Long Way Down

First Session

10/14/16

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  • For the last four years, mages and templars have been at war with each other, all over the continent.

  • Chaos all over the countryside

  • The Warden has been trying to fix things

  • World leaders got together to discuss how to deal with this, but they got blown up.

  • Warden fucked off to Antiva City and called us all here.

  • Warden greets you, you catch up with whatever you’ve been doing.

  • Corinne and Rhonan flirt, much to Larken’s dismay.

  • Now that we’re all there, the Warden calls the A Team together.

  • Don’t tell anyone -> All the Grey Wardens have disappeared, she believes they’re being controlled by the big evil darkspawn.

  • Many attempts to get in touch with Warden leadership and failed

  • Instead of fighting the big evil darkspawn, we’re fighting the Blight

  • She knows where the archdemons are, she has located a base with an entrance to the deep roads

  • Team of researchers looking into curing the Blight

  • Need a sample of the disease, which is underground

  • 1) Cure the Blight if you can

  • 2) Kill as many Darkspawn as you can

  • 3) Kill all the archdemons if you can

  • The base she has procured, great building, lovely mountain view

  • Abandoned for 100 years, filled with monsters

  • A Team is going to ride straight there, to clear out monsters

  • B Team follows with supplies

  • This is a secret base, be discrete

  • A Team gets together first thing in the morning, leaves on horseback

  • B Team gathers everything, heads out with the caravans


  • Beautiful day, everything’s going good

  • Immediately attacked by bandits

  • A bandit shoots a crossbow at Lindel, it fires daggers.

  • Another bandit shoots at Harrett, hitting her hard.

  • Harrett runs over to a bandit and hits him twice with her forge hammer, killing him deftly.

  • Astrid strikes at a bandit, bloodying him.

  • Corinne shoots arcane lances at bandits.

  • Rhonan misses.

  • Lindel shoots an arrow, killing the bandit Astrid was fighting.

  • A bandit runs over and strikes Harrett.

  • Another bandit hits Astrid.

  • Lorenzo tries to run sneakily over to the bandit Harrett is fighting, but the bandit sees Lorenzo.

  • Lindel shoots another arrow, but misses.

  • Another bandit appears and shoots at Rhonan, and another shoots at Astrid.

  • Harrett swings at her foe, taking him down too, and takes up a defensive stance.

  • Astrid hit her bandit

  • Lorenzo sneaks up to Astrid bandits and backstabs him.

  • Corinne launches an arcane lance at the bandit that attacked Ronan, but misses him. She doesn’t care that much.

  • Lindel fires an arrow, hitting a vulnerable weak point and killing the bandit.

  • Rhonan steps up and shoots an arcane lance, killing his bandit. He fires off another one immediately, taking out another bandit.

  • One last bandit and the bandit leader appears.

  • Bandit thug attacks Lorenzo, taking a chunk out of him.

  • The bandit leader attacks Harrett, hitting her really hard twice.

  • Corinne heals Harrett

  • Lindel misses with his bow.

  • Astrid hits her bandit

  • Lorenzo runs back over to the bandit leader, but she sees him coming. He hits her, doing minimal damage.

  • Another bandit (who was previously peeing behind a tree) runs over to attack Lorenzo.

  • Harrett swings her hammer, hitting the bandit leader hard and taking her down to half health

  • Rhonan shoots a powerful arcane lance and takes out the bandit leader.

  • Lorenzo gets hit, runs away to sneak attack the other bandit, but he misses.

  • Astrid also misses

  • Corinne shoots an arcane lance at one of the remaining bandits, almost bringing him down. She shouts out a taunt, distracting him.

  • Lindel shoots an arrow, but misses.

  • Bandit runs up to Harrett and bounces his maul off her stomach. She brings her hammer down on him, killing him.

  • Astrid takes out the final bandit.

  • Harrett sets about moving the bodies out of the road.

  • There was a log across the road, and Harrett moves it easily.

  • Corinne continues yelling encouragement(?)

  • Corinne and Rhonan run off to have sex in the bushes.

  • The rest of us take a breather.

  • Nathanial and Assara get everyone calmed down and patched up.


  • We continue on.

  • Nice and warm. Clear and bright and sunny. Road to ourselves.

