Jeff Ruhr Presents: Harnmaster

Winter pt1

My studies have been going well. I was briefly interrupted by a few agents of Naveh. They posed as guards. This had apparently been going on for years. I had reckognized these two from around the manor, though not my usual evening guards. I had been worried at first being out numbered and left only to my vestments and dagger. However even the shadows favored weapon is better wielded by Larani’s agents and left one-on-one the scoundrel “proved his faith” by showing weakness and ingesting poison.

I had shouted for Dolithor, though he did not show. It wasn’t a long encounter and I suspect the assassins had used magic to dampen my voice. Next I hurried to check Lady Catherine and the children, Dolithor had subdued two more Naveh in the room. Shortly after more guards and Sir Gehts arrived. This revealed the length of the deception. It is unclear to me to what end they had infiltrated the manor, but the motivations don’t need to be clear when adherents to Naveh are involved.

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Azura 12th - ?

It appears that Sir Romlach and his men where prepared for our ruse. Sir Clayton attempted to draw Sir Romlach away. The two began an exchange of mighty blows that clang out that start of battle.
As the man nearest me turns to attack I yell for Tirithor to attack as I pick my spot to strike a streak of fur and rage streaks from my right to strike my attacker. Well armored as the man is the hounds teeth glance off his plate covered hip. We trade blows once, twice. Again Tirithor strikes. Unable to do much in the way of damage he is another variable for my opponent to account for and in short order I find myself pressing an advantage instead of trying to create on. Our horses nay and kick dust as they maneuver in the dance of mounted combat. At sometime during this I hear Dale yell that Clayton is down. I gesture for Tirithor assist Sir Clayton. Hopeful the animal understands an order more complex then we have worked out thus far. Luckily he seems to understand as I see him moving in the correct direction. On my next chance I bolt, resolute that I will be hit on the way. Luckily the fool is so battle drunk Larani is able to guide my sword to a killing blow across his face. As his body lands hard on the earth I am already at full gallop toward Sir Romlach as it is imperative the man not escape.

Dorithor’s hooves pound out the thumping beat of war as I ride my target down. My nerves steady with the stillness afforded by faith in Larani and the company of my ferocious menagerie as the armored mountain of a man turns to face me. My resolve is further tempered by hateful bile this man spews forth. I am no stranger the horrible things yelled and spat at enemies on the battlefield but this man is clearly more depraved than your average knight. He claimed many I vile thing I will not repeat and when I broke enough to retort I told him I would see his body burned and the last words he heard where that Larani favored me over him. With any luck he left the world aware he would never be graced with the splendor of Tirithor. I was ready to call upon to help me however Veren was able to bend his heathen magic to Larani’s will and alert me to the impending arrival of Sir Clayton. This allowed me to stay in the fight and be open to Larani guiding my sword in that killing shot. My sword stuck so deep into the horrible man’s face I could not keep a grip on the pommel as his massive weight fell to the ground. In the battle I had taken quite a nasty blow to my hand that caused me to lose my shield. Larani evened the odds for me by having his sword crumble under my mighty steel. I had time only to grab one as guards appeared from the direction of Romlach’s father’s manner. The shield was of Kuzdel craftmanship, but the sword, also finely crafted, is carried to honor a fallen commrade. This would all tie back to me at any rate so it was an easy choice to grab the sword.
Satisfied we are not being chased, we also realize that time is of the essence. We drag the dead off, taking Thatcher with us. Collecting their weapons, rounding up horses and doing all we can (with Larani’s grace) to heal is all we do before setting off to take down the Baron. We are expecting another pitched battle but find a large group of Tilda waiting at the keep. Romlach’s body was left behind and after Cisco and Jasper strip the body they help me make a pyre and burn the foul beast exactly as I had promised the heathen.
We find the Baron in his quarters attempting feebly to fend us off with his sword. It appears he “likes to read” about Morgoth and his 13 pillars. My inclination to burn his son seems well founded. It must be another case of Larani guiding me before I know it. It seems such a shame that the Baron will likely not be burned to bones and ash like his son. A part of him seems to think that is a good way to go.
The Tilda return our favor of eliminating the Baron by escorting us to the Earl of Nef off the roads. The Baron. like all those with no pride or self-respect, alternates between cursing us and begging and bribing for freedom. He is worse than scum.

