Long Way Down

First Half of Third Session

11/12/16

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  • We’re rewinding, we’re different people now.

  • A few days ago. The meeting with the warden hasn’t happened yet.

  • Three are on a boat, one in the forest, Yannis is in a bar in antiva

  • Waiting for a boat to come in for a couple days, we’re all antsy

  • Yannis is hanging out with whoever. Middle of the evening. Corinne is passed out on a table.

  • Finch is asleep in a pile of sacks of flour

  • Yannis is with Zady and Cooper, drinking all evening, swapping stories.

  • Zady asks about Yannis’s eye scar, Yannis tells the whole story.

  • Zady says Yannis should end the story with her winning instead of getting her ass beat

  • Yannis says nah, she’s an honest woman, doesn't want to lie

  • Zady has a story too, pulls up the back of her shirt

  • Huge gash across her back, nasty scar

  • I have like 6 stories, but you told me the truth, i’ll tell you the truth

  • Where were we? Thinks for a moment, where were we, Zenna? Kirkwall says Zenna, from another room.

  • Oh right, we were cleaning up rubble

  • Looking for my sister, go into a room

  • There’s dynamite everywhere, fuses lit

  • No one knew

  • Zenna hooked her with her axe, pulled her out of the blast radius, and that's how she got the huge scar

  • We both turn to Coop, how’d you get your scar? Coop says okay, he’ll tell the truth

  • Leans in, lowers voice

  • Made a mistake years ago

  • Badmouthed Alistair in front of the warden

  • From somewhere else, Dammit cooper, stop telling people I clawed your eye out!

  • Yannis is disappointed that coop didn't tell the truth

  • Assara comes in, Yannis greets her loudly. She says that the boat is finally here

  • Cooper get the horses

  • Zenna and Zady get stuff ready

  • Tells Yannis to sober up

  • Why me?

  • Yannis sticks her head in a barrel of water

  • Assara gives Finch a shake, we could use some dinner. He mumble something and she leaves him

 


  • Larken’s been hiding out in the woods, it’s deep in the evening, after dinner

  • Not quite dark yet, but getting there.

  • Larken is doing some meditation and stretches, winding down for the evening.

  • While she’s in the middle of it, hears someone approaching. They’re trying to make themselves heard, don't want Larken to think they’re sneaking up on her

  • Roll out of position and grabs sword. Stand up and pretend to be relaxed.

  • Familiar elf, was with the warden when you got here, kicking everyone’s asses into gear. Think her name is Assara.

  • Approaching with hands up, not getting to close.

  • Larken nods to her, Assara approaches

  • Boat is here, the warden needs everyone

  • Everyone’s leaving first thing in the morning.

  • Do you want to pack up or sleep out here another night?

  • What’s corinne’s status? Passed out under a table.

  • That’ll do. Larken packs up super quickly, Assara is impressed. This is also how she camps.

  • Talking and walking, Assara is walking quickly, purposefully, but not rushed.

  • Briefing Larken, people she’ll be working with, on the ship. Guard captain from Denerim, two mages that were part of the rebuilding and refugee assistance program in Redcliffe.

  • Larken grunts

  • Assara, I don’t know a ton about them, but if you have questions..

  • I don’t have any questions, I don’t want to know.

  • Assara asks Larken, unofficially, to keep an eye on them cause she’s a Templar. But the warden wouldn’t have brought in these mages if she didn’t trust them.

  • Larken says that's good enough for her.

  • Assara says yeah it has to be

  • As they’re walking Assara asks, so Corinne, I’m going to be traveling with her. Do you have any advice?

  • Larken: disgusted noise

  • Larken rolls her eyes, you have to remember, she’s very very passionate about everything.

  • Assara: disgusted noise

  • The best way to keep her out of serious trouble, is keep her in minor trouble, keep her distracted.

  • What’s safe?

  • Larken stops Assara, any pretty face, anyone will do.

  • Assara closes her eyes and pinches the bridge of her noise, this is going to be a long trip

  • Let her bang the crap out of someone and she won’t run away and set something on fire.

  • Larken goes on to say, she’s a good mage and a good kid, she doesn’t want to hurt people. You can trust her, you just have to keep her distracted.

