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    125 KB CommanderQuest VIII-II Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 10/11/10(Mon)02:02 No.12404003  
    > continued from: >>12400901

    You look around the battlefield, all of the lighter mercenaries are dead or lay bleeding and dying. About 50 of the heavier mercenaries are kneeling, a few men relieving them of their armor, and piling their weapons away from them. "Tie this wench, and have her placed under guard. she is to be kwpt alive, but the priority goes to our men." You attempt to sheathe your sword, but the damage it took after being super-heated makes that impossible. You see Collins sword stuck in the ground, the abnormally tall dwarf helping a wounded Finian to his feet, the latter still fuming and raging about something, one leg broken, the bone having punched clean through the flesh. You walk over to Cornelius and offer him your good arm, which he accepts. "That went well" you announce to the barely conscious Captain, the two good legs between you and him slowly heading towards one of your medical tents.

    >what do you want reported to you next? was te4h last thread archived?
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 10/11/10(Mon)02:05 No.12404037
    rolled 49 = 49


    dont know 'bout archivin' but i duggest we get fixed the fuck up before we do anything.

    and once we are alon , commune with Raynha
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 10/11/10(Mon)02:06 No.12404041
    rolled 39 = 39

    I dunno about the last thread. I want a casualty report. List of captured soldiers. The full work up and tending to of our men. The full work up. I also want Jayne to go down the cave about a league or so to make sure NO ONE got away.
    >> Centurion 10/11/10(Mon)02:07 No.12404045
    Ensure nobody got away, get medical attention for everyone, then we need to see to the surrendered mercs.
    >> Xenophon 10/11/10(Mon)02:07 No.12404050

    Alright, I give. But, I gotta make one point first.
    Helpless man begging for his life.
    Incredibly dangerous woman who will most likely try to kill us the first chance she gets.
    >Take her alive
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)02:09 No.12404066
    The 'helpless' man was a criminal that had nothing of value. The incredibly dangerous woman has potentially super important intel if we can get it. No one here said spare her btw. We just need her for information.

    Get our wounded checked as well as ourselves. Find out if there was anything in the caravan other than normal supplies.

    First thread archived btw.
    >> Centurion 10/11/10(Mon)02:11 No.12404082
    >Criminal captured attacking a helpless town
    Crucified as per standard punishment for such a crime
    >Incredibly dangerous woman with dangerous magic powers who is clearly high in the enemy command structure
    Capture, interrogate, then deal with how we see fit.

    You realize we only had the original prisoner because we specified "capture in battle to interrogate"?
    >> Xenophon 10/11/10(Mon)02:12 No.12404091
    As soon as we find out the Brazier's location and every single fact about the defenses of the ruins we can wring out of her, she dies.

    Oh, and second.
    >> Centurion 10/11/10(Mon)02:13 No.12404100
    Exactly. That was the plan. We only wanted her alive for the information, nobody was saying spare her life and let her go.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 10/11/10(Mon)02:13 No.12404101
    Sansa walks up to you with two lists "I have the updated unit roster... but I may need to change it again once I know more about Finians condition. The wagons were mostly food and mead. Although there were a few Meteorite ingots sent this way for some reason. If we had a fire hot enough to work the Meteorite I'm sure our smiths could make at least a few very nice weapons. So you need anything else from me right now?" Sansa asks, eyeing you and your equally injured companion speculatively

    196th Legionary
    Gaius Rex

    454th Legionary
    Cornelius Hoursch
    (+10 on guard duty at Collins village)
    -left hand burnt
    -right leg gashed
    ---approx one week recovery

    98th Warlords
    Uurist Titius

    99th Hunters
    Aurelius Caspius
    Very Good

    50th Dwarven Scouts
    Finian Gaurush
    -mentaly unstable
    --part of retinue until further notice
    -left leg compound fracture
    Below Average

    65th Dwarven Rangers
    Kyria Esfelda
    -arm useable, but nowhere near full capacity yet... showing signs of improvement
    Above average

    House Garlian Uursan Cavalry
    Lady Jayne Garlian

    Peasant Archers

    Blackmoore Freeblades
    Arthurius Tezrah

    Neshtifeld Myrmydons
    Aaryn Wayde

    Sansa Kyrosh - aide
    Collin McManerhan - swordmaster

    >pluses near pets denote training level
    >> Xenophon 10/11/10(Mon)02:14 No.12404110
    I'm still worried about how we're gonna keep her tied up for interrogation. And how long is she gonna take to break? We've only got six days so we'll have to work fast.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 10/11/10(Mon)02:15 No.12404115
    rolled 78 = 78


    take me to the prisoners
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)02:16 No.12404125
    Get Cornelius healing. Our men first before us. Once Finian has been treated, I think we need to have a serious conversation with the man one on one.

