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As you search the town, you'll find a smattering of items - most of them are clearly local possessions of the townsfolk and you feel a vague sensation of stealing from the dead as you handle most of the itmes.

Treasures of the citizens of Varnhold -
In the Potter's house:
Hand crafted flagons and platters chased in platinum, 300 gp

In the Church of Erastil
You find a hidden cache of wands and scrolls:

wand of cure serious wounds (CL5, 11 charges)
three scrolls of remove paralysis
a scroll of restoration
a scroll of break enchantment
a scroll of breath of life
two scrolls of raise dead.

(Your fairly certain the town wouldn't begrudge you using these items to help in your quest to ascertain their fate).

In the weaver's house
You notice a half-starved calico cat named Dragon hiding beneath the loom and watching the party warily. When coaxed out, you can speak with animals. If questioned, it can relate, "My feeders left me in the red-sun time when they heard the new bird song. I was busy eating a bit of fish and did not follow them out. My feeders did not come back and I am now quite hungry for some more fish!" The red-sun time is the evening and the new bird song is some sort of music, perhaps, but you can make no further headway with the animal's description.


In the Waterhorse, the town inn
In the inside door of the inn, the word "NOMEN" is etched in the door with a dagger. On a corner table, lie books that clearly belonged to Maestro Ervil Pendrod: Iobarian Prehistory, The Centaur Skyles of Central Casmaron, The Untold Heritage of the Taldan Armies of Exploration, and Secrets of the Rashalka
Mounds.


Among these works is an incomplete ethnography of the indigenous tribes of the Iobarian steppes--Pendrod was working on a section on the Rashalka centaurs and speculated that a local tribe called the Nomens is an offshoot of the greater Rashalka population that broke away and relocated to the area of Varnhold at some time in the distant past. Mixed in with the books are a number of charcoal sketches of a heavy jade bracelet bearing peculiar markings that Maestro Pendrod has attributed to the premigration Nomen centaurs.

At the bottom of the stack sits a letter dated 2 months ago from Maegar Varn and addressed to Maestro Pendrod. This letter describes a Willas Gunderson's discovery of the jade "bracelet" on the banks of a "river of local provenance" and requests Pendrod's presence for further study of the artifact. The "bracelet" itself, however, is nowhere to be found.

A search of the inn's guest rooms reveals that only one of them was inhabited at the time of the vanishing. An investigation of the personal effects that remain indicate its occupant was Ervil Pendrod. Among the more mundane possessions in his travel trunk is a small library of further reference works. These tomes seem to be of less immediate relevance to his current work, but a search locates a centuries-old geography book created by one Carmyn e'Brothasa, chronicler of Taldor's Third Army of Exploration into the north. One passage is marked by Maestro Pendrod and reproduced nearby.

Pendrod's own handwriting in the margin of the text contains a simple but strange note: "Vordakai--perhaps a Nomen centaur god?" The book, frustratingly, does not provide a location to the semi-mythical island mentioned in the text, nor does it provide any further clues to Pendrod's cryptic margin note. The name "Vordakai" is a difficult one to recognize, but a deep student of history might know more.

The inn's till holds 37 gp, 52 sp, and 114 cp.

Maestro Pendrod's collection of books could be sold to a bookdealer for as much as 900 gp, though they might question how you came by books that bear the professor's own sigil as well as that of the Kitharodian Academy on the inside cover. The academy would probably pay a reward for the return of all of Maestro Pendrod's books and papers.

Pendrod's masterwork viola, recognizable as the work of the master craftsman Azores of Wispil, is found beneath his bed. It is worth 1,600 gp, although again the academy would probably offer a reward for its return.

In a house half-buried in the side of the hill:
Lying among the debris strewn about by the spriggan's search of the house is a small wooden box about the size of a wizard's spellbook. Lying near it is a book that has been torn in half at the spine. The book is about three-quarters filled with handwriting in Skald (Lily speaks Skald, if nobody else can translate) - this is Willas's journal. It records his career as a ranger in the company of Maegar Varn and includes a description of several skirmishes that occurred between the colonists and a tribe of barbaric centaurs that inhabit the hills east of Varnhold. The journal names the tribe as the Nomen centaurs.

