Heavy Hail in the Harbor

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Heavy Hail in the Harbor

Postby Ian » Sun Jun 29, 2014 1:40 pm

A sudden gale-force storm sprung up over Waterdeep yesterday, pelting the city with high winds, furious cloud-to-cloud lightning (but strangely, few cloud-to-ground strikes), unseasonably frigid rain, and sleet-like hail. As ships struggled to make port from the harbor and lash down anything that could be blown or swept away, and passers-by struggled to find shelter, something else began falling from the sky as well: dead giants!

A total of nine giant corpses were reported as falling into the harbor, one of them ripping the forecastle clean off a vessel trying to make dock and sinking it, and another falling directly atop the mainmast of a ship already moored! Heavy waves swept many people off the pier and into the water. Fast action from nearby dockhands and several nearby adventurers kept things from getting worse, however, as local wizards broke the waves with jets of fire and steam, lifted people from the water with telekinetic force, and located men overboard with flares of magic light, while others stabilized and treated the worst injuries. Throughout the freak storm, an unsettling keening from the sky was reported that sent those that heard it into even greater anxiety and fear.

While dozens were injured and two men were maimed after having limbs pinned under two-plus tons of giant, incredibly no one was killed (save the giants themselves, who are all believed to have been dead before they hit the water). One of the twenty-foot corpses was retrieved from the depths and lifted onto the dock, and aside from some magic from the local adventurers for preservation and preliminary investigation, it was immediately taken into custody by the Watch.

The next day, once the city planners remember that their resident demolitionist pulled up stakes and moved on to Baldur's Gate, rumors started spreading that they and the owner of the sunken vessel--a merchant vessel called the Splendid Serenity--are likely to be looking for assistance with cargo retrieval and breakdown of the submerged wreckage.

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Caelathlanna, Cassandra, Enialas, Seraphina, Loth'gar, Sjach, Kathryn: You can all expect to get a little something for playing along. No real IC justification for it, so just consider it found under your couch cushions or something.

For those of you who are sticking around to cast speak with dead on the giant pulled from the harbor, talk among yourselves and let me know who's asking the questions. In lieu of trying to get you all back together, we can either play out the conversation here in the forum, or you can designate one or two people to ask the questions and I'll play it out with them and post results here. Up to you all.
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Re: Heavy Hail in the Harbor

Postby Doug » Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:05 pm

Caela certainly isn't of a mind to walk away from the scene, instead finding herself a quiet spot nearby to pray to the Maiden for the proper spells in order to hopefully learn the truth of what transpired here?
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Re: Heavy Hail in the Harbor

Postby Stam » Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:57 pm

"If we are to ask the corpse questions...I would think that the first would be to have it describe the circumstances of its death and who slew it in detail. The second might be who and where we should contact an individual who would prefer to see it returned, whether alive or dead," Kathryn suggests. "Those would appear to be at least a good starting point for us in determining the conflict and how it might relate to our city?"
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Re: Heavy Hail in the Harbor

Postby Ian » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:47 pm

[I'll toss y'all a bone. Notes that Caela, as the caster, would likely know:

1. She has exactly five questions to work with, after which the spell cannot be used again by anyone for a week. Once the spell begins, these questions must all be asked within a window a little less than a quarter-bell, or the magic disperses.

2. The answers received through this spell are often brief, cryptic, or repetitive. Any question involving "describe in detail" or the like is going to get a response that amuses me. You probably don't want those kinds of answers.