    Hmmm. Perhaps it's time we await our prisoner to wake up so we can question her? I can't think of anything else atm.
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 10/11/10(Mon)02:19 No.12404149
    rolled 27 = 27

    AYE, go ahead and distribute that mead to the troops. NOT enough to get drunk, just enough to get reward them for now. The 50th rangers go first. Are command structure is hurting. We, as in us and caps, are getting injured waaaay too fucking often. One could blame the dice, but this seems to be something having to do with our command approach. I guess we will deal for a while though.
    >> Centurion 10/11/10(Mon)02:21 No.12404163
    As long as we fight on the front lines it'll continue. Although I'm thinking us and Justinian could use some nice new Meteorite shields/swords.
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)02:22 No.12404172
    Let's see if we can find out why they wanted to bring it in the first place. Odd for them to bring ore like that randomly.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 10/11/10(Mon)02:24 No.12404187
    "Umm... commander, I can smell your arm roasting in your armor still. As your aide and friend I must insist that you at least take your armor off. And as your friend I would rather you at least have ointment applied to your arm. I dont think it would taste very well cooked, noe that you would appreciate Fluffy and Scaly eating a nice piece of roasted arm in the night." At that Sansa buts in between you and Cornelius, and escorts the two of your to the hospital tents. While your rank allows you to wave off the surgeons, barbers and doctors to work on your other men, theres nothing stopping Sansa from taking a jar of the burn ointment (requisitioned from the duchy for its effectiveness at healing burns) and applying it to your crisped arm. As the Sun begins to set you go to Finians bed, not only is his leg in a splint, but his head is bandaged, one eye totally covered, and both arms look torn to shreds, he is unconscious. Bone tired you limp back to your tent after finally having your leg stitched back together.

    You wake up the next day, rather unpleasantly... as you rolled onto your burnt arm... its before sunset, but you have prisoners to interogate.
    >start with the elf or the heavy mercs?
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 10/11/10(Mon)02:25 No.12404208
    rolled 22 = 22


    heavy mercs first , the elf could take some time
    >> Centurion 10/11/10(Mon)02:25 No.12404210
    Elf, let's get this over with before she tries something.
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)02:26 No.12404215
    Heavy mercs. Maybe they can tell us something about the elf and just general info that can tell us if the elf is lying to us.
    >> Xenophon 10/11/10(Mon)02:26 No.12404220
    I'm guessing the other mercs will be easier to get info from, so them first.
    >> Centurion 10/11/10(Mon)02:28 No.12404239
    I bow before consensus, heavy mercs first.
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 10/11/10(Mon)02:30 No.12404253
    rolled 24 = 24

    I wouldn't necessarily suggest interrogating them. Perhaps....."conscripting" them if they are of suitable demeanor. "Conscripting" in that we are poor right now and it's better this way than just killing them all outright.
    >> Xenophon 10/11/10(Mon)02:32 No.12404262
    Well of course. Interrogation first though. Or if you prefer, debriefing.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 10/11/10(Mon)02:33 No.12404269
    It takes a few hours of prodding, during said time you intimidating demeanor is set back by both Sansa coming by to re-apply your burn ointment, claiming that "youd let is slide so that your men could have more or some other foolishly idealistic reason. We have more than enough to go around." and later Jayne stopping by to see when you will be able to return to your riding lessons. But eventually you are able to drag out why the meteorite bars were brought along. They were to be forged into gates for the tunnel accesses, and to shore up some of the weaker points in the outer defenses." the mercenaries are worried as to what you plan to do with them...
    >> Xenophon 10/11/10(Mon)02:34 No.12404282
    How many of them are there?
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)02:35 No.12404288
    Send the mercs to Highpass to be hired. I don't trust them to back us up at this point since it'd be forced conscription. Do they have any info on the elf who was leading them?
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)02:37 No.12404302
    Also ask what the forces were like back at the ruins they came from. Hell, any info they have. Even if they weren't allowed into the interior, they might know something useful. Troop composition, if the leader was there or not, etc etc.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 10/11/10(Mon)02:37 No.12404306
    50, they know nothing about her other than that she torched a few guys who tried to stop then when they left the ruins they started at, she was their boss, one of their masters wives, and damned scary
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 10/11/10(Mon)02:42 No.12404357
    there were about 10 mercenary units set to the front guard, roatating so that 4 were always active. There were 4 units of lacerta and dwarves that watched the tunnel entrance, roatating so that it was alwas one dwarf and one lacerta unit. They dont know much about the inside other than that it was pretty chilly at the interior, and there was another Wife at those ruins.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 10/11/10(Mon)02:43 No.12404361
    rolled 93 = 93


