Turn 98 After the fire
After watching and listening to the conversation, Jahl finally
forward and speaks, "Perhaps confronting Reynold is not a good
remember our last conversation with him didn't go too well, and I
forward to a another. I suggest that we just be on our way, I no
feel welcome here."
"I think I'll help out in the... uhh... stable... with
Wulfgar turns and looks at Arilyn stepping close he whispers
in her ear. Before turning his attention back to the group "Yes I
with Jahl I also no longer feel comfortable here, we should
have a quick meeting with the Lord then leave.!"
The bulk of the group heads towards Reynolds office and find it quite busy.
Stepping forward Wulfgar looks around "What's with all the guards
Where is Lord Reynold? I think I speak for us all when I say we
are in need
of some answers before we go.!"
He looks at his old friend and waits patiently for an answer.
Looking surprised he says "I thought you knew?!" pausing in
confusion he says
"But M'Lord said had sent Baldwin to tell you he was heading
out. Then the fire
and.." the man looks seriously stressed out.
"Now this is strange, if he's not in here, why did they let us
quickly looks around the place and when Wulfgar questions his
warrior pauses to listen to his explanation.
Caoimhin looks quickly around the office. "Good sir, given the
recent events, we must assume that this fire was no accident.
meant to do us harm, or at least to send a message that we are not
We are strangers here --- I know not what conflicts are brewing in
land, but we have only one connection: we rescued Lord Reynold's
heir, and in so doing we have somewhere made an enemy."
He rubs his hand along his head, removing his kerchief to scratch
stubbly scalp as he talks. "Unless this was not aimed at
yet checked the cells? I fear the fire might have been a
to allow Antar's confederates an opportunity to free him. If this
happened, Lord Reynold --- and perhaps moreso, young Baldwin ---
grave danger." He turns to look at the party. "We must act
concerns me that Baldwin never reached us; I say we find him first
secure his safety." He turns back to Reynold's aide. "Have you a
or two you can trust? I would strongly suggest that Antar's cell
checked, as soon as possible."
Gareth begins quickly searching the desk, skim the papers, etc…
2 minutes) while conversation unfolds about what has occurred. The
knight bellows for attention from beyond the door, and relays his
directions when they arrive.
"Guards - I want you to find out when Lord Reynold left, direction
travel, and what and whom he took with him. I also want you to
the other guards that Baldwin is missing and quite possibly in
send out a party to alert the lord and escort him back to the
may also have an imposter within the keep’s walls. Share the
among the guards, but confine it there for now; we do not want the
entire keep in a chaotic uproar.
The knight again focuses on Wulfgar’s friend. "Please lead us to
cells. It is quite possible that Antar is either being broken out
in danger of keeping his life - as the only suspect, we need to
with him to find out what in Pikahl’s name is going on here.
let us quickly proceed to the cells. If we cannot find Baldwin
we will split up into the three watches and scour the keep
cell to rooftop."
Arilyn steps up to Wulfgar's friend and leads him to a chair. She
smiles warmly and touches his shoulder, "Just take a few deep
and relax. We are here to help you." Looking into his eyes, she
continues, "Think back. Have you noticed Lord Reynolds behaving
strangely? I don't believe that he would send his son to give us
message when he has guards and court staff to do that. Do you
Lord Reynolds is an imposter, or under a magical spell?"
hand in friendship, "We need your help."
The man resists being lead anywhere, and Arilyn is not strong
enough to force him. As
she speaks up to him towering over her, he answers "The Lord has
always been a bit
different then most, but never have I seen him behave 'strangely'
as you put it. I
suppose it's possible he be under a spell but I've seen no sign of
After sending several guards to search for Baldwin and sound the
alarm, the guard
speaks "The Lord left this morn after speaking with yourselves.
The only order left
was that you were to be our guests and sent on your way in the
morn. I am not
allowed to tell you where he was headed other than it is keep
business. If Baldwin
cannot be discovered, then word will be sent to M'Lord."
Wulfgar turns his head "Well I guess a visit to the cells is not
anymore. Okay people, I think the search is still a good idea.
another way into the wing where we were put for the night?"
"Antar was executed shortly before the fire upon orders of M'Lord
Reynolds. I can
lead you to his body if that is your wish."
Arilyn flares in anger.."That is not only what I wish..that is
Stepping close to Arilyn Wulfgar places his hand upon her shoulder
deep into her eyes. "You come with me Arilyn the boy is more
Callus demands justice then the villian has been has gone to face
explain himself. She will tell either you or me or both of us
wants. Calm yourself let the anger turn into determination to
find the boy.
