Varied Paths

Day 1 Part 1


Cerise awakened to find herself locked in a cell with four other individuals. She could tell that the floor beneath her was moving. Her memory of how she arrived in this place was hazy.

Cerise, as well as the other characters, had no belongings on them save for whatever clothing they were wearing, all their equipment was missing.

When she examined the room, she will quickly noticed that there was a man outside of their cell near a second doorway out of the room. She also noticed that the cell across from theirs is empty save for shackles attached to the floor. There were six of them. Upon further examination, she noticed that there was an unused shackle in their cell as well.

Looking at the man in the chair more closely, she saw that he bore the tribal tattoos that mark him as a member of the Kalduk Mercenary Guild. Known to capture only high value targets, all characters would have had no idea why they had been taken. Everyone knew, as well, that the Kalduk are completely without mercy and kill anyone that attempts to escape and then charge the person that hired them 50% of the original fee for the corpse due to their trouble.

Kiera awakened after Cerise,discovering the same information. Attempting to engage the merc in conversation, she was met with nothing but insults and vitriol, apparently primarily directed at Cerise. Curious about the anger, Kiera noticed a very nasty looking bruise on half of his face and a small bruise on the middle of Cerise’s forehead.

Once everyone was awake, they noticed Tomas still sitting with his eyes closed against the wall, but saw that he was smiling calmly. During this time, there were clear tempers due to the situation, and the guard attempted, unsuccessfully, to smash Kiera’s fingers with his club as she clutched at the bars, but she snatched them back too quickly.

After conversing with the party briefly, Tomas stated, “I think it’s time to leave,” flickered out of the cell, grabbed the key around the guard’s neck with one hand and touched the guard with his other, causing the guard to vanish entirely, leaving only the key in Tomas’s hand behind.

Einar attempted to follow suit as Tomas obtained the key, stating “I think it’s time to leave,” and walking to the end of his chain, only to find it still holding firmly to his ankle.

Tomas then placed the key against the seal on the cell door and then placed it against the seal on the shackles belonging to Cerise. Tomas then asked, “Could you quickly go over to where our friend was sitting and watch for him? He’ll be back soon. Oh, and be ready for a fight.”

On the way out of the cell, a blade of energy appeared in Cerise’s hand and solidified.

Tomas then released all other characters except Einar. He then asked Einar, “I’m about to unlock you, but I need you to promise to remain with the rest of us until we reach dry land.”

As Tomas was releasing everyone else, Cerise put her sword through the abdomen of the unsuspecting guard. The characters then dragged the bleeding guard into the cell and bound him in one of the locked anklets.



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