We send Veren, Dale, Cisco and Jasper into town to meet with the Earl of Nef. He is quite surprised at how we handled the situation and that we arrive with much damning information against the Baron. I produce the Morgoth book at this time and while I want to take it directly to the nearest temple to be destroyed I see it’s importance in clearing us and ending the Baron’s influence so I leave it with the Earl. He suggests we leave the country and Sir Clayton mentions his wife is in Kanday where he has business. The Earl suggests we go there and stay until this all blows over which he thinks should take over the winter at least and likely into next summer. He will take care of Charmic and I have been reassured Salto is getting the best possible training in my abscence. I will miss our lessons and watching his progress, but it’s best for him to stay.

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battle against Romlach & men

Although Sir Romlach’s men were not caught by surprise, the fight got off to a promising start. Sir Clayton traded strikes with Romlach and caught a hit to the cheek that was followed by Clayton striking Romlach back in his face! It was a bleeder that Romlach barely seemed to notice. After a few more heavy blows from Clayton’ Romlach struck down Clayton with a massive blow to the thorax.

Sister Elanore sent her dog to protect Clayton from Romlach. The beast took a chunk of belly out of the knight’s horse before he rode off.
Jasper and Disco managed to dehorse one of the men at armes.

Sister Elanore rode to take on Romlach’ breaking off from her fight and when her adversary swung and missed, Elanore took him out with a devastating strike to the face, dropping him!

Veren cast his frost blast at the man at armes that he and Dale had been fighting, frosting the mans beard and freezing up the horse!

Thatcher was struck down by the man who Fitch struck with an arrow.

Dale struck the man who had been frosted and knokd him from his horse as he tried to ride off!

Rmlachs steed s no match for the speed of Elanor’s. She will catch up.

Jasper and Cisco take out their man.

They go to help Raven who’s been trading blows with his man.

Veren cast the drowning fog on a rider and envelopes him!

Raven strikes his man with a big blow to the neck but doesn’t fell him.

Dale drops frosted with a bashing thorax hit!

The man on Raven gives up and Cisco runs him through from behind; oops.

Elanore faces off withRomlach and they trade blows, her dog joining in.

Clayton comes to mounts up and goes after Romlach.

Elanore is holding her own and de- horses Romlach! Elanore takes a couple of big hits to her shield hand and drops it!
Elanores dog is keeping one of Romlachs men at bay.
Elanore hits Romlack in the elbow (left) a massive hit! He drops his shield. " I’ll burn your body on a pyre like an agrick" says Elanore and strikes only to be countered.

Clayton arrives and goes after the man at arms and de-horses h!

Tries to trample him and hits for no damage.

Elanore hits Romlach in the other elbow.

Elanore counters a blow, then Romlach does and his sword breaks! She strikes him in the face! He was hit there by Clayton earlier! Her blade is wedged half way into his skull and his eye burst. Down he goes!

Clayton drops his sword and the dog takes out the other man.

More of the Barons men ride up as Elanore and Clayton take their leave and meet back up with their group. They decide to press the attack and Veren casts telepathy to alert the leader of the Tilda over 10 miles away that we are a go.

Elanore casts on Clayton to heal his worst wound and Crow treats his face and hand. Veren heals the shit out of clay tons face, Ravens face and Elanores foot with spells.

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Triumph at the Mill

I, Dale Broadstreet, with Cisco and Jasper crept stealthily up on the mill on our quest to do in the nefarious torture master posing as a humble miller. We determined that an entry from the rear of the building would be wise, but we were thwarted. The cunning churl had rigged his wall to collapse at the slightest touch; which it did when I attempted to vault it.

The sound brought a lad with a lantern to investigate the sound, though how he had heard over the constant noise of the mill-wheel (music as sweet to my ears as the harp of Dulcea is to the holy mother of fortune) is anyone’s guess. I grappled with the lad and brought him down. Cisco and Jasper were kind enough to stash him somewhere whilst I hurried to the door to reconnoiter.

