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[D&D 4e][pbp] The Wilds of Aladrion

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    yeah eat shit

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  • ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    I am slain.

    JPants
  • JPantsJPants Registered User regular
    I believe the kids call that "rekt"

    Elvenshae
  • KelorKelor Registered User regular
    edited April 8
    With Yona at the head of the group, (and Ellandryn backseat navigating) passage is swift and painless. At every turn where thick brush seems an obstacle the druid finds a break or trail to make smooth out the travelling and avoid losing time.

    It takes just half an hour to reach the forest’s edge, the woods gradually getting lighter as they begin to thin. Birdsong begins to dim at the forest’s edge and a gentle downslope provides an expansive view.

    Vast grassland stretches in every direction as far as the eye can see, interspersed with hills both large and small. Strands of trees dot the landscape and a shimmering to the east and south east reveals the exit of the river from the valley. Tributaries run from it, providing sustenance to grass it snakes through. In contrast other areas feature just torn rocks and earth

    Rather than the hundreds of birds in the forest, those to be seen here are more solitary, barely a handful wheel about high in searching for prey to swoop upon.

    Upon the plains even at what is a considerable distance enormous creatures roam in herds feeding upon the abundance of grass. Some seem armoured, plates run down their backs, others sprout horns from head or tail, others still so tall and long necked they feed from tree tops.

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  • JPantsJPants Registered User regular
    Can we see the top of the giant Redwood from here? or the mountains of Dawnbreak's valley? If not I'd like to climb one of the taller trees in the area and see if I can get those and any other landmarks in view, figure out what direction they are in (for mapping purposes). Also looking to see if I can see the hills that should be SE of Dawnbreak.
    Geth roll 1d20+10 for Tree climbing with climber's kit

    Tree climbing with climber's kit:
    1d20+10 18 [1d20=8]

  • KelorKelor Registered User regular
    @JPants

    Lex easily makes his way to the top of one of the taller redwoods at the boundaries of the forest. From his perch atop he can make out the towering redwood almost directly north, judging by the sun.

    A row of peaks, surely those that shelter Dawnbreak can be seen reaching off roughly parallel to the tree line east. A river flows from them, joining another that appears to be runoff from the mountains.

    Several potential hills can be seen, one large one directly south of Lex, two small chains south east and another right at the limits of the horizon past those. Although the forest limits the view there appears to be more to the west.

  • JPantsJPants Registered User regular
    As Lex reaches solid ground after having climbed the tree he relates his findings to the group. That should help our resident map maker a bit.

    "My guess is those far hills are the ones with the tools, judging by Dawnbreak's location. Shall we head straight there or check out that big one south of here first?"

    Lex will go along with the group but leans towards exploring along the way. Plus the large hill might give us more info on the surrounding areas. Thoughts @Elvenshae @captaink @BahamutZERO @Korror

  • captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    Large hill first

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  • KorrorKorror Registered User regular
    One is just as good as another. All we know about the location of the tools is that they're "deep in the hills" and they have been "taken by a group of savages that lust for blood." I would imagine that it would be easier to find the group of savages rather than tools which could be anywhere in these hills.

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  • JPantsJPants Registered User regular
    Large hill to the S it is then! @Kelor

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  • KelorKelor Registered User regular
    edited 11:57AM
    Tall swaying grass covers the mile between the forest's edge and the start of the hill with occasional clear patches or trails where the great beasts have grazed on or passed through.

    Given that you are able to see them before descending from the forest you can avoid them if you wish to.

    Morning dew on the grass of the hill soaks the outer layer of your boots, the physical exertion almost pleasant once out in the full sun after the perpetual coolness of the forest.


    The journey up the gentle slope of the hill takes ten minutes, but the vista at the top grants a sweeping view of the land about. The other side of the hill drops off steeply to form a sheltered alcove and inside at the centre a large gazebo like structure can seen made of white stone, although its surface appears dirty and worn with age. Spaced perhaps thirty feet away a ring of rocks form a circle around it. There is no uniformity to it, they form rough door ways, two stone pillars with another resting atop. Some plinths stand alone, either singly or in pairs with nothing to support. Think Stonehenge.

    Water glitters both to the east and west and with the addtional height it becomes easier to trace the path from the river that emerges from the forest. It wends it's way southeast before joining with another flow and becomes a raging torrent that is swallowed in a canyon and disappears from view. A stretch of swampcan be seen to the east as well, created by one of the smaller tributaries that split away from the main river. What appear to be a small group of huts populate the edge of the water.

    South west a large peak rises higher than even the one , blocking off any views beyond it and rising even higher than the hill upon which you stand. The headless figure of a woman has been carved out of the side of the mountain reaching hundreds of feet into the air and adorned in simple robes. A staff is set into the ground and she holds it in front of her with both arms outstretched.

    The southern view reveals a few groves of trees dispersed amonst the grass, along with some sections of rough scarred earth. Far to the south the dead and dying fingers of twisted trees reach out of a marsh, while closer to the SW what appears to be a manorhouse has been constructed on the shore of a neaby lake.

    Northhwest a range of hill block your view. The river here rambles at a more sedate pace, but spreads far wider than it's sister to the east, pooling into lakes before disappearing into the swamp to the south.

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  • KelorKelor Registered User regular
    I was half asleep when I posted this last night and missed some details, so please reread if you had read it already!

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  • JPantsJPants Registered User regular
    "Looks like we got something interesting to check out right nearby, some kind of shrine or something maybe? Let's get a closer look!" Lex blurts out, after several silent minutes taking in the beautiful vista they've stumbled across.

    "And we've got a couple signs of life (or former life) in sight as well! You know a good fancy house like that always has some hidden baubles and trinkets and even a few secrets...", his voice trailing off as his eyes stay locked on the distance lake house.

  • captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    "Suddenly this world seems...rather inhabited. Let's see what this little stone structure is downhill"

    That is a lot of geo-info. Enough to keep us busy for a bit.

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  • KorrorKorror Registered User regular
    JPants wrote: »
    "Looks like we got something interesting to check out right nearby, some kind of shrine or something maybe? Let's get a closer look!" Lex blurts out, after several silent minutes taking in the beautiful vista they've stumbled across.

    "And we've got a couple signs of life (or former life) in sight as well! You know a good fancy house like that always has some hidden baubles and trinkets and even a few secrets...", his voice trailing off as his eyes stay locked on the distance lake house.

    "Who has the time or resources to build a manor house so far away from civilization? I am suspicious of whoever dwells there. The standing stones seem worth checking out as we're nearby and those huts off in the distance may be the savages we were searching for through I'd rather use stealth and caution if we had. We are somewhat drained from our last encounter and who knows what their numbers may be."

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  • JPantsJPants Registered User regular
    edited 4:57PM
    "Stealth you say....." Lex replies with a not so subtle grin on his face. "That can be arranged!"

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