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PostSubject: Darts at the Inn   Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:06 pm

Over at the wayfarers inn within the city of Caergoth Three friends, Sneed, Stamm and Stein start their weekend revelry with a game of darts. Drinks in hand they play will talking about the week just past.
    "Aye fellas, Ain't seen Cat for near a month. Anyone seen him?'
   "Just pulled in on the Merry Beth, Stein. Should be here next few hours. Ifin he wants to be seeing old friends.
    "He'll be here when he's done at the merchants you two, Heard he picked up quite a load of gems and weapons. No one knows where he got'em but I bet it'll be an interesting conversation." Their leader Sneed replies.
    Sneed continues, "Anyone make anything this week the Boss be wanting to know. He wants his cut if you do. Getting pretty angry about our activities or should I say our lack of activity."
    Stein the short fellow with the brown eyes and black mustache responds, "Hell, boss! I keep tell'in you we need Cat to do a big job. No one smarter or quicker than that elf, and being one of them there professional locksmiths. Hell, this city be ours inside a month."
    Sneed sighs, "That ain't what Cat wants boys. He don't like the city one bit and finds his own way. Got to be respecting the elf for doin that kind of life. Most us be having no choice in the matter. Dock working pays the rent but what we do on the side just helps getting our wives the little things they like. Which means we get what we want from them. Cats cut from a different piece of cloth. Got to admire it. By the way anyone got a take for me to be taking to the Boss?"
    Stamm the tall goofy looking one that's been winning all night speaks up, "Nibbed me a box of jet gems from them dwarven mines down south. Nothing too valuable but our girls will like them." He passes five stones to Stein and ten to Sneed, "There's the bosses cut, least now he wont be complaining so much."
    Sneed looks over at Stein, "What was your take this week Stein and don't be holding back."
    Stein smiles, "Got me a shipment crate disappeared off the Singing Dame, Sneed. Large crate of cotton fabrics. We'll be fashionably warm this winter. Can't be bringing it round here. Too big. It's at the house."
    Sneed smiles and slaps Stein on the back, "Now that'll please the boss. Good work Stein. We'll wrap it up in a few hours and go to your house then mine."
    Stamm looks over to him, "What you got boss?"
    "Something we cannot use. a small crate of them cold stones from up north ways. They're for the professionals like Cat boys. We use them and probably likely be caught up and going to the justice. Best sell them to the boss and take our cut."
    Stein replies, "Is a good take boss but cant we fence em ourselves? Boss never cuts right."
    Sneed frowns, "I know but that's the price we pay for keepin the wives happy. Cant keep this one from the boss. He'll figure it out eventually and there will be hell to pay. We take our cut and thank him. Maybe buy a silken dress for the girls with our cut. Should be enough for that."
    A red haired elf walks into the inn. He looks beat up and tired. His leathers are torn and cut in places. His eyes are black and blue and there are bruises in just about every place you see skin on him. He limps over to the area the three men are playing darts and sits down at the nearest table. The waitress doesn't even ask but puts a full whiskey bottle and a glass in front of him. He pays her in gold instead of steel. She smiles and walks away.
    Sneed looks surprised, "What in the nine hells happened to you, Cat. Looks like you got pinned under a wagon and drugged through town."
    The elf unstops the cork and pours himself a double, "Success boys. I took out the gnolls. Had to do it alone but I took them out all except those two shaman they had."
    The three stop their game and sit down with him. They take the bottle and pour themselves some. Stein is the first that talks, "What you talkin bout Cat. I heard of Gnolls coarse I did but what in blazes are they."
    Cat rolls his whiskey around before swallowing the last of it then pours another. He leans back and looks at Stein giving him an inside half-smile, "Gnolls are bigger and taller than old Stamm here and they look part wolf. Nasty humanoids. They say a Gnoll can give it a go with an orc."
    Stamm utters, "Dannnng! how many were there?"
