Turn 96 Fire in the Keep
Everyone bathes, eats their fill, ands sits in the commen room
discussing thier lives. Suddenly as you sit there talking and
the door is flung open by a guard. "There is a fire in the keep!
leave now!" he stands aside urging you to quickly move out of the
story rooms. You smell the thick smoke and know there is no way
the way you came in.
"Well, there was the time we ran into the human avatar of Lent
and we all
ended up with his mark.", She points down to her navel which is
by the god's symbol."He appeared after.". Her story is interrupted
fire shouting guard, "Oh cripes on toast! I just knew this was to
good to be
Kay quickly rushes into her bedroom, and tosses on her
cloak. "This is so typical.", she mutters to herself while
snapping on her
belt and scabbard. Whatever can't be worn is stuffed into her
which she quickly straps on. Her chainmail armor is the last to be
and is carried along with her.
Take the rest of the sheets and wrap them
your bodies, put on your gear, and wrap the waterlogged blankets
o'ertop. When we move out, I want everyone to crawl along the
stay beneath your blankets. Follow the person in front of you -
Wulfgar, you take point; guard, you will lead everyone back out,
will go last to make sure the everyone else is out and that no
left behind on our exit. Fill your waterskins and wineskins with
If we can move the tubs well enough, I also want a couple of them
brought with us; half-full should not be too heavy, and they
provide enough water to damp down fire-covered passages. If the
gets too hot or you see fire ahead, call it down the line,
If anyone has any alcohal or oil on them, I want it left here."
Catherine, who was quite enjoying her stay, leaps to her
feet. "Must be
something that wasn't made of stone nor affected by the rain,
where is it?"
Then quickly grabs her stuff, jumbles it all into a blanket then
Keldar gives a frustrated look when the guard warns of the fire.
place, food, an' it's gotta burn down before a good sleep." He
looks up at
the sky, "WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS!!!! WHY CAN'T YA LET ME REST!!!!
AWAY ME MAGIC, ME FRIENDS AN' NOW THE ONLY COMFORT IN A MONTH!!!!
NEXT!!!!" HE throws a chicken-bone that he'd been gnawing on at
Suddenly embarrassed by the looks the others are giving him,
quickly picks up his gear, takes off his cloak and sweeps the left
food into is, and rolls it up like a sack, then grudgingly jogs
door behind the others.
"Fantastic!" Vincas yells, kicking a table leg. "This trip just
getting better and better. What's next, a storm that rains fire on
He pouts for a moment and then follows Gareth's plan. Staring at
he says "All I'm asking for is a little rest, drink and song. Is
much?" He shakes his head and gathers his gear.
Keldar follows Garth's advice, but refuses to give up the bundle
in his cloak.
Arilyn feels a rush of fear race through her as she smells the
smoke. She tries to control her urge to run out the door but
stops...knowing that Gareth's words are wise. She twists her head
searching for Kay, feeling a light shiver flow through her as she
Jahl listens eagerly and intently as everyone shares their
experiences yeat at the same time he seems to get increasingly
quiet. As the door bursts open Jahl almost seems relieved by the
It takes but a moment for the full force of the guard's words
to sink in.
Just as everyone else in the room skurries to grab their
jumps up and rushes to gather his own gear.
When Jahl returns from the room where he had stored his
quickly sets himself to the tasks that Gareth had barked out. As
soon as he
is finished Jahl does what he can to help anyone else out.
Throughout the madness, Jahl demands of the guard, "where did
start and is anyone else in danger? How is the Lord or his
After Gareth returns, Jahl nods his agreement to his order.
be the last one out!"
As everyone else crawls out the door, Jahl takes a few moments
from one room to the next making certain that all has left. Then
crawls out after.
"Are there any children in the keep?" Catherine demands of
Reynold's men who may be near by. "Grareth, once we're outside we
see about forming a bucket brigade from the central well. With
men and ourselves we should have plenty of people to do so...er,
find out just where the fire is."
