This Wednesday I attended a meeting held by Nathan Hawke, to discuss the recent goings on with his spies being kidnapped and the candidates of the election being attacked inside Castle British.
On arrival I noted down some of the attendees:
Traveler the Arcanist, Splinter [PWR*], ARAGORN [*CD*], Lord Sparrow [ELV], Lord Aurelius, Barbaretta [DOT], Lord Phineas [DCi], Crest Lavender [JoF], Lord Fargo [Tre]
Once everyone was seated Nathan began:
Nathan Hawke: Ahh good evening all
Kayne: Evening Nathan, suitably recovered from your injuries?
Nathan Hawke: Aye Kayne. Now then let me get started.
This is intended as a catch up session and a discussion, and a place to talk ideas
So I think firstly shall I catch us all up to whats been happening?
Kayne: Please Nathan
Nathan Hawke: Thank you Kayne. Alright I will try and keep it brief.
So last Thursday we met the candidates and there was all sorts of trouble afoot. There was an incident where one of my spies was ambushed and kidnapped, she was carrying one of my cipher books which ended up..
where was it found?
Aurelius: Exodus ‘dungeon’.
Nathan Hawke: I think it was found at the brigand fort near Yew?
Sparrow: on a bed in the farmhouse
Nathan Hawke: No no Sparrow that was sunday
Sparrow: ah sorry
Nathan Hawke: And there were also some half made bombs in Nujelm. Are we agreed on that?
I guess so
WoitaB: wasn’t there strange golems in exodus?
Nathan Hawke: We will get onto that Woit
WoitaB: oh sorry
Nathan Hawke: SO moving on to Sunday. We annaounced the two finalists
Alaster The Mad: we were ambushed !
Nathan Hawke: Followed a trail to a mage shop. The alchemist there opened a gate, and we were ambushed
Alaster The Mad: indeed
Brynhild: We shouldn’t have got in the gate.
Nathan Hawke: Agreed Bryn, noted
But the important issue as far as I was concerned was the book we found and the nature of the attackers I am not sure of the significance of the book yet, but what we did see were some very crudely made walking machines
Alaster The Mad: * raises hand*
Nathan Hawke: Kind of like human robots?
Go on Alaster
Alaster The Mad: we went with kayne and snorri, and woitab too checking on my idea the exodus pyramid we found one of the same kind in there, he was in an important room of the pyramid it seems
Nathan Hawke: Good work Alaster *makes a note*
Alaster The Mad: nothing was different as usual else, apart this same kind of machine we found
Aurelius: We also saw rather a lot of Tokuno ninjas, didn’t we?
Nathan Hawke: Good point Aurelius
Alaster The Mad: yeah !
Nathan Hawke: *makes a note*
Nathan Hawke: So then we are all clear on where we are so far?
Alaster The Mad: indeed
Nathan Hawke: So lets go back to basics a moment
Skaros once told me there are three things to consider in a situation like this
Means, Motive and Opportunity
So what are the means then as we know so far?
Kraven: power hungry?
Kayne: perhaps an attempt to stop there being a cohesive leader?
Kraven: motive power hungry
Kayne: oh wait thats motive
Sari-Liane: Sounds like the beginings of Chaos to me…
Sparrow: golems are a means
Nathan Hawke: heh
Nathan Hawke: true indeed
Alaster The Mad: argh
Nathan Hawke: greed would be a motive
Kraven: means is greed
Nathan Hawke: means would be the golems and the Tokuno assasins?
Kayne: the alchemist too
Alaster The Mad: yep, alchemist too
Alaster The Mad: he was with them
Nathan Hawke: Aye kayne
Sari-Liane: *Stares at Escaflowne for a few moments*
Brynhild: And they need inside information, else how would they have known about Monica?
Kayne: Chance may have led them to Monica
Nathan Hawke: Aye kayne possibly chance. We cant rule out either though
So lets look at motive a moment
Nathan Hawke: greed has been mentioned but what kind of greed? Power, yes
Escaflowne: Do we know who their actual target was on Sunday? Or were they going for all of us?
