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PostSubject: Another raid on Shadowdale   Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:58 pm

**Word of mouth is reporting a grim tale this morning for the farmers around Shadowdale.  The Devonsmiths were not seen performing their morning duties and were found massacred in their farmhouse.  Livia Devonsmith (13) is reportedly missing.**


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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:09 am

**Sentries are sent to patrol the farmlands at night.  When authorities are questioned they maintain that an investigation is on-going and search parties are organized to find little Livia**


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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:23 am

*A large hulking figure can be seen around various farms around Shadowdale. The towering man clad in heavy armor seems vigilant - and he goes from farm to farm, asking about any strange occurences.
He would also visit the family of Livia. He would not however give them his condolences, but rather he'd try to raise their hopes a bit and find out any information about where she was last seen and whether she was doing something unusual lately*

**Older Shadowdale residents might recognize the barbarian warpriest. The years were kind to him, and he did not change much**
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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:20 am

**Taeron would face the slaughtered remains of the Devonsmiths. There certainly ain't much spirit to be lifted... However, he would easily recognize they did put up a fight but ultimately were no match for a skilled swordman**


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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:16 am

A tall, lean, bronze skinned man clad in a winter wolf's cloak visits the farm after hearing the news. He is known to the locals as Hun-Balam, and he is a hunter. He wastes no time questioning the authorities or the locals, for none were present when the slaughter took place. He instead concentrates in finding any clear set of footprints or trail that the culprit may have left behind, for the meddling of stranger at the place is sure to have created a mess that an experienced tracker might be able to sort through.

The hunter particularly focuses in the area surrounding the farm, a certain distance that the trespasser is sure to have come through, and the curious that have come after have not reached yet. He proceeds to check a perimeter around the farmland for any sign of approach, and particularly retreat... particularly for blood, for if the assailant was in a haste, at least a few drops of his victim's blood may have been left over, or perhaps the child struggled and left a visible mark of their passing somewhere...In his mind, the only thing that matters is the missing child. She might still be alive.

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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:41 am

**The hunter takes a few minutes to spot tracks.  It's undeniable there were two nimble assailants and that they were forcibly dragging a third person,  Livia more than likely.  He would soon find an amulet shaped like a spider.**


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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:23 pm

*Taeron makes sure to check the injuries of the family - trying to determine whether this was the work of a single individual or a larger group. He inspects the wounds with great care and patience - using his knowledge of the anatomy and his knowledge in the area of martial prowess*

*If he spots the ranger tracking around the farm - or if he sees him as he peeks in to see the massacre, Taeron would not say a word - his gaze would be more than enough. The barbarian makes a small symbol with the blood of the fallen parents on his own temple and he'd walk out with his weapon in hand - following the hunter*
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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:48 pm

**Taeron is able to determine that this was the bloody work of on to three skilled individuals**


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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:46 pm

The Hunter takes notice of Taeron outside the farm, and gives him a single nod and motions him to follow. Hun-Balam quickly shows the man his findings, and confides with him that speed is of the essence. This might be dark elves, but the possibility also exists that it is someone else entirely seeking to put the blame on the Ancient Ones. Nevertheless, he presents Taeron with a decision:

The authorities must be alerted of these findings, but time is short. Every moment they delay, there is a surer chance the girl will be lost forever. The hunter can get along in the wild while moving at full pace, and provide food and water for a very small group of people... and thus asks the hardy looking man to come with him. Between the two of them, they can give swift chase rather than await for the larger, much slower mob the locals will take further precious time away to organize. Will he accept to hunt with the Nexalan?

The hunter thinks wise to mark a trail as they give chase so that backup knows which way to go, even if it will slow them down somewhat.


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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:35 pm

"We pursue them and we take them down."
*The barbarian states it plainly, as if it was the simplest thing in the world. His eyes show steadfast determination.*
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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:14 pm

The hunter nods and as swiftly as possible gives a brief explanation to the higher ranking authority figure currently at the scene reporting their findings, though he does not hand over the necklace unless asked to. Then, the hunter sets out with Taeron to follow the trail at the quickest pace possible, and leave marks indicating the direction to be followed by untrained eyes.

A certain distance away from town, the hunter starts whistling intermittently for a brief time.
"This Hunter calls for his companion, Mictlali. She will join us further ahead."
He explains to Taeron.

 A large black jaguar catches up to the pair eventually, a distance from Shadowdale. The animal seems to be curious towards Taeron's pressence, although she remains at a respectful distance of the stranger, close to Hun-Balam.
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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:07 pm

**The barbarian and the hunter would soon find their way south east of shadowdale heading for the area known to be inhabited by bugbears. The hunter would spot blood splatters comparable to what would happen if someone received a bludgeoning hit to the jaw. Further down the path torn vestments disintegrating at the sunlight leaves further evidence as to the identity of the assaillants...**
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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:47 pm

The hunter turns to Taeron and points to the newfound evidence.