  • After the initial bandit attack, Assara and Nathaniel are on high alert

  • Assara scouts ahead, Nathaniel makes circuits around the caravan.

  • Assara pushes us to keep moving until sunset.

  • At sunset, we circle our wagons and unload the caravans. Set up camp.

  • Astrid goes to check on her falcons. Cooper is there, making small happy bird noises at them. Like he’s chatting with them.

  • Doesn’t notice Astrid. She says hello happily, startling him.

  • He’s embarrassed, but says hello. He’s never seen pet falcons before and thinks they’re cool.

  • Astrid is delighted and starts introducing them by name.

  • Cooper is happy, nodding along.

  • The dogs wander over

  • Astrid, you don’t use the dogs and birds hunting?

  • Cooper wants to try

  • Finch has been complaining about the food for weeks. Cooper asks Astrid if she wants to go hunting and she says an enthusiastic yes.

  • Calls over the dogs. They’re super obedient. Sit in a line while they’re introduced.

  • Astrid introduces the birds to the dogs. She hasn’t seen mabari before.

  • The mabari seem to understand what she’s saying.

  • Astrid is pretty sure she loves them.

  • Bucket is a bit more dopey and distracted. Slobbers on Astrid.

  • Cooper says, the dogs now know the birds, if the birds spot a deer, the dogs should be able to follow it.

  • How fast can you run?

  • You should probably get a horse.

  • Once Astrid gets her horse, Cooper gathers the dogs. Cooper does not get a horse, he’s gonna run.

  • Not quite as fast as your horse, but I’ve been practicing with Assara and the dogs.

  • Deer yes, halla no. We don’t want to piss off any Dalish elves.

  • The falcon Astrid chooses is Saga. Saga spots a target.

  • It’s dusky evening. Astrid takes off on her horse. Cooper and the dogs run along side.

  • After about ten minutes, the dogs fan out in front. Saga is circling over a spot. Cooper and the dogs disappear into the woods.

  • Cooper points where he thinks the deer is going to be and indicates that she should take the first shot.

  • Astrid spots the deer and sneaks up on it. She looses an arrow, getting an excellent.

  • Cooper appears and tackles the deer. He hacks at it with his axe.

  • The deer lands a kick on Cooper and he rolls away.

  • Astrid takes another shot with her bow, taking down the deer.

  • Cooper immediately sets to cleaning the deer.

  • The dogs are disappointed that they didn’t get to help.

  • Cooper handily dismembers the deer, gives the entrails to the dogs, and gives Astrid a bloody high fives. Wipes his hand on his shirt first.

  • Finch is extremely happy to have something decent to cook, but bitches and moans about having to cook it over a campfire.


  • While they were gone, Zady and Zenna are bickering about the best way to build a fire. They spend a good half hour arguing. It’s obvious that they’ve had this argument before.

  • Eventually, Evangeline goes over to Rhonan’s tent, asking him to help them. He’s busy having sex with Corinne, so she waits.

  • Rhonan shoots an arcane lance at the very well-made firepit, setting it on ablaze.

  • Once the fire is lit, Evangeline gets a thoughtful scheming look on her face.

  • You’re good with fire, right?

  • I’m good at most things.

  • Could you help me with something? (more quietly) I want to try something out.

  • Rhonan is torn cause he promised he’d go back to Corinne, but she’s passed out.

  • Evangeline pulls out a wooden crate, obviously very heavy. Leads Rhonan into a little clearing.

  • I was in the lab, and I was trying to make…it doesn’t matter, it didn’t work..but I made these.

  • Pulls out small glass jar

  • Slippery if you break it, wants to know what would happen if you broke it with fire.

  • Zenna has been trying to get this crate from her for weeks.

  • Rhonan is SO DOWN.

  • Evangeline, I’m going to take one and toss it into the air. You’re going to hit it with fire and see what happens.

  • She goes to the other side of the clearing, shot-puts a jar. Rhonan misses.

  • Throws another one and BOOSH, fire in the sky, raining down, with broken glass.

  • E: WOO IT WORKED

  • R: YES, arms up in the air

  • E: okay okay okay, but what if we used more fire

  • R: more fire is never a bad thing

  • E: wait wait, you can do fire spells, right?