  • Assara, she’s going to fuck everyone on this trip

  • She’s gonna try

  • I’ve heard stories about another mage you’re going to meet, on the research team

  • Oh?

  • I think they’ll get along, let’s leave it at that

  • Oh.

  • After some power-walking, get down to the docks. It’s full dark, the boat has come in.

  • Assara leads Larken onboard.

  • We’re going to head back, but I have something for you. Disappears below deck, gone for a few minutes. Comes back with a wrapped package, shield shaped.

  • This is from the warden, from someone who’s an expert in shield-making

  • Can open it now or whenever, up to you

  • Larken sets it down and unwraps it

  • Big-ass shield, crest of fereldan done is blue pretty colors.

  • Makes her feel tingly, maybe magical

  • Very well-made

  • Then going to find Ellana, Imira, and Parill. Points out to Rhonan from afar, that’s the guy

  • Larken, I hate him on sight

  • Right?

  • Assara hustles them all together, takes them back to the inn.

 


  • Now caught up with the start of the first session, debriefing with the Warden.

  • She has found an entrance to the deep roads, connected to a building they can make hospitable and secret. Emphasis on secret.

  • The reason she’s called them here, shit’s going down with the Wardens and needs our help. Assembled this team to make murder on the darkspawn while the research team tries to find a cure for the blight.

  • Our job is to leave first thing, ahead of the caravan, clear out the building enough so the rest of them can move in without attracting attention.

  • Rest up, we’re leaving first thing in the morning. Set off on horseback, supplies for a couple of days.

  • When she mentions sobering up, Yannis salutes

  • As the meeting is winding down, hear Corinne yell out “look at that pretty face!”

  • Larken nods at Assara, now you understand.

  • Assara says something about having to go, make preparations.

  • Dismisses all of us, there are rooms in the tavern.

  • Have the evening to ourselves.

 


  • Ellanna is the last to leave, catching up with the Warden. When she leaves, find small redheaded chick on the stairs, pops up immediately “hello!”

  • You’re the guard-captain, right?

  • That I am.

  • Okay so I was talking to the warden, hi i’m molly, and i realized she forgets that not everyone can just glare at a lock and have it fall open. Didn’t think about the fact that she’s sending you guys into an old building with potentially locked doors

  • I researched when we think the building was built and when it was last occupied, etc, and then holds up a key ring and hands it to ellanna. Won’t open every door, but most of the locks I think will be in this building.

  • Ellanna’s really impressed and thanks Molly.

  • Molly really hopes they work.

  • Gives a salute, a jaunty pin-up sailor girl salute and dashes off down the stairs.

  • Ellanna really wants to see her horse. Gets directions to the stables.

  • When the ship was being unloaded, they shooed her to the warden and away from her horse. But now she gets to see it again.

  • Hears a deep voice, sounds like a person sweet-talking a beautiful lady.

  • Ellanna looks inside, it’s her horse and a dude. Her bitchy mare is eating out of this person’s hand.

  • Excuse me, who are you?

  • He startles, didn’t hear her come in. Smiles big and sticks out a dirty hand, hello I’m cooper.

  • Ellanna shakes it

  • This is my horse

  • He starts gushing about how sweet and wonderful the horse is, she kicked someone on the way here but she’s perfect

  • Isn’t she though?

  • Some of the horses were feeling bad after the boat, but she handled it better than me.

  • She’s good at handling stuff like that

  • He nods

  • He’s been grooming her and has bonded with her.

  • Stops and remembers himself. Wait you’re the guard-captain.

  • Yes, yes I am.

  • Ah shit fuck is on his face

  • Gives a stiff awkward bow

  • The warden told me to make her ready to ride tonight. Haven’t finished yet.

  • You don’t have to get that flustered, please don’t bow, it’s not a big deal

  • He’s not so sure.

  • You’re going to have a really long ride tomorrow, pushing the horses. Don’t keep her out too long tonight

  • Not going to

  • With that, he awkwardly pats the horse and murmurs to her and then starts to bow, then stops, and leaves.

  • Leaves her to her horse, busy himself with other horses.

  • Ellanna tells her horse, that was really weird.


 

  • Back inside the tavern, Imira feels like crap. The boats didn’t suit her, it was a long trip, lots of people.  