"They should all be out by now." the guard moves quickly down the
now try not to breathe the smoke!" The flames make the walls feel
very hot to the
touch and as you pass the second floor doors, you can see flames
underneath them. as you pass the second floor doors, from behind
you, you hear the
timbers falling throwing major sparks down the hall in your
"Www-hat, (as Barbaxle head turns left and right a pale look
over his face) I knew I shouldn't have stayed in the stupid
After that he goes and gets this leather armor and puts it in has
with the other stuff stored in there. Grabing only his scimitar,
his cloak around his head and clothed body. Jumps in the tub and
soaking wet. When he comes out of the room, he heads straight for
He will not let anyone block his way your can see a crazed look on
Nothing is going to stop him from getting out of this place.
Wulfgar rolls to his feet picking his gear up (Not hard as he
it far from his person anyway.) Moving to the door he kneels down
it placing the back of his hand close to it. Looking around he
the others to hurry "Come on, move your sorry backsides a bit
Gareth I would suggest you put a wet cloth on your hands if you
carry your armour!"
As you step into the courtyard, you see several people milling
Children and elderly seem to be huddled several yards away in
safety as men are beginning to form a chain to pass buckets
burning walls. Fire can be seen shooting out the windows of the
wing where you were housed on all 3 floors now although the
seems to be the worse. Reggie steps back as you decide if you
join the line or not and shouts some words. The fire seems to
momentarily recede as Reggie vanishes instantly from sight. In
stands a fat purple duck with a gold colored bill.
Wulfgar looks around at the people then at the funny duck which
appeared. "Okay people we are obviously not wanted here it seems
only fire is in the wing where we were given rooms!". Drawing his
think perhaps a few final words with the Lord before we leave" He
looks around to see if Lord Reynold is in sight his eyes burn with
"And someone pick up the duck before he gets eaten!"
Catherine steps in front of Wulfgar and closes her hand
around the blade
of his sword - tightly. Ignoring cuts now in her hand she gazes up
man. "And just what are you planning to say to him that requires
Look, running him through won't solve our problems and only add to
agree, perhaps we have over stayed our welcome, granted, but it
matters any by you
plunging your sword through his head...no matter how good that
I can't say I have never met the man. Besides, we're out
numbered. Please, put your sword away."
Arilyn quickly joins the chain of people..nodding her head to
either side of her..letting them know that she is here to help
she passes buckets she says, "Look at that duck, it is a sign from
gods for you to tell me whatever you know about Lord Reynolds and
fire. It is a gift from the gods..now speak."
"I think another spell backfired again.", Kay corrects Arilyn,
stop talking to the duck, or someone will have you committed.",
comment is said with a wicked smile.
She spends a few moments to place her armor on properly and once
is in order, Kay grabs a bucket and joins the others. "Come on
directs this to Gareth and Catherine, "Stop gabbing and help us
Wulfgar looks at Catherine as she grabs his sword, "Remove your
my sword! You may have been sent by my goddess but do not try my
Perhaps you would be better to help the others put out the fire."
seem to dance with a life of their own, "Running him through was
not what I
had in mind but there are a few things that need to be sorted out,
tried to kill us and there is always a need to be prepared to
ourselves." He lifts his free hands and placing it on Catherine's
and with a quick push nudges her away. "You have not been with
and no me not to keep interfering so step aside or help the
Gareth's iron grip encloses Wulfgar's wrist like a manacle as the
approaches the exchange. "Since the smoke coming from the fire is
heavy, you must not have seen Catherine when you so recently
but knowing you, you will properly apologize for an action that
to strike a lady, yes?" Gareth's voice drops to level hearable
Wulfgar and Catherine (though the latter is obviously not intended
hear). "Jayar was the last person in our group to overreact and
for blood; 'his' actions killed another, remember?" The paladin
straightens and booms a call to the assembled peoples. "The duck
sign, but everyone's presence her is... there is time for talking
afterwards... for now, let us put our that fire; watch for falling
Wulfgar looks at Gareth as he grasps Wulfgars hand "Release your
Knight I did not hit anyone I dislike anyone grabbing my weapon.
yourself suspect Lord Reynold and that is my view also, I think
tried to kill us with this fire as it is only in our section of
the keep. I
intend to defend us if someone should attack and I never said I
was going to
run anyone through I said Lord Reynold had to answer for some of
and answer he will. I am offended Sir Knight that after all this
side so quickly against me in what can only be judged as a
miss-understanding of my words and no more." Wulfgar turns his
from the Knight a look of doubt crossing his face. He turns back
Catherine, "If my words lead you to believe that I intended to run
the Lord then my lady you do not know me well yet unlike some
others in our
company I can forgive you your actions. A servant of Callus will
seldom strike the first blow in a fight. . You have hurt your
please allow me to heal the wound." He reaches out and runs his
over the wounded area, healing it at a touch.
