running out shouting ‘Get them offs me!’ at which point I suggested he jump into a large puddle of water to try and remove them. He did and it worked. Maugoth was not very keen when Kern threw to him what appeared to be a bar of cleansing soap. It quickly made its way back to Kern.

So the decision is to be made, do we try and get hold of some of this precious fruit…

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