    Cat starts counting, "Two guard at the front of the cave. Four inside the entrance then two more fore you get to the throne room. In the throne room is were all the heavies were King, Queen, Shaman, heavy infantry even."
    Sneed waves his hand over the table to shush his Conrad's, "How'd you do it Cat?"
    "I shouldn't be telling you all my secrets. You three if I know ya will wander off and get yourselves kilt in the forest. It's not a place for city folk like the three of you. Still I'll tell ya. Maybe you can use it one day.
    I knew I couldn't take them all alone. I needed help but couldn't find any so I needed some mechanical help. Been there before just past Solace and even seen the throne room but before I'd take out a couple of guard and run with my booty. So I needed some trap stuff.
    Most trap stuff is hard to find Cathrops are outlawed, cant find any acid or alchemist flask but I know where to get a lot of skeleton knuckles and I know where to get them stones that make a big bang when you crush them."
    Sneed cuts in, "You mean thunderstones, Cat?"
    Cat nods while taking another swig of whiskey, "Yea, Sneed thunderstones. So I go down to Tarsis. I fought bunches of skeletons in them dried out docks and secured me plenty of knuckles. Then I travel over to that secret elven place I know and get me those stones. Now I got me some help.
    I'm ready. I take that ship to Crossings and a ride to Solace all the while making some things that will give them gnolls plenty to think about. I take out the outside guard that was easy. The four at the entrance weren't so easy. I got befuddled up for a few moments fighting them off and got a lot of bruises and cuts. The two in the next room same thing happened. Gods were na with me that day for sure. Had a hard time but made it through. I then take time to set up my traps dozens of them. There's a tunnel makes an L just before the room so I lay the traps down to where they cant see them. After I lay them out I sneak close as can and take a shot at one of the guard. They all come after me cept for the shaman. I run past the trap. All the guard go down cept the king and queen both badly hurt.
    I fight the queen round the corner first she was the worst off and easiest to take out. That done the king comes for me. He draws out this massive two handed sword and attacks. I get pushed back by his attack and what the hells do you know I come into view of the shaman. They send badgers out to help him. I duck and dive for my life. fighting away from them magic guys and fending off the king and the badgers. Decided I had to take out them critters before the king so I could concentrate. Mind you I was taking a lot of cuts now and blood was starting to drip. Not a good situation. Finally got them badgers and I got lucky taking the king down soon after.
    Now that done I had them two mages to deal with. I was so badly hurt that I knew was no use but tried a different tactic. I snuck in and raided the place with them still in the room. snuck and hid till I got to the chest and lifted their treasure. Was disappointed weren't that much in there just some stones. Did get a good amount for the weapons though and this ring which I cannot use."
    Stamm looks at the ring, "It glows awful bright, Cat."
    "Yea Stamm that's why cant use the damn thing. It's called a ring of resistance. Helps you fend off things. Problem is the damned light it emits will get you kilt in the forest at night. Not a good thing."
    Sneed eyes up the ring, "What you gonna do with it, Cat?"
    "Think I'll hold on to it maybe find a mage that can take the light off it. If now maybe give it to a lady someday catches my fancy."
    Sneed keeps his eye on the ring even though he knows he's outclassed by the elf, "Good on you, Cat. A toast to your health."
    The four take a drink and pass the bottle round. Stamm comments, "We should start callin you the forest ghost, Cat. Tell us what else you found out there."
    "Tell you what. Next week I'll tell you some more of my ventures. hows that?"
    Sneed thinks a moment and asks, "Offer still stands, Cat. We could rule this city in a few years."
    You'll find someone, Sneed. I just cannot stand the city life. You know that. I'd be willing to tip you if I hear something though."
    Sneed puts his glass up, "A deal then. For now."
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PostSubject: Re: Darts at the Inn   Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:35 am

The boys are having a ball with playing darts tonight. Sneed and Stein even brought the wives. They sit at the table drinking some concoction the bartender made while watching them. Stamm as usual is winning. While all of them are conversing with one another; Cat walks in bearing an unusual necklace. It shines of gold and has the sigils of the dragon army around its rim.