I ask you again to come with me and help me find the boy, I could
of anyone better to have at my side!" He lets a small frown cross
and turns to Orman. "Yes show me the way to the joining
would be best to split the party here to search for the boy
Gareth, I will
not accept any other ideas as the passageways are to narrow to let
fight. As long as we all tell each other where we are going then
The man turns to Wulfgar, ignoring Arilyn completely "We have been
friends since we were children my friend, and I've done my best to
you and your friends since the moment you arrived, including
misinterpreting my Lord and liege's orders to give you what you
don't have time for this abuse from your friends, especially with
missing. Now if there is nothing more you need? I must find
then if a few of your" emphasis here "Men" pauses "wish to examine
body, I will take you there."
Caoimhin watches Orman carefully, and when he has finished, turns
at Gareth. "It's clear we're not wanted here, friends -- by the
his subjects, nor by whatever villians they are facing. I say
we were on our way. We've got just about everything we're
Seems to me we can be out of this...lovely...keep in no time at
perhaps once we're a few miles away -- but NOT before -- we can
where we're going next."
The flame of anger grows in Arilyn's eyes.."Justice was not
Antar was murdered and we are as much to blame as the man that
his death. Reynolds is not a Lord, he is an abuser of power. I
see what Callus does and if I am not satisfied I will seek my own
Arilyn turns away, looking at Wulfgar's old friend. She take two
steps and tries to punch him right on his nose.
The guards that gareth summoned to the room, enter quickly and
place Arilyn under
arrest for ATTEMPTED assault on the Lord's right hand man.
No words are
spoken but she is
quickly and painlessly restrained between 2 very well muscled
Arilyn tries to shake off the guards..her anger slowly
"Will you tell these 'men' to get their hands off me. You are
being played for a fool or you are a part of this? Are you a part
this or are you a fool? or has your duty to Reynolds blinded you?"
stomps her foot, "Now let me go and let us find the boy..and watch
next time i will not miss!!"
"ENOUGH of this foolishness!" Bellows Wulfgar as he steps forward
his old friend and Arilyn who is now under arrest. "My friend you
have been friends for a long time, Do you trust me?" Without
waiting for an
answer "My friend here has a lot to learn and has only just begun
spiritual teachings. I agree with you that the most important
thing at the
moment is finding the boy. Yet you have guards standing around
office when they should be searching for the child. Release my
friend and I
shall vouch for her should she run off. Which I assure you she
before we either find the boy or answer for her dues. How about
help with the search, I need her assistance to search the damaged
the keep." Turning sharply to Caoimhim "If you wish to leave then
do so now
but do not expect me to be following you! The same goes for all
of you! I
know we have not been treated well since we arrived the fire I
by someone who wanted rid of us and therefore it would be safe to
worry this person. If as someone said the Lord is under the
either magic or an impostor then the death of Antar will be
Turning quickly to Orman "Now do we stand here all day or do we go
boy who is lost and probably very scared?" Turning he motions for
guards to release Arilyn.
Caoimhin turns from the door to look at Wulfgar. His jaw firmly
says, "So be it, old friend. If you have not the sense to get out
rain, I cannot help you. I am on my way to the stables to get my
I urge all of you to follow, but I will not stop you from tilting
windmills if that is truly your heart's calling. I shall return
road and resume traveling in the direction we were heading before
caught in this quagmire. I expect to ride half a day or so, and
then stop to consider where I go next."
He pauses briefly, as the corner of his mouth turns up in a wry
"Perhaps we will meet again, Wulfgar, should you somehow survive
With that, he opens the door the rest of the way and steps into
leaving the door open behind him.
Keldar breaks into tears, wailing and crying like a child upon
arrest. After the negotiated release of Arilyn, Keldar's sobbing
"I don't like it here," He says to Vincas, "people are mean. Why
afraid for the little boy? What might have happened?"
The red-eyed gnome stares up at Vincas.
Orman listens to Wulfgar before speaking. "I trust you with my
life my friend as
you well know. As I am in charge until M'Lords return I will
grant your request.
Let us find Baldwin immediately" he motions for the guards to
Speaking directly to the 2 men he says "Stay here and inform me
at once when
someone reports in. I'll be in the tower tunnel" He heads down
the hall towards
a door and waits to see who will follow.