Wulfgar looks at Gareth as he grasps Wulfgars hand "Release your
Sir Knight I did not hit anyone I dislike anyone grabbing my
You yourself suspect Lord Reynold and that is my view also, I
someone tried to kill us with this fire as it is only in our
I am offended Sir Knight that after all this time you side so
against me in what can only be judged as a miss-understanding of
words and no more."
Gareth looks deeply at Wulfgar. "You know well that I champion
defending, not attacking, and that I consider protecting this
very important issue to me, Wulfgar, just as I treasure you as a
and companion in arms. Your words," the paladin suggestingly taps
bared blade dripping with Catherine's blood, "were not in the
have come to expect of you and rely upon. In front of an
Reynold's people you mention that he must be made to account for
something and draw a blade with fury in thy eye. How
appears things to the many watchers around us? Their favoured
men rescue the strangers, who promptly suggest threatening him
Reynold's armed guardsmen around? Not the most pleasant manner in
to secure their aid." Gareth releases his grip and pats Wulfgar
shoulder. "I agree with you that we must speak with Reynold, for
also wonder at him and his actions. Lady Catherine and I both
your actions ripe to be miscontrued by others... and pushing a
also unlike a certain half-elf I know. We all can react a little
than is prudent, myself most definitely. I think lord Reynold
an appointment with us, however." Gareth steps aside for Wulfgar
heal Catherine and strides swiftly towards the group putting out the fire.
Wulfgar looks back at Catherine and Gareth, shaking his head he
backpack to the ground and opens it and checks the contents for
Muttering to himself as he does this and shaking his head again
re-fastens the flap. He then checks his bow and quiver for fire
Standing up straight Wulfgar looks to the sky and raises his arms
glistening in the moonlight. "CALLUS!!!" He yells out.
After Barbaxle gets out of the house, he tries to find the most
space available and kneels down. While he tries to calm himself,
watch the fire brigade try to extinguish the fire. He does see a
commotion between Gareth, Wulfgar, and Catherine, but can't hear
are saying over the screams of the people. As the fire is put out,
re-join the group.
Keldar looks down at the duck, with a confused face. "Duck don't
right. I'd taken him for a sow or boar, not a duck." Shaking his
"Seems that magic's really goin' wacky now. Cummon
Think that yer in line fer a reward after that one. Lets go find
ownera this thing and get yer reward."
Keldar seems completely oblivious of the argument a sword drawing
happening around him. A dreamy smile has crossed his face, and
a child observing the wonders of the world.
Catherine squeezes her now healed left hand tightly around
for comfort as she waits patiently for Wulfgar to finish. When he
looks at him imploringly. "We have a task to perform and the
forget this and move on. I am not going to patronize you, but I
had to prove
to you that I was just as serious as you were."
Wulfgar looks at Catherine and smiles a warmth in his eyes and it
leaving you feeling uncertain. "You did what you felt you had to
do and I
respect that in another, I know that we will survive this and
bring peace to this area once again. However you must remember
that I felt
the party was in danger and I acted as I would expect others to
and that was
in a defensive manner by being ready o defend us should we have
attack. I am not the type of person to fly of the handle and go
people through even if their actions had warranted it. I feel
that Gareth after all the time we have spent together obviously
trust me enough or know me well enough to realise this. I hold no
feelings towards anyone, but please do not ever grab the bared
blade of a
person you do not know, for what would I have done if my blade was
and I did not have and cure?" A smile crosses his face and he
and looks deep into Catherine's eyes, he raises a hand and places
it on her
shoulder "Welcome to our little group Catherine!" Without another
he turns and looks around now that the fire has been extinguished
to make sure everyone is present and safe.