  • Didn’t assign a room to Imira specifically, she doesn’t know where to go, who to ask. Sits on the stairs being miserable. Head between knees

  • An elf comes up to her. Gently taps her on the shoulder, let’s get you off the stairs.

  • Moves her to where it’s quieter. Set her out a little plate of food from the kitchens. Are you going to be alright?

  • She nods, yeah I’ll be okay.

  • Do you think you can eat?

  • I can certainly try.

  • He scoots the plate away. I think I know someone who can help. You look a little lost, are you alright?

  • She nods.

  • You’re with the warden yeah?

  • Yeah i came on the boat

  • Ah yep, okay. And she didn’t tell you where your room is, did she

  • Shakes her head

  • Stay here, it’ll be okay, I’ll be right back .

  • Imira picks at the food.

  • A different elf, a lady, sits down next to Imira and offers a cup of tea

  • Imira takes it gratefully and says thanks, genuine.

  • This should help, sickness sucks, a lot of people have come in not feeling super good.

  • As Imira is drinking it, hi my name is Kari, who are you?

  • Imira introduces herself.

  • I might be able to help with your, gestures vaguely at the head, stomach, everything is miserable, if you’d like me to try

  • How?

  • I know how to do a head massage that’ll make you head stop hurting, but it’s fine if you don’t want me to, you don’t know me. Gets flustered

  • I don’t want to make you, but you seem sick and I want to help

  • If you think it’ll help..

  • Kari tentatively scooches closer, puts her hands on Imira’s head, attitude is like, is this okay?

  • Starts gently massaging temples and scalp, and it’s a little weird, but almost immediately Imira starts feeling better. Makes her a little sleepy, feels nice even though it’s kinda weird.

  • As she’s giving the head massage, it’s really relaxing, Imira gets a weird sense for a second like she can smell rain, earthy smell in the air for a second.

  • Suddenly all the sea-sickness is gone and she feels fine. Blinks awake.

  • Kari has made a little crown braid around her head.

  • Imira gives another very sincere thank you. Amazed that it worked and also her hair looks great.

  • Kari says you’re welcome, anytime, you’re important and I don’t want you to feel bad, trails off mumbling and blushing and shy

  • I’m really not that important, touches her shoulder, it’s okay

  • But you are, you are important, the warden said so

  • Imira quietly whispers no

  • Kari doesn’t understand, you guys are going to save the world

  • Imira offers the food from the plate she’s been picking at.

  • Kari takes a little bite

  • Finch comes back, tells her what room is her, went to the warden and figured it out. Your friend, the Avvar is in the next room over. She got here while you guys were in the meeting and is already asleep

  • Your stuff is in your room and the warden spaced out, sorry

  • Imira thanks him and introduces herself.

  • Finch does the same

  • The food’s really good

  • Finch puffs up a little, thank you it's my job.

  • Imira heads up to bed, says thanks to both of them again and shuffles off to her room.

  • She gets to her room and is rummaging around in her stuff. Finds, in the bags she was going to take tomorrow, they’re heavier. When she opens them up, there’s a bag that’s not hers, with a note.

  • Imira leaves the bag alone, she’ll take it with her and not peak at it. Doesn’t want to know. She’s really confused, just wants to go to sleep.

  • She doesn’t sleep well cause she’s trying not to look at the strange bag.

  • That night we get some sleep, some sleep better than others.

 


 

  • The next morning the warden comes to collect us, our horses are ready. The caravan is getting set up, but clearly the warden was up a couple hours ago to make everything go smoothly.

  • It’s us, the warden, Carver, and the creepy guy.

  • It’s a lovely day, beautiful and sunny and we do not get immediately attacked by bandits. We beat the rush, the group that will attack the level-1 characters later

  • Following paths rather than roads, setting a hard pace, pushing the horses a bit.

  • No room to be super chatty, riding with purpose.

  • From dawn until we break for lunch, we’re just riding north, pretty fast.

  • Around lunchtime, the warden reiterates, the reason we’re going is we want to get there in time to have time to clear out the base to make room for the supplies before the caravan gets there

  • Don’t know who or what might to watching

  • The entrance to the deep roads is secret from the general populace and also wardens. The better we can keep that secret, the better we can operate

  • As soon as we’re done eating, we get back on the road.

