Session started at 2020-12-27 / 02:18

Harrow Deck extension for Fantasy Grounds v1.0
Pathfinder (1E) ruleset v3.3.12 for Fantasy Grounds Copyright 2019 Smiteworks USA, LLC
Dungeons and Dragons (3.5E) ruleset v3.3.12 for Fantasy Grounds Copyright 2019 Smiteworks USA, LLC
Core RPG ruleset v3.3.12A for Fantasy Grounds Copyright 2019 Smiteworks USA, LLC
Theme: Pathfinder - Official\rCopyright 2017 Paizo Inc.\rCopyright 2017 SmiteWorks USA, LLC.
Extension (Feature: Harrow Deck) loaded.
'CULTxdanjiro' connected
'CULTxschadenfreude' connected
'dinopoke' connected
'CULTxCiarog' connected
'Saf' connected
GM: Each of you have recently found a short message on the back of a harrow card.
(Harrowing is a Varisian method of fortunetelling, wherein past, present, and future are laid bare. With a harrow deck, a trained reader draws upon the knowledge of spirits beyond the mortal world.)
Jurbal found The Courtesan in a girl's drawers, resting atop her lingerie.
Nicolas found The Queen Mother on an altar he had been tasked with cleaning.
Kaleb found The Rabid Prince in a stranger's pocket.
Nilvalor found The Paladin inside his favorite prayerbook.
And finally Gerkin found The Mountain Man wrapped around the handle of his dwarven waraxe.
The card image itself is unmarred, but written in bold ink on the back is a short message. Though you do not yet know each other, the message is identical for all of you.
At first, you wonder if this may be some kind of farce. It almost seems too perfect – what are the odds that something like this would just fall into your lap at the time when all of your leads have run dry? You briefly feel that it seems a little suspicious, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. Gaedren Lamm must pay for what he has done, and if there is even the slightest possibility that this will lead you to him, you will take that chance.
You consult a book of maps to find where exactly 3 Lancet Street is, and discover it to be in a fairly respectable area of the Midland district.
You try to go about your slow walk to the Midland district as normal, but you are slightly on edge as you anticipate what will happen at sunset. You can’t help but hope that whoever has sent this mysterious note can help you finally find where Gaedren Lamm is. The slow walk soon becomes a brisk one, and then a slow jog as you pace through the Midland district. And so, despite the strange nature of it all, it comes as somewhat of a relief to end up in front of this 3 Lancet Street. You end up in front of a small, but well-maintained, cottage.
Gerkin Grimcleaver: [INIT] [d20+2 = 15]
Nicolas Aubert: [INIT] [d20 = 10]
Jubal Corbin: [INIT] [d20+3 = 13]
Nilvalor: [INIT] [d20+1 = 13]
Kaleb Granzen: [INIT] [d20+4 = 6]
You each arrive, one after another. Remembering that others are also supposed to be here, a quick round of questioning reveals that you are all guests of the mysterious person who sent you the harrow card notes. All of you are eager to meet this person, and you put off formal introductions for now in favor of knocking on the door.
You knock on the door. After a few moments of waiting, though, no one comes to answer it.
Gerkin Grimcleaver [Common]: Well isn't this something.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Gerkin Grimcleaver [Common]: I bet it's a trap.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Nicolas Aubert [Common]: That seems likely. That is why I came well-armed.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Nilvalor [Common]: No need to be so pessimistic.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Gerkin Grimcleaver [Common]: Well if it's fun they want, wouldn't do to keep them waiting.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Gerkin Grimcleaver: Gerkin examines the door.
Jubal Corbin: I examine the door.
You hesitatingly try the doorknob. It opens easily.
Gerkin Grimcleaver [Common]: Pessimistic? Oh no... I'm optimistic.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Kaleb Granzen [Common]: One of you wrote me a letter, who brought us here?
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Gerkin Grimcleaver [Common]: Why don't we find out?
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Gerkin Grimcleaver: I step inside.
