Fortress Notes

MrEdwardNigma säger:
hello
Shadowcaller säger:
Hello
MrEdwardNigma säger:
how's the planning for tonight goin'?
Shadowcaller säger:
What do you mean?
MrEdwardNigma säger:
well, you didn't do nuthin' thursday, so you were gonna tonight, right?
screw three chicks
or skydive
Shadowcaller säger:
Not really >.>
MrEdwardNigma säger:
hmmm
well, you should
Shadowcaller säger:
Nothing goes quite that fast
MrEdwardNigma säger:
what do you mean?
Shadowcaller säger:
Nevermind
MrEdwardNigma säger:
nah, go ahead
tell us
Shadowcaller säger:
Meh
I was not going to tell anything
Just a misssay
*misstell
MrEdwardNigma säger:
+?
Shadowcaller säger:
Can I get help with something by the way?
MrEdwardNigma säger:
I suppose that depends
What do you need help WITh?
Shadowcaller säger:
Well, its the mgame I'm GM'ing
*game
One of the players have got the idea (I suppose it's beacuse of his character) to invade a fortress
MrEdwardNigma säger:
yeah?
Shadowcaller säger:
I think the idea is a bit unrealistic, but if he tries it anyway, I would like to be prepared. Said character have already been trapped in said fortress before. It's quite well defended
But he managed to get out. Now he wants to release the rest of the prisoners for some reason
MrEdwardNigma säger:
unrealistic?
well, if he storms it, but not if he's smart about it
Shadowcaller säger:
But there are quite many people in said fortress
MrEdwardNigma säger:
invading a fortress is easy if you have your wits and you know the layout
disguises, ever heard of them?
I mean, the more people in the fortress, the easier it becomes
Shadowcaller säger:
But we are only like five people
MrEdwardNigma säger:
If there were just three guys, now then he'd be screwed, but now there's a chance not everyone knows everyone by name, so a disguise should work fine
well, you don't want to infiltrate with a force of twenty
Shadowcaller säger:
True, but disguises won't work in this case since the fortress in run by dwarves
And we aren't dwarves
MrEdwardNigma säger:
no dwarves in the party?
Shadowcaller säger:
Nope
MrEdwardNigma säger:
halflings?
gnomes?
Shadowcaller säger:
Nope
MrEdwardNigma säger:
humans that aren't extremely tall?
Shadowcaller säger:
Well, we got one small girl…
MrEdwardNigma säger:
that could work
you only need to get ONE person inside anyways
as soon as you free the prisoners you've got yourself an instant army
besides, escape has been proven possible, so she could just go in and cut them loose and then exit again
Shadowcaller säger:
Its a bit more complicated then that, he got help escaping from it
Otherwise he would have been stuck there forever
MrEdwardNigma säger:
well, yes, but the infiltrator could provide the help here
I for one think it's good RPing that he's trying to free the prisoners
Shadowcaller säger:
I guess it could work…
MrEdwardNigma säger:
voila
now where did you want my help?
Shadowcaller säger:
TO think of possible defenses for the dwarves if they really do it. The fortress is mostly an underground complex, lots of passagers and staircases
The dwarves use haliberds and crossbows mostly
And a few golems
MrEdwardNigma säger:
well, they've been through there once before, haven't they?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes, they left quite the racket
Killed a few dwarves and such
MrEdwardNigma säger:
So what was the layout from last time?
could you send it to me?
Shadowcaller säger:
Sure… one second
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg254/Seweron/celllayout-2.jpg
The blue indicates a staircase that leads downstairs
The purple is a staircase that leads upstairs to a courtyard
The darkred is the prison cells
The black spots are windows
MrEdwardNigma säger:
windows?
so, what are the rest of the rooms?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes, those sections are towers carved out from the mountain
MrEdwardNigma säger:
why these round rooms with three windows each?
ah
Shadowcaller säger:
Its two "special" cells
MrEdwardNigma säger:
what are the towers for?
and is the rest of the building encased in stone?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
so where do the staircases go?
Shadowcaller säger:
The one leading up leads into a guard room and then into a courtyard
MrEdwardNigma säger:
a courtyard IN the mountain?
