The Kalthar PCs inexplicably decided that having a giant party was just the thing to do in the middle of a quest, so they set about it. Ravenfall was about to be turned on its ear!
Orion Farmer and Presley set off for the nearby town of Haytree along with Unom Voss, while Belisarius Tordun and Horace Black went to the library to find maps or other information relevant to the expedition. Zeltais went to the barn to make some fire poi.
Bel and Horace encountered a locked (and trapped) room off the library. Horace worked the lock and the door opened to a room covered in dust, containing a desk, table, large map and several bookcases. The large map of the continent proved quite interesting, as it seemed to list several dozen Waypoints and numerous towns in a Blue Hand-controlled area to the East of Kalthar, beyond the mountains that were not marked on any of Bel’s maps.
Turning their attention to the desk, they found a spellbook with Fire Trap cast upon it (Bel cast detect magic) sitting on top. After picking the locked (and trapped…a poison needle sprang out without much force, injuring noone….Horace pocketed it.), a copy of Prim’s guide to superior botany, some journal notes written in the Ivory Lily cypher (Don’t they ever change this damned thing?!), and Horace took some very nice thieves’ tools from the bottom drawer. Before they could investigate further, Mischief announced they had company, so our heroes quickly attempted to hide. Unfortunately, they failed, with Bel knocking over a large platter of green pastry cakes (favorites of his father, Bettarus Tordun.) Bel sent Mischief out to try to act as if a bird had gotten into the manor and thus cover for Horace and he, but the bird was instantly recognized by his father’s steward, Went Rodecc. He demanded that Bel step out at once, so Bel did so, covering as best he could for Horace. Bel was told to wait downstairs in the sitting room and he went, taking a random book with him, leaving Horace to hide and wait for an opportune moment to slip away while Bel scribbled what he could recall of the map into his journals and maps using the borrowed book as a shield.
Meanwhile, out in the barn…
Zeltais busily looked about for some odd bits of junk to make into fire poi. Finding a couple of old hanging braziers or censers, he went to work. While banging away on the workbench, he encountered Tillun Garryn. He explained that he was making flaming weapons to swing around, which sent the boy running. Zeltais went back to banging away with his zero ranks in craft skills. Next, he was interrogated by Kogus Garryn at the end of a pitchfork. Again, he explained that he was making flaming weapons to swing around. Kogus was not sure what to make of this, and demanded that Zeltais disarm himself. Zeltais did, and this took quite some time. Kogus finally left, not sure what to make of this seemingly retarded and/or crazed individual, but vowing to seek out Unom Voss to be sure that this man was telling him the truth, and that he was here with Belisarius.
Meanwhile, in town…
Presley and Orion were going about telling everyone that there was a, “Party at Ravenfall, bitchezz!!!” and finally encountered Raul Treeholme, chef of Ravenfall. He was quite surprised to hear that there was going to be a party at the manor, but he was up to the task. With Orion’s help (and an ant haul spell) he was able to get all the supplies he needed back to the manor to begin the preparations. Presley continued to round up townsfolk, and, having spied Bettarus’ horse at a nearby tavern, made sure to tell everyone that the party was to be a surprise and not to tell Bettarus. He also messed with Bettarus’ saddle (disable device) to help slow old boy down a bit and give our heroes more time to pull off the caper!
Meanwhile, back in the sitting room…
Bel cooled his heels as a guard assigned by The Rodent watched. Eventually he came up with the excuse that the book he was reading was boring him to tears, and if he could pop up to the library and grab another, and that the guard could grab a snack from the kitchen. Finally having the chance, he made his way to the library to let Horace know that he could finally sneak away. Horace told him that The Rodent knew that we had entered the locked room and seemed quite upset, and that he overheard a female(?) voice speaking Anngelsh. Bel was able to piece together what was said and compare it to the History of Heroes book and translated the message as, “The son has returned.” There was a spy in their midst.
Presley’s gonna do his stuff in our next scheduled update! Until then, enjoy this musical interlude