Wrath of the Righteous

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the army marches

Aron reported to Utenar, “Sir, we have advance scouts ready and can be ahead of the march at your request.” Standing at the fore-front of one hundred heavily armed cavalry troops, horses braying and restless. The clanking of armor and arms filled the early morning air. Jaroo felt uncomfortable on the horse but knew the animal would soon forget its objections. The dwarfs rode upon smaller steeds although any fall from the saddle would certainly bruise. Sturn and Atiasi summed up the party with equal awe of, “…what the hell are we doing?”

The chief siege engineer, Aron, was immediately fond of the dwarven duo. He spent most of yesterday’s introductions asking about their history and what brought them to Kenabres beside the festival. Inquisitive for a human rogue. Aron introduced Nurah and Sosiel in turn. The later was a dark toned human and follower of Shelyn. The impeccably dressed cleric formally explained he would be taking on the administrative and logistics of the march, as well as any healing duties. Stout in his conviction and the purpose of their quest, Sosiel Vaenic pledges service to the Heroes of Kenabres in the recovery of the artifact. The halfling, Nurah Dendiwhar, does not share the same confidence. Having just been released from the Queen’s garrison, she explains that her knowledge of the worldwound and Drezen will help keep their losses down and troops alive long enough to lay siege on the citadel. Still, the adventurers seem hardy enough to impress Galfrey so she regards the endorsement as good company.

Sosiel informed the commander and group of their provision status. The timetable permitted them light rations, enough to make it to Drezen but nothing long enough for a lengthy siege. Requiring provisions along the way and following the queen’s route direct would be wise. In further counsel, Nurah explained that the lands north of Kenabres were not as infected with the abyssal energies as those to the east but to expect no help from the land, as it’s taint held plague and death for even the heartiest soul. For those who could, she recommended creating food and water daily as purification did not seem to work.

As Utenar called forward, the unit of well trained paladins took rank and file. In a disciplined display, the new Army of Kenabres moved out of the city gates and into the nearby forest towards Valas’s Gift, a small farming community within a day’s march due north.

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Utenar turns from conferring with the Queen carrying a stern look on his face, as he approaches his fellow adventurers, he seems to light up with an idea. “Right then! We’ve got some traitors amongst us, and I intend to start the seed of fear properly. I will be calling for all of the clergy represented to provide communion to the present soldiers, as it would only be fitting and right to say a prayer to the deities. I first will confer with them, and deliver my plans. As I do so, I will ask them outright if they are traitors, if they don’t measure up (i.e. if Discern Lies catches one of the Clergy showing problems), they will be ordered to stay behind as their heart is not in it at this time.” Utenar looks around at his friends before continuing. “Right then! Before we deliver communion, I will address the troops and inform them they are re-affirming their faiths, and if their heart is not in it, we shall know immediately as this act is ordained by the respective deities.” (Meta: Bluff will be used as well as Intimidate and Diplomacy during this brief speech.)

“We’ll need to get this done quickly, any questions or additions to the plan?” Utenar looks at his friends…

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I can see the idea but it will need to be done on march. There may also be consequences to moral based on this distrust. Stupid moral dilemmas.

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Hell, I already don’t trust the queen, why should her advisors be any different?

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“On second thought, new tactic. This one will take time…” Utenar calls Aron over

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Aron is curious what the marshal has to say…

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Beside the three aforementioned advisors, this is what the army consists.

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…and a handful of support personnel. You do not need to worry about Lionel the cook or the former assassin guild member lurking among your three scouts.

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To Utenar, Sturn calls out: “Shall I ride with the scouts?”

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Utenar implements his Spanish Inquisition. Sturn waits anxiously like dog waiting to go out. Noise and all.

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“Sturn, we’ll need you with the vanguard when it comes to it. If you wouldn’t mind, maybe chatting with some of your fellow Paladins throughout? Would help us get a sense of their hearts for the coming fight, if you’re knowing what I mean.”

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