The interior of this small, humble home consists of a single cozy chamber filled with a fragrant haze of flowers and strong spice. The aroma comes from several sticks of incense smoldering in wall-mounted burners that look like butterfly-winged elves. The smoke gives the room a dreamy feel. The walls are draped with brocaded tapestries, one showing a black-skulled beast juggling human hearts, and another showing a pair of angels dancing atop a snow-blasted mountain. A third tapestry on the far wall depicts a tall, hooded figure shrouded in mist, holding a flaming sword in a skeletal hand. Several brightly colored rugs cover the floor, but the room's only furnishings are a wooden table covered by a bright red throw cloth and several elegant, tall-backed chairs. A basket covered by blue cloth sits under the table.
Nicolas Aubert: I follow Gerkin hesitantly.
Gerkin Grimcleaver [Common]: What is this nonsense?
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Gerkin Grimcleaver: I wave my hand dismissively.
Gerkin finds a simple note on the table, weighed down with a stone paperweight.
Jubal Corbin: I enter and stand just inside the doorway.
Kaleb Granzen [Common]: I follow
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Kaleb Granzen: I follow
Gerkin Grimcleaver: I look under the table for the basket.
The basket contains bread and wine.
Gerkin Grimcleaver [Common]: Alright, which one of you is responsible for this, eh?
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Jubal Corbin: Probably you, bearded man.
Gerkin Grimcleaver: I take the basket and put it on the table, helping myself to some bread.
Jubal Corbin: I'll let you try the bread first.
The bread is a little stale but is filling.
Gerkin Grimcleaver [Common]: Good. More for me.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Jubal Corbin: I inspect the drink.
Kaleb Granzen: I take some bread
It's not fine drink, but it seems serviceable. Something a peasant would drink.
Nicolas Aubert: I look around for any other entryways into the room.
Jubal Corbin: I take a huge swig.
Nilvalor [Common]: Did you all recieve the same note as I?
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
The wine, while not fine, tastes good enough.
Gerkin Grimcleaver: I pull out a chair and plop myself down on it unceremoniously.
Nilvalor: I show my note to the others.
You suddenly hear the door creak open and an attractive middle-aged Varisian woman with long, dark hair enters with a smile, thanks you for coming to visit, and takes a seat at the table.
Gerkin Grimcleaver [Common]: You don't look like I expected.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
"We have urgent matters to discuss," she says as she produces a harrow deck from a pocket, idly shuffling the cards, "but please, first of all, go ahead and introduce yourselves to each other."
With a nod of her head, she indicates that you should all sit at her table—conveniently, there are exactly enough chairs for everyone present.
Nicolas Aubert: I finally take a seat at the table.
Jubal Corbin: I sit at the end.
Kaleb Granzen: I sit nearest the door
Gerkin Grimcleaver [Common]: You seem the talking type. Why don't you start?
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Gerkin Grimcleaver: I point to Nilvalor.
Jubal Corbin: [SKILL] Perception [d20+2 = 9]
Nilvalor [Common]: My name is Nivalor. For years my younger brother has been missing.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Kaleb Granzen: [SKILL] Perception [d20+4 = 22]
Kaleb notes that her skill with the deck is obvious to him as he watches how the cards seem to float and dance through her fingers.
Gerkin Grimcleaver [Common]: Let me guess. Gaedren?
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Kaleb Granzen [Common]: We all know why we are here.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Nilvalor [Common]: Indeed. I am here to help bring justice to this man.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Nicolas Aubert [Common]: I am well-acquainted with Gaedren's methods. He stole me as a child and put me to work like a slave. The church of Nethys was my only salvation.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Gerkin Grimcleaver [Common]: I've got some unfinished business with Gaedren as well. You can call me Gerkin. Gerkin Grimcleaver.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Gerkin Grimcleaver [Common]: He stole something precious from me and he needs to pay.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Gerkin Grimcleaver [Common]: If you get what I mean.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Jubal Corbin: I'm Jubal, master storyteller and poet. I was addicted to the shiver and almost died, and now that I'm out of his spell, Gaedren must suffer.