    " then welcome to the maniple boys!"
    "whos your leader?"
    >> Xenophon 10/11/10(Mon)02:45 No.12404378
    So, how would you boys like to fight for the Glorious Degnarian Empire?
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)02:46 No.12404389
    Too risky. There's no guarantee at all that they won't betray us upon engaging the enemy. At least the other mercs we have were hired to join us. I think they should be sent to Highpass so they can be hired for the empire there.

    I can't think of anything else to ask so I guess it's on to the elf.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 10/11/10(Mon)02:48 No.12404412
    rolled 23 = 23


    how do we know they wont just go back to the enemy held ruins and completely fuck us over?

    how are we even gonna get them there?
    we cant spare any men to escort them , so we might as well take them so we at least have them close to us if they try to betray us
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 10/11/10(Mon)02:48 No.12404419
    rolled 57 = 57

    I'd take them on with us. Not using them as a main force, but perhaps use them with our mixed merc band.
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)02:48 No.12404421
    Actually... Ask what they know about the leader and see if they have any info on how the hell he's been supplying his troops and if they have any idea on where he's gotten the money to fund so many mercenary companies for so long.
    >> Centurion 10/11/10(Mon)02:49 No.12404426
    Do we know which ruins they came from?
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)02:49 No.12404432
    Because Highpass is the opposite direction and it'd take more than a week for them to get to the enemy camp as it is. That's with a supply chain and all, which they wouldn't have since we wouldn't give it to them.
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)02:53 No.12404458
    Wait... We either have a potential problem here or the other ruins are less defended. The mercs last night said the rebel army had about 10 other merc units when we asked them what forces the rebels had under them. We just took out 2 more units and they said there were at least 10 more back at the ruins they came from... It looks like we're even more outnumbered than we thought and unless the other ruins are less defended, they might have more merc units as well.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 10/11/10(Mon)02:54 No.12404470
    rolled 89 = 89


    even if thats true , we need every man we can get if were gonna attack the ruins they came from

    10 fucking merc units plus 4 abhuman units is scary man

    WE need them more than the eastern front needs them
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 10/11/10(Mon)02:55 No.12404488

    their leader is paying with gold and a sizable portion of any loot. Feeds them well with game the poachers bring down, fills their head with rhetoric so that most stay on for free after a few weeks. they were one of the last bands to arrive so they had only seen their master give one speech... and it was moving
    >> Centurion 10/11/10(Mon)02:56 No.12404496
    WE don't need 50 men of questionable loyalty who are almost guaranteed to turn on us. Send them to Highpass.
    >> Centurion 10/11/10(Mon)02:57 No.12404505
    So was their master at the ruins they came from, or did he move between the two ruins? Where did they see him last and what are his travel habits?
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 10/11/10(Mon)02:57 No.12404506
    rolled 11 = 11


    and these grand speeches were about Garagush i assume?

    then we will give greater speeches about Raynha
    >> Centurion 10/11/10(Mon)02:59 No.12404522
    He never mentioned gods and we've currently got consensus to not worship gods but accept their help when offered.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 10/11/10(Mon)03:00 No.12404537
    he switches off from ruin to ruin, moving groups of men with him. He left the day before they did, leaving mercenaries, but taking most of the abhumans with him, but leaving both of his wives. he changes the garrisons sporadically and with no apparent rhyme or reason that the mercenaries can discern
    >> Xenophon 10/11/10(Mon)03:02 No.12404552
    I'd love to stick around, but I've got an exam tommorow and the siren song of sleep summons me to slumber. Should the situation arise, roll better than me.
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)03:04 No.12404575
    I'm thinking we hit the other ruins then... If we take their leader out, the mercs will disperse in time without someone to lead them. The wife might be able to keep some of them around but there's no way she's as charismatic as their leader.