While I searched the ground floor, Cisco and Jasper found and took care of an additional apprentice or two upstairs. The miller was not to be found. So there was nothing to do but wait to see if he would show up. And wait.. And wait… Had I not been a master of The Breathing and The Meditation, I would surely have lost patience and made retreat before the miller appeared.

Finally with the hour nearing the Sun’s first kiss of the dawn, the miller appeared. With the monotonous sound of the mill wheel masking his approach, he and I met just after he crossed the threshold. He drew on me, but I had the heart to strike first. I struck him a mighty blow, which disoriented the man so that when he tried to counter my attack, he stepped right into the sweet-spot of the heavy club I was wielding and I stuck him in the head, bringing him to the floor dazed. With several heavy blows I dispatched the naive, the final blow dislocating and pulping his jaw.

Since it was our goal to further obscure the true nature of the attack by feigning an attack by the scum which passes for lia-kaver in Olokand I left our note of misdirection on his chest held up by his ruined jawbone.

As dawn was rapidly approaching, Jasper, Cisco and I quickly made our separate ways to later meet back with my patron where they awaited the fruits of our venture.

May Sardura visit the Baron for the terrible treachery that has made such a dire errand necessary.

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Azura 9th - 11th

After much discussion we have decided to set the Olokand Lia Kivair up for the fall with the Baron’s Miller. Dale, Cisco and Jasper have been assigned the task.

Sir Gates and his family are taking care of Lady Greymoore, which is very good news indeed. Sir Gates is a devout and righteous man.

Sinjin is on Charmic grounds. She says mainly to watch after Mouse, however she does admit to having business with Clayton.

We arrive in Olokand on Azura 10th. In the absence of other duties and lacking a Larani Temple I offer my services at the Peoni Temple in town. Though I am spending most of the day attending to this supper finds makes it clear we are causing a bit more of a scene in town then we had accounted for. It seems being a tournament winner, even three years on, is still a mark of celebrity. It seems the common folk mind the deities and their wisdom, which is cause for rejoice overall, but it’s repercussions in this situation may be intersting.

The Earl`s son appears at the tavern. He is, as the accounts indicate, a crude man with little redeeming social graces. He is a brute of a man and I would wager quite a deadly warrior given the manor in which is carries on in public.

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Azura 6-8

We arranged the surviving, but unconscious men we raided to believe they were pulled to safety by a compatriot that then expired. We are confident the ruse worked and they will spread word that Telin the Red attacked them.

Alister and the men at arms traveled to Tashal to bring 30 pounds worth of Amber to the Helean temple for a line of credit.

We are planning on sending in Dale to dispatch the Miller who is known to be the Baron’s torturer. He is going to leave a message stating “time to renegotiate our deal.”
We need to figure out the next step before we commit though.

Dale has Lia Kavair knowledge and could easily make it look like they did it. Olokand or Tashal Lia Kavair; which branch though? could make a difference to keep the Baron on his heals.

Sinjin shows up and also a knight of the checkered shield; Sir Shadrik, delivered a message on Sir Gates behalf. Summoning Sir Clayton to Kanday (two month trip!)Subtext; don’t make him wait, but finish your business first. Sir Shadrik is at our disposal in the mean time.

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Azura 3rd - 5th
It appears the Baron of Cestru’s Alchemist is dealing with the Lia Kavair. Trading the poisons from the Baron’s lands to a group of Ivinians. They are then getting hard goods (fur & amber) in return that they split between the Baron and the Lia Kavair.

It appears that ambushing a transaction between the Lia Kavair and Ivinian dealing. These happen often on Baron Ethazial’s lands as observed by the Tilda. While we where discussing the best of course of action my mind eventually went to my dream from the other night. With the identity of Telin the Red unknown we could easily disguise ourselves as him and his marauders. Not only with this gain the Tilda’s trust, it will confuse our enemies politically and economically. It will also likely get traced back to the Lia Kavair group in Tashel. In discussing the plan Sir Greymoore is unconvinced of the importance of letting a Lia Kavair free. He is not opposed, but he has emphasized an Ivinian over Lia Kavair. While it’s possible for our plan to work if only an Ivinian escapes, it is almost assured and much more efficient if it’s a Lia Kavair. I shall do my best to ensure one of their number makes it.