Shadowcaller säger:
No, thats at the top of the mountain
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Okay
Any exits?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yeah, at the courtyard
MrEdwardNigma säger:
So that's basically the entrance?
Shadowcaller säger:
Mhm
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Okay
what kind of exits?
Shadowcaller säger:
Its a arch-way with an wrought-iron gate
MrEdwardNigma säger:
No, I mean, where does it lead?
It's a mountaintop
Shadowcaller säger:
It leads downwards to a port city
MrEdwardNigma säger:
and this courtyard, is it walled?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
there's a road all the way down the mountain?
Shadowcaller säger:
There is yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
a winding road?
Shadowcaller säger:
Mhm
MrEdwardNigma säger:
am I correct to assume that the road is on the same side as the towers?
Shadowcaller säger:
You are, yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Okay, so what are the towers for?
you can disect that in two questions
1)what are they used for?
2) what were they built for?
I assume the original iuntention was ranged defence?
Shadowcaller säger:
Indeed
Then they made a hole in both of them where they lowered down "special" prisoners
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Pits?
Shadowcaller säger:
mhm
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Much like the one BEARDY was in?
Shadowcaller säger:
Now that you mention it… yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
How come there was open space beneath?
natural caves they never bothered to fill?
Shadowcaller säger:
Well, when they were constructing the lower sections of the complex, there was a collapse when they mined underneath the tower
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Natural cave they collapsed the ceiling of?
Shadowcaller säger:
Pretty much yeah
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Did they ever bother to fix the place up?
and there were accidental collapses under BOTH towers??
Shadowcaller säger:
They are a part of the same natural cave
MrEdwardNigma säger:
connected?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes, but they have walled those connections…
Um, I need to take a walk with my dog
Be right back
MrEdwardNigma säger:
but the space underneath is still pretty much way larger than the towerbase above?
your dog is a real bitch sometimes
if you'll pardon my pun
Shadowcaller säger:
Sorry about that, back

Its a male, so… Yes. The space underneath is quite large yes. Not all of it is used for the prisoners
MrEdwardNigma säger:
So there's a cell, a wall, something else, a wall, and another cell?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes
Two towers had already been built so they figured they could use them both for pits
MrEdwardNigma säger:
I notice at least one of the towers only has a view of a wall of rock?
I mean, one of the windows
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes, pretty much. I suppose they made it simply to make the two towers look the same. These dwarves are very strict, they go by the rules
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Okay, so why are these dwarves in this mountain?
what's their purpose here?
Shadowcaller säger:
First this complex was used to protect the city from pirates. Once they attacked the villagers would retreat back to the fortress
Later however, as the attacks came less and less frequent, the fortress bacame mmore used as a prison rather then a defensive structure
MrEdwardNigma säger:
I assume they have cannons then?
Shadowcaller säger:
Nope, cannons haven't been invented yet
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Balistas?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes, but they are rarely used
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Disrepair?
Shadowcaller säger:
Mhm
MrEdwardNigma säger:
So where are they stationed?
Shadowcaller säger:
On the walls, above the towers
MrEdwardNigma säger:
The towers don't really stick out of the complex then, since they're topped by walls?
Shadowcaller säger:
Exactly
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Very broad walls then, to be able to house balistas?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes, there is one singel broad wall actually, then there is a thinner one not facing the sea. The rest od the fortress sides are naturally defended by mountains
MrEdwardNigma säger:
How does one access these walls?
Shadowcaller säger:
From the courtyard
Stairs leading up from there to the walls
MrEdwardNigma säger:
right
important question
with all these ranged defenses, how did they make it down the road alive?
Shadowcaller säger:
Err… they actually used invisibiliy
*invisibility
MrEdwardNigma säger:
They have invisibility available?
wow, invading this place is going to be a walk in the park
Shadowcaller säger:
The one helped them had
Which we don't have help from anymore
MrEdwardNigma säger:
dead?
Shadowcaller säger:
Once she had helped them out, she just dissapeared. She had been hired for it
MrEdwardNigma säger:
she invisiwalked in and out then, I assume?
