Long Way Down

Second Session

10/21/16

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  • Astrid, Corinne, Rhonan are in the bar

  • Lorenzo is outside the bar

  • Harrett is fixing the axle back with the carts

  • Rhonan is shit-faced and will not be helping

  • Lindel is crying at the caravan.

  • Remy was escorting Corinne away from the bar, but there was a commotion and Corinne stumbles back

  • She goes back inside, but there’s no fight, not yet

  • From the look of things, Zady and Zenna were this close to beating this dwarf, but Finch upturned booze over the dwarf and the waitress (that was the shriek).

  • Zady and Zenna grab the dwarf and pull him out the back

  • Corinne stumbles after them, she’s pretty sure she’s hallucinating.

  • Astrid follows too. Lorenzo was already there, talking to Molly.

  • Remy stands in the doorway, looking worried. Corinne rubs her hand over his face as she passes.

  • As soon as the dwarf sees her, you thought we wouldn’t be able to find you, there’s nowhere you can find, where is our money?

  • Corinne addresses everyone, Ex-lovers, right?

  • Tries to shush the dwarf. Without getting any closer.

  • For the moment, the dwarf isn’t really struggling, but he’s insistent. He wants the money.

  • If you calm down, we can talk this over, we can come to a solution.

  • Are you sure, you owe us a lot

  • Yeah i’m on this venture to make a lot of money, which I’ll give you when the venture is over, it’ll be great, nothing can go wrong.

  • Then tell your friends to let me go

  • Corinne at ZZ, let him go, it’ll be fine

  • Dwarf, how long exactly will it take you?

  • Corinne thinks about it…a month

  • It’s been several months already, can you give us some collateral?

  • Corinne looks at Finch expectantly

  • She whispers loudly, spot me this one time, i’ll buy you a drink later

  • …Larken will buy you a drink later

  • The dwarf, also what assurances do I have that you won’t run for it again? Tell me more about the venture, where it is

  • DEEP ROADS EXPEDITION, just like the champion of kirkwall, she did it, we can do it

  • Remy tackles Corinne, claps a hand over her mouth

  • Zady swears and cuts the dwarf’s throat

  • Corinne looks wide-eyed, wait, is that true??? Is that what we’re doing?

  • Finch – it’s time to go

  • C – i swear I didn’t know

  • Corinne pushes Remy aside and loots the dwarf. She finds 16 silver, a health potion, and a dagger.

  • All the NPCs are eager to get out of there. Zenna picks up the corpse, sends her sister inside to find Rhonan.

  • Molly – what just happened??

  • Corinne yells the same

  • Crazy ex-lovers, amirite?

  • Remy – we need to leave right now


  • Meanwhile…

  • Lorenzo, Corinne, and Astrid come rushing from the bar, toward the caravans.

  • Corinne is drunkenly chasing after Lorenzo…’s butt.

  • There are some dwarves attacking the caravan.

  • Harrett was repairing the axle when a bunch of dwarves appear out of nowhere.

  • Harrett bellows “WE’RE UNDER ATTACK” and swings at one of the dwarves.

  • She swings around, hitting both dwarves with her hammer.

  • The rest of the group runs in.

  • A dwarf smacks Harrett with his short sword

  • Lorenzo attempts to sneak up on another dwarf, but the dwarf spots him instantly, easily dodging Lorenzo’s attack.

  • The other dwarf smacks Harrett too.

  • Harrett smacks him back, and goes on the defensive.

  • A dwarf runs over and hits Lorenzo, not too hard.

  • Corinne is pretending she has no idea who the dwarves are. She runs over and sends an arcane lance at a dwarf. He’s like “oh shit, magic.” Corinne denies this.

  • A dwarf runs over to Corinne and hits her hard, knocking the staff out of her hands.

  • She mourns how defenseless she suddenly has become.

  • A dwarf runs over to hit Lorenzo, piercing his armor.