Nicolas Aubert [Common]: I think we are all on the same page. You may call me Nicolas.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Jubal Corbin: Now pass me the drink. I need another round.
Gerkin Grimcleaver: I pass the wine over to Jubal.
Gerkin Grimcleaver [Common]: Now that's more like it!
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Kaleb Granzen [Common]: My name is Kaleb. I was foolish enough to work for Gaedron before.
[understood by: Gerkin Grimcleaver, Jubal Corbin, Nilvalor, Kaleb Granzen, Nicolas Aubert]
Jubal Corbin: I take another drink.
Jubal Corbin: I look at the woman.
Jubal Corbin: And who might you be, lovely lady?
Kaleb Granzen: I take a cup of wine
Gerkin Grimcleaver: I down a cup of wine in one swig.
Nicolas Aubert: I take a cup and nurse it slowly.

Once Zellara hears your introductions winding down, she starts to speak in a soft but clear voice.
Zellara: "Thank you for coming, my friends, and for putting up with my unconventional method of contacting you. I have reason to remain hidden, you see - a vicious man would see great harm done to me if he knew I was reaching out for help. This man has done something terrible to each of you as well. I speak, of course, of Gaedren Lamm, a man whose cruelty and capacity to destroy the lives of those he touches are matched only by his gift for avoiding reprisal. You see, a year ago, his thieves stole this, my harrow deck, from me. It is important to me, an heirloom passed down through a dozen generations, and also my sole means of support. When Lamm's pickpockets stole it, my son Eran tracked them down and returned my deck to me. But Gaedren had him followed, and soon after he left my home, Gaedren's thugs murdered him.
Zellara: "I sought help from the Korvosan Guard, but they turned me away. And so I asked around. I paid bribes. I consulted my harrow deck for advice. And recently, I was rewarded - I found out where Gaedren dwells. He can be found in an old fishery north of here, at Westpier 17, where he trains abducted children to be pickpockets and counts his stolen treasures.
Zellara: "But I need your help. I cannot hope to face this man on my own, and the Guard moves so slowly that if they were willing to help, Gaedren would certainly know of their coming well in advance. And even if they arrested him, what guarantee would I have he would be punished? This criminal has evaded the law for decades. But you know of these frustrations as well, for word on the street has it that Gaedren has wronged each of you, too. So there we are. It is time for him to pay."
Her tale done, Zellara tells you that she can perform a harrowing for you to help prepare you for the task of seeking out Gaedren in the Old Fishery—she doesn’t wait for agreement, but immediately proceeds to deal cards to you.
CULTxdanjiro opened The Dance
Zellara: Stay in perfect step, knowing your place in the greater good.
Saf opened The Demon's Lantern
Zellara: An unseen threat or danger haunts you.
CULTxschadenfreude opened The Locksmith
Zellara: Your future is highly uncertain.
Zellara: I rarely encounter signs so opposed.
CULTxCiarog opened The Avalanche
Zellara: Disaster comes to all, but you have a way of making it work in your favor.
dinopoke opened The Juggler
Zellara: What does a paladin have to do with those who play with the lives of others?
Zellara: The Tangled Briar: The thorny past brings not just pain, but hope for the future.
Zellara: The Empty Throne: Chaos increases in a power void.

Session started at 2020-12-27 / 04:22

Harrow Deck extension for Fantasy Grounds v1.0
Pathfinder (1E) ruleset v3.3.12 for Fantasy Grounds Copyright 2019 Smiteworks USA, LLC
Dungeons and Dragons (3.5E) ruleset v3.3.12 for Fantasy Grounds Copyright 2019 Smiteworks USA, LLC
Core RPG ruleset v3.3.12A for Fantasy Grounds Copyright 2019 Smiteworks USA, LLC
Theme: Pathfinder - Official\rCopyright 2017 Paizo Inc.\rCopyright 2017 SmiteWorks USA, LLC.
Extension (Feature: Harrow Deck) loaded.