Flamerule 11, 1486 DR
Forest (Anvil): Can we assume we made it out of the hideout and back to town?
Actually that doesn’t really matter…when we get back to town one of the things I want to take care of is a business deal with Barthen the shop owner, Kai’s former boss
We go into Barthen’s and I greet him warmly and make some small talk about how he’s been and how business is going…
Barthen: “Boy am i glad to see you boys… or am i? I am not entirely sure. You all really turned this back woods pancake up side down. Kai, you look to be doing well. Have you heard the entire woodcutters family has gone missing? Biggest problem now is that the Redbrands are still trying to collect their ‘protection tax’ but now we have these bugbears who pop in and just randomly beat the tar out of people. We have no idea whats going on around here. People are starting to move out, or just disappear, not quite sure.”
Forest (Anvil): “Wow, that’s terrible. Sorry to hear it. Perhaps we could do something about these bullies. We will definitely look into it. We have a potential business opportunity to discuss with you if you are interested?”
Barthen: “I imagine most of the prospectors will just stop coming back into town. Too bad too this could have been a nice little town here away from the hustle and bustle of big cities on the coast. But with Halia trying to control the Redbrands not a single prospector seems to trust the Phandalin Miners Exchange and so who do they have to trust?”
“What is this business proposition? If it has to do with harvesting organs I told the last guys ABSOLUTELY NOT and my position hasnt changed. I hope you guys havent gotten into the organ business, or the slaving business. What is this place coming to?”
“Also, any leads on Gundren and his map? I fear too much time has passed. How long would some goblins keep him alive?”
Forest (Anvil): “No, no, nothing of the kind. We have a much more reputable business in mind. We have a…supplier of various weapons and possibly some goods and equipment.” At which point I will show him a few of the short swords, a couple bows, and extra shield and some longswords. “If you’ll accept Kai vouching for us, and if you have a market for these kinds of items, perhaps an out-of-town buyer? we could regularly stop in and sell or trade these kinds of items with you, if you are agreeable to it?”
Barthen smiles and seems to put on a show of wholesome innocence: “Boys boys what would the children think? They come in to get a pull of taffy and i have aisle 3 packed full of swords. no better way to shatter any hope these town folk may have left. Barthens provisions wont turn into an armory. If a prospector needs a pick, the woodcarver (rest in peace) needs some tools or somebody needs some weapons for their own protection they would go to the blacksmith and he would give you standard rates.” Barthen looks across the party as if he were judging your intentions and checking his intuition "have you met Edermath yet? "
Forest (Anvil): “Yes, the poor woodcutter. I’m so glad we saved his family. Ya never know what prospector might be want’n to protect ‘imself, specially with all the recent uproar. Ye wouldn’t have to display the dangerous weapons to the lads now would ye. Edermath? Edermath? Is he the apple guy?”
“we have a saying in my tribe: a weapon is just a tool, and a tool is just a weapon”
Barthen: “The woodcutters family was found? i had no idea! Praise Tymora.”
“Yes Edermath he has done some consulting for the Rockseekers and myself on the matter of this lost mine. He is as trustworthy as Gundren or myself. I do all the purchasing and supplies for the Rockseeker brothers and plan to take a larger role in the operations of the mine if we ever get it up. but i try to keep those business efforts separate from the shop here. " He looks across the party again. there is a hint of hopelessness in his eyes and words “any weapons that you can acquire you can store them in Edermaths shed. swing by here and tell me what you have stowed over there and ill pay you for them. Ill occasionally double check the numbers with Edermath but for some reason i trust you guys”
Forest (Anvil): “Excellent, we shall treat you fairly. We’ll visit Edermath and drop off what we have: 13 short swords, 5 bows, 3 longswords, and 3 shields. Have you any market for armor? And if we should come across general supplies, bring them here? Have you any large bags we could trade for? I can carry a lot. We are pursuing Gundren with all possible haste. Finding the location of his possible whereabouts has proved most challenging. But recently we’ve obtained teleportation scrolls, show ’im Holt,” Holt shows him, “that we hope may speed us along.” Any gold we get from selling the weapons I split equally with the party as it is as much theirs as mine.
Barthen: "yes we will take the armor also. ill buy general supplies off of you guys if its something i could put on my shelf, weapons and armor over at the Edermaths place. i have in stock some additional Backpacks (cost: 2 gp, weight: 5 lb. capacity: 1cu.ft & 30lbs) and a bunch of Sacks (cost:1 cp, weight 1/2 lb. capacity: 1cu.ft & 30lbs) "
“I will pay you 5gp for each short sword, 12gp for those bows, 7gp for the longswords, 5gp for the shields. what kind of armor is that you have? where did you get it from?”
