Reign Of Winter

Remero Fleetfingers - A Survivor's Struggle

May 18 (2 months ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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This thread is for Remero and his adventure with the Taldor Rangers and the story of their battle for control of the Border wood during the wintertouched invasion. This is for Remero to creatively describe his tale with help from the GM.

May 18 (2 months ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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A great winter had set upon the lodge deep within the Border wood. Without warning or explanation, days of cold weather and severe blizzards had blanketed the lodge and everything around it. Atop the red gorge, High Sentinal Lodge, home of the High Sentinals, known localy as the Taldor Rangers, stood awash in white. Strange sightings had been reported by the scouts of High Sentinal Lodge and a team had been established to investigate further into the source of, what seemed, a magical wintry invasion. Captain Strom Ganderloch, of the High Sentinals, leader of the Taldor Rangers faction, stood before the team of rangers, rogues and recruits, hand selected for this important mission.

Remero Fleetfingers was among the newly trained. He had been hand selected due to his cunning insight into locating traps, disarming traps, and moving without being seen. He would be the scout for the patrol. Strom stood over him and the others, pacing back and forth, encouraging them by reminding them how important the mission was and most likely, if they didn’t return, it meant they were dead.

“Remero has been selected as your scout. He will report directly to me. I have given him special instructions that are imperative to the success of our operation. The rest of you will report to Sergeant Huggins. Is that understood”

A resounding “Yes Sir!”

“Dismissed”, the captain finished. He turned to Remero as he began to leave.

“Remero, I have something for you in my office. Gather everything you will need for your mission and meet me there in one hour. Your detail leaves in two but I have something important to explain.”

May 18 (2 months ago)
Marc M.
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Remero had blinked in surprise when the impressive Storm Ganderloch, leader of these Taldoran Rangers he’d fallen in with, personally took him aside and informed him that he had been chosen to act as lead scout on a special mission. Remero figured his little demonstration in the lodge’s practice yard, when he’d defeated 3 other trainees at once, had had its intended effect – he’d wanted to earn a bit of notoriety, but this we more than expected!

He was certain the mission’s goal was identifying the source of this supernatural winter blanketing the forest, as well as the strange sightings reported by Taldoran scouts, He’d wanted to immediately ask Storm some of the dozen questions running through his mind, but the youthful man reined himself in, and responded with a terse “Yes, captain. In one hour. Sir!”

He’d joined these Rangers for several reasons, firstly after a desire to do good and make up for his larcenous past. Second, as a patriotic deed in memory of his deceased parents. But the fact he’d been rather starving and destitute, wandering the wilds between towns when the Rangers had approached him with an offer of lodging and pay, certainly had been a factor!

Remero spent what coin he had left at the lodge’s equipment locker. He selected a flask of alchemist’s fire to deal with whatever hoary horror he might encounter. Parchment and ink for mapping, empty vial for samples, sunrods, flasks of oil. He also took the standard-issue Taldoran winter scouting accoutrement, winter-camouflage, padded and warm. He then went and collected his equipment from the simple trunk at the base of his bunk and went into sharpening his blades, among other preparations.

His father had been from Irrisen, and taught Remero a smattering of Skald as a boy. This white winter-scape outside reminded Remero if his father, made him melancholy …

Such were Remero’s thoughts as he approached the Captain’s office 1 hour later and rapped upon the door…

May 20 (2 months ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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Captain Ganderloch called Remero into his office. “These events are quite troubling”, he began. “I need to know what is going on, no matter what. It may be, unfortunately, that you find yourself in a situation where your patrol is trapped or going to be captured. I know that this might not settle well with you, but I want you to escape, even if it means leaving the patrol to capture. Once we have information about what we are up against, we need to prepare immediately for any impending attack. Even if your patrol declares an attack, Even if they are ambushed, I want you always one step ahead, hiding, spying, sneaking, evading the enemy. Do not turn back to aid them if they are in a dire situation. It is a top priority that we know what we are dealing with. I am giving you several items to help you accomplish this task.” The captain removes a backpack and sets it on the table. “Is this something I can count on you to do for me?”