  • Another dwarf leaps over the cart to attack Harrett, but misses completely.

  • Astrid hears Corinne say she’s defenseless, and believes her, running over to attack the dwarf attacking her. She seizes the initiative and attacks again right away.

  • She smashes him into the ground, and he is super dead.

  • Dwarf smacks Harrett.

  • Lorenzo stabs a dwarf.

  • Dwarf attempts to attack Harrett, but she parries the blow with her longsword.

  • Harrett smacks the most injured of her attackers and kills him.

  • Dwarf smacks Lorenzo.

  • Corinne picks up her staff and fires an arcane lance, but misses. She’s drunkenly pretending like she can’t do magic. These lightning bolts are definitely coming from the sky.

  • A dwarf swings at Lorenzo, and seizes the initiative.

  • Dwarf smacks Harrett.

  • Dwarf swings at Lorenzo again, hitting him.

  • Astrid runs over and hits two dwarves with one swing.

  • Dwarf closes his eyes and swings at Harrett, barely hitting her.

  • Lorenzo attacks a dwarf, killing him. He swings at a second dwarf, but misses. Instead, he does a roundhouse kick and punts the dwarf into a bush.

  • Harrett swings at one of her opponents. She hits him hard, then hits him again, killing him. Then she goes on defense.

  • Corinne heals Lorenzo, then quickly sends a lightning bolt at the dwarf in the bush. She misses, shooting the lightning into the sky instead.

  • Dwarf swings at Harrett.

  • Bush dwarf gets to his feet and attacks Astrid, giving her a little poke.

  • Astrid swings back, hitting him hard.

  • Lorenzo attempts to sneak attack Harrett’s opponent, but fails miserably. He does a regular attack and takes a chunk out of the dwarf.

  • Harrett attempts to swing at the dwarf, but he’s shorter than expected and she swings right over his head.

  • Corinne heals Harrett, then quickly casts Winter’s Grasp, chilling one of the dwarves.

  • The dwarf’s blood is freezing in his veins and he’s not moving super well.

  • Dwarf swings at Harrett and shoves her back into the cart.

  • Bush dwarf swings at Astrid, doing minor damage.

  • Astrid swings back at him, throwing him back into the bush and dropping her maul on his face, killing him.

  • She runs over to the last dwarf, killing him too.

  • This was relatively isolated, but there’s scattered fighting going on around us. Assara comes running by, pointing, don’t let him get away.

  • We see another dwarf, attempting to run away.

  • Astrid runs forward and attempt to shoot him with her bow, but misses.

  • Lorenzo runs after him, as does Harrett.

  • Corinne attempts to grasp him with winter, but fails.

  • The dwarf continues running.

  • Astrid runs forward again and misses with her bow again.

  • Lorenzo runs forward, attempting to be sneaky, but the dwarf sees him coming.

  • He attempts to tackle the dwarf, and fails that too.

  • Harrett chucks her hammer at the dwarf, but misses.

  • Corinne attempts to cast Winter’s Grasp again, succeeds this time. He’s a little chilly.

  • He keeps running, but slower this time.

  • Astrid shoots her bow again, missing a third time.

  • Lorenzo runs forward, tackling him successfully.

  • Harrett runs over and helps Lorenzo restrain him, putting her blade at his throat.

  • Corinne calls Assara over. Assara doesn’t believe any of Corinne’s shit.

  • Assara – who’re the Carta after?

  • Corinne – who’re the Carta?

  • Assara has her answer. What’d you do?

  • Corinne senses she’s been caught. She sighs, what didn’t I do?

  • Corinne puts a hand on Assara’s arm. Maybe we shouldn’t kill him, maybe we can make a deal

  • That’s probably what got you in trouble in the first place.

  • Corinne pulls her aside. We need their lyrium.

  • They can’t know where we’re going.

  • Corinne looks at Astrid, covered in blood. I don’t think they’re going to follow us.

  • How much do you owe them.