    The boys stop their game, Move a second table next to the one their wives are sitting at and sit down. Cat walks over and sits with them. All gets quiet until the barmaid comes over with a bottle of whiskey. She sets it down with a crystal glass in front of Cat. He pays her pours himself a good amount. Raising his glass he salutes the ladies first, "Anita, Elan, Cheers." They raise their glasses in salutation.
    Cat pours himself some more and salutes the boys, "Sneed, Stamm, Stein, Here's to you boys." They raise their glasses. All drink.
    After a long while Sneed speaks up, "Damn, Cat you need to tell us the tale of that new amulet. it looks awful heavy. Has to be a great tale about that, and by the way. May want to be putting it under your shirt with those symbols sticking out like a sore thumb."
    Cat puts the amulet underneath his shirt. Pours himself another and downs it. He then looks over at the boys and says, "First things first. You all did me a service by keeping your eyes on the stuff I stowed at the docks." He pulls out a bag and divvies out 50 coins to each of them. The girls smile and salute the elf.
    Sneed looks disappointed and looks over that Elan who bats her eyes at him before Cat continues, "You see boys of all I have found out there bandits and highwaymen are the worse. Why you say? Because they can match my own skills toe to toe and if you get two on you at once one is playing with you while the other is trying to stab you in the back but I overcame them I did."
    Stamm looks angry, "But Cat they're our brothers?"
    "Look Stamm, if they cannot keep what they stole then they don't deserve to keep if form themselves. Get my meaning?"
     Sneed looks over to Stamm to get him to quiet down and exclaims, "Ok, You took on some bandits but how did you go about doing it Cat?"
     "Remember all that stuff I put in that barrel on the docks, Sneed? Well I figured it was time I used it. I knew there was a bandit hideout near that keep up north. Been wanting to see what was in there so I scoped it out much as I could for many months. After I figured out how to get in and get out I took that stuff from the docks. I killed all the guard on the outside and snuck around the guard on the inside.
    Now these bandits are pretty well organized and have a lot of mercenaries mixed in with axes and shields. So I laid out the stuff enough to end any resistance all the way to the entrance. bout 30 traps in a mix including a bunch of poison gas. I snuck in and made an appearance. The thieves went after me and died as I lead them through trap after trap then I snuck right past the mercs and looted everything they had. That's how I did it."
    Sneed shakes his head, "Maybe not the forest ghost after all Cat. Name really suits you, you know. You got at least 9 lives."
    "Well may have had to use a few of them a time or two but all things equal out you know."
    Stein interrupts, "We should be doin what Cat be doin, Sneed!"
    Cat looks over at the boys then the ladies gaging the thoughts, "Maybe I'll tell you how to do a good find next time we meet boys, for now I just want to enjoy good company with friends."
    With that they all talk about the comings and goings of the locals and the word on the street. After a long few hours Cat gets up to make his way to a prepaid room. Anita gets up and hugs him, "Thank you Cat for your generous donation. We girls appreciate that you look out for our men as well as they look out for you." As she's hugging him she filches a few coins from his purse.
    He smiles knowing what she is doing and gives her the peace out sign in thieves cant, and whispers, "No problem Anita. Share it with Elan."
     She smiles, "I will"
     Cat wanders off to his room leaving the others to their daydreaming.
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PostSubject: Re: Darts at the Inn   Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:20 am

Stamm and Stein are playing their Friday afternoon dart game while Sneed is fidgeting with a letter. He looks up at the game from time to time and making comments, "You know boys we might just have to do a tournament some day. You two getting pretty good at that game.
    Stamm smiles, "Might just have too, boss. You right about that ole Stein here I think is just about ready."
    Sneed looks down at the letter again, "Anyone know if Cats in town?"
