Coming out of a slef-induced trance, Khloemar points at the dwarf and says, "He is right to say 'yes'. I have 'seen' del Graz fighting to save our lives. My vote is 'yes'. There are many futures I have not far-sighted but we must not close destiny's door on the one I have been allowed to partake in."
Post by marionarsis on Jan 7, 2016 20:56:38 GMT -5
The vote now stood 3-1. It seemed his mates were willing to bring a complete stranger into their midst without a proper interview. Incredible, Random thought.
Well, two more voters yet remained, and if nothing else, the elven bard would at least force this del Graz into answering tough questions rather than laying out the red carpet like his mates. Maybe there would be a draw. "So, del Graz, can you cast magic, or do you wade into battle with just those two swords of yours?"
What really intrigued him was his armor. "Your armor glows, del Graz, and it's the color of scarlet, the color of blood. Why is that? Why is your armor red? You worship a demon or something like that? Is that how you got out of Darksmoke's dungeon the first time, selling your soul to some demon?"
Random gives this guy a close look, looking for anything out of the ordinary. He doesn't trust him. He'll kill the whole party. ... Saving roll in case it's needed.
Rochin del Graz glares at Random, his expression not as mirthful as before after his line of questioning. "Yes, friend, I use my two swords simultaneously. They're broadswords and have served me well. I can cast no magic. As for my armor, it is magical; it was a prize for a successful mission, one taken before my first journey to Darksmoke's mountain."
Del Graz appears to ignore the question about his allegiance to a demon, but then answers: "The armor is scarlet in color simply because that's how it was crafted. I assure you I neither worship a demon, nor have I sold my soul."
Random looks at Rochin closely, but detects nothing untoward about him. Staring at the armor there's a swirling pattern worked into it; it has a near hypnotic effect, confusing. A fews seconds later, Random manages to look away.
With four votes in the affirmative, the group has decided to hire the mercenary.
Rochin bows. "Thank you, gentlemen, for allowing me into your company. You won't regret it." Glancing at Random, he casts a wry smile.
The party leaves the tavern and heads toward the northern extreme of the village, to the Temple of Darksmoke, while Broadaxe disappears behind the tavern to ready the horses and carriage for the trip.
At the temple, the incessant toll of the bells continues from the two Red-Robed Priests standing by the temple's door. They're quite adept at making the loudest noise possible with the bells. "Receive the grace and pardon of our master, the legendary Darksmoke himself. For the meager sacrifice of two gold pieces, we'll offer a prayer on your behalf, for your safe return from his labyrinth."
One of the priests nods at Random McBride, acknowledging his prior sacrifice. Rochin del Graz casually flips two gold pieces toward one of the priests. "Thank you, sir." The priest scoops up the coins and, after learning Rochin's name, vanishes into the temple to offer prayers for him.
The remaining priest gestures to the five members of the party (who haven't sacrificed gold) with his pulsing rune staff. "Take heed, friends. Make your sacrifice now, before you depart, before it's too late!"
Post by marionarsis on Jan 8, 2016 23:16:15 GMT -5
Having all ready given to the temple, Random waited for a moment, watching the others, then decided it was time to see what the potion he'd bought, the Vitamin of the Gods, could do. He uncorked the bottle, and drank it down, hoping his six gold investment would be worth it.
<Zagnar>: I nod to them keep walking. The priests have enough coins and I don't have a wooden nickel to bite on.
Once beyond the priests I say.
"We might want to pre-determine marching/fighting order before it comes up, maybe even try it out as we walk. I offer myself to be in front. Rochin del Graz should be in front beside me. I'm guessing Broadaxe will just take us there and leave."