Our second get together started 30 minutes late, as we had to wait on one of the players, but once it got rolling ended up going very quickly.
Much of this session was just a fact finding mission, as they spent the entire time in the Cra Village, most of it talking with the leader, Krull Visagoth.
The very start consisted of the group talking among themselves deciding who would talk to Krull & what all they would be asking about. They didn’t decide on anything specific, but instead just agreed that the mercenaries were probably informed on the local happenings and maybe on the occurrences of the “villager attacks”.
At first Kartos took the lead, asking Krull various questions right up front. Krull sort of laughed and told the man to slow down, kindly asking for a introduction to the party and what they were doing here. They all introduced each other, and it turned out Krull recognized Ghost of Rat’sp because of his work in Corland, he also realized who Kartos was, being able to piece together information from other deeds the man had done with his looks.
After the brief introduction the part went inside the command tent and sat/stood at a table with several maps all over it. Krull pointed out some of the attack locations, and the villages most heavily effected (it being a little more accurate then the map from Merchant Davinor. There was a bit of confusion at this point, as someone mentioned that they had already talked to the villagers and were now looking for better more reliable information from the mercenaries. Krull seemed kinda confused about that, stating that the villages should know a lot more then the people of Cra did, and then it was sorted out that what the party meant was rumors, not actual conversations with the villages.
This brought on talk about the rumors and the likelihood of some of the attacks. Krull seemed to believe that there were only 8 reliable attacks, but pointed out that he had heard of nearly twice that number, many with crazy rumors attached to it that made them almost definitely either not true or at least not attacks by the same people.
The conversation then changed to Krull asking why he should help? He could think of 2 reasons he shouldn’t, that they were not offering to pay him and that the fear and worry of the other villages of the attacks was helping the Cra make money. Saber & Ghost jumped in on this, trying to point out various reasons why the attackers posed a problem to the mercenaries, but for the most part their reasons were disputed. The attackers are known to assault groups of 40 people, even armed, but the Cra number 80, they also sell their services as a group not piecemeal, and the attackers while oddly tough and very crazy have been known to die in the attacks.
At this point Krull started to get somewhat evasive with anymore information, stating his previous reasons as to not sharing more, so the party began negotiations. Den Utne flat out asked how much it would cost, the price varying on weather Krull just gave their information or if the entire village chipped in with what they knew…he also hinted that some specific people in Cra have more personal insight into the attacks. Saber offered her services as a healer, to witch krull was very interested though a bit skeptic, having never heard of the woman, but Ghost vowed for her and her services for the rest of the day and night, as well as Dens who is a lesser but still useful healer, were good enough for any information the mercenaries had.
The stuff Krull then when into was a bit more specific then he had previously, a lot of it being about the attackers tactics, make up, weapons they used and so on. He seemed to give more accurate accounts of what most of the rumors were saying, that they were just normal people/villagers, some used clubs but most used their bare hands, there was no children among them, no one knew who they were or where they came from (though they seemed to have the complexion of most people in The Villages of Strife, and they all seemed very upset. This last part was a bit of a point that was talked about more, questions about magic and such but with everything unnatural seemingly ruled out. There was also a point made that the villagers seemed very tough, not immune to damage just…tough despite wearing no armor. Saber pointed out maybe they were wearing chain-shirts but then Krull questioned how feasible a group of 80 commoners owning chain shirts was. From here the conversation changed to possible suspects.
Krull had no real input on the likely suspects, but he definitely had some annoyances and dislikes of some of the villages. Fortuita, he suspects because of their haughty ruling family and the places obsession with their own female seers and the oddly large number of children in the village. Krakatowna is another suspect, due to them being attacked three times and actively worshiping the spirit of their village as it’s ruler.
One of the party members then changed subject, bringing up that Krull had mentioned some people during the attack, attackers, had been killed. Krull wasn’t positive himself, but he had a very reliable friend in Horsh who had told him that, that man having first hand witnessed the corpse. The group asked further questions about the corpses but Krull had nothing to give them.
Here the group went into a slight tangent among themselves talking about what the attackers could possibly be wanting. Saber suggested to grow their village, or possibly because they can’t have children themselves. Krull added that he thought it could possibly be for sacrifice…having heard that a sacrifice, especially that of a child, has strong magical power. This ended their conversation with Krull and they were escorted around the “village” to the 2 people who had been returning from a short vacation back to the group when their caravan was attacked by the group in question.
Kregior & Johta were there names. Kregior did most of the talking and seemed eager to help but still very upset from what happened. He explained in detail how the people came running down the vally walls when the traveling caravan him and his wife were in was in a valley. How the leader of the caravan went out to meet and talk with them but was just attacked. He said how the attackers used nonlethal means, but broke lots of bones and in general tried to knock out and tie up their targets. Johta popped up here, saying how she stabbed one of the men several times in the chest, and he seemed to be wounded but not slowed down, breaking her nose and then him and several others proceeding to beat her unconscious.
They both pointed out here that the attackers seemed to move…oddly, almost as if organized, but not. They said how they moved in a wave, as if crashing over everything, reacting to things much quicker then normal untrained people would, but not having the same restraint or careful approach actual trained men would have. Kregior and Johta both also said that the people looked upset/terrified themselves. Some of them were screaming, others looked dead quiet or in a trance, all had dark dark eyes and malnourished bodies, but not magically so. Den Utne considered the possible magical reasons for such a thing, but despite thinking of several different possibility’s decided that none of them fit.
The last bit of the session was spent with the group deciding where to set up and sleep in the village, as well as Saber & Den Utne saying that they would go around helping people, but decided not to use any motes to help them in the process.
It was a fun session and I think we played around 3 or 3 1/2 hours. Everyone got 4xp and we are set to meet next Friday!