Settling into a lovely feast bought and paid for by Delilah agent of the Circulum Ursinum. The heroes sit back atop the Rooftop gardens of the White Crescent Moon Tavern, guzzling wine and beer and stuffing their faces. As the stars appear overhead and the pale moon rises in the east.
Below a crowd has begun to gather and softly pray…
Hey there Dim, How did you get so severly scarred? Ever dream of finding a ring of regeneration?
Dim: Each scar is a lesson, something that I was meant to learn. With each cut of the knife or lash of a whip I was made tougher that is one of many truths the Ancient one taught me.
Dim: A ring of what?
What about you there Guido. What kinda deal did that dragon want to make with you down there? You do realize that dragon is being controlled by an evil entity right?
Lionheart, I want to know whats your plan on saving those women and children down there. Any ideas?
So Arakasi, Do you think we should have tried to keep the book? That could have gave us both much power. I gained some just from glancing through it it…
Am I talking to myself here….???
Lionheart roars: “My plan, dear sirs, is simple; kick the crap out of that oversized lizard then free the prisoners and reclaim the gold, silver and magic it has stolen from humanity. HEE HE HE HAW HAWH!”
Osayi says “Well at least that giant, hammer swinging ox stays consistent…a man of few words.”
Guido: (chomp, chew, chew… Gulp). Leave Dim alone Valerie! The scars give him character. But seriously, Dim, you can hold more than your own in a fight, why do you let everyone push you around? You should stand up for yourself. Sol can help.
Val: (Stroking Oyasi’s hair) What? I wasn’t attacking his character? Just curious how he got scarred up and if he ever thought of getting them healed. Thats a strange assumption you made.
Dim: So what you are telling me master Guido is that it is ok to hurt a travelling companion if he pushes me around first? I think I am more confused then I was before. When I first meet all of you, Arakasi demanded that I buy him things from the merchant with my magic rock. When I did not he treated me the way that you are saying that Val is treating me now. Pushing me around, I had no idea what the rock would do to Arakasi and wanted to see. I know he did not value me by the way he treated me, so I did not value him. But when I did what I did to Arakasi the entry group got mad at me, but now you are telling me it is ok to attack Val, i do not understand? Also Arakasi I am sorry for what I did to you before, I thought all you did was whine and demand things from others, now after spending some time with you, I no longer feel you are completely useless, the magic you use to make me strong is much appreciated, but I still think you fight with no honor.
Guido: Sorry Dim, attacking other isn’t what I meant. there are other ways to stand up for youself instead of hitting. Hitting is bad… I forget sometimes that you have not spent much time outside the arena. What I mean is that you shouldn’t can defend yourself with words and non-violent actions.
Also master Guido why did you fail saving that woman? You could have given her to me, for all the fighting I have done for you. Also what is a sol?
Val: I have to agree on saving that woman. You know you had no real shot of it right? Both Dim and I had a much better chance of saving her.
Guido: (puts down his food and lowers his head) it does pain me greatly that I was unable to save that poor woman. I plan on returning for her body to give it a proper burial. I didn try to have her hang on to someone else for transport, but she was so scared that she would not listen to reason and so I assumed all responsibility myself. I will pray for her and for myself for fogiveness from Sol. I do not believe I can ever be forgiven for her death.
Guido: (gulp, burp! Chomp, chomp). The humans aren’t the only ones trapped down there. That possessed dragon is just as much a prisoner. I got a good impression of the Demon possessing him. he’s more interested in us leaving him alone than anything else. Even tried to give away a magic helmet and a prisoner just so I would leave. I wouldn’t trust anything he gave me not to be cursed. I’ve been speaking with Dim and we think that some of the devices he’s wearing are helping to posses him. If we could destroy them, the dragon should return to normal. And that dragon could be a valuable ally. He must be possessed for a reason. Something strategic I think.
Val: (Getting shoulders rubbed from Osayi) That’s the impression I got from the dragon as well. We should hurry to save as many innocents as possible.
Guido: (chomp, nom, nom, nom). Lionheart, speaking of possessed, how’s that working for you? I would think you of all people would want to help free his soul. Or would you rather we just kill you too? I want your help to return this creature of Sol back to his natural state.
Guido: (guzzle…. Belch!) Arakasi, you curse like a Dwarf. Where did you learn to curse so well?
Val: (Sips a glass of wine) It must have been from a dwarf, right?
Guido: Yep. Humans just don’t curse that well on their own. Maybe he has some dwarf blood in him!
Guido: you’re not bad in a fight (nom, nom, nom) for an Elf. but seriously, Valerie, why is the first thing you do is hide?
Val: (hides) The art of the unseen can be a tremendous combat advantage. Cities have fallen not from armies, but from just from one man in the past.
Guido: (chomp. long pause. gulp) Hum. I suppose that is true. It’s just not the way I work. So long as you always back us up, I guess it works for me.
Dim to Lionheart: Why did you kill that man’s family? If someone killed our master Guido would you not be upset?
Dim to the party: I really think we need to go back for Selena, I fear what those creatures have done to her.
Lion Heart: This is war. (Speaking to everyone, broad gesture of the hands) If there is a better way, by Sol, speak of it. I am a simple warrior and know of only one way: (flexing a massive bicep) To wrestle justice from the hands of the wicked. And, (grappling a mellon [not you Russ] from the table and setting it in front of me) To win peace by smashing the forces of evil! (Smash mellon with closed fist.)
Val: Simple warrior? I thought you were a wise Paladin of Sol?
(melon is spelled with one “L” -Russ)
Dim, those people were casualties of war. I regret the loss of every innocent drop of blood ever shed upon the ground. My aim is to help people, even if I have to kill them to do it. You, yourself, know the pain and necessity of victory in combat— you killed your own master in order save yourself. I kill in order to save you and all who fight for what is GOOD
Speaking of innocent blood, Guido, should you ever try to kill me, I fear ALL yours will be spilt! (Pause and Stare) You are right Guido, when I think of the terrible destruction that this possessed wyrm may cause- I shudder to think of letting it loose upon the world. It must be stopped. And I too, were I possessed could do great harm. If you must kill me let us go to the temple first- there I will sacrifice my life at your hands.
Val: I am confused… Why is Guido trying to kill you? An all what will be split?
Guido: I fear for the day when any of us must die at the hands of one of our comrads. I will try everything in my power to save you’all first. But Lionheart is correct, death may be the only way to save those possessed.
Val: Ummm, no… I know an elf who can exercise demons. So just subdue whomever, tie em up, and save thier lives… Why do I feel like I’m trying to convince a cleric and a paladin to save lives? Shouldn’t that be the other way around? Strange times indeed…
Lion Heart to Val: “innocent blood” spilt. What elf are you talking about? I would much rather save lives than destroy them. If you have a plan, please do go on, we can hear you so much better when you are not running away and hiding.
DIM MAK: (Dim to Lionheart): I did not know, I had killed the ancient one until I was back in my cage. All I know is that I saw him on the other side of the arena, I charged him and started beating him and then everything went black. It was not the first time every thing went black when I got angry, it also happened when I found my mother dead and my father standing over her with blood covered fists. But if Craig is right the ancient one is not dead, and he is still in the arena. I believe he should be the one we save after the dragon.