  • E: if it gives a bigger boom, we’re going to be in the blast radius

  • Puts the glass jar in the middle of the clearing and backs way away

  • Rhonan casts Flame Blast and suddenly there’s a crater in the middle of the clearing, BOOM

  • Everyone knows what they’re doing now.

  • Rhonan and Corinne don’t know each other’s names.

  • Rhonan thinks this trip is the best thing that ever happened to him.

  • There’s a small fire, but Evangeline runs over and waves her hands at it. Frost freezes the fire in place and it crumbles.

  • Evangeline winks, Don’t tell.

  • As soon as the fire is out, Zenna marches over, swearing, takes the crate and walks back out. No, no, bad.

  • R: What was her problem?

  • E: Explosions, she doesn’t like them

  • Evangeline is already distracted, thinking of uses for this substance. She wanders away.

  • Rhonan is in love.


  • Lindel is looking for Assara. He finds her. Clings to her sleeve a little bit.

  • Are you alright, cousin?

  • I killed a man

  • You’ve killed lots of people

  • We’ve killed lots of people together

  • That’s not helping

  • They had families, they were talking about their sons and daughters that they needed to feed

  • This is really bothering you, huh? Anything I can do?

  • Not sure. Hold me.

  • Awkwardly puts her arms around him, pats his back

  • He clings to her, she looks around for help

  • She picks him up, carries him over to the fire and sets him down. Rubs his back gently.

  • She gently wipes his single tear away.

  • Lindel is now sitting and not clinging

  • Assara’s still awkwardly patting him (looking for an escape route)

  • Assara attempts to give him a pep talk

  • Sometimes people make bad decisions. The bandits attacking us was a bad decision on their part

  • THEIR FAMILIES, COUSIN.

  • Assara is sweating, I’m going to get you some food, that’ll help

  • Assara books it away, BYE

  • A few minutes later, Kari comes and sits down next to Lindel.

  • Lindel is wiping at his eyes.

  • She picks up a stick and starts poking at the fire.

  • Eventually, K: that was pretty awful today

  • L: Yeah, we killed their fathers, the poor children D:

  • Kari nods, kinda upset also

  • Kari looks over at Assara, looks over at Lindel

  • Is she really your cousin?

  • Yeah i think so

  • How long have you been away from your clan

  • I dunno, I’m bad at math

  • Kari: you are Dalish though, right? You have a clan?

  • Lindel touches his face, at where his unfinished tattoos are.

  • Kari’s eyes go wide, she pulls back her hair, she has a similar unfinished tattoo. Tiny dot by her ear

  • It hurt, right?

  • Kari’s quiet for a minute, is that why you left? You couldn’t get your tattoos done? That’s why I had to leave. It’s been years, I miss them.

  • I have my cousin, she loves me.

  • Kari looks over again. She’s Dalish too?

  • In a way

  • You know what always makes me feel better though?

  • She gets up and leaves for a second. Comes back with a guitar. Starts quietly playing a little song. Sings in elven. Lindel hasn’t heard in a long time, but a song Lindel recognizes.

  • Lindel starts crying again, happy tears.

  • She’s just playing a little Dalish lullaby

  • Lindel wishes Assara would do that, instead of giving him knock-out drinks

  • Eventually Assara returns with roast deer and some green stuff for some elves.

  • She sits down and eats with him and listens to Kari play

  • Lindel shoves himself under her arm and cuddles her

  • C’mon cousin, let’s get to bed

  • She lets Lindel cling to her for the rest of the night


  • Eventually, one-by-one, we all turn in for the night. We all sleep really well, but in the morning it’s freezing and raining and an awful day. Fog and rain. The wagons are covered, but not a nice day.

  • Astrid is feeling pretty good. But the rest of us would rather go back to sleep.

  • But once Assara disengages herself from Lindel, she goes around and whips everyone into shape, gets the caravan moving again.

  • After half a day, mid afternoon, the roads have gotten really gross, dirt has turned to mud.

  • Talking about turning in for the night. But then, a big crack! One of the axles have split, on one of the wagons.

  • Nathaniel comes to take a look. We definitely can’t leave this stuff alone, or behind. Gotta figure out what to do.