Vincas puts a reassuring hand on Keldar's sholder. "It'll be
You know how humans can be sometimes. When we get out of here I'll
the whole thing to you, because you seem to be forgetting just a
what's happened, although I'm willing to wager that'll wear off
Turning his attention to the rest of the group he says "Well, so
far I agree
with Caoimhin's idea. If Lord Reynold wanted us gone in the
morning, as his
guard here attested, then I say we go. We're at greater danger
here than on
the road, and we're not wanted here any longer by the Keep's
"I may be new to the group, and a little unfamiliar with the goals
trying to accomplish. But we returned the boy and that should be
the end of
it for us. Lord Reynold is capable of governing his own keep, and
continued presence here against his will is a sure way to draw his
Should he need us again in the future he can certainly contact us.
anything, I say we try to catch up to him, if we can figure out
where he was
"Anyway, I'm going to go with Caoimhin and take Keldar from this
his current state he's probably not able to defend himself, and I
safe here. What say you Reggie? Will you come with us or stay?"
Turning Wulfgar walks to the door after Orman "Coaimhim if you feel you
leave I cannot stop you the same goes for Keldar and Reggie,
however if you
would walk away and leave a small boy lost then what would you do
if any of
the others were in trouble? Walk away then as well? Anyone who
help find the boy come let us get started. Those who leave" he
be it!" He flashes a look at Gareth and turns leaving the room
"I have no business here.", Kay mumbles to herself before turning
Caoimhin, "I shouldn't of left poor Angel by herself for such a
of time with all those strange horses.".
Arilyn looks over to Kay...."Please don't leave. Stay with us and
find the boy." The pleading look in her eyes is genuine..her
wanting a new friend to leave.
Wulfgar smiles at the comments flying back and fore as he steps
and walks to the door. "Yap, yap, yap, this is not finding the
boy is it.
Let us move more quickly people. Please!" He turns his attention
Gareth, "If you would take the others and perhaps check the horses
body, and some of the other areas of the keep for the boy. I will
Arilyn and Catherine and go to search the wing where we were
looks at Gareth and nods as if to say let's get this done and get
out of Dodge. He pulls out a length of rope from his backpack and
Orman out of the door.
Reggie watching all the chaos around him, sits down against a
tips his hat overs his eyes, and says
"Wake me up when everyone has decided what the party is doing" and
tries to catch up his sleep. He then quickly looks up and says
"Or wake me when it meal time" and with that gets back to the hard
You enter the tower, and begin an extensive search. You discover
body of a child, burned beyond recognition. As you mutter to
disgust at the time you spent argueing and fighting the child
arm in your direction.
Wulfgar kneels down beside the boy "My god, who would do such a
deed! Callus I pray to you to give me your strength to save this
to guide me to who did this horrible deed!" He reaches out and
hands on the boy.
Arilyn looks at the body, not quite certain at first that it is a
She steps closer and her head begins to feel light and woozy as
realizes it is a body of a child. When the arm moves, she falls
fright and lands on her back. She tries to control the heaving
that is going on in her tummy..but cannot. As she sees Wulfgar
next to the child, she throws up onto the floor.
Kneeling beside the boy Wulfgar looks at Arilyn, a look of concern
his face but it quickly fades. He frowns into deep concentration
tries to help the lad. "Arilyn I need you to get a hold of
may need to get the others if this does not work." He seems to be
in a semi
trance like state now as he attempts to help the lad.
Arilyn wipes her hand delicately across her lips..her tummy still
heaving and rumbling. She stands and walks closer to Wulfgar and
boy..keeping silent as she looks at the boy, her heart ready to
A tear drops down her cheek and she wipes it away, embarassed at
As Wulfgar kneels and is about to start praying, the boy says
"It....was....my...fault....I'm....sorry...." he then dies before
you can even
begin your prayers.
Arilyn cries out as she sees the life spirits of the boy leave his
body. She grabs the medallion of Callus, pulls it off her neck
throws it at Wulfgar, "How could your god let a young boy die."
runs out of the room, everything fuzzy as tears flow from her
Wulfgar watches Arilyn ripping the medallion from around her neck
complete indifference. He turns his eyes back to the boy as the
hits him he looks at it then picks it up and places it calmly in
He reaches down and lifts the body of the boy into his arms.
walks slowly outside and into the middle of the courtyard, where
he lies the
body down on the ground. He strips off his sword and drops it on
beside him and his backpack gets dropped beside the sword. He
and looks at the boy. "I know not what you meant when you said it
your fault, and I guess there is no way for you to explain it to
There are so many questions and so few answers." He lifts his
gaze to the
skies overhead. "Callus I know you watch over me and your
that this boy was not one of them, forgive Arilyn for what she has
This is hard for someone who has not seen that much death and even
of your servants who has! I wish we had made it a bit earlier and
have attempted to help the lad. For I know he did not mean any
anyone." With that Wulfgar stays kneeling beside the boy in
until the others arrive.
