Ashes of Triumph: A Crimson Saga

Tale 21: The Green Wastes Part 1

While relaxing after another hectic adventure the party sees a well dressed slender man talking to a group of rough and tumble types before one stands and pushes him off. Vor noticing the bullying waves the man over after he slinks away. He offered the group another round of drinks and explains he’s looking for able bodied adventures to take on a job for Lady Partha Vong. Vor sees the recognition in Tav’s eyes from the name and Nast didn’t seem to be against the job offer. Tav pulled a bit more information out of the man being that her husband Lord Vong had up and got himself lost in the Green Wastes. He might be dead or just need help getting home. The job details could be discussed they found with Lady Partha Vong since she was here in the town of Treskador.

The thought of fighting another tribe or two of Green men had been something the group had crossed off their wish list several times. But with a bit of boredom and nothing to do, sitting idle for some adventurers makes them a bit stir crazy. They opted to find out the details. Vor figured it was about time they find out why Tav is the way he is. Tav and Dahk turn away from the conversation to see the group of rough types is looking at the man with us before leaving while staring down him down. Tav and Dahk looked at each other. Tav questioned the man on how much he told the group on the job. They didn’t seem to thrilled about the work. Vor figured they were more interested in the man’s wallet and the group look at each other mentally expecting the ambush to come in the streets once they left. They took the man up on his offer and escorted him, finding out his name was Danal

As the group starts on their path to meet up with the lady some of the rough bunch step out into the street. Nast still tipsy comments we were right and looks around and starts pointing out more of the group as they came into view. The leader stepped up hand over his sword hilt. Explaining Danal promised them some good money for a job and he wanted to make sure the guy didn’t forget and needed to pay up. It got an odd look from Danal who asked about what money he was talking about. Vor frowned slightly looking back at the rest of the group and that they were surrounded. He didn’t like it since it was getting closer to his bedtime. As the leader moved in closer his hand flexing over his sword had Tav shrugging and pulling his dueling blades. Vor pulled his swords as well sighing and explaining he needed to go to bed soon and the man didn’t probably want to do this. This caused the rough bunch to draw weapons their leader stating things didn’t have to be done hastily. Vor disagreed and stated he think they should be done hastily, he didn’t have time to flutter around this obvious shake down and he needed the man to press forward or back off either way Vor was moving on regardless. Vor told Danal this was the part where he hide behind some barrel.

The leader sized up Vor and watched the rest of the group Tav looking around and rolling his shoulders and Nast still drunk licking his lips and eyeing people to shoot his gun in his hand looking around slightly greedy to kill it seemed. Dahk doing the same. The group for the most part was use to Vor and his ‘Old man’ ways. The younger thug though eyed his scars and noticed the other weapons the man sported as well as Vor stared him down. He realized Vor wasn’t threatening him or bluffing, he was making a promise.

He stammered there was probably a misunderstanding and they needed to be going probably moving away from the group and slinking away into the shadows. The rest following suit. Tav sheathed his blades and Nast complains about having no one to shoot in the rear. Tav moves out of the line of sight.

Refreshments and food were brought when most of the team besides Vor indulges. Lady Vong goes into the details of the job and flirts with Dahk. We agree to find Panal who went off to find a few trinkets that a couple of servants had stolen once they had moved from the Baltinese empire to this town to expand their holdings. Dahk agrees to give her the additional comfort and consoling package as well after the party agree to meet on the ship the next morning. Dahk showed up all smiles and bright eyed. Sanal showed up haggard, he probably wasn’t part of the package getting comfort or consoling.

The trip seemed to be going just fine with the party relaxing on the deck until Sanal screamed when a large bird picked him up off the deck and started carrying him off. Vor mentioned you don’t see that every day before he yelled out dinner was getting away with their charge. Dahk spattered the other bird only to hear Vor complain it didn’t shoot it down over the ship and not to do that with Sanal’s bird. Nast manuered the ship under the bird before Dakh took another shot causing the bird to shift directions before recovering. The party saw another ship in the distance and it was clear the bird wasn’t going to drop him just yet to eat him. Eith Vor running to the bow of the ship and Dahk taking another bow shot before moving to the Stern. With the bird falling to the deck and Sanal falling on top of Dahk Tav pointed at the other ship and said to Nast to get us in boarding distance since he was bored.

The group took a couple shots as did the pirates without much luck until the other pilot hit an odd pocket of air careening and suddenly dropping down several meters in altitude. With the easier shot Dahk and Vor peppers the ship with Radium shots that sent it dropping again this time to the ground. Pulling up the asked Tav to assess. He said they looked okay. Vor figured they probably had enough provisions down there for the survivers to make it to a town or something so the group left.

Sanal was a bit shaken up to say the least. Vor finding out he was injured inspected the wound and spit on it saying he’d be fine by the next day. He pointed at the dinner and told him to get a hunk of meat and saver it since you rarely get the chance to eat your possible killer. Sanal was a bit taken aback but did take part in the meal. The group dined on stringy greasy free flying bird that night before moving into port at the town. The town was large but it did have sufficient walls, this close to the Green Wastes you couldn’t do without it seemed. They hear news of Red Nomads that had been extremely sucessful in driving back Green men and an archeologist who was waiting for a noble to return from the Green Wastes. Vor figuring it was not likely a lot of nobles were out this way he opted for the team minus Nast who stayed on the ship to check out the man waiting on a noble at the bar, possibly find out the tactics used to effectively kill Green Men.

The bar was easy enough to find. The man as well. Vor asked Tav if he wanted to deal with the guy to which he replied not really so Vor up and walked over to the man’s table and sat down to ask about who he was waiting for. Turned out they were looking for the same guy. He had been looking into trying to figure out a weapon found that supposedly shot pebbles with a hammer of sorts. Dahk said he’d hear tale of these strange weapons and might be able to get it to work. They agreed to take the man with them to the tribe Lord Vong had been heading towards the next day. That night they noticed what looked like a ship’s wreckage and they noticed the flag which the archeologist explained was the banner of Lord Vong’s escort ship.

A sudden sand storm put the group down about half a mile from the sight of the wreckage. Vor went below deck coming back out in what he called his dessert survival suit. Tav muttered of the old man still hanging onto it after all this time, Vor stated of course he had since he took it off the body after taking the life of the previous owner.

The party making their way through a field of rocks stopped when they noticed several Green men running towards them. The group stopped as Nast and Dahk took shots at the first few coming towards them. Vor moving up as they got closer to protect the shooters. As something came out of the ground to try and attack him. With the tentacles all around him he jumped slashing down not really doing that much to the creature before attacking the Green Men rushing him as the creature decended again. The archeologist explained the creatures couldn’t burrow through rock atop one of the many stones as the group dispatched most of the Green Men. The finally one finally seeing what happened took off running away with the group taking to the rocks except for Vor who stood still and waited. As the creature grabbed a dead body to drag underground to eat he stabbed it wiping his blades on it’s victim a fallen Green Men. Looking around he asked the group if they were ready to move on since the hostiles were all dead for the most part.

2 xp awarded.

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