Shadowcaller säger:
Pretty much, yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
kay, kay, next question
are these dwarves racists?
Shadowcaller säger:
Most of their leaders are yes, but there are few humans visiting in the city down below as it is a port city. But few of them actually live there
MrEdwardNigma säger:
So it's a dwarven city too?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes, with a few humans living there
There are two different kinds of dwarves
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Okay, now, the dwarves in the fortress, are they military?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes, they are
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Do they live in porttown?
Shadowcaller säger:
The dwarves have one wizard-type in the fortress and one sort of "anti-wizard"
MrEdwardNigma säger:
not sure what you mean by antiwizard
Shadowcaller säger:
He's immue to magic
MrEdwardNigma säger:
as in, he can't get shot with a fireball, or as in, he has an aura that stops magic within a radius?
Shadowcaller säger:
Aura
MrEdwardNigma säger:
But one could technically blast him from a distance?
anyways, the dwarves, do they live in porttown?
Shadowcaller säger:
No, magic energy don't have any effect on him. Most of the dwarves in the fortress live there. There are beds among other things in the levels down below
MrEdwardNigma säger:
but one could use telekinesis to blast a spear at him?
do they have homes in the fortress with their wives and children?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes, but apperently telekinesis is a rare type of magic in this world. Some of the dwarves do yes.
MrEdwardNigma säger:
and the others?
And does this aura envelop the entire fortress?
Shadowcaller säger:
No, just near him
MrEdwardNigma säger:
how near?
and what about the other dwarves?
Shadowcaller säger:
They live primarly inside the fortress. These dwarves have a cast system, and all the dwarves living in the city below belongs to another cast.
MrEdwardNigma säger:
dwarves don't socialise outside their caste?
and how big is the aura?
Shadowcaller säger:
Not very large actually, 3 meters in diameter
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Oh, that's nothing
close to irrelevant even
Shadowcaller säger:
But he's still immune to magic
MrEdwardNigma säger:
so you stab him
next
Shadowcaller säger:
Its just that wizards can't cast spells inside that area
MrEdwardNigma säger:
so, socialising outside castes
Shadowcaller säger:
Not very often no. There are the midnight caste, night caste, dawn caste and the day caste
MrEdwardNigma säger:
what about supplies?
where do they get them?
Shadowcaller säger:
From the city
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Okay, so this is pretty much a walk in walk out kinda place?
Dwarves getting supplies, visits from friends, dwarves' wives shopping for food, etcetera
plus, enough heads not to recognise everbody
Shadowcaller säger:
Not really, no visits from friends are allowed. The only ones that go up to the fortress are the supply wagons
MrEdwardNigma säger:
also, I assume "they live primarily in the fortresss" means some dwarves actually walk to the fortress from town every day
no visists allowed?
but there's entire families there
surely that's absurd?
Shadowcaller säger:
Not in the fortress
All families live in the city down below
MrEdwardNigma säger:
the dwarves that have wives and children in the fortress, that's a family
Shadowcaller säger:
Oh, well I meant that they have a family in the city down below
They are the ones that actually leave it from time to time. The rest of the dwarves pretty much stay there
MrEdwardNigma säger:
so they're separated from their family ALL the time?
Shadowcaller säger:
No, they work part time. Once they are done working in the fortress, they go down to their family
MrEdwardNigma säger:
okay, so you have supply wagons, dwarves who work parttime, and what about prisoners?
how are they sent in?
whose prisoners are these anyways?
some kind of empire's?
porttown's?
Shadowcaller säger:
There is a milita working in the city down below. The laws are pretty strict so every time they get a thief and he/she is judget guilty they often are send up to the fortress prison. They are experimenting with the "special" prisoners.
MrEdwardNigma säger:
what does the fortress get in return?
Shadowcaller säger:
They get paid of course, this city do bellong to a empire as you asked. Most dwarves mainly work for loyalty, but they all get paid of course
There is a mayor in the port town that deals with the leader of the fortress
MrEdwardNigma säger:
so, you have prisoners being brought in without warning, supply wagons, part time dwarves, and the mayor who comes to visit
that's a fair amount of traffic
suppose someone walked up the road to the castle, no warning, do they get up there alive? I assume they do?