  • Corinne names a high number. Assara whistles

  • Lyrium is expensive.

  • Assara takes out the bag Finch gave her and rifles around in it. She tosses it to the dwarf. You’ll get paid, don’t follow us. Points at Astrid, still covered in blood.

  • We let the dwarf go.

  • Assara – we can’t stay here tonight. We have to get back on the road ASAP.

  • Harrett goes off to find her hammer. Everyone helps, but it still takes us upwards of 15 minutes.

  • She also makes sure to go back and get her horse.


  • Assara keeps the caravan moving through the night.

  • We rest and get some sleep.

  • The next morning, we’ve all gotten an adequate amount of rest.

  • The weather has cleared a bit, the roads are less awful.

  • Astrid sends Saga out to scout ahead. Saga sees through space and time. She flies over to a specific area and starts circling.

  • Astrid goes over to investigate, and Corinne follows. She starts hearing a terrible sound, like a dying goat. Pained bleating noise.

  • When they get into the clearing, they see a halla. It is very big, it is on the ground, and it is injured. It has bright, gleaming, golden fur.

  • Astrid tries to calm it. It’s a little wary, but it doesn’t fight her.

  • Corinne casts some healing magics on it. It starts looking a little bit better, not as much as she hoped, but it’s calming down. Not making the same awful noises.

  • When they get closer, they see that it has a bit in its mouth.

  • Astrid’s not sure what attacked the halla, but it was an animal, and it was big.

  • She sends Saga out to look for the creature, but she doesn’t see anything.

  • They’re in the clearing and they don’t see anything, but after a few minutes, they get a “something’s watching me” feeling.

  • They look up, and see people creeping around in the trees. Melting out of the trees. They look like Dalish hunters.

  • Astrid tells them that they were helping the halla. They can see that.

  • It seems like it was attacked by a big animal.

  • Lorenzo goes to check on them. Harrett didn’t notice they were gone.

  • About the same time Lorenzo arrives, another person does to. Tell them to stand down, calm down. They walk up to the halla. There are wisps of bright fog surrounding them, spirit-like.

  • They lay a hand on the halla, and the halla is completely healed.

  • The newcomers looks between Astrid and Corinne and says thank you for helping. What are you doing in this forest.

  • Astrid says, just passing through.

  • Where’re you headed?

  • North.

  • Corinne is keeping her mouth shut.

  • Astrid mentions meeting some Dalish before. “I have no beef with you lowlanders.”

  • Are you with the people who came through here a few days ago?

  • Nope, it’s just us. No one ahead of us.

  • Corinne facepalms, yes we are with that other group.

  • Astrid – we are?

  • That’s a lot of supplies, what’re you planning on doing?

  • Astrid – I didn’t even know there were people ahead of us.

  • Corinne – didn’t you come with one of them?

  • Astrid gasps and says Imira under her breath.

  • Lorenzo stands there and lets them bury themselves talking.

  • Corinne explains her sexual history with Rhonan to the Dalish.

  • She gets a slack-jawed “oh my god” expression back.

  • Corinne ends it with “and then my ex shows up, and I thought I shouldn’t sleep with Rhonan anymore, what do you think?”

  • They think Corinne may have bigger problems than Rhonan or the dwarves.

  • You only say that because you haven’t met Rhonan.

  • Astrid agrees.

  • Corinne lights up, we’re going on a journey to find ourselves, that’s what this is about!

  • With 12 carts?

  • We’ll need it, it’ll take a while for Corinne to find herself.

  • The Dalish kind of believe it.

  • Corinne’s sitting cross-legged in the grass, like “I dunno guys.”

  • Astrid offers the halla an apple, and it appreciates this gesture. The elves approve as well.

  • Kari eventually shows up. The elves let her past. She greets the lead elf, Seris.

  • They awkwardly hug. Seris asks Kari what in the world is going on. This crazy mage..