Meanwhile, some of the others go to examine Antars body.
You are lead to the beheaded body of Antar. The body was obviously
prepared for burial before the undertakers left (probably because
fire) and is now simply layed upon a stone table head a few inches
the neck and naked.
Catherine will, if no one else will, handle the body and
(providing the guards allow her to do so). She's no shrinking
has been around corpses before.
The paladin reflexively reaches to the centre of his chest,
cupping empty space. With head bowed, a prayer asking for
understanding and protection of all innocents and those who wish
to return to the side of good, for misunderstandings to be
cleared and truth and sfety to emerge from deception and
confusion. Gareth mentions that he wishes to examine the stables,
cells (who else is down there?) and Antar's belongings, searching
the first two for word of the other two brothers, and the latter
clues on the deception. If the guards resist, the knight bluntly
points out that Antar had been convicted of a crime which would
about the death of the King's personal guards, the same as an
against his person... and Gareth has right to investigate by his
Finding no evidence of foul play, the small group heads for Antars room to examine his effects.
The cells appear empty. Antar owns a few changes of clothes a
hairbrush, 2 sheets of blank parchament, quill and ink, a candle,
no other apparent personal effects.
You find no trace of the boys in Antars room, or the cells.
The knight holds the blank papers up to the light, playing with
angle at which it strikes the sheets, in attempt to read any
impressions left upon them, then returns them (assuming nothing
interesting, keeping them if something there). "Terribly sparse
an advisor to a lord," Gareth remarks to himself.
Assuming nothing interesting is learned further from guard,
head (which the knight carefully examines carefully):
The paladin shakes his head in disgruntlement. "Let us stop by
Wulfgar, Kay, and Arilyn to see how goes their search, then head
the stable to check on the boys' mounts and length since the lads
Meanwhile, the rest of the broken group head for the stables to leave and await the others outside the keep.
Vincas, Reggie, Keldar, Caoihmin, and Kay enter the stable as
leaving. Barbaxle is nowhere to be seen although Jahl swears he
a moment ago. The horses all look just fine. Three guards are
looking in, over, under, and around things big enough to house a
Keldar looks at the guards, starts clapping his hands, and yells
SEEK!!! Then starts giggling like a child. He runs and buries
the cloasest stack of hay that would fit him.
Where is the rest of the group? Barbaxle asks "I thought that you were going to
Reynold and have a talk with him. I heard that Baldwin is missing
Something is very wrong with that situation. I've looked at all
and they seem to be in very good shape, at least whoever tried to
didn't try to harm our steeds."
Vincas will assist Caoihmin and the others prepare to leave.
"So, where to
everybody? I read a tale once about a great abandoned keep in a
somewhere near here. It was rumored to hold vast fortunes, but
were turned into the undead and doomed to guard a powerful
artifact in the
cellars. I wonder which way to that place?"
Kay wanders over to her horse and gives the beast a good look
what we get when we travel with heroes. As for the abandoned
I'm sure there's some sort of library in this dump where we can
maps. We might get lucky and pick up some actual information on
itself beyond what you have heard..As for the undead, I really
just a rumor..I mean, how long has the place been under?"
Caoimhin gets his horse packed quickly, with an angry look on his
"It's not my fault they won't listen to reason. I've been here
I've *seen* how one gets run out of town." He looks up at Kay.
benefit, I suppose, of being a Knight of Pikahl. You never find
yourself at the end of the town guard's pikes, or worse yet, with
mob of townfolk chasing you with stones and clubs." He lashes
of his equipment to the saddle, trying several times to fasten the
knot and eventually giving up in disgust, pulling out the strap
tying the bundle in a different place.