While helping to fight the fire, Arilyn looked over to Wulfgar and
Catherine..trying to figure out what was happening. She was
hear what was said but was very much aware of the tension in the
between the two. She wishes she had acted faster and as she walks
to them with a pail of water she hears what they are saying.
stopping, she throws the pail of water over them both. "Do you
you can find a better time to prove how the brave and honourable
both are? Wulfgar..I had thought you had better control of your
temper..and Catherine, grabbing a blade with your bare hand shows
definite lack of judgement. Are you both under a spell that has
you act like spoiled children?" In a huff Arilyn runs back to the
that need her aid.
Vincas looks from the now extinguished fire, to Reggie the duck,
"Umm, Keldar...did you do all this." He says, waving his hand at
quickly extinguished flames. "I mean, great feats of magic from
expect, but Reggie? Gods, he's full of surprises."
Vincas crouches down and peers intently at the duck. "Yep, that's
two ways about it. His stomach's rumbling."
He watches the exchange between Wulfgar, Catherine and Gareth with
but doesn't say anything. When tempers have finally cooled he
nods. "It's good to see that you all have our safety in mind.
with a group of this size makes me feel quite safe indeed.
actions have reminded me of a dear friend recently lost, and for a
could almost hear him bellowing out commands."
He smiles, enjoying his far away memories for a moment longer
returning to the smoldering reality around him. He sighs and
and soot from his yellow shirt. "Ughh, this will never come out.
And I just
put this on."
The black bag at his feet opens, and he begins digging around
all apearances the large bag that he travels with hold little
clothing. He produces a conserative (for him) blue shirt and
Keldar beams up at Vincas, with a child-like smile. "Magic is
Magic always saves the day." He then goes back to petting the
As the bucket of water covers him and Catherine Wulfgar looks at
laughs "Well, there you go, out of the frying pan into a bucket of
ha! ha! ha!" He turns to Catherine and extends his hand "Let us
behind us and start afresh my friend? Now that the fire has been
let us see who can give us some answers?" He slides his sword
sheath and waits a moment to see if Catherine will shake his hand
does fine if not then he turns and walks away to where Arilyn and
who helped fight the fire are standing.
Catherine looks at Arilyn then looks at Wulfgar then
whispers to Wulfgar
as Arilyn runs off. "First lake we come across she goes in, 'kay?"
Wulfgar looks at Catherine and smiles "She has a lot to learn
about the ways
of Callus" Then walks away.
Once the fire is all taken care of, Kay finds her way to Arilyn,
I overheard the three wise kings over there saying that this was
of attempt on out lives..If so, we're not talking about really
assassins..I mean, if they actually knew what they were doing,
they would of
at least waited till we were asleep, did something that guard, and
up that door somehow. Then we'd be in trouble..And there was
food, it was there before us, and somebody with half-a-brain could
poisoned it without anyone knowing it." She dusts off her hands
adjusts her armor and glances at the non-soot-covered three,"Guess
below them to help. Figures."
After giving a dirty look to the argueing members of the party,
picks up the purple duck, starts singing a childhood song, and
towards the closest guard standing around.
He stands infront of the guard, holing the dick up to the guards
(well... as close as he can manage).
"'scuse me sir, but this duck made the fire go out through magic.
you should get your boss to give him a big reward..." Keldar holds
duck against his head "... and something to eat too. Magic makes
The guard looks down at the childlike face of the gnome and is
struggling very hard not to smile. "I don't know about a reward
my lad, but
I'm sure you can find him something to eat in the kitchen." He
a door several yards to the left of the burned wing and
Tears start to well in the gnomes eyes. "But the duck saved the
maybe the town. IT'S NOT FAIR. HE DOES MAGIC, AND GET TURNED TO A
HELP YOU, AND YOU DON'T HAVE A REWARD FOR HIM. WHAT KIND OF A
With his yells, then gnome bends his knees quickly with each
giving the impression of jumping, without leaving the ground.
Jahl comes back to where he had deposited his equipment
drenched in sweat
and covered in soot. As he gathers his stuff, he speaks
"So much for the bath I had taken," he says with a lopsided
lucky nobody was hurt in that blaze. It grew much too fast to be
accident," Jahl says soberly. "I think somebody doesn't like us.
think it would be the Lord though. What Lord would sacrifice his
try to kill us? It must be someone else."