Shadowcaller säger:
The prisoners are ropported first of course. The trials take quite some time so all prisoners are signed up before they are sent down to the fortress. There is a remand prison in the city and the mayor visits very rarely. Most of the time the payment is simply sent by the supplies
*repported in first
MrEdwardNigma säger:
rapported, actually
Shadowcaller säger:
Err.. yeah
MrEdwardNigma säger:
anyways, these rapports, they must make their way up too, right?
or reported
but not repported
Shadowcaller säger:
They do have telepatic communication.
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Ah, that does complicate things
or, well, makes it easier for you
anyways, suppose someone walked up the road, would they get killed?
Shadowcaller säger:
This group? Pretty much
MrEdwardNigma säger:
I mean anyone
not this group
suppose I decided to mosey on up there
enjoy the view
maybe I have a business proposition for the guards
Shadowcaller säger:
If they aren't supposed to be there, thats quite likely. The fortress is supposed to deal with the city as infrequently as possible
MrEdwardNigma säger:
they'll shoot someone just for walking up the road?
even though they have no certain way of knowing?
Shadowcaller säger:
They will warn them first
MrEdwardNigma säger:
by shouting??
Shadowcaller säger:
No, telepatically of course
MrEdwardNigma säger:
if these people aren't telepaths?
and are ALL the dwarves telepaths??
Shadowcaller säger:
In this world, wizards can send telepatic messages to everyone and they can talk back to the wizards
MrEdwardNigma säger:
ah, but they only have one wizard
so they'd have to go fetch this fellow?
day or night, they'd go get this guy?
Shadowcaller säger:
They used to have more, but yes, now they are limited to one wizard. Dwrven wizards also depend more on magic artifacts instead of their own powers
MrEdwardNigma säger:
But a regular human couldn't talk back?
Shadowcaller säger:
A regular human could talk back. Even if they didn't spoke the same languages.
MrEdwardNigma säger:
No, I mean, if they weren't a wizard
Shadowcaller säger:
Its not that frequent someone uninvited goes up the the fortress. Everyone knows the rules, there is even a sign.
MrEdwardNigma säger:
a signb
easily missed
Shadowcaller säger:
Yeah, but there is also a guard down there.
MrEdwardNigma säger:
anyways, can they talk back or not?
Shadowcaller säger:
They can
MrEdwardNigma säger:
a guard down there?
down where?
even if they're not wizards?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
down where?
Shadowcaller säger:
At the sign
MrEdwardNigma säger:
the sign being where?
Shadowcaller säger:
Just where the road starts to go up towards the fortress
MrEdwardNigma säger:
one could miss the road
just go round
not notice
it's only just starting to go up, after all
Shadowcaller säger:
I suppose. But its still quite rare.
MrEdwardNigma säger:
sure
but once you're on the road, they'd suppose the guard let you through
Shadowcaller säger:
The iron-wrought gate must be closed all the time thought, unless you are on the list on those who are allowed inside
I suppose they are allowed to go up all the way if some random guy starts walking up along the road. But they still would not be allowed to pass the gate
MrEdwardNigma säger:
the gate at the courtyard, you mean?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
right
okay, the guard down the road, where does he sleep?
Shadowcaller säger:
In the milita barracks
He isn't a part of the fortress
MrEdwardNigma säger:
how's he relieved of duty?
Shadowcaller säger:
Well, another dwarf comes and met him up. Some dwarves will sleep at home if they have one I suppose
MrEdwardNigma säger:
so both guards come from the town and are employed solely to sit there all day or night warning people not to go up?
Shadowcaller säger:
No, they are upposed to do other things too of course. I guess it would not be that hard to get by that guard really
MrEdwardNigma säger:
what else would they ahve to do?
Shadowcaller säger:
Keep the order in the city of course. There are other milita members positioned in other parts of town of course
MrEdwardNigma säger:
the beginning of the road is IN the city, you say?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes
The city have grown quite a lot
MrEdwardNigma säger:
some place people actually go, so not, like the border?