May 20 (2 months ago)
Marc M.
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A shiver ran through Remero’s as he heard the Captain’s grim words. “He almost sounds like he doesn’t expect this patrol to survive … what in the abyss are we facing here!?!”

“For the greater good of Taldor I will do this, sir, though you are right – it does not settle well with me. But if this threat is as dire as you suggest, then I will hide, and watch our men die if need be, if only to bear witness to the character and composition of our hidden enemy, and bring those tidings back to the Sentinels. I will tell myself that I am saving more lives in the end by doing this …”

“Sir, this will mean I need to travel separately from the main patrol, so that I am not present if they are surprised and set-upon. Yet I will have to be near enough to both guide them and be aware of it if they are set-upon by foes. It will be a tricky maneuver but I believe I can do it.”

Remero took the backpack as he spoke and carefully began to examine its contents …

May 20 (2 months ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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“You will accompany the patrol as a scout. You will leave encoded messages for them using the runecaster I have provided in the bag. They will use a decipher to decode your hidden messages which can only be seen through magical means. Try to give them every chance to survive with good intel, but ultimately I need you to return after planting this fake rock in the enemy compound, if you can find a specific enemy that is. The rock has is a clever disguise for a scrying orb that matches this one in my office. It will transmit images to my orb giving us a great tactical advantage. To help you with this, I have provided a pouch containing dust of disappearance. You will only get one use, so use it quickly and wisely to plant the rock in the best location possible. I want you to gather any other information you can about the enemy and return to me quickly to report what you learn. We need to know where they are from, who they are and what they intend to do. Do they have any weaknesses? What are their numbers? Every bit of information you can provide will help us defend Taldor!”

Searching the contents of the bag, Remero finds the following items:

3 Alchemist Fire
1 Salve of endure elements (cold) (5 uses)
1 Runecaster for creating magical runes
1 Disguised Scrying Stone
1 Messaging Amulet for communicating with the Lodge from great distances 1/day
1 Cloak of elvenkind
1 set of snowshoes
1 shovel
2 Waterskins
1 vial of antifreezing agent for use in waterskins to keep them from freezing (10 uses)
10 trail rations
1 pouch of dust of disappearance
1 potion cure light wounds
1 cold iron dagger
1 spyglass
1 wayfinder

May 22 (2 months ago)
Marc M.
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Now that the Lodge has been reclaimed from the Quadirans, Remero will try and use the Messaging Amulet to see if anyone cam be reached.

May 22 (2 months ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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well .. this is actually a different timeline .. like the other people have individual story threads .. so your story is actually before the quadiran takeover .. does that make sense?

May 23 (2 months ago)
Marc M.
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[My bad, you had mentioned that ;) OK here goes another try]

Remero was thoroughly chilled, the sweat trapped inside his heavy woolen ranger’s outfit serving to send cold shocks into his skin when the unnatural arctic wind found its way past his defenses. He resisted the urge to use the salve of Endure Elements as he might need it later. He pulled out the messaging amulet and vocalized another message to the Captain.

“More than a day out of the lodge, nothing to report yet, I expect … wait, what is that? … Stand by …” I could swear I saw a white figure moving down there, but the flurrying snows might be playing tricks on my eyes … need to get closer.

Several minutes later, after stealthily running a few circuits of the area in question and using the spyglass to scan the encircling hills, Remero could find no trace nor tracks of the white figure he thought he had seen. Must’ve been my imagination … the nonstop whiteness must be dazzling my vision and my wits.

“Never mind, it was probably a trick of snow-blindness. Nothing solid to report, heading North and leaving markers for the patrol now …”

Nevertheless, Remero carefully used the runecaster to leave an encoded warning that he’d spotted something unusual here and caution was warranted. Better safe than skewered …

May 23 (2 months ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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Staying ahead of the patrol, remero scouts ahead for any sign of trouble. The trail takes them deeper into the forest and the weather has turned unbearably cold. Many of the men begin to shiver despite the protection of cold weather gear. Remero is also starting to feel the effects as frost forms on his coat. The snow here is thicker and without the snowshoes, remero would certainly make little progress. From atop a ridge, remero notices a group gathered around a sculpture of ice. What appear to be trees are moving in , providing cover for the group as they speak. Frustrated , remero knows he is going to have to get closer to glean any real I formation. ( 2 cold fort saves. Dc 15 first then dc 16. Winter outfit grants a +5 to these checks)

May 25 (2 months ago)
Marc M.
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Remero makes both saves [Rolled in VTT]

Barely able to handle the cold, Remero knew it was time to learn something, some useable information, as he and the patrol would soon freeze to death. He left behind a rune-message warning the patrol and telling them of his intent, along with 2 uses of the Endure Elements salve for the freezing men to use on the most needy of their patrol.

