Turn 99 Morning at the Keep
You eat, pray and do your absolutions and physical training and
memorization, have a restful night of sleep and have uneventful
As morning advances, you discover the boy will be entombed in 2
Wulfgar appears to be the only one of you to have not slept, based
his rumpled unkempt appearance.
It's hard to tell if Keldar is awake or asleep. He appears to just
staring straight ahead, unresponsive to anything in his vision.
guided up, he stands and follows Vincas's lead.
Gareth fastidiously washes himself and cleans his clothing,
and armour before donning them. "Come, companions; we have a
farewell to attend before we depart this place."
Wulfgar will leave the boy in the morning and find somewhere to
have a bath
and get cleaned up. He will make the effort to clean his weapons
his armour and equipment, to keep his mind clear and focused he
his preparations by going to the battlements and making a prayer
Kay goes through her equipment/cleans, adjusts and places her
whatnot on. "Can't say I'm going to miss this place, or the
Keldar's blank stare suddenly disappears, and he turns to Vincas.
"Eye son. Best we be head'd from here. Mansal demands the boy be
Vincas appears to be even more troubled by Keldar's appearance. He
beside the gnome, shuffling his feet nervously and slowly shakes
"Keldar's worsening. Instead of being himself as a child he now
acts as if
he was a friend of ours who but recently fell in battle. Could one
who have the gift of healing from your god please look at him.
getting any better, and I think if this was a spell side effect it
have worn off by now." The bard looks to the group with a
imploring look in his eyes.
Arilyn walks over to her horse and rubs him gently above his
reaches into her pouch for some sugar and feeds it to her horse.
breathes in the leather smell of her saddle and slides it over her
horse. Silently and effortlessly she mounts her horse and they
of the stable. She pulls on the reins and stops in front of
"the boy's spirit is long gone and I do not see the need to stay
any longer. You would have served the group better by sleeping
of mourning for the life that has departed from person. If you
some type of ritual to soothe your conscience then so be it...but
is an unkind place with evil people and I am leaving now. I will
for the group up the road...hopefully I will find a pond or stream
wash this place off my body." She tilts her head up and nudges
horse...without looking back she rides out.
Wulfgar looks up at Arilyn as she stops her horse in front of him
speaks. With a shake of his head "Whay know you of the wills of
the gods if
you discard them as soon as they embrace you. Who are you to
judge what I
should and should not do? If you had not wasted precious time
yourself into trouble by attacking my old friend then perhaps I
saved the boys life. As it is he is dead and has gone to rest at
of his god. I found out more by staying up all night than you did
getting some sleep. If you wish to leave then it seems to me that
made your choice! So be it!" He turns and walks into the stable
his horse and stow away his spare gear.
Arilyn stops her horse and listens to what she considers the
Wulfgar. After he is done, she slowly turns her head..fire
her eyes. "I will assume that you are tired and distraught and
your words are not meant for me but for yourself. You say...if
this...perhaps that...like it is an excuse. Well 'if' you want to
me then go right ahead."
Kay breaks away from the group to catch up.
"Arilyn! You couldn't just possibly wait just a little longer? I
would be a good idea to show that poor kid some respect, then
going away from this place, hopefully for good. If you really
really need to
get away from here before we do, I'd reccomend not hoping into any
here..These roads are well traveled, and even if we don't get the
we used to, traveling alone, it still isn't that safe..I know all
Arilyn's look softens as she sees Kay and a gentle smile crosses
lips. "Perhaps what i need right now are a few monsters," she
She slides off her horse and walks to Kay. "You are right Kay, I
the boy respect for the loss of his life...it was so very short."
She leans closer to you and whispers, "I think I will always be
with you at my side."
Kay helps Arilyn return to the horse back to the stables. "Just
yourself with that Wulfgar fellow. He seems to be a bit jumpy, and
emotionally unstable, the typical trait of a warrior, one that
very long! Come to think of it, most of these folks you travel
with are a
bit on the strange side. Like that gnome who thought he was a boy,
a dead dwarf, and there's that Gareth fellow..Is he really a
knight or just
a knave?" She looks up to see if the group's still in sight, "We
catch up with the others.."
Arilyn listens closely to Kay, nodding and smiling.
"Wulfgar is able to heal and he is very fond of his god,
wants me to train with him and to study the teachings of Callus.
accepted a medallion of Callus from him but just recently I got
and threw it back at him," whispered Arilyn.
Arilyn moves closer to you, her shoulder lightly touching
"Wulfgar is very true to the path he follows and he is very
She brushes her fingers lightly across yours as we walk to the
"Now Gareth..he can go on and on and on," she laughs. "Perhaps
can ask him a question and see how long the answer will be," she
"The gnomes arrived just about the same time as you and I have
spoken to them. But you know gnomes...strange they are."