Shadowcaller säger:
I suppose, yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
So there's buildings where the road begins, and slightly higher up?
Shadowcaller säger:
Hm, yeah. But you quite easily see the sign and the guard thought
MrEdwardNigma säger:
depends on where you're standing, I'm sure
Shadowcaller säger:
Yeah
MrEdwardNigma säger:
there's other small access roads then, connecting these buildings?
maybe not large enough for a carriage or something, but still
Shadowcaller säger:
There are yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
okay, so the guard down there is a non-issue
your players won't have any problem bypassing him, and may not even notice him
heck, he's not even part of the fortress anyways
as for the road, a nice defense in times of war, but it won't do much good against infiltration, besides perhaps warn the dwarves that someone's coming up
is this mountain, i wonder, barren?
Shadowcaller säger:
Pretty much, there is some tellowish grass growing on it, but thats it
MrEdwardNigma säger:
whhat about mountainstreams?
mines?
hermits living there?
Shadowcaller säger:
The mountain they carved out of the fortress is a part of a quite large mountain chain
MrEdwardNigma säger:
they carved the mountain out of the fortress??
you lost me there
also, I'm not sure if that was an answer to my question
Shadowcaller säger:
Oh no
Sorry… >.>
The mountain the fortress is on the top of is a part of a mpuntian chain
*/mountain
MrEdwardNigma säger:
right
now, mountainstreams?
mines?
hermits?
Shadowcaller säger:
Hm, no hermites nearby nut there is an stream yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
where does the stream run?
and what about mines?
Shadowcaller säger:
There are a mine some distance away from town
The stream is closer, going down to the sea
MrEdwardNigma säger:
where does it come from?
Shadowcaller säger:
It concists mainly of melt and rain water from the higher peaks of the mountain
*consists
MrEdwardNigma säger:
how close to the complex does it run?
Shadowcaller säger:
Uhh… its within the limits of the town. I would say its about thousand meters away from the complex
MrEdwardNigma säger:
within the town, but it comes from higher, right?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes, I suppose it comes a few hundred meters closer higher up
MrEdwardNigma säger:
but nowhere actually NEAR the complex?
Shadowcaller säger:
Not really no
MrEdwardNigma säger:
okay, so what about sewers?
Shadowcaller säger:
The sewer system is quite primitive, the ground the town is built on is not very good for digging
MrEdwardNigma säger:
not in the town
the town isn't relevant now
the fortress
Shadowcaller säger:
Ah, almost non-existance
MrEdwardNigma säger:
so where do they do their business?
Shadowcaller säger:
Oh, there are a outhouse within the courtyard. It get emptied when they come and get supplies
MrEdwardNigma säger:
And htey do what with the stuff?
Shadowcaller säger:
Dump it in the sea, or bury it
MrEdwardNigma säger:
what a waste
anyways, how do they bring it to the sea?
Shadowcaller säger:
Err.. yeah. But there aren't much farmers around here
MrEdwardNigma säger:
How do they bring it to the sea?
and it's "there is an outhouse"
Shadowcaller säger:
There are fishermen that gets paid to dump it further out. The outhouse is shaped like a long house. its about in the middle of the courtyard, along the thin wall
MrEdwardNigma säger:
I mean, how do they take it down from the mountain
Shadowcaller säger:
When they get supplies, the same guy also take such things back to town when he returns
MrEdwardNigma säger:
I know, but HOW?
In a big barrel?
Shadowcaller säger:
More like thick bags
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Okay
good
so, how about laundry?
do they have access to running water for laundry?
or for cooking for that matter?
Shadowcaller säger:
Nope, most of that is done in town.
MrEdwardNigma säger:
so the supply train also brings back and forth alundry?
*laundry
Shadowcaller säger:
Yeah, but the dwarves don't change clothes or wash that often.
MrEdwardNigma säger:
what about cooking?
you need water to cook
Shadowcaller säger:
They keep dried food and other type of conserved food within the fortress in case of a siege, but they get more suppplies every day
MrEdwardNigma säger:
I'm talking about water here
dried food isn't gonna help during a siege anyways if you have no water
Shadowcaller säger:
They don't have running water, but a few barrels with fresh water comes with the other supplies
MrEdwardNigma säger:
how many guards are there?
or, you know, just plain personnel
Shadowcaller säger:
Inside the fortress?