In short: it's not a conversation, you're reanimating synapses to fire off based on a traumatically-murdered creature's final moments and pulling what remains from its brain through the power of magical compulsion. Assume that your best-case response to any given question will be no more than twenty-five words, and that no question longer than that is likely to get a coherent or relevant response. That's not hard and fast at all, but it may keep me from jerking your chains too hard. Maybe.]
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Re: Heavy Hail in the Harbor

Postby Stam » Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:27 am

"...alright, so much less detail. How about asking for the name or description of the threat it faced, and the name or description of the thing that killed it?"
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Re: Heavy Hail in the Harbor

Postby Murdling » Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:42 am

"It's just as likely the fall killed it as anything else. Ask it what species it was fighting I'd say, the name of the enemy commander, and maybe what the enemy hopes to gain."
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Re: Heavy Hail in the Harbor

Postby Azmon » Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:33 pm

"Ask what his mission, quest, or goal was, and who or what creature was it that tossed him and his men from the sky."
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Re: Heavy Hail in the Harbor

Postby Doug » Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:05 pm

"That's enough to start at least." Caela decides after each has had their say and so she begins to cast the spell. The spell takes some 10 minutes for her complete chanting softly while her hands draw invisible images in the air before her. At the end she raises her arms towards the body of the fallen giant "By the power of the Dark Maiden I ask of you this, you servant of Fraegir Giant-King in life who or what slew you?"
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Re: Heavy Hail in the Harbor

Postby Ian » Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:34 pm

A low, gurgling groan comes from the lips of the giant corpse, water burbling from its lungs as the body reflexively draws in breath to pass through its throat. After a long moment, a voice tinged with the echoes of divine power rumbles forth.

Through black sorcery did Fafrit's champions steal upon us...and with their companions, darkest horrors of Isgar-Thor, did they slay me and mine.
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Re: Heavy Hail in the Harbor

Postby Doug » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:36 pm

"How did you come to be battling over our city? Who would you have us tell of your fate and what message would you wish conveyed if so?"
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Re: Heavy Hail in the Harbor

Postby Ian » Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:12 pm

Caelathlanna wrote:"How did you come to be battling over our city?"
Ambushed we were while seeking a path to Vesthammr Borg beyond the sight of the nightgaunts.

Caelathlanna wrote:"Who would you have us tell of your fate and what message would you wish conveyed if so?"
Fraegir Jotun-King should know...Fafrit's eyes reach farther than we ever knew. Vesthammr Borg is lost. My men and I are all sálskaði.

Freebie: Enialas and Cassandra both note that the last word is a Giant term with no good translation, but its closest root might be "soul-lost." A borg, meanwhile, Cassandra translates to a castle or keep.
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Re: Heavy Hail in the Harbor

Postby Doug » Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:51 am

"What do you mean by you and your men are sálskaði?" she asks, disturbed greatly by the partial translation provided by her companions.
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Re: Heavy Hail in the Harbor

Postby Ian » Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:31 pm

Doug wrote:"What do you mean by you and your men are sálskaði?" she asks, disturbed greatly by the partial translation provided by her companions.

We are desecrated, cast adrift. Our bodies will not rejoin the sky-cycle, nor shall we ever attend our ancestors among the Ordning.
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Re: Heavy Hail in the Harbor

Postby Doug » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:24 pm

The answer to her question clearly bothers the half elf and saddens her as she had obviously hoped that they would be able to restore the storm giant to life once more. Sensing she had little time left remaining with the spell she decided upon a final question "Where is Vesthammr Borg?" If it was anywhere near Waterdeep , this conflict could endanger the city further and not just from falling corpses.
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Re: Heavy Hail in the Harbor

Postby Ian » Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:49 am

It overlooks the Far Silfaegir, on the western frontier of the Fǫllvollyr Suðri.

Upon answering the fifth and final question, the giant lets out one last raspy, watery sigh, and then its face goes slack once more, once again an inanimate corpse.

Cassandra notes that Silfaegir sounds like a proper name, but its roots suggest something like "Sea of Silver." The second is definitely a proper name, "South" something.

Kathryn suggests the giant is giving directions based on locations above the clouds, where the sky giants have established their own alien concept of geography based on cloud formations and similar meteorological phenomena, rather than terrestrial locations. As such, it's hard telling where the giant might mean with the names it used. Kathryn is aware of a few places in Faerun, however, where the sky giants are occasionally seen--specifically in the furthest reaches of the Spine, and the Storm Horns and Thunder Peaks of Cormyr--and more information might be available.
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Reason: Accounting for K-Nature made by Kathryn.
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