"This Hunter now has little doubt as to whom is behind this attack. These disintegrating pieces are proof we see with our own eyes. We must be close now. Let us not be slowed by the ones that dwell here."

As a precaution, the hunter takes a moment to use the magics of hishna to their advantage, making the trio blend with their surroundings via Mass Camouflage incantations, and before pressing on, asks Taeron for his opinion on how to approach their quarry.
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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:21 am

We have to make it to whatever cave they hid in as fast as possible. Once there, be on the lookout for any traps. Drow are devious and they are cunning. I would not* be surprised they would go through all this just to lure in adventurers. Right now, I see no other reason why they would want to kidnap a girl.

We must not fall for their tricks, otherwise the path you left behind us will simply lead whoever follows us right into a trap.

*Should they find a cavern or any hiding spot the drow might have used - Taeron would grant the hunter True seeing to rise their chances of spotting an ambush or a trap*

*Should any bugbears cross their path, Taeron would try to quickly tell them they are coming for the dark hunters - not for them. Should that fail, Taeron would try to make quick work of them*
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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:31 am

**As they progress they notice that the local bugbears are unusually quiet, matter of fact they're either gone or hiding. Eventually the tracks will lead to a dead end surrounded by rocks. This would be an ideal place for whoever they are pursuing to set an ambush. Yet, nothing is coming their way but the occasional wind gust somehow whistling around them.**
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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:47 am

The Hunter seems perplexed to find their path leads to a dead end, but he is not discouraged.

"The Ancient Ones are devious, they must have closed the entrance to their escape route with their magic... This hunter is also nahual, we must find the way."

Performing the incantations of Polymorph Self, the hunter shifts his shape into the chitinous form of an Umber hulk and proceeds to attempt to locate any sign of a tunnel nearby the spot the trail vanishes at, particularly focusing the tremorsense ability in case their quarry is nearby, and to locate any tell-tale air current indicating a hidden entrance.
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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:55 am

*As the hunter looks for any hidden entrances - with the aid of true sight, the barbarian remains vigilant and scans the surroundings.*
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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:28 am

**The tremorsense would provide echolocation of a hole under a lug. The hole itself being the entrance to an underground tunnel going deeper. The size of the tunnel would not allow the two adventurers to progress side by side and they would be often forced to crouch or perhaps even crawl should they choose to pursue further.**
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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:35 pm

Upon finding the location of the entrance to the underground, the shape shifted ranger starts digging as Umber hulks are won't to do, but not collapsing the expanded tunnel behind him so that Taeron and Mictlatli have an easier time following suit.

The creature keeps burrowing following the existing tunnel, expanding it in passing, still sensing for their target as they advance, for as long as his transformation lasts.

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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:34 pm

**The Umberhulk is able to progress for a while leaving an enlarged hole for the barbarian but he he soon facing very dense and resistance rock. The passage ahead will be perilous for the limited space will inhibit their ability to properly attack and defend.

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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:03 pm

Finding the more resistant bedrock, the ranger steps back, ends the shapeshifting and lets Taeron take the vanguard. He will support the warrior as needed, but reminds him that ensuring the girl's safety is his principal concern.
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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:22 pm

I have a way we could sneak up behind their ranks and get into position to save the girl. I can turn us ethereal and we can move past the stones. Though I have no idea if we are able to navigate correctly while inside the stone.
Another option is that I turn -you- ethereal and draw their fire. You move past them and secure the girl. Once she is safe, we either retreat or finish the fight, based on how it goes?

So which one do you chose?
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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:01 pm

*While the hunter decides, the barbarian refreshes a few protective wards on himself - as if readying for a full frontal assault.*
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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:07 pm

The nexalan nods as he listens to his ally.

"This hunter believes your second proposal is wiser. You must know this hunter can use hishna to turn into the Umber hulk form once more today. We should use that to collapse this tunnel for a length to cover our escape, once we manage to secure the girl. This hunter also has invisibility potions.

I follow your lead, Mictali will aid you, but know she has a mind of her own, and will flee once injured, or if she feels overwhelmed."


The hunter speaks to the feline in the colorful nexalan tongue, the companion listens and then stays a slight distance behind Taeron. Hun-Balam takes his fearsome macuahuitl from their leather hip sheathe, and wields them in each hand. The barbarian now has the leadership of the party.
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PostSubject: Re: Another raid on Shadowdale   Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:12 pm

*Taeron proceeds to open a path to the Ethereal plane for the hunter and his companion. He leaves the plane himself, proceeding forward with his shield held high - he focuses more on what he hears than on what he sees*
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