  • Harrett starts working to repair the axle. Gets a chisel and sandpaper. She fells a sapling and starts shaping it.

  • Lorenzo tries to move one of the bags, but strains and drops it.

  • Lindel, Corinne, and Astrid all start moving bags.

  • Rhonan also struggles to move a big bag, doesn’t go well, gets a smaller bag. Spends more time telling everyone what to do. Manages to tell people where the best place to put stuff to not overload carts. Seems like a dick, people don’t really listen.

  • It’s getting pretty late in the afternoon, but Harrett fashions a passable axle and installs it. It moves, not super well. Probably not a lot of weight should be put on it. Harrett moves a bit of stuff back in the cart.

  • The leader decide that we’re going to the nearby town for the evening. We’re all nasty and cold and miserable. Still raining and foggy. Mud up to our ankles. Harrett is struggling a bit.

  • We get to the town, stop a decent ways out to be more low-key.

  • Nathaniel tells us to go find an inn, some of the crew will stay behind to guard the caravan.

  • Don’t start fights or start fires. Just STOP for the night. Here’s some money, get a room.

  • Harrett wants to stable her horse. A small dog runs up to her and starts barking, all happy that she exists.

  • Takes her a while to notice.

  • She asks him what he wants, lets him sniff/lick her hand

  • Assara comes over, Bucket calm down

  • He’s usually better behaved.

  • Harrett asks if he’s her dog

  • A: Kind of?

  • Studies Harrett

  • I think he thinks you look like someone else

  • Not many people look like me

  • That’s true…

  • Bucket is so happy and dopey

  • Finch shows up.

  • Hey ladies, how you doing?

  • Points at Harrett

  • We’re short on supplies. Come with me to get some in town?

  • Harrett is concerned about her horse, but he says she can stable it in town.

  • Walk to town together, and stable her horse for a decent price.

  • Finch is in a good mood, highly caffeinated

  • Oh you’re new here, you don’t know anybody, here’s what’s going on.

  • He talks and talks, and she listens intently, nodding along.  

  • Light gossip -> juicy gossip.

  • Make it to the center of town, find a fountain. Less shitty than expected.

  • Finch sits down, points up at the sky, isn’t it a beautiful evening?

  • Harrett looks up as a courtesy, but she doesn’t see anything.

  • (Later I find out that Finch was collecting a note from the fountain, with a list of the most unscrupulous merchants in town)

  • Finch: you’re not from here, I know some people

  • A couple really good merchants, we should go buy supplies. The expedition is paying.

  • They go into a store.

  • Finch greets everyone happily. Evening!

  • The shopkeeper is a little uncomfortable. Huge black woman and a tiny elf in his shop.

  • It’s a general store. Finch tells Harrett to get whatever she wants.

  • Harrett goes still, staring at the shelves and going over the items in her head.

  • She is incredibly intimidating. Finches uses her as a distraction to pull a short change scheme on the shopkeeper (she doesn’t notice at all). He chats up the shopkeeper, who keeps looking over at Harrett, super nervous.

  • Every once in a while, Harrett barks out an item and the shopkeeper shakily points to where it is on the shelf.

  • Finally Finch finishes and tells Harrett they should go.

  • As they walk away, Harrett remembers she should get a real axle, goes and buys one quickly.

  • They stop at the fountain again on the way back. Finch tosses gold coins in one-by-one.

  • Harrett doesn’t ask why, assumes he has his reasons.

  • When they get back to the caravan, Assara storms over, “FINCH.”

  • He smiles and gives her the coin pouch, saying that they got supplies and here’s the extra money. It’s more than Assara had before. He also gives Assara a chocolate. She takes it and tells him to never speak of this again.

  • Harrett questions him about the legality about what just happened. He says it’s fine and gives her a chocolate and runs off to the bar.

  • Harrett questions Assara, who also says it’s fine. Harrett is satisfied.

  • She lays out her new tarp under the broken wagon, lights her new lantern, and sets about replacing the axle in the rain.


  • Everyone else goes to the bar/tavern/inn.

  • After a little while, Lorenzo notices that Molly is staring at him. Like “can I take you in a fight?”