Remero then drew the elven-cloak close about him and stealthily moved down to a point where he could hear something of value. He removed a flask of Alchemist’s Fire and held it in-hand along with his rapier, to be used should things go awry …

May 27 (2 months ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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Stealth check. +4 if you continue to use the cover of the forest to aid you in this

May 28 (2 months ago)
Marc M.
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Stealth Check Total 26 [Rolled in VTT]

May 30 (2 months ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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Remero approaches the group with caution, using the forest to disguise his moves. He gets within range to hear the conversation of these unfamiliar creatures. They speak with a tongue of the northern world. (Do you speak Skaald?)

May 31 (2 months ago)
Marc M.
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YES! Remero is pleased to note that he can understand what is being spoken … he leans in closer so as to not miss a word …

May 31 (2 months ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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Remero leans in and listens carefully. A blue creature that appears to be half devil, half ice, addresses a group of men, trees surround the blue devil while blue lights fly about, in and out of the giant talking firs. The half devil continues to address the group, speaking Skald.

“The report is good. We have gained the allegience of a tribe of goblins who will join from the north. Our army of winter wolves, ice wolves, ogres and trolls is ready to move into the portal shortly. A group of raiders, lead by Rokhar, our new ally, currently make arrangements to take Sentinal Lodge. They move, even as we speak, aided by our brethren, to attack. This will soon become a valable asset within New Irrisen. Baba Yaga believes she can stop us with her Black Rider, but we are prepared for the attack. We have already captured her hut and are working to dissolve her hold on Irrisen. Teb Knotten is very pleased with our progress. He will return soon after speaking with our new ice queen with further instructions. We must be prepared to move out at a words notice.” Turning her attention to another, the devil replies “Yes, Hommelstaub?”

Another wintertouched creature, a tiny light, speaks with a high voice, addressing the blue devil. “The report is good, my wintertouched army has moved through the borderwood, securing every place and providing safe passage for the ice queen. She will be very pleased. Several of my sprites wait to ambush any resistance. Even though we chose a remote location, should the neighboring towns get wind of our foothold, we will take care of them. By the time the larger cities are alerted, we will already have this foothold secured.” He laughs loudly. “We will not be stopped Izoze. Not by any southern army!”

A giant tree begins speaking to the group with a slow methodical tone. “I believe we have a visitor.” He slowly states, pointing branches in the direction of Remero.

May 31 (2 months ago)
Marc M.
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Remero throws the alchemists fire at the Fir and runs for the hills in the ensuing confusion. As he moves he will pull out the dust of disappearance from his pack and hold it ready to use on himself as a last ditch plan to escape capture!

June 01 (2 months ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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The fire launches into the group, exploding in a dazzling display of fire. The sprites, immediately fly away from the blast which catches a tree on fire. It beats its branches on the ground to put it out. Another human-like creature whistles and two giant wolves come quickly to his aid. They bear a harness and he hops upon one, pointing in the direction that Remero ran. They yell quickly to one another, maneuvering themselves for pursuit. The sprites re-gain position and begin to quickly fly off, following the trail of Remero’s steps as they draw tiny bows. A volley of ice shards flies from them towards Remero as they fly. They are quickly gaining on him, dispite his snowshoes.

June 02 (2 months ago)
Marc M.
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“Not good. Not good. NOT GOOD!”

“I could try to hide, but those damn wolves will sniff me out for sure unless I keep moving. I’ve only got seconds before they’re ontop of me …”

Remero knows he is probably dead if captured, probably after a round of torture. He would then lose the dust of disappearance anyway, so why not use it?

