The guard suddenly bursts into tears, his actions were indeed a mistake. If Ankrauser would question him more, it would do no good for both of them. It would seem that the best logical choice was indeed to confront the keeper of Blackhaven Lord Black. “Alright I shall trust your words for now. Show me where to meet this Lord Garth Black” Ankrauser let loose of his grip from his lance. As the guard recuperates from his sadness and any other emotional stress, he marches towards the destination he pointed out before. Following from behind, the Cavalier Investigator is ever so cautious.
Surprised by the sudden burst of angier, the guardsman stumbles in half-step.
“I…I…did not mean to be rude Sire. I am just protecting you from the plague that befell Blackhaven.”
He picks himself up and kneels infront of your horse.
“I am nothing but a simple blacksmith, I have lost most of my family in Blackhaven. I am lucky to be here but unlucky to stay watch over a town my family called home for generations destroy itself from a far and unable to do anything about it.”
He makes a brave move by lifting his head to look straight at you. Tears fills his eyes.
“The glowing fear is our punishment. Punishment for the taint that we have left the land, the blood of the old to make way for the new. I am afraid of dying M’Lord but I am more fearful of living the darkness that I have in my heart and showing it to the world…especially people I love.”
You have never heard of the glowing fear. But you do know what darkness fills every man. Anger, bloodlust, gluttony, lust and many others. You recall many texts and accounts of men, in the heat of battle going mad and just killing everything that he sees. Battle rage is what most people called it. But that was in battle, not in a sleepy town like Blackhaven.
You look into the guardsmans face. You see sadness and regret. You see fear but not enough to make anyone go mad. He is honest towards his feelings. You realise anymore questioning will break this man’s spirit. He seems to have seen to much.
OOC: What do you do? The guardsman seems to be vague on the information about the ‘glowing fear.’ He also does not tell you more of what befell Blackhaven and what this plague he speaks of. One things for sure, the guardsman is fine and is not affects by anything than fear of repraisal from you. Though will it be wise to go with him to see Lord Black? Will he be as vague as this man or will he be able to tell you more?
As the guardsman replies with an answer that did not answer Ankrauser’s question, but guard spoke about the keeper of the town Lord Garth Black. As Ankrauser looked around to see where the town hall might be, the guard suddenly blocks the Investigator’s eyes with the tip of his spear. Which in turn, Ankrauser answers “Do that again and I will show you how my lance is not used for blocking one’s eyes!” With a slight angered expression and a grip of his weapon, he calmly loosened a bit when the guard told about the “glowing fear”. The guard seem rather unsteady when he said those words. “Glowing fear? What is this fear? And why do you not let me pass?” Ankrauser demanded an explanation from the rude guard.
Skills used: Streetwise D4; Roll= 1D4+3 => 7 (Its in our dice room again)
OOC: If the guard does not answer and still wants me to go to their campsite, I want to look at the guard himself if I can see anything wrong with him. Notice D8 Roll= 1D8 => 6
The guardsman swallows hard and loosens his grip on his spear as he gives you a low bow.
“I apologize M’Lord for my rudeness. I did not know that the King would send a man of such stature as yourself, to this miserable town. The only way I may help his Lordship is to bring you to the keeper of the town Lord Garth Black. He will be able to answer all your questions.”
You make a quick glance towards the town, and quickly search with your eyes where the town hall maybe.
The guardsman catches your eye and blocks your view with the tip of his spear.
“Sire, Lord Black is not in the town hall as I can see you looking for it. We, are hiding off at a camp further away. We have not been in town for many days. We fear that the “glowing fear” might take us too. It is, as I have warned you, my Lord that it is unwise to proceed further. Follow me Sire, we are camped this way."
He takes his spear and points it to the woods behind you. Away from the road and away from the town.
OOC: Do you follow him? Would you like to ask him more questions as he leads you to their camp? If you do follow re-roll your streetwise +3. This will be the last of the questions which you may ask him, until you reach Lord Black’s campsite.
OOC: 1D4+3 => 7 (its in our dice room)
OOC: It’s a streetwise roll. d4+3 : use the online dice roller then post the result here before the guardsman can answer you.
You arrive, at a small hill overlooking the town. You estimate a kilometer away or so. As you are about to pass a lone figure wearing a brown colored worn out armor with the sigil of Blackhaven embossed on his shield. He is standing away from the road cautiously watching you as you approach. His grip is tight around his spear.