MrEdwardNigma säger:
well, yes, where else?
Shadowcaller säger:
*shrug* About 100-150 guards/other personnel
MrEdwardNigma säger:
counting the parttime ones, unless they don't drink or eat in the fortress
Shadowcaller säger:
They don't
Or they do rather, lunch that is
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Right, I suppose that works if you bring in about ten barrels
Now, the gate
tell me about the gate
how is it guarded?
Shadowcaller säger:
There are a few crossbow armed dwarves guarding it all the time. Within a gatehouse right above it is a gate opening mechanism that needs about 4 people to activate
MrEdwardNigma säger:
they have to pull up the gate?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
how do they check identities?
you say there's a list?
Shadowcaller säger:
Well, they have special times when supplies are supposed to be delivered (not that they have watches mind you) during the day.
MrEdwardNigma säger:
so how do they keep track of these times?
Shadowcaller säger:
Well, they are all delivered about the same time… I guess its not that strict, but relatively around dinner time
MrEdwardNigma säger:
suppose a suply would arrive a half an hour early, would anyone notice?
Shadowcaller säger:
Not really I guess
MrEdwardNigma säger:
Right
now, how do they check identities?
Shadowcaller säger:
Its often the same persons going with the supplies, the dwarves are supposed to check the faces on everyone that enters (from the wall)
MrEdwardNigma säger:
often, but not always?
and the wall, I suppose, is quite high?
Shadowcaller säger:
About 10 meters high
MrEdwardNigma säger:
that's a lot
longer than say, the antimagic field
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
so, how many people accompany such a suppply train?
Shadowcaller säger:
Around five-six I guess
MrEdwardNigma säger:
okay, cool, plausible
several wagons, I suppose?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yeah
MrEdwardNigma säger:
right
so, you said often the same people, but not always?
Shadowcaller säger:
Well, they do change a few times, but not that often
MrEdwardNigma säger:
hmm, okay
what about the prisoners?
how are they sent up?
Shadowcaller säger:
Thats extra transports that the dwarved in the fortress are told about in advanced so they can prepare for it
MrEdwardNigma säger:
with a wagon?
Shadowcaller säger:
In most cases yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
how do they "prepare"?
Shadowcaller säger:
They need to decide where to keep the prisoner for example, register him, mark him up…
MrEdwardNigma säger:
register?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes, they keep a lot of pappers about stuff like that
MrEdwardNigma säger:
but at the gate there's no actual changes?
pappers
Shadowcaller säger:

There might be a few more guards at the gate if a prisoners arrive
MrEdwardNigma säger:
might be?
Shadowcaller säger:
There is, okay
MrEdwardNigma säger:
good
we'll handle what happens to them after in a bit
what about parttime dwarves?
Shadowcaller säger:
They all leave when their shift is over, which is about at noon
Afternoon
MrEdwardNigma säger:
they go home every night and come back every morning?
Shadowcaller säger:
Not night, if we go by our time. they would return back home around 6 and go back to work around 6
MrEdwardNigma säger:
punchclock villains
Shadowcaller säger:
Quite
MrEdwardNigma säger:
how did they get through the gate the first time?
Shadowcaller säger:
They open it for them of course
MrEdwardNigma säger:
I mean the PCs
Shadowcaller säger:
Oh, the NPC that free the PC just waited until the supplies came and she got behind the gate
I mean, when the parttime dwarves came
MrEdwardNigma säger:
which is it?
Shadowcaller säger:
In the morning
MrEdwardNigma säger:
right
is this stuff you decided before, or stuff you're deciding now?
Shadowcaller säger:
Before, most of it at least
MrEdwardNigma säger:
good work on the detail then
but we'll keep going
how'd they get out?
Shadowcaller säger:
Well, the PC was going to be experimented upon so once they took him out of the pit, she helped him escape.
MrEdwardNigma säger:
yeah, but how?
