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    Default Long Term Game IC: Chapter I - The Herald of Chains

    Over the past week, word of a band of gnolls have spread through Dragon's Dale. They also speak of a monstrous leader known as "The Herald of Chains." The gnolls have been raiding farms and attacking travelers. It is time for something to be done...

    The mayor has sent out a request for heroes, or at least warriors, to deal with this threat offering 1500 GP to split between those that successfully can stop the Gnollish menace.

    Outside town hall, the four of you meet going to the mayor to accept his task. The first steps on an adventure have been taken.


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    Well, seems like our four are the only ones, who responded to the mayor's announcement. If we are to cooperate on this mission it would be better if we got to know each other. I'm sorceress Kirinith, nice to meet you.
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    In response to this Leonardo says, "I agree, considering we will be spending quite a bit of time with each other dealing with this pest infestation, it seems appropriate that we become acquainted. I am the traveling minstrel Leonardo Del Piero.

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    "Johnathan" he grunts simply. Normally he'd love to waste words, but right now they had business.
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    A man in a brightly covered garb runs out of a nearby lane, stopping to pant briefly before giving an elegant bow. "Why surly you hadn't thought to leave too battle these forces without the mighty power of entertainment. I the Mystical Sha-Lue will accompany you, after all, performers should never travel without a crowd."

    As he pauses to hear their admiration for such a great power a sudden coughing fit overcomes him. Reaching into his throat The Mystical Sha-Lue coughs up a large white mouse that proceeds to flee.
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    Default Re: Long Term Game IC: Chapter I - The Herald of Chains

    At that moment, a clerk walks outside, seeing the group of you, he asks "Are you here to try to kill those gnolls?" He looks you up and down, as if he expected better, and half expects you to tell him its a joke, or if it isn't, for you to all die in a horrible manner very soon.

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    "Oh my good man we are, we wish to rid the land of these Gnolls who threaten your city." says Leonardo. Trying to make the make the group seem better than they are, Leonardo says, "I know we may not look like much, but in actuality we are the best adventurers in all of the land. You could find a better team to take on this daunting task. In size and strength they may not be much, but these fellows are masters of arts and magic you could not begin to comprehend"

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    He raises an eyebrow, seeming to think somewhat better of you, but still skeptical. "Really, we'll see. Come on, the mayor is waiting." He ushers you to the mayors office, and once you enter, closes exits and closes the door.

    The mayor is a bald man in his late thirties. He removes his glasses as you enter and looks you up and down. "So, your the ones to stop the gnolls. Hmm... Well, you've seen the add, I'm offering 1500 GP for you to split between you once you deal with the gnolls... and find out what that nonsense with 'the Herald of Chains' is about, probably someone siding with the gnolls for a profit who made up an ominous title to seem scary. I really don't want people getting upset over something like this. Any questions?"
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    Actually, yes: can we count on any help to aid us from locals? Lower prices on equipment, maybe some borrowed mounts?
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    "Possibly, though you'd have to ask them. I think they'd be more willing to help after you prove your worth though."

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    The Mystical Sha-Lue waves dismissively. "The people love the Mystical Sha-Lue, everyone is generous."
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    Leonardo says, "I have to agree with the street performer, such magnificent warriors like ourselves should have some kind of discount. All I ask is you put a word out amoung the shopkeepers that we should be given a discount. Our task affects this town and everyone in it. as much as it affects us, it is your town and the fate of it is in our hands. A discount would ensure the safety and survival of your great city."

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    "I'll see what I can do." the mayor says. "Is there anything else you wanted to speak with me about?"

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    The question causes a smirk to appear on Leonardo's face. "Well now that you mention it, this reward does seem a bit on the small side. Approximately how much would you estimate is the value of this city? The wealth of each person in it and everything in it?"
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    The Mystical Sha-Lue solemnly suggests that the villagers be asked to each contribute something to the stack.
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    The mayor sighs, as if he was expecting this, talking quickly as if he wanted to get that out of the way he says "More that 1500 GP if that's what your wondering, though a pack of gnolls won't be able to overrun Dragon's Dale. Burn a few farms, kill some travelers, yes, but raze a city, no. You can take whatever loot you find on the gnolls assuming that no living person has reasonable claim to it, though I consider 1500 GP to be quite a large sum, large enough for you to get by on for over a year, split between the four of you. For everyone in the town contributing something, you'll have to speak with them, though this money is from taxes, so in a way they have, and rather generously considering that they aren't the ones in danger.

    "Now, does anyone have anything else they wish to speak with me about?"


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    "Very well, maybe the loot on the Gnolls will be enough to rebuild the Del Piero empire." He says facetiously, knowing that he is not getting anywhere in this argument. "Have you heard any reports from any of the areas that have been attacked by the Gnolls? Any information that could give us an upper hand in the battles to come would be useful.

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    "They seem to mainly be in the east, I think that the hills or the forest is probably where they'd make camp, probably rather close to a road, though far enough it wouldn't get noticed. There are at least 20 gnolls, they usually split off into groups, though multiple groups often come from multiple directions, when raiding a farm they usually attack at night, though they attack travelers at almost any hour of the day."

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    The Mustical Sha-Lue, looking rather insulted, rebukes the man.

    "You woundme sir. Could you truly think such couragous adventurers as we would care so much of the price it's self? No, it has long since been a costom in the lands of my people that when many people wishsomething done, and hire brave souls like ourselves, they each give an item of value to them be it a chicken, a glass bead, or even their favorite spoon. Every man from bigto small.As you confess to havingA taxation system, could you not simply ask them as you collect your taxes to add an item of their choice for the brave souls that defend their well being?Be it even a rock or blade of grass? After all it is the dreams in such commonplace thingsthat are of real value. Something to remember while we enjoy our year of good health on your coin."
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    "Ask them yourself then, the money is what I'll offer. The citizens may be willing, though it is the farmers and travelers that you are protecting over the citizens."

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    Leonardo still interested in the Gnolls continues, "Have there been any survivors of these attacks we could speak with to get more specific information on their party, or do you have any eyewitness accounts or anything of that sort."
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    The Mystical Sha-Lu shrugs and sighs at the man's cultural ineptitude.
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    The mayor looks rather annoyed about the greedy adventurers wasting his time and wanting him to spend more of it. "Yes, there have been survivors, though they're out in the country, the Jeknifs are just down the road, they lost one of there farms."

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    The Mystical Sha-Lue ignores the man' annoyance, for even he knew that some crowds could not be pleased by even the best of performers. (such as himself for instance)
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    "Then we know what we must do, we should start at the Jeknifs'. And then go after the Gnolls. Andiamo." Leonardo motions for everyone to follow and heads for the door.

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    The clerk that saw you earlier escorts you out (unless anyone has further questions).

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    The Mystical Sha-Lue follows, bouncing on the balls of his feet.
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    Grungle stands there looking annoyed, as usual. As they left he shakes his head at the groups greed. "Are we going to kill some Gnolls or not?"
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    "But of course my friend, but we need to do one thing before we begin our quest. So come along now."
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    After walking for about 10 minutes, you pass by a farm, it seems that people recently tried to fortify it. At least a dozen men, some with clubs, others having actual weapons are working the field, as you approach, some of them break off to see what you want.

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