"Barbaxle, I'm heading in the same direction that we were going
we stopped here. The others have decided that they want to
this barony out before they leave. Much as I'd like to stay with
party, I'm just not willing to lose my head over which petty
ruling this stinking vale. You're free to join me if you like;
going to ride out just until I can't smell this place anymore,
wait a while for the rest of the party to catch up -- assuming any
them survive, which seems bloody unlikely to me." He pulls on a
but the edge of the strap slides roughly through his hand. "OUCH!
By the Queen's hairy back, why don't they smooth the edges of
things!?" Wincing, he pulls his hand away and inspects his palm.
"And I don't see myself going into any haunted keeps anytime soon,
with *this* lot. No offense Vincas, but until your friend here
over his second childhood, I'm not taking him anywhere with
flesh-eating ghouls. The whole idea of leaving this keep is to be
*less* danger. I think worst of all would be staying here long
to find the library, hanging out in the library long enough to
some maps that they might or might not have, and *then* going out
looking for FLESH-EATING GHOULS who aren't bothering anyone
enough to stay out of a bloody haunted castle."
He pulls the final knot on his pack, then steps back to inspect
work. A moment passes, then he runs at the nearest pile of hay
kicks the pile with all his might. "Bastard son of a mongrel
he shouts, then huffs back to his horse and begins untying the
that he's just tied in the place where he means to sit.
"Caoimhin!" Barbaxle cries "Please don't leave just yet, wait here with us
for a while.
I don't like the idea of us losing you. Who knows if we will be
able to find
you when we leave. We have been through alot together, PLEASE do
favor and stay. I know that you don't like this place! I think
that I might
hate it more that you, with all the deceiving people and burning
There is nothing that I would like more than to just be in the
forest with the birds chirping and the breeze blowing. Just
staring up at
the blue sky (It is blue right?)......(As he tales off for a
about it Caoimhin?
Without waiting for a response, he then turns to Keldar
"As for you little one, you need to settle down and behave
yourself. I don't
want to have to give you a spankin'."
A pouty face appears, "No fair... I just wanna play too, its...
at Barbaxle's unimpressed face] ... sorry .... I'll be good."
He looks over to VIncas, "What a flesheating gool?".
Arilyn runs in a daze...and finds herself in the stable. She
her horse and lowers her forehead to his neck. She gently rubs
as she feels herself calm back to normal.
After Barbaxle get done talking with Caoimhin, he will turn to Kay
"I don't think that we should leave just yet. I have a bad feeling
rest of the group might need out help. I want to leave this place
much as you, but WE can't leave part of our group behind. I know
we all have
different views about a lot of things, but this one I think we all
in. Never leave a comrade behind! All I ask is that we wait here
Once he is done talking with Kay and the rest of the group.
Barbaxle will go
over by his horse and sets his head on the horses side. He looks
to be in
Caoimhin stops retying the pack to his horse as Barbaxle speaks.
Barbaxle finishes, Caoimhin closes his eyes and breathes deeply
few seconds. At last, he sighs, opens his eyes, and turns to
"All right, I'll stay here until the brat is found, or until they
they're not going to find him. But I'm *not* staying here past
and the first time one of the locals tries to hit me with a rock,
leaving." He finishes tying the bundle, tries moving the pack
to check for stability, and steps away from his horse. A few
later, he turns to Arilyn -- apparently noticing her for the first
time -- and says, "Are you all right? How goes the search?"
"The citizens of this keep weren't pleased with Sir Gareth after
he sat out
the fire. They were muttering something fierce when the smoke was
he was still standing there with Cathy and Wulf-guy. Still I guess
single soul there, with the exception of Arilyn ofcourse, had the
voice their disapproval to his face" While going through her
she watches Caoimhin, "Take it easy there, I can't wait to leave
rat-trap, but you take your time with the ropes, Isn't that right
While everyone else is finishing up, Kay spends a few moments
"Baby talk" with her horse. It's slightly painful to the ears.
returning to her "normal voice", Kay adds, "Keldar, a Fleshing
is basically a dead guy who still moves around and would really
like to have
you for dinner."
Once the saddles are strapped and the ropes are um, roped, Kay
Caoimhin, "So, where are we going?"
Arilyn breathes in deeply, trying to regain her composure, "The
dead..he was burned so badly."
Kay's jaw nearly hits the floor, "What? Where did you find him?
his father?", She frowns, "This is so phoney, I wouldn't be
Vincas's little theory wasn't right on the money. I guess we
better meet up
with the rest of the heroes.."