  • As the sun is setting, getting into the evening, the warden stops us all abruptly. We don’t see why, no apparent reason.

  • Fuck

  • She turns us around and we ride back the way we came for half a mile, then we slow and stop.

  • Warden: i was hoping to avoid this a little longer. There’s a clan of dalish elves that guards where we’re going. I’d been trying to get in touch with them but couldn’t because they didn’t want to be found,.

  • Wanted to talk to the Keeper before we were trespassing, but couldn’t

  • They know we’re here so we’re backtracking to give them some space

  • Exchanges some words with Carver

  • We’ll camp here and ride the rest of the way in the morning

  • Let’s break and make camp

  • She gets off her horse and Carver and the creep get off their horses

  • Warden and Carver starts getting camp set up

  • The creep sits on a log and does nothing to help

  • Carver is being domestic, making dinner over a campfire.

  • Many people are making disgusted noises at the creep

  • Larken approaches him, has the ride been hard for you?

  • I could’ve done it a little slower

  • Not used to horses, huh?

  • Shrugs

  • What about campsites, do a lot of camping?

  • Shrugs

  • Works a lot better when we all work together

  • I’ll do my part when the time goes

  • Disgusted noise

  • Larken turns away, makes eye contact with Ellanna, shakes her head and rolls her eyes

  • Creep takes out his walking stick, draws something on the ground and smacks it with the stick, and suddenly there’s a big bubble around all of us. Little warmer, a little nicer

  • Larken and Ellanna glare

  • He’s a little smug

  • Idly remarks, hope it doesn’t rain tonight. Oh wait it doesn’t matter.

  • Larken stomps away, a little rain never hurt anyone

  • Imira is impressed by the bubble.

  • Carver throws a rock at the creep and the warden smacks him. Ellanna cheers

  • Smoke from the campfire is passing through the bubble.

  • Creepy guy is sitting as far away as possible, while still being in the bubble.

  • Warden sits us down. Draws us in close. Okay now that we’re out here in the middle of fucking nowhere

  • I’m gonna tell you what you need to know about where we’re going

  • Yannis pulls out a flask and passes it around. Larken takes it. Yannis pulls out a second flask for herself

  • This place is only in a few warden records

  • Circle tower, abandoned all this time

  • In 309 Towers, the knight commander in the tower killed all the mages in the circle

  • He declared he was enacting the rite of annulment, but later determined that that wasn’t the case

  • No one knows why he did it

  • So many mages died all at once in this place

  • The veil is incredibly thin

  • The whole area is haunted and that’s the reason the dalish clan has lingered here

  • At some point, wardens found this tower and decided to make it into a base. Being really frank, wardens are scavengers and will take any abandoned buildings if they’re up for grabs

  • The wardens that were in the tower were researching a cure for the blight, doesn't know why there’s no record, but has reason to believe this

  • No one really knows what happened

  • At the start of the 4th blight, the wardens in this tower where heard from again

  • Doesn’t think any darkspawn came from here though

  • Antiva was overrun by darkspawn so fast, the wardens couldn’t react

  • The whole country was lost, the fastest a blight has spread ever.

  • Antiva City was overrun, the royal family was lost, looked like there was no hope.

  • Warden went around systematically destroying entrances to the deep roads.

  • End result, this is the only entrance in the area

  • She’s been in the tower a couple times, with carver and Nathaniel

  • Only can get so far into the tower before their wardenness attracts attention

  • They think there’s some active magic in the tower

  • Built over hundreds of years, architecture is bizarre, no straight line from top to bottom

  • Once we get inside, hundreds of horrible things, probably not darkspawn but lots of other stuff

  • Decades if not centuries of important research that we need to get our hands on.

  • Any questions?

  • Yannis asks what is it with mages and towers? Warden says it’s phallic and Yannis wrinkles her nose  

  • Yannis raises her hand again, how can I fight the spirits, I used to have a fancy silvered maul but I had to sell it to get here.

  • Warden says you’ll just have to hit stuff and see what happens.

  • We go to bed, Yannis will be hungover tomorrow.     

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