The last journal entry is dated approximately 2 weeks before the beginning of the adventure and relates a mundane scouting report of Varnhold Pass. You locate a page partially torn from the journal. The top of the page is dated 2 months ago and simply says, "Found bracelet by the river." The rest of the page has been torn away.

The next page bears a single large rune inscribed in charcoal, an archaic Ulfen symbol to ward off bad luck.

The same house also holds what appears to be a magical Folding Boat. Looks pretty useful...

In the Stockade and Blockhouse
1 build point worth of building supplies

On the Spriggans, you will find:
6,550 gp in assorted coins and jewelry (clearly looted from the town)

Also:
11 small chain shirt
11 small masterwork halberd
11 small masterwork heavy crossbow
44 small daggers
220 small crossbow bolts
11 potions of cure light wounds
potion of cure moderate wounds
6 potions of water breathing
+1 small mithral agile breastplate
+1 small seeking heavy crossbow with 20 bolts
+1 small greatclub (currently warped)

In an armory in the blockhouse you find (all items medium)
12 suits of padded armor
a masterwork breastplate
seven light wooden shields
20 spears
three short swords
two handaxes
a shortbow
two longbows
four light crossbows
2 heavy crossbows
a +1 morningstar
200 arrows
220 crossbow bolts.

In a wizards room, you find a damaged spellbook with a few readable spells:

Spellbook
2nd--fox's cunning, bear's endurace, keen edge
1st--alarm, feather fall, obscuring mist, shield, shocking grasp, sleep

In the bag of holding carried by the leader of the spriggans you find a few items which are clearly not from Varnhold:
3,500 gp in gems
Half of a pair of Friend Shield rings
Wand of spectral hand (17 charges)

Two magic items of note:

Longsword
+2 defending longsword with the crest of House Varn on its pommel guard

Longbow
an exquisite darkwood and ivory +2 thundering composite longbow (+4 Str). Davor identifies the workmanship of this longbow as being similar to that of several of the centaur tribes of Iobaria. An Knowledge (nature) check may reveal more.

In the governor's quarters
There is a map showing the land in a 24 mile radius around Varnhold - several spots are marked. (Parenthesis give information on the equivalent kingdom structure)
-Varnhold Pass (Watchtower)
-Kiravoy Bridge (Bridge & Farmland)
-Spider Lairs
-Blood Furrows - the lair of a Bulette
-Talon's Peak - ruined ancient tower and nesting ground of a Roc (Ruined watchtower)
-A Centaur Tribe
-The Mud Flats - an area of hot springs and, unsurprisingly, mud flats.

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Re: Treasure and the results of exploring Varnhold - 3/30/2013 [message #1600 is a reply to message #1598] Sat, 30 March 2013 22:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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a folding boat! Wow! Hal is very excited about that! Maera is keen on the Wand o' Spectral Hand.

Good news about the map showing the Roc's nest -- we may accomplish that quest for the Roc egg after all...

I hope there's a new spell or two for Solske in that spellbook...

I reckon we oughta take the calico with us -- he may be too domesticated to feed himself!

Is that +1 small greatclub the one that got warped?
Re: Treasure and the results of exploring Varnhold - 3/30/2013 [message #1601 is a reply to message #1600] Sun, 31 March 2013 05:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The roc nest looks to be at a foreboding location - the ruined tower it rests in is at the crest of some peaks. Clearly magic was used to build the tower, and get to it.

Tor will volunteer to feed the cat.

The spriggan item list above was edited to reflect the current state of items.
Re: Treasure and the results of exploring Varnhold - 3/30/2013 [message #1602 is a reply to message #1601] Sun, 31 March 2013 10:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Trahia would like to trade 3 cure moderate wounds potions and 2 cure light wounds potions for the cure serious wand as this might let him withdraw and cure faster and get back in the frey and would like to trade +1 composite longbow (4) for the +2 Composite longbow (4) thundering.
As I recall deflaction bonuses do not stack correct? if thats the case I have a +2 ring of protection and 3 sheild of faith potions +2 so I wouldn't need the potions.
Re: Treasure and the results of exploring Varnhold - 3/30/2013 [message #1603 is a reply to message #1598] Sun, 31 March 2013 10:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Would you like to make the Knowledge (nature) check on the bow?