Forest (Anvil): “So 161gp.” not sure how many ways to split that? “we currently don’t have any armor to sell, but we will check with our supplier <wink>”
Dan (DM): Yeah how many guys do we have play with us on average? Maybe you just need a party treasurer? All purchases can go through them ? assuming you guys trust each other
Chad (Holt): I will throw the morning star and a sliver dagger into the deal as well, unless someone on the team wants either of those. The dagger gives back half damage as HP
Forest (Anvil): I am inclined to split it four ways, Anvil, Holt, Kai, and Teancum, so 40gp each. Having a treasurer might be a good idea. I give the last 1 gp back to Barthen for a few sacks and he can keep the change.
Kenny (Kai): That Silver dagger might be worth keeping
Forest (Anvil): agreed
Chad (Holt): ok
Dan (DM): lets assume a short rest was had somewhere betwixt the hideout and this dealing with Barthen
7gp for the morning star
Kenny (Kai): short rest at the woodworkers barn?
Chad (Holt): And maybe some Biskets the Wife wips up is gratitude!
Dan (DM): i dont know exactly where. i assume you dropped off the commoners, talked to barthen, dropped gear off at the Edermtahs
Mirna does have soemthing for you. gimme a sec to type it out
Forest (Anvil): Yeah, and we want to check on GlassStaff. Is he still in jail?
Dan (DM): he has been transported to the Lords Alliance HQ in Neverwinter to face his judgment
Zed no longer has the glass staff
wait did Mirna mention her family heirloom hidden in her childhood home in Thundertree?
Chad (Holt): don’t think so
Forest (Anvil): she did not
Dan (DM): Mirna doesnt have a lot to offer you guys. Her husband was killed, her home she has learned has since been looted, they dont really have anything. She does her best to thank you profusely but she is afraid that it just sounds hollow. The best that she can do is describe a family heirloom that she remembers from her childhood….
Though her family has nothing to offer as a reward, Mirna tells the party that she might know where a valuable heirloom is hidden. When she was a young girl, she and her family fled from the town of Thundertree after undead overran the place. Her family had an herb and alchemy shop, inside which a case containing an emerald necklace was hidden beneath a section of storage shelves. She never dared to return and retrieve it. The shop was in the southeast part of Thundertree.
Kenny (Kai): We tell her not to worry about repaying us for saving them. True Hero’s don’t need to be repayed. Thanks for the tip.
Dan (DM): In general the town of phandalin feels very recluse. some homes are boarded up. an occasional body lies lifeless in the street with a red cloak covering their face. less people out and about. in the distance a shed burns seemingly unnoticed. curtains are pulled tight, the sleeping giant seems to be out of business and very few patrons seem to be visiting the stonehill inn
Forest (Anvil): I’m assuming Sildar told us about GlassStaff’s transport, I want to inquire as to whether he was well guarded, we are concerned he might escape.
Chad (Holt): Has Sildar left as well?
Forest (Anvil): Yeah, what’s his take on the state of the town?
Any bodies that are left in the street we will haul to the cemetery for a proper burial as a free service to the community. If any of the bodies are Redbrands we will loot them for coin, weapons and armor.
Chad (Holt): oh sure, look at the giant offering us halflings up for manual labor!
but I guess it is for a good cause
Kenny (Kai): I can bear it.
Chad (Holt): nice one!
Forest (Anvil): I am shamelessly looking for more loot, disguised as a public service.
We can work together, I’ll haul the bodies, and you can loot em.
…once they are in a less conspicuous location
Kenny (Kai): For Shame!
Chad (Holt): how much can we get for red cloaks, seems to be quite a few of those around
Kenny (Kai): I’m guessing a few laughs. We might get some money if we sew them into trendy new red bindles for those leaving town
Dan (DM): supply is definitely starting to exceed demand for red cloaks. torn they might make good cloth for torches, especially considering how greasy the redbrands are
Kenny (Kai): haha good one weird voice in our heads!
Dan (DM): Sildar is very glad to see you. He was able to contact the Lords Alliance via messenger and they arranged for a rapid extraction of Glasstaff to face trial in neverwinter
Kenny (Kai): Great we leave before he asks about the Glass staff.
Dan (DM): they also sent another member of the Lords Alliance to assist Sildar with town security
the elected official is still in office but not willing to hardly even show his face with the way the whole redbrand thing blew up. so sildar is kind of running things.
Chad (Holt): They don’t seem to be to effective, and I suspect it was Sildar that bashed Zed in head and took the staff
Kenny (Kai): Before we leave can we ask Sildar how we can help the town?