Pounding at a dead run for the nearest area where he won’t leave tracks, Remero plans to use the dust if he can find such an area …

[Remero is not going to bother using the dust if there is nowhere he can go without leaving obvious tracks in snow; if that is the case he will hide the dust in his boots, leave a quick message CAPTURED! with the runecaster, and surrender.

IF he can find snow-free terrain where he can go invisible and continue moving without tracks, he will use the dust and do so.]

June 02 (2 months ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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Remero takes off into the woods, deeper into the treeline. He comes to an area with thickened trees. Beyond the trees, an outcropping of rock. He could likely disappear up the trees and remove his snowshoes, possibly leaving them in haste. He could make his way from one tree to the next to the outcropping of rocks and then he would just have to do with the wolves scent .. but the outcropping was high enough maybe they couldn’t make it up. Weighing his decisions, he knows he must act quickly. The trees would be easier to climb but moving along them from their branches to the outcropping would take serious time. The outcropping would be much more difficult to climb but may save time in the long run. What to do. Remero can hear the churning of water off in the distance beyond the outcropping. Well .. at least I have options.

June 02 (2 months ago)
Marc M.
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Remero makes into the thick stand of trees, he will begin to move stealthily (hide) using the concealment of the woods. He will double-move 25+25=50 feet at -5 penalty as per the PF stealth skill [Total 10 rolled in VTT].

Once he finds a likely tree further in he will ditch the snowshoes and climb the tree [Climb roll 12 total in VTT]. He will then begin to work his way to the outcropping from tree to tree [Acrobatics roll 17 total in VTT].

June 03 (2 months ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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Remero takes a while to find a good spot to climb the tree. Even then, the branches prove just out of reach. He looks back to see a wolf sniffing the ground and a group of wintertouched following closely behind. Just then, a volley of arrows reins down on the wolves and wintertouched from the side. Remero cannot see who they are but he hears their voices and recognizes the rest of the patrol party. They call Remero’s name as they crest a hill with weapons drawn, some launching a second volley. The wolves turn their attention immediately to the new threat and the wolf rider issues a command to attack. From beyond, a group of trees and dancing light approaches to flank the scouting party. Surely they will be overwhelmed by the enemy forces. It does not look good. The ice demon flies into view, landing before the approaching Rangers casting a spell that freezes several men, coating them in ice, turning them into frozen staues. It appears the patrol were outnumbered greatly and facing the demon, many of the men drop their weapons in surrender. This is the chance Remero needs for escape.

June 03 (2 months ago)
Marc M.
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“So it comes to this at last. I will honor your final orders Captain Storm. Farewell lads, may you travel the silver winds into the Higher Worlds. You shall be avenged, so swears Remero Fleetfingers.”

With a forlorn glance back, marking every last detail of these horrid enemies for later review, Remero stealthily withdraws and makes for the rocky outcropping. As he makes his way further from the scene of carnage, Remero continues to turn back and view the end result of the battle. Did any of his mates survive as prisoners? Where is the band of icy evil now heading? He will watch them from a safe distance with the spyglass if he can…

[Remero is hoping they’ll head back to base, where he can perhaps free his mates and also hide the scrying stone]

June 04 (2 months ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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It seems only a moment and remero’s friends have been captured by the winter touched. They are rounded up, disarmed and tied in a line. A small party of winter touched sprites begin scanning the trees for Remero, but he remains hidden beneath he rocks and with luck is not discovered. From his hiding spot, Remero keeps one eye open through a crack between stones. He sees the sprites return and the entire group begins marching away. As night approaches quickly now, the temperature begins to drop significantly.

June 04 (2 months ago)
Marc M.
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Remero will use the salve of Endure Elements, but only when he feels he has to (in mechanical terms, before he needs to makes saves and take dmg). Same thing for the antifreeze in his waterskin – use it when the water starts becoming slush.

Giving them about a 1/4 hour lead, he will track the footsteps of the prisoners. He will follow Stealthily and cautiously, only hastening if he feels they’re outpacing him. He will use the spyglass to spot them at a distance when possible.

If/when they stop, Remero will use the shovel to build an ‘igloo’ sort of shelter and also camp for the night. If they do not stop Remero will press on, most likely having to use the salve of E.E.