Shadowcaller säger:
Well, she could turn him invisible which made it quite easy…
MrEdwardNigma säger:
I mean, how did they get out of the gate?
Shadowcaller säger:
They waited until it opened up again
MrEdwardNigma säger:
why didn't they take others then?
Shadowcaller säger:
They didn't have the keys. And she wasn't hired to take out those prisoners
MrEdwardNigma säger:
kay, kay
what happens to supply wagons when they enter?
Shadowcaller säger:
The dwarves comes down to get all the supplies inside the fortress and they load on laundry, excrement and other stuff
On the carts
MrEdwardNigma säger:
where?
in the courtyard, i suppose?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
and these dwarves, where do they come from?
are they the gatedwarves?
Shadowcaller säger:
Down from the walls or out from the keep
MrEdwardNigma säger:
both?
or one, and not the other?
Shadowcaller säger:
Both
MrEdwardNigma säger:
how do the guys in the keep know the supplies have arrived?
Shadowcaller säger:
One og the gate dwarves tell them of it
MrEdwardNigma säger:
so, major security lowering when supplies arrive?
Shadowcaller säger:
*of
They can see the supplies from a long way, so everyone is already prepared once it arrives
MrEdwardNigma säger:
I'm not sure what you mean by "prepared"?
Shadowcaller säger:
Well, there will be a few dwarves down at the courtyard, ready to help with carrying the supplies
MrEdwardNigma säger:
from the keep?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
so the gate dwarf is BACK by the time supplies arrive?
Shadowcaller säger:
Mhm
MrEdwardNigma säger:
so security lowers BEFORE supplies arrive, not during?
kay
prisoners, if they're rbought in, what happens to the men accolmpanying them?
Shadowcaller säger:
They are often from the milita, they are sent back once they have made sure the prisoners are inside the fortress
MrEdwardNigma säger:
by making sure you mean entering the courtyard and then leaving?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes
MrEdwardNigma säger:
what happens to the prisoners?
Shadowcaller säger:
They are registered, they get a prisoner marka and then they are sent down to the cells down bellow
*mark
MrEdwardNigma säger:
where?
Shadowcaller säger:
Well…
http://s250.photobucket.com/albums/gg254/Seweron/?action=view&current=celllayout-2.jpg
here
Or the cells evern further down
*even
MrEdwardNigma säger:
you already sent me that
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes, but thats the place they are sent down
MrEdwardNigma säger:
That's not what I asked
where are they registered and marked?
Shadowcaller säger:
At the couryard
MrEdwardNigma säger:
I already knew where the cells were
Shadowcaller säger:
*courtyard
MrEdwardNigma säger:
on the courtyard?
what does registering entail?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yes, its a quite simpel process. They ask the ones guarding the prisoners about his name and crime and they write it down
They also see if thats the name and crime of the one they were called in advance for
MrEdwardNigma säger:
how do they know they aren't lying?
you answered alreayd, nevah mind
so, prisoners, how ma,ny arrive at one time generally?
Shadowcaller säger:
It depends, often they come in packs of 1-5
MrEdwardNigma säger:
how many does the prison hold?
Shadowcaller säger:
About 50 prisoners
MrEdwardNigma säger:
So, fair bet, most guards won't know what the party looks like, correct?
Shadowcaller säger:
No, but one of the party is quite easy to take notice of. He's of a race not very common in cities
MrEdwardNigma säger:
sure, but it's a whole race
noticeable, yes, but unlikely that they'd assume it was this guy
Shadowcaller säger:
He's also the one that escaped from the fortress
MrEdwardNigma säger:
only ONE of them escaped?
well, that amkes things way easier for them
*makes
Shadowcaller säger:
Yeah, they kind of got separated. He's a wolfman sort of, and the dwarves shaved off all his fur, filed down his fangs and claws
MrEdwardNigma säger:
so he doesn't even look like that anymore?
Shadowcaller säger:
If his hair grows out… he got a lot of scars too. But in enough time, he won't look like he did when he was inprisoned no
*imprisoned
MrEdwardNigma säger:
delicious
unrecognisable
okay, so where does the paperwork go?
do you have, like, a filing cabinet in the guard room or something?
