Chronicles of Bronze

Medicine

The party awoke to the coughing fits of Airest, the group’s cleric. The doctor who had been summoned by the kind innkeeper told the group that the illness was not life-threatening, but would take many days to totally recover from it unless she was given a special draught of medicine. The doctor had all but one ingredient in stock and told the gnoll bodyguard and the druid what plant was needed to finish the medicine. Both of them recognized the plant he was describing, Green Amaranth he called it, and the doctor circled on their maps where the last known locations of the weed was. Both the gnoll and the druid recognized the farthest area as the spot where they had found Kendall and Thorn recognized the other area as the spot where he and the cleric had fought the corpse eaters. The doctor packed up and went downstairs for breakfast, leaving Yosephine and Thorn to decide their courses of action. Yosephine decided to make for the nearest location that might have the plant, the mound of corpses while Thorn decided to wait with Leopoldi by the cleric’s side. As soon as Yosephine was a few minutes gone, Thorn made his way to the market place with his own personal agenda to attend to. Yosephine made it without incident to the treeline and then stumbled through the forest, barely able to keep her feet from stepping on twigs as she walked. When she entered the clearing where the bodies lay, she noticed a hulking creature standing at the edge of the mound staring at her. She looked the creature over and recognized it as a dire armadillo and knew that it would not attack her unless she gave it reason. Doing her best to not give it one, she edged around the corpse pile to look on the far side of the clearing for the plant. As the armadillo decided to ignore her it started to root around the corpses, turning bodies over looking for something. Yosephine paused in her search to watch the armadillo as it turned over a corpse then pounced a cockroach trying to scuttle away before flipping another corpse and making a feast of a 3 foot long maggot. Slightly disgusted at the apparent feast of the armadillo, Yosephine noticed the entire pile was slightly pulsing with motion and also noticed that the armadillo had just uncovered a bit of metal that looked valuable even from this distance. Being careful to not disturb the hungry armadillo rooting around for treats, the druid carefully leaned over to pick up the object that she found out to be a Heavy Steel Shield of Dwarven craftsmanship. As she slung the treasure over her shoulder, 2 hulking maggots rose out of the mound to confront her, as if to try and deny her the find. Instead of directly confronting these tooth-filled horrors, she got the attention of the armadillo and got it to spot the maggots, at about the same time they reached Yosephine. The first bite got the druid square in the thigh and the paralytic saliva took effect immediately, dropping the druid to the ground. The armadillo at this point had tucked into a ball and slammed into the larger of the two morsels and was proceeding to stomp on it till it stopped moving. Recovering from the paralysis, Yosephine drew her scimitar and started hacking at the maggot facing her, striking many cuts along the creature’s length but needing the aid of the armadillo to bring it down finally. As the armadillo stomped the last time before starting to eat the flattened meals, two shiny objects were kicked up from the corpse pile, a wand of impressive value and a mostly clean suit of splintmail. Collecting these and leaving the armadillo to its meal, she searched for the plant and found it very quickly, harvested it and made for the town again. Reaching the inn and passing the plant to the doctor, she noticed that Thorn was missing and decided to get some tea to pass the time while the cleric came too. Meanwhile, Thorn had made his way to the market place and used the card to find Paeleus, now set up in a front row shop as a gift from the leader of the Skins as Thorn found out. After asking many questions about the inner workings of the underground and the gangs of the city and getting little more than a promise to pass on the message if he got the chance, Thorn asked for a shampoo that would allow him to see magically hidden objects. Upon seeing Thorn’s reaction to the price, Paeleus offered an alternative, bringing one ingredient would cut the cost in half, two to a quarter of the price and bringing all three ingredients would make the item free. Thorn was very interested in that and Paeleus wrote down the ingredients on a piece of parchment for Thorn, gave him a magical pouch that held many different empty phials, and went back to selling his wares. Thorn made for the inn, arriving about the time Yosephine was espying the armadillo and confronted Kendall, asking Kendall about slaves and where to find them in Malteton. Kendall said he had no idea that there were any in the area and then brought up a curiosity that he had stumbled across in his wanderings along the tree line for fruits, that well out of sight of the city, there were guards making sure no one passed too far to the west, though there appeared to be nothing to guard. Thanking Kendall and making sure that Kendall knew not to say anything Thorn hastily made for the tree line and then stalked off to the west in search of these guards. As he approached the upgrade in elevation, he made to change his fur so that he would not be recognized in his natural color elsewhere. As his fur changed to blue and green patterns, a voice emerged from behind him, “That’s a nice trick.” Freezing in place, Thorn slowly turned around to see two orcs in full plate and armed for a war standing over him. After a