    Stein winks, "Sure is. Saw him down the wharfs stringing a line."
    Sneed nods to him, "Thanks Stein." He then looks for the waitress, "Hey, Sally Bottle of whiskey and a glass if you please. I got to go. Need to talk to the old boy."
    Stamm takes the hint, "Anything bad boss?
    "Na, Alls good Stamm. Least for now."
    Stamm winks and smiles at Sneed as he gets up grabs the whiskey and glass from the waitresses hand heading out the door.


    Cat looks from his line to his basket. There's already a good bit of fish in it but no big ones yet. Still its enough to last a few days after proper salting. As his eyes drift back to the line he catches a familiar man walking to him. Whiskey in his hand. Cat smiles and gives his friend a salute.
    Sneed sits down beside him and pours a double as Cat says, "Take some weight off Sneed and take a few fish home to the wife."
    "And you have a good slug Cat. Brought a bottle of your favorite."
    They both have a drink. Sneed takes a few fish frowning, "Small this time of year mostly red fish but you get what the sea decides to bless you with."
    Cat just nods to him and pours himself another, "Must be important if you gave up your weekly game to come see me Sneed?"
    Sneed frowns and pulls out an envelope, "You was raised by humans weren't ya Cat? Well got some news you probably understand."
    "Aye was raised by three generations but you already know the story, Sneed."
    "Well, There been a lot of talk bout your comings and goings round the city. I hear things you know being sort of a junior member of the operation."
    "I know you got your crew. Small stuff on the docks, right? You know me. I don't know nothing but I thank you boys helping me out."
     "Well they just don't know what to do bout you, Cat. You know how it is. Your name starting to get known and all for all the bounty stuff you been doing. They aint so happy bout you feuding with bandits, but they kinda happy too cause bandits is bad generally for sophisticated business men in the city. if you know what I mean.
    Cat nods to him, "What they decide. Should I avoid the city?"
    "No nothing like that, Cat. They want to make a deal of sorts."
    "Aint joining Sneed already said as much."
    "Don't need to. Let me explain. What they're offering is pretty good. They want to make you like me sort of don't be tangleing with him cause he helps out, but you don't get a seat at the table so to speak. We make sure you're left alone to do your thing while your here but you stay way from business in the city."
    Cat nods, "What else Sneed. Seems way to ease a deal. Favors me too much."
    "Yea, There is one more thing." Sneed pulls the letter out of his pocket, "Bosses want to know what you know. Want you to draw a map and tell your stories bout your ventures to me. I have to give it to them at the meetings."
    Cat weighs the words. Looking up at Sneed he takes the papers and puts it in the folds of his jacket. Sounds like a fair deal, Sneed. We're good then."
    Sneed smiles and takes a swig out of the bottle then pours his friend another.
    "Let me tell you bout this little town I just found right outside Solace called Gateway, The cemetery of the this village, and an old abandoned house that has something dark and frigid within that wants to steal your soul.
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PostSubject: Re: Darts at the Inn   Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:39 pm

    It's Friday the evening game starts once again in the late after noon. Sneed has been staying out of it while Stamm and Stein play. This time Cat is early joining the fun at the board.
    Stamm comments, "You back early, Cat! Good to see you could join in."
    "Aye, picked off an easy load this week from some caves and have to think about another place that confounded me with a puzzle."
     Sneed brings his beer and picks his ears up. Cat winks to him. Stein remarks, "What you talking about Cat we want to know and we thinking about going out there too you know. You could be showing us some of the ropes to gaining more than what we pinch at the docks."
     "Wow, Fellows! You all have to have the right equipment but more than that you got to have the right mindset. Besides you all have wives to come back too, And I'm pretty damn sure they want you back. You do alright don't ya?"