Looking over to Kay with sadness in her eyes, Arilyn says, "I was
Wulfgar..we found a boys body..and..and it was so badly burned. I
thought he was dead and then he moved his arm. I thought an evil
had taken him but he was still alive." Pausing to catch her
heard him say, 'It was my fault I'm sorry'. Wulfgar was going to
heal the boy but it was to late." Her eyes becoming moist again,
I cannot get the sight of the boys burned body out of my head."
With the "flesh-eating ghoul" discription and the description of
burned boy, Keldar's childishness fleas, replaced with a near
state. He just stares ahead, completely unresposive to voices or
Jahl comes into the stable again from his position in the
makes his way across the room to Arilyn where he offers a
"It was an accident Arilyn, there's nothing you could have
done. It is a
tragedy when a child dies."
Turning to the others, Jahl says, "the Gods frown upon this
sooner we leave, the happier I will be."
Kay bites her lip and pauses for a moment before talking, "Thing
happened back home. Some kid was playing in a barn with her puppy
accidentally knocked over a lantern. It burn down the barn, and
building near it..I assume it's an accident like that, considering
said, has anyone else found any other info, and just where is his
Vincas rushed to Keldar's side. "Oh great, now look at him. He's
of his wits."
He waves his hand in front of Keldar's eyes, looking for a
"By all the Gods I'll be happy to leave this flea-bitten, burned
town far behind me. I felt safer in the woods with the goblins. At
with them you know what you're in for. Since I've been here I've
backfire, someone possibly tried to kill us, the Lord's son, whom
rescued, torched the whole place. Hmm, I wonder who's going to get
for the fire and his death? Let's see, how about the strangers who
storms and drew weapons in the courtyard after the fire, impying a
the Lord of the Keep."
He laughs and shakes his head, tempting fate perhaps "What the
hell else can
go wrong today?"
Reggie steps forward and says
"Rather than worrying about everyone else, Why don't we worry
own? Keldar is obviously very sick, and I very much doubt if there
anyone here that can help him. Let's leave these people to their
grief, regroup and move on"
and with that, Reggie challenges Keldar to see who can get into
saddle of their mount first.
Looking back at Vincas for a minute is the old Keldar. "Bock's
flesh eating ghoul is he... why'd he have to die". The face
staring at you
goes blank again.
As Caoimhin listens to Arilyn's tale of finding the boy, he hangs
and covers his mouth with his hand. At last he lifts his eyes,
hand, and speaks. "I am sorry you had to see such a thing, fair
The monsters and demons that held court for so many years outside
walls hold no horrors worse than that which men inflict on their
He looks around at the group assembled in the stables. "I'm in as
a hurry to leave here as any, but I think that Gareth and the
little reason to stay now. I'd like to find them so that we can
leave together. It shouldn't take more than a few minutes. Jahl,
you care to come with me?"
Everyone heads out of the stables, and in doing so see Gareth and
Catherine standing beside the kneeling form of Wulgar and the
form of a child. Upon closer inspection, you discover the child to
very badly burned and unmoving.
As you prepare to cross the courtyard, you see a figure dressed
kneeling on the ground next to a small prone humanoid figure.
getting closer, you discover Wulfgar clearly grieving, kneeling
the badly charred unrecognizable body of a child.
Walking over to her horse Catherine mounts up then steers it
the gate. "Get Arilyn and the others, I'll wait for you outside
gate...the air in here is starting to get to me."
"Then it pains me to hear that you must wait alone, lady
We have a responsability to help locate the boys of this keep,
that seems to be word, body, or life. I am sure the gods will
a sign if they wish us to do more or less than such simple aid to
those who have offered us shelter. Besides, none of the party has
a rest since last night... might be better for all if we departed
the dawn, not slink away in the night." The knight releases
Catherine's hand and kneels besides Wulfgar. "Friend... is this
indeed poor Baldwin?"
Catherine kicks the horses flanks, and cries "farewell then Gareth. You are all Fools" before disappearing through the gate and exiting the keep.