“Halt, My Lord! It is unwise to proceded.” The guardsman speaks out trying to sound official.
You walk your horse up to the man, " I am Ankrauser Riovanes, under the house Baratheon the king himself has sent me to investigate the current reports of strange occurences around the Red Keep. I require additional information about said report and any witnesses that might help me with the investigation."
First Ankrauser would approach the guards or would proceed to the guard post and talk with it’s superior. “I am Ankrauser Riovanes under the house of Baratheon, the King himself has sent me to investigate current reports of strange occurrences that is happening around the red keep. I require more additional information about said report and any witnesses that might help me with the investigation.”
(ooc: Stats are in my character but here is the skills I might need. Streetwise D4, Persuasion D4, Notice D8, and Investigate D4. Charisma +3
OOC: Yes, I am aware of the modifiers that you have but you have to be specific on what your going to ask. People can be very vague, if they want to. Aside from the modifiers you have, I can add more if you specific in your questioning. But since you insist on just that then, like I also mentioned above roll your steetwise and add you modifiers. Post it here for me too take note of. TN 4.
OOC: Like I said in my previous post, I’m gonna ask the people for information about the reports King Baratheon wrote down in the letter. Yes it is streetwise check or if people are not cooperating, a persuaion check maybe possible. I have Charisma modifier of +3 to add to my rolls in streetwise and persuasion.
OOC: (out of character) What exact information do you ask the citizens? Give me a set of questions, so that I can give you the appropriate modifiers. This would be a streetwise roll. TN 4. Raises give you more information.
Immediately rising from a long recurring nightmare, Ankrauser could only sweat as he puts his hands on his face thinking why he has the same dream over and over. Though with a scent carried by a slight breeze, the smell of breakfast was enough to unrattle Ankrauser from his awkward dilemma. Standing up and was about to get dressed, he suddenly paused as a letter could be seen on top of his drawer. Eyes widen as excitement and fear kicked in his chest. The letter was from the king himself. There was no denying that because of the dry wax seal is that of the King. As Ankrauser read through the letter, he suddenly dropped it and hastened to get dressed. Calling out for his family’s helper and with her help, Ankrauser was already battle ready. “Tell my father, the King summons me.” With a bold vice spoken like a true Riovanes. WIth no other delays, he rides towards Blackhaven.
Arriving at the entrance Blackhaven, he can tell that people here are sort of restless. Blackhaven is the last stop before entering the Dornish Marshes. So if the king says that reports of strange occurances is true, Ankrauser needs to investigate further while waiting upon his cousin Resper to arrive. The first step was to acquire additional information about the reports his king wrote in the letter. Being a noble and some other factors of being handsome plus being popular among the civilians and soldiers alike for being eminently fair and friendly, gathering information from the people is the most primary effective means.
for Mateus Cruz:
You have not been sleeping well. You have been having these strange dreams, but dark haired men with glowing hands. They would look at you with large black eyes, piercing through your very soul. They would always speak in a language you could not understand. You’d wake up with shivers down you spin and heavy sweat on your brow.
You wake up to the smell of breakfast waffling through the castle hallway. The family always liked eggs and ham in the morning.
As you dress, you notice a letter placed on top of you drawer. A letter that must have been sent to your room as you slept.
Your eyes widen as you notice the dry wax seal of the King.
You curse under your breath, any letter having the King’s seal was always known to bring bad tidings. Your hands gingerly opened the letter.
“My Dear Ankrauser, How are you doing my dear cousin? Has your father been a pain on your side again. How does it feel to be working for the cavaliers? I love riding but I’d rather fight with a sword.
Let me though, return to the reason for my letter.
Reports of a strange occurances are spreading dangerously around the red keep. The news of a invasion by unknown men has been sighted in the Dornish Marshes, at the town of Blackhaven. Your older cousin, Resper has been sent with a band of investigators to the town.
I would like you to set out and meet them at the outskirts of Blackhaven.
I helped your father when we needed it, now I am asking this in return.
(signed by)Robert Barathen"
That has been 2 days ago. Resper has yet to show up.
Ankrauser starts waiting the outskirts of Blackhaven. He arrives 2 days before Resper.