WoitaB: we should be careful, they may have spies in britain
Kayne: Perhaps to stop there being a cohesive leader in the realm
Nathan Hawke: Who saw where the first explosions happened Sunday?
Tokot: *tries to stay invisible*
Kayne: *raises hand*
Nathan Hawke: Go on Kayne
Kayne: the first i saw were in front of the seating on the south west side
Alaster The Mad: i saw that too
Kayne: also where i saw the first of the assassins
Nathan Hawke: So then
Alaster The Mad: and if i’m right, they trow some explo potions at citizens on benches down the ninja location
Nathan Hawke: is it too far to speculate the targets were the candidates?
Alaster The Mad: oh my
Nathan Hawke: That would tie in with kaynes theory
Mary-Ann: I would assume that is correct
Nathan Hawke: So then that takes us to opportunity
Brynhild: Why go for all of them? Four were just knocked out of the runnin’ anyway,.
Mary-Ann: maybe they do not want us to become as 1 ”fighting unit”?
Nathan Hawke: Aye Mary
Kayne: Wait Nathan you were the only one on stage at the time
Tokot: *quietly makes notes*
Nathan Hawke: *blinks*
WoitaB: next time we see them, we should capture one, instead of killing them all
Nathan Hawke: Woita hold that thought
Alaster The Mad: we kill then capture
Kayne: You were just talking about how the elections were going well
Nathan Hawke: kayne but none were thrown at me as I recall?
Caelia Alberic: but there was something brewing, you said..
Kayne: Not that I was aware of but who can be sure?
Nathan Hawke: Aye Caelia but that was vague rumours
Mary-Ann: maybe they missed
Aurelius: None were thrown with much accuracy though.
Caelia Alberic: indeed, but after that all hell broke loose
Nathan Hawke: So then
Aurelius: For ninja, it was a very shoddy job…
Nathan Hawke: lets assume the target was either me
Mary-Ann: maybe it was a diversion for something else happening
Nathan Hawke: or the candidates, or someone else
Mary-Ann: *ponders aloud*
Nathan Hawke: it could have been a diversion perhaps, But i suspect it was a direct assasination attempt
WoitaB: seems to be…
Nathan Hawke: And the opportunity was all of the candidates gathered?
Tokot: *tries to hide a chaos tatoo on his shoulder*
Alaster The Mad: but i sold them !
Nathan Hawke: Or at the very least the final two?
Escaflowne: Sounds reasonable
Angeline: but they attacked after the official meeting
Nathan Hawke: Aye Angeline I noticed that thinking back now
Angeline: when some of the candidates may have gone home
Nathan Hawke: *ponders*
Kayne: Also clegg had left so we can rule him out of being a target though he could be a traitor?
Angeline: i mean , if they wanted the candidates together , they should have attacked earlier
Escaflowne: It’s Alastar trying to assasinate me i reckon
Kayne: He didnt try hard enough Esca
Nathan Hawke: Agreed Angeline but perhaps just a bad assassin?
Angeline: one bad assasin? there were more then one
Nathan Hawke: Agreed Angeline
Angeline: But let’s say you were the target
Mary-Ann: they were not very organised
Angeline: then it would make sense to attack after most peple would have gone home
Kayne: agreed why chance too many of us defending
WoitaB: mmhhh i’m sure there’s a spy inside the castle
Nathan Hawke: or just followed me?
Kayne: You could have been ambushed on your way home if it was you
Nathan Hawke: Aye kayne thats what I am saying. There had to be multiple targets?
WoitaB: they came in the heart of the castle
Mary-Ann: Esca and alaster were the targets
Forbrak: Does that mean they will try again tomorrow?
WoitaB: could be a message, or an opportunity to have multiple targets at once
Aurelius: Perfectly possible they just wanted a crowd …
Phineas: Perhaps if the canidates are the target we should take measures to ensure their location is safe.
Aurelius: after all they did not concentrate on any of us at the ‘ambush’
Alaster The Mad: it’s ok don’t worry, i’m made of iron
Escaflowne: It sounds like their motive is to stop the lands being united again
Escaflowne: And prevent a new leader of power
Kayne: Maybe it was just an attack on freedom in general
Escaflowne: If we were infact the targets
Aurelius: if they were to kill Esca, Alaster or Nathan, then was a perfect chance too.