"Ouch!", Kay stops and stares into Arilyn's eyes, "When you did
didn't just reject his goddess.." Quickly remembering where they
supposed to go, she walks on, "I don't really think we pick our
just seem to find us and embrace us..Sort of like Lent, the god of
and adventurers.That fits me to the tee, as Callus, the
red-faced god fits Wulfgar. As for Gareth, he seems to be a nice
I'm having my doubts about this whole Pik-Knight business. The
I heard growing up, had these guys as
that was true, he would of been the first one to the fire, leading
inspiring the others to put out that fire And more than once he
risked his own life to run into the burning building in search of
was trapped inside..Instead, he just stood there. It really
"You are right Kay, Gareth really acted strange during the fire.
then he tried to cover-up his inaction and that even made it seem
worse." Arilyn's eyes brighten. "Do you have a god that you
Is Lent your god? I have never heard of him?"
"I see that I am not the only one who finds funerals boring,"
as he walks up to Arilyn and Kay. "Besides, I would rather be
distance from this keep if I had the choice. Besides, it is too
fine a day
to be waiting inside this keep, don't you agree?"
Arilyn looks over to Kay, a very dubious look on her face. "Are
pulling my leg...is there really a god named Lent?" She laughs
heartily. "If you you woke up one day with a strange tatoo,
somebody else woke up with another notch on their sword."
Arilyn tries to stop laughing. "I would love to see you without
Catching her breath. "Yes we should pay our respects. It is the
thing to do."
Kay again comes to a halt, "Yes! There is a god named Lent! Just
musician, any bard..Hell, just step into any tavern, and you'll
than a few.", She quickly returns to walk'n, "As for the tattoo, I
like to think it was given to me by Lent himself, sort of an
at the time, I was sixteen, so I, er you know." The warrior's face
little red, "Besides, I had a sort of bodyguard with me during
years..He would of clobbered any weirdo who tried to sneak in
while I was
sleeping, and before anything wicked pops up in that elven brain
he wasn't human, but a trained gnoll..Basically the best of both
man and beast."
"So, who do you follow?"
Arilyn smiles as she sees her friend approach. She slaps Jahl on
back. "It is a wonderful day. It seems we all have gone our
ways and I have missed you. I hope you have stayed out of
Arilyn looks over to Kay and grins, "I cannot count the number of
that I have pulled Jahl out of the jaws of certain death."
smile is warm and she is so happy as she walks together with Kay
"...Yes, Lent is the god I follow...You probably don't know much
since there aren't any official temples out there, well, besides a
tavern full of song and wine..Wandering and wine's what he's all
woke up one-day with this strange tattoo, it's supposed to be his
and I've seen it on the lutes and bazookies of bards before. I'll
when I'm not incased in chain."
When Jahl strolls by, she frowns, "I don't care for the 'typical'
well, none at all, but I know that these folks will be in black,
beating their breasts..Ofcourse this is a kid were talking about..
years ago, I attended the funeral of a well-known bard, John
was held at a huge tavern, er "Purple Dragoon", I think, and there
huge party going on, with John propped up at the head of the
friends told jokes and stories about the guy all night long..They
find the bard's body after the thing was over...Weird.", Kay
pauses for a
second and adds, "I'll have to pop over there, even if it is for a
just to give the kid the respect he deserves..We should all."
Barbaxle rides up.
"Yes, I do agree its a nice day to do some traveling. I say
that we go
for a little ride and see if we can find a place to enjoy the
beauty that is
around us. Its not wise to go too far from town, geesh! Do I sound
Gareth or what..Hehehe...I've been with him for such a long time
sometimes I start to think like him. I hope that its not
though it is good for us to think a like when we are in dangerous
as often as we are. I hope that I didn't embarrass myself with the
I acted during the fire. Its just that I don't like towns that
prefer the wide open space in-between the towns and cities." As
takes in a deep breath "Ahhh!! Isn't that just the best smell in
Wulfgar looks around for
Gareth. Upon finding him he says, "Gareth! "It would appear that the boy started the fire by
accident in his
hurry to get to us."
"Carelessness... it could have killed many peop- wait... this was
garnered from Callus, I gather?" Gareth asks interrupting.
"He wanted to tell us that Antar told him
Reynold is not
his real father!! It appears that could answer our question as to
Reynold showed no reaction upon the return of his son." Wulfgar
continunes, looking at
Gareth to see what he has to say.