Shadowcaller säger:
No, the filling cabinet is inside the keep itself
Aswell as other places, whereever the officers of the keep are
They have copies of everything of course
MrEdwardNigma säger:
as well as in the town, I suppose?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yeah
MrEdwardNigma säger:
okay, so your players could pretty much come in under the guise of guards, prisoners, or supplymen
Shadowcaller säger:
Pretty much, yes. But they would be suspicious of a wolfman working in the city
MrEdwardNigma säger:
he could easily hide in or under the wagon
and he doesn't look much like a wolfman anymore
Shadowcaller säger:
I guess… but its still his muzzle, tail and ears…
MrEdwardNigma säger:
anyways, it's not like it's impossible for a wolfman to work in the city
nor does he HAVe to come along for the mission
Shadowcaller säger:
True
MrEdwardNigma säger:
I'd say your players have a large chance of succeeding
if they don't fuck it up
Shadowcaller säger:
Well, thanks for going throught all this
MrEdwardNigma säger:
oh, there's more if you like
Shadowcaller säger:
Sure
MrEdwardNigma säger:
like the windows in the towers, how high up are they?
Shadowcaller säger:
Quite a fair bit, they are pretty small for archer towers actually
MrEdwardNigma säger:
too small to pass through?
Shadowcaller säger:
Yeah
MrEdwardNigma säger:
well, you could still have the good old grapnelhook tactic to scale the walls
there's a perfect spot where the window faces the rock wall
Shadowcaller säger:
Thats true, but you still need to climb a bit, the ground isn't flar down there
MrEdwardNigma säger:
climbing a bit is hardly an issue, I think
also, the mountain has natural caves, right?
plausibly an underground entrance could be found, or mined even
and they might try to acquire air access
Shadowcaller säger:
Thats true, but it would take quite some time
MrEdwardNigma säger:
time may not be an issue for them
or they could go round
to the side where the complex is buried in the mountain
and try to gain entrance that way
Shadowcaller säger:
I guess
MrEdwardNigma säger:
by night, I doubt anyone would see some rockclimbersd
Do you have some sort of issue with your players doing this?
Shadowcaller säger:
Not really
They are free to try anything they want, as long as its belivable
MrEdwardNigma säger:
there's enough easy ins, so I think it'd make for an interesting strategy session
personally, I'd go for taking one of the guards' families hostage
maybe several
to have some men on the inside
Shadowcaller säger:
Hm, I suspect the party might be too good for that, but you never know
MrEdwardNigma säger:
oh, the wolfman's goody two shoes, is he?
they only have to threaten the dwarves, not actually kill the families
Shadowcaller säger:
Well, most of the party is goodish
MrEdwardNigma säger:
anyways, I tend to play chaotic neutral, tending to the evil side
it opens up interesting tactics
is this an IRL group?
Shadowcaller säger:
The most valuable party member (that is a NPC/PC at the moment) is lawful good, which makes it a bit hard..
Nope, MSN group
MrEdwardNigma säger:
same one?
Shadowcaller säger:
Mhm
MrEdwardNigma säger:
glad I could be of help then
if Nigma were still around, i'm pretty clear about what his tactic would be
say, these prisoners, are they bad guys?
I mean, the dwarves aren't really EVIL, are they, just extremely LAWFUL?
Shadowcaller säger:
THe dwarves are more lawful then evil, the prisoners are all from lawful good to chaotic evil
MrEdwardNigma säger:
lawful good?
really???
How does one like that end up in prison?
Shadowcaller säger:
They break the dwarves quite strict laws
Which in some cases dosen't really make sense
These dwarves are librarians, they still follow rules that are hundreds of years old. Every time something new is suggested, they check all their ancient texts to see if that really is a good idea
MrEdwardNigma säger:
like what law?
Shadowcaller säger:
Don't expose night cast dwarves to light, don't appear threatingly to guards, do everything the guards says… debt is inherited in this society
MrEdwardNigma säger:
and these experiments, they're not somehow against the law?
Shadowcaller säger:
They are only made on "animal-people"
MrEdwardNigma säger:
oh
perfectly understandable then

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