Tokot: Didn’t think it could be the third candidate of semifinal?
Alaster The Mad: exactly esca
Sparrow: and the devices in Nu’jelm would support that
Nathan Hawke: Aye all of that makes perfect sense to me, I will double the guard tomorrow And as a few of you have surmised it seems to be either to disrupt the elections kill the candidates or discredit someone
Alaster The Mad: it’s esca who wants to kill me ! i’m sure !
Escaflowne: Lies and Slander
Nathan Hawke: Esca
Mary-Ann: *eyes esca*
Escaflowne: I wouldn’t mind some robots though
Nathan Hawke: quick question?
Escaflowne: Of course. Fire away
Aurelius: Bad phrase to use Esca…
Nathan Hawke: Is Vesper workign on robot technology?
Escaflowne: Not currently. We’ve been a big fan of golems in the past, for our golem wars event. Not going to lie to you
So we’ve dabbled in the use of golems alot in the past
Brynhild: *Looks very suspicious*
Escaflowne: We’ve always liked to keep a balance of technology and magic
Nathan Hawke: I know
Escaflowne: Vesper is a city of industry after all and a big port city
Caelia Alberic: maybe someone in vesper is against esca?
Nathan Hawke: Exactly
Escaflowne: Always new inventions coming through our city
Aurelius: The quality of the golems we met was pretty poor…
Escaflowne: I can carry out investigations Within Vesper To see if there are any culprits
Nathan Hawke: Thank you Esca. Yes please
Kayne: Esca you did threaten Alaster after the announcement
Aurelius: The Vesper ones were at least a stage or two better than those things…
Nathan Hawke: Aye Aurelius, very poor machines
Escaflowne: I’ve never threatened Alastar
Alaster The Mad: oh, it’s friendly teasing between us !
Mary-Ann: merely implied then esca?
Brynhild: They might’ve made them in a hurry.
Nathan Hawke: Who is they Bryn?
Mary-Ann: or had no knowledge on how to construct them
Brynhild: The Vesperians.
Aurelius: Recently we did see Mericles show up again …
Corintur: I would say any tinker worth anything knows how to make one
Nathan Hawke: This isn’t his MO Aurelius
Aurelius: in the past he had a link with the Exodus machines and the technology used
Corintur: so thats moot
Aurelius: by if I remember right, the orcs…
WoitaB: maybe it’s a diversion
Nathan Hawke: it is a good point Aurelius
Nathan Hawke: *makes a note*
Escaflowne: Something to ponder, Is maybe the golems were not of good quality, because it was a different less intelligent race
Kayne: Didn’t orcs make some odd machines around the time of the Blackrock detector incident?
Escaflowne: Crafting them and not humans or elves
Mary-Ann: can Mericles actually return again?
Alaster The Mad: aaah good point
Escaflowne: or gargoyals
Nathan Hawke: yes kayne
Sparrow: Golems are mindless killers they dont have to be high technology
Alaster The Mad: yeah gargoyles are really fine in their crafting work
Escaflowne: Maybe it was the orcs again, They are quite sloppy with crafting sometimes. Or maybe it could be an entirely different race
Mary-Ann: could it be someone we have not yet encountered?
Nathan Hawke: But isnt this all a bit elaborate for orcs?
Tokot: we miss the ninjas
WoitaB: yeah i guess
Kayne: Werent the machines they had made for them?
Aurelius: Still leaves the issue of the ninja …
Alaster The Mad: maybe brigands with small budget
Tokot: or ones that want to-be-seen like ninjas
WoitaB: they used to make bombers or else, but no great machines
Nathan Hawke: Ahh the ninjas
Aurelius: Even ifthe coe of the plot is not in Tokuno, someone hired them
Escaflowne: Aye Orcs aren’t the brightest of races
Aurelius: which isn’r particularly ‘orcish’.