brief exchange wherein Thorn tried to persuade the orcs into letting him continue on to see what was beyond and then trying to persuade the orcs into passing on his offer to their boss, he was turned back towards the city. On his way back, Thorn decided he may as well attend to the second clearing where they had located Kendall the day before to try and find some Green Amaranth and perchance acquire one of the ingredients for the shampoo. Disregarding safety, Thorn boldly strode into the forest, making it to the clearing without incident and quickly locating the needed plant, albeit, half-eaten as the doctor had warned that it was a favorite of herbivores. Thorn then went back to the purple banana tree he had seen last time and spent a few minutes trying to climb it for a banana. After several botched attempts and the taunting smell of amusement from unseen creatures, Thorn finally made it to the top and retrieved a banana. Upon returning safely to the ground, he grabbed a leaf and wrapped it around the banana after which he sat down, proffering it to the unseen creatures he knew were there. Several minutes went by until he heard a bird cry unlike any other he had ever heard, turning to hear where it came from in hopes of seeing it. Intent on watching for this bird, he didn’t notice the banana disappearing out of his hand till the creature was trying to get what was in his hand. He dropped the rest of the banana on the ground, keeping the peel and what was left of the leaf before hearing the interesting bird again and looking to see if it was nearer. Looking back he saw the banana had disappeared from the ground and Thorn decided he may as well head back to town. As he made his way out of the clearing, he noticed a purple cloud floating towards him, tentacles grasping in his direction. Drawing his axes, Thorn leapt into combat with the creature. A long fight of being dragged into the center of the cloud and being crushed before bursting out and striking at it left Thorn on the brink of collapse by the time the creature fell in a pile of purplish black sludge. Reaching into the pouch Paeleus gave him, he collected a sample of the goop before resting against a tree. Leopoldi emerged from behind an adjacent tree and started to quietly yowl and nudge Thorn, indicating the path back to town. After his respite, Thorn made for the town arriving at the inn to find Airest up and around sitting at the common table drinking tea with Yosephine. They explained that they had sent the cat out looking for Thorn since he had been so late at coming back. He grunted and sat down to fully recover from his battle and without so much as a word on his injuries Yosephine asked about the purple goop on his boot. He shrugged the question off, choosing to reply “Creature,” instead of going into great detail. Airest and Yosephine made for the market street to get her treasures identified by a professional. Entering the street, they both noticed a Dwarven arms-dealer’s shop set across from where they stood. Approaching he gave them his full attention, knowing they had a good chance of possessing coin enough for his wares and likely would have a need for them at some point if not right then. Handing over each item, the Dwarf studied them and quickly informed the pair what the items were as he knew it but was unable to tell what the wand was good for and suggested the “new magic man in town” for the true identification of the wand. Yosephine gifted Airest with the splintmail she had found and they made for the ‘magic man’ after Airest sold her old armor to the nice Dwarf who had helped them. Upon reaching the ‘magic man’s’ storefront, they recognized the face of Paeleus behind the counter and exchanged pleasantries before asking about the wand. Once the wand’s worth and magics were made known to the pair they decided to make for a local tavern for information about the going’s on of the local gangs. The pair did their best to get information out of several tables of patrons but did little more than draw attention to themselves and admit that they had a major part in the gang fight that had erupted a scant few days earlier. In the end, the pair decided to rejoin Thorn empty handed. They set Leopoldi on his scent again to find the sneaky Gnoll. Through this time, Thorn had made his way to the site of the battle with the warlock and the meeting with the Tiefling there in front of Boyd’s house and sat on the edge of the dock staring into the ocean where he had mutilated the body of the warlock after that fight. Getting an idea with a grin, Thorn smashed his axe blades into the dock, splinters flying as he boldly strode through the alleyways, using his abilities to mimic chanting of the warlock they had defeated a few days before, taunting any local gang members to show themselves and confront him. The ruse worked and a pair of Bones and a trio of Teeth rounded corners to meet him. Both sides interrogated him as they eyed the other side while Thorn did his best to get as much information out of both sides, blatantly playing them against each other. When he discovered the groups were too low in rank to know the information he wanted, he quietly set the Teeth to hunt for information pertaining to the slavers and he suggested the Bones take out the two orcs he had met patrolling the bleak shoreline. In exchange, Thorn offered his services to whichever side met his requests. Both parties left in opposite directions and Thorn made his way back to Boyd’s feeling quite proud of himself. Halfway back to the edge of the docks he met up with the rest of the party and they decided it would be a good time to retire back to the inn for the evening meal.

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