The paladin removes his gloves, tucking them within his belt
in a deliberate motion. One hand reaches out to rest upon the
body, the other upon the charred brow. A war of sadness and
resoluteness play upon Gareth's features as he begins a prayer,
great Lord Pikahl. Receive to your sheltering breast this small
traveller, who needs thy blessing and guidance even more than most
who grace the heavenly paths. Benevolent Pikahl, your humble
does ask of thee for the boy to be watched over in the next life,
be guarded in afterlife, and for peace to favour his soul. For
sake of the mistakes of the past, the temptations of the present,
the future of hope, so do we ask this of thee. In thy name, may
hope and strength of spirit prevail - Lord Pikahl." Rising
the paladin addresses the child quietly. "Go in peace little
Arilyn stays back from the rest of the group, her shoulders
she leans against the door of the stable. She looks over at the
keeping her eyes away from the boy. She thinks of a young life
will never grow, a death that came far to early. She thinks of
that live to be old and innocent ones that die well before their
She walks with her head held high a look of determination over her
face. Stepping next to Gareth she says, "This place has raised
questions than answers. We must find Reynolds and find out the
This poor boy has died a horrible death and I cannot walk out of
gates and put this behind me. I do not seek revenge..I seek
resolve this. Am I alone?"
The party reunites on a sad note as they discover the burned body
unrecognizable child. Wulfgar holds vigil over the body until
burial. Gareth prays and feels a bit better afterwards. Everyone
torn between leaving, and seeing the child buried and the other 2
children found. As the group debates, Orman returns tears obvious
eyes. "We've found the boys. They're in their nursery with the
They don't know about Baldwin, and I dont plan to tell them yet"
Cole Clutches his holy symbol as he turns away from
the charred remains and sits with his back to it. Even as
news of the other boys safety is relayed the look of grief
and anger are still present. A black stone is nervously
shifting in his hand as he sits and stares at the ground
Jahl sighs sadly as he looks at the burnt child in front of
closes his eyes as Gareth says his prayer.
"Gareth, as much as we all would like to mourne this poor
I think that we should move on. Short of divine intervention,"
a moment as he recollects the last few days and the appearance and
involvment of several Gods. "Short of divine intervention," he
again. "This child is gone from us. There is nothing we can
for him. We can, however, bring some justice to his death by
what has really happened here or we can leave and put the awful
this keep behind us all."
"As our leader Gareth, please lay a course for us and lets
quick on it for I do not wish to spend any more time here than I
With that said, Jahl silently looks about to see what any
Reggie steps forwards and says
"Aren't we all forgetting something? We are all so busy worrying
everyone else, that we have forgotten to look after our own. Poor
Keldar is sick, and no one has suggested getting him some help.
with all this magic backfiring, his brain could have turned in
I think our little friend will wake up from his childhood
dream soon enough. The backfiring of these spells has been
awhile, the side-effects will wear off. We can't leave this town
need guidance the most. Please everyone stay and help found the
The knight kneels beside Keldar and pats his small head. "I am
little one... no one mentioned to me that you were not well. I
include you in my prayers tonight. Barbaxle, I agree that this
needs us, but the lord has ordered that we depart in the morning.
While I suspect something is amiss, we have no proof, and no right
defy the lord’s law. If the guards permit us to remain tomorrow,
shall do so; if we are asked to leave, we must do so. At worst,
can send word to King Arion to send a detachment to formally
investigate the matter, but we must bide by the laws of the land."
"I can't believe that this was an accident." barbaxle says " How can anyone
do this to
a child that has so much to give the world. I don't see how anyone
leave this situation without doing something. I would like to get
answers also! I think our little friend will wake up from his
dream soon enough. The backfiring of these spells has been
awhile, the side-effects will wear off. We can't leave this town
need guidance the most. Please everyone stay and help found the
evil in the
Caoimhin turns his face down and sighs. "All right. I have no
stay here: surely the boy's death is a tragedy, but this is the
of the so-called `nobles' -- mark my words, this Lord Reynold has
place only because one of his fathers committed just such crimes
titles were being handed out. Nevertheless, Baldwin was just a
and nearly innocent for that, and I understand that many of you
He looks around at the members of the party. "But if the lord
wishes us to leave, we go, without further hesitation."
Wulfgar raises his head and tells you he refuses to leave until
child has been laid to rest. Orman concurs and says the child will
prepared for entombment in the family crypt where he will be
tomorrow. He proceeds to send out a party of 4 guards to attempt
locate Reynolds to tell him of the child believed to be Baldwin.
The body is being moved by the undertaker, and Wulfgar goes along
keep vigil over him. What do the rest of you do? It's approaching
midnight and kost of you can barely keep your eyes open you're so
Gareth seeks out a guardsman
secure quarters for the party to sleep; Gareth prays, then goes
nite-nite after his watch is over.
Everyone decides to retire to the stables, except Wulfgar who stays up with the body of the child all night.