Escaflowne: But they sometimes have their strings easily pulled
Kayne: No but the machines they had at the blackrock detector time werent made by them as i recall
Nathan Hawke: Aye the tokuno ninjas seem like they were hired
Escaflowne: So perhaps we’re looking for another puppeteer, Like merciles. We don’t even know if its Orcs yet anyway. So have to keep our minds open. Could be lizardmen for all we know
Mary-Ann: or it could be someone new, someone with an unknown grudge?
Kayne: We have to explore all possibilities while we know nothing
Nathan Hawke: I must agree with Escaflowne here and Mary Ann, it could be someone not known to us
Aurelius: Actually Esca, other good contender is the rat clan in the abyss,
Alaster The Mad: * scratches beard*
Aurelius: one of them has a lot of mechanical ‘pets’ around them.
Kayne: Has anyone recently been banished from Britain? maybe as simple as revenge
Mary-Ann: I tyhought they were merely foragers?
Nathan Hawke: Alright so lets move on a little
Escaflowne: Yes Ratmen are very possible. I’ve seen their clockwork scorpions. Not the great craftsmanship
Nathan Hawke: Alright good ideas. But one question I wanted to ask
The machines in Exodus dungeon who makes them?
Escaflowne: they make themselves these days. But Exodus did create them at first
Aurelius: We were never sure…
Escaflowne: Maybe one of the machines in exodus and risen to extreme intelligence
Alaster The Mad: we also seen gargoyle enforcer created by machines in there !
ARAGORN: the controllers perhaps?
Kayne: Exodus was destroyed wasnt she?
Escaflowne: And is now co ordinating this all themselves
WoitaB: and maybe the controlers…
Aurelius: There are controllers and some gargoyles in the Exodus ‘dungeon’
Brynhild: Blackthorn turned into a cyborg there, didn’t he?
Nathan Hawke: Hold on. SO the machines in Exodus are self perpetuating?
Alaster The Mad: not the machines
Escaflowne: Thats my guess
Sparrow: A Controller there sits in the middle of some machine
WoitaB: i dunno…
Escaflowne: They have become self sufficient
Kayne: It has to be controllers
Alaster The Mad: but the thing i’m sure to have seen was gargoyle enforcers self created
Nathan Hawke: Noted Alaster
Alaster The Mad: in few places in that evil place
Escaflowne: Maybe its a smart controller pulling the strings, Or perhaps like i said
Kayne: Yes there are enslaved gargoyles too perhaps their crafting skills are being abused
Escaflowne: One of the machines has grown to high intelligence and is now leading the rest of them
Alaster The Mad: nothing unusual to report on the controller’s little home, next blackthorn castle though
Escaflowne: Exodus was more machine than anything
Nathan Hawke: Alright I hear what you are all saying
Nathan Hawke: And Esca makes a good point about a risen robot
Escaflowne: Wouldn’t be the first
Nathan Hawke: true. Alright
Aurelius: Would fit withwhat happened before…
WoitaB: juka also loves machines
Escaflowne: True the Juka were Exodus’s slaves
Kayne: there are alot of juka in blackthorns old castle in ilshenar
WoitaB: they have juggernauts and some other stuff
Alaster The Mad: * nods*
WoitaB: yep, but not now
Nathan Hawke: *scribbles notes down*
Brynhild: *Mutters about Escaflowne following Blackthorn to Exodus*
Nathan Hawke: Alright
Aurelius: When we ran across some ‘Blackthorn’ machines invading our lands before….when Mericles and the orcs stole some of their technology..
Escaflowne: I do hate them being called Blackthorn machines
Aurelius: the clues suggested some ‘controlling’ robot-style mind
Nathan Hawke: We will end this here and think about things – noted Aurelius
But Skaros has a mission. for those who havent been to see Skaros yet he has a mission for you and that may give us a few more clues.
Skaros is located in castle Britain, South end. If you go and ask him for a mission, he will tell you where to go
and ask about a report and he will tell you what he wants you to report on.
For now I will take my leave but we will reconvene soon and keep an eye out for anything unusual
Nathan Hawke: *yawns*
Nathan Hawke: Good discussion. Lots of possibilities
Good night all. go see Skaros
Tokot: We will never give up in our fight for the chaos!