    I can't think of anything else at this point so I guess on to the elf?
    >> Centurion 10/11/10(Mon)03:05 No.12404581
    So Gyedamach has two Wives and a bunch of mercs. Might want to hit that next.
    >> Centurion 10/11/10(Mon)03:05 No.12404584
    Agreed, on to the elf after sending these men to Highpass.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 10/11/10(Mon)03:07 No.12404609
    the decision on the mercs destination can wait. how do you want to approach the elf?
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 10/11/10(Mon)03:07 No.12404610

    were gonna need at least another week before we're battle ready but when the time comes i endorse going after the big kahuna

    to the elf , then find out who was trying to command the scrubs
    >> Anonymous 10/11/10(Mon)03:08 No.12404616
    Raise the point that a good of number of battle-hardened veteran merc units being enamoured by their hirer to a point that they offer their services freely smacks of magic trickery.

    Offer them the chance to fight for our 'trickery', a pardon and the promise of Imperial Coin.
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)03:08 No.12404621
    One wife left. One would assume we have just captured one of his wives. I'm also not sure if we want to hit that... 10 merc units plus 4 non-humans and a spell caster? That's gonna do hell to our men and they still have the other ruins and camp. If we hit the other ruins, in theory we at least benefit with the brazier... Let's see what info we can get out of the elf.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 10/11/10(Mon)03:09 No.12404623

    be packing steel just in case , but bring a medic to tend to her wounds
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)03:10 No.12404632
    Start off with a little dialogue on the old gods. Musing on how surely certain gods of the moon pantheon likely aren't going to look kindly upon failure are they?

    Hell, I don't even know if that'll work... I honestly don't see how we're going to get info out of this elf. Anyone have better ideas other than resorting to torture? I doubt even that will work if this dorf can make people love him that much.
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 10/11/10(Mon)03:14 No.12404652
    rolled 50 = 50

    Taunt the fuck out of her and how her goddess will leave her and she being powerless. Find out where she hails from, why she partnered with dwarf, and I think torture is perfectly viable to be honest.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 10/11/10(Mon)03:15 No.12404661
    a dagger at your hip, since your sword is still all but useless you enter your other prisoners tent. her once beautiful face is now a network of scars, puffy and inflamed, and you can see where she has been bandaged across the midriff. She's healing well, but her face has been disfigured beyond even the elven capacity to heal scar-free. She turns away from you as you enter, looking almost, frightened. "So you came to gloat then? no matter how hard you try my spirit will not break" she replies, still not facing you.

    >roll for interrogation
    >> Centurion 10/11/10(Mon)03:17 No.12404674
    rolled 38 = 38

    Your god abandoned you and you are at my mercy.
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)03:18 No.12404684
    rolled 8 = 8

    Rollin to see what I got.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 10/11/10(Mon)03:18 No.12404686
    rolled 71 = 71


    Lamynus has abandoned you , as will your so called "husband"

    what is the point in resisting anymore?
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)03:18 No.12404688
    Damn. I'm in good form at the moment. A pity I was too slow.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 10/11/10(Mon)03:24 No.12404736
    "Your god has no doubt abandoned you, as will your "husband" when he learns of your failure." You reply curtly "I may be more... magnanimous, more forgiving; if you gave me a reason to do so."

    The elf jerks in the bed she has been confined too "NO!! Khalless loves me... he-he would never abandon me... and Lamynus she will restore the face you disfigured... she will take her servant back!" the elf replies, sounding more like she wants to convince herself than you...

    >can you drive the nail in the coffin?
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)03:26 No.12404747
    rolled 4 = 4

    I assume you mean die roll?
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 10/11/10(Mon)03:26 No.12404748
    rolled 1 = 1

    She can restore your face as much as she wants, but you know what. You have proven already to be unreliable. I doubt she'll do it more than....oh the zero times she will do it.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 10/11/10(Mon)03:27 No.12404750
    rolled 48 = 48


    Garagush doesnt reward failure and that is what Lamynus sees you as

    you disgraced them by being weak and they will never , ever take you back.

