(064) Rustics & Heretics

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Post by waysoftheearth » Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:16 am

Re: (064) Rustics & Heretics

At the rear of the abbey the pair find an overgrown apple orchard that sprawls right up to the wall. Many of the trees are relatively spindly saplings that appear to have spread naturally from a core of a half-dozen much older trees in the center.

The wall itself is about 10ft or so tall--excepting for a 30ft length which appears to have suffered a half dozen catapult hits which have knocked 4 or 5ft out of the top of the wall, leaving a saw-tooth ridge and a significant litter of rubble. The lowest parts of the wrecked wall could be reached (by a man) from atop the piles of rubble at the foot of the wall.

More curiously--the damage appears to be very recent...
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Post by Condorcet » Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:28 am

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"It appears an army has taken issue with the gentle Sisters of Thuul," says Helmut, observing the damage. "I hope whoever, or whatever, was responsible is no longer inside."

Listening for a moment for signs of activity within, he then attempts the wall at the most accessible point.

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Post by mistere29 » Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:35 pm

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The short Valorn will stand watch while Helmut attempts to scale the wall.

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Post by heartless » Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:27 am

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Ashtad also keeps a look out with bow ready and looks into the distance for the catapult and crew responsible for the holes in the wall.
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Post by waysoftheearth » Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:49 am

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As Helmut picks his way through the rubble, and then onto the pile adjacent the wall, Valorn notes that there are apparently a few pieces of a large statue, broken and scattered among the wreckage. Or at least, over there appears to be a forearm and hand the size of a dwarf's torso... nearby is a huge boot...

Meanwhile, Helmut has grasped the lowest part of a breach and is scrambling to haul himself up..d6... after a moment of near-comical struggle he finds the purchase he needs and clambers, dustily, up into the breach,knocking a steady stream of rocks and pebbles into the pile below him as he does so.
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Post by Condorcet » Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:53 pm

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Helmut surveys what lies within, and if all is well, offers the others a hand up.

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Post by waysoftheearth » Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:58 pm

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Helmut is currently standing in a U shaped crater in the wall structure. He can see through the bottom of the wall, in places, into a dim chamber below--but there isn't space for a man to get through these wounds in the stonework--not without some work at clearing a way through. However, the undamaged part of the wall surrounds him to a height of about 5ft on three sides, so he can't see into the interior of the abbey without clambering up the edge to gain the summit of the undamaged part of the wall...

...so, seeking for local intelligence, Helmut climbs further up the precarious wreckage, holding on to protruding stone and timber with both hands, in order to crane his neck over the catwalk and peer into the abbey.

Within he sees a foul sight!

Where he expected to see a thriving and verdant garden protected by the abbey walls, there is only a blackened waste in the courtyard! Where he expected to see a serene and alabaster chapel, he instead sees the Holy place has a collapsed wall, and the whole is made filthy with ash and smear and profane markings! A trench has been dug around the chapel as if to defend it--or undermine it--and filled with an Unholy filth that smolders still! There appears to be damage to some of the other buildings also--among those to his left there appears to have been a serious collapse.

There is no activity to been seen, but there are a number of bodies scattered throughout the courtyard.
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Post by heartless » Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:39 am

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"Hey Helmut what do you see up there, can we get in this way over the wall, or should we keep looking around for an other way in", asks Ashtad.
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Post by Condorcet » Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:21 am

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"All is laid waste" replies Helmut, with raw emotion in his voice - though whether it be anger or anguish, or perhaps both, it is difficult to tell.

Gathering his wits, Helmut searches for a safe route into the complex, and tries to ascertain the identity of the bodies within.

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Post by waysoftheearth » Tue Sep 23, 2014 1:00 pm

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The safest route is probably the most work too; clearing out a bunch of stone and timber away from one of the near-gaps under Helmut's feet so that one might drop down thru the wall breach and into the room below. However, without tools for such work, it might take ten or twenty minutes, by which time one might a sooner scaled the walls and--with rope--rappelled down into the interior yard.
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