    Stamm lifts his beer takes a swig and comments, "Got to be something out there we can try out Cat. Hell with you bet we could sweep some goblins out of some hidey-hole and clean up the leavings. Hell, Cat we look at you with all those fine clothes and weapons. Money enough to go down the red light district whenever you get the mood. You don't even show steel no more. Its all gold, and let me tell you dangerous in some of the town to be shown gold. You know as well as we do."
    Sneed finally speaks up, "Cat don't have to worry bout that stuff anymore Stamm. I made damn sure of it. There's and arrangement made."
    Both Stamm and Stein turn their heads to Sneed with a look of surprise then back to Cat in renewed respect. Stein blurts out, "Damn, Cat a seat at the table. Congrats to you."
    Sneed shakes his head, "No seat, Stein. Just an old fashioned arrangement. We worked it out."
    Stamm shifts his eyes and thought and adds, "Well, That's still an honor to Cat." He lifts his mug to the elf and the elf in turn raises his whiskey glass.
    After the toast Cat gets a dreamy look to him. He starts his advise, "If you two or three have a mind to get yourselves kilt and are dead serious. I guess I should give you the best vice I can. Up north there's a couple nests of goblins. One of them just outside the city to the east. they be pretty easy to take on and they make a good first test. Mind you if they get you they'll kilt you and roast you over a fire. bring bows and swords you be needin both. Mind your brothers and bring lots of bandages cause even if you don't get kilt you'll be getting lots of cuts and bruises.
    If you make through that ordeal theres another nest of them up near the crossings close to Solanthus. This big old tree fell over an old crypt system. Them goblins got in. Hollowed out that old tree and infested the crypts bellow. Not much there mind you, but you might be finding some gold and such maybe a good dagger. Don't be going after no Gnolls, or bandits. You aint ready for that kind of thing. Stick to goblins.
    Stamm and Stein give Cat a salute while Sneed just frowns then he smiles coming up with an idea. He mentions, "You two go off and try to do what Cat does then I be wanting permission from Anita and Elan."
    Stamm stammers, "Hell Sneed, You know that aint gonna be happening. You screwing us!"
    "We got us a good life here! I won't be loosing a good crew over some hair brained ideas bout getting rich quick. Hear me now. You two get permission and I'll lead you there. Understood!"
    Stein shrugs, "It'll never happen."
    Stamm bumps his shoulder, "I'll come up with an angle Stein. Don't you worry. Just give me some time."
    Sneed lifts his beer to Stamm, "You do that Stamm. Now anything you want to mention, Cat?
    Cat rubs his beardless chin, a habit picked up from one of his two human fathers somewhere back in time, "There be one thing, Sure. Up North there be a couple passes between Palathus and the big Keep near the plains. There be a door by a bridge there. It be full of Gnolls. Cased the place out plenty of times and know about a locked door the gnolls don't full with. Well brought out my picks and stuff. I snuck in and opened that door. Found another locked door after a small passageway. Seem like someone didna want to be disturbed. I picked that lock too.
    Theres a short series of tunnels and rough hewn rooms past the hallway filled with all kind of undead. The ones we elves can take care of cause ghosts do not give us a scare. You humans. It be the wrong place to be. I'm pretty sure that.
   Anyway. I found me somethin strange there. A huge room with a big hole in the middle. There be an island pillar of land in the middle of that hole. Undead milled about a chest. Only problem is a couple of granite boulder done blocked a path cross some strange invisible bridge there. I kilt all the undead but couldna for the life of me push the boulders down into the hole. Wasn't strong enough. Want to know whats in that there chest.
    Sneed nods, "Hows about we help you with those old boulders ifin we get a cut of whats in the chest?"
    Cat mulls it over in his mind and nods to Sneed, "You get me the right stuff and you three will get a cut of what I find. Remember that there might be nothin in it but if there is I'll make sure you alls efforts aint wasted."
    Sneed nods and holds out his drink. everyone toasts the arrangement. Cat pulls out a very nice dagger from his boot, "Here, Sneed. For the stuff. Should be a little left over for you and the crew too."
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