  • Woah woah, I’m not a mage! This is a stylish walking stick, we’re out in nature, I’m clumsy!

  • Seris is unconvinced.

  • Seris asks Kari is we’re going to the Old Tower, as she suspects. She saw a bunch of people rush through here on horseback, and had some elves follow them.

  • Kari, out of earshot, confirms this. The Old Tower was an abandoned mage tower.

  • Seris is part of her old clan, which is responsible for protecting this area for generations.

  • Harrett is chilling with her horse, oblivious to all of this.

  • Seris is fairly displeased, starts getting on Kari’s case. Why did you bring these people here? Not a place for humans, it’s dangerous, you shouldn’t be leading people here.

  • Kari shrinks down, you don’t understand, we’re going to fix it.

  • Not possible, it’s been a scar on the land for hundreds of years, it’s evil, no good comes from there.

  • Kari – if there’s anyone who can fix it, it’s her. You should come help, this is a worthy cause. We shouldn’t be doing it without you.

  • Seris – she can’t go with you, there’s something out in the woods that has been hurting the halla. She’s been traveling with this group of hunters for a week now, think they’ve found where the beast is coming from. Lost several archers, went back to the camp to get reinforcements and stumbled upon all of us.

  • Corinne and Astrid volunteer to help kill the beast.

  • Seris considers this. Nods, it’s important that we get this done. I want to speak to this leader of yours. If you help me with this problem, I’ll speak with your leader and perhaps help cleanse the tower.

  • There’s a cave to the north, in the direction we’re already going.

  • She’ll lead them to it if they’re willing. They are.


  • (They went back to get Harrett)

  • Seris leads them to the mouth of a cave. Outside are huge horrible spiderwebs. There’s a large gross-looking cocoon.

  • Harrett goes forward and examines the cocoon. It’s wriggling. She cuts it open and finds a Dalish archer inside. He’s really scared, they got us, they’re still inside.  

  • Harrett heads into the cave, getting covered in spider webs. Walks into a wall first.

  • We expected it to be darker. But once we get past the entrance, we notice the inside is lit by an eerie blue glow, aquatic feeling. Lots and lots of spiders here, tiny, covering the ground.

  • We find another cocoon and Harrett cuts it open. A bunch of spiders jump out and onto our faces.

  • A puppy-sized spider leaps on Harrett’s face and attempts to bite her, but her head is too hard.

  • The same happens to Astrid, but it also doesn’t do any damage.

  • A third spider jumps on Corinne and bites her successfully.

  • Harrett is deeply unsettled, Corinne is screaming, Astrid is okay.

  • Harrett freezes.

  • Lorenzo stabs at the spider on Astrid’s face. Does a good chunk of damage without hurting Astrid.

  • The spider on Corinne bites her hard. Astrid’s spider tries to bite her, but fails. Harrett’s spider bites her twice, but does no damage.

  • Corinne hits the spider on her face with her staff.

  • Astrid swings at the spider on Corinne’s face. She bats it off her face and into the wall. It’s dead. She swings at the one on her own face, killing it. She hits herself in the face a little bit.

  • Lorenzo tries to sneak up on the spider on Harrett’s face, but fails. He hits it regular-style.

  • Harrett grabs the spider on her face and pulls it off. She puts it against the wall and with a mighty swing, smashes it with her hammer, killing it.

  • The corpse falls to the floor and the tiny spiders swarm over it.

  • We keep exploring and find more cocoons. Astrid opens one carefully and some spiders swarm out. Not onto our faces this time.

  • Astrid swings at one of the spiders, almost killing it.

  • Lorenzo finally is successful in a sneak attack against his spider. He chops most of its legs off.

  • From behind him, Lorenzo hears muffled yelling.

  • Harrett steps forward and deftly kills both spiders.

  • Lorenzo follows the yelling and slices open another cocoon. Find another Dalish elf who’s not looking so good. Weeze, a little blue-ish. Lorenzo carries him to the entrance of the cave and Corinne is jealous.