The Tilda led us to the ambush point and show us some basic ways to hide ourselves. I find the whole affair a tad distasteful. Hiding in the shadows and all, but we are hunting down beasts that deal in poisons with no regard to honor. At any rate this view into… unorthodox fighting is quite interesting.

With Larani’s divine grace our ambush has gone well. We almost had disaster on our hands but luckily The Wizard in Sir Greymoore’s employ had on his person an anti-dote for the poison in Lorkin.

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Agrazhar 29 - Azura 2nd 724

Mouse appears to be mending well. His bruises have faded to yellow, but he still uses a crutch to get around.

Telin the Red has been stepping up attacks. Nicknamed thus because he and often his brigands attack wearing cloth masks/hoods dyed red, some say with blood but that is likely just their intent. Some of his henchmen have been captured and tortured but never reveal who he is. He has not attacked the Abbey lately, but he has been all around it lately.

I have had another dream. I was watching a man on a horse wearing a red mask pillage a town. As I observed it struck me I was able to act in this vision. As he rode by I attacked. We quickly wind up in a struggle and I remove his mask. This only reveals another mask. Again I pull, another mask. This repeats a couple more times. Finally a face is revealed, however it crumbles revealing another, then another… It was at this point I woke up.

Went to visit Uthris Pierstel Earl of Tonot. I don’t go hunting often, but I enjoyed the trips on this visit. There was talk of politics, but mostly it was wondering the woods. I enjoyed the time to think and figure out just exactly what I can expect from Tirithor. I was nervous when Dolithor bit the Baron’s stallon, she even drew blood. Luckily he was in good spirits about and even quipped that his wife should meet Dolithor as they would likely get a long! He is a crass man and thinks he needs to mind himself in front of me… I wish he didn’t. I quite enjoy is humor, though that is likely because it is tempered by his apparent utter lack of guile. It has been a refreshing change of pace and I am all the more ready to carry out Larani’s Will and stand fast in the torrent of events the horizon.

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Agrazhar 29 724

Agrazhar 29 724
Two envoys arrived at the behest of Rekela Ilor Haden. I had heard he was an enthusiastic supporter of a return to the dogma of the church. We have theological discussions where he attempts to convince me to move fully into his way of thinking. I agree that the Church is currently overly violent. Seeking it for perverted honor and the riches of a few corrupt individuals.

I also acquire a giant wolf companion. I have named him Tirithor. As he saved me from death his moniker honors that fact.

We are charged by Earl of Neff to remove Baron of Cestru from his manor by any means necessary.

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Dan's January 29 Notes
  • Urin Caldeath
    • Son of the Earl of Veminshire. Clayton stabbed him in the neck on accident.
  • Lady Thelesa Melakan
    • Her husband left to track down a murder. Sedress Melakan
      • Greggory is impressed by his tenacity in the pursuit of justice.
    • We are going down to the the Earl’s daughter holdings to pick her up and take her to the Earl of Veminshire’s place for a “visit”.
  • Quaildress Manor
    • Manor of Thelesa Malakan
    • Very well defended manor
      • Four days to get there from Clayton’s Manor
  • Sir William is being a dick at the kitchen table
  • Sir Abbott
    • Funny dude. Hangs out with Sir William.
  • Sir Daltry
    • He’s got money and he is a big deal
      • He’s douchey
    • Lady Melakan is being to tire of his company
  • Baron of Cestru
    • Neff wants Clayton to go this dudes place and become friends
    • He is keeping whatever he is doing from Neff.
    • Neff thinks he is playing both ends of the field
      • Both Neff and someone else in a position on power
    • He thinks Clayton is pretty stupid
    • There is very little time
    • Is Neff making a play for the throne?
    • Clayton will just pay him a visit and then interogate him
      • Don’t tell Cestru that Clayton has met with Neff
  • Earl of Neff is asking about the men that Clayton has hired
    • He isn’t super duper pleased that Clayton is taking on any yeoman
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