Dan (DM): he is able to tell you how Halia tried to take over the Redbrands and it fractured in the process.
he explains how there have been a few bugbears around town shaking people down, killing some, moving quickly by night and working out of the tresendar manor
well sildar doesnt have many hands to work with. he agrees with holt that he is not as effective as he wishes he could be
Kenny (Kai): “So you are saying, that if we take care of some Bugbears…….”
Dan (DM): sildar attempts to confirm the safe whereabouts of the glass staff
Chad (Holt): a bounty maybe?
Kenny (Kai): Is Zed around? I haven’t seen him since we left the hideout?
Dan (DM): he is milling about looking for drinks for sale. its very clear to the party the a large glass staff was not sticking out of his pack back when he was jailed
Zed is not currently with you in this conversation
Sildar: “And the glass staff? you have kept it safe?”
Chad (Holt): side bar, what do we tell Sildar
I vote that we blame it on his lack of control in the town
Kenny (Kai): if we knew what on earth happened to zed that would be helpful.
Forest (Anvil): “You see Zed is a little bit of…how shall we say…a loose canon. He hangs with us sometimes, but other time we don’t know what he’s doing. He seems to have lost it, and we are not happy about that one bit”
Chad (Holt): Lets go with Anvils line
Forest (Anvil): “Zed’s got a weakness for the bottle and sometimes that comes to ill. We have a saying: A weakness for the bottle…sometimes come to ill”
Kenny (Kai): “I blame Tymora.”
Forest (Anvil): “We intend to find that staff since it could be useful to us”
There was an act of god associated with the staff, the god named Dee-Em sorta made the staff suddenly missing, so Sildar could take it up with him.
Chad (Holt): I like it!
Sildar: “I should have turned that staff over to the Lords Alliance. I didnt mention it to them. I sure hope that doesnt come back to bite me. Why do you have your ninja rogue dude carrying the staff? Has he even attuned it yet? Please take better care of it”
side note Kenny if you want to tell me exactly where Kai is and if you want to cast the locate spell to give it a try we could do that. i know you where looking at that one the other day
Kenny (Kai): Yeah lets cast that while I’m at barthens provisions
you detect no movement on it
Kenny (Kai): immediately after casting it I run towards the miners trail (the spell lasts one minute) I am trying to gather as much location data as possible.
Dan (DM): Wait so while you are moving in the next minute you can continue to know the direction
Kenny (Kai): I believe the spell last 10 minutes actually 3.5 e was 1 minute. PHB 256
so I walk to maintain concentration.
Chad (Holt): nice triangulation
Kenny (Kai): I have 10 minutes of it might as well attempt to get as much information as I can.
Dan (DM): as you approach the woodworkers place …
Kenny (Kai): Is it moving?
Do I still have a few minutes left?
Chad (Holt): Looks like it is near the alderleaf farm
Dan (DM): It is not moving
Kenny (Kai): If so i’d like to walk towards harbin Westers place.
Dan (DM): So I’m in the car now I can’t make more maps
Chad (Holt): your in the car, you are allowed to drive
Dan (DM): @scott Sildar is wondering if you will stay and hang out with him. He has things he needs to discuss with teancum
Scott (Teancum): I think we should talk then.
Kenny (Kai): lol no worries. Based on my rudimentary mapping skills I imagine it its somewhere around alderleaf farm and and the home north of alderleaf farm. Maybe we start off next round with a minute or so of my spell left and we are approaching the Alderleaf farm coming from Harbin Westers place
Chad (Holt): Lets talk to Sister Graeil ( however you spell her name) get that all taken care off
Kenny (Kai): Lets do that before we do the locate spell then. This timeline is very chopped up…
Dan (DM): It’s done
We can narrate it later
As you approach the farm you see just north of the home at the end of the street Carp playing baseball with some friends
Kenny (Kai): Wait! Baseball exists in this world!? Is there betting on games and stuff?
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Dan (DM): Ya there is a game that is similar to what we call baseball. I like how the first thing you want to do is bet on games
Kenny (Kai): I mean I have magic and can influence the games maybe I could make lots of money!
Chad (Holt): it’s all that gold clinking away in his bag
Kenny (Kai): Do I have lots of gold? (My actual first though is are they swinging the glass staff as the bat and the orb that was on top as the ball?)
Dan (DM): Ya but your not the first person with magic to see sport.
Chad (Holt): speaking of gold, with the 7gp for the morning star, that brought the total to 168/4 for 42gp each
Dan (DM): They are using the glass staff as a bat
Chad (Holt): Hey Carp, where did you get that bat?
spoken as Holt of course
Forest (Anvil): Did we talk to sister graelle about Bo Jackson’s spell book?
Dan (DM): yes we didnt quite narrate it but we said it was done
Forest (Anvil): Did she tell us where cragmaw is? (is that what we were trading with her)
Dan (DM): Yes she helped mark Cragmaw Castle on anvils map