    Raynha is differant though
    >> Centurion 10/11/10(Mon)03:27 No.12404753
    rolled 67 = 67

    Do you really believe Lamynus has a use for a servant who failed her?
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)03:27 No.12404755
    Okay, use the 1. Please? The choice is between a 4 and a 1 and after all the crap we went through today, you might as well... <_<
    Yeah, I just want the 1 to be used, heh.
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 10/11/10(Mon)03:27 No.12404757
    rolled 7 = 7

    HOLY CRAP, she gonna break alright, damn straight
    >> Centurion 10/11/10(Mon)03:28 No.12404761
    rolled 8 = 8

    Oh hell yes.
    >> Anonymous 10/11/10(Mon)03:28 No.12404765
    use this roll then proceed to have a light brunch with her before seducing her to your room
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)03:28 No.12404766
    Good sir, you are back in form. Glad to see you're back to your low rolling ways. We've missed you, heh.
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 10/11/10(Mon)03:38 No.12404825
    Yoiu level a harsh glare at her "Lamynus, the Succubus queen, the bitch of destruction and lust will accept an ugly, broken whore who couldn't even bring one man low? In an age where the gods are naught but whispers and rumors this so called deity will expend the energy to repair the broken features of one failed pawn?" your voice is a low rumble, and your are holding her by her inflamed, broken cheeks "There is only one being who can damn or save you right now, and he is most certainly not divine. Do you want to live?" you ask, backing away slightly, and raising your voice.

    "Y-yes" is all the elf can manage.

    "You know how I made you look... and why Khalless kept you, both reasons are gone now. If you wish to live... pray to me, not the whore whose graces I have expelled you from." Youre voice raises even higher as you say this, you turn your back to the breaking elf. "Denounce your so called husband, and your weak gods, for they have all abandoned you to me as surely as I could abandon you to the cold, or to any other number of unpleasant things. Denounce them now and mean it."

    "I-I denounce my husband, I denounce my gods... and I pledge myself to you." The sobbing elf replies, you have a hard time picking out the words... but you can tell that she is sincere.

    "I do not want your service,only your knowledge; and justice. How useful the former proves will determine how quickly I shall mette out the latter. Now, tell me about..."

    >what do you want to know from her?
    >you needed 10 or less to break her, haha you guys finally lucked out
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)03:41 No.12404836
    Ahhhhh yeah. Intel ahoy. Let's get actual numbers from this woman on what the rebels have, as well as where the brazier is kept/how often it is moved as well as what the dorf and the other wife can do in terms of magic.
    >> Centurion 10/11/10(Mon)03:42 No.12404845
    What his Khaless's plan? What the hell is he gathering so many troops for?

    Damn it's late. I'm headed to bed. Happy questing everyone.
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 10/11/10(Mon)03:43 No.12404846

    we want to know everything

    the forces khaless commands , the powers Garagush has granted him and the artifacts under his control

    also anything on the other wife would be good too
    >> Anonymous 10/11/10(Mon)03:43 No.12404852
    well i guess a sorceress could come in handy. I guess ask her what her husbands plans were and exact numbers of enemy units.

    that brunch would be nice too best way to fix crispy arms in my opinion
    >> Pax !uGYNBMPzOs 10/11/10(Mon)03:45 No.12404872
    those are some big lists and tall orders... and I'm runin low on steam myself. lets pick this up Monday at 8 (9 chan time) someone archive please. I check the last thread before I start new ones, so I'll open with your requests. g'night all archive please
    >> Pompieus the Butcher 10/11/10(Mon)03:47 No.12404884

    once we get all that , i agree a brunch is in order

    once thats over with , go find the scratch company of archers and find out who was leading them , or at least trying to
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 10/11/10(Mon)03:48 No.12404887
    rolled 81 = 81

    Damn straight, I'm back to my low rolling ways. Just gotta get in there before everyone else. Ask her about where her husband is now and how many people he has with him, where they are headed, and what kind of powers he posses.
    >> Maximus 10/11/10(Mon)03:54 No.12404924
    Fair enough. See you then hopefully if I can make it.

    Hmm - other stuff to ask... Is the dorfs hold on the non-humans and mercenaries completely solid or are there any dissenters? What are the defenses in the ruins like? I can't think of anything else at the moment... Tomorrow it will have to be then.

    Part of me is tempted to spare this woman since we've completely broken her and it might be useful to have an elf on hand for information on their nation and any info she might have on the old gods. Thread archived btw.
    >> Anonymous 10/11/10(Mon)05:23 No.12405402
    Other things to do:

    Speak with Collins, inquired to Finian's mental state and what happened on the field today.

    We need to give him a reason to live now. (OOC: Pax, how good a smith is he?) Speak with him on the forging of a new blade. A mastercrafted one that he can bring back with him with pride to restore the honour of his family.

    Find out who that young budding leader of the archers was and have a good chat with him.

    Provide positive feedback to the elf. Give her food and drink and a chair to sit in.

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