  • So like, you know how to handle a sword right?

  • You could say that

  • She stops, no I mean like, oh god. Second time tonight I’ve done this to someone. I asked the waitresses for a taste of her pie

  • Did you give it to you?

  • Actually, takes out pie, cuts a piece, and feeds it him

  • Most delicious piece of pie he’s ever tasted

  • I didn’t believe it, but the pie here is world-famous.

  • I want you to help me steal the recipe

  • Oh okay

  • Will you do this thing?

  • Sure, when you said sword, I expected something else

  • She waves her hand, don’t worry about it.

  • Not sure how they’ll steal it.

  • She’s pretty sure the cook is in the kitchen in the back.

  • She heard from the waitress, who’s very cute, that he keeps his recipe book in the worktable.

  • Do you know what he’s into?

  • Man, I just got here

  • A little on the older side, kinda handsome, silver fox?

  • Lorenzo looks at the waitress and she’s ready to eat out of his hand. Most handsome man who’s been in this town in a while.

  • He’s not wearing a lot.

  • She absolutely lets him back into the kitchen, doesn’t even ask why

  • If you wait in the pantry, I’ll be back in like five minutes.

  • In the kitchen, cook is cooking.

  • Lorenzo scopes the place out.

  • Sees the worktable, but the cook is in front of it.

  • Way out back, pantry, way back to the bar.

  • The cook is muttering about pie crust.

  • The cook notices that Lorenzo is there and asks what he’s doing in his kitchen

  • I was looking for you

  • Me, why?

  • I heard there was a silver fox back here, didn’t think he should be alone

  • He blushes, and is kinda angry, mutters the waitresses name.

  • Lorenzo approaches the worktable. Starts chatting up the cook.

  • What’re you making? Can I help? I have great hands.

  • He stutters, looks at the pie crust, looks at him. Y-yeah, sure?

  • You’re welcome to touch my dough any time.

  • Lorenzo leans on the counter really sensually. Ass in the air, starts playing with the dough.

  • The cook is gone, just staring.

  • There’s a book under the worktable, a pretty hefty book.

  • Lorenzo signels Molly and she starts singing loudly and drunkedly and starts knocking stuff over.

  • Corinne joins in automatically, runs over, puts an arm around Molly, starts singing the song she doesn’t know.

  • Lorenzo: wow that ruins the mood

  • Cook: dammit, I told her not to break out the good stuff.

  • Goes off to break things up.

  • Lorenzo takes the book and runs out the back

  • Molly gets kicked out and Corinne doesn’t cause she takes a swing at the cook

  • Meets Lorenzo out in the alley

  • Didja get it?

  • There was only one book, here you go

  • Molly looks and squeals, this is it. She’s super excited.

  • They book it. Forgot about the waitress.


  • Corinne is drunk at the bar. As far as she knows, everyone here is her friend, everything is good, there are no templars, she’s gotten laid a lot.

  • After a little while, Remy comes over. She’s seen him flirting with people, first time with her.

  • He leans in, eyelashes, boobs on the counter. He says, there’s a dwarf staring at you.

  • All dwarves should stare at me, I’m great

  • No like he’s been staring at you since you came inside

  • Like he wants to fight me?

  • Kinda? You shouldn’t though

  • OH NO, it clicks, she falls off the stool

  • He catches her, pulls her to her feet, do you need to leave?

  • Yeah I need to go

  • Your place or mine?

  • I think you need to go to bed

  • I think WE need to go to bed

  • Okay…are you worried about this shady dwarf though?

  • No no, it’s fine, I’m sure he’s an old friend.

  • You want to leave and not talk to him?

  • Definitely want to leave

  • Hefts her up, arm around the shoulder, supporting her entire weight

  • Stops him when they get outside, do I know you?

  • I’m with the caravan

  • Oh okay good

  • He makes some motions to some people as he’s carrying her out. Maybe notice Zady and Zenna going to have a chat with the dwarf.

  • But he’s pretty sure she needs to get back to the caravan and let someone know about the shady dwarf following her

  • Nah, it’s fine

  • Hear a crash, and a scream from inside

  • Nevermind we need to go back in

  • I didn’t want to do this drunk

  • R: me either

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