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Damon: you are correct about the deflection from Shield of Faith not stacking with Ring of Protection -- I believe all PCs have a Ring of Protection +1, except yours at +2. I would like to hand Trahea's 3 potions of Shield of Faith to Johd, Tor, and Sgt Badinov. Badinov would also like the MWK breastplate, if nobody minds too much. Hal would like to have Sgt Badinov carry Varn's Defender, until we can return it to Varn's family.

Trahia is the only one strong enough to use either of the bows. We can sell the +1 ST bow when we get back to F.U.N.K.C. (Harold rolled a '3' for his Knowledge: Nature check on the bow...)

Trahia might as well carry the Wand of CSW, *and* keep the healing potions he has, for fine tuning: there's plenty of potions to go around.

Our Inquisitor to Erastil is the natural choice to carry the scrolls from the Church of Erastil, and the +1 morningstar.

How much can the Bag of Holding hold? (what Type is it?) Can we fit most of the rest of the stuff into the bag?

We can 'tweet' the council to send some men, along with the Blue Squadron, to come get the Build Point of supplies, and the armor and weapons. Perhaps we can sell the small stuff to the gnomes, so they can outfit a militia of their own.

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Right, out with the Spriggans, in with the Humans.

It will take a week for your men to get here, over the pass.

The Bag is type IV (1500 lbs/250 ft^3)
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The other bow - you are talking about the Stag Lord's bow?
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I rolled a twenty.
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I don't remember how I came into the +1 bow.
Re: Treasure and the results of exploring Varnhold - 3/30/2013 [message #1609 is a reply to message #1607] Sun, 31 March 2013 15:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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It's a +1 composite longbow - with +2 strength on it, maybe (although you might have upgraded it) - that would be the Stag Lords.

If your total knowledge check was 20, then you don't know anything more about the bow.

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can we have the seeking ability transfered to my bow?
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The closest city with the magic to do a transference is Restov - perhaps 2 days of hard riding on a light horse, and another two days to locate someone to do the transference. So, you'll probably want to wait unless you have magic to get you there faster.

Also, you couldn't transfer enchantments to a weapon that already has them, or transfer properties piecemeal. You would want to start with a fresh masterwork composite longbow.
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The type IV Bag of Holding can carry about as much as the U-Haul trailer at this link! Yay! The bag weighs 60 lbs, so I reckon it's something a horse would carry -- or maybe Trahia...

When we get back to Twin Axe, I would like that Seeking property to go to Malachi's bow, instead of one of Trahia's secondary weapons -- the inquisitor would get more value out of it.

As for this abandoned town: Hal would like to stay until his men arrive -- we secure the town until Blue Squadron and some Twin-Axers can secure it longer-term. We'll explore the hexes around it over the course of the week -- with an eye towards annexing Varnhold into F.U.N.K.C., if the original inhabitants don't return. Perhaps we'll get a chance to communicate with the local centaurs, and establish
a better rapport than our predessesors. We'll go try to rescue the proper residents when we can be more confident they'll have homes to return to...

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If the people we left in camp came to town then they could probably keep things under control till the lancers arrived and we could go try and rescue the towns people earlier, before they are eaten.
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They changed the wording on cleave. Am I to understand that I can only use the feat when making a single attack and it can't be used with my four plus bite attack?
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Yep. Cleave was changed from 3.5. It's a standard action now - good for moving up and swinging at an extra guy in a crowd, but not quite the wade through the masses it once was.
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forgot to note what spell we stored in the ax.???
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Damon wrote on Mon, 01 April 2013 09:58
forgot to note what spell we stored in the ax.???


Solke offered ya Scorching Ray

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Right 3d6 scorching ray.
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4d6 fire, actually
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