The knight nods his head slowly. "So it would, though poor excuse
is for such treatment of the boy. Antar would likely have learned
fact from his position as advisor... something does not make
When we returned, Antar had already been convicted and jailed,
visitors allowed, so the lad could not have found out afterwards
unless there happened to be a hidden passage into the cells, one
we missed. Moreover, why tell the boy last night? Why not before
left for years of training? Why would Antar submit a false
Why would the lad come to us and not his trusted friends or
within the keep? Certainly he knew he could trust us, but why
to confide in us? Did Reynold's simply want the bastard or
out of his home... why?" Gareth paces the stable lane as he
to piece together the puzzle: step, step, step, pause and turn,
step, step, pause and turn...
"What insights do you have on this Wulfgar? We gain one answer
which fashions more queries."
Wulfgar watches the Knight pace the floor. "Well actually I spoke
boy last night!" A smile crosses his face as he watches the
"Another of my hidden talents!" He adds as he shrugs the
questioning look on
Gareth's face away.
"I had always wondered what it would be like to have the range of
powers granted to many of the priestly orders... but Pikahl's
are more suited to the role we play as his servants, and the close
bond with him is a reward I would not change for anything."
Wulfgar walks to his horse and pats it's neck. "I
understand it either! Why come to us? Perhaps Antar was his real
and Reynold sent the false ransom! This way Reynold tried to get
rid of the
boy whilst seeming to want to rescue him and also allows him to be
Antar without anyone questioning him!"
"The thought had also occurred to me, Wulfgar." Gareth replies "Yet, how did the
find out about the truth of his father?"
"I do not understand what is
here and I am in need of sleep before I try any more thinking on
the matter." Wulfgar says.
"What are your thoughts on leaving this place after the funeral?
Do you wish
to leave? If you wish to stay I think I better check on Arilyn as
I feel I
said to much outside and have maybe upset her a little." He turns
at the Knight a tired look on his face he leans against the
nearest post and
rubs his face with his hands.
The knight sighs briefly in thought. "I am... uncertain." Gareth
shrugs his great shoulders, softly jingling the mail protecting
body. "While something feels to be amiss, we have no proof of
wrong-doing on anyone's part, and an order to depart today. While
could push matters with my authority from King Arion, I do not
the justification and righteousness of action to do such. I
we will have to depart after the funeral unless we are given a
Meanwhile, as Wulfgar and Gareth speak, the others continue to ready themselves for attending the funeral.
Cole Packs his gear,Readies his horse,and tries to
assist Keldar. Since the gnome seems to be taking this
harder than the others, Cole tries to talk to him and
offers every assistance and condolences he can.
"Eye, ye speaks like ol' excited Keldar. Yes ya can help.
find me battle axe! There's a head that needs splitin' a'fore the
spirit can rest."
"Um, what are you talking about....Bock. What do you know about
Vincas waits for an answer, a puzzled and flustered look on his
"This appears as murder most foul. Only a coward would kill a
way. We've gotta find the fiend and bury mw axe in 'is 'ead! Where
Gareth stops on his exit from the stables upon hearing the curious
exchange, and kneels beside the addled gnome. "Greetings... Bock?
am Sir Gareth Arr, a servant of Pikahl. We wish to act also, but
the tale of the happenings around the boy. We know he died by
accident, but who tried to have him killed? What is Antar's and
Reynold's involvement in this problem? Who was Baldwin's true
Are the other children in danger? Please tell us what you know
are to put Baldwin to peaceful rest."
You get a very puzzled look in response. "I just know what the
buch uv us
muckin' about found out... How'd I know more'n'you?"
A hopeful visage drops from Gareth's face. "You race is
for its resoucefulness; I thought perhaps you had heard something
while I was elsewhere. My apologies for confusing you."
Arilyn leaves the keep, as Gareth and Wulfgar speak amongst
Everyone else prepares for the funeral and departure. A bell tolls
signifying the start of the funeral procession.
Gareth approaches Barbaxle and Jahl as the knight turns from
inspecting a mount near Emperor. "Friends... it is bound to take
time at this funeral, much of it likely indoors at the keep's
Perhaps you might feel the need to wander outside the fort's
the paladin suggestively questions with a pointed glance at the
"I think that would be wise Gareth," Barbaxle says "I would like to get out
place also. I think I will go catch up with her. We will be just
outside of the keep, I will be looking for you in a little while."
"Thank you, my friend. As always, you can be relied upon when
doth present itself. I shall endeavour to return as promptly as
possible with the party." Gareth replies.
"Hmmm," Jahl ponders quickly. "A brisk ride outside the walls
keep does indeed sound like a wonderful idea." With that, Jahl
things and takes his vile riding beast out after Barbaxle and
Wulfgar walks outside and watches the procession go by before
A heavy tired look on his face he walks in complete silence with
hung low. He is deep in thought and concentration.
The knight carefully places his bedroll and backpack at the back
the stall with his mighty roan. Snapping crisply, the auric-azure
tabard marches towards the sound of the bells.