June 05 (2 months ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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Tracking the group for nearly an hour; it is easy to do by following the massive amount of wolf snowprints, Remero finally succumbs to the cold. The weather is really starting to effect him and he feels like he has become a block of ice. Reluctantly, he uses the salve on his face and hands, the most exposed places. The magical properties of the salve can be felt immediately. His body begins to thaw and relief is soon upon him. Regaining a new confidence, he pushes on. When he stops to take a sip of water, noticing it is beginning to freeze through, he adds the special powder that mysteriously removes the ice, returning it to liquid form. He takes a sip. A strange acidic taste, but a necessary additive.

Remero stops after a few hours of travel. He can see something off in the distance. A bank of quill-like icicles spear outward in a ring, seemingly grown from a heavy sheet of ice covering the ground. A second ring of giant icicle-shaped monoliths stands inside the outer ring, surrounding a swirling cylindrical vortex easily ten feet in diameter. Icy winds and driving snow blast from the vortex, creating wintry weather.
(Perception and Stealth rolls here before we proceed)

June 05 (2 months ago)
Marc M.
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“What in the Abyss is that thing?”

Remero creeps closer to get a better view with his spyglass. Did the prisoners get taken into this place?

[Perception: 16 total rolled in VTT ]

[Stealth: 34 total rolled in VTT (natural 20)]

June 06 (2 months ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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Remero sneaks up toward the portal. He can see the beginnings of several campsites being created along a path leading into it. He can see a swirling vortex within the portal where his fellow rangers are being led, one after another inside; each dissappearing in as they enter the vortex to places unknown. Many wolves, wintertouched fey and humanoids move about the portal. From time to time, more creatures emerge from the portal to take their place among the growing army.

June 09 (1 month ago)
Marc M.
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Among the forming campsites around the portal, does any one tent stand out as a leader’s tent? For example, a large pavilion with a pennant?

Remero wants to make the scrying stone invisible and put it in this leader-tent if so. Otherwise, a crazy idea is forming in his head … to throw the invisible stone through the portal and hope for the best!

While mulling these thoughts, Remero is watching if there is any opportunity for him to Stealth into the portal himself. He won’t even try if there are wolves/wintertouched guarding it, but if they leave the portal completely untended for several minutes, he will consider it!

June 10 (1 month ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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A large creature seems to stand in guard of the portal. He carries a very large spear and his body is misshapen, twisting as if branches of an ancient tree. Large patches of moss and mushrooms cover his exterior. Several winter-touched sprites encircle the creature as if living within the large tree-beast. There are several locations that would give a clear view of the camps set up here. By placing the stone high upon an outcropping of rock, it could scan the entire campsite and the portal entrance. It seems a wiser use of the stone, and much less likely to get Remero killed.

June 13 (1 month ago)
Marc M.
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Remero finds a nice high, sheltered outcropping of rock with an excellent view of the camp, and climbs there. He places the scrying stone solidly and uses the dust to make it invisible.

One job done, as ordered. Not the best, but I know when I’m over matched. I need to get back to the Lodge, get orders from Captain Storm, and organize a rescue party to free my imprisoned Taldorans compatriots. They saved my life, I can do no less.

Remero uses the runecaster to leave a message indicating he’s going back for help. Remero then sets off for the Ranger Lodge …

June 14 (1 month ago)
Casey C. Mentor
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Returning to the lodge, Remero discovers it has been over-run by raiders. He decides that if the Captain escaped he must have headed towards Zimar and civilization for help. In search of the captain, he scouts the surrounding area. After making camp near a frozen river, he is awoken by the sound of an adventuring party in search of the lodge. He joins them in making plans to re-secure his post.

This concludes this thread. Remero’s adventures continue beyond the portal.

Remero receives any unused items from his starting gear, 300 XP and important knowledge of the portal and plans for the hostile winter takeover. This gleans him a +2 sense motive check against winter-touched creatures. Should he recover the other half of the scrying stone (by finding it where he left it) he also gains a very valuable tool for future use having both halves in his possession.

June 14 (1 month ago)
Marc M.
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Awesome! Hopefully I’ll have a chance to retrieve the scrying stone.

Thanks Casey that was cool, full of thrills and spills!

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