  • We move on. Astrid listens to another cocoon, hears skittering. She hits the cocoon really hard. Everything inside it dies. Three spiders are reduced to goop. Corinne swoons.

  • Astrid opens another cocoon, three spiders jump out. Astrid obliterates one of them.

  • Lorenzo successfully sneak attacks another spider, barely hitting it. He hurts it rather significantly.

  • Harrett swings at a spider too, doing a good chunk.

  • A spider tries to bite Astrid and does no damage.

  • Corinne fires an arcane lance, killing one of the spiders.

  • Astrid finishes off the last spider.

  • She hears muffled yelling, cuts another Dalish free. He’s doing pretty bad and Harrett carries him to the cave entrance.

  • Astrid cuts another Dalish free, he’s mostly unconscious. Harrett carries him out.

  • Astrid smooshes the contents of the last cocoon in the room.

  • Harrett cuts through the spider web blocking the entrance.

  • Shockingly, there’s a giant spider on the other side. It jumps on Harrett.

  • It bites her and poisons her, then knocks her back into the wall and she falls prone.

  • Corinne tries to heal Harrett, but fails.

  • The spider spits a web at Harrett, and she is webbed to the floor.

  • Astrid moves forward and tries to hit it, but she misses.

  • Harrett mightily rips out of the webbing, jumping to her feet.

  • Lorenzo sneaks up on the spider, getting a good hit.

  • Corinne heals Harrett, curing her poisoning.

  • She also shoots out an arcane bolt, taking out a chunk of health.

  • The spider bites Astrid.

  • Astrid tries to retaliate but misses.

  • Harrett swings at it twice, hitting hard.

  • Lorenzo leaps up, stabs his sword into the spider’s eye, twists the blade and kills it.

  • Harrett and Astrid examine the cocoons and determine that they are indeed cocoons.

  • Astrid cuts one open and spiders come swarming out. Each are as big as an outstretched hand.

  • The spiders swarm Astrid, but Lorenzo manages to back up out of it.

  • Corinne tries to electrify the swarm. She manages to electrify Astrid.

  • Lorenzo slashes at the swarm, taking out three of the spiders.

  • Corinne shocks the swarm again, successfully this time, and fries a bunch of spiders.

  • Astrid manages to run out of the swarm to avoid the electricity.

  • Astrid swings her maul at the swarm, smooshing a bunch of them.

  • Harrett takes out a single spider.

  • The swarm moves, enveloping us, biting at us.

  • We all manage to get out of the swarm, but it’s getting bigger.

  • Lorenzo slashes at the spiders, slicing one in half.

  • Corinne fries the last of the spiders. All the spiders are smoldering and dead and stinky.

  • Astrid carefully cuts another cocoon open, there’s a Dalish elf not breathing. Corinne pushes everyone out of the way, magically healing him. He gasps in her arms and sees her and kisses her on the mouth.

  • Astrid asks the Dalish guy how many of them there were, but he’s out of it and making out with Corinne.

  • She cuts open the last cocoon and a halla bursts out, running to the entrance.

  • Lorenzo realizes that the source of the creepy light is some stones on the wall.

  • Harrett knows that spider venom sells for a decent amount and can be used to make a poison.

  • The stones remind Corinne of something the Tranquil can make, like magic glow sticks.

  • No magically energy.

  • Corinne lets us know, then goes back to making out with the elf.

  • Harrett starts destroying the venom, until they convince her not to. Instead, she collects five vials worth of venom.

  • We each take glowstones, which last varying amounts of months.

  • We make it out of the cave

  • Corinne tells Seris that she solved her Rhonan problem, and the elf she made out with does finger-guns and a wink.

  • Corinne still can’t afford Lorenzo.

  • Astrid pats Corinne’s shoulder, and Corinne gives her a big hug. Her hands wander a bit.

  • Her hug had healing powers

  • <meta />We all level up again!

 

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